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It is perhaps ironic that a blend named Great Outdoors should be appreciated for its room note. This outstanding aromatic is a mixture of Burley, Vanilla, and flavored Black Cavendish. Perfect for fans of Field and Stream.

Notes: This blend is manufactured by Sutliff and sold under their "Sutliff Private Stock" brand.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McCallister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley
FlavoringAnisette, Vanilla
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging1.5 or 8 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1875)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is different than Field and Stream, and different from Sutliff's F&S Match blend, which, like this blend, was created by Carl McAllister. The Match is closer to F&S than this, and both are better than the original. I will stick to the subject, though, as GO was meant to be a "take" on F&S, and not a copy. The earthy, nutty burley has a light molasses sweetness, and is well complimented by the grassy, citrusy Virginia cavendish. The black cavendish appears to be unsweetened. The toppings include vanilla, light licorice, and plum and honey. It smells great out of the tin, and the after taste and room notes are extremely pleasant. It's sweet, but not powerfully so. Burns cool at a moderate pace with consistent flavor to the end. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, but no goop. Has a mild nic hit. An all day smoke.

10 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (298)
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

I am almost done with a 1.5 oz tin, and this review is based on however many bowls that is - 15? 20? This is a very good smoke. I find it puzzling that the description on TR says there is no flavoring, because I get mild vanilla, sweet, and maybe a little licorice. The tin is also missing a description, so I guess Sutliff is relying on reviews or experience to let people know what is in the tin. This is a basic mild burley with a pleasant topping that is not overpowering.

This is a very friendly blend for non-smokers. The room note is reported to be nice. It is a tasty tobacco as well. That makes for a great combo when you have a significant other and smoke in the house or in the car.

6 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1826)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Another Altadis blend of the month gifted to my local pipe club, Great Outdoors is not a bad smoke. I thought it was actually somewhat elegant compared to the original Field and Stream it copies. Also F&S always seemed to have a "licorice" taste to me, this one did not. Just a simple coarse cut Burley/sweetened Cavendish blend that I found to be appealing. I had to work at smoking it slowly because this one has no bite or strength.

6 people found this review helpful.

Coda Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Coda (33)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

On opening the tin, my first thought on the aroma was root beer. Vanilla and anise flavors abound in this blend, but are not overpowering whatsoever. Consisting of burley and black cavendish, this blend is made up of various cuts: from ribbon to ready rubbed. Moisture in the tin was nearly perfect. It seemed hard to keep lit a various points, most likely due to the mixed cut. Flavor-wise, Great Outdoors is pleasant. I would consider this a semi-aromatic, or perhaps an "old-school aromatic." The "aromatic" component works in concert with the tobacco flavr on the blend. Overall, a very nie tobacco that I would recommend to anyone looking for a mild, all day blend, with a little extra aroma added...

4 people found this review helpful.

Pipe Newb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Newb (49)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Pouch/Tin Note - Three words - Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. Ok, 5 words, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie with Vanilla. This smells very, very nice. Lots of sweetness and caramel, but some smokey backbone lurking around in there.

Char and initial draw - Incredibly mellow, and possibly the sweetest smoke I've ever had shy of a goopy aromatic. I stand by the tin note of oatmeal to describe the driving flavor here, it's almost breadlike but the sweetness and very subdued nutty flavors reminds me more of toasted oats.

As the bowl warmed, I started to get some very mild black pepper notes. This bowl is really good, and I've got to pace myself... the taste in my mouth is toasted pecan now, the initial sweetness has taken a back seat to the stronger burley notes, although it's still there. Oddly enough I'm not getting any of the smokey characters in the flavor even though it was in the smell of the tin/pouch.

The room note was odd, despite the sweetness in the pouch and in the smoke, the room note was mildly sweet toasted burley with a whisper of vanilla. Not a big deal to me, as it still smelled fantastic to my nose.

This is an incredibly mellow tobacco with subtle flavors that play very well with each other. Absolutely nothing offensive, and incredibly well balanced. Even with a healthy burley content I didn't feel overpowered by the tobacco strength either. Seriously well done.

