Escudo is well represented in my cellar and for good reason. This blend ages with the best of them. Although, I really enjoy this blend with just a year of age on it. At this time when you crack a tin it has an incredible tin note of muscadines. The ... Read Moresmell takes me back to my childhood and stopping at fruit stands on the side of the road with my mom. The blend not only smells great but it also taste pretty darn good too. The blend supports a wonderful mix of fruit, spice and a touch of hay (particularly when it is young). Give this one a try if you have not done so already. Read Less
This blend compares well with the original Escudo that I smoked in the 1960,s . It uses the perique in the right way , it adds to the taste but does not knock your sox off . I compared a 30 year old can with this new one and it showed very well when ... Read Morecompared . An example of a re-issue that they really god right , maybe even better. Read Less
Let me preface these observations by stating that the tin I opened had aged 11.5 years and I really need to try a new tin to compare. I really like the tin note, for me is was an earthy, old hay, coffee, and fresh baked cinnamon bread. The thin coins... Read More folded and packed very nicely. About a quarter of the way down bowl the sweetness just busts through along with exceptional taste. Keeps getting better as you smoke down the bowl. No bite and excellent taste. Read Less
Best VA-Per I've ever had straight out of the tin. It has both the savory and grassy flavors just right. Tin note is a rush of fresh fruits, dried fruit and hay. There's no doubt it'll get better with age but it's great right from tin, and that's an ... Read Moreexcellent quality to have in the world of VA-Per's. Also, it's light on nicotine. I'm absolutely in love with this stuff! Makes a great all-day smoke; never leaves me feeling sleepy. The one & only downside is not having a bigger tin available. Read Less
My title says it all; this VaPer is by far my favorite of all time. I've smoked a pipe nearly 20 years now (4th generation pipe smoker), and my family and I have yet to find a blend of the same components that tastes, smokes and smells as good. Deep,... Read More rich flavors straight out of the tin ~ but 1-2 years of age makes this tobacco sublime. Do yourself a favor: buy 2. Guard your heart, because if you enjoy Virginia-Perique blends, you're gonna fall in love with this one. She's one in a million. Read Less
I can not begin to tell you how much i love Escudo Navy Deluxe. It is a creamy smoke that will not give you tongue bite like most Virginias. The tin note is fantastic, i relate it to my childhood growing up on a horse farm with hints of hay, sweet-... Read Morefeed. You cannot go wrong with Escudo Read Less
This is a truly wonderful mild blend. A bit young at frist, so I highly recommend ageing it for at least a year. Otherwise it is a perfect blend for morning pipes for the experienced pipe smoker, or excellent all day for a newer pipe smoker. It has ... Read Morean essence of honey which I found to be enjoyable, and no tongue bite what so ever. Read Less
Normally a virginia/latakia smoker, wanted to give something new a try and saw that Escudo was on the top of the sales list. Gave it a try, and it is incredible. Upon opening the tin, I was greeted with a sweet, almost apricot smell, and the smoke ta... Read Morestes wonderful. Never tried a VaPer blend before, and think this one may make me explore the other options. Very highly recommended. Read Less
I sure hope I don't upset fans of Escudo, but I try to give my experience as best I can and let readers ultimatley decide for themselves. Part of how I feel about Escudo is based on built-up expectation. When I finally tried this, I was expecting so ... Read Moremuch more than what I got. I initially thought I must cellar it, which I did. I tried it after a week, then after a month, then I decided I'd cellar it for a few more months hoping to let it age a bit. It's getting there, but it's now in the cellar for the forseeable future as it'll obviously take a year or more. So, what was really wrong? Nothing really. It's pretty good. I tried the fold/stuff, I tried it rubbed out, in both briar and cob...it smokes good, not at all difficult. The taste was nice, but it seemed a little harsh. I had a similar experience with Dunhill's Elizabethan. I do enjoy other VA/Pers; I've had Stokkebye's Bullseye Flake which is often compared to Escudo and I liked that rubbed out. I also enjoy C&D's Bayou Morning which is stronger and yet not as sharp. Perhaps my favorite would be Murray's 1921 Cunningham which is near perfect fresh from a new tin. The Murray's may not be an apples-to-apples comparison though since it also contains rum, which I also like. We each know what we like. Escudo isn't bad - it's quite good. But, it's just not my go-to VA/Per. Read Less
Fresh out of the tin, Escudo isn't much to write home about, but with a little age (even under a year) this tobacco transforms into a great Va/Per. I will always have a few tins aging in my cellar. This is one of my favorites!
