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
Dec 08, 2023 Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant
You know, it is not like I am some pathetically diseased TAD fiend, mind you. No, actually I am merely contented by the conviction that one can never have too much pipe tobacco. Am I right or what? Of course I am. So, when all those tantalizing and flashy Black Friday promotions flooded my inbox a couple of weeks ago, well truthfully, I showed not the slightest ounce of proper restraint.

Given the 350-plus assorted blends that occupy my present cellar, rational thinking and well-tempered logic graciously came to my rescue. Thankfully they compelled me on the suitability of expanding the limited selections featured on the existing house menu, so to speak. Just a few more my good sir and let us not forget the bargain deals secured in the process, double bully!

Therefore on this morning, here I now sit, confessing to you once again my frivolous act of wanton negligence, diligently watching for texted updates from the obliging souls of UPS. For you see my design is to stealthily intercept the coming deliveries before my wife catches wind of this latest exercise in gluttonous financial misappropriation, ha- ha! Afterall, it is only money that is correct, and besides, I always dislike finding those dejecting lumps of coal in my stocking on Christmas morning.

Nevertheless, I was so courteous as to leave a few of these smokeable goodies for you all, for it is the Christmas season my goodness, is it not. Yet, there is one particular blend that, in hindsight escaped me, but hey there’s always tomorrow, said the optimist. And on that very note, let me tell you all about that one if I may. Break out your best Burley smoker my friends, for it is the right time to indulge yourselves in one from a legendary blend master, the corrupting Mr. Russ Ouellette. Long in development as I understand it, for your enjoyable consideration I offer at this moment the tasty crumble cake delight, Hearth & Home’s Classic Burley Kake.

This mild-medium processed cake enfolds a quadruplet of choice Tennessee and Kentucky Burleys spanning a range of wholesome grades to present a celebration of classic Burley exuberance. Selectively laced with a conservative volume of fermented Red Virginia, this soft-textured crumble is then dosed with a portion of hearty rum, a dusting of real cocoa, and a congealing splash of seasonable anise. Optimally dry, the loosened matrix of chubby chunks, hairy wild slivers, and exaggerated ribbon musters a weighty girth of variegated colors ranging from distressed tans, tawny, caramel, russet, to warm chocolate browns. Quite the impressive spectacle by my vote.

Technically deeming this tobacco a semi aromatic in nature and codger-like in spirit, Classic Burley Kake projects a standard fragrance of inviting sweetness that is presumably relaxed and gentle of impressions. Thick within the center of this essence is a most pleasing refrain of mixed nuttiness and progressed timber. On the bottom lacing, there is standing evidence of modest sour-tart, combined sugars, malty-buttery spice, and a darker easygoing fruitiness.

Unless you are totally clueless, then I think it suffice to say, the signature feature of this blend is of course Burley, Burley, and yes, more Burley. Well okay, maybe just a dash of Virginia to keep it politely egalitarian in nature. With that clear understanding, prepare yourself for a prime declaration of flavor that is centered upon the succulence of sweet roasted walnut stacked with a healthy cord of toasty oaken wood. By comparison, its standard character is delicately peaceful in presentation and decidedly mellowing in the achieved effects in truth.

What is more, this big buttery note of Burley marvellousness shines brightly with tinged secondary nuances of darker tart earthiness and a cruciferous herbal quality not unlike kohlrabi actually. Furthermore, the crumble cake goody brings forward an expanded complexion with tasteful accents of mild sourness, a sugary thread of proper molasses and an obliging but gentle native cocoa. Still, the registration felt a bit tannic and zesty in undertone to me as well. The bottom-line is, if you marvel in the simple splendor of traditional American-style Burleys, then this one might tickle your fancy.

As with the frugal parceling of Red Virginia leaf, the Classic Burley Kake endowed a garnishing tail of dark, fruity seasoned wood principally. It tenders with a lovely, tapered disposition. Supplementing this common notation, I recorded a pronouncement of greenish floral, a minor hint of Virginian tart, and the tendering influences of caramelized natural sugars. And as to other notable contributors the rum flavoring added a modest impression of spirited spice that moved in concert with a softer vanilla fringe, subtle maple, brown sugar, darker legitimate cocoa powder notes, and the sweet bitterness of the anise much like the thrill of an oily licorice.

