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Decade old red Virginias are stoved to perfection, bringing the natural flavors to the forefront. Then, they are combined with 2003 vintage perique, pressed, and sliced into broken flakes.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended BySutliff Tobacco Company
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
Packaging1.5 ounce tin
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3046)
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

The fermented, ten year old stoved red Virginias provide a big burst of tangy ripe stewed dark fruit, earth, wood, bread, vegetation, sugar, plenty of tart and tangy citrus, some grass, floralness, a couple of pinches of spice, mild sour vinegar, and slight acidic, smoky notes. In an abundant, opulent support role is the earthy, woody, stewed, sugary fruity (raisins, dates, figs, and plums), moderately spicy, year 2003 fermented perique. The strength, nic-hit and taste levels are medium. There’s no chance of bite or harshness, though there are a few small rough edges. Your personal preference will determine whether or not these easily broken apart, moist flakes need any dry time. I did not dry them. Well balanced with some nuanced complexity, it burns clean, cool, and slow with a very consistent tangy sweet, spicy, lightly floral, deeply rich flavor that extends to the pleasantly lingering after taste. The room note is a tad stronger. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires some relights. It’s not an all day smoke, but it’s certainly repeatable. Four stars out of four.


21 people found this review helpful.

Dave da Dragon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dave da Dragon (24)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I am no where as eloquent or capable of expressing a blend as well as JimInks, I have been smoking 7 years, Jim...lord only knows lol!!! I do know what I like and don’t like though and this one is a winner and if you like deep complex VaPers you really should give this one a try for sure! I sometimes can’t tell which gives a particular taste, the Virginia or the Perique, but I am getting all kinds of flavors but balanced pretty much through the whole bowl. Dark fruit, some tangy, some sweet, little acidic, spicy, citrus, smoky hints I assume from the Virginia’s. Different spice, sweeter raisiny and figgy from the 17 year old Perique I am pretty sure. The thing is they are all there and more floating around in your mouth and nose like a fine wine or a yummy dessert. I don’t think it will bite but I got so engrossed I may have gotten close in my exuberance. It smokes cool and very slow and caries through the whole bowl with all the flavors I mentioned and more. Leaves the room with a pleasant smell better than most aromatics in my opinion. I smoked right from the tin and I may try drying it a bit, left a bit of moisture especially in that huge Neerup. Every day, maybe, all day, I don’t think so but for sure one to have around and at hand when you want to go on a flavorful trip. 4 out of 4

Should be available soon and limited to 7000 tins!!!

Dave Da Dragon

Update: smokes better in a tapered narrow bowl for me!

Pipe Used: Neerup CW, big bowl, Brebbia CW, small taper bowl

Age When Smoked: Very fresh, month

14 people found this review helpful.

Indian Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Indian (14)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

The aged tobaccos are apparent throughout the experience. Opening the tin they are thick and sticky and smell of fruit and tangy sweet ripe tomatoes.

The char light exploded in flavor with a rich depth of tangy, musty, spicy, smokey and sweet all at the same time and beautifully balanced.

The ripe and mature decade old red Virginia is front and center and the 17 year old Perique, while there, is so beautifully balanced it is almost camouflaged in the entire blend becoming evident when looked for but quietly supports the red Virginia magnifying the sweet and spicy dark fruit sensation. Never monochromatic or boring. Explosive in flavor this is Highly recommended as an experience not to be missed.

Pipe Used: Clay, cob, briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh

8 people found this review helpful.

Thepipehunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Thepipehunter (43)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Sutliff Cringle Flake 2020 is a very well aged and mature Red Virginia and Perique flake. My tin came with many thick ununiform flakes. They were stuck together and to be peeled apart, which caused them to tear pretty easy. The tin note was musty, with the famous vinegar/ketchup note associated with Red Va's, as well as sweetness from the Va's, and a bit of tang, dark fruit, and something fruity that I cannot describe, however it reminded me of prunes. It broke apart in large chunks, more like a crumble cake than a regular flake. It took to flame pretty easy.

Despite the strong aroma, the taste of the blend was not overpowering. The Vinegar/Ketchup is the first thing I noticed. But it was just the right amount and complimented the other flavors nicely. Right behind the vinegar was the sweet and tangy flavor of the Red VAs. They also had a wonderful fruit flavor that reminded me of a nice red wine. It is easy to tell that the VAs are aged, as they have the desirable mature flavor that comes about by being well aged. The Perique has been mellowed by age. The flavor is very much there, but not in your face like Perique can be. It offers notes of dark fruit and spice, but with just a small amount of tingle on the tongue. I could also taste the prune note that I previously mentioned, which adds a nice festive flare. Just before the halfway mark I found the flavors to intensify and become deeper. They stayed consistent however, except perhaps the vinegar became a little lighter.

