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Actually that's an insult to the potato peelings. Do yourselves all a massive favour. The tribal Lenape Indians? I take it that was before you wiped them out with their allocation of buffalo as well? This review is for a can I opened and jarred five years ago. Grassy, earthy and fruity jar note. Char light and second light were on cue. Excellent Virginia here with a smattering of good burley mixed within. Flavor profile same as nose note.
Gradsy, earthy and a little fruity but not aromatic fruity. Flavor profile true throughout the smoke, not a real nicotine rusher but ample enough. Good solid smoke which has benefite from some cellar time. Like most blends that are heavy on the Virginia, time in the jar is a plus.
Picked up as a throw-in on a trade, this light brown to gold ribbon cut had a tin nose that brought a shuddering reminder of my experience with the long out of production Dunhill Golden Hours. Although that aroma may be more common than I think, I haven't smelled it since, and this one reminded me of it.
Still I soldiered on. I suppose one could call this an aromatic depending upon one's definition. To me it's more of a lightly flavored ultra-mellow VaBur. The flavor was sort of a light wheat cereal with that flavoring I couldn't place. The flavor was of the wispy variety, which surprised me based on its component tobaccos. Some air drying and the tobacco sitting in the tin over time reduced the power of the flavoring but never the aroma.
The flavor then took on a bit more of the grassiness I associated with lemon Virginias, but at no time was this a flavor powerhouse. I found it rather ordinary and tedious on the whole but it's recommended for those that smoke all day and want a little added sweetness with their very mild tobacco.
I did mix in some darker Virginia with mixed results as well as some perique, which was disastrous. But it might be useful for the end of the day when the smoker can tolerate no more surprises and just wants something that will help wind him down.
So let's hope I can say something meaningful about this tobacco. I can also add that I bought this somewhat randomly because Peterson has a good reputation, and because I'm a fan of Sherlock Holmes. The tobacco in the tin has a rather fruity aroma, kinda like sweet peach juice with notes of strawberry and vanilla.
Quite pleasant to me. In the pipe, I have to relight it quite often, but I assume that is because I am very inexperienced with packing a pipe correctly. The flavor of the smoke itself is not very exciting. A slightly nutty note perhaps. Quite pleasant though, but a little boring. I smoked a full tin before I knew it. Must remember to pack lightly, as a tight tamping with this blend will cause it to constantly need relighting.
Slow, full draws are best, and not in quick succession, as this blend will bite. When exhaled through the nose one will get the full flavor and the subtle, illusive notes sing. I find it smokes better in a briar as well. I have a pipe made of pearwood and it just doesn't burn as well in it. I have just returned from a cruise which went into Gibraltar. Found a shop which sold Peterson tinned pipe tobacco.
No Peterson tobacco is a bad tobacco. Its the tobacco shop opposite the church if you get a chance to go. Bought 5 different Peterson tins, non I have tried before. This Sherlock Holmes tin smelt great when opened and was moist but not wet. Like a fruit cake.
Great smoke, mild with light nicotine hit. Sherlock holmes by peterson.. After reading the very controvertial reviews of this blend, I decided to try it myself. I was very skeptical at first. The tin aroma is pleasant, raisins and grass, sweet but not "scary sweet". The cut is very fine, which makes it very easy to pack and to light. The moisture content seemed just about right. The first puffs come through a bit harsh, cigarette like smoke.
After it settles down it gets better and better. The Va is very sweet and grassy and the Burley gives it a subtle nuttiness. I would say Peterson Sherlock Holmes is an easy smoke: No bites, easy to keep lit, smokes cool and it's not charged with a lot vitamin N. It can be an all day smoke.
I believe I will keep this baccy around for it's a nice change of pace from my usual Oriental and English blends. My final word is: It's not an "epiphany sort of tobacco", no great complexity in here, but it's a decent tobacco, made with quality leaves.
I was gifted an ounce of this by a fellow pipe smoker. It had been "aged" in a ziplock, and came a little dry. Topping may have flashed off a little, so my comments may not correspond exactly to the contents of a just-opened tin. I smoked it as delivered. This is a good but unremarkable VaBur on the Virginia end of the spectrum.
The smoke is a slightly tart sweet and a mellow nuttiness. There is a little fruit that is topping and not the Virginias. I get a slight hint of spice when I exhale through the nose, and that maybe be the Brazilian burley. I do not have a refined enough palate to say such things with authority.
I found it a pleasant smoke, and it was not fussy about packing or lighting. It burned well and was a cool, dry smoke with enough tobacco flavor to satisfy me.
