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A fine blend of richly cured Virginia with a touch of cigar leaf, plus the spicy sweetness of Perique.

Blended ByL.J. Peretti
Manufactured ByL.J. Peretti
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsCigar Leaf, Perique, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium, Medium to Strong
None Detected
Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable

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

Based on a 1 oz sample. Quasi-ribbon cut mottled in color with a rich tobacco bag scent. I also picked up a hint of chocolate/toffee in the nose. I expected to smell the cigar leaf but did not.

This is Devonshire with that blend's latakia replaced by a small amount of cigar leaf and perique here. Tasted like the same Virginias, dry and very un-Virginia-like. More of a burley flavor without burleys nuttiness and body. The perique tasted light to me and the cigar leaf was very much in evidence but not overpowering. The cigar leaf was evident in the room note, and the addition of it was just right to my taste buds. Any less and it would have been hard to pick up, any more and it would have overruled the rest of the tobaccos. I'm not a big fan of cigar leaf in pipe tobacco but I couldn't help but wonder how it would taste mingled into a batch of top notch Virginia, such as McClellands. This blend was sort of dry, with not much depth and no complexity. It had a rich natural flavor overall but no jump factor. 2.5 stars for me, but still recommended for those who enjoy a good cigar with their pipe.

7 people found this review helpful.

Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (163)
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

Dundee presents as a nice long ribbon of mid-range browns interspersed with cigar leaf. As with all Peretti products, Dundee arrives at optimal moisture level and is ready to smoke immediately. The charring light brings a dash of bitter and salt from the cigar leaf, and the true light adds a subtle note of sweet from the Virginia, which is soon overwhelmed by the more forceful Central American leaf. I can’t discern any Perique at all over the cigar flavor profile, but if anything the Perique is manifesting as subtle pepper rather than the sweeter, plummier side of Perique mentioned in the blender’s description. It weaves seamlessly into the spiciness of the cigar leaf though Perique’s unique flavors become somewhat lost, or rather overwhelmed in this blend. While the Virginias sort of hold it all together, cigar leaf is clearly the dominant flavor. And you know what? It’s pretty damn good.

Dundee, like most Peretti blends, smokes very dry and requires minimal re-lights. And like most Peretti offerings, it’s easy to smoke this one too fast given the moisture level leaning towards the dry side. But a mindful cadence will deliver a cool, clean smoke. The flavors are consistent from start to finish, though the Virginia leaf will raise its hand periodically and randomly throughout the bowl as a function of packing and how much Central American wound up where. Those who do not regularly smoke cigars, but are familiar with and appreciate the smoking characteristics, mouth-feel, and aftertaste will appreciate this blend. Heavy cigar smokers may not be as impressed.

This is my first experience with cigar leaf in a pipe blend and I’m happy I approached it with an open mind. This is a great change-of-pace blend for those who like deep, rich tobacco flavor. And while I moved away from cigars many years ago, only smoking one or two per year at this point, I really enjoyed the experience and can see myself smoking this blend from time to time well into the future. This might just be my new favorite “occasional” blend.

I’m going to go with four stars as a unique and flavorful blend worth trying, with the caveat that those who don’t like cigar leaf, or generally prefer a milder and/or sweeter blend, may find it too robust and forceful. As for the room note, non-smokers who enjoy the aroma of strong, unadulterated tobacco (and they are definitely out there) will like this. Those who don’t (probably the majority, sadly) will find it anywhere from off-putting to abhorrent. As a final note, the vitamin is strong in this one, noticeable even to this heavy smoker. Like a cigar, it will coat your mouth and tongue. Pipe smokers who are sensitive to nicotine beware.

Pipe Used: several Stanwell No.11s

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Peretti, Boston, USA

6 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (632)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

My third of the five Peretti samples given to me by nephew. And another winner. This one was really enjoyable to me. Had I not read the ingredient description, I would have guessed that there is some orientals in this one.

The Virginia and perique were clearly identifiable with their respective sweet and spicy tastes, but there is just something earthy to this in a way some orientals strike my palate. I guess that this must be coming from the cigar leaf and the effect that the Va and Per have on the same. The only other blend with these components that I have tried is Russ' Virginia Spice. I preferred this over that blend. With that one, I never really tasted any other taste outside the Va and Per. This one also has a good amount of nicotine in it.

