A generous measure of fine Izmir leaf is layered on a sturdy foundation of mature red and sweet bright Virginia tobaccos, then pressed and allowed to mature and ferment in cakes before being sliced and tinned. This is one for the lover of Oriental mixtures, with their exotic and enticing incense-like aroma and brilliant flavour. Rub up a flake or two, fill a cherished pipe, and prepare for an exceptional smoking experience.

Notes: Regents Flake starts as a base of red and bright Virginia leaf, seasoned with generous amounts of fine Oriental tobaccos. A very small percentage of perique is added to enhance the fruitiness of the Virginias, as well as to work its magic amplifying some of the lovely exotic, almost floral qualities of the orientals. Pressing and aging in cakes brings out the best of the leaf, after which the blocks are cut and sliced into flakes. The aroma is rich, malty, fruity and just a little earthy. In the bowl, beautiful Virginia flavors, subtly sweet, are enhanced by the spice and sweet/tart character of the orientals, and the room note is wonderful.

Temple Bar is made from the same components, but optimized as a plug version of Regents Flake.

Released 7/12/2016

BrandG. L. Pease
Blended ByGregory Pease
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeOriental
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Packaging2 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3048)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

The mature red Virginia is very tangy, dark fruit sweet with earth, wood and a minor spice note, and is a team player even though there’s more of it than there is of the other tobaccos. The citrus sweet, grassy bright Virginia also seems to have a drop of honey in a support role. The raisin, plum, figs and spice from the perique mostly lurks in the background. The Izmir is a tad smokey, earthy, very woody, mildly floral and musty, and moderately spicy along with a buttery sweet and more sour taste as it constantly competes with the Virginias. At times, it will dominate. Given that, you will still notice all the inherent characteristics of the tobaccos most of the time. The nic-hit is a little closer to medium than it is to mild. It’s medium in strength while the taste level is just past medium. The flakes are lightly moist and not thick, and I saw no need to dry them. Mildly complex, it burns at a reasonable pace for a flake; cool, clean, and even with a fairly smooth flavor. It has no weak or harsh spots, and won’t bite. Requires a normal number of relights for a flake product, and leaves virtually no dampness in the bowl. The after taste is mildly woody sweet and rather pleasant. The room note is pleasant. It’s not quite an all day smoke, but those experienced in Oriental blends may find it closer to being one.


26 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I just don't like this one. Two of the reasons are personal and your experience may be completely different. The third isn't.

1. I just don't like the way it taste. Nothing to do with any one component, it's the way these particular components, and the amount of each, taste combined. I've had Va/Or/Per blends that I have loved, but not this one. To my taste buds it's off the mark.

2. This is not a very forgiving blend. It seems to require a more disciplined piper than myself. If my cadence is a little too quick or if I puff a little too hard the flavor goes off the rails and gets a bit nasty. If you're a disciplined smoker you can avoid this. If I have to constantly mind my cadence it just takes the enjoyment out of smoking.

3. It's not very well rounded. Most of the flavor is in mid-range and high notes. There is very little in the low range. The Perique may have filled that slot, but there's not enough of it to get the job done.

I will recommend this to disciplined smokers. People like me should probably pass.

Medium in body and taste. No added flavorings. Burns very well. No appreciable difference between briar or cob.

Pipe Used: Ropp pot, MM Little Devil Cutty

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

17 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Nice looking mahogany brown "flakelets" with a tin nose of fruitiness, mustiness and deep tobacco. I got the best results, such as they were, with simply rolling and stuffing. Too much rubbing out made this one messy tasting. I let it dry for a few hours but it still had some moisture. Too dry and it lost whatever flavor qualities it had.