This is an easy 2. I could smoke it every day, but I am not likely to buy a tin. In this category there are lots of great blends that come at a more attractive price point. I am glad I tried it. It is readily available. This is my favorite blend right now. I can smoke it all day without problems. The smell is hay-like in the tin. The taste is sweet with a very little occasional might be a better description tart undertone here and there.
Once in a while the nuttiness of the burley comes through it changes just enough to keep my interest. Something about this blend keeps me wanting more. I open a tin of something different and find myself wanting to open another tin of this stuff. I can see why many people enjoy this tobacco, but I find it lacking some taste and a lot of character. Should it be discontinued, I wouldn't expect many smokers missing it, as there are many similar tobaccos on the market Sail green coming to my mind while I smoke it.
There seems to be some mystery about this blend. This is appropriate, I suppose, but none the less maddening. To so many others whom have reviewed Peterson? Some seem to think that it is a blend of Burley and Virginia, though no Burley is mentioned in any of the official descriptions I have found.
Only one other reviewer has mentioned the similarity in aroma to Earl Grey tea. With this I am in agreement. This purportedly nineteenth century blend seems to me in the spirit of many aromatic tobaccos with a truly ancient pedigree: I have a great fondness for such blends and this presentation manages to heighten the characteristic tanginess of Virginia tobacco moreso than say Grousemoor or Erinmore Flake.
The one problem with Virginias so pale as the ones in Sherlock Holmes, and of rather a fine cut at that, is that it can become rather hot rather fast if one fails to apply an almost Holmesian level of concentration while smoking. I did think it a bit of a shabby trick that they took a mixture that may well have originated in the nineteenth century and simply attached the name of a famous nineteenth century personage.
I will say with confidence that this is far from what Mr. Holmes would have been smoking. For a pipefull more like unto the Master? The jar note is reminiscent of opening up the tobacco barn doors on a foggy autumn morning but with a little something extra; is that grapefruit I detect? The aroma of Earl Grey tea comes to mind briefly.
The cut of the blend seems varied, not quite a ribbon but larger than a flake. It packs quite well and after the initial char light, burns very evenly, requiring minimal re-lighting. Surprising given the moisture content. The fruity grapefruit note from the jar is present on the palate in the first draw but is quickly replaced by an earthy, organic flavor on the back of the tongue. This fact brings me to the room note of the bowl.
The aroma is tolerable and even nice, yet not as inviting as other blends I favor. Nearly an hour into my smoke the bowl has burned down to the dregs but I have experienced none of the gurgling or swampy residue that is common in most aromatic blends.
I have had to re-light my bowl only twice and the tobacco has burned evenly to a fine, nearly completely dry ash. The grapefruit note is noticeable on my palate as well as a hint of something sweeter mingled with the pleasant earthy tone mentioned before. While far from my favorite blend, I would have to rate this smoke an overall enjoyable experience. In my humble opinion it is a much better blend than it is given credit for.
Nice ribbon cut with good moisture content to smoke straight from the tin. Sherlock Holmes is a nice everyday smoke with a very mild fruity topping. It is mildly tangy with a suspicion of fruit but generally it is tastes mostly of plain tobacco. It does not have complexity but it is a very tasty tobacco. It is yeasty, bready and nutty. Maybe a better description would be of a cross between Ye Old Signe and J.
Sherlock Holmes truly is a "old-fashioned English blend" without Latakia as I think of! Like 3Ps, or maybe St. As Lazarus77 said well Unburnt aroma is of bread, honey, and fruits. Fine ribbons, easy to handle, in orange-red coloration.
The taste is dominated by the Virginias, and oh my Orange and red Virginia sport lots of sugar whilst not being overly sweet though! The Burley lurks in the back, giving this blend a somewhat nutty undertone of sweet and tart nuts!
By times the Burley stands out a bit more, but it's mostly in the back. The flavouring is somewhat fruity reminds me of yellow- and orange fruits , light-handed applied and underscores the experience par excellence! Not standing out too much, but flattering the fruitiness of the VAs. I was expecting this to be like Petersons 3P's, and in a way it is. But 3Ps has more strenght and more Burley. Yet Sherlock Holmes is in the same fashion as 3Ps. Plenty of tobacco aroma, underscored by a mild flavouring.
Well blended, I only had a nice sample, but I'm quite sure, that I'll get a tin or two I think every smoker has those blends that were instant favorites. The tobaccos that we panic when we begin to run low. I remember opening the little bag, and taking a whiff. I packed this into my trusty tasting cob.
This is not a punch you in the face blend, if that's what you're looking for walk away. This is a nice, mild blend with the faintest of citrus flavoring in the background, and is there even any nicotine in this blend?
