Seattle Pipe Club Wild Man

This is a medium bodied blend of rich and smoky Cyprian Latakia, complex and exotic Orientals, and select, sweet Virginias, pressed into an easy-to-prepare crumble cake. The aroma will remind you of incense, but the flavor is smooth, smoky, and intriguingly unique.


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


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

Average Rating

3.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 21, 2019 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
The smoky, woody, earthy, musty sweet Cyprian Latakia takes a very small lead at times, but there is a lot of inconsistency in the overall flavor, so that lead is very equivocal, especially after the first few puffs. The main competitor is the woody, earthy, dry and very sour, lightly sweet, sharp, fairly floral, incense-like, spicy, zesty Turkish and Orientals. One of the Orientals is yenidje. The red Virginia provides tangy, mildly fermented dark fruit, earth and wood. The grassy, tart citrusy brighter Virginia is a condiment. Although the Virginias rise up to compete with the Turkish and Orientals once in a while, they are mostly in third place. In fact, the Turkish and Orientals will even supersede the Latakia at times. Despite the variability of what the components bring to your palate, you will notice all their attributes at some level or another every moment you draw smoke in. The strength is a step below medium and the taste threshold is medium. The nic-hit is just past the center of mild to medium. Won’t bite or get harsh, but there’s a rough edge at times, which is typical for this kind of product. This crumble cake blend easily breaks apart to suit your preference. Burns cool, clean, and a little slow with a semi-sweet, sour and rather savory campfire quality that translates to the lingering after taste. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and needs some relights. Can be an all day smoke for the veteran. I give this two and a half stars, rounded down to two because the aforementioned inconsistencies.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 30, 2019 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
Seattle Pipe Club - Wild Man.

LOL, in the UK the weather's been atrocious, so I've been inside smoking loads to keep dry! This has been my staple smoke, and although it's received a few negative ratings (until now; 30/9/19), I think it's quite a jubilant smoke!

So, unlike some kake blends which arrive as just one clump this arrives as slithers of kake. The pieces are dark, with some lighter mottles, and a smashing amount of hydration; mine was ready to smoke straight away! Because the kake's already thinly sliced, for a kake, rubbing/preparation's easy.

At first I find that the Orientals/Turkish occupy the dominant position; slightly fragrant, somewhat acetose, and very vibrant. The Latakia takes second place, giving more of a strong, arboraceous, woody flavour, than a smoky one. The Virginias don't really become apparent until about a third into a bowl. Then, a notable sweetness, rich fruitiness, enters the game. So, what starts out as an Oriental cartelised flavour develops and becomes deeper. Wild Man burns well, for me, I like to rub it quite well. Of course, relights are a dependant on your preparation preference; so, let's forget that; a moot subject! Because W.M. has no topping don't expect the palate to receive a blast of artificial subconrading; it's a natural, enjoyable, flavour.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: quite nice.

Wild Man? A smoke I'll happily give four stars to:

Highly recommended.
Pipe Used: Peterson Dracula #999
Age When Smoked: 1 Month
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 13, 2019 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I would call this an oriental forward than a typical english. The latakia/orientals/turkish are sublime in how they take turns bringing a different spice to the tongue. The va's provide a subtle sweetness that is very enjoyable. I really like crumble cakes and this is a wonderful example of the best! SPC just makes great blends. Enjoy!
Pipe Used: cobbs
PurchasedFrom: pipes and cigars
Age When Smoked: new
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 29, 2019 Mild None Detected Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
Summed up in one phrase: Quality but Inconsistent.

This blend became tough to review. SPC continues to blend wonderful tobaccos and the quality put forth in this blend is noticeable. The spicy and slightly Orientals drive the bus through most of the smoke while the dark,fruity Virginas and the smoky latakia take turns in coming in 2nd place. The grassy, citrusy, bright Virginas are mere condiment and hard to notice if you arent concentrating on the notes of the smoke.

Though the blend tends to keep Oriental forward throughout the smoke, the Virginias and the Latakia waver in strength and flavor. The sweetness of the Orientals is present at times but simply isnt enough to satisfy. I imagine a slight increase of bright Virigina would assist in bringing forth need sweetness.

Update: I usually smoke Oriental/English blends in larger bowls but this blend improved with a medium sized. The sweetness and flavor of the Orientals were more pronounced. I certainly enjoy it alot more than when I first had it and is one of my favorite SPC blends. A top oriental forward blend for me. 7.5/10

However, the smoke keeps fairly dry and is an all day smoke.
Pipe Used: Peterson system, Erik Nording, Lorenzo Spitfire
Age When Smoked: 1 month
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 22, 2021 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
SPC is one of those blenders that I haven't really explored. I've tried Plum Pudding which was good and may warrant another try, and I've tried the Bourbon Barrel Aged, and Deception Pass. So when I was reading the tin description of this ton in my local pipe shop I thought it sounded interesting enough to try.

The tin looks awesome and is actually one of the reasons I picked it up in the first place, thou got I know I shouldn't judge a tin by it's appearance. Once I opened it up I came across 8 or so tin crumble cakes with some some loose tobacco at the bottom of the tin. The cakes are a nice mixture of mottled dark browns. If I stick my nose in the jar I smell sour and tangy Orientals, sweet, bready and tangy Red Virginias, and the soft smokiness of Latakia. Right out of the tin I find that it's at the prefect dryness. It crumbles well, packs well, and lights well.

