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The culmination of two years experimentation in blending, cutting, pressing and, of course, sampling, has produced a fine matured Viriginia that we trust you will savor for many years to come.

Notes: We begin using the finest middle-belt Virginias, including some rare leaf from the 2010 crop. We press the blended tobacco for up to six weeks to enhance the deep flavor. This changes the color to a dark brown. We cut it into a slightly thicker than traditional flake format. This thick cut preserves the flavor. Blend 150 is medium in strength with a rich, subtly sweet flavor of dates and vintage port. It is reminiscent of our discontinued "Scottish Flake" but with greater complexity.

Blended ByL.J. Peretti
Manufactured ByL.J. Peretti
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
Packaging8 ounce tin,16 ounce tin, bulk
ProductionCurrently available
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None Detected, Extremely Mild
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Very Pleasant, Pleasant, Tolerable
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incendio Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
incendio (42)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Very Pleasant

The flakes are dark mahogany and thickly cut. Their appearance is similar to the old Robert McConnell flakes. The aroma of the unlit flakes is complex and heady, boasting alluring fragrances of figs and prunes.

The leaf has little inherent sugar content, and little if any was applied during the flake's manufacture. The Virginia is dry and husky on the palate, and the tenuous sweetness translates into a perception of slightness of body. The principal notes are straw and chaff, although a ghost of burnt caramel suffuses the nose. The room note is a champ with this one: straw and oats.

The wine applied lends color and a spartan minerality, and perhaps a tannic bitterness; it portends neither depth nor sweetness (consider that perhaps it was not intended to do so).

The tobacco burns hotly, slightly more or less so depending on its preparation, and the fragile aromas of the flake are quickly subsumed by the heat.

There is, at most, an ever-so-slight crescendo of intensity, and if you are the contemplative type you might content yourself with deconvoluting the mysteries of its complexity, however the breadth of these is somewhat limited and you'll find yourself having to contend with whether what you are experiencing is factual or imagination. It's pleasant enough in its simplicity.

In summary, it stands as an honest Virginia flake of days past. Do not expect seductive gimmicks to keep your interest. The subdued bouquet of this flake, for me, takes the greater share of its charm, while in the departments of body and depth it's somewhat less attractive, or perhaps plain. In this sense perhaps the comparison to Scottish Flake was somewhat unfair, as I consider this as altogether different from its vinous cousin.

Nevertheless, I am contented that this is a permanent addition to the Peretti portfolio. Its unique ensemble of qualities is a refreshing departure from the many other flakes and mixtures that are often simply re-branded offerings from the large manufacturers. It will be interesting to revisit this flake again from time to time to see how it develops.

Pipe Used: billiards

Age When Smoked: literally 'fresh off the presses'

Purchased From: Peretti

Similar Blends: I'm not quite sure yet..

6 people found this review helpful.

tommyboy1749 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tommyboy1749 (27)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Peretti's 150th Anniversary Blend was blended to celebrate this milestone, which in our increasingly disposable society, is more than a minor accomplishment.

The paint-can aroma is fruity and wine-like. It reminds me of Peretti’s now-discontinued Scottish Flake, which was cured with red wine, and is also mentioned in Peretti’s description of 150th anniversary. The flakes are very dark brown, verging on black, with lighter brown streaks. The flakes are dense and a cut a bit thicker than average (as Peretti also mentions) in a “broad cut to protect the flavor and produce a slow burn.” As a result, they require a tad more time and effort to rub out. I prefer to fully rub out flakes, and given the characteristics of this flake, I think this is the way to go here. Since Peretti does not have the equipment to make their own flakes, it must be produced by someone else, but I’m not sure whom. It is different from Peretti’s other current flake offerings, which are more in the form of crumble-flakes.

The tobacco arrives ready to smoke. Some might want to dry it a bit, but I prefer tobacco to be a little more hydrated since it prevents the tobacco from burning too hot. 150th Anniversary burns cool, and even with more vigorous puffing, it has no tendency to bite.

On the initial light, the tobacco has a tendency to crown, testifying to its high sugar content. it takes a few relights and tamps to finally settle it down. after that, it burns well, requiring the average number of relights (which for me, is usually two).

The flavor is complex and dominated by tones I associate with matured, dark Virginias. There are dates and port wine (as promised in Peretti’s description), morello rather than bing cherries, sharper citrus, and pumpernickel bread, along with a delicate floral quality around the edges.

The taste and side-stream aroma remind me a of a deeper, rounder version of Dunhill’s (I can’t bring myself to refer to it as “Peterson’s”) Royal Yacht—but without the nicotine slam. 150th Anniversary Blend also bears some striking similarities to McClelland’s Dark Star and No. 2035 Dark Navy Flake both in terms of appearance and taste. Devotees lamenting the loss of these tobaccos might find 150th Anniversar to be a suitable replacement.

