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A medium-strength, slow-burning, cool-smoking blend. Very smooth with a nut-like flavor. Because of its smoking qualities, it gives a mild effect.

Notes: A blend of dense cube-cut burley with only a gentle touch of latakia. Blend ‘W’ is a solid blast of classic Peretti burley flavor with an added dimension. The latakia brings out the nut-like quality of the burley. On paper, it’s simple. In the bowl, it works oh so well.

Blended ByL.J. Peretti
Manufactured ByL.J. Peretti
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBurley, Latakia
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild
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Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3023)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

The very nutty, earthy, mildly woody, and lightly molasses sweet burley is the main component. It also offers a touch of spice. The Cyprian Latakia provides an undercurrent of smoke, wood, earth and light sweetness. Sometimes, you’ll notice it a tad more than other times. I sense the essence of a very mild topping that appears to have a light buttery creaminess that doesn’t sublimate the tobaccos. I think a few drops of anise are present. The strength and taste levels sit squarely on medium. The nic-hit is a step closer to medium than it is to mild. Won’t bite or get harsh, but it does have rough edge here and there. Burns cool, clean and a little slow as cube cut blends will. The flavor is mostly consistent to the finish. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires some relights. Has a lightly lingering, pleasant after taste and room note. Can be an all day smoke.


10 people found this review helpful.

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

A couple of years ago I tried to get more Blend W but it was off the board. Not sure it is still in production. A very buttery flavored American English with lots of cube cut Burley laced with short strands of Cyprian Latakia. The result is a tobacco that has similar tastes to that of the old HOW Barking Dog. I had a big old yellow metal can of this that lasted a long time. I remember smoking it in the early evenings out of the back patio with a beer. I tried it as a morning smoke once but for some reason it did not go well with my coffee. Nice Nic hit for those who enjoy that vitamin.

6 people found this review helpful.

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

An excellent cube-cut burley, mixed with a scant amount of Latakia. Blend W tastes lightly sweetened and it gives off a subtle licorice flavor and a floral high note that’s quite similar to other Peretti burleys. The use of the Latakia is spot on. It is moderately applied, I am thinking no more that 5-7 percent, but its taste and presence is noticeable if you’re looking for it. The licorice note coming off the burley and the taste of the Latakia strike a unique chord, and the overall effect is a smoke that’s creamy, sweet and nutty, spiked with an herbaceous bouquet of anise and aromatic wood smoke.

Blend W burns slow and cool at an even pace with no bite and very little spice. Like most cube-cut burleys it can get a bit hot when pushed, but this is easily avoidable.

I have always said that Peretti has a way with burley mixtures. One does not need to look much further than Blend DD and their seasonal Thanksgiving Day to experience the excellence of their craft. However, I am also a fan of their English mixtures and Blend W is a deft combination that displays their talent for both genres in a single offering.

5 people found this review helpful.

SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (255)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

W is the result of the marriage of Peretti's excellent plug cut Burley, a touch of Virginia, and enough Latakia for you to know it is there. It is indeed smooth, rich, almost creamy, with a nut like flavor. I don't believe there is any casing on this blend. However, I do believe it has some deer tongue in it. Whatever it is, it lends a mild sweetness. I experienced no harshness or bite either.

I love the granulated cut of Peretti's Burley blends. They are easy to pack, easy to smoke, and burn very cool. Just as advertised.

If you are a Burley lover, and you have never tried Latakia, this would make a splendid introduction. This would make a great outdoor blend for when the weather turns cool, and is smokable in the middle of a humid Florida summer (in the evening mind you). A nice ,old fashioned American blend, from a world class tobacco shop.

3 people found this review helpful.

Big Blue Jazzman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Blue Jazzman (73)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I found this blend very unique and special. The flavor is Burley and appears to have some type of very light additive? It is remarkably delicious! I was looking for a slow burning cube cut blend that delivers a long smoke. Loaded the Ascorti and slow sipped 25 minutes before a re-light and a fine ash finish. Just ordered more. I primarily am an English man but W is now high on my rotation list. Peretti's is pipe tobacco for the Gods!

Pipe Used: Ascorti

Age When Smoked: fresh

2 people found this review helpful.

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

This is another great burley blend by Perettis. It seems to me that this Burley is their Blend 333 but with a touch of Latakia. Another great Burey blend!

1 person found this review helpful.

oldmanpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldmanpipe (62)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

One need not look far to find Burley cube with added Latakia. If one is fortunate, he or she will find that there are other noticeable tobaccos in the mix because, while I love both Burley and Latakia for their own individual qualities, these do not "play well with others" when left solely to themselves, at least not in Peretti's Blend W. They do, in fact, seem to cancel my favorite qualities of the other. In this blend, in the proportions used, I found MAD--Mutually Assured Destruction. No satisfaction is left standing.

Having "cut my teeth," so to speak, on American English-type blends, the combination of Burley and Latakia can be an unparalleled thrill; try Peretti's D-7485 for example. But in Blend W...the thrill is gone.

I have enormous respect for the House of Peretti; they haven't been around all these years for nothing. Like their Blend 33, I find Blend W to be an interesting and valuable blending tobacco, though unsatisfying when smoked by itself.

For those who MUST have at least a suggestion of Latakia, or for those who want to add smoothness and class to a "drugstore" tobacco, this is an excellent weapon in the arsenal. By itself, however, it leaves me flat.

Two out of four stars...for the quality, alone.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Based on a one ounce sample. A chestnut brown pluggy cube cut burley with the addition of a very slight amount of latakia. No skill in pipe loading needed - just dump it in the bowl and fire up.

Reminded me of their BPC but with a whisper of smoke. In fact, even though I know there is latakia in here and I can see traces of it in the bag, it wasn't always apparent in the smoke. It came and went. It was only through this light smokiness that I could tell it was there as I was smoking it. The predominant flavor was the traditional nuttiness of good burley. A little more latakia would probably have made this more interesting to me, but it was still a good smoke. Almost zero sweetness but an honest tobacco flavor that satisfied - again, probably due to a high nicotine content, but not head-swimmingly so. This blend just demonstrates the vast differences between burley quality. No harshness or bitterness with this one, like I get from inferior burley blends. For what this is, it's a 4 star blend. For my personal tastes, 3 stars.

Pipe Used: meerschaum and morta

Age When Smoked: new

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Like Peretti?s Cuban Blend, this starts out most unusually: dirty, silty, almost muddy in taste. If the first few puffs are any indication, you?ll panic and spill this out immediately. But if you persist and give it a few moments, the flavors become complex, seductive, chewy even. There?s some type of top dressing applied to the burley which gives it that unmistakably Peretti raisiny, figgy quality. The only downside was that it got a bit bitey near the end of the bowl. A bit like Cuban at first, later like 333, at times like Belmont, this is a complicated mélange of tastes and aromas that demands one?s full concentration, though great, too while enjoying the finest literary masterpieces. I can almost see a group of tweed jacketed Harvard philology professors gathering with lumbermans and bent apples in their mouths toking on this stuff while in subdued conversation. If you ignore the staff?s initial New England stand-offishness and slight Charles Emerson Winchester III type condescension, you can?t help but agree that this venerable Boston institution produces some of the great blends in all tobacciana.

Four of five stars

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

I was actually surprised that I liked this one. A very simple recipe of Latakia and cube cut Burley that works well together.It has the 333 essence with just a touch of smokiness from the Latakia. An absolutely wonderful conversational tobacco.3 stars

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