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An exceptionally cool, slow burning flake tobacco with a rich and distinctive aroma. Ideal for those smokers who appreciate the full bodied rich flavor of choice leaves spiced with burley and fire-cured tobaccos.

Notes: Formerly known as Odgen's Walnut, currently made by MacBaren. The name changed in October, 2016 to comply with EU laws.

BrandMac Baren
Blended ByMacBaren
Manufactured ByMacBaren
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Virginia
Packaging50g Pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

There's a lightly subdued natural Virginia dark fruit sweetness and earth mixed in with the mild earthy nuttiness of the smoky, lightly woody Kentucky burley, which also has a little molasses and brown sugar sweetness. The spice from the Kentucky is very mild. The burley is the lesser component in terms of composition, but there's a healthy amount of it present. A few detect a little Lakeland essence, but I do not. It is not here at all. The topping reminds me of treacle, but I'm not certain that is what it is, and I think it's more fruit-like. Has a mild nic-hit. Won't bite or get harsh. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent flavor. Leaves very little moisture in the bowl, requires an average number of relights, and has a nice after taste. Can be an all day smoke.

13 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (326)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

This was a generous gift from a friend. The flakes are dense and dark. There is a wonderful smell of slightly smokey and rich tobacco in the "tin" note.

I have rubbed mine out, and found the smoking experience to be similar to St. Bruno. It had a depth and smokey, slightly spicy quality from the Kentucky. The topping is very mild and may be a berry of some kind. The flavor profile is a little more Virginia forward than St. Bruno. It all works very well.

When puffed, you get more of the topping and the Kentucky. Sipped, it is a slightly sweet Virginia with Kentucky and mild berry notes. The strength is a little overrated in some of the reviews, and I find it to be milder in vitamin N than Old Dark Fired. I liked it and found it nicely balanced.

if this was all I had to smoke, I would be happy with Ogden's Walnut. It is not easily or affordably availible in the US, and that is a pity.

12 people found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I was fortunate to make a trade with s UK brother, and this fine blend was one he sent me. I have been wanting to try for some time now. This is one mild blend, tame as a little kitten, could not make it bite or scratch. But plenty of great flavor. It is semi sweet in taste, the aromatic aspect is on the subtle side, nothing as flavored in the Highland tradition like a St Bruno or a Condor, but there in the background. It has no soapy taste at all, just a nice sweet mild blend that burned very well in my pipe all the way down, with no moisture and just a little dottle left. The ash in the bottom is a dark grey and very fine, and powdered out of my pipe when tapping it out. The packaging is interesting, comes in a platic tray with a foil cover and then inside a pouch. Only problem is, you can't reseal the container. It is composed of thinly sliced flakes of a dark coffee brown color with some light, almost Khaki colored pieced mingled in. I let mine dry just a little and it was perfect. This is another of the fine UK tobaccos I have come to really enjoy and were it available to me in the US, I would make it part of my rotation. Highly recommended.

7 people found this review helpful.

Jakob Kiilerich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jakob Kiilerich (120)
Strong Medium Full Tolerable

Walnut is, in many ways, similar to St. Bruno. It contains VA, Burley and fire cured leaf (read: Kentucky), and it has this typical oily texture and feel, as found only in UK.

Whereas St. Bruno is rather soapy with rose, geranium, and perhaps tonquin oils, Walnut is only ever so lightly flavoured.

Walnut is strong, and I recommend sipping it. It also behaves best in a pipe with a small chamber and thick walls.

Taste and smell when lit is pungent, semi-sweet, cigar-like - a bit like Old Holborn rolling tobacco, should you ever have committed the "sin" of enjoying a home rolled cigarette.

I like it very much on outdoor occasions, when the weather is crisp and cool (it's often like that in Denmark), because it seems that I only truly appreciate Kentucky in the open.

Quality leaf, indeed. Monochromatic. Masculine.

Highly recommended for Bruno-fans who seek something less soapy.

=== Jakob Kiilerich, Denmark ===

Pipe Used: Stanwell Lovat

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

6 people found this review helpful.

Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (187)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Walnut is a very pleasant flake of the very most British tradition, something of the same league of St. Bruno.

High density firm flakes, medium-dark brown with lighter specs. A "regular" tobacco smell from the sealed plastic ashtray. Stoved Virginias, Burley & Kentucky, this is going to reveal as a manly smoke. Something similar to Peterson's Irish Flake, IMHO.

A medium-small bowled Sasieni, prince shape, one of my best axes, was used for the purpose of this review. One flake and half were partially rubbed into three small balls. Lighting needs quite a bit of commitment and patience... but then the whole surface went in fire and I'm in the game.

