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Crowley's Rum Soaked Perique 93

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  1. perdurabo

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    Do You love Cornell & Diehl's Old Joe Krantz? Is G L Pease's Haddo's Delight your hidden gem? Well, Rum Soaked Perique may be your friend.

    If you've had Haddo's Delight and researched about its origins, then You have come across the legend of Aleister Crowley smoking Straight Rum Soaked Perique.
    I began this experiment about two years ago, searching through Crowley's Magickal Journals, doubting that he actually did smoke Rum Soaked Perique. I couldn't come up with conclusive evidence there. So I took a break. I ran across Deathmeatal.org on Tobacco Reviews one evening, (this gentleman happens to be the same Deathmetal that frequents this forum)I did a Google search. Deathmetal.org, is an underground blog for death metal fans. It so happens that our friend DeathMeatal wrote an article on that site, about smoking straight perique with Aleister Crowley. Deathmetal did his own research through Crowley's fiction and found evidence that Crowley did smoke Straight Rum Soaked Perique. (If your interested in the topic check out Deathmetal.org)

    With a little private messaging between Deathmetal and Myself, Deathmetal enticed me to try Soaking Perique in Rum and have a go at it. Well ladies and gentlemen, I'm proud to say Mission Accomplished. The experience was well worth the time.

    I started out with C&D's Granulated Perique. Then soaked it with Appleton's Jamaican Rum( Great Stuff by Itself). I let the perique sit in rum for about six hours. Next I placed the perique on a paper towel and let it dry. I suggest a mini corn cob, in case you do not like it. This isn't gonna be your go to smoke. Perique by it self has a sweet fig, raisin and has an incense profile. Cosmic has said that its like strong cigarettes. He is quite right about that. In fact, if you have smoke cigarettes or do smoke cigarettes then this is going to be easy street. Not that it taste like cigarettes, it just has that mouth feel.

    Anyway, when the rum is added the Perique takes on a Chocolate covered raisin and fig flavor, which develops into a strong cigar spiciness. It reminds me of Old Joe Krantz and Haddo's Delight. These two blends are more refined and more complex than Straight Rum Soaked Perique. I would suspect that if Old Joe Krantz and Haddo's Delight were at Crowley's Tobacconist he would have grabbed for a tin of one of them, Rather than soaking perique in rum.

    Well, that about wraps it up. Straight perique! No big deal.

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    Holy Mr. Crowley! I'm a Senior Member. When did that happen?

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    Straight perique on a cold restless evening, trying to get to sleep. Works like a charm. It's very one-dimensional, but sometimes monotonous gets you to where you need to be, ...like driving through Texas.

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    :Yea, Cosmic, 1 Dimension. Now I now where all the plums, raisins and figs come from in those Va/Pers.

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    Thanks for the review perdurabo. Your experiment with booze soaked perique reminds me of my favorite line from the first Indiana Jones movie:
    "Looks dangerous Indie! You Go First!".

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    And Cosmic: West Texas. Miles and miles of miles and miles!

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    Perique has this weird ability to change flavors depending on what it is mixed with. Sometimes, it's fruity, sometimes peppery, and sometimes it is sour.

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    Perique- Flavor enhancer. Very true Cosmic. This experiment has really made me think about mixing my own blends. Adding perique to any old blend really helps you discover how the perique reacts. Letting it sit with the other tobaccos is also key. Yesterday I added 25% plus to Briar Fox. Freshly added with no marrying time was almost like smoking straight perique at times. Now that I let the perique sit over night, the over all smell has changed. So you know the flavor has too. I love perique, but I think that I love what my favorite blenders have done with perique in their mixtures more.

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    Anyway, when the rum is added the Perique takes on a Chocolate covered raisin and fig flavor, which develops into a strong cigar spiciness. It reminds me of Old Joe Krantz and Haddo's Delight.

    Excellent assessment. I liked it more than I expected to. I can see how Crowley smoked this and enjoyed it on a regular basis. Probably less abrasive than Herzegovina Flor.

    It's also really excellent with a little of C&D's Dark Fired Kentucky Burley for more of that Old Joe Krantz experience.

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    Semois + Perique = fresh horse manure aroma. Just be warned. I found it to be such a fresh smelling manure smell that I couldn't bring myself to light it.

