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A yearly blend for Thanksgiving. A ribbon/cube cut blend pressed together into four ounce cakes.

Notes: As many of our friends are aware, ‘Thanksgiving Day’, a four-ounce pressed cake has been a tradition since 1939. Year after year, we make it available in a limited capacity starting on November first. This effort keeps us tied to our roots when Major Joseph Peretti, father of Robert Peretti, set forth to blend Peretti’s Burley and English mixtures. The Major wanted to create a blend with the essence of the holiday season, and after countless trials, a mixture of 7 different tobaccos blended with a balance of dark rum and fruit juices was concocted and pressed into breakable 4 ounce cakes. This process has not changed since the first batch was taken from the press.

Blended ByL.J. Peretti
Manufactured ByL.J. Peretti
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringAnisette, Fruit / Citrus, Rum
CutKrumble Kake
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Mild, Mild to Medium
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3022)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

The burleys are very nutty with some earth, wood and molasses, a little cocoa, along with slight herbal and sharp notes. In a support role is a grassy, citrusy Virginia. The toppings tone down the tobaccos without drawing them out. I can’t identify all the toppings, but I notice a mildly soapy, perfume-like anisette as the star along with a drop or two of fruit, sugar, cinnamon and/or coumarin (which accounts for the floral vanilla), nutmeg, and perhaps some all-spice and clove. Has a slightly more than mild nic-hit. The strength is in the center of mild to medium, while the taste is medium. Moderately complex, well balanced and melded with a cool, clean, and moderately sweet, very smooth consistent flavor from top to bottom. Burns at a reasonable rate, it won’t bite or get harsh and has no dull spots. Requires few relights, and leaves little moisture in the bowl. Has a pleasantly lingering after taste. Not an all day smoke, but it’s repeatable if you wish.


25 people found this review helpful.

A. Morley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A. Morley (97)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Just as Thanksgiving Day is the quintessential American holiday, Thanksgiving Day blend by L. J. Peretti is a quintessential American tobacco. It’s burley based with a Virginia backing and an aromatic addition that is very much like what you find on Three Star Blue, Heine’s Blend, and those few other truly vintage American aromatics that are becoming all-too rare. Think a much more polished, sophisticated version of Half & Half.

Peretti knows what they are doing when it comes to burley. They do burley well all the time. The chunky cube cut here is woody and full bodied. The sweetness of the aromatic top dressing actually helps to develop the chocolate essence that burley tobacco naturally is possessed of while, at the same time, helping to cut back or mellow out the characteristic bitterness. That aromatic topping is really a marvel. It’s not just a single, artificial flavoring. It’s complex and subtle. It’s like anise and a little bit of clove and cinnamon, but with an underlying powdery, perfumey softness.

The pale Virginia adds a little more strength and a little more natural sweetness, but never makes the blend burn hot. This is a slow, cool burn throughout. This is due to the cube cut burley, of course, but also in no small part to the oh so charming crumble cake that the blend is pressed into. I tended to break off a chunk and barely crumble it before loading it into the pipe. Easily an hour or more of pure pleasure.

23 people found this review helpful.

Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (163)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Thanksgiving Day is a classic American burley aromatic in the old style: dry, cool smoking, slow burning, with absolutely no goop and absolutely no bite.

As advertised, this blend comes in a rectangular, lightly pressed cake. Colors are mostly shades of dark and medium browns, with the voccasional lighter strand. The aroma is mildly smokey and sweet. But the somewhat subdued pouch note says little about the complexity of flavors lurking within.

The initial light brings a surprising floral, soapy taste to the forefront. Some describe this as being akin to talc. As the smoke progresses, there are additional flavors of dates, dried cherry, and subtle candied holiday fruits. I can understand why a previous reviewer compared this to a more subtle and much higher quality Half & Half. But rest assured that the candied fruit flavors here are very well done, subtle, and natural.

By mid-bowl there is a delicate cinnamon flavor that creeps in - I suspect Deer Tongue. Walnut, anise, and clove assert to balance the sweeter candied fruits. The initial floral taste and scent lingers through the bowl but becomes more subtle as the bowl progresses.

