Aromatic Golden Cavendish with Burley and rich Virginias.

Notes: The scenic Danube is both unique and vast. It is the only major European river which flows west to east, gushing some 1,770 miles through ten countries. Much like the Danube, this Aromatic Golden Cavendish of Burley and Rich Virginias has depth resulting in a distinctively, delicious character.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McCallister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringRum, Sweet / Sugar, Vanilla
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging1.5 oz tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3008)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Smells and tastes a little like sweet honey bread to the smoker, and those around him/her. The nutty, molasses sweet burley is the most obvious tobacco. The black cavendish offers brown sugar and a hint of vanilla. The grassy, citrusy, bread-like Virginia component is not that prominent, and forms the base for the other components. The vanilla toppings also have a touch of cocoa and perhaps marshmallow. The nic-hit is mild. No chance of bite. Burns very evenly, cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very smooth, consistent flavor. Needs few relights, leaves almost no moisture in the bowl, and has a nice after taste. It's sweet, but not cloyingly so, which means you can smoke it all day without getting tongue bite or diabetes.


18 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2071)
Very Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Sutliff Tobacco Co. - Blue Danube.

Mostly a medium brown mixture. Although it's coarsely cut, none of the pieces are destined for the bin; 100% of the blend's smokeable, without any of it being too coarse, or twiggy. It smells strongly aromatic: mainly sweet.

The rum gives a syrupy sweetness, as well as alcohol sharpness. The vanilla adds a palliative quality, which rounds the smoke off. From the tobaccos there's a sweet honey quality, with some rustic Burley; but not much Virginia. It burns very well, but the smoke can bite me if I'm not careful. Blue Danube gives a smoke that's cool in temperature.

Nicotine: very mild. Room-note: very nice.

I'll happily highly recommend it:

Four stars.

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

8 people found this review helpful.

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

A really nice tasting blend. The Golden Cavendish is the star for me adding a sweet fruitiness to the rum and vanilla. The Burley adds depth and a little nuttiness. Can't taste any other Virginias. All around great flavors here. A very pleasing smoke.

Mild in body and flavoring. Mild to medium in flavor. Burns well straight from the tin.

Pipe Used: MM Diplomat 5th Ave, MM Morgan

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

8 people found this review helpful.

Corncob3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Corncob3 (77)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Slightly sweet, slightly tangy with a subtle nutiness to round out the blend. Room note, can't quite put my finger on it but very very nice. This is a good day starter or after dinner smoke (but anytime you've got a craving for BD will do). Great with a cup of coffee or an ice cold root beer (can't figure out which adult beverage this pairs well with). Highly recommended. Excellent blend for the novice pipe smoker.

6 people found this review helpful.

Ambush1964 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ambush1964 (19)
Extremely Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Too moist straight from the tin 32% moisture, I had to dry it for quite awhile to get it down to 15% [still a bit moist but I didn't want to wait any longer]-(I love my simple/ inexpensive moisture meter). Someday I may be an old hand and simply know by feel, for now I will cheat using the meter :). This stuff burned ok, I had to relight a few times after the 3/4 mark-guess I should have waited a bit more and dried it to 13% or so. It had a nice aroma, vanilla,berry. It had a vanilla/whiskey/fruit flavor. The berry/fruit flavor was minimal, the fruit aroma was more pronounced. It had a slight chemical flavor and aroma, not unlike the scented candle descriptions in other posts. I am a newbie smoker and prefer aromatics, so this was ok for me, but not exceptional. It burned to ash with very little dottle with a few relights at the bottom of the bowl. I am attributing this to a high moisture content. It didn't leave any sticky mess for me. I probably won't get this tobacco again, unless I find it at my local shop at 50% off again like this tin. It's worth smoking at 1/2 price :)

Pipe Used: Vintage Danya briar fit w/ churchwarden

Age When Smoked: 3 months in a mason jar

Purchased From: Tobacco Row, Billings MT

3 people found this review helpful.

CriolloCorojo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CriolloCorojo (18)
Very Mild Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

Way too Sutliffy. Pure rubbish. Weak, low-grade tobacco married with fake flavors that resemble the smells of scented candles. It leaves a very waxy flavor in the mouth and bites the tongue hard. It was originally purchased in a five pack with some other Sutliff tins from CI about 1.5 years ago. Like other Sutliff aromatics, this has virtually no nicotine, tastes nothing like tobacco and bites the tongue. Granted, I usually smoke a lot of English blends (such as 965, The consummate Gentleman, Squadron Leader, and many more), flakes (Mac Baren Navy Flake, Mac Baren HH Old Dark Fired, Dunhill Flake, Irish Flake and many) and more) and non-aromatics ( Dunhill Scottish Mixture); I do enjoy an aromatic from time to time. When I do, I guess I prefer real pipe tobacco like Peterson Hyde Park or Sweet Killarney and not this rancid, waxy garbage that Sutliff pushes as pipe tobacco. I was so disappointed to read that Sutliff is now the distributor of Mac Baren Products in the U.S. I hope to god that Sutliff doesn't do anything to ruin them and just leaves them as they are.

