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The French Quarter is never boring; nor is this intriguing mixture of burley, black cavendish and Virginia. Perfect for fans of Bourbon Street.

Notes: This blend was manufactured by Sutliff, and sold under their "Sutliff Private Stock" brand.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McCallister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringBourbon, Honey, Vanilla
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging1.5 and 8 ounce tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3019)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

A mild to medium slow burning coarse cut plug mixture that may require a little rubbing out. The sweet bourbon and honey toppings along with a little sugar from the black cavendish are the star flavors, though there are some earthy toasted, nutty burley spots in the mix. There's also a fresh bread and grass from the Virginia, that adds to a light hint of fruit. Has a touch of Cyprian latakia for a smoky quality. There's a pinch of perique that is virtually undetectable. Has a mild nic-hit. Won't bite. A pleasant smoke that may need a little drying time, or the tobacco at the bottom of the bowl can get a little hard, especially if you are a wet smoker. Needs a fair amount of relights. I consider it to be more of a sipping blend. Two and a half stars.


7 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

The tin note is liquor, a little honey and a little vanilla. Cut is an irregular wide ribbon with some chunks and a few "fish flakes."

Smoked, this was a fairly pleasant mild aromatic that has a slight chemical taste when first lit. Room note is nice and smells a little of pastry maybe. It is hard to identify. There was not much tobacco flavor there.

This one is hard for me to rate. For an aromatic of this sort, it is probably a 2.5. My tastebuds give it a 2.

6 people found this review helpful.

Jevverrett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jevverrett (104)
Very Mild Strong Mild Pleasant

I got this tin bc I asked what is was. The owner gave it to me for free quite readily. He's a good guy, and I recommend his shop to anyone looking for a place to buy pipes and tobacco of any kind. If he doesn't have it, he will get it for you. He is however a businessman. And while it was a well appreciated freebie, it was also not unlike bad advice. A bit too quickly given, and much to hastily accepted haha. I had just purchased my peterson01 st Patricks day 2014 from him. My 3 yr old son Seamus was climbing all over his overstuffed leather couches as I was scrutinizing his wares thoroughly.

The tin sounds like it full of bbs when you shake it gently, it's not as full as it looks to be. I had it figured for broken flake, but I can accept it for being a course cut if they say so. Smells strongly of vanilla and honey. I roughed it up a bit before putting it into a slightly used cob and I set down to business.

Come to find out it was a messy business indeed. It burned like hellfire in my mouth and did not taste pleasant. Neither like tobacco nor like the vanilla it claims to flavored with. It's not that it wasn't flavored, and heavily so to my tastes. It was just not very vanilla to me. Maybe a good comparison would be vanilla coffee from McDonalds. I was wet as well. I unloaded my pipe halfway and a few days later tried again.

This time I let it sit out 10 mins or so to dry. I double charred it. It was still not very good to me. It's behavior was appalling. I couldn't get over the bland artificial nastiness of it. The nic content wasn't apparent to me either. The cut was fun to work with. It was easy to prepare for the pipe. It took a flame well enough and my wife/gf though it smelled "lovely". That's her way of making fun though. The words, "smells like the pipe fairies' favorite perfume" come to mind haha. It was free, so no harm done. I can't help thinking it may have been revenge for wee little boot prints on his lounge couches though.

I'm sure there are a large number of smokers out there who would love this blend, and they are welcome to it. It may be well suited to an experienced aro lover, or good for someone learning to smoke a pipe and new to tobacco in general. It's not for me however.

Pipe Used: MM legend

Age When Smoked: Not sure, new tin though

Purchased From: Orange cigars and more, orange ct

3 people found this review helpful.

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

Low quality tobaccos, weird flavors, propylene glycol and a funny smell is what you get with this one. It does not burn properly. It leaves an awful taste in the mouth that is difficult to remove. You will need to clean your bowl with cognac or bourbon with some sea salt (soak for several hours) to exercise the demon that possesses the briar in its wake. Don't do it!

3 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Sutliff is kind enough to send our pipe club a dozen tins of their blend of the month and they've been doing it for years (Altadis, prior to Sutliff), and French Quarter came to us very fresh right after they included it in their "Private Stock" listing of tobaccos.

