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Dark brown Virginia, full bodied and smooth.

Blended ByKohlhase, Kopp und Co. KG
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A very rich tasting medium strength dark Virginia. Earthy with some hay/grass notes to go with the natural dark stewed fruit sweetness of the Virginia. Some sugar, molasses, and the barest hint of spice in the flavor mix doesn't make this a complex flake, but it may make it a satisfying experience for the dark Virginia connoisseur. Due to the topping, it's sweeter than your average dark Va. without detracting much from the tobacco. Has a slightly more than mild nic-hit. It never bites or gets harsh, no matter how much you push it, and has a very consistent taste all the way through. Depending upon your preference, it may need a light dry time. Burns clean, cool and smooth at a reasonable rate for a broken flake. Leaves very little moisture in the bowl. Needs slightly more than an average number of relights. Has a nice after taste, and room note. An all day smoke.

28 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I'm with Newman and Tantric regarding this lovely, straight Virginia Flake. It is cool, well rounded in flavor, and packs just enough nicotine punch to suit even the harriest of chests.

Upon opening the tin, I found a somewhat dark, slightly moist compilation of slightly broken flakes. The smell was a subdued natural Virginia sweetness. I rubbed out the flakes (which is my preference) and loaded up the short cut, ribbon leaf which packed very easily.

At the match, the taste was delightful. Medium heavy tasting with a crisp, clean presentation that made smoking this tobacco nothing short of pure pleasure. It burned cleanly to the bottom of the bowl with very few relights.

This one beats similar tobaccos (made by the same blender) like Marlin Flake, Hal O the Wynd, and Astley's #44 by a country mile. A terrific surprise, this Wessex Campaign!

24 people found this review helpful.

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

Deep, dark flake with a pungent aroma of great virginia leaf, plus a whiff of some type of topping. Sweet and rich - and wet! I experimented with drying times and settled on 4 hours, to the point where the leaf was dry but not crispy. Too crispy and that rich molasses flavor was leeched out. Too wet and it burned poorly plus had a little too much topping flavor present.

I recently smoked Wessex' futile attempt at a VaPer and commented that it tasted like a Mac Baren roll cake with a bit too heavy a hand on the cavendish and honey. I was surprised to find a bit of that flavor here as well. Not nearly as much as the Curly Cut, which was smothered with Danish flavoring, but this had enough to notice. Kept it from a 4th star. But I don't want to make too much of that - this is still a very worthy blend. Just a bit too sweetened for my regular rotation. Still, it's worth a try for any virginia lover. Clearly, other reviewers like this one better than I do.

Well, there are no foreseen new blends in my future, although I do tend to get a lot of samples from folks. But reviews will be much reduced from here on out, as I focus on my favorites. This six year run of trying as many new blends as possible has taught me a lot, such as the value of a good blender of oriental tobacco (which I enjoy more than latakia), that flavoring is a sticky wicket... if I like it, flavoring is good. If I don't, it's bad! :) And much more. It's been fun. But after spending a few days with Stonehaven and a few of my favorites, the search for Tobacco Nirvana is over.

21 people found this review helpful.

musicman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
musicman (88)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I debated on whether I should write a review on this one. It is a bunch of reviews like this that caused the disappearance of blends like stonehaven, penzance, and Full Virginia Flake. If word of this stuff gets out too much, you can kiss finding it goodbye. This is the logic that causes me to suffer greatly from DCD or deep cellar disorder. Like a doomsday prepper I have this stuff stockpiled for years in advance waiting for the cat to come out of the bag and everyone to swarm the shelves of tobacconists and the sites of online stores. This stuff really is that good. Magicians never tell you how they do their tricks, hunters and fishermen never give away their prime spots, and a a true pipe smoker never gives away his sleeper blend. That's what this is for me, my sleeper blend. While the rest of the pipe world is staring at computer screens all night with bloodshot eyes waiting for Full Virginia Flake to come back in stock, I am sipping on a bowl full of campaign dark flake and loving life.

You don't hear about this blend much, which is purely ridiculous. This stuff is fantastic. I have yet to enjoy a bowl of this that has not kept me smiling from packing to dottle. It never lets you down. As you know from my name here on tobacco reviews I am a musician, and so to explain this blend I will use a music analogy. If Orlik Golden Sliced is the trumpet of the tobacco world, then campaign dark flake is the bass trombone. It is a little more powerful, a little deeper, a little more complex, but every bit as enjoyable.

