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Rich, deep, contemplative... Ripe red Virginias, fine Orientals, smokey Cyprus latakia, and a pinch of acadian perique are pressed and matured in cakes before being sliced. The sophisticated flavors and exotic aroma provide a wonderful backdrop for quiet moments of reflection, a good book, and if you are so inclined, perhaps a wee dram.

Notes: This is the second entry in the Old London Series. It is fuller and somewhat more latakia forward than Chelsea Morning, with a higher percentage of Orientals, and less perique. It's rich, complex, leathery and smoky, with a naturally sweet structure from the darker Virginias, and a balanced Oriental spice. It compares in strength and fullness with blends like Samarra and Blackpoint, but the pressing makes it deeper, darker, and brings new dimensions to the flavors and aromas. It's really wonderful. An ideal addition to the series, perfectly complimenting a relaxing evening.

Quiet Nights was introduced in May, 2010.

BrandG. L. Pease
Blended ByGregory Pease
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Packaging2 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2144)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was surprised at the sweetness of the blend, which is mostly all natural, chiefly springing from the sweet, slightly tangy, earthy red Virginia, which forms the base of the blend. The Cyprian latakia is smokey sweet with a slight woodsy note in a small support role. The perique is light, but adds a here and there spice hit that offers a little complexity. Orientals and Turkish provide a woody, dry, slightly sour push to elevate the body of the blend. None of the components drown each other out, providing a well composed all day smoke if you wish it to be. The nic-hit is mild. Won't bite or get harsh. Burns cool, clean and even at a moderate pace with a richly consistent flavor. Leaves almost no moisture in the bowl and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant after taste. Not quite an all day smoke.

41 people found this review helpful.

Marshall Law Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Marshall Law (50)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

My new favorite Pease blend. I am blown away by the savory, smooth, dense, intricate layers of bright, incense-laden richness, perfectly accentuated and elevated by the significant, smoky, consistent latakia presence. The result is a lush, comforting "potpourri bouquet" of rich, billowy, intoxicating, salty-sweet smoke from the harmonius interplay, a collage of middle eastern delights. Oddly I detect no perique here. Close enough to Penzance for me in some ways, yet sweeter, a bit less complex, and much bigger, with a much healthier dose of latakia. This is perhaps what I imagine I'd bring back in a time machine, were I to go back 400 years for a sample of early latakia-heavy blends being smoked in various regions of the Persian empire.

In my mind, this offering represents Pease's most effective and flavorful current use of orientals to get a truly unique and special result that is quite unlike the vast majority of his other current offerings. It fills a significant slot in my rotation left by the absence of Penzance, not as a replacement but as an equally good or even better substitute that is quite different and desirabe on its own attributes. Greatly benefits from a careful rubbing out and some brief drying time, as well as a very light packing in the bowl. It will then light and burn quite easily and thoroughly, with no bite, no gurgle or dampness, and no relights needed so long as one applies a gentle occasional tamping.

Smoking this just prior to Abingdon or Dunhill's new Night Cap made those tobaccos almost seem dull, flat, monochromatic and even slightly stale, which they certainly are not on their own accord.

Quiet Nights is a very flavorful and appealing old world mixture you won't soon forget.

38 people found this review helpful.

moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (102)
Medium Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

So far, all of the GLP blends I have smoked have benefitted from in-the-tin aging, and most have also improved with some "breathing" time in a jar after the tin is opened. Though my present smoking sample of QN aged 3 years before I got to it, another two months in a jar transformed it from an acceptable medium/full English to an excellent full Balkan, suitable for my largest pipes. Here's how it played out for me:

When the tin is first popped, and when smoked immediately thereafter, QN seems like a decent, subdued, Lat-forward medium/full English (like we need another one!), with hardly a trace of Perique. Within two hours, the tin note gets a good deal sharper, almost too rough, and my next few smokes followed suit. To cut to the chase, after a couple of weeks in a jar, QN starts to come into its own, developing a deep, pungent Balkan profile in the jar and when it's smoked. Now the rich and smooth Latakia is perfectly matched by the dominant Turkish and Orientals and a soft brush of Perique. The VAs used could not be better, stout, semi-sweet and flavorful, they easily hold their own in this heady, hearty blend, from beginning to end. Now the lot is a complex, interesting mix of smoky, sour, bitter, salty and sweet, with an array of exotic spices, resin-y incenses and (go figure...) tasty creosote, and clouds of telltale blue-gray smoke echo the tastes. Though there is not as much "interplay" as some other GLP blends feature, the primary and secondary tastes, textures and aromas are good enough that nobody is going to miss anything. Near the end of a bowl the VAs rise up just a little, and in the end the softer aftermath aftertaste fades too quickly. Strength is medium. Room note? Beware Turkish tobacco. I think the moisture level is fairly important with QN. IMO, it is best smoked a little bit drier than it comes in the tin; but don't let it dry out. The flakes break up easily, and before I even want them to. I like to load "ribbons" and smaller chunks very loosely into my largest pipes. At the "correct" moisture level, it takes some persistence to light QN, but it burns all right for me once it's well lit.

Over a couple of months, Quiet Nights has gone from a 2.8 to a 2.4 to a 4 in my book, and I guess I'll have to add it to my growing Favorites list now, as well. I highly recommend it first to full Balkan lovers, and next to full English lovers, provided they can handle stout VAs and substantial, zesty, tobacco-forward main themes and overtones. Again, do let it rest for at least a couple of weeks before you evaluate it. QN = Quite Nice.

Update: I need to add that the (minimum) 2 weeks "rest" period for this tobacco does not start until the flakes are broken up. Because of this I now rub out the flakes and then carefully re-blend them before jarring them, in order to get the entire blend in successive bowls. I then "visit" the resting tobacco every couple of days, shaking it up and taking the lid off the jar, sniffing, waiting for the primary incense/Latakia smell to abate compared to the Turkish and the sharper VAs. PITA? You might say so; but IMO the results are well worth the extra effort. Tripjoker did a great job of laying all of this out in generic terms at the top of his popular review of GLP's Fillmore (qv).

Pipe Used: various briars; large bowls preferred

Age When Smoked: 3 years (and 2 months)

Purchased From: Liberty Tobacco

28 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

I guess I'm in a different crowd than many here who compare Quiet Nights to Penzance. While Penzance is mild in strength, this one will jump up and give you a Nic hit. Also, Penzance doesn't even come close to the Latakia flavor Quiet Nights projects. Both do have a very noticiable Oriental presence though.

Quiet Nights is not subtle in any way, shape or form. It's on the bold side and quite tasty as the layers of flavors are unrelenting. No real sweetness, just a bold "all tobacco" flavor that satisfied my palate in a big way. Another Pease bellringer right here, folks.

28 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (833)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Strong


Ok, this is a Pease blend rather than a C&D blend, but I bought a 1 oz sample as part of a C&D sampler pack. This blend was probably aged all of about 5 days before I fired it up, including the shipping time.

To those who proclaim one oz insufficient to rate a tobacco, this one is a strong case for the defense. I found this to be as refined as anything I've ever smoked, and an exceptionally flavorful dark-colored pressed broken flake. Every tobacco in this blend played its part masterfully. The latakia was not of the "sharp" variety that I find in Sobranie or Dunhill 965 but it's far from subdued. The orientals play their dancing game and the virginias are around for sweetness and body. The perique isn't so much tasted as it is "felt"... which I found to be the perfect finish. It lends a mild tweak to the blend that elevates it to a higher plane. This is a smooth, bite-free blend that is spicy and sweet, and it's another similarly-styled blend that out-Nightcaps Nightcap for me. Last year, I became excited about Pipeworks & Wilke's #400 and I find this in a similar vein, but I prefer this one. I also waxed rhapsodasically over GLP's Meridian, and I think that at most times of day, I'd prefer this one to that! It appears to me that Greg Pease is improving his craft over time.

One weird anomaly with this one - the room note. I love the smell of burning latakia, virginia, perique and orientals. This one smelled obnoxiously bad. And it hung in the air in my "man-cave" like a cigar would. I don't plan to smoke this around people and, while I have no idea what causes this issue, it doesn't factor into the vast number of tins I intend to buy.

If you like your latakia prominent but not overpowering and you like a hugely complex blend that's like Thanksgiving dinner with all the different flavors, this one is for you. If you like this but want to dial everything down a bit, go with Meridian.

23 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Very complex. At first light all four components are readily discernible. A little further in and the Orientals and Perique melded together to create a nice sour spice with the Latakia and Virginias still discernible. Still further in and the Latakia melded into the Orientals and Perique giving depth to the sour spiciness. At this point there is the deep sour spiciness with the Virginias the only other discernible flavor. At about the 3/4 point the Virginias melded into the others creating one delicious flavor. The melding of the Virginias muted the sourness by half and the spiciness only slightly. The bowl finished shortly after that. I know that's all a bit confusing, but that's how it smoked for me. Probably the most complex blend I ever put in a pipe. It also demanded all my attention. I was unable to concentrate on anything else. No book reading for me while smoking this. A very enjoyable blend. Rich and satisfying.

Pipe Used: MM General, Jobey Lovat

Age When Smoked: 1 month

Purchased From:

20 people found this review helpful.

silentvisions Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
silentvisions (2)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is simply the best latakia blend I have tried thus far.

