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A rich Virginia tobacco with 5% perique added to keep the mixture cool on the palate. A dark, smooth, wonderful flake tobacco.

BrandDan Tobacco
Blended ByDan Tobacco
Manufactured ByDan Tobacco
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

There is an undefinable topping with some sweetness that melds with the light grass and earth, citrus and dark fruit, and hint of wood from the Virginias. The attributes of spice, raisins and figs from the perique mostly lurk in the background. Some of the previously mentioned aspects are subtle, and wax and wane throughout the course of the experience, so there tends to be a mild inconsistency to the overall flavor. Has very little nicotine. Won't bite or get harsh. The flakes are moist and may need a little dry time. Burns cool and slow, leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires a fair amount of relights. Has a light after taste and room note. An all day smoke.

6 people found this review helpful.

CanadianCobCodger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CanadianCobCodger (4)
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant

Perhaps my second favorite Virginia flake (Capstan Original Navy cut takes the cake), thought this has a little bit of Perique in it. The virginias are darker and sweet. The perique adds a barely detectable pepper spice, but mostly offer slightly sweet plump/chocolate notes. Nic hit is mild. Burns cool and slow. Definitely could smoke this all day.

Pipe Used: Various Cobs

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes, 4noggins

Similar Blends: A very mild va/per... Has a similar flavor to Dunhill's Elizabethan Mixture, but in flake form, and less of a nic hit..

3 people found this review helpful.

doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (227)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I first smoked this out from a vacuum sealed tin that was dated 10/97, making it slightly over 11.5 years old. Upon opening the tin, the flakes were of a medium brown color at just the right moisture level for smoking. There were no detectable sugar crystals and the tobacco looked almost dullish (matted and on the gray side) in color. The tin aroma was reminiscent of something I've had in the past - like peat and wine. I'm thinking the original Mac Baren's Plumcake, not the newer incarnation), and a bit funky (I suspect from the Perique). This "funk" did translate at times into the taste as peaty. Although I wouldn't classify this one as a true VaPer, the Perique did make its presence known, but minimally. It had a very subtle hint of fennel in the aftertaste, but I think this was the Perique. It was also a bit like licorice/chocolate in the aftertaste. This was overall one of the smoothest Virginias I have ever smoked, and with enough Virginia tobacco flavor to satisfy. The Perique did add a nice spicy presence that I found enjoyable (not really peppery or salty), but unlike any other Perique blend I have ever tried (good for me as I am not a huge fan of Perique). I don't know what the top dressing may be, but it was pleasant. Before lighting, sucking on the stem revealed a molasses-like flavor presence. After lighting, slow puffing produces an almost chocolate-like taste and aroma. Very delicious. I will purchase a newer tin to compare the characteristics. As stated, I never was a fan of perique, but this one works for me.

UPDATE 5-23-11: Now that my 11.5 year old tin has been opened for a time, I am enjoying this tobacco more and more. The peaty mustiness is ever present. I feel that it is not entirely due to the Perique and still a bit chocolate-like. I tried a newer tin just purchased and honestly find it the same as the 11.5 year old tin. The older tin had a more darker appearing flake (assume from the aging) and a more, musty-molasses-like tin aroma. By the way, a very nice side-stream sweetness when you take your time with this one and a great room note.

UPDATE 5-30-13: Beautiful smell of figs upon opening my last of six (purchased 2 1/2 yrs ago) 50gm tins. Wonderful smoking experience and that's saying a lot from someone who doesn't care much for Perique. I have a one pound slab of this that is over 2 years old, sealed, and in my tobacco storage unit. Can be hard to come by these days. It is different from what I'm used to, but very nice.

UPDATE 1-27-15: I opened up my 1 pound slab a few months ago and am really enjoying this. I'm predominantly a Burley smoker as I find Virginias to be too vapid in taste or too grassy (which I don't at all like). Now I'm not a fan of Perique either, but Limerick seems to satisfy me in a way that I get from a good Burley smoke. I'm savoring this stash. I don't reach for it often as it still seems to go in and out of availability. Plus, I like it on the drier side...definitely more flavor for me that way.

