Seattle Pipe Club Hood Canal

Abundant Balkan mixture of latakia, Turkish Orientals, luxury burleys and perique.
Notes: Virginia is not listed on the tin, but some is blended in with the Tennessee burley.


Brand Seattle Pipe Club
Blended By Joe Lankford
Manufactured By Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blend Type English
Contents Burley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Cut Krumble Kake
Packaging 2 ounce tin, 8 ounce tin
Country United States
Production Currently available


Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.56 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 27, 2018 Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong
A smoky and spicy crumblecake Hood Canal delivers a delicious smoke.

The tin came with thick broken flakes of crumblecake. The tobacco are well mixed and are mostly dark with bright specs which I'm guessing is the Turkish oriental. Tin note is latakia smokiness.

I broke up a flake and loaded some large chunks in the bottom of my pot. Some smaller pieces to light on top. The tobacco was a little moist and required some relights.

Great smoke led by the latakia and supported by the Turkish. Didn't get much flavor from the perique. Strength a little less than medium. A nice strength of nicotine. Wife not a fan of the roomnote.

This will be a new addition to the fall and winter rotation.
Pipe Used: Pots
PurchasedFrom: Pipes and Cigars
Age When Smoked: Fresh from Tin
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 13, 2019 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
This is an amazing smoke. Think of it as plum pudding 2.0. It is much lighter and has a creamy flavor with a hint of spice that will keep you wanting more. Yes, yes, it is a bit of a lat bomb but with character all its own.
Pipe Used: Savinelli 515 ks
Age When Smoked: Right out of the tin!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 23, 2019 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
The tin note is reminiscent of a horse stable, but with an added sweetness and a hint of vinegar. I found it pleasant, but I can see others maybe not liking the musty scent.

The crumble cakes are a bit moist, but can certainly be smoked right away if you don’t mind relights, and take it slow. Letting it dry some will reduce the number of relights, but expect more than average. At least this has been my experience. As it ages in a jar, it will get to the perfect humidity. The chunks of cake can be a little harder to tamp properly, but I prefer to not crumble the cakes too much. It smokes cooler and longer if you don’t.

The taste of this smoke doesn’t change a whole lot through the bowl for me, it’s pretty consistent. I perhaps taste the Virginia more towards the second half of the bowl, but it’s a very subtle shift. Definitely a Latakia-forward blend with a nice nutty burley base, tamed a bit by the other condiments, but the perique and Virginia tobaccos never really take center stage. The Virginias and orientals do add a bit of brightness to the blend. The Latakia has a nice resinous quality to it, like cedar burning. There is no bitterness, no harshness, even near the bottom of the bowl. If it gets bitter, you’re definitely smoking too fast.

I can’t decide if I should rank the nicotine level as “medium” or “mild to medium.” A hair more than Plum Pudding. The taste is medium, maybe just past medium.

This is becoming one of my favorite Lat-forward blends. I find myself alternating this and Plum Pudding often, so a comparison was inevitable: they are very different, but there’s lots of overlap. Ive heard some people refer to this as “Plum Pudding Lite,” but best I could say is that where Plum Pudding is heavy and smooth, this is bright and crisp, with a stronger Oriental presence. If Plum Pudding is a stout or porter, I think this would be a Pilsner or Hefeweizen.

This is a great smoke and could be an all-day choice if you’re mostly a Balkan or other Lat-blend smoker, and aren’t super-sensitive to a medium level of nicotine. I find it to be a perfect midday pick-me-up when I’m forging knives in my shop.

Also goes great with a cup of chicory coffee.
Pipe Used: Morta, briar, cob
PurchasedFrom: Pipes & Cigars
Age When Smoked: Fresh to two months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 17, 2023 Mild None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
A very-very mild and mellow blend with a redolent smokey taste of cedar and exotic incense. Though, this to is very mild in strength. I pondered this blend for awhile. How can one blend that is so similar in composition to another vary so greatly in strength. Here I refer to Plum Pudding vs. this blend. The difference, I believe, is in the processing. Where as Plum Pudding is Cavendish Processed by heat pressing the blend while steaming it in a vinegar solution; Hood Canal (for the sake of expediency) processed in a similar manner, then the blend is further heat pressed by the dry cure Cavendish Process. This would "toast" the blend and remove much of the volatiles (and strength). Consider, if you well, roast beef. One can roast the beef inside a sealed roasting pan thus steaming it, or they can dry roast it with the lid off. Although the cuts might be identical the final product well taste different. Here, I believe, they used the old cooks secret of removing the lid during the last hour of cooking the roast. A brilliant idea that comes across wonderfully. Where as, without this process, this blend would have been a "lat-bomb" on par with some of C&D's stouter balkin blends. As it is, it is mellow and mild balkin with all the Latakia taste w/o the punch. Definitely, recommend this for any that enjoy a milder balkin that still has that Latakia taste.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 20, 2023 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
This is a strange one for me to review, because to my preferences I want to rate this lower. I CANNOT do that in good conscious because this is a fantastic blend. My only issue is that it's very mild in the nicotine department despite being packed with flavour. It could be that is exactly what you are looking for if you want a smooth and mild Balkan daily smoke.

The Latakia is phenomenally nuanced with herbaceous notes that are complimented to perfection with perfect amount of spicy perique. The hay and grassy notes from the Virginias are not overpowered despite the sheer amount of Latakia in this blend. The floral sweetness from the Orientals is there to balance these flavours, but takes a backseat to them. Hood Canal is masterfully balanced, I just wish it had a little more nicotine.

4/4 - Hats off to Joe Lankford.

Pipe Used: Peterson Bent Rhodesian Christmas 2020
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