The bowl ends with a small burst of that dried, candied fruit sweetness, but it's a natural, well-done flavor with no chemical aftertaste.

This blend is very smooth, with absolutely no bite. It can be puffed away, but I recommend sipping this blend more slowly to really experience the subtleties of flavor. Thanksgiving Day burns the coolest of any burley I've smoked. It's bone dry in the pipe, leaving no residual moisture. Your pipe cleaner will come out white and dry.

Overall, this is an excellent blend: easy to smoke, yet complex and nuanced with a variety of flavors that are rare in today's aromatic blends. The burn is world-class. It's amazing that so few of these old school American blends are produced today. Instead we are overwhelmed with goopy black Cavendish mess in a multitude of artificial flavors. Thanksgiving Day is a world-class aromatic for those who truly enjoy tobacco.

17 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

This blend comes in a rectangular cake. It is mostly dark and medium brown with a few strands of tan. The cut is wide short ribbon and cube cut tobacco. The cake is pressed to a degree that stays together in the plastic bag, but it is easy to pinch off a piece and crumble in your fingers to load. It came at a good level of hydration for me, and I smoked it as delivered.

On first light, there is a brief floral note that makes me think there is a little deer tongue in it. The floral does not persist. It is burley forward, and is a little reminiscent of a C&D blend. It is earthy and slightly sweet. It has a cocoa note or two with a bitter edge when puffed. The topping presents as a mild fruit at about the same level of strength as you find in Epiphany. It is a very pleasant combination of flavors - a mild aromatic that really tasted like good burley tobacco. I am not getting much in the way of Virginia flavor, so it is in a support role and may add to the sweet.

The smoking did not require an unusual number of relights, and it did not leave a damp heel. Back-to-back bowls in the same pipe were satisfying. This is a codger blend that others aspire to.

This one really falls into the "everyone should try" rating. It is very good and it is available. I think it is a solid standard in the "codger" category.

Pipe Used: Various Grabow pots

Age When Smoked: fresh from the press

Purchased From: Peretti

10 people found this review helpful.

Blackhorse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blackhorse (96)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Well..for starters this is only available in 4 oz packs that they wishfully call Crumble Cake...and some might be a firm block of pressed tobacco, but not mine...though I didn't care. Mine pretty much collapsed into a loose pile as soon as the orange paper cover was off. So I did the scoop thing and got my bowl that way adding a medium tamp. The pouch aroma of this is fantastic...if you like Burley. As a matter of fact I could preface this whole thing with that phrase cause this is a straight high class If you read the review site entries on this you'll see claims for aromas ranging from soap to nuts (lol) and everything in between from a groaning Thanksgiving table, including the flower arrangement. Cinnamon, Allspice, Pumpkin Pie, Giblet oh my. Me? I get a very straight Burley with a noticeable VA back...honey sweetness lurking to remove any bitterness... and yes, the slightest hint of floral and spice. It comes dry (hurrah). It has excellent mechanics (load, burn & tamp)...and very good manners (no bite and no heat). It is not in any way some honey and floral bomb. Those aspects are subtle and subdued. The balance here is I remarked on it. Sorry. It's not a frivolous or trivial blend. It seems to me to be that homage to the fine blends of yore, when an aromatic was achieved via tobaccos and herbs and the like...not chemicals and propylene glycol... as has been mentioned in numerous Peretti reviews. It's not a strong, sweat inducing, call the EMT's Burley. I'll call it medium. The value here is the quality and uniqueness of the tobacco the very subtle floral spice...but mostly pretty straight nicely developing Burley/VA goodness, easily managed. At $18/4 oz it's not OTC cheap, for sure.But that cost just puts it on a par with most tins out no complaints For me, it's such an outstanding blend it's worth a dedicated Briar. Take note: it's only available for a month or so, so get enough for a year. Right now. Go do it. Hurry up...IF you like Burley.

