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Initially blended and pressed for a club, No. 8 Slice is a stout Virginia and perique flake with added burley. Spicy and complex with full flavor and a cool, even burn.

BrandPeretti
Blended ByL.J. Peretti
Manufactured ByL.J. Peretti
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsBurley, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutKrumble Kake
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (894)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Mottled brown crumble flake in the style of Watch City's Slices. Breaks apart very easily for rubbing but care should be taken not to rub too much, as the crumble can block the draft hole. I enjoyed this best by cutting the flakes to bowl size in a tall slender bowl and simply standing them up. Loaded nice and dry, this method produced an easy light and a particularly mellow but robust smoke.

Called "stout" by Peretti but I found this more medium. The Virginia was the main star, followed by the burley. The perique was noticeable but not strong, but I should mention again that my sensitivity to perique is less than to most tobaccos. The perique was mildly peppery and most noticed in the snork and in the nose when this was smoked in a full bent. The Virginia was robust with a delicious earthiness and most of what sweetness this had seemed to come from the burley. Smoking this alongside Peretti's #333 indicated that the burleys were very similar. And that's a good thing! This blend was very tasty with a lot going on - at the upper end of the complexity scale. Dark fruits, various nuts and the whole assortment of breads from a light wheat to a heavy rye were present and constantly evolving. As with Watch City, Peretti is one of the few "local" blenders left that make their own blends. Of what I've smoked so far, this is Peretti's finest achievement... but more to sample! If you enjoy a basic-type blend but with a ton of complexity and full flavor that goes on for days, you have to give this one a try!

24 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2495)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The very nutty, earthy, lightly bready burley also provides a little molasses, a few drops of cocoa, and a couple splinters of wood. It competes with the lightly tangy, dark fruity, mildly citrusy, lightly earthy, hay/grass-like Virginia for attention, though the Virginia does form the base of the blend, and is the lead component. Most of the sweetness comes from the burley. The raisiny, plumy, spicy perique is an important condiment, though the spice note is not very strong, but it is constantly noticeable. I think there’s a touch of a cocoa topping in play as well. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. No chance of bite or harshness, and has no rough edges. Well balanced with some complexity, you’ll notice most every aspect in every puff. Burns cool, clean and a little slow with a deep, fairly rich, consistent flavor from start to end. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. Has a pleasant, lightly lingering after taste. Can almost be an all day smoke for the experienced smoker.

-JimInks

17 people found this review helpful.

Faustus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Faustus (2)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

DK's review was very nearly spot-on, though I still noticed some differences which I suppose are inevitable when two different people smoke two different batches, even if it is austensibly the same blend. I'll mention that my "No. 8 Slices" came on the moist side—very unusual for Peretti tobaccos in my experience. This resulted in noticeable condensation at the bottom of the bowl. But what flavors!

The flavor evolved and changed significantly throughout the bowl. Mid-bowl was pleasantly sweet to me, the Virginias clearly dominating the show, accentuated nicely by some raisin/dried plum notes I attribute to the Perique. The bread and hay flavors mentioned by the other review(s) were more noticeable to my by the bottom third, and the Burley nutiness came through more there too.

I found that this smoked best with long, slow pulls. In spite of a fairly rapid cadence of long draws, it smoked very cool for me. I am usually an English smoker, and my favorite Peretti flake is the "Cambridge," but I will definitely be keeping this in my rotation for moods when I want something different.

Pipe Used: Savinelli bent billiard churchwarden

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: L.J. Peretti's

8 people found this review helpful.

Mork Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mork (71)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Tin Date/Age When Popped: I’ve had a lot of this, so it’ll be a composite review from fresh out to 2 years.

Tin Description: No. 8 Slice is a stout Virginia and perique flake with added burley. Spicy and complex with full flavor and a cool, even burn.

Storage: Generally I have had this in jars anywhere from brand new and being consistently smoked out of to sealed for 2 years.

