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A traditional Irish blend. Burley leafs from Africa, Brazil, India and dark fired Kentucky from Italy, lightly flavored with Irish Whiskey for a unique aroma.

BrandPeterson
Blended ByMac Baren
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBurley, Kentucky
FlavoringWhisky
CutRibbon
Packaging50g Tin
CountryIE
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
Mild
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Tolerable

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

The taste and aroma is full on this one. With a little patience you'll discover burley at his best mix with whatever else (in this case Kentucky). Whiskey is here but... you'll not notice if you already are after one glass of it, so if you wanna discover, try cognac or whatever else alcoholic drink. It burn evenly with no effort and you can let away the pipe for 3-4 min in discussion with no problems

4 people found this review helpful.

The Punisher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Punisher (44)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I will be brief, for a change. This is a nice burley dominated blend, mostly dark brown with some medium brown and a minority of golden brown. The cut is fine and average length.

The aroma is slightly sweet, mostly natural tobacco. I conducted a test and breathed from a Jameson bottle and compared with the tin the similarities between the aromas. The results were somewhat similar.

As the wise Pipestud said, our one and only Patriarch, you must need some hair on your chest before challenging this mixture. If you do, this smokes smooth, without biting and leaves you fully satisfied on the nicotine department.

Definitively recommended.

4 people found this review helpful.

twaksak Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
twaksak (30)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Realy nice blend. No tongue bite, nice aroma and slight notes of sweetness on the tongue. Also nice room note. I even went out to buy another tin - easy one of my new favorites. I prefer more strenght so that didn't bother me. Notes of the whisky flavour but not too strong.

Pipe Used: Stanwell & Bari

Purchased From: JJ Cale Tobacconist

3 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Irish Whiskey is a blend only a true pipe smoker with years of experience can really appreciate. You newbys should steer clear until you develop some hairs on your chest! Lots of nicotine in this blend! It contains mostly virginias, but has enough burley to keep the smoke cool. The light misting of whiskey is barely detected, but slower puffing will bring the flavor to the forefront.

If you enjoy smoking 4 or 5 bowls a day, this may not be the blend for you. Though gentle on the tongue, it gives the palate a good pasting, and you will feel the presence of the smoke for several hours after completing your pipe load.

The nicotine content will satisfy the veteran and cross the eyes of the neophyte. Enjoy!

3 people found this review helpful.

SmokeDawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeDawg (52)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Oh HELL YES. This is exactly what I was looking for. Just finished a tin of The Royal Yacht and was looking for a good replacement to accompany my mornings of coffee and a reading. Something was going on with this blend as its usually plentiful but when I went to order, 3 of my usual 4 tobacconist had it sold out.

Scored a tin from PipesandCigars. Thanks guys you rock. Loaded my Peterson XL305. The flame took to the bacca like a fat girl to a pizza. This is a great tasting burley blend with great aroma and room note. I don't consider this an aromatic but a good solid natural tobacco blend with a topping. The topping shows and is wonderful for this Irishman. And, yes it's a great Irish Whisky flavor. It adds interest with sweetness and flavor to an already quality and pleasant burley blend. Nice nicotine kick to give it that morning punch. I already like it better than Royal Yacht because it taste more natural. RY though good, had a unnatural chemical taste to it. Irish Whiskey is a man's tobacco. It will put hair on your chest.. so if you are a female fellow piper and smokes Irish Whiskey watch out… or email some pics…. ;) I will give it 4 stars as I can't find anything negative to this blend. Its just right for me. However if you aren't looking for this style of blend you will be disappointed. Happy smoking fellow pipers.. Smoke it up!

Pipe Used: Peterson XL305

Purchased From: PipesandCIgars.com

Similar Blends: The Royal Yacht..

1 person found this review helpful.

tomspeed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tomspeed (22)
★★★★
Very Mild Extremely Mild Mild Unnoticeable

One of the lovely blend of Peterson great pipe tobacco test so mild and sweet, flavored with Irish Whiskey born easy with great smell I suggest every pipe smoker should try it cos become your favorite after one try :)

Pipe Used: Alpascia

Age When Smoked: 39

Purchased From: Davidoff shop Brussels

Similar Blends: Sherlock Holmes.

1 person found this review helpful.

Jdor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jdor (13)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I was quite new to pipe smoking when I got my IW tin, and it ceirtainly surprised me with it's nicotine content. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it a lot! It was my first experience with real tobacco taste, so I was smoking slowly, tasting the unique characteristics of burley leaves and feeling the change in tones. It was a great experience.

Upon opening the tin, I could smell the whiskey topping among the nutty burleys. While smoking though, the aroma was subte, being barely noticeable after the first half of the bowl. Packing is really easy, and I had no trouble with tongue bite.

Definitely gonna buy this one again! (and soon, I think I got about one pipefull left only)

Age When Smoked: New

Similar Blends: Sentimiento Nacional - Mezcla Regular I (Natural Blends).

1 person found this review helpful.

Hitchhiker42 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hitchhiker42 (2)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Coming from Ireland I can vouch for the Irish Whisky notes in this blend. Others said they could not detect it but it is definitely there. The taste upon initial lighting is like Bushmills Honey blend. The tobacco is overpowering to smoke and hindered by a harsh cigarette-y nature. I found this difficult to enjoy, even in small quantities. It burns hot straight out of the tin and rewards smokers with a good deal of tongue bite. There is a nutty note to the burley--one of the few redeeming qualities--but the dry cigarette character of the bowl makes this a tough one to like. The nicotine hit is even stronger than Condor, another Irish blend. I think I will give this one a pass in the future. It tastes like a dry pack of Winstons you found under the seat of your car. If I could offer one suggestion to Petersons I would say this blend needs to be cut in half with some good black cavendish. That would mellow out the rough, biting nature of this harsh overpowering blend.

Pipe Used: Peterson's, German briar

Age When Smoked: New tin

Purchased From: Peterson's, Dublin

Similar Blends: Winston Cigarettes.

1 person found this review helpful.

SpeedyPete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SpeedyPete (16)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

The funny thing about this tobacco is that, although I'm not a burley man, I quite like IW. It's been in my rotation now for at least 12 months and I still did not get tired of it. It's quality tobacco, it's a pure and honest tobacco and it tastes like TOBACCO should. Although I believe it's flavoured with whisky, I can't taste it. There is a bit of sweetness, which as a virginia fan, I like. No tongue bite, easy to light and burns evenly right through to the bottom of the bowl. All in all it's the kind of tobacco any piper should have in his/her collection.

Edit 27/05/2014: I've spiced IW with about 30% granulated perique and now I have one lovely tobacco!

Pipe Used: Savinelli Pisa

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Curiosity Hut

1 person found this review helpful.

JBirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JBirish (1)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

Now, I'm somewhat new to pipe, 10 months, but this blend seams a little...rough? I was expecting a little more flavor and a more pleasant room note.

When I opened the tin it smelled delicious and had a heavy nutty smell. My wife loves that smell so that's great but the smells changes so very much when smoking. It however dose not burn too hot at all if smoked leisurely.

As I said the taste is not really a whiskey taste which is disappointing. I love Irish whiskey so much but it, to me, had no taste of whiskey at all but it's not way too bad.

All and all, I may get it again and mix it with my Irish cream blend.

1 person found this review helpful.

Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
★☆☆☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable

Burley. Chemical casing purporting to taste like whiskey. Mmmmmm...

I LOVE Irish whiskey wisely and well, but would rather sip it neat out of a glass, while smoking something far more entertaining than this.

1 person found this review helpful.

H Gillman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
H Gillman (32)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

Nicely cut ribbons primarily med brown. Tin note is wonderful. Subtle sweetness with that aroma of fermented tobacco. Tin moisture is perfect for immediate smoke. Lights easily and stays lit whilst sipping from top to bottom. Mild sweet notes with beautiful flavours of the host tobaccos. The casing is by no means over powering.

Not a "wow" factor tobacco, but a nice smoke nonetheless.

Pipe Used: Several Pete's

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Jades Smokers Corner

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (184)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Full Pleasant

Irish Whiskey . The moment you open this you get the most full Whiskey aroma you can imagine . The Ribbons are of a nice size and hold a good moisture amount . It is very easy to light up and delivers a very steady burn without the smoke being too hot . The Whiskey only adds a delicate touch to the smoke , allowing the burley to take some credit , which is quite a surprise as the unlit Tobacco was quite potent with Whiskey ! Nicotine content is good and if you desire to inhale it you can with ease . It does bite me a touch but only if I really pull hard on it . Room note is fairly standard for the Tobaccos included but it does have a very slight floral note to it . A very "classy" tasting Tobacco .