There aren't many Virginia blends like this out there, definitely try some and you will see. Very highly recommended. Also, just to let you know, If I begin to see this sold out everywhere I plan to edit this review to say this stuff is horrid, and I suggest all the other reviewers who have lauded the virtues of this tobacco do the same.

14 people found this review helpful.

derlict311 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
derlict311 (70)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Oh ya. The taste here is quite complex and deep for a viriginia flake. I can pick out tangy Virginias, grassy Virginias and sugary, darker Virginias throughout the progression of the bowl. Syrupy notes, fruits, sharp pangs of bitter...all there. A very good smoke. The jury is out whether this takes me to the same place as Full Virginia Flake, but it at least would be a solid replacement. Darn good. If it was available in bulk I would have it on hand frequently but alas, the secret is out and it goes quicker than presents at Christmas. Stock up if you can get your hands on some. My tin was three years old so I'd say it ages like a Virginia should. It deserves four stars.

10 people found this review helpful.

quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (130)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is the only Wessex-branded tabac I've had, and possibly the best Virginia I've had to date. A very fruity nose in the tin, almost like pineapple. It's a medium-colored flake, so I'm not sure why it's called Dark Flake. The strips are folded over and stuffed in the can but they come apart and rub out easily. Mine burned perfectly right out of the tin.

Quintessential VA flavoring as you "sip-n-ahhh." Or is that "sip-n-awe"? It really is delicious through the first 80% of the bowl. The last 20% is too, but it requires some TLC in my experience, to keep it cool and keep those sweet VA flavors rolling. Too hot at this point and it tastes like a cigar. A good cigar though. But maybe you'll like that! I would love to stash away 50 tins of this for a few years.

9 people found this review helpful.

NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (286)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

This blend is from the German house of Kohlhase & Kopp and is blended and packed by hand which may partially drive the high price. However the overall high quality tobacco must also be considered. This is the same Co. that gives us many Astleys and Rattrays selections and this blend could be included with #44 or Hal O' the Wynd with respect to overall enjoyment. I've tried other Wessex VAs: Brown, Gold, Red and enjoyed this one the best. However, this flake is darker and stronger and not recommended to new VA flake smokers. The room note of DF was also more intense than these other Wessex flakes.

The 6" + long flakes are nicely coiled into the screw top tin and are quite pliable and therefore easily packed even if not rubbed out. The natural oils partially stained the paper liner. The initial moisture content was higher than I prefer and I obtained bettter smokes after some drying. Without any rubout, this one burned evenly, coolly and without any hint of bite in pipes with various bowl sizes. The great, rich but yet smooth natural VA taste was consistent throughout the bowls and left a slightly spicey aftertaste. This blend is most enjoyable by me after meals. Experienced VA flake lovers should give this a try.

6 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1643)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Wessex - Campaign Dark Flake (Brigade).

I ordered this without reading any reviews, and very often that can blow up in my face, but not with this beauty!

After ordering I skipped through the reviews and noted a few complaints/pointers regarding the moisture, but although the paper wrapping inside the tin was oil stained, the baccy was perfectly smokeable. It comes as no shock that the flakes are dark in colour, albeit, dark brown, not black.

My first bowl wasn't aired any, and gave a good burn, of a medium speed. The smoke doesn't bite, is cool in temperature, and has a lovely flavour. Deep, rich, satisfying, Virginia: there's enough of a molasses sweetness (as others note) to augment the flavour, without seeming cased. And then there's the rich Virginia side: not so grassy/hay-like, but full of deep, dark, tasty, fruity flavours.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: not its greatest feature.

Campaign Dark Flake? Four stars, easily:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef; Friday pipe

Age When Smoked: Four months

Purchased From:

5 people found this review helpful.

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

I have been doing my annual year end cleaning of my pipe room and stumbled on this little gem. In looking at all the great reviews, I somehow missed this one. Big mistake! For what it’s worth, this review is based on a five or six year old tin. Campaign greets the nose with deep figs, raisons and molasses. The flakes are very long and need to be cut to fit into a pipe. I mainly use the fold and stuff method, most often in a medium bowl. The nose scent was so strong, it led me to believe that there is likely a very light topping. At first light, there is a touch of hay, but quickly settles into dark, rich sweet molasses like flavor that can be expected from a darker flake. It is a simply delicious medium body flake. I now wish I had socked a lot more away now that it is difficult to get. Great stuff!

