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Ripe red and bright flue cured tobaccos are joined by piquant Acadian perique and a balanced measure of smoky dark fired Kentucky. The leaf is pressed and matured in cakes before being cut into 2oz bars, resulting in a bold blend for Virginia and perique fans.

Notes: The second blend in the New World Series - Triple Play was introduced in May, 2011.

From GL Pease: After the wonderful reception of JackKnife Plug, more than a few of you asked for a Virginia/perique plug. Some suggested adding perique to JackKnife, which, of course, I tried, but the balance was wrong. The overall profile was nice, but the amount of dark fired leaf competed with, rather than enhanced the addition of perique. If enough perique was added, the Virginias got lost. After some fiddling with the percentages of the different Virginias, and reducing the amount of dark fired leaf, everything came wonderfully into balance, and the result is Triple Play.

Once again, the leaf is pressed and matured in cakes before being cut into 2oz bars. I think the results are fantastic, and this one will appeal to lovers of classic VA/perique blends, with the added fun of having it in plug form.

BrandG. L. Pease
Blended ByGregory Pease
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsKentucky, Perique, Virginia
Packaging2 ounce tin, 8 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (29856)
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

It took me the better part of a full tin to figure out how to smoke this dark, stout and highly flavorful plug.

This is a robust blend, with the virginia clear to the back and the perique and Kentucky fighting for the lead. High in nicotine, this is an after dinner smoke for me. There was just a touch of sweetness, and that briny note I experienced in Telegraph Hill was present, courtesy of the perique. But where TH offset it with some nice Virginia sweetness and spice, TP uses more Kentucky, giving this a heavy-bodied sort of porterhouse steak flavor (well-done Porterhouse!). But smoking it sliced made the taste harsh for me, similar to Fillmore. I played with it awhile but the harshness didn't go away until I rubbed it out. It took a lot of rubbing! Even then, the problem persisted. I had the most success when I let this simply smolder instead of burn. Smoke volume was very low, taste was very high. Bowl lasted almost 3 hours! But then it showed me its strengths.

This is really a 4-star blend but I'm giving it 3 because GLP has already provided me with his state of the art Vaper, Telegraph Hill, and I find it preferable to this. If you find that one lacking, this may just be your manna. It's an interesting take on the classic Vaper. With the added Kentucky, it's almost a genre of its own. This is destined to become an important blend, I believe, and I recommend that everyone that loves perique give this a try.

38 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2695)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

It will take a little time to prepare. Unless you mince the tobacco, you'll be rewarded with a long and tasty smoke. Depending on how you prepare it, you'll get flavor changes from bowl to bowl, and sometimes in the bowl you're smoking it in. That's due to it being a plug with a variety of ingredients. The very mildly tangy dark fruity, woody, earthy, and slightly tart and tangy citrusy Virginias have a blade or two of grass as a team player. The dark, earthy, lightly woody, nutty, dry, vegetative Kentucky, provides a little barbecue essence and quite a bit of the strength as a second lead. The raisiny, plumy perique is peppery, and mostly lurks in the background. The strength and taste levels are strong. The nic-hit is medium. Won't bite, but fast puffing could get you a little harshness, so I recommend a slow puffing cadence. Has some rough edges. Burns cool, clean and slow with a rich, filling, mostly consistent flavor. Will leave a little moisture in the bowl, but no dottle. Requires a fair number of relights. Has a lingering pleasant after taste, and strong room note. Not an all day smoke.


35 people found this review helpful.

moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (200)
Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable

"Triple Play"? For me, this is a high, hard, fast one right down the pipe, resulting in a walk-off home run. If you are a grizzled, jaded veteran who smokes the best VA/Pers and still wonders about "more", you owe it to yourself to give Triple Play a shot. I guaran-damn-tee-ya you will, at the very least, experience the "more" you have wondered about.

The tin note here is a deep, earthy, fermented blend of the melded varietals. Despite the absence of Latakia it is richer and deeper than Chelsea Morning, though it is not so piquant. In fact, the dense aroma from Triple Play's leathery plug seems almost mellow by comparison, though cognoscenti will well note the age on the little brick. My present smoking sample has an additional year on it, and I am putting it mildly when I say it ages well.

Triple Play is one of the most complex and interesting tobaccos I have had the pleasure of smoking, and for all that, it's an easy smoke. In my dry climate, I need only cut a flake across the grain off the layered plug, rub it out roughly, stuff it, and light it. It almost smokes itself, rendering clouds of rich, interesting (there's that word again...) smoke. I have no doubt that Triple Play minus the Kentucky would be a fine, deep VA/Per; but - like I said - it's that and... more. Here, the dark Kentucky quotient really tips the scale for me. With its "smoked meat" spices and rich, fatty qualities it both plays off and compliments the spicy Perique, offering way more than the usual Burley nuts and roundness, and the VAs are bold and zesty enough to hold their own. Although Triple Play is big it is anything but round, due to its overall, tannic pungency and a delightful interplay of textures and flavors that just keep unfolding. Tobacco, preparation, presentation, handling, and smoking qualities are all among the best available. Aggregate aroma and taste are largely unique in my experience, and better for that. This is not just another VA/Bur/Per.

Beginners and those with an empty stomach, take heed: I have smoked stronger tobaccos, but this is "strong enough" for me!

Four Stars, all the way around to Home Plate!

Pipe Used: varoius briars; 4 - 5 preferred

Age When Smoked: "fresh" to as old as it gets

Similar Blends: Compare/contrast to Savinelli's Doblone d'Oro or Robert McConnell's Folded Flake.

25 people found this review helpful.

quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (130)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Triple Play (reviewed June 23, 2011) Tin date: 05/19/2011

From Pease's website: “Triple Play — Ripe red and bright flue-cured tobaccos are joined by piquant Acadian perique, and a balanced measure of smoky, dark-fired Kentucky. The leaf is pressed and matured in cakes before being cut into 2oz bars, resulting in a bold blend for Virginia and periqe fans.”

The plug is quite dark in the tin. Mine held together nicely, not hard like many other plugs, but easy to pull apart in layers. Even if it falls apart in the tin, that normally doesn't bother me since I'm just going to chop it up anyway. It actually helps in the prep, since you can peel off layers and cut them up with a scissors if you want a nice cube cut. I've tried it thoroughly rubbed out, and cubed. The jury is still out on which I prefer.

From the tin Triple Play is very moist, almost sticky. I believe that C&D (and therefore Pease) uses only distilled water to moisten their tobacco, so this is au naturale. I didn't wait to dry it, preferring to combat moisture with packing technique, and it works wonderfully. My usual method of packing any tobacco is simply to cram several pinches of tobacco into the pipe, testing the draw after every single pinch. That way I can keep the pack on target for a “just right” draw. If the draw happens to get too firm during packing, I'll often dig it out and start over. It's worth the effort, as this enables me to comfortably smoke even quite moist blends.

