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Plugga Package Sampler Reviews

Salcheech

Well-known member
#1
So I am thoroughly enamored with our chosen hobby of pipes and pipe tobacco.
The hobby for me ticks off many of my life interest boxes.
I love History as it relates to my fellow man and our common experiences of being human.
I love sensual experiences, I was a Chef professionally for 20 years.
I love ritual and its enhancement of the human experience.
I love collecting and the way it connects me to history.
All these things are part of this hobby for me.
So for me it's a natural extension of my preferences to be drawn to the allure of plug tobacco. Plugs just seem "old" and "traditional" which by my way of thinking means simple and good. I have expressed these sentiments in a few of the high quality history threads on our lovely site and a fellow history geek and author of most of these threads kindly sent me a generous plug sampler for me to enjoy and review. The package included
1. Revor Plug
2. Warrior Plug
3. Velvan Plug
4. Condor Plug
5. Yachtsman Plug
6. RB plug
7. Peterson's Perfect Plug
As well as two other non plug tobaccos which I will review in a separate thread. First up is Revor Plug.
 

Salcheech

Well-known member
#2
Revor Plug
Upon opening this package I was greeted with a very light floral whiff accompanying a deep cocoa smokey leather tobacco aroma that instantly brought me to a cozy book, fire place, comfy chair relaxed state of mind.
I cut off 3 thin slices and rubbed them out for some dry time. 2 hours later ( I prefer crispy tobac) I packed my Bent MM Mizzou with the dark ribbons and upon false light was given a pleasing hint of the Cocoa and a smooth sweet earthy bassline of Smokey Kentucky, with overtones of fig sweetness from the Virginia's.
This is one of the few smokes for me that held it's flavor profile from false light to final ash.
Once lit this smoke provided thick velvety smoke with no nonsense straight forward flavor always accented by Cocoa and fig. I am a big fan of simple combinations of flavor (3 toppings on my pizza, max) and Revor does this extremely well. Every puff held each nuance beautifully and created a very well done not overly complicated experience which I find enhances the contemplative state of mind that I really enjoy while smoking.
The Nicotine level for me was the lower end of strong ( I prefer strong levels) which compiled nicely into mid level strength by the end of the Bowl. The tobacco burned clean and consistent to a fine ash, leaving no moisture. All around a fine fine smoke. 4.5 out of 5 stars for me! Also I taste NO LATAKIA.
 

Salcheech

Well-known member
#7
Warrior Plug
When I opened the package the first smell that struck me was Raisin /Plum. It actually put me in the mind of good St. James Parish Perique. The Plug has a deep dark chocolate appearance and is pressed together very firmly. I shaved off 3 things slices and let it dry for 2 hours (crispy is king with me). I rubbed it out and packed it up in my old MM Legend. Upon the false light hints of Cigar (Malawi??) and fermented Plum. Once lit the mouth feel is thick in a good way, and the baseline flavor is nutty with a pleasant cigar sharpness. This flavor is held together and accentuated by a hearty, but not overbearing sweet Plum flavor reminiscent of good Perique minus the nose tingles. Mid bowl picks up a caramel /chocolate tinge that is pleasantly surprising. All these condiments do nothing to detract from the tobacco goodness that lies at the center of this smoke. The nicotine for me is middling strong and the after taste is pleasant. Overall an very good smoke 4 stars out of 5! Up next, Velvan Plug.
 

Salcheech

Well-known member
#8
Velvan Plug
Smell from the pouch is very earthy with caramel undertones and a top note of fruit (stone fruit) and some flowery essence.
I cut 3 slices and let it dry until mostly crisp with the center of each slice just a little moist.
I packed my MM Danish Spool and got to puffing. The charing light offered little in the way of clues as to what was to come.
The smoke was velvety and full. A pleasant musty old book comfort provided the baseline. The smoke was highlighted by the light fruit flavors and tied together by a rich caramel note that for me remained thankfully present for the entire smoke. As the bowl progressed the caramel and mustiness melded harmoniously and was consistently accentuated by the fruit notes with raisen making a strong appearance on the stage. I enjoyed the overall earthiness of the smoke and found myself very relaxed and contemplative throughout the smoke. The nicotine level was middling medium and the fruit faded by the end. All in all a pleasurable smoke! 4 out of 5 stars. Up next Condor Plug!
 

Salcheech

Well-known member
#12
Condor Plug ( Irish)
In the words of Monty Python, "and now for something completely different".
Upon opening the package my nose immediately picks up the wafting sweetness of floral soap / perfume accompanied by the earthy leathery smell of good tobacco. I cut three slices and let them dry until crispy (3 hours). I loaded them in my MM Mizzou and commenced smoking.

