Seattle Pipe Club Mississippi River

Mississippi River ~ actually appeared to Master Blender Joe Lankford in a dream. Awakened from a sound sleep he grabbed a pencil and scribbled a recipe before the memory faded. The next morning he used those notes to create a Virginia blend like no other. Mississippi River was born. The rest is history in a tin. Enjoy the rich Virginias pressed in cakes with Oriental leaf, a pinch of Latakia and perique. Exceedingly popular with good reason. Crafting the most sought after small batch blends in America since 2007.
Notes: Smooth, creamy, rich, lightly smoky and appropriately sweet, with hints of dried fruits and a touch of dark chocolate.


Brand Seattle Pipe Club
Blended By Joe Lankford
Manufactured By Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blend Type English
Contents Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Cut Krumble Kake
Packaging 2 or 8 ounce tins
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

3.21 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 10, 2014 Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant
Finally got my hands on a tin of M, i, crooked letter, crooked letter i, crooked letter, crooked letter i, hump back, hump back i.

I purchased the small tin hand blended 2oz. I peeled back the top and took a deep whiff. Nothing. I took another whiff. Nothing. Barley a movement on the smell test. Kind of shocked. Didn't have a strong smell profile. I loaded my pipe and puffed it up as I stood outside and helped my daughter with her homework through the screened window. (I couldn't wait).

Hmmm. The mildness carried over to the pipe. Then, something strange happened. My reliable pipe with a decent cake that never runs hot began to run hot. I applied my puffing skills to the hilt. The pipe burned super hot and I wasn't impressed with the flavor. SUPER mild. Not what I was expecting. Not spicy, not sweet, not ANYTHING just like that deep whiff of my noz. Since then I've smoked about 8 more bowls in two different pipes. I get the same reaction. Burns super hot. (That's strange). And the flavor was eh. Pretty mild. I have combed through the reviews a good ways back and I can't find anything similar to my experience. The word mild was used only once. I'm surprised at this blend. Maybe I just got a bad batch, or maybe it's over hyped. Or, maybe you Seattle folks put a little (extra sum'tin, wink, wink,) in the blend you smoke . I do love Plum Pudding… but this is no Pudding. And I know Pudding.

UPDATE: July 13, 2015. Based on the previous smashing reviews I must have had a bad batch of this stuff. There's no way to describe the stark contrast between all other experiences and mine. Since Oct 2014, I smoked this tin down and finally gave up at the last bit. If I didn't get a bad batch, I will say this is the most overrated and overhyped tobacco on this site. Flavorless. Even the tobacco barely had a smell in the tin. I hate this tobacco and never have I committed the sin of throwing tobacco away until today. It was taking up valuable space in my cellar and the tin was worth more than the contents.
Pipe Used: Peterson Sterling 69. Cob. Peterson 305
Age When Smoked: fresh batch from new tin 2014.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 06, 2014 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Unnoticeable
This is my fist posting on this forum, however, I and my wife have enjoyed pipe smoking since 2002. We found ourselves getting back into pipe smoking in the last few months and this has been an interesting experience. During my quest to “get current” with the tobaccos blends and the general hobby/lifestyle, I started looking at YouTube and reading this forum, as well as cruising the internet and my chatting up my local B&M tobacconists. The Seattle Pipe Club blends have certainly received some nice write-ups and accolades, so I took a chance from Pipes and Cigars and ordered a sample of 4 oz.’s of MISSISSIPPI RIVER.

Ok, on to my notes concerning SPC Mississippi River -

Taste: Excellent flavor of the initial light and first few puffs. I could immediately taste the Latakia and the smooth VA and the Orientals. The Perique hid the back until about mid bowl and then I caught the taste in subtle manner. The Orientals seemed more pronounced to me than the Latakia throughout the bowl. All together I think it is a mild to medium English blend with some unusual spicy smoothness and a faint brandy note. This mix never had a bite and was consistent in taste. I just can’t figure out the secret flavor that makes this blend so unique tasting. Is it the pressing? Nice finish with no lingering unexpected flavors.

