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Perfect after dinner smoke. A taste of Rome! Smooth and aromatic.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McCallister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringAmaretto, Vanilla
Packaging1.5 ounce can
ProductionNo longer in production
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Very Mild, Mild
Mild to Medium
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ZoNoMo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ZoNoMo (3)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

I am really looking forward to writing this review, having never heard of this tobacco prior to today. The only thing I know about Sutliff’s Roma Vita is that it’s an aromatic tobacco. So being an aro pipe smoker, this feels a little like what I remember Christmas Eve to be like as an 8 year old. Though not having the details, I knew I was in for a special treat – that’s exactly how I feel right now. Truth be told, I’ve turned into a giant Sutliff fan since my first bowl of Molto Dolce and Moulin Rogue – now named Cabaret Rogue. I have found their tobacco to be of the finest and consistent quality. Now thinking about my 8-year old self, the only question I have is will I be getting something useful – like socks – or will I be getting the toy of my dreams? Here goes……

Like all Sutliff Private Stock tobacco tins, Roma Vita comes in a cardboard “tin” with a plastic gold top. And like all the rest, they are tastefully decorated and become more interesting the more you stare at them. Now that I’ve popped the tin, I realize I’ve been rewarded with yet another amazing and unique scent. It almost smells like chocolate mixed with booze, maybe burbon. It seems to also have fruity notes as well. Believe it or not, I can almost sense a "cut grass" scent too. It really smells amazing in the tin. Probably not as captivating as Molto Dolce but incredible in its own right.

The tobacco feels slightly damp but soft and feathery. You cannot feel any casing whatsoever – what a pleasant surprise. It has a traditional neutral brown color with not too much yellow or dark tobacco mixes. I’ll be smoking this tobacco in a 1970’s Falcon Pipe with a new meerschaum bowl and I’ll be lighting with Diamond Greenlight matches.

The smoke has a very pleasant yet neutral room note. It definitely does not overwhelm you with either good or bad scents. I’m getting a lot of nods from my family. However, the taste is quite a bit subtler than the scent; you almost have to work to taste it. The experience almost feels gentle or passive like the tobacco is trying not to be the main attraction. After one bowl, I don’t think I would smoke this tobacco daily, though I would reach for it often. It’s very enjoyable.

Sutliff has done it again. They have created yet another new experience for me. When I need to think, relax and enjoy but not be bowled over by my tobacco scent, I think I’ll reach for a tin of Roma Vita. Did I get socks or the cool new toy? I think I just got a very very good book. The kind you read over and over again.

Monte Montemayor

Pipe Used: Falcon w Meerschaum Bowl

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Online

4 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2647)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

A mild aromatic with a pleasant amaretto topping, and light vanilla subtext provided by the black cavendish. The Virginia is underplayed, adding a light grass note or two. The burley chips in with a little nutty flavor. Has very little nicotine. Won't bite, but can get warm on the tongue. Thinly cut so it burns well, but don't puff it like a freight train. Has a consistent flavor, and leaves just a little moisture in the bowl. Needs an average number of relights. It has a very nice aftertaste, and while it is designed to be an after dinner smoke, it's also good as your all day companion while you go about your business.


4 people found this review helpful.

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

This blend smells great in the tin. The tin note reminds me of pistachios. It does not translate to the smoke for me, however. I found that when smoked, this blend has little taste at all. It smells great in the room, though. A typical aromatic...

1 person found this review helpful.

zwolanek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zwolanek (21)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This is very nice. It uses a shag cut and required a lot of drying out, but after that, it burned well and was pretty tasty. About 15% dottle. I think the casing is port or burgundy wine. It is burley, so it can bite if you're not careful.

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