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A masterpiece of the blender's art. A rich, spicy blend that lends itself to gracious living. A luxury tobacco which is cool and mild. Made originally for the late Hon. Ramsay MacDonald. A blend that lends itself to gracious living. D-7485 blends a number of tobaccos to provide a cool, mild smoke. It is considered by many to be a perfect "all day" smoke.

Notes: "Blend D-7485. On April 24th 1933, The Honorable Ramsey MacDonald, Prime Minister of Great Britain arrived at the L.J. Peretti Co. accompanied by Bennett, the premier of Canada and Edouard Herriot, the Prime Minister of France. Mr. MacDonald, who had heard of Peretti's reputation in the pipe tobacco world, requested a blend that bridged the English and American styles. After two months of experimentation, the blenders at Peretti created D-7485. This burley and Virginia mixture has depth, smoothness, and a touch of latakia spice. Mr. MacDonald continued to order 'his blend' for the rest of his days."

"D-7485 (c.1930) Burley, Virginia, Oriental, Latakia."

Blended ByL.J. Peretti
Manufactured ByL.J. Peretti
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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oldmanpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldmanpipe (62)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

My only quibble with this blend is one of taxonomy, not taste. L.J. Peretti lists D-4785 as an English Blend. It is thoroughly an AMERICAN blend, albeit from an America long-past.

This tobacco does indeed have a distinguished pedigree; the Hon. Ramsay MacDonald was Prime Minister of England, the first Labour Party (ala Tony Blair) Prime Minister in England's history. He was first elected in 1924 and served until 1931. He reached across party lines to the Conservatives and Liberals to form a coalition to combat the Great Depression. For his efforts, he was expelled from the Labour Party. No good deed ever goes unpunished.

At a time when the great British tobacco houses were at full throtle, MacDonald must have found something decidedly UN-English and good in D-4785. It is not difficult to find even now. This tobacco is an unadulterated throwback to the best days of American blends.

The base is a mixture of Burley cube and Bright Virginia. There is a faint note of aromatic, something derivative of Peretti's BPC or Blend 33, and perhaps a bit of deer tongue in the pouch aroma. The taste is like nothing else, but most like Revelation in its original form, not the current iteration from HOW; this is much lighter in Latakia. This is much smoother and spicier; a unique and refined smoke.

Just as Ramsay MacDonald formed a coalition of disperate political factions, so will his tobacco win fans from all but the most extreme Latakisphiles and aromatic smokers.

Four out of four stars.

14 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Peretti's description of D-7485 on their website does not include a list of ingredients, but judging by the appearance and smoking qualities I would say it has bright and dark VAs, burley, and latakia. It's appearance in the pouch is medium to dark brown with some bright leaf and a small quantity of black latakia. The pouch aroma is inviting, with notes of apples and a slight musty aroma from the latakia. It arrives fairly dry, not unlike a C&D blend. Loading and packing are easy due to the cut of the leaf.

Touching match to leaf, the first impression is of a mild VA tang and a bit of burley nuttiness. After a second light, the latakia looms in the background, with its' creamy notes. Mid-bowl, the same tastes are apparent and I find this to be a very good mild English. As the bowl winds down, the VAs take over until the smoke ends with a fine gray ash.

D-7485 requires minimal relights, as is the case with most Peretti blends. I find them to be very good in the lighting and burn departments. It burns cool in the bowl, and does not exhibit a tendency to bite.

Scores for D-7485: taste-17 out of 20; lighting and burn- 9 of 10; value- 8 of 10. 34 points equals another ** winner for Robert Peretti.

10 people found this review helpful.

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

Peretti’s D-7485 is a blend that is somewhat in the same family as another of Peretti’s American English blends, D-9575. (I would be nice if Peretti came up with more enticing names). The cut is similar to several other Peretti blends in that it is a mishmash of chopped ribbon. The scent offers that musty, old tobacco shop smell that I find common, and pleasant with Peretti blends. My review is based on several ounces that were jarred four years ago. Time has sweetened the Virginias nicely. I found no harshness or bite with D-7485. There is an ample amount of Latakia in D-7485, but it’s not in a lead role. As someone that isn’t overly fond of American English blends, I find that I enjoy this one.

