Rich Barbados rum applied to a base of burley, Virginia, and black cavendish.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McCallister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
Packaging1.5 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3025)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The rum and vanilla toppings are the predominate flavors of this blend. The grassy, citrusy Virginia is the base of the blend, but you really can't taste it. The aspects of the burley are nuts, earth and wood here and there in the background. The unsweetened black cavendish adds a little sugar. The rum topping has some richness, and is a little more obvious than the vanilla. The strength is a couple of steps past the mild level. The taste is a couple of slots past the center of mild to medium. Has little nicotine. Won't bite or get harsh, and has no rough edges. Burns very cool and smooth, and slightly slow as the tobacco is a little moist. Requires some relights. Has a very consistent flavor, though it does require a little drying fresh out of the tin to avoid a wet bottom of the bowl, and also make it easier to keep lit. Don't dry it out completely though or you'll risk losing some flavor. Sports a very pleasant, lightly lingering after taste and room note. Can be an all day smoke. Three and a half stars.


39 people found this review helpful.

TWolf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TWolf (4)
Medium Medium to Strong Very Full Very Pleasant

Okay, a brief story. 27 years ago my wife and I got married and honeymooned in Barbados. I loved the place. It was, at the time at least, covered in sugar cane and they make Mount Gay rum there. While there I developed a very strong affinity for the stuff. The resort where we stayed had the pool right off of the beach and there was, of course, a pool bar. One of the first days there I met a particular bartender, a native Bajan whose name escapes me. I couldn't decide what I wanted and he offered to make me his specialty. A frozen banana daiquiri. Don't roll your eyes, this wasn't a girlie drink made with bottled mixers and rail brand rum. Everything was fresh and it tasted amazing. I developed a standing appointment everyday just after lunch with this bartender.

I tell you this to give context to the review of this tobacco. I was intrigued by the name. Upon opening the tin I was greeted with the definite aroma of rum. Not ordinary run-of-the-mill rum, not rum flavoring but island rum. Barbados rum. Visually it was an interesting mix of light and dark ribbon cut tobacco. It was moist but not overly wet. It packed well but the initial bowl did take a bit of effort to light and keep lit. Subsequent bowls were a piece of cake due to a little drying time after the opening of the tin. I don't think I'd let it dry too much though or you may risk losing some of the flavor.

Smoking this was heaven. I have had trouble tasting some of the flavors in other aros. Not this one. I tasted everything. There is first and foremost the Bajan Rum, sweet and wonderful. Underneath that is a subtle hint of vanilla. I detected another flavor in there. It took me about half a bowl but it finally clicked. I honestly don't know if it's truly there or if my mind has been playing tricks on me but I swear, it's banana. Not overt. Not overpowering. But a hint of it. Every bowl so far has whisked me back to that poolside bar in Barbados and the amazing taste of that fresh all natural banana daiquiri.

This is great in briar and it is heaven in a cob. For some reason it was a bit flat in a meer. About the only thing negative I can say was that it did leave a bit of that burley cigarette taste on my tongue after I smoked it but that is so minor when I consider the pleasant smoke I had up to that point. If you don't like aros you're not going to like this. It is definitely an aro. And it's one of the best aros I've had.

18 people found this review helpful.

beaupipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beaupipe (102)
Very Mild Very Strong Medium Pleasant

If we are to believe the historians, rum flavored tobaccos may be one of the earliest forms of pipe tobacco as the development of the Caribbean colonies, the planting of sugar cane brought from the Canaries, the horror of the “triangular trade,” the distillation of molasses into rum, and the mass production of clay pipes are all roughly coincidental: the late 16th to the mid-17th century. The men of the ships, so the story goes, would store their ropes of tobacco in used rum barrels and perhaps give them a little rum soaking both for flavor and to keep the bugs at bay.