It is really quite good and this is probably one that would be a four star to my tastes, but I am hesitantly giving this one three stars as I feel like I need to get to know this one a little better. And that I will as I intend to purchase more.

5 people found this review helpful.

Increditor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Increditor (2)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

If you enjoy cigar leaf, classic but let’s or the Tabac Manil Le Bremeuse mixture, you will probably enjoy this. The Virginia’s are earthy with some notes of hay and zest but the cigar leaf takes the front. This burns easily with few relights. It is full, nutty, with rich cigar notes. If you’re expecting something like Dominican glory it isn’t for you. But if you want a rich flavor, and easy burn, and like the aromas and flavors of cigars but with a twist, it’s well worth sampling.

Pipe Used: Assortment of briars, all group five size.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: L.J. Peretti

Similar Blends: Le Bremeuse by Tabac Manil, Cuban leaf pipe tobaccos like Partagas.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

This was just plain unique and strange. The Perique bounced up against the smoky cigar leaf from time to time but the Virginia was dominant throughout the smoke. I liked the really different flavor presentation of this one for about half a bowl. After that, the cigar leaf got a little bitter, the Perique went away and the Virginia never did "rich up" like really good Virginia.

3 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3023)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The cigar leaf offers plenty of earth, wood, vegetative grass, floralness, a bit of smokiness, some tea, herbs, mild pepper, light tart and tangy citrus and darker fruit along with a little sour bitterness as the lead component. The Virginia provides a lot of tart and tangy citrus, grass, bread, sugar, some floralness, light earth and wood as a supporting player. The spicy, stewed fruity (plums and raisins), earthy, woody perique is a couple of notches below the Virginia. The strength is a couple of steps past the medium mark. The taste is in the center of medium to full. The nic-hit is medium. Won’t bite or get harsh, but it does sport a few small rough notes. Burns clean, fairly cool and a tad fast with a very consistent sweet and spicy, floral, smoky, lightly sour, bitter flavor that extends to lightly lingering, pleasant after taste. The room note is stronger. Leaves very little dampness in the bowl, and requires few relights. It’s not an all day smoke, but it is repeatable. Three and a half stars.


2 people found this review helpful.

Lochinvar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lochinvar (78)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Very nice blend. This is the tobacco equivalent of Rye Whiskey, , sweet, but with an edge and maybe a punch. Stayed lit without needing a relight, but never got too hot, gaining strength and flavor as the bowl progressed. As with all Peretti blends, it burned to a fine ash and left the pipe clean.

2 people found this review helpful.

Dave Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dave (15)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

My favorite blends are Virginia with Perique. I especially enjoy Peretti's London Flake, so when I saw Dundee as a Virginia with Perique as well, I had to try it. This is not a flake tobacco. It is more of a ribbon cut and much drier. The scent from the tin is very rich with a very slight hint of chocolate, although I doubt any chocolate is used. It certainly does not taste so in smoking the blend.

The tobacco is a rough ribbon cut and I do find a few stems here and there. Lighting is easy and it burns to a fine grey ash. The taste is not as smooth as a flake and can be rather harsh throughout, but further down in the bowl, the harshness becomes less noticeable and it delivers a very rich, woodsy taste. The Perique is not as noticeable as in other Perique blends I have smoked and I suspect is used rather sparingly. Perhaps it is the way I smoke but I do seem to notice that while the tobbacco is rather dry, moisture collects toward the bottom of the bowl and relighting is often necessary toward the end.

The room scent is very rich, natural and clean.

The more I smoke this blend the more it seems to grow on me and I could well see myself being a more frequent user.

2 people found this review helpful.

Tom Bombadill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Bombadill (120)
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm really beginning to enjoy this blend. I'm new to pipes after smokling cigars for a good ten years and my favorites are Emglish/Balkans blends.

At first I didn't really enjoy Va/Pers but this blend has changed my mind. It's not as flavorful as the english I've smoked but the change of pace is nice and I'm beginning to notice the subtleties.

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