A steadily dry and thick smoke, good volume. It's mainly a nutty/woody/earthy aroma, secondarily musty/sweet. The fire-cured leaf has been used with a perfect balance. No trace of soap into this... and whichever the imposed flavouring is, it's just over the "none detected". Strength starts medium and develops to the strong side, so my rating is the average. The body is firmly in the medium-to-strong territory.

Walnut Flake earns my highest rating. This is one I would have in my regular rotation.

6 people found this review helpful.

Austin Gosling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Austin Gosling (2)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

Sometimes, I think it is the circumstance as much as the tobacco. This evening, one and a half flakes of this in a smallish group 3 Dunhill ring grain gave me nearly two hours of a much needed respite from 10h of meetings in a stuffy conference room. That, and a cup of tea.

My first thought was, "Irish Flake!", but I soon noticed a sweet component on top of it that I rather like. Walnut flake maintains its cheerfulness much further down the bowl than Irish Flake, which tends to get into a bit of a slump near the bottom.

Very cool, tasty without requiring much exploring. Just what I needed tonight! It did need a relight about 2/3 down, but that was probably me relaxing so much that I let it go. I had prepared it with half a flake crumbled up in the bottom and a folded flake vertically on top of that, then some bits on top of that.

Suggestion: There should be two room note entries. To me, it was pleasant. to my wife it was, "... oh, one of the strong ones you got from England?".

Pipe Used: Dunhill Group 3 ring grain

Age When Smoked: Freshly purchased

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Irish Flake, Stirling Flake.

5 people found this review helpful.

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

Ogden - Walnut Flake.

It has a rich aroma that just beseeches you to fill up and light! The flakes themselves would probably benefit from a very small airing period, that said, though, they still rub to a great consistency, with ease.

Despite the fact it's a little too moist it still lights with very little effort and once lit burns nice and even. The flavour of tobaccos are nice as they are very evenly matched without either one stealing the show/hogging the stage. With this one, as the bowl continues the flavour stays full and true without allowing an ashy hardness to impede upon the pleasure.

Nicotine: quite strong. Room-note: not great.

I note that it can be compared to St. Bruno but in my opinion it's not too synonymous as St. Bruno has a lot bigger floral topping. St. B' without the topping maybe? Either way, I love the stuff!

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Butz Choquin

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: G.Q Tobaccos

5 people found this review helpful.

ruffinogold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ruffinogold (107)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I cant express how much I like this blend . It's rich , burns perfect & has plenty of nicotine . It's a finely cut flake that has , imo , what smells like a little bit of Tonka/tonquin bean added to it . I dont get the Lakeland soap thing goin on nor do I get a berry flavor at all . I do taste a rich fermented tobacco flavor . It burns cool and dry as can be . It starts med and tends towards full at the finish . It's a ' back in the day ' blend that , if I could get it all the time , I'd smoke the daylight out of it !

4 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I seldom read tobacco reviews on any blend before I've written my own in order to stay as unbiased as possible. But the reviews on this one remind me that tastes differ and more so, our interpretations of strength? This one full??? Or strong??? They were hard to miss so I read further. Hmmm... well, MY interpretation follows.

Comes in a pouch with the tobacco inside a sealed plastic tray. Pretty cool. Pop the seal, take what tobacco you need and reseal the pouch. The tobacco is a nice deep brown with a mild aroma of Lakeland essence, nothing too heavy. The flavor is mild as well to my tastebuds, with a muted fruitiness that is quite pleasant. I found the nicotine level on the lower side. Everything about this tobacco screams "mild". Comparisons to St Bruno are prevalent but St Bruno has a much more noticeable burst of flavor at lightup that lasts the entire bowl. This is much more subdued. Where St Bruno is a classic, this one is "merely" good. I can't say the flavor is walnut per se, but I can't say it isn't. Whatever it is, it's mild and pleasant - nothing to write home about, but still quite nice and mellow. Not very spicy or complex, this one could definitely be an all day smoke, as it won't overpower the smoker with flavor or nicotine. Definitely recommended, but not destined for my cellar.

4 people found this review helpful.

Mesh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mesh (50)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Children love walnuts, which is evident every time you go to the shops and witness those hordes of little boys and girls nagging and pulling their poor mothers to the nut and dried-fruit section of the supermarket. So Walnut Flake must now be called 'Original Flake', because the original name encouraged too many children to take up pipe smoking. Is this the logic of our nanny state?

Ranting aside, 'Original Flake' is indeed a tasty and nutty blend of burley and Virginia - along the lines of St Bruno, though with far less added aroma, and Peterson's Irish Flake, but with less nicotine. I've always found it a touch less smooth than those two blends, but it's still a very enjoyable tobacco and you should definitely give it a try if you like flake tobacco of this genre and tradition.

