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Blended ByPeterson
Manufactured ByKolhasse & Kopp
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringCocoa / Chocolate, Vanilla
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Room Note
Very Pleasant

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2076)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Peterson - Holiday Season 2014.

I love the limited edition Christmas blends!

The moment I open this up and take a smell of it I feel almost addicted! This has a smell to it that makes me feel instantly "Christmas like": a great scent of rich chocolate, creamy vanilla, all backed up by a pleasing tobacco note, mmmmm! The hydration amount is irrefutable, any extra airing is not necessary at all.

It takes to igniting impressively, only requiring a shortish time with the flame and once lit I can only find positives! The burn itself is incredibly steady, leaves a white ash and it only needs a re-light if you allow it to sit too long unattended. The temperature of the smoke is slap bang in the middle, total smoking comfort complimented by zero tongue-bite. On to the flavour now: wow! This, again, is Christmas totally wrapped up in a big bow! I wouldn't describe it as a powerful aromatic, it's more gentle. The chocolate addition works superbly along side the vanilla; often as not with aromatics it's a touch difficult to identify the separate additions but with this one they are equally discernible, maybe it's a good example of why "simpler" aromatics work better! The tobacco balance is perfect , the sweet Cav' tastes great alongside the chocolate and vanilla, whilst the blend is made more creamy/buttery by the Burley. The nicotine is at a lovely relaxing amount, it's not strong nor too far the other way. Room note is yet another positive, it's a great and full tobacco note with an amazing sweet touch to it, again it's very Christmas like. I feel that Holiday Season 2014 will be great for newcomers with its softness and also the connoisseurs will find the depth of flavour appealing!

Four stars.

Update 16/02/2015. This is so captivating I have ordered some more tins of this wonderful blend while the vendors still have it for sale so it can be kept in my stock!

Pipe Used: Rattray's Six Friends

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

7 people found this review helpful.

ptrthgr8 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ptrthgr8 (9)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I got my first tin of the 2014 back in mid-November, so I've been thoroughly enjoying this Peterson offering for just about a month now. I've tried other aromatics (RLP-6, 1-Q, Monster Mix, to name a few) but this one has easily climbed to the #1 spot on my list of faves. The tin note is simply amazing, reminds me of oatmeal raisin cookies baking. The room note is indeed very vanilla-ish. I don't pick up the chocolate notes that some do, but regardless the pre-light and lit aromas are completely outstanding. It packs easily, lights easily, and I've noticed no bite at all (with filtered and unfiltered pipes). I've been smoking 4-5 bowls a week of this tobaccy and it gets better each time. I'm just past halfway done with the first 100g tin and have purchased 3 more to keep on hand.

It's definitely an aromatic, but I feel it's different somehow. Take the RLP-6, for example. It seem to have a slightly offish after taste - not unpleasant, but certainly different from an English blend or a straight VA. I don't notice that at all with this Peterson blend. It has the tin and room notes of an aromatic, but the after taste of something more like a VA blend. Maybe it's just my palate, but either way it's easily one of my favorite blends now.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Tortuga, Peterson Aran

Age When Smoked: New (started smoking upon receipt)

Purchased From:

6 people found this review helpful.

Psmith Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Psmith (3)
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

On entering a tobacco emporium in the city of Lincoln, an ancient cathedral city situated in the eastern regions of these glorious isles, in search of a collar stiffener, my eye was immediately drawn to a tin of Peterson's Holiday Season 2014.

The tin resembled a large humbug, bearing an image of our seasonal gift bearer, Santa Christmas, no doubt cheerfully on his way to deliver tobacco-related products to well behaved children around the world. I was so struck by such a delightful object of undoubted ornamental quality I forsook my search for collar stiffeners and purchased the tin on the spot.

Returning to my lodgings later in the day after a weary rail journey, I hastily opened said tin to be overpowered by the scent of a Panettone (a light italian desert containing candied fruits, vanilla and amaretto). To smoke it or to serve it with cream and/or brandy butter, that was my dilemma of the moment. I opted for the former and packed my pipe full of this ribbony panettone-like goodness.

It lit well and behaved itself throughout the bowl. The room note was wonderful, drawing positive comments from friends and passers-by several streets away. A very smooth, if mild smoke. This is a tobacco to show off with, not to smoke alone. But it is not one I envisage smoking on a regular basis. In fact, since the passing of the twelfth night of Christmas, I shall be confining the remainder of the batch to my cellar, to revisit when a reminder of Christmas is required.

3 people found this review helpful.

Appalachian Chef Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Appalachian Chef (52)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Underwhelmed. Tin note is great. Room note is great. It does remind me of Christmas, but the flavor is too mild for me. I smoked on it through the holidays this year, but will cellar the rest until next season. Hopefully I will be able to edit this review next year.

Pipe Used: Falcon

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

NobbyR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NobbyR (79)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Usually I don't like those Christmas tobaccos with their cinnamon or roast apple flavoring. What still inspired me to buy this year's Peterson Holiday Season 2014 was the beautiful Santa Claus tin.

To foreclose the matter: it was a good decision.

The tin note is sweet and delicious with tobacco scents mingling perfectly with the casing and toppings. There are notes of chocolate cake and toffee, but also something that reminds me of freshly made popcorn. The ribbon cut is easy to fill into your bowl. Upon lighting it burn down evenly and slowly.

Right from the start, there's a luscious, sweet, and creamy tobacco flavor with distinct notes of dark chocolate and maybe some vanilla. Towards the end of the bowl this is complemented by some tangy cusps from the Virginias in the blend, which makes it a satisfying smoke.

