Escudo Navy Deluxe was my first and only va-per. It was also my favourite pipe tobacco, if I had to choose one off the top of my head.
I only experienced it fresh, however, and loved the peppery perique. I bought 7 or 8 tins and put them aside.
Long story short, I gave up my pipes for about a year - year and a half.
I've returned to the aged Escudo and I'll be damned but I still prefer the slight zing of the new stuff. The perique has receded way more than I thought it would. I like the smooth Virginia base still but I'm not a hundred percent content with the aging process so far.
I don't smoke very much, so it's only going to get older - I just hope that the Virginia gets real good as it matures!
Any thoughts on this, gentlemen?