I hate to keep saying this, but I'll only stop when I stop smoking C&D-sourced tobaccos (only one more to go, thank goodness!) or they improve. The quality of C&D Virginias is very substandard these days. They taste like rough burleys. Almost zero sweetness, and unrefined to the point that I suspect they're using green tobaccos under the guise of "hey, this stuff needs to be aged to be fully appreciated!". Perhaps that's so, but I've found that most of the best blends start out wonderful and mellow with age. If they start out rough, they may smooth out a bit but they don't become great blends. At any rate, I liked what the Izmir brought... a certain sourness and bitterness (in a good way) along with some depth of flavor. Overall, this one was unpredictable in its outcome. If you've ever wondered what the overused tobacco review adjective "earthy" meant, try this one. It sometimes literally tastes like dirt. Other times, the Izmir somewhat overcame the deficiencies of the Virginia and I got a moderately pleasant experience. I could have used a lot more sweetness or at least some complexity. None of that here. I'm grading this 2 stars because I think with higher quality base tobaccos, this could be a winner recipe. Then again, it's not easy to make a VA/OR without some latakia to make it snap into focus. Focus is the main thing this one lacks, and again, I think it's the VA. Others like it, so try it if the recipe appeals to you. I struggled to finish the tin, and then only in deference to Greg Pease, who I've always found to be a spectacular blender. Wish he'd change blenders. But taste is so subjective and maybe I'm simply an outlier. I can live with that.

9 people found this review helpful.

J.R. Patton Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J.R. Patton (106)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

On to the second half of the much- anticipated new Pease duo. I made myself wait a day in between this and Temple Bar to allow a fresh palate and fair, uncontaminated initial judgement for each. Because of my love for GLP plugs and crumble cake like Triple Play, Jack Knife, and Gaslight, I was admittedly already expecting Temple Bar to be the better of the two. Long story short, Regents Flake beat the odds, for the time being anyway.

Absolutely beautiful scent in the can...smells like figs with tart overtones. Moisture content was just about right, so I rubbed out a few broken flakes and loaded a somewhat narrow bored cob. From the first light I am amazed at the amount of flavor present. With TB, I felt the flavors had to be coaxed at the outset, but steadily grew and evolved throughout the smoke. Not a bad thing, but it was pleasant with RF to experience the flavor from puff one.

I don't detect a topping, but I find the taste a lot sweeter and much fruitier than with TB. It's difficult to tell where the VAs end and the orientals begin - they mingle seamlesslessly - but there seems to be a little more oriental leaf here taking the driver's seat. That, or the Izmir (of which I'm mostly inexperienced with) just has a more pronounced flavor profile. There is no mention of perique, but I would swear I can taste it, especially on the retrohale. Sweet with a lingering tart/citrus undercurrent, with hints of the usual floral and incense notes. A buddy of mine once smoked nothing but imported, mostly oriental loose-leaf tobacco that he rolled into cigarettes. He brought a no brand bag home when returning from Istanbul, and allowed me to try it. At the time I had next to little knowledge or interest in tobacco, but I remember really enjoying the flavor of that rolled smoke. RF immediately conjured that memory of 15 years ago...something about that citrus like note.

Overall first impression is I'm greatly impressed with this flake. It smells nice, burning or not. It burns evenly, cleanly, and with minimal relights. Not even a rumor of tongue bite. And I'd put the flavor in the med/full to full range. I definitely recommend, especially if you're fond of more refreshing high notes (as opposed to the dark and deep notes).

Pipe Used: MM Patriot

Age When Smoked: Tin dated 6/6/16

7 people found this review helpful.

WillBrown Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillBrown (137)
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Yet another paid sample from the 2018 Chicago Pipe Show. I have mixed feelings about Regents Flake (which, by the way, is a broken flake)—I liked sipping this one. I agree with Gent Zomb that the flavors hit a lot of mid and high notes. I consider these tastes "thick" with flavor, which for the most part is good (but...), the blend certainly remains steady throughout. This "steadiness," however, gets a bit heavy-handed and boring after awhile. The blend is also a bit on the strong side for me, a sneaky strong, the strength builds until, quite frankly, I no longer enjoyed it. I could see where someone, perhaps and old sea dog would like this blend, but this one's not for me. 2.60 stars (I liked this slightly better than Mad Fiddler, but I don't have the heart to give it 3 stars).

Keep on piping!

Pipe Used: Viprati

Purchased From: 2018 Chicago Pipe Show

5 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (217)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I love Oriental forward blends and I think C&D's Izmir is outstanding leaf. The flavor of Regent's Flake is toasty, slightly sweet, woodsy with a bit of earth and an ample amount of piquant spice. I picture this blend as somewhat of a reimagined version of Embarcadero. One where the Izmir provides the flavor focus and the Virginias play the supporting role.

