Peretti Boston's Best Cavendish

A mellow Cavendish blend cured with honey. Gives a cool, smooth smoke.


Brand Peretti
Series Cavendish Blends
Blended By L.J. Peretti
Manufactured By L.J. Peretti
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Cavendish
Flavoring Honey
Cut Ribbon
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.27 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 13, 2016 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
The Virginia is processed in the cavendish style, and is lightly earthy, grassy with some citrus, a drop of honey, and a minor spice note that occasionally is just a little more than minor. I see two different colors of tobacco here, and I think that maybe a pinch or two of earthy, woody toasted burley is present, also in the cavendish style. The sweet, rich honey topping is lightly applied though it does sublimate the tobacco a little. The strength and nic-hit are mild. The taste is a couple of steps past that mark. Burns cool, clean, very smooth and mildly sweet at a moderate pace with a very consistent flavor from start to finish. Has no dull or harsh spots. Requires few relights. Easily burns to ash with virtually no moisture left in the bowl. The lightly lingering after taste and room notes are very pleasant. An easy going all day smoke that won’t bore you even though it’s not a complex blend by any means. Three and a half stars.

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Jun 21, 2012 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
If this blend was all you knew of pipe tobacco, then you still could smoke this forever without fear of admonishing. It's expertly balanced. Not an unqualified strand of leaf enters into the mix. I don't smoke aromatics- period. This was an open-minded mail-order suggestion. So I got what their impression of me was while we were on the phone. Perettis are an equivalent to a famous world restaurant- where only the best chefs (blenders) handle the finished product. For the record I had an uneasy feeling ordering from them. They have some ironing out to do in regards to demeanor. But I chalk-it-off to Artistry. These guys may be caught in a moody-mopey attitude but they are among the very finest tobacco blenders in the world.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 04, 2014 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
I was in Boston for a conference and heard about Peretti, stopped by since I had not smoked a pipe in a few years, only mild/medium cigars. Walked in and "Charlie" said Hi, can I help? told him I was an amateur, needed advice; he talked to me for almost 2 hours about different pipes and tobaccos and his numerous trips to the Castello factory in Cantu, Italy. Got me VERY excited about pipe smoking again, then he and Steve showed me a bunch of "Estate" Castello and Dunhills; I bought 5 pipes! Steve advised Boston's Best, he filled the 30 year old Castello and I hit the park and had the most delicious smoke that I can ever remember! Probably a combination of the friendships made, the excellent advice, beautiful weather and the mystic of starting my hobby again with abundant new knowledge!I have tried it again in other large bowl pipes and had a similar experience, just that if smoked too fast, a little tongue bite and "gurgle". Just slow down and relax... extremely enjoyable!!, Mild, light but go slowly! I have since moved to Dunhill English blends for the nicotine "hit", but still really love this incredible tobacco. Confused why only 2 other reviews, granted a mild aromatic, maybe meant for "newbies", yet still has it's place at the right moment. The entire experience at Peretti's was just incredible... if in Boston, you would be foolish not to stop in, buy some pipes, tobacco and listen to some stories about Castello, Dunhill and about "Old Man Peretti" himself! Yes, I do love this tobacco as I love Dunhill Early Morning Blend and Night Cap. Smoke it correctly and at the appropriate time. Kind of like a Brunello vs a full bodied, '82 Bordeux... both are great at the right time.
Pipe Used: Estate Castello
PurchasedFrom: Peretti
Age When Smoked: new
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 30, 2017 Very Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
I will not claim to be a seasoned, nuanced pipe smoker. My smoking tends to be more relaxed and absentminded than I believe is necessary to review most tobaccos accurately. That said, every now and then I find something to “write home about” as it were. Boston’s Best is just the place to start my reviews.

This is subtly at its best as far as I’m concerned. I had worked myself into a bit of a frenzy waiting on the mail to arrive. When the moment came and the pipe was packed and lit I was filled with a sense of disappointment. I had filled myself with thoughts of sweet honey and deep flavors. Not sure where I got all that, but where my expectations were. Not that those flavors weren’t there, they just weren’t as prominent as I had built them up to be. Then the next morning on a midwinter, predawn drive up interstate 39 I gave it another try. There were all those subtle nuances.

My teenage daughters said the room note was very woody. The stand out for me was the subtle hits of sweetness coupled with a mild nuttiness very reminiscent of halva. These mild flavors one a pleasant woody room note are joined by a wonderful mildness that is far more satisfying than either my overblown imagination or my first impression would have led me to believe.

If I were rating on a scale of 1-10 this would be a solid 9. As it is I would give it a 3.7 if I could. Since I cannot I will give it 4 stars and let the other reviews work it towards my number.
Pipe Used: Mark Tinsky bent dublin
PurchasedFrom: L J Peretti
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 04, 2015 Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
An excellent "true" cavendish blend from Peretti. They don't call this "Boston's Best" for nothing. It's quite good. It has a warm tone with a toasty flavor that produces subtle hints of honey and spices and an appreciable sweet room note. A moderately bright and somewhat Danish style tobacco flavor is mostly what I found here. Altogether the taste is mild, yet somehow simultaneously substantial.

This is not a gooped up blackened blend that refuses to dry, but rather a mixture of loosely pressed mottled brown ribbons with specks of black, done to a specific style that pre-dates the existence of the typical sticky humectant laced, "perma-moist" CVS pharmacy blends.

