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Notes: From Pipes&Cigars website: Golden Age combines a variety of hand-selected Virginias, chosen for their sweetness, along with a nice share of Acadian Perique to create a blend with a rich fruitiness and an undercurrent of spice.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McCallister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging1.5 oz tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable
2.6
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rekamepip Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rekamepip (78)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Golden Age Turkish, Burley, Virginian Black Cavendish and Perique Blend

Tin Note: a somewhat stale , slightly tart or fermented aroma The tobacco leaf is beautiful / good cut and color Perfect moisture level right out of this tin

I did not detect any toppings on this blend

This is a blend for smoking - my kind of tobacco The quantity of each of the different tobaccos is balanced and tastes good together !

The tobacco burns well from start to finish and produces good amount of smoke

Room note: Personally i love it but it is not a crowd pleaser

may 5 star rating = 4 but wishing it had a touch more perique

Pipe Used: pipestone rock cob, dr g omega

Age When Smoked: new

4 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1081)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Virginia is grassy sweet and acts as the base for the other tobaccos. The perique is more plum and raisin than pepper, always noticeable without dominating. Lightly sweeter than Dunhill Elizabethan as made by Murrays and less spicy, it's also missing the lemon Virginia lakes that DE had. It burns well, cool, and even with no moisture, no dottle, and a consistent flavor. If you're looking for an all day smoke with a little sweetness and just enough spice to tickle your tongue, this is blend will give you what you need. Can be an all day smoke. Sold in bulk as Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture Match.

4 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (192)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have never tried Elizabethan, so I have no basis for comparison.

This is a very pleasant blend. It is fairly mild to my palate and delivers a slightly sweet Virginia flavor with very little perique. I don't taste the listed orientals, but they may contribute in a subtle way. It presents as a high quality and balanced blend.

The blend came as a narrow ribbon and I liked the moisture level. I have no reservations in recommending this one. You won't be happy with it if you are looking for an aromatic or a perique/latakia/oriental/whatever flavor bomb.

Edit: I have now tried Elizabethan Match, and I would not have guessed these two blends were intended to be similar. This is a good blend though on its own merits.

Edit2: I see the description has been edited, and orientals are not listed now. That corresponds to my tastebuds. I tried to find them, and it turns out they were not there.

1 person found this review helpful.

Ethan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ethan (34)
★☆☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

I tried this one on a whim and i soon found out i don't like perique forward blends, or light english types for that matter. This blend would probably be really good to me if it had about 15% latakia added to it. I threw it in my "mystery english" blend to be beefed up with some blenders until palatable.

Age When Smoked: new, just opened

Purchased From: Port Royal

1 person found this review helpful.

Sunday Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sunday (18)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

I guess I'm not much of a Perique fan or Elizabethan fan. I tried this four or five times then added it to my stock of "in case were attacked by zombies locked in basement" stash. It will stay there

1 person found this review helpful.

Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (144)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

A surprisingly good Perique mixture. The tin art is beautiful, the cut is long and thin. Smell off the tin is slightly pungent and sweet, the tobacco has the right amount of moisture to be smoked right away. The flavor is perfect for a middle of the road tobacco. It burns fast and to a white ash, no pipe gurgling even if smoked fast. Interesting neutral taste with Perique breaking the status quo. The after taste is towards cigarettes but not too much. Overall a very nice mixture at a good price in the States and impossible to find in Quebec. This is my first review for a Sutliff tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (85)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Update: I had to update this review and downgrade my rating, unfortunately. One problem is there's too much humectant for a English style mixture. This level of pg would be ok in an aromatic, where you have to have pg to carry the casing. The other problem is..there are other Perique skewed mixtures that are more interesting to me (Bayou Night, Irish Oak, even Haddos).

I have never before given a four star rating to an Altadis blend, at least I don't think so. This is, for me, somewhere between four and five stars, so I'm going to bump it up.

As a fan of the old Elizabethan, Royal Yacht and more recently, Peterson's Irish Oak, I feel confident in putting this offering in or right near that group, although it is a bit more American in character.

One thing this is not, is a typical Va/Per.

It does not deliver a boatload of Perique like Irish Oak, but it is noticable, slightly peppery, slightly figgy tasting. It likes to be smoked slowly, not packed too tight, and it comes too moist in the tin.

The other reviewer was spot on in comparing this somewhat to Royal Yacht, although milder. The darkned tobaccos in this, are very smooth, a bit muted. There is not the depth of VA nuance that there is in the old RY or even Irish Oak. However, there is a very nice, under the radar, aromatic component of some kind, that to me tastes like burnt marshmellows. Maybe this is the unflavored black Cavendish. And there is the goodness of Perique. And this contrast provides the interest in this.

