Mississippi River Rum Barrel Aged ~Master Blender Joe Lankford knows rum pairs very well with his world famous Mississippi River. “I’ve been daydreaming about this Rum Barrel edition for a long time.” Joe’s original Mississippi River is packed into oak rum barrels, aged 30 days, pressed into cakes and crumble kake cut. The result? A perfect marriage of rum essence with his classic Virginia style blend. A chunk of rum barrel rests in every tin. Enjoy Joe’s gift of Mississippi River Rum Barrel Aged. This Special Edition contains rare Virginias with Oriental leaf, Latakia and Perique.

BrandSeattle Pipe Club
Blended ByJoe Lankford
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
CutKrumble Kake
Packaging2 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3046)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

The constituent tobaccos are the same as regular Mississippi River. The tangy dark fruity, earthy, woody, bready red Virginia is a team player. The earthy, woody stoved Virginias sport a fermented sugary fruitiness, and compete with the red Virginia for attention. The smoky, musty, woody, earthy sweet Cyprian Latakia has an important support role, though it is close to being a lead ingredient. The perique continuously offers some spice with raisin and fig notes in the background. The earthy, woody, dry, herbal, slightly buttery sweet, spicy and sour, floral Oriental is also a minor participant, and not always detectable. The strength threshold is almost medium while the taste just hits the medium mark. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. Won’t bite or get harsh, and has no rough edges. It is aged for thirty days in oak rum barrels, a chunk of which is placed in every tin. The rum moderately sublimates the varietals, and conjoins with them to create a deeply rich, sweet, mildly creamy and savory, consistent, complex flavor from start to finish that translates to the lightly lingering after taste. Presented in an easily broken apart crumble cake, it may need a little dry time. It burns cool, clean, and a little slow. Leaves just a little moisture in the bowl. It does require some relights. Has a pleasant room note. This aromatic English can be an all day smoke no matter what your level of pipe smoking experience may be. Four stars.


23 people found this review helpful.

Pryhosm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pryhosm (248)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Man is this good!! Funny thing is I wasn't a huge fan of Mississippi River originally. It got much better with age, but for my taste, it was still a mid range English. Add this to a rum barrel and something special happens. I know this is categorized as an aromatic but I am not sure I would put it there given today's common definition of an aromatic. First the rum. The rum is very evident in the tin note, it is almost all I can detect. I get a sour note from the Perique and Oriental, I assume. The flavor is fantastic. I get a nicely balanced English, rich in flavor no one tobacco seems to run the show. Creaminess from the Latakia and Orientals, sweetness from the Virginia base and a hint of pepper from the Perique. The Perique is really not easy to detect to my taste but there is hint of pepper like spice on the finish that I assume is the Perique, the figgy flavor may be blended so well with the Virginia's that you cannot tease it out, but as far as I am concerned the hallmark of a great blend is the marriage of the flavors and this delivers in that department unlike most blends. The rum must add some sweetness and flavor but it is so well sublimated into the other flavors all it does is make the constituent tobacco's taste better... which BTW is what added flavors were originally intended to do, not taste like smoking a lollipop. Fantastic blend, probably a great intro for smokers that haven't dove into the English genre yet. Looking forward to the bourbon barrel aged version of Plum Pudding but I am afraid the bar may be set to high (I am also afraid it will screw up the flavor like bourbon barrels do to beer, IMO).

Pipe Used: Briar’s and cob’s

Age When Smoked: new tin

6 people found this review helpful.

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

I ordered this last week somewhat by mistake. I actually wanted the bourbon and upon realizing the error of my ways emailed the company twice and even called the next day but the bourbon was sold out. Fine, no harm no foul, I signed up for the email notification. This undoubtedly has the nicest rum smell upon opening the tin. It smokes smooth and mellow. Some moisture built up in my Peterson 307 but it pretty much does with anything I smoke in that pipe. This is one of the most natural rum smokes I believe I have ever had and will take it in to the pipe club the next time I show. I don’t know if aging this would make that much difference, possibly. Also, for those who like to dry their tobacco this one was pretty moist right out of the tin. I bought two, one for now and the other for way later. If you like rum tobacco, I would definitely buy this one.

Pipe Used: Peterson 307

Age When Smoked: New

6 people found this review helpful.

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

The idea of the rum barrel aging sold me on trying this one even though I was not over impressed with Mississippi River when I tried it a few years ago.

The tin note is English with the top note of rum. The tin contained large flakes of mostly dark tobacco. A little moist to the touch for my liking after opening. Flakes are easily broken up and dried nicely after a couple of hours.

Easy to pack. Easy to light. The initial taste had quite a bit of the rum in it. It tempered the smokiness of the latakia with a sweetness. Still plenty of tobacco taste in the background. Burned quite smooth in every pipe I tried it in so far. no tongue bite, but def a tobacco to sip. Nicotine level to me is mild-medium, you know it is there but it is not over the top.