3 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

I was gifted about 50 grams of this from a friend. I'm not sure what the "flake" looks like in the tin since this was in a baggy but it was long, flake-like strands. It appeared to have been slightly rubbed out but I didn't see it in the tin so I really don't know.

Two things in the below reviews stand out. First, this one does remind me of Dorchester to a large degree in that the perique is mainly a teaser and the predominate flavor is of a sweet grassiness or hay. It's fairly monodimensional but the second item I saw below is someone mentioning the floral, Kendal aroma, which I also noticed. It was very mild but it was consistently there through the entire 50 grams. It added a dimension that the Dorchester does not, in that regard. Coin flip on which of the two I would prefer.

I believe this one is out of production but if you can find it, it's a nice change of pace for either the Gawith soapy flavor lovers and the sweet grassy VaPer lovers, as it combines the two while rounding off the edges of both. Quite an innovative blend, and I enjoyed my time with it. If it comes back, I'd probably buy more.

3 people found this review helpful.

ELF Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ELF (40)
Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant

This is an Excellent Virginia Tobacco.I've always Been a huge fan of Dunhill's Elizabethan Mixture(This tobacco I find almost a'Twin')Limerick has More ZING...'Elizabethan' is a Tenor,While 'Limerick' sings like a 'Baritone'...Highly Recommended!!

1 person found this review helpful.

the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (264)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Having enjoyed a few tins of this blend, I find myself at fault for not commenting earlier.

Opening the tin, the aroma is pure VA. Grassy, somewhat sweet, with some acidity to it. I love it. The flakes don't seem to contain anything dark (like, e.g., Perique).

Rubbed out or folded, there is little difference. The smoke is nice and even, no dottle worth mentioning left over, and the taste is steady except for the last bit, where the rather elusive Perique does finally make itself felt in the form of a gentle, peppery note that lingers on for a bit after the pipe is finished.

A great offering, IMHO, with freshness and spice; certainly worth a try for any VA flake smoker. While I personally can stand more Perique, this blend makes me smile while I smoke (few do that), it's easy to maintain, it's satisfying... I don't believe I have anything else that could add to the praise. I like this stuff a lot.

Far as I know, this blend is still in full production, and I can (and do) still get it either by mail order or by kicking my local tobacconist in the right places.

Addition 2016-08-09: I just opened a tin cellared for five years... magnificent! Tin note full-tilt white wine-ish and sweet, and the smoke is purely excellent, creamy flavour, room note quite a bit better compared to fresh-from-factory... I'd up-rate, if I could. Reminds me of SG FVF.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Fresh from new tin; 5 years

Purchased From: DanPipe, Lauenburg, Germany

Similar Blends: Timm - No Name Gold, Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake.

1 person found this review helpful.

Slow Triathlete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Slow Triathlete (48)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The review below is part of a VaPer Showdown that I conducted between several VaPer blends:

Well, after a couple of day?s absence, I?m ready to review another blend. This time it is the CAO/Dan Treasures of Ireland-Limerick blend. I also have the good news that the order that I placed with is finally going to get here. Apparently they were waiting on the McConnell Scottish Cake to come in. With that said, I will now be able to review the McC 2015, H&H Anniversary Kake, and the McConnell Scottish Cake.

Right, now back to the Limerick blend. I have to say that this blend smelled better in the tin than any of the others so far. It has a very sweet Virginia smell and to tell you the truth, I didn?t really smell any Perique in there. This blend comes in flake form so I grabbed two flakes and rubbed them out to dry. I let this dry for about 2 hours as it is rather moist in the tin.

