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Aromatic blend of Burley, Virginia, and Black Cavendish

Notes: This extraordinary blend of Burley, Virginia and world famous Green River Black Cavendish is the epitome of culture as exemplified by Charlemagne himself.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McCallister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging1.5 oz tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild to Medium
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2979)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The mild to medium plum, fruit/rum-like topping does sublimate the tobaccos a bit. The Virginia has a light hay taste, and is a condimental addition. I didn't get much nuttiness from the burley, which is more molasses sweet than earthy, and is the lead component. The vanilla from the black cavendish drowns out the other tobaccos a bit. Has very little nicotine. Won't bite or get harsh. Burns cool, clean and a little slow as the tobacco is fairly moist. Has a consistent flavor. Leaves a bit of moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. Has a very pleasant after taste and room note. An all day smoke that's more of the dessert kind.


7 people found this review helpful.

guitar2mw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
guitar2mw (92)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Another hit from Sutliff! It packs and lights well, and has a decent amount of nicotine for an aromatic. Sutliff has pleasantly surprised me once again with this one. The burley can be picked up in the tin note. It's a nutty, sweet aroma that made my mouth water. After lighting a bowl, you can taste several different flavors, such as vanilla, chocolate, nuts, and a dark fruitiness. It smokes cool, and the flavor stays pretty consistent throughout the bowl. The room note is pretty amazing as well! This is definitely one of my favorite Sutliff blends, and I find myself reaching for it more and more. Pick up a tin if you like a high-quality American-style aromatic!

Pipe Used: Various briars, MM Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: Fresh, several months

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3 people found this review helpful.

Corncob3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Corncob3 (77)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

A good blend but a tad too sweet for my taste. Mellow,rich and lots of clouds of white smoke. If you love sweet black cavendish you'll enjoy Charlemagne. The room note did not last very long and its somewhat hard to decipher. The Green River does add a nice twist. This is a good blend to start with if you're new to pipe smoking. Recently I've been avoiding black cavendish like the plague. It's not bias, its just my tastes are changing, as I long for a good no thrills non-aromatic with a subtle but pleasing room note. Charlemagne seems better suited as an after dinner treat or substitute for breakfast.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

This one comes pretty moist and has to be dried. It is a little non-nondescript to me in the smoking. There is a mild burley flavor and some fruit. The black cavendish is too heavy for my tastes, and it contributes to a thin quality.

This one has fans, and I am just not one of them.

2 people found this review helpful.

pipe-junky Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipe-junky (10)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

I stumbled onto to a Sutliff sale and obtained quite a few tins of Charlemange.I have puffed my way thru 2 tins and can say that in the 3 briars i used, it smoked fine depending on how i packed it. I did not find the nic level high and the flavoring was not strong except when opening the tin which gives off a nice sweet smell that does transfer to the light up and after that it smooths out. 3/4 way down there is still some taste and does not get ruff just flat. Room note is pleasant and doesn't offend.

2 people found this review helpful.

Winchester38 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Winchester38 (11)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

To a pipe newbie like myself, the tin note of this stuff is pretty great. Definitely an aromatic, with notes of vanilla, plum, raisin, and maybe a hint of rum. Not overpoweringly cased, but definitely present.

Upon opening a fresh tin, the Charlemagne was quite moist. I was in a bit of a rush, so was only able to let a small amount air-dry for five minutes or so before loading into my MM cob.

I put flame to the bowl, charred, tamped, and re-lit, and was rewarded with gobs of sweet, white smoke. To my uneducated palate, the cavendish and burley are driving this one. A very mild taste that is smooth but offers an ample amount of smoke.

There are definite notes of something sweet, almost nutty/chocolate. I'm guessing this is partly the casing, and partly the burley. There are undertones of some vanilla and dried fruit in there too.

I had to put flame to the bowl two or three more times before finding the bottom, but was able to smoke the whole bowl nonetheless. No tongue bite, even through I probably smoked it a bit more quickly than I should have.

I really enjoyed this one, and will come back to it for sure. If you're not a fan or aromatics, steer clear of this one. Personally, I'm thinking this will make a great baccy for smoking slowly (reading/etc) and relaxing. Light, sweet, tasty. The room note is quite pleasant too, so this will probably become one of my go-tos when smoking around others.

Pipe Used: MM Mark Twain cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

1 person found this review helpful.

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

My friend told me if this blend almost similar with the Molto Dolce, but more mild taste and flavor. I hadn't smoke the Molto Dolce yet so i cant say my friend is right or not but one thing that im sure to say is this blend is little bit dissappointed. Have a nice and good smell when i open the tin but the baccy is very wet, too moisture, so need more time to pack and get a proper moist level. The taste is mild and bored, just made me feels to finish the bowl fast. There is nothing special that made me joy accept the room notes is very pleasant and my wife and my son very love it.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

I recently began smoking a pipe and I picked 2 blends to try from Altadis' Sutliff Private Stocks (Charlemagne, Bosphorous Cruise...both were excellent values in my inexperienced opinion.) I was drawn to Charlemagne by the simple description in the tagline and I must say that whoever wrote that description deserves a raise!

The fragrance of Charlemagne reminds me of the tobacco my grandfather used to smoke. It really perfumes the room with a sweet smell that is incredibly pleasant, yet manly. The smoke is also sweet in the beginning, but it loses much of its taste about halfway through the bowl. The remainder of the smoke is not harsh tasting, however. I've found it to be a very pleasant smoke while reading.

