Stylish, dark and alluring. Generous quantities of Cyprian Latakia are blended with matured Red Virginias, exotic orientals, and just a little bright flue-cured leaf to offer a deep, full-bodied yet silky smoke with an intriguing sweetness, enhanced by a discreet and mysterious spice. Maltese Falcon, from G. L. Pease, possesses an exquisite balance - a wonderful all-day English style mixture.
This was a my second experience with an English blend, and far, far more enjoyable than my first with Dunhill's "Nightcap." I love the blend! I found it smooth, creamy even! The savoury flavours unfolded nice and coolly. Just the right amount of spic... Read Moreiness! It burned evenly, no tongue bite. A singularly enjoyable smoke from start to finish. I will order this one again! Read Less
Like a few other reviewers here, I also don't understand the hype with this one. I got this one because I heard it was a sweet English, which I enjoy. To me, though, it just tastes like your average, medium bodied English blend. It's not terrible, bu... Read Moret certainly nothing to write home about. Read Less
I enjoy smoking a few bowls and reviewing my tasting notes before I read any descriptions or reviews. It leads to an unbiased idea of the smoke.
My notes read of entries like “perfect all day English” “Latakia up front for a bit and then balanced by... Read More a sweet Virginia” “unknown extra flavor coming through mid bowl”.
Truly a delicious English blend that will give you the Latakia you want without bombing you. Give you the sweetness you want without dominating you. And leave you staring into the further contemplating what that delicious flavor you are picking up in between puffs.
EMP and Presbyterian are too light for me to call an all day smoke. This is the perfect all day smoke. I will be buying more. Read Less
From following Pease's page on this web one can easily pick that this blend get out of stock pretty much the fastest of all the other this magnificent blender has to offer. I am a huge fan of Meridian and Quit nights, but i I honestly couldn't smoke ... Read Morethis blend without cringing out of the bad taste of this so called secret ingredient - Ginger. Other then that this one has this additive, I cant say im getting anything special from this blend, even comparing it to other english offering Pease has to offer.
I seriously encourage you to try his other english varieties like i mentioned above, youll be blown away, Pease is a magician. Read Less
I usually only post positive reviews and this review is'nt really negative but i just dont get it. But! this stuff is revered by many so if you haven't tried it.. whats another $12 tin anyway. Try for yourself.
Not the stuff my dreams are made of, but definitely a pleasant, well-behaved companion.
I would say this base blend is somewhere between Westminster and Piccadilly, probably closer to the former in strength and Latakia. It is, consequently, somewha... Read Moret smokier in flavor, though it never tastes ashy. The Orientals shine through more than the Virginia, too. The whole is helped along by the scent in the tin and flavor in the palate of ginger. The ginger leaves a faint tingle in the mouth as a parting gift.
If you are sensitive to ginger, as I am, this is not ideal: it definitely takes this blend off the "all day" list. One bowl is enough to satisfy, though two or three bowls has never bitten me. But there are limits.
The tobacco came a little wet, but that has helped it stay fresh in the tin. It packs well without drying, burns without a care in the world, and does not spike temperature if you puff on it a little. The smoke is full and smooth, but not as creamy as Blackpoint. It burns down to a fine white ash at the finish and leaves a pleasant taste in the mouth.
All in all, this is a desirable change of pace for an English smoker, and it may even satisfy some aromaticons as well.
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I've liked Maltese Falcon since the beginning. There's something immediately appealing from the first light that only changes into a number of complex and surprising subtle notes. I had a bowl the other day and I was like... wow, have I even had this... Read More blend before. Give it time, let it dry and smoke it slow and cool. It can be a bit finicky and the flavors lose some subtlety in the second half, but man is it good. Read Less
This is surely another great addition to my collection of tobaccos. GL Pease still hasn’t failed my taste buds. I highly recommend this blend to those who are ready to fly with the falcon like a man riding on a motorcycle for the first time.
