Hearth & Home Marble Kake

A firmly-pressed crumble cake blend of bright and red Virginias, it comes as a solid cake which can be broken or sliced and rubbed-out, and the flavor changes depending upon how you prepare it. Knowledgeable Virginia fans often compare it to Hamborger Veermaster as a smooth, but tasty Virginia blend.


Brand Hearth & Home
Series Signature Series
Blended By Russ Ouellette
Manufactured By Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blend Type Straight Virginia
Contents Virginia
Cut Krumble Kake
Packaging 1.5 ounce tin, bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.14 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 03, 2010 Medium None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable
This tobacco came with several other tobaccos from pipesandcigars.com in a grouping from Hearth & Home called "Steve B's VA Elite." These tobaccos are collectively just not my cup of tea....or bowl of tobacco, as it were.

I found this tobacco, like the others in the collection, to be harsh, irritating to the throat, burns way too hot, and lacking in any kind of real flavor. As I have noted in my review of AJ's VaPer, these might be good tobaccos for the ex-cigarette smoker. But to me, they do not embody the cool, smooth, flavorful smoking experience that one thinks of when thinking of pipe smoking.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 04, 2005 Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable
This is another "Home and Hearth" blend from Russ Ouellette of pipesandcigars.com. Described as a crumble cake of Virginias, both bright and red.

The appearance is a beautiful rectangular bar of moist dark brown to light leaves. It almost looks like a freshly-baked brownie. The scent is subtly sweet and intriguing. The bits break off easily and it is moist enough to be able to cut into perfectly square pieces.

Upon the initial light I am greeting with a sweet and tangy flavor of a good Virginia. I do not detect any casing, just pure tobacco. After the first third of the bowl, the smoke seems to become hot and difficult to keep lit. The flavor seems to transform to steam instead of smoke. The only way to get any flavor is to get a big cloud of smoke going and then even that only makes it harsh. Further down the bowl I occasionally get a very slight cinnamon-like sweetness but it seems few and far between. The rest of the bowl seems to be flavorless and that I am just "going through the motions" of smoking.

To summarize, this blend seems to lack any flavor or satisfaction. It takes more effort to smoke this than it is worth. I smoked two ounces of this in various pipes. I smoked it in virgin cob and briars as well as well-established pipes that have smoked Virginias...all of which returned the same results. Perhaps it is my body chemistry, my sense of smell/taste or perhaps I am just missing something but this is not something I will be ordering again.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 24, 2023 Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
Hearth & Home Marble Kake. Well, it is marbled. And it sticks together like cake. And that is where the comparison ends.

This stuff was not a pleasant smoke. Dang near bit my tongue clean off. Had to look in the mirror to make sure it was still there.

And taste? Well, the grape vines I smoked at Boy Scout camp tasted better. Marble Kake was not good at all. Hot and dry and not even woody like the grape vines.

I have some more Hearth & Home to try, and I'm not looking forward to the experience. Only their Chestnut has been passable thus far.

I'm going to toss this one on the fire. Might keep the skeeters away.
Pipe Used: Peterson's Premier Selection 80S
PurchasedFrom: pipesndcigars.com
Age When Smoked: New
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