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    Thanks for inspiring me to give it a go Deathmeatal. I'm thinking of all the blends I can add this rum soaked perique to. Star of the East is definitely one worth adding it to. Night Slap or Star of the Beast are two names that I leaning towards calling it. Night Slap may be a good one with the Rumper coinage.

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    Manure Says it all, Coamic. Dark Chocolate and Manure to be exact. I've never had Semois. Is it good.

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    Death metal I'm putting together some NightSlap, Rum soaked perique and Star of the East. Just a splash of perique though. Should be tasty.

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    I bet it will be fantastic. A nice blend of flavors.

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    .like driving through Texas

    Try driving through Nebraska.

    Also, I've wanted to try straight perique for a while...the more you guys talk about it.....the more I'm determined. Maybe you'll be the ones to break the "don't smoke it straight" mentality.

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    Tyler, that the idea. Once you go Rumper it's hard to turn back. Smokingpipes.com sells C&D Granulated Perique/bulk tobacco. Man, I've been putting it in Briar Fox and Star of the East. It's great.

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    Rumper days are here again-Alt. lyrics for Zepplin's Dancing Days

    We are promoting this because Rum soaked Perique is really damn good. Aleister Crowley was on to something.

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    I'll have to try this. Decades ago, I read Crowley's autohagiography or Confessions of AC and his fiction, MC and DDF. I recall dousing Captain Black with Captain Morgan after coming across it somewhere in those writings and smoking it in my first briar, a deep Hungarian bent. Don't recall what I thought of it at the time, it must not have been a stellar experience.

    Worth a proper re-visit methinks. Thanks for the research guys.

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    Jesus Fuck look at C&D's head blender: http://www.cornellanddiehl.com/smallbatch/ crazy long trendy douchebag beards are not something i want on anyone blending my tobacco. fucking nasty

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    Wow. That's really mean. Jeremy is one of the nicest, most genuine and honest guys I know. And he's a really talented blender.

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    Oh and every bearded guy at C&D where's a beard net; just an FYI.

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    Damn Scarface...that was outta nowhere....Guess C&D is no longer in Scarface's cellar.

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    Aren't people always complaining about hair in their C&D or is that McC? I just hate people who follow trends, it's so rare to find anyone who thinks for themselves, the world is just made up of mindless goons

    Is that crowley C&D blend real or just a photochop job?

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    Someone needs a Snickers...

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    On the blend: it's both.

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    I just hate people who follow trends, it's so rare to find anyone who thinks for themselves, the world is just made up of mindless goons

    That's beyond dispute.

    But I'm not sure of the relationship to Rum/Per blends

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    Don't most, if not all trends start with someone thinking for themself?

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    Yes, because thinking for oneself in and of itself is not valuable.

    It depends on how accurate the thoughts are.

    Subjectivity is... nonsense

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    Someone needs a Snickers...

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    Someone needs more Royal Yacht

    Fixed that for you. Hate the sin, not the sinner.

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    Someone needs more Royal Yacht

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    It's funny how trendy Crowley is too. So many "Hey everybody I just had my first smoke" threads on reddit and "now I'm going to soak my captain black in captain morgan's to smoke in my plastic chinese pipe"

    what really cracks me up is the first smoke threads are always by posters with a bunch of posts lol. You joined a pipe smoking forum and posted a bunch of shit before you ever even smoked a pipe lol? The youth is so whacked out

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    So there's a Crowley Inspired C&D Small Batch blend called The Beast?

    Scarface- reminds me of that kid on YouTube taking Peri-Q American Spirits and adding Captain Morgan lol. Yea JayZ sporting a "Do What Thou Wilt" sweater. Did he know Crowley was racist? Lol

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    I coincidentally opened a tin of Haddo's Delight earlier today and am smoking some right now. What a fantastic smoke! Now my interest is piqued to try some RumPer. Thanks for the tip!

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    Sometimes, it's fruity, sometimes peppery, and sometimes it is sour.

    I have some straight perique for mixing. I would like to know what would mix to make it fruity.

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    Acquired the proper ingredients to give this a go. Never tried Kraken Rum but the sea beast seemed suiting.

    I'll post up my findings.

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    Looks like the beginnings of great fun.

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    Fun! I'll be interested to hear your experience. I may give this a go sometime.

