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
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
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, 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
So, this was my first taste of Mr. Pease work. Even though I´ve been smoking for some years now, I´m still a novice as the tobacco i was used to smoking was really bad. That being said, I have to confess that at first I kind of hated this blend. The ... Read Moresmell out of the tin was...bready? I can´t quite put my finger on it. I loved it but at the same time hated it. As for the smoke, obviously this was my first encounter with DFK. So, of course i got a mild nic-hit, which made me put some distance between me and this blend (I´m a really short lad, so don´t think it has a big hit in the nic department, rather it´s that nicotine hits me faster). Anyways, this blend just kind of sitted in my shelf through the months. Finally I decided to finish the blend because I hate wasting tobacco. And my oh my, what a change. I still can´t quite put my finger on this blend but it just kind of grew on me. Even though I never tasted that alcohol topping, the leaves started to evolve and open in my tongue. What at first was an intrusive and towering smoke became a sweet and bold treat. I was kind of secretely dissapointed when my tin ran out. So, in conclussion: the tobacco is top notch quality. I´m considering buying another tin and let it just cellar for a little bit. Take it really slow and sip and enjoy this blend (I now call this a reading blend. Just sit, enjoy and don´t rush it). I´m really looking forward as to how it will taste now that I have a more develop taste as far as ´baccies go. Read Less
I found that Mr Pease uses dfk very sparing compared to other blenders. I get vaper with a backbone of dfk. It tastes stronger than the nic hit. It goes well anytime of day. C and D press their flakes perfectly. Stuff , fold the flakes burn proper ev... Read Moreery time. Whish I could smoke this every day. To many blends means you have to stop and breath sometimes. Good stuff. Read Less
My all time favorite VaPer. And I think I have the DFK to thank. Rich, complex, sweet, and spicy. I could smoke this all day everyday. I predominantly smoke English blends, but this seduced me and I’m glad it did.
Tin date 10 16 14, has notes of spicy, Rasin, and pungent sour. The broken flakes are brown and rub out nicely. Moisture is ok, no prep needed. Burns slow with few relights. The strength is medium and nic is medium. Flavoring is extremely mild, if th... Read Moreere at all, I couldn't discern it. Taste is medium to full and consistent, with notes of very woody, floral, very spicy, earth, sour grass, mild lemon, baked bread, mild spiced fruit, mild bitter herbs, a mildly nutty background note, and a peppery retro. Virginias is leading with Perique supporting. Kentucky providing back up, and the flavoring got scared and ran away. Room note is pleasant to tolerable, and aftertaste is great. Read Less
Hands off me booty ya filthy land lubbers! This be another truly delicious blend from that scurvy sea dogg Mr. Pease! And I absolutely love this Virginia blend! The tin note is so delicious, deep dark fruits, sweet earthy grassy Virginia’s, a lil smo... Read Morekiness, and a sweet boozy aroma that I believe to be rum! Yes it’s rum ya boot lickin bilge rats, cuz aye says it is, haharrrrrr! This blend smokes so smooth and cool, stays lit really well and has a delicious flavor and aroma, again sweet Virginia’s, deep fruits, a lil peppery perique, and some Smokey DFK! So escape yer boring life, pack a bowl of Six Pence and embark on a fantastic flavor voyage! Cheers! Read Less
I popped open a two year old tin of this stuff and knew right away that this was going to be special. A dollop of pleasant fermented funkiness and sweet tobacco aroma came out to meet me. Maybe it’s a little unfair to review a two year old tin but, o... Read Moreh well. When it gets good and lit and smoking smoothly it develops into over ripened smoked plum that gets layered with a natural tobacco sweetness that adds a very subtle amount of earthiness.What a sipper! Read Less
A Virgina-Perique blends that is smooth and not sharp.
However, still too much perique for me. Once a year I want to try this style of blend and I quickly realize why I never smoke them. However, the burley/dark fired softens the taste of this blen... Read Mored. I do like this, but I find it a bit strong. I dry it completely and it is fairly cool that way.
Is it reminiscent of an old Three Nuns? Read Less
The blend really is incredible. I disagree with SP’s profile rating with giving strength, and taste a 3 , room note also. This is a Pretty strong blend which I’m completely comfortable stating. I smoked cigarettes for 15+ years, plus cigars off and ... Read Moreon, which I still smoke. So I know tobacco, and this one KICKS. With that said, it is not overbearing or too strong where it will turn you off. If you sip slowly and pace yourself than you’re in for one HELL of a pipe session. This is the perfect blend to chose after one of those days that kicks your ass. Subtly sweet, peppery, spice, tang, and whiskey, or some type of liquor on the retro hale. I will definitely be getting more of this one. Give it a try, You may not love it, but I guarantee you won’t hate it. Happy smokes! Read Less
This is very hard to dry out, and as a result, it takes quite a few tries to get it to stay lit. There is, at first, a cloying sweetness at the tip of the tongue, and the roomnote is pleasant. But the sweetness and taste seem to vanish quickly.
