Sutliff's Eastfarthing blend combines stoved Burley, mature Red Virginias, and aged Cyprian Latakia and utilizes a vanilla topping to create a pleasantly sweet and mellow smoke.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Virginia
FlavoringSweet / Sugar, Vanilla
Packaging1.5 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3046)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The smoky, woody, earthy, lightly floral, musty sweet Cyprian Latakia is the primary component. The tangy dark fruity, earthy, woody, sugary red Virginias take a small lead over the nutty, earthy, woody, lightly cocoa-ish, sugary stoved burley. Here and there, the burley is a touch more obvious, and almost competes with the Virginias for attention. The vanilla topping has a slight alcohol companion (I sense whiskey), though I didn’t find it distracting, and it’s mostly in the smell of an open tin, and not in what you taste to any real degree. It mildly tones down the varietals, and mostly eliminates potential rough edges. The strength almost reaches the center of mild to medium, while the taste threshold is a step or two past that center. The nic-hit is a rung lower than strength level. There’s no chance of bite or harshness even when pushed. The tobacco is lightly moist, and needs no dry time. Burns cool, clean, and slightly slow with a mostly consistent, sweet and lightly savory flavor from top to bottom. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires just above an average number of relights. Has a pleasantly lightly lingering after taste and room note. An easy going all day smoke. Three and a half stars.


24 people found this review helpful.

BadgerPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BadgerPiper (3)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

When I first smoked a pipe, I started out with aromatic blends. Yet, like many pipe smokers out there, I gradually moved onto English blends, then VaPers, Burley, and so on. Over time, my aromatic blends collected dust in my cellar, and I soon gifted my unused aromatics to newer pipe smokers who would appreciate the blends more than I did. I certainly don’t sneer my nose up at aromatics like some out there, but my tastes naturally changed to more complex blends.

Still, I have a fondness for a good aromatic. After all, most of us probably gained an interest in pipe smoking from smelling a codger blend, so I’m always on the lookout for a pleasing aromatic that I can still enjoy. In my opinion, the best pipe tobacco blends on the market combine a pleasing aroma without sacrificing a good tobacco flavor.

I recently picked up a tin of Sutliff’s Eastfarthing, after hearing some of my online pipe buddies rave about the blend. I decided to give the blend a try, though I didn’t pay much attention to what kind of blend it was until it arrived. I wanted to go into Eastfarthing blind and make up my mind on my own. If I had known it was considered an aromatic, I might not have picked it up.

After Eastfarthing arrived, I read the description printed on the label, which read, “Mature red Virginias, stoved burley & aged Latakia with a hint of sweetness.” Red Virginias? Good. Stoved burley? Excellent, I love burley. Aged Latakia? So it’s an English blend. I’m game. A hint of sweetness? Well, I do have a sweet tooth; so don’t mind if I do.

I popped the tin and went ahead and gave the tobacco a sniff. I could smell the wondrous aroma of vanilla, my favorite kind of aromatic. I knew at least the room note of Eastfarthing would be a winner, if nothing else. However, the tobacco in the tin was quite damp, so I put some out to dry overnight to smoke the next day. If you end up trying Eastfarthing for yourself, I highly recommend letting it dry, or you’re going to have a rough time getting the tobacco lit.

The next day, I loaded up my large Peterson XL14 with the dried Eastfarthing and headed out to my garage to smoke. The tobacco still had a tiny bit of moisture to it, even after being out for 24 hours, but leaving it out made it suitable for smoking. Your drying time my vary depending on your preferred method.

The tobacco lit easily in my pipe, and I sat back and puffed away, paying close attention to how the blend smoked. It didn’t take long for Eastfarthing to convert me into a fan. I could taste the aged Latakia in the smoke, solidifying it as an English blend to my palate. Yet like the description says, there was also a definite sweetness in the mix, making it more of a dessert English blend.

Now, as most pipe smokers quickly learn as they take up the pipe, usually the smoker is immune to the room note of the pipe as they puff. However, as I smoked Eastfarthing, my nostrils detected a distinctive change in the air. I removed my pipe from my mouth and took a long sniff to smell what it was.

Ah, there it is, I thought to myself with a smile as I resumed puffing away. There’s that classic pipe smell I’ve missed.

Folks, Eastfarthing smells exactly as a pipe tobacco should—rich, deep, and earthy. It reminded me of all the times I walked by a pipe smoker in the past before I took up the pipe. As soon as I’d smell that warm aroma, I’d stop in my tracks and look for the source. Sure enough, I’d find a pipe smoker, puffing away without a care in the world. Despite having Latakia in the blend, it doesn’t have that campfire smell that some find off-putting, but you will taste it.

