Pease's Chelsea Morning is comprised of sweet red and bright Virginias, fragrant orientals, a bit of rich Cyprus Latakia, and just a pinch of Perique. The leaf is blended in layers, briefly pressed, then sliced and tumbled into ribbons. Lively and engaging, with a subtle fruitiness, and an elegant, creamy texture, it's a great bowl to accompany the morning cup.
Once I’m awake enough in the morning I grab an ancient Dunhill Redbark and fill it with Chelsea Morning. I’ve done that for years. The pipe is rickety but it. seems to augment the sugary sweetness of the tobacco. Just as the tobacco tastes seem to ... Read Moremirror the flavor of my cup of coffee. This is heaven! Until recently I thought this blend was unique, but then I discovered its louder, rowdier cousin McClelland’s Grand Samsun. Yes, there’s a lot of oriental in CM witheverything else dancing in the background. A lovely experience, morning after morning. Read Less
While searching around to replace my brand "et ventum", dunhill EMP, I found my way to G. L. Pease's Chelsea Morning. The old adage that "change is good for you", rings true once again. Chelsea Morning does EMP better than EMP! Even if EMP comes back... Read More, I doubt I will return to it. CM is my new champion! It's complex and intriguing. Relaxing and thought provoking. There's a wonderful saviory and tangy Oriental flavor that is quickly enveloped with creamy Latakia, finishing with a earthy, nutty sweet Virginia. The one notable difference between EMP and CM, the Orientals are more pronounced. In my new tin they were savoury, and tended to dominate if I puffed too hard. Other reviews have identified Izmer Oriental. One can say that it makes things interesting... or one can say it clashes and detracts. I'm of the former. The Latakia is lovely and lightly done. It balances harmoniously with the sweet Virginia. The Perique is plummy and peppery and both show randomly to good effect. CM smokes like a dream, billows of volumous flavorful smoke. you can puff like a freight train and your only punishment will be the domination of Oriental. Utterly relaxing, full of flavor, with a pinch-O-nic to start the day. Five stars!
Pipe Used: Caminetto Oom Paul
Age When Smoked: New
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Similar Blends: Early Morning Pipe, Presbyterian , Admiralty. Read Less
With the love and snobbery I can have with English/Oriental blends, I had to try this blend after all the buzz. After almost smoking through a tin with a variety of pipes, I have found the perfect suitor to go along with my morning coffee.
Chelsea ... Read Moremorning offers a lovely sweetness from the Virginias (especially the reds), the spiciness from the Orientals, and the just enough smokiness from the Latakias. I would consider it a light-medium/light English blend. Pick it up for you morning ritual. It suits the morning sunrise so well. Read Less
I went through about a month long phase of packing this into a cob first thing in the morning at work while I drank coffee and delayed getting started. The cut is good, the moisture is good, and it tastes good. Didn't notice a ton of nicotine, but ... Read Moreit was a good contemplative smoke for the morning. Read Less
I haven’t had a GL Pease product yet that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy. Chelsea Morning is no exception. It is smokey, nuanced, and has a good balance of different tobaccos to awaken the palate and call attention to Mr Pease’s expertise. Like all GL Pea... Read Morese tobaccos, it has a flavour distinct to its maker; it’s a sort of mystique that keeps me coming back time after time and tin after tin. Chelsea morning is my new mainstay, and (like all of Mr Pease’s offerings) holds a special place in my tobacco collection. All I can say is that this is a mix I’m grateful to have found, and that I’d reccommend to new and to gristled pipe smokers alike. Brilliant stuff Read Less
At first opening, I get mostly the fruit & fig note from the Virginia and Perique. The latakia is barely present. Moisture is good, but can use a little dry time. The Virginia and touch of latakia come through when first lighting. The perique wit... Read Moreh it's peppery and figgy flavor, slowly takes over and seems to be dominant for the 2nd half of the bowl. Has a few harsh edges here and there.