Mixture: The mixture was smooth and well balanced all the way to the dottle. I really appreciate the married flavors that did not compete with each other or change as the smoke progressed. Again, is it the pressing and resulting marriage of the components that adds this nice touch?

Texture; My sample came as a solid brick! There was “some assembly required” to get the weed in a smokable condition. Others have commented that there is no known casing, but the moisture content was high after breaking the cake. I let it dry for an hour or two on a clean poster board before placing in a glass air-tight jar. After that I’ve had no issues with the moisture content.

Smoking notes: I lit nicely and stayed lit with normal sipping. I didn’t have to honk on the mixture to keep it lit. As other have stated, it finishes in a nice white ash. Reminds me of EMP in that respect. Great smoke with limited aggravation to my nose.

Summation for the jury: I really like this blend and plan to keep it in my regular rotation I prefer English and Balkan mixtures in general, but this SPC blend stands apart from most all that I usually enjoy. I think it is the uncommon smoothness and unique flavor for this type of blend. Additionally, with my Dunhill favorites I do not have the added task of rubbing out the blend.


P.S. I have many blends that have been cellared for over ten years that I will be sampling in the coming months. Some of these well-known international blends are no longer being produced or distributed. Stay tuned.
Pipe Used: Savinelli Spigot - MAPS 2002 Pipe
Age When Smoked: 2 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 30, 2016 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Another blend I would call "meat and potatoes" but all I really mean by that is that the blend is "okay."

There are aspects of this which remind me of the Frog Morton blends, but frankly, I personally find the Frog Morton's much more enjoyable.

In the case of this blend, I got a bit of that Virginia sweetness, but only a bit. Some smokey latakia. I also could tell as I worked through the bowl that there was perique -- something that I am not a particular fan of, though it wasn't too bad all said, so I think its only a little bit of perique.

I rate blends in three ways:

Those I absolutely love. Those I find okay. Those I cannot believe I wasted money on.

I'd put this blend in the middle category. It's not something I am going to crave, It's not something I will buy again. But it's not a blend that I find distasteful either.

My reasons? Well mainly, I like something a bit sweeter, like a pure Virginia flake. I like latakia, but I like them a little more smokey-sweet like Frog Morton's Cellar. But all said, this is an okay blend. Reminds me of Plum Pudding and Presbyterian in terms of my reaction to it.

I'll finish this tin, but will hold fast to my Frog Morton's Cellar when I want a blend in this sort of family.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 16, 2015 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
Firstly, I would not say this is an English blend, so don't let that put you off if your anti-English. I've smoked it in straight VA pipes without the standard Lat ghosting. Although present, the Latakia takes a background in this blend and doesn't in any way try to out-do the other tobaccos. I have smoked and shared many tobaccos but this one I hid when others were around to preserve it all for myself. A real top-shelf treat. The sweetness of extra mature Vas are so balanced with the spicy perique and smoky Latakia in a marbled looking little crumbly brownie that's as visually stimulating as it is tasty! Buy some and you won't be sorry.
Pipe Used: Many
Age When Smoked: Fresh and aged
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 08, 2015 Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable
To me this is as palatable as a Vegemite sandwich, with that said there are millions that consider Vegemite a staple in their diet. I guess the same could be said for this blend, there is obviously enough fellas out there that like this stuff, or just say they do as to not upset Joe Lankford perhaps? I'm at a loss to understand the subtle and pronounced flavour notes some reviewers mention here. Quite frankly I couldn't keep it lit long enough to get much of anything out of it, the flavour reminds me of SPC Plum Pudding and I don't mean that to be complimentary (another tremendously over rated and over priced smoke in my opinion) Eternally moist, bitey, absent of any quality tobacco flavour and about as exciting as a glass of water served at room temperature. To each their own I suppose, but I sure missed the punch line on this one. If you are looking for a similar blend at a fraction of the cost, come hang out at my place around 5:45am at any point throughout the week, my neighbor's German Shorthaired drops a big Brown twist on my lawn and kindly leaves it for me to dispose of(or step in). In a blind taste test I'd put a 50 cent piece on the table that one could not tell the difference between the two.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 02, 2014 Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant
I had no idea what to expect with this one, especially after having just smoked a tin of it's stable mate Plum Pudding. So, I popped the tin and saw a mélange of pieces of a rather dark and mottled tobacco that looked like an irregularly rubbed-out flake. My initial sniff test caused me to think - what? It smelled like several things all at the same time; but, mainly sweet and somewhat spicey and, yes, latakia. The semi-flakes rubbed out easily and the loading and lighting was also easy. The sweetness seemed subdued during smoking and the frequently encountered English pair of tobaccos, latakia and perique, played nicely together. All in all, a rather pleasant smoke that I enjoyed; however, I don't see it as a mainstay blend. I have been including it in my English microblends to great success and enjoyment.

