Sutliff Tobacco Company 307: Mocha Strips

Cake cut burley, Virginia and Turkish with Dutch flavorings added. All pressed tobacco to insure retention of flavors and aroma.


Brand Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blended By Carl McAllister
Manufactured By Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Burley, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Flavoring Coffee
Cut Flake
Packaging 2oz, 8oz, 1lb, 5lb
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.90 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 24, 2019 Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant
I really like this Mocha Strips tobacco. It comes in long strips that look like beef jerky and has a mild pleasant Mocha scent to it. Easily rubbed out and burns perfectly IMO with few to none relights. For the price this is a excellent value and one I would highly recommend to anyone that likes slightly aromatic tobaccos that are not overly sweet.

Edit: after some time has passed I'm knocking off a star due to Tounge bite which has been consistent with almost every time I smoke Mocha Strips. The flavor is excellent and have a ounce or so in the cellar which hopefully some time to mellow might help this issue. Still recommended for a decent value for long flakes that taste great.

Pipe Used: Cob
PurchasedFrom: TobaccoPipes
Age When Smoked: new
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 03, 2018 Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant
I just received the #307 Mocha Strips, sold under the Sutliff banner and it's actually flake, strips. Its soft flake, easily rubbed out, or folded and stuffed into the bowl of your pipe. Very nice stuff. Slow burning, moderately warm and flavorful . Being an aromatic, it has a little bite (to an old pipe smoker) To me it seems fruity, and maybe a hint of coffee. It smells great too. I don't find it similar to any tobacco I've tried. (Jan.3,19) I'm finding some cocoa, or chocolate added to the coffee and fruity flavors.
Pipe Used: Blakemar Briars, King's Imperial Rustic Dublin.
Age When Smoked: Just got it.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 20, 2020 Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant
The floral, earthy, woody, herbal, vegetative, spicy, very sour Turkish is the lead component. The nutty, earthy, woody, rugged burley is a supporting player. The Virginia offers tart and tangy citrus and grass in a secondary role. The Dutch toppings include a fair amount of coffee, sweet and sour raspberry, and some vanilla. They sublimate the tobaccos quite a lot, though they don’t totally drown them out. The strength and nic-hit are a couple of steps short of the medium threshold. The taste is medium. No chance of bite or harshness exists here. Barely has any rough notes. The strips easily break apart to suit your packing preference, and need no dry time. Burns clean, cool, and a bit slow with a very consistent sweet and sour, savory, floral, spicy flavor from top to bottom. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. Has a pleasantly lingering after taste, and room note. Can be an all day smoke for the veteran, and repeatable for the less experienced.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 29, 2018 Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant
307: Mocha Strips.

It arrives as a sweet smelling, somewhat broken, nicely hydrated, flake.

Igniting Mocha' couldn't be any easier, and from first light the mocha flavouring's the most apparent taste; indeed, there's coffee, but also a bitter tasting chocolate note. This topping somewhat fulminates and pushes the tobacco out of the way. But, what tobacco flavour I do get, tastes like a simple VaBur, to me. The burn can creep above medium in temperature, and also issue my tongue with a bit of a 'nip'; so for these reasons I recommend a more gentle cadence.

Nicotine: just below medium. Room-note: nice.

307: Mocha Strips? I'll award it two stars, it wouldn't make it into my rotation:

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Ben Wade Champion
Age When Smoked: Three weeks
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 17, 2016 Medium Very Strong Full Pleasant
My tobacco was at least 10 years old. This comes in a HIGHLY COMPRESSED FLAKE. It breaks up easily and is somewhat dry. The taste is rasberries and vanilla. There are some very fine tobaccos here. The main players are the Virginia and the Turkish with the Oriental lingering in the background. This is a fairly strong tobacco. The age on this has really increased its potency both in flavor and nicotine. There is a slight bite on the tongue and exhaling through the nose results in a wonderful blast of rasberries and vanilla followed by a rush sensation similar to snuff. Stays lit very easy and burns slow. Room note is fantastic and speaks, "quality". No need to pull hard on this tobacco and is best in a large Billiard, Dublin or Pot. Recommended
Pipe Used: Newly Restored Large billiard
PurchasedFrom: Tobacco Supermarket
Age When Smoked: 10 years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 08, 2022 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
An excellent all day light aromatic flake in a crumble flake. Notes of coffee, cocoa, and every now and then a light raspberry note. These flavors are mild and somewhat sublimate to tobacco tastes of the burley and virginia, with the burley being the point man. The orientals offer a sour back note and play well with the raspberry essence. Not a complex blend, nor one with much depth of character. If that is what you seek, might I suggest one of my favorites.. Voodoo Queen by Sutliff adds smokey Latakia and pungent Perique to these flakes for a unique and interesting combo.
Pipe Used: Various
PurchasedFrom: Tobacco Pipes .com
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 27, 2007 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant
This tobacco sells in my neighborhood store as harvest cut. I really like the cut, long strips that beg to be folded and smashed into a large pipe. It has a fairly natural taste the burly gives it a nice nutty flavor, the VA gives it a nice sweet flavor, and the Turkish a smooth and complex delight. I think that the tobacco tends to burn a bit hot and when paired with the over sweet flavor of the "dutch topping" makes this tobacco best for blending.
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Mar 25, 2023 Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
This week’s featured entry is yet another of the many Sutliff Tobacco aromatic selections available to tantalize our curious sweet-tooth smoking proclivities. A uniquely assertive cake-pressed formation constituted by a embolden mesh of determined Burley, aged Virginia, and an insistent stint of Turkish/Oriental all bundled in a Dutch-styled dosing of earnest, alarming coffee, and other unmentioned sweetening additives. Consider, for current purposes if you will, as I am myself, the featured Mocha Strips as your morning round of rousting Joe.

