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This remarkable blend is the cure-all for smoking nostalgia. Burley, Virginia, Latakia, flake and perique combine to provide that old time flavor. Perfect for fans of Country Doctor.

Notes: This blend is manufactured by Sutliff, and sold under their "Sutliff Private Stock" brand.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McCallister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging1.5 and 8 ounce tins
CountryUS
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild to Medium, Medium
Flavoring
Extremely Mild
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I had about 2 oz of HOW Country Doctor I have been smoking, so I can do a back-to-back comparison with this blend.

The Country Doctor is a combination of cubed burley and medium small "fish" flakes of various colors from yellow to almost black. CD is made up of fairly large torn shreds of tobacco - mostly tan and light brown. Appearance is not even close.

I found the perique and latakia in the Country Doctor to be very mild but more forward than in CD. CD has more burley in the flavor profile. Flavor is vaguely similar - they got the "mild fruit - maybe berry" topping right, but the tobacco base is not the same.

As a match, this is a 2. I prefer HOW Country Doctor.

As a blend on its own, this is a 3. It is a pleasant lightly topped burley forward blend. It was a good smoke but not complex with subtle notes. The cut is unusual and burns well. I have no regrets about having a tin of this to smoke, but it is not a "must try."

4 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2849)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The nutty, earthy, woody, lightly molasses sweet burley is the main star. The grassy, citrusy, bready, lightly sugary Virginia plays a back up role. The lightly smoky, woody, earthy, leathery, barely foral Cyprian Latakia, and raisiny, plumy, earthy, woody perique are barely condiments. There are very slight fig and prune notes with a hint of a topping I cannot identify. At times, I get a slightly sour tangy taste mixing in with the sweet that gives this a minor complexity. Because it's a rough coarse cut mixture, I recommend a round bowl rather than a pipe with a narrow chamber so it will burn to the last bit The strength and nic-hit a couple of steps past the mid mark. The taste is a notch past the center of mild to medium. Won't bite or get harsh, but has a few small rough notes. Well balanced, and mildly complex. It burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent, nutty, sweet, lightly smoky flavor that extends to a short lived, pleasant after taste. Barely leaves any dampness in the bowl. Requires few relights. The room note is a tad stronger than the after taste. It's an all day smoke, and superior to House of Windsor's Country Doctor blend. The major difference is that this is a little sweeter, and fuller in taste with less roughness. Three and a half stars.

-JimInks

4 people found this review helpful.

beaupipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beaupipe (102)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

I find myself much more impressed with my sample tin of Sutliff's CD mixture than I thought I would be. It's been laying around here for a couple of years now and I figured it was time.

I'm a big fan of the so-called “American English” genre and tobaccos such as Middleton's Walnut, C&D's Epiphany, Iwan Ries's Dr. Bradley, and Hoffman's Spilman Mixture. What sealed this fandom was the opportunity to sample some of the original old classics like Blue Boar and the Philip Morris version of Revelation. These are all Burley-heavy tobaccos with lightly added condimental tobaccos including Perique and Latakia. And most of them have their flavors bound together and lifted by the application of a light, fruity topping. They aren't everyday smokes for me, but I confess to going on American-English benders that can last a couple weeks or more.

CD Blend fits comfortably into this genre. It seems to be very much dominated by a malty Burley and this is supported by very small quantities of Latakia and Perique. By mid bowl, I find it very easy to forget that there is condimental leaf in here at all. And it takes some pretty serious looking to find any of these darker condimental tobaccos in the tin, where the tobacco is almost uniformly light brown. I'm not really sure what this has been topped with. There is something simultaneously molasses-ish and prune-like going on, so maybe it's not too far off to suggest that it's topped with an old man's breakfast as recommended by an early 20th century Country Doctor. Molasses and prune. CD blend certainly keeps me regular.

The cut on this tobacco is rough—almost ridiculously rough. I've given up trying to load it straight from the tin and instead, I now dump some on my desk and tear it down into more manageable pieces. It burns nicely, like most Burleys and provides mostly a sweet and malty flavor with hints of prune. The strength is moderate. It's not nearly as exciting as some other tobaccos in the genre, but it does have a kind of workmanlike quality to it. It's pretty easy to smoke but I think that it could get boring as the primary tobacco in a small rotation.