I grabbed a couple tins of Barbados Plantation a few years ago at a pipe show. Sutliff, as the company often does, was offering tins of most of their blends as free samples. I opened the first of those tins a few weeks after the show and wasn't very impressed. What I found was a sopping wet mixture dominated by Black Cavendish with an intense, somewhat artificial rum aroma—far more intense than any other rum-spiked blend I'd ever had. Barbados Plantation was so wet that it sizzled at the match, even after judicious drying. Of all of the various permutations out there in the world of aromatic tobaccos, I'm most partial to the Christmas cake/Rum family. But I didn't make it through more than a few bowls of that first tin. I used up the remainder by blending it with some neutral Burley to create a light rum aromatic.

Tin #2 has dried out quite a bit, which is all for the good. The rum flavoring, however, has muted some, though it remains artificial. The strangest thing about this tobacco, is that it seems that the heavy dose of wet topping has sunk down to the bottom of the tin. The bottom of the tin is now crusted with black tar, like a simmering pot of black bean chili that someone forgot to stir. I've seen this kind of thing before, but in 40 year old tins, not 2 year old tins.

I've smoked a few bowls of this well-aged Barbados Plantation. It's marginally better than it was when it was fresh. But it is still not even close to the quality of something like C&D's After Hours Flake, a far superior rum-sauced Virginia. Tin #2 is destined for blending, too. It blends quite nicely. That's the only reason it merits 2 stars.

15 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

This presents as a vanilla black cavendish mixed with a burley and given a rum topping. Mine came too moist, and the first 1/4 of the bowl had a somewhat intense vanilla/rum note. This was good, but it was just a lot of good for me. It pushed the envelope.

The flavor settled down to fairly mild by mid bowl, and to my way of thinking it was a significantly better smoke. I don't have the most delicate palate in the world, but I don't think there is any Virginia in this despite the description.

This was good, and I could see smoking this again. I doubt I would stock it. I can easily see that this would be a home run for some of the pipe smokers out there.

14 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

This is a sweet one. Dominated by the Black Cav, it's difficult to get any other tobacco flavor. The rum topping is in competition with the vanilla from the BC. Even with all that, I've enjoyed smoking this, though it's one that I'll have to ration due to it's overly sweet nature. Not exactly my thing, but a pretty good smoke.

Mild to medium in body. Medium in flavoring and flavor. If you've got a jones for the sweet stuff you'll love it.

Pipe Used: MM Diplomat 5th Ave, MM Patriot

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

9 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2076)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Sutliff Tobacco Company - Barbados Plantation.

The words on the front of the tin would do as a review: Sweet Barbados rum, smooth and rich!

I've found, with this style of tin, a lot of the time when I open it what greets me is a dried out blend, due to the circulating air inside. But Barbados Plantation, if anything, was a bit too much the other way: nearly damp. In the tin-note the rum is a fairly certain addition.

With the smoke the black Cavendish outweighs the other tobaccos, being sweet and vanilla-like. To me, the rum tastes a lesser addition than the vanilla, giving a sort of molasses note, rather than a loud alcoholic one. The Virginia, and Burley are much further back than the Cav', the Virginia more-so. The burn from it's cool, and there isn't a bite in it.

The nicotine: mild. Room-note: scrumptious.

Barbados Plantation easily deserves four stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Brebbia Fat Bob

Age When Smoked: Two months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

7 people found this review helpful.

TXBulldog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TXBulldog (74)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I found this to be a nicely done tobacco. It balances very nice and the flavoring is not over done. It allows for a cool smooth sweet smoke. Has a great room note others will certainly enjoy. Smoked it fresh out of the tin. Didn't have a wet or goopy smoking experience and only needed one relight - Although looking at it in the tin and based on other reviews, I was expecting it. It was a little on the moist side. For as strong as the tin note reflected rum, it didn't have any harshness and remained mellow and tame throughout. The tin note is amazingly good on this one. Overall a very enjoyable smoke that I'll definitely enjoy outdoors this summer among company. Probably my favorite rum based smoke yet. If you are looking for or like sweet, this one's in the wheelhouse. If you're relatively new to pipe smoking and your trying various aromatics, I'd highly recommend this one. If you're not into aromatics and sweet, sit this one out.

Pipe Used: Rossi Sitter

Age When Smoked: New Tin

Purchased From: P&C

6 people found this review helpful.

youngs11 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
youngs11 (3)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This tobacco was too wet when I tried it out of the tin, so much so that it took me a long time before revisiting it. I tried it after cellaring for about 8 months. I still needed for it to sit out for about ten minutes before packing.