3 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (492)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

I first tried this at a forum get together in my first year of pipe smoking. I smoked a bowl. One of about 10 or so I smoked that day whilst consuming a 12 pack of Molson's over a good 12 hour bender. I remember it because I heard so much about this and there was an unopened pouch sitting on a table. I asked about it and the person who brought it said, help yourself.

My thoughts at that time were that it was a smokey and slightly soapy blend. From my jaded memory, I had myself convinced that this blend had latakia in it. I am glad I did not write a review the next day based on that experience. So all of that was just to say that if you are one of those people who smokes a bowl at a social gathering, you should not review it after the fact. A proper review requires time with the blend.

Fast forward to three years later and my piping friends growing outside the US, I have put some trades together to land more Walnut and now have a few pouches in the cellar. After finishing the first pouch, I can affirmatively say there is no latakia in this blend. lol The smokiness I perceived then is still there it is just my palate is more experienced to know this was dark fired Kentucky leaf.

One thing that remains from my first taste to the last, is that this stuff rocks. Between Condor and Walnut, I would say the Brits are truly blessed with their OTC options. Walnut is much different than Condor though. It is much less soapy and perhaps more of a brown sugar/fruity sweetness with just a slight floral twang. The topping is very hard to ascertain and may include some flavors/essences that I am just not accustomed to being an American as I am.

This one also has a decent Nicotine hit, although I find it to be less than St. Bruno. It is really a smooth smoking treat that I believe most Burley lovers would enjoy.

3 people found this review helpful.

Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (115)
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

150 grams later and I've decided to upgrade this to the highest rating. I now tend to agree with the sentiments in the Pipe Smoker's Ephemeris article in the review below. =

This is somewhat like Peterson's University flake, and somewhat like St. Bruno, and can give you a gut punch of the highest order.

There's a kind of mysterious berry note which may or may not be an added flavoring. It could be a blend reversal of St. Bruno, I have no idea. In any event, the added flavorings are not as strong, and the presence of VA is further in the background, than in St. Bruno or Condor. I find it very tasty and chimerical.

If fairly moist, smoked slowly, rubbed out and packed lightly, it is only medium in body, a little soapy and fruity, and the strength stays in the background. When dried further, packed too firmly (with unrubbed chunks), smoked quickly or inhaled, it can send you to the showers.

A slightly tempermental but exciting tobacco for the lover of strong English flakes.

3 people found this review helpful.

Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (127)
Strong Strong Very Full Tolerable to Strong

I finally have managed to get enough of this to say I will smoke it regularly. In the package its cut, texture, appearance and aroma is about as similar to St. Bruno Flake as it could be without being St. Bruno. And its moisture content and handling characteristics are identical. At the match you notice the difference. This does not have as strong a flavoring component. My guess is that the tobacco elements are the same as SB's, but the top dressing is slightly different. While not as pronounced as in SB, the flavoring is there aplenty. The smoke is sweet and spicy (not peppery), and it has no bite. I would also guess that this blend has a bit more burly because the tobacco flavor suggests burly without coming right out with it. This has a full, rich tobacco flavor which grows in strength as the top dressing flavor recedes. Perhaps it was named after a street somewhere or perhaps it contains some walnut extract. I smoke it in a #4 meer. After finishing a bowl, I seem to detect an aftertaste similar to the aftertaste of English walnuts; not the taste, the aftertaste. It's a great companion to SB. Highly recommend to the lover of English scented flakes, and most highly recommended to the lover of St. Bruno. Paddy.

3 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is a tobacco worth trying at least once in your life. And for me, once was enough.

Upon opening the unique pouch, I was hit with the pungent smell of a cold campfire. The pressed flakes were almost black and appeared to have been stoved for an extended period of time. More dry that moist, the flakes rubbed out easily and an even pack job was simple.

At the match, the campfire smell turned into a campfire flavor (smokey and somewhat ashey) that did not overwhelm me with delight. This blend has some punch (which, I enjoyed) but the flavor was unrefined and became really harsh the farther down the bowl I progressed.

I tried Walnut Flake in a variety of small pipes but never found a compatible briar for this weed. Once half the pouch was suitably consumed, I took the rest to one of my pipe club meetings. While it didn't strike out with the group, it didn't get past first base either.

3 people found this review helpful.

Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (165)
Medium to Strong None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

I like this blend so bear with me as I unfold its history, at least as I learned it.

