pipesandcigars.com Acadian Gold

In October of 2015, while spending a day with Mark Ryan at the L.A. Poche Perique Company in St. James Parish, Louisiana. our own Russ Ouellette asked Mark if he had ever thought of trying to process Virginia in the same method as perique. Mark said that he had thought of it, but was told it wouldn't work. After a bit of conversation, Mark decided to bring down some bright, sweet, yellow, Canadian-grown Virginia to give it a try. The processing time had to be much shorter due to the aggressive fermentation due to the high sugar content, but the result, called Acadian Gold, has more depth than normal Virginia with a malty note unlike anything else. The RO Series Acadian Gold is 100% pure Acadian Gold. Here's your opportunity to try this one-of-a-kind tobacco. Only two barrels were made, so you'll want to get yours soon before it's gone.


Brand pipesandcigars.com
Series RO Series
Blended By Russ Ouellette
Manufactured By  
Blend Type Straight Virginia
Contents Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country United States
Production No longer in production


Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.23 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 27, 2016 Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I'm trying hard to like this blend (because I like and admire Russ), but the best I can do is not dislike it. I tried a bowlful given me by a friend and thought it was interesting, so I bought two tins from SP.com. I've smoked it at home, in the car, and outside and found it to taste differently in each setting, the best being at home with pipe-smoking friends (but this speaks more to psychology than to the tobacco itself). At best, I found Acadian Gold to have a pleasant sourness, like a good balsamic vinegar, and a nice grassiness; at worst, it tasted flat and a little musty. I'll finish off the two tins I have but probably won't buy more.
Pipe Used: Oom Pauls
PurchasedFrom: smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: fresh out of the tin
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 14, 2021 Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
I've reached the last bowl of the last tin of any of Russ Ouellette's interesting Acadian series. My last bowl and last review is of the original blend: The pure Virginia which the VaPer and English blends are based on.

This tin was aged for 2 years.

There's a common thread throughout the three Acadian blends, which is of course the Canadian Virginia, processed like Perique is. The outcome in all three blends is a fairly mild Virginia with a real stout-sour-yeasty taste to it.

The tin note for this was initially much more stout and citrus but after two years of age has now a strong Caramel aroma. If I didn't know, I would've thought that this is used in Cornell & Diehl's Autumn Evening.

The smoke is mild, brings out just a bit of sweet and sour flavors. It was originally a bit annoying to pack and needed some more rubbing out of larger pieces of leaf but now it's an easier shag, easily packed and smoked. Same goes for relights - it used to demand more of them, but now only a couple. Moisture is ready from the tin.

The flavor remains constant throughout most of the smoke, but loses some taste towards the end. It is not a complex blend at all. Just a straightforward musty/yeasty/stout-y bright Virginia. Doesn't get too hot in the bowl. Not an all-day smoke. First, because it's now out of production and second, because I believe that it's not fulfilling enough in terms of taste and isn't easy enough to handle mechanically for a daily smoke.

I loved the Acadian Perique blend and the English one was very nice too. Acadian Gold is in third place for its fairly simplistic and mild flavor. Still, It's too bad that this blend is no longer in production. I love the idea behind the series and would've bought a tin here and there if it was still available.
Pipe Used: Medium-size billiards and small pots
PurchasedFrom: pipesandcigars.com
Age When Smoked: 2 years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 27, 2017 Very Strong Very Strong Very Full Tolerable
Beautiful light oak color and very grassy as I transferred it to a mason jar. Clung together in a rather damp wad but ... no problem. Only two re lights without any drying.

The aroma was of hay and honey. I can't think of any other way to describe it. Truly unique and pleasant tin note. The charring light was really tart, almost sour but after the relight it toned down to a citrusy, somewhat peppery strong smoke. I had to keep reminding myself to "slow down" and when I did, I really enjoyed it for about half a bowl. I would say the nic hit is fairly strong. When I truly sipped the smoke, less than 1/2 draw, it was unique and interesting. This is the "Wild Turkey" of Virginia Periques.

I will Enjoy this one tin for a long, long time. 3 stars for me.
Pipe Used: Meerschaum Calabast
PurchasedFrom: Pipes & Cigars
Age When Smoked: New out of the can
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