|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|Swiss-smoker (80)||Medium to Strong||Very Mild||Medium||Pleasant to Tolerable|
This is a Va/Per mixture. Virginias of average quality form the backbone, Perique donates a peppery strength and Cavendish offers some volume, lightness and reserved sweetness. I can’t get much out of the Virginias, honestly. The peppery Perique seems to cover up the subtle flavour palette of the Virginias.
Given its name “Wellauer Irish Oak” (WIO) automatically leads to comparing it with the famous “Peterson Irish Oak” (PIO) which sadly went out of production in 2019, when Peterson reshuffled their offerings after the takeover of Dunhill pipe tobaccos. There are minor differences between the two blends: PIO had a more distinctive taste of wood from maturing its tobacco in oak barrels. I loved this woody taste and miss it in the WIO. The Perique in PIO was more fruity (plum/fig), although in both mixtures the peppery side of Perique turns dominant eventually.
WIO is an all day, several bowls in a row kind of mixture without bite or harshness. I would say it is an unpretentious, average Va/Per mixture, that does not particularly stand out. It lacks a little in flavour diversity that would allow us to dig in deeper and keep us more interested. However, I like it and will buy it from time to time, without adding it to my rotation.
Age When Smoked: New, out of tin.
Purchased From: Local tobacconist.
Similar Blends: Peterson Irish Oak.
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