Sextant from G. L. Pease is a classic mixture harmoniously married to a Navy flake. Ripe Virginia tobaccos are first blended with Cypriot Latakia, fine Orientals, and a touch of dark-fired Kentucky leaf, then infused with a hint of dark rum before being gently pressed, matured, and sliced. The flavour is rich, bold and satisfying; the aroma an enchanting interweaving of traditions.
I have not tried all of the popular English Blends, but Sextant has been my favorite one so far.
I like that G.L. Pease has a tendency to push outside some of the traditional blend component, Sextant being an example. As a navy blend fan, I enjoy... Read More the addition of rum to this blend. I think it really works when usually I would think whiskey works best with the Latakia flavor profile. The addition of Kentucky gives me that nutmeg hint I describe in my review of G.L. Pease Navigator.
There are some notes of cooking spices and herbs (maybe coriander or cardamom) in this blend as well which, for me, make it an interesting and savory journey when smoking this. The sweetness you get from this is less obvious and not of a sugary nature, but works well with the rum to give me something indescribable. This is a beautiful mixture that I thoroughly enjoy, and just like Navigator, I find myself reaching for when I don't want any doubts about being satisfied for an after dinner period of contemplation and gustatory enjoyment. I would buy this again without a doubt.
I have smoked this in a variety of slightly-wider bowls, all pots. I did not care too much for this blend at first, but it only got better with time, and also time and patience to find the right pipe for it. My tin is from 03/2017. I use an Aldo Velani pot with slight bend. I pack about half the bowl, because of the strength of this blend. I recommend a drink on-hand.
Nothing more I can think of to say about this one. You have to try it to see for yourself. Read Less
A superb tobacco. Easy to pack and light, produces nice volumes of enjoyable smoke. A hint of sweet rum with proper tobacco tastes in the background. A delightful and satisfying smoke any time of day, but particularly in the evening.
Haharrrr! What a truly wondrous pirate smoke! This is absolutely a new favorite! It has such a great balance of smokeyness from the Latakia and the sweetness from the Virginia’s and rum! Just perfect for me! There is also a little pepper in my nose ... Read Morefrom the smoke and it’s nice! The Smokey and rummy tin note is ridiculous, I just keep cracking it open and breathing it in, it’s amazing! I’m sure there are plenty of other flavors I’m missing that more experienced pipers will pick up on, but all I know is I’m loving what I am experiencing! And that’s all that matters! Stays lit, smokes cool, and smells n tastes delicious! I’ll be plunderin all of this fyne tobacco from you bilge suckin scalawags!! Haharrrr!! Read Less
The tin note is WONDERFUL. If you want an assertive rum-flavored English mixture, this is it. Sextant has a good dose of rum and melds very well with the components. The VA is woody and fermented sweet, which is balanced by the ever so slightly so... Read Moreur, charred oak of the Kentucky Dark Fired, which provides more nicotine. Dark Fired can be overdone, and we see it overdone in A LOT of mixtures. Here, its been done marvelously and in small proportion. It complements... it never overpowers. The Orientals are musty and add a bit of herbal quality. The Latakia is in the background. The nicotine is 3 - 3.5 out of 5. The nicotine is fairly stout in this mixture so tread carefully and smoke small bowls if you're sensitive to that. Read Less
This is the first GLP blend I’ve really struggled with. It does have a lovely complex aroma and is satisfying as a smoke, however rather than being an “enchanting interweaving of traditions,” it seems like it can’t decide what it wants to be. It is n... Read Moreeither navy flake nor English; neither Virginia blend nor oriental. I am certainly glad I tried it, but I may nave expected too much. Leathery and rich, I don’t think it’s an improvement upon Navigator. As in other GLP creations, the nicotine punch is STRONG from the Burley. I’d recommend a small bowl and slow smoke if you’re sensitive to that. All that said, my two stars may very well be your five.
Over time, some 8 months later, this has not grown on me. What I had left went in the trash. Read Less
I received this blend as a Christmas gift and cracked the tin straightaway. Manufactured in March so it had a few months to age at least. The tin note is divine, with sweet Latakia and rum aromas filling my olfactory senses. I packed my MM Elf, whi... Read Morech is fairly deep and narrow. Moisture content is on the moist side of perfect and it takes the flame easily. The dominant flavor is Latakia and Virginia, with the rum a constant and delicious background flavor. The dark fired is detectable but more of an added spice than a key player here, and it works wonderfully in that role, slowly increasing as the bowl develops as one would expect. By midpipe Sextant is a rich medley of flavors, and everything melds together into one beautiful English flavor. It tastes eerily similar to my own personal English blend that just came off of 5 weeks in the press. Sextant is a full flavored English with a little extra (rum and df)... and it delivers. Medium in body, medium in nicotine, and rich in flavor, Sextant maintains this profile throughout. By no means a lat bomb, but neither is it an unassuming mild english, Sextant can be smoked multiple times per day but may be a little heavy for strictly all day. As I continue smoking Sextant it has taken on a quasi all day position in my rotation. I always have a pipe of Sextant nearby and I take a few puffs here and there as I desire. It maintains it's flavor well even after several relights for the most part Well done Mr pease I aspire to your blending prowess. Read Less
This is a great navy blend with just enough punch to satisfy a salty dog. Very pleasurable to puff on and no girly-man flavorings. This has entered my rotation. The Virginias really shine. A great companion to an aged single-malt or barrel-aged J... Read Moreamaican rum. Read Less
GL Pease is my new favorite brand. I haven't found anything from him that I don't want more of, and Sextant is no exception.
