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
Nov 26, 2014 Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
The mildly tart red Virginias have a little less tangy dark fruit than usual, and are a little more earthy than commonly expected, though the hay notes somewhat mitigate that. They also have some bread, wood, mild vegetation, light sugar ad tart citrus. They are the lead components. The earthy, woody perique is mostly plum and raisiny rather than spicy, the latter aspect partially being undercut/enhanced by the dark fired Kentucky. It's very earthy, woody, vegetative, floral, rather sour, and mildly nutty. The DFK is a supporting player, whiIe the perique is a step above being a condiment. I can't identify the topping, but it has a slight sweetness with a sour note and a taste of alcohol. The strength and nic-hit are a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium. The taste level is medium. Won't bite or get harsh, but it has a few rough edges. The components meld well to create a harmonious, very consistent flavor. Not very complex, but it burns clean, slow, and cool. Barely leaves any moisture in the bowl, and requires just above an average number of relights. Could be an entry level product for those wanting to venture into this territory. I consider this to be just shy of an all day smoke, but is easily repeatable during the day.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 25, 2014 Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Very much a first impression here, but it's undeniable this is a well crafted blend. i cannot imagine how many tries it took to balance the virginias, dark fired and perique so expertly. Admittedly, I'm not a fan of dark fired as a regular smoke, so I was happy it's not overpowering in this blend. The tin note was very much fermenting plums to me, and there was a grape sugar note in the background, perhaps from the "spirit" added? The topping was not detectable in the smoke to me, or at least I didn't recognize it. There's little enough perique that it barely burns the nose, and little enough dark fired that it's not burning my throat, but those two still give the primary taste, a very rich, slightly spicy one. The virginias are subdued, and definitely in the background. Greatly enjoyed smoking this in a tall straight chimney, it melds into a very rich, hard to describe flavor towards the end of the bowl that's just lovely. Hope this first impression helps anyone.
Pipe Used: Meerschaum, Briar
PurchasedFrom: Smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: 6 weeks
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 22, 2015 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Small brown broken flakes that I rubbed out partially before loading. Smell of some sort of booze in the tin atop a bed of dark base tobaccos, and a pretty good snootful of perique. Lovely tin note.

Tough review to write. The issues I had with this are much less about the recipe than about the tobaccos used. For some reason, I have lost my taste for C&D virginias and burleys over the last year, or they have changed much more than subtly. Their virginias now taste like their burleys and their burleys taste like Kentuckys mixed with ropes. I have a lot of the older stuff in my cellar and I'm tasting the differences between then and now, and I'm liking them less. That's not a problem with the blend itself, however. When this one was "in the zone", it was a great tasting sweet boozy flavor melding with the perique, which gave off dark fruit notes rather than peppery, spicy ones. These flavor overcame the rather harsh burley tones of the red virginia. Yes, it was the virginia that threw this one off for me. The Kentucky was a nice addition and added the proper amount of earth and nuttiness, but the virginias smoked harsh and overly robust, which just as often threw the balance off for me. I'd love to try this with either someone else's red VA's or C&D's lemon. There's just too much tobacco darkness here for me, and it wasn't often enough offset by the sweet and sour topping mixed with the sweet perique. I liked it fine, but it just didn't bowl me over as I thought it would.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 31, 2014 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Visually similar to Fillmore. Broken flake. Dark in color. But wheras Fillmore is deep, rich, dark, and spicy on the nose, the tin note here is sweeter, more plummy, with a touch of what seems like sherry or other sweet, fortified wine. 

The charring and true lighs reveal a hearty Virginia/Kentucky with a hint of that alcohol sweetness in the background.  Perique here is a condiment touch to what is really a spectacular Virginia / Kentucky blend.  And, my oh my, are the Virginia's smooth here. There is no heat, no bite, even when puffed.  Lots of clean, white smoke. When approached as a Virginia blend, rather than a strict VaPer, this is a masterpiece of blending that will leave even the most sensitive tongue unscathed and satisfy a broad range of pipe smokers.  Those looking for Virginia's sweet, citrusy side should be forewarned: there is none of that here.  

By mid bowl the spirit component has mellowed to more of a Gewürztraminer flavor, smoothing out the burley. In a cob, the Perique element is extremely mild, detected only through the snork, and even then only barely.  I found that in a briar, the Perique was slightly more pronounced, though still a background note and not meant to be the star of the show. There's a piney, slightly earthy flavor here: the sweetness of the virginias muted and melded with the more smokey influence of the Kentucky. The burn is steady and smooth, and the bowl finishes down to a tight , gray ash with no muck or mess. A very dry smoke.

To my palette, this is Fillmore-light, with a touch of strong, northern, white wine - and that's not a criticism. This is a perfectly balanced and harmonious blend in its own right, and even the Fillmore smoker misses nothing here - it stands on its own with a smoothness that betrays the rich tobacco flavors within. Like most Pease broken flakes, this one has "ages well" written all over it. I will be very interested to see what some time does to this blend once it has been jarred and had some time to think about itself. 

