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A full bodied blend made of equal proportions air-cured, flue cured, and dark fired. True to the pure, unspoiled tobacco taste. Recommended for the experienced pipe smoker.

BrandPeterson
Blended ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBurley, Kentucky, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutFlake
Packaging50g Tin
CountryIE
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Strong
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Full
Room Note
Tolerable

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Dubinthedam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dubinthedam (133)
★★★★
Extremely Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Pleasant

I amazed I haven't reviewed this one yet. Let me begin by saying this, "How the hell can Peterson's make great pipes and a fantastic tobacco like this - in real Irish tradition - whilst still making so many non-entity aromatics. Apparently Deluxe Mixture is their top seller in the Dublin shop which frankly suggest most Irishmen haven't got a clue about good tobacco!

UniFlake is great, Irish Oak is good and popular, Sherlock Holmes I love apart from its inappropriate name, Sunset Breeze is a sweet aro of good repute that doesn't bite two much and I'm looking forward to trying my tin of strong Irish whiskey sitting in the cellar. But Irish Flake is Peterson's and Irish. It is strong and sweet, fruity with hints of anise and Erinmore with a perfumey lakeland ripple brushing the pebbled beach.

It fits Peterson's so well, it redeems them when their pipes take too long to break-in or burn too hot or for not making enough filter pipes and when they do sending them all to Germany. I have only one problem with Irish Flake, they do not sell it in Holland! Every other blend they make but not this one...the best one...the most Irish one...the strongest one. If you are the importer to The Netherlands and just happen to read this...get a life...please.

EDIT: Since last writing this review, there are now 2 or three suppliers in Amsterdam selling this winner in the pipe world...I guess a distributor read my review after all!

I'd also like to add, that Capt. Pete (below) is right, when he say's it's not as strong as many think. It does taste strong and it is a strong baccy, but Uni Flake is close and Erinmore Flake has a fair wack to it too (I have no time with older smokers talking about how much better it was 20 yrs ago). And. Many English Plugs and Ropes are stronger. But credit must be given to Peterson's for making a strong flake with a look to the past...it is a brave thing to do, and I suspect financially very sound...ERIN GO BRAGH!

23 people found this review helpful.

SmokeDawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeDawg (55)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

After reading the reviews I took away what I should... This is a very strong tobacco use caution. With that I knew not to smoke on an empty stomach and show respect with small easy puffs. I made sure to do both. I was amazed how rich and deep the taste I.F. has immediately after the hard light. Even with a few gentle puffs I could feel my heart race and my consciousness slowly disconnect as my body began to react to this high octane nicotine.

Taste: This is the first tobacco I smoked that tasted like the bouquet of the tin, however it was that (fresh sweet natural tobacco) but VERY deep. Has the foundation of dark fire cure throughout, even with small gentle puffs the deep fire cure rose from from the back of my throat to my nasal cavity. This is one strong deep musky tobacco.

Room note: I asked my wife what she smelled she said, "smells sweet," and like "tea." I realized that was the taste I couldn't quite figure out.. It's dark like an earl grey tea bag you left in too long, this is on top of the fire cure. It's probably the other tobaccos faintly peeking through. I recommend having this in your inventory but for me it's not an everyday smoke. Respect this one or you could get hurt. This would pair well after a fine meal of steak and potato.

11 people found this review helpful.

sirchud68 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sirchud68 (43)
★★☆☆
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm not going to lie. I have anticipated trying this blend for a very long time and upon smoking my first bowl was kind of disappointed. What was all the fuss about? Ok, it's a bit strong, then what? But, as any good reviewer should do, I smoked my way through the tin before making a judgement. Each bowl brought a bit more intrest. A nice robust earthiness that is quite enjoyable once you acclimate to it. I have a tin I plan to put some age on, as I believe I will enjoy it much more. So, yes, I.F. is a strong tobacco and really good with an Assam tea. I'll have to wait and see if it gets better with age. If you like strong flakes, give it a try.

10 people found this review helpful.

Pipe Newb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Newb (40)
★★★☆
Very Strong Mild Very Full Pleasant

"I can taste colors!"

Irish Flake. It should have a warning label, according to everyone that has ever smoked it. "May cause tongue twisted nicotine fueled rants about the gold standard and or those uppity kids and their crazy denim trousers". The smell was definitely fire cured, smoky, strong. I grew up on a tobacco farm in the Carolinas so any time I smell cured tobacco I associate it with the smell of a barn. This smelled like an entire barn was packed into this small tin - very strong, sweet, even with strong floral notes and hay coming along for the ride.

Using the "Z-Roll" technique to create a cylindrical "plug", I put this into a very large bowled meerschaum, which gave me about 1/4" of headspace between the top of the plug and the rim.

I really like the flavor of this tobacco. Lightly sweetened tea, heather, some pithy bitterness at the finish, and a lingering woodsy sweetness at the back of the palate. A quick French inhale revealed something resembling mint. Don't get me wrong, the predominant flavor here is big, manly, mean... but with a sensitive side... Hulk in the front, Bruce Banner in the back.

The room note, think of the taste of sweet tea that has been scented with heather and mint. Very pleasant, and while this tobacco has fairly massive flavor, the smell was very mild and even dissipated quickly.

Expecting a sledgehammer of Nicotine, I made sure I had some food just prior and a large glass of water to go with this beast. I'm glad I did, because despite my precautions it was a heavy hitter - but not unbearable with the right precautions.

The only negative? Despite letting this flake dry on a sheet of paper for 30 minutes, I still had a tough time keeping it lit. I'm sure though, had I used a tighter bowl, I wouldn't have had the same problems.

=UPDATE 2014-07-18= Although my "newb" tobacco tastebuds have changed quite a bit since my first review, I found that my love of Irish Flake is still what it was upon my first review. Additionally, for almost a month prior to my most recent procurement of another tin, I literally had a "craving" for this tobacco. There aren't many tobaccos I can say that about. I really like this stuff.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum, Cob

Age When Smoked: Unknown (Purchased 3/2014)

Purchased From: Pipesandcigars.com

8 people found this review helpful.

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

A very good flake, just not a amazing one for myself. I do rate Peterson's University Flake a four while this is a 3.5 for my tastes.

I'm tightening up on my ratings and only give 4 stars to my top 5 blends that are in my core rotation of tobaccos. Those at this date are Escudo, Penzance, University Flake, Churchill & still deciding what the 5th will be.

8 people found this review helpful.

the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (205)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Visiting friends, I stopped by the only reasonably-stocked tobacconist in their area, and it turned out to be the first place I ever found to have this blend in stock. Obviously, I obtained a tin on the spot.

Opening the tin, the scent comes over rather fruitily, with a dominant dose of tobacco scent. The presentation is a beauty: the tightly-pressed flakes, if righted, show rather definitely that the tin's content has been cut from one piece of plug. With a very nice pattern showing the various leaf.

Darker than University Flake, and with far less topping, this is Pretty Strong Stuff, and the note on the tin that this blend is recommended to the experienced should be taken seriously. Definitely not for the beginner. Whether rubbed out or folded & sunk, this blend packs a nice whollop and if you find it to be rather nice starting out, be warned that the strength rises steadily throughout the smoke. The room note is good enough for other pipe smokers, excellent for cigarette smokers, but probably not good enough for the non-smoker; it is sweet-ish and unobtrusive. The taste has enough sweetness for me and a good, leathery note (yes, I know that's a bit of a cliché...) with a beautiful, fresh sour note. I make the mix mostly Burley in various types of preparation, and you definitely don't want to smoke this weed too hot or it will turn tarry and, possibly, bite.

Folded, lighting still works even out of the fresh tin, and the burn is slow but steady. I find my pipe to contain only some mottled ash at the very end.

Serious tobacco with serious strength, for the seriously experienced smoker to seriously enjoy. For me, great stuff. Seriously.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Ranging from new tin to 2 years

Purchased From: Various

Similar Blends: Peterson's Perfect Plug, Rattray's Stirling Flake.

7 people found this review helpful.

PipeSmoker45ACP Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeSmoker45ACP (11)
★★★☆
Overwhelming None Detected Full Extra Strong

This is a good tobacco if you can handle it. Good tobacco taste with good smoking qualities but this stuff kicked my butt. I read the reviews and thought maybe I can handle it....I was wrong. This is a tobacco for the hardcore veteran piper. I need some hair on my chest before I'll come here again. NICOTINE!!!

7 people found this review helpful.

tpatriarche Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tpatriarche (23)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I reserve 4 stars for a blend that has "something special", so although this is an excellent tobacco, I give it 3 - I have tried other flue cured/dark fired blends that have more character. Definitely a strong blend, not for the faint-hearted!

Smooth and even burning, although the last 1/4 is a little harsh. I like the sliced flake cut, although because of the density a 50g tin does not yield as many pipefuls as (say) a ribbon-cut. E.g., a medium pipe of Amphora is about 2 gm., the same pipe holds nearly 5 gm of this blend (rubbed). OTOH, a pipeful lasts a long time. I have been looking for a strong, old-fashioned blend, and this definitely qualifies.

For a somewhat lighter sweeter smoke, this blends well with a Black Cavendish, and for a more "Oriental" taste blends very well with various blends containing Latakia & Yenidje.

Pipe Used: Carey; Falcon

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Goodfellas, Victoria BC

Similar Blends: McLelland Personal Reserve series, but the McLelland blends have more character, E.A. Carey UK's Dark Flake No.7 (house blend, not available from EA Carey USA).

6 people found this review helpful.

Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming None Detected Extra Full Pleasant

Drowning in fire-powered Kentucky Burley (WHAT is so Irish about that??), I find this bitter, cloying and bloated in flavour, slightly nauseating in unrestrained nicotine charge, and simply not for me. The man who called it RAW, RAW, RAW was absolutely right.

If you like untaxed back-forest moonshine, go ahead.

6 people found this review helpful.

suicune Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
suicune (23)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Full Strong

Oh, dear! This is a very strong tobacco but, boy, it's so good. I wanted to start quitting aromatic tobaccos so I picked up a few strong Virginias and a few Latakias and, indeed, it's something different. I think that this is the true nature of pipe smoking. Not an all-day smoke and I won't recommend you to smoke this in the presence of non-smokers. When you want to smoke alone and you feel in the mood for something strong, this is the best choice.

6 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Peterson's Irish Flake, in a nutshell, is delicious, strong and cool burning.

Upon opening the tin, I was greated by a greasy, dark flake that smelled rancid. Experience told me I'd be in heaven once I got it in my pipe. Due to the moisture content, I let this one dry out for about half an hour after first giving the flake a good rubbing out. I loaded up in a medium bowled pipe and enjoyed a rich, straight forward, no frills smoke that provided just a slight hint of sweetness.

The taste was strong... The nicotine content was full to the brim... And, the flavor was that of a heavily stoved and strong Virginia with perhaps a smidgen of added flavoring.

If you are new to smoking, puff slowly as Peterson's Irish Flake, quite frankly, was made exclusively for the full scrotum crowd.

6 people found this review helpful.