What we have here is, in essence, an aromatic English. I have no problem recommending it to smokers for both smoking and blending. Three stars.
Pipe Used: Northern Briars ELX half bent cognac billiard
PurchasedFrom: pipes and cigars
Age When Smoked: 1 yr old
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 23, 2015 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
This blend is one of my absolute favorites! It attacks my taste buds in all the right ways. It's spicy, sweet, smokey, and tangy. I still remember the first time I had a bowl of this. As soon as the flavors opened up, I shook my head in disbelief that I had found something so good! I think this blend is a great one whether you prefer aromatics or non-aromatic and English blends.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 19, 2014 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Nice, dark crumble cake with inviting tin notes of plum, leather, and a background aroma that would be familiar to Copenhagen dippers (although that last one dissipates with a little drying time).

Needs some tending and an occasional relight, but burns well overall.

Some nice spicy and earthy notes from the orientals, but the Virginias are still very much in front. Personally find them a little thin in the smoke and taste departments, and the flavor is a bit too much like a (quality!) cigarette.

Nicotine level is pretty solid.

Similar, but doesn't quite measure up, to Pebblecut or Tudor Castle, imo. (And those two are a lot easier to get your hands on!) But fans of these types of VA-oriental blends will almost certainly enjoy this. It's pretty damn good for the genre, just not my cup of tea.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 01, 2018 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Well it took me 3 tins to really figure out what Mississippi River was all about. That’s an odd opening sentence, but this is not a one dimensional blend. I always knew there was something there hence the 3 tins, but now I can properly relay my experience very well. Firstly if your looking for a sweet tooth Virginia forward blend this is not it, the Red Virginia does however add a subtle nuance of both dark fruit and a pleasureable spice note. The Perique is muted, but noticeable just how I like it. The interplay between the Latakia and Perique is very nice, and the Turkish leaf lends a bit of a sour yet tasty element. In my estimation the Latakia and Turkish leaf are the main players with the aforementioned as condiments. Now why did this take 3 tins ? It’s all about the Kake ! The krumble Kake is probably the best I’ve seen, but as expected was always moist. You can smoke this straight from the Kake, but I found out over 3 tins it really doesn’t shine as many reviewers describe it. This blend needs to be broken down and dried a LOT ! A good 2 hours or, until it feels almost too dry. Once the moisture is muted, the real Mississippi River comes out to play very very nicely. This now has become something I’d buy again and again. I wouldn’t say this is my top shelf go to, but I will visit this at least a few times a month or, whenever I can spare the time to wait for my pipe fix. An easy 3.5-4 stars now that I learned how I enjoy this blend.
Pipe Used: Peterson, Nording, Savinelli, Cob
PurchasedFrom: Pipes & Cigars
Age When Smoked: New to 1 year
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 23, 2017 Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant
A somewhat barbeque flavored blend that could be accompanied with a smoked beer. Creamy, smooth and spicy, smoking very well to the last draw. No tongue bite. It is funny how latakia and perique can blend so nicely, giving pleasure in equal parts. As I have not yet discovered any similar blends, I would highly recommend it.
Pipe Used: briar
Age When Smoked: 1 year
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