I happen to be a big fan of American Spirit cigarettes. I like the fact that their cigarettes are additive free, all natural whole leaf tobacco. They seem more pure than other cigarettes, more like i feel cigarettes should be. The perique blend is special. They mix the standard American Spirit tobacco with perique tobacco. Perique tobacco is something special. It is only grown in St. James Perish, Louisiana. Being a pipe smoker i greatly appreciate the use of perique tobacco. Some of my favorite pipe blends are perique blends, turns out to be the same for cigarettes. The perique adds a spicy flavor with hints of very dark fruity sweetness. Perique is described as pepper and plum. This comes through well with these cigarettes. These being the medium bodied version of the black box of perique Spirits they have a perforated filter. This allows air to mix with the smoke making the gray box much smoother and easier to smoke than the black box perique blend. I have also found that the perforated filters allow for a much easier draw that Spirits are known for. The added air also seems to enhance the sweetness of this blend holding off the dark peppery taste until the exhale.
The Flavor on these cigarettes is very unique and very good. I’ll give the sweet pepper plum flavor of these cigarettes a solid ten out of ten. Aroma wise, they remain at the same level of excellence. The smell these cigarettes put off is very woodsy with a peppery quality to it. The burn quality also is very good, even, and slow. One of the reasons i love American Spirits is the length of the smoke. If I take my time and really relax and enjoy my smoke these last a good ten to fifteen minutes. I give the burn quality a nine. The draw on these cigarettes is fantastic as well! The perforations make for a easy smooth draw with very little harshness in the back of the throat. Draw gets a ten out of ten! Nicotine wise these hit the mark as well. If smoked first thing in the morning or on an empty stomach it may be leaning toward a bit much but, in regular situations is a great daily smoke, eight out of ten. The packaging is also pretty good, simple grey box with the standard American Spirit graphics will get this box a modest seven out of ten. So overall you can probably guess that i love this cigarette! This gets a ten out of ten all the way! Its unique, tasty, sweet yet robust, strong and very high quality, and excellent smoke!