I bought a tin of LGF after reading reviews with a variety of impressions and as part of my search for a flake tobacco that suits my tastes. The manufacturer describes it as 'A very special blend of Golden Virginias, a little White Burley, and a touch of Perique to make things interesting'. Pressed into long flakes, sliced, then rolled in the tin in long strips.' The tin is a 100g 'paint can' with a pry-off metal lid and a plastic snap-on lid to use after opening. The flake is a long coil about 3/4" wide and is packed at just the right moisture level so as to be ready to smoke without the need for any drying. The tin aroma struck me as being that of cocoa, but does not become part of the smoking flavor. It can be packed easily as broken flake or rubbed out. I tried both methods, but prefer to rub out a small amount to line the bottom of the bowl to avoid an air space at the heel and then packed in broken flakes. Upon lighting the smoke is smooth and light. This is a one-match tobacco when packed well owing to the moisture level. I think that all tobaccos have an optimal combustion zone and LVF is no exception. The burley is not a primary actor on the stage, but does help with the even burning to almost no ash. The Perique is added as an added flavor component and this is where the right combustion zone comes in to play. When smoked slowly, LVF remains tame, light, cool, and consistent with the Perique in the background. If pushed a bit with a slightly hotter burn, the Perique comes forward. If burned too hot, the Va. will become harsh and the Perique much more noticeable. This is an excellent flake blend for sipping at just the preferred pace for the smoker.
Smoking a pipe is true relaxation...everything else is too much like work.