When I was a kid, I was in a hallway with a dozen or so of our more geriatric choir ladies. They were all dressed for Sunday Church and wearing perfume. The smell was strong of flowery perfume of many different types in that narrow hall. When I lit t... Read Morehat bowl of Mixture 79, it was as if somebody had bottled the essence of that moment, planted it, and grew it in tobacco form , and then harvested it. That is what this blend tasted like. I usually smoke for five minutes to give something a chance to settle, or the charring light to take, but this didn't subside. It was tenacious. I felt like those ladies were all there again humming refrains from their practice. Read Less
Everyone seems to have an opinion of this tobacco, and many of those opinions are almost laughably negative. Not because this time honored blend is actually so horrible, but because as you read those reviews, you find that almost none were written b... Read Morey anyone who's given Mixture 79 more than a passing whiff or puff.
And what do you find with, and beyond that passing whiff or puff? Something wholly unique and almost otherworldly in its unusual flavor and profile.
Mixture 79 is a very old American burley nod to the very richly pedigreed English aromatic tradition: the lakeland essence. The classic American burley is smooth, nutty and absolutely consistent, and the topping... it may repel at first as its floral, licorice, root beer like essence is so unusual to the modern American palate. But with a little time, that aroma, along with the loyal, dependable classic burleys begin to haunt you.
The title of this review is a reference to a very appropriate comment I once heard about this blend. That comment was something to the effect that "Mixture 79 is like H.P. Lovecraft in a pipe". I don't recall how it was meant in context, but it works very well to describe this blend because like Lovecraft, Mixture 79, despite being slightly off-putting, or even offensive initially proceeds to draw one in with its evocative, ancient, and rich atmosphere and history. It is a dark, lilting, and perfumed love-letter to the very history of pipe smoking.
The topping is extremely well balanced, the smoke is rich, cool, and mysteriously fragrant, and the lineage of the blend itself is almost without compare on this side of the Atlantic.
I have been smoking a pipe for 15 years, and have tried everything from Penzance to 5 Brothers. I love a little of everything, but Mixture 79 will never be far from my side.
Simply put, if the sound of a uniquely American effort to impart the lakeland essence into a smooth, cool, and flawlessly consistent all-day smoking mixture appeals to you, you will LOVE Mixture 79.
If it doesn't... there are hundreds of other blends to choose. But while many, many of those so called timeless masterpieces have faded away and are now lost... The dark, eldritch allure of Mixture 79 has kept it in production for 100 years or so and counting. Read Less
First, I can not find a match for this blend. A gentle burley with an old flavor of alcohol, vanilla and anise. The flavor is as gentle as the tobacco. Anise is somewhere in the background, many do not like it, and maybe that scares them. There is a ... Read Moreslight taste of earth, bread and the unmistakable cocoa flavor, typical burley. It needs drying, it smokes cold and can be an interesting experience. Read Less
Compared to simple Burley tobacco, 79 is spicy and not that sweet. Feeling familiar cocoa hint, this tobacco will give you a fresh experience. For older smokers it may be one of tobacco to evoke old memories. It deserves consideration of purchase.
This is probably the most polarizing blend of all time. I tried it out of need because we don't have access to other tobaccos. there is liquorice, plums and some flowery smell to this. I like this from time to time.
If you ever wondered about what Ralphie's mouth tasted like in A Christmas Story. This is the tobacco for you.
I have a soft spot in my heart and in my tobacco cellar for classic blends. So when I saw it was in stock I ordered an ounce to try it ou... Read Moret. It didn't take many puffs to realize that this was not the trip down memory lane I was looking for. But I do recommend you try it for yourself, after all sometimes a two dollar gamble can really pay off. Read Less
This blend is has always been a love/hate tobacco...until now. I remember buying this early on, in my late teens into my early twenties, smoking a few bowls from the pouch, uttering a string of expletives, tossing it in the trash, and moving on...yet... Read More for whatever reason, I kept coming back to it. I hated it more than loved it back then.
Now, almost thirty years later, in spite of (or maybe because of) the mountain of almost comically negative effects reviews, I bought a pouch of this a few months back...I couldn't help myself. Benjamin M.'s review made me do it...hehehe...
And I loved it. That initial burst of floral and perfume essence grabbed me at first light. I made that pouch last three weeks...I found myself savoring it. It is a bit less floral in the pouch and room note than I remember it being back then...but quite singular in its taste and aroma. There really is nothing else quite like it.
Well, I just ordered a pound of this from here...with no regrets. The bulk version, while quite moist and fresh, has way less of the floral/perfume element to it than the pouch version did. This is a good characteristic if that was what steered one away from this blend after initial contact with it. In my case, it was a bit disappointing. It was precisely what I was after, that flavor that flirts with being a Lakeland type essence. However...the bulk version is somewhat more mellow than the pouch version...which does a couple things. It makes it more palatable to a newcomer to this blend...sort of a PG-13 version of what is otherwise an R rated tobacco in the pipe world. On the fence about trying this tobacco? Pick up a few ounces of the bulk. Give it a little drying time and pack a cob of it. If you have at all adventurous tastes...you will be back. It is different enough that it is almost a different blend. Myself, I will be keeping a good supply of the bulk version of this on hand, as a mellow, all day type smoke, and for blending purposes, as well as purchasing a tub of this to reserve for evening smoking...it is like a warm, fragrant blanket, an old codger's night cap for me.
Ignore the laughably negative hype and find out for yourself if you like this time-honored blend. There is a reason that over half my estate pipes were brimming with ghosts of this blend...millions of our grandfathers were onto something!
Thank you, Benjamin M., for your excellent review...I couldn't agree more. Indeed, a dark, perfumed love letter to the very history of pipe smoking... Read Less
Everyone seems to have an opinion of this tobacco, and many of those opinions are almost laughably negative.A rich, old-fashioned Burley blend, topped with a drop of whisky, natural vanilla extract, and a kiss of anisette makes Sutliff's Mixture 79 a... Read More... soft, sweet smoke, nicely-rounded, and free of bite.A pleasant smoke, and I like to mix a little Black Cavendish in now and again. Read Less
I have been buying from you for many years. Always very fresh product, even with a brand that is not overly popular such as Mixture 79. Always great customer service and orders always on time and fresh.
I tried this before and found it abhorrent. When I ordered a few ounces of bulk out of curiosity I found that it seems like a whole new blend. It now tastes of cream soda, anisette, licorice, and the burley molasses on occasion. Give it another try, ... Read Moreyou won't be disappointed. Read Less
Everyone seems to have an opinion of this tobacco, and many of those opinions are almost laughably negative.A rich, old-fashioned Burley blend, topped with a drop of whisky, natural vanilla extract, and a kiss of anisette makes Sutliff's Mixture 79 a... Read More soft, sweet smoke, nicely-rounded, and free of bite.A pleasant smoke, and I like to mix a little Black Cavendish in now and again Read Less
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