The mysterious flavour of Louisiana perique combined with golden cavendish that is the signature of the Royal Jersey range of tobaccos.

Notes: This is the latest addition to the Royal Jersey range, and contains a subtle quantity of genuine Louisiana perique. The fully-rounded taste of matured tobaccos.

BrandJ. F. Germain & Son
Blended ByJ. F. Germain & Son
Manufactured ByJ.F. Germain & Son
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2064)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Germain - Royal Jersey Perique Mixture.

The unlit mix is mostly golden in colour, consisting of pieces between half to a full centimetre in length and it is neither to damp nor dry, making for excellent lighting up. The aroma of the mix pre-light is a little earthy with a slight acidic note there also.

The smoking of this is a true pleasure, you get a sublime hay like Virginia flavour which takes the lead role with the Perique offering a spicy note in the background and a touch of strength, but as others state, it does not take this blend over, only embellishes the taste with its lively character. Nicotine level is pleasing, it is neither too much or too little, about Squadron Leader level and if you have a predilection to inhale the smoke you can do so with ease. Room note is fairly standard for the included tobaccos but on the positive side it is quite a light aroma so any non-smokers would not find it very offensive.

Due to the fact that it is fairly light on the Perique side it would make a splendid entry into the world of Virginia/Perique blends.

Pipe Used: Davorin Denovic Morta

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

13 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2970)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

There is a mild natural Virginia tart and tangy citrus, quite a bit of grass, light bread, slight floral and sugar notes, and a smattering of fruit essence that may come from a extremely mild topping or the way the tobacco is cured. The raisiny, plumy, earthy, woody perique is fairly mild, and not very peppery as it is gently present. This blend is ribbon cut so thin that I consider it to be shag, and you should not smoke it dry or you'll risk a light harsh note. Won't bite, but has a few rough edges. The strength and taste levels are mild. Has a very mild nic-hit. Burns cool and clean and a little fast with a mostly consistent mildly sweet and lightly spicy flavor as it easily vanishes to ash. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires very few relights. Has an plain, short lived after taste and room note. An all day smoke that suffers from lack of depth and body. Might make a decent starter VaPer blend for the novice.


13 people found this review helpful.

MDP Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MDP (39)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Royal Jersey Perique is a blend for the connoisseur with palate and perspective intact. Subtle and varying notes of matured Virginias, Cavendish (read: unflavored, steamed Virginia), air-cured Maryland, a smidgen of dark-fired (?) and dollop of perique are all proportioned with extreme skill for a playful, yet cultured, experience. RJP belongs in the genre of Elizabethan Mixture, with EM the fuller-flavored of the two. One could add Irish Oak, Stratford, Dorchester, and Dunbar to the category. Figgy, fermented, musty and fetid (in a friendly way) all come through supported by a subtle, Virginia sweetness.

It is somewhat surprising that no comparison to Dorchester has been made until now. They are quite similar, but not identical. RJP being the more complex, yet less full-flavorful, of the two and Dorchester with a touch, just a touch, more perique. If RJP leaves you underwhelmed, try it aged some, on the drier side and after giving your mouth a rest from those enthralling, but tongue-dominating, British dark-fired powerhouses. You wouldn't eat a phall curry then after a consomme and complain about the blandness of the broth, would you?

(The "broken flake" cut note above must go, as RJP is cut to almost angel hair thinness).

13 people found this review helpful.

Pre Republic Peterson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pre Republic Peterson (13)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Exceptional. I have come from smoking lots of Cuban cigars and Dunhill pipe tobacco mainly. This is a great blend. Opening the can, seemed slightly under filled, but beautiful staining to the greaseproof paper from the tobacco. Looks like its been in the can for sometime, I am not sure as I bought it new. Truly beautiful tobacco, just a few twig type pieces, easy to remove. The Perique is king!. I even put some in my mouth and loved the flavor: soft and juicy. Aroma of steamed plums and spices. Reminds me of Partagas 8-9-8 and Lusitania and also Upmann Number 2 cigars. Full bodied and a amazing taste, helps that I am from a Habanos background. Perfect for me, I have ordered more today.

Pipe Used: Pre-Republic Peterson no COM

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipe Shop Edinburgh Online

10 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Opening this tin rewards you with pure heavenly perfumes, such as flowers, butter, some smoky cheese, etc...

Needs a tad bit of drying as the tobacco is a bit on the moist side. A friend of mine whose principles are 100% against tobacco, loved the tin smell, the room note and asked me to try it. He was converted on the spot! Asked me to help him buy his first pipe and this specific tobacco! I was shocked!

Anyway, excellent VA/PER. Not so much perique in the mixture, but enough to give a kick and some spice.

I love the buttery/floral taste of this tobacco. Will go down into my favourites, and will definitely buy this again!

8 people found this review helpful.

Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (139)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Another step along the road of VaPs. I have heard the odd bad word said about this but I am going through a Germain's phase at the moment an I was determined to give this a go, regardless of the consequences to my palate and my wallet. I just hoped I wouldn't be left too unimpressed.

Upon opening the tin, a very mild waft of what I could only discern as stewed peaches that were on the turn provided me with a little discomfort but didn't put me off. Then, folding back the paper inside to reveal the tobacco, I was surprised. It has already been established in previous reviews that this is not broken flake, but they didn't prepare me for how "not broken flake" this is. I expected, at worst, a light ready rubbed consistency but this comes out as a fine shag, much like King Charles Mixture for instance. In spite of this, it still is a little tricky to pull apart and pack without it clumping together, so a little care is needed. Lighting is perfect, I think Germain's have got the right moisture levels here, as usual. They're usually spot on with this. My first few pipefuls were a little rough, making me think I'd bought a duff one. However, it has started to grow on me. It does have a light, almost cigarette like quality to it, not too heavy. Virginias are dominant here, with hints of lemon coming through, and ocassionally gives hints of some oriental, even though there's none in. The perique appears a little later and adds just a nice topping, giving hints of chocolate and maybe some plum. This is really winning me over.