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    There's information on Crowley smoking straight perique soaked in rum in Collin Wilson's book "The Occult" in the chapter about Crowely.

    Jesus Fuck look at C&D's head blender: http://www.cornellanddiehl.com/smallbatch/ crazy long trendy douchebag beards are not something i want on anyone blending my tobacco. fucking nasty

    Make sure you don't smoke any GL Pease, two friends, Captain Earles, and castello as C&D blends all of them now.

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    @scarface - Not every man wearing a beard do it to be trendy. Hell, some of us had beards before the trend setters were a splash out of their daddy's nuts.

    I am glad we have a good admin and responsible moderators.

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    I know pappy, i know

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    As I said in some other thread...

    Hipsterdom is a state of the heart and mind, and can manifest in any form.

    Thus, looking at someone with a beard and saying "he must be a hipster" is not (logically) correct.

    In addition, Mr. Reeves exhibits the style of dress and personal accessorizing that was popular in the death metal community (1) during the deathcore years and (2) for fans of Unique Leader bands on the West Coast.

    If you want a simple answer, hipsterdom is inauthenticity + manipulative opportunism.

    That requires a deeper look than skin-deep...

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    Hipsters are not even real anymore. Hipsters are dead

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    I see that C&D soaked their Perique for 7 days. I wonder if that was drained then dried or the rum was simply allowed to evaporate. Seems to me that alcohol, being the universal solvent of the plant kingdom and all, will extract alkaloids including nicotine from the blessed weed. I'm guessing that a seven day steep will provide less of a nicotine punch if the excess solvent is drained. As for flavoring, I assume a thorough soak for an hour will do, without losing much more of the beloved alkaloid. Just a thought.

    I dried mine yesterday after draining a bit of excess Kraken. It had an 18hr soak.

    As for this hipster nonsense, Its seems perfectly understandable that a culture who has in the main, lost its authenticity in so many elements of its make up, would have its youth express this very same trait.

    We have been settling for the inauthentic for quite a while, almost to the degree that many don't recognize what authentic even looks like.

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    Some times a beard is just a beard.

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    As for this hipster nonsense, Its seems perfectly understandable that a culture who has in the main, lost its authenticity in so many elements of its make up, would have its youth express this very same trait.

    We have been settling for the inauthentic for quite a while, almost to the degree that many don't recognize what authentic even looks like.

    +1 Well said.

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    Hipsters are not even real anymore. Hipsters are dead

    They're not dead, they just moved to Vegas.

    Las Vegas starts pulling in the cool kids with a serious hipster vibe

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/usa-long-haul/las-vegas-starts-pulling-cool-7965131

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    I'm guessing that a seven day steep will provide less of a nicotine punch if the excess solvent is drained.

    Me too, which is why my guess is that most blends of this type re-incorporate the excess as a topping, or spray on and then dry in successive layers.

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    After a couple of bowls, small ones at that, I understand the one dimensional taste claim. It's not a dimension I cared much for either. I found it dry, acrid and sharp, a bit like the dust off of a dirt road that wafts in the windows. Oddly, in the jar, it smelled a bit like valerian root for some reason. I'll cut it with some Virginia Woods and misc remnants. Glad I tried it but it isn't making it into the tobacco rotation.

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    Dry the Rumper out, I found it to be a better smoke. Strong Burley note. That rum changes the perique.

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    Be interesting to try spiced rum vs regular.

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    Be interesting to try spiced rum vs regular.

    Yeah, that actually looked like a fun choice to me.

    A tin of McClelland's perique is on its way, laddies. Bottle of rum awaits.

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    I prefer the Wiskey Barral aged rum, but to each his own.

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    The Kraken I used is a dark, spiced--I didn't taste anything spicy about it but that's me. Interesting tid-bit--on the charring light it quickly turns to white. Maybe that is alcohol induced accelerated combustion.

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    Does anyone have the Crowley source they can quote for this claim?

    I think what Pipedreamin said is a valid point:
    I see that C&D soaked their Perique for 7 days. I wonder if that was drained then dried or the rum was simply allowed to evaporate. Seems to me that alcohol, being the universal solvent of the plant kingdom and all, will extract alkaloids including nicotine from the blessed weed. I'm guessing that a seven day steep will provide less of a nicotine punch if the excess solvent is drained. As for flavoring, I assume a thorough soak for an hour will do, without losing much more of the beloved alkaloid. Just a thought.

