Sutliff Tobacco Company Count Pulaski

"The Count Pulaski blend from Sutliff is a complex blend of four distinct sub-blends. The leaf content is a mixture of burley shag, burley plug, burley cube, Carolina flake, Virginia and Latakia. The primary flavors are Rose of Latakia and rum with a hint of anise" "Inspiration for this blend is Polish Count Casimir Pulaski, an all but forgotten Revolutionary War hero. In another era Count Pulaski was better known, having counties and cities named for him in at least seven states. Pulaski is regarded as the 'Father of the American Cavalry' having served at Valley Forge, Charleston, and Savannah." Thank you to Carl McAllister, Sutliff Manager of R&D for the above quote.


Brand Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blended By Carl McCallister
Manufactured By Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blend Type English
Contents Burley, Latakia, Virginia
Flavoring Anisette, Rum
Cut Coarse Cut
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.97 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 30, 2013 Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant
The base of the blend is the grassy, tart and tangy citrusy, bready, mildly sugary, vegetative Virginia. The variety of burleys provide a mix of molasses, earth, wood, nuts and a bare hint of spice. There's enough smoky, woody, earthy, musty, floral, sweet Cyprian Latakia to form an important subordinate position. The rum and anise (which you'll notice slightly more than the rum) match up well with the other components to create an English/aro that's a little off the beaten path. The strength is a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium. The nic-hit is in that center. The taste barely reaches the medium mark. Won't bite or get harsh even when pushed. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a smooth, consistent, smoky, nutty sweet flavor. Leaves just a drop or two of moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a nice, short lived after taste, and pleasant room note. Can be an all day smoke.

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Jul 04, 2006 Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I heartily concur with the majority of the experienced pipe smokers here who are proclaiming Count Pulaski to be one of the finest tobaccos on the planet. This tobacco explodes with a variety of delightful taste sensations with every puff. I have also found (as have most of the other esteemed reviewers here) this to be one of the coolest burning blends on the planet.

I was recently given a pouch of this complex blend by a good friend (and former professional tobacconist) who said Count Pulaski was a bell ringer. I was truly fascinated by the combination of tobaccos and addition of just a smidgen of Anise.

Why this is not a tinned tobacco, I do not know. It is truly as fine a blend (English in nature) that I have ever smoked. It was at the perfect moisture content and had a very beckoning smell in the pouch. Once packed and lit, I experienced a rush of flavors ranging from Burley to Latakia with Virginia thrown in. All were complimentary and the burn was nice and even.

Finally, check out the various cuts in this blend. Cube and shag Burley, thicker Virginia ribbon, Latakia chunks and tiny bits of who knows what made for quite a visual show.

Not just recommended, but highly recommended!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 18, 2009 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Rich flavor, anise topping, nutty burley and latakia. This is a catch all for me, and I love it! Packs well, and burns great!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 27, 2008 Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Altadis is known for their less expensive pipe tobaccos and premium cigars. This blend definitely puts their other tobaccos to shame. If Count Pulaski was in a tin with a more prestigious label...... well, you'd probably think a lot more of it with a "known" label.

Some folks have blend bias when it comes to Altadis and while admittedly, some of their offerings are mundane, this isn't one of them. No, it's not supposed to be the second coming of Balkan Sobranie! Let the blend be what it is and you'll do much better than having a blend bias going in.

There is a mixture of cuts here that is intriguing. The tobacco arrived at the right moisture to smoke so I fired up a bowl in a trusty "latakia pipe" that never fails to tell me what is good, what is not so good.

The match to tobacco produced a nice taste of all of the ingredients, sans the anise. I didn't get much of a flavoring at all but did notice a very nice, though light spiciness of something in the flavor so I'll suspect that since there is no perique noted - this was the anise, I reckon.

The mixture of burley and VA played very nicely together with the latakia being present but not overwhelming. Could this be the Carolina Flake making the whole blend some together? There's just enough of whatever it is to keep the burleys from becoming boring.

More people have picked up on this blend. When you're looking for an English type blend with something a little different, Count Pulaski fits this bill in spades. The Count burns cool, dry and picks up a little strength towards the end but never got hot or harsh. Sublime.

I suspect the different burleys give this blend the firm, round flavor and lets the other tobaccos dance in the background but not so far back that you can't discern them. This is a fairly complicated blend that goes over quite well. I can't compare it to anything else I've tried so no sense in even going there.

Distinctly different in a good way. I can't make this tobacco smoke badly in any type of pipe. Overlook the packaging - this is a diamond in the rough for sure. Charming to think that such a quality blend is available this cheaply in bulk. Get over the Altadis bias and enjoy this medium bodied, complex blend of flavors.

