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Drexel VIII is a superior flake of flue-cured Virginia spiced with perique, pressed into blocks, and then sliced.

BrandScandinavian Tobacco Group (STG)
Blended ByScandinavian Tobacco Group)
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutFlake
Packaging1.5 ounce pouch
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1642)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Drexel VIII.

Having been smoking Sutliff African Queen #500 this morning, which thoroughly disgusted me, I wanted something simple and no-messing to 'cleanse' myself with; this did the job perfectly!

I was expecting the pouch to contain long strips of flake but when I lifted the flap I found two neat stacks. They're about 5x3 centimetres and fairly thin. The colour's a medium brown with a high quantity of yellow mottles and the nose from the pouch is a straight forward uncased one.

I really like the flavour: there's lots of plummy, spicy Perique, with only a smidgen of Virginia freshness. The Perique easily domineers the smoke. In fact, the flavour of it becomes a lot stronger as the bowl's smoked. The burn can't be faulted, and the temperature's below medium. I get no tongue bite from this, whether I strain or sip.

The nicotine's medium, and the room-note's nice.

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson Kinsale XL 12 P'Lip

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

11 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

The base of the blend is the flue cured Virginia, which offers a fair amount of citrus, grass, and a couple drops of honey. In a support role is the raisiny, figgy, plummy, spicy perique. The nic-hit is a step past mild. The taste is a shade past mild to medium while the strength level sits squarely on that threshold. Won’t bite or get harsh even when pushed, though it does have a very slight acidic note. Burns cool, clean, and slightly slow with a very consistent flavor to the finish. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires a few relights. Has a pleasant, short lived after taste. It does lack a little depth, but serves well as an all day smoke.

10 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (326)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I got this as a free pouch with the P&C ISPD promo. The flakes came very dry because the pouch is not sealed. The first bowl was smoked as delivered, but then I hydrated it a little. It is a better smoke when not so dry.

This is in the same class as LNF or OGS. The perique is a light touch, and there is less citrus than OGS. The taste is a little less "bright" than LNF. There is a little plum from the perique and some hay with a slightly heavier sweet from the Virginia that either of the others.

This is easy to recommend. For a flake, it comes at a very attractive price point (even when it is not a freebie), and it is an easy smoke.

4 people found this review helpful.

truculentfrogs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
truculentfrogs (10)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

No pretense. As simple & straight forward as SWR, which despite no burley, it reminds me of . . .i.e. a tad rough (in a good way) and nic on low side of medium. Why no sticky seal is a bit of a mystery. That made 1st pouch immediately smokeable, but when I got around to the 2nd, a button disc used overnight was required. Attractively priced & worth trying. You risk no more than being underwhelmed, but will certainly find it smokeable. Makes an interesting flake parfait with 1/3 Heinrich Special Curly atop 2/3 VIII.

Pipe Used: briar, meer & cob

Age When Smoked: from pouch

Purchased From: SP

3 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is a pretty good VaPer. A little grass and citrus, some earth and a fair sweetness from the Virginias. Tart figs and plums with ample spice from the Perique. The fruitiness fades a little in the second half replaced by a little more earth. A satisfying smoke.

Mild to medium in body and taste. No added flavoring. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn, Marcus

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (266)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Heard horror stories about how powerful Perique is, but also a bit intrigued about what this thing called a VA/Per is and wanting to move away from aros or codger blends? This might be the intro VA/Per to try. The VAs are mild and fairly balanced with perhaps a bit of a sweeter cure or a touch of sweet casing (but not overtly changing the flavor profile), the Perique is lightly applied, giving just a bit of spice. Those who prefer just enough VA in their Perique to hold it together would probably not care for it, but certainly worth a try for most others, although, like JimInks, I did notice a bit of acidity, especially in the last 1/3 of a bowl.

Pipe Used: briars, cobs, and meers

2 people found this review helpful.

