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From Gregory Pease: "Deep, rich and full flavored, Gaslight burns very slowly, delivering a lingering, satisfying smoke for the true connoisseur of latakia based blends. The red Virginias present a background of natural sweetness, whilst fine Orientals provide just the right amount of spice. I like it best sliced thinly, rubbed out and packed loosely in smaller bowls for a satisfying, surprisingly long-lasting smoke." Easily sliced, easily rubbed out and easily packed.

Notes: This is the 7th blend in the Old London Series.

BrandG. L. Pease
Blended ByGregory Pease
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging2 ounce tin, 8 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28797)
Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

In the same way a good hearty red wine was often said to be sunshine in a bottle Gaslight is sunshine in a plug. It tastes vibrant swirling smoothly between citric sour, muted sweet, even more muted bitter and back but deep, soft and smooth, a difficult trick to pull in itself. Definitely guaranteed to drive the winter blues away which is very timely as the night frosts have started here on the English East coast and the days are worse - short, grey and depressing.

Enough of the weather - Gaslight's specifications are more interesting. Tin note is not that marked but pleasant enough - mainly the usual suspects for a latakia blend of creosote, soap, leather but with a hint of rose (just like a lovely climber my late Aunt had but I have forgotten the name). The tobacco comes as two plugs per 2 ounce (57 gram) tins, is quite soft by traditional standards and so is fairly easy to cut to slices (flakes for UK readers) but best with a sharpish blade to avoid crumbling although a bit of early crumble is not too much of a problem anyway. Cutting needs to be across the grain to get the right mix in each pipe but rubbing out the flake is simplicity itself. Say two minutes per plug.

The first pipe does start a bit latakia heavy but evens out over three or four puffs and then its balanced taste all the way (and with subsequent pipes) with changes merging into one another. There are suggestions of essence of orange (liqueur or fine homemade marmalade perhaps), bread, soft muted creosote, coffee, occasionally dark chocolate. More mysteriously there is hints of a taste that I had not thought of for years that I associate with Balkan Sobranie but I could never quite place what it was in the 70s or now. Very cool and slow smoking - about the slowest latakia mixture I have come across in 35 years the nearest being one of the mixtures Dunhill did for JB Priestly but that was stronger and less ebullient in taste. In spite of all this intensity Lady Nicotine is manifest in medium strength so I would guess its in pretty much every smokers "Goldilocks zone" taking into account appropriate deployment of small and large pipes. All in all very tasty indeed! How is all this achieved? I could only guess but if you want to know ask Greg - after all he takes questions in an excellent column in pipes magazine each month (link on GLP's website).

In summary sunshine in a pipe, puts one in mind of Van Gogh's Arles paintings, perfect for winter and who knows about the other seasons at the moment but I would expect it to be at least a sundowner in the hottest summer and probably far more. Recommendation - need you ask? I just hope fellow pipesmokers do not overwhelm the logistics chain by cellaring too much too soon (I must confess to 15 tins so far) as it has all the signs of a brilliant keeper, it is the right type and the tobacco is very fine even by GLP's exalted standards.

62 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2503)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

A very smokey, woodsy, musty sweet Cyprian Latakia-forward plug that’s easily broken up with a decent knife to suit your preference. The red Virginias are tangy sweet with some earthiness, dark fruit, wood, and a touch of spice. I get hints of cocoa from something here, and I’m not sure what causes it based on the tin description, unless it's from the Turkish. The Oriental/Turkish offers a nice spice, lightly buttery sweet and lightly sour, earthy, floral, wood hit from start to finish. It’s not your typical lat-bomb because the other components add enough complexity to keep this from being one dimensional. It’s also smoother and creamier than your average lat-bomb, too. Slow burning, and with a slight dry time, will leave just a little moisture in the bowl. Requires some relights. Has a consistent flavor all the way through. The strength is a couple of rungs past the center of mild to medium. The taste is a slot past the medium threshold. The nic-hit is in of the center of mild to medium. Won't bite, and has no dull or harsh spots. Has a pleasant after taste. Almost an all day smoke.


58 people found this review helpful.

Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (172)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

As advertised this is indeed a rich Latakia cake blend. It has a wow factor. This is not a Latakia dumping ground, but you must like full English to like this "bad boy".

It comes in two bars in a tin, and though you must use a sharp knife to slice the segments, they crumble pretty easy after that (again added by some more small cube cuts). So not as tight or dense as many plugs. More of a "krumble plug."

I mainly taste the Latakia, but it has some extra spice at times (turkish) and definitly that red Virginia (almost cinnamon-like)shows up now and again, depending on how well you mix the cuttings.

I think the Latakia may show up stronger if you don't puff slowly or don't mix the cuttings well for your bowl. Not hard to do.

It is slow burning. I've spend over two weeks smoking small bowls (usually once a day) say like a group 3 size. 35-40+ minutes easy. I have about two bowls left (and a few more tins of it to age or to try next at Christmas, 2013). Yes, I want more. Definitely cool.

It does not compare too much to me to Penzance in flavor (a true crumble cake), which that has more of a Turkist content, but it does compare to it in terms of excellence.

So this is not as poetic as some other reviews because it so good that I don't have to be poetic. I think you see I enjoy Gaslight for what it is. A rich Latakia blend. It does make me want to walk the steets at night (or around a castle if I had one nearby) and blow its scent into the air. But I dare not as my smoldering prize will be abducted by those enchanted by its aroma.

43 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (896)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

2 dark colored brownies pressed together but not so tightly as to be difficult to slice. Tin nose is latakia and some underlying spice that is probably the orientals. Having first screwed up another of Greg's plugs, I was extra careful to slice this against the grain before rubbing and loading. This plug is very easy to work with but a sharp knife is best.

This blend might be referred to as a Latakia Plus blend in that the latakia stayed with me first and foremost and there was never a doubt in my mind that latakia was supposed to be the primary focus. But the flavor shifts subtly and often, away from the typical latakia bombs. This doesn't taste how I recall Abingdon tasting, but it has all the complexity attributes of that earlier GLP blend. Just when it's settling into a groove, it alters suddenly and noticeably, but not jarringly. Flavor runs the usual gamut that latakia blends run but also into dashes of light fruit, coffee, and a hint of dark chocolate. Greg definitely knows how to retain interest and he seems to get the most out of "latakia, Virginia and orientals", as his blends containing those components all taste different and have varying levels of complexity. This one was complex but was never pushy. And the room aroma? Absolute nirvana!

As is my custom, I experimented with Gaslight by breaking off a chunk in my fingers and loading without slicing properly. All I can say is, don't do it. The blend becomes severely unfocused and "dirty" tasting. There's a reason it's in cake form and I found that the expert opinion on how to smoke this was, not surprisingly, the correct one. Overall, this is not my favorite GLP blend but it's worthy of a cellar restock, as it's definitely a winner!

Pipe Used: meerschaum and morta

Age When Smoked: new

34 people found this review helpful.

hedgehog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hedgehog (8)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Now I've been to two church socials and a county fair, but I have never encountered a tobacco like Gaslight. When I lit up my first bowl, I wondered whether someone hadn't been storing potpourri in my meerschaum earlier in the week. That's how intensely fragrant Gaslight is. This I attribute to the Orientals, but the Orientals alone wouldn't account for the sheer intensity of flavor you encounter. It is as though Mr. Pease has devised a way to fuse together the spice and herbaciousness of Oriental varieties with the leather and tar of the Latakia, producing some spookily concentrated hybrid wholly unlike its constituent parts. While there's nothing overbearing here (the nicotine is moderate, the burn is even, and the virginias serve to temper and balance the mixture), the experience demands something like total concentration, like an organ concert in surround sound. In the tin, the two bars look at first small and unprepossessing, like a Jenny Craig dessert, albeit a bewitchingly perfumed one. Once you smoke Gaslight, however, those ingots take on a mysterious quality, as though someone informed you on good authority that they'd been quarried out of a black hole. If some tobaccos are all-day tobaccos and some are early-morning or after-dinner smokes, then Gaslight is a hold-my-calls, forward-my-mail, look-after-my-kids I'll-call-you-from-the-other- end-of-the-wormhole mixture. Did I mention that it is wonderful? Because man oh man it is.

30 people found this review helpful.

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

I have to start this review with a short discourse on cigars. Nearly all cigars have what's called a "sweet spot". This is the point where all the various flavors and nuances meld together to create one wonderful flavor. That "sweet spot" may comprise no more than an inch or two of a seven inch cigar, but smokers will dutifully smoke through those inches just to reach it, usually half or three quarters of the way down. It's what they strive for. After a great deal of experimentation a cigar called the NUB was developed to be "sweet spot" from beginning to end. They were mostly successful. Now on to the review. Let me start by saying my favorite blends are English/Balkan blends. In particular those wherein the components meld together to create that "sweet spot" in the bowl, usually at around the 3/4 mark. Imagine my surprise shortly after lighting to realize that the components were already melded into one delicious flavor. How Pease achieved this I can't fathom. This blend is "sweet spot" from beginning to end. It's the NUB of pipe tobaccos. Simply amazing. All the usual notes of an English/Balkan are present; hardwood smoke, sweetness, sourness, saltiness, spiciness. All combined into one great flavor. The only difference between the top of the bowl and bottom was that it gained more depth and richness. This blend is stunningly good. If you don't try it you're cheating yourself.

UPDATE: 12/11/13 Now I see how he did it. This description is from Pease's Stonehenge. "Once blended, the leaf was steamed, hot-pressed into blocks, and aged, to allow the flavors to meld and marry." I've only been around pipe tobaccos for about a year and a half. Still learning.

Pipe Used: MM General, Nording Bent Apple

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

23 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (373)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I am smoking through a sample a friend gave me. I am on the third bowl in a Savinelli bent pot.

I sliced it as thin as I could with a sharp knife and rubbed it out. The tobacco is dark and fragrant. The flavor is a remarkably good combination of latakia and oriental tobaccos with a solid foundation of dark sweet Virginia.

You are thinking this sounds tasty, but my description does not do it justice. The blend is well balanced. It has a significant oriental signature with an omnipresent latakia there too, and it really satisfies. It is heavy and dark, sweet and spicy, smokey and savory.

I am not by nature a "flavor bomb" kind of guy, and this manages to push the edge for me without crossing it. I am liking this blend a lot and highly recommend it. I may have accidentally matched it with a pipe "made" for it, but I am going to suggest a wide bowl to really bring the flavors out.

21 people found this review helpful.

UncleGar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UncleGar (110)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Plug tobacco is a throwback to a time before cappuccinos, before tv, before automobiles even. It was economy of space, easy to stash in a saddle or footlocker. When you earned a rest, you got to work with your hands and tools but this time for your own benefit, so you savored the ritual. I love plugs for the connection to my hard working ancestors who would scoff at ready rubbed flakes as frivolous. The deliberation of preparation is part and parcel of the experience.

I know why it's moist: anaerobic fermentation. The side benefit is that it still goes on in an opened tin. That said, three months in an open tin only improved it, in my opinion. The quiet time spent drying the spread out leaves is not a burden.

Light this with a match, please. Or a flaming twig.

Latakia is the first impression, followed by turkish and oriental. Finally the quartet with the virginias commence and all is right with the world and you are glad you smoke a pipe.

Slow, reflective puffing develops the richness of this blend. A moderately sized bowl is sufficient for an hour of the best pipe of the day. Nicotine cravers will be sated and those of us who are easily affected will find that the pleasure resumes when it is relit later.

There is a regular place for this in my rotation, and I look forward to it every time. Stock up- you won't regret it. This blend is for aging as well as present enjoyment. Many latakia blends don't improve with age; I don't doubt this one will.

Pipe Used: Comoy's prince, cob

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: London Mixture.

20 people found this review helpful.

Michael Kindt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Michael Kindt (18)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

At least one of the reviews for this seems--ahem--loaded to me. Which is strange, because G.L. Pease is one of the most popular blenders out there and you wouldn't think he'd need any extra help.

That being said, I like this Gaslight stuff. Pease, like most modern pipe tobacco companies, has thousands of blends, with new ones created every week, it seems. For example, C & D (which manufactures this for Pease) recently released their one-millionth blend. It's called Seriously, Guys, This One Tastes Different!

Ok, I'm teasing a bit, but how do these companies keep all their hundreds of offerings straight?

The reason these guys constantly invent new blends is because they know we'll buy them. The modern piper likes trying new tobaccos even more than he does smoking his favorite tobaccos. And so new blends are coming out all the time. Whatever's newest is probably what's selling the best for these guys, so they constantly have to keep thinking up a "newest".

I received a free sample of Gaslight in a recent order and it was good enough to make me buy more. It's a delicious looking brownie of a plug. Beautiful. Tin note is deep and rich with notes of dried fruit. It's not a lat-bomb--the Virginia and oriental/Turkish have a chance to shine, too.

Still, it's not interesting or different enough to merit a re-order. I will enjoy my time with this and move on to something still newer.


Or maybe I will do something nuts and order a big ol' batch of my favorite, Presby, and stop fooling around in this over-saturated marketplace once and for all.


17 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (321)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

This starts with a flavorful blast of Latakia, then fades into a burley forward smoke ( I realize that Burley is not listed, but it sure tastes that way to me). There is some sweetness that continues throughout the bowl, however, my tongue, just doesn't get along with the burley or the burley like properties. I find this blend boring but not of low quality. I think it reminds me of "Jackknife Plug" with an addition of Latakia. Overall , a somewhat old fashioned smoke.

I realize that my review will be greeted with much negativity, but I hope someone will explain what I'm doing wrong while smoking this blend.

Pipe Used: Ozark Maplewood, Cob, Briar

Age When Smoked: 1 month

Similar Blends: JackKnife with Latakia, Captain Earle's Private Stock.

16 people found this review helpful.

