I bought a tin of Rattray's Old Gowrie yesterday. I am not really a big fan of perique. I don't hate it, but I don't find myself gravitating to VaPers. I went back and forth and back and forth trying to decide if I wanted to try Old Gowrie. Some reviews talked about the perique, then some reviewers say they can't detect it much, if at all in the blend. I cracked open the tin in the shop and enjoyed a nice bowl while sitting there. I really enjoyed the smoke, and thought "If there's perique in this, it's just the slightest whisper." I mostly tasted the wonderful sweet and bright/mild VA. BUT... Later that evening I went to a pub and was drinking Guinness ale. I loaded up another bowl of Old Gowrie to smoke on the walk back to the subway station. All I could taste was perique!!!! It really wasn't that pleasant. I immediately thought of how my pallet must have changed by drinking the ales. I think my tongue was more sensitized to the bitter and peppery tastes or something. I'll be smoking the rest of the tin, but it was a very unusual experience to have the same tobacco taste so radically different in the same day even. Do you all taste perique in Old Gowrie? I'm curious.