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County Cork Review

11 Sep , 2014,
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Having had several bowls, my overall impression is that Sutliff County Cork is an enjoyable aromatic tobacco that burns well and smells great with a pleasant taste. Aromatic smokers should delight in it while those who predominantly smoke non-aromatics will find it worth a try.

The tin note is fantastic, really mellow and fragrant without smelling artificial or being sickeningly sweet smelling. The tobacco is a tad moist and would benefit from drying but I’ve yet to do so before smoking resulting in the need to use pipe cleaners several times throughout the smoke. Despite the buildup of moisture while smoking, the blend takes a light well and stays lit without effort. The bowl walls get warm and the smoke stream also feels a bit warm at times but neither the walls nor the smoke itself ever get hot. I’ve had no problems with tongue bite.
The whiskey topping definitely shines through the first half of the bowl, I don’t pick up any notes from the Burley or Virginia but as the bowl progresses into the second half the topping lessens slightly and the natural tobacco flavors peek through here and there. First half or second, the tobacco is enjoyable and tastes well balanced; never overly sweet or bitter, sour or harsh. It’s nice to smoke a tobacco that actually smokes like it smells in the tin.
If you’re looking for a lot of nicotine, you wont find it here. It would make a nice morning smoke with coffee or post-meal smoke. Though primarily a Virginia and Va/Per smoker, this is definitely a blend I’d keep on hand when the rare aromatic urge strikes. I see myself reaching for this especially when I pick up a pipe in the company of those who aren’t so agreeable to being around smoke.

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