Seattle Pipe Club Mississippi River Rum Barrel Aged

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.


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


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

Average Rating

3.79 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 29, 2022 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.
PurchasedFrom: Barclay Rex - 126 Pearl St. - Manhattan NY
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 21, 2022 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!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 02, 2023 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
SPC Mississippi River is great, but I like this version even better. Pair the tobacco with a corncob pipe and a calm late summer evening and the stage is set for a bit of magic. It comes in a 2oz tin in the SPC Krumble Kake format. Inside the tin is a wooden 1x1 inch spacer throw in. The wood is from one of the oak rum barrel staves that are used to age the blend and infuse the flavors into the tobacco. One side of my oak cube was charred indicating it was from the inside of the barrel. A very nice touch and it helps produce an amazing tin note that includes all the Mississippi River goodness but then goes up a notch adding a very rummy, oaky, smokey element. This tobacco benefits from a little dry time prior to smoking. I placed a couple of flakes on a plate for 20 minutes before loading. SPC Krumble Kakes really do crumble when you start to handle or rub them out. I like to pack my pipe with some chunkier bits at the bottom getting gradually finer towards the top. This blend gets better as you smoke your way slowly to the bottom. I noticed that the tobacco is also sold on the Missouri Meerschaum website. It is certainly a pairing that goes together well. I am glad that SPC took the time to take Mississippi up a notch. I wonder if Joe Lankford thought about those early trips across the ocean when tobacco was loaded into oak “hogsheads” for shipment. I am sure he did since there is a blend called Hogshead which I will have to try now 🙂
Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Let Freedom Ring Cob
PurchasedFrom: Smoking Pipes
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 19, 2023 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
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