Pipe Used: James Upshall P group 3 Pot

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Peretti's

9 people found this review helpful.

riobrew Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
riobrew (80)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I have been smoking LJ Peretti Thanksgiving Day blend all week and here is my take on this unique blend. It is a rough cut tobacco. I can see light and dark tobaccos. The smell is that sweet smell that is unique to Peretti burleys. Packs like a champ. Easy to light. At first you are greeted with sweetness and something like brownies (I love that). Slowly smoking I pick up a spicy taste that tingles the mouth. What happens next is what for me makes a great smoke, it stays the same from beginning to end. Mild to medium across all profiles. Goes to a nice clean white ash. So do I recommend? YES! Whole heartedly. Is it for everyone? NO! I've been wanting to try this for 5years. I was either broke or it was sold out. This year, nailed it.

Pipe Used: Moretti GPSS POTY

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: LJ Peretti

7 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (217)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

A very good mild course cut pressed burley with plenty of flavor and a hint of sweet honey & subtle floral essence on the finish. Personally I think this is a fantastic smoke, but I could definitely see how it would leave the nicotine loving burley smoker wanting, as it is mild to medium at best in overall strength. Moreover, if you more natural tasting burley blends this might not have the flavor profile to float your boat.

It's sweet, mellow and easy going with no bitterness or bite, Thanksgiving Day is probably the closest thing to what the best burley based drug store blends used to be like back in the day when they were comprised of higher quality tobaccos. Sweetens nicely as the bowl progresses with excellent flavor clarity and a delightful room note. It's not too rich or complex but it's still delicious all the way to bowl's end.

7 people found this review helpful.

On Dutie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
On Dutie (4)
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

So, I bought into the hype. I purchased a 2oz bag, good thing I only purchased just the 2oz. LJP puts out some great blends which I enjoy very much, BUT... with this one, I think they became sloppy. #1 the squared pressed tobacco is shipped in a very flimsy plastic bag sealed off with a pice of scotch tape. REALLY!!!! what would have cost them to put this "SPECIAL BLEND" in a zip lock? #2 because of the poor packaging the tobacco got to me bone dry. I live in NYC, so LJP shipping from Boston to NYC was 2 days. So, travel time couldn't have caused it to dry out the way it did. #3 Because of it being so dry, This blend had nothing, No flavor, No tobacco flavor, NOTHING, NADA. just smoked hot because of its dryness. I cant even use this to blend with other blends. I will give LJP benefit of doubt and maybe I received a bad selection, but I wont be buying this again. Got me once, wont catch me again. I WOULDN'T EVEN GIVE THIS A STAR RATING.

Pipe Used: Briar, Corn Cob

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: LJ Peretti

6 people found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (304)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Very Pleasant

I am truly surprised that this review is only one of two for this Thanksgiving Day blend!! This blend came to me in a 4oz "brick" wrapped in an orange label that had the blends name "Thanksgiving Day" on one side and had this description on the back: "The dark rich colour denotes maturity not strength. The tobacco will be found mild, mellow, of superb aroma and disctinctive flavor"

This tastes to me like Pipeworks and Wilke Nut Brown Burley with perhaps more aging and pressed as opposed to ready rubbed. A delightful burley mixture with that somethings baking in the oven aroma. $12 for 4 oz packages. Quite a tasty all day blend without latakia or an over the top casing. Very natural, dry to the touch and full of flavor.

6 people found this review helpful.

OhioTony76 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OhioTony76 (59)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I got this in a trade over the summer and it was so dry I had to set it out on an ultra humid day then re-jar it. Not sure if it comes that way normally. I’ve heard it does. It was in its original packaging, a square baggy with scotch tape and a construction paper label. I only smoked one bowl but I’m going to review it anyway. Burns well stays lit with medium smoke output. Starts floral and soapy. I almost dumped it out at this point. As I smoke this blend farther down a sage like flavor pops up. It’s a welcome flavor because the soapy thing isn’t doin it for me. A couple times I thought maybe I detected a light pumpkin spice, but then it was washed out by soap and sage. Or maybe I just imagined it totally because of the name of the tobacco. The longer I smoked it the better it got. Some of the true tobacco flavor started to break through. Not enough for me to reach for this again though. I’d give 1.5 stars. It’s not terrible. On a side note. I got this in a trade, and I’m sure there is at least 1 year age on this, most likely more.

