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A mixture with a difference; blended only from mild bright tobaccos.

BrandMurray Sons & Co, Ltd
Blended ByMurray Sons & Co., Ltd
Manufactured ByBAT
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Very Mild
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2076)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Parsons Pleasure.

Having wanted to try this for a while I opened it with excitement! The visual inspection showed a great ready rubbed tobacco. It gave off (as expected) a standard Virginia unlit aroma. I found the lighting of it very easy and it didn't require re-lighting many times. The smoke has a lovely ripe Virginia flavor with almost a hint of dried fruit to it. It didn't give much bite unless heavily drawn upon either. The room note is pretty much as you would expect from Virginia, albeit still appealing. A very enjoyable Virginia blend.

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Falcon

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

Similar Blends: Punchbowl.

4 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Mild None Detected Very Mild Pleasant

This was a gift from a friend who thought a parson should have at least tried Parson's Pleasure.

The cut is a fine short ribbon. It is similar in appearance to a RYO cigarette tobacco but at a moisture level appropriate to pipe smoking.

The flavor is a basic, light, simple Virginia. I did not get any complexity or subtle favors. It was a consistent (and good) slightly sweet taste through the bowl. This is one of those tobaccos I could smoke all day and not get tired of it.

I think this is a blend of a different era when many people did smoke all day and did not need challenging blends. They just wanted a good, simple, consistent smoke they enjoyed. I am not going to get any of this in from Engand, but I would not hesitate to smoke it again.

Pipe Used: Airograte, various briars

4 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

I wasn't quite able to finish the tin of this, not because it was bad tasting but more because it didn't excite. It's a "so-so" virginia, mildly sweet and, quite frankly, kind of limp-wristed. The virginias don't assert themselves much and I ended up puffing faster than I normally do (subconsciously) in order to get more flavor. To its credit, it didn't bite unless seriously provoked. But it didn't push the flavor envelope, either.

As mentioned, this is the baby of the Parson's Pleasure/Barney's/Punchbowle trio. This one contains no latakia, whereas the middle brother (Barney's) contains a light amount and the Punchbowle is rather heavier. A bit of latakia or blending orientals or perique would probably do this no harm and I might experiment further. Similar to Gold Block, this one might add some body to a wispy mix or improve the burning qualities of another blend. Smoked on its own, it really offers little to endear itself over the long term. Try it if you like very mild virginias.

3 people found this review helpful.

who broke my clay pipe? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
who broke my clay pipe? (70)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

50g round tin.

Tin aroma:Mildly earthy,almost no aromatic properties whatsoever other than natural tobacco,,,could be roll up tobacco almost.

Appearance:Medium tan brown overall(tan/brown/dark equal mix)thin short cut ribbons,perfect moisture level.

Pipe:An unknown brand nylon system pipe made in france(,with a 3mm draught smoke tube(amplifies lighter virginias)and a stinger on the mouthpeice which tightens the draw again to concentrate taste and create a slower backdraught(keeps the burn slower and cooler).

Ignition:Using matches(gas lighters can melt nylon stem pipes if drawing too hard!)I basically got a basic no-nonsence,unsweetened,natural virginia,yet naturally sweet.

For nearest comparisons it tasted generally between a non-aged 'Peterson-Irish Oak'(although this tastes like a good aged mild virginia),'Samuel Gawith-Best Brown Flake','Players-Navy Cut'flake...Sweeter than the last.. It lights quite easy i might add and stays lit.

It had a slight woody tang factor ala red virginia,or like 'Peterson-Sherlock Holmes' minus the blueberry aromatic properties.

Initially i couldn't say i was blown away with a new undiscovered novelty here;-but this is the outcome of having tried quite a few archetypes now,that things start tasting between already discovered pillars of taste,tastes that are between other brands of simular construction that i am already familier.That said though,i can say that it makes an ok candidate for when i am in the mood for something like it.

Just revisiting the jar here 2 weeks later for a smoke as i type is proving a better impression because i havent smoked any other stronger pipes before hand to spoil my taste.

On the first light its slightly winey/apple cider-ish,then settles into a darker mid pencil wood-ish,yeasty,toasty white bread virginia.