Age When Smoked: 5 years

4 people found this review helpful.

smallshinythings Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smallshinythings (7)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

This has the very best tin note in recent memory. Maybe raisin? Not exactly sure, but fruit and, well, tobacco smelling in the very best way. I rubbed this out pretty fine and packed loosely. Easy packing, single light burned for almost half the bowl until I had to set it down and do a thing. Moisture was a little wet, but a loose pack had me fine without drying it any further. No gurgle.

I'm slowly coming around to straight Virginias after years of VaPer love, blends like this make it a tremendous ride. I've been buying and trying a lot in the Virginia family for the last year or so after few really great Va smokes, this being the new favorite. It's my first time with Wessex and I lucked upon this for a great price in a smoke shop that sells a lot of cigarettes . I'm saying its new, because I didn't age it, though I imagine the seller has had this for some time.

There may be a flavor, I said mild because I don't trust my tongue enough, but it's definitely a sweet smoke. Fruity, but not in a way I would immediately think of as cased. Dark, like a fig or a fruit infused chocolate. There are definite hay notes, but very little of the citrus I think of with some Virginias. It's a not very complex, malty sweetness. Molasses has been a descriptor before and I won't argue it. Hard to say this, but very clean tasting giving a brightness to it, though I'm repeatedly saying it's a darker flavor. I hope that made sense.

Room note raised no complaints, though no compliments either. Grey/white ash and it was fairly even through the bowl, only muting somewhat in the middle half, and by muting I mean it lost a hair of the cleanliness I already poorly described. The flavors went perhaps mono-chromatic for a few minutes. In the first three bowls I smoked I had a similar experience. The last two it stayed clear throughout, perhaps even a little brighter, Apple sweet, toward the bottom.

No tremendous nicotine hit, no tongue bite. Again, I packed it looser than I thought I should and it seems to have payed off.

Very highly recommended and I'll buy this when I can find it.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Local b&m

3 people found this review helpful.

Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (191)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The description on the tin is maybe for the past rendition. There are molasses and a cocoa topping, or should I say casing, that you can smell from the tin and it faithfully translates into the smoke. A meaty broken flake that looks very good but unfortunately comes short of a pure and true brown flake Virginia. It's cloying sweet, with cocoa accents and not much else. This is what a quality Aromatic should taste like, but I was supposedly smoking a " Dark brown Virginia, full bodied and smooth". After managing to get my hands on a tin and waiting on purpose to savor it... well you can imagine my disappointment.

Update: After some drying up, the sweet/cocoa topping is receding and this allows for a better smoke, closer to what a Virginia Brown Flake is supposed to taste for me.

3 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (320)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Original Review- This is an excellent Virginia flake. Mature with a nice molasses sweetness, no bite, smooth and easy to smoke. I found this to be great on the relight as it doesn't get ashy. Sweeter than Samuel Gawith's Best brown and I will use this as a substitute for Solani Silver Flake depending on price.

Updated 2/7/15- I've been trying to obtain more of this blend over the past year and it has been in very low supply. The new batch, that I just obtained, was a disappointment. I find it kind of bland and lacking in sweetness. Perhaps my initial tin had more age . I will have to cellar this batch. I'm moving this down to 3 stars

After 6 months cellar time ,this is still a disappointment from my original tin. Is Wessex taking some shortcuts to meet supply ? Still 3 stars

Pipe Used: cob

Age When Smoked: new/6 months

3 people found this review helpful.

steppx Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
steppx (152)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Im surprised this doesnt get straight 4 stars. I mean if there are better straight Virginia flakes out there I'd like to see them. It is simply sublime. That is, if you are a Virginia flake smoker. Sam Gawith's Full Virginia Flake has always been sort of the gold standard, rightly or not (though its very very good, no question) but this might be better. Reminds me, too, of Butera's stoved Virginia. Its a very complex smoke for a straight Va. A lot of deep buried sweetness, fruity at times, and the flavors come in layers. If there is a casing (and many confuse fermentation for casing) it is very very very mild. One could accuse every Va flake of having some casing (as Greg Pease pointed out)...but this , if it is there, is extremely mild. I dont think there is one...I think its the natural pressing and ferment. McClelland's Blackwoods is similar, too. This is stoved, and hence there is a quality of fermented sweetness but I detected no casing. The nic hit is about the same as Blackwoods and a bit more than FVF. doesnt ever lose flavor. Just a great Virginia flake.