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: 1 year +

Purchased From: Trade

4 people found this review helpful.

beaupipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beaupipe (102)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a curious blend offered by Peretti's during the holiday season. I say “curious” because despite the implied suggestion in the name that it is somehow limited or special, I find it to be very reminiscent of several other Peretti's Burleys. In some ways, that's a good thing. All of the Burley and Burley-based tobaccos I've had from the shop are of impeccable quality. I'm just not entirely sure how this qualifies as a “Thanksgiving Day.” I mean…where's the sage, the cranberry, the candied yam, the turkey?

Thanksgiving Day arrives as a lightly pressed 4 oz block in a bag with an orange wrapper. It breaks apart very easily into a rough and cube cut tobacco. It packs, lights, and burns very easily (much more easily than the straight cube cuts from the shop) and produces generous quantities of smoke. The flavor profile is both familiar and subtle. The Burley here starts off a little woody, but then settles down to more familiar nuttiness. The Burley flavor is supported by a light sweetness—molasses or Golden Syrup, perhaps, and maybe some 5100-ish Virginia Cavendish—and a faint herbal vanilla quality in the background. I wouldn't be surprised if there is a little deer tongue in the mix.

I find it to be a very subtle and relaxing tobacco, which is perhaps more the intention behind the name than recollection of a bloated belly and a bottle of Beaujolais. Or perhaps it is designed to recall Thanksgiving bloat and supply a little nicotine to cure the post-meal constipation and a little sweet-smelling smoke to mask the turkey gas.

Lovers of OTC Burleys like Kentucky Club (especially the Continental Blend) or Carter Hall will find something instantly recognizable in a blend like this. The tobacco quality is higher here, I think, but the gentle quality of the Burley-dominated smoke, the relatively high nicotine content, and the simple but enjoyable tastes all recall to me the pleasures of American OTCs.

4 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

"That special Peretti way..."

Others have said it--and it's true: those lovable curmudgeons at Peretti just have a way with the 'baccy. The longer you smoke this, the more you like it. I don't know what's in it, but it sure is tasty. Aromatic, yes, but in that olde school Peretti way, i.e, with, I bet, some herbal addition rather than some liquid topping.

Definite tobacco flavor with that "something extra." A hint of sweetness, too--but just a hint! Great for an autumn or cold spring day.

Cut is a crumbly mix of rough cuts, maybe some cubes and crush (a manly mix, really) and some ribbon.

Very dry smoke, burns to the bottom, leaving a dry, gray ash. Virtually no moisture when running the pipe cleaner through, post puff.

Oh, and I even like their humble, no-nonsense packaging: like a piece of high-quality construction paper run through the copier. No need for "bling": this be "the real thing."

4 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I only have a small list of aromatics that I smoke on as a change of pace and this seasonal blend from Peretti's is one of them. I find that Peretti's really does burley well. Unlike many others, Peretti's burley has a really nice nutty flavor. It's lightly cased and not goopy. It comes in a soft 4oz. brick and packs with ease. I recommend buying a couple each fall. It really seems to go well with the season.

4 people found this review helpful.

Punchy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Punchy (19)
Mild to Medium Medium Full Strong

Every year at this time I find myself craving this blend which doesn't seem to change much through the years. It is definitely an aromatic but in that special Peretti way. Upon lighting I notice immediately that talc flavor similar to many Lakeland offerings. This however does not dissuade me. As I continue down the bowl the quality tobaccos emerge and coalesce into a unique flavor that is quite captivating.

This is a special blend prepared in limited quantities only in the fall.

4 people found this review helpful.

