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A full bodied blend of exceptional dark air-cured and the finest flue-cured Gold Leaf tobaccos. Combined with rare and flavorful Perique tobacco and Samsun Oriental tobacco.

Notes: This is, ostensibly, a re-creation of the blend found in the very old, regional, cult cigarette of the same name that was discontinued some time ago.

BrandD & R Tobacco
Blended ByMark Ryan
Manufactured ByDaughters & Ryan
Blend TypeOther
ContentsBurley, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging1.42 ounce tin, 16 ounce bag
ProductionCurrently available
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Extremely Strong
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Very Full
Room Note

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oldcodger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldcodger (74)
Extremely Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Pleasant

D&R Tobacco Picayune pipe tobacco presumably recreates a regional brand of cigarette (also named Picayune) which faded away sometime in the 1960's. When I started college more than a half century ago I also started smoking. Initially I smoked both pipe and cigarettes, but eventually went over to the pipe exclusively. In the mid 60's I happened to be living in a town in West Tennessee which had a store that sold Picayune cigarettes. Although by that time I seldom smoked cigarettes, I bought a pack out of curiosity. The pack proclaimed both "Extra Mild" and "Pride of New Orleans." Extra mild? The Pride of New Orleans was by far the strongest thing that I had ever smoked! I'm not sure where it was produced. This regional brand was manufactored in its final years by Liggett and Myers.

Does this D&R product recreate the now long defunct cigarette? I'm not sure. They both are strong and have a distinct perique wallop. The D&R recipe of burley, oriental, perique and Virginia may or may not be the same. But the D&R offering certainly offers a unique pipe smoking experience.

Open the tin (or bag, I tried the tin) and the tobacco does not have a very distinct aroma, partly because it is unusually dry. It is a shag cut, ribbons of orange and brown with a few dark strands. A blend so dry lights easily. It also burns way too fast, so it demands a very subtle puffing regimen to prevent uncomfortable hotness. The room note presents no problem. It is very much akin to that of the pleasant smell of an unfiltered cigarette (as opposed to the obnoxious bitterness of filter cigarettes).

The taste is full, and the perique is obviously there. Pay attention to your smoking and you can also detect the burly, oriental, and Virginia. It is a full taste albeit not one of outstanding nature. What you note most is the nicotine. The Vitamin N blast of this mixture is awesome! (The only other smoke I have encountered that can match the strength of the nicotine is the French Gauloises cigarette, which I tried several years later out of curiosity.) I am not sensitive to nicotine, but I do not think I could possibly handle back to back bowls of Picayune.

Can I recommend Picayune to other pipe smokers? Yes, but only to that segment that enjoys perique. Those who do not care for the Louisiana weed will find Picayune an abomination.

But what about the potent nicotine wallop? Picayune is not a smoke intended for regular use. It is a change of pace. For those who are sensitive to nicotine, try mixing it with Prince Albert in a 50-50 basis. The taste remains remarkably the same, but the heart palpitation diminishes greatly. Or you could use a Virginia such as McClelland 5100. This provides a reasonably toned down blend, but the Virginia changes the taste somewhat, although not in a bad way.

I have smoked this both in my pipes dedicated to burley and those dedicated to Virginias without ghosting problems.

17 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28474)
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Very Strong

Im going to estimate that for 99 out of 100 pipe smokers out there, this is the strongest tobacco you can stuff into your pipe and smoke. I have never had such a strong pipe tobacco in my life. This is the strongest of the strong, the fullest of the full. A Nicotine "hit" to say the least, more like a rapid injection of vitamin N from an epi-pen. This blend disappeared in the 1960's and originally came in the form of cigarettes. D & R brought it back in the form of pipe tobacco, though I imagaine you can still "roll your own" with this stuff. Except for some obscure foreign tobacco out there that few have heard of and even less have tried, this stuff will probably flatten a good 90-95% of pipe smokers. The only reason I didn't rate it as "overwhelming" is because, for me, its not. I actually enjoy the stuff, maybe because I'm a former cigarette smoker, or a current cigar smoker. I've always enjoyed full strength blends, and this is it. I bought it in a 50g can, the baccy is brown/orange in color and with thin long strands. It looks like a birds nest in a can and its very dry. It's so dry, the "false" light is the only light I use in an entire bowl if I don't neglect it. The taste? As you can imagine, a strong tobacco taste with some acidic dark dark expresso. It's really too strong to detect much else - perhaps some aging will tone it down and bring out some other flavors (if there is anything to bring out). I recommended it because it's a powerhouse blend that one can actually finish (at least I do). The blend is something every full strength loving experienced pipe smoker should try, even if its just one time. If you enjoy only aromatics or light/medium blends, I wouldn't jump into to this as your first "full" strength tabak. If you are looking for an "ultimate" strong strength and flavor blend, this is a great place to start. This tobacco may even be a nice segue from cigarette smoking or full strength cigar fans. Eat a full meal, put an empty bucket next to you, and proceed with caution. You've been warned.

