A beguiling blend of latakia, Turkish Orientals and Rred Virginias. Seattle Evening ~ sunset casts long shadows over the ferry boats of Puget Sound. A cup of good coffee and a fine pipe make this unhurried scene a memory. The Seattle Pipe Club was born here. Master Blender Joe Lankford created Seattle Evening to share our Northwest experience. Rich, smoky, spicy, luxurious. When the sun sets and the bowl is done, don’t despair. There will be another Seattle Evening tomorrow. Enjoy this original mixture: Cyprian latakia, Turkish Orientals and choice red Virginias. Crafting the most sought after small batch blends in America since 2007

Notes: New label design, same great blend.

BrandSeattle Pipe Club
Blended ByJoe Lankford
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging2 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
Where to Buy TobaccoPipes.com
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3019)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The lead varietal in Seattle Evening is Cyprian latakia, which offers a mildly smoky, musty, woody sweetness. The lightly tangy dark fruity, earthy red Virginias also sport a few grass and citrus notes as they form the base of the blend. The Turkish/Orientals are woody, dry and lightly buttery sweet with a touch of spice and a hint of savoriness in a secondary role. It's mild on the nicotine. The strength level is in the center of mild to medium, while the taste falls just short of the medium threshold. No chance of bite or harshness present. It burns at a moderate pace; cool and clean with a well balanced, consistent flavor from top to bottom. It leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires few relights. You will experience a pleasant after taste, and the room note lacks the pungency usually associated with latakia forward products. An all day smoke that is designed for those who want an English mixture with a lighter touch than others in the SPC series. It also serves well as an entry level blend to the genre.


19 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

My Seattle Evening tin was several years old with the old style label, so, the delicious Virginia employed was really nicely settled. The Latakia comes on strong in this blend and the Orientals provided less spice than what I am used to in Joe Lankford made blends... and that was a good thing with Seattle Evening because it gives the other components the opportunity to shine. If you are a regular fan of "English" style blends, here's one that hits a home run.


12 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I've tried all 3 Seattle Pipe Club blends and this is my second favorite of the bunch. The cut is a short ribbon of mostly dark tobacco and smells quite nice in the tin. I find the flavor similar to two of my favorite blends, Smokers' Haven "Our Best Blend" and GL Pease's "Odyssey". The blend is VA forward with the Latakia next and then the Orientals, in my mind a classic medium English and one to stock up on. 8 of 10 stars.

9 people found this review helpful.

pappymac Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pappymac (10)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

“sunset casts long shadows over the ferry boats of Puget Sound. A cup of good coffee and a fine pipe make this unhurried scene a memory”

The above description must be about a different Seattle Pipe Club Blend because that’s not where it transports me. Sitting outside on a late afternoon in May, I light a bowl of Seattle Evening and it takes me back to winter evenings in a semi-desolate area of Washington State coastline. There were several small resort type bars in Moclips and Pacific Beach, Wa. where back in 1974 one could sit was a cup of coffee, shot of Drambuie and a pipe and prop your feet up before the fire. Or, if the weather wasn’t too wet, windy and cold outside, then it would be a small fire on the beach with a group of friends and bottles of wine stuck in the sand. That is where Seattle Evening takes me when I smoke it.

I find the tin note to be rich with a sweet smokiness that hints at vanilla caramel and fruit. Or maybe, there is just a hint of well-worn leather and chocolate that comes from the tobacco in the tin. For some reason, I keep asking myself, “Where I have smelled this before?” It’s like a nagging half memory that won’t go away. It’s a pleasant memory though and I can imagine just sitting with an open tin and taking a deep inhale of the aroma time and time again and be satisfied without ever packing a bowl. But I pack a MM Shire Cobbit and set the match to it. It lights easy and only requires a second match to produce a cloud of sweet smoke with just a hint of grass and spice mixed with a good campfire.

