I bought this a couple of years ago whereupon I smoked a couple of bowls - thought - "Meh" and put it in my pop cooler aka wine cellar and forgot about it.
2 years later I'm revisiting it again and I have to say it's quite tasty. Maybe the Turkish, VAs and Burleys had a chance to meld. Also aging seems to have mellowed the Perique a little - which is nice since I found it to be a little too strident when I first got it.
I can see that this is something a smoker might want when he wants something uncomplicated first thing in the morning.
Nice nutty flavor with a hint of sweetness make for a very enjoyable smoke. Goes well with that first cup of Joe.
Curious that this blend was developed by Stephen Books and on his blends he doesn't include Perique in his version of First Smoke of the Day. So I wonder if someone changed the recipe or he did at some point. It would be interesting to compare the two.
Mostly burleys of different cuts, sprinkled Virginia, perique very little orientals, the burley seems to be dominant factor on this blend with the virginia weaving in and out, the orientals round it out so it won't be monochromatic the perique makes its presence known by the last third of the pipe, easy to smoke, if you are looking for a complex smoke look somewhere else, what this is no nonsense pipe tobacco for experience pipe smokers, the nicotine level on this one is not low at all if your not careful it'll put you in your bud. Would I buy it again YES!
Side note I bought this blend in September of 09 at Rich's, I do not know if the recipe have change now that mr Books is an independent retailer.
This blend is simple and natural. Yet has plenty of flavor to keep my coming back for more! The Turkish and Perique pop up here and there throughout the bowl which keeps the flavor from becoming monotonous, but they don't "upstage" that wonderful Virgina. The bottom half of the bowl is sweet, smokey, and almost buttery ...if smoked slowly. The nicotine level will leave you mellow, but not stoned. This blend packs and lights with ease. Tongue bite is not an issue.
This is an American version of "Kingfisher". A perfect summer smoke for the Non aromatic/English crowd. It has a fish food cut. A perfect balance of Burley, Virginia, and Turkish. Then the real kicker comes- a healthy dose of Perique. It is an unusual Perique, packed with flavor but not a lot of nicotene.It really has a very pleasant, bland,and neutral type of old fashioned tobacco taste.It burns at a normal rate and to a fine and powdery ash.The taste truly is reminiscent of Kingfisher.A great Summer smoke! 3 of 4 stars!
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