Upon false light the floral soap makes itself known. I actually found this pleasant, and was surprised that I enjoyed its presence throughout the smoke. Once lit I found that the floral fruity essence was comingled to such a degree that I had trouble separating the components on my palate, which I found did not detract from the experience at all!
I was able to discern a bit of citrus and grass (Virginia's?) and an underlying earthiness ( dark stoved Virginia? Or perhaps Burly) as the smoke progressed. For me this tobacco seems to celebrate the high notes with minimum accent on the bass. Very floral and sweet, although relatively stout in the nicotine levels, which I found to be medium to the low end of strong. This surprised me a little bit because the essential character of the blend struck me as light and airy. The middle of the bowl the sweet citrus grass moves to the forefront and the Floral subsides somewhat, yet the over character of the smoke remains intact. The tobacco burns cleanly to a nice fine ash. An interesting, complex smoke that I find pleasing and still a bit mysterious. I will revisit, for now 3.5 out of 5 stars due mostly to unfamiliar territory on the reviewers palate.
Up next Yachtsman Plug.
 

MLC

Foggy Fogey.
Patron
#13
Although I dearly love Condor, for me it wasn't love at first burn as it was so different to anything else that I'd ever smoked.

It clicked rather quickly with me though and I rank it as a King of Tobacco in many ways.

Condor is big flavor at full volume!

 

Salcheech

Well-known member
#14
Yachtsman Plug
The aroma from the pouch is that of strong tobacco and honey with a smattering of fruit/florals.
I cut off three slices and dried until crisp. About 2 hours.
The charing light provided a little bit of honey with subdued caramel earthiness of Burly, no sign of flu cured Virginias at first.
Once lit the smoke is of medium density and to my taste very Burly forward with a little bit of bitterness that wasn't unpleasant, though it could be if pushed. As the smoke progressed the flue cured Virginias made their appearance with a muted musty sweetness that never really made it to the foreground. I found myself anticipating a more rounded polished flavor profile that never materialized. The nicotine hit was middle of medium and the overall experience was rough around the edges and a bit underwhelming.
I give this a low 3 out of 5 stars. Up next RB plug.
 

Salcheech

Well-known member
#17
Sam Gawith RB Plug
Smell from the pouch most definitely gingerbread. A rich full tobacco smell underlies it but Gingerbread is the overall impression.
I cut off 3 slices thin, and let dry for 4 hours (it is Sam Gawith). Crispy is my mantra.
The charing light produces a good indicator of what is to come, Gingerbread, Full Virginia and an high note of clove.
Smoking this blend is a fine example of quality Tobacco and Tobacco blending /manufacturing. The smoke is creamy but not entirely full, it has a lighter quality that I associate with pure Virginias. The Virginias are the focal point of the smoke the entire way through, carrying the gingerbread essence with each puff. Sour notes appear (of the yummy variety) about mid bowl and the character of the smoke really matured as I progressed through the smoke. This is really a quality made product though of a flavor profile I would consider "specialist" I could surely see choosing this smoke when I was in the mood for something different, but not as an everyday smoke. The nicotine level is middle to high medium. All in all an interesting flavorful smoke and extremely well made. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Peterson Perfect Plug next.
 
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Salcheech

Well-known member
#19
Peterson Perfect Plug
Upon opening the tin I encountered a deep earthy musty lovely smell of dark tobacco highlighted by a soft almost vanilla fruit essence. I shaved off 2 big slices and partially rubbed them out to dry overnight. In the morning I rubbed them the rest of the way out and packed up my Nording Outdoorsman Billiard and applied the false light. Musty old books and cigar with hints of fruit were present.
Once lit this stuff smokes like a dream. The baseline is earthy musty caramel cigar from the Malawi this carries the Virginia and accentuates the sweet sugary mildly fruit flavors. There is a nice bitterness at the bottom which serves to honor the sweetness and melds the flavors together seamlessly. Mid bowl a very faint vanilla shows up for me and further attests to the quality of this blend. I found that the entire bowl remains interesting and exciting. The nicotine is higher on the midrange maybe low end on high range for some. The ash is very fine and cigar like. A fantastic smoke 4.5 out of 5 for me.
This concludes my reviews of the Plugga Package so generously provided to me by @MLC.
A testament to the generosity of both MLC and the true spirit of PSD. I love this community. May you all enjoy your smokes and more importantly our community!
God bless!