Escudo Navy Deluxe, is a classic and extremely popular Virginia-Perique composed of full-bodied Virginia tobacco from North Carolina and Virginia mixed with Louisiana Perique. The tobaccos are then pressed and given time to mature before being sliced into coins.
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Escudo is well represented in my cellar and for good reason. This blend ages with the best of them. Although, I really enjoy this blend with just a year of age on it. At this time when you crack a tin it has an incredible tin note of muscadines. The ... Read Moresmell takes me back to my childhood and stopping at fruit stands on the side of the road with my mom. The blend not only smells great but it also taste pretty darn good too. The blend supports a wonderful mix of fruit, spice and a touch of hay (particularly when it is young). Give this one a try if you have not done so already. Read Less
This blend compares well with the original Escudo that I smoked in the 1960,s . It uses the perique in the right way , it adds to the taste but does not knock your sox off . I compared a 30 year old can with this new one and it showed very well when ... Read Morecompared . An example of a re-issue that they really god right , maybe even better. Read Less
Let me preface these observations by stating that the tin I opened had aged 11.5 years and I really need to try a new tin to compare. I really like the tin note, for me is was an earthy, old hay, coffee, and fresh baked cinnamon bread. The thin coins... Read More folded and packed very nicely. About a quarter of the way down bowl the sweetness just busts through along with exceptional taste. Keeps getting better as you smoke down the bowl. No bite and excellent taste. Read Less
My title says it all; this VaPer is by far my favorite of all time. I've smoked a pipe nearly 20 years now (4th generation pipe smoker), and my family and I have yet to find a blend of the same components that tastes, smokes and smells as good. Deep,... Read More rich flavors straight out of the tin ~ but 1-2 years of age makes this tobacco sublime. Do yourself a favor: buy 2. Guard your heart, because if you enjoy Virginia-Perique blends, you're gonna fall in love with this one. She's one in a million. Read Less
Best VA-Per I've ever had straight out of the tin. It has both the savory and grassy flavors just right. Tin note is a rush of fresh fruits, dried fruit and hay. There's no doubt it'll get better with age but it's great right from tin, and that's an ... Read Moreexcellent quality to have in the world of VA-Per's. Also, it's light on nicotine. I'm absolutely in love with this stuff! Makes a great all-day smoke; never leaves me feeling sleepy. The one & only downside is not having a bigger tin available. Read Less
This is a long-renowned blend that invites the reviewer to dig deep into his linguistic quiver. Because Escudo Navy Deluxe isn’t a VaPer that jumps out at him with anything very distinct, like the VaPer pepperfest (in a good way) Poplar Camp. It does... Read Moren’t exude a keen tin note or distinct flavor on the tongue like Briarworks’ VaPer, Back Down South.
Escudo is a comparatively old blend, and is more of an old-school VaPer, more subtle and not extreme, not blown out by perique like many newer blends, in the same way that older India Pale Ales didn’t try to mow you down with hops (like many do today).
Its tin note is not distinct; it is instead very subtle and subdued. To my beak, it is of hay and is very faintly fruity with a tinge of black pepper. As I break up the coins and puff I detect two levels: that mild hay mixed with fresh bread, and then the light layer of black pepper. Escudo’s imminently easy to smoke, and I see why thousands of pipers going back five generations have stocked and puffed this, and why many who have piped for decades more than myself claim this as their all-day.
Interestingly, my first bowl didn’t charm me outright. It was just one of those blends. But after two or three more, I “got it”. And after I aged it, I understood it even more.
I’ll always keep some Escudo in my cellar, for both short-term and long-term enjoyment. Because I just have to! 4.5 stars Read Less
I sure hope I don't upset fans of Escudo, but I try to give my experience as best I can and let readers ultimatley decide for themselves. Part of how I feel about Escudo is based on built-up expectation. When I finally tried this, I was expecting so ... Read Moremuch more than what I got. I initially thought I must cellar it, which I did. I tried it after a week, then after a month, then I decided I'd cellar it for a few more months hoping to let it age a bit. It's getting there, but it's now in the cellar for the forseeable future as it'll obviously take a year or more. So, what was really wrong? Nothing really. It's pretty good. I tried the fold/stuff, I tried it rubbed out, in both briar and cob...it smokes good, not at all difficult. The taste was nice, but it seemed a little harsh. I had a similar experience with Dunhill's Elizabethan. I do enjoy other VA/Pers; I've had Stokkebye's Bullseye Flake which is often compared to Escudo and I liked that rubbed out. I also enjoy C&D's Bayou Morning which is stronger and yet not as sharp. Perhaps my favorite would be Murray's 1921 Cunningham which is near perfect fresh from a new tin. The Murray's may not be an apples-to-apples comparison though since it also contains rum, which I also like. We each know what we like. Escudo isn't bad - it's quite good. But, it's just not my go-to VA/Per. Read Less
I can not begin to tell you how much i love Escudo Navy Deluxe. It is a creamy smoke that will not give you tongue bite like most Virginias. The tin note is fantastic, i relate it to my childhood growing up on a horse farm with hints of hay, sweet-... Read Morefeed. You cannot go wrong with Escudo Read Less
Like so many others, Escudo is the king of the VaPer blends in my book. Those golden coins with the dark hub deliver a fantastic Virginia mixed with the perfect amount of Perique. A wonderful hay and fruity plum note on every puff with a smattering o... Read Moref pepper on the odd puff. Wonderful outdoors morning smoke IMHO. I give it 5 stars but I do have one detracting comment. I don't know if it's the perique or the plum topping but I get a lingering dark fruit taste in the back of my mouth, for days, from a bowl of this tobacco. Its a bit off putting. Read Less
Plain and simple, this is the benchmark VaPer blend. It has some grassy hay and fruit bites from the Va’s and some peppery and figgy notes from the Perique. The Perique has a solid punch to it. Highly recommend this if you’re getting into VaPers
Normally a virginia/latakia smoker, wanted to give something new a try and saw that Escudo was on the top of the sales list. Gave it a try, and it is incredible. Upon opening the tin, I was greeted with a sweet, almost apricot smell, and the smoke ta... Read Morestes wonderful. Never tried a VaPer blend before, and think this one may make me explore the other options. Very highly recommended. Read Less
God (whichever you choose) trimmed his beard. and STG gathered the trimmings and then spun, pressed, aged, and sliced them into what is simply the finest VaPer for my money, anywhere, anytime. If you like VaPer this is probably the pinnacle. The bala... Read Morence, IMO, is perfect, just a hint of pepper, and a very very slight sweetness. It’s a keeper. Read Less
I am new to pipe smoking and this was my first quality tobacco. This being the case I don't have enough experience to pick up on the nuance within this blend. I can say I have love every second of smoking this. I never imagined that tobacco could tas... Read Morete/smell this good. Would recommend to new pipe smokers who want something that is robust but not overwhelming. Read Less
Fresh out of the tin, Escudo isn't much to write home about, but with a little age (even under a year) this tobacco transforms into a great Va/Per. I will always have a few tins aging in my cellar. This is one of my favorites!
