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Spicy flake composed of Virginia, dark fired Kentucky and perique.

BrandRobert McConnell
Blended ByKohlhase, Kopp und Co. KG
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsKentucky, Perique, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Folded Flake is very similar to McConnell's Scottish Flake with the same components but in different proportions. Spicy Flake composed of Virginia, Fired Kentucky and Perique, but in this one, the Virginia is lighter, there is less dark fired Kentucky while the Perique presence (light), remains about the same.

5 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

The mild raisiny, spicy perique is light, but more would unbalance the blend. There are the hay/apricot/fig notes in play, with a light natural Virginia sweetness. The Kentucky is also light, but noticeable, and adds slight wood and spice notes. Won't bite. Burns at a moderate pace, cool and clean with a smooth consistent flavor. Requires a few relights, and leaves just a little moisture in the bowl. Has a decent after taste. The nic-hit is mild. The ingredients work very well together in a mild to medium way and is well balanced. This is sort of light in strength (more mild than medium) but makes a workable all day smoke if you're looking for one.

5 people found this review helpful.

Arkie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Arkie (129)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

McConnell's Folded Flake reminds me of Reiner's Long Golden Flake and Stonehaven although it doesn't taste exactly like them. When I first opened the tin the fragrance was slightly sour but the Virginia leaf give the mixture a naturally sweet taste. Actually, I couldn't detect any type of leaf other than Virginia. The flavor is extremely rich but not strong.

Age When Smoked: one year

Similar Blends: Reiner's Long Golden Flake, Stonehaven.

4 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I found this to be one of those enjoyable while you have it but no real intention to repeat tobaccos. My only real complaint about it is that it performed well at one moisture level only - ONE! If it was too moist, it tasted strange and if too dry, it bit. It had to be the perfect moisture to smoke well, and for me that level was on the very dry but not too dry side. It was not easy to get it right.

At this level, the virginia sweetness was toned down and the spiciness of the dark-fired Kentucky took over with just a whisper of perique showing through. In some blends lightly spotted with perique, this leaf shows through here and there and disappears. With this blend, I tasted a smidge of perique in every puff. Nice! It burned well and needed few if any relights.

Folded Flake is a decent VaBurPer and is recommended but it's also one of those that is so mondimensional (surprising, considering the ingredients) that it doesn't rise up and demand to be in my regular rotation. There just isn't enough happening. Still, it's a good tasting smoke.

3 people found this review helpful.

Jacinto Cupboard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jacinto Cupboard (180)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

This is one of those tobaccos that would appear to have undergone change, given the difficulty I have reconciling earlier reviews with what I have in my pipe.

Not a folded flake now. Just an ordinary 3x6cm or so standard Euro flake. Mid brown with a sprinkle of light leaf. The tin note gives off a quite strong fruit additive, plum or blueberry possibly. My tin label says Virginia, Fired Kentucky and Perique. The latter two must be microscopic inclusions.

I suspect this is basically University Flake rebadged.

Pipe Used: Lepeltier

Similar Blends: University Flake.

2 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is a pretty nice smoke. Flavors of raisins, figs, and earth. Mildly sweet with a spice that gets stronger as the bowl progresses. By the end it's fairly spicy. Doesn't have to be dried first, but seems to have a little more flavor if you give it an hour or so. It's very enjoyable and it satisfies. Doesn't reach four star level, but it's a shade better than three.

Mild to medium in body. Medium in flavor. Burns well.

Pipe Used: MM Mark Twain, Ropp Dublin

Age When Smoked: fresh

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2 people found this review helpful.

