I first had the opportunity to try this and other magnificent Peretti tobaccos at the 2006 Chicago Int'l Pipe Show only a few days ago. Fortunately for us, Peretti attended this year and offered a variety of his wonderful tobaccos for visitors to try. I am now hooked on 111. This is a true American burley blend, almost granulated like Grape Nuts cereal, 111 is an aromatic, but not the heavily cased, goopy type. This is the perfect balance between Wilke's fine, but hot Nut Brown Burley and Pipes and Cigars' Old Tartan. There is some form of vanilla or deer tongue application here, but it is done so skillfully that it never detracts from the full natural sweetness of the burleys. A truly old fashioned mixture that is still blended at the Peretti store. They have to be one of the last small shops that has not totally outsourced its products to either C & D, McClelland, Lane or Altadis. Packaged in either 4 oz Montecristo bags or 8 oz tins with plain, almost drugstore type labelling, treat yourself to this great tobacco and keep your pipe clean, dry and happy.
This to me is an aromatic blend. It has a floral taste that is there from beginning to end. Has a sweetness from some kind of topping. I heard deer tongue. Also some vanilla taste. It's made of broken bits and granulated pieces. Easy to load and light. Very lite tamping.
Peretti calls this an "American blend" because it has a "granular burley base." This blend was so mellow it seemed I was more going through the motions of pipe smoking rather than enjoying the taste of the tobacco. Without a doubt it has a nice tabacky taste but it was so light I won't try it again. I am a rookie pipe smoker so please take this review with a grain of perique. I started pipe smoking in December of '08 after a decade of enjoying cigars and it seems I enjoy full-flavored English blends most. The finer taste-points of this blend are apparently too subtle for my rookie palate.
A Virginia-based light English blend, with a light touch of Latakia. There is some nice light Virginia toastiness, and a hint of an indistinct topping. The oriental/Latakia interplay is pretty nice. Unfortunately, it doesn't find a place in my rotation, as it falls into the same general category as Ashton Celebrated Sovereign, McClelland 2020 and GLP Renaissance, all of which I prefer.
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