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Inspired by the famous Blue Note Cafe in New York City, this blend of burley, Virginia and world famous Green River black cavendish has been expertly blended.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McAllister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringCaramel, Cocoa / Chocolate, Other / Misc, Vanilla
Packaging50 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
Extremely Mild Medium Very Mild Pleasant

Free sample pack, and worth every penny. The pouch aroma was of a strong topping interlaced with a synthetic, chemical smell which was probably the humectants that Altadis apparently uses in large doses. The flavor picked up on this chemical sensation, and was readily apparent from beginning to end of bowl. Other than that, the tobacco was overly moist and gooey, with very little flavor but a nice room note.

I find nothing to recommend this tobacco. Perhaps without the humectants, Altadis might have something. I ended up mixing this 50/50 with Carter Hall and it toned down the concoction to the point where it was barely smokable - which was an improvement. Ultimately, I threw the whole mess in the trash. Not as bad as their Irish Creme but foul enough to warrant using as a room air freshener only.

6 people found this review helpful.

ruffinogold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ruffinogold (107)
Medium Very Strong Very Full Very Pleasant

Ok , I'm not very good at describing Aromatic flavors , though I do enjoy smoking an aromatic at least once a day [ other wise I get cranky ] . Honestly , if you aren't an aromatic smoker ... don't bother with this blend cause you'll not enjoy it , as this is a high aromatic . Basically , this is a rather cool smoking blend and it will smoke dry in a normal range , though it has the capability to smoke wet , like most anything else out there , if ya spazz on it etc .. The Flavor is more like flavors .. lol .. meaning there is surely more than 1 going on . I get a Brandy / Vanilla / Chocolate / berry thing , and probably others . The flavor is at the cusp of aromatic . Any more flavoring and it would be over the top and down the hill . The aroma is full and encompassing . In a nut shell , if you were in the mood for a high aromatic , this one is about as high as you can get before taking a downturn . Aromatic fans would enjoy it as a dessert smoke or for something different

4 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

The grassy, lightly citrusy Virginia forms the base of the blend. The nutty, toasty burley leads a support role. The unsweetened black cavendish adds some brown sugar. There’s a number of toppings in the mix. Not all are definable, but I notice fruit, a little vanilla, chocolate, a few pinches of cinnamon spice. and some caramel; likely some butterscotch and perhaps a few drops of whiskey, too. I detect light chemical and alcohol notes which, along with an extremely light sour/bitter hit, are distracting. The toppings greatly sublimate the tobaccos. Hardly has any nicotine. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns kind of cool at a reasonable pace with mostly consistent flavor. Leaves too much moisture in the bowl, and requires a few more than an average number of relights as this blend burns wet. Has an unattractive after taste. Can be an all day smoke.

3 people found this review helpful.

LondonCalling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LondonCalling (12)
Mild Very Strong Mild Tolerable to Strong

What's this tobacco like? I have absolutely no idea, as I couldn't taste any tobacco. For all I know the base for this blend could have consisted of anything, from the finest of Virginias to the sweepings from the bottom of a rabbit hutch. It was so heavily cased with flavouring that nothing of the tobacco remained. And what a flavouring! Imagine taking a tub of mixed effluents from a food essences factory. Now dribble some into the bowl of your pipe, apply a blowtorch, and in my opinion you have a pretty good approximation of the Blue Note experience. I only felt moved to review it because it's without doubt the worst stuff I've ever smoked.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Smoked from date of purchase

Purchased From: Tobacco Galleria, USVI

3 people found this review helpful.

dfdmedic Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dfdmedic (1)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

First of all, the Blue Note that I smoke is not made by the particular tobacco company in this review, but one that I get from my local tobacco shop. They are a specialty master pipe tobacco blending shop. But the blend and component tobaccos are the same, so I will post my review here. The reason that I tried this blend was simply because of the name, believe it or not. I am a jazz musician, and I read the description of this blend being named after an old time jazz club, so I decided to give it a try, and it has become one of my favorites. I don't really understand why this blend has an average rating of only 2 stars! A lot of people say they can detect some form of chemical flavoring or preservative, but I don't get any of that at all. The room note does remind me of an old, smoky jazz club with a hint of the worn leather-topped bar stools and hardwood floors. Consequently, I get hints of leather and vanilla combined with smooth, buttery scotch and a mild sweetness, which I believe comes from the black Cavendish component. The only reason I give this blend 3 stars instead of 4 is that it does have some tongue bite if you smoke it too rapidly. However, if you smoke it slowly and thoughtfully (as I do), then the bite is all but absent. I find that this is my favorite blend for smoking during quiet contemplation about mostly anything, or after a meal such as steak and seafood. I usually smoke one bowl of this blend in the evening after dinner and before bedtime, and for me it is a great what I call "relaxation" blend/smoke. I encourage anyone who tries it to try it in that manner.