On the whole then, a very good smoke. Nice and cool, very easy to sup - serendipity given the fine cut. The contents compliment each other nicely. While I am far from calling myself a VaPer, I am very fond of this one and it is probably one of the better ones in this line of tobacco.

7 people found this review helpful.

Scamp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Scamp (20)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought my first tin of this at the same time I bought a tin of King Charles mixture, which is obviously a completely different blend altogether but it has one thing in common; quality! Unlike other reviewers I found my tin to be at the perfect humidity for smoking upon opening the tin. (I must also note at this point that the tobacco is ribbon/curley cut and definitely not broken flake) In fact I was quite surprised at how easily it lit and stayed lit, and burned beautifully and consistently all the way down the bowl. The richness and flavour of the smoke were also consistent with the perique certainly present but not overly so. Another brilliant smoking experience from J.F. Germain & Son, I would highly recommend this blend to any discerning pipe smoker with a taste for perique/virginia.

6 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

A nicely scented Virginia/Perique/Cavendish mixture that is snugly packed in the tin. It is a long-stranded shag cut that packs beautifully. The Virginia is bright, light and airy. The Perique remains quietly in the background and the Cavendish produces a unique, aromatic taste that compliments the Virginia & Perique in a natural and unique way.

6 people found this review helpful.

meerkat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
meerkat (64)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I like English mustard with my roast beef and wine made from syrah grapes aged in oak. I use spicy cologne on my self and pepper on my sandwiches. I therefore assumed that the perique in this blend would be right up my street. And so it was with no small amount of anticpation that I awaited delivery of what promised to be a real treat of a tobacco.

I broke the seal as soon as the tin was in my hand and drank deeply from a delicious tin aroma of sour fruit, fresh earth and damp hay. I had heard that it was best to let this blend mature before smoking and so I waited about 2 weeks before setting a match to any, but I returned to take deep and satisfying pulls of the tin aroma almost hourly.

I selected a new clay pipe for first tasting, so as to give me a clear picture of what I was sure was to be the smoke of my dreams. Almost trembling with excitement and salivating with a hunger to experience the wonders which lay before me, I pulled a small wad from the tightly packed tin and filled my bowl. It packed well but was still perhaps a tad damp and so, like a practitioner of the tantric arts, I made myself wait until the time was right. After being aired for about an hour the blend, which by now I was abolutely certain was gifted directly to me by my divine and loving creator, had reached optimum humidity. I put the pipe in my mouth and stepped outside to experience the unmitigated beauty of the snow topped English countryside and, finally, I lit my first bowlful of Germain's Royal Jersey Perique Mixture. Ten minutes later I was emptying the pipe before tramping back inside to sit sullenly in my chair for the rest of the night.

If you're still reading this now, firstly, well done, but I imagine you will be wondering "what could possibly have happened to spoil such a promisingly passionate love affair" (or words to that effect). Well, it's not that it was bad tobacco, it's just that all the nuance and character of the tin aroma was absent from the smoke. Replaced by an experience that was undeniably like smoking a cigarette. A very good quality, smooth cigarette but a cigarette, none the less. This was vastly disapointing.

And now you are wandering why, if I was so underwhelmed by it, did I give it a "recommended"? Well,a couple of weeks later I decided to give it another chance. It had hurt me, sure. But that tin aroma would still excite and entice me and I desperately wanted it to be the tobacco I had built it up to be.

I realise, of course, that I have totally lost all sense of perspective in this narrative and that this is just a tobacco, not a lover or mankind's last, best hope for the future.

The second sampling was a great improvement over the first. The cigarette flavour had all but gone, giving way to a crisp dryness and pepper held together with a very light sweetness that never got cloying or wearing. An excellent tobacco. Although possibly not best suited to wintery weather. I look forward to sitting under a tree on a bright spring, hazy summer or colourful early autumn day and contentedly puffing this in a corn cob. If that sounds like your thing then I recommend you give it a go, with the proviso that you open the tin about a month before you smoke any. You'll have fun teasing your senses with the heavenly tin fragrance.

As a slight aside, I have experimented by mixing it with a pinch of Samuel Gawith's Black Cherry and found them to compliment each other very well the latter bringing out some of the sour fruit notes of the perique blend and giving more depth to the sweetness.

5 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild Extremely Mild Medium Very Pleasant

"The Holy Grail" is a myth when applied to a thing or experience subjectively valued. Tobacco is such a thing. Tobacco, like woman, wine, food and the like are individual preferences and lack the near universal valuation of a priceless artifact of antiquity.

That being said, Germains RJP, while not a "Holy Grail," is in my pantheon of tobacco reverence and devotion, Zeus. It is a first among greats. It stands at the pinnacle of a temple called Excellence that houses the fruits of men's labors for honorable pleasures.

Upon opening the tin, the pleasure begins and not merely a tease. Notes of ripe, mature tobacco loft gently upwards, decanting figs, chocolate truffles and baked goods to your nose.

The longish ribbons of golden, brown and black are neither wet or dry, but springy and supple. They pack easily into all but the smallest of bowls.

