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A combination of full bodied Virginia from North Carolina and Virginia blended with Perique from Louisiana are the cornerstones in Escudo. The blend is pressed and matured before it is spun and cut into coins. This process ensures the unique character of Escudo.

Notes: Produced by the Cope brothers from 1870 to 1936, at which point they were bought by Gallaher. Gallaher produced Escudo until 1994. A&C Petersen began production in 1997, with the original presses. Now blended by Scandinavian Tobacco Group in Assens, Denmark.

BrandScandinavian Tobacco Group (STG)
Manufactured BySt-Group Assens
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutCurly Cut
Packaging50g Tin
CountryDK
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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Slow Draw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Slow Draw (26)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Put off by all the hype I delayed opening one of my Escudo tins. I explored other VaPer blends and especially flakes, working my around to the "King Of VaPers". Well I finally decided that I had enough perspective to give Escudo an honest go.

All the hype holds true. This is a masterpiece tobacco. The tin aroma is sweet and tangy. Enough to make a non-smoker want another deep whiff! The discs are pretty to look at and fun to handle. One great thing about flake tobaccos is that once you know the best quantity and fill method for a pipe, you can recreate it quite easily. Anyway, Escudo is sweet, tangy, plummy, silky smooth, and burns great. There is a small nicotine effect, but it's gentle and welcome. I have smoked bowl after bowl of this exceptional tobacco.

May Escudo never part from our midst.

13 people found this review helpful.

Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (155)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

My review is based on a couple of six coins left-over in a tin bought in 1998 at JJFox in London. Producer was still A&CP.

The coins were dry but not brittle. They were briefly rehydrated over a humidified tissue, loaded in a unfiltered Savinelli Professor Pot smoked exclusively with Va & VaPer's, and left wait a hour.

Well, like Condor and other Gallaher's, Sobranie's, John Cotton's and other old British, Escudo has a special place in my earth. It was one of the tobaccos of my youth, I didn't even know it contains Perique... Four stars may seem something affected by that sentimental feeling, not in this case: Escudo is the benchmark of VaPer's, just or more than Three Nuns (the old days' one, I mean).

A medium strength, sweet/peppery smoke, very well balanced. The body is bit weak, common feature for VaPer's. The pleasure to the nose is great with notes of malt biscuits and occasional pepper.

Care must be put in non rushing the draw, but I have not faced particular problem or hot pipe even during enthusiastic sets.

Unfortunatly Escudo is missed from very long time from the Italian tobacconists, and I understand not very easy to find even in Europe. As a comparison, Solani 633 seems the one going very near to Escudo. Black Parrot is even more Perique oriented. Torben Dansk's Sailor Flake no. 15 is also something good substitute to Escudo.

Highly recommended.

8 people found this review helpful.

Sniper3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sniper3 (26)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is my no.1 tobacco. Has been for a long time. A smooth Vaper - no tricks. Easy to rub out, easy to light, stays lit. Enough flavor to not over puff. I hate to see a bowl end. When they throw me in the fire, I hope they stuff a couple of tins of Escudo in my pockets.

7 people found this review helpful.

Uban Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Uban (34)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

The thing that surprised me about the current Escudo is how easy it is to work with - stuff it, rub it, shred it, cut it, fold it, screw it in - the results are always the same. Bright high notes all the way, grassy flavor changes to full & sweet later on, burns all the way to a clean ash with no gurgle. Even fresh tins are worth diving right into. One of, if not the, best VaPers on the market.

Pipe Used: Meer, cob, briars

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: B&M

Similar Blends: 633, but smoother.

4 people found this review helpful.

Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (83)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is, quite simply, the best VaPer out there. The benchmark by which all others are judged. The Holy Grail of VaPers. the gold standard. While there are many fantastic VaPers available (and some not-so-fantastic), Escudo is The One. My desert island tobacco. Rarely does a day go by when I do not smoke it. The Virginias are divine - that perfect, fresh hay tin note. I get very little Perique in the tin note. Flavorwise, the Perique is mild in this one compared to some other Perique-forward blends, but it's in perfect proportion. Not sure how you top this. I like to rub out the coins, and will typically smoke only one at a time in a smaller, wider bowled pipe such as a small pot or prince. I have a Stanwell 242 dedicated to Escudo that probably gets more than its share of use.

Everything that needs to be said has been said in previous reviews.

If you are thinking of trying it, stop thinking and order it. You will not be disappointed. And if you are, you can send the rest to me.

Similar Blends: Dunhill - De Luxe Navy Rolls.

4 people found this review helpful.

chrisg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
chrisg (4)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

The best pipe tobacco. period.

I've been trying many different Vapers over the last couple of years to find a complement or a close second to Escudo. I haven't found it yet. This tobacco is very consistent, subtle and refined. Solani 633, or SG St. James are almost in the same league, but not quite. 2015 is good but unsophisticated - like candy. Some of the G.L. Pease brands are nice, but they typically have too much going on for me. Reiner is the closest I've experienced.

Escudo is wonderful tobacco. If you haven't tried it, it should be your next purchase. I only wish they'd sell it in larger amounts.

4 people found this review helpful.

Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

I have always found it difficult to make Escudo behave. I tend to over-smoke it. When it burns too hot, it is horribly aggressive. When it burns just right??it is one of the supreme experiences.

A lot of guilded cant has been piled up under the heading "complexity" in tobacco talk. Mixing up a few strands of tobacco is not exactly like writing Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics. The unique simplicity of Virginia tobacco, as tasted in Escudo, is like the scent of a rose: not complicated, just ineffable. Ineffable is enough.

4 people found this review helpful.

Jacinto Cupboard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jacinto Cupboard (50)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Coins of spun tobacco ranging from blonde to dark brown, predominantly mid brown. Tin aroma is dried figs, hay and pepper.

The coins are not as well presented in the tin as the Dunhill equivalent and seem drier and more fragile.

Burns well with minimal re-lights. There is a prominent lemon spritz on the tongue. It burns sweet throughout. Towards the end of the bowl this tobacco takes on a darker dimension. Beautiful stuff, already well documented.

3 people found this review helpful.

CubanPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CubanPiper (6)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is a true classic. I do not understand why it only has 3 stars. If you are a VA/PER, I'm more than sure you will like this one. If you are not a VA/PER, don't review it.

3 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (555)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I prefer the A.C.Peterson version better because it seemed slightly richer in taste than the current Escudo. I agree with some of the comparisons to Dunhill Deluxe Navy Rolls, though I have not tried the latest version of that. I smoked DDNR in the early 2000s before they stopped production on it. That blend was a little sweeter and certainly fuller than any Escudo version I have tried. I don't know how the latest manufacture of DDNR is, so I can't compare that to the others I mentioned.

Despite those criticisms, this is still a good smoke and I enjoy it. I might give this new version a 2 and 3/4 rather than a full three stars only because the Peterson version gets a full 3 stars, and maybe even 3 and half from me. I suppose I'm being nitpicky, because this version is certainly worth the money spent on it, and I will buy more of it. So will you if you like VaPers.

3 people found this review helpful.

piedpipester Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
piedpipester (19)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

All you've heard is true. Very clean flavor, good Virginia taste with mild spice from the Perique. Burns well, Very satisfying smoke. I smoke several blends, Escudo will always have a place in my rotation

3 people found this review helpful.

Thbg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Thbg (25)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I thank all of my pipe smoking brethren on this site for the positive comments on this blend which led me to buying a tin.

Simply amazing. In 10 years of pipe smoking this has got to be the best tobacco I have tried. I can see myself smoking this blend for the rest of my days.

My only negative comment is that I did not try it earlier.

Cheers.

3 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (135)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The presentation is excellent. The tin smells great - figs and hay - just a whiff of spice. It was a little damp when I started the tin, and I mostly smoked it without drying. Moisture was perfect by the end of the tin. I smoked this folded and rubbed out. I never tried cubing it.

It was a good Va/Per which I claim has some topping that contributes to the sweet. The perique was condiment+. You notice it, and it contributes to the flavor. There is a slight suggestion of caramel in taste, but it is really just good golden Virginia with a citrus, grassy, slightly sweet taste and a mildly peppery perique.

This tobacco has some serious fans, and I thought it was good. I only bought one tin and did not buy another when I finished it. In this type of blend, I think PS Luxury Navy Flake is just as good and comes at a better price point.

Having said all this, Escudo is a standard that probably every pipe smoker should try. You might be one of the fans. Even if you don't decide to buy it 10 tins at a time, you will know what others are talking about.

2 people found this review helpful.

plugnsmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
plugnsmoke (6)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I bought a tin of this a while back as I've been honing my pallette for VaPer blends. I was not let down. The presentation of the coins inside were of an outstanding quality and the best I've ever seen. The moisture level was spot on and they rubbed out to very thin ribbons with the gentlest of touch. With the char light the va really sang a sweet note. On progression it developed that spicy nose tickle any pirique lover looks for. I didn't find it over whelming and really balanced with the va. I'll most likely cellar a few tins of this because what I've seen aged developed beautiful crystals and this tobacco will be sought after when production ends. Also, the price point for this kind of quality is awesome. Paul

Pipe Used: Paul Menard lazy poker,reversed calabash pot

Age When Smoked: 2yrs

Purchased From: local shop

2 people found this review helpful.

Flyerdog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flyerdog (9)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Very Pleasant

I enjoyed this tobacco from the first time I smoked it but decided to wait until I'd gone through a couple of tins to review it. This is an A++ smoke. If you like VaPers this will probably be the best one you ever smoke. The Perique is present but not in your face. It is easy to smoke and does not require excessive relights. EZ to rub out and EZ to pack. The room note is toasty and the flavor is full - you don't need a big mouthful to get all you need. I've "sipped" it and I've smoked it hard and it's always satisfied. Tongue bite is not a problem. The only downside is that it is difficult not to inhale because it so mild (I try to limit inhaling).

I prefer VaPers and I thought that when I found McClelland's Beacon I had discovered the gold standard. I was wrong. This is the best by far IMHO. I hope I never have to be limited to only one tobacco but this might be the one I'd choose.

One last thought: the Virginia's in this blend are superb. Sweet and bursting with flavor.

Pipe Used: Bari, Dunhill

Age When Smoked: 2009, 2011, 2003

Purchased From: 4Noggins, eBay

Similar Blends: Beacon, Beacon Extra.

2 people found this review helpful.

sirchud68 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sirchud68 (43)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Now this is a tobacco that was well worth the wait. Another one of those "legendary" blends, benchmark of all VA/PERs. Very similar to Davidoff's F.M. but even my unrefined palette tells the difference, slight though I find it. At 5 bucks cheaper then F.M. I can see myself stocking up on this stuff. Tin aroma is sweet, not sharp. Very, very pleasent smoke. A must try for VA/PER lovers as well as a great, affordable introduction to this type of tobacco. I recommend this, for sure.

2 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (117)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

A very good reliable VaPer. I don't get as much sweetness as many others do, but I enjoy it for both the high quality Virginias used and what seems to be the perfect amount of Perique. I can see why this is used as such a benchmark to compare other Vapers.

2 people found this review helpful.

brogreggblues Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
brogreggblues (45)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Smoothest VaPer I've ever had. Lots of sweetness from Virginias, mildly spicy from Perique. Very mellow, no bite, lots of smoke. My tin is about a year old, and the aging really helped. Much more mellow than when new. A bit too mild for me, as are all Stokkebye blends I've tried. I love Perique, so I would like more of it in this blend. Escudo is not super complex, but is a great blend for VaPer fans, and for aromatic smokers who want to branch out.

Three stars.

2 people found this review helpful.

Barling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Barling (19)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is one that gets better after being opened for a few weeks (as all tobaccos do). It definitely has that classic sweet virginia cereal and warm cookie taste to it, and if you sip it slowly it is quite mild on the tongue. The Perique in this is a perfect condiment, giving it that great spiciness, but is not overwhelming in the slightest. I am going to cellar few tins of this, as it is truly a winner.

Update: I have decided that this is one of my all time favorite tobaccos, and definitely the best VaPer I have smoked to date. I have a nice little S Bang pipe that is used only for VaPers, and this is the blend that really makes the pipe sing. I have cellared 10 tins of this.

2 people found this review helpful.

JasonDicker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JasonDicker (22)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm a huge VAPER fan, and Escudo is my desert-island smoke! I can smoke this everyday and never tire of it. Surprisingly easy to pack with incredible flavour. The VA and Perique is so well married together, you cannot taste either tobacco on its own, instead you get a delightfully fulfilling & unique tobacco which will never disappoint. One of the world's best-selling and highly regarded tobaccos.

2 people found this review helpful.

Tuckers Gpa Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tuckers Gpa (29)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Escudo. The word elicits excitement from smokers. I am now a big fan. I get the virginia and perique blend now. The character of the Virginia's, the subtleness of the perique. Great flavor and great smoking. I enjoy this blend rubbed and just folded and stuffed. Excellant. I wonder why o why did I f' around with the aros all this time. I am starting a journey that I am eager to continue. Great stuff this.

2 people found this review helpful.

musicman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
musicman (81)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Ahh, The great Escudo. This tobacco really is as good as everybody makes it out to be. It took me a couple years for my palate to develop before I really "got it" but it really is nice. One of the biggest selling points about this tobacco is its consistent quality. Every tin is to notch quality product. It ages really well too.

Escudo is a somewhat middle of the road Vaper in terms of taste. It doesn't have the high notes that I love in Orlik Golden Sliced, but it is not as dark and sinister and lush as Wessex Dark Campaign Flake. It fits right in the middle, and its damn good. The perique is present but appropriately so, not in your face just fitting. This blend is a cornerstone in the pipe world and all true Vaper lovers must try this tobacco. Not my holy grail tobacco per se, but a really good, reliable, and pleasurable smoke Highly recommended.

2 people found this review helpful.

quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (119)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I smell plums when I first open the tin - the firmer, not-so-sweet kind of plums with the yellow fruit. Very unusual, actually, as this is the only tobacco I've ever experienced with that particular aroma.

Besides that, I can't add much to what's already said about this fantastic smoke except that I detect a very mild flavoring of some sort. Can't really put a finger on it but it's got to be more than just the Virginias and Perique. It lingers softly in the background, not in a bad way at all, but it's there. Is it my imagination?

Regardless, it's fabulous stuff. Pack it gently so it'll burn more easily - I like it better with a very free draw.

2 people found this review helpful.

Inquisitor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Inquisitor (155)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought 12 tins of this, untasted, when the rumor went around that it would no longer be produced. I don't regret that purchase, but I think 2 tins would have sufficed.

Escudo is a stout Virginia/Perique blend in a delightful "coin" cut. While some simply fold the coin into the bowl, I get better flavor from a medium rub-out consistency. The flavor is dark and rich, of considerable strength in both flavor and nicotine. It is satisfying. It is not, however, complex, and it can burn and lose most of its flavor by hot smoking. The Virginia leaf was clearly intended to lean towards the bass and middle-bass flavor spectrums, but I occasionally find myself wishing that some of the high-quality leaf had been allowed to remain in a zestier, sweeter state to balance the blend.

A permanent fixture in my rotation, but not in the top 20 frequently-smoked category.

2 people found this review helpful.

Quaffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Quaffer (18)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

I love this stuff. Great smoke, very delicious complex flavor. Smokes smooth, beautifully arranged in the tin with a good moisture level. Sweetness of VA's with the earthiness of perique. I highly recommend this blend.

Similar Blends: Solani - 633: Virginia Flake with Perique.

1 person found this review helpful.

beano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beano (7)
★★★★
Very Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

what else can you say? This is a must try for every man of briar. I don't care what else you like, you have to try this stuff.

Pipe Used: cobs

Age When Smoked: 1y

1 person found this review helpful.

TnRooster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TnRooster (14)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I'm a huge Va/Per smoker so far. That seems to be where my tastes are for the most part. Escudo is king and I won't attempt to argue. Sweet, tangy, and a light pepper to the tongue. Va/Pers are common, but there's just a richness to this that makes it stand apart for me. An absolute pleasure to smoke.

PS: The flake medallions are just too cool as well.

Purchased From: PipesAndCigars.com

1 person found this review helpful.

Joeray Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Joeray (58)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Smoking the legendary king of VaPer, Escudo Navy Deluxe at Savinelli Milano Deluxe. The first aroma I open the tin is great, I can smell the subtle raisin and plum aroma. I pack it in flake form, without rub it and at the first puff is really great, little bit stronger then usual Vaper blend that I had try before, spice and peppery but sweet. I really enjoying my 50 minutes puffing time. I think that will be harsh and strong and I'm wrong. The taste is medium to strong but with a subtle, sweet and mellow taste. Yeah, definetely I love this blend ...

Pipe Used: savinelli milano deluxe

Age When Smoked: 1

1 person found this review helpful.

SpeedyPete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SpeedyPete (16)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Although I smoke other VaPers as well, Escudo is king in this arena.The sweetness of the virginias is to die for with the spicy interludes of the perique in perfect balance.There can't be a better VaPer available at this stage. I smoke it in a smallish Sasieni Old England because I prefer to finish a bowl without an interval.

Pipe Used: Sasieni Old England

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: 4noggins

Similar Blends: Nothing else, it's unique!.

1 person found this review helpful.

Badbrude Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Badbrude (9)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I'd been reading near universal four-star reviews of this blend so I was anxious to try it after I got my first tin. The short of it is it came up short for me. Perhaps it's similar to when you see a movie that doesn't live up to the hype. The movie is OK; it just can't live up to the high expectation. Same deal with Navy De Luxe. It's a decent VaPer but no where near my top.

In my opinion, the main shortcoming is the "medallion" cut. When packed in the bowl, it's essentailly close to a shag cut. I'm not a huff and puffer; I smoke moderatly slow but even then it smoked too hot. This is similar to Esoterica's Dorchester and Peter Stokkebye Bullseye (minus the black cavendish), which like NDL has an excellent room note but smokes too hot.

I guess the bottom line is I prefer Vaper's in flake form such as McClleland's MC2015, Samuel Gawith's St. James flake, and the like. Oncd you get those going they smoke slow and cool. You can sip for an hour or two.

Navy De Luxe also packs more of a punch than expected so take it slow. It's not a particularly strong blend, just a bit of a surprise.

I bought a few tins so I'll have a chance to try the second in a few months and will report back in then.

Age When Smoked: Recently Purchased

Purchased From: www.pipesandcigars.com

Similar Blends: Esoterica Dorchester, Peter Stokkebye Bullseye Flake.

1 person found this review helpful.

CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (109)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Excellent blend. Virginias and Perique sing in the bowl. A full tangy spiciness throughout, that does not upset, but clears, off the palate. A burley-esque (not to be confused with burlesque!), nutty character emerges mid way. Spicy tanginess hangs on, particularly on retrohale. Burns clean,to the satisfying end. A one-light wonder! Packed 3 rolls, quartered, in bowl.

Pipe Used: Karl Erik Semi-Churchwarden Tomato, MM

Age When Smoked: Tin date 10-JUN-2012

Purchased From: The Briary, Homewood, AL

1 person found this review helpful.

BigNick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigNick (26)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Big fan of Virginias, so here is the famed Escudo, I am Portuguese after all, it's a must try. I cracked it open and took a whiff and got something totally unexpected. I was preparing for a spicy and sweet all natural mixture. I was getting something totally different. It was: toffee, chocolate, hazelnut and caramel. It was very candy like...I wanted to eat the little coins!! So I packed it in my meerchaum pipe, old fold and stuff method, and I was still picking up caramel and toffee tastes. Not much pepper at all. Some sweet Virginia notes, some very earthy notes, similar to wheat. What was strange to me was that the tobacco didn't seem to have a top flavor, nor was it like an American style "candy" tobacco, in a very unusual way they seemed so natural. The caramel and toffee flavors seemed to compliment the wheat and hay like flavors. I've had a multitude of bowls now with roughly similar results each time. I have to say that this has been a very unusual blend for me. Not at all was I expecting this blend to take on these qualities, but even though I was not expecting these characteristics, I am extremely happy with this blend. I don't know if this blend does have a casing or my taste buds are completely out of whack, I'm just really impressed at the quality of the smoke. Highly recommend!!!

Nov 2, 2013 addition- still smoking my little coins. The other day I decided to dry out the tobacco, it's now a tad milder, and it takes to a match so much easier. Furthermore it stays lit, I was having a problem with the baccy dying out after 5 mins, with drying this problem was solved.

1 person found this review helpful.

Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (51)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have smoked just 1 tin and while many find this a cornerstone smoke, it missed for me. The VA's are good and there is a nice amount of perique too. I do think that I can detect a topping especially on the retrohale and it gets in the way of the overall tobacco taste just a little. At the same time it also seems to be the reason for the pleasant room note, although the wife still is not a major fan. In any case, a good blend but many others suite my palate better like Hal'O the Wind for example.

1 person found this review helpful.

Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (485)
★★☆☆
Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant

If you like perique then you will truly love this blend. For the first third of the bowl I was blown over by the strength of the baccy pepper; it really threw me off so as to not enjoy the rest of the bowl as I wish I could. Too bad really. I liked the tin presentation, the open tin presentation as well and the aroma in tin was quite nice. The tobacco packed and smoked well. Again, if you like perique this is a must try. I prefer something that is more balanced to my palate, like Esoterica's Dunbar.

Peace to all my brothers and sisters of the leaf.

1 person found this review helpful.

Tplumm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tplumm (21)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This was my first ever VA/Per (a classic I understand) and I didn't really know what I was in for. I gave it four stars because I feel as if, in its own genre, it is very well put together. It didn't make me run to throw away all my aros and English blends, but it really added another dimension to the line-up. This was a real easy puffer and I loaded it in a rather large pipe so two rounds gave me a little over an hour and sent my head swimming a little. I'm not going to try to describe the taste, but it's good. And my wife didn't hate the smell either. Virginias burn hotter than other tobaccos due to the high sugar content, so watch your puffing and enjoy.

1 person found this review helpful.

McKNooB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
McKNooB (34)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I love the tail end of this one; its where I pick up the perique. It has a similar flavour profile to something else I've had recently but I can't figure that out. Not as strong as Golden Sliced or Irish Flake but still well rounded.

Rubs out really, really nicely and fills my Parker Bulldog nicely. Burns very slow and evenly and doesn't really need any airing out after tin opening. Quite curious to try some of these medallions out after they've been aged.

It'll be a daily smoke for me.

1 person found this review helpful.

derlict311 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
derlict311 (65)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I've had two different experiences with Escudo Navy Deluxe. The old and the new. Let me explain. The first tin I bought was presumably fresh but was still pleasing and left me with what an idea of what straight VaPer ought to be like. The little coins are great and real easy to rub out for a bowl. The price is remarkable for what you get, but hey, the earth didn't shake. This is a good staple blend. Three star experience.

I have heard Escudo ages well, which brings me to my second experience. I picked up two more tins of Escudo from a nice gentleman at Brothers of Briar, only this time they were aged six years. I noticed the label was slightly different. The font a bit faded....hmm, I thought, at least I wasn't ripped off. There is so much talk about aging perique that I was expecting a blessed experience. Well, yes and no. The tin popped and but there wasn't any bright light. The smell was great, though. Being so close to when I smoked the former tin of Escudo, the difference in the two was apparent. The notes were quieter in this tin, soften by time. I can't see bumping it up a star for that reason but I will say that if you can get your hands on some with years on it, I have a feeling you will like her a wee bit more.

I wonder what a tin with ten years tastes like?

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scottyspipesebay Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
scottyspipesebay (25)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Escudo Navy Deluxe. I've been smoking these little coins for a good 4 years now. Rarely! A treat. As I would a Guinness Stout in an over frozen mug on Xmas Eve by a crackling fire. Wonderful Guinness Stout; wonderful Escudo coins. Now that's a thought! These two would no doubt go well together for the fact that the Guinness is smokey and the Escudo is spicy.

Moving right along...I'd imagine if you tugged on this stuff, you'd fall flat on your face. But, when treated with the respect it deserves; sip it slowly as you would good Stout, the outcome will be equally enjoyable. Perhaps rapture would be the event. Perhaps loathing if you're not a fan of brisk Virginia. This is more for the old hats, I'd say. On the other-hand, I dislike Dunhill Royal Yacht, but loved this stuff from the start.

After getting past the first light of this stuff, it takes off nicely because it's good to go straight out of the tin. When you open the tin, the fragrance will blow you away. It is one of my favorite raw tobaccos. So good, it almost smells edible! It springs to life once it burns down a 1/4". It goes from being tobacco to what we all recognize as Perique. I've heard it described in many different ways, but to me it is just...Perique. A wonderfully spicy, lilting creature unto itself. I find the spiciness to be nice and subtle. Nearly the same experience I get from Dunhill's Black Cav., but with a nice nic punch.

I have a 4 year old tin containing about 8 more coins. When it's gone, I'll probably cry. Aging turns this stuff into gold. Yes, it's good no matter what, but buy a few cans extra and forget them. Good luck with that, but if I did it, so can you.

Something else to consider: I've folded and stuffed it. Hmmm, didn't like the outcome. Tried cube cutting...nope! For me the best treatment for this is a simple rubbing out; drop it in; light tamp, and slow smoke. It's super this way. It's fairly cool burning and full flavored smoking pleasure without EVER becoming overpowering, be it palate or nose.

Escudo isn't necessarily one of my favorites. My favorite blends are those that keep me coming back for more on a regular basis. But, like that wonderful frozen Guinness at Christmas time...it will always be a treat for me.

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BronxBriar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BronxBriar (10)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

Lesson one: Don't smoke this on a empty stomach.

This was my first time smoking a "coin" style tobacco and one with perique (as far as I know). Had to experiment with the packing but found rubbing it out worked best.

Found it to be a bit strong and it burned well. Reminded me a bit like Dunhill's My Mixture but with a stronger edge. When I was done though I was lightheaded and a tad nauseous but that was more my fault than the tobacco's.

I am certainly going to finish the tin...and refine the review a bit later.

1 person found this review helpful.

RyeWhiskey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RyeWhiskey (43)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Great blend of tobacco with Perique. The medallions are just a sight to behold, and it never tires to look at them and get them into a pipe. This blend is nothing but great and everybody should try the Escudo coins. It has a nice soothing smoke, but for me anyways, it seemed to leave a heavy note in the air compared with others. Smokes cool, with nice perique spice and leaves no wetness in the heel.

The tobacco is a very nice smoker. Try it if you like perique!

1 person found this review helpful.

carolina kid Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
carolina kid (17)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Yes. All the wonderful things you've heard about this tobacco are true.

1 person found this review helpful.

Hazzeyd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hazzeyd (6)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is something I think I will always keep on hand. I don't really see it as something special, just something dependable. It will always deliver as it promises, nothing more nothing less. The sight of those wonderfully fragrant medallions is somehow comforting. And I supposed for that reason it is special.

We don't really need another review on what makes this what it is or how it tastes because most everyone knows already.

On the other hand, if you haven't tried this, you need to.

1 person found this review helpful.

dano58 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dano58 (5)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Good stuff no doubt, but it tastes better in certain pipes. A small to medium sized bowl works best for me. Smoking a big bowl can be to much of a good thing and my mouth gets that 'burn-out' feeling. The perique and virginias are blended perfectly, and in a smallish Stanwell, I am quite satisfied by the end of the bowl. Not an everyday smoke, but when I'm in the mood for it, there's nothing better! I love rubbing out the medallions. Great earthy tin note too! Decidely recommended!

1 person found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (120)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The epitome of VaPer's as far as I'm concerned. Sweet, spicy, interesting. I have smoked tin after tin, and I never tire of it. Not much else to add to the hundreds of positive reviews, this is one I will cellar very deep. If you are looking for a cheaper bulk alternative, Bullseye isn't too bad of an option.

1 person found this review helpful.

