Sutliff Tobacco Company Voodoo Queen #523

Even today, many ardent followers in the world of the paranormal believe that the power of the infamous Marie Laveau extends beyond the grave. A belief in magic is not a prerequisite for enjoying this unique English blend of mocha slices, Latakia, and perique.


Brand Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blended By Carl McCallister
Manufactured By Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blend Type English
Contents Burley, Latakia, Perique, Virginia
Cut Broken Flake
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.30 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 12, 2010 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant
Like perique? Lots of perique? Great! Then jump on board and lets go for a ride.

First, what's in the bag? Seems to be a three part mixture:

1. A rubbed flake similar to Rattrays Old Gowrie, this must be the "Mocha Slices". (Cake Cut - Burley, Virginia, and Turkish with Dutch flavorings added.)

2. The smoky latakia. Big chunks as in Count Pulaski with the same full smell of campfire.

3. Other stuff that may be broken parts of the first or perhaps some of the Perique, Spicy and pungent, sweet and saucy.

The smell is full, rich with the smell of perique, medium latakia smokiness and some topping similar to the anise and rum in Count Pulaski (also seems to be in Sutliffe #5). The rest is? Who cares!

We ain't goin to see an opera at the Met baby, this is Daytona Beach spring break. High compression V8's at red line, the heady smell of racing fuel. Spicy cajun cookin, hot crawfish with lots of red pepper and tobasco sauce. You be in the south now honey. Get the coon hounds and lets go huntin. Ever been to New Orleans Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras? (prior to hurricane Katrina). Well, this is the closest you will get.

Light this puppy up and the perique and latakia great you graciously, a hint of chocolate and coffee as the mocha slices offer a warm welcome. This blend starts out smooth and mild, and ends with your mouth on fire. Sweaty forehead hot, need an ice water hot. Florida in August 105 degrees and 100% humidity hot. Strip off your clothes hot!

Actors on a stage is not the analogy for this blend. This is Cirque Du Soleil in Orlando. The action all around you. Dancers, acrobats, jugglers, music, lights, trapeze, and one arm hand stands 30 feet in the air. All the flavors of rum, latakia, chocolate, coffee, virginia, anise and the rest are there to be enjoyed, but sooner or later the perique takes over. Then the heat starts and all the other flavors go away. Your tongue will light up, along with your lips. Don't confuse the heat of the perique with tongue bite. There is no tongue bite because it stays lit so you don't have to puff like a steam engine. It stays cool, but gets spicy hot.

Is it like Old Gowrie, 2105 or Beacon? Hell no, this is better. More perique, less nasty sharp or bitter virginia. Smooth, high quality. Rich latakia for flavor, a great rough cut you can play with, and that mesmerizing flash of anise and rum flavor unique to Altadis. Super weed, almost as good as a blast of codeine. (oops, scratch that last comment).

Will I smoke it every day? No. But I don't eat pepperoni pizza with a cold Bud every day either. But when the need hits I got to have it.

This is like two weeks of vacation before I retired, I would not miss it for the world, and like a vacation, I do not want the grinding boredom of "sophistication".

Dis be an island smoke mon, hot, sultry glistening with sweat, sexy, the Voodoo Queen. Oh, and by the way, we don't care how you did it up north.

Need more flavor? For you Grabow fans, soak your filter in Captain Morgan 100 proof spiced rum.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 01, 2017 Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Sutliff Tobacco Co. - Voodoo Queen #523.

This isn't a ribbon, as currently stated on a few websites, it's clearly a broken flake. The moisture's great, and there's no hint of toppings from the pouch-note.

I don't find the flavour of mine too congruent with how I've heard this has a potent blast of Perique. Sure, the presence of Perique is unequivocal, but it doesn't seem too sharp, harsh, and I get zero vinegar tastes/astringency, like I often get from heady Perique blends. The Lat' gives more wood than smoke, again not being too snappy. The Burley is easier to pick out than the Virginia, the Virginia's easily the lighter of the bunch. Where any toppings are concerned, I get more of a chocolate trait, than a coffee one. This works nicely with the natural sweetness from the Burley. The burn from Voodoo's good, and I get no bite; I've been smoking this bowl after bowl all morning, without a nip!

Nicotine: medium to strong. Room-note: just below pleasant.

