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A slow burning full strength tobacco for experienced smokers.

BrandJohn Sinclair
Blended ByOrlik
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsVirginia
FlavoringOther / Misc
CutFlake
Packaging50g Tin
CountryDK
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Strong
Flavoring
Mild to Medium
Taste
Full
Room Note
Tolerable

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Dubinthedam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dubinthedam (133)
★★★★
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

One of the best blends I've ever smoked! This ticks all the boxes for me. A strong fruity flake with hints of floral, salt, spice and caramel creeping in. The closest I've had to it is University Flake, but I'd say this is just slightly less strong, creamier, smoother and simply less harsh. If you like UF, you'll love this stuff.

Rich dark flakes, moist but smokeable straight form the packet with a bit of rubbing needed...ZERO bite. This is blended by Orlik, amazing that they can blend in an British style so well....beats anything they put their own name too. There really is only one major problem with this superb flake...it's only sold in the UK in 25g packets, which is about 8 slices....and...UK taxes are crazy!

This is a 5 star blend...it is what is pretends to be when so many do not! This flake is why I smoke a pipe. This is my benchmark. Perfection.

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CornCob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CornCob (63)
★★★☆
Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Strong

A fine flake, a bit strong if you're not expecting such an experience but cool all the way through. I couldnt get over the care taken by sinclair to package this product so well, consistency with this flake is a result.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (477)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Ahhhhh. This is one fine flake, in some ways similar to the noble Peterson Irish Flake, both in th tin aroma and in the taste, but it is defu=initively less strong (the aroma and taste, that is).

This flake not only contains VAs, it also has some DFK that I love so much, because it always gives backbone to mixtures.

A nice discovery on this fine Sunday, that made me forget the disappointments of Dan Tobacco's Hamborger Veermaster & McClelland St - James Woods.

Cheers, lads!

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doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (183)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I recently purchased several tobaccos online from EA Carey UK. They say they have 15 or so tobaccos blended exclusively for them by blenders in Europe. Two of them, their Dark Flake No 7 and the same as a ready rubbed are, in my opinion, none other than Irish Flake. So if you want a ready rubbed version of IrF, EA Carey UK is the place to look. The only difference with the flake version is that the flakes are twice the length of IrF. The tobaccos look (and feel with the flake version) identical, the pouch aroma is the same, and I can not detect any difference in the smoking quality other than IrF being a harsher (more peppery). In a double blind test, it would be hard to tell the IrF from the Carey version in either their flake or ready rubbed version, and IrF is one of my top favorites. I smoke IrF regularly enough to make a statement like that. The interesting thing is it is priced cheaper than what IrF goes for in Europe, but slightly more expensive than what we pay for IrF in the USA. A fine tobacco, indeed, and I am sure it is blended for Carey by K&K, the current blenders of Peterson's tobaccos. Several days later I noticed that the pouch had a sticker "Made in Denmark" - the ready rubbed as well. Could it be that this is really Highland Sliced, both the flake and RR now made in Denmark by Orlik? I have heard they are similar. I have some HS on order and will update accordingly.

UPDATE 3-23-12: I just received my Highland Sliced today (sticker says made in Denmark) and I will say that the Carey version I spoke about above IS indeed HS and not IrF. Other than the size of the flakes, HS are very similar in taste and smoking properties to IrF. I am hard pressed to tell any difference with the exception that HS is not as harsh. While paying careful attention to each during the smoke, IrF is perhaps a tad sweeter as well. Overall, the taste is identical, but I do not get any harshness as I occasionally do with IrF. Very interesting. I am sure the recipes are similar if not the same. I've also noticed a decline with K&K's IrF in not only appearance in the tin - sometimes very messy and more crumbly than in the smaller tins, lighter in color, and sometimes tightly pressed as in the smaller tins. But now (as of 6-7-13) are twice the width and arranged in two rows in the flatter tin. A quality control issue? Without paying careful attention while smoking, I would be stretching my imagination if I thought they were different. By the way, I do get a mild hint of licorice when I smell an opened pouch of HS that is not present with IrF. IrF is one of my top favorites and HS, along with IrF, is a stellar blend, each worthy of 5 stars!