This tobacco is best suited after a hard days work in the July heat, with a light pilsner playing compliment. I thinkt that would be the best of Peterson's regular series. What is unique for this Peterson, it's that you won't be attack by chemical flavour which you should rightly afraid of. I like to go back and try Sherlock, but not more often than once a year. Have you noticed, that Sherlock Holmes threw the years always gets purple color on it's tin?
It's because first Arthur C. Doyle's novel about famous detective was "A Study in Scarlet". Now, as is well known, Sherlock Holmes himself favoured a well-used clay churchwarden in which, according to Watson, he smoked an "evil dark shag" that he kept in an old Persian slipper. Peterson's "Sherlock Holmes" is about as far as you can get from an evil dark shag.
As the blend description says, it's a blend that's mostly light Virginia with some Burley added in then topped with something clearly related to fruit. On opening the tin the smell of the topping wafts out, the smell of the tobacco itself being pretty much overwhelmed. I'm not sure what the topping is, sometimes I think there's cherry in it, or maybe blackberries, or perhaps plum.. The tobacco itself is a pretty standard ribbon cut with a few bigger bits of leaf every so often.
The moisture level is pretty much smokable straight from the tin, and if you want to dry it to a crisp that doesn't take very long. Smoking it, the initial taste is a mix of a good quality mild to medium VaBur with the topping clearly there but no longer overwhelming the tobacco. As the bowl progresses the topping recedes pretty quickly, then is present in just enough quantity to add something to the leaf rather than dominate. Similar to how the plum in University Flake adds something without being too forward.
It's a pleasant enough tobacco, though I can see it could bite if puffed vigorously or drawn on too hard.
Slow and gentle is the way to treat this blend. It would make a good, uncomplicated all-day tobacco I think, in fact that's how I've been treating it. Overall, a gently pleasant blend without much in the way of complexity, just good quality leaf and a topping that adds a little interest and works very well without taking things into the realm of "American-style" aromatics. This is a decent blend, and would be better if it had less Burley. The Virginia needs to be more prominent, in my opinion.
All in all, it's a nice smoke. Smoke it slow and you will pick up on the best qualities. It's rich and sweet with a distinct Burley nutty fullness that I don't care for particularly. If you like Burley, you will enjoy this blend, however. As should be expected from Peterson, this presents with all the expectations of a high quality blend. Ribbon cut, very good quality leaf, uniformity of sizing, minimal woody stems. Getting this baccy lit remained a minor chore, even to mid tin, but once lit it behaved fairly well.
This despite having what I considered to be an appropriate tin moisture-additional drying time did not seem to positively affect the burn characteristics This blend, being a VaBur, seemed to me taste-wise to be an equal proportion of Virginias to Burley. And speaking for my palate, this resulted in a taste profile that was bland, too even for interest to be maintained The best results I found came from a larger Aldo V.
However, primarily it was cancelled out by a rough bitterness. This from the same manufacture that spits out University Flake, a VaBur that I hold dear enough to cellar a goodly stack of tins yearly.
Lastly, from a common sense perspective, shouldn't the good detective be representing a fine English The taste is "gentlemanly": A lovely golden colour that's packed tight in the tin which also makes it easier to pack in your bowl. I found that having a little loose bit on top as tinder helps a lot to get it and keep it lit. Sherlock Holmes himself would probably have smoked this blend.
But then again, he has been described as greedily smoking cigarettes, cigars, and practically anything else that burns and gives off smoke. That is not to say that this blend is bad.
It is a sweet VA blend Mysore produces some of the sweetest VAs on the planet with a touch of Burley that I personally cannot detect in the room note, but just barely in the taste: Makes for a fuller taste than a straight VA blend, so that is a good thing. The tongue bite some complain about is what you get when you mistreat a VA blend.
Sip slowly and it won't bite. So, no complaint from me on that. Overall, a good VA blend with a touch of Burley that adds to the taste. The taste builds up a little throughout the smoke. Solid three stars for me. Smells of apricot, but tastes of Earl Grey tea and dark citrus and a wooden desk. Then again, could also work great in an early afternoon, after a short work day.
The Earl Grey aftertaste is quite strong and nice, leaves a pleasant dryness on the tongue. The room note will make friends. As others has noted, does have a bite at first, but quickly disappears after a few minutes as the rest of the bowl dries from the heat. Such an interesting blend! Easy to smoke without having to pay too much attention to it, in which case you get a constant, comforting mild Virginia sweetness. But when you have contemplative moments here and there, it rewards you with subtlety.