Uban Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Uban (34)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Really strong natural flavor. Spicy, creamy, rich with real heavy bass notes all the way and not too much in the highs. This is a truly honest offering, mixing the major types of old-fashioned leaf in fine proportion. Not for everyday, as it is a bit one-dimensional, but a nice relaxing mid-evening smoke especially before something sweeter & more complex. I don't find it sweet or raisiny, but it tastes & smells just like the tin note to me. Good stuff, but I like University a bit more.

Pipe Used: Meer, cob, briars

Age When Smoked: 3 yrs

Purchased From: JR

Similar Blends: Some MacBarens' unflavored twisis.

5 people found this review helpful.

Duke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Duke (41)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Strong

Irish Flake is everything the label says it is. It is strong, you could almost say it’s menacing. I can’t smoke it in the morning, but in the evening that’s another story. I agree when some reviews mentioned it having a taste of cheroot, the preferred smoke of Samuel Clemens. But I think the smoke has more finesse than a cheroot. I’ve read folks mentioning its flavored with anise, but I bet it’s licorice, see article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Licorice This tobacco burns effortlessly to a fine ash. The trick to enjoying this blend is don’t ever inhale- you’ll get all the nicotine you want by your mucous membrane’s absorption of nicotine. There are a few tobaccos that I’m quite fond of, but they lack the punch of nicotine, so I find myself inhaling to round out the experience, but not here. It has a wonderful sweetness I can’t describe, and I don’t notice an overbearing or ghosting Lakeland essence. I also think that University Flake (its lil’ brother) is really quite medium in strength and more sugared up, and I don’t find the ash as powdery as IF. I'm quite fond of this tobacco. If you prefer strong dark tobacco I suggest trying this blend.

Pipe Used: Genod Bulldog

Age When Smoked: Fresh

5 people found this review helpful.

Pipe-arazzo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe-arazzo (71)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Strong

I'm surprised the average rater only notices a mild flavoring on this one. An incense like note was pretty prominent to me. Not that I really minded (though I'd be interested in trying this without it for comparison purposes). As a hard-hitting scented flake, this ranks up there with 1792 in my estimation, and that's saying a lot. Creamy, toasty, spicy, with just a bit of an edge to remind you you're smoking a man's tobacco, this stuff delivers. Get you some.

5 people found this review helpful.

Jocose Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jocose (12)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A lot has been said here about this Flake, but I still feel compelled to add to the numerous reviews. For what its worth, here is my 2 cents.

A Masterpiece. Strong and satisfying. Possibly the finest tobacco on God's earth.

5 people found this review helpful.

HumanBoeing Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HumanBoeing (12)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Ohh, this is the stuff! I've gone a week smoking St. Bruno's Flake, Peterson's Old Dublin and Irish Oak and - despite the many notable and diverse pleasures these blends provide - I just wasn't getting into the zone (and my tongue was getting a bit fried).

Today, I finally got a couple of tins of Irish Flake and all is well! A delightful smell of prunes from the tin and gives a creamy-smooth smoke. A superb tobacco: undemonstrative yet tasty and with a long-lasting and satisfying belt to it. Heaven. Lesson learned.

5 people found this review helpful.

Geronimo Von Klaus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Geronimo Von Klaus (57)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

Don't be scared off by the strength hype this gets. This is a strong but very well refined, tasty, elegant and smooth smoke with rich VA and Burley.

There are stronger out there. I haven't got a great tolerance for high nic and folded 2 and a half flakes into a big billiard of this and smoked for over an over without being much put off, only right near the end did I get a bit woozy. MacBaren Dark Fired, GH Rum Flake, even GLP Sextant knocked me over far harder.

Its a great mix. The proportions are just right. I didn't get much or any sweetness, just pure, unadulterated tobacco throughout, and it got warmer and richer as the bowl went on. This for me is the closest you can get to straight tobacco right now, you just have to know that before you fire it up.

The burley comes through with some nutty niceness near the front, mellows at the middle as the VA's really set fire and come into high gear, and then at the bottom its heavy VA's with the Bur still peaking out here and there.

The smoke was rich, I dared not draw a lot, I sipped for most of it.

Very very good.

Pipe Used: Straight Billiard

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: Cigars International

4 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (90)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

An absolutely delightful, thick, dark and delicious tasting tobacco.

There's a definite gravity to the rich full bodied smoke produced by this flake. The strength is more full tilt than I prefer but once I experienced smoking this a handful of times, I learned a couple tricks to help stave off feeling as though I got hit by a dark fired wrecking ball.

Stylistically, I liken Irish Flake to Old Dark Fired, but I.F. is more heady and a bit more firm in flavor. There's also a very subtle flavoring at play. It's there but it's quite mild and difficult to describe.

Strong and good. Damn Good...

Pipe Used: Small

4 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (662)
★★★★
Very Strong Very Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

A strong blend with a potent blast of nutty sweet and sharp burleys, well supported by a hearty dose of rich, smokey, woodsy, medium spiced Kentucky. The Virginia is earthy and mildly sweet with hints of dried fruit. There is light topping that reminds me of anise. It is slightly floral, with cigar notes, particularly near the finish. It’s not as overly complex as I make it seem due to its bold richness and fairly creamy smoothness. I recommend smoking it after you’ve eaten due to the high nicotine content. Burns cool, slow, with no dottle, though you may want to dry it a little first.

4 people found this review helpful.

twaksak Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
twaksak (33)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I got this as a sample and very few of the reviews captured what I've experienced - that's why I decided to write this review.....

In the tin I got an immediate Oriental aroma. Then on first light, a burst of roasted coffee/chocolate beans. On re-light, the roasted mocca continued, but very faintly, while the oriental notes were ever present.

I enjoyed this tobacco a lot.

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Update Sep 2014. Earthy, creamy and musky. Everyone says its high in Vit N and only for those with enough hair on their chests..... Key Largo kicked me more. Really a nice tobacco.

Pipe Used: Peterson, Bari

Age When Smoked: Don't know

4 people found this review helpful.

cobacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cobacco (48)
★★★★
Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Plenty of reviews on this great stuff. But it deserves mine too...

Tin is only a bit moist, perfect for long term storage. Tin note is not unpleasant, perhaps Heinz 47 Steak Sauce? You get about a dozen nice sized flakes, perfect for two small bowls or one medium-large bowl. The flakes dry overnight and are easy to rub out. After a slightly persnickety relight, you get a very well behaved long smoke. Burley flavor is there, but so is sweet dark Virginia and a hint of cloves. Very smooth smoke that is flavorful and easy on the mouth.

Strength is nothing to be intimidated by; N build-up is predictable and pleasant. You can put a pipe of this aside and relight later; the flavor will still be pleasant. More dottle than a typical flake, but still very well behaved and the pipe is left easy to clean. Goes very nicely with Constant Comment Tea, hot with milk and sugar. This is 100% good smokable tobacco; a great value from smokingpipes.com at $9 per tin on sale.

Pipe Used: MM Great Dane Egg Cob

Age When Smoked: fresh opened tin

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

bulletsnbriars Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bulletsnbriars (4)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

This is an awesome blend, my current favorite! The tin smells full and salty; like real tobacco! It doesn't need anything to hide the lovely musty scent. It does come a little moist, i'd say leave a whole flake sitting on a paper towel for at least an hour before smoking. That gives me the best results at least. Everyone seems to have their own way of packing a flake, but I use the "Z" method. Fold it in thirds, then in half and jam it in. Light tamping to get her set. Takes a little bit to get it lit; but once it is, I haven't had much trouble with it going out or a hard time relighting when I let it sit. Once you've got her going, sit back and sip. Enjoy this full, rich, flavor! This blend is nothing fancy; that's not to say it is dull. There's a lot of intricate flavor here, you won't get bored with all the subtle notes dancing across your tastebuds. It's sometimes got a hint of sweet, a bit of salty, but mostly pleasantly nutty and bold. Sipping is a requirement here, not just for the high nicotene content but also to enjoy all the subtleties. Irish Flake is meant to be savored. Never bit me, even with some heavy puffing. The room note is bold like the flavor, but not unpleasantly so. I definitely get the tea notes other reviews have pointed out. I could just kick back and smoke this all day. Great way to get your vitamin N fix, but not too strong to enjoy on its own. Not reccomended for new pipe smokers or for a short smoke; being a flake it burns long. My only complaint is that they don't sell it in a bigger tin!

Pipe Used: Peterson Billiard, MM Cob

Age When Smoked: Less than a month.

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

3 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (513)
★★☆☆
Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I was attracted to IF because of my enjoyment of University Flake, also by Peterson. I would describe this as a bit stronger than University Flake and less sweet. After smoking my first full tin, I promptly bought a sleeve. However, after another couple of tins, I found myself growing bored with it and getting more of a medicine taste from the topping. I enjoy the strength of Irish Flake and the tobacco is of high quality, but on the occasion that I choose a powerhouse flake, I'm looking for a little more pure tobacco taste and less topping.

3 people found this review helpful.

uvacom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
uvacom (5)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

This will be a simple review for a simple tobacco. This is strong. This is burley. This smells, and somewhat tastes, like a high quality cigarette tobacco (drum, bali shag or something of that nature, for example). For me, this is the tobacco equivalent of a shot of espresso. Strong, simpler, pure, and perfect for the morning. This burns slow and (again) delivers strength so you now have a use for your smaller-chambered pipes.

3 people found this review helpful.

colt25314 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
colt25314 (41)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Peterson Flake is by far their finest effort in producing a high octain flake. That said I would not be alarmed if this flake is made by SG as it reminds me Sqaudren Leader with slight hint of additional English as opposed to Irish flovoring. In any event, this is a great flake that I have and will continue to enjoy on a regular basis. Buy a tin fellow flake fanciers; this is a flake of the finest sort.

3 people found this review helpful.

strawalker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strawalker (14)
★★★★
Very Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

One of my all time favorite tobaccos. Peterson's Irish Flake is definitely not for the faint of heart but if you?re after a strong, flavorful and thoroughly enjoyable pipeful with a healthy dose of nicotine then this is for you. Not an all-day smoke, but great as an after dinner pipe, this wonderful Flue-Cured Virginia/Kentucky tobacco is sweet and aromatic with virtually no bite. If you can, buy some, you wont be sorry you did. As an additional note I would also like to recommend adding one or two flakes of Peterson?s to Full Virginia Flake. I really enjoy FVF as is but when I get to about half way through a tin I like to rub it all out and blend in one flake of Irish. This really is a nice smoke and if you like FVF you should give it a try.

3 people found this review helpful.

troutmask Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
troutmask (5)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

This is the most wonderful smoke that I have come across. A real nicotine buzz. This is especially good for those moving from high nicotine cigarettes like roll ups as it will give you the same sort of instant hit evn without inhalation. In hale and a dizzy head is guaranteed. This is my favourite regular tobacco. My biggest regret is that here in the UK the tin has had to change to a bland design because the original picture may have caused hundreds of unsuspecting children to suddenly start smoking!

3 people found this review helpful.

