A mellow and delightful Virginia-Perique blend, Sutliff's 1849 (a nod to the founding date of the original Sutliff tobacco shop) provides tang, citrus, sweetness, and spice via a blend of choice Red Virginia, Bright flue-cured Virginia, and two different Perique varietals.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McCallister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
Packaging1.5 ounces tin
ProductionCurrently available
Where to Buy TobaccoPipes.com
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3008)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

The tangy dark fruity, woody, earthy, slightly bready red Virginia short ribbon is complemented by the tart and tangy citrusy, midly grassy, slightly floral bright flue cured Virginia thin flake. The red Va. is the more obvious of the two Virginias The earthy, woody perique is both granulated and ribbon cut, offering some plum, fig and raisins with a burst of pepper, and is 25% of the blend. Has no topping. The strength is just past the center of mild to medium. The taste is a step past that mark. The nic-hit is a slot behind the strength level. Won't bite, and has no harsh spots. Has a few small rough edges. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace with a mostly consistent, mildly sweet and spicy flavor from top to bottom. Has a mildly lingering, pleasant after taste and room note. Requires an average number of relights. Barely leaves any dampness in the bowl. Can be an all day smoke. Three and a half stars out of four.


31 people found this review helpful.

PeterD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PeterD (91)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

...a bit different kind of VaPer...really quite a fine tobacco I think...

There are only a few Sutliff tobaccos that I enjoy and this one certainly got my attention. This is not "dark & brooding" like other VaPers, yet maintains its character from first light to finish.

The taste is light and "airy" providing a pure tobacco taste along with the two cuts of Perique playing back and forth nicely.

3 stars for the time being, but will update my assessment as I smoke a few more tins.

...a pipe is to be savored...

Pipe Used: group 4 size and larger

Age When Smoked: a few months

Purchased From: Pipes&CIgars

11 people found this review helpful.

Geronimo Von Klaus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Geronimo Von Klaus (76)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Wow. This company is coming on strong.

Very good VaPer, embarrasses some competition who charge a much higher price point in terms of both the presentation, the price, and most of all, the quality.

Tangy, sour and grassy VA's with spicy and strong perique, this lit and burned very well to a fine ash.

Very impressed, this goes into the summer short term rotation right away.

Come on Sutliff, keep powering, there is a huge community cheering you on.

Pipe Used: XL Billiard Briar

6 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Blind test #2 and based on about 1.25 ounces. Mixed cuts reminded me of C&D but this didn't taste like one of theirs. Kind of a grass-like sour oaty and peaty bag aroma that was interesting. I never came close to guessing this blend or its blender.

In the pipe this showed itself to be a tasty if kind of shallow VaPer and my notes wondered if there were any OTC VaPers in the market. The Virginias were kind of non-descript and the perique was spicy, while on various occasions would provide this burst of pepper that I enjoyed. It seemed to have a pretty good dose of perique and it wasn't until I found out what it was that I learned that it had "two cuts". I'm not quite sure what that does, but ok. I would never have guessed this as Sutliff because their signature chemical synthetic flavors that I and many other smokers object to were completely absent. And that's a good thing! This tasted thin of body but rich of flavor and if you just like a good tasting VaPer, add a star to my rating. 2 stars often doesn't mean "good" but this one was - I'd actually go 2.5 on this. In fact, I should probably upgrade to 3 stars. I'm no expert on Sutliff blends but I have smoked a good number of them and this strikes me as the best thing they've ever done as far as their own recipes go. Eventually my sense of that accomplishment will outweigh my own tastes and I'll probably award a 3rd star. :) Great for a beginning VaPer smoker or someone who wants a good tasting smoke that won't intrude on his thoughts. I won't buy any but I enjoyed my time with it.

5 people found this review helpful.

Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (178)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

All I can say it's a pleasant but spicy light virginia with a nice dose of perique. Lighter virginia than Pease but better quality than DR. Much better than I thought this blender could produce. Not bad at all for its type. You must like perique though to favor this one.

Pipe Used: dunhill

Age When Smoked: new tin

Purchased From: pipesandcigars

Similar Blends: G. L. Pease - Telegraph Hill (Fog City Selection); D&R Rimboche SJ.

