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Blending - Perique

Rare and precious, this dark, fragrant condiment tobacco comes to us in wooden casks from St. James Parish, Louisiana, where it has been produced in time-honored fashion since the days when the natives pressed it in tree trunks. Use it sparingly in your blends for its distinctive cooked-fruit, musty, mushroom-like aroma and cool-smoking character.

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Overall Rating4.79 out of 5 Based on 38 Ratings

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5 out of 5
Ah! Perique
Perique is more a style of making tobacco than a actual type. Some swear by the St. James Parrish produce, but in over twenty years using this condiment tobacco I cannot say I have ever been disappointed, no matter where its origin. Use sparingly: 10%of a mixture is about right for a mild Va like MV-1000, somewhat more for a stronger Va. like bright leaf or Burley As a general rule anything more than 16% perique tends to taste of perique, which is virtually unsmokeable on its own and smells awful in the jar! Perique adds fragrance and a light fruity background taste that is difficult to describe. If you suffer from chronic cough, you may wish to avoid - it seems to make coughs worse.
5 out of 5
Great with aged Virginias
Great product. High quality Perique. I use it to blend with Sutcliffe Aged Navy Flake yielding a wonderful smooth fragrant smoke without a hint of added flavoring or chemicals. A true tobacco taste that smokes with a fine white ash.
3 out of 5
First time adding perique to existing blends,sweetened everything up nicely,so far so good.
5 out of 5
I have purchased a number
I have purchased a number if blending varieties and have been completely satisfied with my choices and what has been suggested by your staff.
5 out of 5
Tobacco and P&C
This tobacco is simply awesome, but this review is my statement about P&C. Simply put, I am leaving them as a source for my needs.
5 out of 5
Great stuff
Have had a 2 ounce bag i bought almost 2 years ago, and am just now finishing it & been meaning to come back and write a review, Wow, is all i can say. I tried Perique from another vendor (Mclleland's) and Gawith Hoggarth's Perique - the Mclleland's was bland and the GH was flowery / perfume bag note - i can't understand what the attraction was there. I'd read dozens of articles describing how the St James Perique had a pungent spicy aroma, and boy does this stiff. The first time you take a whiff, it'll put you off, but then it will intrigue you and you'll go back for a second try - that's when you're hooked. Don't know why no one else has noticed, but the pungent aroma has a heavy vinegary note to it - i took it by my local tobacconist and he smiled and said that was the fermentation process note. BUt even the wife unit likes the room note it leaves lingering for hours great stuff!!! do not smoke this straight by itself - your eyes will bulge out. I add it to some Virginia Golden tobaccos and boy does it play nice, just a pinch to a bowl.
5 out of 5
Good tobacco
I add this, green river cavendish, and a little latakia to my P. S. bullseye flake. I enjoy it very much.
5 out of 5
Perfect for what I had
Perfect for what I had planned
5 out of 5
Blending Perique
As authentic as it gets! I'm a Choctaw Native American and perique has history with the tribe. It smokes very smooth and cool, and has a taste that is different from the typical Virginian and Cavendish blends. I smoke it straight, but you can use it to blend with other tobaccos if preferred.
5 out of 5
Nice blending Perique
Nice blending Perique
5 out of 5
Just what I needed
I like to add a pinch of Perique to a couple of blends,. and this is the most vivid and flavorful I've found.
3 out of 5
questionable St. James
I'm not sure this is the pure St James Perique. I used to get it direct from down there and is was more robust. I'll guess this is blended with Green River tobacco. I know it is advertised as St. James Perique I doubt that. Taste is fairly OK
4 out of 5
Perique Blending
I, like the earlier writer, can only compare this to McClelland's blending Perique, in the 1.75 oz. can with the plain black wraparound label with white lettering. That was some good stuff, and if the talk is true I'm sorry to see it go. With this P&C private label Perique, I bought 4 oz. for around the same price as the 1.75 oz. can of McClelland's, so big advantage there. When you open up the bag (no can) the tobacco looks exactly the same, a black-reddish mahogany color. Very appealing look and I ordered the ribbon cut just like McClelland's, except the ribbons are a little longer with this. The aroma is where the difference starts. With this P&C version, you still get the fermented apricot, musty mushroom aroma, but it's not nearly as pungent or fresh smelling as with McClelland's. Moisture is no issue. It comes very well packaged with ample moisture. I keep it in a humidor with two refillable humidifiers to guarantee its moisture and freshness indefinitely. Here's how I smoke it: I fill a dry pipe bowl a little over half way with everyday Lane's RLP-6 (or Captain Black white label). If you want stronger, use BCA. I then pack Perique on top to fill it up. Light 'er up and the Perique rifts through the RLP-6, deliciously mellowing the entire bowl. That's where I can really tell the difference. McClelland's would really pack a punch. The Perique was undeniable and totally identifiable. You could really taste the delicious fermentation and with an incredible aroma. With the P&C, not so much, but still very good. The ash is still undeniably Perique, almost pure white, so you know. The only thing I can think is that McClelland's obtained the best of the very best (and you paid for it). Or maybe one of the producers made batches specifically for McClelland's. Give this a try though. It's good and it's pure Perique. And for what you get for the price, it's certainly worth it. I give it four solid stars.
