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Peterson's Connemara Black is a different take on one of the most popular types of pipe tobacco - cherry aromatics. Soft, superb black cavendish is blended with mature, ripe Virginias, and accented with a singularly sweet and zesty cherry note. Cool enough to enjoy all day, Connemara Black has an outstanding room note that everyone will love.

Blended ByPeterson
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Virginia
Packaging40 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Skibbereen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skibbereen (19)
Strong Strong Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Well...looks like I am the first to review this blend. Well ladies and gentleman...if my opinion counts...I've got some bad news!! You know...I am a huge fan of Peterson pipes. I have about 120 Pete's. But the only blend I like from their tobacco collection is Old Dublin. So you would figure that should have told me something...but as you all know...all of us pipe smokers suffer from T.A.D. (Tobacco Acquisition Disorder). So when I saw the advertisement for Connemara Black I had to try it. So...I wiped off a beautiful old Peterson Connemara B2 and opened the pouch. The first odor that hit me was the cherry. Very strong but wonderful. Then behind that I could smell the Virginia. And then I caught an odor of something I have never smelled from tinned pipe tobaccos. (This tobacco comes in a plastic pouch). Everything about the blend screamed "Over the Counter" blend. But I packed up a bowl and fired up a stick and had at it. First pull wasn't to bad I thought. I could taste the cherry but it wasn't overpowering. Then I tasted the Virginia. I thought that I just lit a cherry flavored cigarette. And even the charring light was a scorcher. Lots of bite. I set the pipe down and forgot about it for 15-20 minutes and then I picked it up and relit it. It was stronger than the charring light. Not to much cherry...but a lot of Virginia. But not good Virginia. It tasted cheap and dry. The farther down the bowl the stronger it got. It did burn well however. Just a tad of dottle in the bottom. But it just had nothing. No flavor! It pains my heart to write such negative words about a Peterson product but I expect the readers would appreciate honesty. I do realize that the jury should still be out on this blend so I will continue to experiment with this blend and if it turns out I can update this review with anything positive I will do so. But for first impressions are not good. If you like cherry flavored cigarettes...get it. would be smart to pass.

Update as of 9/27/15 I had to throw this away. I tried very hard to like it...I just couldn't do it. This blend is just bad!

Pipe Used: Peterson Connemara B2

Age When Smoked: Right from the mailbox

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Brown & Williamson - Sir Walter Raleigh Aromatic, Half & Half - Half & Half Regular, Cherry flavored Lucky Strike non-filters.

7 people found this review helpful.

Greekpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Greekpipesmoker (201)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A friend of mine had the kindness to donate me a bowl of this blend.when you break the seal a stong smell of cherry and nuts comes out.the moisture level is proper,packs ok,lights with a little effort and several relights are needed.while burning the chery topping dominates the flavours.though strong the topping disappears after the half bowl.i also detected nuts and very rare some citruses.the virginia flavours are really subtlimated by the topping.tongue bite is present even if you go slow.burns fast and hot creating lots of moisture and dumbness in the bowl.the nicotine level is low.the room note is almost pleasing because the smell is very strong .in conclusion this low nicotine and very strong aroma blend can be smoked all day but not from me!!!

Age When Smoked: When opened

5 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2080)
Mild Very Strong Medium Pleasant

Peterson - Connemara Black.

Okay, at first I disagreed with my fellow reviewers, I felt this was a good cherry aromatic; that lasted all but a minute!

I'll highlight firstly that this is a very false tasting blend. The cherry flavouring has been added in a stupidly large quantity. If you like something gloopy in your pipe you've found the blend for you right here! As well as this cherry addition I can identify a sort of vanilla cream touch, that probably comes from the Black Cavendish though as it's not that strong as to suggest that alongside the cherry another topping has been used.

As well as me finding the cherry stupid, my point of view on the heat is the same. It burns horribly hot. This makes the pipe uncomfortable to hold and the smoke's a menace on the tongue.

