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Iwan Ries


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

Blended BySteve Stein
Manufactured ByMcClelland
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
Packaging50g Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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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

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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

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