Peretti Omega

Rich and full flavored, it is ideal for relaxing in the evening after a fine meal. This blend is pleasantly spiced with the gentle flavor of Latakia and superb Turkish.


Brand Peretti
Series English Blends
Blended By L.J. Peretti
Manufactured By L.J. Peretti
Blend Type English
Contents Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.69 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 12, 2023 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
Appearance: The tin that fell into my hands was of course blended and packaged in the current year. It may make some sense to buy "house" blending for aging, but I appreciate the creations of Ken Byron Ventures, Peretti, John Wilke and other "house" blenders precisely for the freshness of the tobacco. The blend of tobacco was rough and wide ribbon cut and consisted of several varieties of Virginia (I counted three varieties), some very dark Latakia, and some lighter, brown Orientals that seemed to be taken in more than one variety as well. The moisture and quality of the tobacco is just perfect.

Flavor: for those who distinguish between English and Balkan blends - definitely closer to the Balkan than its elder sister. Slightly sweet and spicy aroma of orientals (turmeric, a little coriander, nutmeg and literally a pinch of ginger) with notes of incense and overlapped with a dense fresh mixture of peat and leather from latakia without any interference of sour tones, which, together with boiled fruit of dark virginia with a little support of floral-citrus bright virginia gives, for me personally, the just right bouquet of flavors and voluminous, almost tangible composition, for which I appreciate American tobaccos, and which is rarely achieved by European fabric blenders, who often sin to add cavendish to create a similar bouquet, in which then appear wine and plum notes.

Taste: bright, dense and well announcing. Virginia, Orientals and Latakia are blended in just the right proportion to give the creamy, smoky, slightly sweet taste for which fresh Latakia is so beloved, without overshadowing it with the fruity, woody or hay notes of the Virginias that are present in a support role. Spicy, with a hint of sweetness, Orientals notes at the very beginning seem a little too sharp on the retrohale, but this sharpness, waking up your receptors, disappears after just a couple of minutes. A very faint salt note is also present. Of course, the blend is not a latakia bomb, but it perfectly gives the density and brightness of this component. Gradually the tobacco gains volume, intensifying in taste for all components and, at the same time, becoming even softer. By the middle of the bowl the volume and brightness of the flavor of this blend can argue with such an authority as Odyssey, but, unlike Pease blend, there is a little more sweetness here, and the shift towards orientals is more pronounced, while the overall bouquet of Odyssey is more dry and shifted towards latakia. The blend burns extremely smoothly, cool, tolerant to overheating, but still requires attention - when smoking in a hurry, the spice disappears from it, and the blend immediately loses volume. Strength is at the level of medium, in very large pipes nicotine hit is possible. Tobacco burns into whitish ash without lumps, leaving no moisture in the pipe. The aftertaste is woody, with a touch of fruity sweetness.

Smoke from tobacco has a rather clear sandalwood aroma with shades of peat and spices. Of course, it is dense and takes a long time to dissipate.

What's the bottom line? I ordered this mixture for the second time, and I am ready to do it again, despite the difficulties with its delivery and some costliness, compared to what you can find in our stores. Sometimes, when I close a jar of it, I think, "If it's Omega, then what blend at Peretti's would carry the name Alpha?" I'd rather not know that, or I'd probably spend all my money on it and stop writing my reviews.
Pipe Used: Peterson 69, 106, POTY 2007
PurchasedFrom: Peretti shop, then smuggled over the ocean
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 30, 2011 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant
Rejoice nicoholics! - Finally, a true English blend loaded with Vitamin N and flavor boosters from top to bottom. I loaded up a bowl last night after getting home from attending a local boxing fight night in our city's convention center. I saw a couple of technical knockouts on the card but did not expect to come home and get KO'd by my tobacco. This is one very strong, deep, spicy and earthy blend. It burned dry and clean all the way to the bottom of the bowl.

If there is a sleeper English blend on the market, it would be Omega. Highly recommended for the nicotine craved English tobacco fans among us.

Now, if I can just add a quick personal note. I have been reviewing tobaccos on TRC since the site's inception. It has been a lot of fun over the years and I sure met a lot of great folks through this site and have enjoyed conversing with them. I have chosen Omega to be my last ever review (review number 1,000 and Omega is the perfect name to end with). It's time to move on down the trail and quit hoggin' all the cyber space here on TRC. I will certainly continue to sneak over here just about everyday to read the latest reviews. And thanks to all of you who have helped steer me toward some mighty tasty blends over the years!

