Sometimes you find yourself just unable to get motivated to do much of anything. Either it’s too hot, or you didn’t sleep well, or the kids stressed you out, or even all of the above. So, even though my shipment of Sutliff Private Stock tobacco arrived today, it was hard to get enthusiastic about doing more reviews. However, after my recent bout with Fourth Generation aromatics, a good English mixture sounded like just the right thing to get my mind in gear. Boy, was I right!
I started off by reading the book that was sent with tobacco about the product lines;
In fox hunting, the quarry, the pack, the field and the field master are all essentials of the hunt. Conversely, this luxurious English mixture has its essentials: Smoky Latakia, Matured Virginias, Rich Burley and Quality Turkish.
Seemed like just the thing to kick the mind into action!
I opened the tin, or rather got my hubby to open it, and was greeted to a tin note that was so mild that I couldn’t even smell it. I had to hold the tin right up to my nose to even get a whiff. The mild note was that of tack and harness, leathery with a sharp undertone and immediately attracted my senses.
Being an English mix, the tobacco doesn’t appear too moist in the can and the ribbon-cut leaves are brilliantly blended into a beautiful charcoal, brown, and tan assortment.
Dipping my fingers into the tobacco I find that the moisture levels are just about perfect, and Sutliff tobaccos a packaged loose, not compressed, so someone like myself, with limited mobility in their fingers, finds packing a pipe with this tobacco to be very easy.
By the time I had finished loading my pipe, a refinished Savinelli Alligator 114 KS, my mind was racing over the details of this review. Maybe it was an unnoticeable hint of aroma, or the feeling of the tobacco on my fingers, but like a horse that had broken its lead, my mind was off and running.
I thought to myself, “I need to smoke this pipe just to calm down,” and I took off my glasses, leaned back in my chair, and lit up.
30 minutes later, the bowl was reduced to ashes, and my mind was clopping along, like a well-trained stallion under the heel of a fox hunter, and the words to this review were flowing off the tip of my tongue.
I actually had to stop and reflect upon the taste of this tobacco, as I had been totally engrossed in the experience. However, just about that time my hubby came back into the room, having finished his bowl of the same, and we were able to compare notes.
The tobacco is very heavily based in Burley and Latakia, and leaves that distinct Latakia taste in your mouth, peppered by the Burleys and sweetened by the Virginia… Or maybe it’s the other way around?
All in all, I found the blend quite enjoyable, both relaxing and invigorating at the same time.
In my opinion, a definite win for Sutliff, though being an un-cased tobacco, the room note is not going to win points with your in-laws. It is, however, a wonderful, smoky Latakia aroma that Latakia lovers will love.
You can get this prize at pipesandcigars.com, HERE, for $6.10 USD, a full penny cheaper than you can get it at smokingpipes.com, HERE, or at cupojoes.com, HERE, for $9.99 USD. Each for the 1.5 ounce can.
If none of those work for you, check with Sutliff, HERE, and they will help you find an American retailer near your zip code.