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A tribute to the brave men, and women, who fought for freedom. This tobacco features U.S. Virginia grades and Virginia tobaccos from Mysore with additional fermentation under pressure. It is press aged, sliced thin and kept in flake form. Easily rubbed out. This blend has an excellent cool burn with a satisfyingly rich, but smooth flavor Medium Strength.

BrandDan Tobacco
Blended ByDan Tobacco
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutFlake
Packaging50g tin, 250g bag
CountryDE
ProductionUnknown
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Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (557)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

I can certainly understand how some people feel that there are oriental condiment tobaccos in this one. It truly does not smell in the tin like a straight virginia. I have no experience that I know of with virginia tobaccos from Mysore, but I would guess they are the "culprit" here, as there is no flavor of actual oriental that I can detect. Orientals in virginia blends with no latakia are becoming more common but are still fairly rare. This one smells like one of those, but as I said, if there are actual oriental tobaccos in this one, I couldn't pick them out by taste.

This is an interesting blend, with a nice spicy flavor and a hint of sweetness. More grassy hay character than overt sweetness and a bit of sourdough taste... kind of the difference between an English Muffin and regular bread. The stoving gives it a toasted character. I didn't have any trouble rubbing out the flakes and they are decidedly easier to break up than the McClellands Epitome that is also hanging around my tobacco bar. This one was best smoked somewhat dry but not crispy. Nicotine hit seemed normal - not too strong.

Overall, a good tasting blend but not one for my cellar. A definite must try for those that like a fair bit of complexity rather than something monodimensional. But at this point, the straight virginia genre is pretty well represented in my cellar, and this didn't do enough differently to merit inclusion. But it's definitely worth a try!

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panduji68 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
panduji68 (23)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

NOTE: My tin was made by DAN tobacco in Germany, and only distributed by CAO.

A lovely sweet Virginia tobacco with a hint of spiciness that keeps it from being one dimensional.

Tin note: Slight molasses, dried fruit, sweet hay (Wonderful Tin Aroma!)

Ready to smoke right out of the tin, no drying time necessary. Smokes equally well rubbed out or folded, but I find folded and stuffed gives a bit more flavor in the smoke. Definitely better smoked in a large bowl briar to extract the full potential of this blend. Very very slight tongue bite if puffed with extreme prejudice.

Sweetness seems to increase as the smoke progresses (maybe a very faint topping?) but never cloying. Just a real sweet hay Virginia taste with a spicy background that lingers throughout the smoke. Neither complex nor boring, a perfect all day smoke, with medium nicotine content. I often find myself smoking two bowls of this in a row.

The room note is pretty non-offensive, and this one smokes dry, down to a fine white ash with no dottle, no relights, no fuss... A relaxing smoke to be certain, better than SG FVF in my opinion due to the added spicy background of this blend. Very high quality tobacco, and must try for any Virginia lover. This one seems that it would age very well, if I could just keep my paws off of it long enough! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED indeed!

Pipe Used: Erik Nording freehand very large bowl briar.

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

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Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I don't know where all the talk about Oriental tobaccos in this blend came from. This is a pure Virginia flake: "Virginia tobaccos from Mysore" means precisely that: Virginia tobacco grown in India. There are no "Balkan/Turkish/Oriental" condimentals here. Only Virginias.

It's an excellent middle-of-the-range choice: not too tiresomely stoved, not lemony, not too sweet, not too smokey, nor does it have that oily saltiness of some twists. It might be thought a little bit bland, but it has a moderate spiciness and makes its presence felt, without tiring the palate. While there are other more intriguing, more entertaining Virginia flakes, this is a good fall-back choice: when I am not sure what blend to take up, I go for this. Its friendly, solid, cleanly robust smokability never disappoints. Nor is there any perfumy topping of the "lakeland" frou-frou type.

This is my early-afternoon smoke of choice, in a medium-sized briar. It never overheats and, once you get it going, it's a notably relaxing offering.