Bucky19 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bucky19 (13)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

this blend is just like the bullseye but just does not have the sweetness the cavendish gives off. it is good dont get me wrong but i like the bullseye better and it is cheaper than the escudo. other than that i cant tell the two blends apart both are good pick up a tin smokes great

1 person found this review helpful.

GSTQ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GSTQ (31)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Appearance is a spun coin of mixed brown. Tin smells of light sweetness and pepper. Light virginia taste with a pepperiness.

Escudo is very much as other reviewers have described. I do not find any strong fruity sweetness, but instead a light sweetness accompanied by pepper. However, I'd rather smoke Hal O' the Wynd if I want something like this. Much more satisfying.

While Escudo is nice and is worthy of a recommendation, Hal O' the Wynd has Escudo beaten, hands down.

1 person found this review helpful.

Kokinhenik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kokinhenik (39)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Four stars! I was adamant that I didn't like VaPers until I tried Escudo. This is the first VaPer that I have liked. I'm not just saying I like it, as in I can tolerate it, I'm saying this is a fantastic smoke. It does well in pipes of all sizes for me. You defiantly need to sit down and relax when you smoke it or you will miss the complexity of taste. It has a very subtle sweet cooked/buttery fruit finish. No bite at all. I'm going to stock this one in the cellar.

1 person found this review helpful.

Trumpetboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Trumpetboy (13)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Not too much to add here to the myriad of excellent reviews, but I have to say that for once, the latest version of this excellent tobacco from PS is as good if not even more refinned than the earlier versions. The moisture level out of the tin is ok, possibly needing a lttle time to air before packing. I like to carefully break apart the coins, but not too much, and then fold and pack slowly. Just the right amount of perique to add a bit of "figgyness" without dominating the beautiful Virginia depth. Smoked slowly, this burns cool and dry and is a most satisfying smoke for any time of the day! Certainly not overly sweet, and the "N" content is just right. I'm smoking a bowl now in a Dunhill Group 5 Billiard which might just be dedicated to this great blend! Serenity...!

1 person found this review helpful.

Darth Vader Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth Vader (73)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

In a word "Smooth". Smoothest smoke i can think of. I see why it has a legendary reputation. I like but not love VApers but it would be a crime not to give this 4 stars. As an aside, i have noticed it performs much better in my finer pipes. It doesnt like to be closed in.

1 person found this review helpful.

cgar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cgar (37)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Pefect balance in this smoke. The spiral cut coins have a perfect moisture content and are ready to smoke right of the tin. For me the perique gave the perfect balance of spiciness I was looking for. Ill keep this in stock and visit it from time to time.

1 person found this review helpful.

ROBERT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ROBERT (16)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

this is a great smoke not to sweet just right like all my tobaccos I like to smoke them slow and get the full flavor and enjoyment out of them

1 person found this review helpful.

Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (485)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Dried prune-y, lightly sweet. The perique is more prominent in this blend than most vapers.

1 person found this review helpful.

Puffingstuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Puffingstuff (81)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

It has all been said quite well. This is one of the worlds best pipe tobaccos. There are several empty tins of this all over my house. Tangy sweet,warm dark fruit,highly satisfying.

1 person found this review helpful.

SirLoirn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SirLoirn (126)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Tin: Escudo comes packaged in the pancake style of tin. In the aroma, perique is not noticed, just a standard, for a VAPER, ripe fruit(yes, perhaps plum) and VA hay scent. The cut is Navy coins which have the shape of 1 1/2" diameter pepperoni sliced 1/16" thick, which is why it is called rope cut. The color is marbled with light brown and tan.

Packing & Burning: The coins are fun to work with. The coins are easily rubbed out into small pieces, but could be smoked by just stuffing them in: one coin for a small, two, for a large bowl. Considering this, it lit and smoked very well.

Taste & Aroma: Smokes like a reguler VA, with a twinge of perique. Nice, mellow VA taste predominates, with a light smoky and pungent undertone from the perique.

Room Note: For a VAPER, not bad.

Strength: This was not noticed until most of the bowl was finished, leaving quite a woozy feeling.

Overall: The VA predominates. The perique was not heavy. Unlike many sliced cakes, in rope form, it was really pleasant to work with. 3.8 Stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

smokincoyote Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokincoyote (19)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I had to give this popular smoke a try after hearing and reading so much about it.

First impressions were a bit intimidating, the perique burnt my nose and I could not get past the tongue bite. So I tried again and again until I figured out the correct dryness and level of rubbing the stuff out. After that this smoke showed its true colors.

Great va/per that sets a good standards for all others to be judged against. Will buy again.

1 person found this review helpful.

pipelovingcalvinist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipelovingcalvinist (68)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is certainly a tasty VaPer blend. Half the fun packing your pipe with the cool coins. Not without a nicotine kick, this is a good after dinner blend to aid digestion. I will certainly aquire more of this tasty treat.

soli Deo gloria!

1 person found this review helpful.

Katharsis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Katharsis (39)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

One of the VaPers that I tried that are turning me on to VaPers. This is good stuff, and I see now why people like it.

1 person found this review helpful.

yinyang Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
yinyang (45)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I actually will refrain, for once, on writing ad nauseum about this one, because it's undoubtedly all been said. Classy look, classy scent, classy smoke. I don't find the Perique heavy handed at all, just a pleasant role player in this blend. This is also one of the few VA flakes I've found I strongly prefer to fold and stuff. So, with no quibbles to note, I haven't an issue with this being called royalty in the realm of vapers.

Four stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

DaveA Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DaveA (4)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Part of the whole thing with pipe tobacco is appreciating the history of the blend. Of course it helps if the smoking experience measures up as well. This one hits on both counts. The Perique adds just the right amount of spice to the Virginias and makes for a pleasurable smoke. Sometimes I reach a point I'm ready for the pipe to be finished, with this one I was disappointed once it was gone. The spiceness of the bowl seems to change over the course of the smoke adding interest. It burns well and has no bite. This will remain a part of my regular rotation.

1 person found this review helpful.

Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (217)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Strong

This has to be the standard by which all VaPers are judged. It comes perfectly arranged in flake wheels that I find it takes about 1 2/3 wheels to fill a pipe. The tobacco burns perfectly with no gurgle, no bite and the perfect balance of Virginia and Perique. A very satisfying smoke, that I have enjoyed anytime of the day. I do like to change off Vapers between Escudo, Dunbar and St James Flake, as each has a slightly different flavor . I would say that Escudo sits in the middle, a slightly bitter/sour rasin taste , SJF is the smoothest and has the Virginia out front while Dunbar has the Perique. All three fail the " Wife Test" , as she hates the smell of Perique, oh well! I find that many of the mail order places run sales on Escudo from time to time, so I stock up then. This is a must have tobacco if you are into VaPers. Try these in a cob, they really sing.

1 person found this review helpful.

Kashmir Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kashmir (19)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Pleasant

Escudo Navy Delux, a wonderful cake- or pressed-tobacco, cut from cigar-like rolls, presents a delicious (almost edible!) golden red spun coin wafer, that can be folded directly into a pipe - I use two such wafers for a Dunhill Group 4 black shell billiard 4112# or, if preferred, teased or cut apart on the provided cicular cardboard insert for perhaps easier pipe loading, is really one of my all time favorite Virginia / Perique blends.

Either way it packs well, smokes slowly, without needing a preliminary dry, and the sweetness of the Virginias, grown in NC and VA, provides for, IMOH, one of the most satisfying smokes ever. The best Va/Per blend in current production. Not to be missed.

Something I noticed about these pressed or Flake Va/Per tobaccos is that they smoke better in smaller pipes. I do flake tobaccos in billiards and chimneys, rather then Dublins, Apples etc. There is such a thing as a "Flake Pipe", and these things, as I recall, are rather small pipes of traditional forms. Seems like pressed or flaked tobaccos burn hotter and wetter if not tamped down to lower the burning temperature. In any event, the best is for the last when you get down to the bottoms of the bowl and just sip the smoke ever so slightly, then the true flavors REALLY come through. Does any else see it this way?

Having gone through some cans now, I can say that I will definitely be stocking up on more for the basement. Too bad its not available in bulk, but someone said on one of these threads, don't remember which, that Peter Stokkebye Bulk Luxury Navy Flake, which is available in bulk, is pretty damn close to Escudo. Does anyone out there think this is so?

This tobacco blend has been in continuous production since 1870 and I can see why!!

1 person found this review helpful.

Sinister Topiary Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sinister Topiary (74)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The moment the first sip of this nectar hit my tastebuds I understood why this blend has such a sublime reputation, even being referred to as a Holy Grail by a few reviewers here. The reputation is well deserved.

This is a wonderfully complex blend with flavors that constantly shimmer and titillate. In this respect I'm reminded of Dark Star, another sublime masterpiece.

This is the first VaPer I've had that I can say I love without qualification -- now I get what the big deal is with VaPers: if done right, the flavors combine to create a unique taste experience.

Escudo is never boring: throughout the bowl the flavor modulates gently from sweet to spicy, from hay to figs to pepper. For me the flavor is kind of like an animated kaleidoscope in the key of twilight summer meadow.

An instant desert island blend for me. Highly recommended.

1 person found this review helpful.

DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (109)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Escudo is an absolutely first-class Va/Per IMO. I first tried it twenty-odd years ago, when it was ‘Cope's Escudo,' and enjoyed it thoroughly. My dear old Professor recommended it, and used to smoke an ounce of it a day! His proud boast was that he could shave and smoke at the same time (he could probably smoke and sleep at the same time).

Escudo went out of production for a while. Disconsolate, I drifted off elsewhere: Player's Medium Navy Cut and Lakeland flakes, mostly, and the occasional pleasant flirtation with English mixtures. When I tried Escudo again, I expected to find that the modern version of it had – like Three Nuns and Gold Block – lost the old magic. I was completely wrong: it's as good as ever.

The great virtue of Escudo is that it's just tobacco, with no discernible casing; so what you get is a pure, very slightly peppery, taste of Virginia and Perique all the way down the bowl. If there's any added topping here, I certainly can't detect it. It's sliced off a roll, and comes in fragrant, coin-sized discs. Fold rather than rub the discs, with just enough rubbed out at the top of the bowl to give you an even light. Smoke slowly, exhaling through your nostrils: the flavours are subtle, but they increase in intensity as you get down the bowl. It's cool and stays alight well. The nicotine won't wipe you out, and Escudo won't bite you if you don't rush. The room note is nothing special, but not unpleasant.

A long and leisurely smoke of Escudo in a big bowl is a wonderful experience. Not a good choice if what you're after is a wham-bam nicotine fix or strong flavours; but Escudo is an absolutely first rate choice if you want something clean and uncomplicated as a change from aromatics or Balkan/Oriental flavours. One of the greats.

The only reason why I wouldn't put Escudo at the top of my list of all time favourites is patchy availability. Sometimes you can get it, sometimes you can't. I'd be grateful to anybody who could put me in touch with a truly reliable UK supplier.

1 person found this review helpful.

Dr. Scott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. Scott (82)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

The only negative on Escudo is that my wife does not care for the smell. But that just means I smoke it when she is not around.

The more I smoke other blends, the more I long to return to Escudo. I prefer Virginias and VaPer blends. This is my favorite. I would be happy to be stuck on a desert isle with nothing but Escudo.

You can rub it out and let it dry, but I prefer to just stuff a couple of coins into my pipe. One match will often be all you need.

Keep it in an air-tight container. One day in a zippered pouch will turn it to dust. It's still a good smoke when extremely dry, but you get more flavor when it is still somewhat moist.

The nicotine dose is only average or medium.

This is actually an excellent choice for a new pipe smoker. Why start out with something bland and mediocre? Why not start with one of the highest rated tobaccos out there?

Like others have noted, I always have a tin open, and another five or six in the cellar.

1 person found this review helpful.

Big bad Jon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big bad Jon (232)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is an absolutely wonderful blend. It has a very good balance of VA and Perique. The tin I sampled several bowls out of was about 4 years old, and had been open for a few months. The moisture content was top notch. There was no tongue bite. The VA was very rich and showed absolutely no bitterness. The Perique is mild and never overwhelming. The strength was medium but did have so weight behind it. Overall this is the benchmark for all other VAPER's to be judged by!

1 person found this review helpful.

elelion Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
elelion (25)
★★★★
Medium Mild Full Pleasant

It is an expensive blend but you will not regret the purchase. I tried to order more tins of it but it just runs out of stock so quickly. Bravo AC Petersen!! If I could have only one blend of Virginia, I will go for it. Highly recommended.

1 person found this review helpful.

Quick_nick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Quick_nick (27)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I popped a one year old tin of Escudo a couple days ago and haven't been able to put it down since. I can't believe I have to wait until July to order some more. In my limited experience with Vapers this is the best I have had. I tried a DGT for a half a day and it seemed to grab me by the balls a bit but normally this stuff smokes very well.

The Virginia is sweet and full and the perique is always present which I love. My big problem with Saint james flake was that the Perique would be non existent then all of a sudden it would grab my face and throw it on the pavement. escudo is well behaved and extremely tasty. It smokes well in small and large pipes fully rubbed out or rolled and folded into a plug. Tasty, versatile, consistent. Great stuff!!

1 person found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (555)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

In my overall 20 years of smoking virginias and VaPers, I have to say that this is the best of the bunch - as the last reveiwer said, the "holy grail" of VaPers. Complex, smooth, hugely flavorful... a genius of a blend. I've smoked the new stuff back to back with the old and while I prefer the older Cope's blend, it could very well be because of its age, not because the blend is different. Youthfulness in tobacco isn't as desirable as it is in humans!

Many blends come close to Escudo. None have captured its essence. It is without a doubt the King of Virginia/Perique blends, in my humble opinion.

1 person found this review helpful.

Packer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Packer (56)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

This is my latest trip down the Virginia hiway. What a SPLENDID trip. I should park here, and go no further, but I will not. I just have to know if there could be a better "smoke" to be had. I think this may be the zenith of the tobacco world!

This blend comes in beautiful dollar sized disk that I allow to dry. Once rubbed out it packs, and lights easily. What a flavor. Rich, smooth, sweet! I just ordered 8 tins, and will order more E V E R Y time I order tobacco. If this gets any better with age, I'm not sure this old man can take the pleasure.

Rate

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I have had both the Gallaher and A.C. produced discs of Escudo. My original review of this blend was after smoking a few bowls of the old Gallaher's version and since the review was not favorable, and it was a 15 year old tin, I suspect the Perique had soured the taste of the tobacco.

I recently had the pleasure of smoking a 3-year old tin of Escudo and scrambled to purchase more. I won't let it age more than 1-3 years from now on. I love the flavor which is tobacco rich. The strength is substantial and the burn is cool. I smoked 2-3 bowls a day until my tin was gone. The Virginia was deep, rich and flavorful with no tang and the Perique was masterfully blended into the presentation where it was detectable, but not overwhelming.

Escudo has entered my top-10... wait, make that my top-5 list of tobaccos and unless my taste buds make a right turn somewhere down the road, I'll always have a tin of this at the ready.

1 person found this review helpful.

Merple Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Merple (15)
★★☆☆
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Well - All I can say is "Damn near blew my hat-off !" Fascinated by the reviews, I was intrigued to the point of wonder. Then by chance I was offered a few rolls to try. So home I scurried to enjoy later.Really interesting look... Rolled out very well... Odour from pouch or should that be pooch was odd to me !! Did someone do something nasty in the castle yard without telling me ???

In for a penny thought I, so packed and ready to go..

WHAM - ooo eeee.. Nic - o - tine city here we come.....

Obviously I am a novice - too strong for me - Set sail for milder seas !!!

1 person found this review helpful.

RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Strong Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

This was highly recommended by many friends but no matter how, what pipe, time of day, before or after a meal, it just does not work for me. Unnfortunately, I must recommend excommunication. It smells very good in the tin,but in the pipe it just makes me literally sick. I tried rubbing it out, rolling it, stuffing it, but to no avail. I found the nicotine kick so high that you almost can not drive after smoking this. I really wanted to like this stuff but there is not much more to say.....

1 person found this review helpful.

Paul Tatum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paul Tatum (86)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Not sure what all the fuss is on this one . I like it and all , but I'm not crying because it's not being imported to the US any longer . It has a high nicotine hit for me and is best as a sit down smoke . The flavors are nice and right along with my 3 nuns cravings . Still , there are , for me , several tobaccos that will fit the bill as well as this one when I get the urge for perique .

1 person found this review helpful.

Sceny Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sceny (66)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm sorry, but I just don't see what's so special about this tobacco. Upon opening the tin, I detect a nice but rather ordinary aroma of tobacco, a hint of spice present as well. The tobacco comes in coin form, too large to stack in even a group 5 bowl, so I rolled the coins up into sausages to fill my pipe. I used a Stanwell Golden Danish 1/8 bent billiard to try this tobacco, a pipe that has generally smoked well for me in the past. Lighting is easy, especially if you rub out a bit of the top of the sausages, and the bowl stays lit with little effort. The first 1/3 of the bowl is fairly bland. It's not smoking hot, and I'm perceiving no bite at all, but it's simply not all that interesting. Very little sweetness, with a touch of spiciness, probably from the Perique. The middle third of the bowl is a bit better, but not that much. A little more sweetness is perceptible to me, and the Perique is stronger. The last third is similar to the second, except I'm starting to get a bit of bite if I puff too hard. Overall, a nice, clean burn with very little or no moisture, little bite, and little special about it. Perhaps the problem is that I like full English mixtures and light aromatics, and am used to stronger flavors; but I just don't find this very exciting. On the plus side, it has some of the best burning characteristics I've come across. I've cellared an unopened tin, just in case my tastes change over time, but I plan to give away the rest of the first tin, if my first impression is confirmed in another pipe. If you like VA/Perique mixes, I imagine you'd enjoy this one; otherwise, nothing to write home about. UPDATE: Smoking in two other pipes - a Rhodo and a 1/2 bent Meer - confirm what I've said above; for me, this tobacco just doesn't get it done. I've sent the rest to someone who I hope will enjoy it more then I did.

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Phonomet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Phonomet (41)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

This is as solid a VaPer as they come. Lovely presentation, sour/rich aroma, smooth and biteless, nice development of medium flavor at the top of the bowl to pungent and earthy at the bottom.

Age When Smoked: New

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Pipe Newb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Newb (34)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Ok everyone can stop bothering me. I finally tried it.

Pouch note is... interesting. I'm getting pickled hot peppers upfront. Literally. Even handed the tin to my wife and she asked "Tabasco Sauce?". Very intense raisin/prune notes as well. I take two coins out and roughly rub them out onto a piece of paper before loading them into my falcon... and there is just enough left over to load into my backup tonight, a Big Ben Pipo.

Char and initial light, in the Falcon, it took to the match very well (not so much in the pipo, which was loaded with rubbed dust leftovers). Subtle, clean taste of scorched toffee/caramel and apple peel. Plum, black, and red pepper all make themselves known on the palate after the smoke has left my mouth and through my nose upon snork. Expecting the bowl to burn fast by assuming that's what virginias do, I took great care in a slow cadence. However, the times where I took big pulls on the pipe I was rewarded with a much amplified perique "plum and pepper", whereas when I pulled more gingerly I received a kind, caramel sweet and tart taste with only the plum and pepper in the background.

Second half of the bowl, the perique is making itself a bit more known. I have a strong taste of prunes and pepper, unique to this blend I'm getting a lot more of a red chili flavor than the expected black pepper piquant. Hot and sour (in a good way), I'm getting vibrant, bright citrus and salt water taffy with pepper.

Room note was decidedly sweet, more of that burned toffee and plum aroma. It reminded me of high quality cigarette tobaccos like Joker or Drum, but with a serious refinement and more pronounced sweetness.

I hated this tobacco... would be what I would say if it were opposites day. I didn't want to buy into the hype, but it is really good. With the exception of an occasional Luxury Navy Flake I am a usually committed English or Burley smoker. Thanks Escudo, for making me doubt my own preferences.

Mind = Blown.

Pipe Used: Falcon briar bowl, Big Ben Pipo

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Edward's Pipe and Cigars, Tampa

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H Gillman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
H Gillman (29)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I really can't add much more for a review that has not been said already. Opening the can, mine is 3 years old, wafted such and amazing, sweet, mildly spicy aroma of dried fruit. Absolutely delicious and edible smelling. I folded two coins and stuffed them into the my Peterson 2014 St. Paddys day X105. It lit well and required only one tamp to keep burning. The smoke is both sweet and spicy and soft on the tongue. Slow but long draws roll over the tongue leaving no bite. A joy to smell, smoke and feel. I must add that my can, which was this same tobacco, was medallions not curly cut as in the header.

Pipe Used: Peterson X 105

Age When Smoked: 2011 vintage

Purchased From: Jade Smokers Corner Regina

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Bigdadz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bigdadz (30)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I was never much of a virginia smoker. I always found them a little boring and one dimensional. This one however is truly my favourite. The subtle spiciness from the perique makes it very interesting, truly a well executed Va/per. I particularly enjoy this one in the summer and as a change of pace from the Latakia.

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arfenhouse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
arfenhouse (6)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

After finishing my first tin of Escudo I can see why it is a well loved blend. The VAs remind me of SG FVF; rich, lightly sweet, plums, raisin, and hay. There is an overall earthiness and the perique lends a light pepper

There are VaPers that are sweeter, milder, and fuller than Escudo. The great thing about this blend is that is very middle of the road with no frills. It's non overreaching in any aspect and the components complement each other well.

My only problem with this blend is that even after rubbing and drying it frequently goes out and is hard to keep at the "sweet spot".

3.5/4 stars.

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SouthBound Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SouthBound (10)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

I can see why this is a benchmark VaPer. It has the sweetness and the spice in a nice balance. What I really can't quite understand is why this blend doesn't suit my tastes perfectly. I traded for a 5 year old tin and had a difficult time making myself finish it. It just wasn't that interesting to me. I'll try a fresh tin sometime and update this review if it's warranted. But for now, 2.5 stars is all I can give it.

Pipe Used: Briars, cobs, and meers

Age When Smoked: 5

Purchased From: The Bovine Trading Post

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boc777 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
boc777 (18)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is such a widely reviewed and mostly loved blend, so I had to give it a try. I gave it three stars, but it is not my favorite of this type of blend. I love Nightcap, and this seems similar to me, but it just doesn't quite satisfy the way NC does. But, that is a very high bar in my book, so that is not to say that this is not a very fine tobacco. I like a bit more spice and perique, which this seems to lack. The room note is nice, and it packs and smokes great. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a moderately strong smoke but not overwhelming. It smokes clean in my pipes and I am experimenting with several shapes and bowl sizes to really find out what it likes. When you first open the tin and see those coins spiraled out before you it is very visually pleasing to the eye. (I learned in boot camp that presentation is everything!) This is my first tin, and as I work my way through it and explore it, I am sure I will come to appreciate some of the complexity that some of you have come to enjoy and love. While not in my regular rotation, I visit it more often than some other lesser blends.

Age When Smoked: <1 yr

Similar Blends: Dunhill - Nightcap.

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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (203)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

This is a very nice VaPer. Love the coins. Wish it had just a little more body.

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mdnyc71 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mdnyc71 (22)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Very good. A nice spicy blend with plenty of Perique. If you enjoy Escudo you should also try the Davidoff Flake Medallions (or vice versa) - I like them equally.

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halpuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
halpuff (9)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Tried Escudo for the first time today and only had time to toss a single slice into a small dublin. I just used the fold and stuff method and screwed it into the smallish bowl. It took a few lights to create a good char but once things got going I could settle in to experience this much raved Va/Per. On the initial charring light my initial thought was Wow!, meaning the peppery perique hit me full in the face and caused my jaw muscles to cramp with the strong pepper overload I was experiencing. And I began to wonder...am I going to really like this at all. However, as things began to settle down and settle in the perique spice began to wane considerably and by mid bowl the Virginia's were more to the forefront with the Perique now taking a back seat and weaving back and forth striving for dominance with the sweet Virginia's making for a very pleasant experience. The bowl finally finished up with the Virginia still in the foreground and only fine ash in the bowl with no sign of wetness left in the bowl at all. A great experience. Can't wait to try it in a larger pipe with two slices when I have more time.

Day two with Escudo: Yesterday I had my first experience with Escudo using a small dublin with a mere lined bowl. Today I used a 3/4 sized 3/4 bent briar. This time I allowed one coin to dry for about 15 minutes in the direct sun and warm breeze laying on the handrail of the deck. I slightly rubbed it out a bit and lightly tamped it home in the lower half of the large bowl. This time when I lit up for the char light.......Holy Smokes!!! It felt as if I had unscrewed the cap on my pepper shaker...stuck my nose in....and with the hardest vacuum I could muster through my nose suck raw pepper into my sinuses. OH MY GOSH, I thought I must have some aversion to Perique; this was down right painful. But I did not give up.......After the char light and relight and a light re-tamp, five minutes later or so it began to settle down and by mid-bowl the Perique had tammed way down and the Virginia's popping through again and taking center stage. From there on it was an incredible experience again. Smooth tasty aroma, at times creamy, and with subtle hints of the Perique peeking through once in a while. The first quarter bowl is torture for me for some reason, but by bowl's end I was sad to see it end.

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ven Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ven (13)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Just beautiful. First tried in an estate pipe, and was maybe overwhelmed by the previous owners' sad cake in a meer that I had to remove. Got major buzz from nicotine. Then tried it again after I had broken in the meer, and brought it back to life - and the Escudo was simply fantastic! Have smoked several bowls since, and it is consistently marvelous. Really high quality, all around. The tobacco is great, the mix is great, the spirit is great. I found this fella best on a Friday after work, after a really crummy week. Just felt like God patting me on the head, and telling me everything was all right with the world. Truly will set things right if you have a bowl after anything difficult. Lovely, lovely quality tobacco. Bought it based on good reviews here at Tobbacoreviews, and am so glad I did. I will have Escudo in my regular rotation, as they say. Again - if you're having a bad week, or anything like that, Escudo will set things right and give you peace of mind. Wonderful tobacco. A+

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JustinCarcerated Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JustinCarcerated (50)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin presentation similar to Davidoff's FM, though lacking a cavendish center. A distinct fruitiness is noted, but not in a cased-sort of way; it's like the coins were aged on top of a freshly baked fruit cake. The rolls are nearly perfect with regard to moisture-This tin was cellared around one year prior to opening. I rub out two coins per smoke, I've burned in a Aldo V billiard as well as a Nording free-hand (notorious for gurgling btw) with minimal lights. This baccy has more flavor than Davidoff's FM, slightly more Perique, and at 2/3 the price. It's good stuff, good all-day smoke, not much Vit N, I've smoked many bowls on empty. I am trying Dunhill Navy Rolls next, but if Stokkebye keeps the price point low I hope to cellar several tins. As good as Orlik Golden Sliced, but G&H's Louisiana Flake is still my favorite VaPer.

Update: 4 stars, my favorite Va type blend in the sense its the one baccy that seems to be consumed the fastest from the time the tins are opened. Its sweetness is on point, ordering buko tins for cellaring.

Pipe Used: Savs, meer

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: P & C

Similar Blends: Deluxe Navy Rolls.

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DrRay Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrRay (5)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I have not smoked this blend since it was, I think, Galaher's many years ago. I am smoking the STG version for this review. This is a very well made and presented blend. The rolls are very nice and rub out perfectly and don't need any drying. I smoke them one at a time. I like it in my vintage Erlich pipes. I am not a big VAPer fan but this is probably the yardstick for those who are. The tobacco is ready to go once rubbed out. It is on the high pitch side for my deep Latikia taste, but it is very nice. It gives off dry hay like scents followed by nice spicy perique tones. It gets better as it goes along and it's dry tartness allows it to burn all the way to the bottom with no sludge. Since I like to evaluate tobaccos on thier peer group merits rather than an absolute scale, for VAPer folks this is probably a 5 star tobacco. I like it for a change.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (485)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Escudo sure is a classic in our world. I have smoked a brand new tin but wanted to wait to smoke an aged one first before writing my review. This tobacco is very well balanced and does not contain too much PER in it. The VAs are just a bit sweet with an aftertaste of hay and something earthy. I think I will stash up more and wait 5 years to see the results. I bet it will be simply fantastic.

