Most VaPer (Virginia & Perique) tobaccos are made using sweet, grassy (flue cured) Virginia's and sprinkling of Perique. The resulting tobacco has a lovely grassy flavour with a touch of an acidic twang from the Perique. These blends tend to use about 5% of Perique and this is considered the magic amount! For our Askiwth Kake we opted to use a few different Virginia's, Flue Cured and less sweet Steamed Virginia for the base. The use of the steamed Virginia takes some of the heat out of the tobacco and creates a smoother smoking experience.
Then comes the part which Glynn usually goes over the top with, Perique. As we said earlier most use 5%, we however like to push this "Condiment" leaf as far as we can, so 20% can be found in this blend. The use of so much Perique really gives this blend a punchy spicy flavour, which is not a hint as found in other VaPers, rather more a main player in the flavour-scape. With such contrasting variety in the tobaccos, we opted to press this tobacco into a Kake. The 7 days in a cold press, allows the flavours to meld much better than loosely packing into glass jars and balances the smoke out!
Created for Chris Askwith of Askwith Pipes (UK)