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Russ took the Virginias used in his best known Virginia based blend, Anniversary Kake, and amped up the perique content, then added a splash of some very nice dark-fired Kentucky leaf. Fire Storm is rather sweet, but the spice shows up shortly thereafter and builds gradually through the end, with a peppery finish. For smokers who like bold Virginia/perique blends.

Notes: From Pipes&Cigars' website, written by Russ:

I’ve been blending pipe tobacco for nearly forty years, but ten years ago is when things really took off. I had made some blends for our brick & mortar store that did well, so we put them up for sale on P&C, and that was the beginning of Hearth & Home. Recently I was asked to make a new series that would let me stretch my wings, as it were, trying to think outside the box and to use tobaccos and techniques that were different than anything I had done previously. I welcomed this challenge. The powers-that-be, here at P&C wanted me to put my name on these blends, and here’s the first entry in the RO Series: Fire Storm.
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Manufactured ByPipes and Cigars
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsKentucky, Perique, Virginia
Packaging1.76 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2976)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

The tangy ripe dark fruity, earthy, woody, lightly bready, tart and tangy citrusy Virginias also have a touch of vinegar and a floral note as the lead components. The perique provides plums, raisins, earth, and a fair amount of pepper as a supporting player. The fire-cured mahogany Kentucky is woody, earthy, floral with some spice and mild nuttiness as it competes with the perique for position. The spice flavor reminds me of cinnamon (it isn't), though it’s more noticeable in the first half of the smoke much of the time, you will feel its presence to the finish. Whatever the topping is, it's sweet and mildly sugary. The overall sweetness is more obvious in the first half as well. I don’t think I’d say this blend gets peppery in the second half of the bowl as the description says so much as it seems to be a little less sweeter, which allows the spice to appear to be more prominent. The strength and taste levels are medium. The nic-hit is a couple of steps below that mark. Won't bite or get harsh, though the spice may pleasantly tingle your tongue a mite. Has few rough edges. Burns cool and clean with a little inconsistency in the rich, deep, sweet and spicy flavor. Has a pleasantly lingering after taste and room note. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Three and a half stars out of four.


29 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (628)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

I was fortunate enough to get a sample of this at the Chicago Show this year from Russ himself. To say I was impressed would be an understatement. This review may be biased by my love for VaBurPers, but I found this one to be spot on from what I would expect from this type of blend.

Sweetness from the Virginias, spiciness from the perique ( and a good amount of the same), and a deep earthy body supplied by the Kentucky. A distant nutty sweetness sits in the background from the interactions of the Virginias and kentucky. Yeah, this one is a winner. And that is exactly what I told Russ on Sunday after smoking several bowls in the tent Saturday night. He then through me another sample. woohoo! Now, it is time to buy several tins.

15 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Mostly dark brown to black ribbons with a heavy and hefty tin aroma of perique and natural tobacco. Easy to load and stayed lit nicely. I found Russ' description interesting, mostly because my tastebuds apparently worked backward from his.

For me, this blend started out much more savory than sweet, with a mild plum flavor well beneath a spicy and robust (but not strong) exterior. There was a bit of pepper as well but it was subdued. The Kentucky flavor was very noticeable but not prominent and lent a kind of grainy spiciness that nicely melded with the perique. It was in the second half of the bowl that more sweetness emerged. The plum became more figgy and sweet, with the pepper dying off and the spice receding to the background but still putting a rich emphasis to the mix. It was almost like this blend was veiled for the first half or so and then dropped the veil ever so gradually until it shone. The second half of the bowl was amazingly complex, rich and tasty. The first half was nice too but not as well executed... almost like it was "shy". Interesting blend. There seemed to be some sort of casing/topping in the first half but I couldn't make it out. It didn't seem to detract too much but I was happier when it burned away mid-bowl. I give this a high 3 stars, and I don't know that I've really figured it out. Like a lot of GL Pease blends, it seems to have some secrets, and like a lot of GL Pease blends, it's worth it to me to try some more and find them out. Russ remains an original. This blend is like nothing I've ever smoked.