Heliumbro Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Heliumbro (13)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Strong

(I am a newer and irregular pipe smoker. My reviews are subject to my preferences and tastes and pipe smoking habits) Smells wonderful in the tin (rich Virginia and dark fruit, some BBQ/smoke) and looks interesting (one giant flake folded over repeatedly). I fully rubbed the entire tin of flake and stored in a mason jar. Came at a decent moisture content. Lit easily, smoked with minimum relights (even outdoors in the fall weather) and had no... noticeable bite. The flavours were earthy and 'meaty', but not very strong. Some sweetness from the Virginia and kept reminding me of grilled steak, that sweetness from the crispy caramelized bits. No real Perique until the bottom of the bowl, where the flavours dropped to a very mild and the pepper tingle came forward. I kept getting a smooth cigar aroma in the room note (wife does not approve) which was pleasant. Overall a nice experience that one could enjoy everyday and worth a try (Flavors aren't too strong and in your face, but nice and mellowed).

Pipe Used: Est. French Briar; Cesare Imperial B Billiard

Age When Smoked: New/Fresh

Purchased From: Watch City Cigar

2 people found this review helpful.

moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (102)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

McConnell’s Folded Flake has been a very nice surprise for me, ultimately stacking up, IMO, between the likes of Triple Play and Old Gowrie. In the tin, the moist, folded flake is comprised of medium to dark brown strands, along with some lighter bits. The lot smells like cold pressed, lightly fermented, air cured brown with some stoved red VAs over slightly yeasty, brown bread, way over smoky, stewed prunes, brown sugar/molasses, dark cocoa, and coffee, with a faint trace of vanilla. I prefer to tear off some “broken flake”, which I dry in the sun for a few minutes before stuffing it lightly into a pipe. I can tailor FFs character by focusing on the VA with a narrower bowl, or I can ramp up the KY and the Perique for a deeper, bolder smoke with a wider bowl. It lights OK and it burns steadily with a thoughtful cadence and some prodding, and there is lots of smoke. I like to take it easy with this one, though it goes out if I take it too easy. Re-lights and DGT are OK. As I write this, I prefer to make this blend mostly about VA, with condimental KY and Perique always present but well back. In a typical, group 4 bowl FF’s VAs are earthy, sweet, and naturally rich, along the lines of F&Ts Vintage or Germain’s Brown Flake, with added depth from the KY and some “sparkle” over the top from the Perique spices. The KY is rich, buttery, and only slightly smokey, also tannic and astringent, with a bracing bitterness. The Perique lends faint, sour, stewed prunes, and the sparkle mentioned makes the lot semi-effervescent at times; very nice. In a larger, wider bowl, like my JackKnife Plug pipe, FF is deeper, rounder and slightly rougher, with more KY and stewed, dark fruit, along with deeper, more melded spices. Smoked this way there is no effervescence, and it reminds me a little of Triple Play. In a narrower bowl, FF burns slowly, or it will burn slowly, for a long lasting smoke. FF leaves dark, dirty ash that is best gotten rid of as I go. And funny, given the dirty ash, FF leaves my pipes smelling sweet.

Folded Flake is one of those “deceptively simple” blends that I enjoy most as a contemplative smoke, which allows me to tap and savor its closely knit complexities. Its overall strength rises slowly to somewhere between medium and strong, though the nic effect falls back fairly soon. Tastes are toward full from medium. Room note is pleasant to me, but perhaps too “tobacco-y” for bystanders. Aftertaste is lingering, extra-rich VA, sweet and deep, with traces of molasses and anise, along with some fat and astringency from the KY, and it has the very pleasant effect of tasting better and better as it fades, over a long stretch.

I highly recommend McConnell’s Folded Flake to anyone who fancies deep, rich, natural VAs and would like to try a VA/KY/Per. It is less intense than Triple Play and more full than Old Gowrie, and, again, IMO, it holds its own with these stalwarts. I’m betting it will age very well. 4 stars.

Pipe Used: various briars

Age When Smoked: from tin and jars

Purchased From: cup o' joes

Similar Blends: Compare/contrast to GLP Triple Play, Rattray's Old Gowrie, Savinelli's Dublone d'Oro, and other top VA/KY/Pers..

1 person found this review helpful.