Cringle Flake 2020 burned down to a fine ash, though it did require a number of relights. It requires some attention, which it deserves. With a special blend like this that is complex and full of great flavors to be discovered, you should take your time, not rush the smoke, and be consumed by the experience. I found this to be a great festive blend with many festive flavors, or perhaps it is the tin art and marketing that makes me say that, and if so they did a very good job. It did not bite or get hot, but I believe it smoked best with slow puffs.

7 people found this review helpful.

Big Train Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Train (118)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Sutliff has a real winner here , maybe the best blend they have made . The stoved red virginias really hit the spot with plenty deep taste . Having been aged 17 years does wonders for any virginia . The perique is deep fruit and plum and has a strong presence . The smoke is deep and satisfying . I'm not crazy about the cut which is a little hard to work with so care must be taken in rubbing out and filling. The real question is " how does it stand up to the great Vapers we are smoking or used to smoke . Consider Watch City # 558 , one of the best ever made in my opinion . Both blends are similar in their output , a world of deep fruit and true virginia flavor . The 558 is a little easier to work with and provides a better burn . HU Directors Cut is somewhat more tart while providing a stronger perique hit . Curley Bloc is clearly stronger with a deeper taste and an excellent burn . In any case , in my opinion this one can run with the big boys . I tried some good port wine with it and it was a great match . Too bad this is only a seasonal blend with a limited issue .

6 people found this review helpful.

Tomcat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tomcat (221)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

I am glad this was reviewed by Jim and Dave because it gave me a heads up that this flake would be back for 2020. The flakes are a little moist but they smoke great right out of the tin . The soft flakes crumble easily like a cake tobacco . They smoke cool and mellow with hardly any sharpness and zero bite . Smokey Tangy dark fruit is the main flavor with a little citrus and spice and vinegar . The Perique is on the light side and seems to add to the red Virginia notes . There are some nice plum notes . Smoke good in a large dublin pipe better than a couple of my pots .Nic hit is about mild/medium. I like it a lot but enjoyed the 2019 version more . 3 1/2 stars and definitely recommended.

Pipe Used: Dublin pickaxe

Age When Smoked: Fresh

6 people found this review helpful.

benhughes2552 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
benhughes2552 (8)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

while I’m not usually impressed with Va/Pers, this one caught my attention with the ages of the components. Sweet and very slightly tart with a lot of pepper all the way through. I’ve bought four tins so far, and plan on buying as many as I can get my hands on. The only downside is that it requires about five seconds in the microwave to dry it out properly. Other than that it may be the perfect smoke.

Pipe Used: Brebbia first calabash

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Just for Him

5 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2080)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Sutliff Tobacco Co. - Cringle Flake (Holiday Edition 2020).

'Wow'. That could be the review!

Very dark, very thick, very rich smelling, slightly broken flakes. The aroma gives a good adumbration of the forthcoming smoke; sumptuous and mature! I loved their 2019 Cringle and the addition of Perique has made me love this even more!

Even though quite thick the flakes weren't too moist enabling easy ignition. Then, I'll revert to my initial word: WOW! I don't want to blow a gasket with a plethora of adjectives, just a few will do for me: the Virginia gives LOTS of sweet, juicy fruit and the Perique heightens this flavour with a big dose of plums; it isn't very 'spicy' for Perique but more luscious and rich. It burns well and I find, because of the thickness of the flakes, just a gentle crumble makes for chunky pieces giving a cool, long smoke. Tongue bite? None.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: nice.

Cringle Flake 2020? I don't think it's fair on others to stockpile loads of a limited edition blend so I only bought a few tins. But I'm REALLY gonna savour every bowl! Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From:

4 people found this review helpful.

biodarwin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
biodarwin (2)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I cracked open a tin of this Wed as soon as it came in. I let it open up a bit before jarring it. Today, I took a whiff and the smell instantly transported me back in time. A young'in sitting at the kitchen table eating a bowl of Raisin Bran, one of the preferred cereals of my childhood. After snapping back to the present day, I prepared this as I would most thick flakes and attempted to cut into cubes. Semi-successful, certain portions just fell apart and resemble something more like a ready rub. After drying and loading up in a Savenlli 614 a char, relight, and I am on my way! I am met with spicy, but well-rounded pepper notes no doubt from the Perique. This spiciness faded away pretty quickly into a deep, chewy, sweet matured Virginia flavor as the bowl settled down and got out of the "muck". Wow, I just love this blend as it has such an amazing depth of flavor. I glad I decided to get more than a couple of tins!

Pipe Used: Savenvilli 614

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

82shovel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
82shovel (2)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Started out with sweet hay, sour grass, and a slight raisin from the perique. About half way through the raisin got a little stronger but the grass stayed. At the end the Perique is punching you in the nose, the hay and grass is in the background. My mouth is watering and I'm forming sweet beads so it has a little vitamin n to it. Damn, I wish I had ordered 20 cans when I had the chance.... I pray there is a second run on this. I paid $15.50 a tin and it is worth every penny imho.