Pipe Used: MM legend

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Unknown (gifted)

4 people found this review helpful.

guitar2mw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
guitar2mw (82)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

This is a fine American blend. The quality of the tobaccos is top notch, and the flavorings are mingled in with the tobacco instead of being dumped on like many blends. The tin note is wonderful: sweet licorice, nuts, plums, and a hint of what I believe is chocolate. Packing is easy, and it holds a light very well. As with all Sutliff blends, I let this one dry a bit before smoking (open the tin for about an hour or two and let it breathe). Upon lighting, the nuttiness of the burley came through, and the licorice notes dance in and out around flavors of vanilla and Cavendish. This is a perfectly balance tobacco as far as flavor is concerned, and I enjoy it as an all day smoke (great with morning coffee too).

Pipe Used: MM Hardwood, Dr. Grabow Duke

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Tobaccotown, Beaver, WV

3 people found this review helpful.

dustoff56 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dustoff56 (10)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

sutliff lists this blend as a non aromatic and some websites list it as an aromatic. The can smells pleasant. Burns easy. It tastes like a non aromatic but the cavendish gives it a hint of sweetness. Very smooth on the draw and no not a non aromatic fan but I think I'll finish the can. If your new to unflavored blends this is a good one to start with.

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

2 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (193)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

An inspired mixture with a mild nutty burley taste that's delicately flavored but still quite interesting to smoke.

Great Outdoors seems to walk a fine line, simultaneously paying homage to drugstore blends of yore, as well as blends with more structure and somewhat more complicated flavor profiles. The topping is well executed, providing a hint of licorice, chocolate and honey, as well as a subtle musty note on the finish. Most important, it's light enough to allow the base tobacco flavor to come through and it does so in perfect balance.

This product is fairly moist from the tin but dries quickly. It smokes a little on the warm side but burns perfect with very little tamping, relights and almost no bite. There's not much in the way of nicotine strength but there's plenty of flavor.


Pipe Used: Cob

2 people found this review helpful.

Capn Jimbo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capn Jimbo (24)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

For those of you who like a nice OTC burley or burley-based like Prince Albert, Sir Walter, or Carter Hall this might be a interesting step up. This blend is very well named and just feels like a late fall day in the woods, with a mug of campfire black coffee. Got it? The burley is there - definitely there - but not overpowering and balanced with the barest touch of anisette and maybe, maybe vanilla - but the real star is the nutty mild chocolate that is just exquisite. Think mild milk chocolate. In the end this blend is about smooth, nutty, warm, woodsy burley that remains there - more than just a wisp here or there.

Easy pack, easy light, easy smoke, pleasant and warm, that gets deeper and richer as you move along. If you like burley - or want to - you will like this one. The very mild aromatics are there, but so integrated that they only enhance, not overpower or detract. Looking for vanilla - try BCA instead. This isn't for you. Loved it. A burley lovers blend, and I'm a burley lover.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Local closeout

Similar Blends: J4 Mild Burley, Carter Hall, Burley Kake.

2 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (790)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Brown and black ribbon/chop cut with a fairly heavy tin aroma of licorice. They claim vanilla as well but I neither smelled nor tasted any, although there was some semblance of a scent and flavor that was not licorice. Came a bit too moist but not glaringly so. A short drying time and I was ready to go.

Not sure if this is a "match" for Field & Stream and it's been awhile since I smoked any, but the flavor of this matched my recollection of the old HoW blend. The licorice was there but much more subtle in the taste. Unfortunately not much tobacco taste came through. This lacked the nostalgic feeling I got from the original, but that's all in my head anyway. What this delivered was a slightly sweet and a little fruity, non-goopy aromatic taste that also smelled kind of nice in the room. It seemed to me that the tobacco was of a higher quality than the HoW, but hard to tell. I'm not sure fans of the original would like this or not, but it does seem true to it's source. 2 stars was all I could muster for F&S, and this one is worth 2.5. Nothing I'd care to smoke again, but worth a shot for those that liked the HoW version, as this is likely to be as close as any blend will come to that.

