G. L. Pease Tribute

Tribute is a special blend of red, lemon and stoved red Virginias, Perique and toasted Cavendish tobaccos. The tribute was written by Ernest A. Carabillo III.
Notes: All profits from the sale of this tobacco were donated to the "Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund". Produced in September, 2001.


Brand G. L. Pease
Series Limited Edition Series
Blended By Gregory Pease
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Cavendish, Perique, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 2oz Tin
Country United States
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

3.29 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 27, 2012 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
Based on 2 tins of the original version. Wide, choppy ribbon cut of mottled leaf, mostly of the darker varieties. Tin nose is of unsweetened dark chocolate and mustiness. Smells like orientals in this one and even though I didn't notice any in the taste (and their aren't any!), I would probably half-believe it if someone said they existed here.

For a blend with cavendish and all those virginias in it, I'm surprised at the lack of sweetness in this one. There is a very, very little bit, but it's more of a light nut or corn sweetness rather than natural virginia sugar. The overall flavor is dark and toasty, and very deep. The perique is noticeable but more of a bit player. Some spice is apparent but none of the "perique tickle" nor any "stewed fruit" flavor - just that light spice. The dominant flavor is that dark and earthy virginia flavor of deep and stoved reds. I get a very slight tart sensation, presumedly from the lemon VA, but it doesn't assert itself much.

Overall this is a worthy blend that I never smoked fresh so I can only make assumptions as to how it aged based on a fresh tin of the C&D First Responders, which I'm about to share my thoughts on. If you can find a tin of this, it's a worthwhile investment, although I wouldn't call this one of Pease's top blends. Then again, someone else certainly could.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 15, 2012 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
The lightly earthy, lightly tangy dark fruit sweet red Virginias are a team player with the earthy fermented ripe fruity stoved reds adding able support, though it, too, is less sweet than expected. The tart fruity lemon Virginia plays second fiddle. The toasted cavendish is in the background, and mutes the sweetness a little. The perique is also lightly applied, and seems to be a little more raisiny than spicy. The nic-hit is mild. Won’t bite or get harsh. Well blended, you’ll notice most aspects in most every puff. Burns cool and clean with a fairly smooth, consistent flavor from start to finish. Leaves very little moisture in the bowl, and requires few relights. Has a pleasant, short lived after taste and room note. A fairly easy going all day smoke.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 11, 2006 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
*** This just seemed to be an appropriate blend to light up to start this day (9/11/06) to honor all of our brave men and women standing watch and risking their lives in the military to keep us safe and free.

The following is taken directly from the marscigars website:

"The NASSAU displaces 40,000 tons and has a crew of 1,000, carries 2,000 US Marines, a helicopter squadron and a Harrier squadron. It's captain, Capt. Russell P. Tjepkema, it's Executive Officer, ship's doctor and Navigator are all pipe smokers and lead a coterie of a dozen others. We are proud to honor these people who give up so much for us by contributing $3 from every tin of NASSAU to the ship's Morale, Welfare & Recreational Fund as a 'Thank You' from pipe smokers everywhere. The NASSAU is part of the amphibious forces of the U.S. Navy and as such is part of the "Gator Navy". The label is their deployment patch. The tobacco was originally G.L. Pease Tribute , a special blend of red, lemon and stoved red Virginias, Perique, and toasted Cavendish tobaccos....."

Nassau now comes in a fancy C&D tin with the ship's sharp looking logo on the label as indicated in the above description. I do not know whether the ingredients have changed. I had a bowl of the original production Tribute (in a Pease tin) and felt like it could use more aging. The currently produced C&D Nassau Tribute seems smoother somehow. It is a nice "occassional" tobacco that I reserve for late afternoon or evenings.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 06, 2001 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant
Well, now that I've run a few bowls of this through a few different pipes, I feel like I can give it a fair reviewing.

This will definitely be another Greg Pease winner, but to reach that stage, it definitely needs some age. Right now, though good, (and I'm testing it only days after its release) it needs some time to meld and marry, let alone age. This has all the makings of a fastastic aged tobacco once it does indeed have a few months on it.

However, I must review it as it stands and update later once I have a better idea of how it ages. Currently, I find the lighter Virginias to impart a bit of a grassy overtone that is not entirely to my liking. However, outside of this slight imbalance (which I think will cease to exist given only a few weeks) it is fantastic. The rest of the blend would balance perfectly if not for the grassy overtones (which, honestly, I've had trouble not noticing). The Perique gives it that great spiciness and the darker virginias and cavendish give it a very slight sweetness.

On the whole, though it is good now, it will be fantastic in a few weeks. And of this I'm quite sure, Tribute will be truly breathtaking in a couple of years. This alone is reason enough to buy it, but that the proceeds are going to aid the victims of the September 11th massacre renders the reason imperative.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 18, 2009 Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Having given this blend almost eight years to mellow, I felt it was time to pop the tin open and see what was in store. The tin note was very pleasant, a very nice Virginia smell, that wasnt too sweet, or too earth. There was a decidedly pungent Perique smell as well. The Cavendish was not too evident in the tin. The moisture was slightly wet, but after leaving the tin open for a few days it was just right. The tobacco is cut perfectly and packed extremely well. I packed it into both large and small pipes, and it seemed to do the best in larger bowled pipes. The tobacco burned perfectly, and never required a relight. There was absolutely no tongue bite as well. The taste was out of this world. The Virginias were mellow and flavorful. Everything was just spot on. The Perique was mild, but noticeable and played well with the others. I really liked the unsweetened black Cavendish, it added a nice fullness to the blend. Overall I think this was one of the best VAPer blends I have ever tried!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 09, 2011 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a half dozen tins of Tribute over the past two years comprised of first and second editions. I prefer the first edition only slightly more than the second and both are a very good mix of sweet and peppery. The addition of cavendish adds some extra sweetness and richness to the blend. It packs well and burns cleanly. If you haven't had the chance to try this blend, its worth the ebay price as they will soon be gone forever. Recommended.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 04, 2007 Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
My first batch of tobacco ever purchased came with 3 8oz cans of Nassau (Tribute).