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

When I heard that Greg Pease’s newest blend was going to be a Latakia cake (or kake if you prefer) type blend, my first thought was how far can you go with that genre? My first thoughts were of Pirate Kake or Ten Russians or some of the other Hermit blends. Maybe he could add some sweetness like found in Plum Pudding, but a heavy Latakia cake has always seemed to have its limits for me. My tin of Gaslight was just under two months old when I cracked it and I knew right away that this was going to be something different. The appearance was similar to other Latakia forward cakes, but the smell was different. It did smell smoky, but not like the usual campfire smell as Gaslight had some tanginess to it too. It kind of reminded me of a smoky BBQ sauce. The cake came apart with ease and right away I could see some larger pieces of the supporting tobaccos. I like tobacco on the dry side so I left it a little chunky to avoid the possibility of it turning to dusk when dried. In the pipe, there is no doubt that this is a Latakia blend, but it is so much more. In searching for the right adjectives, the word “softer” immediately came to mind. This blend IMHO is softer, smoother and more well rounded than the other blends mentioned, (even though I like those blends too). There is a lot of Latakia, but it doesn’t drown out the other tobaccos. There are a lot of flavors here and I find this to be on the more complex side of the spectrum, something that I can’t recall thinking about other Latakia cakes. It may have already been mentioned, but there is an incense quality to this smoke. Gaslight doesn’t get bitter toward the bottom of the bowl, although there are hints of bitter (in a good way) throughout the smoke. I really think that Gaslight will be a great blend to cellar too.

I have never put much stock in the name of a blend, but Gaslight….it’s everything the name implies.

Age When Smoked: 50 days

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

16 people found this review helpful.

Eric Cioe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eric Cioe (37)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

These little bars are dark in the tin. I wanted to eat them. Also kudos for the cool tin art. Probably my favorite since the Scandal.

This slices pretty easily and crumbles even easier. I chose to do mostly 3/16 slices and rub them out well. As long as I was smoking this size in a broader bowl, it seemed to burn well. I'll probably try thinner slices next tin I crack a tin, which may burn better in bowls of all sizes. A light hand seems to work well here, as in don't pack it down at all. A gravity feed with a little tapping on the side of the pipe for settling seems to do just fine.

The nose is musty and earthy, and at lightup there is a great deal of woody smokiness, but as things progress, it seems to me that the spicier notes start to come out. This is not a latakia bomb, though there is a good deal of latakia here. It's got good balance between smoke and spice. Rumor has it that there is a minuscule percentage of perique in here, too. Pease seems to like to slip a condiment tobacco into blends, as he does with latakia in Laurel Heights and Fillmore. In all cases, I suspect it's more of a notice it if it weren't there sort of thing. Or perhaps it contributes to the somewhat elevated nicotine level, at least compared to others in this style.

It's interesting how latakia can take on a sweetness if it's surrounded by sweeter tobaccos, and a drier, probably more complex character if surrounded by lots of orientals.

That really gets at the crux of it: I'm smoking Quiet Nights now just after finishing a tin of Gaslight, and Quiet Night feels like it has more latakia, but also feels less full, somehow. It's stretched out over a broader frequency band, if you will. Gaslight seems sort of concentrated in the lower parts of the ensemble, with some little bits of spiciness reaching higher up from time to time. It's very oriental-forward, in a way that makes me think of a darker shade of Penzance, though it's been a while since I smoked that.

It burns very, very slowly, so plan ahead if you want to smoke a big bowl of it. In a group 6 size pipe, I smoked for over 2 hours. Group 3 sized pipes were pushing an hour.

And, for what it's worth, the 'stache note is great.

Pipe Used: Many, but smoked especially well from a GBD 1970

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Penzance.

14 people found this review helpful.

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

A rather unique presentation of a Latakia/Virginia/Orientals blend with the plug style leaf that probably could even be used as chewing tobacco (well, not really, but just going by its looks). Rich and flavorful with just a hint of alcohol - probably the natural fermentation of the leaf. It's a winner, for sure.

13 people found this review helpful.

ChapperralTobacconist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ChapperralTobacconist (3)
Mild to Medium Strong Full Extra Strong

Gaslight is a newly offered Balkan style plug form tobacco, that is created by means of 200 year old time proven, traditional means resulting in a unique, superior product, which, if smoldered slowly, one may experience the fine complexities of cool, rich incense like flavors that are melded together in a refined, smooth, superior product. This tobacco improves all the way down the bowl. The pressed plug, formed with the addition of heat and steam and pressure, does some wonderful things to the leaf. It first homogenizes the plug, imparts smoothness(converts any remaining starches into natural sugars) and the essential natural oils of the leaf intermingle and marry (speeding up the aging process) and finally the pressure and steam takes out the harshness of component leaves to form a plug with a reduced nicotine delivery. This should age very well in your tobacco cellar. Well Done, Mr. Greg Pease! Please send your comments to

Pipe Used: New Savinelli Autograph5 Sandblast

Age When Smoked: 6 weeks

Purchased From:

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11 people found this review helpful.

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

I really wanted to love this tobacco. The scent upon opening the tin was fantastic. Quite natural, with no flavoring to get in the way. Upon lighting, the first few minutes were outstanding. So far, so good. But, in the end, this tobacco really came on too strong (even for me, who usually likes a good, strong blend). There is just something in this blend that really bothered my stomach. I've had this happen before with Jackknife Plug. I'm sure it's just me and many, many smokers will find this a great blend.

Pipe Used: Caminetto

Age When Smoked: 40 years

Purchased From: Uhle's Pipe Shop

9 people found this review helpful.

corncobcolombiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
corncobcolombiano (9)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

A wonderful, balanced English tobacco. Tin aroma and full taste reminds me of burley enough that it seems like theres a tiny bit present (but I'm probably wrong) -- tin aroma is deep and bready, almost with latakia in the background, hint of chocolate to my nose. But this smokes amazing and deep, rewarding, a very different English smoke from many others I know. Most have their differences, but this tastes quite different from anything fairly "typical". Perhaps it's the perfect balance of the latakia, red virginia and orientals… but something sets this blend apart a bit in my experience. Having smoked only something like 10 bowls, it has already become probably one of my top 5 smokes. And, as with all gl pease that I have tried, the quality of the tobacco and lack of chemical casings is obvious. An excellent, full bodied but smooth mixture, worth your try if you enjoy English. One note is beware of tamping or packing too much/tight. This blend really can use some dry time, and even with a light packing, tamping just a little too hard while smoking can make it pack down too tight.

9 people found this review helpful.

Ahmad Othman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ahmad Othman (46)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This blend is unique, from a lot of prespectives. Starting with name itself, Gaslight. Such an interesting name for a tobacco, quite flamboyant as well, I might add. It has a simple, serene tin design, and a note by good ole G.L. saying that inside lies a mystery. And he isn't exactly wrong. When you pop up the tin, you'll find three covers to the tobacco, one with literature and two clean, and underneath is two crude brownie looking kakes, with a strong, dominant and almost commanding Latakia aroma. It is nearly at perfect moisture, but to really enjoy, 10-15 minutes of drying time is not bad. Just enough to make yourself a drink or so. The kake crumbles easily and packs well and tight (if you want). And once first lit, it is a journey to behold. Nothing like I have tried. It speaks Latakia forward and foremost. No doubt about it, and yet it isn't the incense, woody, sweet or creamy Latakia in other blends, but more powerful, explicit smoky Latakia. My first taste impression was camp fire. Or a meat smoking station. Strong, pungent, however in the most delightful way. take a few puffs, or more than a few and another taste hits. This time it is of black coffee seeds, the charred ones beyond dark roast.. That rich, welcoming aroma at a barista station in an old coffeeshop. And now the feeling of a camp fire is absolutely complete. It keeps a smooth, even burn and a unified, strong flavour profile throughout the bowl. Not a dull moment and not a spiky one. definitely one of the most intriguing and interesting blends I have had. I am not sure it'll make my rotation. But I certainly enjoy it and will savor every puff of it. It has generous amount of nicotine. Wouldn't call it high, but you feel the nicotine when you start the bowl. But of course your mileage may vary on that point. My recommendation is definitely try this at least once. And then see if you'll be drawn to the light, the gaslight

Pipe Used: Peterson Pipe of the year 2014 Ebony

Age When Smoked: Fresh tin

Purchased From:

8 people found this review helpful.

bojangle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bojangle (7)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Very Strong

I cut it in 1mm thick square slices and the rubbed those out and gravity-fed my pipe.

Everything about this blend screams Latakia and, of course, has all the flavours of it.

Smoking this in a little devil anse was Latakia non-stop, all the way. Switching over to a virgin savinelli trevi 320 with it's 1" diameter chamber brought in a multitude of sequential flavours: latakia all the way, then some floral notes added in, then some spicy notes added in, then Latakia all the way, and so on... Latakia was always the base. It's not a harsh latakia, but a smooth, creamy-ish one.

The retro-hale consistently has floral and spice notes.

The nicotine level is medium to strong FOR ME (been smoking cigars and pipe tobacco for 7 months now) and it put me to sleep, so it will be a little strong for a newb.

This is not a regular smoke for me as I prefer a meaty latakia blend as opposed to an earthy latakia blend, which is what Gaslight is.

Summary: Gaslight is a unique, smooth, semi-complex, EARTHY English blend that is reminiscent of my cigar smoking days.

Pipe Used: Savinelli trevi 320

Age When Smoked: Fresh out of the tin.

Purchased From: 4noggins

8 people found this review helpful.

Autumn joy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Autumn joy (48)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

GL Pease gaslight simply put is an awesome blend. The tin note of this tobacco is a woodsy almost lighter fluid type smell. Now the tobacco is pressed in to two 1oz kakes. The tobacco straight from the tin is a bit on the moist side so I would highly recommend drying this out for a couple of hours. Ok now for the good stuff the tobacco was very easy to light and stayed lit pretty much until ash for me. The smoke of this blend really left me with a creaminess and was very enjoyable. The latakia is not very straight forward in this blend though but you know it is there. I think the orientals do a nice job of keeping the latakia at bay. The virgnias are most likely in my opinion responsible for providing that nice creamy smoke in this blend. Overall just another great blend with full flavor. GL pease does a nice job on their blends. So for all that look elsewhere for blends that meet the ranks of esoterica blends look no further then GL pease. I think GL pease blends may be better then Germaines and esoterica. So with gaslight its the girl next door that I am putting a ring on great stuff will be buying a lot more for the cellar.

Pipe Used: Straight Poker

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

8 people found this review helpful.

Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (311)
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

At last I can try this GLPease blend! Greg is my favourite blender, and I seriously think that Caravan, Odyssey, Blackpoint, Abingdon, Maltese Falcon, Lagonda and especially Westminster are absolute masterpieces and at the absolute top as far as Latakia mixtures are concerned.

This one differs... if only for the presentation. Two square blocks, compact but still easy to slice or crumble. Yes, I tried it both sliced against the grain (as suggested) or crumbled.

This is a really powerful tobacco, don't approach it if you don't like Latakia or can't tolerate strength. It probably is the strongest Latakia blend after Nightcap in my experience (though much more tolerable than the clumsy and heavy handed Nightcap of recent years).

Packing is easy, just don't press it too much. It takes fire like a beauty, and smokes regularly from start to finish. Flavour-wise it is very constant and low-maintenance, thanks to its regular combustion and cool smoking qualities.

Big on Latakia, but soooo much different from other GLPease blends. This one tastes much more like some Cornell & Diehl's crumble cakes, and it reminds me a bit of Bill Bailey's Balkan Blend too (but luckily with more elegance). Why is that so? Because of a yeasty/nutty/earthy/cigar-like quality. No Burley or Kentucky are listed among the ingredients... and yet, I would swear there is at least a hint of them... or maybe it's just the processing?

Anyway, it is a very sturdy smoking experience from start to finish. Sturdy in mouthfeel, sturdy in nicotine. Do I like it? Sure I do... but I also feel it's a bit too much for my taste. My benchmarks are Caravan and Westminster, where the Oriental fragrance and subtlety are not drowned by the intensity. Here all "goes to 11", and at times it may be a but too intense. Maybe it will become gentler with time, but on rather fresh tin the Latakia and the earthy notes are overpowering, covering the Orientals and the Virginia sweetness. Still very fun and enjoyable (at least until the nicotine hits, so this might be recommended on a small bowl only), but not the best Greg has ever done. Don't misunderstand me: it's one of his greatest achievements, and he managed to do something different from all of his other blends, a really unique tobacco. But to love it you really have to crave for strong experiences. Me, I still prefer something a little less intense, although I will certainly keep some Gaslight around for occasional enjoyment: it's a great blend, but simply I can't see myself smoking 4 tins of this per months as I do with Greg's other Latakia offerings... just 1 per month will do!

Pipe Used: Dunhill, Ashton, Castello

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Dubini, Switzerland

Similar Blends: Bill Bailey's Balkan, Cornell & Diehl's crumble cakes.

7 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (216)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This GLP offering is nicely presented and I found it to be very easy to prepare. The blocks are moist and require some dry time once sliced, but I do enjoy working with pressed tobacco cakes.

At charring light the smoke is delicate and creamy and the tone is full of warmth. There are some wonderfully complex and exotic flavors right from the start, all of which are centered around a semi-sweet round bottom note hinting at a deep roasted espresso-like flavor. The latakia is tempered to the point of being obscured and there's very little of the pine pitch flavor so prominent in most latakia heavy blends. Gaslight is also the very epitome of smooth.

By mid-bowl the flavors build up nicely and an almost overwhelming bright leathery flavor develops. The spiciness that I expect from most GLP mixtures also makes an appearance, and it's probably the most compelling aspect of the blend. The spiciness is somewhat unique and affects my whole palate and not just my tongue. By this point the tobacco flavor is what I would categorize as strong yet enjoyable but with an assertive burnt/bitter quality to it. The flavors are still well balanced and the smoke remains silky smooth.

Past mid-bowl, things fall apart a bit. With a hearty burley-like flavor, bitterness begins to reign leaving my mouth feeling quite dry. Perhaps this is the product of some really intense Turkish leaf? Either way, the end bowl flavor is not exactly what I would categorize as desirable and I am hoping this will mellow with age.

Both tobacco flavor and nicotine strength are a firm medium with nicotine pushing medium-strong. I do like this blend, I think it's good. I have socked a few tins away and look forward to seeing how it tastes in the future.

