You enter the dark paneled room, its walls lined with ancient books. An antique table stands beside a leather club chair. Upon it, next to a small silver coin, an open tobacco tin entices you with an aroma deep, rich, authentic. You fill your bowl, strike a match. The first puff stops time as the smoky magic weaves its spell.
G. L Pease's Sixpence. The mystery continues.
And was not disapointed.A creole woman with long,dark wavy hair was ,lounging in that club chair.Her name was Sixpence.I took a couple of her flakes,rubbed them out fully,and filled my new Beo 3/4 bent pipe,and lit up.The humidity level is good righ... Read Moret out of the tin.I could taste the perique and Virginias trading back and forth as I puffed gently.Had I not rubbed out the flakes,and simply folded them,The flavors would have presented themselves differently still.I will smoke this down to the ashes,then light them up as well in order to break in this pipe.Highly recommended by myself,I look forward to my next meeting with Sixpence.Wll done,Mr. Pease. Read Less
So, I am a fan of bolder blends, but generally can find the appeal of the subtler stuff. I am also a HUGE fan of Mr. Pease's work. That said, this stuff baffles me. It's very bland. I've tried aging it for a year, various levels of moisture, differen... Read Moret sized chambers, etc., but it still tastes like a whole bunch of nothing. A hint of a very subtle Virginia, but that's it. What am I not getting that the other reviewers are? I'll let my two remaining tins sit a few years and come back to this stuff later.
UPDATE - seeing the comment above, I'll qualify my opinion for now. Maybe there was a QC issue somewhere along the line. As my fellow reviewer said, G.L. Pease just doesn't do bland and all these reviews lead me to believe it's something on my end. I'all try ordering another tin, as I don't want to return tins that have been aging for a year now. Read Less
5 month old Sixpence: quite good. Well made baked goods. A little spicy. A little sweet. Rich and complex with layers of dark flavor. Hints of bbq from the Kentuckys. The perique is really there for me. It fits in to my top choices. A real tr... Read Moreeat.
5 yr Sixpence: all the above but so smooth. Fresh artisanal croissant comes in. It's perfectly balanced. It has more levels of subtly and loses some complexity for a much more unified profile. The Virginias are incredible. The perique smooths out and loses any harshness. Every year of age makes it into a tobacco of a whole other class.
Overall it's awesome from its packaging and turns celestial with age! I'm cellaring as many tins of it as I can. I can't wait for the coming years with this blend. Read Less
Not sure what happened given the rave reviews and the fact that it’s a Pease blend. I didn’t get much rum/booze odor from my tin, and frankly all I tasted was the somewhat ‘bready’ virginias. I’m inclined to think I may have gotten a bad batch. May o... Read Morerder again just to see, but it’s at the bottom of my tobaccos to re-order list. Read Less
Tin Note: Not the best; smells a bit like Silage (Fermented Corn Cattle Feed) or maybe a Rodent Cage with a hint of Apple Cinnamon.
Burns fairly quick (is a somewhat dry flake).
Smoke has a pretty warm temp to start, but Burns... Read More very evenly throughout.
Pretty pleasant taste with rich smoke feel to start.
Pretty pleasant Room Note from start to finish.
A bit spicy, but tolerable.
At first I thought it wasn't really my thing, but it starts to grow on you about half way through; finishes very well.
Has more flavor than Rattray's Black Virginia.
Hits the tongue mostly center to the back; slightly on the center toward the front.
No tongue bite.
Has a very pleasant aftertaste; kind of like coffee. Goes very well with coffee.
The lingering room note is very pleasant. Has a hint of something sweet. Maybe a little like floral of a sweet Cherry Blossom with a hint of spice.
The smoke reminds me of the Tin Note of Dreams of Kadath.
Has a very pleasant Beard Note.
I found myself craving another smoke shortly after I had finished my first bowl.
I like it a lot!
Overall: 🤙 I'll smoke it again. It's become a definite favorite!
I did not roll it out, just put it in my Partially Rusticated Orange Stained Nording Pipe and smoked it. :) Read Less
When you crack the tin, the first thing you get is a cognac/grape wine note. It does carry over into the flavor when smoked but really adds to the profile! Not your standard KyVaPer and in this case that is a good thing!