Nothing too sophisticated, but enough to fit the popular fictional connotation of Sherlock Holmes. I think it's a great name for it. Was looking for a lighter variation on my usual fare spicy English , but nothing too shallow, and this was just perfect. If only it were cheaper! It's worth pointing out that the tin contains a condensed cake, so you actually get a bit more than you might think for the price. Surprised by so much negativity in the reviews. I guess it's not everybody's cup of tea see what I did here?
SH comes in a round 50g tin, the colour of the ribbon cut tobacco is bright and bronze. Tin smell is like overly ripe red apples, orange peel, apricots, and traces of banana cake and dark chocolate. I doubt there are Orientals in the mixture. SH needs a slow sipping to show its strong points. The smoke might be a bit boring for most, I detect oak, black tea, orange peel and a touch of honey - all not in a "Danish aromatic" kind of way.
Burns down peacefully and dry, doesn't require much attention and has a medium dose of Vitamin N. Room note is slightly sweet-sour, honeyish. Unfortunately, this tobacco is too expensive to be an all-day smoke Mac Baren's Navy Flake might be a good replacement.
I can imagine it tastes better with a cup of black tea, or whiskey. I absolutely like SH, but I can understand people who find it boring, flat, uninteresting. Nevertheless, the tobaccos used are high quality. University Flake aside, Sherlock Holmes is probably the best of a lackluster bunch from Peterson.
The bright ribbon cut tobacco has a subtle sweet scent though I cannot detect any flavouring. It burns slowly with a smooth, medium body smoke, but again has no detectable flavourings.
Reasonable tobacco taste - a little on the mild side given the body of the smoke, but certainly doesn't bite the tongue. Don't know if I will buy again but certainly good enough to finish the tin. I've been smoking the pipe for 45 years. I have a very wide taste range for both non-aromatics and aromatics. As hard as I tried over the course of a couple months,I just could not enjoy smoking this blend. It is a quality premium blended tobacco, no doubt about that.
It may just be the rare blend that can't satisfy me in any way as a smoker. I'll always encourage people to try what interests them.
But, this one is not for me. And I am a big Sherlock Holmes fan from way back! Too bad for me, I guess. There is no "oriental" leaf in this mixture: Soil, humidity and the altitude where it is grown subtly affect the taste of Virginia-type leaf, but nothing can eradicate the incomparable, unique flavour of this tobacco.
When describing it, many use the somewhat vague expression "savoury"; American Southerners often refer to molasses, although I suspect that most people today have no idea what molasses taste like, except that it is generally "sweet". Once, before ordering maple-sugar pie?
Comparison to other flavours, which may suggest flavouring additives, does not adequately express its individuality. The best and greatest Virginia blends are those that successfully showcase the inimitable personality of Virginia tobacco.
Peterson's Sherlock Holmes certainly does that. It combines the, forgive me, savoury sweetness typical of Virginia, with a darker, stronger tobacco flavour that may suggest Latakia, but does not in the least taste like Latakia, being not so much smokey as Thus the sweetness is not at all syrup-wrapped-in-smoke, but just purely?
Not a combination of conflicting flavours, but one unique flavour. So I would call this a great mixture because it gives a unique insight into pure Virginia taste, and does it without reference to anything else. This tobacco must be a bit of a rarity in that its still as good as it was 15 years ago when I smoked my first tin. I was at the local tobacconist today and wanted to try something that was new to me.
My first impression of this tobacco was the Nice scent and the warm copper and brown tones of the tobacco. I savoured the scent and sight for a bit before choosing a pipe to enjoy my first bowl of this blend.
When packing my pipe I noted that the tobacco was not to dry, yet Nice and ready to smoke right out of the tin. A Nice texture that is easy to work with to pack the bowl just how I like it. Not to firm, and not to loose. The aroma that hit me and the texture was very Nice when I lit it up the first and second time. Nice texture and aroma to this blend, and it really topped my morning nicely sitting on the deck enjoying the sound of the gentle breeze as I planned the rest of my day.
I have never times how long a bowl lasts, and I most likely never will But this was a tobacco I could savour. I did notice that it did burn relatively warm as I enjoyed it, so I would recommend not being in a rush while smoking this one. Yeah, So, this is one of those blends that can really taste great as it moves down into the bowl. It's maybe my favorite experience of smoking tobacco when these more straight forward Virginia's bloom as they go.
This one does that better than a lot of the ribbon one's. Also, I like Peterson blends because they add enough burley I think to ramp up the strength a bit, but not enough to overshadow the Virginia The thing about this blend that gives me pause is that it seems to be easy to get bite or mouth burn from it. I experience this with other comparable ribbon cut straight Virginia's that I love the taste of, but just can't be smoked one bowl after another. I want to smoke bowl after bowl of this stuff, but its just not feasible given the way it handles on the mouth.
