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A blend of Virginias, burley and Oriental come together with black cavendish and are then flavored with mango, vanilla, rum and passion fruit.

Notes: This blend was released in regular production as "Founder's Choice", part of Peterson's Founders Collection.

Blended ByPeterson
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringMango, Other / Misc, Rum, Vanilla
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Room Note
Very Pleasant

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

The grade of this cube cut tobacco is undenied. It contains some high quality leaf, manufacturing is immaculate, and if you like fruity aromatics, it'll give you a smooth and cool smoking experience.

So why do I not recommend it? Because I think it's a hoax!

This so called Limited Edition looks, smells and tastes just like some other pipe tobacco I know, that is freely available at a lesser price, the "W.Ø. Larsen Belle Epoque" to be specific. I think, they're the same tobacco.

Even the tin description is basically the same:

Peterson: "A fruity mixture of Virginia, Burley, and Oriental and spicy tobaccos, gently pressed and cut into cube. Black Cavendish and smooth coloured Virginia are subsequently added. The bend is refined with rum and the aromas of mango, maracuja and vanilla."

Larsen: "A fruity blend of Virginia, Burley, Oriental and spice tobacco are as a basic blend lightly pressed and cross cut. Subsequently Black Cavendish and bright Virginia are added. The blend is flavoured with rum, mango, maracuja and vanilla from Madagascar."

I feel ripped off, because the only limited thing about this pipe tobacco seems to be the tin.

Pipe Used: Stanwell Lilje

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Local Tobacconist

Similar Blends: W.Ø. Larsen Belle Epoque.

12 people found this review helpful.

SmokeDawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeDawg (82)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Tolerable to Strong

Pop da top to me tin and ooooh..

Delicious all the way around. The tobacco is a beautiful cube cut of diversity. The topping is fruity and strong and the cubes make it burn sloooowww. This is an aromatic that stays with the bacca, has a great room note to boot. However it doesn't leave a mess in the pipe but does leave a good Ghost of St Paddy. So my advice is to smoke it in a pipe set aside for aromatics.

If you are familiar with or enjoy Drew Estates "Grand Central" then you will have good understanding of this blend as I believe they used the EXACT same topping as Grand Central or one very close to it.

I'm very impressed with this new Paddy Blend and will order more. I want to take the time to wish all my fellow pipers around the world a Happy Saint Patrick's Day and many blessings to you!!!

Update:March 20, 2015 I'm very deep into this tin and it's almost gone. A few things I left out my initial review. The cub cut is a bit harder to light than most cuts but when you get it lit its also a VERY Sloooooowww burner. This tobacco is really a nice surprise. This blend could be something they run all the time as I find it already better than several standard Peterson blends. They should think about marketing this in the future and adding it to their standard production. Saint Patricks Day has passed and this tin has become hard to find as most stores have sold out. If you can get your hands on some do it. I highly recommend it.

Pipe Used: Corn Cob and Bertram Prince

Age When Smoked: 2015

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

Similar Blends: Grand Central - Drew Estate.

7 people found this review helpful.

Spitfire1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spitfire1 (15)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Very pleasant tobacco. At first I was reluctant as I thought this tobacco would be too sweet. After a fes minutes however I found out that the initialen sweetness evolved in a complex mixture of à variety of tastes. The room note is very soft and not agressive at all. At the end of a smoke you really want more and are frustrated that the smoke is over. This tobacco for being an aromatic one is a real treat and highly recomandable.

Pipe Used: Stanwell captain

Age When Smoked: Fresh

4 people found this review helpful.

Cumarinophil Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cumarinophil (108)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

St. Patrick’s Day 2015 vs. W.Ø. Larsen Belle Epoque

I possess both of them and they are very similar. The tobaccos used, the color, the cut (shape of the cubes) look identical. SPD smells slightly sweeter, fruitier and does not have the alcoholic scent to it, that Belle Epoque definitely has. The same is basically what l experienced when smoking them. Against all etiquette and enjoyment, I even lit two clay pipes in parallel (Yes, … I know).

Both of them are state of the art when you are looking for that particular aroma. Since this one is limited anyway, the long term rotation is predicable.