Pipe Used: Mr Brog

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

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radioisotope Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
radioisotope (17)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

This is great stuff and is always in my rotation. It has a great amount of nic and tobacco flavor for me and pleasant smell for my wife. She begs me to smoke it around her. It's the perfect compromise. Thanks irish whiskey, you saved my marriage!

Pipe Used: Mesut meerschaum

Age When Smoked: 6 months

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owengeorge Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
owengeorge (2)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Beautifully presented, upon opening the tin, the sharp smell of whiskey is fairly strong. However contrary to the darkness of the tobacco, the experience is fairly mild. Nice and sweet tasting, not sure I can pick up on the whiskey in the smoke itself. Not a real presence in the room; not unpleasant, but not a particularly aromatic room note.
Nice an slow burning for a relaxing smoke with minimal relighting.
Very pleasant mix.

Pipe Used: Casini bent billiard

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: La Casa Del Habano, Teddington

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TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (126)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I really enjoyed this one. I am not really sure if I even picked up any taste of whiskey at all, but I am sure it was there. If you are looking for a lot of whiskey flavor I think this could leave you disappointed. This, to my tastes was sort of like an Irish Flake Light. Although I didn't enjoy it as much as IF, I did prefer it to University Flake.

To me it is just a fine tasting burley blend. If I had any complaints it would be that my pipe tended to get a little hot and gurgly, but that could just be the pipe I smoked it in. I usually reserve it for mild aros. Definitely recommended to the burley lover.

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manno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
manno (37)
★☆☆☆
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

no aroma, no aromatic flavor, harsh tobacco flavor, and that's after a full tin in different pipes on different days at different times of those days over a month. burley at its worst. to use a word from the piper's lexicon -- yucky.

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PhillyB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PhillyB (29)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

After smoking this blend for a while I just keep enjoying it more! The main flavors I get are sweet and nutty, and the whiskey is very subtle. It makes me a little buzzy, but not enough so as to knock me flat. Would definitely recommend this blend and keep a tin handy.

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JustinCarcerated Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JustinCarcerated (51)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Loving Irish Whiskey's as I do-Tullamore Dew in a French-pressed coffee is fantastic btw, I thought I'd at least like this aro. It's my third aro from Peterson, and CC was a 3 , SB a 2, but if I could give IW a zero, that's what it would get. I tried drying it out, even heeding the advice here of leaving the tin open x 2 days.

Nothing helps this horribly harsh nasty tasting stuff. I can't tell if its strong or the harshness of it makes me think its strong. Smells lightly of Peterson casings, but no taste, other than crap.

Doesn't turn me off of Peterson's, as UF is a top 5 of mine. I'm going to try Irish Flake to see if its an Irish thing...

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erthbound0 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
erthbound0 (8)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The smell out of this tin is delicious. One of the most natural sweet smelling tins I've ever smelled, with an ever so slight hint of whiskey and a lot of creme smell. Awesome

It burned perfectly all the way down the bowl. No moisture build up, easy to get started and stay lit.

The taste is not something that punches you in the face, but it is there and a very good light smoke. Gets even better down the bowl. It is really growing on me and I find myself craving it in the mornings.

Room note is very light for those looking not to reek up a room.

Definitely worth a try.

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Jallen49 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jallen49 (22)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

First of all it needs to be said that there is hardly any whiskey flavoring in this blend. Upon smelling the tin I hint of whiskey can be detected. However, smoking it is a different story. I like to think I'm pretty receptive to aromatic blends, but I cannot taste the whiskey at all. What I do taste is top quality Virginia leaf.

If you're someone who likes only a slight hint of flavoring added to your Virginia blends, this blend is certainly for you. However if you're someone who's looking for a whiskey flavored explosion, avoid this blend.

As for the Virginia's themselves it's a lighter Virginia, not dark and toasty, but more earthy and hayish with a slight, very slight touch of citrus.

No tongue bite and no gargle. Very well-behaved.

As a straight Virginia this blend gets four stars in my opinion, but for an aromatic blend I have to give it only three stars due to the lack of flavoring.

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mo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mo (79)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

A few years ago i bought my first tin of Irish Oak ( with the old label ) and did not think much of that blend to be honest.

It is only recently that i discovered that it was actually Irish Whiskey i was smoking and Petersons had mixed up the tin lids.

I would never buy an Alcohol flavoured blend, i do not drink and do not know what Whiskey is supposed to taste like, I will therefore rate this tobacco for how it smoked.

I did find the topping to cause nausea, it had an annoying lingering taste that i really did not enjoy at all. As expected with Petersons, leaf quality and presentation was impeccable.

This blend was not something i enjoyed but i am sure pipesmokers who can appreciate the taste of Whiskey could enjoy it.

YMMV

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who broke my clay pipe? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
who broke my clay pipe? (45)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

50g round tin.

Tin aroma:Opening the tin it smells archetypically 'Peterson' in a familier cavendish aromatic sence,but not so potent as their other aromatic offerings - a slight familier sweetened vanilla-esque/maple syrup-ness factor.

A deeper sniff and i get the richness of the base baccy which is quite vineous/winey like a brighter virginia,and an earthy soily peaty burley with a slight burnt/toasty raisin bun factor(kentucky i presume).

An old peterson product brochure has a more elaborate description of this offering: "A traditional Irish ready rubbed blend renowned for its smooth smoking quality.This blend incorporates various selected Virginia leaf to provide roundness of taste.Kentucky fired,Indian cured and aromatic Thailand Burley are then added to the main blend.Finally a light spray of Irish Whiskey essence gives this tobacco its final unique aroma."

Yes it has a mild whisky ghost essence;this is the second time i have purchased this (@7 years later)because i wanted to revisit this baccy because i found it difficult to finish first time round in my earlier piping days.(i didn't actually like whisky that much at the time,but i had a morbid curiosity to face a challenge when i saw this on the tobacconist shelf;i thought what the hell).

Anyway this new tin is considerably milder on the nose regarding the whisky topping than the first tin thats for sure,but the same taste more or less baccy-wise in the pipe while smoking in the pipe.

This my first pipe re-trial 7 years later is in a red pyrolytic linered synthetic bowl material 1970's "the smoke-village shape"venturi pipe,basically because i think it has the right sympathetic draught for a 'Kentucky'mixture and that it doesn't ghost like a briar if this trial becomes a trial.

Tin appearance:Brown-dark brown slim cut ribbons - i distinctly remember the last tin being more of a rubbed flake appearance,so maybe its changed a little bit(7 years);this new tin seems more rubbed out.

I still have my penciled notes on this written on the Peterson brochure which came with my first 'Peterson rustic bent apple 303'(a nice pipe i havent used in ages)with 'P-lip' and moisture trap stem.

I ordererd the whole range of Peterson tobacco online to give me my first taster of baccy beyond supermarket/service station/newsagent OTC UK brands(some of those Petersons i still make a mandatory purchase of btw.

Evidentally i found this one a challenge at the time and is i suppose a bit of a 'crossover' blend in simular league perhaps to other 'stand alone' enigmatics like their own "Irish Oak",Erinmore Mixture,and maybe Condor ready rubbed.

Old notes: "Tin aroma:of the whiskey you find in cheap sickly liquer chocolates and not like the actual drink at all:Between old spice aftershave,vodka, and a sweet syrupy 'Drambui',but more sort of an artificial synthetic perfume immitation whiskey"..

(this put me off trying other whisky blends for a few years and made me weary of whiskey itself)

More:"room note of mild old bakery spices and bells scotch whisky smelt from a distance. The initial tin aroma soon leaves the tin and doesn't intrude in the smoke as much if left to open air for a couple of days.

The taste of the baccy beneath this whiskey topping(?)is of a very cool neutral alegorically "white" flavour - almost like plain white flour,but not tasteless;actually full and strong but monotone - just sort of natural nice akin to a peat bog watery earthness/water biscuits or rye bread/german pumpernickel. Savoury more than sweet.

