Do you like mint? I mean, really, really like mint? Do you enjoy stepping outside on a cold and brisk winter's day and taking a deep, deep breath? Imagine all that concentrated into the few pinches of tobacco you can tuck into a pipe, and you're approaching the concept of what it is like to take a puff of Sutliff's Frosty Mint. The reality is even more surprising.
Native Americans and indigenous peoples throughout the world have long recognized the healing properties of mint (mentha). One of the healing properties of mint is the soothing of burns. Mint has long been used between courses in French cuisine as ... Read Morea palate cleanser to remove the taste of the previous course of fair from the tongue. *
I detect, among true pipe enthusiast, a disdain for mint/menthol flavored tobacco. It seems a novelty, or relegated to the lowly realm of the cigarette smoker. It is little wonder this attitude prevails, if you have sampled most of the mint/menthol tobacco blends offered to the pipe smoker. For some reason the menthol flavor that holds up well in a cigarette, deteriorates quickly in a pipe and becomes harsh, acrid, and bitter. So, I was intrigued when I read reviews of Sutliff Frosty Mint, where reviewers stated the mint not only held up well, but dominated.*
Fred Hanna, in his excellent book on the pleasures of pipe smoking, ‘The Perfect Smoke: Gourmet Pipe Smoking for Relaxation and Reflection,’ states that there is no palate cleanser for pipe smoking, and that once the tongue is burnt by too hot a smoke, the only cure is time. I’m afraid he may be correct. But, if there is anything that may sooth and restore the tongue, I believe it to be mint. It can’t hurt, and besides, some of us just enjoy mint. *
Remise en Bouche Blend (Palate Cleanser Blend) - Everything sounds more elegant in French, don’t it? *
4 Parts mild Virginia/Burley blend *
To: 1 Part Sutliff Frosty Mint
Adjust to taste and effect. You may want to dedicate a small pipe to mint r/t ghosting of flavor.*
Next time a pipe snob starts sniffing indignantly at the air around you while your smoking mint, and asks you, “What’s that you’re smoking, there?,” raise your pinky and extend it primly and properly from your cob, look down your nose, and proclaim proudly in your most haughty French, “Remise en Bouche, bien sur, Monsieur (Palate cleanser, of course, Sir).” *
Try Sutliff Frosty Mint. Don’t be afraid, you might like it. We’ll keep it our little secret. We wouldn’t want to get black-balled from the pipe club. ;-)
I doubt if anyone can enjoy this tobacco straight out of the bag. It is just overwhelming taste. Now that being said it is a fantastic mixer. I have mixed this tobacco with many other aromatics as well as a few non-aromatics. Just a dab will do ya. P... Read Moreut a pinch or two with 4 to 8 ounces of another aromatic, preferably a coffee or chocolate flavor. You will find a very interesting and refreshing flavor. If your really brave put a pinch or two with a strong smoke. You will find this will calm and refresh a overpower strong tobacco. That is why I say it is great for mixing. Just remember a little bit goes a long way! Read Less
Bought this as a mixer, judging from the reviews. Oh boy, you can't imagine how strong this is. Made the mistake of ordering it with a few ounces of Double Down and it seems I have a mint aromatic right now. In the envelope, trough two zip bags, and ... Read Morethe smell is quite strong. So please, please, please, don't buy it along with anything else. Read Less
This tobacco is so different from all the other tobaccos I have tried. It has a very strong taste of the mint and cannot be smoked straight. However, it is a perfect mixer with your regular daily tobacco to give it a cool refreshing kick. My recom... Read Moremended mix ratio would be 1 to 3.
Also a word of advise is, not to store it close to your other tobaccos as your tobaccos may pick up the minty scent from this one. Read Less
In Canada I believe this is sold under this name by brick and mortar stores. (They often do this with bulk blends renaming them to something else)
By itself, it definitely has a strong minty cool/menthol taste to it. Great for mint lovers and nice f... Read Moreor clearing your head if you're feeling under the weather. Not something I would smoke regularly but it's kind of refreshing in its own way. If you have some of this kicking around, try blending it with a chocolate or a cherry aromatic for a more muted menthol experience. As a side note, the mint helps cool the smoke if you're new to pipes or have a fast cadence. Read Less
I'm going to admit it.... I got it as a joke... to try something so far out of the bag..... it even tainted the bag of tobacco it was shipped with. But honestly, It improved what would have otherwise been something I didn't prefer. Mint for days, wor... Read Moreks great with adding a tiny bit to any bowl of aromatic for a change. I would suspect it will "ghost" any bowl it is smoked in. Don't expect anything other than what it says it is. Mike Tyson is going to punch you in the face with glorious mintyness. Read Less
I smoked "Marlboro Menthol Smooth" Cigarettes for years and this stuff tastes almost exactly the same. That isn't a criticism. The reason I smoked those was because they didn't taste like a cigarette, but like a York peppermint patty. T... Read Morehis is just the same.
