Peterson Hyde Park

Hyde Park is a traditional English blend of bright and dark fired Virginias, sun cured Indian and burleys tobaccos. This luxurious smoking experience is achieved by the addition of rum and maple sugars to pressed mahogany tobacco


Brand Peterson
Blended By Peterson
Manufactured By Scandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend Type Virginia/Burley
Contents Burley, Virginia
Flavoring Maple, Rum
Cut Ready Rubbed
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country Denmark
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.96 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 16, 2013 Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant
OK, I finally had to write a review of this exquisite blend. I currently have a dozen tins of various types of blends (not including duplicates that are unopened and/or aging) and about fifteen other blends in stock. Hyde Park is in my top three of all those blends and in my top five of all time. The tin smell is magnificent with maple/honey and biscuit notes. There is also a little distant fresh soapy scent that comes through. Smoking it, however, is when the real greatness makes itself known. I am a long time smoker, and love cigars about as much as pipes. My favorite cigars mainly being those that Don Pepin Garcia had a hand in blending. There is a certain level of pepperiness to his blends. There is a similar peppery profile that makes its way in Hyde Park. There is absolutely no tongue bite. I think that some novice smokers to these types of blends may be mistaking the pepper quality for tongue bite. It is possible that they are sipping too hard, or some cases have not built up to pipe smoking in such a fashion as to where enjoying such a blend as Hyde Park is possible. I also believe that some smokers cannot handle the nicotine level. While it is not full strength, it does flirt right at the line between medium and full.

Alas, I do digress. The main flavor that makes this blend so great is the sweet, Golden Grahams-like goodness that marries with the perfect tobacco flavors in this blend. It is smoky, sweet and still much more complex than a typical aromatic. I only say aromatic because this blend does have a very agreeable room note. Smoking this blend around others leads to a positive olfaction experience to those in its presence – at least according to those individuals who have complemented on its contribution to a pleasing environment. This has been made known to me on multiple occasions from a plethora of individuals. This may be the only blend that seems to be as enjoyable to the smoker as it is to non-smokers in the space/room. In both cases, it is very pleasant. I hope that Peterson and/or the blender never to anything to change this blend. It is as perfect as it gets. I usually enjoy strong flakes or Latakia-heavy English blends. This one is neither, although the tobaccos appear to be of flake origin and are tinned after being broken and slightly rubbed out. This would be one of the only blends I would give five stars if that was an option.

I want to add that when smoking my last bowl, I was on my deck outside where it was 48 degrees Fahrenheit. I rested the bowl on a chair, headed back inside to do a few things. I left the bowl out there for just shy of five minutes. When I came back outside, I only needed to draw a couple of times, pack it down a little with my tamper, and it was blazing at a more than adequate level again with no need to relight. After a few more sips, it was prime again. It smokes great all the way down until it is just a ubiquitous mass of light-grey ashes. I usually don't know that it is almost all ash until it is just ash. It tastes great the whole way. What a wonderful smoking experience all the way around.

I have dedicated a pipe to this blend. It is a Peterson Shannon with a smaller bowl. I suggest that you also consider dedicating a pipe to this blend if it floats your fancy. Try allowing the cake in that bowl to be built exclusively by Hyde Park. I have another pipe, an old Bonnie Brier, that I used to utilize for smoking this blend. While I do still use that briar for Hyde Park from time to time, I mainly smoke it in the Shannon. It still smokes great when I do use the old Bonnie Brier "Highlands" to enjoy this blend from time to time.
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Feb 27, 2015 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
This is a new favorite of mine in he Peterson's line-up. A quality aromatic with nutty burley flavor enhanced with predominantly maple. It burns cool and very dry for a cased aromatic. And what I really liked about Hyde Park is the fact that it had some strength which is not often found in aromatics.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 27, 2013 Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant
Purchased my first tin of this when it was a highly rated 4 star tobacco ,since then i have watched a handful of reviews drop it's position to 3 stars

How anyone can give this tobacco 1 star is beyond me it has replaced some of my favorites time & time again i find myself wake up in the middle of the night craving a bowl of this, it is sweet sometimes peppery never bites the tongue & has just the right amount of nic ,i find myself going into a dreamy state of contemplation with nearly ever bowl of this

It is the only non flake tobacco i smoke, my other regular tobacco's are irish flake, university flake, 1792, st james, Best brown, FVF, Firedance but to name a few in my rotation but my excitement grows every time i open the tin with this one

I have trusted this website for a lot of the choices i have made in trying new tobacco's & felt i had to defend this great smoke to new smokers or old smokers wanting to try something new ,i know everyone has different taste buds i personally think dunhill flake tasted like old socks but is highly rated ,but to all out there give it a try love it or hate it make your OWN mind up
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 10, 2012 Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant
I love Peterson's, burley and Virginia's, rum and maple, broken flake, Lakeland taste and Gawith and Hoggart....this is all of these, this blend, without a doubt, is made for Peterson by GH or maybe even SG. It even comes in the same plastic bag inside the tin as GW use. As far as I know Petes other blends are made by K&k and Orlik, some by one, some by the latter. These are two of the greatest blenders in Europe today, they can do almost any blend...but not a Lakeland, only GWs distinctive flavor can be produced in their factory with their centuries old presses.