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atomicbuster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
atomicbuster (26)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I read online that through the years this blend has been produced by different companies. I got my tin in 2010, but I'm sure that won't necessarily tell me who blended it. Anyway, I quickly put it in a hermetically sealed jar and threw away the tin. Here's my experience. Upon opening it, you get the smell of dried fruits. Not bad. The rolls themselves are somewhat dark and only a bit moist. The moisture is not a problem as I usually dry out my tobacco for at least a day. I rub out a coin until it crumbles, then pack it into the pipe. Here is where I run into problems. Lighting with a match takes time and usually doesn't get enough of the tobacco for a good charring light. It means I have to use more than one match, or maybe even a lighter. The stiff tobacco makes tamping tricky. It stays lit reasonably well. Then there's the taste. I guess what some people call "peppery" or "spicy" is just not what I'm looking for in my pipe tobacco. I prefer to call it "unpleasant stinging sensation". All I taste is foul smoke, no flavor. It dries out my mouth and leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. The roomnote is at least mild. It gurgles in 3 pipes of various sizes. I did feel lightheaded when I stood up after smoking it, but this was not really an issue as it did not happen until I was finished smoking. The nicotine doesn't bother me, I smoked cigs for years. I'm not sure if I got a bad tin, or maybe I ruined it somehow, or if this is just a taste that's really hard to acquire. Either way, it's going out and will never come back. If I can't enjoy a tobacco within 4 to 5 smokes, after giving it time to dry, and trying it in different sized pipes, then there's no sense in keeping it.

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AlexL Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AlexL (26)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

The tin has round Dunhill-style form, which I think is the best availiable. The tobacco came with ideal wetness in the tin; it burns evenly to the bottom of the bowl. I smoke it folded and stuffed.

Naturally, the entire world and its wife compare it to Dunhill Navy Rolls. The difference is that Escudo has more Perique and consists of dark-brown Virginia. On the contrary, Dunhill Rolls are light-brown VA with less Perique. So Escudo is less sweet but spicier then Dunhill Navy.

Both are fantastic in their own way, but Escudo is 30% cheaper.

Update 11/15/2012. Still, DDNR is 30% better. Downgrading to 3 stars.

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Trippwire Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Trippwire (58)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I really like escudo, spicy, but not too spicy. It doesn't hurt my nose when I snork, has sufficent Nicotine, and tastes pretty damn good. The coins are cool, I just break them apart and roll it into a ball then jam it into the pipe.

I've had positive comments on the smell of the smoke. My tin seemed to leave wet dottle every time, so I put a bit of other tobacco in the heel, so as not to waste the good stuff. If you like vaper's, you owe it to yourself to try this.

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A Northern Breed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A Northern Breed (16)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Escudo, a classic. Everyone loves Escudo, and I'm no exception, although I might use the phrase "think quite highly of" rather than "love". In any case, a great tobacco, but I give it three stars because I reserve the four star reviews for what I consider to be my absolute favorite mixtures.

I am smoking some Escudo right now, so this review should be accurate to my taste. I am smoking it in a Neerup pipe by Peder Jeppesen, a half bent that most closely resembles a Dublin, which is currently my favorite pipe that I own; I got it for Christmas this year, and it's already got a pretty good carbon cake on it, hehe. It should be noted that this pipe took no breaking in whatsoever; the taste of the first bowl I smoked in it (Mac Baren's Mixture) was completely unaffected by the "newness" of the pipe. So that should not be considered to have any effect on the contents of this review.

Upon opening the tin, the smell is of earthy sweetness, a smell which even a non- pipe smoker would appreciate. Even my mother, who abhors the smell of most of my weeds, especially my dear favorite, Nightcap, enjoys the smell of this one. The presentation is simple and straightforward: basic tin design and label, and very nicely pressed and rolled Navy rolls. Very, very, very easy to rub out, if that is your desired method.

The stuff packs very easily. What I do is gravity fill some rubbed out stuff, put a little bit of rough, not so rubbed out stuff on that (including a center disk from one of the rolls usually), press down very lightly, and then put some more rubbed out stuff on top, and then basically pack using a modified Frank Method, which is to say that, when I put in the last bit, I put it in in a thick pinch and press down vertically with my thumb until it's leveled out and packed with the perfect density to insure a perfect, effortless draw. Ideally, that is. For what it's worth, that is how I always pack my tobacco, regardless of what it is.

It takes a light very nicely, nicer than average that's for sure, and it usually burns with only one relight, if any. The taste is earthy, and it's odd that so many people consider this the quintessential VaPer, because to me, it's rather more Per than Va. The Virginia is most definitely there, and you certainly won't miss it if you are even decent at recognizing different tobaccos in a mixture, but it isn't the light, bright Virginia that most think of. For instance, Esoterica's Dorchester is more Virginia-ish to me than Escudo is. Overall, sweet, earthy taste that is tremendously satisfying at any time of the day. The nicotine is there, but certainly not overwhelming. Such a fantastic, graceful marriage of all the different aspects of a great weed. This bowl has nearly come to its close, by the way, and it has required not a single relight. Also, it is certainly worth mention that this bowl has burned exceptionally cool, which is rather unusual because I am comparatively a pretty fast smoker.

To summarize, buy it. So many positive reviews cannot be wrong, after all, right? Go get some Escudo, and enjoy a classic. Goes quite well with chocolate, by the way, and is a fantastic way to conclude a good meal. Thumbs up!

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KahveDelisi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KahveDelisi (45)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The taste is to die for. I absolutely have no idea what more I can expect when it comes to "the taste". Unfortunately I get tongue bite everytime and I really don't understand why/how. Burns well and cool, I'm not having any bowl overheating or similar problems but even with filters (tried both balsa and carbon) or non filtered pipes (meers included) I'm left with the most unpleasant sensation in my mouth at least for 2 days (which means 2 days --or more-- no smoking, eating, even drinking bla bla, zero taste and tons of pain like someone cutting through my tongue) it's unlike anything I've experienced before and reading other comments, it seems I'm almost the only one who suffers.

I've finished a tin with great difficulty due to oral health problems. So I'll be saving the other one for 5 years or later. That means if I'm still alive we will see an update here in 5 year time but till then I'm moving --with tiptoed steps of course-- towards my other favorite, which is Davidoff Flake Medallions.

Highly Recommended for those who don't get "the bite" but for more sensitive ones.. Well, bite mite you must try this at least once.

PS. Looking forward to The German's review on this. His reviews are generally an exact match to mine and I wonder if he'll get the bite.. no I'm not cruel, just curious :P

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vespa Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
vespa (12)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Please allow me to preface this review by saying that I've been on a " Burley Binge ", which isnt a bad thing since I like burley very much. But I stepped away from all my favorites English/Balkans, VaPers and went " Cold Turkey " so to speake except burley. I had opened the tin of Escudo that I'm now smoking about a month ago and smoked about half the tin and thought today might be a good time to revisit this OUTSTANDING blend. Let me tell you everything in this blend jumped out and sang. The Va's where bright and sweet, the Perique was nice and spicy, it was almost a religious experence. I had been rubbing out the coins and letting them dry for about an hour, as I do with most tobacco in any kind of flake. Today I just did the old fold & stuff a whole different animal. It's all been said before but I'll say it over an over again OUTSTANDING OUTSTANDING OUTSTANDING !!! Now if you have been finding blends alittle boring or you think you may be missing something in a blend. Do what I did put everthing to the side and do the " Cold Turkey-Burley Binge " for a couple of weeks and you will see most of your blends with new eyes or pick out little things you've been missing.

Your Brother in Smoke

4/4 Stars!!!

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Pipe-arazzo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe-arazzo (71)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This one deserves its popularity. Great, pure flavor of figs, malt, and brown sugar with a bit of spice. As to packing method, I found it worked fine to stack 2 to 3 coins together, fold and stuff, then rip off any overhang and return it to the tin. An excellent introduction to virginia/perique blends, and a solid companion for any time of the day. BTW, it seems this is identical to Dunhill's navy rolls, but is often less expensive.

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Wellpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wellpipe (48)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Great blend with excellent burning qualities. Solid and smooth VA with some real spiciness from the Perique - reminds me of eating pepper steak - a manly smoke for sure. I've not had much luck smoking any flake intact / folded etc. My best results with Escudo are a couple of coins carefully pulled apart / rubbed out by hand taking care to retain some of the long strands - which is easy to do in this rolled format. Let it air on paper for a while, then pack inverted leaving a bit of an air gap in a large bowl.

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Tee-dub Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tee-dub (48)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Very Mild Pleasant

This blend runs hot and cold for me: when it's good, it's really good.

It's a bit pipe sensitive, and its flavors are so subtle and mild that one has to slow down to find them. I puff too vigorously and the flavor fades into nothing special.

Though fleeting and elusive, the flavors are sometimes exceptional. Baked fruit, pepper. Delicious.

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Davie Jones Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Davie Jones (61)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Now this is much better than Dunhill Deluxe Navy Rolls!

As where Duhill's Rolls are light to medium brown, Escudo is medium dark brown. As where Duhill smells of grassy VA with a hint of sweeteness, Escudo smells of plums, dates, and matured VAs.

As where Dunhill is definitively on the sweet side, and burns sowewhat properly, Escudo is more on the spicy side and burns well and evenly.

As where you search for any plum or peppery taste and strength from the Perique in Duhill, Escudo will unveil it. Far from as present as Haddo's Delight or Fillmore, this is Perique in small dose, just the way I like it.

As where in Duhill, the VA dominate all the way with its sweet side, Escudo tastes of well matured VAs, dates, tobacco and plum.

Recommended.

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Lord Ebsworth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lord Ebsworth (1)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my first review, so here goes...

I am primarily an English/Balkan fan, and so it's somewhat odd that my first review should be of a VaPer. However, just having finished a bowl, it seemed like a good time to start. I smoked this in an oversized Sevket Gezer meerschaum and I have to say it was wonderful. I didn't rub out the flakes, they had already fallen apart somewhat in the mason jar that I am using for storage. Instead I wadded up a large plug (probably two coils worth) and stuffed it upside down into the bowl. I followed through with two more plugs totaling about another coils worth. After two charring lights it burned down without further relights. That's unusual for me.

At the start it was mellow and sweet with plenty of thick white smoke. I couldn't really detect much perique at first, but the virginias were sweet and subtle with no bite or tanginess that can sometimes plague my sensitive tongue. As the bowl progressed I could detect an increasing spiciness from the perique and a slight tingle that was quite pleasant. By about the last third of the bowl the nicotine made itself known (I'm sensitive to that too), but it was easily controlled by slowing down my puffing. The spiciness built to the end but never dominated.

This blend makes me want to explore more flakes in large bowls. Giving it a 4 star rating means I will almost certainly be buying more. There are so many great blends available that there seems little point smoking anything less than 4 stars.

A very refined tobacco that benefits from some attention being paid to get the most out of it. Highly recommended.

Lord Ebsworth

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Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (118)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

One word comes to mind, elegant. Those disks look and smell enticing and are beautifully presented. The taste is slightly sweet and tangy with the characteristic plum and spicy flavor from the Perique. A full bodied and superbly balanced tobacco that burns to a white ash. I tried this in a new Blatter Mini Prince pipe and it was an aristocratic experience that made up for all the misses and near misses when trying new mixtures.

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surphace Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
surphace (2)
★★★★
Medium Medium to Strong Full Unnoticeable

I just went outside to smoke and read. Packed with dry'ed rubbed out on the bottom and some full flakes on top. Somewhere along the line i stopped reading. i barely noticed an hour and a half go by.

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

Yes indeed, this stuff is good. I have to agree with just about everything in Dustyz' review below. I too was expecting a mallet to the face (in a pleasant sort of way) but what I got was a very smooth, refined, and perhaps even mild smoke. The visual presentation in the tin is very nice- carefully arranged coils with wonderful colors and striations. The tin aroma was remarkably subdued. I had expected an eye-crossing waft of funk when I opened it, but you really have to stick your nose in there and huff away to capture the scent. All the flavor is locked up in those little coins, none to be wasted with superfluous aromas. The aroma that does exist is pure, unadulterated, strong, spicy and sweet tobacco. There is a veritable aura of nicotine surrounding this stuff. The disks are easy to pack, either after a crumble or just wadded up and wedged into the bowl. Try both methods, because it honestly does affect the way this stuff tastes. In the pipe, the Perique is the star player. This is almost a Per/Va rather than a Va/Per. It has a wonderful peppery tobacco flavor, supported with a definite if quiet virginia sweetness. I should add that the tin I'm reviewing is brand-spanking fresh, and I can only imagine the world of improvement that a year or two of age would work. Finally, this stuff definitely packs a nicotine punch. I think I'm going to limit myself to smoking this in small bowls.

PS- There is zero tongue bite to be had here, which is sort of amazing considering what it is. In fact, and I know this will sound silly, my first bowl of Escudo seemed to actually heal some pre-existing tongue bite. I had been suffering with a sore tongue for a couple of days which I had earned with reckless puffing of gnarly OTCs. After my bowl of Escudo, no more soreness, my tongue felt positively rejuvenated. I know that Escudo probably doesn't actually heal tongue bite, but hey, results are results!

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dustyz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dustyz (3)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

well, i finally got my tin of escudo. as a relatively new pipe smoker, i've been dabbling in VaPer's early in my smoking life and so far so good. i recently reviewed st james wood and now it's time for this apparently hallowed VaPer.

what surprised me the most about my first bowl was that it was much more subtle than i expected, after reading all the posts i thought i was going to get knocked over the head and wake up in tobacco heaven. what i got was elegance, balance, and amazing smokeability. yes, a VaPer with elegance. this is quality tobacco and the people who make this know exactly the way to blend the right leaf and extract from them the flavours they want. the perique is snappy and peppery but never overbearing while the sweetness of the Va comes through for support lest the perique feels like it wants to take over. all the components of this blend are in synch.

pack your pipe with these beautifully cut coins and enjoy. no bite, not even a nibble. a bit of a nic hit, but i can live with that.

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Peppino Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peppino (74)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

My can is marked Alfred Petersen so I have know idea how long I've had it. I find this to be a tasty tobacco with a good Nic hit! Reminds me a bit of 1792 flake at mid bowl, because the flavor gets richer. Just roll some coins into the bowl with some shredded pieces on the top to help get it going. It smokes cool even when puffed hard, get a tin and try yourself! Assuming it hasn't changed with the take over.

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ap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ap (56)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I love this stuff, sweet Virginias and a good amount of Perique. Perfect.

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Tom Servo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Servo (58)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Ah … Perique. Tin opens to the familiar tang of aging cheddar cheese, on top of sweet dried fruit notes, warmed mushroom earthiness, and malty grains and sweet grass of aged Virginia. A VaPer blend heavy on the “Per”. Heady aroma but still well balanced. If you are a VaPer fan, this tin aroma should have your mind reeling and your mouth watering. If you don‘t like Perique, you probably shouldn‘t open this tin at all.

Fold and stuff. (Remember if you rub it too much, you're playing with it.) Lights well, burns like a champ. Minimal relights get you to a fine ash finish.

Burning the Virginia gives us yeasty, grain sweetness of baked tasties, and grassy flavors with those dusty hay loft notes. The Perique holds it's own, peppery, earthy, sour tastes balance the sweet Virginia. Since we “taste” Perique mostly with our nose rather than our tongue, Try “heading” the smoke like a fine cigar. (Without inhaling, fill the mouth with smoke, then push it up through the sinuses and slowly out the nose.) This showcases the quality of this delicious Perique, by pushing it to the foreground. This is a definite favorite, the best VaPer I‘ve had so far.

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marosi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
marosi (47)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The only way to truly appreciate this hallowed tobacco is to try any number of crappy VA/PER blends, and then smoke this. I think you will notice three differences. First, this has more flavor, and is a more well rounded smoke overall (I am not including blends which include cavendish. While I love that mixture, I think the addition of cavendish adds a component of sweetness and flavor which makes such a blend something different than a straighter VA/PER. For great blends in this category, try Davidoff's Flake Medallions or Hermit's Honor Blend). Second, this burns very easily and evenly, without becoming hot or grassy. Third, and perhaps most importantly, this is a very cool smoke (meaning no bite) for any VA blend. No amount of flavor can make a blend enjoyable if it is shredding your tongue the whole time.

With respect to the flavor, I, unlike some others, do not find this to be particularly sweet. The virginias do give it some sweetness, but nothing unusual or more than average. The perique is well balanced, and this does not seem to be super spicy. I would describe it as smooth, medium bodied smoke with a little spice and sweetness to be found in rich tobacco flavor. It is richer and more flavorful than Dunhill Navy Rolls, for example. The perique is noticeable in the room note, but not in a harsh way, and overall my impression is one of harmony.

With respect to the burn characteristics, what is really notable is that you can accomplish relights without increasing the level of bite, something that is often not the case. Of course, it burns so easily, and cooly, that I was surprised when I reached the bottom of the bowl.

This is an example of one of those rare blends which does everything right. It is not going to overwhelm you with flavor or nicotine, but everything is in balance, like the finest cigars (but not the taste, lest you be misled), and you do not have to fight it during your smoking session. This is an extraordinarily satisfying smoke, and should be considered an essential non-latakia blend to have in your arsenal. It really is that good.

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Judge Adams Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Judge Adams (16)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Perique is a dangerous thing. A very little goes a long way, and a lot can be the smoking equivalent of hot sauce. I usually steer clear of the stuff. But last week I met the great pipemaker Erik Nording, who has produced beautiful Danish pipes for over fifty years. I wanted to know his favorite blends. He mentioned his Beagle blend in the Hunter Series by McClelland. He also raved about Escudo as perhaps his all-time favorite. Over the years, I always passed it up because of the mere mention of perique in its ingredients. But one cannot ignore the great Erik Nording. After smoking several tins, I am a believer. This is an extremely high quality Virginia with just enough perique to add a touch of spice and prevent monotony. A natural sweetness comes through from the Virginias. The word "Escudo" means a Spanish coin and, sure enough, the blend is presented in coins which can be gently folded into the pipe for a smooth smoke,enjoyable anytime in any season. It looks a lot like the old Three Nuns but, oh so much softer on the palatte. This is a VaPer blend that can please anyone with a respect for fine tobacco. A little pricey, but darn well worth it.

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Tripjoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tripjoker (64)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Escudo is THE vaper by which all others are judged and for good reason. This one hits all the right notes both high and low. The presentation is beautiful, and the coins can be smoked as is or rubbed out. The tin note is not anything exceptional in my opinion, but as soon as the flame hits the tobacco...heaven.

The flavors are what you would expect to find in a vaper. Coffee, toast, bread baking, sweet spices, sweet grassiness, fruity, lightly pepperery, and very complex when sipped slowly. The virginias here are top quality and reveal the true magic that lies in those leaves when blended properly.

The strength is a solid medium, and can drift to the strong borderline if your cadence gets a bit rushed. No tongue bite. NONE. Smooth and flavorful from first light to the bottom of the bowl. Moisture is just a bit more than I like from the tin, but easily remedied with a few moments of air time. DGT works well with this one and you get a bit of the toasted marshmellow flavor after the relight.

Fantastic blend in all repects. Four solid stars. Cheers.

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TheSmokinDragon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TheSmokinDragon (56)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

GREAT VAPER, grab a few tins and enjoy this one for what it is....I just fold up a few coins pack and light, a few relights this way but once it is going, smokes great...nice flavors...

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beardedhermit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beardedhermit (30)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Dried and rubbed out I get more peppery Perique with some sweetness mixed in. Rolled up and stuffed, it is a whole different animal. It's super sweet, like chewing sugarcane with a sprinkling of pepper. No kidding, this stuff just awesome. Now, For me it got a little wet smoking it rolled up but nothing a pipe cleaner couldn't handle. This is the sweetest tasting (uncased as far as I know) tobacco I have ever smoked. I am going to stalk up on this.

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TK Pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TK Pipe (101)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Escudos Navy… Looks like luxury bullseye flake without the Cavendish core, by the same company. I found too much overlap in the taste between these two tobaccos, to justify paying over twice the price for Escudo, I also found the preique leading the show in Escudo, with the Virginias buried in its spice, while luxury bullseye is just the opposite, the perique is just there, and compliments the Virginias, something I prefer. So which is best is your decision, but I did want point out one of the reasons I find this stuff less than stellar.

After several bowls of Escudo end to end, I found the next tobacco in my daily rotation, now lost some of its delicate flavors, a price I'm not willing to pay, because of too much Perique (spice) in my last smoke. I guess it's just me, but preique has a flavor deadening effect on my taste buds, and a little goes a looong way. So for that reason, I prefer others. Bottom line, I forked out ten bucks plus S/H for a Virginia flake, not a tobascco flake, am I asking to much for at least a dominant Virginia, I don't find that in Escudo. Guess I'll try some aging and see what happens. For what it is, 2.5 stars. My personal rating, 2/5

Addendum… This tobacco 50/50 with PS Luxury twist, addresses my complaint nicely.

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Ranger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ranger (58)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A new one for me. Extremely tasty VA coins that burn perfectly. I can't believe how good this is. Perfect any time of the day. Great for warmer weather as it's not strong. What have I been missing?

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Arkie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Arkie (106)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The attractive presentation of the coins arranged in the tin is very inviting. The tin fragrance is neutral and a bit similar to hay. It behaves very well during smoking in regard to lack of bite, cool burning, dry ash, etc. It is mild and seems well balanced in the types of tobacco blended in it. My wife hardly notices when I light it so room note must be minimal. There is no nicotine kick so it must be very mild. Overall, it is a well rounded blend but it is pricey due to the tin being so loosely packed.

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WillardFan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillardFan (68)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

With 207 reviews so far, what can I possibly add to this impressive tobacco? I've lost count as to how many different blends I've smoked over the years, but I have to say that this is by far the best thing I've ever smoked in a briar. The flavors are amazing. Now can somebody tell me if this is available in a bulk blend?

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Mr. Brizzi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Brizzi (15)
★★☆☆
Very Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

Light, summertime blend style of Virginias.

Room note is pleasant. Strength is mild. Slightest hint on tongue bite.

I smoked this blend in a curved rusticated beehive. The bowl of the pipe remained very cool to lightly warm, throughout the smoke. The smoke quality is rich and mellow, with the slightest hint of tongue bite.

This tobacco mixture would be an excellent summertime blend, from mid-morning until dinnertime commensing. Taller bowl style pipes bring out the best of it. The beehive is tall, broader at the base of the bowl, with the bowl base being flat. When smoked in a 1968 Weber Oom Paul, all that was missing, was my being in East Cape, South Africa, hunting Kudu.

I rate Escudo Navy DeLuxe (Petersen, Denmark), at 2-stars, as I enjoy heavier tobacco blends, but trust me, if you enjoy Virginia light tones, you will not be regreting your purchase of this pipe tobacco mixture. In my opinion, this tobacco should be aged, to knockout the hint of bite. It must be noted that this tobacco was fresh when I smoked it, and I prefer dry tobaccos. It did remain lit with only the initial lighting, all the way to the very heel of the pipe bowls. All that remained was white, airy ash; This I liked, because residue and wet, soggy smokes, I cannot stand. I felt my money was well spent, and there was no waste. The tobacco mixture did, burn to conclusion, a bit rapidly.

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M.Toney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
M.Toney (53)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

One of the finest VA/Per blends on the market today. If this were the only tobacco available, I could be totally satisfied. A desert island smoke for sure with an exquisite tobacco taste & aroma. I stashed a half dozen tins & this one is in the top ten of my rotation. Excellent stuff after 2-3 years of age & it is also very good from a freshly, manufactured tin. Four stars without question.

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pistolero Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pistolero (1)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

ESCUDO.... where should I begin. I will state up front I've only been smoking a pipe for about 3 months. I'm (unfortunately) a cig smoker and have been into fine cigars for 20 years or so off and on. I am new to the pipe but I know what good tobacco is and I know what I like. I LIKE ESCUDO. Of course I started with a couple cobs, some PA and Carter Hall and they are a nice enough smoke and the price is right. I feel fortunate I tried this so early in my pipe tobacco experimentation. I've already tried several I haven't cared for and a few that are acceptable/good, but this is exceptional. Even for a newbie this is easy to smoke. I just halfway rub out a couple coins, pack lightly, give it a good char, tamp and true light and your off, no bite, few if any relights, just that exquisite Escudo flavor to the bottom of your bowl. I agree it is best in a smaller bowl, it burns good and slow anyway and this helps stretch out my precious stash of the this stuff. OMG it tastes so good. It's not like any pipe tobacco or cigar I've had. It's just ... Escudo. It's sweet but not candylike, spicy but mild and SMOOOTH, interesting but not too complex, it's just Escudo. You have to try it to know.

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Chatsworth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Chatsworth (52)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Very Pleasant

A nice peppery, somewhat sweet flavor. I rubbed out 2 and half coins, and got a nice nicotine buzz. I've been smoking SG FVF, and Escudo has a sweeter/fruitier taste. Absolutely no bite, and a fun smoke. The reference VaPer came thru for me.

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Fellow traveler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fellow traveler (64)
★★☆☆
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Smells sweet like alfalfa. Lights and burns nicely. Two coins in a small bowl is fine for me. Citrus overtones with more perique than I like. The tin presentation is a work of art.

For me it is a bit strong for a regular smoke, but in those moments when something stronger is in order, this is perfect.

While the flavor is highly enjoyable it is a bit one dimensional. Like all Danish blends it is a bit harsh and sharp, but does not bite. The room note is very enjoyable, even the wife likes it and she does not smoke.

If you ever wondered what this would taste like if it was made with top quality tobacco try Wessex Sovereign, which is much smoother, less harsh, sweeter and has a cleaner tobacco taste.

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Duke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Duke (41)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I recently revisited this tobacco after having smoked it in the 80's. I believe my taste in tobacco blends has changes overtime. I prefer to smoke a single blend or two exclusively. Yet, I do, on occasions buy something different or new or smoked in the past out of pure curiosity- Escudo is presently one example. Lately my day in and day out tobaccos are Brown Clunee and Hal O' the Wynd. I ran across some Escudo and thought I'd take a stab at it, again. I have found that drier tobacco, and specifically most with a substantial Virginian content smoke best this way. This is a nice simple blend of quality tobacco with a sturdy dose of Perique. Dried, it burns effortlessly delivering a lovely tasting smoke. I enjoyed the strength it delivers, and its gradual increasing flavor to the bowl's end. Having smoked a tin I tend to favor the Brown Clunee and Hal O' the Wynd better with its Kentucky component. For me, Escudo's full helping of Perique is a bit wearisome over time, but many other smoker's might find its delight. This is a quality tobacco that should be tried.

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wintermute Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wintermute (35)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

When you open the tin, there is a sweet smell. The coins are perfect and the presentation is nice. I typically rub out my flakes and fill the pipe. I did, however, have to pack a little tighter then is usual for a flake to get the real flavor. And, it took more than one light to get the stuff going and keep it going. The taste is that of a grassy and spicy flavor. This is definitely a Summer smoke. The aroma kind of smells like burning that same grass. I thought of many Summer evenings smelling the freshly mowed yards of my youth. The amount of smoke was a bit on the sparse side. Once lit, the tobacco stayed lit for the rest of the bowl. The taste stays the same all the way down to the bottom of the bowl. Well, maybe a little stronger at the end, but not much. The spice at the back of the throat tends to take a back seat throughout the middle of the smoke and then returns towards the end a bit. The ash is grey and falls out of the pipe nicely. This stuff performs better in a smaller bowl and needs some tamping from time to time. Finally, there is no tongue-bite whatsoever. There is a slight after taste that some may not find enjoyable, however. This stuff would go with a lighter lager rather than anything too heavy. Overall, a very enjoyable simple smoke.

