This is a match to Dunhill "Nightcap". This is a robust latakia based blend, enhanced by matured Virginias, exotic Turkish and a touch of perique for a robust body, a hint of spice and a deep, mellow sweetness.

Notes: Formerly known as Match Dunhill Nightcap.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McCallister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3047)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

The original and the Match (which was based on the Murrays’ version) have the same grassy, citrusy Virginia in equal amount, thus having the same effect. That is also true of the Oriental/Turkish and the perique. The former is lightly floral, leathery, musty, dry and woody and just rises above being a condiment. The lightly spicy, rather plumy perique is a background player. In looking at both tobaccos, I can not tell one from the other. The only difference I notice is that the latakia in the original is a little stronger in taste in all ways: Cyprian sweetness, smokiness and wood. At times during a smoke, the Match seemed nearly identical to the original, and other times not so much. The depth of the attributes of the latakia - not the amount of latakia - is the only variable. Stirring up the tobacco in the Match produced better results for me, but did not completely solve the problem. The strength level of this blend is almost medium. Has a mild nic-hit, and won't bite or get harsh. Both burn clean and cool at a moderate pace with a consistent flavor. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and needs an average number of relights. Has a pleasant, smoky after taste, and stronger room note. Not quite an all day smoke, though it is certainly repeatable. I gave four stars to the original.


22 people found this review helpful.

Rufus T. Firefly Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rufus T. Firefly (24)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I picked up a pouch of this at a pipe show and gave it a try. Nightcap is my favourite blend. The first time I smoked it I was unimpressed. I then smoked a pipe of the original and a pipe of the match to see if I could taste the difference. They were surprisingly close in every way. Now I believe this is probably the best economical replacement out there. I would highly recommend this tobacco. Its not the exact match but it's pretty damn close.

Pipe Used: Dunhill bruyere, Dunhill amber root

Age When Smoked: Right out of the tin and a couple of days later

6 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2081)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Sutliff Tobacco Co. - Match Dunhill's Nightcap.

Ironically, I loved the original Nightcap as a morning smoke! So, I felt despondence when it was discontinued. But, although a little different, I find this a good smoke.

The cut differs, quite profoundly. Nightcap, the original, was made of well rubbed ribbons, whereas this is a coarse cut. Being from bulk the loose pouch has eradicated any problem concerning sealed-in moisture; the hydration's great. The aroma suggests a fuller tasting English.

The smoke? Flavoursome and lovely! It lights easily, generating quite a heavy smoke, of a cool temperature. The burn requires very little maintenance. Now, the taste: as expected, it isn't a smoky Lat-Bomb. The Latakia gives wood, depth, but doesn't hog the flavour with a sharp, intense, smokiness. It goes perfectly with the rich Orientals; these give the smoke a buttery, creaminess. The Virginia gives body, but I struggle to detect any sharp, grassy notes. The Perique is constantly present. I don't get much 'spice', but I get a DEFINITE rich, fruitiness, from it.

Nicotine: nowhere near as strong as the original. Room-note: not nice.

Match Dunhill's Nightcap? Although not an exact 'match', I'll still, happily, recommend it:

Three stars.

Pipe Used: Northen Briars Regal

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: 4noggins

5 people found this review helpful.

PIE-EYED-PIPER Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is no way near the original Dunhill Nightcap in both taste and strength. To me, this is a mild aromatic blend with its own strength and weaknesses.

Pre-lighting, the aroma is very pleasant. It reminds me of roasted nuts with a light hint of vanilla and caramel. Mind you this is not as bad as it sounds.

The sample that I received was perfectly humidified. It packed well and required no re-lighting as it just kept on going, and going, and going, until it burned itself out. It has a very light aromatic bouquet with very pleasant taste.

Trying to be as objective as possible, as a tobacco, this can hold its own. The only drawback is its strength which tends to be more on the mild side in comparison to the original Dunhill Nightcap, at least in this humble smoker's opinion.

For smokers who do not like a strong aromatic smoke, this might be a fit. Best way is to try it. Overall, I would RECOMMEND this.

5 people found this review helpful.