Big Jim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Jim (15)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Wow, this is the real deal. As soon as you open the tin this one makes a bold statement. There?s nothing fancy here just straight up pure tobacco. It rubs out easily, burns cool and dry providing a full flavored smoke with plenty enough nicotine. If you puff to fast it won?t bite but it will slap you silly.

3 people found this review helpful.

PittsburghKid Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PittsburghKid (1)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

Well let me start by saying that I chose this as my first review, because love it, or hate it Irish Flake is memorable.

As a former user of Copenhagen, I do not normally worry about tobacco considered high in nicotine. I should have respected this one, as my first bowl (on an empty stomach) threw me for a loop. I decided to roll two flakes into my Erikson bulldog and puff away as I normally woul on one of my English blends. Not my brightest Idea! After half the bowl I had to cry UNCLE! That is not something I am used to doing.

After learning from my mistake I find this to be a very strong, but pleasent smoke. It is very smooth, but it sure gets the job done. Perfect companion to a good whisky before turning in for the night.

There is definately a good amount of vitamin N in this, but if you are looking for a well developed, natural tasting, full flavored smoke...this is it!

The biggest problem i have found with this, is that if i do not open my windows, my dogs get stoned and become monsters!!!

3 people found this review helpful.

sibeen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sibeen (10)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable

First off, not the best cut flakes I've ever run across. A bit too thick for my liking, and with this tobacco, which is quite dense, it makes rubbing it out a bit of a chore. I'm not a fan of the fold and stuff with this blend as it is just too hard to keep a decent light on it.

OK, that's the downside.

The upside...everything else.

The smell from the tin is just divine. For me an aniseed top with a cardamon hint. Once rubbed out I do prefer it in a bigger bowl, and then it reveals itself as one of the world's best blends.

An unctuous, thick and delicious smoke. Slow sipping, and an hour or so of enjoyment.

Not an all day smoke, I'll agree with others that it is a bit too strong for that, but as an evening smoke with a decent dark beer at hand; well I'm in my happy place.

2 people found this review helpful.

Jacinto Cupboard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jacinto Cupboard (67)
★★☆☆
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Tough dark flakes with sprinkle of lighter leaf. It rubs out to a coarse mix that burns easily.

The tin note is promising, sharing some of the flavour profile of powerhouses such as Revor and Happy Bogie. Wood, leather, linoleum. There is also a clear sweet note, perhaps indicative of a topping.

This promise does not transfer to the bowl. This is, I think, a rather nondescript VaBur blend to which has been added some not very distinguished fire cured leaf. There is very little structure here despite the insistent and unsubtle character of the dark fired.

The nicotine can be very strong and has a tendency to creep up on you in the last third of the bowl.

2 people found this review helpful.

Captain Pete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Captain Pete (83)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

When Murray's in Belfast closed their doors, we all shed tears for the demise of the Irish tradition of tobacco production. The tobacco blends that were created in Belfast included Erinmore Flake, Peterson's tobacco products, and many Dunhill blends. I really miss those old blends, though I still have plenty of the Belfast made Erinmore Flake in my cellar, and I'm finishing up the last of a tin of Murray produced University Flake.

And so, once Murray's was closed, Peterson had to find another blender for their tobaccos. I do not know where they are made now, but they certainly are not of the quality they once were. So when Peterson introduced this new flake a couple years ago, I was a bit surprised. To call something "Irish Flake" when it wasn't even ever at any time made in Ireland takes some gumption. But, at least people wouldn't be comparing it to the old stuff, since there was no "old stuff" to compare it with.

Apparently, Irish Flake has become legendary in its own time. I have heard tell that it's strength is remarkable. People have positively swooned over it, and their claims to its powerful nicotine levels finally swayed me to try it. Irish Flake, you have been weighed and found wanting. When measured against the true Irish flakes, Erinmore and the old University, this tobacco is truly lacking in strength and character. When compared to such heavyweights as Gawith & Hogarth's Dark Flake or Consiston Plug, it may as well be corn flakes.

In the tin, the stuff looks like you'd expect. Dark brown in color, narrow stirps. Tin aroma slightly smokey, traces of va. sweetness and dark fired tobacco spiciness. I have a fairly acute sense of smell, and I still had to get down within about two inches of the open tin to pick up the aromas. So it's fairly weak in aroma strength. Tobacco was perfect moisture for smoking, and so immediate loading into a Peterson 05 was called for. First light was a little difficult to get it going.

Once I got the tobacco going good, the flavors began to peek through. I think I can see where people believe that this is strong stuff, because it has a definite cigar-like quality to it. It was mildly sweet, with the merest hint of spice. The smokey dark fired leaf was ever present, but it was weak. I really expected to be bowled over by this stuff. But, I've gotten a better nicotine buzz from University Flake (the Murray). And this stuff comes nowhere near the strength of the old Erinmore Flake. I kept waiting for the nicotine fairies, but they never came to visit.

From the beginning, the tobacco flavors were a little strange, just a bit 'off'. It actually seemed to me like this stuff is cased with a tobacco flavoring to help boost the otherwise wimpy character. I know that doesn't make sense to do, but I swear that this stuff tastes like it's artificially enhanced with some kind of tobacco flavored stuff. Midway through the bowl, the tobacco began to just taste kind of skunky and wet. I just don't get it. I suppose if someone were coming from heavily cased cavendish aromatics, they might find this a strong tobacco. But, as for tobacco flavor, I've gotten more out of MacBaren's Stockton.

Everybody out there who is smoking this stuff had convinced themselves that it's a potent smoke. Well, whatever makes them happy. But, if you really are interested in smoking something that will ring your bell, this ain't it. Despite its name, this is most definitely not an Irish flake. "Recommended for the experienced pipe smoker." Maybe I'm just not experienced enough to for the nicotine to have its effect.

2 people found this review helpful.

pufdragn63 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pufdragn63 (13)
★★★☆
Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

For some reason the pouch aroma of Irish Flake reminds me of Russian Caravan Tea. I commenced by gently rubbing out one and a half flakes to "kindling" like strands and setting out on paper it to dry for about 20 minutes before lightly packing it into a small bowl Deluxe Peterson 20s. Following the charring light, a light tamp and a second light, it started as a slightly harsh smoke that was a little drying in the mouth but soon settled into a smooth, bite free, dry smoke. This is one tobacco that does indeed need to be puffed slowly as it packs quite a nicotine whallop. The flavour is tobacco pure, simple and lovely, with a slight sweetness in the background. It burns evenly down to white ash with the flavor strengthening toward the end of the bowl. A good choice for a relaxing smoke prior to bed.

2 people found this review helpful.

Effluvinator Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Effluvinator (32)
★★★★
Very Strong Strong Extra Full Tolerable

For some reason Peterson tobaccos always take a while to grow on me. It was no different with IF. At first I thought the taste and aroma to be strange and I was not certain if I was going to be able to finish the tin. Then it hit me. I found myself craving this stuff every evening. I generally do not smoke the same tobacco two or three days in a row, but it happened with IF. It is as good a scented flake as anything from GH or SG and has the nicotine to satisfy smokers of ropes or twists. I have a 1930's Kaywoodie Suntan Algerian briar that I have dedicated to this. Now if they would just sell it by the pound. . .

2 people found this review helpful.

Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (155)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Full Strong

Hey, this has recently been added to the Peterson's tobaccos imported in Italy! but I'm smoking a tin coming from Dublin which a dear friend brought me (along with Fox' Provost)a month ago. Again I should go back to the good times of my past memories... when Condor and St. Bruno, and other masculine flakes from UK were on the shelves of our tobacconists. IF is something of that kind, and UF as well, very "old school". IF is meal for "once a day" and, when you smile at the red tin, you'd better be sure and well prepared to the hour and more of high nicotine dose you are going to get in a small bowl. No additives, no bite, no gurgle, no strange aromas, just plain tobacco. Just have it dried a bit before smoke, otherwise be prepared to several relights. A couple of personal opinions: 1) tin aroma has a bit of Samson, the RYO Dutch tobacco 2) one or two flakes are enough to give some meat to 50gmrs of all-day mild tobaccos based on Virginia & Burley. My love and deep respect to IF.

2 people found this review helpful.

Jaybee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jaybee (76)
★★★☆
Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

This is a great tobacco for a number of reasons... 1. Great taste 2. Exceptional burning qualities 3. No bite 4. Great value

The reason this tobacco is a great value is that I only need to smoke it once a week to overload my nicotene urge!! Good Stuff.

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
★★☆☆
Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

Irish Flake is a scented flake in the tradition of Lakeland flakes. Upon opening the tin the first whiff reminded me of Erinmore Flake, though the scent was much less aggressive. In the pipe the most prominent note is of roses, though there are other notes as well. It is strong in nicotine.

On first light the flake produces a lovely crown. It smokes cool to the bottom of the bowl and is very well behaved. Leaves you sated.

The problem with recommending a scented flake is that reactions to particular scents are even more subjective than to tobacco tastes. I can smoke 1792 Flake with pleasure every now and then, but not Coniston Cut Plug or Bosun Cut Plug. Since Irish Flake seems to have some familial resemblance to Coniston scenting I do not think I will revisit this in any great hurry. Still, minus the scenting, the basic tobaccos are of good quality and strength, even if better options are available.

2 people found this review helpful.

JpPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JpPipe (3)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

Overall a quite nice flake tobacco. When I first popped the tin it reminded me of a really dark unsweetened iced tea mixed with a campfire. It has a very earthy and outdoor kind of smell.

I folded the flake to put in it in my pipe. It was a pretty snug fit, but it burned slow, dry and didn't require an relighting. When I started smoking it all I could think of was chewing tobacco. It tastes just like Copenhagen straight. This is not a tobacco for a new pipe smoker. Overall it was quite strong and smoking the whole flake in one go might be too much for some.

The room note is quite strong. I tend to smoke outside on the patio and my wife usually doesn't say anything about it. With this tobacco she asked me if I smoked inside that day because it was so strong. I enjoy the smell, but it really lingers. Also, don't keep any books or papers near the popped tin or they will absorb all that smell.

Certainly stronger than Dunhill (light) Flake and Gawith Full Virginia, but stronger isn't always better.

Pipe Used: Billiard

Age When Smoked: 2 months

1 person found this review helpful.

Britannia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Britannia (9)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild Full Strong

Virginia and Kentucky, you can't get better then this. The anise topping does not agree with me, but I can see why it's so popular. Very stout blend and recommended for pipers getting into stronger blends

Pipe Used: Radice Rind Bulldog

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: John Haynes Tobacconist

1 person found this review helpful.

natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (40)
★★★★
Very Strong Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

May be the best flake I have tried so far. Wonderful tin note. Awesome look and feel to it. It burns a little hit, but hey, smoke it slow. Nice nic hit for the end of the day.

1 person found this review helpful.

Brukspatron Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brukspatron (14)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

Pure unspoiled tobacco taste with a solid character. The three tobacco varieties harmonizes well with each other in the mixture. When you open the tin you are greeted by beautiful deep brown tobacco flakes.

