"Peter Stokkebye Turkish Pipe Tobacco combines Turkish Samsun Oriental tobaccos grown on the Black Sea coast with ripe Virginia. The result is a mild, creamy taste with a rich tobacco core backed by a touch of pepper and sweetness. A great-smoking blend that burns exceptionally well and tastes even better."
Hmm. I was shopping CI a few days ago, putting some tried-and-true tobacco blends in my cart, and checking out other blends CI stocks. I was surprised they actually have quite a few bulk blends, at good prices too.
Well I enjoy Turkish leaf, particularly my beloved Izmir, and I saw this PS #84 -- what? $109 for five pounds? LOL, I tossed in 2 ounces into my cart. I figured if it was a bit too [insert a word meaning an unexpected, not ideal experience here], I could mix it with something. I like Turkish.
Well the CI order arrived today. The PS #84 in a baggie and it's a bit dry (not really unexpected; almost all Turkish I've smoked arrive that way). It's a ribbon/shag cut, so it would work well as a RYO too, IMO. But I bought this to smoke in a pipe, so WTH, I loaded up my old Barontini canadian, straight up with #84, for the test drive.
Well, it's not all Samsun; there's definitely some virginia in this blend, which is not at all a bad thing. This is a very good oriental. Mild, tart, a bit spicy, cool when sipped, burns evenly to a almost white ash with no dottle. I like it straight. Some may think it's too much like a cigarette and I get that, I just don't agree it's a bad thing in this blend (no, I don't inhale). I can see how #84 will also make an excellent blender, which I'll likely experiment with eventually, but it's so nice straight, that may have to wait until the next order comes in.