13 people found this review helpful.

OnHigherGround Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OnHigherGround (2)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I was fortunate to receive a generous sample of this tobacco from Russ himself before its release. I very much enjoyed it! This is not your typical virginia/perique blend. The robust perique content is a tasty and welcome departure from a more "normal" VaPer base, and changes the character of the smoke. The taste changes gradually over the course of the bowl, perique-y and dark fired flavors become noticeable at different times. The smoke is full and flavorful without ever becoming overwhelming, and leads to a deliciously spicy finish. It's quite unlike any other blend I've had the pleasure of smoking. Do yourself a favor and pick up a tin!

Pipe Used: Bulldog

Age When Smoked: New

10 people found this review helpful.

puro66 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
puro66 (74)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Russ Oullete has already earned his place among the great pipe tobacco blenders of our time. His creation of the Hearth and Home line will be enjoyed by generations of pipe smokers yet to come. (Provided we don't go the way of the DoDo).

I am so happy for Russ that P&C made the decision that it was time to put their master blender front and forward with a signature line bearing his name.

Up first is Firestorm, it was backordered but has finally begun shipping. I always have far more tins open than one should and will sometimes wait to open a new blend (who am I kidding) but I could not wait. This blend is a winner from puff one.It's tin description is actually quite accurate. The first few puffs are indeed a deep dark fruit delight reminding you of Anniversary Kake but with twists and turns. That cinnamon quality eluded to is there but not in a cloying or artificial way. The perique is in fact the dark fruit and is present in ample quantity growing in pepper after the half bowl mark. This is a full mouth feeling rich tobacco without being overwhelming in nicotine or harshness. A grand achievement in my opinion and soon to become a favorite.

Congratulations Russ!

Pipe Used: l'anatra canadian

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: p&c

Similar Blends: H&H Anniversary Kake.

9 people found this review helpful.

pauliepipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pauliepipes (6)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I was introduced to this by a video from Muttnchop Piper on youtube. He described the taste as cinnamon like which I like so I decided to try it. I was very pleased with the tin notes but was blown away with the flavor. The Perique balances this blend perfectly. I will stock up on this one! I would like to get a pipe made with a 2" diameter bowl 4" deep to smoke this one.

Russ Ouellette if you read this, I want to say you NAILED it!!!!! One of my all time favorites.

Pipe Used: Medium bowl briar handmade by Don-Lou

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

8 people found this review helpful.

J.R. Patton Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J.R. Patton (107)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I tend to take tin descriptions with a grain of salt, something to boost the originality of a new blend or perhaps just influence the perceptions of new smokers of the blend. Much to my surprise, this one's spot on! It begins with the tang and sweetness of darker red Virginia complemented by the depth of plum-sweet perique. Gradually, a nasal pinch of spice begins to build, and curiously so does the tangy high note. Around mid-pipe, I'm still tasting the sweetness and tartness, but now there's a mild peppery spiciness binding it all together. Nothing like the pepper note in Escudo, but more pleasantly restrained and harmonious on the whole. Russ has been a favorite blender of mine for some time, and I'm excited to see the new line launch with him in the spotlight. With my penchant for dark-fired and perique in all forms, I feel like this excellent debut blend was created just for me. This is a superb, quality, well-behaved VaBurPer, highly recommend you give it a try. On a final note, I do find the flavor profile much enhanced by a cob verses briar. Either way, great smoke.

Pipe Used: Sasieni 4-dot, MM Washington

Age When Smoked: 10 months

Purchased From:

7 people found this review helpful.

Lit a Kia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lit a Kia (70)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Varied mix of light to dark ribbbon. Tin note is intense fruit and leather. Very well behaved smoke, no dry time needed.