2 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (439)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a weird tobacco for me to review. I just didn't like it. The good news is that it was free as it is what was sent to me by Sutliffe when I signed up for the free sample. I put down my preference as aromatics as I already had tried a few of the English blends and wanted to be sure that I received something I hadn't tried.

The reason I point this out is that Aromatics are not my preference, but I am not an aro hater by any means so don't be rolling your eyes. :)

Now to why it is weird. If I search by who is similar to me, many of those reviewers love this blend with a surprising amount of four star ratings. If I look down the reviews, many reviewers whose opinions I really treasure also really like this blend. Many of my forum buddies really like this blend and smoke it often. It is weird, because I don't like this blend. Two things save me from giving this a one star review. Reverence to those who like it and the fact that I have yet to try a vanilla aromatic that I would give four stars to.

I find this to be pretty heavy on the PG, that chemical taste that I dislike comes through heavy on this blend. The mechanical properties of it are fine. A nice mix of ribbon and some cube cut burley, pack nicely and burn easily to the bottom with usually one light and it burns pretty cool so nothing wrong there, but it lacks the body that I like in a predominately burley aromatic.

I will have to actually go out and seek a true vanilla aromatic that I like, so I can really rule out that it is not just an aversion to that particular topping that is causing me to be so hard on those blends, but I have enjoyed enough aromatics with a portion of Vanilla to know there are many better out there than this one. Some that come to mind are CAO's Moontrance, C & D's Berry Good and PS Nougat 24.

So not recommended by me, but somewhat recommended because you just might like it.

Pipe Used: mostly meerschaum and cobs

Purchased From: free sample from factory

2 people found this review helpful.

Marker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Marker (10)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Smoked this in a MM diplomat and a rock cob. Worked better in the diplomat. Just like Carter Hall the blend is enhanced in a corn cob pipe.

Very mild and relaxing. The burley is more forward than the Cavendish by far. A nice sweet aroma. This is an all day easy smoker. Lights easily from the tin without drying. You don't have to fight it to keep lit.

Would recommend this to anyone looking for a mild easy to smoke burley with a touch of Cavendish. Also a great beginner tobacco with a better room note than Carter Hall.

Sutliff could do better on the tin instead of describing it as 'Quality Pipe Tobacco'. They are right, but it should give a better description for those looking for certain types of pipe tobacco.

2 people found this review helpful.

King Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King Weed (102)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

This is the third of three tins I received at the end of our show this year; half full but quite smokable. It has been a long time since I've smoked Field and Stream and it was not a blend that I fancied in my early days of pipe smoking. I do remember it as having some sort of flavoring and agree with reviewer Pipestud 2010-08-29 that it may have been something akin to licorice. The aroma of my tin was very toned down and was more of a tobacco mixture aroma than anything else. It packed, lit and smoked in a straight forward manner with no tongue bite or other problems. Unlike my experience with C&D Epiphany, another old time blend emulation, GO did not have a rough start nor did it have the weak and ashy finish that was evident with Epiphany. I enjoyed the smoke and agree with reviewer Jimlnks 2013-08-08 that GO is both different from and better than the blend it emulates - three stars.

Pipe Used: Kaywoodie Hand Made Prince of Wales

Age When Smoked: 1 year old

Purchased From: gifted at the 2015 NASPC show

Similar Blends: Field and Stream, I guess.

1 person found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I like this one, but I'm not in love with it. It's toasty, earthy, mildly nutty, and has just a touch of sweetness. I'd like a little more sweetness, but it's still pretty good. The vanilla is mild and the anisette even milder. The Burley and the Black Cav have close to equal influence to my taste buds. A nice smoke.

Mild to medium in body and taste. Mild in flavoring. Burns well.

Pipe Used: MM Diplomat 5th Ave, MM Patriot

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

idbowman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
idbowman (26)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Note: Having never smoked Field and Stream, this is based entirely on my experience with Great Outdoors and is not a comparison to the blend it seeks to replicate.

I found this blend to be unremarkable. Not bad in any way, but generally not very memorable.

The tin note was promising. Sweet, nutty, with a topping of vanilla and licorice. The tobacco ranges from light tan to medium brown, course ribbon cut with a few chunks so course that they the resemble a broken flake.

