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A Sutliff match of the legendary Murray's (after it was branded for some time by Dunhill) now discontinued Elizabethan Mixture. It is a well combined blend of Virginia with perique.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McCallister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I’ve compared this to the original (which once was a regular smoke for me) and I'd say this blend is fairly close, but not an exact match. It’s certainly closer than the current DE production by Dunhill, which I consider to be inferior to both the original and the Sutliff Match. The Murray’s version was a little more complex in taste, and had just a little more bright lemon Virginia. The perique is very peppery in both, slightly more plumy here. The brown Virginia is virtually identical: a little grass and earth with some citrus. As much as I liked the Murray’s product, I would say this is as close as you can get. A little more sprinkling of citrusy, spicy floral lemon Va., and it’d virtually be the same. Because the new version is different from the Murray’s, which is what the Match attempted to copy, I would not consider them to be similar. The proportion of ingredients in the new Dunhill version is different, and is a shag cut , which the original never was. Nor is this Match, which is ribbon cut.

The nic-hit here is in the center of mild to medium, which is a tad less than the Murray’s version. The strength level is closer to medium than it is to mild, while the Murray’s was medium. No chance of bite or harshness is present. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent flavor. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant, slightly lingering after taste, and stronger room note. Can be an all day smoke for most people.

The Murray’s version of DE was one of the very few blends m'lady openly complained about. When they quit making it, she was very happy. A couple of years back, I tried the Match for the first time. Five minutes after I started smoking it, she came back to the studio and said, "Are you smoking that crap again? I thought they quit making it." Telling me that she recognized the smell after several years just struck me kinda funny. That, besides the taste, amplified my assessment that the Match is close indeed. I gave the Murray's version four stars. Couldn't do that for the new release, which is a two star blend. This gets four stars.

25 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (325)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I have either never had the original or it was bowl or two from friends 30 years ago. I am not comparing this to my memory or my imagination.

I found this to be a solid VaPer. The Virginias are both bright and dark, and provide an excellent foundation. They are slightly heavy and full with just a little citrus and hay. The perique is a solid presence that does not overpower. It is peppery when puffed and some plum is there when sipped. I did not taste any topping.

I liked this, and I could see smoking a lot of it. It is not one of those tobaccos that wows you or has you marveling at complexity. If you are looking for a "full" VaPer that satisfies, this one is a solid 3+.

5 people found this review helpful.

albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (184)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

Is a blend of Virginia with Perique. During smoking, the Perique is easily scented, peppery, very peppery. After a few minutes, you may note the Virginia. Is a decent Virginia-Perique. No complexity. The components easily separated If you enjoy a mixture not complex, when the Virginia and the Perique can be easily noted, try this.

3 people found this review helpful.

SmoothGentleman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmoothGentleman (5)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Very tangy and citrusy; the bright virginias play a big part in it. The perique isn't peppery, or not enough to be noticeable, but gives a sweet plum flavour. It is a very sweet tobacco. I would probably suggest it to someone who smokes aros and wants to try out virginias and Va/Per. Not an overly complex smoke, but an enjoyable all-day smoke for certain.

Pipe Used: MM legend

Age When Smoked: Less than one week

Purchased From: 4noggins

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1641)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Sutliff Tobacco Company - Match Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture.

The mixture's quite coarsely cut, there's a few sizeable leaf like pieces. The majority of the blend looks medium brown, but there are one or two jet black specks mixed in. The smell from the loose pouch is pure and uncased.

The smoke tastes FABULOUS. I get lots more Perique than Virginia; it may be a bit too much for some. There's lots of 'dark' Perique subtleties: it's plummy, figgy, and rich, with an equal measure of spice. I don't get much of the Virginia, I can't really identify much grass/citrus from it; I often struggle picking up on Va traits in heavier tasting blends, though. The temperature of the smoke's relatively low, and it burns superbly.

I get a decent hit of nicotine from this, and unlike my fellow reviewers to date I don't find the room-note too bad!

An easy one to rate:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef Meer' (friday pipe)

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From: 4noggins

1 person found this review helpful.

Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (115)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

I too find this to be similar to the older Dunhill Elizabethan, which I used to smoke, but with the following exceptions.

