Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by ArmedOctopus, Apr 2, 2013.
I'm a huge fan of NO5....can you give me an idea of what ST G's blend was like?
Yes I can... I reviewed it here: http://pipesmokersforum.com/community/threads/sutliff-private-stock-st-georges-blend.23393/
The summary version would be that its a good cherry aromatic, a little moist, but with great cherry flavor. The flavoring/topping in it made my ashes pink. Great smoke from top to bottom. I highly recommend it.
I've enjoyed the Alexander Bridge (aromatic) and the Kentucky Planter (non-aromatic) blends, but my favorite all day aromatic smoke is RLP-6.
I've had one bowl - a big bowl - of Blend No. 5, many bowls of Maple Street and... sheesh, I forget some of the others, and I've got even more unopened tins. I... I really don't smoke as much as I want to. I haven't had any that were bad, and Maple Street quickly became one of my favorites. Still is, too. I'll have to have more of Blend No. 5, but thus far, it's not bad at all. To me it was sweet, but still a little spicy and smokey.
I think the way most folks see the Sutliff blends it that they've got a lot of good blends, but nothing really 'great.' That seems to be what I read a lot. To me though, I love their Maple Street... though I'm trying to get my hands on Rich's Maple Steamer...
Our Mayor and the first lady had quite a review thread going. Lots of good reading: Sutliff Mega Review
I have two tins worth of Maple Street. I tried it when I had a cold and didnt care for it...but am about 90% my dislike was cold related.
I find some of them pretty good, and others pretty foul. I like their Balkan Delux (a Balkan), CD Blend (an old timey type of blend that reminds me of classic OTC's like Revelation), and No. 5 Mixture (or some such name, which is a generic English type blend). I think there is just a bit of posing going on when Sutliff blends are touted as being the equal of high-end blends like Dunhill or whatever, but if taken on their own merits I think they are quite enjoyable all day blends. They run about $6USD a tin, which certainly puts them in the price range of an all-day smoke. I think that if you don't try to make them something more than they are, then they're pleasant enough blends. Nothing fancy, but very enjoyable. In an age of "super blends" like Pease and the like, many pipe smokers have forgotten what it is like to just enjoy a bowl tobacco. I think Sutliff blends are a reminder that pipe tobacco need not be fancy or exotic to be enjoyable.
I haven't tried many Sutliff blends but the ones I've had I quite enjoyed. For the price, Blend No.5 was one smooth English smoke. Waiting until spring (and the acquisition of a new house) to dive into my "goody bag" Sutliff tins. I wouldn't hesitate to buy more, if I wasn't already so attached to my three blends I can buy in bigger quantities.
I see no one has mentioned Molto Dulce yet. It's really sweet. Literally and metaphorically speaking.
I've tried a few. Of all, the No.5 Mixture was fair, and Westminster was somewhat better....neither was memorable. The tins are about twice as big as they need to be....or they need to put more in them. Come on....1.5 oz?!? That's around 42g. The smallest per tin amount of any tinned tobacco on the market today, and in a 100g tin.
Here's what Ruff and I thought of some of the Sutliff Private Stock blends, we never finished the whole review because I got very sick and Ruff started giving away all of tobacco for it, so the review thread just sort of ended. But if you want to read the ones we did, you can find it here: http://pipesmokersforum.com/community/threads/j-js-sutliff-blends-mega-review.10981/
At first I didn't like No 5, but it was my first taste of latikia, then after trying a few more milder English blends and really liking them, I revisited No 5 with a more open mind on Latikia. Now I must say that my two favorite Sutliff blends are the Balkan Luxury Blend and Golden Age. I find these tobaccos to be very easy to handle. Easy to light and keep lit. The flavors are good and don't gurgle or leave goo. I really enjoyed the review and it was especially fun to do with my DH.
Molto Dulce is my dessert smoke. I just have to remember to lay it out on a paper towel for a good bit prior to packing it.