Peterson Irish Cask

A rich blend of cavendish, Zimbabwean, orange Virginia, Thailand burley & black perique, matured in oak sherry barrels. New Tin Description (Irish Cask): A blend of Virginia leaves from Eastern Carolina, Malawi and Brazil is mixed with a dark brown Cavendish tobacco.
Notes: Previously know as Irish Oak.


Brand Peterson
Blended By Peterson
Manufactured By Scandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Cavendish, Virginia
Flavoring Sherry
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 50 grams tin, bulk
Country Denmark
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.92 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 14, 2018 Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant
**Opening the tin I'm teased by** a fine ribbon cut of colors varying from golden-bright to red-brown and black-ish. Appetizing! So is **the tin note**, with its citrusy, slightly alcohol-ish scent. You can easily make out the Va/Per part in the mix, as its fermented fruit, pepper and honey notes linger in the tin note. Its scent reminds me quite a bit of Rattray's Old Gowrie or Mc Connells Scottish Cake!

**The only additive** is a mild flavoring! 24mg of flavoring are in 1000mg of tobacco according to the additive list: ** ** That's it, no sugar, no PG or anything else added - great!

**In the tin** Irish Oak makes you think it's a slightly topped Va/Per, **but in the pipe** there's much more. From the first puff on there's a mild fruit and citrus aroma present. Quickly the tobacco takes over the lead over the mild topping. It's a Va/Per blend with a robust body and, toasty qualities and the very tasty, unobtrusive and light handedly added flavoring of Sherry and Citrus/Lemongrass. It has pleasant grassy and hay-ish qualitites, as well as a decent, nose-tickling, peppery spiciness and fermented fruits. The Va/Per component is excellent! Underneath a rich earthiness and smooth notes of nuts linger and give the Irish Oak its pleasant body. The Burley is easily noticeable after the first few puffs and to me it is a very imporatant part of this blend. The Cavendish gives some smooth, toasty and honey-ish sweetness, without making the blend too sweet. This is rather a spicy blend, but with these fruity, sherry-ish and honey-ish peaks to round it off and make it interesting.

A very delicious Va/Bur/per-PLUS**. With "Plus" I mean the mild, yet very well blended flavoring that's not chemical, nor artificially or overly alcohol-ish. As well as the smooth Cavendish added, that makes for a pleasant toasty quality and mild drops of honeydew.
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Feb 23, 2016 Mild Mild Mild Unnoticeable
I tried a tin of this a while back but for some reason never got round to reviewing it on here. Having picked up a tin on my last visit to my local b&m, that is an error I can now correct.

The tin note is a very mild one, perhaps one of fruit, grapes maybe, or of some kind of delicate red wine or sherry. The tobacco itself is a finely cut ribbon with a mixture of medium brown and gold colours. It packs and lights very easily. My first few smokes in a briar were unimpressive, it was quite rough and had a tendency to bite, even when I took it slowly. For some reason that remains shrouded in a haze of pipe smoke, I began smoking it in a cob about a third of the way into the tin and it began to pick it up. A light aromatic flavour came through, fruity or sherry-like much like the tin aroma with little hints of hay and something earthy. The tonguebite didn't disappear but it did drop off significantly, becoming something more like nibble than bite. As the smoke progresses, it does seem to give a hint of alcohol on the tongue, almost as if I had been sipping a glass of the good stuff. The only other real issue I had with it is that it does tend to smoke rather quickly but, if taken easy, doesn't burn that hot. I would also note that the perique doesn't seem to rear it's pretty head at any time, a slight disappointment.

On the whole, this is rather a good tobacco. It has enough variety of interesting if mild flavours to satisfy and burns cool enough to make the bowl a good hand warmer in these winter months without scalding the skin. The tonguebite, the quick smoke and the failure of the perique to turn up to the party does rather sully an otherwise good smoke. One thing for certain is that this is an aromatic rather than a VaP, so if you fancy a dose of the latter, I would advise you to look elsewhere. Nonetheless, this is a decent tobacco that nicely earns three stars. Definitely worth getting another tin.
Pipe Used: Rogers Standard Algerian Briar and MM Cobbit Elf
PurchasedFrom: Cuban Cigar Club
Age When Smoked: Fresh from the tin
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 28, 2016 Strong Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable
I wanted to like this blend. This was my 2nd tin of it as well. It just was too much like cigarette smoke. Every time I smoke it I get a massive headache or I get the spins. Something in it just doesn't agree with me.