UPDATE 10-4-13: I just got 4 more 25g pouches of this from the UK. This time around the pouch aroma was a lighter version of Revor Plug. I thought the recipe may have changed(?) but this did not translate at all in taste to the smoke. Still a 5 star smoke for me!

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Contemplative Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Contemplative (14)
★★★★
Very Strong Strong Full Very Pleasant

A quite extraordinary tobacco. Now, it is strong, yes: but only the inexperienced smoker will find that this strength hits him straight off in an unpleasant way. For the experienced smoker, the negative side of the strength creeps up on you quite a long time after smoking, but in my experience that negativity also fades away quite quickly.

The direct fullness of this tobacco's flavour and aroma, when experienced for the first time, is quite revelatory. It is rich, it is warm, it is oaky, it is above all DEFINITE - you cannot in any way miss it. Apart from anything else, you will also immediately realise that this is a high quality tobacco, and wonder about the quality of an awful lot of 'not so definite' baccy you've been stuffing in your pipe all these years. Your respect for John Sinclair goes through the roof - all this, and you've only had your first puff or two of Highland Sliced!

As others have stated, it smokes cool and slow. No bite.

This is one of the best tobaccos I have ever smoked. I'd love to smoke it all day, but it is too strong for that, as my throat attests. However, I only get the throat effect a while after smoking. I find that the effect will fade away again within a few hours.

Update, 6th December 2011: Mein Gott, this stuff is strong. Just too strong for my throat, unfortunately. I will buy it in future, but only very occasionally. Anyone with an iron throat will enjoy the challenge, however.

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ijustknewit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ijustknewit (4)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

If "full-bodied", "Full-flavoured" and "strong tobacco flavour"" means harsh, bitter and stinging, then this tobacco pushes all those buttons.

I'm with Pseudo Nim on this one. It's very monotone and cetainly did not make me think of cosy Scottish hunting lodges. It made me think of burning tyres or a scrapyard fire. I could not detect any of the floral casing or sweetness described in earlier reviews.

I should have taken more notice of the description "for experienced smokers": My olfactory nerve endings have not net been rendered crusty enough not to be stung by this overpowering blend. I'm glad I couldn't buy a 50g pouch.

I'm sure some people like it though.

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?pe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
?pe (41)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

It's almost impossible to smoke this without comparing it to Irish flake. This isn't to say that they're the same, they're not. They're like siblings who, because they are similar, have their differences starkly highlighted.

Sold in 25g pouches, the flakes are longer and shorter than Irish flakes but with the same colouring and density.

This doesn't have the sweetness of Irish flake replacing it with a malty, astringent peatiness that intensifies as you progress down the bowl. It reminds me of an Islay malt with Laphroaig's medicinal (almost TCP-like) saltiness.

Ageing may knock some of the sharp corners off this flake, but as these are what give the blend it's character I'm not sure it's a good idea.

If you like peaty malt whisky, Irish flake or fuller flavoured smokes then you'll love Highland sliced.

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Vathek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Vathek (6)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Excellent dark flake. Quite light in taste, but nice and strong. Smokes beautifully, and draws cool to the end.

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DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (108)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Tolerable

This is a strong, pleasant, satisfying smoke, comparable in some ways to G & H's Dark Flake (though without the "cigar" overtones) and Peterson's Irish Flake. The flakes are unusually thick and rigid (you get no more than half a dozen flakes in a 25 grm packet). It takes quite a bit of rubbing out; ‘fold and stuff' is perhaps a better way of smoking this tobacco. The flavour is very full and consistent and – a bit surprisingly, I thought, in view of its texture – it doesn't need constant relighting. There's a bitter edge to it that comes through if you puff too hard, especially towards the bottom of the bowl; but it gives a long and relaxing smoke if you don't. The only drawback, in my experience, is that it smokes rather wet.

