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Iwan Ries

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The original piper's choice blend of premium matured and stoved Virginias liberally seasoned with the finest Louisiana Perique, was created by pipe collector Steve Stein. He describes it well: "Its wonderful after meals and as an evening aperitif for the seasoned Virginia-Perique pipe smoker. A complex, bold blend for the sophisticated palate"

Notes: Released at the 2014 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas, NV

BrandMcClelland
Blended BySteve Stein
Manufactured ByMcClelland
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging50g Tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant
3.5
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1081)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Very Pleasant

The red and stoved Virginias are very tangy and fruity with the barest hint of grass and some earth. The perique is a noticeable but minor player, offering more raisins and figs than spice, though that spice is an important nuance that seems a little more obvious as you go along. The familiar McClelland vinegar note mostly disappears after a few puffs. There’s a slight woodiness present, too. It’s not as bold as the description claims, but it has enough strength to please with a little nic-hit. The sweetness mitigates the strength enough that it could be an all day smoke for the experienced smoker who likes sweet VaPers. It may be a good place for a new VaPer smoker who has a sweet tooth to start. Produces lots of smoke, burns cool, clean, and even with few relights, very little moisture and a consistent flavor. Leaves a very pleasant after taste, too.

6 people found this review helpful.

SteveS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteveS (2)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant

Very rich full bodied VaPer. One of my favorite evening/after dinner smokes. Also, one of a handful of tobaccos I turn to for breaking in a new pipe due to the high natural sugar content of the Virginia tobaccos that help in building a remarkably good cake in a relatively short time. This blend rewards with great complex flavor that builds throughout the smoke!

Pipe Used: Italians and American carvers

Age When Smoked: Two years and recently tinned

Purchased From: Cigar and Tabac

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½ bowl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
½ bowl (50)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

Soft, naturally sweet Virginias pump out loads of zesty citrus tang while a fruity Perique carries the bottom end very nicely. Good body. Can be boring if smoked in a deep bowled pipe because the flavor doesn't ever change -- but is that bad?

Pipe Used: no-name meerschaum

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: SmokingPipes.com

Similar Blends: 4noggins' Prairie Wind (which I actually prefer), or McClelland Beacon.

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Bbrown626 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bbrown626 (32)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Normally I smoke aromatics and cigars - depending on my mood. Top Hat was my first adventure into VaPer's. This fits nicely in the middle for a smoking experience. It has a pleasant enough room note to smoke inside. Great natural tobacco flavor, lights and burns well. Definitely will be trying more VaPer's based on this experience

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars.com

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