I'd say this makes a great wintertime smoke for someone who wants something beyond a straight English. I prefer it to the straight Mississippi River for sure. I think I'm going to try blending the two a little as a way to use up the straight MR.

Pipe Used: Small Bowl Canadian and Fat Author

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

6 people found this review helpful.

The Harbor Seal Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Harbor Seal (12)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

First of all, I wouldn't really call this one an aromatic blend. This is a light English blend with some rum aroma on top.

I really enjoy this blend a lot as it fills a gap that was previously somewhat unfilled. It reminds me a lot of Dunhill/Peterson EMP which is a very light english blend. This SPC blend is not as oriental forward as EMP. The rum aroma is very noticeable and supports the sweetness of the blend. Tastewise, bready Virginias take the lead, there is some oriental in the background, as well as the gentle smoke of the latakia. I didn't really notice the perique, it's definitely not the spicey aromas that you will find here, probably rather the fruity, plum lke notes. The presentation of the crumble cake flakes that rub out to something like a cube cut and the barrell stave are top notch!

My go to blend when I want to have something a little bit english that's also sweet. Perfect for the afternoon. Highly recommended!

Pipe Used: Savinelli 613 9mm

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Peterson - Early Morning Pipe, Both blends go somewhat towards the same direction, two light english blends, EMP more oriental forward and no added aroma.

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2081)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

Seattle Pipe Club - Mississippi River Rum Barrel Aged.

The tin contains a partly broken kake (there's a few bowls worth ready to go), it's a very dark brown, and in the tin sits a cube of rum barrel. The aroma's commensurate with this; it smells rummy. The moisture suits me, a little damp, but I like that.

Behind the rum there's a 'deep' tobacco flavour. The fruity Virginias occupy the most of the smoke; succulent, sweet, and tasty. The Latakia adds an arboraceous, woody flavour, but I don't find it a smoky Lat Bomb. The Perique gives a definite nuance to the smoke, if you will a 'plum-like' character, but isn't on-top. The Orientals give the least flavour; to me. After half a tin I notice them, in the background, but I still find them a minor ingredient. The rum has more vigour for the initial part of a bowl, but after a short while the alcoholic piquancy abates, allowing the sweetness to rule; working perfectly with the Virginias. I haven't had any bite and every bowl has behaved well.

Nicotine: quite mild. Room-note: not great.

Rum Barrel Aged? A nice blend, but just shy of four stars:


Pipe Used: Tekin Meer'

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (339)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Easy to manage, wide cut crumble kake, comprised of dark brown tobaccos with a few specks of light. The tin aroma of a fresh can will blast you with a sharp rum ETOH aroma that I personally do not find offensive! Sweet, tangy, dark fruit and bready aroma fill the nostrils. As I stated, this blend breaks apart just by picking it up. The moisture level is perfect for immediate smoking.

Packing and lighting is a no nonsense ritual. Once lit, this blend is easy to manage and stays lit.

Just like the tin aroma, the smoke is earthy and woody, with a distinct rum sweetness. Toasty and bready, mildly complex. Figs, dark fruit, The room note is toasty and sweet smelling.

The last half the rum goes by the wayside, and you are left with a sweet and toasty Virginia with slight smoky notes from the Latakia. Another solid blend from Joe!

2 people found this review helpful.

Unab8dLy4m Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Unab8dLy4m (6)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Upon opening the tin, sweet rum notes hit my nose. Could smell a little bit of a apple cider vinegar/sour type of note as well. Nice thick slices that crumble very easily. Left to dry for 2 hours...could probably go another 2. The rum "flavor" is noticeable in the first light, but quickly faded. I got more apple cider vinegar and spice notes until about half way through the bowl. Not unpleasant, but different. I will say that while I cannot taste the rum, I feel an alcoholic tingle from it while puffing away. It could be my cadence, the fact the I may need to dry the tobacco more, or the pipe, but every so often I get some liquid that will trickle out of the pipe and will hit my tongue and remind me of that apple cider vinegar/sour/tangy note. Kind of reminds me of a finishing sauce I make for pulled pork if I were to leave out the sugar. Every now and then I get cocoa notes. Towards the end of the bowl I began to feel the alcohol on the retrohale. Finished with a nice ash and no dottle. 2 relights. Overall well balanced enjoyable; however, I prefer Plum Pudding Bourbon Barrel Aged.

Pipe Used: Kaywoodie with stinger

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (233)
Medium Medium to Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

MISSISSIPPI RIVER RUM BARREL AGED: In this case my review is double: I mean I’m going to review Mississippi River R.B.A. for what it is, for its own merits and then compared to Plum Pudding Bourbon Barrel Aged.

FOR WHAT IT IS: This terrific blend is one of a kind (it is actually coupled with Plum Pudding B.B.A.). Excellent, tasty, satisfying: a fitting mixture, spot-on! Latakia doesn’t cover, Perique is piquant and can be perceived very well, Rum gives an ideal sweet note able to perfectly amalgamating all the components. Orientals give balance and Virginia marries perfectly with Rum, Perique and Latakia and it is the base, the humus on which the different flavors develop. Great Joe Lankford! This is the special American taste.

