Peterson Sherlock Holmes

An old 19th century blend of orange and red smoking leaf, Brazilian burley and Virginia Mysore Indian tobacco.
Notes: From the current Peterson website: A signature Peterson tobacco made with an old Irish recipe dating back to 1889. It is one of the finest tobaccos smoked in the time of Sherlock Holmes. The straight Virginia blend possesses all of the natural flavour associated with a premier Virginia tobacco. Moderator note: there is a conflict between the tin description and Peterson's website regarding whether or not burley is present. We have elected to use both descriptions for now.


Brand Peterson
Blended By Peterson
Manufactured By Scandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend Type Virginia Based
Contents Burley, Virginia
Flavoring Fruit / Citrus
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country Denmark
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.68 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 24, 2013 Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
As others have noted, Sherlock Holmes works best as a 'transitional' blend: it is not cased or topped enough to be an aromatic (although the tin note does reveal some hints of dried fruit) nor 'straight' enough to be considered a natural blend. The predominant characteristic of both taste and room note is of quality, mild tobacco, with the toasted semi-sweetness of red Virginias balanced well by the nutty Burley. As such it's difficult to dislike, but 'mild' remains the prime adjective: aside from some occasional spice and a subtle, chocolately deepening late into the bowl it fails to develop enough, or convince the smoker that there isn't something, somehow, missing. It just doesn't pique my interest enough to warrant buying again.

EDIT - 6/10/14 Having given SH a bit more thought - as well as a few months' breathing time - I'm upping it to 3 stars. Yes, it's mild, but a slow smoke in a meerschaum has really brought out its delicacies. Its sweetness, as I mentioned, has that lovely bready quality of the reds, the brights provide a quiet zest, while the well-integrated burleys are mainly there for body and just a hint of depth. Treat it gently and it will bite very little. It doesn't have the complexity or the big grace notes that would bring it up to 4 stars, but it's not really designed to: it's just a soft, top-quality VaBur blended with easy smoking in mind, and should age very elegantly.
Pipe Used: Bent meerschaum
Age When Smoked: 7 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 07, 2013 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
Sherlock Holmes is a yellow and red virginia with a little burley. I have a hard time considering this an aromatic. There is a citrus note that is common to bright virginias. That's it. I really enjoy its simplicity. There are some better examples of this genre out there but I still buy a tin of Sherlock Holmes here and there. There is something about it that grows on you.

Note to some reviewers and readers. This is not an english blend or crossover there of in any way. Just because the character is british doesn't make the tobacco so. EBs have orientals and usually latakia. This one definately does not. Its just a straight virginia with some burley.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 03, 2012 Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild Pleasant
Had several tins of this over the last few months, after we started to stock the bulk of the tins in the Peterson's range.

The tin note was grassy,sweet, slight cramel and fruit. Very nice.

It filled well and lit well too. The smoke was reasonably cool and burnt down well with little waste. Tastewise it seemed bland at first, a simple clean bright Virginia with a touch of sweetness and leather. However The flavors got stronger mid pipe with the addition of an ever-so-slight fruityness coming through.

Very smokeable and not too heavy on nicotine either. Found myself refilling with it without realizing! Ballanced pleasant and a good all round smoke. This is particulalry suited I think to the morning over the newspaper or a two-pipe crossword puzzle!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 31, 2014 Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant
Peterson - Sherlock Holmes.

This seems to get a mixed reaction so I'd decided to be as open minded as possible! Unlit the aroma is of a decidedly full Virginia and the ribbons are very uniform in size. I find the moistness to be just about perfect, requiring no extra airing time.

Once filled it is very simple to get lit and gives a really steady burn which does not necessitate re-lighting unless you leave it to stand un-smoked too long. On the tongue bite we must remember that it is more subjective as it does not bite me but gets a few complaints from other people in that department. The nicotine level is about that of Squadron Leader, as is the smokes thickness also. I get a slight touch of nuts and fruit in the background.