I found Regent's Flake to be very pipe dependent and I think it's crucial to run it through several pipes to experience its intricacies and discover what works best. For me, it tasted average to good in some pipes and down right sublime in others. Having smoked my share of Embarcadero, another blend that doesn't exactly glow in every pipe, I wasn't surprised by this. However, unlike Embarcadero, I was quite surprised at how vastly different Regent's Flake tasted pipe to pipe. In the right pipe this flake is a perfect example of how flavorful and complex Izmir can be. I can't say I notice the perique, but there is plenty of spice and some tang to the finish.

In the sidestream I taste something along the lines of mace or allspice. The smoke is a bit edgy but it's not harsh. This blend is quite reminiscent of Cairo and fairly close to C&D's Oriental Silk, which I think has a bit more perique. One thing is for sure, this will make for a fantastic rich tasting Oriental-forward, non-Latakia winter smoke. The tobacco flavor strength is a firm medium, the nicotine is there and provides a nice relaxing feel but it's not too strong.

Personally, I think this is a masterpiece by Mr. Pease, and after smoking a sublime tasting 6 year old tin of Cairo, I am sure this will age equally as well, if not better.

5 people found this review helpful.

Cat Jockey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cat Jockey (21)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Oh McClelland's No. 24, why did you have to go? First stop on my No. 24 Replacement Train was to sample Pease's Va/Or type blends, beyond Cairo. Regent's Flake and Temple Bar are very, very similar; therefore I'll write one review for both. The Va aspect behaves as one would expect and has been described in other reviews, with the Perique showing through a bit more in Regent's Flake, and the Oriental, bringing a strong woody component, shining a bit more in Temple Bar. Overall, Regent's Flake is a bit more rich, creamy, and sweet while Temple Bar brings a more delicate and complex offering. Regent's Flake is a real pleasure to smoke when it comes to how smoothly the draw remains consistent and how trouble free it is in regard to not needing relights. It is a very consistent smoke throughout the entirety of the bowl.

Between the two, my favorite is Temple Bar, due to the complexity and distinctiveness between the different leafs. If you are opposed to plugs, stay away from Temple Bar, though I enjoy the preparation aspects and variety in presentation.

I give Temple Bar 4 Stars, while assigning 3 Stars to Regent's Flake.

Similar Blends: G.L. Pease's Temple Bar.

4 people found this review helpful.

Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (179)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a steady burning, easy folding or rubbing flake.

A little temperamental while new, so I do not rub much and sip. Time will mend that.

This is brighter tasting and a lighter blend than Temple Bar IMO. Still rich.

The base is mostly bright Virginia too me (Like Montgomery). I do not detect the Perique, but it is mostly there to keep the blend reasonably cool. I do taste the Oriental. Hay, herbal, spicy, and interesting. Tasty. Creates a craving.

If you like a moderate helping of Orientals, absent Latakia, here's a blend for you.

If Telegraph Hill is Montgomery on steroids, this is Montgomery on Mars and beyond (couldn't think of anything past steroids). Four stars because it is a Turkish taste I miss from the past.

Pipe Used: Castello 55 and A. Garfinkle Algerian billiard

Age When Smoked: new tin

Purchased From: smokingpipes

Similar Blends: McClelland's Virginia # 24 (w/Drama).

4 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Upon opening a tin of Regent’s Flake, the scent is sour and musty. I prefer to smoke it without rubbing it out. The moisture level is pipe ready and I have smoked it that way, but when dried for a few minutes, I seem to get a little more sweetness. The Izmir leads the way but as the bowl progresses, there is a dark fruit/jam quality that emerges that I find very pleasant. The musty Izmir takes center stage at first light then the light tang and sweetness from the reds begin to show themselves. As others have mentioned there is a little citrus on the high end. There is enough sweet flavor to tease me, but the Turkish serves to mute that a bit. There is a light pepper quality that stands in the background throughout the smoke. There isn’t any bite, but the spice will really show itself If pushed. I would have enjoyed this more with a tad bit more Virginia and slightly less Izmir although lovers of that leaf will enjoy this blend. I liked it, but I think a couple of years in the cellar will provide more of what I’m looking for in this blend.