G.L. Pease is so good. Maltese Falcon is a rich, dark, velvety smooth blend that has a remarkable sweetness countered by just the right amount of spice. A bold, full-bodied offering with notes of dark chocolate and citrus. The Orientals add a richnes... Read Mores to the mixture reminiscent of roasted chestnuts. This is a brilliantly sophisticated, well balanced, very tasty, and tremendously satisfying blend. The only drawback is; that it required a lot of dry time and several relights. It’s almost as if the tobacco was dipped into, what I believe to be, a mild ginger casing, like you would for a plug cut, rather than being sprayed on. That said, 40 minutes of dry time and a light hand when packing, at least in the tin I got, and your good to go. Read Less
This, along with Dunhill Nightcap, was my first English blend and it took me a while to appreciate, but once it clicked I've not been able to find something quite like it. That discreet, mysterious yet deep spice that's hinted at at on the tin would ... Read Morehaunt my taste memory all day and make me want to return to it. I've not had the same first light sensation with any tobacco since. HOWEVER, I did find it to be a tad finicky getting and keep lit optimally. Not all bowls were consistently good (as I said, first light and first half of bowl seemed the best) and it seemed to have lost almost all taste once it got past a certain age. Still, it was one of my first tobacco and I think if I handle the next batch better my experience will be even more consistently great! :):):):) Thanks MuttonChop for the recommendation! Read Less
My first try of this Pease blend was dull, so dull I can’t recall which pipe I used. Second bowl in a small Peterson bulldog; zero, zip, nada in the taste dept. Nevertheless I'm not givin'up. Perhaps like my experience with some other blends it j... Read Moreust wants the right pipe. Read Less
It really surprised me that Maltese Falcon has such a mediocre rating here. For me it was love at first puff, and I've continues to enjoy it on occasion ever since. I've just finished my first tin, purchased last summer, and I have a couple jars in... Read More the cellar. Maltese Falcon is best fresh out of the tin, as are most blends that come in the American style of tin (especially c&d). As Greg Pease says, when you first open a tin, a delicate ecosystem has been exposed, and some of the more volatile and delicate particles, whether from the topping or aging process, will fade within a short period of time( I'm paraphrasing here). Whatever light topping that's added does fade with time, and gives a nice sweetness and spice that the description points out, but it is still a fantastic English smoke without that distinct flavor. Actually, with 6 months of age I found new life in this blend, and similar sweetness provided by the aging Virginia tobacco's. Many will likely disagree but with a little age on it Maltese Falcon has many similarities with Dunhills Nightcap for me. Obviously there is no perique in Maltese Falcon, but there is a subtle spice that doesn't fade with time, and a pleasant sweetness that I associate with aged nightcap. Nightcap is also stronger. Maltese Falcon is a medium strength English with a lot of style, and robust flavor for it's strength, and the fact that it can be smoked several times per day by the seasoned smoker grants it extra points for me. From first light to last puff I am always looking at my bowl, awestruck by how masterfully this English is blended. In my humble opinion, Greg Pease is "The" master of English blends and Maltese Falcon is just another top shelf addition to an already impressive lineup of GL Pease's English blends. Fantastic! Read Less
This was my first jump away from my normal cavendish blends. When I broke the tin open the Latakia aroma took me by surprise. I thought I was going to hate it but pushed on anyway. It burned smooth and some spicy notes came through. One thing I noti... Read Moreced was a perfume smell as it smoked. Maybe that's just me getting used to the Latakia and someone with more experience would better describe it. I noticed my tin was dryer then I expected so I humidified it a bit and to me it packs better now. I think I will let it age and revisit. As my palette gets used to the latikia I'm sure my reviews will change. Read Less
An interesting English style tobacco with a hint of extra sour sweetness provided by a ginger style flavoring that is hinted at rather than being overpowering. Typical Latakia smokiness with a lingering sweet finish. Sounds strange, but is actually... Read More rather delightful. Read Less
when I first opened this tin, my first thought classic Latakia, English. I got the nice smokiness, The Orientals in the back with a nice sweetness. but I found it not really that interesting to smoke for a period of time, so I put it on the shelve an... Read Mored just now came back to it. Now that it has sat, for a few months I find it a lot more pleasing of a smoke and somewhat a mystery. The Latakia, is still forefront, followed by the Orientals, A light coffee bean taste in the back ground I am guessing from the Turkish, and some other taste I cant really put a finger on, other than to say it reminds me of cinnamon.. Very much more interesting now that it has sat some. Starting to really enjoy the smoke.
