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      14.01.2013 14:59
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      A good overall tobacco my first choice and the one I have stuck with for many years!

      Cutters choice tobacco to my is my favourite rolling tobacco. The main reason being is that it is cheap! Sure there are cheaper brands but I find that they taste rubbish, sterling for example is the cheapest tobacco I have seen ( I think) but it tastes dreadful. Cutters choice is the fine line between cheap tobacco, but yet has a taste I can like.

      Cutters choice was the first rolling tobacco I used, and I have heard that it is the first choice for many who wish to start rolling their own cigarettes. The reason being is because the way its blended and packed together I believe makes it a lot easier to roll with unlike other tobaccos such as B&H silver/gold. B&H tobacco is very crispy and this makes it difficult to roll with at first. Cutters choice in comparison seems quite moist inside the pouch which is what makes it a better choice for me over other tobaccos.

      Cutters choice when taking it from the pouch I find it clumps together which makes it easy to take out a continuous string of tobacco and with practice that continuous string of tobacco will be the correct size for a cigarette and eventually you get the correct thickness required for that perfect roll up. With other tobaccos I can't always seem to get the right length or thickness I need for a perfect roll up every time.

      The only negative thing about this tobacco is the pouch its self. It doesn't have an air tight seal so depending on how often you smoke, after a while if you only smoke very few a day then the tobacco has a tendency to dry out. Now I find nothing wrong with dry tobacco but others who I have spoke to about it say that it makes it taste different and make it more harsh on your throat.

      Anyway thanks for reading! Have a good day.

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      03.09.2012 23:22
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      my favourite tobacco

      I havent been smoking long, but I already know there is really only one tobacco I like, and that is Cutters Choice.

      The Packaging...

      Cutters choice comes in a bright yellow pouch with the red and green Cutters Choice label on the front. Also on the front is the weight, clearly telling you how much tobacco is in your pouch upon purchase and a big warning stating 'smoking kills'. On the back is another warning usually accompanied by a disturbing picture of the extreme effects of smoking, along with a bit about the company and a table that tells you the amount of tar and nicotene is in each cigarette.

      The Tobacco...

      I like Cutters Choice over other brands as it seems to be a bit lighter and less harsh than others such as Golden V. No doubt it still has the same amount of nasties in it as any other tobacco, but it tastes and smokes just that little bit lighter and smoother. The tobacco itself is medium brown in colour - not light brown like amber leaf but not dark like golden virginia - somewhere in the middle of those two. Its no dry, but not sodden either - just nicely moist and easy to work and roll with, and ultimately nicer to smoke. You dont get as much bark and twig in Cutters Choice pouches as you do tend to get in other brands which is good - no one wants to be smoking a piece of dried twig!

      Cost...

      The price of tobacco just keeps going up and up, at the minute I recently purchased a 25g pouch and was dismayed to find it had gone up again - now it is £7.31. Buying loose tobacco and rolling your own works out at a hell of a lot cheaper than buying pre made cigarettes and they taste and smoke a hell of a lot nicer aswell.

      Overall I would recommend this tobacco as it is nice to smoke, tastes smooth and smokes well. Definitely better then any of the other brands I have tried (apart from when I treat myself to some vanilla baccy of course).

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        20.08.2011 16:41
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        One of my top tobacco purchases

        Before I cut to the chase with this review I am not at all condoning starting to smoke to use this product or trying to promote smoking in the slightest. We all know by now that smoking really isn't a good idea for us doing it and the people around us, that it makes us stink and our teeth turn yellow...and thats for starters.

        However for those of us who do smoke, do occasionally enjoy a cigarette (for our sins) this review is here.

        I have smoked for years, considerably cut down of late mind you and have stopped buying 'real' cigarettes apart from when I go out just because they are better than trying to roll your own, especially if your a woman in a dress! lol.

        However I usually smoke this or Amber Leaf and am rather good at making my own up with or without filters. This works out rather cheap and cheerful for me and I find alot of other brands far too strong for my liking and so more often than not this is the one I will plump for.

        The Packaging:

        No matter the size we opt for in this the colour of the packaging is bright yellow and pouch form, meaning that it is a plastic pouch, white on the inside and has a plastic tab that stays sticky for quite a while on the outer of a pouch to keep the tobacco fresh. We are clearly told the size of the pouch on the front of it and that it is John Sinclair Cutters Choice, Finest Virginia Hand Rolling Tobacco 'Made in Holland under the authority of John Sinclair LTD, London and Belfast makers of fine tobaccos since 1856' then on the back of the pouch we are told a bit more about the product, warnings are given (like on all tobacco products do in recent years) and contact details for the manufacturer are given.