JustinCarcerated Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JustinCarcerated (99)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Unnoticeable

Recd this....stuff with my first quality baccy purchase of....wait for it-Orlik Golden Sliced. My wife made the purchase on my behalf, and the cigar shop "threw in a pouch" of this impersonator, as he was just started carrying Sutliffe as his first line. Not positive but I think Sutliffe might be manufactured through Altadis....which would make perfect sense ( shop ended up selling those tins at 2 for 1 just to clear off that dusty shelf). Do not waste money on this or any other "match" in this line-I recd if for free and I wouldn't forward it to anyone else. It's that bad. The cat who said it was great only has reviews on the Altadis Dunhill Match blends, therefore hasn't a 'pot to pee in' so to speak.

The one positive that became of that experience is that I got the same shop owner to carry the real deal, so I got to try Nightcap and EMP very early in my pipe smoking experience-setting the bar for future tobacco purchases.

4 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (403)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

I have been smoking this for the past few days and really like it for what it is. Any match blend I do not expect it to be an exact clone. I have noticed though that a lot of Sutliff’s blends are course cut. The Dunhill has a fine ribbon cut. The tin note on the match smelt a little sweeter and to me a little less perique. I did smoke some original nightcap and then smoked a bowl of this side by side. This blend is similar to the original. I might take a few bowlfuls of this and add a little more perique to it. On its own I find this a nice pleasant blend, smooth tasting and could be smoked all day if you wanted to.

Pipe Used: 1947 59/1 Dunhill

Age When Smoked: New

3 people found this review helpful.

canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (337)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I did not know this was made by Sutliff, which bad experiences taught me to avoid, but is likely the culprit whom makes a few things I do enjoy and was simply unaware of. The real question is of course, is this similar to Dunhill's Nightcap? Well it has been a few years since I've had it, and I am unwilling to crack my last cellared tin, so lets hope the holes in my memory are not too wide.

The contents certainly has more twigs than the original, so quality 'control' is not up to speed. The oriental and the raw charcoal note is tamer, yet not too far of the mark. The lit product is lighter and sweeter (not sugary, but if you can imagine the bloody taste of a steak that's savory, that eventually leaves a sweet finish). The total effect was certainly English and flavorful in its own right, but milder in nicotine and strength (though my buds may have leathered over time).

I'm glad this Match product exists to dampen the pain of Dunhill closing production. I could see giving this 3 stars, but felt it would be in poor form since that is the rating I gave to the better original. If you never had the original, don't fret - you are not missing all that much, so pack your pipe with pride.

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30171)
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

I posted a review on the original dunhill nightcap and it was the greatest tobacco i have had yet........ but i bought this to enjoy dunhill nighcap in what was suppose to be a "match" and it is so horrible. According to the tobacco review info on the match it is missing the two types of tobacco that set it aside from the rest. Latakia and Turkish.

No flavor, burns my tongue and smells rotten.

Will never buy this rip off again.

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30171)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

verry good smoking tobacco.picked up a pound of this when i could'nt get dunhill nightcap. verry pleased on how close to dunhill it is. this is my all day smoke. verry simple but hits the spot.

3 people found this review helpful.

Dr. Dunhill 23 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. Dunhill 23 (39)
Strong None Detected Full Very Strong

I really like this blend. I have NOT tried the real thing but I love the tin note and powerful room note. This is an outdoor smoke IMHO. Light it once and forget it. It reminds me of musty canvas tents and leather tack. Both fond memory smells for me.

Pipe Used: Bjorn Thurmann Freehand briar PAX R.I.P.

Age When Smoked: fresh to 2 months

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

Viscfab Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Viscfab (36)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I really like this blend. It has all the good aspects a nice English blend needs to have. Virginias, orientals and latakia leaf are all there. The smokiness is there and the blend is not wet nor too dry. It exudes the typical campfire smell and has the great rich taste we all expect from a blend that carries these kind of leaves. I cannot compare it to Nightcap though. Nigthcap is notably stronger - I cannot feel the perique in this match... On Nightcap you can't be mistaken it is there. Flavour profile of Nightcap is also more in your face. Resuming - this is a nice blend, mechanically competent burn from top to botto of the bowl, nice taste and aroma, no goop, satisfying. No fuss here... Is it like Nightcap? Nope, it is not.

Pipe Used: Vauen, Savinelli, Stanwell

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: local importer

Similar Blends: Other latakia based blends.