The pantheon of Virginia flakes: Gawith's FVF, Pease's Union Square, McClelland's 1776 and Blackwoods Flake, and Astley #44...and probably Butera's dark. Maybe half of McClelland's flakes inf act. This is as good as those. Id say 1776 might actually be best tasting, while Union Square is the strongest....but smooth all the same.But Wessex...a darker flake, like Astley' the equal. Not as strong as the Pease...but more so than FVF I think. I might add JF Germains medium flake, too. These are the best out there IMHO.

Purchased From: 4noggins

2 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Dark fruity flavors, a touch of molasses and a nice bit of sweetness. While experimenting with moisture levels I found something interesting. It only came out when I smoked this bone dry (2 days on a paper towel). This has a mild Lakeland floral essence added to it. With moisture in the flake it's well hidden, but very dry it's easily discerned. Luckily for me, it's mild and tastefully done. If it were any heavier I would not be liking this. As is, this is a very nice flake and even more so when mixed with a quality Burley such as Wessex's Burley Slice.

Medium in body and flavor. The dryer it is, the better it burns.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, Diplomat Apple, Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: 4noggins

2 people found this review helpful.

Blue Bayou Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blue Bayou (60)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Nutty, woodsy nose with a touch of pine needles. Very complex aromas. I find it delicious & it will be on the rotation.

2 people found this review helpful.

WmZiggy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WmZiggy (76)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is a wonderful flake. In the tin it has the new mowed hay aroma consistent with aged Virginia. The tobacco is mottled with black, red and bright leaf. I let the tobacco dry for a day, finding it improves the smoke greatly. It burns well to a dry white ash, rubbed out or chunky. I really enjoyed this flake - It was smooth, sweet, cool and complex from top to bottom with a variety of wonderful flavors. This is a top shelf tobacco.

2 people found this review helpful.

Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (302)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Scrumptious. In structure, this is similar to Marlin Flake: a long strand of flake coiled up inside the silver Brigade Series tin, darker in color, with bits and pieces of an almost black hue. It is supple and easy to break up and light. Not as tasty as Marlin Flake, and a tad stronger, it nevertheless delivers a wonderful Virginia flavor that hovers somewhere in between Astley?s 109 (with a lot more body) and Gawith?s Full Virginia Flake (smoother, deeper). The quality of this tobacco is unimpeachable. It burns evenly, without a bite. The flavor remains consistent throughout most of the bowl, but it is not a boring smoke; every now and then there are notes of roasted chestnuts and a slightly bitter sweetness, that provide a greater density without making it overwhelming. Personally I am fonder of Astley?s 44 or Rattray?s Hal O? the Wynd, but this comes as a close second. Dark Flake is a very rewarding medium to full bodied smoke. If inclined to straight Virginias, I am sure you will find this tobacco delectable. Highly recommended.

2 people found this review helpful.

1979 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
1979 (62)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Wessex - Campaign Dark Flake

A more or less single, long folded flake inside the round tin.  I'm with other reviewers who mention a touch of molasses or honey.  The beginning of the bowl in particular has a sort of confectionary quality about it.  This is a very pleasant and relaxing virginia flake, sweet and creamy, with notes of raisins, molasses, earth, and some occasional hay notes.  It tends to leave just a little moisture in the bottom of my pipe.  Years ago I smoked a tin of this one and recently came back to it again, remembering that it had been a good one.  Now, as then, I found it to be just a shade bitey in a straight pipe.  This issue all but disappeared when I went to a bent billiard with it, so I'll recommend that you try it in a bent pipe.  Definitely in my top five of virginia flakes.

1 person found this review helpful.

Big Train Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Train (58)
Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

It's always a treat to smoke this dark Virginia flake , one most often reserved for later in the day or evening . This is what I would call a full Va. flake , and I mean really full . It seems to be very much like Astley #109 if not exactly the same . Dark flake , aptly named , it one of the best after dinner smokes you can have . Full and rich this satisfies in the P.M. like a full English blend Clearly not an all day go to smoke , this is more of a day topper . Burns great outdoors but a little cloying inside . A truly unique taste .

1 person found this review helpful.

