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Sutliff - SPS 2011 - Peach Cobbler
Peach Cobbler
I was gifted this blend, and was quite excited to try it. The cut is not as even as I would like, but it still packs nicely. The moisture in the bag I was gifted was quite dry, but I can't say how it was when my friend received it. No points deducted for dryness. Despite the dryness, I found it a bit difficult to get the charring light to take. However, once it took, the blend smoked suprisingly cool. There were no bellows of smoke coming from my pipe, rather, a nice and wispy smoke trail was all that I had. I find that quite pleasant. Upon the true light, I was greeted with a heavy sweetness. The Virginia's came through much stronger than I thought they would, based on the amount in the blend. The Cavendish and Burley came through, giving a pleasant creaminess and nuttiness. I was perplexed that I didn't get any peach notes for the first third of the bowl. The second third gave minor notes of peach, which complemented the Burley's nuttiness and the overall creaminess of the blend. I had a bit of trouble with getting the Cavendish to burn properly, which led to a bit of an uneven bowl heat, and a varying taste in the blend. Overall, this blend came out a bit too simple for me. It's a good smoke that you don't have to think about, and I would certainly not be disappointed if I was gifted it again.

CAO - Eileen's Dream 50g
Eileen's Dream
After hearing a Youtuber I respect very much recommend this blend, I wasn’t hesitant to buy a tin of Eileen’s Dream. The tin itself is exquisite. I love the art and the color scheme. Inside, there are a few bits of twig, but not enough to discourage me from re-purchasing. Here’s my impressions after enjoying the whole tin… Opening the tin leads to a great aroma of chocolate and vanilla. I wouldn’t go so far as to say truffles. The Irish Cream is there, as well as hazelnut, but neither is overwhelming. I may be alone here, but I also detected a very faint spiciness, which also came through in the smoke; but more on that later. The moisture from the tin is slightly damp, but not far off of perfect. Smoking directly from the tin turned out just fine, but the blend definitely improved with a little drying time. The blend packs well. Inside the pipe before I touched a flame to it, I’ll be darned if I didn’t get an overwhelming taste of fig newton cookies. This was out of an unsmoked churchwarden, but your mileage may vary. The blend lights well, and scores 10/10 for holding a flame. Throughout the entire tin, I only had to relight a bowl once or twice after my primary light. Once lit, the chocolate and Irish cream really come through. The tobacco is sweet, but not overly. Imagine taking dark, bittersweet chocolate and mixing it with a light, unsweet Irish cream. That’s what you’re purchasing in this blend. The tobacco however isn’t so heavily cased that that it kills the tobacco flavor. There’s still a nice Cavendish in there, and it the flavors all complement one another. I also get a slight spiciness in the blend; just enough to let you know it’s there by tickling the throat. This blend is not overly complex, but is certainly not one dimensional. I wouldn’t recommend if for an all-day smoke. You really have to sip on it gently, or it will bite with a vengeance. All in all, I highly recommend this blend. It will do well in an aromatic smoker’s rotation, or an English smoker looking for a small treat every now and then. Smokind in a Savinelli 320, 626, Churchwarden, and various Cobbs.

Sutliff - Molto Dolce 1.5oz
A Simple Aromatic
What can you say about Molto Dolce that hasn't been said already? Here's my humble review after a full tin of this sweet tobacco. Upon opening the tin, even a beginner smoker will realize that this tobacco is a goopy mess. It is so heavily cased, that I even hesitate to call it “cased” anymore. If you think of sucking on caramel candy for a few minutes, the sticky substance on the outside of the candy is what this tobacco reminds me of. However, believe it or not, it’s not an entirely bad thing. The tin note itself is delicious and exceptional. It reminds me of a flan, or perhaps a crème brulee without the burnt sugar smell. Heavy notes of caramel and vanilla come through. When packing this tobacco, make sure to use a gentle tamp. Otherwise the goop seals the bowl, and you’re left with a solid mass in the bowl. A light packing, however lights relatively easily. This may take a bit of a higher heat to light, or you can just use a patient flame. Either will work well. Smoking this blend too quickly, unsurprisingly will give you’re a rash of tongue bite. However, a slow, steady puffing will reward you with an overwhelming taste of vanilla, honey, and caramel. There is also a heavy, artificial sweetness in the blend, but I’m not complaining. I know what I paid for when I bought this blend. The bowl smokes down to a goopy ash in the bottom. I have found that loading half a bowl provides with a cleaner burn all the way down. With that being said, I think a small bowled pipe will serve you best. A thorough and diligent cleaning will keep the goop down in your bigger bowls however. Room note is terrific. Once again, heavy in the caramel and vanilla notes. My go to for smoking in the car when I don’t want to smell too smoky. Overall, I recommend this blend for someone first getting into pipe smoking. The overwhelming sweetness and flavors will provide you with a “wham” on your palate to make sure It’s working. It will teach the beginner how to properly cadence their smoking, as the flavor profile really is a light switch (off/on) with a correct vs. incorrect smoke. Experienced pipers may be overwhelmed by the flavors and sticky sweetness, although a sweet treat now and then is always a pleasurable experience. I’ll be buying more of this blend, but it won’t keep a place in my everyday rotation. I smoked this in a Savinelli 626, Savinelli Chuchwarden, Savinelli Christmas 320, and various Miss. Meer. Cobs (both bent and straight). I highly recommend a cob for this blend.

Sutliff - Molto Dolce 1.5oz
A Simple Aromatic
What can you say about Molto Dolce that hasn't been said already? Here's my humble review after a full tin of this sweet tobacco. Upon opening the tin, even a beginner smoker will realize that this tobacco is a goopy mess. It is so heavily cased, that I even hesitate to call it “cased” anymore. If you think of sucking on caramel candy for a few minutes, the sticky substance on the outside of the candy is what this tobacco reminds me of. However, believe it or not, it’s not an entirely bad thing. The tin note itself is delicious and exceptional. It reminds me of a flan, or perhaps a crème brulee without the burnt sugar smell. Heavy notes of caramel and vanilla come through. When packing this tobacco, make sure to use a gentle tamp. Otherwise the goop seals the bowl, and you’re left with a solid mass in the bowl. A light packing, however lights relatively easily. This may take a bit of a higher heat to light, or you can just use a patient flame. Either will work well. Smoking this blend too quickly, unsurprisingly will give you’re a rash of tongue bite. However, a slow, steady puffing will reward you with an overwhelming taste of vanilla, honey, and caramel. There is also a heavy, artificial sweetness in the blend, but I’m not complaining. I know what I paid for when I bought this blend. The bowl smokes down to a goopy ash in the bottom. I have found that loading half a bowl provides with a cleaner burn all the way down. With that being said, I think a small bowled pipe will serve you best. A thorough and diligent cleaning will keep the goop down in your bigger bowls however. Room note is terrific. Once again, heavy in the caramel and vanilla notes. My go to for smoking in the car when I don’t want to smell too smoky. Overall, I recommend this blend for someone first getting into pipe smoking. The overwhelming sweetness and flavors will provide you with a “wham” on your palate to make sure It’s working. It will teach the beginner how to properly cadence their smoking, as the flavor profile really is a light switch (off/on) with a correct vs. incorrect smoke. Experienced pipers may be overwhelmed by the flavors and sticky sweetness, although a sweet treat now and then is always a pleasurable experience. I’ll be buying more of this blend, but it won’t keep a place in my everyday rotation. I smoked this in a Savinelli 626, Savinelli Chuchwarden, Savinelli Christmas 320, and various Miss. Meer. Cobs (both bent and straight). I highly recommend a cob for this blend.

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