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An aromatic blend without Latakia consisting of Smyrna, Mozambique, and Virginia tobaccos that will appeal to pipe smokers of English and domestic styles alike.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McCallister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionCurrently available
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CaptnDan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CaptnDan (242)
Very Mild Extra Strong Full Pleasant

The description was just baffling enough to make me curious enough to buy some of this. Then I was dumb enough to try to smoke it.

An aromatic blend without Latakia? Imagine that. After all, isn't Latakia a staple in aromatics? Yeah, right. Well, hats off to Altadis, that was actually what made my buy it. The flavor when I tried to smoke it is what will keep me from ever buying it again.

This is some pretty foul, over cased tobacco with a very unpleasant flavor that will leave your pipe goopy and put your tongue in the burn ward.

The room note is actually pretty decent. If you're in to suffering for the enjoyment of those around you, stock up on African Queen.

3 people found this review helpful.

Collezionista Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Collezionista (59)
Mild Very Strong Medium Pleasant

I have no clue what Altadis was thinking when they wrote their description of this product because the African Queen I tried has nothing to do with an English blend. I'm pretty sure what I tried was actually African Queen because I know for a fact that the tobacconist I got it from stocks Altadis bulk blends. That aside, African Queen is pretty awful stuff. Along with such tobacco travesties as Lane 1Q, it was one of the "sniff and buy" mishaps from my early days. It burns like a furnace, bites like a viper and is goopy as hell. IIRC, it was an aromatic of the worst degree. Avoid!

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1321)
Mild Very Strong Medium Strong

Sutliff Tobacco Company - African Queen #500.

The mixture has no problem with moisture and it's been well rubbed, so there's no messing about needed where crumbling any chunky bits or drying are concerned.

Initial thoughts: it's not that bad, there's a slight added flavour that's not too powerful, and the tobaccos taste pleasant enough.

One minute later: what the hell is this casing? I can't pigeonhole it as a specific ingredient but whatever it is, the smoke quickly develops a heaviness that's most unpleasant. This also lingers on the palate when the smoke's over and done with.

The topping becomes a bit chemical-like shortly after this point, and that's when I abandon a bowl.

The nicotine's mild, I don't like the room-note, and it bites me like crazy.

Not recommended....horrible.

Pipe Used: Peterson Kinsale XL11 P'Lip

Age When Smoked: New

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1 person found this review helpful.

T. Collin Francis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
T. Collin Francis (15)
Mild Strong Overwhelming Very Pleasant

This is an aromatic that I probably would have loved thirty years ago when I first picked up a pipe. Not now. It's been a while but I'm pretty sure it came from The Tinder Box, tastes like it came out of plastic pouch from the Seven-Eleven.

It might be fun to try to add something to it to see if I can tone down whatever that topping is.

One positive thing I can say about it is.... it's got a really nice room-note for the bystanders who can't stand English or Vaper blends.

1 person found this review helpful.

boxertwin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
boxertwin (10)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Pleasant

This tobacco is one that smells really great in the bag but it ends there. It would make for a nice room air freshener.

The taste is not there. It leaves your mouth feeling waxy. It is a goopy thing for sure.

I like aromatics. This is not one that I would suggest at all.

1 person found this review helpful.

BigNick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigNick (58)
Very Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

To start, this tobacco is misleading. It is not bad, however; first impressions are everything. The description is not indicative of what this tobacco is. This is not an English style blend by any means, it is not designed to act as an intermediary for aromatic smokers to English and vice versa. It is an aromatic, with hints of cocoa, almonds and other silky top notes. It is wet, it hisses and pops and crackles in the bowl. The aroma is quite nice. Unfortunately it burns rather hot. I think of Bogey and Hepburn every time I smoke this pipe. So all in all I recommend. However, the description is misleading, either someone mixed something up and gave a wrong description, or he/she is highly imaginative. The description is trying too hard in my opinion. In any event, cool name, worth a try.

Edit: It has aged a bit. It has mellowed in flavor and become a bit more harsh. Bite is always there, I am forced to run a pipe cleaner through it every time, its starting to become a bother. What's up with the bite all the sudden? It was not there before.

Pipe Used: MM legend, Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: 2 months

Purchased From: Smoking

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oldorder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldorder (22)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Tolerable

A different tobacco with various leafs. I like it for the difference. Enjoy it straight and 50/50 with Night Cap to stiffen it up a little. Have also added Chocolate Mousse which chages it considerably. After a few months I'm' finding myself ordering more. It's not English, not really an Aro. I may stop to smoke it and find myself smoking three or four bowls. Will be keeping some on hand.

Pipe Used: various briars

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Very different smoke. Can't think of much similar. Looking for something different, give it a try..

