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A rich blend of cavendish, Zimbabwean, Orange, Thailand burley & black perique, matured in Oak Sherry Barrels. Made in Ireland.

Blended ByKohlhase, Kopp & Co.
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringCitronella, Sherry
Packaging50 grams tin, bulk
ProductionCurrently available
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Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (150)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin note is sweet bread and a hint of Virginia hay. Presentation is typical Peterson fine ribbon. Moisture content was not bad, almost just right as is. A short dry time of ten minutes is recommended. Takes a match well and requires few if any relights.

Initial note is cavendish forward on the charring light - not in an aromatic way, but rather natural cavendish, analogous to Luxury Bullseye Flake if you dropped a rubbed-out cavendish core right on top of the bowl. I detect no Perique until about half way through the bowl when I can sense the spice in my sinus cavities. But perique content is light. Virginias assert in final half of the bowl and, in the final third it all comes together marvelously. I like blends like this that change flavors as the bowl progresses. I found, in the final quarter of the bowl, that the cavendish reasserts as pleasantly sweet.

The tin describes this blend as Virginia, Cavendish and Perique. But the description in the box at top also state's burley as an ingredient. If there is burley present, it's blended harmoniously as I don't pick it up as a dominant or distinct flavor.

While not generally a fan of Peterson blends (University Flake excepted), I really enjoy this one. An excellent VaPer hybrid for those who prefer very light Perique. A nice change of pace for smokers of PS Luxury Bullseye Flake. May not satisfy the hard core VaPer smoker but I find it a nice diversion from the main rotation. Very pleasant smoke.

As a side note, I'm surprised many found this blend medium-to-full in strength and taste. Despite the strong name, "Irish Oak", I found it very light as compared to a traditional VaPer and would highly recommend it to those just newly experimenting with this type of blend, or those who prefer a lighter blend.

28 people found this review helpful.

SawyerBoy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SawyerBoy (1)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Being relatively new to smoking a pipe, I wanted to try a few different blends from aromatique, to english and then this. I was a little skeptical of the tobacco at first, not recognizing the smells that came through my nostrils as I cracked the tin and took a wiff; I've grown quite accustomed to the smell of cigarette tobacco and cigars and have never experienced such a bouquet. I was a little shocked when the flavours tasted almost nothing like the smell of the raw tobacco, it was just strong enough to keep me interested and had a variety of flavours from a nuttiness to a nice spicy note towards the bottom of the bowl.

Needless to say I was immediately satisfied with my purchase. I will be buying this tobacco again after this tin is done.

13 people found this review helpful.

Stuffin McPipey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stuffin McPipey (9)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

What I like most about this blend is the patience it has taught me. Yes, it is temperamental; if you get it too hot it will bite. Too cold and it will gurgle or burn out.

I'm about a half of a tin in and I can't find consistency between bowls, but I don't think that is a bad thing. One bowl gives me perique overdose, the next may give me a cool oak flavor. The room note reminds me of walking into a cabinet makers shop. Sawdust cut from premium hard wood for furniture making; it brings back memories of working in a shop back in my younger days.

This blend is not for everyone, but I happen to enjoy it a lot.

12 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Whew! Is this blend ever loaded with perique! If you like that Louisiana specialty, then get some Irish Oak running thru your veins. If, on the other hand, you prefer your perique to be in the background, tiptoe away from this stuff!

The strange thing about this tobacco is that you need to smoke the first quarter of a bowl before the perique starts to take over. By the bottom third, well, a perique lover will be having a near orgasmic experience. As for me, the last third of the bowl was so overwhelmingly perique, I couldn't taste anything else in the blend.

Recommended for those with a bad head cold and need to clear their nasal passages.

9 people found this review helpful.

SmokeDawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeDawg (82)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

If you haven't tried Irish Oak and curious about the blend try to imagine Va's touch of sweetness, a warm woods base, with a steady ride of pepper you will get a good idea of this blend. Occasionally the smoker gets a bouquet of wood smell a flavor that comes from the Sherry Oak barrels. However, I have yet to taste any of the Sherry that some have stated.

It does contain a stronger amount of nicotine than Sherlock Holmes or maybe Hyde Park. Its a ribbon cut and will burn too hot too quick if not careful. I do recommend this tobacco as it's really unique and a great VaPer blend.

Review update 5/12/14 After going through many blends of VA/Perique I keep coming back to Irish Oak as I realized how truly amazing this blend is. My appreciation grew and grew throughout time. The tobacco is the highest quality, perfectly blended and the cut is perfect. It has become a staple I plan to smoke as long as they make it. Im adding another star as well. Got to go...Time to get my Irish Oak on. Smoke it up!

Purchased From: JR Cigars.

8 people found this review helpful.

o3Ho3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
o3Ho3 (28)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

In a Churchwarden pipe and with a good brandy in other hand this Irish Oak is very-very relaxing smoke... and if you are in the mountains close to some forest is a big plus to that relaxing feeling. But, strange but... in a city environment and with the rush style of city life is almost incompatible IMHO. Anyway, try this one, you deserve it! PS. Is not necessary to be technical about this blend... not at all....

Pipe Used: always Peterson

Age When Smoked: 1-2 years

Purchased From: corner street tobacconist

7 people found this review helpful. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (121)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

Summary: a Virginia/Perique mixture bolstered by Burley and sweetened by Cavendish for a soothing but powerful smoke.

The Va/Per genre works best when Burley is included to provide a low note to the middles and highs of Perique and Virginia. "Irish Oak" tucks in some Cavendish to sweeten the mix, resulting in a pleasantly fragrant smoke that mostly emphasizes the cut hay and roasted nuts flavors of the Virginias and Burleys interacting, with the Perique and Cavendish combining into a flavor more like citrus and honey. Together these work to provide a solid all-day smoke. At first, the Perique is most noticeable, then the Virginia, and finally the Burley with the Cavendish giving it a caramel overtone. Among the Va/Pers, "Irish Oak" is one of the most flavorful and nuanced, perfect for long slow smokes down by the waterfront.

Similar Blends: Motzek - (Curly) Strang Cut, Savinelli - Doblone d'Oro.

6 people found this review helpful.

SpeedyPete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SpeedyPete (29)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I've been smoking Irish Oak for more than two years. I must admit that the first couple of bowls left me unimpressed. I was thinking of just finishing the tin and that's it. But then this tobacco got hold of me completely. The virginias up front is what I love about it. Sweet tasting quality tobacco. The perique is subdued and will only let you know it's there in between puffs. The moisture level out of the tin is perfect for me, packing is easy once I got used to the fine cut. Lighting is easy as well, and it's stays lit once it's going. This is a lovely pipe tobacco all round, you will know that you are smoking quality. Due to a shortage locally, I've been without IO for months until last Saturday when I purchased 10 tins. I've been digging deep into the first open tin, just can't get enough. This is a unique product and once you have grown the taste for it, you will never want to be without it. Highly recommended

Pipe Used: Sasieni Old England

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Curiosity Hut

Similar Blends: Unique, nothing to compare it with.

6 people found this review helpful.

CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (136)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Starts off non-descript and muddled. VA delivery builds, with a touch of Cavendish, and nice spice (Bergamot?) on the retrohale. Floral and slight wine background weaves in and out. Mid bowl the burley comes into play, melding with the VA. This holds, along with the background notes, until the final third. Lit well, easy to manage. Last third is somewhat harsh - Vit N predominates. 2+ stars.

Pipe Used: Bjarne, Karl Erik

Age When Smoked: not dated; at least 6 months

Purchased From: Corona Smoke Shop, Jackson, MI

6 people found this review helpful.

A Northern Breed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A Northern Breed (16)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

UPDATE OF PREVIOUS REVIEW: Smoking this out of my very favorite pipe, a beautiful vertical grain Neerup half bent that is closet in shape to a Dublin. Totally different experience here than when I wrote the review, which was smoked from a Søren freehand that I have acquired fairly recently (but which is pretty well broken in, so no big factor there). I am now slightly tasting the cavendish, which I previously could not detect. Also, the oak aging characteristics are much more apparent with this smoke. Much fuller, rounder taste this time, and I really really like this tobacco. It's very subtle, so I would understand if the big full English smokers don't really love it (and I'm a big full English smoker myself, I just happen to also enjoy subtle things of this sort). This is truly a great smoke, and also, the nicotine is more apparent this time.

If there is one thing besides the briar that I did differently this time, it's that I didn't dry it at all this time, just smoked it straight from the tin. Well, that made a HUGE difference. I have always maintained that over-drying a tobacco even a small bit will turn the taste from glory to hay very fast, and this is the case here (although this would not quite make the "glory" category in which Nightcap resides, heheh). On account of being so overwhelmingly surprised at the character of this smoke, which I missed the first time around, I am bumping this to four stars, which I generally don't give up too easily. Call me crazy, but I'm a huge fan of this weed right now. Very, very pleasant surprise here. DO NOT DRY IT. SMOKE IT STRAIGHT FROM THE TIN. The results will not match this review whatsoever if you dry it out prior to smoking. You might get a tad bit moisture, but that's a fair enough sacrifice to make for a great smoke, if I say so myself.

Ah, yes, and one other thing: upon completion of the bowl (which lasted a pretty long time for the relatively small quantity of tobacco I used), the nicotine in this is about as close to perfect as anything I've smoked. Beautiful, slight lightheaded, mellow, relaxed feeling. It's 35 below zero (fahrenheit) here, and the feeling that comes from this tobacco matches the weather nicely. I am very relaxed in my warm little house at this point, whilst a blizzard rages out the window. All is right with the world, folks. Who would have thought something called Irish Oak would be such a great smoke for winter time in Alaska, eh? ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

ORIGINAL REVIEW: I know this blend is not a proper VaPer, but I might just put it in that category if I had to categorize it. I cannot detect the cavendish that is specified at all, and although the burley is there, it is faint. Really what shines through here is medium-bright Virginias and my friend Perique. And before the Perique snobs arrive, I am well aware that this is not "the real Perique", but whatever the Perique that they use these days is, I like it very much, and I tend to buy blends that contain it. I do detect the oak aging characteristic, but it is certainly not up-front. Pretty straightforward stuff, contrary to what the tin notes would have you believe.

I like the presentation, as with all Peterson products. The tin is tasteful, and the stringy ribbon cut is possibly my favorite of all cuts. Partially that is because it packs well, and partially because it has no possibility of being sucked through the stem and into the mouth. With some cuts, even my jaw-hangers will pull a bit of tobacco through sometimes, but not so with this one. The tin aroma, unfortunately, is much bigger and bolder than the smoke of the weed itself, but that's certainly not to say the tobacco isn't good tasting. It just doesn't taste quite as good as it smells.

As far as the smoking and taste of this stuff goes, it's quality. It takes a light nicely, and it burns to a particularly fine, white ash. The taste is mostly of Virginias and a nice aftertaste of Perique. It's not some complex monster of a smoke, and I would say it's not as round as they promote it to be, but it's still a good weed that I could see myself smoking all day if I were craving Virginia. If I had to sum up the taste, it is of tobacco, plain and simple. I like it, and I give it three stars.

6 people found this review helpful.

Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Mild Tolerable

High quality tobacco, but not one of my favorites. I usually enjoy the first third of the bowls, but after that the Burley starts to dominate the mixture and, combined with Perique, it becomes too sour to my palate.

It's high on nicotine and low on taste. It lacks the mild sweetness and nuttiness one usually finds in good Burley mixtures and the complexity of good VaPers.

6 people found this review helpful.

BingCrosby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BingCrosby (72)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I don't know if it's an old tin or a new tin... but mine states- 'a blend of Virginia leaves from Malawi and Brazil is mixed with brown Cavendish tobacco '... no mention of perique. . My perspective - this is an odd but pleasant smoke... it starts like a va/per... Lovely sweet sour fermented thing... but... unlike anything I've ever smoked, about a third of the way in... things change... suddenly it's 'oak' driven... less Virginia... burly takes over... it's still sweet but woody... it's already tasting like the bottom of the bowl and I'm about half way through... and that's how it continues... it's lovely... but how do i review it... what is it? It's certainly not a va/per when all said and done.. it's not a burley... not a Virginia... not an English... it's a mixture... and it's a good one... but it's a specific thing.. I kinda like it.. u may not.. certainly interesting

4 people found this review helpful.

Cultured Explorer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cultured Explorer (8)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

This is one of the first blends I tried, and so may be a bit biased. Regardless, it's still one of my favorites. It took a little over a year of developing a discerning palate before I could taste the oakiness, but there is no mistaking it now. This is one of those that I can smoke before work, and occasionally taste or smell throughout the day. I first smoked it outside on an early Spring day from a MM Country Gentleman, and it remains a blend that I enjoy best when smoked outside on a cool day from one of my cobs.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman

4 people found this review helpful.

CriolloCorojo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CriolloCorojo (18)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I personally really enjoy the blend. I usually smoke a lot of stronger flakes and latakia-heavy English blends. Irish Oak is a great alternative. The Virginias and Cavendish are prominent up front, but the Perique sneaks its way through as the bowl progresses. The first few bowls were not quite as good as they were after I let it sit for a few weeks after opening the first tin. Now, I recommend letting it sit for 4-6 weeks depending on your available humidity.

This blend is great smoked by itself in a bowl dedicated to tobaccos with a similar profile. However, I must say that it gets really interesting when blended with a little latakia. I used some McClelland latakia (tastes same as stuff in Frog Morton) to make some blends. I personally like it with 2/3 Irish Oak and 1/3 latakia, but I sometimes take it 3/4 Irish Oak and 1/4 Latakia. If you blend it and leave it in a jar for a few weeks before smoking, I would recommend only the 1/4 latakia blend. My overall rating, room note, strength and flavor ratings are just for the blend by itself. I would give it 3.5 stars if that was an option.