Nicotine? From my point of view it's no more than mild. Although you may find, like my fellow reviewers, that your opinion differs to mine.

The only good point is the room note. It has a great cherry quality that lasts a little longer than the smokes duration. Is that enough of a redemption though?...No, I'll summarise with one word: AVOID.

Not rated.

Pipe Used: Peterson Golden Supreme

Purchased From: GQ Tobacco's

5 people found this review helpful.

Magisteradmirabilis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Magisteradmirabilis (1)
Very Mild Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

A disclaimer in advance. I am primarily a smoker of English mixtures though I occasionally dabble in aromatics and vapers depending on my mood and company. I was pleasantly surprised not to experience the tongue bite other reviewers have mentioned but then I tend to sip aromatics rather slowly. This is clearly an advantage over certain other aromatics such as McBaren Cherry Choice. The cherry flavouring was mild, in comparison to Captain Black Cherry. The sweetness of the Virginias was definitely present but it lacked that freshly mown hay quality and was somewhat bland. The nicotine hit was mild, hardly noticeable. At first the room note was pleasant but quickly turned to the odour of stale cigarettes and left a similar aftertaste in my mouth. I dislike cigarettes. If I wished for cigarettes, I would smoke them instead. Having said that, this is not a bad tobacco, it is merely not a good one and, unlike other tobaccos by Peterson, will definitely not be added to my regular rotation of aromatics. I would not recommend it as there are definitely better aromatics on the market but it would probably be o.k. for someone transitioning from cigarettes to pipe tobacco.

Pipe Used: Peterson Summertime xl02

Age When Smoked: Fresh from pouch

Purchased From: Local Tobacconist

Similar Blends: Cigarettes.

4 people found this review helpful.

Vincedbass Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Vincedbass (1)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

The negative reviews of this blend are too harsh. This is a pretty good blend. The cherry flavouring is not overpowering. This pouch cost me 5 bucks. For that price i have not encountered a cherry blend that doesnt taste like a cherry cough drop. Theroom note is fantastic amd i have recieved compliments on it. Chocolate overtones are present in the flavour, more cherry in the room. But mostly the tobacco flavour comes through, fortunately. For those complaining about tongue bite, slow down, or learn to pack a proper bowl. This blend was at a perfect moisture level to smoke right away. I smoked this lighting only twice, and there was no goopy mess in the doddle, a pleasant surprise. Again the negative reviews here are unjustified, imo. 6 bucks on the smokingpipes site, you really cant go wrong. I've payed more for much worse.

Similar Blends: Dan Da Vinci.

4 people found this review helpful.

nkulk8r Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
nkulk8r (90)
Very Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

I am relatively new to pipe smoking (two years) -- and it's hard for me to find a tobacco that I really do not like, but . . .

How could Peterson ever let this stuff go to market?

I started out as (I presume many new pipe smokers did) choofing on aromatics. I noticed that there were a lot of cherry blends on the market -- many that were smoked by what I believed to be seasoned smokers -- so I thought I couldn't go wrong with Connemara Black. Boy, was I wrong.

There are a half-dozen Peterson pipes in my rotation, as well as several of their tobaccos (Connoisseur's Choice, Special Reserve, Irish Flake). This cherry spasm is just terrible stuff. No real character, nothing to "wow" me or write home about -- something I would never fill a second bowl with.

I read the description: "Soft, superb black Cavendish is blended with mature, ripe Virginias and accented with a singularly sweet and zesty cherry note. Cool enough to enjoy all day, Connemara Black has an outstanding room note that everyone will love." I found none of that to be true.

I hate to hate on tobacco from reputable suppliers, but, this one just flops.

Pipe Used: One I sold as an estate

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Cherry cough syrup.

4 people found this review helpful.

