Aged Red Virginia’s pressed into a vintage crumble kake providing an exceptionally sweet and smooth smoke.
Model: Red Virginia Crumble Kake
Tobacco Type: Virginia
Blend Type: Virginia
Strength: 1 of 5
Room Note: Tolerable
Amount: 1.5 oz.
I give this a 5 start because it is as close to a good red Virginia as you can get, since We don’t have Mccranies, opening the tin you get bombarded with vinegar but just let it air for a bit and you are good to go, unlike another brand of red kake , the kake crumbles well and lights and stays lit for a good smoke.
A unique Kake tobacco that easily breaks apart for a good tasting smoke with a great tobacco aroma. For me that last until the final quarter of the pipe bowl when it becomes a little harsh. At that point I empty the remaining portion. I fine this tobacco shines when mixed with other tobaccos as a blender which is the reason I purchased it in the first place. This tobacco is a valuable component for blending as also dark fired Kentucky and Perique. Smoked on it’s own I fined it slow burning and cool down to that last portion. IMO it is top quality red virgina tobacco and happy it is being produced.
I've only been more "serious" into pipe smoking for about a year. Extremely late to the McClelland party, but I've been lucky enough to try a few blends over the last few months (including some 20+ year old Christmas Cheer). Now, anyone who's tried McClelland VA's will know about the ketchup/vinegar smell to it. Sutliff definitely leans more towards vinegar, than ketchup, so it's a bit sharper on the nose if you just crack a tin/jar and stick your nose in it. Underneath that, I get dark fermented fruit. The kake is very easy to deal with. It breaks/falls apart quite easily. Easy to pack. It does well with a few minutes of drying time. As far as the flavor, it is definitely not McClelland, but some similar characteristics are there. Tangy sweetness and some creaminess that I would almost attribute to having a touch of Cavendish in there. I've seen no mention of Cavendish in the red va kake (only seen mention of that in the vaper), but I wouldn't be surprised if there was a touch in there. While still being somewhat "new" (my palette is still quite untrained), I've tried a handful of va/vapers, and while I can enjoy all of them at times, this red va kake is something I could smoke all day. Since McClelland will continue to be in shorter supply and/or quite expensive, this kake will definitely be a staple in my rotation. I'm looking forward to trying the vaper and English kakes next!
This could become my every day go to Virginia. A nice smoke!!
Tried this a few times and I must say, though it's def not 5100 Red Cake, it is a good tasting close second. This will now be in my normal rotation. A must try for a 5100 substitute.