4 people found this review helpful.

oldcodger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldcodger (71)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Peterson Irish Oak is a peculiar tobacco with a coterie of fans as well as a considerable number of smokers who are less enthusiastic. The constituent tobaccos (Virginia, burley, cavendish, and perique) meld together through aging in oaken sherry barrels. The touch of sherry makes this a semi-aromatic.

Open the tin and you find brown and gold ribbons of varied length and thickness. The variance in size means that you must pack it carefully in order to get an easy light and a smoke not requiring frequent relights. A well tamped pipefull smokes nicely. The smell of the tobacco in the tin is unremarkable--a slightly woody tobacco odor with a whiff of figginess from the perique. You do not note the sherry when sniffing the tin.

I prefer to let Irish Oak dry ten or fifteen minutes before smoking, but it is quite possible to smoke it just as you find it. As noted before, when you have a firmly packed pipe there is no problem in getting the smoke going.

The taste comes across quite fully. The Virginias provide a base, the burleys add a bit of nuttiness, and the perique is noticeable but not strong. (I would guess that perique is at most 5% of the blend.) The cavendish seems to be sweetened, for the degree of sweetness in the smoke is greater that what Virginia alone would provide. While smoking, the sherry taste comes through as barely noticeable. It burns down to a white ash, with no goop in the pipe.

The room note has no particular merit, but it would not elicit derogatory comments from any but the anti-tobacco nazis, I have no problem with tongue bite while smoking Irish Oak. The nicotine hit is a bit above medium.

When smoking this mixture, I have no problems with it. Yet it fails to ring my bell, and I have thus rewarded only two stars. However, smokers especially fond of Virginia/perique blends would do well to try this tobacco. The fervent fans of Irish Oak almost surely come from this group.

I use pipes dedicated to Virginias, or Virginia/perique to smoke this one. The wisp of sherry flavor is not enough to ghost a pipe.

3 people found this review helpful.

Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (139)
Mild Mild Mild Unnoticeable

I tried a tin of this a while back but for some reason never got round to reviewing it on here. Having picked up a tin on my last visit to my local b&m, that is an error I can now correct.

The tin note is a very mild one, perhaps one of fruit, grapes maybe, or of some kind of delicate red wine or sherry. The tobacco itself is a finely cut ribbon with a mixture of medium brown and gold colours. It packs and lights very easily. My first few smokes in a briar were unimpressive, it was quite rough and had a tendency to bite, even when I took it slowly. For some reason that remains shrouded in a haze of pipe smoke, I began smoking it in a cob about a third of the way into the tin and it began to pick it up. A light aromatic flavour came through, fruity or sherry-like much like the tin aroma with little hints of hay and something earthy. The tonguebite didn't disappear but it did drop off significantly, becoming something more like nibble than bite. As the smoke progresses, it does seem to give a hint of alcohol on the tongue, almost as if I had been sipping a glass of the good stuff. The only other real issue I had with it is that it does tend to smoke rather quickly but, if taken easy, doesn't burn that hot. I would also note that the perique doesn't seem to rear it's pretty head at any time, a slight disappointment.

On the whole, this is rather a good tobacco. It has enough variety of interesting if mild flavours to satisfy and burns cool enough to make the bowl a good hand warmer in these winter months without scalding the skin. The tonguebite, the quick smoke and the failure of the perique to turn up to the party does rather sully an otherwise good smoke. One thing for certain is that this is an aromatic rather than a VaP, so if you fancy a dose of the latter, I would advise you to look elsewhere. Nonetheless, this is a decent tobacco that nicely earns three stars. Definitely worth getting another tin.

Pipe Used: Rogers Standard Algerian Briar and MM Cobbit Elf

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the tin

Purchased From: Cuban Cigar Club

3 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (203)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Tolerable

I really tried to like this blend but it seems entirely lacking in broader flavor balance.

What it does have is a load of very bright flavors. You have the upper-register spiciness of the perique, quality cigarette like flavors coming from the Burley and Virginia, a citrusy top note (which I find slightly reminiscent of Dunhill Flake), along with a subtle dry woody flavor that I do enjoy. It also performs really well, very little tamping or relighting was needed.

However, this blend is so devoid of sweetness and any amount of warmth, that the flavors never seem to establish any semblance of harmony or very much depth for that matter. Irish Oak does have a pretty good punch to it, and it does go nicely with a sweeter, malty dark beer. But by itself as a stand-alone smoke, it doesn’t captivate.

Pipe Used: Parker, MM Diplomat

Age When Smoked: 2 years

3 people found this review helpful.

dk-piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dk-piper (25)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Very smooth and harmonic blend! U can definitely taste the maturing in the oak sherry barrels. Nice woodsy nutty flavors and the perique harmonize very well. When you like Dunhills De luxe Navy Rolls or escudo, you'll probably like this one too.

Give it a try...

3 people found this review helpful.

flyrod6057 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flyrod6057 (18)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

11/18/2006: This is my smoke of choice. It's a wonderful pipe for the end of the day, and I usually enjoy it while enjoying the cool evening air. The flavor is rich and earthy, with hints of peat and oak, much like a fine scotch. It burns cool and the flavor evolves from sweet to a tad spicy as the bowl progresses. The first third produces a slight clove-like taste, then settles down to a smooth, peaty ride to the finish. It leaves a nice clean white ash at the end. I prefer to couple this with an India Pale Ale to cleanse the palate and bring out the flavor. A truly fine tip-top smoke; this is my staple weed. Four stars.

04/15/2007 I Enjoyed this weed tonight with my trusty Nording. Still fabulous!!! I just ordered a bunch more with the hopes of laying some aside to age a bit. Unfortunately, I doubt I have the self-discipline to leave it alone for too long. An amazing blend. Perfect for the end-of-the-day ritual. I wish I had another star to give it.

6/10/2009 Update: I fired up a bowl of the good ol' IO this evening after a long haiatus from the pipe. I haven't got much to add, other than after 2 years of aging, it remains amazing. The peaty oakiness is wonderful; the perique plays nicely throughout the bowl. Spice, leather, and the like make appearances during the bowl. Particularly wonderful when enjoyed in a larger bowl and smoked with patience. I have 3 more tins set aside, and am looking forward to the time when I dive into them. Still 4 stars.

3 people found this review helpful.

Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (302)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Before trying Irish Oak I must admit I was at odds with at least two of Peterson's blends. University Flake was a disappointment, and though I find Sherlock Holmes better, its strange and understated watery sweetness sloughs its body and structure. To put it in Irish terms: if Fox's blends are the essence of richness and flavour, Peterson's (Murray's?) are the epitome of indefinable blandness. Irish Oak, however, was a pleasant surprise. Though it is definitely a tobacco on the mild side, its straightforwardness provides a natural taste that gradually builds up to a medium strength, quite falvoursome smoke. The initial Virginian astringency is countered by the Cavendish and the Perique, and the whole blend is enhanced by a woody undertone, presumably from the sherry oak barrels it matures in.

Rather moist in the tin, this blend benefits from overnight airing. It comprises an unsweetened Cavendish, orange Virginias from Zimbabwe, a very discreet amount of South East Asia Burley (providing a bit of sour nuttiness) and enough black Perique to spice things up. Not difficult to pack or light, it starts off as a simple straight Virginia. Nothing out of the ordinary, the first third of the bowl in fact betrays a hidden strength and tanginess that begin to develop towards the mid bowl mark. As you puff along, the Burley and the Cavendish mix in an odd sour-bitter combination. Just when you think the stuff is going to bite, the Perique saves the day. Piquant and sharp, its appearance enlivens the blend and from then on becomes the dominating presence, upgrading it to the medium strength range. The tobacco has an excellent clean and long lasting burning rate. No dottle or gurgle, it burns to a fine grey ash with a very pleasant natural aroma and after taste.

This makes for an excellent introduction both to straight Virginias and to Virginia-Perique mixtures. Specially recommended for those wishing to move on from aromatic drug store blends into the world of natural tobaccos, or for those looking for a suave first encounter with Perique.

3 people found this review helpful.

Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (165)
Medium None Detected Medium Strong

Relax. I am on my second tin of this, thanks to Tim of paylesspipes, in N.O., La. I smoke it in a Peterson St. Patrick's Day pipe (medium bulldog). It took my mind off the pending storm (Hurrican Lilly, Oct. 2002), and between it and God, my sanity and life were spared.

This is a natural, string cut blend, consisting mainly of some virginias and a little burley, with a touch of perique. It smokes quite cool and steady. Not wet or hot at all. Packs easy.

Due to the lengthy aging in barrels, the tobacco flavors have married fully, with only a background note of the perique to give it some added body. I don't think the perique, in this case, makes it strong. I still call it a medium.

Although matured in sherry barrels, I detected no spirit essence in the taste. But it was on the mellow side, nonetheless. (Its stronger cousin, Irish Whiskey, has a bit more of a spirit essence and body to it, if you like that combo.)

I cannot compare Irish Oak's flavor exactly to any other tobacco I have tried. (The added burley/cavendish and aging method make it different or brighter tasting than, say, CAO's Midnight Ride.) It is natural, straight, not weak or full, yet unique and tasty. Sort of old fashioned even, but with class.

In the tin is smells rich & nutty like virginia and turkish, but there are no orientals in it. Its burning aroma is immediately noticable and distinctive I am told.

I am sure a burley man or straight virginia smoker will be pleased by this. I have been. Good for a nice walk with your dog.

3 people found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (265)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Opening the tin I'm teased by a fine ribbon cut of colors varying from golden-bright to red-brown and black-ish. Appetizing! So is the tin note, with its citrusy, slightly alcohol-ish scent. You can easily make out the Va/Per part in the mix, as its fermented fruit, pepper and honey notes linger in the tin note. Its scent reminds me quite a bit of Rattray's Old Gowrie or Mc Connells Scottish Cake!

The only additive is a mild flavoring! ~2,4g of flavoring come on 100g of tobacco according to the additive list: That's it, no sugar, no PG or anything else added - great!

In the tin Irish Oak makes you think it's a slightly topped Va/Per, but in the pipe there's much more. From the first puff on there's a mild fruit and citrus aroma present. Quickly the tobacco takes over the lead over the mild topping. It's a Va/Per blend with a robust body and, toasty qualities and the very tasty, unobtrusive and light handedly added flavoring of Sherry and Citrus/Lemongrass. It has pleasant grassy and hay-ish qualitites, as well as a decent, nose-tickling, peppery spiciness and fermented fruits. The Va/Per component is excellent! Underneath a rich earthiness and smooth notes of nuts linger and give the Irish Oak its pleasant body. The Burley is easily noticeable after the first few puffs and to me it is a very imporatant part of this blend. The Cavendish gives some smooth, toasty and honey-ish sweetness, without making the blend too sweet. This is rather a spicy blend, but with these fruity, sherry-ish and honey-ish peaks to round it off and make it interesting.

A very delicious Va/Bur/per-PLUS**. With "Plus" I mean the mild, yet very well blended flavoring that's not chemical, nor artificially or overly alcohol-ish. As well as the smooth Cavendish added, that makes for a pleasant toasty quality and mild drops of honeydew.

Easily 3,5-stars from me, this is unique, genuine and tasty and may as well be a 4-star blend for the Va/Per Aficionado! Even though most Va/Pers are to "airy" and mild for my Burley-spoiled tastebuds, Irish Oak appeals to me as it has a rich body and spice.

Pipe Used: Clays, Cobs, Briars

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1644)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Peterson - Irish Oak.

Note: I reviewed this years ago after a few bowls from my first tin. After years of piping it on and off I decided it was another review I should re-post.

The ribbons are fairly slight in build, mostly medium brown with just a few dark and light spots, they can be a little 'squashed' into the tin, and the nose is one that has a mild sherry character.

The Perique is the most formidable ingredient. But, unlike some VaPers, it doesn't seem vinegary, or sour, the flavour from it's very peppery and spicy. The other leaves are miles behind, the Perique does a grand job of consuming things! The smoke doesn't have as much of a sherry flavour as the tin-note implies, until the final quarter. Up to this point any embellishment from the maturing process passes me by, but the closing part of the bowl has a surer sherry trait. The burn's good and I've never had a bite.

Nicotine: quite a lot. Room-note: not the best.

One word sums this up: peppery!

Irish Oak? Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Various

Purchased From: Various

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1979 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
1979 (62)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Occasionally when I was a kid in the early 1980s I would get invited to jump in the car with dad for a short trip up the highway to Pete's Union 76 service station.  Dad and Pete were old friends.  In a way, Pete had the dark complected look of a pirate, with his long ponytail, big moustache and aviator sunglasses instead of an eyepatch.  Looking back on it now they seemed quite the pair, dad the salesman and Pete the free spirit.  Now the place was a cinder block building from at least the 50s with two gas pumps out front, a garage on one end, and a reach in cooler full of sodas inside along with a glass counter full of various candies.  And lots of tires stacked everywhere, because tires were Pete's thing.

A trip to Pete's meant a bag of M&Ms for me.

And so dad and Pete would lean across the glass counter, have a smoke and shoot the breeze, while I ate my M&Ms and carefully studied the tread patterns on all the tires.

Irish Oak the tobacco blend remains something of an enigma to me, but I just totally called out the memory it conjures up.

Somewhat musty, somewhat sweet, with hints of chocolate that I assume are from the sherry barrel thing.  Sometimes a little spicy.  Sometimes with the nicotine kick.  A pleasant but wily, unpredictable sort.  Like the Eric Cartman of tobaccos, it does what it wants. As for me, I'll leave the enigma be and just enjoy.