13 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1826)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I absolutely loved Picayune and burned up the tin quickly. I need to get more. The heady strength, high flavor and nostril tickling sensations will peak the senses. Yes, I know some people consider this to be a gold star roll your own and perhaps it is, I just know it to be a gold star performer in my small bowled pipes. For that time when a quick smoke is necessary to stifle the cravings when your wife drags you off to a wedding.


12 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2248)
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

The flue cured gold leaf offers some citrus and grass/hay as the base of the blend, though it’s sublimated by the other tobaccos. The dry, woody, smoky, nutty, earthy lightly peppery dark fired burley melds with the spicy, raisin and fig perique, and the floral, dry, woody, earthy mildly sour, vegetative cigar-like Samsun to create a full bodied, well blended product that can be smoked straight by experienced smokers as well as being used as a mixer. The nic-hit is medium to full. The strength and taste are very full. Won’t bite, but may get a little harsh and cigarette-like if puffed fast. It’s dry and benefits from a little hydration. Being a virtual shag cut, it burns quickly with a very clean, consistent flavor. Leaves no moisture in the bowl, and hardly needs a relight. The strong after taste and room notes will linger. Not an all day smoke, and not for the novice. I suggest a small bowl if you smoke it straight. Also makes a good mixer to perk up bland blends.


11 people found this review helpful.

cobacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cobacco (52)
Very Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I was expecting strong, but what impressed me is flavor! I bought 4oz bulk from Pipes and Cigars and it's the biggest 4oz I've ever seen; perhaps due to the low moisture level. Bag note and flavor remind me of Cornell & Diehl Bayou Night, but this stuff kicks butt! Picayune has an initial flavor of cigarette, but the perique kicks in after a few draws. There's also a very tasty sweet aftertaste which I really enjoy. The shag cut is deceiving when packing the bowl, so go easy and check your draw as you go. Lights easily and behaves very well in the pipe, but it does smoke fast. Flavor is sweet and peppery; good to the bottom of the bowl. Relight is tasty, so if you do get overwhelmed you can set it down and come back later. Strength is Strong+ and I need to take it easy after a third of a medium bowl, but I can enjoy the whole pipe if I pace myself. Great with pale beer or cold water. Nice with coffee, but treat this stuff with respect in the morning! Leaves the pipe clean and dry.


Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From: pipesandcigars

11 people found this review helpful.

Yellowfan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Yellowfan (6)
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Strong

I was talking with Mark Ryan about this blend in which he relayed a story to me about a gentlemen who actually passed out smoking this blend. Whether it was the speed at which he smoked it or the device in which he smoked it in, the story does carry with it a certain amount of warning and truth. Truth be told, this blend is spectacular both in it's strength and complexity.

I first smoked this stuff in a car on my way to work one morning and I was salivating at the mouth 10 minutes into it. I typically smoke strong English and VAPE blends. The overt Samsun orientals notes combined with the strong Perique combined so well I was enthralled at the flavors despite the strength. The "room note" is much more milder due to the air and flue cured Gold Leaf tobaccos, providing a smell akin to a smokey/spicy cigarette.

The second time I smoked Picayune was in the evening after the sun went down. I had some espresso roasted coffee and a good book. The slight movement in the air provided a much more rewarding experience since the nicotine content did not hit me as hard. With these conditions, the Oriental and Perique tobaccos really showcased the exceptional quality of this blend.

Overall Impressions - make sure you have some air flow and a nice beverage to counter the strong nicotine content. If you can get past or through the strength you will encounter a most enjoyable and unique pipe tobacco.

Pipe Used: Ben Wade Freehand

Age When Smoked: 32

Purchased From: In bulk, at Indian River Tobacco Traders in Grand Rapids MI

9 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (346)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a very fine narrow long ribbon. The pouch note is all barn with some hay and silage. Mine came dry and I have been packing and blowing though the bowl to give it a little moisture before lighting.

There is a very nice combination of flavors here. There is some sweet and hay from the Virginia. The burley provides an earthy mellow quality to the smoke, and the perique presents as spicy with pepper on the snork. I can't seem to provoke any plum, no matter how much I sip. There is some sour which may be the perique or the the Orientals. The combination is pleasant and has some depth and complexity. It is close to being "full" in flavor. It had a slightly sour aftertaste.

