Peterson's Hyde Park is a traditional British blend of bright and dark fired Virginias, sun-cured Indian and Burley tobaccos. This luxurious smoking experience is achieved by the addition of rum and maple sugars to pressed mahogany tobacco.
The Lake District is my favorite place in the world. Last time I was in Bowness, it was mid-December and most of the tourists were long gone. It was cold, wet and perfect. I had a tin of C&D Star of the East Flake and would sit on the patio of my... Read More hotel room looking over Lake Windermere trying desperately to figure out how I could move permanently to the Lakes (still haven't figured it out, by the way). Because of this affinity for the region, I've always desperately wanted to like the Lakeland tobaccos but just haven't been able to- the strange soapiness is too much. This, however, is perfect. The tobacco is such great quality and there's just the slightest floral hint that only adds to the complexity of the blend. This will remain in my rotation...even if a life of luxury in the Lakes appears not to be on the immediate horizon Read Less
that my first review here would be for a Lakeland blend (I am devoted to Latakia blends---the heavier the better). It's quite easy, a delight on the palette. A wonderful contrast to the usual dense, deep campfire.
This is divine. Floral to the nine... Read Mores; light, airy, easy, delightful; compared to Lat bombs I prefer.
It's the perfect complement to a tongue jaded by an overload of heavy English/Balkan blends.
Contra-intuitive as it would seem, I would recommend it heartily to my fellow deep Latakia brotherhood. Read Less
This is probably Peterson's best blend. It is as cool a smoke as you will find, and has no bite at all--or detectable PG. Absolutely delightful. But it is so much like the current St. Bruno offering that one has to wonder if STG is double or triple b... Read Moreranding some tobaccos. This has a slightly deeper taste than St, Bruno but that would be the result of the much tighter packaging. Amphora's new Burley blend is identical to a couple of others (except in price). I wish this matched the older St. Bruno rather than the new offering. It is very good, but there is no "Lakeland" quality in either. This is also quite like Peterson's Sherlock Holmes as well--except for one possible component. Of course, that makes economic sense. But do take care to see if some similar STG blends are not the same, identical or near identical products at different price points. Amphora Burley, for example, is very close to MacBaren's Burley Flake at a much nicer price. Looser packaging does have some bearing on taste. I will buy this again and leave St. Bruno alone. Read Less
The Burley is the predominant player in this mixture but is tamed down somewhat by the Virginia & a little by the flavor additive. Then, slightly more of a detectable flavor from the rum/maple sugar infusion about 1/3 down into the bowl. I favor ... Read Morethis blend because it is not overly cased & only slightly topped with a flavoring that helped to make this strong tobacco taste & smell better & one will notice the nicotine blast early on. This is another fine offering of Peterson blends. I would purchase this one again but have many other blends cellared for sampling before I replenish this one. If you like good, fairly strong VA/Burs with a mild, slightly sweet, aromatic topping that is barely noticeable, you might be interested in giving this one a try. For me, this one turned out better than anticipated & the strength will get your head right. This probably won't be an all day smoke for everyone but one that can be smoked on a daily basis or relaxing on a day off, an after supper treat or before beddy-bye. I smoke it any time of the day or night as I'm used to strong blends & prefer them over the milder, wimpy stuff. Read Less
To describe this in any terms as an ' English" may serve to confuse many.
If I were to advance a comment on basic blend profile I would describe this as a well matured Virginia. Tin note presents the classic 'Ketchup' notes and visually it is t... Read Morehe red and bright staple of many classic blends. Quality tobaccos to say the least.
Then we hit the marks that make it 'Hyde Park".
Some say 'Lakeland', I say a mix of perfectly matured sweet Virginias and a little help to compliment the tobaccos.
A little sweet syrup to push it through and a floral dimension to add interest.
If you are a Virginia fan try it for the quality tobaccos. If you're a lakeland fan, try it for the subtle essence.
Either way it's a fine product, and much unappreciated.
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I am struggling to find the best words for how I experience Hyde Park. I have found it extraordinary and totally unique in my experience. I maximally enjoy and appreciate complex full-bodied latakia blends... present favorites are GLPs Sextant and La... Read Moregonda, and Ouellette's Black HOUSE. I equally exalt in rich, sweet, luscious, dessert-y aromatics, presently Boswell's Pom Holiday, Christmas Cookie, and HPSC Trout Stream. All that being said, Peterson's Hyde Park is absolutely UNLIKE any blend thus far in my experience AND I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF IT. I opened the tin and was at once in a spring meadow with myriad grasses and wildflowers ever so angelically blessing the elysian breeze. In the next field over, someone was making a first mow of hay. I spent a small pleasant eternity just enjoying the tin aroma. Upon ignition, I was presented with a huge orb of magic and mystery... something herbal, something lightly sweet, something faintly floral, a sense of a medium bodied but very fine cigar... with a touch of leather and alfalfa. But then there was this... once long ago I smelled church incense from the Greek "holy mountain" of Mount Athos... the predominant base was a combination of true frankincense in concert with a delicate pine-y resinous scent which was then dusted ever so lightly with the essence of either Russian gardenia or Syrian rose. Do not infer "floral" in any ghastly way upon Hyde Park... just passing pastel shades, sprites, tobacco nymphs. Rich tobaccos, delicate sweetness, the comfort of a slow hot bath after splitting wood all day... that was my stroll through Hyde Park. One final observation, nicotine doesn't usually figure in either my requirements, enjoyment, observations, or evaluation of a pipe-tobacco blend and has never mattered much to me. Hyde Park hit me with all the subtlety of a fire-engine-red double-decker London bus at about Mach 3! I have never been that happily high in my life!! Gotta get more!! Read Less