I am a huge va/per fan. Elizabethan, Scottish flake, Regency flake, Telegraph hill (I realize a couple of those aren't pure va/pers), and others are all well represented in my cellar. So how on EARTH did it take me so long to get to Escudo? Stupidity... Read More? Arrogance? Falling into a dimensional gateway that led to a world without access to smokingpipes.com? I don't know! This is the first blend that I have ever had where I tasted the 'bready', 'bakery' virginas! The smoke is subtle, not like some of the others I mentioned, but if not pressed too hard you can find some deep, and rich flavors. Bready, sweet, and of course spice! I cannot stop smoking this blend. Do yourself a favor and buy a tin. Read Less
This is a truly wonderful mild blend. A bit young at frist, so I highly recommend ageing it for at least a year. Otherwise it is a perfect blend for morning pipes for the experienced pipe smoker, or excellent all day for a newer pipe smoker. It has ... Read Morean essence of honey which I found to be enjoyable, and no tongue bite what so ever. Read Less
This is a blend that will be better with age if you are a Virginia fan but being a light body with little nicotine not as strong as others I prefer.
I was lucky enough to receive a tin of the early two thousands A&C Petersen Horensen blend the same... Read More name but the A&C is a medium body smoke more stewed fruit note as the Virginia's have age a more earthy grass flavor show in smoke that must be sipped or a burn will occur apon your tongue. Keep in mind as with all blends the product is Harvested and the profile will change slightly from batch to batch..... Read Less
Read all of the rest, they do it justice. This is the apex of VaPer blends, along with the bite warning for puffing too fast. The coins are very manageable and will remain in disks for stuffing or easily shred into ribbons. Give it a try.
Excellent ageing tobacco. this blend has been a favorite of mine for many years and found the older it gets the better it is. I do not think it is spot on when comparing to the original Escudo from years back, but it is damn close, This is in my cell... Read Morear and in my top five of Vap/Pers Read Less
The pepper! Tin note was a light sour with underlying tobacco hay and fruit. Smelled very interesting. After rubbing it the note changed to a bit of the barnyard, but not in a detracting sense. The first smoke straight from the tin was very moist. Mo... Read Morere than I was expecting as it did not feel that damp when rubbed out. Subsequent bowls further my absolute love of this presentation. Holds its moisture very well and the flavor is always a treat. This is my new #1 smoke.
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If you told me I could only have one tobacco for the rest of my life this might be it. I cant really think of any negatives for this. Flavor is fantastic. Dark sweet virginias, just the right amount of perique. Bready sweetness with just a hint of pl... Read Moreummy perique spice. Goldilocks on body and strength. Has a mature taste even when fresh and is even better with some age on it. Everyone needs to try this tobacco at least once even if you are not a virginia or va/per person. Read Less
As a rather new pipe smoker I was surprised at the difference between the smell and taste of this tobacco. The smell is sweet and pungent, but the taste is good and more earthy. The powerful nicotine level caught me off guard a bit and had to pace ... Read Moremyself a little more until I got used to it. Over all a good tobacco. Read Less
I was perfectly happy smoking bulk navy rolls from an unnamed company. I had always meant to try these and the Dunhill Navy Rolls and what with Dunhill getting out of the business I figured there's no time like the present. Such depth to the smoke... Read More.. Sweet, sour and spicy.. somewhat ketchuppy tin note. Real heady stuff. Really not so different than Orlik golden sliced, but deeper. Richer. I swear there's a plum or raisin topnote, but it could just be the prominence of the perique. This is rich like a chocolate croissant and just as delicious.. Read Less
Talk about your "hall of fame" tobaccos! Legendary. This is not my favorite Va/Per blend, but it is the blend that got me into vapors. I cant describe all the nuances here, but it is absolutley worth checking out! The reputation is gold her... Read Moree. Read Less
It is one of the va/per blends bench marks, not as overwhelming as other vaper blends the perique is a tad higher than orlik golden sliced. Very similar to dunhill navy delux and in my opinion its the same blend. Burns slow and well and the taste dev... Read Moreelop as you go down. Sweet and satisfying with mature virginia dominating the profile. Try it if you like flakes and vapers. Al janabi Read Less
In my search for a replacement for my beloved Dunhill Dark Flake I was directed towards Escudo. I bought a few tins in May of last year and as recommended set them aside. I cracked the first tin last night and was struck by the delicious aroma. I fol... Read Moreded and stuffed a coin and got it going. I was rewarded with a slightly brighter cream and sweet tea flavor than I have with DDF. Absolutely satisfying! I'll definitely be stocking up on Escudo. My last tin of DDF will sit quietly aging until it's time to enjoy it. Read Less
Escudo is still one of the biggest sellers of tinned tobacco in the world today & those of us who like it understand why. I'm not going to waste time explaining the smoking characteristics, tastes & subtle nuances of Escudo as it's all been w... Read Moreell covered by many more brothers of the briar who are far more experienced in sampling tobacco flavors than I. For me, it 's much simpler... I either like it or I don't & the reason/reasons why matter not to me. Escudo is the sweetest & number one VA/Per in my rotation.
