Reviews: 81454 Tobaccos: 7058What's NewLoginRegister
Product Image


The Larsens Select Blend No.32 is a hand packaged blend of square cut Lemon & Orange Virginia tobacco leaves originating from USA & Zimbabwe. It is a light but satisfying smoke of very high quality for those who appreciate a pure tobacco flavour.

BrandW.O. Larsen
Blended ByW.O. Larsen
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
FlavoringCaramel, Honey, Vanilla
CutCurly Cut
Packaging100g Tin
ProductionNo longer in production
Product Image
Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
Room Note

Favorite Of 4 Users

25 reviews
4 star:
3 star:
2 star:
1 star:
Sort By
Please login to review this blend.
Cumarinophil Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cumarinophil (105)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

W.O. Larsen No. 32 Curly Flake is a mildly cased pure VA that delivers a very pleasant taste of pure tobacco spice and tang. The casing is working its magic predominantly in the background, subtle, supportive, enhancing the natural Virginia sweetness. Could be some honey/vanilla/cream, slightly different from the Mac Baren casing in taste but of similar intensity. Satisfying strength, no bite and one of the easiest flakes to handle complete this amazing experience for Virginia lovers, VaPers and fans of aromatic blends alike.

Similar Blends: Pfeifen Schilde Spun Flake No. 32 (same blend in 100g tin).

2 people found this review helpful.

NobbyR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NobbyR (79)
Medium to Strong Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This aromatic curly flake tobacco is a pure Virgnia blend, which makes it somewhat speacial to me.

Opening the tin I'm always reminded of the way Walkers Shortbread smells, because the tin note is so delicious and appetizing. There's vanilla, honey and most of all caramel. The beautiful, freckled flakes are neatly stacked in two piles, slightly sticking together.

I usually fold the flakes twice and then twist them into small balls in order to fill my pipe. It's important not to pack your bowl too tightly, otherwise it'll burn too hot and the draw will be too firm.

In spite of the strong topping the W.Ø. Larsen Selected Blend No. 32 Curly Flake still tastes of tobacco. Smoked gently it has a caramel-like honey sweetness, reminiscent of butterscotch, which is complemented by a lemony spiciness from the Virginias. Smoked too hot it might bite your tongue. I guess it takes a little experience as a pipe smoker to fully enjoy this tobacco, but then it can give you a highly pleasing smoke. This is one of my favourite aromatics.

The room note is just as delicious as the tin note and the taste.

Pipe Used: Bentley Wooden Treasure Half Bent

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Nicotiana_rustica Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nicotiana_rustica (23)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Indeed a typical curly (flake) cut. The smell upon opening is like rich, sweet, honeyish. The moisture level is just right. The flakes breake up very easily if you choose to rub it out. I normaly just stuff one flake in a smaller bulb (Peterson 999) and enjoy a nice sweet smoke.

I strongly recommend smoking this tobacco in a pipe with a filter, as the flavors are more pronounced. Overall flavour is mild to medium, but I feel that it is a good relaxing smoke, and if you stick with it becomes more complex and rewarding. The room note is exceptional, rich and pleasant.

Overall the tobacco is my reference for a DANISH tobacco style and one I would keep always on hand.

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Orlik golden sliced (that has no topping).

2 people found this review helpful.

Connoisseur Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Connoisseur (44)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Larsen's No.32 is another old favourite of mine. High quality bright Virginias spun and cut into attractive rectangles. This tobacco rubs out easily and burns wonderfully providing a smooth creamy smoke with a subtle caramel aroma and zesty tobacco flavor. I have smoked many tins of this over the years and will never tire of it. For those who cannot get No.32 for any reason, Peter Stokkebye's Luxury Twist Flake is absolutely identical.

2 people found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (263)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Larsen 32 Curlies - an outstanding blend, that's a "must-try" as I think. Not only for it's attractive appearance, but also because this is a classy-tasting tobacco, that will appeal to anyone who likes a sweet smoke by times.

The tin smell reminds of Caramel and Butter-Cookies, but is not overly sweet in scent. Very appetizing aroma, that will make your mouth water and is VERY reminiscent of buttered-cookies to me.

The Curly Cut (which comes in square-form) is very interesting and inviting and is pretty easy to handle. Like a normal Flake you can fold and stuff it -smoke it. Or rub it out, but I preffer taking 1-2 Curly-Flakes and fold them so they are like a ball. Burns slowly and nice. No tounge bite, if you don't smoke too fast. Mellow and tasty.