In any event, this is worth trying for Perique lovers. It does not overwhelm, is not confusing, and very pleasing. Those looking for some Virginia with their Perique won't find it here, and they should look at Navy Rolls and the many similar tasting high quality blends.

The blend works by combining the rounded, slightly sweet taste of unflavored Cavendish with the spice of Perique. Don't overlook this one, if you're a fan of English style tobaccos with Perique. Aromatic lovers will be dissapointed.

1 person found this review helpful.

tiltjlp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tiltjlp (7)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I really like the mix of Burley, Virginia, and Cavendish, but I don't taste any Perique, for some reason. While I've never had Elizabethan, I can compare Golden Age favorably with Dunhill Royal Yacht, although Golden Age is slightly milder than Royal Yacht.

1 person found this review helpful.

wosbald Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wosbald (111)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Sniffing this long-cut, fine ribbon blend betrays the distinctive aroma of white burley and a small amount of sweetness, both natural and added. Fruity aromas are almost absent.

The flavor follows the aroma. This is primarily a dry and earthy smoke with copious amounts of white burley along with a muted sweetness from golden virginias and natural black (burley?) cavendish. The contribution from the perique is noticeable, though secondary.

Golden Age is a satisfying and easy-going blend with a generously rugged and voluptuously sweet flavor that bears no immediately obvious resemblance to Elizabethan Mixture. This seemed best in a narrow to medium gauge chamber.

1 person found this review helpful.

NA Morrison Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NA Morrison (32)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

this was my first introduction to perique as a dominate flavor. Not a bad flavor I would personaly add a little more latkia for balance but thats just me. on it own merits it holds it own and i have purchased another tin which I will age a bit longer to see it that improves it. I wish sutliff would quit compareing there blends to oters because almost every time it cant live up to the standars others have set for it. these tobaccos are good on there own merits and compareing them to others they are smililar to really takes away how good these blends are.

1 person found this review helpful.

Capn Jimbo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capn Jimbo (21)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I will unable to compare this to an Elizabethan, but I can compare to the English and Balkans I do like (MM Patriot, Blend No. 5, R-Blend, Bosporus Cruise, et al) and must say this was very different. The main impression I was left with was sense of dark deepness, earthy being an excellent descriptor, but I would even add a meaty, plain jerky sensation, but spiced with notable pepperiness. Those who note a sweetness may be right, but that aspect is rather distant and minimal. This Golden Age would better be named Amber Age, lol. In terms of effect, I'd note the Perique, followed by the Turkish, thence the Burley, Cavendish and Virgina. The Golden Age grew deeper and richer down the bowl, and left a definite aftertaste in the mouth that was entirely consistent with the preceeding.

All in all this might grow on me, and seems an acquired taste. I'll have to let you know. Silly perhaps but I could actually see enjoying this one at an outdoor barbeque. I'd call it a TurPer, lol. I believe this one does best sipped in a wider bowl, like my Butz (15/16) in an attempt to draw out the supporting components. I believe this one is for Perique lovers. Not an all-day smoke for me, but I do believe I could come to like this more. Let's call it 2.5 for now, with possibilities.

Call it a PerTur - peppered oriental jerky.

Pipe Used: Butz Choqin

Age When Smoked: est 5 yrs

Purchased From: Tobaconist close out

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

Not a bad tobacco by any means, yet still a tad mild. Tin note is lovely, bright va's, perique, and unprocessed cocoa. I think the perique is what stands out here, even though I would have expected the va's to be front and center. This is not a jab at the blender, as I like perique, and I think it helped make this a cohesive blend with non-competing flavors. The va's, as I noted, were not very strong but they were smooth and ever so citrusy. Paired with the raw funk of the perique and I think they did a fine job at a good balance. Mellowing out the background was the cavendish, while the orientals and burleys wandered off. Couldn't catch those, but didn't seem to miss them. Bowl got hot and waxy near the end, which is strange, I must say, but altogether a decent tobacco. It works, but it needs something bold and flavorful, read that as tobacco and not casing/topping.

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From Etten Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
From Etten (22)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

7-Pleasure, satisfaction; 9-Top note, slip stream aroma, sipping the embers; 8-Delivery, balance, flavor profile; 9-Blend composition, quality; 8-Pack, relight, room note. As my real first perique I enjoyed the mild peppery presence. On a tight pack got mild N note. For me I prefer over the much stronger Elizebethan (which is of course a quality blend). This is a wonderful Vapers, as advertised, just not for me. 2 1/2 Stars for now.

Pipe Used: Cob, Tsuge, Hilson

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the tin

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

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DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (185)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

While very light on the Perique, this is a pleasant enough, slightly sweet smoke. For me, though, it just smokes a bit too much on the hot side to earn three stars, but I generally agree with Virginialover's review.

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