This is an easy-smoking version of some other Pease blends that could easily be an all-day smoke for lovers of Fillmore and Cumberland, and an excellent, smooth introduction to GLP VaPer & VaBur blends. That said, the flavor is here for a thoroughly satisfying evening smoke. 
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 25, 2019 Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable
YMMV, of course, but I am perfectly willing to age and/or rest tobaccos, fiddle with prep, and find the “right pipe” in order to get the best from a given blend. I mention this because this review and rating are for young Sixpence that’s been rested in a jar for two months after opening the tin. Personally, if young Sixpence got no better than my first bowlful I would not keep smoking it. Young tin popped, the Sixpence inside was proof-y, stewed dark fruit over wet silage and cereal grains. Broken flakes are medium to dark reddish brown. I usually at least try smoking straight from the tin (or bag), and in this case I was not surprised when the tastes went from warm air to muddled over the course of my first bowl. Given my experience with Sixpence, I now have no doubt that tin ageing would be the way to go. And my young sample continued to improve through the course of two months rest in a jar. Initially, I got a very nice scent from the secret spirit GLP claim was added, something like a light pear brandy. This abated quickly and finally disappeared with rest, while the other scents bloomed sans pear. Lit, the Perique comes up first, initially tasting of warm air, then ramping fairly quickly to sour plums, raisins and bakery spices that are more than condimental, well met with fairly stout, loamy, fairly sweet, semi-piquant, red VAs that I suppose are both air cured and stoved. The KY, on the other hand, is condimental. It is piquant, nutty, and slightly smoky, like barbeque with sweet, savory sauce, but way down there. IMO, the scents from rested Sixpence are best snorked lightly. It starts out mild and almost floral, a little spicy, with wild grasses and wheat, opening up substantially as I puff. There is lots of smoke, and it burns down fine, right to the bottom. Strength is near medium. Tastes are just over medium. Room note is better than tolerable. Aftertaste is a sweet, sour and piquant trailing off of the best of the smoke.

Again, IMO, the best approach with Sixpence would be to let it age in the tin then rest it to taste. Given this consideration, it will be a 4 star blend in terms of quality. However, with some very fine VA/Per/Ky blends currently available as “competition”, I can only give Sixpence 3 stars at this time. Further, I do not recommend a large pipe for Sixpence but prefer a 4 for overall balance and tastes. I will revisit this review over time, if/as warranted.
Pipe Used: various briars; #4 preferred
PurchasedFrom: Cup o' Joe's
Age When Smoked: young tin aged to 2+ months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 10, 2017 Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant
just terrific. Im a fan of Pease's Navigator, too, which also has an alcohol component to it. Nobody does this better than Pease. This is a nice medium body Vaper, with that Perique i associate with gawith's St James Flake. So think st james flake with a rum or brandy soaking. Also bears some comparison to haddo's delight. The nic hit is moderate but certainly its strong enough to keep those craving that to be satisified. Also a remarkably cool smoke, and the taste is consistent start to finish. Just another excellent Pease blend.

Now its really a 3 and half star blend. But i cant give it four. Its just not quite as fully complex as some of Pease's stuff. But this might change with a bit of aging. And so much is subjective. I know Navigator is a polorizing blend. I absolutely love it. And I rate Haddo's as a four star blend. And Union Square....for what it is, which is straight Virginia. But all I can say is, I order this regularly, along with several other pease blends. I think Pease is right there with mcClelland and C&D and gawith hoggarth as the elite makers of pipe tobacco.There are one offs with other manufacturers.....Reiner, or Solani or even Macbaren. But ive yet to find a *bad* Greg Pease blend.
PurchasedFrom: 4noggins
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 06, 2022 Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Tin note is classic vaper, with a mild alcoholic topping. I don’t detect much Kentucky.

I love this cut. Pease has utilized this cut in several blends (Meridian, Chelsea Morning), and it is somewhere between a ribbon, ready rubbed, and broken flake. It is very easy to grab and stuff without any fuss.

This tin was a little moist for a C&D produced tobacco, but it didn’t require more than 15 minutes of drying.

Smoking was a pleasure. Classic vaper flavors, with a subtle depth and smokiness from the Kentucky. The Perique was present in terms of raisin and fig notes, without too much spice. Burns a little fast, and the alcoholic topping pokes through just enough to let you know it’s there.

Most Pease blends require time to tease out all the nuances and subtle complexities. I just sat back and enjoyed this one. Enjoy it I did.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 29, 2019 Medium to Strong Mild Medium Tolerable
I expected to love this one, as I enjoy all the component tobaccos, appreciate most Pease blends, and don't mind a bit of liquor as a topping. While it's an objectively good tobacco, I merely enjoyed it.

The hay and mowed grass notes from the VAs really stuck out to me more than anything initially. The topping is more noticeable in the tin than in the pipe. I don't taste much from the perique or DFK. It's has some substance in terms of body, and a decent amount of nicotine. It's a good smoke, but I just felt like I wanted something more. May just be the limitations of my palate.
PurchasedFrom: P&C
Age When Smoked: Young
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 17, 2017 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
I am a huge fan of Dark Fired Kentucky and in Sixpence it is applied nicely, it's fruity, earthy, nutty and a little spicy. I rubbed the flake out and let it dry for about 45 minutes before packing it lightly in the pipe. The Perique is sweet, fruity a little peppery and I detect a little sourness, but I'm not sure if that's the Perique or not. The DFK is nice and smoky and a little spicy in this blend. It burns well, with only a few relights for me. The tin note is smoky and spicy with some stewed fruits. I can't detect any flavorings or toppings, I only get pure tobacco goodness from this blend. I think this will age well, so I will be buying more to put back.
Pipe Used: Peterson Donegal Rocky XL02
PurchasedFrom: Smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: 1 month
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 29, 2016 Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant
The tin has a slight note of some type of spirit, bourbon maybe. Then in the front seat was the dark fired VA and a hint of perique. In the back seat are the red VA's
Pipe Used: Radice
PurchasedFrom: Smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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