I'm giving five ⭐s on the description alone, a tobacco that can stop time on the first puff is worth 5 stars. I can smell the leather chair in my mind. Lol. I just ordered some, and will hopefully give my faltering attempt at a review later. It sure ... Read Moresounds good! Read Less
There are many songs I like that I didn’t quite appreciate on my first listen. Same with several other things. Within the realm of pipe tobacco, Escudo and G.L. Pease’s Sixpence are notable examples. I came to fancy Escudo on that second bowl, and wi... Read Moreth Sixpence, on that second tin. I first sampled Sixpence in spring 2020 and though I finished the tin within a few days, it did not impress me, and in a way I was simply trying to get rid of it. I don’t know what happened, if its ingredients were not blended to its standard measurements, but I didn’t reorder another until March 2021. I’m thankful I did. For I favorably reviewed a few other Pease blends and looked up the components of Sixpence. Wait—Dark Fired Kentucky, Perique and Black Cavendish? Those are among my favorite components. What could have gone awry? This didn’t seem right. Suffice it to say that second tin, ordered one year later, gave me all I had hoped for. The tin note contained something that at first smelled funky and Camembert-like (something I love in Warped’s Kings Stride and Tabac Manil’s four blends). Then I sniffed again, and again. That funky smell was imagined; the true tin note was a strong one or rum, whiskey, or both. That liquor element continued past the tin note and char light and down to the bottom of the bowl, and this proved consistent with my ensuing smoke sessions of Sixpence. So in this way, this broken flake is akin to the Navy flakes I’ve enjoyed. But there ends the similarities with said Navy flakes. For here the Perique is dominant, the DFK plays a strong supporting role, and the Virginias are there to sweeten everything and the Cavendish enriches it and mellows it out. Pease actually delivers an impressive medium-strength and medium-bodied blend hard to fit into a category. Aromatic or English it clearly is not, and it’s more multifaceted than a VaPer or a BurVa. I’ll soon be buying ten or more tins to stow away in my study’s closet (this pipelover’s cellar). There’s one caveat to this one that I remind myself of, and you may find the same. If you don’t fancy a rum or liquor topping or flavor in your pipe tobacco, then don’t smoke bowls of these back-to-back or consecutively. Smoke a bowl of Sixpence and then puff other blends and come back another day for a bowl of this. At times I feel Pease topped it with too generous of a portion of rum, and I can taste it throughout the bowl. 4.5 stars. Read Less
Received my tin in the mail today and couldn't wait ti light it up. I was very pleased with this blend. Rubbed out nicely and lit well. Smoked in one of my favorite cobs and really enjoyed it. I had to just recently been a C&D blend smoker but th... Read Moreis blend tells me that I have more to explore. I will be buying more to cellar and I am looking forward to seeing what a couple of months of aging does to it. Very well done Mr. Pease. Very well done. Read Less
As much as I do adore this tobacco, I went in hoping for a bit more of a DFK smack. The Virginia, however, is the star of this blend. I don't find the alcohol topping to be overpowering as some have. Ultimately, delicious and flavorful.
So I met sixpences! When opened, tin has a mixed smell of DFK, Virginia and Perique. Recognizable and new at the same time. The flakes in a jar are just the right moisture to smoke, perfect. The amazing balance of the sweetness of Virginia, the "dark... Read More" taste of Kentucky and the pungency of Perique is striking, when none of them stands out or dominates.
The blend is definitely great and will make my "favorite" list of pipe tobaccos. Read Less
The leaf is a shredded flake cut. You can enjoy the smoke like a cigarette, but there are better things to smoke in a pipe. If you like to enjoy the original flavor of the leaf, this will suit you, but for me, who is looking for a smoke that can only... Read More be enjoyed in a pipe, this was not the right choice. Read Less
So I met sixpences! When opened, tin has a mixed smell of DFK, Virginia and Perique. Recognizable and new at the same time. The flakes in a jar are just the right moisture to smoke, perfect. The amazing balance of the sweetness of Virginia, the "... Read More;dark" taste of Kentucky and the pungency of Perique is striking, when none of them stands out or dominates.
The blend is definitely great and will make my "favorite" list of pipe tobaccos.
Smoked in a hand-made Dublin pipe from Aivazovsky. Read Less
This will go into my rotation right beside Old Joe Krantz, my daily bowl stuffer. The Dark Fired Kentucky is nice little change of pace. It seems to add a little up front smoothness. I really enjoy perique. Perique is no small player in this blen... Read Mored. It does not smoke very hot at for me at all if I am not huffing it like a freight train. I am going have to order a whole heap of this stuff to make sure that I never run out. Thank You Mr. Pease! 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!
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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