5 out of 5
Blending- Perique
I'm relatively a new pipe smoker around a month and a half, I purchased this as an experiment for my other tobacco's. I wanted to know what it tasted like straight, yes I was a little worried of the nicotine slap-in-the-face I've heard so much about. I did get a nicotine hit only after smoking II bowl back to back. It was not as strong as smoke as I thought it would be and the nicotine hit for me was not that bad. There is a little flavor there that I like. The smell out of my 8oz purchase in the bag really strong of dried prunes and raisins with a very slight hint that is so subtle I almost missed it of Copenhagen snuff tobacco. I'm really enjoy this straight in a pipe. I can't wait to experiment it mixing a pinch here or there with my other tobaccos. My son who does not like smoking at all said the bag note was pretty good to him he said it also reminded him of dried fruit of prunes and raisins, he also noticed the slight subtle hint of the Copenhagen snuff. The room note is so strong both my son and I said this is one that does not need to be smoked in the home it is better to be smoked outside. The smell of this tobacco straight in my cob pipe lingered in the room for two days. Another reason for smoking this tobacco outside. I personally like it so much I will be making another purchase. For me it's not the big bad monster everyone made it out to be. Maybe I have a high tolerance for nicotine. The smoke is very smooth, almost cigar like. I hope this helps anyone who is a new smoker just remember I do not recommend this to be smoked inside as it is a very strong odor.
3 out of 5
Good, but not what I had hoped for
I will start this review by stating that I can only compare this to McClelland's blending perique (which is no longer available) as that is the only other blending perique I have smoked. I had really hoped this compared to it, but sadly I am very disappointed (as far as the comparison goes) so take the 3 stars with a large amount of salt. Aside from on the retrohale, there was no detectable spicyness at all to this, and almost no hit from the nicotine. To be fair there is a bit of subtle flavor to it, but I just smoked an entire bowl straight without so much as a slight head spin. McClellands would have had me almost unconcious and feeling like I had smoked wasabi (which is what I was hoping for). I will celler it and see how that goes, as I purchased 4 oz of it and the Mclds was cellered for almost 5 years, but even when i first smoked it it was still much more potent than this. Now with that being said, I DID enjoy the smoke which is why I gave it the three stars. If I had been given an oz of this and not told it was straight perique I would have really been interested in buying more. I'll have to see how it grows on me, and if it wasn't for my expectations I would give is a 3 1/2-4 stars. I highly recoomend smoking a few bowls straight Age-new Pipe used -12" church warden novice/intermediate pipe smoker (7 years and counting)
5 out of 5
Rare and precious indeed, this leaf is nothing short of divine. I can hear the choirs of the parishes with every taste. Pure, simple, delicious and heady, I might not blend this with anything. Thank you Pipes and Cigars!
5 out of 5
Money Saver
A (Must Have) for anybody searching for that perfect blend, whether it be English/Vaper/Aro. Add a little Perique to that "Not so good blend" and have something better, not just money wasted. NOTE: A little goes a long ways, and it stay moist forever kept in a sealed glass jar.
4 out of 5
Nice Perique
Tasty stuff! I mix a bit into straight VA flakes to get a "juicier" smoke. It's quite flavorful. Good to have on hand. I know some will take issue with the price of Perique. But considering the time and effort to make it, and the fact that you don't need much of it, it's fairly priced.
5 out of 5
Wonderful, essential Blender. But Potent?
I sometimes smoke a blending tobacco straight just to get an idea of its characteristics. I hear stories of how smoking straight Perique "does not end well" due to its fabled potency. I don't know; maybe it's because I've been smoking since 1967, but I've never experienced the "tobacco stupor" straight Perique is reputed to cause. And that's fine with me, because who smokes to get so sick they feel nauseous? (I've never gotten a "high" from tobacco--great pleasure and comfort, yes. And to this day I don't understand how people who get high off tobacco don't end up puking; or at least they claim they don't.) The beauty and joy of Perique, for me, is how it affects blends. There is that fruity "prune" taste to it, but even more so, it does add a robust fullness and depth and to any blend. In blends, it seems always to coat the tongue with a pleasant richness. Many people add it to brands or blends that have gone "flat" to their tastes. For sure, carefully and sparingly adding Perique to any blend will make the blend a whole new experience for you.
5 out of 5
A wonderful blending tobacco
Blending Perique is not only a wonderful blending tobacco, but, also, to me, a very tasty, unusual smoke by itself. Since first trying it a few years ago, I try to always have it on hand. I, especially, appreciate the full flavor and strength, in a large bowl, during the evening, with a glass of hearty red wine or bourbon. It is a terrific finish to a busy day.
5 out of 5
Great value!
Blended: 2 parts red Virginia (from Holts in Philadelphia), 1 part PS Dark Fired Kentucky, 1 part this Perique. Powerful, smooth, rich smoke. Good stuff and great price!