2 people found this review helpful.

gladi8tor96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gladi8tor96 (133)
Strong Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

I wanted to like this blend. This was my 2nd tin of it as well. It just was too much like cigarette smoke. Every time I smoke it I get a massive headache or I get the spins. Something in it just doesn't agree with me.

With that being said. It's quality tobacco. Very natural and well made. Light and medium brown ribbons in the tin. Smells like grass, hay, woody, with a bit of dried fruit smell. Packs and lights excellent. Produces a lot of smoke, but the flavor is just too much like cigarettes IMHO. Wish I could have given it a better rating. I"ll be passing this tin on to another Brother of the Briar.

Pipe Used: Cob, Billard

Age When Smoked: 6 months aged

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Night.

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Swiss-smoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Swiss-smoker (62)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Very Full Tolerable

The tin nose is a delicious plum and fig aroma from Perique, a splash of sweetness, followed by a pleasant hay and bread aroma from the Virginias. Beautiful bright tobacco, quite evenly cut, with some darker ribbons of English Cavendish.

The Perique is always present, much more fruity (plum/fig) than peppery. After a while an obvious oak note gradually makes its way into the foreground, due to maturing in sherry barrels. The Virginias from Brazil and Africa with their typical flavours are the backbone of this blend, but are pushed back by the Perique and the oak note. One might either like or dislike this fact. I happen to enjoy it. English Cavendish is always nice to have, it adds some body to the mixture and donates a discreet layer of sweetness. I cannot pick up any Burley, I am afraid.

In short: mellow smoking, tongue-friendly, mild to medium in strength but very full in taste. I highly appreciate this blend and will add it to my rotation.

Age When Smoked: New, out of the tin.

2 people found this review helpful.

Bluesmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bluesmoke (75)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A very unique blend indeed. This tasted like nothing else I have experienced, there is an astringent type of effect on my tongue and mouth...the Sherry Casks? A puckering effect. I must say I enjoyed this somewhat though. Orange rind, pepper/spice, sour apple, quite interesting. I had some problems keeping this lit, even after drying. Smoke volume was moderate, but it has some body. I won't buy this again, but I also won't forget a truly one of a kind blend. TYLFD

2 people found this review helpful.

Kunsan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kunsan (76)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I'm a relatively new pipe smoker, so please bear that in mind. When I smoke my pipe I'm looking for a period of relaxation and contentment - a enjoyable experience. This pipe tobacco doesn't give me that. For newer smokers not aware of different pipe tobaccos, please be warned that this Irish Oak contains a lot of Perique tobacco which has a peppery, spicy flavor. Smoking Irish Oak is rather like trying to smoke a pepper pot - a fair amount of hot, spicy, fiery and peppery smoke mingled with other flavors. I don't particularly like it - to me, it's like going through a slow drawn out torture - so much spice that my tongue becomes hot (not tongue bite - spice bite) and there's an astringency that can be felt in inner cheeks.

I feel the name of this tobacco is misleading. It should be called Petersons Hot Spicy Peppery Tobacco - Irish Oaks doesn't describe it and nowhere on the tin is there any warning of its peppery flavor. I mean, why is it called Irish Oaks at all? Okay, apparently it's aged in oak casks or something, but the more important aspect is the peppery overtone to the taste.

I'm aware that there are many pipe smokers who love this peppery Perique tobacco, and for them this might be a 'go to' smoke. But for me it's only a one star rating for being overly spicy and peppery, which for my taste amounts to an unpleasant experience.

2 people found this review helpful.

Geronimo Von Klaus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Geronimo Von Klaus (76)
Very Strong None Detected Mild Unnoticeable

I really thought I would like this. I really did.

It presented beautifully, delightful tin note, perfect moisture, packed and lit easily........and then every drop of moisture that had been on my palate disappeared almost instantly. I'm serious, I almost couldn't speak.

The smoke is dry, harsh and severe, with little to no flavor worth speaking of. It was literally like smoking a bowl of tasteless hay, and what's worse the Nic hit is so harsh that you end of feeling on Weird Street from it almost instantly.

It had very few redeeming qualities. The aroma was bland, monotone and quite boring, the aftertaste was almost cheap and like cigarettes, and the affects on my palate were indescribably bad. I pitched it mid-bowl, and fired up another bowl to replace it.

Get a sample first!!

Pipe Used: Dunhill billiard

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Cigars International

2 people found this review helpful.

Jevverrett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jevverrett (83)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This being my first review, I decided to review my daily smoke. I keep a tin in the truck and a jar on my secretary. (Sometimes called a dry sink) aside from being a bit drier in the jar, not really different. I keep the #52 in the truck (lovat style) and use the #01 at home (standard bent style). The #606 (pot style) is silver banded and mostly for parties. The smell fresh from the tin is sweetish, like dates and figs. Sort of like those seven layer bars some women make. Also has a hay smell to it a bit. Not the shredded bagged variety. More like the barn straw that comes in bales with the wild flowers in it. Easy to pack and get lit, normal for peterson ribbon cut. The charring light is, to me, kind of earthy. Sort of like fresh tilled earth, and a little nutty. Slight taste of the perique as well. As I work my way through the bowl, it turns a bit darker and gets spicy. Sort of like dark roast coffee grounds and fresh cracked black pepper corns. Finishes well, gathering intensity towards the bottom. Tends to smoke better slowly if you have the time to do so. I recommend this to others, maybe not newer smokers. It could be a bit much for someone who's experience is limited to lighter tobacco blends. Wife rating in my house has been referred to as manly. So not pleasant, but not awful. So not to worry offending most non smokers.

Pipe Used: Peterson 01, peterson 52, peterson 606

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin, left in a jar

Purchased From: Most tobacconists carry it

Similar Blends: Nothing I've noticed..

2 people found this review helpful.

KRL Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KRL (8)
Mild None Detected Very Mild Very Pleasant

I fell in love with it. It was an adventure smoking it, has a mild taste it's like medicine for your soul. Started out with a hay-like Virginia taste, continued with a hint of Perique, burned with a single match most of the times, leaving white ashes. Reminded me of my childhood, of warm autumn evenings. I really enjoyed it after a hard day's work, my GF loves the spicy scent. One of my favorites so far.

Pipe Used: 9 pipes of various types

Age When Smoked: 29

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipe Newb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Newb (49)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Strong

The smell of Peterson Irish Oak immediately reminded me of a Dutch cigarette rolling tobacco, any of the popular Halfzeier Shag such as Drum and Joker... with some dried fruit (raisin, apricot). This corresponded with the room note that my wife described as "like a cigarette".

This blend smokes extremely well, and has a no frills, classic tobacco flavor with just enough extra richness (from the Perique, I presume) to help the smoker know it's a pipe tobacco, and you haven't crammed a crushed Lucky Strike into your pipe.

I really enjoy the way this smokes, and tastes. It does burn a little hot as the cut is finer than most and it seems to pack a little dry even fresh out of the tin... I found that I really have to smoke this blend just right to really appreciate it and not get a stem full of gurgle and a mouthful of wet tar. If I smoke it just right, it produces great wonderful creamy mouthfuls of thick blue smoke, which isn't the most important thing to me but pleasant nonetheless.

The nicotine was just about perfect. Not ideal for a smoke first thing in the morning or on an empty stomach, but just strong enough to need a beverage.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum, Briar SACHS Canadian

Age When Smoked: Unknown (purchased 2/2014)

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (492)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

I was a little let down by this one and maybe it is due to the high expectations I have whenever a crack a Peterson tin. Many reviewers compare this to Vapers and talk of the virginias in the blend. I found it more burley heavy and could barely taste the virginias. I think it could have used some more of that Va Hay type sweetness.

The tin presentation is as great as I would expect from Peterson. Round screw tin with the folding filter type of enclosure. The tin aroma was not good. If I had to compare to another blend I would have to pick Marlin Flake, but Marlin Flake is much better as the Vas really sing in that one. I think the cavendish in this must be unsweetened or at least lightly so, as this blend lacks sweetness against the nutty Burley and spicy Perique.

Overall, it is not bad and I certainly don't feel like I wasted any money, but if I am going to smoke a VaBurPer there are so many that are better than this one that it doesn't justify a repurchase.

2 people found this review helpful.

Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (115)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm slowly becoming a Perique freak and this blend is partially respsonsible. I have been smoking a stash of Dunhill E.M. and Irish Oak does bear a passing resemblance to that old Dunhill blend. Though Irish Oak has a bit more taste and a bit more Perique.

This has risen immediately to the top of my rotation. It is full but not too full. The background is indeed rich and the Perique, imho, is slightly over the top. I don't really mind as it doesn't bother me until the end of the bowl. Meanwhile there is a very satisfying, complex, and smooth biteless smoke until the peppery, difficult finish. One of my favorites, with a richness and elegance reminiscent of a Dunhill.

2 people found this review helpful.

Durwood Sauls Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Durwood Sauls (9)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I just picked up a tin of this at my local cigar shop. Great stuff! I was looking for another virginia blend with perique, something without latakia as I smoke so many other blends heavy with the stuff. I love Escudo and am finding myself discovering I like Virginia based blends without all the heavy condiments.

I don't necessarily agree with the reviews by a few others. I find this to be a nice woody Virginia Perique rounded out with the Cavendish and Burley. It isn't sweet at least not in the typical Virginia way, I taste the oak quality from the aging in barrels, or at least that's what I think I taste, not so much a sherry quality though.

Tin note: I found similar yet strikingly different to Escudo, grassy, hay-like, with a distinct fermented dried fruit sort of smell.

Taste: I love it! I taste the woody Virginias, the slightly peppery, but to me fruity, Perique, the Cavendish and Burley lend some body and depth but I don't taste as much Burley as I would think, and I know and love a good Burley. Perhaps it's the Cavendish that has picked up a tinge of the sherry, less of a wine flavor than an oaked dark fruit sharpness. The retrohale exhibits the same tastes as Escudo with variations, to me it's a smooth, creamy, toasty, slightly caramel with raisins or figs taste. I don't get the comparisons to cigarettes, perhaps that was a trait of the original blend, I don't know this is the first I've tried it. But to me it lacks the acrid taste of cigarettes, at least American ones typically blended with Turkish. Maybe, just maybe I could see the comparison to an all Virginia cigarette, but even then I find Irish Oak to be far tastier and less one dimensional.

Smoking: Lights easy, packs easy, I smoke it in my other Virginia pipes with no trouble, no ghosting, my tin might be a bit aged, so it's the perfect moisture level right out of the tin, no tongue bite. Doesn't smoke hot at all, no matter how I might get puffing, which surprised me considering the components of the blend. I can get carried away puffing for more of that great taste on many virginia or burley blends and will find the bowl heating up quickly, not so with this one.

All around I find it to be a superb smoke! If you like VaPers give this one a try, I have and it's a nice change of pace. If you like aromatics this probably isn't for you.

2 people found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
Very Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I did not know what to expect from this blend because of the mixed reviews here but nought love it that i though it was time to try it. So with a 50 gram tin in hand I loaded my large pot and settled in to a pick me up smoke with a cup of dark roast coffee very strong. It looks like quite a mix and is of a number of tobaccos. It was mostly ribbon cut and smelled sweet and pungent in the tin. It loaded nice and seemed to be just the right moisture level. I lit and right off noticed was that it is very mild with no tongue bite at all. Has a sweet fresh VA taste but the Perique makes it's presense known throughout. Has a slightly tart sweet flavor and aroma. I have found in this a nice VAPER that just tasted darn good and I am a burly smoker normally. This one could become one that I always eep some aroound. No tongue bite whatsoever and burned all the way down. Highly reommend it.

2 people found this review helpful.

Dubinthedam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dubinthedam (133)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Edit...... I up it to 4 stars. There are simply too few blends like this around.

A good tobacco, but a bit too like cigarettes for me. People often recommend this if your switching from cigs, that I don't get, because the nice thing about a pipe is you can get so much more sweetness and flavors than cigs. I finished the rest of my tin in roll-up cigarettes after letting it dry out a lot. And that experience was one of the best cigs/rollie's I have ever smoked. Buy a tin to mix with your shag (hand-roll) tobacco!

2 people found this review helpful.

Lazarus77 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lazarus77 (87)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Blend for Burley lovers, Virginia in support role, Perique hardly noticeable. Easy to pack, lit, few relights, no chance of tongue bite. Not an all day smoke but repeatable during the day. Worth to try once. Recommended.

Pipe Used: Vauen

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Local store

1 person found this review helpful.

RoundTwo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RoundTwo (38)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

The other reviews of this tobacco are accurate and this tobacco should be applauded. I tried and tried with this one but for me, I cannot enjoy burley out of a pipe no matter how hard I try much to the chagrin of those I smoke with and buy from. I think that this would be a perfect candidate for the world's fanciest cigarette and I was about to buy cigarette tubes to put it in and give to cigarette smokers. However, I was able to trade it but if I was Santa Claus well then Christmas would have come early for the few cigarette smokers I know.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Iwan Ries

1 person found this review helpful.

Adam Perski Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Adam Perski (6)
Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This Tobacco is Perfect. I have very sensitive nose and some issues with tongue bite but this blend works for me perfectly One of few blends which is smoke till end of bowl. At the beginning it has kind of woody and nutty smell and after smoking 1/3 of bowl Perique starts to get bolder and have a pleasant effect because it is mild. Burley has very high quality and it gives the smoke a very mild but pleasant cigaretty note. Some people say it is similar to Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture and it is kind of true but for me Irish Oak tastes even better Elizabethan Mixture of course it is my opinion and experience which could be different than others.

