What are Your Favorite Straight Virginia Tobaccos?

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Nov 16, 2008
St. Petersburg, FL
What are you favorite straight Virginia tobaccos? Please make sure there's only Virginia tobaccos in it. I'll ask on other ones like VA/Pers, and more later. Working on a little project.

G. L. Pease: Union Square is my favorite, followed by Mac Baren: Virginia No. 1, and Capstan: Flake Blue.

Here's a few more to choose from, but you don't have to pick one of these.

Amphora: Virginia
Capstan: Flake Yellow
Cornell & Diehl: Derringer
Cornell & Diehl: Manhattan Afternoon
Fribourg & Treyer: Golden Mixture
Hearth & Home: Virginia Memory
Mac Baren: HH Pure Virginia
Sutliff: Crumble Kake Red Virginia
Three Nuns: Three Nuns Yellow
Wessex: Gold Slice


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Jul 25, 2019
By the way, I know Interlude isn't exactly straight as it's lightly cased with honey (kissed as they say on the website), but frankly, I don't taste it at all, so I consider it straight...unless when you mean straight you are simply talking about the type of tobacco and not the casings/toppings...then it would be straight VA for sure.

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May 23, 2019
Mcclelland 40th Anniversary followed distantly by:

Capstan Blue or Yellow with lots of age
Samuel Gawith FVF
MacB HH Pure Va
F&T Blackjack

Just got some of that Sutliff Crumble Kake Red (along with some VA slice bulk), Excited to try it.


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May 26, 2012
United States
Here are my favorites a TR next to a name means Tin Ready as in ready to smoke no drying time. I like my flakes on the moister side than the drier side.
Fribourg&Treyer Cut Virginia Plug TR
Fribourg and Treyer VintageTR
Fribourg & Treyer Special Brown FlakeTR
Wessex Campaign Brigade Dark Flake
Wessex Brown Virginia Flake TR
Wessex Gold Virginia Flake TR
Wessex Gold Brick TR
Wessex Gold Slice TR
Samuel Gawith Best Brown Flake
Samuel Gawith full Virginia Flake
Samuel Gawith Kendal Plug
Dan Tobacco Hamborger Veermaster TR
Dan Tobacco Patriot Flake TR
Dunhill Flake TR= discontinued TR
Astley’s no. 44 Dark Flake -TR
Astleys 109
John Aylesbury Luxury Flake now called Classic Flake TR
Rotary Navy Cut TR- discontinued
Capstan Blue FlakeTR
Capstan Gold Ready Rubbed 2013 version TR
Brigham Klondike Gold TR-discontinued
Butera Royal Vintage: Dark Stoved- discontinued


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Jun 11, 2017
Wessex Gold Brick
F&T Cut Virginia Plug
Esoterica Brighton
Gawith FVF
Capstan Blue
Dan Tobacco Sweet Vanilla Honeydew (very lightly aromatic)
McClelland 40th Anniversary (honorable mention, no longer available but well stocked in my cellar)


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May 10, 2009
Akron area of Ohio
I have to preface my votes with the fact that I rarely smoke much of a Virginia without 10 years of more of age. many as much as 20-25 years.

Of course, McClelland Virginias are some of the best. Numbers 27, and 22 come to mind along with Blackwoods Flake. When Union Square came onto the market, I put up over three pounds. I've been smoking this over the past year. It may be the finest I've ever smoked.

Mike S.
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Aug 25, 2016
My answers here are pretty trite, but without further ado:

SG Full Virginia Flake

2016 & 2017 McClelland Christmas Cheer (haven't tried the other years, but love these and find them very similar)


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Mar 27, 2010
This is my current top four...
SG Full Virginia Flake
G. L. Pease Union Square
Gawith Hoggarth Bright CR Flake
Astley's #44

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