1 person found this review helpful.

storopoli Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
storopoli (2)
★★★★
Very Strong Mild Mild Tolerable

Raw, earthy and a little bit of tea. Very strong kick and nicotine. Have it with a full stomach. Not a daily tobacco. Let the flake dry out, 30 minutes will do the trick.

1 person found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (159)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Tolerable

To me, this is a 'very full'-tasting tobacco on the scale used here. Yet the Kentucky is not overwhelming, it's just very well-supported by the other parts of the blend. While on the strong side, I didn't think the N quite hit the 'strong rating' (almost, but not quite) -- either I'm used to tobaccos of this strength or others are thinking the strong if neutral taste is part of the N. Right now, I am favoring strongish brown and dark blends without obvious toppings, and Irish Flake is a great example.

Pipe Used: briars, cobs, and meers

Age When Smoked: 14 months from purchase

Purchased From: 4 Noggins

1 person found this review helpful.

Houndstooth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Houndstooth (17)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Pleasant

I don't quite get the fuss over this stuff. I ordered it on a whim along with some other tins etc, and after I did, I checked the reviews and went "Oh yeah, I just ordered some scary high octane vitamin N weed. Am I ready for this?" It's got great flavor, as long as you like a little topping. Excellent for me in a flake, though I don't consider myself an aromatic smoker otherwise. Yes, Lady N is there, but it didn't cause me any sweat or discomfort. Yes, though each time I've fired it up, it's not been on an empty stomach. Still, I've had to wonder "Haven't any of these reviewers smoked many cigars?"

Not too long after I bought a can of Hearth & Home's Stogie, packed a good size bowl and found myself in the grip of Old Nic itself in a big way. Whew! Naturally I flew here to the reviews again, and the only mention of anything which might have to do with nicotine was the word "punch" in just one review. Verdict: Everything is relative.

But back to Irish Flake. I think if you like Erinmore flake, you can dig this. For me however Irish Flake doesn't finish as nicely. Near the bottom of the bowl, it just gets ashy-flavored and nasty, even though there's more left unburned. Not a big problem if you're smoking through in one session, but if you are firing up again later, thinking you might tap that last bit of nice smoke left from the 1/3-to 1/4 bowl remaining-forget it. It won't be nice. 2.5 stars.

Edit: 6/19/14 I re-emphasize all of the above, while urging flake fans to make sure to take the plunge. Sometimes that extra N is what you want, even on an empty stomach which I've tried by now to no ill effects.

Pipe Used: small briars and cobs

Age When Smoked: bought several months ago

Purchased From: CI

Similar Blends: Erinmore Flake.

1 person found this review helpful.

Mr. Motoyoshi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Motoyoshi (24)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Before I even bought this the first time my tobacconist suggested University Flake before buying this. And I'm glad that he did. UF is like the little brother to this tobacco and still babies you with the flavor of plum and VAs.

Irish flake on the other hand is a grizzly deck hand with no time for plum. I imagine this is what tobaccos of the early 20th century tasted like. Full bodied flavor and a heavy dose of Vitamin N. Unless you want to feel a little lightheaded, you should eat a nice meal before this. Definitely not an aperitif smoke.

The flakes are cut very nicely and are relatively moist so it pays to let them dry out for at least 30-40 minutes fresh out of the tin. I personally like folding and stuffing this flake but that choice is up to you.

If you decide to pack the whole flake, it's a nice long smoke. The bowl takes its time and wants you to appreciate the marriage of the Kentucky and Burleys. You can expect some earthy notes, maybe even raisins and chocolate flavor profiles as well. If you're a strictly Balkan and Oriental lover, this may not be the blend for you. It does have a decent Burley kick in the back of the throat so I would advise you have a beverage at hand. Nice cup of tea (unsweetened chai tea especially) goes really well with this blend.

I've heard compliments and complaints about the room note but I think it's pleasant. It produces a scent that is very nostalgic for me. I have had neighbors when I was a child that smoked something that smells like this.

Typically I stuff the flake in the morning and leave my pipe at home while I'm at work. Come home and make dinner and enjoy one of these before bed. That was probably my favorite way to enjoy this blend. No worries about moisture levels and if the N got to be too much, I had already finished the day's work.

I rated this as a 3 out of 4 because I have recently been smoking 1792 Flake and HH Old Dark Fired. They both provide a little bit more in the realm of flavor but this is still a top notch tobacco. If you are a Burley fan or looking for something heavier, this should be next on your list.

Age When Smoked: 3 years

Similar Blends: Mac Baren - HH Old Dark Fired, Samuel Gawith - 1792 Flake.

1 person found this review helpful.

Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (59)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a great straight VA/Bur. No frills just good strong tobacco taste of stoved Burely and VA. The nic hit is not that great. I smoke it often in the early morning with just coffee before breakfast not problems at all. No bite either. It is full and yet slightly sweet. I think there is a very mild topping here but it is more felt than tasted (which is how I like toppings to be). This is not as some reviews have called it a scented flake, but there is that light top note. Will it ghost a pipe? Not the Meer. I used at all but the briar that I have smoked many bowls in did seem to pick up a note here or there for about 3 bowls. So no, what is there smokes out rather quickly. I think this one will age very well. I am going to pick up several tins and see how they do at 5 and 10 yrs.

Age When Smoked: 18 months

Purchased From: smokingpiipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (51)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Strong

A perfect flake. This tobacco is a top natural mixture, without any flavoring. You can feel the real taste of tobacco. Ideal for natural mixture lovers. Strong and tasty, smooth and honest this tobacco is a perfect break for English mixture smokers. In my personal rating (from 0 to 10) my mark is 8/9 and three stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (232)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Irish Flake .... The first thing to point out is that the flakes are of a perfect construction , actually very similar to university flake but I find Peterson synonymous with great construction in flakes ! The initial aroma from the unlit tobacco is as you would expect from a Burley/Kentucky/Virginia tobacco albeit still very propituous ! As expected on the initial inspection of the flakes , rubbing and filling is a very easy task ! It takes to lighting well and burns very evenly . It does not give any bite and if inhaled causes no repercussions . The flavor is mainly of Virginia but you can pick out the Burley and Kentucky also . Also a pleasing room note which is not too heavy for the non-smokers around you ! A very good smoke !

Pipe Used: Rohan

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

Similar Blends: University Flake.

1 person found this review helpful.

Kraft1994 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kraft1994 (54)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

A Classic blend everyone must try at least once. Known for being a massive nicotine bomb I expected it to be overrated and gimmicky but it was pleasantly surprised. The subtle sweetness of the virginias balance out the bitter nutty dark burleys. Such a strong, Bold in your face kinnda blend. Great for lovers of strong burley blends. Also, bowl by bowl Irish Flake somehow grows more complex. Sweeter, stronger, it almost seems to pick up a cigarish note as the tin ages. A Classic for a reason. I'm looking forward to cellaring a tin for a few years.

1 person found this review helpful.

Peter Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peter Piper (41)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Well, I am not a lover of the deep-deep flavour of Burley, I find it dry, heavy and generally hard work.

But this blend is an example - there are others - where the components add up to more than the sum of the parts and helps to defy conventional wisdom, praise be the tobacco blenders!

A beautifully pressed and presented flake greets the nose with a sweet, liquorice smell. Easily rubbed out.

And then the various tones of the smoke, marvellously mixed. The sweetness of the Virginia is there, followed by something a little more robust and dusky. And then it teases out other flavours, creamy, a touch of honey and even a hint of ginger. Exquisite stuff.

Highly recommended.

1 person found this review helpful.

Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (84)
★★☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I must admit to not being a fan of this tobacco. The nicotine content doesn't bother me (in fact it's one of the positives of this blend). I just found the smoke to be harsh and one-dimensional in flavor. I would recommend it's cousin, University Flake, as a more interesting and no less bold tobacco. There are far tastier flakes out there. But for fans of this style, Irish Flake is obviously the Holy Grail.

1 person found this review helpful.

Phototone Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Phototone (6)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Popped open my first tin of this and was almost overwhelmed by the strong Anise aroma. (Licorice). Initial light gives a strong Anise taste over the tobacco flavors. Appears to be strong stuff, and I like strong stuff, but prefer natural tobacco flavors, rather than a topped blend.

I am still forming my opinion.

Update #1 Another day, another pipe, still the same. Strong Anise aroma from the tin, Anise coming thru in the smoking of this tobacco. I could really do without the Anise topping.

1 person found this review helpful.

PipesterJim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipesterJim (44)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant

My feelings regarding this tobacco are almost identical to those of CaptainPete, whose review I would like to quote:

"When compared to such heavyweights as Gawith & Hogarth's Dark Flake or Consiston Plug, it may as well be corn flakes."

Spot on, Captain! And after reading so many other positive reviews I have to say that it really was more than a little disappointing to find myself in such agreement. I was hoping for a fruitier version of CCP, but this limp-wristed effort fell well short of its hype.

Tin aroma is almost negligible. Charring light yields a harsh, raw and rather unpleasant take on fire-cured tobacco, which quickly dissipates. For the majority of the bowl, the characteristics are akin to a very mild, slightly sweet cigarette. True, nicotine is adequate, but personally I want some flavour and mouth feel to go with it.

This tobacco has obviously earned itself a good number of devotees, and all power to them. Nevertheless for me, with Highland Sliced available at my local B&M and Dark Flake and Coniston Cut Plug only a mail order away, Irish Flake simply isn't worth smoking.

Given the fact that it is (in my opinion) inferior to all similar blends that I have smoked, I cannot with good conscience give Irish Flake a recommendation. I know I am the odd one out, but I give Irish Flake one star only - not recommended.

1 person found this review helpful.

Red Rapparee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Red Rapparee (8)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Howdy fellow poofers, Red here. I'd like to bring your attention today to Kentucky tobacco. Specifically, Kentucky as it appears in Peterson's Bite-Free Irish Flake. Smokey Kentucky is a wonderfully dry and aromatic condiment tobacco that was applied in just the right amount in creating this blend (and we're not talking Cherry-Vanilla Cotton Candy Suprise in your Chinese meerschaum aromatic, we're talking blackpowder muskets, bearskin rugs, and a duel with the saber at noon, aromatic). That said, this is a blend that, according to Peterson, is equal parts Burley, sweet Virginia, and the aformentioned smokey Ken-tuc-kia, yet tastes like there is perhaps only 15% or so Virginia. This blend gives us an idea of what a Kentucky-fried Va/Bur blend can be when the Danes and their sweet-teeth are left at home with instructions to have dinner on by five. Bravo Peterson on a high nicotine, save the candy for the kids, hold the Vermouth, smooth, contemplative smoke that goes down easy and doesn't let you forget you just smoked a grown-man's pipeweed.

Four Stars

1 person found this review helpful.

Grundie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Grundie (26)
★★★★
Extremely Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

This is good stuff!

Upon opening the tin the aroma is a strong and delicious mix of fruits and leather.

Upon lighting it, the first third is a bit rough, but it smooths itself out soon enough. The flavours whilst smoking are of leather and wood, with the fruitiness coming through occasionally.

As others have said, this stuff is strong. A small bowl is a wise choice!

