Named after one of Seattle Pipe Club blender Joe Lankford's favorite places to retreat-and-reflect, Deception Pass is described as a North-West style Va/Per, combining a main body of Virginias with condiment doses of Orientals, Perique, and black Cavendish.
With all the recent SPC hype i was very excited to try this blend as it is one of their only blends without latakia. While the tobacco is of very good quality i was not very impressed. To me there was just to much going on with this blend. I would re... Read Moreally enjoy it at certain points during the smoke then it would go off a flavor cliff in another direction. It did not seem to have an identity or particular direction and was often times to sweet for me. Read Less
As the title states, this has that good old fashioned taste and aroma straight from the tin with a hint of vinegar. Burns well with little to no drying time and is cool and flavorful when you pace yourself. It can burn hot towards the end if you're n... Read Moreot careful. Over all this is a great blend with a cup of coffee after dinner or as an early morning smoke. Read Less
very mild with a pleasant enough sweet smokiness to make it worth returning to. although it is billed as a Va/Per i found that the Orientals were prominent and offered a nice change to what you would typically find in a straight out Va/Per flake. the... Read More black Cavendish probably added to the sweetness but was not as forward as the Orientals (IMO). Read Less
I’m a fan of Joe Lankford, so thought I would give this blend a try. I started my day with a cup of coffee and a bowl of Deception Pass outside on my porch on a beautiful, breezy, cool Fall morning. At the beginning of the bowl, I felt as though all ... Read Moreof the elements went well together. However, at the halfway point it seemed as though there was a bit too much cavendish. This blend is unique, described as a Northwest style Virginia/Perique blend. In my opinion, that is an accurate description. Definitely not your typical Va/Per. The blend is composed of matured red and stoved Virginias that provide a bit of sweetness, spicy Perique, some rich Turkish Orientals, and toasted black Cavendish that adds an extra dimension of flavor. If you’re a fan of black cavendish, this blend might be good for you. Read Less
A quite complex blend,sweet,in the good sense,spicy and enjoyable.But,IMHO,nothing to do with a real Va-Per.In fact Perique is very subdued.In short,a veri nice and peculiar blend,perhaps with a presence of cavendish,fine unsweetened class,over the d... Read Moreesiderable. Read Less
As with Mississippi River, Deception Pass had a strong aroma of vinegar when fresh out of the tin. For me that meant it was nearly unsmokeable for a while, though I did enjoy the flavors. DP needs considerable decanting time, and I opened my jar s... Read Moreeveral times before leaving it to age. After several months the vinegar does mostly dissipate, but is still present. For that reason I can't smoke it all day, which is disappointing. The flavors are rich, with a considerable amount of perique up front and the orientals adding a unique spice. UPDATE: I've found a way to smoke this blend without destroying my mouth. Much like St James flake I give DP considerable time to dry, sometimes several hours, followed by a charring light and then several days left alone (at least 2). When I light it up the next time it is significantly milder on my palate, though much transformed in flavor, at least to my taste. Oddly (or maybe not), after this procedure DP has a very similar flavor profile to St James flake, though smoked fresh they are quite different to me. The orientals and Cavendish are less noticeable, especially the orientals, with the Cavendish giving the noticeable difference in flavor from St James. Don't get me wrong, they are two different blends with two distinct flavors, but I can't help drawing some parallels when both are dried to this degree. With the amount of preparation required I won't be reordering but I'll keep it as a rare filler smoke. Read Less
Taste is SOOOO dang subjective!! I've made up my mind 2 write no reviews unless they're positive. That bein said ... This is th blend I've been lookin 4 and I've done a lot of lookin ,,,there's spice that jumps out and follows you all th way, th Peri... Read Moreque is always easy 2 find. Virginia sweetness that's softened and mellowed . Complexity if you want it! Good and true all th way thru th dottle? I'm plum tickled .... Read Less
Tried a bowl of this last night after giving it a good drying period and it was hot from nearly the first puff.
I let it cool off before trying again and could only get halfway through the bowl before emptying.
I really wanted to like this one too!... Read MoreRead Less
Although, my first time trying Deception Pass, I have often added a pinch of Orientals to my Va/pers, so, this is nothing new to me. That said, I believe the Orientals are a little over-done, here. A little can go a long way. The second 2/3 of the b... Read Moreowl was more enjoyable, when the Orientals bowed-out a bit, and the Perique kicked-in. Next time I smoke it, I think I will add a little more Perique, and that might do the trick. Read Less
What a treat! DP is a ribbon cut tobacco and is easy to pack and light. Initial aroma is rich with a hit of spice and vinegar. To me the perique is there and peppery but not overpowering. Seems very balanced. Also, the orientals are there, more in th... Read Moree beginning to play with your senses. The bowl then settles down into a near perfect balance of fine virginias and perique. Dwindles down to a nice ash. Joe REALLY outdid himself on this tobacco Read Less
This is a provocative tobacco that is appropriate for long nights of pondering. Good for a fire or campfire, time with a good book or long movie, and conversations with good friends. Deception Pass really starts to talk and reveal its true colors r... Read Moreight about 1/4 in; toward mid-bowl. Very rich in character and intriguing, like someone you've met and suddenly you find that you have something very personal in common with. A fine smoke and good companion - especially for introspection or flights of spirit and imagination. Read Less
A rich VaPer with a hint of orientals, rich cool subtly sweet with a Perique flavor that is not too spicy. I literally could smoke this all day every day for the rest of my life. It also has a very pleasant room note at most a 2 not a 3.
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