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The perfect way to start a good morning. This lavish mixture of pressed Virginia ribbon, pressed black ribbon, Turkish and latakia is sure to awaken the taste buds. Perfect for fans of Dunhill Early Morning Pipe.

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

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McCallister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging1.5 ounce tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3046)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The Cyprian latakia is present, but not strong, and its woody, earthy, sweet smokiness is complemented very nicely by the grass and citrus of the Virginia. The lemon Va. is citrusy, and mildly tangy sweet as a competitor to the other Virginia. The woody, earthy, lightly buttery sweet and sour, mildly floral Turkish is just above being a condiment. The rum topping mellows the blend, but it doesn't sublimate the tobaccos much as you'll notice their respective aspects in every puff. The strength is a couple of steps past the mild mark, and the taste is just past the center of mild to medium. The nic-hit is mild, and it won't bite or get harsh. Burns just a tad slow, cool, clean and fairly smooth from start to finish with a very consistent flavor. Leaves little moisture in the bowl and has a pleasant, short lived after taste. Needs a few relights. I give it three stars for mild to medium English blends. Can be an all day smoke.


9 people found this review helpful.

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

Sutliffe has been hitting the market the last couple of years with some very fine and inexpensive blends that have been well received. This is another one of their attempts at creating something worthy of a good pipe.

Sunrise Blend does not have the strength or Oriental presence of Dunhill's famous Early Morning Pipe. Additionally, this blend has a mild casing (as do other Sutliffe English blends such as #5). The combination is unique and palate pleasing. There is a bit of an edge to this blend which suggests less than top-shelf Virginia.

All in all, a nice change of pace but not a blend that I'll go back to very often.

Many thanks to Altadis and Sutliffe for their continuing efforts on behalf of the world's pipe smokers.

5 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Very Mild Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

Provided to me because some people just love to force me to perform blind taste tests and they seem to get further joy in subjecting me to Sutliff blends. I only smoked 3 bowls of this, which makes this "review" far from reliable.

Interesting mix of dark and light ribbons. I guessed this as a Sutliff blend before I even lit it, as it had the signature Sutliff chemical aroma along with some kind of topping... rum, perhaps? Something alcohol. There was a light latakia aroma as well. The chemical aroma transferred to the taste, unfortunately. There was a decent flavor or two from the orientals but my personal tastebuds elevate a foreign topping if it's not done properly... the aforementioned chemical taste that many, many smokers have come to associate with Sutliff. Too bad, as without that topping, this could have been a decent blend. When asked to name the blend, my reply was Sutliff Light English Chemical Blend??? Nope, it was one of those "perfect for fans of x" sort of "match" blends that Sutliff made. Match for Early Morning Pipe??? Since when did Dunhill add a rum topping? What's with these Sutliff guys?!!? Anyway, the bottom line is that, again based on my 3 bowls, if you're looking for an Early Morning Pipe clone, you will be sorely disappointed. If you're looking for a mild English with some nice orientals and some red Virginia, this might work for you, as long as you can tolerate the foreign substances. I do not recommend this blend, however - there are many better choices in this genre out there. That could be why this one has been discontinued. I doubt there were many fans.

3 people found this review helpful.

JohnnyMcPiperson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyMcPiperson (119)
Very Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Mellow, smooth, and sweet with trace amounts of Latakia and some kind of a topping I can’t quite identify. I’m not an aro guy, but it’s tolerable. For me it was a much better smoke after drying out and sitting in a jar for a few years.

Pipe Used: A variety over several years

Age When Smoked: 1-8 years

Purchased From: Gift at Corps Expo

Similar Blends: Other Sutliff aromatics.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

This is an interesting blend. I am claiming the black pressed ribbon in the description is a burley-based unflavored black cavendish, and this is what gives it the mild sweet flavor and some of the burley notes other reviewers have mentioned. There may be a slight sweet topping, or the black cavendish has me thinking there is one.

I have had EMP, but it has been a while, and I did not pay a lot of attention. I am rating this on its own merits and not by comparison to EMP.

The orientals and latakia are there in the flavor profile. You notice them, but they are fairly subdued. Of the two I get a little more latakia. I can identify a bright Virginia in the mix.

