Summary: a nice little cube cut that suffers from too much sauce
When you open the package, you might think that you are staring down at a sample of Martian pebble-sand. Little rocks of tobacco, reeking of cacao and molasses, with some kind of alcohol possibly used in an extract or topping as well, stare up at you. Pour these into a pipe from the spine of an old cardboard folder, put your thumb over the top and shake it a bit to settle the bits by saltation so that they are touching each other but still have room to expand as they heat and burn, and you are ready to go. The initial light will take more flame than most blends, and this blend burns hot due to the topping, but otherwise, it is an easy smoke. If they kept the topping more subtle, this would be a competitor for "Sir Walter Raleigh."
The white burley has a burst of nuttiness, earth, wood, toasted bread, some sharp, dry rough edges, floralness, a little sourness, spice, vegetation, light sugar, slight pine needle essence, and a bare touch of smokiness. The molasses topping mildly sublimates the burley. The strength and nic-hit are a step past the center of mild to medium. The taste levels is a slot stronger. No chance of bite, and little chance of harshness, unless you’re aiming to set a record for fast puffing. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent flavor from top to bottom. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires few relights. Has a lightly lingering, pleasant after taste. The room note is a tad stronger. As a stand alone smoke, it’s three stars. As the blending component it’s supposed to be, it’s four stars. Smoked straight, it may be an all day smoke for the experienced smoker or a repeatable one. That would greatly depend on your personal preference.
Sutliff TS-4 Only 2 reviews both by reviewers I respect and read everything they add to this site. Here is my take on it. This is an 8 oz sample that I have smoked over the course of 6 months. It has a sweet jar note that is molasses forward with earthy burley undertones. As for the smoke, it is very earthy, with some nuttiness. It is a little sharp with a slight bitterness that I associate with white burley. It is also too sweet not to have a top note. The molasses is there for sure, I also get a hint of cocoa (and that could just be the burley as some burleys with high quality do naturally have that note) and it could be my imagination as it is not present often but a very subtle vanilla note is there too. As far as a straight smoking tobacco if you enjoy OTC blends but are tired of the PG solution this blend might very well be your ticket home. At $49.00 a lb it is not quite as cheap but the difference is marginal. Smoked straight I found that although the cubes feel dry to the touch they are quite moist. I like to take a pinch and rub that between my palms and let it dry for a few minutes. Then take some cubes and poor them about 4/5 of the way full and then add the rubbed out drier portion before lightly tapping the side of the pipe to let it all settle. But this burley was not designed to be smoked straight, that fact it can be shows that the manufacture has tamed it some. It's primary purpose and the reason I purchased it is as a blender. If you have a blend that burns too hot and you want to add something that does not change the flavor all that much, this is it! It slows the burn and cools the blend as it is designed to do. This is the best blending white burley I have came across to date. I don't think you can go wrong adding it to any blend. The nic is on the mild side and the smoke itself would suggest the upper end of mild. The taste is a little more than this and I would place it at mild to med. It did not bite or get harsh even when pushed a little. A great blending burley!
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