Here G. L. Pease produces thick-slices of broken flake in the Scottish tradition. Ripe Red Virginia tobaccos are combined with a generous measure of fine Louisiana Perique, and then pressed to marry the components and deepen the flavors. The cakes are sliced and gently broken before tinning. Fillmore presents an elegant sweetness and delightful piquancy, enhanced by a creamy richness that develops throughout the bowl. Sit back and enjoy a lovely, leisurely smoke!
This is one of my favorite VaPers. It has a wonderful bold Virginia flavor with a good amount of spice from the perique. I am not good at describing the notes and flavors I find in tobacco, but it's mildly sweet, rounded and had that perique zing. Aw... Read Moreesome. Read Less
So apparently "Scottish Tradition" translates to the Haggis of the pipe tobacco world. Im incredibly irratated that latakia is not listed as a blend component. This is a Virginia/Latakia blend with perique. This is not a vaper with a "... Read Morepinch" of latakia.
2 Thumbs Down to smoking pipes for missing this. FYI if you do a search to EXCLUDE latakia, Fillmore still pops up.
2 Stars because GL is a quality blender. I just cant stand latakia. Read Less
What a good VaPer! The VA and Perique are well balanced so that neither dominates the flavor and, while there's a good amount Perique in the blend, it's not overwhelming but is a solid presence. Sipping helps keep it smooth, too.
Neatly arranged broken flakes that look like little sticks (or thick toothpicks). Perfect moisture. I do not rub it out, I directly stuff these flake sticks into the pipe for best results. Excellent smoking conditions. Pleasurable slow and cool burni... Read Moreng. Even if you draw at a higher pace, you never get tongue-bites, it only raises the temperature slightly, never up to a problem.
The blend is composed of Virginia and Perique exclusively; no casing, no flavouring. The Perique is much more peppery than fruity, and this pepper often dominates the smoke. The Virginia mainly releases bread notes and almost no sweetness. It irritates me that every bowl is quite different. Some may find this interesting. Personally I would prefer considerably less pepper out of the Perique here, and a wider palette of Virginia flavours. Read Less
Despite its wonderful flavor, recently I decided Escudo was out of my rotation. Its good tobacco for sure, but I prefer the freshness of the leaf used in blends like G.L.P. or C&D tobacco. What precipitate this event was the fact that the Perique had... Read More stuck in my mouth far, far, too long after the last few smokes of an aged Escudo tin (7 years). When I say far too long... honestly at this writing it kind of turns my stomach at the thought.
At any rate, I did a little data crunching and keyed in on G.L. Pease's Fillmore as a must try VaPer. Opening my first tin I was very pleased at the fresh quality of the leaf and the wonderful tin aroma of sweet Virginia and fragrant raisin Perique. Prior to lighting up I left a bowl worth of the blend laying on my desk for 72 hours. When I came back to it, I found it was mostly dehydrated, not good for a smoke. I mixed it back in the tin and left it for 8 hours. Whatever it did was just right as it seemed to balance the whole tin out. The first bowl I packed lit right up on the char and didn't go out until I had smoked 2/3 of it.
I was rewarded with a wonderful smoke of nutty grassy sweet Virginia wrapped up in a peppery plummy Perique. The perique was very forward and peppery but not overwhelming. It didn't want to bite, even when puffed hard, and burned down to a fine ash with low level of moisture left in the bowl. All in all it was a very fine tin that left a nice aftertaste that quickly dissipated and left me craving my next bowl. Very satisfying and If you're a VaPer fan, I recommend.
Pipe Used: Bjarne apple
Age When Smoked: New
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Similar Blends: Escudo. Read Less
First sniff of newly opened tin you get the expected red VA and perique notes but I detect a hint of Latakia smokiness which isn’t mentioned as being in it. Doesn’t really matter but does round out the flavor and isn’t really noticed when smoking. Ov... Read Moreerall a very good smoke! Reminds me of a refined Dunhills dark flake.