DaveR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DaveR (6)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I write this review after smoking 4 oz. of this blend. I am a tobacco purist, and in 50+ years of pipe smoking, I have avoided tobaccos with flavorings. My favorites were VA/Per Flakes, but with the demise of McClelland, I really haven't found any to my liking, so I am venturing into the burley family. The flavorings in Peretti's Thanksgiving Day blend are noticeable but not overpowering. This seems to be an overall burley blend with just a touch of Virginia. I cannot detect the individual flavorings, but they all seem to come together to provide a slight sweetness and and a slight spiciness to the overall nuttiness of the burley, which is slightly tempered by the Virginia. There is a lot of flavor in this blend; it is a very pleasant smoke with very little, if any bite. It does not leave a "goopy" residue or lingering aftertastes in the bowl as is common with other heavily flavored mixtures. Peretti seems to have struck a very good balance between a non-aromatic blend with flavorings that accentuate and not overpower the underlying natural leaf.

Added- After smoking this for about a month, every so often I get just a slight hint of latakia or an oriental. Very very slight, but it's definitely there.

After the second year of smoking this blend, I have to add, as a couple of other reviewers have, that this stuff dries out very quickly. It takes me about two weeks to go through a 4 oz. block of this blend, and I've never seen a mixture dry so quickly. I'm down to my last two bowlfuls, and the stuff disintegrates between my fingers. I would recommend a little humidifier after opening the package.

Pipe Used: MT Natural, Algerian briar

Age When Smoked: Off the shelf

Purchased From: L.J. Peretti, Park Square, Boston

3 people found this review helpful.

Big Blue Jazzman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Blue Jazzman (73)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

It comes in a 4 ounce square which crumbles readily and loads easily. Burns at a moderate rate, stays cool and never bites. The flavors are there but never overwhelm. This is high quality leaf expertly crafted at its finest. Nobody does Burley better. Peretti is tobacco for the gods!

Pipe Used: Dunhill

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Peretti

Similar Blends: Prince Albert on steroids.

3 people found this review helpful.

Dr. Dunhill 23 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. Dunhill 23 (39)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

This is not your typical fluffy Holiday blend full of sugar and spice and everything goopy. This is a well blended, subtly aromatic, hearty holiday blend full of flavor. It is by far my favorite holiday blend so far. The Burleys give this blend a smooth nutty flavor and the Virginias add a lot of character and smokiness. This is a truly old school Aromatic with subtle and thoughtful toppings, not some fluffy in your face blend found all too often in today's marketplace.

It comes in a Kake and only once a year starting November 1st until gone.

4 well deserved stars from me.

3 people found this review helpful.

Marrio69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Marrio69 (1)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I have been a customer of LJ Peretti's since I was 17 years old in 1967. I favored blend 102 and 100 for several years. This Thanksgiving blend which I just tried this year has a hint of 102. I can taste it and smell it. I had trouble smoking this blend with some of my pipes but when I tried it in two of my pot pipes and my Savinelli Bing it smoked very well with a nice white ash to the bottom of the bowl. For me it may take some getting used to but overall it's a nice smoking tobacco. That's my two cents. Happy smoking to all and a happy New Year as well.

3 people found this review helpful.

Pryhosm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pryhosm (248)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

UPDATE: Thanksgiving Day 2020 is the date of my review from the same 2018 brick I wrote the original review. This is a blend I want to like, I cannot say I am a huge fan, but by opinion has changed slightly and I do have a basic observation to add. The floral topping is just not my thing, however this has mellowed in terms of intensity of the flavor and the rum seems to have evened out the floral additive or the flowers just weakened with some time. The Virginia's have matured and provided some additional sweetness and earthiness. I do not detect any noticeable change in the Burley's. The mellowing of the topping and the maturing of the Virginia's have me adding a star. The other reason that this gets an extra star is that Peretti is truly a steward of tradition and master blending house. Aromatics as a rule do not stand up to aging and in my experience either fade to hot air or could stay the same through a nuclear blast, not this one. This one behaves like top quality tobacco, it ages well and develops character. Maybe not a favorite, but I will smoke this every Thanksgiving from here on out, I may even buy this years (although can anything good come out of 2020?) so I have enough to last into the future.