WillBrown Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillBrown (108)
Strong Mild Full Strong

This one started out real poorly for me. It has to be the wettest tin of tobacco I've ever popped. Upon loading my first bowl my fingers were so wet and discolored it gave me real concern—what is this I'm smoking? PG city, folks, PG city. It took me forever to get it lit, but, once I got it going the experience improved.

Wet, absolutely, yet at the same time it's one of the best tasting baccy's I've puffed in quite some time. The snork on this baby was outstanding! A hint of raisins and mushrooms weaved throughout, unfortunately, a real heinous backwash built up along with this, too (another gurgle fest). When I puffed fast, it bit me (I didn't find this blend 'smooth' as the back of the tin suggests). However, as the bowl went along, I learned this blend needs, nay, requires it to be sipped and not chugged. It's overall smoking characteristics reminded me of MacBaren's Virginia No.1 (if you chug that one, you also get nipped).

Bowl number two, and three, four and five, I dried out. This takes some time, more than an hour, in fact (and sitting atop my dehumidifier at that!). Drying it out improved the experience, but only marginally. All in all, I didn't like this tighrope baccy, too finicky. The tastes, for me, were very unique, though, in the end, I found this blend too strong (it actually gave me a headache).

To those who like strong leaf, this one will be a keeper. For those who do not like strong blends, not so. No regrets in trying this one, but I'll not be smoking it again. I've already passed this one on to someone else. I'll give it a strong 2 stars (2.65 of 4).

Keep on Pipin'!

1 person found this review helpful.

Pounder 5000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pounder 5000 (178)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is a nice enough VA flake. The problem with this is that I can describe a couple of dozen tobaccos the exact same way. That out of the way, this is the best VA I have tried in the Wessex line. I find it to be extremely cool and yet dark and musty at the same time. There is a grassy quality but not in the freshly mowed stage, more like in the piled up, mouldering, fermented sort of way. It took quite a few relights, but seemed to burn relatively dry. It's good, but it still has a ways to go before it is one of the greats.

1 person found this review helpful.

Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (137)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

The tin was very moist. It looked like a clump of tobacco in the center. Strong molasses note and not much else. Pulling some of the flake off it looked more like a broken flake until I looked more closely. I carefully pulled the entire lump out and let it dry for the afternoon. then I unfolded what seems to be 1 or possibly 2 (it broke about mid way) very long wide flakes. These I cut to proper size for my pipes and allowed to air a little more. Rubbing out requires a little more dry time still. The VA's are earthy with some dark fruit notes and a little grassy note here and there along with a very subtle spice. There is definitely a a casing or topping that suggests molasses. It comes through with every puff and it is strong enough that if this were a complex flake, which it is not, most of the complexity would be muted. Smoked a little wet, even when dried to the correct levels. Still a good flake worth checking out if you are into VA's. There are just too many better IMHO to give this 4 stars. Recommended for what it is I would certainly not turn down a bowl if offered one but it will not make one of my rotations.

Age When Smoked: 1 yr.

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LannarkGent Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LannarkGent (111)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Very Pleasant

This was a marvelous flake with perfect moisture coming out of the tin. The flake rubbed out well and burned cleanly.I found the lingering presence of molasses to be very complimentary to the entire blend The full flavored flake was very satisfying and satisfied me completely. I found the nicotine to be stronger than expected, but not overbearing

Pipe Used: Peteron Kinsale XL20

Age When Smoked: 3 years

Purchased From: Indian River Tobacco Grand Rapids MI

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bence Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bence (34)
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

Recommended for the va lovers. Can be an all day smoke. I tried with filter and without filter as well, and the result is that it is nice both way :) (i should buy it more often if it would be available in local baccy stores)

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Tom Servo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Servo (58)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The tin opens to a dense bundle of folded flakes. The aroma of a dusty hay loft and fig cookies wafts out, announcing the presence of good Virginia leaf - well chosen and well aged. Sweet grains, hot cereal, granola with raisins. Spicy notes, dry hay, dried fruit with a hint of unsweetened chocolate.

Folding the flake when packing works very well, burns beautifully.

A really nice medium Virginia flake. Sweet, toasted grains, grassy, malty - gets better and better as the bowl burns down. Sweetness gets more pronounced, develops flavors like baked bread, pancake batter, saddle soap, and even semi-sweet chocolate. This stuff is excellent - subtle, sweet and quite enjoyable.