I find that quite a few latakia based blends can taste very much the same, even so within the great Pease's archives (Westminster, Maltese Falcon, Abingdon) yet this one stands so alone and tall. There is something in the back of this blend that keeps me wondering every single time I smoke it.. sort of like.. juniper berries..? It just so full and savory that it get's me thinking about the flavors every time I smoke it. And that's what a good tobacco should do, right?

A lot of latakia blends for me, seems to have something of a dry taste to it. I can get a dry feeling in my taste buds and in my mouth and especially in those I've mentioned above.

Quiet Nights doesn't have this. Quiet Nights is silky, seductively smooth and simply just a mouth watering blend. It's as full and rich as I could possibly want from a pipe tobacco, yet it doesn't overwhelm you with nicotine.

The name of this blend always reminds me of how you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but at the same time, of how the cover can inspire you to pick it up more often. Quiet Nights is just an amazingly inspiring name for a tobacco blend. A blend that wants you to reflect upon the day, the day to come or to just be in the moment.


Age When Smoked: Fresh out of the tin

16 people found this review helpful.

Hottgunn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hottgunn (19)
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

I could not obtain any Penzance but decided to try this blend upon reading many reviews saying it was very similar. I find it to be a delicious and very tasty smoke. I first tried it in a good smoking Barling pre-transition so I am confident of the pipe in the smoking equation. It has a tin aroma unlike any English style tobaccos, rather sweet and smokey. Pleasant. After the first third of a bowl, it has a nice nutty, toasty wood like aroma. It tastes a lot like Virginia/Perique blend. A bit more Latakia than penzance and a bit rougher. I like it a great deal and am looking forward to comparing it to Penzance if I can ever find some. Highly recommended.

I finally obtained some Penzance and I do prefer Quiet Nights to Penzance. Both are very good smokes - just a personal preference.

12 people found this review helpful.

Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (190)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

As with all G.L. Pease offerings so far, I only have praise for this tobacco. A full bodied, intense and leathery experience, an old school mixture and then some. The smoky and incense like Latakia is deliciously mingling with the peppery Perique, the Red Virginia bread accents are also there and an intriguing sourness from the Orientals complete the whole smoke. The description on the tin is exactly what to expect from this elixir. I just love it when a pipe tobacco matches the expectations it describes and creates.

8 people found this review helpful.

atskywalker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
atskywalker (5)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

If there's a quintessential Latakia blend Quiet Nights is that and much more. Although this is a Latakia forward blend, it is so masterfully done that the sum of its parts is much greater than its components. Even a component as dominant as Cyprian Latakia.

Wave after wave of refined tastes assaulted my entire being the first time I smoked this. Smokey soft Latakia, wood like notes (almost incense quality) from the Turkish, Fig hints from the Perique, and sweetness that whisper its presence throughout the bowl from the bright Virginias.

The flakes are gorgeous in colour and the tin note is sublime. They easily crumble when rubbed.

Towards the end of the bowl, the Orientals take front seat producing a Latakia laden woody woody smoke that meanders between sweetness and saltiness.

Even if you don't like Latakia - give this a try. You might change your mind. Highly recommended.

7 people found this review helpful.

quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (130)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Pease Pilgrimage Reviews (a tasting journey through every GLPease blend) Tin date: April 2010.

Tin Aroma: Leather for sure. Grilled meat. Faint barbeque. Burning stuff. Excellent! ?Flavor: This is the most audacious blend yet from the brilliant mind of Greg Pease. Everything about this blend shouts out loud. It reminds me of a huge, unruly cabernet sauvignon that needs ten years in the bottle before it's allowed to come out and play. There is no way you'll forget that there's a pipe in your pie hole if you're burning Quiet Nights. And like our big tannic cab, I'm convinced that time in the tin (or jar) will turn this excellent weed into something magnificent.

On the lat-bomb scale, this one is up there with SG Commonwealth which is 50% Latakia. Don't know how much is in Quiet Nights, but judging from flavor alone there's plenty of the Cyprian weed present. But not too much. Therein lies the magic.

The Orientals and Virginias are noticeably there, playing their own parts admirably. The flavor progresses continuously as the bowl progresses, getting stronger and richer. I recommend swabbing out the moisture fastidiously with pipe cleaners during the smoke, as the muck can add unfavorable flavors to an already strongly flavored blend.

If I have any complaint at all about this blend, it's the name. This does not make me want to spend a quiet night at home. These are the kinds of flavors that seem well suited for a night in the pub with a single malt scotch and loud, laughing conversation. And some live blues. Heavy on the Keeley Mod Tube Screamer. An easy four stars in the opinion of this Lat hound.

7 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1608)
Medium None Detected Full Very Pleasant

G. L. Pease - Quiet Nights (Old London Series).

I got this on a trade with my pipe-pal Franck (Gentleman Zombie), and I'm firmly in the four star camp.

Okay, it's clearly a very well broken flake, either that or it's had one hell of an arduous journey across the Atlantic. But, as it's broken a lot more than any of the other flake blends he's sent me, I'd say it was a broken flake prior to its crossing. I don't rub any out, it's loadable in the condition it's in straight from the fresh tin.

It lights simply, and gives a smoke that I'd qualify as being unequivocally full. The imminent flavour to burst through is a steadfast Perique one: very spicy and sharp. After five or so minutes I begin to get a relaxed Virginia quality: it's not as zesty and lively as is often the case, it's more laid back hay as opposed to sharp citrus. I find the Oriental accounts for a lot of the smoke: the sourness develops the further down the bowl I get. The Latakia's not too bitter, smoky or acrid, instead there's a strong sort of woody character which works in a harmonious way with the hay from the Virginia.

To me, the nicotine's a touch above medium; I won't tick 'Medium to Strong', as I don't feel it quite justifies the second half of the title, so I'll stick with Medium. And the room-note's very classic smelling: the word Antique springs to mind!

Easy rating:

Highly recommended.

Many thanks Franck!

Pipe Used: Peterson Kapp Royal #03

Age When Smoked: Date on tin: 01.05.16

Purchased From: Traded with Franck, highly appreciated

6 people found this review helpful.

krischai Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
krischai (1)
Medium Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

I loved this pipe tobacco especially for those quit moments in the evening or at night with a good cup of coffee and an alcohol of your choice. The flavor for me was great and it saddens me that not a lot of people reviewed this tobacco because it is just sooooooo damn good. Seriously Pease has really out done himself with this tobacco that makes me want more of it.

6 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (320)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A fine tobacco, smoky campfire Latakia takes the show but it is well balanced by the Orientals. Some "wine like " Virginia sweetness and Perique is a no show. Creamy with some spicy heat (I believe this would mellow with some age and drying). Not a real sweet smoke but sweeter than Odyssey ,more earthy maybe a touch of fruit. I find this in the same mode as Odyssey, heavy Latakia but creamier and more Orientals. This blend is kind of caught in the middle, not real sweet not too dry, but a full latakia blast and very flavorful. Another thought:

A very a strange burning tobacco, first, it took 4 charring lights to get it going, then it just smoldered, never going out for an hour, which is fine. I believe you have to smoke this slow to releases all the great flavor and so it doesn't get bitter. When I mean slow, I mean where you can't see the smoke, you can only taste it. I wouldn't want to smoke this in a big bowl as my teeth wouldn't take holding the pipe for 3 hours ! Do allow some "Quiet" time for enjoying this smoke. A solid 4 stars , quality tobacco , I think I like this better than Odyssey as the orientals play more.

updated 12/6/12Just a quick comparison of Pease Blends: Haddo's Delight- whiskey topped , light smokey, fruity (2), Chelsea Morning- Light latakia, fruity (4), Meridian- Medium Latakia, creamy bacon Oriental flavor (4), Lagonda-Medium Latakia- Campfire flavor, light Oriental (2), Quite Nights- Heavy Latakia- Campfire flavor with Creamy Orientals (4), Odyssey- Heavy Latakia- Campfire flavor dominates , light orientals(3), I would say all of these are 3 & 4 star blends, the numbers (#"s)after the blend indicate my personal preferences when compared to each other and "only" these 6 blends

Updated 5/7/13 I wanted to revisit my review because of a few thoughts and I noticed the two reviews just above mine. Coincidently the reviewers were addressing the very issues I wanted to address. First , I've found that you have to further rub out and allow some drying/breathing time with QN or else it is hard to light and keep lit. Consequently you would have to stoke this tobacco and it turns bitter. Secondly, I wanted to say that this tobacco is very similar in flavor to Penzanze. But unlike Penzanze, that requires very little drying or rubbing ( or it will turn to dust) this does. Also, after trying this blend back to back with Hermits " Stimulus Package" , I find the two very similar.

Similar Blends: Hermits " Stimulus Package".