UPDATE: I just opened a tin that the PO had left out in the hot, summer Texas sun. I think that those that like to "tin bake" will find this outstanding.

4 people found this review helpful.

BingCrosby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BingCrosby (162)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am always slightly hesitant to try blends with oriental leaf.. I was an English blend smoker early on in my piping and kinda just got burnt out on the flavors of latakia and oriental... I tend to smoke almost exclusively virginia blends now.. Regents flake opens a new door to me.. these occasional virginia/oriental blends you find on the market.. and I have to say it is quite pleasant.. the oriental, far from offensive, sits like jelly spread on toast.. the base is surely the bright and red Virginias.. It also offers a nice sour slightly tangy and floral note.. it is somewhat musty as others have stated.. and I like it.. Seems like it would age really well.. like other pease blends it is not in your face.. you have to unlock it slowly over the course of several smokes.. It is a great change of pace for the virginia smoker.. and i could also see it appealing to those who like English blends who may want to shake things up a little.. Also worth mentioning is the occasional perique blast.. mostly on the retrohale.

3 people found this review helpful.

Dave da Dragon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dave da Dragon (24)
Overwhelming None Detected Overwhelming Overwhelming

Wish I could give a detailed review of this tobacco as it sounds like it would be good but my tin marked 6 6 16 basically molded as soon as it was opened!!! Shortly there after it has a nice furry coat of mold throughout the tin.

So sad

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Gift

3 people found this review helpful.

Voyaging Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Voyaging (80)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

The flakes are light brown and there are some darker streaks in there. Tin note is kind of fruity and musty. The flakes are not too moist. I've had the tin open for weeks and it has retained it's moisture well.

I like to fold and pack this into the pipe carefully to try and get even burning. I haven't tried rubbing it out. Always starts off with Virginia and Perique flavors of dried fruit, some plummy flavors and woody accents. In steps the Orientals and you can get more dusty, woody notes mixed in, smokey notes, incense and tagine spices.

Nicotine is medium, strength is medium, taste is medium. Burns well. It's just an interesting and enjoyable blend. I would even say luxurious. I also love the aroma. It's never boring, but it's never too complex. It's right there, and it's repeatable. For me it's an all-day blend.

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: Less than one year

Purchased From: 4noggins

2 people found this review helpful.

CarlC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CarlC (18)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

Smoked 3 years old, rubbed out, roughly 10 - 12% humidity, kept in a mason jar this whole time.I like it.I'm using it to break in this big Demuth system pipe.The smell in the jar is very tobbacoy,in a smooth, refined way.I can definitely taste some Perique in there.LIke some of the other smokers say,a suggestion of citrus here and there.This seems to go better in a large chamber,as there is more time to get all the components working together.Have used some smaller pipes, with less flavor development.Recommended.

Pipe Used: Wm Demuth Wellington system pipe

Age When Smoked: 2017

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Similar in nature to the Sextant,and Navigator mixtures.In my humble opinion..

2 people found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (318)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

If you are looking for a mild-medium tangy take on Izmir, this could be for you. It's well-balanced by the VAs. Worth trying any time of year, especially if you don't often indulge in Orientals. On the other hand, despite being a (fairly broken) flake, it does burn on the fast side, so sip or risk a little burn rather than tang!

Pipe Used: cobs

Age When Smoked: 4 years

Purchased From: smoking pipes

2 people found this review helpful.

Cleonides Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cleonides (21)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

Another G. L. Pease blend that is exactly what you'd expect from the description so not much to add. Primarily the excellent C&D virginias with the orientals on the side and the perique in the background. A great twist on a standard VaPer with no sugars or flavoring added. It is nearly identical to Temple Bar. This seems just a little more sweet and tastes like there is a little less oriental. Full flavored and mild nicotine.

2 people found this review helpful.

Stefanos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stefanos (222)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought this tobacco based on the tin note which states that a generous measure of Izmir leaf is layered on a foundation of mature red and sweet bright Virginia without ever mentioning the inclusion of Perique. However when smoking it for the first time I could not help but notice the peppery spiciness and musty fruitiness which I associate with Perique.

