A & C Petersen Caledonian Melange No.410 Curly Cut

A deluxe blend of choice tobaccos such as Louisiana perique and golden Virginias. Spun together, carefully pressed, and then hand cut.
Notes: It went out of production as a factory blend in the early nineties, but is still available through A&C Petersen's "My Own Blend". Ask for "#410" or "Black Caledonian"


Brand A & C Petersen
Blended By  
Manufactured By St-Group Assens
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Perique, Virginia
Cut Curly Cut
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country Denmark
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

3.25 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 12, 2016 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant
The review is based on a 1980 sample. The gold Virginias are lightly grassy and earthy with a little citrus, but the blending process also caused a deep fermented tangy dark stewed fruit sweetness that dominates the citrus. The perique is fairly spicy with a fermented raisin, fig and date taste, and is obvious in every puff. There may be a light topping, but aging has confused the issue, so I can’t claim there was one. The nic-hit is right in the middle of mild to medium. The tobacco is a little moist, but I did not dry it. It burns at a slow to moderate pace, cool, clean, relative smooth with a very consistent flavor and requires a few relights. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, but not enough to interfere with the experience. Won’t bite even if pushed and has no harsh or dull spots. Has a pleasantly lingering spicy sweet aftertaste. Three and a half stars.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 06, 2007 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
I first discovered this delightful blend back in the mid-1980s, when it hooked me from the very first whiff of the freshly opened tin. The Virginias, the fruity perique, and some light but entrancing topping came together to make this a wonderful experience. Plus, they were curlies!

In January 2007 I opened a tin I'd found on eBay. It's hard to know exactly how old this particular tin was -- I believe Petersen stopping selling a tinned version of this blend back in the late-80s/early-90s -- but the aroma was identical to a brand-new tin off the production line. Even though the original light and fluffy character of the curlies had become a bit drier and darker, the loosely spun discs (dime-size, not half-dollar) appeared to be in good shape. I gave them about 24 hours in a jar with a humidrole before I dug in and. . . cautiously, warily. . . revisited a tobacco that had once made a very strong and positive impression on me.

In the intervening years, I've realized I'm particularly sensitive to perique, so I was anxious about how this blend would fare with me today. Happily, the perique is present in perfect proportions for me. It likely won't impress the perique fanatic, but it also won't send the rest of us to the floor. (I do recommend a smaller pipe, though, if you're wary.)

The smoke was luscious and the flavor tangy, spicy, sweet. This isn't a daily meat-and-potatoes kind of tobacco, but it's delicious as an occasional dessert. If you can find a tin lurking in a friend's cellar, up for sale on eBay, or covered in dust in the back of a forgotten tobacco shop, I think this one is worth discovering -- even if you never have the chance for a second tin.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 17, 2005 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
(Tin date 1991)

This tobacco is medium-bodied, complex, darkly fruity and possesses a wine-like florality that taken together produce a high note of subjective flavor that I term "ambrosia," a summed delicate and succulent intermixing of sub-flavors that few tobaccos achieve. Cumberland as well as 3Nuns Version II achieve it; few other tobaccos do. Thus for me the applicability of the term ambrosia is purely subjective.

The Perique does not get lost in these flavors, adding a peppery edge to each puff. Some compare the taste of Perique to stewed fruit; I definitely do not taste this in this blend; Escudo, however, comes to mind as a blend whose Perique has that fruity flavor.

As regards the aging of this tobacco and what beneficial changes time has wrought, I am at a disadvantage as I haven?t smoked it in its youth and thus have no yardstick against which to compare. If I were to highlight any change it would be that the florality has a wine-like, fermented character perhaps wrought by aging.

?Caledonian? refers to Scotland, Scots, etc. I?m sure the blenders chose it meaningfully, yet I have smoked so little of Scottish blends that I would not know how to apply it to this blend. Some blends with Scottish in their name have Latakia, namely McConnell?s Scottish Mixture, yet its Scottish Cake and Scottish Flake do not. My best guess is that it is the dark flavor of this blend to which Calendonian applies.

Anyone who has smoked 3Nuns Version II can attest to the essence of its full-bodied florality?a truly sumptuous tobacco. To me it is a toss-up as regards which blend has the better flavor, but the Caledonian Curlies are the clear winner in terms of complexity?s layers of tastes. These Curlies? complexity unfolds in the truest sense of the term, much as it does in a fine English blend such as Renaissance. Take one puff and fruitiness is more evident while the next puff reverts to the wine-like florality?a true layering of flavor.
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