2 people found this review helpful.

papapauly Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
papapauly (24)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Last night I decided to smoke a small pipe of dunhill and then a small pipe of match nightcap to compare, I do not have the most sensitive palette and sometimes read of flavors in a blend that I have trouble finding but the match seemed pretty close to the dunhill version. The main difference being that match is bulk and can be drier than the tin (I have not tried the bulk dunhill, only tinned) I felt the smoke was heavier and more dense from dunhill but not to the point where I would avoid the match blend. Both are pleasant nightcaps with decent nicotine and very full flavor of Latakia and rich tobaccos

Pipe Used: Missouri meerschaum, Mr. brog, various briars

Age When Smoked: new from bulk

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

bob323 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bob323 (46)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Why do tobacco companies insist on producing "fill in the blank" match tobaccos? Bad enough when they do it with tobaccos that are no longer around, but to do it when the tobacco is still being produced is suicide. Name your tobacco something else and let it stand or fall on its own merits. That being said, Nightcap Match is a decent enough tobacco. the above content lists only Virginias and Perique, but I swear that there is a smell and taste of Latakia. Just enough to let you know that it's there. Would I buy this again? Sure, why not. It's not offensive; it has a decent taste, and it's affordable. Would I smoke it everyday? Probably not since I blend my own everyday tobaccos, but if I didn't do my own blending I probably would (smoke it everyday). Three stars (four if they name it something else).

2 people found this review helpful.

Earl Grey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Earl Grey (34)
Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

I've never smoked Dunhill Nightcap. I've read that this stuff is a Latakia bomb, so I opted for a couple ounces of the bulk match. When I opened the bag, I was hit with the smell of Latakia and nothing else. I'm not a big Latakia fan. It's okay to me in tiny doses as a condiment, but too much just smells like leather to me. The taste is what I imagine it would be like to put a stem on a charcoal grill or hibachi and puff away. To each their own . . . I'll pass on this one. Threw the pouch away after a few bowls.

Pipe Used: Danish Briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh out of bulk ziplock bag.

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

2 people found this review helpful.

JimPM Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimPM (155)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

At first glance, Late Evening appears to be a quality English mixture. Notably the blend is bestowed with a colorful span of hues from rich black, warm variegated brown to golden/yellow flakes, very rich and handsome in complexion. The mass of tobacco shows a plentiful simmer of mixed varietal content.

Visually the recipe is comprised of very rough and coarse cut shards of assorted Virginia, Oriental, Latakia and a minor presence of flecked Louisiana Perique. The assortment of Virginia seems to occupy the majority share of space as the other strains comprise the filler neatly. The moisture level is optimally set for immediate consumption as it has a nice feel within the fingers upon the pinch for loading.

With the pouch note, one gets a general robust woody-vegetal impression. The initial characterization is marked by a heavy sour vinegar/woody scent emitting from the Latakia. Laying underneath the top fragrance, a sharp earthy tart grassy note stands out from the Virginia as it interplays with some pungent aromatic/floral spiciness of Oriental. There is a passive sweetness to the nose which in my estimation speaks to some type of sugar-based casing.

At first light, the base Virginia moves to the forefront of the flavor registration offering a tangy, tart grassy flair. It totally dominates to the point of making the blend too narrow in the proto-typical English variety appeal. Nonetheless, the Oriental is very much forward in this blend occupying a solid middle band within the fusion of prevalent taste, bringing strong tones of mushroom/floral spice. That is actually a nice feature by my standards.

Given the commanding presence in the pouch note, surprising the influence of the Latakia is somewhat in the background registering with a smoky earthy woodiness, nice but held in check largely. One does also get a soft note of zesty dark fruit coming from the Perique that is almost indistinguishable for the entirety of the smoke. Finally Late Evening possesses a very gentle hint of sweetness.

This underdevelopment of the recipe, which is my subjective opinion of Late Evening, is a little disappointing and works against the blend achieving a more balanced registration. In sum, a pleasant taste profile that is generally conventional to the genre in my assessment yet not strikingly differentiated. It does reasonably well in holding the flavor for the entirety of the smoking session, all be it a tad unassuming.

The ensuing room note brings a persona marked by a smoky sour-tart toasty wood fragrance. The Oriental does project some earthy spice bringing an interesting accent to the overall impression. I felt that the plume of smoke produced seemed a little thin. As such the magnitude of Late Evening’s presence could be deemed tolerable and fleeting at best.

One point that I fumbled with consistently was keeping the stuff ignited. It seems to require considerable, or let’s say, above average number of re-lights. I found this kind of annoying but once lit the mix does burn steadily cool and evenly. There is no bite associated with Late Evening and the nicotine kick is virtually nothing, making this one a feasible all-day smoker.