The operative word here is mild. This is good, but I would like to try it with less (or none) of the "black pressed ribbon." If you are interested in a lighter Va/Black_cav with English tendencies, you should get some of this.

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Very Mild Mild Mild Tolerable to Strong

This blend just doesn't do it for me. The tin note is OK and the initial light gives the promise of a decent empty promise. After about the first 1/4 of the bowl, any flavor the initial light may have hinted at is gone and I was left with an acrid cigarette taste. I don't smoke cigarettes and don't like being tricked into tasting one. Aside from the bad taste, I kept getting an odd whiff of something that I can only describe as a gunpowder smell...yuk. I really like light English tobaccos and this one makes many promises it just couldn't deliver on. Avoid this one.

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

OK, I wasn't going to comment on this but when I saw it said it was perfect for fans of Dunhill EMP. Maybe if Dunhill had been in a horrible nuclear accident. To compare this to EMP is akin to comparing single malt scotch to evan williams. Not even close.

But to take it on it's own merit. It's not a bad smoke. It's a little too cased but still not bad. Tin aroma is sweet but you can't detect much of the latakia.

Burns fairly cool and the flavor is decent. It's almost not an aromatic but with the casing, I have to call it an aro.

Probably not a "go to" smoke but not too bad either.

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

Highly disappointed in this one. The tin aroma reminded me of Jose Cuervo. The flavor is what I would guess it would taste like if you smoked stale Cavendish out of a pipe made from Play-doh. And the room aroma is awful. I smoked half a bowl and didn't bother to relight it when it went out.

2 people found this review helpful.

King Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King Weed (228)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

This Sutliff Private Stock blend, unlike most others, was always around in brick and mortars in my area and, maybe, that's why I never smoked it. I was told it was sub-par and weak as an English blend. Then one tin showed up in a recent buy and we're going to open it right now. As soon as I opened the tin, I knew it wasn't a replication of Dunhill Early Morning Pipe; it's overall appearance was too dark and it's cut was a bit too rough. The tin aroma was surprisingly strong for a blend labeled as weak by others and it had the familiar aroma of an old and true formula for an English blend: Latakia, Oriental and Virginia. As soon as I lit my first bowl, I knew it would be a medium range English smoke and it smoked in a very familiar way for that genre. The top third flirted with four stars before giving way to a much tamer middle third. Fortunately, the bottom third showed up with some force and I was happy with the overall experience. Now, was it an Early Morning experience; not quite. Do I care; no. I think that Sunrise Smoke deserves to stand on it's own two feet as an independent blend. At it's strongest moments, Sunrise Smoke seemed like smoking something akin to the old Dunhill Standard Mixture Full and in it's weaker moments, Standard Mixture Mild. But, on the average, I would compare it to Standard Mixture Medium. I recommend this blend at three stars and state, for the record, that I do not understand all of the commentaries about it being weak and horrible.

Pipe Used: Northern Briars ELX 4-square billiard

Age When Smoked: unknown, but between 5 and 10 years old

Purchased From: a fellow pipe smoker

Similar Blends: This blend reminded me of Dunhill Standard Mixture Medium but was acceptable as an emulation of Dunhill Early Morning Pipe..

1 person found this review helpful.

Kuzuri44 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kuzuri44 (13)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This smoke is quite nice. Other who gave this a negative smoke came into this thing with too many expectations and presuppositions. By itself, without any comparison, this tobacco is FANTASTIC. Hits the nail on the head. Perfect morning smoke. It’s light and mild with the perfect amount of spice and zing from the orientals and Latakia, to wake up the pallete. Virginia’s are SO sweet. Great early morning puffer and I think the quality is good as well. Light topping has to be maple. Yum!!!

Pipe Used: Brigham 150th Sesqicentennial Canadian

Age When Smoked: 5 years

Purchased From: B & M

Similar Blends: Other morning tobaccos.

1 person found this review helpful.

BryGuySC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BryGuySC (26)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Note: Smoked as a blind review.

