Jeremy Reeves cleared up the difference regarding what gets blended into the Perique, which is a different situation than what has happened with the HU blends. jiminks contacted Hans and suggested that he sample the newer release of Directors Cut and Hans concurred that the blend has been changed in the manner that Jim and I tasted. So not the same issue.Woah! When I posted about Mark saying that he cuts his perique with dark fire, he told us that it had always been done that way, for as far back as they’ve been using it commercially. So, there shouldn’t be anything different, except for what the blender can expect in crop differences year to year.