Flavor Profile: The main notes I find from this blend are caramel and graham crackers. There’s not a whole lot more to it honestly. It’s a deep, rich, voluptuous smoke that is sweet, but not cloying. Some say they get some cocoa in it, but I think that sublimates into the previously described flavors for me. Extremely smooth with even minimal jar/bag time (a month or two brings it up to fully smokable speed, though I just wing it brand spanking new sometimes for some bright notes that fade rapidly with age), it simply gets richer and better with each passing month. Noticeable difference between a fresh batch and an aged one, usually dependent on the amount of vinegar bright notes that present. When fresh out of the paint can it usually has a pretty hefty dose of vinegar to it. After a month in the jar that has faded down 80%. At 6 months it has fully disappeared.

It’s hard to pick out which leaf is causing which part of the profile- this to me usually means a blend is fully actualized and melded.

Subjective Musings: Full disclosure that this is one of my top two blends, the other being FVF. I came across this blend fairly quickly when I picked up the pipe again after a long hiatus. I had never heard of Peretti before and certainly didn’t fancy myself a burley smoker in any sense. But I got a 2oz sample in a broader order and tried it for “science”.

I really hated it the first two times I smoked it. I just didn’t get it at all. It was in these ridiculous kake flakes and didn’t have any of the notes I was used to.

But I marched onwards with it and found, very shortly, that I was craving this blend more and more. Before I knew it I was out of the initial bag and ordering an 8oz can. A month later I was ordering 2 pounds at once. It rocketed to the top of my cellar list and really hasn’t left since.

It’s a very forgiving blend I find. It won’t bite me, no matter how hard I push it. It’s extremely consistent- what you get is what you get. It doesn’t change its profile based on the humidity or the temperature. It’s always caramel graham crackers. It’s a comforting blend. My constant companion. The one blend I pack when I’m traveling. I never get tired of it, and generally only put it down to sample some random delight a fellow BOTL sent me or to smoke my other big one, FVF.

Cellar Notes: Age is kind to this blend, but not required. Like most things it is best after a year or two+ put away, but being honest I rarely let it get that far out since it’s a major mainstay of my rotation and one can only order so many pounds of something before it becomes an “issue”.

Summary: A solid, dependable blend that maintains its profile regardless of circumstance. Rich, deep, luxurious caramel graham crackers with some bright vinegar if smoked too fresh. Mainstay of my cellar and probably my desert island blend.

Rating: 9.5/10 - Based on this review you’d think this would be a 10, but I don’t think I’ll ever give a 10 out. I’m reserving that for whatever mythical blend comes in and knocks me into the stratosphere.

Rating Scale:

10 - Gods Gift to Pipe Smokers, Buy It All No Matter the Cost

9 - Nearly Perfect, Deep Cellar Worthy

8 - Exceptional, More Than a Few Tins

7 - Very Good, A Few Tins

6 - Good, One Tin is Fine Thanks

5 - Average, Unremarkable, but Pleasant Enough, I’ll Finish the Tin/Sample

4 - Smokable, but Wouldn’t Smoke it Again

3 - I’ll Finish the Bowl, I guess

2 - I Wish I Hadn’t Done This

1 - Why Would This Get Produced

0 - Dump the Bowl

Brief Overview of Reviewer’s General Tastes: I am primarily a VA (and it’s variant combination forms) smoker who has great affinity for SG and comparable EU manufactured blends, along with a few of the US micro blender shops. I do enjoy English/Balkan blends on occasion and a few very specific tobacco forward aromatics. I am exceptionally picky about blends and tend to cellar deep and narrow on things, reserving the bulk of my cellar planning and space for items I find to be of significant worth as far as taste and experience. Anything of quality, but not of obsessive value to me, is cellared and purchased as condimental flavor breaks between my regular rotation.

4 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Burley and Virginia in broken form, and Perique added. Not nearly as deep in Burley flavor but still delivered a nice little spanking of the stuff. The Virginia was what played first fiddle. Not sure how I felt about the Perique presence. It was noticeable but don't really believed it made the blend better than it would have been without it.

4 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (540)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Original Review 1/11/2016

Well, this is the second review of the five Peretti samples given to me by my nephew from the order of samples he placed not too long ago from Peretti. So far this has also been the favorite of a very enjoyable tasting experience thus far.

My main knock on Park Square was a lack of nicotine, well that was certainly not the case with this one. This blend was fantastic and I must say I enjoyed every bowl that I smoked. There were about 8 or so as the sample was of good size. A good solid Vaburper. The Virginias are pretty gold by color and are also pretty earthy. The Burley is there with nutty sweetness, but the nutty sweetness seems to be a little too strong to come from Burley alone.