It burns down to a fine primarily white ash, leaving no half-baked shards of dottle behind. The aftertaste is pleasant and remans savory on the palate.

150th Anniversary is rich and satisfying, but it could still be an all-day blend for experienced smokers. However, since it also “include[s] some rare leaf from the 2010 crop,” I suspect this is destined to be a limited-edition. I plan on saving it for times when I can give it my full attention. As a Virginia blend, the tobacco should age wonderfully, and I’m looking forward to smoking this over the next several years.

Here's to another 150 years of L.J. Peretti!

Purchased From: L.J. Peretti

Similar Blends: Dunhill's Royal Yacht; McClelland Dark Star and No. 2035 Dark Navy Flake.

6 people found this review helpful.

jcpipereviews Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jcpipereviews (1)
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

Hopefully it smooths out with age. This tobacco had so much tongue bite I could barely smoke it. It also burned your throat and nose like some kind of chemical. The flavor I got wasn't bad. Mostly a dark fruit, molasass and some sweetness. Hopefully age will help this but if not it's going in the trash bin

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: L.J. Peretti

4 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2647)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

The various Virginias provide a burst of tart and tangy citrus, a fair amount of tangy ripe dark fruit, mild sugary stewed dark fruit, grass, earth, wood, bread, sugar, light floral and spice notes, plus a hint of vinegar. The pressing process adds a little fermentation, and tones down a few of the rough edges. The fruity red wine topping is light, and doesn’t tone down the tobaccos much at all. In fact, I question how much of that essence comes from the fermentation process rather than a topping. The strength is a couple of steps shy of the medium threshold. The taste is a slot past that mark. The nic-hit is a hair less potent than the strength level. Won’t bite or get harsh. It does have a few very small rough edges. It needs a light dry time. Burns cool, clean and slow as dense flake blends will. The moderately sweet Virginia flavors are very consistent from first puff to final draw. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires a fair number of relights. Has a pleasantly lingering after taste, and room note. Can be an all day smoke. Three and a half stars.


3 people found this review helpful.

DaveR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DaveR (3)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

I too am an unabashed Peretti fan, so when they came out with a new flake, I was excited. I ordered 8 oz of the 150th anniversary blend and started smoking it almost the minute I received it. As noted, thick flakes, dark brown, mottled with darker brown or black. I found the tin note to be intriguing. Unlike most straight Virginias, which I find to be rather bland, this stuff had some character to it. "Bready," almost like a little sourdough; some hints of fruitiness, although I can't identify which ones. These notes are all slight; nothing overpowering, but pleasant. It lights fairly easy for a flake. As to the smoking qualities, I smoke mainly Va/Per flake blends, Peretti's No. 8 Slices, being the main one, so it should be noted that I am used to a strong blend, bursting with flavor. I find the 150th Anniversary Blend to be quite mild, but the flavors are there although subtly for me. A little sweetness, a little grass/hay, a little woodsy, a little fruit. Like the tin note, nothing really jumps out for me, yet, I find it a pleasant smoke. Like another viewer noted, there can a little bite to it, but nothing I can't handle. As far as the room note, I don't detect any. My wife has not commented one way or another. Overall, a good quality, milder blend that I think I will smoke regularly. I would be intrigued if Peretti were to make iterations of this blend containing perique, latakia, oriental etc.

Pipe Used: MT Algerian Briar; SMS meerschaum.

Age When Smoked: Straight from purchase.

Purchased From: L.J. Peretti

3 people found this review helpful.

Palermo09 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Palermo09 (23)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

Wonderful blend. A dark and rough Virginia flake. Strong flavor and nic hit but pretty straight forward. A must try for those who really love the matured Virginias. Can't wait to let it a age a bit.

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Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (279)
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

Pouch aroma of pure raisin bran. Nutty, slightly sweet, and earthy. Notes of fig/raisins, slight fermented aroma.

Appearance of thick cut, mostly dark brown flake, slightly mottled with lighter Virginia. This flake is pressed hard, on the dry side so it is difficult to rub out.

Easy with the packing, she swells more than average on initial lighting.

Up front pure, honest, aged Virginia tobacco. Bright, hay-like flavors, slightly spicy, with a touch of citrus. Toasty, nutty, and just enough sweetness to not dry out the palate.

Every time I smoked this blend, I sipped it. I could feel it being on the edge of searing my tongue. It would have an odd tingle, but it never really sank it's teeth. While it did require quite a few relights, that was more operator induced, as I smoked this as slow as possible. Burns fairly cool, but clean, down to a light fluffy ash.

Pipe Used: several

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

Lovely smoke requires a little, but not much, drying to smoke. Light sweetness. Great room note. My sense is that this is going to age wonderfully and become a true classic.

Age When Smoked: Recent release

Purchased From: Perretti

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