Pegasus - Bob Runowski, I do hope there’s a heaven and you’re enjoying your reward. A band of angels should’ve descended to earth to escort you to the pearly gates for your creation of Pegasus alone.
It’s a cool sunny morning of 54 degrees and I’m in early morning bliss. I’m enjoying a modest Peterson Aran filled with C&D’s Pegasus and I have a Kaywoodie loaded with Granger ready to take me the rest of the way. The family is sound asleep on this pleasant Saturday, September morning.
Of the C&D Burleys I’ve sampled, this one just hits home. You guys and gals know what a simple bastard I am. Granger is my all day everyday and you’ll rarely see me stray far and even rarer will you hear me sing the praises of another. But here goes…
Burn characteristics - Pegasus… you clean burning, easy smoking son-of-a-bitch. Your behavior blows Granger away in this department. Relights are nearly non-existent and moisture levels from the tins are perfect. Granger is finicky to keep lit, while Pegasus just keeps the perfect amount of mouth filling fullness going and going.
Flavor - Glorious. This, I dare say, is the epitome of the American codger burley blend. While I absolutely adore the flavor of Granger, Pegasus rivals it in a different way. It’s mildly sweet, nutty flavor is to die for and I aqueous that burley can indeed benefit from a bit of VA and the addition of the unsweetened cavendish as well.
Side-steam and room-note are pipey. I retro most every puff and this one just satisfies my personal expectations in this department. I never needed a Latakia or Perique side to enjoy burley. I enjoy the nuttiness and old time pipey flavors of simple codger blends. This is truly an American classic.
I just set aside the Peterson and lit the Kaywoodie of Granger. Ahhh so good! It’s the flavor of Granger that I’m forever wedded. So satisfying. But the nicotine is non-existent in Granger. Whereas I wouldn’t consider Pegasus a nicotine powerhouse, it’s far superior in its ability to satisfy. The relaxation washes over you gently. I smoke for flavor. But let me tell you, this cool morning, I’m enjoying one of those transcendent smokes. Enjoying the flavor of Granger is just icing on a perfectly baked Bob Runowski cake.
My cellar runs deep with Granger. It’s high praise for me to consider the cellaring of any other blend in more quantity than a tin or two. I don’t have what you’d consider a rotation. I’m happy to sample this and that and occasionally get a craving for Prince Albert or some other nutty flavor profile for a change of pace. But…
Pegasus? You’re growing on me fast.
I’d love to hear your experiences with Pegasus.
On edit: I would be remiss not to mention that today is Sept 11 and the is an eerily similar beautiful fall morning as was 2001. Never Forget.