G. L. Pease Cumberland

Robust and possessing a subdued sweetness, Cumberland is a delightfully orchestrated suite of American tobaccos, featuring a rare and exquisite mahogany Kentucky, aged in bales for twenty years. Red and matured Virginias establish a theme; the Kentucky and a pianissimo of perique create the variations. Pure, natural tobacco flavors are harmonized by delicate arpeggios and underscored by deep, resonant tones. The coda is lovely and lingering - a perfect finish to a rich performance. Best savored slowly.
Notes: From GL Pease: July, 2012 UPDATE: Just now, I responded to an email from a chap wanting to know when the aged Kentucky would likely run out. I'm a little embarrassed to say we actually ran out of it some time ago. I didn't even know until some months after the fact, and then, I completely forgot about updating the site and the labels, and there you have it. I've since smoked the new KY alongside some of the aged stuff I have in the library, and am hard pressed to tell much difference, straight, and when blended, they're almost totally indistinguishable to my palate, so we can all stop worrying about when Cumberland will go out of production. As long as we can get dark-fired KY leaf of this quality, we can keep producing it. The new stuff has been in use for long enough that I can safely say that if anyone was going to notice, myself included, it would have happened, so there it is. I'll change the labels for the next print run, and scrape the egg off my face. Cumberland was introduced in April, 2002


Brand G. L. Pease
Series Original Mixtures
Blended By Gregory Pease
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Kentucky, Perique, Virginia
Cut Coarse Cut
Packaging 2 ounce tin, 8 ounce tin
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.05 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 16, 2023 Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
This is chili sauce. My first attempts were all done in a clay pipe, and it's recommended not to smoke it on an empty stomach.

I'll just have to finish the rest of it in the reverse gourd pipe, so maybe I should try cellaring it for a while.
Pipe Used: Clay&Briar
Age When Smoked: new
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Nov 15, 2022 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Tin note of mild Worcestershire, tangy barbeque, and wood. Tobacco is coarse cut is mostly dark brown with some light brown and black. Tobacco is moist but needs no drying. Burns moderate with few relights. The strength is medium to strong and nic is medium. No flavoring detected. Taste is mild to medium to full and consistent, with notes of wood, floral, spiced figs, leather, Rasin bread, mild sweet grass, and a moderately peppery retro. Virginias are barely leading, with Kentucky on its heels. Perique is supporting. Room note is pleasant to tolerable, and aftertaste is great.
Pipe Used: 2016 XX Ashton Pebble Grain Lovat
Age When Smoked: 4 years
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Aug 24, 2022 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong
"Well-aged Kentucky." The two questions that immediately popped into my head were "what for?" and “where from?”. I hardly can imagine a person who would age burley-made tobacco, because changes are very little for burley over the years. I just see in real some farmer somewhere in North Carolina invites Pease to the shed with the unmarketable stuff and saying, "Here I have the rarest Kentucky in the whole state - these bales are two decades old! Yet my old dad tried to sell them!" - And Gregory says, "I'll sell." That's crazy... And he sold them, by the way! He's been selling them for ten years. All right, twenty years old, you say. As long as the price and quality were not affected for the worse. At least, my tin already had a new composition.

Appearance: I got a 2 oz. tin with a production date of "December 12, 2013" which was half-empty. Cumberland is a blend of tobaccos with a coarse cut. Over the years, the color of the blend has become an almost monochromatic shade of light roasted coffee beans with occasional flecks of darker perique. The tobacco is a little drier than I would have liked, plus get some veins from the leaf.

Flavor: Salty and slightly smoky almonds, well-dried hay, almost without floral and bread notes, some wood chaff, a bit of earth, barely perceptible boiled fruit, with a slight "aroma" of burnt rubber mixed in. Nevertheless, everything is very smooth and mellow, although absolutely nothing like the flavors of those blends I consume.

Taste: minimally sweet herbal notes, drowning in a semi-dry woody, earthy bog after a long ago fire. Perique adds just a barely perceptible harshness and the slightest hint of plum to this landscape. Faint nutty notes gradually gain strength toward the middle of the pipe, taking the place of Virginia, which was already scarce. Strangely enough, a hint of sweetness remains in the blend, but, but the blend acquires a rather dense "cigarette" taste (I'm talking about good cigarettes - if such still exist), which is enhanced by a woody-rubber aftertaste. Tobacco is very tolerant to the speed of smoking, although if you feel the bitter notes - then you've obviously overheated it. Another argument for slow smoking is the strength of the tobacco. I'd say it's above average, although my sensitivity to burley and Kentucky may have heightened my perception of strength somewhat. The tobacco burns evenly into ash of an even gray color with small black flecks, leaving almost no moisture in the pipe.

The smoke, as is typical of a blend with a lot of Kentucky or Burley, is very abundant, with a characteristic smell of smoldering wood with an admixture of walnut and dust. Of course, it is quite persistent.

What's the result? As for the sample I smoked, don't look for the sweetness and sophistication of Three Nuns or Sovereign. This blend is of a completely different order. I don't know how it smokes fresh, but I'm guessing it doesn't taste much different when aged.
Pipe Used: Peterson 80s, 106, 999
PurchasedFrom: Borrowed some friend
Age When Smoked: 2013
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Aug 18, 2021 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Un gran tabaco, muy complejo, yo diría que debes invertir tiempo en conocerles un tabaco que exige un ritmo lento de fumada, es como tener una conversación con un buen amigo, inicia en forma casual, pero conforme avanza la platica esta se vuelve compleja, así, la fumada, pasando un tercio de la pipa es increible, cada bocanada de humo es completamente diferente a la anterior, ya te lleva a un poco de picor a un ligero amargo como de humo de habano, a pasar a un humo dulce propio de los virginias, como en una buena charla, pasando de un tema a otro, regresando a uno anterior pero con sutiles diferencias. Eso sí, es un tabaco celoso, debes estar al pendiente y ser sutil con un ritmo lento, su complejidad hace difícil pensar en el maridaje ideal, un vaso de agua simple es lo que recomiendo. Quizá lo mejor es que tras terminar la fumada, el sabor sigue evolucionando en el paladar,. Gran tabaco,
Pipe Used: Chacom
PurchasedFrom: Smoking pipes
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