One should not suppose this to be an overly strong blend in this genre either, but I did find it to have more heft than other similar Virginia/Burley/Perique blends like LBF or DDNR. But I also found it to be right behind the more Burley Heavy creations like OJK and BF3.

The contents list a cocoa/chocolate flavoring added. I do not doubt this to be the case, but this topping, whatever it is, is very light. If it is chocolate and was anything but light, I am sure I would not be able to stand it as that flavor note repulses me. It is not too much unlike Sam Gawith's chocolate flake in this regard and the fact that the Virginias are the dominant leaf in both blends, but where that one has a touch of Latakia, this has some perique and a decent amount that works very well with the topping.

As I said, I really enjoyed this one and intend to buy more of it when I finish up these samples and am ready to put my own order in.

Update 11/21/2019

I purchased an 8 ounce tin of this on my feelings from the above sample and I smoked through all 8 ounces in a relatively quick time, so I really must say that it is worth all three of the stars and maybe then some.

It is always a little odd when you go back to a review and find out the description in TR has changed since said review was written. When I reviewed this earlier the description spoke of both chocolate and cocoa which I really did not buy as I am not a fan of either topping and I was a fan of this. So after smoking through 8 ounces and returning to review, I not only have now identified what flavoring has been added, but now the description lists no flavoring. smh

Suffice to say the description is still wrong. I don't know whether it is a casing or topping or whether it is just been applied to the Kentucky leaf (which is quite common), but molasses has definitely been used in this blend. This makes a lot of sense, since molasses + Burley = all kinds of tasty.

It is funny because I just finished this up while deer hunting and it was just heavenly, but I also smoked some over the summer and it was not as wonderful. I really think that this is a cold weather blend. Think Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky with some perique.

The thought of that might make some feel this is a steamroller of nicotine. While it won't be considered weak by any means, I found it quite tolerable. I never felt even the slightest bit of queasiness. The nicotine, at least as far as my preferences go, was perfect.

Another misperception from my previous review was that this was a Virginia dominant blend. I would have to say that Burley is every bit as prominent as the Virginia if not more so.

If I were to base my rating on the last two ounces I smoked this would be a four star review, but I am holding it to three stars as I would still prefer to smoke Orlik DSK to this one and I would save money in the process. Also, Orlik DSK is delicious no matter the weather or time of year.

4 people found this review helpful.

Pryhosm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pryhosm (189)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Light woody tin note with hints of prunes, and day old cut grass. The flavor is woody and earthy with hints of nuttiness from the Burley. There is a bready quality to the smoke from start to end. The perique is lightly applied an I get dark stewed fruits and only a hint of pepper. The VA's provide a citrusy background and a hint of vegetal grassiness. I am a big fan of this blend, the description I provided may not really do the actual experience justice. I have also noticed that this tobacco can vary greatly from pipe to pipe, all have been good but cobs seem to be the sweet spot for me. I would also recommend some dry time, particularly in a briar.

Pipe Used: Briar’s and cob’s

3 people found this review helpful.

Epoch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Epoch (3)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This tobacco has a full body with an excellent sweet/sour tang and slight pepper on the retrohale. Relatively one dimensional, in that the sweet/pepper riding on burley body and mouthfeel stays from initial light to about the final quarter of the bowl. Things flatten out after that, so I'm usually done. But the first 3/4 of the bowl is so good it's no big deal. It has more body than most other VaPers I've smoked and the burley in this holds the VaPer up so well that the blend wouldn't be the same without it.

The first oz of this that I smoked was pretty flat. The pouch note and taste of the leaf when just nipped between the teeth was so good though that I was really hoping that there could be more in the smoke, too. What finally did it was the dry time. Pack a bowl the night before or even the morning before. Let it chill out until the next day - late morning. Smoke. Enjoy.

I pack some of the bigger flake bits in the bottom of the bowl and then pile in the fully rubbed out granules. The flake acts as the filter to keep the granules from clogging the pipe. I tap the bowl to settle the tobacco in, gravity feed style. Top up with another small pinch of the fully rubbed out granules and thumb that down very lightly - VERY lightly. Whenever the flavor thins a bit I'll tamp (again very lightly) while drawing on the pipe. As soon as that sweet/spicey flavor comes back that's where I'll stop.

