Much as Orion's Arrow points to true North and has served as a guide to travelers since antiquity, C&D's nearly equal mixture of Turkish flake, Perique, red Virginia, and bright Virginia ribbon can serve as both a fine entree or destination for those in search of a bold and balanced blend.
In muscle-car terms, Orion's Arrow is what one would call a "sleeper." There is a lot more under the hood than a look at the relatively bland exterior leads one to expect. The blend is an unprepossessing, medium brown, springy ribbon cut, exhibiting ... Read Morerelatively little variation in color and texture. The pouch note is quite grassy, dominated by the flue-cured Virginias. The aroma is supported with a sour dried herb/leaves note from the Turkish and enriched by a very slight dried fruit tone, presumably from the perique. But, the proof is in the pipe, so pack it, light it up and ... bam! The blend just roars with power and the perique, reinforced by the Turkish spice, leaps to the forefront. There's a definite role-reversal here, now the virginias are trying with some success to sweeten what has become a very peppery smoke. If it bites the tongue a little bit, it's only because I'm drawing too eagerly to explore the nuances of this interesting smoke. Read Less
I previously submitted a review of this my one and only blend out of hundreds that has survived the test of time. A former smoker of Turkish cigarettes, but a pipe lover since I Was six. I love the spicinessvof perique, the strength of turkish flavor... Read Mores, and the sweetness offered by Virginia's. I always thought that blenders slighted perique lovers, so gave each of the four parts equal standing in the blend. C&D liked it, and called me in the late '90's asking what I had named my blend. Outside, on my farm in GA, stating at a cool autumn sky, I spied Orion, always a mystical constellation, with his arrow pointed at the panther, North. I answered my caller with the name of this blend. I still love it and treasure it as I cannot get Three Nuns in its original formulation. I invite you to query C&D about this if you Wish. Thank you for carrying it. Read Less
I'm glad I happened across this blend (love the smokingpipes.com Tobacco Locator). I'm a fan of both VA/Perique blends and VA in general, but I also have a long standing love for Balkan blends and the intoxicating Orientals they contain. I often wond... Read Moreered if these loves would cross paths and that's when I discovered C&D's Orion's Arrow (what a cool name). This blend claims to have near equal parts of two Virginias, Perique and Turkish. WOW! First off, we know it's half VA, and you can't go wrong with that base, but that also means there's 25% Perique – no small amount, and then a quarter Turkish (which could be any number of Orientals, but I'm thinking Izmir most likely) to add a creamy aromatic quality. As soon as I read the description I knew this would either be awful or outstanding. It was outstanding. It is a medium to full strength blend leaning to full. I'd give it a 4 Strength and a 3 Room Note, taste is definitely a 4. It also has a good nicotine kick. Anyone picking this up expecting another all-day VA/Per, beware. This is potent stuff. Scott L.'s “sleeper” description is spot on. This holds it's arsenal secret until showtime. It's an unassuming ribbon cut, nice and perfect for loadin' and smokin'. The bag aroma is kind of fruity, with the Virginia grassiness being dominate, but the Turkish/Perique half of this blend steals the show with it's sour ripeness; very spicy and sharp. The way they all come together in the smoke is like grace under pressure. I'll admit, I tried to add a little Latakia to this thinking it could be a great Balkan blend but I was wrong. The amounts are all off for it to become a Balkan that way. Thankfully it is perfect the way it is. If you are a fan of Orientals and VA/Perique blends what are you waiting for? This blend is custom made just for you. Enjoy. Read Less
Just about chewable, strong thick smoke, smooth and not bitey, a retrohalers dream. I have tried most of C.D'S bulk blends, Old Joe Krantz, Billy Budd, Haunted Bookshop amongst my favourites and had never ordered Orions Arrow, I don't know why but no... Read Morew that I have it joins the above, I don't write reviews on tobacco lightly, they are written for fellow pipers and newbies to inform them of a special smoke, that is a joy to light up, savour and become one with others who value this wonderful experience, I don't want my bowl to finish when it's this nice, well there you have it, order this and welcome to my world, well that's what this pastime is all about, sharing knowledge and exposing fellow pipers to new joys, kind regrds, from Adelaide, Soth Australia. Read Less
First impressions: A well crafted blend! It has a solid body with a wonderful taste. Exstreemly satisfying full bodied smoke. Lots of sweetness, zest, grass and hay notes from the virgina mix in perfection with the nutty, woody, earthy, and peppery ... Read Morenotes of the Oriental and Perique. Pops of tart and sour flit by. The Perique is matched perfectly with the VA. I believe OA just knocked a blend or two out of my rotation. Love it! Read Less
I have been smoking this blend for quit a few years. It, along with Old Joe Krantz, is smoked daily.