The smokiness of the Latakia is what reminds me of the smokiness of those warm fires mixed with the salty tang of a Pacific breeze. The Virginias are there but I find the grassy notes to be well tamed by the Latakia and whatever Orientals are used. There are Orientals in there, but I couldn’t tell you what kind if I had to. This bowl lasted a little more than an hour which attests to how slow the tobacco burns and left nothing but ash. It was cool and smooth and I felt no trace of a bite but a little spiciness in the retro-hale or snork.

To me it has mild strength, mild to medium tasting and a tolerable room note. Was it a great English blend packed with flavor nuances and strength? Not on the first 5 bowls I smoked. But it was a good smoke in my opinion it could be smoked all day while hiking, camping, fishing or doing yard work.

Pipe Used: Cob, CAO Meerschaum, Savinelli Briar

Age When Smoked: fresh tin

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

8 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Described as an ‘English/Oriental Tobacco' comprised of a “beguiling blend of Latakia, Exotic Orientals, BTR, and Red Virginias” with an “exotic twist added by a McClelland Tobacco secret ingredient”, Seattle Evening is presents itself as a mixture of thin dark brown, black, and chestnut ribbons. By the way ‘BTR' apparently refers to “Blended Turkish Ribbon”, so no that is probably not the ‘secret ingredient'.

The tin nose is sweet and a bit smoky with a hint of pungent spice and a subtle vanilla-like aroma which does dissipate a bit once the tin has been allowed to air. Given the cut, the mixture packs well and takes to the flame with ease, immediately revealing the same subtle vanilla-like note present in the tin nose. This note dogs the bowl from beginning to end. While reminiscent of Deer tongue, this mysterious note is a bit darker and earthier than one would expect from the use of that particular herb in other blends (light aromatics, all), either in cut form or as an essence applied as a wet topping. While this reviewer cannot put his finger on it exactly, it ruins what might otherwise be a pleasant medium English. This aside, the mixture offers a reasonable balance of pungent, slightly spicy, Oriental notes, rounded sweet Virginias, and a subdued Latakia smokiness. On the thin side of medium bodied, the finish is a bit astringent.

Overall, Seattle Evening is best passed by for the myriad of other mixtures of the same type which do not possess so many problems.

7 people found this review helpful.

jallman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jallman (1)
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

I like Latakia and forthright English blends. I also have an immense amount of respect for the Seattle Pipe Club and will gladly shout out Hosannahs for their Plum Pudding. But, Seattle Evening? Nah. My sample was a "Meh." It was lighter than light - too thin on the Lat and top heavy on the Orientals - nowhere near the "perfect" English smoke suggested. It'll be fine for many smokers,but not for me.

Pipe Used: Luciano Dublin

Age When Smoked: 57

Purchased From: Sample

6 people found this review helpful.

jpmcw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jpmcw (1)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Opening aroma: Plum and raisin. Moisture content just right for an immediate bowl, easy light, easy to maintain. Plenty of color contrast among the different leaves, short cut medium-thick ribbon.

Flavor is well balanced. The Virginias, latakia and other orientals play nice with each other, and none overwhelms the others.

Oddly enough, following the evening theme, I had just finished a bowl of And So To Bed. Seattle Evening holds up very well after the pungency of ASTB. I am not comparing the two, however.

This is mild enough to smoke all day, with pleasant aroma and taste. I recommend this for all except those who want a big latakia component.

Pipe Used: GBD Prince; Barling Billiard

Age When Smoked: Four months

Purchased From: Sample from SPC

4 people found this review helpful.

beaupipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beaupipe (102)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Kudos to Seattle Pipe Club and to McLelland for the (hopefully infectious) spirit of sharing in evidence with this new line of tobacco.

Seattle Evening is the first of the batch I've dipped into and it's a thoroughly enjoyable example of a mild English which is lifted by the high quality of the sweet Virginias. It's a pretty subtle smoke and it probably won't win any immediate fans from those who need a WOW factor at first light. Like most Virginia-dominated blends, the pleasure grows as the ash thickens and the sweetness of the leaf develops. The blend has excellent balance, packs great and smokes cool.

