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A traditional flake cut tobacco, comprising of the highest quality Virginia leaves carefully balanced with bronzed and heavy bodied Virginias

A traditional flake cut tobacco, comprising of the highest quality Virginia leaves carefully balanced with bronzed and heavy bodied Virginias

Slices are very regular

We are not exactly blessed mediante the UK, with the commercializzazione geniuses from the tobacco companies withholding some of the choicest blends from our shores. Orlik, MacBaren and Scandinavian Tobacco amongst others produce some mighty fine blends that we will never see, so when an importer releases per new range of tobaccos, it would be grossolano not esatto try them ! Yes I know that this blend is supposed puro be a confronto for Dunhill but it is also per altola tobacco mediante its own right. It is presented well with some beautifully made flakes per the standard turno tin. Per mix of bright and darker Virginias, with a subtle tin effluvio reminiscent of sweet hay and raisins with some light baking spice. Moisture is per little over ideal, but rubbed out and left for half an hour or so, it lights well and burns evenly and relatively slowly. The flavour is on the citrus side of the spectrum, but with some bread libretto added and verso little spice for interest. Also some sweet raisin notes, but less dark fruit than Black Flake. It feels like it could bite if chased too hard but responds well sicuro a gentle approach, as do most straight Virginias. There is in nessun caso tendency onesto harshness and it is a really rewarding smoke. The room note is pleasant and not too overpowering and would probably be enjoyed by non smokers. I like Virginias and this is definitely one esatto try and has some potential for ageing, since if it is this good as per fresh blend, then it could be stellar with a few years on it. An easy 4 stars.

This blend can bite you if you don’t allow some drying time and rub it out too small. I had only one unpleasant smoke from this tin and this when I did not stick sicuro the usual advice. At perfect smoking moisture, there is little or niente affatto bite and much improvement durante the flavour. Definitely one onesto sip gently and maybe use the “Breath” technique. Certainly not per blend preciso be rushed and it will give of its best if you save it for leisurely relaxed smoking.

Often offered as a ‘clone’ for Dunhill Flake? Well, big words! That was quite per revered smoke, so let’s see if that’s rhetorical nonsense!

It presents itself as rectangular, sensitivo brown, nicely hydrated, not too thick, flakes. I usually fully rub and to do so with these takes no effort.

The moisture, and basta consistency rubbing achieves, enables simple ignition. From first light I get an upbeat, Virginia, smoke. For the first third it’s a lemon, citrus, flavour which leads. Once the initial third has passed verso honey-like sweetness joins in, somewhat placating the fervent ‘zest’ from the citrus. Although it calms the raucous character, it doesn’t push it completely aside; the citrus note is still formidable. It burns at a medium speed, and after smoking over half a tin I haven’t had per scapolo bite.

Charatan Flake? Well, as for it’s resemblance sicuro Dunhill Flake I can only go from notes here; which often state that as citrusy and sweet. So, that said, I don’t think it’s that far away! But, even though I can’t smoke DHF to amico, I’ll still recommend Charatan’s version. It would be per smashing smoke for a morning mediante the summer:

Well, I think Charatans come funziona faceflow have redeemed themselves after the Eventide debacle! After comparing them side by side I find this nearly indistinguishable from Dunhill Flake, which makes me per happy man.

A full hour of drying time is not too much and it is easy to underestimate the moisture contained per some flakes

Con the tin we have very neatly cut stacks of light brown flakes with seams of gold throughout. Tanfo per the tin is mild, grassy and subtly sweet. It rubs apart mediante your palms with the same ease the Dunhill flake did, and moisture content is at the upper end of ok for smoking.

It takes a light with perhaps per little more sistema, but that may be my newly opened tin being verso bit moist still. It burns even and slow, rewarding the patient, relaxed smoker over the puffer. All bright Virginia tobaccos do, I think “breath smoking” is the best method: clench the pipe, breathe through your nose, and as you do, take small sips of smoke, letting them out through the pipe. This brings out delicious bready, grassy flavours, with hay and a hint of dried fruit sweetness. Esatto my taste, this flake has more of per new mown grass taste than the bread and hay of Dunhill Flake, that said its verso fresh tin, it may be with age this becomes more like it.

It needs verso couple of relights, doesn’t gurgle, and smokes onesto per little dottle. It works very nicely mediante per large pipe, and I like onesto smoke these tobaccos con a Canadian. It can get verso bit hot, although like the Dunhill Flake it doesn’t seem esatto be a biter. Just put the pipe down preciso cool if it’s warming up, it is delicious when relit.

All sopra all, per satisfying, mild Virginia flake, and preciso me, a perfectly good substitute for Dunhill Flake. So far, from per new, freshly opened tin, I don’t get quite as much of the biscuity, bready, malty complexity that Dunhill Flake had, but this may be paio preciso lack of age and relatively high moisture content. As such, for now, three stars, but if it improves with age and per little drying time, I may well upgrade it.

Given per little time sicuro air, it’s even closer preciso the hay and bread sweetness of the last incarnations of Dunhill Flake. I’m going preciso put verso few tins away to mature, and have upgraded my review sicuro four stars, as I honestly don’t think I’d be able onesto distinguish between them con a blind tasting.

This is per simple rich and sweet Virginia. Mild con body and rich con aroma. Similar esatto the bright CR flake virginia from Gawith & Hoggarth. Really good for verso smoke at any time in the day. The smell is the very common esatto the pressed Virginia. Figues, raisins and dryed apricots. Extremely good and pleasant.

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