I am a huge va/per fan. Elizabethan, Scottish flake, Regency flake, Telegraph hill (I realize a couple of those aren't pure va/pers), and others are all well represented in my cellar. So how on EARTH did it take me so long to get to Escudo? Stupidity... Read More? Arrogance? Falling into a dimensional gateway that led to a world without access to smokingpipes.com? I don't know! This is the first blend that I have ever had where I tasted the 'bready', 'bakery' virginas! The smoke is subtle, not like some of the others I mentioned, but if not pressed too hard you can find some deep, and rich flavors. Bready, sweet, and of course spice! I cannot stop smoking this blend. Do yourself a favor and buy a tin. Read Less
This is a blend that will be better with age if you are a Virginia fan but being a light body with little nicotine not as strong as others I prefer.
I was lucky enough to receive a tin of the early two thousands A&C Petersen Horensen blend the same... Read More name but the A&C is a medium body smoke more stewed fruit note as the Virginia's have age a more earthy grass flavor show in smoke that must be sipped or a burn will occur apon your tongue. Keep in mind as with all blends the product is Harvested and the profile will change slightly from batch to batch..... Read Less
Tin sales rank is #1 at the time of writing, and I can see why. I enjoyed this straight from the tin when I first bought some, but now with a little age on it, it seems to be improving immensely. Escudo really turned me on to VaPers, and I think it w... Read Moreill stay in my regular rotation permanently. Read Less
Fold and stuff these delicious coins and you will be rewarded with a long, bready, fruity, sightly sour and spicy smoke that burns beautifully. It's not as delicious or interesting when fully rubbed out but it's still above average even then. Nice ... Read MorePerique presence that isn't overdone. GL Peases Navigator reintroduced me to the fold and stuff method, and I'm not looking back. Sometimes we need a reminder to slow things down and relax, and since this is a basic tenet of pipe smoking it is something we should always keep in mind. The benefit to slowing down scales disproportionately between blends, but in general Virginia and dark fired blends benefit greatly from a slower cadence, and the same is true for Escudo. One thing that's nice about Escudo is that it tastes pretty good fresh out of the tin. It tastes even better with a little age, getting deeper with just a little time. Also, though im praising the flavor with the fold and stuff method, it still tastes great when rubbed out and it really comes down to preference. I'm just really into folding and stuffing right now. For my tastes, Escudo is up there in terms of flavor and flavor profile, and when combined with overall availability of this blend I think it should not be ignored if you enjoy VA/per blends. Read Less
Plain and simple, this is the benchmark VaPer blend. It has some grassy hay and fruit bites from the Va’s and some peppery and figgy notes from the Perique. The Perique has a solid punch to it. Highly recommend this if you’re getting into VaPers
This is some good stuff. It's as good as everyone says. If I was going to give someone a va/per to try as an example of the style this is what I'd recommend. Rubbed out, let to dry a few mins in a shallower bowl I found it to have a lot of toasty hay... Read More and pepper. Folded, pinched and stuffed into a very tall and narrow bowl RIGHT out of the tin, slightly moist, I found the perique tends to be a touch less spicy and the virginia a bit richer. Really well behaved, smokes easily, tastes great, doesn't need drying, and is fantastic with a cup of coffee. High quality great smoke. Read Less
This tabaco Is one of the kind that at least in my case I prefer to smoke it after a hard day outside of my house, the room note at less for me was kind of strong, but it works incredible with a good coffee or a cup of tea.