All in all this is a really tasty tobacco that packs a punch. A lovely occasional treat to be savoured and enjoyed.

1 person found this review helpful.

doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (195)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

Upon opening my tin I was greeted with a predominantly leather-like and slightly spice-like aroma. I can see where some have described it as Lakeland-like, but in my opinion, not Lakeland-like at all. This was certainly not perfumed, nor fruity/flowery in the true sense of the word. Really, just a spicy tobacco with the hint of sweetness. Perhaps it is cured with licorice. That is the closest I can call it. Whatever it was, it made for an exceptional smoking experience. If I had one word to choose to describe the tin note, that word would be leath.

Perhaps one of the better made flakes, thick, supple, and leathery. It also tastes as it smells in the tin which is a huge plus. A nice, subtly sweet tobacco taste. Sweet and smokey without Latakia (thank God as Latakia is not one of my favorite tastes). Along with this, the addition of the Kentucky leaf, to me, is what IrF is all about. I enjoy the presence of Kentucky leaf as it adds a very nice spiciness to any smoke. I think many that have described this smoke as harsh are really commenting on the Kentucky presence; a presence that one has to get accustomed to. As far as nicotine content, I found it to be in a league with the original Edgeworth Sliced and Solani Aged Burley Flake, with Irish Flake slightly edging out the other two. IrF smokes cool and without bite or gurgle. With slow, patient smoking, you will be rewarded with perhaps one of the best tobacco tastes you can get in a pipe. Truly a classic in the old-world tradition of pipe tobacco blending. I can see where some compare it to a cigar, However, there is no cigar-like bitterness with IrF as it is subtly sweet throughout. I've had no complaints about the room note. It smells very nice after returning to where it was recently smoked - especially when smoked in the car.

Irish Flake is a very solid smoking experience - about as natural as you can get. If you like a full-bodied smoke that only good Kentucky leaf can provide, Irish Flake will certainly satisfy. A very solid recommendation. It is a stronger, fuller version of University Flake (very little if any Kentucky leaf in that one) and without detectable casing, and not at all harsh like UF can sometimes be. It is much stronger than their very stout Perfect Plug (unfortunately too bland in taste for me). I have mixed some IrF 50/50 with Edgeworth Sliced for a very delicious smoke - one of the best tastes I have ever had in a pipe. Alone or in combo, IrF has become an everyday favorite. For me, after 35 years of pipe smoking, one of my top 3 favorites! Easily a "desert island smoke."

UPDATE 10-13-11: I smoke IrF almost every day and have noticed with the most recent tin that I opened how the flakes have changed. The last dozen or so tins have the flakes packaged in the newer "everyone else seems to be using" flat, square tins. Although I prefer the older tinning, the flakes always were tightly pressed and dark. Now they seem to be much lighter in color and break apart very easily. At first I thought that the new blenders (K&H) ruined a fine blend (maybe put some Aged Burley Flake in there by mistake as they looked and felt the same), but I was wrong. Admittedly, I always found IrF difficult to work with since the flakes were so tightly pressed, making for lighting/re-lighting issues. However, the "newer" pressing seems to have resolved those issues along with much more tobacco flavor and sweetness making itself present in the smoke. It smells the same in the tin and tastes the same while smoking, but handles so much better - and that subtle sweetness I described in my original review is so much better. I hope I didn't get an anomaly here as I prefer the new pressing and leaf components. The Virginia is very tasty and a bit more up front. We'll see with the next tin. Still a 5 star smoke for me!

UPDATE 9-21-13: Regardless of the "current state of tin" this flake is put in, or the size of the flakes, IrFl has remained a 5 star smoke for me. This and Solani Aged Burley Flake are my two favorite tobaccos. I can smoke either of them every day for the rest of my pipe smoking days if necessary. Also, a 50/50 mix of these two favorites, for me, approximates the Edgeworth Sliced of old (not the Orlik version - which is limp-wristed in my opinion, but the original, made in the USA version!).

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (198)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Tolerable

This is really a very tasty tobacco, sweet, strong and top flavored with something like Annis and floral aroma, similar to the Kendal blends, however it is not soapy at all, there is around 20 flakes in one tin, one flake is good enough for one small sized bowl. a slow and relaxed smoker would highly enjoy this fine blend after a good meal, however, I do not recommend this blend for quick puffers.

1 person found this review helpful.

Dr. Scott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. Scott (82)
★★★☆
Very Strong Mild Medium to Full Strong

The best cigarette tobacco you will ever put in your pipe. (I mean that as a compliment.) The Burley and Kentucky dominate everything about this blend. Just enough Virginia is added to make it tolerable.

Manufactured for the Peterson brand by Kohlhase & Kopp in Germany, the flakes and the packaging might cause you to mistake it for a Solani tobacco that is made in the same workshop. Like Solani and other Kohlhase & Kopp blends, this one seems to be cased with honey. If you pay attention, you can taste it in every puff.

It comes is a compact tin, 18 pieces of chewing-gum-size flakes. Smokes well after rubbing out and drying to your preferred texture. I get a dozen or more medium-size bowls from a 50g tin.

That's not tongue bite, but the tingling of nicotine, something that I don't usually experience from pipe tobacco. The nicotine is present from the beginning, not just at the end of the bowl or in the bottom third of the bowl. It won't make you ill unless you try to abuse it. Smoked at a normal slow pipe-smoker's speed, it just supplies a gentle buzz that stays with you from beginning to end.

This is not a favorite of mine, and not in my regular rotation. My wife detests the smell of this one. But with the presentation of the flakes, the convenience of the small and narrow tin, and the high nicotine content, I will always keep a tin around. Great late at night with brown beer after a stressful day at the office.

1 person found this review helpful.

Circus Bear Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Circus Bear (3)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Mild Tolerable to Strong

This is my first review, so I decided to go with Irish Flake. I've been smoking pipes for 35 years and I've tried every type of tobacco you can pack in a pipe. Like most of you, I started out with the "Drug Store" offerings, moved to the Latakia blends, and finally found what I really Liked best in good virginia Flakes. That said, I will tell you that if your new to smoking pipes, be careful, be very careful with this tobacco.

I detect no added flavor here, only good quality tobacco with a mans load of nicotine. I smoke it in a large Peterson St. Patrick's Day that I reserve just for Irish Flake. I have found that it works best for me in a large bowl, pulled apart in small sticks and gravity fed, with a light tamp at the top of the bowl.

I don't smoke it every day, usually on saturday nights after a good meal. Smoke it on an empty stomach and it'll teach you a lesson you'll never forget! Smoke this stuff when you want a nicotine fix.

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Maroe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Maroe (1)
★★★★
Extremely Strong Very Mild Very Full Tolerable

This tobacco is surely one for the afternoon, I smoked half a bowl in early day and dreamt about my bed immediatly! I loved it. I can not wait for the evening to come. All I have to say is that this tobacco is great.

1 person found this review helpful.

SirShaggy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SirShaggy (28)
★★★☆
Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

While at my severe sampling mood, I found a tin of this when I was out of town. I bought 4 or 5 tobacco's that I have been wanting to try. When I opened the tin, I knew I was in trouble. It smelled rough. That is all I can come up with. It wasn't good or bad, rough. Upon lighting, it reminded me of a time 22 years ago when I decided I could smoke a little of my cousin's Copenhagen. It sounds funny but don't do it! It wasn't good. Anyway, this didn't taste near as bad as the Copenhagen but had the same kick for me. I powered down a bowl due to an appointment, I got a little bit of a rush I hadn't had in several years. Oh yeah, make sure you have a window cracked in your car before smoking this, I almost couldn't see where I was going. This made lots of heavy smoke! It tastes just fine, has no apparent flavoring, gives a little bit of a kick and seems satisfying enough. The tobacco is dark and almost had a musty smell to it. It rubbed out well, lit well and makes enough smoke to rid your town of mosquitos! I will smoke this whole tin but at this point I am not sure if I will buy more. After 4 pipes of this, it is a tad strong for me. Maybe a now and again smoke for when I need the kick, Enjoy-

1 person found this review helpful.

BriarChef Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarChef (100)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

The Dude. El Dudarino, for those of you not into the whole brevity thing. The Big Lebowski.

Looking for full blown, full strength tobacco? This flake abides. Nicotine to spare. No scents, no flavorings. Pure tobacco enjoyment for those so inclined. Not for beginners. No complexity here. Just tobacco.

Nuance? Isn't that what happens when you go to a psychic and hold hands trying to speak to the dead? This flake may help. Subtle delivery of leather and spice? Spice, no. Leather, yes...in the form of a bull whip.

This stuff will get Mediaeval on your a$$. Treat this with due respect and you will be rewarded with a wonderful full bodied smoke. Get cute with it...you better have your cardiologist on speed dial and the EMT crew parked out front. This is the tobacco that will make "your boys" retreat to higher ground and have you singing soprano in mere minutes.

Very Good.

1 person found this review helpful.

Packer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Packer (56)
★★★☆
Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Original 6/9/08 In a word......DIFFERENT! This blend is as strong as any that I have tried. I am reminded of a premium cigar, or a fine rope. Plenty of natural tobacco flavor. I do detect a very slight Lakeland scent with this blend. Fully rubbed out I find that I.F. packs, lights, and burns well. Lots of smoke, with little bight. Nicoteen out the wazoo. At this time I.F. is not in my regular rotation, but I will try to always have a tin around for a special, full, flavorfull treat. Rate *

Update....I.F. has moved into my "got to have some now" blends. I'm buying, and smoking more everyday.

1 person found this review helpful.

Big bad Jon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big bad Jon (232)
★★★☆
Very Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

This tobacco has absolutely wonderful taste. It is slightly sweet and zesty. There are a fair bit of earthy notes that balance everything together very well. The tobacco burns very cool and leaves absolutely no residue in the pipe when finished. The tobacco has a odd room note. Overall this is a fine blend.

The tobacco has one drawback, the nicotine content is very strong. I ate a fairly large meal each time before i smoked this blend, and I still felt like I smoked a Fuentes Opus X on an empty stomach. Wow

1 person found this review helpful.

jeffo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jeffo (17)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

i am a on off pipe smoker but i have smoked a pipe regularly for the past three months and i have tried various tobaccos and this one just stands out. Its not going to be everyones favourite, but do give it a try.26/04/2008 after working a 0600/1400 shift & cooking tea i am having a glass of cyder & a pipe of I/F and its chill time great to end the evening with mabey a scotch to finish

1 person found this review helpful.

stieltje Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
stieltje (14)
★★☆☆
Medium Very Strong Very Full Strong

I did not find the nicotine dosage being that high, had to smoke 4 bowls in a row to get stung by it. Being a cheap bastard, I did not throw this away, instead I used it as a morning smoke, it did actually help up my morning low nicotine level, but no dizziness or likewise.

I keep it at two stars, being a good quality tobacco leaf, and I have had much worse smoking experiences (Orlik club). The recommendation is based on the level of nicotine. And therefore it might act as a quick fix in the morning.

