GL Pease Tobacco Review

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I stumbled upon a GL Pease tin, I can't even remember which one, but I immediately fell in love! I ordered a few others, and was not disappointed. 

So here are my impressions of the GL Pease tobaccos I've reviewed. In most cases I also made a video of the GL Pease tobacco review on my YouTube channel with a link next to the name or on the image of the tin. GL Pease tobaccos are not available in South Africa, or at least as far as I could find after visiting many tobacco stores. I will obviously not review all GL Pease tobaccos; mostly those that fall in my range of taste, which is Latakia. However, I've noted that Mr Pease are also fond of Latakia, which will suit me well. Generally, GL Pease tobacco are of excellent quality - the leaves, aroma, presentation - and I would easily buy any GL Pease tobacco. Highly rated in my view. Of course I've tried my hand at blending too. Not all of them were equally successful, however I had equal amounts of Westminster and Key Largo left in a tin and mixed them together. The result was, to my taste profile, very successful. It softened the cigar-like in the Key Largo and "beefed-up" the Westminster with that touch of more character in the Key Largo. I'll experiment with this again in the future. In GL Pease's own words; the blends with the most Latakia are (and that would be my preferences):

GL Pease Tobacco Review

  • Abingdon,
  • Odyssey,
  • Blackpoint,
  • Charring Cross,
  • Raven's Wing,
  • Samarra,
  • Renaissance,
  • Kensington,
  • Caravan,
  • Ashbury and
  • Piccadilly

Of course, this is NOT the order of decreasing Latakia. Abingdon does have the most, followed by Odyssey, Charing Cross and Raven's Wing, if you add the percentages of the Syrian and the Cyprian. Piccadilly has the least. It's not the percentage of any particular ingredient that matters, but the interplay between the intensities of the flavors and aromas. Caravan has the highest percentage of Oriental tobaccos, which make quite a bold statement. Odyssey, Abingdon and Charing Cross are monsters of Latakia goodness. They're huge, but still quite complex, and each presents a surprising level of subtlety underneath its powerful exterior. (2)

Enjoy and please leave comments of your impressions.  

- Abingdon (Video Review)

Package description: Abingdon is the fullest Balkan style blend in the range. It is rich and robust, powerful and forthright, yet still possessing subtlety and finesse. Dark flavours of wood and leather mingle with delicate undercurrents of sweetness, and deep earthy notes, while the oriental pipe tobaccos provide hints of their verdant, sometimes herbaceous character. A big Balkan blend, reminding us once more of what these blends used to be. Because of the high percentage of dark and oriental tobaccos, it's recommended to pack Abingdon a little less firmly than you might a lighter blend.

My Review: I'm easily becoming a GL Pease fan. This is my 7th (I think) blend and again - well balanced, high quality tobacco blend. The aroma in the tin: Sweet, earthy, oriental with a hint of lemon. First lit: Clearly Oriental. On the first pull, the oriental/Latakia was kind off "in your face", only to find at the next pull that its gone! On the second pull, all the components and flavours already balanced out - leaving you with just this soft creamy/buttery, yet distinct Oriental aroma and taste! How GL Pease does this, I don't know. Well-balanced! Mid-way through the bowl, it becomes even more smooth, soft, creamy/buttery (I think, more buttery than creamy, but silky smooth). I decided to try it with a dram Lagavullin - what a pleasure! The two, both soft and silky, just melted in your mouth, complimenting each other to a wonderful experience. Rough cut moist tobacco; a light pack is recommended. If you like Balkan / English / Latakia / Orientals, you won't be disappointed with Abingdon.

  • Strength: Mediumtobacco gl pease
  • Flavouring: None
  • Taste: Medium to full
  • Room note: Pleasant to tolerable
  • Non-Aromatic
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Purchased From: 4Noggins

 - Cairo

Package description: Cairo is a wonderfully complex mixture of red, orange and bright Virginia tobaccos, exotic oriental leaf, and just a whisper of perique. The flavor is naturally sweet, slightly nutty, delicately spicy and rich. Subtle citrus-like notes harmoniously support the more robust flavors of the darker Virginias. Cairo is a medium bodied but very satisfying tobacco with a delicate aroma that will be enjoyed by Virginia lovers and the connoisseur of oriental mixtures alike..

