A special crumble cake blend featuring Katerini perique, an oriental tobacco grown in Greece. Katerini perique has a lighter taste than normal perique, and as an extra gain, it develops a deep raisin/fruity taste. The Katerini perique is blended with Red Virginia, a fair amount of Virginia Cavendish, and a bit of high-grade Burley. A blend with lots of Virginia sweetness and the unique taste of raisins/dark fruit coming from the Katerini Perique.
The fermented Katerini perique provides a wealth of sugary stewed fruits (plums, raisins, figs, tangy dark fruit), spice, earth, wood, vegetation, and a fair amount of herbal floralness with small incense and smoke notes. It is the lead component by effect and not percentage. The red, stoved, and lighter Virginia cavendish combine to create an abundance of fermented tangy ripe dark fruit, earth, wood, bread, sugar, vegetative grass, some stewed dark fruit, tart and tangy citrus, mild floralness, spice, light sour lemon, peat, and a hint of vinegar as strong supporting players. The nutty, earthy, woody, bready, burley is a condiment. I suspect a pinch of dark fired is in the mix due to a very light barbecue note. The strength is a couple of steps past the medium mark. The taste is a notch ahead of that. The nic-hit is a slot past the medium threshold. There’s no chance of bite or harshness. It’s fairly smooth with a few minute rough notes. The easily broken apart crumble slices may require a light dry time although I did not do that. Well balanced with some depth and body, it burns cool, clean and slow with a very consistent burst of fermented fruits, sugar, a moderate amount of spice, floralness with a light smoky, barely nutty, piquant flavor that extends to the pleasantly lingering after taste. The room note is a bit more potent. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires some relights. Not an all day smoke, but it is repeatable. Four stars.
Anomalous is very appropriately named as it is an anomaly in that it uses a very unusual form of Katerini Oriental tobacco that has been processed using the same process that is used to make Perique. This of course gives this blend a very unique set of flavors that results in a wonderful blend indeed. As you may be aware if you have read my other reviews of this Birds of a Feather series of tobacco’s, I was fortunate enough to have been part of a small group of individuals who actually acted as the beta testers of all 6 blends back in the beginning of 2022…I was one of Per Georg Jensen’s Guinea Pigs and it was an amazing experience. I suggest you read my review on Uno as it not only describes the experience but Uno and this blend both use Katerini Perique in them but the results are significantly different. In Uno the results are a unique delicious American Blend, in Anomalous it’s a very tasty Virginia/Perique with a very Oriental spin but in a totally different way. My problem is trying to describe it to you and my best suggestion is just buy some and find out for yourself and if you like VaPer’s and Orientals you will be in heaven, but I shall do my best.
The Katerini Perique is the forward component here in taste though not in the percentage of it used in the blend. It produces a blend of sweet dark fruitiness of figs, plums, raisins, and a touch of deep dark cherry now and then from its Perique side. There is a bit of earth and wood and a little spice and then the Katerini side adds a chunk of herbal and floral and the classic incense and exotic flavors it’s noted for but just that bit different from regular Perique and regular Katerini. There are at least three varieties of Virginia coming in second place in a very supportive role. A red, possibly some stoved red and for sure some lighter Virginia that been cavendish processed. They reinforce the favors above with their own versions and add in grass, bread, lemon, citrus, and a touch of vinegar and a touch of that BBQ flavor. The burley isn’t a major player but balances out the blend perfectly with its nutty, woody, brown sugar, and dark bread and it ads some mouth feel and enriches the smoke.
It makes for a very enjoyable smoke with complexity and richness and it’s smooth with no annoying rough edges to mention. It’s well balanced and as it’s smoked slow and cool it will present you with various flavors of sugar and spice and other things nice like fermented fruit, floral, slightly nutty and smoky and just uniquely enjoyable. The after taste is pleasant that lasts a pleasant amount of time. Room notes are hard for me as I live alone and I find them all pleasant but it’s a bit on the stronger side. The strength is past medium but not quite strong, taste is right there with it and the nicotine is just a slight step less. It’s in the typical Sutliff crumble cake thick slice form that breaks up easily into an easy to load and pack form. The moisture content is smokable as is but I prefer to dry mine a bit, your mileage may vary. Burns clean with little moisture and if dried a bit relights are infrequent, as is a few more are required. Not an all day blend though I’ve smoked three bowls in one day so definitely repeatable. Definitely a solid four stars for me and I am glad I’ve got some tucked away for an anomalously rainy day!
Dave da Dragon
Pipe Used: Asikyan Double Wall Bent Apple, Stanwell
Tin note of sugared raisins, sour fruit and spices. Tobacco is a Krumble Kake of marbled brown and dark brown with a little tan and black. Moisture content is great. Rubs out easily. Burns slow with a few extra relights. The strength is medium and nic is mild to medium. No flavoring detected. Taste is medium and mostly/very consistent, with notes of sugar, sweet bread, rich raisin, tangy citrus, orange peel/zest, very savory, tart fermented vegetation, sweet hay/grassy, floral, rich wood, mild dry bitter, spicy, a sweet ripe dark fruit background note, and a peppery retro. Katerini Perique is leading with the Virginias (Cavendish and Red) supporting. Burley is a distant supporter. Room note is tolerable, and aftertaste is great.
Sutliff Anomalous - I bought this because i liked the Uno in this birds of a feather series blended by Per Jenson as it also contained the Katerini Perique . The Katerini Perique is like regular Perique light in a way without the funk but with a brighter dark fruit and herbal spice instead of pepper . I really enjoy it . The Virginias back up with sweetness and The Burley smooths out the high notes with some nuttiness and earth and wood . No bite whatsoever. Nic hit is mild/ medium . No BS , I really like this tobacco blend .a lot . I picked this up at my local B&M and ordered more from the online release . Totally unique . 4
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