Seattle Pipe Club's Galloping Gertie take its name from the 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge that spanned the Tacoma Narrows Straight in Puget Sound and collapsed just four months after it opened due to aeroelastic flutter caused by high-speed winds. Seattle Pipe Club's tribute to the ill-fated bridge is a crumble cake of red and black, stoved Virginias, St. James Perique, unsweetened Black Cavendish, and a touch of Turkish Orientals. It provides a somewhat complex, yet savory flavor profile and is a remarkably unique Va/Per.

BrandSeattle Pipe Club
Blended ByJoe Lankford
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
CutKrumble Kake
Packaging2 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
Where to Buy TobaccoPipes.com
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Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3004)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The stoved Virginia offers a fair amount of fermented, sugary tangy stewed dark fruit, bread, a lot of earth, wood as the lead component. The red Virginia provides fermented tangy ripe dark fruit, light tart and tangy citrus, plenty of earth and wood, some grass, a lot of bread, and touches of vinegar, sugar, spice and floralness as a competitive supporting player. The earthy, woody, spicy, plumy, raisiny, prune-like, figgy St. James perique slots in at third place in the proceedings. The Turkish Orientals compete with the perique for attention with these qualities: floralness, earth, vegetation, herbs, mild spice, leather and wood, a light buttery, creamy sweet and sour savoriness. They occasionally leap over the perique for the third position. The brown sugar from the unsweetened black cavendish helps tame many of the rough edges, though a few small ones remain. The strength and taste levels just reach the medium mark. The nic-hit is a couple of steps behind that threshold. There’s no chance of bite or harshness no matter how much you try to push it. Well balanced and complex, this easily broken apart crumble cake requires no dry time. It burns cool, clean and a little slow with a mostly consistent, sweet, mildly spicy, floral flavor that translates to the pleasant, short lived after taste, and lightly stronger room note. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and necessitates some relights. Can be an all day smoke. Three and a half stars out of four.


21 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2071)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Seattle Pipe Club - Galloping Gertie.

Love it!

The kake has been broken, somewhat. It isn't anywhere near 'smashed', but apart from 3 pieces the can contains smaller slices of kake; they need rubbing but don't expect a block like Black Frigate! The smell is ripe and fruity, and yes, it's quite moist!

From the inaugurate lighting, to the finish, the succulent Virginias and very tangy Perique are running the show. From the Virginias I get LOADS of ripe fruit, more-so than any grass, citrus, freshness, etc. The Perique makes for a perfect 'partner in crime', here; plummy, slightly bitter (in a good way!), not too spicy and very 'heavy'. The black Cavendish and Orientals, although a lesser addition, work well together; these two form a creamy, butyraceous, slightly floral support. I've smoked about 7 bowls of this, without a different blend in between, and haven't had any bite. I've also found the burn reliable from every bowl, giving me a fairly cool smoke.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: not great.

Galloping Gertie? Did I say I love it? Well, I LOVE IT! Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Various; Altinok Lee Van Cleef now

Age When Smoked: Two months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

12 people found this review helpful.

Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (293)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Another winner from SPC.

The tin note is VaPer. The tobacco is moist out of the can so some drying is needed to get to the moisture I prefer. The flakes of crumble cake (similar to many other Sutliff made products) are easy to crumble into a very fine mix. I leave a few bigger chunks in the bottom (cube sized) and then top them with rubbed out pieces.

Lighting usually takes a couple of tries to get going well. The perique comes through as slight spice and mostly stewed fruit or raisins. There is a good sweetness from the VA's in the blend. The flavor is consistent through the bowl and usually requires a relight about 3/4 of the way through. Smokes great for me in pots, princes, author shaped bowls.

SPC continues to impress me with their blends. Joe is a great blender who seems to be able to get it right and continue to create blends which are great to smoke across a variety of types. The nic level to me is medium to a little fuller as a strength level. Too strong to go back-to-back bowls so this is one I prefer on a full stomach.

Pipe Used: pot, prince, authors

Age When Smoked: fresh from tin

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

5 people found this review helpful.

Mikrosol Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mikrosol (2)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Raisins and Figs! The tin note is amazing! The blend is very moist upon opening so after an hour of dry time I lit up a bowl. I am a novice and to describe flavors is not my forte. To me the flavor is awesome! Although I am Latakia smoker who is now experimenting with Va/Per type blends I must say Va/Pers do have an amazing flavor.

5 people found this review helpful.

MangoLegs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MangoLegs (72)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Preparation & Burn: 6/10 A bit of a pain to rub out and pack. Should probably dry for a few minutes before packing.

Taste: 13/20 This is a tasty and subtle smoke. Seems aged and mellowed. Incredibly balanced and smooth.

Mildness: 8/10 My idea of a good smoke is a relaxing, low nicotine session. Therefore, the milder the better. Not much nicotine!

Total: 27/40

4 people found this review helpful.

RaffyTobaccy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RaffyTobaccy (1)
Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The Virginia is sweet, the Cavendish glues the Orientals and the perique adds the nicest spicy touch. I did not try it immediately upon opening the tin but I left it in a jar for a couple of weeks and, while not sure if this helped or not, I experienced absolutely no bite. The flavors and the aroma are just so pleasant. It is not unidimensional. Definitely recommend this blend.

Pipe Used: Mastro de Paja Rhodesian full bent

Age When Smoked: Less than one year

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

4 people found this review helpful.

NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (304)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Inviting tin aroma. My tin had many rather large, stiff chunks that did not work so well with my normal fold and pack technique. This resulted in several relights. Great balanced taste. No bite or condensation and burns cool.

Pipe Used: charatan; estella

Age When Smoked: unknown

Purchased From: smoking pipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

Mijnnif Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mijnnif (120)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin note is Vaper Turkish, the spice smell is very strong. Krumble Kake I rubber out mine and let it sit for a hour to dry very moist out of fresh tin. At the start of the bowl the perique is right there but settles down after a few puffs. It has a sweet and sour thing gong on with pepper from the perique. Gets much better as you work your way through the bowl. Nic hit is just shy of medium. This one is to be puffed . If pushed it gets hot. I am sure this tobacco will age extremely well. Not an all day smoke for me but a very nice smoke for the back porch in the evenings. Highly recommended for the Vaper lovers'

Pipe Used: custom cob

Age When Smoked: fresh tin

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

2 people found this review helpful.

Rmsva Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rmsva (16)
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

Wonderful, tangy smoke. I loved the pronounced orientals and Virginias alongside the perique. I love Mississippi River but this has been beating it out recently. Highly recommended for those who love tangy sour blends!

Pipe Used: Mostly Savinellis

Age When Smoked: 1+years

1 person found this review helpful.