I find it a novel and unique smoke, but I can only smoke small bowls sparingly. That is notable for me, since I usually chain smoke bowls throughout the day.
Even if you turn out not to like the blend, I think it is worth testing an ounce just for the experience. Read Less
If you are a fan of mint, you'll love this! What an awesome tasting Tobacco! Very refreshing, and a wonderful undertone taste going on in the background. This won't be an all day smoke for me, but a treat once in a while. I can't say enough about how... Read More impressed I am with the flavor. Total winner! Read Less
When they say this is minty. From the first puff all through the bowl, it stays minty. mid way and down I sense the hint of chocolate but it's barely there. It's incredibly refreshing for me and unlike any other tobacco I've tried really. I'll be sur... Read Moree to make room on the shelf for this one. No bite from this and found myself smoking 2 bowls back to back which I rarely do. Pair it with some iced tea. Read Less
This offering by Sutliff is one mighty strong tobacco. I have never tried a mint tobacco before, other than a cigar with mint infusion and that was NOTHING compared to this! The mint rushes into your mouth upon first light and stays there until the e... Read Morend...almost numbing really. Nonetheless, this is such a fantastic tobacco stays true to its name, with nothing lacking...except maybe "real" tobacco taste. Everyone should try at least once though! Read Less
I tried this and expected a cheap menthol and I was very pleasantly surprised... Its just as it says, MINT! subtle chocolate notes, more like a hot chocolate mix. So if you love mint, and like chocolate give this a shot.
Try something new? This blend is surprisingly refreshing. I believe Sutliff Frosty Mint, and Cyprian Latakia, complement each other well. It’s like, a tall glass of iced tea with a sprig of Spearmint on a hot summer’s day; or a Mint Julep sweating i... Read Moren your hands, beneath your wide brimmed Panama, at Churchill Downs.
Balkan Icehouse Blend:
1- Part Sutliff Frosty Mint,
5- Parts of your favorite Balkan style blend.
Adjust to taste and effect, so that one is not overpowering the other. The balance seems a, “thin red line,” but most enjoyable once that balance is met. It is better the 1st 1/3 of the pipe, as the mint flavor seems to lose traction beyond that point. For that reason, it will smoke better in a small pipe.
Grecian lamb chops, with mint jelly? Maybe that’s stretching things a bit, but however you describe it, it is a pleasurable smoke for a hot summer’s day, or an after dinner mint. Read Less
It is as minty as they get and as a former smoker of menthol cigarettes I quite enjoy this tobacco in a 50/50 mix with some Cavendish. Must be dried, way too wet to smoke out of the bag but that is fine by me. It burns hot even when properly dried an... Read Mored smoked slow, it is what it is but I dont find that it bites at all. I thoroughly enjoy this tobacco when im in the mood for it, I have a cob dedicated too it. Can be smoked on its own but its much more enjoyable when its mixed. 4 stars for meeting expectations and being exactly what it claims to be, a mint bombshell. It does have a bit of an unpleasant taste at times if its not dried enough and smoked solely on its own, still worthy of 4 stars for what it is. Dont compare it too much to anything else and keep your expectations in check. Ill be buying more for sure! Read Less
I read the reviews before buying so can't say I wasn't warned: this is extremely minty! Transit time to me was about three weeks and by the time it arrived there was a strong smell of mint even through the packaging. The four other bulk tobaccos had ... Read Morelost their flavour and smelled only of mint. Having said that, if you like mint this should be to your taste and if you do order then be sure to order and store separately from other blends. As pointed out below it is a good mixer Read Less
Wow! New and out of the bag hits you like an ice cold breeze - opening up those sinuses. I mean, who needs anything else when you have this to open up the airways. It needed to dry a bit as it is heavily topped with ice cold goodness. The reason for ... Read Morethe relatively low score is that it looses its minty characteristics after some time in storage. Still a good smoke, regardless. Read Less
This tastes like you're smoking toothpaste. Absolutely do not store it anywhere near your other tobaccos. The mint flavor leaked through and ruined 5 other bulk tobaccos I had in bags sitting near it even though it was only physically touching 1 of t... Read Morehem. Thus stuff is potent. Read Less
This tobacco is definitely better smoked when mixing (unless you’re a menthol fiend) I mixed a ratio of 1:3 with Sutliff vanilla custard and still could barely taste the vanilla. Can’t wait to get this blend right. It’s definitely a great flavor addi... Read Moretion, but a little goes along way. Read Less
The Burley and Virginia look great, the ribbon cut is large, bag note is...peppermint Schnapps! The tobacco flavor is hiding behind the mint. Agreeably moist and ready to smoke but I swear my test cob is asking me what I’m smoking. Straight up, it’s ... Read Moreinstantly cooling and soothing to nose and throat. My curiosity is satisfied and the next time I have a stuffy nose or raw throat, it’ll be a first resort. It has a minty nip but is otherwise mild. Stays lit well and makes a nice cloud of smoke. I’ll figure it out as a blender but it’s oddly satisfying as it is. I usually smoke Burley in one form or another so this is a major departure. It will most definitely ghost whatever you smoke it through. Probably not a permanent ghost but certainly there after smoking and letting the empty pipe rest for a few days. Read Less
Just to reinforce the already great existing reviews - this is super-mint on mint steroids. Pouch note = MINT. Flavor = MINT. You better really like mint. You better LOVE mint!