Tin note has vanilla, caramel, rum, and maybe a little coconut.

Taste shows lots of vanilla and caramel for about the first quarter of the bowl. What starts really sweet and sugary develops into a bit deeper, creamier taste as the VA and Cav begin to show up for the middle half of the bowl. Toppings begin to take a back seat with natural tobacco flavors coming in. Burns down to a fine grey ash and finishes with an aftertaste of sweet vanilla and leather.

Overall I think the topping and tobacco combination works really well. In addition, the room note is really amazing. In fact, maybe the best I have ever smelled. I do think the tobacco was way too wet out of the tin, and I don't think the cut was the best. It is hard to keep lit without first either drying it or tearing up some of the larger chunks in the blend. Not bad at all, but there are probably better options.

Pipe Used: Armellini 3/4 bent billiard

Age When Smoked: fresh, 8 months cellared

Purchased From: P&C

5 people found this review helpful.

Capn Jimbo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capn Jimbo (24)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Some of you may be aware of The Rum Project where we review rums, whisky and tobaccos. It is fair to say that we know our rums very well, not least the fine Barbadian style with which this blend is alleged to be flavored. Until recently one of my favorites was McB's Navy Flake. No more.

This blend supplants it, and not by just a little. The tobacco all seems to be of good quality, and blended well. Visually it seems to be black cavendish dominant, followed by burley and then virginia, but that's just a rough guess. Some have called the blend too moist, but mine was not. With minimal drying the number of relights was not at all excessive. Used a standard 3 pack in my cob, and it was off to an extremely pleasant experience.

You will read of this blend's aromatics of rum, over a touch a vanilla and one poster even mentioned a light banana. I agree. t just so happens that Bajan rums do in fact display elements of banana (as well as the classic rum profiles of leather, vanilla, medium and deeper fruits). Thus this blend's casing may well be quite authentic insofar as a gentle Barbadian rum is concerned. But don't get me wrong. In this case the aromatics in no way overwhelm, but rather are in perfect balance with the burleys and virginia in this blend. The rum is entirely authentic in this light aromatic blend.

All the elements - tobacco and aromatics - can be distinguished, although they remain in near perfect harmony and balance. No one component dominates in any way, and that is a real gift. Indeed as the bowl progresses the tobaccos strengthen and move nicely forward, yet the modest aromatics are in no way lost, just slightly less evident.

This kind of balance and development is what I believe all such blends of its kind should aspire to. Lovely light, no burn, cool, rich, smooth and balanced. And to me, completely authentic. Love it!

Pipe Used: MM cob

Age When Smoked: 3 months

Purchased From: Local sale

Similar Blends: MacBaren Navy Flake.

5 people found this review helpful.

JoeMan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JoeMan (7)
Mild Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

I am as picky as aromatic smokers come. I need for an aromatic to deliver beyond just a nice tin note...I need to smell it, taste it, and share the aroma around the room. Barbados Plantation has become a very consistent go-to aromatic for me. The flavor is simply fantastic. The rum overtone is nice and mellow, with a sweet flavorful base providing just a delightful experience...every single time. I've lost the taste for a lot of other aromatics with this one...it's THAT GOOD.

Pipe Used: Alpha, Peterson, Grabow, Butz Choquin

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars online

5 people found this review helpful.

Cumarinophil Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cumarinophil (108)
Very Mild Medium to Strong Very Mild Very Pleasant

Sutliff Barbados Plantation is malty, nutty, creamy and sweet. The tin note is overwhelming at first, not so much any more when smoked.

The tobacco feels very moist and sticky. The flavor reminds me somehow of Tiramisu (!). It’s very mild and I had no bite at all. It burns well but slow and the temperature has to be monitored constantly.

If you like very sweet toppings, but you don’t care so much about tasting tobacco, this one is for you.

Pipe Used: Various with and without filter

Age When Smoked: fresh to 1yr

4 people found this review helpful.

