From P&C's website: Recently, Joe Lankford was offered some very special, well-aged Virginias. Instead of creating a whole new blend, he thought that he would use them to make a limited edition version of his wildly popular Mississippi River. Seattle Pipe Club Mississippi River Special Reserve is everything you love about the original but with very rare flue cured tobaccos included for richer, smoother flavor.

Notes: Featuring Virginias, latakia, and St. James perique, Seattle Pipe Club's Mississippi River is pressed into cakes, aged, and cut into plugs for easy handling.

BrandSeattle Pipe Club
Blended ByJoe Lankford
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Packaging4 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
Where to Buy TobaccoPipes.com
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Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2933)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The fermented red Virginia is tangy, dark fruit sweet with plenty of earth, wood, bread, light sugar, and a smidgeon of barbecue flavor as it forms the base of the blend. The stoved Virginias have a fermented sugary dark fruitiness, bread, earth and wood. It almost competes with the red for attention. The rare flue cured Virginia provides a little grass vegetation, bread, light floralness, spice, and some tart and tangy citrus in the background. The perique offers some spice with raisin, plum and fig notes, and is a little more than a condimental addition. The Orientals are woody, earthy, dry, lightly spicy, herbal, vegetative, floral, with a mild sourness, and plays just above the threshold of the Latakia. The incense-like Cyprian Latakia adds a sweet smoky, musty, earthy, floral woodiness. The strength is medium. The taste is a step past that mark. The nic-hit is a step below the strength level. There’s no chance of bite or harshness present. Has a few light rough edges. It’s presented in an easily broken apart krumble kake. The tobacco is a little moist, but I did not feel the need to dry it. I recommend not totally rubbing it out. I broke off small pieces and dropped them into the bowl. Burns a mite slow, cool and clean with a very consistent, complex, deeply rich and creamy smooth, smoky sweet, floral, spicy taste to the finish. Requires some relights, and leaves just a little moisture in the bowl. Has a very pleasant, lingering after taste with a stronger room note. It’s almost an all day smoke for a beginner, and can be one for the experienced smoker.

In comparison to the regular Mississippi River, I find this to be a little smoother and richer in flavor. Its sweetness has a mildly more fermented character than does the regular MR. The addition of the flue cured Virginia adds a pinch of extra complexity. I find the spice content to be a hair higher as well. Well balanced, you’ll notice virtually all of the inherent aspects of the tobaccos in every puff.


38 people found this review helpful.

gladi8tor96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gladi8tor96 (143)
Mild Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Thanks to a very talented pipe maker, whom sent me a sample of this fine tobacco along with one of his great pipes.

This tobacco is similar in many ways to M.R. regular, but it actually doesn't have the 'issue' i discovered with the 'lightness' of flavor. The flavor seems more prominent. The sweetness is more bold, the oriental spice/herbal flavors are more intricate and pronounced, and the smooth smokey and incense like flavors of the latakia are stronger as well. Quite a nice blend and definitely is a 'step-up' from Mississippi River, though that is is a great tobacco in it's own right.

The few pieces of cake that I received were extremely easy to crumble into fine shag tobacco and looked mostly brown with flecks of dark gold and black mixed in. The smell, as another reviewer has mentioned, reminds me of a McClelland VA blend. The smell is sweet & sour with a bit of earth, pungent, and some sweet fruit flavors.

This tobacco is so easy to prepare and load. Easy to light and stays lit with light but firm tamping.

It tastes like a typically sweet red VA blend, bready, a bit sour, dark chocolate tones, dark fruit, and woodsy. The smoke also has hints of the normal incense spice from the orientals, but just lightly, and just a tiny touch of campfire from the latakia. The perique is very mild, but discernible in the dark fruit tones.

Pipe Used: Poker, Bent Billard

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Gifted

13 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2056)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Seattle Pipe Club - Mississippi River Special Reserve.

I'm in love!

Unlike it's counterpart, Mississippi River regular, Special Reserve doesn't arrive as a partially broken kake, but as one plug of tobacco. It's almost a dichotomy of a plug and kake: a firm plug that can be rubbed by hand. Once it had been rubbed out I saw it has perfect hydration; for me, I like a blend to be a little bit moist.

The moment I took my first puff I thought it a special smoke. I still feel the same now! A Lat-Bomb this is not. A lustrous, smooth, refined, smoke it is. Accompanying the smoky Latakia are the Orientals and Virginia, both amalgamating together to form a rustical, woody, almost rural flavour. The Perique's present, but more fruity than spicy, and not as heavily included as the others. Mechanically we have a winner here: fairly slow, burns without a hitch, gives a cool smoke, all delivered without a bite.

Nicotine: suits me, just below medium. Room-note: quite nice.