Once lit the first thing I taste is a smooth and creamy Latakia. I think it's about a little stronger in the Latakia department than other Englishes I like to smoke. The Orientals are very much up front too. A deep incense like quality, with a sour herbalness. The Red Virginias provide a sweet, bready base.

The taste is a medium hedging on a medium-full. It fills your mouth. The strength is medium. It's an easy going, all day smoke that's perfect for cooler weather. The room note is strong, so it's not one to smoke if those in your life don't like the smell of tobacco.
Pipe Used: Peterson Donegal XL90
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 21, 2019 Mild None Detected Full Tolerable
I can't believe I am the first to review this blend and, unfortunately, I can't recommend this blend. This may be due to something peculiar within my own biology, but I can't smoke a bowl of it without getting into a coughing fit. It starts by causing a scratching to the back of my throat that no liquid can smooth. This is known to happen to me from time to time and always with a Balkan blend, so I think it is likely attributed to a certain oriental of which I may never know.

Lest I confuse anyone, I would also like to point out that I am not an inhaler, so if this happens to you like it does me, then you should avoid this one at all costs.

Now to the actual tobacco. It was given to me in Chicago, at this year's show, as a sample. which was fortunate, since it was so disagreeable. It is billed as a medium bodied English, but it felt more full to me than that. Granted, I am a bit of a lightweight when it comes to these types of blends, but if I were asked about the taste, I would call it a full Balkan.

Like a Full Balkan it is smelling a campfire the next day after the dew has got to it. There is a considerable amount of sourness and bitterness with the orientals. Very little sweetness at all in this one. The Virginia may as well have been left out of the mix.

If there is a good thing to say about it, I will say it is a Sutliff Cake/flake blend. Cake/flake because they are referred to as both depending on who is using them in which blend. They are flake in Peretti's number 8 and they are considered a kake here. Whatever term you use, they are great fun. They easily crumble and perform well under fire.

In Chicago, I witnessed several people smoke this and comment on how good it was. I don't put much weight into these assessments however, as most of these good friends (myself included) are usually inebriated with whiskey with scorched tastebuds from smoking much more than we are used to. I am giving this one star as I can't smoke it due to the itch factor, so I can't recommend it. Sorry SPC, I do love nearly everything else you do.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 26, 2019 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong
The Tin Art is great and has the usual great story line I expect from SPC.

It's defined as an English on the tin. Popping a 2oz tin, there were 8 large "chunks" of Krumble Kake without hardly any broken chunks. Smell was Latakia and Oriental forward. Moisture content was great as I was able to pick off a few pieces and easily load a Canadian.

Lighting was quick. Char light, then it picked up great with no issues.

The taste to me is at the light was VERY oriental forward, complimented by a campfire Latakia smokiness. Midway through the bowl it became more creamy as the Red VA came to the table. The orientals have a peppery taste that would make me think there was Perique hiding in there somewhere (not listed). The bottom third of the bowl lost some of the spice and finished with more of the creamy taste.

No tongue bite even without any drying time. Burns well down to ash with no real effort besides a tamp or two. Mild nicotine in my book, I could feel it but not a powerhouse.

This one could take the place of some of my departed McC Orientals in my rotation. It will probably be more of a fall/winter blend to me.
Pipe Used: various Canadians
PurchasedFrom: P&C
Age When Smoked: new from tin
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 23, 2023 Mild None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong
Classic Latakia blend, English, Balkan or Oriental as you prefer to define it. I’d like to hear a discussion about it. Anyway in this mixture Latakia is leading (there is a lot of it) and Virginia and Orientals complement and support. Latakia is very intense, smoky, at times covering and enveloping. Quite monothematic in taste, but extraordinary for Latakia lovers. Really excellent quality. But absolutely not recommended for people who can’t stand Latakia. In my personal rating system (from 1 to 10) my score is 8 and three stars.
PurchasedFrom: Barclay Rex - 126 Pearl St. - Manhattan NY
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 22, 2023 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Tin note of sharp sour and smoky. Tobacco is dark brown and brown marbled thin Krumble Kake with a little tan mixed in. Moisture content is ok. Drying it a bit mat be preferred, Kake breaks apart and rubs out with a little effort. Burns slow with many relights. The strength is mild to medium and nic is mild. No flavoring detected. Taste is mild to medium and somewhat consistent, with notes of floral, smoky, tangy stewed fruit, wood, dry earth, sour vegetation, herbal, savory, mild incense, spices, orange peel/zest, bitter, mildly spicy, a sometimes lemon grass and sometimes dark fruit background note, and a mild peppery retro. Latakia is leading with Oriental/Turkish and Virginia supporting. Room note is pleasant to tolerable, and aftertaste is great.
Pipe Used: 1981 Peterson Mark Twain
Age When Smoked: 2 years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 13, 2023 Mild None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Excellent blend, with thick smokey Latakia that’s perfectly mixed with sweet red Virginia for sweetness and delicious Orientals. It’s bold in flavor and perfect for colder months.
Pipe Used: Willard
PurchasedFrom: The Country Squire
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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