A satisfying, spicy, and aromatic blend of Black Cavendish, Golden and Red Virginia, mixed with luxury broken flake, Connoisseur's Choice features an aromatic recipe of tropical fruit, maple, vanilla, and rum which make this Peterson blend smooth and very pleasant.
Tin and Room note is very pleasant. and the smoke is just as good. I tried this in an old, lightly used Dr. Grabow which my younger son abandoned. Will have ti dedicate a new pipe to this blend. Found the taste to be lightly to moderately sweet, w... Read Moreith a slight bite at the beginning. My tin was moist, causing a few relights a the end, but no gurgling. I would coinsider a larger tin if available. Will definitely buy more for an everyday option. Read Less
This is my go to tobacco for anyone I am introducing to pipe smoking. It smells appealing in the pouch and stays lit well enough to make that first smoke easy enough for the beginner. The flavor is not subtle and has been greatly enjoyed by every per... Read Moreson I have introduced it too. The room note is pleasant as we'll with not a lot of tongue bite. Read Less
One of the top Peterson brands, mild with enough flavor to more than please. No bite and a good burn as well. Strongly recommend if you are looking for a thoughtful smoke rather than a slap in the face, metaphorically that is!
This was my favorite until I got hooked on 1Q. It's a quality leaf combination with a wonderful top dressing that comes through in the smoke. The tin note is a wonderful marrying of rum, fruit, maple, and vanilla. It comes pretty well in moisture lev... Read Moreel, meaning it doesn't need drying time. It lights well and burns nice and evenly. Flavor transfer is wonderful. You can pick out most of the top dressings. Overall a great smoke. If you're looking for a good aro pick up a tin. Read Less
I was unimpressed for the first 1/3 of the bowl, then the flavor kicked in. Then I was thinking which pipe to dedicate to this blend. I'm not an Aro smoker, but from time to time I do enjoy one. For me, Planta Exotic is my favorite, but alas, Mac Bar... Read Moreen bought Planta and will not export it to USA. Mac Baren was gracious enough to email me back and tell me the little stash I have left is all there will be.
This blend comes close, close enough. Rich, fruity, quite flavorful blend that will fill the void that Mac Baren has left in my soul. Read Less
The tin note and room note are surprisingly complementary. The flavour while smoking and the aftertaste aren't particularly strong. Overall however I'd say this is a treat.
It actually gets better over time.
Still experimenting with the Peterson line of Tobaccos-the jury's still out as I found the Sherlock a disappointing Virginian.
When I opened the Connoisseur's tin, it was too dry. I had to orange peel it. Once corrected, I found this to be smooth a... Read Morend flavorful smoke. Burns slowly and maintains flavor throughout. Much better than the Sherlock. I'd order this aromatic again. Quite tasty, quite smooth. Read Less
I am from Maine and currently visiting a dear friend in Kiev Ukraine. Went to a tobacco shop downtown and bought a Stanwell Pipe and the Peterson Connoisseur's Choice tobacco. Very nice cut and very enjoyable to smoke. I burns evenly, at least in the... Read More pipe I smoked it in which by the way was not the Stanwell. It was a Ukrainian made Poker style pipe but without a name. Cost about $40.00 and smokes excellent with only two lights. Not a juicy tobacco either. I gave it 5 stars. Read Less
Smoked gently - to avoid tongue bite - in a bowl of medium size, my experience is that one can actually isolate each of the flavors this tobacco has to offer. All of them are wonderful and the combination is outstanding. The aroma is delightful. Th... Read Moree temptation to smoke this in excess is strong, but doing so interferes with my ability to properly appreciate it. Read Less
Coming from such a reputable name, I was underwhelmed by this blend. By no means was it not enjoyable. The vanilla and chocolate notes came through with a hint of rum. The fruitiness was tasted but not as strong for me as it one for others here. As e... Read Morexpected it gave off a pleasant room note. But after several smokes from several pipes during various times of day, I found nothing that would distinguish it form many other aromatic/Cavendish blends. Will you enjoy it? Certainly. But I don't think you will gain a unique smoking experience over a lower tier blend with similar casing. Read Less
While jarring the contents of my latest SmokingPipes mail call I opened the tin of Connoisseur's Choice and fell in love. The aroma of the tobacco on my plate was like a tropical dream filled with fruit, rum, and vanilla. This is NOT a sweet & go... Read Moreoey aromatic, but a cleaner, well balanced, tobacco where one component doesn't overpower the other.
It was an even burning experience and tasted as good as it smelled. The coconut subtly came through on the back end, but not overpoweringly so.