Smokycanuck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smokycanuck (2)
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

I agree with the other reviews, wasn't impressed. This was a disappointment from Peterson, but I didn't want to just throw it out. What I did to save it as a smoke able tobacco. I mixed it with some bulk black cavendish, and it mellowed out and is now pretty decent, not amazing but a decent smoke. Peterson adjust this and you could have an excellent cherry tobacco.

Age When Smoked: As it came from the shop, and again a month later

Similar Blends: Right now don't bother. I'm sure there are better cherry blends out here. Or if you've already bought some, it can be saved as a basis for your own blend..

3 people found this review helpful.

Bbrown626 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bbrown626 (150)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Three strikes… I have never tried a Peterson tobacco, and this one intrigued me. It is hard to find a good cherry that doesn't bite and I guess I will keep looking. Upon lighting this up for the first time, I got the taste of cherry lifesaver, not something I was looking for in a tobacco. Sadly, that was the high point of the smoking experience. In five minutes, any trace of cherry was gone and the tobacco became bitter and started biting. I gave it three shots in three different pipes, and got the same result. Into the trash...

Pipe Used: cob, meeerschaum, grabow briar

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

Paul1954 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paul1954 (1)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Bought this tobacco yesterday on a hunch. Tried a bowl then looked up reviews. Well I am a new pipe smoker as of Christmas 2017 and still searching the world of tobacco.I Now tried this tobacco in three different pipes, corn cob, briar and a pear wood. Love the cherry aromatics when you open the pouch, mild smoke and soft grey ash at the end of the smoke. Packs easy and no tongue bite, so not sure what other reviewers had been trying!

Pipe Used: Corn cob, briar and a pear wood.

Age When Smoked: 64

Purchased From: Small local convenience store.

Similar Blends: .

2 people found this review helpful.

BatmanPipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BatmanPipes (10)
Mild Extra Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Why: It's a cherry taste from Peterson at an affordable pouch price.

Looks: Obviously intended for going right into your tobacco pouch. This is a dark tobacco in semi-moist ribbons.

Method: It's got a bite so a little airing helps but you will still hit a slight bite now and again. This is an extremely easy ribbon tobacco to load and compaction feels very dense.

Result: Aromatic heaven from dark tobacco that leaves a cherry note.

Conclusion: Mild tobacco that any cherry lover or Irish dark tobacco lover looking for a Black Cavendish Virginia mix.

Much better than many of the reviews say. Try it.

Pipe Used: Peterson Dracula 68

2 people found this review helpful.

adamblue Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
adamblue (1)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Overwhelming

I totally don't agree with relatively negative opinions of this tobacco. I am in the habit of smoking pipe in the room and I am totally satisfied with the cherry smell. I agree the cherry smell is not overwhelming while smoking, but this is rather an advantage than a defect. It is true that this tobacco tastes like Virginia more than like Black Cavendish, but at no chance as a cheap Virginia... It is a very decent Virginia in my opinion and it burns very well. To make the long story short - I would recommend this tobacco for all those who enjoy inroom smoking (it is very nice and pleasant - you can ask my wife ;).

Pipe Used: 15

Age When Smoked: 38

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

DrNapoleon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrNapoleon (10)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

Peterson tobacco has never been one of my favorites, and Connemara Black is the clearest example of why. I will not write long. Everything that can be felt in it is artificial. Tin note resembles the cheapest chocolate box full of cherries in liqueur. Extremely intense, but unpleasant. The humidity is relatively high and the tobacco is almost sticky with the syrup. The taste ... kind of feel slightly Virginia, but it dominates and covers everything, the cherry liqueur known from tin note, which stays on throughout smoking. Leaves sticky mud in the bowl.

I definitely do not recommend it. And although good cherries are generally hard to come by, it is better to buy anything from MacBaren for this price.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Home town tobacco store

1 person found this review helpful.