I've found the best way to smoke this one is in one smaller bowl per day. It's not as dangerous in a smaller bowl one shot and leaves me satisfied without long term side effects.
If this could be smoked more, I would though because its got the taste I love with more strength than I get out of other tasty Virginia's that don't have the added burley I think that's the reason. I don't taste the burley though, just know its there due to the bit of nicotine that seems a bit stauncher than straight only Virginia's. I smoke it usually out of a small p-lip peterson as my first breakfast bowl of the day with some coffee and its just right.
This is a tobacco that, to me, just has to be mitigated through technique for the pleasantry. It's not a terrible biter or anything, but will if you let it. Peterson's got some kind of light casing on the tobacco to give it a kind of sweet fruity tin note, but its not enough to taste when I smoke it.
Whether it is attractive or stupid or solely to do with marketing or if it is a ploy for sales or to appeal to the American market, does not matter. What the tobacco is like is the only significance.
Real proper almost astringent Virginia aroma from the tin, fruity and quite zesty but with a subtle vanilla sweetness in the background. A fine ribbon cut in shades of golden brown that is easy to pack.
Upon lighting and initial draws the taste is towards a good quality cigarette I would imagine if smoked fast my default pace this would be ok for previous cigarette smokers but this was not what I wanted. If I had stopped there my review would have been poor, the same as many previously posted here. However, the revelation came when after a few minutes I forced myself to slow down only as I thought I was heading for bite. The grassy notes were subtle but well defined, fresh and dry and gently sweet, as was a richness that I had not previously perceived.
My initial thoughts now were of lemon tea, particularly when exhaling through the nose. So after the false start, so far, so good. But after 20 minutes things really step up a level with smoky caramel and nutty notes coming through possibly from the Burley and then a very distinct and surprising, almost refreshing citrus flavour on the exhale and remaining as a delicious aftertaste.
These flavours combined with the perfect level of nicotine and the fact that I was doing nothing but concentrating on the act of smoking left me feeling very mellow and experiencing an almost perfect smoke. This is what I would have missed had I just puffed away as normal. Sherlock Holmes is a tobacco of subtlety and nuance and does require the investment of time — it is not an all-day smoke, to stuff in the pipe when you are concentrating on something else, it is a treat to be saved for when you have the time to dedicate to doing nothing but smoking.
Puff away and you WILL be disappointed but give this tobacco the time and it will handsomely repay. I get apricot and grassy aromas from the tin note. Moisture is ok from the tin, but some may prefer to dry it just a tad. I found nothing too remarkable about this blend. Its just fine IMHO.
Burns well, but can bite if you're not careful. I didn't get a very consistent flavor throughout the bowl. Sometimes the VAs, sometimes the burleys peaked through.
The casing is light and does add a nice mild fruitiness, but only if smoked cool and carefully. I admit going in that I am a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle, Basil Rathbone, and Benedict Cumberbatch, and it was simply morbid curiosity that compelled me to try this tobacco. Strength runs more mild than medium. Tastes run toward medium with long, slow pulls. Room note is pleasant. Aftertaste is a quick fade out of the smoke. While it can be reasonably argued that Holmes himself would have preferred something considerably stronger to tussle with, my own inner Sybarite simply enjoys this blend on its own merits, and I suspect I will blow through this tin in short order.
Eponym aside, 4 stars. This is severely underrated. I will tell you ;-: Can be smoked straight from the tin. The casing only enhances and sliiiightly sweetens the natural tobacco tastes and adds only the tiniest amount of very pleasant citrus notes. As with most Petersons. If it bites you you may practice your puffing pace excellently with this tobacco. I had no tongue bite whatsoever. Apart from my differing tongue-bite experience I couldn't agree more with - and therefore recommend you to read - the review of PC Plod from The tobacconist in my new home town didn't have Briar Fox, which I tried and found quite good, with a nice complexity and occasional surprise sugary sweetness.
The tin was well sealed, but on opening I found the tobacco to be so dry as to be crispy. Tin note was excellent, sweet Virginia. After patiently rehydrating I tried it out.
It's not as good as BF, just a solid American style tobacco, not very complex, very mild sweetness and flavor. It's a good "taking a walk" smoke for when one doesn't have the time or inclination to sit and enjoy a pipe properly, but just wants to smoke and get some nicotine. It's the equivalent of the habitual cigarette. Not something I'll keep in rotation, but not bad. Peterson's Sherlock Holmes mixture is a pipe tobacco for which the sum is less than the total of its parts.
