Esoterica: Penzance 2oz

Product Number: 003-024-0020

A wonderful complex secret recipe of the finest Virginia, choice Turkish and Orientals and Cyprian Latakia, all hand blended together, hard pressed and broad cut into thick flakes. Long matured and easily crumbled to facilitate pipe filling. This is one of the finest traditional English Flakes available anywhere.
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Customer Reviews (57 Total)
Overall Rating:
3.66 out of 5 stars
Truly Amazing Smoking Experience
August 16, 2017
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
The hype is sky-high but it's for a good reason. It is other-worldly, and it makes you wonder just what is in there! Although some other blends do come in the same ballpark, they never come very close to the real thing. This is like nothing you'll ev... Read More
Rate the Tobacco DAMMIT!
November 03, 2016
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
I happened to buy some without realizing what I had bought and it was one of the best tasting tobaccos I've ever had. I understand the annoyance about it's rarity (I haven't had or seen any in six years)but if found, is worth a try!
Unobtainium
October 23, 2018
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
I have given up on this and, in fact, all Esoterica products. They are NEVER available ANYWHERE except on ebay where they are sold for prices that can only be described as obscene. Thanks, but no thanks. I will stay with my C & D Pirate Kake whic... Read More
A magical smoke in the tradition of British tobacco.
November 01, 2017
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
Think about a time when tobacco was simple, Virginia, Turkish, Orientals and Latakia. Perfectly proportioned, blended and pressed into easy to crumble (very easy) thick flakes in the traditional British way, slowly and loosely. The taste and aroma ... Read More
Best non-aromatic I've ever had
July 02, 2019
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
I waited for two years to get my hands on some of this stuff and finally did a few weeks ago. Believe the hype. This stuff is really, really good. It's a shame it's so hard to get.
The State of Penzance
May 23, 2019
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
I have no idea what today's Penzance is like and with the fact that it is unobtainable, I may never know. I was fortunate enough to recently discover that I had cellared a tin in 1999 (and forgot about it). Rather than sell it for an obscene amount... Read More
Balkan Haters Need Not Apply!
February 21, 2019
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
First of all, if you don't like Balkan blends, don't waste your time searching for Penzance. And don't hoard it so the rest of us who do like it can't buy it. I have never been able to purchase Penzance on SP, but resorted to purchasing it on the se... Read More
I don't see what all the fuss is about.
November 26, 2018
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
This is not a bad blend by any means. It is a solid smooth English. However I found the flavor profile to be relatively standard. The tin note was smoky and sweet as well as the smoke with just enough bite to remind you that it is an English without ... Read More
So.....PLEASE READ... 4.5 Stars for the YEAR 1991
June 03, 2018
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
The hype “ What’s it all about Alfie “! Earlier in the day I had a bowl of Penzance Circa 2014 and what I smoked was just OKAY! Took 3 re-lights and light tamps, but once lit, stayed lit. It burned extremely slow with allot of cool woodsy smoke and s... Read More
Penzac
May 31, 2016
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
I just purchased two tins of Penzac this week and it's the first time I've tried it and I don't know what all the hype is about this tobacco there's nothing special or taste about this tobacco seriously Dunhill my mixture is much better anybody that... Read More
for the people who can't use a rating system properly...
October 16, 2015
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
This is to review the PRODUCT, not the service provided. On that note: Penzance is very unique blend that's worth picking up when you can find it. it always reminds me of BBQ when i smell the tin note. *Can you guys please delete the absurd "re... Read More
Decent
November 16, 2013
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
Overhyped like crazy but a decent smoke
Best English Period
November 15, 2019
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
Words cannot describe how good this tobacco is. It is utter perfection as far as englishes go, strong yet mellow, the flavors blend perfectly, the latakia isn't too strong or weak. It is simply the best English blend available... Except it never is a... Read More
The golden unicorn of tobacco
October 06, 2019
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
It’s a shame this rich , mellow and creamy fine molted English flake is out of stock all the time pretty much everywhere. I’ve only ever been able to find it from the local B&M. It’s the perfect musty Latakia with the finest sweet Virgina. It’s t... Read More
Believe the hype
June 26, 2019
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
Waited two years to try this. Recently was able to get some. It’s all true.