At first light, the promise in the tin seems to come true. The burley stands three or four steps in front of the cavendish, the vanilla is definitely present in the tin and the licorice/anise is faintly detectable (although it's hard to tell if I'm tasting it in the smoke or in the room note). The flavoring disappears very quickly, even when the temperature of the burn and rate of the puff are well controlled. What is left behind is the typical semi-sweet nuttiness of the burley with just a bit of cavendish hiding in the background. With the burley as present as it is, I was surprised to find that the nicotine was hardly noticeable.

I had no problem with the burn - just a few relights (no more than usual), burned almost to the bottom with just a bit of dottle, and the room note was great. In fact, I think the room note is the best argument in favor of the blend - not only is it a crowd pleaser, but when the pipe is out, you leave the room and come back the lingering aroma is reminiscent of homemade oatmeal cookies.

There is nothing that Great Outdoors is doing particularly wrong. But if you're looking for a vanilla burley aromatic, there are options with a heaver dose of vanilla and/or a topping that lasts deeper into the bowl. If you're looking for a lightly topped aromatic that highlights the burley (and, theoretically, the cavendish), I think there are other blends that do that better, as well. That said, Great Outdoors does have the added benefit of being low nicotine and very resistant to bite, so it may qualify as an "all day smoke."

So, for folks looking for an inoffensive, unobtrusive, straightforward all day smoke that opts for consistency over bells and whistles, this could very easily fit the bill. For those people, I would highly recommend giving this a shot. Otherwise, I'll finish the tin I have, and I'll never refuse a bowl if offered, but I think it's unlikely that'd I'd make a repeat purchase in the future.

Pipe Used: Variety of Briars & Cobs

1 person found this review helpful.

Geronimo Von Klaus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Geronimo Von Klaus (76)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The first tobacco I ever smoked, and what a find!

A mild aro, very sweet and savory burleys in Cavendish in this, and the vanilla casing works very well with the burley nuttiness.

Smokes cool, can get hot if you don't give it some time to warm up on its own, and the aroma is very crowd-pleasing.

All in all, I keep it around for nostalgia as much as how good it is.

Very nice.

1 person found this review helpful.

jfox520 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jfox520 (6)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Very Pleasant

This tobacco is listed as a non-aromatic even with the vanilla. The tobacco's moisture was perfect for smoking right from the tin no drying needed. All of the Sutliff tobaccos that I have tried have been ready to smoke upon opening the tin. The tin note smelled to me like root beer. The charring light brought the nuttiness of the Burley to the front. The true light still had the nuttiness in the fore front, but the Black Cavendish join in. The vanilla was barely present. The room note was very pleasant. This is a great all day smoke; it burns well with hardly any re-lights. No tongue bite at all and it smoked all the way to the bottom of the bowl. I will be cellaring a few tins for the future.

1 person found this review helpful.

Stilbon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stilbon (9)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

In my search for trying Field & Stream I discovered the Great Outdoors. Originally, I think I was just looking for a licorice/anise flavored tobacco and this does evoke that flavor profile at least somewhat. The tobacco was nice and dry when I cracked open the tin. There is definitely a distinct smell of licorice in the tin as well as vanilla. It lights quickly and stays lit as well as burns fairly quickly, maybe in part because it was dry to begin with. The flavor is quite mild though and the burley takes the show for the most part. The anise/vanilla flavor wears out pretty quickly and the nutty burley flavor kicks in at about a quarter of the bowl.

I guess I was kind of hoping that more of the sweeter flavors would hang around a little longer. It starts out nice enough but becomes a bit bland toward the end. Room note is quite pleasant though and reminds me of camping trips with my father. It burns nice and evenly down to a fine ash but beware the tongue bite as this guy will quickly scorch your tongue if you don't sip it.

A nice burley/aromatic fusion blend leaning more toward the burley. This is the first of the Sutliff Private Stock blends I've tried and I am curious to try more of them.