Still, and even though it's ultimately a little boring, I'd recommend CD Blend to fans of Walnut or Epiphany. It's a pretty decent change of pace.

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30057)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Number 2 of the Sutliff batch. I found this one interesting in that as I was preparing it to smoke and later while smoking it, I wondered if this was supposed to be a "match" to HoW Country Doctor or was just inspired by that blend. The cuts are considerably different, this one being a large square-cut with wide ribbons and a few cubes tossed in, which looked cool and loaded with no problems. It did take a short while to take to the match but once it did, it burned flawlessly. The flavoring seemed different from the HoW version as well. It's been awhile since I smoked it but I recall it having more of a fruity topping, while this one seemed more of a booze topping. Heavier topping here, too - at least it seemed that way to me. In fact, the topping ruled the flavor for the first half-bowl, even when I dried it out.

In the second half of the bowl, the latakia came out a bit and mingled with the burley. I could smell the latakia in the first half but couldn't taste it above the alcohol topping. Here, the burley ruled. Never did taste the perique and couldn't tell it was in there. I actually enjoyed the flavoring reasonably well but preferred it when it tasted like more of a lightly sweetened burley blend with latakia to the rear. If this is intended to be a match blend, it doesn't fare so well, but it works pretty well on it's own. Not one I'll stock up on but it was a decent smoke that I enjoyed. The HOW version was superior but it wasn't any great shakes,either.

2 people found this review helpful.

constantsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
constantsmoker (65)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

The tobacco was a bit too moist out of the 'tin' (cardboard), but letting it air for a bit seemed to resolve any wetness issue. I am not very fond of the tin aroma, which may have biased my rating. The taste of this blend starts off fairly well, then deteriorates into a mishmosh of flavors; sometimes harsh, other times rather pleasant. Perhaps the casing/topping is at fault. This is not a blend that I would purchase again.

2 people found this review helpful.

King Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King Weed (228)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Some pipe blends come to you with a "history" and Sutliff CD Blend is one of them. Often compared to House of Windsor Country Doctor, CD Blend is imminently able to stand on it's own two feet. I agree with reviewer fr_tom 2014-04-14 that the cut of CD is noticeably different than the HOW variant and doesn't share Country Doctor's fruity top-note (which I never liked). Reviewer beaupipe 2011-12-07 used another descriptor that ended in "-y" to describe the Burley dominance of this blend: "malty". I agree with him in this and thank him for a new term in my pipe blend vocabulary. I thought that there were two things about this blend that stood out: it's amazingly rough cut and the consistency with which it smoked down the bowl. The cut is about as rough as they come and is somewhat bothersome in rub-out with many pieces needing to be broken individually with the finger tips. Plagued by some extra tamping and relighting, you'd think I was going to pan CD Blend. Wrong, as I thought it was a very descent Burley-dominated smoke with an interesting and, yes, malty flavor that I got right into. That malty Burley profile persisted, to my amazement, all the way down to the heel in every pipe I smoked CD in. I agree with other reviewers that CD Blend is so different from the HOW variant that they cannot be said to be the same and that makes CD Blend a new and separate blend to be judged on it's own. Already willing to call it a three and one-half star blend, I used it as a blending component in micro blending and it worked so well that we are going all the way to four stars. I have several small tins and one eight ounce tin at this writing and some of them are going into my personal stash.

Pipe Used: Kaywoodie large sandblasted billiard

Age When Smoked: unknown, but between 5 and 10 years old

Purchased From: a fellow pipe smoker

Similar Blends: I can't think of another Burley-dominated blend that smokes exactly like CD Blend. The last blend I reviewed that had this four-part formula was Sutliff Old San Francisco, but, they smoke radically different...

1 person found this review helpful.

TorontoSmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TorontoSmoker (19)
★☆☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a more traditional American-English style blend. Main problem with this blend is that it bites like mo-fo!! Even after drying, minimal moisture/humidity, in a large pipe with a filter!

I don't detect any Latakia. The flavor and aroma is subtle, with the Burley taking the lead. I like rekamepip and Jimlnks descriptions of this tobacco - I think their reviews are spot-on, and there's not much more I can add.