This might be a little stronger than OJK but not much. I suspect it would be overwhelming for a new pipe smoker, but I found it tasty and easy to manage. This might be a good candidate for someone turning to the pipe to get off cigarettes. It is an easy smoke and not quirky.

Edit: I have been smoking 3 or 4 bowls a day of this for the last week, and I have figured out the best technique. For me it is best to load it and smoke it dry - as delivered. I pack it pretty firmly. It burns well and has a great flavor this way.

This is a solid 3.

Edit 6/27/17: This is really a 3.5 in my estimation. I bought a pound of this, and I am almost done with it.

Edit 12/8/17: I bumped the room note from "tolerable" to "pleasant to tolerable." I took my wife a cup of coffee while smoking this, and she said, "Whatever that is you are smoking really smells great." I can believe this response would not be universal.

8 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28474)
Extremely Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Strong?... extremely. After a few puffs, I finally found my way to the lounger without aid from anyone... did it by myself. Wow, this is the strongest blend I've ever stoked into a pipe bowl. Has a slight cigar aroma to it & is shag cut. It has a good flavor for such a strong blend. I'll keep a tin of this on hand at all times.

This blend is good to smoke by itself, if you dare, or can be used to add extra strength to wimpy or aromatic blends without changing their flavor all that much. The moisture content is just right for smoking right out of the tin. If you like extremely strong blends & think you're tough, give Picayune a try.

If you roll your own, one king sized cigarette might last you all day long... it's that strong. Was that poetic? You'll only be able to inhale a very small sip, either rolled or stoked & this is undoubtedly one of the strongest blends on Planet Earth. OK... this one merits four stars for flavor and strength.

Pipe Used: Dr. Grabow Size Two

Age When Smoked: Fresh Tin

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Nothing to compare..

8 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28474)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

UPDATE: I have to say, as I've been smoking through my tin of this, I am starting to like it better. I'm getting used to the harshness; and it's kind of fun picking the other characterisitics out between bouts of harshness. I'm getting to where I kind of look forward to smoking this- may have to up it to 3 stars soon.

Now here's my original review:

I've been trying all the "strong" tobaccos. In my opinion, this one is not the strongest- but it does possess some harshness; and the shag cut, with it's hot, fast burn tends to accentuate that aspect of it- which, I believe fools a lot of people into thinking that this is stronger than it actually is.

It's not a bad smoke- it's rather hard to classify- as sometimes the harshness is obvious...then you take another puff, and it seems more "English". There's a lot going on in this tobacco....but that harshness manifests itself a little too often and sort of ruins it.

You have to pack this one tight to have any chance of keeping it under control (and tamp it frequently and deeply). There are things I like about it...and things I don't- seems to vary with every puff or two- but overall, I'd say that a rather raw burley seems to pervade.

Would seem more like a cheap old strong drug-store tobacco, were it not for the intermittent kaleidoscope of more refined flavors that alternate through it.

Definitely interesting- I'll smoke my tin, but won't be buying it again. I can get more strength and a much more consistent quality flavor without the harshness from my GH&C ropes or from Irish Flake- but it was interesting to try.

I remember as a teenager I had tried piping- and I had some cheap strong shag tobacco in a can which was harsh and tasted like raw crumbled-up burley leaves...this reminds me of that...only with an overlay of some nicer traits. Too rough around the edges for me.

6 people found this review helpful.

PeterD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PeterD (91)
Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

...Wow! this is a fine ribbon cut tobacco that is robust and definitely full-bodied...Since I enjoy strong Plug/Flake tobaccos, it does not come close to overwhelming me at all...However, I can see that many smokers would find Picayune too far over the top as a regular smoke.

It can burn hot and quick...therefore, I use moisture to control both those I do with most Plug/Flake tobaccos. Rather dry in the 14 oz. bag, a few quick sprays was all it required to provide the moisture needed.

To be sure, sipping this mixture is recommended, and bowl size doesn't really make a difference to me...I usually smoke this in a group 4 to 5 size bowl with no issue. It does carry a high nicotine content and I can see where this may be a bit "heady", with the perique.

I give this 4 stars because it is an exceptional mixture, quality tobaccos, and presents itself well. Mark Ryan has done a fine job with this re-creation of the original Picayune tobacco and it will stay in my rotation on a regular basis.

Very much worth a try for those who can appreciate a strong smoke!

...a pipe is to be savored...