Pipe Used: Stanwell De Luxe246 , Peterson System 317

Age When Smoked: 1

Purchased From: Poland

Similar Blends: Sutliff Tobacco Company - Match Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture.

1 person found this review helpful.

MarkTheLad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MarkTheLad (29)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Irish Oak is very good, but if you let it age for about a year, it is great. The Perique is more peppery and a little spicy, but also a little sweet. The Virginia's impart a little sweetness with some hay or grass notes. I found Irish Oak to be a little harsh though, if pushed or smoked too fast. It burns fairly well and the nic level sits somewhere around medium. Some age mellows this tobacco out and sweetens that perique nicely. This is a really good cellar blend.

Pipe Used: Big Ben - Bent Apple

Age When Smoked: 1 month

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

ElMog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ElMog (30)
Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Well well, Irish Oak... is quite hard to put your finger on... so let's add to the slew of (already) contradicting reviews ! First, in no way does the tin mention perique, so someone buying from tin description alone might be in for a big surprise. Second, opening the tin, one sees a nice ribbon cut, mostly golden browns, with darker brown streaks, which i guess are the cavendish, but no black strands are to be seen, which would indicate perique. On the nose, the tin smells of natural tobacco, somewhere between the hay-like notes of Va, and the date notes of the Burley. Not much candied fig here, which would be the perique... Slightly moist from the tin, but perfectly smokeable. On first light, one gets spices, and also a background sweetness, which feels more like a topping than a natural tobacco sweetness. Once lit, there is that Va aroma for a short while, then the blend quickly takes a dramatic turn to hot, peperry notes. The perique becomes very obvious, especially in the retrohale, it is not fruity or figgy, it is VERY peperry and spicy, so much that it made me wonder if i was feeling bite. By adjusting smoking cadence, one can mellow the spice a bit and discern the more subtle tastes, but a slight wind outside is enough to wake this baccy and it becomes fiery. The finale brings back the odd sweetness mentioned at first. Not much progression throughout the bowl, rather a progression throughout each puff. The oaky notes, i cannot taste. But a sherry topping wouldnt surprise me. I like this blend, it is tasty, robust, complex. But the perique overpowers the rest of the composition, without adding much actual taste, the spiciness simply crushes all other subtleties there, which come wafting in and out, which isnt bad at all, but a relaxing smoke it is not. Packs well, burns well, recommended for perique fans who want something a little different.

2017-07-05 UPDATE: after some time in the tin, the blend has mellowed quite a bit. It now feels like some distant cousin of Elizabethan Mixture, with a robust Va base and some spice from the perique, but it still feels darker and more ''square'' than elizabethan. I like it better than fresh from the tin.

Pipe Used: MM Cob, Bent sansdblasted Lorenzetti

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin

Purchased From: Tabagie Giguère

Similar Blends: Brigham 110th ?.

1 person found this review helpful.

Greekpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Greekpipesmoker (153)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Irish oak is a very interesting blend.covered all my expectations and far more!once you crack the tin a fresh smell comes out.citruses,grass,hey,spices and a very mild sherry note.the moisture level is a bit high but no drying time is needed.every time i dried it out the flavours went flat.packs and lights easy.some relights are needed though.while burning the flavours are very pleasing including everything you need from a Va/Per blend.the virginias are the main player offering you grass,hay.citruses and earth.then spices ,bread,and sweet notes are added from the perique and cavendish.simply a perfect combination!burns a bit fast without burning the tongue bite,burns to total ash with a little moisture at the end of the note is pleasant.can be easilly smoked all day offering you pleasure!definitelly recommended!

Age When Smoked: When opened

1 person found this review helpful.

gahdzila Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gahdzila (60)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Cavendish, burley and perique aged in oak sherry barrels? Sounds different, unique and interesting!

In the tin, it's mixed colors, mostly light-medium brown with some darker and lighter flecks, fairly uniform ribbon cut. I detect a somewhat sweet fruity scent...maybe white grapes? My 9 year old son (resident expert tin note conniseur) says it smells "stinky, but with some berries in it" so the fruityness isn't just my imagination. My tin was packed tight and hard, almost a cake! The moisture level was ok for smoking right out of the tin, but it wouldn't hurt to leave it out to dry for a little while either.

It's an interesting smoke. I get that sweet slightly tart fruit flavor that I picked up in the tin note, but it's subtle. Perique is there....soft in the mouth, but obvious in the nose on retrohale...on par with or perhaps a slightly bigger dose than Escudo. Not super sweet, but I believe the cavendish is adding a bit more sweetness than the typical VaPer...or maybe it's the leftover sherry? It might be my imagination, but I think I detect a little oaky wood in the smoke as well.

Nicotine level is a solid medium, maybe medium-strong. I'm finishing a fairly large bowl now after a big meal, and am feeling a little fuzzy and relaxed. Enough to hold my interest most of the time, not enough to ever be overwhelming to me. Remember, though, that I'm a nicotine junky and I like the strong stuff, so YMMV.

originally reviewed 7/18/2012

Though I haven't had any in quite some time, I've smoked a ton of this stuff. I don't crave it very often, but as soon as I pop a tin, I seem to smoke it almost nonstop until it's gone. Highly recommended.

Age When Smoked: fresh

1 person found this review helpful.

Ash K Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ash K (12)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a unique tasting blend, since its not just virginias and perique, but burley and cavendish as well. That being said, one can get puzzled with this blend, as it makes you wonder, "what are you?".

Flavours are good, when you take it really slow you can taste the attributes of each type of tobaccos. I do find that it bites easily if you smoke it just slightly faster, not in the usual tongue bite sense, but rather the whole bundle of flavours just knocks your taste buds off their seats.

Not my daily smoke, but every once in a week or two, I do find myself wanting to smoke a bowl of it.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: 0 years

1 person found this review helpful.

ven Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ven (16)
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable to Strong

I tried this fresh in a beater pipe when I first received it and swore the pipe had caught fire. No damage to pipe, and figured that I just didn't like it. Several months later, I tried it again in my lovely Peterson, and again was met with the sense that something other than the tobacco was burning. It is too peppery in flavor, and not in a good way like Presbyterian. For me, it is a non distinct flavor which is nonetheless distinct in the fact that it tastes outright gross. I got it the hell out of my nice pipe and stuffed a nice flake of Mac Baren HH Latakia Flake in instead and, whew!, enjoyed that to no end. For me, it's a gross tobacco. I'm out ten bucks, and this was especially lame because the description sounded delicious. But it is bland and peppery, presenting an absolutely weird taste for something so non-descript. It's gross and freakish; Irish Oak is like a braggart with no real talent to back it up. Yuck.

Pipe Used: Peterson 80s; beater pipe

Age When Smoked: Fresh; 10 months later

Purchased From: 4noggins

1 person found this review helpful.

Snappo's Pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Snappo's Pipe (18)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Classic... impressive... long on flavor and decidedly Irish. Burns evenly and dry, no fuss no muss. Billowy smooth smoke. An easy go-to blend that never disappoints.

Pipe Used: Baraccini Crown Meer lined w/P-lip stem

Age When Smoked: 1+ year

Purchased From: P&C

Similar Blends: Somewhat like Orlik racing Green, another classic..

1 person found this review helpful.

Calamiti Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Calamiti (66)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

It's what I can faithfuly call a "complex blend". The taste is constantly changing when progressing through the bowl. First you get a typical Virginia sourish sweetness enhanced by Cavendish, then you feel Burley nuttiness in the mid of the bowl and finally Perique steps forward, in a pleasant and not overbearing way. No oak or sherry flavours are detectable (which is good, as Peterson's versions of aromatics are mediocre at best).

It tends to dry fast in the tin and smoke hot if over-puffed, so the blend is sort of demanding to your smoking pace. Years ago Irish Oak was my first introduction to Perique and since then has been a staple in my cellar.

Pipe Used: Parker Zulu

Age When Smoked: 4

1 person found this review helpful.

SmokeyM Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeyM (11)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The Irish know how to make great pipes and pipe tobacco...

This tobacco is very nice. The VA, cavendish, burley and perique come out great, but are also complemented very nicely with the oak taste from the barrels it was stored in. Not too woodsy, mind you, but a very nice addition to a great combination. It stands out for me due to this combo.

The smell on opening the tin is nice, but the smoke is so much better. I do have to admit, it had to grow on me a bit. Maybe after smoking some latakia based tobaccos I had to com eback to the VA based, but this one does it for me.

Smoked in a Peterson Rocky Donegal, this gives a great smoke, which leaves a great aftertaste as well. Drink a nice dram of Highland single Malt, and you're on a roll...

Enjoy it, don't over analyse it

Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: quite new

Purchased From: Oude Leeuw

1 person found this review helpful.

James80 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
James80 (2)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

One of the first tobaccos I tried a few years ago and I have been hooked ever since. The tin upon opening is fresh grassy notes with a mild Cavendish sweetness along with a very slight tangy note.

The cut is fine ribbon and packs easily and lights straight out of the tin. The initial charring light gives you that ahhhhh relaxed feeling. The Cavendish and Virginias are the main players up top; however, as the bowl develops the Burley nuttiness can be detected along with a slight spicy perique flavour. The perique is by no means a main player here, it sits in the background and makes itself known in a fairly unobtrusive way every so often.

The last third the taste develops and becomes richer as the Virginia and Burley battle for your attention.

My go to blend. If you like this you may also wish to try Weybridge and Irish Spring Flake.

Pipe Used: PetersonSherlock Holmes Hudson

Age When Smoked: Various

Purchased From: Smoke King

Similar Blends: Weybridge, Irish Spring Flake.

1 person found this review helpful.

pipey duck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipey duck (23)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

The first time since I have smoked the Murrays version, I tried it again. Even the Murrays had more kontrast in colour, the current version looks amd smell enticing. Mostly light, with some dark brown to almost black and an unadulted tobacco smell out of the tin. After lighting a slightly sweet and tangy virginia in the frontseat.While after the first third the peppery perique takes more and more attention.A flavoring is not detectable for me. It burns cool with no bite and the nic is almost perfect to me. 3 stars

Pipe Used: gigi studio x1 110

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Gerd jansens Pfeifendepot

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crazy owl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
crazy owl (72)
Medium to Strong Strong Overwhelming Strong

It isn´t understandable to call this grizly stuff like VaPe.It is a kind of grinding bad components to come out like a worst result.A ordeal to the mouth,not only the tortured tongue,a pipe murdering in first degree.I have suffered this venom through many years because it arrives to me as a gift,no doubt from the harshest enemies of my pipes.

Pipe Used: peterson system

Purchased From: gift

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beercritic Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beercritic (33)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

Oh my, this is nice! Pepper, grassy and a note of sherry in the tin. Burns great, nary a relight. Sweet & peppery with a most seductive topping. My morning VaPer is usually Bullseye Flake, but I'll be getting more if this, especially dunce they've begun packaging one pound bags. Some age should work wonders on this. Great job.

Pipe Used: churchwarden

Age When Smoked: 4 months

Purchased From: P&C

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Dottie Warden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dottie Warden (22)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Peterson is known for quality tobacco and this blend definitely does the brand justice. Vinegar and pepper greet the nasal passages upon opening the tin. It is a very user-friendly product as it packs, lights and stays lit easily. As I smoked through several bowls, I detected none of the flavor from the sherry casks; I did, however, taste cigarette. Frankly, I find the taste nauseating, but keep in mind I have never been a cigarette smoker. The nicotine is also a bit high for my liking, but to some it may be just right. I also find, as the bowl progresses, it begins to give me a slightly scratchy sensation in the back of my throat. Despite my experience over several bowls, I will purchase this product again, but I'll probaly cellar it for a year or two before opening. We must keep in mind our tastes change and aging may mellow the scratchiness it tends to produce in my throat. On the bright side, it smokes absolutely smooth and I would recommend this product to anyone transitioning from cigarettes to pipes or someone who enjoys both.

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twaksak Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
twaksak (54)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

In the bag, I smelled a clear earthy nuttiness accompanied by a spicy/ peppery note, probably from the Perique. Also some notes of Scottish peat and oakynes. The peppery comes stronger through in the aroma while smoking. Slight sweety notes at the end of the bowl .

Not too bad, but too much Perique to my liking.

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Sinister Topiary Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sinister Topiary (84)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Strong

I almost liked this one. I see what others appreciate in it, but it's not a bell ringer for me: it's too high-key for one thing, I like more bass in my 'baccy. IO is like a temperamental VaPer with just a bit too much burley and cavendish and then some kind of subtle warm citrusy topping (maybe the sherry?), all obscuring a delightful sweetness -- trying to assert itself -- with a slight nutty astringency. It does have some lovely nuance if you slow down (a good idea, 'cause this can bite), but it's too subtle and blurred, like a soup that's been seasoned with too many spices, yet none strong enough to focus on so that it ended up striking me as somewhat bland despite all that's going on. (Maybe IO is a stillborn aromatic?)

An unusual quality blend that undoubtedly appeals to certain tastes, but it's a miss for me.

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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I love the mild Sherry flavor in this blend. It adds to the complexity of the other components which would be very tasty on their own. Very nice Virginias that stand out in this smoke. Nice body and a very relaxing blend. Highly recommended.

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TheWoodwose Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TheWoodwose (18)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I can't give a review on consistency because I gave my tin of this to a friend for Christmas so I only smoked one bowl of this when I helped him "christen" it.

I must say though, it was perhaps one of the best smokes I ever had. I think it was the perique in this blend that did it for me. Not too strong but it added a pungency to it that made for a very interesting smoke.

I have since bought a tin of Haddo's Delight by G.L. Pease and while enjoyable, it seems to have too much perique for my taste.

