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Flavor  rated 4/5   Recommend It?  rated 4/5   Room Note  rated 4/5   Tin Aroma  rated 4/5  
Brand: Peterson
Blender: Kohlhase & Kopp
Tin Description: Originally manufactured in Ireland by Murray, and now manufactured in Germany by Kohlhase & Kopp. The new tin description reads "An easy smoking blend of fine Virginias and Burley tobaccos, made the traditional way."
Country of Origin: Germany
Curing Group: Air Cured
Contents: Burley, Virginia
Flavoring: Plum
Cut: Flake
Packaging: 50g Tin
Blend Notes: A light, berry-like top dressing applied that is evident in the smoke.

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# 2/2/2011 User rated 4/5
Review by otis56

thinking mans smoke

oft times called the thinking mans smoke. virginias and burly tobaccos. very nice easy smoking blend. can burn hot be easy on flake has a wonderful plum smell and taste....but very light. just enough to mellow this bad boy of a smoke. amazing room smell, great taste, beautiful to look at and to rub out.fantastic tobacco flavour and a very nice nicotine buzz...... one for perhaps the players out
one to try big time.

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Tin Aroma -  rated 4/5
Flavor -  rated 4/5
Recommend It? -  rated 4/5
Room Note -  rated 5/5
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# 28/6/2011 User rated 4/5
Review by docwrite

An Academic Delight

I've been working on my new dissertation most of the day, and smoking flake after flake, bowl after bowl of a new old friend, Peterson University Flake.

The tin I've opened is dated Feb. 2001, and the Orange and Brown Virginias have aged nicely, marrying well with the sun cured Indian, the Mahogany and Kentucky Burleys, which add full body and gives a slow, cool smoke. 

A good tobacco for when one is engrossed in study, writing, and research, in my case, or for any other occupation in which one might find oneself immersed, smoking round and smooth. A fine blend of Virginia flavours, including a touch of nuttiness from the Brown, plus the slightly earthy but never muddy Mahogany, and almost imperceptible cocoa originating with the Kentucky Burley. None of these notes are loud enough to demand notice unless one is looking for them, though, providing an ethereal, but constant, pleasant, full presence and flavour, the India leaf providing a nice addition. 

Rubbing out a new bowl offers one a good excuse to take a short break, necessary for retention, letting all the nebulous ideas floating around one's mind to become cohesive thoughts, as one goes through the Ritual of the Pipe, without the distraction of getting used to a new blend. One of the joys of finding an all day smoke. 

The well pressed sliced cake, each flake being about right for a group 2-3 sized bowl, is a pleasure to rub out to whatever consistency one prefers. Rubbed out coarsely, with the slow burning Burley, it's perfect for outdoors, with body and taste enough to easily hold its own, not allowing the breeze to smoke it away. 

I rubbed it out to a medium consistency, finding it easily packed. After the third preoccupied bowl, I was surprized at not wanting another blend. The charring light was even and tamped down nicely. I found it required a minimum of care, requiring only one tamp and relight per bowl, though it smoked slowly and completely. A very low maintenance blend. I found the fullness and round taste to be constant while indoors. I rubbed it out a bit more coarsely for a bowl going outside, and during the trip to the store, I noticed some flavour change from predominantly Virginia to a more Burley taste. I believe I only noticed the change because I was looking for it, and I think it had more to do with the coarser consistency than anything else. It still smoked long and cool in a light breeze. Very good for outdoors. 

University Flake has a pleasant complexity when sitting back and enjoying it, and provides a great full bodied. smooth smoke which doesn't tug at one, demanding to be noticed, when working away at something. 

A friend found, as did I, that the blend will make known its preference for one pipe over another. It seemed to like my usually VA pipes, but I noticed a blandness in a Barling used mainly for very mild English and strong VA/Perique blends. 

It's a rare and happy day when, after 34 years of smoking and blending pipe tobaccos, I run across a blend I can happily smoke all day, that is interesting when ruminating, yet not distracting while working. A fine, unassuming and understated though very personable blend which grows upon one as does the ivy on the walls of Trinity College. 

