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A pleasantly mild English-type tobacco with fine long-cut Virginia base. It has Latakia and Oriental tobaccos for flavor and smoothness, plus a touch of Irish tobacco.

Blended ByL.J. Peretti
Manufactured ByL.J. Peretti
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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oldmanpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldmanpipe (62)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

In prior reviews, I've extolled the wonders of Peretti's Burley blends but have been far less laudatory about their English mixtures. "Generic," I believe, is the most common adjective.

Prince of Wales is an exception because it is distinctive and, though it has competition in the "English-Aromatic" category, it has no peer.

Peretti lists a number of their blends as containing an "Irish tobacco," I have no idea what they mean. "In Heaven there is no beer" and in Ireland there is no tobacco--at least not in the indigenous form. One can only conclude from geographic fact and from subjective taste, that "Irish" refers to a liquer or essence with which the obvious Cavendish in this blend is treated.

Those in this class include Uhle's Irish Aromatic and P & W's Pipemaker's Choice. What makes Prince of Wales a blend apart is that the aromatic is not in the taste. The flavor and side-stream aroma are that of a lighter Dunhill 965, which is no mean tribute.

Unlike too many mild English blends, there is no initial blast from the Virginias; the Cavendish process eliminates that. The Orientals become more pronounced as one progresses down the bowl, as Orientals usually do...and the Latakia is ever there, gratifying anyone who appreciates the smoky weed as a condiment and not as the dish itself.

Smooth, spicy and delightful. A great smoke for anyone. Highest recommendations!

8 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Peretti's Prince of Wales is another of their long-standing favorites that is everything it presents itself to be. The Latakia and Orientals pay first fiddle with the Virginia offering support. This one is not particularly smoky or deep, but has a mellow effect on the palate while smoking. This one can be enjoyed and smoked several times in one day without palate fatigue.

4 people found this review helpful.

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

This is what I'd call a "light latakia" english blend. And a very nice one at that. The latakia comes through consistently but is not overpowering. The orientals are nicely balanced and don't predominate, and make boring, the smoke. A great everyday, all day smoke English smoke.

I just finished the bag and I have to say it's four stars.

4 people found this review helpful.