Call it an Aromatic English or a leathery Aromatic, whichever part of the equation you put first, Sutliff's 504C Aromatic English combines the accommodating nature of a Black Cavendish/Burley Aromatic with the depth of an English mixture.
To me, this blend closely mirrors Frog Morton. Now, some may not agree with this, but there are several things that need to be considered. 1. This, as with many Sutliff selections needs a good amount of drying. I let this sit out over night with the ... Read Morelid off and the moisture level went from sticky to perfect. 2. This is a light crossover blend. If you are looking for a Lat Bomb, this doesnt fit the bill. HOWEVER, once it has had a chance to dry out a bit and relax in your cellar, this is a truly remarkable smoke. Very mellow, has that easy, cloudlike mouthfeel and smooth exhale and retrohale that FMC had. You cannot beat it for the price. Again, let it dry out a bit and cellar for a month, and you are good to go. Read Less
While traveling I picked up some bulk from a brick and mortar shop with their own name on it, but I knew they were using Sutliff bulk from bags I could see behind the counter. I really enjoyed those couple ounces, and after some research determined t... Read Morehat 504c Aromatic English was likely the blend. So, I ordered a couple of ounces from Smoking Pipes to see, and I nailed it. This blend is a nice Enlgish with some sweetness, and is more of a Scottish than an English in my opinion. Either way it's a very pleasant smoke that has a really nice room note. This gives us an opportunity to enough a full bodied smoke and those around us can enjoy the room note. Winner, winner! There is an aromatic quality, but it's not over powering, just a subtle kind of liquor sweetness to it. I keep craving it, and will likely have to get it by the pound on future orders. Read Less
To me this is a nice english that occasionally seems aromatic. It's my first time trying this kind of blend and it was great. It was a bit temperamental for me, kind of damp towards the end of every bowl, but not as bad as most aromatic only blends. ... Read MoreSutliff has a pretty good product here if you like aromatic english. Not too strong and not too sweet smelling, good balance. Read Less
I'd been on the hunt for a good crossover blend for a while now. I wanted something with a little more character than a straight aromatic but also wanted not to offend (as badly) as a nice English. During my exploration, I discovered "Aromatic E... Read Morenglish" blends and found a couple that I like. I've got jars of Lane's HGL and Karer's Blend for Cary Grant. But, honestly, while those are good blends, "I still hadn't found what I was looking for" (sorry U2).
And then I bumped into Stuliff's 504C.
When I opened the bag, the smell was intoxicating. There was the nice smell of vanilla (I believe) but not too over powering. I could still make out the nuttiness of the burley and hints of incense-y Latikia.
The bag was very wet. Very. Wet. I left it in the bag for the duration and it never completely dried out. I'm not sure if this is done so that it doesn't dry out "on the shelf" but it would benefit from not being so wet.
With that stated, however, it still smoked fine. I packed it very lightly and lit my pipe. The taste was outstanding! I first tasted the light topping (maybe vanilla or caramel or perhaps some plum or rum) and then the earthiness from the burley came through. Then, in wisps once in a while, I get the slight incense of the Latikia.
As I was smoking it a colleague stopped by and said that he really liked the way it smelled. I offered him a bowl and excused myself. When I came back I caught a waft of the tobacco. "Oh my gosh," I exclaimed. "When I think of pipe tobacco, that's EXACTLY what I think of!"
It became my all-day, go-to blend. Sadly, I've since run out it and am smoking my other tobaccos before I order more of this.