Mocha Strips is a peculiarly interesting looking tobacco by all practical appearances. It arrived to me in a tightly bound mass of beautifully variegated eighth-inch strips that showcased colorful pressed throngs of multi-dimensioned hues. Namely a brilliant, compressed palette largely formed by deeply fermented blacks, soiled browns and reddish dirty tones are intermittently spotted with randomly embedded slivers of bright yellows, copper, and tans, very tiger tail like.

The truth be known, these tobaccos appear to have been put through the proverbial ringer a couple of times and then sent back for more inconsequential squeezing. Accordingly, the evolved fusion of the assorted leaves is honestly quite singular. Rather toothy and surface coarse, Mocha Strips settles upon the dryer side of moisture as these exquisitely reduced pieces fall easily apart. With the practical expertise gained in lieu of repeated samplings, notwithstanding, I do recommend rubbing it out for better packing and burn performance overall, so do keep that in mind.

Frankly, there is no need to open the sealed pouch of this bulk mixture to get a formative impression of its fragrance as the strong aroma within transcends the confines of the challenged baggie. With the opening, however, a boldly perfumed decadence wallops the senses with little regard to restrained modesty. Chiefly, the properly sweet magnetism of thickened raspberry succor propels freely in commandeering the initial forward press. Underlying this overwhelming fruity note there is just a kiss of vanilla and alluring roasted dark coffee adding a more docile stimulating effect. Actually, this heartened aroma is pleasantly uplifting in impact. Further sampling does reveal a tinge of sharp bottom-based tart, softer exotic floral spice, an aged musty earthiness, and a hinting of buried tangy wood peeking through with reserve. A lively and expressive nose on the whole, thus foretelling the adventuresome tasting that was soon to follow.

Mocha Strips proved to be equally unconventional with the smoking as with the noted pouch essence. Yet, after a couple of trial bowls, I must say that this one was not too difficult to decipher as to its standing game. Being completely honest, nonetheless, there is some degree of engaging complexity and original nuancing that elevates the blend to a heightened status of legitimate intrigue. Undoubtedly an aromatic mixture in the sorting, these noteworthy features nonetheless stand forthright in distinguishing the blend as being atypical to the genre.

As a general valuation, it is true that the top-coatings do in fact premier the smoking experience within the first third of the bowl. However, in short order, these heavily administered coatings tend to marginalize into a posture of lessor vibrato allowing for all the hidden native goodness lying underneath to freely emerge with equalized importance. In taking more notice within the registration these native strains, especially the Turkish/Oriental and the stodgy Burley, surface to interplay nicely with the weakened additive influence. The sum result is an entertaining and reasonably balanced melange of reduced sweet dressings and the rather secure flavorsomeness induced by the influx of the natural tobaccos.

Striking the flame to this coffee tainted mixture, an exceptionally sweet element of bright sugary raspberry projects straight on, carrying with it a garnishing quality of flattering tartness. Masked with creamy vanilla support, an equally registerable node of dark roasted coffee that is mildly acidic, and sourly brash as a steeped espresso lurches forward in the supporting layer. Elements of bitter chocolate and sweeter nuttiness form the mocha chord’s standard character. As the smoking advances the importance of the simmered mocha note moves stronger with renewed confidence in effect taming the brash raspberry blasting to a more unassuming intensity.

Respecting the contribution of the native varietals, a darker wooded Virginian component provides the essential baseline in primary fellowship. Its remarking tends to move in a reserved manner showing a genuinely suppressed status. Having stated that latter point, there is a pleasing bit of sweet floral accenting that is noticeable still, along with some nice nuances of softer residual grass, comforting fruity tang and some inclusion of stewed black tea embellishing tinges.