H Gillman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
H Gillman (39)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I love a good flake. This is definilty a good one. Tin note is nice...fruit, berry, spice. Hand rubbed then gravity fed, it lit very well and stays lit after charring. Top bowl was lightly spiced, faintly sweet and cool. Mid bowl the flavour deepened and the spice was a bit muted. The final bit at the bottom was still quite nice, I sipped from start to finish and I was rather disappointed when I drew the last bit. Not a tobacco for someone wanting loads of fruit and sweetness. A wonderful after dinner smoke.

Pipe Used: Brebbia, Peterson

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: Online

1 person found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (266)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

My tin was more of a somewhat broken flake, but I rather like that. The Kentucky added something of a rough note for me, but added a little (just a little) complexity. The Perique was a little on the light side, but more might have thrown off the balance even more. This is not for those who are looking for a 'refined' smoke, but for those who want a bit of 'fight back' without any bite. 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 maybe.

1 person found this review helpful.

hawky454 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hawky454 (93)
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

This one lives in the shadows of it sister blend (Scottish Flake) but I actually prefer this one. The Virginia’s are sweet and the sugars caramelize as you smoke down the bowl the Perique and Dark Fired are just slightly present and add interesting nuances that weave in and out of the smoke that make you stop and go “Mmmmmm”. It’s got just the right amout strength (Medium) for all day puffing. It’s more on the malty, bready spectrum than it is grassy and it’s just a delightful sweet and savory smoke. I’m glad this one goes under the radar as it’s pretty easy to obtain but I always like to play it safe and stash a few away in my cellar and I imagine that age will be kind to this one too. This fits up there into the essential category for me. This one and Latakia Flake are staples in the Robert McConnell lineup for me.

Similar Blends: Robert McConnell - Scottish Flake.

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1645)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Robert McConnell - Folded Flake.

The tin contains two rows of wide, fairly thin, perfectly hydrated, flakes. I like to fully rub my flake tobacco and to do so with this blend is as easy as I could possibly want. The aroma from the unlit blend has a slightly fruity note to it.

The Virginia forms a lot of the smokes character, with the others adding seasoning. Of these two others, I get more of the Kentucky than the Perique until about a third of the way in; it's not too fired tasting, just louder than the Perique. The first part of a bowl is probably worth only two stars, but once the spiciness from the Perique kicks in it raises the result. I don't get any fruit from it, like I expected from the tin-note, it just gives me a natural taste. The burn from F.F.'s a winner, and it doesn't bite one bit.

The room-note doesn't offend me, nor does it impress me; pleasant to tolerable, and the nicotine's medium.

Quite a good smoke.


Pipe Used: Peterson Christmas 2016 #03

Age When Smoked: Two months

Purchased From:

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beaupipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beaupipe (102)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

McConnell's Folded Flake should be a more enjoyable tobacco than it is. It's pretty to look at in the tin--a golden swirl that would make Rapunzel jealous--and it smells great, too--a sort of hay meets fig meets bruised apple melange.

A VaPer-Bu (which sounds kind of endearing) with a pretty negligible Perique content (at least to this puffer), the blend is dominated by the flavors and aromas of the Virginias. And therein lies the issue. The Virginias in my tin have all the characteristics of leaves that simply need more time to mature. There is a green grassiness to this blend that verges on unpleasant and whatever else the tobacco might have to say is silenced by the whining and wailing and biting of this immature leaf.

I had pretty much the same to say about Stokkebye's Luxury Bullseye Flake, I seem to remember. Then again, I found that green characteristic more forgivable in a cheap and cheerful bulk offering. But Folded Flake comes in at top shelf prices which create high expectations.

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Captain Pete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Captain Pete (83)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I will make no secret of the fact that I love a good va. flake. Add the right amount of good perique, just the right amount, and it really does it for me. Often, blenders just overdo it on the perique, at least in my opinion. Yes, the flavor is good, but it is just to overpowering for me.

Along comes Folded Flake; a va/per with a bit of kentucky thrown in. The kentucky seems to really smooth out the perique, allowing it to come through in full flavor without its characteristic whang. And the va. is nice and naturally sweet.