JohnnyThousand Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyThousand (4)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is an easy and cool smile that required a few re-lights. I’m relatively new to VaPers but I thoroughly enjoyed the notes of spice and tangy citrus that seemed to strengthen the more I smoked. Maybe it’s me, but I got the s smallest hint of cocoa. The pouch note is grassy and quite honest, not that appealing to me. However, it tastes better than it smells out of the pouch. I rubbed it out before packing. Nice morning smoke with coffee. Could be an all-day smoker. I’d actually buy this — it was a freebie from the IPSD goodie box from pipes&cigars.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Venere w balsa filter

Age When Smoked: jarred a couple weeks

Purchased From: PipesAndCigars.com

1 person found this review helpful.

Mosessupposes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mosessupposes (11)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

A very pleasant vaper at a reasonable price, probably because it's USA made by a large company. I don't taste much perique, but even so it's to my liking. Smokes cool with no bite. Recommended.

Pipe Used: Radford

Age When Smoked: Just purchased

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

Similar Blends: Many mild Virginias and vapers..

1 person found this review helpful.

Seedun Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Seedun (4)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

To my taste this is Orlik Golden Sliced. Has the same bergamot/lavender flavor and citrusy dry finish. Did not notice any perique flavor.

Quality of my pouch was good.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Lumberman

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

michaelc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
michaelc (40)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I purchased this from cupojoes.com from their clearance section. The price was very good so I bit and bought a pouch. When it arrived the tobacco was very dry. It was a year and a half old from the date of packaging. It had a grassy hay like smell in the pouch. Filled a bowl and it lit easily. It smoked slowly with no bite. It tasted of citrus with plum spiciness from the Perique. I was surprised to find flakes in the pouch. They were perfect and thinly sliced. I liked this so much that I purchased six more pouches. These I jarred and hydrated for future smoking.

Pipe Used: Several briars

Age When Smoked: 1 1/2 years

Purchased From: cupojoes.com

Similar Blends: PS LNF.

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canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (135)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild Tolerable

I got a pouch of Drexel 7 in my National Pipe Day goodie bag from P&C (great promo btw), so I had zero expectation of the product. A few months after Pipe Day (whenever it actually was), I decided to properly celebrate with my Pipe Day swag bag (the corn cob pipe, mini tamper, book, and included tobacco).

I sat down with the book on pipes (a good read, though slanted towards Stanwell products) and cracked the seal on the pouch. I was very surprised to find flakes inside as I don't associate them with pouch tobaccos. The contents had a fine sweet Virginia hay aroma with perhaps some added topping to sweeten it up.

The cut was so precise you could use these flakes for a ruler (machine made and exacting), they were also wafer thin and quite dry. Rubbing them out sucked as they had no body and immediately broke down. The lack of much moisture sparked a cherry quickly, yet it didn't burn excessivly hot, it did however give off a dry "chokey" smoke. The flavor was almost tart and without any country-time barnyard taste I would want from a Virginia.

Ultimately it was not a good smoke (1.5 stars), though for what I assume was a bargain product, I was impressed with it being a flake and not a lazy ribbon cut (so it gets a .5 star nod).

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

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DeathMetal.org Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DeathMetal.org (120)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Summary: not quite a breakfast cereal Va/Per, but soft Virginia flakes with mild Perique and a coconut topping along the lines of Peter Stokkebye "Luxury Navy Flake."

Upon opening the packet, one finds a stack of soft, sweet-smelling flakes. The coconut topping wafts upward. First light brings out the Virginia sweetness which has been made mild with a coconut topping, eliminating much of the natural variation. The Perique manifests as a slightly piquant fruity flavor melding quickly into the Virginias. As the bowl burns down, a syrup-like flavor appears from the melting Virginias, topping, and denatured Perique. It has a bit of bite, little nicotine, and while an easy smoke, remains an uninteresting one. There is nothing wrong with this blend but nothing to particularly recommend it either, but if you want a sweet but not cloying all-day smoke, this semi-aromatic will do.

Similar Blends: Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Navy Flake, Newminster - No. 403 Superior Round Slices, Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Bullseye Flake (No. 403).

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