Different to any others i have so far tasted,nice strong substratum but totally offensive poor topping,couldn't finish this tin off easy"(wasn't keen on whiskey at the time but hoped this would be an easy smoking equivalent). "Very cool tasting drysmoke,no tongue bite and as cool as a cucumber esp compared to other Peterson aromatics like 'Sweet Killarney'.

Tobacco texture like cool moist compost soil(Irish peat). Aroma sociable enough but sickly whiskey factor spins me out. Quite slow burning,but would be nicer without the whiskey essence which intrudes over a quality tobacco."

(present time)I wanted to like this tobacco at the time because the baccy seemed quite serious and the nicotine seemed quite strong as well.I was smoking this in two extreme pipes at the time:a bavarian briar like a swiss looking mountain folk pipe,and a clay Wilsons churchwarden,the first with quite an open inner draught and the clay with a tight draught smoke tube.

Irish whiskey seemed quite consistant in both obove pipes in taste but milder in the long clay which i eventaully over a year later used to finish the tin off.

I will note that i definately ghosted both pipes,i eventually gave the bavarian pipe away and the long clay toook over a year to let go of the whiskey ghost(everytime i went to use it i would get the vile fake whiskey at certain moments).

2ND Tin review: This second tin is tasting like the first tin after i had really let the first tin air out and age a year - i am currently smoking this strait out of the fresh new tin ok. The chances are that if this new tin was like the first example that i might even like it now because i have more tobacco and whiskey experience,and can accept more robust and tricky smokes and aromas.(funny how things change)

In a way i am dissapointed that this 2nd tin has not got the original aromatic potency of the first one,but its working alright in this intermediate gauge @4mm smoke tube draught pyrolytic pipe.

I get an earthy Burley - mature aged virginia - slight oriental - very Kentucky - and slight sweet Cavendish(the brochure doesn't actually mention Cavendish or Oriental BTW)

A robust full whole wheat factor like a digestive biscuit,toasty sweet bread and a malty brown sugar base,witha a very mild whiskey topping,earthy as Irish peat.

I suppose it tastes a cross between Peterson 'University Flake','Erinmore Flake' and possibly 'Condor Ready Rubbed' if you don't include their applied aromatic properties.

Contains nicotine on par with 'University Flake'.TBH and realistic,i think it was sensible of Peterson to ditch their earlier applied Whiskey essence,because as far as whiskey goes, it was like a confection liqueur blended with vodka mixed with 'old spice' aftershave and pavement vomit..This new incarnation is basically what i would of liked to have smoked first time round and is now a definate repurchaseable candidate for rotation..

Any whiskey drinker with an imagination now has a perfect white canvas from which they can apply their own 'real' whiskey to augment it if they wish.(i got some 'Bells Scotch Blended','Jack Daniels' in the cuboard,,maybe some 'Lambs Navy Rum'). But;even as it is,its fine and i have re-christened this in my mind's tongue as "Petersons Sweet Irish Peat Bog",for an instant memorisation of its overall earthy impression.(I haver about 50 baccies on the go at the moment,so this won't go too quickly).

Knowing this is safe in my ghost repellant pyrolytic venturi pipe,i expect this new incarnation of Irish Whiskey would perform safe and well in my cooler 'falcon' pipes.

This is definately now a 3-star* baccy and i'm glad i revisited it.It has definately improved although i think the original rubbed flake presentation gave a cooler smoke.

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

A naturally sweet, rich and warm smoke. There are comparably dark tobaccos in the tin, which pack easily and smoke dry to a white, fine ash without gurgling and getting too hot. Clearly a Burley mixture, with a medium to high dose of nicotine. A tad lighter than 3P or Irish Flake, but richer and more interesting than Sherlock Holmes. Light "whiskey" topping tastes and smells great, slightly floral, spicy and very consistent over the whole bowl. Zero tongue-bite. Great cigarillo-like taste if retrohaled, slightly tingly on the tongue and in the nose. I find the room note to be pleasant, a bit like fresh sawdust. If you like dark, full tastes (like Royal Yacht, Irish Flake, Best Brown Flake), you should try this one. Have to agree with a review below who wrote that IW makes you hungry. I find Burley blends generally be good appetizers. For what it's worth: Peterson's Irish Whiskey is a staple in my rotation.

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Grandad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Grandad (8)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Being new to pipe smoking and having a love of Irish whiskey, this was my first choice of tobacco and I'm glad it was too! Both the taste and the smell was very pleasant and with only one light, I found this very easy to sit, relax and read a book with. The taste of tobacco I didn't find too overpowering but if you're not used to strong tasting tobacco's, like the taste you get with a good cigar, I'd try something a little more mild first.

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meerkat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
meerkat (64)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Since the latest change to St. Bruno Ready Rubbed(about a year ago now, I think) I have not enjoyed it nearly as much. However, I do not fear, as Peterson's Irish Whiskey makes a fine replacement.

It's not the same as St. Bruno but it is certainly playing in the same ball park. A Virginia and Kentucky blend with a pleasing, yet subtle, sweetness. It has less of the sweet herbal notes which I enjoyed in St. Bruno but brings an added breath of sweet alcohol to the mix. It's not overwhelming, though. At least I didn't find it so. The main player here is definately the mix of Virginia and Kentucky leaf. If you are familiar with the Va/Ky blends from Gawith Hoggarth, G.L.Pease's Cumberland or Peterson's own Irish Flake you'll be recognise some of the charicteristics of this tobacco. It's not floral like the lakeland blends can be, it is sweeter and has less black coffee notes than GLP's Cumberland and it's not nearly as strong in nicotine as Irish Flake but there is some noticable common genetic ground between all of these blends.

The fine, mahogany brown, strands make for easy packing and few relights. This blend is trouble free and genuinely satisfying in both flavour and nicotine.

Recommended.

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stricklandj Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
stricklandj (1)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

After waiting several years for my local shop to get Peterson tobaccos in stock, I was pleasantly surprised today to see several. I was stuck between choosing Irish Whiskey and Sherlock Holmes, so I had my wife choose. Since I love Irish whiskey, she chose this blend. I am very glad she did. I was very pleasantly surprised after smoking a bowl immediately upon opening. I had absolutely no problems with this tobacco going out, right out of the can. I expected to have to relight due to dampness many others mentioned. Once I lit the bowl, I did not have to relight once.

Admittedly, the first few puffs were rather strong, and induced some mild coughing fits. However, those fits quickly died off, and Irish Whiskey proved to be a very smooth and pleasant smoke. I really didn't taste any Irish Whiskey flavor, but am looking forward to it as this tobacco ages. I think this should be called Irish Whiskey for another reason. I love to drink a glass of Jameson while smoking a bowl of tobacco. This particular tobacco enhanced the smoothness and taste of the Jameson to the point it was almost heaven. I enjoy Jameson, but I don't think I've enjoyed it this much. I can tell this is going to prove to be a treasured Sunday afternoon combination.

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bearsy87 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bearsy87 (10)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

the second peterson tobacco i have tried, much better than sherlock holmes. there is much more flavour and it is deeper and more complex than some of the other irish blends i have tried. overall a great smoke but may not be for the novice.

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Mike__P Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike__P (87)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Whoa -- this is tasty stuff! I've been on a Vrigina/Burley/sometimes Kentucky journey lately, looking to break things up from all the Balkans. I tried Irish Whiskey at the recommendation of a good tobacconist, who said, "Don't let the name fool you." He was right; this is no goopy aero, folks. This is serious tobacco, with sweet, rich flavor and a very satisfying dose of nicotine. (My tin contained ribbons, not ready-rubbed, so maybe the recipe has changed.) It contains many of the same ingredients as Peterson's flakes, just unpressed, which provides subtle but interesting differences.

Don't worry about drying it out much. Just watch your cadence and don't use too large a bowl. It can bite at the bottom, which is the only drawback, and I am docking it a star because of this. But it's damn good while it lasts.

Worth a try for a change of pace.

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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (513)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Taking the advice of some of the other reviewers, I opted to open the tin and let it air out for a few days. I must agree with that approach as it worked well for me. Some may say that it is a “cross-over” blend and not a full on aro and that may be the case as it is on the border, but for me I would classify it as a light aromatic that is pleasantly sweet. I didn't taste a lot of whiskey flavor in the blend although there seems to be a light tin note of whiskey. It doesn't leave my pipe wet and burns cleanly. This is an aro with some kick as Lady N makes herself known, although not in an overpowering way. Considering that Peterson also makes Irish Flake and University Flake, I would gage the nicotine as less than those two blends. Having finished my tin of Irish Whiskey, it was worth the cost of the tin, however I am not sure if it will be making another appearance in the cellar as it was good, but not memorable. Recommended.