It packed decently even with the long flake strands in there. It was a little hard to light up but once it was lit it burned very well. I had mostly sweet Virginia tastes in the first part of the bowl but then the Perique kicked in a bit and stayed present for the rest of the bowl. It may have been that when I rubbed it out and packed the pipe I may have separated the tobaccos a bit. Either way, once it got started I knew that this was going to be a great blend! This blend is kind of in between Escudo and Dorchester as to the amount of Perique involved. It isn?t hidden in the background like Dorchester but it?s not really in your face like Escudo.

This was a well behaved blend and it didn?t require many relights. It burns down to a grayish-white ash that is very easy to tamp. It burns very cool and I never had any hint of bite from this blend. I have to admit that this blend didn?t wow me the first time that I smoked it. But after the first, it got better and better with each consecutive smoke. It took me a while to notice the subtleties of the different Virginias playing off of the Perique. It is medium in strength and can probably be smoked throughout the day.

All in all, I really liked this blend and will definitely buy more. This blend almost unseated Escudo as my favorite. Almost. I rank this one a solid second.

Here are the standings so far:

1) Escudo 2) Treasures of Ireland ? Limerick 3) Dorchester 4) Luxury Bullseye Flake 5) Kajun Kake

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This, my friends, is a very nicely put together tobacco blend. The virginia leaf, after a good rubbing out, is exquisite! The burn is quite cool too, thanks no doubt to the delicate sprinkling of perique. There is a bit of some sort of topping that has been added, and it enhances the flavor further.

I can see where the novice might puff this tobacco up into the hot zone...but those veterans who have had time to develop an experienced puffing cadence will find the complexity of flavors to be palate pleasing.

So, if you appreciate a good Virginia flake with lots of flavor and a cool smoke, grab a tin of this stuff. If, on the other hand, you have not yet learned how to handle flakes, get a tin and cellar it until you both mature a bit more :)

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Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

"Virginia aus sonnenreichen Regionen zusammen mit 5% Périque gepreßt, und unter sanften Druck nachgereift. Ein wunderbar weicher, dunklerer Flake mit harmonisher Süße, gleichmäßig im Abbrand, und kühl im Rauch".

That is how Dan's famous catalogue describes Limerick: "Virginia from sunbathed regions, pressed with 5% Périque,and matured under a gentle pressure. A wonderfully mild, dark flake of well-balanced sweetness, even-burning and cool-smoking".

When reviewing Pease's Cairo I wrote that I did not know anything else quite like it. Well, here is something a lot like it, except that Cairo is considerably livelier and brisker, with the Périque providing a real razzledazzle; one can barely taste it here.

One of the reasons why I seldom describe a tobacco in the tin is that its appeareance tells one very little about what it is going to taste like. Cairo is as golden as a mixture can be; Limerick is as dark as any mature flake; yet, they taste alike. Go figure.

Whatever has been done to the Virginias in these mixtures, they are not sweet. Not in the sugar sense of sweet, anyway. The taste is dry and herbal, almost like burley, but not dusty-tasting. Cairo has a better finish; the Orientals lend it a wonderfully cultured texture. Limerick is almost as flinty as a Latakia mix, except that it is lacking the deep richness of Latakia. Its note is rather top-heavy, more tenor than baritone. But austere. I really prefer a Latakia mix in this flavour mood: this is either too light or not light enough. And, for a long flake bowlful, rather monotonous.

Nevertheless, if you dislike sugary tastes, if you prefer your gin neat and your coffee black, if you like the taste of lapsang sou-tchong tea, you might enjoy it. And it really does burn cool and dry.

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1644)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Dan Tobacco - Limerick (Treasures of Ireland).

A flake that's a touch lighter than a medium shade of brown, I'm happy with the water content of a fresh tin, and the flakes are thin and partially broken.

The Virginia makes the majority of the flavour, with the Perique being notable, but not strongly spicy. It gives a mild plummy/figgy taste, but nothing too sharp. The Virginia tastes exceedingly high quality, being deep, sweet, and a little earthy. The only thing I get where the toppings are concerned is a honey-type sweetness, but I'm not sure as to whether that's from a topping or the rich Virginias. The smoke from it's medium in build, it burns well, and I get no bite.