Several charring lights and tamps are initially frustrating to the extent that satisfaction is delayed. Here, patience pays handsomely.

Copious billows of rich, thick smoke to your mouth and from the bowl are almost sensory overload. The tin aroma is realized, magnified and refined through fire.

RJP burns slowly and without gurgles. One can induce some discomfort if drawing with greed. Slow down, do not rush this, because you do not want this to end quickly.

There is sweetness in the taste, but not as with heavily cased or aromatic blends. This is real tobacco taste through and through; rarely achieved using Cavendish.

The second third of the bowl is greeted by creamy flavors, similar to, yet heavier than, the caramel used to coat apples. Butter, cookies, chocolate and figs ensemble a still life of flavor.

The smoke ends with deep richness and stability. It will make you question whether you have misallocated precious budget with lesser mortals.

RJP burns to a fine ash, no dottle and my pipe bowl is dry.

If you wonder how this relates to Germain's production of Dorchester for Esoterica: RJP has no licorice in the tin aroma. If Dorchester is a well-executed luncheon, then RJP is an Anniversary dinner on the waterfront. Both show the learned hands of their Jersey masters.

I hope your experience is as good as mine, at least.

5 people found this review helpful.

Jorge Soler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jorge Soler (202)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Oh wow, this Virginia/perique mixture is so sui generis I find it difficult to describe. This is shag tobacco and it comprises red and dark Virginia leaf. I am surprised by how mellow and creamy it feels in your mouth. I totally adore this king of tobacco, but based on past experiences I'd say they tend to bite the more you progress with your smoke, but this is so soft on the palate I cannot detect any tongue bite at all. I am finding this whole blend very forgiving but complex enough to keep me wondering again and again. You don't have to sip it, but it is better enjoyed that way. Despite its shag cut it displays slow burning properties and does not seem smoke hot in your bowl. I'd like to recommend this tobacco to both the experienced and inexperienced pipe smoker.

Purchased From: Turmeaus

4 people found this review helpful.

Bigdadz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bigdadz (39)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is unlike any VaPer i have ever tried. This is more like a Virginia mixture, full bodied in the sense of Royal Yacht, minus the plum topping. The blend presents cigar like notes; earthy, spicy with a very slight hint of sweetness.

Burning properties are excellent producing voluminous smoke with minimal relights.

This is a blend with a lot of flavour and complexity that will keep the seasoned smoker engaged.

4 people found this review helpful.

Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (217)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

This Perique mixture is intriguing for me. The old school presentation of mostly brown and dark shag cut in the tin is a testament to English tobacco making know how. A smell of fermented, almost rotten vegetables assail my nostrils, this could be good! My tin was five years old and had some plume on the thicker and darker strands of Perique.

Lighting the pipe is easy and right away the condiment show up, a mixture of mostly peppery and a more subdued plum taste. The matured Virginias complete the roundness and add a sporadic creaminess to this tobacco. It leaves a nice cigarlike aftertaste and burns to a white ash. I also agree with Pre Republic Peterson for his comparison with those Cuban cigars.

Virginia lover

4 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I like Perique, but not a ton of it, so I was a little apprehensive about this blend. Well….there’s Perique in the name, but it isn’t a Perique powerhouse by any stretch. As others have mentioned, the tin scent of this blend is really enticing, but it just serves to raise expectations that simply weren’t met, at least by me. I like the very thin cut, although I’m not sure I’d call it a shag. It’s easy to pack and burns really nicely. There is a subtle sweetness and a little fruity, but like I have experienced with other Germain blends sold under the company name, I am left wanting. There isn’t much in the way of complexity, which for me doesn’t determine the overall quality of a blend, but when it’s lacking, the straightforward flavor needs to be spot on. Perique blend, is a decent tobacco, but for me, not worth the hunt for an available tin. I continue to find the Germain blends that I have tried, with the exception of Eighteen Twenty, not reaching the bar that the company sets for their Esoterica line or Smoker’s Haven line of tobacco. Taste is a very subjective thing, but for me two stars seems about right.

4 people found this review helpful.

Old German puffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old German puffer (106)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

Royal Jersey is in my weekly rotation. I have a very large stash of this and honestly I cringe every time I open up a tin. It seems harder to find but I just can not resist. It is an afternoon smoke for me when I am looking for something light. I have read the reviews here and I really do not know we're people get the flavors from. In years of smoking this I have never detected the flavors most people claim. When opened right out of the tin you can smell the Va. Pack strong with two pinch. Light. Tamp. Relight and enjoy for the next hour.

Pipe Used: peterson

Age When Smoked: Tin - 2 years plus

Purchased From: London England

4 people found this review helpful.

PeterD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PeterD (91)
Very Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I find this tobacco very different from many of the Perique mixtures with this one "playing off" the Virginia tobacco in a most pleasant way.

While I enjoy Perique in more substantial quantities than most...too much can be "heady" and loose appeal quickly. The quality of the Virginia must also be considered. This tobacco has both high quality tobaccos and is blended nicely.

Taste and aroma throughout the bowl are superior and consistency appears to be well above average.

Enjoyed in a group 5-6 size pipe and could well serve as an all-day smoke...

...a pipe is to be savored...

4 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

UPDATE 7/13/13

Cracked another tin of this that has about 2 years worth of age on it. My below opinion hasn't changed. As a VaPer, it's pretty lightweight, although not bad. There are other blends that are light in perique that seem to use a better batch of virginias or something to bring out more flavor. This is a decent blend but I find nothing special in it, certainly nothing to warrant more than 2 stars.


