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
Apr 09, 2012 Medium None Detected Overwhelming Pleasant
Lagonda is made of very high quality component tobaccos. The pressing process blends them together very well. The resulting flavor is overwhelming. And that's the problem for me -- the flavor of this tobacco is just too intense. From the orientals to the ripe, sweet Virginias to the copious amount of Latakia, this blend is just over the top.

It sounds crazy to be saying that a blend has too much flavor, but Greg Pease has done it. Here's an analogy if you haven't tried this blend yet: Most of us pipe smokers like rich flavorful foods -- things like BBQ ribs, steak, bacon, cheeses, creamy sauces -- but nobody wants to eat a bacon-wrapped filet mignon with melted blue cheese on top, plus hollandaise, all garnished with a side of BBQ ribs. Well, at least _I_ don't. But that's what Lagonda tastes like to me -- too much of otherwise very good things.

There are much better English/Latakia blends out there than this one, many of them from GL Pease.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 04, 2017 Medium Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong
Good quality tobacco, with b
ring red virginia in american style. I dont understand why Pease and Mcclelland try to call their inventions like traditional english blens..... This boring poored winey/ketchupy virginia is sometimes good by itself, but in a bland with latakia and orientals it is like to eat pasta with ketchup: its a matter of education, of culture: its unsound !!!
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