        The Tobacco Itself:

        Well the tobacco is a mixture of dark and light brown leaves and isn't dried out but at the same time not moist either..... just easy to manipulate. There are no really hard stalky bits ever in a pouch I've purchased and it has a slightly but still natural fragrance of tobacco to it and I have noticed that fragrance isn't as strong as say more expensive brands such as Golden Virginia.

        I find this easy to roll into a paper and that it doesn't sizzle once lit or 'bomb' (for none smokers this is when the end drops off the made cigarette and the likes) and this gives a smooth and not too strong flavoured cigarette though does smell as strong as most other brands.

        Personally I like the none harsh flavour of this and sure it has plenty of tar and nicotine within each cigarette but hey I'm a smoker and I expect that no tobacco is a healthy option! This in my opinion is a good quality purchase and if you must smoke than this is as good as any unless you appreciate a stronger and more tar ridden cigarette.

        Widely available in garages and supermarkets etc prices at Tesco at the time of writing this review are as follows:

        12.5g: £3.38
        25g: £6.55
        50g: £12.97

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        20.02.2011 12:54

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        NOT SO GOOD AFTER ALL.

        I have been on roll ups since 1990 but was a golden virginia man...could never go back to tailor made as I find them tasteless and above all dry. Recently I have been using the yellow golden virginia and quite like it..not to much difference in price compared with cutters choice. But here is the problem...not being able to buy the yellow golden virginia I purchased cutters not to bad on taste and not to dry.....but in side the pack mixed up in bacci was a flower stalk with flower....4 inch long when unravelled...ok one off...The next pouch dry as a bone and more coarse strands and turned to what I call dust realy quickly...Hang on not finished quite yet..purchased next pouch lets give the benefit of the doubt....A pound coin was in side all discoloured and now green...My point is ..Is this tobacco the sweepings from the floor??? Quality for me sure is a let down....just glad I have a pound to put towards pouch of golden V....
        GARY...MILTON KEYNES.

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        01.08.2010 18:31
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        Well worth it to save some cash.

        I am a part time smoker. I used to be full time but quit, now I smoke on nights out or stressful situations.

        Back when I smoked all the time, cigs got too expensive and I turned to tobacco. This is a cheap way to smoke, it costs far less than cigarettes do! I also bought a tin made by rizzla wich made rolling simple and quick (I admit, I can't roll without one!) taking the stress out of tobacco altogether.

        When Cutters Choice is first opened it reminds me of christmas pudding, it has a sweet pungent smell that is quiet fruity. Unfortunately as you get through the packet it does lose the smell a bit.

        When smoked this stays true to its fragrant smell and is sweet and fruity rather than being harsh and dry like some other tobaccos available.

        My parents recently went away and bought some duty free. They gave me a 50g pack which is still going and I have had over 100 roll ups out of it. Obviously the amount that can be made from a packet will come down to how much you put in each one as some people like them more packed than others.

        With the prices as they are this ends up being a way of saving a few quid! A 50g packet of Cutters choice costs £11.10. You then have the cost of filters (66-78p) and papers (23p) but it can be that you have 100+ roll ups for just £12!

        Out of all the tobaccos that I have tried this is the only one that I would recommend. I know that rolling your own comes with rather a stigma but it is worth it when you see the savings!

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        25.04.2010 11:42
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        affordable tobacco

        I've always associated roll-ups with tramps and never though I'd see the day where I'd have to smoke them. I have always smoked ready made cigarettes which my mum always bought for me, but being 18 now I'm fending for myself and roll-ups are not so laughable. I was spending around £40 a week on my beloved Marlboro lights, although I could afford it I would go without luxuries and it was getting to the point where I was getting fed up. I would love to quit but it's extremely difficult and I've tried numerous times this year but I always end up tearing my hair out in the end.

        Enough was enough, I decided to purchase tobacco which I could roll myself. I chose Cutters Choice which was priced at £2.74 in my local corner shop which was reasonable compared to the £6 I used to pay. Obviously you will need filter papers to go with it. Rizla are usually priced around 30p and you can purchase filters in multipacks at the pound shop.

