Seattle Pipe Club Plum Pudding is a was created by Joe Lankford, for the Seattle Pipe Club. This pipe tobacco was so popular, that Joe had to turn over production over to Pipes & Cigars. Joe simply couldn’t keep up with the demand.
It is a highly rated English blend and can be tough to get your hands on. As of this review P&C’s is completely sold out. I would be really curious to see if I could get my hands on some the original Plum Pudding Joe blended himself before handing production over.
Here we go!
Seattle Pipe Club Plum Pudding
Brand: Seattle Pipe Club
Package: 3.5/2 OZ Tins & Bulk
Style: Non-Aromatic English
Tobacco Used: Cavendish, Latakia, Perique, Turkish, Virginia
Cut: Crumble Cake
Bowls Smoked: Countless
Date Purchased/Received: 1/27/2015
Pipe(s) Used: DE Tsuge Churchill
Price Point: $4.25 per OZ in bulk
Purchased: Purchased from P&C
Quick Note: I am working out a rating system, so stay tuned :)
Tin/Jar Note: Had a peat smell with some sweetness from the Cavendish. There is a bit of a sour twang to it which reminds me of really good Esteli ligero.
Tobacco Strength: Medium
Room Note: Enjoyable considering most English blends do not have the best room note.
Flavors: I know I will get crap for this but the Plum Pudding is a very creamy pipe tobacco. It was crazy how silky and dry the bowl remained all the way until the end. There is sweetness but it is balanced out by the spice from the Latakia. At points I swear I am getting salt but I could be wrong. The Perique takes a back seat in the blend and I can’t even tell it is present. The flavors become deeper the more I smoke the bowl and show notes of wood, earth, and almost a black pepper. There is a tang to it but it couples well with the sweetness.
Conclusion: God I love it. I love it is full bodied but the strength doesn’t kill you. I love the crumble cake format since it lets the flavors marry but is super easy for a novice like me to rub out enough for a bowl. Giggity. The Plum Pudding billows smoke, remains cool, is easy to prepare, and one of the most multi-dimensional pipe tobaccos I have smoked so far. I love how the flavors transition and the body and strength change as I progress into the bowl.
Rating: This has been IMHO the best pipe tobacco I have smoked to date. I really wish it was in stock because I would buy about ten ounces; five ounces I would keep out to smoke and then five ounces would be cellared for the long run. I believe this is a pipe tobacco everyone should try at least once.