1 person found this review helpful.

pipeofbriaropenfire Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipeofbriaropenfire (9)
Very Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This blend is beautiful! Upon opening the tin I am impressed by an aroma of the smooth burley. The batch I had was about perfect on the moisture level. It packed well in my pipe and I probably could have gotten away with packing it in tighter. Most of the bowls I smoked only needed one light to get started but on occasion I needed to relight during the sitting. This blend smokes very smoothly and seems very mellow to me. "Great Outdoors" is an apt name for this blend as it tastes like a forest after a cleansing rain. It's a very smooth and mellow smoke and I think it encourages a nice slow smoke. The room note is very nice.

1 person found this review helpful.

hypr-aktiv Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hypr-aktiv (6)
Mild Mild Mild Tolerable

Holy tongue bite batman! Not impressed with this one, might be OK but for the horrendous bite. I smoke burleys often with no bite however this one gets me bad every time. I'm going to let it age for a bit and see if that helps.

1 person found this review helpful.

TobaccoMan2012 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TobaccoMan2012 (28)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I must say I really like this tobacco. Its not too strong at all, probably because it is mixed with burley tobacco. As far as flavor goes it was kind of "nutty" but good. My garage smells really good after I smoked it in there. Tasted really good in my opinion, nothing was bad about that part. I would definately recommend this to other pipe smokers, and I will definately continue to buy it. To be honest this is one of my favorites so far.

1 person found this review helpful.

zwolanek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zwolanek (19)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

I tire of bitey aromatics. If burley bites you like it does me, avoid Great Outdoors. I got through two bowls, but didn't taste supper.

On the other hand, if burley is your thing, give it a whirl. Other than the tongue bite, I liked it.

The casing seems to make a huge difference for me with burley bite. Carter Hall and Great Outdoors bite me like a New Mexico rattler. But Butternut Burley has become my go-to anytime of day blend, and other over-the-counters - Prince Albert, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Half and Half - leave me be.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

This is a really nice blend,it smokes cool right out of the tin. The room note is very nice and gets lots of compliments. I really enjoy this tobacco once the bowl has heated up, the flavors of the tobacco really seem come out then. I would definitely smoke this again.

1 person found this review helpful.

RMBittner Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RMBittner (66)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

I am not naturally inclined to love aromatic blends, but I do get in aromatic moods occasionally. This one, better than any other I've tried in recent years, is well worth discovering.

To be fair, I've never smoked Field & Stream, on which this blend is supposedly based. But that hardly matters; it's a worthwhile and -- to my palate -- utterly unique blend capable of standing on its own.

It does smoke best when allowed to air out for at least 4-6 hours. Otherwise, be prepared for a slightly wet smoke and a more over-bearing aromatic presence. I can only describe the aroma as "masculine" in a very good sense, remininding me a lot of my father's aftershave -- though not in a bad way. (I realize how unhelpful that is!) The flavor, however, is simply a good neutral burley, without any noticeable sweetness on the tongue.

Maybe it's my mood or maybe it's this blend, but I'm hooked for the moment.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

I had a bit of this that a friend sent me. I found it easy to light and it stayed lit very well. The nose is very nice, not an overwhelming aromatic at all. The taste was very good, it got very sweet during the middle of the bowl. I got a bit of bite but I was smoking it faster than I should have.

I would smoke this again for sure and enjoy it.

I am not fond of the aftertaste though. It's got a bit of a cigar aftertaste that I'm not fond of.

1 person found this review helpful.

vinnie799 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
vinnie799 (33)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild Pleasant

This is the first aromatic that I've smoked in about a year. At first I light I thought, YUK! But then I had to remember that it is quasi-aromatic in my opinion. The blend smells really nice. When I first opened the tin I found a familiar smell that I couldn't quite put my finger on. I gave some of this tin to a good friend and brother of the briar and he said it smelled like a root beer float. That's what was familiar! This blend is easy to light and fill the bowl. A little moist right from the tin so I think it's wise to fill it a bit loose otherwise it won't burn easy. Or a few minutes to air dry out or a few under a desk lamp always works quickest for me.

After not smoking an aromatic for a long time I needed several bowls to give it a fair shake. This blend hasn't bitten or gotten sour for me and that's a good thing.