5 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (629)
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

This one just didn't do much for me. I found it very light all around. Light on the perique and very mild Virginias that brought a little sweetness, but this one left that kind of cardboard taste that is a turn off for me. There are some of my forum friends that like this blend a lot. Several of which have given their opinions above and below. In a world filled with several notable vapers, I think this one fails to leave a mark.

Not for me, but out of respect for those who like it and the fact that there is nothing repulsive about it, two stars.

4 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Motoyoshi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Motoyoshi (68)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

A very solid VaPer. The tin note has a very strong scent of vinegar and tobacco. One of the best things about it is that this stuff comes ready to smoke right out of the tin. That's in regard to flavor and moisture.

The bright and red VAs make for a wonderful swirl of tangy and sweet. As if there were a mixture Granny Smith and Fuji apples. The perique comes in and out but it is always pleasant. I would imagine the different cuts are the reason for this. The retrohalte on this is nice and smooth with hints of spice and cedar.

I've smoked this in a variety of different sized pipes from a Custombilt Pot to a Savinelli Mark Twain (very small tapered dublin around a group 2 size). When smoking this in a large chambered pipe the VAs really stand out and the smoke is sweeter. In a smaller bowled pipe the sweetness is toned down and the Perique really shines.

I enjoyed this immensly fresh out of the tin, but I can only imagine what 3-5 years of age would do to this #drool. Well done Carl!

Pipe Used: cobs, briars, mortas and meers

Age When Smoked: 8 months

Similar Blends: Dunhill - Elizabethan Mixture (1849 has a broader range of low to high notes).

3 people found this review helpful.

michaelc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
michaelc (40)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is the fifth Sutliff tobacco I have smoked. The other four left me wanting very much more from a pipe tobacco, so I had a negative bias towards this blend from the get go. I purchased it because P&C had a VaPer promotion and this was reasonably priced so I thought what the heck, give it a try. With this mind set going in, I was very surprised with the outcome. I like this tobacco! The Virginias offer a sweetness and the Perique some spicy notes. It smokes cool without bite and tasted best from a larger bowled briar. It is mild with little nic. I'll consider this for future purchases. (9/4/17) I have bought more of this tobacco and it has become my favorite VaPer. I have already packed a tin to accompany me on a trip later this month to Alaska.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil,a briar bent billiard and pot.

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: P&C

Similar Blends: Lane Ltd. 125 Anniversary.

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2071)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Sutliff Tobacco - Sutliff 1849.

The blend is made up of quite coarse ribbons, and is mostly medium brown. The moisture of my tin was perfect when I first opened it, so I could get to smoking it straight away.

I'm a bit perplexed, as the flavour I get is a lot heavier with Perique than I was led to expect: it's sharp, spicy, a little musty, and for the initial part is the leading taste. When the Virginias join in, after about a quarter, they do so in a 'busy' fashion: grass, citrus, hay, and wood; there's quite a lot of flavour that comes from them, and towards the end of a bowl they're about equal with the Perique. I get no form of artificial taste from 1849, it's just a nice and natural flavour for the whole journey! It burns cool, and at a medium pace.

The room-note, I'll mark Pleasant to Tolerable for as I'm indifferent towards it, and I'm going to have to mark Medium for nicotine.

If the Perique had no mustiness I'd highly recommend 1849, but from where I stand I'll give it three stars.


Pipe Used: Peder Jepessen

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

SiChange Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SiChange (45)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was comped a tin at the final CORPS show in Richmond, now opened with some age on it. The tin note is a very mild natural fruity one. The cuts are perfectly described in the review by JimInks and make this a pleasantly slow smoke. This blend has a good amount of perique and it provides more a dominant than a condimental note. The Virginias, mainly red, do not have much sugar, are somewhat bland, and stay in the background for flavor. A fairly interesting smoke for those who really like perique. Two and a half stars.

Age When Smoked: 3 years

1 person found this review helpful.

