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Bright Virginia is heated, turning it dark and bringing out the natural sugar. Good as an everyday smoke or as a blender.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
Packaging Bulk
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Medium to Full
Room Note
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Jacinto Cupboard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jacinto Cupboard (199)
Very Mild None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Stoved Va is my favourite genre of tobacco. With the demise of McClelland and the now absence of those blends containing their wonderful stoved tobaccos, and the unreliability in supply of Rattray's Black Virginia and Rattray's Dark Fragrant, the tobacco apocalypse appeared to have come early for me. I have trolled thru dozens of tobaccos described as 'unflavoured Black Cavendish' or 'natural Black Virginia' and similar hoping to find a bulk, easily available dark stoved Va, all to little avail. For my efforts I now have a very large jar of mixed tobacco of varying shades of vaniila, caramel, maple and Heaven knows what else. I use it for my excursion tobacco. It isn't very nice, but it at least has the virtue of being relatively inoffensive to strangers.

So when I came across this tobacco on my Friday Buy Day, my heart leapt a little to see a bulk offering clearly marked as a Stoved Va and unflavoured. But the often disappointed part of me was cautious. I was well past 'fool me twice' on this score.

But praise be! This is what it claims to be. A straight, bulk offering of unflavoured Stoved Black Viginia. I have found my unicorn blend.

To the tobacco. Given the sort of reviews I see on Tobacco Reviews, stoved Va is not a well loved beast. I appear to be an outlier in this regard, so take this review with that in mind. Chances are YMMV.

This tobacco is loaded with dried fruit aromas: currants, candied lemon peel etc. For me it is like smoking a Christmas pudding. It has very little nicotine. Puffed at a slow pace, as I think it should be, it does not produce much smoke at all. But it is packed with interesting flavours. I find stoved Vas do not bite, and 507S is no exception. Again, YMMV. It has the odd rough edge; I doubt this has the same quality source leaf as the Rattray's product, but to be fair, it is also a fraction of the price. Loving it. Highly recommended but only for lovers of the type.

Pipe Used: Ceramic

Similar Blends: Rattray's Black Virginia.

15 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2647)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Once the bright Virginia leaf is stoved, it offers mildly fermented and tangy, rich, deep, dark fruit, some citrus, a lot of earth, wood, bread, and sugar, and very light lemon notes. The strength is a couple of steps past the mild level, while the taste just passes the medium mark. The nic-hit is hair more obvious than the strength threshold. No chance of bite or harshness. Burns a tad slow, very cool and clean with a sweetly consistent flavor from start to finish. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a very pleasant, lightly lingering after taste and room note. Does well in the pipe as it is, though I do recommend a smallish bowl. As a mixer - which it was designed to be - it adds depth and dimension to any blend you choose to invent.


14 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1982)
Mild None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Sutliff Tobacco Co. - Stoved Virginia #507-S.

This review could be short: a very rich Virginia!

#507-S isn't just a ribbon, as badged. In fact, the blend's made of virtually black, very coarse pieces; a Mixture. The nose is full and fruity. I'm smoking this fresh and the moisture's refulgent; no airing was needed.

The moisture aids an easy ignition, and then, that word again: rich. The taste has all the fruit/luxury, one could expect from a top end Va. However, any citrus/sharp Va flavours are defunct; it's all about sweet, dark, fruit. Due to the coarse cut it burns slow, and medium in temperature. I get no tongue bite.

Nicotine: mild. Room-note: nice.

Stoved Virginia #507-S? Four stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Mr Brog Bulldog

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: 4noggins

11 people found this review helpful.

TCody Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TCody (13)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I use this as a substitute for McClelland's Blackwoods Flake when blending. It does the job, however, it lacks the famous barbecue sauce note. On it's own, it is a good, tangy, easy to smoke Virginia.

Pipe Used: Variety of pipes dedicated to Virginia.

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Don't remember.

Similar Blends: Dunhill Dark Flake, McClelland's dark flakes..

6 people found this review helpful.

PC Plod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PC Plod (76)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Inspired by a recent favourable review, I decided to give this one another go. A good decision, because Sutliff Stoved Virginia turns out to be an absolute corker!

The flavour is mouth-filling. A bit like red wine that explodes on the palate and leaves behind it a dry, lingering, pleasant after taste. I took tiny sips for over an hour and enjoyed every moment. Unlike an aromatic, SV will not wear out its welcome. The opposite, in fact. The flavour is a bit unusual at first, but becomes steadily more attractive over time. The side-stream aroma has many nuances, some of which are heavenly.

One word of advice, and you can kick my ass if you want, but I am going to give it to you anyway. Do NOT light this one aggressively, or over-puff it! You will ruin the flavour and aroma if you do that. That is what happened to me the first time I tried it, and it gave off entirely the wrong impression.

When lighting, just give the tobacco a succession of one-second taps with the lighter (every 5 seconds or so) until it achieves a cool-burning persistent smoulder. Once you master that, you will be genuinely amazed at just how good this tobacco tastes and smells.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Capri Root 115 (Pot)

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Similar Blends: Rattray - Black Virginia.

4 people found this review helpful.

Jorge Soler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jorge Soler (174)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

This is a blending component, but I am surprised it seems to be so good in its own right as a standalone. There is nothing remarkable about the first quarter of your bowl, but it evolves quite nicely once you go past it. Something worth mentioning is I can't detect any casing, this tobacco feels so clean it is hard to believe is one of Sutliff's. It looks as though it had been treated in the red Cavendish way, and it is reminiscent of C&D's Autumn Evening but without the casing. The tin note is sweet and evokes the smell of sultanas and figs. It comes as wet as those towelettes they use to wipe clean a baby's bottom, but I have been able to smoke it without needing many relights. Yes, I like it, and I can see myself buying again, so 4 stars this time.

4 people found this review helpful.

tpatriarche Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tpatriarche (41)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

This was a very pleasant surprise. The last black stoved Virginia I had (from E A Carey UK) had been cooked to the point where it had scarcely any flavour left. By contrast, as soon as I opened the pouch of this one, I was struck not just by the expected earthiness, but by warm fruit aromas, blackcurrant say, with a hint of citrus. It smelt almost like a black Cavendish (I tasted it to make sure there was no mistake).

The smoke is rich, sharp & tangy, but with little tongue bite. Fairly mild by my standards. Sometimes takes a few relights, but not much above average; does better if packed a little loose. No gumminess as it smokes down. Altogether a pleasant smoke. It also blends well with some Burley I have on hand.

I had just about given up on stoved Virigina, but this tobacco changed my mind. A solid 3 stars.

Pipe Used: Carey Magic Inch

Age When Smoked: Fresh bulk

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Adam T Valleau Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Adam T Valleau (21)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Wow! This blend is just great! I love it. The stoving really brings out the sweetness. It is like carmelizing an onion or garlic clove. The pouch note is understated, but a slightly charred aroma is noticeable. The smoke is rich, thick and tastes of ... stewed fruit with a touch of charred grassiness. Burns easily and slowly. Fantastic! Get some!

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, Al Pascia Curvy 03

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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2 people found this review helpful.