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A cool, slow-burning blend that is quite sweet to the taste, and very fragrant. A good after-dinner smoke. It required 4 years to perfect this blend.

Blended ByL.J. Peretti
Manufactured ByL.J. Peretti
Blend TypeBurley Based
FlavoringOther / Misc
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium
Medium to Full
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3022)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

The deeply rich burleys are earthy, toasty, woody, and very nutty with a little molasses and cocoa. I suspect either deer tongue or coumarin is in the topping as I get a light vanilla hit and some floralness. A touch of anise is present to underline the taste. The toppings mildly tone down the burleys, working together to create a very consistent, harmonious sweet burley flavor with an added dimension. The strength and taste levels are medium. The nic-hit is just short of the center of mild to medium. Won’t bite, and has no harsh moments. Burns easy at a moderate pace, cool, clean and smooth with few relights. Leaves virtually no moisture in the bowl, and burns to ash with no trouble. Has a very pleasant, lightly lingering after taste, and a pleasant room note. An all day rather refined OTC-like smoke that easily bears repeating.


16 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (217)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I found this Peretti burley mixture to be very similar to their Thanksgiving Day. Side by side they look and smell practically identical. The biggest difference between the two comes in the form of Blend DD's big honey-sweet floral note on the finish, and its fuller flavor profile. It burns cool and smokes slow, producing plumes of smoke and layers of toasty, nutty, deep burley flavor. As advertised, this is a sweet blend, but it's sweet in all the right ways. The floral note is balanced perfectly with the strength of the tobacco flavor and the overall result is down-right tasty. Much to my chagrin, Blend DD is an excellent mixture for a cob.

Very few blenders do burley as well as L. J. Peretti.

11 people found this review helpful.

Blackhorse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blackhorse (96)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

Peretti's DD Burley Blend is just that. A real 5 star winner. One of the top three Burley blends out there I'm thinkin'. I just got a can in and popped it tonight. When you do an 8 oz order it comes in a totally cool paint can thing with a fairly heavy plastic bag liner. Arguably the best presentation ever. As with other blends that have more or less scented or flavored content I think this smokes better fresh...very, very tasty. The scented aspect is well in the background, not pronounced at all, but is a significant element of its goodness. Subtle and very top shelf. Do I get an Anise flavor? No. To me it's a honey Graham cracker sweet tinge with subtle floral & spice tones...and very, very Burley.

Pipe Used: Various cobs & Tinsky BoB POY briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh and 1-2 yrs aged

Purchased From: Peretti's - 8 oz in the paint can.

Similar Blends: Similar to but a step above everything but Storm Front...but they are very different animals. You need both! Arguably the two best pipe blends out there..

7 people found this review helpful.

JimPM Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimPM (142)
Medium Medium Full Pleasant

At present I find myself engaged in focused exploration of Burleys blends. Why you might ask? Like all pipers I feel somewhat restless by this overwhelming and compelling desire to experience the joys of the various tobaccos on the market. Although I have my “present” favorites, I’m would be remiss not to sample all those wonderful mixtures waiting to tantalize my senses. Burleys, other the usual OTC brand that I smoked when I first took up the pipe, are unchartered ground for the most part. Doing my research on the assorted personal reviews and elaborate writes-up on the collections of brands and blends, I opted to set my test group to those products and particular blenders that, as a matter of fact, rose to the top consistently.

With this review, my subject blend of interest is a classic Burley-based tobacco put out by L.J. Petteri. In specific, it is their Burley Blend –DD. One of the things that I like to do a initial trial smoke of a specific blend in both a cob pipe and briar. As you can appreciate, sometimes a particular blend can be more suited for one or the other. In this case, it was very apparent to me that Blend-DD was meant to be smoked in a briar. Not that I am poo-poing using a cob on this one, as one does definitely gets a real solid feel for the nuisances of the blend with that. But let me tell you there was stark difference once I loaded the briar. The tastes, depth, character and therefore overall experience imparted burning this blend in the briar were much more impactful. To the point that I would rate this blend higher coming through the briar versus the cob. It was that significantly richer in my opinion. Generally speaking the flavor and aroma notes were much more pronounced with my briar

This is a ribbon cut tobacco. It’s touted as a straight Burley. Although I suspect that there is some casing of some sort. Some say anisette? It has this perfumy, soapy quality under note. At first light it’s very pervasive but tends to ease off and fall in line with the dominant Burley flavor the more one smokes. I have noticed this particular element present in all the Peretti blends that I have tried. Again, having sampled other Peretti burleys, there is something to be said about the quality of the particular leave that is used blend to blend. Comparing to other products on the market, Peretti’s burley strain is exceptional in its own right.

Deep dark rich graduated brown in color. Sweet, woodsy and very nutty. The tobacco itself came to me fresh in a poly bag versus tinned. I jarred it for 2 week before smoking. The level of dryness was spot on in my estimation. It loaded easily and uniformly in my pipe. Springy and full within the bowl.