My Review: In the tin, I smelled a tangy, zesty aroma. On first light, a spicey, peppery taste. Tells me, lots of Perique/Va. I would've liked more Latakia - too much Va/Per for my liking. tobacco gl pease

  • Strength: Medium
  • Flavouring: None detected
  • Taste: Medium
  • Room note: Pleasant to tolerable
  • Non-Aromatic
  • Rating: 3/5
  • Purchased From: Gift

 - Caravan

Package description: Rich, smoky Cyprian Latakia and a variety of wonderful Oriental tobaccos set the stage for the blend. Lemon and Red Virginias provide support, while adding a hint of sweetness. Finally, just a touch of air cured leaf is added for body. Caravan is full and exotic; rich and spicy. A classic Balkan style blend with our own special touch. Gregory Pease wrote this about this blend: "Caravan was a long time in the making, and I'm really excited about it. For years, I've wanted to produce a nice, medium Balkan style blend with lots of wonderful Orientals, rich with Latakia, and just enough Virginia to give everything else something to hang on to. After a lot of almost right prototypes, I found the missing piece to the puzzle in some magnificent Oriental leaf that had been right under my nose all along. After a little tuning, Caravan was born. A lovely spice up front mingles with all those delightfully exotic Oriental flavors. The smoke/leathery notes of Cyprian Latakia weave their way through the smoke assertively, but never in an overbearing manner. A zesty, but delicate sweetness punctuates the statements made by the rest of the tobaccos. The finish is lingering, but won't overstay its welcome. Caravan is full and exotic; rich and spicy. A classic Balkan style blend with our own special touch."

My Review: Caravan is another winner from GL Pease for me. In the tin, I was again greeted with a rough cut, beautiful dark tobacco with a nice Latakia-smokiness, accompanied by oriental musk, stable hay like flavours, and a typical oriental soury/exotic flavour. The taste was evidently Latakia all the way. None of the flavours were present at first light. However, further down the bowl, just the right amount of those other flavours showing its appearance while the smokiness of Latakia stays in front - just the way I like it! Playing "Caravans" while smoking this, took to the middle east. A nice tobacco, definitely in my rotation!

  • Strength: Medium
  • Flavouring: None
  • Taste: Medium
  • Room note: Pleasant
  • Non-Aromatic
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Purchased From: 4Noggins

 - Charing Cross (Video)

Package description: Charing Cross is a traditional Balkan style blend of fine Virginia leaf, richly seasoned with smoky Cyprian Latakia, and spiced with the exquisite and exotic pipe tobaccos of the orient. This is the one for Latakia lovers. Hints of roasted cocoa beans, orange zest, green pepper and camp fires. This is the big one - fuller than Blackpoint, and a little less sweet.

My Review: In the tin, rich Latakia with a hint of spiciness, orange zest. Lighting it, provides a well-balanced, smooth even creamy smoke with the same hints of orange zest and a hint of sweetness on the tongue. Halfway through the bowl, the roasted something (Pease say’s its cocoa beans) was evident. Could've more Latakia though. tobacco gl pease

  • Strength: Medium
  • Flavouring: None
  • Taste: Medium
  • Room note: pleasant to tolerable
  • Non-Aromatic
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Purchased From: 4Noggins & Yabo

 - Chelsea Morning

Package Other's description: Chelsea Morning is a blend of sweet red and bright Virginias, fragrant orientals, a bit of rich Cyprus Latakia, and just a pinch of Perique. The leaf is blended in layers, briefly pressed, then sliced and tumbled into ribbons. Lively and engaging, with a subtle fruitiness, and an elegant, creamy texture, it's a great bowl to accompany the morning cup.

My Review: Chelsea Morning is another winner from GL Pease for me.