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denversixstring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
denversixstring (3)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I have the honor of submitting review #200 of this all time classic. Great billowing clouds of yumminess. Oh yes. Amos Iron wolf a few reviews below really nails what this one is all about. All kinds of flavors bounce around here, a variety of mellow sweets, a dash of pepper, hints of spice; but the sensation I mostly get it one of density- thickness of flavor that reminds me of a rich reduction of a stew of beef. Aged, this stuff is magical. Out of the tin it's excellent with a bit of drying. Not much in this world is constant, but Escudo is. Not for the beginner, this will reward someone with good technique a superlative smoke. An absolute must for any experienced piper. What are you waiting for?

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Charlie Allnut Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Charlie Allnut (16)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Strong

I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (485)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant

This tobacco smelled very nice in the tin and the coin presentation was very appealing. Unfortunately the taste was not very full as I was expecting. The aroma was nice and the perique was quite minimal which is okay by me since I'm not too fond of a strong peppering. The volume of smoke was moderate, which was good and the strength increased slightly as the bowl got past half way. I will probably not purchase this again but am glad I got to try it, though it was a bit disappointing.

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Hiram Briar 23 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hiram Briar 23 (12)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

ugh...

i went from balkan supreme to this and ugh, bummed out. thats not to say its not good tobacco, because it is. its just not a fun flavor, and definitely not relaxing. it took a lot of work to appretiate what stokkebye was trying with this blend and i dont like to think about that too much when im smoking a pipe. im trying to relax, not get inside the mind of the tobacco blender. but the taste is more of wood than tobacco like it was cured over smoldering southern yellow pine. fancy cut and packing tho, like little h'orderves

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Problematic Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Problematic (8)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is a nice smoke for my taste. Presentation is really smexy la di da. If it came looking like someone just took it out of the litter box I'd smoke it. So what.

Great mix of sweet and spicy. I get that sort of sweet apple juice tang hit me in the back of my mouth while realizing a nice creamy spicy finish on the puff. Works really well for me. Great quality. No troubles burning or biting, moist or dried. A little tough to fold and pack fragile coins but whatever.

The seasons are changing here now so I've had the benefit of smoking this in the summer and winter all in the same week. Ya I know. This is a summer smoke for me. Perfectly matched with a tall cold glass of Hefeweizen, or three. I mean perfect! In the colder crisper air I find it doesn't cut it.

Three stars for being an enjoyable smoke. I can't say I'd keep it within arms reach for the 4th star. I'll always have something similar around but I don't think this is the one. An occasional smoke for me. One that I will enjoy more with time in between.

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Amos Iron Wolf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Amos Iron Wolf (7)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

While not having a vast history with VAs, some Blackwoods Flake, Orlik, etc, I wasn't happy with them straight or as the dominant factor. I leaned more towards English and Burley blends. The VAs seemed to smoke "thin" to me. By that I mean that if you sipped them enough to keep them from biting or loosing flavor then the smoke was thin and weak. I liked the full mouthfuls of smoke and the full flavors I got from the English and Burley blends I'd tried. The taste and room note of the VAs seemed more cigarette like to me, and I don't like cigarettes. I was just about to give up on anything that was primarily VA, unless it was heavily dosed with Latakia. Then I gave Escudo a try. See what the VA/PER thing in a Navy flake might do for me.

Oh, my! This works for me so well on so many levels. I originally ordered two tins, one to smoke now and one to cellar. I'm already worrying I won't be able to keep any on hand to cellar unless I just order a couple of tins every week without fail. I've been smoking this daily for a few days now. Escudo on the way to work. Instanbul on the way home.

Like Finck's Istanbul I've found Escudo to work well across all my pipes I've tried it in so far. Each may be just a little different, but both these blends have been pretty consistent in their performances. I'd almost decided to become a Cob Snob. While part of the hobby is finding the right pipe/tobacco combinations, my pipe smoking time is limited. I just don't have the time to experiment for hours and days with different combos. I certainly don't enjoy all the bleh experiences before that yeah moment of discovery when the right pipe, tobacco, packing, smoking method, combination hits. I'm out to relax and enjoy my pipe, not stress myself with endless lab experiments and failures just to get one good smoke out of many. It is here that Escudo shines for me. Even in my cantankerous, normally wet smoking Calebrisi bent, Escudo Navy Flake smokes well. I love the look and feel of that pipe, but it can be finicky.

For me at least, I find that Escudo provides enough smoke, even when easing along. It can also be smoked a little faster without searing your tongue. You start to notice the flavor is slacking a little when you are getting things heated up because you weren't paying minute attention to your technique. That's a better warning that suddenly flaming your tongue. Escudo still tastes good when smoking a little faster/hotter, just not as good as it can. Since it gives you a nice, full, flavorful smoke stream it is hard not to just keep puffing away and being greedy. You don't have to be that way, but ya just want to keep drawing in that tasty, billowy smoke.

Like most on here I just grab a coin, coin and 1/2, or two, depending on the pipe, fold them over and stuff 'em! Getting it started packed like that can take a little fidgeting, but once things are underway it takes few relights. Escudo seems pretty forgiving. If you pack it a little poorly it will require more relights, but it will still take hold and give you some good smoking between those lights. Handy when you are stuffing your pipe in a hurry on the way out the door for work.

I don't have many large bowled pipes, so can't speak from there, but I've found Escudo smokes well and tasty in pretty much everything I've stuffed it in so far. There are subtle differences if you take the time to notice them. In fact, one of the things I like about Escudo, and Istanbul for that matter, is that you can kick back and just smoke while your mind wanders and have a good, relaxing, tasty enough smoke that doesn't bite you. Or, you can focus more on your pipe, sip away, and really enjoy the flavors of the tobacco, and it does have real tobacco flavor without tasting like a cigarette. There is a nice, round, full taste that I like. The aftertaste is nice too. Escudo is a versatile and consistent tobacco in terms of pipe selection and smoking pleasure. That makes it a winner for me.

In terms of room note, I've been smoking on my way to and from work in my car and unlike previous VA tryouts, Escudo does not leave a cigarette, or even much of any kind of smell in the car as long as I crack a window while smoking and keep the A/C vent on fresh air instead of recycle.

On opening the tin the first time there was a wonderful, wine- like fragrance that greeted me. I had to exert more willpower than I usually possess to keep from grabbing a coin and popping it in my mouth. It smelled that tasty. I moved the contents to a small, plastic seal-ringed jar where it seems to be doing well. It smells good still, but not as richly so.

Escudo has it's moments where the taste might be off for a moment. It takes a few moments at startup to settle in too. But, most of the smoke is just a very pleasant experience. Consistent, versatile on a couple of levels, forgiving, and an all around enjoyable smoking experience that I can count on enjoying every time I smoke it. That makes it a 4 Star for me. I'm sure there are more complex, more this, more that VA/PER blends out there. I'm sure they also require you pay close attention to technique keeping a keen focus so you don't miss the subtleties, require careful prep and packing to get that experience. I'll take darn good, versatile, and enjoyable over a wide range of circumstances for the majority of my pipe smoking pleasure and save those "special" blends, for special times.

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FireTi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FireTi (5)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

No matter how carefully I pack the bowl, the super fine ash seems to sneak through the tobacco and into my mouth by about mid way through the bowl or even sooner while I'm puffing on this blend. The ash has a very peppery taste. After reading a few reviews here I am wondering if what I think I'm tasting is not really ash but the characteristics of the Perique Tobacco? I am not confident enough in my pipe smoking knowledge to be sure if the peppery flavor is really coming from the ash or the flavor of the smoke. Maybe somebody can help me to understand what I am experiencing with this tobacco ...

At any rate, this is a quality blend that has been balanced so perfectly in a way that is different from anything else you will try so that this blend finds its way into the category of blends that every serious pipe smoker should try at least once. In fact dedicate a pipe and smoke an entire 50 grams so that you can call yourself a true pipe smoker without any quilt of exaggeration. :-)

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hawky454 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hawky454 (30)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Best Va/Per I've smoked thus far! Due to it's subtle flavors I would not recommend to the novice. That being said, to all ya seasoned smokers, if you haven't tried this you're missing out.

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Wagon25 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wagon25 (14)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant

This is a brand new tin... bought a month ago and opened today. The coins are new to me and worked very well; I prefer them to the broken flakes in terms of their consistency and how easily they break apart into a nice full ribbon. Packing this is a joy.

The room note is excellent--hints of maple and cedar.

That said, the taste is fairly monochromatic for me. I get nearly the same experience with a standard bulk maple blend I have. The tin aroma and description tells me there is more to it, however, and this just may need to age for a while. I prefer a more nuanced and spicy--or at least flavorful--smoke. I'll update in a few months. A solid two stars for me at this point.

10.8.10 Update: This is really good. It is not monochromatic, but dichromatic-- which is a good thing. It's consistently solid... mature and full. This will be among a handful I will always keep on hand.

10.14.10 Update: This has become my all-time favorite; now I understand all the fuss. Besides the great combination of sweet virginia tempered by just the right amount of perique, the coins break into such a perfect consistency; it burns full and thick the whole way down. I think this is due to the tiny ribbon cut that results.

5.26.12 Update: I've smoked about 5 tins of this over the last few years; I have always liked it, but I made a slight change in procedure that's made this the best stuff out there. One of the best things about this blend is that its rolled into thin coins; somehow that makes this stuff a pleasure to smoke. But, whereas I used to rub them out, lately I've just packed them in without rubbing. The taste is more full and defined; the combination of the NC Virginia and Perique is absolutely superb. There is simply no aromatic smoke that can compare to the natural taste of this English blend.

The tin aroma and room note are outstanding as well--my picky wife confirms the latter. I have smoked quite a few VA/Perique blends, and I still haven't found something this well-balanced and enjoyable.

I use a narrow but deep bowl Stanwell pipe; this blend might be enhanced by this particular bowl and briar.

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sweetpipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sweetpipes (7)
★★★★
Very Mild None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Oh yes, pipers, this is by far an incredible blend. The tin I smoke from has exactly a year on it, and the taste has gotten sweeter, spicier, and a tad more enjoyable than the newer tins I've smoked up until this point. The perique is consistently flavorful from top to bottom. An absolute classic delight. Wish the bowl would never end.

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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (513)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

There is a reason why this tobacco is reviewed so often and reviewed with such praise. Escudo may be the king of the Vapers. I think the key as Red stated before me, is balence. A little sweet, a little spicy and no dominate player. Since there isn't much to add, I would just like to point out that after reviewing the A&C production side by side with the Stokkebye, blender to blender, the taste remains the same. Often attempted in the tobacco world but seldom happens. If I could note one very slight difference, the A&C was a touch sweeter, but that was most likely due to the age on the tin. I am not a big fan of the Stokkebye Bull's Eye Flake, hopefully Escudo is maintain its integrity in the years to come. Highly Recommended!

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Red Rapparee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Red Rapparee (8)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Hey fellers, Red here. If you are looking for a classically blended Va/Per you won't go wrong trying out a 50g tin of Escudo Navy De Luxe. Unlike most things on our heathen planet, it's famous for a reason. And that reason is....Balance. Naturally sweet North Carolina Virginias moderated, cooled, and subtly 'sexed up' by a well executed percentage of spicy Perique. An excellent introduction Va/Per and a daily smoke the world over. Bravo.

4 Stars.

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Claudius Stradivarius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Claudius Stradivarius (171)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

I tried the bulk version first, which was horrible. Just another proof that bulk versions are not always the same tobacco...

The tinned version was pretty good, nice and spicy. I enjoyed it.

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ivycap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ivycap (63)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Absolutely delicious! Moisture is perfect. One and a half coins are the perfect size for a bowl. I take the whole coin and roll it over the half coin, like a scroll or a burrito. It fits right in the pipe. Then I tamp and light. This blend is bursting with flavor. Sweet, exotic, aluring, with a hint of pepper. I could smoke this all day.

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ynrozturk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ynrozturk (40)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

As a big Va/Per fan, I have been dying to try this blend for a long time. Davidoff's Flake Medallions is my favorite blend, and I heard so much about this that I really wanted to give it a go.

And finally, here we are.

"A choice & unique blend, scientifically manufactured"

For some reason, that brought up images of Resident Evil. Anyway, onto the tobacco.

Packaged just how I expected it to be. Flakes are very nice, moisture is perfect, and they are easy to handle. I always rub out my flakes these days, for me it just tends to improve the flavor and burning qualities.

Packed easily, and took to a flame well. Light, tamp, light and you're off to Va/Per heaven, basically.

This stuff just explodes with flavor, and God I love it. The Perique in it is more dominant than in Flake Medallions, which is what I really wanted, anyway. The Virginia's are smooth, and the Perique in it is very nicely executed. Nice and peppery, and quite addicting!

It smokes cool and slow, and burns all the way to the very end with little to no effort. Taste does not go bad near the end. It actually develops really nicely mid bowl. Peppery, yet smooth, with just the right amount of nicotine.

While I'm not sure if I like it more than Flake Medallions, it is just an extremely high quality tobacco which tastes fantastic.

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umm_bacon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
umm_bacon (12)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I am not sure if this is my favorite VaPer, but I do really like it. My only complaint is that it has been a bit dry for my liking. Not the highest quality tobacco on the market, but there is a reason that so many people buy it.

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Briarfire007 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Briarfire007 (10)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

6-24-10: I finally had a chance to try this blend last night. It seems to be one of the all time greats, so I had to give it a go. I was a little apprehensive b/c I tend to have a bad reaction to blends with perique. The perique in this blend however did not bother me at all.

I fully rubbed out Navy Deluxe. It lights easier than most tobaccos. It truly did burn down to a fine white ash. I had no trouble smoking it all the way to the bottom.

This blend got a little hot for me at first, but it cooled down after I took it a little easier. The taste was very natural. Not overly sharp as I find some virginias to be. The somoke did not have a tremendous amount of flavor. I smoked this in a Peterson XL02. At the very end of this larger bowl, the nicotine hit me a little harder than I like, but I tend to stick with very mild (in the nicotine dept.) tobaccos.

Overall, I do recommend this blend. Especially if you are not crazy about perique, but would like to gain some more experience with it. I will not be adding this to my rotation, but it is certainly a quality smoke.

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Dude Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dude (9)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

For me this is one of the easiest flakes to prepare and smoke, moisture from the tin is perfect. I smoke either fully rubbed out or just fold / crush a coin and good to go. Smokes very cool , very well behaved. Notes of figs and raisins- a little spice. I find this in the milder, mid - range of VP's with SG St. James flake being more to the extreme in terms of spice, and having PS Luxury bulls eye flake at the other end- only a little spice.. So for me this is the most balanced VP I have had so far. I consider a all day smoke. As I travel often for work this is also perfect as tin keeps moisture correct- even in hot climates, easy to prepare , pack and smoke on the run.

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AZ_Smoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AZ_Smoker (6)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

WOW! The absolute best VA/Per I have ever tasted. This is definitely going to stay in storage and on my shelf for as long as this blend exists...... which I hope is a very long time!

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Bazsup Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bazsup (13)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This has become my favorite of the moment. For a tobacco to remain a favorite for more then 2 months is saying something. I usually can not tolerate virginias. This, however, doesn't cause any damage, more so, I can really enjoy the tobacco flovors in the mix. I didn't know I like perique until I tried this.

I don't have the discerning palette of some of the connoisseurs on this site. It tastes great. I simple fold the coins into the bowl. It stays lit. It may be just about the perfect tobacco.

I'm looking for 5 pound tins. I guess I like it.

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tedswearingen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tedswearingen (3)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

I've just finished a tin of this tobacco and I thought I might share my impressions.

It's beautiful packaged unwrapped reveals remarkably thin cut coins that are just gorgeous. I love this kind of cut anyway, also being partial to pressed flake tobacco. Both are convenient to carry around and they look sharp.

The mix of perique here is spot on, lending itself a nice color to the coin as well as filling the tin with fig notes and other dried dark fruits.

The coins are easy to rub out and fill up. I didn't find the tobacco prone to burn too hot or bite, nor did it leave behind much dottle. It's really a consistent smoke, from top to bottom.

I think the high opinion of Escudo Navy Deluxe can be found in the taste. It's rich without overreaching itself. It's sweet enough for those moments that deserve a sweet smoke, but it's so pleasant and subtle that it can be smoked in every day-part like any sturdy Virginian.

I would recommend this tobacco to any smoker, whether they be novice, amateur or expert. But don't take my word for it. This is so highly recommended by so many smoker's; trust your fellows, I say!

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gladi8tor96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gladi8tor96 (49)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I just tried this cake tobacco for the first time. When I opened the tin I loved the smell. Very rich and fruity! Easy to load and light, in fact it stayed lit quite nicely. Was able to get large amounts rich smoke that smelled pleasant that tasted fantastic. It wasn't too heavy or spicy. Sweet, creamy, delicious!! Spectacular smoke!!

I got a small bit of tongue bite, but that might have been from my heavy draws from excitement.

Since I have smoked this two more times, it is quickly becoming my favorite tobacco...

Even after trying Davidoff's Flake Medallions these are still my favorite. I have a few tins stored up....

UPDATE Favorite VaPer so far!! I've gone through 4 tins and hope to get more stored up!!

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Sir Walter Smiley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sir Walter Smiley (24)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I have been regulated to smoking only Virginia Flakes in the house when me lady is home. When she isn't home, I will smoke a cat turd if that is my fancy. That said; Escudo is the only perique blend, that I like, that I can slip by her with a well placed non-truth. She hates the smell of perique and I love the taste of it. Its a match made in heaven. As for this lovely blend, it is the benchmark of a fine VaPer. Upon opening a new tin, as for all blends in my rotation, I transfer tobacco to A mason jar because tobacco ages better at a moistness that I do not like to smoke it at. I will dry a bowls worth of Escudo for 15 minutes before rubbing out and loading. A great tobacco. Earlier descriptions on this page have covered anything else you need to know.

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paulw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
paulw (32)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

escudo old time tobacco continues at it's best. This was a favorite of sasieni. Time travel comes to my mind every time I rub it out and smoke it. Funny its about the only virginia blend I can smoke due to the heat, I am a furious puffer, but I due love the fact that it is still made the old way. I like perique tobacco and I like the fact that it also is soaked in plum juice!

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WmZiggy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WmZiggy (66)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I was in Denver this week on business and stopped at Edward's Pipe Shop on South Broadway. What a great shop with a fine selection of tined tobaccos. I had a nice visit with the lady behind the counter, the wife of the husband/wife team that own the store. It gave one hope as we visited about the taxes and government policies killing shops like this. The hope came in the people's revolt that's coming (even in a liberal Mecca like Denver)that will kick the crap out of the nanny state. Now that's hope & change we can believe in! But I digress. I spotted a tin of Escudo and thought I would give this great old spun Virginia/Perique a try once again. It's been years since I last smoked it, but is as good as I remember. It's a very tasty VA/PER blend. The balance between the two is wonderful. I let it dry slightly, rubbed it lightly and fired it up in a #4 size Astley Rhodesian. It never bites or burns hot, no matter how hard I puff. It is complex in its interplay between the sweetness of VA and the spice of Perique. For VA/PER lovers, this one is a must.

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dvcpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dvcpipe (2)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I just keep going back for more. This is outstanding tobacco. I grab a couple coins and fold right in. Wonderful Va/Per blend that is so consistent and flavorful. Outstanding!

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jankoez Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jankoez (67)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

It is very good tobacco which burns steady and easy, however, it just misses "that something" which makes a blend fantastic. To me.

My rate: 4.0

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

What else can be said about this wondrous blend. This is one of the best VA/Pers out there. The disc's are a thing to behold and smell almost bread-like. I usually just fold a couple and stuff them in the pipe. It lights quite easily and burns nicely right down the bowl. There is a good dose of perique to be had here so newbies to VA/Per's might want to start out with something with a little less in it. For me, the level of perique is pure heaven and makes sweet music with the quality virginias. A sublime smoke that everyone should try at least once. 4 solid stars.

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Pip Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pip (36)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is an excellent Var/Per blend. The moisture was perfect out of the tin and the tin note does in fact have a dried fruit & hay like aroma. I personally enjoy flake tobacco and the rubbing out of the flakes to the consistency I like and in handling the leaves. I think it is a big part in what makes pipe smoking so much fund and relaxing. I have never see the coin shape before, so needless to say I has excited to experience them. The coins rubbed out to a nice shag cut consistency. I packed my pipe and lit up. Nice big plumes of thick white smoke. Very smooth and mellow with no bite at all. As you progress down the bowl the tobacco get more complex and richer. It really hits its stride mid bowl. To me the smoke has a very clean earthy, toasty and a slightly tarty fruit taste to it. It's really good stuff. It burned down to nice white ash. Escudo is tops in my book.

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Plus Twos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Plus Twos (6)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

I have just finished my first 50g tin and this is the 'queen' of tobaccos. I do remember the old Three Nuns but this is better. A really satisfying smoke. No nasty bite and burns down to a fine dry ash without dottle.

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Clarkus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Clarkus (26)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

There is little I can say in favor of this tobacco that hasn't already been said. It tastes like tobacco in a very beautiful way. I can smoke it all day and not get bored with it. This is a fine Va/Per and I recommend it highly. The last two tins I purchased were blended by Peter Stokkebye International in DK and distributed by Villager Stokkebye.

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Alguhan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alguhan (140)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

These disks of Va-Per must be tried by all Va blend lovers for sure. Escudo has a rich tobacco flavor and cool smoke. The Perique addition is masterfuly balanced and I detect its pepperness beside the rich Va flavor, which is very enjoyable for my tastes.

A first class Va-Per blend. Highly recommended..

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apvonkanel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
apvonkanel (2)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

First the negative: The coins can be temperamental smokes sometimes. Easy to over-puff it and get some bite.

Now that we have that out of the way, this is a wonderful smoke. I don't get a massive rush of nicotine, but there is enough kick in it to keep me happy. From the tin it certainly has quite a bit of dried fruit aroma. Great balance of VA vs PER. I prefer to rub out the coins rather than roll or stuff them because it's just an easier smoke, and the coins rub out easily. I agree, that anyone who doesn't enjoy this might want to try another tin before they decide it isn't for them.

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Mr. Mac Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Mac (8)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The spun cut coins dry quickly and break up nicely, although I had to pick a few stems out of mine. The virginia is sweet and sharp, and the perique is abundant. This tastes to me like real St. James perique--I may be wrong here, but I've been smoking va/pers for a while and a fair amount of American Spirit perique cigarettes as well, and I've found that the newer Acadian perique has notes of salsa and pine sap, while the St. James perique has a wine-and-pepper character. Then again, it's hard to tell what you're getting these days, and maybe it's all in my imagination.

I find Escudo has a rough edge, and can be temperamental. I'm not a va/per amateur, and it still bites me hard from time to time. For that reason, and because of its sporadic availability, I wouldn't smoke it all day. Still, even with the number of excellent quality va/pers out there, some of which are less expensive than Escudo, I don't hesitate in awarding it 4 stars. This is a wonderful blend.

With due respect, I wonder if some of my esteemed colleagues who complain of Escudo's lack of flavour didn't end up with a bad initial tin. It happened to me with Penzance and FVF, both of which I've come to enjoy immensely.

UPDATE: I recently got a bad tin of Escudo--smoked hot and tasteless, with undertones of vomit. I guess it's impossible to keep quality absolutely consistent.

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stephenspring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
stephenspring (13)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

My usual blend is Balkan Supreme. I love the full flavor and equal mildness I experience. I've been looking for a different flavor trying lots. If there is a "wow" factor with pipe tobacco, that's what happened with the first puff. I guess one could say, for me, it's the beginning of a new love affair. If Balkan Supreme is my wife, and if I were going to have a mistress, Escudo is it. For me it had the same "wow" I experienced with Balkan Supreme, but in a different way. This was a real treat. Great flavor but equally mild on the palette and tongue. It's the same quality but different flavor I like from Balkan Supreme - smooth, mild, no tongue bite - and great rich, different flavor. I tend to be lazy so the added step of preparing the tobacco from the rolls is kind of a pain but for me it's well worth the extra step. Great stuff - Nice nice flavor and great great mildness. A definite "WOW"!

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MDP Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MDP (33)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Sweet, round, deep, lilting, rich, peppery, developing and retreating, Escudo is the standard by which all other VAPERS are measured. Is it the best? That is a silly question. It is tied for my favorite VAPER, even if it was not love at first light. I enjoy this fresh and aged, and lower on the humification scale, but not dry. Happy pipe, happy mouth, happy head, happy room.

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Mike__P Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike__P (87)
★★☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

UPDATE 2/17/12 Well, I keep trying these beautiful pepperoni slices, but my original assessment holds. This one is not for me. It gets interesting mid-bowl, but then it all falls apart quickly. It's simply too light, and when the Perique finally kicks in, it only adds pepper to ashiness, which is not a good combination. I like more depth. If Escudo were a wine, I'd say it was a bright Chardonnay. I prefer Cabernets. When I am in the mood for Miss Virginia, my choice is either a nice VA/Bur or Blackwoods.

ORIGINAL REVIEW

I just don't get it.

I had high expectations for this one based on many of the great reviews, so if this is the King of the Va/Pers, then this genre simply doesn't suit me. Perhaps it's my mouth chemistry, but I find it bland, bitter and grassy. Some natural sweetness peeks in, but only for short visits. I hate to say this to Lovers of the Blend, but "it tastes like smoke" to me. And while I was expecting a mule-kick of nicotine, I got average strength instead.

The presentation in the tin is very nice -- the coins are cool -- and it smells good unlit of deliciously tangy, aged Virginias. The coins are easy to rub out. But the superlatives end there, I am sorry to say. Maybe I'll let it sit for a while and revisit it later. Giving it one star would be as harsh as Escudo's aftertaste, so two it is.

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Pipers Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipers (19)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

And IT'S (es-) KUDOS (cudo) to the fellas at PST for having this wonderfull bacci blended on behalf of the fraternity. An excellent VaPer with all the characteristics that make this a full, tasty and interetsing smoke. I would be interetsed in their version of VA only without the perique.

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don1688 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
don1688 (27)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Not much to add. This is like no other VAPER on the market- always have a tin open. This has an amazing smell in the tin and it is highly recommended to any VA or VAPER fan out there.

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Giaach Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Giaach (3)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A great VaPer with a wonderful smell in the tin and the bowl. Burns to a nice white ash and thats all that's left when I'm done enjoying a coin or two...

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jvande7 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jvande7 (15)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Popular VaPer. I dig the coins. This is an above average VaPer. Great price tag too. Gets points for presentation, but ultimately I prefer Reiner Long Golden Flake when I reach for a VaPer because I find it more flavorful/interesting. Escudo is great though, and far less expensive than LGF. If you like VaPer's, Escudo should not go unsampled.

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chuckt808 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
chuckt808 (7)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

This is an excellent tobacco and if VaPers are your thing and you haven't already tried this you will probably love it. The presentation is great, moisture content perfect right out of the tin, smokes easily, etc. My only issue is that I do not like the amount of Perique. By the end I felt like I had eaten a lot of straight black pepper. This isn't to say that there is necessarily anything wrong with that, it's just not my thing. This also isn't to say that the Perique overpowered the Virginias. I found that during the beginning and middle of the bowl the Virginias came through quite nicely but I find that I more enjoy straight Virginias or Virginias with only a touch of Perique.

I will continue to smoke this occasionally when I am in the mood. Be aware that this will leave the strong peppery taste of Perique in any pipe you smoke it in for a few bowls afterwards.

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Countrygent Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Countrygent (9)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

I don't think any VaPer smoker's pipe experiences would be complete without giving Escudo a try. And if at first it doesn't appeal, to change pipes, age it a bit, dry it, rub it out .. vary the approach as you think best to give it a good chance to express itself.