Very rich and satisfying. Red Virginias and a generous amount of Perique. Description says dark fired Kentucky and I won't disagree, but the major players are the Va and Per. Broken flake, moisture was good from tin so it went directly into a jar.... Read More If you're a VaPer fan, you owe it to yourself to try this one. GLP has knocked it out of the park with Six Pence. Read Less
So complex. Not one I smoke often because I'm usually out and about and doing things while I have a clench happening. This is for sitting and smoking and thinking about what you are tasting. It's a sweet blend, but not a sweetness that's easy to desc... Read Moreribe. No heavy flavors, but a very full body. Read Less
This review is for the 2 oz. Tin. The tin note is just wonderful. I wish i could inhale that scent forever. Fruity perique notes and wood smokey dark fired aroma combined with the hay notes of VA. The best part is this translates very well to the... Read More flavor of the smoke. The tobacco itself is a well presented broken flake, and comes just a touch moist. However... I just give this tobacco a gentle rub and pack it straightaway and gently with no drying time, and In my opinion this is the way to go. This will cause a moderately wet smoke but for me, its really not a hassle and I want every last molecule of flavor to make it to my tongue and nose (not too wet or a smoke). Just like the tin note the flavors that wash over the senses are a woody smokiness and light to medium virginia hay flavors, and just enough fruity and spicy perique to really round out the experience. Theres also a creamy flavor that reminds me faintly of The Virginia Cream, which must be the virginias, and also a spicyness. Sixpence is a masterpiece. If Bach were a modern tobacco blender he would bow to Mr. Pease for engineering this symphony of flavors, balanced just right. It is the gold standard of dark fired and perique blends, and out of all that ive tried is my new favorite. Below I saw this compared to Gaslight, and in a sense i can understand it because both are uniquely mysterious and delicious, but i feel this could easily be an all day smoke where gaslight is strong enough to stay an occasional delight, or perhaps once a day. If you love the flavor of good american dark fired and virginia then do yourself a favor and try this blend. This is a 5 star blend. The only reason i docked a star is that i had some issue with my 8 oz. tins being too dry to recover and smoke, but smokingpipes service was above and beyond and they helped me resolve my issues and assured me that the issue is known and being corrected. Customer service has been very helpful. A++. Consistency is important, and though my issue was an anomaly i have to consider it. When i receive my new 8 oz. Tin in my next order and try it out i will put Sixpence in its rightful place with 5 stars. I look forward to it. Read Less
Absolutely loved it. Smoked it right out of the tin without much drying time beforehand. Did a little rubbing and went at it. Greg Pease is a madman. This blend is pure genius. Not an everyday smoke for me as I'm not a Va/Per lover most days but wow!... Read More It's killer stuff. Read Less
I rubbed this out, let it dry an hour or so. Thank goodness I wasn't waiting just for the smoke. This had more flavor than OGS, but not much. Smooth would be what I could say that is positive about this. That's about all though.
I had a bowlful last night with a friend. Id smoked 4 bowls through the day such as Kendal plug, Hal o the Wynd, Ramsgate, and St James flake. When I lit this up I was impressed. Really empressed. Even after my palate had been tested all day this one... Read More provided no bite with a nice aroma of the Liquor topping which smelled of rum. Good strength and smooth at the same time. My friend stated that it was a little rough when he first opened it after Christmas. He kept it in the original container and was at to me the right smoking moisture. I just made a pluc and stuffed and was able to smoke it all the way down with minimal re lights. He gifted me a few bowls worth but I will be making an 8 oz purchase soon. Read Less
First off, the tin note is absolutely delicious!! Fruity, meaty, almost like a full bodied bottle of red wine. I can't say enough about the tin note, wow!
Must be the Kentucky, that gives this baby a boost like no other VaPar. An original, but what... Read More would you expect from G.L. Pease. The master... Read Less
This is a go-to tobacco for me, a good smoke every time. I am a huge fan of Dark Fired Kentucky and in Sixpence it is applied perfectly. It is fruity, earthy, nutty and a little spicy. It's in the top 5 of my rotation.
I too have entered the "dark paneled room" and found to my utter delight this fine blend by Mr.Pease. I can honestly say this is a master blend.Delicious! Mr.Pease you are a magician.
Grazie mio amico.Bravo !
After reading the description I knew I just HAD to try a tin. It arrived a few days later along with several other tins, but this was the first to be opened. The aroma hit me instantly; I've never smelled anything like it. I knew if it tasted anthing... Read More like it smelled we'd have a winner.
Oh lucky day! Taste surpassed the smell.
Fast forward, the 2oz tin is almost empty and an 8oz tin will be ordered soon. Sixpence may just be my favorite first smoke of the day. I get excited every time I pack a bowl. Read Less
The aroma and tin note was different, like a fruity aro, the taste was like a medium English, starts off mild, then works its way to a good strong, cool finish, pretty good! Might get more later!
Highly recommend this one!
This one really surprised me! I am glad I ordered the 8 oz. as I will need to order more soon. The broken fakes smoke slowly and have a rich very flavorful finish (hard to describe, a bit earthy). It smokes to a white powdery ash; a very clean burn w... Read Moreith no hint of a bite. At first I thought this would be just an evening smoke, but tried it in my morning pipe and was surprised by the smooth, not over powering flavors. Like to think this will go great with an evening scotch. This quickly was added to my regular inventory when Navy flake just won't do. Read Less
I am reluctant to smoke aromatic tobacco. That being said the excellent reviews certainly piqued my interest. Within days of receiving it, Sixpence has made the top 5 of my fav's! It has a surprisingly rich flavour which I find most satisfying.
