Peretti No.8 Slice

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.


Brand Peretti
Blended By L.J. Peretti
Manufactured By L.J. Peretti
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Burley, Perique, Virginia
Cut Krumble Kake
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.68 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 18, 2015 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!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 27, 2017 Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
The very nutty, earthy, woody, 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 tart citrusy, lightly earthy, hay/grass-like, woody Virginias for attention, though they do form the base of the blend, and are the lead components. Most of the sweetness comes from the burley. The raisiny, plumy, spicy, earthy, woody 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 strength and taste levels are medium. 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, and lightly stronger room note. Can almost be an all day smoke for the experienced smoker.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 03, 2017 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.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 12, 2017 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
PurchasedFrom: L.J. Peretti's
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 11, 2016 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 received from Peretti. So far this has also been the favorite of a very enjoyable tasting experience.

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 on tobacco 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.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 23, 2020 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
This is a pretty interesting blend by Peretti, sold in bulk. The smell out of the jar is funky "barn yard" . My sample was aged a couple of years. The presentation is sort of a broken crumble cake, mottled with dark and light VAs, burley, and black perique. You will need to dry it a bit. I find it very tart for the first 2/3 of the bowl. There seems to be a fair amount of perique in this blend, and it belongs to the peppery, spicy end of the spectrum. It is noticeable on the tongue, so take it easy. I don't find it sweet like, say, Dunbar or Marlin Flake. This , to me, is a two light experience-a charring light and a full light then it burns down to ash. Very nice burn. There is a nutty tone from the burley in the background. You can also pick out a woody taste, which I like. It loses the tartness in the last 1/3 and the VA dominates. This is more smooth, hay like, citrusy, and a little bit a bread flavor. I find the nic hit closer to medium than mild. A very good complex VAPER.
Pipe Used: Bent Billard-Vesz
PurchasedFrom: Peretti
Age When Smoked: 2 years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 26, 2017 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
PurchasedFrom: LJ Peretti
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 25, 2020 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Nicotine is in the rear passenger seat,maybe even in the trunk.Flavor is slightly stronger than #333,or #52.The whole thing seems to meld together pretty well.Please know that I normally smoke stronger Perique mixtures.This would in my opinion be an ideal crossover blend for smokers wishing to enter the world of Perique,but who have been intimidated by the reputation that this condiment tobacco seems to have.I prefer drying openly in the air for an hour,if rubbed out,or even overnight if you’re going to smoke the individual flakes.This is not to say that it’s soggy out of the tin,just my preference.This should age really wellin a year or so if aging is your thing,even though it’s quite smokable as is.As my pallet is pretty hammered,and spoiled,please draw your own conclusions,and take this as guidance only.I recommend this high quality Mixture.
Pipe Used: Astley’s large 1/4 bent
PurchasedFrom: LJ Peretti of Boston,MA.
Age When Smoked: Purchased in Feb.2020,jarred for 5 Wks.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 14, 2019 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
PurchasedFrom: L.J. Peretti Tobacconist
Age When Smoked: <6 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 25, 2019 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
PurchasedFrom: L.J. Peretti, Boston
Age When Smoked: Right off the shelf.
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