Review by Flip Livingston
To begin with, I'll mention that I just got my order of Triple Play along with Jack Knife Plug that came in the mail just the other day. I was really excited about getting the order because I have been curious and somewhat anxious to try the Triple Play blend for awhile. I am a person that is fairly new to pipe smoking but I have dived into it and have been smoking a pipe full time and loving it! However, I have been a lover of aromatic blends so I am used to the sweet, smooth, creamy flavors of the aromatic blends.
When Triple Play first arrived I opened up the tin and gave it a good wiff and the tin aroma was very appetizing to say the least! My initial impression of the smell was that of beef jerky, with a hint of prune and raisin. Also, I must say that I was shocked at the smell of it because I have never tried a smokey non aromatic blend before like Triple Play. I'm used to the sweet tin aroma of aromatics. So, after smelling this I realized that this is a blend for experienced pipe smokers! This stuff is no joke man! Were talking steak dinner in a can! LoL! So, I took the plug out and gave it a good wiff (it looked like a brownie) and proceeded to cut off a nice small sized chunk. Then I broke it up with my fingers and loaded it into my pipe. The initial light was reminiscent of smoked pork and campfires. I started tasting a leathery, woodsy taste that had a subtle spiciness that tingled about in my mouth. After smoking the bowl for awhile I tried very hard to search and search for some kind of flavor and I really didn't know what to make of it. It took me about 3 to 4 bowls of Triple play to finally realize why G.L. Pease or any other aficionado would like it. I realized that Triple Play is a blend that takes time to appreciate. It is an acquired taste! Triple Play is a blend that challenges the smokers to broaden their palate or taste and expand their horizons!
I think that smoking Triple Play (and Jack Knife Plug) is the beginning of my pipe smoking journey into really understanding what pure natural pipe tobacco is all about. I'm still searching for meaning and the inherent taste of Triple Play, but that is something that will take more time for me. I think I would recommend Triple Play only to highly experienced and seasoned pipe smokers. It's a bold, tough, challenging blend that puts up a fight initially and ends up being your best friend! I think there's something for the beginner to learn from smoking Triple Play and my advice would be to give Triple Play some time and don't give up on it too soon. Keep searching for the natural flavor nuances in the tobacco and keep and open mind.