Raizel_234 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Raizel_234 (8)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I purchased this on a lark after reading the description on line. A vaper from sutliff? And anniversary blend at that? I thought this would be interesting and I wasn't disappointed. The tin arrived at just about the right moisture level for my tastes so I loaded up a bowl and fired it up. I was immediately assaulted by the Perique spice with little if any of the VA sweetness present. However after a few puffs of what I can only describe as raw pepper extract things settled down a bit and this turned into a well behaved bled. This was my experience with e every bowl of this blend. An initial sensory assault of spice that faded quickly to a well rounded balance of sweet and sour with a under current of spice. All that being said this is a middle of the road blend an there are better offerings out there such as C&Ds Bayou Morning. I can't say that I won't buy this again but it won't be first on my list when a good vaper is the order of the day.

Pipe Used: Cobs and one Edwards briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

J.R. Patton Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J.R. Patton (106)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is without question the best Sutliff offering I have come across to date, and has significantly altered my opinion of the company. This is a nice VapPer! I won't say great tobacco, but it is a very good, well-proportioned blend solidly worthy of 3 stars. With time I may go higher, but right now I have a proven roster of 4 star VaPers in my rotation, and this one has not brought the artillery to unseat those favorites.

Tin note is a pleasant mixture of raisin bread with underlying sour note typical of this style. Perfect moisture right out of the tin. I've never needed to dry this before smoking, and it has never failed to produce a dry, bite-free smoke...bonus points in my book. Taste is mildly, deliciously sweet with a balanced dark note and nasal pinch brought by the perique. Occasionally I catch whiffs of something like salted caramel. Flavor profile is about what I would expect of this sort of blend, but the reason it didn't make the 4 star cut straight away is that the flavors of both the VAs and perique come off as rather subdued. Meaning there are loads of thick, creamy smoke, but a disproportionate amount of flavor in that substance. I think with some age this may alleviate the issue, and it's too bad this one isn't in bulk availability.

All in all, a worthy offering for fans of darker VaPers. Don't let the Sutliff name keep you from trying this...they've done a terrific job with this blend.

Pipe Used: MM cobs

Age When Smoked: fresh tin

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

Similar Blends: Hearth & Home Anniversary Kake.

1 person found this review helpful.

King Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King Weed (228)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

Like other reviewers, I was intrigued by this mixture's description on the tin - two cuts of Perique? On opening I found a reddish-yellow uniform mixture of medium cut but not many of the darker strands of Perique that I expected. It smelled somewhat hay-like with very little depth in the tin aroma and not at all like other VaPer blends I have smoked. This concerned me and I had visions of this being a lite smoke. I was right. 1849 smokes like a cigarette tobacco and, in fact, brought back memories from the early days of my teenage smoking. Then it hit me. This blend smoked with the aroma of Old Golds; you know, the old style unfiltered short ones we used to buy from the machine in the lobby of the local YMCA when we were 15! Now, every now and then, I would get a whiff of that more solid toasted tobacco flavor of old(gold) but it was fleeting. I rolled some into a cigarette and puffed it and, yep, it was a cigarette all right. Unfortunately, the Perique in the blend made me break out in a sweat on my forehead, so I ditched it and won't be doing that again. As a pipe tobacco it comes up really short and I agree with reviewer TallPuffO'Burley 2015-02-25 that I can give it two stars because there's nothing actually repulsive about it.

Pipe Used: Rich Lewis 2014 NASPC Custombill

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Piped and Cigars

Similar Blends: Three Castles cigarette tobacco.

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gunner525 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gunner525 (66)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

A nice VaPer, one that could be an all day blend and one that would do well with age.

It's a quality leaf that burns nicely and is at an ideal moisture level. Burns a bit fast, so you have to sip on it a bit more to keep the heat down.

Flavor wise for me it starts off with the more hay/grass flavors from the VAs with the Perique in the background not so noticeable. The second half of the bowl the sweet citrus and fruity VA flavors come out and a bit of the plum and pepper from the Perique come out as well.

It's not an outstanding complex VaPer, but it is a very enjoyable smoke.

If you like VaPers give this one a try!

Pipe Used: Savinelli Miele 677KS

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: SmokingPipes

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