I'm in the camp that finds it's balance, delicacy, sweet piquancy, subtle changes down through the bowl, just as satisfying and pleasurable as any other tobacco I have tried, among many dozens. The aftertaste is a lasting pleasure that begs fitting just one more bowl into my day no matter how many I've had.

Taste is a matter of ... taste. There is no arguing with those who say Escudo does nothing for them. Perhaps it has to do with the ph levels in different mouths, or palate preferences. Chacun a son gout as the French say (to each their own taste).

If you like or love Orliks Golden Slices, Reiners, Dunhill Light Flake, and similar lighter stoved/pressed/flaked/cased VaPers or natural VaPers, chances are you may very much enjoy this classic tobacco.

Everything about it is good for me, from presentation, moisture, burning, taste, breadth of nuance and variation as smoked. The virginias and the perique each have their expression, the balance is close enough the elements of taste rise and fall like a string quartet, giving a continuing interest and changing taste down to the last bit of the smokeable dottle.

I also decry the cost and lack of bulk supply, but it is worth the pleasure to me. The tins just empty at speed once opened I enjoy them so much, so I ration and cellar.

Four enthusiastic, appreciative stars.

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Pipemanuk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipemanuk (76)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Escudo is, for me, a difficult one to review. Let me explain...there are a number of blends that seem to attract an overwhelmingly positive adulation...just look at GLP's blends as examples. I've been swayed by what I've read here to go and try them, and I end up thinking that this is a load of hype and the Emperor isn't really wearing any clothes after all.

Tis much the same with Escudo.

There's nothing wrong with it..it's certainly better blended than many others; it's easy to smoke and it smells nice in the tin. But, well there's not a lot there when you smoke it. It's ok but by comparison with tobacco's like Louisianna Flake or St James Flake (G&H and SG) it's insipid or at least so mild as to be almost undetectable.

PipeJoe maybe has a point when he talks about different palates reacting differently to the same baccy. I've always had problems with SG's Best Brown Flake because it always makes the roof of my mouth sore unlike any other SG flake. Maybe I find Escudo perfectly acceptable but quite insipid because I am used to stronger flavoured Vapers.

Whatever the answer is; the moral of the story is surely never to go on what folk here write but try a blend for yourself.

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WillH Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillH (1)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Escudo is one of the finest tobaccos I have enjoyed, and I've puffed a few.

This tobacco is well behaved, not overpowering yet delivers a good flavorful smoke from beginning to end. The tobacco arrives at near perfect moisture condition which needs no additional drying, IMO. Burns easily and consistently leaving only a fine white/grey ash in the bottom of the bowl.

I tried Escudo in several different pipe shapes and appreciate it most in a taller small diameter bowl. Some of my best smokes are from a Brebbia Pura 4012. Interestingly, I have enjoyed Escudo in Calabash and prince shape pipes as well. Truly a tobacco that isn't particular about bowl shape. Just a little light rub and it's ready to load.

Flavor is full and taste is as a VaPer pipe tobacco should be. I enjoy the uncomplicated tobacco flavor that is smooth and consistent. Escudo does indeed satisfy without overloading or offending the smoker with harshness. This is not a bland tobacco yet I experienced no unpleasant after taste and the room note is good. What's not to like?

This is, without question, a stellar tobacco that disserves a prominent place in any cellar.

WillH

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PipeJoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeJoe (6)
★☆☆☆
Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

O.k. I keep re-trying this blend based on the popularity and character of reviews that strongly favor this blend. I can't taste a thing but a vague hint of corn-husks or puffed rice. Otherwise this is flavorless - almost completely flavorless. I thought it was just me, so I talked up the blend to a nearby friend who tried a bowl. After a few puffs and a distant stare, he looked at me archly and asked "Can you taste anything?". He gave up half-way through the bowl and dumped the rest on the ground. I remained uncertain.

I smoked this all night, trying to get a handle on why this is so popular - but after three consecutive bowls, I can't figure it out.

I don't know what I'm missing here, maybe but chalk it up to a difference in pallets. This is the blandest tobacco I've ever smoked in my entire life - completely flavorless. Slight cigarette qualities to the smoke make me wonder if this is just a favorite for people who inhale their pipe smoke?

I'll say that just about everything I have read about this seems dead wrong to my taste. The only complaints that people have are that it's too spicy and has bite. This has NO detectable bite at all. I'm not tasting any spice. Just vague wisps of what other people are calling "hay".

I'll give it this - it burns easy (just stuff the disks in your pipe and it lights like magic). It has no bite. It offers a little flavor if you smoke the second half of the bowl a day later.

I've just lit another bowl after reading all these reviews. Am I a cretin? I don't know. But...shrug...there's no real flavor for me here.

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Demetri Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Demetri (94)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

My very first venture into VaPers and I might have begun with the epitome of the genre (but only time will tell that). This is some heady stuff. And despite my stating above an "Extremely Mild" rating in the Flavoring category, I don't think its flavor is from any casing at all, but a result of the wonderful curing/preparation of these tobaccos. I wondered at my rubbery legs after my first bowl as I can handle quite a hit of nicotine. I guess I could just string a long list of superlative adjectives together here in praise of this or just simply state: Excellent!

One CAN teach an old dog new tricks.

Going back to shop this week to acquire more.

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Tallman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tallman (35)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm trying lots of different VaPers...and this one is a winner. One previous reviewer said rub it out and dry it for a little while-I agree! Nice, rich tobacco taste-perique (which I like a lot) is in perfect proportion, in my newbie opinion. Not for the brand new pipe smoker---again, IMO---but a great, slow, tasty smoke. Try some! It may be just what you're looking for!

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Mike Toney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike Toney (44)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

This review is based on my first bowl right out of the tin. I could detect nothing more than a slight vinegary aroma & tobacco upon opening the tin. The silver dollar sized flakes were a mix of dark brown, medium & a small amount of light colored tobaccos. Moisture content seemed just a tad too moist. After lighting, I let it rest a while. Tamped it down and started smoking again...even better. I didn't realize at the time that I was using the DGT (delayed gratification technique) method which only works well with Virginia blends. It was very mild, cool, easy on the tongue/palate & sweet tasting with a "good enough" nicotine kick. I don't have the conditioned olfactory and palate sensing abilities to describe all those smells, nuances, etc. However, I am able to discern quality in a blend & this is exceptional. Burns to a clean ash to the bottom of the bowl. I'll be aquiring more of this "stuff" for regular rotation and aging. Can there possibly be a better VAPER on the market? I'm going to try Solani's 633 and a few others for comparison since I liked this so well. Therefore, IMHO, Escudo Navy De Luxe merits four **s+!!!

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strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (231)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I thought I would return to this VaPer again so I recently bought a couple of tins. So, my review is based on a non aged tin so that has some effect on my thoughts as I know this blend gets much better with age. This is not my favorite VaPer, that would be St James Flake but it sure is a good one. The tin art on this one just looks high quality and in the tin, the tobacco is arranged on little whirly jigs or pin wheels arranged in another circle. A very nice presentation and well done. The tobacco is mostly a press of medium colored brown tobacco with a nice and sweet and somewhat tart tin aroma. The tin was hard as heck to get open it had so much vacumn in it so I know this stuff was very fresh. I like my flakes on the dry side so i did set it out overnight to get to the right moisture content. I then folded it and filled my pipe with it and the many strands that separated off. It packed nicely and I proceeded to light it, and it did so on the first light.

When first lit, this tobacco is very mild and for the first few puffs, it seems sort of bland. But a couple of minutes into it and it started bursting with flavor. This being a VA, was a bright sweet tobacco taste and then when the perique kicks in, it adds a spicy, tart flavor that just sings and went very well with a cup of strong Irish tea. As the pipefull burns dow, it keeps increasing it's strength of flavor until the perique almost dominates the blend. it is a good spicy flavor but halfway down the VA loses the stage here. The perique is a good quality and tasteful. The room note is pleasant to me but not to anyone around me though they don't really complain, just no complements. So I would have to say it's tolerable. I do enjoy Escudo very much and I am glad I bought several tins of it. I am putting some back in the cellar to age and will return to it. I will have no problem finishing the open tin. But I still like St James Flake better. I do recommend giving this a try for those that have not. It's a classic.

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Morgoth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Morgoth (22)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

One of those things that make you say "hmm"...not "mmm". I side with the minority here...and found the current version of Escudo unsympathetically harsh with no sweetness at all. The perique used in this blend is not smooth and has no black pepper taste. My preference of this genre would be Solani 633.

Not recommended.

A companion infusion: a tall Cuba Libre...followed by...a tall Cuba Libre.

UPDATE: 11/30/09 I merely want to applaud Countrygent on his review above. An excellent perspective. I do have some Escudo cellaring, and I do look forward to giving this mixture another try. Until then...

UPDATE: 05/01/10 I never would have imagined that my next experience with this tobacco blend would have provided this much difference! Fully rubbing out the curlies...leaving the tobacco out to dry much longer and employing "breath" smoking at a slower cadence, has brought out the sweetness and removed all instances of it being harsh. A resounding "mmm" for this blend.

Increasing my recommendation rating accordingly.

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pufdragn63 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pufdragn63 (13)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

Given Escudo's reputation as one of THE great tobaccos I want to like these gorgeous looking discs, I really do, but...I'm missing something. I've heard it described by others as 'sweet', 'spice and dried fruit', 'smooth', 'velvety', even 'creamy' but all I taste is too much pepper. I've tried it in various different pipes and at different times of the day. I've smoked it gently and tried to be attentive, I've smoked it rubbed it out and I've smoked it folded. Perhaps Perique isn't for me. Then again, I do like Just For Him-Golden Cashmere and J. F. Germain's Royal Jersey Perique from time to time, so what am I missing?

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swenger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
swenger (2)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Upon popping the first tin, I was hit with an extraordinary smell that I had never experienced with tobacco: that wonderful, prune-like scent I have now come to love in all VaPers. I quite like the appearance of the coins, and I wish there were many more blends spun in such a way.

With an hour or so of drying, rubbing and loading the tobacco is fairly easy, though I've found that my pipes and tastes like it a bit fine with a loose pack. The lighting process is very straight-forward with no frills and the tobacco burns evenly. Curiously, I find the aroma of the freshly burning tobacco to be extraordinarily reminiscent of my mother's crab imperial--a savory smell with a delightful paprika-like spice.

The flavor of Escudo is indeed wonderful. Sweet, medium Virginias go very well with a generous measure of Perique. The tobacco is blended exceptionally well in that there is plenty of Perique to give great spice and burn quality, yet not so much as to overwhelm the Virginias. Another quality I find to great likening with the flavor is that the Perique hardly ever goes out of attention, though this may be primarily due to rubbing out fully.

As others have said, one must smoke this tobacco slowly, otherwise the flavor becomes overwhelming and all of the subtleties disappear. In my experience, the tobacco is also best suited to being fairly low in moisture to achieve good burn and flavor, though your mileage may vary.

Escudo was my first VaPer, and indeed has drawn me into great admiration for these blends. However, I can only give it three stars as I feel some pipers new to VaPers may find it a bit temperamental and overwhelming. But to those experienced VaPer lovers, I give it high recommendation.

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

This is the VA/Pa that all others are compared to. The presentation of the tobacco coins welcome you to smoke them. I rub them out and dry them for about a half hour or so. Once rubbed out and dried it burns nicely. Slightly sweet and somewhat spicey. This is in my top 5 favorite pipe tobacco. I'm not sure if they still sell this since it seems to be out of stock at most online stores. Oh well, I still have several tins in the cellar.

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AcworthAl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AcworthAl (20)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I tried this for the first time. It is very good indeed; I would have to agree with what other reviews have written. However, IRC VA Flake (Iwan Ries) in my opinion is just as good or better and it is a good deal less expensive.

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Fernalgas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fernalgas (8)
★★★★
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is my first VaPer. The only thing I can compare it to is the Virginias that I have smoked, which are FVF and V#1 by Gawith and MacBarren. I have smoked about 4 bowls, the first bowl was a little spicy, from then on the spiciness has gone down and the sweetness is more apparent. I am having a hard time deciding which one I like the best between the three, thus you can say its a good blend due to FVF's popularity.

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haredawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
haredawg (46)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I?m glad I waited a few years to write this review. Escudo was one of my early forays into real tobacco when I found myself getting tired of banana watermelon wild grape cased tobaccos that left my tongue feeling like a scene out of Midnight express. My impression in those days was it was an adequate Virginian, a little young, with some sort of weird poison. I moved very quickly to heavy Balkan and English blends like Penzance and Dunhill 965. In the last year I?ve been revisiting Va/Per blends, refined ones like Long Golden Flake and Flake Medallions. Inevitably, on this site at any rate, a site I put even more store in than it probably deserves which is quite a bit, any va/per is compared to Escudo. So, in the final few paranoid days of sales before SCHIP kicked in, I bought a few tins at some crazy low price like six bucks a pop.

To be fair to the blend and my disparaging memories of it, when I finally opened the tin tonight I smoked it in a fairly new meerschaum, nothing fancy, just something without any prides or prejudices to it. This is a fine blend, there?s nothing wrong with it at all. Better than adequate Virginians with a subtle but not hidden perique. It?s not overly complex but then neither is a well aged Filet Mignon. I never find myself half way through a filet mignon wishing the flavor would change. There?s no reason not to highly recommend this blend unless I was trying to protect my integrity a reviewer (not giving everything I like four stars). I think it?s a bit arrogant for me to think my reputation as a reviewer is worthy of protection, my reviews aren?t ever a screaming necessity, an urgent warning or an accolade so profound no smoker should be without them.

Four stars. It?s a fine blend and you should smoke it.

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N7COF Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
N7COF (56)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I love this stuff & one of my favorite blends I keep stocked up on. If I got marooned on a desert island & could only have one blend this would be it.

Bad Good = Excellent * Exceptional

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Tyro Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tyro (10)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Yummy... Escudo is among my top 5. The smoke is sweet, spicy, and very well behaved. Like all VA based tobaccos, it benefits from a light pack, a minimal smoldering light, and a slow, constant, gentle puffs. In return you will be rewarded with an hour and a half of VAPER bliss.... mmmmmmm. Fillmore by GLPease is also excellent and is a close contender if not a little bit more interesting. St James Flake bulk by Sam Gawith... for you budget minded folks who are stocking up in preparation for the inevitable is a great way to get "Escudo on the cheap". The taste is very close... but that being said... I still have gathered a small supply of these wonderful tins to horde and savor. Highly recommended!

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7formy1911 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
7formy1911 (35)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I will first off have to say that I purchased my first tin of this not too long ago so I cannot compare the current version to anything older. Having said that I find this one of the finest tobaccos I have ever had the pleasure of trying. I love virginias and am a big fan of HOW, HH Mature Virginia and other such variations on a theme. I also find that I'm strongly attracted to VAPERs of all kinds. After having tried Escudo I can say that I am certainly in love. She is the only mistress for me and my wife will never know any better! (Especially since she hates my pipe habit... I mean hobby).

This blend provides me with a nice strong virginia and the hint of perique that I love so much. Perique for me is a nice condiment just like brown mustard is on a bratwurst. It doesn't dominate, it just adds to the flavor. Such is the perique in Escudo. It amplifies the virginia and is in the background but never dominates. This has become my favorite tobacco. Sure, there are others that I enjoy. Aromatics, burleys, VAPERS, virginias... you name it I enjoy it. Heck, I even like an occasional bowl of Prince Albert. For now my heart rests with Escudo. I only have one negative to add... there never seems to be enough of it in every tin I buy!

One final thing to add: the virginia in Escudo is very forgiving in the bite department. I don't puff on it too hard to begin with but if my mind wanders to other thoughts I don't pay the price for puffing a little more than usual. It only seems to bring out the perique more and that is never a problem for me.

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periqueguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
periqueguy (42)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant

THIS IS NOT QUITE AS GOOD AS THE ORIGINAL BUT IS ENJOYABLE NONETHELESS! THE VIRGINIA SEEMS TO DOMINATE THE TASTE AND SINCE THIS COMES IN A COIN FORMAT, IT'S HARD TO MODIFY THE BLEND. I'VE HAD A TIN OF THIS FOR ABOUT 4 YEARS AND ONLY SMOKE IT WHEN I FEEL THE NEED FOR A STRONG JOLT OF VIRGINIA. I PREFER THIS RATHER THAN OTHER PRESSED VIRGINIAS AVAILABLE, AS IT DOES PROVIDE THE PERIQUE OVERTONE.

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kg0mz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kg0mz (54)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The tin note is high grade Virginia. The coins rub out nicely. The burn is cool all the way down to white ash. Vaper bliss. Enough said.

07/27/09 UPDATE: I am revising some of my reviews. I have given out more 4 star ratings than anything else. That practice is probably not helping. So, I am reducing Escudo to 3 stars, not because I like it less than I did before, but because I am limiting 4 stars to fewer than 25% of all my reviews. One day I may use the 4 star rating to designate my top five.

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Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (196)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Absolutely wonderful tobacco! the best Vaper out there, I dont know what to say about this masterpiece, it is just perfect!!, Exceptional and Highly Recommended !

Bad Good = Excellent * Exceptional

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agedtins Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
agedtins (8)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

2/3/2009 Cumberland #1 Escudo #2 for me. Tobacco just doesn't get any better. Thank god I don't have to make a choice between the two, but these are my two favorites tobaccos period. I say this knowing that I can smoke a bowl of aged Caravan whever I like...along with a number of my other favorite tobacco's. But if I had to choose just 2, Escudo would be my second choice.

Escudo, what can I add? One of my absolute favorite tobaccos. I have never smoked the old Escudo, and could not even imagine it better than it already is. Sweet, spice and dried fruits....what a combo. 96+/100. My cellar is full of Escudo tins, but feel the need to add more. The only complaint I could think of would be the scarce amount of tobacco in each tin, but with disks of this quality they can get away with it I guess. As much as I enjoy other vapers, none would takes its place. I prefer it slightly dried out, about 1 1/2 disks at a time in smaller bowls. I guess Filmore, LGF, Embarcadero, Haddos and Cumberland would help ease the pain, but not completely fill the void if this was not around anymore.

I would like to expand on the amount of tobacco in each tin for a moment. I tin of Escudo costs around $8.00 which is enough for multiple 30-45 minute bowls of pure bliss, compare that to one decent cigar for $8.00 and it is the best value money can buy! I did not get into the pipe because of the price/enjoyment value,that is just a bonus!, but I would argue that there is no better value than pipe tobacco today! Better value than food, scotch, cigars. Whatever blend you enjoy, think about that every once in a while....how lucky we are to have found the pipe and that there are multiple blends out there that are truly sublime for every palet! I just hope I live long enough to keep enjoying this wonderful hobby. Sorry to ramble on but if you are reading this then you are probably well aware how lucky we all are to experience the love of briar and all the wonderful blends!

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Puff Daddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Puff Daddy (43)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Checking out the massive number of brands and blends here, it hits me that every once in a while, there's a blend that's just SO much better than the rest, so superlative, that I wonder why one got everything so right, and the others are just back there somewhere.

So it is with Escudo. Many VaPer blends are fine, some are very good. Escudo is in a class of one. Rich, fruity, complex. It has a nice kick to it, but remains smooth until it's gray ash. Whatever these blenders have done, they got it 100% right. The VA's are matured to perfection, slightly sweet. The Perique has to be of top quality, and while recognizable, it acts exactly as it should - as a condiment, and a grand compliment to the VA's.

Now, I need to say this: Many here seem to like the little wafers of Escudo. They are unique, yes, and intriguing. If you like them, go for it. I just don't like flakes, or wafers, or the like. I don't like folding, stuffing, air pockets, etc. So, I get a pint sized Mason jar, and once my tins of Escudo have 1-2 years of age on them, I put the wafers in a small food processor and grind them up. Sorry if you find this nearly-sacrilegious! It comes out like a short ribbon cut, packs like a dream, and even seems to improve all that I love about this blend. It takes three cans of Escudo to fill my jar, and once the lid is on, I'm ready for months of occasional delight. This is remarkable PT.

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onetrackmind Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
onetrackmind (2)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

It is my opinion that this tobacco is as good as it gets. Heavenly is the word that first comes to mind once you get this stuff going. What I really wanted to comment on was the lack of knowledge that some of our so called long time smokers seem to have regarding perique. For those of you who don't like this tobacco because you believe it to be strong, fine. However, it's not the perique that bites or gives you a rush. That quality belongs to the virginia. I myself have a few pounds of real perique I picked up from Percy Martin himself down in Grand Pointe Ridge louisiana back in '05. Just three months before Katrina. At the time he was the only perique farmer left growing real perique. Not that green river burley that we here so much about. That stuff came about because it's similar to the real thing but not nearly as labor intensive to produce, and it will grow just about anywhere. I like to smoke perique straight once in a while because it behaves so nicely and is by far the smoothest tobacco I've ever smoked. It's hardly overwhelming like so many of our reviewers seem to think. So for a real treat take a trip down to percy's farm and meet his lovely family. They'll gladly sell you as much as you'd like for cheap. It's only 40 miniutes west of New orleans. Don't wait to long though, because percy is about 90 years old now and not in the best shape. Nevertheless he's terribly friendly as are most people down there, and he'll probably load you up with lot's of vegetables from his other farms of which he is so proud. Cheers

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BingCrosby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BingCrosby (48)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

yes very good flavor of pepper and earth..very slight natural sweetness.. its almost like eating chocolate and walnuts.. I enjoy this very much and i can see why it is considered a classic.. it is also a very easy smoke no hangups.. round 2- coming back to this I have to say it reminds me a little of solani 633.. a little brighter than i remember it being.. i get more fruit than chocolate this time around. the perique is very nice in this - very balanced.. if you are curious about va/pers i would say this is the one to try first.. it has everything i look for - solid virginia, salty,spicy, fruity.

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IHT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
IHT (15)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

To me, a self titled "Va/Per ho", this is my holy grail, my deserted island smoke.

The coins can be loaded in a number of ways, which I prefer to fold in half then rub out. They pack easily, and burn perfectly as well.

Flavor can range per bowl from Sweet VAs with hints of Perique, to the opposite, but never are either overwhelming the other.

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Big Nick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Nick (72)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

So far this is the best Va/Per that I've experienced. It is a little expensive but justified. Those nice little pepperoni's of tobacco can't be cheap. What makes this stuff great is that it is so well behaved. No bite ! Thats huge. Great flavor makes you tend to puff harder, puffing harder tends to burn hot and bite, but not here. Don't get me wrong, even an icecube can burn you and bite if abused. This stuff is just very managable. Naturally sweet and tasty, rich and plumby. Mellow yet packs a punch. Thank you sir may I have another !!!

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cecilianinnc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cecilianinnc (9)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

I had only ever had ribbon and rough-cut tobaccos before I tried this one. So when I opened the tin and saw that it was not filled to the top, I thought I had been ripped off. But then I moved the paper insert and found the sweet smelling little disks.

This stuff packed really well and I also had no trouble burning it. However, I think from now on I will be drying it out before I load up my pipe because I did experience a little bite. It was nothing too horrible though. It tastes just like it smells, rather sweet. This was my first tobacco with Perique in it, so I didn't know what to expect from it. It was pretty good though. I'd buy it again. But I'm sure the stuff I have will last me quite a while. Not my every-day type blend, but still a quality smoke.

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BriarChef Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarChef (100)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This old classic is a Perique/Va curley cut tobacco

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I have only been regularly smoking a pipe and trying different tobaccos for about a year now, so I'm not sure I'm right, but... new Escudo seems so much different than ten year old Escudo! The ten year old tin was won on Ebay, and was coal black! The new one has a lot more tan! I am somewhat familiar with tin aging and was not aware that ten years in a sealed tin could do this. The old stuff was sublime-fruity, leathery (in a good way!), and mellow but full at the same time. The new stuff was a good Virginia-but did not have the balance or the burning qualities of the older tin. I would still have to rate it as a good smoke, but if I had known how much better that aged (or different) Escudo would strike me, I would have smoked it more slowly. Four stars for the older stuff-I wonder what this was like "back in the day?"

2-27-10 Four stars. Got some more of the newer production, and with aging, I'm sure it would be just as good as that old tin I had.

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mo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mo (78)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

This is a fantastic blend. Its been in my 'cellar' for a few months and i have been dying to try it. I have had bad luck with Va/Per blends and was really hoping this lived up to its huge reputaion as a fantastic example of such.

This is the part of the review that gets hard, i hope you guys get what i am trying to say. My favourite blend of all is Rattrays HOTW. I enjoy Old Gowrie and Marlin but HOTW is my absolute favourite. The reason for this would be that rough edge that HOTW has that the others do not. It makes the difference to me because it keeps me interested in the smoke and leaves a tobacco taste in my mouth.

The same can be said about Escudo. Unlike Reiner LGF for example, it has a bit of a rough edge to it that keeps me interested. If LGF was Old Gowrie, Escudo would be HOTW. The one is very gracefull and elegant, the other a bit rough around the edges and very satisfying.

The Perique is not offensive and compliments the Virginias very very well. This blend is absolutely delicious. The balance of the components is perfect and i give this blend my highest recommendation.

I agree with all the previous reviewers on the taste etc of this blend but have to differ on one. The nicotine is not high at all, in fact i find this to be a medium at most. Still a great blend.

Mo, South Africa

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SirShaggy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SirShaggy (28)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I don't find anything in particular wrong with this tobacco, I was just expecting a little more. I was hoping for a bit more TASTE. It needs to be rubbed and dried a little, 20-30 minutes IMHO. It smells very nice, has a good look to it and burns very well. 1 relight is all it took. It has some taste, just a bit milder than what I am used to I guess. I will keep some of this on hand for a real smooth smoke now and again. No bite in this at all and I love the smell of the room note. Again, my kids say it doesn't pass their smell test! I think they only like the aromatics..... Everyone should try this, I am sure 90% of smokers would like it very well.

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john doe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
john doe (41)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Too strong for my tastes. The Perique adds a very piquant black pepper taste to this tobacco. The Virginias aren't very sweet at all.

If you love strong tobacco and Perique flavour, well, here you go. I much prefer McConnell's Scottish Cake.

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Pipeline Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeline (206)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Update: This has entered my Hall of Fame such that, there is not a blend that surpasses Escudo in my pantheon. Even with little age, I adore it (strictly in the sense of "hypo-dulia" [sic] for those concerned).

July 2007: The high marks on TR for Escudo prompted me to buy a new tin after my initial debacle. Something was rotten in Denmark in my first tin. Its contents were uniformly dark, stiff, and nearly odorless, if not a bit fetid. All I received for my efforts was a bowl full of water tasting of pure black pepper. Flash forward to new tin.

What a difference! Variegated striations from tan to dark brown comprise the beautiful rolls, along with a lovely aroma of ripe and matured Virginias, with a tinge of pleasant, non-descript casing (without flavoring) in the Danish tradition.

This is marvelous, rich, somewhat sweet, heady and strong. Rolling two flakes inside a favorite VAPER's pipe made for a long, delicious smoke with subtle variations of flavor down the bowl.

My previous blasts against Escudo are from my first tin that was obviously subjected to spoilage even prior to my purchase. Very glad I gave this another shot. It will join other favorite VAPER flakes such as Fillmore, 633, LGF, Three Nuns and St. James Woods.

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Country Gentleman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Country Gentleman (28)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

Good stuff. Glad I finally tried it. Hay, red wine, figs and peppery smoke. Burns great - rich and solid. I never had even a hint of bite from this user friendly blend. The virginia and perique seem evenly matched, as neither really dominate and every bowl was consistent. If sweet and pleasant aroma and room notes are a priority, then you might want to avoid this one along with bullseye.

*Update: I'm almost finished with my second tin and have a third ready. I have changed the recommendation from 3 to 4 stars. Escudo has become one of my favorites.

