Sutliff Tobacco Company Match Troost Aromatic Cavendish

A match of Troost "Aromatic". This is a very traditional Cavendish-style tobacco, made of superb Virginias, Burleys, and Orientals, processed with a special method that develops a rich, smooth flavor with a pleasant aroma.
Notes: Sutliff's match of Troost Aromatic Cavendish.


Brand Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blended By Carl McCallister
Manufactured By Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Burley, Cavendish, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Flavoring Caramel, Other / Misc
Cut Coarse Cut
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
Mild to Medium
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

2.63 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 15, 2015 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
The gold Virginia cavendish provides tart and tangy citrus, sugar and honey bread notes with a little grass as the main component. The nutty, earthy, toasty burley is a condiment. A pinch of earthy Oriental provides a floral note, a little wood, vegetation, and not much else. The toppings are mild butterscotch and a more obvious caramel. They are mildly fruity and tone down the tobacco a bit. The original has a little deeper flavor, but it’s bitey if you puff very fast, and can lose just a little of its flavor when that happens. The latter two observations are not true of the Match, which is much smoother, will not bite, and is moderately close in taste to the original. The flavor doesn't weaken near the finish or if you puff beyond a reasonable pace, which can happen to the original, especially if the tobacco is dry. The coarse cut of the tobacco is the same. Both have very little nicotine. The strength is a step past the mild mark. The taste is close to the center of mild to medium. It burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace with a very consistent taste. Both leaves hardly any moisture at the bottom of the bowl, and need an average number of relights. Both have an short lived, pleasant after taste and room note. Both are all day smokes. I gave the original two stars. This gets three because of the lack of bite, and it's smoother than the original even if it isn't a perfect match.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 03, 2018 Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
Sutliff Tobacco Co. - Match Troost Aromatic Cavendish.

The original Troost Aromatic was badged as shag cut when I reviewed it but I pointed out, in fact, it's a coarse cut/broken flake. This is even coarser! Despite all the negativity aimed at V.R. Troost I recommended it, I enjoyed it. So, the match, any good?

A burn's easy enough to initiate, and like what it attempts to emulate I enjoy it. The same as the original it's quite a sweet tasting aromatic: honey and butterscotch, on top of good quality Cavendish. It seems a little cooler as it smokes, due to the coarser cut. But, the original wasn't exactly 'hot'! I've smoked this alongside a bowl of the Van Rossems one and a big difference is the original needs fewer tamps/relights. But, this is still a good enough smoke for three stars!

Nicotine: mild to medium. Room-note: pleasant.


Pipe Used: Rattray's Celtic #15 Calabash
PurchasedFrom: Cup O' Joes
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 18, 2019 Mild Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant
When I open the pouch I see what looks like the original Troost blend. The aroma and feel of the tobacco brings back memories of the old blend. The room note is far better than I remember and those around me just loved the aroma. Cant wait to buy more!
Pipe Used: Kirk Bosi Apple various cobs
Age When Smoked: fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 06, 2020 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant
I liked the original Van Rossems Troost Aromatic Cavendish and still have some stashed. So, on a whim, I got some of the match. Smoking the two side by side, they weren't exactly the same but close enough for rock and roll. I actually find the match somewhat more flavorful. I actually ordered a pound this morning. There's enough oriental to keep ones interest and the added flavors are sweet without being cloying. It's a good easy all day smoke. If you were a fan of troost aro, you won't be let down.
Pipe Used: Both briars and cobs
Age When Smoked: Fresh to one year
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 02, 2020 Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
I never tried the original Troost. I always heard it was a decent smoke so I decided to give the Sutliff version a try. It's nothing to write home about. While not horrible it ain't great either. It's just a slightly below average run of the mill aromatic. Very mild without much flavor. It has a kind of burnt sugar after taste to me. I didn't care for it at all.
Pipe Used: Various
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 12, 2022 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant
Never smoked much of the original. That was in the late 70's. I only smoke the match once and a while. I definitely taste citrus. Maybe some pumpernickel bread. The orientals make me think of McClelland's Grand Orientals but which one I don't know. Opens my sinuses for some reason which is interesting. The Cavendish seems unsweetened to me. Has a unique overall flavor that intrigues me. There is some spice here but tame. Please keep in mind that though I'm 70 years old I'm new to reviewing tobacco blends. No connoisseur for sure.
Pipe Used: Aldo Velani
PurchasedFrom: Pipes and Cigars
Age When Smoked: 2 years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 19, 2023 Very Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
Presently the discussion now brings us around to a representative sample of this very replication endeavor. Entering for consideration is one Match Troost from the Sutliff Tobacco Company. Engendering the spirit of its literal namesake, this mixture of assorted varietals is designed to render a comforting celebration of a traditional Dutch Cavendish styled production. Inspired as a competing match to the very dated and now discontinued Van Rossem original, mild natured Match Troost encompasses a combination that brings lightly top-coated Virginia dominance and complementing Burley bundled with the accenting of Turkish/Orientals. Of primary note is the presence of an obliging caramel flavoring threaded with a few other inveigling embellishments.

