Mild to medium flue-cured Virginias from Zimbabwe and the Carolina's blended with sweet Black Cavendish and a hint of toasted white Burley. Tobacco cut: Loose cut and Cavendish. Tobacco Flavor/Aroma: Generously laced with aged whiskey from the Scottish highlands for flavor.

BrandPeter Stokkebye
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2976)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I notice a very, very slight hint of cocoa and a bare sharp nuttiness from the burley, but the whiskey flavor is why you buy it as it is the star, though it lacks some depth. The unsweetened black cavendish adds some brown sugar in the background. The Virginia has some grass and citrus, though you seldom notice the latter. The nic-hit is very minor. May need a light dry time, but it burns reasonably, cool, clean and smooth with a very consistent flavor. Won't bite, and has no dull or harsh spots. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, and needs a few relights. Has a pleasant after taste. An all day smoke that wears well during your experiences. Two and a half stars.


14 people found this review helpful.

aadelma Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
aadelma (67)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

Here is a well blended aromatic which even dedicated smokers of English mixtures seem to enjoy. It has a wonderful whiskey aroma in the pouch and is shipped quite wet. Unfortunately, once I dried it out to the proper humidity, much of the whiskey aroma was gone, leaving mainly a chocolate aroma. That caveat aside, it packs and burns very nicely once dried. Both the room note and flavor are a tasteful blend of base tobaccos and the chocolate/whiskey essences. The first half of the smoke has a nice coolness which I have noted in other liquor flavored tobaccos such as Esoterica Pembroke (flavored with cognac) and Cornell and Diehl Apricots and Cream (flavored with apricot brandy). There is some light burley in the blend which adds a nice bit of strength, favor, and piquancy. Towards the bottom of the bowl, the flavor is predominated by straight tobacco rather than the blandness of many aromatics. This has become a favorite of mine to smoke while telecommuting due to it's medium strength, flavor, and ease of keeping lit.

Update: After torturing myself with a number of awful blends in the ALTADIS sampler, I'm revisiting some of my favorite aromatics. I haven't smoked this in quite some time and forgot just how good it is. It stays lit and burns slowly, never overheating. There is natural tobacco flavor which the additives complement very well. There is a bit of bite which I could do without, but nothing compared to the ALTADIS garbage. Yes, there are good aromatics out there, and this is one of them.

13 people found this review helpful.

Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
Very Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

Peter Stokkebye - PS-38 Highland Whiskey

Star Rating = 4

Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst

Pouch Note = 9

Room Note = 9

Flavor = 9

Bite = 9

Burn = 9

After Taste = 9

Raw Score = 54

Rated Percentage = 90%

Comment = Smooth, Mild, very slight After Taste, PS-38 Highland Whiskey is much better than PS-2 Whiskey. This is one of the best Whiskey Aromatics that I have ever tried.

12 people found this review helpful.

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

I found this blend to be a very pleasant surprise. Far superior to Stokkebye's other whiskey blend. This blend smokes much cooler, and has more tobacco flavor than the other. It has a very nice scotch aroma and taste. I have had nothing but compliments on the room note. When I packed my pipe with the Frank method, it burned down to a white ash, with no goop. I wish I had ordered more.

12 people found this review helpful.

RyeWhiskey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RyeWhiskey (43)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This was my first venture into bulk PS and I bought two ounces. Great looking tobacco, and it has a nice aroma. You can just get the whiskey scent on top, with some nice Cavendish. This mixture smoked great. This was one of those very nice, ahh that's why I smoke pipes blend. I've tried it in my Peterson, and my cobs and it's great everytime. I went back to buy more and will always have this on hand. One of my go-to blends.

9 people found this review helpful.

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

This blend received some below average reviews, but I found it to be sweet and tasty. It leaves a pleasant aroma in the room and it burns well. I recommend it as a nice smoke late in the evening.

7 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2065)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Peter Stokkebye - Highland Whiskey (No.38).

The unlit blend has a nice appearance, a mix of all the different colours of the tobaccos, right from jet black up to light brown. Considering that this is an aromatic the aroma is very light with only a slight whiskey note to it but the moisture level is perfect, where you are just certain it will light with ease and sustain the burn well, which it does. Now, the smoke..... again, like the unlit aroma the whiskey is lighter than expected in an aromatic, still noticeable with ease , it's just not too strong. The Black Cavendish is the least prominent flavour, you only pick it out if you look for it decidedly but the Burley and Virginia share the lead in quite an equal fashion. As I mentioned earlier it burns well and it is incredibly steady but on the negative side the burn and smoke are a touch too hot, necessitating a cool drink on the side. Nicotine level is just about right for me (about Peterson Old Dublin level).