The nicotine's above medium (but I'll tick medium as it doesn't warrant medium to strong), and the note's nice.

Limerick? An easy four star blend.

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Two months

Purchased From: 4noggins

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DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (263)
Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

Treasures of Ireland Limerick -Truly a treasure.

Taking a sniff reveals it's sparkling, refreshing nature. Fine aromas of grass, citrus, dried-fruits - and a hint of cocoa or chocolate - the tin note is seductive. It's mostly grassy in smell, with hints of dried-fruits like figs, raisins and maybe plum. In the back a chocolaty scent is hiding. I guess there's some sort of topping or casing, which I can't identifiy clearly. It's a bit sweetish, with hints of chocolate, honey and almonds.

The tobacco comes in faultless condition and is easy to pack and light.

The taste takes me to another place. I imagine walking through a field of grass, when it has just rained, smelling the flowers that mother nature granted, whilst eating some sweetish, juicy fruits!

Limerick's taste is very grassy, with a very pleasing fruit-note that's more in the back and a decent spice and tanginess. The tanginess and spiciness isn't very present, yet it is noticeable and is an important component that refines the taste excellently. A bit tingling in the mouth-feel. Perique is more in the back, and delivers only a whiff of pepper and dried-fruits (figs, plums, raisins). The taste is accompanied by a flavouring reminding of chocolate, honey and almonds thats lurking in the back. Almost a hint of malt to be noticed. Very subtle, yet noticeable and palatable. The flavouring promotes the Irish-Flair of this tobacco. All components - the Virgina, the Perique and the casing/topping melt to a distinctive smoke, that is very fine in tate and refreshing.

Even tho it's certainly cased/topped with a flavouring the whole smoking experience gives me a natural feeling, of actually being in nature. Huge fields of citrusish grass, lots of flowers and heavenly sweetish fruits. Always in contrast with the spiciness and tanginess.

Also for a Va/Per (with only 5% of Perique in it) I find it to be pretty strong! Nicotine level is mild to medium.

Smoked in a clay pipe the the chocolaty note is even more present, which I personally like. This must've been one of the best experiences with Va/Pers and pipe tobacco in general, due to it's uniqueness and refreshing taste.

3.5 stars for a tobacco that excites and inspries! I'm surely getting more of this, and highly recommend it to any smoker who think this might be their alley. Yet it is not as good as other Va/Pers I had, so I decided to only grant it 3.5 stars.

Pipe Used: Various Briars / Clay Pipe

Purchased From: Dan Pipe (DTM)

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Pastor Puff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pastor Puff (15)
Medium Very Mild Mild Pleasant

Tasteing Notes: Dan Tobacco Limerick

Component Tobaccos: Virgina, Perique

Flavor: Chocolate

Cut: Flake

Tin Note: Figs Newtons, chocolate,

Body: 6/10

Strength: 4/10

Nic: 3/10,

Moisture From Tin: A little wet but not unsmokable.


I fold and stuff flakes so that's really easy, the flakes are large and beautiful. A large bowl will take a full flake; smaller bowls will take half or 3/4 flakes. This tobacco lites well and stays lit. I've experianced no bite with this blend. Easy smoking and cool.


There is a chocolate topping, it's noticable but not unpleasant. I would not call this an aeromatic or even a pseudo-aeromatic. The chocolate topping and the fig notes of the perique nicely. The viriginas are nice and bready. This is a very sweet blend remenicent of desert.


I first head about this tobacco on a Smoking Pipes newsletter several months ago, in fact that's the only time I have ever heard about this blend. From what I can tell, not many have heard of this blend and that's a shame. This is a really solid blend that any VA/ per lover should at least try. The tin note is of Fig Newtons and chocolate. The fig notes from the perique and the bready quality of the Virginias come togeather with a nice chocolate topping to produce a marvelous smoke.

