Review by Cortezattic
3P's: Rich, unified, dark tobacco flavor
3P’s is a very heavy, full flavored tobacco -- not delicate by any means. It has good body, and involves the whole palate, sinuses and nasal passages. Its taste is reasonably sweet and rye-like, or perhaps nutty, in a way, and seems to be Burley-forward; but the Virginia is so well integrated that I have to describe it as a unity of tobacco flavor occupying the dark end of the spectrum. The tin description suggests that it is fruit-like. Well, I suppose so, if that means something dark like figs, raisins, prunes, or black chocolate – albeit without their characteristic sweetness. The tin description also mentions the presence of a casing. I could detect a faint scent, vaguely similar to that found in Erinmore Flake, but at a much lower level -- and perhaps a bit more integrated with the natural tastes of the tobacco. It's a subtle amendment though, and I doubt that it is capable of ghosting any pipe not completely dedicated to 3P's.
Strong is an adjective that is frequently used to describe 3P’s. In terms of nicotine strength, I’d rank it at the high end, but it’s not a block-buster – merely “very satisfying”. I have taken to smoking this in pipes with smaller chambers because the full flavor and nicotine strength can easily fatigue the palate after 20 minutes. Fortunately, this blend DGT’s quite well, so you can walk away from a large bowl of this, as the occasion dictates, without much loss of enjoyment on the re-light. 3P’s also has a satisfying and lingering finish, or aftertaste, which makes it a good choice for a coffee break, or a smoke while driving.
My greatest criticism of this blend is, I realize, totally unwarranted: it’s a plug; and as such, it requires a good deal of preparation – in fact more than I’m willing to do on a regular basis. Upon opening the small, paper lined square tin, you are greeted with a cellophane package containing one extremely dense chunk of tobacco resembling fudge (roughly 1⅝” x 1⅝” x ⅝”). A sharp knife is required to slice off a flake, which then requires some drying; and then it must be either cube-cut across the grain, or rubbed. I suppose a flake of it could be folded, but a flake that is 1⅝” x ⅝” isn’t really all that easy to fold (it becomes a crushed wad).
3P’s smokes very coolly, dryly, and slowly, with no inclination to bite. If you like Gawith’s Full Virginia Flake, Esoterica’s Stonehaven, Mac Baren’s Old Dark Fired, or Pease’s Jack Knife, then you will almost certainly enjoy the flavor intensity and strength of 3P’s. What separates it from those other blends is the touch of flavoring. I don't think that's particularly objectionable, but tobacco purists would certainly find it off-putting.