Recently, a batch of Presbyterian Mixture hit the online markets after a long-standing drought. Similar to other hard-to-find tobaccos, within a matter of days, the availability of this tobacco was no more. We are once again forced to stare at the dreaded Out of Stockmessage that fills our spirts with hope that one day, we may again have the opportunity to aggressively purchase more tins of this ‘rare’ tobacco than we will ever need or consume.
In all honesty, I feel I had ample time to purchase more tins of Presbyterian Mixture, however, wanted to make sure I enjoyed it enough before doing so (I know…logic actually prevailed, shocking isn’t it). Thus, a deep dive into the farthest corners of my tobacco cellar rewarded my daring excursion with a tin of Presbyterian Mixture from 2016. With a few years of age, my interests were even further piqued and now it was time to see what all the hustle was about.
Info & Overview
Blend Components: Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Type: Ribbon/Course
Available Packaging: 50g tin
Price: $10.00 USD
On to the review…
From the Tin: Initial nose on the tin proved the blend to contain Latakia. Smokey campfire accompanied by natural dark fruit and woodsy walnut notes dominated the smell from the tin. The tobacco was almost spot on in the moisture department only requiring 10 minutes of air time to dry. Overall, the tobacco mixture is medium dark with light Virginia flakes interspersed throughout.
Tasting Notes: Unless you are a pipe and tobacco enthusiast that’s been living under some rock the past 10 years, you will note the great debate of whether or not the blend actually contains any Perique, even though it is not listed in the blend components. After smoking several bowls of Presbyterian Mixture, I would have a hard time defending the argument that it doesn’t contain Perique. In fact, I would almost certainly bet there is a reasonable amount of Perique in this blend. Throughout each smoking experience I was greeted by a hefty dose of spice and pepper. Certainly, a characteristic of Perique. In most cases when the spicy pepper appeared it was not balanced well with the other components/tastes which was somewhat shocking to me as the tin had already accumulated 2 years of age. I noted tastes of burnt toast, nutmeg, and dry wood while smoking and the room note was remanence of an antique sweet perfumed fragrance. The tobacco burned well and was medium bodied throughout. Strength of the tobacco was also a straight forward medium proving to not be overpowering in the nicotine department. The tobacco burned down to a nice white ash each time leaving little to no dottle remaining in the bowl.
Overall Impression: It may be hard to believe based upon the tasting notes above, however, Presbyterian Mixture was just ‘ok’ in my opinion. I experienced nothing that would cause me to speak negatively of this tobacco, but on the flip side, the ‘wow’ factor was also far from present. I am sure there are lots of pipe smokers who enjoy this medium English blend, but for me, it’s nothing to jump up and down about. In fact, based upon my smoking experience with this cellared tin, I chose not to purchase any additional tins while still available. If you enjoy an exclusive, medium Latakia forward smoke, pick a few tins up next time it becomes available. For me, I think I will pass on the Presbyterian.