The Conde Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Conde (17)
Medium Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

Just the right amount of rum and vanilla without tasting too sweet or artifical. A great everyday smoke if you like aromatics. This is one fo my favorite blends.

4 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

Beautiful Stuff. Sweet with rum and a bit of Vanilla. My new favorite!

4 people found this review helpful.

Bbrown626 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bbrown626 (150)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

A great blend with a base of Virginia, burley, and Black Cavendish though I really didn't detect the Virginia. Rum is the primary flavor with a hint of vanilla. Give it a little drying time and it won't burn so hot. Everything about this is great from the room note to the taste and after taste.

Pipe Used: Stanwell Apple

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: Pipe and Cigars

Similar Blends: Queen Anne's Revenge.

3 people found this review helpful.

Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (221)
Mild Medium to Strong Very Mild Very Pleasant

Barbados Plantation smells rich and spicy in the tin and I really wanted to enjoy it’s aroma. BP was rather goopy and wet in the tin, I tried it straight out of the tin as well as various amounts of drying time up to an hour. Each bowl was sweet at first then easing into dull and papery. I found 30 minutes of drying produced the best bowl, but even then it was forgettable. I wish it tasted half as good as it smells.

Pipe Used: Cob billiard

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

Pre Republic Peterson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pre Republic Peterson (13)
Medium Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Very wet (sopping wet) on opening the tin. Smelt good, but clearly artificially flavoured. Taking forever to dry properly.

Taste a little like shisha pipe tobacco. Flavours mixed and come and go, some pleasant, some unpleasant. Alternating between sweetness, chemicals, wet sweaty socks and sweaty gym shorts.

No nice overall, will probably dump the remainer of the tin. Will not try Sutliff again :(

Pipe Used: Peterson No COM

Age When Smoked: Brand new

Purchased From: Liquor store Hong Kong

3 people found this review helpful.

MJG Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MJG (17)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Tin Note - Wow, this blew me away, it is like a fresh, warm, fruit pudding with a good helping of island rum and vanilla.The smell is super strong but I found it amazingly inviting, my mind was playing tricks on me, my mouth was watering and I kept expecting to find a delicious desert to sink my teeth in to, that's what I could smell here. I would buy an air freshener with this scent.

Presentation - coarsely cut ribbon, very dark, with the cavendish looking dominant. It was a bit wet, but I deemed it fine to smoke straight out of the tin. It worked out fine.

Smoking - It packed nicely straight out of the tin, it lit easily with 2 matches and only needed one relight about 2\3 of the way down the bowl, it didn't smoke wet and burnt to a fine ash with no goop. I was very impressed for such a heavily cased aromatic.

How did it taste - On first light I got a great, creamy, sweet rum flavor, with a vanilla behind it. To my surprise this flavor never left, or even dulled, throughout the whole bowl. Each mouthful was packed with flavor, a dark and fruity undertone from the tobacco, wrapped up in that lovely rum casing which never became overpowering, a hint of vanilla accompanied it the whole way. This is a very sweet tobacco, but not sickeningly sweet. The flavor clings to the palate and lips nicely and kept me coming back for more, I had to remind myself to slow down. Even when I got excited and puffed away at the wonderful flavor, it never burnt hot, bit, or developed that horrible, goopy, steamy moisture some aromatics do. It just stayed very smooth and creamy, and was very forgiving. For a non Aro smoker I found this amazing, I will be finishing this tin before I have time to jar it. If you don't like Aro's but would like to try one you will appreciate, I can recommend this. I usually smoke English/Balkan/Oriental blends.

3 people found this review helpful.

TorontoSmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TorontoSmoker (19)
Mild to Medium Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I did not enjoy this tobacco. I found it too moist and bitey, and the flavor overly sweet and unpleasant. It's a little harsh, and I get no real tobacco flavor. It doesn't burn well due to the high moisture and heavy casing, and it tends to smoke hot, even after it's been left to dry. It goops-up my pipes and leaves a ghost-residue. It's what I'd expect from a bulk or pouch aromatic like Borkum Riff. I guess I've learned that blends heavily cased in whiskey, cognac, or in this case, rum, are just not to my taste.

