Who loves VaPer? Thats Virginia and Perique blends for thoes un aware of the short name. I, for one have always loved Perique. The Plum scent, the Pepper feel, and the raw Nicotine power. It is in almost everything that I smoke on a regular basis. One of my Canadian friends, Mike, though a lot of us call him Briar Blues, tends to only smoke VaPer and specifically Escudo.
Escudo is produced in The Kingdom of Denmark. Perique is only produced in Louisiana, Virginia is just a strain of a Tobacco plant and is grown in many places, notably NOT Denmark. So this blend, has to travel the world before you can purchase it, and it’s only available for sale in The USA. All that travel comes with a bit of a price increase, but I must say, well worth it.
Navy de Luxe is a coin cut, that should really delight the senses. Slightly sweet, a touch of pepper, and enough strength that 2 coins will satisfy your needs for a decent amount of time.
Briar should be your first taste or your last depending upon how you do it. Since Briar tends to bring out the natural pepper notes, I, like Mike, have found that it pairs better with Briar than the other options. Cobs are my next preference down. This blend is slightly sweet and a cob will make it almost sugary. It’s not bad, but the extra sweetness is just not necessary. Last or first, if you want to try worst first, is Meerschaum and Clay. Not that I didn’t trust Mike’s opinion about his favorite blend, but I had to find out for myself. Meerschaum and Clay produced a slightly earthy note that reminded me of a west Texas dust storm. Smokeing it was fine, but the lingering dirt flavor was not anywhere near as good as a Briar.
If you are into a really Peet forward Scotch, Meerschaum and Clay might be the way to go, but Bourbon and Briar was my preference. A good dry red wine works well with a Briar or Cob. Coffee, Tea, and Water I also found the Briar superior for the flavor.
Should you be in the market for a new Briar, I will suggest looking into Mike’s website https://briarblues.com/. He ships world wide and his site moto is “Where Service is not a Luxury.” You can Tweet, Email, and even converse live via his YouTube Live feed every Thursday night at about 7:30 Eastern. https://youtube.com/c/BriarBlues. I highly recommend you check out his channel as his knowledge of pipes greatly exceeds mine. Just be careful on his website or you might come down with a case of Pipe Acquisition Disorder. PAD for short.
On to the Binary, 1, as if you didn’t see that coming. Slight reservation, due to the extreme lack of overseas availability, purchase enough for smoking and gift, it is a bit pricey but as indicated, Well worth it.
If you are wondering why I like Mike so much, look back at the Sutliff Rum and Maple post, and scroll down to the “Ugly Pipe” Mike helped me greatly, and that’s the kind of friends that you need in your life.
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