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Our most unusual English-type tobacco flavored with rich, cured Virginia, blended with fine Dubeck Turkish. You will find it mild and smooth.

Notes: In a time when every tobacco is described as "unusual," we at Peretti's strive to not state the obvious. D-9507 was originally a blend that was developed for one of our customers. He wanted a tobacco that had body, some spice and an underlying sweetness. Master blender, Robert Peretti, devised a blend of natural fire-cured Cavendish, Perique, and a hint of the finest Dubeck Turkish. Unusual, yes, but deep-flavored, satisfying and luscious.

Kind of an oddball, but truly delicious. We have yet to find a similar mixture. We utilize a base of fire-cured Cavendish and blend a small amount of Perique and Dubeck Turkish. D-9507 is a smooth smoking mixture with subtle sweetness and a good measure of fine piquancy.

Blended ByL.J. Peretti
Manufactured ByL.J. Peretti
Blend TypeOriental
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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Mongo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mongo (10)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I first discovered this blend a few years ago when I placed an order with Peretti for 8oz. tins of some of their English tobaccos. I smoked a few bowls and found it pleasant enough, but it wasn't special enough for me to take any special note of it.

Fast forward six months, when I made my second pass through the Peretti English mixtures. What a difference! D-9507 had turned from a pleasant enough Oriental blend into a sublime pleasure. I was hooked. Of course, I've been hooked by blends before. I'd smoked them intensely until the initial passion wore off, and then placed them on the shelf to be smoked occasionally when the mood struck. I thought that this was surely another blend with which I'd have a brief, intense affair, but I was wrong. It's been years now, and my passion for D-9507 is unabated. I look forward to smoking it now as much as I did when it first caught my attention.

When you purchase 8 or 16 oz. of a Peretti blend, it arrives in a metal paint can. (I recommend a paint can key for opening these cans, as repeated openings with a flat-bladed screw driver will eventually deform the lid.) The tobacco's placed inside of a plastic bag, and the bag's packed in the can. The cans work very well for storing tobacco. As long as you put the lid back on tightly, the tobacco is well sealed inside. They wrap the cans in yellow paper, pre-printed with their store information, on which the name of the blend and the initials of the blender are hand-written.

The tobacco itself is a mixture of medium and dark brown with some lighter brown pieces mixed throughout. The cut of the tobacco reminds me of what you get when you thoroughly crumble a cake of tobacco. I use the traditional three-layer method for packing a pipe, though I tend to pack it more loosely than other blends. D-9507 is very easy to light, often requiring only the initial light to get going.

The sweetness of the Cavendish and Virginias predominate at first. After a few minutes the Dubeck takes its place, providing a perfect musty/salty Oriental tone that balances the sweetness nicely. I don't detect any flavorings or sweeteners...just the taste of the tobaccos. The various flavors wax and wane as the bowl progresses. Sometimes the flavor leans toward the bright sweetness of the Virginias, sometimes the deeper sweetness of the Cavendish takes the lead, and other times the Dubeck predominates. All three continue their simple dance throughout the rest of the bowl, with the Dubeck becoming more prominent at the very end.

D-9507 smokes dry, requiring fewer pipe cleaners than most blends and rarely gurgling. It's one of the few tobaccos that smokes to the bottom every time for me. An occasional relight might be necessary depending on how carefully I've packed the pipe, but I always end up with nothing but ash in the bottom of the bowl when I'm done. It's a blend that simply doesn't bite my tongue, regardless of how careless I am with it.

If you decide to try this blend, I strongly recommend that you put some aside for a few months before passing judgment. My first 8 oz. tin of this changed dramatically in six months, and since then I've kept enough on the shelf so that I have some aged D-9507 available. This has been an "every day" blend for me for a few years, and I think it will be for the rest of my pipe-smoking days. It's a rare day in my life that goes by without a bowl of this tobacco. It's not the most complex or sophisticated blend out there, but it's easy to smoke and it has an extremely enjoyable, satisfying flavor. Simply put, it's my favorite blend.

9 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2647)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Virginias have a toasted quality to them, offering a little grass and just a small hint of citrus and honey. The toast and honey come from the cavendish process. I detect a very light spice note that I generally associate with lemon Virginia, which is present. The Virginias are the base that the other components play with. The Dubeck Turkish is smokey, fairly woody, earthy, herbal, musty with no sweetness, and is a bit sour and floral in an important support role. I notice its aspects a little more than the perique. The perique is raisiny and plumy with a minor spice note. The unsweetened black cavendish has an amazingly mild sugar hit - often undetectable - and is mainly added for a little smoothness to the proceedings. The strength and taste levels are medium. The nic-hit is just past the center of mild to medium. Despite my description, the flavor is much less complex than I have made it out to be, and for some of it, you have to search a little like I did. It’s mostly a mildly sweet and sour, smokey, woody blend that burns cooland clean at a moderate pace with few relights. Leaves just a slight dampness in the bowl. The short lived after taste is mostly smoke and dried wood. Not quite an all day smoke.