I bought a roll of the vintage Copes version of A & C Petersen Escudo... you know, the stuff in the smaller tins but of the same weight. It was ten years old when I purchased it about ten years ago for a hundred dollar bill & needless to say, it was sublime. I didn't have enough sense at the time to put any aside and because it tasted so good & mellow, what did I do? That's right! Smoked it all up in no time... seemed like it only took about two or three weeks to burn it all up. I think back what they might be worth today... priceless! I still had several new tins in the cellar, so, I really did a number on the old stuff. Read Less
Ribbon-necessary to cut into small pieces to make filling easier. Burns rather slowly but tends to leave more tar in the pipe and wet residue. Tongue bite is there and can reduce the pleasure a bit. Okay for occasional use...
Escudo is my go-to Va/Per! Smells and tastes like a quality leaf with an undertone of yeast and bakery counter full of fresh sourdough bread on a Monday morning! I enjoy a pipe-full with my coffee as often as I’m able.
I opened my first tin of Escudo: Navy De Luxe yesterday evening at my local brick and mortar store. As this is a VA/Perique blend I was pleasantly surprised by how mellow it was from the aroma to the taste! The smell was amazing, I was expecting some... Read More kick because of the Perique; but it was a mixture of a very earthy fresh cut hay smell mixed with dried fruit. The taste was just as surprising as the smell! A very smooth and soft fresh cut hay taste with hints of dried fruit and toast! Very enjoyable and relaxing smoke. Some things to keep in mind though are that because of the VA content you need to be mindful of your cadence while smoking. VA tobaccos have a high sugar content which make them burn hot. I was enjoying my pipe so much and puffing so fast for the taste I got the thing so hot I had to put it down to rest for 10 min. So although it is very enjoyable I would be careful if you are a new/inexperienced smoker in that you should pace yourself. This is definitely one of my new favorite tobaccos and I will most assuredly be buying more in the future! Read Less
A consistently rich, smooth and sweet smoke. Highly recommend you use a longer pipe, or a Meerschaum for a slightly cooler smoke. Really good with sweet coffee or tea.
Since it's such a rich smoke, I've found that I tend to have fewer bowls in gen... Read Moreeral if I smoke a bowl of Escudo; it's akin to a dessert tobacco. Read Less
The freshly opened tin smells amazing, like apricots, citrus, sweet hay and a pleasant sour fermented undertone. It’s quite easy to smoke and tastes as good as it smells. It’s definitely a treat tobacco for me and deserves it’s position as a benchmar... Read Morek VaPer. Read Less
This is my favourite VaPer. I bought my first tin last summer and I liked it so much that I bought a second tin as soon as I could. That second tin is now ageing, waiting for a special day. It's good fresh out of the tin. I've folded and stuffed, and... Read More I've rubbed it out. I've used a variety of pipes to smoke it. This stuff is consistent and it's consistently good. Pick yourself up something nice. Pick up a tin of this. Read Less
Tin sales rank is #1 at the time of writing, and I can see why. I enjoyed this straight from the tin when I first bought some, but now with a little age on it, it seems to be improving immensely. Escudo really turned me on to VaPers, and I think it w... Read Moreill stay in my regular rotation permanently. Read Less
Fold and stuff these delicious coins and you will be rewarded with a long, bready, fruity, sightly sour and spicy smoke that burns beautifully. It's not as delicious or interesting when fully rubbed out but it's still above average even then. Nice ... Read MorePerique presence that isn't overdone. GL Peases Navigator reintroduced me to the fold and stuff method, and I'm not looking back. Sometimes we need a reminder to slow things down and relax, and since this is a basic tenet of pipe smoking it is something we should always keep in mind. The benefit to slowing down scales disproportionately between blends, but in general Virginia and dark fired blends benefit greatly from a slower cadence, and the same is true for Escudo. One thing that's nice about Escudo is that it tastes pretty good fresh out of the tin. It tastes even better with a little age, getting deeper with just a little time. Also, though im praising the flavor with the fold and stuff method, it still tastes great when rubbed out and it really comes down to preference. I'm just really into folding and stuffing right now. For my tastes, Escudo is up there in terms of flavor and flavor profile, and when combined with overall availability of this blend I think it should not be ignored if you enjoy VA/per blends. Read Less
This is some good stuff. It's as good as everyone says. If I was going to give someone a va/per to try as an example of the style this is what I'd recommend. Rubbed out, let to dry a few mins in a shallower bowl I found it to have a lot of toasty hay... Read More and pepper. Folded, pinched and stuffed into a very tall and narrow bowl RIGHT out of the tin, slightly moist, I found the perique tends to be a touch less spicy and the virginia a bit richer. Really well behaved, smokes easily, tastes great, doesn't need drying, and is fantastic with a cup of coffee. High quality great smoke. Read Less
This tabaco Is one of the kind that at least in my case I prefer to smoke it after a hard day outside of my house, the room note at less for me was kind of strong, but it works incredible with a good coffee or a cup of tea.
