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Sugar Barrel was a staple for many of our customers. This burley based blend with some Virginia added had a nice, lightly sweet note, and was a great all day kind of tobacco. Sugar Barrel fans can rejoice and enjoy with this great clone of the original.

Notes: Sutliff's version of John Middleton's Sugar Barrel blend sold by Milan Tobacconists and Pipes&Cigars.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McCallister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringCinnamon, Sweet / Sugar
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2976)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

The Pipes&Cigars Match version is a little closer to the original than the Match sold by Milan Tobacconists. Both are a thicker plug cut woody, earthy, nutty, sugary, lightly molasses sweet burley than the original with a slightly brighter Virginia small flake cut. The Virginia in the Matches has the same minor grass and tartly sweet citrus notes as the original. The P&C Match is slightly cinnamon spicier than the original. The Milan version has less cinnamon spice than the other two. The original is a shade more brown sugary and buttery than either Match, though the P&C is slightly deeper in its sweetness than is the Milan, which is a little rougher edged in flavor. All three have about the same amount of nuttiness and molasses. Both Match versions burn a little slower than the original, and the Matches keep a little more consistent flavor to the finish, though the toppings in the original tended to be just a little less obvious at the end. All were mild in strength and taste. All have very mild nic-hits, no bite and leaves hardly any moisture in the bowl. The Matches require more relights. All have a weak after taste, and are all day smokes. I give this three stars, which is a star more than I rated the original Sugar Barrel. The P&C version seems to hold the flavor better, hence the extra half star. Two stars for the Milan match.


14 people found this review helpful.

Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (163)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Unnoticeable

Better than the original, and a treat for those with fond memories. A rougher, larger cut that's somewhere between cube cut and broken flake. Call it diced flake. Pouch note is pure white sugar sweet. That sugar sweetness hits on the charring light and lasts right through to midbowl until it burns off a bit and evens out with a more cardboardy, slightly woody, nutty and mildly salty burley flavor.

This is an easy smoking blend that is very forgiving with no bite even when pushed, making it ideal for a novice smoker. However, minding one's cadence will prevent an ashiness that creeps into the blend by midbowl if it's puffed too quickly. Sip this one and a mild white sugar sweetness will stay with you to the end. The burn is fast but never hot. The mouth feel here, while thin, is more natural with less of the chemical preservative note that was always in the background of the original.

A great all-day smoke and a fine tribute to the discontinued original. Those lamenting the loss of Sugar Barrel should give this one a try.

This is rated three stars for those whose enjoyed the original. Two stars for those approaching it new.

Similar Blends: John Middleton, Inc - Sugar Barrel.

12 people found this review helpful.

Clive Moses Apikouris Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Clive Moses Apikouris (41)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

What a nice classic Burley this is. Sugar Barrel is the comfort food of pipe tobacco. This is a simple old fashioned "codger" Burley, it is a jumble of tans and browns. The cut is something of a cross cut, crumble or kind of cube, it's not like ready rub or a ribbon. The smoking experience is smooth, a cereal like flavor, sweet and creamy. No tongue bite to experience as you taste something akin to a bowl of Cream of Wheat with brown sugar. I never tasted the original but this Sutliff Match has now passed the Lane "Ready Rub" re-do as my favorite Burley.

Pipe Used: Quite a few, all 9mm filter pipes.

Age When Smoked: recently purchased

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Lane's new "Ready Rub", Carter Hall..

7 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (388)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

Another sample I was gifted to try. The cut on this one consisted of ribbon, chunks, and a little dust and the cut on the site says ‘mixture’, no argument here. Upon lighting up I detected sweetness and maybe a little cinnamon but not sure as I had read the flavoring contents on the site. In other words, if I was not looking for the cinnamon note I would just describe this as sweet sugar. Not bad but I am not an all-day pipe smoker and have reached a point where there is a lot of better tobaccos blended out there, some say, more so today than probably any point in history and I am not going to argue that fact. If I smoked back in the 60s and not having the range of tobaccos, I would probably rate this a three but for me, nice smoke but more of a two.

Pipe Used: Corn Cob

Age When Smoked: New

5 people found this review helpful.

BigSwede Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigSwede (88)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I smoked a who tub of the original right before they dropped it from the market and never really thought anybody would produce a decent match. Now that I've smoked several pipes of this stuff I have to say, they got it right.

Funny thing is, this is about as simple a blend as you could ever ask for. Decent nutty burley, a bit of VA to fill out the flavor profile and just enough topping to give it a bit of sweetness. To describe it you wouldn't think it'd be worth the time. But it offers a simple burley foward smoke with just enough sweetness to be interesting without getting in the way. I'm finding that there are times when I want a rich, complex and flavorful smoke. And there's times when only something simple, like this one, will do. If you liked Sugar Barrel you'll want to at least try this.