6 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (29765)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Mostly black with traces of lemon, the cut of this one covers every sized ribbon known to the pipesmoking world. Plenty of narrow pieces along with some chunks of large ones. A kind of dry, dusty and heavy aroma that is hard to place. This came in an 8 oz "paintcan" and I transferred to glass. Also came drier than I expected. Review is based on about 3 oz.

Virginia and Dubec Turkish. At first I thought there might be some black Cavendish here but this blend lacked any sweetness I associate with that. In fact, it had very little sweetness at all. It was more of a sour and spicy bent, with a very dry finish. Not what I was hoping for, but still interesting. This one burned cool and never threatened to bite or get the least bit warm on the palate. The flavor was "dark", like the non-aro black Cavendish I've been experimenting with, but much less sweet. Zero complexity in this one - what I got from the match was what I got at the bottom of the bowl. This will make a good base for blending but it could definitely use some stoved Virginia or something to sweeten it up a bit. It was fine as a straight smoke but I think its possibilities for blending are much more exciting. I added some latakia to one bowl and it turned out ok, but haven't done much else yet. Looking forward to it!

Age When Smoked: new

6 people found this review helpful.

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

Peretti's describes D-9507 as "our most unusual English-type blend," which sums-up this tobacco precisely. It is English in the sense that there is nothing detectable in the smoke except tobacco.

If one is looking for a completely inoffensive smoke he or she could do no better than this. Room note is not discernable to others ten-feet away, as there is no Latakia, yet for the smoker the flavor of top quality tobacco is there in abundance.

Many blends have been touted as "cross-over" tobaccos for those wanting to move beyond candied aromatics to something more sophisticated. This one's claim is legitimate. The unflavored black Cavendish will be familiar to English and American aromatic smokers alike. But unlike the steamed and cased Burleys of American aromatics, the black tobaccos in D-9705 are the real deal, and are smoky and delicious. Even the most ardent Latakiaphile will find satisfaction here. The Dubek Oriental component adds a sweet nuttiness that will suffice for both Turkish and Burley lovers.

No matter how one packs this blend, no matter the smoking tempo, there is nary a bite or a gurgle in even the largest bowl.

Three out of four stars.

6 people found this review helpful.

Noorrmm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Noorrmm (193)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Appearance: Coarse random cuts of mixed color, about 40% dark leaf.

Aroma: Definite smell of Black Cavendish, but hardly sweetened. Also spicy and stewed fruit aromas detected.

Packing: Packs easily into any pipe size. A slightly lighter touch is good.

Lighting: Lights easily, sometimes with just one match and a gentle tamp.

Initial flavor: First impression is Virginia, plus a sweet smokiness from the Cavendish. After a few puffs, I get the spicy nutty taste of an Oriental (might be Dubeck) and a hint of Perique.

Mid-bowl: First impressions are confirmed, this is an English/American hybrid. The components work well together, with some complexity and layering of flavors. A medium strength and mouth feel back up the nice flavors. Cool and dry through mid-bowl.

Finish: No surprises here, the Perique tang intensifies at the bottom of the bowl. Leaves me satisfied for a while.

Summary: A very nice blend, which can be enjoyed at any time of day or night. This is subtle enough for an eye opener, hearty enough to enjoy in the evening.

5 people found this review helpful.

Pryhosm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pryhosm (219)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Sour, raisiny tin note. Dark and light brown ribbons. Nice presentation from Peretti. Very independent tobacco in the sense I cannot think of a thing to compare it to. C&D have some nice Oriental VA blends, but they are not like this one. Peretti is an Old World master in a new weird world. The flavor is dry, woody with some sour notes. Oriental is the predominant flavor but the VA, Perique and Cavendish do not go unnoticed. I am not sure if this is a Burley or VA Cavendish, I guess Burley since I do get a Burley character from this smoke. The Cavendish boosts the mouthfeel and the nutty character supports the Oriental/Turkish very well. The VA's provide a small, but essential, sweetness to the blend. I do not really sense Perique in this mixture, I am sure it melds with the other flavors and helps create this unique flavor profile, but I can't pick it out independently. If you like Oriental smokes, you should try this one. Great first smoke of the day.

Pipe Used: Briar's, meerschaum and cobs

3 people found this review helpful.

BostonPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BostonPipe (84)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I have been smoking this blend on and off for close to 25 years now. Being a fancier of oriental blends, the Dubeck component in this one is very satisfying. It lends a smooth and rich steadying influence throughout the run of the bowl. The differing length cuts of the tobacco allow for an easy fill of the bowl. After a false-light and relight, one is off to some quality downtime. I notice an increase of the melding of the components as one smokes past the first quarter of the bowl and continues throughout the rest of the experience. The Virginia is the main taste with the Dubeck running through the middle. It burns a nice grey/white ash with little or no dottle. Very Nice

3 people found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (279)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Strong

pouch appearance of mainly black/dark brown leaf, with a few specs of light Va. This blend has a super aggressive floral/minty flavoring. Slight sour and toasted aroma in the background.

The majority of the dark leaf are HUGE chunks. This totally prohibits a good, decent pack and burn. Initial lighting was difficult. Top that with a more than normal moisture content, This blend is difficult to get going.

The beginning of the bowl was very floral forward, almost soapy Lakeland. I cannot get past this flavor profile. The entire bowl tastes very ashy and acrid.

For a company who literally has the worst customer service and are some of the rudest people to deal with, they don't have the blends to back that kind of attitude up.....

2 people found this review helpful.

tommyboy1749 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tommyboy1749 (27)
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

I agree with L.J. Peretti's own description of Blend D-9507 a "unusual," insofar as it is another way of saying the mixture is out-of-the-ordinary. While there are other blends composed predominantly of stoved Virginias, the addition of Perique and Dubeck distinguishes D-9507 from the crowd. The mixture defies categorization: As an uncased mixture with a noticeable Oriental component, it is an English mixture--and yet it reveals elements usually associated with American-English and even Aromatic blends.

The mixture's color is predominately black, peppered with lighter-colored Dubeck leaf. The sweet and spicy paint-can note transfers directly into the side-stream aroma and general flavor. The stoved Virginias (unsweetened black Cavendish) provide the base of the blend, their flavor recalling stewed fruits, dried figs, and brown sugar. The Perique adds its own inimitable sharp edge, while the Dubeck adds a spicy and floral note, as well as some low sour notes. The mixture as a whole reminds me of mincemeat pie. The room note is especially pleasant due the Cavendish and is certain to garner compliments.

Peretti's D-9507 is worth a try whether you prefer English, American, or Aromatic mixtures. Smokers of all stripes will find something here to please their taste.

Purchased From: L.J. Peretti Co.

1 person found this review helpful.

Tom Bombadill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Bombadill (111)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

A curious English of the Oriental variety. I enjoyed it's rich Oriental taste but was kept from being satisfied because it kept teasing me that there should be latakia in the mix. And of course there is no latakia in the mix. Curious, and well worth a try.

1 person found this review helpful.

Lochinvar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lochinvar (78)
Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Very good, mild blend. I would liken it to Rattray's Jock's Mixture, or certain mild crossovers. This has no real overt flavoring, but does have a sweetness that is just slightly more than the natural Virginia sweetness. Smokes well in any size pipe, and has never bitten. A well behaved gentleman. It could stand a more liberal hand in the oriental department. That would help round out the sweetness, and increase the flavor. Good all dayer.

1 person found this review helpful.

1979 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
1979 (62)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Peretti - D 9507

Aromatic crossover?? I dunno, it's about like Luxury Bullseye Flake in this sense: straight tobacco with something a touch sweet added (cocoa?) that mostly burns off by mid-bowl. I don't really notice it in the room note.

The virginia is sweet with those dark chocolate notes.  The oriental varietal has some mustiness, a light kitchen spice type nuttiness (not as dark a nuttiness as a burley), and some rich cigar notes.  The perique adds a slight background spice hit.  Nicotine is more potent than I expected and is most noticeable around mid-bowl.  There's something in this that adds a certain "thickness" to the smoke and I suspect the oriental used.  I'm impressed with the amount of body this smoke has, I wouldn't quite call it "full-bodied" but it's edging in that direction.  Not a real complex smoke but solid and good. No bite. I do like the way this evolves across a bowl. Four and a spot in the favorites she goes.

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LV9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LV9 (82)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

There's something to be said when a blend is just passable and nothing else the description from the manufacturer is very accurate Virginia, Turkish but I have a feeling there's also a bit of unflavored cavendish in the mix, is very pedestrian smoke nothing jumps out at me as a buy me again blend, is not the easiest to pack since the tobacco is cut in chunks more than ribbons is astringent as sweet and sour sauce can be at the same time when you just need a blend to puff I'm to pay attention of what's going this is great overall I might remember this blend down the line as being good but as of now I wish I could give it just 2.5 stars which by rounding up will make it a 3.

Pipe Used: Neerup Billiard

Age When Smoked: 3 years

Purchased From: Perreti, Boston Massachusetts

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