Red and golden Virginia tobaccos from US and Africa are the basis of this wonderful mixture. They are blended with double fermented, broad cut black cavendish as well as a hint of roasted burley, refined with a delicious aroma of cookies and cream and a touch of espresso. The result is an irresistible pleasure for both your palate as well as your environment
The recipe for each of the tobaccos in the series is unique, and varies from year to year. The tobaccos in this series are definitely worth taking as a dessert - they are high quality, not strong, and have a bright, but mild flavor.
Of course, the tobacco had dried out a lot over 10 years in an unsealed jar. I needed to hydrate it in a tightly sealed jar for about two weeks.
The tobacco was chopped into small flakes and the appearance of each variety was easily distinguishable by color. There was a bright nutty note from the cookies; the espresso and cream were nevertheless fully present. Of course, it doesn't need to be kneaded, just take the right measure and pipe it.
I use large pipes for aromatics, because they smoke fairly quickly and don't have serious strength. This time too: the tobacco was light enough to burn quickly, despite the normal humidity. The blend gave a good, luxurious flavor - a little bit of nuttiness, a faint bread flavor of Virginia with a floral touch, a sweetish taste of cavendish with a cherry twist. Cream flavor was also present, but only slightly, but there was no coffee in the flavor. The blend doesn't bite, smokes easily and pleasantly, but is quite hot - a pipe with thin walls would be hard to hold with your hand. The nicotine saturation doesn't come until the end of the big pipe. The ash is plentiful and loose. Given that this is an aromatic blend, I do not recommend filters - they strongly muffle the taste.
The smoke is light, nutty and coffeey, with a sweet undertone. Does not irritate those around you, easily weathered.
On the whole, the mixture leaves a very pleasant impression. It's a shame that they don't make it anymore - the can of it ran out quite quickly.
Just bought and cracked open this tin of 2010 limited edition. The packaging has not prevented it to become very dry. Still smells great, looks perfect (even in June the xmas package gives the spirit), and lights up real easy.
Advantages of the old 100gr tin are that tax is still on 2010 level and that the tobacco has blended very well. Will try some rehydration to see the difference.
First impressions: light strength, great room note, lightly flavored. Smokes great in the Peterson Donegal Rocky, no relights whatsoever. This is great "dessert" after some stronger mixes like Aperitif (Dunhill) or Royal Yacht.
Due to the dryness, I do have to be careful not too let it get too hot. But hey, holiday season is all about slowing down, which is great even in June.
Highly recommended, will update the review when rehydrated
I just cracked open a tin of Holiday Season 2010 as the cool weather has put me in a festive mood. After 4 years aging in the tin it was dry but not as dry as one might think. After a few week rehydrating, it was just as fresh as when it was packaged. As for the flavour, the espresso was very much in the forefront, followed by the creamy mouth feel. The "cookie" flavouring was conspicious by its absence but it was not missed as the other delicious flavours were more than delightful enough to make think that the cookie would have just been a "third wheel". This blend is good enough to make me hope that Peterson will one day decide to make this a permanent offering.
Pipe Used: Peterson System 305, Peterson D6 Churchwarden
I was impressed with this blend as compared to other of Peterson's limited edition offerings. Holiday Season 2010 offers a very light aromatic, pleasant and not over powering. My wife liked it. But, it lacked charater and tobacco flavor. I am used to so much more. That being said, it is a good high quality very-light blend. Not at all objectionable to me or those in the room. Just not enough tobacco flavor for me. I need more depth. Compared to other offerings from Peterson's, I would recommend this one for light aromatic tobacco smokers. This would be a perfect tobacco for the beginner pipe smoker. Smooth, no tongue bite, flavorful, but very light on the taste and room note. Not quite as described. I was expecting a heavier aroma. But, as is, not bad at all.
I agree with the other reviews to date. This is a very nice smoke and certainly carries the aroma from the tin to the room. Does need to be smoked slowly to enjoy the full flavor and pleasure of the smoke. In my book a great holiday pick!
I was looking for a room pleaser for this Christmas season, and I think I found it. This is a well constructed blend that will not offend.
Packaging - The tin is very nice with a Christmas wreath on the lid. The tobacco is in a printed bag that can continued to be used for storage through out the season.
Tobacco - Appears to be a mix in both cut and color. Even without opening the tobacco gives off a very pleasant smell of cookies.
Smoke - This tobacco smokes quite well with few relights and little tending. I do have a bit of a moisture issue from time to time, but that is most likely due to my smoking rhythm and the pipe I use for aromatics. The taste is similar to the tin smell if you slow your puffing cadence.
Family - The family says the room note matches exactly to the tin description. I am getting no complaints.
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