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Notes: From Peretti's website: This formula was developed by Mr. Peretti relatively early in his career and then reintroduced to commemorate our 125th anniversary. This broken flake is dark and rustic in appearance and provides a full-bodied smoke. Instead of the sweetness of a Virginia, the flavor notes are instead the earthy nuttiness of burley.

Blend TypeBurley Based
CutBroken Flake
ProductionCurrently available
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None Detected
Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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Gloucesterman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gloucesterman (2)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I have the good fortune of living within a fifteen minute drive of Peretti’s and over the years have tried many of their offerings. I must confess that my preference is toward the English type blends but there are those nights when a simple straight forward blend is just what the moment calls for. On those evenings burley slices hits the spot. I keep a half pound stored in a humidified, air tight, glass jar and since I don’t smoke it regularly it will usually last quite some time. I find this tobacco improves greatly with ageing. The sourness decreases decidedly so you get more of that burley nuttiness. As an English smoker it isn’t what you think of as a complex blend but burley slices produces a very consistent and delightful smoke throughout the bowl. Like many flakes, if you get aggressive you can heat up the bowl quickly so it’s a smoke to be savored slowly but it will respond well to slow deliberate draws and not require constant relighting. I don’t think this blend is the equal of Solani’s Age Burley but it is still quite good and as I said given a little time to age in the jar is a wonderful smoke on those nights when you just feel like a burley. What makes me keep this blend in my rotation is that the price point is so attractive. Peretti’s will sell you an once or a pound and at a lot less that you will pay for similar blends. That means you can afford to jar a half pound and have it handy for those nights when you really want to enjoy a true uncomplicated burley. It’s a perfect complement to a tumbler of Honey Jack on a cold New England winter’s night. When aged I give this blend a 3 star rating. Fresh out of the can a little less. I certainly think it a great addition to your rotation.

Pipe Used: GBD 9438 (pre- Conoy merger)

Age When Smoked: 3 yrs.

Purchased From: Peretti

3 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (989)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The slices are really broken flake, but it doesn't matter to me because it makes for easier burning. It has a nice cocoa flavor with a little nutty earthiness, though it's less sweeter than commercial burley blends normally are. It's more sour, too, which some may find off putting. Part of the reason for the sourness is that some of the burley here is obviously uncased. There's no discernible topping, just pure burley flavor. If you are used to sweeter products like Solani Aged Burley Flake or Wessex Burley Slices, you may find the sourness, and lack of topping to come across as slightly harsh, especially at the finish. But, if you want to smoke a quality burley with a minimal casing that's closer to a purer burley than you may be used to, you might want to give this a try. More of a two and a half star, but not quite three stars for me, so I'm rating it as a two star blend.

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