The tobacco is not difficult for a beginner to light and it burns well. Be warned that the mixture does have a bit of a bite on the tongue, but it's not anything major.

I would be very interested to see other reviews of this mixture by more experienced pipe smokers as it is my favorite so far.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

I bought a bunch of tins recently from an Ebay seller and in this load were: not one, not three, not six, but eight tins of Sutliff Charlemagne. Having never smoked this particular blend, I thought I better rip one open right away. Now, I have been using East India Trading Company Cellar Reserve as my rum-laden component in aromatic English blending for some time. I thought that the Charlemagne would simply transition into the Cellar Reserve territory, but not so. What we have with the Sutliff blend is a pretty straight forward Virginia/Burley/Black Cavendish formula with the Burley out in front and the other two close behind and it was enjoyable in it's own right. However, the Cellar Reserve is MUCH more infused with the Rum notes than Charlemagne is and comes much more damp in the tin and it's effect is just noticeable in my micro blends. The Rum note is there in Charlemagne smoked straight, but goes bye-bye in blending. Instead, it lends a nice and relatively strong background level to my micros and I associate this with it's Burley component. All in all, a good and straight forward smoke in it's own right and blends rather well - three stars.

Pipe Used: Radice half-bent bell Dublin (1999 NASPC pipe)

Age When Smoked: 2-5 years old

Purchased From: an Ebay seller

Similar Blends: other Virginia/Burley/Black Cavendish blends we have all smoked over the years, but not to any one in particular.

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

I was not blown away by this blend, nor was I disappointed.

The tin note, taste, and room note are all remarkably similar. Semi-sweet chocolate with some light cream and coffee. Noting spectacular, but I found myself enjoying it more than I had anticipated.

A decent aromatic, but it's not likely to become a regular on my shelf.

Pipe Used: GBD "Super Q"

Age When Smoked: fresh

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

Comes very moist and doesn't dry well. As a result it takes a short while to get it really going. Once going it is dominated by the Black Cav with a mild vanilla note. The Virginia fades in and out in the background. Not much from the Burley or the Rum topping. Seems a bit unbalanced to me, but the Black Cav is of good quality and provides nice flavor. It's a little better than 2 and a half stars so I'm gonna be a little generous here and give it 3.

Mild to medium in body. Medium in flavor. Burn is adequate.

Pipe Used: MM Diplomat 5th Ave, MM Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh

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

Well-blended tobacco base. Vanilla/Rum topping not too overpowering, as it is with some of the blends. Nuttiness in burley comes through well, particularly in the second half. Single light takes it all the way through the bowl, burns clean, cool, and smooth. 3 stars.

Pipe Used: Karl Erik

Age When Smoked: Undated tin; bought 2 months ago

Purchased From: CI

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Being my third tobacco, as I am a new smoker, this was a real step up and I am glad I tried it. The girl at the tobacco store asked if I wanted to sample some and give feedback to see if they wanted to carry it. They should.

It has a very pleasant sweet smell with some vanilla in it. Not too dry not too moist, it lit very well and stayed lit very well. I went through 6 matches vs the 15-20 with the first 2 low quality tobaccos I tried. (Yes, I will be getting a proper lighter soon enough) :)

It is a mild tasting tobacco, slightly sweet in a good way, and a nice relaxing smoke on a Sunday afternoon. It strongly favors a slow smooth draw as it will bite otherwise, but it forces you to sit back, relax, and enjoy it. I am not yet seasoned enough to pick out the different tobaccos in it and their unique flavors but I am getting there.

I was told not to try cheap tobacco and it is good advice, it can ruin the experience, a good tobacco makes a world of difference, and as for mild tobaccos this is a good one.

I am still searching for a strong full bodied pipe tobacco, deep and smooth, but this one could be a regular for those lazy Sunday afternoons.

Up next is Mac Baren Dark Twist...

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I finally broke open a tin from the P&C goodie bag this year, which included three tins of Sutliff lesser known blends. So first up was the Charlemagne and the tin note was light and the fresh hay aroma was quickly confirmed by the appearance. The Burley was prevalent and some strands of colorful Virginia were easily spotted, what was sparse was the lack of Cavendish. I took this as a good sign that this wouldn't be another blend over powered by an aromatic topping. The ribbon cut was moister than most, and actually took over an hour to dry enough for a proper bowl packing. Checking the aroma on the drying plate before filling the bowl was actually much richer, sweeter and more pleasant then when opened.

Char light was fairly uneventful given the Cavendish, I expected a powerful puff. A bit musty from the hay tones of the burley. True light brought on the full flavor and this is a burly straight off the bat. The Virginia is barely noticeable other than it's cooling, and hard to decide if the flavor past the hay and slight nuttiness is just the Cavendish. Passing the half-way point the flavor has remained constant and the sweetness of the Virginia and Cavendish holding on well, especially as it rolls through the nose.

Burning well and not too hot for a ribbon cut there was no bite. There were no relights and just a few tamps. Drying this down a while is defiantly a good ideal, and paid off with this blend. By the end of the bowl the Burley was all that remained. For a ribbon this was an unexpected long smoke which I would credit to the leaf quality, that quality the saving grace. The remainder stayed mild and a little nutty to the end. finishing up with a white and gray ash.

The tin should have read, Burley with a small amount of Virginia and a hint of Cavendish. This is really just an OTC sweet Burley with better quality tobacco.

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