I first heard of it several years ago while reading a back issue of The Pipe Smoker's Ephermeris (Spring-Summer 1997), p. 70. There a Simon Shepard of England boldly reviewed some 70 exotic blends, in terms of strength, aroma, coolness, etc., and scored each from 0 to 10. At the top of the list, his "king of all tobaccos" was Walnut Flake, with a perfect 10 score! Condor Long Cut, a fine scented flake, was next with a 6.

Walnut Flake was described by him as having superb flavor, cool, slow burings, satisfying, tranquilizing, rich, not too strong so it can be smoked all day, good quality, never boring, etc. He wrote an inquiry to the manufacturer, Imperial, and received a reply on 9/26/96, reprinted on p. 19 of the Winter 1998 Ephemeris. Imperial was pretty secretive, but did say the blend was introduced in 1905 but that they did not know why it was called that other than it tasted as sweet as a nut(I guess also indicating a nut flavoring was not involved). They described the blend process as involving leaf from four continents, large blending units, flavoring, moistening, standing, caking, pressure storing, and cutting into flakes.

I had to try this!

After some time in looking, I found Walnut Flake a in Wakefield UK. (About $10.00 a 50 gm. pouch with mailing. Stuff came in one week from England. Good service and a sample too boot. Thanks David.) I ordered three pouches, and have spent a week smoking 11 bowls in a 25 year old, unsmoked algerian briar pipe from the former Garfinkle, of Wash., D.C., a small squat bulldog; and about 7 bowls in a nearly new Nording high grade (#14). I had to smoke several bowls of this new tobacco to smoke some McB Navy Flake out of the then new Nording that I had broken it in with, but the olde Garfinkle broke in after just a few pipefuls. They don't make briar much like that anymore.

The tray in the pouch has some 30, 1" by 3" flakes, mostly brownish leaf, with some black (about 1/3) and a few flashes of blond leaf. It smells coffee like in the pouch. A right level of moisture too.

I am told by relatives that the buring aroma is earthy, foresty (more bark like than just woody). No artificial scent was noted.

I found that twisting a flake and pushing it in the pipe chamber worked fine. It was steady burning after the initial lites. It does burn slowly. It's medium/medium strong, with a mostly natural flavor. It is heavier than F&T cut virginia plug, and similar in flavor to but not quite as full as G&H's Brown Flake (unscented). It does not have a sweet scented flavor but has a relatively deep, dark flavor (but not nearly so as a true all dark flake). It is cool and relatively dry, but it does have some burley and fire cured leaf in it. So some smokers may call it just plain strong, but I've tasted stronger. Aging, beyond what it is already, is not needed.

Well, I don't know that I could call it the king, but it certainly should be knighted. I plan on smoking the other two pouches to see if my opinion stands or changes. I hope to be able to order more. But I did give it a fair test with smoking 50 grams in now dedicated pipes. If you like flakes on the fuller side without being too stout flavored, try some.

3 people found this review helpful.

doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (227)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

New pouch presentation for me as this came in a plastic tray sealed with a foil top within a traditional OTC type pouch. The flakes were moist but not wet and certainly ready for smoking. Twenty four 1 inch by 3 inch flakes were present, brownish/black in appearance with minimal light leaf visible and thinly sliced ala Mac Baren style. Seems more than what you get with Peterson's University /Irish Flake for 50 gms! There was no pouch aroma at all. Loading and lighting was quite easy, after which I had an enjoyable smoke. At first there was no taste whatsoever, but after a few minutes there was a nice, subtle berry note, and overall sweeter (but not cloying) as compared to Peterson's University Flake; which for me is the most similar tobacco to Original Flake. For me, OF tops UF. Also similar to St Bruno Flake minus the mild Lakeland toppings.The sweetness was brown sugar like and the slightest bit nutty. Unlike UF, there never was any harshness present nor did this smoke hot or with a bite. It smoked clean and dry to the heal. There is the slightest soap-like presence with the after taste (very slight and not always present). There is a moderate nic hit if you tend to smoke too quickly but not over the top. No Lakeland presence that I could detect either. The cost of ordering from the UK for USA delivery is the only negative to prevent this from becoming a regular smoke ($25.93 plus around $10 for shipping for 50 gms). Overall a very nice smoking experience.

Pipe Used: Peterson smooth tankard

Age When Smoked: Fresh from pouch

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Peterson University Flake, St Bruno Flake.

2 people found this review helpful.

who broke my clay pipe? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
who broke my clay pipe? (61)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

50g pouch with foil sealed carton inside.

Pouch aroma;black berry,boot polish,peculiar soapy domestic cleaning product,the magic teadybears floral forest,witches brew medicine,pot pouri incense..

It smells heady in the carton and mysterious,then it became mild as the package atmosphere dissipated.