This is a GWs Rum Flake with more burley and more punch and it is total perfection, TOTAL. They have taken on one of my favorite No.1 blends and made it case you haven't heard its all about outsourcing these days, like it or not there's no going back. Well done to two great giants in the pipe smoking world for putting this gem on the shelves. Top marks.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 09, 2014 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant
Peterson - Hyde Park.

The mixture itself gives off a beautiful/sweet Virginia aroma and is of a great moistness, that said you can begin smoking it right away as it requires zero drying time ... perfect. The broken flake pieces are quite uniform in shape and size, mostly about half to 3 quarters of a C.M long.

The moment I light this, which it does with ease, I instantly get a two word phrase come to mind .... "steady smoke". It seems to me that this would be the quintessential go-to smoke. The flavour is very much full Virginia with an underlying sweetness to it. If I retro-hale the smoke then the rum addition becomes slightly more apparent, not strong at all, only more available on my palate. The nicotine is brill', not strong, not weak but just enough to quench my desire! Throughout the entire bowl it burns splendidly with an evenness that is unequivocally steady. The temperature is great, a mid-temperature so not too warm nor cool. The room-note is, again, brilliant in the fact it gives a pleasing full Virginia aroma with a nice sweet touch but the fullness doesn't match the consistency as it appears quite light in the air. The final good point (for me) is I don't get any tongue bite at all!

A great smoke, well done Peterson!

Four stars.
Pipe Used: Peterson
PurchasedFrom: Smoke King
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 25, 2014 Medium to Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Well this is a pleasant surprise.

There's a wonderful texture upon opening the tin. It's a rough ribbon-like consistency with bits of broken flake here and there, which makes it easy to choose a texture that suits your smoking preferences. I rubbed it out minimally.

The balance of this blend is really striking, with enough nicotine to make it a nice evening blend, but a mild enough flavor not to overpower you in the afternoon. I dried out a bowl's worth when I first opened the tin--smoked it about two hours later, and the flavors were just magnificent. Woodiness and a slight must from the burley are balanced by a tiny hint of tang from the virginias, and the rum and maple sugars just barely evident on the finish, with a natural tasting sweetness on the front-middle of the tongue.

One year later, I reopened the tin and the aroma is far better than it was even the first day. Rustic, natural tobacco aroma with a remarkable sweetness, presumably from the combination of aged virginia leaf and rum. I'm smoking another bowl of this as I write, and not much has changed aside from the moisture content being much more smokable, and the burley taking a bit more of the spotlight. There is still a mild sweetness lingering on the finish, and the nicotine is hitting the back of the throat, and leaving me with a nice little buzz.

I have smoked about 8 bowls in total over the course of a year, and each time it was a pleasure.

Well done!
Pipe Used: Peterson System 305
Age When Smoked: New-1 Year
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 07, 2015 Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant
**The description that states "A traditional English Blend" is telling you its a Traditional Gawith Hoggarth Lakeland Flake, in this case the term "English Blend" is an analogy to lets say St Bruno Flake, not Dunhill's Nightcap. It's not a mistake or Peterson trying to fool you into thinking HP is a Balkan but I agree they should amend this description :-)**

Wow Peterson is just blowing me away with the recent blends I have tried, 3P's, University Flake and Hyde Park. I had stayed away from Peterson since the early 2000's due to starting with Sweet Killarney and Sunset Breeze both of which are hot, bitey and nondescript aromatics. I think a lot of the one star reviews come from Newbies that see Caramel and Amaretto in the descriptions and think Peterson blends are like 1Q or BCA when in reality these are blends for mature pipe smokers as they can be volatile. The other end of the Peterson Spectrum like 3P's and University are strong and nicotine laden blends that are not for Neophytes either, so in essence if you are new to the pipe I would stay away from Peterson until you have mastered Prince Albert or Carter Hall (but that's just my honest opinion)...

HP is most definitely a Lakeland broken flake and does indeed have a mild soapy Lakeland topping, yes it has Maple and Rum but is not anything like RUM and Maple from Sutliff or vintage Lane. So before buying HP and giving it one star, please take my advice and trust that I have had Lakeland blends before (and love most) and can professionally say that if you do not like soapiness, do not purchase HP... I loved the chunky Gawith Hoggarth medium strength broken flakes. Their delicious and burn slowly at a low temp, a blend for mature smokers that can handle the slightly higher than medium nicotine and strongish Dark Fired Virginias. The Burley used is not the nutty Prince Albert type but a rich and heady Burley, I am loving the interplay between these rich tobacco's in a tall stack, by the last 1/4 this becomes spicier and will fool you into thinking its biting but its just the spicy tobacco's revving up, snorking (blowing out through ones nose) amplifies this, especially delightful on a cool spring morning or cold Autumn Evening. So to sum up, a stronger than average, cool smoking Lakeland type blend that will please the veteran as well as give a newbie a great benchmark to compare other English style flakes..
PurchasedFrom: Tobacco Leaf , Las Vegas
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 12, 2014 Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Unnoticeable
It's been a while since I've posted a review on here owing to factors outside of my control, so it's with some satisfaction that I post this.