This is a brick of near-shag tobacco with a dull color and a heavy, fruity scent of perique. Excellent tin aroma - very enticing. Unfortunately, this wonderful, heady aroma doesn't transfer to the taste as much as I'd like.

This blend had the usual shag difficulty in loading and I had to be careful not to over-or-underload. Once ignited, it burned with ease and produced no tongue maligning steam. The flavor, however, was dumbed down to the point that it never elevated itself beyond "OK". The perique was barely noticeable in the taste and the virginias seemed vapid and ill-conceived, although not unpleasant. Weird description, I know. This is a smooth, congenial blend with a very light sweetness, but is simply too light in flavor. Down the bowl, the mild perique spice simply becomes lost in a sea non-descript warm air. This blend exhibits no major flaws but there is little to recommend it unless the smoker happens to enjoy a very mellow, unobtrusive taste that calls no attention to itself.

4 people found this review helpful.

Hemlock Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hemlock (62)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

If you like Perique, you must try this blend. I don't find it to be a VaPer; it is a PerVa. Deep brown/mohagany in colour. A little moist, and a little musty. It is a ready-to-smoke perique blend, with all the goodness that Perique offers. It didn't appear to be a broken flake as much as a rubbed out and ribbon cut mixture. Smokes cool and stays lit well. Tastes and smells like a good perique pipe-weed. If you prefer VaPer's where Va is the keel then this may come up a bit short for you.

Good mouthfeel, good burn, great sensory satisfaction. I really liked this one- progresses very well through the bowl. I could smoke this all the time but my tastes are too diverse to stick with it. I would certainly keep a tin of this in the cellar for the future...

4 people found this review helpful.

alfredo_buscatti Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
alfredo_buscatti (9)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant

Royal Jersey Perique Mixture is an excellent Virginia/Perique. The tin notes state that mature Virginias comprise this mixture, their color a muted green. These mature Virginias lack LF?s austerity and taste, their flavor profile more akin to the signature Virginias found in the prior recipe of Samuel Gawith?s Full Virginia Flake (the current recipe so vastly different). The melding of the Virginia and Perique together sum to a tobacco greater than the sum of its parts?just delicious!

In Pease?s tin notes for ?Stratford? he describes the blend as a mixture of ?sugar and spice,? yet after smoking a 1.5 oz sample, I found the Perique imperceptible. His description fits RJP far more aptly. The Perique is again about 5%, clearly discernible, and the Virginias are sweet, with a commanding yet not intense full-body, such as are found in Wessex Dark Flake. This blend tastes has the signature Virginia/Perique flavor profile of sweetness and spice. The Virginias are of such superior quality that I feel I could smoke them quite enjoyably without the Perique; with it they find their perfect compliment.

LF is the clear winner of the two blends, the flavor, although monochromatic, more savory. Still RJP is a winner in its own right, one of the best Viriginia/Periques I?ve ever smoked.

As an aside, both tobaccos are what I would term ?traditional Virginia/Periques,? although LF less so than RJP; i.e. both have clear taste demarcations between the Virginias and Perique. In comparison Escudo and Three Nuns Version, second version, I would term ?non-traditional? Virginia/Periques in that the Perique is so well melded to the Virginias in the blend that separating one from the other is more difficult.

4 people found this review helpful.

BingCrosby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BingCrosby (161)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Germain's royal Jersey with perique is a light va/per with a distinctly English character.. Not ultra complex but with just enough to set it apart.. quality virginia of the smoother variety.. has that slightly antique sort of mustiness that is common to many germain products.. the perique is very light.. this isn't necessarily a bad thing.. but it won't give you the oomph you might crave from a perique blend.. its pretty much a shag cut so it burns pretty fast.. the Cavendish seems to help temper the burn.. it oddly smokes pretty cool overall.. it is a subtle and pleasant smoke.. but not a surprising or earth shattering experience.. reminds me just a little of telegraph hill.. but perhaps even more subdued.. I would stock a few to age but availability being what it is makes it darn near impossible.. not a huge loss.. many va/per blends I like just as much.. but this was definitely worth trying.

3 people found this review helpful.

Pryhosm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pryhosm (245)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

The Royal Jersey line is my least favorite in the Germain stable. They tend to be inconsistent in terms of flavor, at least to my tastes. Of them RJ with Latakia is my favorite. This one I was hesitant to review since I have smoked about 3 + oz's and I find them to be all over the place. I decided to write this now as I discovered that this is a blend for the cob and is best smoked bordering on brittle. The Virginia's are grassy and uncharacteristically bland. I find very little sweetness in this blend, but it is sweetest in a cob. The Perique provides some peppery notes but not much of the raisin and plum flavors that I like most about Perique. The bottom quarter of the bowl becomes a bit toasty and has some bready flavor. Regardless of moisture content, it can get harsh if you don't smoke this slowly. Not what I would call a VAPer but it is interesting. I will likely see what some age will do for it.

Pipe Used: Briar’s and cob’s

3 people found this review helpful.

Pipeologist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeologist (27)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Having attempted to obtain the coveted Penzance,without success and no doubt without success in the future, I have given up the quest for the American dream a la pipesmoking, but have discovered, albeit at a considerable cost, the offerings of Germain, some two hundred miles from my abode in London.What offerings do they have.Well, I’m just going through the list and am writing this with a bowl of Royal Jersey Perique on the go. Many a time and oft have I said”this is the one”, so yet again I have succumbed to my fickleness. I just love this tobacco to bits.The best of the Germains, who knows. This seems to satisfy my tastebuds to the extreme. Just the perfect balance of Virginia to Perique. From the packet, a gush of English meadow, easy to fill, long lasting in the bowl, no bite at all and I suppose my wife may even tolerate it. So, all in all, from a company who obviously care about their product, a full four stars and I mean it this time. You can keep your Penzance,sell it to your friends or Ebay it at vast profit if you wish.The wait was worth it and thank you H.M.customs and excise, even though you are a pain in the ass!