#523: a nice enough blend, but becomes mundane after a few bowls. Two stars:

Somewhat recommended.
Pipe Used: Savinelli 320 KS
Age When Smoked: One month
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 01, 2016 Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable
I was given a healthy sample of this a while ago and just recently finished it. I have mixed feelings on this one, but am positive in that I will not be repurchasing more of it.

This blend is unique, so much so, it is pretty hard to put this into any category. It is kind of a lat blend, kind of an aromatic, and kind of a perique blend. It dances over so many genres that it really can't suffice to scratch your itch if you are in the mood for any particular one. What I think it is would be a good change up blend.

I don't really find it to be as overpowering with Perique as many have, but it is definitely noticeable. I find the blend to be very tangy (and a little too tangy to my tastes) and perhaps many take this as coming from the perique. I think it is coming from the toppings. I think this blend would be more appealing to me without the toppings, but that is just my opinion.

I also find this one to be a little bitey and this is something that I would not expect from a blend containing perique and latakia. Once again, I think the topping(s) is(are) to blame for this.

I don't think that this is a terrible blend by any means. It does burn well and has a pleasant side stream aroma. I wouldn't want anyone to take my review to suggest that the topping(s) is(are) overpowering at all because they are not. They are actually subtly applied. I just don't like the flavor they issue. This is likely my dislike of chocolate as a topping as the mocha slices are sure to impart similar flavor notes.

This is probably a three star blend to many and maybe a four star blend to a few, but I really can't go over two for my own impressions on it. I did toy with the idea of three strictly due to the unique nature of this blend, but have to keep it true my own subjective feelings on this one.
Pipe Used: Castello Sea Rock Zulu primarily
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 06, 2017 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
a Virginia forward blend trying to be an English blend. The Perique is very evident, the Latakia not so much IMO. Good but just a bit of false advertising.
Pipe Used: MM Acorn Anse
PurchasedFrom: pipes and cigars
Age When Smoked: fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 06, 2009 Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
A nice and interesting tobacco. A mixture of broken flake (which appears to be Virginia and Burley with a very slight top note of some kind), Latakia and Perique. Easy to pack and light. Good smoking characteristics.

I found the flavor to be a middle of the road English that was not too heavy on the Latakia and maybe, just maybe, a tad "Danish." By that I mean the broken flake component was not a traditional English and did have a slight sweetness to it.

Frankly I did like the flavor of this tobacco. But it did seem to bite me. For some reason, a few of the Altadis tobaccos (not all) seem to nip my tongue.

Do try it if you are a fan of lighter English fare, or like an English/Cavendish blend. If it does not give you tongue bite, you might just keep it in your rotation.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 23, 2009 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
I picked this bag up at a local tobacco shop. It was the only bag left and the name sparked my curiosity. I took a whiff of the bag and could tell it was an English blend, but I could sense that there was more, so for $3.25 I walked out the door with this.

I can definitely tell where some people would generate the negative reviews of this blend. It does have a slight tongue bite and there is a slight bitter aftertaste, but it is nothing stronger than a dark chocolate may leave. All in all it is not the best or even close, but I will have no problems finishing the bag. The room note is pleasant for an English blend. I call this mediocre.

I recommend this to those looking for a cheap English tobacco to smoke at times when they are not trying to relax.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 02, 2009 Medium Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

I have read so many good reviews of this one that i thought I would give the voodoo queen a go. I have had better- whether I paid for it or not. In my case, the first time was free.

The worst of it- i was smoking my first bowl out of this with a cob (i do this for any altadis or aromatic tobacco) and when i was near the end of the bowl i smelled a fart. Now, if i were about 100 years old i would not know which it was, me or the queen. Since i am under 30, i know it was not me. I stuck my nose in the pipe and YUUUUCK. Some people might be into that kind of thing, just not me.

I regained my strength and came back to the queen a few days later for another go-round and she treated me with a little more dignity. I haven't decided what I will do with my remaining 1.5 oz. The queen is flat, impolite, hot tempered and boring. Only good for one thing and not very good for that. I take that back, good for telling your friends about as well- the story and description of her was what lured me in for a taste. Good story. Bad experience. She left me exhausted and in need of a smoke- a real smoke. I should have saved myself for another queen.
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