I just received the #307 Mocha Strips, sold under the Sutliff banner and it's actually flake, strips. Its soft flake, easily rubbed out, or folded and stuffed into the bowl of your pipe. Very nice stuff. Slow burning, moderately warm and flavorful . Being an aromatic, it has a little bite (to an old pipe smoker) To me it seems fruity, and maybe a hint of coffee. It smells great too. I don't find it similar to any tobacco I've tried. (Jan.3,19) I'm finding some cocoa, or chocolate added to the coffee and fruity flavors.
It arrives as a sweet smelling, somewhat broken, nicely hydrated, flake.
Igniting Mocha' couldn't be any easier, and from first light the mocha flavouring's the most apparent taste; indeed, there's coffee, but also a bitter tasting chocolate note. This topping somewhat fulminates and pushes the tobacco out of the way. But, what tobacco flavour I do get, tastes like a simple VaBur, to me. The burn can creep above medium in temperature, and also issue my tongue with a bit of a 'nip'; so for these reasons I recommend a more gentle cadence.
Nicotine: just below medium. Room-note: nice.
307: Mocha Strips? I'll award it two stars, it wouldn't make it into my rotation:
My tobacco was at least 10 years old. This comes in a HIGHLY COMPRESSED FLAKE. It breaks up easily and is somewhat dry. The taste is rasberries and vanilla. There are some very fine tobaccos here. The main players are the Virginia and the Turkish with the Oriental lingering in the background. This is a fairly strong tobacco. The age on this has really increased its potency both in flavor and nicotine. There is a slight bite on the tongue and exhaling through the nose results in a wonderful blast of rasberries and vanilla followed by a rush sensation similar to snuff. Stays lit very easy and burns slow. Room note is fantastic and speaks, "quality". No need to pull hard on this tobacco and is best in a large Billiard, Dublin or Pot. Recommended
The floral, earthy, woody, herbal, vegetative, spicy, very sour Turkish is the lead component. The nutty, earthy, woody, rugged burley is a supporting player. The Virginia offers tart and tangy citrus and grass in a secondary role. The Dutch toppings include a fair amount of coffee, sweet and sour raspberry, and some vanilla. They sublimate the tobaccos quite a lot, though they don’t totally drown them out. The strength and nic-hit are a couple of steps short of the medium threshold. The taste is medium. No chance of bite or harshness exists here. Barely has any rough notes. The strips easily break apart to suit your packing preference, and need no dry time. Burns clean, cool, and a slow with a very consistent sweet and sour, savory, floral, spicy flavor from top to bottom. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. Has a pleasantly lingering after taste, and room note. Can be an all day smoke for the veteran, and repeatable for the less experienced.
This tobacco sells in my neighborhood store as harvest cut. I really like the cut, long strips that beg to be folded and smashed into a large pipe. It has a fairly natural taste the burly gives it a nice nutty flavor, the VA gives it a nice sweet flavor, and the Turkish a smooth and complex delight. I think that the tobacco tends to burn a bit hot and when paired with the over sweet flavor of the "dutch topping" makes this tobacco best for blending.
I really like this Mocha Strips tobacco. It comes in long strips that look like beef jerky and has a mild pleasant Mocha scent to it. Easily rubbed out and burns perfectly IMO with few to none relights. For the price this is a excellent value and one I would highly recommend to anyone that likes slightly aromatic tobaccos that are not overly sweet.
Edit: after some time has passed I'm knocking off a star due to Tounge bite which has been consistent with almost every time I smoke Mocha Strips. The flavor is excellent and have a ounce or so in the cellar which hopefully some time to mellow might help this issue. Still recommended for a decent value for long flakes that taste great.
Ordering four 2oz packages back in November 2020, I am enjoying this one "for when the mood strikes." Beautiful 8 inch strips very similar in appearance to Peterson's University Flake, pliable and needing a bit of drying time. I detected no presence whatsoever of mocha; neither in the bag aroma or the actual smoking. What I did detect in both was a very pleasant raspberry aroma and taste. This was a bit difficult to get and keep lit, hence my comment that some drying time is needed. There was no bitterness to the smoke, nor did it smoke hot or gurgle. The presence of Virginia and Burley was always present, but I could not detect any other of the varietals said to be listed. Once going, this is very pleasant and mildly aromatic smoking experience; very similar to Peterson's University Flake in taste, but less harsh then UF. Although not an everyday smoke for me, but one that I smoke occasionally as the muse dictates, this is superbly made and solidly recommended.
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