What are its constituents? Several types of Virginias of obvious high quality. The Peterson web site currently refers to "the straight Virginia blend," but the tin proclaims "a Virginia and burley leaf blend of great character with a sweet taste and aromatic aroma.
Open the tin and you find a ribbon cut of varied gold and brown strands. Upon doing so, the grassy Virginias aroma is matched by the fruity and raisiny flavoring agents which seem somewhat stronger than comes through in the smoking.
Is this a semi aromatic or a light aromatic? I vote for light aromatic. The moisture level is fine for immediate smoking, unlike most tinned blends which benefit from some drying time.
It lights easily and seldom requires a relight. The nicotine level registers in a little below medium. The room note is OK, nothing to excite others but also nothing to offend any but the most obnoxious non smokers.
For a primarily Virginia blend the chance of biting is small so long as a gentle puffing rate is observed. As with all Virginia dominant tobaccos, a fast puff regimen creates some problem, especially for sensitive tongues. But unless you smoke repeated bowls in the same pipe, ghosting should be no problem. All told, the combination should offer an outstanding smoking experience.
For me it is not. There is nothing wrong with Sherlock Holmes, but it lacks the pizzazz that impels me to highly recommend it. Both of those words are far too harsh.
That pretty well sums it up for me. This one seemed to fit the bill. The tine note I found to be one of cherries. Packing and lighting are easy. The initial smoke was one of hay, much like a milder version of SG Golden Glow, something which nicely impressed me. As the smoke progressed, the topping began to kick in, something fruity, possibly those cherries again, though no citrus availed itself on my tongue. As I have progressed down the tin, the topping has kicked in earlier and has combined very nicely with the hay of the virginia.
I have found a little tonguebite in the first third of the bowl or so, even when I ease off with the smoking, but the flavour so nicely dallies over the top of it, it seems to be more of a beauty spot than a wart. In summary, this is a very nice, mild aromatic that plays nicely on the tastes buds and combines well a good virginia with what is perhaps a hint of burley with an excellent, restrained topping. In this case, both the tobacco and the topping complement rather than obscure each other.
It reminds me a little of Dunhill 3 Year Matured Virginia, a well blended baccy, only this does burn hotter and bites a little more. That's no real biggy though, an all round good tobacco that will go back to time after time. Then it all goes horribly wrong. It tastes like low grade cheap and nasty cigarettes. The smoke is sharp and harsh, the aroma bitter and cheap, the aro elements just make the bowl burn incredibly hot.
Gave it a few bowls in a few different pipes. Every time I tried it the same result. It actually stings my nostrils, leaves me with a film of crud on my palate which I cannot seem to get rid of, and each time I feel like a teenager who just tried a cigarette for the first time. Pardon me, but i tend to see around the web so much enbittered and terribly oblivious comments on certain tobaccos, sometimes just for the sake of mere disgust and possible hatred as i perceive.
Free opinions that sometimes just denote a poor background for knowledge and much more of just plain existential disgust. Most good to professional smokers tend to give opinions based on well assented expertise and they even if critical most of the times show that the smoker has trascended the overly emotional stage so typical of adolescence or puberty, that means that they tend to be overly fair and just.
A blend may be bad, regular, good or excellent but it always comes as neutral thing to us, and it greatly depends on our qualities and abilities to not just appreciate its nuances but also our personal technique for smoking. The never ending thing. Smoke slow, slower and lentissimo as in music is the center of all as in life.
Sorry to ruin that attitude towards smoking but not all blends are made to be smoked fast and hard. In fact most of them, due to the inner mechanics of the pipe and the characteristics of the blend such as moisture, dryness or leaf components were made to "suck" on slow and slower.
Peterson is a traditional brand. That means they certainly know how to do things, a century and half of blending and making pipes attest their tradition and professionalism. So you may particularly not like a blend, but that doesnt make it crappy, just not your thing or perhaps shows your innefficience to appreciate it or poor smoking technique i will come as far as telling it is mostly the second.
With that i come to end my point to balance the review. Sherlock Holmes has received many lousy appelatives here: Crap, overly sweet, "yucky", nightmare and so on. It is none of the above, as a matter of fact it is a great blend with basic characteristics for an American blend. First of all the leaf ingredients are top, the virginias and the burley. Cut and ribbon formation in equal parts and adorable fruity smell.
Peterson leaf quality as with most traditional brands is perfect and this is not exception. But in here commence the issue that i addressed early. The delicacy of the virginias and high content of sugar that is apparent as you open the tin demands a lot from the smoker in technique and patience to capture its essence.
