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.
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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