Drew Estate Meat Pie is one of the eight pipe tobaccos launched by Drew Estate, at IPCPR 2013. The eight Drew Estate pipe tobaccos consist of two non-aromatics and six aromatics. The current blends include..
Gatsby Luxury Flake
7th Avenue Blonde
Toasted Black Cavendish
Harvest on the Hudson
Central Park Stroll
Rob recently reviewed the Central Park Stroll. I am not a huge fan of aromatics, but I can get down on some Central Park Stroll. Plus a fun side note, the Gatsby Luxury Flake was called Gilded Age Reserve, but was later rebranded to the GLF.
The Drew Estate Meat pie is a classic English blend comprised of Latakia, Oriental, and Virginia tobaccos.
Drew Estate Meat Pie
Brand: Drew Estate
How Packaged: 1.76 OZ Tin
Tobacco Used: Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, and Virginia
Bowls Smoked: Countless – Smoked two tins already
Date Purchased/Obtained: 8/16/2014
Storage Method: Tin and upon opening, Mason Jars
Pipe(s) Used: Saronno K and Drew Estate Tsuge Churchill
Price Point: $12 per tin
Purchased: CF Store and Drew Estate provided samples at IPCPR
Quick Note: I am working out a rating system, so stay tuned :)
Tin Note: Very smoky, almost pungent. It smells a lot like a burning campfire.
Tobacco Strength: Mild
Room Note: It was different than the other English blends I have smoked to date. It had a sweet almost savory note to it while other English are heavier in the air.
Flavors: It is clear throughout the bowl Latakia is present in the Meat Pie. Hints of sweetness from the Virginia come out but unless you are focusing, it is difficult to pick up. There are subtle notes of leather, pepper, and earth. The flavors remained consistent from the beginning to the end, without much transition. The Meat Pie also has an almost salty like characteristic to it, which I really dig. The finish is pretty clean for a pipe tobacco and leaves a bit of salt/spice on the tounge.
Conclusion: From start to finish the Meat Pie consistently delivers a milder English blend smoking experience. While I gravitate towards heavier English blends, like Nightcap, I was able to find the classic English flavors just with less nicotine. Each bowl was easy smoking and burned like a champ.
It is probably too early in my pipe tobacco career to make comparisons but the Meat Pie and the Lane Crown Achievement are very similar IMHO. Although, there are two differences; the use of Perique in CA and the Meat Pie being a notch higher in strength.
If you are new to pipe tobacco or don’t like stronger English blends, then Meat Pie will be right up your ally. I have noticed the Meat Pie has shown more of its Latakia side and developed more complexity the longer I have let it rest.
Rating: Rob and I are still working on the rating system but I would give the Meat Pie 4/5. I don’t see myself buying all I can get my hands on, but definitely see buying a tin to enjoy and one to cellar away.