Peterson’s Irish Oak has a sly nature. Aged in oaken sherry barrels, one might expect an overly sweet and aromatic blend inside the tin, but not so. Many years ago during a gusty winter in Philadelphia, I purchased a tin at a little tobacco shop on Walnut Street. I turned my collar up against the cold, packed the bowl of my pipe to the brim, and once lit, the warmth of it warded off the frostbite even as snow began to fall. I walked the length of the street to Rittenhouse Square, taking long, slow draws of my newly acquired blend, and I liked it very much. It was the first pipe tobacco I had ever purchased, and it was Irish Oak.
As you might imagine, this tobacco has a special place here at The Pipe Guys. In hindsight, it’s clear that there are better tobaccos for the absolute beginner since it is by no means lacking in strength, and carries a very mild but distinct sour sweetness by virtue of the Perique. Nevertheless, whatever your experience level, Irish Oak is a wonderfully complex and enjoyable tobacco blend!
Upon opening the tin, you are greeted by the smell of tangy fruits and smoky sweet hay. Char the leaf and taste the mild introduction of Cavendish and hints of the Virginias. With each successive draw, you’ll get closer and closer to the woody, peppery, and spicy finish that appropriates the name.
A Blend for the Cool of Autumn
As the warmth of summer passes, and October brings it’s chill, The Pipe Guys offer you a timely solution: Peterson’s Irish Oak. Enjoy at the discounted price of $7.90 until midnight (EST) on September 27th.