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Dubinthedam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dubinthedam (133)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant

A great VAper, sweet, tasty, behaves well in the bowl, you can't go far wrong with this if you like VAper Navy Flakes.

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Big Kev Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Kev (8)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I rubbed out this attractive coin flake and dried it about 30min. Packed fair, lit well, and burned clean with only two relights, which is rare for me. A consistent flavor throughout the bowl. The only thing i didn't like about it was that it ended. I will stock up on this one so i never run out.

This stuff is great. Sweet like a mild figgy fruit cake with the spice kick from the perique. A fair nicotine kick that satisfies. If you haven't tried this one, treat yourself.

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DBCooper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DBCooper (9)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable

IMO this has to rank among the best of the VaPers. END has a good nicotine hit with a rich tobacco taste. I detect a very slight flavoring which seems to increase smoothness. The excellent mature Virginias (and maybe the topping) bring a slight sweetness to the blend, and the amount of Perique is perfect for me. This is my first experience with coins and I find them very interesting. END is a joy to smoke. I cut the coins in half and crumble loosely in the bowl. (I haven?t figured out the folding deal yet).After trying it in several pipes, it seems to work best in a large pot. The crumbled tobacco packs easily and stays lit, smoking beautifully to the bottom of the bowl. There maybe something to criticize in the classic blend, but I haven?t found it! Highly recommended!

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Sasquatch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sasquatch (65)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Well, I expected a really difficult fussy smoke from this stuff, and was very prepared not to like it.

Thing is, it smokes beautifully, and I just don't understand the negative reviews here. It isn't bitey, it isn't hot. It isn't pipe-choosey. Rub it out, or not. Dry it out, or dont. It smokes nicely with a bit of sweetness and a bit of pepper.

I was actually surprised at how similar it smokes to Mac Baren Club Blend. This tells me that Mac Baren's secret cavendish does in fact mimic perique in many ways.

Club is a bit more aromatic, a bit more room friendly. So if you are smoking for you, reach for the Escudo (but not too often... there's about 20 slices in a tin and if you are used to the Mac Baren roll cakes which are jammed tight to the top of the tin, you will shit a brick when you open your Escudo).

Pretty good stuff, and I'm not a VaPer guy really.

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bearzerker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bearzerker (17)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought a variety of tobaccos from my favorite mail order company and this is one of the ones I recieved and I'm glad I selected it. This is a very pleasant smoke. I love the smell of it and it burns cool and slow. It has a great flavor from start to finish and goes great with a glass of bourbon. I'll be sure to order some more tins of this to stash away.

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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Marvelous VaPer with a unique depth. It starts as an almost tangy Virginia with a hint of Perique to evolve into a sweet and mellow VaPer and finish with a strong but not overwhelming Perique taste. Without a doubt, one of the best VaPers ever made.

It came to my rotation to stay for good.

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Slow Triathlete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Slow Triathlete (48)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I just popped a tin of this a couple of nights ago. It is a tin from 2004 that was gifted to me by a fellow brother of the briar who's been at this for quite a while. When I first opened it and sniffed it smelled dark and fruity, much like raisins or dried dates.

I was a bit confused by the whole coin fold and stuff method so I just decided to loosely rub this out. I packed it and lit it up. Man, what a treasure! This is the best VaPer blend that I've tried yet. Not sure if I'm spoiled by having the older tin but I'm definitely going to pick some of this up this weekend at Low Country Tobacco/smokingpipes.com when I'm driving through Myrtle Beach.

This blend produces a lot of smoke. It burns like a dream and it doesn't require a lot of relights. Not sure if it is the tobacco or the cut that causes this.

would definitely recommend this to anyone who hasn't tried it yet. I now know why this is such a popular blend.

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tacoeatingzebra Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tacoeatingzebra (36)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

i really enjoy escudo. my wife and friends have often joked with me that it looks like i am smoking pepperoni. the perique in this blend is nice and strong and frankly, i think it dominates the virginias and for me that's fine. i don't really know what the perique content of this blend is, but if i want a powerful perique experience, this is what i reach for.

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Sparky Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sparky (9)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Ok, so I am a fan of VA's and this is my first experience with Perique. I would like to first note that this review at this point is based on one bowl of this, as I am sampling some from a tin my tobacco guy has. I have permission to sample more, but I didnt want to be greedy off the bat.

Pipe: Medium straight apple

Tobacco: Older tin which definetly shows age. Tobacco is good though, no sign of mold, but quite moist. Love the ease of breaking up the coins.

Light/Burn: Challenging at best. Took 3 good lights to get her going, but once lit, burn suprisingly cool for the moisture content.

Smoking: First 1/3 of the bowl was torture. The time required to light set my mouth aflame. Was not enjoyable in the begining at all. After a touch of cool off on the palate, could taste the VA's peek, and I stress PEEK through... the perique, or what I am guessing is the perique (spicey and bitey but not in a bad way) comes through. But my opinion, overpowering, big time. Did not make it past the first 1/3.

Overall: Not enjoyable. If I could get past the wildfire of the first part of this smoke, might enjoy it. Is Aloe Vera edible? From what I have learned of Perique, I want it as a compliment, not a dominant, and in this blend, it dominates.

Will try again with a bit of drying time. Otherwise... not a good first date with Perique, but I am used to hard to get, so I will keep searching.

4 out of 10... and 2 stars on this one.

UPDATE Aloe Vera is edible... well not really. Hate to do a cheap plug here, but anyone who has ever had tounge bite from sampling... try Biotene Mouth Wash... all natural, no alcohol... very soothing for those bad experiences.

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wosbald Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wosbald (111)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

The tin aroma is of syrupy VA with a very notable perique tang. The rolled coins, like many european flakes, are finely sliced, brittle, and break at the slightest provocation. Since the cut is so fine and the perique is granulated, fully rubbing this blend is not recommended, even if this is your preference.

Lightly treated with a sugar casing, the red virginias employed are wispy, clean, and delicate; flavorsome yet unobtrusive. The perique is applied generously to good effect. No real surprises here.

Easy on the palate, this is a solid and enjoyable blend which is well processed, simple to use, and admirably suited to all-day puffing. Narrow gauge chambers are recommend.

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The Punisher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Punisher (44)
★★★☆
Mild Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

A nice classic blend with a slight addition of Perique to insure some extra strength.

The roll cakes are nice, mostly medium to dark brown in colour, and the tin aroma is of pure tobacco with a very subtle sweet aroma.

Broken properly, the mixture is easy to light and the pure tobacco taste is confirmed, with the occasionnal condiment kicking in.

It will get stronger past mid bowl, with the Perique a bit more present.

RECOMMENDED

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Tobacco Saves Lives Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tobacco Saves Lives (31)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

what more can be said. Try the legendary stuff. Better blends are out there I suppose- but the fun is in the looking.

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Flyboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flyboy (39)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

With over 100 reviews, what more can be said about this blend.This is one of my top 2-3 Va/P blends during the summer months. I have been lucky enough to acquire many tins of this over the last 10yrs and have found it to be very consistent, though the older tins seem to have a little more depth and richness of flavor. Cargo bin is full of Escudo, let`s go!

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tonyg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tonyg (103)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Puro66 could not have said it better. Save your money on this one.

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puro66 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
puro66 (73)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This bares no resemblence to the original Escudo. It burns hot and contains Danish Toungue Bite #104. When this brand reappeared I was excited. Foolishly believing a true old classic was back. Nope, no sir, not even close. To be certain I didn't get a bad tin I tried several tins over a couple of years. Nothing but bad. This reincarnated abomination receives many high marks so maybe it's just me, but...

5-8-10: I am updating my review because I feel I was a bit harsh in my original post. It is wrong to assess the merits of the blend based upon its heritage. I recently revisited it and will say that it is a beautiful tobacco and of high quality ingredients made by Peter Stokebye. I love VaPers but this one simply is not to my individual liking and is therefore not in my regular rotation. It deserves to be judged as the individual blend that it is and is worthy of a try by a VaPer lover.

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vartman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
vartman (3)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Strong

I got my first tin of Escudo after telling my local tobacconist that I enjoyed VaPer blends. He said that Escudo was his favorite, and that I ought to try it. He wasn't wrong. It's a tasty, complex, and thoroughly enjoyable smoke.

I noticed the Virginias right off the bat, but as the bowl progressed, I started tasting the perique more prominently. This is not a bad thing, mind you, but the perique IS pretty strong, so if you're into more mellow blends, this might not be for you. The room note, as well, leaves something to be desired. Pungent is the word, I think.

As other reviewers have mentioned, Escudo also packs quite a nicotine kick... less than what I've experienced with, say University Flake, but considerable nonetheless.

Still, if you like VaPers, you really ought to give it a whirl.

Even though it isn't an "everyday" smoke for me, I can still highly recommend it for what it is: a strong, flavorful blend that really satisfies when you want to smoke something that's got a heavy perique character.

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Guyrox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Guyrox (131)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

This is a one of a kind tobacco; however, while liking it, I can't say it will be part of my favorites, it will be more of the I'm -fed-up -of-my-regulars-need-a-change-of-pace -tobacco routine kind of thing...

The roll cakes are definitely cool, very cool; the smell is of only pure tobacco, while slightly naturally sweet. I spent a lot of time just sitting down in the sofa smelling the opened tin. Mostly, the leaves are dark brown with some black - black VA? and a bit of medium brown. I barely saw any golden VA in there.

The roll cakes are easy to break and fill in the pipe. Smoking is even, if evenly filled, kind of slow and definitely tasty, but the problem for me is the Room aroma; I'm afraid the Missus doesn't approve...she likes the tin aroma, but I have to admit I don't like te room aroma either, whenever I was getting up and coming back to sit down in the living room. A bit too strong and rather on the sharp side of acrid...I believe it's the presence of the Périque that creates the acrid side of the smoke, but it is not overwhelming in the taste, though. And as I don't smoke much outdoors, only when there is barely any wind, I must draw a line on this one. The wife is cooperative enough and tolerant, so I will give her back on this one. The taste is really good, but the room aroma

Too bad, I really like the roll cakes...this is a high quality tobacco, without a doubt!

One thing, though: it says that the flakes are "scientifically manufactured": can someone tell me how, or with which empiric method, or whatever the heck they mean /use???

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Buster Bluth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Buster Bluth (51)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Escudo is a bit of a disappointment to me. I love VaPers, but this blend has never hit the 'crave' button. No doubt the rolled coins are beatiful and the moisture content in the 2 tins I've opened so far was just right. Nicotene hit did the blend justice, but it was just not a winner in the flavor category.

It found the flavor just a bit harsh. As a 32yr old pipe smoker, I've been on a quest to sample all the classics, that the experienced pipesters were smoking before my birth. Unfortunately, I tried Reiners Golden Flake before Escudo. Nuff said.

I love VaPers. Escudo is better than none at all. If Escudo was a female, I wouldn't kick her out of bed. But I won't call her back. It's good looking but fails to satisfy. More form than substance. The rolled coins are nice, but basically like breast implants on a dud! 2 stars for the extra effort.

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AL Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AL (22)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

Escudo has been a tobacco that I keep trying again, and again. Seems like there are a lot of Escudo followers who relly enjoy this stuff. For me, I get an inconsistent enjoyment from Escudo. About every tenth bowl is a memorable smoke. But the other nine smokes are far too spicey for my pallet and taste like waxy hay. For me the Perique dominates the smoke too much. Escudo also has the underlying Danish taste that over time I tend to dislike. On the plus side, the coins are a pleasure to use, easy to rub out or leave as is for packing. Moisture content is usually such that I let the coins breathe for a while before using which is ok.

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ken_mays Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ken_mays (8)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I'm a Virginia/perique lover, and this is a rather bold example of the breed. The last tin I had (mid 2006) seemed rather harsher than I remember it, probably the result of the spiciness of the perique. Compared to Solani's 633 and Hartwell's Signature Blend, which I'd been smoking boatloads of at the time, Escudo came away tasting less refined and a bit more aggressive. It was a little more prone to assault the tongue, however.

It does present a fuller and more complex flavor than many of its brethren. The discs are a pleasure to handle and easily rubbed out, or stacked and smoked if you prefer. It burns well and isn't overly moist out of the tin.

I wouldn't hesitate to buy more of it; but I think I'm going to shelve a few tins and smoke it occasionally instead of trying to use it as a staple.

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stevevb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
stevevb (4)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

The Escudo Navy Deluxe is now one of my two favorites ( the other being P.S. Luxury navy flake.) I ordered a tin of the Escudo after reading so many good reviews. I admit it did take me some time to fully enjoy this one as some of the subtleties were not immediatly evident. I found these coins to be very tasty, what I would call a good tobacco taste, nothing fancy just sweet/spicy delicious smoke. There is definitly some perique although it does not overpower. The virgina provides a very good base. This tobacco does seem to be very pipe dependent. After trying it in several of my VAPER dedicated pipes ( about 80 percent of the collection is dedicated to VAPERS) I found the best results in a small Stanwell Canadian, also I found that folding the coins into quarters around the center worked best for me.

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Vanilla Cookie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Vanilla Cookie (3)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

I'm a long time virginia person with a love for pressed Navy cut type tobaccos. Having cut my teeth on Capstan Navy Cut Medium (WD Wills), which no longer available through normal channels, I'm always looking for a strong flavorful smoke. Escudo while not up to the roasty nutty flavor of Capstan, has a full and complex flavor. The Perque compliments the Virginia sweetness and keeps my interest through the bowl. Its not a big flavor statement like Rattray's Hal O' the Wynd, but has more flavor than S Gawith's Laurel Flake which are both in my smoking cabinet. This one is one of my "if I had only one tobacco on a desert island choices". But probally I would be ready immediately for a different smoke if rescued.

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Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (167)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant

To my eyes, my fingers, my nose and my palate Escudo is indistinguishable from Dunhill`s Deluxe Navy Rolls. I once had a tin of each open at the same time and could not decide which lid would go on which tin - the problem of transposed heads in the world of pipe tobaccos.

A spendidly satisfying and sophisticated smoke.

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zulujerk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zulujerk (134)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I was more than excited to pick up a tin of this at the nearest smoke shop after reading so much about it. When I asked the tobacconist at a Tinderbox for a tin of Escudo's, he gave a confused sort of look and asked me why I would choose such an odd selection.

I told him that I heard it was a highly esteemed blend recommended by many as a classic VA/Perique offering, and that I had developed an interest in perique because of its unusual characteristics. He proceeded to go on a rant about Escudo's decline from greatness over the years, the significant change in flavor and weakened strength, and suggested I would be better off making my own blends from Tinderbox bulk tobaccos..and even went so far as to suggest many different lesser known (if at all) Vaper alternatives.

I thanked him for the advice, bought the Escudo, and took home a couple samples of dried Tinderbox bulk. What a jackass. It's a tobacco, not your ex- wife.

Aside from that, I found Escudo's to be a very straightforward blend, meticulously presented in curly cut discs about the size of a quarter. Opening the package and staring at the thing, I likened it to a handful of pepperonis. The tin branding was curious, I thought..with a prominent statement asserting that the blend is "Scientifically Manufactured"..which brought to my mind an image of some guy in a lab coat watering some hydroponically grown plants with miracle grow. Not the sort of thing I care about when buying a tobacco.

My pipe took about two discs, easily rubbed out. It lit, smoked, and burned like a pro with a taste that didn't pack any surprises. This is best for those who want the real thing without the embellishments of a topping or other tobaccos thrown in the blend--say, Haddo's. I wouldn't quite give this a four compared to Haddo's (sorry, a comparison between these two is inevitable) but definitely a three and a half.

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Maimonides Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Maimonides (70)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A nice pick for a VA./Per mix. No bite, typical VA somewhat sweet with pepper accents. It is one of the best in class. I LIKE it because it mellows and improves when opened, so often, after opening others - my delicate flavors fade. My pet peave...

BETTER PICK: MCCLELLAND CHRISTMAS CHEER 05' OR 06

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flaminbill' Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flaminbill' (57)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

If there is such a thing as a beautiful burning tobacco, this is it. Lots of snow white smoke and burs to a perfect white ash. This is one of my favorite vapers and I treat it as an "event" when I smoke it.

The coins can be difficult to work with in some tins, but it is worth the effort as I believe the less it is rubbed out the better the taste. And what a taste! The Perique compliments the Virginias perfectly and the blend has a nice nose bite. Escudo DGTs as well as any tobacco I have smoked.

I can be an agressive puffer at times, but I have no issue with tongu bite with Escudo. I enjoy this in a tall group 4 Charatan but it also works well in a Peterson 999.

As one reviewer noted, it does taste better after the tin has been opened a few days.

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bilbohooker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bilbohooker (12)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I love this stuff. A thoroughly enjoyable tobacco. Great flavor, good nicotine kick. The only bad thing is, it's expensive considering the small amount in the tin. Because of this I generally prefer PS luxury bullseye flake.

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Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (140)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

When I opened the tin I smelled plums and pepper. I had high hopes for this blend based on the reviews I have seen here and it surpassed my expectations. Outstanding Virginia/Perique blend. It has instantly found it's way into my cabinet as a regular. I enjoyed the healthy dose of nicotine as well. I could not recommend it more highly.

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SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (256)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This stuff is worth trying, if only because of its long, illustrious history, and the novelty of handling these beautifully spun discs of tobacco. I have to smoke this carefully in relatively small pipes. I am not a huge fan of Perique, but I must admit, my tastes are changing, and it is growing on me. The less I rub this out, the more I like it.

A classic. It is part of any well rounded pipe smoker's education.

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Captain Pete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Captain Pete (83)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

This is one that, though many would like it, I cannot keep in my personal lineup. I just finished my second tin of it finally, and have decided that Escudo doesn't quite agree with me. It is a wonderful blend for breaking in new pipes, though.

The tin aroma is fairly mild, but very good. The "coins" of tobacco rub out very easily, and the tobacco packs really well. This blend did not have any detectable inclinations to bite the tongue, but the perique was ever present. And, as the bowl warmed up, the perique seemed to gain in strength a bit. That is what has turned me off of Escudo. I am not a perique fan. Something about it just turns my palate sour, and makes me a bit queasy if it's too strong. Otherwise, this would be a very good blend for me.

If you like mild virginias, and are a fan of periques, you will certainly love this blend. It smokes wonderfully, rarely requiring a relight after char, and gave no hints of bitterness at the bottom of the bowl. There is a nice naturalness to the taste of the virginias that I did like. Again, I would definitely recommend this for most folks, even though I personally do not care for the periqueness of it.

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jdsmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jdsmoke (5)
★★★☆
Strong Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

Holy mackrel, this has some nicotine in it. Flavors are red wine, tar, and a very faint and thin sweetness. Not a very broad palate of flavors here, but the ones that do exist are intense and memorable. Perique for me comes through as a sensation of mouth heat rather than a distinct flavor. Subsequent reviewers, let me know where this nicotine comes from.. the other virginias I smoke (OG, HOTW) do not put me on the floor like this, so is it the perique? Since I really don't mind some quality floor time now and then, this will remain in my rotation.

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cell biologist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cell biologist (21)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

This tobacco has a rich, sophisticated flavor that brings to mind the long history behind it. Somehow I imagine I?m on a ship far out to sea with the wind at my back when smoking this. Maybe this is the nicotine. Not at all sweet, it?s deeply earthy, with notes of dark red wine and chocolate; the perique adds dark earthy dimensions to the mature Virginia. It is very satisfying. The taste builds to the bottom of the bowl in the way Virginia tobaccos do, and the perique is part of the mix, integrated well without standing up and hollering at your senses, ?I?m here!? I can see why it?s so popular; I like it very much. The coins of cut tobacco swirls are a pleasing presentation that adds to the fun of loading the pipe. I like it in small narrow bowls just folded, or broken up in a larger bowl.

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hoo-boy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hoo-boy (17)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I came upon this blend late in the game. Somehow it escaped my Radar. It is easy to pack and smokes consistant to the Bottom of the bowl with out any bite, a lot has been said of this particular blend and the Favorable comments I completely agree with. altho arriving late it is now in my regular rotation. Somewhat expensive but it is in my opinion well worth the cost.I give a 4 star rating hoo-boy

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writer_robin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
writer_robin (7)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Well, after reading all the rave reviews I decided to see what the fuss was all about. I'm a big perique freak, so I knew that at the very least, I probably wouldn't dislike it.

So I went to my local B&M and picked up a tin, along with a tin of Bayou Slices and some bulk McClelland's 2015. Haven't tried the 2015 yet, but it's going to have to go a long way to beat the Escudo.

I won't claim Escudo to be a "perfect smoke," but it's pretty darn close. All of the previous positive reviews here are accurate, so I won't try to add to them except to say that this is one pleasant smoke.

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sonoma Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sonoma (11)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Having just arrived at home from a typical day at work and thinking of opening the 50g tin of Escudo Navy Deluxe that had been sitting on the self in the cellar for the past six weeks, I was feeling that anticipation I always experience right before I pack my first bowl of a previously untested tobacco. Upon cracking the vacuum seal and discarding the plain white disc identifying this as ?high grade Virginia and Perique Tobaccos selected with scrupulous care?, I was immediately transcended to my childhood. As a youngster in the early ?60s, I would occasionally make the mile trek to my great-uncle?s orchard farm in rural northwest Indiana. My great aunt would likely offer her specialty, caramel-popcorn balls. While in the modest farmhouse sitting room munching on my aunt?s culinary special, I would always sit in my great uncle?s rocking chair. That?s where the aroma of Escudo took me. Whatever he smoked, certainly resembled what I was sensing now.

Without hesitation, I quickly rubbed two of the dollar-coin sized offerings of bright and medium brown spun tobacco and packed my billiard BC Trocadero. I quickly set flame and was carried off to that special place that I?m always eager to go. Enough blather, this is a review. What more can be added to the comments from other fans of this mixture. The Virginian has a splendid nutty sweetness and good-good strength, but the perique is less bold, burns well all the way to the bottom of the bowl, a must for those who enjoy this combo. I know what my next move is, go rub a few more coins and find that bent-apple Savinelli.

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Meerschaum Man Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Meerschaum Man (85)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

This old favorite is the best example of a Virginia Perique that I've had the pleasure to smoke. Smooth yet complex, it affords a rich and satisfying smoking experience for novice and veteran alike. I don't believe I've ever heard anyone say anything but high praise for this balanced achievement. As good as it is fresh, it only improves with age. I prefer to smoke it in the coin for peak enjoyment. By all means, try this smoking mixture.

Meerschaum Man Smoking a Yanik Freeform Art Neuveaux

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BEN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BEN (58)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was excited by all the great reviews of this classic tobacco and ordered a tin. I am a huge fan of Perique and this fantastic tobacco fills the bill quite nicely. I recently purchased several very nice pipes from the estate of the late Tom Dunn, (creator and producer of the well known The Pipe Smokers Ephemeris) and chose an unsmoked Hardcastle billiard in about a Group 3 size purchased from the above mentioned estate. I figured this would be a great pipe to smoke this tobacco in. And boy, was I right! Escudo rubs out well, packs well and stays lit VERY well...Fantastic flavor and room note, no tongue bite and NO heavy nicotine after-effect. I will certainly be ordering more of this top notch tobacco! A true classic...HIGHLY recommended!!

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Mr. Dottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Dottle (162)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I feel no need to elaborate as others who favor this blend have already mentioned its superlatives. But in my mind and on my palate, there is no doubt. This is the best VAPER blend currently available! It is no surprise that Escudo Navy Deluxe is among the ten best sellers at Smokingpipes.com.

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

I rate this tobacco 9.99 out of 10.

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calavera Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
calavera (26)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable

Update 4/5/06: The more of this that I smoke, the less I like it. It seems to either smoke like steamy air, or like a lump of charcoal dipped in road tar. Downgraded to 2 stars (it only gets 2 because the tin aroma is so good).

Very nice tin appearance. Half dollar sized coins of a nice gold and brown color.

Rubbed one out and loosely trickled it into a CAO full bent. Then I rubbed out another and packed it on top.

Lit easily, and burned fairly well.

Had a nice sweetness from the Virginias, and the perique added a nice peppery note to counteract the sweetness.

I have only tried a few Va/Perique combos, and so far this is the second best one, right behind Kingfisher.

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Mr. Ubiquity Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Ubiquity (16)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Although there are already 57 reviews of this tobacco, I feel I must add my two cents. When I started the pipe tobacco odyssey about 6 years ago the three Va/ Perique blends were Three Nuns, McC 2015 and Escudo. At that time Escudo was hard to find, so I tried the others. Just a year ago I traded the Nuns for a tin of Escudo. I can safely say that for my palate, Escudo is the finest smoke for a clean, Va./Perique smoke, perfectly balanced to my tastes. It's not a reach out and grab you smoke, where you find yourself saying "Shazam!" the first time you try it, but it just gets better and better as time passes, smoke after smoke. It is consistent all the way down, with some Perique strengthening at the bottom, which is surely as hard to do as to make the intricate dance of flavors that some other tobaccos demonstrate.

Escudo is a tobacco that I can smoke any time and will always deliver the same consistent attitude. I highly recommend it to the lover of Perique, or as an alternative to the "other two" blends. There are other good Perique blends, but I daresay they don't make it into quite the same class.

Of course, your mileage may vary.

Added 1/06: I would add that you must watch the moisture level. Too dry and she'll burn you.

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GeoLogger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GeoLogger (16)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

Blindfolded, I would almost wager that exactly five out of every ten of these experts who can detect McClellands ketchup would pick Escudo as a McClelland blend, if the the rolls are rubbed out and allowed to air a bit. It then has that "ruinous" smell. I say five of ten instead of ten of ten because they would all suspect a trap and I figure the odds could win out. If you could test them on the sly I'd say then all ten.

How many times have we been entertained with tales of that dreaded Ketchup smell? The smell though, why would MClelland add that unknown step, substance, or process that ignorantly and irresponsibly robs so many refined smokers of the pleasures of sniffing their tins? And worse, Why on God's Green Earth did the good and decent house of A&C Peterson follow suit?

We do love our ghost stories though, don't we?

Well, I think whatever the smell may be that here is proof that it is, or just possibly could be, (at least remotely) tobacco-related. This isn't some drunk talk. I'm sober. I'm writing this early in the day. I have no stock in any tobacco company. I don't sell tobacco, or derive any other benefit from any tobacco entities - saving enjoying a smoke. ... So there - I wanted that off my chest.

Escudo Navy DeLuxe is a pretty darn good tobacco. I rubbed out a whole aged tin as I usually do with rub-outs, and then I put it up for months by accident. I was certainly prepared for the Danes to have ruined the Virginia. More ghost stories I guess, this is done well. I am not usually a perique fan, it is apparently very easy to overdo it if you are trying to hit my sweetspot. I never tasted ever any tobacco this one may or may not be trying to emulate, so I won't demerit the tobacco rating for the added bar having not been cleared. You know; a rose by any other name. The taste is very very very smooth. Almost no brass at all, which is surprisingly for me, just fine in this blend. Initially I wondered if it had a bit of Turkish in it, and I was convinced of a smidgen of burley. I never even thought perique. So that may mean I just don't know tobacco. Oh well. I think a lot of Virgina lovers will love this, I certainly do. I think the infirm on Virginia/perique may and non-believers will likely dislike it. So in this one case I think, sentimental and historical aspects aside, that blend "revisits" are at least partially validated. If this isn't the real thing then I hope I taste the real McCoy some day. Unless the real thing makes me hate this I will keep having this around, and wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who may want to try a really good light Virginia/perique.

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jackhackett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jackhackett (76)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Wow, it's zappy!

Quality construction, like little woven pepperoni slices. Not a huge fan of perique myself, but this does the trick whenever the notion crosses my mind. The smoke presents a muted sharpness and sweetness balanced with a savory, spicy umami sensation that is somewhat akin to sun-dried tomatoes.

