Mystery Tobacco Review: January 2021
Welcome back to another episode of the Mystery Tobacco Review! For this first episode of the new year, we wanted to switch things up and bring in a very special guest Inquisitor: Mr. Pete Prevost. As the President of BriarWorks, as well as an extremely talented artisan pipe maker in his own right, Pete is a dedicated pipe smoker with a vast tobacco cellar: a treasure trove of blends from which he selected one Mystery Tobacco for us to review in a blind taste test. Tune in as Shane, Truett, and I smoke through a bowl of Pete's chosen mixture, comment on the cut, flavor, and room note, and attempt to guess its components, manufacturer, and name. Did we get it right? Or did Pete kick things off with a surprise? Watch the full video to find out.
Did you enjoy this month's Mystery Tobacco Review? Were you able to guess the blend? Leave us a comment below with your thoughts.
What is The Mystery Tobacco Review?
For those of you unfamiliar with this little game, each month one member of our team selects a tobacco for us to review in a blind taste-test. Then we gather around the camera, scratch our heads, and smoke, all while attempting to guess the mysterious mixture's components, origins, and name. There's only one rule: There are no rules.
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I'm surprised how much Shane's little brother sounds like Shane :). Also, Wallace Flake is the fruitier Rattrays, it's wife approved BTW.
I probably shouldn't have commented 1/2 way thru the video and waited to the end...DOH.
Always a pleasure and educational. Shane is a tobacco bloodhound, the Sherlock Holmes (nice catch on the shape of the tin) of tobacco detecting with the company of his Watsons. I've never smoked pounds of anything. The first time I smoked Irish Flake out of my Peterson Canadian, I got cedar notes...weird. I did guess your brand of pipes right though. Happy New Year fellas!
@Pipguyaz64 Guessing along the way with us is half the [email protected] I couldn't have thought of a better description of Shane than you did! His instincts are crazy good, which makes it even more fun for everyone to try and throw him off!
Sherlock looks interesting.
Never tried it before
I tried Wallace Flake once... maybe six months ago? It's quality stuff, similar to University Flake. However, Wallace seemed a bit more refined than University.By the way, what's up with all the manufacturers that have switched from square to round tins? Those square tins were just a more elegant presentation. (I fondly remember Erinmore flake in the square tin. And Butera Kingfisher, a favorite!)
Nobody said anything about the burn qualities of the tobacco, but there sure were lots of relights. So many, I stopped counting.
Especially Shane, hardly put his lighter down.
@WILLIAM I've got to be honest, it's obviously more difficult to keep a pipe lit while you're talking/not paying attention, and we also just don't mind relighting. I personally feel that the number of relights during a smoke doesn't matter or mean much at all and often just discourages newer smokers (who often learn that relighting is a "problem"). Since we're approaching these tobaccos blindly, most of us are loading our bowls minutes before we start filming and are not allowing any real drying time. FWIW, this flake burned well at tin moisture. Most of the relights are likely form not paying attention to the burn as much as we're paying attention to the flavor.
Another GREAT video and I considered it a win! Good job guys! I have to pick up those two Rattray’s blends as I have never tried either yet. Love these mystery videos.
@Papamique Thanks so much for your support! This videos are so much fun for us, so we're super excited that you all enjoy them as well.