Lacking In Strength & Vitamin N... Very Wimpy
June 11, 2019
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
Sampled from a 2008 vintage tin. The aroma is of a smoky Latakia presence combined with Oriental essence. I did not detect any flavoring from the sniff. I don't know but the majority of reviewers say it contains an extremely mild flavoring...I'll jus... Read More
Hyped up blend
May 26, 2019
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
I finally had a tin of this legendary blend. I loved the flake cut and the required crumbling. It's a real classic touch to the smoking experience. Esoterica blends have one of the most intriguing tin bouquets. I smell a strong note that I keep ident... Read More
Find a treasure map...
January 16, 2019
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
So, once every hundred years or so, when the moons rays bounce off of a crystal clear lake just right, you get a hold of this mythical creature. Jokes aside, the blend is IMO the best Balkan English out there. Aged is even better.
Find a treasure map...
January 16, 2019
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
So, once every hundred years or so, when the moons rays bounce off of a crystal clear lake just right, you get a hold of this mythical creature. Jokes aside, the blend is IMO the best Balkan English out there. Aged is even better.
Pearls before swine
January 14, 2019
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
Penzance
December 04, 2018
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
The best tobacco I have ever smoked, wish it wasn’t so hard to get !!!
Apologies
November 03, 2018
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
I previously wrote a review that made it sound like the folks that own the esoterica brand were business morons for not finding some way to satisfy the strong demand for their products. Having had years now to consider this lack of kindness, I would... Read More
我抽过最美妙的拉草
September 02, 2018
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
基草的甘甜是经过长期的发酵,燃烧的非常好留下灰比其他拉草要白。其中的拉塔基尼亚虽然没起主导作用,也使得维吉尼亚是主旋律,让既爱抽V的和L的人都能接受。我认为它既有V的甘甜又有L的醇厚,是一款无以替代的草。
Nice.
February 26, 2018
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
I got my hands on this first in early 2010 and I just didn’t get along with it. It had a very distinct quality to it that I can only describe as diesel fuel. It wasn’t an aversion to Latakia as I loved and smoke a number of f heavy Lat blends in thos... Read More
Just Plain Strange
February 15, 2018
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
It’s probably futile to write this review, since, it’s pretty much unavailabe and likely to stay that way. I got lucky and managed to acquire enough that my heirs will still be smoking it. I think the base flavor is something like bittersweet chocol... Read More
Good, But Hard To Get
October 21, 2017
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
This English is really good. There’s a lot of hype with this tobacco and is hard to find. Quality always seems top notch, it’s just super hard to find. Not sure it’s worth the price on the second hand market, but I keep coming back to it. The all... Read More
Good
August 10, 2017
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
Good old school smoke. But not the best I have had.
Overrated!
April 13, 2017
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
If ever there was an overrated tobacco in the market, the grand old Penzance is one. I nabbed an 8oz. bag a while back so had plenty of room for experimentation with different bowls, climes, and moods. No matter where and when I smoked this, the tast... Read More
Very good
March 03, 2016
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
Very good
Thank you for "in stock" alerts
January 08, 2016
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
Just hope I can get one in my shopping cart before the supplies run out again.
Revisited this blend..
November 14, 2015
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
I revisited this blend after 4 months of it resting in a mason jar... it made a difference to me.. i still get a traditional english smell, leather , raisin, hay, latakia... but with a smoothe and slightly refined pungent quality... smoking it i get ... Read More
Order more
October 19, 2015
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
It's frustrating to be informed that something is in stock i.e. Balkan Sobranie and now Penzance to log in and get a whammy Sold Out - Out of Stock. Maybe Smoking Pipes should order a real big amount that would stay in stock for at least a month, kn... Read More
My Top favorite!
October 18, 2015
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
After a 25 yr. hiatus, I started smoking a pipe again. In the old days I fell in love with Penzance. It was a LOT easier o get in those days. Again, it's still my favorite. It is a hell of a lot harder to get now. I got lucky last time. In between ... Read More
My Top favorite!
October 18, 2015
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
Sorry about the repeat. I can't delete this copy. So, ditto.
Sold out
October 16, 2015
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
Caleb, I would love to rate the tobacco, but for me it tastes like a zero because that is what I got.
Sold out
October 16, 2015
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
I received an email notification, I go in minutes later to place the order and it is already sold out. How disappointing.
Balanced and refined
October 16, 2015
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
As others have said, why send an alert if there is no possibility to actually order the product? After pondering, and getting over my initial annoyance, I'm revising. Penzance is a quality English, whose reputation is well deserved.
