Drucquer & Sons Blairgowrie

Created in the classic Scottish blending style, Blairgowrie is a robust blend of matured and aged Virginia leaf, fine Orientals, Cyprian Latakia, and Perique, pressed and aged in cakes, then sliced and fully rubbed out for a rich smoking experience. Blairgowrie is deep and full tasting, and quite slow burning for a long, smooth smoke from first light to the last puff. - Gregory Pease


Brand Drucquer & Sons
Blended By G.L. Pease
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Scottish
Contents Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Cut Broken Flake
Packaging 3.5 ounce tin
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.63 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 21, 2017 Mild None Detected Very Mild Pleasant
Solid Virginia base in the nose, the Orientals and a slight Latakia note are present. The aroma is enticing and well-balanced.

The moisture is perfect for smoking right out of the tin, and is on the dry side--perhaps to the extent that there is not enough moisture in the can to sustain a prominent, fruity fermentation.

Tangy on the tongue, and sweet peppercorns from the Perique.

The real star is the marriage of Virginia and Orientals, supported more by the Perique than by the Latakia, which builds sparingly as you work your way down the bowl.

That having been said, this blend relies more on the marriage of tobaccos than on the quality of its Virginia base, which is slightly green and significantly less complex than the one featured in its cousin, McClelland's Matured Cake. I would argue that it's just good enough to be average and not bad. It may be true that when one bakes a cake, "any old egg will do" but for a blend sustained by a Virginia base, I do believe that the "building is only as good as its bricks," and that the mediocre quality of the Virginia hinders what would otherwise have been a stellar combination.

Definitely an all-day smoke. You won't tire of its honest qualities, and it's not of such a "special" character that you would feel some compunction about carelessly burning through several bowls. I am a great fan of this style of tobacco, and for a little more depth in the Virginia department I would recommend its cousin, Matured Cake, which is available in bulk.

[Revisitation: April 2020]

I had a little Blairgowrie remaining in a jar, left over from my earlier review, which I finished not too long ago. This is fortunate as I can say with some certainty that the changes I perceive aren't likely imaginary.

The earlier Blairgowrie was, to my mind, a smooth Virginia-Oriental with a smattering of condimental tobaccos to add intrigue and slight depth. There was a definite interplay between the Virginias and the buttery Orientals.

This current version was a rather abrupt change, more notable because the changes were in those particular aspects on which I was most keen. I popped open the tin and saw tawny broken flakes, which have since aired somewhat and mellowed to a chestnut brown. The earlier Blairgowrie was a paler sandy brown with a somewhat broader cut. I searched the record in these reviews to be sure I hadn't made some type of mistake.

What I discovered is that the Virginia component is the slightest bit more complex. Only very slightly: a bit of grass and hay was supplanted by a roasted malt aroma that lingered slightly on the tongue. To my dismay the earlier Oriental prominence had subsided considerably. My evaluation of the current composition of Blairgowrie is that it is now a Virginia (rather than a Virginia-Oriental) with condimental amounts of Orientals, Latakia and Perique.

What this blend has to offer it will unveil only when unhurriedly sipping the smouldering broken flake. Walking about or smoking in a breeze availed me nothing, and anything but the most leisurely cadence provoked a heat (not a bite per se) that toppled the subtle complexities.

Unlike the earlier edition, this current blend reminded me somewhat of the old Robert McConnell Virginias, except that the depth of body lies somewhat short of the current German (K&K) Hal o' The Wynd.

I'll continue working on this sizable tin and see what allure and charm may unfold as the blend breathes and further comes into its own.

[Edit 4/27/2020] If it's any help, the Virginia-Oriental used to resemble "Bijou" and now it's a darker Virignia, similar (probably identical, actually) to the Smokingpipes Dark Flake (but with a little smoky Latakia added). This sums up the change rather well I believe.
Pipe Used: several billiards and a stack
PurchasedFrom: Smokingpipes
Age When Smoked: "fresh"
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 06, 2020 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Strong
I must admit that I am not a fan od "Scottish" blends, and I have always had some reservations about blends with a high percentage of Virginia and Orientals but just a pinch of Latakia. Either I prefer clean Virginias (with a touch of Perique, maybe), or if there are Orientals I also need a healthy dose of Latakia too.

That said (to make clear that this is my personal taste only), I didn't care much for this blend. Very well made, great cut (ribbon with small pieces of broken flake), easy to pack and to smoke. But for me it has a very neutral taste, that sometimes is a bit cigarette-like: old fashioned Camel cigarettes like those made 30 years ago, that must be said, but a bit cigarettish nonetheless.

What surprises me is that while the blend is not particularly strong flavoured (actually, it has a very consistent and even flavour delivery: muted Virginia sweetness but not too much, musky Orientals fragrance, from beginning to end), it has a stronger heaviness on palate and throat than one would expect. I actually prefer blends that are lighter in "thickness" and nicotine, but more savory in taste (which is something that is achieved in Balkan blends).

So, without having complaints on the quality of the blend in itself, I can only say that for my taste this has been the least interesting of the five Drucquer "remakes" that I have tried so far.
Age When Smoked: 1 year
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 17, 2022 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
Preparation & Burn: 7/10 I don't like the cut. It's also a bit dry. Not fun for packing. Burns fairly well though.

Taste: 10/20 Nothing special, but has a sort of hay forward sickly sweetness I don't like.

Mildness: 7/10 My idea of a good smoke is a relaxing, low nicotine session. Therefore, the milder the better. Not much nicotine here.

Total: 24/40
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 19, 2023 Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
As a dedicated and devoted English and Balkans smoker of five decades, I was disappointed by this blend. Time has not improved its flavor nor ameliorated the "rough edges." Its major asset is the retrohale, yet that dissipates too quickly. No need to go into details. It didn't hit the spot. Rattray's since 1970 and the current blenders in the great States of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania (lest I name drop) are my go-to's for more complex and rewarding smokes of this noble variety. I mourn the absence of Ed's Turkish Black, although Paul's Turkish Mystery is a treat that even Ed would be wrong not to admit is wonderful.
Pipe Used: Various
PurchasedFrom: Smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: Three years
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