Nutty and somewhat woody Burley flavors are rounded with fruity Perique, and sweetened by soft Virginias. Slow smoking will keep the Burley bitters in check and generate complex and luxurious tastes. Great clarity, and distinct yet harmonious tobacco... Read More flavors. Very smooth. Read Less
I really wanted to like this one, but I just don't. There, I said it. I am not fond of leaving negative reviews for something so completely under the reign of subjectivity as pipe tobacco. But the deluge of positive reviews has purged me of any poten... Read Moretial guilt for doing so in this case. Sixpence is of clear quality. The tobacco is lovely--Greg Pease does not put out offal. This one is just not for me. Where others taste a hint of anise or absinthe, I sense heat, like I'm puffing too urgently regardless of how delicately I nibble. It's cloying, but there are no flavor profiles that justify that kind of adjective. I don't know. Like I said, I wanted to like it. I'd say give it a whirl. I'm obviously in the minority on this one. I feel like I'm missing out, like everyone else is having a different experience. But let's return to a positive place by way of an utter non sequitur: Bosch's Tondal's Vision is a masterpiece of surrealism centuries before that trail was supposedly blazed in two-dimensional art. Seriously, check it out. It's crazy to think that Bosch painted that in the 16th century. Read Less
I'm more of an aromatic lover, but I do love to try other tobaccos, and am I glad I tried this. The tin note is beautiful and the sliced flakes are perfectly humidified - no drying required. I'm not a fan of harsher smoke so when I tried a bowl of th... Read Moreis on its own I didn't enjoy it too much. Granted I could taste the flavour and it was GOOD, the harshness of the smoke it more what I am referring to. However, I found that when I mixed a small amount of this with Amphora and Lane Limited's TK-6 Cherry, it was amazing. A great tobacco, if only I could tolerate a little harshness to smoke a full bowl of this on its own! Read Less
Exceptional. This is really something special, it has all the qualities of a great VaPer but then it has a little something extra, a slight touch of a mysterious Spirit/Liqueur...in my opinion tastes like Absinthe - just amazing:) Seems like it will... Read More improve even more with age too. A truly wonderful tobacco. Read Less
To date, the best tobacco I've put in my pipe. The smell when you open the tin is incredible...like sweet dried plums and figs. Forget smoking it, smells like you could eat the stuff! Bought a few extra tins that I'm cellaring and looking forward to ... Read Moreaging it 4-5 years. Read Less
I tried this based off of the reviews on the website, and I was not disappointed. This is an amazing and complex smoke that just begs to be enjoyed with a nice pour of good scotch. It smokes slow, and cool and is very nice for those long relaxing smo... Read Morekes at the end of the day. Read Less
I find this blend the only one out there that's similar to Kingfisher while still being it's own beast. I'm almost finished with my first tin and I've been blown away with every bowl since the first.
Once this is back in stock I'll be sure to stock... Read Morepile plenty in the cellar - this is going to age fantastically! Read Less
I agree....WOW! Very nice. I had read about Sixpence. I ordered a tin and anticipated it's arrival. Finally in hand, I peeled back the top to reveal a sweet, smoky and savory scent.
A very unique presentation. Shredded flakes of goodness. Gently I... Read More pulled a few strands apart and loaded up......I struck a match, puff puff.......ahhhhh Magic! It smoked great right out of the tin. Excellent flavors all the way down. Almost a sweet meaty flavor on top with a mild pepper kicking in near the end. No bite, no BS! This is a fine smoke. I can only imagine this after a little cellar time....I'm ordering more and can't wait to share with my fellow Seattle Pipe Club members. Read Less
wow, this is one of the best baccys I've ever smoked, again, i love aromatics, McCellands best of show is my all time favorite, i have ventured off into non aros lately, searching for a blend i can really enjoy, and this is for sure it. wow. its ver... Read Morey sweet naturally, and kind of has a season salt/black pepper flavor going on, yet, very smooth, cool, slow smoking and just a wonderful tobacco to enjoy. so much flavor, almost an unsweetened coco exhale, this has so many awesome complex flavors going, its really amazing... The first light was awesome, all the way down to the last puff, my first G.L. Pease blend, and wow, what an introduction!! Read Less
So.. let's break the ice, as some us may, in fact have to do to enjoy yet another GLP masterpiece outside. I really enjoy the Old London series and yet not a fan of lighter Virginia tobacco and often stick with the darker fare and seldom, if ever, sm... Read Moreoke an aromatic... yet this lover of the dark leaf is under it's spell. What a great Christmas blend. I highly recommend it for a welcome change!
(Edit) Near the bottom of my second tin that I have smoked out of my Country Gentleman Cob that I have dedicated to this wonderful concoction. So damn good it makes you want to dance a jig.! Read Less
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