Peterson's Summertime 2020 Limited Edition is a balanced blend of black cavendish, gently pressed and fermented ready rubbed Virginia and burley. The addition of bright Virginia rounds off this pipe tobacco. Refined with aromas of black currant and apple.
As this is only supplied in 100g tins, at £31.50 a go, it can be a costly mistake should the first bowl be a deterrent from the rest of the tin. Luckily for me, although I'm not finished with the tin yet, I find it a winner!
The tin requires a 'knack' to remove the lid, as is often the case with the Pete' specials. And the gold foil packaging which holds the blend needs just as much of a special touch to break the seal! Once into it at a quick glance the blend looks mostly bright Virginias and black Cavendish. On closer inspection the dark brown Burley can be identified. It includes some very coarse pieces, but also a lot of regular ribbons, and has a berry like aroma. The moisture's bang on.
The blackcurrant and apple topping are DEFINITE in the smoke. The blackcurrant takes the lead, easily. This give a bitter-sweet taste, a touch acidic, and a little ambrosial. The apple sits a few rows back, offering some saccharinity and juiciness to the smoke, but isn't as piquant. This topping has enough intensity to make it tough for the tobaccos to gain much recognition. I get quite a basic, typical, base for an aromatic blend; yes, there's Virginia and Burley, with a softening of Cavendish, but the strength of the topping doesn't afford much opportunity to pick out grass, hay, wood, molasses, etc. Now, to be negative, although the cut's fairly coarse my bowls can burn quickly if not savoured. But, back on the positive side it doesn't bit me!
Nicotine: mild-ish. Room-note: lovely.
Summertime 2020? The only thing abating the score from four to three is the speed it can burn at:
I wrote this review in December of 2020, but just moved it here since there were two entries for this blend. Since there are no moderators on this site, it's impossible to have duplicate entries deleted, or new ones added, unfortunately.
What an outstanding aromatic. I recently got this blend, plus Rattray's Blossom Temptation and Kohlhase & Kopp's Asia 2018, from a friend in Southeast Asia since they're very hard to find in the US. They're all amazing.
They come in rectangular "jewelry box" tins instead of the round tins I'm used to, so they're more prone to drying out. However, this one, Peterson's Summertime, was in a sealed foil bag inside the tin, so it stayed much more moist than the others. The tobacco looks beautiful, there is a lovely contrast between the small leaves of very light bright Virginia, longer slices of slightly darker Virginia, the brown Burley, and nearly black of the Cavendish.
The smell is slightly reminiscent of Rattray's Blossom Temptation, just in the sense that it's very refreshing and summer-y, but the flavor is a bit stronger. The apple and blackcurrant flavors work together perfectly. It literally smells like an apple orchard. The apple is dominant, and the blackcurrant is in the background giving some tang. But they still don't drown out the tobacco, the sweet bright Virginia is there giving a fresh grassy scent too. First few puffs... nice "natural" taste and flavors, as if there were actual slices of apple in the blend. I actually looked through the tobacco to see if there were bits of Apple blossoms. There weren't. The bright Virginia's are grassy and have their own slightly sweet tang. The darker Virginia's have a dried fruit sweetness as well. The Burley is a great addition, though there isn't much, it's enough to sort of firm up the blend and give a woody, earthy flavor that helps keep things from being overly sweet.
This is a very pure aromatic, no GP or humectants. It burns smoothly and the added flavorings actually compliment the tobacco... the way a good aromatic should be. It's such a shame this is a limited edition. I only hope next years Summertime offering from Peterson will be as good... or maybe they'll come out with a regular year-round blend like this. The only negative I can say about it is that it can be a bit bitey if you smoke too fast.
Bottom line: This is one of best aromatics I've ever had. It's perfectly blended to resemble the fresh, outdoorsy scent and flavors of an apple orchard. Be sure to smoke it slowly, however, to avoid any chance of bite.
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