5 people found this review helpful.

oldermanpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldermanpipe (25)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

I never smoked the original blend; nor have I smoked the Milan version; but if they are anything like the Sutliff Match, I ain't missed much.'s not that this stuff is bad, it's just that it is, to me, unimaginable that so much Internet ink has been wasted on it! Really. How long does it take to say, "old-fashioned drugstore burley blend?" That's just about all I can pick up in it. And ain't nothin' wrong with that.

I must confess that I am 65. It is a well-documented fact that the five senses dull with age. But I can still smell cinnamon at 50 feet; and taste it, too. If there is any cinnamon here, it is faint. Sugar? Probably. Burley is utterly unsmokeable without some sweetening agent.

So, what's here to recommend this tobacco? It is a thoroughly decent old-school burley pipe tobacco. For my part, that's it, folks. Mild, cool, reasonably satisfying burley pipe tobacco.

Pipe Used: GBD, Missouri Meershaum

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

5 people found this review helpful.

CherchezLaghost Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CherchezLaghost (52)
Extremely Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

Never smoked the original, but this is a perfectly servicable blend. It has the nutty, creamy, soft notes i look for in an old timey blend. The first light tastes of burnt sugar, and slow gentle puffing will yield a light, laid back flavor of tobacco and white sugar. It actually tastes of sugar. I'd certainly consider it an aromatic, but one done with restraint. I think if one enjoys half and half, one would enjoy this. Nothing spectacular, but its tasty when smoked slowly and doesnt bite. Somewhat recommended. If i was offered it id gladly smoke it, but wouldn't seek it out.

Edit: after smoking my 6 oz package, im adding a star and buying some more. I think it an ideal smoke for those times when i want a simple sweet smoke. Its really tasty and creamy and sweet when sipped in a cob. There are often times when i want a simple smoke like carter hall, but with more va sweetness present. This was edging out half and half for those occasions while i had the pouch. Very tasty, no brainer pipefodder, with great cut and burn and flavor and a hair more complexity than most burley otcs

Pipe Used: Cobs, briars

Age When Smoked: New

Similar Blends: Carter Hall.

5 people found this review helpful.

Wally Frank Collector Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wally Frank Collector (42)
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I never had the original so this review is for the match only. Continuing my exploration of old OTC I had heard a bit about Sugar Barrel and thought I would give it a try.

Opening the bag I smelled a pleasant combination of a sugary , slightly woody, mildly nutty, lightly earthy and a touch of cinnamon that seemed to blend together well and compliment each other. The tobacco is one of the strangest cuts I have ever seen. Small cube cut with larger cube and then chunks of what looked like tree bark. Now I broke the big chunks down to smaller pieces and while it seemed ready to go moisture wise I let it dry for 45 minutes on a paper towel. Then I gravity fed it into the bowl and tampered lightly (there isnt much give here) and filled and lightly tampered again. To my surprise this lit easily, burned at a faster than medium pace, but was cool, never bit (if you push it the cinnamon goes from sweet cinnamon to a spicy cinnamon. Average amount of re-lights. The smoke started out thin but hung in the air a long time and about a 1/4 of the way down went to a medium smoke that was thick and creamy. Has a pleasant room note like cinnamon rolls in the oven. This could be an all day smoke. I envision myself smoking quite a bit of this around thanksgiving and Christmas with the Holiday Match also. Nice cold nights in the Fall and Winter would be a nice time for this. Burned to a gray ash and was pretty consistent in burning.

Lighting Sugar Barrel gave me a nicely balanced combination of very light sugar, with a light wood, slightly earthy, mild salted nuts, with cinnamon in the lead. This went on for about sips and the sugar came to join cinnamon in the front. A sweet cinnamon worked well with mild sugar taste and the above mentioned other flavors in a close background. At a 1/4 of the bowl down the sugar gained a bit and the smoke increased to medium and became thick and creamy. This held till the end of the bowl. No decline of flavors as the bowl came to an end. This left a light cinnamon and sweet sugar after taste that was well balanced during the smoke, unless this tobacco was pushed then the cinnamon became spicy but not in a hot or sharp way. The aftertaste after the smoke is of light brown sugar and very light cinnamon, very pleasant.

I like Sugar Barrel. It is a straight forward smoke that doesnt have dancing flavors or a lot of activity going on. It is a unique, simpler blend that is consistent and for smoking and enjoying for those times one just want to relax, and stay in from the cold outside. If you are wanting complex, this is not it, but if you want to relax with a pleasant, straightforward old fashioned tobacco that the only time it gets your attention is when you realize how good the taste is this is for you. A great holiday season smoke and especially in a comfy chair, next to a fire or perhaps in the kitchen next to the stove as dinner is cooking. Enjoyment at its best, Match Sugar Barrel this is now part of my rotation. A 3.5 out of 4 stars this is a favorite also, not THE favorite but one I plan on enjoying especially during the winter season.