I find this to be a very pleasant smoke.
Pipe Used: Mr Brog
PurchasedFrom: Smoke King
Age When Smoked: New
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Feb 12, 2015 Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
As I have been making a fairly thorough exploration into VA blends lately I was searching around on this sight and noticed I hadn't reviewed this as of yet. Odd because I've smoked several tins of it. Some time ago, but nonetheless I did.

It's the only VA I have smoked that I really liked. I think that may be because of the addition of burley and red VA to the blend. I've been finding that straight VA is very sour overall. With this blend I think that the heavy citrus flavors have been softened enough for me to be able to taste the sweetness I've heard about in the genre.

Treated properly it burns well and won't bite the tongue. It smells good in the tin as well as in the air. It is a very nice ribbon cut, mostly gold with some varying shades of brown to it. Overall very good presentation in the tin. The flavor is sweet, with some fresh baked bread qualities to it. Sort of yeasty maybe is the word. Also, it does have some fruity notes to it that may be a topping or casing. But, as they say, if you have to think about it, than they did it right. It burns down fairly clean if you smoke it slowly. It doesn't require a lot of thought as you smoke, just nice and easy. Which may be helpful if you've got better things to be thinking about at the time than keeping your pipe lit.

It does tend to grow on you as you smoke it more. Not very strong nicotine wise, but I'm not sure that was its purpose in the world. I would recommend this to others, and I have. I gave one of my brothers his first pipe for Xmas last year along with a tin of this and a pouch of Macbaren modern Virginia. He liked the Sherlock Holmes better, although his wife didn't. So, if you're reading this, give it a try if you haven't. If you have, give it another shot. You're expanded palate may appreciate it more if it didn't before.
Pipe Used: Various Grabows and cobs
PurchasedFrom: Most tobacco shops
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 31, 2018 Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
This review is for a can I opened and jarred five years ago. Grassy, earthy and fruity jar note. Moisture was perfect. Char light and second light were on cue. Excellent Virginia here with a smattering of good burley mixed within. Flavor profile same as nose note. Gradsy, earthy and a little fruity but not aromatic fruity. Flavor profile true throughout the smoke, not a real nicotine rusher but ample enough. More so at the ladt 1/8 of the bowl. Good solid smoke which has benefite from some cellar time. Like most blends that are heavy on the Virginia, time in the jar is a plus. Will cellar more
Age When Smoked: 5 plus years
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Aug 28, 2015 Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
After reading the very controvertial reviews of this blend, I decided to try it myself. I was very skeptical at first. I grab one of my cobs, which I dedicate to VA/Burley blends, and so I went for it.

The tin aroma is pleasant, raisins and grass, sweet but not "scary sweet". The cut is very fine, which makes it very easy to pack and to light. The moisture content seemed just about right.

The first puffs come through a bit harsh, cigarette like smoke. After it settles down it gets better and better. The Va is very sweet and grassy and the Burley gives it a subtle nuttiness.

I would say Peterson Sherlock Holmes is an easy smoke: No bites, easy to keep lit, smokes cool and it's not charged with a lot vitamin N. It can be an all day smoke.

I believe I will keep this baccy around for it's a nice change of pace from my usual Oriental and English blends.

My final word is: try it for yourself. It's not an "epiphany sort of tobacco", no great complexity in here, but it's a decent tobacco, made with quality leaves.
Pipe Used: MM Cobs
Age When Smoked: Fresh from the tin
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 02, 2020 Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
When I started smoking pipes many years ago I took on a few blends: Borkum Riff Bourbon Whiskey, Captain Black Original, CAO Eileen's Dream, and Peterson Sherlock Holmes.

I decided to get back to all of these and review them after all these years. See if they bring any memories, do I recommend them or not now that I got more experience.

Here's my #2 review: Peterson Sherlock Holmes.