While I do enjoy CM, for me it's not quite on the level of the other two Pease blends from this morning, noon, & night series (Meridian and Quiet Nights). Still, recommended for just about any piper, unless you do not like perique. Read Less
I have been smoking this for about 6 months now. It never disappoints. My wife knows that when I’ve had a bowl of this I’m going to be in a great mood. There are many tobaccos I’ve tired that are temperamental, some that I’m just not in the mood for.... Read More I am always in the mood for CM. Morning, noon and night I will enjoy this delicious, creamy and lovely smoke. Notes of freshly sawn poplar boards, hay and a voluminous creaminess that refuses to bite, no matter how pressed. Delicious and unique every time. Read Less
Very easy English blend with just enough flavor to accompany that morning coffee, or to be an all day smoke. I love EMP and I find this to be a step behind it but not by much. It seems to be a bit more "comfortable". Easy pack and burns w... Read Moreith zero bite. Extremely well behaved blend, stays lit on its own without fussing. Read Less
Honestly I have not had a GL Pease blend I did not like. This one is no exception. In fact this might be my favorite so far. This is what Dunhill/Peterson EMP wishes it could be. Very balanced and mellow but packs some flavor. Extremely enjoyable per... Read Morehaps all day smoke. I’ll be buying some big tins of this one. Read Less
A pleasant blend for first thing in the morning, hot cup of coffee or Englsih tea. The combination of Latakia and Perique jsut give a wisp of nice spice and flavor. A sublte fruitiness is noted, and the smoke is smooth and creamy. A second to Meridi... Read Morean, this is a great blend in my rotation. Read Less
Tin note of smoky, tart fruit, and spices. Tobacco broken flakes are orangish tan, brown and darker brown. Tobacco is moist and could uses a little drying but rubs out easily. Burns slow with many relights. The strength is medium and nic is mild. No ... Read Moreflavoring detected. Taste is medium and consistent, with notes of slightly sweet dark fruit, wood, dry earth, spicy, musty grass, floral, spiced bread, herbal sweet, a tangy lemon zest background note, and a peppery retro. Oriental/Turkish is leading with Virginia and Perique supporting. Latakia had the night off. Room note is pleasant to tolerable, and aftertaste is great. Read Less
Chelsea Morning is easily the blend that I reach for more than any other. My suggestion is to put some away for a few years if you are able. Aged Chelsea Morning is something to behold. The fruity sweetness really comes alive after a few years. I... Read More mainly smoke this in a Savinelli 320 and I find it really brings out the sweetness. I must confess, I haven't tried any "fresh" Chelsea Morning in a long time to compare it to its aged self. I put enough back years ago that I am in heaven on a daily basis. I still buy some to put back so that I will be smoking aged Chelsea Morning for the remainder of my life. Read Less
I have grown to love this blend. I switch between this and another blend made for the morning by another master blender, Russ Ouellette, but this isn't the other tobacco I mentioned in the title, both are Chelsea Morning. See if you pack this for the... Read More first pipe before leaving or on the way to work, you'll get a fantastic light to medium English perfect for the morning. It's when you light up a bowl on a weekend morning (or anytime of day honestly) when you take time and really taste this blend is when you will realize like I did that it is one of the most intriguing blends with a whole array of flavors that is just delicious for lack of more elegant words. The only problem I have with it is I guess because of the cut, kind of a broken flake, it can end up becoming a little powdery towards the bottom of the jar, almost like dumping out a cigarette, which in a pipe with no type of filter you can end with some flakes in your mouth but trust me DO NOT let that little nuisance keep from trying one of the best blends on the market today Read Less
The tin note reminds me of one of those old, farmhouse basements with the loose stone floors. Kind of musty, but still warm and homey with the smell of breakfast and coffee wafting down. Very nostalgic smells for me. From there the experience only i... Read Moremproves. The mustyness fades with the charring light and brings out a dark, subdued spiciness sitting on an earthy cloud of leathery smoothness. This is easily one of my top five favorite blends. I will only smoke this out of my larger pipes so I can really sit and enjoy it. Read Less
When I first started smoking a pipe about four years ago, I smoked only aromatics and swore that I'd never smoke an English. However, once I learned to pack my pipe correctly the whole world of tobacco opened up to me. I have been venturing out ever ... Read Moresince and my first taste of Latakia was with a tin of Pease's Lombard which I purchased a few weeks ago. It was so good that I decided that I'd venture out a little and try a mild English and since Chelsea Morning fit the bill I bought a tin last week but waited until Saturday morning to try it. So, this morning I loaded up my Kaywoodie Prince and fired it up. Dammit, I guess I'm an English smoker now! I have been smoking it all day and can say I will definitely keep it in stock and cellar some away as well. I guess my wishlist is expand by quite a lot. Read Less
As one reviewer noted, though this blend is mild to medium in strength, in is full of flavor. The sweetness from the Virginas and Orientals work wonderfully together. The spicy Orientals, though still mild, are still noticeable throughout the bowl. T... Read Morehe Latakia is more evident in this blend than say, EMP, where I feel they fall too far in the background. The perfect combo is this tobacco with a light-medium roast coffee in the morning. It is my top 3 tobacco for a reason and is smoked almost daily. Read Less
This is a good blend, but it isn't my favorite morning smoke. I saw 3 reviews on it, by smokers whose opinions are trustworthy. All 3 of them said things like "I like it, but I don't know if I love it....I'm not sure I'll get more of it....I don... Read More't know if I'm jumping on board this one yet". Now having smoked 4 bowls of it, I agree with all of those statements. It's a good blend, but not mind blowing. It has a nice, balanced flavor, but it's just a little TOO light. My standard is Dunhill's EMP, (Or Daybreak which is very similar) but when I want something lighter than that, I find C&D's Good Morning is flavorful, complex, and lighter/more relaxed than EMP so it's a nice alternative. Chelsea Morning, to my taste, is a little too light. It would be a good light alternative to EMP, if I didn't have Good Morning to fill that slot already. And I believe Good Morning is a little more enjoyable than Chelsea Morning. But this blend is definitely nice. Flavor is good, and rather unique, though I wish it had just a bit more presence. The tobacco behaves well, burns well. It's a class act, worth trying. I just think that for a premium tobacco, by a top-notch blender, at a somewhat premium price, this tobacco should be a little more mind blowing than it is. Maybe with some age it will be mind blowing. I'll probably by an 8oz tin and cellar it for a while, and smoke it on occasion when I feel like something out of the ordinary. But I doubt I'll smoke this with any regularity. Like I said, it's good but it doesn't blow me away. My standard morning smokes (EMP, and Good Morning) are a little more satisfying...and a little less expensive Read Less
This is a very mild English in my opinion. It smokes well and is quite mild. I believe that C&D's Yale Mixture is a fair comparison if you have tried that one. I will purchase another tin for the cellar.