Producing a generous volume of lush grey-white smoke, Classic Burley Kake kindly extends a warming aroma of smooth sweetness and that classic “pipey” Burley combination of soured sugary nutwood and mellowing earthen spice. Just like the tobacco’s standard tastefulness, equally I found its identifying essence to be simplistically pleasant. Further, I do suppose that most would deem it not too pushy with its relaxed demeanor but rather charmingly reminiscent of that gentlemanly piping fragrance of old.

The observed mechanical properties of this blend demonstrated first level performance in regard to mildly cool temperatures, consistency in burn, and a comfortable incurrence of optimum moisture. Moreover, given its heavy constitution, Classic Burley Kake showed no evidence of that frequently occurring mid-tongue thickening common to the properties of this particular leaf. Still, I would definitely rate this one on the higher medium scale in terms of felt nicotine impression but again, it is Burley, so you get what you get naturally.

Taking all gathered trial results into consideration, Hearth & Home’s blend stands as an easy day-long option especially if you enjoy the savor of a semi-aromatic, high-quality “codgeresque” experience. I would say that, overall, the encounter was along the lines of a Match Ready Rub, Peretti’s TDay, and the many other comparable products, just as a further reference. Unquestionably the objective assessment of Classic Burley Kake proved to be of admirable merit. As to my own personal opinion, well honestly, I liked this blend especially well. And with that subjective remark, excuse me now, for I see that UPS is on path with the first of my newly acquired wonders, oh goody! Isn’t Black Friday just grand. 3.5 Pipes
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 01, 2014 Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant
It's a little stronger than your average burley blend. Lots of tangy dark fruit sweetness and a little earth from the red Virginia, which is a tad more than a background player. The toppings include light rum, a bit of anise, maple (barely obvious), and lots of rich cocoa. The dry, woody white burleys add a mild sharpness to the mix, contrasting the molasses, earth and deep cocoa from the other burleys, though all them are downplayed a little because of the toppings, and some PG. The nic-hit is mild to medium. Won't bite or get harsh. The cake breaks apart easily, and may require a little drying time. Burns at a moderate pace, clean and cool with a very consistent flavor, and has a nice after taste and room note. Needs a few relights and leaves little moisture in the bowl. I found the cocoa to be overwhelming in a meer, but not so much in a cob or briar. Can be an all day smoke for more experienced smokers.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 10, 2014 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Smells good enough to eat in the bag, so a very pleasant tin note. Physical quality of the tobaccos is OK but there are a few woody stemy bits hiding in the kake. Lights easily and immediately delivers a sweet wow in the form of a simple pancake syrup sweetness. Mid bowl a hint of chocolate is noticeable. Towards the last third of the bowl I can taste a sweet liquor taste, especially if I draw the smoke under my tongue. Although this is an aromatic, I think you can get away with smoking it in a pipe used for burleys and virginias; Old Gowrie leaves the pipe smelling sweeter than this stuff. This is a mild to medium strength tobacco and may only be mild. I think H&H deserves a compliment because of how well the complex flavorings are carried out here. If I were rating the quality of the tobaccos alone, I could never give CB Kake four stars, but for the flavor experience I feel it deserves four. I recommend smoking this kake in a larger pipe so that you have time to enjoy the nuances. Also, if you're wanting some N you'll need to smoke a big bowl of it. If there was ever a tobacco made to go with Coke or Pepsi, this would be the one. Finally, if H&H could improve their burley and make some stronger tobacco I'd love this stuff.
Pipe Used: MM Great Dane Egg COB
PurchasedFrom: given as a gift
Age When Smoked: fresh bulk
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 14, 2009 Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
My problems with aromatics (and I would consider this an aromatic) is that they tend to be too gooey in the pipe, too mild in taste and too overdone on the aroma. This one is guilty of none of those things. The only thing this one does that I don't appreciate is it has a short burst of foul taste on first lighting. It's a soapy flavor that is very disagreeable, but it goes away within a few seconds.

