Sutliff Bulk Aromatics vs Non-Aromatic & English Blends
Sounds like I'm setting up some kind martial arts grudge match but I'm really looking for members who have bought Sutliff bulk non-aromatics or English blends and if so what do you think of them.
I'm strictly a sweet aromatic guy and Sutliff has become my 'go to' source for flavorful aromatics. I've yet to find a blend I dislike and simply refused to smoke.
Now I have made reference to "Coconut Almond" for burning hot and giving me tongue bite. But the flavor is great and if you can withstand the pain you've got yourself a great tasting coconut blend. But since I'm not a masochist I needed to try something to tamp down the heat. So by mixing small amounts with blends like Sutliff Chocolate Mousse or one of Russ' Monthly blends that are heavy on the vanilla, caramel or nougat it can make a great aromatic even better. A pinch of Coconut Almond with Chocolate Mousse and you have yourself a low calorie Almond Joy in a pipe bowl.
My only other issue with a Sutliff aromatic is their Apple Blend. It doesn't taste or smell like an apple. But once again, it has a great flavor and makes for a pleasant smoking experience - tasting of brown sugar, molasses, and pie crust (with maybe a hint of apple way in the background). Imagine you've set an apple pie on the kitchen table, and you come back into the room to discover your dog on the table lapping up all the filling from the pie, leaving nothing but the moist bottom crust. Well the filling that once made contact with the crust may have absorbed the slightest ghost of the apple pie filling ... and that's the amount of apple flavor that's in Sutliff Apple Blend. The Flavor of the tobacco is phenomenal - just change the name to some sweet brown sugar confection and no one leaves disappointed.
I've heard fellow smokers express dissatisfaction with Sutliff blends and never could understand why. But that's because I never taken the non-aromatics into consideration. Maybe Sutliff can do wonders with aromatics but can't get a satisfying English or Va-Per.