Pipe Used: Cornelius Manz

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Gq

Similar Blends: The ambrosia of theGods.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

Had this jarred for a little over a year and just recently got to it. When I opened the lid a strong wine-like smell hit me and I started licking my chops. Had to wait a bit though as it needed some drying time. Finally got a bowl stuffed and fired it up and immediately started wondering where the flavor disappeared to. The little flavor I got was very nice but very muted. It's the flavor of a fine mulled wine but so mild as to be not to my liking. Tried in numerous pipes and various moisture levels with the same result each time. If you're into mild flavors this would be a great choice for you. Sadly, it's not for me.

Body is mild to medium. Flavor is mild. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: 6 different MM cobs

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

Peter Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peter Piper (41)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I don't know if I had a bad batch, but I was seriously underwhelmed by this blend.

The sight of the dried out broken bits with more than a fair share of stem twigs was somewhat unprepossessing and the pack aroma was very faint. It packed, lit and burned well enough, but I found the taste rather dull and one-dimensional, I was hoping for spicy fruit, but all I got was a rather dry and dusky smoke.

As I said, I am not convinced that my sample was in the best condition so in fairness I am awarding it an extra star. But I am not sure I can bring myself to risk another go. Disappointing.

3 people found this review helpful.

cmhpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cmhpipesmoker (21)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This is another OK blend from Germain and, like Royal Jersey Latakia, I'm just not overly excited by it. However, I found myself liking this a bit more than RJL. This blend's cut follows suit with RJL and Smokers' Haven OBB and EM (blended by Germain), meaning long, fine cut strings of tobacco in varying dark shades.

From the tin, it has a heavier aroma but also has a "fruitiness" to it. This fruit component is one aspect that initially turned me off but is lost once lit in the bowl. As it aged, it lost most of the fruity aroma and picked up the "tea" aroma I've noticed in other blends.

I found this to be a fairly robust blend in the pipe and appears to be fairly bland. I didn't find much else coming through other than just a heavy, peppery smoke. I would also say it's not an all day blend. For me, it left me a bit light-headed due to the nicotine content.

This, like Roayl Jersey Latakia, is borderline two or three rating but gains a two because I just can't really find anything that intrigues me or would cause me to purchase it again. Like RJL, I feel this is a good quality tobacco, as I believe all of the Germain offerings are, but it's just not for me.

3 people found this review helpful.

flint Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flint (30)
Mild Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is an exquisite, well made blend very aristrocratic and well bred. This is like having a conversation with a delightful and intelligent person you come away feeling enlightened. Can you tell I liked this. In the tin you smell the virginia like a finely aged wine. The perique is very ghostly laid in with restraint. This burns so cool I used it to break in a new pipe! The tobacco burns really dry with no dottle and no need for pipe cleaners. I like to exhale this through my nose the flavor is delicious. An excellant all day blend does not induce fatigue or boredom. I will be purchasing more of this. I do recommend this to anybody who likes pure tobacco taste.

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Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (176)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is a just fine blend by Germain. It has a better flavor yet is much milder than Dunhill's Elizabethan in my opinion.

A light virginia with a slightly scented cavendish and some perique are in the blend. I see a lot of guessing on the flavor, and lightly wine-like is mine, but it does not smoke like an American or Danish aromatic at all (or "soapy"). Which means it is fairly dry and cool.

It comes in a "block" in the tin (similar to Gold Block), but it is not too tightly pressed so it is easy to pull apart enough strands for a bowl at a time. It is not a flake. I suppose if you will take more than three weeks to smoke a tin you better protect it from drying out too much, but I am just finishing my tin at the three week mark and it still seems fine to me.

The perique is there all right but is not sharpe and does not really assert itself in the flavor much unless you smoke it fast (or maybe outside in a slight breeze or if left too dry). It is definitely in the room aroma. A hint of spice would be a fair statement in a quality cavendish type blend.

It is a cool, all day smoke with a very interesting favor. The perique probably ups the blend from the light category to a light-medium or medium. Very nice; a virtual delicacy of flavor and spice.

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

Very typical Germain taste. It is sweetened with some sort of liqueur probably and it tastes like a very mildly topped Danish blend – dried fruit, liqueur. Maybe there is some spicyness and dried fruit, but it’s not at all similar to your typical Va/Per (Escudo, Royal Flake). It has the unique Germain taste and it’s similar to Plum Cake.

Has medium strength with a decent nicotine content. At times it can get too sweet. I am glad I tasted it but I don’t think I would buy again. Recommended to those who like the style, if you’re looking for another Va/Per you might be disappointed.

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OhioTony76 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OhioTony76 (59)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant

As said here before, I would not call this a traditional Vaper. I've never had a tobacco quite like this. Very moist and dries slow. I like my baccy on the dry side, but not dried out. I set this out for a hour. When somebody says a tobacco is smooth, now I know exactly what it means. The Virginia's are on the light side, and normally to me that means I won't be satisfied but this Virginia has depth. The sweetness is what stands out. A touch of perique complements the top notch Virginia. There is a topping or maybe flavored cavendish. I hesitate to call it a florial essence, but almost. More like a very mild fruit, blended with notes of the seaside. Notes of salt, seaweed and fish oil really make this interesting. Just not my style.