Pipe Used: briars

Age When Smoked: 2 years old

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

1 person found this review helpful.

ruffinogold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ruffinogold (109)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

CD blend is a stellar attempt at Country Doctor ! It smokes cool , tastes great and the room note is fantastic ! If your wanting to try a blend from the "Golden Age" .... this is it . It's complex , and if you know what yer doing , smokes slow all the way down . One of the best blends I've tried this past year

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30057)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I received this tobacco from a man from whom I had bought a restored estate pipe. When opening the tin my immediate impression was a sweet date smell. I recommend letting it air for a few minutes before filling your bowl. Takes patience to light, but once you get it started it is an amazing smoke. This was my first experience with perique and latakia, and this blend was my gateway to smoking almost exclusively English. While this is not an English proper it is also not an aromatic. Good way to convert though. Be sure to pack carefully, as this blend has potential to bite.

Purchased From: Pipesandcigars.com

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DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (314)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

First up, if I ever smoked Country Doctor in years long ago, I certainly don't remember it. Whatever topping has been added is extremely mild, just a hint of dark fruit. I will also take the blender notes at their word that there are Virginia and Perique present. The Latakia is just noticable, however.

Overall, I found this to be a pleasant, easy-to-load rough cut; somewhat fast-burning but with no bite. Since I know there are many tobaccos out there I would rate a 4, the question arises would I rebuy this particular tobacco, assuming my tastes don't change much more. In this case, the answer is, I have.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30057)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I'll preface this by saying that I absolutely love this company's blends! Tasty, inexpensive, and an overall good value. I am, as we speak, smoking my second bowl of this today. Nearly through a tin purchased Saturday. That's saying a lot. I'm a chronic cigarette smoker and believe that this may be my cure!!! FINALLY! There have been moments at which his blend has actually made me a lil woozy and feeling like I need a sandwich. That said, enjoy this one after a good supper. The latakia is sometimes noticeable, sometimes not. About 1/2 through the bowl is when the perique takes over. The final 1/8th? Runny nose and watering eyes doing the old 'french inhale'. LOVE IT! Can't say enough good things about this one... Just an FYI, this is indeed available in bulk. Just ask your tobacconist or order online. I plan to do so. Get some and enjoy!!!

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Nathan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nathan (15)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Here is an actual review of CD Blend. This blend is supposed to be a match for Country Doctor. Which I've not tried. Upon opening the tin I was greeted by a slightly fig/ smoky aroma. I was very hesitant to try this because something about the aroma reminded me of the Fox and Hound blend by Altadis which I absolutely despise(They don't smell similar at all side by side necessarily, but there was a certain commonality in the smokiness. Like the difference between a wet campfire and sweet beef teriyaki. Both smell smoky but both are worlds apart.). So the adventurer inside me wouldn't let me give up so easily, and I'm glad I didn't. I was very surprised at how good the tobacco actually looked and felt. Not too moist and not too dry. Just about perfect for my taste. It packed nicely in my cob and off we went. Pre-light, tamp, secondary light. Hmmm?! My fears of tasting another F&H are gone. There's a slightly sweet but rich tobacco taste. The aroma is that of good tobacco and a little fig maybe. After the first third the slightly sweet but rich tobacco taste is still here. The aroma too. The last third maintained the slightly sweet but rich tobacco taste to the end, but getting a little stronger on the tobacco taste. The aroma stayed constant throughout the entire bowl. This blend however, was mild in nicotine throughout. A nice gray ash was left that came out with little to no effort. Needless to say, when I had finished I was relaxed and pleased. This would make a great fall smoke to me. It's also shows potential to only improve with aging. This has a spot in my rotation now, and we'll see what some aging can do. I'm sure there are other blends and opinions that will differ from this one. But I hope this encourages some of us to at least give it a try. Happy smoking!

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30057)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable

Don't know if this review should be on CD or another of Sutliff's "Private Stock" offerings-specifically their Maple St. Ordered this because the price was right, the description matched what I'm looking for in a tobacco, and the one review on this site was favorable. Imagine my dismay when upon opening the tin I was greeted by the aroma of an aromatic heavily cases with Maple!! To further aggravate matters, I ordered 8 oz. of the stuff. I suffered through the tin, as aromatics aren't my bag & even mixed some with IRC's Proper English in an attempt to make lemonade out of lemons. It was actually not terrible for an aromatic, earning 2 stars in my book. I would very much like to read if anyone else has a similar experience with any of Sutliff's Private Stock line. Either they put the wrong tobacco in this tin, or worse, they don't know a rum & maple aromatic from an English with Latakia & Perique!!!

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