2 people found this review helpful.

Fofo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fofo (81)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Flavor: Some sweetness, mostly PG.

Complexity: None

Aroma: Sweet but undertermined, perhaps a hint of vanilla but mostly humectants.

Tin/pouch aroma: Vanilla and humectant with some hints of stale and cheap tobacco.

Room note: A wife pleaser, unfortunately I need more than a pleasant room note to like a pipe tobacco.

Burning characteristics: Few relights, leaves a lot of gunk in your pipe though.

Cut/Moisture content: Loose cut and moisture content isn't bad considering it's an aromatic. It's loaded with PG though.

Overall: Altadis isn't a company I hold in very high esteem. Some of their cigars are pretty decent but their pipe weeds are unremarkable and, sometimes, unenjoyable. This is probably one of their most decent offerings but not something I'd recommend since there are much better blends out there. I got a free sample in the mail but I wouldn't waste my time with it again.

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The Altadis company has been very kind in sending my local pipe club a box full of packages of a different blend of theirs every month. Blue Note was a recent gift and frankly, was quite a hit with many club members.

This is not at all like the Blue Note of CAO/Dan Tobacco fame. Altadis Blue Note is a lighter and less cased cut of leaf with more tobacco flavor and less of the "cotton candy" taste.

It smoked relatively cool and stayed lit well. A fine Burley/Virginia combination for the aromatic lovers among us.

2 people found this review helpful.

huffnpuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
huffnpuff (53)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Blue note was a free sample I got in the mail box nice shiny pouch and tobacco nice color variety,then I smoked 5 bowls and could not not finish. First flavor is not top quality and the it was too wet and my corn cob did the gurgle song .My wife test did not pass . I m glad it was free.


1 person found this review helpful.

CnS Pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CnS Pipes (40)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

This is a Sutliff aromatic masterpiece Good Job!!! What a super pleasant smoke, the tobacco is another beautiful blend of tobaccos like Mark Twain its soft and the colors are bold but not bright, the moisture is there but just falls short enough to begin smoking right out of the bag and the nicotine level is low enough to make it a all day smoke. It is very smooth and has a taste that is very pleasing with hints of vanilla and almost a marshmallow chocolate that has a background of caramel with a splash if liquor that rounds out the taste in a sweet way but not over done. I love how the tobacco taste is always in the background and stays that way all the way through the bowl. When you first smell it from the bag it keeps you coming back to smell it and the room note is very pleasant which is always a plus. I have smoked the German blue note which is quite pricey but this blue note is easy on the pocket book (or credit card) amd taste so much better in many ways. This is high quality tobaccos with NO chemical taste at all and I am smoking it now and loving it PLUS with a cup good French Roast on the morning you cannot go wrong trust me. The one thing that suprises the heck out of me to is that it will not ghost the crap out of your pipe but that I actually made a nice cake in one of my pipes with it that is well seasoned and helps makes most other aromatics taste well rounded and smoke really good BUT if your picky I would smoke Blue Note in a corn cob because it will leave the taste of a vanilla liquor behind of you smoke it more than a few times in one bowl bit its not a powerhouse when I refer to typical ghosting. For a novice pipe smoker I highly recommend this because its so enjoyable and easy going to smoke until the end and at the bottom of the bowl you get treated with alittle spice, sometimes it will even start in from the middle down I love this stuff. This pipe tobacco blend has made my list of enjoyable aromatics to smoke anytime of the day and I would and will buy more of this over and over, is the best place to purchase Blue Note so I also recommend getting it from them you will not be disappointed. Two thumbs up again Good Job Sutliff!!! Try Blue Note today...

Pipe Used: Corn Cob and C&S Pipe

Age When Smoked: 39

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1644)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

Sutliff Tobacco Co. Tobacco Galleria - Blue Note.

Normally I wait until the afternoon to smoke an aromatic but seeing as I was out of bed at 5:00am due to an episode with my Basset Hound I started piping early! Blue Note, then:

I can see why some folks may find this disagreeable, it's rather potent with additives! My blend never required any drying time, a bowl lit fresh; but, it was supplied in bulk from, not factory sealed. The caramel needs very little effort to pick out, is the stronger of the bunch, and the vanilla and chocolate are of an equal weight, just behind. Regarding any alcohol, I pick up a slight alcoholic trait, but nothing idiosyncratic enough to add a label to. The tobaccos give primarily a VaBur taste, sweetened by the Cavendish; so, the flavour from them isn't too sticky. Blue Note smokes without bite, and goes relatively cool. My only issue is it can be too quick.