The first one I smoked right away. The second I gave to a friend and the 3rd I opened a year and a half later.

The fresh tin had almost no dust (tobacco dust) in it. Just lots and lots of ribbon (brown, dark and yellow). It smoked well and was easy to thumb pack and light (very forgiving for the absent minded pipe smoker). I made it my regular all day smoke because honestly, I get something different from it depending on other influences (after-meal, with drink, morning, outdoors) and how it packed. It is solid Virginia, but the cavendish would hint here and there(and Perique was assertive and strong throughout). I would get a bit of a bite down towards the end of my bowl (and at initial lighting do not run this through the nose as the smoke was heavy and would zing). This may also be attributed to my initial 'aggresive' puffing when I first started. Moisture level is low (and I have some pipes with systems and filters so I see it) compared to the aromatics I had (like "Very Berry").

Tribute ages well. I found the difference between the fresh opened tin and the tin I let sit to be significant. The aged tin lets more of the mellowed raisin/fig scents come through while smoking and the bite from the fresh tin is gone. It has a well rounded flavour that's good from start to finish. I didn't get the slightly strong Perique that is present in the fresh tin. Instead it complements the Virginias. Also, I've heard the term 'grassy' mentioned about Tribute when it's fresh. I kind of understand that now as the second tin is a more 'mellowed' smoke and less green than a fresh tin. I've recently bought a 1lb tin of Tribute and will give it a few months before opening (and enjoying).

April 04, 2007

Almost a year later....and I have to say Tribute is consistant. I've finally opened the 1 lb tin and boy, did I miss Tribute. I've been trying other tobacco lately to see what I enjoy; and I saved the tin of Tribute until last to open. It was packed really well and smokes like a dream. I have to say I really recommend Tribute as a tobacco to get and shelve for a few months before opening. It seems to be one that ages really well. I'm going to be ordering another tin for myself soon.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 24, 2005 Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
I would like to introduce this review by expressing my deepest sympathy for the victims, families and the American people. I and the rest of the Danish people mourn for your loss. It is an honour for me to smoke this tobacco, and I too had second thoughts of reviewing this blend.

This is my first GLPease offering and by God it is wonderful. This tin is 4 years old and the quality of the leaf is outstanding. The Périque is well balanced and gives a complexity to the smoke, which I have seldomly experienced with these types of blends. The nicotine level is high, burn qualities are very good, and it will not burn your palate. I like to smoke this after lunch with a nice cup of strong coffee.

A stout blend that I will cellar if I can get hold of some more.

Jakob Kiilerich, Denmark
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 21, 2004 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant
I was lucky enough to get a tin of Tribute, the second edition in a Pease tin. I had just about given up hope, when Eric at Cup O Joe?s was able to set me up with the last tin he could find in captivity. Thank You Eric!

I opened the tin on September 11, 2004. It had aged two years. (The tin is marked SECOND EDITION 09/11/02) The aroma in the tin is slightly sweet like Virginia, and has a musty/spicy undertone to it as well.

I have smoked Tribute in a variety of pipes over the past week or so. I have smoked about half of the tin as I write this. I find the balance to be very nice, with none of the grassy/tangy overtones as reported when the blend was young. It seems to have mellowed with age from what I have read of it before. The Virginia flavor is the predominant force in the overall flavor, with the Perique playing around in the background for the most part. The toasted Cavendish lends an interesting overall sweetness that comes and goes. The end is usually a nice Perique flourish, but not harsh.

Overall, this is a nice, well-balanced Va-Perique with a twist. (The Toasted Cavendish.) I don?t know if NASSAU from C&D matches this completely or not, as I have never tried it. Besides, it would be pretty impossible to make an accurate comparison because the two wouldn?t be of the same age.

Considering what this tobacco stands for, it almost seems ?wrong? somehow to enjoy it ? but when viewed in the spirit in which it was intended, I think Mr. Pease did an exemplary job with this one. Very smooth, and just enough complexity and kick from the Perique to keep interest high. I like it, but I don?t know if I will get Nassau or not. I may just share a few bowls of this with special friends and when it?s gone, it?s gone. I think making this a ?once in a lifetime? thing might keep it more ?special? to me.

That said, I am giving it 4 stars ? based on quality, not that I will get it and smoke it all the time.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 12, 2002 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant
It was 9-11-02, the one year anniversary of the terrorist attack on our country. I watched the one-eyed monster as the news agencies re-played again and again the horrors that befell us a year ago. As I sat somberly watching the reports I cracked open a year-old tin of Tribute (figuring that there could be no better time than now to do so.

I loaded up my Boswell freehand and upon lighting was greeted by that familiar Cornell & Diehl grassy virginia flavor that I like so much. The aroma at first light spoke gently of perique and its cooking mushroom like aroma. The viriginias were not caustic and smoked with amazing cool-ness (no mean feat for some virginias).

The flavors melded and became richer as the tobacco was consumed, almost like it was simmering and caramelizing. Toward the end of the bowl, the perique really began to announce its presence as the spiciness came through clearly but not at all obtrusively.

All that was left at the end of the bowl was a fluffy white/grey ash. The walls of the bowl were completely clear of any residue. I can only call this a once-in-awhile smoke because I only have 1 tin. If I had more I'd smoke this regularly. It touched my heart and my palate. Gretchen gives this a 5 out of 5 barks.
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