Nice chunky burley for body and the cavendish for some sweetness. No problems with the room note/wife test here either. Not being a confirmed aromatic fancier I am grateful for the experience but don't think I'd get another tin. It does freshen up my truck nicely though and is a heck of alot nicer than those pine tree fresheners that my wife likes to use when she's behind the wheel.

1 person found this review helpful.

WmZiggy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WmZiggy (76)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I received a promotional 1.5 oz. tin of GO in the mail. On opening it I was greeted with a ribbon cut Burley with chunks of Black Cavendish. The top note that greeted one was vanilla and licorice. The tobacco had a sticky feel which pinched for packing, but lit easily and stayed lit nicely. I was greeted with a subtle nutty background flavor that developed as the smoke progress, and stronger tastes of licorice that persisted. The blend did not bite or heat up, and although a little monochromatic in flavor, it did have occasional bursts of other flavors. This is a nice change of pace.

1 person found this review helpful.

whitebriar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
whitebriar (29)
Mild Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

pretty straightforward--tin aroma is pleasant--easy to light, and stays lit--a sweet smoke until the very last minute, where it turned a bit ashy--little or no bite--what bite i may have noticed was probably attributable to my getting in a hurry at the end of the bowl--no dottle left--just a fine gray ash--

Edit--10-03-11--knocking this one down a notch--3 star now-after smoking it for some time i find it a bit monotonous--still a decent blend just not four star material--hey, i just changed my mind--

1 person found this review helpful.

regulator3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
regulator3 (2)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild Tolerable

I opened the tin and the smell in the tin was that of Vanilla and Black Licorice, I thought it would be awesome, i loved the smell in the tin. Got it lit up, My Wife said that smells like crap, i said funny it don't taste all that great, about half way thru the bowl it has a sweet taste but then it starts to kind of go sour, it was a little wet for my liking, had to puff hard to keep it lit. next time will try to dry it out some before i smoke

1 person found this review helpful.

Frosty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Frosty (37)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I reviewed Field And Stream some time ago, and though I didn't care for it I have had a strange hankering for it as of late. I found a can of this blend, and thinking it would be similar I procured it and popped the lid. The blend consists of black cavendish, light tan ribbon and a few pieces of rubbed out flake. The fragrance is really quite pleasant. It really bears very little in common with Field and Stream. Upon lighting the pipe, the first loading from the tin presented a wonderfull balance of flavors. This blend is creamy, well rounded and not too sweet. The tin description lists vanilla as one of the flavorings, but it is so expertly applied I would have thought it was deer tongue. I detected a slight woody flavor, very pleasant, which makes me think of some old time blend which I just can't put my finger on. This is a very nice blend in my opinion, and it really has grown on me. I have been smoking this daily for a couple weeks, and I may well buy a few more tins for the cellar. It is springtime here in MO, but as much as I have enjoyed this blend I suspect it would be a very nice early Autumn smoke. I find that it relights well even many hours later, a rare and worthy quality in our busy world. This is rather like an old time blend to me, something which would be listed as an aromatic, but not at all in the sense of the gloppy drenched black cavendish which gave aromatics a bad name. Give it a whirl, you may just like it.

1 person found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (288)
Medium Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

I havent reviewed a blend in awhile. Having tried several blends that were not to my taste i went to my local B&M last week and picked up a tin of Escudo. Along with my tin of Escudo, my tobacconist gave me a tin of Great Outdoors for free to try. The tin aroma is very mild, much milder than the original Field and Stream and even less than the HOW version. Sort of a vanilla and whiskey scent, no floral / talcum aroma like the past two blenders used. The cut is similar to both of those versions (a cube cut) but also has the addition of string cut virginia and is very easy to pack. I am very pleased with the quality and will look to try the other Sutliffe blends in the future! Very tasty in a cob!

1 person found this review helpful.

ruffinogold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ruffinogold (107)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Got a 1.5 oz tin of this free from Altadis' website ... very cool ... I think this is better than feild and stream . It's burley flavor that dosen't drown out the vanilla and maybe whiskey ? the flavorings are mild . It's been a one pipe cleaner blend so far. It's a good blend and could be an all day smoker . I'll try it in more pipes .I wish it were a bit stronger .passed the wife test .....O.K. ... tried it in more pipes and finished it off and have to give it 2.5 stars if I could . Smoked alittle " steamy " and didn't quite give a mouthfull of smoke . Needs more punch and smoke .