Under the match, the pepper is pretty intense; I find it's almost unbearable, like a high-pitched whine, if I'm drinking an especially hoppy beer and/or have eaten something that packs a lot of flavor. Bearable otherwise as long as you like perique. I get that sensation of a thousand tiny needles on the tongue. This will also grab the back of your throat if you're not careful. Interestingly, given the Kentucky and Perique, I don't get much of a nicotine slug.

For the most part, the components play beautifully together. At a few points during a bowl, it's almost breathtaking. Definitely worth a flyer for Kentucky/Perique fans.

7 people found this review helpful.

Kyohan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kyohan (14)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

One word: Fantastic! Russ hit it out of the park with this blend. The tin says, "It starts off with a dark fruit sweetness and a current of cinnamon that builds gradually to become deep and peppery in the last half" and that is exactly what it does. I love this stuff and will definitely need to add several tins to my cellar. Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Savinelli 320

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

5 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2065)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant - Fire Storm (RO Series).

The ribbons are mostly medium and lighter browns, with just a few black pieces, the paper lining's quite stained and the hydration's great. I normally like a VaPer to be sharp and quite mordant but this seems different. I'll explain.

Although the Perique has a pantagruelian, full flavour, it isn't fully in charge by giving too much pepper, etc.; like in St James', Penny Farthing or one of the other 'Spice Bombs'. Instead the Perique embellishes the fruity Virginias with a plummy note at first, becoming more caustic after a quarter bowl. To me the Kentucky has more of a 'plain' Burley characteristic. I get a nutty, rugged, unrefined flavour, but not exactly a fire cured one. Again, to my palate, this is the lighter of the three. FS burns perfectly, without needing a plethora of relights, manufacturing a cool smoke.

Nicotine: maybe above medium. Room-note: quite nice.

Fire Storm? Not like your standard VaPers, and definitely worth a full house. Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: A few years? One in my stash.

Purchased From:

4 people found this review helpful.

Couch_Incident Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Couch_Incident (2)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

This is the most interesting blend I've smoked in a very long time. It has what appears to be a natural cinnamon flavor to it.

Last year I ordered several tins of this tobacco, purely on a review Muttonchop posted on Youtube. I've tried in the past some heavier Perique blends but have often never finished the tins because I either didn't like them or I gave up due to lack of interest. I like Perique, especially in English blends for some reason but I've never really enjoyed Virginia/Perique blends.

However, this blend is outstanding! I opened the first tin I had last year and it lasted a week. I just recently opened a second tin with a year on it, and its life expectancy is very very short. I have one tin left and I'm going to keep it for a special occasion, just in case the blend doesn't come back (P&C is currently back ordered).

If you like Perique, Virginia and Fire Cured tobacco, this is your deal. If you like cinnamon, you will enjoy the beginning of the bowl. This is just an amazing blend and I'm so happy to have tried it.

Pipe Used: Savinelli TRIS 173

Age When Smoked: 1 Year

4 people found this review helpful.

mightysmurf8201 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mightysmurf8201 (29)
Strong Mild to Medium Very Full Very Pleasant

Tin note is a bit spicy and savory. Rough cut ribbons of dark brown and black. No drying needed. Lights and smokes well. Right off the bat, I get a strong cinnamon flavor, which is different but pleasant. It lasts through the bowl, but mellows a bit as you get closer to the bottom. Kentucky leaf is up front in this blend, and the VA's add a nice sweetness that pairs well with the blends spicy essence. Really good blend overall. Not a morning smoke for me, but top notch through and through. It will ghost a pipe slightly. Best in a briar.

Pipe Used: Cob, meerschaum, briar.

4 people found this review helpful.

Autumn joy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Autumn joy (48)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

RO Fire storm is exactly what it is, this blend starts out tasting like anniversary kake, but turns into a spicy love story from the perique about mid bowl. The last third of the bowl the perique tends to fall back and is more noted in the background. The tobacco was very well done and easy to work with no issues keeping this stuff lit. Overall just a great blend by Russ Ouellette and I am looking forward to the rest of the RO series.

