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A blend of burley, Virginia, Green River black cavendish, Virginia flake, perique and a small amount of latakia that is expertly blended for the utmost taste, then topped with a secret vanilla flavoring recipe to achieve outstanding flavor. Mild but satisfying.

Notes: Originally blended by the late Paul Spaniola and now blended by his son, Dan, at Paul's Pipe Shop & Pipe Hospital in Flint, Michigan.

BrandPaul's Pipe Shop
Blended ByDan Spaniola
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Cavendish, Latakia, Perique, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3025)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The grassy, citrusy Virginia forms the base of the blend. The earthy, nutty, molasses sweet burley is a little more noticeable. The black cavendish provides some brown sugar in a support role. In the background is a small amount of smokey, woody Cyprian latakia as well as a little toast and honey from the gold cavendish. A little spice and plum from the perique underscores the experience. The vanilla topping has a little richness, and I also detect a slight caramel as well. No chemical taste exists here. The nic-hit is a step or two past the mild threshold. Won’t bite, and has no harsh or dull moments. Well blended with some complexity, you’ll observe the majority of the aforementioned aspects in most every puff. Burns at a moderate pace, cool and clean with a fairly smooth flavor, though the topping does weaken a mite toward the finish. Requires an average number of relights, and leaves just a little dampness in the bowl. The after taste and room notes are very pleasant. An all day smoke.


15 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I was given an ounce of this with a pipe my daughter bought me for Father's Day. The description sounds like a blend designed by a committee. There is a little bit of everything, and I did not expect much. I was pleasantly surprised.

The blend reminds me a little of a mildly vanilla flavored Walnut maybe. The vanilla flavor is very good and there are no chemical flavors. The latakia and perique are subtle touches. There is a little sweet from the Virginia and some body from the burley. Sometimes blends with black cavendish taste musty or thin to me, and this does not. Some plum and spice from the perique may be what holds it all together. Then there is a whiff of latakia. It all just works.

This one is easy to recommend.

13 people found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (339)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Recently had a pipe gathering and had a fellow piper bring 4 oz. of this mixture. At first pouch aroma seemed like just another vanilla type aromatic that would be jarred and placed in the cellar to never be smoked again, or given out at will. Even when I loaded my first pipe it felt kind of PG sticky. For sure this would smoke goopy and bite my tongue. Boy, was I ever wrong.

I don't get overwhelmed by latakia or Perique, but the Virginia's, burley and Cavendish show nicely. This blend just has that classic pipe aroma that brings back so many memories. Bourbon vanilla, some butterscotch sweetness, and toffee notes are detected. In the last two days this is all I have smoked! Doesn't get harsh or bite, and smoked fairly dry all the way down. Relights are very minimal. Definitely an aromatic I would have no problem recommending.

Age When Smoked: New

11 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (632)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

I am fortunate to have Paul's Pipe shop on my way from my home to my cabin and I occasionally will drop in. It is a piper destination for certain as the shop contains probably around 10,000 pipes, a pipe museum and so much tobacco that your likelihood of finding old treasures is always high.

Arrowhead is the signature blend of the shop and I picked up a pouch of this a few years back. It is an aromatic that has some latakia and Perique which is meant to give it something a little different than, say, any other vanilla blend. I think Paul's has successfully differentiated this from other vanilla aromatics, but I am not sure how much the lat and per has to do with it as I really don't distinctly taste them. I am not really sure if it is the topping or the leaf that is causing it to be different.

I am pretty sure the topping is not limited to just vanilla as I do get some whiskey notes off this. There is also some spiciness to it, but it doesn't really taste peppery to me as Perique typically does. In any case it is a good aromatic, not necessarily to my tastes, but I would recommend it just on the fact that it is something different than just the same old vanilla aromatic.

Purchased From: Paul's Pipe Shop

9 people found this review helpful.

SmokeKing David Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeKing David (134)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

This is a very interesting and pleasing blend. The latakia is not noticeable; it just adds a subtle smokiness. The vanilla is smooth. Top notch tobacco quality, too. I bought a Cristiano signature pipe at the Columbus pipe show, and got a 2 ounce bag of Arrowhead from the vendor (Dan Spaniola of Paul's Pipe Shop) thrown in as part of the deal. I thought this blend would be a ho-hum vanilla but I was pleasantly surprised that it is a unique aromatic with a certain presence and the more I smoke it, the more I want to smoke it. Yes, it is another vanilla, but there is an interesting hint of spice that shows up throughout the bowl at times.

Govern Yourself Accordingly!

Pipe Used: various briars

Age When Smoked: fresh

7 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

One of Paul's Pipe Shop's more popular house blends, Arrowhead had it all. An English style tobacco with a nice little dose of Latakia and Perique mixed in with the Virginia and Cavendish. Not sure about that secret recipe Vanilla though. It produced more of an Almond Extract flavor to me... and frankly, I enjoyed it. This was a fun smoke. And for whatever it is worth, I purchased several of the Spaniola house blends back in the late 1990s while purchasing one of their Cayuga pipes, which, by the way, came with a casing, too. The inner bowl was pre-carbed with honey, I think.

