For centuries, men of the sea have known the pleasures of fine Virginia tobaccos, pressed and aged with a drop of rum. The addition of rich dark fired Kentucky leaf brings a new dimension to the flavor and aroma of this timeless combination, G. L. Pease's Navigator.
I originally did not know what to think of this tobacco at first seeing as I have never had a good experience with flake tobacco.
The tin smell when first opened had a brandy smell along with a smoky hint to it. On my first bowl I tasted just the br... Read Moreandy and not much outside of that. However a couple of bowls later I started to pick up on some other flavors. There was the brandy twang but there was also a sweetness almost vanilla that I did not smell when I opened the tin.
I also picked up on kind of a campfire smokeyness that showed up just before it went to the sweet taste. Even at the bottom of the bowl I could still taste the flavor. It is not too overpowering but just strong enough to put you in that calm state. Takes a little effort to light but once going it is a fantastic smoke. This something that will definitely order the pound version off in my next order. Read Less
A revised opinion
June 02, 2015
By: Timothy S.
I tried this right when it came out a couple years back.
I just received a new order, and it's changed, at least to me.
My first tin, the tobacco was very light blonde in color, rubbed completely out and it's flavours was that of a standard VA, poss... Read Moreibly lightly topped. I never detected the dark fired at all, I am very sensitive to dark fired and can generally pick it up immediately, but I never did with my 2013 tin. Enjoyable none the less.
Flash forward to my recent order. The leaf is very coarsely rubbed out - no where near to the first tin. The dark fired is quite present in this tin (gave me hiccups near the end of the bowl - my personal sure sign of dark fired being present) and the top note not nearly as present.
Deep, dark, rich, smokey, spicey, lightly sweet to the tongue with only a hint of some sort of topping, that truly augments the leaf and doesn't at all over-power or mask the flavours. Nice after taste, nice room note. Only a small dottle near the end resisted burning.
This current configuration really hits a nice niche. Richer than many other VA's, but not as heavy as some of the dark fired leaf, or full VA's.
I liked it before, I like it even better now.
This was a fresh tin too, packed on 4.16.2015 so age doesn't explain the change. Whatever the change, I like it.
I'll be buying more for a standard rotation smoke and to cellar some as well. To date this and Six Pence are my favourite of Pease's blends. Read Less
GLP/C&D Do it again!
September 06, 2013
By: Dustin W.
My tobacco cellar is full of blends that didn't quite hit right with me, and even moreso with blends that didn't sit well with my body chemisty. Alcohol cased blends are particularly notorious for tearing up my tongue and leaving me not tasting anyth... Read Moreing for days. This isn't the case with Navigator. I don't know if it's the Kentucky balancing it out, or if it's a matter of what C&D puts in (or leaves out) of the tobaccos they blend, but Navigator is likely to find its way into my daily rotation. I can definitely tell C&D's hand in producing it by some of the similarities it shares with it's cousin "After Hours". The big difference comes in where After Hours has a definite sweet body to it, Navigator is more balanced and savory. Read Less
August 02, 2013
By: Timothy S.
A really nice tobacco here. Plenty of tobacco flavor, a decent hit of nicotine. Nice and smoky. Doesn't burn too hot, never had it get wet on me. A really nice Navy style here. A little sharp to inhale similar to Dunhill Navy. I like the rubbed out f... Read Moreorm, it's about right. Room note didn't get any complaints, but very few compliments.
It has an interesting side flavor, sorta reminded me of MacBaren Plumcake, just not as strong or cloying.
It's different, in a good way. Read Less
Whats not to love?
March 05, 2013
By: Ed T.
Deep, intense, virginia taste of plums/raspberry with slightly spicy, smoky, undertones. A tobacco of real substance in every sense. Sweet but light and in no way cloying. Innocuous room note.
January 07, 2013
By: Daniel B.
I will try almost anything Sir Pease puts out especially his rum-infused Navy blends. My first impression is that its a lighter version of Sextant. Its cut the same, has lighter blond tobacco in the mix, and doesn't have quite the punch of Sextant.... Read More I'm a fan of Sextant but I could easily see myself making the switch to this. Read Less
January 04, 2013
By: Johnny G.