Tin note has a suspicion of fruity smell, if I had to name one I’d say cherries or strawberries and it could possibly be the natural smell of the tobacco and not a topping, but I am not sure. There’s also an underlying tangy tobacco smell and a sour fermenting yoghourt note. Quite enticing.

The broken flakes are on the dry side and quite soft to the touch. They rub out fairly easily and the tobacco takes to light easily and smokes quite slow. In the beginning of the smoke I can sense the fresh fruitiness of the tin note but then on it is a mostly dry-tasting blend but does not lack sweetness completely. Difficult to describe the taste, I would say it has the taste of loamy soil with notes of white pepper, it’s also smoky but not in the dark Latakia way – it’s a lighter smokiness like that produced by dry hay burning. Also a little bit ashy. It is complex and surely the Orientals - tangy and loamy - contribute to this complexity.

I do not know how the flakes are pressed but I did not get always the same taste from all the bowls I smoked. In some Perique was more dominant (thankfully, not with its strength but instead with its ……flavor), in others I got clearly the beautiful tangy and sour Orientals. Still a beautiful blend.

Similar Blends: McClelland's Tudor Castle.

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2081)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

G. L. Pease - Regents Flake (Old London Series).

The blend's right on the cusp of being badged as a Broken Flake, they're still in flake form but starting to break apart. It's dark brown in colour, and of a good moistness.

At the beginning the Oriental/Turkish tobaccos' are without doubt the stronger of the bunch, with the Virginia coming in second place, and the Perique right down the scale. Then, about ten minutes in, I start to taste more of the Perique; not lots of sharpness, but it's definitely more tasty. The Oriental/Turkish comes over in a calmer style than it often can: there's very little, if any, sourness. The Virginia offers a gentle sweetness throughout: in a way that doesn't bombard me with hay and grass alone. Over the duration of a smoke I find the bowl burning steady, leaving only clean ash.

The room-note's quite pleasant, and the nicotine's about medium.

I like Regents Flake, but don't love it.


Pipe Used: Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

Marc Ruby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Marc Ruby (3)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

I bought a couple tins of this because 1) I'm a fan of many Pease blends, and 2) there was no perique listed in the ingredients. So I opened the tin, filled the pipe, and lit up. My mouth was filled with the biter sting I associate with cheap perique. Into a jar it went and I figured it would take a few years to be smokeable. Weakling that I am I decided to try it again a week later. I packed a bit looser as I do for the few perique blends blends I like and much to my surprise I found myself smoking a very pleasant sweetish oriental and virgina blend. It still had a tang, but the perique had backed way off instead of going to war on my tongue. So hats off to Greg yet again. Jar it, pack it lightly and I'm sure you will enjoy it.

Pipe Used: Eltang biliard

Age When Smoked: New

2 people found this review helpful.

ThePortlyGenie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ThePortlyGenie (13)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I am not particularly drawn to 'oriental' blends - I seem to prefer the robust Virgina and Va/Per blends, and also plug tobaccos. [The moisture seems better controlled in them??] I found the best way to load my pipe(s) to be lightly rubbing out the flake - this gave a more consistent taste, and balance of taste, in the pipes I am currently smoking [Petersen 999 and 80s - parallel sided/narrower] Also smoked in wider bowls with a taper - but here the Flake seems inclined to get a bit too "spicy" for me in them! [Petersen D/L System 9s and a Rattray 03 billiard] Mind you - I am a little undisciplined in my smoking having a 'cadence' a little too quick at times.

The Izmir leaf is fairly smoky and perhaps a bit sour but the taste is consistent throughout a 'disciplined' pipe. The burn is dry even though the flake feels slightly moist in the tin.

No re-light problems - getting 45-60 minutes from a bowl with re-lights only if put down for more than 5 minutes or so.

Noted that more moisture seems to come out of the tobacco in my tapered bowl pipes. I've also noted that if I smoke too quickly the taste rapidly becomes very sour and unpleasant.

This is proving a good after-dinner tobacco for me, and the following morning the mouth-taste remaining is more than acceptable.