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Ian K Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ian K (30)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

A pleasant 'Hay' note greets you when you open the tin of the wonderful air cured bright virginia the moisture straight out of the tin was just about perfect and the ribbon cut packed and smoked perfectly, quality ingredients all round. Flavour for me was again bang on the money with not an overwhelming amount of Perique but enough to give that peppery tingle on the tounge. Room note is again hay like in quality bought about by the Virginia so nothing to complain about there either. Good stuff, but to be honest I still prefer the likes of Mcbarren Rollcake for a VaPer

Left for a couple of months and revisited...and has improved greatly, my advice is let it breathe you will be rewarded

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: The Baccy shoppe

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Sour fruit smell in the tin (apples maybe?). Long thin ribbon cut; burns fine however I pack it. I've had the tin open for a month now, and every bowl seems to be a little better than the last. I expected this to be a heavier smoke, but I find it fairly light.

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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (345)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

A soft, tolerable Va/Perique blend: in spite of the highly acidic, musty and "stinky" smell in the tin, it does not give me stomachache or spinning head like other high-Perique blends do.

It's a bit wet in the tin: this, together with the long strings of the cut (it's NOT a Broken Flake!), might lead to overpacking and airhole clogging, so either dry it a bit or pack loosely.

The taste is smooth, sourish, grassy, but also fruity sweet. Delicate and tasty at the same time.

It burns quite fast due to the fine cut, leaving a clear ash.

Perhaps not memorable, but one of the best balanced Va/Perique tobaccos out there.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Overview: Germain?s Royal Jersey comes tightly packed in a rectangular, blue, 50g tobacco tin. I recommend that replacing the loose plastic wrapping around the block with a small baggie to keep flavours & aromas at their peak.

Sight & Feel: This finely shagged, medium brown mix comes tightly pressed in a cake that is fairly sticky and a bit moist. I pull a few shreds from the block and rub them a wee bit to achieve the packing consistency I prefer.

Smoking Characteristics: Royal Jersey smokes best for me when I pack my pipe and leave it stand for 10 minutes or so. Then I lightly re-tamp it before I set a match to it. This creates a durable burn and smooth, easy draws (slowly paced) will result in a superb wash of flavours. I enjoy it best in bent pipes.

Nose: Opening the tin yields the sweet aroma of Virginias, the slightly peppery aroma of Perique (used in moderation) and the elusive hint of Sweet Pea flowers at a distance. The room note is wonderfully light and bright with traces of myrrh and other sweet spices. It is a favourite of my non-smoking wife. Mouth: A subtle sweetness with peppery insinuations and flashes of cinnamon clove are what I love about Royal Jersey. It smokes well and bites only if your pipe technique is poor. As this is a Perique mix, inhaling is not recommended.

Economics: In Canada, Royal Jersey is a mid-priced tobacco. But as its rate of burn is quite slow for such a finely shagged tobacco (if properly packed), I rate it as an economical smoke.

Last Words: Just the thing for those who seek a mildly spicy treat, Royal Jersey is best smoked indoors to ensure the wonderful tastes and notes are not whisked away by breezes or drowned by car exhaust. The only times I smoke it outdoors and catch all it's subtleties are on calm nights in autumn or winter. If I ever face banishment to a desert island, Royal Jersey would be one of the Perique mixtures in my luggage. A great one; 4 stars out of 5.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Medium Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Yet another elegantly blended and delicious offering from Germain. This is a finely cut ribbon with noticeable streaks of virginias, perique, and (i think) some unflavored black cavendish. The tobacco is packaged as solid, hard block which has to broken up and which is not particularly moist. On smoking, there is a lovely full tobacco feel and taste with a slight sweet (I believe) anise topping. I didn't think that I would ever like a anise-topped tobacco, but this is really wonderful. The flavoring is very lightly done; it lingers in the background providing a nice frame for the wonderful perique. The tobacco burns down slowly to a nice, dry ash.

If you like GLP's Haddo's Delight or Tribute, you are going to love this one. Highly recommended.

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Courtney Fish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Courtney Fish (33)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

In an earlier review I think I said that although Germain’s were consistently good, no single blend was an absolute favourite. I’d like to rethink that position: many of their blends are now some of my absolute favourites. Royal Jersey Perique is certainly one of these.

I think it comes down to the ‘Golden Cavendish’ that tastes like no other; this for me is the taste of Germain’s. It is subtle and very lightly sweet and somehow forms the defining aroma and flavour of the blend but without ever being the main flavour. In fact, it is often only just perceptible but it is this that I crave and search for throughout the bowl. But try too hard by drawing too strongly or too quickly and it will disappear. This Cavendish combined with excellent mature Virginias and just a touch of rich and bitter-sweet, gently peppery Perique – all subtle in flavour – provide the mildest, most flavourful smoke. Genuinely delicious. But surprisingly it is up to a fast cadence too with little care taken over smoking and can be an all-day/’stuff it and puff it’ blend too, so long as you are willing to ignore the loss of the subtle flavours. Smoked like this it still won’t bite and tastes fine, but in no way special. But this would be a waste of a wonderful weed.

The VERY fine ribbon I find a little long and a little damp from the tin to pack and burn easily but a few minutes drying and a little gentle breaking up of the strands provides a tobacco that packs, lights and stays lit well, providing a moderate amount of N and a light-ish, proper tobacco room note. I did find that it is at its most remarkable when using a fairly small briar pipe (e.g. Peterson 304) but surprisingly loses its character almost completely in a corn cob. This is remarkable stuff that will repay handsomely if you treat it well.