1 person found this review helpful.

firstsealord Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
firstsealord (22)
★★☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

Even for an old salty dog like myself, this leaf was definitively overwhelming in taste in strenght.

I salute the impeccability and quality of the flake, the subtle sweetness in the tin aroma, but lighting up was a bit too much for me. Before 1/2 of the bowl, I almost had the hiccups!

I will revisit when my tastebuds are less prominent thant at the present time.

1 person found this review helpful.

rincewind8 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rincewind8 (6)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Very Pleasant

This is Peterson winner. I tried Glod Blend, Univ. Flake and this one is far the best. Very dealicate tin aroma resembles of rum or maybe whisky there is also something chemical - that's for sure but this time Peterson tobacco doesn't leave my mouth coated.

Creates surprisingly little condensate but develops pepperiness quite quickly. I mean with Nightcap it starts somewhere 2/3 bowl but here I'd say its 1/4.

I think I'm going to get couple more tins of this delightful smoke to see how it ages. Also both Peterson flakes should be smoked fairy quickly becouse of those square tins - as soon as you open them airtightnes is completly lost and weed seems to go dry quickly, either move it to more decent container or put your Irish Flake into constant rotation.

I think I could say that I wouldn't mind having this for my desert island smoke

1 person found this review helpful.

AnalogMoz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AnalogMoz (9)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Maybe the only 4 star review I'll ever do. This stuff is great. It got me off cigarettes and took me higher than any Chesterfied non-filter ever did AND I can climb the 5 flights of stairs to my apartment much easier now! Tin is smallish and compact. The tobacco is pressed into precise and uniform flakes. The flakes hold together well and don't fall apart when you try to extract one. Tin aroma is just great. Very light flavoring, at least I think so, as I've never smelt Virginia this tasty before, and I've bought a lot. This is a tobacco that gives you flavor with the very first light and darkens and varies throughout the smoking process. The final third is strong but dry, leaving lovely white ash in small volume. Wonderfully, for the strength and integrity of the tobacco itself, its aroma is NOT bad at all. It's definitely THERE but not offensive to those accustomed to tobacco smoke. You can cram the flake into a pipe vertically for a cooler smoke if the strength is a bit much for you, but I'd advise letting it dry a tiny bit first. It dries beautifully. And although it's a strong tobacco, I'd advise smoking it fairly rapidly as its flavor does not hold up in the tin more than a month or so. Do try some! It's not to be missed. Just avoid it before breakfast if you have any plans for the day that involve upright mobility.

1 person found this review helpful.

shihan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
shihan (22)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Tobacco. Pure tobacco with no frills or distractions. I rubbed out the flake fully and enjoyed the clean aroma. It packed easily and needed only a short charring light. I was pleasently surprised by the strong almost cigar like taste. It burned cool and slow with no relighting required. As I reached the bottom of the bowl the true strength of this flake hit me. Definitely not for the faint of heart. This is as others have said, " a mans tobacco". Only people who tolerate cigars will want you smoking this near them. My final verdict is that this is a great choice for those that want tobacco without flavor or compromise.

1 person found this review helpful.

pop-pop's pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pop-pop's pipe (96)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

This is grown mans tobacco without the Bull$#!+. It's quite an unusual smoke. It's sweet, woody-smokey, with a slight cigar note that peeks through on occasion. I popped out my Dr. Grabow Omega, took out a slice, rubbed it out, and filled the pipe. One slice filled the Omega perfect! It burns slow and very cool, with no bite whatsoever. This is a savory tobacco thats good in the morning with a nice cup of coffee, or a good after dinner smoke. It is very rich and I wouldn't suggest it to aromatic smokers as a first time VA or english. It has a laxative effect on you if you have not smoked a tobacco this strong in a while so don't make no travel plans if you're trying this for the first time. An awesome tobacco, very high quality, awesome natural flavor. Im in love! Im throwing away all my aromatics and OTC weeds, except for my Half & Half. Warning! Go easy with this if you are not used to very strong tobacco! This will knock you down and send you spinning! Draw slowly about every five seconds and you'll be okay. This is a tobacco that demands respect!

1 person found this review helpful.

Quoll Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Quoll (17)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Wonderful stuff this - if you like full strength plain tobacco.

A small 50g tin for the flake slices, which are very regular and 'machine-made' looking. A far cry from the rough flakes of Sam Gawith, for example. There is a strong fruity, fermented tin note that hits you on first opening. I think it is natural rather than added. The flakes are quite moist, but rub out and pack easily if that is what you want to do. The light is not difficult - one or two chars and you are away.

The strength is noticeable immediately. I am a regular smoker and this is the only tobacco I have found so far that gives an instant nicotine buzz. Your head will spin if you don't take it easy. This one is made for sipping! I find no Lakeland soapiness at all, unlike some earlier reviews. Just strong, smooth Virginia with a Kentucky kick. If there is any topping, I can't taste it. The smoothness stays well if you keep it slow and I find this is one I put down often through a bowl. No tugging away to get what you need - it is very up-front. Relights are easy and I find do not spoil the taste. Around the halfway point I notice a cigar-like quality - and a good cigar at that. Absolutely no bite at all. Just smooth.

The flavour is complex, with fruity and earth overtones. I find the taste well integrated with no feeling of additives. If I have a criticism it is that I expected more complexity in such a strong smoke. It is there, but the flavours do struggle to make themselves known through the strength. Nonetheless, one of the best tobaccos I have found. A bit too strong for me to smoke all day but will remain firmly on my buying list. 4 stars from me.

1 person found this review helpful.

PipePaladin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipePaladin (78)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Medium Full Strong

I love Kentucky for it grants character and a good nicotine kick but this is one is gonna kick your butt!!! If you are a guy that smokes warriorplug or 1792 you will stay on your feet for rounds. But if you are into mild strength aromatics prepare for a knock out in the first round!

1 person found this review helpful.

221b Baker St. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
221b Baker St. (11)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

My first tobacco and it says for the experienced smoker, I love this but I would not smoke it all day every day.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipeorgan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeorgan (7)
★★★☆
Very Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the first tobacco with the so call ¨Lakeland Scent¨ that I found enjoyable. See my Condor review. The difference here is that the ¨scent¨ appears naturally derived, as opposed to industriochemically produced. With IF it compliments the tobacco rather than just being sloshed onto it like cheap aftershave ala Condor. IF works for me only in a small pipe, sipped slowly and with its slow burn it lasts a long time. It is only an occaisional smoke for me, but it fills a nitch when I am in the mood.

1 person found this review helpful.

constantsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
constantsmoker (62)
★★★☆
Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable

Full-bodied is something of an understatement. As at least two other reviewers have stated, do NOT smoke this on an empty stomach or you'll be knocked for a loop!

Opening the tin, I was greeted by an appealing licorice/anise aroma. The beautiful, medium brown flakes were a bit moist; allow them to 'air-out' for a half an hour or so. The flakes fold and/or rub out easily, according to your preference, and light up promptly. I only had to relight once. This tobacco sneaks up on you (hefty nicotine content, IMO) so pace yourself and avoid the shock to the system that I experienced. This is, indeed, a 'manly man' tobacco, and truly one for "the experienced pipe smoker." If you enjoy a serious VA/KY experience and a hefty hit of Vitamin N, I recommend Irish Flake highly.

1 person found this review helpful.

Briarman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Briarman (1)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

Being a newbie to pipe smoking, only three weeks, I must say that this is the first tobacco that I ve tried that I truly love. I started with mild blends from my tobacconist and will never turn back. It rubs easily, just be sure to let it sit out for a half hour or so. Packing is breeze too. I ve found that if you do not pack it too tight it s the best thing. Lighting is not a problem, and it stays lit throughout the bowl. During the first third of the bowl, the flavor is smooth with a hint of Irish wiskey. About mid way, the intense tobbaco flavors come through with a mild peppery taste. About this time, the nicotine punch kicks in. And what a kick it has. For me, it s very strong but not overpowering, since that s one of my favorite parts of the smoke. On the final third of the bowl, the peppery taste increases and so does the pleasure. The nicotine kick stays with you to the end, and even for over an hour after I ve finished. To sum it up, the taste is great, the room note is not overwhelming, the nicotine level is perfect. I also can produce billowy clouds of white smoke without drawing too deep. If I draw in very deeply, It s as if I am in a foggy wonderland. smoke. This tobacco gives me a I give this tobacco 5 stars. A WINNER.

1 person found this review helpful.

mo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mo (79)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

I will start by telling you what this tobacco is not. This blend is not for high school kids, it is not for puffing fast, it does not set your tongue on fire, it is not for big bowls and it certainly is not Macbarens Mixture Modern (remember the number 1 on the tin or pouch???) What it is, is a rich, full and tasty smoke that rewards the senses with a strong but smooth tobacco taste that leaves you satisfied. The taste could be compared to University Flake in a small way. It certainly has a nicotine hit of note and would like to meet the man or(heaven forbid) woman that can finish a bowl of this in one sitting. Given the strength of this blend I did not find it harsh and to me that is important if one is a lover of fuller blends. This is great stuff and fully recommend it, it fills a gap in pipe smoking that I thought could never be filled. Just remember to sip slowly and enjoy that full taste. Oh my, writing this is making my mouth water, ill go and fire up the old briar. Mo, South Africa

1 person found this review helpful.

Ajr37 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ajr37 (6)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

This is REAL tobacco. I love this stuff! I did detect a very slight casing but of very high quality. It enhances the tobacco rather than masking it.

I think this needs very careful rubbing out, I don't dry it out at all as I find it smokes best when fresh. This is just pure smoking heaven and I smoke at least one pipe of this a day (just before bedtime).

Give it a try I urge you!

PS as an aside: Last week I went to the Dunhill store in St.James London. Bad news people!! Dunhill will no longer be offering any blends other than the "drugstore" specials (Royal Yacht etc) from now on. Another hundred year old tradition dies thanks to the EU. The store is no longer allowed to trade tobacco from that outlet so are ceasing specialist blending and production alltogether.

1 person found this review helpful.

Holy Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Holy Smoke (26)
★★★★
Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

An exceptional no nonsense tobacco, without any pretentious frills.

There is not really much that I can add to such a fine body of reviews, other than to add another 4 star rating to the ranks. Although, I cannot understand why so many reviewers claim that this blend is completely natural in taste. There is a clear fruit casing present when opened: one which can be tasted at the back when smoked.

Sit down, light up and enjoy. Just don't plan on operating any machinery straight afterward.

1 person found this review helpful.

Lew Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lew (2)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

Wow! What a fantastic tobacco! I can easily see this replacing St Bruno or Walnut Flake for me. A lovely peaty-smelling tobacco in the tin, it burns with a pure tobacco taste and flavour. Definitely not one for those who prefer a light-tasting tobacco it has a nice full flavour and a satisfying nicotine hit. Much easier to manage than a rope but with a similar flavour and kick.