6 people found this review helpful.

PA Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PA Piper (2)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I found this to be a pleasant, easy smoke with very little tongue bite. The initial smell of it and the taste were similar to Lane 1Q to me. I would definitely recommend this blend. Dan S (Owner) and son run a great shop there in Flint, Mi

Pipe Used: Dr. Grabow Grand Duke

Age When Smoked: 50

Purchased From: Paul's Pipe Shop

Similar Blends: Lane 1Q.

5 people found this review helpful.

LannarkGent Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LannarkGent (145)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This is a very pleasant blend that is mild and yet, complex. The tobaccos play very well together, with a tough of mystery from the light brushing of latakia and Perique the blend has. The topping is a mild vanilla based, with a light touch of burbon and other floor notes. Well received when smoked around others, the delightful flavor and richness of flavor makes this an all day blend. Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Conway Aristocrat Superman, Cayuga

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Pauls Pipe shop Flint Michigan

5 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is the first tobacco I ever purchased that wasn't OTC. It is also one of the few blends that is an all day smoker for me. I absolutely love it. Very easy to see why this is one of the shop's signature, popular blends.

The tobacco in the pouch smells very strongly and nicely of vanilla, no different than many other vanilla aromatics. It has always packed well and easily for me, lighted relatively easily, and tends to stay lit for me no problem. It tastes delicious, the vanilla is not chemical tasting nor overpowering, blending well with the natural flavors of the tobacco. I do detect a slight smokey, nutty flavor while smoking as well. Room note is perfect. My roommate has regularly stated how he loves the smell of that blend, and doesn't mind being around me while smoking, nor that I smoke occasionally inside. Friends and family I've had over while smoking have likewise complimented the aroma. If you are a fan of aromatics, and particularly vanilla aromatics, this is a must get.

Unfortunately, it does appear that Paul's Pipe Shop doesn't do online ordering of tobacco, however they may do mail order, I'm not sure. If you are in the Flint, MI area, for sure worth stopping in to pick some up.

Pipe Used: Calabresi V.S.Q., Cayuga Churchwarden

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Paul's Pipe Shop and Pipe Hospital

5 people found this review helpful.

Der Pfeifenraucher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Der Pfeifenraucher (71)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I went to Pauls some time ago and picked up several different ounces and a Cayuga pipe. Arrowhead is kind of the flagship blend over there so I was sure to get a couple ounces of that.

Arrowhead is pretty good. handles, lights, and smokes great. It is a mild blend with all components lending a mild profile to the whole. I found the flavor to be interesting and good but a bit "muddy". That is there is a lot going on in this blend, mostly components you would find in an English blend but with the added vanilla casing. Arrowhead is unique for sure and quite enjoyable. It doesn't bite and lends an enjoyable experience albeit without much nicotine.

Purchased From: Pauls pipe shop

3 people found this review helpful.

JimPM Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimPM (144)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Look alive as the longbow has been fired along a smoking trajectory. From the northern plains located in Flint, Michigan comes a straight flying projectile heading this way. Prepare yourself for the impact of Paul’s Pipe Shop’s legendary Arrowhead blend. And I do hope to convince you of the sharpness of its chiseled features, ha!

First and foremost, Arrowhead is technically categorized as a standard aromatic. In all fairness, however, I think much more consideration should be undertaken concerning its broader and extended smoking merits. Could it be dubbed worthy of being labeled as a functional crossover type offering? There is absolutely no question about that supposition in my mind.

Essentially what you have is fairly balanced synergy between the added flavorings and the cast of assorted native tobacco strains within that achieves a tasteful concentration in both regards. The blend’s complexity flows not only in regard to the actual recipe itself but also to the lively fullness of flavor one experiences with its smoking. Subsequent, Arrowhead is Paul’s highest selling tobacco and the all-time favorite of many dedicated enthusiasts.

What is so special about that recipe you may be wondering? Crafted especially for the Arrowhead Pipe Club, this reputed Paul’s mild-medium strength original brings together a fully vested entourage of toasty Burley, select Virginians, Green River Black Cavendish, Cavendish, Acadian Perique, and finally a modest pinch of aged Latakia. Upon blending completion, this flavorsome ensemble is further enhanced by a special glazing of stealthy “vanilla” top-coating.

Now if you know anything about Paul’s, you understand that rarely is the applied dressing a simple one trick pony. Generally, one dependable attribute that applies to their blends is the celebration of intricate taste. And so, this mixture, being no different, carries more than what has been disclosed. Trust me on that one. With that, Arrowhead’s savor presents a stimulating yet relaxed experience on the whole.