2 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (401)
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Unnoticeable

A fellow piper let me try some of this rare aged Perique and Virginia. Upon opening the tin, I could definitely smell the Perique. As I only had a couple of bowls this review will be as short as the smoke. First few puffs were very full tasting in a remarkably good way. This was described as a broken flake but as the tin was about empty, I loaded more of a rough cut if that makes any sense. Really good and strong flavored but not much of nicotine strength which really is not a factor whether I like a blend or not. Glad to be able to put another notch on my belt.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

i so looked forward to this blend. and i am so disappointed. i love vapers.. not this one. i have tried it fresh from the tin. tried it dried out some. rubbed out. five different pipes. no luck. very oily. probably the very old perique. hard to light. hard to keep lit. A year later. It has come around. Tin note is negligible. But it has improved with age. Not as sticky. Easier to rub out. Just like me. Improved with age.

Pipe Used: five different bowl sizes

Age When Smoked: new

Similar Blends: mcclelland dark star from what i remember., One year later. Tin opened a year ago. It has improved. Not as oily. Improved quite a bit. I’m sure the other tins I have are aging beautifully..

2 people found this review helpful. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (231)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Strong

Summary: loose Virginia flakes with a ton of Burley hiding in the Perique and unexceptional red Virginias

There are two types of Perique out there, the raw form and the kind you get at most mail order shops which is a mixture of Burley and Perique (which is itself Burley, but fermented). This tastes like the latter, which means that despite the vaunted 2003 vintage, this is not super Perique-y, although the fermentation juices soaked into the Burley create an almost septic odor and flavor. Mostly, what makes this blend less than ideal is the large amount of cheap red Virginia that having been slightly sweetened and fermented, has a ketchup-and-dried-apricots flavor to it that overwhelms the Perique. The result becomes sickly sweet and wanders all over the flavor spectrum, not delivering the pleasant balance that brings out the best of all constituents which a good vaper brings to the table.

1 person found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (318)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

The 'broken' flakes were still mostly together, and they were probably the thickest flakes I've run across. However, they split apart easily, but even a fold-n-stuff packer like myself has to break then down more than a bit more to load them. The moisture was just right. If you like Red VA/Per blends, then all the tastes you expect to be there are, but not overwhelming so. A pleasant all-round blend, easily repeatable over the day.

Pipe Used: cobs and briars

Age When Smoked: 2 months after purchase

Purchased From: smoking pipes

1 person found this review helpful.

Mijnnif Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mijnnif (130)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Tin note is very spicy and sweet lots of fruit notes. Beautiful dark flakes. My tin was 3 years old I think the seal was broken but the tobacco was fine still slightly moist but perfect for smoking right away no drying time needed. I prefer to smoke the flakes not rubbed out but pressed lengthwise into the bowl but rubbed out will work fine. The smoke is absolutely fabulous. Its very complex sweet but not too much. Lots of spice notes like from a Christmas kitchen. Its defiantly one of the best aged Perique Vapers available. Still very smooth no harshness. Better sipped than puffed hard. If I could give it 5 stars I would. If you like perique this is a must try. Nic hit is middle flavor is middle (very satisfying ) I would not consider this an all day smoke but a really super treat once a day. Very consistent all the way through the bowl needs a few relights. burns to a fine white ash.

Pipe Used: Modified Peterson with condenser

Age When Smoked: 3 years

Purchased From: friend

Similar Blends: This is a (one off) wonderful blend.

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CubishPatriot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CubishPatriot (14)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

A rich, stewed fruit medley of aged tobaccos. Tin note is earth, vinegar, and raisins. In the bowl translates to a dark stewed fruit. Almost mulled fruit taste. I believe this isn't a suitable replacement for 2019. But it's definitely a good replacement as a yearly release for the late lamented Christmas Cheer. One of the reasons I believe these tobaccos are so well received is in a season full of Aro bombs , having a hearty limited release tobacco ever season is a welcome treat for traditional tobacco smokers. And this is a good one.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

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J. Ward Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J. Ward (70)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Cringle Flake 2020 comes in in sort of ready rubbed format of medium sized ribbon. It comes a tad overly moist, and I prefer to give it a little dry time, then rubbed out and packed. For me it does tingle the tongue a bit, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it bites. The profile is red Virginia, sugary sweet. It's that tangy plum, red fruit sweetness. There's a slight bit of spice, and a mite floral. Sipping this blend really brings out the nuances, of course, but mostly you'll get that melange of red Virginia and plummy perique. Not a favorite, but easily 4 stars. Very enjoyable.

*Edit: July 26th, 2021.. I no longer experience any bite from this blend, and I'd certainly now describe it as a phenomenal smoke. The sugary goodness of it is right up there with the like of McClelland Virginias, and that's saying a lot. Fantastic.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Cobs

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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