        Its packaged in a yellow pouch with a seal to keep the tobacco fresh. At the back it gives you an indication on how much nicotine and tar you will be consuming. Which all depends on the thickness of rolling papers you use and how much tobacco you use to make the cigarette. My pouch was 12.5g the smallest size incase I didn't like it, you can get it in medium and large also. The medium will be in the £5 range and the large will be around £11.

        The tobacco is stringy and pretty dry and not as moist as other brands. I still find it fairly easy to roll with. After I rolled it I was concerned it was going to be too harsh on my throat and there'd be an unpleasant aroma as my dad used to smoke roll-ups before he quit and it had a horrible distinctive smell. I was pleasantly suprised, if you roll-up the tobacco properly it tastes extremely smooth and lighter than other tobacco brands unlike Drum which can have a harsh taste. Cutters was in my opinion similar to a cigarette, and it had no worse of smell than normal cigarettes. I feel like this is the most similar tasting you can get to a cigarette and it works for me.

        A 12.g has lasted me 4 days smoking around 15 a day which is pretty amazing considering it only cost me £3, it's a huge price difference, I would usually spend around £10-15 in that time. The benefits of it is that you are smoking a lot less and it hits the craving and can be a very nice smoke. I've found myself smoking a lot less due to the hassle of rolling and you can control how much tobacco you use. I try to use as little as possible. Although on a night out I would recommend buying cigarettes as a one off as it can be very difficult to roll.

        The money I'll be saving is huge and the tobacco is a lot more pure as there is not as much chemicals in cigarettes, you'll be smoking a lot less but still get the satisfaction of a cigarette. I dont think you can find nicer tobacco similar to this, obviously it's a lot nicer smoking a proper ciggie but people in Britain can not afford to do anything these and every penny counts. They taste nice, do the trick so I will carry on buying them and if you are a smoker you should too.

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          21.04.2010 15:37
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          Find the brand right for your own taste

          I have jumped ship on too many cigarette brands to count. I have flirted between rolling tobacco and straights for quite a while, and it was only recently that I managed to decide that rollies were the best option for me. In no way am I trying to promote smoking, but I am assuming that if you are reading this you are either a smoker who can't decide what tobacco to go for, or you are just interested in the differing brands.

          Cutters choice appeals for several reasons. First of all price. Amber leaf is probably the cheapest tobacco on the market in the U.K (I had a brief spell smoking that), but cutters choice isn't too far behind. I can pick up a 12.5g pack (around 25-30 cigarettes) for around £2.90. This far and away beats buying marlboro lights.

          The taste of cutters choice is not something that has to be acquired. I started smoking it, and immediately it just worked. It's smooth, yet you get a little kick at the back of the throat, and I rarely get a cough because of it. I can't handle tasteless cigarettes.

          In all, rolling tobacco trumps for me. It's far more satisfying to roll your own, whilst saving a bag full of money. Just pick a brand that works for you.

          Just in case you didn't know, smoking is pretty bad for you. If you don't smoke and are considering it, then save yourself some money and keep your good health and stay away! Too late for me.

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          27.11.2009 13:09
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          My next choice after Amber Leaf

          Cutters Choice is a hand rolling tobacco from John Sinclair Ltd that has been manufacturing tobacco since 1856, when the company was founded. Cutters Choice is described on the packing as made from superb quality gold and bronze Virginias and have been selected for their smoothness and flavourful smoking.

          Cutters Choice comes in a small, sealed laminate pouch that looks similar to the Amber Leaf pouch. However, Cutters Choice is slightly more expensive and does not come with rolling papers included, as Amber Leaf Does. Amber Leaf being the cheapest and conveniently providing smokers with papers has now become the most popular rolling tobacco, even more popular than Golden Virginia.

          The packaging contains the usual health warnings that you see today, which are now required to be present by law. Personally I think that health warnings on alcohol should have been a larger priority to the government, alcohol causes a significantly higher amount of hospitalizations every years and makes people act violently in public. Nor only that but people are not in control when they are under the influence of alcohol, yet the government choose tobacco as their primary target. However, taking the smoking ban into consideration, it makes you realize that they will already be losing tax from the drop in alcohol sales in pubs and restaurants and they obviously don't want to scare people from buying alcohol too - they would lose too much tax.

          Rather usefully, on the Cutters Choice packaging you are shown a diagram which indicates the approximate tar and nicotine content of your 'rolly' depending on the size and thickness that you roll them. However, size and thickness doesn't give an accurate account of how much tobacco you've actually put into the 'rolly' or how tight you've rolled it therefore the information is most likely obsolete anyway.

