By Kevin Godbee
PM.com Exclusive: New G. L. Pease JackKnife Ready Rubbed
When G.L. Pease’s JackKnife Plug came out in January it was a runaway hit. However, in today’s world, you can’t always carry a knife around with you in order to slice tobacco off a hard chunk, or sometimes you don’t want to be bothered and just want to load your pipe and smoke. Now you can enjoy JackKnife Ready Rubbed which will be shipping at month-end. It’s the same recipe as the plug-form, but then the plugs are sliced and tumbled using the same production techniques as used for the Old London series.
In an email, Pease states; "People love JackKnife, but a few have told me they’re afraid of them, or just don’t want to deal with the plugs. With the ready rubbed version, all they’ll have to do is open the tin, fill their pipe, and enjoy a great, full-bodied smoke."
A couple of questions immediately came to mind, so we gave Mr. Pease a ring to find out more.
Here’s our Q&A on the new JackKnife ReadyRubbed:
Q: Can one expect that the ready rubbed version will age differently than the plug, and if so, why?
A: Great question. Yes, they’ll age differently, but how much is left to be seen. The plug will go through more anaerobic fermentation while it’s still in block form. From what I’ve seen so far, it’s quite dramatic. The ready-rubbed will age more like a typical ribbon cut. Of course, it’s caked first, so there’s some fermentation happening before it’s cut. It’s going to be exciting to see how they develop side-by-side. (I suppose I’m easily excited.)
Q: Again, comparing the two versions, will they deliver the exact same, or similar smoking experience when both are fresh out of the tin?
A: When they’re first produced, they’ll be close to identical; the ready-rubbed will taste just like the plug cut and rubbed out. The blend is identical, so in the beginning, they’re the same thing. It’ll take a couple months before any difference starts to show.
We can’t wait until the new JackKnife ReadyRubbed comes out in two weeks. It is an extremely flavorful blend, which you can read more about here – G. L. Pease JackKnife Plug Tobacco Review