UPDATE: I bought another pouch of BE to my 100g tin of BE, and they seem just as different or the same as in comparison to SPD. Slight variations in production and/or age, even packaging may obviously alter perception. Conclusion: SPD and BE are the same tobaccos sold in different packaging. If you don't care for that, pick the cheaper one.

Pipe Used: Various with and without filter, clay

Age When Smoked: fresh

4 people found this review helpful.

doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (242)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I purchased this from 4 Noggins with a two tin limit, so I snatched up my two. Very nicely done tin art in a 50 gram size tin. A nice mix of medium brown, light brown, and black cube cut tobaccos (slightly larger than most cube cuts I've been familiar with by the way), and a delicious tin note. I certainly was able to smell the various components that were listed on the tin as far as the aromatic elements go, although not much of a tobacco smell to speak of. That's ok as Peterson generally uses top notch tobaccos in all of their offerings. Considering the potent sweet and fruity tin note, this was not sticky to the touch at all. Very easy to load and took to the match readily. One relight was all that was needed to smoke this one down to the bottom. With many of the Peterson aromatics, I find that the aromatic component fades to a bitterness about mid bow, l but I have not found this to be the case with either of the two special edition offerings I have tried (the other being Holiday Season 2012).

This was a pleasant, non biting, didn't burn hot or gurgle at all type of smoke. After having had several bowls before reviewing, I found the aromatic taste lasting the entire smoke without accompanying bitterness. I really like the slightly larger cube cut as well - large enough cubes that they don't get caught in the draft hole of the pipe!

All in all a 4 star smoke for me and highly recommended for aromatic aficionados and those purists who may be looking for a change of pace in their smoking regime. For someone like me whose daily go-tos are Irish Flake and Solani's ABF, I will be stocking up on a few more tins of this before it's gone from the shelves.

Pipe Used: Dr Grabow slim billiard

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Most of the other Peterson aromatic offerings.

4 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2080)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Peterson-St. Patrick's Day 2015.

I often as not find that if it's an aromatic blend I will either love it or hate it. This falls under the caption "love it"!

In the tin it's very intriguing on the eye. There's a good quantity of virtually perfectly formed cubes, it's a very 'neat and tidy' blend all with a perfect amount of hydration.

The smell reminds me of high end jellied sweets. Although there's rum included this seems to make up a tiny amount of the aroma. I get a subtle sharpness but if I didn't know I doubt I'd identify it as being rum.

I simply adore the flavour from this. Again I find that the rum seems absent, the fruit takes up most of the room in the flavour, especially the passion fruit, it has a practically tropical taste! There is also a fondant type of sweetness, not strong but a great addition. The flavour is nicely rounded off by a creamy attribute, this would be a great dessert smoke!

The burn from this is great. Even, steady, and very slow. It takes a fair amount of time to properly enjoy a bowl without rushing!

This doesn't bite me. I find aromatics can often be nippers but this doesn't give me any grief whatsoever.

This is a great aromatic, there's plenty of flavour without an immense amount of falseness.

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Nording Tulip

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: My Smoking Shop

3 people found this review helpful.

Lingo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lingo (39)
Mild Medium to Strong Full Pleasant

Oh well, good leaf. And, I must admit, the flavouring is very balanced and mellow. My problem with aros is that, after a few puffs, you can forget what the heck of a tobacco you are smoking, because your mind is swept away from thousands of smells and connections to other smells. May I remind here that the nose, as the ears and the eyes, is actually PART of the brain, and the scent is the quickest of senses’ sensation to reach the hypothalamus. This is the reason why I like simple, unflavoured tobacco: to enjoy that marvellous trip through odors and tastes, but a trip that I can follow, rather than I am confused by! Moreover, underneath the flavours here you get a strong cavendish taste, which is, once more, just a mash-up of aromas, always sweet and without any distinct character. If you like it, smoke it. Not for me.

2 people found this review helpful.

Lazarus77 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lazarus77 (91)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Perfect aromatic, after few years in cellar tobacco became so silky smooth and tasty, cool dry smoke no chance of bite, no moisture till the end. Natural taste of tobacco living in harmony with fruity topping. Wish to have one more tin....

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: 2 years

2 people found this review helpful.

