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Notes: From Smoking Pipes website: Shane says Sutliff Spiced Rum has the aroma of a strong rum cake; Adam differed, stating it was more of a rum raisin ice cream note. Either way, true to its name this aromatic black cavendish, burley, and Virginia blend doesn't skimp on the spiced rum.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McAllister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc, Rum
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2850)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The aspects that peek out through the deeply rich spiced rum topping are some nuts, earth and wood from the burley, and grass from the Virginia. I just notice any tangy citrus. The brown sugary black cavendish is the star varietal, though, it, too, is muted a bit by the rum, though it’s more obvious than the other tobaccos. The strength is in the center of mild to medium. The taste is a step short of medium. The nic-hit is a slot behind the strength level. No chance of bite or harshness, and sports no rough edges. The moisture level is a tad high, so you may decide to give it a short dry time before launching into the experience. I did not do that. Burns cool, clean, and a little slow if not given some dry time. The flavor is very consistent from start to finish. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. An all day smoke. Four stars.


7 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2035)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

Sutliff Tobacco Co. - Spiced Rum.

The moisture of this was exactly how I like it to be upon arrival: slightly moist. I like that because I know it will hold it's own in the cellar. Now, I mixed things up today, rather than a morning smoke of a good English or VaPer, I opted for Peter Stokkebye's Black Currant Cavendish: big mistake! I had to have this to remove the aftertaste!

The smoke's a little different to the usual rum aromatics, there's more flavour than I expected. As well as the rum, I get lots of dark fruit/raisins, and a vanilla flavour. It tastes like exceedingly rich Christmas cake. The tobaccos form quite a heavy character, which works well with the toppings. I don't get any sharp/fresh notes from the Va, but more of a ripeness, with the nutty Burley and vanilla Cavendish completing the Christmas cake character. The burn's good, the temperature's cool, and it leaves a pale ash.

Nicotine: a touch above mild. Room-note: like Christmas.

Sutliff should have marketed this as a Christmas special. Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Chacom Atlas

Age When Smoked: New

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6 people found this review helpful.

Tropicalretriever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tropicalretriever (23)
Very Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

So I set out to find a tobacco that would have a very pleasant room note for my better half. I tried a sample of Sutliff's Spiced Rum and found it to have a very nice room note with no bite. Then I started thinking that I did not want my pipe to just be an air freshener but also provide me with some smoking satisfaction. Beyond this, the tobacco was terribly wet and sticky. There was no discernible nicotine. Apart from that, it did have some spice and can be considered an all day smoke.

Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

4 people found this review helpful.

RonR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RonR (82)
Very Mild Strong Mild Very Pleasant


Received a sample and was able to smoke 2 bowls. Came fairly moist but I had zero issues getting it lit after 30 minutes of drying. Surprised me with minimal relights. Does crackle, spark and pop a bit with flame. Birned clean to the bottom each time. Rum is the only flavor I am picking up but it is consistent throughout the smoke. Puts out quite a bit of smoke. If you are looking for a good rum aro I would highly suggest this. Not my cup of tea but I can see where others will love it.

Pipe Used: Cobs

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Free sample

3 people found this review helpful.

Smokey Joe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smokey Joe (1)
Mild Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

I'm on my second extra large bowl of this delicious stuff tonight. It is so gentle I find myself inhaling the smoke for want of a deeper experience of its boozie sweetness.

Pipe Used: UCA freehand XL icepick

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: pipes and tobacco

Similar Blends: low country rum but much milder, without any bite.

3 people found this review helpful.

Rayzor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rayzor (13)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

I rate this highly even though I no longer like or buy aromatics. Sutliff Spiced Rum is an exception. BUT....there are some things to be aware of otherwise you'll hate it.

1. I bought an 8 ounce bulk bag and left it for a year. When I opened it, it was WET WET wet that the first few smokes were terrible and I had to empty it out.

2. It needs to be dried. Since I smoke it once a week I now separate a bowl and dry it out overnight. It smells great.

3. Then I pack the dried tobacco which is still moist and I leave it for a day.

4. Then after all this work I smoke it.

It has a very mild taste of rum off the top, not acidic but pleasant. Then as you smoke it down it produces nice big clouds of dry cool smoke with an amazing room note.

The taste is mild: Amaretto...almonds, toasted cereal. There's the sweetness from the VIrginias balanced with just enough Burley to give it some body.

Overall a mild, satisfying, flavourful smoke that is worth the effort once you know how to make it "smoke-ready". Of all the aromatics I've smoked this is the only one that has any flavour and body.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Nonpareil 9111 vintage

Age When Smoked: 1 year

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2 people found this review helpful.

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

If anyone has had Pipeworks and Wilke's Rumcake, then you will immediately recognize the aroma eminating from the bag. Now of course Carol uses much better leaf so let's not compare that but the flavor of the topping and room note are extremely similar according to my house mates. The usual black Cav, Burley and Virginia ala Captain Black White with a spiced cake confectionery topping applied. Also as usual one must either let it dry overnight or place a couple ounces worth on a baker sheet in the oven for ten minutes to eliminate the PG. One of Sutliffs best Aromatics thus far!!! I agree with StevieB that it's perfect for holidays when the feds take away the Christmas / Holiday blends in 2018. Santa will enjoy this on Christmas Eve as much as the family on Christmas morning or each night of Chanukah! Really sets the mood :-)

2 people found this review helpful.

manxman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
manxman (79)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Absolutely needs to be dried before you can smoke. Once dried, it is good about staying lit, and smokes dry and cool. Burns right to the bottom of the bowl, and the flavor is consistent all the way thru. No nicotine, no tongue bite. The tin note is like Christmas baked goods. I am not a rum drinker, so I cannot say if it tastes like rum, but it has a mild to medium spicy flavor. And you can still taste the tobacco. I would buy again.

Pipe Used: Savinelli w/ meerschaum filt

Age When Smoked: fresh

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1 person found this review helpful.

GrandRapidsPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GrandRapidsPiper (1)
Very Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

In one of my recent orders I was sent a sample of Sutliff Spiced Rum. After letting it dry on my desk for about 6 hours I packed it into a cob. The scent was nice and my whole office smelled like a good winter party from letting it sit out. Even after 6 hours to dry it still sizzled a little while getting it lit but settled down nicely. Smoke was nice and thick. Not much in the flavor department but not unpleasant or harsh and what flavor was there was acceptable. The rum scent/taste did carry nicely and there was no bite (probably thanks to the dry time). Smoked down to the bottom easily and the aftertaste was pleasant. Nicotine was very mild. Not something I would normally include in my rotation but the sample was a nice festive-smelling experience. If you are looking for a rum-based aromatic I don't think this will let you down.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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1 person found this review helpful.

Demosthenes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Demosthenes (13)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This Spiced Rum is a delicious treat. The tobacco arrives rather moist, but that is how I smoked it. Depending on your preference, you could give it some time to air dry for a short period of time. The rum flavor lasts the entire bowl. The tobacco takes a light well, and only requires a few relights.

The room note is great. No nicotine seemed to be present, and there was no bite or harshness. A great smoke any time of the day or night.

Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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