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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)

BrandGQ Tobaccos
Blended ByGlynn Quelch
Manufactured ByGlynn Quelch
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
Contents Perique, Virginia
CutKrumble Kake
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
None Detected
Medium, Medium to Full, Very Full
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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SteveH Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteveH (28)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

A strong (20%) perique mixture, pressed into a cake, which can be easily crumbled in the hand. The large proportion of perique means that it is not a tobacco for wimps, but it isn't as overpowering as you might expect. It has a marked perique tang, but less of the fruitiness also often associated with perique, perhaps because the Virginias used are different from the usual.

Pipe Used: Askwith morta Liverpool

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: GQ

3 people found this review helpful.

Jacinto Cupboard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jacinto Cupboard (54)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Fragile Krumble Kake. Mine was pretty much a ribbon mixture by the time it had travelled half way around the world to me. Tobacco varies in colour from blonde thru to black.

Lovely pouch aroma. Herbal, floral, honey, spicey.

Takes a light easily and produces huge volumes of creamy peppery smoke. This pepper never lets up. Lovely dry, cool smoke with, to my taste, perfectly balanced acidity.

Great intensity to the finish. Just close your eyes and grunt.

2 people found this review helpful.

Harry Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Harry (11)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Very Pleasant

Askwith Kake is a great tobacco. Hay-like in appearance, light, golden-brown with darker/lighter flecks throughout. Wonderful, grassy aroma, very fresh Virginia smell. It crumbles and fills the bowl easily. Pleasant feel and perfect moisture balance. First light and the taste hits in with both that Virginia grassiness and then the spiciness of the Perique. Quite powerful, piquant, some pepperiness there too. The fresh tastes that hit the tongue are quite unique and there is a lingering sensation of that peppery tingling, with a sweetness from the Virginias that complements the spicy richness. The smoke is creamy, rich, clean. After the charring light, very few other lights are required provided you sip this tobacco rhythmically and carefully. The room note is clean, hay-like and aromatic. As the smoking continues, these flavours meld together gradually to combine into a mellow, roundedness. All the above flavours are still present, but more mature and, if anything, gentler and calmer, more solid.The adolescent smack of taste develops into an adult and you are left with a soothing, very pleasant latter smoke which is satisfying and extremely comfortable. There is a nicotine kick here but not heavy or hard-hitting. I love this tobacco and have just ordered (and received) a larger amount for cellaring. More will be added soon. I can very firmly and confidently recommend this blend.

Pipe Used: Falcon, bent, Algiers' bowl

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: GQ Tobaccos

Similar Blends: GQ Nottingham Rouge with its similar Perique content..

1 person found this review helpful.