Also, I've found that I can't even think about smoking this in the dog days of summertime. With the humidity in the 90%+ range it doesn't matter how long this tobacco sits out; it's going to be too wet and it's going to taste like steam. Even if it's dried in advance and stored in a jar. Smoke it with that much moisture in the air and my mouth is going to pay for it.

Once the humidity drops down to a comfortable range, though, it's about perfection for me. So sweet/sour it makes my mouth water during the smoke. I have a sweet tooth, so I realize this blend might not be for everyone, but damn... It works for me.

Similar Blends: If you started with No. 8 Slice and took out the burley, then added orientals and latakia, you'd have Mississippi River. I swear. If I want an English version of this flavor base I smoke Mississippi River. If I want a VaPer+, but hold the smokey, I smoke No 8 Slice. I love both blends and both make me want to smoke too damn much tobacco for my pocketbook to deliver.

Highly recommended for both VaBur and VaPer fans.

Pipe Used: CG cob, Tinsky Canadian

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: LJ Peretti

Similar Blends: SPC Mississippi River.

3 people found this review helpful.

DaveR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DaveR (1)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

When my favorite, London Flake from Peretti was in the process of changing suppliers after McClelland closed and none was available, the owner of Peretti's asked me if I had tried No. 8 Slice. I hadn't and bought a half pound tin to try. It takes a lot of smokes for me get the full effects of a new tobacco, and two or four ounces won't do it for me. I was very glad I did. As other reviewers have noted, on opening the tin, a very pleasant, not overpowering, sweet, fruity essence wafts up from the jar. The tobacco is described as a crumble cake, but it seems to me that it also has characterists of a broken flake and I would desribe it as a cross between the two. The flakes are thick and would be difficult to just fold and put into a small or medium size bowl, which is what I use, so I crumble them and pack it into the bowl. It is a moist tobacco and takes three or four lights to get it going, just like the old McClelland flakes. The flavor is fairly consistent from the top to the bottom of the bowl. That slight, fruity sweetness is there, as is the slight tang of the Perique. These complement the overall woodsy, earthy taste of the Virginia and Burley. The two seemed to be matched perfectly in this blend, one complementing the other, with neither over-dominating the blend. There seems to be a slight topping or casing, but again, this does not seem to dominate or over-power the other ingredients. Whoever devised this blend did one masterful job at marrying various flavors with no one ingredient dominating the other. As with all flakes, it must be smoked slow and "sipped" otherwise the subtle flavors diaappear with the tongue reminding you that you seriously messed up. This will be my go to blend from now on. Hopefully it will stay on the market for a long time.

Pipe Used: M.T. Algerian briar apple bowl

Age When Smoked: Right off the shelf.

Purchased From: L.J. Peretti, Boston

1 person found this review helpful.

Tilley4 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tilley4 (16)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

What a terrific flake!!

I made a couple of purchases from the guys in Boston recently and this one really hits the mark. Just a terrific smoking experience....

Very enjoyable Virginia based tobacco and the Perique brings a spicy fruity note...cocoa essences throughout.... Terrific with a strong cup of coffee or a big stout...

Tangy and citrusy with a strong tobacco backbone..

Highly recommended!!

Pipe Used: MM bent cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

1 person found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (313)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Another sample from my dear british friend! What a lovely presentation this tobacco has...this is a "Crumble Cake FLAKE"...the flakes aren't very dense, you can crumble them in a Krumble Kake fashion with your fingers to fine crumbles...its a joy to handle his tobacco, really! Reminds me of "Tom´s Plug" by Motzek, which is also a "Krumble Kake Plug", but different in taste tho.

The unburnt aroma is just as beautiful as the presenation and handling! Fruity-sour, peppery-spicy with some fermented quality to it. A tad moist, but can be smoked right away and the impatient Va/Bur/Per fan I am, I did pack a bowl without letting it dry.

Takes the fire well and instatly starts to build up a delicious aroma. King Crimsons Epitaph was underscoring this lovely aroma in the background. Sweet nuts, stoved fruits, raisins, pepper and spice. With a somewhat toasty, bready quality to it. Some earthiness joins in to give it some more body. The interplay of toast-y nuts, fruits, raising and tangy, peppery spice just works for me... very delicious! I just had some Motzek Strang and was disappointed I wouldnt get to smoke more of it...LJ Peretti isn't 100% the same, but comes pretty close and is a very worthy replacement.