6 people found this review helpful.

OsborneCox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OsborneCox (4)
Extremely Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

I sure do love me some Picayune. You'd never know that from seeing how much of it I go through - two 3.5oz tubs have lasted me over a year. Yet I smoke it nearly every day. I'm the kind of guy who likes to splash habanero hot sauce all over various foodstuffs, and Picayune has come to serve the same purpose in my tobacco rotation. It's a perfect little shot of hot sauce that goes with anything, in a pipe or a tube.

On its own, Picayune is a beast. The day the first tub arrived I tried it solo in a paper tube. I got about 1/3rd way into it and had to set it down. I felt like I had just had 3 or 4 whole tubes of something else in just a couple of drags, nicotine-wise. (Now, the only time I ever stuff straight Picayune in a tube is when I'm going out someplace where I expect a lot of bumming. I make 4 or 5 Picayunes and when hit up I say "here, if you can finish this you can have another one". A second one has never been requested.) Every once in a while I'll load up one of my small cobs with straight Picayune when I'm in the mood to get shot with the flavor cannon. If one can handle the onslaught, there are a lot of wonderful flavors lurking in there. But I mainly use it to add spice to other blends. Just a tiny little half pinch goes a long way. It goes especially well with Bob's Chocolate Flake.

In a tube I blend it with D&R Three Sails at anywhere from 10-50% of the blend, depending on how much strength I want.

I just purchased my first 1lb bag and plan to age it in Mason jars. I'm very interested to see what a few years does to this stuff.

Pipe Used: Cobs, briars, tubes

5 people found this review helpful.

Blackhorse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blackhorse (96)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Others have commented from a more familiar perspective than I can. I'd suggest checking out go to reviewer. I just thought the whole history here was very interesting. And I wanted to comment that this blend is available as a machine rolled 70mm x 22mm filtered "small cigar" in various cigar shops. Hmmm. A small cigar the size of a camel short. How festive. Stuff is generally considered to be "kick ass" re Vit. N. (YMMV) PS: I don't inhale these.

Review of factory rolled "small cigar": I ordered a carton of the "small cigars" and could not be more pleased. Size is that of a king size filter cigarette. An ideal item for breaks or dog walking, etc. They are slim-ish and a medium brown they look like a custom cigarette. The flavor is excellent. It is a melange that tastes like VA/Burley/Turkish/Perique (gee!...what a surprise). Lighter than the deep flavor in a bowl, but very pleasant. And without inhaling there is a nice little N afterglow. No complaints here. Totally satisfied.

Pipe Used: MM small cob, RYO & MYO

Age When Smoked: New tin & fresh factory rolled

Purchased From: Several vendors

Similar Blends: Pretty singular in my experience...maybe Ramback on steroids..

4 people found this review helpful.

gladi8tor96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gladi8tor96 (133)
Very Strong None Detected Very Mild Tolerable

A good friend of mine gifted this to me and asked me to try this tobacco to see what I thought. Based upon that premise, I really wanted to like this tobacco...

The tin was brimming to the top with a nice shag/ribbon cut of dark black, medium brown, and light brown tobaccos. The moisture level was fairly low, but seemed perfect for packing and lighting. The tin note is slightly sweet, very earthy, with hints of leather and hay. Packs and lights extremely well.

The flavor is almost absent and the only flavor that exists just tastes like smoke. Reminds me of cigarette smoke, but even lighter than that. There definitely was a nose and throat tickle which became more and more pronounced through the bowl. This is very strong tobacco and gave me an almost instant head rush.

The tobacco is of fine quality, but it just didn't suit my tastes or preferences. If you like strong tobacco that will remind you of cigarettes, this may be the one for you. Either that, or perhaps my tastes are just completely off, which I'm not opposed to either.

I have mixed this tobacco with a few other blends that need a bigger kick and are too sweet. It seems to work well to mellow very sweet blends and give them a boost.

Pipe Used: Cob, Billard

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Gifted

4 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Evidently, judging from other reviews, this used to taste pretty good. What I was sent taste like burning paper with a Perique-like flavor. Dry, hot, harsh. Thankfully, I'm now through with these D&R bulk "blends". Never again.

Pipe Used: MM Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh??? bulk

Purchased From:

4 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28474)
Extremely Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

Holy cow! This stuff will curl your toes on first puffs. Peppery?heck yes tickled my nose just like black pepper. Not sure where the oriental was as mentioned I let it go out at half a bowl. This blend is not for the faint of heart or weak palettes. I will have to give it several more trys before it gets 4 stars. Who on earth would roll this up for a stick of pure power? Complex flavors and a sense of quality tobacco make this worth exploring more, along with a strong cup of coffee.

