Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sutliff PS Court of St. James

Tin Notes:
The English revere tradition perhaps more than any other nationality. But leave it to the English to put their unique twist upon things. The Court of St. James’s is determined by the residence of the monarch. This straightforward mixture of Rich Virginias and Spicy Perique Tobaccos is anything but your traditional English Blend.

       Strength: Medium
         Flavor: None detected
          Taste: Medium to Full
Room Note: Tolerable

The tin note was earthy and smokey. No additional drying was needed. I know that Latakia is not listed as one of the tobaccos in the blend but it is in there, but not enough for it to be called a Latakia forward blend. On the charring light and true light the smokiness of the Latakia was prominent. After a several more puffs the peppery spices of the Perique kicked in. About a quarter of the way into the bowl the sweat grassy flavor of the Virginias came to the front. The flavor of Latakia move to more of a condiment as the bowl went on. Court of St. James burned well without any relights or bite. It is a great English blend that is well worth trying.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sutliff PS Taste of Spring

Tin Notes:
It is near magic when the first warm days of spring bring to life winter’s hibernating buds. The bleak harshness of a seemingly endless winter has been replaced with a revival of life. This Aromatic Mixture of Sweet Fragrant Virginia and Burley is perfect for celebrating the arrival of spring.

      Strength: Mild
         Flavor: Mild
          Taste: Mild to Medium
Room Note: Pleasant

The tin note was of honey and the aroma of the Burley. The tobacco's moisture was fine right out of the tin, no drying was needed. On the charring light the flavor was of the honey. On the true light a mild nuttiness was added by the Burley. At a quarter of the way through the bowl a light sweet grassy flavor was added into the flavor profile by the Virginias. Taste of Spring burned cool with no relights or bite. This blend may very well by your next all day smoke.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sutliff PS Mountain Pass

Tin Notes
In the higher altitudes the Alps retain a strong cultural identity with agriculture and culinary delights still being vital to the economy. Mountain passes have long been the route to move commerce. This delicious Black Cavendish with a delightful custardy top note is a taste of the Alpine at its finest.

     Strength: Mild to Medium
        Flavor: Medium
         Taste: Medium
Room Note: Very Pleasant

The tin note was of a rich egg custard. It reminded me of a desert my mother use to make during the holidays. On the charring light and true light the custard flavor was right there not overpowering, but flavorful. The Black and Golden Cavendish added sweetness to the flavor profile. Mountain Pass had several relights; it may have needed a little bit more drying time. Once lit it burned cool and well without any bite. I recommend giving Mountain Pass a try and you not will be disappointed.