Update- put this stuff into a large bowl instead of the Sav 701 size bowl and oh man can you taste the Latakia! Still not a bad thing.....just unexpected. Read Less
Yes, this was a really good smoke. I was very happy the first time I popped the lid and that delicious VaPer aroma hit me. It's one of those moments where you know it's going to smoke nice. I am not a HUGE fan of broken flake, but it's fine. I would ... Read Morehave prefer ribbon cut with this. The broken flake gives the tobacco a bit more of a rustic feel, which again is fine. The flavor profile is grand in the sense that it really hits the spot. I like this stuff. Read Less
It's not that I don't like this tobacco, I don't like latakia. This tobacco checked all the boxes for something I would realy like, and I do like it... but I'd like it more if they would admit that it has latakia in it. You can totaly taste it. It's ... Read Morethere. Hits the perique perfectly in my taste. Virginia's are high quality and earthy and the flavour from it being pressed makes it damn nice. I just don't like latakia, and it's not listed as a component. I would not have bought 8oz of something with a component that i dont realy like. Sneaky. Bayou morning flake is better :p Read Less
Full flavored VaPer but with a smoothness and nice savor.
Another winner from Pease! This is a full-bore VaPer, strong on the perique, but still smooth, multifaceted, and smokable at any time of day. I'm torn between this and Telegraph Hill, which is not a flake and not quite as strong, but this is a terrif... Read Moreic smoke. Read Less
Millard Fillmore, last of the Whig Party Commanders in Chief, is not a US President that has enjoyed fame or much credit in American history. But the pipe tobacco blend sharing his surname sure as hell is no middling blend. I consider this a solid V... Read MoreaPer, even a good one, worth the first try and I’d argue worth at least a second purchase. Which takes precedence here, which shines more in the foreground, the sweet Virginias or the pepper of the Perique? I’ll let you be the judge. This is like a harmonious marriage in my estimation, of a sweet, kind person married to a vivacious person brimming over with sarcastic wit and feistiness. It’s somewhat better after I smoked a bowl or two, cellared it, and revisited it after many months. I suppose, as with most blends. As another reviewer noted, there’s a creaminess there, and a balance. The perique doesn’t overwhelm, over even dominate the flavor. Just that pleasing confluence of sweet and spice than any VaPer worth its mettle should possess. And it will not “bite”, even if at times, unwittingly, you vigorously puff. 4.5 stars. Read Less
I’m one of the relatively few smokers who just doesn’t get the GL Pease hype. I’ve tried several of his blends and, while they’re all perfectly fine, none knocked my socks off.
Such is the case with Fillmore. I sampled a tin of this in January, ear... Read Morely on in a quest for the best VaPer for me. And, while it’s not listed as an ingredient, this contains a little latakia. And I, for one, am not a fan of latakia. So, while this is purportedly a small amount, it was enough to ruin the blend for me. Read Less
An extremely well done balanced blend. The slight incense from the tiniest hint of latakia in this blend really does something great for the flavor profile. The Virginias and Perique are deep and flavorful. Packs well and burns cool. It has a nic... Read Moree pepperiness as well. Read Less
Many Va/Pers have dark fruit notes as the main note with slight bread notes. I find this one balanced between the two. There is less darker notes from the red Virginas than expected, so I assume the brighter leaves are higher in quantity than the red... Read Mores? The quality Virginias steal the show. Though the pepperiness of the Perique is always evident, I find its flavor more in a back seat position, which isn’t necessarily a negative. Nicotine- Right above medium To be honest, I didn’t know there was any Latakia until I reread the description. But once I did, I noticed the smokiness in the background, which really gives this blend extra body. I really, really, like its minor role, which it seems Pease rarely does in his blends with Latakia. One of the most balanced Va/Pers I have tried. My favorite Va/Per? Possibly. Either way, it is highly recommended. Read Less
Presentation: A flake that is well broken up, but still offers some larger pieces to be separated even further. Similar in form to Union Square. Rich dark brown and red tobacco layered with the oily and dark perique. As far as I know, this blend only... Read More consists of red Virginia and perique. If there is any bright, it's either applied very lightly or someone accidentally knocked some in.
Palette: Upon first olfactory experience, the tin note is of wholemeal sourdough bread with no butter. An aroma of ripe prune and fig compliment the bread/sour note. It's semi sweet and I could keep my nose in it all day. It vaguely reminds me of MacBaren Navy Flake, but upon further investigation, my nose is playing tricks on me. Either way, it had a very reminiscent smell of another blend, I just can't put my finger on it. The taste is superb. If I could translate the flavor into a projection, it would be smiles upon smiles. The red Virginia is actually pretty sweet considering it's the the base of the blend, and without any brights it retains it's natural taste quite well. Definitely some 'Grade- A' Virginias used in this blend, or they have been aged quite a bit before being added. The perique is applied heavily, if you consider that most Va/Pers are more tame. Offers a creamy mouth feel to the whole blend. It's spicy black pepper essence is not dominant, but it reminds you that it's not going away anytime soon. As with most Va/Pers, the perique is noticeable upon the first quarter of the bowl and tapers off, usually mixing in with the Virginia's. Not this one. It's present throughout and I love it.It's a bold blend and if you don't like strong perique stay away. It has also been noted that Latakia made it's way into the blend too, but I can't find any trace of it.