The presentation in the tin looks a bit of a mess, as these are long flakes folded over, then stuffed into the tin. I've yet to figure out how to actually get a flake from the tin, so just prefer to grab a big pinch direct and stuff it in my pipe. And this stuff is not picky about how you load it. Gravity feed it; stuff it; hell, use a ramrod even. It is a very forgiving tobacco. It also exhibits only minor tendency to bite, but the pepperiness of the perique may fool some into thinking it's a bitey blend.

Folded flake behaves every bit as well as Scottish Cake and Flake. It lights fairly easily, stays lit, and burns well all the way to the bottom of the bowl. You will be dumping gray ashes out of your bowl without ever having to relight but maybe once. Okay, twice if you smoke it in a tall stack or chimney.

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Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (127)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I picked up a half dozen tins of this at the Chicago Pipe Show; a good decision. For those who may be looking for a friendly perique blend with excellent, natural tobacco flavor, this may be the one. The texture of the tobacco was a bit stiff or brittle and arrived dry enough for immediate smoking. The flavor is mainly Virginia with just the hint of perique. I did not taste the Kentucky; my guess is that it is there to tame or mellow the Virginias. The tobacco has no bite. It is not a complex smoke, but it delivers a constant, slightly sweetened, Va. tang with just a hint of perique zip. This is a good one, and I will be smoking a lot of it in the future. Well recommended. Paddy.

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (286)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

These are nicely prepared flakes ~ 2" wide that have been folded over in order to fit in the rectangular tin. Brown and yellow VAs dominate but there are some darker browns included. The moisture content was OK for me and little condensation developed during the smoke. The tin aroma seemed all natural and inviting. Packing without rubout, lighting and smoking were effortless and resulted in an enjoyable, relaxing smoke. There was also consistency from bowl to bowl regardless of pipe maker or size. I felt the Perique was toned way down and I tasted sweet VAs until near the bottom of the bowls. However, I'll smoke this blend often.

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

The first word that comes to my mind while thinking about this flake is "easy": easy to pack, easy to smoke and easy to undestand, a fine starting point for a travel into the world of flakes. The tobaccos are good, in the tradition of the brand, and play their role in a perfect balance: the Virginias give a nice sweetness, kentucky gives body and keeps the heat to a cool level, perique in little quantity spices it up a bit. I've found an excellent burning throughout the bowl, very little relighting needed, not a wet smoke at all. I'm not a perique blends fan in general, but this is one I might want to smoke again.

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Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (165)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The name describes the packing, a first. Good old tobacco; no frills but a good body.

A nice natural flake. Similar in composition to Paul Olson's 111 flake, but instead of typical bacon strips it is a single long-wide strip folded over several times into a tin compactly (like Marlin Flake in a can or Long Golden Flake, but more compressed). The extra folding and the aging have allowed the above three tobaccos to meld well.

It brakes apart easy into a thick shag which I just fold into a medium pipe. It burns well and on the quick side for a coolish flake.

It is also similar to P. Stokkebye's Luxury Navy Flake but the burley added to Folded Flake gives it more heft. The perique is light and hardly noticeable. But the combination of the three tobaccos puts it midway between Navy Flake and 111.

The natural sweetness of the virginia base is ever present but toned down a bit due to apparent brown leaf employed and the burley. The burley also leans it to the cool side -- good. It is, nevertheless, on the spicy side as advertised (not bite) with a little more weight than a straight virginia blend.

The room note is light, sort of hit and run I am told. The flavor is past medium in my opinion, but still not as stout as some brown flakes (G&H) or as 111. So if you like 111, here is a slightly milder variation but still flavorful and somewhat spicy.

It is dry (I used one pipe cleaner). Stays lit well. Not hot. Easy to pack. Interesting complex of natural flavors well blended together. I recommend this for the straight virginia smoker wanting more heft and a little spice but nothing real stout. No scenting here that I can sense. I liked my full tin (about 20 medium bowls worth, more in one Connoisseur pipe than in a Bjarne for comparison with several) and have several more tins in storage.

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