There's also something deeply pleasing about handling the actual product and the way it loads into a pipe bowl, the little wheels release a pleasant scent as they are broken up or folded, foreshadowing the superb smoke to come.

Definitely a 'Best in Breed' winner.

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Professor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Professor (67)
★☆☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Strong

I was convinced to purchase Alfred & Christian Petersen's Escudo Navy De Luxe from a fellow who had to be a Ken Dodd impersonator. Now that I have smoked this stuff, I am not laughing. The sliced rope is a unique and alluring presentation that I have not seen before. The Virginia base is sweet and inviting, but the perique--with its peppery attack--destroys what could be an enjoyable smoke. In terms on the music of Mr. Dodd, this weed is less 'Happiness' and more 'Tears'. Let us forgive and forget, though, as a better tobacco is just a tin or so away.

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Darwin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darwin (101)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I like Escudo real well. I've probably smoked about a dozen tins in my life, and I have always found it to be a solid VA/perique. Moreover, I had a sense that with some age it could be a really special blend. I have one tin that is from 2000 that I have been saving for some special occasion, but the older it got the more I wanted to let it age longer. This week Mythdoc and I made a trade, and I got some tins of Escudo from 1998 and 1999. One of the tins from 1999 was open when it arrived, so I dug in.

What first strikes me is the fruity nature of the perique, which really moved to the forefront; it taste like dates, but slightly tart. If this is not real St. James perique I'd be surprised. The base Virginia is strong in flavor and nicotine, yet smooth as can be. The spun discs are very dark, much darker than I remember "fresh" Escudo to be. Mid-bowl the flavors get more and more intense and the strength builds. The smoke is "thick" and satisfying, and the perique still dominates. I actually taste more perique than I do in Haddo's. I have experienced this before; the longer a perique blend ages, the more pronounced its effect. For me, this is a very good thing, but for others it may be too much.

I will recommend aged Escudo to any VA/perique aficionado, and more so to anyone who likes a little Virginia with their perique.

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Very similar to Dunhill Deluxe Navy Rolls, just a little tastier, but so little it can be just an impression. I haven't opened the two tins at the same time to compare the colour, smell and dimension of the "coins", but I remember they were identical, the difference could have been a nuance. My review of the Dunhill blend will suit this one too.

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monkeybong Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
monkeybong (7)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I just tried this blend recently. Some guy at the cigar shop said this was the first tobacco he can remember smoking, so I thought I should give it a shot. At first smoke I was expecting a stronger aroma, but as I work my way through the tin, I find that this blend is excellent. It has moments of incredible aroma that are worth keeping this tobacco around. For me, this is a great way to end the evening.

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RickPiatt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RickPiatt (16)
★☆☆☆
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I first tried Escudo when everyone on ASP was raving about it (Summer of 2001 approx). It was my first foray into the world of VA tobaccos. It bit the living hell out of my tongue so badly that I had to take over a week off from smoking to get any feeling back in my tongue. I tried it again a few months later with a much slower smoking technique in a group 4 pipe with a slightly longer stem ... still bit the living hell out of me. Then, not being one to quit easily I slowed down my smoking even more (group 4 bowl lasts over 1hr 45min) and made it through the bowl fairly unscathed. The flavor of the VA's is there but to my taste the Perique is just to overwhelming. Now, that being said, I must admit I'm one who has learned that no matter what tobacco I try, if it has perique I generally don't like it ... this tobacco has perique and, you guessed it, I just don't care for it in the least. I can't understand why so many rave about it to be quit honest. Burns hot, Bites Back, Flavorful but not fulfilling IMHO. Move on to another blend, there are too many great ones to waste much time on this one.

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Elric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Elric (34)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I don't know how I missed commenting on this one. Escudo is a marvelous "Navy Blend"; easy to rub out, easy to pack, smokeable on one match, a great flavor. Highly recommended.

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Jakob Kiilerich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jakob Kiilerich (118)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I am not very experienced with Perique, and after trying Three Nuns I thought I was never again going to smoke that type of leaf. But coincidence made me smoke it again. -A fake rumour said that Escudo was going out of production, and so I found myself buying several tins as an investment. Pretty lucrative eh?!

It took me half a tin to get used to that peppery stuff, but after that I found Escudo to be a very complex smoke. I am almost absolutely positive that there is some kind of topping added in this blend. It is undescribeable but if I should compare it to anything, it would be Danish Butter Cookies.

The faint toppping is present all the way down the bowl. This is one of the best Danish tobaccos I have tried. I am a Dane and I think all Danish blends have some similarities, whether it is an aromatic or a flake. It is the consistency and the way the leaf is treated a quality which I do not find very positive, and Escudo is not different from the other Danish blends but this one here is, somehow, really, really good!

Jakob, Denmark

============ UPDATE, May 5, 2005 ============

This is no longer one of the best Danish tobaccos on the market. It is THE best!! I've been smoking this regularly since my first review. Escudo is now on my all-time Top 3. (together with St. Bruno and Elizabethan from Dunhill)

Perique is nectar from the Gods. I love it now.

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ajaj Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ajaj (69)
★☆☆☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

Quality tobacco, but I don't see what the big deal is. I find the smoke rather boring and one-sided but not in the pleasant sort of way. It's produces a good volume of smoke and I suppose, if this was the last tobacco on earth, I would smoke it. I don't plan purchasing more. I prefer Bayou Morning Flake or 2015 as Va/perique blends.

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OTRFF Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OTRFF (44)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I had picked up a 50g tin of this almost a year ago at Stag Tobacconist in New Mexico and my father and I had smoked a little bit of it then. We both liked it then and I had set it off to the side and sort of forgot about it while I was busy going through some other blends. I broke it back out and am real glad I did! This tobacco is a great example of a Virginia / Perique blend. It comes in disks about the size of a quarter roughly. They can be rubbed out or folded together it really dosent matter I find that they smoke good no matter how you go about it. I dont have to relight this very often and it smokes good all the way down to the end. Good stuff~~ Uhh-Huhh!

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mythdoc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mythdoc (5)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the most temperamental tobacco I smoke regularly. When it is "on," that is, when I smoke it in the right pipe and with the right beverage and in the right mood, it is one of the very best Va/Per's around. But there have also been occasions when all the factors did not come together and I got a bitter smoke and an unpleasant nicotine wallop. Marvelous tin aroma, beautiful coins of tobacco. Just roll 2 into a ball and stuff them in. The Virginias used in this blend are wonderfully flavorful and elegant. This blend has remarkable burning qualities; it smokes dry and stays lit. No noticeable tongue bite in my well-aged sample. The bottom of the bowl does get pretty strong, as the perique builds in intensity; and the nicotine kick can be considerable. I have found that Escudo performs best in a meer, or in a smaller- bowled briar, which softens the perique and keeps it in balance with the Virginias throughout the smoke. 9 out of 10.

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FiveRings Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FiveRings (21)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

The classic VA/P blend, Escudo is IMO fully deserving its reputation. Deep, complex, spicy, sweet with tremendous taste and great body it truly grows on every smoke. While it doesn't reach the higher notes of Three Nuns, It reigns over the middle and lower notes. A great tobacco and one of my top favorites

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Hauser Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hauser (16)
★★☆☆
Very Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

I should say I tried this 5 years ago after hearing some good things about it. I bought a few tins to age it and also tried it new back then. Back then when I opened the tin, I thought it smelled like a hay ride. Then I smoked and thought it tasted and smelled like burning hay. I simply hated it and wondered if all its supporters thought burning hay was a good thing.

Recently I found my old tins of this. I had completely forgotten that I had them and when I found them, I intended on selling them on ebay but one of the tins kept calling me to open it and try it again. When I opened the tin, I noticed the disks had turned to a deep brown. I remembered them being gold. The hay smell was still there but so was a sweetness. I loaded it into a newer Castello and had a go. At first, it's nothing. Then a few puffs into it, the sweetness hit me, followed by a mild pepperyness from what I gather is from the Perique. I was actually enjoying this! This is the most radical change from aging I have ever experienced with a tobacco! Certainly my tastes have changed but my other tobaccos haven't changes this radically. It got hot and wet when I puffed to hard but keeping it steady produced a nice mellow smoke. It's definately a "sipping" tobacco. It's a very good tobacco without being the holy grail of smokes. It has made me want to try more Virginias, which is the last bastion of tobacco types I have yet to delve in.

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Collezionista Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Collezionista (59)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Really, there isnt much I can add about this classic that hasnt already been said. Escudo seems to be the vaper by which all others are judged and I can understand why. If you are a perique fan, this stuff is heaven. Unlike some vapers, the perique is in your face the entire time here. No Pease-esque weaving and dancing around the VA's, just full-throttle perique spiciness. Not an everyday smoke for me, but I'll keep some around for when I really want a vaper with a capitol P.

USNR (utterly subjective numerical rating): 8/10

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Daniel Morlan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Daniel Morlan (50)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is a very high quality tobacco. I put this in the same league as Three Nuns, but... The perique in this blend is MUCH more subdued. The perique provides a wonderful complexity in this blend, more than the inherrent spiciness it seems to impart with most other blends. The Virginias are what really stand out here. HIGH quality virginias... The subtle sweetness, the tiniest, TINIEST hint of tanginess, and the glorious sweet, molasses-ey, butterscotchy taste of the virginias are the foundation of this great smoke.

I've used up half a tin of this stuff so far, and my opinion is pretty solid. Ranks right up there with Hamborger Veermaster and Three nuns as far as quality is concerned. An excellent, EXCELLENT pipe tobacco all the way around. Beginners beware, this CAN bite you if you're not careful.

Excellent, EXCELLENT, superb tobacco. Truly one of my favorites.

Dan

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Blade Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blade (6)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I like this blend. The presentation is excellent, moisture level is perfect right out of the tin, can be rolled, balled up, rubbed out, or stuffed into the pipe. The tobacco doesn?t care and provides a nice even burn throughout the smoke -plenty of smoke.

After char and light, the perique and Virginia?s dance around becoming spicy, zesty, a true delight to the taste buds.

Once a heavy ash layer is formed the spicy zest leaves and the perique settles down to a rich bass note, fully flavored with that deep fruity fig/date essence of perique. This flavor is carried along with the mellow Virginias mostly in the midrange-the light citrus flavor found in some VA?s is absent. This wonderful mixture of flavors remains constant to the end of the smoke and does not become overpowered with the perique as in some blends.

Strength-there is plenty of nicotine in the smoke.

Heat-no more problems with ?biting? than with any other tobacco put in a pipe.

Good stuff, maybe not all day every day but certainly once a day or every other day if a person can afford it-it?s a little pricey.

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Zone Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Zone Smoke (199)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Escudo is without a doubt one of the finest (if not the finest) virginia-perique blend that I have smoked to date. Great taste is the only words I can find to describe this delicious blend. Burns clean and cool with a buttery flavor. It can bite if smoked too fast, but with a little care it will provide you with a tasty and pleasant smoking experience. A must try.

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Ian Weeks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ian Weeks (36)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

In the 17th and 18th Century Spanish gold currency was based on the Escudo. Its multiples were the pistole (double escudo), double pistole (half doubloon) and the quadruple pistole or doubloon. However, the principal gold coins in circulation were the doubloon and pistole, as the other denominations were seldom seen. I find the Nome de Plume of this leaf absolutely appropriate. Every single day that I live I will smoke a bowl or even two or three of this ambrosia. Packaged in a perfect tin as coin shaped cut rolls and with a fragrant tin note that is superb. Stacking the coins is impractical unless part of the coin is removed since the discs are silver dollar sized rather than the nickel sized coins of Roll Cake or Three Nuns. I have stacked several altered coins with some shag left over on top, as well as smoking the whole bowl rubbed out. I find either way to always yield an overall thoroughly enjoyable experience. I tend to smoke Escudo just a tad hot for the simple reason that I love its fine taste and rich velvety texture, any over puffing can scorch, you must tame your way through this bowl and enjoy this weed almost on the edge of a smolder the way it was ment to be smoked. I found myself over puffing this just to taste the variance of flavors in the heavier and lighter tastes of the smoke. This can cause a hot and wet smoke that will not ruin but minimize the experience. I recommend this blend to anyone who enjoys Virginia Perique blends, for the enthusiast that gets perpetual tongue bite this is a great blend because the Perique is acidic and it levels out the alkaline effects that can bite the tongue. Best to you and yours, iannweeks@msn.com

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

For me Escudo?s attraction lies in its richness effected by the sophisticated, mature Virginias of which it is comprised-augmented by a perfect proportion of Perique, which although present in every puff, never dominates the blend. However for those sensitive to Perique, Escudo could prove to be their undoing. Escudo's Virginias always beckon as a sophisticated offering. (BTW, the tin of Escudo I?m currently smoking is 11 mos. old, the rings turning black.)

Escudo?s richness, present even in a non-aged tin, has a pouch aroma of raisins, and this aroma directly translates into its flavor. My tobacconist?s estimation of such a pouch aroma is that it is produced by stoving. I?ve smoked a tin of Astley?s ?#88 Matured Dark Virginia,? whose heat curing produces Cavendish; but its similar raisin-like pouch aroma and the subsequent successful translation of that aroma into taste, doesn?t begin to translate as favorably as does Escudo.

If you?re looking for a sophisticated Virginia/Perique whose Virginias are mature, perhaps stoved, and a Perique percentage that does not dominate but is on the high side, look no further than Escudo.

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bigblends Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bigblends (46)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Very Pleasant

An absolute classic. This all-natural (no casings, toppings, etc.) Virgina/Perique mixture features a wonderful presentation and offers a fantastic and interesting smoke bowl after bowl. There's a good amount of body and tremendous flavor, and it's easy to smoke according to your preference, whether rubbed out or stacked, without fear of bite. An excellent smoke any time of the day.

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A. Morley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A. Morley (73)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

I realizse that there is no point in my putting in my two cents at this point, what with the veritable archive of Escudo opinions that have here been put forth. This happens to be, though, the tobacco that I am smoking at this point in time,and so, why not.

I can only slightly recall all of the hoopla that was generated around Escudo a few years ago, either because it was said to be one of the best blends ever and that it was not going to be around anymore, or that it was going to be brought back, or that it had been improved upon from what it was--I really don't remember.

I will say right now that it is a right fine Virginia blend and that it is most likely a far more approachable incarnation of a Virginia for those of us that are not yet entirely given over to flue-curedness than many other much touted tobaccos of that sort, such as Dark Star or Gawith's Full Virginia. That being said, know that it is no better than so many other Virginias on the market today. It is, perhaps, only destinguished by its appearence in the tin, the roll cut, I admit, being both nouvle and charming.

I really cannot tell from where all of this emphasis on the supposed Perique content comes from. Likening it unto Pease's "Haddo's Delight" I do not think at all accurate. As where Haddo's Delight has such a Perique component that the flavor thereof in the midst of all of the other wonderful components never sways to the point of being almost domineering, the smidge of Perique in Escudo serves to enhance the lustre and tang of the essential red Virginia component, but never really assertes itself as a singular force. I think that what may have assured Escudo's place in legend and song as we now have it today is just that it may have been one of the first blends to harness the eccentric nature of Perique and make it such the unequaled condiment with Virginia that we are now able to enjoy in so many forms from so many other blenders.

As a final note, I find that this is a tobacco that I prefer to rub out, as leaving it in its whole or partially broken state does not generate the great volume of smoke that I have come to prefer.

Regards,

A. Morley Jaques

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Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I would smoke this more often if I had a smoking room, a fireplace, a rocking chair, and 45+ minutes to devote to a pipefull. A very fine smoke, it just requires more attention than I am used to giving to a pipeload of tobacco. It is a classic creation that everyone should sample at least once. I can't vouch for the room note.

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Briarabbit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Briarabbit (116)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

An old tobacco of yore,that is still a winner today. A most enjoyable Golden Virginia laced with Perique. The tobacco come in disks and can be broken apart easily. The taste is wonderful,non sweet in that aromatic fashion, but in a natural, way back there sweetness. The perique is a good player here and adds that good zip. This is great but St. James Woods is (IMHO) much better.

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Esoxhunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Esoxhunter (60)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

September 2004

This was my first experience with a quality Virginia/Perique blend, and I found that for purposes of my personal palate it leaves non-Periqued Virginias in the dust. I just love the heavy-duty spice imparted by the Perique, and in Escudo it's pretty much in your face the entire smoke. That's not to say that it completely obscures the Virginias--it does not--but you know it's there all the time. Delicious! I did not think it possible that there could be a better Virginia/Perique blend, but then I tried . . .(see review of Pease's Haddo's Delight).

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preppypipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
preppypipe (57)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I was told by a friend that this would be a good substitute for my all time fav. Three Nuns.Their both curly cut virginias.This's where the similarities end.Escudo is much lighter in color in the tin.It does'nt come close to matching the full taste of Nuns.It can easily be pushed (as most Va's can)to burning the living hell out of your mouth!I was really hoping to like this blend as it's again being imported to the states and my local tobacco shop has a good deal of it available in stock.(as a side note some members of my pipe club enjoy mixing this with equal parts of Peterson's University Flake) Die hard VA fans may enjoy this,but it just did'nt live up to the "hype" for me... preppypipe ====UPDATE Sept.3rd "04"==== Wow! It's rare that I make a 180% turnaround on a blend,but here it is.I've gotta say that I've really started enjoying this.I've found that it works best in a medium sized bowl and a little on the drier side.Whatever you do, don't puff hard and fast,slow and steady wins the race with this blend.You're really able to taste the rich nutty flavors about 1/4 of the way down the bowl. Highly Recommended !!!

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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (296)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Go read my review of Dunhill De Luxe Navy Roll and consider it as 90% descriptive of this tobacco, as they are almost identical. The coins of Escudo (the one made now by Petersen) are a bit darker, the smell in the tin is a bit less fruity (though still delicious), and the taste is a bit more intense. These minor details aside, the two tobaccos are almost identical. I prefer Escudo, which is cheaper and a bit tastier, but I wouldn't complain if I had to smoke the Dunhill version only.

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lustra Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lustra (170)
★☆☆☆
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

As this tobacco has been reviewed already by 47 discriminating smokers, I'll be brief. Escudo is terrific and I absolutely love its taste. Unfortunately, my throat rebels at the perique load, as yours might. A tragedy not to smoke it, as it's one of my favorites, but même la gorge a ses demandes.

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batfastard123 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
batfastard123 (10)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

This blend changed completely my thinking about Virginia/Perique blends. This is a very good one, The toobacco comes cut into thin coins that are easily packed into a pipe, I just wad them up, and don't bother to rub them out, it lights easily and stays lit fairly well. The flavor is something grand, the sweet Virginias and the very subtle Perique blend together very well. This burns evenly and leaves a gray-white ash, no dottle, not a bad room note either. I love the way this tobacco is packaged, but then I'm a fan of ropes anyway, I would love to get my hands on an uncut rope of this tobacco just to keep around. This one gets a 10 out of 10, one of the best, a must keep on hand tobacco.

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Bobbior5907 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bobbior5907 (24)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is an exquisitely rich yet seemingly simple blend of VA and Perique. The flavors are perfectly balanced and the Perique does not overwhelm nor is the VA incendiary. This a natural tobacco blend with no discernable toppings or casings, though it is described as a "Navy" blend which traditionally implies the use of rum. If there is rum it used sparingly but may account for the mellowness or roundness that I find in the blend. Still, there is a pleasant room note and a deep semi-sweet undertaste. I do not find Escudo to be overly strong and certainly not harsh. While I have never gotten used to Latakia, Perique has never bothered me and, in fact, I have come to enjoy it blended with VA and Burley. The tobacco in the tin I purchased was amply humidified and, for a dense curly cut (large disks), burns reasonably well. The tobacco does not change in flavor as one proceeds down the bowl; it never becomes bitter or harsh. I know that some reviewers found Escudo to be too strong, but I, on the other hand, find it to be quite mellow. This is one of the best blends I have ever tried and is one of those "desert island" types as far as I am concerned. Escudo did well for me in all pipes from corn cobs to Calabashes, though I like it best in a medium to large bowl. As with all dense, properly humidified tobacco you should use a pipe with plenty of air flow. Stay away from pipes with any kind of constrictions; e.g., old Kaywoodies with the metal filter or "stinger" intact and not cut off. Constricted airflow, in my opinion, causes dizziness and tongue bite more than any other source. In conclusion I give Escudo a grade of "A".

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CaptnDan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CaptnDan (242)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Somehow or other, Escudo slipped under my radar. Famous as it is, I hadn?t really heard much about it. Recently, a friend and fellow reviewer gave me a sample. As to my initial impression ? when I got home I immediately got on line and ordered several tins. The only regret I had was that I didn?t request faster shipping.

I have smoked a fair amount of Escudo since I got my supply. I love it. The cut is unique, the tin aroma is wonderful, and the smoke is pure bliss. I find that I have been smoking Escudo to the exclusion of all other Va/Perique blends. I like to dry a couple of discs for about 20 minutes before breaking them up and loading.

There has been some discussion as to whether or not Escudo is topped. I firmly believe that it is. The topping, based upon information from a source that I consider quite reliable, is Coumarin ? an extract of the tonka bean. It is very lightly applied and I feel it is what adds the extra bit of depth to the blend.

The Perique is used sparingly, and when smoked in a narrow bowl, Escudo strikes a superb balance between the Va and the fermented Perique. The topping fills in the gaps and rounds things out nicely, without ever getting in the way.

I don?t know what the previous iterations of this blend were like, but the current offering from A&C Peterson is simply yummy.

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Danno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Danno (87)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I first tried Escudo in 1997, via a friend with a dozen or so tins which had been curing in his cellar for the better part of a decade. Unfortunately, I was much caught up in "English" tobaccos and hardly remember giving this a whirl. Recently, via another friend, I smoked half a tin of the A.C.Petersen version which had been cellared for about 1 year. My initial smoke impression was not memorable. Tasted and smoked like a weaker and less interesting version of St. Bruno. However, I did persist, and in a virginia pipe, Escudo is a complex and flavorful experience. I will acquire a few tins to smoke and store, and will post the updated results as events warrant. June/04--As promised, an update. I have been smoking Escudo regularly(ACP version) and am enamored of this blend. It burns well, has a goodly amount of nico and tastes wonderfull right to the heel. Buy some.

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DUPE.629 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DUPE.629 (133)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

October-2003. Escudo Navy De Luxe.

One of my favourite Virginia Perique tobaccos,with-out doubt! Very close to perfection for me,plus the fact it is just so easy to light and stay lit. Smokes brilliantly all the way to the bottom of the bowl. I thourghly enjoy the taste of both the Virginia and the Perique.You can taste the perique more in this blend,than in P/S Navvy Flake. A most satisfying smoke without any bitterness in anyway. Smokes crisp and clear leaving a nice dry clean grey-white ash at the bottom of the bowl. True joy and definitely a winner for me. Highly reccomended. 10 out of 10.

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chaplikc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
chaplikc (135)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

Wow! I can't believe that I've waited as long as I have to try this. If I would of known the pleasant surprise I was in for when I tried this I would have stocked up on this long ago. This is a must try for the virginia perique lovers. Sweet, spicey, full, deep, cool and absolutely wonderful. It does somewhat resemble Three nuns original which I absolutely love and can' get. Smoking this in my new Walt Cannoy is about as perfect of a smoke as I've ever had! A must try and highly recommended.

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provguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
provguy (52)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Escudo Navy Deluxe has a reputation that seems to exist beyond its experience of smoking it. When I first purchased Escudo about 1.5-2 years ago I filled a bowl smoked it and then took the tin and put it amongst several other tins of maybe I'll try again at some point blends. Well, time has passed and I've at times sprayed some distilled water on the Escudo, at times it had dried out quite a bit. This morning I decided to try it again( note: I tried 2 other times between then and now-again not terribly moved by the experience). It was fairly dry but not crispy. I have to say I really enjoyed the smoke it offered this morning. It had that wonderful spicy perique side to it, as well as that fermenty quality and the flavor was very good. I still think I prefer Haddo's delight but this is quite good and I think I would like to get another tin or 2 and store and smoke occaissonally. THis perhaps is a blend that grows on you and needs several smokes to really appreciate. As well the aging process might be rather helpful. 3 1/2 stars.

Addendum 4/26/2004 Escudo has now become my favorite perique blend. I prefer it to Haddos, and Astleys #2, however I like Dunhill Navy rolls is very similar and maybe a little better in my opinion but it is not ready available in North America. The more I smoke Escudo the more I like it. The very prominent perique side with its sour notes. Yum! 4!/2 stars

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howie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
howie (46)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

I have not yet smoked current version. I am still rationing out a small supply of Cope's, and this review applies to the Cope's product.

It doesn?t get better than this. Unless there is some mystery buried in very aged virginias (I have never had anything older than 20 years), this is the epitome of Virginia blends.

Description: Escudo (Cope?s or subsequent releases) is unique in the disk form factor, about the size of a 50 cent piece or slightly smaller, the size of a Portuguese Escudo coin, apparently. The center is darker than the exterior layers of this spun rope. I have heard others say that the Perique is in the center, but I cannot verify. Like other flakes, I have taken to rubbing Escudo out before smoking. Others talk about rolling little sausages out of Escudo or otherwise making use of the disk without rubbing it out, but my smoking style calls for a pure rubbed out flake. Update: I have since developed a good technique for smoking this without rubbing, and find the flavor much stronger and more pronounced.

The quality of the smoke itself is very good from the very start. My most recent bowl smoked from rim to heel with a single two-match light. Three cleaners were required, which is about par for the pipe I was smoking. The flavor itself starts off very rich and full, which I rarely find in VAs. While other VAs may deliver an exceptional bottom third or half, Escudo delivers from the start with a full deep flavor highlighted by bright notes. I have noticed that smoking when the tin is first opened delivers a brighter note that is somewhat sharp on the tip of the tongue, but this is not true if the tin is rested for a week after opening.

While I have had times when portions of the bowl are comparitively flat, the general character is full throughout, with an increasing complexity as the bowl progresses that reminds me of port-wine and caramel, particularly if the bowl is permitted to increase in heat level by stoking the ember with breath smoking. The flat notes seem to be associated with DGT; I would not recommend DGT for this blend, intentional or otherwise.

All in all, Escudo is a marvelous smoke and is highly recommended if you can get your hands on tins of this original blend.

Flavor 95/100. Smoking characteristics: 90/100, downgraded a bit for relight requirements. Overall: 95/100 December 2002, Updated March 2004

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David K Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
David K (2)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

I don't think I can add anything to the excellent reviews already posted, except to say if I had to choose a single blend to smoke, Escudo would be the easy choice.

It's certainly one of the most beautiful tobaccos with multi-colored discs, and it is unmatched in flavor. If you've never tried this blend, get thee a tin.

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Jaybee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jaybee (76)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This may not be perfection in a tin, but in my estimation it's close. Sweet, sour, tangy, mouth-filling smoke that's a pleasure from beginning to end.

Unlike some other va/p blends, this one has never bitten me. That's probably because it's so satisfying, I do not tend to oversmoke it. Escudo is a frequent delight in my daily schedule.

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2ley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
2ley (11)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

As relatively new to the Perique blends, I was really astounded with this blend. I love Three Nuns (unfortunately they're pretty much gone as far as tin availability) and St. James was ok, but this knocked my socks off.

The tin aroma was astounding, that wonderfully sour smell, combined with the tobacco smell itself, was marvelous.

Since my pipe, and American Smoking Pipe from ages ago, wasn't large enough to take the coins directly, I roughly rubbed the first disk into a ball, as I did with the next one and a half disks, which I then put into the pipe and tamped.

It was tough to get lit, requiring about 3 tries, with repeated tamping, but at the end of the third tamping and relight, it stayed lit for the rest of the bowl.

The first puffs were interesting, a definite smokiness, but not overwhelming. About a third of the way into the bowl I could start tasting a sour taste, not a bad sour, but rather like a really good hot and sour soup from the local Chinese restaurant.