6 people found this review helpful.

guitar2mw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
guitar2mw (92)
Medium Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Sometimes you find a blend that makes you say, "Wow...why didn't I try this sooner?" This was one of those blends for me. It actually took 4 or 5 bowls for me to figure out that I wasn't dreaming - this tobacco is really THAT good. It comes in sweet and smokey slices of heaven that rub out nicely without fuss. It is rather moist, so I let mine dry for a little while before packing it in a meer. A charring light or two is a must for this blend because once you start smoking, you don't want your pipe to go out! It is deep, complex, and rich. You'll get those sweet VA's leading the way, followed by the orientals. Thankfully, they aren't musty and instead add some spice. The Latakia plays a supporting role and doesn't dominate. At times, I lost it completely to the Perique. You'll taste a variety of flavors in this one: peat, herbs, malted grains, brown sugar, spices. It changes throughout the bowl and demands that you pay it the attention that it deserves. It has enough nicotine to make you feel it but it isn't a heavyweight. It is, however, unbelievably smooth. This is what I thought Penzance should have been, and I don't have to resort to illegal activities to get it. It is certainly a good way to end the day and I highly recommend all smokers to try a tin.

Pipe Used: Meers, various briars

Age When Smoked: Aged one year

Purchased From:

5 people found this review helpful.

Sybariten Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sybariten (60)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

Conclusion: Really enjoy this, rich in flavour with no hassle. Complex enough to keep the smoker interested all the way, straight enough to allow the mind to stray at times. I think this would age really well.

Mechanics: Burns well, no bite, rich in smoke. Medium strength I'd say.

Taste: At first it is sweet and smooth, the latakia is discreet but present with the virginia being in charge. Round and full with some pepper in the nose. The perique enters more through the half way mark and adds a stronger pepper and spice note, that lasts through the entire smoke. Full bodied.

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: Approximately 3 months

5 people found this review helpful.

Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (1280)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Quiet Nights starts... quietly, after lighting up. The various tobaccos are taking their time to marry together. Latakia is definitively forward with the virginias, I believe. Spiciness, smokiness and some sweetnes. Then the Périque jumps in, rather quickly, and is on the peppery side. The Orientals are harder to identify than in Chelsea Morning and Meridian, so they play more of a supporting role in QN. QN's taste was kind of subdued the first week and a half following the opening of the tin. But it was still Latakia forward for the most part, completed by the virginias, while the Périque would bring a discreet, peppery note. Now, it seems the Latakia and Périque are the main players while the virginia plays a secondary role. This gives QN an interesting twist. I've also observed that the aroma of the burning tobacco is spicy and a tad sweet, pleasant for this type of blend; and the room note is very discreet. Nicotine wise, it's there, at a medium to strong level. The only downside I find to it is I had frequent relights despite the tobacco being a tad dry; but I think that's due to the fact that the proportion of Latakia is probably high. QN is a different beast in the English department, not bursting with "nuances" and "complexities", but rather bold flavour from the latakia and Périque. If you're seeking a change of pace in this type of tobacco, give it a try. But I don't think it's for all the Latakia lovers, or for me, as the flavours are monotonous and something seems to be missing.

Pipe Used: Ashton Old Church and Rattray's Army

5 people found this review helpful.

twaksak Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
twaksak (54)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

In the tin, Quiet Nights presented you with a spicy, smokey incense-like aroma within the wonderful full Latakia flavours. Quiet Nights

Taste: Immediately after charring the bowl, you are greeted with a silky, creamy smoke, layered in that Latakia smokiness. The incense / orientalness are also prominent, but so delightfully balanced, no one component strikes you in the face. Pepper from the Perique faintly in the background to counter the sweet notes from the Virginia. Again, that feeling of sitting at a campfire on a real Quiet Night. A wonderful tobacco!!

Pipe Used: Savinelli, Pietenpauw, Bari

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: 4Noggins

Similar Blends: Penzance.

5 people found this review helpful.

gladi8tor96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gladi8tor96 (133)
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I always try to review tobaccos in the most poignant way possible, while trying to eloquently describe the experience. I think I fail to do this well. It's a shame too for a tobacco as 'deep' as this.

This is my third review of a G.L. Pease blend, though I have smoked more blends from this Brand, I'm not ready yet to review those other tobaccos. I must start by saying, WELL DONE!!! This blend is a beautiful broken cake that is quite dark with hints of yellow spattered throughout. The tin smells deeply smokey, musty, with some sweet notes and just a hint of spice. The smoke is (as described better by other reviewers here) is full, bold, savory, deep, rich and smokey. The red VAs give the smoke a tangy note with just a bit of sweetness. Latakia is the primary backbone flavor I detected with the orientals giving their two-cents throughout. The experience is like enjoying a campfire with some floral hints and 'incense'? There is a bit of spice that greets the palate from time to time (I imagine from the perique). Very enjoyable flavor! It is a strong tobacco for sure and sometimes can be hard to stay lit (though that may just be an issue of my tobacco packing). I'm excited to enjoy more G.L.P. blends for sure.

On another note, this tobacco reminds me of Westminster but deeper, richer, with a bit of spice mixed in. The spiciness (perique) in a few bowls is more pronounced, but doesn't annoy or overpower the seems to compliment it nicely. This tobacco also reminds me of Meridian but with more tang, latakia, and spice. Excellent!

Pipe Used: Bent Billard, Dublin, Egg, Acorn, Corn Cob

Age When Smoked: New from store - 1-3 years

Purchased From: Morgan Hill Cigar and Wine

Similar Blends: G. L. Pease - Westminster (Heirloom Collection), Cornell & Diehl - Star of the East, G. L. Pease - Meridian (Old London Series).

5 people found this review helpful.

Ben Rich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ben Rich (34)
Medium None Detected Full Strong

I was gifted two tins of Quiet Nights for Christmas and have just finished a tin. The tin had four months of "age" when I opened it. My first couple of pipe bowls did not overly impress me and I was somewhat disappointed that the taste and mouth feel were not as full on my palate as I had anticipated. However, as the mixture "breathed" for a few days, the fullness began to manifest and only got better each day. Mr. Pease is exactly right in that the blend provides a wonderful backdrop to a good book and quiet moments of reflection. I've been reading "The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah" by Alfred Edersheim; the author published this very lengthy study in the late 19th century and it is quite a complicated read. The one drawback to smoking Quiet Nights while reading this book is that often I found myself drifting into the flavor and nuances of the smoke rather than focusing on Mr. Edersheim's study. The room note is pretty strong and lingered in my study for hours... fortunately I'm about the only person that enters my study and I happen to love the aroma of "strong" tobacco (my wife does not much care for the aroma but has not commented, bless her). I have found Quiet Nights to be exactly as Mr. Pease describes: "rich, deep, contemplative" and I definitely hope to purchase a few tins of this to cellar. I would note as well that those pipes that gave Quiet Nights the fullest flavor were those with deep wide bowls, of about a large size four or small five; in none of these did I experience a bitter ending. The pipe it was most flavorful in was an ancient Peterson "system" 314; for some reason all of Quiet Nights' attributes really manifested themselves in that pipe.

5 people found this review helpful.

jimyfafy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jimyfafy (10)
Medium None Detected Full Very Strong

Garage note is almost good enough to keep old woman out. She really hates Gaslight. I find this to taste more rounded myself. It,s maybe the best latakia mix i,ve had so far. Silky smooth fairly strong nic nice presentation stuff and smoke. Shame it,s not in stock at the moment. Hope it returns soon.I may try it with Gaslight to keep old woman guessing. Come July we can smoke weed up here in Canada Old woman will not approve.(She needs it more than anyone I know of)

Pipe Used: Winslow Crown 300

Age When Smoked: fresh tin

Purchased From: smokingpipes

Similar Blends: Gaslight maybe? Old woman says not quite so vile to her sensitive nose..

4 people found this review helpful.

tabaco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tabaco (111)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Overwhelming

I've no idea what Cornell and Diehl are doing or not doing. This might as well be some very young Burley pressed with a bit of Latakia and that's it; total garbage. I sure hope Greg buys the occasional tin anonymously to see what the heck is going on, if he smoked this he'd likely loose his cookies.

Yes, another dud from Pease. I've pretty much closed the book on Pease, his blends or producers (maybe both) are not to my liking at all. Some folks adore Chinese cuisine, others Japanese, yet others Korean, so it goes for blenders as well.

An 18 month old tin with an inviting and pleasant opening note and a simply awful room note; cigar butts left in the ashtray for too long. My better-half rarely complains regarding my choices wafting from the pipe loft, she especially enjoys Old Limey Bastard which reminds her of camping. Nearing the end of this past evenings combustion she insisted that I conclude with a large bowl of aromatic Lane BCA. I tend to agree the room note is rather rancid.

A nice white ash and it behaved exceedingly well in my recently retorted Upshall. Alas in the bowl the flavours were monotone and dull. I was hoping for things to get underway and develop, it never happened sour and at times bitter. The Orientals are mute; are there any contained within . . . hmm, maybe the description alludes to Eastward orientation while combusting.

Since this will be my one and only tin which is going into the compost bin, I cannot recommend it.

For those seeking something similar to Penzance, you certainly won't find it here. Plum Pudding is closer far closer, by a county mile. I wholeheartedly recommend Plum Pudding by Joe Langford or York Mixture by Max Engel; money, time, and experiences well spent.

4 people found this review helpful.

psadair Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
psadair (3)
Medium to Strong None Detected Extra Full Strong

I just can't seem to choose between this, Lancer Slices, and Nightcap as my #1 tobacco.

With Quiet Nights, Mr Pease has concocted the most full bodied, complex, delicious tobacco I have ever tried. After blazing through two full tins I can say with assurance that this product is a bar setter in the world of English blends.

Smoky apricots, grapes, meat, and sweet earth mingle in rich, thick smoke from alpha to omega.