    It also occurred to me that it may have been possible that the rum was of a high proof, like Bacardi 151. If an ember was dropped on the rum soaked tobacco after the rum was freshly applied, it may have allowed the alcohol to vaporize instead of burn in a flame. This may have induced alcohol intoxication and would've prevented the alcohol from leaching away the nicotine. I haven't tried this, so wouldn't have any idea how much rum to use for a bowl.

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    I would suspect that if Old Joe Krantz and Haddo's Delight were at Crowley's Tobacconist he would have grabbed for a tin of one of them, Rather than soaking perique in rum.

    In my opinion Gawith Hoggarth and Samuel Gawith would be what Crowley smoked. St James Flake and Rum Twist are more his style. Haddo's is far to mild for Crowley

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    Anonymous, you posted with both profanity and ugliness. Not a way to be taken seriously or make friends.

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    saltedplug:
    Anonymous = deleted account, usually for offensive, inappropriate, uncivil, ad hominem, or rude language or content (see the Sticky FORUM RULES, specifically Rules numbers 6, 10 & 11). Sometimes the Mods or Kevin delete some or all of the offender's old posts. However, a lot of Anonymous posts from dishonored former members remain.

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    Thanks for letting me know. I see the thread was resurrected and that the post was made some time ago.

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    Personally I see Crowley smoking something like a very wet 1792/ st james flake hybrid but stronger and sweeter with a sticky goopy molasses topping. I wonder who made this particular tobacco that he smoked in 1947. I believe Crowley must have smoked gawith tobacco as he climbed mount ennerdale

    If it was a widely available very strong molasses cased perique blend it couldn't be too hard to figure out who made it.

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    would you copy paste the article here for us to read?

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    @Pipeman7 - Here you go... BTW, I still have to try the RumPer.

    “Meeeeester Crowley, what goes on in your head?” came the wailing voice from the radio. Louder than that, I could hear the fluorescent lights above, and the beating of my heart. The texture of the paint on the walls seemed to break into a kaleidoscope of demonic faces. And I deserved all of it, because I had put myself here, smoking the tobacco of the Great Beast, Aleister Crowley himself.

    The decision happened several weeks ago when I was reading about Crowley, a life-long pipe smoker, and his odd preferences for tobacco. Never a huge reader of Crowley — I’m more into Anton Long and Aldous Huxley for weird metaphysical science — I became interested when I read that we have no solid record of what he actually smoked, only a network of hints through his writing and rituals.

    My first task then was to figure out what Mr. Crowley was indeed smoking. Lore holds it that he smoked “straight Perique soaked in rum,” but this leaves much open to interpretation. Perique originally referred to the tobacco that Pierre Chenet, having learned the method from the Choctaws, would press and ferment in barrels in what is today St. James Parish, Louisiana. This thousand-year method reduces acidity and sugars in the tobacco so that the body can absorb more of its indole alkaloids.

    Unfortunately, after that time the use of the word became muddled. Some blenders coined the term “Perigue” for any Burley which had been pressed and aged, creating a fermentation effect. Sailors used to pinch some of the raw tobacco from their cargoes, soak it in rum and wind it tight in old sails to press it. And as Perique production dropped off in the 1950s, not only did some inferior substitutes arise, but many blenders phased it out of their blends, creating more confusion.

    This left we step one to pipe smoking union with the Great Beast: figure out what he was actually smoking. Smoking the “real” Perique from St. James Parish seems unlikely because Perique is used in tobacco blends like a condiment in food. It has a strong peppery and fruity taste, and smoking it alone would be like drinking hot sauce or eating raw onions. Perhaps he smoked the Perique of the sailors, or “Perigue” of ingenious tobacco makers. But as with all things in his life, the clues are hidden and numerous, stretching across time and space…

    First we turn to Crowley’s writings including The Diary of a Drug Fiend, in which Crowley mentions his tobacco preferences:

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    This deepens the mystery, as Perique is mentioned nowhere else in the book. Crowley mentions ordering “rolls of black Perique” which he then cuts manually, bringing to mind the Perique of the sailors and not of St. James Parish. But even that cannot help us, because St. James Parish Perique could also be delivered in “rolls” or “ropes,” a popular method of curing, storing and transporting tobacco. Ropes remain popular to this day, and are prepared as Crowley describes: cut into thin slices, or “coins,” they are then pushed apart with friction or “rubbed out” to produce thin-cut leaf tobacco.