Before I started smoking Orion`s, I never really gave Orientals much thought. That has changed. The tartness of this leaf plays well with the other ... Read Morecomponents.
Orion`s is quite spicy, with the amount of Perique and pretty sweet with the two Virginas.
When fresh, the Oriental leaf is in the fore front for me. Sweet Virginia taking the lead mid bowl. Perique adding its nasel sting all the way through. I don`t have any issue with tongue bite and do not detect any casing or topping.
Now, move ahead three years. That amount of age brings the Red Virginia to the front. While smoking this blend today, with the age: was reminded of an old favorite St. James Flake of McClellands. That flake didn't have the Turkish leaf, I know. Yet, there it was; thinking of McClellands distinctive Red Virginia.
I smoke so much of this that I would go through my normal one pound order before it could get more than three or four months of age on it. So, in 2017, I ordered multiple pounds and glad I did. With three years of age, at less than forty dollars a pound, this blend can compete with any "premium" tinned blend. Read Less
A little sweet, a little spicy, a little strong, a little different...most of the other reviews touch on theses bits and I'll agree with all of them. It's assertive but not overwhelming. I keep thinking, as I smoke it, that this is what a good pipe t... Read Moreobacco should be like. I bought it as my curiosity was piqued by the reviews. Probably not a good choice for newcomers as it's pretty stout but it's also indicative of fine blending technique and good choices for the components...sorta like a good band, everyone playing together and making it sound good. After one bowl in a favorite Peterson 105, I'm hooked...shoulda bought more the first time but I definitely will the second time. Read Less
I love this bend. The Turkish really shines, with the Virginias and Perique making up a flawless rhythm section. It combines like a Miles Davis album to create a unique, deep, contemplative bowl. The smoke has a tasty spiciness and a chewy texture. T... Read Morehe retrohale is wonderful. If you’re into VaPers, this is certainly tasty enough to be an all-day. Best yet, wallet-friendly bulk pricing! Read Less
With this much spice, you'll be eating bland food for balance
The slightly sweet bag-note gives way to a most pleasant smoke of this well-balanced medley of red and bright Virginias, peppery Louisiana perique and subtle, sour Turkish. Puff slowly to fully appreciate; press the accelerator too hard and it might ... Read Morebite (ever so little). Just enjoy at a relaxed pace and contemplate—this blend should be celebrated in the stars with its own constellation! A bag I will surely restock and return to. Next time I will try to let it age in the cellar, rather than exhausting it so swiftly. 4.5 stars. Read Less
Are there any other VaPer lovers who didn't like this mixture?
I love mixtures of Virginia and Perique, smoked with Oriental and I cannot express my delight with this mixture. Blenders claim it is 25% Light Virginia, 25% Red Virginia, 25% Perique and 25% Oriental. I did not feel the sweetness of Virginia, Orient... Read Moreal prevailed too much, and it seemed to me that with a high percentage of Perique, I practically did not feel its "spice". Read Less
Fresh the blend is good but can be a little harsh or have a sharpness. If you give it about 5-6 months the spicy, floral, earthy and rich smoke smooths out with a nice anytime smoke feel! I'm surprised that more YTPC people have missed this one!
I tried this for some variety, and the title says it all. This is a great smoke, spicy, no bite, great cut. Came a little moist, but air is everywhere. This mix, for me, balances Turkish and Perique brilliantly. Nice strength. After smoking this for ... Read Morea while, it is one of the best oriental mixes I've ever had. Read Less
A former smoker of Turkish cigarettes, but a pipe lover since I Was six. I love the spicinessvof perique, the strength of turkish... flavors, and the sweetness offered by Virginia's. I always thought that blenders slighted perique lovers, so gave ea... Read Morech of the four parts equal standing in the blend.I love this blend. I bought it as I was curious about the Orientals but it has made me fall in love with Perique. It is spicy, sweet, citrusy with a great mouth feel. It currently sits as my top blend and led me to try other Perique blends from.Just about chewable, strong thick smoke, smooth and not bite. Read Less
I love this blend. I bought it as I was curious about the Orientals but it has made me fall in love with Perique. It is spicy, sweet, citrusy with a great mouth feel. It currently sits as my top blend and led me to try other Perique blends from C&... Read More;D which I also ended up loving. Read Less
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