Best Va/Per I've smoked thus far! Due to it's subtle flavors I would not recommend to the novice. That being said, to all ya seasoned smokers, if you haven't tried this you're missing out.
Edit 02-08-2016 What I said above still stands but I am upgr... Read Moreading this one from a 3 to a 4 star. I had an epiphany smoke tonight. This is a golden, classic blend that is nearly impossible to top. Yes, it took me 6 years to truly understand and appreciate this blend but it was worth the wait. This is what pipe tobacco should taste like and it is an absolutely essential mainstay in my rotation. Read Less
Its confusing when Shane reviews a blend and I actually agree with him. Escudo was on of my first vaper tries and I liked enough to order several tins. Then I got sidetracked by Stokeby’s navy flake and the escudo tins just sat for several years. ... Read MoreOpening a tin now I find a pruney sweetness and the perique has tamed a bit - replacing some of the pepper with depth and a dash of a taste that I can only describe as oatmeal with brown sugar. The only place I disagree with Shane is that aged Haddos is now milder than Escudo. Not by much though. Read Less
Escudo is wheaty yeasty bready with slight pepper richness and a gentle touch of sweet from the Virginia’s. It’s smooth and flavor packed. It’s light enough to smoke all day but flavor enticing enough to feel satisfied. It’s my favorite but don’t buy... Read More it all because I love it. Enjoy Read Less
Excellent quality tobacco I normally tend to favor English blends but this is very good. The perique is a little strong for my taste but isn’t too overwhelming. I can see where this would be a great one to put in the cellar for a while as it seems it... Read More would be much better with a little aging. Read Less
Tin note, wonderfull. I was smelling this tobacco out of the tin after opening it for the first time for a long time before doing anything else. the taste is nice overall, maby alittle sour? earthy, alittle sweet, and a good room note. For my opinion... Read More, alittle moist to smoke out of the tin, needs abit of drying time. Read Less
This is very good.Although i didnt smoke the original like pete r i did which was kinda a reissue i was lucky enough to smoke the prototype for escudo which i was kinda the original which my grand father had 2 of only 10 tins produced.This tobacco is... Read More so very close to the prototype way more than the first reissue pete r smoked so your not missing anything by not smoking that first reissue.Anyway the current escudo is really great you should try it.Oh and the tin of the prototype i smoked was 100 years old.Oh and also im sorry for comparing this to the very first escudo not the one pete r smoked but the one before that.I know how some people hate hearing about how the original was better especially when the original is so old most smokers will never get to try it thus leaving new smokers to think well maybe im not smoking the best made escudo therefore mildy ruining there enjoyment of the tobacco.So next time insread of bragging about me smoking the oldest tin of escudo made ill keep the elitist part of my brain quite and reveiw the tobacco everyone here wants to hear about which is the current escudo.Which again is very good you should try it Read Less
This is most excellent. It is something I really enjoy early in the day before I get into wanting something stronger. The flavor has a perfect balance between the Va and perique they work together so well. I find it light in flavor during the first f... Read Moreew minutes but it becomes more of a medium as the bowl starts to progress and very low in nicotine. I don't normally eat breakfast and this is fine on an empty stomach. Between how great it tastes and smokes it is the breakfast of champions for me. I find it does the best in a smaller pipe. I get so much flavor out of this and I don't get the pepper from the perique like I get in many vapers, just pure goodness that hints more of figs and citrus. Only thing that could be better if the volume of smoke was a little more but it's still one of the tastiest vapers out there. I like how the flavors are there in perfect harmony but there are layers of subtle flavors that seem to hit you in every puff once it gets going good. There's not enough strength or fullness of flavor to satisfy me in the evening or especially after a meal, But that's exactly why it's so perfect for my mornings when some other blends would be too strong. Read Less
The current manufacturer's take on Escudo Navy De Luxe is a surprisingly mild and well-mannered VA/Per that exhibits near-perfect balance. The tobacco is well-behaved in the pipe, either rubbed out or simply stuffed. However, it is a quite middle-of-... Read Morethe-road smoke that lacks any real distinction in either the Virginias or the Perique. Read Less
This one is complicated-a bit tricky as it seems to smoke differently under different times and conditions. sometimes hard to tame, other times superb. either way the flavor is a winner: the tones have been described in detail by other reviewers--i... Read Moren the rotation and will remain there. Read Less
I remember a time when DNR was my standard and replaced escudo as my top roll. But since I think they changed the formulation last year Escudo imho is better. At least to me. Sweeter with good spice, burns consistently albeit a little warm if broken ... Read Moreup too fine. I usually take it out of the tin and rest for 2 weeks. Then it's good to go. An man is it good. Should be in every Virginia Smokers rotation. Read Less
Escudo is considered by many to be one of the best VaPer's out there, and I would be inclined to agree. Tin note is about what you'd expect from a VaPer, strong hay notes with some citrus, particularly orange. The coin cut is very uniform and easy to... Read More rub out, but does come fairly wet. Once properly dried, this tobacco smokes very well with few relights required. Sweet but also with a little more depth than I expected. Moderate amount of perique. The more I smoke it, the more subtle flavors I detect. Leaves a clean white ash in the bowl with no moisture. Believe the hype and grab yourself a tin, this is a high quality tobacco. Read Less
What a treat! I've been smoking primarily English blends lately, and Escudo is a great change of pace. Balance, is the best word I can think of to describe it. Delicious tin note, and the taste and room note are just as pleasing. It might be one of t... Read Morehose love/hate kind of smokes, but I definitely fell in love with it... My only disappointment, they don't sell it in a bigger tin! Read Less
A very well-balanced, mild VaPer. The Perique is there, but not hot-peppery, complementing rather than overpowering the Virginias. The coins crumble easily into thick ribbons which load and burn well. A very pleasant break from my usual spicy Balkans... Read More. Made my rotation after one bowl. Read Less
I have not smoked ESCUDO NAVY DE LUXE for many years. The only fact I remember, is that Escudo changed producer several times in the past, and that the taste of this mixture changed considerably each time. I shall not go into this, though. My review ... Read Moreis based on the presently available edition.