Pipe Used: Petersen 80s, 999, D/L System 9s, Rattary 03

Age When Smoked: Packed 7 June 2016

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

2 people found this review helpful.

Planet Scott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Planet Scott (66)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I get mostly Virginia and Perique. The Virginias are slightly sweet and lightly citrus. The Perique is spicy pepper. I get some slight nuttiness halfway through the bowl. I'm having trouble picking up any of the Oriental/Turkish in this. Strength is just above medium. Room note is difficult to describe as I live alone and have no feedback from others. I find it tolerable.

As with most new blends for me, it changes as it ages and I am likely to update this review.

This is the type of blend I enjoy.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Local B & M

2 people found this review helpful.

BeansandBalance Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BeansandBalance (1)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

Love the earthy tin note and that musty, earthy smell. The room note is also one of my faves, as it’s so rich. The slight floral spicy side is not my fave, but I know it produces that wonderful room note.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Smooth Canadian.

1 person found this review helpful.

Tucane Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tucane (31)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Regent's Flake is not my style of tobacco, but it was a needed change of pace for me, as I'm accustomed to "stouter" blends with either lots of latakia, higher nicotine content or just more fullness and general flavour. Sometimes one needs to step down a notch.

It doesn't lack flavour though... the Oriental component does bring that mild spicy and somewhat floral quality that goes well together with the fruityness from the Red Virginias. Perique as a minor player adds dimension to it aswell, slight peppery retrohale and notes of dried figs.

The room note is nice, it rubs out easily and it behaves well on fire, so it has good manners.

Easy smoke, recommended!

1 person found this review helpful.

LannarkGent Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LannarkGent (145)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a delightful red Virginia blend with some sublime Perique and Oriental tobacco. I rubbed mine out and lit it. The burning is clean and even.The rich sweetness of the Red Virginia is complimented beautifully with the oriental components and the Perique plays as a perfect condiment. While I am not totally sure, there seems to be a touch of Samsun that has added a delightful depth of flavor. This blend is a solid 4 stars and deserves a place in every cellar.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Hercules Lumberman

Age When Smoked: 6 months to 1 year

Purchased From: Indian River Tobacco Traders Grand Rapids Michigan

1 person found this review helpful.

Mike Castello Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike Castello (6)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Regents Flake will appeal if you like Oriental blends. If you don't like Oriental blends then you will probably dislike it. Right from the start of opening the tin you will find a somewhat broken flake that is easy to rub out, fold, or stuff into the pipe. The moisture level is almost right on. My sample has been aged for one year so I imagine that a freshly packed tin will appear pretty much the same. The taste and aroma are what you would expect from this type of blend. Fragrant, smooth, and tasty. Nothing harsh and this is true right to the bottom of the bowl. Rubbed out, like I like it, you can smoke Regents in any size pipe because it packs so easily. So there is a lot to like here and there is nothing to get in the way of a pleasurable smoke.

Pipe Used: Castello

Age When Smoked: one year

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: McConnells Oriental Mixture.

1 person found this review helpful.

steppx Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
steppx (186)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is essentially Embarcadero plus Perique. Well, not quite, but close. The Virginia mix is slightly different. And this feels richer due to the pressing I think. Its odd, the first bowl or two I smoked I wasnt in love with it. But as I went on, it grew on me and pretty soon both tins were gone and I had to order more. Trust me, it will grown on you. And its best smoked very slow. Let the aroma and multiple taste points reach full value. Its a very good blend if you like Orientals.

Purchased From: 4noggins

1 person found this review helpful.

moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (220)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Although their original tin notes differed, I am hard pressed to see or smell differences between GLP’s Regents Flake and my jarred Temple Bar as I‘ve pre-prepared it for smoking, which is to say, sliced and broken, looking essentially like Regents Flake. My tin of RF was 1 year old when I popped the lid. The crumbly flakes are medium brown with gold striations, and they are dry, as fresh flakes go. Tin note is somewhat lighter and more open and delicate than a fresh TB plug, as I recall, with an overall smell of fermenting date nut bread, meadow grasses, and peach and apricot blossoms, vs. a Temple Bar plug’s addition of over-ripe, whole peaches and apricots. I have no trouble lighting and smoking down broken RF ribbons straight from the tin, using my usual loose, “vertical” load, whereas – according to my notes - fresh TB worked better for me after some dry time. RF burns cool for me, and it burns pretty well, too. Smoked gently, the aromas herald the tastes, with date nut bread and meadow grasses and fruit tree flowers that stay sweet, while it sours a little, as well, down the bowl. The rich, smooth VAs split the bill with the Izmir, and the Perique is more dried figs and dates than pepper, rounding out the Izmir rather than adding fuel to the fire, though there is some pepper, and there’s more if one tugs. The net effect makes the Izmir mellow for its ilk, featuring exotic rather than hot spices. IMO, the VAs and the Izmir are both rich and tasty, and not too dry. Taken slowly, I find RF to be delicious, also subtly complex, and worthy of contemplation, though I currently enjoy it most as a no-brainer. YMMV, likely depending on your impression of the Izmir, and I realize that some people just don’t like Turkish tobacco. Anyway, again, it’s a factor here, fer shizzle. Strength is medium. Tastes are medium. IMO, the room note is pleasant, and I won’t say that about many Turkish blends. Aftertaste is a trailing off of the best of the smoke that lingers longer and sweeter than other Turkish blends.

While Regents Flake may start out as exactly the same blend as Temple Bar, it seems to me that the processing, if nothing else, has ultimately made for some differences. Generally speaking, I find Regents Flake to be “lighter” and easier to smoke than Temple Bar. Which I choose to smoke will depend on my mood, or a whim, and I can’t lose. I like RF any time, any weather, for long or short breaks. Four stars from me.

Pipe Used: "dedicated" briar

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Liberty Tobacco

Similar Blends: a somewhat lighter version of GLP's Temple Bar.

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (305)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

My tin was more of a broken flake but that suited my normal packing technique without rubout just fine. Tin note was grassy and hay-like VAs and moisture content was ideal. Burns evenly and cool without any bite, condensation or need for extensive relights. Even though the blend is sweet overall, the rich, earthy Turkish leaf is present and well balanced. I didn't sense the Perique but the Va/Pers that I normally smoke are much more highly loaded.

Pipe Used: various bowl sizes

Age When Smoked: 6/7/16

Purchased From: smoking pipes.com

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JohnnyMcPiperson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyMcPiperson (119)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is an interesting blend, it is an oriental/virginia flake. When I openned the tin it smelled very VA heavy with that sweet hay smell and the taste has been what I expected from the smell, Virginia sweetness with a hint of oriental spice. I wish that the VAs were a bit more subdued and the orientals a bit more prominent, for me the orientals are almost hard to detect. Still it is a great smoke, I am enjoying it for what it is.

Pipe Used: Don Carlos Two Note Freehand Dublin

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

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GabrielCRT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GabrielCRT (115)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I've been enjoying this flake for the past week or so. It has smoked well in all different pipes. The red Virginia seems to lead at first with its tangy sugary sweetness. The bright Virginia is very smooth and subtle with some hay. There is a dark fruit note and aroma likely from Perique. The Izmir doesn't dominate but is definitely the star here. It's smooth and spicy with some wood and sour notes here and there. Very enjoyable now and I suspect as the components have time to marry it will reach 4 stars.

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cargohold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cargohold (14)
Medium None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

I am usually a big fan of Pease's blends but this one just did not do it for me. I found myself searching for a distinguishing taste but I found the Virginias to be very undetectable and the orientals to more forward but bland. Frankly, I didn't detect any perique at all and that condiment isn't mentioned on the tin description. Anyway I found it to be a lot like Gertrude Stein's description of a rather boring city (whose name I will not mention). She said "there is no there there". When it comes to Pease blends I will stick with Montgomery or a well aged tin of Union Square.

Pipe Used: comoy london pride billiard

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: cargo hold

Similar Blends: McClelland's grand oriental series.