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

7 people found this review helpful.

rintrah Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rintrah (14)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

This is a fine blend, but after smoking through an entire tin I just can't find anything outstanding about it. I dig the presentation and like slicing the brownies. The tin aroma is not as enticing as other Latakia blends I've known, but that is a minor issue. It lights and burns well, a really easy smoke. The flavors of woody latakia and slightly sweet VA are discernable, but somehow don't all fit together to create a crescendo to greatness.

Mr Pease and others produce many wonderful blends in a similar range, and I guess it ultimately comes down to personal taste as to which one 'sings' for the pipeman and those that don't. In the case of Gaslight, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend trying it... but for me it just doesn't hit the right notes to be a keeper. 2.5/4 stars.

Pipe Used: old brit briar, meer, cob

Age When Smoked: 9 month old tin

6 people found this review helpful.

LaroldC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LaroldC (5)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

G L Pease Gaslight is a sojourn into sweet smoke and spice, with a bit of a nicotine kick. A 2-ounce tin comes in the form of two 1-oz bricks of basically torn whole leaf, well-compressed but not crushed to any great density. The bricks are easily peeled in layers that need to be pinched apart a bit and then rolled out with the fingertips. The secret to maximum enjoyment of this blend lies in just the right rub-out and moisture content. It has to be Goldilocks hydrated, not moist/damp right from the tin nor over-dried. I find that about 10-15 minutes of dry-out time is optimal. Another tip for the perfect smoke of Gaslight is to use a briar or cob pipe with a tall, narrow chamber and to keep the portion small. When prepared as described here this is a real treat for the Latakia lover with a discriminating palate. A wonderfully outdoorsy experience.

Pipe Used: tall, narrow briars and thick-walled cobs

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Dunhill Standard Mixture, Dunhill Nightcap, Gawith & Hoggarth Brown & Black Irish Twists.

6 people found this review helpful.

point9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
point9 (114)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Gadlight might just be the most confusing English blend in Pease's lines in my experience. The latakia is dominant, but the taste is mild with some additional cocoa aroma. The flavor sometimes appears blank to me. Could not get the complex and deep aspects of this one. I only try the 0.5OZ sample bag that I should get more to appreciate this blend.

6 people found this review helpful.

toddsmith7378 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
toddsmith7378 (41)
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Tolerable

Strong stuff. Really smokey. I taste everything it says are in the ingredients on steroids. It has a lot of nicotine compared to other Full English's I've had. I've had McClelland's bulk Full English, all the Frog Morton's, most of the dunhill's and a few C&D blends.

Obviously, it kind of reminds me of the preparation for jackknife plug. I've shaved it for a few bowls, then just decided to cut the whole thing up and mix and store it. I recommend this because when I smoked it as cut flakes from the plug, I got a certain dimensionality to the smoke. Like, ok here's the Latakia, here's the oriental, then here's the Virginia. Not really a mix, but more of a dimension by itself, then the next, then the next, with Latakia being the most dominant part, then oriental spice (almost kentucky strength perique taste), then finally a nice Virginia puff every so often.

Mixing it up makes it more blended and seems to be less obviously one or the other tobacco burning at the time of the puff. Still, I'd say this smoke is like spicy Latakia with a hint of Virginia.

The GL Pease blends I've tried have all been crafted works with obvious strength and character. I never have a problem knowing this is complex exquisite blending, a bit more advanced if you will than others.

That being said, it has such complexity that there's not just that one great thing about the tobacco that makes it taste awesome. Maybe I'm being too simple, but it's kind of like chocolate. A pure awesome piece of milk chocolate is totally awesome. It may taste good with nuts, sprinkles, strawberries, syrup, etc., but you could almost get to the point where the cacophony of all combined elements overwhelms the original taste of chocolate. It's in there somewhere and all this stuff is good, but maybe I just wanted to taste some chocolate? If that makes sense.

Now, maybe if I loved Latakia I might appreciate more a Latakia blend like this that tastes overwhelmingly spiced and nic'd up, but it's not my fave toby. So, this just tastes like the fullest english blend I've tried so far and kind of knocks me down a bit with all that is going on.

It's a contemplative smoke. I need to be sitting down and appreciating this blend, but it's not a sit back and watch a movie, or read the paper type smoke for me. It's just missing that dominant taste of goodness and replaces it with a great masterpiece of a blend that makes me think too much while I'm getting I like it, but its maybe a bit more inclined towards the guys who have been really smoking a lot longer than me. I say this because, I think in most instances I'd probably rather reach for the Frog Morton. I still give it a good rating though because its truly a masterpiece of flavors, just maybe that's not my style so much with Latakia.

Pipe Used: Briar, Cobb

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Tobacco Junction

5 people found this review helpful.

wolfango Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wolfango (3)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

I am an old guy who have been smoking pipe for 50 years. I still miss the old British blends such as the real Dunhill and the real Sobranie. Now I found that Gaslight is, as some reviewers noticed,that this "old fashion" style blend is going back to the good old times. Is not similar to the old brands but could well coexisted with them. I it is a very well balanced mixture and it is perfectly tolerable to my sensitive tongue.

Pipe Used: Dunhill, Sasieni, Castello, Barling

Age When Smoked: 67

Purchased From: 4noggins

Similar Blends: None I know.

5 people found this review helpful.

Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (206)
Medium None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

The dark and pungent plugs have a strong smell of Latakia. I prefer to put chunks in my pipe, light it and smoke. A long, cool smoke that is very demanding on the taste buds. Earthy, creosote like flavors assail your palate, creating only one idea...I want some more. Sometimes a nutty, Kentucky like flavor is felt in the smoke and then we are back to a very full bodied Latakia mixture. It's not a "Balkan", the Orientals are not subtle or dominating but a strong English in the vein of Dunhill's Nightcap. A fall and wintertime smoke, that could actually be enjoyed after a hearty lunch as it's all about powerful flavors and not a nicotine bomb.

Virginia lover

5 people found this review helpful.

Gus Evening Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gus Evening (8)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Well crafted moist tobacco. Great tin note. Benefits from about 20-30 minutes drying time. Right off the initial light you can tell this is a full body English. Great flavor, gets a little bitter towards the end of the bowl especially if puffed too hard. Pack loosely.

Similar Blends: G. L. Pease - Westminster (Heirloom Collection).

5 people found this review helpful.

CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (136)
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

Smooth, cool smoking, and complex. Goes great with a cup of Earl Grey tea. The complexity and depth get more profound the further you smoke - without any harshness. Has an earthy, slight floral funkiness that is intoxicating. Great processing/blending. Exhale and retrohale deliver great spice/pepper notes. The dynamic nature of the blending is reminiscent of a perfectly balanced cigar, where wrapper, binding and filler are in perfect harmony. 3/4 packed, medium bowled Savinelli lasted a full hour. Burned clean. Job very well done!

Pipe Used: Savinelli, MM

Age When Smoked: Tin date 24-OCT-2013

Purchased From: Corona Smoke Shop, Jackson, MI

5 people found this review helpful.

kaizoku Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kaizoku (12)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

this is probably the most balanced latakia blend i have ever tried! after cutting some of the plug and crumbling it in my hand (it crumbles easerly with very little handling), i lit up my pipe and got a very hearty earthy flavour from the latakia and orientals, and the deeper into the bowl i went the more i could taste the sweetness on the VA, though like some before me has said this blend has some hints of burley in its flavours. I really like this rich and flavourfull blend and would strongly reccomend it for everyone who likes a good englishstyle blend!

Pipe Used: Chacom plume 908

Age When Smoked: a month

Purchased From: Mellgrens fine tobacco, sweden

5 people found this review helpful.

LeftyLazar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LeftyLazar (1)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Have heard a lot of this leaf before having finally getting a few tins. I was very much inspired by having had a 15 year old tin of Winter's Tale by Friedman and Pease. Up to this point the very finest tobacco I've ever had. The tin note of Gaslight is to me very intoxicating in a subtle way. The theme of promises to come is what this tobacco is all about. It is indeed like a fine wine. There are a symphony of notes that are soft upon first light and build upon each other as the bowl progresses. I'll vouch for all that other reviewers have said about the flavors and also that there is a nice buttery caramel in there as well. The kicker for me is a certain floral tickle to my taste buds that darts in and out unexpectedly. What wonderful fun. I seem to enjoy this smoke most in my oil cured pipes as they present the flavors more strongly. The last third of the bowl is excellent and puts me in a very nice place. Old Nic is a bit on the strong side for me with this one but only a bit. About 20-30 minutes of drying time makes this a great smoke in my opinion. I can't wait to savor this with some age on it. I would say that as a new blend it's very satisfactory and time will simply make it outstanding. We shall see.

5 people found this review helpful.

Pryhosm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pryhosm (189)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Gaslight is an excellent English blend. I love plugs in general and I really like this one. One draw back to the plug is this one fall apart pretty easily in the mason jar and then it can be a challenge to get the mix right if you plan to cut a flake and pack. HINT: I had a chunk fall apart on me an I threw the pieces in a coffee grinder and ground it for 2 2 second blasts. Absolute perfections! The tin note is really quite surprising to me based on the tin description and many of the reviews I have read. I get sour, woody orientals straight away with plenty of smoky Latakia competing for the lead. Really nice. The smoke itself is Latakia forward but with plenty of the Oriental spice and woody and even buttery qualities poking in and out. This is a slow burning smoke and really has many profiles and nuances as you smoke through the bowl. I get a peppery taste hear and there either from the Orientals or maybe some of the Virginia's are stoved, it is really hard to say. When looking at the tobacco once rubbed out it is very dark with some red Virginias being the only thing I can see on visual inspection (that are different from the other leaves). I am sure this may be due to the pressing that creates the plug. Along with the smoky and spicy notes you get a nice sweetness from the Virginia's almost honey like. I do not sense a topping I can pick out but there is a unique sweetness throughout the smoke that is really nice and compliments the blend. There is more nicotine in this than what I find in most English blends, on the medium side, no Jackknife Plug, but more than I find in most English blends nonetheless. This is a first class tobacco and is probably a top 5 for me. I almost feel like it is in a class by itself.

Pipe Used: Briar, meerschaum and cobs

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars and Smoking Pipes

4 people found this review helpful.

CherchezLaghost Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CherchezLaghost (52)
Mild Medium Very Full Tolerable to Strong

I enjoy this blend but can't smoke it very often. For one thing, it will ruin your palate for virginias for a good while. That's not to it's detriment, you can't deny that a wild thing is beautiful because it fails to mind its manners. Gaslight is a wild thing, a Raven, a denizen of the Night. It is alluring in its excess. And like the very most beautiful of all starkly wild things, it has some amount of austere beauty that marks it above mere unbridled, primordial chaos, as a thing both wild and yet still regal.

Enough of the flowery language though, let's get to its merits. Gaslight is presented as a cut plug. Oily and dense, a very sharp knife will help slicing it. Mostly black, with some red virginia showing if you look along the profile of the resulting flakes. Scent is latakia heavy with some heady Va present and, strangely, some apricot or nondescript stewed fruit, with very subtle floral notes in evidence (bergamot? Rose?). Flakes crumble easily to a nice texture for gravity loading. The initial light is dank, cool latakia, along with a floral essence reminiscent of a Lakeland ghost in a pipe loaded with a full English. The dominant flavor here is good Cyprian latakia. Va is evident, but nearly overwhelmed. I dont detect any oriental component. The beauty of this blend is the interplay between full Cyprian and whatever floral essence is present. They are supported throughout by subtle deep fruit notes from the red Va, though this is distant, only around the edges. I typically don't take much away from a smoke this heavily laden with latakia, but i hesitate to call this a bomb. It is, or should be, by all accounts, but the refinement imparted by the essence just keeps it soft enough to be more accurately called a very rich latakia mixture. Something keeps me coming back from time to time, and i am always satieted after finishing a bowl. Nicotine isn't much, perhaps mild to medium. Gaslight is an uber cool, slow burning blend that can't bite, still extra care is required to keep temperature down, or what is sublime here will quickly turn sooty and muddled. It is excessively sensitive to temperature in my experience. When i do everything right though, this is a deep well of satisfaction.

Pipe Used: Cobs, meerschaums, briar

Age When Smoked: New to 2 yrs

Purchased From:

4 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (540)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This one just did not do it for me. At least this is my impression after finishing off the 1/2 oz sample given to me from SP with an order about a year ago. I was happy to receive the sample as I had a tin of this I had bought shortly after it was introduced and I hadn't opened it yet. Thanks to SP for their generosity, I can let that tin continue to age and maybe try it 7 or 8 years from now.

This one started off very smoky to me and then quickly settled down to complete boredom to my tastes. I found it unremarkable in almost every way; however, I can't say that it was bad either. There was nothing offensive or noxious in either taste or aroma. In fact, its most favorable trait, to me, would have to be the side stream aroma, which was very pleasant. I may have spent as much time sniffing the smoking bowl as I did puffing on it.

This blend has all the elements that a standard Latakia (English) blend should have, but very little in the edginess that would make such a blend standout. Usually with such a blend such as this that lacks edginess, one is treated to a creamy smoky experience. Well, this really did not have this either.

Was there sweetness from the Virginia? Yes, just not enough. Was there smokiness from the Latakia? Yes, but not enough. Was there Tanginess from the Orientals? Yes, but not enough. You seeing a pattern here?

This pretty much sums up my thoughts on this one. It is pretty good, just not good enough. I will not be ordering more of this, but will check back in when I do open my tin, which, I hope greatly improves with age.

4 people found this review helpful.

jedibastard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jedibastard (29)
Strong Medium to Strong Full Strong

Its funny how i always forgot about this blend, even though it became an instant favorite the moment i had my first bowl. Its been sitting on my shelf for about 2 and a half years, and honestly, it did it some good!

As everyone else said, very latakia forward, but its not over powering. Its like a very burnt piece of leather, but its super smooth, you want more. The red virginias are perfect. Perfect amount, and really made this blend what it is. Sweet, but not overly sweet, tangy, but not sour.

Its a stout blend, but can you call it that with how smooth it is???

Doesnt give you a big nic kick, which is good cause that just means you can smoke it again later on in the day.