Nicotine: mild. Room-note: very nice.

Blue Note? Nothing spectacular, but a decent enough smoke. Recommended:

Three stars.

Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef: Friday pipe

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

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Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (300)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Another free pouch I received from Altadis years ago that I happened to stumble upon this morning. I actually enjoyed this blend much more than I thought I would, I smoked two bowls this afternoon and evening with the girlfriend raving about the room note. Compromised of the usual burley and Cavendish in a ribbon cut with what I assume is a vanilla and chocolate topping which although needing some dry time burned pretty clean without hissing or popping and very little dottle. I have enjoyed most of the Tobacco Galleria pouches I was sent, especially Fox & Hound, Montego Bay and the Rum and Maple and this was at the top of those flavor wise, they are inexpensive and offer a great variety. A good choice for the aromatic smoker looking for a light and forget evening pipe that will please those around them.

Purchased From: Free pouch from Altadis

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AmdisShikariBrone Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AmdisShikariBrone (5)
Mild to Medium Strong Full Unnoticeable

Its a blend I enjoyed but defiantly very chemically, the flavour was a bit overwhelming and it was quite damp. I dont know why but the flavour was reminiscent of skittles, not like a flavour in skittles, but if you took and summed up skittles as a whole, that would be the flavour. If that makes any sense at all. I was able to smoke the whole pack and I it was enjoyable from start to finish.

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ho dirty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ho dirty (10)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

burns cool, no bite, and smells good. pairs well with a cup of coffe in the morning. has alot of spring to it when packed. try it. if u dont like it, well at least u gave it a deserved chance.

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DirtbikesAndPipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DirtbikesAndPipes (4)
Very Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

Pouch smells very nice, smoke smells very nice, smoke tastes very nice, pouch should not be tasted. The cavendish adds that "blue note" to the "jazzy chord" that this blend is. To all you nay-sayers, keep it up, more Blue Note for me!

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Nathan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nathan (15)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I like this one. Although mild in strength and taste, it's room note is quite pleasant. May need a little drying out. I had one pouch that didn't need any drying at all. Burns decent enough. It'll bite if you smoke it fast. I like this one on some of my early morning car trips or in the evening. My Wife gave a thumbs up on the aroma. It's a decent smoke that I'd recommend to aromatic smokers new or old.

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Kissphantom05 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kissphantom05 (20)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

It seems that I found this tobacco more enjoyable than most of the reviewers. Admittedly I was met with an overpowering aroma that was rich enough to turn my stomach when I opened the bag, but as soon as I let the bag sit open and then began to smoke, it smoothed out with a rich and creamy smoke. The black cavendish is still very noticeable through the casing.

The room note is extremely pleasant, reminiscent of a nice baked confectionery. I recommend this tobacco for aromatic lovers as an everyday smoke.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

This does not taste much like tobacco, but I just can't find a way to say it was completely unpleasant to smoke, just not that often or for an entire pipeful. All of these Altadis blends start hissing at you as you get past the middle of the bowl, and the stuff you subsequently knock out is gummy and gross! And still hissing. I might have given it one star if it tasted horrible, or gave me tongue bite, or wasn't free, but you get my drift...

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BigSwede Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigSwede (80)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Didn't expect much from it but have been surprised at how often I've gone back to my sample pack. I love the ribbon cut, which allows me to pack the tobacco just right to get the right draw (something I can't always get from say the Middletons crimp cuts). Long and slow burning: got two hours of a nice smoke yesterday from my long stem Canadian. The vanilla flavoring is a bit generic, neither bad nor exceptional; not overbearing, staying out of the way. Toward the end of the bowl the tobacco flavor starts to come to the forefront and mellows. Absolutely no tongue bite, smokes very cool. No end of bowl bitters and no left over gunky aftertaste (like 1-Q). I find myself turning to this when I need a no-maintenance, simple smoke.

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cbomce Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cbomce (3)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Fired this in a clean Kirsten, good quality, not my cup of tea....but a decent smoke. It has all the qualities I expect when I try something new.

UNIFORMITY: in the pouch, from first light to last puff, from the first bowl to the last of the pouch even though it took me over a month to finish the pouch. I look for consistency if I am going to purchase more of a blend and this has it. It would be a good choice for a change-of-pace or your regular blend. I picked up my first pipe over 40 yeas ago and this tobac has my respect.

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strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

I can't give this one too high a rating for I found it too mild for me which makes me puff too fast looking for flavor. I liked the flavor I did get and the aroma was very nice. It is sweet and burns quite well. Idid leave a little goop in the bottom but that is normal for aromatics. It would be good with more burley in it and a rougher cut instead of ribbon cut to slow it down.