Sold as a bulk packaged tobacco, Match Troost shows a drier, grainy, and roughly course cut configuration with considerable pilings of micro dust particles. A multi-toned shading of general tans and browns casts a modest and unassuming presentation. What is more, the pouch nose is encountered as extremely slighted, projecting a lower scented magnitude of non-distinct character, mostly registering only as a delicate native earthiness and vague diluted sweetness.

My trial assessment revealed Match Troost to be an exceptionally weaker positioned aromatic alternative. With a standard character that followed a less than average performance, candidly, I must express that I experienced its attraction as particularly uneventful and meagered in distinction; hope that does not sound mean. However, in redemption of that stern natured assessment, I would suggest that what really pulls more strongly into the registerable profile is the influence of the Red Cavendish with the inconsequential encouragement from all other recipe ingredients. As such, the blend presents a fair to middling appeal in terms of its overall taste. Speaking in more simple terms, this mixture poses an ordinary and sweetly airish temperament in lieu of being imaginatively committed.

Essentially the top noted featuring does properly center a pleasing darker toasty caramel note, however, its impact is rather turned down, relegated to a categorically neutral intensity. Building upon the shy pleasantry of this lead dressed element nevertheless is the confluence of some fainter sugary honey and occasionally the distinct influence of a creamy butterscotch-like annotation that enriches the trailing finish of the flavor. I did sense that there is possibly some inkling of an alcohol additive hiding within given the experienced bite and the persistent hissing that the smoking consistently provoked. In sum, not an overly assertive coated flavoring on the whole, but perceivably interesting to some perhaps.

As noted, basically Match Troost offers a full expression of an adventure in Red Cavendish as its standing registerable character. Mostly the comprising Virginian strains project a general cultured tangy citrus that lies dominantly in the forward band, garnished with a little grassiness that is not overly bright in complexion. Still, there is an essential push of some tamer zest and darker fruit wooded coloring that culminates the comprising personality of this Virginian stream. Nice and normally likeable in short.

Regarding the gently soured Burley, its backing lends some standard earth tones and spicy body with tracings of sugary nuttiness along the rear bottom of the taste sphere. Whereas the Turkish/Oriental entertains a bit of complementing musty floral nuancing but nothing too extraordinary in stature. In terms of its overall occurrence, the native rendering is basic and essential to the blend’s persona but not especially distinguished in the rankings.

What is more, I discovered the ensuing room note evoked by its expenditure to be principally favored toward a softer tangy grass that was classically minimal in depth and witnessable strength. Furthermore, this unfortunately cheated essence seemed to dissipate quickly by all considerations. Yet, Match Troost’s humbled fragrance could be labeled as appreciably tolerant to pleasant all the same . As to the critique of the tobacco’s mechanical functioning, this blend does tend to elicit a minor degree of discomfort upon the palate, which may detract from its received attractiveness. In addition to that reductive attribute, Match Troost does carry some curtailing roughness in its texture, which only served to lessen the smoking experience. And finally, the smoke plumage produced was normally lighter in body as the tobacco fought at times to control its desire to escalate in temperature.

All in all, I will not speak to its equivalency to the popular Van Rossem created original but based upon the objective evaluation of Match Troost on its own merits, yeah sorry my good Sutliff, this one regrettably fell disappointingly short based upon the noted specifics. On a more positive comment, I did mix this blend with a portion of Lane’s BLBW and Sir Walter Raleigh Regular and the results were much more encouraging. Essentially the caramel influence, as guarded as it was, seemed to provide a nice relishing quality to the union of that specific homegrown mixing. And remember, in a world full of copycats, be original as you can. So, there you have it my fellow pipers! 2.0 Pipes.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 25, 2023 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I have never tasted the original Van Rossem’s iteration and cannot compare the Sutliff match. It does appear that Sutliff substitutes cavendish for Kentucky.

The pouch note is sweet, lightly perfumed, hard to describe. The cut is a brilliant ready rubbed preparation consisting of light brown and yellow leaf. The burn is unhurried and low maintenance. The smoke has a very light, but never thin, mouthfeel. The VA delivers some lightly tangy citrus notes and toast. The burley seems to function mainly by adding bass and body, but may work with the oriental leaf to contribute some really pleasant mustiness. Faint floral notes ebb and flow in the background. Most of the above sounds positive. In spite of the light and sometimes mouthwatering texture/body, the smoke bit with little provocation. If smoked slowly, deliberately, it barely nips.

The most salient thing I can say about this blend was how much it tastes like Amphora Full Aroma. The toppings are clearly different, the component leaves are different. Yet, the basic tobacco flavor is close enough for government work. I’m fairly certain this blend is topped with butterscotch, caramel, honey, or some combination thereof. Not a bad choice for springtime smoking.
Pipe Used: Numerous briars
PurchasedFrom: SP
Age When Smoked: Fresh bulk
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