Hearth & Home Classic Burley Kake

Classic Burley Kake is a new blend that pays homage to old time burley flakes and cakes. Using Tennessee and Kentucky burleys, ranging from lighter white to darker mahogany, and a bit of matured red Virginia, this sliced cake tobacco is a traditional American style blend. We start with four different types of burley, the aforementioned Tennessee and Kentucky, plus two different premium white burleys. Then we add a red Virginia for a maple-like sweetness. Then we use all natural flavors: cocoa, rum and anise and steam the tobaccos with the flavorings and firmly press and slice it. The aroma is mellow and pleasant, and the taste is lightly sweet with a large volume of smoke. Hearken back to a simpler time when the sight of a pipe in someone's mouth while walking down the street was common, and the scent of pipe tobacco was everywhere.


Brand Hearth & Home
Series Signature Series
Blended By Russ Ouellette
Manufactured By Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Burley, Kentucky, Virginia
Flavoring Anisette, Cocoa / Chocolate, Rum
Cut Krumble Kake
Packaging 1.5 ounce tin, bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.11 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 13, 2020 Medium Medium Medium Pleasant
Smoking now:

Bought in bulk. Smells of cocoa powder and cinnamon.

Lights really fast and burns well. It’s a very good consistency. Unsweetened cocoa powder and cinnamon is what I get the most. A warm earthy toasted cereal nutty flavor too. Enjoyed with black coffee. It’s summer right now I can’t say I’ll smoke this one again any time soon. I’ll save this for winter time. The dark cocoa and cinnamon might be more enjoyable for me then.


Smoked this again on a colder rainy day with coffee and man it hit the spot. It has a dry, not crunchy, but dry consistency with like a dusting of coco powder. Darker unsweetened coco flavor with a toasty, earthy, nutty, molasses, dark bread like flavor. My friend says the room note smells like baked cereal grains. Very pleasant smoke. Non offensive short lingering aftertaste. No bite or mouth tingle. Does dry my mouth out a bit, drink with coffee and it’s very nice.
Pipe Used: Peterson SS apple
PurchasedFrom: P&C
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 18, 2017 Medium Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I'm a burley guy, for the most part... I do love my Virginias and occaisional English mixtures, but the bulk of what I smoke contains burley in them at some level. Anyhow, I really wanted to like this tobacco and I figured that I would. I mean, I smoke the codger burleys that have an anise topping (SWR, for example) and cocoa containing burleys and I enjoy them. CBK, however, is not for me.

For my part, I feel that the Anise, Rum, Cocoa overwhelm the tobacco and do not lend themselves to it or add support to it. The burleys used in this blend also seem quite tame compared to some of the other burley blends I smoke. I just don't get any of the nutty, earthy burley in this. All I can taste are the casings poured over them. The only way I finished the tin was to mix it with C&D's Cube Cut Burley or with some Pegasus.

Did I get the right tobacco? I mean, from the other reviews I read, I should have loved this stuff. Some of the reviewers whose opinions I respect gave this blend 3 or 4 stars... I bought it in the 1.5 ounce tin, so I doubt I got the wrong thing. I don't mean to Poo-Poo a blend, but this just did nothing for me. I found myself looking for anything else to smoke even when it was out. The tobacco in this blend feels "soft" when being broken apart. Does that make sense? It is lighter and "fluffier" than any other burley tobaccos I smoke. Very low nic hit on this one, too. It just was wrong for me on just about every level. These are all just opinions, of course. Your experience may differ greatly. Wish mine did...
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 21, 2016 Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I had to laugh when I opened the one ounce bag I bought. The cut they use causes the leaves to clump up... in a very similar fashion as an ounce of some more intoxicating green leaves (wink wink).

The pre-light aroma is light and filled with a pleasant spicy/nutty/dusty scent. Sort of reminded me of spiced cookies before they are cooked. Once lit, you get an easy smoker that is soft on the sweetness and offers little resistance.

For being an aromatic with a dozen flavors in it's description, it is surprisingly sublime without bonking you in the head. I also enjoyed the cut. It made packing a bowl easy. It's tight enough to not require much compression and not too dense to need breaking up.

EDIT: The blend quickly became boring, perhaps after airing out a bit it lost the great cookie scent and just ended up being pretty meh.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 20, 2010 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Tastes like tree sap and ash. Room note resembles cigarettes, although less acrid. Burns well after being dried properly, doesn't get bitter at the bottom of the bowl and doesn't bite. All in all not a bad tobacco but too bland and ashy for my tastes. I much prefer Russ's Trout Stream. And so would most non-smokers.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 05, 2014 Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant
There's a really strange apprehension when I get a new tobacco that's been well reviewed. I often wonder if I won't like it and if that means I have an unsophisticated palette or poor packing/smoking technique. In this case, I ordered Classic Burley Kake because it seemed to be a decent, all-around tobacco. I was kind of let down by it and won't be buying any more. Maybe I got a bad batch or something different from everyone else?

This tobacco comes in dry, flat chunks that have a sort of...smell to them. You get tobacco and the casing together and it's not offputting, but there's no real distinct scent I can detect. I packed this by rubbing it out then stuffing three charges into a mid-sized generic 9mm filter briar I use for trying new tobaccos. I did NOT use a filter for this test, as I expected the burley to not bite.