HouDEANie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HouDEANie (7)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I bought this tin from our local tobacconist this past Saturday, just merely because it is an older tin and being from South Africa we do not have a vast selection of tobacco choices. Most we have to import ourselves.

First smoke of this I was a bit hesitant due to the tastes of the other Peterson Aromatic tobacco which is nothing but hot steam.

Upon opening the tin I was met with great quality tobacco. The Bright virginias were golden and if Im not mistaken it does contain a small quantity of black cavendish. The smell from the tin was beautiful, I picked up vanilla, and rum with slight notes of passion fruit.

My initial thought was "oh no, another tin of bland and steamy". I was thinking why does Peterson stuff up such beautiful tobacco...

I smoked this yesterdaay afternoon. I aired it out for 20min on my tobacco tray, loaded up half a pipe and went out to the garden, the charring light did not take well the first time but I was suprised as this tobacco did not taste like the other aromatics frim Peterson, Being excited I tamped down the tobacco and lighted it again. WOW, I thought but being skeptical as it is a Peterson aromatic I smoked it halfway through, It took a few re-lights but once it was going it burned nicely, not to a fine grey ash but nicely for an aromatic.

The burly and orientals came through beautifully and the aroma did translate through to the smoke, it was a sweet smoke, not overly sweet, just right. I was impressed with this tobacco. It was cool burning, no nic hit but who cares, pipe smoking are for the experience and enjoyment and I was really enjoying this aromatic.

I do not know what Peterson did differently but the sure did something right, I highly recommend this tobacco and will definitely buy more tins of this. Petersons Founders choice is the production run of this now.

Pipe Used: Peterson System

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Local Tobacconist

2 people found this review helpful.

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

I really liked this. It burned and packed great. Had a nice little topping that was very "Peterson". There must be coconut in it. Could use a little more strength, so I added some cube cut burley. Very enjoyable.

2 people found this review helpful.

Dov of the Galilee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dov of the Galilee (32)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Really like this one. The can itself tells of the pleasure to come. Heavy room note in a good way. Marcuja is passion fruit for those who didn't know.

Pipe Used: Peterson's meerschaum

1 person found this review helpful.

maigret fan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
maigret fan (76)
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Strong

I bought it - then red the reviews and saw it was like Belle Epoque. I have reviewed Belle Epoque years ago (did not like it) and feel similar with St. Patrick's Day. The tobacco comes in small cubes. They are so easy to light that they tend to make a very hot burn: I almost damaged a pipe. Regarding the smoke, not very interesting...

Similar Blends: W.H. Larsen Belle Epoque.

1 person found this review helpful.

gunner525 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gunner525 (66)
Mild Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

It's a unique chunky cube cut blend. For me it was a bit awkward to pack and took a few char lights to get going. When it did though it seemed to smoke itself. A nice cool smooth smoke.

The Virginias were nice and sweet. The Burley was a bit noticeable and helped cool down the smoke down. I didn't really detect the Orientals/Turkish.

The room note is really good. I had many compliments on it.

Overall it's a great blend that I'm glad I got a hold of a tin. I'm hoping they make this either a yearly offering or we get lucky enough that Peterson adds it to their current blend lineup.

Pipe Used: Irish Harp B10

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

Autumn joy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Autumn joy (47)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

2015 St. Patricks Day blend by Peterson. This blend is very unique in the presentation of the tobacco as well as the taste. The tobacco is cut into fine cubes and really makes this blend easy to work with as well as maintaining a slow burn. This tobacco is an aromatic and for that the tobacco note is of mango and vanilla. There is also passion fruit used but I have never had a passion fruit so no clue what that smells or tastes like. The initial light gives you a nice mango taste and makes a good room note. This blend does shift gears about mid bowl giving you a nice vanilla rum taste and pretty much runs until the bowl is complete. I did not notice much of a good tobacco flavor to this blend, but the tobaccos used are Virginias, burley and little strands of black cavendish. Overall this is a good blend to change up with and doesn't leave you with a grueling ghost like most fruity aromatics do. So no need to designate a pipe to this one. I would reccomend this blend, but for St Pattys day where is the good whiskey flavoring?

Pipe Used: Royal Danish 969, MM corn cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Gift

1 person found this review helpful.