Overall: 8.5/10

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: New Tin

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Escudo Navy De Luxe, McClelland - St. James Woods (Personal Reserve).

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Rob73 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rob73 (77)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

A little bit of spicy Perique is added to a not-too-sweet Virginia. The result is a pleasant blend, although not so intriguing. Good for an all-day smoke. 3,5/5 in my personal rating system.

Purchased From: Hobby Fumo, Milano (Italy)

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Max1a Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Max1a (38)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I had been wanting to try this for some time. While it is very good tobacco, it is not Excellent tobacco. The tobaccos are the finest quality, the presentation is nice but it does lack depth and does not have any of what I would call, unique character. Still worth trying!

UPDATE: 2017-01-16 I am upping this rating to 3 stars. It does age very well. This furthers the consensus that most pipe tobacco is coming to market too soon.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

I am just now smoking the last bowl of what ended up working out to a five-bowl sample of very crunchy, dried-out flakes. No problem, that's how I like my flakes! Obviously, then, this review is based on limited experience, and I can't say anything about tin note or appearance, though these are rather typical, well-formed Virginia flakes. I'm glad I waited to review until the last bowl of my sample. The first bowls were not promising, but that is only because I have had limited opportunity to learn this new blend (to me). Much better to smoke a bit more of course, but I can see now how some folks seem to like this. I probably puffed too hard on the first bowls. I think I left the dry flake out too long on them as well, and it probably absorbed some tainted moisture from the room or something, because those first bowls were harsh. I packed this last bowl right out of the bag, and am sipping it more slowly. I am getting much better flavors now. In fact, the casing and style of this kind of reminds me of MacBaren, and I am treating it accordingly! Nice VAPER for sipping. I say VAPER, but being somewhat jaded to Perique, I would have to say this one is like PSLNF: if they say it has Perique, I'll just have to take their word for it! The person who sent me the sample thinks there's burley, but I would have to say based on this last bowl, no. There's something in the curing of this flake that causes a little burley-like roughness when it's puffed heavily, but that is all. All in all, though I really haven't smoked enough of this for a proper review, this farewell bowl of my first introduction to Limerick is good enough for me to recommend it to the lover of milder VAPER flakes, and I will probably buy my own tin of it sometime. Very nice sweetness from the Virginias, mild and pleasant topping which is not overbearing as long as you behave yourself, and a very good burner.

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strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

In my quest for the ultimate VaPer, I was gifted a tin of this blend to try and to review. It only contains 5% perique so it's more of a VA Flake than a VaPer and I tasted just a little of the perique in it. It gives more of a peppery note to the blend against a backdrop of a Va flake with hay like notes. The blend in the tin consists of semi rubbed out flakes that I rubbed out farther after letting it dry some. In the tin the flakes were a little too moist for my liking. It is a uniform medium to dark brown in color and when rubbed out it is more of a ribbon cut with nice long lengths of tobacco packing easily into the pipe. It really is somewhat bland in it's tin note, faintly smelling of cut hay. Upon lighting up, one is greeted with a nice even burning smoke, somewhat haylike and with the touch of peppery zest to the smoke. It kinda reminds me of Skandinavik in it's taste with similiar body. It burns down quite well into a dark grey ash and little dottle. It does smoke very dry, i never got any kind of moisture in my pipe at all. My biggest negative is the blend is very one dimentional, it does not change from start to finish and quite honestly, it became quit boring towards the end of my bowls of it. So, while it is a decent blend, it never gave me any excitement or even any "N' factor so I cannot give it more than two stars.

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PipePaladin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipePaladin (78)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

This is not a bad flake at all but it could use a little burley for more creamy character. Worths a try..

