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
Mar 01, 2019 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
The earthy, very woody, rather spicy, mildly floral and lightly sour, lightly nutty, dry dark fired Kentucky is the lead component. The tangy ripe dark fruity, earthy, woody red and matured Virginias are important supporting players, and also provide a touch of stewed fruit. The peppery, rainy, plumy perique is just above being a condiment, but seems a tad more impactful than the percentage added to the mix. The strength is in the center of medium to strong, while the taste level is half a step past that mark. The nic-hit is just past medium. Won’t bite, but has a light rough note here and there, and super fast puffing may get you a little tongue tingle. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a nuanced, reasonably consistent, lightly sweet and fairly savory flavor from start to finish. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. The potent after taste does pleasantly linger a bit, and the room note has a little pungency. Not an all day smoke, and I wouldn’t use a big bowl for it either. Three and a half stars.

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Feb 07, 2008 Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant
Life is too short to have to baby your smoke. I want a tobacco that is forgiving when puffed on with regularity. Cumberland, fortunately, is one of those forgiving tobaccos that won't fire up your mouth if puffed on with aggression. A subtle bite of pecan flavor hits the tongue from the Burley and stewed prunes flavor from the pinch of Perique will tickle the cockles of many smokers.
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Dec 30, 2016 Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable
I've given myself about 6-7 bowls in various pipes before doing a review here. Individually, all these tobaccos in the blend are favorites, and these are obviously quality tobaccos in and of themselves. I am smoking out of a really fresh tin, and this seems like it would need age. About the blend. I get the flavor of the burleys not playing together as the tin description states, but back and forth. Dark fired Kentucky, then a white burley/VA like flavor and then back again. A bit flat and sour. I regularly smoke quite a bit of C&D Haunted Bookshop and Cumberland when smoked in a cob will taste to me like a light version with Kentucky twang. It seems like a lighter and unbalanced Haunted Bookshop flavor profile. The Perique is very faint and can be noticed a bit half way or more into a pipeful. Overall, it just falls too flat for me. I will smoke a couple more and then let it age a year or so and come back to it. The end of the bowl gets a real ashtray and acrid taste.

EDIT: 5/5/17: Just recently cracked the jar to see if a bowl or two would show any profile changes. Really still leaves me personally wanting to just smoke some Haunted Bookshop. Something about it is just not balanced to my taste preferences.

EDIT 11/2021: As was suggested to me, this mix really did need 5 years of age minimum. With the fermentation that's taken place, my 2016 tin is now married perfectly and well balanced. The dark fired has mellowed a tad bit and married perfectly to the VA and Perique here. This is a great long term blend for aging that was a little rough around the edges fresh. Recommended to give this blend at least 4-5 years minimum age. This is now very excellent with the age and has proven to me I need to cellar several tins for just this length of minimum time.

A second EDIT 7/11/17: I've just received a 2003 sample of some well aged Cumberland. This sample has led me to believe I got a one-off slightly off balanced tin, or it just really needs years of age. I will be buying a few tins and forgetting them in the cellar for a decade or better. The 2003 was great. The Virginias had aged well and that might have been the ticket, as well as aged and subdued Kentucky I imagine. Raised my rating one star for the aged to average it out a bit. This sample also would have contained the original well aged Kentucky leaf that the tin description notes as well for such a difference to the fresh tin.

After revisiting this mixture at five years of age it has shown well worth the wait. It really requires the patience and age. Delicious starting at this age and very well married.
Pipe Used: Briars, cobs, phenolic resin, and clay
PurchasedFrom: SP
Age When Smoked: Tinned a week before smoked,again 5 months later
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 15, 2016 Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable
Some tobaccos are not meant to be gourmet complex evening smokes ( I consider some of the gawith Hogarth flakes that way, and I guess St James Flake by sam gawith, or even some of those great mcclelland virginia flakes and Reiner's Long Golden Flake) but are also not exactly all day smokes. They are something in between -- but there is another niche (IMHO) that I think of as partly all day smokes, particularly suited to long drives (which my work imposes on me). Cumberland is the perfect car on a long highway drive smoke. Old joe Krantz is another. You want some nicotine and you want a no fuss easy to handle smoke. Now I prefer flakes and plugs, but they can be demanding. Cumberland is a burley blend, really, with a fair amount of Virginia (a lot of red it tastes like) and a bit of Perique. There might be a subtle casing in there, too, though not very strong (not as strong as Haddo's). Its more complex than one might think, but still a pretty straight forward working mans blend. Easy to light and burns pretty cool (there can be a bit of flavor loss toward the end of the bowl, but not a lot). It has punch, and a great burley nut flavor enhanced with virginias. The Perique isnt very prominent, but its there. It gives what complexity t here is. I give it a 3 and a half star rating. Close to four, but then I dont think its meant to be that kind of masterpiece. All i know is I keep a couple tins on hand.
PurchasedFrom: 4noggins
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 13, 2020 Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
Cumberland, for me, demonstrates the endless possibilities of combining Virginia with Kentucky and perique.. it is nothing like penny farthing or the rattray's trio for example.. it has a passing resemblance to cornell and diehl 5 oclock shadow.. but it has a subtle complexity that the c and d blend doesn't possess.. it stands alone offering rich cigar like tones contrasted with subtle spice and sweet notes.. it is really a deep flavor.. almost in the same way Jackknife plug is.. but the fine ribbon and gentle dose of perique still make it unique.. it satisfies in the strength department and has a rather harsh edge to it.. this edge is mostly bearable since it is such a delicious combination of leaf.. but it does smoke a little raw.. overall I really like it and will probably buy a few tins to age.. it is kind of the thing I want when I want the heft of 5 brothers but more nuance of flavor... I'm not sure if I'm alone here but the Kentucky that c and d uses is so much different than others I have tasted.. I do not seem to get that barbecue flavor from any of their blends.. more of a rich, floral, woody, spice element..
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 01, 2019 Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong
G. L. Pease - Cumberland (Original Mixtures).

