Bought this because it's supposed to be strong, and boy is it?! After sampling it, I soon bought a whole pound. Incredibly spicy and intense, this stuff packs a heck of a punch. The nicotine is off the charts too, so if you're sensitive, beware! I fi... Read Morend it to be a bit wet from the factory, so I suggest letting it dry out a bit. Awesome tobacco. Read Less
I have been on a journey to find a VaPer that is unapologetically in your face. After hearing that this blend has 50% perique I knew I must get a hold of some. I have seen many reviews say that this is more likely 30% Perique, I can tell you that it ... Read Moreis higher. The bag note (I got 16oz.) Is of sweet bread and chocolate with a ghost of pepper left in the nose. In the bowl this blend is amazing. Tangy, bready, red Virginia and stoved red Virginia Cavendish really bring on a natural sweetness and then the perique slaps you in the face like the beautiful mistress that she is and I love it. Spice, red pepper powerhouse dancing on my tongue; the sweet and spicy mingling and washing over my palate leaving me like a child who just had their favorite candy bar. Lady nicotine is ever present and if your puff carelessly she will let you know she is not happy.
In all seriousness, if you are looking for an Outstanding VaPer with a high dose of Perique, this is topnotch. Highly recommend getting a few tins or a bag as this can only get better with age. Read Less
After reading the product description and the customer reviews, I kind of shied away from this blend. Yes, it's strong (it gives me the hiccups) but after tasting it, I ordered a pound. The wonderful flavor is worth getting the hiccups.
This Tobacco is as described, that explains to normal people why it was smoked by native American indians it is positively, soporific.....tranquilizing, hence, peace pipe references from day's gone by, being a PERIQUE fanatic you won't fail to be ab... Read Moresorbed by this old school smoke,
I absolutely love this, no top dressing detected, VaPer and nothing else, sip it slowly from a small to medium bowl, you should be able to handle it, maybe a little dizzy at the end....but I guess that's what you are after when you order this....mighty fine mixture, I don't think for blending...fine just as it is....not for the faint of heart.
I tried this one after a hearty dinner, I strongly recommend that you do the same and all good luck to you, greetings from Adelaide, Australia Read Less
All I can say is that if C&D stop making this ill start a riot. Exclusive is hands down my favorite tobacco blend with the perfect balance between spices and sweet with a a nicotine hit that rivals stronger blends. Try it if you don’t love it get... Read More your head examined. Read Less
This is a great "How do you do"! Bought this to try after trying Bayou Morning, another great smoke. This is a tobacco to enjoy very slowly, savoring every sip. Goes great with a cup of lapsoang Souchong tea and leave your cares behind. Earthy, inte... Read Morense yet very enjoyable. I recommend for those that like strong bold tastes. Read Less
I'm a VaPer fan in a big way so when I ran across this blend,I had to give it a try. God knows why I bought a pound of it...I guess because I was just sure I would love it. Not so much. I really can't tell you what it was about this blend that put me... Read More off...maybe because the Virginia was so far in the back seat to the Perique that it lacked balance for me. Regardless I didn't like it, so I just stuffed the whole pound in a couple of Mason jars and set it back. That was April 2015. Last night I was going through all my jars of tobacco and stumbled across those 2 jars of Exclusive. 1 is a quart stuffed full and the remainder went into a pint so I twisted off that pint jar lid and was smacked in the face with an aroma that was indescribable. I just had to try some so I got one of my old trusty MM cobs and filled it about half way and gave it what for. The title of this review came from my impression as I dipped away at this bowl. It's still a strong blend but it's so much more balanced than what I remember it. I finished that half bowl and immediately had another...I'm so glad I have that pound of tobacco now! Time heals all wounds as they say and nearly 6 years of aging was the catalyst for a very pleasant metamorphosis. Read Less
I have always been under the impression tobacco blenders will follow some rules, but this tobacco is so extraordinary I do no longer know what to believe. The amount of perique is insane, but it is not nearly as strong as I was expecting. Just give i... Read Moret a go, it might surprise you. This is like a nice barbecued steak with lots of pepper and a sweet note playing its magic in the background. Read Less
This is a wonderfully “earthy” blend. Not one I’d smoke every day, but nice to have when the mood strikes. Might try a mixture of this and a little Tabac Manil La Brumeuse to see how well they complement each other.