The thing that immediately comes to mind as I smoke Triple Play is the meeting of two worlds – the old school, earthy UK-manufactured natural plugs meets the New World sensibilities of all-American tobacco strains. I taste old-world richness but sprinkled with flavors that are more varied, more nuanced and more complex than most. The balance between the various tobbacos is impeccable, and I can't imagine varying the percentages one bit.

The first sensation for me is the richness of the piquant Perique and Kentucky, with the Virginias lingering subtly in the background. There is a mild sweetness, but this is by no means a “sweet” smoke in according to my taster. The sweetness is there in just the right quantity to keep this from being and ashy astringent smoke, my main complaint with other similar blends.

The tin aroma is of hay, dried fruit and dried prune-plums. Very nice. For me it does best in my wide-open pot, with a depth about equal to its width, the same type of pipe that I usually use for straight Virginias.

About half way down this stuff turns from good into amazing, the richness and complexity of all three ingredients melding wonderfully. If you concentrate you can pick out the individual flavors, but the overall taste when they all meld is really unique and delicious. For this reason, I think it should become fantastic with some age, as the flavors further meld and the richness of the condimental tobaccos spread to infuse the whole plug. How long this might take is anyone's guess.

While I don't get the barbeque senstation like many others do (I live in barbeque heaven, BTW) I do get the essence of rich meats and earthy smoke. I am coming to believe the Perique is the star of the show here, and it would be a fascinating experiment to try this stuff with and without the Perique just to see what it's doing in there. From what I have read about this blend, the Virginias are apparently present in some quantity but everything is so well balanced that it just blends in – which is what a good “blend” is supposed to do, right?

You can puff on this tobacco or sip it, but sipping brings out the subtleties and richer flavors. Also it tends to heat up the briar quite a bit when really puffing, so slow down and enjoy it. Fans of plugs and dark ropes will really enjoy this one. Imagine a dark flake like FVF, with a little Tambolaka and sweet hay-like Virginia thrown in.

Four stars!

24 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Another Pease blend that is highly recommended. Triple Play was extremely difficult to prepare as others have noted, but worth the effort. Stout and nutty Burley is the lead singer with lightly sweet Virginia leaf and Perique playing in the background. The depth of the flavors is Old World indeed!

I am not a patient man when it comes to smoking my pipes. When I'm ready for a bowl I don't want to fiddle forever with the tobacco first. Please make a ready rubbed version of this wonderful weed.

21 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (217)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Triple Play is one of those greater than the sum of its parts kind of blends. On the surface it seems so simple. A block of tobacco, Virginia, perique, Kentucky... But the flavors that come out of this blended plug are simply outstanding.

For prep, I slice off a few thin flakes a rough them up to dry for 10-15 minutes. The flavor is deep, rich & bitter-sweet with a round dark chocolate like aftertaste. The burley provides most of the flavor and the Virginia adds enough sweetness for balance, depth and an occasional sweet counter-punch. The perique is spicy and it adds a subtle tangy quality to the mix. The mouthfeel is full, mellow and creamy.

This is a complex blend; each puff is a delightful interplay of dark, sweet & savory cocoa and tangy wine like tobacco flavors that finish with a perfect amount of spice. Triple Play is stout and it has more strength than I typically prefer. It does however make for a solid occasional nightcap that's slow burning and definitely one to savor.

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: 3 years

10 people found this review helpful.

samcoffeeman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
samcoffeeman (33)
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

Dark Fired Kentucky seems to me to be a relatively new and popular tobacco in the pipe world. I was gifted a tin of this, quite nice gesture. Being a fan of Mac Baren Old Dark Fired, I was quite hopeful this would be good, although I was a bit tentative as I find Jackknife Plug too strong for me.

The scent of this out of the tin is very robust. I sliced @1/8" thick slices to pack my pipe. The flakes don't stay together, falling into a broken flake sort of texture. No drying time, after all I'm an impatient guy, and thankfully none was needed. The tobacco lights after 2-3 charring lights and may need a couple relights along the way, but nothing out of ordinary.

I found the flavor of this tobacco to be quite wonderful. I loved the complexity of it compared to the simplicity of ODF. The perique really shines with the earthy smokiness of the Kentucky, adding both pepper/spicyness and that subtle familiar piquancy of good perique. The Virginias do their job just perfectly in the background, balancing out the flavor and strength of the other two. The flavor actually grew smoother and richer down to the bottom, which is quite wonderful. Never hot, never bit.

The flavor is so full that this tobacco lends to easy sipping, you will never need to puff hard for more flavor. Definitely a strong tobacco here in the nicotine department, so be aware. Smoking this at my local B&M, one of my compadres noted the room aroma was quite nice. For me this is an immediate winner, although I do wish it came in a flake, as plug is a bit inconvenient for yours truly.

Pipe Used: Sasieni Four Dot Ashford

Age When Smoked: Fresh

9 people found this review helpful.

Blackhorse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blackhorse (96)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Yes, it's a plug. But both this and JackKnife are what I call a soft plug. After you slice it if you just crush it lightly in your palm you're left with a mass of soft, moist leaves...stuff 'em into your bowl and go for it. I do a kind of fast sip and it produces no bite with this blend. The flavor is all VA...very good quality...sweet and fairly full...seemingly pure. A solid addition to any cellar. Great to use outside as you can adjust the cut to suit the level of the wind...nice. I wish Stonehaven came in a plug.

But wait! There's one more thing. Let this sit in the tin for 6 months...or longer...and it friggin' blooms into the best damn Virginia experience this side of heaven. It doesn't just get more and more mellow, it makes men fear you...women want know the drill. Better cellar some soon. Just sayin'.

8 people found this review helpful.

Old Nate Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old Nate (17)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

To my tastes Triple Play is a hearty, complex tobacco that needs to be sipped and enjoyed thoughtfully. I’ve smoked this relatively fresh and with almost two years of age on it and I do recommend cellaring TP for optimum sweetness (I can only imagine what it would be like at 5-6 years, or 10!). Upon popping the tin you’re greeted with wonderfully sweet, stoved fruit, jam, fig-like scents. After your senses acclimate to the initial aromas your nose picks up on the stout smokey Kentucky that’s in the background, but almost upfront at the same time the more you stick your face in the tin. This is the smell that lets you know you’re about to do something dangerous, but just can’t help yourself, you’re past the point of no return. The tobacco is of course a beautiful plug with shades of light and dark brown; it’s so very dense you’d swear the oils of all the tobacco components are going to come oozing out when cutting your slices off this wonderful brick of leaf. I prefer to cut thin flakes and rub them out to shag consistency and load them in a narrow chambered bowl. Narrow for two reasons: 1) I believe the flavors develop beautifully in a deep narrow chamber 2) this is a strong tobacco and simply put, too much will put me in the ER.