Light to black pieces. Pretty even mix. Faintly English, but I get more orientals than Latakia. There is a buttery spice there. This reminds me a little of Dunhill Early Morning Pipe, but more subdued. Not huge volumes of smoke from this one. I want to freight train this smoke to pull more flavor from it, but force myself to settle back and enjoy it for what it is. I dumped the ash, stirred the tobacco, tamped and relit. This helped it wake up a bit. The buttery oriental jumped back to the front. No burn on the retrohale. A slight sweetness is coming out, like I normally find in Virginias. All in all, an enjoyable smoke. Don't pack this one too tight.

1 person found this review helpful.

Fred T Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fred T (67)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is an excellent English style pipe tobacco, similar I understand to Dunhill's Early Morning. It's a pleasant mild to medium smoke with a nice balance of Latakia with orientals and Virginias. Give it a try if you like English blends. I give it a 4.

Pipe Used: Tom Eltang

Age When Smoked: 6 months.

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Dunhill My Mixture 965.

1 person found this review helpful.

Vladimir the Hun Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Vladimir the Hun (6)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

An outstanding tobacco. I thoroughly enjoyed this blend from start to finish. It has a mild room note, is not to strong nor extremely weak and is an altogether smooth smoke.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

This blend is advertised as one "for fans of Dunhill's Early Morning Pipe." I do not see that much of a similarity. EMP has much more of an oriental presence, and is a bit smokier. However, Sunrise Smoke is pretty good. It has a nice sweetness that almost reminds me of maple or brown sugar. It looks smokier in the tin than it tastes. There is a little spice, which could be either from the orientals, or preservatives. This is a tasty blend that, while not very similar to Dunhill's EMP, is on its own, very tasty and recommended...

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I would say this is an excellent blend. I would call myself primarily an aromatic & virginia tobacco smoker and I don't usually care for heavy Latakia blends if that gives you an idea where I am coming from however keeping as unbiased as possible this blend is a great transitional blend maybe for an aromatic smoker wanting to trial some Latakia. Sunrise lights and smokes easily with no bite, nice sweet flavor with a pinch of Latakia in the background. From what I can tell the room note is decent. The tobacco comes at near perfect moisture and smokes down easily. Worth looking into. I have had surprisingly good luck with all the private stock blends from Sutliff which have become a nice treat.

Pipe Used: Comoy medium bowl slightly bent stem

Age When Smoked: New just opened tin

1 person found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (318)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I found this on the whole to be a v pleasant, light, soft, slightly Oriental-forward smoke. What little Latakia there is was very much providing a little structure and very much in the background. The casing is there, perhaps a touch of Anise? It burned cleanly for me, not a trace of 'goopiness' that others have found. Not a cool smoke but without any real biting, and I found in large pipes it did get rather boring towards the end, but in a medium-size pipe, this was a nice relaxing smoke, although there was a lot more fluffy ash flying about than in most of the blends I've tried.

Nothing like EMP, but that's okay by me. Since I know there are many tobaccos out there I would rate a 4, the question arises would I rebuy this particular tobacco, assuming my tastes don't change much more. In this case, the answer is probably not.

1 person found this review helpful.

Clive Moses Apikouris Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Clive Moses Apikouris (41)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This is simply an American/English blend that while not outstanding in any way is very pleasant to puff away on. Everything about this blend could start out with the word slightly. Sunrise Smoke is slightly smokey, slightly sweet and very slightly oriental. Again it is very pleasant and while not complex, consistent and mild. You can just puff away on this all day, if you are so inclined. It burns dry, no nasty gaseous flavors from whatever mild casing has been used, not even a tingle of tongue bite from the Virginia used and it doesn't seem to ever go out until the bowl is finished. It is a fine tobacco for breaking in a pipe. A nicely formulated option from Altadis.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

It is quite an interesting tobacco. If you don't like Cavendish, I certainly recommend staying away. It has quite a strong top note, pretty much what you'd expect from an aromatic, it can be a bit goopy, as we expect from aromatics as well. Other than these though, it isn't bad. Per say. It just takes a bit of getting used to. I can't say it will make it into my regular lineup, but I certainly will finish the tin.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Cut as a rather fine ribbon, this smells primarily spicy and sweet with a light smoky overtone.

