Unearthed from a box of "old stuff" found in the garage. I blended Tivoli Gardens to commemorate Sherlock's Haven's second annual Pipe Expo in 1999, honouring Bjarne Nielsen. Twenty-four tins were produced and given to attendees of the special dinner Marty arranged at some rib joint in SF. This is #22 /24, and while the exterior suffered from some water damage, the tobacco inside is perfect, a delicious blend of Cyprian and Syrian latakias, virginias and orientals, probably the mixture that informed my later creation of Renaissance. The pipe is a Bari Squash, probably made by Ib Loran, as it's one of his signature shapes.
The wrap up. If you've been following along, I've been exploring a couple vintages of Escudo, UK production from mid-1980s, DK production from ca. 2000. and some Fillmore from 2007. After smoking quite a few bowls of each in several different pipes, I can say that they're all really enjoyable, but the UK version is the runaway top. Its richness, depth, complexity are remarkable. The Fillmore has many similarities, but it is different enough that comparisons are tricky. The inclusion of a small (<3%) bit of latakia adds a different dimension to the smoke, though much of what I enjoyed in the UKE is present in different proportions, if that makes sense. Still, in this little taste-off, aged Fillmore comes in second-place to the UK Escudo. The A&C Petersen version delivered tell-tale signs of added sugars to my palate, and while still an excellent tobacco, it put it well behind the other two to my tastes, as I tend to prefer the natural sweetness of virginias to those enhanced by the addition of casings. All in all, this has been really fun, and I hope enjoyable for those who have followed along. I'm sorry to say there isn't another UK tin in the cellar, but happy that at least there IS a bit more aged Fillmore... Castello Old Antiquari shape #10 . #vintagetobacco#glpease#fillmore#fogcityselection#escudo#vaper#tastetesting#pipesofinstagram#pipeoftheday#castellopipes
Round three, Fillmore from 2007. This has sort of similar components to the Escudo, but the addition of a very small percentage of latakia (<3%) adds another dimension to the taste. It's closer in style to the UK, version, which I'm really happy about. It opens with a nice, natural sweetness, and develops some rich, deep earthy tones,. Fillmore doesn't have as much of that warm spice character, but the perique offers a really nice stewed fruit/figgy pudding note. It's not quite as smooth at the bottom of the bowl as the UK Escudo is, but it's much smoother than the ACP version, and doesn't leave my tongue fuzzy. I'm going back to the UK version next, and will wrap this up with some final comments.
Now for the ca. 2000 Petersen produced Escudo. I suppose I MAY be influenced by the absence of the phrase, "Free from all scent or added flavours" that graces the UK tin, but this has that tell-tale taste of added sugar upon lighting, and as the bowl progresses, it presents an edginess. It's not unpleasant, but when I focus on it, it's a little annoying, and leaves my mouth a bit dry. It's not as deep and rich as the UK tin, either, and the difference is greater than could be explained by a couple extra years of age. I would give the UK version a provisional 10; this gets 8.5 after smoking most of the tin.
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Starting with the oldest, the mid- to late-1980s UK produced Escudo in a Ropp Vintage Sandblast belge. This is really lovely stuff, rich, earthy, with a subtle, natural sweetness. It develops nicely throughout the bowl, never getting harsh or edgy. Fruitiness from the perique, deep and broad VA character, hints of cardamom, treacle, dark cocoa. The contents of is tin seems to be disappearing rather quickly for some reason.
When a friend gives you a thirteen year old 8oz tin of Montgomery, you just gotta smoke it. It wasn't his cuppa tea. Age has worked some serious magic on this one. The dark-fired leaf has both mellowed and become more complex. The VA is richer, and its sweetness is enhanced. Wonderful! I'll be sharing it with some good friends in a couple hours. The pipe? No name. No country of origin. Probably French or maybe English, very old, and an outstanding smoke.