Highland Sliced isn't very far away from Condor in terms of strength and smoking qualities, but it doesn't have the distinctive "floral" or "soapy" taste that Condor has and that so many people mention with dislike. In this sense, it has all the strengths of Condor and none of the weaknesses. It reminds me too of an old and long- departed tobacco called Warhorse. It's a bit too strong to be an all-day smoke, maybe, and too strong ever to be a real favourite of mine; but if you like a strong, dark flake, you'll enjoy this.

Edit (15 September, 2010): having smoked quite a bit more of this since my original review, I'm inclined to 'promote' it from three stars to four. If you smoke it in circumstances where you can just relax, take your time and smoke very slowly, it really is a delicious tobacco. The deep richness of the flavour comes across more and more as you become accustomed to it, and it's one of the coolest tobaccos I've ever come across. Puff hard and the nicotine will flatten you; sip, and all the nuances of flavour and fragrance will make themselves felt. On more mature reflection, then: not for the novice, but, for the discreet and experienced smoker, first rate - highly recommended.

(Availability is patchy, though. It's worth bearing in mind that E.A. Carey's No. 7 Flake, available by mail order, is very similar to Highland Sliced; you'd have to have a very sophisticated palate to tell the difference blind.)

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Jocose Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jocose (12)
★★★☆
Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

A stout smoke. This could pass as Irish flakes bigger, meaner brother.

HS has a pronounced topping which can sometimes get bitter.

It's a fine flake nonetheless and one I wish I had reliable access to. :(

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The Full English Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Full English (31)
★★★★
Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A most gratifying flake with an unpretentious, balanced character and an almost 'old world' quality. Highland opens to a pleasing aroma of aged leathers, peat, and a modicum of liquorice. It's smoking properties are impeccable: a perfectly measured moisture content, creating a long and consistent burn, leaving a velvety ash and minimal dottle.

It's akin to some of Peterson's strong flakes, and I suspect that there's a good dose of Burley lurking under that Virginia, providing a rich body and smokiness. However, that's offset with a delicate toasted, sugary sweetness and if you take a moment to sniff the bowl, you'll instantly recognise something akin to malted wheat. It's just enough to knock the bitterness out of the blend, but you'll never once think it unnatural, or mistake this for an aromatic. Only at the base of the bowl does it ever show signs of floral soapiness. Sup up to your heart's content - it never bites.

Think log fires in a Scottish lodge. Indeed, it has all the qualities of a very good traditional English blend, but with something decidedly Scottish in its execution. It's hearty and warming and would be well coupled with a peaty island malt whisky, like a Jura, and never a bourbon as substitute.

By all accounts this should be more commercially available than it actually is; a rarity, even in the UK, and I'm only surprised that I've gone so long without coming across it before. At only 25g, it won't break the bank and you wont need to worry about committing to it. It's got many more expensive blends absolutely licked, and yet I wouldn't want to smoke this every day. Mind you, you wouldn't enjoy your prized reserve malt if you knocked that back every day, would you?

A superb respite from aromatics, a great bridging tobacco and standalone, and fully deserving of the maximum quota of stars.

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PipesterJim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipesterJim (44)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Full Pleasant

I am smoking this as I type and my first (yes, first) impressions are very favourable. I have found myself away for a long weekend without sufficient baccy so I thought I would pick something up. I spied a packet of Highland Sliced on the shelf of a small and somewhat sparsely stocked tobacconist (from a pipesmoking perspective) and decided to give it a try. Very glad I did.

Strength is pleasing and the flavour reminds me somewhat of another recent discovery, Revor Plug. However, this flake is sweeter, less 'meaty' and has more of the british floral thing going on. This said, for me at least it does not cross the line into being 'soapy', which is something I do not enjoy.

