If Clint Eastwood were to smoke a pipe, he would be smoking JackKnife Plug. The same goes for Jack Nicholson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis or Al Pacino. These guys just ooze masculinity. A tobacco that requires the macho demonstration of being boldly cut with a sharp knife is just manly. It’s like shaving with a straight razor, chopping firewood, or catching your own food, and then turning it into a gourmet meal. These are a few things that a man’s man does. The new JackKnife Plug from G. L. Pease is a hardy plug-style pipe tobacco that comes in a compressed, solid chunk. It packs a hearty flavor that is simple at first, and gains complexity as the smoke progresses.
The initial flavor is a sweet smokiness. It is not a Latakia smoky flavor. There is no Latakia in it. It’s more like a slow-smoked duck, or smoked-meat flavor. It doesn’t taste like duck, but is reminiscent of the smooth smokiness of hickory smoke, rather than the campfire smoke you get from Latakia tobacco blends. The weather turned a little colder here in Florida recently and the chill in the air seems to go well with the stout JackKnife Plug tobacco’s full flavor. It’s a powerfully round taste that reveals a little bit of tanginess as you get to the mid-bowl point. It is evident that there is a perfect marriage of different types of tobaccos that create a natural, smooth, yet full-bodied round tobacco flavor. There is a little spiciness, but it is a smooth, sweet spice rather than a hot spice. The tanginess becomes more pronounced as you smoke.
This might not be a tobacco for a beginner pipe smoker. It might be a little too heavy, unless you have experience indulging in other forms of tobacco, like cigars or cigarettes, and have recently moved over to the pipe. I think there’s a little bit of a "nic-kick" here, but I am not sure. Usually, I am a nicotine light-weight. Other posts have implied that the nicotine might come through, but haven’t definitely stated so. For example, in G. L. Pease’s post, he states; "JackKnife Plug isn’t a casual smoke, at least for me. There’s enough strength in those blocks to deserve serious respect." In the SmokingPipes.com Blog, Ted says, "Jack Knife Plug is spicy, full-flavored and offers plenty of ‘kick’. I did get a slight buzz. I was afraid I would get a little too woozy for smoking it in the morning after reading those posts.
However, it’s a Sunday morning, and I didn’t have anything planned, so I thought, what the heck. I’ll give it a whirl right away and just take a nap if it knocks me on my butt. I wanted to get the review up right away. Maybe I only felt a slight nicotine buzz because I was smoking very slow while writing the review and editing photos. I let the pipe go out several times and smoked the bowl over an hour and 45 minutes. The tobacco from my tin was also a little moist, so it went out quickly at first. But again, I was in a hurry to try it and post my review.
I can’t compare JackKnife Plug to anything else I have smoked. It is full-bodied, packed with flavors of smooth smokiness, spice, tang, and sweetness. I highly recommend it to people that like natural full-flavored pipe tobacco. Latakia smokers, and pipesters that enjoy strong Virginia-Perique blends should enjoy this. Of course, if you like Plug tobaccos, JackKnife Plug is a must-try as well. (It is the first plug tobacco I have smoked.)
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Brand: G. L. Pease
Blender: G. L. Pease
Tin Description: dark-fired Kentucky leaf and ripe red Virginia tobaccos, with their deep, earthy flavors, are layered on a central core of golden flue-cured for a hint of bright sweetness, then pressed and matured in cakes, and finally cut into 2oz blocks. Slice it thick and rub it out for a ribbon cut, thin for a shag, or chop it into cubes. The choice is yours.
Country of Origin: USA
Curing Group: Fire Cured, Flue Cured
Contents: Kentucky, Virginia
Packaging: 2oz tin
Blend Notes: JackKnife Plug is the first blend in G. L. Pease’s "New World Collection".