North State Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
North State (72)
Mild Extra Strong Mild Pleasant

Well, something possessed me to get a pouch of this - it was kind of beckoning to me every time I visited the tobacconist's and I thought what the hell, let's give it a try. Borkum Riff Ruby wasn't that bad and this is a Peterson's so hopefully a little bit better, though both are now STG brands (I was even suspecting they might actually be one and the same in a different pouch, but this turned out not to be so.)

Generally the two brands are so similar that I could almost repeat my review for BRR, but there is a marked difference too; where BRR still has some underlying substance in it - I guess this comes from the kentuckys and burleys - this, being tobacco-wise a simpler and milder blend, ends up tasting even more fake than BRR. Where BRR retains at least some resemblance of real cherry flavour, this is more like a cheap basic tobacco mix being liberally doused with cheap strong cherry liquor made with artificial flavourings.

I was tempted to give this a 2 as well because the difference while marked is not really that great, but in the end decided against it. Let's say that where BRR just makes the 2-star mark, this just fails to make it. In practice that means that for cherry lovers I recommend BRR and to stay away from this, unless you somehow find BRR being too strong for your taste and wish for an even milder alternative.

(There was little over a year between the two pouches so if the cherry urge hits me again this time next year, I'll go for BRR.)

Pipe Used: Gasparini, Chacom, corn cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh from pouch

Purchased From: Aldini Tobacco, Kalmar Sweden

Similar Blends: Borkum Riff - Ruby.

1 person found this review helpful.

Tucane Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tucane (31)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Well, nothing original here... just another cherry aromatic that smells and tastes cherrylike. I could kind of enjoy the smoke and it behaved fine mechanically. Pricewise a cheap blend, but with swedish taxes it's kind of a moot point.

Two stars for not being bad.

1 person found this review helpful.

Aliaksei Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Aliaksei (3)
Medium Strong Full Pleasant

Not so bad :) But not terribly exciting either. I believe I've had better cherry mixtures, but this one will do. I'd been smoking English mixtures for a long time and I really wanted something aromatic, and, plus, I hadn't had cherry flavored tobacco in years. The first impression was that of a strong and rather artificial smell (but, remember, I'd been smoking Dunhill and Samuel Gawith mixtures for weeks). The pipe (a Peterson Bulldog with rather thick walls) got a little too hot in the process. But I felt absolutely no tongue bite and generally it was a good, pleasant smoke. The second fill tasted better than the first one. I'm looking forward to the next session.

Did I enjoy this tobacco? Yes. Would I buy it again? Probably not, if I had better cherry options. But if I don't, I might as well. It's satisfactory.

I've been reading tobaccoreviews for years, and I consult it regularly before I shop for pipe tobacco, but this is my first review, so don't judge it too harshly ;)

Pipe Used: Peterson Killarney 150, Fishtail

1 person found this review helpful.

natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (169)
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

This blend has a very nice cherry flavor, at first, but is gone quick. It also burns hot. The upside? My teenage daughter liked the smell. Not enough reasons to smoke this. I'll stick with TX-6 for cherry.

1 person found this review helpful.

JaWiBr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JaWiBr (557)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Package note of sugar, cherries and sweet vegetation. Tobacco is a ribbon cut of brown, black and light brown. Moisture content is great. Burns moderately with few relights. The strength is medium and nic is mild. Flavoring is mild to medium, with notes of Cherry. Cherry flavoring didn't last that long, dropped to the background during the first 1/4, where it remained. Taste is medium to full and moderately consistent, with notes of cherry, sugar, marshmallow, almost creamy, zesty spices, tangy dark fruit, hay, sweet bread, acidic, tart, mildly savory, spicy, citrus, wood, a semi-sweet vegetation background note, and a mostly smooth retro. Virginia is leading with flavoring and Cavendish supporting. Room note is pleasant to tolerable, and aftertaste is good.