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RyinMD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RyinMD (22)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

I tried this on a Lark. It is an English, although it doesn't have Latakia and does have a bit of something aromatic. I loved it at first and couldn't wait to find it again. Devoted one pipe to it. Now, I find it OK. Maybe I'll buy some again because after a while I'll want that particular flavor. I didn't find it overly hot like other reviewers. Maybe it's the Smyrna that gives it the different flavor palate. I got it from Ford & Haig, where it was renamed. I've also found it at Faders under its own name, although the person who waited on me didn't want to admit they hadn't meticulously blended it themselves.

Pipe Used: Lornezo Dublin

Purchased From: Ford & Haig in AZ; Faders in MD

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Precourt93 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Precourt93 (8)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

This tobacco was great for the first bowl but that didn't last for the second or third or the fourth. It was so sweet and way too sweet for my taste. It was pretty nasty. Wouldn't recommend it.

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Fellow traveler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fellow traveler (64)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

A mild sweet tasting blend that combines the natural aromatic Smyrna with a light topping ( in the bag I thought it was rum, my wife guessed vanilla) to make a very pleasant and familiar taste. Light bodied, if you are used to big clouds of smoke you may be disappointed. Evokes Lane 1Q but sweeter and more natural tasting with less zing.

A comfortable smoke when nothing else seems right. And you cigarette smokers may recognize the aroma of the smyrna.

PS: Back when Istanbul was Constantinople, Izmir tobacco was Smyrna. "A rose by any other name..." These tiny, top-grade tobacco leaves from mountainous Western Turkey across from the Island of Khios have long been prized as the most aromatic of all Orientals.

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Rev. Avery Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rev. Avery (9)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Just bought an ounce of this. Can't really tell you why though. Maybe it was the description. I'm finding that I like this. Very enjoyable. It's not out of the park great, but I've smoked far worse. I'll be getting more for my rotation.

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PIE-EYED-PIPER Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

I smoke mostly English tobacco. I really don't care much for aromatics. However, this is one that I could get used to smoking. Though aromatic this may be, it is not too overly powering than most aromatics I've tried. It has a nice mild aroma with very pleasing taste. There's one drawback though, since I prefer a "full bodied" smoke, it would've have been better if Altadis made the strength a little bit stronger. But then again, that's just my own preference.

* UPDATE: 12/12/10 - To date, I've finally finished a full pound of this tobacco. Having compared it to a few blends, I can more or less make an "educated" update to my previous review.

Well, the verdict is in. I do find that having tried different blends, AQ lacks the depth and complexity that other blends have. Although, the aroma smells great in the bag, it does do not translate to flavor when you smoke it.

This blend is quite one dimensional. It lacks "something". Could it be that I'm just too much of a Latakia lover that I'm missing it on this blend? Honestly, I really don't know. Whatever it is, it's not there.

Looking at it as objectively as possible though, for an English blend not to contain any Latakia and still be “smokeable”, that is something worth considering. I still do maintain (as originally stated) that it is not too overly powering and has a nice mild aroma. Compared to some aromatics, it does have a somewhat of a pleasing taste.

With that being said, I am downgrading my recommendation to two (2) stars.

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Jack0077 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jack0077 (4)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I can see I'm in the minoraty on this one but I am a fan of african queen great aroma in the pouch and room note while being smoked its not overly complex but its just fine for me its part of my regular rotation

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Demetri Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Demetri (113)
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

I picked up a 2 oz baggie of this just to sample an Altadis product. It was at the top of an alphabetic listing - my first criterion for choice, and I was intrigued by the exotic sounding base tobaccos in the blend. However, this sample (now 2 oz less four bowls) will join my collection of "whatever-was-I-thinking-when-I-bought-this" blends. In short the blend is long on aromatic aspect (even if I cannot tell what it is flavored with) and very short on basic taste. To me, cool, tasteless hot air. English? No way. Still, it is smokable.

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strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

One man's trash is another man's treasure. I liked this one. It has a great aroma and while aromatic, not overwhelmingly so. I found it mild, non tongue biting and very pleasant taste. It burned well and stayed lit. It did not gunk up my pipe and it had a very sweet flavor, I think anise flavoring which I find I like. I think this is one of Altadis's better blends and will smoke it some more. An English does not have to have Latakia in it. It would ruin this one.

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thedstnguishdgntlmn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedstnguishdgntlmn (360)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I actually liked this crossover English very much. You taste the ORIENTALS throughout the whole smoke and yet it has an actual FUDGE quality to it. I would recommend this for people needing a change from Balkans. It is still a little too English for the Aromatic crowd. Good stuff.

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Redd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Redd (117)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I use to buy thid at Mom's Cigars in NYC in the 1980's A good English blend a little on the full side. Packs well and burns easy. Has a very full Oriental scent in the bag. A good english blend at a very good price. drys out quick so smoke the whole bag fast.

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