Pipe Used: Peterson 304/City deLuxe/Carey billiard/MM Rob Roy

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Similar Blends: Only similar to other Germain's tobaccos. Unique..

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JohnH Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnH (24)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Let me first confess for not being a perique expert, far from it.

My first impressions of this tobacco are a little underwhelming. Germains produce some of my favorite tobaccos, so whilst not disappointed, this one didn't jump out at me.

I got this bulk when back in the UK, so not sure how the tin would be, but the moisture content of this was spot on for me, packs well and smokes great.

On smoking this I find it similar to the appearance, a little underwhelming. Not in any way unpleasant, but understated to the point of being boring and for me underwhelming. It reminds me of cigarettes, and I haven't smoked cigarettes in 10 years. It has the perique and a familiar Germains note I can't put my finger on. Burns a little quick, but isn't harsh.

Overall a nice smoke, and I wont struggle to finish the 50g I have, but not really for me, I can't really get excited for it, mainly as I just can't think of the right occasion to smoke it. That said, I could smoke it all day long, but couldn't see it really satisfying me.

Pipe Used: Comoy's Super Grain

Age When Smoked: Fresh - 6 months

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

The tin opens with a scent of Burley, almost exactly the sweet plummy musk in a tub of Granger. The delicate ribbon cuts form a brick in the tin, but easily shred for decent packing. The Perique is somewhere in there, and may develop with aging. The overall smoke is light as a cracker, and does not distinguish itself much from cheaper brands. My only real buggaboo is its cigarette-like aftertaste. An occassional smoke, but not the Jersey treat I was hoping for, given that Germain is blending for Esoterica.

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OSR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OSR (78)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is (as others have noted) one of those tobaccos where you need to open the tin, seal it back up and revisit the tin in a month. For some reason, Virginia/Perique blends are like this. Case in point, the beloved and now out-of-production Dunhill Elizibethan is horrible straight out of the fresh tin. Give it a month after opening and Elizibethan is "manna"!

At any rate, this doesn't look like your garden variety VA when you open the tin. The tobacco almost has a resemblance to Drum cigarette tobacco, a notch or two brighter in appearance.

A whiff of the tobacco (after opening the tin) is indeed grassy and a bit sour.

I took a pinch of tobacco, cut it up with scissors into manageable pieces and let the tobacco dry out on a plate for 15 minutes until the tobacco no longer clumps together when pinched.

Was I surprised by the smoke? Very balanced, matured VA flavor with the perique in the background; not the peppery presence but a muted sourness, quite masterfully blended I must say. The VA in this blend is high quality, aged leaf. No doubt about it, very smooth on the edges.

If you're looking for PUNCH then this is a middlin' strength blend but the flavor is rather unique in the VA/PER line. A replacement for Elizibethan? No, not enough OOMPH but definitely a keeper in the V/P arena and quite unique in flavor. Again, the Perique isn't up front and really dances in the background.

Finishes well, dry pipe and very little dottle. Cool with no bite when dried and packed correctly. Highly recommended.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

In the tin: This comes in a little sardine-tin like container and is really a ribbon cut tightly compressed.

Packing and Lighting: After fluffing out from the tin packing and lighting was easy.

The Flavor: Not much in the first puff but thereafter a fine, sweet, Virginia taste, with a touch of Perique Tang. Progressing through the bowl the flavor doesn't change, only intensifies. Smokes clean to the bottom of the bowl.

The tobacco world happily abounds in fine Virginia/Perique blends. This is another one.

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (303)
Mild Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Germain gives us another quality blend. This one is a rather finely cut ribbon of the predominant light to medium brown VAs. The Perique was not prominent visually or in the taste but shows up in the light but slightly spicey room aroma. I normally smoke flakes so the ribbon cut and tin moisture content gave me trouble in mastering my packing techniques. A hard draw and numerous relights were too frequent. For me, too much attention is needed to attain the perfect pack and this has a tremedous effect on the smoke and the overall experience. However, when found, the result was cool, sweet and enjoyable. If you are more experienced with this type of shag, you might enjoy this blend even as an all day smoke.

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TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (628)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This was great. Not four star great to me, but I really enjoyed it and I feel it may rise to four stars to the heavy perique lover. I found that this one does not deceive you at the label. Carrying the title of Perique, one would expect that condiment to stand out and it does, but not in a bad way. The Virginia and the cavendish are sweet enough to keep the Perique from overwhelming the smoker with spice and heft. It is nicely balanced to provide a pleasurable experience that any Va Per lover should enjoy.

I found that it only got better as it dried out as it was pretty moist upon opening. I really don't know the true age of this tin, but I am sure it sat in the B&M for quite a long time before I purchased it based solely on the saturation in the paper surrounding the ribbon cut blend. It was basically dark brown, the tobacco itself was nearly black with age. I am certain this also amplified the sweetness in the Virginia. I am pretty sure the cavendish was made from Virginia as I just did not sense a burley presence at all. I wonder if this was cased in sugar, or if the sweetness I was experiencing was solely due to the aged Virginia(s). As to performance, I did not note anything of concern, it smokes easily, does not bite and doesn't attribute any unnecessary moisture to your smoking experience.

In any case, this is a fantastic VaPer and does stand out as something different than the likes of Escudo, St. James Flake, et. al. I think any VaPer fan will like this blend. Germain has yet to disappoint me with anything they produce; and this was no exception.