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Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (187)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Original review 1/23/2007:

One question please: is this really a Vaper blend ? I?m not accustomed to dark Virginias that much, but several things in this blend make me think there is Burley in it. I like to smell the tin aroma of bitter chocolate and raisins/figs, sour and pungent. I don't trace any superimposed topping while sure there is some casing. The flakes are soft and fibery, stuffing them into the pipe is children play and burn very well, leaving a light grey ash. But it's not so easy to reach the end, because the strength develops from medium to strong. It's good as after a dinner, better accompanied by a glass of white wine which helps to clean the palate. Not for an empty stomach nor for the beginner! The flavour is of dark tobacco, woodsy, musty and bittersweet, sometimes ashy and piquant. It easy becomes bitter if you sip fast. In no case it bites the tongue. It's an experience quite closer to smoking a Toscano cigar, which is notoriously made of Kentucky... To the nostrils: bitter chocolate, wood, some sweet/piquant notes. The room aroma is surely not a winner. Three stars for the quality of the leaves, two for the smoke. Nevertheless I'll revisit again, this is one of the few blends containing Perique I can find in Italy. Dreaming of C&D's!

Edit 7/18/2009:

two years and more after.

My opinion is not changing that much... just, I would reconsider my opinion regarding the possible presence of Burley. No, no Burley in here.

This is virginia processed in some particular way, a' la Dan, that makes it dark and with a deep woodsy/vinegarish aroma, due to a good help by the Perique. Some sweetness of the Va's shines only during the first third of the bowl.

Such a particular combination that makes me enjoy it just once in a while 'cause it's a bit strong for me. Nevertheless I will always keep a tin of it in my cabinet. Along with Killarney, Limerick is the only non-aromatic blend by TOI, and I consider both being nice blends.

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gho Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gho (9)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

The physical appearance of this flake is excellent, a nice interplay of mostly dark-brown, black and some light brown sections. A bit raw and not overprocessed. The flake is covered with tiny little crystals and can be rubbed out to a thick, fibery structure, very unlike some other flakes I have tried, which crumble into small little pieces. Quality here.

The tin aroma is spicy-sour, probably due to the perique, which is very mildly noticeable throughout the smoke.

The burning behaviour is outstanding. Very dry and cool, with no tongue bite.

Taste-wise I like Limerick. A mild, flavouring agent, which I can't describe nearer, seems to be present. At first I found it a bit irritating, but after a few bowls, it's quite pleasent, defining very much the character of the flake.

A good all day smoke, due to it's mildness, taste and well-behavedness. Nothing too fancy, but not boring also. Decent.

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Mr. Dottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Dottle (162)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Limerick is a blend from DAN

That comes in a 50 gram can

If you?re the kinda fellow,

That likes mild and mellow

Then get some of this while you can.

While this is not the best of limericks, the Limerick tobacco itself is much better. I was not initially impressed with the first few bowls but I did not rush to judgment. Subsequent bowls proved much better. This is one of those blends that grew on me. It is not overpowering nor overly complex. It was hard for me to detect the perique but there is an indescribable light topping that is reminiscent of the indescribable toppings that are present in some of the (Irish) Peterson blends. However, the topping in Limerick was not nearly as pronounced as it is in the Peterson blends. In short, Limerick simply satisfied my palate and provided a most enjoyable smoking experience. You don?t have to ask any more than this from any blend. Nice smoke!

A cigarette is to be smoked. A cigar is to be enjoyed. A pipe is to be savored.

I rate this blend 9.94 out of 10.

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I do not love VA-Perique blends, but this one is one of the most tolerable I have tried. Its great goal is how it burns: I've never seen a flake burning so easy and even, almost like a fine-cut mixture, indeed I used it to run in a pipe and worked great. The Perique is not in a great amount and the Virginias are of good quality. Definitely not for the pipe gourmet, but it can be used by the newcomers as an introduction to flakes with fine results.

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Noorrmm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Noorrmm (193)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Appearance: Small, thin flakes of mostly medium orange-red with flashes of lighter and darker leaf evident.

Aroma: Very rich, well matured Virginia aroma.

Packing: The flakes are thin enough to roll and fold into any normal sized pipe (group 3 and up) for a slow smoke. They can be rubbed out fully, but this leaves a rather fine cut to deal with.