The room note is so pleasant, I keep trying to sniff it, when the smoke leaves my mouth.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Siena 320

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Local Tobacconist

Similar Blends: Dan Tobacco Black Blend (M.A. Private Blend), Savinelli Black Cavendish.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

This aromatic blend, IMHO, is a true marvel, perfectly suited for long talks around the Christmas tree: it burns slowly and evenly, does not bite the tongue and produces a wonderful cloud of delightful smoke, which contains some hints of the "Christmas markets" we have in some parts of France, where hot red wine mixed with spices is sold at every street corner. I have even been asked by non-smokers to smoke it to "perfume" the room! This is the kind of tobacco I enjoy most while taking a rest, with a cup of tea or a glass of single malt (Glenfarclas suits it perfectly). Eating a mandarine while smoking it also enhances its "Christmas" vocation. While visiting Peterson shop in Dublin, I have been dumb enough to buy only two tins. After finishing the first one, I deeply regret not to have bought a dozen of them!

Pipe Used: Peterson Iceberg 1912 "Stern"

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Peterson in Dublin

Similar Blends: This aromatic does not really compare to anything else I have tried so far.

1 person found this review helpful.

TGatewood Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TGatewood (4)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

The most helpful thing I can say is that this is a very easy smoke. Peterson's Holiday Season 2014 is very soft, mild, and easy on the tongue. The taste is quite subdued, but easy to pick up day after day. The smell definitely delivers what it promises by invoking scenes of quiet Christmas evenings by a fire. Overall I am happy with this blend, but it seemed to leave me wanting more. Sometimes the flavors can be so simple that they can be easily overlooked. If a friend has bought the tin, then I definitely suggest that you try to fill your bowl if you can. However, if I could do it over I would save the money and forego this particular experience.

In short, a simple and easy smoke that sometimes bordered on "bland".

Pipe Used: Stanwell Straight Billiard

Age When Smoked: Just Opened

Purchased From: The Country Squire; Jackson, MS, USA

1 person found this review helpful.

Jevverrett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jevverrett (104)
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I bought this one on a whim in a tobacco shop around Christmas time.

It smells great in the tin, and looks pretty too. It packs and lights well, and has a nice sweetness on the charring light. It burns slowly and smells nice to non smokers which can be a good thing if you need something like that. I don't normally like aros, and this one is no exception. I don't dislike it, which is high praise considering. It nips at my tongue a bit even though I go nice and slow with it.

A lot of people will probably like this one at Christmas parties. Nice vanilla fruity kind of smell. It's bearable for me, and I smoke some when I have company.

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: Aged 2 yrs

Purchased From: Whitfield tobacco, guilford ct

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canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (337)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

[I picked this tin up in a clearance rack in 2016, so my experience with it may differ from those who had it fresh.] It gave off an odd almost dusty sweet smell of vanilla and cherry. Something akin to powdered sugar with some artificial flavor sprinkled in. It was pleasant and I could link the aroma to the Holidays.

For an aromatic it was quite tame and easily smoked without being very overbearing. A drier smoke without much boquet. Leaves some sweetness behind on the tongue after each puff, so I was glad it didn't completely abandon the tin smell. It was innocent enough and by no means bad, just not a smoke I would seek out for any real occasion or craving.

If you do find a tin, get the tobacco out of the flimsy plastic bag it's packed in and into a nice sealed jar, or it will be crispy fast.

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: Iwan Ries

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Andy7777 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Andy7777 (15)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

This tobacco is nice, but not exceptional. I found the flavour to be too mild and although the taste does come through, you only get the flavour every so often when smoking. For the last two years I have found the Holiday Season Tobacco to not be of the same standard as 2011, 2012.

Pipe Used: Grey House, no 41, AMADEO. Pear Wood

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin

Purchased From: My Smoking Shop - Online

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Cumarinophil Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cumarinophil (108)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I admit to have bought the tin for decorative purposes and was glad not to have found a complete throw away content. You are greeted by a pleasant vanilla and milk chocolate topping in the colorful (standard) mix of VA, BC and Burley. When I smoke it, the topping is never obtrusive, not overly sweet, but supportive and nicely fragrant. The tobaccos are present throughout, though I find it difficult to taste Burley in chocolate or nuts & beans toppings. A filter changes the balance between tobaccos and topping towards the topping, makes it more pronounced. It burns well, is low maintenance and doesn’t bite when cautiously smoked.

If I had to say something bad about this tobacco, then probably that vanilla/chocolate is not Christmassy at all to me. Well, not to imagine they had tried turkey or even carp for a change, so this is okay. In second half of the bowl it becomes rather faint, like so many aromatics. There are better and less expensive ones out there.

This Limited Edition was good enough for expecting the worst, but I wouldn’t buy it again, given it were regularly available.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: fresh to 3 months

Similar Blends: DTM Michael Apitz Black, McC Deep Hollow, McC Best Of Show.

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Mr.Peterson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr.Peterson (8)
Medium Medium Very Full Very Pleasant

This was the best thing I could buy for the Christmas season! Chocolate flavour + vanilla yum yum. Even people that don't smoke commented how nice it smelt and could tell from 5 meters away all the different aromas. I even managed to convert a colleague to pipe smoking because of this tobacco!

Don't underestimate that one will be enough.....make sure you buy two tins as I wish I had!

This tobacco will always remind of Christmas and all the wonderful things that happen at that time......

Picture Christmas eve with a friend after filling your belly with festive food to sitting down to this lovely blend. This will change the Christmas season for you, so make sure when it comes around you have it ready. I know I will and all my pipe smoking friends will too.


Pipe Used: Peterson ARAN 80s

Age When Smoked: 2 months

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Peterson - Connoisseur's Choice.

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natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (169)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

Somewhat similar to, but not nearly as good, as the special reserve for 2014. It's just an OK blend. I prefer other holiday blends over this one. This one bites a little as well.

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