This is a smoke you can puff like a freight train with no ill effects to the tongue.

Not as strong as Nightcap, but fuller in flavor.

I absolutely adore this tobacco. I might order enough to fill up my garden tub so I may frolic about in it like a giddy simpleton.


4 people found this review helpful.

puro66 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
puro66 (74)
Very Strong None Detected Overwhelming Overwhelming

As to this particular blend I found it's taste to be muddled and extremely difficult to keep lit (I smoke mostly flakes so that's not the problem and additional drying was not helpful.)The tin aroma is heavy, somewhat pungent and that's o.k. because many such aromas lead to a fine smoke, but not this one. I have never said this about any pipe tobacco but this one smells foul in the air (I smoke a lot of latakias so that's not the problem.) The sour taste and tingling coated on my tongue will not be quickly forgotten, this element of the experience leaves me quite perplexed.

I was hesitant to leave this review but then reflected on the purpose of this site. We must each honestly give our opinions in a polite manner and possibly provide blenders with feedback they would not ordinarily receive.

Maybe it was just my tin, maybe not.

4 people found this review helpful.

Former 965 Fan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Former 965 Fan (7)
Medium Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin dated 010912 and flavour significantly opened up after about six weeks air. Soft slightly broken flake presentation was easy to fill and goldilocks burning characteristics (no re-lights but not too quick either). A delightful mixture evoking campfire notes balanced with fruity notes (blackcurrent/blackberry) on the absolute border of medium and medium/strong. Highly recommended for smoking anytime and I will certainly order again - only a small lack of nicotine strength keeps it out of my all time top five. I have never tried Penzance so I can not comment on that but this style of English Mixture with Perique has been around awhile - Dunhill My Mixture 73 (the numbers were chronological and eventually exceeded 30,000 so this was some way back in the early years of the last century) was a stronger version and was the probable Grandfather of Nightcap. Quiet Nights is a masterly re- working of this theme and with its slightly sweet taste and darker flavour is the Greg Pease Mixture perhaps most reminiscent of the Dunhill house style but very much its own tobacco. Just a really great smoke!

4 people found this review helpful.

zulujerk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zulujerk (145)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Coming off of a Balkan binge, Quiet Nights at first smoke seemed flat. I missed that overwhelming Turkish overload that dominated smokes like Charring Cross and Bill Bailey's Balkan, and swore that the blend was missing something, going so far as to apply an extra bit of Smyrna in hopes of evening the blend out. That, of course, was unnecessary, and my palate quickly adapted. I suppose that I can be finicky when smoking a blend for the first time, full of expectations and curious about the impressions of others.

In that vein, I've wondered why Quiet Nights has been so "quiet" on Tobacco Reviews, as people have comparatively registered a great many more appraisals of Chelsea Morning. I say this because I expected Quiet Nights to be the showcase in the Old London series--a Pease Nightcap killer. It's been so long since I've smoked Dunhill that I honestly forgot the blend, and having recently acquired some of the new stuff, found myself underwhelmed. The new Nightcap seemed weak, and lighter on the Latakia than I remember, however hazy those old impressions. But that overwhelming strength I was seeking doesn't exist here, as well.

Quiet Nights is certainly a full blend, but nothing that will knock you out, which is probably a good thing for most smokers. It's a rare English in flake form, a beautiful blend in the tin, with broken, soft, thick flakes. The Latakia is far more plentiful than the new Nightcap, and the blend registers a deeper sweetness as well with a contained Perique element, similar to Nightcap. They share attributes, but their differences are greater than some other blend comparisons that can be made.

Now that Quiet Nights is finished and I have that old standby at hand again, I'm realizing that I've come to appreciate Balkans more than I had anticipated, despite my early dislike of the genre. With that, this fight to the death finally ended when the whole event burned to the ground. It was a tasty spectacle.

Four of Five.

4 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Most of the Pease blends that I have tried I haven't really enjoyed without some age on the tin. Quiet Nights is my exception. It may be unfair to Greg, but I think that many will compare this to Penzance. I find this blend to be full right from the start, yet very cool and smooth. It is a little moist right out of the tin, but only requires a short while to dry. QN packs a fair amount of nicotine so beware if that's not to your liking. For those that compare it to Penzance (I find myself somewhat in that camp), QN lacks the sweetness found in Penzance although that may develop more with age. What keeps this from being a four star blend for me is the bottom third of the bowl. To my taste it becomes less complex and more bitter. I have stashed a few tins away to see what a year or two will bring. Recommended.

4 people found this review helpful.

PuffPuffLive Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PuffPuffLive (17)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Mr. Pease’s tin descriptions always draw me in.

I’m not a heavy smoker, so a 2oz tin can last awhile, considering my rediculously large rotation. I bought an 8oz tin of this due to availability, and haven’t regretteted that decision.

This is a fantastic oriental-forward English/Latakia blend. The tin note is the perfect combination of sweet Virginia’s, smoky Latakia, and sour/woody orientals. The Perique shows up in the smoke, providing a mild spice mid-bowl.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: 1-2 years

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

Big Train Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Train (58)
Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Very Strong

Those who know me are aware that I smoke mainly Virginia flakes and VaPers . I did , however , smoke latakia blends , albeit many years ago . I have avoided them for the past 30 years or more . Recently , I decided to begin smoking them again , I'm not sure why . The old English blends that I formally smoked are now all gone , I am referring to Dunhill , John Cotton , Balkin Sobranie and the like . I was now in a position to try the new blends as a novice The only ones I have liked so far were those from Mc CLelland until I came upon Greg's Quiet Nights . This had a fantastic tin note that took me back to the days when one could be blown away by the smell alone of a true British blend . The flakes were at a proper moisture level , soft and easy to pack . The smoke took me back to the 1960's when smoking fantastic English blends was our birth right . Deep and creamy with a velvet smooth draw . Later smokes from that can were even better having been exposed to the elements which brought even more subtle tastes . Though I have never been a fan of anything made by C & D I must remark on this one . By far the best one that I have smoked by Greg , I am going to order his whole British line and try them one at a time . Many times I have heard brothers refer to tobacco back in the day as legend . This one is back in the day . Good show .

3 people found this review helpful.

Wellpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wellpipe (59)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

ChocolateyLeatheryDuskySaltySweetSmokeyRichDarkContemplative and AptlyNamed. Nothing to add to the detailed reviews here except to concur that this is fabulous. Gently rub, gently dry, gently pack, gently tamp. I prefer flake format and this is my favorite Pease blend by a mile.

3 people found this review helpful.

Gripsholm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gripsholm (25)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Quiet Nights is a broken flake type tobacco. The color is dark brown mottled with yellows and tans. The texture is very pliable and easily rubbed.

I would describe the tin note as rotten apples or the sweet smell of fermented foliage, indicative of some type of aging process. It’s a gentle pleasant aroma not at all offensive.

The smoking flavor is slightly sweet and slightly smokey. All of the tobaccos are very well balanced, nothing really jumps out as dominant or overpowering. The tin note floats in and out of the smoking flavor as a ghostly nuance.

Quiet Nights is quite an appropriate name. The tobacco flavors are so well balanced that they translate into a very relaxed and harmonious smoking experience, all the way from the first light to the last puff.

I didn’t experience any tongue bite or pipe gurgle, I didn’t have to do any relights, and it all smoked down to a fine ash. This is a remarkable tobacco and Mr. Pease did an outstanding job in creating this blend.

U P D A T E: >>> Please see my review on Esoterica's Penzance for a comparison review between Quiet Nights and Penzance...

Pipe Used: Venturi

Age When Smoked: Fresh out of the tin

Purchased From: Mars Cigars and Pipes online

3 people found this review helpful.

Renar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Renar (9)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Making conclusion basing on one tin - is very pre-mature. I have about 50 kilos of different tobaccos in my cellar, most of them are with Latakia. From this quantity I have 2 kilos of Quiet Night for aging. This is one of the best tobaccos I ever tried. Nice, sweet, strong with layers of delicate tastes... Only Gaslight is better. So yes, this is number two. To be number two from about 180 competitors - not bad, right?

Pipe Used: Many different

Age When Smoked: 6 months

3 people found this review helpful.

p4p4 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
p4p4 (59)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

The problem is: old english blends were full of red soucy winy red virginia ? No. Just somones, like red rappary, and it was different for this reson. So....why mr Pease and american blenders contunues to produce english style blend using so much unortodoxy ingredient ? And present itself like the prosecutores of an old glorious tradition ? Their blends are good quality blend, but absolutly out of range of an ortodox english blend. So they are out of tradition. Old english was composed of bright virginia (BRIGHT !....understand mr Pease ?, orientals and latakia.) Then was the time of modern english .......with cavendish. And now ? Now we have the post-modern english.......with soucy, winey, sherry-like red virginia. So, is this a bad blend. No, its not, but its an unortodoxy one, absolutly out of any tradition. And, sorry american friends, this is tipical of american illitterate culture. So, please mr Pease, i like some of yours blends, but please......dont call english a blend so unortodoxy, because its sound like call Trump an intellectual.