When flame hits tobacco you can taste the earthy Virginias right away but before you can even settle in for that flavor blast the Kentucky comes forward and takes the lead. I notice the perique the most when snorking Triple Play and that’s where I get a strong dose of spice and good old fashion tobacco flavor from the Kentucky that is also present in the nose. After the char light has come and gone the flavors are readily available and my taste buds are welcomed by the earthy sweet Virginia’s and the nutty, deep Kentucky that also tastes a little earthy but in a darker, woody sort of way compared to the Virginia’s grassy sweetness. I also notice hints of red Virginia tang that is fleeting but present from time-to-time. If you sip this blend slowly I believe you’ll be rewarded with a wide range of flavors that are separate but work in unison with each other quite well. Never very sweet, but you’ll catch moments of sweet bliss, under layer upon layer of dark, peat, nuttiness. I’m slowly becoming a fan of Burley blends and I can only thank GLP Triple Play for that revelation. This stuff really is that good, I loaded up the cellar with as much as I can afford and will look forward to seeing what this blend becomes throughout the years.

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh, 2 yrs old

Similar Blends: Mac Baren Old Dark Fired.

6 people found this review helpful.

Huskies4 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Huskies4 (7)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Upon opening you are greeted with a beautiful solid brick of tobacco. This plug is one of the more solid types and takes to a knife well (though it is still a soft plug, not hard at all). I have found many leaves in the plug which are whole and occasionally larger than the 2x2 brick itself. Truly a beautiful presentation with A+ tobacco leaves.

I prefer to cut the plug against the grain and then fully rub out. Some of the leaves will be too large and need further cutting. This tobacco is moist but will smoke well after 5-10 minutes of drying, a perfect moisture level for aging in the cellar.

The taste is pure tobacco, no sugars or topping present. I taste sweet Virginia, bread and spices. Half way down the bowl the flavor develops into an old world taste, sublime!

I will be buying 8 tins next time to age for 3-5 years. This is a tobacco everyone should try!

6 people found this review helpful.

JackSparrow Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JackSparrow (14)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

This is my 1st plug, and my first GL Pease…

I'm a flake lover, so I love plugs further more! What a fun preparing this baccy: I slice the plug in thin flakes and then rub them out, let them dry for a little while and then load my bowl. It's like a sort of ancient ritual…I'd like all my favorites were plugs!

Opening the tin (the packaging is very well refined) you can see a reddish, brown and dark plug, then you can smell a good, strong, earthy aroma of natural tobacco, only tobacco, no flavors or topping added. Some sweet nut and hay notes are present in the background, but just detectable. Moisture is almost perfect, need a very little drying before loading and lighting.

It gets lit very easily and need very few relights, burns slowly, quite cool, with no tongue bite. It packs a good N load, so it is a very rich and satisfying smoke, but never tiring or overwhelming. It is very well balanced, VAs and KE and mixed in very harmonic proportion, PE is just detectable. It's quite an an unusual blend. Its room note is pleasant, taste is very earthy, with a hint of sweetness brought by VAs.

It's a bit monodimensional, compared to other VAPE blends (ie St James Flake) but I think it works good and it's just what is expected to be: a blend for the smoker who is looking for straight full tobacco taste, no more!

Between 3 and 4 stars!

6 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (29856)
Very Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I liked, but did not love, Jack Knife Plug. I really liked the novelty of the plug and the process of preparing it to smoke, but I thought the blend was a bit overwhelming to be a regular smoke. I LOVE Triple Play. The addition of the Perique seems to make all the difference. It balances out the dark burley and seems to mellow the blend while adding a distinctive pungent flavor and it cools down the Virginias making this a wonderful smoke. This is a man's blend, but one that you can still smoke all day. It still has a pretty powerful nicotine kick, but nowhere near the nigh overwhelming kick to JKP.

The aroma in the tin is sweet and earthy with notes of dried fruit. The flavor is consistent from first light to the end of the bowl. The room note is pleasant although my wife said it reminded her of a cigarette (I lay that at the feet of the Burley content and my wife's hyper-sensitive nose). Nevertheless this has found its way into my top five blends.

I can't wait for more plug blends from G.L. Pease.

6 people found this review helpful.

riobrew Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
riobrew (64)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

Triple Play is a nice change of pace from other VaPer or VaBur blends. The uniqueness come from the Dark Fired Kentucky. It really add a different dimension to basic VaBur. And the added Perique is just the right amount of spice. It is Like a nice grilled steak. It hits all three bases, Virginia, Perique, and Burley. Have had this many times over the years and it never misses. I cut a 1/4 inch flake that I cube cut and slightly rubb out.

Pipe Used: GPSS POTY Moretti

Age When Smoked: 18 months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

5 people found this review helpful.

steppx Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
steppx (172)
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Id give this ten stars if I could. An absolute all time great pipe tobacco. Its also, yes, rather a lot of work to prepare. But well worth it. The flavor is just astounding. Heaven. It can be chopped, or crumpled or whatever you like. It burns pretty easily anyway you work it. A cool and long lasting smoke, with a solid hit of nic. It just doesnt get much better than this.

Similar Blends: Peterson's Perfection Plug, and Pease's Jacknife Plug.

5 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (577)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Update 12/7/2017

A friend of mine sent me half his 4 yr old tin of this and I really enjoyed my time with it and am excited to get into my cellared tins of this after they have had some more time to age.

This is a rich robust Vaburper. It is very unlike JKP to my tastes even though they have similar roots. The perique really sets it apart adding spice to what would otherwise be a stout blend. It is very strong, but as I noted in my original review, it is not overwhelming. I will note that I did not smoke this in a large bowled pipe at any time while smoking it. There is sweetness to the blend but otherwise I really don't taste nor can identify any Virginia in the blend. I think its presence merely accentuates the inherent sweetness of the DFK and perique, both of which are derived from burley. In a way there is almost a natural chocolate covered raisin vibe to this one.

The 4 years of age really did make for a mellow treat. I am not sure I am ready to add a fourth star to this, but it is teetering between three and four for sure. For those who can't get enough nicotine, you may consider this a four star blend to be sure.

Original Review 10/29/2014

I wish I was given a bigger sample of this one as I don't feel I have it completely figured out as of yet. Well, I will just have to buy more, because what I did try, I did enjoy. Based on the opening confession, I hope I have saved anyone time from reading too much on my review as there are far more informative ones to read.

This is a strong blend, but it is pretty well balanced. So it doesn't come across as overwhelming to the tastebuds like say, a burley flake 3 would. It also tastes like a pretty natural product, unlike that aromatic mess that Haddo's delight is. I am giving it three stars as of right now, but this may very well earn a fourth after I have had a chance to get into a full tin.

5 people found this review helpful.

Lit a Kia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lit a Kia (70)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

My favorite of the Kentucky blends I've tried. Pease could have phoned this one in by just sprinkling some Perique into Jack Knife Plug, but he did it right and absolutely nailed it.