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DirtbikesAndPipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DirtbikesAndPipes (3)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Everyone who dislikes this blend has the same problem, "no whiskey flavor, too strong, smoke casuses coughing, intolerable room note". Literally every one of these problems can be solved by one thing; let the tobacco age for about a month!

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Davie Jones Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Davie Jones (61)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant

Funny, this mixture has changed since last time I smoked it. It was a ready rubbed flake when I smoked in 08, with a stronger aroma.

Now the cut is like Sherlock Holmes and the smell very similar. The taste is different as well, deeper, more persistant in a good way.

I love it. Packs some good Vitamine N, smokes well and satisfies me.

I am wondering if I don't like this new format better. I think i do.

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Cicero Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cicero (5)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The Irish whiskey flavoring is faint, but I believe this allows for the true, and great, tobaccos to be the highlight of this irish blend. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking to mature their tobacco palate away from sweeter aromatics.

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Trippwire Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Trippwire (58)
★★★☆
Strong Medium Medium Tolerable

My first pipe tobacco... Took a few bowls to get used to, but by the end of the tin, I was loving it. Gets a bit on the strong side at the end of the bowl, but overall very nice. Buy more.

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Taste Buds Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Taste Buds (135)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was surprised by the luke-warm reviews of this blend. I would classify it as a semi-aromatic, as the tobacco flavor comes through loud and clear. After a little drying out of the tin it is good to go. A very tasty burley-virginia that burns cooly from start to finish. The nicotene is very tolerable, especially compared to other Peterson blends. The whiskey adds a light sweetness and the taste is consistant throughout the bowl. I like this a lot!

Update: I am raising my rating to 4 stars, as additional drying has improved this blend even further. The taste is now more rounded and cohesive. Reviewer Claudius Stratavarius was right.

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HokieGeek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HokieGeek (23)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Well, this was a bowl full of meh. It smelled ok, but the taste was pretty boring. I want my latakia or va flakes back!

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nitekrawlr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
nitekrawlr (26)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Hmmmm...I fail to detect the Irish Whiskey. That being said, I discovered if you open the tin, and let the tobacco breath for a day or two, you'll find a quite tasty smoke.

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gunner525 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gunner525 (44)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I've been through almost an entire tin of this tobacco now and I have to say I've enjoyed it. Being of Irish heritage, I'm a sucker for whisky and this blend has just the right flavor of it. It burns pretty evenly and not too quickly. The aroma is well received by those I've smoked it around. Surely worth a go if you like whisky.

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Pipesrevisited Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipesrevisited (45)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Opened the tin at the same time as Irish Oak and Sherlock Holmes in order to work my way through Peterson's Traditional Blends. My favourite tobacco's now are BBF, Flake Medallions and Holker Twist. Still searching for 'my' Latakia blend.

Basicly I smoke these Traditional Blends when I cannot decide what to smoke, be it in the morning as first pipe of the day or in the evening as first pipe before or after dinner.

All three fulfill this role admirably and Irish Whiskey to this date is the only Whiskey flavored blend I like. Mainly because the flavor -after the tin has been opened a month- is very unobtrusive but jus enough to endear it to me as a change from the other 'traditionals'.

Recommended to try and taste for yourself..

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PipeViceroy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeViceroy (5)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I found it sticks with you for hours, despite what you eat or drink. A nice night time smoke, makes you a little hungry not that is a bad thing. Also a strang bite that is rather pleasant on the tounge. Burns a little quick when dry, but goes out if to wet. I cannot seem to find a happy middle for it. A good tobacco that i would buy again and let it age about a year.

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TheGalwegian Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TheGalwegian (3)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Notes on my first bowl: I opened the tin, had a sniff, as is my custom, and thought 'yep, smells like a Peterson blend'. A lot of their tobaccos smell remarkably similar, despite different casings and tobaccos being used. I'm no stranger to Peterson, it being all I could get for quite a while,and I currently have sunset breeze, luxury blend, gold blend, university flake, 3Ps and Irish oak under my belt. I was surprised to hear of so many reviewers likening this to University flake, as I found the two completely different. UF was horrible. Smoked harsh, unpleasant tobacco flavour, chemical casing, extremely damp and hard to keep lit (I dried it to a crisp, and that made it hold it's glow, but infinitely worsened the bite). IW was mild, too damp out of the tin (as all Petersons are), casing was present, but hard to find and define (french inhaling brought it out the most, as you would expect). I'm currently drying some, which should improve the flavour and ability to light, and as there was no bite either on the tongue or the throat that shouldn't be an issue. It left a slightly odd taste in my mouth, not unpleasant, but not what I would call desirable. The nicotine content was almost undetectable, as I have just come off a series of serious plugs (Warrior, Mick McQuaid, Yachtsman, 3Ps, Condor and others), but to the light smoker it should certainly satisfy. Good quality tobacco, as is the norm for Peterson, and a fairly natural tasting casing, which is sometimes where they can fall short. Room not was pleasant, my house-mate commented that it was certainly more of a tobacco smell than the casing. Relit twice (the drying should stop that, plus I cut my plug extremely fine and pack tight, so I'm used to an inextinguishable bowl), a little goop at the bottom, though the dottle wasn't terrible (again, I'm drying it). I have high hopes for this blend once I've had my way with it, and I may do an edit to update you all. €17.50 for 50 grams, which is horribly expensive but usual for Peterson.

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ccwman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ccwman (6)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Unnoticeable

IW is not what I thought it would be when I ordered the tin. I was excited to try it, popped the seal and loaded a bowl in a cob to test. Nothing.

It burned ok and needed a bit of drying which I attempted several different ways. One method was to let the tin dry open for a few minutes (up to an hour). A second attempt occurred by placing a bowl full on a piece of paper to allow it to room dry for about 30 minutes. Finally I put a small amount in the microwave and tried that in a bowl as well.

Lights were fine after drying and I may have tasted a mild coffee to chocolate flavor but absolutely no whiskey flavor. IW burned hot when thoroughly dried (a la microwave).

In an attempt to raise the aroma I mixed with some of the CB - White (an opened pouch remained in my humidor) to give a bit better aroma, but that didn't help it either. No bad aroma - its just missing as far as I can tell. Overall IW is unremarkable. Save your money for a Jamesons instead of buying the IW

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SmokeKing David Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeKing David (114)
★☆☆☆
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I really did not enjoy this blend. It seemed too artificial; not just because it's an aromatic, as there are some aromatics that I really like.

I smoked it straight out of the tin, and after letting it dry. I was really hoping to like it. But for whatever reason, I disliked the taste. This just did not agree with me.

Govern Yourself Accordingly.

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Claudius Stradivarius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Claudius Stradivarius (171)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

This is my favorite cased Burley ever. I smoke it regularly.

It is very important that you let this tobacco dry out extensively before smoking it (3-4 weeks)because it is not lightly flavored with Irish Whiskey but rather heavily flavored with it. If you do not let it dry you will go through a negative experience.

Smoked carefully and with skill - meaning not pushed but smoked slowly, this mixture is very rewarding. The tobacco is bold, rich, sweet and has a nice level of nicotine.

The dark Kentucky is awesome.

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The Edge Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Edge (1)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I agree that the tin needs a bit of drying out when purchased, but I still enjoyed the first smoke right away. The whiskey flavour is very subtle, but the blend is great. After trying most of the Peterson blends, for me this is at the top alongside the University, and is great experience when enjoyed with a tumbler of Jameson neat.

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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

A very pleasant mild aromatic with no tongue bite and cool burn. Like all Peterson tobaccos, the base leaves are top quality, and the mild casing only adds sweetness and a liquor taste to a smoke dominated by burley and complemented by Virginias and Kentucky.

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Aromaniac Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Aromaniac (7)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

One of the best whiskey aromatics around, probably only surpassed by Sweet Dublin. Not artificial like the MacBaren aro's, and actually a stronger blend than you would expect for a such.