I smoked it for 2 minutes and had to quit. I dumped the rest of t... Read Morehe bowl, I just couldn't handle that much mint. Maybe someday I can put a micro-pinch in something bland and try again.
If you like mint, consider this a 5-star rating, you'll probably like this.
I hated it, but I gave it 3.5 stars because that's the current average and I'm not one to drag down the average just because I couldn't handle it. It delivers as advertised. It over-delivers. It over-delivers and comes back to make sure you got the package.
Well, I think you get my point. Also, consider ordering this separately from anything else that you don't want to arrive smelling like... well, you know... Read Less
Wowy! Okay, so I can't say Sutliff's Frosty Mint is bad. It was way frostier than I expected for sure. It has a smell like cheap perfume and I wish I could say it doesn't taste that way but I can't. But the thing is, I couldn't put the bowl down.... Read More In fact, I felt strongly pulled back for another, and another. I couldn't shake it out of my head for a week or so. It has this super cool smoke that was just, well, frosty! It truly lives up to its namesake. Listen, this reminds me of Captain Black Grape in so much as it just sounds like an awful idea and yet it's just not that bad in practice. Now, this isn't going to turn into a go-to tobacco, but it's a fun change of pace. I'd say this would please anyone who used to smoke Menthol cigarettes before pipe smoking. That rare breed should love this. Anyone else daring enough to try be warned...this will haunt your pipe with a ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future! Luckily I used a cob. But, forget what you've heard about cobs not absorbing flavors, Sutliff's Frosty Mint proves they can be ghosted beyond use. I can't say I love it, but I also can't say it's horrible, a solid 3 stars tobacco you'll just have to try for yourself. Read Less
This will definitely ghost a pipe. Very powerful even when using a small pinch mixed with another baccy. I had to do a major clean up of my pipe to stop the ghosting. Maybe I'll age for a year and see how it goes then.
"Frosty mint" is the incredible effort in the search for getting the experience on how should be smoking the arctic and the antarctic in just one pipeful. A mouthful of gelid ice from the first puff. Somehow it reminds me of licking a Halls drop, bee... Read Moren the only difference that in here you dont lick but smoke it. If you resist the persistence from the intense flavour you may, with some fortune detect the cardinal presence from virginias. Cavendish dominate making it a mild strength smoke while extremely intense in flavoring. Burley is barely noticiable although there is a hint from it in the dry astringency that the smoke brings.
I think it is in the second half to the last third of the smoke when it becomes more tobbacoish and you can detect the ingredients, but fact is most people cant bear to reach till that point because of the initial mint intensity.
In my opinion this is a blend that may be exclusively to experiment with. I have played adding it a bit of latakia, some oriental and increase the virginia and the results had been quite amazing, i have called this personal one "Transylvania" and friends have liked it. Read Less
It will melt your face off in the beginning! Be sure to store away from your other tobacco or it will all end up tasting like mint. This stuff was toouch for me when I bought it a year ago so I let it sit. Just pulled it out recently and it has toned... Read More down a lot! Smokable now, but honestly, it tastes like a menthol cigarette... Read Less
From the pouch this blend has a VERY strong smell of mint (the whole order reeked of it) and a slight hint of chocolate. I was excited to give it a go, and smoked it in a fresh MM hardwood. The taste is an incredibly intense mint, accompanied by an u... Read Morenpleasant bitter background. A strong cooling sensation when retrohaling makes for an interesting smoke, but the rest falls short. It's quite novel, but not my kind of thing. Read Less
I bought an ounce as a joke, really (I'm unable to resist any tobacco that seems like it'll be weird), but once I tried it I felt compelled to review. Mother of God, this is cold!!! The first 2/3 bowl is like filling your mouth and nostrils with pepp... Read Moreermint Altoids. The final 1/3 becomes more eucalyptus, and your tastebuds may have even recovered by that point enough to detect a hint of tobacco in there too. With the way the smoke assaulted me, I was sure it was going to just blister the heck out of my tongue, but as the anesthetic numbness faded I was relieved to find I hadn't been bitten at all. The room note was probably fine, but I can't be sure as I couldn't sense a thing but MINT with my nose until at least half an hour after I put the pipe down. A truly strange, strange experience, and while not completely unpleasant, I can't imagine it would ever become something I crave. Read Less
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