If you want to try a blend with a bit of perique, I would highly recommend Irish Oak.

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machinebcon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
machinebcon (50)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Reminds me very much of Dunhill's Royal Yacht which is a similarly nicotine-driven tobacco. The Perique in here doesn't play a big role; I suppose there is really just a pinch added. Not a bad tobacco at all, quite untouched, original flavour. Hard to say who will like it - maybe those who like Peterson's Irish Whiskey (depth) and Sherlock Holmes (purity), or aforementioned Royal Yacht (punch)

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tleek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tleek (48)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I think this is a very unique blend. I'm curently smoking only my second bowl, but it is great. Imagine a backbone of a vaper, then a little nuttiness from the burley. The virginia sweetness is always there, but not dominating. The perique lingers in the background, but is always noticeable. Then the odd oaky taste, which really is good.

The blend in the tin smells like sour fruits, not in an aromatic candy sort of way, but like real natural fruits.

honestly, the blend taste like vaper if you add the taste of the way a walk through damp, spring time woods smells. odd description, but great blend

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RupturedDuck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RupturedDuck (6)
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

I have oft heard that Peterson should have stuck to pipe making, and thus have steered away from their tobaccos. Over the years, I have enjoyed Peterson's pipes so much, that I felt they have earned a fair shake at my tobacco dollar. Irish Oak is my first attempt, and although it did not make my top 10 list, I did find it thorougly enjoyable.

Irish Oak does burn nicely without gurgle, when smoked correctly. The room note left behind is light and not unpleasant (sorry...I don't have the instruments to properly conduct a "wife test"). It is of light to medium flavor...leaning towards sun dried lawn clippings rather than forest floor. The perique is apparent, although not overpowering. If you have swore off perique because you jumped into too strong a tobacco as a kid (my first experience with perique was smoking it straight in college one evening...I earned a healthy respect for it that night!) but you've always wondered what the mystique about it is, this might be your tobacco. Irish Oak does pack some nicatine though. My first few bowls caused raucous hiccups.

In conclusion, nice tobacco. It will not be a daily smoker, but it is nice to have a tin laying around to switch things up here and there.

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bence Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bence (34)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Perfectly sorted tobaccos, great ratio, my general wine tasting baccy, with its genial woody-oaky taste i recommend it highly.

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who broke my clay pipe? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
who broke my clay pipe? (61)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I have made a few different notes on this regular purchase on separate occasions and times apart,,i cant be bothered to edit them together and i copy them here as i wrote them;they more or less say the same thing ,and together give the total picture;it shows my tasting judgement was consistant each time..


Colour evoked:the green on the tin says it all.

Mental scene:outside in the country,sun behind the bare trees,autumn season beginning,,;get the feel of a season and save it for autumn it really works!

Great outdoor smoke.

Better when left for a day before smoking,,;complimentary drink;"newcastle brown ale" or jack daniels on crushed ice.

Damp bracken tin aroma,,earthy,,natural,,bonfire jacket potato's,,,mildly of beadies(indian herbal cigarettes)

Aroma acceptable or tolerated,,but it is not offensive,,its just a dry pipe smell..

Dry,,,mature,,,cool,,,strengthy,,,oak smoked,,,potato and oakleaf,,,jack daniels,,,jacket potato skins,,,white pepper hint,,,starchy room note,,,bitter raw potato after taste(but not unpleasing),,,savoury,,dry burner,leaves no real dottle and you can smoke it till it self extinguishes.


Irish oak 2nd tin;probably not on the shelf long as no stain to paper lid.. Not as aromasome as first tin,,almost odourless,,,-taste not as strong either..

Its basically there though and reminds me of cigarettes slightly..

Smoked in a clay this time instead of my briars to bring out more flavour;which it does..

Not my best smoke but definately worthy enough to be in my circulation.. (i ended up jarring this tin and returned to it later;it basically needs a bit of age or drying out time because although it smokes well strait out of the tin it is quite steamy like boiling potatos to make mash,,;drying it makes it more spicy and seasoned.)


50g round tin with a really nice shade of green label on tin(couldn't think of a more complimentary colour to describe the vibes of the contents;oak leaf green)

Open Tin Apperance: Tan and dark brown ribbons.

Taste: Mainly like the seasoning on dry roasted peanuts and raw potato peel/new potato's/white peper,,sometimes i taste oakwood/leaves on an autumn fire,,,sometimes parmesan or smoked cheese,,or cheese buscuits(must be the oak smoked association creating illusions on my pallet,,,;it does not smell like cheese in the room note you will be pleased to know)

Room Note: mild,innofensive,,,neither a pleasure or displeasure,,neutral mild tobacco smoke,,peppery up the nose close up, but ok on the eyes.

Slightly cigarettish - closest comparison to cigarettes would be "lucky strike reds"

No sherry detected in flavour - - absolutely no fruit memory whatsoever,but there is perhaps a sensation on par with the aftertaste of swallowing a paracetamol(trying to find adjectives)if you have drank sherry you will know what i mean:its probably the corky oak of the barrel that this stuff is stored in adding its flavour actually..

Burns to a white grey ash with no real dottle..

Pipe used:6" georgian clay.

Only a ghost hint of sherry aroma like when you smell an empty glass that has had sherry in it the morning after the night before(smelt from a distance),,,if i did not know this had been in a sherry barrel,i would not think of even identifying this....

Oak is my favourite tree of beauty,,,;this conjours up youth memories of climbing trees and burning holes in leaves with a magnifying glass using the solar rays and smelling the aroma..

Quite a unique flavour for a non aromatic;i would compare this baccy to the beer equivalent of "newcastle brown ale",,;it has a starchy, earthy,mineral soil bitter bite which becomes an aquired taste(like tonic water)

Nicoteen hit is above medium but not strong(for me)and i could make this an alldayer...

It doesn't ruin my pallet if i stick with it;but like "newcastle brown ale"(alegorical comparison);making a transition from something else like an aromatic onto this requires a bit of patient reaquaintence time...

I buy this again because of its no nonsence personality factor.. Its neither soft in an aromatic sence or haughty and sophisticated like an english..(me talking shit and getting carried away with the pen in my hand;)Its a charge hand smoke"the gaffer";it knows its purpose,doesn't say much but what it says is to the point,,,"no bullshit"(i know that probably doesn't sound like a lot of peoples gaffers,so i will take that back and call it "self employed",,,;its a good unique stand alone blend)

Like rollup cigarettes you have to keep it busyish or it will need a relight,but it relights easy..(it doesn't have much sugar content to self combust)

PRO's: It doesn't seem too tarish on my pipe cleaners,so you can get a few bowls in before giving a swab..

No tongue bite;if left open for an hour to dry its perfect.. Consistant flavour through the tin and bowl..

UPDATE 04/06/2012. Recently i have aquired a selection of old nylon and aluminium vintage system pipes on ebay because i wanted to know if i could bring anymore taste out of my baccy collection beyond my previous standard clay pipe tobacco taste trials,which were to know what a good baccy is like in the first place beyond owning and commiting to more expensive pipes.

This next phase is really for fine tuning to bring out the best of what i consider to be already good baccies, and having a selection of pipes with varing diameter draught hole smoke tubes and certain gimmicks has really let me expore the capabilities and augment and diminish certain nuances.

I have just smoked this Irish Oak in a Duncan Delta aluminium shank pipe with a moisture trap, and a single exhaust port bowl(some of these bowls have 4 extra satelite holes).. For the first time i can actually taste the perique rather than just sence its peppery presence up my nose. I have been smoking some orlik bullseye recently to aquaint myself with a VaPer archetype,and also some Dunhill Night Cap which contains a pinch so i know what i am definately identifying.

A good smoke has just got better because a peviously hidden nuance has come out,i can taste a ketchup spirit sweet and sour plum factor which goes well with the already present salt and pepper within,and can also get a certain amount of the aged sherry barrel factor this time.

I still stand by my previous review comments because they are relevant to the pipe i was smoking at the time and i have found that the pipe is a real time contributive variable that determines what gets tasted in the final exhaust delivery in my mouth.

This Duncan Delta pipe has a 3mm draught tube in the stem which makes it wider than my tighter 6"inch clays and narrower and more concentrate than my regular saddle pot briar and it lets the perique show itself. The clay concentrates the bitter potato of the virginia/earthy burly so much that the perique was only felt but not actually tasted(it was ok in the clay and the taste was definately amplified compared to my first regular briar trials).

This is now a more balanced smoke and sits between the two draught diameters of my clay and saddle pot. It really goes to show whats hidden under your nose when swapping pipes around. I used to judge tobacco too early, and even some that i wrote off i have since re-explored with my new pipes to find that they were ok afterall and it was just that i was smoking out of an unsympathetic draught of pipe.Its definately a 50/50 always,and i recon as long as i get the pipe end sorted i will get better results even from mediocre rated baccies which makes them taste like better brands when smoked in an average or random selected but not necessarilly the most sympathetic pipe.

A three star tobacco has become a 3.5,i could and may give it a 4 in the future.

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Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke (13)
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

All I can say is this tobacco reminds me of a fig newton cookie. Good in a big bowl sweet and I do detect an oak note which I enjoy. Good baccy all around.

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JohnnyMcPiperson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyMcPiperson (108)
Strong Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

This is a great smoke, but don't light it on an empty stomach! That is the best advice I can give in regards to this blend! It is a kicker when it comes to the nic hit, probably one of the highest nic content blends I've ever tried. With that said, I really enjoy the flavor of this blend, when I smoke it I feel like I'm smoking the pages out of an old paper back. You know that smell, don't tell me you don't. It is such a manly and old timey smoke, I just love the scent and the taste. It reminds me of what I'd imagine scrolls and old documents to smell like. Best enjoyed after a big meal with a glass of wine IMO. If your a seasoned smoker, give this one a shot, otherwise, may want to hold out till your ready for a good dose of nicotine.

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Papillon6 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Papillon6 (24)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Ok, first off I'll admit, the only reason I bought this blend was for the Perique. Now this is a blend I might say is a little too contradictory. The Cavendish is almost non-existant, the Zimbabwean, Orange, and Burley's would have made a fine Burley mixture on there own but Peterson decided to finish this off with the spicy robustness of Perique?!?! Don't get me wrong this is not a blend you toss away, nor is it too complex, I like complex blends. But something or other 'seemed' to be fighting eachother with this one, like salt and sugar. The Perique is supported by the small amount of Cavendish. Setting the two apart from the Burley and Zimbabwean which are fine bedfellows. The Oak flavour is slight but definately there, but also not really melding with the ingrediants. I will give this blend a good rating on the quality of the ingredients alone but it's as if you let a couple of children throw a bunch of highend ingrediants into an all-sorts barrel. My only suggestion is perhaps with age it will refine a little. This blend puffs the same in all my pipes. Upon rereading this I decided to get a pipefull going. The Burley is there, the Perique builds to a crescendo like ussual. But the Oak and the Cavendish don't really fit into the picture well. If you like Burley's but want a small taste war to be waged on your tongue then this might be just the thing for you.

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Pipesmoking101 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipesmoking101 (62)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Upon opening the tin, one is greeted with a very plain tobacco aroma, very little else is notable in the nose, apart perhaps from a slight hay/straw aroma. The tobacco looks quite attractive, with the dark tobaccos dominating the image, complamented by pleasing streaks of bright yellow. The tobacco is slightly moist to the touch (as is usual), but despite this, packs well & burns easily. The smoke starts off as a fairly straight, plain smoke, which I think is probably what has led to reviews stating that it is redolent of cigarettes. As the bowl progresses, however, the spicy pepperiness of the Perique advances steadily to the forefront. The burn is steady & easy. Many have stated that this needs to be smoked slowly, but I think that as long as it is timed well enough to keep the perique in check, I noticed no need to slow down excessively. I smoked this in a vintage Peterson pot with the p-lip mouthpiece. The toabacco is by no means a masterpiece, but is a pleasant enough smoke. I find this suits a weekend morning, when no work needs to be done, after a leisurely breakfast. Tasty, with just enough bite to wake the senses without knocking one over with it's nicotine. The room note is fairly neutral, & not too heavy (although I do live in a house with cigarette smokers). I will definately keep some around & I am ageing some tins as well. Recommended for those looking for a middle of the road smoke with a little extra.

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butman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
butman (47)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

This is a terrific blend especially for Virginia lovers. it's gentle yet satisfying. The balance of different tobaccos and the wood aging just causes you to smile. It's 2010 try a can and you too can smile.

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BigWhiteWilly Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigWhiteWilly (10)
Very Strong None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

If you like VA/Per mixes you'll love this one. The nicotine level is high, right where I like it. When the bowl hits its sweet spot the tastes are complex and almost winey. Lights easily and stays lit. Perique can change Virginia into something etherial, but this mix is beyond words. Sip it else Mistress Nicotine kicks your butt (I kinda like when she does).

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AcworthAl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AcworthAl (38)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is very good pipe tobacco. It is flavorful, very Virginian and an excellent smoke. One needs to be cautious, and sip this stuff, like most Virginians, it can bite. I really enjoyed it and will return to it often.

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mo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mo (79)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

11/28/2007UPDATE. I have decided to re-write my review on this blend that would include a comparison between the 'old' and 'new' tins.

Besides the obvious change to the label, as well as the fact that the label announces a different list of ingredients between new and old, the tobacco looks and smells different. The new blend is much lighter in colour and the smell is delicious.