First of all, if it is too moist it will create problems so forget about opening the tin and load your pipe with the snuff, with that you just started badly. Let it dry and, light it gently and puff slowly. First puff notes are a bit spicy, the burley through the nostrils is a citrus like and tingly. Then the experience really starts. The virginias come through, very sweet like, mild to medium and you can really appreciate the fruity taste, very high sugar content which can translate this into a middle end between Aromatic and English and that is also something that may bring so many peyorative epitets for all those lovers of the brave new world of Latakia and orientals and less of the nuances of sugary things.
Now, if youre dedicated you may keep on translating between that sugary and perfumed virginia and the nuttyness from the burley that comes in between, but it is mostly virginias what commands here. Puff it too hard and then it will come what most negative comments have adressed here. Cigarette like smell, foulish carbon taste, disgusting tar and acritude. This is a contemplative and secretive smoke with a distinguishable nico kick, not overly pronounced but pleasant and that makes it especial for the observation.
Not apt for the careless smoker. Puff it slow and you'll find your captain America, a perfect blend that delight with the balance between sweetness and creaminess.
By the way, it is way received by bypassers, which gives it an extra. Fruity because of the added flavour, nutty and hay-ish because of the tobacco. I enjoy the taste, it is but a mild aromatic.
I do not enjoy the smoking qualities. Slow is the way to go, if you are a slow smoker and are looking for a light and fruity smoke - this one might do the trick. For me it does not. Can't stand that bite. After reading so many mixed reviews on this puppy, it was one of those tobaccos of which I was initially hesitant to buy. That said, I finally grew a pair, and committed.
The 'Tin Note' threw me for a bit of a loop. Grassy, reminiscent of dry hay, slightly tobacco-ish, with a hint of dried raisins. Slightly fermented ones, on the Tin Note finish. They referred to it as being "Aromatic Aroma" on the Tin. Perhaps an ESL student in the labeling division had last crack at the packaging copy.
It's not, nor should be confused or interpreted as an Aromatic. Moisture was near-perfect in the Tin, and it may be the cleanest ribbon-cut I have seen to date. Peterson ribbon cuts are very clean and consistent.
Packed surprisingly well, and volume-wise it took a lot. Deceiving, but it burned well ultimately down the ever praised white ash. I lit the bowl, and-- well punch my face, it tasted like what I'd imagine to be like the inside rim of a sweaty and stinky ole baseball cap Simply put, I hated it.
My mouth tongue went dry, like I had just eaten polymer crystals. We didn't hit it off too well. A day or 2 later once i got my tongue back , and a few more bowls in, I realized that it was me. I had the problem. I was smoking like a real dick: Half the Tin done, and I finally get it. It's an honest smoke. I grew to like it and to respect it for what it is. You know, sipping slow draws of this stuff, actually gives a nice mellow finish from its casing.
Overall, light to mild nicotine and mild to medium strength. I still cant figure our a true room note on this one. I went my brother's later that day and tried it with him.
He used a filter-less Italian pipe. Further validation that I was not tongue-blind. Peterson Sherlock Holmes is strong on nicotine and smokes like a pure red Virginia blend with enhanced backbone from the Burley.
It is spicy, almost piquant, developing the smell of a nice fig or plum casing, very subtle though, combined with a fair amount of smoke. Sherlock Holmes doesn't change much with age and even completely dried out you can re-humidify and be good to go again. I like it very much but at the same time I would not recommend this to a lot of people. What can I add to the many reviews? If I smoked in my car more or indoors, I think I would appreciate this a lot more -- outside, the flavor can get a bit lost.
Until I can try out the smoking inside theory, however, I doubt if I would rebuy this. This blend has a good ribbon cut perfect in moisture without stems and very easy to load. The smell in the tin is of tobacco goodness along with an added mild fruity-citrusy scent, not strong but a bit pungent. Once lit the taste is linear with no surprises: So, what is wrong? Well, it smokes harsh to the mouth with a lot of bites! It requires a lot of care in order to avoid bites and frankly it offers too little flavors for what you pay for.
My guess was that the aforementioned casing to be fussy it is citric, rather than citrusy could be the guilty on the first degree for that unpleasant feel, so I left the tobacco in a jar to settles for some days.
Then it was more tolerable indeed, but the taste mild as itself was watered down. A meerschaum is another good choice to tame those asperity, but again the taste that comes out doesn't fits my liking. This tobacco, indeed, needs further thinking: But, months later, my tobacconist offered me little choice, and I decided to buy this one once again…. The next try was completely different: I do smoke it all day long, and it is a perfect companion to a breakfast… I have then stopped from buying Dunhill "Standard Mixture", which has been my breakfast tobacco for long.