First Third: Good draw, easy to light and keep lit. I get a sort of lightly mentholated or sweetened cigarette flavor, here. There was also a strong hint of candela wrapper from cigars...The smoke is fairly cool, but I can't detect the rum, anise or cocoa flavors advertised on the tin. Tobacco flavor is OK and the room note isn't so bad.

Second Third: Cigarette flavor intensifies, as does the casing. I can detect faint liquor or rum notes, but it's mostly like Camels with casing. As the casing got stronger, this got hotter on me, but I was able to manage it well enough to keep the temp down. Strong kick on the tongue present at this stage. No pepper in the throat. Room note still OK.

Last Third: I got about halfway through this then quit. There just wasn't much more to be had other than more intense cigarette flavor. The ash was coarse and dry, with no fouling. No goop in the pipe, afterwards.

Verdict: If you are a cigarette smoker, you'll like this blend. IT's got good nicotine and plenty of burley flavor with just a hint of casing that makes it sort of like expensive cigs from fancy places. As a pipe tobacco, though, I can't really see how this is better than any other burley blend, especially without any Latakia or definitive casing to at least make it stand out. Kind of a disappointment, but not in any way an inferior tobacco. Just not to my taste.

2 stars.
Pipe Used: Generic 9mm filter
PurchasedFrom: pipesandcigars.com
Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 31, 2023 Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
Having read the reviews here, I bought 2 ounces of this in bulk and was looking forward to the smoking experience. I have to say it: something is out of whack.

Either it's a case of smell and taste perceptions can and do vary widely; or I got a bum batch; or my senses are suffering from old age, as I am.

I found no powerful pouch aroma. No powerful taste sensations. In fact, I found very little of anything.

Classic Burley Kake had a very mild aroma of something sweet when I opened the baggie.

When smoked, I found the mixture to be almost tasteless. Some hints of something sweet on occasion. Otherwise, just a general burley taste that was very mild. Which is okay if that is all you are looking for. On that score, it was a passable burley smoke.

The main negative, aside from very little aromatic flavor, was that the smoke got somewhat hot at the end.

I don't want to rate this on my disappointment, in which case I'd give it one star. On the other hand, IMO, there are better smokes out there than this.

Unless I find a pipe in which this shines, or my tastes buds go through a wonderful transformation (I'm hoping), I can only go 2 stars.
Pipe Used: Peterson Killarney 406, Savinelli Tre 321
PurchasedFrom: pipesandcigars.com
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 13, 2015 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
This could have been exactly the type of blend which I enjoy; it packs and burns well without any fuss, doesn't bite, and starts out very pleasantly. Unfortunately it contains the same poor kentucky leaf found in several other mixtures from this blender which tastes like the shank of the pipe is burning. This makes the bottom third of the bowl a loathsome experience. I give this a 2-star rating as there are some smokers who seem to like this sort of flavor.
Pipe Used: Various
Age When Smoked: One year
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 23, 2014 Medium to Strong Strong Medium to Full Tolerable
When I first opened the tin I was taken aback by the intensity of the casing. I really did not like the aroma at all. To be honest it turned my stomach.

I was likewise surprised by the appearance of the tobacco itself. Mid brown strips of compressed fine cut tobacco. It has the texture of coarse particle board.

After this not very auspicious start, things, thankfully, started to improve. The tobacco rubs out to a very fine, quite dry, powder. It is easy to load and light. Once burning, the tobacco improves (imo) markedly. The tobacco flavours integrate with the casing to produce a woodsy, herbal aroma. Still a strong aromatic, but not the bakery or confectionery assault of the tin note.

This tobacco has a lovely creamy mouthfeel. It is gentle on the tongue and easy to handle in the bowl, burning cool and steady. There is a fair amount of interest in the tobacco itself, I especially like the dark Kentucky that opens up a nice smoky quality as the bowl progresses. There is a consistent and pleasant sweetness on the tongue. If you can get past the casing, and clearly many find it attractive, you might make a friend of this baccy. Unfortunately I found the tin note too much. Not a deal breaker, but I can't recommend it without reservations.
Pipe Used: Lepeltier
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 16, 2014 Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
Tin note smells strongly of clay, even play doh. Pretty unique.

Burned perfectly with only an hour or so of dry time. The smoke is rich, as advertised. First few puffs were a bit harsh but opened up nicely in short order. Leather and cedar/pine with a sweet top note. Periodic sour notes; one of them had a nice stone fruit taste to it, the others felt like it was bordering on burley's sour tendencies, but it didn't go too far in that direction. Occasional notes of toast, and toward the end, a strawberry jam/burnt toast flavor that was very nice. Solid slug of nicotine, as expected, given the components.

Room note varied between smoked cigarette (not good) and a nice, old-fashioned pipe tobacco aroma. Despite the complexity of the blend (within its somewhat narrow focus), I found it a little two dimensional. I find C&D's Gentleman Caller to be more enjoyable. But I think Russ O. got what he was looking for with this one; it does have a very old time aroma and flavor. If you're a burley and a nicotine fan, you'll probably enjoy this. I won't buy more of it, but I'll smoke what I've got!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 17, 2013 Mild Mild Mild Pleasant
I have not noticed any hints of cocoa or anise. This is really a basic burley blend. It is nutty and warm with a nice room note and some sweetness on the tongue. Overall I find this blend a bit dull.
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