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A cool, slow-burning blend that is quite sweet to the taste, and very fragrant. A good after-dinner smoke. It required 4 years to perfect this blend.

BrandPeretti
Blended ByL.J. Peretti
Manufactured ByL.J. Peretti
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBurley
FlavoringOther / Misc
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium
Flavoring
Mild to Medium
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant

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

The deeply rich burleys are earthy, toasty, woody, and very nutty with a little molasses and cocoa. I suspect either deer tongue or coumarin is in the topping as I get a light vanilla hit and some floralness. A touch of anise is present to underline the taste. The toppings mildly tone down the burleys, working together to create a very consistent, harmonious sweet burley flavor with an added dimension. The strength and taste levels are medium. The nic-hit is just short of the center of mild to medium. Won’t bite, and has no harsh moments. Burns easy at a moderate pace, cool, clean and smooth with few relights. Leaves virtually no moisture in the bowl, and burns to ash with no trouble. Has a very pleasant, lightly lingering after taste, and a pleasant room note. An all day rather refined OTC-like smoke that easily bears repeating.

-JimInks

10 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (217)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I found this Peretti burley mixture to be very similar to their Thanksgiving Day. Side by side they look and smell practically identical. The biggest difference between the two comes in the form of Blend DD's big honey-sweet floral note on the finish, and its fuller flavor profile. It burns cool and smokes slow, producing plumes of smoke and layers of toasty, nutty, deep burley flavor. As advertised, this is a sweet blend, but it's sweet in all the right ways. The floral note is balanced perfectly with the strength of the tobacco flavor and the overall result is down-right tasty. Much to my chagrin, Blend DD is an excellent mixture for a cob.

Very few blenders do burley as well as L. J. Peretti.

9 people found this review helpful.

Blackhorse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blackhorse (96)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

Peretti's DD Burley Blend is just that. A real 5 star winner. One of the top three Burley blends out there I'm thinkin'. I just got a can in and popped it tonight. When you do an 8 oz order it comes in a totally cool paint can thing with a fairly heavy plastic bag liner. Arguably the best presentation ever. As with other blends that have more or less scented or flavored content I think this smokes better fresh...very, very tasty. The scented aspect is well in the background, not pronounced at all, but is a significant element of its goodness. Subtle and very top shelf. Do I get an Anise flavor? No. To me it's a honey Graham cracker sweet tinge with subtle floral & spice tones...and very, very Burley.

Pipe Used: Various cobs & Tinsky BoB POY briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh and 1-2 yrs aged

Purchased From: Peretti's - 8 oz in the paint can.

Similar Blends: Similar to but a step above everything but Storm Front...but they are very different animals. You need both! Arguably the two best pipe blends out there..

5 people found this review helpful.

Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke (14)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant

A lot of Cocoa flavor with a little Molasses. It tastes like of a cup of Hot Cocoa, burns slow and cool thick smoke. No tongue bite

Pipe Used: Cavicchi

Age When Smoked: New

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (29765)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A good choice after an evening meal for those who enjoy aromatics or mild english blends. Not the best but better than average. To sweet to be an all day smoke for me.

3 people found this review helpful.

Mork Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mork (68)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

Blend DD, Peretti

Description: A cool, slow-burning blend that is quite sweet to the taste, and very fragrant. A good after-dinner smoke. It required 4 years to perfect this blend.

Profile and Notes:

A much better version of the burley/deer tongue (coumarin) profile. While very floral, to me at least, it works well with the cocoa notes in the burley. A mild dose of molasses, a cashew like depth of flavor. Very satisfying to smoke. Easy to pack and load. Burns cool and clean, though a bit fast. As the bowl progresses I get notes of brown sugar and the floral nature sublimates down to more of a vanilla profile. Sweet and easy on the palette.

I think I like this one the most of the three I’ve been trying from Peretti recently. The Dubeck and Red VA in 52 are nice, but if one wants to reach for a mildly floral burley, I think I prefer the straight up burley base.

All this being said, none of these come close to touching the quality of No. 8. Whatever they do to that VABurPer is superior to these burley offerings. By a very wide margin. Of course, that’s not really fair, as 8 is clearly not intended to be a straight or classic burley.

As I’ve said before, I’m not much of a burley smoker. But I think I would probably buy more of this and No. 52 to have around for the rare occasion when I want a sweet floral smoke that isn’t a Lakeland.

Summary:

A very good blend that delivers what it promises. Not necessarily for everyone, but satisfying and well executed.

Rating: 7.2/10.

Rating Scale:

10 - Gods Gift to Pipe Smokers

9 - Nearly Perfect

8 - Exceptional

7 - Very Good

6 - Good

5 - Average, but Pleasant Enough, I’ll Finish the Tin/Sample

4 - Smokable, but Wouldn’t Smoke it Again

3 - I’ll Finish the Bowl, I guess

2 - I Wish I Hadn’t Done This

1 - Why Would This Get Produced

0 - Dump the Bowl

Brief Overview of Reviewer’s General Tastes: I am primarily a VA (and it’s variant combination forms) smoker who has great affinity for SG and comparable EU manufactured blends, along with a few of the US micro blender shops. I do enjoy English/Balkan blends on occasion and a few very specific tobacco forward aromatics. I am exceptionally picky about blends and tend to cellar deep and narrow on things, reserving the bulk of my cellar planning and space for items I find to be of significant worth as far as taste and experience. Anything of quality, but not of obsessive value to me, is cellared and purchased as condimental flavor breaks between my regular rotation.

2 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (274)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

This I had one sample at the club, the pipe store where our club is held had it out on the table for anyone to try. This has an intense tin aroma that as usual I cannot put into words other than maybe a strong liquor berry type smell. I packed a bowl of this into my Meerschaum and it really tasted like a classy aromatic. Not sure what the minimum requirement for a review is not that there is actually a rule but I will see if I can try some more in the coming weeks and expand on this if I can. This one is still in production and though it is a good aromatic I have too much cellared right now to buy this. Previous reviews have described anise, honey and graham cracker. As others have stated with the sweetness of this blend, I guess it would go good after dinner. Sort of like a tobacco dessert. Almost spelled desert. The description says bulk but the one I sampled was in the large 8 oz paint can that they use. Not sure the age of this blend though, maybe I can find out.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (29765)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

What? No mention of the "secret" flavoring? L.J. Peretti is olde skool: their "aromatics" do not come from a bottle; rather, they use secret herbs and spices to created subtle, unidentifiable teases and quirks that keep one guessing. This is just such a smoke.

Yes: the other reviewers were right to note the sweetness, the fullness, the good after-dinnerness. But they missed that special "something" that this stuff has. Alas, I cannot identify it further (and Steve, the canny proprietor, merely smiled when I asked... "It's a secret" he responded, as if I were an idiot...)

Try it: you may or may not like it, but you'll come back to it again and again. Just try it and see!

2 people found this review helpful.

BostonPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BostonPipe (84)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

This is what I would consider a desert blend. I find I enjoy this blend after an evening meal with a good cup of black kenyan coffee. The tobacco is a chop-cut blend that packs easily by the gravity method and seldom needs a false-light to get going. There is an underlying subtle sweetness throughout the run of the bowl. Due to this fact, I recommend this blend as, an after-dinner smoke, (just like they suggested in their writeup for this blend). A nice finish to a nice evening meal. It burns to a dry grey ash with little or no dottle. The main component I believe is burley.

2 people found this review helpful.