This is one of only a few that can stop me in my tracks when I catch a whiff of it walking past the "cabinet." Leather, figs and earth in the tin, with raisins and a vegetable note I can't place (fern?) in the background. Leave the tin open and you'll smell an ever-changing symphony.

The smoke is rich, leathery, and dark and has a healthy nicotine kick. (Pairs well with a Belgian white or German wheat beer.)

The pre-smoke ritual of cutting and rubbing a plug won't appeal to everyone, but when I'm in the mood to smoke this, I'm ready for full immersion and time to stand still. Only adds to the experience, imo. Keeps your skills sharp too.

Similar Blends: HH Old Dark Fired.

5 people found this review helpful.

jakpiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jakpiper (3)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

The plug is quite moist so cutting into flakes was difficult. I have settled on shaving thin slices and rubbing out. Its too moist straight out of the tin and I live in the tropics where tobacco doesn't dry out in the air. I pop the tobacco in the toaster oven for a couple of minutes to get it the spongey but springy state. It lights well and stays lit rubbed out. I tried it as cubes but it required too much attention. Flavors are very natural to me. The burly gives it a strong nutty taste, there are hints of sweet virginia and the spiciness comes in and out. It reminds my at times of Dorisco but not as spicy. I also suspect that Dorisco has a hint of Latakia which Triple Play certainly has not. This tobacco works for me sipping very slowly. Its at the upper levels of my nicotine tolerance. (I'm scared to smoke 1792 or Jack Knife Plug.) I'm going to buy a couple of tins to cellar.

5 people found this review helpful.

Darth Vader Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth Vader (110)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Very nice. As advertized, Jack knife with some perique. I love Jack knife and dont feel the perique adds anything IMHO. Will stick with the original but will enjoy smoking this till its gone.

Update. Well blow me down. Now i like it as much as Jack Knife. Which one to smoke? Decisions, decisions!

5 people found this review helpful.

Indianapolis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Indianapolis (48)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

So let's start with the basics -- this stuff is a nightmare to pack and load. The cake does not crumble, and if you try to break it up you get massive pieces of leaf that make quality packing challenging. So you cut it up with a knife into ribbons, but still have to slice and dice to get something manageable, working around all the stems that seem to be baked in. Ok, once you do that, you're left with a tremendously wet smoke, even after some drying time, and you're gonna need relights. It's really a pain in the a** presentation.

BUT, darn if it isn't a good flavor. Its got a light sweetness, huge body and depth, and a wonderful balance. The kentucky shines through without overpowering, providing a vinegar sweet "thickness" to the profile. Just a pleasant bit of spiciness, not enough to give me a nose tingle, and a great kick of vitamin N.

If you're willing to invest the time and get this stuff burning, its tremendously rewarding. I'm honored to light up a bowl of this every day.... and that smoke comes right after I curse it during packing and loading, and right before I crave it after I'm done. It gets better with age (my current tin has a year on it), and really shines after some jar time to rest. It's got a great every-day meaty balance -- you can focus on it and enjoy the complexity, or ignore it and read a book. Lovely. And cursed. And lovely.

4 people found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (322)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I got this as a sample from a UK pipe-friend! Before reading about it on here, I diddn't knew this was based/inspired by JackKnife Plug, a plug I like a lot!

My sample came already cut and rubbed out finely, so I can't comment on the plug itself. But the colors are black, dark brown and few red-brown tones. Triple Plays scent is ripe dark, and slightly sour fruits, decent woodsy smokiness and some earthiness. Almost a bit offensive, due to the intense aroma of both the Perique and dark fired leaf, but intriguing for the lover of a hearty smoke.

And hearty is also the aroma when smoked. ripe stoved- and dark fruits by the Perique and Virginias with a slight sweetness dominate the flavor, especially on first puffs, before the dark fired leaf kicks in. The dark fired Kentucky is added in just the right portion, GL Pease naile it here. It adds a rich earthiness, smokiness and wood and takes its share in the flavor-profile to take an equal portion (taste-wise) as the Perique and Virginias. There's also a minor nuttiness, and some grassy notes by times.

This isn't a "Va/Per spiced with Kentucky" nor a "Va/Ky spiced with Perique", but a TRIPLE PLAY! Even tho I guess Virginias are most, then Perique and at last Kentucky in the mixing ratio, all three ingridients take a similar share in the flavor. This is "Virginias, Kentucky and Perique" whilst most Va/Per/Ky (or as I call it "Trinity of tobacco blending"..) use one of the two (Perique OR Kentucky) for spicing the blend!

Decently spicy, some boldness in there, but not overwhelming in strenght. Medium to strong, but a solid medium in strenght for the Aficionado of a hearty, stronger smoke. Very digestible. What can I say? I LOVE IT! I love a lot of Va/Per/(dark fired)KY blends, but Triple Play is in the Top-3 list. Burns cool and slow and makes for a long smoking session even though my sample was rubbed out to shag-like cut!

Chapeau to GL Pease...this is my second GL Pease blend (JackKnife being the other) and I'm deeply impressed...those are some serious tobacco blending skills! 4/4 stars....I NEED to get more of this....ASAP!!!! ;-)

Edit: I wrote an in-depth review with pictures of it in english language on:

Pipe Used: Clay & Briar Pipes

4 people found this review helpful.

Dr. Scott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. Scott (82)
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Dominated by the Kentucky, not that much different from Jackknife Plug, I had hoped for more Virginia. Very, very strong stuff. Tastes like cigarettes to me, Camels or Lucky Strike. If you like old fashioned plugs like those of Sam Gawith, you might like this. Not recommended for the novice. Tin description is accurate, but don't expect a VaPer blend.

4 people found this review helpful.

LannarkGent Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LannarkGent (145)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

This is a highly interesting blend, with fine red and bright Virginias, a very fine dark fired Kentucky, with a touch of Perique added for a touch of elusive flavor. This is a robust, full -bodied, blend that has a fine room note. The flavor is complex, with a sweetness from the red Virginia. Citrus notes are present and delightful. The Kentucky adds a delightful and sensuous sonority of flavor with very tasty undertones of complementary flavor. Unlike others, I have experienced zero relights, and I am averaging right around one hour from 3 grams of tobacco, indicating I am smoking this slowly. This plug cut tobacco does need to be rubbed out carefully to obtain all this blend has to offer. I highly recommend this blend with a rating of 4 stars

Pipe Used: Amorelli Billiard, RobE Rhodesian

Age When Smoked: 8 months

Purchased From: Indian River Tobacco Traders Grand Rapids Michigan

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AC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AC (19)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Being a die-hard Burley lover, and one who basically smokes only C&D blends (Burley Flake #1 in particular), it was joyous for me to find Triple Play. Smoking it I detected a similar profile to C&D Burley Flake #1, which is a blend of dark Burley and red Virginia with just a splash of Perique. Triple Play uses the same configuration, but with dark-fired Kentucky. The real difference is the tanginess of Triple Play, while Burley Flake #1 has not. While I don't particularly care for this tangy taste, by focusing on the other aspects of the blend, it turns out to be a very enjoyable and burley blend for me, with a very similar profile to my favorite C&D blend.

