Model: Early Morning Pipe Match
Tobacco Type: Latakia, Oriental, Turkish, Virginia
Blend Type: English
Strength: 3 of 5
Room Note: Pleasant
- 1 oz.
- 2 oz.
- 4 oz.
- 8 oz.
- 16 oz.
- 5 lbs.
This will come broken down in size you choose.
- Room Note:
Almost as nice at quarter the price!
Although I am well aware this is intended to be a knockoff of EMP, it simply put - not even a close contender. It is however a very decent bulk English blend I would consider in small amounts. It's a bit too bitter for me and I will keep purchasing the Peterson EMP at the higher cost.
I think Sutliff used too much black cavendish and not enough bright VA in this. EMP is a stoved VA mixture with a blend of reds and brights... this isn't it. The result of a red VA/cavendish mix is a smoother, shallow and lighter bodied mixture than EMP. The Sweetness comes from the cavendish rather than the bright VA, so you miss the spicy-sugary note from the bright yellow VA. The red VA contributes a very slight bready, woody, earthy sweetness. The sun cured Orientals aren't really remarkable, but they are supportive and contribute a slight buttery, dry, tanginess. The Latakia is typical creamy, cedar-laden smokiness and isn't in great amounts. It's a good all day mixture than imparts a smoky, smooth, slightly-sweet light-bodied mixture. However, you're wanting a cheaper bulk alternative to EMP, check out Russ Oulett's Hearth and Home Daybreak...THAT is a dead ringer for EMP. Russ has developed a mixture with a good amount of bright VA that imparts that sugary sweet nuance with the typical VA spice and grassiness. It's not as smooth as Sutliff's but it has more depth, is slightly sweeter and has considerably more body. Nicotine level for Sutliff EMP Match is 1.5 out of 5.
I've smoked a lot of the Matches and some have become part of my regular rotation because of the quality. I had never smoked the original Dunhill in my 40 years of pipe smoking. So I can only rate this on its own merits. For me, this is an excellent EMP tobacco. It's a lovely English suitable not only as the first pipe of the day but for any time of the day when I'm wanting a light English smoke.
I've been smoking Dunhill early morning pipe for years and find this to be smoother and lighter. May become my every day smoke soon.
The Dunhill Early Morning match wasn't at all what I was expecting, that being a latakia bomb. Instead the latakia is muted in the smooth somewhat sweet creaminess of the (I'd guess) Orientals. It is excellent with strong coffee in the morning or anytime of day.
EMP is one of my favorites and this is not even close. It is a decent enough tobacco on it's own but calling it a substitute for that blend is pretty deceiving to my palate. What is it missing? The flavor ... the early morning farm / grassy smell and the sour cream tone that makes it unique. What does this have? Something far more raisin-y, fig-gy, and something artificial that I didn't want. Almost like a rum flavoring ... I really don't know. It burned and performed well as a tobacco right out of the little plastic bag with only a few moments of preparation. It might really be a crowd pleaser, with the right crowd. I'm just not in it. Disclaimer: The EMP I'm smoking is the current Peterson version and I didn't taste the Dunhill one from the past. Cheers.
Original Dunhill/Peterson Early Morning Pipe is a little bit dull to me but this match mixture was for discounted to $1/1,5oz., so I decided to spend $5 on it. I thought that I will have some easy going EMP on stock for the upcoming warm days of summer. What a mistake... When I opened the bag, I found a bulk of moist, sticky, huge ribbon-cut tobacco pieces. I didn't worry about it because it's not a big deal to dry it. The smell is absolutely artificial, very sweet, I think they used the same sugar casing on it as on other Sutliff blends - which are aromatic. I can't detect any latakia, and only a pinch of orientals. When lit up, the extremely sweet, chemical flavour is so mawkish, I felt myself sick after the first few puffs. This smell remained with me for some hours, it is very difficult to wash out the sweet, artificial smell from moustache. It has nothing to do with EMP, this is a light aromatic mixture with some weird taste. If you are looking for an English/Balkan mixture, this is nothing like that.
This is a very aromatic, pleasant tobacco, perfect for smoking around smoke sensitive persons. I'd describe the taste as a smooth, almost creamy flavor, with many of the qualities of most tobaccos. Highly recommend trying it if you haven't already.