The name Eastfarthing comes from a location in the Lord of the Rings books, and I think it’s an appropriate title. This is the type of tobacco I can see hobbits, dwarves, elves, and men all keeping in their pouches as they travel Middle Earth. I know some pipe smokers say Eastfarthing reminds them of Frog Morton Cellar. I never had the chance to try Cellar, but it reminds me of another LOTR style blend that’s sadly disappeared—Just for Him’s Shortcut to Mushrooms. As much as I liked STM, I’d wager to say I actually like Eastfarthing a bit more. For me, it’s a bit of a richer smoke than what I remember of STM.

Eastfarthing is a complex blend, and Sutliff should be commended for their work. This is a pipe tobacco for absolutely everyone— both the smoker and those around them. The flavor is full of sweet English goodness while still retaining that classic pipe smell that reminds non-smokers of favorite pipe smoking relatives.

So if you’re in the market for a blend that manages to combine the best of an English blend and an aromatic, I highly recommend you take a long holiday to Eastfarthing.

Pipe Used: Peterson XL14

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: tobaccopipes.com

Similar Blends: Just For Him's Shortcut to Mushrooms, Frog Morton Cellar.

13 people found this review helpful.

ciaran Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ciaran (7)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Eastfarthing consists of red Virginia, stoved Burley, and aged Cyprian Latakia with a touch of Vanilla (liquor?) topping. It’s a beautiful ribbon cut blend consisting of mostly brown, dark brown, and black tobaccos with the occasional bright golden ribbons, too. The moisture content is as close to perfect as one can get. After opening the tin, one would probably need to jar it so it doesn’t dry out too much.

The first thing I get from the tin is a deep vanilla scent — like a french vanilla. And maybe just a hint of cocoa that adds to the depth of the vanilla. Then there’s a deep, damp, earthy smell. I really can’t smell any of the Latakia. Overall I find the tin note very pleasant.

As I found the moisture content to be spot on, I didn’t let it dry any before loading my pipe. Of course, there might have been a very slight drying to it since I popped the tin the previous afternoon, but I really couldn’t tell it. I smoked this in my Peterson’s Mark Twain; it’s a System pipe. Eastfarthing packed well and took to the flame without issue. There were no issues with neither the charring (or false) light nor the true light.

The taste was nice, too. Nothing too harsh; a mild to medium taste that was similar to the tin note but only barely. I got some wafts of incense from the Latakia that were all but absent from the tin. Comparing this to their 504C, I would say 504C is stronger in the flavor department with more Latakia coming through.

The nicotine feel is very mild. As I was smoking this first thing in the morning with only some coffee as my companion, I was expecting more of a “nic-hit.” I’m pretty much a lightweight when it comes to nicotine so I was expecting that familiar, but unwanted, dizzy feeling — it never visited me. There’s virtually no tongue bite or harshness with this blend.

Eastfarthing burns down to a nice white ash with virtually no moisture in the bowl. All in all, it’s a mild to medium blend which could very easily be an all day smoke.

Pipe Used: Peterson Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: PipesandCigars.com

9 people found this review helpful.

Bushido Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bushido (27)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Eastfarthing strikes me as a perfect beginner blend, and a good transition to Latakia. Sweet, just a bit Smokey, and a mellow vanillaish flavor that remains throughout the bowl, receding some in the last third. Needs to dry a bit before lighting and likes a lite pack. Have never been bitten by this. It smells like the quintessential pipe tobacco and pleases those nearby. There is some question about whether this is just sutliff 504 repackaged, and I need do a side by side comparison to see which I should cellar in quantity. The marketing clearly aims at nostalgia for FMC, but this is way sweeter and misses the boozy-smoky depth. So I would not call it a replacement, but I could see how it might help fill that niche (try Northwoods or Shepherds Pie to really scratch that FMC itch). Nice price.

8 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (401)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I am participating in the Sutliff Virtual Pipe Club tasting this blend as I speak. I received this tin from tobaccopipes.com about a week ago who is sponsoring this event. Upon opening the tin, I am greeted with a strong pleasant somewhat vanilla liquor smell. This is a coarse ribbon cut with dark, medium brown and a little light tobacco in the blend. I will have to agree with some other reviewers in that this tobacco is extremely moist but I did not allow any drying time. I have read more than one review mentioning Frog Morton’s Cellar. I smoked a few bowls of the frog about a year ago but too long ago to try to compare. Not sure if this was blended to be similar or not but I am reviewing on its own merits. Second bowl, be right back. It is cold, dark and rainy out on the porch and this is California. The second bowl started to grow on me now that I know what to expect and enjoyed it more than the first one. The boss says she likes the room note but not in those words. She says it reminds her of food, I said it is probably the vanilla. It is a good blend, I enjoyed it with my coffee and was a good choice for the evening, very mild in the nic department. If you really like aromatics give this one a try and thanks again to Sutliff and tobaccopipes.com. Smoked good in my Meerschaum.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: New

Similar Blends: Some say Frog Morton's Cellar..

