Tasting Notes: G.L. Pease Penny Farthing

On this episode of Tasting Notes, Shane shares his thoughts on G.L. Pease's Penny Farthing. The first shag-cut mixture in the G.L. Pease line, Penny Farthing is a blend of bright and red Virginias, spiced with Louisiana Perique and a hint of fire-cured dark Kentucky. Its extremely fine cut makes it easy to pack and easy to smoke, opening with a sophisticated sweetness and evolving in depth and complexity throughout the bowl to a rich, satisfying finish. If you're a fan of VaPers, or shag-cut mixtures in general, this is one blend you'll want in your summer rotation.

  • Components: Dark Fired Kentucky, Perique, Virginia
  • Cut: Shag
  • Strength:
  • Room Note:
  • Taste:

Any fans of Penny Farthing out there? How about shag-cut blends in general? Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.

Category:   Tobacco Talk
Tagged in:   G. L. Pease Reviews Tobacco


    • Al janabi on July 14, 2019
    • Unique blend indeed from Mr. Pease, i did not find it very complex but it certainly deliver very well balanced and rounded smoke. The cut is not as fine as say five brothers shag but it certainly live up to the smaller cut. Matter of fact i like this cut better as it look and feels like a mini ready rubbed flake, hence slower burn and easier packing. I am glad he picked a vaper over english other wise i would not venture into his shag line. Thank you Andrew.

    • Dan H. on July 15, 2019
    • Great rundown, Shane!

      I have experience with shag cuts from when I used to hand roll cigarettes. I've smoked them in a pipe as well and enjoyed them. I am glad to hear this one has a bit of strength as well, since I find myself craving a bit of nicotine, particularly in the morning. And I really like the VaPers that have a bit of dark-fired tobacco in them as well.

      Can't wait to give this one a try.

    • Shane Ireland on July 16, 2019
    • @ Dan H. It certainly sounds like this one will earn a spot in your regular rotation. I'm still experimenting with different packing methods and chamber sizes, but it's enjoyable no matter how you smoke it (with an unbelievable range of complexity depending on the pipe and packing technique).

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