In prior reviews, I've extolled the wonders of Peretti's Burley blends but have been far less laudatory about their English mixtures. "Generic," I believe, is the most common adjective.
Prince of Wales is an exception because it is distinctive and, though it has competition in the "English-Aromatic" category, it has no peer.
Peretti lists a number of their blends as containing an "Irish tobacco," I have no idea what they mean. "In Heaven there is no beer" and in Ireland there is no tobacco--at least not in the indigenous form. One can only conclude from geographic fact and from subjective taste, that "Irish" refers to a liquer or essence with which the obvious Cavendish in this blend is treated.
Those in this class include Uhle's Irish Aromatic and P & W's Pipemaker's Choice. What makes Prince of Wales a blend apart is that the aromatic is not in the taste. The flavor and side-stream aroma are that of a lighter Dunhill 965, which is no mean tribute.
Unlike too many mild English blends, there is no initial blast from the Virginias; the Cavendish process eliminates that. The Orientals become more pronounced as one progresses down the bowl, as Orientals usually do...and the Latakia is ever there, gratifying anyone who appreciates the smoky weed as a condiment and not as the dish itself.
Smooth, spicy and delightful. A great smoke for anyone. Highest recommendations!
This is what I'd call a "light latakia" english blend. And a very nice one at that. The latakia comes through consistently but is not overpowering. The orientals are nicely balanced and don't predominate, and make boring, the smoke. A great everyday, all day smoke English smoke.
I just finished the bag and I have to say it's four stars.
Peretti's Prince of Wales is another of their long-standing favorites that is everything it presents itself to be. The Latakia and Orientals pay first fiddle with the Virginia offering support. This one is not particularly smoky or deep, but has a mellow effect on the palate while smoking. This one can be enjoyed and smoked several times in one day without palate fatigue.
This is both a traditional and non-traditional English, one that would be loved by those who spoke English and also occasionally like something a little sweeter, but would it be low but I’ll only smoke aromatic style blends. I say traditional, and non-traditional, because it doesn’t taste like a crossover blend, but there clearly is some sort of slight sweetener or a flavor, very nuanced, that makes us blend truly unique, so that puts it in the same wheelhouse as a Blend like Dunhill’s Royal Yacht, but I’m not sure if it would’ve passed the now obsolete “English tobacco purity laws”. So by contemporary definition, it’s definitely an English, by the classic definition, I’m not sure. Like all Peretti blends, it comes at perfect moisture. It does not need to be dried, nor rehydrated. The Latakia used is very slight, nuanced, used as a condiment, it’s not the star of the show, not at all, but brings out the stars of the show (The Virginia’s and the Orientals). It’s used in the same way salt is added to cookies, it makes everything else taste better via adding body & character. The same could be said for whatever is used for the flavoring. It just enhances the tobacco, like salt enhances and gives body in character to a chocolate chip cookie. When you first light it, you can taste the Orientals, but right after that you taste the bright Virginia’s, and some dark Virginia, as it seems. The Virginia’s and Orientals meld together nicely, yet when sipping slowly, can be tasted independently, or together. The flavoring, one that I can only describe as something sweet, almost like a Liquor, slightly fruity, only seems to impact the Virginians. It brings out their natural sweetness, and that natural sweetness that it brings out balances perfectly with the acid-metallic-like smokiness from the Orientals. on paper, it wouldn’t seem that it would go together so great, but I assure you, they do! I cannot confirm 100% that there is a topping/sweetener added to this blend, but I believe anyone who has been smoking for sometime, and his experience with English’s would confirm that there is. It is very subtle, but it is there. I would say about half the amount of topping thats in Dunhill’s (Peterson’s) Royal Yatch. This is easily a 5 star blend. Clearly an underrated blend, as of writing this their are only 4 other reviews, and was told it’s not new, it was made by master blender Bob Peretti, Who passed away a couple years ago at age 98. The mastery of Mr. Peretti’s comes through in this blender, “Prince of Wales“. I almost want to write more, go further in depth, but I think this is something that one must smoke to truly appreciate. And anyone who has smoked a truly masterful Peretti’s blend, or masterful blend by anyone for that matter, I think can understand the ineffable nature of a good blend. I’ve been smoking for sometime, I only smoked English blends for a couple years, many years ago. Now I smoke mostly Virginia’s (Fribourg & Treyor’s Black Jack & Vintage Flake), A lot of Lakeland-ish tobaccos (Gawith & Hogarth Best Brown No.2, St Bruno, etc…), Scottish style English (Rattrays Highland Targe, Sillem’s European Blend, etc…) and lots of Peretti’s blends, both their Burly’s & English such as Irish Mist, Blend 101, Century, Crown, etc… and now this, Prince of Wales is in my rotation! (And of course, there are dozens and dozens of other blends) Cheers!
Pipe Used: Various Briar’s & Meerschaum
Age When Smoked: New
Purchased From: LJ Peretti’s Co.
Similar Blends: It is very unique., I would put it in the same wheelhouse as Dunhills royal yacht & LJ Peretti Co‘s “crown“ (closer to crown). But that said, it’s only in the same genre as he is, as a very mildly sweet or topped English blend. It’s truly unique., It is nowhere near The level of topping on other crossover English blends like esoterica’s Pembroke or Sillem’s Black. It is also quite different The first crossover Blend ever made, LJ Peretti Co‘s blend D-7485., A truly unique tobacco!.
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