Tsuge Premium Pipe Tobacco First Days of Spring

First Days of Spring intriguingly blends Virginia and burleys with a dash of perique to add a dark fruit note and some spice. Speaking of fruit, the blend is lightly topped off with a splash of berry flavor. The taste and room note will change the way you think about aromatics. With plum blossom scent, this sudden sun emerges along a mountain trail. - Matsuo Basho (1644 – 1694)
Notes: "The Four Seasons" is a line of aromatic blends that are meant to capture the essence of the four distinct seasons in Japan. They were announced at 2014 IPCPR, and released in late 2014.


Brand Tsuge Premium Pipe Tobacco
Series The Four Seasons
Blended By  
Manufactured By Drew Estate
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Black Cavendish, Perique, Virginia
Flavoring Fruit / Citrus
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.90 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 27, 2016 Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I bought this one for two reasons: One of my favorite blends thus far is Grand Central by Drew Estate, and since Drew Estate also makes Tsuge, it seemed a good place to dabble. Secondly, it was in fact spring when I bought it and my girlfriend (decked in a Kimono) and I were going to a Japanese flower garden to view the cherry blossoms. I won't taint the review with that awesome experience, rather this is what I thought the next week.

The tin artwork, for me, was a nice change of pace from the usual English artwork themes other brands seem to use. The initial waf, was that of sick, sour, cherries (which I think always turns me off heralding back to an early childhood memory with cherry flavored medicine). Thankfully it wasn't too fruity, but the smell of earthy must reminded me a lot of Samuel Gawith's Grousemoor. Similarly, the odor goes away once smoked.

It is spongy and moist (likely changing the flavor when left to dry out), but there was no problem getting it lit and maintaining a cherry (insert pun here) straight from the tin. It leaves a sugar note on the tongue with a hint of cherry.

About a month later the cherry aroma in the tin has given way to a chocolate and more pleasant scent, perhaps upping this to 3 stars as a nice aromatic? It was a light and pleasant smoke, but nothing remarkable or close to Grand Central for complexity. I'll be happy to finish the tin, but likely won't rebuy it.
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