Meridian, from G. L. Pease, is balanced, poised and sophisticated. Cyprus Latakia is layered with fine Virginia tobaccos and small leaf orientals, then pressed, sliced, and tumbled into ribbons. More savory than sweet, with classic structure, medium body, and captivating complexity. Meridian is the perfect companion for a mid-day stroll, or with the afternoon tea.
A pressed, coarse ribbon cut, Meridian is one of the star tobaccos in my rotation. Specifically, I often alternate this with the Seattle Pipe Club (SPC) Mississippi River Reserve. While they differ in their taste and packing qualities, they are simil... Read Morear in their balanced marriage of components that yield a nuanced complexity best enjoyed slowly with time for contemplation and enjoyment. I recommend shelving this blend for at least three months. A fresh tin is a bit too savory and tart, and time allows the tobacco to moderate, allowing the slightly sweet Virginias to play a greater supporting role. The Latakia and other Orientals are the real stars here, but they are blended to perfection. The tin aroma is earthy and woody with a hint of raisin and apple vinegar. I prefer not to rub this out and instead opt for an author-style bowl. This is blend for a larger bowl, both for ease of packing and to allow the piper to enjoy the full and varying flavors throughout the smoke. The early tartness and savory qualities of the Latakia and orientals give way gradually to a more sweet cream-like quality by mid-bowl. While this is a sister blend to Chelsea Morning (sharing the same Old London category and cut), the similarities are significant. Chelsea Morning is in my rotation up to mid-afternoon, but this blend is best enjoyed with a wee dram or a hearty stout or porter. It burns clean to the bottom of the bowl with no moisture or dottle. It is one of only a couple 5-star ratings in my rotation. I have never had a bad experience with this blend across several tins. It is perfection in a pipe. Read Less
The tin note has a hint of dried fruits, barely sweet though, with a distinct green olive hint, smoke, leather, incense, perfume, old books.
The immediate taste has leathery hints, woody hints and this morphs into a combo of the two with a creamy ... Read Moresweetness and considerable spice on the tongue. The spice is like chili spice and cooking spices. It really reminds me of a tajin with the creamy combination of creamy sweetness and spice. Think cinnamon, clove, cayenne, raisin, etc. At some points there is some woody tanginess that is both refreshing and a nice variation. There are also hints of smoke and meat, and grain sweet bread which get their isolated fame throughout the smoke. A bowl of Meridian is a somewhat constant changing back-and-forth of these flavors.
The strength is mild to medium. The nicotine was unnoticeable. The taste is medium.
I would recommend this to people that like Orientals, as well as those that like Latakia and savory blends. This one is a winner for me, if I want that meaty and savory tobacco flavor Read Less
Have I found an English blend that I like more than Samarra or Plantation Evening?! I think I very well may have. I'm smoking a bowl of this right now and am enjoying it immensely. I have to say, this is a bit of a sleeper hit for me. I have seen or ... Read Moreread many reviews of Chelsea Morning and Quiet Nights on sites and on YouTube, but this blend is very neglected.
At initial the initial light, I'm hit with latakia and sour orientals. Once Meridian gets going, however, I can taste all components of this tobacco; the slightly sweet, but bready Virginias, the sweet, sour, and buttery orientals, and the smoky, pungent latakia in the rear. The constituents dance around in this mixture, but never meld so much that I can't tell what's in it. The latakia is always present, but never overwhelms and is supported by the orientals at all times. This is a sour blend, but it is well tempered by semi-sweetness and smokiness at all times. There is a hint of creosote/tar flavor from the oily latakia, but it's always pleasant. Is there a topping? It's very faint, but I think I might taste one.
Meridian is definitely a great all-day smoke and I have smoked three bowls almost back-to-back today. It's a welcome mid-range speaker that is a great change of pace from my usual woofers. I was a little reluctant to purchase it, due to it not getting much attention, but I am more than happy that I did. I swear fealty to the Dark Lord. I am ashamed of my doubt! Read Less
I may be a little biased because this was the very first blend I ever tried. However everything works perfectly together to bring the smoker a lovely Latakia heavy English blend, perfect for everyday smoking.
This is a virginia/oriental blend with a subtle but noticeable latakia presence.
Red virgina and orientals makes this a sweet and savoury blend reminiscent of Red Raparee, although much easier on the palate. As I went through this tin, I tired of ... Read Morethe sour orientals. Read Less
The tin I opened was 7 years old. I can tell you with confidence that this has amazing cellaring potential. I'm sure a newer tin would be fantastic as well. Starts off sweet with a toasty spice and the latakia in the background. Towards the end the L... Read Moreatakia comes out a bit pushing most sweetness aside and making it creamy. It's quite the experience and a perfectly blended English. Pease knows what he's doing. Read Less
This is in a similar tumbled ribbon style to Chelsea Morning, but has slighty more Latakia and a hint of sour sweetness in the background. Easy to pack and light, and produces very nice volumes of enjoyable smoke.
This is a delicious smoke. Has deep virginia and a pinch of latakia. In addition there's a sweet/sour oriental in the middle that produces a very moreish combination. Packs and smokes easily, produces nice volumes of flavorsome smoke.
This bright and cherry tobacco has become my morning smoke. I really like the sweetness, which is not overpowering like some virginia tobaccos can be. I also like the subtle flavors and how they develop as i smoke. The Latakia gives it a nice backbon... Read Moree that helps to temper the Virginia's. Great with a morning cup of tea or coffee. Read Less
Cyprus Latakia, Virginia, small leaf orientals-GLP Meridian is my stand-in for Dunhill Medium!
The absolute best pipe ever: smooth, even burning, absolutely no harshness/bite! A complex mix of taste and olfactory sensations: salty sea breeze, some s... Read Moreweetness, woody and hickory smoky with the salty-dry star anise Latakia weaving in and out of the diminishing bowl.
The tin is even superior to Dunhill Medium (which is one of my all-time favorites) exuding leather notes with a 10-year-old Talisker Scotch smokiness tinged with sweet flora that is absolutely perfect, quite stunning, particularly on a crisp, fall day.
Where's a singular pipe? The search is over: GLP Meridian. Read Less
This was the first GLP blend I smoked, and I have to say I liked it very much. It was sweet and developed in complexity, but at the same time was a touch too mild for my taste. However, I could easily see myself buying another tin, so it may be that ... Read Morethere is still something beguiling about Meridian, something unplumbed. I look forward to sampling it again after having tried other GLP blends. Read Less
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