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“Give me Liberty or Give me Death” Founding Father Patrick Henry’s powerful speech in 1775 helped ignite the War for Independence. His cry for Liberty still rings true. Tobacco farming was at the heart of Early America. This special blend is predominantly Old Belt Red Virginias from North Carolina combined with some lightly stoved Virginia from Brazil. Old Belt is the nation’s oldest tobacco market. Tobacco is aged and pressed into an easy to use plug. The result is a beautiful mahogany colored Virginia for a smooth and zesty all day smoke.

BrandSeattle Pipe Club
Blended ByJoe Lankford
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
Packaging4 ounce tin Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium, Medium to Strong
None Detected
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3047)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The old belt North Carolina red Virginias and stoved, fermented Brazilian Virginia provide a lot of tart and zesty citrus, tangy dried dark fruit, vegetative grass, bread, floralness, some tartly sour lemon, sugar, earth, wood, mild spice, acidity, light vinegar, and a small hint of smoke. The strength and taste levels are a step past the medium mark. The nic-hit is almost medium. It won’t bite or get harsh. Has a few small rough edges which is typical of untopped straight Virginias. The easily broken apart crumble cake is a little moist, and as per my custom, I did not dry it. Your mileage may vary on this point. Burns cool, clean and slow with a mostly consistent sweet, fruity, floral, mildly sour and spicy, tingly acidic, piquant, deeply rich flavor that extends to the pleasantly lingering after taste. The room note is a notch stronger. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires some relights if not dried. Not an all day smoke, but it is repeatable. Should age well. Three stars.


14 people found this review helpful.

Mijnnif Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mijnnif (130)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The fresh tin note is quite pungent. Lots of tartness and grassiness. Once the crumble cake is broken apart and let to rest for a bit the smell becomes more grass and hay like with a touch of natural sweetness. I let mine dry out for 10 minutes before packing my bowl, The smoke is very rich in flavors and somewhat smooth for a straight Virginia. Lots of tart citrus, grass, hay flavors with natural sweetness from the un-toped stoved fermented Virginia's. This is a much smoother smoke than expected. No bite even if puffed hard. Nic hit is medium. you might need a pipe cleaner at the 1/2 way point as the tobacco is moist. This will age well.

Pipe Used: Paronelli Briar and others

Age When Smoked: fresh tin

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

8 people found this review helpful.

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

I’ve been really loving Seattle Pipe Club recently, so this signature series is a nice bonus for me. Straight Virginias from SPC? Why not? Right from the tin note I was pleasantly surprised. Hogshead, though a few have like it, I found it to be boring and tasteless after the first minute of smoking. But the tin note on GML provided me with a bit of that SPC tanginess I’ve fallen in love with. This Virginia is flavorful on the palate as well! Hooray! A sweet floral-grassiness, dried fruit, and even the aforementioned tanginess comes through. Another great Tobacco from SPC.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

7 people found this review helpful.

Big Train Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Train (118)
Mild to Medium Strong Medium Pleasant

I really enjoyed the Hogshead , a fine smoke all the way . I was looking forward to try this new one . Upon opening I found a really wet tobacco , way moister than most tobaccos I have smoked . It was very difficult prepare some slices for a smoke . They were hard to cut and gooey to pack . Lighting took some time due to the moisture . This is a super sweet smoke that needed to be relit often . It , at least , can be called an aromatic in my book . The old belt and Brazilian should have some sugar but this one goes way up the hill . I was really shocked that this was , in my opinion , not in the same presentation league as Hogshead . Then again , I will let it dry out and try it again when desert conditions began to cover the Earth . Although this blend is not meant to be an aromatic I must say that there is something that is overly sweet that hurts the Virginia . I will , however , finish the can and report back if I am wrong

6 people found this review helpful.

JaWiBr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JaWiBr (561)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Tin note of pungent fermented sweet vegetation. Tobacco is mahogany colored plug, more like a crumble cake, as no tool are needed to prepare, easily breaks off and rubs out. Moisture is on the high side and drying may be preferred. Burns slow with many relights to get it going and maintaining. The strength is medium and nic is mild to medium. No flavoring detected. Taste is medium to full and consistent, with notes of spice, sugar sweet, tangy citrus, wood, lemon grass, bread, earth, zesty, vinegary fermented, mildly spicy, a sour stewed fruit background note, and a mildly peppery retro. Room note is tolerable, and aftertaste is great.

Pipe Used: 1987 Peterson Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: 4 months

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3 people found this review helpful.