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The Official Word on the Fate of Peterson Tobaccos

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  • Started 6 months ago by craiginthecorn
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  1. craiginthecorn

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    I shared most of this previously as a comment in another thread, but thought it would be worth creating a separate post, as I think the information is of interest to many.

    Beginning sometime around April 2019, STG will resume shipping the most popular Peterson blends. The following comes from Leonard, an admin on the ThisPipeLife tobacco forum. He is an employee of Scandinavian Tobacco Group and he confirms that this list is official.

    Here are his two relevant posts:

    Good news, Old Dublin made the list. Below is the total portfolio. Any that got cut are still being manufactured for other countries, so could potentially come back in the future. I can assure you the volume for the items that got cut were minuscule.

    Peterson 3P's Plug Tobacco 50g
    Peterson Balkan Delight Tobacco 50g
    Peterson Connoisseurs Choice Tobacco 50g
    Peterson De Luxe Mix Tobacco 50g
    Peterson Hyde Park Tobacco 50g
    Peterson Irish Dew Tobacco 5 x 40g
    Peterson Irish Flake Tobacco 50g
    Peterson Irish Oak Tobacco 50g
    Peterson Irish Whiskey Tobacco 50g
    Peterson Old Dublin Tobacco 50g
    Peterson Sherlock Holmes Tobacco 50g
    Peterson Sunset Breeze Tobacco 50g
    Peterson Sweet Killarney Tobacco 50g
    Peterson University Flake Tobacco 50g”

    I followed up asking him to confirm that this answer is “from the horse’s mouth” and some details about distribution. Here’s Leonard’s reply:

    To PappyJoe's point, in this case, I am the horse (I've been called worse). As far as distribution, I would hope that tobacconists who had previously been ordering would do so again and we are certainly getting the same questions regarding when and what will return from tobacconists. Really it's up to the retailer. Our sales force will be out there pushing it once we're back in distribution (should be around April). Certainly the online retailers will carry everything we have.

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  2. mikethompson

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    Great news for Peterson fans!

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    3Ps, Hyde Park, University and Irish Flakes - I'm good.

    Thanks for the official update! I was a little bit worried about those four, but figured those would be staples even if some were discontinued in the US.

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    Leonard is much more than a horse. He’s Leonard Wortzel, Vice President, Marketing and Product Development at Scandinavian Tobacco Group Lane. Many Chicago Show attendees have met and shared a bowl with Leonard. He’s a really good guy.

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    Thanks Woods! That pretty much seals it, then! I’ll have to seek out Leonard in May and share a bowl with him. I can’t wait for May to arrive!!!!

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    Good to hear. Thanks Craig!

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    Posted 6 months ago #
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    What does the * mean?

    Not the sweet, new grass with flowers is this harvesting of mine;
    Not the upland clover bloom...
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    Happy to have some of my favourites come back. I haven’t tried Sherlock Holmes yet so I’m glad that isn’t going away

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    That's some cheerful news in a precinct where it's been mostly bad the last few years. Old Dublin is a personal favorite, so I'm glad to see it made the cut.

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    Peterson 3P's Plug Tobacco 50g!!!! ...

    "the weez"...
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    olkofri, I think that is a quotation at the end of the list not an asterisk.

    "A pipe gives a wise man time to think and a fool something to stick in his mouth." - C.S. Lewis
    Posted 6 months ago #
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    So you say you can drink? Well, I'm from Wisconsin. Try to keep up.
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    This makes me happy. Thanks for posting, Craig.

    Neal
    Posted 6 months ago #
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    olkofri, I think that is a quotation at the end of the list not an asterisk.

    Oh, that's right. I do need to get myself to the optometrist. Thx.

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    This is fantastic news!

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    Good to see an old company line continuing.

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    At the expense of being suspected of being on another planet by astral projection, may I ask for a two or three line back story on what the hiatus in Peterson blends was about? I somehow missed that narrative. Just briefly.

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    In July, a German blog predicted the end of 10 of Peterson's 17 tobacco lines. Panic ensued, and Peterson tobacco became OOS everywhere.

    Cue happy ending.

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    That’s good news! No wild Atlantic?

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    Count me in the boat of not having tried many Peterson blends. Its nice to see some sticking around and not folding up like some others.

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    Every non-aromatic Peterson blend I’ve tried is a winner in my books, with Irish Flake being one of my very favorites. I had been confident that the Peterson blends would continue to be produced, probably uninterrupted, so I didn’t load up when they started disappearing from stock. I was starting to get a little worried, so I bought a tin of the allegedly identical Rattray’s Stirling Flake at Iwan Ries last week. With so few true plugs on the market, many of which are pricey and which you must be quick to obtain, the potential loss of 3Ps from the US market was especially concerning. But realistically, if I couldn’t buy another ounce of tobacco in my remaining 20-40 years (hopefully!), I’d be fine anyway. If my wife were to preceed me in death, though, that math might change

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    Great news, 3p & Irish Flake are delicious smokes.

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    Same as canadianpuffer - any news on Wild Atlantic?

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    I've never tried a Peterson blend. My local B&M has some tins, which I assume are pre-scarcity, but at $50 per tin... nah.

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    At the expense of being suspected of being on another planet by astral projection, may I ask for a two or three line back story on what the hiatus in Peterson blends was about? I somehow missed that narrative. Just briefly.

    I claim zero expertise or firsthand knowledge, but IIRC, Peterson was sold in 2018. Laudisi (owners of SPC and Cornell and Diehl) bought the pipe manufacturing side of things, and the Scandinavian Tobacco Group bought the tobacco side of the house. STG was already making the blends for Peterson, so there shouldn't be a change in blend constituents or taste.

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    I am glad STG is making them. Maybe some Dunhill news will be forthcoming

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    Best news I have had in awhile. I have yet to try several of the blends that initially were reported as being dropped and want to. But the big relief for me is that 3P’s shall return hopefully in its amazing glory as it is very near the top of my all time best tobaccos list. I only have 3 tins and I was lamenting not being able to afford more for now. STG Lane I hope you will accept my apologies for the names I was calling you under my breath.

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    So, from the list, it looks like Irish Dew is the only pouch they're carrying in the future? At least to the States? As a couple others mentioned, it doesn't appear that Wild Atlantic has made the "keeper" list.

    "If you can't send money, send tobacco." - George Washington

    Posted 6 months ago #
  30. capra

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    This is great news, Looking forward to trying a few of those.

    Posted 5 months ago #

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