Notes: This used to be made by the Pearl tobacco company, but now the pouched version alone is available from Orlik. The pouched version, I have found to be drier and less flavorful than the old tinned version, which I will review here. I have smoked a few hundred grams of this and it seems at home in most any pipe I put it in.
Appearance: A coarsely cut medium width ribbon of reddish brown, tan and dark brown leaf.
Aroma: The familiar Danish aromatic scent of sweet-sour cream cheese or Gouda is immediately present. Hay, pure Virginia tobacco flavors, and nori/seaweed as well.
Taste: If I could somehow be breathing warm water, I think it would taste like this. The flavors are very faint even for a Virginia-smoker like myself. Oatmeal! Corn bread, amaranth, Emmenthaler. Bran muffin, chewy wheat bread toast, black walnuts, plain tobacco flavor.
Comparisons: An honest straight burley blend is found few and far between without a heavy topping. Amongst this category, this is the most mellow, quietest, most restrained.
Bottom Line: For those who want gentle burley flavor from a superior leaf in a Danish cloak.
A very simple VA/Burley blend. It's been on the market for ages in Denmark and will probably soon mark the end of an era: Danish working class tobaccos. I reckon Perle will be included in STG's plan to phase out the good old blends*. My guess is, that the regular customers are slowly but steadily leaving the world of the living, and the blends do not appeal to newcomers.
Bright virginias and bright burley with a smidgen of something darker. Be it VA or Burley, I cannot say for sure. On the dry side, and not much pouch aroma, but definitely not the "shredded card-box" texture you find in many American drug-store blends.
Perle is almost austere in its simplicity, with just a faint hint of sweetness. If you fancy some just above average quality pure tobacco taste, this might ring your bell. It is not as acrid and cheroot'ish as Everton, and not as sweet and gentle as Royal Club - somewhere in between.
I kinda like it due to its rustic pure tobacco taste.
Give it a shot. It's on the cheap side compared to higher tier blends out there, and it's readily available on http://www.danishpipeshop.com, as is Royal Club and Everton. Theyre fun to compare, and you'll get a bit of old school Danish tobacco history.
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