5 out of 5
Premium Grade Perique
No idea how people smoke this on it's own. It like a mouth full of black pepper and fire. As a blender on the other hand, it is wonderful. It is a lot of fun to add to blends you may be tiring of. I added some to Gawith & Hoggarth (Top) Black Cherry and transformed a desert into something entirely unique and exciting.
5 out of 5
Perfect Perique
Perfect Perique. Earthy and complex. I plan on filling a jar with this when it's back in stock.
5 out of 5
Nice flavour
It is as expected. Nice flavour
5 out of 5
Delivers as expected.
Great blending tobacco.
5 out of 5
Just my style
This was just what I was looking for. Great blending tobacco.
5 out of 5
Delivers as expected.
Delivers just what I expected.
5 out of 5
I'm a new pipe smoker looking for a mild tobacco, and Perique even in small doses was too strong for me. As much as I would like to promote St. James Parish, I need to leave Perique alone.
5 out of 5
Perfect For The Occassion
I bought this perique as a strength additive to some of my blends. Its unique taste, Perique, combines with a nice punch in the bass line orchestrated by my combinations of tobaccos really accents the OTC stuff just the way I hoped it would. Kinda wish I purchased more than two oz. but hey P&C ain't going nowhere so I'll be ordering more as my needs arise. Thank You Pipes and Cigars!
5 out of 5
Great service
I order from pipes and cigars quiet often service is always great and they are very reliable . You won't go wrong with them.
5 out of 5
Love it
I ben somke a pipe for a while i try type of pipe tobacco. Then i try this type an fell in love with this tobacco is all an woundfuly.
5 out of 5
Makes every blend a wonderful experience!!
5 out of 5
Real perique :)
This is legit perique, I personally like to enjoy mine as it is. Just pinch a bowl and relax. I work those long 12 hour shifts. Nothing quite like sitting on your porch star gazing with a pipe of perique and a glass if sweet tea. Man. Its something else.
5 out of 5
Periqued Intrest.
One of the best condiments for any tobacco. I love how this stuff changes depending on the blend. It can be spicey/earthy, cooked fruits, or like mushrooms. Really fun stuff that does not come dry and will stay moist forever. I purchased a # and it will probably last years being I don't smoke it straight.
5 out of 5
Outstanding Perique
I enjoy a small touch of Perique in my tobacco,and there is no finer Perique I have tried than this one. I tend to keep the amount under five percent.
5 out of 5
Plum & Pepper
This is perique!
5 out of 5
I was really impressed with the perique tobacco you all sent. While I have smoked it in various blends in the past those blends had so little perique in them one could barely notice it being there. I enjoyed the perique all by itself in my pipe. But I mixed most of it with my Three Sails in my pipe and for hand rolling. The mixture is very good. I'm sure I will be buying more of the perique in the future. Thanks.
5 out of 5
Interesting Flavor
I am not an expert on these matters. I bought some Perique to make the bulk tobaccos I buy a little different from time to time. I am satisfied with it for that purpose.
Customer Testimonials
This is an interesting beast of a tobacco. Not sure if I would try to smoke straight but when added to "weaker Vapers" it wakes them up considerably. I added some to an old batch of Orlik and it perked it right up in a good way. Use sparingly, this stuff will definitely make your head swim.
MY of Westfield Center, OH
Ordered an ounce of this to try, having never smoked anything with Perique before. It has an aroma that is similar to snuff, like Copenhagen or Skol (minus the flavorings of course). It has a slight spiciness as well during smoking. It's not harsh, but it seemed to produce a very dense smoke that stuck to the back of my throat. Definitely a unique tobacco that is worth keeping a little around for experimentation. A little too strong for me on it's own, but I do enjoy the flavor, and it blends easily.
Hands down the best! It's no secret to blenders that St. JAMES Perique is the best in the world. Mark Ryan has done a fantastic job with the growing and curing. I mix it 1:1 with MacBaren #1 Virginia steaming it twice to marry the flavors for one of the best VaPers you can get, right from your own hand. Whatever you think you need, double the order! P&C prices are so good on this Perique how can you afford not to go with it for your blends?
CT of Antioch, IL
I'm not even sure I want to blend this... I'm thoroughly enjoying it just the way it came...
RM of East Pittsburgh, PA
I have to agree with BS of MN. That is my favorite perique blend also. When I am smoking it, my wife always comes to my den for the aroma. I am surprised by the difference in the perique tobaccos I get from different suppliers to P&C. Some are great and others not so much.
JB of Seguin, TX
This is an interesting tobacco. Fickle & capricious. Sometimes like musty plums other times like black pepper. Always good, occasionally even straight, in a good cob. My favorite Perique blend still is from a bygone review I'd once read- 1:1:1 Perique, Latakia, & Green River Black Cavendish.
BS of Aitkin, MN
I am just learning how to construct my own blends. So far, I am quite pleased with the Perique and I like the flavor it adds to the blends I have tried thus far.
TR of Whitney, TX
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