Neatly arranged Curly Cut discs and flavourful smell of Virginia-hay and fruity Perique out of the tin. Moisture is on the damp side, some may want to give it a short drying time. For me it’s ok to smoke straight out of the tin. I do not rub it out, I break and stuff the coins into my pipe for best results. Cool and excellent burning conditions. First class selection of robust Virginias, without being too strong. Typical Virginia flavours with a distinct note of earth. I miss a fuller development of the Virginia flavours though. In the second half of the bowl the Perique becomes more obviously present, eventually taking the lead towards the end.
ESCUDO NAVY DE LUXE is obviously a sibling of DE LUXE NAVY ROLLS. Both are manufactured by STG Scandinavian Tobacco Group, by the way. It is very interesting to compare these two! You will find many subtle differences. But I am not going into this here.
No doubt, ESCUDO NAVY DE LUXE is a high end Va/Per generally deserving 4 stars. I personally prefer mixtures with a fuller aroma from the Virginias and I’d also prefer to have the aromas of Perique released more regularly from the beginning on. Read Less
This is the tobacco blend that secured my interest in smoking pipes. This flavours are fantastic. Some describe the perique as peppery, but I find this blend to be quite sweet overall. It burns evenly through to the bottom of the bowl. This is better... Read More than Dunhill Navy Rolls though they are similar. Read Less
I've heard the name escudo in many reviews and have not found any really negative ones. I gave it a go and now it's part of my regular rotation. This stuff is very good and the perique is in just the right ratio to the Virginia.
When I first started back smoking my pipe I bought this , Mac Baren old dark fired and Nitecap. This blend is why I smoke VaPers. I've tried a lot of blends since my first run in with Escudo and I still crave it even though I haven't smoked it in aw... Read Morehile (I have an addiction to Dunhill Navy Rolls). But the one thing that makes this tobacco rise among many others is its ability to shine in just about any width tobacco chamber you throw at it. .70 bam. Amazing. .90. Bam still smokes amazing. I've tried 4 different width chambers and it smokes like a champ everytime. That my friends is the mark of a classic. So out it in whatever you have and be sure you'll have a great experience everytime. Happy smoking everyone. Read Less
I kept seeing the good reviews , so I gave it a try. My tin had 27 coins ! It was an interesting blend that I'd like to just have around in the rotation. I was kinda sad when I crumbled the last coin. So I enjoyed it slowly.
Since I ordered my first tin of Escudo, I have been very pleased with my purchase. When I first cracked the tin several weeks ago, I was greeted with the pleasant smell of a mixture of plums, essence of orange, and some other pleasant odors. I separa... Read Moreted the coins and counted out 26 coins,in contrast to an earlier reviewer who only found 17 or so. I guess it depends on the thickness of the cut of the coins. The coins are about the size of a 50 cent piece. Here's the important part: It is a dream to smoke. Sure, it may take a few lights to get it lit and keep it going, but this is one premier smoke. You can easily get an hour out of each coin. This is a very smooth tobacco in the bowl. There's no bite - if you're patient. The only reason I did not give it 5 full stars is I believe that the price point is higher than, say, Samuel Gawith's Cabbie's Mixture (see my review of Feb 12). If you haven't tried Escudo, I believe you're really missing out. Read Less
Just got the tin this morning and took a pipefull this afternoon. Smooth, tasty and just a very good, traditional tobacco that has no bite and no nasty side issues at all. I also have tried Peter Stokbye's version which is also excellent but like thi... Read Mores one better. Read Less
I am smoking this tobacco for the first time. It is great. I am smoking it in a size 3 Dunhill and I will say it is the best I have ever smoked in this pipe. Mild and not bite at all (at least yet) I believe this will be my everyday, go to, smoke... Read More from now on. Incredibly cool smoke. I am even trying to get it to smoke hot and can't. I will be ordering more. Read Less
This subtle blend does not overwhelm. The perique touches in the flavor, but does not come screaming out to assault the tongue like other va-per blends ive had. Easy to pack and easier to smoke i could roll through bowls by the dozen on this stuff. P... Read Moreerfect for a day at sea, or a stroll through the park as the navy flake title suggests. Will reorder. Read Less
I dont know about the original but as a VaPer fan I can say this is the standard. I like reading reviews but always remember that everyone's tastes are different. This is the perfect mixture to finding a balance that you like.... if you dont like thi... Read Mores one you probably won't care for any Va/Per blends. Try it.....its a classic! Read Less
It does fall a little short of the original, but it is well worth the experience of enjoying freshly mowed summer grass with the sharpness of it that a cool morning brings. I love both the old & the new in my pipe or, when I have very little time... Read More, twisted up in a paper. Read Less
I filled a bowl of this tobacco after a long day at work on Friday evening, relaxing on my porch. I gotta tell you it was a great surprise. Medium strength and full falvour of this wonderful smoke made me totally relaxed and satisfied.