  • Strength: MediumQuiet Nights
  • Flavouring: None
  • Taste: Medium to Full
  • Room note: Pleasant
  • Non-Aromatic
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Purchased From: 4Noggins

 - Gas Light (Video)

Package description: Gaslight is a rich Latakia mixture, structured with layers of mature Red Virginias and spiced with orientals. It's pressed and aged in cakes, then cut into one ounce bars of about 1" x 1" x 2".

My Review: The raw cake had the rich Latakia smokiness, but after awhile a faint fruity (peach?) smell breaks through. Exotic, fragrant flavours. When lit, definite softer Latakia (smokiness). tobacco gl pease

  • Strength: Medium
  • Flavouring: None
  • Taste: Medium to Full
  • Room note: Pleasant
  • Non-Aromatic
  • Rating: 5/5
  • Purchased From: 4Noggins

One of my all-time favourite tobaccos.

 - Kensington (Video)

Package description: Kensington is a Balkan style blend with restraint. Bright and red Virginias are combined with richly flavoured leaf from the orient and Cyprian Latakia in perfect measure for a wonderfully balanced smoke. Slightly sweeter than Charing Cross, and not quite as full due to a more delicate hand with the Latakia. Spicy, with an occasional suggestion of orange blossom. Complex, but never ponderous. A slightly lighter variant of the classic style.

My Review: I tend to be very biased to GL Pease tobaccos - everyone I had since, were enjoyable. Indeed, some more than others. On the nose: When opening the tin, you are greeted with a wonderful array of tobacco colours - light brown, creamy to brown to dark chocolaty black. Rough cut. Moist. A clear earthy smell with a bitterness (or lemony maybe) strikingly evident. At first not very pleasant. Further nosing, the spiciness (cloves?) become evident. On the palate: The earthy tones are evident again with the spicy tones coming through. Unfortunately, the bitter / sour note is also noticeable. If you're looking for a sweet note - I couldn't find any. Overall, not my favourite - indeed a balkan blend with restraint. But that is a personal taste - as you know by now, I'm a bold Latakia / Oriental lover. So although Mr Pease does create great blends, this one to my taste spectrum is just a bit insipid. Pleasant room note though.. tobacco gl pease

  • Strength: mild to medium
  • Flavouring: None detected
  • Taste: somewhat insipid - mild
  • Room note: pleasant
  • Non-Aromatic
  • Rating: 3/5
  • Purchased From: 4Noggins

 - Key Largo (Video)

Package description: Deep, Earthy and Creamy. A distinguished broken flake of Red Virginia tobaccos, small leaf orientals, and a measure of Cyprus Latakia, spiced with velvety cigar wrapper leaf. Key Largo develops throughout the bowl, offering a satisfying and sturdy smoking experience, with beautifully balanced, richly textured layers of cocoa, dark roasted coffee, leather, and a lively, lingering finish.

My Review: Opening the tin, the creamy is very clear and satisfying. Continuing smelling, the earthy tones become clearer. And after awhile, the cigar notes comes to the fore. On first light, the roasted coffee is evident with faint notes of leather. Definitely less Latakia / Oriental like the previous I've reviewed (Gas light, Westminster, Charing Cross), but enough to satisfy my Latakia / Oriental crave. Unlike many other Balkan / English blends, the sweetness in this blend is so subtle, you will be forgiven to think there is none. Just enough to balance the cigar leaf's bitterness. As you go along minding your business while smoking Key Largo, the roasted cocoa beans comes through just to remind you of the subtle yet excellent balance of this blend. Midway through the blend, the roasted cocoa becomes a bit clearer but the earthy creamy textures as described stays with you - very nice! Another winner for my from Greg Pease!tobacco gl pease

  • Strength: Medium
  • Flavouring: None detected
  • Taste: Medium
  • Room note: Pleasant
  • Non-Aromatic
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Purchased From: Yabo

 - Maltese Falcon (Video)

Package Other's description: Stylish, dark and alluring. Generous quantities of Cyprian Latakia are blended with matured red Virginias, exotic orientals, and just a little bright flue-cured leaf to offer a deep, full-bodied yet silky smoke with an intriguing sweetness, enhanced by a discreet and mysterious spice. Maltese Falcon possesses an exquisite balance - a wonderful all-day English style mixture.

