When I first heard of Sutliff’s Molto Dolce it was because a friend on Facebook was flaunting its praises throughout many pipe groups. And always eager to try new things, I picked up the 40 gram tin (1.5 ounces) from smokingpipes.com, HERE, for $6.11.
Smoking pipes has this to say about the tobacco;
Suffice it to say, Molto Dolce is the cream of the crop. A rich creamy sweet topping is applied to Burley, Virginia and Black Cavendish to create a delightful Aromatic smoke. In regard to te tin’s art work, Botticelli’s Primavera is depicted. A line from classical writer Lucrertius’ De Rerum Nature inspired the choice of this masterpiece. “With colours and odours excellent”. Many art critics proclaim this to be the world’s most mysterious painting.
I found that description intriguing, so I really tried to take this tobacco seriously.
First of all, the tin is huge. It is easily the size of a 100 gram (3.5 ounce) tin, even though there is only 1.5 ounces in the can. My guess is, that this tobacco is so cased, that if they tried to compact it into a normal tobacco tin, it would form into an unusable brick. It also feels slightly sticky to the touch.
When I opened the tin this strong scent of caramel, and sweet honey got past even my limited sense of smell, and I thought the tobacco smelled of candy.
I handed the can to my wife, and she described the smell as, “as though a faerie farted!”
When I asked her how she would know that, she assured me that she actually was an expert in Seelie flatulence, and it, indeed, did smell like faerie farts. I’ll just have to take her word for it.
On the other hand, both my hubby and I lit up a pipe full and both found that it tastes just like ice cream.
I feel it necessary to add, that my hubby could not get through an entire bowl of this tobacco, as he kept on laughing. I, on the other hand, enjoyed the bowl on a lark, though I could see how he was amused by it.
Ice cream flavored tobacco, which smells of goblin gas, and you can see why I have trouble taking it seriously?
But in all seriousness, the tobacco smoked cleanly, and produced no tongue bite, which is surprising for such a heavily cased tobacco. To be honest, I thoroughly enjoyed the bowl.
The tobacco has absolutely no punch to it, and is as smooth as cream, but is an enjoyable smoke.
Also, the room note is incredibly enjoyable. A definite crowd pleaser, the caramel and vanilla scent is not overwhelming, much like a scented candle, or oil diffuser.
While Molto Dolce is not likely to become a regular on my rotation, I could thoroughly enjoy a bowl from now and again. Thanks Mary for turning me onto this one!
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!