Kasimir denotes status as several Polish kings and prominent military leaders have borne the name. This extraordinary English mixture of smoky latakia, rich Orientals, golden Virginias, and burley could not be more aptly named.
Notes: No longer in production as of mid-late 2015. This same blend is however still available in bulk under the name “Count Pulaski” (who’s first name was, you guessed it, Kasamir! )
An English mixture with a slight aromatic feel. The variety of burleys provide a semi-molasses sweet, earthy nuttiness with a bare hint of spice. The Virginias offer citrus and grass as the base of the blend. The Cyprian latakia is a little sweet, smokey and woodsy as a supporting player. The dry, woody, buttery sweet Orientals are mildly spicy in the background. I detect a little anise, and a lightly sweet rum topping which mutes the latakia just a mite, though not enough to distract the smoker. The variety of flavors work well together, creating a well balanced mixture for the experienced English aficionado. Aromatic smokers looking for an entry level English with a little strength and some richness will find this a good place to start. Has a mild nic-hit. No chance of bite or harshness. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable rate with a mostly consistent flavor. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant after taste. Can be an all day smoke.
This is a fine blend by Sutliff. Great cuts of tobacco with nice sized leaf presence. The myriad of flavors unite perfectly to create a nice, well balanced, smooth smoke that allows you to seek out all of its nuances and truly experience a great blend and all its offerings. The Latakia has its place and the Burleys provide balance with the Orientals. Added to it is a sweet subtle note to each which doesn't distract from the tobacco offerings. The flavor tone provides additional interests and is ever present as you seek each piece to this fine orchestra. My favorite Sutliff blend yet. This is a bridge offering. Its not squadron leader, night cap genre, yet it is not overly aro in nature. It captures a great place in bewtween and it fills that gap extremely well. A great smoke for anyone to enjoy, whether new or old to the piping community.
This is the aromatic English I was looking for when I tried SG Perfection. The boys at Samuel Gawith could learn something about aromatic English blends from the men at Sutliff.
It's a very pleasant mild to medium English mixture. The leaves are of high quality and the topping accents the orientals VERY well. This tobacco does what Perfection couldn't do, maintain the flavor throughout the bowl. If anything it gets a little bit stronger and thicker towards the bottom and finishes on a very nice note. The topping on this really help eliminate any sharp or ashy flavors from the orientals and produces a wonderful experience. There really is a nice interplay between smoky, sweet and slighly spicy flavor profiles going on.
I don't get any tongue bite with this blend but rather just enjoyable puffing. Easily an all day smoke and I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone looking to see what an English tastes like. I will be purchasing more of this.
The tin note is sweet, rum and anisette are really pushing the boundaries of what I smelled and tasted, however. "Lightly-spiced marshmallow" is more descriptive, to my tastes. As the smell is sweet, the flavor mirrors this, being fairly sweet, and fortunately not overly-so. There is a touch of latakia, and it tastes more like the rough-around-the-edges Cyprian type than the Syrian, although I have had Sutliff's cyprian taste closer to syrian before. It is just a touch though, maybe 20%, I feel that it's somewhere around there. The sweetness is not off-putting nor are the flavorings, and I think it actually does well to compliment this smorgasbord of tobacco's in the blend. I'd recommend it to the aromatic smoker wanting to try something a little heartier.
I received a free tin at the Chicago pipe show last year and truly forgot about it! The room note is a pleasant surprise given those around me aren't complaining! For a latakia blend it has a great balance of the tobaccos and while having that great latakia smokiness it doesn't overpower. To me all the tobaccos work together perfectly and while detecting a light casing which I believe lends to the room note, that too doesn't try to turn this into an aromatic.
Never on the shelves of shops in my area and never appearing in my buy outs, I finally found three tins of Kasimir by Sutliff in my latest acquisition. Wondering what the hay this blend could possibly be like, I ripped one open in anticipation. I wasn't ready for what I found; a very rough mixture that is about the roughest I have seen in many years. Why Sutliff felt this was necessary, I don't know, as it has engendered some thorny little issues. There is no way you can take the tobacco in my tin out, push it in a pipe and light it; it is way too rough for that. Rubbing-out is a real chore with this blend and I failed to get the job properly done on my first bowl. Smoking that first bowl was an equal chore to rubbing it out; many tamp downs and many relights dulled the enjoyment. On my second bowl I was more diligent in rub-out and the smoke was more rewarding with less relight annoyance. Now, enough of that, as I rather liked this blend aroma and taste wise. Kasimir is a medium English with a Burley kick in the seat of the pants in the bottom third of the bowl. Every bowl smoked in the same pattern; more than okay in the top third, sagging sadly in the middle third and coming to a Burley-dominated conclusion in the bottom third. I like this blend well enough, but, a four star blend would not sag so consistently in the middle and the arduous struggle to rub this blend out adequately yields a recommendation at three stars.
Pipe Used: Michael Parks large 3/4 bent billiard
Age When Smoked: unknown, but between 5 and 10 years old
Purchased From: a fellow pipe smoker
Similar Blends: I've smoked so many medium English blends over the years that they all kind of merge together in my memory. The rough cut of this blend adds confusion to attempted comparisons..
This is an excellent blend. Currently out of production, I suspect Sutliff has re-marketed it under another name. It's simply too good to be out of three line up. I bought two tins of Kasimir on a close out deal and had very low expectations. But the price was right! However, man of man was I surprised how well it smoked. I love English blends, especially those with latakia so I was looking forward to this low cost experiment. Opening the tin, the high quality tabacky was moist, thick ribbon-like cut. I still had low expectations but that changed with the first bowl. Lighting up, this blend satisfied my latakia cravings from the first puff. I would rate this a a mid-level latakia blend. The Cyprian latakia is deliciously just-smoky -right: neither too light or too heavy. The burley gives a nice sweetness but I did not detect the typical burley nut flavor. The Virginias are smooth and provide nice level of nicotine. And the Orientals, provide some nice flavors other reviewers are better at teasing out! Kasimir is simply an excellent blend. Currently out of production, I can't believe Sutliff hasn't re-marketed it under another name. It's simply too good to be out of their line up. Enjoy if you can find some old tins! Or find it under it's new name! Good luck!
Pipe Used: Dr Grabow, Kaywoodie, Petersen
Age When Smoked: Bought 08/10/16, started 3/13/18, finished 5/27/19
Purchased From: P & C
Similar Blends: Nightcap, My Mixture 965, Squadron Leader, Peretti Royal, Balkan Delight, Dublin mix etc...
I would put this in the same category as Frog Morton. It's similar, except more complex due to more tobacco varieties in the mixture. From the tin, I get a sweet and smokey Latakia forward aroma, which carries onward in the flavor of the smoke. The oriental leaf plays very nicely with the savory topping, in which I faintly detect a hint of anise. The VA and burley provide a good base, but the top quality Latakia is the most detectable to me, without being overly smokey. Very well balanced, but plenty complex. Can easily be enjoyed by the beginner or experienced smoker. Smokes best in a larger, conical bowl. This blend is out of production, so if you get the chance, I highly recommend trying it. I'm down to my last tin.
At first I didn't take to this blend.But after jarring it for a few months it really shines.Very mild English with nice Latakia,Virginia and Burely as well.to me it is an indoor Latakia.It has a wonderful sweet aroma from the tin and after aging a real nice taste.Room note is.. well an English so good to some bad to others. What struck me most was at least to me how much this blend kinda reminded me of Blue mountain.I will have to A/B this to be sure but at this point it is an interesting cost saver if my thoughts are on point. In the end it is better then you think it will be.
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