For Pease's Jackknife Plug, dark-fired Kentucky Leaf and ripe red Virginia tobaccos, with their deep, earthy flavors, are layered on a central core of golden flue-cured for a hint of bright sweetness, then pressed and matured in cakes, and finally cut into 2oz blocks. Slice it thick and rub it out for a ribbon cut, thin for a shag, or chop it into cubes. The choice is yours.
Easily one of Pease's best recipes, this blend of fantastic DFK & Red VA flavors fills my senses to the brim with notes of robust savory tobaccos. The tin note is admittedly a bit strange; it smells exactly like barbecued meat, but as soon as it's sl... Read Moreiced and dried the smell goes away and out comes the tobacco. This casing seems to only bring-out the richness of flavor in the component tobaccos—enhancing their flavors, not dampening them. Nicotine-wise, JackKnife has a noticeable kick; medium-high at about a 7 or 8 out of 10. Recently I've had this every day after dinner, and it always leaves me with a delightful feeling of a warm & sleepy relaxation. The initial flavor during the char-light is very strong (almost cigar-like) and that might be a turn-off, but it goes away very quickly—as soon as the ember takes—and the result is a flavor I've fallen in love with. The retro-hale is blissful! I'm very scrutinizing in my reviews, so 4½ stars from me is a rating of complete and utter praise. Therefore, Jackknife is absolutely worth a try if you like 'em stout & savory over mild & sweet. Read Less
I recently bought my first plug...amazing experience. I'm not a fan of burley tobaccos, but this one is exceptional...plenty of flavors, strong but no bite if smoke slowly. Pleasant room notes (my wife has no made any comment or criticisms about it, ... Read Morein spite of the strong presence in the environment)...full five stars!! Read Less
After having tried both the plug and the ready-cut, I would say there is very little discernable difference. If you like the work that goes into the plug, go for the plug but if you want the convenience of ready-cut, go for the ready-cut. You won't... Read More be disappointed in either. The tin note is very rich and enticing. I am in agreement with Dr Brandon's assessment that the scent is quite BBQ like. Upon smoking, you will be rewarded with a sweet, flavorful taste where the DFKs and VA compliment each other perfectly. The room note is pleasant. As noted, there is a bit of a nic kick in this little gem but it is very manageable. I'm always looking for great DFK blends and this is one of them. I really love this blend and will be keeping this one in the rotation for a long time. Read Less
Presentation: A nice slab of dark Kentucky, red virginias and bright virginias. The dark fired burley and red Virginia surrounds the thinner layer of bright Virginia, sort of like a grilled cheese sandwich. From my experience, the plug is not uniform... Read More in shape every time- width, height or thickness, but varies from tin to tin. The weight stays the same though. Not as dense as some plugs (3P's, Dans Salty Dog), but still manages to stay together after numerous slicing sessions.
Palate: A tin note of semi-sweet BBQ sauce, ketchup and a pig roast. The dark fired burleys along with the red Virginia are the main components. It's spicy, salty and reminds me of charred ribs. The burley adds the flavor that one might attribute to the aroma of a meat smoker. Its rich, heavy and leaves a savory taste in your mouth. The red Virginias smooth out and help with the mustering of the dark fired burley. The bright Virginia adds a sweet essence to the blend, but only for a short while. This is a stout blend.
Performance: With plugs, you can cut this anyway you want. Some may want to cut thick slices and rub it out halfway, cube cut it, or in my preference, cut the plug as thin as possible into shag ribbons. I find that when cutting and rubbing it into a fine shag, I get lovely thick smoky clouds and all of the flavor at once, but it tends to burn quick. I haven't tried it any other way as I love the flavor it gave me with this method. A pretty strong nicotine hit. Not an all day smoke but I could see this as a morning blend to perk you up and then as an evening blend.
Conclusion: I was hesitant to buy this blend based on what I heard about dark fired burleys being strong. I gathered my courage and went ahead and purchased a tin with just over 4 years of age on it and was glad I did. It has become one of my favorite blends that I buy in the 8oz tins. If you want a rich blend, this is it. It isn't as strong as MacBaren Bold Kentucky, but it offers a far better range flavors for some of the dark fired burley blends on the market today. Benefits greatly, in my opinion, from some age. Read Less
This one will wake you up, literally. I cut my slices a little thicker with a little drying time and don't have any issues with needing many relights. A subtle BBQ flavor, The DFK provides a solid backbone with great flavor and the Virginia's provi... Read Morede some hay like sweetness keeping it from getting too heavy during the wee morning hours. I've enjoyed this many mornings with a strong cup of coffee and the nicotine hit with JackKnife plug is just what I need to get the day started. Read Less
As soon as I opened the tin with this plug to put it in a jar, I was enveloped in the delicious aromas of smoke, spice, and sweetness. It was a heavy rich scent, almost like barbecued meat. It had a smoky complex taste that I loved. Jack Knife Plug j... Read Moreust moved up my “favorites” list.
It’s a strong blend so be sure to smoke on a full belly!