This blend is amazing it is just what I was looking for. Strong, spicy, feels like it was made Exclusively for perique lovers, which I am. I love smoking a bowl of this at the end of a hard day. I will be putting into my weekly rotation
I wish I could remember where I first heard about Exclusive so I could thank them properly. All I remember is hearing “50% Perique” and the order was on it's way. Since then I've bought a pound and divided it into two half-gallon mason jars, one to a... Read Morege while I smoke the other. Yes, I liked it that much. Here's the thing though, I don't think it'll knock you down with Perique like others claim. You can smell the Perique right away, and I've heard the smell described as “something between dry dog food and fertilizer”, so yes, it's a large amount. But in smoking this, I don't feel a strong, over-powering tobacco kick like many people describe. This is a pleasantly balanced blend I could smoke all day. I attribute this to the inclusion of Cavendish. Somehow the Virginia Cavendish mellows out the Perique making it seem like a much smaller percentage. What is not missing is the flavor from the Perique which has all the spicy, earthy, sour notes of fermentation that gives Virginia Perique blends their special character. It has this in abundance. So, what about the Virginias? The other 50% is, of course, a blend of Red Virginia and Virginia Cavendish. This is the sweet side of the blend carrying a tangy citrus tartness with hints of red wine or Sangria that is heavenly. It may smell like compost, but the flavor couldn't be more different. When I bought the tin, it was a tad moist, but the large bag of Exclusive was just right. I love the ribbons of this blend. There's a certain oiliness to them? It's like running your fingers through freshly conditioned hair. It has a lambskin softness and sheen-like quality almost making it cool to the touch. The mechanics are great. I mean, it's a ribbon cut so, packing and lighting don't get much easier. After a few bowls I figured out the right amount of tamping to keep it going without re-lights. It's such a sleeper blend. If you enjoy other high-quality VA/Pers, this will still WOW you. Unlike some Virginia Perique blends where there's so little Perique it sparks debate about whether there's any in there at all, there is no room for doubt with Exclusive. It's in there, but don't shy away from its nicotine level, you may not even notice it. Enjoy. Read Less
I love the heavy Perique and nicotine hit from this - it is strong stuff. I smoke this everyday and is by far my favorite Va/per. A Nice sweetness and smells great. Satisfying on all levels - buying more
Exclusive is quite tasty, spicy and leaves just a tiny sweetness on the palate. I bought a couple of ounces in an attempt to broaden my rotation, and it didn't disappoint. But it IS strong, not to be enjoyed first thing in the morning, nor on an empt... Read Morey stomach. I think it is stronger than the 4* given in the description but it's power kind of sneaks up on you when you don't expect it. Half way through a second bowl in a medium-sized pipe and my head was reeling and stomach was doing flip-flops. Compared against "the Beast," my go-to standard for "strong," and Exclusive comes out stronger. I'll certainly get more, but not for everyday. Read Less
I had this years ago and it did not seem to have the advertised 50% perique. I can tell you after having gone through 2lbs of the current version it sure seems there and it has pulled up a chair let me tell ya.
This is definitely one for perique lovers. It is in the VaPer family, but at 50% perique, I think it should be more aptly classified as a "PerVa". The perique is front and center in both the tin note and the taste. There is not a lot of ... Read Morecomplexity here as the red virginia only seems to support and round out the perique. As for the cavendish, I didn't get much of that throughout the bowl. The cavendish seems to only sweeten and cool the virginia. So you have a pronounced perique, supported by red virginia, that is in turn supported by some burley based cavendish. Again, it's not too complicated. But if you are looking for a heavy hit of perique, it fits the bill. It is spicy as you would expect (especially on the retrohale). This is a medium to strong blend, so I prefer to smoke in a smaller sized chamber and go slow as to not get overpowered. Your preference may vary according to your nicotine tolerance. This would be a good blend for cigarette smokers looking for a good pipe blend to try. The ribbon cut is typical of a C&D ribbon cut in that the ribbons aren't very uniform or very long. That seems to be a purely cosmetic thing as it doesn't seem to affect the way it burns too much compared to prettier presentations of other blenders. I ordered a couple of ounces of this in bulk and let it cellar for over a year, and it did mellow nicely a little bit. I would expect that it will continue to do so over time and will get better with age as the perique mellows and the virginia ferments some. Looking forward to what the future holds and revisiting this year after year as it ages. Read Less
I love this blend, it's stout, atleast for me its stout.
it's pretty spicy though i noticed the wider the bowl the less spicy it was which seemed odd to me.
the taste is great but its not something id smoke all the time, its kind of a straight line... Read More of flavor for the most part, nutty and bready
I dont typically re-buy tobaccos unless theyre really good, and this one...might be on the list again just because its different, and i like a strong one sometimes.