If it wasn't for the hotter smoke and my mouth feeling slightly languished afterwards it would get 4 stars, alas due to this it only scores 3!

Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

6 people found this review helpful.

Darth Vader Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth Vader (110)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

For the money and the genre this is 4 stars.

Not overly strong but not weak either. Middle of the road i guess. Body builds as you smoke down. The nicotine is mild to lower medium, but it's there, which is more than i can say for most aro's (they seem to be nicotine free to me). Most importantly, this is not gloopey city. The additives have been lightly done which makes this smokable for those who don't love excessive PG and the like. Finally, tongue bite is not a problem if you smoke at a slow or moderate pace. Smoked hard (as i occasionally do when not concentrating) will cause some mild bite but nothing terrible. Did i mention the great value for money on this stuff - $27 per lb.

I only smoke aromatics occasionally and when i do they need to be good for me to enjoy them. This is.

Pipe Used: My Aro Briar

Purchased From: 4Noggins

5 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Starts off with outstanding flavors. A very nice whiskey flavor mingling with the toasty Black Cavendish, mildly nutty Burley, and sweet Virginia natural flavors. Every once in a while I even get a note that taste like cherry. It fails to stay that way though. By mid-bowl the whiskey has burned off, the Burley and Virginias have faded, and you're left with a Black Cav smoke that is nice, but I didn't buy it for that. The first half is 4 star good. The second half not so much. 3 stars on the strength of the first half.

Body is mild to medium. Flavoring is mild to medium. Taste is medium. Burns well.

Pipe Used: MM Diplomat 5th Ave, MM Patriot

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

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

I purchased four ounces of this tobacco from my B&M (Stogies On Grand) when I returned to pipe smoking after a long hiatus. This evening I smoked a bowl and, surprisingly, it blew me away. It was very smooth, flavorful, complex for an aromatic, and just enjoyable to smoke in that it stayed lit and smoked cool. The room note is pleasant -- cask whiskey barrel. This is a great bulk option that I'll likely add to my next online purchase. It won't make my starting rotation. The only aro that has is a 50/50 mix of Lane 1Q and BCA. But this will make for a good middle reliever due to its distinctive taste and smell. Recommended.

3 people found this review helpful.

DavidP Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DavidP (25)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was impressed with this blend. As it is my first whiskey flavored aromatic I expected a punch in the face of strong booze character but instead I was greeted with a delicate yet noticeable whiskey note on top of a bready-sweet, woody base. Very nice stuff and a good value to boot. It seems to smoke on the hot side though.

3 people found this review helpful.

Robby the Belgian Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Robby the Belgian (24)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Very pleasant aromatic, balancing added flavor and natural tobacco effortlessly.

I'm getting a lot of nutty, earthy, woody tastes from the burley, with whisky, vanilla and a bit of sweet coffee and cocoa on top of it.

After drying it for an afternoon, it lit easily; it required a few relights, but burned nicely overall. A bit of moisture was left in the bottom of the bowl.

The smoke is rich in texture, and the retrohale enhances the flavors present in the taste. It burns nice and cool.

If you like sweet, burley-forward aromatics, I highly recommend this.

Pipe Used: Dr. Grabow Omega

2 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (388)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

I bought this back in 2011 from a pipe and cigar store that had all these blends in jars with their own names. I searched this website and found this description to be almost exact. I am smoking it in my Peterson 307, Irish to Irish so to speak. It smells great even after 7 years but I wish it had more whiskey flavor. There just isn’t enough for me and it leaves me wanting more. It does burn a little hot. Nice but I will try something else when I run out of this.

Pipe Used: Peterson 307

Age When Smoked: 7 years

2 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

It has a nice pouch note. My sample came at a good level of hydration for smoking. It appears to be mostly burley and black cavendish with a few irregular bits of yellow Virginia.

Smoked, this is slightly sweet with a subtle whiskey flavor. There is not much tobacco flavor, but it is pleasant and easy to smoke. You get a nutty burley note every now and then. I think the Virginia contributes to the sweet, but it is hard for me to single out.

This is a nice aromatic blend. It is a little bland for my palate, but I can imagine it would be the perfect smoke for many. This is really a 2.5 because I am not going to buy more. I have no regrets...

