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Formulated for the most discriminating English smoker. Superbly descriptive: smooth, subtle, sweetly aromatic, flavorful and satisfying. Fantastic base: Lemon Virginias, AAA Burleys, best available Latakia, genuine St. James Parish Perique and fine Smyrna.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McAllister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
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Mild to Medium, Medium
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Scot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Scot (7)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I am not an aromatic fan and passed on anything with Altadis in the name for a long time. In my search for an affordable daily smoke I stumbled onto this at my local B&M without asking the blender, which I need to do more often as this turns out to be somewhat of a stunner.

Aroma is rich... Latakia forward with some sweetness and a touch of something musky, the Perique I'm assuming. It's a black and brown ribbon cut with a couple of chunks of burley which makes it as pleasing to look at as smelling it.

Match to pipe is a unique experience. The initial light was almost disappointing, like hot air... after the tamp and relight it develops into something really special. If you are a fan of Orientals this is a must try. I found it a much more satisfying experience than EMP with as much or more aroma and natural sweetness and it burns easily with no relights all the way to nothing. Found it works best for me gently sipped in a medium size Lovat.

At this point in time it's not going to replace anything in my rotation but it will be added. The tin prices in the socialist state of Washington are absurd and this will fill the need of something affordable... hey, for the price, this one's a serious contender and I see pounds of it in my future. Finally a bulk priced winner. Way to go Altadis! Highly recommended.

=====Update 07/02/12.=====

It's been 2 weeks since my initial review and a month since I first tried this blend. I gave it a go in my clay pipe which is usually reserved for cool smoking VA's to try and distinguish some flavors. You may now find me in my overstuffed leather chair with said clay pipe, drooling all over myself in a semi-catatonic state sometimes mumbling incoherently whilst consuming as much of this as I can stand from a stimulant standpoint. I have pounds of "high end" tobacco's just sitting waiting to be smoked that are now second to this blend... It has replaced everything in my rotation sans Presbyterian.

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hoo-boy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hoo-boy (23)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I had a bend in my rotation that most everyone gave a 4 star, BUT due to the advertising and popularity it became very scarce and very expensive I dropped as it became only ones with deep pockets like Bill Gates or those who had access to taxpayer dollars like our elected Governmental officials could afford it. Its name was eh, er .. " perchanze or something similar" I still have 6 ounces cellared and hope to one day with its escalating price trade it for a Mercedes,LoL, Bit I digress!

In my search for a blend with similar qualities I found the blend Sutliff's English orientals I really like this tobak as its close to the one mention I said close, but not a perfect match. I Really like English blends and this is a great smoke Try it and see if you don't agree that its worthy of the comparision and deserves to be your rotation! Have I ever steered you wrong? hoo-boy

Pipe Used: stanwell church warden

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

Similar Blends: penzance.

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Clive Moses Apikouris Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Clive Moses Apikouris (30)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

While this blend will not wow you with any especially apparent unique or delicious flavor, it is a very nice relaxing tobacco that is economical to acquire and a pleasure to smoke. It lights and burns well and has little if any unpleasant bite. There does seem to be a tiny bit of a topping, it just has a hint of that type of flavor and it is produced by Altadis. You won't notice a copious amount of smokey Latakia here just a pinch for seasoning. All in all a very nice smooth and again, quite economical English style blend. It pairs nicely with jasmine green tea, while enjoying a good book and listening to Steeleye Span. Recommended.

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CJBas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CJBas (26)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Altadis' English Oriental is a very tasty tobacco. It's a light English, favoring Virginias and Orientals rather than heavy on the latakia. Latakia is there and in good proportion to give it flavor, but not enough to give the tobacco a deep base note that heavy latakia blends have.

Being heavy with Virginias it can bite if smoked too strongly. But the Virginias also give the tobacco a natural sweetness that gets better as it is smoked. There's no sour or foul taste at the bottom of the bowl. In fact the bottom is more flavorful than the top and I'm always sorry to see the bowl end.

The pieces are fairly large and springy, though not overly moist by any means. But this does make it slightly difficult to lead a normal sized bowl, something I don't find a hindrance to enjoying this tobacco at all. That does make it tempting to pack too tightly however, something that will make it hard to get it lit at first but even then, once lit, there's no problem in keeping it lit. When packed for optimum lightability (if that's a word) a bowl of English Oriental doesn't last as long as I usually expect a bowl of tobacco to last. It's not that the tobacco burns quicker than any other, it's just that it smokes best when not packed as firmly as others (thus using less tobacco). For this reason I prefer to smoke this is a big bowl.

While I wouldn't mind smoking this all day, it's naturally sweet enough to be a dessert tobacco, something I can't say about most English blends I've smoked. If you like aromatics and want to try some English blends to work into your rotation I strongly recommend giving this a try. If you're a fan of English tobaccos already then this may be something you'd like for the lighter, sweeter, end of the lot. It's very good for what it is. And like all other Altadis blends, it comes at a very good price.

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