Apparently a long standing Peretti tradition, the production of an old world aromatic from the great Burley and VA tobacco's Peretti is so expert at blending. This is top shelf leaf that comes in a lightly pressed crumble cake. The pouch note is all topping and casing: mildly soapy, floral and reminds me of an old women's closet. The flavor of this tobacco is heavily influenced by the aromatic topping and casing, the Burley is toasty and nutty and the signature chocolate flavors are the lead. The Virginia's are there but difficult to tease out on my palate. I get some sweetness and grassy flavors and a hint of citrus that I attribute to the VA's. The flavoring is hard to nail down. It is ever present and I would describe it as follows: soapy from start to finish, floral and perfume like. I also get the signature peppermint that seems to be topped in all Peretti blends. There is an aftertaste of molasses and spice (cloves?). I also see and pick up deer tongue in this blend (some may say it is just rough leaf bit I beg to differ). I think that is where the soapy flavor comes from and I think the other flavors mask the vanilla that is normally attributed to this natural aromatic. I have smoked 10+ bowls of this in 3 pipe types and I have yet to make this one click with me. I will say I really like the room note, but I only can enjoy that when I leave the room and come back after a few minutes. DISCLAIMER: I don't enjoy too many aromatics and when I do it is infrequent that I smoke the ones I like. This is not a gloopy, overly sweet mess. It is definitely old world aromatic and I can see what people would enjoy. I am going to sit on this one for a bit and see what happens, but I am not optimistic that this will ever appeal to my flavor profile.

Pipe Used: Briar's, meerschaum and cobs

3 people found this review helpful.

Cape Cod Doug Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cape Cod Doug (1)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Very Pleasant

I am a aro man branching out. I was in Boston and stopped this legendary shop and had to buy some tobacco and this was one. LET ME SAY I LOVE THIS SMOOTH LIGHT AROMATIC. it will be on my list to buy every fall. Do yourself a favor and get yourself some.

Pipe Used: Savenelli, Butz Chacom, Peterson, Meer

Age When Smoked: 45

Purchased From: LJ Peretti

3 people found this review helpful.

Sdoh037 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sdoh037 (1)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Thanksgiving Day, is a unique tobacco from the famous Boston tobacconist, L.J. Peretti. Upon opening the bag, I am greeted by a somewhat moist krumble cake of cube & ribbon cut tobaccos in various shades of brown. I smelled the scent of raisins and a slight "Lakeland" floral scent. I smoked 4 bowls of this in a Corn Cob to get a "real" feel for the blend.

Like many other reviewers I could taste the earthy woodsy flavor of the Burley paired with the sweetness of the Va. You can taste the flavor of high quality tobacco leaf gently flavored by a mix of various fruits.

At varying points in the bowl(s) I could taste soapy floral flavors, a subtle taste of various fruits. Hints of spice including clove, nutmeg, allspice and even a gentle cocoa flavor. While this is not something that I would want to smoke all day every day this is a blend that gets you in the mood for the holiday season and well worth trying.

Pipe Used: Corn Cob

Age When Smoked: New Un-aged

Purchased From: L.J. Peretti Boston- Online

3 people found this review helpful.

Grovesy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Grovesy (32)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Thanksgiving Day is a fantastic burley blend. No goop, no mess, break off a corner of the cake and let dry for 10-15 minutes and stuff your pipe. The topping is light, almost unnoticeable in the blend. Great nutty burley taste, with a hint of anise. Very old timey, codger burley with a tiny bit of fruit sweetness and spice in the background. The topping is most notable in the room note with hints of pomegranate, clove and a great pipey smell. I love it!

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Peretti Co.

3 people found this review helpful.

LV9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LV9 (85)
Medium Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

Burley,Virginias and orientals with some kind of flavoring sometimes it tastes like anise other times it taste like cocoa, very high quality tobacco, lights easily, smokes great, the nicotine its a little on the strong side which I find great specially after dinner, it can be somewhat monochromatic not that theres anything wrong with that, If you're a burley smoker definetly this will make your list of must buys.

so would I buy it again...yes!

