Sutliff Charlemagne is an aromatic rum cased pipe tobacco. It is sold in many locations on the internet. You can purchase it in 1.5 ounce cans which have a plastic lid.


Here we go. My first pipe tobacco review!

Sutliff Charlemagne

Brand: Sutliff Private Stock

Package: 1.5 OZ Can

Style: Aromatic

Tobacco Used: Black Cavendish, Burley, and Virginia

Casing: Rum

Cut: Coarse

Bowls Smoked: Three

Date Purchased: Christmas 2014

Pipe(s) Used: New $20 Briar from Pipes and Cigars

Price Point: $6.10 per container

Purchased: In a Pipes & Cigars Sampler from my Father-in-Law


Quick Note: I am working out a rating system, so stay tuned J


This is the layout for my pipe tobacco reviews. This layout will probably change over time.

Tin Note: Pleasant. I picked up notes of vanilla, sweet rum, and a maple syrup-like flavor. The flavors in the tin note were complex and brought more to the table than a single flavor.  I did notice these flavors mellowed a bit after I had the tin open for several days.

Tobacco Strength: Tobacco is very mild.

Room Note: I have smoked a few aromatics so far and this has a very enjoyable room note. It hangs in the air for several hours and I would compare it to maple syrup.

Flavors: I found the Charlemagne casing of rum to come through the smoke quite well compared to other aromatics I have smoked. The Charlemagne has notes of sweetness and rum. Beyond this, I found myself enjoying the room note more than the tobacco itself.

Conclusion: This is an interesting pipe tobacco. Of the aromatics I have smoked, the casing seemed very thin and didn’t come across while smoking, but the Charlemagne did come through to some degree. I wouldn’t say the casing was overpowering but it was definitely more pleasant in the room note compared to the smoking experience.

Rating: I don’t see myself buying another tin of this. There is just not enough strength to make this worthwhile for me.

Views: 155

Comment by Dave Nichols on January 28, 2015 at 7:23am

This is the first pipe tobacco review I read, so it sounds good to me. Nice write up.

Comment by Shooter on January 28, 2015 at 7:42am

Nice review, great start!

Comment by Charlie on January 28, 2015 at 11:51am

Comment by RobbyRas on January 28, 2015 at 11:58am

Logan and I pipe herfed last week and smoked this blend... it was one of the better aromatics I've had from the standpoint of complexity... now, complexity is a very relative term... it's completely different form a complex cigar in aromatics anyway... I liked this one, but my overall thought is that I agree with Logan and would probably not buy it again... 

Comment by 302JH (Jose) on January 28, 2015 at 12:25pm
for some reason i can not pick up the room notes...maybe im too focused on what im trying to taste like i do with cigars.

Comment by 302JH (Jose) on January 28, 2015 at 12:27pm

@Robby & @Logan...

so the shirtless vid herfs between the two of you are true?

Comment by The Cigarmy (Kip) on January 28, 2015 at 1:59pm

"Beyond this, I found myself enjoying the room note more than the tobacco itself."

The bane of most aromatic smokers.  This is almost always the case...I very rarely smoke aromatic pipe tobacco, and when I do it's mostly as a "crowd pleaser" when I know I'll be where more naturally treated options would not be appreciated...

Many - but certainly not all - aromatic pipe tobaccos use inferior tobacco to begin with.  The manufacturer knows that they're just going to slather (case) it in some kind of syrup to add the flavor.  Why use primo leaf?

Cornell & Diehl makes some decent ones - notably, Autumn Evening.  It's just about the only aromatic I have any desire to smoke.  For something out of the ordinary, also try their Crooner.  It's a pretty straightforward burley mix with the addition of Deer Tongue (aka False Vanilla), a non-tobacco component that is sweet and strangely satisfying.

Most cigar guys gravitate toward English blends....if they survive the havoc wreaked by most aromatics :).  They're probably more akin to cigars (although definitely not close brethren) in flavor and body.

Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on January 28, 2015 at 2:27pm

Jose - of course and you are invited.

Comment by RobbyRas on January 28, 2015 at 2:51pm

Thanks Kip!  I kinda dig aromatics, but the novelty is wearing a bit thin... i'll see if I can find those that you mentioned... 

Comment by The Cigarmy (Kip) on January 28, 2015 at 3:02pm

Those two recommendations are if you insist on sticking with the aromatics.  If you wander off into Virginia, Va/Per or English territory lemme know.


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