          When I first tried Cutters Choice about ten years ago, I found it to be very smooth and mellow and with a subtle sweet taste that sticks on your lips. However, over the years I have found that it's changed somewhat. The sweet taste seems to have faded away and has been replaced with a more soapy taste. The tobacco itself is still very smooth, though also extremely moist and quite weighty. Therefore, it seems that you actually get a little less in content than you would from Amber Leaf or Golden Virginia.

          So whilst Amber Leaf has become the most popular choice due to it's price and the fact that rolling papers are included and Golden Virginia would be the primary choice if it wasn't so expensive, Cutters Choice comes as somewhere in between. It's a pleasant smoke for a reasonable price but you will need to buy rolling papers seperately.

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          12.06.2009 14:37
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          The best rolling tobacco available

          Now, before you read this review, I have to tell you that I am no expert on smoking rolling tobacco, I have only recently switched from "proper" fags to rolling tobacco due to being skint all the time! But in my transition, I have tried a few different brands and I have my own opinion on each of them. Here is what I thought about Cutters Choice:-

          Cutters Choice comes in a nice plastic coated pouch, which I assume is water-proof, and it also keeps the tobacco fresher than the paper alternative. Inside the packet is a light coloured tobacco, which has very little amounts of miscellaneous debris (which is present in a lot of the alternative brands tobacco).

          The tobacco is quite moist, but not so moist that it doesn't smoke well (I've never had to re-light a roll-up with this) and is quite stringy when you take it out of the pouch.

          :::::::The smoke test:::::::

          This tobacco has quite a light flavour, especially when compared to the likes of Drum and Old Holborn, but it is not so light that it will leave you feeling dis-satisfied afterwards. I used filters in my roll-up and it is strong enough to satisfy my cravings for a while. I'd say that after trying various different tobaccos, this is the closest alternative to smoking "proper" fags that I could find.

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            17.12.2008 12:36
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            second best hand rolling tobacco

            Cutters Choice, next to Golden Virginia is the next most popular rolling tobacco. It has been made since 1856 and is made in Holland. Like all tobacco nowadays the packaging comes with the usual health warnings, 'smokers die younger' etc. The packaging of Cutters Choice is a mustard yellow colour with a lime green and gold border. The Cutters Choice logo and name on the pouch is in bold red writing on a pale yellow banner, again with a gold border. On the banner it also says 'finest Virginia hand rolling tobacco'. Cutters Choice is a very fine tobacco with a smooth taste although some people don't like the supposed 'hot' taste. On the fold of the tobacco pouch there is a diagram showing the different thicknesses of the cigarettes you can roll and how much tar and nicotine they would contain. I would recommend this tobacco to anyone who smokes heavily and regularly because of it's smooth and light taste.

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            25.05.2008 15:17

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            if you dont mind people referring to it as 'cancers choice' or 'scrimpers choice' your all set!

            having tried many differant brands of tobacco i finally settled on 'cutters' the advantages being the cheap price, the fact that you dont have to constantly relight it like GV, and as far as tobacco's go i find the smell is the least potent on ones clothes. however the fact that it doesnt need relighting suggests it may contain similar chemicals to 'straights' (marlboro, mayfair etc) so i'd strongly reccomend the use of a filter. overall a smooth, mild smoke and on average a 12.5g pouch of cutters will last me longer than a 12.5g pouch of GV due to cutters being more thinly cut, another advantage of choosing cutters choice over GV is that i tend to find less impurities within the pouch (golden virginia has a tendancy to contain foriegn materials such as bits of what i can only describe as twig) and at only £2.55 a pouch (12.5g) its one of the cheapest tobaccos on sale. good value, and a pleasent smoke. top marks!

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            14.07.2002 23:21

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            not the best by a long way - Advantages: cheap - Disadvantages: burns your soul

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            14.08.2001 05:13

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            Cutters choice seems to be a less well-known hand rolling tobacco. Most people seem to use golden Virginia but I can think of several reasons why they should change. For one the price. For half an ounce of GV you can get an ounce of cutters choice. Cutters choice tastes similar but much better than golden Virginia. The similarities are probably something to do with them both being Virginia tobaccos. One thing I must stress is don’t let this go dry, it becomes very unpleasant, keep it in a sealed container and use it up. I would say it is easy to roll comparing with other brands just be careful when using blue rizlas, they rip very easily.

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