- May 31, 2012
Well said.Historically, he's arguably never blended a dud, and has a number of blends on the All Time Greats list for modern production so clearly knows how to apply that magic taster-smeller.
Meaning even I, who honestly, truly, and am-not-kidding have never smoked an aro in my life---not because I thought there was anything wrong with them, but simply because I started on the straight stuff, was happy with it, and never saw a need to change---intend to give Va Cream a test drive. Because I know for a fact that GLP is a driven hyper-perfectionist for whom excellence and quality are everything, and if HE'S satisfied with it, it's gotta be something special. (He never brings a blend to market just because he has time invested in it or an emotional connection to an idea, he abandons blend experiments all the time.)
I totally agree.
My favorite aspect about Pease's blending is how he can develop totally new genres, being a thing unique to itself, yet in many cases heavily informed from the historic past, interpreting classic profiles and tweaking them into uncharted new territories, and all done with a deep sense of love - a deep love of tobacco that shines through and gives the blend a palpable soul.
He seems to passionately and very seriously thrust his entire being into making a blend, madly intent on pushing the envelope, which he has succeeded in doing numerous times, redefining boundaries and evolving with a hyper-aware sense of forward motion, pushing from the past into the future.
Some of this is achieved with the incredible nuance many of his blends have, like magical shapeshifters in uncanny transmogrification as the smoke swirls, something akin to alchemy, and conjuring such wizardry seems to be his forte, the intense attention to minutia which when actually smoked can amplify into otherworldly delight, no doubt his Dark Lord moniker is well earned, as he is a highly adept leafy druid, and his skills have been well-honed into an incredibly sharp edge.
All that said,
aromatic or scented or whatever,
the new blend sounds great to me and I'm eager to try it.
I dig the name too,
The Virgina Cream.
That little "the" adds so much and somehow carries a weight,
similar to how some little something in one of his blends can create larger explosions than one would expect, so small as to perhaps not even be aware of it or initially notice that aspect, yet feeling the full force of its presence unfold with a grand splendor.