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Eonwe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eonwe (22)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

First off, I will agree. Yes...this tobacco is a bit pricey. I paid $12 for a 50g tin(with a great picture on it). but as with most thing, you get what you pay for. and what you get here, is a great tobacco. I wasnt blown away with the aroma upon opening my tin. but the "broken Flake" looked rather interesting. I lightly rubbed out 3/4 of a bowl's worth, and topped it off with the looser crumbs. lighting is very easy, and produced huge amounts of smoke on initial char. The first half of the bowl struck me as a run-of-the-mill Va blend with nothing major to contribute to western civilization. Yet the dramatic shift about half way through the bowl is where my 12 dollars suddenly became a wise investment...this is where the Orientals make their grand entrance. the Va's are also tuned up a few notches and the Nicotine becomes more appearant as well. the room note is fine, as long as you dont mind Va's. I did have fun with the ultra thick and creamy smoke. and if your into smoke rings, then this is the tobacco for you. this continued to smoke effortlessly with no need to re-light down to the bottom where one will find a nice salt/pepper ash. If you lean towards English blends, this might be a good transition blend, and if you like Va's, then you should really enjoy this. again...I say 12 clams is a small price to pay for this great tobacco.

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Ethan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ethan (34)
★★☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable

Not being the biggest fan of straight Virginia tobaccos i decided to give this one a try. It has a good tin note, burns good, and tastes a little spicy but not too much. It is like a straight virginia with a little twist in flavor. Not too bad, just not my cup of tea. I could see how a virginia lover would like this a lot so if thats your thing its worth a try.

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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (202)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Originally marketed via the CAO brand in North America, but always made by Dan Tobacco and sold as part of their "American History" line in Europe, this is a sweet, pure VA flake with no additives besides a gentle top flavour.

The tin note is citrus -- a note of orange, maybe some grapefruit. The slices are brittle (no humectants added, typical for DTM) and fold-and-sink rather well into tall bowls; the leaf is very bright. Rubbed out or folded, this blend lights up nicely and burns rather coolly for a pure VA, giving off a sweet and spicy taste (Hay? Yes... but very, very sweet hay!) and a sweet-spicy room note with just a touch of acidity.

If there is anything to criticise, then it is that, like most pure VAs, the smoke is pretty one-dimensional. But I like sweetness in my pipe, so no points withheld on that count. Good medium VA flake; VA smokers should try it IMO.

I accompany with a full-bodied Spanish Tempranillo or a cup of Earl Grey.

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FunkyD in the Morning Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FunkyD in the Morning (7)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Full Tolerable

As some of you obviously know by now, I am an extreme Patriot. I bleed red, white and blue because only bleeding only red would make me a commie. I only drive "American-made" cars like Chevy and Ford; everyone who says that they import their parts from countries with cheap labor must be a lying commie. I mean, why would the huge corporations choose to do something like that when they could hire American workers, forgoing personal gain and wealth for the greater-good of the community...

That aside, I'm sure glad to show off my patriotism as much as possible, which is why I smoke Patriot flake. It's made by the good ol' American company Dan tobacco. I keep on hearing people say that Dan tobacco is German, but that can't be right. The name Dan is as American as you can get, it's not called Volkswagen tobacco, it's good ol American DAN! Jeez people, get your facts straight. Plus, the tin art is covered with American pride. Just look at the poor laborer, now solider, being sent out to die for the gains of the rich and wealthy arguing whether a black man should be considered a 3/5 of a person or not a person at all...it must be American. Duh!

Anyway, that's why I smoke it. It taste like nasty German horse manure, but hey, it's American dammit. Land of freedom...

Side note- This stuff is actually pretty damn good. I've cellared many tins in hopes that it ages well. If not, then I'll just throw it away. That's how we do up in the USA.

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Davie Jones Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Davie Jones (61)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

A nice wide flake on the light colored side. Mostly golden VAs with some stoved VAs, but not much.

I have not detected any orientals in there, this seems to be a pure VA flake only.

The flakes are kind of thick and a bummer to rub out to one's liking, but it smokes nice and slow with nice hints of grass, freahly baked bread and a sweet note.

This tobacco is made by Dan Tobacco. i do not believe CAO is the manufacturer, but rather the distributor.

Yes, an excellent all-day smoke it could make.

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N7COF Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
N7COF (56)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A good all day smoke that deserves 3 stars, note my tin was from Dan Tobacco & made in Germany.

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JRobert Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JRobert (8)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The tin aroma set me back a few steps as the orientals come through with a sweet fermented smell. Not typically what you expect when you put your nose in a tin of Virginia tobacco.

