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Triangle Area Pipe Smokers is located in the historical heart of tobacco country. The remnants of tobaccos glory days can be seen in the Victorian homes lining somnolent streets of isolated small towns, and in the tobacco barns that dot the rural landscape. Fortunate to have within its membership a master blender, VIP combines two great classics of southern tobacco. From the tobacco heartland comes bright Virginias. From the bayous of Louisiana, spicy Perique. With a classic aroma and flavor, the result is a local expression of a fine Virginia Perique.

BrandD & R Tobacco
Blended ByMark Ryan
Manufactured ByDaughters & Ryan
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
FlavoringAnisette, Bourbon, Honey
Packaging40 grams tin.
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
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Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant, Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1776)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The light and brown Virginias are buttery sweet with a hint of grass and earth, and some citrus. The smell of the tobacco from an open tin is fruity: apricots, figs and raisins, and much of that is mildly evident in the smoke. The perique is more fruity than peppery, but the latter is an important part of the experience. The toppings are a light honey bourbon and a small touch of anisette. It's S.J. Rimboche with toppings.The tobacco is dry out of the tin, so you may prefer to hydrate it. I found the flavors stood out more when I did. Burns well, cool and very smooth with a consistent flavor, no dottle, and no chance of bite or harshness. The sweet taste never wanes or gets boring, and the after taste pleasantly lingers long enough for you to immediately considering having another bowl right away. It doesn't have much nicotine, and may not have enough strength satisfy hardcore VaPer smokers, but for those who aren't, it's a four star blend.

6 people found this review helpful.

Pipeclimber Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeclimber (2)
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is a wonderful Va/Per. Upon lighting you get this very sweet and peppery taste with a nice almost florally finish. While I'm not very good at piecing up room notes while I smoke, my girlfriend seems to like the smell of it. Overall, I would say this is a very nice and relaxing smoke; perfect for sitting out on the patio and enjoying a nice summer afternoon.

Pipe Used: Cassano Canadian Shape

3 people found this review helpful.

Snappo's Pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Snappo's Pipe (19)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Daughters & Ryan TAPS VIP... love this one - ordered some tins!!! The Virginias and Periques in the D&R blends are phenomenal... SPICY and sweet! If chasing flavor and trying to guess if it's there is not your thing, try this one and other D&R's... FANTASTIC!

Another Top 10 desert island dream blend... Thanks again @JimInks - BULLSEYE!!!

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: Gifted, so unknown...

Purchased From: Gift

Similar Blends: Few other heavenly Aro-VaPers... but wouldn't classify this gem as an aromatic..

2 people found this review helpful.

LannarkGent Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LannarkGent (98)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This VA Per mange to be unique and wonderfully satisfying. The marriage of the tobaccos provided a tick and grassy favor as well as the musky earthiness of some Red Virginias. This is a delightful blend and a standout in a crowed tobacco genre.

1 person found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (411)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I must say that this one kind of surprised me as I hadn't thus far been too impressed with the D & R blends that I have tried. Unfortunately, my sample of this was quite small. I only ended up smoking about two and a half bowls of this.

My general impression was that this was a pretty good VaPer. Nice Virginia sweetness and a very light spice touch from the perique. It was good, but the perique was a little light for my personal tastes as my favorite VaPers tend to be a little heavier in Perique.

Remember that this is based on two and a half bowls. I am putting this at 3 stars as I liked what I tried, but I can't give it a fourth star as of yet. I will be buying another tin or two and will probably do so in a few weeks at the Chicago Show since they are always there. I will be revisiting this review after I have had a chance to smoke a tin.

1 person found this review helpful.

zwolanek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zwolanek (19)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is a limited production blend, and I was lucky to get two tins at the 2011 Chicago Pipe Show. I wish I had bought more. If I can find it, I will.

This is a classic VaPer. I rank this at or above Haddo's Delight. Yes, it's that good.

The tobacco is the highest quality. The cut borders on shag and it burns perfectly, leaving no dottle at all. The flavor is exceedingly sweet with a strong, classic, figgy Perique aroma. Obviously D&R took care to find the highest quality ingredients

As with all Virginia based tobaccos, this can burn hot, so watch out. But if you can find it, buy it.

1 person found this review helpful.