The aroma coming from the tin reminded me of Escudo, a rich smell of ripe fruit and dark chocolate. My initial impressions were that this blend has evolved from what it was ( do not really know) into a classic Va/Per ( which we all LOVE)

I was very eager to try it and after about 5 hours of drying time on a baking sheet, decided to have a bowl. In a blind taste, i would have NEVER been able to identify this as IO. I then sealed the tobacco and after a brief rest in the tin of around 12 hours, had another bowl 5 minutes ago in a clean, well rested, picture perfect, straight grain Design Berlin bent apple with the most marvellous staight grain.

I find that this blend has really impressed me and have placed an order for 10 tins that i will be collecting later this afternoon from my tobacconist. The taste is a very delicious Virgina with a lovely Perique tang and the Cavendish providing a nice sweetness to the composition. I cannot help but comparing it to Escudo with a bit more Perique. The ribbon cut is perfect for loading and burn rate. This blend does NOT bite after it has been dried out.

This is all Va/Per and i applaud Peterson(?) for blending it. I do however feel that people who enjoyed the previous version will be seeking the origional version that was left in the Sherry Oaks to flavour(?) Pete should have named this differently because i find NO similarities between new and old.

As for the VitN content, it went from a 'strong' to a 'medium to strong' the only thing i am not happy about. There is a lot of Perique here but is buffered somewhat by the Cavendish.

I apologise for the very long review but i feel that a detailed comparison was not easy to come by on the internet and it was my responsibility to inform everyone.

I liked the old version. I LOVE the new one.

Mo, South Africa

Happy New Year to all the Pipers in the world

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Dr.sadik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.sadik (100)
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Virginia and Perique are always considered as great match and this blend is no exception,,yet the sweetness of cavendish give it a mild peterson touch which always have tendency to aromatics(except for old dublin)however its not overwhelming,, the tobacco is rich with perique and full bodied, it burns perfectly and have wounderful after taste,,for perique and full bodied blends, defiantly not to amuse your surroundings.

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Eonwe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eonwe (22)
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This is the first blend from Peterson I have tried. When I opened the tin,(w/green lid) I was greeted with an eye opening aroma of prune/grape. The cut was rather thin, almost shag like. It appeared very moist, but dryed within a 1/2 hour. It packs great and lights and smokes with ease. I loved the taste, and room note it created was enjoyed by all who smelled it. The nicotine is fantastic due to the robust jolt that can be achieved. A very dry, cool smoke that will not bite, but will satisfy your needs. I would recomend it to those who are looking for a great and differant blend.

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Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (127)
Medium Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

This is a tin which has been in my basement for a number of years. The tobacco is quite moist and the paper cover is damp and stained. In the tin it has a faint, sweet aroma probably from the perique and cavendish. I allowed the tobacco to dry for about a half hour and then smoked two bowls back to back in pipes dedicated to Va./perique blends; it was that good. At the match it is sharp and tingly and awakens every sensor in the mouth. In the nose it zings like a strong Cuban cigar. Almost immediately it begins to settle down. This is spicey, almost peppery, and might just make a tyro's eyes water. It is quite warm on the tongue, but has no bite. This is a tobacco for those who like a strong, assertive tobacco with plenty of Va. tang and perique zip. I have always thought that whoever put this blend together knew exactly what he was doing. This is a tobacco for the experienced pipe smoker who enjoys Virginia and perique and occasionally likes to step right up to the edge. There is some sweetness, perhaps from the cavendish and it carries some very elusive, almost neutral flavor that complements the Virginia. I sense the burley more than taste it. Half way down the bowl the smoke becomes warm, flavorful, mellow and luscious but still mainains its spiciness. This blend puts me more in mind of Three Nuns rather than Escudo or Elizabethan Mixture which are my perique preferences. I regard this blend as a fine perique blend to be enjoyed occasionally rather than on a regular basis. Highly recommended. Paddy.

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Carlos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Carlos (21)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Very Pleasant

Very good tobbaco - nice taste, nice smell. Taste is very interesting - maby because of Black Perique and Zimbabwean Burley?

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Noorrmm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Noorrmm (193)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Appearance: A nice looking ribbon cut with mostly light to medium red color. Some darker leaf can be seen, but not as dark as Latakia.

Aroma: Slight hint of topping noticeable, but mostly there is the aroma of well matured Virginia, Burley and Cavendish. I could determine if the slight aromatic quality was in the Cav., or was a top dressing.

Packing:. Ribbon cut packed easily in small to medium pipes. I did not try it any of my larger bowls.

Lighting:. Lit quite easily if allowed to air out for a short time. At times, one Vespa was enough.

Initial flavor: Started out quite mild, with just a touch of aromatic (unknown) flavor. After a few minutes, the Virginia started to assert itself, and shortly after that, so did the Burley and Perique. The initial impression of ?Where?s the Beef?? does not last long, and the flavor develops quire well.

Mid-bowl:. By mid bowl, the flavors have developed quite well, and there is a nice interplay of sweet, strong, and peppery. Can burn hot unless care is taken to puff at the slowest possible rate. I would not recommend this for outdoor smoking, except in a sheltered spot.

Finish:. Typical for blends with Perique, got stronger and more peppery at the end. Not unpleasantly so, but it was definitely there.

Summary:. A nice change of pace for the Virginia smoke, but will not become a staple in my rotation..

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Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (137)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This seems a little more burley forward with its earthiness. The VA's are bright with notes of citrus and hay but seem to remain more in the background. The perique is spicy/peppery with notes of plum, figs, and raisin. This starts out competing with the VA's and burley but by mid bowl completely takes over and is the leading component by a wide margin. There is a woodsy note too, that may be from the sherry cask that it was stored in. The sherry flavor does come through. It is reasonably mild but is consistent throughout the bowl becoming more prominent at the light, subsequent relights, and when tamping but quickly fades into the background otherwise. However, the sum is less than its parts, these flavors never seem to find a harmony with each other and again the perique takes over at about the mid-way point. There is nothing particularly wrong with the blend it just missed for me personally. After the first several bowls I grew bored with it. I see no reason to repeat at this time. Your mileage my vary.

Age When Smoked: 2 yrs.

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Pops Pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pops Pipe (17)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Harsh ! This is a strong blend but not a pleasing strong like the mighty Irish Flake. Thailand burley always seems harsh to me, its very acidic ! American burley would have done this blend justice i believe. Just not my cup of tea.

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Sybariten Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sybariten (60)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Conclusion: A fine summer tobacco, mild yet flavourful blend that ought to suit the everyday smoker as well as the one who just wants something to smoke as the warming sun is up and about.

Taste: The scent of the tobacco leans towards exotic fruit, very sweet with a touch of citrus, and it is very rich. The taste, however, is rather mild. Sweet, roasted, slightly fruity and nutty. It does remind me a bit of Peterson's Irish whiskey, but rounder, softer on the pallette. It is tasty, yet does not overwhelm the smoker. Although fairly bright in composition, no grassy notes come forward. Past the halfway mark or so, it does not really deepen but make way for the burley and perique - giving it a bit more of a sting. Not aggressive in any way, it just transitions in to a touch more spicy version of itself. At no point do I notice any of the allegedly added sherry.

Mechanics: Ribbon cut, perfect moisture from the tin. No bite. Medium nicotine.

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BriarWoody Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarWoody (33)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Perique is peppery, not figgy, the burley is nutty and woody, and the Virginia is relatively mild in this medium, dry smoking blend. There's not much sweetness here. Ready to smoke out of the tin, it packs and burns very well and delivers a nice quantity of smoke.

There is no sherry topping and this is not an aeromatic or crossover. There's a touch of oakiness in this from the sherry casks, and the flavor it imparts is similar to how sherry oak lightly seasons Scotch or how oak influences wine.

Medium in strength, it also pairs well with Irish Whiskey. It's not a standout blend, but it's slightly different than most Vapers and worth a try.

Pipe Used: Radice Noseburner

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WRW Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WRW (4)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

A nice blend that changes flavor profile for me as I smoke the bowl down. Easy to pack, about the right moisture right out of the tin. Spicy with a straight Tobacco flavor. Burns well with few relights.

Starts out light with a grassy Virginia profile, and progresses to a fuller flavor as the burley kicks in. An enjoyable smoke.

Pipe Used: Peterson, dunhill, cob, and a few others.

Age When Smoked: Fresh out of tin

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Elizabethan and other va/per's.

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natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (166)
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I don't taste the sherry that much. Would not call this an aromatic. I would just say its a really good Virginia Perique. The nic hit is decent. It's a little damp upon opening and can be somewhat difficult to pack. Otherwise, a good blend overall.

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Dacsus65 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dacsus65 (1)
Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The smell as I opened the tin was very promising. The tobacco is packed tight and I had to flake it from the tin, but that made packing the pipe easy. A light tamp and it lit easily with a smooth draw. Initially this is a smooth, light tobacco that develops the oak and sherry notes at about the half-bowl level. I enjoy the room note, which is not strong enough to be objectionable even in my car, but is pleasing. When enjoyed, there is a lot to explore with this blend.

Pipe Used: Grabow Freehand

Age When Smoked: <1 year

Purchased From: Jack's Smoke Shop

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HobgoblinTA96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HobgoblinTA96 (42)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

The tin note reminds me of date bread with a sweet cloying fruit essence. The golden Virginians lead the symphony of flavors in this blend, with the perique adding a lovely spiciness on the backdraft and the darker Cavendish mellowing the rough edges to a fine sweetness of fruity Virginia perfection. A very subtle hint of Sherry and oak compliments the whole with it's cloying flavor for a beautiful nuance on the blend. This is a novel VaPer that excells at being more with the addition of the sweet Scottish Cavendish and light topping of Sherry. The blend comes a tad moist, however is quite easily dried to the smokers preference. Cut is excellent and provides a pleasing smoke. A beautifully blended tobacco well worth giving a go. Cheers.

Pipe Used: Peterson's Calabash and German Black Clay

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Scottish VaPer crossover.

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Kreisi John Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kreisi John (4)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Rich oaky smoke for wisky and cognat lovers. Person who seeks quality smokes and are familiar with flavors, this Is worth to try. Good weekend tobacco. And a long time friend for sure.

Pipe Used: Savinelli 2614 (Dry System)

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William J O Siddons Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
William J O Siddons (1)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobacco is somewhat different to other varieties that I have recently indulged in, whilst others have been a myriad of flavoursome surprises, none have quite matched up to this.

I am not saying that this is my favourite blend, I am saying it has been the most pleasantly surprising, and the most dramatic blend. The reason why is simple: upon opening the tin I was met with a fairly average smell, my curiosity was dampened, of course - but as they say, don't judge a book by its cover. I think perhaps upon packing my Rallye 17 the tobacco was a shade on the moist side, as it did not take instantly, but after a few charring lights it seemed well away.

The first thing I notice is the flavour is weak, but in a good way, I could sense immaturity with a potential for future greatness. Concerns arose as the tobacco seemed to be burning hotter than usual, but I simply put this down to the moderately damp tobacco, and continued on.

The bowl begins in the same way as the first movement of a great classical symphony. The exposition is the first direction taken, I am happy enough to be met by rich Virginia tobacco, with an air of sweetness somewhere deep and inexplicable. The exposition is repeated, staying true to the musical form, and I enjoy another round of dark sweetness. The first modulation comes in the form of the development, the notes modulate from Virginia sweetness to a great and unrivalled spice, the tobacco seems to be burning hotter here, but this does nothing but compliment the exquisite spice in all its magnificence! The experience races along, I am quite simply transfixed! Next comes the recapitulation, and what an experience it is. As the deep undertones of sweetness precede like a tonic base, and the spices race away burning with heat above all else, I am struck by a sweet and rich sherry that forces me to snap out of my deepest thoughts and consider only what I had experienced.

The multiplicity of flavours leads to an exquisite blend of surprise, high notes, low notes and a sweet, yet smoke, mid section.

If you have not tried this tobacco, pick a pipe with a medium to large bowl, persist, and prepare to realise just what you have been missing! It is entirely recommended, I will smoke it again, but perhaps not today, I have had quite enough excitement for one day!

Pipe Used: Butz Choquin Rallye 17 Half Bent

Age When Smoked: Straight from the tin

Purchased From: John Hollingworths Tobacconist Birmingham GB

Similar Blends: Nothing I have ever experienced..

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Pipenick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipenick (27)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Irish Oak....well the tin note is tangy,grassy,earthy with some nutty aroma from that Thailand burley.Nice ribbon cut...easy to pack,lite and smoke.Some might like their tobacco drier as it is in a tin but I like moist tobacco and this blend has it just about right. After 2nd light,grassy hay like Virginias with some sweetness from Sherry barrels and little twist from Burley....half a bowl and the good old Perique comes in with burley leaving the floral note to the background. Nice complex blend..not a tradional Va/Per but nice...I have smoked 3 tins already and I have 3 left and after those I*m get few more. For those who seek change fro more traditional Va/Pers a must By.

Pipe Used: Stanwell,Savi,Brebbia,

Age When Smoked: 1 month

Purchased From: Gift from client

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Pipeclimber Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeclimber (2)
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a very unique pipe tobacco. The Brazilian tobaccos really add an interesting zing to the flavor. Upon lighting up the bowl I got nice peppery hay-like taste one would usually find in a classic Va/Per followed by a pleasant, nutty, citrusy taste. Definitely one of Peterson's better blends.

Pipe Used: Bent Peterson Spigot

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mightysmurf8201 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mightysmurf8201 (24)
Strong Mild Full Pleasant

Upon opening the tin, I smell VA right off the bat. Distinct meadow, grassy aroma, with a pleasant rich sweetness. Moisture level is just right out of the tin. The ribbons are easy to pack. Lights easily. Initial flavor is VA, with a slight Perique taste. The cavendish is noticable, but not distracting. It quickly develops a woody, leathery flavor, in a good way. The other flavors remain through the rest of the bowl, but the leathery flavor dominates to the end. Nicotine content is on the stronger side, but quite tolerable for any regular pipe smoker. I'd compare this to Elizabethan Mixture, but with sweeter, more enjoyable flavor. Age improves this tobacco quite a bit. I like it enough to always keep a jar of it on the shelf. I'd give it 3.5 stars.