    So that tells us nothing, basically.

    Perique remains popular today, by the way. Smokers favor it for its deep flavor and strong Nicotine content, as well as the way it can complement other flavors like Virginias (sweet) and Burleys (nutty). But to smoke it straight is unheard of, although a few brave volunteers have tried it. For that reason, many smokers are skeptical that Crowley actually smoked it straight because it is an abrasive, disquieting experience that would not have been much fun — and Crowley was a known hedonist.

    This returns us to the question of what Perique Crowley was smoking. If he was smoking rum-dipped and sheet-pressed tobacco, he would have been enjoying a much milder blend than the St. James Parish Perique. But if he was smoking the St. James Perique, it seems unlikely that he was enjoying the pipe at all. Then there is the complicated term “soaked in rum.” Did he mean actively wetting it with rum? Or did this merely refer to the rum used in the sailor’s recipe, and indicate that it was not St. James Perique at all?

    Luckily, Crowley hid another clue for us in his satirical social commentary, Not the Life and Adventures of Sir Roger Bloxam, in which he refers to the tobacco he kept around his darkened lair:

    Admiral Fitzroy, by no means the least of English poets, was wont to observe — at least he was always putting it on his barometers — “Long foretold, long last: Short notice, soon past.” So please settle down in that Oxford Basket Chair, draw the table close, for you’ll need that jar you bought at Bacon’s in your first teens because Calverle hypnotized you into doing so, fill the old Meerschaum (the nigger with the hat is the sweetest) with the pure Perique of St. James’ Parish Louisiana, throw some coals and a log or two on the fire, and put your legs on the mantlepiece; for if the laws of weather apply to literature, this ought to be a terribly long chapter.

    You can smoke a pipe, and find the port, while you wait; for I’m in no mood to write it just now. Do you realize it’s half past three in the morning?

    Not only does he tell us what his Perique was — the St. James Parish variety — but by using the word “pure,” he puts emphasis on the fact that this is the Perique he wants, and nothing else will do. In a strange twist of fate, the use of St. James Parish Perique may strengthen his narrative, because if it were shipped to England it would most likely be in ropes to keep them moist for the journey, especially since Perique is sensitive to light (like the Great Beast himself) and so is often stored in forms that hide most of the leaves from the light.

    (The unfortunate verbiage in the above quotation describes his Meerschaum pipe. Meerschaum is a soft semi-gelatinous stone when wet, and clever people carve things into it, then let it firm up as it dries. He is undoubtedly referring to the subject of the carving and not an actual person.)

    That left only one mystery: the “soaked in rum.” He could not have meant that he drenched the tobacco in rum and then lit it because it would not have burned owing to the high water content in rum, although he would have gotten a blue alcohol flame. That suggests that his use of the term “soaked,” much like it is used today, refers to a “top flavoring” or an alcohol-based flavoring sprayed over the top of the tobacco before a final drying. Tobacco is very sensitive to moisture and molds easily, making it toxic, so alcohol is used by the water in it must be allowed to evaporate. Rum is about 40-80% alcohol.

    This means that Crowley bought his Perique, cut it into leaves of a size he could smoke, and then soaked it in rum but then dried it before smoking. At last I had my recipe for going insane with the best of them. As I made preparations, I wondered if I would end up in a strange photo, making horns on my head with my thumbs, my gaze straight ahead and fixed as if on some demonic world beyond.

    Step 1 was to acquire some blender’s Perique, which I did from Rich Gottlieb over at 4noggins. It comes in two forms, granulated and long ribbon, but the long ribbon is stronger so I got that and sliced through it a few times to make it easier to smoke. Then I put down a plate and dumped the Perique on it, watering it loosely with rum (some Captain Morgan’s I found under the couch) until there was some standing liquid in the plate. That, I thought, should be an adequate definition of “soaked.”

