Cornell & Diehl: Carolina Red Flake with Perique 2oz
Product Number: 003-016-0346
2021's edition of Carolina Red Flake with Perique begins with equal measures of stoved and unstoved Red-Orange Virginia "Tips" from a single farm in eastern North Carolina. These tips come from a rare, high priming representing only the top five leaves of the plant, and they feature the highest sugar content of any Virginia leaf previously used in the Carolina Red Flake project: 13.53%. Its deep, tangy sweetness serves as a foundation for the blend's darker, baritone notes, setting the stage for authentic St. James Perique — grown, harvested, cured, and barrel-aged all on a single, family-owned farm in the heart of St. James Parish, Louisiana, by traditional farmers with three generations of Perique-growing experience.
Together, these special components produce a complex, nuanced, and mature flavor. From the rare Virginia "Tips" come a rich, fruity sweetness and tang that complement the deeper, darker, stone-fruit notes of Perique. It surpasses the usual grassy or hay-like character of Virginias with a redolence of baked goods, and a clove/cinnamon-like spice on the palate. Given its high sugar content and mature flavor, it should age exceptionally well, its inherent sweetness and dark fruity notes deepening with time. For aficionados of Va/Per mixtures, this blend may be the perfect incarnation, and its naturally sweet character makes it accessible even to those more accustomed to Aromatic mixtures.
"We created Carolina Red Flake as a tribute to the Old Belt, to the traditional harvesting and processing of Carolina tobacco straight from Carolina soil. Building on that tradition, Carolina Red Flake with Perique elevates equal measures of stoved and unstoved, single-farm, North Carolina Red-Orange Virginia tips from 2020 with a generous portion of genuine St. James Perique. The resulting flavor balances pepper and spice with undertones of port wine, stone fruits, and citrus. It's rich, deep, and complex. It's how a Virginia/Perique flake should be. "
- Jeremy Reeves, Head Blender at Cornell & Diehl