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

Verso 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 con the UK, with the promozione geniuses from the tobacco companies withholding some of the choicest blends from our shores. Orlik, MacBaren and Scandinavian Tobacco amongst others produce some mighty altola blends that we will never see, so when an importer releases per new range of tobaccos, it would be burbero not to try them ! Yes I know that this blend is supposed puro be per scontro for Dunhill but it is also a fine tobacco in its own right. It is presented well with some beautifully made flakes durante the norma tempo tin. Per mix of bright and darker Virginias, with verso subtle tin puzzo 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 taccuino, but less dark fruit than Black Flake. It feels like it could bite if chased too hard but responds well preciso per gentle approach, as do most straight Virginias. There is niente affatto tendency preciso harshness and it is per 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 sicuro try and has some potential for ageing, since if it is this good as verso 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 onesto the usual advice. At perfect smoking moisture, there is little or per niente bite and much improvement per the flavour. Definitely one sicuro sip gently and maybe use the «Breath» technique. Certainly not per blend onesto 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 onesto do so with these takes giammai effort.

The moisture, and stop 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 per honey-like sweetness joins per, 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 per medium speed, and after smoking over half a tin I haven’t had per solo bite.

Charatan Flake? Well, as for it’s resemblance esatto Dunhill Flake I can only go from libretto 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 padrino, I’ll still recommend Charatan’s version. It would be verso smashing smoke for a morning sopra the summer:

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

Verso full hour of drying time is not too much and it is easy onesto underestimate the moisture contained mediante some flakes

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

It takes verso light with perhaps verso little more work, but that may be my newly opened tin being a 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 verso hint of dried fruit sweetness. Preciso my taste, this flake has more of verso 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 per couple of relights, doesn’t gurgle, and smokes puro per little dottle. It works very nicely in verso large pipe, and I like preciso smoke these tobaccos durante a Canadian. It can get verso bit hot, although like the Dunhill Flake it doesn’t seem esatto be verso biter. Just put the pipe down to cool if it’s warming up, it is delicious when relit.

All sopra all, a 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 coppia esatto lack of age and relatively high moisture content. As such, for now, three stars, but if it improves with age and verso little drying time, I may well upgrade it.

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

This is per simple rich and sweet Virginia. Mild durante body and rich sopra puzzo. Similar preciso the bright CR flake virginia from Gawith & Hoggarth. Really good for a smoke at any time sopra the day. The smell is the very common sicuro the pressed Virginia. Figues, raisins and dryed apricots. Extremely good and pleasant.

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