Pipe Used: Briar, cob

Age When Smoked: New tin-2 yrs

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Baki Oztepe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Baki Oztepe (10)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable


What a smoke. It burns quite fairly but the nicotine amount is just perfect. Taste is exquisite. I recommend a loose-normal packing.

Great tobacco for regular smoking.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Bing's Favorite

Similar Blends: Borkum Riff - Mixture Classic.

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Hooter007 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hooter007 (2)
Very Strong Extremely Mild Full Strong

Uggghhh....if you want to quit smoking cigarettes and "hide" your nicotine addiction, this is your tobacco. Smells like a half cocked English blend when you open the tin. It's advertised as being aged in barrels and yada yada yada.

What you get is HEAVY smoke that doesn't have a nice room note. Let's just say by the end of the bowl, you'll be buzzing like a cheap speaker.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Briar

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: cupojoes

Similar Blends: Marlboro Reds.

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krg1000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
krg1000 (180)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I picked up a 50g tin from my local B&M just to give it a try. This seems to be a middle of the road aromatic in taste and room note. Not a bad blend, just not something that strikes my fancy very hard. YMMV on this of course. I would say I recommend this at least to give it a go and see if it is for you.

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Pipe1000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe1000 (14)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Wanting to get a pure taste from this Peterson blend I smoked a bowl in a new corncob.. From the start it was a promising tobacco, the blend smelt nice, a wood / oak aroma and when lit didn't really change.. It was ok, fairly pleasant, but to be honest boring. With very little perique, a subtle monotone flavour (that doesn't really change), a very slight sweet flavour (I guessing naturally occurring from the Virginia's) and low nicotine, this blend wasn't anything special. This blend simply doesn't excite me and make me want to go any buy more, If offered it I'd say ok, but defiantly not going to purchase any more any time soon!

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brogreggblues Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
brogreggblues (45)
Extremely Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A little too strong for me to enjoy regularly, but very tasty. Well balanced, smokes dry. The Perique is barely detectable. The VA and burleys are the main players for me.

Not for beginners.

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henwrench Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
henwrench (16)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Another really great tobacco, a perfect natural sweetness from the Virginia's, not much in the way of Perique however. Smokes straight from the tin and is a very well behaved example, no gurgle at all and smokes all the way down. Packed loose is best for me and in a small apple will be seen off in about 20 minutes, perfect for a quick tasty smoke. Will be adding to my rotation. And yes, there is something Royal-Yachtish about it but nowhere near as complex or heavy. Recommended!!

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FlatCapMatt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FlatCapMatt (34)
Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

This was my first experience with perique, and I can't see myself becoming a perique guy. I didn't really like the smell from the tin.

Smoking it gave me spicy feel in my mouth, like eating pepper food. It also gave me a mild short lasting buzz.

I think I'm going to prefer the sweeter aromatics over this blend. I wouldn't recommend this to new pipe smokers. Maybe cig smokers might like it.

I'll probably finish the tin but only because it cost me 50 bucks.

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JackSparrow Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JackSparrow (14)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Strange stuff…I smoked a couple of tins but I couldn't decide yet if it's one of my favorites or not, probably not. Sometimes I like it very much, sometimes I don't!

Opening the tin you can smell very weak aroma, mainly hay and dry grass, in background some sweet note of honey. You don't need to dry it out, coming out of the tin is ready to smoke.

It burns very easily, a bit too quickly in my opinion. The first puffs are almost without any taste; going through the bowl you can taste sweet VA and cavendish (both not so sweet in this case), peppery PE, wood and hay notes, with a good load of vitamin N.

Despite the number of tobaccos used in this blend it's a quite flat smoke, from the beginning to the end of the bowl, no surprise.

This is a very simple and sincere blend, not for the ones who love complex and round taste: no frills, only pure and monochromatic tobacco taste.

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wolfdreamer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wolfdreamer (25)
Very Strong None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

I am new to pipe smoking. I bought this because of the name. The aroma upon opening the tin is a slight sour note. When smoked at first it seems very mild but then it burns the mouth not just the tongue but the top and sides with a peppery kind of burn. I do not get any flavouring from this tobacco. It does seem to give a kind of buzz of a boost of energy along with the sparks of pepper in the mouth. The burn lasts about an hour or a bit longer after smoking. I probably would not buy this again. I am going to try to age it a bit and come back to it. I can however see that it would be appealing to some. I however will be checking closely to make sure I go on more than just the name in future.

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SmileyOrb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmileyOrb (15)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is an unusually tobacco as I've noticed the mixed reviews. I think I know why. If you smoke this straight out of the tin then I was not impressed, simply because it seemed too mediocre and I can understand comparisons made to cigarette tobaccos - (cigarettes... I just don't enjoy anyway). However, I beg you to leave the tobacco in the tin to dry out! what a difference! You'd think smoking this completely dry would be like smoking hot coals, but not at all. The flavor is not so hay-like, more woody, rugged perhaps. So my love hate relationship has been borne through patience. I enjoy this from time to time and the strength of baccy is quite strong. Avoid if you're not tolerant of a strong tobacco kick. This is nice stuff then. I recommend - but try drying in the tin for while and I'm sure you'll get the enjoyment. Ideal to take on a country early evening outing with a good coffee or single malt.

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Scamp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Scamp (20)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I bought a tin of this when I visited Dublin late last year. Easy to pack and lights well. Good all round smoke. The only reason I won't give it four stars is it doesn't set itself apart enough; reminds me of other tobaccos I enjoy.

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HokieGeek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HokieGeek (23)
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Well this was certainly a strong smoke! I really liked the taste of this and reminded me of smoking a nice, mellow cigar. Will probably go for another tin of when I finish this one!

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acyv Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
acyv (10)
Very Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

This is not the worst tobacco but not the best surely. You can buy this one once in a life time only. Peterson name is blinking much more things on my mind but this one is really strange. It gives feeling of smoking cigarettes... Empty tin of this one is much more useful :) I'll store my other tobaccos in.

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KahveDelisi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KahveDelisi (52)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium Tolerable

first time I tried irish oak, I was amazed. but that was before I tired some other perique containing offerings --minus burley-- . I'm not absolutely sure if it's the burley causing my distaste for Peterson's irish oak, or because if it tastes downright a cigar/cigarette-like blend. whatever it is I'm looking forward to finishing what's remaining so I can keep the empty tin as a reminder of "not to buy again". Anyhow I believe it's a decent blend with quality content for those who seek for some strength without any complexity but oak(y) flavor.

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JustPlainChris Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JustPlainChris (12)
Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I bought a tin of this back in 2006, smoked a few bowls, and jarred the rest.

I opened it back up last week and have had a few more bolw fulls of this, and I just don't think I care for it too much.

I am a nicotine wimp. If I break out into a sweat, get dizzy, and feel nauseas, then it is NOT a good experience!

That being said, I DO like some vitamin "N" and prefer a medium strength blend.

This tobacco is just too strong for me! I don't know if its the Burley or the Perique, but my oh my did this stuff hit me like a freight train!

Don't get me wrong:

This is high quality, well blended tobacco! As far as taste went, it was good, but nothing that made me yell with joy. It was easy to pack, aged well, and would probably please anyone looking for a good VaPer with a little extra fan out there.

Just not my cup of tea, but a good quality tobacco nonetheless.

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Tee-dub Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tee-dub (48)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

A freshly-opened tin left me bewildered, wondering what to make of it. After some time and drying out, I realized I don't like it very much.

I was encouraged by a delicious and sweet tin note, but once lit this disappeared.

Too much puffing and this tastes like a cigarette, only less pleasant. This has a tendency to burn hot and harsh for me.

I could only appreciate any flavor with the gentlest of sipping, and detected something like straw, sawdust, and occasionally a hint of sherry.

Enthusiastic puffing will be punished with harsh god-awfulness. Light coaxing gives it a passing grade, but barely.

Two stars seems a bit generous, but one star a big stingy.

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Pseudo Nim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pseudo Nim (110)
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

I thought I had reviewed this, obviously not. I bought a tin last year and smoked it, then bought another back in November, last year I tried several of the Peterson range.

Now I remember why I didn't buy more tins earlier, it's a bit boring for me. Having said that, it's certainly not a tobacco that I'll throw in the corner and forget, it is after all a good quality tobacco with some interesting flavours, as I write I'm getting a sour taste which is not altogether unpleasant, and when you look at the list of components used, it must be quite a feat to get a blend to work. And this one certainly does.

The sour bit's gone now, replaced with sweet virginia's or is that the sherry's coming through? I was going to give this two stars but it's now been "upped" to three.

As it has cavendish, to my way of thinking, this would be an aro, something I'm not very fond of, however, this type of aro with cavendish component, but lacking the heavy syrups, I can certainly enjoy. This tin will also be finished and I hope I remember to buy another as it is a pleasant smoke from time to time.

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cmhpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cmhpipesmoker (21)
Very Strong Extremely Mild Full Strong

To say one doesn't happen to get a tobacco they don't like or one that gave an initial impression that didn't work out would be an understatement. This is not a bad blend at all. In fact, I think it's a good quality tobacco. It's just one that is not to my liking. In reading the reviews, I felt that I was picking up a robust English style blend. What I was getting was a tobacco that smoked, as others have mentioned, a cross between a cigar and cigarette. I have smoked some heavier blends such as the well known Dunhill's Nightcap (the Murray's version) and the not-so-well known Xtra Rich from Smoker's Haven (no longer available). To me, these were both strong, robust English style blends. If you prefer blends that smoke heavy (and not in the Balkan or English style) or you are making the transition from cigar or cigarette smoking to pipe smoking, then this is for you.

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sirchud68 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sirchud68 (58)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant

This was my first Peterson's tobacco. I absolutely love Irish Oak. When I first opened the tin I wasn't at all sure of the sherry smell but I've learned to love it. I think Va/pers are gonna be my thing. It seems alot of people say it's alittle too cigarette'ish which I can see, but give it a chance and, to me anyway, some complex flavors come out. I haven't been let down by Peterson's yet!

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

I tried this tobacco while visiting my sister in Pennsylvania in Christmas 2007 when I was just making the conversion from the uncouth habit of huffing cigarettes to the gentle art of pipesmoking, and at the time, I thought it was the ultimate of what a powerhouse pipe tobacco could be. Made the top of my head sweat at the time, I can tell you! I got it in Pittsburgh along with Ashton Rainy Day (boy, is that one different!) and Savinelli Special Tobacco (I will try to remember the particulars of that blend as well so that I can review it) at a very overpriced mall tobacconist. I got another tin a year or so later, and was a bit underwhelmed. By then, I knew what strong pipe tobacco was. Still, I liked it. I can think of several blends I would rather smoke, but this blend does have a pleasant taste redolent of sherry casks-tastes aged anyway. There is a bit of a cigarette flavor to it, but maybe this is just the nicotine punch. It burns pretty fast, so maybe that's what gives me this impression. I would like to try it aged.

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Tom Bombadill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Bombadill (102)
Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This is a very satisfying and strong blend. The nicotine content is much stronger than the English/balkan blends I usually smoke. I find the taste has the virginas on top with a bit of the cavendish at the bottom. A hint of the sherry at the start.

As mentioned below, this tobacco should be sipped. I haven't had trouble with bite but the nicotine is so strong I have to smoke it slowly. Otherwise, I get a nauseous feeling like rushing through a maduro cigar. A nice change of pace from my usual latakia blends.

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Steden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steden (94)
Medium to Strong Medium Very Full Tolerable

Opening the tin my nostrils were invaded by an inviting aroma of baked fruit. This aroma promised a plant rich in pulpy blackberries... but once lit the tobacco I didn't find any blackberry, just a bare and thorny bramble! This blend is incredibly bite on the tongue, incredibly tannic, too woody in taste and flavor. Maybe this is a reproduction exactly wanted (as the name suggest), but what a waste of time and resources: it's easier to fill the pipe with oak chips!

Highly NOT recommended.

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eamonclever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
eamonclever (45)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

i bought 10 tins of the old green IO recently because I noticed some new tins, this might mean new blendings - havent´tasted the new one yet. It is true, the tobacco matures somehow inside the tin. Whenever I open a tin, i smoke one pipe a day using this stuff. Why? It has a good medium to heavy strength, a good amount of nicotine and is easy to pack no problem with any considerable form of bowl,just put alight, keep it going and smoke right away. I love vape mixtures and this blend is an absolutely favourite of mine on very hot days or on the way to some round table talks. I recommend it for the starters as well as for experienced nicotine friends. U never get thrown out of the house smoking a bowl of this tobacco.

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BrSpiritus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BrSpiritus (18)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Update 7/31/09: I have to downgrade this tobacco to 2 stars. I have found better VaPer tobaccos out there like SG SJF. As time goes on tastes change and I ended up giving the rest of this tin to a friend to try out.

Got this blend as part of a grab bag sampler and decided to try it in my estate meerschaum billiard pipe.

Fairly typical ribbon cut, upon opening the tin I detect an earthy smell reminicent of peat and old leaves in the fall with a sweet undertone. Tobacco was middling wet/dry and packed well in my pipe, and lit without problems.

The first impression I got was a slightly floral note building into a creamy, earthy taste. Flavor characteristics were coffee, choclolate, pencil lead, leather and heavy peat like single malt scotch. I found the smoking experience enjoyable and return again and again to this blend. From start to finish this tobacco gives an even burn and a taste that is never too harsh or bitter.