Pipe Used: Dublin

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

4 people found this review helpful.

CR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CR (26)
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant

One of the most flavorful “naked blends” I have ever smoked, Fire Strom is a work of dedication and pure brilliance (and that was not overstated).

Upon opening the tin, as many other reviews have expressed, it is truly hard to believe it’s not topped with anything - the first whiff does bring back fond memories of Christmas cookies or candies. After a longer inhale, though, and especially after the tin has been opened for a while, the vinegary Perique and the smokey Dark Fired present their full bouquets. Also, given how quickly the uniform and extremely well-blended ribbons dry out, and how the distinct flavors of each leaf present themselves, I can assure you - as far as my own face is concerned - there is no topping here.

This is high-quality tobacco, and it burns cool and evenly down to a fine ash without bite. The smoke is nothing short of marvelous, and this blend is aptly named. Expect your sinuses to get a good workout with this one. The Dark Fired has an extremely rich and leathery quality to it, and the Perique is more of the musky and fruity variety, but both throw their full weight behind the heat here. Yet, while the warm pepper of cinnamon spice presents itself upon lighting, and it lingers throughout the whole bowl, this is an extremely smooth, creamy, and savory smoke. I had some struggle determining if the taste of cream came from the Turkish or from the Dark Fired - I am now convinced it’s produced by a perfect marriage of the two, as the marriage of them both with the Perique is what produces that real “current of cinnamon” taste also found on the tin description. There are no overt flavors of the Virginia found here, but its sweetness presents an essential foundation for the fusion of the other three players.

If you like Perique or Dark Fired, please try this stuff. Even if you don’t, there is a good chance you will come away with a love for them afterward. This blend sets the bar high and has cemented Ouellette as a genius blender in my mind - I expect this will not be the last tin of Fire Storm I purchase in my lifetime. Can’t wait to try the Viprati I ordered last week.

Pipe Used: Various briars & cobs

Age When Smoked: New/ 4 mos

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (294)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Very Strong

Russ hit a spark with his Fire Storm. I received a sample with my Tinsociety box which gave me a chance to try this one I'd missed.

The bag note was strong tobacco in the best way. It was the smell I'd associate maybe with a curing barn in Kentucky somewhere. I took several long smells. The cut is a ribbon with darker tobaccos. I found the moisture level great and it was ready to pack without drying.

The charring light taste was spicy which I'm guessing is the Kentucky. The first part of the bowl alternated between that spicy and the dark fruit sort of perique. I didn't pick up a lot of high sweet notes.

It burned well without needing much tending and only one relight when I let it go out while making a drink. It paired really well with some Oakheart Rum as the sweetness of the rum was countered by the spicy and almost tart/sour notes of the tobacco.

Midway through the bowl I picked up a little more sweetness but it was very subdued. The nic level to me was pretty high as I definitely knew that I had been smoking. To me that makes it not really an all day smoke, but a joy to enjoy after dinner with a nice drink. The room note was described as stinky, sort of cigar like by the wife who was not a fan

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: unknown

Purchased From: Tin Society Box

3 people found this review helpful.

WyoSmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WyoSmoke (4)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Dark fruits. Plum, caramelized pear and fig. Slight pepper and nutmeg spicyness. This tobacco seems very moist & springy, yet smokes very well. No relights, not much tamping needs done. I been smoking this blend nonstop since cracking the tin, very impressed. Like the tobacco version of a fig Newton. Faster puffing reviels more spice and a hint of oak, or maybe nuts. Complex. Highly recommended

Pipe Used: Scortarious bent Dublin

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: P&C

3 people found this review helpful.

Zappa2112 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Zappa2112 (11)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

A true masterpiece. Instantly a favorite and gets better and better with each bowl. Quite possibly my all time favorite. Definitely a top 3 for sure. I strongly recommend giving it a try.