4 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1750)
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Strong

D &| R Tobacco - Picayune "The Pride of New Orleans".

I'm not sure as to whether or not the cut varies from tin to tin, because although I expected the coarse cut mixture as described in the description, I was met by a blend that was clearly a shag cut.

The smoke: As the moisture was impeccable from the fresh tin getting the burn going was a simple task. There's lots of flavour to be had from Picayune, but I find it way too much! The Perique gives a taste that doesn't require an expert to identify: like rich dark fruit. The Samson has a fragrant taste to it, being a bit floral. I don't like the character from the flue cured leaf, it makes it taste messy, and harsh. A feature that really writes this off is the speed it burns at: like lightening. On the plus side it doesn't bite.

Nicotine strength: ridiculous. Room-note: not good.

So, Picayune? Made me feel sick, and nearly put me off my pipe! Not recommended:

One star.

Pipe Used: Porsche P'3613

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (858)
Extremely Strong None Detected Overwhelming Overwhelming

Light to dark thin ribbons very close to shag with a deep tobacco scent reminding me of some of the more cigar-ish G&H blends, an earthy, musty scent. Loaded easily and I reserved this for smaller bowls.

I understand that this is a supposed recreation of an old cigarette blend, but I can't comment on whether it succeeds in that realm. As a standalone pipe tobacco, it fails miserably. Dark fired combined with a huge measure of perique and that most cigar-like of orientals, Samsun, this seems like strength and nicotine for the pure sake of strength and nicotine. The flavor lay dormant underneath all this potency. I could just make out the oriental as a kind of tartness beneath the dark fired and perique but this is about as refined as a hammer blow. Hard to believe anyone inhaled this, particularly as a cigarette, the use of which most often comes from multiple sticks per day. Those folks are hardier than I. As a straight smoke, this was most unrewarding, so I tried it as a blender. Not much success there, either. But as a purely harsh flavored nicotine delivery system, this excels, as there is plenty in one bowl to satisfy at least 42 Marlboro Men for a month. If you enjoy a harsh, acrid smoke that will effectively remove all the saliva from your mouth, add at least one star to my rating. If you're a nicotine junkie, add another. And if you're aware that this is a deadringer for the original, add another and you'll see that literally any tobacco can claim a 4 star rating... any at all. For my tastes, one star is a gift for this one. There has been some buzzing around the internet that D&R tobaccos are not fit for the pipe. This one lends some credence to that.

3 people found this review helpful.

papapauly Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
papapauly (24)
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Very Strong

This is serious perique, not for the faint of heart or uninitiated! I decided to load up a Washington cob on a frigid new England winter day and give it a shot, let's just say the tobacco won that fight. This was way too spicy by itself for my taste, but I still found it interesting and wanted to figure out how to utilize it, sort of like finding a use for habanero or ghost chili's. I discovered Adding a bit of picayune to aromatic blends works ok I have quite a bit of "Cavendish in the woods" blend by Russ's blends and blending about 30% picayune to it makes for a sweet, smokey vanilla treat. That being said I would not order this again, simply too spicy for my taste.

Pipe Used: Missouri meerschaum washington, various briar

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

3 people found this review helpful.

GabrielCRT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GabrielCRT (97)
Overwhelming None Detected Overwhelming Tolerable to Strong

I bought a two ounce sample of this one and I'm sure it'll last me a very long time. I enjoy it, but man does it punch me in the face. It's like a Mike Tyson knockout in strength and taste. The Perique is VERY spicy and VERY peppery. This makes it rather harsh but it's manageable. If you can taste anything past that initial assault there is a vague sweetness from the Virginia in the background and some woody spice from the orientals. The retrohale is pretty painful. Make sure to have your tamper ready because this one burns very fast. Personally, I like this blend but it's not easy to recommend. If you're looking for a quick smoke at the end of the day that will really give you an overdose of nicotine, give Picayune a try.

3 people found this review helpful.

Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (127)
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

This is wonderful stuff. I buy it by the pound, and it has taken over my pipe smoking from 5 p.m. to dinner time. When the sun gets low, and it's time for an adult beverage, this is the tobacco that stands up to a wee dram and sings. Smooth flavorful tobacco taste in the mouth with just a hint of perique and oriental spice, plus a long, zingy finish in the nose. This tobacco does work best for me with something to cleanse the palate after almost each puff. I find this tobacco very similar to Cockstrong, but a bit more robust with the added zip of perique. In the bag it does have the aroma of some type of essence added, but no flavoring comes through in the smoke. It is a flavorful tobacco with power.