Pipe Used: Shalom Author Smooth and Carved Pipe

Age When Smoked: NEW

Purchased From: P&C gift from family member

3 people found this review helpful.

Gr8tefuldawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gr8tefuldawg (87)
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Sutliff- Sugar Bucket

I received my order from smoking pipes and this was in the box, I ordered 1 oz of this blend and lucky for me I didn’t buy more.

As stated below by another review this is a drugstore burley blend, the topping is very faint, I can smell it in the bag but get barely any of the flavor translation.

It’s a nice rounded nutty burley which I do like and enjoy, just was hoping for a bit of the cinnamon/brown sugar topping to shine through. I will try this again maybe it’s just me or something I ate that’s keeping me from tasting the full flavor.

Currently after smoking 3 bowls I have to rate it 2/4.

Pipe Used: Bones brandy, bones poker

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smoking

3 people found this review helpful.

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

At first this seemed a little dry and brittle but it really does have the right amount of moisture. Sort of a granola like texture. True burley taste with a very mild top note. Overall the tobacco is medium strength. Not too sweet but smooth and nutty. I don't detect much cinnamon spice. Fairly straight forward flavor. Decent burley blend. Somewhere between aromatic and non aromatic.

3 people found this review helpful.

WillardFan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillardFan (90)
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

I've never tried the original blend, but this isn't too bad. I compare a lot of Burley tobaccos to my all day favorite, Prince Albert. I was wanting to be blown away by this stuff, but it's rather monochrome in taste. Very mild, with almost no tongue bite if puffed gently. A decent all day smoke, but I still prefer P.A. over this one...

Pipe Used: Erik Nording Freehand

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes.and.Cigars

Similar Blends: Reminds me a bit of Sir Walter regular blend....

2 people found this review helpful.

Mijnnif Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mijnnif (111)
Extremely Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Bag note is burley forward with a light sweet oatmeal smell. Much less sweet than the original. Moisture in the bag is about perfect, cut is a course ribbon. Smokes very light in taste and no tongue bite. Lots of smoke. A bit sweet as you progress through the bowl. Great neutral blend to break in a new pipe with. I find it does not ghost at all. Light all day smoke The Virginia lightens up the burley's harshness nicely. I use this as a staple and buy it in bulk only been smoking this for 6 months but I suspect the flavors will stay the same with age. Only one light using the Frank method of packing. Light ash at the end no gunk left in the bowl. for Burley lovers this is a hit.

Pipe Used: White elephant Briar

Age When Smoked: 2 months old

Purchased From: Pipes and

Similar Blends: Sugar bucket or Carter hall.

1 person found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (338)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Interesting appearance of this blend. Looks like the wood chips thrown from a freshly sharpened full chisel chainsaw blade. Huge pieces of leaf and pressed tobacco chunks. I always rub the large cake chunks out fully before packing. I've found it is less prone to burn issues.

Pouch aroma is slightly nutty, with a sweet tea note. I cannot detect any topping; cinnamon or otherwise.

Initial lighting is typical of these OTC match blends. They carry a bit of moisture, so if not dried out a bit before lighting, it may take a few matches. The first few exhales out of the nose stings a bit, and can be a bit sharp on the tongue. Although I did not detect cinnamon in the pouch aroma, it definitely shows itself in the smoke, and leaves a pleasant aftertaste on the palate. Don't expect thick clouds of smoke from this blend. Throughout the 2oz I smoked, it was always a wispy smoke. While I don't dislike this blend, I doubt I'll buy more. It does bite a bit, so puff carefully. Leaves a pleasant room note that is not offensive in the least.

Pipe Used: several

Age When Smoked: 1 month

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

CoreyR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CoreyR (36)
Medium to Strong Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

Let me start by saying that I have never had the original so I have no comparison there. Upon opening the pouch I detected a faint, almost "nougat" fragrance mixed with something a big tangier. That could have been the cinnamon. It packed easy and well in the African block meerschaum I was using for tasting. One light and I was off and running. At first I thought this to be a "bitey" tobacco, like my big headed rescue dog. but, like Big Head, it seems a bit misunderstood. The cinnamon seems to give it a bit of a tang which, if puffed too hard on the lite, can be mistaken for a "bite." There is a "sweetness" to it but it is not the "molasses" which other reviewers have commented on. I am a lover of molasses, usually with my morning sausage, and this is not it. Still, definite "sweet" and "cinnamon." Kinda like a sweet, grassy tobacco. Much better when sipped slowly, My wife informs me that the room note is...not good. Not terrible she says but not good either. I am thinking an outdoor smoke. Something to sip while working my forge, mowing the grass or fishing. Perhaps while just sitting around the campfire. I cannot say that I object to Match Sugar Barrel but I highly doubt that I will be buying more. There are just to many other tobaccos which I like far better. Still I can see where some would like this.

Pipe Used: African block meerschaum

Age When Smoked: out of the pouch

Purchased From: P&C

1 person found this review helpful.