F & K Bat With A Hat

A sweet blend of burley, Virginia, and Green River leaf, Bat with a Hat, as F&K puts it, "tastes like heaven and is crazy as hell." Would we expect anything less from the makers of Merde de Cheval?


Brand F & K
Blended By F & K Cigar
Manufactured By Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Black Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
Flavoring Alcohol / Liquor, Caramel
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 1.5 ounce tin
Country Denmark
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 09, 2016 Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
The Virginia is grassy with some tart and tangy citrus as the lead component, but not by much. The burley is nutty, earthy, woody and lightly molasses sweet in a support role. The black cavendish offers some sugar. The rich vanilla topping is compliment by a light caramel, and a drop or two of honey. The toppings fairly sublimate the tobaccos, though you will notice them just a little more after the half way point. The nic-hit is extremely mild. The strength is mild, while the taste level is in the center of mild to medium. Burns at a reasonable pace, cool, clean with a very smooth, consistent flavor. Won’t bite or get harsh. Requires a few relights, and leaves a little moisture in the bowl. Has a pleasant after taste and room note. It’s similar to 1-Q with a moderately deeper taste.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 27, 2015 Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
This aromatic is nicely done. It has a sweet caramel nuance and a hint of liqueur that subtly rounds this one out. This is a soft aro on the palate with a great subtle flavoring to savor. It burns smooth and mild and doesn't get hot. Burns nice and even til the very end. If you are an aro lover who loves the heavy flavoring, this one isn't for you. This is a delicate nuance that is a smooth as silk smoking experience. Easier and softer than lane 1Q on the smoking experience, and not as heavy on the topping (not the same flavor note of course). More enjoyable than simply the black cavendish based only aros. This has a great room note. It is a great smoke to enjoy around others and a smoke you can enjoy milking the subtly out of. Definitely not an in your face over the top aro. A mild enjoyable smoke you could hit all day. The liquor/liqueur doesn't give you a harshness like some alcohol flavored tobaccos can give - despite a heavy or soft draw, it remains delicate. I'd say if you like the discerning flavor of an aro, this is one to give a shot. If you are new to pipe smoking, this is a great offering. If you like power aros and lots of flavoring, this probably won't fill your need. In my opinion, this is nicely done and worthy of keeping a tin or two around for that time of need for a change of pace.
Pipe Used: bjarne, rossi, la strada
PurchasedFrom: Smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 18, 2016 Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
F & K - Bat With a Hat.

I bought this without reading any of the information, barring the name; it cracked me up!

It's quite a rugged cut, and even though the tin's fairly roomy, allowing breathing space, the blend's still moist. There's less black Cavendish in comparison to the others, and the tin-note's sublime; my first thought was "if it tastes as good as it smells, it's a winner!".

At first light it tastes like quite a simple caramel, vanilla, aromatic, there's no alcohol. It takes until about halfway through for the alcohol/liqueur to strengthen. When it does I'm still unsure as to what sort it is, but the alcoholic piquancy's notable. The casing stops some of the tobaccos getting through, and, given the larger quantity, the tobacco that gets the most of the stage is the Burley.

There isn't much nicotine in B.W.A.H, and the room-note's very pleasant.

I got this because of the funny name, but it's a good smoke. Recommended.

Four stars.
Pipe Used: Mr Brog Chochla
PurchasedFrom: Smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: Two months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 02, 2020 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
I would have never picked this up on my own, as the name itself was a bit annoying to me and struck me simply as a marketing gimmick. However, upon a solid recommendation from a local pipe store, I went ahead a took the plunge... and I'm glad I did. Very glad. A little moist at first, but still totally enjoyable right out of a fresh tin. Although the snooty english blend/aro-hater will condemn this blend, keep in mind... this is nothing more than a very nice aromatic. The tin note is outstanding with a light, barely noticeable hint of cinnamon and raisin. BwaH smoked cool...even when I puffed like a train. No single flavor was dominant. While in public settings, I only smoke aromatics to help with the perception of pipe smoking and this one received compliments from a stranger. Its a crowd-pleaser and an enjoyable, relaxing smoke.
Pipe Used: Design Berlin
PurchasedFrom: The Briary
Age When Smoked: Fresh tin
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 27, 2020 Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant
Opening the tin reveals a warm, mild aroma of caramel and sugar cookie. The casing is mild with the tobacco being just a bit on the moist side but nothing that 20 minutes sitting out won’t cure. The ribbon cuts pack very easily and lights and burns well. There’s very little bite with this cool burning tobacco.
Pipe Used: Savinelli Trevi
PurchasedFrom: Briary, Birmingham AL
Age When Smoked: 50
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 20, 2019 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
let me start by saying to all new pipe smokers that this review is subjective and your taste is going vary to some degree due to your body chemistry. One final preliminary is I try whenever possible to test out new tobaccos with a new corn cob before smoking them out of a briar to get an idea of the flavor. That being said your experience might vary depending on your pipe. BWAT to me is a "soft" aromatic. That is to say, it stays fairly cool with not much tongue bite at all unless you really freight train it( constantly draw on your pipe). It seems to me that when you get a really cool smoking tobacco you are going to sacrifice some strength or flavor. BWAT seems to be a happy medium for me. The vanilla and caramel are the flavors that stand out to me.

