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A match to the original House of Windsor Argosy Black. Aromatic all black Riff - cut tobaccos with mild Vanilla Flavorings. Soft mellow taste.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsBlack Cavendish
FlavoringNone
CutCoarse Cut
PackagingBulk
CountryUnknown
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
Mild
Taste
Mild
Room Note
Pleasant
2.8
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oldcodger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldcodger (31)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Sutliffe offered this as a match for Argosy when House of Windsor discontinued their line of pipe tobaccos. As a match, this fairly reproduces Argosy. The problem is, IMHO, that Argosy was a rather blah pipe tobacco, and so is this.

It is a black cavendish, pressed and steam treated to a very dark state. It is notably less moist that most black cavendish tobaccos. The chocalate/vanilla flavoring is similar to other black cavendishes, but less strong.

The cut is rougher than a typical black cavendish, something akin to a broad ribbon. Combined with the toned down flavoring, this is less goop prone than other black cavendish offerings. But the room note is definitely pleasant.

When all is said and done, there is nothing particularly wrong with this tobacco, except for pipe smokers who avoid aromatics. Although a mild aromatic, this is nevertheless an aromatic tobacco. My problem with the Argosy match is that I find nothing outstanding about it. It offers a decent light aromatic smoke, but there is nothing to excite me. It is relatively inexpensive, but I find numerous other tobaccos in the same or lesser price range to be better smokes.

1 person found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (79)
★★★☆
Very Mild Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

I was reading some of my old reviews on OTC blends such as PA and Sugar Barrell trying to see what was still available for sale and what I enjoyed before they disappear. I noticed that I loved the aroma of Argosy but the tobacco quality was sub par so I decided to order some of this Argosy Black match since its made by Sutliff who has the access to quality leaf. Ahhh this is more like it, the same chocolate and vanilla topping a mild Black Cavendish. Kind of a cookie or chocolate cake aroma. Just like the original in a Riff Cut this has shades of dark brown and black, absolutely not sticky or wet, I had to hydrate it a little with a wet paper towel draped over a stainless steel mixing bowl overnight (don't tell anyone). I love the unlit and lit aroma and so does everyone else, mix 50/50 with PA and seal in a Ball jar for a week and it makes one of the best Burley and Black mixtures I've tried. Again its not goopy or sticky and smokes cool and mild, a delightful Black Cavendish and very inexpensive. A winner in my book and hats off to the fine folks at Sutliff for letting anyone that didn't get the chance to try this vintage blend.

Pipe Used: Cob, Maple Missouri Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: House of Windsor - Argosy Black, McClelland - Bulk Vanilla Black Cavendish, Lane Limited - Black Cavendish, Smoker's Pride - Smoker's Pride Black Cavendish.

1 person found this review helpful.

ski2liv Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ski2liv (16)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

A great match...especially in room note. My wife smells a lot of aromatics and this one really set her off... said it was "exactly" what her grandfather smoked. Must be a good match to stand out like that.

The room note is this blend's strength. It starts with just a slight bite and then really mellows out nicely. As it burns it gets sweeter and tastes better. Overall I don't find it as sweet or find that it tastes as good as the original, but it's still a really nice blend.

The only reason I won't give it a 4th star is that it's not as good as the original and it leaves a little bit of a harsh aftertaste for such a dark aromatic.

Overall it's a very good blend and recommended for any dark aromatic fans.

1 person found this review helpful.

CornCob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CornCob (71)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Now i never had had the original, so this is a review of the match tobacco and not a comparison to the original blend. I found it a tad dry although it packed fairly well but required some attention to stay lit. very similar in taste, cut and aroma to a Green River Cavendish or Edwards Toasted Cavendish. I think it would be better off as a blender than by itself, mixes quite well with a bright virgina flake. Not the best black riff out there, but better than most. Worth a try

Pipe Used: Capri rustic billiard

Age When Smoked: Current production

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

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