G. L. Pease Sixpence

You enter the dark paneled room, its walls lined with ancient books. An antique table stands beside a leather club chair. Upon it, next to a small silver coin, an open tobacco tin entices you with an aroma deep, rich, authentic. You fill your bowl, strike a match. The first puff stops time as the smoky magic weaves its spell... Sixpence. The mystery continues.
Notes: First batch tinned October 15, 2014 and released November 21, 2014. On that date, Mr. Pease wrote: After a longer than expected wait, I'm happy to announce that Sixpence is now wending its way to tobacconists' shelves. A rich flake comprising a base of beautiful red virginias, a generous portion of perique, and just a bit of dark-fired leaf to add body and dimension. The tobaccos are delicately kissed with a special spirit, then pressed and aged in cakes before being sliced and tinned. The taste and aroma are deep, full and satisfying, reminiscent of traditional tobaccos from long ago. I'm very excited about the release, as I'm sure you can imagine. I've been working on Sixpence for a long time, and am beyond pleased with it. It's one of those rare moments when everything comes together and the final blend actually exceeded the expectations I began the journey with. It's been a long journey. I had something special in mind when I began this project, something that would hold the smoker's interest throughout the bowl, developing increasing nuances with each puff, while not fatiguing the palate or building too much intensity. The leaf has been carefully selected and composed to perfect harmony from first light to the wonderful crescendo of the last puff. Virginia lovers craving a tobacco that is bold and robust, as well as devotées of latakia mixtures who enjoy virginias as a change of pace will find their reward in every bowl of Sixpence.


Brand G. L. Pease
Series Old London Series
Blended By Gregory Pease
Manufactured By Cornell & Diehl
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Kentucky, Perique, Virginia
Flavoring Alcohol / Liquor
Cut Broken Flake
Packaging 2 oz Tin
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.30 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 25, 2015 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Unnoticeable
My tin was purchased in January 2015, and I’ve been sampling it from a mason jar throughout the year. Mottled, medium brown broken flake and the aroma of warm figs with a whisper of orange all hold great promise — promise unfulfilled. The Virginia never yields its sweetness, and Perique remains mute when touched by a match. The Sixpence has been smoked indoors and out, in large and small pipes, but it refuses to sing. This blend burns well and behaves well when puffed for a Virginia blend. But Escudo remains the touchstone for VaPers with Sixpence a distant also-ran. Continued aging remains its only hope.
Pipe Used: Dunhills, Tonni Nielsen horn, Castellos
PurchasedFrom: smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: Less than a year
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 23, 2015 Mild to Medium Medium Very Mild Pleasant
A briar friend gave me 2/3rd's of tin to try since he did not like it and I would have to concur. This one bites perhaps it's the booze or the pH of the leaves, either way it does not agree with me. I also have to thank him since I did not have to buy a tin and won't bother doing so.

This leans towards the aromatic side, especially in the tin topped with something anise or liquorice, Sambuca comes to mind and bad teenage memories; yuck!

This packs well and burns well but falls down in terms of body and richness, it tries to be 'too nice'. The Virginias are very light, too light for my liking with a few flavour holes or blank spots. The Perique is well done and the blend smells more aromatic than it smokes, thankfully.

Overall, I cannot recommend this one due to the bite, blank spots, too nice aw-shucks taste, and the Sambuca (most likely) does not work for me at all.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 15, 2016 Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable
Coincidence, I guess, that 2014 brought both Sixpence and Savinelli's fantastic Doblone d'Oro, again pitting Mac Baren's dark fired Kentucky against Cornell & Diehl's.

Sixpence smokes like Pease didn't have any faith in the tobacco. The topping is sour and alcoholic. Everyone talks about strange flavors. They've doused Sixpence in something that detracts mightily, which is the same thing C&D did to Bourbon Bleu the next year. Compare to Sav's entry: pure tobacco flavor, excellent, simple, trusting that the quality leaf will speak for itself.

I'm not convinced that Va/Bur/Per is improved by subbing in or adding Kentucky leaf anyway - Motzek's Strang was universally loved and it was fine with smooth Burley.

Anyway, if you have a good tolerance for weird off-flavored toppings, give Sixpence a go!
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