Age When Smoked: new to 6 months

Purchased From: smoking pipes

3 people found this review helpful.

jankoez Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jankoez (69)
Mild Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

This tobacco would not disappoint you neither in winter, neither in summer days. Sweet, easy to smoke and gives satisfaction, especially for smoking during the day-time.

2 people found this review helpful.

Chiefin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Chiefin (3)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

This was my first FINE pipe tobacco that started me piping..I still smoke this ble.d and quite enjoy it and will cellar tins for future smoking. Highly recommend it if you like rum

Pipe Used: Big Ben tattoo

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: P&c

Similar Blends: Villiger jamaican export is pretty close to this if u wanna smoke a close one to it while u Ge your good tins.

2 people found this review helpful.

BJBurn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BJBurn (5)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

Had to give it a try. Popped the tin and memories of Grandma's Fruit Cake filled my head. (She use to knit cones-shaped Christmas trees to hide her bottles of gin and rum.) Nice afternoon smoke. I like the ribbon cut, easy to pack. Burns well. I keep this in my rotation if I can find more of it.

Pipe Used: Peterson Atlantic

Age When Smoked: newly opened tin

Purchased From: found on the beach...

2 people found this review helpful.

The Sunday Evening Pipe Smoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Sunday Evening Pipe Smoker (54)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I was gifted a tin of this, so wasn't sure what to expect. It's a very nice aromatic in the tradition of Lane 1 Q. In fact, I'd describe it as Lane I Q with those vanilla like notes, but with the sweetness of the rum added to it. Quite pleasureable.

Definitely would be one I'd put in the class of the better aromatics that are out there.

2 people found this review helpful.

HobgoblinTA96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HobgoblinTA96 (60)
Very Mild Medium to Strong Very Mild Very Pleasant

This blend was a pleasant surprise. A step above the usual Ataldis/Sutliff bulk blends. On par with Molto Dulce. Tin note is fruity, taste is spiced rum and coke (vanilla Coke), & room note is Creme Brulee. This is a heavily cased American Aromotic with loads of flavor and little to no real tobacco taste. An excellent dessert blend if one has a sweet tooth. Burns wet, but decent as is to be expected from such blends. Overall, a decent blend. Cheers.

Pipe Used: Zulu and Billiard (Size Group 5)

Age When Smoked: One Yeat

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Typical American Aromotic.

2 people found this review helpful.

Adrian B. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Adrian B. (29)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Purchased a tin of this on a whim and am glad I did. A very good aromatic topped with vanilla and rum, both of which predominate the flavor...the vanilla a bit more so than the rum. A little moist from the tin, typical in my experience with Sutliff aros so dry it a little but not too much or lose the flavors. I can't pick out the Virgina, but sometimes you get some burley taste. A great aromatic if rum and vanilla are your thing, good for bowl after bowl.

Pipe Used: variety of briars and cobs

Age When Smoked: tin fresh

Purchased From: Watch City Cigar Co.

2 people found this review helpful.

Joeray Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Joeray (61)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

eah nothing to say accept this tobacco is good because it's aroma. Smooth, mild to medium , and mellow taste that sticks into my tongue and palate. Im not a big fans of aromatic but sometimes i smoke 1-2 bowl to make my house smells good and to please the visittor and my neighbours and entertain them with the room notes. To make a great smoke, like others Sutliff's blends, it needs to be winded for a while to get a proper moist level so is not hard to light and keep the light. Just make a good charing light and you can smoke until the bottom without need to unlight accept if you smoke an extra large bowl. The virginia is very nice, sweet and good taste, with little bit earthy from the burley and the cavendish gave a mildness taste. Almost without tongue bite so i can smoke this stuff without worried, but still i keep my drawing and puff rhytm just to make sure my pipe is keep safe. The oily layer looks nice at the chamber if you can keep the light steady and the bowl's temperature is not too hot. Is a nice aro...

Pipe Used: Johar Wooden Pipe, BC Bistro

Age When Smoked: Fresh

2 people found this review helpful.

CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (138)
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Rum flavor complements the decent base tobaccos. After the rum flavor fades a bit, once into the bowl, the nutty Burley makes a mild appearance. A bit of spice comes through on the retrohale. Burns clean. 2+.

Pipe Used: MM

Age When Smoked: Unknown; at least 3 months.

Purchased From: CI

2 people found this review helpful.

Mike Cronis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike Cronis (36)
Very Mild Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Warmed-over rum and melted butter with a splash of vanilla bean is truly amazing. Smokes cool but very damp. Second half of the bowl was hard to stay lit. Not unlike a Butter-Rum Lifesaver pack from 1974. No chem-taste. No nic-hit.

Deep, rich smoke and velvety smooth billows. Not unlike a buttery rumcake. Seems to attract "the ladies" who linger around pleasantly, impressed with the gentlemanship you grant.

Highly recommended aromatic.

Pipe Used: Savenilli Dolomiti

Age When Smoked: New-ish

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Sutliff Honey, Sutliff Queen Anne's Revenge.

1 person found this review helpful.

Diver Doc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Diver Doc (3)
Extremely Mild Extra Strong Very Mild Very Pleasant

I bought this on recommendation as one of the closest available substitutes for McClelland Deep Hollow, which is/was my favorite all day smoke. To me, DH had a real Virginia taste with just a light topping. Barbados Plantation is a very different tobacco. That doesn’t make it bad, just not what I was hoping for. I was so excited to have a replacement for DH, I opened the tin the day after I received it. It was very moist, and left a sticky residue on my fingers. The tin aroma was a very strong butterscotch smell with a slightly artificial note to it. I’ve consumed my share of rum over the years. One of my favorites is Lamb’s Navy Rum. To me, this tobacco doesn’t smell like any rum I’ve ever had. As moist as it is, I had little difficulty keeping it lit. Light sips and frequent gentle tamps were enough to keep it going to the bottom of the bowl. I did have to pass a pipe cleaner once when it started to gurgle a bit, but that is something I’ve had to do with other blends too. This reminds me a lot of Dan Blue Note, as both are just too sweet for me. The room note was more roasted marshmallows than tobacco. This is my initial impression of a freshly opened tin. Perhaps with time and a little drying, it will develop more of the Virginia flavor. As is, I would consider it as an occasional dessert smoke, or something to add (sparingly) to straight Virginia or Burley.

Pipe Used: Il Monaco bent apple

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Dan Blue Note.

1 person found this review helpful.

Stinkypipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stinkypipe (155)
Mild Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

While this blend won't set the world on fire it has some nice flavor. Burns nice and slow, lots of creamy smoke and no bite. Room note is not overwhelming but there is a little there. It is a nice sweet smoke but not too sweet and not too much flavor. This is a kind of high level middle of the road aromatic.

Pipe Used: Vauen

1 person found this review helpful.

Selly501USA Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Selly501USA (8)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

A lovely black-cavendished burley. I agree that initially it was a soggy hot mess out of the tin, took work to keep lit, and so on. Drying helps in the early life of an opened tin. Eventually, I cellared this away, returning for a monthly sample, and what I've learned is that this is a blend that just needs a little time to settle down. IMO it gives its best results when enjoyed slowly; pushing renders it harsh quickly. This blend yields a pleasant light rum taste, and the tin notes of coconut, spiced rum, vanilla, and banana transfer to a pleasant banana liqueur, lightly sweet in the Barbados rum style. Exceptional room note. If you enjoy light aromatics, this would be a fine one to have on hand.

Pipe Used: MM cobs, short and tall, and various briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the retailer, and up to 1 year

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

From Etten Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
From Etten (22)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Medium ribbon-cut, moist pleasant aroma with rum note out of the tin. Easy packing and draw. All of the smoke makes for a pleasant experience, Good slip-stream, nice bowl aroma, consistent flavor profile from the unique blend. I didn't expect this mild, mellow roasty smoke after experiencing Borkum Riff 11N Rum flavored tobac, which seems to be opposite this Barbados Plantation in being a pleasant smoke. A four star and possibly in my rotation.