Hmmnn...I wonder if smoking University Flake in a Savinelli Academia could spontaneously generate 3 credits toward a degree... 

For me, it's an auspicious find, one I plan on stocking up and will remain one of the blends in my 'everyday' group. I'm enjoying it right now in a Pete 'Kildare' billiard. 

H. Doc Burns, PhD

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Tin Aroma -  rated 4/5
Flavor -  rated 4/5
Recommend It? -  rated 4/5
Room Note -  rated 3/5
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# 4/7/2011 User rated 5/5
Review by Schmitz Bitz

An aromatic with a kick.

Review based on a 2011 offering; smoked namely via the venerable cob.

Upon opening the tin, I am struck by the unique topping; to my olfactory senses, I detect strong notes of currant and blueberry, with hints of semi-sweet chocolate, pecans, and brown sugar. I find it hard not to simply take a bite.
Presented as a broad, loose flake, the tobacco itself is hues of dark browns, streaked with golds and beiges. As with most flakes, this blend benefits from some drying time - about 45 mins if I am using the fold or roll and stuff method, or half that when fully rubbed out.

I have found that this tobacco can be abit of a bear when it comes to the initial lighting; however, with patience and a few matches, one can get great billows of thick blue smoke that will continue with little fuss through the end of the bowl. I won't say that this blend smokes itself, but it comes pretty damned close.
Although the flavour of the casing does come through to some degree, the dark-fired burleys really shine through with strong earthy tastes, bringing to mind leather, musk, coffee and a hint of dark chocolate. Sweet notes akin to honeydew or paypaya pop up fleetingly, all underscored with the currant and berry casing.
As the bowl progresses through the mid-way point, I find the subtle fruity sweetness gives way, allowing the dark fired burleys to really come through. The topping fades even further into the background; whilst fleeting hints of Maduro cigar dance across the palate. Undertones of white pepper also begin to really make themselves known as one approaches the heel.
I have found that this blend can be pushed pretty hard without biting, but like any blend, it will bite if abused. Fortunately, you'll likely be a green puddle on the floor before the bite kicks in (more on that below).

The room note on this blend is simply divine, and will elicit compliments from all who are fortunate enough to catch a whiff. I would honestly rate this 6/5 stars. Thick, creamy billows with aromas of currants, blueberrys, and plums prevail, with hints of earth, musk, chocolate, and nuts occasionally making themselves known.

A word of warning: This blend is HIGH in nicotine, and will punish one for abuse. Sipped slowly (on a full stomach), one finds themselves slipping into a contemplative state. Certainly wont have you reaching for a cigarette post-bowl.

In my humble opinion, this is, hands down, the best aromatic on the market that I've had the opportunity to try. Extremely highly recommended; this blend is not to be missed. It will please even the most vehement non-aromatic smoker, whilst still offering up something for fans of cased blends.

User Rating
Tin Aroma -  rated 5/5
Flavor -  rated 5/5
Recommend It? -  rated 5/5
Room Note -  rated 5/5
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# 28/11/2011 User rated 4/5
Review by withnail

A Fine Smoke

Although this is an aromatic blend, it is much more "refined" than most others in this category.  The flakes are of a nice uniform size and although a little moist for my liking, they certainly aren't overly moist.  I like to rub out my flakes and this blend rubs out very well into nice ribbon like strands.

The plum flavour is rather mild and requires a slow gentle smoking technique to get the most from the taste.  The added flavour does not overpower the underlying taste of fine quality Burley and Virginia tobaccos.  This blend would suit those looking to move away from traditional aromatics towards more a tobacco flavour. 

This has become one of my favourite blends and one that I like to keep in my personal stock for when I fancy a quality blend with just a hint of casing.

User Rating
Tin Aroma -  rated 4/5
Flavor -  rated 4/5
Recommend It? -  rated 4/5
Room Note -  rated 4/5
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