A blended, sliced cake of high-grade flue cured leaf, from beautiful, sweet brights to deep, earthy reds, without the added sugars and flavourings common to many Virginia flakes. It's rich on the palate, evolving in layers with the clean, natural sweetness of pure tobaccos. It offers a pleasant room note, and a delightful finish. For those seeking the pure Virginia experience, try Pease's Union Square.
Love Virginia straight blends but this one does meet what you do look when smoking this type of tobacco. Straight flavours from the best quality leaves. Full flavour, excellent packing and superb smoke. Strongly recommend
I recommend a year, not a month, of age for this one. When fresh, it tastes green. The more age the better. I found the overall taste to be mild Virginia. The nicotine, however, that was a killer buzz!
If you want to compare apples to apples, this is very similar to C&D Opening Night. I like this marginally better as to my taste there's more reds and less brights, making for a better flavor profile. I tend to smoke a lot of Capstan, Yorktown and Du... Read Morenhill Flake. That rotation remains king. Read Less
If you watch the YouTube video on how they make this, you’ll have a new appreciation for it Love the natural sweetness a clean and fulfilling smoke. Right to my favorites. Smoke it slow it packs a punch
Not bad, but not great either. It has a great room note and the finish is clean, but I guess I expected more from a Greg Pease blend. It has the same nuance as Cornell and Diehl Red VA Ribbon and Yorktown... perhaps even a little less than Yorktown... Read More. I'd advise those two in bulk and cellaring rather than spending more $$ on this one. The bready, sweet, smooth and slight tanginess is there but not to any astounding degree, and certainly not memorable or differentiating. It's a more natural nuance.
There's a balsa wood flavor here and there which equates to a cellulosic, sterile kinda thing. If you want something special and memorable... Sam Gawith Full VA Flake and Mac Baren HH Virginia are the two which hold the crown. You know you've got something with those at first light. This is good, but don't expect that sweet-feed thing that makes your mouth water and say WOW... this just isn't it. It's solid/consistent, better than average and comforting, but so is Yorktown, at half the price. Nic is 2 out of 5. Read Less
Union square tobacco, I do not like it at all I have bought several tins smoked it fresh and aged one time the tin is a very light color and the other is dark. There is no consistenty with this tobacco, there are many , many better virginias out ther... Read Moree that are better. Don't waste your money on this. The tobacco is just very plain in taste and room note is like burnt wood. Read Less
It's taken a few tins and some time to consider where I stood with this blend. In the end, the earthy purity of it got to me. Though it may never find a spot in my rotation, Union Square remains a rustic curiosity among Virginias. It's not for everyo... Read Morene, to be sure. But for those looking for an unadulterated Virginia smoke, very few blends come close to this one. Read Less
While I cannot attest to how this blend tastes out of a fresh tin, I can say that the 8 year old tin I popped open was absolutely excellent. The aging potential for this blend is incredible. it has a whole spectrum of flavors and depth. pure virgini... Read Morea goodness. stock up while you can. Read Less
I loved this tin so much. When you open the tin, you immediately get a burst of figs, raisins, bread, and dried cherries. Well at least i did. It’s different from other Virginia’s and after you watch the video of how it’s made you’ll know why. Strong... Read Morely recommend! Read Less
It wasn't an enjoyable smoke for me. Flavor profile is just nice but only "nice"...not terribly interesting. The tobacco is predictably hard to keep lit, plus because it's so strong I had to be a little more considerate and calculated in ho... Read Morew I smoked it so that it didn't knock me on my behind. The calculated smoking, and constant relighting made it feel like work to smoke this stuff. Which wouldn't be terrible, except that the work didn't reward me with a flavor worth the annoyance. Too much work, too little reward. I'll pass. Tell you the truth, there are much better, and richer Virginias out there that are 2 to 3 bucks cheaper. I don't know how G.L. Pease commands these price points. Most of the blends don't live up to them. Read Less