Most Sutliff blends are broad (another word for coarse) cut and, of course, cannot be rubbed out further in such a form. So, expect a slower burn which was intended as these blends usually contain a lot of casing which can heat up any tobacco - including Burley. French Quarter's descriptive here is honey and Vanilla. I tasted neither but did taste a rather unnatural sweetness that frankly, was pretty good. Almost sweet almond extract in nature. The blend is pretty moist and doesn't dry out, so expect a lot of moisture in your pipe after smoking it. Not at all bitey and loaded with flavor (other than tobacco), that really had our club's aromatic crowd delightfully happy.


2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30124)
Medium Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

The tin aroma of this coarse, plug-cut cavendish is of treacly sweet coffee liqueur.

This is made primarily of cavendished light burleys and red virginias. There is a soupçon of dark leaf, most likely black cavendish, as perique doesn't seem to sensibly manifest. Heavily applied, the liqueurish topping is appealing.

French Quarter is a sweet and smooth cavendish which is thoroughly unlike Bourbon Street. It will definitely ghost a briar and seemed best in a narrow to medium gauge chamber.

2 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (395)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This tin was a freebee from a fellow pipe club member. It has a wonderfully intense sweet honey like tin aroma and is comprised of large chunky flakes of tobacco. It smokes nice and sweet. I cannot really detect any bourbon flavor and can’t really describe what it tastes like except maybe vanilla, a little honey but that is only borrowed from the description on the web site. I do not have much of a discerning palette to describe this like some of the pros do. It is a nice aromatic and maybe I have just tried too many different blends lately to give it the in depth review it deserves. A nice flavored aromatic tobacco, what more can I say? If you can find a tin, try it.

Pipe Used: Pear wood pipe from Ukraine.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30124)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

When I opened the tin I smelled a faint but plesent vanilla smell and found this blend to be very mild yet pleasing. Everyone in the room complimeneted the scent. dry a little before you smoke just a little to moist in the tin for my liking. Recomeneded for the first time smoker because it has a mild flavor. Did not burn to hot and had no bite what so ever.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30124)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Not real interesting, and the cut is odd. I love simple burley blends like Prince Albert and Velvet so I am very hard to bore, but contrary to the blurb, this tobacco succeeded. I will try at least once any blend with a reference to New Orleans, having lived there years ago. Perhaps to really honor the French Quarter it needs the flavors of fruits, nuts and liquor.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30124)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

After trying and enjoying Maple Street, I thought I'd give a few of their other blends a try.

Upon opening the tin, I detected a faint vanila scent, but not much else. If there is a topping or casing, this vanila might have come from that, but I don't think so. In no way would I classify this as an aromatic.

The coarse cut produces little chunks of tobacco about the size of a BB, mixed in with a good amount of loose tobacco. Packing straight out of the tin vs. rubbing it out didn't seem to make that much of a difference in the smoking quality. It is a bit more moist in the tin that it appears, so I recommend drying it out a bit before smoking.

It was a bit resistant to charing, requiring a second match to properly char and a third to finally get a good light. It smoked best hot, requiring careful attention to avoid scorching the tongue.

The flavor was difficult to ascertain until I got to my second bowl. I suppose it comes closest to toasted whole wheat bread or perhaps a toasted bagel. Occasionally, I encountered a faint bit of soapiness mixed in, but it would fade in an out, not apparently timed with how far I was through the bowl.

Being generous, I gave this 2 stars. It wasn't bad enough to deserve a single star, and I suppose this flavor might actually be attractive to a different pallette than mine. That said, I won't be buying a second tin of Sutliffe's French Quarter.

1 person found this review helpful.

Capn Jimbo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capn Jimbo (24)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Look, this is an easy one. Way too many subsequent reviews here tend to reflect a few opinion leaders, a shame in this case. Ignore the smattering of 1-stars by the negativistic nabobs, and read the rest, adding one star to each. A fine, well balanced, lightly aromatic yet featuring the lovely components of the blend.