1 person found this review helpful.

geddeeee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
geddeeee (3)
★★★★
Strong Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

I purchased 50g of this flake and was surprised at the tiny tin it came in. On opening I was greeted with a rich full tobacco smell. Very dark. Lovely strips of moist flake, with a few golden highlights. I needed to dry it out for 15 mins, but packed the bowl and lit up. After the charring light, the flake lit easily and stayed lit. A lovely full peppery taste on the tongue, which settles down to a full rounded smoke. I loved this and finished the tin quite quickly. A good dose of nicotine too. Being a cig smoker too, I expected little. This is stronger than SG's 1792 Flake IMO. Once or twice I had to lay the pipe down due to weak knees. Very recommended. Will be buying again. This and 1792 are my favourite smokes to date. Real tobacco. Gorgeous!!!

1 person found this review helpful.

sounds7 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sounds7 (16)
★★★☆
Very Strong Mild to Medium Full Strong

Well I bought this stuff not knowing the first thing about it because I left home without my tobacco and had never smoked a Peterson tobacco before. I opened it and was greated by a nice dark color flake that was easy to rubb out. I too thought the flavor was like that of Erinmore which gave me hesitation because I am really not a fan of that tobacco. In any case, I noticed right away upon lighting up that this was a potent weed. Not something to be smoked with any great haste but to be sipped like one would a strong Whiskey. I spent most of the afternoon trying to make it through a bowl of this stuff and it put my flat on my ass. Seriously, I had to lay down because the nicotene simply got the best of me. Still, I will recommend it because it has a unique taste that I would choose to go back to on occasions especially in the evening time. I certainly wouldn't subject myself to this stuff on a daily basis however. An occasional diversion for me.

1 person found this review helpful.

gnossos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gnossos (39)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend is strong but very smooth. No bite. Reminiscent, somewhat, of a cigar, but not quite - there is a sweetness about it that does not exist in cigar smoke. I find it enjoyable all the way down. It might not be the first thing I'd choose in my pipe if I had all the tobaccos of the world before me, but I certainly would be far from disappointed if this was all I had. It almost reminds me of SG's Brown Bogie Rope but without bite if you end up puffing too fast, and plus, no hassle in the pack. I've had some Brown Bogie laying around for ages that I never touch because I don't feel like messing with cutting up the rope.

1 person found this review helpful.

hagen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hagen (91)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

tin aroma: beautiful. figs, a little smokiness from the dark fired, plain and simple tobacco.

visual impression: very pretty, dark flakes.

packing & lighting: a little difficult, as the flakes are rather unflexible.

first taste: hey, that was a surprise! it's a lot less sweet than expected, actually a good deal too dry tasting for me. but it burns well, and has a nice strength for an after dinner smoke. quite consistent from start to end. i wish they had made it with a little more sweet virginias to counter-balance the dark fired.

conclusion: nice quality tobacco, but certainly not my immediate choice.

1 person found this review helpful.

Satc001 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Satc001 (64)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Overwhelming

I don't really know what to say about this tobacco. It does have a nice flavor of darker virginias with a nice sweet overtone to it. However, this tobacco is simply very strong with a foul odor to me. I find that the smoke makes me sick when I smell it and the tobacco is very bitey on my palate. On one hand, there are probably some guys that will enjoy this, but on the other I know that the typical pipe smoker just isn't going to like this. Try Gawith and Hoggart's Dark Flake for something comparable. I actually preferred that blend though.

1 person found this review helpful.

Highstump Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Highstump (6)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I am about 3/4 of the way through my first tin, and it will not be the last.

The first bowl of this tobacco I smoked was about noonish or so on an empty stomach; do not do this! A few minutes into the pipe I noticed my knees were a bit wobbly and when I went to remove the pipe from my mouth, my arm felt like it had gained ten pounds. Eat something first and this will treat you right. As to the taste, it is what I immagine tobacco is supposed to tast like.

This is not every day tobacco, at least not for me but a tin will always be nearby. I much prefer to rub it out fully, and by all means let it dry out a bit, about 20-30 minutes.

A warning about smoking this in the house. My wife does not complain much at all about my tobaccos but I can count on getting the stink-eye when she comes in the room during a bowl of Irish Flake.

1 person found this review helpful.

Danno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Danno (87)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant

Allow me to preface my findings with the following: when Peterson released a description of Irish Flake on the website containing its promises of 'full-bodied' and 'pure, unspoilt tobacco taste', I encountered Lakeland flake lovers who sniggered and rolled their eyes. Guess what lads, Irish Flake is the real goods. Within the walls of this rather non-descript tin lies a rich, stout and truly workable blend. The unlit aroma promises dark-cured leaf and in spades. Drawing through the packed tobacco prior to lighting, an impression of peat and earth greets the mouth. Flavor is deep and unrelentingly uniform, perfect for these wet and cool fall evenings. Smoke it in a small pipe, if you choose. Or, a very large one, if repacking often is a chore. Either way, once you make partake of its company, very little else makes the nut, provided this genre of flavor and power is to your liking. This is not unlike Sinclair's Highland Sliced, but should prove much easier to procur. Bracken Flake now has a worthy adversary...

1 person found this review helpful.

Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (81)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

This is University Flake's stronger and more natural tasting country couisin, and that ought to be enough to scare off some of you.

But really, I love this flake. It is like GH Dark Flake but creamier and better balanced and not quite as strong. It is obviously blended with much care and very high quality though strong components.

So if you like strong, like Bracken Flake, GH Dark Flake, Dark Birdseye, then this fits right in, and it has a charm all its own. I like the fact that it is entirely natural, no topping. Not even a hint of berry essence like University.

It is smoother than GH Dark Flake or Dark Birdseye and not exactly as strong or relentless as those. It has some complexity too, not monochromatic, again revealing the hand of a careful blender.

I taste a measure of dark fired tobacco (similar to what is in American chewing tobacco twists or Five Brothers) which makes like Walnut Flake from the UK, but this is richer and made of higher quality leaf.

It's perhaps a bit edgy here and there, though this is a new blend, and the edges seem to fade quickly ... creamy, nutty and slightly oaky, this is a very full blend. I think it is the best of the very strong, unscented flakes out there.

1 person found this review helpful.

Hybrid12 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hybrid12 (14)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

This burley based flake packs a nicotine punch. After smoking several Gawith, Hoggarth tobaccos loaded with casings, I found this flake to be more in line with my taste. I will keep this short and sweet. If you like mild sweet aromatics, then this probably isn't for you, but if you are a burley lover, this is one to try. For me this is not an all day smoke, but one to go home to after a hard day at work. I highly recommend.

Pipe Used: briar

Age When Smoked: right from a fresh tin

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

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fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (154)
★★★☆
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

This is a tasty strong VaBur with some DFK thrown in for good measure. I smoked mine mostly rubbed out, but I did try folding as well, and that worked too.

This is a full flavored burley forward blend. The burley has a slightly sweet and bitter profile and it is backed up by a spicy, smoky Kentucky. The Virginia gives it a smooth sweet undercurrent. There is a hint of a topping that gives it a note every now and then that I can't quite identify. The topping is very subtile, and this is really tobacco flavored with a side of tobacco.

This is a great blend, but it is probably not something for the novice.

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Warcross Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Warcross (2)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

Delicious, rich, full-bodied: I had high hopes and was still blown away. I will describe the tobacco before describing why & how I smoked it so you can skip the fluff if you want.

I became even more optimistic as I opened the tin and that good ol' pure tobacco raisin smell wafted out in thick waves. It struck me as a good sign. For once, I was right.

This is the finest straight up tobacco-y tasting tobacco I have ever tasted. It puts out a deep, assertive but not aggressive billow of complex and satisfying flavor. It's not a very sweet smoke. It's not very gentle; consult the official caution on the tin and heed at will. However, it's nothing like a graceless, clobbering monster such as Gawith's Brown No. 4 (which smokes same as it looks & smells: like a spicy turd in a tin). Irish Flake is unapologetic but extraordinarily rewarding. There's just the right amount of piquant black pepper note in the back to brace the elegantly rich, deep, smoky, woody flavors pouring across your tongue. Whichever earlier reviewer mentioned licorice is right, but I think it dances around farther in the background than he implied. As an important footnote, the "room note" is surprisingly fruity-sweet and pleasant. In all, this is the perfect smoke if what you are craving are body, depth and old-school grace, without the sweet of Virginia, the tang of Turkish, or the must of Latakia. Smoke this outstanding tobacco! Just don't buy it all; I need some more :)

Much of the online information about burley tobacco makes it sound like some sort of nicotine-heavy, ethereally-flavored ghost. As a longtime cigar smoker, nicotine and spice and body don't scare me, but vague & hardly enticing descriptions of burley abound and up 'til recently put me off trying it. I had looked around but never found anything that made me interested in a pure burley smoke.

Randomly browsing tobaccos either here or on smokingpipes, I happened across the reviews for Irish Flake, which led me to Solani Aged Burley Flake and Wessex Burley Slice as well. I was pretty surprised, but the descriptions were such that I immediately bought all three for a burley-saturated month of comparative tastings, then sat around for a week while they shipped, gleefully grinning and rubbing my palms together in greedy anticipation. Gotta have fun somehow.

Since I haven't smoked a flake tobacco in five years or so, I reread all the online advice about various pipe-packing methods. Then I opted for old faithful: roll 'er up and stuff 'er in. The cut of Irish Flake is such that this works perfectly for my Bjarne and is a little short for my Chacom. Which seriously, has a massively deep bowl. I was worried about the burn, but needlessly so, as it lit fairly easily and burned as well as any other cut I have tried. I am a slow but steady puffer, and this blend seemed less prone to getting hot than the coins, plugs and ribbons I have had recently. As an experiment, the second time I packed the deep Oom Paul bowl, I rolled & stuffed one whole flake then topped it with a half-inch or so of cube-cut. Then I tried the same method but with rubbed-out leaf on top. The rubbed-out worked fine but the cube-cut seemed counterproductive, especially given the work involved.

I loved Irish Flake so much my daily tobacco intake doubled instantly. When I was running low I tried the Solani Aged (point of this experiment anyway, right?) and it is almost as good: mellower than Irish Flake and a bit sweeter both in aroma and flavor. Also, the Irish Flake seems more tightly packed and easier to work with if your goal is NOT to have it fall apart. The Solani seems quicker to crumble and easier to rub out. Both excellent but for me the bold purity of the Irish Flake edges the Solani out.

Pipe Used: Bjarne Churchwarden, Chacom Jura Oom Paul

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Solani Aged Burley Flake.

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Dottie Warden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dottie Warden (7)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

An instant winner, right from opening the tin through to the bottom of the bowl. The only reason I don't give it 4 stars is because it could not possibly be everyone's cup of tea. Also, it states that it is for "experienced smokers" on the tin and this warning is to be taken seriously. The nicotine level is on the high side for me personally, but I may not be the best judge in that department due to my sensitivety. The taste, however, reigns supreme, and I can't rave enough about this product. Irish Flake is proof that non-aromatic tobacco can be packed with flavor. If you think you're up for a true pipe smoking experience, get some!

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codyp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
codyp (65)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I'd like to keep this short and sweet. It's a strong blend, with a strong nicotine feel. It's bold and in your face, but in a good way.

