Tasting Notes – Peterson Elizabethan Mixture – Smokingpipes.com

– Hey everybody, Shane Ireland here. Welcome to another
episode of Tasting Notes. Today, I am tasting the new
Peterson Elizabethan mixture. Now, everybody knows that Dunhill blends were unavailable for a good little while, and that Peterson has
recently brought back some of these legendary
blends in their lineup. They are the same blend, and I just wanted to kind of see for myself. So, I was able to pull
a relatively young tin of Dunhill Elizabethan mixture
out of my personal cellar and compare it to the Peterson version. Now, full disclosure, there’s no way that I could be more
scientific than I’m being now simply because these two
tobaccos were not produced at the same time, so the
fact that the Dunhill is a little bit older,
again, we’re not talking ten years older or anything, but the fact that the Dunhill is months
older than the Peterson, of course there’s gonna
be some differences. So, what I’m really looking for is to see if they sort of ring the same bell. Now, I smoked the Dunhill
Elizabethan for years, so I’ve smoked plenty of it fresh and plenty of it aged, and
really with the Peterson, I’m just trying to see if
it rings the same bells so that I can know if I can expect the same sort of aging
potential and the like. So, having said that,
I’ve got both tins here to compare, and I
actually pulled two pipes out of my collection, both by Former. They are the same exact pipe
with two different finishes, so I have a rusticated
apple and a smooth apple, but the dimensions of the pipe overall, the chamber dimensions and
everything, completely identical. So, it’s as close as I could get to an even comparison of these two blends. So, before I get into
smoking them, let me just pop both of these open and
see what I’ve got here. So, this is the Peterson tin, which is the fresher of the two. Definitely definitely
exactly what I expected. Elizabethan mixture. A lot of bright leaf in
there, a lot of medium-colored and chestnut-colored leaf,
and a little bit of dark leaf. It is the same ribbon cut
with a couple of chunks of some pressed, darker tobaccos
in there that I’m used to. The tin note is very
familiar, like really bready. A little bit grassy, in a
good way, like that sort of matured, like fermented
hay kind of a smell. So, a little bit bready,
a little bit fermented. I get a little bit of the perique. (exhales) But at this age, at the
age that this tin is, it’s like, I don’t know,
a little less fruity and a little more earthy. So, I’m gonna set that
down for just a moment so that I can open the Dunhill version. (clears throat) Let’s see. And again, other than the tin insert, it looks nearly identical. (exhales)
Yep. So, again, a lot of bright
leaf, a lot of medium-colored and chestnut-colored
Virginias, some larger chunks of some darker pressed leaf. The tin note here, just
because of the few months of age, is a little bit more
deep, a little bit more fruity, a little less earthy,
but I’m still getting that sort of tangy, bready
Virginia sort of note. (exhales)
Yeah. So, if you handed these to me blind, I don’t know that I
could tell the difference without smelling them, and
they look almost identical. I would say that the Dunhill
is just a touch darker in overall tone, again because
of the tiny bit of age. And if I was able to smell these
and try to tell them apart, I would at least be able to tell you which one was a little bit older. Or, at least, I like to
think I would be able to tell you which one
was a little bit older. But other than that,
they are identical to me. So, having said that, let me smoke them and see if the Peterson
version tastes as I remember, and kind of get a glimpse into the future of what the Peterson will taste like with my slightly aged Dunhill tin. This is the part that maybe
they’ll want to speed up, ’cause it won’t be that interesting. So, we’ll see. I am going to start
with the fresh version, which is in this pipe, and
I’m gonna get that going here. (flicks cigarette lighter) Oh, yeah. So, this is Peterson’s
Elizabethan mixture, which is a little more fresh. Still very enjoyable, and
I can say definitively that this does ring the same bells for me as the Dunhill Elizabethan mixture used to when it was also fresh. Interesting thing about the fresh version is I think it’s a little more … There’s a little bit of a
toasty, nutty kind of a flavor along with the sort of
grassy, hay-like Virginias. Some woodsy flavors, a
little bit of earthiness. I get a little bit of the perique spice and a little bit of the perique sort of dark fruit notes on the retrohale. Not a ton on my palette, at least not this early in the bowl. But yeah, I mean, this is
exactly what I remember smoking fresh tins of Elizabethan to be. It’s a really, really nice
blend, and I’ve said before that if you’re curious
about Virginia perique and the effect that
perique has on a blend, there’s two places that
are great to start. One is Escudo, and one
is Elizabethan mixture. And Escudo is gonna be a little more full, a little more on the rich side, and to me, Elizabethan is a little more subtle, as far as the
perique’s contribution. It’s a little bit more
about the Virginias. But I think smoking both of those will give you a very good idea of kind of what you think about perique, and like what you’re interested in. And because Escudo is pressed
and Elizabethan is not, they do age a little
bit differently as well. So, it’s really interesting,
the Elizabethan, when it’s older to me
is a little more spicy and a little less fruity somehow, whereas a pressed version
of your perique blend, to me, tends to be a little more deeper in terms of the dark fruit
flavors, and potentially the spicy is toned down
a little bit over time. Hmm.
