Red Virginia Ribbon is a mainstay among blending tobaccos. It’s sweet, but not overly so, and has a natural toasty flavor which works well in Latakia blends, is a perfect companion for perique, will lighten sweet aromatics, and is a nice smoke all on its own.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McAllister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild, Mild to Medium
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Mild to Medium
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2919)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This straight red Virginia has a tangy ripe dark fruit sweetness with a little earth, a touch of spice and wood, and a very mild sugar note. Reminds me a little of McClelland’s Red Cake in ribbon form without the “vinegar”, and a tad less depth, though it has plenty enough to hold your interest. The strength is just past the mild mark, while the taste falls a step short of the center of mild to medium. Has a mild nic-hit. No chance of bite or harshness. Burns clean and cool at a moderate pace with a smooth, very consistent flavor all the way through. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and needs just over an average number of relights. Has a very pleasant, lingering after taste. An easy going all day smoke that won't wear out its welcome and works well as a mixer, too.


20 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2051)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

Sutliff Tobacco - Red Virginia Ribbon.

Smokingpipes.com have this grouped as a blending weed but I think it's a lovely smoke on its own.

Because it's supplied in bulk the pouch lets it breath; there's no need for an airing. My blend's a little darker than the picture here and it smells like a good, ripe, Virginia.

Red' lights without an issue and gives, what I perceive as being, a high quality Virginia smoke. I mostly get a sweet, naturally fruity, character. It's unyielding with any citrus/grass/hay flavours, it gives a lot more of the deeper ones. After only a quarter a subtle doughy flavour comes to the fore and perfects the smoke! I can't fault the temperament of the burn, but it can become a touch warm if it's not sipped.

Nicotine: mild. Room-note: pleasant.

A steadfast four star Virginia:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Altinok Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

9 people found this review helpful.

toddsmith7378 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
toddsmith7378 (41)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Just picked this up along with McConnell's Red Virginia in an endeavor to have options when not wanting to deplete my limited supply (now) of 5100 Red Cake.

While McConnell's Red Virginia is something of a superb Red Virginia smoke, it's not probably quite as clone-ish to 5100 as this is. A little of it is in the cut and packing because this is very similar to Red cake in that regard. Also, the taste of this is more just pure Red Virginia, like Red Cake, where McConnell's is a bit more of a prepared cased tobacco. In many ways I prefer McConnell's to both Red Cake and this Sutliff for it's being Red Virginia done up a bit more. However, this is probably more of just that Red Virginia non-blended purist approach I find in Red Cake.

Both Red Cake and this Sutliff RVR were purposed to be used also for blending, so casing, etc. is absolutely minimal. If it weren't for that vinegar-ish thing going on in Red Cake, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the two. Glad to have some of this on hand and readily available for when my stock of McClelland ever finally does run out.

5 people found this review helpful.

cajomu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cajomu (79)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

What Jiminks said, although I only give it a Somewhat Recommended rating because there are so many better tasting red Virginias, like McClellan Red Cake which is a bit sweeter.

Pipe Used: Large Stanwell briar

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: McClelland No. 5100 Red Cake.

2 people found this review helpful.

ATW Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ATW (110)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I'm comparing Sutliff Red Virginia ribbon to Cornell and Diehl Red Virginia ribbon.

My samples is at good moisture. The bag aroma is the typical bready, semi sweet, slight nutty red Virginia profile. From first light to last puff, its constant, slightly sweet, bready, slightly herbal, with a touch of spice. Burns cool and clean all the way down with no tongue bite.

Compared to C&D, it's more muted. And as I go down the bowl it becomes more muted. Overall its decent, but C&D has a better red Virginia in my opinion.

1 person found this review helpful.

Tomcat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tomcat (198)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

I bought some a couple years ago as a mixer and smoked some on its own and wasn’t that impressed . Recently i found some with 2 yrs of ago and some with over 3 yrs in my closet . This ages very nicely and I add a little to blends sometimes when i need to . I smoked a couple bowls by itself and it was very pleasant. Glad i let it age . Good stuff . I have enough to age for a few more years to see what happens . 3 stars

Age When Smoked: Needs to be aged IMO

1 person found this review helpful.

Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (206)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Sutliff Red VA Ribbon has a jar note at 7 months that is still a little muted. It is very earthy and I do get some dark fruitiness, a little bread, and a slight sweet spice note. The smoke is dark fruit forward, the sweet spice comes through very well moving in and out at times. There is also a slight woody note with some dry earth notes too and at about half way through a bowl I get that bread note that stays in the background for the rest of the bowl. The nic hit is not noticeable to me. The room note won no awards from the wife but I found it lovely. It did not get harsh, ashy, or cigarette like in any way. Smoked a little fast and there is enough sugar in it that it could bite if you push it hard enough. Smoked dry too. I like their matured red a little better but this is a solid three stars in my book. Aging would likely benefit this as well.

Age When Smoked: 7 months

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