Most G. L. Pease tobaccos reflect the blender's (in this case, Mr. Pease himself) taste preferences. Usually his tobacco is strong and not for the faint of heart. However, in this case Kensington is a tobacco that has shown serious restraint, relying on subtle flavor instead of power. Don't be too fooled, it is still a proud Balkan blend, it just has a bit more nuanced flavor than other G. L. Pease tobaccos.
Brand: G. L. Pease
Blended By: Gregory Pease
Tobacco Type: Latakia, Oriental & Virginia
Blend Type: Balkan
Strength: 2 of 5
Room Note: Pleasant
- 2 oz.
- 8 oz.
My tin was a little over a year old, the nicotine was just a little less than medium. First the pros, Tin moisture was perfect fresh out of the tin and the quality of tobaccos is top shelf like all Pease blends. The room note was not really heavy and didn't linger long at all. Packs and burns well with no issues. Now for the cons. I have tried 8 Pease English/Balkan blends to date and this is by far the lightest in Latakia, which by itself isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I wasn't too crazy about this combination of Vas and orientals. The primary flavors to me are spicy, sour, herbal, sour, slightly smoky, sour, grassy, sour, floral and did I mention sour. Maybe the sour notes stand out to me more than it will for you because I'm not crazy about that flavor being strong in English blends. After trying seven English/Balkan Pease blends that I love I was bound to find one that I'm not crazy about, but I think you should still probably try a 2oz. tin for yourself if you like full-flavored Balkan blends lighter on the latakia.
After I began smoking Kensington I started to realize many of my other tobaccos just didn't taste as good as I remembered. There is really something special about it.
When I smoke Kensington, I am set adrift in a sea of thought and flavor.
I am apart from the world on an island of calm.
It's that good.