Yeah. Really, really nice. I’d say medium-plus flavor,
and medium strength, maybe medium-plus strength. It’s soft on the palette, and the retrohale is nice and smooth. There’s a little bit of spice, enough to keep you interested. But it’s mostly about those Virginias, especially when the tin is this young. I think this is a great morning smoke, or an all-day smoke for
somebody who’s into perique. Or a nice change of pace if you’re typically smoking straight Virginias. And I will say that I
also just love the cut. I love the cut of the Dunhill version, and the Peterson is exactly the same. Packs really well, takes
to a flame really well, low-maintenance tobacco. This is the kind of thing that I can just kind of throw in a pouch
and carry a couple pipes around with me and nothing
else and be totally satisfied. Let’s see how the Dunhill stacks up. (exhales) Right off the bat, the
sort of brighter leaf, like the sort of higher-end notes are a little more toned
down in this version. And like I said, I don’t
think that’s because there’s any difference, I
think it’s literally just the difference in age
between these two tins, which is not very much. I’m getting that same sort
of grassy, fermented hay, earthy kind of a note. The perique hasn’t really picked up yet. And I think that makes sense, too, because the more the perique settles in the tin, pretty much with any
blend, in my experience, it tends to tone down a
tiny bit on the spice, and it tends to sweeten up a little bit and become a little more rich
and a little more fruity. So, like I said, I think if
I was smoking both of these blind and I didn’t know what they were, I would say that they
were very similar blends. I may be able to guess that this one was a little more mature ’cause it has some of those flavors
that I associate with something that’s aged, but honestly, they do ring the same bell. That’s what I was looking for. Even with a little bit of age on it, it’s more zesty than it is spicy. Same great cut, same volume of smoke, quite a bit of smoke, really
well-behaved in the pipe. I feel like the sort of higher-end notes that are in the fresher
tin, they translate a little bit more, a little less grass and a little more citrus
in the Dunhill tin, which is aged slightly more. And honestly, like I
said, that’s not to say that they’re different, it’s just that even if you bought two tins
of the same identical blend from the same manufacturer
a couple months apart, there’s gonna be some differences. I mean, this is a natural product, and it’s made in relatively small batches, all of the tobaccos that we offer, and there’s gonna be some
variation from batch to batch and from crop to crop,
so that much is known. I’ve played this game
before with other blends that I really like, you know, like, okay, here’s a batch of
something that I bought two or three years ago and here’s a batch of something that I bought six months ago. And I like to compare
them because I kind of like to see how the age changes the blend and what the progression is like. But what I’m always conscious of is obviously there’s gonna
be some differences, and what I really want to know is
if it rings the same bells. I’m really excited to
have it back, available on the market, and I definitely
want to put some more away. It was just a nice
excuse for me to revisit a fresh version of this
blend and to just confirm my suspicions that they are identical to the Dunhill versions. I’m gonna keep testing these out in the coming weeks and months. And thank you guys for joining me, and we’ll see what the
other comparisons look like. See you next time.