2 people found this review helpful.

Big Blue Jazzman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Blue Jazzman (73)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is the best Whiskey blend I have tried. Just a light topping which adds sweetness along with the Virginias. Not a complex smoke but a well balanced one. Taste does fade when you hit a certain point, but still an enjoyable smoke.Pretty good stuff.

Pipe Used: meer

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: pipes & cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

OldTallMike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OldTallMike (13)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Fine pouch note, mild aromatic. Burned nice and slow, bit me a bit- but that is to be expected of myself as a rookie. Whiskey flavoring was very, very subtle and may have been more potent when the tobacco was first opened. Overall, a nice mellow blend. Probably not on my reorder, but not out of the question either.

2 people found this review helpful.

Kunsan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kunsan (76)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Nice genuine tobacco tastes and smells, accompanied by a slight sweet whiskey casing. There's also some sweetness and hay from the Virginias and a little bit of nuttiness presumably from some Burley. Smoked easily with a good amount of smoke, no relights needed all the way to the bottom. Left a clean white ash. No dottle or wetness.

This is a pleasant, everyday tobacco, available at a bargain price.

2 people found this review helpful.

BlacksmithTim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BlacksmithTim (10)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

My first few bowls of this I was unimpressed. But a friend gave me a few ounces to sample and as I worked through the bag it has begun to grow on me. A fairly straightforward whiskey Cavendish in my book, packs easy and burns well.

2 people found this review helpful.

JohnnyMcPiperson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyMcPiperson (119)
Very Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This was one of my two first "go to" blends, the other of course being 1-Q. Although I haven't had this one in some time, I can still remember the pleasant peaty taste, I actually ended up aging some of this for two years and it held it's flavor. I felt that the tobacco and flavoring married nicely over that time and it was an excellent smoke when I came back to it, even though it was very one dimensional, it was still quite enjoyable around the campfire with the guys, I would pass out some cobs and then pass around a baggie of HW and we would all have a brew. Good memories! I would recommend this to anyone as a first smoke or to those who prefer aromatics! Has a nice smell and a decent room note!

2 people found this review helpful.

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

I tried this as a sample early last spring and found it tasty but didn't order it in bulk until later when I found that about all my favorite online sellers were out of English Luxury. Grabbed five pounds and have about three cellered. For me it is a very nice flavorful tobacco with a nice room note. No gurgle no tongue bite. In short I like it a lot and would recommend it.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

If this tobacco is too dry then you will be given a serious tongue bite. I purchased this in 5 pound bulk, and when I received the tobacco, it was so dry that it would burn to hot. My solution was sprinkling a little water into the tobacco and mixing the tobacco up. That has seemed to reduce the tongue bite, and increased the flavor quite a bit.

2 people found this review helpful.

canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (336)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

Aromatics are rarely spot on replicating true flavor, but since whiskey is more of a taste than scent kinda thing (for an amateur like me at least), the dull cardboard - faint sweet/sour odors coming off, were as good as the real thing I suppose. I would be more convinced I had a bag of expired cherry tobacco if blindfolded however.

I was surprised by the first few puffs, they did remind me of some brown firewater, but the rest of the bowl had more bite than I would of liked, detracting from the taste. I would venture to guess this one relies more on the power of topping than quality of leaves, as little tobacco goodness shone through.

While not expecting to get drunk off of whiskey tobacco, I was expecting more smokey richness. I mean after all, no one says "smooth" roughly after a shot of the real thing because it isn't a punch to the buds.

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

1 person found this review helpful.

Mawnan Smiff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mawnan Smiff (28)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is one of six new blends I picked up yesterday for testing purposes. First off, why is it called Highland 'Whiskey'? In my experience every scotch I have bought was a 'whisky' (without the 'e'), so why the American spelling then?

Anyway, back to the baccy. Upon opening the G&H labelled pouch I spied a rich mixture of black & dark tan flakes with a scattering of pale yellow. On the nose the most dominating aroma was of paint, yes paint! Of the sort I used to paint my Airfix models as a kid. Not overwhelming but enough to have me wondering I had made a mistake in buying this blend. As for whisky/whiskey I detected none, Highland or otherwise.

Packing was easy enough though as per usual, this needs an hour or so airing time due to being slightly over moist. Fired up it took a few lights to get a decent burn but I was away. Again, no taste of scotch at all and thankfully no 'paint' taste either, just mild tobacco flavours with the black cavendish being the most dominant. It does burn hot however but that could have been due to me having to keep lighting the stuff.