Another wonderful Pease tobacco. This one’s smokiness bites at the back of my throat a little bit if I exhale through my nose. Definitely a little more Perique nite to it than some of the others but nothing overpowering. Pease has a wonderful way of ... Read Moreusing the same ingredients over and over again in different proportions to create completely unique blends. You can’t go wrong with anything he makes. Thick ribbon cut. Moisture level perfect out of tin. Read Less
As an English blend smoker, I was certain that this blend was going to be right up my alley. Sadly, I found it somewhat deficient. It did not behave very well for me. I had trouble keeping it lit. I also did not find any real flavour to set it apart.... Read More Perhaps that is intended: could it be easier on the morning palate that way? I did not find anything truly favourable in this blend. It burned hot regularly, too.
Perhaps I will revisit this blend after having tried some other "breakfast" blends. At this time, it proved a disappointing experience. Nonetheless, I count myself among a distinct minority of smokers, if the general reviews are to be believed. I would still recommend that newcomers smoke this blend: experimenting is the heart and soul of this hobby.
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GLP is a gentleman and a scholar, and one can tell this through his magisterial blends. Chelsea Morning is no exception. It smokes easy out of the tin, smells a sweet mixture of sour and smoky in the tin. Room note is mild, but being a morning blend ... Read Moreit will not leave you (or your car or office) smelling like roses or cologne—on account of the high VA content. I have read some reviewers who say the tins are inconsistent, I have not run across this problem but will report back later. Ordering EMP now to compare the two and will report back as well. In the meantime, light up my friends. Read Less
At first, I was not sure how I felt about this blend, but after smoking through 2oz of the stuff, I think this might be (one of) the ideal morning bowl blends for many people. No experience with Dunhill EMP, but this has hit the spot many a morning. ... Read MoreVery curious how it would age. When smoked slow fresh, you can get some subtle orange peel and fruits out of this - quite enjoyable Read Less
I tried Dunhill Early Morning Pipe and was left uninspired by it. I tried Chelsea Morning to try and fill that 'first smoke of the day' gap and this hits the mark. Having said that, this blend would suit as an all day blend. Lots going on in the blen... Read Mored. Very enjoyable. Read Less
Robust and slightly sweet. A fantastic morning blend in my regular rotation. I smoked this blend one morning while driving to work, after I arrived a co-worker said "i like that cologne your wearing. What is it." I quickly informed my co-wo... Read Morerker I was not wearing any and what he smelled on me was Chelsea Morning. True story. Read Less
I've smoked many tins of Chelsea Morning, but I don't buy it any more because of unpredictable variance between tins: some tins contain the nice thick tumbled ribbons and have a slightly sweet undertone to balance out the perique; other tins seem fil... Read Moreled with floor sweepings and have a much higher sharp element of peppery perique. Shame, because a good tin of this is a nice smoke. Read Less
When the old D morning pipe tobacco passed into oblivion I was lost. The new copies of it were just dismal, then along came Greg (yes, he is a god) with Chelsea Morning. Not only is it a solid replacement for the old other morning tobacco, it's bette... Read Morer. Barring surgery I have a bowl EVERY morning. I have missed 2 mornings in the past while travelling. Read Less
I marvel at the thought process that achieved this recipe. When I opened the tin it didn't feel or look like English tobacco that I am accustom to, more of a blondish red color, and thick ribbons.
Even the charring light caught my attention, true l... Read Moreight grab it. It is the first tobacco I would consider complex, because of the taste of each tobacco through out each draw. and the bottom is real when it sinks in the Chelsea Morning is in a class of it's own. Treat it as such and reframe from comparing to other tobaccos and you might find yourself loss in the land of G.L. Pease Thank you to the blender at GL Pease Read Less
One of my top favorites. I would imagine that trying to balance out four different kinds of leaf must be difficult, and it feels like Pease got this exactly right. Almost every few puffs the flavor changes back and forth, keeping it incredibly inte... Read Moreresting. I also find it a little less moist (or swampy??) than any other English I've had. It just seems less thick and oily, and more earthly and complex. I normally puff harder on English/Balkans than I do VAs, but this one I have to sip because it's so complex, and the Perique adds even more to that. This is fine, because the flavor is huge. Not too much of a certain leaf and not too little of it either. Right when I think there could be more Oriental, I begin tasting it again. I just had in on a slightly rainy, cooler summer day commuting into work. Lovely. Great stuff. One word description: Complex. This is also the best blend I've been able to pair with a cup of coffee. It's almost like it was designed with that in mind. Read Less
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