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doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (227)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This blend has two good things going for it. First, a pleasant pouch aroma that smelled like butterscotch/caramel. Second, a very appealing room note; although I had to put the pipe down, leave the room and return minutes later to appreciate this. After that, it reminded me of one of many Tinderbox aromatic blends I smoked many years ago. As a matter of fact, English Toffee is the TB blend I would compare this one to. Not much in the tobacco taste department, nor did I taste the casings. The all too typical chemical harshness came through which was not pleasant. Lots of moisture - and I'm sure even if bone dry, the casing would still break down and produce a gurgling bath in the bowl of the pipe. It wasn't totally bad, but it's too mild for my liking at this stage of my pipe smoking pleasure. Ok for beginners as there was no bite, but just not enough in the tobacco department for me. For when the mood strikes, but I'm sure not too often for me. 2 stars only.

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earlr1957 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
earlr1957 (9)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Just as its cousin,"Irish Creme", very wet smoke and gooey at bottom of bowl. Wont try it again.

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Dr.sadik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.sadik (100)
Mild Medium to Strong Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

another blend i purchased with irish creme tht i couldnt figure out what to comment about by all means,,,i cant say its a bad tobacco however some of the draw backs it possess is that it is a moist tobacco that burns a bit on the harsh side if not puffed on very slowly,,the room note wasnt that rewarding either, it is a cheap offering nevertheless and you can taste the sweetness if extra attention was paid by slow smoking. cannot say that i will purchase it again only if there are no other options.

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Max1a Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Max1a (38)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I dunno, I like this tobacco for what it is but, I don't care for the use of humicants in any tobacco. But here goes. The pouch smell was, to me, musty. A pleasant, familiar mustiness like that of a cool root cellar. I got that same flavor of mustiness about half way down the bowl. This has a nice, not too sweet top flavor. Seems to be quality tobaccos throughout. It stayed lit, never bit and finished clean. A VERY nice room note and all-in-all a very satifying smoke. Now...on to the negatives. Why the hell do tobacco manufacturers think they have to poison tobacco with PPG and other humicants!? This tobacco could easily be one of the best 3 star aromatics around if they would just make it in smaller batches so they didn't have to warehouse 6 tons of the stuff and worry about it drying out.

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WillardFan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillardFan (86)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

I wasn't sure whether or not if I'd give this a two or three star rating, but after smoking several bowls, I'll be generous with a low end three star rating. I think a little more flavor would help this tobacco immensely. It burns well, no bite to speak of, and the room note is great. But IMHO it's a bit bland in the flavor department...

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Redd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Redd (117)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Well I got my free sample of Blue Note from Atladis. It came in about 6 weeks. I was actully surprised they send out samples. This blend is a good American Araomatic nothing out of the unusual . Just a pleasant smoke with a good aroma. Smoke not to wet and light easy. The Burley keeps this blend real. A good blend to have around the ladies. A real Crowd Pleaser.

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pipeman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipeman (14)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

i'll start with i liked this a lot,a cool smoke,dry,perfect strength.vanilla and choc came through nicely,i wasn't expecting it to taste like either just cause i couldn't really smell it in the pouch.the aroma was very good,i think the balance of the casings are right on.i would recommend this to a beginner,it had no bite and is a all around,maybe even all day smoke.

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SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (255)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I find it remarkable how inconsistent the Tobacco Galleria series is. While some smoke fine, others are cursed with some truly low grade leaf. This may vary from batch to batch, I don't really know. No matter how good the sauce is, you just can't hide low quality, poorly aged tobacco.

Fortunately, I didn't have this problem with Blue Note. It is a classic Cavendish blend with a nice choco-nilla casing. I too found it to be a bit like Captain Black Royal, but toned down, and not as wet. It reminded me of a nice cup of hot cocoa. Very pleasant.

As I've said before, I like all genres of pipe tobacco, so long as quality ingredients are used. It then comes down to personal taste. While I like a bit more complexity,I can certainly recommend it to other pipesters who have a penchance for this sort of sweet, straight-forward aromatic. It is certainly worth a try.

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Pounder 5000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pounder 5000 (178)
Very Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Both of my extremely knowledgeable associates above have hit the nail on the head. This is a well done aromatic that will surely attract the ladies. I even had to try it out at Maker's Piano and cigar lounge in Oklahoma City listening to a performance by a jazz pianist! While I'm a sucker for marketing, I'm not sure this made the blend any tastier, but it did get me compliments from some very attractive young ladies. Better than Captain Black and not as good as old BCA, you could do much worse when it comes to candy tobacco.

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