ESQUDO ranks... Read More on top of my chart now as, so far it has never disappointed me :)
I definately recommend this blend to both new and seasoned smokers. Read Less
What I really love about this tobacco is how easy it rubs down to a beautiful thin ribbon (better than Luxury Bullseye). It just packs and lights so well. The taste instantly hits me as a classic; the virginias provide sweetness, and the perique open... Read Mores it up with stewed fruits, chocolate, and some spice. Just the right amount of vitamin N, too. Read Less
OK, everyone loves this one, so many comments in forums.
17 wheels of delight per tin? It is weight I guess, but lasts forever in the bowl. The gold standard, but luxury bullseye wins on quantity, price and everyday use.
If you smoke it fast it really doesn't reward you with anything special. that's probably why it didn't initially click with me years ago. but when you sip it, you're thoroughly rewarded with a slightly sweet and complex flavor. I have to highly disag... Read Moreree with the "high quality cigarette" review, but everyone's palate is different. try different draw cadences with your blends if you find that it's not smoking as nice as you expect, it just might help. Read Less
One of my favorites. Subtle, grassy, with a slight fig tin note, and the spice of St James Parish Perique. I've had some aged for a dozen years that keeps getting better.
It's a staple of my cellar. There's always twenty or more tins on hand.
I've been smoking Escudo off and on for a dozen years now. While it's excellent young, it is extraordinary with a few years of age on it. I recently found some that I'd cellared a decade ago. Wow. It's softer, mellower, sweeter, more rounded. An extr... Read Moreaordinary smoke. Read Less
I just tried my first Escudo and WOW what a smoke!! Had to follow it up with a second bowl just make sure. The room note is pleasant and has a good flavor. Got so excited I had a mild hot spot to the back of my throat but that was my doing and not th... Read Moree blend. I'll deffinately keep this in my regular rotation. Highly recommended to anyone looking to begin with a flake as it has some of the flake characteristics of other blends that are harder to master for newbies. Read Less
Years ago this was my first tip toe into the world of tinned tobacco. Years later, dozens and varieties later, I still keep a tin or two of this about.
It's good, little more need be said. Smokes nice with little to no bite, good tobacco flavor wit... Read Moreh a bit of peppery spiceyness, yet mild enough to smoke all day, every day.
If I weren't such a wandering soul, I'd just smoke this, every day, all day.
Other's are close, and some are almost as good and cheaper but for me, this is the best I've found in VA/Per. Even compared to the venerable Three Nuns, I prefer Escudo, it's a little milder and after completing a full tin of Three Nun's, I'd have to say it at times can be harsh. Read Less
argh! i have only 1 and a half tin of it left! THE vaper ... and sure as *oops* one of the best belends of all times ... this awesome smoke is a real must and true keeper ... when will it be back in stcok?
This has to be one of the best VaPer's that I have ever smoked. Escudo has a natural sweet taste of lovely virginias with a touch of peppery spice from the perique, and is a nice all day smoke. There is no tongue bite at all, just a smooth earthy and... Read More smokey flavor. Don't miss out on this wonderful smoke! Read Less
Saw it recommended for lovers of the Dunhill Royal Yacht. I tried it today and I'm truly impressed with the subtle flavor and burn. It's climbed to the top of my list. I am late to the party, regarding trying this blend, but this is a classic and n... Read Moreow we will become best friends. Read Less
The traditional VaPer formula with a decent body and level of nicotine, very natural tasting, balanced, earthy, smoky, perique-spiced but gentle and with no tongue bite at all. A great choice for a casual smoke.
this is by far the best blend i have come across for a long time ... it is not on sale in my country, so i wondered about the reviews i read about ESCUDO ... now i KNOW why it is praised ... its ... DELICIOUS! fresh from the tin; it smells like bread... Read More (serious, come to germany and smell some handcrafted bread!) with a slight touch of leather (distant) ... ok, rubbed ub the smell only gets better - a touch of fruit adds itself to the flavor ... bowl filled ... first puffs ... oh my ... so mild and somewhat slightly nutty ... no bite to the toungue ... after half of thew bowl the taste gets a lil more intense and -- only better ... three thumbs up for this superb blend !!! account bad english to my german roots, D'OH! Read Less
This may not have the full bodied depth that many experienced smokers desire, but its milder flavours and pleasant aroma are excellent for all level of pipe smoker. The value for such a fragrant, tasty blend cannot be denied, and it beats its contemp... Read Moreoraries easily. Also, this reminds me of the Navy Flake blend that my grandfather smoked, and I think that old style is attractive to many. Read Less
This was my first VAPer I have ever had the chance to smoke this far and I must say, I think I’m in love. What an absolutely pleasant smoke. The tin note was spectacular and somewhat fruity. As for the smoke itself, it lit up evenly without issue and... Read More reminded me of chewing on a piece of straw to pass the time (or try and look cool) as a kid. As a plus to all of this, the tin I received already had nearly 2 years of age. My wife had to talk me in to breaking the seal on this one and I quite glad I did. Read Less
Escudo, if you do not know me... is my #1 smoked and cellared blend.. It is the quintessential VaPer and benchmark to which all others are (or at least should be) measured.. It's a clean extremely well balanced all day smoke which has the same delici... Read Moreous qualities whether your tin is aged or fresh.. Read Less
Its a tasty smoke once in a while. Tried to smoke this a couple times in one day , and the second bowl, is just not good, for me it loses all the sweet/grassy/spice and is not enjoyable. Good once in a while. Definitely better vaper blends out there.... Read More Elizabethan and Sutliff CRUMBLE CAKE vaper come to mind. Read Less
So, what’s all the hype? I was a aromatic smoker until recently and started branching out into the world of uncased tobacco blends. That being said, I have tried several VaPers and enjoyed them but this Escudo name keeps coming up. So, I was inclined... Read More to check it out and oh boy, oh boy, oh boy I will never smoke a pipe with the same outlook. I even sent my fellow pipe smoker a text and said, “I’ve just had my most wonderful pipe experience ever.” It gives nervana meaning! Just wow. Hence the hype… Read Less
The taste is really very good. It’s probably blasphemy, but I like this one mixed with cobblestones maple walnut pie (an aromatic). The Hay notes from escudo mixed with the maple flavor from the maple walnut pie really gets me into the autumnal spir... Read Moreit. Read Less
This had an odd aroma and taste out of the second tin I had. Either the tins or inconsistent or I’ve outgrown this too simple blend. There are
much better coins out there. To be frank I don’t understand the hype.