Pipe Used: Deep Bowled Bents

Age When Smoked: Fresh or Aged

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Cockstrong.

3 people found this review helpful.

zulujerk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zulujerk (146)
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Strong

You want to smoke a cigarette with this stuff? By all means! Picayune comes in a fine shag and little moisture in the tin, perfect for rolling papers. It is composed of dark reds, with errant strands of the Perique's blackened leaf hidden deep within the darkened range of colors. The tin note reveals a robust, earthy scent, somewhat tangy, and smokey, similar to a pouch of Levi Garrett or any other variety of chewing tobacco. Perique and Samsun? Sounds like an interesting combination, which was my primary motive in picking this one out, that and the purported strength of the blend, which some have described as intolerable.

This is, by far, the most cigar tasting pipe tobacco blend I have smoked--the flavor is almost identical to that of a strong maduro. I say that having smoked a few bundles of Consuegras from JRs (don't judge me), which is a bit strange, as the blend does not purport to have any cigar leaf, nor even account for that sort of flavor profile. It's an odd smoke when I consider that the few cigar blends I have tried do possess actual cigar leaf, and yet haven't gone any further insomuch as a suggestion of a cigar. Perhaps the inclusion of Latakia in such blends has muddled the character, I can only suppose. Even stranger, the Oriental leaf comes through, to add even more complexity and spice.

The strength is certainly strong, in my opinion, nothing far over the top, if compared to some of the ropes out there, but the blend is so rich in flavor that it would be best smoked by most people in a smaller bowl, and one in which you'd rather isolate what ghost this will obviously impart.

I have never tasted a pipe tobacco like this, and the novelty is full of charm, though likely an occasional smoke, given the described properties. I cannot imagine anyone with the fortitude to make Picayune a regular cigarette--for what purpose does this blend exist other than to test our resolve? Be warned, the strength builds, to the point that I am now wishing for one of those put me out of my misery. I'm sorry, I had to put the pipe down. I need a drink.

3 people found this review helpful. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (132)
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

Summary: the cross between peppery Perique, dark-fired and Orientals provides a cigar-like flavor to this rich Burley-Virginia mix.

To my taste buds, this blend has a cigar-like taste from the burnt dark-fired colliding with peppery Perique and warm Orientals, but the dominant flavor is Perique. The Burley is thrust into a supporting role, but even the Virginia is dwarfed by the condimental flavors, resulting not in a smooth blend but a rich flavor with undertones clashing at random. Balance will not be found here, and in fact, the unstable flavor profile creates a rancid taste and aftertaste.

2 people found this review helpful.

Lower Alabama Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lower Alabama Piper (15)
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

This is a very strong tobacco not for the beginner. I smoked the cigarette version of this and this definitely does not have the same aroma or taste of the cigarette version. The last time I smoked a cigarette version was a 1988 until I could not find it anymore. The cigarette version was non filter upon opening the pack it had the smell of my favorite plug tobacco which was bloodhound chewing tobacco. The cigarette version was very strong even though it said extra mild, ha what a joke. It would choke a mule it was that was the only cigarette in my opinion that actually had a smell and a full taste to it. The cigarette version did not have the same exhale through the nose that the pipe version has. The pipe tobacco version definitely has the perique retro Hale a very strong pepper. Upon opening my 8 oz bag of the pipe version the only smell that I get is straight unadulterated pipe tobacco with no topping at all. I get the same results that almost everybody that I've read about in these reviews get ,it's very dry. It burns fast. It burns all the way to the bottom with a clean white ash with no moisture at all for me. I smoke this with a cup of black coffee and the Burley nuttiness really shines also if you're a perique fan you will definitely get that flavor there's no way around that.I'm not really tasting any of the other tobacco that's mixed in with this as the other reviewers get maybe it's just my palate being different. The exhale through the nose is oh my goodness nothing but pepper pepper pepper. I like this tobacco it has a great flavor to me and there's no doubt that the tobacco used in this blend is top quality unadulterated with no hint at all of a top note, just pure tobacco flavor.the only other tobacco that I find similar to this is five brothers.this daughters and Ryan's Picayune to me has a better flavor profile than five brothers. I do not recommend this for a beginning pipe smoker it will be harsh. If you're looking for a full-flavored nicotine hitting pure tobacco flavor this is going to be right up your alley.I'm ordered two or three bags in bulk of this and every time it comes dry with about 16% moisture according to Mark Ryan. Mark Ryan videos makes it clear this brand does not have antimicrobial additives at all, anyone who wanted to add water to this blend should do so in very small batches as there is absolutely no additives to prevent mold or any microbes. This is a straight tobacco blend with no additives of any kind,thus the reason for having 16% moisture level. This tobacco does blend well with other tobacco's for someone who wants to add it as a flavoring agent. as far as the difference between the cigarettes and the pipe tobacco this pipe tobacco is good and has great flavor with a cup of black coffee. but it's definitely not the same profile or flavor as the original cigarettes which in my opinion had a lot more flavor.those that did smoke the cigarette version and the pipe version can testify to this, both versions kick like a mule if smoked fast.