Its pretty damp out of the tin. So dry time is a must. I do have issues keeping it lit some times, even with it drying out some. Maybe ill try 20min. next time instead of the usual 10-15...when the coffee is ready.

I can see how it RESEMBLES penzance. Almost identical.......for me at least. Its a good sub when you dont want to pay the absolutely outrageous price for penzance. Is that stuff reeeeaaallly worth it?????? Eh. Not really.

Either way. This is an amazing blend!

Pipe Used: Jake hackert

Age When Smoked: 2-3yrs age on the tin

Purchased From: P&C

Similar Blends: Penzance????? Maybe?????.

4 people found this review helpful.

Dharma Bum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dharma Bum (7)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

G. L. Pease Gaslight is serious. It has a taste as dark as its appearance and good aromas that blend perfectly well. It smokes easily and for such a long time! For anyone who likes strong and smoky latakia blends, I would definitely recommend to try this one. It is strong but smooth, it does not lack subtleties at all and the virginias are revealing themselves nicely on the second half of the bowl. It inspires me to try other blends from G. L. Pease because of its high quality. It is not exactly what I'm searching for, but let's be honest and give it the rating it deserves.

4 people found this review helpful.

GabrielCRT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GabrielCRT (99)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I don't reach for this one very often but when I do I'm always pleasantly surprised. A fantastic sweet & smokey tin note with beautiful plugs inside that slice with ease and rub out into a fine cut mountain of tobacco. The red Virginia is the first thing i taste on the false light. It is sweet and bright. The smokey Latakia is apparent next but it is VERY smooth and marries to the Virginia well as it ages in the plug. The Turkish leaf is woody and mildly spicy. The smoke is very smooth through the nose. Bite free, medium-full in strength and body this is a real winner in the Balkan plug category.

4 people found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (198)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I want to start with the tin art. Absolutely amazing, and fitting for this tobacco! This tin was opened at 3 months old.

The tin aroma is absolutely intoxicating! It isn't the harsh industrialized aroma that some Latakia cakes have, this was a softer, more subtle aroma of smoky leaf. The sweetness of the Virginia also poked through.

I sliced of a few sections across grain as most recommend. This was still a touch moist, so I let it rest as long as I could stand (probably 5 minutes) Loading seemed fairly easy, and I found this blend will smoke much better in a tall/narrow bowl compared to a squat/wide billiard. Initial lighting shows the Latakia well, but to me not as much as some have claimed. There does seem to be a dark chocolate essence here, it's sweet, and seems to fit in very well. The Virginia's are always noticeable, and their sweet/tanginess are prominent as long as slow, even sips are taken. The Orientals leave the palate with a clean refreshed feeling, and deliver a spiciness and seasoning that balance near perfect to bring this blend together. I gave this blend my full attention each time, but I had found that even if my mind began to wonder off, this still stayed lit. You'd think after a while Greg would run out of new ideas, or blends would start tasting the same. But no, he developed this blend, and created another unique masterpiece. I truly believe this is destined to be a HOF tobacco.

Age When Smoked: 3 months

4 people found this review helpful.

incendio Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
incendio (37)
Strong Very Strong Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I will start by recognizing that this is a blend that I will probably have to "meditate on" for some time before I can truly appreciate it. I am very fond of english blends, and particularly latakia-forward ones.

My initial assessment of this is that it is mostly latakia, with negligible contribution by virginias and orientals. What I was expecting was the inverse: a strong base of virginias, lightly seasoned by orientals, and with a healthy dose of latakia.

I am a fan of Ten Russians, so it came as a surprise that this blend seems so monochrome. I think that perhaps it's a question of balance, or lack thereof. I've tried fresh from the tin, dry, drier, lightly rubbed, well rubbed. I just can't seem to escape the impression that I'm smoking pure latakia while fruitlessly grasping for some kind of counterpoint, searching hopelessly for subtleties to contrast the dark spicy leaf.

I may change my opinion if I can muster the resolve to keep at it. As it stands now I am considering that I may occasionally use this blend to season some sweet matured virginas in order to add spice.

Edited 4/7/2016 - After having smoked the whole tin, I believe I have come to a conclusion about this tobacco's place in my 'rotation.' This is the type of blend whose qualities are best discerned after a long (very long) day of eating and drinking, after your palate is ragged, and you don't quite get the same satisfaction from "normal' blends. Something akin to the cocktail that evolves into straight alcohol by evening's end, "because you can't taste it." I might leave a tin around for such exceptional occasions, maybe.

Pipe Used: briar billiards of various sizes

Similar Blends: Imagine Ten Russians but with more Latakia and less of everything else..

4 people found this review helpful.

crazy owl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
crazy owl (75)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

After the whole tin I must reject all the stars.This blend has deployed all the raw leaf inside an acrid biting monster.It´s very easy to say excellent for cellaring when you are offering raw,crude stuff.From now on with this bad experience added to some worst ones I say God bye Mr.Pease and CD.

Pipe Used: dunhill size 4

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: smokingpipes

Similar Blends: other Peese blends.

4 people found this review helpful.

bulletsnbriars Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bulletsnbriars (4)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Latakia blends are love it or hate it for me. Most of them are too weak and mild, they all taste the same and there's just an emptiness on tongue, a sort of hollow smoke feel if that makes sense.

Cue the arrival of Gaslight, G.L. Pease's masterpiece. I decided to try it because I have literally never heard a bad thing about from pipers I trust, everyones just crazy about the stuff. I've found that in pipesmoking at least, it pays to follow the crowd.

Tin note is strong and musty, the "baccy brownies" are perfectly pressed, firm, won't crumble just from small handling. It will take a sharp knife to cut this but unlike most plugs I've dealt with Gaslight is not like cutting a brick, it turns to ribbons very easily. Straight out of the tin it is perfect moisture to smoke, pack it lighter then usual and get ready.

This is some of the best tasting tobacco I've ever had; it is full, there is no hiding the tobacco behind any casing. Youll get every note in here with some slow sipping; but especially the latakia with its amazing full earthiness.

A fantastic experince. I didn't notice much nicotine, but as a warning I have a pretty high tolerance. No gurgle, smoked pretty well all to the bottom. All the hype you've heard about this blend is real, Lat lovers and haters should really give this a shot, this is just good baccy here.

Pipe Used: Peterson Bulldog

Age When Smoked: ~6 months

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Captain Earle's 10 Russians.

4 people found this review helpful.

Ambush1964 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ambush1964 (18)
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I actually received a free sample of this tobacco in an order from I am a newbie smoker and I was leery of English Blends I really dislike their tin notes. I can say this was no different. It has a smokey/perfume/soap smell to me. I cut three 3/32" slices across the grain on the end of the plug, rubbed it out fully and let it dry slightly. My moisture meter said it was at about 11% moisture (I find it a great tool for a newbie pipe smoker). I packed the pipe, made a false light with a light tamp and lit the tobacco. It lit easily and burned well to the bottom of the bowl with a relight at about the 3/4 mark. The flavor is not as smokey/perfume as Lane Ltd. Crown Achievement, it still had the soapy flavor, but it was not as spicy as the Crown Achievement. The corncob lent a bit of sweetness to it as it burned, which was welcomed by me. I can confidently say I still dislike Latakia/English blends (again, a personal preference). I would imagine people that enjoy Latakia/English Blends would enjoy this tobacco, kind of like people that enjoy Lowland Scotch Whiskey-(I do not). It tastes/smokes just like the tin note. If you like the tin note, I'm sure you will enjoy the smoke.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Cob-No Filter-Filter stem

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking

4 people found this review helpful.

twaksak Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
twaksak (54)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

All reviews here, spot on to my my added comments would be: The raw cake again had the rich Latakia smokiness, but long enough a faint fruity (peach?) smell breaks through. Exotic, fragrant flavours. When lit, definite softer Latakia (smokiness).

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4 people found this review helpful.

tabaco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tabaco (111)
Overwhelming None Detected Very Full Strong

A stomach turning, mind numbing blast of Nicotine . . . If that's your thing then go for it.

The hyperbole on the label should include "Ignite the Gaslight, you'll be up all night".

This shall be the last tin of anything that I'll ever buy from Greg; heavy handed blending and too much cheap not properly cured leaves. This blend was rushed and it sure shows.

4 people found this review helpful.

OhioTony76 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OhioTony76 (48)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Strong

My tin had 6 years of age on it. It was swelling up pretty nice. I decided to totally chop up both plugs then jar. Tin note is all Latakia and a unique aroma that reminds me of creosote or tar. Even when dried it’s is a bit hard to keep lit, and a small bowl will get you 45 min easy. The bowl starts much milder than the tin note leads you to believe. Sweet and smoky. Latakia forward but the Virginia is definitely there. Very pleasant and enjoyable. After 20 min or so, it amps up in body. The Virginia is less pronounced. The smoke gets meaty. Medium full at this point. Tar and unsweetened chocolate notes. Thick smoke output that really hangs in the air. At least when it’s not trying to go out. Still a touch of sweetness that tries to balance out the rich Latakia. The bowl ends at what I would call almost full bodied. But not rough or harsh. Med nic hit. No bad aftertaste. This is a tobacco for experienced smokers and Latakia lovers in my opinion. I enjoy this occasionally on a cold winter night. Would probably pair nicely with a smoky Scotch as the last smoke of the day.

Age When Smoked: 6 years

3 people found this review helpful.

ChadwickGHurlburt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ChadwickGHurlburt (24)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Rich, flavorful, complex. These adjectives have already been used to describe this blend many times. After a point, you lose the ability to add anything new to what has already been said. Such as it is with this blend for me. G.L. Pease Gaslight is a very good English blend. It's rich, flavorful, complex, ... you've been through this before. So what can I add to a review of this blend?

Just about nothing other than myself as a number. I agree, it's very good. It's smooth, it's a blend that matures as you smoke it. Flavors come and go and keep it interesting. It's not a latakia bomb, it's something deeper and better developed than that. It's a true masterfully mixed blend that has a lot of latakia in it. But it isn't a latakia bomb. Virginia tobaccos take their place, so does the other additives. Latakia might be the captain, but it isn't the commanding officer. Those of us with military experience might get the gist.

This is a good smoke. I recommend it to anyone that likes Latakia. It's balanced, it develops, it's a very nice marriage of supporting tobaccos. They work together to provide a balanced and enjoyable blend where all the parts make the greater whole better, stronger, more effective. This is a great mixture. Not the best that G.L. Pease has made, but one of the top 10 for certain. It's good. Very good. Try it out for yourself. Give it two or three bowls in different pipes, feel out it's different faces. Then, tell us what you think. I recommend it. This is good pipe tobacco. I give it a full 4 stars on flavor alone. It's delicious.

Pipe Used: Savinelli, Erik Nording, various others.

Age When Smoked: Young, about 1 year old.

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars online

3 people found this review helpful.

Jaylotw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jaylotw (12)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Ah Gaslight...

I like this stuff. We need a new “half star” system, because three stars seems a little like I’m short changing the stuff.

My first experience with Gaslight was in a cob while sitting in a hot tub on a 15 degree Ohio winter night. There was scotch involved, too. I knew then that this was special stuff, a blend that would demand more attention than I could give it at the time. It’s what I like to call a “special time smoke,” something I break out when the smoke is all I want to experience. Not something I smoke while reading or writing or cutting the grass or drunkenly steaming myself like a piece of broccoli in a hot tub.

Any time I get to break out a knife I’m a little excited. I use my girlfriends santoku chef knife when she’s not around as I like the control it offers. I’ve found that Gaslight smokes best when you get as even a cut as possible. I’ve had times where I’ve not cut even and the smoke seems to be a little off balance, or the burn can get funny if you’ve got an enormous chunk of latakia next to some more finely sliced it pays to be a little careful when you slice. Rub it out to a nice ribbon, give it fifteen minutes or so and away you go.

Greg Pease advises you to pack a little looser, in a smaller pipe. I’ve always just used my regular loading method (filling the pipe with tobacco, giving it a squash...repeating until I like it) and haven’t had many issues. Gaslight can smoke a little soggy though, so I’m sure there’s something to the looser pack. It’s that sogginess that makes this a little less than a four-star blend for me. Taste wise, this stuff is on the mark.

I don’t get much of a VA presence, it’s there but as a carrier for the dominant Latakia and Oriental show. What a show it is! Big, full, and dark as night flavors from the Latakia—a nice smokiness and a tarry leather—support that curious and hard to pin down herbal oriental character. The orientals, as mentioned before, carry a distinct but not overbearing spice element but also a sweet undercurrent of...something else. I can’t quite figure out what...maybe it IS the dark VA sweetness playing off of the Latakia...maybe not. I will tell you that it’s what keeps me coming back to this blend.

This is one that requires a bit of attention and concentration to really understand, a blend I only choose if I’m prepared to really sit and taste.

Gaslight needs a few relights, a few mops with a cleaner, and some preparation...but on the occasions when I need some serious English to contemplate, it’s the one I reach for. Do yourself a favor and get it while you can.

Age When Smoked: 0-2 yrs

Purchased From: P&C

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1912)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

G. L. Pease - Gaslight.

My kake arrived in two pieces of equal size. Because just rubbing with my fingers means there's still some larger leaf like pieces in the mix I used my coffee grinder; easy, peasy!

There's a lot of reviews for this so loads has been said already, but my initial thought was 'amazing'. The Latakia and Orientals are balanced impeccably, with a small amount of Virginia sweetness. The taste deepens in quite a short space of time, it begins to steady after about a third of a bowl; of course, that's subjective, you may have a different experience. It burns brilliantly, leaving very little dottle, giving off a cool smoke that doesn't bite.

This is strange: I consider myself to be a bit of a light weight with nicotine, lately it only takes the slightest amount to hit the spot. But I find this milder than most reviewers: mild to medium. I share the common view on room-note, though: tolerable.

A remarkable blend.

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef replica

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

mgvsquared Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mgvsquared (1)
Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

New smokers beware - this is a Vitamin N blend. I imagine more seasoned smokers might not be too fazed, but I haven't been smoking too long and Gaslight bordered on too strong. Smoky, spicy, and full flavored latakia-forward blend. No detectable sweetness. When I was finished the first bowl, I was dizzy, and I'm writing this fresh from the experience.

