Hearth & Home Virginia Spice

Virginia, perique, and cigar leaf. For the pipe smoker who really enjoys the clean, sweet spiciness of a mixture of matured Virginias, but who wants something a little different. The difference comes from the use of cool smoking perique for a bit of plum and pepper, with cigar leaf added for a hint of round richness.


Brand Hearth & Home
Series Signature Series
Blended By Russ Ouellette
Manufactured By Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blend Type Other
Contents Cigar Leaf, Perique, Virginia
Cut Coarse Cut
Packaging 1.5 ounce tin, bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.21 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 13, 2006 Strong None Detected Overwhelming Tolerable
A friend of mine who regularly reviews here firmly believes that if there are certain types of tobacco or blending styles you don't like or that are not your taste, i.e., latakia, perique, krumble kake, etc., you shouldn't review them. I tend to agree with that opinion. The same can apply to food. If you don't like steak or Baked Alaska, don't pan a steakhouse for serving them! After all, if you really hate a certain type of tobacco, why bother reviewing, let alone trying it in the first place? In any case, the only reason I am reviewing Virginia Spice is to affirm to myself once and for all as well as to others the following: if you have an allergic reaction to Virginia/Perique blends, DO NOT smoke this! If this tobacco did anything, it proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that I should not be smoking VA/PQs, and that my other unpleasant experiences with Elizabethan and Haddo's Delight were not just my imagination. This and Canadian Plug literally make me gag and choke while causing my eyes to water. This is probably quality stuff for people who can handle it, but if you can't, stay away! I think there might be some McClelland rubbed out matured Virginia flake based on the intial sweetness just prior to gagging. Too bad I can't smoke this, as I absolutely love Mr. Ouelette's wonderful Old Tartan and Count Pulaski, now part of my staple rotation.

One of five very teary-eyed, highly subjective stars
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 02, 2018 Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant
Summary: a Virginia blend which uses Cigar Leaf to tame its sweetness and Perique to give it a round, mellow taste under a sugary spice topping.

For starters, most will taste the topping, which seems to be a mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and ginger with a sugar syrup. Something like that, anyway; it's hard to tell because the underlying tobacco steals the show. Layers of Virginias provide a sweet background, onto which Cigar Leaf adds a warmer more molasses-like flavor before the Perique rounds it out with a brief, fruity and almost smoky flavor. This blend burns easily, although maybe a bit less topping would be nice, and delivers the "spice" flavor which melds into the choice of leaf. You could smoke this all day without bite or tongue burn and still receive a moderate nicotine experience.
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