Pipe Used: Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: Oct 2018

Purchased From: Pipes and cigars

Similar Blends: Five brothers.

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Amsteracqua Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Amsteracqua (23)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

I bought two tins in last Chicagoland Pipe Show and a I met personally the D&R owners. Back to Brazil I smoked this excellent tobacco and for me the great cost-benefit, because was a cheap tobacco (usually 8 bucks) and a round and strong taste. Totaly recommended.

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Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (149)
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This is a good blend overall, if you are looking for St. Nic. It comes close to the nic in G&H and SG blends of ropes and plugs but not quite as strong. It also lacks some of their complexity. I do think it has been topped with licorice root but it is a very light topping that does not interfere with the tobaccos. Yet, it is a good quick smoke that satisfies the cravings. Room not is a little strong so if you are going to be around others that object to smoke a quick shower would be in order before company arrives. I really cannot see this as replacing the stronger blends I have in my rotations but it is a good quick smoke and if money were tight I would pick it up again as it is about 1/2 the price of G&H, SG blends. Still, when I need a quicker smoke I find myself reaching for G&H Dark Bird's Eye over this but that is just my preference. If you like good strong tobacco this is worth adding to an order to try for yourself.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28474)
Extremely Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

OK. This stuff has its place, but it isn't straight into the bowl of a pipe. I tried it the first night it arrived in a cob and managed to make it through a quarter bowl before having to go lie down. It tastes fine, burns well, and generally behaves itself, but the nicotine is overwhelming.

I have since been using this to add to some of my milder burley blends (Uhle's #300, Uhle's #00, H&H's Classic Burley Kake) to give them some strength. This only requires a half pinch, but does require some significant preparation as Picayune arrives in a shag cut and is difficult to break up.

Bottom line is that this is a fine blend but its nicotine content demand it be either smoked sparingly on a full stomach or blended in minute quantities into other blends.

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Tabak Trak Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tabak Trak (78)
Extremely Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

Strong?... extremely! Could this contain the pure St. James Parish, Louisiana Perique? Possibly. Most of what is used today in our pipe tobacco blends is Acadian Perique which is basically the same thing... just comes from different regions to supplement the meager St. James supply but the fermentation process is the same. After a few puffs, I finally found the way to my lounge chair without aid from anyone. Wow! this is the strongest blend I've ever stoked into a pipe bowl. Has a slight cigar aroma to it & is shag cut... somewhat on the dry side and could be used to RYO. It has a good flavor for such a strong blend. I'll keep a tin of this on hand at all times to top off any wimpy blends should the need arise.

However, this blend is good to smoke by itself, if you dare, or can be used to add extra strength to a wimpy or a PG aromatic blend you've been wanting to finish off without changing their flavor all that much. The moisture content is just right for smoking right out of the tin or to RYO. If you like extremely strong blends & think you're tough, give Picayune a try. If you roll your own, you might want to sample some on a full stomach. A couple of king sized RYO cigarettes might last you all day long... it's that strong & I wouldn't try to inhale this stuff... there's no need to.

If you do choose to inhale, you'll only be able to do a very small toke. Either rolled or stoked in a bowl, this is undoubtedly one of the strongest blends on Planet Earth... if that's where it came from. I'd advise a smaller bowl. OK... this one merits four stars for flavor and strength. I simply loved this blend and keep it on hand at all times because a little goes a long way & will quickly accommodate your craving in short order. A word of advice to the wise... It would be a good idea to rest your pipe before you think you've had enough... it'll sneak up on you if you're not careful.

Pipe Used: Small MM Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh Tin

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: In a class of its own... nothing else like it on the third rock..

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Cat Jockey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cat Jockey (18)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I'm new to D & R tobacco, but became an instant fan. And I am thoroughly intrigued by Picayune.

