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Sugar Barrel was a staple for many of our customers. This burley based blend with some Virginia added had a nice, lightly sweet note, and was a great all day kind of tobacco. Sugar Barrel fans can rejoice and enjoy with this great clone of the original.

Notes: Sutliff's version of John Middleton's Sugar Barrel blend sold by Milan Tobacconists and Pipes&Cigars.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McCallister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringCinnamon, Sweet / Sugar
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2314)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

The Pipes&Cigars Match version is a little closer to the original than the Match sold by Milan Tobacconists. Both are a thicker plug cut burley than the original with a slightly brighter Virginia small flake cut. The Virginia in the Matches has the same minor grass and sweet notes as the original. The P&C Match is slightly cinnamon spicier than the original. The Milan version has less cinnamon spice than the other two. The original is a shade more brown sugary and buttery than either Match, though the P&C is slightly deeper in its sweetness than is the Milan, which is a little rougher edged in flavor. All three have about the same amount of nuttiness and molasses. Both Match versions burn a little slower than the original, and the Matches keep a little more consistent flavor to the finish, though the toppings in the original tended to be just a little less obvious at the end. All have very mild nic-hits, no bite and leaves hardly any moisture in the bowl. The Matches need more relights. All have a weak after taste, and are all day smokes. I give this three stars, which is a star more than I rated the original Sugar Barrel. The P&C version seems to hold the flavor better, hence the extra half star. Two stars for the Milan match.


8 people found this review helpful.

Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (150)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Unnoticeable

Better than the original, and a treat for those with fond memories. A rougher, larger cut that's somewhere between cube cut and broken flake. Call it diced flake. Pouch note is pure white sugar sweet. That sugar sweetness hits on the charring light and lasts right through to midbowl until it burns off a bit and evens out with a more cardboardy, slightly woody, nutty and mildly salty burley flavor.

This is an easy smoking blend that is very forgiving with no bite even when pushed, making it ideal for a novice smoker. However, minding one's cadence will prevent an ashiness that creeps into the blend by midbowl if it's puffed too quickly. Sip this one and a mild white sugar sweetness will stay with you to the end. The burn is fast but never hot. The mouth feel here, while thin, is more natural with less of the chemical preservative note that was always in the background of the original.

A great all-day smoke and a fine tribute to the discontinued original. Those lamenting the loss of Sugar Barrel should give this one a try.

This is rated three stars for those whose enjoyed the original. Two stars for those approaching it new.

Similar Blends: John Middleton, Inc - Sugar Barrel.

6 people found this review helpful.

BigSwede Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigSwede (83)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I smoked a who tub of the original right before they dropped it from the market and never really thought anybody would produce a decent match. Now that I've smoked several pipes of this stuff I have to say, they got it right.

Funny thing is, this is about as simple a blend as you could ever ask for. Decent nutty burley, a bit of VA to fill out the flavor profile and just enough topping to give it a bit of sweetness. To describe it you wouldn't think it'd be worth the time. But it offers a simple burley foward smoke with just enough sweetness to be interesting without getting in the way. I'm finding that there are times when I want a rich, complex and flavorful smoke. And there's times when only something simple, like this one, will do. If you liked Sugar Barrel you'll want to at least try this.

2 people found this review helpful.

oldermanpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldermanpipe (22)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

I never smoked the original blend; nor have I smoked the Milan version; but if they are anything like the Sutliff Match, I ain't missed much.'s not that this stuff is bad, it's just that it is, to me, unimaginable that so much Internet ink has been wasted on it! Really. How long does it take to say, "old-fashioned drugstore burley blend?" That's just about all I can pick up in it. And ain't nothin' wrong with that.

I must confess that I am 65. It is a well-documented fact that the five senses dull with age. But I can still smell cinnamon at 50 feet; and taste it, too. If there is any cinnamon here, it is faint. Sugar? Probably. Burley is utterly unsmokeable without some sweetening agent.

So, what's here to recommend this tobacco? It is a thoroughly decent old-school burley pipe tobacco. For my part, that's it, folks. Mild, cool, reasonably satisfying burley pipe tobacco.

Pipe Used: GBD, Missouri Meershaum

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

Clive Moses Apikouris Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Clive Moses Apikouris (38)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

What a nice classic Burley this is. Sugar Barrel is the comfort food of pipe tobacco. This is a simple old fashioned "codger" Burley, it is a jumble of tans and browns. The cut is something of a cross cut, crumble or kind of cube, it's not like ready rub or a ribbon. The smoking experience is smooth, a cereal like flavor, sweet and creamy. No tongue bite to experience as you taste something akin to a bowl of Cream of Wheat with brown sugar. I never tasted the original but this Sutliff Match has now passed the Lane "Ready Rub" re-do as my favorite Burley.

Pipe Used: Quite a few, all 9mm filter pipes.

Age When Smoked: recently purchased

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Lane's new "Ready Rub", Carter Hall..

1 person found this review helpful.

CherchezLaghost Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CherchezLaghost (52)
Extremely Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

Never smoked the original, but this is a perfectly servicable blend. It has the nutty, creamy, soft notes i look for in an old timey blend. The first light tastes of burnt sugar, and slow gentle puffing will yield a light, laid back flavor of tobacco and white sugar. It actually tastes of sugar. I'd certainly consider it an aromatic, but one done with restraint. I think if one enjoys half and half, one would enjoy this. Nothing spectacular, but its tasty when smoked slowly and doesnt bite. Somewhat recommended. If i was offered it id gladly smoke it, but wouldn't seek it out.

Edit: after smoking my 6 oz package, im adding a star and buying some more. I think it an ideal smoke for those times when i want a simple sweet smoke. Its really tasty and creamy and sweet when sipped in a cob. There are often times when i want a simple smoke like carter hall, but with more va sweetness present. This was edging out half and half for those occasions while i had the pouch. Very tasty, no brainer pipefodder, with great cut and burn and flavor and a hair more complexity than most burley otcs

Pipe Used: Cobs, briars

Age When Smoked: New

Similar Blends: Carter Hall.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28690)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

At first this seemed a little dry and brittle but it really does have the right amount of moisture. Sort of a granola like texture. True burley taste with a very mild top note. Overall the tobacco is medium strength. Not too sweet but smooth and nutty. I don't detect much cinnamon spice. Fairly straight forward flavor. Decent burley blend. Somewhere between aromatic and non aromatic.

1 person found this review helpful.

WillardFan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillardFan (88)
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

I've never tried the original blend, but this isn't too bad. I compare a lot of Burley tobaccos to my all day favorite, Prince Albert. I was wanting to be blown away by this stuff, but it's rather monochrome in taste. Very mild, with almost no tongue bite if puffed gently. A decent all day smoke, but I still prefer P.A. over this one...

Pipe Used: Erik Nording Freehand

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes.and.Cigars

Similar Blends: Reminds me a bit of Sir Walter regular blend....

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