Sutliff Private Stock- Charlemagne Review

Charlemagne, born sometime in 742, ruled the Franks, The Lombards, and the Romans until his death in 814. His time was marked with prolonged periods of warfare. He lead a bloody excursion into Muslim Spain and violently christianized the East, killing thousands.

Now, if this person was represented in the form of a tobacco, what do you think it would taste like? Blood? War? The desperation of a man using wanton bloodshed to assuage his fear of the almighty?

Well, if you’re the Sutliff tobacco company, you think Charlemagne tastes like a mild blend of burley, virginia, and black cavendish aromatic tobacco with a bit of fruit/plum flavoring. I’m not sure how accurate this is, but it certainly makes for a nice smoke.

Now, to get the unpleasantness out of the way, the tobacco in my tin went far beyond moist. It was actually sopping wet. I had to let it dry on a piece of paper towel for at least an hour to be able to smoke it. It also smoked just a little bit too hot for my tastes, but all these problems really didn’t matter when measured up to the blends truly delightful flavor.

The tobacco is nice and mild, with a light oak flavoring. The burley was actually more sweet than it was nutty, which is very interesting. There is a mild fruit/plum taste overtop, and among the cavendish is a little bit of vanilla. It was very smooth overall and, despite the flavor pallet being busy, it was cohesive and contained little bite. A good dessert smoke.

3 and a half stars

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