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RO Series Perique Blend GP-11 contains perique grown in the Grand Point region. This has more of the traditional characteristics of perique, with a fruitiness and sweet spice and a hint of cocoa. Russ blended this with some exceptional bright Virginia and double toasted burley to allow the natural flavor of this unique perique to shine.

Tin label: Perique Blend GP-11uses Perique from the Grand Point region mixed with sweet Virginia and toasted Burley. It has a spiciness with hints of wine and a fair amount of cocoa. It seems somewhat mellow, but it has plenty of rich body.

Brandpipesandcigars.com
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsBurley, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging50 grams tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Unnoticeable, Pleasant, Tolerable, Tolerable to Strong

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2387)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

The lightly grassy and tangy, very citrusy bright Virginia forms the base of the blend. The earthy, fairly nutty, woody, toasty, double toasted burley also has quite a bit of cocoa in a competitive role, and at times, takes a light lead. The raisiny, plumy, spicy perique is a important complimentary addition, and is noticeable in every puff. It also sports a slight essence of wine. You can taste most of the inherent characteristics of the tobaccos in every puff, though at times, some nuances peek out a tad more than the others. The strength is a shade closer to medium than it is to mild. The taste level starts out just below medium and by the time you’re at the last third of the bowl, reaches the medium threshold. Won’t bite or get harsh. The tobaccos are rather dry, so this blend burns a little fast, cool and clean with a rich, deep, complex, moderately consistent and smooth flavor from start to finish as it easily burns to ash. Leaves virtually no moisture in the bowl, and requires few relights. Has a very pleasant, tangy sweet, woody, slightly smoky after taste. Can be an all day smoke.

-JimInks

11 people found this review helpful.

½ bowl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
½ bowl (101)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable

The Virginia is soft, sweet, and wine-like, meaning there is no sharp, biting pinch or "hot" grassiness. There is some peppery zest, but well below the nuisance level. Like the label says, mellow and rich is the main characteristic, and a shadowy cocoa note lurks beneath the tobacco flavor. A bowl I had earlier this morning was producing a delightful musty / gamey taste for a while -- so there are some "in-and-out" flavors to focus on if you want to.

The cut is kind of a medium chop, and it is easy to pack and light. If you like Virginia-Burley blends, especially with dark Perique flavor, this one is for you.

Pipe Used: Ardor, Tinsky, Castello, Ser Jac

6 people found this review helpful.

Lit a Kia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lit a Kia (69)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

A lot of light, coarse pieces of leaf and ribbon with a healthy smattering of dark leaf. The lighter pieces remind me of Virginia Memory. There's a similar sweet/citrus/grassy VA aroma to that one but also a subtle toasty burley aroma and a prominent note of figs. Pretty dry mixture, just scoop or gravity pack and it should burn fine. (It didn't burn as well the one time I tried the three pack method.) This would be a classic smoke without the perique; the perique lends a whole lot to it. The tin description seems spot on, there were wine and cocoa flavors. I'd also add espresso and tangy, burnt dark fruit, maybe even a tiny hint of mint here and there? The perique "tickle" is pretty tame, but strangely, I feel it in my eyes and skin -- really gentle pins and needles, not in a bad way. Found the aroma pretty pungent, like a campfire with plenty of dried evergreen thrown in. Nicotine was mild to medium although I've only smoked it in small bowls. Taste and aroma stuck with me for a day or two, not an all day smoke for me, although some might find it a suitable daily companion.

Pipe Used: MM cobs

2 people found this review helpful.

Gripsholm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gripsholm (28)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Perique Blend GP-11 is a pretty good VaPer. Grand Point Perique has a nice spiciness and blends well with the selected Virginia. For me the blend of grassy Virginia and spicy Perique combine to create a flavor that I like to describe as clean and refreshing.

Clean and refreshing might sound like an odd way to describe a flavor but that's the experience I get, and this particular VaPer certainly provides that.

Some might say the toasted Burley adds body, but for me it muddies the flavor. It kind of reminds me of those VaPer coins with the DFK or Cavendish centers. Personally, I prefer just a pure VaPer without any "body" or third tobacco added.

When all is said and done GP-11, although a pretty good VaPer, is a bit on the pricey side. There are certainly better VaPers out there at much more reasonable prices. So my advice is to save your dough, you're not going to experience any great epiphanies smoking this one.

1 person found this review helpful.