Hard to beat. If you find any - FQ has been discontinued - buy all you can. 3.5...

Pipe Used: Cob of course.

Age When Smoked: Unknown, but on sale if that tells you anything.

Purchased From: local tobacconist.

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Pierre Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pierre (14)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The tin note was topped burleys. Flavoring was there, but not like your typical aromatic. Gentle and sub-dued with a hint of sweetness but far from cloying. Nasal exhale was comfortable and my preferred way of smoking this blend, not to mention sipping instead of puffing. This blend will reward you in a savory-sweet velvet smoke. It has the same flavor profile of an american-style teriyaki sauce in reference to proportion of savory to sweet, rather than local flavor. Altogether not bad, but leaves me longing for a more natural tobacco.

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Coda Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Coda (33)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is an awfully interesting blend. The cut is amazing: large chunks of thick, broken flake combined with large cuts and rough ribbon. It smells of anise in the tin, and smokes pretty good. It is a big hard to get going, due to the interesting cut most likely, but smoke well once it gets going. This blend reminds me a bit of Great Outdoors, but is a bit fuller in flavor. It also reminds me of Mixture #79, minus the floral note...

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Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (163)
Extremely Mild Mild Very Mild Unnoticeable

A received a free sample of this from Sutliffe awhile back. So first off, thanks guys. I let it sit in my tobacco cabinet for 6 or 8 months before trying it out, so that might explain the pleasantly surprisingly low moisture content - at least of my tin. Presentation was thick ribbon cut. Tin note was a lovely melange of vanilla and coffee bean, with a subtle kiss of sweet liqueur. So far so good.

Took a light well and burned well, particularly for the style. When sipped slowly, I could taste the vanilla and coffee bean - another rarity for the style. When pushed, this blend seems to lose flavor and become rather bland, so slow smoking is definitely the way forward with this one.

Interestingly, for an American style aromatic that actually tastes a bit like the tin note, there was shockingly little room note. Mrs Perique, a connoisseur of room notes, described it as neutral - nonexistent. I expected quite the opposite.

The tobacco itself was extremely mild, virtually flavorles, as several previous reviewers have alluded to. Overall this one left me wondering what this delightful top dressing would taste like on some robust, good quality tobaccos. This blend burned hot and fast, as is typical of the style, but left a relatively minimal amount of flavored Cavendish and PG goop in the bowl.

Overall not a bad aromatic but far too mild. While enjoyed the top noting, the room note was comparatively lackluster. Not an awful blend (and this is a style containing some God-awful blends) but not likely one I would rush out to buy. A well done aromatic is always a pleasant surprise. Unfortunately this one falls just short of that level. Certainly not horrid, so two stars as this may be a good fit for someone who likes an extremely mild aromatic.

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ven Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ven (16)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

This is a fun one! French Quarter is a blast because it's so chunky, and has a lot of character. It's like a conversation that keeps moving in different directions, so there's a lot of corners that this one takes you around. Lots of scenery. I find this one very earthy, and it reminded me of good times while out camping. Personally, I like the chunky flakes in this one, and it took a minor, minor couple of lights to get going, but when it set, it went through the whole bowl. French Quarter made the best impression on me whilst having a sipping whiskey, and enjoying some good conversation with friends at the end of the day. It's fine, but nothing great...and certainly compared to their R-Blend, or other quality tobaccos in general.

Pipe Used: Laxey Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: 45

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Calam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Calam (5)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I got a free tin of this as a sample. Perhaps the fact that I didn't have to pay for it colored my review slightly, but here's what I thought:

Has a kind of chocolatey-raisin smell in the tin. There appear to be some flake chunks in there that aren't quite fully rubbed, so it was a little resistant to charring. Took two charring lights to get it going.

Has a kind of toasted bread taste to it that's really unique. I like it. I wouldn't buy more, but it's pleasant.

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The Conde Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Conde (17)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

The tin note is amazing--somewhere between coffee and fresh baked bread--but it is way too mild for my taste and I am a beginner. It burns evenly but takes some work to get going. It isn't a bad smoke, but the taste is very subdued. The room note is pleasant but not as pronounced as I expected, but I have to smoke outdoors.

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