I don't remember the last time I got tongue bite from a tobacco, but this Blue Danube garbage didn't take long to bite the living heck out of my tongue. I could not even finish the bowl. The taste lingered in my mouth for hours, and no amount of fluids could get rid of it. I even brushed my teeth and tongue and still it lingered.

I am convinced that anyone who is giving high reviews to this blend or any Sutliff blend for that matter are 1) people who work for Sutliff and are trying to prop up their brand. 2) people who don't know any better because they graduated from gas station / drug store blends to Sutliff and do not realize there are virtually 100's if not 1000's of better brands out there. If all pipe tobacco tasted like this Sutliff stuff, then I would stick with my Tatuaje, Ashton VSG, AJ Fernandez, Don Pepin Garcia, Perdomo, Padron, and Camacho cigars. Tobacco should rarely be flavored with anything if it is high grade tobacco. If it is flavored, it needs to be a quality recipe (Gawith Hoggarth Rum Flake, yum!!!). With Sutliff, I find time and time again that I am smoking low grade tobacco coated with flavoring chemicals from a recipe taken from a scented candle factory. Also, what's with all the freakin' propylene glycol Sutliff?!?!?! For god's sake, if your tobacco didn't taste so awful, you would not need to add any because the tin would be smoked before the tobacco dried out. Also, you do not need to use PG as a bonding agent. That is hogwash if anyone ever tells you something different.

Pipe Used: Paul's Cayuga w/apple bowl-only used for aromatics

Age When Smoked: Been in tin for about 18 months before opening

Purchased From: CI

Similar Blends: Other Sutliff aromatics. They all taste about the same - like I am eating the hot wax from a scented candle..

3 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I am writing this review after smoking almost all of a 1.5 oz tin. It came a little damp for me in the tin. I tried mixing it with some very dry blending toasted burley, and I tried giving it some air. Both these solutions worked well.

This is a pleasant aromatic with notes of vanilla and maybe rum. It is slightly sweet. There is a quality to the taste that is sometimes heavy and maybe a little yeasty. I think that is the "bread" that some reviewers mention. The ingredients list Virginia, but I am not finding any in the taste profile.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

This was sent entirely to moist and burned hot. The flavor is billed as Rum and Vanilla, but I found no trace of the rum. After drying it out, I found it to be a uninspired vanilla blend (still no rum) with nothing to set it apart from the expansive field of vanilla blends. Not a bad smoke, but not unique in any way. I will stick to Barbados Plantation when I want a rum topping

Pipe Used: several

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: Pipe and Cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

noreastpipeman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
noreastpipeman (2)
Extremely Mild Very Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

Even though I prefer Balkans & English,I do appreciate aromatics,if done with the intent to give the pipe smoker pleasure.I really don't know what the intent is here. The only pipe that I can recommend you put this vile stuff in is a sewer pipe.I tried it fresh out of the tin,air dried a little to a lot.I never could get this dried to a point where it was actually dry.It crackled& hissed and left a PG goopy mess in anything I smoked it in.Corn cob,Meerschaum,billiard,stacked,pot.Just plain unresponsive.Half way down the bowl got sour& tasteless.I really wanted to enjoy this for how it was presented.A very mild,sweet,burley based don't have to think about it smoke.On a positive note, one of my cats liked the room note(i think)but then again , he uses his tongue to clean himself, not toilet paper.It cost me more in pipe cleaners & pipe sweetener to save my pipes than in the cost of this tobacco.It was smooth with no bite,but so is a 95 year old carnival barker.(no offence to any carnival barkers out there)Try it if you want to.you've got my 2 cent opinion.

Age When Smoked: 3 plus years

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant

I am not really good on the terms with pipe smoking however this is one of my new go to tobacco's Extremely smooth mild no bite what so ever very nutty taste at first then back side of it maple taste witch is very nice . 1 out of 10 I would say 8.5

2 people found this review helpful.

Pip'n'Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pip'n'Piper (46)
Very Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Ahhh, the Blue Danube...Donau so blau, so schön und blau. Die Nixen auf dem Grund, die geben's flüsternd kund... Strauss! One day, I'd like to see the Danube, but until then a review for you. A medium amount of topping, somewhat greasy. Tin note is all over the place: coconut, rum, vanilla, chocolate. It tastes mostly of coconut, with plenty of cream and vanilla notes. The topping isn't overpowering, though close to it. The burley is good, nuts and molasses, and that is pretty much all she wrote for the tobacco. I don't much notice the virginias except some grassy sweetness and the odd bit of earth. The cavendish is just lost in all the flavours, maybe it adds some creaminess. Burns great, hardly needs any relights. Unfortunetaly, there is a little bit of acidity and a little bit of bite. Dry some and tread lightly. Otherwise, good flavour. Great tin art. Nice room note. Id smoke again, but not way up on the list. It's certainly a unique blend. If you dig on coconut rum, you'll like Blue Danube. Not recommended for beginners as it will likely bite ya. 2.5. Prost!