The good? No bite. Sliced thinly with a razor-sharp knife, it crumbles extremely easy. Penzance like preparation. A learning experience for me.

Ultimately not my cup of tea, but I will try a few more bowls and edit my review accordingly if I find my experience changes. GL Pease has some great offerings. I would suggest trying some other of his well reviewed blends before venturing into this kind of territory. Enjoyable, but definitely not for everyone.

Pipe Used: Danger P5 Pot - group 3 size

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: lat bombs.

3 people found this review helpful.

pinko Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pinko (52)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Strong

Latakia, and a little Turkish that is overwhelmed by Latakia, and no Virginia flavor to speak of. It smells like a campfire. This is the kind of tobacco you load into one of those giant Boswell pipes and take to the leather club, overwhelmingly manly to the point where you wonder if it’s not trying a bit too hard.

Midbowl the Latakia has calmed down a touch, but there’s nothing to replace it. The blend just goes flat. By the end, my exhausted tastebuds can only report an ashy flavor. This is with more than 2 years on the tin, so I don’t know if it’s just gone past its prime already.

I can see the wasted potential here - a little more balanced portion of Turkish, change out the Virginias for some with flavor and character, and it’d be an instant classic. As is, I can only recommend it as an end-of-day smoke for a fatigued tongue that wouldn’t be able to enjoy a more thoughtful mixture.

Age When Smoked: 2 years

3 people found this review helpful.

quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (130)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

Some reviewers have commented on the similarity among strong Lat blends, hinting at a "saturated" market. Maybe so. Good for us smokers! But I liken the tobacco world to the wine world: the best successes I've had with wine is to find a winery I really like and stick with them, because their particular style will almost always appeal to me.

Same with tobacco. I consider the Pease blends to be so very reliable and consistently good that I have very high confidence in any of Mr. Pease's blends. There are a few - maybe three or four - that I just plain dislike. But considering the number of Pease blends available, that's a very high batting average.

Gaslight is quite similar to many other Pease Lat bombs, but in a good way. This one seems to me one of the most austere, and by that I mean like a dry red wine. Not a lot of sweetness, lots of smoky latakia, but strong, complex, delicious. This tobacco stays more consistent from the top down than many other blends. One reviewer talks about the whole bowl being "the sweet spot." With that I heartily agree.

Smooth and full of flavor, slow burning as promised, relatively easy to prepare with a knife (I actually use scissors, then rub it out), and consistently delicious. Strong enough to stand up to some of my favorite libations, and flavorful enough where I often wish I had a larger bowl.

Pipe Used: Mostly bigger pipes with good capacity.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

3 people found this review helpful.

sirchud68 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sirchud68 (59)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I've only had one bowl, so this isn't a true review, per se. I just want to say that out of all the blends I've enjoyed Gaslight is the first to truly have that "beef jerky" smell out of the tin. I smoked this out of a cheap Rossi I bought that just wasn't working as a Virginia pipe and was blown away. I haven't smoked much Latakia/Oriental blends lately, but Gaslight has let me remember why I enjoy the diversity of flavors pipe tobacco can offer. Once I go through a couple of tins I'll update. As of now I would recommend this blend.

3 people found this review helpful.

Bluesmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bluesmoke (75)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

Gaslight is a very stout, strong, full bodied plug. It was a little challenging cutting this up to the size I wanted, but a good thin blade solved that problem. This one really was superb after a good meal in the evening time, but if you have a robust constitution then try this anytime. This smelled amazing in the tin...a sweet, smoky aroma...delicious. In the bowl this lit well and burned down with few relights. The smoke was thick and fragrant, perfumed with latakia and Orientals leading the way. This is another winner from GLP. OFWAIHHBTN

3 people found this review helpful.

Bigdadz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bigdadz (35)
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

This is a tobacco that is meant to be savored. Perfect for smoking on a still autumn or winters night. Although very full bodied, it is smooth with layers of flavor, leathery, smokey, salty, malty and nutty. like a fine single malt scotch. A must for Latakia lovers.

3 people found this review helpful.

Old Nate Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old Nate (17)
Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Right in the GL Pease wheelhouse! I primarily gravitate towards Virginia blends but something about Gaslight leaves me warm and fuzzy inside. English blends... This is what Pease was put on earth to do! The smokey character was evident from the start but it had a nice malty sweet component as well, lingering in the background. Don't let that mislead you, this is not a sweet tasting tobacco, you just sense there is sweet red Virginia under all of that velvety rich latakia. I was given a sample of this in an order from smoking and liked it son much I had to order some. It has a smell akin to aged leather, fireplace, and old book, and perhaps strong coffee. It is quite pleasing and it seems I get something different every time. Just wonderful!

I like to smoke this one sitting down as it is fairly strong for me. Tried walking the dog with a small bowl of gaslight and I had to battle the swirlies, so, if you're like me... Sit down and take her slow. Room note might be a little strong but no more than any other English. I typically enjoy a quiet night on the deck with a pinch or two of gaslight, so no issues outside. Wherever you partake, the flavors come at you with a nice smokey flavor, and eventually I'm getting charred woody spice that just hits all the right buttons. There also seems to be tastes of espresso lingering on roasted bitterness. To me, this is a strong smoke... Big, earthy, sweetness there but not quite bold enough to pop his head. A beautiful full English blend for sure.

Pipe Used: Briars, Cobs

Age When Smoked: fresh

3 people found this review helpful.

Jacinto Cupboard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jacinto Cupboard (191)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Dark plug or kake with some visible lighter leaf. Tin note is typical terpene from the latakia. Smoked alongside its stablemate Pirate Kake, it differs in that virginias take the place of the burley in PK. The result is a lighter, sweeter tobacco that allows the orientals more expression. Still a very Lat forward blend however.

I am not experienced enough to say where in the spectrum of English blends this sits; it is an intriguing combination of a Lat bomb that manages to deliver a multitude of light and subtle aromas. It does go beautifully with a nice strong cup of tea.

Pipe Used: Lepeltier

Purchased From: Sample via

3 people found this review helpful.

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

Based on a tin with 18months of age.

Presentation is nice. Two plugs of tobacco. They are true plugs, so you need to slice against the grain the get the right proportions of the blend for preparing your bowl. The plugs are mostly black and dark brown and bronze.

Tin note: popping the seal was extraordinary. My tin had over a year of age and was bloated. The sound of the gas releasing was awesome. The smell was of fermented fruit, like you get with red Virginias and kind of alcoholic and spirity.

Taste notes (the order in which I experienced the taste notes varied depending on the pipe used): Roasted cocoa, bitter chocolate, Pepper, smoke, wood smoke, sweet wood, cereal notes, molasses, slight anise. Black pepper spiciness, incense-like notes, and floral qualities (some sweeter floral tastes as well), creamy sweet woodiness and nuttiness that develops which is sublime. I think there may be Burley in here. This blend has tons of flavors on varying ends of the flavor spectrum. It can produce a lot of smoke on re-lights. Makes me think of an old store, old paper, books.

*A tad reminiscent of Star of The East Flake but not as sweet.

Nicotine is there but never overwhelmed me. It can have a heavy mouthfeel, and makes me feel full like I just ate a big meal. It makes me a little light-headed. Taking breaks after the pipe goes out and drinking water helps immensely.

Tobacco strength is medium to full, and so is the taste.

I would recommend this to Latakia-lovers, and those looking to get into blends that contain Latakia. The Latakia is noticeable but it's surprisingly silky and the smoke downright buttery.

It's a widely available blend for a great price, and tasty. It's one of the best tobaccos I've ever smoked.

Pipe Used: Lumberman,bent pot,lovat

Age When Smoked: 18months

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Star of The East Flake.

2 people found this review helpful.

mel64us Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mel64us (43)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Gaslight is an amazingly good blend. A plug, I just sliced some off, rubbed it out, let it air for a few minutes and loaded a MM cob. Gaslight took a char, a tamp, and a light fairly easily. The Latakia was immediately noticeable, but not in an overpowering role. The sweetness of the Virginias and the spice of the Orientals made their presence known. This is a very well-tamed blend. No tongue bite, no gurgle, no relights needed. It burned slowly and evenly to the bottom of the bowl leaving a fluffy gray ash and just a bit of moisture that might mean a little longer drying time. Gaslight leaves a pleasant aftertaste in the mouth. This is not a beginner's blend. It is a Latakia lovers blend. I will be buying a lot of this. GL Pease surely has a winner here.

The more I smoke this, the more I like it. I wish it was sold in bulk.

Pipe Used: MM cob/ no filter

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Tobacco Junction

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipe&leaf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe&leaf (8)
Medium to Strong Mild Very Full Pleasant

Incomparable. G.L. Pease is a visionary blender. He has understood something with this blend. A vision; manifest. Nightly.

If you've never done psychedelics, some of the effects you get from them are in this blend. Waves of nicotine. They come, then disappear, then reappear. This is the only tobacco I've experienced that does this. Crazy.

Slice the plug, then rub it. Be thorough. Sense the offering before you.

This is a slow dance between man and woman in your mouth. It's transcendental love making. Sweetly. Soothing. Trusting. Gentle. Strong. Power and certainty.

Pipe Used: Woodstock gefapip

Age When Smoked: A month

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

2 people found this review helpful.

SiriusAmory Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SiriusAmory (25)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I chose to slice the plug fairly thin, which made it very easy to rub out and pack the bowl. It took several tries to keep the tobacco lit, but once you get it going, it stays lit very well.

A deep, earthy spice dominates and the Latakia lends a nice briney saltiness that I really like in an English blend. There are also notes of mesquite smokiness, cedar, and a hint of floral sweetness.

Gaslight is definitely a blend to smoke at the end of the day, otherwise you may have trouble tasting a more subtle blend afterward.

2 people found this review helpful.

Randy Tuggle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Randy Tuggle (45)
Mild None Detected Full Pleasant

A tremendous blend! Unlike any English blend I've ever smoked. No bite, no matter how you pace yourself with this one. Beautifully prepared in a cake form, easy to slice, and easy to enjoy from start to finish. You can really taste the Virginias and Orientals as they work together with a perfect amount of Latakia in perfect chorus to deliver an extremely smooth experience. I'll never go without a tin. Another masterpiece from G.L. Pease.

Pipe Used: briars, Savinelli, Peterson, cobs, etc

Age When Smoked: fresh as well as cellared

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Bibliopiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bibliopiper (5)
Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

It took me a couple of bowls to appreciate this one. By the fourth I'm loving it. For me the flavors take a few minutes to really start coming together. By mid bowl it becomes a wonderful mix of smokiness, leather, and spices. It really plays all the right tricks on my tongue and stands out among other English blends I have tried. The contents of my tin benefit from drying for 30 minutes or so once cut to the desired texture.

Pipe Used: Cobs, Briars

Age When Smoked: 1 month

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

NewPiperOldVaper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NewPiperOldVaper (2)
Mild Medium to Strong Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Gaslight is a delicacy from first light, rich sweet Virginia tobaccos, tangy orientals, and OMG great Latakia! It IMO is what all Balkan/English blends should grow up to be. Decedent chocolate with the zeal of a sweet talking Lass taking you into the hay loft with Virginia clouds swirling around your head. I personally believe this is as perfect as a blend as anyone has ever created. If you are purchasing this for the first time, buy a lot of it, it is superb in every possible way. I believe possessing this will turn you into a Gaslight hoarder.

Pipe Used: Medico 1961 apple rusticated duke

Age When Smoked: six months

Purchased From: smoking pipe

Similar Blends: Bengal Slices.

2 people found this review helpful.

Aquinas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Aquinas (12)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I tried some of Gary's tobacco when he first started and it was raw and green. Nothing has changed. These cakes are soggy messes of leaf up to 1" in area and taste like they are soaked in the fuel used in a gaslight. I cannot compare this to any other tobacco as I have never smoked anything quite like this in the 50+ years I have been smoking fine English and orientals.

Pipe Used: Caminetto

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

JJ Sir Emmitt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JJ Sir Emmitt (17)
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

G.L Pease Gaslight is a nice full bodied blend, with deep and complex flavors. The smokiness from the Latakia dominates early in the bowl. As the bowl progresses a nice red pepper spice in the retro hale along with some fruit, earth, coco, and even hints of toasted coconut and complexity and intrigue to the smoking experience. The latakia leaves a nice smoky peppery finish that last through each puff. This is a great end of day smoke, with a nicotine kick.

Pipe Used: MM Cobbit Shire

Age When Smoked: 3 Months

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

CPWSolf86 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CPWSolf86 (2)
Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin Aroma: A definite hit of the latakia, but not overpowering. Strong aroma of dark berries and a smoky warmth.

Initial Lights: Purely the latakia, though it is the first latakia blend I have smoked in a while so this may account for that.

Main Bowl: This is a mellow latakia smoke, with a warming berry note. It reminds me of Autumn walks followed by a pint of ale in front of the fire. Rubbed out it can be hard to keep lit but perfect when sliced into fine ribbons or cubed.

Room Note: Classic pipe tobacco room note.

Pipe Used: Small straight clay

Purchased From: gifted

Age When Smoked: 3 years

2 people found this review helpful.

jimyfafy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jimyfafy (10)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Very Strong

I love this strong english .But my old woman found me in the garage smoking and asked what i was smoking. Gaslight i said. Yep it smells like a burnt fart said she.I,m thinking being single might be ok after all! Such a full flavour power and no bite. I must admit separating the component tobaccos is not my forte even though i,m a longtime puffer.

Pipe Used: london made patrician

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: smokingpipes

Similar Blends: The new? old? levant mix by the same blender, Drucquer & Sons - Levant Mixture.

2 people found this review helpful.

LannarkGent Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LannarkGent (143)
Medium None Detected Very Full Very Strong

This plug cut English latakia blend smokes slowly the interplay with the red Virginia as other tobaccos make it a lingering delight. I have found this to be a nice after dinner smoke that I will continue to enjoy.

2 people found this review helpful.