I usually like a fuller Virginia flake, but this stuff gets no complaints from me. Added this blend to the favorites list, and I just ordered a couple more tins.

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M.Toney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
M.Toney (59)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is a very well prepared Virginia flake with a sweet, tobacco flavor. Tin odor is a good tobacco aroma. The flakes were slightly sticky but rubbed out easily. It is biteless and smokes mild but delivers favorable nicotine content.

A slight harshness initially...characteristic of Virginias. After a relight & a few more puffs, this stuff provided pure, mild, sweet Virginia flavor. Packs easily & burns nicely.

An excellent Virginia and much better than most. If you like Virginia, give this one a try. This is more pricy than similar blends but worth the extra $$. This tobacco provided a nice, unadulterated, straight tobacco flavored smoke. Therefore, IMHO, Brigade Campaign Dark Flake merits four stars.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I can't get into this one, but once again have trouble giving a quality product two stars, and it is a quality blend, just not to my tastes. I must be affected more by the "molassesey" topping others do not seem to have noticed. To me, it is cloying and detracts from the natural "bite" (but not tongue bite!) that I like to have in a Virginia flake. I am struggling through my tin, and may have to blend it with something neutral to finish it. I get gurgle easily with this one as well. That's all I can say. Lots of folks seem to love this blend. The flakes are certainly attractive! Oh, and at Doc'spipe: I am the second reviewer to detect a flavoring, I guess.

3-21-2012 Been a year and a half or more in a jar. I like it better now, but there is still some gunk at the bottom of the bowl, wet and hard to finish.

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

A medium bodied, brown Virginia flake. A long, wide (as flakes go) strip rolled around itself like a rolled and flattened belt with exquisite taste and character. Easy to peel, fold into the pipe and light (no re-lights required). Natural tasting tobacco with a lingering sweet after taste. Burns moderately hot as Virginias go, but without bite, just a pleasant Virginia spiciness and not over the top. In the same ball park as Wessex Brown Virginia Flake, but with more spice over sweet. Campaign is a nice, comfortable smoke, consistent from first puff to last. So far, I seem to be the only reviewer to not rate the flavoring as "None Detected." With careful puffing, I definitely notice the presence of molasses.

A very tasty Virginia flake, good for those venturing into Virginia territory for the first time and well worth the price. A smooth, nice tasting Virginia. One is rewarded with a natural, spicy sweetness that only good quality Virginia can provide. Just exquisite with slow puffing. A solid recommendation. Gets better with some age on it as well. All things considered, I find Wessex Brigade CDF different than their Brown Virginia Flake. Between the two, where BVF is deliciously sweet, CDF takes the lead in that spicy sweetness I previously mentioned. Along with their BVF, a good smoke, but for me, edged out by BVF overall.

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Bluenoser Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bluenoser (34)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I find this mixture to be very similar to Marlin Flake and in recognizing where it originates I know why this is. It, to me, is slightly stronger than Marlin and for that reason I enjoy it much more. This tobacco has that wonderful tin aroma that only comes from a high quality virginia when aged to perfection. I find BC dark to perfectly suit my sweet tooth in every puff from start to finish. The smoke is very creamy white, very smooth, gentle and inviting. I smoked it right out of the tin and dried out a second sample using a small table fan. I usually enjoy dry virginia over fresh out of the tin however in this case as with BC dark I thoroughly enjoyed the fresh smoke by a country mile. A wonderful mixture of the highest quality and most remarkable craftmanship. Buy some, you won't be disappointed. five solid stars to infinity and beyond.

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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Another excellent Virginia from Wessex, although not one of my favorites. This is a bit sweeter than Classic Virginia, but lacks its complexity. As one could expect from top notch tobacco, it burns cool and doesn't bite. Better than most Virginias in the market, but a step below FVF and HOTW.

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puro66 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
puro66 (74)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is a very pleasant dark virginia from the same people who make Marlin Flake. I smoked my tin fairly quickly, so I must of liked it. Beautiful long dark leaves and a wonderful natural tobacco aroma will invite you to light up. Tasty and available at a reasonable price. Worth picking up a tin.

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

One of the best virginia flakes presently on the market. K&K may make dull English mixtures, but they are great on Virginias. The long, dark flakes are a marvel to look at: just a few minutes on the air and you're ready to rub them or to pack them the traditional way. The flavour is exceptional: dark, rich, sweet, while the burning is perfectly even and cool enough.

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