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RO Blends - Fire Storm

I’ve been blending pipe tobacco for nearly forty years, but ten years ago is when things really took off. I had made some blends for our brick & mortar store that did well, so we put them up for sale on P&C, and that was the beginning of Hearth & Home. Recently I was asked to make a new series that would let me stretch my wings, as it were, trying to think outside the box, and to use tobaccos and techniques that were different than anything I had done previously. I welcomed this challenge. The powers-that-be, here at P&C wanted me to put my name on these blends, and here’s the first entry in the RO Series – Fire Storm.

While most of the RO Series will be small-batch, limited editions, Fire Storm will be continuously available. I took the Virginias I used in my best-known Virginia-based blend, Anniversary Kake, and amped up the Perique content. Then I added a splash of some very nice dark-fired leaf. Fire Storm starts out, as does Anniversary Kake, quite sweet, but the spice shows up shortly thereafter and builds gradually through the end, with a peppery finish. If you like bold Virginia/Perique blends, give it a try and you’ll understand the reason for its name.

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Overall Rating 4.68 out of 5 Based on 25 Ratings

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5 out of 5
Perfectly blended. Better than anny kake by far.
If you want to see the progression of a tobacco blend, try marble cake, then anniversary kake, then fire storm. It's really interesting. Marble kake is a good base, but not something I'd recommend smoking by itself, it's ok, but it's nothing special on it's own. Add some perique and you got Anniversary kake, it's good, maybe a 4 star, I know everyone freaks out over it, but it's not the be all end all, something is missing from it. Then you add some kentucky and BAM it all comes together somehow to make this perfect blend. Somehow the additional perique and kentucky just make this stuff perfect. The first 1/4 of the bowl is a little monodimensional, dare I say it, but a bit carboardy. But then all of a sudden the perique and kentucky kick in and it's just smooth sailing from there on out. And somehow it's not that spicy. I find Escudo spicier. Somehow all the elements just meld perfectly making a very dynamic, tasty, bready, slightly spicy smoke. It's different than other blends of the same ingredients somehow, somehow this stuff just works and works well. If you like va/pers you gotta try this, it's a special special blend.
5 out of 5
My New Favorite
Relatively new pipe smoker. I love Firestorm! It has become my new favorite blend. I really enjoy the sweetness from the Virginia and the spiceyness (almost cinnamony) from the Perique. I'm definitely stocking up on this blend...
5 out of 5
Really enjoyable. Great flavor.
4 out of 5
I'll try it again.
My first bowl of Fire Storm was somewhat bland, but it was in a new and unfamiliar pipe. It was interesting enough to cause me to want to give it a try in a pipe that I know.
5 out of 5
Has a very rich flavor, probably my most favorite blend
5 out of 5
Fire Storm...yes please!
This has a great tin note, fruity and spicy. The smoke itself is very complex and ever changing. I got notes of cinnamon, tangy fruit and a nice peppery spicy taste as well. If you're not a fan of medium/full strength tobacco then don't let that scare you off! Some blends like this pack quite the buzz but I never got that with this smoke. This is one of my favorite blends, has a nice thick smoke....a must have!
5 out of 5
Starts off sweet with a bright a peppery finish.
This is one of my favorite blends in my collection. A great all around smoke. Easy to pack, easy to light. Cinnamon, dried plum followed by earthy pepper at the finish. I will be buying several more tins to add to my cellar.
5 out of 5
the best
This IS my favorite blend. ive smoked plenty of VaPers but this one has everything i love. that fruity tangy tin note (less mushroom and more dark fruit from the perique), with a little whiff of vinegar. smooth mouthfeel and medium strength. sweet virginia. the dark fired adds a little bit of a savory note as well. while it is based off of Anniversay kake, (and i REALLY enjoy Anni Kake) it has a little bit more of what i want in a VaPer. a little wet, but no worries.
5 out of 5
Great Smoke
This is hands down my favorite blend at the moment. It has a great thick and creamy smoke with tons of unique flavor. While seemingly simple in the list of tobaccos this blend is deep and complex. It has a great host of dark fruit, plum, raisin, cinnamon, and pepper flavors. There is a dash of wood and some nice dark earth. Plus, the flavors all work together to provide a rich bouquet of aromas. Even though the flavor profile and presentation is different, this is the closes thing to the experience of smoking a $12 cigar that I have found in the pipe world. Russ scored a home run with this blend.
5 out of 5
Great for Christmas!
This tobacco has a very complex taste that would be impossible to describe, and I have not been able to find anything quite like it. The sweetness slowly creeps up on you, and it is for sure there! It is my favorite winter time/holiday blend. Very warm and comforting. Burns very slow and cool, with no residue. I smoke it in a large corncob.
4 out of 5
Not Too Bad
This blend wasn't too bad, the name was slightly misleading I was expecting a kind of dunhill my mixture blend but instead it has a more fruity taste, but all and all not a bad blend.
5 out of 5
Best VaPer/DFK Blend, Ever.
This is the top of the genre -- using dark fired Kentucky to perfect the balance and depth of the soft, sweet-ish, Virginia and fruity Perique. Great body and whole mouth feel too.
5 out of 5
Great Tobacco Highly Recommended
this is a very un-scientific review, when I smoke this blend it reminds me of Cinnamon toast, it has that bready quality, sweet and cinnamony. Highly recommended
5 out of 5
Great Blend