Age When Smoked: 4 years

Purchased From: LJ Peretti

8 people found this review helpful.

Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (163)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

The awkwardly named 7485 blend presents as an array of mid to light brown ribbon. The charring light brings sweet wisps of that signature Peretti secret ingredient (deer tongue? Unflavored Cavendish?) somewhat akin, though not as sweet, to Wilke’s Royal Scott, but dryer. And like that other fabled American/English blending house, Peretti applies it with a gentle hand. Like all Peretti blends, 7485 arrives at an optimal moisture level and is ready to smoke immediately. The true light, like rest of the smoke, is incredibly cool and dry.

This is definitely an American English: burley forward with a slight kiss of sweeter Virginia, that subtle secret Peretti ingredient, with a pinch of Latakia to give it body and depth. The Orientals provide a bit of spice to keep things interesting, and manifest themselves more fully by mid-bowl. The final third dispenses with that subtle sweetness entirely and showcases the burley and oriental components exclusively, but for that condimental Latakia in the background. You may find a hint of damp in the finished pipe, relative to other Peretti offerings, but that’s probably just you over-puffing this mouthwatering blend. There’s simply no heat or bite here to remind you to slow down.

Rich in flavor, both sweet and savory, cool and dry smoking, zero bite. Overall a masterpiece of a blend from a national treasure of a boutique blending house. One of the best American/English blends on the market.

Pipe Used: Various Stanwell No. 11s

Purchased From: Peretti, Boston, USA

4 people found this review helpful.

tommyboy1749 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tommyboy1749 (27)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Peretti's Blend D-7485 was blended in 1933 by Joseph "The Major" Peretti (father of Robert Peretti and son of the founder, Libero Joseph Peretti) especially for the Honorable Ramsey MacDonald, Prime Minister of England. While the numerical name may be prosaic, the number indicates where it falls in Peretti's famous blending book. The fact that it wasn't named named something like "Prime Minster" strikes me as evidence of enduring Yankee pride and defiance.

The mixture is comprised of Peretti's signature burley, along with Virginias, Orientals, and Latakia. Accordingly, the mixture's color runs the spectrum from yellow, through shades of brown, to black. It comes in a rough cut, from a granular to ribbon, so it packs easily and burns without any undue fuss. The moisture level is perfect directly from the paint-can (a hallmark of Peretti blends that holds true across the range).

Burley dominates the flavor and aroma. There is a mild top note that defines Peretti's burley--it enhances rather than sublimates the burley's native nuttiness. Peretti's burley blends are legendary for good reasons. The Virginia plays a supporting role, adding a some sweetness. The Orientals contribute a floral quality to the taste and aroma; and while subtly applied, the Latakia exerts a discernible, smoky influence and marries the mixture into a blend.

Blend D-7485 could easily be a "perfect 'all day' smoke" for fans of American-English blends--easy going enough for all-day puffing but with sufficient complexity to keep things interesting.

Purchased From: L.J. Peretti

4 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is for the "OLD TIMEY BLEND" crowd. Very pleasant and reminiscent of better days for pipe smokers. A granulated burley base with some virginia and latakia to accent the nutty flavor.This is not a forward tasting blend and will not be appreciated by the LATAKIAPHILE. Instead, this is a much better variation of BARKING DOG. It really is even better than JUNKYARD DAWG by C&D. A very smooth, mild and cool smoke accented with that famous Peretti signature topping. Quite a feat to achieve 1 taste from so many components. It is mild and needs to be appreciated for what it is- An excellent all day light American/English blend. 3 0f 4 stars.

4 people found this review helpful.

Pryhosm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pryhosm (248)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A classic blend and one of the best I have ever smoked. Top quality leaf, expertly blended and unique.

I think Peretti has a casing/top note that they apply to every blend, it is an elusive flavor that boosts and compliments every blend. D-7485 is not exception and it works beautifully.

