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A complex English blend is in tribute to old professors everywhere, for they made us aware of our hidden talents and inspired many of us to achieve success.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McAllister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
PackagingBulk Blend
ProductionCurrently available
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brashboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
brashboy (84)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

526 Old Professor is sold by a local B&M as simply Professor. It is to my mind more Balkan than English, but is a decent smoke. The Latakia is front and center though the Orientals make themselves known, so the pouch note is typical Lat sourness, like old athletic socks. Don't get much of the Virginia. It's a pretty good smoke, though. At the right price, it is worth a toot, but at Balkan Sasieni prices, get the BS instead.

I'm giving it three stars, although it is more like a 2.5-star blend, but feel that another 2-star review will unfairly pull down its overall rating.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

This is a decent smoke. Smoky, woody Latakia. The Orientals are woody and a little leathery. Almost too woody, but not quite. Can't taste much of the Virginias. There is a nice sweetness, but I think it's mostly topping. Nothing to write home about, but it'll do in a pinch.

Mild to medium in body and taste. Topping is very mild. Burns very well and burns cool.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, Diplomat Apple, Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1645)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Sutliff Tobacco Company - Old Professor.

Like the Lane blend I reviewed the other day, this is the first time I've smoked anything from this company. So here's my thoughts:

Although it's badged as being a Coarse Cut, the blend contains a myriad of sizes: a few tiny dots, all the way up to some bigger twiggy bits. The smell is exactly as would be expected from this type of blend: leathery and woody. As expected for a tobacco supplied in bulk form the moisture's spot-on.

I like the way the tobacco's work together, somewhat different to the usual English style. The first thing that differs for me is the way the Latakia comes over. It's not one of those really mild kinds, and nor does it take over; instead it 'dances' on top of the smokes taste: the formidable flavour's present, but it's more of a finishing touch. So, we have a kind of 'unique' style of Latakia, and then there's the Oriental/Turkish, this gives a large proportion of flavour to the smoke; the Latakia's on top, but the O/T, without a doubt, forms the base of the smoke. Regarding the Virginia, to tell the truth I find it very very light. With tobacco flavours as inimitable as the others it seems a little bit pointless sticking that in there!

I'd put the nicotine as being medium, and the room-note's fairly pleasant.

This is a good smoke, the only reason I give it three stars and not four is I prefer a little more from my Latakia's. Still, it easily gets a recommendation!

Three stars.

Pipe Used: Somali Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes. com

2 people found this review helpful.

ski2liv Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ski2liv (16)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend was recommended by more than one of my local B+M stores when asking for a mild aromatic. I'm convinced those recommending it were not actually pipe smokers because i find this to be more of a cross between an aromatic and a natural smoke and disagree that it's a mild aromatic. Though it is mild, and it has a bit of an aromatic sweetness to it.

Simply looking at the tobaccos used further convinces me this is not an aromatic. This is actually mild though considering.

Those who like the aromatics, will find this a little strong while those who like natural tobaccos will find this boring. It's probably best used for those aromatic smokers looking to expand their tastes. There's no bite and is a pretty mild smoke.

Its highlight is the room note.. not that it's a great note, but it's also not offensive and had a hint of sweetness to it that can be picked up and enjoyed.

Overall I find it a great transition smoke but probably not enjoyable to most aromatic fans and probably undesirable for people who like the stronger more flavorful blends. It'll serve a great purpose for a very specific need, otherwise it's best to move on and find something that falls more to either side of the scale.

2 people found this review helpful.

bob323 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bob323 (46)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Actually, this is a good blend for aromatic smokers who wish to venture into the realm of English blends...The Latakia and Orientals interact in such a way that neither is dominant...They are complementary and the Virginia adds a sweetness which would be familiar and comfortable to an aromatic smoker...As with most Virginias this will bite if you hurry it...Relax...Take your time...Pipe smoking is not about running a race...No prize for finishing first...Now about the moisture factor...I find that most Altadis blends are too moist right off the bat...needs a long drying time...To cut drying time, I would suggest purchasing a small crock pot with a warm setting...Please, do not use your wife's...otherwise dire consequences will ensue...Set crock pot to warm and dump tobacco in and cover...Check in about an hour...This would be for 2-4oz of tobacco....Adjust for less or greater amounts...Otherwise if you air dry it's going to take all day.

1 person found this review helpful.