This is based upon excellent white burley, wholesome and rich. There is a goodly amount of turkish leaf, contributing its fragrant richness. There is a gentle amount of virginia and a good touch of natural black burley cavendish for sweetness. Latakia content is noticeable, though light.

A quality americanized english, though no Dunhill, this. Light and gentle, though flavorsome, Sunrise Smoke is a winning entry in the premium market, though it falls shy of the super-premium slotting. At a reasonable price point, this is a no brainer. This went well in a chamber of any gauge.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm no expert in latakia blends. In fact I won't be fool enough to attempt to pawn myself off as a know it all in anything.

I don't think its wise as a reviewer to compare one toby to another. Plain and simple facts. Talk about whats on your plate and not whats on someone elses and never compare the two.

I sampled this charming blend recently. I can safely say that if you are thinking about exploring the world of latakia blends that this would be a great place to start.

The Latakia flavor is there humbly placed to dance with everything else. Its not strong at all. You could smoke it all day while doing any task. It is indeed mild and yet distinctly flavorfull. There is a sweet note to this which cannot be explained as there is no caseing listed in this blend. It simply could be natural sugars from the virginia peaking out but I simply have my doubts. But it is so soft its not worth arguing over weather or not if this is an aero. Its simply not worth the effort to go into.

There was also a slight hint of a cocoa flavor there somewhere on several puffs. So much so that on the next few puffs I struggled fervantly to isolate it again on my palate which I could not do. As I put my mind away from it and went back to the book I was reading it came back very very subtley. So I can say this that this blend has some nice mild nuances that will leave you curiously pleased through out the bowl.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Very Mild Medium Very Mild Tolerable

This tobacco states that is an Early Morning Pipe look a like, and so it shall be judged.

To even compare this to anything Dunhill made is an absolute travesty.

I bought a tin of this at my local pipe shop because I was in an experimental mood, and the tin description sounded promising. Yet another can of empty promises. Thanks Altadis.

Upon opening the tin I was bombarded with some strange casing that really is not appropriate in anything trying to resemble an English breakfast blend. I can not quite put my finger on it, but ketchup maybe?

The black and brown specks were sticky and dripping with sweet casing. I grabbed one of my knock around work in the yard pipes and set out to this endeavour.

The first thing that hit me was this weird sweet but almost metallic casing. I was hoping this would burn off as I progressed through the bowl, but to no avail.

I remember EMP being light, satisfying with just enough Latakia to keep things interesting. If this blend even had real Latakia in it, it was a poor quality leaf.

I also do not remember Early morning pipe biting first thing in the morning. This stuff was like a little shiatsu that would not leave your slippers alone when you got out of bed.

I made it about three quarters through the bowl before the inevitable gurgle gurgle could be heard from the bottom of my briar. Upon closer listen I could hear a sizzle and crack as the casing burned away and coated the bowl of my pipe.

I never once got any flavour that resembled a light English or any English for that matter.

I do not usually write bad reviews, but this stuff was just terrible.

I don't think I could in good concious recommend this to anyone except maybe someone who has spent his life smoking Capt. Black White, and needs something a little lighter.


1 person found this review helpful.

Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (251)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

Honestly not bad. I bought it only because an 8 oz. tin was just over ten dollars, and I can't resist a bargain, even if it turns out to be expensive mulch! But seriously, this may not be a fine blend, but it is just fine. Supposed to be like Early Morning Pipe. I have never had EMP, but would guess that it is nothing like. Not classic enough. However, it is quite smokeable. Lots of black leaf, but it ain't Latakia. Actually, they say it is "pressed black ribbon" and that there is Latakia. Well, not much. There is some sweet sauce, maybe a little PG, but it does seem to be dryable, so can't be much. It bites a little, but it's controllable. This may be due to the fast burning rate, but the burn is even, and I found the problem went away with slow sipping. Anyway, the flavor came through better that way. This is definitely sugared, and there may be a flavoring as well, but it is mild and I can't put my finger on it yet. This will not replace my favorite Virginia flakes, but I could see myself smoking it in my rotation and maybe getting a couple more tins, especially if the price stays that low.

1 person found this review helpful.