You won't be disappointed by trying this folks! Read Less
The tropical fruits and rum are complimented by the black Cavendish and overall full flavor of the tobacco while still being nice and mild. The room notes are lovely and I will definitely be keeping a tin of this around all year
This tobacco delivered exactly as the description stated. I didn’t think I would like the fruitiness but it does not overwhelm the tobacco flavours. The tin note does fade quickly after opening but it’s still good.
Excellent tin notes of vanilla and rum. I also detect some maple. Not chemically smelling which is nice. Mellow bodied smoke. Lots of flavour similar to the tin notes. A bit sweet but quality tobacco used of course. A good aromatic
This blend has an almost intoxicating taste to it, very mellow fruit notes perfectly paired with a complex vanilla and rum flavor. It is not too topping heavy, as the virginia comes through and is not smothered. And I am not an aro guy; a good englis... Read Moreh blend is my preferred leaf, but when I want something with a bit more sweetness, this is what I pack. Read Less
This blend convinced me that I am not an aromatic fan. Whilst the tin note was wonderful, I got nothing but a bland smoke from this blend. It didn't bite me, but that was small compensation for a generally disappointing experience.
Normally I am not an aromatic tobacco user.
This blend is mild with a nice pleasing taste & the room note is acceptable. This would be a good starter tobacco for the newer pipe smoker. I will likely buy this blend again even though I am a seas... Read Moreoned pipe smoker. Read Less
I'm new to smoking pipes, I've been smoking it for two or three months now and since I live in Quebec, getting my hand on quality tobacco isn't all that easy. I ordered this tin based on reviews and I am not sorry I did. Very nice smell, not tongue b... Read Moreurn, it's very good. Can't wait to receive my irish flake from Peterson and see what it is all about. Read Less
This blend is enjoyable but nothing spectacular. The description lists tropical fruit, maple, vanilla, and rum as flavors, and I was hoping that the maple and rum would be the most prominent. Unfortunately, the sharp, sweet tropical fruit notes overp... Read Moreower everything else, and I've yet to taste any maple, vanilla or rum.
That's not a deal breaker for me; this is a pleasant, easy smoking blend that packs well (works great with the Frank method) and it burns evenly without any need for re-lights. But it is sweeter than I anticipated, so be forewarned. Read Less
...I only purchased aromatics. Smoking this one made me tire of aromatics very quickly. Yes, it smells incredible and both the War Department and the neighbours appreciate it. However, to the smoker, it just plane tastes like plastic, and I don't ... Read Moreknow about you but I don't smoke tobacco to enjoy the flavour of plastic. I don't like plastic. I don't like plastic at all. There's too much of it floating around in the ocean. I like what Stanley says below, that it helped him start his journey with non-aromatics. Nuff sed. Read Less
I've only been smoking a pipe for about 9 months, so take my comments in that light. As I've fumbled my way through various tins looking for a fit, I've met with some success and some not so. With that said, this tin could well be the best I've encou... Read Morentered to date. It burns very evenly and cooly with virtually no bitterness or tongue bite all the way to the bottom of the bowl, no matter which pipe I light up. I truly enjoy the taste and an easy draw creates beautiful billows of white smoke with every puff. The room note is a delight as well. If you like tins like Ashton's Guilty Pleasure or Solani's Sweet Mystery, I would absolutely suggest giving this one a try. Read Less
This was one of my first tobacco purchases when I picked up my pipe again last year. It was an easy blend to like and it helped me start my journey to the wonderful and flavorful world of non-aromatics.
When opening the tin I was hit with a sweet, fruity rummy smell. I just wanted to eat it! It was a little damp first smoke so I dried it for a bit and had 3 more bowl over the course of 4 hours. When I smoked the first bowl it was like taking a bi... Read Morete of a delicious fruit cake that had the perfect amount of sweetness and none of those gross candied fruit bits. Very strong top note and the casing is very sweet and slightly spicy. The flavors get stronger as you go. Near the end of the bowl it gets a little cigar taste and loses a bit of its furit sweetness flavor from the concentrated tobacco oils. All in all a good smoke but not an everyday smoke as it can be a little overwhelming on the pallate Read Less
For an aromatic, this stuff has some real complexity. With the combination of quality tobaccos,and interesting flavor this baccy doesn't disappoint. The flake is what really convinced me to give it a try, and im glad I did. Its my go-to for a baccy t... Read Morehat is interesting enough for me to enjoy, with a room note for others to enjoy. Read Less
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