Appearance;two rows of stacked flakes,dark brown,some light streaks of which some have a blue stain fade,,looks slightly like a sliced revor plug but with more of a robust St BRUNO hand feel consistancy.Quite moist.

I don't mess about and cut both stacks in half with tin snips and transfer to a kilner jar to preserve the essence.

I take about a flakes worth and fill a falcon pipe with a rustic dover bowl,twisted and rubbed out a bit to fluff it up.The flakes are quite crumbly and so loading with the grain of the flake pointing downwards towards the heel is difficult, so i just pile it in roughly.

Lighting;using matches it expands a bit and needs tamping to keep it down,,3 matches later and its going.

Medium light smoke,yet darkish and bodied at the same time,i realise that this is an easy smoke.Only when lit do i get the walnuts,bitter sweet toasted walnuts in their burn't or slightly charred husks,a well done date and wallnut cake edge minus the dates(wallnut cake then)probably an accidental nuance of the natural tobacco rather than an applied essence,it implies a wallnut factor if you use your imagination.

Certainly has charecter and evokes a strange atmosphere where i feel i am playing from the dark end of the chessboard,rosewood peices,its woody.

Being used to potent stuff it doesn't make much of a bombastic impression at this point;it seems quiet but thoughtful, with a wry pleased, private smile, as if it knows something i don't know. The aromatic flavour is strange and in my mind i am transported to an enchanted forest of undergrowth and wild berries,maybe poisonous to eat,or maybe magic?. A super green leafy canopy obove, with branches swaying with the breeze and strobing with the sun rays obove. Rough twisted tree roots abound,and creepers,ladybirds,dead twigs,mounds of green fresh moist grass with daisies,dandylions,dragon flies,some dwarfs,birds tweeting natures song. (I know this sounds stupid and irrelevant,but sometimes if i cannot describe an aroma sufficiently,i can only convey the landscapes i am sort of transported to,and might i add ;this escapism is the reason i smoke pipes,and no i am not a Tolkien romantic fantacist either BTW, although i read the books once.)

The first half of the bowl doesn't blow me away this time, but i appreciate its woody, spring woodland, utopian aroma. Quite a cool one,i decide to puff instead of sip to see what its made of and i get more interested(the visuals start).

Midway i suddenly get some good woodsy, barky soap, which then fades back to a consistant wallnut again.Nearing the bottom i start to taste that mystery,spicy,perfumish berry note,which evokes an indigo colour in my mind.

Nearest tobacco comparisons would be Revor plug,St Bruno flake,condor ready rubbed,but this has a persona of its own..

I cannot remember if i bought this online or at Sainsbury's now(i have bought about 50 different baccies lately).

Yes i would buy this again,i don't know if it will be an everyday smoke with me,it has the capability of being an alldayer but i generally go with harder hitters(kendal ropes,condor etc). But having visited the strange scenery that this evokes in my mind while smoking i know i will revisit once in a while.

The room note is quite mild,burns right down to a roughish dark mottled ash,and doesn't leave much moisture in the moisture trap so its a dry smoker.

An easy,tasty smoke,a teddybears picknick.Its alegorically chewing gum as opposed to a melt in the mouth affair;think of licorice root.It works best when puffed,i may try it folded and stuffed in a narrower gauge bowl later which might make it burn hotter because as it is, its quite a cool smoke.


Having it jarred and since leaving the pouch,a certain amount of the initially strange aromatic properties have faded:The taste is more rounded and less peaky.Expanding on what i have already noted i can say it is a lumpier textured smoke, but not rough,more "agricultural" is a good adjective for this light rustic smoke.

Starts off mild but tasteful,midbowl i start getting real toasted wallnuts again(probably burley producing this) and the berries return nearer the bottom.

Part of me wants to taste the topping as it tasted on the first trial,but i feel for the longterm that the baccy should be the decider of overal quality and not the topping,and so i will say that since the initial topping has dissipated somewhat,it has become a baccy that i will less tire of because i think that topping would become fatiguing if this baccy was smoked exclusively,as such it has transfigured into a more viable alldayer contender.

Definately worth three stars*

2 people found this review helpful.

OSR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OSR (78)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A good friend let me fill a pipe with this tobacco at a recent pipe club meeting.

The pipe was brand new so I like to believe that I got a pretty good taste of the tobacco.

My friend had told me that this tobacco was rather 'full' with a nicotine hit but I found that (to me) it doesn't have the fullness of body that G&H Rum Flake or G&H Kendal flake does.

The tobacco was smooth and burned well. My friend is an advocate of the Butera "chop it up" method and I believe that the taste and volume of smoke would have been different had I been able to roll up a flake and plug my pipe with it.

Overall, this is a good blend with very little if any flavoring. Good body, a little thin on the top but with a big, burley middle.