A wonderful blend from start to finish. Presentation, handling, tin note, aroma when smoked... this is a rounded smoking experience and an enrichment for any Va/Per and Va/Bur/Per Aficionado. I also might see Burley enthusiasts find joy in this. 4/4 stars and any accolades I can give to it!

Pipe Used: Clay Pipes / Corn Cobs

Similar Blends: worthy replacement for the discontinued, Motzek - (Curly) Strang.

1 person found this review helpful.

point9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
point9 (114)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

An excellent Vaburper. The virginia is the star, which might resourced from Maclellan with slghtly vineger note. The buley is supportive and add nutty sweetness to it, and the perique contribute plum and minimal chocolate hint. One best blend I find in Peretti's creations.

1 person found this review helpful.

Fenris_Bueller Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fenris_Bueller (2)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Mild Full Strong

I picked up an oz of this weed from their shop midsummer of 2018. Ol' no. 8 is a thick cut flake from a krumbly-cake, that barely keeps it together. Rubs out into a rough cut of flecks that range from light brown to black on the spectrum. I'm not the first to notice that because of the rough cut, extra attention is require during loading or a clogged draught is possible. I tend to use the Frank Method (the hanky franky) and have had very little problems so far. While it had some moisture when fresh, it takes little to no time for drying. It lights well and keeps lit, providing a cool yet abundant smoke and leaves minimal dottle and residue. I'm pretty tolerant to nicotine so found this blend to be mild to medium

One whiff into the bag and I get blasted with the heavy funk of barnyard, probably from the fermentation since I've noted this scent before in cigars, perique heavy blends, and vinegar. Not much else get past that into my nose, aside from maybe a little bready sweetness. Once lit this tobacco delivers flavorful smoke with satifying complexity. Nuts, coacoa, bit of deep grass, molasses, dark bread, raisin/prune, sweet but balanced with a smoky/savory/earthy character.

Pipe Used: Cob, briar, morta, meerschaum, olive, pear, birch

Age When Smoked: <6 months

Purchased From: L.J. Peretti Tobacconist

Similar Blends: Barbary Coast , Luxury Bullseye Flake.

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Jamdangler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jamdangler (7)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I had never been to Boston before so I was very excited to check out Peretti's. I took my picture with the statue of Edgar Allen Poe and went in to a much smaller shop than I was expecting. I picked out a English estate prince and explained to the clerk I wanted a VaPer heavy on the Per. Their selection is so vast that it is hard to actually find a blend your self. He even explained to me they will custom blend for their customer. I didn't even know this kind of tobaconist still existed.

I was handed a bag that contained a few pieces of beef jerky that smelled of dried fruits, raisins, prunes, and earthy Virginias. He said I was going to love it. I bought a pound. It is a bit damp and could probably use some drying time which I have never done. I'm too lazy to care. It is a pretty special blend that I will always have some in the cellar. It is a bit one dimensional but in a good VaPer kind of way. I get a little enthusiastic when I smoke and the fact that it is probably a little damper than ideal it does steam my tounge so that's not great but that perique kick and pepper gets me what I am looking for. Great stuff less a bit of a bite. I'm sure this will be amazing with some age.

Age When Smoked: Less than a year

Purchased From: L. J. Peretti Boston, MA

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Original Big Tex Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Original Big Tex (4)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Holy Mary, Sweet Mother of Jesus! This stuff is AMAZING! I recently placed for first order with LJ Peretti when I saw the description of Blend 52 that sounded interesting. Not being able to order just one of their well regarded tobaccos, I picked another to add to my order. Upon opening the paint can of No. 8 Slices, I was immediately welcomed by the periquey goodness of its contents. Not being able to stand the torture another second, I rubbed out a slice and packed my brand new Icarus briar, put fire to it and nearly drowned in my own saliva it is so good! I am not good at describing all of the flavors, but I do know a great tobacco when I smoke it, and this is one!

Pipe Used: Icarus Dublin

Age When Smoked: Fresh off the truck!

Purchased From: L.J. Peretti

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