If ever there should be a blend worthy of the Roman God of Wine that blend is Bacchanalia. In consensus among wine connoisseurs and smokers alike, this fine Burley and Virginia blend is worthy of lasting admiration.
The medium brown, lightly citrus sweet, grassy Virginia acts mainly as a base for the mild earthy, nutty, molasses sweet burley. The red wine and fruit toppings are medium strength. Though it only crowds out the tobaccos to a moderate extent, the wine taste is the high quality major player with some sweetness and some tangy tartness. Has very little nicotine. Won't bite or get harsh. Burns cool, clean and slightly slow as it is a little moist with a smooth, very consistent flavor. Leaves some dampness in the bowl, and needs a few relights. An all day smoke that leaves a very pleasant after taste, and room note.
This presents as a mild VaBur with a fruit and wine topping. The tin note is pleasant and does not smell of checmicals. Mine was in a pretty good state of humidity for smoking and did not require drying.
The smoking experience is pleasant. The fruit taste is slightly sweet and there is a little tart flavor there. You never forget it is a VaBur. This makes a nice combination.
Another Virginia/Burley combination from Sutliff that makes the rounds at pipe clubs. It was original sent out several years ago to my club and I kept a tin, not so much to age but because Sutliff is very generous and sent a lot of this stuff and we had some left over. I had to power up the riding mower to clear my walking path out at the "back-40" recently, and decided to give this one a go as I rode slowly. I also puffed slowly and rather enjoyed the combination of flavors presented. Most of all, I liked whatever casing was in the Cavendish, sweet but not overly so. I said the room note was pleasant but actually, I should have said the "pasture note."
Last summer I bought about 40 tins of pipe weeds from an Ebay seller and there were bunches of Sutliff Private Stock blends in there. I opened and smoked the ones I had never tried; with the exception of this blend. I had two tins with me at our 2018 NASPC show on my table and they both sold readily. So, people must have a fairly positive attitude about Bacchanalia and, guess what, so do I. The tin presentation is dominated by the aroma of, what is touted to be, red wine. I think that's an accurate description and it is a friendly and pleasant odor. The cut is of a long ribbon and the color range is restricted to some various tan tobaccos with a modest amount of a slightly darker leaf; reputed to be a black Cavendish. This is a familiar formula and many theme and variation blends exist in this category. Bacchanalia is a relatively mild variety of this genre and very easy to smoke. It never nips nor gives any backtalk while delivering a subtle, but always satisfying, balance of flavors. It's not a very strong mixture and you're probably not going to write home about it; however, it's a pretty little smoke and I can recommend it with three stars.
Pipe Used: Northern Briars Apple-2016 NASPC year pipe
Age When Smoked: 3-4 years old
Purchased From: an Ebay seller
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The topping is sweet, fruity wine. Very tasty. The tobacco flavors are slightly more pronounced than the topping. A big positive is that the Black Cav doesn't take over the blend. It stays in the background becoming only a little more evident toward the end. A very nice blend.
I really like the wine flavor of this tobacco. It probably isn't for everyone but it works for me. It burns smooth and stays lit without much work. The flavor is not chemical or have an artificial taste like I suspected. Room note nice, but not overpowering.Tin note smells like red wine, very pleasant all around smoke.
This stuff tastes like garbage tobacco that has been cased with cheap wine, propylene glycol and only God and Sutliff know what other chemicals. If the Roman God of wine favored wine at a grade somewhere between Sutter Home and Boone's Farm, then the description is not over the top.
I wouldn't buy this again if it was a penny. You couldn't give me the stuff for free and get me to smoke it. If all pipe tobacco tasted like this, then I would just stick with cigars. I must say that some people obviously like this stuff. After trying three different bowls at different times to see if maybe my palate was just off (nope), I gave it to the guy who cuts my hair and told him he is welcome to just throw it away if he does not like it. The next time he cut my hair, I asked him if he liked it. He said it "did fine in a pinch." Personally, I would rather just smoke nothing if I ran out of good stuff. Thankfully, I have a considerable stash with a plethora of blends and won't miss this Bacchanalia stuff one bit.
got a free tin of this at a local Brick and Mortar and have packed a pipe full of a nice smelling Areo its a good cut not a really big shag but still good and a light well it burns hot but not a big deal. good taste grape on the end I like it
The Tin aroma exhibits a pleasant wine smell ---red wine perhaps. The tobacco needs a little air time to bring out its tangy and comforting taste. I am writing this in the middle of a heat wave and this is a nice summer time blend.
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