The taste is seemingly deeper than you would think looking at the light color of the flake. Still nice and sweet but dark (if you can describe a flavor as dark)

I really like this flake a lot, it is thin, delicate in structure, and packs nicely. I will put a few years on my other tin of patriot flake as it will only improve.

I enjoy this flake and you should too as it is readily available.

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WmZiggy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WmZiggy (66)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

This flake is not discontinued and does contain a measure of oriental leaf, although who knows what variety it is. Just for the record, most VA blends contain oriental leaf to add complexity to the VA component.

This is a sweet and spicy blend with some power. It needs some age, so recommend laying it down. If you enjoy VA flakes I recommend this.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Got a tin on Ebay; there were no other bids and I just thought I'd try it, since it's discontinued and the tin is a nice one for my collection. I've been smoking this all day, and am enjoying it. A very nice natural Virginia flake. I detect no Orientals. I can see why it might not have sold enough to have survived as a blend: OGS is a similar style, and is half the price this was offered at. PS Luxury Navy Flake is also similar, and when bought in the 24 oz. box, is a fraction of the cost. There are some good points to this tobacco. First, the awesome tin. Second, an unusually good tin smell: you really want to stick your entire head in! Third, it's neat to try Indian-grown Virginia, even though to me it just tastes like most other Virginia. Fourth, they are not lying when they say this is cool burning. I am sometimes prone to overheating pipes with this style of Virginia flake, but cannot get this to overheat no matter how hard I try, and believe me, I am trying, if for no other reason than to test the claim. It is also true that this flake offers a pleasant spiciness, which may be responsible for the mistaken belief that it is an Oriental blend, that and the fact that "Mysore" sounds Oriental. This tobacco is also bite-free, at least for me. I would consider picking up another tin on Ebay, but would not pay too much. This is a good blend, but one can get similar flakes for considerably better value.

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tamatoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tamatoker (6)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

I can see a bigger fan of VA flakes really getting into this. I'm not one of them, though. I recommend it to a VA smoker.

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jakevirginia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jakevirginia (1)
★★★☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A little too moist straight upon opening. After a little drying, it lit and smoked quite nicely. You get some spice at the top of the bowl. The virginias shine through the rest of the way with a very good balance of spice. Tasty stuff. I find it a nice morning smoke.

It's a shame this blend is no longer produced. PF is a nice virginia with just the right amount oriental spice. If you are a virginia lover, this is definitely worth a try. You will not be disappointed.

I'll be scouring my local tobacconists and online sources to find a few more tins.

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Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (155)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

My basical tendency is to review a tobacco not before the end of the second tin? I have let half of this second one seasoning for months. Humidity has quite left, the remaining flakes are not dried so overly, let?s say they are still like a ?ruvid tweed?. PF is basically a deep brown (stoved?) Va flake, and yes a small quantity of oriental may be of the party. It?s round, has body and character; medium in strength and stays there until the end (with some momentarily reinforcements); modestly sweet, creamy and faintly spicy; smoke is substantial and satisfying; quite no bite and over-hot bowl. I find it?s right place is the second pipeful in the morning. Three stars and steady place in my cabinet. BTW: I would try Hamborger Veermaster just to build the CAO/Dan?s scale of flakes: HV being the ?treble?, PF the ?midrange? and Skipper the ?bass? ? unfortunately HV is not imported in Italy.

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tomobedlam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tomobedlam (13)
★★☆☆
Very Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

I have to say that I was not really impressed with this flake, however after reading other reviews, I'll give it some time. What I did find was that by blending this with some of G&H's Brown Rope #4, you get a really nice smoke, the Rope brings a world of fullness to the Patriot.

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Laudante Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Laudante (29)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is a good flake, but I think a little bit overrated. It is high quality stuff, but nothing really outstanding in terms of experience. I find it somewhat harsh at times, and only in few occasions has given me something really high in terms of smoking pleasure. Maybe I should have let it age a little, instead of smoking it right away.

The tin is very nice. It inspired me a short descriptive poem, which is written in spanish. I´ll try later to translate it, and post it here.