    Step 2 was drying. The plate went into the cupboard and was sealed away for several days, only exposed to the light for a daily turning. The rum gradually evaporated entirely, leaving dry and stiff leaves. Sitting in my kitchen, wishing to ancient gods that I had an EMT team present in case I had made this tobacco blend wrong, I loaded up an old faithful pipe — I have no other kind — and gravity-filled it with these strange leaves, then dumped in some more and tamped the top. Time for Step 3. I took a deep breath, lowered the flame, and drew in the thick and ethereal smoke.

    Pipe-smoking is not like cigarette smoking. It is more like playing a trombone or transcendental meditation: all in the breathing. The smoker starts with a blaze that sends up a lot of smoke, which is why smokers take short puffs at first; pipe smoke is not inhaled like that of cigarettes, but kept in the mouth, so short puffs are need. Then, the smoker draws on the pipe like sipping air through a straw, about every ten seconds filling the mouth with smoke and exhaling a few moments later. This keeps a steady stream of flavorful smoke through a cool pipe, delivering measured doses of nicotine to the nervous system. After a few moments when the paint screamed at me in ancient Syriac incantations, and the stove looked like the face of an Aztec war god, I settled into a normal rhythm.

    And…? you ask. How was the Great Beast’s tobacco?

    Good. Very good, in fact, so much that I’ve done it several times since. The rum both sweetened the Perique and removed some of its peppery edge, leaving it with a flavor more like strong brandy. The drying also reduced the wetness of the Perique so that it burns better, and somehow gave it a smoky flavor like Latakia or Dark Fired. While the Nicotine level remained high, it was more on par with my regular tobacco, Royal Yacht, and not as extreme as many ropes or the utter skull-crusher that is the Cotton Boll Twist. And the flavor toned down the spice in the perique while making its fruit flavor less extreme, giving it the complex scent and flavor palate of a fine wine, or at least what I imagine wine above the $7 limit tastes like.

    I kept smoking. Strange — I was enjoying this! The flavor had gone from plum or fig to something like a dark berry dried in the sun, or even grapes at the edge of becoming raisins, but with that extra kick of spice that made the tobacco taste more vivid than sweet. The smoke curled around my head and for a moment I thought it spelled out something in Kabbalic and Alchemical characters, but then it dissipated. I shook my head clear and kept on smoking. The Great Beast may not have taken my soul, but he knew how to make a tasty tobacco blend.

    The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made. -Groucho Marx
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    Thanks for the link to your article deathmetal, and for posting it here mayfair70.
    It was a fun read, I always enjoy a good experiment.
    I couldn't see the reference to the part of his writing that describes it being soaked in rum.
    I still haven't been able to buy the Bacardi 151 yet. I am thinking that a few drops, maybe 5 or so, added to the perique (I have Golden Triangle on standby) and then gently tossing the mix before loading should do the trick. If I dry the perique beforehand, I don't think there will be enough water left behind won't put out the ember. And using an ember to light it should keep the blue flame from burning away the alcohol instantly.

    Maybe there was a hint in that passage. After all who throws coals and a log or two on the fire? Fire makes coals, they aren't stored for fuel to add to an existing fire. If it is coal he is referring to, it would be burned in a coal stove, not wasted with wood in a mantle covered, open fireplace. That would unnecessarily stink and smoke the room, and waste the coal.

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    That might work. My feeling is that he liked grand gestures which appeared casual, so he probably scored a bunch of Perique, cut it up, left it in a dish of rum overnight, then threw it into the little canister on his desk and let it dry over time. I imagine he did a few ounces at a time. With this method, Perique becomes a little less hard to smoke, slightly sweeter, and gains an interesting cross-flavor with the rum, which oddly enough, tastes a bit like Perique if you can get past the blast of alcohol (beer drinker here, hard lix generally still taste like medicine!).

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    Don't think so, Crowley didn't even like to slice up his own twists, he'd bring it to the shop and have them do it for him.

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    Id use a barrel aged rum. Dark Rum. Also Pernod is a nice change up. But then it's not rumsoaked perique!

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    Israel Regardie said Crowley's Pipe smoking stank. So I'd say it was perique he was smoking.

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    pipeman7 writes:


    Crowley didn't even like to slice up his own twists, he'd bring it to the shop and have them do it for him.

    No doubt. But that is consistent with my analysis: he wanted something dramatic, but low time investment, so he threw it in some rum overnight and then dumped it into his tobacco jar.

    The perique soaks up the rum rather well...

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