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arpie55 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
arpie55 (46)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This is a good, simple, straight forward, burley blend, the casing is used with discretion and offers some to the overall profile but does not make the tobacco overly moist or goopy. It certainly has that character of the old classic drug store blends of yesteryear but would be " top shelf". I purchased the tin because it was on a very low price clearence but have found that I have returned to it on several occasions because it is so comfortable.

Upon opening the tin you are rewarded with the sweet aroma of the topping and the tobacco, the cut is somewhat coarse and chunky. If were not for the diameter of the tin being too small the blend would certainly invite thrust and pack method of loading the pipe and I found this to work very well when the tobacco was tranfered to a pouch.

The initial light does offer some sweetness but is not too sweet, as you progress in the smoke the sweetness does give way to, as others have noted, a peppery experience. Not bad! Not overly complex, and by no means hot. Just very comfortable.

The nic hit seems to be somewhat minimal.

The room note is pleasent enough, I heard no complaints but I also had no real compliments either.

I would say that even though I have returned to this current tin often enough and I have an unopened tin still I will probably not seek it out for repurchasing.

Good but not great.

Pipe Used: Briar- Savinelli, Ascorti, Wiley

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Twisted Cigar

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Hunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hunter (52)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Very nostalgic both at the tin and the match. Not a real F&S copy, this stands on its own as a pleasant, mellow burley blend with enough Cavendish to make it interesting.

Wife comments on the great room note, this tobacco is a good all-day smoke. Has the characteristic burley nuttiness and a pleasing amount of smoke.

Recommended for beginning smokers looking for a non-aromatic that still smells nice, but won't knock you over. No bite, easy to light, burns clean. Experienced smokers will like this for its nostalgic qualities and ease of smoking pleasure.

Pipe Used: Meer, briar, cob

Age When Smoked: New tin

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Similar Blends: Field and Stream, SWR, Carter Hall.

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Theosprey247 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Theosprey247 (69)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Boy, I'm glad I didn't read the reviews or the description before trying this blend. I don't like anise (licorice) so I wouldn't have purchased a tin of this fine tobacco. The tin note wasn't reassuring (very strong anus er anise it could knock a dog off a gut wagon). However, it is a very mild burley flavor with a pleasant vanilla topping. Leaves the best room note of any tobacco I've tried. Light easily and doesn't require too many relights. Another win for illiteracy! If you are looking for an aromatic that isn't artificial tasting or goopy then look no further. Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Briars

Age When Smoked: New

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Wīglāf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wīglāf (11)
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

A friend of mine raved about this blend for several weeks before I finally tried it. I remember really liking it my first few times. The blend has a light finish if any at all, and tastes clean and fresh. The burleys are slightly reminiscent of fresh chestnuts. Both my friend and I have since our first experience with Great Outdoors favored stronger, more complex English blends. After a few months of using this blend as a sort of palette cleanser between stronger blends, I noticed that the white burleys lend an slightly sour note that clashes with the fresh, clean taste of the rest of the blend. I haven't smoked this for the greater part of the year, and I could easily name twenty blends I like better.

Pipe Used: Dr. Grabow Savoy

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (1097)
Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Opening the tin revealed a very strong hit of anise but not much vanilla. A very pleasant experience before packing and lighting. Easy to work with and not overly moist. Medium sweet on the palate and the burley really shines through. The flavored cavendish adds a nice round base of flavor as well. It burns cool with minimal relights and no bite. Room note is excellent and approved by both wife and daughter. Another fine Sutliff product. Recommended.

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Pierre Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pierre (14)
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

The tin note is of an artificial fruit taffy, which in itself is appealing but more than a little worrisome for a bowl of tobacco. There were also notes of acidic chocolate, like a cheap milk chocolate. This one I have very little to say about as it was quite flavorless. A little sweet, but otherwise I'll use the cliche that I so hate, "tastes like smoking air." Mild doesn't really describe this tobacco accurately, as that would be generous. Maybe it's me, but I gave this tobacco it's fair few tries and repeatedly failed to get any semblance of aromatic flavor, much less tobacco flavor from it. Would not recommend.