When you are a one-blend (or so) smoker, it is very important to try to find alternatives, just in case. Market fluctuations in availability is a constant concern, which in this case is mitigated.

Being savory, medium-strong, with a fair amount of vitamin-N, it is surely a great blend, standing on par with other great Burley "pillars" readily found in the market. It leaves a sweet and delicate flavor in the mouth, and it is the type of blend that once you finished a bowl, you soon enough will be thinking when should you smoke another!

Pipe Used: GBD Century 9438, BBB Classic 422

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: C&D Burley Flake #1.

3 people found this review helpful.

Lingo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lingo (39)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Oh. My. God. Is this THE tobacco I was looking for? I can’t stop myself from writing a review after just 2-3 bowls of this... Starting point: I am a va/per and va/bur/ky lover, so this looks like an easy one to win... Opening and tin note: just another crumble cake, which I am not so enthusiastic about. But what I see here is something I remember seeing at a tobacco farm: BIG leaf pieces, and this is crucial for the smoking process. In fact, breaking the plug and filling the bowl is not neutral here, because the more you pinch and break, the more you realize that you will be smoking some puffs 80% perique, some puffs 80% burley... and this is magic! Everytime you fill a bowl you can predict (or look for) a peculiar taste-shape and predominance for that very singular bowl!

Smoking it is just perfect, few or no relights, evolutions and surprises from top to end, beautiful ash.

I understand why some may find TP “too tasty” or “too many things in one” or “too sweet and pungent”. I guess it requires your buds educated to VAs (red here, which I love and prefer), AND to burleys (the real PLUS in Triple Play imho) AND to perique.

I mean the Dark Fired KY here is THE game changer, for us va/per lovers always in search of a difference in so many similar market offers. And Pease here MAKES the difference 100% hands down! Think of a Solani 660 with a boost, of a Telegraph Hill with a solid ground floor, of an Old Gowrie pressed and enhanced to the millionth power...

Finally, let me wipe my eyes from tears of happiness and commotion for finding this treasure, and let me go ahead with other brands’ va/per/bur waiting to be opened from my cellar... hopefully I’ll get back and update this review with more comparisons and evaluations. Or rather I’ll be found in the cellar in despair, ranting for that last bowl of Triple Play which I’ll have hidden somewhere not to find myself without this nectar!!

Pipe Used: Ser Jacopo

Age When Smoked: 6 months

3 people found this review helpful.

ChadwickGHurlburt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ChadwickGHurlburt (24)
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

I bought a tin of Triple Play several years ago as an extra tack-on to another order. It was a G.L. Pease blend I had not tried, and I typically enjoy most all of his blends. I didn't get around to smoking any until recently. As expected, I found it to be a most excellent smoke. It reminds me of Jack Knife Plug a great deal. Except, without the smokiness. That is my initial impression. It's Jack Knife Plug without the smokiness. Or at least the same degree of it. Jack Knife Plug is one of my favorites from Pease. It is a wonderful silky delicious celebration of what pure tobacco can be. This has that same pure deliciousness of exceptional pure tobacco flavor as well. It is very good. Pease has a way of giving his blends a character, smoothness, and subtle touch that few others can. This blend is a superb example of his subtle touch. The constituent parts aren't any different from dozens of other similar blends, and yet it stands apart. Triple Play doesn't seem to get much attention, but it should. Purists will find it to be one of the finest examples of pure tobacco flavor out there. I detected no bite, no burn, nothing unappreciative at all in smoking this blend. The experience was purely pleasurable once the charring light was completed.

Pipe Used: Savinelli

Age When Smoked: 1-2 years

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars online

Similar Blends: Jackknife Plug.

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2004)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

G. L. Pease - Triple Play (New World Collection).

'Great, more of a kake than a plug!'. That was my initial reaction, the appearance is one of a dense kake, instead of a hard plug. So, 'easy preparation' is the assumption. Wrong; trickery by Triple Play! It requires as pertinacious a hand as any plug. See, it 'crumbles' into big leafy pieces, and one or two twig-like pieces. If you like a blend well rubbed a decent smoke necessitates a 'no rushing' attitude.

I left mine still as larger pieces and although it takes a few touches of the flame to inaugurate a burn, the smoke is DEFINITELY worth it! To me, the leader of the pack is the Kentucky; smoky, fire-cured, and potent. The Perique tastes wonderful, having lots of the ripe qualities and few of the spicy/sharp ones. I find the Virginia gets jostled aside by these two; it lacks the capacity to get much recognition. The burn from it's quite slow, medium temperature, giving a bite-free smoke.

Nicotine: strong. Room-note: fairly heady.

Triple Play? I wouldn't recommend it to a newer smoker, but to the more experienced it's a must have. Four stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Lee Van Cleef Replica Meer'

Age When Smoked: Stamped 5/2/18

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

Tucane Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tucane (31)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

This is a blend where mentioning mechanics has some value. If you don't have a sharp enough blade, you might need to do some additional slicing/cutting to get an even burn and to avoid larger pieces clogging up the hole. Not an issue, just a bit more work. Smell from the tin is reminiscent of barbecue sauce.

With that out of the way; it smokes evenly and has a solid amount of nicotine that should satisfy most people. Good balance between Kentucky and Perique, giving a spicy, peppery feel, with earthiness and heat. Virginias do their thing mostly in the background, bringing some zesty freshness, with dark fruity and haylike qualities. All in all an enjoyable experience!

Recommended! Maybe even highly for those looking for a natural Va/Per with more punch.

3 people found this review helpful.

OhioTony76 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OhioTony76 (55)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

This reminds me quite a bit of Burley Flake #3 in plug form. Maybe a tad darker and richer. My tin was about 3 years old, and after the first bowl full, I ordered 3 more tins for the cellar. When I first cracked the 3 year old tin, the plug was crystallized all the way around the 4 sides. I knew I was in for a great smoke and it did not disappoint. This blend is powered by the Ky and perique, but that Va keeps it sweet and not overpowering. Its a true plug, not one of those krumble kake/plugs. Dry it well, the tobacco is dense. Burns slightly warm, but doesn't affect the flavor if it heats up a bit.

Age When Smoked: 3 years

Similar Blends: Cornell & Diehl - Burley Flake #3.

3 people found this review helpful.

Dr.James Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.James (37)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I had the opportuniy to enjoy a tin of Triple Play with 6 years of cellar time on it. The aroma of the plug was reminiscent of dark chocolate covered figs. Preparation was fairly easy with my very sharp knife, and the dark flakes were loaded into my pipe. Kentuckys were nutty with dark chocolate nuances, and were the core of the blend while Virginias provided a sweet and slightly grassy support to Perique's dark fruit and black pepper. Requires above average relights. Well worth aging, the blend was smooth and tasty enough to smoke quickly, but strong enough to let you know not to.

Take the time to slow down today, and enjoy a bowl of Triple Play.

Fresh briars my freinds!

Age When Smoked: Six years

3 people found this review helpful.

1979 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
1979 (62)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

GL Pease Triple Play

Boy this one'll walk right up and kick you in the tonsils.  Not the way some of the GH&C ropes will, but still there's some power here.  I like that.

Now as compared to its brother Jackknife, which I haven't smoked in a few years, this one is a little more powerful and a little more full than I remember Jackknife being, not a huge difference but I can tell there's a little something extra here.  Same general flavor profile but more of what it is.

It's interesting to me that I can clearly smell each of the component tobaccos in the brownie in the can.  You'd think that would always be the case but it's not, at least for me. Whereas I can smell more of the virginia in the tin note, at the match it's the kentucky that takes charge, backed by a sweet creamy virginia.  The kentucky mostly covers up the perique for me, but I can tell it's there and do get clear glimpses of it from time to time.  This is about as wholesome as tobacco gets, a mildly humorous concept no doubt, but one that earns Triple Play quadruple stars.

3 people found this review helpful.

Sybariten Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sybariten (61)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Strong

Conclusion: Complex interplay between pleasant flavours makes for a nice smoke. This is for those who like their VaPer with some oomph. Yet this is a bit too subtle (bland) for my taste, and that is why it remains at a two star level. But still it is a good smoke no doubt.

Taste: Plum and pepper from the perique mixes with the virginia sweetness and the kentucky sting to make a chutney like character with hints of wood. It is dry and light yet direct and powerful and increases in power as the bowl progresses. The sweetness gradually diminishes and the last third or so is nutty, wood-ish pepper with some faint fruity notes down low. Yet there is something missing, I think I would prefer a bit more perique.

Mechanics: A plug, firm and compact, to slice and rub. Great burn, no need for relights and always a dry smoke with no bite. Medium to full strength.

Pipe Used: Cobs and briars

Age When Smoked: About two years

3 people found this review helpful.

KaiserDawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KaiserDawg (1)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I have never posted a review on here because I find most of it to be pretentious with words like "notes" and "hints," but for this one I could not resist. Tin Note: Smells of raisins, slightly fermented smell of Kentucky and Perique, vaguely sweet smell. Well presented, well made plug. I cut 2 slices and let dry for about 20 minutes. Fold and rolled one and stuffed it in the bottom and rubbed out the other for "kindling" on top. First Half: I probably could have let it dry a touch more, needed 3 chars before I got a true light. It's tough to describe the flavor beyond saying that it's all there. All of the components are there, in harmony. I get a little smoke from the Kentucky, a little spice from the Perique, a little vinegar from the red Virginias, and a touch of sweet from the bright Virginias. This is a fantastic tobacco. Easy to smoke, requires minimal tamping once lit. Burns slow and cool, no bite. A good Perique tingle on the retrohale. Second Half: Remains the same as the first half. It's all there. At the risk of waxing poetic, a good tobacco with 4 components is a quartet singing 4 part harmony, this is a symphony orchestra that is very well rehearsed. I have nothing to add but "Wow." I will be putting a few of these in the cellar to see how it does with some age.

Pipe Used: Peterson Founder's Edition

Age When Smoked: 4 months

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

Fazby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fazby (66)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I thought this blend was delicious and satisfying. That, despite flunking plug-cutting and having to deal with a most unique cut as a result of my butchery. Apparently a kitchen knife and the intent to cut slices and chop those a bit do not coordinate in my hands. I really enjoyed this but I may have to wait for a ready rubbed version.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: new tin

3 people found this review helpful.

Vladimir the Hun Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Vladimir the Hun (6)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Very good. The Virginia is really strong and extremely pleasant.

I am one of the few smokers at my local tobacconist who regularly smokes plug tobaccos and this one definitely ranks high upon my list. The tin note is very pleasant and you can smell the Virginia tobacco right away . I usually shave my plugs with a pocket knife along a corner of the plug and grind anything to big in my hands. This is the only problem that I had with this tobacco, but as I went to shave the tobacco, part of the plug fell apart on me. not a huge deal but my only complaint. The smoke of the tobacco was outstanding and very pleasant. Could certainly taste the Virginia tobacco and I almost detected a barbecue flavor, sweet and savory.

3 people found this review helpful.

NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (296)
Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

A nicely prepared 2"x2", moist plug with an inviting tin aroma. The preparation ritual is a bit much for me and I'll therefore continue to favor flake blends. Seemed to work best in small bowls and with its full, rich taste, that's all I could handle since this is high test nicotine. This blend is definitely not for a novice. Tends to become harsh if puffed too hard so take it slowly and enjoy.

Pipe Used: various bowl sizes

Age When Smoked: dated 4/14

Purchased From: smoking pipes

3 people found this review helpful.

Eric Cioe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eric Cioe (37)
Very Strong None Detected Full Strong

It's a strange experience for me to smoke a Pease tobacco and straight up not like it.

The smell in the tin is gorgeous and very similar to JackKnife with some pepper added in. I sliced it thin and rubbed fully, and after a few charring lights it burns well.

The problem for me was twofold: first, the nicotine flattened me. This is strange in that JackKnife was manageable and I tended to smoke this in smaller pipes. Second, there was this note of beef broth that rode underneath the entire experience. I like my beef on a plate and my tobacco in a pipe, and I prefer for them to stay that way. Lots of others spoke glowingly of that particular note, but it didn't do anything positive for me at all.

Still, the quality of the blend is undeniable, and it wasn't all that difficult to get through my tin. On a full stomach and with the right mindset, this was an occasional pleasure for me, even though I won't be buying more.

Pipe Used: Lots of them

Age When Smoked: One year

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (138)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Rich, full flavors from the onset. Strength builds through the bowl. Black pepper and savory flavors are present, with a touch of saltiness to round out the profile. Strength never overshadows the richness of the blend. Very well formulated! Does well in a small bowl, when slightly rubbed out to small to medium sized flakes. 4*.

Pipe Used: Willmer Lightweight

Age When Smoked: Unknown.

Purchased From: Gifted from BOTL - Thanks again Rick!

3 people found this review helpful.

beercritic Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beercritic (33)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I'd misstakingly ordered this thinking I'd give Jackknife Plug another chance to win me over. I'm glad I screwed up. Thus stuff is sublime.Rich and deep. Wow! Curiously, mine arrived in flake form.??? This reminds me of Peterson's Perfect Plug. Except this is a bit sweeter, the other, a bit fruitier (I stove my 3P's) I'll be getting more of this and not the Jackknife. Typically I crave Lat bombs,like Ten Russians, but I also crave the occasional simple strong tobacco flavors. Curiously this has been the only VaPer I like, to date.

Update Sept 2016: Found another VaPer I love. Cabbie's Mixture. Also 4 stars & a different experience altogether.

Pipe Used: Generic Churchwarden

Age When Smoked: 3 months

Purchased From: P&C

Similar Blends: Peterson's Perfect Plug.

3 people found this review helpful.

Darby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darby (15)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

The triple play is presented as a beautiful, dense and slightly moist 2 oz. plug/cake of leaf tobacco that resembles a medium-sized brownie, just over 2”x2”. For me, the tin note evoked beef jerky, with hints of teriyaki, black pepper, and a touch of hardwood charcoal.

I suspect most of those reporting difficulty with this plug are using dull knives. Personally, I found the preparation ritual a simple tactile pleasure. Although a jackknife or box cutter will do in a pinch, I recommend using a proper long sharp slicing knife for this - shave off two of the thinnest flakes you can comfortably manage (1/32nd inch is ideal), cut them crosswise in thirds, then rub them out between your palms in an opposing circular motion, and the result is a nice little mound of slightly spongy ready rub, which is ready to smoke after 15 mins of drying time (plenty of time to get your morning coffee brewed). This is a strong tobacco, so go with a firm pack in a pipe with a slow draw.

Skipping ahead to mid-bowl - unlike most traditional Virginia-based VaPrs (which tends to have a milky/malty/peppery smoke), the profile here is more meaty and brothy, with a salty, savory bitter finish. This is a manly smoke, and I could feel my testosterone levels rebounding as I walked with it. Visions of a thick, well charred prime steak, rubbed with plenty of black pepper and fleur de sel, danced in my head, along with a warm crock of salty French onion soup sporting a crusty crown of cheese on top. Alternately, some cracked bitter green olives with dried herbs, or a zesty puttanesca sauce. Another flavor that came to me was toasted shreds of nori seaweed, rich in iodine and umami. For a liquor match, I’d either counterpoint this one with a cleansing semi-dry sparkling wine (Prosecco), a Belgian wit bier, or cold daiginjo sake, or I’d run with the bulls and go with a dirty martini with extra olives, a sazerac cocktail with extra bitters, a leggy pomerol, or (easiest of all) a tumbler of briny peaty Islay single malt (ex: Laphroig, Bowmore, Lagavulin), served neat.

In any case, this offering gets its “Triple Play” name from the skillful blending of fire-cured Kentucky Burley (which provides the rich nutty/meaty and slightly smoky base), rounded out with some peppery perique and some Virginia sweetness, to balance all the savory notes and prolong the finish. It’s an impressive offering, worthy of recommendation. This is a solid 3 ½ stars for me, but it loses a half star for its lingeringly rough aftertaste, and slightly harsh room note. I’m looking forward to laying down several tins, to see how some extended cellar time softens both of those minor flaws, and matures the flavor.

Pipe Used: Grabow Royalton

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

mdnyc71 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mdnyc71 (22)
Very Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

I like to cut Triple Play into slices then rub out. The plug holds a lot of moisture but not enough that it needs significant drying time. This tobacco is pretty low maintenance (at least for me). The fullness of flavor and nicotine hit is similar to Pease's Fillmore blend, but here I found a bit more Virginia sweetness. I have no experience smoking Kentucky leaf so I'm having a difficult time commenting on that component of the blend. This tobacco reminds me of SG's St. James Flake with all of the characteristics dialed up a notch or two.

Triple Play can be harsh if I puff too hard, but, when I take my time, it is a flavorful and relaxing smoke.

3 people found this review helpful.

Phonomet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Phonomet (44)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I had the good fortune to find a 2 year old tin of this (the white plastic cap already yellowed by the continuous billows of smoke produced in the comfortable front room of B&B tobacconists.) I can't comment on what a new tin tastes like, but I've read some reviews here mentioning its subtle sweetness; let me say that 2 years of age made this plug incredibly sweet. The plug cut easily and the crumbled flakes were perfectly dry for smoking. The Kentucky is more present than the perique, but to my tastes the sweet VAs came singing through the pipe. The only reason I'm not giving this 4 stars is that it's actually too sweet for my palate.

Age When Smoked: 2 years old

Purchased From: B&B tobacconists Asheville

3 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I liked it, but I didn't love it. It'll do in a pinch.

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (29856)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Very good. The virginia in it is some of the best I've tasted. The kentucky leaf and perique is matched perfectly. I wish all VA/Pers had virginia of this quality. A masterpiece for the pipe.

3 people found this review helpful.

deepbass9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
deepbass9 (7)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I'm all about variety, I'm all about quality and my palate is wider than many. Tobacco moisture, tongue bite, mood, smoking circumstances and other controllable variables won't be covered. This review is based on multiple bowls over time.

This may be my favorite blend yet. I've got your VA's, your VaPers, your Burleys, your Lats, your Aro's, your Orientals and all combos in between. Currently I have 46 jars I'm smoking my leisure. This is one tasty blend, period...with plenty of VA sweetness pulling it together.

Anyone who says it's too much trouble to prepare seems a little lazy to me..slices easily, rubs fine, and leave it to sit a minute and she's ready to go. Yes, it's very moist, but that is a controllable variable.

As for flavor...beefy, sweet, sourish, just damn yummy to my palate. I have JKP, which I like..this I love. I'm one of the fortunate ones that is unaffected by nicotine unless it's on an empty stomach. I can smoke this stuff all day..plummy and sweet, nutty and I likes me some TP!

This will be added in quantity to my "cellar". We're all different, we're all human, but if you read my reviews and find yourself to have similar tastes, by all means give it a go! My favorite Pease blend to date. If Lat's are his forte, dark-fire seems to be his bread & butter. Thanks GLP, you have a winner.

This is an excellent tobacco.

3 people found this review helpful.

Blue Bayou Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blue Bayou (60)
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant

Very strong, but pleasant and smooth, great aroma, no bite and high nic kick! Strong chocolate notes.

3 people found this review helpful.

Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (173)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is comparable to Jacknife Plug, but lighter in body (not light though). Otherwise very similar, just much less Kentucky Burley to beef it up.

The red Virginia sweetness is just barely in the background with a lot of darker flavor (someone likened it to barbacue sauce; to me maybe hickory), and needs more time to age for the reds to come through I trust. In time it may approach something like old Escudo (maybe wishful thinking too).

I still find it hard to work the plug. It cuts, sure, but I can't seem to get neat cubes or flakes out of it. Just thick ribbons that I rub to smaller chunks. Again, the plug is not as tight as some others I've tried (PPP), so cutting is more hit or miss. However, this plug is mixed, not as layered as JKP, so my uneveness should not affect the flavor curve here.