Hmmm, not a blend for the faint-hearted!

I'll start with the word Medium. The ribbons are medium in size, and medium brown in colour. The unlit aroma isn't so 'medium'; it's suggestive of a hearty, natural, blend of tobaccos. The moisture's good.

As expected, the smoke's a heady one. The Burley takes the frontline position, taking 'rugged' to a precipitous level! Don't expect a sweet tasting Burley, this one's rough and coarse! That said, the Virginia and Perique don't get forgotten; at first they missed me, but after a couple of bowls I became more acquainted with them. The Virginia gives a sweet-tanginess, yet the Perique gives a counteracting sourness; they definitely fill out the flavour. It burns without a quibble, needing little maintenance.

Nicotine: lots. Room-note: quite strong.

Cumberland? A very well put together smoke, I can't deny that, but it's too darn heady for me! That said, I'll recommend it based on quality:

Three stars.
Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef: Friday pipe
PurchasedFrom: Smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: 12/27/17
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 19, 2017 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
Very strong for my taste. I like the smaller amount of perique. Well balanced. Tastes a bit like H&H Delta Days only more refined. Not a all day smoke but great for after dinner. Recommended as such.
Pipe Used: Cobs and various briars
PurchasedFrom: Smokingpipes
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 30, 2014 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
This is a good tobacco that has just enough perique to make it interesting. Nic hit is right up my alley. In my opinion it's somewhat reminiscent of C&D Bayou Morning.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 24, 2010 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Pease Pilgrimage Reviews (a tasting journey through every GLPease blend) Tin date: June, 2010

From Pease's website: “Ripe, red Virginia tobaccos create the frame in which some truly special Kentucky dark-fired leaf is exhibited. This leaf has a depth and richness that is rarely seen in tobaccos of its type. A measure of stoved and matured flue-cured is added to provide a gentle sweetness and solidify the foundation. A little Louisiana perique provides a piquant spice, and a subtle fruitiness.”

Appearance: Mostly lighter-colored leaf, expected from the lack of Latakia. The extremely occasional dark bit betrays a whisper of Perique.

Tin Aroma: The aroma is quite mild, a very woodsy and earthy affair with little of the grassy Virginia character. I don't know the percentage of Kentucky leaf here but it dominates the aroma. I like it.

Flavor: Wow, this one is tough! I have had four star puffs in a two-star bowl, it seems very pipe-dependent, and in the wrong pipe it's absolutely nothing to write home about. But in the right pipe, paying close attention and using careful technique this blend could be categorized as a sleeper.

In general it's an up-front burley blend, but this really does seem like some special weed. On his website Pease talks about discovering a stack of these 20- year-old bales somewhere and buying the whole lot, enough, he says, to make 60,000 tins of Cumberland. Having no idea how many tins per year he sells, I can still imagine that some day when it runs out, this blend will go the way of the other Pease blends that now command high prices and fond memories. This Kentucky has a woodsy character that at times actually borders on “meaty'” for lack of a better term. Yes, it was a special find.

When it's in the zone it's great, and when it's not, it's far from great. Perhaps I should have saved my “La Donna Mobile” analogy for this blend since it seems quite likely to change its mind at any given time. It seemed to work best in one of my star Virginia pipes, a GBD pot whose diameter is roughly equal to its depth. It lit and burned beautifully, requiring few if any relights, and the last third of the bowl seemed consistently the best as the flavors richly melded and the Perique spice became a little more evident.

I am not a Burley fan but this has surprised me a bit. It's reticent to give up its secrets and therefore will require many more bowls to unleash its true potential. More Virginias would probably make it more personally appealing to me, making it a two and a half to three star blend. If I could keep it in the zone it would easily rate three stars. But for Burley fans I can't see how this could disappoint and would probably rate four stars.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 07, 2020 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Opened a tin from '02 with the original Kentucky in it, damn rust holes... Anyway, compared to the new stuff without it, I can't really tell the difference, other than the age of course. The blend overall is a very earthy blend. Hint of nut and floral tastes accompanied with a pleasant tin note. Burns a little hot for my liking, but I think the age has brought a nice balance overall to it.
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