A surprising offering from Peterson and blended by Kolhase & Kopp. Very English in the Gawith Hogarth tradition. A beautifully rich tin note greets the nose reminiscent of spiced maple. Easy to pack and light right from the tin, this tastes very ... Read Moresimilar to G&H's Rum Flake but packs more of a punch by way of nicotene. Puff this one slowly and you will be rewarded with a taste most sublime, rivaling the best and Lakeland has to offer. I taste no Latakia as reported, but true tobacco presence is certainly there and remains throughout the smoke. Highly enjoyable. Read Less
The new offering from Peterson is a "who's who" of component ingredients that appeal most to me. Granted, I was a bit skeptical of the rum and maple flavoring and, when I opened the tin, I felt that I had surely made an error of the utmost... Read More gravity. But, as I was into this one for two tins, I loaded up a an old GDB billiard that tends to do well with tobaccos of this type, and set match to the leaf. What a splendid surprise! Nowhere to be found was the rum and maple, save for a faint trace. What was there, however, was a wonderful symphony of deep, musty dark-fired flavor. I immediately thought of my favorite Peterson blend, Irish Flake. But, almost as quickly as the dark-fired flavor had emerged, it disappeared thus allowing a sweeter, Virginia flavor to pop in for a brief chat. This back and forth seemed to be the norm throughout the bowl. Perhaps due to the salmagundi of tobacco cuts. There seems to be everything from broken flake to cubed cut and ribbon. While both visually appealing and, conducive to a complexity of flavor, the cut may seem vexing to some. Do not let this stop you from enjoying the blend. One can simply stuff the pipe straight from the tin or, fully rub out the leaf. Both methods will leave you completely satisfied. A word of warning, though; the nicotine in this one, while not as profound as Irish Flake, will sneak up on you if you puff mindlessly, caught up in the pleasure of the moment. In short buy this one. You will be glad you did. Read Less
Pop the tin, sniff, put it away for at least three months, then come back to it— better in a year, needs aging to really show. Extraordinary incense notes amongst earth and lots of depth. Herbaceous tin notes. Old fashioned rough cut takes some rubbi... Read Moreng, worth the wait. Best in a Group-4 to larger size pipes, it needs room to mingle. Definitely aimed at experienced smokers. Matured leaf. Sugar crystals. Read Less
Straight out the tin I was a little overwhelmed. Strong smells of tobacco, dried fruit, and wood with a subtle sweet note. Broken flake and ribbon cut. Rubbed it out and packed. First pipe I was not impressed, I found it too strong with a flavor I co... Read Moreuldn't place. And my wife still doesn't care for the room note. Second bowl I tried in a different pipe and it sang. The sweetness came through, it burned to the bottom of the bowl without a relight. Every nuanced flavor came in like a symphony and a good buzz of vitamin N. All star blend and a regular go to now. Read Less
I initially gave this tobacco a bad review, but then tried it in a different pipe and fond it to be a little better. The original pipe I tried it in needed some deep cleaning. In the new pipe I found that I still don't care for the flavor profile of... Read More this tobacco, but it isn't as awful as I initially thought in the original pipe. I will probably smoke the rest of this tin here and there for something different but I don't expect to buy it again, unless I fall in love with it by the time I finish the tin. If I do, I'll update my review again. Read Less
Aside from a delicate floral note, the blend has a very natural tobacco taste, with some evidence that fermentation was part of the process. Its strength is on the high side of medium, but it is a very smooth smoke. I don't taste any Latakia, but rat... Read Moreher, something akin to dark fired leaf. Luxurious indeed! Read Less
Just had my first bowl of this, and it is great! It's a lot like the HH Old Dark Fired. Smokey and earthy, hint of salt at times. it's NOT an aromatic by any means. good strong nic kick, burns nice and cool. packaged a bit differently in the tin. bun... Read Morech of pressed flakes and bits in a plastic bag. at first i was bummed, but it turned out quite nice. a bit moist, so i rubbed it out and let it dry for a few before packing it. lit up and started enjoying. the flavor/aroma changes as you smoke it. i think there are a bunch of different clumps in there of different tobaccos, and boy is it enjoyable. really made me wish i had a nice glass of meyers rum. again, not an aromatic, sweet in the virginia sense, and dark and earth in the burley sense. a must have! Read Less
I didn't know what to expect from this tobacco described as both "English" and with flavor components of both Rum and Maple. What I found was a complex, deliciously flavorfull smoke. To me, there's little here that tastes like Rum or Mapl... Read Moree in the "aromatic" sense. Rather these elements remind me of the "Lakeland" style English blends, but more subdued and less cloying as I've found others to be. It might be the perfect blend of what I want as an alternative to the sea of standard English fare (of which I'm a steady consumer). Very reminiscent of Irish Flake, but with less nicotine punch so you can actually smoke more than one bowl without having a heart attack. Be carefull to sip this slowly because there's still plenty of strenght, and this might not be recommended for the novice smoker.
It comes from the tin fairly moist, with a wonderfull mix of cuts including partially broken flake, which you might be tempted to further breakup and air dry to
aid in lighting. While some drying may be your choice, enjoy this as it comes from the tin to fully enjoy the complex flavors and slow down your puffing and the burn.
Highly recommended to lovers of full bodied tobaccos whether it's pipe tobacco or cigars. Hyde Park actually reminded me of a cigar-ish blend at certain moments, without intending to. I'm a former cigar-nut, that sold my soul to the hobby of(actually devotion to) pipesmoking and collecting. Enjoy!! Read Less
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