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j4nier38 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
j4nier38 (9)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought this tobacco on an impulse basically because I was looking to try something new and I liked the tin, although it was a bit expensive. The first two bowls I smoked of it were nothing special and semmed like a basic virginia, but then about half way through the third bowl the orientals kicked in. It kind of took me by surprise at first but I liked it, and still do. This is an all around excellent tobacco worth the price.

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cell biologist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cell biologist (21)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

The tobacconist at Drapers in Washington, D.C recommended Patriot Flake to me as ?the cleanest burning blend.? My first bowl of this was sitting in the park front of the White House, which is exactly as apt as the deep meaning behind the way things are packaged.

This is a great tobacco, very fine Virginia with a little oriental as spice. The more I smoke this, the more I like it. The finish is full Virginia ambrosia, and it doesn?t turn harsh even with heavy puffing, though earlier in the bowl it could be provoked to bite. The burn is indeed very clean. In an all-graphite bowl there is hardly any ash whatsoever. The complexity of the tobacco seems to have been brought out well by aging and pressing. I?ve smoked the flakes after rubbing out or just folded into the bowl with good results.

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DrSteve Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrSteve (2)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This tin of Patriot Flake was my first experience with a CAO pipe tobacco. It was recommended to me by Mr. John Bell of Bell?s House of Tobacco in Cincinnati, OH. Knowing CAO?s reputation for quality cigars, I decided to give it a try. Besides, I liked the name and the Revolutionary War figure on the label. Upon opening the tin, I was greeted with a delicious aroma of golden raisins and molasses. The tobacco was in the form of a broken flake, with most pieces being a little over an inch long, accompanied by some smaller flecks and powder. It appeared to be of the highest quality. The moisture content was a little drier than some, but just about right. It packed easily into a relatively small Group 5 Dunhill Quaint and took a charring light easily. The first few draws rendered a smoke that was light, thin, and a little steamy. Further puffing, though, brought about a much thicker, fuller smoke with a milky mouth feel producing great grayish clouds and effortless smoke rings. As typical of Virginia blends, very gently smoking was necessary to keep the tongue burn to a minimum. The flavor was mild and never developed into the rich, brown sugary character of some other darker Virginias (Marlin Flake?yum) but rather gave me impression of cinnamon with a hint of white pepper. There were waves of sweetness and hints of grapefruit, but overall a little less flavorful than I expected. The tobacco burned well and required no relights and only a single application of a pipe cleaner (which is pretty typical of that particular Dunhill). The nicotine content seemed pretty mild but gradually built up to a slightly face-numbing haze. Afterward, I was left with a dry gray ash in my bowl and a hot feeling in my mouth that receded into a pleasantly sweet aftertaste. Another single pipe cleaner was all that was necessary to finish the deed. All in all, Patriot Flake is a tobacco that I will certainly finish, but might not purchase again. I prefer the fuller flavor of Marlin Flake or Escudo. I?ll have to see how I feel by the end of the tin. I am not opposed to trying any of the other CAO blends and would even recommend this one if you like less sweet Virginias.

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thedstnguishdgntlmn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedstnguishdgntlmn (360)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Unnoticeable

An excellent flake! This is in a class by itself,much like Stonehaven. The best description of this blend would be the following: An excellent medium strength English blend with all the Latakia removed. Add to this the fact that this is a wonderful cool burning Virginia flake and VOILA! you have Patriot Flake. Proceed with caution! Very high nicotine content!

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This broken flake is very spicy and very sweet. If it were a little less pricy, I might purchase Patriot Flake more often. CAO is importing a lot of new blends - from what I understand, and this one may or may not remain in their lineup. Dan Tobacco is the blender and they did a very nice job with this one.

If you are a fan of truly spicy and sweet Oriental/Virginia offerings, and prefer some power to boot.... then this is a highly recommended treat.

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Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I thought I had already reviewed this wonderful flake! I should keep a file of the tobaccos as I review them. A very nice, high quality Virginia flake. Less bitey than most. One of the top five perhaps. Will update as I revisit this tobac.

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Theodoric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Theodoric (8)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I recommend this highly, especially if you store it for a year or so. It definitely gets sweeter and gentler with age.

For a pure Virginia flake, this is really great. A lot fo people complain about these Dan blends being too pricey. Buy them at smokingpipes.com (8 bucks per 50 gram tin as opposed to twelve most other places). I'm not affiliated with the company, but I patronize them more often than any other.