The flavor is full and true to the classy Peterson way. It's kinda like a oily Burley blend, which sounds weird, but the taste is amazing. The room note wasn't the most pleasant for a bystander, but i enjoyed it.

Definitely one to grab if your looking for a strong blend, that keeps it simple.

Pipe Used: Peterson System (Bent), AKB Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: New, 3 years

Purchased From: Various

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Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (111)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant

I bought this one after hearing how well it seems to be regarded, a lot of folk seem to swear by it in spite of it's reputed strength. So when my 40th birthday came up at the end of last year, I treated myself to a tin of this stuff in the hope and expectation that it would make a great celebratory smoke. I might not have got quite what I wanted but I think I got something probably a lot more worthwhile.

I opened the tin up on the day of my birthday about three weeks after purchase while safely ensconced at my brother's house where I was staying for the week. The tin aroma was cracking, good whiffs of something like whisky, even my brother, a non-smoker, thought was a great smell. He was as impressed as I was, too, with the large, well presented, dark brown flakes that sat within the tin. My first smoke, sadly, wasn't up to much, but, seeing has I was having to smoke outside on a very blustery day, I didn't really let it leave any untoward opinion of the tobacco itself. My next couple of smokes when I got back home, in a bent Adsorba, did dampen my hopes of liking this one, tasting quite musty and dank. The strength, while anticipated, didn't help any and left me feeling rather disappointed, and packing quite a large bowl didn't help. I then switched to a smaller Dr Max Dental, still the same mustiness came through. Feeling rather let down, I rubbed the remaining flakes out, put it and a jar and stuck it at the back of a cupboard, a trick that's worked with some other flakes that didn't impress initially, and cracked on with some other flakes that I had and found a little more palatable. Now they've run out, I've come back to this in the past week or so, packing it into a small bowled BC Belami and, may I say, it's worked wonders, there is still a little mustiness to it but it seems to add rather than detract, there's something woody or other and something of some rather dark, less sweet fruits such as figs or plums, all making it rather enjoyable. The strength is there, I personally find it tremendously strong, but in a pipe with a small bowl, this doesn't become an issue. the only other things of note are that it makes for easy rubbing out, packing and lighting and there is no tonguebite. Also, it's rare I notice the room note of tobacco these days, that's why I tend to put pleasant to tolerable on most reviews, but this is one I can pick up on and it's nice.

In the end, then, a good tobacco that has grown on me. I can't, in all honesty, give it the praise that inspired me to buy it, but, with a bit of patience, it has revealed itself to be a good smoke and has begun to grow on me. It's certainly a tobacco I'm willing to purchase more tins of to see if it grows even further on me, a further four star review may be pending. It is actually a smoke that somehow reminds me of some old academic surrounded by musty old manuscripts, puffing away on a pipeful as he pours over some old tome, divining the secrets of some ancient wisdom from some ancient script. As a book lover that's fine by me.

Pipe Used: Butz Choquin Belami Sablee 110 + others

Age When Smoked: 0 to 3 months

Purchased From: mysmokingshop.co.uk

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SpeedyPete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SpeedyPete (16)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

When I smoked this tobacco for the first time, I had my doubts. It was to strong for my taste. But I love Peterson tobaccos and I kept a tin of IF in rotation. It gradually won me over and now I smoke at least one bowl a day. It is not as strong as what people want us to believe. It's a full rounded, sweet smoke which I can keep lit for as long as I like. And if it does go out, it just tastes so much better the second time round. Room note is very nice, people often ask me what I'm smoking when I've got this champ going. Highly recommended

Pipe Used: Savinelli

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Curiosity hut

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gilkar31 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gilkar31 (1)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

It is the simple, humble tobacco, that we can smoke inside or outside. The taste is powerful but does not overturn into the excess. For the amateurs of flake, there is the pleasure of prepare it before placing it in a pipe with big home, ... a ceremonial! In brief, I appreciate this authenticity, and it is one of my favorite tobacco. Consumed on an empty stomach, he can turn the head of you or turn the stomach but as quite wild animal, he asks to be mastered.

Once lit well, smoked weith attention, he gets long minutes of pleasure.. On the other hand, not for beginners....

Pipe Used: CHACOM ALIZEE

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CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (110)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

From initial to the end, delivers smooth, consistent flavor. You can pick out the individual components, and get a nice spiciness on the retrohale. Burns well, all the way through. Very good blend. 3+ stars.

Pipe Used: KKarl Erik Semi-Churchwarden Blowfish, Neerup

Age When Smoked: B&M shelf placement date of JUL 2013 noted on tin.

Purchased From: Corona Smoke Shop, Jackson, MI

Similar Blends: Take 3 parts SG BBF + 1 part SG FVF and you have something very close.

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moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (41)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Full Tolerable

OK, forget the IF Encyclopedia; here is the thumbnail version: Peterson's Irish Flake is dark, highly processed, fairly strong and intense. It contains and exudes a number of non-tobacco components in its tin note and in its smoke. Among the additives that manifest themselves with the deep, rich and smoky tobacco are several fruits and some resin-y esters, aka "incense". Although the wet flakes burn better if they are dried some, the Full Monty requires significant moisture, akin to, say, Penzance. I like to fold and spindle moist flakes. At the match, IF starts right in with some cigar-ish spices, and I'm guessing that some smokers are quickly overwhelmed by this. My "trick" is simply to regulate my intake until I reach and maintain the desired degree of saturation. The Peterson blurb mentions only VA and Burley; but these are stoved, pressed and fermented, aged tobaccos, after all. Because of the spices, I long suspected there are Orientals and some Latakia in the mix, as well. However, I suppose it is possible that a particular fermented KY could provide the noted effects. While wet IF is rich and exotic, dry IF smokes like a cheap, dry cigar.

IMO, too much has been made of IF's strength. It is strong when it's moist, but not all that strong. Dried out, it barely rates a "medium". Room note is fairly strong. Apparently, some like it. My wife and daughter hate it, and even I hate the way it ghosts my pipes and stinks up my clothes. I also dislike an oily quality that infuses the otherwise-pleasant, lingering aftermath aftertaste.

So, wet IF is fruity, exotic, spicy, aromatic and darkly intense, with cigar-ish side notes. I like it on occasion, but it's not my idea of an everyday smoke. To date, jar aging has not helped IF. Balancing the worst of it against the best of IF, 3 stars.

Pipe Used: various briars

Age When Smoked: fresh to 1 year +

Purchased From: Liberty Tobacco

Similar Blends: Sillem's Commodore Flake (with respect to processing).

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krg1000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
krg1000 (134)
★★★☆
Strong Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought this along with Uni Flake at the same time. I must say that this little flake packs a nice wallop of Vitamin N that lasts quite a while afterwards. Which really helps if you know it'll be awhile for your next smoke. It isn't the kick in the stomach that 1792 Flake can give if you are not careful. This is one of Peterson's best blends in their non-aromatic line. The various weeds that come together for this blend come together very well. Recommended.

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serif365 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
serif365 (20)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I'm not 100% sure what to say about this tobacco. It's very "standard" in shape. The first tin I opened was one from 2012 and it contained 12 little rectangular flakes... each exactly like the last. I cut one up into half-inch strips and rolled it out. The next I folded and stuffed into a small meerschaum pipe. Both bowls were simply WONDERFUL. The smoke is SMOOOOTH and the flavor is out of this world. I found that I was experiencing the best of what pipe smoking was all about when puffing on a bowl of Irish Flake. (I liked it so much I ordered five more tins.)

I can't over-emphasize how good this tobacco is. Yes, it is expensive as tobaccos go, but I think it is well worth it.

I highly recommend Irish Flake.'

Pipe Used: 2

Age When Smoked: 62

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

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Joeray Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Joeray (61)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

I like this blend at my 1st bowl. Smokes well, well burnt, and the taste is very sweet. Lot of people said this blend is quite strong but i dont feel the same thing. I found this blend very smooth and easy to enjoy.

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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (203)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

It was just ok. Nothing really stood out for me. Nothing I could sink my teeth into.

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Suttonwood Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Suttonwood (12)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

Wow! This is a consistent strong, full flavored tobacco. I have smoked a couple of bowls and believe that the quality of what Peterson has done here is excellent. This tobacco deserves a leisurely thoughtfull smoke and has enough of a nicotine kick, that if smoked at a leisurely pace is very relaxing. It is not something that I would or could smoke every day, but when I am in the mood for sitting and thinking this will be something I will smoke again. When you open the tin, you will smell something that reminds me of a peat fire in a thatched roofed cottage in the Irish countryside. This is a great tobacco to smoke if you use your pipe to get away from the everyday world and be pensive CAUTION: If you try to smoke this too fast, the nicotine is going to punch you in the face.

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ctyankeepiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ctyankeepiper (13)
★★★★
Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant

Had a hard time finding a tin no matter where I looked for the longest time. Finally came across one last week, and snapped it up. Was very nervous opening the tin after hearing story on just how strong this tobacco was but I pressed on and took out a flake. The flake was a bit on the moist side so I let it sit out. After 20 minutes I figured "enough stalling", rubbed it out, packed it in my Ascorti business, and lit up. Was pleasantly surprised on how well it took to a light, only needing one re-light, and even more so on how good it tasted. As I got further into the bowl, the nicotine hit made it's presence known in a good way, but not so strong it knocked me on my butt. By the end of the bowl, I knew I found a new favorite flake for my evening smoke, especially after a hard day at work.

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samantabhadra411 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
samantabhadra411 (6)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant

Irish Flake Tied for #1 out of all the tobaccos i've tried along with Samuel Gawith Commonwealth Mixture. Every time i buy this I cant stop smoking it. It is outrageously good in my opinion. Very strong, Super smooth, Sweetish, Smokey, and Flavor packed smoke. I only wish they had this in 8 or 10 ounce packages because the 1.7 ounce tin is gone in a flash. It is so smooth that my rookie non smoker brother can puff away and so can my girlfriend, but about a 1/5th or 1/4th of the way through the bowl they get sick from nicotine. "God i wish it didn't have so much nicotine" they say.

As such i do not recommend this to beginners, Children under 18, Cancer patients, black lung survivors, Lung donors, or animals of any kind. But if you are not in that category I think you will love this.

If you are an aromatic smoker and are interested in non aromatics I think that there is enough Virginia and burley in this to satisfy your sweet tooth and still give you a good straight tobacco taste, provided that you can handle the nicotine.

Also i recommend this to a converting cigar smoker who wants the strength and burn time of a la flor, a 601 or a tatuaje. However be prepared for a sweet smoke, almost acid brandish. All pipe tobacco excluding latakia and perique are sweetish and still they are different from cigar smoke. But i think you will love this if you like sweet and strong.

Happy smoking

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panduji68 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
panduji68 (24)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

An extremely pleasant mellow smoke on the palate! There is definitely a very mild topping on this one that I can not quite put my finger upon, but whatever it might be, it compliments this tobacco wonderfully, and is very unabtrusive. Much like one of those 1950's style Summer dresses on a pretty girl at a picnic... