G. L. Pease Lagonda

A luxurious blend comprising generous portions of Cyprus latakia, ripe red Virginias and fine Oriental leaf, with a bit of bright added for a hint of subtle sweetness. Pressing and aging in cakes integrates the flavors and partially ferments the tobaccos. The cakes are then sliced and tumbled into ribbons, ready to for you your enjoyment.
Notes: From GL Pease: Lagonda, a rich, luxurious old style mixture, will be the newest entry in the Old London Series, and though it shares some characteristics with its siblings, it's nevertheless all new. What's the same is the method of production, in which the leaf is layered, pressed and aged in cakes for several days in order for the flavours to integrate, and to sort of 'jump start' the aging and fermentation process. The cakes are then sliced and tumbled. Some people have referred to this cutting style (also used for Chelsea Morning and Meridian) as a 'broken flake,' but it's really not that. It's much more closely related to standard ribbon cutting, but since some of the tobacco strands continue to bind together, the result is somewhat denser than conventional ribbon-cut. It's the way a lot of the old English tobaccos were produced. I revived the method, thinking that it would offer something interesting, and have been thrilled with the result. (It's been difficult not to change the production of all of the ribbon cut blends to this method, but it changes the character of the blend so much, they'd turn into entirely different things. I don't need the hate-mail.) What's different is the blend's composition. The proportion of Cyprus latakia is more significant in Lagonda, and there's also more of an Oriental component. It's spicy, but not aggressively so, and dry, in the sense of not being sweet. It's got mouth filling flavours, and a wonderful aroma, both in the tin and in the air when it's smoked. The Virginias give the mixture legs to stand on, but aren't the dominant note. Don't let my talk of how big it is scare you. Despite it's largeness, the blend is all about finesse and balance, which was a bit of a challenge with something as full-bodied as Lagonda. It has a lot to offer, but doesn't overpower. It'll age beautifully, but is smoking fantastically right out of the gate.


Brand G. L. Pease
Series Old London Series
Blended By Gregory Pease
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Balkan
Contents Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 2 ounce tin
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.28 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 08, 2021 Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong
Un tabacco vecchio stile. Un tabacco fatto si sensazioni e aromi, che pervadono il palato e l'animo.

Il latakia è abbondante, un ottimo Latakia cipriota.

All'olfatto si è pervasi dagli Orientali e dall'affumicato del Latakia. Ricordo che per ottenenere il massimo occorre aprire la latta molto prima di decidere di fumare e di fare ossigenare la carica.

La carica è molto facile, il tabacco è leggermente untuoso e si lascia plasmare bene; così come si fa accendere facilemte,si gonfia e crepita alla fiamma, come se non atendesse altro che accendersi per sprigionare il suo potere. I sentori il Corpo degli Orientali e le note affumicate del Latakia sonosepre presenti e mitigate dal fruttato del Virginia per regarare una fumata sempre equilibrata in qualunqua momento, dall'inizio alla fine. E' una miscela oserei dire superiore, riesce a tollerare anche quel fumatore nervoso che surriscalda la pipa.

La forza è media-medio forte, ma non assolutamente violenta.

Delle miscele EM di casa G. L. Pease è la più equilibrata; il Westminster scivola molto verso il doce fruttato del Virginia, mentra per chi ama la rudezza del Latakia sarà meglio andare sul Matese Falcon.

Ma rimaniamo al Lagonda è un tabacco complesso, non per neofita, appaga e soddisfa, tanto che teminata la fuata non si può non fare a meno di riempire di nuovo il fonello. Insomma un tabacco maschio, da amatore che si fa fumare col massimo del godimento. che nel procedere della fumata integra perfettamente i componenti aumentando il corpo, appagando e soddisfacendo. Ovviamente non è importato in Italia. Ma il viaggio per trovarlo vale tutte le spese o disagi

Voto 5.8/5
Pipe Used: Armellini Savinelli
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 07, 2021 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
Presentation: Label is light blue with a light green old school Lagonda.

Cut: Comes as a thick ribbon, not quite a coarse cut, a little moist out of the tin but surely smokable.

Tin note: A surprising sweetness with a smokiness in the background.

Tasting notes: Sweet, spicy, and smoky on light up. Same notes persist with bread and leather in the background. Slight tart note on some finishes.

Mechanics: N/A—A well behaved blend. The only thing I will say is pack it lightly.

Extra Remarks: I find English blends to be somewhat of a bore if smoked too often, but Lagonda is interesting enough that I can smoke it anytime and not be bored of it. The amount of sweetness in this English blend is really perfect for me although English purists might think it too much. Lagonda is a notch down from Gaslight in intensity and is more sweet and spicy and less smoky, but they are similar blends. I think everyone should try this blend and can't imagine why someone wouldn't enjoy it. This relatively unknown blend needs more love as it's a great blend. 4 stars.
Pipe Used: IMP Straight Billiard Meer
Age When Smoked: 2 years 3 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 24, 2018 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant
When smoking this blend, you have to use a very good pace. You will be reward with the old feeling, which shows warm, complex and super balanced emotions.

By the way, if you don't cellar it, as some remarked, it can bite or show a slight roughness.

Enjoy + Require buying + An all-day smoke → Four Stars Rating
Pipe Used: churchwarden
PurchasedFrom: 2oz tin from smokingpipes
Age When Smoked: six months
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