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johnson430 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
johnson430 (7)
★☆☆☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

This tobacco fails miserably. This is my first Peterson and I can say that I am very disappointed. Dry and weak smelling in the tin. There is no whiskey smell in this blend, none. This has an odd tin smell, almost like someone with stinky feet took off their shoes. Dank and unbecoming. The smell makes me NOT want to smoke this blend. The flavor matches the smell. Odd and uninviting. Do not waste your money on this. If you want to try this wait till you meet a schmuck like me and ask me for my tin, I would be happy to get rid of this trash.

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Archangel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Archangel (22)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

This tobacco belongs to the same category as Erinmore Flake: either you love it, either you hate it. Period.

I really enjoy it. It's very tasty, the casing while being very present does not "step over" the tobacco taste and the nicotine level is satisfactory. Mainly, the whiskey casing reveals itself clearly, the Burleys and Dark fired kentucky play along resulting in a sweet, nutty and slightly smoky combination. I can't detect any VAs in here, they must be in smal proportion.

If I may, a friendly advice: You have to ensure first that the moisture level has significantly reduced before trying this very good tobacco. After you opened the tin, let it dry out for half a day or so, then close it and let it sit for a minimum of a couple weeks before you try your first pipeful. Then you might have a more positive encounter with it because the tobacco taste will come through and you will not have to put up with multiple relights.

I do not think that new pipe smokers should try this blend. Despite being significantly different, Sunset Breeze or Sweet Killarney would be a more appropriate choice to start experimenting with Peterson's tobaccos.

I love it!

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Uncle Arthur Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Uncle Arthur (15)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

It's good. I like it. I have ordered more. Simple as that.

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sirchud68 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sirchud68 (43)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I love the taste of this stuff. The only problem I have is keeping it lit after 3/4 the way down. I don't really smell the whiskey, either. Still and all I love it. Maybe it's my inexperiance but I had no problem with keeping Irish Oak lit (which I love as well.) This tobacco will give you a little buzz for sure, which I like. So far I've really enjoyed all Peterson's tobacco I've tried. I'm looking to get my hands on Irish Flake next.

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Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (155)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

Irish Whiskey by Peterson (K&K current production) has been a very pleasant surprise.

It belongs to the list of the tobaccos in the British/Irish vein, opposed the the several Danish aromatics of the same brand (what the heck do Danish aros have to do with Peterson ?). It's place in the scale seems just in between of Sherlock Holmes and University Flake.

It comes moist in the tin, but not to the point of being unsmokable. I find it to be a perfect balance between flue & fire cured tobacco (the new tin calls tobacco from Africa, Brasil, India and Italy) and the whiskey favouring is very unobtrusive but melting the components and imparting a nice smokey-sweet aroma.

The body is just perfect, and leaves you always wanting another bowl. The strength never overwhelming, even IW is not the one for the first bowl in the morning. The smoke is creamy, never aggressive to the tongue or the palate.

A bit pricey but worth having in normal rotation.

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SMOKETSES Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SMOKETSES (208)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought this tobacco in Moscow on 27/01/2009. I entered a shop, I bough pipe cleaner and in order not to run out of smoke I also bought a tin of Irish Whiskey Peterson. This trip was a total disaster, even the smoke. As soon as I went to the hotel, I opened it and in the beginning I liked the whiskey perfume that emerged. The tobacco was very thinly cut and too humid. I easily filled the bowl, but lighted it with difficulty. The perfumes that I was expecting, did not come out. Burley gave out its bitterness and Virginia a tonque bite (I am to blaim in this, because I smoked it moist and in a rush). From nicotine? Enough up to too much. The perfume in the room passes unnoticed, which is good.

Conclusion: I tryed an other smoke, wrote my review and in 2-3 months I will have forgotten that I tryed it. I hope to also forget a possible re-order. Only Connoisseur's Choice is wht I like from Peterson after all.

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Alguhan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alguhan (140)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Needs attention while smoking. With a slow and controlled puffing it may satisfy you and keep the nicotine kick at the limits. Has a steady and cool burning.

I personally will choose something different with less additional flavoring. This is not for my taste.

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Tom Bombadill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Bombadill (83)
★★★★
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I really enjoyed this tobacco and it has the distinction of being the first aromatic blend I would buy again.

I totally agree with the other reviews that suggest letting the tobacco breathe a bit before you are able to enjoy it. When first opened, the casing is so concentrated it does not smell at all like whiskey . The smell is like some kind of industrial cleaner and the first few bowls tasted like (I imagine) the stuff the Luftwaffe used to fuel the Me-163.

However, after opening and closing the can for several bowls, the flavor mellowed to the point where I could detect the whisky in the tin. At one point it smelled more like a scotch with a hint of peat. Lit up, the taste was strong and unique with a slight whiskey taste. I'm new to pipes and have found I prefer English/Balkan blends. Irish Whisky is strong and tasty like the English blends I've tried but less complex in flavor.

I especially enjoyed Irish Whiskey compared to the sweet aromatics I have been trying (and also enjoying) since I started with pipes in 12/08. Previously, I smoked cigars for ten years.

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Harpua0077 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Harpua0077 (31)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I truely enjoyed this blend it was well worht the money and sadly didn't last very long, my wife loved it after some dry time. I can't say it was steller fresh but it really really benefitted from some drying.

It burns nice and even, it draws smooth with no bite, it is suited for inside by the fire or outside by the ice fishing hole. It can be smoked in a car without being overly powerful and offensive. My wife and me agree on my Personal notes which have this as an 8.2 for good quality.

Will it work its way back into my rotation, perhaps only time will tell.

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Scottish Steve Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Scottish Steve (14)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable

For some reason, no-one in Glasgow, Scotland seems to want to sell my style of pipe tobacco - I can't get any DNRs anywhere now my local specialist shop's shut down, so have been limited to Peterson's University Flake as the nearest I can get so far. The place I buy it from insists on stocking all these cheap and nasty pouches of god-knows-what and refuses to get ANY Dunhill tobaccos in, "in case it doesn't sell". It truly is a sad time for a city that was practically built on tobacco trading. ANYWAY... I decided to try PIW as an alt to PUF. I'm definitely a Va/Per man, which is annoying as there are so many good ones out there and I'm limited to a pathetic selection. At first, I was really impressed by the tin aroma of PIW. It smelled rich and fermented and lovely. I later realised this was a con. First light tastes adulterated and artifical, then it settles down and in the middle of the bowl, for about 15% of the smoke, there's a rich, dark succulence I really like. But the truth is, this isn't a clean or honest smoke. It burns too quick, is subject to goo in the btm of the bowl, and no matter how slowly or carefully its smoked, its a bit nippy and hot. It feels like a botched attempt at a great idea. Anyone out there know any real tobaccos in this style?

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Effluvinator Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Effluvinator (32)
★★★★
Strong Very Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

This one really took a long time to creep up on me. I opened the tin in fall of 2006, found the smell rather overwhelming but gave it a few tries. I really did not like it at all. There was no taste or aroma of whiskey that I could identify, but some other very strong flavor that actually made me feel queasy. It's not the nicotine as I don't get that effect with Brown Rope, Kendal Dark Shag, etc. I finally gave up on it and put it in the humidor, periodically going back to it and liking it better as it aired-out. Since then I have tried and enjoyed Irish Flake, and having come to like that tobacco I found the taste of Irish Whiskey to be to my liking, as well. At this point most of the strong aroma has passed, and now I can actually detect the irish whiskey. It is a good change of pace for Irish Flake and I think I will likely always want to have some of this on hand.

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BriarChef Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarChef (100)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

If Pipestud gives a blend his approval I usually bow three times in the general direction of The Alamo, suck down a Shiner Bock and put Willie Nelson on the stereo.

With this blend I glance in the general direction of Dublin, cross myself with Jameson whisky, drink the whisky and sing Amhrán na bhFiann. This results in quiet solitude in the lair.

Well made tobacco with great raw materials. Good nicotine hit...maybe that put the salt and pepper hue in my chest hair(?), but I doubt it.

The burley component just didn't thrill me, but I can see why burley fans would love this one. It smokes cleanly and with no bite or moisture. I will keep this around for St. Patrick's Day.

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firstsealord Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
firstsealord (22)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

By God! The moment I opened the tin, I was struck by a similarity of aroma with Irish Flake! Which, I assess, is explained by the fact that both are Burley dominant blends. Granted my previous experiment with IF, I was unsure of my intentions towards this tobacco. Having faced worse adverse conditions in the past, I mocked myself and filled in my pipe.

