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Perique is a powerful tobacco, both in flavour and strength. The long fermentation process makes it a tobacco commonly used as a condiment, used in small proportions to enrich the taste. You would expect to find Perique with a Gold Virginia or mixed in with a powerful Balkan/English blend.

Swamp Flower however, is different story altogether; based upon a heavy foundation of Kentucky and fire-cured Virginias, this gives the blend a solidly rich and earthy footing. In order to give the tobacco a subtle sweeter edge, some flue-cured Virginias are added together with a classic Lakeland Geranium topping; then along comes the Perique; a hefty portion is used to give the blend a little more oomph; after which a minuscule dusting of Turkish Izmir is added to furnish the blend a better combustion without making little difference to the tobacco.

The smoke is very rich, dark and complex; and the high amount of Perique bestows this blend a spicy experience, however, it confers it with a delicate light floral contrast. It is not a smoke for those who don’t like tobaccos with high nicotine content, as this packs an all-powerful punch!

BrandGQ Tobaccos
Blended ByGlynn Quelch
Manufactured ByGlynn Quelch
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
Contents Kentucky, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Flavoring Floral Essences
ProductionCurrently available
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Extremely Strong
Medium to Strong
Very Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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Granny Smith Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Granny Smith (18)
Extremely Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

When I first brought a flame to the tobacco it gave me a strong lakeland taste, reminding me somewhat of Ennerdale Flake but the further I got into the bowl the spiceyness really kicked in and the tobacco took on a life of its own, far from the Lakeland style. Peppery on times, tangey too. The tobacco gives a big hit of Vitamin N and this may prove too powerful for novice pipe smokers but I think I could become a big fan of this blend and will be getting more of this. The perique is absolutely delicious and adds body and substance

Pipe Used: Petersons

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: GQ TOBACCO

Similar Blends: Lakeland style blends.

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