The perique kicked in about halfway down the bowl, and added to the flavour quite well. From then on it was magnificent. At the end of the bowl I had nothing but fine ash.

I didn't notice any bite, perhaps my technique has finally gotten to the point where I'm not smoking too hot. Either way, at the end of the smoke I didn't have any burning on my tongue, nor was the back of my throat irritated.

My daughter, who's nose I rely on for room note, said that it smelled of coffee, and wasn't her favorite smell (she really likes Blue Note and the local Black Cherry blends for room note) but still was OK.

It has a bit of a kick, but not so strong as to make the room spin.

Frankly, this is one great tobacco. Given the loss of Three Nuns, I'm going to use this one as my primary day smoke. Magnificent.

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Le'Pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Le'Pipe (11)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

It seems like a month ago this blend had achieved "holy grail" status. Now I see that the 4 star rating as faltered a bit and rightfully so. It just goes to show you that.. the proof of the pudding is in the flavor of the smoke. I absolutely give this blend 2 enthusiastic thumbs up on being an excellent flavored straight tobacco blend. That is it however. If not smoked with deliberate care it burns quite hot and can be down right harsh. Also, as other reviewers have mentioned, it does have a good ole fashioned nic kick. Having said that, I will conclude by saying 3Nuns probably isn't as good as I remember it either!

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WxGuy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WxGuy (95)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Escudo Navy Deluxe comes in a fairly unique form, very large curly-coins (hence the name Escudo). These coins look great in the can, but in practice I really prefer the smaller size of MacBaren's Dark Twist for example. Plus, Escudo is sliced quite thinly, which makes for almost a shag cut when fully rubbed out.

Enough on appearence. This blend tastes great. This was the first blend that really brought perique to my attention. I had gone through a tin of Elizabethian without really developing a taste for the Louisiana stuff. In Escudo, perique definitely leads the dance, with the virginias following along well. I still find that the taste is delicate, if peppery. It does need to be smoked with caution however, as the peppery taste can morph into a tongue bite situation without the smoker even being aware.

Escudo makes one of my favorite "combo bowls", when I have a lot of time on my hands and want to have a single bowl last a long time (like driving on road trip). I fill the bottom half with Marlin Flake (folded up and stuffed in) and the top half with well rubbed and tamped Escudo. Smoked at a smolder, this is a great long-lasting combination with Escudo's perique lingering in the sweetness of the Marlin Flake. (Try doing that with a cigar!)

All in all, I give Escudo high marks. It is one of the hallmark tobaccos, even if it is not the best Va/perique blend in the world. I am still searching for the VaP that earns that title... ============ ADDENDUM 11/12/03 ========

Upon comparison with a number of other Va/Ps, I am somewhat disillusioned by Escudo. It is good, mind you, but the Vas are far less flavorful than, say, McC. #2015, especially with age. Escudo seems IMO does not seem to really improve w/ age, whereas the Va/P flakes seem to. I have downgraded to three stars, 'cause I still smoke this occasionally, for a change of pace...

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Big Guy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Guy (12)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I work part time at a pipe and cigar store and we recently found a hidden Stash of this classic blend. It was five to six years old and I decided to give it a try as my limited experience with perique had been positive. Upon opening the tin I was amazed at the wonderful smell of fresh figs that was present. While I have just stuffed the little slices in my pipe, I find that shredding them works best. The taste is great with a nice spicey tang from the perique that works well for my southwestern tastebuds. Gawd does this stuff burn forever. A new favorite. I lost one can of the seven tin stash when a regular purchased it after hearing me rave about this blend, but intend to turn the remaining six tins into my private stash. I reserve a Savinelli Poker as the exclusive domain of this find.

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Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (135)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have reviewed Dunhill Delux Navy Rolls separately here, which is akin to this blend. The main difference is that Dunhill's reportedly is blended/aged with some scotch or wiskey, making it smell sweeter and smoke somewhat rounder right off the shelf.

But there is nothing wrong with this A&C version, if you like virginia/perique blends. If you don't, you just won't get it. This is naturally sweet red virginia with perique spead in the disks. It doesn't smoke all that sweet, especially if aged a couple of years (as the perique comes out more and aging darkens the disks), but the richness, roundness, and body of the virginia is unmistakenly there, aided by the perique for a small measure of strength. Out of a new tin, it doesn't quite have the dark side except near the finish.

Packs best for me by rolling a disk and a half in a cylinder and stopping it lengthwise ("stuffing" but not hard) down into a medium bowl. Burns steady, fairly dry for a flake type (maybe need one pipe cleaner), and rich but not heavy tasting. Room and tin aroma not as good as Dunhill's. The more you rub or break it up, the stronger it may taste. No bite noticed unless you puff fast or rubb out too much.

As I reported elsewhere, some smokers of the original (pre-'97) version of Escudo have said they couldn't tell much difference with the revived version. Others found the revived version to be milder and have less perique. What I read is that the newer version has the perique more uniformly blended/spread in the disks; the original had small clumps of it in unevenly in the disks -- giving one a sudden kick or "hit" of perique. Not mild. Well, I never tried the original, but I like the new versions (A&C or Dunhill's modification) just fine. I don't have to be slapped (!) by a blend to know it's interesting.

Recommended to va./perique fanciers who can tolerate handling a disk or flake. If you're lazy or just plain like it easier, go to something ribbon cut like Dorchester (which is stonger and sweeter) or Fox's virginia/perique blend (a little darker but not as strong as Dorchester).

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Pounder 5000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pounder 5000 (178)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

I made myself wait until I had smoked several tins of this in several different pipes before writing this review. Why? Because it was just to good to begin with. I needed to know if this blend would stay this way for the duration. And guess what? It has in spades!!! In fact I would say that this is the only tobacco that simply gets better with each and every bowl. This is certainly my Grail/desert island tobacco. The tin aroma is fabulous. And the coins are the perfect size to roll up and stick in your pipe. I usually do one coin this way and rub one out on top. A perfect formula! The taste is pure heaven. There is the rich aroma of a great virginia with the Perique making itself known right away. The perique get stronger the farther down the bowl that you smoke it, and yet not in the typical peppery, bitter way of some other blends. This perique may very well be the best ever. The tobacco comes out of the tin a little wet, and yet even without drying it out I have never been bitten. I do notice that the drier you let this blend get the richer it tastes. There is complexity to this blend especially if you smoke it nice and slow. I have noticed that if you aren't paying attention and smoke to fast it tends too get a little mineraly, but still quite wonderful. This is easily the most consistent blend I have smoked and it has never grown tiresome. Whenever I feel the need for comfort I have only to load this blend in my favorite pipe and let her rip! I even dedicated a pipe to this blend (a beautiful 1/4 bent Parker). I have only smoked the A&C version and I'm glad they decided to continue with this classic. Overall so far, this blend wins hands down for the best there is in my book.

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Sykes Wilford Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sykes Wilford (35)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I had had a few bowls of this rather famed blend from various friends over the course of my smoking existence. I had always liked it, but had never been really excited by it. As is with most smokes in the company of friends, Escudo didn't get the attention it deserves until I finally sat down and smoked it carefully and by myself.

I've long been a big fan of Perique, so I was somewhat predisposed to liking the blend (Haddo's Delight and Astley's #2 are my personal favorite Va/Perique blends). The tin aroma has that fantastic winey, fermented smell that is so readily associated with a Virginia/Perique blend. The fermented end is even more pronounced here than in other blends of the same type. Besides, the cut rope is among the most beautiful that I have seen--swirls of light and red Virginias with the near black perique.

It rubs out very easily, once, given the nose and the visual aesthetics of the cut, one can bring oneself to disturb it. It lights easily and maintains a nice, fairly even burn throughout the bowl. I'm finding that it favors my medium sized pipes where the bowls are large enough to accomodate the cut, but not so large that the blend becomes overwhelming.

It is a hefty blend and also one of the few that will burn my tongue a little if I'm not careful to smoke it slowly. My only gripe with Escudo is that the fullness tends to drown out the flavors from the Virginias somewhat.

The piquantness of the perique is the most overridingly immediate and obvious flavor. In spite of the fullness, hints of fruity sweetness occasionally bubble to the surface, but not as often as I would prefer. The lovely fermented tin aroma doesn't carry across too well, but it is nonetheless present from time to time.

Escudo has definitively earned a place in my tobacco rotation and is a most worthy tobacco, but I would be hesitant to put it among my absolute favorites.

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Addendum (08/2003):

I wrote the review above about two years ago. Since that reviewing, Escudo has become one of my very favorite blends-- perhaps my absolute favorite. I've probably smoked in excess of 25 tins of it in the last two years-- and with each successive bowl it grows and grows on me. Truly a remarkable blend.

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Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (125)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant

This tobacco has been one of my very favorites for a good many years. I do not have an old tin of the COPES version on hand to compare to, so I will confine myself to the A&C Petersen version. The tobacco comes in disks about the size of a half dollar, swirls of dark medium & gold tobacco. If left in an opened tin for a few days the tobacco becomes progressively darker until it turns a very dark brown. Freshly opened, it has that funky/cocoa smell of Perique combined with the sweet/sour aroma of fermented apples and reminds me of the after taste I get from Tempranillo wine from the Rioja. I roll out each disk to loosen the tobacco before packing; this seems to work best for me. In a freshly opened tin, the tobacco is a tad too moist and burns a bit sharpish at the initial light. When the tobacco is a little dryer it starts out smooth right from the start. I reserve a Ser Jacopo Picta 13 just for Escudo, and I find that smoking Va./Periques in the smaller bowl best captures the flavor. The smoke is mild with no bite. Each sip offers that winey tang of Perique and Red Virginia together with the toastiness of Brown. The flavor remains constant throughout the smoke but gradually becomes more intense as the experience develops. About half way down the bowl, Escudo never fails to hit the zone; the smoke is warm and luscious in the way Perique can stimulate the palate. It burns all the way to a gray ash with very little tending, and even when it is fresh, it does not smoke wet. In the past six months I have smoked the Dunhill version, and I detect no difference between the two. This is a classic. Together with Three Nuns(in the tin) and Luxury Navy Flake, it ranks in the first tier of Va./Perique blends. Most highly recommended for the Perique lover. Paddy.

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Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (263)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This may not be an exceptional tobacco, but it certainly is a very good one. There is something of the old Three Nuns here: a tangy and piquant sweetness, and an enlivening Virginia aftertaste, rich but sober. As it happens with many good tobaccos, Escudo gradually grows on you. It has a remarkable balance between the matured Virginias--without these being too sweet (as in Dorchester, Astley's No 2 or Solani's 633), and the Perique, which I don't find particularly aggressive (as in Dunhill's Elizabethan mixture). Medium strength, cool, it is easy to break up or to pack the discs as they are straight into the bowl.

I had only once tried this blend before, under the Gallaher name (c. 1992). Perhaps my palate has changed, but I remember it to be slightly stronger, the Perique more prominent and the Virginias a bit on the raw side, with an overall monochromatic taste.

I am glad I gave the A&C Petersen version a try. It is now one of my favorite Virginia/Perique mixtures, together with Stokkebye's Navy Flake, Peterson's Irish Oak, and Fox's Dorisco (the strongest of the lot). A nice, quiet smoke, with a sharp woodsy flavor and a long lasting peppery under-taste, that lingers on nicely.

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flint Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flint (30)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable to Strong

I have to agree with many other reviewers this was kind of a let down. Not really a great tasting tobacco. I tried it because it was said this is a right of passage tobacco, but so was puberty and I'll never want to go through that again. In my humble opinion Haddos delight is the one to go with when your wanting a virginia/perique blend. Also the virginias in this are not sweet at all, felt like I smoked cigarettes after I was done with a bowl.

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OSR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OSR (71)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobacco (oddly enough) is underrated.

When A&C Peterson brought the blend back I was very skeptical. I bought a tin, smoked it all and put the rest of the tins up.

Today I wanted to try it and pulled a tin out of the cellar. Now, this tin is 6 years old. Upon opening the tin I was amazed at how dark the tobacco had gotten - it was brown and black, all the "yellows" were gone.

I took two coins and put them on a tray in the garage and let them sit for about 30 minutes to dry.

I took coin one, "folded it up into a ball" and put this into the bowl of a very nice Barbi. I then took the other coin and rubbed it out fully and packed this over the folded/ball.

When I lit the tobacco I could taste how refined this blend had become. The 'woody' taste of the yellow virginias had mellowed with age and the Perique was much more pronounced than it had been years ago when I smoked it.

This tobacco is delicious!!

The smoke was consistent all the way down and the result was a whitish/grey ash and very little dottle. At no time did the perique outbalance the virginia, the tobaccos were in harmony all the way down the bowl.

So, get a few tins of this and stash it away. If you can hold out for 6 years, the wait is well worth it. Wonderful!!

When I heard that A&C Peterson was no longer going to make this blend I bought 20 tins. The rumor that I heard turned out to be false but I need to order more and let it sit. My patience was paid off in full.

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dangpipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dangpipes (22)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a nice blend of good Virginia and Perique. It is fairly straight forward and holds no surprises. It smokes well and cleanly, packs easily, but does require some breaking up due to the cut which is interesting at the least. The tobaccos mix well and compliment each other with the perique touching the tongue on and off throughout the smoke. It is nice, steady and cool to smoke and consistently rates the same reviews. I find it smokes best in a larger pipe.

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Skilling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skilling (80)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

Escudo is a strong Va/Perique tobacco. More pronounced then MacBaren's Roll Cake. Roll Cake would be considered sweet against this blend. The perique is absolute and profound in the top 3rd; becoming more ruffed, meaty and fuller in depth by midbowl. By last 3rd to bottom the blend turns earthy, peppery and flattens to a degree.

This one has a definite "kick" to it. A good sit down smoke. Smoking it slow is the best course of action. This is not an "all dayer" for most people. However, it is for me. 8 tins smoked in the last couple months. (03/03)

A rich robust Va/P blend; and a good one.

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BP Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BP (3)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Escudo Navy Deluxe by AC Peterson- 3 stars

Escudo Navy Deluxe stands out as one of the finer Virginia/ Perique blends on the market and has become a personal favorite. It's presentation is remarkable. Circular slices of Tobacco seemingly hand placed, overlap one another. Escudo's tin aroma is winey, fermented, and rather Earthy. The slices rub out easily and arrive at an ideal moisture level. Escudo lights well and burns clean, dry, and evenly. It is a fairly strong Tobacco that develops and intensifies throughout the bowl. Perique's spicy quality is present from the start and dominates the last half of the bowl. It's flavor is full and enjoyable. Escudo can burn a bit hot though and will bite the tongue if not smoked carefully. These less than desirable qualities paired with a somewhat harsh finish, can perpetuate an unrefined final impression and in this reviewers eyes prevents a four star rating.

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BriarNorth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarNorth (49)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Great tin aroma, beautiful flakes, easy to rub. Smokes to a fine ash, a little on the hot side. Good, straightforward virginia flavor, perique spice is there but not as heavy as Haddo's which stays on your tongue for days. Not a weed that knocks your hair back, but totally servicable and well-made. Despite its huge reputation and loyal following, this won't be accompanying me to the desert isle. I much prefer Elizabethan Mixture for a tobacco in this vein, so that's what I'll be smoking next!

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imago Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
imago (63)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I ordinarily do not care for blends containing perique in any appreciable quantity. This, however, is one of the most sublime tobaccos I've discovered thus far. There is definite substance to the smoke, although I don't detect the hot pepper-like taste that I have with other perique blends. I found a great deal on this blend and, after purchasing two tins and sampling one of them, went back to the store for the rest of their stock.

By the way, this tobacco has one of the most pleasant tin aromas that I've ever encountered. The room note produced upon smoking it is also quite pleasant.

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BostonPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BostonPipe (83)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

After years of cajoling by my Pipe Buddies, I finally tried this blend. Being a fan of Three Nuns, I was interested to see if this blend would be similiar. Er, not exactly. This is a blend that I found I need to be totally conscious of while smoking it. Being a smoker that tends to begin fast and then slows down after a few minutes, this can have undesirable effects with this blend. Fast Puffer Beware! As with other disc-blends, I stacked them then rubbed out several for the lighting process, it did need one false light and tamp. This blend has a consistent flavor the length of the bowl. I find it a little rough around the edges as opposed to Three Nuns, especially if over-heated. A nice overall smoke. To many, this is a "right of passage" smoke

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pxi106 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pxi106 (17)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Hooplah surrounds this blend, it being the holy grail of many old time smokers. You know, the tobacco the 2000 year old man used to smoke back in the days before baggy pants and punk haircuts and when a car looked like a car, not a freaking jelly bean. When one of the old timers starts in about the glories of Gallaher's Escudo and the shortcomings of Petersen's, I usually make for the door as respectfully as I can.

This tobacco has possibilities for me, but little else. The first half smokes nicely, with a dark pruny sweetness and mild spice. That is, before it burns the hell out of my tongue.

The second half gets even hotter. At least it does before the perique kicks in and completely anaesthetizes my mouth.

To sum it up, I find myself reaching for this blend believing each time that THIS time it's going to be great--and each time I smoke it I go numb. I try to like it, but I usually use it to punish myself when I've been bad.

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grimpeur Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
grimpeur (45)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I wonder if I ought to add yet another review of Escudo; my enthusiasm and fondness for this blend override common sense and so here you go...

I was a steady consumer of the Gallaher's version of this blend, and as I'm down to my last four tins, I figured that I had better find out if I like the Danish version.

In a word: yes. I like it very much. The original presentation of the rolls has been preserved; I still smile with delight when I open a tin...simply gorgeous! My first bowl of the Danish version had me on pins and needles, and I thought I had detected a slightly lighter, grassier note, but I haven't noticed it since. It still provides a piquant, ever so slightly sweet, clean Virginia taste, with the wonderful "take it or leave it" perque pepper always present. It is a pure, refreshing, yet quite strong blend that I seem to enjoy, no matter the season, or what I'm doing while smoking. Do try it; be prepared to be enraptured or enraged, depending upon your taste.

I won't get to deeply into comparison of English versus Danish...my memory says that they're very much the same. And any Gallaher tin I would open now, for comparison's sake, is, obviously, quite aged...dark rolls dusted with sugar crystals...this is a blend made for cellaring like no other!

I would, as you might imagine, like to smoke this every day, making it, by the criteria here, a four star blend. But. In Canada, a tin costs thirty dollars. So it's set aside for special occasions. Wise man says: if you like a blend, buy all you can, it will never get cheaper!

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (260)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Upon opening the tin, you are greeted by perfectly prepared disks ~1 3/4x1/16" comprised of golden and red VAs with black Perique. A & C certainly does place an emphasis upon their presentations. Due to an ideal moisture content, I just folded the disks, easily packed bowls of varying sizes > Group 3, obtained easy lights and extremely even burn rates. Although stronger in taste and fuller in flavor than I prefer for an all day smoke, both are consistent throughout a smoke and from pipe to pipe. If smoked @ a reasonable pace, the VAs and perique nicely compliment each other and result in a cool smoke. However, as a matter of personal taste, I prefer A & C's Caledonian #499 and others' VA/Perique blends, even available in bulk, are just as enjoyable.

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Stogie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stogie (26)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Just finishing up a tin of this much debated tobacco. As a self professed lover of all things Perique, I had very high expectations for this blend, and after picking up an aged tin at the 2002 NASPC show, I patiently waited to finish off my open tins of other VA & VA/Perique flakes so that I could devote my undivided attention to Escudo.

Visual: Without a doubt, one of the most attractive forms of tobacco I have ever seen. Opening the tin revealed an array of tobacco disks composed of mainly dark brown tobacco with streaks of black and even more streaks of gold interspersed. My tin had an abundance of tiny sugar crystals dusting the disks as well.

Texture: My tin was just a bit on the dry side, so that the disks tended to crumble as I would rub them out. However, I did not feel the need to add humidity.

Pack/Pipe: Smoked this cut into small pieces, rough rubbed, and fully rubbed out. Although the cut "chunks" seemed to provide a bit more flavor, I usually smoked this fully rubbed out. Gravity fed with a few taps and very lightly packed seemed to give me the most consistent burn. I smoked this tobacco in almost my entire rotation of VA pipes. It really stood out in the smaller Ashtons (xx), and wasn't too bad in a very small Comoy Rockroot. It did not taste as good in my larger pipes.

Lighting/Burn: On match to char (long charring light), and one to achieve an outstanding burn. (Usually to the bottom, or maybe one additional match to finish. Maybe the best burn characteristics of any tobacco I've ever smoked! Smoked relatively dry for me, and never really got too hot. (I did experience burn-out for the first time with this tobacco in a Stanwell Bamboo, but I think that was due to the pipe, not the tobacco heat).

1st 3rd: Starts with some VA tang, and a stewed fruit taste that remains throughout the bowl. Somewhat sweet and pleasant, but light. Burn at a slightly above average speed, but remember I pack this very loose.

2nd 3rd: Loses most of the tang at this point, and the sweetness is dark, not sugary. Stewed fruit remains. Notice some nicotine strength here.

Final 3rd: Not much sweetness here, but just a bit of VA sharpness with the stewed fruit aftertaste. Once in a while it got a little ashy here, but usually just burned to the bottom leaving a fine grey ash. Nice nicotine kick.

Notes: I really was hoping that this would knock my socks off. Unfortunately, it just never had "enough" of what I was looking for. Everyone should try this, and I may return to it sometime in the future, but it will not become a regular.

Stogie rating: 6 Mild Macanudos

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JClark Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JClark (26)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

I have to say that the first time I smoked this classic I was a little disapointed. Not because it isn't good, because this is one tobacco that stands out, I just expected a little more from such a famed tobacco(though I have not smoked the original version). This is a truly beautiful tobacco upon openning the tin, coins arranged so carefully, almost as if done by hand. The scent is nothing but fine tobacco.

I've always had a bite problem with this one, I must be very well behaved when smoking it so I don't over-puff. This tobacco has one of the best tobacco tastes (at times) that I have ever encountered.

This blend grew on me over time. It started as a disapointment, and grew into an occasional smoke. It should be noted that I generally prefer english blends and only smoke va's and va/p's in the summer months (generally).

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Tim W. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tim W. (5)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought a tin of this blend because of the reputation of the blend. Then I read that the original Cope's blend was exceptional, but the current ACP blend wasn't quite there. I have never tried the old Cope's blend, so I can't compare it. The tin sat around for about eight months when I finally noticed the poor can laying there looking lonely.

Opening the tin, you are greeted by a well-arranged circular stack of coins (sliced rope) about an inch and a half in diameter, colored light brown to dark brown, with flecks of blond.

Rolling the coins, about three to a smaller sized bowl, results in a well packed pipe. Escudo lights and smokes easily, releasing a very pleasing flavor and a cool to medium temperature smoke. Puffing easily brings out a delicious Virginia sweetness that is accentuated by the Perique. This is good tobacco burning. My many bowls have burned cleanly to the bottom of the bowl with a steady flavor all the way down. This is what I want from a Virginia / Perique blend - a flavorful slightly sweet smoke that really shines in smaller pipes, like an Ashton XX or a group 2 - 3 size bowl. Hitting the bottom of the first "trial" tin was a sad experience, redeemed only buy getting 12 more tins. I will cellar some of this blend, I never want to run out again.

Escudo is on my "A" list of top smokes. I hope it remains available!

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mailman 5000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mailman 5000 (60)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

A very famous blend and rightly so , more expensive in Britain than other tobaccos . Something that offers taste which i ofton find lacking in virginia flakes especially Dunhill light flake. The perique really offers some spice to the mix.

The coins of tobacco are very pleasent and some peolple just shove em right in whole. I like to break them gently . Now replaced by Dunhill Navy rolls in the UK . Which I have a tin but have not tried yet.

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ruggiero Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ruggiero (19)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

As a big fan of Dunhill's Nightcap, I recently tried G.L. Pease's Haddo's Delight and found that both the nicotine and Perique contents were just too darn high. Not my cup of tea if you will. That's okay, there's another famed VA-Perique blend out there named Escudo Navy Deluxe. So I thought I'd give it a try. The first half of the bowl in my group 5 sized Savinelli was quite good. Plenty of flavor and a full-bodied, velvety smooth smoke. During the last half, I basically broke out into a sweat, the room aswirl, and the nicotine blast turned the smoking experience around for me. I guess there's more Perique in these (2) VA/P blends then I can handle. I'll stick to Sir Al's Nightcap when I need my mild taste of Perique and leave these two to the big boys out there that can handle it. It's back to the world of Latakias, Orientals, and matured VA's for me. No sweat.

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Noorrmm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Noorrmm (193)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Appearance: Beautifully formed disks, about 1 ¾ inches, mostly dark brown with lighter traces in a spiral pattern. The disks are of medium thickness, so can be rubbed out or rolled to suit the smoker, or the conditions.

Aroma: There is a significant ?sour? fermented smell of Perique, and a heavy sweetness of well maured Virginia. The overall effect promises a potent smoke, not a casual all-day tobacco.

Packing: Packing is relatively easy in medium to large pipes, or small ones with fairly wide bowls.

Lighting: The disks are at the ideal moisture level, and tend to remain that way for a long time, making lighting fairly easy. Of course, it depends somewhat on how well the tobacco is rubbed out.

Initial flavor: The initial flavor is the peppery Perique tingle, with the dark Virginias making their presence known very shortly. The two components mostly balance each other, occasionally one or the other will dominate for a few seconds.

Mid-bowl: The blend burns quite cool, and continues to play off the sweet nutty Virginias against the tingly Perique in a delightful way. This is a blend that really asks for, and deserves, you full attention. There is no noticable moisture.

Finish: Like most Virginias, the end is a bit stronger than the middle, but not harsh. The ash is a fine dark gray that coats the pipe walls.

Summary: This is and always was the standard againt which all Va/Perique blends are judged. An excellent evening smoke when you don?t want Latakia.

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arnie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
arnie (4)
★★☆☆
Strong None Detected Very Full Very Pleasant

Perspective of a perique-weenie: This is just too strong for me, perique-wise. I have to be extremely, extreeeeemely careful and attentive when I smoke this or the pepper completely overwhelms the nice VAs and everything else. It just becomes too much work to get the most from it. The VAs could also be a bit sweeter for me.

It does smell quite nice though, in the can and while smoking.

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fortezero Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fortezero (11)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This tobacco kind of surprised me. I've read/heard a lot about its various trials and tribulations on ASP, and so I suppose the hype that had built up for me is what ultimately lead to its downfall. Opening the tin found the tobacco to be pressed and cut into beautiful coin shaped peices, oddly the exact size of most of my trusty calabash's bowl. Using the same technique I've read about fellow pipesmokers making use of with rope spun tobacs, I layered the thin coins in the bowl, and then rubbed out a final one for the top layer to get a good light. It rubbed out very easily, and infact almost crumbled under any sort of pressure, yet was not dry to the touch. Interesting. It's tin aroma is absolutely mediocre. Nothing special at all that I can gather from it; it smelled almost like Haddo's Delight without the Delight part. Just a basic VA/perique aroma to it. As flame hit the leaf, it ignited nicely and immediately and imparted a very sharp taste to the tongue as soon as it had any ember going at all. After allowing the proper going-out and re-lighting, I was set--not one re-light for the entire smoke. One thing that amazed me about this blend was the fact that it tasted -exactly- the same all the way down the bowl. Its burning characteristics are superior to most other tobaccos I've ever tried, but the matter of fact is that to me, the flavor was absolutely mediocre for the entire pipe. There is definately something to like here, because this blend is revered by a great many pipesmokers that I highly respect, but I just can't figure out what it is. One tin stored for future reference, one tin given to a friend who was fresh outta baccy. I think this is something you should at least try, because if you like the flavor, it could definately be the 'grail' of tobaccos, if nothing else, than for its amazing burning quality.

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