Last night afore bed I filled another pipe and let it rest overnight. I am now smoking that bowl and am rather disappointed. It is still a pig to keep alight and worst of all what little flavour I tasted yesterday has totally gone! This trick has worked for me with other blends but not with this one.

Overall a very bland smoke that demands much input but gives little in return for that effort.

Not one for me.

Pipe Used: Bewlay's Lovat (reject) & Dr. John acorn.

Age When Smoked: Fresh.

Purchased From: Harvey's of Redruth, Cornwall.

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1 person found this review helpful.

AmericanF1Nutter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AmericanF1Nutter (6)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I first enjoyed this early on, but as the sampled aged it became something else entirely. The taste and flavoring changed ad not for the better. Was recommended, not so much anymore. Okay early on, but becomes foul tasting with age.

Pipe Used: early 70' Briar

Age When Smoked: new to 3 months old

Purchased From: wvsmokeshop.com

1 person found this review helpful.

Sweet Leaf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sweet Leaf (8)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

This just tasted like an average whiskey blend. It seems to burn kinda hot even though I was using a corn cob. I think I'm going to let it age and try smoking it through my EA CAREY pipe which allow little more air into it.

Pipe Used: MM cob / EA Carey magic inch

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

1 person found this review helpful.

bob323 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bob323 (46)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Bit the hell out of me...But, then again a lot of Aro's will do that if your not careful...Yes, Boys and Girls, this is an Aro and not a Scottish blend...However, that does not make this a bad blend, you just have to be careful while smoking...Don't puff like the proverbial steam engine...For those of you like me who tend to forget and puff too quickly, after you finish wrapping your tongue in bandages for the rest of the day you might try this: mix one part Highland Whisky to three parts Lane Limited 1-Q...You won't be disappointed...The 1-Q takes the edge off the Highland Whisky and the Highland Whisky wakes up the monochromatic 1-Q.

1 person found this review helpful.

WillardFan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillardFan (90)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I love P.S. tobaccos, almost the only brand I smoke but this one smokes a bit hot if you're not careful. Puffed slowly, it's not too bad, but the whisky flavor ain't what I'd pour over the rocks. Burns clean. I packed this a little more loosely than normal, as it was a bit moist. Once this two ounce pouch is gone, I don't think I'll be buying any more. My B&M has a lot of the P.S. offerings, and I've been trying them out, with a few that are definitely keepers. But for me this one could use something in the blend that's just not there for me...

1 person found this review helpful.

Peppino Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peppino (74)
Very Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

PS always comes through with good tobacco and this is no different. I can taste virginia from start to finish with a hint of whisky to keep it interesting. Room note is soft and not and not real smokey( I like smokey though) Nice change of pace, but won't be in the rotation.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

The sweet black cavendish takes over right from the start, to me it seemed just like Nougat ( PS-24 ).

After the topping burns off the flavor is a mild tasty virginia with the chocó cavendish in the forefront. It is a nice blend but does not remind me of whiskey at all, and I prefer Nougat for my chocó sweet fix.

One suggestion for dry tobacco is to breath gently into the bowl 5 or 6 times before lighting, the moisture in your breath will rehydrate it. I have not tried it, but it sounded good.

1 person found this review helpful.

Past Master Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Past Master (20)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

First of all, there is no "e" in the word "whisky" when speaking of Scottish whisky or "Highland whisky". The "e" only appears on the left side of the Atlantic, in the "whiskeys" of North America: Bourbon, Rye, Tennessee, Canadian, etc. That having been said, I don't who is guilty of this spelling error. Does Peter Stokkebye actually advertise this blend as "Highland Whiskey" with an "e"? Or is this grievous error one that only appears here on this page?

Anyway, I have a basic problem with tobaccos that claim to be "flavored" with whisk(e)y, either with or without the "e". Either a blend is flavored with something else that really isn't whisk(e)y, or it really IS flavored with whisk(e)y. If it IS flavored with whisk(e)y then its a waste, because whisk(e)y is about 99 percent alcohol and water which, by themselves, are both tasteless, and most of it will evaporate long before you smoke whatever tobacco you've put it on.

That leaves something less than 1 percent of the whisk(e)y which comprise the natural impurities transferred from the mash during the distilling process as well as the actual oak essence from the inside of the charred barrel in which the whisk(e)y was aged. It's these impurities that give whisk(e)y its caramel color and characteristic flavor. And this is what might flavor any tobacco.