3 people found this review helpful.

hufflepuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hufflepuff (8)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a tremendous smoke! Think Chelsea morning but a bit darker, more earthy/musty, with a touch more latakia tang and you have Quiet Nights. I'm surprised there hasn't been much talk about this blend yet since Chelsea Morning seems to be such a hit. I rubbed the broken flakes out and let them dry so it ended up looking much like the cut of Chelsea Morning. The start of the smoke isn't mind blowing, neither is Chelsea Morning, but once it gets settled down this blend becomes magical. I notice roughly the same amount of perique as in CM, which is just right by my tastes. It gains a bit of strength toward the end of the bowl but never becomes bitter or harsh. Funny thing, it sort of reminds me of Key Largo at the half way point of a bowl minus the cigar leaf. If you like Key Largo you will probably like this also. It's rich and full of great flavor without being too much of a good thing. The only aspect that is found in Chelsea Morning that I miss here is the sweetness of the Virginia leaf, which doesn't come through as much. But that isn't the point of this blend so I can't find fault with it. Quiet Nights is meant to be richer and enjoyed after a hearty dinner which I find it perfect for. This is a great second edition to the Old London line and fits beautifully in with Chelsea Morning. 4 stars!

3 people found this review helpful.

Bulldog8483 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bulldog8483 (11)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Simply put; this is a great full flavored, elegant, incense like blend that burns cool, easily stays lit and tastes wonderful. Seriously gives Penzance a run for its money. It's not identical but for the first time I can honestly say I wouldn't need Penzance if I had this on hand. I wouldn't miss it that much. It's a great blend all on its own merits. Feels sort of disrespectful to compare it to Penzance because I think it needs to be appreciated for what it is, but I compare it because of the respect that I have for both blends. I can't imagine you'd be disappointed in this blend of you enjoy Latakia in any capacity. Give it a try.

Pipe Used: Best is small bowl briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smoking pipes and tobacco pipes

Similar Blends: Esoterica Tobacciana - Penzance.

2 people found this review helpful.

tschenyinkoh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tschenyinkoh (51)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Deep, balanced and full body, medium dry side and mildly sweet English flake. And it is the few Perique-in English blend I like.

Compared to very dry Charing Cross, it hit on the sweet side. Red Virginia is sweet, slightly earthy and a little bit tangy; the Cyprian latakia is smokey; the perique provide the spice kick; Orientals and Turkish is woody, dry and slightly sour. Quiet Nights may be best one in the legendary Old London Series.

So I totally disagree with the review from Doctor Willet. And I do not hope that some novice pipe smokers' bad review keep your guys away from some really good tobaccos.

Doctor Willet said: "The room note's so awful to boot like something other than what's in your pipe is burning (like your car)." I've realized there is a heavy casing on this stuff";"my mouth feels cold, dried-out, and my taste buds fry"; I regularly puff my M.M. General full of Pirate Kake down to cinders.

This is my opinion: G. L. Pease - Quiet Nights is never cased, never. And its burning and smoking are much worse in the large long bowl than the small short bowl. There is only pleasant Latakia room note rather than awful to boot. If you felt dry and burned in your tastebud, this is the only reason: you rub it wrongly, pack it wrongly and smokey it wrongly.

If you depend on the reviews from tobaccoreviews to decide whether or not you buy the tobacco, please check the review from more experienced Users like " JimInks" "Gentleman Zombie" "beer" or "Pipestud".

Age When Smoked: nearly one year

Purchased From: 8 oz tins from smokingpipes

2 people found this review helpful.

Randy Tuggle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Randy Tuggle (12)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

Quiet Nights is one of those tobaccos you will enjoy from start to finish. A great late day or evening smoke, this one delivers a smooth smoke you won't forget. Not very strong, not peppery, or overbearingly odd in any way. It has a nice touch of perique that doesn't blast it's way into the bowl. You can smoke it as slowly or quickly as you wish without tongue bite. It's almost as smooth as Penzance - but this isn't Penzance. This blend is in a class all by itself as one that is mild and enjoyable. No toppings or aromatics included.

Pipe Used: Christie's Grecian Briar (Waynesboro PA)

Age When Smoked: 3 months

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

FreshNewEra Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FreshNewEra (4)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

First, let me say that I am new to pipe smoking (about 3 months at the time of this review). I have been smoking cigars regularly prior to this for over one year and had developed a taste for medium-to-full complex cigars. I have smoked at least 1-2 bowls of about 40 non-aromatic tobaccos and a handful of aromatics at this point. So far, Quiet Nights is my favorite tobacco as evidenced by it being the first full tin I have finished.

Early on, Nightcap became a quick favorite for me and I researched blends that might be similar. I was seeking a fuller bodied tobacco with captivating flavor if not complex. My search led me to Quiet Nights and since finding it, I have only smoked a handful of bowls of Nightcap. I find myself constantly reaching for my jar of Quiet Nights but balanced by my desire to try as many tobaccos as possible to hone in on my favorites and a nice rotation.

I find it difficult to translate the flavors I taste into specific words. I hope with time I am better able to do this. I find QN to be robust but not overpowering, savory, and spicy. The room note has some incense characteristics and even outdoors, people have mentioned this to me. I detect this quality in the flavor as well.

I have smoked QN at various times of the day and always like it although I generally seem to prefer heavier Latakia and English blends in the late afternoon or evening. Sometimes I detect more of a nic hit than others but have not identified correlation to time of day or food effect.

I had read one review suggesting to follow a bowl of QN with Westminster, which I did find to be a nice combination. Previously I had followed a bowl of QN with Nightcap and was shocked at how lacking of flavor NC seemed in that sequence.

Overall, more than any other tobacco I have tried so far, QN provides me with an enjoyable experience, allowing me to relax and contemplate with every puff. I am anxious to try all blends that people say are similar to QN. I have not come across Penzance yet but have been fortunate to find other Esoterica blends including Margate, which I look forward to trying. I will be trying Star of the East soon.

Despite a novice's breadth of tobaccos, I highly recommend this blend to anyone seeking a full, savory experience.

Pipe Used: Many, best in my Savinelli 606KS bent billiard

Age When Smoked: 3 months

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Nightcap.

2 people found this review helpful.

orka Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
orka (64)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Dry, delicate broken flakes. Intense smell, not totally unlike that of Nightcap to the nose. I found that the experience with this one is best when not rubbing it out, as this tends to lead to a lot of dust instead of the ribbons I was expecting which makes it more difficult to smoke effortlessly.

Starts out discreetly sweet on the char, but soon gives way to a bit of dryness (in the wine sense) on the tongue. A bit of VA grass that melds into a surprisingly mild and creamy latakia against a backdrop of incense-like turkish - a sensation that for me kept evolving and intensifying slowly towards the mid-bowl.

Mid bowl reveals a clearer nuttiness, a bit of fruitiness on the palate, as well as a bit of pepperiness, primarily in the side stream. In other words, the perique accentuates the flavours further.

The finish becomes a bit sharp, from time to time edging the line to bite, but rarely so far as becoming unpleasant. Puffing cadence is however a good idea. The wood notes and incense spice also becomes more prevalent here.

All in all a good, though not spectacular english mixture. Enjoyable, but perhaps a little bit too subtle in some respects for it to become more than an occasional smoke for me personally. However, those on the lookout for a mild and relatively complex E.M. will probably find a lot to like here.

Pipe Used: Peterson 999, Peterson 30

Age When Smoked: 10 months (tin date: 08-23-17).

2 people found this review helpful.

Circle H Brothers Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Circle H Brothers (7)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

There is not much I can say about this blend that hasn't already been said, but I'm going to say it anyway.

Quiet Nights has been on my radar for about a year now, but my cellar had become crowded and I needed to clear some space before adding any more blends to my rotation. But I really wanted to try this blend as I had heard such great things about it. My favorite English blend at the time was Ashton's Artisan's Blend, so I liked full-flavored, Latakia forward styles, but I was intrigued by the reviews that stated that it was the Orientals in Quiet Nights that set it apart from the rest.

So just the other day a good friend of mine and a fellow piper, gave me a tin of SPC Plum Pudding and a tin of Quiet Nights for my birthday. That night I quickly got my kids in bed and got busy preparing a small amount of the broken flakes for my evening smoke. This is how it went:

Tin Note: Smokey, earthy, tangy, spicey with some dried fruit to round it out. But there is a floral, herbal note that is very evident. The smell permeates the room.

Cut: The tin came full with what I would call "broken flakes", but they could have started out as full flakes and shipping took care of the rest. Not a negative, just noteworthy. The different tobaccos are somewhat identifiable within the flakes. They rub out easily and pack nicely after just a bit of drying time (30 minutes in this case).

Flavor: Upon the initial light, the flavor almost explodes through the pipe. The Latakia makes itself known right off the bat while the Virginias, Orientals and Perique try to catch up. After the true light, everything settles down and the different leaves start to intertwine and weave in and out on the palate. The Orientals pick up after the first quarter and really shine all the way through and offer a perfumy, incensey flavor. The Virginias offer a nice, sweet backdrop and the Latakia comes and goes as the bowl progresses. Towards the end of the bowl, something strange happens as the smoke starts to have a cooling effect similar to menthol. Not the taste of menthol, mind you, but just that cooling, tingling effect after smoking a menthol cigarette. I assume this is due to the concentration of the Orientals and Perique (which is apparent in the body and tingly retrohale, with only the occasional figgy spiciness) at the bottom of the bowl. Again, not a negative as I found this effect quite enjoyable as opposed to the harsh acridness you normally get at the bottom of a bowl. I would put the Vitamin-N on the Med/Low to Medium. I didn't get whoozy from it, but it was present.