Ready to smoke straight from the pack with only minimal drying time it behaves impeccably in the pipe. I am in the habit of running a cleaner through every so often as I smoke, and it is coming out dry and clean every time. Zero bite. Smooth and tasty. I rate the room-note as pleasant because I enjoy it, but I've yet to hear a comment from a non-piper.

This is a very solid baccy. If it continues to please me to this level I shall be making another visit to that little tobacconist's shop for a couple more packs before I return home.

Edit on 28th May 2011: Many moons later and I just cracked another new packet of this tobacco from the same little tobacconist. It still rocks. Irish Flake wishes it was this tobacco!

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Milverton68 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Milverton68 (2)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

This is a great flake and the only thing I can say against it is you can only get it in 25g packs. You get a strong robust smoke from this one with a light heather aroma. This is accompanied by a good strong tobacco taste. The overall impression is one of yesteryear a tobacco from the ages. I've kept a pack around the house for a while now and would recommend this to any experienced smoker.

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Pseudo Nim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pseudo Nim (96)
★☆☆☆
Strong Medium Full Strong

This one hasn't been reviewed in a while, not too difficult to see why, most smokers of this this this, dare I say blend ? do not survive, if you would like a slightly toned down Irish Flake, then this could be for you, it is strong with a rancid side stream and no redeeming qualities. Smoking slowlyonly increases the torture, on yourself, pipe and any poor devils in your presence.

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Danno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Danno (87)
★★★☆
Strong Medium Full Pleasant

I was able to smoke a goodly amount of HS over the Christmas season thanks to a gentleman in Scotland who sent me several pouches; I tip my hat to you, sir. I knew I would enjoy this tobacco, as it has all the trappings of a classic scented flake: floral dressing, dark leaf and a formidable amount of flavor and nicotine. The flakes are sturdy little buggers, neither dry nor wet, just perfect and ready to smoke. I found my enjoyment peaked when consumed via a smallish group 3 Dunhill, whereby the smoke slowly increased in strength and dark character. This is a true treat for me and as such I have been savoring it slowly everyday for the last week. Adjectives such as 'rich' and 'full' are overused on this forum but they are surely applicable with regard to Highland Slices. One more solid reason to explore British tobacco offerings.

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Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (263)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong Strong Very Full Overwhelming

This truly is one tough smoke. It has a very odd aroma: a cloying sweetness, with that infamous soapy undertaste of many British industrial tobaccos, very different from Dunhill's Light Flake raisin-like flavor or even Gawith's Full Virginia Flake. The nicotine content in this one hits you like a ton of bricks, and the room aroma, far from pleasant, is overwhelmingly stuffy.

It is a very moist flake, cheap, and following Paddy's contention, it does have that very peculiar Murray's denouement: somewhere in between Erinmore and University Flake. Just add about 10 notches strength wise.

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Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (125)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Full Tolerable

This flake is almost identical to Murray's Irish Slices in every way. It is a dark flake with plenty of nicotine, but with a very sweet top dressing. I rub it out while it is still moist for easy packing and smoke it in a small Inderwicks. A little bit of this goes a long way. It is a delightful smoke after dinner with excellent, natural tobacco flavor complemented by the sweetness and no bite or bitterness. The problem is that it is very hard to come by and is a bit pricey, hailing all the way from the northern U.K. Highly recommended as a must try tobacco if you have the opportunity. Paddy.

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British Flake Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
British Flake (1)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

If I had to make an educated guess I'd say it's a Va./Burley blend without any detectable casings or flavouring. The flakes are dark brown/black with a few small lighter spots. The moisture content was about right - not too moist, and not bone dry.

Puff for puff it is every bit as good as Murray's Irish Slices. Dark, strong, smokey, woodsey with an incredible old-timey taste and aroma. It does have the charactaristic nicotine hit though, so smoke in a small bowl after a good meal. If you like Gawith & Hoggarth Dark Flake, Murray's Irish Slices or G&H/S. Gawith Black Rope you'll like this one even more! my compliments to the lads at John Sinclair for a stunner. It is unfortunately not imported to North America

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