Best Va/Per I've smoked thus far! Due to it's subtle flavors I would not recommend to the novice. That being said, to all ya seasoned smokers, if you haven't tried this you're missing out.
Edit 02-08-2016 What I said above still stands but I am upgr... Read Moreading this one from a 3 to a 4 star. I had an epiphany smoke tonight. This is a golden, classic blend that is nearly impossible to top. Yes, it took me 6 years to truly understand and appreciate this blend but it was worth the wait. This is what pipe tobacco should taste like and it is an absolutely essential mainstay in my rotation. Read Less
Its confusing when Shane reviews a blend and I actually agree with him. Escudo was on of my first vaper tries and I liked enough to order several tins. Then I got sidetracked by Stokeby’s navy flake and the escudo tins just sat for several years. ... Read MoreOpening a tin now I find a pruney sweetness and the perique has tamed a bit - replacing some of the pepper with depth and a dash of a taste that I can only describe as oatmeal with brown sugar. The only place I disagree with Shane is that aged Haddos is now milder than Escudo. Not by much though. Read Less
Escudo is wheaty yeasty bready with slight pepper richness and a gentle touch of sweet from the Virginia’s. It’s smooth and flavor packed. It’s light enough to smoke all day but flavor enticing enough to feel satisfied. It’s my favorite but don’t buy... Read More it all because I love it. Enjoy Read Less
Excellent quality tobacco I normally tend to favor English blends but this is very good. The perique is a little strong for my taste but isn’t too overwhelming. I can see where this would be a great one to put in the cellar for a while as it seems it... Read More would be much better with a little aging. Read Less
Tin note, wonderfull. I was smelling this tobacco out of the tin after opening it for the first time for a long time before doing anything else. the taste is nice overall, maby alittle sour? earthy, alittle sweet, and a good room note. For my opinion... Read More, alittle moist to smoke out of the tin, needs abit of drying time. Read Less
This is very good.Although i didnt smoke the original like pete r i did which was kinda a reissue i was lucky enough to smoke the prototype for escudo which i was kinda the original which my grand father had 2 of only 10 tins produced.This tobacco is... Read More so very close to the prototype way more than the first reissue pete r smoked so your not missing anything by not smoking that first reissue.Anyway the current escudo is really great you should try it.Oh and the tin of the prototype i smoked was 100 years old.Oh and also im sorry for comparing this to the very first escudo not the one pete r smoked but the one before that.I know how some people hate hearing about how the original was better especially when the original is so old most smokers will never get to try it thus leaving new smokers to think well maybe im not smoking the best made escudo therefore mildy ruining there enjoyment of the tobacco.So next time insread of bragging about me smoking the oldest tin of escudo made ill keep the elitist part of my brain quite and reveiw the tobacco everyone here wants to hear about which is the current escudo.Which again is very good you should try it Read Less
This is most excellent. It is something I really enjoy early in the day before I get into wanting something stronger. The flavor has a perfect balance between the Va and perique they work together so well. I find it light in flavor during the first f... Read Moreew minutes but it becomes more of a medium as the bowl starts to progress and very low in nicotine. I don't normally eat breakfast and this is fine on an empty stomach. Between how great it tastes and smokes it is the breakfast of champions for me. I find it does the best in a smaller pipe. I get so much flavor out of this and I don't get the pepper from the perique like I get in many vapers, just pure goodness that hints more of figs and citrus. Only thing that could be better if the volume of smoke was a little more but it's still one of the tastiest vapers out there. I like how the flavors are there in perfect harmony but there are layers of subtle flavors that seem to hit you in every puff once it gets going good. There's not enough strength or fullness of flavor to satisfy me in the evening or especially after a meal, But that's exactly why it's so perfect for my mornings when some other blends would be too strong. Read Less
