Low Country Pipe & Cigar Guendalose

(3.40)
Along the historic Waccamaw River, roughly five miles inland from the coast of rural South Carolina, and just downstream of Brookgreen Island, lies a quiet, remote creek by the name of Guendalose. On quiet summer nights, it offers locals a much-needed bit of solitude, and countless moments of quiet reflection. Paying tribute to this secluded creek, and to those moments of gentle respite, we have selected choice Red and Bright Virginias, our own Red Virginia Cavendish, fine Katerini Turkish leaf, a dash of spicy Perique, and exquisite cigar leaf to fashion a blend that readily evokes the flavors of a full-bodied, Nicaraguan cigar.

Details

Brand Low Country Pipe & Cigar
Blended By Jeremy Reeves
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Cigar Leaf Based
Contents Cigar Leaf, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Flavoring
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 2 ounce tin
Country United States
Production Currently available

Profile

Strength
Medium to Strong
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
Flavoring
None Detected
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Tolerable
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Taste
Medium to Full
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.40 / 4
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 16, 2016 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
The major player is the Columbian cigar leaf, which is smoky, very woody, with a toasty sweet, slightly salty quality, and mildly nutty with a light coffee hit. The regular processed and cavendish red Virginias are dark fruit sweet and mildly tangy with some earth and a hint of spice and toast. The bright Virginias offer citrus, zesty fruit and some grass in a support role. The Virginias form the base for the other tobaccos, though you will always observe them, mostly in the background. The perique is a minimal addition, and I notice the raisin and fig notes more than the spice. That’s mainly because its pepper aspect intermingles with the more prominent Katerini component, which brings its own spice into play along with a woody, mild smoky sweetness. The nic-hit is closer to medium than it is to mild. The strength is medium to full, and the taste is slightly past the medium threshold. A little dry out of the tin, it burns well, cool, clean with a consistently smooth, moderate creaminess from start to finish. While the cigar leaf’s presence does crowd out the other flavors a bit (less so the Katerini), the other tobaccos will continually underscore the experience. Won’t bite and has no harsh or weak spots. Leaves virtually no moisture in the bowl. It’s not an all day smoke, but it’s repeatable. The after taste is very woody, smoky, mildly sweet. The room note won’t impress the ladies, but this will give you a chance to watch your television show in peace. Three and a half stars out of four.

-JimInks
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 12, 2018 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
Low County Pipe & Cigar - Guendalose.

I note my old pal Gentleman Zombie ponders that this might benefit from a little ageing. Well, this tin's from 2016 and the components seem to have married perfectly!

I'll begin the way I usually do. The unlit blend: medium brown, well rubbed, nicely hydrated, ribbons. Smoking right away doesn't require the blend breathing, first.

I make no suggestion that the cigar leaf isn't the most formidable of the tobaccos, but it doesn't mask the other's with a dry, dull, clumsy, cigar flavour. The Turkish, Perique and Virginia form a tasty support: fruity, a little spicy, and somewhat fragrant. The burn from it's good with it's consistency, but can become a touch warm and the smoke can give a little nip to my tongue.

Nicotine: above medium, with ease. Room-note: not 'great'.

Guendalose? There are a few negatives, but the flavour raises the result. Recommended:

Three stars.
Pipe Used: Peder Jeppesen
PurchasedFrom: Smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: 2016
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 17, 2016 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong
This is a good smoke as is, but I think it will benefit from a little aging. The components don't seem as "married" as they should be. There seems to be a degree of separation with the Virginias and Perique on one side and the Turkish and Cigar leaf on the other. Perhaps it's just too fresh right now. It's most noticeable in the first half of the bowl. I have to say though that there are times during the second half that the flavor is sublime. I have been of the opinion that you just can't replicate a cigar in a pipe bowl, but during the times in the second half that this all comes together as it should it gets damn close. I stashed a couple of tins in the cellar and I'm going to jar the rest of this tin and revisit it in about 6 months. 3 stars for now.

Body is a shade above medium. Taste is medium to full. No added flavorings. Burns very well.
Pipe Used: MM Marcus, Country Gentleman, Mark Twain
PurchasedFrom: smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 24, 2023 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong
Tin note of mildly pungent, sugared raisins and tangy hay. Tobacco is a Ribbon of reddish brown, tan and dark brown. Moisture content is great. Burns moderate with few relights. The strength is medium to strong and nic is medium. No flavoring detected. Taste is medium to full and mostly consistent, with notes of leather, very woody, musty vegetation, floral, very spicy cigar, herbal spices, bready, fig, sugar, tangy plums, lemon citrus, rich earth, dry, sweet grass, orange peel/zest, slight acidic, a semi-sweet nutty background note, and a very peppery retro. Cigar barely takes the lead from the Virginias with Oriental/Turkish and Perique supporting. Room note is tolerable, and aftertaste is great.
Pipe Used: Castello Old Antiquari G84
PurchasedFrom: smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: 2 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 22, 2024 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
Having been a cigar smoker in the past, I must say that no pipe tobacco can fully capture the experience and flavour of a cigar. After trying several cigar leaf blends such as Havana Daydream and Key Largo, I can confidently say Guendalose is as close as it gets. This tobacco has a fuller body that is far more reminiscent of a cigar than I expected. The flavour is bold and woody, the key competent is the cigar leaf instead of it being used as a condiment. The other tobaccos play mild supporting roles adding some complexity to the blend, mainly offering additional layers of woodiness. The Red Virginia cavendish makes the smoke very thick adding to the cigar-feeling you get from this blend. The perique is especially minimal here, so there is no overpowering pepperiness on the retrohale. If you have been looking for blend that offers the flavour of a cigar, then look no further. The only point it loses is for not being higher in nicotine strength, which takes away from the potential it has to feel like a cigar. I might mix in some HH Rustica and see what happens. I'll give this a 3.5/4 and round that up to a 4.
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