If you're in a bind and trying to impress upon people that pipe tobacco smells good, maybe pull this out, and you can fill the room with a nice citrusy/dairy note.

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Cumarinophil Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cumarinophil (105)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Suttliff Great Outdoors is my Root Beer tobacco. I find the tin note very reminiscent, including a touch of vanilla on top.

This Burley/BC is mild and smooth. It burns well and fast, therefore a little hot. The flavoring is there when smoked, but not as extreme as from the tin and the taste of tobacco comes through equally. I like it.

Pipe Used: Various with and without filter

Age When Smoked: fresh to 1yr

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

Label: Perfect for fans of Field and Stream. It is perhaps ironic that a blend named Great Outdoors should be appreciated for its room note. This outstanding aromatic is a mixture of Burley, vanilla, and flavored Black Cavendish.

Aroma: First I get a whiff of a sweet doughy bread, maybe fruit cake. There's a bit of licorice that comes through as well. It is a bit artificial if I get my nose down close to the tobacco. From a few inches away it's pleasant.

Taste: I'm not a huge fan of licorice, so I was glad it didn't come through strongly in the taste. Surprisingly, the vanilla doesn't come through much either. It's hard to describe the taste, not super sweet and not super strong. Just a clear and mellow tobacco.

Room Note: More pleasant than you would expect from the taste. Sweet, like a lightly scented candle.

Thoughts: It was dryer out of the tin that I expected, and seemed to smoke a little hot. I smoked it through a thick walled freehand Nording, and even it was getting hot to the touch. If you don't like a heavy aromatic flavor, but would prefer a nice room note for the sake of people in the house, it's definitely worth a shot.

Pipe Used: Nording Freehand

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the store

Purchased From: I received this tobacco for review.

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Brooklynsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brooklynsmoker (10)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I had a can of this over the last spring into summer.A Burely mixture.Has a great tin note of root beer which translates into the taste as well.The flavor lasts through most of the smoke and ends on a good burley finish.Not much nic but I really liked this blend and would order it again in the future,In fact I plan to.An all day smoke indeed.I do not know of any blend with a root beer taste so I think it is unique.

Pipe Used: some cobs and some briars.

Age When Smoked: fresh when I started.

Purchased From: Smoking

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From Etten Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
From Etten (22)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Large and thick ribbon some thick flakes with an immediate aroma of chocolate, creme and mellow aged essence. Packs and draws nicely. Bowl aroma exquisite; the blend develops balance to enjoy. My first bowl was outside on the veranda overlooking the dry desert river bed, early blue sky desert morning. What a matching tobac. Ember sipping perfect. 4 Star easily, and a favorite!

Pipe Used: Tsuge Briar

Age When Smoked: Tin Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars Month Club

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CGHurlburt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CGHurlburt (24)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Picked up a tin of this a year ago. I didn't want to review it then because I felt it was too new and needed age. Aging has improved it somewhat. It still bites, but not as badly. It still gurgles and wets up my pipe like a stickier aromatic.

All in all I give it 2 stars. I've seen much worse for the money. What I have will age further, possibly decades. I'll update my review in 20 years.

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

I received my 1.5 oz tin free from Altadis-- very generous, thanks. This is Sutliffe's purported Field and Stream copy/tribute/replacement, but I think it's a vast improvement upon the House of Windsor version that I tried. Don't know who used to make it before them, so can't vouch for that version, but if it was more like this, it was one quality smoke. This is a lovely, high-quality, semi-aromatic, with notes of licorice, maple, vanilla-- all quite subtle, with plenty of good tobacco flavor coming through. There's little or no bite to worry about, unless you really pushed it, and the biggest difference to me is the absence of the dryer sheet/Grandma's soap aroma that the HOW version reeked of. This is a beautiful blend that stands on its own in addition to carrying on the Field and Stream tradition.

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