The current manufacturer's take on Escudo Navy De Luxe is a surprisingly mild and well-mannered VA/Per that exhibits near-perfect balance. The tobacco is well-behaved in the pipe, either rubbed out or simply stuffed. However, it is a quite middle-of-... Read Morethe-road smoke that lacks any real distinction in either the Virginias or the Perique. Read Less
This one is complicated-a bit tricky as it seems to smoke differently under different times and conditions. sometimes hard to tame, other times superb. either way the flavor is a winner: the tones have been described in detail by other reviewers--i... Read Moren the rotation and will remain there. Read Less
I remember a time when DNR was my standard and replaced escudo as my top roll. But since I think they changed the formulation last year Escudo imho is better. At least to me. Sweeter with good spice, burns consistently albeit a little warm if broken ... Read Moreup too fine. I usually take it out of the tin and rest for 2 weeks. Then it's good to go. An man is it good. Should be in every Virginia Smokers rotation. Read Less
Escudo is considered by many to be one of the best VaPer's out there, and I would be inclined to agree. Tin note is about what you'd expect from a VaPer, strong hay notes with some citrus, particularly orange. The coin cut is very uniform and easy to... Read More rub out, but does come fairly wet. Once properly dried, this tobacco smokes very well with few relights required. Sweet but also with a little more depth than I expected. Moderate amount of perique. The more I smoke it, the more subtle flavors I detect. Leaves a clean white ash in the bowl with no moisture. Believe the hype and grab yourself a tin, this is a high quality tobacco. Read Less
What a treat! I've been smoking primarily English blends lately, and Escudo is a great change of pace. Balance, is the best word I can think of to describe it. Delicious tin note, and the taste and room note are just as pleasing. It might be one of t... Read Morehose love/hate kind of smokes, but I definitely fell in love with it... My only disappointment, they don't sell it in a bigger tin! Read Less
A very well-balanced, mild VaPer. The Perique is there, but not hot-peppery, complementing rather than overpowering the Virginias. The coins crumble easily into thick ribbons which load and burn well. A very pleasant break from my usual spicy Balkans... Read More. Made my rotation after one bowl. Read Less
Packaged very neatly. It just wasn't for me. I will admit I am more of a Latakia guy so... This was a strike out for me with the Virginias. Update: I have been smoking a bit more it has begun to grow on me! Although, Three Nuns is beating Escudo out ... Read Moreright now. Read Less
I have not smoked ESCUDO NAVY DE LUXE for many years. The only fact I remember, is that Escudo changed producer several times in the past, and that the taste of this mixture changed considerably each time. I shall not go into this, though. My review ... Read Moreis based on the presently available edition.
Neatly arranged Curly Cut discs and flavourful smell of Virginia-hay and fruity Perique out of the tin. Moisture is on the damp side, some may want to give it a short drying time. For me it’s ok to smoke straight out of the tin. I do not rub it out, I break and stuff the coins into my pipe for best results. Cool and excellent burning conditions. First class selection of robust Virginias, without being too strong. Typical Virginia flavours with a distinct note of earth. I miss a fuller development of the Virginia flavours though. In the second half of the bowl the Perique becomes more obviously present, eventually taking the lead towards the end.
ESCUDO NAVY DE LUXE is obviously a sibling of DE LUXE NAVY ROLLS. Both are manufactured by STG Scandinavian Tobacco Group, by the way. It is very interesting to compare these two! You will find many subtle differences. But I am not going into this here.
No doubt, ESCUDO NAVY DE LUXE is a high end Va/Per generally deserving 4 stars. I personally prefer mixtures with a fuller aroma from the Virginias and I’d also prefer to have the aromas of Perique released more regularly from the beginning on. Read Less
This is the tobacco blend that secured my interest in smoking pipes. This flavours are fantastic. Some describe the perique as peppery, but I find this blend to be quite sweet overall. It burns evenly through to the bottom of the bowl. This is better... Read More than Dunhill Navy Rolls though they are similar. Read Less
I've heard the name escudo in many reviews and have not found any really negative ones. I gave it a go and now it's part of my regular rotation. This stuff is very good and the perique is in just the right ratio to the Virginia.