We can argue about the finer points of where whisk(e)y gets its flavors, but the real point is that its a damn poor waste of any whisk(e)y to go pouring it on pipe tobacco thinking that will improve the flavor of either. It won't. Keep the whisk(e)y in your glass and put the tobacco in your pipe.

Of course, the other possibility is that it is actually flavored by something else that the manufacturer imagines tastes something like whisk(e)y. I shudder to think.

Not surprisingly, this blend has only received six reviews prior to mine over a two- year period. Of those six reviews, only two give it a 3-star rating, three reviewers give it a 2-star rating, and one gives it a 1-star. I've tried it and will give it two- stars, but only because the tobacco is from Peter Stokkebye. I would have probably given it a good solid 3-star rating if it didn't have the "flavoring."

1 person found this review helpful.

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

COMMENTS: Whiskey flavor is mild but enjoyable. Allow to dry for many hours prior to smoking it. Once dry it is a fine smoke, although not one I'd write home about. (Instead, I'm writing you about it.) If I were given more I would not throw it out. I might mix it with a little more VA to increase its strength slightly.

CONS: Exceedingly wet. Difficult to light, impossible to keep lit until dried out more. Lacks nicotine kick.

PROS: Mild, with virtually no bite whatsoever. Room note is pretty good. For those who enjoy light aromatics this is probably a 3-star blend due to decent taste (when smoked slowly and dried out) and nice room note.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

I was at Rupp Arena and passed a Straus tobacconist store before entering. I knew I was going to stop in after the game and did so. Suprised to find three Peter Stokkebye blends in bulk jars. Bought two ounces. Out of the bag the aroma was strong and the tobacco was moist. I had no idea it would smoke so well. With 2 matches I smoked it 2/3 through the bowl. Suprising because it was so moist. The flavor gives way half way through to more tobacco taste. Upon smoking it tasted like it might have the complexity of three tobaccos. Was glad to note above that indeed it did contain some Virginia, from Zimbabwe of all places. The price, ease of staying lit, and the happiness of an unexpected "find" rate the blend high with me. I've smoked it in two other pipes and it was consistant in all. With time, and the mellowing of the flavoring, could this tobacco get even better toward the bottom of the bag? I think I did well for my first Stokkebye bulk blend. Initally it was a 4 star blend, but to compare it with my other ratings, it's recommended, but not a highly my other 4 star picks. This tobacco had been a 3 and 4 star performer for me, but to be fair to the other tobaccos I've tried and smoked, it drops to 2 stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

A good friend gave me a sample of this fine blend from a tobacconist in Carbondale, Illinois ("Yesteryear"). I always find the range of aromas available in the pipe-game amazing; this tobak smells sweet and toasty, as most Cavendish's do, but with a warm breath of whiskey barrel at the bottom. At first light, there is nothing too special, and throughout the bowl(s)I only got wiffs from the dram that comes through the smoke like mellow drops of whiskey on your tongue. It comes and goes. The tobacco seems top notch, and smokes clean to the bottom. What astounds me is the price; between $1-$2 a bulk-ounce makes this a sweet deal. A mild aromatic for those who don't do..."aromatic".

1 person found this review helpful.

JimPM Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimPM (124)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

First and foremost, I’m not one to compare the subject blend of discussion to yet another in all rational fairness. However, this one comes somewhat as, let’s call it, a brother from another mother. Specifically, Peter Stokkebye presented us with two whiskey-infused blends that is kind of forcing me to deviate from my own standards.

Earlier this year, I crafted a critique of Stokkebye’s Whiskey #2, giving it an overall 2.5 pipes rating. Now enters Highland Whiskey #38 as a comparative offering. My conclusion is that there is significant equivalency between the two recipes in terms of the base components used. The key difference lies in the respective let-down ratios of the individual varietals and of course the featured whiskey additive. Primarily Whiskey #2 is injected with a sweeter bourbon versus the spicy malt of the subject Highlander counterpart. And I do believe Stokkebye has secretively spikes both mixtures with blackberry, vanilla, and maybe just a drop of caramel.

