The very name, Sunset Rum, conjures up a sublime experience. This is a unique blend from Sutliff of flavored black, pressed ribbon cut Virginia and Burley that is punctuated with rum and vanilla and a hint of caramel.
I'd be remiss if I didn't review Sutliff's Sunset Rum. A bit of back story...I began the pipe hobby in the early 90s and unlike most pipers who start with aromatics I began with stout Balkan blends. Dunhill's My Mixture 965, Balkan Sasieni, Butera's ... Read MorePelican, Esoterica's Pembroke and G.L.Pease's Abingdon were among my favorites. I was young and liked a nice heady smoke. This went on until I finished college and then one day I dropped my pipe while getting out of my truck. GASP! My favorite pipe hit the pavement and took a nasty ding causing my mind to go into panic mode. I had many pipes I smoked regularly, really nice pipes too mind you, but I bought a display case and basically shelved them all. It was not my intention to stop smoking my pipes, but I became paranoid and keeping them from damage became paramount. I did not however give up smoking pipe tobacco. I simply started rolling my own pipe tobaccos more and smoking my pipes less. That's where Sunset Rum came into my life. Many of the blends I regularly smoked in a pipe just didn't have the right cut for rolling in papers. In my search for a finer ribbon cut blend I discovered Sunset Rum. That's when I discovered aromatics and decided some were actually pretty good in their own way. In fact, Sunset Rum became my go-to RYO blend for about a decade. These days I've returned to my pipes and the luxury of English/Balkan blends and the universe is right again. But, I'll always have a fondness for Sunset Rum. It's funny how a single act can change a person so profoundly, and yet without such detours in life we might never try something new. Life is full of tangents. Sunset Rum was a nice long adventure I took after college. I'm happy to say it smokes great in a pipe as intended too. Enjoy. Read Less
Sutliff blends are starting to dominate my cellar and my rotations. This one isn't daily for me, but it is one I revisit frequently. Cool smoke, typically one light, and flavorful to the end. I prefer this after dark, on the weekend, in good company.... Read MoreRead Less
One to definitely keep on the shelf. The aroma and smoke is a crowd pleaser. It’s great on its own but I also love blending it with the vanilla custard by sutliff as well. Worth a try for a couple more bucks.
My buddy, I believe his review is right above this one, has been smoking this for a long time. I prefer English blends, so keep that in mind. Burley is not my favorite tobacco, but this blend does burley and virginia right. The tin/bag note of Sunset... Read More Rum is great. You could bury your nose in it. It also smells wonderful. After years of smelling it, I have been around for the compliments on the room note. It burns nice and even. The taste is intoxicating. You get this mellow, creamy taste of rum cake (without the calories). Read Less
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