When I first started back smoking my pipe I bought this , Mac Baren old dark fired and Nitecap. This blend is why I smoke VaPers. I've tried a lot of blends since my first run in with Escudo and I still crave it even though I haven't smoked it in aw... Read Morehile (I have an addiction to Dunhill Navy Rolls). But the one thing that makes this tobacco rise among many others is its ability to shine in just about any width tobacco chamber you throw at it. .70 bam. Amazing. .90. Bam still smokes amazing. I've tried 4 different width chambers and it smokes like a champ everytime. That my friends is the mark of a classic. So out it in whatever you have and be sure you'll have a great experience everytime. Happy smoking everyone. Read Less
I kept seeing the good reviews , so I gave it a try. My tin had 27 coins ! It was an interesting blend that I'd like to just have around in the rotation. I was kinda sad when I crumbled the last coin. So I enjoyed it slowly.
Since I ordered my first tin of Escudo, I have been very pleased with my purchase. When I first cracked the tin several weeks ago, I was greeted with the pleasant smell of a mixture of plums, essence of orange, and some other pleasant odors. I separa... Read Moreted the coins and counted out 26 coins,in contrast to an earlier reviewer who only found 17 or so. I guess it depends on the thickness of the cut of the coins. The coins are about the size of a 50 cent piece. Here's the important part: It is a dream to smoke. Sure, it may take a few lights to get it lit and keep it going, but this is one premier smoke. You can easily get an hour out of each coin. This is a very smooth tobacco in the bowl. There's no bite - if you're patient. The only reason I did not give it 5 full stars is I believe that the price point is higher than, say, Samuel Gawith's Cabbie's Mixture (see my review of Feb 12). If you haven't tried Escudo, I believe you're really missing out. Read Less
Just got the tin this morning and took a pipefull this afternoon. Smooth, tasty and just a very good, traditional tobacco that has no bite and no nasty side issues at all. I also have tried Peter Stokbye's version which is also excellent but like thi... Read Mores one better. Read Less
Read all of the rest, they do it justice. This is the apex of VaPer blends, along with the bite warning for puffing too fast. The coins are very manageable and will remain in disks for stuffing or easily shred into ribbons. Give it a try.
I am smoking this tobacco for the first time. It is great. I am smoking it in a size 3 Dunhill and I will say it is the best I have ever smoked in this pipe. Mild and not bite at all (at least yet) I believe this will be my everyday, go to, smoke... Read More from now on. Incredibly cool smoke. I am even trying to get it to smoke hot and can't. I will be ordering more. Read Less
This subtle blend does not overwhelm. The perique touches in the flavor, but does not come screaming out to assault the tongue like other va-per blends ive had. Easy to pack and easier to smoke i could roll through bowls by the dozen on this stuff. P... Read Moreerfect for a day at sea, or a stroll through the park as the navy flake title suggests. Will reorder. Read Less
I dont know about the original but as a VaPer fan I can say this is the standard. I like reading reviews but always remember that everyone's tastes are different. This is the perfect mixture to finding a balance that you like.... if you dont like thi... Read Mores one you probably won't care for any Va/Per blends. Try it.....its a classic! Read Less
It does fall a little short of the original, but it is well worth the experience of enjoying freshly mowed summer grass with the sharpness of it that a cool morning brings. I love both the old & the new in my pipe or, when I have very little time... Read More, twisted up in a paper. Read Less
I filled a bowl of this tobacco after a long day at work on Friday evening, relaxing on my porch. I gotta tell you it was a great surprise. Medium strength and full falvour of this wonderful smoke made me totally relaxed and satisfied.
ESQUDO ranks... Read More on top of my chart now as, so far it has never disappointed me :)
I definately recommend this blend to both new and seasoned smokers. Read Less
What I really love about this tobacco is how easy it rubs down to a beautiful thin ribbon (better than Luxury Bullseye). It just packs and lights so well. The taste instantly hits me as a classic; the virginias provide sweetness, and the perique open... Read Mores it up with stewed fruits, chocolate, and some spice. Just the right amount of vitamin N, too. Read Less
OK, everyone loves this one, so many comments in forums.