The strength is mild 2 out of 10 unless you smoke it down through the heel which I did. Then it can get to a 3 perhaps 4. The same could be said for what some call the nic hit.

Flavor/taste It is a really nice "goldilocks" pipe tobacco. Not too strong, not too week, for me it is juuuust right. I would call it a 5 out of 10. keep in mind, in my book a 10 would be too strong and a 0 would have no flavor. I can taste the tobacco a little under the flavoring and I like the combination. It is worth mentioning for new pipe smokers that you need to develop a sipping draw to enjoy a lot of pipe tobaccos. Which some call a "breath" method. In order to taste the flavor. (do not inhale) if you push it through your nose occasionally you can smell/taste a sort of floral note. What some new to pipe smoking might call the “actual taste” is going to be like a swisher sw33t, only better.

Tin note Very pleasant vanilla…perhaps cookie scent. I can smell the tobacco under it (which I enjoy).

Room note Holy smoke. This is the first room note where I can smell what others are describing. The scent of baking cookies/cake is incredible.

If you like aromatics then I suspect you will really enjoy this. If you normally do not smoke aromatics regularly then this tobacco will probably come across different (perhaps a stronger vanilla/caramel flavor) but I think still enjoyable.

I have recently purchased approx. 12 different aromatic blends to sample and chose the best to add to my daily/weekly rotation. Needless to say, I just ordered 3 more cans of this.

Enjoy and God bless.
Pipe Used: M.M. 5th ave
PurchasedFrom: smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: 45
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 12, 2019 Mild Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant
To be honest I’m not a fan of aromatic tobaccos for all the reasons you might expect. With that being said this blend serves as a nice change of pace from my usual Virginia Perique and occasional Latakia blends.

Bat in a hat has a lovely tin and room note along with plenty of flavor to be enjoyed by the smoker. The green river comes through in spades without any one flavor being over powered.

The cut is perfect making it easy to pack in any size bowl. Moisture level is also spot on. It will not leave the bottom of your bowl soaking wet like so many aromatic tobaccos tend to do.

If your looking for a good aromatic I think this is worth a try even if your not a fan of Sutliff blends.
Pipe Used: MM corn cob, various briars
PurchasedFrom: Smoking pipes
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 03, 2019 Very Mild Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant
Opening the can you are greeted with a scent not unlike Kentucky Nougat from G&H. Don't be fooled.. it's not nearly as strong! The moisture level is pretty decent in the tin, and the variated ribbons and chunks of black and light brown are sticky to the touch. Packs fairly easily and lights decently.. initial flavor is highly cased. This stays pretty much the same to the bottom of the bowl. Not much tobacco flavor to be had it must be very light. I swear I can taste some type of preservative... same thing I taste in some C&D products, Lane bulk, and some others like Villiger. Not sure if PG, some anti-fungal, or liquor? I puffed like a champ trying to get some vitamin N but couldn't get much... and though it started to burn a little hot, it never bit. Room note is very very good. Smokes all the way to the bottom of the bowl but is a little goopey leaving some sticky moisture. Overall an alright smoke but not one I would buy again or keep on hand. Would be a good starter for a new smoker, but I feel like it's so light I could smoke this whole tin today!
Pipe Used: Petersons
PurchasedFrom: smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: cracked tin a few days ago.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 21, 2018 Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant
F&K’s Bat With A Hat is sure to please aro smokers looking for something smooth, light, and deliciously fragrant. In the tin are damp, thin ribbons, red-ish to dark brown, with some black chunks, and I suppose these reflect VAs, Burley, Cavendish and Perique. Tin note smells to me like coconut, vanilla, and a whiff of light cocoa. It handles, packs, lights and burns down fine. Lit aroma is similar to the tin note, with some light orange and slightly earthy, fragrant grasses, and nuts and caramel are added to all that in the tastes. I’m guessing the VAs are flue cured lemon and air cured orange, along with some toasted Burley, and very little Perique. In any case, the tobaccos manage to compliment and carry the prominent toppings. It pretty much stays the same top to bottom, except it gets just a little sharper down the bowl. Strength is mild. Tastes are a tick or two over mild. Room note is terrific. Aftertaste is a letdown from the smoke, IMO, being slightly acrid and metallic, otherwise flat.

Bottom line? A light, truly fragrant aro worth 4 stars apart from its aftertaste. As is, it’s an easy 3 stars.
Pipe Used: aro briars
PurchasedFrom: Cup o' Joes
Age When Smoked: from tin and jar
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 16, 2018 Very Mild Medium Medium Pleasant
Bat With A Hat is cool burning amped up version of the 1Q style (vanilla, caramel, confectionery treat) of tobaccos much like L.J. Peretti Blend #432 is like 1Q on anabolic steroids. Bat With A Hat is a pleasurable aromatic and a wonderful reprieve from my typical VaPer and English consumption.
Pipe Used: Various MM Cobs
PurchasedFrom: SmokingPipes
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