Mississippi River Special Reserve? I've no hesitation in giving this four stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Siena #320

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

10 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (622)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I was happy to be the recipient of a good sample of this and was able to smoke it concurrently with the regular Mississippi River as I had an open tin in rotation at the time.

The first thing I thought of when tasting MRSR is that it seemed to be richer than MR. It is funny that the tin description says just that. MR is a great tasting blend in its own right, but the Special Reserve is better.

When I smoke either of the blends I feel the magic is really in the Virginia base. It is sweet and "citrusy" The Lat, Or and Per is condimental and all are also detectable. The oriental may be a little stronger then the other two. I am not sure whether the proportions of any of those condiments changed with the special reserve or if the change is limited to the Virginia, but the taste is deeper and earthier yet still sweet. It would not surprise me if the perique is kicked up a notch or two and the Oriental down some in the special reserve. At least that is how it strikes my palate.

MR is nearly a four star blend (I am still working my way through my first tin of this one), so it goes without saying this is a four star blend to my taster.

9 people found this review helpful.

B Short Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
B Short (6)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Coconut, toffee, sweet Virginia, nutty, and slight camp fire. Best after out of the jar for a few weeks and ful lo y dried out.... at least for me. After some age, and dry time, could be a replacement for penzance dare I say. When I first opened the tin, I didnt like it as much. I'm now smoking it after about 5 months of the tin being open and it has changed.

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Similar Blends: Original Mississippi river. A lighter version of penzance..

4 people found this review helpful.

PipeTobaccoReviewer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeTobaccoReviewer (12)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable

I resisted the allure of SPC for a long time. I had a sample of some regular Plum Pudding early in my pipe smoking life and was underwhelmed, severely. That, plus the relatively hefty price tag and what felt like, to me, overhyping and marketing, made me wait years before giving whole tins a shot.

Well, I'm sorry I waited so long. This review is based on a brand new tin of freshly restocked provenance, so I can't imagine it's had too much longer in the tin than how SPC (Sutliff) ships it. A subtle, but important, note imo. There are too many blends on the market that are "great, in 3 to 5 years". This is great upon receipt. Nothing tastes young or edgy to me. Nothing tastes like it needs time to marry.

If you're looking for heavy lat, or frankly even to really notice it's there at all, you won't be impressed with this blend. It smokes like a slightly smokier and earthier VaOrPer. The lat is barely discernible to me and I am heavily into straight VAs and VaPers, so would be rather sensitive to the dark leaf.

Others have hit the high points of the tasting notes, but I'll make a few observations. It is very heavy on the VA and Orientals. Perique is clearly present if you go digging at all. Lat, I've commented on. However, as others have said the beauty of this blend is in its balance. When properly dried (just about crispy) and smoked ultra slowly with the breath method it presents with a tremendously subtle melange of nuanced flavors which work in harmony.

If you smoke it without drying right out of the tin, there is a fairly strong vinegar note. Dried it is still present, but very distant. I imagine, based on my past experience with blends which use vinegar, that this will dissipate with time in the jar and the normal "decanting" process of opening and closing said jar. Alternatively, I've found vinegar heavy blends tend to subsume the acidity into the tobacco with 6m to 1y in mylar.

I have a feeling this will age truly magnificently based on the fresh product and its base components. Those of you looking for an ultra light lat (don't read that as this being a "light" blend, it's not) blend with massive flavor potential, I would pony up the cash for a tin of this extremely high quality tobacco. And yes, the brownie form looks and smells good enough to eat. It's also the closest I've seen to a US production blend come to a EU plug. It is a very solid mass which, if it used whole leaf instead of ribbon/cut, would be EU plug dense. Impressive all the way around.

Highly Recommended.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

Earthmane Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Earthmane (11)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Lovely sweet bready red virginias are the main thing I taste, reminds me just a bit of good aged 5100. Plummy fruitiness and sour tang come in from the perique and orientals. The latakia is barely perceptible, perhaps adding a chocolatey smokiness in the finish. The plug is very attractive and easy to work with. A very high quality blend!

Pipe Used: Charles Towne Cobbler (MM)

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: McClelland 5100 Red Cake.

3 people found this review helpful.

snow901 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
snow901 (12)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I've given this tobacco a lot of thought and now that I've reached the end of this plug, I have a pretty good idea how I feel about it. My last bowl nailed it for me.

This is a really good and unique tobacco very similar to the cake Mississippi River. I love it's unique flavor that stands alone in my cellar. I can find myself craving it's natural complex flavors that other reviews have done a much better job than I could in describing. But this tobacco has one serious flaw, in my opinion, that's a deal killer for me. It's the plug.