COMPARED TO PLUM PUDDING B.B.A.: Mississippi River Rum Barrel Aged (MRRBA) and Plum Pudding Bourbon Barrel Aged (PPBBA) are two very similar blends, with the same characteristics. Here I want to speak about the differences among these two excellent blends, from the point of view of Mississippi River R.B.A. First of all, they have the same ingredients as a base (Virginia, Orientals, Latakia, Perique). Secondly, both are flavored with quality spirits. But there are also a lot of differences. First, the sweet note. MRRBA is sweeter than PPBBA where the sweet note come from the Virginia and the unsweetened Black Cavendish while in MRRBA the sweet note is more evident thanks to the combination of Virginia with Rum. Second, the aromatic note. MRRBA is less smoky and sweeter while PPBBA is really smoky thanks to Bourbon flavoring that rounds off the smoky note of Latakia. Third, the Latakia note. MRRBA has less Latakia and it is more delicate. Latakia doesn’t cover while in PPBBA it is together with Bourbon the main actor. Fourth, the Perique note. MRRBA has more Perique and it is spicier while PPBBA is smokier.

Finally, MRRBA and PPBBA are two extraordinary blends of American taste. From one hand (MRRBA) sweetness and spiciness, on the other hand (PPBBA) smokiness and Bourbon. Therefore, we can say that PPBBA is more suitable for Latakia lovers and Bourbon lovers while MRRBA is certainly more suitable for Virginia lovers, Rum lovers, Perique lovers and navy blend’s lovers. My favorite is Mississippi River R.B.A. and in my personal rating system (from 1 to 10) my score is 10 and four complete stars.

Purchased From: Barclay Rex - 126 Pearl St. - Manhattan NY

1 person found this review helpful.

Rmsva Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rmsva (16)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I love MR. I love the Tang, the slight lat background, and the subtle caramel notes. Tried this out of curiosity.

This is my new favorite blend. It’s sweet, Tangy, rich, and deeply satisfying.

My only complaint: halfway through the bowl all that flavor disappears. I don’t know where it goes? Maybe it realizes it has better things to do? As much as a drawback that is, I love this blend so much I can ignore its fault. Love is blind!

1 person found this review helpful.

Antonius Blok Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Antonius Blok (192)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I ordered a tin of this blend after a superb experience with Plum Pudding Bourbon Barrel Age.

When you open the tin it seems that a bottle of rum has been uncovered. Tobacco crumbles easily and has a degree of moisture that leans to the high side but this does not prevent it from burning well. The initial flavor had a lot of rum but as the smoke progresses and the liquor disappears, it gives way to the component tobaccos of the mixture, becoming a smooth English mixture.

Being a tobacco that is rich, it did not impact me like the aforementioned PPBBA, among other things because according to my appreciation in this MRRBA the liquor hides more of the ingredients than in that one, but it is a very enjoyable tobacco. Three stars are the result of my subjective evaluation.

1 person found this review helpful.

JaWiBr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JaWiBr (558)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

Tin note of sharply sweet vinegar, tangy raisins and sugar. Tobacco is a Krumble Kake of marbled reddish brown and dark brown with a little black and tan. Moisture content is good, some pipe smokers may want to dry it a bit. Kake breaks apart and rubs out with a little effort. Burns slow with a few extra relights. The strength is mild to medium and nic is mild. Flavoring is mild, with notes of Rum. Rum quite strong upon initial lighting, then drops to the background. There also seems to be a tangy fruitiness that is quite strong throughout the smoke that seems to be attributed the rum barrel aging. Taste is medium and mostly consistent, with complex notes of sweet tangy dark stewed fruit, sugar, mild smoky, sour zesty citrus, bready, musty wood, dry, savory, slight herbal, earthy rich, floral, slightly acidic, spicy, a spices and tart raisin background note, and a peppery retro. Virginia is leading with Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique and Flavoring supporting. Room note is tolerable, and aftertaste is great.

Pipe Used: Castello Old Antiquari SC 56F

Age When Smoked: 4 months

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

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Brunello Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brunello (166)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This had the opposite developmental vector of Plum Pudding Bourbon. This seemed like it was going to be a three star blend when I first opened the tin, and now after nearly three years in jar it has blossomed quite nicely. In a direct A-B comparison between this and PP Bourbon this was much more satisfying not because of any preference for rum or bourbon, or amount of Latakia, but because this has the delicious mature red Virginia and some stellar supporting Turkish leaf which together give a depth and dimension which the other lacks. Plum Pudding Bourbon is more of a novelty item, with two obvious tastes that dominate: the dull Latakia, and the bourbon infusion. Not much else, other than the weirdness of plum and bourbon together. No, this one is a keeper because the underlying blend is superior in balance. I’m eager to see how my long-term tins will develop given five-ten years in the cellar. This and C&D Black Frigate now share a dedicated meerschaum pipe on my tobacco bar. Good stuff; one of the better crossover English blends out there!

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