6 people found this review helpful.

wward31 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wward31 (3)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Ahh Eastfarthing. For anyone looking to crossover to English or for something less Heavy on Latakia this may be what you are looking for. Right out of the tin you get a wonderful aroma of vanilla and creamy nutty burley. The Latakia for me was barely noticeable. It packs well and was a bit moist for my taste but required no extra attention to light. Smokes to a coarse grey ash with no moisture left. No tongue bite detected even when pushed. Could be an all day smoke for some but not me (I prefer blends that are stronger in the nicotine dept.) It is a great blend for beginners.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meershaum Rob Roy

Age When Smoked: None

Purchased From: Local B&M

5 people found this review helpful.

Hunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hunter (54)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

My tastes are shifting a bit and I am gravitating towards semi-aromatics such as this. Eastfarthing has become my new favorite, I am keeping it in constant rotation.

A great all-day smoke, with a pleasant room note and no tongue bite. The slight top note of vanilla is a real pleasure and adds some nice aroma to this blend. A real winner!

Pipe Used: Briar, Meer, Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars.com

4 people found this review helpful.

WorkingClassChap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WorkingClassChap (197)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Smoking now:

Moisture content is perfect, packed and lite well.

Smoked this blind. Had no idea what it was as it was given to me in a sample bag. Nice woodsy, herbal, earthy, musty flavor and I did detect a topping to this. Very nice. Retro hale was smooth and the vanilla topping is noticeable but only slightly on the retro hale and complements the tobacco well. Virginias add more sweetness. I feel the burleys are more dominant. A very well done and easy to smoke crossover blend. Pleasant aftertaste, not overly topped with just a little sweetness added. Left some moisture in the bowl. Average relights.

A good crossover style American English or whatever blend.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum

4 people found this review helpful.

Farshid Houshmand Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Farshid Houshmand (8)
Mild Very Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

This is rather a first impressions than a review. --------------------------- Presentation: The tobacco is very moist and sticky out of the tin which I can relate to usage of propylene glycol that the US Tobacco providers are kin on using, but I'm not sure. Anyways, had to let it sit for a while (actually I left the lid a little loose for the night and still it needed time to dry) I also found my biggest twig yet in this tin. Smells like vanilla and a little bit of latakia out of the tin. ---------------------- Mechanics and tongue bite: Easy to pack, light and keep lit. I'm through almost half the bowl as i'm writing this and no tongue bite has presented itself. ---------------- Taste: It tastes cool and sweet... And American. Some un-ripeness that is present in any American blend I've tasted till now. No tongue bite or harshness not even in retrohale whatsoever. Sweetness is the prominent taste here. Smokes cool and dry despite the heavy aroma and wetness if you let it dry out accordingly. All I can say for this blend is this: Imagine Captain black, only better. If you're into Captain black's vanilla sweet aroma, give this one a try.

Pipe Used: Angelo

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Local tobacconist in Dallas, Texas

Similar Blends: Captain black royal.

4 people found this review helpful.

Randy Tuggle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Randy Tuggle (46)
Very Mild Extremely Mild Mild Very Pleasant

One of the best 'mild English' blends I have ever had the pleasure to smoke. A bit moist when smoked from the tin - so take it slowly and enjoy the sweetness with a wee touch of Latakia. Holds it's flavor throughout the bowl from start to finish. This will be a staple in my rotation as I will surely be buying more.

Pipe Used: Peterson Dracula 68 (2012)

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: TobaccoPipes.com

4 people found this review helpful.

Pip'n'Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pip'n'Piper (54)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Moist out of the tin, not wet or greasy, but I have to let it dry at least 2 hours. The latakia is really good, earthy, a little musty and slightly smoky. Some nuttiness from the burley. There's a noticeable earthiness that really compliments the blend nicely, likely the red virginia, if not, then I don't much notice them, but all in all the flavours are predominantly the latakia and vanilla topping. Burns well, no bite. There's a rich creamy quality to the smoke. It's quite different from anything I've smoked before. I like it, but could see it eventually wearing out its welcome. The topping might be overwhelming to some. Maybe, not an everydayer. It is tasty, though. I like Sutliff's burley, I think this one could use a bit more of it frankly. I also appreciate how they balance the latakia in their blends in which it's used, and this is no exception. Kinda weird stuff, but tasty. 3 stars. Recommend for latakia lovers that are in the mood for something completely different.