I have to agree with other reviewers here. This is the best VaPer I've had the pleasure of trying myself. The smoking mechanics are all great, but the flavor profile, for me, is what knocks it out of the park. It has all of the great grass and hay ch... Read Morearacteristics you'd expect from a good VaPer and I find it almost borders on cinnamon toast at times. But, there's also this unique sort of essence that I can't quite put my finger on. It's almost like the heather essence I get from Penzance, but not quite... Whatever it is, it's great. Anyway, that's all I got for this one. It's amazing and you should try it too. Read Less
I tried this tobacco when I was a new pipe smoker. I was curious about it being in coins. To get to the point I really like this tobacco. I havery several tins in my tobacco that havery been there for a few years. Smoked some the other day which was ... Read Morein a mason jar since 2017. Still a excellent smoke. No trouble recommending this to anyone who is likes vapors. Read Less
When I first opened the tin I didn't know what I was looking at. I had never smoked tobacco cut this way and it reminded me of cured meats. The smell was divine. Lit up perfectly straight out of the tin and burned evenly with just one relight halfway... Read More through. One of the more enjoyable smokes I've had. Read Less
This is what made me jump off the deep end. Once I smoked a tin of this aged for 8 years. I never went back to auros. I have a massive stockpile of this. It’s great aged and fresh. I love how I can enjoy something and be able to enjoy it as often as ... Read MoreI want without the fear of it being limited or seasonal. The smell, the taste, the smoke. Perfect. Nothing to complain about Read Less
As a new smoker to pipes, along time cigar smoker, this blend is very good fresh and as for one I got that has about 2 years of age on it, it's great! Take it slow and and dont over smoke this one as I found it to have a tiny bite and a medium nic h... Read Moreit if you go too fast. Read Less
Excellent smoke. Often requires a few extra relights for me but still working on nailing down my packing technique. The smell in the tin is enough to make my mouth water and my wife even enjoys the room note.
Buy a tin while it lasts! This tobacco has a great tin note. I get a lot of baked goods, plum, and raisins. I've enjoy this the most in my 673KS. Mid bowl the room note takes over and it fragrances the air of Baked Goods! I would let it sit out for 3... Read More0 or 45mins before folding and packing. Can't get enough. This will be my go to tobacco. Read Less
Yum yum yum. This is another one that straight from the Tin I just didn't understand but after only a month in a jar it is now easily in my top 3 blends. I'd smoke it almost exclusively if it wasnt so hard to find. Straight old school tobacco awesom... Read Moreeness!!!! Read Less
As my escudo hits close to a year of age, I can say I enjoyed this much more than a few months ago. Its has a nice. Bready undertone, and the perique adds a slightly citrus like taste and a little spicy kick. If you smoke it slow it has very sweet n... Read Moreotes that come out as well. I really see why people enjoy this one now,l. I give this 4.6 stars as its cousin luxury bullseye flake and that touch of Cavendish is what this is to be but even sweeter and sweeter is better. Read Less
My pipe that I've dedicated to Escudo Navy Deluxe: Peterson Newgrange Spigot 408 Fishtail
After having opened the tin the content shows very nice arranged thinly sliced coins of mostly maroon, dark brown, some really dark colored and some brighter l... Read Moreeaf as well. The smell is deliciously sweet and figgy.
Less then two coins are necessary to load the bowl. It's very easy to softly grind the coins between the finger.
The blend burns easy and cool.
After the first lit the tobacco needs some time to develop. During the first third of the bowl a sweetness and figgy taste and smell increases. Middle third of the bowl – delightful: more sweetness, more fig and a wonderful taste and smell of freshly baked crusty bread straight from the oven combined with some other roasted notes and a creaminess. Last third of the bowl: more creaminess around me and a more spicy taste.
No tongue bite!
The bowl could be perfectly finished leaving a grey-white ash with only little dottle in the heel.
Hours after having finished the bowl I still have a very pleasant sweet taste on my palate.