TSchiraldi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TSchiraldi (5)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

My go to blend. Number one in my rotation! If heaven was a tobacco blend, this would be it! Don't mess this up - you have to slice the plugs, across the grain, then crumble. Do it any other way and you ruin the blend! Strong, full, pungent yet sweet, with spicy Orientals interplaying with the smoky Latakia and sweet, delectable Red Virginia! The flavors change, meld, leave, and return so many times in the course of one bowl, it's almost like smoking 3 or 4 different blends, but at the same time, the base flavor is always there! Difficult to explain, I guess you just have to experience it. Gas Light burns nice and cool. No dottle at the bottom. My favorite evening smoke!

Pipe Used: Various - Best in small bowls.

Age When Smoked: New / Fresh

Purchased From: P&C

Similar Blends: Ten Russians, but better!.

2 people found this review helpful.

BrotherBriar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BrotherBriar (1)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Gaslight is an interesting tobacco in many ways. First, the name is evocative. Being part of GL Pease's Old London series, you know what is coming. Traditional style tobacco with no flavoring or tricks. Just the way they would've been made in England in the "golden age" of pipe smoking. Second, the tin art is amazing. It fits the blend's overall concept. Before I tried it the name and the tin art are what drew me to the blend to purchase it.

Third, the presentation is fantastic. Tobacco "brownies" with rich medium and dark brown tobaccos that provide a completely unique experience. Just the fact that you have to slice it and rub it out provides a level of investment in the smoking experience from the first moment you open the tin that you don't get with other ready-rubbed tobaccos, or even most flakes for that matter.

Fourth, the flavor of the first 1/3 to 1/2 of the bowl. Gaslight is definitely focused on the Latakia and, to a lesser extent, the red Virginias. The blend contains Orientials and Perique as well, but they are much more subdued compared to the other two tobaccos. I can taste them coming into the mix and then receding just a quickly. Every once in a while I get the cool "menthol-like" sensation on my tongue that I get all the time from Esoterica's Penzance. Don't take that the wrong way, Gaslight tastes nothing like Penzance and is not a substitute for it in any way. They both have their own things going on and some will like one better while others will like the other.

The Latakia is the focus here, and the red Virginias supply the support. The retrohale is flavorful and rich, with a slight tingle of Perique/Red Virgina spice. Overall it is a dark experience, not too similar to Dunhill's Nightcap in flavor, but similar in feel and form in some way.

Unfortunately, this is where my love affair with Gaslight ends. To me, it just falls off rather quickly at the half way point, becoming flat, one dimensional and slightly acrid. As great as the first half of the bowl is, the second half is equally disappointing. The retro-hale becomes hot and burns my nose slightly. All of the deep, dark, rich tobacco aromas disappear and an overall taste of ash remains. I don't mean to sound too dramatic. It isn't horribly unbearable, and it is still smokable, it just completely loses the magic of the first half of the bowl and becomes an average straight tobacco more akin to a cigarette than a good pipe. But, oh, that first half of the bowl!

Fortunately, the first 4 points outweigh the last one for me. Between the presentation, aroma, and that magical first half of the bowl, it keeps me coming back again and again. Every time I hope that the second half of the bowl will be better than last time and Gaslight will become a truly 4-star blend for me. It hasn't happened yet, but maybe in the right pipe, on the right night it will. Take this review with a grain of salt. These are only my preferences and the experience might be different for you. I definitely recommend giving Gaslight a try! For me it's really a 2.5.

Pipe Used: Castello Sea Rock #17

Age When Smoked: New-6 months

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

gladi8tor96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gladi8tor96 (136)
Strong None Detected Extra Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Woah!! This stuff is strong, bold, and very flavorful. I would say it's a Lat bomb, but all the tobaccos have the same level of flavor potency as the others. The flavor is rich and the smoke is creamy and lasting. I found, even after rubbing out the dark bricks into fine ribbons, it was difficult to keep lit. Probably needs more drying time than you would anticipate. The tin smells like some type of gas ('gaslight' indeed) is strong earthy, leather, and smokey richness. The smoke is actually quite fragrant and almost has a floral fact, yeah...a bit of floral. The turkish takes it's turn and you you get tobacco and leather. The virginia's peek in for some tangy richness, with just a hint of sweetness. Then the orientals and latakia play together to bring out the floral smokey incense quality of the smoke. The room note is actually more pleasant than one would expect from such a dense and dark smoke. Quite an impressive smoke, but might be a much for my tastes at this time. I'll save the rest of my last brick...let it age and see how it fares. Still it's a high quality tobacco!

Update (2/2017): Still so darn wet after 3+ years of age. Loads well and burns well. Full Latakia! Reminds me of a cigar with slightly sweeter and campfire notes, though very, very light on the sweet. Very satisfying smoke that is rich with lots of flavor....and wow it's strong!!

Pipe Used: Bent Billard, Dublin, Egg, Acorn, Corn Cob

Age When Smoked: aged 1 year and 2 years and a few times inbetween

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Cornell & Diehl - Star of the East Flake.

2 people found this review helpful.

Renar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Renar (9)
Medium Medium Full Very Pleasant

Not much to say. It is best Balkan style blend of modern days. Period. It is best tobacco in the world for me. Period. All the rest could be talking about flavor and details but it's not really necessary. Gaslight just damn good.

2 people found this review helpful.

Bartimeo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bartimeo (6)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Extra Strong

Heard too many good things about Gaslight, inclusive of smokers who have placed it in his top ten. I thought I would love this mix because I love the Latakia. The first thing I found was a strong hand last taste of burley happened completely. My tongue swelled immediately. The note of the can is whiskey and that's your taste when smoked. Has a strong earthy, very specious and rubbery taste. It is rather a puro cigar. To be a mix based Latakia is very high your nicotine. to taste the colors. With this composition I find such lovely tobacco Hearth & Home - Larry's Blend

Pipe Used: Martin, Corncob, Sabinelly

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

2 people found this review helpful.

Stutter818 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stutter818 (51)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Love this tobacco. Rich, sweet, dark, smokey, serious. This is for those times you want a steady smoke that is consistent throughout. Comes in a cut plug type format - break off pieces and break those pieces up a little more. Burns nicely. I can feel more nicotine in this blend than some other English blends I smoke. Perfect to smoke on a rainy cloudy afternoon. This is a really well balanced blend.

Pipe Used: Mark twain cob

Age When Smoked: Few months opened

Purchased From: Smoking pipes online

2 people found this review helpful.

CFAF Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CFAF (9)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

How to add to what's been said here? For those who like a hearty English/latakia based smoke, this is one of the premiere blends out there. Use a knife, as GLP recommends, and cut it thinly crosswise. (I treated it as a flake with the first brick and it didn't work.) I have smoked it in large bowls (Dunhill sizes 4-ODA), and that's a smoke that last for hours. It's good there, but as many others have commented, this does best in smaller bowls (Dunhill sizes 2-3).

It's a cool latakia smoke with other things going on. (Very cool. As a reference, I am major latakia guy, and this is delightfully cool.) There is a slight sweetness there but not cloying. (I can't sense or write in flowery detail.) I'll assume it's Virginias somewhere in that dark mass of bricks. Definitely an evening smoke.

It's great now, and I've stuffed several tins away for aging. Really great stuff.

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Jevverrett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jevverrett (83)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Strong

This was another half ounce sample I recieved from smokingpipes for buying other things. It came in a small ziplock baggie as a chunk of cake (It's not solid enough to be a plug in my mind) about the size of a large gaming die. I cobbed this bc I don't like to try anything too pungent in a pipe I use for mainly one blend. I was smoking it outdoors, and it was not recieved well by the ladies that were present haha.

It's smells very fragrant, not just the normal smokey leather of the Latakia. But also of perfume almost. Kind of soapy, a bit flowery under the manliness. I'm not sure it has the "essence" in it, it may just be artful blending and aging. It's pretty dark overall in color, so I would say this was left to marry for some time before it was cut. You only want to cut a small amount off at a time, as it rubs up to be decently larger than it starts out. After a bit of time to sit out, it should be fine to smoke. It is a bit oily, so drying was my preferred method along with a slightly looser packing.

It took a bit more fire to get going than I expected, but it did burn pretty well after that. On the charring light it tastes heavily of wood smoke. It does settle in after the first third and has some changing tastes to it. A bit of spicyness, a bit of the sourish oriental taste to it. Also it has a nice earthy quality that comes through here and there. It took a decent amount of fiddling with to keep it burning properly, so keep your tamp handy.

It is probably not for everyone. It is a full English blend and should be treated as such. You may want a wider bowl for it, which I think brings out the flavor a bit more than a small pipe does. It goes well with scotch I can say from experience. I liked it, but I'm not sure I would buy more however. It is probably one to be smoked outdoors depending on your living situation. (Not all of us have a man cave). It is worth trying though if you like fuller English blends that are not overpowering on nicotine. Not sure how they did that actually. I figured this one woul d be a bell ringer for certain from the smell of it.

Pipe Used: MM legend

Purchased From: 1/2 oz sample from smokingpipes

Similar Blends: Pirate kake a bit.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28797)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Not Just Another Latakia Bomb (JALB?) There is plenty of flavor at the beginning, starting strong with the spice, and then a few minutes in the smoother influence of the virginias becomes apparent. It also seems difficult to make this burn hot. Maybe it had something to do with how I prepared it, just carving off a chunk of the cake and dropping it into a Jirsa Group 3 pipe, but this smoked really cool even when I was getting a little greedy with it.

The aroma was quite pleasant, although my significant other described as cigar-like - I would not have used the same term. I'm sure it smells different smoking it. Not the kind of room note that would have total strangers asking you what's in the pipe, but not the sort that sends them fleeing either.

Age When Smoked: 2 mos.

2 people found this review helpful.

Aegis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Aegis (2)
Medium to Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I've heard a lot of good things about Gaslight and I was looking forward to trying it. Generally speaking, it's a good English blend with a leathery flavor and touch of spiciness. It also smokes very cool.

On the downside, I was thrown off a little by having to cut and rub the tobacco before packing my pipe. I tried to be mindful of the thickness of the strips and ended up with short and thin strands of tobacco that broke apart easily. The other problem I had was with the amount of ash created. Not surprisingly the ash was very fine and had a tendency to escape the pipe - this goes back to how I cut the tobacco. Also, I had to do a lot of relighting especially to get the bowl going.

If you're an experienced pipe smoker, and have used plug tobacco, you'll enjoy this blend. For someone still trying to find their way with smoking a pipe - like myself - you might have better luck with something else.

Pipe Used: Briar - Prince

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Andya27 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Andya27 (9)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I believe that Mr. Pease is a wizard.

From the tin art, to the inside packaging, to the sublime fragrance that greets you as you peel back the inside wrapping, to the kakes that look so inviting, and of course all the way to the smoke: Gaslight is a pipe smoker's dream.

I suspect that anyone trying Gaslight as their first pipe smoke might never smoke a pipe again. Or at least not Gaslight - and that would mean there would just be more for me. And though the reviews here are nearly all stellar, I know a number of people who just do not like the stuff. I think that any Latakia-forward tobacco can be a love it or leave it proposition. But here's the thing: I don't think Gaslight cares.

It's a no-nonesense Latakia-forward blend that hits all the right notes: no bite, smokes cool, great tin note, amazing smoke flavor, great smoke fragrance - it really has it all. I'm not a huge fan of Orientals as they tend to bite; yet I find that these Orientals take a back seat to the Latakia which drives and the Virginias that ride shotgun. But the Orientals add just the right zing on the back end.

The tobacco starts out a medium strength and flavor. I do find as I near the bottom third of the bowl that it darkens a bit - not necessarily stronger, but a deeper flavor, with the Orientals fading and the Latakia/Virginias becoming more pronounced.

This is not necessarily an easy tobacco to light and keep lit. I've found that I prefer to slice a reasonably thin slice from the kake, and fully rub out the tobacco. And I mean fully rub it out. Then I let it dry for around 30 minutes. I pack the bowl very loosely. If you pack a tight bowl with chunks you'll be smoking that same bowl two years from now.

This is a tobacco that is best smoked slowly. It's no big deal if you have to relight it a few times. It is the quintessential evening smoke - which I enjoy any time of day.

Age When Smoked: Several months

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

PhillyB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PhillyB (67)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I was gifted a 1x1x1-inch cube from a friend. It arrived with a bunch of other English blends, so the smells had sort of melded into one smoky slap across the face. Like walking into a bar as a fight was breaking out and getting caught up in the mess.

After separating the individual blends for a while this one seemed to peak my interest the most because I had never had a plug tobacco before and the smell was more than just smoky Latakia. The description may be (or was) a krumble kake, but it's a plug. It smelled like wood smoke of course but there was some sweetness poking through, so I sliced some off and packed my pipe. No waiting around for it to dry, just as is. It smoked well for me and the tiny slice filled the Pony Express I was using perfectly. To my surprise the wood smoke was not as dominant in the beginning as I would have expected but had some sweetness going on just on par with it. There is a constant of smokiness and spice though the whole smoke. In addition to that constant the flavors tend to go through three well defined stages as I smoke. First is of a cigar flavor, then to a heavy black tea (almost identical to Mississippi River) then at the end the sweetness and vitamin N kicks up a notch.

The only real negative that I could identify was that it gives me a serious case of cotton-mouth and I drink almost four glasses of water while smoking it. Might be unrelated, just thought I'd mention it anyway. The stuff can pack a big-ole vitamin-N kick, but not every time I smoke it. It would also seem that filtering it has no effect at all on the flavor or body.

A wonderful blend and I may very well purchase some of my own to see what cellaring would do to it.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Pony Express

2 people found this review helpful.

nekeke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
nekeke (19)
Medium Extremely Mild Very Full Very Pleasant

I won't say much because a friend gave me a small sample and that is it. But I really liked it. I found the taste very similar to SG Navy flake. Just not at the end of the bowl. There it becomes slightly different.