I regard IW as being a ready-rubbed and smoother version of IF, regardless of the reality that IW is anterior to IF. And contrary to IF, I get along very well thank you with IW. The tobacco is dark brown, with a faint aroma of liquor and a good aroma of pure tobacco.

The nicotine content is satisfactory, the mixture smokes nicely, evenly and without bite. Mrs First Sealord is quite pleased with the room note. But this is not for neophyte smokers, but for the more experienced group of our noble fraternity. Midshipmen, gain your experience, then you will be able to enjoy this fine tobacco when you will have integrated some leadership!

This new addition to my regular rotation will always accompany me at sea. This represents a high quality burly blend with an incomparable, satisfying, rich taste that is both of pure tobacco and a hint of sweetness generated by the Irish whisky topping.

Highly recommended.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (523)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

After smoking University Flake for many years, another Peterson offering, I recognized the aroma instantly upon opening this tin. This blend lacks the raspberry-like topping on the UF. This seems like a ready rubbed version of UF without the fruity topping and in its place something else I can't identify, its just that simple. And to my nose and palate there is no whiskey on this weed. This was sort of wet out of the tin so it needs some drying time to smoke well...and though it produces a nice volume of smoke I really don't care for this blend. Lastly, this was pretty expensive at my local shop...12 bucks.

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Dubinthedam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dubinthedam (133)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

EDIT: Down to 3 stars, by the end of the tin I still love it but it does miss that perfection factor.

This Dub just smoked some in a Pete 120 spigot with a whiskey cola on the side....I give it 4 stars,...I have been through most of Pete's baccy's, this joins the pack with my favorites. So far these are Sherlock Holmes, Irish Flake, Uni Flake and now Irish Whiskey is added. Sweet, real tobacco taste, hints of both UF and IF creeping in, dark finely cut baccy, more a Tullamore Dew whiskey than a 10yr Red Breast or a hearty, rustic Power's. Good nicotine level. Very little drying needed. Top whiskey baccy, better than Mac Barens's or Sweet Dublin (which are also nice). I knew I would be in for a nice treat, I can see this aging well. Well done Peterson's, now the only remaining problems the Irish have is paying ?14 a tin for this in Dublin!

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john doe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
john doe (41)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Overwhelming

Well this is something different entirely. It's not latakia, or virginia, or really an aromatic. I find no taste of whiskey at all.

The taste is very full and unique. Maybe this is what flue-cured tobacco tastes like.

The sidestream smoke is horrendous -- inhale a whisp of this and you'll be coughing your lungs out. Worse than second hand cigarette smoke.

This is a great outdoors smoke for those who like strong tobacco. For the rest of us, zero stars.

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Pipemanuk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipemanuk (76)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild Pleasant

This was a dissappointment, I have to say. I was hoping for a similar smoke to Players Whisky of lamented passing, but its really not up to the ticket.

It smells nice in the tin, slightly alcoholic with some dark fruitiness but when lit it's hot and yet insipid. It's not that its a bad tobacco, its just not a very decent one and for the equivalent, my American brothers, of $17.88 for a 50 gram tin need I say more. Yes that is typical of the horrendous price we pay for the privelage of smoking over in the UK :-(

I will jar up the rest with some 5100 and leave it for a year or two methinks

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Django Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Django (4)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I've started with Peterson tobaccos by choosing "Sherlock Holmes" and I tried this one yesterday... Unfortunately, when I opened the tin, I felt that the smell wasn't so pleasant. The problem with this tobacco, is that it says "WHISKEY" but I'm still looking after it ! The whiskey aroma is just inexistent ! Although, the smoking is mild and tolerable, I don't find anything special in this tobacco. Try "Sherlock Holmes" or "University Flake" !

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jeffo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jeffo (17)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

i agree with pipepaladin this is a good tobacco nice smoke &full bodied but a good malt works just as good as irish

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irishpiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
irishpiper (8)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

It's my first review so be patient with me, all. Took up the pipe last year at the ripe old age of 46, and what a year it has been. I've managed to try about two- dozen blends this year, and after a brief affair with aromatics - I came upon a few latakia laden favorites - Capt. Earle's Ten Russians, G.L. Pease's Maltese Falcon, Westminster, and Samarra, and Jesse's Own and Britt's Balkan from 4Noggins, and I can't leave out Engine 99 and Pirate Kake, both from C&D. As much as I enjoy all of these - I was still looking for something else to celebrate St. Paddy's Day ( to honor a few of my ancestors - the Shannons, Faucetts and Littles who sailed here from Eire in the 1820s). So I bid on and won a tin of Irish Whiskey, sealed in the tin since 1995. I opened it yesterday, planning to smoke it throughout the weekend, in several different pipes. What a pleasant surprise! The mixture of colors - golden and browns was pleasing to the eye. The immediate aroma - the earth, sweet grass, alfalfa and molasses. I let it dry a bit before packing the bowl, and though it did take four matches to get it going to my satisfaction, it thereafter required only one relight to the bottom of the bowl. The taste for me was never too weak, nor too strong, which was surprising considering the dose of nicotine that was delivered! Think I was expecting a Miller Light and was thrilled to feeeeeel the Guinness Stout! Best for last though...the only other pipe smoker that I can recall in my family, was my Uncle, who sadly passed in his 40s, while I was just a boy. I often think of him, and can remember him with his billiard, clenched in his teeth. For the past twelve months, I have searched for that specific aroma, the smell of his pipe - and yesterday - I found it. It transported me back - and, well - it was just truly a wonderful experience. If you're looking for a taste of whiskey, specifically, perhaps you should try C&D's Irish Blessing. The whiskey flavor here is just a subtle sweetness, not the driver - just along for the ride. I recommend it and will keep some on hand from now on. Thanks!

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PipePaladin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipePaladin (78)
★★★★
Strong Mild Medium Tolerable

I love Kentucky and I love Whiskey!!! For me this one together with ORLIC DARK KENTUCKY and RATTRAY HIGH SOCIETY (both out of production - God knows why!!!) belong in the Holy Triad of Kentucky blends! Thankfully this one has both the Vit.N strength of DARK KENTUCKY and the mild aromatic character of HIGH SOCIETY!!! For me thats the best of the Peterson range!!! After a good meal (required if you don't want to loose your socks off.. :-) it beats a premium cigar at any given time! Also, if you have the chance to accompany it with some JAMESON Whiskey (or some other top rate Irish) prepare for some REAL experience! I did...

WELL DONE PETERSON! You did save your reputation and the Irish spirit with this one!!!

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Duke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Duke (41)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Extra Full Pleasant

Currently I find myself enjoying the full flavor blends containing dark fired tobaccos. IW, for me, falls into this category. I found the tobacco from my tin to be moister than I'd prefer. But, air-drying prior to smoking my second bowl was the trick in allowing the tobacco to show its virtues. The drying also removed the volatile effects of the whiskey, as well as, revealed additional cased sweetness of the blend. That sweetness, not bite, remained on the tongue beyond the smoke. The Virginians, Burley and Kentucky really provide a wonderful complex taste sensation. As Pipestud said, it's not for the novice with its dose of nicotine. Yes, the room note may be a bit assertive, but who cares. These tobaccos are top rate. If your looking for a full flavored cased smoke, filled with a balancing spice, this is it.

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Dikos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dikos (12)
★★★☆
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Strong, for me it's "evening" tobacco, smell while you smoke may disturb non-smokers. But for me it's tasty, a little bit wet in the tin, but it's not the problem to smoke it.

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Guyrox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Guyrox (131)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

This was one of the most heavely cased bklends that I have smoked...too bad, the bakkie looked of very high quality!

The bakkie was of the ready rubbed form, rather dark brown in general, but the tin aroma of the whiskey casing was overwhelming...

And when I lit it up, it just became as bad while I was smoking it; as for every other overcased bakkies, my tongue and taste buds were harassed, to make the whole experience a sad one...

Like I said, too bad, the bakkie was high quality...I don't think I will want to try it again.

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indyf1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
indyf1 (17)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

This is a really good tobacco. Rich, full bodied and pleasant, this blend smokes as smooth as 10-year old whiskey. If you are looking for an aromatic that is not sweet or fruity, this is it. Smokes remarkably cool, top to bottom, and the flavor is consistent throughout. I love the Peterson aromatics, and this has now established itself in my rotation of favorites.