The subtilty is there from all the components--the earthiness of the burley, the gentle sweetness of the cavendish, and the light wisps of incense from the Latikia. It's all blended so beautifully and each part of the symphony plays off each other in a very balanced way. Read Less
From the bag it is a pleasant aroma of balance between sweet, spice, and smokiness. The tobacco has a soft velvety feel to it as you sprinkle it into the bowl. Once lit it starts off on a sweet note but rather quickly balances out to an exciting slig... Read Morehtly robust signature of sweet, spice and smokiness with a little hint of straight tobacco leaf, like a fine cigar. As you continue down the bowl, the smokiness and spice begin to slowly intensify keeping you interested in the journey. I really enjoy drinking a black cup of coffee in the morning with it and a root beer in the afternoon with it. I could see a good whiskey or scotch to pair with this tobacco as well. Read Less
I've had this blend for over a year now.it was one of my first aro/English blends,was a little skeptical at first because I wasn't sure if I liked Latakia, this was easily resolved within a few bowls.. this blend it's not overpowering, the Latakia i... Read Mores not a blast to the senses.. the addition of a light topping of vanilla brings out the sweetness and to me compliments the sweetness and smokiness of the Latakia.This cool burning blend is nutty,Virginia sweet, and has just enough sour and tangy notes to keep me very interested throughout the bowl.while smoking it eventually gives a really toasty flavor to the overall blend. This to me is a good all day smoke, and I would imagine that anyone who likes Latakia blends would really enjoy this one as well..I still have about 6 ounces, and with my rate of smoking this should last at least another half a year.by then I'm sure it will have blossomed into an even better blend. Nic hit is between low and medium,definitely recommended. Read Less
A really nice blend of sweet Cavendish and latakia. Smokes very cool and the taste is a mix of various levels of sweetness. Becoming a favorite. This could have been a codger blend had it came out decades ago.
I enjoyed this blend. My palate is still relatively young so I’m sampling as many different blends as I can. This was a very pleasant English with a slight sweetness. The topping seems like vanilla but I detected an alcohol like rum or whiskey als... Read Moreo. The taste is smooth and not a bit of bite. I recommend it. Read Less
An interesting smoke. An aromatic with latakia that smokes well. It's a bit wet and needs time to wick dry. Packs well, burns well. Tastes interesting enough to smoke more of. I like it, I don't love it, at least not yet.
UPDATE. Boy, was I... Read More wrong about this blend. It's wonderful. After letting it age for 6 months it's become one of my favorite smokes. It's gorgeously tasteful and a main stay in my rotation. Read Less
The initial light on this tobacco surprised me with an initial hit resembling the smell of a hard boiled egg yolk but quickly subsided to a scent remeniscent of a leather shop before fading away almost completely. The subtle sourness hangs up on n th... Read Moree background like the musty smell of a basement that won't go away. A little bitey for not being a lat bomb. I do agree with previous comments about it being too moist. Dry time is a must for this one. Wouldn't actively avoid or seek this blend. In my humble opinion this blend is the Pinnacle of mediocre. Read Less
As a noob that started with aromatics I wanted to see what else was out there. The taste was pretty good, with fluffy smoke. Gave it about 30 min of airing and it smoked with just a few relights until the end. Tin note is leather and wood, with a bit... Read More of manure in there. Taste is a bit of toast with apricot jam and a hint of cocoa, that leaves an aftertaste of some sort of liquor and something rather earthy but pleasant. Can't compare it to anything else, but I did enjoy it. Read Less
I'm mainly an aromatic smoker but have been trying to cross over to English Blends. But Latakia as been my Krypto. But with this blend I would say it's the one for someone wanting to make the change. It's smooth sweet mild. I would suggest t to anyon... Read Moree. Read Less
This is not bad but needs more aromatic to balance the Latakia for me. I want just enough to be like salt on fries. Where it compliments the flavor. Not like ketchup that covers it up. Will add a little aromatic and try again.
What a fantastic blend ! I enjoy crossover type blends at times but they arent my first choice . This blend has changed that for me . This blend might be a bit more " cavendishy " than HGL and some others but it is to it's advantage . The b... Read Morealance of flavors is , imo , damn near perfect . I dare to say the best crossover blend I've smoked . It bends more toward aro than english where as others are the opposite and some bend the same ... but this one is best ! I gave it 4.5 stars . I cant imagine it could be better but maybe it could . The non aro flavors are in perfect balance . It's really one to try Read Less
This is a delicious little crossover English--a bit like Lane's RLP-6 with some latakia added. I'd recommend this for aromatic lovers who'd like to venture into latakia territory, or anyone interested in a latakia blend with a sweet side to it. It is... Read More just the slightest bit too moist out of the bag, but burns well. Read Less
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