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Extraordinarily smooth. A Fire-cured Black Cavendish. Guaranteed to garner compliments

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish
CutBroken Flake
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2783)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This black cavendish blend offers very little tobacco taste. What you get is a vanilla with a little depth, a hint of chocolate, and a light sugar note. Barely has any nicotine. The taste level is closer to mild than it is to medium. Won’t bite or get harsh. Needs a light dry time. Burns cool and clean and slightly slow with a smooth, very consistent flavor. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, and needs a few relights as it burns a mite wet. Has a very pleasant after taste and room note. Can be an all day smoke or a mixer.


6 people found this review helpful.

Bbrown626 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bbrown626 (141)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I am not sure how I missed Sutliff tobacco for so many years and have smoked some very good blends that have stayed in my rotation, but Black Vanilla is the best I have had. When it went on sale at P&C last month, I bought an ounce of several Sutliff blends, including Black Vanilla. This is the vanilla blend I had hoped to find for a very long time. It is a pure black cavendish with a very pleasant room note. It is one of the few vanilla blends that I can actually taste the vanilla. Be sure to use a big bowl to smoke this one, or you will be reloading. No bite, burns cool. This is a winner!

Pipe Used: Harrington Park Billard

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2024)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Sutliff Tobacco Co. - Black Vanilla.

It's a black, coarse cut, sweet smelling blend, which arrives as you'd expect a steadfast aromatic; moist. I like to smoke my blends a touch damp, but others may deem it necessary to let it air.

I don't find the flavour quite as 'clumsy' as a lot of the vanilla aromatics. The vanilla forms a LOT of the smoke, but the fire-curing adds a subtle smokiness, and detracts it from being too typical for this genre. It creates big plumes of smoke, which, although smelling sweet, might require an open window! The burn from BV is perfect; cool, dependable, generating a bite-free smoke.

Nicotine: mild. Room-note: like I said, lovely!

Black Vanilla? A nice smoke, one which deserves a recommendation:

Three stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson Kinsale XL11

Age When Smoked: New

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2 people found this review helpful.

Fred T Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fred T (67)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Pleasant

An excellent Vanilla flavored pipe tobacco. Mild, nice room note. I'm a sucker for Vanilla flavored aromatics. This is right up there with the best. The smell in the pouch is nice, reminds me of a pipe tobacco I smoked years ago called Carmella. Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Dunhill Red Bark Billiard Number 4

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

usafvol1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
usafvol1 (16)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is a very solid go-to for me. Well cut, perfect moisture. Thick smoke that slowly surrounds your head. Vanilla is definitely the main flavor, but it is subtle, yet warm and rich, more like a black vanilla bean. No bite. Room notes are pleasing. My wife likes it, and she has very stringent room note standards.

Pipe Used: Peterson system, Viking 301, Calabash meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Fresh to 4 months.

Purchased From: P&C

1 person found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (303)
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant

In the world of Vanilla black Cavendish's I rate them in two categories. Shade of black and strength of Vanilla. The darker BC like this and McClelland VBC and Lane BCA seem to be much better quality than say House of Windsor's Argosy which was grayish black. This VBC is heads above most except the two I listed above which is saying a lot since the world is literally littered with Vanilla Black Cavendish blends. Not super sticky and not giant unmanageable chunks of gloppy leaf, this came somewhat dry and has a truly exceptional aroma. Classic pure vanilla scent. Sutliff produces noxious mixtures of just about any flavor you can think of to spray leaf with and those blends have made me gag after a puff or two. Sutliff Black Vanilla got the perfect Vanilla taste and aroma down pat with this stuff. I taste chocolate cake with Vanilla Icing which is exactly what I was wanting. McClelland's VBC has the Butterscotch down, Lane BCA has a great base but the 1Q type aroma leaves me wanting a little more Vanilla, that's where this blend shines. Aromatic where passerby's and others in the room will cheer but not sickeningly sweet. Dry for ten min on a plate, burns down to last 1/4 effortlessly and then dump the bowl, the bottom tobacco acts as a filter wringing out tar and goop so chuck it. Price is bottom shelf, very cheap. BTW this was Altadis Black Vanilla before Sutliff acquired it and used great leaf. Mix 1:1 with a golden Cavendish to make an AMAZING smoke!! == Its usually backordered at which means when you get it, it will be super fresh due to the turnover.

Pipe Used: cobs, no name Italian Briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

Similar Blends: McClelland - Bulk Vanilla Black Cavendish, Lane Limited - BCA, Captain Black - Dark.

1 person found this review helpful.

ski2liv Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ski2liv (16)
Mild Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

Another mild, pleasant aromatic. Like a lot of the other dark mild blends, this one has a spectacular room note, mild flavor and no bite. It's great for someone getting into the aromatic world, but it is missing some body. It's a little sticky, and even when dried it gurgled a bit. Not horrible, but I usually have to run a cleaner down the stem once or twice during the smoke. Overall, if you want something for the room note- this is a sure winner. If you want an extremely easy to puff all day type of aromatic, this one will please. If you want something with good flavor and body, you'll need to look elsewhere or add something to the mix.

Age When Smoked: 1 year

1 person found this review helpful.