First, I love it that one of the most English icons is not given a so-called "English blend". At the same time, considering Sherlock's humongous pipes and him pacing around smoking in his office, I'm not sure this blend would've worked either. In any case, though, it definitely works for me!

Regardless of whether or not there is any topping or Burley in it, this should be considered a Virginia blend. And mostly of bright leaf, although the exotic description of Mysore and red leaves is interesting. What you get is primarily a mild sweet citrusy Virginia with some occasional pepper, especially in the retro-hale. At times I even get an after-taste of one of these lollypops on my lips!

It's interesting that I've had different experiences with this one at different times, even when smoking from the same pipe. But in its best times, it tastes like a simple mild straight Virginia. If the topping and Burley are there, they're extremely mild. However, don't mistake its mildness for boredom. This is not a boring blend by any means!

Should be sipped, otherwise can burn hot and bite. Flavor is fairly consistent, although you do get a small change in flavor once in a while. It's cut in ribbon, easy to pack and smoke, few relights, and maybe just a tiny bit on the moist side. Body and strength are mild.

This is a good blend for relaxation while reading a book or watching TV. Can be an all-day smoke if you can control your puffing. I like it very much, but it's not at the top of the Virginia world by any measure. For that reason, three stars.
Pipe Used: Stanwell 242
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 27, 2017 Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant
Sherlock holmes by peterson..i was very curius to smoke what the famous character might smoked!!once you crack the tin a fresh smell comes out.i detected apricot and nuts.perhaps some cocoa hints.the red virginias are more than the bright ones and the burleys.the moisture level is ok making the tobacco very smooth.packs and lights easy.some relights are needed though.while burning the topping is not so noticeable,though the flavours are very rich and pleasing.dark fruits,tropical tastes,nuts citruses and some grass notes.all combined in a very natural taste.burns slow and medium hot.the nicotine level is low to medium.burns to total ash and leaves a little moisture at the end of the bowl.the room note is barelly noticeable.definitelly a pleasant blend to start your day but not a blend to finish your evening.recommended!
Age When Smoked: When opened
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 30, 2019 Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
My first go at it was nothing special. I popped the tin, and what I notice is a very sweet, honey like sweetness. The Virginia is quite visible, broad ribbon cut, and quite bright - tasty too, judging by the stains on the paper it had some age to it. The tobacco was so moist that the whole round brick off from the tin could hardly be taken apart to jar. I didn't leave it dry, just stuffed a pipe and lit away. The first impression was that of a light tobacco. I mean, I could seem to detect some flavors, but they were all background ticklers to my tongue. I told myself this is not the way to go, so I dried the stuff for about 20 minutes (I do like my tobacco moist) and stuffed it in the same pipe in which I reviewed the Irish Oak. Different story, the mix seemed to open a whole lot better. I don't know if it's the pipe, but my impression is that Peterson uses the exact same Virginia as in the Oak. Same taste, same sweetness, except that your finishing bouquet is clearly Burley. It seems like a very Virginia forward blend that uses enough Burley to balance it off. So you have your sweetness in your fore front, and then as you puff and hold the smoke in your mouth the Burley kicks in mellowing it down, and making it a very enjoyable all day smoke. Opposite to the Oak, this lacks any of the topping that makes it dried fruity like, and obviously the pepper of the Perique. Smoking the Oak as you draw, then puff and then abuse the smoke a bit, the Perique lets its presence be known more and more, adding more and more spice to the smoke. Opposite, SH starts with the Virginia sweetness, finished by a melow Burley that makes you wind down and keep on puffing with no rush. I guess I can compare the Burley to a pleasant hand break, you draw in that sweet Virginia expecting it to open up more and more - possibly to the point where it will get hot and bite you, but before it gets a change to do that the Burley acts like a counter weight. Quite and interesting tobacco, that I almost overlooked. Also not a nicotine bomb, though it has plenty of it to keep you satisfied.
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