My Review: Another winner from GL Pease. In the tin, apart from the typical Latakia-smokiness, I smelled a leathery musky flavour. Strangely, that's all. But after lighting the bowl, I was greeted with the smokiness and, for the first time in a tobacco, a berry-like sweetness accompanied by roasted chocolaty flavour. As I went down the bowl, the sweetness fainted but the berry / chocolaty flavours stayed, bringing in some spices and cirtrus. Another winner for me - well-balanced with the Latakia constantly their to remind you of this English blend. Pairs wonderful with Glenmorangie Lasanta which has also notes of chocolate, citrus, butterscotch and a nutty flavour.

  • Strength: MediumQuiet Nights
  • Flavouring: None
  • Taste: Medium to Full
  • Room note: Pleasant
  • Non-Aromatic
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Purchased From: 4Noggins

 - Meridian

Package Other's description: Meridian is a balanced, yet sophisticated blend of Cyprus Latakia, fine Virginia tobaccos and small leaf orientals; pressed, sliced and cut into ribbons. More savory than sweet, with classic structure, medium body, and captivating complexity. Meridian was an entry in the Old London Series. It's a medium-full mixture, with flavours that evoke memories from other great Latakia blends. Red and orange virginias are joined by a generous, but not overwhelming measure of Cyprian leaf, for a wonderfully earthy foundation. The spicy/sweet oriental tobaccos add fullness, and an exquisite aroma. Not as "big" or as full as Westminster, but similar in style.

My Review: Meridian not my ultimate favourite like the other GL Pease - too much Perique for me.

  • Strength: Medium
  • Flavouring: None
  • Taste: Medium to Full
  • Room note: Pleasant
  • Non-Aromatic
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Purchased From: 4Noggins 

- Odyssey (Video)

Package description: Odyssey is huge - the biggest of the Pease blends. It's loaded with Latakia and harmonized by exotic Orientals. Exotic oriental tobaccos abound, and wonderful matured red and jet-black stoved Virginias provide a perfect balance, both in the tin aroma and in the flavour of the dense smoke. The first match yields big puffy clouds of beautiful smoke. The flavour is bold and assertive, but still refined. The Latakia's spice is balanced by the sweetness of the Virginias, and they have a marvellous conversation, while the oriental tobaccos play Baroque quartets in the background. If you're a Latakia lover, Odyssey will surely enthral you. The high percentage of dark tobaccos dictate a delicate hand when packing for best smoking.

My Review: Like GL Pease says….its Latakia BOLD. But surprisingly, not on the first light. In the tin the Latakia strikes you right in the face (which I don’t care as I like Latakia), but the moment you light, the softest creamiest balanced Latakia / Oriental / Virginia tobacco blend comes through with even a hint of sweetness as an afterthought. A complex yet satisfying smoke. Throughout the bowl the hint of sweetness stayed with you. tobacco gl pease

  • Strength: Medium to Strong
  • Flavouring: None
  • Taste: Full
  • Room note: Pleasant to tolerable
  • Non-Aromatic
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Purchased From: 4Noggins

 - Quiet Nights (Video)

Package Other's description: Quiet Nights is a rich, deep, contemplative blend of ripe red virginias, fine orientals, smokey Cyprus Latakia, and a pinch of Acadian perique; producing a sophisticated flavour and exotic aroma.

My Review: In the tin, Quiet Nights presented you with a spicy, smokey incense-like aroma within the wonderful full Latakia flavours. Quiet Nights Taste: Immediately after charring the bowl, you are greeted with a silky, creamy smoke, layered in that Latakia smokiness. The incense / orientalness are also prominent, but so delightfully balanced, no one component strikes you in the face. Pepper from the Perique faintly in the background to counter the sweet notes from the Virginia. Again, that feeling of sitting at a campfire on a real Quiet Night. A wonderful tobacco!!