Pipe Used: 2015 XXX Ashton Brindle Author

Age When Smoked: 5 years

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Stah Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stah (151)
Very Mild Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

The appearance of the tobacco is a mixture of light yellowish-brown Virginia and darker Cavendish, sliced quite finely and evenly. The blend is well mixed, but the individual varieties are easily distinguishable. That said, you can tell from the color of the tobaccos that at least two varieties of Virginia were used. The humidity from the pack is moderate, quite enough to smoke immediately. But of course, I do not recommend keeping tobacco in the pack, it dries out very quickly.

Flavor. Imagine having a big jar of cherry compote smashed on your head. You can sense the scent of cherries everywhere, moreover - you can't feel anything but cherries. At the same time, the scent is so bright that there is no doubt of its artificial origin. To be honest, smoking the last couple of years of Cornell & Diehl quality flavor blends and old Peterson limited editions, which have been sitting on the shelf for a while, I forgot that European aromatics can sometimes be so killer smelling. However, it is claimed that this is not a fatal case - Danish producers can produce something worse. If you let the tobacco rest for half an hour, the cherry storm passes somewhat, and you can catch a faint herbal smell of Virginia. But in half an hour, the tobacco has time to dry out quite a bit. So, after experimenting with the flavor, I stuffed the pipe with fresh tobacco and smoked it, and sent the rest back into the jar to rehydrate.

It would have been surprising if I hadn't tasted cherry in the tobacco. Of course, there was an abundance of it. But much more surprising was the fact that behind its abundance I could clearly feel the bread note of Virginia with a slight herbal and citrus flavor. The tobacco is a little harsh on the taste, a little tingling on the tongue, smokes hot and at times threatens to overheat the pipe. In the middle of the pipe the blend becomes a little softer, but nevertheless the heat does not go anywhere. This tobacco should be smoked with very light puffs, in which case both flavor and burning temperature will be acceptable. In the taste of the second half of the pipe you get a kind of flavor that is similar to anise, which makes the overall taste similar to fruit cough candy. The strength of the tobacco is close to minimum, so there is no nicotine hit to speak of. The tobacco leaves a distinct aftertaste in the mouth with a cherry-walnut note. The ash is fine, medium gray in color, and there is a minimum of moisture.

The smoke from the tobacco smells like... that's right, cherries! It is quite intrusive, but easily dispersed. Does it smell nice? Well, that's for everyone to decide, I will refrain from judging.

Bottom line: a fairly tough "European" aromatic with minimal strength. On the plus side we can include the price and the fact that the tobacco has a tobacco flavor, despite all the efforts of blenders. To top it all off, the pipe takes a long time to cool down after it and leaves a cherry flavor in it for at least a few days. If you are going to smoke it on a regular basis, the best thing to do would be to allocate a separate pipe for this blend. I will probably refrain from buying this tobacco for my collection, even though it is rumored that the new owner of the blend intends to stop producing it.

Pipe Used: Peterson POTY 2013

Age When Smoked: 2020

Purchased From: Online

Similar Blends: Lane Limited - Captain Black Cherry, Alsbo - Cherry (Ruby), Borkum Riff - Cherry Cavendish (Ruby).

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Kuzuri44 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kuzuri44 (13)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

Very nice change of pace regarding a cherry tobacco. Cherry is barely there but enough to enjoy. Take it slow and sip slow. Great for mowing lawn or busy doing something as it’s one flavour all through

Pipe Used: MM Cob

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El Duderino Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
El Duderino (4)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Nice scent from bag and good draw after packing it and before getting it lit. Yes, I do practice this technique on every tobacco I pack in search for initial taste. The first third burned easy and I detected the cherry. On the second third it burned a little hot, but that lasted about seven minutes after I set a slower smoking pace and that solved the issue. There were no gurgles and and flavor is not overwhelming. Neither I got tongue bite nor detected the ash taste. I will continue smoking this tobacco with other pipes.

Pipe Used: savinelli briar billiard straight w/filter

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: online

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