Don't know if fresh is good but with 10 yrs it ok.Wait since I doubt you will get a tin with 8-10 yrs of age I should say it taste good you should try it and oh yeah it ages really well also instead of boasting I had a tin with years of ageing which... Read More has nothing to do with the tin you are about to purchase I should say sorry for being an ass Read Less
Tin note of stewed Rasins, spice, and hay. Tobacco broken flakes are not too moist, no drying needed. The yellowish-brown flakes have a little dark brown and tan leaf. It rubs out fairly easy. Burns slow with a few extra relights. The strength is med... Read Moreium to strong and nic is medium. No flavoring detected. Taste is medium and consistent, with notes of strong spiced bread, wood, mild earth, mild sweet grass, mild floral, very mild tart lemon, very mild orange bitter and a mild peppery retro. Virginia is leading, supporting and providing backup. Room note is pleasant to tolerable, and aftertaste is good. Read Less
Broke out the Dunhill, 1955 Craggy Prince on this one. Tin note was pleasant and cut was pleasing. I'm thinking it will age really well. When I saw the SP article on the 12 best G.L. Pease tobaccos, I already had 7 in my arsenal. This wasn't in there... Read More, but it is now. My tins had 10 months of age. I can tell by how a bowl starts out that it needs a tad more age. I smoke plenty of aged, so it helps me figure out how much time I need in the cellar. Perhaps a month longer in the humidor, and it will be a half star better. Yep, half star better after one month. Enjoy yourselves. Read Less
I like this one. There is plenty of Virginia sweetness, but more Bright than Red. My tastes lean more towards Red Virginia, so this didn't entirely work for me. Still, I'm cellaring some to try in a few years.
This was my first experience with a pure Virginia. It was not what I had expected and yet, blissfully smooth, bready and fruity. Having to figure out how to pack a bowl with the odd flake had a learning curve, and it needed a few hours to dry out a b... Read Moreit. All in all a small price to pay for a simple, delicious pure virginia experience. I am grateful to have purchase a full 8 ounces of the stuff. Read Less
A full Virginia this well balanced and delicious deserves to be savored and sipped. I have been smoking this even in hot weather and it is a delightful companion. It burns very well after an initial char light, and the slightly loose and broken flake... Read More rubs easily and packs without fussing. The flavor goes to the darker, tangier side of Virginia for me and when sipped slowly it will yield up a lot of nuance and a very nice, satisfying aftertaste. I'm sure it would be even better with some age on it, but I don't believe it needs it. It's great straight out of the tin. Wonderful stuff. Read Less
This beguiling flake exceeded my expectations. Tin note is a light nuance of raisins. Rubbed out and sipped slowly, it yields a light and creamy deliciousness that I can't compare to any other straight Virginia. It transcends the usual oats, grass an... Read Mored hay descriptives. Mildly sweet but not cloying, and I've had more than a few bowls burn to the bottom with a single light. I loved this flake at first puff and ordered more. Retrohale was delicious, no bite. Union Square is different, exceptional and highly recommended. Read Less
Overall I’m really impressed with this blend. Even with the youthful edge C&D production has until they get a few years under their belt, this is highly enjoyable. Sweet cream mixes with the red spice which, as is the usual with C&D reds, pre... Read Moresents with a light cinnamon note which compliments the blend as a whole. There are hints of hay and a spritz of citrus that play around in the background, but primarily it’s the creamy cinnamon sugar. The repeatability of this blend is very high; I’ve been smoking essentially nothing else since I received my tin, multiple bowls a day. No fatigue to be found. A generally cool smoking blend which takes a light well and burns, without fail, to the heel. Read Less
This is my current obsession. The first tin I order was already a year old when it arrived at my doorstep and I couldn't be happier about it. This blend is the perfect balance of sweet, caramel cereal and beautiful earthy, Virginia spice with no bite... Read More. Smoke slowly and your taste buds will thank you. Read Less
The tin note backs up the claim about Union Square being a blend of unadulterated virginias. In the tin, it offers a very pure, understated, fermented hay, grass and honeysuckle aroma. The sweetness is embedded deep into the smell.