2 people found this review helpful.

DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (129)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

A dark flake somewhat in the tradition of St Bruno; the flavour is similar, but the 'fruitiness' characteristic of St B is nowhere near so pronounced here. Original Flake reminds me a little bit of the long defunct Player's Digger Flake. It's a slow burning and cool smoke with a pleasant room note; like all flakes (IMO) it's better folded than rubbed out. After a fairly unexciting start, the flavour develops in fullness and richness as you go down the bowl, and I never find any messy dottle at the end.

OF is fairly strong and needs to be taken slowly, but I know several people for whom it (and its previous avatar, Walnut Flake) is an all-day smoke. It all depends on what you like, of course; but if you're an old fashioned pipe smoker for whom St Bruno is a benchmark, this'll do you nicely. I think I'd describe it as more civilized and subtle than St B., but with the same kind of old fashioned and substantial fullness.

I find that OF needs quite a few relights, but that's no big problem, and it probably wouldn't if you rubbed it out. It responds well to DGT. Like many traditional blends that have been homogenised for mass production, it isn't as good as it used to be, but it's still a good choice, and value for money. Original Flake is packaged in the same way as St Bruno Flake is now, in an inconvenient (and unresealable) little plastic carton inside a plastic pouch; so you'll need to transfer it to a leather pouch or jar. Jarring it for a while mellows it noticeably, I find.

Word on the grapevine is that Original Flake is to go out of production fairly soon; so if you like it, now would be a good time to stock up.

Pipe Used: Peterson Billiard

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the shop

Purchased From: My Smoking Shop UK

Similar Blends: St Bruno Flake.

1 person found this review helpful.

Causeway Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Causeway (8)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Walnut (now Original) Flake is my idea of a proper quality smoking experience; alongside St Bruno and the now sadly discontinued Navy Cut Players. In a well-packed bowl it smokes slowly and slightly hot, giving off that enviable signal of a delicious smoke - a low, mellow cloud of white smoke that seems to inhabit the bowl along with the tobacco. It has no discernable topping or flavourings; the basic tobacco comes through true and strong, but with a maturity that adds voice to the leaf. It can be an all-day smoke but familiarity tends to lessen its impact, so it's well-worth smoking every other day. Resonantly good stuff.

Pipe Used: Stonehaven

1 person found this review helpful.

gladi8tor96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gladi8tor96 (133)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A good friend generously gifted me a few of these flakes.

Pretty and neat medium brown flake with flecks of lighter and darker spread throughout. The moisture content was perfect, no drying time needed. Smelled of lightly sweet tobacco, earth, and a bit of nuttiness.

Was easy to rub out or just load a flake directly into the bowl. Takes just the two standard lights to get it rolling. It remained lit with minimal tamping.

This tobacco produces large volumes of smoke. The flavor is VA forward, which is just the right amount of sweetness with balanced flavors of toast and hints of sour. The Burley/Kentucky adds some depth and character that are quite pleasing mixed with the Virginia's. I got some spice, but nothing harsh, some earth, a little bit of wood, and some nuttiness. There is the typical strength/flavor or the Kentucky, which isn't overpowering in this blend and I appreciate that. The nuttiness really comes out after the 3/4 point of the bowl. If you sip this smoke you will get more of the sweet and nutty. If you puff harder you will get more of the spice, wood, smokey and it can be just a bit harsh when pushed. However, the smoke was enjoyable with a fairly consistent flavor from top to bottom...down to a nice white ash.

Very pleasant indeed!

Pipe Used: Lil Devils Anse (cob)

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Gifted

Similar Blends: Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Best Brown #2 (Without the lakeland addition).

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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is based on only three bowls of Walnut Flake. The flakes are dark brown with a small number of light tan specs interspersed into the flake. There is a bit of the Lakeland style scent in the pouch that leans toward the soapy side, but it is not at all overpowering. It is moist is definitely needs some dry time. In the pipe, my best results were accomplished by a fairly light pack of small pieces with some rubbed out on top. This flake is very smooth and offers no bite, even when pushed, although I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re sitting down as it has a healthy dose of nicotine. I am guessing that the smoothness is a result of steaming the tobacco, but that is strictly a guess. The flavor of this blend is quite deep although not complex. I find it richer and fuller than Ogden’s St Bruno. It is earthy, lightly sweet and doesn’t offer the sharpness (for lack of a better term) that I sometimes associate with dark fired. There is some added flavoring that I would liken to dark brown sugar. I think that this would be a great blend to cellar and I found myself wishing that I had.

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SamH Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SamH (31)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

This is an interesting one, I quite liked it. It's an odd taste but was nicer than I expected. Can't really explain what it is but it's nice.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: New from pack.

