I Flaked Out...
So last night I had my 1st Flake. We had our monthly meeting for the Seattle Pipe Club and phillip (member here) brought over for me to try. He patiently showed me how to rub it out and another folding method. So all of you were 100% right - it was no big deal. That said, I have to say I didnt love the tobacco taste. It was a mild HH Virginia. So far, I am just not enjoying the Virginias. I bought a tin of English to try that out. At least I no longer have a fear of the Flake though. Does anyone have a good Flake Aro I should try out? Cheers Phillip and thanks for the help.
You know, I don't really smoke aromatics but I do try to keep aware of what all is out there. And, for the life of me, I can't think of a single aromatic that is sold as a flake. (Unless things like Erinmore Flake qualify.)
Curious to see what suggestions you get.
The only way I like Virginia's is to use a clean, dedicated pipe strictly for Virginia tobaccos, and smoke them first thing in the morning. The ones I have tried are subtle sweet, almost like a red wine. In any other pipes they seem like ash to me.
Wessex Burley Sliced is a good flake tobacco, has a licorice like finish, reminds me of the old Edgeworth slices. It's not aromatic, but I think you would enjoy it.
Two Flake aros are Erinmore ( which I highly recommend) http://luxurytobaccoreviews.com/t/erinmore-flake
and McB Vanilla Cream Flake http://luxurytobaccoreviews.com/t/mac-baren-vanilla-cream-flake
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I would first start with a full flavored flake such as Escudo. Then you might want to try Peterson Univerity flake as that is definitely an aromatic flake. If you like a rum topping I would suggest GL Pease Navigator and Rotary Navy Cut, both are favorites of mine. I would also suggest you cube cut the flake next time, I find I get the best smoke using that method. Also you want to have a clean pipe that is not ghosted with aromatics or Latakia, that will make a big difference in your ability to taste the Virginia's.
+1 Harris, I start the day with BBF, just a great pairing with my black tea. VA flake should always be cubed, there are plenty of things to rub, nice flakes are not. You miss out on a slow burning consistant hour of enjoyment. Take the time, the reward is worth it.
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If you enjoy English blends, I would suggest looking into some of the Gawith (both SG and GH) flakes like GH Bob's Chocolate Flake and SG Navy (rum). I would also suggest not giving up on Va's just yet - they cover the gambit from mildly sweet and grassy to sweet cherry notes, with everything from citrus notes to caramel inbetween - it may be that the flavour profile of that particular flake didn't agree with you. I personally don't enjoy blends of the ilk of Orlik Golden Sliced, but I would be remiss to not include straight Va's in my rotation.
Most of the tobaccos I really enjoy are flakes and coins, come to think about it...
orlik golden sliced
mb vanilla flake
mb hh old dark fired
mb navy flake
mb club blend
mb dark twist
rainer long golden
hal o wynd
sg best brown
sg full virginia flake
solani aged burley flake
wessex gold brick
germain best brown
germain special ltakia flake
the list goes on. makes me wonder ... maybe the pressing into cakes and aging gives those wonderfully intense and complex flavors ... ?
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zo - if you want hefty aromatic flakes, give Gawith Hoggarth scented flakes a shot.
hfearly - pressing does intensify the flavor and volume of smoke. For a nominal fee, C&D will press any of their blends for you.
Thanks guys. I think Im going to stick w the Aros for now. When I spoke Phillip's HH last night, as I said, it was just OK and it didnt really resonate with me. Right afterwards I fired up a bowl of Lane BCA and really loved it. Who knows what the future holds but I'll no longer discount aro flakes.
....where/how can I get in contact to get my C&D blends pressed???
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mrg - re "....where/how can I get in contact to get my C&D blends pressed??? "
if you order directly (by phone) from C&D, they can do the pressing. I think Mike at marscigars can have it done by special order.
hey mrgunnar177, I wonder if the WA state law will come into affect regarding shipping to/from WA state. Don't know.
I have to say I didnt love the tobacco taste. It was a mild HH Virginia. So far, I am just not enjoying the Virginias.
I think many, if not most, virginia flake puffers came around to it after having been pipe smokers for a while (years).
Everything about pipe smoking is patience and virginias (particularly Va flakes) epitomize that.
As for some "aromatic flakes," Mac Baren makes a Vanilla Flake (more than a few members here like this one), so does Planta, and SG (Chocolate), to name a few.
Thanks Roth. I am going to try the Vanilla Flake. Probably start with 1 tin and see how I like it.
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