But no problem in lighting and burning steadily. Cool, full, with some dark flavors. Good body.

I suppose the comparison to Germain Brown Flake is apt, which I find milder (not a plug but the flakes seem melded in the tin).

I will smoke more of this to see if it growns on me or ages well.

Update: After a couple of months, the mixture is smoother, a little sweeter, and still rich and full (short of Jack knife). More enjoyable in select moments when I want something this full. Almost delirious in body. I find a serrated knife cuts it better into thick or coarse ribbons, which I rub more. A reviewer in another tobacco newsletter says he's glad the plug is not as tight as some others. So maybe that's a plus after all. Upgrade a star.

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (29856)
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

At first opening this tin I was hit by a very strong scent, almost like a spicy pizza. It is very moist out of the tin and required a good 1.5 hours of dry time. It probably could use a bit more than that. I am a big fan of Jacknife Plug, and although this in my opinion was not better, it may be so once it has aged a bit. I recommend this tobacco!

3 people found this review helpful.

SmokingHawk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokingHawk (54)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

4thistheguy! I have been for playing trying to find the presence of others two. Yes I can feel the very much presence of Kentucky and that is also very nutty in charactistic. Wait I'm through half the bowl and I can feel the sweetness of Virginias but still with nuttiness which I always get in plug Tobacco and that toast feeling I think due to baking and hard pressing to achieve that cake or block form which was still moist and juicy fruity smelling but smokeable right out of tin. Well there will be another day another way of preparation and your chance to play with the Triple again.

Pipe Used: Non filter briar

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (29856)
Strong Very Mild Full Strong

Having tried Jacknife Plug in the past and finding that the proportion of DFK was smothering the other components (I like DFK but realize after this that I prefer it as a condiment), I was dubious to give Triple Play a try. The tin I opened is 8 months old. The Plug is dark brown, and the aroma just made me drool: deep, strong tones of figs and raisins with an underlaying of spices. The tobacco was a bit on the moist side but I figured, screw this I cannot wait to try this! The flake I sliced break up very easily with a slight rub from the hand and pack as easily. Being moist, I don't pack my pipe as much as I would normally do. Lighting up is easy but it does require relights, which has never bothered me. Triple Play is a delightful VA/PER with a figs and raisins dominant taste, combined with a spiciness and smokiness that is just right. I have to say that TP is aamong the best tobacco in its genre I have tried yet. I just love it. But be careful with it as the high nicotine level imposes itself quickly; but it does not cancel out the pleasure of the smoke as other tobaccos, such as the C & D Burley Flakes or strong Lakeland tobaccos can do. If you are seeking a different and delighful VA/PER, you must try TP. If it had a bit less nicotine and the plug easier to prepare, I would have given it 4 stars.

Update - 26 Mar 2016. I am downgrading my verdict. When TP get on the dry side, it becomes unusually harsh and I have no idea why. And it is a huge bummer! So I can only suggest that once your tin is open, do ensure a speedy consumption of it.

Pipe Used: Satnwell

Age When Smoked: 18 months

Similar Blends: A tobacco in its own league..

2 people found this review helpful.

Drummerguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Drummerguy (5)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Had a can cellared a couple years and found it bulging, top and bottom. Sounded like a gunshot when I opened it. Obviously fermenting in the can. The manufacturer has not returned email about it. Beware. I have had a can before that was no problem, very flavorful, lights and stays lit well but the stuff is so strong, it requires planning and effort. Like a tasty version of Royal Yak

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (29856)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm not impressed by this spongy version of a plug tobacco. Will let it spend time in the cellar then update my thoughts on this.

2 people found this review helpful.

troyniss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
troyniss (30)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Presentation: The twin brother of JKP, this brownie looks almost identical. In my review of Jack Knife Plug, the plugs are not uniform in size dimensions. This plug is somewhat different in terms of appearance tobacco wise. The layers upon which Jack Knife Plug have, Triple Play seems to forego the uniform "sandwiching" in detectable constituents. From the eye, it seems that all the layers are equally spread out and cannot tell where each one is hiding.

Palate: Like Jack Knife Plug, this blend has a savory aroma or BBQ sauce, ketchup, pig roast, charred ribs. I do detect a more spicy scent due to the perique added and seems a bit more heavy in the smokiness. It's a complex blend and at times where I want to taste the dark fired burley and sweet reds, I'm overwhelmed by the perique, which sometimes overtakes the whole experience. It's spicy taste with a little sweetness that comes up here and there. I hardly detect the bright Virginias added. Not an all day blend, but can be smoked a few times in the day.

Performance: I also cut this blend into a fine shag as it releases all the flavors at once. Burns at a more than moderate pace with this method, but I prefer it this way. Medium to strong nicotine hit, depending on your tolerance.

Conclusion: I really wanted to like Triple Play as much as I liked JKP, but the perique in this blend takes away from the Virginias and already somewhat spicy dark fired burley. It's a good blend, but I think it jumps around what it comes to tasting what you want to taste. I'll enjoy it from time to time, but I probably won't be buying any more tins after I finish the other tin I have in my cellar. It's taken me more than a year to finish even half the plug. I haven't tried it fresh, but I could see this benefiting from age, just like JKP.

Pipe Used: Morgan Bones Stubby Pot

Age When Smoked: 3+ Years

Purchased From: SP

Similar Blends: GL Pease Jack Knife Plug, MacBaren ODF and Bold Kentucky..

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RonR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RonR (65)
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Strong


Just finishing a 2oz tin. This is a kake and not a plug IMO. I ended breaking the entire kake up since I would be smoking it in short order. Quite a few twigs in it but not a issue as this is a rough cut then pressed. I enjoyed the presentation. I find kakes and plugs give a lot of bowls and this tin gave plenty of smokes.

Very earthy tasting. Smooth. Retro Hale is smooth with barely a Perique hint for me. Low in nic for me. Every bowl has required relights unless I let it fully dry out and then not only were there no relights but oddly, more flavor and intricacy. Normally I like a little moisture to a pack.

A solid blend but nothing that is making me yearn for it. Looking forward to Jack Knife Plug as the next try.

Pipe Used: Cobs

Age When Smoked: Tin date of 8-13-2018

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (29856)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

hot diggity daffodil this some good o'l pipe weed. This here Gregory Pease feller sure do know how to make em right.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (29856)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Recommended. A nice tasty plug, smells like cheese to me. anyway i like this one from Gregory Pease and I think you will too.

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Ranger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ranger (75)
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I really like plug tobaccos ever since my first one, I think it was an SG. Anyway, this one cuts well without breaking the whole plug apart, has a great burn and last long. Only a few relights. The taste is strong, full, nic hit not for beginners. For me the dark Kentucky stands out a little too much. Others may like this, depending on your preferences. Solid as always from GL Pease. Now how about a rope next time?

Age When Smoked: 3 Years

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