I detect mint but it is more a suggestion than a flavor. The flavor is nutty and woody. The Burley’s are ever present but never the star of the show. They provide a nutty and slightly chocolate bracer for the blend. The sweet and somewhat grassy Virginias are the base of the blend and the Latakia is lightly applied but provide a creamy sweetness and a smokey hint. This is a nice complex smoke and teasing out the flavors is very enjoyable. The Orientals become more spicy as the bowl progresses and become strongest presence from the half way point on.

Top notch tobacco and a real pleasure to smoke

3 people found this review helpful.

Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke (15)
Medium None Detected Full Very Pleasant

Great blend in the morning with coffee as well as all day. It has a very nice natural sweetness and fullness to it while smoking. Other Peretti English’s I’ve tried British, Omega, Tashkent, Royal, 500, strictly based on the popularity of those on YouTube reviews and on this site. So I finally tried D-7485 based on the story of how it came to be on the Peretti site and wanted to see what the Primeminister enjoyed (HEAR,HEAR!) and I personally thought it was the best Peretti English blend I ever tried it was so perfectly balanced with a slight touch of that naturally sweet high quality Burley LJ uses but it was not dominant, again it’s perfectly Balanced.

Pipe Used: Moretti

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: LJ Peretti

Similar Blends: Dunhill Early Morning Pipe.

2 people found this review helpful.

Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (221)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant

D-7485 is not an English in the current [Dunhill Standard Mixture] sense, rather it's an older style of American English. The main base tobacco is Burley rather than Virginia which is reserved and this provides an altogether different smoke. This is a light-medium heft smoke, perfect for all day long. The Burley doesn't try to compete with the Latakia so much as it softens it, the various Orientals are allowed to shine and they provide an almost incence-like spice at various times during the bowl. I was intrigued at the first bowl and absolutely hooked by the third bowl. D-7485 will provide you with an alternative to the hundreds of English blends that dominate the market, not that I don't enjoy them, it's just that they are all variations on the same theme, mixing the same ingredients in different proportions to produce a slightly different result. D-7485 and it's close cousin D-9575 are a welcome change of pace to the palate of the English blend smoker.

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: L.J. Peretti - online

2 people found this review helpful.

Tom Bombadill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Bombadill (120)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Oldmanpipe's review, below, has got it right.

British PMs notwithstanding, this is more of an American blend than English. The predominant flavor is that of burley with just a whiff of latakia. An interesting change of pace and certainly a bit different than the usual blend catergories.

2 people found this review helpful.

Dave Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dave (15)
Very Mild Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Not big on English blends but I do like to use them from time to time as a change from my favorite Va/P flakes, so, when I read that this was enjoyed by a British Prime Minister I wanted to see what it was all about.

For me, this is a typical English blend. Somewhat similar to other English blends I have smoked, notably Dunhill's London Mixture and Peretti's British Blend although milder and tangier than both of those. I placed it in the "very mild" category, milder than other reviewers and I attribute that to the fact that I am used to the stronger VA/P flakes. Nevertheless it is very tasty and the thing that jumps out of it for me is the tanginess. Not overpowering but rather pleasant. The tanginess is most noticeable at the beginning of the bowl and diminishes as it is smoked. Mid bowl I find a certain richness and "woodsy" taste dominates and this remains consistent to the end.

Overall, very pleasant, good change of pace for me but as another reviewer noted, if one is looking for a more full bodied English blend then this one is probably not for them.

2 people found this review helpful.

sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

A good all-day smoke, with a slight flavouring that is the Peretti trademark. At sight it's almost completely pale and mid brown, with very few black ribbons. As expected, latakia is in the background, playing a little role. Its characteristic of cool and even burning makes me think this could be a great change of pace for accustomed Burley smokers.

2 people found this review helpful.