Ultimately, however, I find that this has all the qualities of a good middle manager in an age of corporate belt-tightening--fine, nice to have on hand, unnecessary, deserving of a nice letter of reference.

4 people found this review helpful.

bbmd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bbmd (4)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

For me this blend is like the ambient music of tobacco; it's beautiful and nuanced when you choose to really pay attention to it but it also works well as something you don't HAVE to think about and can just let it be an enjoyable part of whatever else you're doing.

It packs well, smokes well, and is pretty well behaved. All the flavors are very well balanced and mild with nothing being too aggressive yet nothing going unnoticed. I particularly enjoy the interplay of the sour and earthy/musty notes that come in and out of focus.

Pipe Used: MM Dagner, Ropp Vintage Bulldog, Rossi Lumberman

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: JBK Tobacco

3 people found this review helpful.

Tomcat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tomcat (212)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

First off i need to admit to liking sweet light english blends but this one misses on the sweet . More toasty from the Virginia. A decent blend . My tin was fairly moist but it still had dry taste to it which i assume is the latakia . I couldn’t detect the orientals much . On a side note this tin had the most stems i have ever seen in a 8oz tin of tobacco ! Not a biggie to pick them out though . I guess i will stick to the rattrays 7 reserve . Sorry Joe . >update 7/28/19. >I think the first couple of time I smoked it it was in the heat of the day down here in the south .It is really a early morning or evening smoke as the name is correct .It seems much better to smoke at night . Still a little heavy on latakia for my taste but good quality . Bumping it up to 3 stars . I should smoke a least 2 or 3 ounces of weed until I do a review in future .

Pipe Used: Billiard and bulldog

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Pipes and cigars

Similar Blends: Most English blends.

3 people found this review helpful.

JaWiBr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JaWiBr (437)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin note of sweet spices, sour fruit, and smoky. Tobacco is light brown ribbon with a little brown and black mixed in. Moisture content is ok, some may prefer to dry it. No prep needed. Burns moderate with few relights. The strength is mild to medium and nic is mild. No flavoring detected. Taste is mild to medium and consistent/inconsistent, with notes of smoky, spices, herbal, bread, sour, sweet, toasted wood, dry earth, floral, leather, tangy citrus, spicy, sweet grass, fermented vegetation, lemon zest, mildly bitter, a stewed tart fruit background note, and a mildly peppery retro. Oriental/Turkish is leading with Latakia and Virginia supporting. Room note is pleasant to tolerable, and aftertaste is great.

Pipe Used: English Captain Black Sandblasted X188

Age When Smoked: 4 years

2 people found this review helpful.

Bearamedic Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bearamedic (6)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

disclaimer: I am a huge fan of oriental forward blends and I'm very sensitive to virginias.

TIn note: mostly sour orientals with hay in the background

Moisture from tin: goldilocks, requires no dry time and remains soft and supple, packs with just a little spring.

Mouthfeel: slightly past light and moving into creaminess territory

First light the tangy citrus flavor of the virginias come through in the perfect amount for my tastes. The smoke quickly moves into a sweet vanilla with hints of carmel, the smoky latakia is there but it's in the backseat. The next change comes towards the end of the first third and is a sweet smoky hay. At the halfway point there is another change to the majority flavor being sour orientals. Following this it evens out to a smooth woodsy and earthy smoke while still retaining the virginia sweetness. This continues until the very end of the bowl when the smoke becomes reminiscent of a clean evergreen smoke, not overpowering but a nice change of flavor for the finish. Wife described the room note as "interesting and spicy in a good way".

Overall I consider this a unique and underrated smoke. I'm usually a skeptic of SPC blends as I don't find most of them to be anything special. I was particularly skeptical of this blend due to other reviews here. Will be buying more of this to cellar. If you like orientals and subtle complexities rather than in your face changes I would definitely give this a try.