Lighting: Typical two match light if you rub out a little for the top. Otherwise it make take three before you get a good even burn.

Initial flavor: Superbly rich Virginia flavor, mostly middle notes with some low notes and an occasional high note. A slight peppery flavor with a hint of stewed fruit tells me there is Perique in the blend. There is some strength here, but not overpowering.

Mid-bowl: Burns cool and dry if you pace yourself, but can get hot if over-puffed. Flavor remains rich and mouth filling, with some interplay of the different Virginias. The Perique doesn?t dominate the blend, but would be missed if it weren?t there.

Finish: No perceptible change right to the bottom. No gunk, just pale ash.

Summary: This one hits the long ball for me. This is an excellent afternoon or evening smoke, maybe even an eye opener with a cup of full-bodied coffee. I wish DAN put it up in 8 oz. bags.

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RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable


Appearance and Tin Aroma: Nice Flakes, nice VA hay with a fig-like aroma too.

Packing and Lighting: This blend is not sensitive whether you rub out or stuff. Lights easily.

Initial Flavor: An OK VA flavor, that is nothing special, but nothing harsh either.

Mid-Bowl: Nice round and sweet flavor, Perique is at just the right level for me, didn't trigger my allergies.

Bottom of Bowl: Slight build up of strength, just a little spiciness from the Perique. Burns to a white dry ash.

Overall: This is just a good middle of the road VA/Perique blend. Since I am primarily a Balkan/English smoker, there was nothing really here to keep me coming back. I finished my tin, but I wont be buying anymore. I wouldn't turn it down if offered to me though. As with all flakes, it must be smoked with respect, or you will get tongue bite.

Rating: 3 out of 5 points.

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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (304)
Medium to Strong Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

A soft and easy to rub out flake, very honey-smelling in the tin. Initially dry like a dry martini, then some dark sweetish-honeyish notes which are very nauseating,. Not too strong, but often boring and uninteresting, and headache inducing. Do you know Hamborger Veermaster? Ok, then you have an idea of how this tobacco looks like: the difference lies in the taste, which is drier and grassier, not as sweet. If there is Perique, you can barely feel it. Some friends love this tobacco... I really can't get it, and it irritates me!

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JohnnyFlake Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyFlake (17)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

I received a package from my son, who still lives in Illinois, in which there were a few tins of some of the tobaccos I had stored when I was living there. One of the tins was a tin of Dan Tobacco - Treasure of Ireland - Limerick, which is identified as a Virginia Flake. I had dated this tin 4/99, so it's been sitting for at least four years. Upon openning the tin I was greeted with a sweet chocolate and appricot aroma, just like chocolate covered apricots or maybe cheeries. Anyway, I've never smelled a tobacco quite like it. It's a very dark brown flake, perfect moisture and it rubs out easily. Once lit the chocolate aroma is not carried through into the flavor but the flavor is very deep, rich, smooth and semi-sweet. I'm not sure if there is a topping or not but I suspect that there maybe, thus the chocolate aroma. I have smoked several bowls of this as of this writing. I do not find this tobacoo to be very complex but it does offer several nuances in the semi-sweet to sweet range and it's very consistent, rich in flavor and very smooth. I tend to smoke on the fast side and did not have any problems with tounge bite. I've never smoke this blend out of a fresh tin so I cannot compare such an experience to this four year old tin, but there is no doubt that cellering has made this blend a winner. I will probably buy a ew tins and simply celler it for a few years or more before smoking it! I'd like to hear from others who may have tried this blend.


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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (286)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

If Limerick is the best of the line as indicated by pokrsmokr, then he saved me the time and expense of trying the others. A nicely prepared, high quality flake that packs easily and burns evenly. However, the taste lacks even a hint of the natural VA sweetness that I favor, is one dimensional and is very dry. I think this is from the processing as I really didn't sense the Perique. Not my idea of a treasure.

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