Punchy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Punchy (19)
Mild to Medium Strong Full Pleasant

Another great blend from the House of Peretti. This tobacco has a delicious aroma of spicey latakia, turkish and orientals with a helping of lemon Virginia. In the tin it is visually pleasing, the cut and humidification are perfect for packing in any size pipe. Once lit you are off on an exotic journey to wherever your imagination will take you. Highly recommended.

2 people found this review helpful.

Jevverrett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jevverrett (101)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought this when I went to the L.J. Peretti shop over my birthday weekend. The customer service experience was outstanding and the tobacco samples flowed like water. I’m trying not to let that get in the way of my thoughts on this.

The cut is interesting. It’s mostly ribbons, but not entirely. It has an inviting tin aroma, of sweet tobacco goodness, light Latakia and something I can’t place. I notice some say it’s deer tongue, but I haven’t smoked anything with that in it in so long I can’t say. It’s not topped, but there is something intriguingly aromatic suggested in it. It packs and burns well, and finishes nearly dry in the bowl. The best description of the flavor is round. It’s earthy, smokey, sweet and yet also sort of smooth to my taste. There is also this little note of something “green” to it. Sort of herbal, but just a hint. The orientals are very subdued. It’s got a bit of something for everyone. When I sampled this, I actually said “that’s quite good”. It’s middle of the road on flavor intensity and nic strength. I can, and have smoked this all day.

Anybody who smokes Latakia would probably like this, and maybe some who don’t too. I’d definitely recommend this to a new smoker, as well as an experienced one. Thumbs up.

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh bulk

Purchased From: L.J. Peretti

1 person found this review helpful.

SiChange Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SiChange (45)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Quality mild-medium English. Did not experience tongue bite whether sipping or drawing harder. Delivered with just about the right moisture content, it burned down to silver ash with few relights needed. Listing says ribbon cut but much rough cut leaf here as well.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I was introduced to this tobacco seven years ago or more by a fellow pipeman I worked with and I've had it in my rotation ever since. Opening the package from Peretti one is greeted with a nutty aroma and followed quickly by the smoky Latakia. Tobacco colors are mostly browns speckled with yellow and black. Tobacco packs well and does better with a brief drying out period. Lights easily, sometimes not requiring much effort after the charring light. Aroma is of really good quality tobacco. Enjoying this blend seems to put me in a relaxed and contemplative state. When ordering from Peretti I would recommend allowing the tobacco to rest a few weeks before enjoying - seems to improve the marriage of the flavors. Will keep this one around all the time.

1 person found this review helpful.

SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (255)
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a delightful mild English. It has a delicious toasty, tangy flavor, with a gentle sweetness.

I am not so sure this has any Burley in it, but I am sure there is a good dose of Turkish. The combination of Turkish with Virginia gives it a delightful lemony freshness. The Latakia provides just a hint of smokey spice.

It deserves a place with other classic mild English mixtures, such as Dunhill's Standard Mixture Mild, Rattray's 7 Reserve, and Professional Mixture, and Wilke's No. 10.

This is an English for all day consumption. It is biteless, refreshing, with a pleasant aftertaste and a mild room note.

If you are in the mood for a full, leathery English, this won't do the trick, but on its own terms, it is exquisite.

1 person found this review helpful.

Mr. Dottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Dottle (162)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the lightest and mildest English blend I have smoked to date. It has a subdued sweetness and borders on being an English aromatic. The latakia is there but in very minimal proportion. Its burning qualities are excellent and it has no bite, regardless of the puffing cadence. If your tastes lean to light and mild English blends, D-7485 will be a winner for you and an all-day smoke. If you enjoy English blends with more body and strength, you are advised to look elsewhere.

A cigarette is to be smoked. A cigar is to be enjoyed. A pipe is to be savored.

I rate this tobacco 9.0 out of 10.

1 person found this review helpful.

BostonPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BostonPipe (84)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

This blend reminds me of another Peretti blend, 9575. Although in this case, the burley is replaced by the inclusion of lemon virginia. A very satisfying smoke in the English tradition. The cut is atypical english, it packs easily and after a tamp and relight, one is off to some quality "downtime."

1 person found this review helpful.