Smooth as butter but not buttery - more of a sunflower spread factor or unsalted green olives - starchy like new sweet potato's /potato mash.

This might be too plain for some people,but i myself like these 'grey area' tobacco's actually..Like the current pouch 'Three Nuns' and certain old english blends - its a very mid 20th century smoke..I like their atmosphere,i get a simular feeling smoking these as when discoving an old newspaper under the floorboards from 1928 or something,its nice to have some black and white to get away from the technicolour sometimes.

A light easy cruise of a smoke,it swings (in my mouth),cool but a fastish burner(may suit a larger capacity bowl).

Gently breezy,no soap and no bite,slightly like old english brand cigarettes like 'Parkdrive','Woodbines','Capstan Full Strength' minus the typical cigarettish salt peter stale ammoniac piss factor.

Post pipe aftertaste is ok - like a feeling of having eaten some golden un-salted potato crisps,(or maybe peanuts).

Quality baccy and well behaved,smokes down to a fine white ash.Light-Medium nicotine strength.Mild buttery toasty ,woody room note.

This has grown on me in the fortnight i have had this beyond my first underwealmed impressions;it suits this dark rainy moonlight night as a quiet comfort(i like plain baccies on rainy dreary days),,this melts in the mouth like creamy mashed potato.

I'm going to give it 3 stars for cheering me up and feel i would purchase again.Its the lighter non-latakia brother of 'PunchBowle' as well i am sure,it tastes like a familier friend anyway;an english with no latakia or oriental,yet it tastes english in its way.

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Parson's Pleasure is no longer sold in the USA, and I had to get my tins from a website in England.

It is a straightforward tobacco, more on the mild than wild side -- which, I suppose fits the bill for a blend named Parson's Pleasure.

My tins were quite aged, and the roughness tantric spoke of did not exist, perhaps due to the aging. There was just enough sweetness and nicotine strength to keep me interested. Very refined Virginia flavor that you just can't get anymore.

2 people found this review helpful.

Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (321)
Mild None Detected Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Bright and light tobaccos, rather dry and ticklish. I presume most of this blend is Virginian, perhaps with some Burley in it. As the esteemed Noorrmm has put it, it belongs to triad of rather economic and popular blends, in the English (i.e. unscented) tradition. It is a mild, natural tasting tobacco, with some proclivity to bite the tongue. Short ribbon cut, it is easy to pack and lights almost immediately. The mildness makes it slightly astringent and, in my case, it left me with a dry palate. The flavour is that of pure tobacco (might be an interesting option for a cigarette smoker), but it lacks depth, punch and mystery.

I don't believe the quality of the leaf in PP is particularly good. Compared with similar tobaccos (Orlik's Golden Sliced or Radford's Sunrise Flake, both of which are smooth and creamy, perhaps even soapy) the leaf here seems rather raw and unprocessed. The lack of depth induces one to puff hard and fast in order to catch some flavour; consequently the blend tends to burn hot, producing, IMO, an unpleasant sharpness.

This could easily be the British equivalent of Prince Albert, albeit PP is more of a Virgnia than a Burley blend. However, if forced to choose, I would rather stay with the Prince, not the Parson.

2 people found this review helpful.

Noorrmm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Noorrmm (192)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

One of a trio, the lightest of the group which includes Barney's and Punchbowle. This is mostly light leaf with some reddish-orange flashes. The aroma is delicate, with just a bit of spiciness, no Latakia deectable. Lighs easily, burns well, but can get hot if not smoked s l o w l y. Mild, delicate taste, for me , needs more oomph.

2 people found this review helpful.

DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (148)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I was (believe it or not) introduced to this blend in 1966 by the then Bishop of Oxford, Dr Carpenter. The room note was absolutely wonderful, and it was that more than anything else that made me want to try it. It was one of those all- day-every-day smokes (like Capstan, Player's Medium Navy Cut, Gold Block, Broken Scotch Cake, etc., etc.) that is so mild and undemanding that you can smoke it all the time without noticing you're doing it. All right, but ... meh; pleasant, but unexciting. I bought one tin of it and didn't bother after that. Fribourg & Treyer's Golden Mixture is probably the closest you can come to it these days; or, in the UK, Peterson's Sherlock Holmes.