  • Strength: Medium to strongQuiet Nights review
  • Flavouring: None
  • Taste: Medium to Full
  • Room note: Tolerable
  • Non-Aromatic
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Purchased From: 4Noggins 

- Robusto

Package description: The chocolate brown wrapper leaf provides an alluring spice and a creamy texture to the smoke; a suggestion of the richness of a great cigar, and a creamy texture to the smoke. A little Cyprian Latakia rounds out the flavours. Ripe, red Virginia leaf provides a modest sweetness. A variety of Oriental pipe tobaccos fill in the gaps. Robusto is complex, full flavoured, and spicy. It's perfect with the afternoon coffee, as a delicious finish to a wonderful meal, or as a stout companion throughout the day.

My Tobacco Review: Cigar leaf on the nose and tongue.  After lighting, also a almost sweetish but definite spicy taste.  Robust indeed, but well-balanced.  Good as an after-dinner smoke, maybe paired with a good whisky!.tobacco gl pease

  • Strength: Strong
  • Flavouring: None
  • Taste: Full
  • Room note: Tolerable
  • Non-Aromatic
  • Rating: 3/5
  • Purchased From: 4Noggins

 - Samarra (Video)

Description: Samarra is a rich and complex mixture, without being heavy. Despite a significant percentage of Cyprus Latakia, Samarra is not a Latakia powerhouse. Matured red Virginia provides the basic structure and a delicate sweetness. A generous portion of Cyprian Latakia is added for its smoky richness, and exotic, fragrant Oriental leaf provides fullness to the flavour. Finally, just a hint of zesty lemon Virginia adds bit of brightness to the smoke, and a touch of Perique adds its own unique piquancy. An extremely complex blend... Samarra is an excellent introduction to the “English Mixture” for those seeking to explore the genre, a wonderful daily smoke for those who like their Latakia in moderation, or a delightfully intriguing aperitif before dining. (1) Package says: "Opulent and elegant. Several varieties of Virginia tobacco form the structure of this blend. Smoky Cyprian Latakia, fine Turkish leaf and just a hint of Perique are added for richness. The smoke is silky and round. A subtle, yet complex sweetness from the Virginias, and a fine zest, is present throughout the smoke while layers of complexity tantalize the senses from first light to the last puff."

My Review: Tobacco Review of GL Pease Samarra. I'm a huge fan of GL Pease tobaccos and the amount of Latakia in any blend is never a problem to me - actually, the more the better! Also on my YouTube channel. In the tin: Smoky, mouldy and a hint of spice. Taste: Indeed a complex yet silky smooth taste. None of the components stood out to be able to note them specifically - but that is just why its so great! Well balanced! Creamy and buttery and maybe a hint of zest. A good all-day English blend. Overall, 4*. Every bowl I tried was just magnificent.tobacco gl pease

  • Strength: Mild to medium
  • Flavouring: None detected
  • Taste: Mild to medium
  • Room note: Pleasant
  • Non-Aromatic
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Purchased From: 4Noggins

 - Westminster (Video)

Package description: The very essence of the traditional English mixture; rich, elegant, refined, and exquisitely balanced. New World red Virginias are enhanced with a gentle caress of bright leaf, then lavishly seasoned with rich oriental pipe tobaccos and generous measures of noble Cyprus mountain Latakia. Westminster is a satisfying blend, presenting layers of flavour to delight the senses and develop in the bowl. A perfect everyday English mixture.

My Review: In the tin, straight rich Latakia, maybe even a mouldy horse stable (in a good sense) smell. Same on first light, strong Latakia but as you go down the bowl, its as if the different flavours combines in a well-balanced blend; a touch of sweetness from the Virginias, Latakia smokiness and exotic sweet spiciness from the Oriental! Leathery / mouldy / earthy. tobacco gl pease

  • Strength: Medium
  • Flavouring: None detected
  • Taste: Medium to Full
  • Room note: Pleasant to tolerable
  • Non-Aromatic
  • Rating: 3/5
  • Purchased From: 4Noggins

 

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