Edit: I had a chance to taste this blend throughly so I will add a few remarks. This is a really significant tobacco. However it depends highly on how dry you smoke it, and how you cut it. I got a tin as a gift recently and when I opened it, the tobacco was quite wet. I smoked about two bowls and I began to think, "why did I like this one before?" But not before long, experience "kicked in", and I decided to cut the tobacco instead of rubbing it, and I let it throughly dry, before I smoke it. Ahhh...A very tasty tobacco, curiously with the hint of a taste of really quality butter. Try it, if you havent already. One of the very interesting ones indeed...

Pipe Used: Various

Similar Blends: Samuel Gawith - Navy Flake (kind of).

2 people found this review helpful.

ThePortlyGenie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ThePortlyGenie (13)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

On opening the tin, a modest aroma of latakia. First bowl, in a Gr4-sized briar, confirmed suspicion that tobacco [4 weeks since packing] was too moist. Airing of cut/rubbed-out flake yielded a much better, more 'expected' smoke for my fifth pipe - Latakia-aroma and 'taste' noted immediately after pipe established, with gentle spiciness [oriental(s)] building to a pleasing "plateau."

After 5-10 minutes of gentle smoking, the smoothness and coolness of this "english" blend, strong though it is, was apparent. The only other "english" or "balkan" blends currently in my rotation are much rougher, more unbalanced [Gawith Hoggarth Balkan Mixture, GH Sweet English - I've no Dunhill 965 to smoke for reference!! (Although, the 'new' 965 isn't the same as the original)]. An undefined 'taste' was noted about one-third into the bowl - could not place it - perhaps from the Virginias, pleasant, perhaps the 'mysterious' referred to in the publicity. Mme Nicotine asserts a modest presence in the latter stages of a bowl of this pleasing Gaslight blend, and the good, slow-burning characteristic of this blend and 'not-too-tight' packing of a Peterson System 302 returned me a 60 minute session of great satisfaction.

I will finish this first (2oz) tin and probably leave it until mid-winter's day [21st June 2014 - here in Australia!!] to sample another, and update my review. In the meantime, as reviewer "Former 965 Fan" has done, I think it may be appropriate to lay in a modest stock 'for later' so promising is this "young" sample I've tried!!

Adieu to you all!

Pipe Used: Peterson System 302 & 303

Age When Smoked: 4 weeks

Purchased From: SmokingPipes

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28797)
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

Not my favorite English by Pease, but it's certainly well crafted and smooth! Wonderful spice from the Orientals but the latakia can be overpowering at times.

2 people found this review helpful.

Bandiagara Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bandiagara (1)
Medium None Detected Full Strong

Started smoking 8 months ago so i can't go into very detailed note but here what i can say.

This is yet my favorite blend of little bit more than 10 other non aromatic tobaccos. I do find the surprisingly pleasant citric-sour stated in other reviews. It si also sweet and i could agree that it is somehow related to the Dunhill London mixture as bold, big brother.

Latakia is very much there but is not the star of the blend in my opinion, unlike a Artisan blend or Chacom 1. It is all about the balance here. I would say that it is a tobacco that highlights it's blender's expertise.

I do find it pairing well with sweet drinks, soda, bourbon etc. Less favorite tobacco to smoke with a coffee for exemple.

Pipe Used: Courrieu

Age When Smoked: 3 months

1 person found this review helpful.

colonel jpl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
colonel jpl (25)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

In a few words this is a great tobacco great Latakia Taste easy to rub out burns clean extremely satisfying smoke I highly recommend it I enjoy this blend

Pipe Used: Peterson bull dog

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

Similar Blends: Pirate cake.

1 person found this review helpful.

cam91 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cam91 (23)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

I love me some gaslight. No, this is not like Pirate Kake or Odyssey. But, it is awesome in its own way. Upon lighting this gives a woosh of cumin/curry taste followed by a smokey, umami-flavored smoke. Kind of like the "bark" off the surface of a smoked pork butt or brisket. After a while I start to get some strong cigar-like flavors. Absolutely wonderful. Oh, and this seems to me to have quite a nicotine kick. Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Briars.

Similar Blends: Like nothing else..

1 person found this review helpful.

Zippo2000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Zippo2000 (11)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

I revisited so many times this blend and i give up. Not found anything from the aroma and the taste that made me like this blend, not even one.

Pipe Used: Peterson, Unknown Briar Pipe

Age When Smoked: 1 Year

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

Similar Blends: Quite Nights.

1 person found this review helpful.

Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (310)
Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

In my experience this is a unique tobacco, both in "cut" (actually, one has to cut it!) and in structure. It does have a dark aura in its density and intensity. It definitely is a Latakia mule kick and I would not recommend this to the faint of hart or to those who are just beginning to explore the wonders of English/Oriental/Balkan blends. This one is for the established pipe smoker who also enjoys a strong pull in terms of flavor. It is not exactly complex nor subtle. Rather it provides a straight-to-the-point harshness that engulfs the ambiance and snares the senses. If you are a Latkia lover, this one is for you.

Pipe Used: Peterson Army

Age When Smoked: N/A

Purchased From: Joshua Ward

Similar Blends: Unique I would say..

1 person found this review helpful.

BlueDog1950 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BlueDog1950 (17)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

If the FDA really wanted to stop newbies from pipe smoking it could mandate all tobacco be processed as a plug. As a long time pipe smoker I know the drill. We like the fact that pipe smoking is not just lighting up a stick of tobacco and suck in. Crumble cakes are irritating, but not so off putting that it makes you want to quit. Flakes are just a hassle, inconvenient but easy to rub out. Plugs are an ER doctor’s dream, if those doctors knew about pipe smoking they would recommend everyone smoke plugs; lots of sliced fingers to stitch up. Gaslight is a plug. BE WARNED. Virginias, Orientals and Latikia. Once sliced (the plug, not your fingers) it produces thin leaves of tobacco that is like a cigar leaf. As a plug, it comes very moist and unless dried out is very hard to light. It produces a medium to full taste without any topping. Strength is also medium to strong. Once you get it going, it produces a lot of smoke. Very well balanced, the Latakia is forward but not a lat bomb. Smooth mouth feel, with a nice coating after taste. I would call it old school, just good quality tobacco taste. If this were available as something other than a plug I would smoke it more often.

Pipe Used: Roma 316 KS

1 person found this review helpful.

Dr.James Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.James (36)
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Gaslight is presented in a dense plug and requires some work prior to smoking, versatile in how you choose to prepare and benefits from drying time, I prefer thiner slices. Latakia is the predominant component and exhibits deep smoky peat and wood. the Orientals add a spicy, fragrant and sour quality, increasing the degree of complexity. Virginias bring a touch of sweetness, hay and some dried fruit, enriching the blend further. Certainly a very rich and complex smoke that at times takes on a maduro cigar like quality with cocoa bitterness. Requires a few relights and leaves a rich and slightly sweet lingering finish and a tolerable room note. Medium to strong nicotine level. Similar to Quiet Nights but with more Orientals and without Perique.

Similar Blends: Quiet Nights.

1 person found this review helpful.

2piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
2piper (13)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Only one word for Gaslight. Excellent.

Perfect blend of smokey sweetness and spice.

Block out several hours of your day to enjoy this masterpiece. You won’t want to do anything else but continue puffing away on this precious mixture.

Definitely recommend building up a big stock of Gaslight. You won’t want to have to go without.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Hercules

Age When Smoked: Fresh 8 oz. tin.

Purchased From: 4noggins

Similar Blends: Nightcap only a tad sweeter..

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Being a beginner pipesmoker with a short history of smoking aro's I felt that I needed to branch out and get a feel for other types of tobacco blends. This was a dive in the deep end... that turned out to be an amazing one.

Note from tin was heavenly, smoked meat and something reminiscent of gasoline, with a odd sweetness that almost made my nostrils vibrate, my nose was the prime reason I chose this blend over other candidates.

Felt that i needed to read up on how to slice the plug(s) to be sure I was doing it right, even though in hindsight common sense would have been enough.

First smoking impressons were interesting, like nothing I've smoked before, so it took maybe 3-4 bowls before I started to understand the blend and it's components. I realized that I really really liked latakia together with orientals. Rich, dark, sweet, notes of passion fruit, some kind of tar, smoked lamb? Great consistency throughout the bowl. Before I knew it, this became a daily smoke and a personal favourite, started with a few bowls a day, ordered 4 additional tins and started jarring it.

Fast forward to today (a couple of months later), I still go for gaslight as my late night bowl or whenever I crave something full in flavour. Highly recommended for fans of latakia blends or anyone looking for a flavour bomb!

1 person found this review helpful.

bayro Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bayro (30)
Medium to Strong Very Strong Very Full Pleasant

So - little advice - when you open that tobacco, you see two pieces of plug tobacco (there are eight of them in an eight-oz package) and before smoking, rip the dice (I have them scalpel) and place it in another can for at least one day, the tobacco gets a little dry. I, as lazy as I am, of course had to try it right away and I was out as the "first people", as I was able to fold it because it was a bit moist.

Mostly, when you smell it, the first surprise is that there is no so good known scent of ketchup, but feel the Latakia of course, but not as intense as in S.G. Commonwealth or Wellaer's "Latakia mixture", more intensely reddish Virginia and something indeterminate, I could not define, among citrus, hay and some other, some good smell, maybe some of the future smokers could identify it.

Immediately after ignition, beware!, especially if you like to smoke through your nose, it will spoil you, as if there are perique in the mixture, but there are orientals who know how to be spicy, so be careful!

But, after the first two or three smokes, that feeling disappear, and you start smoking a balanced blend of Latakia, Virginia and fine orientals, where sometimes the Virginia, sometimes the orientals, is in the foreground, and the Latakia is constantly present, sometimes more, sometimes less, but always there, as a constant.

It smokes evenly, it does not take much effort to maintain it, I smoked it from the DMP, from the meerschaum pipe, and from the old fine DC briar pipe , is always fine, evenly burns, somewhere after the first third of the bowl develops full of aroma, and in the end there is nothing but a pile white ash.

It's a typical evening, contemplative tobacco, for a book, a good movie, or jazz. It is a good idea to smoke it slow, relaxe, so if you do not have at least two hours for yourself, do not take it, take another tobacco.

Nicotine is quite strong, just for the last bowl before night sleep, and last but not least - aftertaste is wonderful!

Pipe Used: DMP, Danske Club, some old Tanzanian meer pipes

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

1 person found this review helpful.

orka Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
orka (66)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Gaslight struck me as a surprisingly complex english mixture. It has a prominent latakia presence, as you no doubt would have guessed if you're at all familiar with GLP blends. But even so, it's far from boring or blunt. Instead, here I find the latakias accompany the VA's and orientals excellently and not drowning anything out. Everything seems to come together nearly perfectly in this mixture, and even with only minutes of drying time after opening a fresh tin and slicing up a few flakes, there's barely any hint of bite, gurgle or anything unpleasant at all actually. Just a very palatable and pleasing mixture, with virginias leading the charge, neck in neck with some seriously delicious orientals.

Not particularly strong as far as nicotine goes, but there's enough flavour to keep things interesting. I have to admit though, it's not very easy to pin point exactly what's going on here a lot of the time - somehow it keeps me on my toes from pipe to pipe, and even from bowl to bowl in the same pipe. Common denominators are however that it always starts out in a mild and lightly sweet fashion, but with a tangible enough mouthfeel that before long gives way for the orientals. For the most part I'm getting the latakia very much in the background until I start approaching the heel.

Surely a 4-star blend for a lot of people, but not quite for me. I'll try and explain. It has hints of... well, I don't know quite what it is, but it goes back to the part of the blend that ties everything together, I think. Whatever it is, that "gasoline or kerosene" (as 'B Short' put it below), it's part of the reason it has taken me nearly 4 months to write this review and actually post something that's not complete gibberish (as opposed to the gobbledygook I usually write).

While it all comes together in a pleasant package in the end, it's that one little thing that somehow disturbs the peace in the "smoking lounge". But all the same, well worth a try for fans of english blends with a touch of something unique. Arguably something that you may or may not like. And there it goes entangling my brain again. I'll just post this now before I have to start over for the umpteenth time with this review.

Pipe Used: Petersons, mainly 999's and 150's.

Age When Smoked: Tin-date: 5/16/17

1 person found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (313)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

This blend somewhat puzzled me for a while. Fresh from the tin I found it to be a good, solid smoke, but nothing outstandingly good for my own taste. I did let this sit in the tin for a few weeks and recently came back to it and my second impression is much better!

For a while I was unsure what kind of aroma I'm getting, but I suspected a slight topping in this blend. JImInks hit the nail on the head for me, I tend to agree that the blend does have some kind of chocolate-ish flavoring/topping. Not only the taste hints towards it, but also the rather moist, slightly sticky tobacco itself let's me think so.

The tin note has similarities to my tin of C&D's Evening Rise with 6 years of age to it, so I guess it's either the Latakia or Orientals that gives this somewhat sour, almost vomit-ish scent. Not exactly nasty, and much milder than with my tin of Evening Rise, but exactly the same odd nuance is lingering, guess it has to do with either the Latakia or Oriental varietal used in both blends. But it also has some nice smokiness and spice to it. The tin note is appealing!

The "Krumble Plug"-Cut is intriguing and easy to handle and the very dark coloring of this tobacco (black, dark brown, hints of bright leaf) leads me to believe the Orientals and Virginias were maybe stoved? Looks very yummy!

In the taste it's richly smoky, midly sour and ethereal with very mild, smooth sweetness and a nice creaminess. Peaty, meaty, and spicy. With intense notes of wood and earth as a foundation. In the 2nd half of the bowl the flavors get more defined and I also get hints of nuts, which I really enjoy! The first half isn't that defined, not muddled, but not as clear as the 2nd half is. The chocolate-ish arma from the tin note is also present in the smoke and I like it a lot! Somewhat nutty-ish, chocolate-ish and mildly sweet. It almost reminds of a Burley leaf.

It took me a while and almost half a tin to really appreciate this blend, but now I kinda get what the fuzz is about. Flavored or not, this has a very unique taste to it and I bet this ages wonderfully. 3,5-stars, as it still isn't one of my most favorite blends, but one I like to come back to from time to time.

Pipe Used: Clays, Cobs, Briars, Morta

Age When Smoked: tin from 2016

1 person found this review helpful.