This is really one of my favourite blends. (I like VaPers anyway.) Read Less
Ideal VaPer when fresh. Hay and bread virginia, present perique, fun coin shape (fold or rub, no issues either way). Leave it alone for a good long while, like the last-in-the-window tin I got from a local tobacconist, and its a delicious, raisny del... Read Moreight. Great stuff, worth the premiums worth the waits. Read Less
I’ve been smoking aromatic for about a year and this is my first Virginia. I wish I had known this before. The Escudo is flavorful and sweet with creamy smoke that I can smoke it all day long. The room note is velvety and when it lingers around it ge... Read Morets better and better. The room note takes me to old bakeries. When you look at that fat hot loaf and smell it. I’m not technical nor a pro in pipe smoking but I definitely enjoy this tobacco. If you are reading my review and you are an aromatic smoker get a tin and you’ll appreciate it. Read Less
First of all I am just starting and before pipe smoking I only smoked cigars. That said, the taste note of this tin is the closest i have tasted to the notes that appear on a cigar. So for me it is highly recommended.
Very good tobacco, it’s one of my go to tobaccos. I’ve had much worse and one or two better perique. Smooth, no tongue bite, has a stone fruit note to it, good moisture content, easy to fold and stuff.
This was my second introduction to this. The first time I didn't think it was anything special. Second tin around about 4 coins in I'm loving it. Especially rubbing out a couple coins and slow smoking it while hanging out with a book or audiobook. Th... Read Moree flavor profile really comes out when you take your time with a big bowl of it. Sweet sips and a great after taste even when naught is left but ash. Read Less
This is often billed as the gold standard for VaPers, and I'd have to agree. It's really nice, can be smoked any time, and the coin presentation means it's consistent bowl to bowl.
Just wish it were a bit cheaper, or sold in bulk.
Well, it so happens that in many years of smoking a pipe, I have not smoked an Escudo from the Kingdom of Denmark. His time has come.
Definitely, the smell from the can is great. Many people advise that the mixture of tobacco is old, but I think it ... Read Moreshould be no more than a year! Recommends to fluff up the tobacco rings and let them lie down a little "breathe air" before stuffing into the tube. Already at this moment in the air there is a slight smell of Virginia with notes of fresh hay and a pleasant aroma of Perique. In a fluffed form, the tobacco is perfectly packed (do not clot too much).
The mix tastes like "damn good", ripe Virginia in the right portion and flavored with Perique. This mixture does not forgive hot smoking. With proper, thoughtful smoking, the taste is great, as soon as the rate of smoking increases, Perique immediately makes itself felt with its bite and Virginia with its bitterness.
This tobacco blend is definitely great made for the seasoned pipe smoker.
For the sample, I specially chose a tube with a small bowl. It seems to me a good combination with Vinche shell grain, Straight Panel Pot. Read Less
Only smoked once, so I thought I’d share as most of the reviews come from it aged or from long term experience. Glad it has so much history. I enjoyed it, though it was probably too moist still out of the tin. I look forward to letting it age some an... Read Mored I did enjoy the simplicity of the smells out of the tin! Read Less
Foolish Me! I bought Just 1 Tin.
I Blamed me with First Charring. "Fxxx Me!" It's the Best Tobacco for me.
Grassy, Tangy Virginia mesmerize me and some Spicy flavor make me pay the attention.
All flavor and taste Combinated moderately.
I re... Read Morecommend to Every Single Pipe Smoker. Just Buy It Much as you can.
꼭 사세요. 후회 없습니다. 틈날 때마다다 사제껴야 합니다. Read Less
I am a new piper. I have been building my pipe collection along with trying different tobaccos, mostly bulk blends to try several styles. I have heard a lot about Escudo Navy Cut. And after my first bowl I am blown away. I now see and taste the diffe... Read Morerence...... Read Less
I am a new piper. I have been building my pipe collection along with trying different tobaccos, mostly bulk blends to try several styles. I have heard a lot about Escudo Navy Cut. And after my first bowl I am blown away. I now see and taste the diffe... Read Morerence...... Read Less
I bought it based upon reviews on smokingpipies and i'm very pleased to confirm that this Escudo is amazing. It's a very good blend with no bite tongue at all, excellent slow burn and a perfect aroma and taste of its own. Definitively a tobacco to h... Read Moreave ! Read Less
The tin note is nice, grassy and fig-like. It smokes wonderfully with a nice natural sweetness backed by a light fig like flavor. There is no tongue bite and stays lit and burns completely. I'm currently enjoying it in my new Savinelli Impero Rustic... Read Moreated 111 KS estate pipe from Smokingpipes, a great find. Read Less
After so many glowing reviews finally i pulled the trigger and ordered a tin.When i opened it the very first impression was mazement,coins neatly arrange in circle like flower petals (not just showeled in the tin.Tin note ;purest Virginia goodness ma... Read Morerried with perfect amount of Perique.I left the rubbed coin to breathe for few minutes (perfect moisture levell straight out of the tin)i lit up the pipe and.......orgastic nasal feeling couls shivers ....by the Gods this is just awesome ...im smoking it when i write this review and im afraid that it will be no chance of aging.Highly highly recomended. Read Less
I have been smoking this tobacco since a long period of time. The thing I like most about it is the kick. It gives me such a great pleasure when I smoke it with my Expresso coffee. In addition to that the peppery taste of the Perique that I can not d... Read Moreescribe in words which is a mixture of different combinations. When it comes to the Virginia, do not ask. It is so high quality that adds more than expected to the taste. Smoke Escudo. Enjoy the taste of the music and relax in a different world. Read Less
Packaged very neatly. It just wasn't for me. I will admit I am more of a Latakia guy so... This was a strike out for me with the Virginias. Update: I have been smoking a bit more it has begun to grow on me! Although, Three Nuns is beating Escudo out ... Read Moreright now. Read Less
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