1) This has less nicotine which to me is not a plus. 2) This has a faint sweetness which I feel is something added. I like this quite a bit.

What set the original DE apart were the austere, astringent, yet powerful (with bite potential) and subtle Virginias. That's not what you get here, but then you can't expect Dunhill's signature Virginias to appear in a bulk match blend 20 years after the fact.

Overall, I like it for what it is.

Similar Blends: Dunhill Elizabethan.

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cajomu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cajomu (64)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I’ve never smoked Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture so I’m reviewing Sutliff Match Elizabethan Mixture for what it is rather than for whether it tastes like the original or not. In a nutshell, I like it a lot.

I’m a VaPer lover and, IMO, SMEM is a great VaPer. Both the Virginias and the Perique are top notch. While the Virginias and the Perique are nicely balanced, the Perique is the star of the show. In my experience, Perique can be either mostly spicy or mostly raisenee (to coin an adjective). The Perique in SMEM falls into the second category and is absolutely delicious — sweet and fruity. The Virginias in SMEM are rich and toasty.

As delivered, the tobacco is a bit on the moist side, and so benfits from a short airing out. It lights easily and burns to a dark ash. The Perique is the first thing one tastes, with the Virginias becoming more flavorful by mid-bowl. Given that the Perique is not especially spicy, the tobacco is easy to retro-hale, which is the best way to experience the full flavor of the blend. Another nice thing about SMEM is that is doesn’t bite even if smoked fast, something that isn't true about a lot of VaPers.

If you like VaPers, I strongly suggest you try it.

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: Recently purchased

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

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tschenyinkoh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tschenyinkoh (51)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I totally agree with JimInks' review.

I think this is not a match to current Scandinavian Tobacco Group shag version but a match to older ones which received high reputation.

Tin note: a little bit plum; mostly are woody and sour.

When smoke: smooth citrus, earthy, woody and peppery.

Three an a half stars.

Pipe Used: churchwarden

Age When Smoked: nearly one year

Purchased From: 1 oz bulk from pipesandcigars

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toddsmith7378 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
toddsmith7378 (32)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

When I read the rating it tells me "somewhat" recommend, which sounds about right. It may only give it a couple stars though which I think its better than that, I just only "somewhat'" recommend the stuff.

I've only had the current Dunhill Elizabethan. It kind of resembles that blend at times. It's a fairly light VA/Per and resembles it to a degree, but its also different.

The Dunhill Elizabethan I enjoy is kind of citrusy/grassy in the Virginia realm of its flavor with a dousing of tasty perique. Compared to many of the VA/PER blends I've tried, not many have the high end where Elizabethan does.

This one doesn't quite get there at the high end. It's clearly different Virginia tobacco with some of its own nuances. It doesn't quite go into Red or dark flavored Virginia at all, so it keeps itself from being that type of VA/PER.

If there's a range of Virginia taste from high to low end, I'd put Elizabethan at the high end, and this one at mid-high, but never grassy citrusy high. Maybe only slightly grassy with some other mid type flavor not prominent in the current Elizabethan blend. This mid high flavor I taste quite prominent and if its in the current Elizabethan mixture by Dunhill, its a background player, not at the forefront like in this blend.

Like other Sutliff blends, it has a very slight, really slight, mustiness to it, maybe attributed to an older, or lower grade of tobacco than in most modern tinned blends.

It's basically an Elizabethan blend with lower grade of tobacco, maybe. Maybe not, and its just Sutliff's flavor, I can't quite say as I'm no tobacco expert.

It might be good enough to have on hand if you really just need a cheaper alternative to Elizabethan in bulk. It's not bad by any means and is quite smokeable, but calling it a complete match isn't accurate to this modern Dunhill rendition.

It may taste more like the Murray's version I've never tried. I bought 8 ounces of the stuff and was somewhat disappointed in the first bowl I smoked through a cobb. I've given it more of a chance in some of my favorite briar pipe's and have to say its growing a bit more on me the more I smoke it.

I do love the Elizabethan profile and this has it maybe more than other va/per's out there, so on that alone, its pretty good. If you love elizabethan just that much more than everything else and want a variation of it, this could be a top choice, but don't expect an identical copy to the current version.

Pipe Used: Briar, Cobb

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: VA/PER.

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