The taste is excellent Virginas which delivers tastes of freshly mown grass, hay and a hint of citrus and fruit. The Flavoring gives aromas of Caramell and butter cookies , thats really delicious and also a hint of Vanilla in the back is everpresent and rounding the flavouring. Noticeable flavoring, but not too much and most importantly - not too artificial. Just a gentle, subtle spice to be noticed. The smoke is sweet, but not overwhelmingly and far from being goopy.

I wonder why I havent tried this earlier, but it will take a place in my tobacco bar for sure! Nothing (for me) for every day, but a nice "dessert" when i crave for sth. sweet ;-)

Highly recommended! Even tho this isn't my particular style of pipe tobacco, I'll have to admit this is a top-notch, very refined and tasteful blend! 4 stars, not a single moment of hestitation!

Pipe Used: Various Briars / Clay Pipe

Similar Blends: This is almost the same as "Peter Heinrichs Roll Cake", which isn't listed on this site. Heinrichs Roll Cake is a tad more vanilla-ish!.

1 person found this review helpful.

Contemplative Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Contemplative (22)
Very Mild Medium Very Mild Pleasant

Strong but pleasant chicory aroma when tin opened. The curly flake isn't easy to light up, and will quite often require re-lighting during the course of smoke, but not so much that it becomes positively irritating. The tobacco burns nicely and steadily (when it doesn't go out) and is mild to smoke (absolutely no burn or bitterness of any kind ever), but a disappointing and puzzling lack of aroma as you smoke, considering the very pleasant hit that you get when opening tin. However, you will notice that there is a pleasant, mild aroma in the room after you've finished.

Although the baccy doesn't seem to be burning fast, it's not that long before you find that all you've got left is a pile of fine ash at the bottom of your pipe.

This is the first time I've encountered this blend. I think it is very good quality, and a pleasant smoke, apart from the probs listed above. Doubtless will return for more though, sooner or later.

Pipe Used: Mr Brog

Age When Smoked: Same day as purchased.

Purchased From: Margerums of Canterbury, Kent UK.

1 person found this review helpful.

the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (264)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Unusual stuff, this. Tobacco rolled, and then pressed, as can be seen on opening the tin.

Speaking of which, the tin note is typical of good VA, with more than just a hint of a citrus (I'd say orange) topping. Works well with VA, as seen in many other blends. In the tin are slices of a squared-off roll-up of leaf; quite unique and, for me at least, optically enticing. I treat it like I would a roll cut; two pieces to a large bowl work well.

Lights up well, sweet sweet VA, similar in taste to Timm No Name Gold (which is an Orange-flavoured VA flake), a rather surprisingly cool burn for a VA blend, and no dottle left at the end--overall, good stuff, and the first Larsen blend I can fully recommend.

1 person found this review helpful.

potam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
potam (14)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Nice sweet Virginia taste with caramel flavor.The flavor is not too strong and it serves as a foil for the tobacco.But we have to be attentive to keep cool smoking to enjoy this as nice stuff. Rich tobacco flavor with a bit of sweetness and moderate strength.This is my type.

1 person found this review helpful.

Greenwell Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Greenwell (2)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

A very interesting cut, the squares have a lovely marbled look. The smell upon opening is like rich soil but with a slightly sweet undercurrent. The moisture level is just right. The tin art is simple and very appealing only slightly marred by the huge smoking kills in black letters.

The curly flake breaks up very easily if you choose to rub it out. I alternate between rubbing out and just stuffing it in which also works well. I find two squares to be the right amount.

When the match hits it, it always takes me a second to figure out when it is lit, it is that mild a smoke. At first you notice a slightly acid flavour but that fades fast. I don?t recommend smoking this in a pipe with a filter, as I don?t get much out of it with filters. The flavouring is very mild, but I feel that it is a good relaxing smoke, and if you stick with it becomes more complex and rewarding. While the nicotine content is not high, you should feel it by the end of the bowl, unless your regular smoke is Dunhill?s nightcap, in which case I suggest you slap a couple of nicotine patches on while you smoke this and most other blends. The room note is bland and will not elicit much comment, which can be a good thing. It seems to get a little moist by the end but that could be a issue with the smoker.

Overall an interesting smoke, not one I would keep on hand but I will certainly indulge in from time to time.

3 out of 5

1 person found this review helpful.

Steerpike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steerpike (60)
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

Rather attractive squares of curly flakes, of a light brown colour. A vanilla aroma drifts over the fruity Virginia smell. Its fun to rub, releasing the aroma even more, packs easily and lights with no difficulty. The flavour is pleasant, sweetish but extremely mild, rather like one of the really fruity Virginia flakes with a hint of vanilla flavouring. It has a very pleasant room note, the smell of the virginias goes well with the vanilla. Its a really high quality tobacco, excellent if you like a mild flavour, but personally I find it a little too mild. It is unusual, and interesting to see what a Danish blender can do to a Virginia tobacco, the casings are far more subtle than in the other Danish blends I've tried. Very enjoyable, but does not make me want to smoke lots more of it.