I recently invested in 2 oz each of the three Ramback blends. And a couple oz of Picayune, too. All four of the blends need the same preface: This is a Pipe Smoker's cigarette tobacco. A cigarette tobacco worthy of the sophisticated, nuanced, and demanding palate of a Pipe Smoker. I used to smoke Camel straights, then switched to a pipe. After sampling all four blends in a pipe, I followed my curiosity and picked up some papers. Wow. They really came alive for me. These tobaccos almost need two reviews, as the difference in experience between pipe and rolled can be that significant.

This is a well crafted, well balanced blend with a fair amount of complexity, depth, and intensity of flavor. The Burley brings with it a toasted nuttiness and a hint of chocolate, the Perique resides in the peppery dark fruit/plum range and is a large component of the flavor profile, the Samsun brings with it a strong floral and perfumey (but not chemically or unnatural) component rounded out with a touch of sour, and the Virginia lingers in the background, adding sweetness to the bottom end of the flavor profile and pulling it all together. As far as the nicotine, yea, it packs a pretty good punch. But it isn't at rope tobacco nicotine level, though.

This tobacco is all about the Samsun and the Perique, and their interplay as the main body of the flavor profile. The Burley comes next, supporting those two with its toasted nuttiness and wisp of chocolate, and the Virginia offers a bit of sweetness, occasional tang and bread, and stays in the background.

I'll admit that in the pipe, I was having problems understanding the blend and what Mr. Ryan was trying to achieve. It was a bit harsh and the Perique was over dominant in the fermented gym socks sort of way. I couldn't quite get it to come together for me. Rolled, however, it all instantly pulled together for me and presented itself in its full glory as the Samsun really began to sing.

I cannot emphasize enough that this (and the other three D & R tobaccos I have smoked) is a Pipe Smoker's cigarette tobacco. Plenty of people enjoy it in a pipe, but this tobacco really pulls together when rolled. And it is a very pipe like experience when rolled, not a cigarette like one, so don't be scared, it won't make you a dirty cigarette smoker and there is no need to inhale, lol. It is still a very sophisticated and contemplative experience when enjoyed rolled, and some of the flavors really intensify and come together in a paper pipe.

What an awesome and unique blend. Well done, Daughters and Ryan ...

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Vaperluvr60 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Vaperluvr60 (4)
Extremely Strong Very Strong Very Full Tolerable

I would like to say I enjoyed this stuff...I really would...but I just can't. I enjoy cigars..Nicaraguan nic bomb cigars...Diesel...Man O War...Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 & Dark Corojo...Gran Habano #5 you smell what I'm stepping in here? Love these damn things...but, they don't fit into my life. They cost too much (ask my wife) and I don't have the time to invest in them to smoke them like they deserve to be smoked...savored. I've been an off & and on piper for 40 + years and for pipe fits perfectly. I can pack it, light it, puff it, set it down...walk away..come back in 15 minutes or more and its as good if not better than when I set it down...not so with a cigar. You see...flavor matters to me...if I'm going to smoke it, it's going to taste good to me or it's done. So we come all the way back around to Picayune...I suspect it's the cut more so than the leaf...cigarette tobacco is cut one way...pipe tobacco, another. Don't cut pipe tobacco like cigarette tobacco! The stuff is crazy fine & crazy dry..I bought a 1 lb bag just sure this stuff was going to hit me right where I live...nope. I have used it to try and add some power to tamer blends and just screwed up the flavor of both. I have sprayed it with water, Jack Daniels, Kraken rum...anything to slow this flamethrower down...nope. Gotta pass...sorry Mark Ryan...I have lots of respect for you...Ryback...Rimboche A.B. them. But Picayune is outta bounds for me. And I gave it 3 stars because I know how much passion went into making this blend and so many DO enjoy a sort of sick, sado masochistic sort of way (humor) I'm just not one of them....

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman & Carey Magic Inch

Age When Smoked: fresh of the truck

Purchased From: P & C

Similar Blends: El Rico Habano comes close...nothing in the pipe tobacco world.

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AcworthAl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AcworthAl (38)
Very Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Unnoticeable

Received a pound of this yesterday from Pipes and Cigars. Love Perique and the price was right. I am not a smoker who can differentiate subtle tastes, e.g. it has a faint taste of Makers Mark with a hint of Dove chocolate. Picayune Pride of New Orleans taste like a burley with Perique. I did not find it overwhelming strong, like Peterson’s Irish Flake. Overall this is a very decent pipe tobacco. Smoke it slow it can bite.

10-17-16 Still strong and still great in a CC

Update you must try this in a corn Cobb!!

Pipe Used: MM Freehand

Age When Smoked: New out of tin

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

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