Once I'm past that initial soap taste, I'm treated to a wonderfully clever combo of tastes that somehow meld into a harmonious whole. Rum, anise and chocolate sounds like a recipe for disaster but this is a lightly flavored and lightly scented blend that allows the true taste of high quality burleys to come through with that speck of virginia sweetness. I needed to find a good aromatic for when people are around but something that I don't smoke just because I'm trying to please others. It's gotta be personally satisfying; otherwise why bother? This is the finest aromatic I've ever smoked. I gotta try some more of this guy's blends - if his other stuff is this high quality, I may be missing out!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 09, 2014 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant
Lord knows this blend has already been well reviewed, so let's just hit the high points. As a reference I like burley nuttiness, but also enjoy lightly aromatic English or American. Think HGL or Sutliff Aromatic English. What pleases me most in any blend is its harmonious qualities and its balance, with no one component dominating.

This one does exactly that. Yes, it is indeed a burley, but the touch of Virginia and the chocolate/cacao/rum tones balance it beautifully to provide a lovely rich, creamy, thick burley-forward (but not dominant) smoke. If this were a food, it would be a rich smooth pudding. All you read about rubbing out, a bit of drying (if any) and a gentle cadence will all pay off pleasureably for you.

This is not an expensive blend (purchased bulk, a test ounce), but I would absolutely order this one again, perhaps after I also test the Solani ABF that so many have spoken of here. One other very important note:

In an interview with Russ Ouellette, he noted that CBK is one of his personal favorites, but also that it was one of the hardest blends he'd ever made. His reason? That it was his goal that an aromatic blend's taste should closely match its tin aroma, which is rarely the case with most other aromatics. To achieve his goal, he states that it took him nearly two years before he finally developed the method to cause the flavors (cocoa, etc.) to permeate the tobacco. He clearly succeeded.

Addenda (3 mos later): Lovely, lovely, lovely - even better, add another 1/2 star. Couple more observations. Call this a modern, fit grandpa tobacco. Please - pack it light and tamp lightly, if at all (it will burn much better and avoid those relights you may read about), and smoke it sloooow. Tamp lightly. No, not because of bite, but for me because it is so warm and rewarding that if you're like me, it's too tempting to forge ahead. Please don't - a little restraint will result in a LOT of pleasure. And modern memories of your dear Grandpa who loved you unconditionally...

Pipe Used: Big Ben nosewarmer
PurchasedFrom: P&C bulk
Age When Smoked: 3 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 24, 2013 Medium Mild Medium Pleasant
If you like burley blends, I would give this a try. The Virginia is a light touch. The Kentucky gives it a little more strength and flavor than the average burley blend. I like this enough to have pipe dedicated to it, and I enjoy it. I do not like it enough to smoke it every day when I have other options.

There is a whiff of rum or something, but it is really tobacco flavored. The taste is not what I would call delicate or nuanced. It is a basic smoke that satisfies.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 27, 2010 Mild to Medium Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I don't know why, but I've had an especially hard time warming up to the Burley-based tobaccos from P&C. I gather it must be because of their choice of Burley, which strikes me as an especially obtrusive and woody tasting leaf. That's unfortunate, because I think that some of these tobaccos have potential. I genuinely disliked the LJ Heart Burley, haven't much enjoyed Beverwyck, and I haven't been much impressed with the Classic Burley Kake either.

CBK arrives as an abused looking reddish to dark brown pressed block with lots of broken chunks floating about the bag. Though I understand that this tobacco is designed partly as an homage to the OTC tradition, I find this much more heavily flavored than most of the familiar OTCs. Bag notes are strong and a combination of chocolate, licorice, and sawdust. Rubbing out is easy, though it does tend to stick to the fingers. For me, at any rate, the flavorings used here are just too strong and too overdone. The smoke itself is dry and pleasant, but the aggressive flavoring made the first dozen bowls a chore to get through. And the chocolate and licorice flavors tended to be overmatched by that sawdusty Burley.

I do, however, find this to be an admirable blender. I'm a big fan of lightly flavored Burley and I find a small quantity of CBK (about 10%) can add interest to more neutral Burleys like MacBaren's Symphony, Peter Stokkebye's Cube Cut, even Carter Hall and Five Brothers.