1 person found this review helpful.

Jakob Kiilerich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jakob Kiilerich (120)
Medium Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Oomph! A bucket of sticky casing sauce just hit my head, and now my breathing organs are galvanized with gooey Danish candy-like flavouring. This is indeed a weird flake. It is the devil dressed as an angel, because the looks of the bright/orange VA is absolutely beautiful and it carries quite an amount of Nic. (that was the angel) Here comes the devil: It burns hot, it does not taste like tobacco at all, It is foul, foul weed indeed!! Even Virginia Flake from MacBaren would go as "natural" compared to this one.

Steer clear of this evil blend, unless you like heavy Danish aromatics made as flakecut..Yuck!!

Jakob Kiilerich, Denmark

1 person found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1644)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

W. O. Larsen - No. 32. Note: from my notes, and an already opened tin.

A simple review really, a pleasant, sweet, Virginia.

A very appealing construction to the actual flakes, 'pretty' springs to mind! Good hydration, there's no need to wait.

I can't particularly taste vanilla, at first, the smokes constituents are Virginia and honey. These two create a mild, sweet flavour. After half a bowl the smoke takes on more of a creaminess, which may well be the vanilla, but still seems far less noticeable. It's good, and if it weren't for the heat would be VERY good.

Nicotine: mild to medium. Room-note: pleasant.

A good enough blend for three stars, but nothing extraordinary.


Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Various

Purchased From: Various

Nobody has rated this review yet.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

My tin of No. 32 Curly is older and I don’t believe that it is sold in the States anymore. The flakes are not curly in the same fashion as Three Nuns or Gawtih’s Cabbie’s Mixture. They are very similar in appearance to Stokkebye’s Luxury Twist Flake. The scent of the light and medium tobaccos is mostly hay with a lightly sweet, “honey-like” topping. For me the honey flavoring increases as each bowl progresses although it doesn’t totally overpower the blend. It is medium in body with a few high notes too. No. 32 doesn’t bite, but it can burn a little hot if not respected. I enjoy this flake as a change of pace, but prefer the natural sweetness that comes with a fine aged Virginia without as much manually added as this blend offers.

Age When Smoked: about 10 years

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Braed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Braed (18)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Wow what a tobacco. This one is so good. When you open the tin a really sweet smell comes out. I love it. The tobacco itselfs comes in square cut pieces. To fill the pipe just take one piece out and roll it to a ball. Then put it gently into the pipe. Thats it. The smoke is cool and there are no tongue bites at all. I highly recommend this tobacco to all who loves a pure tobacco with nature sweetness and without any chemical flavouring.

Pipe Used: Rhodesian

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Dubinthedam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dubinthedam (133)
Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

It has that typical danish honey taste, albeit mild, but also has some quality VA hay and citrus flavors in there too, the casing is sweet but not over powering...a nice Danish, presentaion of the flakes is wonderful,...worth 3 stars...but IMO, could never be worth 4, nice but a little bland.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

There are times when only a steak will do, and there are times when a salad is most satisfying. Curly Flake is like a salad:light but satisfying. After a bowl of Stonehaven or Marlin Flake or FVF it may taste of nothing, but on a fresh palate it registers the natural sweetness of virginia as the principal sensation. Not the most complex of tobaccos, it is not mono-chromatic either. Immaculately crafted, dry and slow burning, moderate in nicotine, Curly Flake earns no superlatives but nevertheless remains a pleasurable prelude to heavier stuff later in the day.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (302)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A tobacco very similar in composition, strength and flavour to Orlick?s Golden Sliced. The difference is in the cut, and perhaps in that it doesn?t have that Burley component. These are very attractive flakes, cut in small squares, with varying tones of light brown tobacco. As all Larsen?s, the grades used in 32 Curly Flake are of the highest quality. It is easy to rub and pack, and lightening is not a problem. It produces a very mild, yet flavoursome smoke, long lasting and quite cool. If there is a casing or an added flavour, it is not apparent. For me, it is a good mid-afternoon smoke, that tastes great with Earl Grey or Orange Peacock tea. I?ve smoked it in a Peterson System and a Savinelli Milano with great results. Smokers of stronger Virginia flakes (Best Brown, Full Virginia, Light Flake or Marlin Flake), may perhaps find this a rather bland and unmemorable smoke. However, if just starting with a pipe or just wanting to try something on the lighter, smoother side, try this one. Not a bad experience.

Nobody has rated this review yet.