I GOT THIS IN THE MAIL ON THE 3rd, SMOKED A BOLE ON THE 4th AT ABOUT 10AM, AND THE TASTE WAS JUST OF THE WALL,AND STAYED WITH ME ALL DAY. I JUST LOVED IT. MY WIFE DID NOT LIKE THE ROOM NOTE AT ALL AND SENT ME OUT SIDE TO SMOKE. THIS IS GREAT. LOVE IT... Read More.. Read Less
January 03, 2013
By: Tim H.
Another great blend from GLP.
Order this one quickly...
January 02, 2013
By: William Dale S.
I have been patiently awaiting the arrival of this blend for a week now. I immediately ordered a tin when I received an email from one of the major online retailers, announcing the newest addition to Mr. Pease's Old London Series. I usually do not ju... Read Moremp on a new blend so quickly and, the only other blend of late that did get ordered in such a fasion was Mac Baren's HH Old Dark-Fired. I ramble, though. I feel that it can be a great mistake to review a blend after such a short time spent smoking it, and perhaps I am doing a disservice to this one, writing so soon. However, this is a masterful blend from a masterful blender and one simply cannot go astray with anything from Mr. Pease, hence my early review...
Tin: Typical C&D 2 ounce pull-top lid, and I only mention the tin to be thorough, but the artwork is quite nice too; in an understated way.
Aroma: The first release of air from the tin is a wonderful blast of funky. If you enjoy finely aged meats and cheeses, you will understand how this "funky" is a good thing. Very mature Virginia leaf is the leading player. There are hints of the dark-fired leaf and an occasional hint of rum. Mainly, though, the aroma of very nice Va. leaf.
Tobacco: This is a flake and one in the wonderful C&D tradition of loosely pressed, easy to rub up flakes. They are only a couple of inches long, not the massive straps of Sam Gawith and the like. The leaf is mainly a medium brown with flecks of golden leaf speckled with what presumably is the touch of dark-fired leaf. The moisture level is just right straight away. No need to dry and one would do well to keep in mind that C&D typically uses only water to hydrate their tobacco, so, either smoke this one quickly of put it away in a bell jar.
Method and Pipe: I fully rubbed up two flakes, again with little effort, and loaded the leaf into a medium sized Charatan Pot. I don't really follow in one type of packing method and have settled on a vaguely defined method of my own that tends to work well. I imagine that any method would work well with this one. I do utilize the delayed gratification method with Va. blends and flakes.
Charring Light: I use matches as the combution rate seems to be much lower thus producing a more pleasing smoke. The first wave is pure Virginia leaf; second match.. more of the same. After I let it sit for a wee bit, I put another match to it and settled in.
The Smoke: Very nice, this one. Again, as with the tin aroma, well matured Va. is the key player early on but things do progress very nicely soon after you get the pipe to a smolder. You simply must take it slowly with this one; not because of any bite either. If you smoke slowly, you will reward yourself with a very rare treat: A very complex smoke from a very simple recipe. The Va. is both sweet and full on the palate, perhaps it is the rum. Who knows? The dark-fired is there, but not really. Only hints, it seems. As you progress through the middle portion, the strength picks up and, from seemingly out of nowhere, the touch of dark-fired leaf that early on was way in the background, now comes to the front with strong cigar-like undertones. The room note is amazing at this point. It smells as though someone else is in the room enjoying a fine cigar while you puff away on your mature Virgina flake. This interplay continues on through the end of the smoke, too. Wow, what a wonderful blend. Two simple ingredients (well three if you count the rum) but it has the complexity of one of Mr. Pease's famous English mixtures.
I did have to use a pipe cleaner once during the smoke but that was probably my fault as I got a bit eager towards the end. The smoke was very cool and flavourful. Nice salt and pepper grey ash at the bottom. I give this one 4.5 stars out of five. The other half star would easily come with age and I can only imagine what a year of two will do to this one. I hope that it is packaged in 8 or 16 ounce tins soon. Read Less
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