Sherlock Holmes will then remain at the top of my rotation: This was my re-introduction to pipe smoking after a long break. I was looking for an aromatic and the tin states that this tobacco is " So obviously an aromatic then?
Um, well no actually, but it is a pleasant, subtle and light blend. It burns to a fine grey ash and was an all around pleasing re-introduction for me.
Happy memories of walking the the port smoking side deck of the Celebrity Summit as we cruised the Caribbean Sea. That was until I ran out mid-trip and had to make do with a pouch of The only tobacco I could find - Clan - which really cast SH in a good light. A year later, my accumulated experience tells me I am not a Virginia fan but I did buy more of this and still enjoy a smoke when the mood suits.
In some briars the virginia is forward and in others the burley stands out. They say there is no added flavouring, but I too get a decidedly citrusy, apricot taste from this. I'm not complaining, I like it. This would be a good blend for beginning pipe smokers, but it can be provoked into burning hot if you are an anxious puffer. I bought this because it sounded like something that I would like: Peterson is known for their quality pipes, after all. The tin smelled of a delicious mix of raisins, dried fruits, and nuts.
It was almost like opening a bag of trail mix which is a good thing for me. However, I knew that the proof was in the smoke itself, so I lit up a bowl. Where did the flavor go? I didn't even taste the nuttiness of the burley, and only a faint whisper of sweetness.
The room note was decent and slightly sweet. After the first quarter of the bowl, my tongue was steamed beyond all recognition and I smoke aromatic burley blends regularly now, so I was not rushing it in the slightest. I decided to let it sit open for a while to dry, and try it again. The flavor blossomed a little after it dried a bit, but the awful bite was still there.
I gave the tin away. This was recommended to me by my tobacconist as it's one of his regular favourites. We have different tastes but I thought I'd give it a go. It's clearly a good quality tobacco and the smell from the tin is very inviting. Light, grassy and very sweet. I'm not sure if there's any flavouring, if there is it's very subtle. The taste is less sweet than I expected from the smell in the tin but it's quite smooth and no hint of tongue bite I see some reviewers find it bites, but not me.
I find it can burn hot though and when it does the smoothness vanishes and can just leave a bitter taste, so it needs to be smoked very slowly and packed carefully to get the best out of it but I find it stays lit extremely well even on a slow smoke so this isn't a problem.
Overall if taken slowly, it's a smooth, undemanding smoke with a pleasant hint of sweetness. It's definitely not exciting and so for me this is one I like to put in my largest pipe and puff slowly on while reading a good book. I was reluctant to try this tobacco due to some of the reviews here but because it was quite an old blend and fancied something of some vintage I decided to give it a go.
The day after I decided to try again, and with a cup of tea in hand it started to show some promise, don't get me wrong it's not akin to a dunhill navy deluxe, but it's quite a light smoke and when supped slowly does show some taste and character, a hint of fruit, and an easy smoke to start the day with.
I have smoked about 6 bowls so far and the enjoyment of it has come on leaps and bounds, no its not the most complex is t smokes but for a day to day tobacco I can't fault it.
This is one Peterson offering I didn't care too much for. I can't really say anything bad about it, but it just didn't seem to float my boat.
I've had the old stuff from the can with the picture of Sherlock on it, and I've had the new stuff. The newer stuff seems to have a bit more aromatic qualities to it, but neither one compelled me to finish the tin. I smoked a one year old tin of this tobacco, and compared it to a new tin. Not much benefit to the aging, although a fresh tin tasted fine.
Not too deep, not too complex- just quality tobacco. While I will not likely smoke this tobacco for celebratory times, I can see it being a go-to on a day to day basis. It's an easy tobacco to manage, not much attention needs to be given whilst burning in the pipe. I can see me plugging away at it while fly fishing on the river with a corn cob, but I'll be putting it aside for a more preferred Peterson blend once I've landed a big one. Good combination of burley and vrigina.
For long period smoking , it can be boring. I think best tobacco for beginners. I like this tabacco, but in my opinion - this one it's not for everyday. The taste is great, but not that much to smoke it all the time. I was very dissapointed with this tobacco. Sure it smells nice, but the taste is dull and boring. I wont be buying this again. I was smoking this in a Peterson Irish Second, and found the bowl getting really hot.
I had rehydrated this and think I may have gone too far, but I'll say that if it seems moist on opening the tin, let it dry a bit. Will also make lighting it easier. I set the pipe aside for a while and then relit, and it was much cooler smoking. No bite as long as you take it easy.