Purchased From: Mysmokingshop

Similar Blends: ??.

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CornCob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CornCob (94)
Strong Strong Full Strong

This is what i compare other flakes to, its similar to John Sinclair Highland Sliced in appearance and close in flavour as well. Nice and cool, burns exceptionally slow and certainly a large does of vitamin N. An english tobacco institution.

1 person found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (266)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A very difficult tobacco for me to describe; the flavor is dark, slightly but pleasantly bitter. I get no sweetness at all; certainly not even a hint of Lakeland florals. A few times, I got a bit of toasted walnut or walnut oil towards the end, but that could be the power of suggestion. Overall, a satisfying smoke, but in a smaller bowl! Since I know there are many tobaccos out there I would rate a 4, the question arises would I rebuy this particular tobacco, assuming my tastes don't change much more. In this case, the answer is not too often.

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thesmoggypipester Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thesmoggypipester (52)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

This is my second foray into flake tobaccos, and this one is in my rotation of regular smokes. Opening the pack theres a very sour, citrus tang to the aroma, with underlying firecured smokey slightly sweet spicy smell.

It rubs out easily enough and packs into the pipe easily, and for the moisture in it lights easily and keeps lit. Now this is something similar in the same ilk as condor its a slightly floral, soapy nutty taste to it and a good bootful of nicotine to match. But its a brilliant smoke, its a long smoke, try to go at it hard and it will bite you, but just take your time relax and let the good times roll, because it is a very rewarding smoke, for a newbie though, you will get floored by the nicotine, but once you get into it, go for it and have a go because it is a beautiful smoke, again have a pipe dedicated if you smoke it often because it will leave its mark.

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PeterD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PeterD (91)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This flake tobacco is within the British family ie. St Bruno, Condor, Players, etc. I find this dark flake enjoyable and of the "family", the least flavored and exceptionally mild.

As has been stated, this is no longer made by Ogden's of Liverpool. Who makes it, I don't know. It has changed somewhat over the years, as I smoked this back in the 1960's, 70's & early 80'S. By that I mean, its not as defined as I remember it to be.

It is not walnut flavored, however, the color of the flake may be similar to that of walnuts. I find the aroma pleasing to my senses, and there is a natural tobacco taste, even with the light floral scent. It can be an all-day smoke for me although I prefer a stronger flake or plug the majority of the time.

Fortunately, I have a friend who sends me this when I asked, and in my travels through Europe, I have found it easily at newsstands, grocery stores, and many tobacco shops. I find this to be a very good smoke and recommend it to anyone seeking a light British flake.

...a pipe is to be savored...

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captain duff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
captain duff (9)
Medium to Strong Medium Full Tolerable

This is a 'proper' old english dark flake. Sadly the Ogdens in Liverpool factory no longer produces any tobacco, and I believe this is now made like the other Ogden's blends outside the UK (and has been for many years, no matter what the misleading packaging says). But it is still the 'real deal', alongside St Bruno and Player's Digger (that is still available if you know where to look!).

Less floral than St Bruno, and less sweet too (a bit like the difference between a milk and dark chocolate). I originally thought the name came from the colour, but there is definately a nutty taste there, particularly in the last half of a bowl.

If you only like american style aromatics then you won't like this, but if you like classic english blends where the tatse of natural tobacco is to the fore then you should love it. It may not be from a trendy 'artisan' producer, but it is a quality product nevertheless.

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Philosopher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philosopher (27)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

This is a truly fine tobacco, an understated bittersweet cousin of St Bruno flake. Like SB flake it rubs out easily and is easy to pack. It exudes quality.

1 person found this review helpful.

Scamp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Scamp (20)
Medium to Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is one of my favourate tobaccos, and as I live in the UK I'm lucky enough to get my hands on it relatively easily. It rubs out and lights easily with a full bodied taste. As it smokes down the bowl it seems to me that the flavours do indeed develop into walnuty quality. If you enjoy the richer, more traditional tobaccos I would recomend giving this one a try.

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Monopod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Monopod (24)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

It took me a while to try this one, as although I've seen it termed a " Supermarket shelf-tobacco", I've never managed to find it in our local supermarkets. I even had to wait for our local ( and good) specialist tobacconist to get some in when asked and put it to the test. It was recommended by some of the credible Names hereon too !

Quite a surprise I got as well. A solid respectable tobacco, moist from the packing, and smelling very appetising to boot.

Good rub.. actually goes to shag really quickly, and packs burns and lights easily.

It may never be my first choice, but at my number Five ? it's always going to be well worth an occasional go.