Pipe Used: savinelli 642

Age When Smoked: 7 months

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: N/A.

2 people found this review helpful.

Exiled Michigander Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Exiled Michigander (26)
Very Mild None Detected Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Had high hopes for this out of the can--had the perfect English blend aroma with the Latakia coming on strong. However, this lacked depth when smoked, and the Latakia didn't emerge as much as I'd wished for. I think upping the Latakia in place of some of the oriental might have improved this. As it is, it's a fine, very light smoke if you're looking for a subdued "English" blend to smoke all day. I prefer something a bit stronger and more flavorful.

Edit, 3-6-2022: I've been smoking this off and on for a couple of months now. I still detect very little Latakia. I'd even hesitate to call this an oriental-forward English or a Balkan blend given how little Latakia emerges . . . I'd probably classify it as an oriental blend. It remains a 2- or maybe 2.5-star blend, but I have found a place for it as an apertif smoke. It is light enough that it won't disrupt dinner, and the sourness and slight bit of onion taste give it the quality of the pickled pearl onion at the bottom of a pre-dinner Gibson cocktail. Also not bad with coffee in the morning.

Pipe Used: Peterson System

2 people found this review helpful.

Tom Bombadill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Bombadill (120)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

My first review of 2021. As I smoke my last bowl of Seattle Evening, I can close my eyes and almost see the mighty, looming mass of the Mountain in the distance as the red dot blinks in the twilight atop the Space Needle. I digress. My favorite blends have latakia and Seattle Evening is no exception. Puffing away, I am impressed with how smooth it is. This could be an all day smoke. Very nice subtle presence of latakia I rate this as a medium strength latakia blend. The latakia is present throughout but not overpowering. The Orientals definitely add a little spiciness to the flavor that is hard to pin down. And the virginas underneath provide the nice smooth straight tobacco flavor. An excellent blend that I could smoke anytime and will certainly buy again. I bought and started smoking this can of SE in April of 2020 during the pandemic so it was a fresh tin for sure. Smooth, smooth, smooth!!! Enjoy!!!

Pipe Used: Dr Grabow, Kaywoodie, Petersen

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Dunhill 365, EMP. etc....

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2075)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Seattle Pipe Club - Seattle Evening.

A coarse ribbon with quite an even amount of each leaf. The aroma implies a healthy proportion of Latakia, and the moisture makes it ready to smoke straight away.

The acetous, pungent, Latakia forms the leading flavour; smoky, and odiferous. Although a few rows behind, the Virginia and Orientals still offer enough flavour. The red Va gives an expected ripe fruitiness, and the Orientals lend a butyraceous, silky, creaminess; but, as a bowl burns the Orientals take on more of a floral character. The burn raises no issues: mid-speed, cool, and gives a bite free smoke. The aftertaste isn't always worth a mention, IMO, but I can't deny I noted the aftertaste from this: rank!

Nicotine: easily medium. Room-note: not nice.

Seattle Evening? Although I note a few 'low' points, it still deserves three stars:


Pipe Used: Altrinok Lee Van Cleef

Age When Smoked: Not dated, but bought 6 months ago

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

mark81253 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mark81253 (18)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my first Seattle Pipe Club blend and I'm not at all disappointed. I am a big fan of English blends and this one is quite tasty. I characterize this one as mild to medium. The name says "Evening" but this is my go to morning blend along with my coffee and the morning news. It just seems the right strength to start the day. Not overpowering, but also not too light. The latakia is wonderful and high quality. The orientals and Virginias add their usual and unique notes to the overall smoke. Very satisfying to begin my day. As the day progresses I tend towards the stronger blends and this is a great and flavorful start. I plan on sampling many more of their blends.