With that being said. It's quality tobacco. Very natural and well made. Light and medium brown ribbons in the tin. Smells like grass, hay, woody, with a bit of dried fruit smell. Packs and lights excellent. Produces a lot of smoke, but the flavor is just too much like cigarettes IMHO. Wish I could have given it a better rating. I"ll be passing this tin on to another Brother of the Briar.
Pipe Used: Cob, Billard
Age When Smoked: 6 months aged
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 22, 2014 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
A very unique blend indeed. This tasted like nothing else I have experienced, there is an astringent type of effect on my tongue and mouth...the Sherry Casks? A puckering effect. I must say I enjoyed this somewhat though. Orange rind, pepper/spice, sour apple, quite interesting. I had some problems keeping this lit, even after drying. Smoke volume was moderate, but it has some body. I won't buy this again, but I also won't forget a truly one of a kind blend. TYLFD
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Sep 02, 2014 Very Strong None Detected Mild Unnoticeable
I really thought I would like this. I really did.

It presented beautifully, delightful tin note, perfect moisture, packed and lit easily........and then every drop of moisture that had been on my palate disappeared almost instantly. I'm serious, I almost couldn't speak.

The smoke is dry, harsh and severe, with little to no flavor worth speaking of. It was literally like smoking a bowl of tasteless hay, and what's worse the Nic hit is so harsh that you end of feeling on Weird Street from it almost instantly.

It had very few redeeming qualities. The aroma was bland, monotone and quite boring, the aftertaste was almost cheap and like cigarettes, and the affects on my palate were indescribably bad. I pitched it mid-bowl, and fired up another bowl to replace it.

Get a sample first!!
Pipe Used: Dunhill billiard
PurchasedFrom: Cigars International
Age When Smoked: 1 year
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 05, 2013 Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Strong
I almost liked this one. I see what others appreciate in it, but it's not a bell ringer for me: it's too high-key for one thing, I like more bass in my 'baccy. IO is like a temperamental VaPer with just a bit too much burley and cavendish and then some kind of subtle warm citrusy topping (maybe the sherry?), all obscuring a delightful sweetness -- trying to assert itself -- with a slight nutty astringency. It does have some lovely nuance if you slow down (a good idea, 'cause this can bite), but it's too subtle and blurred, like a soup that's been seasoned with too many spices, yet none strong enough to focus on so that it ended up striking me as somewhat bland despite all that's going on. (Maybe IO is a stillborn aromatic?)

An unusual quality blend that undoubtedly appeals to certain tastes, but it's a miss for me.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 19, 2013 Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable
UPDATE 9/17/2018

I bought another tin of this as I was in a B&M that had it and not much else that held any interest, so I figured maybe my tastes had changed in such a way that I would like this now. Well, my take away was exactly the same, but as I am now a more seasoned smoker, I am able to pontificate better than I did on the earlier review.

This blend is far too stout. This is a combination of the Burley and a very good helping of Perique. This one is pretty heavy in nicotine which is not necessarily a bad thing. Whatever sweetness was hoped to be gained by aging this tobacco in sherry barrels is completely cloaked in earth and spice. Add to that, the lack of Virginia sweetness alluded to in the original review.


I was a little let down by this one and maybe it is due to the high expectations I have whenever a crack a Peterson tin. Many reviewers compare this to Vapers and talk of the Virginias in the blend. I found it more burley heavy and could barely taste the Virginias. I think it could have used some more of that Va Hay type sweetness.

The tin presentation is as great as I would expect from Peterson. Round screw tin with the folding filter type of enclosure. The tin aroma was not good. If I had to compare to another blend I would have to pick Marlin Flake, but Marlin Flake is much better as the Vas really sing in that one. I think the cavendish in this must be unsweetened or at least lightly so, as this blend lacks sweetness against the nutty Burley and spicy Perique.

