G. L. Pease JackKnife Plug

JackKnife Plug: dark-fired Kentucky leaf and ripe red Virginia tobaccos, with their deep, earthy flavors, are layered on a central core of golden flue cured for a hint of bright sweetness, then pressed and matured in cakes, and finally cut into 2 ounce blocks. Slice it thick and rub it out for a ribbon cut, thin for a shag, or chop it into cubes. The choice is yours.
Notes: The first blend in the New World Series - JackKnife Plug was introduced in January, 2011. From GL Pease: This one has been a long time coming. I’ve had more requests than I can count to make a plug, and to make some stronger blends. There’s something about playing with the tobacco, cutting it, rubbing it out, preparing it for smoking, that connects us more closely with the whole process. A plug like this can be sliced thick or thin, so the smoker gains complete control over the way it will pack and burn. It’s quite rewarding. My favorite approach with JackKnife has been to slice it very thin, about 1/32″, and rub it completely into a fine shag. Filling the pipe carefully, not packing too tightly, results in a wonderful, cool, effortless smoke, and the fine cut seems to enhance the sweetness of the Virginias and bring out the subtle, natural perfume of the dark fired Kentucky leaf.


Brand G. L. Pease
Series New World Collection
Blended By Gregory Pease
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Virginia/Burley
Contents Kentucky, Virginia
Cut Plug
Packaging 2 ounce tin
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.43 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 24, 2016 Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable
Maybe it was the shape of the tin, but when I opened it, all I could smell was cayenne pepper flavored peanuts that were musty. Suffice to say I was not eager to smoke it.

After sawing off a flake, which was no easy task... get a super sharp knife since cutting this plug is like slicing a rock. I wadded some up into a ball and packed a bowl. It lit and burned better than expected.

The initial harsh smell was gone and I was left with a fairly flavorless dry smoke. While it wasn't so dry it hurt my throat, it was not an enjoyable experience either. Most blends have some sort of distinction when burned, but JackKnife was just boring. It didn't have the depth of an English or the fun of an aromatic. Perhaps it isn't boring, but rather an acquired taste... it reminded me of a cigar which others seem to like, but I find bitter.

I can understand the appeal of a plug cut with all its pomp and circumstance to prepare (and this was my first time smoking a plug), there just wasn't much payoff.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 06, 2018 Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant
I failed to find any discernable flavor at all. I had a hard time keeping it lit. Good room note. Moisture level was good from the tin.
Pipe Used: Various
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 24, 2016 Mild None Detected Mild Unnoticeable
This nigh on the perfect smoke for me. High quality, deeply satisfying.

What it lacks is a bit of flavour. Probably because it's unadulterated.

If I could combine the metallic saltiness of MacBarens Bold Kentucky with the satisfaction of JackKnife, this would be a good thing!

Update 15/10/16. I was so taken by this one that I bought another drum at great expense - the costliest tobacco I've ever bought. This time Jack Knife is a bland brown also ran.

I'm hugely disappointed. I won't bother again.
Pipe Used: Stanwell billard.
PurchasedFrom: Gauntley's of Nottingham.
Age When Smoked: Fresh and a year and a half.
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