|In prior reviews, I've extolled the wonders of Peretti's Burley blends but have been far less laudatory about their English mixtures. "Generic," I believe, is the most common adjective.
Prince of Wales is an exception because it is distinctive and, though it has competition in the "English-Aromatic" category, it has no peer.
Peretti lists a number of their blends as containing an "Irish tobacco," I have no idea what they mean. "In Heaven there is no beer" and in Ireland there is no tobacco--at least not in the indigenous form. One can only conclude from geographic fact and from subjective taste, that "Irish" refers to a liquer or essence with which the obvious Cavendish in this blend is treated.
Those in this class include Uhle's Irish Aromatic and P & W's Pipemaker's Choice. What makes Prince of Wales a blend apart is that the aromatic is not in the taste. The flavor and side-stream aroma are that of a lighter Dunhill 965, which is no mean tribute.
Unlike too many mild English blends, there is no initial blast from the Virginias; the Cavendish process eliminates that. The Orientals become more pronounced as one progresses down the bowl, as Orientals usually do...and the Latakia is ever there, gratifying anyone who appreciates the smoky weed as a condiment and not as the dish itself.
Smooth, spicy and delightful. A great smoke for anyone. Highest recommendations!