Overall, it’s a mellow pleasant smoke. As far as English blends go, Late Evening is a decent specimen of the genre that much I can attest to. It’s not stellar nor sub-par but essentially average on what it has to offer.

Last, I felt the smoking experience through a MM cob versus my briar was a much more meaningful. With a cob the true character of the blend is enhanced as the vibrancy of the taste comes about richer and more pronounced for sure.

Is it a fair parody of Nightcap? Yes, I think so with limitations. Sutliff’s version definitely comes with a more attractive price tag. Would I recommend this one? Somewhat as it received only 2.7 stars in my scoring. There are far better English blends to be had. Incidentally an earned 3.0 ranking is the basement threshold for me personally to buy a blend again. You may disagree but please try it and formulate your own opinion as always.


Pipe Used: Briar & Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh & 1 month jarred

1 person found this review helpful.

Wally Frank Collector Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wally Frank Collector (46)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

I had heard a lot about the original version which I never had and about this match. So, i decided to try the match. Opening the bag I was met by a rich pleasant smoky aroma with a wonderful leather overtone. A strong mustiness with a nice woody smell with a pleasant sweet smelling sweetness and a very, very slight floral. The bacca seemed perfect in moisture to smoke but the amounts of relights will cause me to leave it out for a half hour next time.

Upon lighting I was met by a very easy light and a profusion of smoke that was creamy and thick but disappeared quickly. The flavor , it was a rich, deep sweet pleasant spiciness wrapped in a strong and wonderful rich smoky campfire flavor that leaves a sweet, rich, spicy smoky aftertaste. A p!easant roomnote. This burned at a steady slightly faster pace. The flavors complimented each other beautifully and were very consistant. The one exception was a very light vanilla that popped up once in a while. It was very light. A well balanced delightfully full flavored blend that I absolutely love. Never bites, is a ribbon cut with a coarse cut. Can be a all day smoke. A touch more than medium nic hit. Adding to my rotation. A top favorite that I give a 5 star rating out of 4 stars. This is absolutely a perfect blend.

Pipe Used: Peterson Red Killarney 03

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30171)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This is an excellent tobacco. I have never had the original but if it is better than this then it is one awesome tobacco. Easy on the tongue. Full flavor with lots of thick smoke. Slow burning.

Buy some of this as you will not be disappointed.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30171)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I never smoked Dunhill's original Nightcap so I've no idea how this compares to it. Altadis' blend however, is a pleasant smoke. Yes, there are plenty of English blends out there, and I'm sure there are plenty better than this, but this is still a good smoke. If I were naming it I wouldn't call it Nightcap, and probably wouldn't have the original either. This is not how I would end the day. Rather it's how I would start it.

Like the other Altadis Dunhill matches this goes great with strong, chickoried, coffee. Something about these tobaccos just seem perfectly made to match that. Together they make one another taste better than each alone. It would be real easy to get a full overload of caffeine and nicotine if I let myself go and consumed both all day long.

Nothing about this really stands out as distinctive however. I find it easily confused with a number of other English blends, particularly the Altadis Dunhill matches. But I still find them all quite good and wouldn't complain if I had a lifetime supply of any of them to the exclusion of all other English blends.

This pouch reached me with just the right moisture content. It's springy but not wet. Easy to pack and light. Keeps burning without a problem. And when it finally goes out on its own there not enough left to bother re-lighting. Leaves no goop in the pipe. Never turns sour.

1 person found this review helpful.

Bumble Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bumble (65)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

As a newer pipe smoker, I am mainly exploring the different blends (I favor aromatic blends, although I am dipping my toes into the non-aromatic blends now) to find what I like.

Opening the bag, what I smelled was tobacco (mostly the Virginias with a hit from the Orientals) and Latakia.

The flavor I tasted was a blend of tobacco and Latakia, neither fighting the other to stand out. I didn't taste/smell any of the Perique.

It was semi-dry and it lit up easily and stayed lit without a problem. I did not have any tounge-bite with this blend.

I enjoyed the Match Sunrise which got me to purchase this version, thinking it would be similar but stronger. But was disappointed, maybe I went into this with the wrong expectations or that the actual Nightcap would be what i was looking for. I will finish this but will not be ordering any more.

Pipe Used: Rattray Goblin 100

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

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