Upon opening the pouch, a superbly dark arrangement of tobaccos greets you, effectually quite generous in demeanor. As a healthy crafted mixture, Arrowhead is comprised of elongated cut ribbons, delicate shards, and thick beefy wedges. Casting a spray of autumnal colors reaching from weathered tans, red-golden, rich variegated browns, and imposing jet black, the tobacco is characteristically virile and weighty in structure. In addition, the prevailing moisture level is fittingly optimal and by touch the tobaccos render a dense, plush, and supple accommodation within the fingers.

As one samples the resident pouch nose the initial air surfacing is filled by a decorative merger of complimenting scents; more than plain vanilla as you would have it. Namely, a leading soft pacifying vanilla is garnished with footings of dark honey, chocolate-nougat, some citrous tanginess, a subtly sweet play dough essence, and finally the sharpened spice of whiskey much like that wrought by a malty bourbon. Registering on the natural bottom, the amalgam brings a lower sourness/earthy tart, a bit of stylish native zest, and a wholesome sugary nutwood aroma. Whoa what an invigorating essence it is!

Concerning the featured taste profile, Arrowhead brings a fascinated meld of the comprising top coatings and casings as they fuse perfectly in unison with flavorsome character. Namely, a polite vanilla joins with distinct elements of sugary chocolate, caramel-honey, darker karo, sweetened tang, and a regulated whispering of warmer/sweeter whiskey spice. The combined presentation is not only smooth but considerably well-tailored in an envelope of delicious colorfulness.

But yet there’s more! The blend lends equal voice to the selection of native varietals as previously stated. Mainly Arrowhead is an impressively Burley man-handled excursion. The strain provides the structural pillar for the overall taste profile in general. It rides fat, wide, and dominant, commanding the bulk of middle band flavor. Standardly the leaf steadily projects a considerate, brown-sugared pecan nuttiness with charming and embellished nuances of dark cocoa highlights, strapping bottom-focused molasses, and a quality of sensible herbal seasoning on the finish. Yummy to all Burley aficionados.

Just behind the shadow of the masterful Burley circulating with consistency, is the Acadian. The Perique extends a course of dark fruity must and a bit of spicy wood. Respectfully, you do get a tad of tingling effect on the retro-hale as a felt promise of its influence. Its contribution, in my opinion, differentiates this aromatic within the broader class as entirely superior.

Coming in as an additional contender of complimenting wealth is the Green River/Cavendish. Being of mixed variety its notation is fairly constant and impactful all the same. Entering with these assorted strains is a facet of natural wooded spice and a minty zest, which brings further saturation of fashionable depth to the already heady native registration.

As to the Latakia, it is very elusive at best, requiring considerable focus to record its minimalized influence. The Cyprian does however carry a degree of noteworthy leather, woodiness, and a tinge of soured earthiness. Primarily its most significant function is to moderate the coolness as the mixture does tend to burn steadily at a lower temperature.

Finally, lying somewhat passively on the base is the confluence of the tasty Virginia elements. Their power tends to wane in magnitude throughout the bowl, being marginally suppressed by the Burley-Cav-Perique trifecta. Generally, the Virginians’ character leans to color the bottom registration with a resounding tangy grass. Although you can catch fleeting nodes of the darker wood of Red leaf on occasion. When combined with the molasses/brown sugar elements coming from the Burley, the modified darker VA pulls forward with a projection that is more maple pancake-like in ambience, at least that’s how I would best describe it.

As you continue to smoke Arrowhead, the flavorings tend to slide off just a degree leaving a more muted version of their originality but still succulent altogether. At that point the blend’s tone takes on a deeper and more robust character, endowing heightened earthy woodiness as the darker Burley and natural Cavendish move further centered. On that note, the supportive Perique and Virginia both tend to float thinly in a more controlled accenting manner but remain savory to the end.

Finding that it smokes ideally within a simple hardwood cob, Arrowhead burns superbly cool while holding a reliable flame. Of note, it can be a touch rough if you become ambitious with the drawl. The vapors produced by its extinguishing are fairly hardy as the tobaccos project a smoky fragrance that is both sweetly spiced and meaty in natural leaf essence. No bite and tame of nicotine jitters, this mixture is a wonderful piping retreat for the greater population of smokers in my opinion. Absolutely love it. Arrowhead’s tip has smartly pierced my pipe smoking heart. Clearly a 3.6 Pipe rating!

2 people found this review helpful.

Lawyertodd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lawyertodd (36)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Arrowhead has become my go-to blend when I want a neutrally-delicious smoke, not a heavy English or Balkan or fruity Va/VaPer or deep chocolate/vanilla or intense Burley. It has all the components in a carefully-composed concoction. It's tasty and comforting, no mind-bending 300% nic-hit. Perfect blend to accompany a workday. Did I mention that I quite like it?

Pipe Used: Andrew Marks freeform

Age When Smoked: Six months post-arrival

Purchased From: Paul's Pipe Shop

1 person found this review helpful.