Mechanics: The blend lights and smokes very well with little to no relights. Very cool and flavorful.

Summary: By far one of the best English blends I've ever smoked and could very well have knocked Artisan's Blend from the top spot in my rotation. This was also my first GL Pease blend and now I know why everyone raves about his skill. I love Russ Ouellette's Magnum Opus as well as White Knight, and I've always been a fan of Nightcap, but Quiet Nights is in a category all to its own. It ticks all of the boxes for an English Blend for me. So much so that the next day I ordered two more tins to put away and I'll probably order some on every payday to make sure that I never run out. Overcrowded Cellar be damned!

I have never had the privilege of smoking Esoterica's Penzance, but it is common knowledge that Quiet Nights is frequently compared to that elusive blend. After smoking Quiet Nights, I don't really feel the need to seek out Penzance. Quiet Nights is not only one of the best blends I've ever had, but it is readily available and remarkably affordable for the quality that you get.

Get this blend! You will not be disappointed. If you are, contact me and I'll find a way to dispose of it for you.

Pipe Used: Ascorti New Dear

Age When Smoked: Fresh from TIn

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Ashton Artisan's Blend, Hearth & Home Magnum Opus, Penzance (so they say).

2 people found this review helpful.

Aquinas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Aquinas (12)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I just purchased this, hoping to find an equivalent to Plum Pudding since the government goons are trying to make their choices of pipe tobacco illegal. I find this to be exceptionally mild for an English with Latakia and Perique taking a back seat to the other tobaccos. Being a sliced tobacco it burns slowly, dry, and leaves a dry gray ash instead of a wet dottle. I prefer slices because I have a tendency to smoke rather quickly and these give a cooler consistent smoke. In comparison to Plum Pudding it is lacking in the rich sweetness. Some have compared it to Penzance . Being smooth, cool, and having a pleasant taste I will keep smoking it while i build up my warehouse with Plum Pudding while it is still available. Would advise purchase before it becomes a banned substance by being highly addictive

Pipe Used: 1962 Dunhill Shell and Caminetto KS

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: 4Noggins

Similar Blends: Plum Pudding Penzance.

2 people found this review helpful.

bearded_cavalier Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bearded_cavalier (11)
Mild None Detected Full Tolerable

An exquisite English blend, and a regular in my rotation. A lovely full-bodied smoke with an underlying sweetness. Slow burning, no bite whatsoever and exceptionally smooth. I enjoy this blend in the evenings after the kids are in bed beside the fire pit with some gentle classical music. Bliss.

Age When Smoked: New

2 people found this review helpful.

beercritic Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beercritic (33)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

Is this my favorite tobacco? So far it is. I've been piping 8 or 9 months, now & have probably sampled about 100 tobaccos. I'm a Latakia fiend, so I smoke mostly English/Balkan/Scottish blends. I certainly have more of this stuff than any other tobacco. Well, I do have more of the PS Bullseye Flake, as I smoke that with my morning coffee. I just popped the lid of one of my 8 oz tins. As a former homebrew & National Level Beer Judge (Acetomenophen clobbered my liver a few years ago (18 day coma & not expected to live)) I erect the aroma of "noble rot" the earthy smells of fermenting vegetables & fruit. So far I'm using the Pease tobaccos as my late evening smoke. Gaslight, Abington, Sextant, Triple Play are in rotation. Ordered a sample tin of Westminster & Sixpence. Cyber Monday I ordered a bunch of stuff. 5 8oz Tins of Quiet Nights for $24 each. Everything in this blend works wonderfully together, providing a rich sumptuous, totally enveloping bliss. My wife likes the aroma of Latakia, so I'm happy there, too.

If you're sitting on the fence with this tobacco, my advice is to try some. It's wonderful.

Pipe Used: Cob, Meer & Briar

Age When Smoked: 8 months & fresh

Purchased From: P&C

2 people found this review helpful.

Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (1280)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Cool smoking and smooth, with that little taste of Perique spice skulking around. Rubbed out and rested, this becomes a favorite Latakia blend. I think this one's the champion of the Old London Series.

2 people found this review helpful.

Black Sheep Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Black Sheep (23)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

I am a fan of this blend. I found this tobacco to be a complex creation - a multifaceted mixture of a tobacco. I lack a tobacconist's vocabulary, and fear that I cannot adequately describe the blend. I would recommend the gentleman's description that precedes my own, he voices many of my own observations and opinions. Suffice it to say, that this blend is relaxing and pairs well with a late night drink.

Pipe Used: Peterson

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

derlict311 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
derlict311 (70)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

Finally, my local B&M stocked up on some GL Pease blends. After looking at the same old Peterson crap tins that have been sitting there for ages, it was nice to see they got some quality blends. They stocked up. Quiet Nights is one Pease blend I've never had the pleasure of having before. I picked it right up with the hopes of keeping it a while. It is well documented that I prefer tins with considerable age but I opened the tin anyway. Quiet Nights was memorable without the age.

Broken flake, shards of loosely grouped Virginia and Orientals and some black Cyprian leaf and perique. Big bowls are the ticket here. Absolutely marvelous in the evening. Maybe his own "Nightcap"? Not near as strong but full nonetheless. It has a nice room note, but tends to linger. The virginias and orientals are the main components. A strong emphasis on orientals give it that certain depth and taste that is both reflective and resounding. The latakia and perique are in the background. Just enough to remind you of the deliberate hand of a masterblender. I love it. I really do. This is a blend with nice complexity, if that's your thing. This is a serious pipeman's blend. Enjoy.

Mr. Pease has this guy looking forward to growing old and cracking tins of Pease blends for the rest of my life. All are improved with age. The quality of his blends along with the quantity that he has produced leave me confident his blends this great aren't going anywhere, no matter what happens to our beloved hobby in the next few decades. There is always Ebay, but I'll just keep cellaring these beauties for my golden years. And do I look forward to those years now! Thank you, Greg!

P.S. Better than Penzance, but different.

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Darth Vader Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth Vader (110)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Great minds think alike? When i first opened the tin, i thought this looks and smells alot like penzance (although not as strong or mottled). After smoking the first bowl my impressions were that it was very similar, yet a few key differences. The lat is stronger in GLP's and the orientals a lot more subdued. A resulting lack of sweetness thus occurs. The one thing that is better in this blend is that it has twice the nicotine that penzance has (the only flaw i could find with penzance is that it's a bit light on, for nicotine).

I came on here and scanned the reviews and low and behold, i am not crazy. Quite a few others have thought the same thing.

Is this a copy/homage of penzance? Yes and no. I feel that Penzance is clearly where this started but Greg has put his own bias on it. It seems to me to be way too similar to suggest coincidence or happenstance. Do i like the changes that Greg has put into the equation? Yes and no again. But.....that's just my opinion. You may love it. So if you like penzance (or cant get hold of any) then give it a try.

As always with GLP products, first rate tobacco is used.

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JohnnyMcPiperson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyMcPiperson (108)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I had originally intended to wait till I was smoking this one to write a review simultaneously, but alas I keep forgetting, so while I'm writing reviews, Dunhill Deluxe Navy Rolls will have to suffice. This was an interesting one to me. The first time I tried it was last summer while taking a tour of the C&D warehouse. I was smoking on an empty stomach and puffing away like a chimney, so it kicked my butt and I didn't get a very solid grasp of the flavor profile. But I have since acquired a tin and smoked about half of it. My opinions have changed a bit from what they were this summer. I find this English/Balkan flake to be quite interesting, especially in contrast with Chelsea Morning. From what I had read I was expecting them to be a bit more similar then I found these two first blends from the Old London Series. Focusing on Quiet Nights I found it to be a blend much more Latakia influenced than Chelsea Morning. While I found the VA to be dominant in Chelsea Morning, it was much more subdued in this blend, I mostly find that it complements the perique which for me seems to be making a much bolder appearance on the palate. I find this to be a dark and spicy provocative flake with a smoky heavy latakia flavor complemented by the peppery perique with a touch of sweetness from the VA and Orientals. I must confess it did not remind me of Chelsea Morning at all, but rather of another balkan blend of the Pease collection, it's one of my favorites, but I'll leave that for you to experiment with, I highly recommend this one though and I think that it is worth smoking in comparison with other Balkans from Pease!

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dhbillings Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dhbillings (9)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

So recently I picked up a tin of G.L. Pease's new blend from his Old London Series: Quiet Nights. I love the first blend in this series (Chelsea Morning), so I figured I would give this one a go even though I have had trouble with flake tobaccos and also blends containing perique.

Upon opening the tin, I was greeted with the scent of leather and campfire - with a bit of sweetness in the mix - and an array of dark browns mottled with the occasional bright tan streak. The flakes were already starting to fall apart, yet the tin humidity was at a good level and the flakes were not crumbling as dry flakes do. My only guess as to why they were falling apart so easily is that the cakes were not pressed for an extended period of time before being cut into flakes. Anywhoo....

As I have had trouble with flakes (as many pipe smokers do), I decided to rub some flakes out. This proved to be exceptionally easy to do - even with one hand rubbing the tobacco out into a pouch. The consistency of the rubbed out flake was quite similar to that of Chelsea Morning: wide strips not unlike a ribbon cut. These strips loaded easily into my meerschaum and, once packed, also lit easily.