God bless,

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 22, 2018 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
The very spicy, woody, earthy, leathery, herbal, mildly floral, dry sour and buttery sweet Oriental/Turkish melds well with the smoky, woody, earthy, incense-like, musty sweet Cyprian Latakia. So much so that they occasionally trade off as lead players, though you’ll never fail to notice all their inherent qualities in every puff. I get some “unflavored soda notes” as well, indicating yenidje is one of the components. The dark fruity, earthy, woody, lightly citrusy Virginias tend to be background players. The strength is a step past the medium threshold while the taste is a tad stronger than that until you get to the last third of the bowl both aspects gather just a little more potency. The nic-hit is a little closer to medium than it is to mild. No chance or bite or harshness. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a well balanced rich and consistent mildly sweet and rather savory flavor from start to finish that translates to the lightly lingering spicy after taste. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Not quite an all day smoke, but veterans may consider it to be close to one.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 25, 2015 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Large chunky ribbons of mostly black tobacco with a bit of mottling. For those sick of the latakia descriptor of "campfire", stop reading now. In the tin, this literally smelled like I was sitting around a campfire - I was almost tempted to dunk a marshmallow on a stick into the tin. I was afraid this was going to be a "lat bomb", with which I seldom enjoy that much. My fears were groundless.

I can best describe this blend as BIG. Huge, even. Hugely flavorful but not strong, hugely complex but not annoyingly attention-altering. Hugely aromatic but not in a fake sauce kind of way. And gosh, it'll even satisfy nicotine addicts in a way few latakia blends do. The latakia is forward, followed by the orientals, with the Virginia well to the rear. This is not a sweet blend, but it doesn't suffer as a result. Omega is rich in latakia campfire (there you go again!) smoke, spicy with mouthwateringly sourish orientals that merge so seamlessly with the latakia that you'd swear it's a new strain of tobacco. I think Greg Pease would enjoy this one. Big indeed, but not bullying. Highly recommended to lovers of middle eastern leaf, but not recommended to lat bomb fanatics.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 15, 2005 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Omega reminds me of what Dunhill London Mixture and 965 used to be,15 years ago.

Appearance: Upon very close inspection I can detect at least 5 different hues of leaf in this mixture Red and Lemon Virginias are in abundance, darker browns of Oriental with nearly jet black Latakia. The cut is a somewhat varied broad ribbon cut.

Tin aroma: Omega is a rich complex mixture, full of the classic leather bergamont and smoke scents many an English/Balkan fancier crave. It immediately says ?Balkan? in a very rich and full variety. The Virginias are evident, with rich earthy tones and under-currents of fig/raisin and cocoa. The smoky Cyprian Latakia makes the main statement, complex and enticing. Just under the surface I detect the Orientals giving the mixture?dryness? and lending even greater depth to the mélange of flavors.

This tobacco is nearly perfect in moisture and I employed the ?once like a baby, once like a lady, finally like a gentleman? method of layered packing. I tend to pack it gingerly and with a lighter hand as the broad ribbon cut is easily over-packed. I have chosen an Edwards ½ bend Dublin dedicated to English/Balkan mixtures, and have smoked three previous bowls of Omega to reduce ?brand prejudice?.

Lighting usually is easy, and with a friendly ?lighting tamp? I was well on my way. As expected, the initial flavor is a nice rich smoky blast highlighted by a slight astringent (very gently so) quality from the Orientals. Latakia and Orientals tend to live ?nasally? and frequent exhalations of the smoke bring the palate fully awake. The Virginias with a fruity sweetnes set a firm background and foundation on which the Latakia and Orientals build. This blend slowly builds in flavors and complexity with each puff. The rich fullness of this blend is evident from the tamping light onwards.

Mid Bowl: Approaching mid-bowl, the fullness tends to build and the flavors gaining intensity in unison. The initial strength of the Latakia is slowly giving way to other components, the Orientals slowly numbing my soft pallet, flavors and scents of bergamot and sandalwood, leather and smoke are abundant and rich. The Virginia comes through a bit more assertively from time to time with rich fruity and sweet tones. The second half of every bowl is a rich and completely intoxicating afair, soothing away the troubles of our modern world with flavors from a kinder gentler time. Omega is complex almost in the extreme, requiring my full attention, yet gentle and well behaved, never biting back or becoming bitter.

