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
Aug 12, 2017 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant
The various Virginias offer a big burst of tangy, fermented citrus with a mild malty tartness, a fair amount of grass and hay, some sugar, a very light dark fruitiness, wood and earth, a slight floral and bare spice note, and a few drops of honey and bread. The strength level is just past the center of mild to medium, while the taste is a step past that mark. The nic-hit is a tad below the strength threshold. No chance of bite or harshness, and has no rough edges. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace with a very consistent, deep flavor from start to finish. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a very pleasant, lightly lingering after taste and room note. Can be an all day smoke, or a mixer if you’re so inclined.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 27, 2016 Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant
Thanks to the generosity of a friend with whom I trade tobacco by mail, I was able to try a decent sample of this blend.

The appearance is of a beautiful tan-to-olive ribbons. The draw was quite sweet on the tongue, however this wasn't apparent in the smoke. The sweet maltiness of Virginias were supplanted by a roast-malt aroma. The smoke was tart, tangy. I was reminded instantly of an "Oud Bruin."

This is a unique, tasty smoke and it's a great exploration of a tried-and-tested process on a different type of leaf. If I could buy lots of this to cellar away and age, I certainly would, however the cost of production makes it prohibitive.

I'm convinced this leaf would be a great ingredient for blending. Together with some high-quality Oriental and some Syrian Latakia it would be unbeatable, but diluting it with lower-quality condimental tobacco would certainly be a waste of time, as the qualities that this tobacco has to offer would quickly fade into the background.
Pipe Used: Ben Wade Walnut
PurchasedFrom: traded with a friend
Age When Smoked: new?
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 04, 2016 Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant
Pure long shag or string cut Virginia on steroids.

Burns nice. Tastes extra tangy. Citrusy to the top. Maybe even robust for a straight Virginia, with nothing added except the special pressing process.

You must adore straight, bright Virginias to love this one. Very inventive.

Careful puffing keeps it from burning hot. Mind you it is still tangy. No bite with care.

I'm nearing the end of my tin. I also tried samples of both the Acadian VAPER (this gold plus I guess 20% perique) and Acadian English (this gold plus some Latakia). This one is as I say is a straight, stronger, orange Virginia. The VAPER I found too strong to my tastes and peppery. Others liked it more. The English was a happy medium, toned down by the Latakia but not too much.

Worth a tin even at the extra price. Pick one to your liking. When they are gone, they're gone.
Pipe Used: paul perri
PurchasedFrom: pipesandcigars
Age When Smoked: new tin
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 18, 2022 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable
This was an enjoyable Virginia for the time that I spent with it. It is sweet and deep; and pretty much all the things the description says it is. It is also pretty monotonous and can get boring. I never smoked this in a large bowl as it just did not do enough to hold my attention that long.

I ended up using this as a blender for the most part after I decided I needed something more to fill the Straight Va gap in my rotation. It worked splendidly as a blender. I feel this is a better condiment than it is a straight Va; however, it is smokable as the latter.

It does perform well needing few relights and burning at a decent pace, and I find this one lingering between the 2 and three star range, but will up it to 3 as it is unique enough that it may be worth the effort if you can find some.
PurchasedFrom: P & C
Age When Smoked: 4 years 11 months
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