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The third installment of Sutliff's highly anticipated seasonal pipe tobacco, Cringle Flake Holiday Edition 2021 is a blend of aged, partially Cavendished Red Virginias and 18-year-old Perique. This incredible holiday mixture presents an exceptional flavor right out of the tin and a deep richness similar in character to a 10-year-old Virginia/Perique. Contributing to that mature flavor, the flue-cured leaf has undergone a unique secondary fermentation process, steamed for one hour before being combined with the aged Perique and pressed. Naturally sweet with spicy, piquant undertones, the result is incredibly complex with notes of stone fruits, earthy spice, and molasses.

Presented with cheerful and seasonally merry tin art with customizable "To:" and "From:" fields, Sutliff's Cringle Flake 2021 is the perfect gift for that special pipe smoker in your life, especially if that pipe smoker is you.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended BySutliff Tobacco Company
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutFlake
Packaging1.5 ounce Tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium
Flavoring
None Detected, Medium
Taste
Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2813)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This year’s Cringle Flake uses red Virginias and 2003 perique. The flue cured reds in this 2021 manufacture are ten years older (year 2000) than the 2020 release. This production is a tad less fermented, sugary, and fruity sweet. It is a little more floral, sour, grassy and moist with a greater maturity of flavor. It has more citrus and grass than dark fruit, which is a reversal of last year’s offering. The sour lemon was not present in the 2020 CF. There’s a little more red to be seen, unlike last year when the tobacco was nearly all black, which means that this creation wasn’t stoved as long.

The fermented, stoved, flue cured year 2000 matured red Virginias provide a wealth of tart and tangy citrus, a fair amount of grass, floralness, bread, some tangy ripe stewed dark fruit, earth, wood, vegetation, sugar, mild sour lemon, light spice and sour vinegar along with slight acidic notes. The year 2003 perique offers plenty of sugary stewed fruit (raisins, dates, figs, and plums), earth, wood, moderate pepper, and a light floralness as an important, opulent supporting player. The strength, nic-hit and taste levels are medium. There’s no chance of bite or harshness. There are a few rather small rough edges. The flakes in this production are a little moister than last year’s, and benefit from a little dry time. Well balanced with some nuanced complexity, it burns clean, cool, and slow with a very consistent fermented tart and tangy sweet, spicy, mildly floral and sour, deeply rich flavor that extends to the pleasantly lingering after taste. The room note is a step stronger. Leaves little dampness in the bowl. The number of relights depend on how much you dry it, but it will require more than an average number of relights. It’s not quite an all day smoke, but it’s certainly repeatable. Four stars out of four.

-JimInks

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Dave da Dragon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dave da Dragon (9)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Well the 2020 was great and in my tastes at least 2021s even better…one of the few things from 2021 to make it a good year. Yes it’s a variation on theme but what a treat!!! Nicely fermented Red Virginias from 2000…yup 21 years old!!! It’s then treated to the Cavendish Process, basically a method of stoving or heat processing tobacco. It’s not the same as many “Cavendish” tobacco’s that are often burley and very often sweetened and/or flavored. No added sugar or flavor needed here!!! The Virginia is sweet and fruity. Most of the classic flavors of a quality aged Virginias are there, citrus, grass, hay, a touch of sour, a hint of vinegar and herbal or botanical and a bit of bread and though as it comes from the tin a bit less of the dark fruit flavor I love…more on that late:-).

To that Sutliff added some 18 year old Perique, yup born in 2003…old enough to smoke lol!!! Sometimes I have a problem with VaPer’s telling what particular taste is coming from the Virginia or Perique so the source of some of the taste might be mixed up, but what a mix! There is a little of the pepper often associated with Perique but not much, there is definitely some of the plummy, raisiny, figgy, dark cherry and just lovely deep fruity taste I do love with a bit of an almost truffles earthy umami note that just balances the blend into a delightful smoke!!!!

Strength is about middle ground and it smokes cool overall unless pushed but doesn’t bite at all and smooth. It smokes fine from the tin but is a bit moister than I prefer so I dried it quite a bit and liked the results. I decided to try something I do with my favorite straight red Virginia, McClelland #2045 Dark Navy Flake. I use scissors to cut the flakes into cubes, now the Cringle Flake is a bit of a very broken loose flake that rubs out easy, but I took what was suitable and cubed it and let it dry for about 10-12 hours. It still had moisture and burned better and like I do with the Navy Flake I got it lit and warm and then let it go out and go cold and relit it…yup there it is!!! Those deeper and more nuanced dark fruit flavors I love in the Navy Flake and add to that what the Perique is doing and I was blown away, it’s delicious sipped slow and easy. I do suggest, as always, to try and light with as little heat as possible as gently toasting tobacco to light and smoking slow enough to keep the temps down always make tobacco taste better. I also tried it in several pipes of different shapes and find a taller narrower bowl seems to bring it out best.

Whatever I smoked it in it’s a 4 out of 4 for me the best VaPer I’ve ever tasted.

Dave da Dragon

Pipe Used: ,Pete120,CC Paris CW

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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