Pipe Used: Cobs

Age When Smoked: Fresh

1 person found this review helpful.

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

As an aftermarket pipe tobacco buyer, I am currently riding a wave of selling where the explanation is "thinning down". This tin of Blue Danube came to me in such a buy recently where there were several of the Sutliff Private Stock tins. Having never smoked this blend, I ripped it open in due time. Blue Danube has two good things going for it; beautiful tin art and, an alleged, rum infusion . Then I opened it and everything changed. First of all, the verbal description on the label is of a "golden cavendish" but I didn't find anything golden in the tin. The appearance was of a relative uniformity of dark tans to very dark umber browns with a tad of black included. To the touch, this blend was damp and drying times ran in the five to ten hour range. The tin aroma was not easy to find and required close sniffing. What I did get was weak and indeterminate in character. I could not grok either the rum or the vanilla, but did get a persistent alcohol odor. A couple of days later it reversed and I could pick up both vanilla and rum in the tin. Now, for the important part; how did it smoke. Well, at first, that was a good question and it took most of the top third to find out. I couldn't get anything out of the blend in the top third and the middle third showed a weakish Burley aroma only. The bottom third attempted to show some backbone but, again, rather weak for a Burley based blend. I have now smoked ten of the Sutliff Private Stock blends and I can say this: Blue Danube is, at one and the same time, the weakest, least enjoyable and least successful of the ten. Since it isn't offensive in any way (my definition of a one star blend), I give it two stars and weakly recommend it to the reader.

Pipe Used: Ashton LX Brindle Dublin

Age When Smoked: 2 yrs old

Purchased From: an Ebay seller

Similar Blends: Nothing I have ever smoked, as, it was too weak to develop a profile for comparisons..

1 person found this review helpful.

tzcczt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tzcczt (8)
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

Appearance: Medium and light brown ribbons

Label: The scenic Danube is both unique and vast. It is the only major European river which flows west to east, gushing some 1,770 miles through ten countries. Much like the Danube, this Aromatic Golden Cavendish of Burley and Rich Virginias has depth resulting in a distinctively delicious character.

Aroma: Light hay and mild tobacco. There is a light sweet smell, but it is much lighter than most aromatics.

Taste: Reminds of a good, very mild cigar. It's not too sweet, and the tobacco flavor peeks through occasionally. Some puffs bring a bit of a light grassy, sweet, or nutty taste. The flavors are faint though, you have to try to pick them out.

Smokability: Stays lit easily and burns down to ash. I'm normally used to several relights when smoking, but after the initial light, I only needed one more for it to burn through to the end. There was no gurgling, which I experience with a lot of aromatics as well.

Room Note: Pleasant and inoffensive. It's not strong and seems to fade quickly.

Thoughts: It's a very non-finicky, easy to smoke tobacco. I could see myself smoking this while working on the car, or watching a movie. Somewhere where I'm occuppied and just want a nice smoke without relighting or needing to run a cleaner down my pipe steam to quiet the gurgling.

There's no heavy artificial taste, but no heavy tobacco taste either. In one word, mild.


Pipe Used: Savinelli

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the store

Purchased From: I received this tobacco for review.

1 person found this review helpful.

PhillyB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PhillyB (70)
Extremely Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This blend is the first of the Sutliff Private Stock I've had. It will not be the last, thanks to my YTPC Secret Santa.

This is a very mild tobacco. The tin note is absolutely wonderful, smelling of vanilla and liqueur with just a little nuttiness in the background. The smoke is mild to medium bodied and goes through two stages for me. At first it tastes like hazelnut, eventually morphing into a vanilla with a little cinnamon. The room note is just mildly sweet and pleasant.

Overall a very pleasant smoke but probably not something I would go out of my way to get.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum General

Age When Smoked: fresh

1 person found this review helpful.

CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (138)
Very Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

A weak vanilla, and a touch of rum flavor is always present with this one. The very mild tobacco flavors peak through now and again, to deliver a nutty burley on the palate, and a pleasant spiciness on the retrohale. Low maintenance in the bowl, burns clean. 2- for an anemic, mild aromatic.

Pipe Used: Karl Erik Semi-Churchwarden, MM

Age When Smoked: undated tin; bought 2 months ago

Purchased From: CI

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