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Presbyterian Mixture has been an iconic, all-day English blend for decades, blended before the first World War for Reverend Dr. John White, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1925 and 1929. Presbyterian Reformation, however, is quite different from Presbyterian Mixture, its name a play on words between the Protestant Reformation and this blend's reformative nature compared to the original. Comprising Burley, Virginia, and Turkish tobaccos, this Aromatic flake has been lightly cased with cocoa and mocha notes that elevate the natural flavors of its components while leaving it pleasingly aromatic.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended BySutliff Tobacco Company
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringCocoa / Chocolate, Coffee
CutFlake
Packaging50 grams tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
Medium
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant
2.8
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2979)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Turkish provides a lot of floralness, earth, wood, vegetation, spice, herbs, and a mild sour note as the lead components. The nutty, earthy, woody, toasty burleys are supporting players. The Virginias offer tart and tangy citrus, sour lemon, bread, sugar, grass, floralness, a couple of pinches of spice, and light acidity. They compete with the burleys for attention. The cocoa and mocha topping moderately tone down the tobaccos. I also sense a mild raspberry essence. The strength, nic-hit and taste levels are medium. There’s no chance of bite or harshness, but it does have a few rough edges. The mildly moist flakes easily break apart to suit your packing preference, and I saw no need to dry them. Burns clean, cool, and a little slow with a very consistent sweet, floral, mildly spicy, slightly sour flavor that extends to pleasantly lingering after taste. The room note is a notch stronger. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. Can be an all day smoke for the veteran, and repeatable for the less experienced. Three and a half stars.

-JimInks

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cm1648 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cm1648 (100)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Prep: Compared to other aromatic blends, this is on the drier side. I let flakes air dry a few minutes but it didnt need much. They break apart quite easily, akin to C&D flakes.

Notes: Quite a nice surprise for a non-aromatic lover like myself. Yes, it's indeed an aromatic, but the natural flavors of the blend aren't overshadowed by the added flavorings. The Burley is more prominent for me, with the typical nutty and molasses notes. The Virginias are brighter tasting, with hay and slight critrusy notes. I really like the Oriental addition, which you don't seem to find in prominent aro-burley flakes like University Flake or Erinmore. They offer additional earthy, spice notes that especially pop in the retrohale, but appear more evident as the bowl continues. The cocoa is quite prominent but accentuates the blend so well, especially with the burley.

A solid addition under the Presbyterian name! Well done Sutliff. 8/10 for me.

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2066)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Sutliff- Presbyterian Reformation.

Not what I expected. From the name I expected an English blend. One that might take a decent number of bowls to form an opinion. But just the tin-note clarified this is a chocolatey aromatic. That said, after just an afternoon my opinion has been formed!

The single row of flakes stretches the entire width of the tin, they're fairly wide. The colour's quite dark and light brown, with the occasional VERY light fleck. This tin has good hydration, just load and ignite.

The smoke? Mainly a chocolate flavoured Turkish and Burley. Not like bitter dark chocolate, but smooth milk chocolate. The smoke tastes a little sweeter for the first quarter. After this point I get a little espresso ''sharpness'' from the mocha, but the mocha and Virginia are the support act. It burns fairly slow, not warranting much attention.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: nice.

Presbyterian Reformation? A good smoke, not amazing though. So, three stars, not four:

Recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

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HobgoblinTA96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HobgoblinTA96 (51)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

What is that old saying? Ahh yes, "A sucker is born every minute!" That saying applies to this blend perfectly. This blend is nothing more than a rebadged version of Sutliff's Mocha Slices ( FYI - these slices are also sold under the Cobblestone brand as Mocha Slices) If you want to be foolish enough to buy a tin with the name "Presbyterian ' for $16, be my guest. As for me, I'll stick with with Sutliff's Mocha Slices bulk which costs about $5 for 2oz. Geez people, talk about a marketing scam.

Similar Blends: Exact same blend as Sutliff's Mocha Slices in bulk and Sutliff's Mocha Slices tin under the Cobblestone brand..

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Mijnnif Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mijnnif (111)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin note is quite sweet and fruity with lite coco. The flakes are packed together tight and a bit on the moist side, but come apart and rub out easily. I smoked it right away no drying time hoping the burley would keep the Virginia's in check. This was the case . No bite in this one with a lite cadence. For the first half of the bowl the fruit toppings are more noticeable. The nutty burley is there but in the background. For me it was difficult to tell the difference from the fruit topping and the citrus from the Virginia's. the fruit kind of overshadows the citrus. Its actually much better than I expected. The fruit topping is not overwhelming the tobacco flavor. Once you get past the 1/2 way point the coco becomes more noticeable and still not overwhelming. If you use a slow cadence you can just get the Turkish flavor way in the background. I would suggest not freight training this one, as I am sure it will bite. Nic hit is mild to medium. Not sure I would smoke this all day but a few bowls would be fine. 3.5 stars.

Pipe Used: Paronelli Briar

Age When Smoked: 3 months old

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

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