2nd bowl out of the tin, aged 3 months.
Pipe smoked, G.G Poker
Tin moisture, Good, no drying time
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I had this on my try shelf for over a year before opening. Sorry I waited. This has a very crisp, fresh, spicy flavor, with Latakia not too over powering. I tend to smoke this during breaks at work... keeps me satisfied through the day.
I smoke a lot. Mainly an aromatic smoker my review should bare this in mind. I tried this blend after reading a review. I was intrigued by the BBQ and spicy blend. Well, I opened it up and was overwhelmed by the amount of latakia and parique. Th... Read Moree reviewers all said it had just a touch of latakia. Wrong! The flavor grew on me as I got threw the tin but it was hard to keep lit and has a strong after bite. I am not a fan and will not buy it again. Read Less
This is a nice flavorful tobacco. A fresh non-aged tin has that nice campfire flavor. As it ages a little bit more it begins to take on a BBQ flavor, kind of tastes and smells like BBQ chicken. I don't eat meat, but I can appreciate how good the afor... Read Moreementioned entree tastes. After about a year this mellows out considerably and you have a fine light smoke with a decent amount of flavor in which the smokiness and BBQ sweetness have become gentle companions. It can be hard to keep lit, but drying it out a little bit before smoking largely mitigates this difficulty. My massively chambered Viprati bent apple has pulled off a number of smokes without a relight.
My wife and I picked this up because we love Hammett and Bogart, a ridiculous reason to purchase tobacco, but all's well that ends well. Read Less
i confess i was a bit scary about this MF because several reviews i`ve been reading. But i was greatly surprised with this tobacco. For me, it is a mild and high quality smoke, even for an all-day tobacco. Despite the tin says it has generous ammount... Read Mores of Latakia, IMHO it does not have that much of it. I feel the orientals taking the starring role in this mixture (high quality ones!!) and the Latakia playing a secondary role. I really love Maltese Falcon and i will order more for sure. Very recommended, indeed!! Read Less
Not great to say the least. My tin was quite dry, the tin note had me really excited, didn't smoke to my expectations. Irritatingly enough, as dry as it was - wouldn't stay lit. Oh well, more to try out there.
After a handful of bowls I tossed the ... Read Morerest into the "Various English blends I tried" jar.
No knock on the quality. It's made well, maybe a bad tin. But the blend itself isn't an award winner. Pretty average and definitely not worth the price. Read Less
It definitely has a distinct spicy/sweet English flavor. I liked it for about half the tin. After that it made me crave my Virginias more and more. Ultimately it made me a Virginia fan and I stocked up with Dunhill Flake. MF is too rich for my tastes... Read More so I don't see myself buying it again. Read Less
I found this to be a rather good latakia blend best smoked in my savinelli sistina poker.The sav poker really brought out the sweetness in this blend. I simply found it too subtle in the flavor department for my taste.Very difficult to keep lit.Would... Read More have enjoyed this more if not for the constant relighting. Read Less
Wonderful, endless depth of flavour, but without being overly complex. Riveting but delightfully pungently simple. Rolls off your tongue like nothing I've smoked.
But mm, Daniel B., that is annoying. I mean when you want to savour a nice... Read More pipe moment on next to no notice, you have to sit there and watch it dry for a good while before it's the right dampness. Then you don't feel like a pipe anymore.
I've read though that the dampness is purposeful, to make it store well, so I guess its worth it. Would be interesting in a few years.
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When I first opened a tin of Maltese Falcon I was not very impressed with the smell. It came somewhat damp like all Pease blends tend to be, so I let a pinch dry out for a few hours until it was smokable. Like the initial smell I was not impressed.... Read More I let this tin sit on the shelf for a while and came back to it. Now I'm impressed. The flavor is very subtle yet distinguished. The second half of the bowl is thick and almost creamy. Very earthy with a leathery taste. A great smoke, but like I said its subtle. No over the top flavors here. Highly recommended. Read Less
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