Brand: G. L. Pease Blender: G. L. Pease Tin Description: Robust and possessing a subdued sweetness, Cumberland is a delightfully orchestrated suite of American tobaccos, featuring a rare and exquisite mahogany Kentucky, aged in bales for twenty years. Red and matured Virginias establish a theme; the Kentucky and a pianissimo of perique create the variations. Pure, natural tobacco flavors are harmonized by delicate arpeggios and underscored by deep, resonant tones. The coda is lovely and lingering - a perfect finish to a rich performance. Best savored slowly." Country of Origin: USA Curing Group: Flue Cured Contents: Kentucky, Virginia, Perique Cut: Coarse Cut Packaging: 2oz tin, 8oz tin
This tobacco had around 1 year of age at the time of review.
The tin aroma is a sweet and tangy tobacco smell. The moisture level is good for smoking right away, but some may prefer to dry it out a bit.
At the start of the smoke I taste a a naturally sweet tobacco flavor with a bit of fullness to it. There is a sharpness to this blend that is in the background. I also pick up on a smokiness. It is not a Latakia type smokiness, but more of a natural tasting smokiness. The sweetness is very light and I taste it more on the finish than from the actual smoke.
At about the 3/4 point I start to detect a strong plum and spice presence and the strength also picks up quite a bit.
Around mid-bowl the strength is still there, but the plum and spice have moved to the background.
Around the 1/4 point, the plum and spice have moved back into the front. This last change stayed until the end of the bowl.
This is a full bodied, straight forward blend. The Kentucky tobacco dominates it. There is just enough Perique to add a bit of plum and spice and the Virginias add just a slight sweetness to break it up and bring some harmony to the blend.
This is a strange blend for me. While I do like it and it has all of the attributes that I look for in a VA/Per type blend, there is just something about it that doesn't do it for me. It smokes cool, dry, and doesn't bite. It also has quite a bit of strength to it and I would suggest that it be smoked later in the day and after a meal. I Recommend it.