*Update 11/08*

This is one of the most requested blends at our pipe club meetings. I do the buying for our tobacco bar and the group continually requests Count Pulaski. I lean to this blend in a large bowled pipe vs. smaller bowls.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 21, 2009 Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant
I don't know if this is the worlds best tobacco but it seems to have something for everyone. I've heard it called a Balkan, full English, light English and American/English crossover blend. To me it is just one really, really good tobacco and it gets much better if allowed to age some...say, 6 mos. This could easily be an all day blend for many smokers. 4 big stars.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 23, 2010 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
Our local pipe shop has pipe days on Saturday so its free tobacco for pipe smokers. Tried Count Pulaski described as mild english mixture with mild aromatic. Fired it up in my Savinelli Autograph. I was really, really impressed with it. I'm not normally an English fan or latakia, but this was impressive. Mild, even burning, and the smell was very pleasant. The weather was pretty nasty today but my day went great after trying this blend. I was so impressed I ordered some on the spot. Great stuff. Can't wait to try it in a meerschaum.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 13, 2009 Mild to Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
I am not usually an English smoker as Latakia just wears on me after awhile though i do like a little of it as a spice as in C and D Tradewinds or Middletons Walnut and others but I heard so much about this blend that I had to to try it. Well, from the moment I lit a bowl in my Peterson, I was in utter heaven from beginning to end. While I could not make this an all day smoke, I sure am making it a staple to keep around as it is simply delicious. i have a thing anyway for a touch of anise or licorice in a lot of my blends this one is a perfect marriage and I would like it at any price but at Altadis pricing it is flat out a bargain. It is easy to light, stays lit, smokes dry, and has to me a great aroma and room note. I don't see how anyone might say this one is not a perfect blend to savor even for non aromatic smokers. I highly recommend at least trying it. If it had a Gawith name on it, it would have a huge following.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 21, 2007 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
This is a great site. No way would I have ever found/tried Count Pulaski were it not for the comments of trusted reviewers.

Not much to add here, this one is Jagermeister meets latakia blend. A cornucopia of flavors that should delight both the openminded aromatic and English smoker.

It's amazing that this blend comes from Altadis.

I'm kind of torn between 3 and 4 stars on this one, but because of its unusual nature and low price this one gets the full 4 stars.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 26, 2017 Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
I really have no idea why I bought this blend. I was looking through the descriptions of various blends and this sounded interesting so I thought three ounces should give me a proper taste so I could judge the smoke fairly. After just one ounce I believe I have made up my mind. This tobacco blend is a keeper and one I will purchase more in the future. This blend is complex and is not easily described by me. I do not have the taste buds of some who can describe the various flavors as a professional wine taster describes various fine wine vintages. All I can honestly do is say whether this smoke to my liking. It is very much so! It has a pleasant sweetness and the casings are just right to impart a very great smell from the pouch. The smoke is cool and long. It was ready to smoke with no preparation other than filling your pipe bowl and lighting. I usually require several relights as it burns down, but that is no big deal for me. It does not bite the tongue and I believe this could be an all day smoke. In the past I have had some unpleasant experiences with some of the other Sutliff blends, but of late I have found a few to be very enjoyable. Count Pulaski is one of those enjoyable blends. The Count will be accompanying me to Alaska in about a month because I feel he will be very good company in a cooler clime.
Pipe Used: Various briars and two inexpensive pearwood pipes
PurchasedFrom: Pipes and Cigars
Age When Smoked: Fresh bulk
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 27, 2009 Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Greetings. WOW this mixture is something else. As a smoker of English blends during cold winter months, I find this tobacco to be sublime!!! Smoking this in a vintage Savenneli, large bowl, and shank bored out to a full 5/16 inch as recommended by the renouned pipe maker Lars Iverson. (this method of alowing the pipe to breathh properly, has created perfectly behaved pipes and the tobacco flavor really comes forth. Give this a try on a poor smoking pipe! It will virtually elimanate tongue bite). Filling the pipe, I love the feel of this weed in my fingers as i rub it gently as I fill. Leathery, not overly moist. The cut having large pieces to play with, and an aray of colors. The aroma teasing the scences. The charring light tells of what is to come. Fired up and underway. The taste of the anise is a wonderful touch and adds to its charactor and blend of the diffrent tobaccos...virgina, burly, latkia.....Midbowl..The Count has settled in for a long and wonderful smoke. Consistant. No relighting. End of bowl, the flavor remaining unchanged, a very nice clean burn, no wetness or goop. All I can say is that, this is my favorite mixture, and goes very well with a strong cup of good columbian coffee. Sadly I have never had the pleasure of smoking Balken Sobranie. I can only imagine.. very, very, highly recommended!!!!!!!!
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