Worth a try, in the unlikely event that you come across a tin.

1 person found this review helpful.

CornCob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CornCob (94)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A nice cool Virginia blend in English fashion, a good all day smoke as it didnt blow my mind nor did it disappoint neither. I wouldnt consider this a tin to pop on Christmas eve, but certainly sufficient for any other occasion.

1 person found this review helpful.

DEN-C1956 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DEN-C1956 (35)
Mild Mild Mild Unnoticeable

not a very good tobacco if you ask nearly finished this 50g tin..and i wont be buying it again,it burns very fast even if smoked slowly,no tongue bit but very lacluster and dull,for me theres plenty of better tobaccos to be had.

1 person found this review helpful.

Peppino Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peppino (74)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

I found a tin I've had for well over 20yrs. when I lived in Ca and we had a pipe club. One of our (actor) members was able to get this and Digger for us. PP virginia is straight up no flavoring I can detect but it is old. However it was fresh in the tin and had that viginia/hay smell. I enjoy it and puff on it to break the rotation, it's a simple smoke that carry's alot of great memories of our club in South bay.

1 person found this review helpful.

Steerpike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steerpike (150)
Very Mild None Detected Very Mild Pleasant

Mild virginia shag, naturally sweet, and tending to be a little dull. It's quite moist in the tin, I might try to dry it a little. As noted, it does have a tendency to warm up and bite if puffed too hard, it needs to be smoked really slow and evenly to prevent this. Its alright in my long stemmed canadian.

I have noticed a slight honey scent when my friends have been smoking it, I am inclined to think that this is a natural feature of the tobaccos used, as there is no taste of it that I would expect if it was a flavouring. The room note soon fades after smoking to a faint tobacco smell, not at all offensive.

It lights and burns fairly easily, with only a little drip, probably because it is so moist.

Its nothing to get excited about unless you only like the mildest virginias, but I can happily finish the tin while reading, as it isnt going to distract my attention the way some of the bolder blends I enjoy could.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Very Mild None Detected Very Mild Unnoticeable

Tin Aroma: Fairly sweet natural aroma with Virginia leaf prominant.

Room note: Very mild general tobacco aroma and virtually unnoticable. Only the slight sweetness makes it stand out as pipe tobacco.

Packing: A ribbon cut which is very easy to pack.

Moisture content: A bit too dry for my liking.

Lighting: Very easy; one charring light, one tamper and a re-light is all that's required. Smoulders well and evenly with minimum maintenance.

Appearance: Quite attractive natural tobacco in ribbon cut form; brights and mediums. Maybe a little one dimensional. Couldn't see or smell any evidence of Latakia or any other leaf; this seems pretty much a straight virginia.

Smoking: Smoked a bit dry and hot. Burned a bit quickly and the taste, although a little sweet was very one dimensional bordering on the dull and boring. Burned very evenly to a light grey ash but tended to bite. Very mild indeed; I couldn't detect the nicotine at all. A little bit straw-like and harsh but not in the same league as Troost! Might benefit from ageing to mellow it a tad. To sum up a so-so straight virginia blend that would bore me rigid after a few bowls.

Pros: Smells OK in the tin and in the room, burns well and is easy to pack and light. Can be pleasantly sweet before decending into blandness.

Cons: Burns a bit hot and tends to bite. The tobacco is a bit too dry in the tin. A little acrid and harsh. Very one dimensional; too mild and bland in the taste department to hold my interest. Pretty boring- I could never finish a whole tin!

Score: Two out of five; some might find this mild mannered (if a little unrefined) mixture a treat but it's not for me.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Very Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

This is a pleasant blend - very english in characteristics - sweetish but a natural sweetness - a very pleasant light smoke - not quite up there with the great english tobaccos but pretty close.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

Let me start by saying that I purchased a 15 year aged tin of this on the vintage market for around fourty dollars through an online retailer.The bigest waste of money ever!What a BORING and FLAVORLESS blend!I had to check the pipe occasionally just to see if their was tobacco actually burning in the bowl!It reminded me of "Half and Half" in a way.Kind of like smoking a "watered flavor" blend. YAWN!One of the worst tobaccos that I've tried since I started smoking a pipe."Simply Awful" is a great description of this blend.... prep

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