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Moçambicano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Moçambicano (13)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

I'd like to like this tobacco. The recipe seems good, the leaves are high-quality, the packaging and branding are seductive? yet the final result does not captivate me. Bowl after bowl, I sense nothing but a weird taste of lettuce & pepper. Are these the flavours to be expected from Virginia and Perique tobaccos? I honestly don't know. In spite of this less than favourable impression, though, I must say that the smoke is neither tarry nor hot ? a plus for this mixture's worth.

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orka Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
orka (64)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I had somehow hoped to find traces of the "oak" that the name alludes to in this blend, but instead I found a mild and smooth, balancing slightly to mediumbodied, VA/PER with some cavendish and a tiny tingle of spice now and then. Neither sherry nor oak, at least that I can sense. But that's ok - good VA/PER's aren't as easy to find as you might think, but I believe we have a good example of one here. It's plain and simple pleasant to smoke, consistent and uncomplicated without getting boring and has a nice and sweet tin aroma, though nothing out of the ordinary. The room note is also quite pleasant. It may not convert a non-smoker, but might at least be tolerated unless there's too much sensitivity involved.

It's pretty wet in the tin, so an hour of so of airing is not a bad idea before packing your pipe. After that, just light up and enjoy. It's great for casual puffing as it's very forgiving on the tongue and mild, without being too weak on the nicotine.

It's very nice as it is fresh from the tin, but a couple of years in the cellar could very well do wonders for it.

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Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (187)
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I have passed through and just concluding a tin of this tobacco, the picture in the tin still shows the oak, so it's not the latest production. I have really appreciated the complexity of nuances, the right strength (going to fullness but not overwhelming), the great quality of the ingredients, the balanced very well flavour of true tobacco. It tends to dry quite quickly, and this means quite or no additives at all, so fine ! Even dry I have experienced no kind of bite nor astringency to the palate. I will grab the remaining old tins available. Very nice experience, I highly recommend it.


Unfortunately, only one more old tin was available and I'm keeping it in my cellar as I do with all the discontinued tobaccos to deserve to special occasions ... The new version of IO is quite far from the old, from the cut to the aroma. Everything has flattened down to something bland near to a RYO. I cannot say the quality of the leaves has worsened much (no pieces of stem at all), but the combination is no more the same. For sure some neutral humectant has been used: after three weeks the tobacco has the same humidity of the opening... Maybe it's a young tin and need to sleep for a long while. Hope to raise my review to three stars soon.


Thank You soooo much, Hagen !

Yesterday evening I was checking the status of my cellar, and checking the group of tins of tobaccos recently declassed I had the "flash": who wrote about baking ? Scrolled down the TR's list. It was Hagen about Early Morning Pipe.

Well I immediately identified two good candidates for baking: 1) Irish Oak 2) My Mixture 965 (Orlik version). So I did, 3hrs at 80c, exactly like he said.

Oh, my dear Lord! It works!

Of course tobaccos a quite dried (not bone dry), and their colour has darkened and "melted". Both tin aromas have improved very much and are fuller, with a pleasant note of toasted tobaccos.

Since I was used to smoke IO sometimes on the very dry side, it's not been a problem to smoke as the result of baking, and the smoke is really smooth and satisfying. The strength has improved. I didn't clearly dedected Perique before, nor I clearly do now after 5 bowls. I love Perique, so I'll keep searching it. Sure it's not a plenty as somebody wrote. The earthy/nutty notes of the Burley are better shining.

Now the question is: should I increase the rating to * as a consequence of baking ? Or, does it have a sense to stock a steadily available tobacco as expensive as EUR. 17.00 and more per a 50grms tin ? I'm doing that, and feel confident that the next tin at the tobacconist will be aged enough. Sure Petersons' have not the same turn-over of Amphoras', today more than in the past because of the economical crisis worldwide.

Regarding MM965, it's good even after baking but needs rehydrating. I'll be reviewing it soon.


it's just to add a further comment, having to do with the comparison between old (Made in Ireland... Murray ?) and the new (Made in EU... Orlick ?). I have rehydrated and now smoking the remainder (about 20grams) of an old tin I got ten years ago or more. IO of old is another story, four-stars-stuff. But, I have to say the the new IO after-baking-process goes very near that. Therefore it should really be a matter of aging.

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Auld Eire Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Auld Eire (12)
Medium Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

My first Petersons was Old Dublin, and I just didn't get it. Unlike anything else I had tried, it seemed harsh, and a bit bitter. Irish Oak is another story. The flavors are similar, but the body and depth that the burley adds really makes the other tobaccos pop. Understanding that, I can now also enjoy Old Dublin, as I seem to better understand the blend. That hadn't happened before, learning to like one blend by trying another. Irish Oak, I am eternally grateful.

The smoke is sweet and full, with a medium Oriental/Perique punch. Perfectly mixed. The topping is also a delight. The flavor in so many multi-blends is flat, losing the strength of each. Irisk Oak is bright and well-crafted - a Pollock, not a Rothko.

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Laudante Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Laudante (29)
Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This was my first perique blend, many years ago. It didn´t make me fall in love with St. James week, to be honest. I remember the pepper taste very distinctly. Later I came to love perique and I tried it again. Much better. No tyet among my favorite perique blends, but Peterson´s quality is always a sure bet.

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JEM Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JEM (21)
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is an interesting tobacco. I was expecting it to be flavored, but I found a pleasant, natural taste and those around me found a pleasant smoke smell. If you want something a little different, this is it.

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Davetopay Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Davetopay (43)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This will put hair on your chest!....don't fear ladies, it's just an expression. This blend has put me in the enviable position of needing another new pipe(darn) as it really shouldn't be allowed to play with others. I'd describe this as a full bodied, slightly rustic smoke. Upon opening the tin I think of woodsy earthen smells, like damp moss, old pine needles under foot, and a distant fire in a fireplace. When first opened new you can find more of the sherry cask conditioning on the nose than later. It is not especially finicky about what you smoke it in, but a larger bowl and healthy filling to the top does help it become more complex. Big, unhindered tobacco flavors are what come up on the palate, along with faint wood or peat smoke, and just a hint of far away citrus and the oaky goodness of a fine aged sherry. I guess that means they got the name right.

This stuff does its best work when allowed to condition a pipe to this and only this blend. I have not had it smoke too hot, or have a tendency to gurgle at me, but it can bite if you get too excited and try to suck it down like a big gulp from 7-11.

If you like robust tobaccos, with out lots that oriental bite, give this one a shot. Also goes well with Dalmore Cigar Malt Scotch.

August 2014 update: Still a unique, well made, finely balanced blend. But now that I revisit it with many more blends under my belt, I wonder if I will come back again after this tin. Not for any fault of this blends flavor(wonderful), aroma(rich and cloying), and quality(top notch). But more for the fact that after being away from the vitamin N intentionally for a couple years, I find it leaving me tired and physically worn out after a big bowl full. Maybe my tolerance is flagging, or maybe this batch is more sodden with ol' nic than what I had previously, but I need to move the strength up to "strong"

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PipePaladin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipePaladin (78)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A different kind of smoke here.. Exotic Virginias predominate in a unique character blend.. Definitely worth a try..

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geocritter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
geocritter (20)
Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Peterson's Irish Oak is a really nice change from some of the latakia blends or virginia blends, an easy to light, burns to the bottom of the bowl leaving only light gray ash mixture that I found to be, for my tastebuds, very complex and complicated. The mustiness is almost the first thing that you notice, but it's a good kind of mustiness that makes you sense that you are in the middle of the woods (which I find very attractive). The blend changes flavors during burning, becoming a little hot if I puff too much too fast, but once it settles down, it's very nice. Room note was ok, although the resident room-note expert indicated to me that this blend didn't leave a great smell.

I did find that my tastebuds tended to get used to the complexity very rapidly and that I would get to the point where it would cease to be noticable; meaning, after a few pipefuls, it was more like a general virginia blend than anything else. But if I smoked something else, then came back to it on the next round, I found the wonderful complex flavors there again. As such, I wouldn't want Irish Oak to be my mainstay, and I think I might keep some in my rotation, but I probably won't go out of my way to buy it again. At the same time, I would certainly not pass up a pipeful if it's available. So I give it 2 stars. The complexity alone should go 3 stars, but it just wasn't all that for me.

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Captain Pete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Captain Pete (83)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

First off, I am only going two stars on this due simply to the fact that I suspect a lot of what's out there needs to be put away and aged for awhile before being smoked. If you're looking for it, look for a can that has been on your tobacconist's shelf for awhile. I strongly suspect that aging would really bring out the flavors that are otherwise merely subtle undertones.

The stuff really smoked easy right from the can, no need to let it dry. It didn't have an overwhelming aroma, just a whiff of something really nice. I couldn't detect any one specific flavor or tobacco at first. There was a faint citrusy taste mixed with a little bit of floral aroma; kind of like what you get in really good Ethiopian sidamo coffee.

Another striking charactaristic, one that I liked, was the peatiness to the taste and aroma. I've heard this described about good scotch, but I don't drink the stuff, so wouldn't know. But there was a peatiness to it, and it was really unique and nice. A nice, mildly sweet blend, with no tongue bite whatsoever. None, zip, zero.

**After some good old dashboard stoving, the flavors have really begun to come out quite well in this blend. I have to bump my recomendation up to three stars. I can't give it four stars due to the fact that it isn't great right out of the tin, needing a little time to get itself together.

All in all, a very good tobacco. I loved the taste, but it was just not quite "all there" yet. Like I said, I think that several months of aging would do this particular blend very well, and I suspect that those who are experiencing a strong perique flavor are getting tins that have got some age to them. As for comparing it to cigarettes; that's just nuts, unless you roll your own with some very high quality tobacco.

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gho Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gho (9)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am smoking a bowl of some slightly dry rests of Irish Oak I found in a tin right now. While other virginia/perique combos I have tried (St. James Flake, Holker Twist) have a considerably deeper and not necessarily better character, Irish Oak presents itself lighter, I would almost say airy and playful. The tingly perique keeps the overall impression from being superficial and the pleasant sherry note adds a nice descant. This blend ist done with skill and can provide an uncomplicated experience far from being exhausting.

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Danno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Danno (102)
Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

2006 has been hectic thus far for me. As a treat to myself and rather than further depelenish my meagre tobacco stocks, I purchased a tin of Irish Oak. I assume this is the Danish version, replete with a plain green tin sticker. I have never chanced to try the Murray's offering. I had a devil of a time breaking the seal on this one, and had to resort to some violence. Once open the blend smells very similar to Royal Yacht, which had my hopes running high. The tobacco itself is a hither and thither rough cut of blond and black and quite visually striking. Lightup is easy as the moisture level is slightly on the dry side, much to my preference. Other reviewers have made mention of this offering as an Irish interpretation of Elizabethan or Escudo. I would compare it to neither of those but feel it has merit on its own. The perique comes on assertively about 1/4 of the way down the bowl and the virginia flavor is superlative. This blend sings in every pipe I possess. The flavor is full and I, contrary to others here, rather enjoy the room aroma. IO pairs exceptionally well with a strong cup of English tea and the finish is dark and deep. I am impressed.

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Steerpike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steerpike (60)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Got given a tin of this by a friend, ho didnt like it as it reminded him of cigarettes. I see his point. Its a rather mild blend predominantly of VA, supposedly containing Perique. I rarely notice this flavour in the smoke, they seem to hae been a bit stingy with it at the blending room. I think it's trying to be like Dunhills Elizabethan (Which I am not a huge fan of) but with less perique. It does have a complexity of its own, but the overall taste is so mild I am uninspired to smoke it again. A splash of whiskey ehanced it a little, so I smoke it in a clay while wandering about town on rainy days- it stays lit no trouble, and by turning the clay upside down I can keep the rain out. I hope I finish it soon.

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Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Stout in nicotine content, and stout in Perique content, Irish Oak is a satisfying blend. There is a singularity to the taste which is attributable, in my opinion, to the absence of North American Virginias. Since my own preference is precisely for those Virginias Irish Oak will remain a change of pace, occasional smoke.

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Hemlock Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hemlock (60)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

the fermentation of the perique comes through. Nice once you hit the zone at the second third of the bowl, with peppery notes. The final bit was a little bitter when smoked in a medium bowl. Could use a little drying out from the tin to keep a good burn. Might try it again, but didn't stand out enough to get a tin for the cellar.

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Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Too finely cut for me. This leads to a pronounced harshness due to the burn rate. Would make a good roll-your-own tobac for those who like strong Euro-Canadian cigarettes. Two and one-half stars.

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GaryScott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GaryScott (8)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I like to add just a pinch of perique to this blend just to make sure I'm smoking pure perique. In other words, this stuff is heavy on the perique. The oddest thing is that, as other reviewers noticed, it's not even noticable early on. By mid-bowl, it has a pleasant role. By the final third of the bowl, it's dominating.

Stay away if you don't at least like perique.

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BostonPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BostonPipe (83)
Strong Mild Medium Tolerable

I see this as a work-shop, puttering around the yard smoke. It lets you know that it is there, and has some decent flavor. However, it is not in the class of blends that I would describe as sit-back and "Experience It" types.

It definitely has a unique taste. "nice, pleasant, unobtrusive." The cavendish is probably responsible for keeping this blend smooth and consistent throughout the run of the bowl. One needs to take care not to puff too fast as this can be an unforgiving blend in this regard. The perique seems to be the main character that interplays on the way down the bowl.

It burns to a fine grey-white ash with little dottle left. Nice, O.K., smoke

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