It's still bearing the "Ogdens of Liverpool" crest too. For me ? I'll smoke it in preference to St. Uno any day..... it made me sick as a youth and won't ever get the chance again.

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

This is a very pleasant smoke indeed, worth a try if you want to try an English Flake that's not so strongly scented.

It's actually very similar to St Bruno, similar flavour and aroma, but with far less of the aromatics added, and less nicotene. I'd recommend it to anyone who like St Bruno but found it too strong.

Lights easily, burns SLOOOOOOOOOWWWWW............. and cool, no bite, no drip, no gurgling or sticky goo in the heel of the bowl. The flavour is natural tobacco, a little nutty, a tad leathery but but no so much as St Bruno. Some natural tobacco sweetness, and the aroma is very much pure virginia tobacco, no real aromatic scent.

I enjoyed it very much, it's a nice baccy to have going while reading a book, or washing up. Not quite strong enough for gardening though, I'll have St Bruno for that.

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Danno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Danno (102)
Medium to Strong Strong Full Pleasant

As previously mentioned, this flake is almost a mirror image of St Bruno, excepting a different additive. Unlike others, I did not find this smoke bite-free, but it is wonderfully rich and stout and does not seem to lurk in my pipes with the same tenacity as its clerical brother. A pity it isn't available in North America, but then again, Walnut Flake may be responsible for a disturbing lack of interest in much else besides pipes on my part, were it so. Well worth a go if you can procur it.

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orka Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
orka (64)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This was my first time trying an Ogden's blend, so it was a little surprising to see the odd little tinfoil covered tray inside the pouch. A pretty good compromise to real tins, I suppose. I'm thinking that if left sealed these pouches should last longer than a normal pouch would. Inside are two rows of 10x2 neatly cut, dark/brown flakes.

Pouch aroma strikes me as a quite stout stoved VA, and I also think there's some fruity alcohol based topping of some sort here present here (possibly cherry), but I don't mind, because it's actually quite nice. After airing the tobacco a little bit I did what I always do with pouch tobacco and promptly moved it over into a jar.

Moisture seems quite good as is and packing it is nearly effortless - I find I get the best results when resisting the temptation of using two flakes (about one and a half flakes is plenty to fill a larger pipe, even though it seems to be too little at first).

During charring it is a little sharp, but it settles down quickly enough to a nice and easygoing smolder. Predominately sweet VA to me with burley solidly set in the background at first. Towards the 2/3 point of the bowl there is a slight tangy spice element coming through that could very well be the KY making itself known, and it is also here that I find a little nuttiness and toast coming through as well.

As 3/3 approaches it seems to have settled more on the burley side of things. I wouldn't really call it full bodied, to me the burley may be dulling it down a little bit too much in that regard, as I think it removes the intensity and clearly pronounced flavours I associate with "full" blends - but I suppose that depends on how you feel about burley and the "toast" that comes with it. Personally I wouldn't have minded a dash more of KY to help expand the body aspect of the blend.

But overall this is a well behaved and pretty consistent tasting flake in the medium range - perhaps tilting towards strong as far as nicotine goes. Nothing unmanageable, but there's a good chance you'll feel it when the dottle is near, particularly if you're sensitive. To me this falls in the 2-star range (albeit in the upper range of the 2). I can see why this blend has a loyal following, but for me the burley seems to take up too much of the stage - but if that's what you're looking for, then this is probably a 3-star blend and the current 3.0 average seems fair to me.

Pipe Used: Northern Briars billiard, Savinelli 804 KS

Age When Smoked: 2 months

Purchased From: MySmokingShop

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Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant

Walnut Flake is a strong, mildly scented tobacco. Though the scenting is mild it is tenacious. Not only does it become a durable resident in the pipe, affecting many subsequent smokes, it also affects the palate and, on the day, you taste any other tobacco through the imprint of Walnut Flake. You either like the scenting, or not.

The flakes come dry and crumble easily. They burn very well and slowly, but very cool, leaving a very fine, dry ash. Inspite of these virtues the over-all experience is of a somewhat coarse, unrefined smoke. I have smoked this blend after seven and a half years. Those years seem not to have made any difference to the tobacco.

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Pseudo Nim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pseudo Nim (110)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

A little dissapointed in this one, instead of tobacco, all I got was soap and berries, all be it somewhat mildly, but enough for me to not want to try it again after only one pipe full and discard the rest. This may ring some bells, but not mine

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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
Strong Strong Mild Strong

If one could set a piece of soap afire and smoke it, this is exactly how it would taste. The soap flavor is so strong that I could not taste any tobacco behind it. I persevered through two bowls hoping that the flavor would recede and let me enjoy the tobacco with no luck.

Stay away from this junk.

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