Pipe Used: Greek Briar

Age When Smoked: Tin Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars Month Club

1 person found this review helpful.

willie b Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
willie b (37)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

not big fan of all things Sutliff but some of their aromatics are second to none. really fragrant with vanilla and just a kiss of rum to taste. really good and smooth.

Pipe Used: nording

Age When Smoked: fresh and aged.

Purchased From: tobacco pipes

Similar Blends: any vanilla cavendish but better than most.

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Pipefitter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipefitter (51)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

I’ve had my share of aromatics that go way over the top with flavoring, but though this is heavy on the rum, it’s not offensive to me. It smokes cool and doesn’t bite and is a very smooth tobacco. It is kind of wet to smoke out of the tin, but not so as it leaves much moisture the bowl. I could recommend this one to a newbie or veteran and could be an all day smoke for both.

Purchased From: City Tobacco in New London Ct

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Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (117)
Very Mild Very Strong Mild Pleasant

Just about as moist as chewing tobacco, practically unsmokable. I couldn't say it's aroma and flavor were rum-like. It had the typical dark-fired black aromatic cavendish character with dark vanilla and coumarin-like notes. The color of the whole blends was almost uniformly dark to black from the casing and there was no way to discern the virginia and burley components. One can get this basic flavor in many other aromatic black cavendish blends from Sutliff. I suppose this must have been at the bottom of a production run and unfortunately it bespeaks of poor quality control verging on indifference.

Similar Blends: Sutliff B20 Black Cavendish.

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Bushido Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bushido (26)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

Was hoping for more rum. Tastes very similar to Sutliff vanilla custard ; a little vanilla with the ubiquitous fruit note found with a brown paper bag background, found in many vanilla aromatics. The Virginia is hard to detect. I’m still looking for a navy flake with a hint of pure vanilla. Quite moist with a lot of relights, but left-leaning to no bite. It just felt like it fell short of how it’s marketed.

Similar Blends: Sutliff vanilla custard.

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King Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King Weed (228)
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Once we oldsters from the pipe smoking ranks were vaccinated, things began to happen: we actually saw each other in person, we actually smoked our pipes together and I (finally) was able to buy a collection of pipe tobaccos. In it was a single tin of Sutliff Barbados Plantation with peculiar black bumps on the tin bottom that I tested with a small probe. The biggest one went through easily on the first try and I decided to open the tin immediately. The tobacco was moist to the point of being too moist to light and I let a sample sit out all night to air out. The tin aroma was somewhat strong and reminded me of sniffing a bag of freshly roasted nuts with a little alcohol on them. I thought it was a pleasant aroma. The tobacco, itself, had a rather drab and dingy appearance of muddled brown to black and presented as a rough ribbon. Not quite four star material, smoking the blend was a better than a middle of the road experience. The peculiar, but pleasant, flavoring lasted down to the half way point of the bowl, where it gave out. From that point on it was an acceptable Va/Bur smoke. My only real complaint about this blend is how moist it comes and how long you have to let it air out to get a proper idea of what the base blend is like. So, all in all, I recommend Barbados Plantation at three stars as an interesting blend in the Private Stock line that is still in production.

Pipe Used: Ashton LX pebble grain Canadian

Age When Smoked: unknown, but about ten years old

Purchased From: a fellow pipe smoker

Similar Blends: Take the Perique out of East India Trading Company's Cellar Reserve and weaken the base blend somewhat and you have something akin to Barbados Plantation...

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Old Shoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old Shoe (25)
Extremely Mild Very Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

A “milder” 1-Q is what comes to my mind on this blend. Needs a day or so drying time, as this one comes moist from our friends at Sutliff. THE most mild aromatic I have ever encountered. Wonderful aroma in the can or in the air as this blend will offend nobody! Vanilla and a slight fruit note to the palate, but never overbearing. As far as bite.... I loaded up a large Sherlock Holmes Watson and puffed like a freight train and could not get even a smidge of bite from this tobacco. A real smoky and tasty treat is this one folks, Sutliiff has a winner here. Would be a great starter blend for a new smoker.

Pipe Used: Peterson ‘Watson’ many others.

Age When Smoked: Fresh tin

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

Similar Blends: 1-Q, but with a very mild rum topping..

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