As I smoke this fine blend, I imagine I've just lit my favorite Savinelli, adjusting my tie as I nod to the doorman, exit the revolving door of my building, and step into the waiting Lincoln Continental limousine, soon to be whisked away to an evening at the Club. Foxworth, the driver, asks if I'm going to "the usual" destination. After I nod, he hits the gas, and I lean back, puffing away as I zip through the brightly lit city streets.

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Xodus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xodus (2)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

First tin of pipe tobacco ever bought. This was all that was available (decent anyways) at my local tobaccy store, as I waited on my internet order from smoking pipes.

I found it very enjoyable - but I am also very inexperienced. Very smooth very little sour. I find myself reaching for this even after I recieved some mcgawth cob plub and peterson's special reserve 2006.

Rich tobacco taste - pleasent smell - and nice nicotine kick. (I am inexperienced, but I still have smoked ciggarettes for over 15 years, and do not get a buzz nor enjoy chew tobacco. This truly converted me from smoking ciggarettes and enlightend me to what fine tobacco should be.

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Captain Josef Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Captain Josef (2)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I came upon a tin of Irish Whiskey recently when a local tobacconist decided to close his store to pursue other...pursuits?

At any rate, he closed, and my employer and I decided to stock up on tins. I recived 2 tins of Irish Oak, one Whiskey and one Deluxe. Oak has been a favorite of mine for a while now, and I anticipated the new whiskey flavor.

Smelled nice in the tin. Char was pleasant. Burned nicely, but nare a hint of whiskey. Toward the end of the bowl, however, things began to turn bitter, and, in my opinion, a bit unpleasant. Similar, at least to me, to the overly harsh taste of university flake at the end of the bowl. However, a strong spirit flavor was had.

This will make me NO friends, but my taste is subjective. It was not Irish Whiskey I tasted, but the distinct aftertaste of Islay Scotch?!?!? Although chokingly strong for me, the unique flavor makes the experience worthwhile.

A side note: I have been going soft and smoking more sappy, sticky aromatics lately as a complete change of pace from nightcap and some strong balkan broken flake, so this might seem less strong when smoked alongside my normal stash.

I would keep this around for the occasional diversion. Just not a daily like Oak would be could I afford a daily supply.

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loosewatches Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
loosewatches (108)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

I picked up a tin of this in Italy about two years ago a have yet to go through ten bowls of it. I did just smoke it for this review and my thoughts are still the same. Bitter, sharp and rough on my breathing apparatus. Bushmill's tobacco this is not. One star for nicotine content.

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mrmcmc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mrmcmc (15)
★☆☆☆
Mild Strong Very Mild Tolerable to Strong

Well, First things First. Happy New Year to all. Wishing the best for everyone! Be Healthy, Be Happy, and Be Prosperous!!!

That said, on to business. Just tried this Irish Whiskey blend, after reading a good recommendation for this. And all I could taste was flowers and perfume, and not much else.

I donated this tin to my local tobacco shop, hoping someone out there may befriend it, and save it from mediocrity, or worse yet, the local dump.

My thoughts: Blends like this ought not to foul a good piece of briar, or a good piece of anything!!!

Sorry, in all honesty, I cannot recommend this blend. Simply no redeeming value. My apologies if I may have offended anyone out there.

Good Day

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CaptnDan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CaptnDan (242)
★☆☆☆
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I just couldn't make a connection with this one. There was always a hint of sharpness that I just couldn't get past.

Nicotine content is respectable, but not overly high. The topping was odd tasting. Not at all what I expected.

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Capulet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capulet (8)
★★☆☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobacco is a decent enough all-rouder. Not too heavy on the flavouring, packs OK and burns reasonably well, although it did give off enough heat to make the pipe (£75 in price) a bit too hot for my liking.

Having said that, I live in Ireland and am a fairly avid fan of Irish Whiskies (much nicer than Scotch blends in my view), and I detected no taste of whiskey here at all.

If a tobacco company could develop a "Bushmills Blend" that tasted like the real stuff, I would buy it in bulk! This unfortunately missed the spot.

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

I usually don't like aromatics, but this one is top quality. You can detect the real taste of the tobaccos under the scent, it burns cool (a nice proportion of burley helps) and the flavour stays there to the end. Said that, I haven't been drinking whisky for quite a while now, but I still can remember it's a different world from this. And I used to like it better into a glass.

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raz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
raz (16)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

A nice new addition. A wonderful surprise Christmas gift from the better half. And a nice, strongish smoke that made it to my rotation in one go.

Lights okay, a few relights here & there are needed, but it might be more due to where I smoke, rather than what... The house bar, where this gets smoked and complimented quite a lot, with even a few asking for a taste, plus the drinks etc... well, they do distract you from the smoking itself ;) Not so at home, though.

Having been more than a bit put-off by a early half bowl of Borkum Riff Whiskey I was challenged by this, but the aroma is great right from the tin. Lovely bouquet, and the nose-feel says oranges, though I don't know why. Also a faint whiff of whiskey.

Almost from the first instant this one hits your taste buds full force. Sourish at first, and then it turns into a filling, fulfilling and full-taste smoke with nice hints of that Whiskey taste after the first few puffs. The initial transition is nice. Aromatic-wise not overpowering at all, conservative topping. What I also like is that it doesn't go stale or boring at any point until the very last 5%, must be the well-done mix of baccys in this one, or perhaps the Kentucky fired leaf. Burns well all the way down into a darkish ash.

And as noted by a few reviewers, the Nicotine content is quite high. In fact, I really felt a bit dizzy after the first few bowls, hmmm. potent. I like the strength, too.

Doesn't induce tongue burn in the usual aromatic way, though puffing easy is always recommended, as the aroma comes out so much better.

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Florida Esquire Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Florida Esquire (7)
★☆☆☆
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

For decades I've stayed away from most Peterson tobacco products, with the exception of Sherlock Holmes which simply stem from personal reasons and fond memories. So, it was with a bit of reluctance that I thought I'd endeavor to return to them, and, with of all things, Irish Whiskey. Needless to say, my reluctance was well justified.

This is simply a pitiful smoke from start to finish. The minute you open the tin, you are assaulted by not the whiff of anything remotely resembling any Irish whiskey I've ever had the fortune of tasting, but rather some odd smell that reminds one of some mixture of fish, cleaning products, shoe polish and, lastly, tobacco. It's terrible. It actually took convincing to not throw the entire tin out and not try any whatsoever. But, for purposes of this review alone, I went forth.

The smoke itself did not improve the situation, nor the experience. Nothing flavorful, nor anything remotely resembling the experience I've read others mention here. It was absolutely a waste of time. Definitely stay away from this at all costs.

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Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (125)
★★★☆
Strong Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

The appearance of this tobacco has been well described above. The aroma of the tobacco in the tin does remind me a little of Royal Yacht, but the taste of the smoke, from about one quarter of the way down the bowl, is very similar, in my opinion, to Royal Yacht. It is strong in nicotine, but very mellow on the tongue. I do not get the taste of whiskey. If RY was not available, I would smoke a lot of this. But as it is, I smoke this as a pleasant change from Royal Yacht from time to time. Well recommended. Paddy.

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Bluebottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bluebottle (18)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

A rich VA blend, supposedly enhanced with Irish whiskey. However it's more like the aftertaste of the spirit, that sensation on the palate and roof of the mouth. Mellow nutty tones accompany the traditionally reasonable quality of Peterson's leaf... good consistent but nothing extraordinary.

Packs and lights fairly easily but requires some light rubbing out before packing on occasions. Fair room note, wouldn't offend non-smokers, but not one you'd actively seek out.

Unfortunately nothing special so unlikely to become a regular.

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scootertrash Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
scootertrash (11)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Irish Whiskey has a good tobacco taste with the Irish Whiskey in the background. Quite pleasant and very lightly sweet if smoked slowly. If you pick up the puffing rate the whiskey taste disappears and leaves you with a strong tobacco taste. Not a bad taste and it never bit my tongue even when puffed hard. It obviously has a good nicotine punch when smoked agressively, it gave me the hiccups a couple of times when I smoked this while mowing the yard. So for me this is a smoke for leisurely moments. I can smoke it all day, and have, if I keep the puffing rate down. As for my recommendation, I'll probably buy another tin sometime in the future.