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Mr. Dottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Dottle (162)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Patriot Flake is a most enjoyable smoke that is smooth, mild and flavorful. As advertised, it is both sweet and (subtlety) spicy. The flavor intensifies as you progress down the bowl. With the orientals, this is a very nice change from pure VA blends. It packs well, burns well and doesn?t ?nip.? There is no sharpness or harshness upon first light that is prevalent with some other VA blends. The only negative, as others have noted, is its price: this tobacco should be called ?PaY?triot Flake.

A cigarette is to be smoked. A cigar is to be enjoyed. A pipe is to be savored.

I rate this tobacco 9.1 out of 10.

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smokey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokey (120)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable

this is a full-bodied virginia pressed flake tobacco with a pleasant sweet sorghum-like pouch aroma. it packs well, lights easily, and has a very even burn down to a fine gray ash at the bottom of the bowl. the flavor is full, and has a creamy taste that i like very much. the oriental tobaccos make a very pleasant mix with the virginia burley. this one would make a great all-day smoke. the only negative i can find with it is the price. at nearly $10 for a 50 gram tin, this is a very expensive smoke. i give it 3 stars, but i sure wish i could buy it in bulk to save money! maybe craig tarler can come up with a C&D blend that is similar.

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Tiger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tiger (53)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Patriot Flake is pretty much what I would expect a Virginia/Oriental blend to be - as the promo says: "sweet and spicy". It is also high quality. Anyone who likes their Virginia blends to be "easy" would probably consider Patriot Flake "right on the edge". As noted by others, there is an interplay between the "sweet" of Virginias and the "spicy" of Orientals. For me, a person whose primary Virginia smoke is #5100 Red Cajke (straight red Va) - Patriot Flake is like adding the Italian Sausage to the pizza - a notch up in taste and tang but not so far that it becomes a chore to smoke or like. The room note IS something to watch out for, there will almost certainly be some aftertaste (though not bad) and, at full retail this is a very pricy blend. Fortunately, one of the major on-line tobacconists has recently had Patriot Flake available at about $8/per 50gr. instead of $12-$13. I smoke Va-predominant blends in limited quantities but would certainly recommend Patriot Flake to any Va. lover. It's very good.

Tiger

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Ranger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ranger (58)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Beautiful tobacco. Quality taste, smell and texture. Reminds me of Marlin Flake, which is a high recommendation. Comes in a 50g tin with that great picture on the top. Might be the fastest I ever smoked a complete tin even though I usually have five tobaccos opened in a rotation (three in bulk containers and two tins). The only drawback to smoking more of this fine leaf is the cost.

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bigjonburley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bigjonburley (64)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

This one is awesome! I always have a tin of this stuff around. I love everything about this one. The only reason that I stated that I smoke this one on occassion is due to the fact that I rotate through a variety of VA blends because I tend to get tired of the same stuff after a while. This VA blend gives a nice sweet spice that is quite pleasant in the nose and on the tounge. I have a passion for the more natural tobaccos and this one certainly fits the bill. This stuff is pricey but, CAO/DAN really take care to present the smoker with a quality product. This blend is easily rubbed out and burns consistantly time and time again. If you like VA I bet you'll melt over this one the only problem is that the price may melt your wallet as well but, for flavor like this I'll stretch the budget a bit.

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RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
★★☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

11-11-04 A tin I forgot I had in my cellar!

Appearance and tin Aroma: Looks like a typical bright yellow flake with light brown specs here and there. Smells like hay with a subtle hint of honey.

Packing and Lighting: I prefer to rub out my flakes, I seem to be able to control the burn rate a lot easier this way. This blend lit easily.

Initial Flavor: This starts out bright and grassy, but after a relight or two, settles down.

Mid-Bowl: Nice round mellow flavor, the spicy high notes settle down. Occasional bursts of sweetness pop in and out. This flake reminds me of MCClellands 221b Honeydew, but with much less honey.

Bottom of Bowl: A quick crescendo of flavor and then it is all over, ash is fine and grey.