Pipe Used: Cobs, Briars

Purchased From: Pipesandcigars

3 people found this review helpful.

WorkingClassChap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WorkingClassChap (176)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

Smoking now:

Tin smells like cheese. It’s delightful. Musty, earthy, fermented, like a Blue cheese.

Virgina grass and hay with a dark campfire smoky spicy fruit flavor. Some dried fruit flavor but little sweetness. More of a savory blend. Fuller body and flavor. Does tingle the nose, no bite though. Has a peppery element to it. Leaves an after taste but it’s not offensive. Rich and flavorful.

Its definitely a 3 star or higher blend but its not something I would normally smoke.

Pipe Used: Corncob

2 people found this review helpful.

moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (217)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Although there is no mention of it in our current TR blurb, or in any of the other reviews I’ve read, labeling on my tin of Fire Storm includes Turkish on the list of varietals used for this blend. Having seen that, I can’t ignore my initial impression that I can smell Turkish in the tin and in the smoke, and taste it, as well, adding its own spices to an already busy blend. Tin note is mostly sweet, bready, yeasty red VA, which also includes some dark fruit leather, well down there. It takes some persistence to light it, then it burns just OK. It’s first a VA/Per, with slightly musty, sweetened, bready VAs up first, then the Perique, which is sour and figgy, and not all that spicy. The DFK is smoky, bitter, and slightly woody, with muted BBQ spices. The Turkish is woody, floral, a little rank, with muted, savory kabab spices. I tussled with Fire Storm for quite a while, because I was getting hints of something special in the scents, an expanded, sort of ethereal, aromatic version of the tin note, with a more floral aspect. But, wouldn’t you know it, when I finally found “the right pipe” to really bring out the best aromas, the tastes got muddled, along with with “chemicals” I could not eliminate that took away from the great smells. Of course I realize this might be nothing more than body chemistry, but that’s what I was left with. If the problem were worse, I would down rate this blend still further. Strength is medium. Tastes are medium. Room note is almost pleasant. Aftertaste is a sweeter, slightly ashy version of the best of the smoke.

How much time and effort should a reviewer put into evaluating a given pipe tobacco blend? I have turned quite a few 2s or 3s into 4s by sticking with a blend, putting it through its paces, taking its full measure and making the most of it. Like I say in my profile, I aim to smoke nothing but 4 star blends, and I do what I can to keep a streak. In this case, I’ve only been able to get 4-star moments, and never a full 4-star smoke. While Fire Storm is pretty good, and I recommend it 3 stars worth, it’s up against some very fine blends, and I admit I threw in the towel when I did because of “bad chemistry” I couldn’t shake. PG again? I believe so, and something else, too. To the point, I happen to have a lot of 4-star competition on hand, which makes it easy to just smoke something I know is great instead, which makes it hard to be the new VA/Bur/Per in my pipe! It should age well, however, and I’ll get back if anything changes over time.

Pipe Used: tall-ish and narrow-ish was best

Age When Smoked: from undated tin

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

Similar Blends: watch this space.

2 people found this review helpful.

HeavyMetalPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HeavyMetalPiper (65)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The smell is periquey, reminiscent of the smell of a flavored cigar. The flavor is of a figgy, raisiny fruitiness; maybe plum. There is a very subtle spice to it, which grows as the bowl progresses. It reminded me of a less intense cinnamon gum.

You can view my video review of this blend here:

YouTube Video

Pipe Used: SMS Meerschaum Skater

Age When Smoked: 16 Weeks

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

cm1648 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cm1648 (100)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Prep: Came perfect The Virginas deliver a dark fruity note, some citrus, hay, and slight vingerary addition. The red and light Virginia mix is apparent in the taste. Stewed fruit from the Perique. Slightly cinnamony. Some Va/Pers are more sweet than peppery and some are more peppery than sweet. This one strikes a balance. Earthiness from the Kentucky. Definitely in the back seat but I like its addition. It may be what gives this the cinnamon note. It is fairly consistent, though I feel the sweetness is toned down a bit near the 2nd half of the bowl. Definitely a great Va/Per that lives up to its reviews. For me it is an 8/10

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1 person found this review helpful.

