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

Meat Pie

7th Avenue Blonde

Toasted Black Cavendish

Heirloom Cherry

Grand Central

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.

Review time!

Drew Estate Meat Pie

Brand: Drew Estate

How Packaged: 1.76 OZ Tin

Style: English

Tobacco Used: Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, and Virginia

Casing: None

Cut: Ribbon

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. 

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Comment by RobbyRas on March 25, 2015 at 3:15pm

I haven't tried the Meat Pie or the Flake yet... when I grow up, i'll give it a shot


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Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on March 25, 2015 at 3:18pm

It is pretty mild. I think you could handle it.

Comment by Chris on March 26, 2015 at 3:50pm
Meat Pie is my favorite of the DE blends - I enjoy the flake as well.

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