17 wheels of delight per tin? It is weight I guess, but lasts forever in the bowl. The gold standard, but luxury bullseye wins on quantity, price and everyday use.
If you smoke it fast it really doesn't reward you with anything special. that's probably why it didn't initially click with me years ago. but when you sip it, you're thoroughly rewarded with a slightly sweet and complex flavor. I have to highly disag... Read Moreree with the "high quality cigarette" review, but everyone's palate is different. try different draw cadences with your blends if you find that it's not smoking as nice as you expect, it just might help. Read Less
One of my favorites. Subtle, grassy, with a slight fig tin note, and the spice of St James Parish Perique. I've had some aged for a dozen years that keeps getting better.
It's a staple of my cellar. There's always twenty or more tins on hand.
I've been smoking Escudo off and on for a dozen years now. While it's excellent young, it is extraordinary with a few years of age on it. I recently found some that I'd cellared a decade ago. Wow. It's softer, mellower, sweeter, more rounded. An extr... Read Moreaordinary smoke. Read Less
I just tried my first Escudo and WOW what a smoke!! Had to follow it up with a second bowl just make sure. The room note is pleasant and has a good flavor. Got so excited I had a mild hot spot to the back of my throat but that was my doing and not th... Read Moree blend. I'll deffinately keep this in my regular rotation. Highly recommended to anyone looking to begin with a flake as it has some of the flake characteristics of other blends that are harder to master for newbies. Read Less
Years ago this was my first tip toe into the world of tinned tobacco. Years later, dozens and varieties later, I still keep a tin or two of this about.
It's good, little more need be said. Smokes nice with little to no bite, good tobacco flavor wit... Read Moreh a bit of peppery spiceyness, yet mild enough to smoke all day, every day.
If I weren't such a wandering soul, I'd just smoke this, every day, all day.
Other's are close, and some are almost as good and cheaper but for me, this is the best I've found in VA/Per. Even compared to the venerable Three Nuns, I prefer Escudo, it's a little milder and after completing a full tin of Three Nun's, I'd have to say it at times can be harsh. Read Less
argh! i have only 1 and a half tin of it left! THE vaper ... and sure as *oops* one of the best belends of all times ... this awesome smoke is a real must and true keeper ... when will it be back in stcok?
This has to be one of the best VaPer's that I have ever smoked. Escudo has a natural sweet taste of lovely virginias with a touch of peppery spice from the perique, and is a nice all day smoke. There is no tongue bite at all, just a smooth earthy and... Read More smokey flavor. Don't miss out on this wonderful smoke! Read Less
Saw it recommended for lovers of the Dunhill Royal Yacht. I tried it today and I'm truly impressed with the subtle flavor and burn. It's climbed to the top of my list. I am late to the party, regarding trying this blend, but this is a classic and n... Read Moreow we will become best friends. Read Less
The traditional VaPer formula with a decent body and level of nicotine, very natural tasting, balanced, earthy, smoky, perique-spiced but gentle and with no tongue bite at all. A great choice for a casual smoke.
this is by far the best blend i have come across for a long time ... it is not on sale in my country, so i wondered about the reviews i read about ESCUDO ... now i KNOW why it is praised ... its ... DELICIOUS! fresh from the tin; it smells like bread... Read More (serious, come to germany and smell some handcrafted bread!) with a slight touch of leather (distant) ... ok, rubbed ub the smell only gets better - a touch of fruit adds itself to the flavor ... bowl filled ... first puffs ... oh my ... so mild and somewhat slightly nutty ... no bite to the toungue ... after half of thew bowl the taste gets a lil more intense and -- only better ... three thumbs up for this superb blend !!! account bad english to my german roots, D'OH! Read Less
This may not have the full bodied depth that many experienced smokers desire, but its milder flavours and pleasant aroma are excellent for all level of pipe smoker. The value for such a fragrant, tasty blend cannot be denied, and it beats its contemp... Read Moreoraries easily. Also, this reminds me of the Navy Flake blend that my grandfather smoked, and I think that old style is attractive to many. Read Less
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