If you’ve been trying some low-level aromatics and want to step up to the next level then this blend of Burley, Black Cavendish and Virginia may be the one that’s right for you and it might even be a good choice if this is your first aromatic but that’s definitely going to depend on you. This is one blend that I liked at first, but then did a complete turn-around on. I just stuck it in my "never open again" or "give away" drawer.
The tin aroma was nice the first time I opened it but it seemed to fade away over time. You certainly won’t find too many other people in the room complaining about the smell if you’re smoking a pipe loaded with Gold Blend for it does not have a very strong room note and some of the harshest critics that I know have found this one to be quite acceptable. It’s perfect if you like pleasing others before you please yourself.
The taste seems to stay fairly constant throughout the bowl but don’t be tempted to puff your way through a pipe of this blend too quickly because it will get very hot if you do. While I might say that the taste remained constant don’t think that I’m saying that’s such a good thing because the taste was very weak and sometimes I found it hard to find a taste at all.
If you’re thinking of buying this blend then don’t let the inclusion of Virginia in it mislead you. Virginia is definitely not the major ingredient here although you will notice it and if one part of the blend stood out more than the others then I would have to say that it was the Black Cavendish although a friend thought that the Burley was stronger … but once again, ‘stronger’ is a relative term. Overall the taste is definitely weak if there at all. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind a mild tobacco and I don’t consider myself a tobacco snob. I can actually enjoy some Prince Albert or Sir Walter Raleigh at times, and I love Mac Baren tobaccos.
I like Peterson Pipes. I have a couple. I enjoy Peterson Luxury Blend, which is definitely sweet stuff, and I really like Peterson University Flake. Unfortunately, Peterson Gold Blend was a bad experience for me. It tasted like air and burned the crap out of my tongue.
If you already know that you like this one, drop me a line and I’ll send you my tin. Otherwise caveat emptor.
A look inside the tin of Peterson Gold Blend
Blender: Murray Sons & Co, Ltd
Tin Description: A subtle, delicate, mellow tobacco. A composition of jet Black Cavendish, bright and dark Virginias and fragrant Burley. An extremely pleasant note of Hickory nut, vanilla and a touch of cinnamon is added.
Country of Origin: IE
Curing Group: Air Cured
Contents: Burley, Black Cavendish, Virginia
Cut: Broken Flake
Packaging: 50g Tin
Taste: Mild to Non-Existent
Room Note: Pleasant
Recommendation: Not Recommended