Age When Smoked: more than 6 yrs 2 mths

Purchased From: B&M in Dundee, Michigan

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½ bowl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
½ bowl (103)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

Thin (~2mm wide) ribbons in various brown tones with Perique, are compacted in long tangles that need to be fluffed-up. It has a yeasty, and only somewhat grassy tin aroma; a little bit fruit-like and a little bit oaty; and the tin aroma carries on into the smoke.

It is a natural (non-aromatic) blend with a very smooth, mild, and delicate vegetable-like taste, with unmistakable traces of a nut flavor: almond, or maybe even mild pistacchio. By and large it just has an honest tobacco flavor with good smoke volume and mouth feel. Easy lighting, cool smoking, no bite and no gurgle. This is not a "Perique bomb", or even a Perique-forward blend. Here the Perique, though delectable, is merely suggestive -- an amendment to the other tobaccos in the blend.

It's not a particularly sweet blend, but it does lean that way, as opposed to the herbal or bitter end of the spectrum. I'd liken its sweetness to that of a well cooked green veggie.

In a word, this is sophisticated. Put it in your best pipe and enjoy.

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CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (138)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A bit of a sleeper in the beginning - nothing too remarkable, other than good basic VA. As I worked into the bowls, however, some excellent sweet tobacco flavors come out, particularly when sipped, P-lip style. At times a licorice or anise flavor comes through. Very nice. 3*.

Pipe Used: Peterson P-lip, XL315

Age When Smoked: Tin code 349111

Purchased From: P&C

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bob323 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bob323 (46)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Very tastey VaPer...One of the best I have tried...Virginias are A-1 and Perique comes through as it should...Not too weak...Not too strong...Bit too pricey for me as an all day smoke but, still highly recommended.

Pipe Used: various for testing

Age When Smoked: fresh from Smokingpipes

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Damp ribbons in the tin (it's listed as a broken flake here - I wouldn't describe this as broken flake).

Nothing special (and not enough Perique for my taste) but it doesn't wholly disappoint either.

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Mesh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mesh (51)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is a pleasant smoke if sipped slowly and gently. Not in the premier league of VaPers, but worth a try. A mild tobacco.

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DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (317)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tough to get started, and a light, cool smoke at first without a lot of perique in the flavor. Once it gets started, though, it's been easy to keep going with lots of smoke rich with perique flavor down to the bottom of the bowl without being overwhelming and without any hint of bite.

As mentioned in other reviews, more of a ribbon than broken flake.

Edit: this really improves a lot as it 'opens up' in the tin. Highly recommended for a mild smoke

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This mixture has the advantage of not being too pumped up by the perique added.

What I mean is that the perique is present in the right proportion: you taste it well but it doesn't take over the VAs. The perique and VAs alternate and bring a nice, spicy smoking experience.

It is well worth the try.

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jankoez Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jankoez (69)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Good, but not exceptional. You will not make a mistake with this blend, but not thrilled too...

My rate: 3.0

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Bluenoser Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bluenoser (34)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Fellow pipe smokers this is a truly wonderful smoke. I find it quit similar to Former's Straight Grain Flake, just a wee bit milder. Wonderful virginia combined with just the perfect amount of perique to make this a mild to medium experience. Yes it has that fruity fragrant found in all Germain/Esoterica Virginia blends but that is what makes their mixtures so unique. Let this blend air for a couple or three hours then have-at-her. If you like Straight Grain Flake and St. Bruno Flake you should find solace in this particular mix. Recommended with no reservations what-so-ever.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

06.30.2007. this tin has now been open for 1½ month, and it has changed caracter through that period of time. the cigar-ish caracter has allmost vanished, and the taste and room note is now a lot closer to (the discontinued) simmon's virginia. pure virginia of very "dry tasting" type - and, i think, a good deal more than just "a subtle quantity of genuine louisiana périque"

06.03.2007. first, a warning: i give it my highest reccomendation, NOT based on my finding it immediatly appealing, but on the fact that it's first class tobacco.

second, i'm almost certain that rjp contains cigar leaf or something very similar to it. this does not come through in the tin aroma which is very perique'ish in its sour-pungent notes, but once you taste the smoke it's evident. the same goes for the room note. my wife normally likes the room note of most of my tobaccos, but this one had her protesting against the cigar smell!

"flue cured", the above description says, but there's certainly something air cured in it, and almost no taste of flue cured virginia. a very slight sweetness akin to orientals, and the sourish perique (though without the plum notes), combined with the mustiness of the "cigar leaf" makes for a tobacco that is indeed very far from the archetypical va-per, escudo.

not a tobacco that i find very usefull on a daily basis, but as a palate cleanser it may work very well for me. nothing at all wrong with the quality.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Germain's RJP is welcome Va/P addition to the Royal Jersey family and is of similar quality to RJ Original Latakia, though of course different in character. RJP is not a kick-your-butt perique experience- much milder than 2015, say- but more of a virginia with a perique accent.

My main beef with this blend is the cut. It may say "broken flake" in the notes above, but it is really a fine ribbon cut with some long ribbons. This makes for a messy loading experience in situations, like driving, where full attention cannot be given to the task at hand. The smoke is worth the hassle however.

RJP burns cool for a virginia blend, especially one so finely cut. I have yet to be bitten by it, and find that it could be a fine all-day smoke, if one was into smoking the same blend all day long. (Similar to Two Friends Redwoood that way, only RJP is fruitier.) Even the finish is relatively mild unlike many Va/Ps that get pretty "periqueish" at the end. RJP also does well with DGT, and I often come back to a partially smoked bowl to resume just where I left off.

I still prefer a well-aged 2015 for its strength, but RJP on my short list of Va/P blends, and I often turn to it for a change of pace.

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