How do I describe my displeasure of how this tobacco is presented? It's like a beautiful Italian car that has lines only the Italians can produce, an engine sound that races your heart, leather interior that flairs your nostrils, but can leave you stranded on an empty road in the middle of the night.

This tobacco is one of the worst burning tobaccos I've ever smoked. I've tried it in most of my pipes, trying any shape with the hope it will burn better than previous bowls. But, no such luck.

I have studied this tobacco with keen interest in the hopes of breaking it's code. I decided the problem is the plug. The tobacco leaves are cut into small pieces, laid flat in many layers, and pressed at incredible pressures to produce a solid plug. So far, so good. However, when the plug is cut or broken apart by hand, it produces a pile of extremely flat leaves very similar to fish food.

Packing this fish food tobacco into the pipe produces a very tightly packed bowl that does not allow air to flow between leaves. No matter how loosely I pack the bowl, the rigid flat leaves naturally fall horizontally in the bowl, each leaf on top of the other. Every other cut of tobacco from crumble cake to ribbon cut, even ready rub, leaves room for air to flow around the tobacco. But not this one.

The result is a great tasting tobacco that must be relit every other puff on the pipe. Just keep the lighter in your hand and prepare to relight every time you place the pipe in your mouth.

As much as I like this tobacco for it's flavor, the regular Mississippi Mud is very similar without all the hassle. The Reserve would have been a home run if it were presented as a crumble cake.

As with Italian and British cars, I'm done with this plug and need something a little more reliable.

Pipe Used: All of them

Age When Smoked: New

2 people found this review helpful.

DeathMetal.org Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DeathMetal.org (225)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Strong

Summary: another Scottish blend that achieves the "garbage plate" effect but no particular flavor.

These blends remind me of postmodern novels. They start with a worship of Dunhill "My Mixture 965," then take it in an American direction by piling in more Burley and larger doses of bright Virginia and intermediate Virginia shades (orange, maybe Maryland). Then they press it together. Like the postmodern novel, the more high concepts you throw at a book, the more it becomes like having a committee write it, and you end up with a simple conclusion at the end of a rambling but varied and pluralistic discourse. Similarly, this blend starts out promising until you realize that you are smoking an Oriental rug knitted of random tobaccos, at which point you simply pick up some "My Mixture 965" or "Red Rapparee" instead.

Similar Blends: Peterson - My Mixture 965.

2 people found this review helpful.

Fife&Drum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fife&Drum (34)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Strong

First, a bowl of this lasts a tremendously long time! Slow burning, high volumes of thick smoke. Yes, the Virginia’s used in this blend are very good. The Perique sits solidly in the background melding nicely with the Turkish tobacco. I would prefer more orientals and Latakia in this blend, but as it is it’s a smooth blend. This was a Christmas gift and wouldn’t be a blend I would choose to buy. The room note is pleasant. The flavor doesn’t evolve enough for me and stays even throughout the bowl.

Pipe Used: Peterson Donegal

Purchased From: P&C

2 people found this review helpful.

derekpodo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
derekpodo (4)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

....hmmm maybe it's too fresh still, maybe I read too much hype about it.....but it's not on my top list...nothing for now stands out...bit disappointed...the aroma is fantastic...the tast is so so...

Pipe Used: custom briar

Age When Smoked: 51

Purchased From: 4 noggins

2 people found this review helpful.

MangoLegs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MangoLegs (72)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Preparation & Burn: 8/10 This is my first plug. A beautiful thing it is. Easy to break off a pinch. Could probably use drying time; I just let it sit in the bowl for 10 minutes before lighting. Burns cool, no bite. Stays lit for the first half, but hard to keep lit in the second half.

Taste: 13/20 This is a subtle blend. Tastes aged and mellowed. Balanced and smooth.

Mildness: 8/10 My idea of a good smoke is a relaxing, low nicotine session. Therefore, the milder the better. There is a bit of nicotine here but it's really manageable.

Total: 29/40

1 person found this review helpful.

Rayzor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rayzor (15)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

This blend comes in a plug. I cut off strips and rubbed them out.

It has a very strong aroma of citrus, vinegar...sort of like strong jar of kalamata olives mixed with dried fruit. It's distinct.

It needs some dry time after rubbing out. When I smoked it after cutting it I found it smoked wet. Leave it for a time and this takes some practice to getting it how YOU like it.

When you first light it, MRSP has a very citrusy/slightly vinegary taste much like its aroma. As you smoke it, the blend starts to release its various components.

It has a great profile of Virginias, Latakia, some hints or notes of Perique.

It takes some practice to smoke. Like many blends I'm trying for the first time I need to try to adapt to its unique character and flavour profile.

When you learn how to properly smoke this: slowly, at the right consistency you get a hugely satifying smoke.

It's an English blend so the Latakia is smooth, leathery, smoky but not overpowering.