Performance: Slightly moist out of the tin, once might want to dry it a bit. I have tried both fresh from the tin and dried for 30 minutes, yet both produced the same experience. One false light and one true light and away we went. It maintains its composure until the last embers die out. Can leave a little moisture in the heel but it smoked effortlessly and without any bite whatsoever. The flake format makes it easy to customize your smoking experience. Nice thick clouds of smoke that never dulled and kept going. Only required one more light towards the end of the bowl. Nicotine is a tick past medium. Not an all day smoke but can probably smoke a few in the day for the Va/Per aficionados.
Conclusions: Well, I've finally finished the 'Va/Per Trio' (Stratford/TH/Fillmore) of Gregs blends. You may be thinking "Why not Haddos Delight, Cumberland or Penny Farthing,etc?" Well, if we are talking strictly about a Virginia and Perique blend, those wouldn't make the cut, as they have some other constituents that would take away from the pure flavor of what a Va/Per truly is. They are Va/Per based, but some have added toppings or leaf. Therefore, if Stratford is the highschool senior going through bootcamp who just got word that tomorrow is the gas chamber experience and Telegraph Hill is the more sophisticated Second Lieutenant who graduated from West Pointe who decided a mustache was a good look for his newly appointed position, Fillmore is the guy who dropped out of his first semester at the small town community college after his girlfriend broke up with him, joined the Marines, has been on 7 tours in two different wars, received two purple hearts for non life-threatening wounds, has a slightly crooked smile and has killed a handful of men along with a few livestock animals from a grenade that "accidentally" went off. He's now 47 years old and it's not that society doesn't want him, it's that he doesn't want society anymore and knows nothing other than the military life. Unrefined but badass. Not the smartest but wise. Won't pick a fight but will break your nose just by looking at him the wrong way once. That's how Fillmore is. I recommend stocking up on this if you know what's good for you. Read Less
Wonderful Virginia/Perique Blend... Probably my Favorite of the G.L Pease Va/per Blends with telegraph Hill coming in right behind this one. I only give Fillmore such a High rating because every time I have had a bowl I think to myself that was Damn ... Read Moregood...It’s rich and full... Spicy but also Creamy... I have several Tins open “including escudo” that I need to get through but I Have been stuck on Fillmore since I cracked the tin and Hardly smoke anything else with my Morning Coffee! Well done Mr Pease. Read Less
Sweet, musty almost slightly sour tin note when can is first opened. Dried for 30 minutes as the broken flakes came packed with a fair amount of moisture. The wonderful play of Virginia’s and Perique create a luxurious smoke that’s simply wonderful. ... Read MoreIt’s amazing how many blenders are able to blend Virginia’s and Perique and create whole bouquets of different flavors. Pease is definitely the reigning champ. Simply wonderful and easy on the palate. If you enjoy this I heavily recommend you try Druquer & Son’s Blairgowrie. Most blends I smoke contain Latakia but this has me perfectly content. Read Less
I tried this blend for the first time desperately searching for a good all-day VaPer. The tin note, in my opinion, smells like bread..not a bakery, but plain sliced bread. There are hints of fruit of somesort, but mainly grassy bread. It has a stout ... Read Morespice, and refreshing piquant flavor. The nicotine strength was stronger than I expected it to be as well. I'll definitely be purchasing more of this fine blend. Read Less
This is an excellent blend and I love it. It smokes cool, dry, and doesn't bite. Tin aroma is sweet and very tangy with hints of plums and richness. Flavor profile is sweet and spicy. I think I'll go smoke some now.
Now this is my absolute favorite Va-per!The tin note is out of this world. I actually have to fight myself to not "eat" it. And believe me , I have chewed on it a few times. The tin note is that good .The smoke is that good too. Again, My f... Read Moreavorite pipe for Fillmore is my little Pete 317, and I can sip on it, while Im working or walking , or whatever, and its always the same . They list it as a leisurely smoke, but to me , even while moving and being busy, it still has that "leisurely" feel to it. The smoke is a creamy light easy going smoke, with excellent va taste, and a hint of perique. I cant say enough about Fillmore. You cant go wrong with this one. Read Less
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