The tin note was definitely that of raisins and that classic Burley sweet woodsy smell. Very nice. The room note that followed with it’s smoking, I found to be pleasant and characteristic of that classic pipe store smell. Reminds me of my grandfather who was an avid pipe smoker. It burns really cool and required only a few re-lights.

Tastings: really nice rich toasted nuts reminiscent of almonds/cashews, aromatic rich woodiness, sweet, sutble tang occasionally, earthly, consistently leathery mid-note, floral, hints of occasional cinnamon, at times a well controlled and subtle spiciness. Just an overall rich well balanced blend deep in character and smooth to smoke. The flavor stayed true all the way to the bottom of the bowl. At mid-bowl I feel that this particular blend came to full fruition of the recipe Peretti crafted. Very nice, rich, pleasant, and lively smoke to me. Not too heady nor too intense; just right. Great with morning coffee.

Strength: Being a cigar smoker, to me this would rate medium in my books. Nic-hit is rather mild-medium.

Bottom-line: I would recommend this blend to all to try, especially Burley nuts. As my own palette is becoming more refined to the true character of the Burley class, in my book, Blend-DD is a winner. I will purchase this again and it may very well end up as one of my additional “present” favs for the Burley strains. 3.5 stars.

Pipe Used: Cob and a briar

Purchased From: L.J. Perettir on-line

6 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (395)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

This I had one sample at the club, the pipe store where our club is held had it out on the table for anyone to try. This has an intense tin aroma that as usual I cannot put into words other than maybe a strong liquor berry type smell. I packed a bowl of this into my Meerschaum and it really tasted like a classy aromatic. Not sure what the minimum requirement for a review is not that there is actually a rule but I will see if I can try some more in the coming weeks and expand on this if I can. This one is still in production and though it is a good aromatic I have too much cellared right now to buy this. Previous reviews have described anise, honey and graham cracker. As others have stated with the sweetness of this blend, I guess it would go good after dinner. Sort of like a tobacco dessert. Almost spelled desert. The description says bulk but the one I sampled was in the large 8 oz paint can that they use. Not sure the age of this blend though, maybe I can find out.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum

6 people found this review helpful.

Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke (15)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

A lot of Cocoa flavor with a little Molasses. It tastes like of a cup of Hot Cocoa, burns slow and cool thick smoke. No tongue bite

Pipe Used: Cavicchi

Age When Smoked: New

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A good choice after an evening meal for those who enjoy aromatics or mild english blends. Not the best but better than average. To sweet to be an all day smoke for me.

3 people found this review helpful.

WorkingClassChap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WorkingClassChap (192)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Bag note smells like that barn wood aroma, some hay, malty oats, and some sweetness. The moisture is perfect and packs like a dream.

The flavor is a semi sweet burley flavor. Woody earthy vegetative grains and a nice sweet note.

Burley tobacco tends to not agree with my PH and this one most definitely did not. Nothing on LJP it’s just my biology. This is a nice slightly aromatic and lightly topped blend. Fans of the OTCs I could see really liking this one.

2 people found this review helpful.

steppx Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
steppx (186)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

this is my favorite burley from Peretti. And Peretti has the best burley available, IMHO, by a wide margin. DD is pure burley (unlike say, blend 100 which has virginia, and is my second favorite, I think). This is listed as ribbon cut, but its a very wide thick ribbon. The taste is toasty burley, with probably deer tongue and maybe tonka bean. Its got that old timey Peretti quality, a sense of floral and old school flavorings, and in this blend its perfectly balanced. Nic hit is around medium. Burns slow for a burley and has a nice secondary taste that starts to surface half way through a bowl. A sort of almost cashew like hint. Just a first rate blend-- if you want a great burley, you found it here.

Purchased From: peretti's

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

What? No mention of the "secret" flavoring? L.J. Peretti is olde skool: their "aromatics" do not come from a bottle; rather, they use secret herbs and spices to created subtle, unidentifiable teases and quirks that keep one guessing. This is just such a smoke.

Yes: the other reviewers were right to note the sweetness, the fullness, the good after-dinnerness. But they missed that special "something" that this stuff has. Alas, I cannot identify it further (and Steve, the canny proprietor, merely smiled when I asked... "It's a secret" he responded, as if I were an idiot...)

Try it: you may or may not like it, but you'll come back to it again and again. Just try it and see!

2 people found this review helpful.

BostonPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BostonPipe (84)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

This is what I would consider a desert blend. I find I enjoy this blend after an evening meal with a good cup of black kenyan coffee. The tobacco is a chop-cut blend that packs easily by the gravity method and seldom needs a false-light to get going. There is an underlying subtle sweetness throughout the run of the bowl. Due to this fact, I recommend this blend as, an after-dinner smoke, (just like they suggested in their writeup for this blend). A nice finish to a nice evening meal. It burns to a dry grey ash with little or no dottle. The main component I believe is burley.

2 people found this review helpful.