As for rumors of its relationship to anything Edgeworth…nada, niente, nil. And given that some reviewers have described as "tasteless" a blend I find overwhelmingly aromatic...well, I wonder about product consistency. It'll take me a good 5 years to go through the pound I foolishly ordered.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 29, 2015 Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
This blend really surprised me. I didn't think I liked burley's/burley blends (based upon my previous experience with them) and I don't typically like aromatics, though they are nice when the mood strikes once in awhile. Anyhow....

Cake.....that word best describes what this tobacco looks like and smells like. A big chunk of tobacco. Smells of sweet caramel, vanilla, rum with hints of chocolate come from the bag. Smoking it is easy and effortless. The smoke smells and tastes sweet. Caramel Rum flavors with hints of light tobacco here and there as well as chocolate making an appearance now and again. It's a very delightful and enjoyable tobacco to smoke. I've been so impressed by it that I'm sending off a few ounces to my smoking buddies that enjoy aromatics a lot.

It also has almost no tongue bite and leaves the room smelling amazing. Another great job P&C!!
Pipe Used: Billard, Corn-Cob
PurchasedFrom: Pipesandcigars.com
Age When Smoked: New from store
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 16, 2014 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
Wonderful sweet but not overpowering aroma when opening tin. This is a sliced cake mixture, but soft enough to be a true "crumble cake." Physically feels like Penzance, although not like it at all to smoke. Quality of the tobacco is good, light and medium Tennessee and Kentucky Burleys and some Mature Virginia. Lightly cased with cocoa, rum and maybe a little anise overtones. An aromatic, but not much lingering effect on the bowl. Bone dry bowl at the end, no wet heel. Good all the way down, gets more complex throughout the smoke. No perceptible tongue bite. Nice slow smoke. Mild to medium strength tobacco and suitable for an all day smoke. Heath and Home delivers again. I love this tobacco, as I do most H & H Mixtures. Just a note that I like it better in the tin than bulk, seems to preserve the soft crumble cake slices better. Bravo to Mr. Russ Ouellette, the blender.
Pipe Used: James Upshall "P" FH Straight Grain
PurchasedFrom: Pipes and Cigars
Age When Smoked: New 8oz Tin
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Jun 23, 2014 Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant
While I am fairly new to pipe smoking, I have tried a variety of kinds of tobacco blends, and I have enjoyed much of what I have tried. Having said that, for me, Classic Burley Kake is the closest thing I have found to date that puts the best of pipe tobacco in a single bowl (with the exception of Latakia, of which I am fond).

While this is, in a way, a simple blend, there is a lot going on here for me. To clarify, there are many components here that work together to produce one simply wonderful product. There is some bold burley flavor that is balanced with the mellow sweet tang of the Virginias. There are hints of chocolate and licorice, but they do not strike my pallet as flavoring (like in a typical aromatic) but more like seasonings that make the natural character of the tobaccos shine. The effect is not unlike adding a pinch of salt to a recipe-- not to make it salty, but to bring out the natural flavors of the food.

In short, all the components of this tobacco blend work together in harmony to produce a smooth tobacco flavor that is at once earthy, nutty, tangy, and sweet without being too much of any one of the four. At times, the flavor reminds me of dried fruit. At times, it reminds me of maple and nuts. At all times, it is delicious.

Finally, it burns well and leaves essentially no tongue bite (at least in my experience). And it, like many of the Hearth and Home blends, is quite affordable and available in bulk.

All in all, I would say Classic Burley Kake just about perfect for me (as long as I also have a great English blend around for my Latakia fix).

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Great Dane Cob
PurchasedFrom: pipesandcigars.com
Age When Smoked: 6 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 17, 2013 Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant
Absolutely delicious, right now my #1 favorite Burley. I'm smoking lots of Burley these days and this tops them all. Smooth, full flavored, slightly sweet, with that full round, nutty, cereal, classic Burley flavor. Pressed into fragrant chunks that crumble easily CBK has the perfect moisture content. It packs and lights up and continues to burn easily. I'm happily puffing away on it now. CBK seems to work out well in any pipe from a 9mm filtered Design Berlin to a unfiltered Stanwell to the old funky Magic Inch I'm smoking as I write this. The flavorings are mild and harmonize with the delicious blend of tobaccos. I wouldn't call this an aromatic. You can merrily puff away without fear of any tongue bite. If you love Burley don't pass this up. Highly recommended.
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