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Sutliff's match of the regular Prince Albert blend, an American pipe smoking staple. Match blend contains rich, reddish Burleys and a bit of Virginia with the same mellow, lightly-sweet flavor.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McAllister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringCocoa / Chocolate, Nuts / Beans
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild, Mild to Medium, Medium
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2231)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

The Match is chocolatey, molasses and nutty, though a little less so than the original in those respects. The burleys are the stars, but there's a hint of grass and a little dark fruit and earth from the Virginia. The cut and look is identical. It burns a little cooler than the original, and while it does not have the syrupy flavor (and occasional chemical note) of PA, there’s a slight alcohol feel in the topping in a few spots. The level of mildness is the same, and the flavor is consistent to the finish. Has little nicotine, and won't bite. Burns at the same rate as the original (moderate) and leaves a similar, lighter aftertaste. needs few relights, and leaves little dampness in the bowl. The original tends to be a little cigarettish at times, a little more so near the end. That’s not true of the Match version. If the chocolate, molasses and nut flavors were a little stronger, it’d be hard to tell the difference between the two, chemical, cigarette and syrup hits of the original not withstanding. This is lighter in flavor than the original. An all day smoke.

I gave the original two and a half stars.


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fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (342)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

I received a gift of 4+ oz. of this, and I have been enjoying it. The cut is mostly a medium chopped ribbon. I think the ribbon may be a little wider than Prince Albert, but I don't have them side by side to compare. It came at a great hydration for smoking, codger scooped readily, etc.

This is a great OTC-style burley-based smoke. It has a mild and pleasant taste. It is easy to smoke. There is a little cocoa and some molasses. It does not have a bitter edge at the bottom of the bowl and invites a reload for another bowl when you finish it. These are all great qualities in this type of tobacco. Strength is mild to medium on the mild end of things.

Compared to Prince Albert, there is no chemical note on lighting, and Prince Albert could get a little ashy at the end of a bowl. The Sutliff has a pretty consistent flavor and no ashy tendency.

I think Prince Andrew has a little more flavor and some more of the molasses, but they are very similar. The Prince Andrew may have a slightly narrower ribbon, but again I don't have them to compare side by side, so I am relying on memory. These memories are based on tubs and not bowls.

If you are going with a Prince Albert match, I would suggest the cheaper one, just because that is my style. This is very easy to recommend.

4 people found this review helpful. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (131)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

When I saw the description of this blend's top flavoring as "Cocoa / Chocolate, Nuts / Beans," I could not suppress a chuckle at the idea of bean-flavored tobacco. The bean in question is the vanilla bean, and that is the primary taste you will experience here. As an unabashed fan of "Prince Albert," I was excited to try this substitute, which is not a great match but a really excellent tobacco on its own. If more aros were like this, what we might call a "semi-aro," I would smoke more of them. The primary flavor is Burley, with less of the condimental Orientals and Virginias that "Prince Albert" uses to condition the broader flavor of its major ingredient, topped with some cocoa but a lot of vanilla, which is sort of the universal ingredient in American aromatics. The result tastes like a "s'more" from your campfire as a teenager. The vanilla roasts with a marshmallow type flavor, followed by a gentle chocolate, and then the toasted grain flavor of a medium Burley mixture, mostly white Burley with some dark to give it richness and volume. Since the topping is lighter than in "Prince Albert," which haters allege is to disguise the low quality of the leaf, it burns even more easily and leaves less dottle and moisture behind. For most, it will scratch the "Prince Albert" itch because it is a smooth burning, low-bite Burley blend that you could smoke all day without fussing over it. The somewhat raisin-y flavor or possibly bourbon flavor of the original is missing, and for the most part, is not really missed. While it might be nice to have more of the Oriental and Virginia influence, this is a tasty blend that I find myself quite content with.

Similar Blends: John Middleton, Inc - Prince Albert.

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