Expanding my position, Highland Whiskey brings considerably more Cavendish and apportioning towards the Burleys. Presenting a face enmeshed by a weave of ribbon and knotty coarse shredding, the blend’s tartan is formed by a hearty gradation of complementing hues. Namely bright tans owning to the White, chocolate brown Dark, reddish-brown of Zimbabwe Virginia, and a healthy standing of ebon Cavendish define the pattern, much more attractive than #2 by all measures. Additionally, this mix yields with optimum moisture, meaning the caber tossing fun is immediate.

An even netting of bright sugary annotations combine with some independent bitter earthy spice to define the pouched nose, a much richer presentation than the alternative. Gentle in temperament overall but powerfully attractive, nonetheless. There seems to be quite a bit going on with the measured flavorings. A remarking of fruitiness peeks through with a blackberry-like appeal, only to be jostled by the prime whiskey note’s throw of the big hammer. This spiritually sauced air spins with an intensely grained degree of right-smarting punch.

Additionally, some wafts of brown sugar/caramel and vanilla are bashfully doting within but are compressed to mere tinges by the surrounding ingredients. The native element shows its game with a parceling of lemony tart and a strong sour bump coming from the African, while a buttered nuttiness of the White pulls with even force. Finally, a recognizable bracing of earthy Cavendish zip can be denoted circulating on the bottom.

For an aromatic, I must admit that the orchestrated taste profile is well balanced between the top-coatings and the constituent native varieties. No question the coatings do in fact lead the flavor, but they do not squelch the registration of the latter disproportionately. Highland Whiskey confers an inebriating tastefulness that is more consistent in obliging savor as compared to the fleeting sweet smack of the Whiskey #2.

With the flame, the initial forward character is a pocket of condiments softly sweet and peppy in composure. Obviously, the whiskey note is the key feature expelling some gripping alcohol chariness and poignant malty spice that hits boldly at first, then beautifully tapers off the finishing tail. It is bundled, nonetheless, within a nice off-setting frame of berry-vanilla charm that softens the sharp bite found in typical Scottish spirits. . As the toppings occupy the top half of the forward profile, the hardy Burley and Virginia tobacco come together in tandem partnership providing a densely thickened baseline character. For the most part these two elements stand harmoniously on equal footing. However, the Burley postures largely to throw the leading leg, while the Virginia is content standing a step or so in the background. With the Burley an unfailing persona of toasty nuttiness is decorated by timbres of dark molasses, brown sugar/cooked caramel accenting.

Bringing a degree of maturity, the African Virginia strain counters with a pleasant citrusy weathered grass and bit of floridity that is reminiscent of a crisp juniper/evergreen embellishment. This Zimbabwe leaf is unique in that it’s tenders both creamy and a little on the spicy side. Underneath this confluent stream, the minimally cased Cavendish faithfully shadows the blended flavors with zestful, sugary nativity as it enhances the smoky emphasis within the mixture. Optimum characterization of this mix seemed to be engendered best by a hardwood Ozark cob.

A colorfully fancied room note is warm and richly aromatic in presence tending to taper off with a modest accord. The general impression is a buttery sweetness built in height by a mingling of the assorted and complimenting top-coating garnishment. A full charge of alcohol-like spice declares its influence while churning over supporting native hardwood, citrus, and rich candied nuttiness. Most definitely pleasant to the sense and easily badge as extremely fragrant in nature.

This blend generously produces prosperous clouds of dense vapor. The smoky texture whirls in beautiful columns of gray-blue plumage, as the tobaccos burns nicely dry with regulated temperature and a slower tempo. Although cool and reasonably smooth on the palate, Highland Whiskey can demonstrate a bit of sting on the forward palate if your fling gets too high stepping as the combination of the spirits and the Virginia will trip you up. Yet in sum, the blend is a mellowing enjoyable encounter.

So, what’s the end game? With some genealogical partiality on my part of course, my objective assessment is that Stokkebye’s tartan-cladded one is much more impressive and invites a darn sight more colorful experience. Surely, the Inverness laddies would fame Highland Whiskey #38 a gusty belter. Catch the spirit of the Scots and let Highland Whiskey’s tasty jig thrill the good life into your bowl. Slainte Mhath! 3.0 Pipes

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NAKBaldron Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NAKBaldron (10)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

3/5 smooth, dry smoke, but little in the way of robust flavor I would expect from a highland blend. Room note was pleasant, but the flavor didn’t match the smell. Cool dry smoke, and I would recommend it on that count alone. Took hardly no time at all to dry out on the serving tray before packing the pipe. Someone will love this blend, but it’s not me. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing great either.

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