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JaWiBr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JaWiBr (566)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Tin note of spices, stewed Rasins/figs, and mild lemon. Tobacco is a brown and black broken flake with a little tan, moisture content seems good to go. Burns is slow with a few extra relights. The strength is medium and nic is mild to medium. No flavoring detected. Taste is medium to full and consistent and a little complex, with notes of herbal spices, wood, bread, floral, raisin, earth, moderately spicy, mild sweet grass, mild tangy lemon, mild tart plums, and a peppery retro. Virginias are barely leading with Orientals supporting. Perique is there, but on standby. Room note is pleasant, and aftertaste is excellent.

Pipe Used: Peterson Bard Rusticated 221 Fishtail

Age When Smoked: 6 years

Similar Blends: G. L. Pease - Temple Bar (Old London Series).

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wizard_duty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wizard_duty (6)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

A nice chunky flake and strong, sweet, floral aroma on opening the tin. Very well packed and good moisture. This flake rubs out very well and packs even easier. I like to pack my pipe with this and grab a black coffee. Some say the Izmir reminds them of cigarette, though I've not had that experience with this tobacco. The Virginia sweetness balances the floral/incense. A taste of Perique adds just a bit of a kick to this blend to help keep the senses interested. I've found myself growing fond of this one and seem to reach for it over many others in the collection. Always a satisfying burn with very few relights with great smell and flavor.

Pipe Used: Various briar

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

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Pacific Captain Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pacific Captain (17)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A real nice oriental blend from gl pease. You get a full dose of Izmir leaf plus some deep Virginias. The tin note is sour, musty and sweet in all the right ways. Plummy dried fruits and rose on the taste. Like Turkish delight. My only complaint is that I just don’t love that much oriental without Latakia, it’s almost too sweet and floral. But give it a try to get the real character of Izmir.

Pipe Used: MM patriot

Similar Blends: Temple bar.

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doc pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc pipes (110)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend consists of largely broken soft flakes. There is a slightly darker hue to the leaf than embarcadero despite the inclusion of bright leaf. I can only presume it is the Perique that makes this one look darker under bright light. Quite optimistically, I noted a nice healthy coating of sugar crystals.

Upon opening the tin, a wave of sweet tea and lemon hit my nose. After breathing a bit, the aroma transitions into a sweet lemon floral smell, which largely matches the taste early on after light up. When rubbed out, the nose is treated to the aroma of black tea leaf. There is a certain “freshness” in the texture of the smoke and at times it develops more of a mouth watering quality. This can be astringent towards the end of the smoke, and similar to embarcadero it can bite if pushed. I found that this one was more forgiving and less likely to fry my tongue.

Like embarcadero this leaf demanded slow smoking. There are delicious fruity esters, crisp autumn leaves, toast, mustiness, and some sour notes. There was a toasty nutty room note that I particularly enjoyed. This one did well in a smaller pipe.

Pipe Used: Numerous briars

Age When Smoked: 11/4/20

Purchased From: SP

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Antonius Blok Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Antonius Blok (192)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

A beautiful tin. I loved Cairo, Embarcadero, and now this Regents Flake. If in the first the orientals were a companion and in the second a condiment, here they are the protagonists, giving this mixture a remarkable fragrance. This makes it very interesting for me because it allows me the possibility of smoking a different tobacco than the ones I usually smoke. It is tasty and very aromatic, with the typical spicy of Izmir, something that should not be confused with the itch that occurs with the bite on the tongue and that with this tobacco does not have to happen, as long as the smoke is not accelerated as a locomotive. I would highly recommend it to any smoker who likes oriental fragrance. The quality of the orientals that G.L. Pease in their mixes uses is fantastic, and also how you combine them with the other ingredients. Now, waiting to try Temple Bar ...

Age When Smoked: 2 years

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Faberdei Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Faberdei (11)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A nice smell of dry fig at the opening of the tin - At the lighting, a lemongrass taste during the first puffs - 1st third: peppery and sugary taste with some light cigar - 2nd third: sweet and citrusy - like a nice lemon pie - last third: the more complex, once can feel musk and incense - some spot of lemon pie and pistachio - fresh fig - at the very end, a light barn and leather taste- nic hit: oops, bit hard for me when I'm tired or hungry.

Pipe Used: briar, meerschaum

Age When Smoked: 15 months

Purchased From: indian River Tobacco, Wyoming, MI, https://www.indianrivertobacco.com

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