Pipe Used: Carey's

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

gotwood500 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gotwood500 (1)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A very light English with a firm va base. NOTHING over whelming just good tobacco. 2 1/2 stars. There is nutty flavor and plum flavor. Good crossover for Va/Per smokers

Pipe Used: Bjarne

Age When Smoked: Fresh out of tin new tin.

Similar Blends: It reminded me a little of MacBaren's Plum Cake withou the MacBite..

2 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

The sweet hay of the Virginias lead with support from the sour wood of the Orientals. At first, the smoky Lat brings up the rear, but becomes more influential as the bowl progresses. There is a touch of added vanilla flavor. It's nothing super special in this very crowded genre, but it is a solid and enjoyable smoke. 3 stars.

Mild to medium in body. Medium in taste. Flavoring is very mild. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn, Marcus

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (632)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I was fortunate enough to get a sample of this one from the fine folks representing SPC at this past year's Chicago Pipe Show and I enjoyed it. This is a pretty standard type of latakia blend with Virginia, Latakia and orientals and would probably fall under the label Balkan as, at least to my tastes, this is an oriental forward blend.

I found this to be among one of the better tasting blends of this type and that is likely due to the way the chosen orientals appeal to my tastes. I am not a fan of the super sour orientals or those that have an odd sweetness to me ala Yenidge. The oriental component in this one was a little sour and a little nutty.

I found the latakia to be light, but there enough to smooth it out some. It was just an easy to smoke lat blend and could probably be enjoyed all day.

My sample of this was not very big, maybe five bowls. I enjoyed them all, but wasn't really blown away. I am leaving this one at three stars and will likely revisit upon ordering more.

2 people found this review helpful.

Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (321)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Strong

I'm sure this is a fine tobacco, carefully and skilfully blended. It's just not my cup of tea. I love Latakia mixtures (Westminster, Maltese Falcon, and Dunhill/Peterson among my top ones), but not this one. I find SE on the mild side of thing. In my palate, it produces a certain abrasiveness akin to tongue bite, plus it stops short from "hitting the spot" flavour wise. On the other hand the Latakia employed in this mixture has an odd under taste: kind of acrid and very pungent, unlike the mineral, almost bitter density I find so attractive in other blends. It leaves me with a sense of being cheated from the Latakia punch I'm used to.

Pipe Used: Hard Castle Special Quality

Age When Smoked: Three years (from purchased)

Purchased From: N/A

Similar Blends: British Woods..

1 person found this review helpful.

George Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
George (1)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

As a new pipe smoker I think this is an excellent blend. Burns cool and no bite. Reminds me of Balkan SaseinI. Skip the Aros and go strait to this. Although the room note isn’t quite as pleasant it is tolerable (per my wife)

Pipe Used: Chacom briar

1 person found this review helpful.

Nick Prof. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nick Prof. (27)
Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable

Seattle Evening: Opening the jar, I get a musty, mildly peaty, woody, bready natural aroma with floral and vegetative notes. I pack densely the tobacco in the bowl; I prefer a small-medium bowl such as MM country gentleman or savinelli 673 for this blend. Smoking the tobacco, the taste is somewhat consistent with the aroma coming from the jar, with the addition of some more prominent spiciness, light creaminess. I perceive the blend clearly as Latakia-forward with the Virginia to follow; as an oriental-based pipe smoker, i find the orientals to be on the background here, but they also contribute nicely to the complexity this blend offers. I tend to smoke Seattle Evening on some quiet nights, though I find it as a tobacco that can be repeatable during the day, particularly if you are Latakia lover. It needs a few relights, it burns cool at moderate rate (could say it burns little fast compared to some other English, not extraordinarily fast though). I perceive it as a mild blend in terms of strength, definitely the nicotine level is very mild; its constituents and their portions cannot make this blend to be “medium” in terms of strength/nicotine, but it offers a very satisfying smokiness and experience.

Pipe Used: Savinelli 673, MM country gentleman

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smoking pipes.com

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

I guess I'll have to give this on a try after reading the reviews. :)

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