Anthony S Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Anthony S (4)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Upon popping the top, I found the tin note smelling to me like a smoldering campfire that had been doused with muddy water. Okay, maybe not quite that harsh, but definitely pleasing. I hoped for the best, but I expected the worst.

I removed one of the plugs from the tin and began slicing some off the end. I immediately noticed that this tobacco is very dark through and through. The fragrance was much improved inside the damp plug; the tobacco had perfect moisture content.

I have a cheap grinder, similar to the kind that people often use for green leaf, that I used to break it up just a little. I packed it softly into my bowl and lit it evenly and slowly with a cedar match. The tobacco rose in a dome shape above the plateau of the bowl. I did not expect what was coming next. For only the third time since taking up pipe smoking (about one year ago) I found a truly nuanced, delicious, artisanal English blend.

I could not believe how airy this Latakia-rich English blend smoked. It is an earthy, masculine smoke, yet gentle and refined. What I like best about it is that, like Dunhill Early Morning Pipe and Frog Morton Cellar, there are so many notes that come and go as you go through the bowl. Gentleman Zombie was exactly right when he said that the entire bowl is a "sweet spot".

I picked up something different in nearly every sip of the bowl. The only other blend that does that for me as quite as well is Dunhill EMP. It was as "clean" smoking (if that makes any sense) as Frog Morton Cellar, and had a subtle sweetness that I found to be similar, though probably not alcohol based.

I will be cellaring the heck out of this blend because I am not going to find myself without a good supply of yet another heavenly English blend.

The bowl smoked cool, clean, and evenly, though a few relights were required. A mild spiciness was present, which I usually cannot stand, but in this blend it is actually so mild that I could enjoy occasional retrohales without discomfort. The only thing that I wish I could have in this blend is that lingering aftertaste that I love so much from a good Latakia-based blend.

This blend is mellow enough that it could be smoked several times in a day.

Pipe Used: Peterson Standard 307

Age When Smoked: One Month

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Dunhill Early Morning Pipe, McClelland Frog Morton Cellar.

1 person found this review helpful.

Hoipolloi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hoipolloi (12)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

A very heavy smoke, woodsy taste and aroma. A front loaded latakia, with a very rick sweet flavor. Burns slow and the taste is consistent throughout. A really excellent smoke, I will be ordering more.

Pipe Used: MM Ozark

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

B Short Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
B Short (6)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

I truly taste a drop of gasoline or kerosene in this tobacco. I don't think it's an inception from the name on the tin. This taste, which I love, makes for a fantastic companion on a cold night's walk. Again, trying not to be influenced by the tin description, rather i think the tin description was truly influenced by the way this tobacco makes you feel. One thing I've noticed is that I enjoy the taste of this tobacco right out of the tin, and the longer I have it, the sharpness of the taste somewhat fades. I've opened 2 tins now and it seems to have been the case for both tins. Really not that bad though. Still enjoyable down to the last bowl. This has become one of my favorite fall/winter blends. If you are tired of latakia blends, but haven't tried this one, this may re-spark the love you use to have for latakia.

Age When Smoked: fresh

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Cochon74 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cochon74 (29)
Medium None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

As I make my way through my first tin of Gaslight, I’ve been pouring over the wonderful, poetic, rhapsodic reviews which it has elicited from its fans.

I could not agree more with all of these enthusiastic, mystery-induced critiques.

This tobacco nails the “big Latakia” blend in my mind. While possessing all the standard traits I’d expect of a Pease bruiser, I was amazed (like others) at the subtle surprises... the toffee, the chocolate, a touch of black cherry soda, Averna Amaro, and something I can only equate to an old-timey botanical cola (such as Fentimans). These are no doubt a testament to deft blending and processing; and definitely make Gaslight a standout.

Like a good VORS Oloroso sherry, this blend commands attention and delivery a deep, rich trove of scents and flavors.

It lights easy, burns well, and is a very easy cake to work with.

Simply amazing.... if you dig that kind of thing.

Pipe Used: Iacono Canadian, Peterson Bulldog

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Similar Blends: Caravan (but better), Penzance (but ballsier).

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Leaf Packer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Leaf Packer (30)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I purchased two yrs.ago, an still have half a tin to enjoy. I have never had such a welcoming aroma, of course Latakia is first to be noticed,an believe me there is plenty of this delicious tobacco. Virginia's are a pleasant softener, very tasty I say almost woodsy.

My first pipe was just a little strong but still enjoyable straight from the tin with no drying time. Placed the rest in a small jar and allowed to age or dry slowly

What a difference my friends,time tames this beast and it is a beast if not handled the right way, every thing about this blends screams patientence..

I find wide bowls work best like Arthur's 320's the older the briars(aged) the better ,an sipping is recommended.

I highly recommend for any level of smoker, .

Pipe Used: Savenelli, Sasieni, Peterson

Age When Smoked: Fresh and two yrs.

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

Similar Blends: London mixture.

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Sir Swillington Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sir Swillington (1)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Latakia with what appears to be cigar leaf.

Gaslight is an interesting one. When I first smoke a blend I tend to really concentrate on the flavours, trying to tease out the different notes as much as I can... before abandoning thought for hedonistic abandon for the rest of the tin.

Here we had the typical latakia smokiness, a little peaty this time, cut with dark fruits, cocoa and a hint of what I can only describe as candied orange. A bit of cinnamon or nutmeg thrown in the mix too. There was a mushroom-earthiness though, that was both atypical to a pipe tobacco blend and familiar at the same time. When I broke a flake apart, I believe discovered this cheeky point of difference; a cigar leaf.

That would probably elucidate the reason behind the preparation instructions, so as to ensure the right amount of cigar leaf per bowlful.

I believe that the addition of cigar leaf explains why this blend can sometimes taste more earthy and harsh than usual, and that very fussiness makes me notch down my overall rating from 4 to 3.5 stars.

Pipe Used: Dedicated Latakia Briar, Workhorse Meer

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: 4noggins

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28797)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I picked up a couple 2oz tins of this around when it was released and thought it smoked fine at the time, but I lost one during a move and only recently found it. It smokes fine now, too. I'm not sure that the unplanned aging did anything for it, but I'm not really a deep cellar kind of pipesmoker.

This is probably the blend that Pease was born to make. I knock a lot of his other blends for being unbalanced but he's clearly in his element with bombs, it's like purposeful unbalance or something. The Lat is obviously the majority of the flavor, but it's built on a good foundation of VA. The sun cured leaf is never too perfumed or overwhelming, although it does sting a touch when I exhale through my nose. I cut slices off the cake and smoke them whole, which makes a bowl last even longer, but if you do that remember that it will expand like Big Gap Filler when you put fire on it.

I rolled my eyes pretty hard when I read the archaic 'whilst' in his description, but we'll just say he's better at blending than writing.

If I was inclined to give four stars to blends that have an overwhelming amount of Latakia in them this would be the blend I would do that for. As is, three stars, and if Big Latakia is your thing you should really have some Gaslight.

Pipe Used: basket pipe

Age When Smoked: late 2013

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SmokeDawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeDawg (82)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Two things. 1. It's obvious this is a quality English tobacco with premium leaf. 2. This blend was no doubt created to age.

The logistics. Under the lid of Gaslight there are two small rectangular cubes of pressed tobacco cakes. I left one and broke the other one up for quick access.

The tobacco is dark and rich and has a great English style aroma, not musky but not sweet either the cubes are a bit damp. The aroma of Gaslight is unique to it's own. This is a heavy English with a nice nicotine punch and I would not recommend it for an early pipe smoker.

The tobacco is not sweet and never could be classified as such in all the bowls I smoked. The aroma is decent the smoke is rich but something is lacking in this blend and it must be the sweetness. I was hoping it would be a tad bit sweeter and I think it would make it complete. May the proper amount of age will mature it to it's proper profile. Until then I will somewhat recommend it.

REVIEW UPDATE 8/5/15. I'm almost finished this tin of Gas Light. I've throughly enjoyed it. I also learned how to best prepare and smoke it. Gas Light works better if you shave it into thin layers then rub the layers out into a shag. Then smoke it in a smaller bowl. MAGIC. The preparation of this blend makes a difference. This is a wonderful full bodied English blend and I'm adding one more star.

Age When Smoked: Only two months out of the tin!

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes.

Similar Blends: Kaywoodie Bulldog. Kaywoodie Super Grain. A capital half bent.

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arpie55 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
arpie55 (71)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

this just didn't do it for me. i like latakia in proportion, but this just seemed to heavily bent toward it. i also did not like the cut once rubbed out, it was too chunky for my taste. i went to it with an expectation of something a little bit sweeter than it was, however the virginia did not seem to add in that area. it rates 3 stars for me simply because as i consider it, i must admit that it delivers just as it claims to, it will appeal to many on that bases, i received it as a sample and would never have purchased it based upon it's claims.

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Darth Vader Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth Vader (110)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Wow! Big Bold and Beautiful. My only gripe is it needs to be dried quite a bit or your forever lighting it. Really nice full bodied smoke though with plenty of nicotine. I wont be throwing my tins of Penzance in the bin just yet but this certainly rivals that blend and is stronger. Greg's last 4 or 5 releases have all been really great.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28797)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

------Update 30 Nov 2015. I opened a 2 YO 2oz tin recently. This is it, for me, the Latakia blend that I was seeking with Penzance (which has deeply disappointed me). There's no bite with the aged leaf and the taste is as awesome, and more, with the aged leaf. This is now a favorite and I will buy regularly for sure. I'm upgrading it to 4 stars------Original review 4 Oct 2014----I usually wait some months before I smoke any GL Pease or C & D tobaccos. But as I received a sample with my last tobacco order, I decided not to wait as the tobacco would dry out. The first thing that stricked me from Gaslight was the rich and extremely pleasant aroma of the tobacco. I must say this Latakia plug smells like nothing I have smelled before. It slices easily with a good knife and is very easy to prepare to one's liking. GL Pease and C & D's plugs are much easier to handle than those offered by other manufacturers (I'm thinking, mostly, about Peterson's 3P). I fully broke up the slices and packed the pipe. Lighting up took some time and keeping it lit proved a bit challenging at first, but things eventually settled for a nice, rich and tasty smoke. The latakia is dominant but let some room for the Orientals and, occasionally, for the Virginias. I find the nicotine content a bit high for a LA/OR/VA and wonder if there is not some DFK in Gaslight. Not very complex, the taste is surely like no other blends of this type. It burned slowy without major issue and smoked dry despite being a very dark tobacco. I am glad I have a few tins in my cellar and will be looking forward to opening a full tin in the near future.

A downside is that it tends to bite; but I am putting it on the account of the fact that the leaf is still young and that I was puffing too quickly (because of its awesome taste). When I open one of my tins in a year from now or so, I believe this will become a 4 Star rating. Recommended.

Pipe Used: Luciano; Stanwell; Dunhill

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: 1/2 sample

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King Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King Weed (170)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

A while back I bought seventeen tins from an Ebay seller as a single lot and this tin was in that group. I sorted-out the tins to keep, including this one. After a couple of weeks I decided to pop it and find out what this blend was about. What I found was two bars of tobacco - very dark in color, very moist to the touch, very fragrant in a latakia/oriental kind of way and somewhat oily. This tobacco was way too moist to smoke straight away, so I let it air out for four or five days before smoking. Even after all of this airing-out, it was somewhat difficult to rub out and my fingers were stained dark and slippery when finished. I found this somewhat strange.

Upon lighting-up I was relieved to find that it smoked straight forward with a moderately heavy latakia/oriental character but very fragrantly - not perfumey, just fragrant. After three or four bowls I was satisfied that I understood this blend and put it in my micoblending lineup. Then I learned something about it. Gaslight is quite dense and I had to be careful not to overuse it in blending or it flavored the microblend too much. When it was about three-fourths consumed, I began to detect a change in it's tin aroma - a slightly rancid odor had crept into the fragrance. I attribute this to some compound used in it's preparation. All-in-all, not a bad English blend; just a strange one and not one that I will pursue or hoard.

Pipe Used: Northern Briars 4-square dublin

Age When Smoked: 1 yr old

Purchased From: ebay seller

Similar Blends: nothing I can remember, exactly..

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cargohold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cargohold (11)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Wow, this one was a shocker in a very good and tasty way. Given Greg Pease's description and the general aura surrounding the name "Gaslight" I thought I was in for a lat bomb of major proportions. Instead I experienced an extremely nuanced and well balanced blend with, to be sure, latakia dominant but the Virginias and lighter Orientals clearly played a major part as well, a very tasty and well balance English mixture, I will be cellaring a few of these for sure.

Pipe Used: Dunhill LB, Peterson Deluxe,

Age When Smoked: 2018

Purchased From: Cargohold

Similar Blends: Dunhill London Mixture, Dunhill 965, Peterson Old Dublin.

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ScullyDoogan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ScullyDoogan (9)
Medium None Detected Very Full Extra Strong

I typically like creamy English tobacco's, interspersed with Orlik Golden Slices, and the occasional vanilla laced black cavendish if friends or family will be in the room in the near future. As a departure from the above polite smokes, Gaslight is a great. While it is a leathery lat bomb, it's slightly acrid edge makes for a very different mouth feel. The smell out of the tin is complex, orange peel, earth, leather, with a tiny hint of pepper. The taste and smell of the smoke is much more bold and less complex, cigar like with it's acrid tang and a vague note of cocoa. Consistent flavor all the way through. It definitely leaves a lingering odor, so make sure you finish a couple of hours before the wife and kiddies come home.

The nic-hit is solid Medium, as I'm a bit of a lightweight -only smoke 2-3 times a week in the Winter- and I felt a wee bit light headed at the finish of the bowl, which I smoked straight through.

The loose plug is fun. The full leaves give a real sense of the plant being smoked, rather than the abstraction of shag or slices, which I'm used to. Since the ritual and accoutrements of pipe smoking are half the joy for me, having to use a pocket knife added another fun layer. I cut it rough and just stuffed it in. All an all, an excellent experience, but definitely not an every day smoke.

Pipe Used: Stanwell HCA, Peterson Canadian

Age When Smoked: 1 Year

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

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