I am definitely a Virginia and Va/Per lover. I have recently been having an affair with burley, particularly the lighter, OTC blends. I've come to like most burley-based blends very much. I guess my tastes in pipe tobacco are fairly eclectic: I also ... Read Morelike light English blends and certain other latakia blends - long as they aren't "lat bombs". But I find myself always coming back to Virginia and Va/Per blends.
So, after the fling with burley, I wanted to get several good quality Virginia-Va/Per blends for a nice change. Sutliff's Virginia Slices was one of them. I must say that the presentation is very interesting and attractive. These slices are cut considerably longer than most other flakes I've seen. I read that this is a European style. These slices rub out pretty easily, but my preferred method of flake preparation is a variation of "fold & stuff" I think of as "wad & stuff". So, I pulled a slice into a shorter section, then took a bit and simply wadded the tobacco into a ball and stuffed it into the bowl of my pipe. I repeated until the bowl was full. Bag note: smells like fresh, good ole tobacco. I couldn't detect a topping. This tobacco lights and burns readily to a fine, gray-white ash, and very few re-lights required. As with other Virginia blends, smoke this slowly to get the most flavor. Sip it! The smoke was cool and lasted a long time. Now, I usually have difficulty tasting the citrus notes everyone describes with Va blends. Plenty of grass and hay and all that, but citrus always seems to elude me. But with this blend, I was able to detect it! That sorta citrusy taste was subtle and would shy away whenever I tried to reach for it, but I was definitely getting it with this blend. Some earthiness in there, too, but lots of good, solid tobacco taste. Most Virginias leave a good after-taste for me, and Virginia Slices is no exception. It is also not hard on the tongue provided you don't huff n puff it. My favorite straight Virginia is G.L. Pease "Union Square"; Virginia Slices isn't going to beat it, in my opinion. But, just the same, this blend is tasty. Yes, it is a basic tobacco that is one- maybe two-dimensional. But, sometimes that's what is needed. This blend is good, especially for the price. I recommend it! Read Less
This is an excellent bulk flake. Smooth, burns well. Slightly sweet, with a hay and citrus flavor. I've discovered that if you add a pinch of burley to this, I used some Prince Albert, it really adds a whole new dimension to it. At this price, give ... Read Moreit a try... Read Less
This is a decent Virginia when fresh but definitely needs some age to really shine. When its fresh it just tastes a little green and immature. Has some decent sweetness and hay flavors. Very earthy for a bright straight Virginia. I usually let mine s... Read Moreit for a few months before i am really able to fully enjoy it. Very excited to see how this is after a few years. Read Less
Firstly, with all tobacco reviews, your milage may vary! I have been really quite impressed with how delicious this tobacco is. And you cannot beat the price! The tobacco comes in a long and quite thin flake form and at the perfect moisture content f... Read Moreor smoking and aging. The say there is an aromatic top note, but it is undetectable by my tastes. Everything about this tobacco speaks quality, the presentation, the aroma, how easy it is to work with - it's just what I was looking for, a straight Virginia flake in bulk that seems to be readily available. Sutliff is mostly known for aromatic blends that are either love or hate... this one will probably be love from the first light. I'm one who enjoys a lot of nicotine, and although other reviews state that this is mild, I didn't feel it was lacking anything. This is a winner, a beautiful tobacco that is delicious new and will also improve with age. Read Less
I have smoked this VA flake for years and find it first-rate. It is my regular, daily tobacco. I also find that it cellars well. Recently I opened a 5 lb. box from 2011 and it was superb. If a smoker wants a flake similar to Orlik's Golden Sliced (wi... Read Morethout the Perique) or PS's Luxury Twist Flake (without the aromatic top-note) -and in bulk to boot - this will be an ideal tobacco for you! Read Less
I just tried this one after cellaring for about a year, and I'm not sure what happened in that time, but it lost whatever little flavor it had to begin with. It wasn't very good when it was fresh, but a year later and it was absolutely unsmokable! I ... Read Morecouldn't finish a single bowl! I'd already decided I'd never order this one again, but never did I dream that a tobacco would get worse after cellaring! I wonder if anyone else has ever had this experience with any tobacco? It's now only fit to serve as kindling in the fireplace. Weird! Read Less
I have been smoking this flake for a lot of years, it is my #1 all day , everyday tobacco. I purchase this flake in 5# bricks from smoking pipes were you will not find a better price, this flake use to be made in Denmark, don't know if it stiill is.... Read More The flakes are long and wide with the perfect moisture content, so their is no relighting over an over. To me, this is what a pure va flake should be with no loaded down flavors. Just my opinion and I'm sticking to it. Read Less
This is undoubtedly my least favorite flake I've tried, having very little flavor at all. Glad I only ordered half a pound! It's not terrible, it's just not good. To dispose of this half pound, I'll have to use it as a blending tobacco, mixing it ... Read Morewith other things that have lots more flavor. This is one I'd recommend to pass on, and won't be buying again, that's for certain. Read Less
I have no idea why the previous reviewer only gave this a 3.5. It is much better than that. The closest I could compare virginia slices too would be orlik golden slice without the perique (which in my opinion is barely detectable). This is an excelle... Read Morent virginia with nice hints of sweetness but just right. If it came down to the 2 I would buy this over orlik. Read Less
Sutliff 507-C, a grassy Danish flake / utility smoke
Flakes are ~7" long and fragile. Also somewhat dry -- but for me that's a good thing. Flavor is mostly grassy with just enough sharpness to scare away amateurs; not terribly sweet; not terribly citrus; and, near the bottom, somewhat ashy tasting. It ... Read Morehas a mild and smooth natural tobacco flavor with medium nicotine strength and good whole mouth feel. There may be a bit of top flavor – something dark like anise -- but so faint I can hardly identify it properly. This won't disappoint veteran Va smokers who are looking for an everyday economy flake, but it won't knock your socks off either. Read Less
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