RonR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RonR (86)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable


Just finished a full tin, my first of this blend. Perfect moisture content and once lit never had a relight unless I walked away from the pipe. Burns clean to a white ash. Main component is Anniversary Kake which I was disappointed with considering the buzz about it. The Kentucky probably help swing it to my strike zone and this blend with the perique as well...I absolutely love it and went through the tin in less then 2 weeks. If you like VaPers I would highly recommend this one. Sweet and spicy. Beautiful retrohale of spicy sweetness which is fantastic when a blend can pull it off and not be overbearing.

My tin was fresh and it did smoke that way having have some rough spots. I am sure with some age this will smooth out beautifully. I was just able to secure 5 tins from 2016 so I will try one immediately once they arrive and if confirmed, the cellaring process will begin.

Pipe Used: Cobs

Age When Smoked: Fresh tin

1 person found this review helpful.

Bud_Harold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bud_Harold (25)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I absolutely love this blend! Dark and woodsy with a touch of sweetness. Nothing cloying or overpowering. Everything kinda winds around each other and makes this a very balanced smoke. Virginia's, DFK, and Perique all playing together harmoniously. A must try!

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: 3yrs

Purchased From: Gift

1 person found this review helpful.

Novaki Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Novaki (35)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I noticed the deep woodsy flavor of dark-fired Kentucky in the foreground. Not at all harsh like most DFK I've tried. There's a subtle sweetness with a taste of nutmeg which I assume is coming from Virginia. This sweetness is so faint that it never becomes cloying. Kinda reminds me a bit of Captain Black or East India Trading Company - Royal Challenge, but without all the Cavendish topping. There's a pleasant touch of perique spiciness. I get a lot of deep, dark and smokey flavors with this one. A few earthy notes here and there. Very pleasant. Good dampness in the tin. The DFK isn't overpowering, the Virginia doesn't burn too hot, and the perique doesn't set my nose on fire. Another perfectly polished and balanced blend for Russ Ouellette. Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Cobs

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: P&C

1 person found this review helpful.

Gripsholm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gripsholm (45)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Fire Storm is very well behaved, burns well, no bite, minimal moisture. A soft cinnamon like spice flavor gently tickles at the back of my throat while smoking this one... The cinnamon experience is usually what I get from Dark-Fired Kentucky and Firestorm certainly provides that.

This is a Dark-Fired Kentucky forward blend, hence the name Fire Storm. If you like Dark-Fired Kentucky or want to try it in a superbly blended tobacco, Fire Storm is an excellent choice.

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars online

1 person found this review helpful.

Mijnnif Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mijnnif (111)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Tin note sweet campfire smell. My tin was well aged 5 years. The cut was very fine ribbon. The cupcake liner in my tin was very saturated probably due to the age. The first half of the bowl is spicy perique forward and Kentucky. The VA is defiantly just in the background for a touch of sweetness. The Kentucky give this a bold flavor. I would consider this more of a perky. Doesn't bite. The perique is there, but this is not a spice bomb. Gets sweeter at the 1/2 mark. If you are a spice lover this is a great blend. not sure how it is in a fresh tin but with age its wonderful. I think it has a whiskey topping but its very light. Bought 2 more tins to age

Pipe Used: Paronelli Briar

Age When Smoked: 5 years

Purchased From: friend

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Lager Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lager (50)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Firestorm is a real nose tickler with a little smack in the face from the Kentucky. Spicy and sweet with a decent nic hit. Russ has done an excellent job on this as the smoke is of high quality. No reason not to like this if you like Va/Pers.


Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Cigars International

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