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Red Virginia Ribbon is a mainstay among blending tobaccos. It’s sweet, but not overly so, and has a natural toasty flavor which works well in Latakia blends, is a perfect companion for Perique, will lighten sweet aromatics, and is a nice smoke all on its own.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Manufactured BySutliff
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2114)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This straight red Virginia has a tangy ripe dark fruit sweetness with a little earth, a touch of spice and wood, and a very mild sugar note. Reminds me a little of MClelland’s Red Cake in ribbon form without the “vinegar”, and a tad less depth, though it has plenty enough to hold your interest. Has a mild nic-hit. No chance of bite or harshness. Burns clean and cool at a moderate pace with a smooth, very consistent flavor all the way through. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and needs just under an average number of relights. Has a very pleasant, lingering after taste. An easy going all day smoke that won't wear out its welcome and works well as a mixer, too.

12 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1578)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

Sutliff Tobacco - Red Virginia Ribbon. have this grouped as a blending weed but I think it's a lovely smoke on its own.

Because it's supplied in bulk the pouch lets it breath; there's no need for an airing. My blend's a little darker than the picture here and it smells like a good, ripe, Virginia.

Red' lights without an issue and gives, what I perceive as being, a high quality Virginia smoke. I mostly get a sweet, naturally fruity, character. It's unyielding with any citrus/grass/hay flavours, it gives a lot more of the deeper ones. After only a quarter a subtle doughy flavour comes to the fore and perfects the smoke! I can't fault the temperament of the burn, but it can become a touch warm if it's not sipped.

Nicotine: mild. Room-note: pleasant.

A steadfast four star Virginia:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Altinok Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: New

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cajomu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cajomu (59)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

What Jiminks said, although I only give it a Somewhat Recommended rating because there are so many better tasting red Virginias, like McClellan Red Cake which is a bit sweeter.

Pipe Used: Large Stanwell briar

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: McClelland No. 5100 Red Cake.

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