Overall: This is a great medium strength flake that is fairly easy to smoke, but with all the other great flakes available is going to be a hard sell due to its higher price tag ($11.50 - $13.00 for a 50g tin). I can think of many other flakes that are almost half the price, that are just as tasty. For me, I am still a Ratray's Man (Marlin Flake, old Gowrie) primarily, with an occaisional foray to the Mc Clelland flakes. IMO those blenders still outdo this blend.

Rating: 3 out of 5 points...

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thedigger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedigger (17)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Mild Tolerable to Strong

At first I didn't like this one because I had never tried a Virginia flake before. But as I continued trying to finish the tin, it grew on me. I like it best when smoked from my C.A.O. meershaum. I find this one now to be a nice hit of nicotine and a fantastic blend of subtle flavors. A bit pricey at $11.00 a tin. UPDATE: This is a pretty good flake but, not worth the price tag. I've tried many other virginia flakes now and found the cheaper ones to be just as good or better at half the price.

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JClark Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JClark (26)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have been slowly working through this tin for a while now. I have mixed feelings about this one and can't really decide how I feel about it. While I find it to be an excellent smoke, I just don't find myself engaged by it nor do I find myself reaching for it often.

The scent from the tin is absolutely fabulous. The sweetness of the matured virginia could keep me smelling the tin for hours, it's just a delightful aroma. The flakes rub out easily and pack even easier into any size pipe. The smoking characteristics of this blend are very good. It smokes cool, even, and clean all the way down to a fluffy grey/white ash.

The flavor of this is exactly how the tin describes it, sweet and spicy. The sweetness is prevalent in the first third of the bowl, then spiciness takes over and dominates for the rest of the smoke.

While this is a quality flake, very refined and elegant, I just find it a tad on the boring side. There is nothing here that really holds my interest. I also find the spiciness a little more than I would prefer in a straight virginia not containing any perique and find it to tickle my tongue and throat a bit. Personally I prefer the bright, livliness of little brother Veermaster over the Patriot. Quality smoke that deserves to be sampled, however when my tin is gone I won't be running to the store for more.

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (260)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

CAO again presents us with a nicely prepared flake of golden to medium brown VAs. The tin moisture content is higher than I prefer and resulted in a wet smoke especially towards the end of large bowled pipes. With some drying, I obtained a better smoke and still had easy packing, lighting and an even burn rate. I found the taste ~ to another German blend, Dan's Hamborger Veermaster, and sensed just good quality tobacco taste without any casing. However, with this blend, the orientals are evident but still remain in the background and do complement the overall taste. Unfortunately, I believe that they also influence the room aroma which did not receive good reviews on the homefront. I don't need another blend that is relegated to outdoor smoking by my family members. Overall, a relaxing and enjoyable smoke but not in my top 10 of VA flakes.

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Nimrod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nimrod (29)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

Until now the only virginia flake that I'd tried was Dunhill Light Flake. My last virginia experience was an unfortunate forray into the land of MacBaren Virginia No. 1, and especially compared to that junk, this stuff is quite nice. My impression is that Patriot flake is a bit spicier than the Dunhill, though a bit more mild overall. The taste is pure and clean, and the moisture content seems about right. I don't detect any flavoring at all, though perhaps my taste isn't as sharp as that of others. There might be a bit of rum in this or something, but perhaps I'm just tasting the sweetness of the tobacco itself. Whatever it is, if there at all, it blends in well with the natural flavors. Perhaps it's because the Dunhill is stronger and not quite as spicy, but I think I still like Dunhill Light Flake more than this. I'm looking forward to finishing off this tin though.

After a little more experience with this blend I can confirm what another reviewer noted: this stuff does indeed become fuller and richer toward the end. This inspired me to give it a try in a pipe with a tall narrow bowl like this Skaal freehand that I have (about 2" deep). In this pipe the effect was magnified quite nicely and the bottom 1/3rd of the bowl was exceptionally rich and flavorful, though toward the very end the sweetness really starts to overpower the spiceiness. Anyway, I recommend giving this a try in such a pipe.

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pittacus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pittacus (6)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is one I would place in the same category as Hamborger Veermeister and Honore.

The orientals soften the VA's without upstaging them. This blend may not have knocked my socks off but I don't feel cheated spending a little time with it. A reliable smoke. For VA smokers, reliability is a big bonus.

4 out of 5.

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