The first things noticed in this blend are the Latakia and the Perique: very smoky and very spicy. Neither are overpowering, though, thanks to the interplay of the Orientals and the Red Virginias. These help refine the blend and mellow out what would otherwise be a ridiculously strong smoke. The end result is a bold new blend that is both smoky and spicy, yet smooth and mellow. And on top of everything else it burns easily to the bottom of the bowl, leaving nothing but fine ash.

Greg Pease recently posted on his blog how creating a new blend is a lot like a balancing act between different tobaccos, and in The Old London Series I really get that feeling. The actual differences between Chelsea Morning and Quiet Nights are small - they are both composed of Virginias, Latakia, Orientals, and Perique - and yet in as many ways as they are similar they are also vastly different. Chelsea Morning goes best with black coffee whereas Quiet Nights seems to be complimented best by an evening cup of tea. Still, Quiet Nights is a superb blend that will in no way stand in the shadow of its predecessor.

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Doctor Willet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Doctor Willet (6)
Medium to Strong Mild Overwhelming Overwhelming

Inside a tin of Quiet Nights you'll be greeted with the smell of smoky Latakia, but it's not the nice kind of smoky. This is a smokiness that's like pure creosote. Unlike most other Latakia-heavy blends, I can't smell any tobacco in this tin whatsoever. During preparation, the flakes leave a LOT of that ash-like black soot on your fingers. The smoke has that "creamy" feel to it in the first few puffs, but before you know it, it's sizzled your taste buds and your mouth goes bone dry. The room note's so awful to boot; it's like something other than what's in your pipe is burning (like your car).

Like others who've left a bad review for Quiet Nights, I love Latakia. I regularly puff my M.M. General full of Pirate Kake down to cinders. This is the only Latakia blend—as well as the only G.L. Pease recipe—that I absolutely hate. I've had this tin for 5 months and I've never had a good smoke out of it. I've concluded that it's the casing on this stuff that's the culprit, not the component tobaccos.

Whenever I smoke this, I get this sensation that's not unlike a menthol cigarette gives you; my mouth feels cold, dried-out, and my taste buds fry. It's not tongue bite. After reading other reviews and choking some more down, I've realized there is definitely a heavy casing on this stuff, and that's the rub. Obviously it agrees with some folks, so to me it seems this is one blend you're either going to love or hate.

Pipe Used: Savinelli 904 KS, various M.M. cobs

Age When Smoked: less than one year / fairly fresh

Purchased From: SmokingPipes

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (1280)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Even despite being fairly dry when I opened the 8oz tin, Quiet Nights burns remarkably slowly! When you look at the dark flakes, it is easily understandable. The spicy and smoky tin aroma do transfer into the smoke, combined with the spiciness of the Orientals and just a touch of sweetness from the Virginias. The Perique adds an occasional peppery dimension that plays well throughout. As where I had not liked QN the first time I tried it, a few years back, it seems like I well appreciate it this time.

Age When Smoked: 3 1/2 Years

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eon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
eon (11)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have just finished my last bowlful of this blend and, unfortunately, will not be seeking any more of it. Having gotten my hopes up reading many favorable opinions, as well as Mr Pease's usual glowing sales-pitch (which, despite several disappointments, seems to get me every time) I was rather disappointed in this blend.

The initial nose in the tin is alluring. Leathery and slightly pungent sweetness in a melange of peat and earthiness. The component parts promise complexity and taste. Alas, they remain but promises.

As always, I tried this leaf in several bowls, keeping an open palate and taking my time with different packs, lighting techniques and paces. The results seemed pretty much consistent across the board. To me, the bowl starts off with an interesting mix of masculine flavors, dominated by smokiness and a distant hint of red virginias. Slightly rubbed, the cut burns quite easily and requires infrequent relights. Unfortunately, things tended to go downhill from there. The initial complexity of the palate is soon replaced by a monochromatic dry saltiness that lingers after each draw and makes relighting a chore, rather than anticipation. While the smoke remains thick and consistent, the flavor diminishes, leaving a somewhat subdued sourness. I believe I rarely - if ever - tolerated Quiet Nights to the bottom of the bowl. There are simply far better, more interesting, and smoother blends out there.

Needless to say, your experience might vary, as many positive reviews seem to suggest. I would probably still encourage anyone new to Mr Pease's blends to give this one a try. If you have already been disappointed in several of his English/ Balkan mixes, however, it might be time to look elsewhere. I believe I will.

Pipe Used: Morta, briar

Age When Smoked: 2 years

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jhand45 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jhand45 (13)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I really like this blend. I grabbed it as it was recommended as an alternative to Penzance. I've still not had a chance to have the Penzance, but if its anything like this, I'll be happy.

Tin note is of Latakia (to be expected), flakes are thick but crumble easily and are a joy to handle.

This is an oriental forward blend, on first light it remineded me of H&H Black House (of which I am a fan) but I think this has a bit more going on than that. Smoking mechanics are great, it doesnt bite or get hot, no goop at the bottom of the bowl, this is one to stock up on.

Purchased From: 4noggins

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krg1000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
krg1000 (180)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend is a fine one indeed. It can use a little drying out when you first open the tin. All the components come together nicely to give you a nice long smoke that will sure to please. The nicotine level is just right in the middle of the road. Really can't be beat on quality of the tobaccos used in this blend. Cant wait to try what else is under the corporate umbrella. Highly recommended.

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pinko Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pinko (52)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I’m reviewing Quiet Nights based on a two-year-old tin, for what it’s worth. The Latakia is gentle and tasty, and easily the best part of the blend. The Turkish tobaccos are well proportioned to the Lat, so far so good. It shows promise initially, although the flakes are sticky-dry with some kind of humectant and are very stubborn about staying lit. This blend would benefit from C&D learning more about how to press flakes.

After a few minutes the Virginia is totally anonymous, sometimes a hint of sweetness comes through but it just doesn’t rate here. The Perique, I think, or maybe one of the Turkish varietals, has a chemical perfume aftertaste that keeps popping up throughout and ruining the flavor of an otherwise skillful blend. It tastes totally artificial and smells like an accident with a home chemistry set.

The off flavors come up enough to completely ruin the smoke. It’s a shame, too, because there was definite potential in some of the components. I can’t imagine that this is what Quiet Nights is supposed to smoke like after 2 years in the tin, but I also can’t imagine trying another batch to see if I just caught a bad tin.

Age When Smoked: 2 years

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Deckard Cain Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deckard Cain (8)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

This is my all time favorite latakia blend. Quiet nights has the most beautiful incense flavor I 'v encountered. This blend is exciting and relaxing at the same time. Its not an all day or everyday blend. Because it can burn your tongue (just part of pipe smoking, and nothing to fear)Its a blend to celebrate the end of a hard week. Best done staring into the distance, on a porch, by yourself.

Pipe Used: Old cobs, Peterson

Age When Smoked: New and aged to 1 yr

Purchased From: Pipes and cigars

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NewReview Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NewReview (4)
Strong Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

I'm a beginner and may not have the palate for this blend so please excuse me when I say I don't like this one at all. When I first opened the tin everyone agreed it smelled like smoked fish / beef jerky. I found this very unpleasant and the room note was lackluster. It also had a strong nicotine punch that kept me from finishing even 1/2 a bowl. It was harsher then I liked, a little too moist, and therefore didn't burn as well as I prefer. I will not buy this again, but I will finish smoking the rest of the tin, and maybe I'll change my decision about liking this blend. I left it open overnight and it dried out better, so it burns better, but now its harsher.

Pipe Used: Peterson's Sherlock

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radioisotope Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
radioisotope (17)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Wow this blend has rekindled my love for latakia. I was expecting a typical English blend but was pleasantly surprised to find this to be a latikia lovers dream. Very smokey with hints of leather and woods. GL pease hit the mark on this one. I will say its best to open this one and let it sit for a couple of weeks. It is definitely better. Im interested to try some more of his English blends to see how they stack up against this one.

Pipe Used: Beckler Meerschaum

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bob323 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bob323 (46)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Very, very good...wish this was offered in bulk...Tins are a bit pricey for those of us who are retired and on a fixed income...Would make daily rotation otherwise...Will certainly when I can afford.

1 person found this review helpful.

Barling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Barling (19)
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

I am not sure why some are knocking this. I guess tastes are different. This has quickly risen to the top of my list of all time favorite tobaccos, and is currently my favorite of the GL Pease blends. The Latakia is very forward in this, but it does not bite, and is balanced with some spiciness from the Perique and a touch of Virginia sweetness. The smoke is luxurious and creamy. I see some comparisons to Penzance, but I do not think they resemble each other at all, and I like this MUCH better than Penzance. This is best in my big Italian pipes (Caminetto, Castello, Ser Jacopo). I could smoke this tobacco all day.

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Crigs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Crigs (13)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Penzance? No. But good none the less with a Nicotine hit. Smoke it slow and it will reward you with flavor.

Nice blend for the English lover. in my opinion, one of the best ones from Greg Pease. Smooth and easy to smoke.

1 person found this review helpful.

PipeCat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeCat (13)
Mild to Medium None Detected Extra Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend is a star for me. So flavorful and delicious.