Brilliant Tobacco
October 16, 2015
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
Why some are giving bad reviews based on their inability to buy it, I'll never understand. It's a tobacco worthy of your time to seek it out. I get an email and respond immediately and always get it. Win some, lose others. That said, it's a brilliant... Read More
Out of touch with the customer
October 16, 2015
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
Why do you send alerts when it is out of stock? From the other reviews I can't imagine why you intentionally frustrate your customers. Perhaps it is because you don't like us?
Email alert is a joke!
October 16, 2015
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
What's the point in emailing me alerts if you do not have it in Stock? If you send me an alert saying it's in then it better be in. It's only been a few minutes since i got the email. Now, have some integrity and make this right, no more LIES smok... Read More
Very normal
August 06, 2015
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
I received a couple of oz from a friend who didn't like Penzance, in my turn i felt that this tobacco isn't mine. Very bad after taste. Not English and not American . Doesnt bite. Virginia and Latakia are the players. Oriental are not detectable. Pr... Read More
Really nice.
August 02, 2015
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
There is a tobacconist here in the Houston area that gets this stuff a few months out of the year.. its sporadic and so I'll call periodically to check in; in a sporadic fashion. I became an avid hobby smoker about 3 1/2 years ago and admit that ... Read More
Esoterica developmentally disabled
August 01, 2015
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
Update 10/14/16 I Have continued to look for something similarly satisfying and failed. But I am tired of "stalking" Esoterica, she has made it clear that she does not want my attentions... no means NO... Umm...Right?................................... Read More
Shenanigans!
July 31, 2015
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
Just got my one time notification, looks I have been beaten by the bots! My guess is tomorrow most of it will be on eBay at 40-80$ an oz
Great fresh or cellared
July 31, 2015
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
I've got about five or six ounces from a pouch I snagged back in 2000, most of it has crumbled up but still tastes fantastic especially the bits with crystallized sugar on them. Delicious crumble kake flakes. Hope to score another pouch sooner or lat... Read More
Penzance Sold Out in 30 Seconds
July 31, 2015
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
Responded in less than 30 seconds of 8 oz Penzance in stock email notification only to find item out of stock. I was actually sitting in front of my computer and immediately responded. Sounds a little fishy to me it would all sell out so fast, like... Read More
My guess on this tobacco
July 31, 2015
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
There must be a better way to allocate Penzance. I'll bet its the same people who are able to respond within 30 seconds of the email alert. Rest of us have to work. More and more Smoking Pipes is demonstrating to me that it has lost its touch with... Read More
My second favorite tobacco
March 12, 2015
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
Charming, quant and, full of rich flavor. I am a latakia lover (no burley for me) so this flake is a perfect second to my FAVORITE blend Balkan Saiseini.
Creamy
October 14, 2014
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
Extra creamy smoke, latakia is very present but does not over-dominate the VA's. I wouldn't care if this blend wasn't hyped, it would still be my favorite, regardless of "rarity" and "brand name". If you can somehow get your hands... Read More
Have a problem
July 18, 2014
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
It is always out of stock,why?I have been waiting for it for nearly 5 years,but I've never tasted it yet.I feel so disappointed.
Hyped
April 15, 2014
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
Hyped tobacco, with all the youtube and tobacco reviews I read and seen, thinking this tobacco is the holy grail of tobaccos... have 8oz of this stuff and would trade off in a heart beat.
Amazing
February 27, 2013
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
What is there to say, simply an amazing smoke and a must try for every pipe smoker out there.
Nice
January 13, 2013
Product: Esoterica Penzance 8oz
I now can see what the fuss was all about.... what a yummy smoke
Nice change of pace...
August 08, 2012
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
I would recommend this blend to people who (as I do) tend to stay primarily with Virginia flakes. Most Latakia blends call to my mind what it might be like to lick the bottom of an ashtray and, further, to dislike the experience. Penzance, however,... Read More
Excellent tobacco
June 02, 2012
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
A unique blend presented in a classy little tin. Tastes of brisket and smells like incense, it's hard not to like this stuff.
hard to come by
June 02, 2012
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
picked up a tin on ebay. it was worth the wait to find it. smooth from start to finish. gets better and stronger as you smoke it down.was so good that i picked up 2 more tins on ebay. going to wait a year before trying a new tin to see how it ages.
Super delicious, although over-hyped
May 29, 2012
Product: Esoterica Penzance 2oz
Yes, it's hard to come by. But it's almost as good as it's reputation promises. Dark, full-flavored, slightly sweet, though savory, this is certainly the best Germain has to offer in their Esoterica line.
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