Stah Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stah (151)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

The tobacco is an exact replica of Peterson Founder's Choice.

The tobacco was a little dried out, so I put it out to moisten for a couple of days. I must say that this tobacco has a pretty rare cut: Orientals, Virginia and Burley are dried, pressed and diced with about 8mm sides, then topped off with cavendish. Exactly the same cut is found in tobacco produced by W.O. Larsen's Belle Epoque. Moreover, these blends even have similar flavor composition, which gave reason to malicious tongues to say that the "Belle Epoque" is also a clone of blends from Peterson. I have tried this blend as well and I can definitely say that it is different - stiffer, more "chemically" or something like that. Anyway, unlike the Peterson mixes, it burns my tongue and feels more sour. But enough about Belle Epoque. Back to Founder's Choice/St. Patrick's Day.

As the tobacco became more moist, I opened the can and inhaled the smell. It had vanilla, plus mango, a little bit of something exotic, and rum. There was substantially more vanilla than fruit, and the rum was barely noticeable. As for the tobacco, its own smell was well hidden under this sauce. Only a faint nutty note and the tiniest bit of bread were found, but that's about it.

Each cube of this mixture has to be kneaded to get individual leaves, then stuffed into a tube with them. The leaves are thin, so I already knew (and remembered from experience) that the tobacco smokes hot enough. I took a large pipe without denying myself the pleasure, although I had to work hard to fill it.

The flavor in the beginning is a sweet tang of Cavendish, some Virginia bread and quite bright nuttiness. All tobacco notes are well masked by a dose of fruity sauce, in which, there may seem a slight artificiality. Also, there is some roughness in the flavor in the beginning, but the tobacco does not bite. As you smoke, the tobacco becomes softer, leaving a distinct nutty note, a subtle spiciness from the oriental and the sweetness of the cavendish (together similar to a hint of cinnamon). As I said, the tobacco smokes quite hot, which rules out tight puffs or shallow pipes. So fill up your largest, well-smoked, pipe and be patient - the tobacco is light, and you're definitely not in danger of a nicotine hit. Towards the end of the pipe from the concentrated sweetness there is a slight note of prunes in it.

The tobacco burns into a fine loose ash of a light gray color, leaving a little moisture in the pipe. Nevertheless, I do not recommend filters - they will nail the taste of the blend. In addition, the filter provokes you to inhale more tightly and you can burn the pipe.

The smoke is light, sweet and very pleasant smelling. It dissipates easily.

Bottom line: this is a really pretty good dessert tobacco that calls for unhurried. It can be enjoyed for hours if you have a large enough pipe. It's a shame that it's on sale less and less often.

Pipe Used: Peterson POTY 2013, 69, 106, Pub Pipe

Age When Smoked: 2015

Purchased From: Online

Similar Blends: Peterson - Founder's Choice (Founders Collection).

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Beautifully cube cut and neat arrangements are in this brilliant blend. It seems handpicking and compilation had taken a long time to make each tin ready. With flavors of tropical aromas, it would be a good soothing time after your have got dinned to enjoy your before-bed pipe. Relights are needed due to shape of cubes but it will slowly burn without rush after falling motion and the reminder is fine ash. Room note is pleasant and admirable.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild Strong Medium Very Pleasant

The most intense aromatizants are mango (first of all) and honey (just second), but there are also something like liquor and ripe fruits. For me, the aromatizants are too strong, overhelming (overall, in the pipe after smoking). However, if you like these kinds of tobacco, try it.

Pipe Used: Many briars

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Local tobacconist

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

Having just opened the tin, and having my first bowl the fragrance that hits you is pleasurable.

However, upon smoking, it became a very harsh smoke, a lot stronger than other Peterson aromatics I've tried before. Half way through the bowl, it did seem to mellow out a little, and the harshness seemed to die down a fraction.

After reviewing the description across other websites, I was at a loss and couldn't seem to detect any mango, exotic fruits or vanilla, but there was a definite taste of rum that ran throughout the whole smoke.

I wouldn't say this was my favorite Peterson blend, and I'm really hoping it gets better with time and mellows out a little.

Pipe Used: Peterson ARAN 80s

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Peterson christmas 2014 blend..

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