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Notes: AAA burleys.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McAllister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBurley, Kentucky
CutBroken Flake
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild, Very Mild
Mild to Medium
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2194)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Kentucky burley offer a lot of earth, nuts, a little molasses, and a touch of cocoa and wood. The sweet topping seems to be an extremely mild vanilla that doesn’t sublimate the burleys much. It does have a slight rough edge that you may not notice unless you puff real fast. Has a mild nic-hit, and won’t bite. Burns slightly slow with a fairly cool, very clean consistent flavor from start to finish. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires a few relights. Has a very pleasant after taste that lingers for a minute or two. Can be an all day work and play smoke.


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J.R. Patton Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J.R. Patton (106)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Smoking this first thing for a fresh palate. Weather is breezy, clear, and 36°F. First thing you'll notice is this isn't a broken flake. At least my bulk bag isn't. Mine is somewhere between a ribbon and shag cut, but no big deal. I ordered this for two reasons: 1) it was on sale, and 2) it purports to be a straight burley and kentucky blend. I am a little disappointed the kentucky is not more evident. I get primarily the nutty, bready, mild molasses tones of a burley. And they're very pleasant. I just think the blend would benefit from the addition of more dark-fired. Dark-fired is my motor. The vanilla topping, I'm pleased to note, is very, very subdued, almost imperceptible most the time. I don't think I'd call this an aromatic anymore than I would Carter Hall. Burn is clean without excess moisture, no tongue bite during 4 oz smoked. I'm going to award 2.5 stars and round up to 3. It's decent, it's affordable, and could be an all day smoke without wrecking either your wallet or taste receptors. With the flavor profile, though, I would generally just reach for some Carter Hall or Prince Albert.

Pipe Used: MM Dwarf Cobbit

Age When Smoked: Fresh pouch

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Similar Blends: John Middleton, Inc - Prince Albert, John Middleton, Inc - Carter Hall.

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1707)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Sutliff Tobacco Company - Burley J4.

I find it easy to identify this as being a broken flake and not just a ribbon. The blend doesn't include any large pieces but there are one or two pieces which are more flake like than ribbon like. I opened this believing it to be a blending tobacco but sniffing the pouch expelled that idea: there's a definite hint of something sweet. It's maybe a little moist for some folks but I find it's still smokeable fresh.

Like the pouch-note, the smoke isn't as I expected, not a nutty, rugged, strait, Burley. It has a flavour which is high quality Burley/Kentucky, nutty, a little rustic, and sweet, and even though it contains Kentucky there isn't a wallop of a fire-cured Kentucky flavour. The crowning glory of J4 is the lightly added vanilla: it makes it silky-smooth. The burn from J4's good and I get no bite.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: pleasant.

J4? A good smoke. Recommended:

Three stars.

Pipe Used: Altinok Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Two weeks

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1 person found this review helpful.

Mikefu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mikefu (15)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Nice cut and broken flake bits along with a relatively high moisture level from the bag. Smells like a sweetened burley, with cocoa and nuts leading the way, with a bit of vanilla topping. Smells pretty natural, aside from the vanilla. The humectant level is a bit high, and I am not sure you could ever get this to dry out fully. After packing and lighting, you are greeted with a traditional burley profile of nuttiness and a nice sweetness, aided by the vanilla topping. As the bowl burns down, a bit more cocoa flavors develop, along with a little spice. I cannot be sure if it’s an additional topping or spice from the dark fired, but at times it has hints of cinnamon. It has a tendency to some roughness, and if pushed, can get very ashy, although it is hard to get to bite. Burns down pretty clean, but does leave some moist dottle. Overall it is a good, simple light vanilla burley, but with a bit more humectant than I prefer. Good, but not great.

Pipe Used: Various briars and cobs

Age When Smoked: Fresh and 3 months

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Adam T Valleau Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Adam T Valleau (13)
Mild Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Not too bad of an aromatic burley blend. The "bag note" has a fairly strong vanilla presence, but during the smoke the vanilla seems more muted to me and doesn't over-ride the burley flavor. However, I couldn't detect the Kentucky that is reportedly in this blend. The tobacco is maybe a bit too moist; there is definitely some humectant here. But still this blend burns pretty well with only a couple of re-lights. This is a mild-mannered blend with little, if any, bite, and decent flavor overall. I mixed some of this J4 with Sutliff Virginia Slices (thoroughly rubbed out) in about a 60%/40% ratio, respectively. I let the mixture dry for two days then jarred it for 3 weeks before trying it. Not bad at all. The drying helps, and while the mixture retains the basic J4 flavor profile, the Virginia adds a nice dimension and seems to soften and smooth out the blend a bit.

Pipe Used: Gardesana Bianca 304 Lovat, MM Morgan

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars, Bethlehem, PA

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