First light and t... Read Morehe first 1/4 of the bowl tells an entirely different story, though, as it is pretty flavorful from the get-go. Probably the most surprising element of the flavor profile is the oh-so-welcome virginia sweet spice. It's a taste that I am absolutely in love with, and one that I regularly look for in every bowl of virginia flake, from any blender, I smoke. In Union Square, it maybe the only constant that accompanies tens of other variable nuances that come in and fade out during the smoke. And the best part is, it stays with you throughout the entire bowl. My Savinelli Tundra 673 Smooth loves almost all virginia flakes (it is the very pipe I first fell in love with the Dunhill Flake) but that pipe + this blend is almost guaranteed virginia nirvana! Another surprising aspect of the experience is the coolness of the smoke. My 673 Tundra is a smooth finish, and smooth finish pipes usually get hotter than rusticated ones, regardless of your technique. Not with this blend. It never gets any hotter than that pleasant warmness that is a part of pipe smoking enjoyment. Tongue bite is so absent that you might even forget being bit in the past! Preparing this tobacco is also very straightforward. It comes pretty moist, mind you, but I've found out that drying it out is completely unnecessary, as is rubbing it out; simply take 3-4 stripes of flakes (this is a broken flake, so the strips are pretty thin and crumbly) and fold and stuff, snug but not tight. Even despite the moisture level that might intimidate even the experienced virginia flake smoker, it lights up and stays lit very very easily. Cadence is not critical but retrohaling is: the more you retrohale, the more flavorful Union Square becomes, and it starts rewarding you with mild but obvious flavors of vanilla-iy chewing gums of the past (not the sugar-free, overly sweet stuff we have nowadays.) It burns very slowly, and even in a pipe as small-bowled as the Savinelli 673, it takes about 1.5 hours to turn into pure ash. The finish does not get bitter as it usually does with even the best virginia flakes. My tin was pretty fresh, and I can't imagine what some aging can do for this stuff (although I am seriously intending to hoard some and find out!) No, it is not for the newbies, and nor it is a way to ease into virginias for the smokers of aromatic cavendish blends; but it is pure virginia nirvana for the experienced smoker. Read Less
This blend is a masterpiece. My first experience was with a 10 year old tin and it opened my eyes to the beauty of Virginia leaf. Even fresh this is one of the most rich and complex Virginia blends I've ever had. Grass, hay, bread, toast, citrus, dar... Read Morek fruits. This blend does it all. Grab one for now and ten for later. Read Less
I think this tobacco is top notch, high grade stuff . I am honored to stuff it in my pipe. Gonna definitely stock up on this one. I tried some from a fresh tin, was good, almost great, but not as good as the year old tin I've been smoking on I ... Read Morerecieved from a good friend. A good friend indeed... Read Less
This is about as natural a flavor as i've ever tasted in a pipe tobacco. I can't taste any noticeable added flavors, and the sweetness is VERY light, and doesn't hide any of the more subtle flavors underneath. I mostly tasted the earthiness of the ... Read Morered Virginias along with a little bit of a baked bread flavor, and the bright Virginias brought a little bit of fresh hay along with the light sweetness. I wouldn't call it a complex blend, it's really quite simple, but the flavors are subtle even by the standard of Virginia blends. This will end being a favorite of mine and I can't wait to age some. Read Less
When I initially bought this it was okay. Fresh cut hay aroma and taste. Mild to medium body. Smoked a little hot and left your shirt smelling like a cigarette. I let it age a couple of weeks and it improved to a slightly sweeter and deeper Virginia... Read More flavor. I set this tin aside for others in my stash. Three years later I decided to uncover it from my stack of tins. Wow. It's awesome. Medium bodied with more deep Virginia sweetness. Pleasant aroma with occasional citrus flavors. Very complex. If puffed vigorously the nicotine spice tingle increases. No bite and burns very cool despite my poor packing that caused me to draw more heavily. I would highly recommend this blend but give it time, like, a lot of time. Buy it, open it, and forget about it in your cellar for a while. Read Less
This was my first try at a quality Va.And maybe thats why I like the Naturally sweet va's to this day. Union Square is one of my top 5 favorite Virginia's. Its light and sweet, and easy to smoke. For a newb to pipes, it was a perfect choice.
As with most Pease blends, this one benefits enormously with some age - in fact, do not smoke it for at least a month, for it will bite and taste like burning.
Given some time, this blend melds into a veritable cornucopia of virginia flavours, not... Read Moreably sweet, dark, earthy, and bright - simulataneously. Read Less
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