My only real criticism is that it doesn’t burn all that great off the plug, and takes a lot of relighting. Read Less
I just received a fresh tinful of Jacknife Plug. Out of the tin comes a thick, dense block of tobacco that has a strong burley scent. My grandfather’s pocket knife takes a thick flake off to reveal bands of different shades of brown. This cross-secti... Read Moreon looks promising to me. A gentle rub and a few moment later, my lighter toastes the tobacco and a charming, burley and virginia flavour washes over my tongue. It’s a strong flavour that compliments my coffee. It’s burning cool, strong and steady, providing a tickle to the back of my throat which tells me I won’t be wanting for nicotine in this blend. It isn’t as potent a flavour as Gaslight, but like Gaslight, this is a bowl to enjoy slow, for I suspect it could carry quite the bite if one were to smoke too quickly. There is a very slight nuance to this overwhelmingly burley flavour that keeps me guessing. There is also a subtle sweetness that distinguishes itself. The flavour doesn’t vary much as my bowl progresses, which I find remarkable, though I do think that the strength of the burley flavour does mellow a little toward the halfway mark. Overall, this is a strong and steady blend that is not complex, but of exceptional quality. With my last puffs, I knock the fine grey ash and look forward to the next day that starts with a bowl of this. Read Less
I love the pipe hobby. Discovering new types of tobaccos is fun! This was the first plug I've ever tried, and I really like it. Preparing the bowl with my jackknife was half the fun! Really strong tobacco though (proceed with caution if you're new to... Read More the hobby). I got a big nic hit with this one and was glad I had just finished eating when I smoked it (everybody's different though). I'm glad I bought it. Had to "sip it." Read Less
A very earthy, oriental-like blend that, despite its richness, does not come off as overpowering or heady. And if you're craving something akin to Balkan Sobranie, try adding a generous measure of Virginia and a pinch of Latakia. Truly wondrous!
Quality tobacco! This is my first time with plug tobacco. I bought a tin of this in 2012 from a local B&M but didn't get around to opening it until last Fall. Rich pungent tin note; somewhat like BBQ. I wanted to slice it thin into a ribbon b... Read Moreut accidentally got it too thick. Very slow burn but no bite although there was some harshness when smoked fast. I set it aside to try again and earlier this month I decided to slice the whole plug and rub everything out before putting back into the tin. It took me a couple of hours of slicing and I used scissors to cut pieces thinner as needed. Then I put it back in the tin a waited a few weeks before smoking. While still a LONG smoke, I managed to smoke the whole bowl and was very very pleased. Don't know what this stuff is like when new but aged 5 years it is fantastic. Surprisingly moist though and I think some dry time will help the burn. Read Less
Bought 8 oz. on the hunch I'd like it. My hunch was correct. I shave off slices with a butcher knife, break some, cube some, and rub out some. Jumbled all together it's a texture kind of like Ratray's 40. A long, slow, really good evening smoke.
From the tin you are greeted with a smoky/savoury kentucky smell (think Russian caravan tea), and a slightly sour, grassy, fruity smell from the virginias. While smoking, the virginias come across in a herbal, somewhat haylike way, with the kentucky ... Read Moreadding body, and beautiful earthy/leathery flavours. Not a sweet blend. It burns evenly, cool, and carries a nice level of nicotine that grows throughout the bowl. I'm a fan. Read Less
Quite nice! Smooth, no bite, tin note of beef jerky, mild but not bland and tasteless, a different change of pace from my usual English/Balkan blends, warm satisfying, a great all day smoke! Want to kick it up a notch? Try Triple play!
I can actually taste the different tobaccos coming togeather here.Not usually my strong suit.Smoking this fully rubbed out in an LJS Ferndown that has a group 6 sized bowl.No problem staying lit as the humidity level is perfect (slightly dry)out of t... Read Morehe tin,and I just keep tamping it down as I smoke.I really like this.Good with a cup of coffee or a shot of bourbon.This would be good after a rich meal.The best Pease blend I have smoked,and his blends are no joke.Keep it up,sir.Highly recommended,my smokers. Read Less
This is what your great, great, granddads plug tasted like. Very natural and rich with lots of straight up unadulterated tobacco flavors. It tastes very similar to my homegrown Brightleaf Virginia. This is a slow smoking tobacco. Don't rush it. I bel... Read Moreieve it will age beautifully. Nicotine level is relatively high.
I am unsure why they label this as being in the Burley family. It is clearly made primarily of Virginias, and is even described as such on the tin. Read Less
It's dark, it's heavy. I found it very "cigar" like. Room note doesn't get many compliments. Took me a bit to get through the tin, I found it went flat in time for my taste buds. Some days I enjoyed it, other days I didn't. Undecided. Three... Read More stars because it is a quality tobacco, just not entirely my cup of tea.
On a side note, I took the last bit rubbed it out and mixed it with a lighter English/Latakia blend and, well, it made a really nice couple of bowls. Added some depth. A tad pricey for a blending tobacco though. Read Less
I spent about a year searching for a really great go-to pipe tobacco that would smoke cool with great flavor and little to no tongue bite. This plug is by far the best stuff I've found. Now I spend my days alternating this one with G.L. Pease's other... Read More New World plug, Triple Play. I'm also hoarding them up in my cellar for years and years of future enjoyment. Good stuff. Read Less
I enjoy this tobacco in its plugged and ready rubbed forms very much. Comes out of the tin on the moist side so I find I need to let it air dry for a couple of hours before lighting. Once lit, JackKnife doesn't dissapoint. Big flavors -- coming from ... Read Morea mostly cigar smoking background, I find JackKnife bridges the gap nicely between cigars and most other pipe tobaccos I've tried. Read Less
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