no tongue bite, even when it was exsessivly moist and i had some it still didnt bite at all. its great stuff. Read Less
Purchased 4oz to sample, and utilize in a few mixtures of my own. Boy, what a great blend of tobaccos! Tin note is on the funky side, just how it should be with the wonderful amount of perique! Slightly sweet, peppery, and all around enjoyable. Nico... Read Moretine is prevalent, and welcome, as I personally seek out higher nicotine levels. THis one is great by itself, or to srpinkle into your favorite blends to spice them up a little! Excellent! Read Less
As far as VaPers go, exclusive burns nice and cool. The flavor profile is quite complex, but I’ll mention a few of the loudest flavor notes I get out of this blend: Celery-like spiciness, malva pudding minus the ice cream, essence of plum without the... Read More sweetness, and macerated strawberries very much with the sweetness. Plenty more going on in this blend, but in broad strokes it is sweet and spicy. As someone who’s not even necessarily a perique fanatic, I find this blend to be lovely Read Less
Being a Perique freak I was bound to try this blend. Listed at 50% Perique I was looking for a knock out blend and I found it. It is strong and super spicy but it's oh so good. Already got a half pound in the cellar and will be getting at least anoth... Read Moreer half pound on my next order. Since it's arrival it's been all that I have wanted to smoke. If you love Perique and looking for something different than the average run of the mill Virigina/Perique blends then it's time to try Exclusive. This blend is all that it says it is. Read Less
Just started smoking this blend and I have really enjoyed. It is not for the faint of hearts- it does pack a punch but I like that. Will be ordering a pound of this with my next order. Thank you Cornell & Diehl for another great blend.
It’s like smoking a Carolina Reaper! If you like the taste of perique and a strong head rush, this is for you! Super spicy, great to smoke after a few drinks when you want something with a punch. Also great to mix, I enjoy it when blending it with s... Read Moreome extra cavendish, and/or bright Virginia. Read Less
Like every C&D blend I’ve tried, I like this one too. Probably my least favorite of theirs so far, however. I think that I’ll stick to the 25% Perique (Bayou Morning). I’m glad that they offer this 50% blend. Think I’ll be trying to blend it with som... Read Moree other tobaccos. Read Less
I finally got a tin with a new 2020 Peterson Christmas pipe. I’ll be breaking the Peterson in with my personal Dark Burley/Stoved Virginia mixture but I jut had to try the Exclusive...so here we go. Its not for the fast smoker in my opinion but shou... Read Moreld be sipped maybe like good Bourbon, take it easy and enjoy it as it could overwhelm if not treated with respect. Its a nicely balanced blend that’s sometimes sweet, sometimes spicy but always flavorful and strong enough to satisfy a craving for nicotine and rich smoke. I’m not a VaPer fan of the first magnitude but I’ve tried more of this combination lately and I sorta like it. The tin note is predominately Perique. It loads, packs and lights easily and stays lit if you want to keep it going continuously. My first try was in a Peterson 1/4 bent bell with the model number worn away from handling but its a trusted and well known pipe in my rotation. It’s a strong but pleasant smoke if you take your time and enjoy the full, rich flavor. No bite or harshness of any sort just a good robust flavor leaning heavily on Perique. Not an all day smoke but maybe best after dinner when you have an hour to contemplate your day. I’ll give it high marks as a daring and masterful blend that deserves trying out. Aptly named, it’s like nothing else I’ve smoked. Read Less
Join The Exclusive Club Of Perique-Loving Pipesters
Here (along with Poplar Camp) is a top-contender for perique-heavy champion of quality VaPers. I believe it—that the “truffle of tobaccos” or perique comprises half of this blend (though my personal truffle of tobaccos is dark-fired Kentucky). And wh... Read Moreereas the tin-note or bag-note is not the most pleasant—it might smell more like dried cat food—of what import is such a scent anyway? The blend’s smoking property is the thing, and with Exclusive I’ve found quite a great blend, indeed. Sweet Virginias are enriched by mellow, smoky Black Cavendish and a second helping of peppery perique to deliver a most enjoyable smoke. Perique dominates the aftertaste and the retrohale, should you be so bold as to take that route. This all makes for a stout, robust blend with a robust Nic-punch. One great question—which is better, Exclusive or Poplar Camp? Does one really have to decide? Puff ‘em both and enjoy! You’ve joined one exclusive club. 4.5 stars. Read Less
I have been searching the pipe tobacco world for a blend that provides a good spicy smoke and there have been a few that come close like C&D Kajun Kake or D&R Rimboche S.J. but this one so far takes gold for providing that spicy pepper zing o... Read Moren the palate consistently every bowl. So if that's what your after than this is definitely one to get. I'll admit, at least to me, that the aroma out of the bag is not real pleasant, very barnyard-esque, but that is what quality aged tobacco smells like so it is a good thing in a way. I don't detect much in the way of sweetness like the description says, flavors on this one are very earthy with bready notes so if you have a sweet tooth this isn't likely to satisfy it. It came at the perfect moisture content for packing and lighting and burns to a grey ash very well. I definitely recommend trying this if you enjoy perique and spicy smokes. Read Less
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