Amazing stuff, has a complexity of flavor that IMO matches Lux BE Flake. Not deeply peppery, but it will start to hit you a bit around mid bowl for sure.
5 out of 5
Excellent Blend
A quite mild, smooth creation. Very tasty. I like it.
2 out of 5
The name and description sure suckered me in. I am disappointed with the lack of spicy taste.
5 out of 5
This is a good product , enjoy it every night.
5 out of 5
Flawless pipe tobacco!!!!
This blend is fantastic. I'm relatively new to pipe smoking, and have tried several blends already. I sort of enjoyed aromatics but firestorm is what really made me enjoy pipe smoking. It is such a full flavored tobacco. The first third of the bowl is sweet, and as you smoke it down the flavor changes to a more robust spicy perique taste. From start to finish this is a fantastic constantly changing flavor living up to its name! I am about to order more now and I hope it's here to stay!
5 out of 5
Sweet, fruity, and sporting a "true-to-the-leaf" tobacco flavor.
One of the best VaPers on the market! If you like Sutliff 1849, this one will bowl you over with taste.
5 out of 5
Nicaraguan Puro in a Pipe
s friend recommended that I try RO-Fire Storm as I was still searching for a pipe tobacco that mirrored my Nicaraguan Puro cigars. Fire Storm comes very close. Good enough that I'll be stocking up.
4 out of 5
Similar to Anniversary Kake
It's a very good tobacco, and very similar to Anniversary Kake. I'm interested to see what aging will do to it.
5 out of 5
Not what I expected
My interest was prompted by the description of the blend. The name Fire Storm had me expecting a very bold and robust smoke. It came up a bit short for me. Good but not the full mouth feel I was expecting.
4 out of 5
Fire Storm
Excellent quality. It's everything advertised and more. Blending and taste are on par with all RO products
4 out of 5
Firestorm, excellent
Russ nails it again. Wonderful blend, great for an all-day smoke.
5 out of 5
Excellent VaPer Blend!
Fire Storm is an excellent VaPer blend. Wonderful flavor and aroma. I like the addition of the dark fired leaf. I bought five tins immediately after trying a sample that I received at the NY Pipe Show!
Customer Testimonials
Very nice blend - starts off smokey,sweet and spicy as you smoke it you lose the sweetness and pick up more spice with a hint of cinnamon and for me a woody leather finish. Wonderful smoke - reminds me of a great cigar. Definitely buying more of this blend.
An excellent Va/Per blend. Tin note reminded me greatly of Haddo's Delight. But this is very much unlike Haddo's. It's sweet and savory. Gaining depth and body as the bowl progresses. Large rough cut flakes, moist to the touch and needs a bit of drying prior to lighting, but once lit, stays lit with no effort. Seems to resist over-heating and little to no tongue bite. Very nice strength to this blend - once a bowl is finished I am hankering for more, though I am quite satisfied. Room note seems to be more pleasing for the by-standers than most other Va/Pers. Truly a wonderful blend. I'll be ordering quite a bit more and hopefully at some point they'll bulk it. I think this blend will age very well.
I have yet to hear a bad review on this blend on any of the pipe forums I frequent. If there was one, I'm sure I must have missed it. So far, I've heard only good things and so decided to give this blend a try. In the few short years I've been smoking a pipe, and the different blends I've tried in that time, I've discovered a short list of blends I must make sure I keep on hand. Fire Storm has just become the newest addition. I've read the description, I've read other reviews. What I was not expecting was the blast of sweetness that hit my tongue on first light. This may have been a fluke, as it didn't happen on the second bowl. However, the sweetness was there and as the bowl progressed, it became more bold, peppery, and I think even earthy in very good way. At times, hints of sweetness would reappear, and then it would become bold and peppery once more. Although bold and peppery, the smoke was very smooth, and I detected no bite. This blend is exciting, and keeps you interested. I'll even say it was fun. A truly joyful experience I hope to repeat time and time again. Russ, thank you for working your magic on this wonderful tobacco.
So smooth. Wonderful taste, smokes like a charm. Hope this will be available for years to come.
Very nice smoke with full body flavor. It leaves a nice aftertaste which reminds me of Three nuns of years ago. Particularly bold spicy accents. Bravo!
This is really good, has a real good flavor and easy to smoke "no bite." My new late nightly smoke!!!!
Russ has once again hit it outta the park with this blend! Very tasty and complex blend that changes flavors throughout the bowl. The taste I get is a nice meaty/barbecue taste from the Kentucky. That lasts a little bit before the hay and sweet flavor of the Virginias kicks in. That lasted until a little past the mid-bowl where the classic flavor of Anniversary Kake kicked in (with a more dominant flavor of the perique) and finished off the bow. This blend is truly amazing. If you like heavier and fuller flavored tobacco, you need to try this. No tongue bite, comes ready to smoke with minimal drying needed, and is not strong to the point of making you dizzy or nauseous. An awesome tobacco that will remain in my rotation from now on.
I cracked this tin open today and loaded my favorite pipe (Missouri Meerschaum Cherry Bent and yes I own a Savinelli but this is my best smoking pipe). The first thing I noticed was a nice natural sweet taste and a cinnamon room note. A asked my daughter to come out on the porch and she smelled cinnamon also. As I worked through the bowl it switched from sweet to cinnamon spice back to rich natural tobacco taste. What a complex flavor experience this was it is a regular masterpiece! I will be buying more of this in the future!
Russ you are a monster!! This is like having an elegant Cubano Puro, it is to savor. It's everything and more than the description. Thank you.