Boston's Best has that certain flavor quality to it, and once experienced, like it or not, it's undeniably constructed using top-shelf leaf. I would also categorize this as a must try for those who enjoy simple & mild tobaccos that are slightly augmented by a subtle sweetening agent. Boston's Best requires very little dry time, stays lit and performs well. It can bitter some at bowl's end and bite if puffed too hard. But this is a delicious, mild smoking mixture from the gentlemen on Park Square.
Pipe Used: Cob & Briar
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 09, 2017 Mild Mild Mild Pleasant
I had ordered this blend years ago with some Thanksgiving Blend and as its now October i thought about ordering more TB (and will this month) and remembered i had a half paint can of BBC in my Ar-moire. BBC reminds me a whole lot of Amphora or Sail Yellow, Dutch style Cavendish, a mix of browns that comes nicely dry and although smells nice both in the tin and burning is not what i would classify as an aromatic. Even Captain Black itself would get offended if you called BBC an aromatic while the two were in earshot of each-other, just a whiff of maybe honey, no one but the blender is truly sure. It does bite but only when provoked and smokes hot when pushed but is a top shelf Dutch style aromatic in the European Cavendish genre. Quite nice! **Oh yes i almost forgot, if you call to place an order, remember that you are calling Boston and just like my birthplace (NYC) and hometown (NJ) you will encounter east coast big city attitude and occasional rudeness, it's not their fault, it just comes with the territory, roll it off your shoulders at least until you hang up, then curse them to no end (the tobacco is so worth it!!!)**
Age When Smoked: a year or two in my Armoire
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 20, 2021 Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
Upon opening the bag I was greeted by a nicely ribbon cut, bright tobacco. Mostly light colored with some darker leaf mixed in. It had a light "tobacco" smell, not the "sweet honey" aroma I was expecting. It reminded me of the tobacco warehouses in south Richmond, Virginia. This tobacco had just the right degree of moisture out of the bag. I loaded into one of the African block meerschaums I use for tasting and it packed tight with little tamping. I was surprised that I needed to poke a vent hole. It took a couple of lights to get it going. I found it to have a bland taste and not much else. In fact, it almost reminded me of cigarette tobacco and that is not good. I also got a hefty nic hit out of both bowls which I tried. My wife informs me that the room note is "sweet." I cannot say that I recommend this tobacco and will not be adding it to my cellar.
Pipe Used: African block meerschaum
PurchasedFrom: LJ Peretti
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 08, 2017 Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
I typically smoke black cavs and fermented danish blacks, but wanted to give this one a go for a change of pace, and it does not disappoint. The pouch note is bright Virginia, but nutty and rounded. It matches nearly exactly that smell of walking into a great tobacco shop, fitting for being as it seems, this place's flagship blend. Not much of a hint of the honey in the pouch note. The fine ribbon cut chars very easily, takes a good ember beautifully and burns evenly and cool. The only relight I needed was after I'd set my pipe down on purpose for a while.

The room note is OK, very "classic," but I may have been totally spoiled by my recent sampling of the *astounding* room note on Peretti's Virginia Black blend. The taste is quite good, full and complex. The honey casing really comes through, and is very pleasant, but light and not overwhelming. The aftertase, even after finishing the bowl is really beautiful, and the sweetness deeply lingers which I always enjoy. The flavoring taps out at the second half of the bowl. The nicotine is very mild, which I like. You can smoke this and not have it whack the rest of your day. This blend is remarkably good flavor for the first half of the bowl and turns slightly acrid when you hit the bottom 3rd despite de-ashing, but it does not sharpen in a *seriously* bad way.

I got this to "cleanse the palate" every once in a while from my usual black cavs and provide something to blend them with, and I'm very pleased with the results. This didn't blow me away like their Virginia Black did, but it is very, very good.

Pipe Used: Vauen Classic 1677 (author), with 9mm CF
PurchasedFrom: Peretti's Boston retail location
Age When Smoked: Fresh from store
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 21, 2015 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant
While this would be considered an aromatic, it is a very nuanced one indeed. A rather rough cut golden tobacco in the tin (in Peretti's case the great old throwback paint can) this blend has a sweet but not cloying scent. Importantly, it also smells like tobacco! The casing is applied with a very deft hand and, as a result, a great blend awaits. On first light the smoker may (some cans yes and some no) experience a slight soapy Lakeland flavor. This very quickly dissipates and one is left with a pleasantly sweet smoke with a delicate honey flavor. The honey flavor is always present but complements the naturally sweet tobacco rather than overwhelming it. This is not like smoking a honey cough drop or a bowl of honey based cereal. Rather, it might be more analagous to drinking a cup of good strong black tea with one teaspoon of honey. You taste the primary ingredient and the honey dances in the background. This is not my everyday smoke but I can honestly say that I have enjoyed it every time and I can certainly see how this could be an everyday tobacco for both aromatic and non-aromatic smokers alike.
Pipe Used: Radice silk
PurchasedFrom: Peretti, Boston
Age When Smoked: new
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 11, 2011 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
I just tried this one and am surprised that it hasn't gotten reviewed yet. I smoked this in a Freehand Corn Cob pipe and the flavor was delicious. Not too sweet - just right. The flavors keep popping up. For an aromatic - you get a lot of tobacco taste. I don't know if I taste "honey" but there is something there that adds some sweetness that isn't overbearing. Hints of cocoa and baking spice. Smokes extremely cool and smooth. Could be all day smoke for some Folks out there. Enjoy.
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