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Penny Farthing is a shag cut blend of bright and red Virginias, spiced with Louisiana perique and a hint of fire cured dark Kentucky. It's easy to pack, easy to smoke. Sipped gently, Penny Farthing opens with a sophisticated sweetness, evolving in depth and complexity throughout the bowl to a rich, satisfying finish.

BrandG. L. Pease
Blended ByG.L. Pease
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsKentucky, Perique, Virginia
Packaging2 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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Pastor Padron Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pastor Padron (3)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This shag cut blend is a mix of bright and red Virginia, Perique and a bit of Kentucky fire-cured. It packs and lights easily and burns fast because of the cut. There are notes of sweet hay and grass from the Virginias and plenty of spice from the Perique. The Kentucky brings some earthiness and hints of nuts here and there in a supportive role, but the Virginia and the Perique are the major players. As the description says on the tin, sip slowly, or it will burn hot! If you like shag cut tobacco and VaPer blends, this is definitely worth a try. I think it will age well too. I'll get back to you on that... Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Impero 920KS

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Twins Smoke Shop, Londonderry, NH, USA 609-421-0242

7 people found this review helpful.

RonR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RonR (23)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant


I am loving this blend. First off I love a shag cut. Easy to pack, you can even overpack it and probably get away with it. 2 or 3 touches of the flame and most times you can put your lighter away on this one. Plenty of bright Virginias and Reds. Perique is very present as well. I have been smoking a fair amount of Exclusive recently and I can readily pick up the perique in here. The Kentucky adds some body. Puts off plenty of smoke. On occasion some of my bowls get a little harsh at the end.

You know this is going to age well. Solid blend but I am not surprised considering the pedigree.

Pipe Used: briars, cobs.

Age When Smoked: June 2019 tin dates

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

5 people found this review helpful.

Dr.sadik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.sadik (101)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Very rounded mix where ingredients mixed around in unified taste experience. Although the cut is fine but its not as fine as 5 brothers/dark birds eye kinda cut, it look like mini ready rubbed cut blend, looking at it reminds me of McClelland black s... hag. It is slightly sweet and smokey did not overwhelm me by strength so the perique is not heavily added but you can certainly feel it on the retrohale. Burns relativly ok for a shag, they usually go faster but as with all shag cut tobacco packing it carefully is required so you dont plug the draft. Typical gl pease taste from the same component, think jack knife triple play/six pence in a shag form. I bought few to see what age may add to it but for the time being 3 stars and some change. Al janabi

Pipe Used: Narrow chambered briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Triple play gl pease, six pence gl pease.

4 people found this review helpful.

BrokenRecord Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BrokenRecord (37)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Penny Farthing: A Shagging VaPer

With this new blend, Mr Pease—also known as the Willy Wonka of the tobacco world—has produced a solid new VaPer that fits nicely in his existing line up between Stratford and Telegraph Hill.

The red Virginias seem to be the core component of this blend and offer an earthy-tangy foundation. The lighter Virginias gives the smoke some grassy-bright notes. The perique is noticeable with a hit of fermented spiciness that plays well with the small amount of dark-fired leaf, which adds a delicately oak-smoky undertone to the mix. The shag cut is quite nice, burning evenly with no harshness.

Even with the addition of a small amount of dark-fired leaf, I would still consider this blend a VaPer.

Similar Blends: Rattray's VaPers and GL Pease Telegraph Hill and Stratford.

3 people found this review helpful.

Criblo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Criblo (31)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The shag cut is very fine and stays lit well but I wish it didn't burn so quickly. It tastes like Telegraph Hill with extra complexity from the Kentucky. I like it but you have to be careful with how quick you smoke it because it will bite if you just power through a bowl.

3 people found this review helpful.

Ash Ryan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ash Ryan (5)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The tin note is typical of the component tobaccos, with a hint of dark chocolate and fruity alcohol. The moisture content is perfect, no drying time needed for me. This is my first experience with a shag and it behaved very nicely. I pack it tighter than usual and it burns relatively slowely to a fine white ash. The flavor weaves through the component tobaccos depending on your cadence and gets spicier throughout the bowl. It’s similar to Sixpence, but stronger and with less boozy casing. Nic level is on the high side of medium for me. I’ll be buying more for sure.

Pipe Used: Tekin meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

Similar Blends: G.L. Pease Sixpence.

3 people found this review helpful.

DragonBriars Josh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DragonBriars Josh (1)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the perfect blend for all day summer sipping. This will be a great blend to just slow your roll with. The shag cut makes for a easy 1 match light with probably no relight. Immediately after lighting the show begins. First star of the show are the Virginia's. A well balanced ballet of hay and dried fruit. Then the supporting act brings a little spice and body. The dark fired and perique twirl around on the back side of the stage throughout the whole show. To me this is Sixpence lite shag cut. Very similar profiles, but with such complexity that they are completely different. I smoked this blend in quite a few different pipes and have narrowed it down to my 3 favorite styles. It basically comes down to your bowl size and depth. Reach for your deepest bowl that is 3/4" in diameter maximum. My 3 favorite pipes were a meerchaum billiard with a 3/4" diameter bowl at 1.5" deep, next pipe a very large deep cob, pipe 3 a briar stack straight billiard with a 3/4" bowl that is 2.25" deep. Whatever you smoke it in, the object is to barely keep it lit. Delights are fine. It just means you are doing your job. Great with iced tea, coffee, iced coffee, beer, whiskey.

Pipe Used: Dragon Briars, John Keller cob, meerchaum

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: G L Pease Sixpence.

2 people found this review helpful.