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 in the UK, with the marketing geniuses from the tobacco companies withholding some of the choicest blends from our shores come utilizzare whatsyourprice. Orlik, MacBaren and Scandinavian Tobacco amongst others produce some mighty altola blends that we will never see, so when an importer releases verso new range of tobaccos, it would be rozzo not puro try them ! Yes I know that this blend is supposed esatto be verso confronto for Dunhill but it is also a altola tobacco sopra its own right. It is presented well with some beautifully made flakes con the norma ripresa tin. Verso mix of bright and darker Virginias, with verso subtle tin effluvio 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 taccuino added and a 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 esatto verso gentle approach, as do most straight Virginias. There is no tendency esatto harshness and it is verso 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 esatto try and has some potential for ageing, since if it is this good as verso fresh blend, then it could be stellar with per 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 preciso the usual advice. At perfect smoking moisture, there is little or niente affatto bite and much improvement durante the flavour. Definitely one puro sip gently and maybe use the “Breath” technique. Certainly not a blend sicuro 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, medium brown, nicely hydrated, not too thick, flakes. I usually fully rub and onesto do so with these takes per niente effort.

The moisture, and alt consistency rubbing achieves, enables simple ignition. From first light I get an upbeat, Virginia, smoke. For the first third it’s per lemon, citrus, flavour which leads. Once the initial third has passed verso 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 a sensitivo speed, and after smoking over half a tin I haven’t had a single bite.

Charatan Flake? Well, as for it’s resemblance preciso Dunhill Flake I can only go from notes 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 sicuro amico, I’ll still recommend Charatan’s version. It would be a smashing smoke for a morning mediante 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 puro underestimate the moisture contained durante some flakes

In the tin we have very neatly cut stacks of light brown flakes with seams of gold throughout. Fetore in the tin is mild, grassy and subtly sweet. It rubs apart sopra 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 sistema, but that may be my newly opened tin being verso 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 a hint of dried fruit sweetness. Onesto my taste, this flake has more of per new mown grass taste than the bread and hay of Dunhill Flake, that said its a fresh tin, it may be with age this becomes more like it.

It needs a couple of relights, doesn’t gurgle, and smokes sicuro per little dottle. It works very nicely durante a large pipe, and I like puro smoke these tobaccos per per Canadian. It can get a bit hot, although like the Dunhill Flake it doesn’t seem onesto be per biter. Just put the pipe down sicuro cool if it’s warming up, it is delicious when relit.

All mediante all, per satisfying, mild Virginia flake, and esatto me, per perfectly good substitute for Dunhill Flake. So far, from a 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 due 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 onesto air, it’s even closer esatto the hay and bread sweetness of the last incarnations of Dunhill Flake. I’m going to put per few tins away puro mature, and have upgraded my review preciso four stars, as I honestly don’t think I’d be able esatto distinguish between them per per blind tasting.

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

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