Home Stretch: As end of the bowl approaches, I?m fully relaxed and smiling deeply. The Virginias have deepened to a wine like goodness and the Latakia and Oriental has widened yielding forest tones with leather and spice. Layer upon layer of flavor develop and by the home stretch I'm at that place all English/Balkan smokers desire to go while smoking. While not particularly strong in nicotine the final third of the bowl is far fuller in flavors and depth than one might expect from where the blend begins. Omega is truly a special blend finding perfect balance of refinement and power, is never harsh and has plenty to satisfy even the most discerning of palates.

Peretti are one of the oldest tobacconists in the United States. They have a fine lineup of English/Balkan mixtures.

Supplemental Notes: In my humble opinion, Peretti's offer fine blends that stand side by side with GLP and other top blenders of our time. Rating for those interested in numbers ****+
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 13, 2013 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Peretti's Omega is really a hidden gem. For me, this English blend is all about the Latakia and Turkish tobaccos with the Virginia's just playing a supporting role. The result is a “meaty,” but creamy blend that is really balanced. So many “full” English blends are dominated by the Latakia and the Latakia is certainly present here but not in the role of dominator as it leaves plenty of room for the Turkish to offer a nice incense addition to the smoke. The Turkish is really what hooks me into this blend. Omega has some strength to it too but it is not overpowering like a rope or plug. As a point of reference to well-known American made English blends, I find it much closer to a Pease style English blend rather than the McClelland style English blend. Omega is one of those great, “after a big steak dinner” English blends from one of America's oldest pipe shops.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 25, 2003 Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable
This is another Peretti's blend that somehow over the years I just never got around to trying. Well, upon awakening this Christmas Morn' my wife had purchased me a one pound tin on the advice of my regular tobacconist at L.J.'s, (Thanks Steve!)

What a delightful, full, spicey, blend in the English Tradition. It requires very few relights and the flavor maintains itself the run of the bowl.

The Virginia's anchor this blend while the orientals and latakia interplay throughout the smoke. The flavor is very smooth, spicey, and deceptively strong in the nicotine department. It burns dry and consistent to the end.

I highly recommend this blend to the experienced smoker; new smokers, just go slowly.

Update: I have to bump this great blend up to four stars after cracking open a two year old tin.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 19, 2020 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
This is my 2nd review from my Peretti English Sampler. This blend in the bag looks like light to dark brown ribbons with about 1/4 of them being black. Smells musty, smokey, earthy, and like a typical english latakia blend.

Very easy to load and light and keeps lit easily with firm tamping and steady cadence.

The smoke totally reminded me of Balkan Sobranie, but a bit more subdued and a smidge sweeter. It also reminded me of Magnum Opus, one of the most unique english blends I've ever smoked. The latakia and orientals are perfectly balanced and the flavors interact together perfectly to form a nice savory, herbal, incense (almost floral), rich smoky taste. The virginia's play a perfect supporting role to provide a sweet backbone for the latakia and orientals to do their dance on. Wonderful smoke, not as sweet or sour as the 'British' blend, this one is a bit more 'dry' but it is still an incredible blend.

I have been smoking pipes for about 20 years and this is the first I've delved into Peretti's blends...I feel like I've been living under a rock! Incredible tobaccos and quality!!
Pipe Used: Savinelli Qandale 315
PurchasedFrom: Peretti
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 03, 2020 Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong
I have been searching for a blend similar to the old Tinder Box Philosopher. I believe this one is quite similar to the blend I remember. However, Omega is even better. The quality of the leaf is quite superb. Orientals are sublime and the Latakia and Virginias play along in perfect harmony. Its Top Shelf and Top Notch!
Pipe Used: Ascorti
Age When Smoked: fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 06, 2020 Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong
Pouch aroma of a sour smoky goodness.

Appearance of small, chopped ribbon with a few large pieces of the Turkish. Nice moisture content seems to be the standard with Peretti.

1st third of the bowl This blend was thick and chewy. Notes of smoky wood and earth, with zero sweetness. Thick volumes of smoke envelope you whether you are indoors or out. I was wondering what everyone was referring to regarding spice. That didn't show up until the 2nd third. And boy did it show up! Keep a slow puffing of this will get very ashy flavor.

Omega is a great end of the day choice. I'm looking forward to smoking this back at the camp fire at our annual autumn bird hunting camp after a day of hunting behind the pointers. `

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 20, 2003 Strong None Detected Full Tolerable
This is the most overlooked and underrated blend in the world, in my opinion.

I'm not the most articulate and verbose guy you'll meet - all I'll say is that if you haven't tried this fine, classic, full english then you're missing out on one of the best.

God Bless Jefferey Jackson for sending me my first tin of this for Christmas several years ago. A friend could do no other friend a finer deed.

Simply Wonderful.
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