I find that rubbing this out and drying it well contributes greatly to a satisfying smoke. You will be rewarded with a bowl that is full of flavors I have yet to experience while smoking my pipe.

1 person found this review helpful.

Latakia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Latakia (70)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a great full bodied latakia blend that would be excellent on a winter evening. The name of the blend is appropriate. The blend reminds me of Penzance in flavor and cut. Had a slight problem keeping it lit but when it got going, it burned well leaving a nice white ash. I will continue on with this blend and continue the revieew as I get through the tin.

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manytrees Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
manytrees (16)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Another great addition to the GLP line of English. This is a bold mixture and the flavor is great. I love the way it stays with me even when I have finished a bowl. This will be another Hugh hit. Gotta try his one..

1 person found this review helpful.

Connoisseur Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Connoisseur (44)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

This blend is pretty much as described on the tin (which is unusual IMO). Packed, lit and smoked well, with nicotine on the low-med scale. My only gripe with what is an otherwise very good tobacco is it could do with just a hint of sweetness to round it out.

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: 4 Noggins

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Jevverrett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jevverrett (83)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I bought this one bc I heard some people talking about it on brothers of briar. How good it was and that it might disappear with the new FDA regs. I like some of the others I tried from Pease and have come expect great things from his blends. I went for the big tin, so my review is on that size.

It comes in the tin in four oak tag can liners like from smaller cans. The flakes are thick, but fall apart from handling easily. Very dark in color, and a bit shiny. Smells heavily of Latakia. It rubs out easily, and is a bit on the dry side. Takes a good char to get it lit well. Smokes slowly, so it's nice and cool with no bite. Very tasty, smokey and sweet with a bit of perique spice. It is rich and deep with a sweetness more like a good dark chocolate in profile. It may not be a good one for beginners. Has a good strength to it.

This is a good blend all around. It would be good with scotch or a dark beer. It reminds me of Lagonda, and nightcap. If you like those, this may be suited to you. It is better than nightcap though.

Pipe Used: Various briars and meers

Age When Smoked: Aged 6 months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

Similar Blends: Lagonda, Nightcap.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (1280)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

I jarred this blend 3 years ago - it was young and raw when I bought it, a problem I find with a lot of C&D blends. There was a strong seal on the jar, so some fermentation had to have taken place. The Virginia tobacco had a good acetic acid smell to it, maybe 1/2 the McClelland smell, which makes a VA smoker anticipate what's to come.

I'm not in love with the flake itself, it disintegrates into a rough cut that needed a lot more packing attention than I am used to with good flakes. Maybe more time in the press? Maybe it's meant to be fully rubbed out, although why sell it as a flake if that's the case? After 5 or 6 bowls I figured out how tight to pack it to avoid uneven burn, but I'd still prefer that the flake either held together or was tumbled out.

The initial flavor is excellent, as good a balance as you're going to find. Midway through, the sun-cured leaf drops out of contention, and I only get a hint of it if I exhale through my nose. The Virginias take over from here on. Latakia stays constant throughout. Perique pops in and out, but it's used like a condiment and shouldn't stand out. The nicotine content is solidly medium-strong -- reserved for Pease, and kind of a nice change of pace.

The very bottom of every bowl went sour and acrid, which for a Virginia smoker is kind of like Lucy pulling away the football at the last minute every time. I'm trained to anticipate the last of the smoke, where everything is stoved and at peak strength, but in the case of Quiet Nights I smoke down to the last 10% or so and then dump it to avoid the off flavor.

Two stars, I'm dinging it for construction, initial rawness, and for the off flavors at the end. I prefer blends that don't require extensive aging at home, so I won't be adding any of this to the rotation.

Pipe Used: basket pipe

Age When Smoked: 3 year old

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Old German puffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old German puffer (106)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Tolerable to Strong

Quite Night has made it into my afternoon and evening rotation. I first picked up a tin at my local B&M about 3/4 years ago. I smoked three bowls of it. Kind of liked it and stuffed it in a jar. A year later I re found the jar and finished it. Now it is something to remember. My advice buy in bulk stuff it in jars and let sit. Then open in a year. Put out to let breath for a short while and give a good 2 pinch to a favorite pipe. Light with match. Enjoy. This is not as heavy as a lot of blends and has a stronger room note than most.

Pipe Used: all types

Age When Smoked: New and over a year

Purchased From: Amistads

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Reagold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Reagold (24)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

A very appealing name. But, instead, it should be called "elevator silence".

Silence is funny. The true friend is the one with whom you stand confortable in silence. A rich, deep silence of mutual comprehension. Instead, in a elevator, there´s a unconfortable and anxious silence.

That´s how I feel with this. Althoug the beautiful flakes, of high quality, it has not been a good friend in quiet nights. Too much nicotine for not too much flavor. Not a bad smoke, of course, but I won´t buy again and was expecting more.

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Katharsis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Katharsis (39)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I really want to give this 2/4, but compared to a lot of blends out there, I think I still have to give it a 3/4. Pease just makes great stuff. That being said, I think this is my least favorite of his blends I've had. (I've had about six I believe.) Something just feels totally out of balance about this blend, which is unusual for Pease. But hey, he has to have something out there for everyone's tastes, right?

I don't really detect the Perique that is in here that well, and I don't feel there is enough VA in here. However, even that being the case, I also don't feel like it's a lat-bomb. It's a pretty confusing blend. I like being surprised and not know what to expect but not with this blend. It just doesn't work too well for me.

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Lestrade Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lestrade (16)
Medium None Detected Very Full Very Pleasant

A beautiful broken flake that Smokes cool, slow and dry with Rich layers of explosive flavor from charring light to the bottom of the bowl. Rich and delicious. Smooth, smokey, complex and as satisfying and complimentary as an upper tier 30 year old single malt Scotch after a great meal. A wonderful dose of viatamin "N". At 4 month of age, I"feel" this one as its sublime flavors and hypnotizing aroma envelope me. A perfect evening, last bowl of the day offering that bitch slaps the stresses of the day into the abyss. A truly sedative and tranquility inducing Masterpiece. Bravo Mr. Peace!

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CPT/VSG Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CPT/VSG (72)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I'm a big fan of G.L.Pease's Old London series to which QN is the latest addition. First, I love the broken flake format for these English/Balkan blends. The broken flakes smoke slowly and cool. Second, QN is similar to the other two offerings except that the Perique is somewhat noticeable and the Latakia is somewhat more prominent. As the tin recommends, a Wee Dram is a good companion for QN. In all, QN is a fine Pease offering and I've cellared several tins for the future.

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Polaris82 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Polaris82 (22)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I got to enjoy this while watching the lake behind my girlfriends house as rain from Tropical Storm Don lazily poured down on the shore birds in the mesquites along its banks. A visual experience to go along with the experience in the pipe never hurts, in my opinion its just as important. I was blessed today. Out of the can the aroma of earth/dirt is pungent but is not a bad thing in my book. QN could benifit from some drying out, but I just had to try it. Latakia is the most evident flavor in the blend, followed by the virginias and a slight, very slight tinge of spicy perique. I dont have a lot of expirence with Orientals so if they were there I couldnt pick them out of the blend.Cool burning in my churchwarden and minimal bite toward the bottom of the bowl. Some gurgle, so some aging is in order. Over all a solid blend and could easily put this into my rotation. Not quite a 4, 3 1/2 if I could.

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Pip Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pip (53)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Good quality leaf as always. It's just too young to smoke at this point. Will probably age very well. Right now the tin note is very pungent with the latakia very pronounced. The room note is also very heavy. The flakes were beautiful but very moist. Had a bit of bite on this one. Cellar it and revisit in a decade. Smoke this and then try Dunhill 965. You know exactly what I mean.

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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
Medium None Detected Full Strong

By now every time Greg Pease presents a new English mixture, everyone knows it's gonna be a masterpiece. And this one won't let you down. A Latakia powerhouse, yet incredibly well balanced, Quiet Nights stands out due to rich dark Virginias that provide a richness, sweetness and mellowness seldom found on English mixtures.

By all means, give it a try.

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Briar Mike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Briar Mike (17)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I like Chelsea Morning. I imagine a lot of reviews will start out this way... But I will try to leave that remark as my only comparision, to be fair to both blends.

I am normally a McClelland smoker, so I am pleased G.L. Pease is getting this old London Series going so well. I was very eager to get my hands and taste buds on this blend. I think the first 3 words say it all, it is rich, it is deep, I will enjoy it best when I want to take some extra time to be contemplative while smoking it. Its cut is wondrous, it was ready to smoke well right out of the tin, and it burned exceptionally well. I find the taste is stronger than I expected, but in a robust and enticing way. The nicotine seems stronger as well, but part of that impression might be that this was a quick what's it about review oriented smoke. I hope to update this more after a few more bowls, but wanted to share that I 100% believe this is will prove to be a top notch smoking blend.

=Update= I still like this one alot, but the cut is causing me to have difficulties packing a pipe that can stay lit or burn all the way down. I still enjoy it, but I must admit, frustration is setting in, but that is more due to my own need to get better at dealing with the cut.

=Edit= I am lowered my review to 3 stars, I just have no been able to recreate the feelings of the first 2 bowls since then, I find it overly bitter at times, although I am getting better at packing it. I still have hope that the tin I left to age will prove to be magic, but I am not ready to give it a 4 star rating yet.

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