All the components are very well proportioned. It's a luxury smoke and very satisfying.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Nonpareil

Age When Smoked: 1 year old

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

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WorkingClassChap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WorkingClassChap (160)
Medium Extremely Mild Full Strong

Smoking now:

The tobacco comes in a loose plug, or a tight fitting crumble cake however you define it. I was able to cut it with a knife however it falls apart fast. The smell is tart, acidic, vinegar. Fermented hay, musty, dark, rich, citrus, almost wine like qualities. Interesting. The Virginia aromas shine far more than the Latakia which is there but faintly.

The taste…. Good lord this is tart, vinegary, citrus, sour. Almost like tasting a bright red wine. It maybe topped with vinegar or something it was that sour at first. Plenty of fermented yeast bread, fruity and tangy ripe and dark fruit notes. There’s some woody, earthy, sour, floral, and spice notes in there that bring this to another level. The Latakia is nothing more than a lite condiment and adds a rich depth of musty herbal smoky flavor. Very full mouth feel. Fans of red Virginias will surely love this one. There’s a definite sour vinegar acidic feeling on my tongue when smoking this which was odd but I liked it. It did not bite me but I could see how it could someone else. The retrohale is musty, dark fruit, tangy, yeast bread. Pleasant after taste. Had some of that vinegar based bbq sauce going on. It’s wonderful.

The second half of the bowl the sour acidic tartness dies off and the Latakia and oriental flavors grows. Woody, earthy, spicy, smoky flavors, some bbq, come to the surface. It’s a very welcoming transition. The retrohale also becomes more peppery. It’s a fun ride.

Very Virginia forward English blend with a very mild Latakia profile. Lots of elements going on in this one. Tangy, sweet, and sour, savory, with some spice.

No doubt this will age well.

Age When Smoked: 2 years

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NewishShoes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NewishShoes (3)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I have never smoked Mississippi River in its original form. Now that we are clear this is a review, and not a comparison, I'll begin.

Mississippi River SR, is unlike anything in my cellar. I first cracked a tin of this a year or so ago. It's a dense cake, but not so dense that you need a knife. Personally, it's my favorite mode of Tobacco. If you have had PPSR, or Bengal Slices White, you'll have a good idea what to expect. The first thing I noticed, was a strong vinegary, ketchup like smell. Almost overpowering. Like an apple cider vinegar mind you, not pickling vinegar. When aired out slightly, it is clear this is a Virginia forward blend. Notes of fresh bread, like a dense moist loaf cooked in a BBQ. Some stewed fruit, like fermented apple and peppery raisins. I say cooked in a BBQ, because there is a lightly smoky aroma, but it is not forward in the least.

After a couple of bowls that felt a bit overwhelming, I loosely broke it up, and jarred it for six months. I hoped the vinegar might die down some, and perhaps even out the smoke. I think perhaps it has, but it is still very prominent.

It has now been about a year since I jarred it. On first light, it is bright, peppery, and vinegary. Almost to a fault. I often French inhale my tobacco, and this is too much for the senses for myself. Have I mentioned the vinegar?

Around half way through the bowl, it is plain to me why this is popular. The vinegar balances out, and the Orientals and Perique start to shine. Wood. Pepper. Molasses. The Latakia never really shows its head, but seems to influence the flavors of the other constituent tobaccos. Never subtle, but balanced. A mix of the BBQ/Ketchup Orientals I love in Margate, with the Red Virginia in EMP.

The Nicotene doesn't go unnoticed, but it's not overwhelming.

All in all, it does not scratch my itch for an English, nor for a Virginia/VaPer. The quality of the tobacco is never in question, but it just isn't a blend I go to often. But when I do, and I am not in a rush, it is quite pleasant. It is May now, and the last of our snow has finally melted, hopefully for good, and it is near perfect for the season.

So I struggle to review this fairly. The quality of the tobacco is easily 4 Stars, but the blend falls just short of that for me. Consider this the highest 3 Star review possible, and please don't let me dissuade you from trying it out.

Chin chin and cheers.

Age When Smoked: 2 Years

Purchased From: 4Noggins

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Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (293)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought a tin and didn't care for it fresh, so I jarred it. I think it was 2019. I just pulled the jar out of my jar cellar totes and decided it was time to give it another try.

It's become a very nuanced blend with several things working well for it. I catch a little high-end sweetness and some sour from the orientals. Not too much on the lower end.

It breaks up and packs great. Still has good moisture but lights without much work. If sipped the flavor stays through the bowl without a thought of tongue bite. Burns down to ash. Little moisture.

I think I prefer the rum aged version due to the extra sweetness but I'll be enjoying this one too and stocking some more in the cellar to age.

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: 3 years

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

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