3 people found this review helpful.

dixcreek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dixcreek (182)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Thanksgiving Day is a delightful aromatic with Burley and some Virginia. Both are top drawer leaf. Pressed crumble cake with some rum and warm spices of the season. A deft touch Lakeland is also present, but not enough to overpower the blend. Some grassy citrus from the Virginia with the bulk of the flavor from the earthy, nutty Burley. Packs and burns well with few relights. No excess moisture one very little dottle. All in all a smooth seasonal blend that is hard to beat. Glad I bought 2 cakes this year as they are going fast for me! Solid 4 and a blend that I plan to make an annual indulgence.

2 people found this review helpful.

theGander Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
theGander (2)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

Revisited 'Thanksgiving Day' by LJ Peretti Company this morning and I am happy to say that I have changed my opinion of this Burley blend. What I initially thought was dull and tasteless has, three months later, become a delight to smoke. This time I tasted the distinct nuttiness of the high-quality burley and the floral perfume of the anise. The cinnamon was hardly noticeable accept in the aftertaste. This time I set aside the briar and packed it into a cob which allowed the background sweetness of the supporting Virginia to shine. I recommend setting aside the coffee and the Latakia for a few hours before smoking it to really taste the wonderful subtleties of this blend. So happy I decided to give this one another go!

Pipe Used: MM Cobbit Shire

Age When Smoked: 3 months

Purchased From: LJ Peretti

2 people found this review helpful.

Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (293)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Happy Thanksgiving Day - 2021 Pipe Smokers.

I broke out my jar of 2020 Thanksgiving Day from Peretti to enjoy today. I had a bowl last year when new and wasn't overly impressed, but put it in a jar and thought.. I'll see what a year does.

Well.. the year has made a world of difference. The tobaccos now seem to come through more with a hint of rum and fruit on top in a very light aromatic treat. The quality of the tobacco is obvious and I'd love to know what the 7 tobaccos in there are.

Pipe Used: Christmas 2021 Sav 320

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Peritti

1 person found this review helpful.

doc pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc pipes (107)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

It is the perfect time of year to be puffing on this, and if the family allows you to smoke inside, (or I suppose outside where it’s warm) this aroma will make some friends. This is a review of the 2019 offering. It Is a firmly pressed cake that crumbles easily, but maintains fairly large chunks. It is a melange of tan, dark yellow, brown, and black ribbon combined with torn leaf, rough cut, and very tightly pressed cube cut. The anise is up front in both the dry aroma and the char light. I cannot appreciate the rum or supposed fruit juices, and certainly have no guesses as to which ones. There is a floral quality to the anise combining with the tobacco. I would have guessed there must be a bit of DFK added give the light smokiness I perceived at the beginning and middle of each bowl. I think this is the collusion of the anise and burley to give a clove like flavor. Still, the perceived smokiness?There were a number of times early on when I questioned my sanity as I almost thought “Latakia?” at times. There are some pleasant earthy, woody notes. Mid bowl is marked by some nice notes of complex “cabinet spice”. This blend seems more scented than topped or cased. I found that it smoked a bit wet.

I do intend to update this every several years when the season rolls around to assess aging potential.

Pipe Used: Numerous briars

Age When Smoked: Thanksgiving 2019 edition

Purchased From: Only one place!

Similar Blends: Old school Americana.

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The Sunday Evening Pipe Smoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Sunday Evening Pipe Smoker (54)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a blend you always see a big deal made about each October and November. Basically its a burley blend with some fruitiness to it.

It's not a bad blend, but to be honest, I'm not entirely sure what the fuss is about. I suspect this is one of those cases of the hype primarily coming from the fact of its named association with a holiday many Americans hold dear (positive association), and the fact that it is only released once per year (scarcity), thus making it more of a thing in some people's minds than it otherwise would be if it were just a standard offering from Peretti. If this were a standard offering and it was named something else, I doubt you'd see the same -- so kudos to the good folks at Peretti for some good marketing!

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