After a series of appraisals my conclusions support that the Burley and Turkish/Oriental consistently fight for the foremost headlining within the main body of native presentation. In fact, as they are so densely coalesced, at times it was a bit difficult to cleanly separate their individual characters with the recorded tasting. Despite this noted observation, the Turkish/Oriental within the recipe appears to be a little more than average for a blending of this type as its influence is periodically more prominent, in effect exceeding the Burley’s calling at times.

Moreover, with the Turkish/Oriental the extraction is seasoned with sharp exotic evergreen-centric/thyme spice, musty wooden tones, and a gentle sourness marked with a vegetal affluence of the green cruciferous type, very colorful and poignant indeed. Similarly, the Burley also exhibits a darker earthy preference entering with charred smoky woodiness and a lighter cigar-like potency, staunch and brooding in undertone. Further characterization of this Burley leaf depicted with a passive sugared nutwood and clean minty highlighting that functions to round out its worth.

Well, if you have never partaken in a raspberry induced aromatic, let me tell you the sweet explosive stigma of the berry’s powerful blast tends to obliterate everything within a few marks of its source, this blend is no exception. Granted the thicker plumes of creamed fruity smoke are kindled with just a trace of cocoa-nut spice from the coffee additive, it is the bounding berry that forms the principal reckoning. Compounding this overt scent, Mocha Strips does also emit an equally influential essence of that classic Oriental exoticness twisting with the earthly “pipey” mocking coming from the pungent Burley that much is true. Pulled together by these impressive forces, this thick personified air stages with unrelenting permanence and magnitude thereby making this tobacco either nicely pleasant or crassly discomforting depending upon your sensitivity to strong invasive odors.

Mechanically speaking, the mixture does demonstrate inherent deficiencies in a few selective measures. Namely, the tobaccos tended to burn with the increased stoking of temperature. Subsequent, I did experience that obnoxious mid-tongue bare-knuckled bruising from the subject Burley. Furthermore, the smoking imparted just trace of chemical astringency on the lips, leaving them feeling artificially parched and drawn. Additional shortfalls were discovered within the transitions in the flavor streams as they tended to model a bit of roughness and ragged performance unfortunately. And last, Mocha Strips does tend to leave excessive thick dottle at the bottom of the bowl.

Now flipping the coin to the positive side, again the combination of the various native spicing remarks beautifully with the residual sugary tart and creaminess endowed from the coatings, arriving at a special featuring in taste that valued movement and colorful variation. Additionally, there is a wonderful side-stream note that tenders as exceptionally pleasing and the blend does leave that nice ghosting on the mustache and nose, if you like that sort of thing. When sipped with exaggerated pacing, the blend is in reality quite enjoyable.

Would I purchase it again? I would like to say yes, but the noted drawbacks kind of have me sitting somewhat on the fence honestly. It is a novel and favorably tasting aromatic that much I will strongly defend. So, if you fascinate over a free-spirited sweeter aromatic that bundles a respectable quality of native tobacco presence then perhaps Mocha Strips is for you. If not, then I would definitely say you should probably opt for another solution as the best reserve. 2.8 Pipes.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 26, 2021 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
Ordering four 2oz packages back in November 2020, I am enjoying this one "for when the mood strikes." Beautiful 8 inch strips very similar in appearance to Peterson's University Flake, pliable and needing a bit of drying time. I detected no presence whatsoever of mocha; neither in the bag aroma or the actual smoking. What I did detect in both was a very pleasant raspberry aroma and taste. This was a bit difficult to get and keep lit, hence my comment that some drying time is needed. There was no bitterness to the smoke, nor did it smoke hot or gurgle. The presence of Virginia and Burley was always present, but I could not detect any other of the varietals said to be listed. Once going, this is very pleasant and mildly aromatic smoking experience; very similar to Peterson's University Flake in taste, but less harsh then UF. Although not an everyday smoke for me, but one that I smoke occasionally as the muse dictates, this is superbly made and solidly recommended.
Pipe Used: Various Stanwells and Petersons
Age When Smoked: Since Nov 2020
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 13, 2023 Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Very Pleasant
I tried this tobacco for a change of pace and ended up really liking it.

Long flakes of milk chocolate brown, to dark chocolate brown. I fold and loaded, and the blend lit easily. Round and bold burley taste with the brightness of the sweet Virginia. The orientals/ Turkish are only used as small ingredients to entertain the cocoa taste and aroma. The taste is full, round, and slightly chocolate coffee with a tip of vanilla sweetness added. The (N) is a pinch over medium and really perks up the whole package. A really enjoyable pipe of tobacco!

Pipe Used: My old trusty Ben Wade Canadian.
PurchasedFrom: Tobacco
Age When Smoked: New.
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