Pipe Used: Elf Cobbit, obviously

3 people found this review helpful.

Bumble Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bumble (65)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

As a newer pipe smoker, I am mainly exploring the different blends (I favor aromatic blends, although I am dipping my toes into the non-aromatic blends now) to find what I like.

Like many others, I am a huge fan for Tolkien! So naturally I wanted to try some of the available themed blends out there. This review is for the "Eastfarthing" blend from Sutliff. While not really marketed as a "Lord of the Rings" tobacco, this is named for a region of the Shire. From Sutliff's corporate webpage it gives the following information - "Frogmorton was a village in the Eastfarthing of the Shire – so this blend pays homage to J. R. Tolkien."

Opening the tin, what I smelled was the vanilla, not so much the Latakia, but there was an artificial sweetness to it.

The flavor I tasted was the burley, followed by sugar/sweet and the Latakia popped up every now and then (it was not very strong).

It was very moist, but I did not dry this out before smoking (although I could understand if one did) and it lit up easily and did not require excessive relights. I did not have any tounge-bite with this blend.

I am starting to enjoy English/Aromatics and thought this would be great, but was slightly disappointed with this as it was a mash of things that just didn't do it for me. Although everyone's taste is different so don't let this stop you from trying it out. The best thing about this blend for me was the tin note.

Pipe Used: Rattray Goblin 99

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

2 people found this review helpful.

Michael Jan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Michael Jan (12)
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Right ... this review will be hard because of the love/hate relationship I have with this tobacco. Popping the tin, you are visually greeted by a dark ribbon cut. The main component of the blend's color should be latakia. The tin aroma isn't overly strong. The vanilla topping is obvious ... but let's be honest .. if you got this, you are already aware this is an aromatic. I am, however, also getting notes of caramel .. like a bourbon. The main blend components do give you the campfire notes, as well as some walnuts and sweet grass from the virginias. In all honesty ... I'm not mad at the tin note.

Now we're going into the preparation territory. The tobacco isn't overly gloopy, however, it is moist to the point I had to leave it out for an hour prior to smoking. The smoke itself is actually really decent. The latakia leads melding with the topping. The burleys and virginias are detectable in the background. The nicotine level isn't high. The burn is cool due to the decent amount of latakia. It didn't bite or turn on me during smoking, but it did require a higher number of relights. I think I should have let it dry for two hours more. Overall it is enjoyable, and the people around you won't be mad at you for smoking. The issue is that I can't smoke it often. Not sure why but although enjoyable, I wouldn't call this a daily burner. I have a bowl every two or three weeks, usually outside in a beer garden. I don't even know what would pair well with this.. bourbon might be ok, but beer isn't for me due to the vanilla casing. Wine could be a good choice .. maybe some Spanish tempranillo or dessert riesling.

I know some people will really like it ... I don't hate it, but I don't include it in my rotation.

Pipe Used: Savinelli 101

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: smokingpipes

Similar Blends: No clue ... first cross-over blend I had..

1 person found this review helpful.

Graybeard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Graybeard (2)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Some tobaccos hit you from the beginning and tell you to pay attention. This was that kind for me. Earthy, sweet, and terrific room note. I get a vanilla and honey taste. This smokes great and gives you thick creamy smoke down to the last dottle in the bowl. I was impressed enough to order more to stow away in my cellar in case they ever stop making it! Great work, Sutliff!

Pipe Used: Peterson Donegal Rocky 221

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: P & C

1 person found this review helpful.

Ithian Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ithian (18)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Let's keep this simple: Imagine a higher grade Captain Black Original with slightly bigger cut tobaccos, a Vanilla/Sugar topping that tastes less artificial, and a pinch of Latakia added.

Definitely a quality aromatic superior to the majority of available tobaccos. The Latakia really adds to the experience. It's subtle but noticable in a very enjoyable way.

The topping could be a tad less but is in no way overpowering. Tastes minimally bitter if smoked too quickly. Definitely recommend, and much better than expected.

3.5 stars as an aromatic. 3 stars overall.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I was excited to try this when I was exploring lighter aromatics after taking a latakia break. Perhaps it was due to having recently smoked too much Pirate Kake, but while the taste was good, there just wasn't enough. I tended to draw heavier and hot to try and coax it out. If you are used to lighter blends, this one is worth a try, if not I'd skip it. Note: I also don't like how Sutliff fluffs 1.5 ounces in a jalapeno cheese can that's bigger than C&D's who puts 2oz in theirs. It's inconvenient.

Pipe Used: briars and cobs

Age When Smoked: unknown

Purchased From: local shop

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