I've recently taken to purchasing my tobacco from a B&M instead of the internet, partly because I've started appreciating the personal contact with the excellent staff there and partly due to it being a little more practical, even if the bus fare there and back is only a little cheaper than the postage. Anyway, that's only of import with regard to my selection of this as I went in to get to get a tin of tobacco without really being sure of what I wanted. Scanning over the tins on the shelves in front of me, I picked this one out at random, somehow getting the idea into my head that it was a VaP. On the way home, coffee in hand, I happened to check it out on here via my phone and found out it was an aromatic, and one blended by GH no less. I was a little disappointed with my own lack of research as I find aromatics can be a bit of a gamble, I find some are good, some are okay and some are insanely unpalatable, and the GH blending gave me some encouragement. Nevertheless, when I got home, I opened the tin to be greeted by a scent of nuts, dark chocolate and something woody, sounded ideal in the run up to Christmas. After packing in the pipe I usually put aside for aromatics, I found the smoke to be much the same and very enjoyable too. There are dim shades of the supposed rum and maple flavouring along the way but it's far from evident for most of the smoke. Absolutely lovely. The only thing that is missing from this smoke is an open log fire and a mug of Ovaltine. And it stayed fresh in that oh so strange plastic bag all the way down to the bottom.

This is a strange one to summarize as it doesn't pigeon-hole easily, I'm not convinced that it can be really held to be an aromatic as the casing rarely impinges on the smoke. Would I miss it if it wasn't there? I'm not altogether sure. Yet it's not like any other tobacco I've smoked, seeing as, as far as I'm aware, all the VaBur blends have been pretty heavily cased so I've no means of comparison. I'm not sure I'd say it was a GH floral with a Peterson badge on it, I've smoked quite a few GH tobaccos and this is unlike any of them, even with the casing. As for the nicotine levels, well, it's good a good dose of the stuff, certainly stronger than I'd expect in an aromatic and probably on a par with most GH stuff that I've had, but it's definitely not the N-Bomb of, say, Peterson's excellent Irish Flake or Mr Pease's Filmore or Haddo's Delight. Regardless of these factors though, this is an incredibly good smoke, and certainly suites the Christmas silly season. Whether I'd like at the height of summer, I don't know, but I will definitely be giving it a try. A most agreeable tobacco indeed.
Pipe Used: Finlay's Laureate Knobby
PurchasedFrom: The Cuban Cigar Club
Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 15, 2012 Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Peterson's new offering, Hyde Park, greets the nose with a sweet, slightly soapy aroma. The blender chose to wisely use a plastic bag in the tin rather than the traditional paper lining. The tobacco itself is a blend of beautifully broken flakes, some of which are fairly long. Based on the strong tin aroma, my first thought was that Hyde Park would be a full on aromatic. The flakes are moist and will need some dry time, especially if you are not planning on rubbing it out. I generally rub out most blends and this one dried fairly quickly once I had done so. Upon lighting up, it is very apparent that Hyde Park leaves the majority of its tin aroma in the tin. The flavor is mainly of pure tobacco with the topping, somewhat Lakeland like flavor, in a supporting role. I associate the flavor with a light Lakeland more than a traditional (in today's terms) aromatic. It smokes very smoothly with no bite. It is easy to distinguish the Virginia and Burley. Unlike Rum Flake from GH, I find this to have less of a nic hit. HP is more medium in the strength department for my taste. It will be interesting to see what a few years in the cellar will do to the blend. I expect it to age wonderfully. Three and half stars.
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Feb 12, 2013 Medium to Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Seems like Peterson have opened one new play corner within their already wide range of tobacco blends. Hyde Park presents itself as a broken flake, the way of packing (cellophane bag instead the usual paper) and the pouch smell indicates this blend obviously being manufactured by Gawith & Hoggarth. On the first opening, rum flavour dominates, but evaporates soon, remaining with a clear “Lakeland” scent.

Smoking confirms first impressions… what a wonderful smoke ! Strong, slightly nutty flavour and somewhat sweetish, but never gooey, just the fine hint from maple syrup added. Further down the bowl, the Dark Fired takes the leading role, presenting an opulent, but not over-powering smoke, however the nicotine dose should not be underestimated. To my taste memory, Hyde Park carries both, elements from G&H's ‘Rum Flake' and ‘Coniston Cut Plug'.

In conclusion I think “Peterson” (tinned by Kohlhase&Kopp) achieved great success with this quite unique blend ! An impressively tasteful and satisfying tobacco, with significant hints of “Lakeland” aroma, however standing for its own by not being just a copy of something already known. Highly recommended !

I have smoked a whole tin, and conclude that this tobacco might have potential for aging, consequently, several tins went to the “cellar”… Meanwhile cracked another tin… can't stay away from this stuff... !

Rem.: The tin description is a perfect example how confusing "English Blend" oftentimes can be. For those blends commonly understood as being "English", hence containing Oriental and Latakia tobaccos, I personally prefer the expression "Latakia Blend". This might avoid misperceptions.
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