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Mixture of burley and Virginia with a rich fruity note.

Notes: Copy of Amphora Red, it is also sold under the name "Euphoria".

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McCallister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringFloral Essences, Orange, Raspberry
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
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Photo Tone Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Photo Tone (1)
Very Mild Strong Medium Tolerable

Well, after smoking 3 pouches of Amphora Full Aroma (red) that I bought when in Europe and now trying this, I can absolutely say THIS IS NOTHING LIKE the real thing. Not resemblence in any fashion. This has a strong cloying butterscotch scent. I can detect no floral or orange essence (like the real thing). This is very damp, much finer cut than the real thing, and is an over scented aromatic that someone just randomly gave the name Amphora Red Match. You may like it, but it ain't gonna make you happy if you like Amphora.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Brand new, fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Butterscotch candy.

9 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2919)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This blend is sold under the both the Euphoria and Amphora Red Match names, and indeed, there is a similarity to the original regarding taste. The fruity topping has the same floralness, orange and berry flavors, though the berry is a shade less pronounced in the Match while the floral notes are a little more obvious. They sublimate the tobaccos to a fair extent. I detect a tad more nutty, earthy burley and citrusy Virginia here than I do in AR. Has a rather mild nic-hit. Won't bite or get harsh. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace with a very consistent flavor. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, and needs slightly more than an average number of relights. Has a lingering, pleasant after taste. Can be an all day smoke. As with the original, I found this tasted best when sipped, and once it seasons a pipe, the flavor seems to get a little more obvious to the taste buds. The Match can tingle the tongue if pushed hard, and the same is true of the original to a lesser degree. The Match is just a mite less intense in flavor. It's mildly complex (as is the original).

I gave three stars to the original. This gets two and a half.


6 people found this review helpful.

Arkie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Arkie (129)
Mild Mild Mild Tolerable

I agree with Photo Tone. This stuff is nothing like Amphora Red. It is a ribbon cut rather than ready rubbed, it doesn't have the same fragrance in the pouch or the same room note and it doesn't have the full, rich complexity of Amphora. Maybe I'm being harsh in my review because even the current Amphora Red doesn't taste like it did 40 years ago but, on its own merit, this stuff is a mediocre, goopy aromatic.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Similar Blends: It's a bit similar to WO Larson Old Fashioned..

3 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Amphora Red is a Dutch-style cavendish in a mostly rubbed out slice. It has a mild sweet topping that might have a little fruit or citrus in the profile. I smoked more than a 12 oz tin of Amphora Red a month for about 8 (maybe 10?) years, and I was recently gifted about 4 oz to remind me of the old days.

The sample of Euphoria I got had been open a while and I was warned some of the topping might have flashed off. It is a short medium-width ribbon with a topping that is slightly sweet and tastes a little "bready." The tobaccos are identified as burley and Virginia. It presents as mostly burley, and perhaps the Virginia contributes to the sweet.

As a match to the Amphora Red, this is a two-star blend (1.5 maybe). The flavor is vaguely similar, but the original has a fuller cavendish flavor and a little more body.

As a blend to smoke without the comparison, this is a 3 star smoke. It is pleasant and is a mild/medium lightly topped tobacco. It is in the category of "all day" smokes that pleases. It does not challenge you with complex flavors or have nuances that require a thesaurus to describe.

My rating is based on the merits of the blend and not the accuracy of the match.

Edit: Since writing this, I have had some of the "match" fresh, and it is a similar experience with more of the topping flavor present.

Note: I see one of the other reviewers said he had a butterscotch flavor in his sample, and the first order of this Amphora Red match I made from P&C tasted like Troost match complete with the butterscotch. The cut was different too. I wonder if he got something from the wrong bin? I know I did.

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2051)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Tolerable

Sutliff Tobacco Co. - Match Amphora Red (Euphoria).

The pouch note is sharp, citrusy and a little floral. As you can see from the picture here it's a mid-size ribbon with only a very few coarser pieces. Mine was from Cup O' Joes and the roomy pouch they use has allowed it to breath enough to achieve a perfect hydration.

Although I don't find it offensive I wouldn't say I like it. The orange and raspberry give a pleasant flavour, the former having more weight than the latter. But the floral addition reduces my enjoyment: it's quite perfume like. The two tobaccos taste nice, obviously nutty and grassy. Apart from the floral ingredient something else I don't enjoy is the burn: too quick and a little warm.

Nicotine: mild to medium. Room-note: tolerable.

M.A.R.? One star would be harsh but two seems fair:

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef: Friday pipe

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From: Cup O' Joes

2 people found this review helpful.

dgifford Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dgifford (8)
Very Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

Blend Packaging: Bulk, I received a 1.5oz sample pouch

Test Data

Pipe: Pipe 1: Virgin Cob for first smoke. Pipe 2: Same Cob for second smoke (new filter) Pipe 2: Savinelli Bulldog for 3rd smoke. Fresh balsa insert.

Initial Impression Unlit: 1st opening(pipe 1): very berry, almost bubble gum like and very sticky. 2nd opening(pipe 2): (after 3 days loosely folded in pouch for slow airing), almost minty in smell. 3rd opening(pipe 3): like salem cigarettes.

Lighting: Takes charring light well,

Bowl 1st 3rd:

Pipe 1: No tobacco taste, loads of steam, smelled like Bubble Yum gurgles in a cob.

Pipe 2: No tobacco taste, fluffy white smoke no gurgling this round.

Pipe3: Light tobacco taste, bit like hell.

Bowl 2nd 3rd:

Pipe 1: Bit like hell, steam settled. Vapo-Rub note overpowering the VA's. Burley quietly attempting to hang on.

Pipe2: Burning Vapo-Rub, Burley bite rearing: VA's retreating .

Pipe3: Would not stay lit. When lit Burley without flavor, No VA note Vapo-Rub aroma (medicinal)

Bowl Bottom 3rd:

Pipe 1: Hot, darkened dottle that was very wet. Would not burn to bottom of bowl.

Pipe 2: Hot, less and lighter colored dottle. Not quite as wet. Burned to a non-fluffy light grey ash.

Pipe 3: Cooler, some light and moist dottle. Burned to a non-fluffy light grey ash.

After Impression

Not too sure how to call this one. The difference after drying was quite evident. There is appears to be some PG on this tobacco, and although dryer after 3 days loosly wrapped for slow drying, it is still fairly moist. The ?fruity note? disappeared after 3 days and was replaced by a hint of menthol like aroma. This tobacco went from bubble yum to vapo rub. I will not try this again.

This tobacco would appeal to a younger smoker who is seeking a lighter tobacco that has some aromatic qualities. It is a step-up from the standard drug store fare. This tobacco needs to be kept sealed to retain the topping notes however. There is little tobacco taste even in the third round of tasting. The VA's seem to be suffering a bit under the Burley's, however they are present for duty. Without them the tobacco would fall flat.

1 person found this review helpful.