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CoronaDoug Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CoronaDoug (7)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is another tin in my Peterson sampler. When I opened the tin and took in the first whiff I then wondered where the Irish Whiskey scent was. It was more like "Old Crow". It has an unique scent but not of Irish whiskey. Easy packed and no problems with lighting. My first bowl of this gave me the extreme "gas face" all the way through. Repeated smoking reviels a high Nic tobacco that has a medium spicy flavor. It does nothing for me. I may need to drink a little irish whiskey and go back to this one.

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Metal Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Metal (3)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

I disagree with most of the above reviewers - I find this to be a quite nice tobac. Full of good tobacco and whiskey flavour.

Synopsis: A nice and rich tasty tobacco, good for after meals. Lovely whiskey taste. Would be 4/4 but for the sourness when ash is left in the bowl.

Room aroma: heady, musky, almost spicey. Tin aroma: dry, zesty, almost lemoney.

On the light: You get a burst of sour which mellows right away into a rich tobacco flavour laden with an almost aromatic whiskey. Reminiscent of whiskey in the sea.

Mid bowl: Mellows out, satiny if smoked carefully. Flavours blend well into a rich full bodied irish style tobacco. Gets tart with heavy puffing. However, when the bowl was relit with the ash inside, the tobacco was unbearably sour. Dumping the ash and relighting fixed the delight.

End: Dries out, gets less smooth. Tends to sour. Finished with a full flavour though.

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chaplikc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
chaplikc (135)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Tolerable

This blend is somewhat sort of an enigma to me. I have a love / hate relationship with it. There are times i've smoked this and thought it very good and there are times i've smoked this and didn't finish the bowl. The nicotine content is medium to strong and the flavor is not bad . I find this kind of monochromatic and this may appeal to some who like blends in this way. Sometimes this feel harsh in my mouth and other times it does not, even with slow relaxed puffing. For those who expect more of the whiskey flavor in the blend because of its name, you may be dissapointed. I only detected a hint of whiskey flavor which I prefer that way considering I usually dont like strong flavorings in the blends I smoke.

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pipesmoker1979 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipesmoker1979 (4)
★★★★
Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

This is one of my favorates. I have smoked this for about a year and have about 2 tins a month. I usually smoke it at night out on the patio with a brandy or a whiskey in my hand as this brings out the best flavour in this blend.

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David Cimino Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
David Cimino (18)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

I did not find this tobacco to be as strong as some of the other reviewers have. As the tin says, I found it to be a mild, well-balanced blend that smoked evenly all the way through the bowl. The flavoring is light and I did not get any bite from this blend. I would recommend it as a morning or an all day smoke. The tobacco has a nice color, tin aroma and room note. If you like this, I would recommend McClelland's 221B Honeydew also. When I need a change, I smoke both as an occasional departure from stronger English blends and Virginias, which I smoke on a more regular basis.

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RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

While I will probably not purchase another tin of this, I can't say the experience of this blend was bad. Upon opening the tin, you are met by a dark and medium light leaf. The tin aroma does not give any hint of wiskey, at least to me.Upon lightng, you get a floral aroma, probably from the Thai burley. This settles down after about three re-lights to a "different" peat moss sort of flavor. Towards the end of the bowl, the flavor intensifies, but not to an extreme level. I did not get a nicotine kick like many warned me I would (I am very sensitive to the stuff).After about 3/4 of a tin, I just can not find myself attracted to the flavor very much. I'll stick to "Old Dublin". Sorry....

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johnw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
johnw (2)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Not to my taste.

Personally, I found it a little sour. Although advertised as mild, I would rate it slightly stronger.

Will finish the tin but am unlikely to return.

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BriarNorth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarNorth (49)
★★★☆
Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I just finished two bowls of this back to back and I'm high as a kite! Seriously though, this is tasty smoke in addition to being potent in the nicotine department. The tin aroma reminded me a little of royal yacht with its rich, raisiny aroma but there's a beautiful chocolate dimension here too. Upon lighting, burley notes are at the fore and she's a wee hot, but the weed shows it's true virginia colors down the bowl much to my delight. As noted by other reviewers, the whiskey business has little to do with the flavour in the end--but don't let it scare you into thinking that this could be one of those borkum riff whiskey abominations! Not an all day smoke and not for a large bowl, but well worth a whirl, if you like whirling off into space as much as I do.

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flint Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flint (30)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

Wow after a couple bowls of this my body hair increased by 30%. This a strong but smooth tobacco. It reminds me of Gawith Hogarth's sweet rum twist which I also like without the sweet. I can't believe I like this, dare I say my tastes are growing up. You can taste the virginia's and the burley keeps the bowl going. I like this because it's easy to keep lit, is not at all harsh to the throut, slow puffing brings out the mellow earthy sweetness and it burns to the finest ash/powder I've ever seen. I also notice it gets more delicious as it ages a trait of quality leaf. Not an every day blend but a nice diversion every now and then. I agree with pipestud only serious smokers need apply, cause this ones for the man cave...

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Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (137)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Mild Tolerable

Some folks say this is strong without having lots of flavor. It is true that this blend does have rich base tobaccos - a brownish virginia and kentucky burley among others, and the taste and flavor are clearly mild to me, at most a light medium near the end of the bowl. I smoke this mainly outside taking my dogs for long walks. So I guess the fresh air is a way to dilute any stronger effects. But I've smoked it inside some too. It has a delicate taste accented by the spirits.

I can compare this to a few other liquor-like tobaccos. It has more body than the ultralight Scottish blend of Davidoff. It is not nearly as sweet or spicy as the McBaren Scottish whiskey,spiced cavendish Mixture in a rectangular tin. Nor is it a sweet as the CAO import called Malthouse Reserve (which can be a wee bit hot at times if care is not taken but a good flavor). Note: I generally don't review tobaccos I don't like pretty well or can't smoke much of, but I can use many blends -- some good, others not as good -- for comparison purposes, without reviewing them all individually. The three noted above are still fairly good smokes.

I have smoked this Irish Whiskey blend mostly in a large Peterson bent house system pipe -- which I bought from my local Metairie, La. Tinderbox and have held onto for over 10 years for such an occasion as this -- and in a few bowls of an Irish Second bent (also from Peterson) for comparison. The whiskey serves more to smooth and soften this blend, but it does leave its slight essence in the taste. Upon finishing one tin from Tim at PaylessPipes, I demanded another.

Cool, extremely mellow, fairly dry, and steady burning. The base tobaccos give the blend body but only a light flavor due to aging with the whiskey I imagine. If you want a little more whiskey in the flavor or more heavy virginia flavor, try McBaren or Gawith & Hoggarth, respectively, but this is a fine middle of the road example of a cool virginia mix with a touch of rich tobaccos and of spirit for a good long stroll. My Peterson is very happy!

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Paul Tatum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paul Tatum (86)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

The flavoring on this one put me off a bit . My notes don't have much on t other than "Hot smoking , over flavored and not memorable" .

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flakeman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flakeman (13)
★★☆☆
Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Peterson is an old and respected name in the pipe world so you might expect a tobacco that bears the name to be a bit special. Well I'm sorry to say that you might be a shade disappointed with this one. It's not that it is a bad tobacco - its actually quite a good smoke - but there's just nothing very distinguished about the blend. It's made by Murrays in Belfast as are all the Peterson blends, but there's nothing that sets this blend apart from lots of very ordinary Virginia blends. In the tin the tobacco is a darkish brown with bits of lighter coloured tobaccos blended in. The aroma is nothing special and if the blend has been sprayed lightly with Irish Whiskey as the tin claims, then I think the blender has drunk most of the whiskey before spraying, as the aroma is barely detectable on the nose. There is perhaps a very faint hint of chocolate possibly from the Burley in the blend. The tobacco packs quite well and burns well but takes three or four lights to get it going properly. The tobacco is quite strong in common with many Irish Style blends, and seems quite high in nicotine. Virginia predominates the taste,with the typical underlying sweetness. The strength possibly is due to the percentage of fired Kentucky incorporated. Once again however there is nothing that would set this blend apart, and I find the whiskey mentioned above to be quite missing. The room note is "neutral" - it just smells of - well- tobacco. The "significant other half" never mentioned it one way or the other. Overall a blend that is easy to live with - but there are lots of far better Virginias out there. Asked to pick a favourite blend for a desert island, this one would never be very high on the list.

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