I tried this after enjoying Pease's Windjammer Navy flake and wanted to see what else he could do with that style. I think ... Read MoreI still prefer Windjammer to Sextant by a whisker, but it is a very creative melding of a Navy flake with a bit of Olde England. On the stronger side, it works well in the evening or late afternoon. The tin note is delightfully rummy, it packs and lights well, burns well, develops nicely and doesn't bite. That dark fruit taste with boozy notes is like a Cherries Jubilee kind of experience, and I will come back to this one again for sure. Delightful. Read Less
Upon further review, the ruling on the field is reversed
Revisited Sextant this A.M. with the morning coffee.
Stephen E nailed it above. The first half bowl was a perfect chorus of voices, a harmonious 'mp' (mezzo piano--- "moderately soft" volume) in the predawn. In the second half, the orientals swelle... Read Mored to 'mf' (mezzo forte---"moderately loud") to greet the sunrise; perhaps a bit too loud at that hour, but it will slide into the rotation for a later hour of the day.
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A symphony of flavor, starting off as smooth, building to strong climax, and ending with flavor and spiciness as it's wonderful crescendo, leaving you wanting more.
This is a great smoke for me! Slightly sweet, and spicy, more flavor than strength, ... Read Morejust as the description implies, and isn't overbearing at all! A keeper! Read Less
A wonderful balance of components. The hint of rum is almost only a suggestion. The Latakia and Virginia are both at the font and the Kentucky is just past a condiment level. It’s a heavy hitter that requires a nice relaxing block of time to really ... Read Moreenjoy but it’s well worth it. Read Less
Tin note of sweet and smoky with a little spice. The multiple shades of brown Broken Flakes rub out easily. Tobacco is damp and may need a little drying. Burns slow with few relights. The strength is medium to strong and nic is medium. Flavoring is m... Read Moreild, with notes of sweet rum. Taste is full and consistent, with complex notes of smoky, herbal spices, musty wood, floral, dry earth, mild tangy sour, sweet grass, mild orange bitter, toasted bread, spicy, mild tart dark fruit, a sweet nutty background note, and a peppery retro. Latakia is barely leading the Virginias with Oriental/Turkish supporting. Kentucky is providing support where needed. Room note is tolerable, and aftertaste is great. Read Less
Upon opening, the tin note is a nice mix of latakia, and sweet rum. After lighting, it starts the same way with smokey, sweet latakia, along with a subtle hint of the rum in the background. The Virginia's are there as well with a touch of fruity swee... Read Moretness. Slight floral from the Orientals is there but just hinted at in the background. Kentucky adds some strength to this blend.
Overall, I find this to be another fantastic Pease blend. Similar style to C&D Black Frigate, but sweeter, and bolder, and with the rum more in the background. Highly recommended. Read Less
Not a fan ... I'm just kinda trying orientals and maybe it's just a little to English? Love flake , and adore some burley flake but I'm not sure I like this ... still going and If anything changes I'll revisit
Tin note is leather and old sailing ship, which to me, is substantive, and transportive that just adds to my enjoyment. I prefer it over Navigator that is (to me) fruit cased that adds little value. Sextant is straight to the point, well sourced, bal... Read Moreanced, crafted and delivered. Yea. Read Less
An interesting and enjoyable blend. At first the Latakia takes front and center. As you progress through the bowl the Virginia really begins to shine, with an ever so slight rum(?) flavour.
A nice smoke that transitions itself as you smoke. From a ... Read Morenice full smokey blend to a sweet Viriginia as you finish.
Leaves a nice room note, an enjoyable aftertaste. Has a fair nicotine punch, especially at the end.
Usually not the largest fan of Latakia out there, but this is a real winner. Read Less
Already one of my top blends. If you like English latakia blends, navy flake and dark fired, why not have all at once? It's not mild and not heavy. Just right to provide a delicious, sophisticated, balanced and relaxing smoke. Right on GL Pease!
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