I've never tried a true VaPer, and think it's something I should probably look into. I love full-flavored latakia blends, but so far nothing else has really stuck. Any suggestions for a good intro to VaPers?
If you could only try one VaPer, try Escudo.
Other good choices, in addition to the one's listed above, are GL Pease Fillmore and Telegraph Hill, and Mac Baren's Acadian Perique.
For a VaPer with a twist, try Haddo's Delight.
I would be very surprised indeed if Hal o' the Wynd had any perique in it. I'm extremely sensitive to perique -- in a negative way, unfortunately -- and I've smoked and enjoyed several tins of HotW. As far as I'm aware, it's a straight Virginia.
As for the OP:
Marlin Flake, which has been suggested, is a great blend, but since I can smoke it without problems, I'm guessing there's only the tiniest amount of perique in it. I'm not sure it'll give you VaPer experience you're looking for. I'll second everyone who has mentioned Escudo and Haddo's Delight. Since you're used to full-bodied English blends, you shouldn't be thrown by these at all -- and they're very well done. (I just wish I could appreciate them.)
These are the 4 vapors I keep in stock. I think anyone looking to start with a vaper should go for Escudo first. It is the quintessential vapor in my opinion and gives you a great feel of what vapers are all about.
roth, while I would not recommend Haddo's Delight to a newbie, Escudo is not that strong. Golden sliced has no perique flavor in my opinion, how is someone going to know if they like it or not when you cannot taste it. Let him go for the gusto right off the bat. Escudo was the blend that really opened my eyes to how great pipe tobacco can be.
If you want to start off a little lighter, then the Solani 633 is a great choice, milder in the Perique flavor than Escudo, but you can still taste it. Dorchester is also a good choice because you can taste the perique in that one as well.
My first vaper war 4noggins Prairie Wind. It came as a sample with a Stanwell i bought from them. It is now smoked about 4 days out of the week. This blend has led me to try various other vapers. I just tried Haddo's Delight by G.L. Pease today. If it continues on the road that it is on Haddo's Delight may become a part of my permanent rotation.