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  • Started 1 year ago by eazye77
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  1. eazye77

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    Got a hold of some Full Virginia Flake with my order last week and it is sooooo good.

    Naturally sweet and a very smooth smoke. Defiantly a Virginia man if I do say so myself.

    My question is, is it true that this tobacco gets better if stored? I already love it so if that is true I can only imagine how it would taste.

    Cheers!

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    Oh man...every year it gets richer and richer..I was lucky enough to get some in a trade awhile back that is from 6-09, its dark and rich
    get some and put it back for a year, you wont regret it

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    FVF, like any virginia, will improve with age, better than any other leaf. According to Greg Pease, improvements occur at 6 mos.-1 year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, 30 years. Beyond 30 years is untested.

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    There's a reason why I have 105 tins of FVF in the cellar my friend.

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    Depends on what you mean by better. I do like what happens to virginias as they age. the rough edges seem to soften, the dark rich notes get deeper and the sweetness spreads out. I love FVF fresh out of the tin, but with 5 years on it you get those mind blowing smokes filled with roasted fudge, stewed fruit, cocoa, caramelized sugars and espresso. Do yourself a favour and get yourself a tin of Best Brown Flake. It's the same quality Virginia but with more citrus and fresh baked bread notes and more of a caramel, honey or brown sugar sweetness. Also becomes mind blowing at 5 years and up.

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    I know I'm in the minority, but I actually prefer BBF to FVF.

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    I know some of the tobaccos I've bought with some age on them are better than new versions of the same tobacco.

    On the other hand, I can't agree with liking FVF. It bit the crud out of me no matter what and most of the other VA flakes I've tried don't do that. Must be a body chemistry thing.

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    I know I'm in the minority, but I actually prefer BBF to FVF.

    I'm with ya on that. Got enough BBF stored up that I don't need to pop a tin with less than 5 years on it.

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    You can always "quick age" a tin or two of FVF in the oven, 5 hours at 175-190 Fahrenheit, for instant consumption pleasures

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    Thanks for the advice guys.

    HAPPY PIPE DAY!!!!

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    I just got my hands on some as well and I am with you man, that stuff is incredible.

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    How does that process work, hfearly?

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    How does that process work, hfearly?

    Check this thread, 5th post down:

    http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/never-say-never-erinmore-flake

    I thought it too "instant gratification" for my tastes when I read it, but Bradley tried it and likes it too, so wonders never really do cease, I guess.

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    Since it was first invented by the spectacular Fred Hanna, so it can't be bad

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    Wow. I am definitely going to try this on one of my FVF tins.

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    Well, I did the whole "aging" the FVF tobacco last night in the oven. Will give it a try and let you know what I think!

    Thanks!

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    captainsousie, don't give up on FVF. In my experience I have never dealt with a flake that is as finicky as FVF. If it is just a tad too wet it will burn hot, if you smoke it out of too big a pipe, it can taste not so great. I finally figured this one out so I can get a great smoke out of it every time. I now dry it for at least 2-3 hours. When I cube cut it I make the cubes very small in comparison to any other flakes I cube. I have found it smokes best for me in a group 4 Dublin, not a group 5. I think if you experiment and find what works best, you will be rewarded with a great smoke.

    I can smoke SG Best Brown or St James in a myriad of pipe shapes and different sizes and they always perform great for me, but the FVF is a fickle mistress for sure.

    Harris
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    Think I'm going to back an Anniversary Kake this weekend...hmm Very intrigued on catching a glimpse.

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