Overall, it is not bad and I certainly don't feel like I wasted any money, but if I am going to smoke a VaBurPer there are so many that are better than this one that it doesn't justify a repurchase.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 15, 2007 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant
11/18/2006: This is my smoke of choice. It's a wonderful pipe for the end of the day, and I usually enjoy it while enjoying the cool evening air. The flavor is rich and earthy, with hints of peat and oak, much like a fine scotch. It burns cool and the flavor evolves from sweet to a tad spicy as the bowl progresses. The first third produces a slight clove-like taste, then settles down to a smooth, peaty ride to the finish. It leaves a nice clean white ash at the end. I prefer to couple this with an India Pale Ale to cleanse the palate and bring out the flavor. A truly fine tip-top smoke; this is my staple weed. Four stars.

04/15/2007 I Enjoyed this weed tonight with my trusty Nording. Still fabulous!!! I just ordered a bunch more with the hopes of laying some aside to age a bit. Unfortunately, I doubt I have the self-discipline to leave it alone for too long. An amazing blend. Perfect for the end-of-the-day ritual. I wish I had another star to give it.

6/10/2009 Update: I fired up a bowl of the good ol' IO this evening after a long haiatus from the pipe. I haven't got much to add, other than after 2 years of aging, it remains amazing. The peaty oakiness is wonderful; the perique plays nicely throughout the bowl. Spice, leather, and the like make appearances during the bowl. Particularly wonderful when enjoyed in a larger bowl and smoked with patience. I have 3 more tins set aside, and am looking forward to the time when I dive into them. Still 4 stars.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 04, 2002 Medium None Detected Medium Strong
Relax. I am on my second tin of this, thanks to Tim of paylesspipes, in N.O., La. I smoke it in a Peterson St. Patrick's Day pipe (medium bulldog). It took my mind off the pending storm (Hurrican Lilly, Oct. 2002), and between it and God, my sanity and life were spared.

This is a natural, string cut blend, consisting mainly of some virginias and a little burley, with a touch of perique. It smokes quite cool and steady. Not wet or hot at all. Packs easy.

Due to the lengthy aging in barrels, the tobacco flavors have married fully, with only a background note of the perique to give it some added body. I don't think the perique, in this case, makes it strong. I still call it a medium.

Although matured in sherry barrels, I detected no spirit essence in the taste. But it was on the mellow side, nonetheless. (Its stronger cousin, Irish Whiskey, has a bit more of a spirit essence and body to it, if you like that combo.)

I cannot compare Irish Oak's flavor exactly to any other tobacco I have tried. (The added burley/cavendish and aging method make it different or brighter tasting than, say, CAO's Midnight Ride.) It is natural, straight, not weak or full, yet unique and tasty. Sort of old fashioned even, but with class.

In the tin is smells rich & nutty like virginia and turkish, but there are no orientals in it. Its burning aroma is immediately noticable and distinctive I am told.

I am sure a burley man or straight virginia smoker will be pleased by this. I have been. Good for a nice walk with your dog.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 26, 2022 Medium to Strong Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Tin note is quite sweet, grass, a bit peppery. fine ribbon cut. When I first tried this it was too moist even after letting it sit out for an hour it was quite unpleasant too much steam. I let it sit on the shelf for a few months in a jar to stabilize out. My second attempt was much better after letting it dry out. Defiantly has some sweetness and the topping is there but not overly so the sherry notes are nice no chemical taste. The perique is right up front peppery and strong. I would recommend having a beverage of your choice. Some light citrus notes. If you like perique this is a good strong blend. The nic hit is past the medium mark and close to strong. Have a full meal first. Once its been dried it burns relatively quick and quite even. Honestly I had given up on this after the original go but I am glad I tried it again after letting it dry out . The liner in the tin was quite moist when I first opened it and it was glued to the bottom of the tin from all the moisture. Not an all day smoke for me, but quite nice for an occasional smoke. lots of flavor. Will purchase again
Pipe Used: modified long stem cob
PurchasedFrom: Pipes and
Age When Smoked: 1 year
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