Seattle Pipe Club Plum Pudding Special Reserve Pipe Tobacco

MSRP: $40.00
$31.89
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TP-5046
Seattle Pipe Club's Plum Pudding Special Reserve is a 4 oz. pressed block of English mixture.  This mixture is based off the original SPC Plum Pudding, which is a popular blend held in high regard.  For this unique Special Reserve the oriental and possibly the virginia leaf has been replaced with a small batch of premium tobacco.  Pressed into a beautiful dark brick, this limited edition is a modern classic that should not be missed.

 

Brand: Seattle Pipe Club

Blended By: Joe Lankford

Model: Plum Pudding Special Reserve

Tobacco Type: Black Cavendish,  Latakia,  Oriental,  Perique,  Virginia

Cut: Plug

Blend Type: English

Strength: 2 of 5

Taste: Medium

Room Note: Tolerable

Flavoring: None

Country: U.S.A

Size:  4.00 oz.

 

 

What is in it?
Inside the tin is a very dense crumble cake of strong and dark looking tobacco.
Latakia: Cyprian Latakia is present in quantity.  This is usually near the front of the flavor profile.
Black Cavendish:  This is unsweetened and untopped.  Perhaps adding some sweetness, this must be used in a small quantity. 
Virginia:  Both Red and Black Stoved Virginia are used.  This brings a rich earthy flavor to the blend.
Oriental:  Upgraded sun cured Oriental is used in this Special Reserve.  There is a saltiness and  sweet and sour flavor from this component.
Perique:  The spiciness and fermented fruit flavor comes from a small amount of perique.
 
What does it smoke like?
Seattle Pipe Club's Plum Pudding Special Reserve is so good it's unreal.  Many blends pressed and presented in plugs or flakes have a consistent flavor profile.  I found a lot of variation in flavors here.  Like a good ribbon cut, the smoke meandered all over the flavor spectrum. You will find sweetness, sour briny flavor, buttery creaminess, and rich smokiness.  Surprisingly, the Latakia is hard to distinguish, as it alone is steady throughout the bowl.  Every other component fades in and out, but they all have a bitter woody smokiness with them.  All of the flavors of an English mixture are here, and presented in a traditional manner.  I would call this a great tobacco for a new to English smoker.  With the clarity of flavor, it would allow one to identify the components they do and do not like and this could guide future purchases.  Make no mistake; if this blend is a limited run, and it seems to be, it will be very sought after and remembered fondly when production ceases.
 
How to prepare it?
Opening a tin will reveal a plain dark brick of tobacco.  It is quite possible to break off pieces to rub out.  I found the moisture to be ideal, and I would recommend cutting the plug up and putting it in an airtight mason jar shortly after opening.  Don't rub this out too much, it is rather easy to get a lot of wasted tobacco as powder.  Some chunks may require more relights, but will smoke slowly and deliver excellent flavor.  Pack very lightly, as the chunks will expand during smoking.  A lot of work compared to a ribbon cut, but the experience is well worth the effort.

22 Reviews

  • 3
    Plum pudding Special reserve

    Posted by William K. Bottarelli on 22nd May 2020

    I found it on the same level as the Plum pudding. Disappointed after having read all the positive comments.
    Not impressed!

  • 5
    SPC Plum Pudding Special Reserve

    Posted by Meliferas on 11th Apr 2020

    The first notes upon opening the tin harken to the first railroad tracks laid in Texas in 1852; the aroma of tar and wood permeates the senses. It's a hearty, woodsy smoke, a taste that takes one back to one's forefathers and mothers, those that hewed from the bedrock the foundations of our livelihoods today. As the bowl hits midway, full steam into this timeless treasure, I swear the smoke fell from the mouthpiece, a bass clef looped into little music notes. Flavor galore and a plethora of plume exuded from my long-stemmed pipe and beckoned the plum pudding special reserve to be placed upon a pedestal in the annals of pipe tobaccos.

  • 5
    Seattle Pipe Club Plum Pudding Special Reserve

    Posted by oldmanbourbon on 7th Mar 2020

    This mixture has become one of my absolute favorite blends. I generally save this mixture for those days when a special reward is warranted, as its strength, taste and room note all provide for an intriguing smoke. I enjoy it most as an evening smoke after dinner is complete and all of the other day’s challenges are put to rest. On that occasion, it is best paired with a truly great bourbon like Willett, Basil Hayden or Eagle Rare, as its smoky complexity provides a truly great diversion – making all of the day’s inconveniences and difficulties to seemingly melt away!

  • 4
    Aging

    Posted by Lawrence on 9th Jul 2019

    Tried the standard Plum Pudding, and really enjoyed it, so I decided to get the Special Reserve and give it some aging time. Gonna be tough to wait, but I have to be strong. I'm sure it's going to be superb.

  • 4
    Great Pudding :)

    Posted by C. W. Zakall on 28th Jun 2019

    Well worth the money! There's a complex array of flavor notes which can be confusing at first.

    As I grew more familiar with plum pudding I became increasing fond of its very complex yet comfortable flavor/aroma.

  • 5
    SPC Plum Pudding Special Reserve

    Posted by sperrytops on 13th Apr 2019

    One of the best tobaccos I've smoked. A deep and rich English with excellent Latakia. On par or better than Penzance.

  • 5
    Plum Pudding Special Reserve Among the Best

    Posted by Unknown on 5th Apr 2019

    One of the best Latakia forward tobaccos out there. At least as good as Penzance if not better.

  • 4
    Mild, easy to rub, enjoyable.

    Posted by Tom Dehm on 3rd Jan 2019

    Expected it to be more aromatic.

  • 5
    Plum Special Reserve

    Posted by QB on 18th Dec 2018

    This is a great evening smoke with just the right amount of Latakia to put your mind on seeing minarets in the distance. The plug breaks apart easily for filling your bowl and usually stays lit for the entire bowl. Definitely a keeper.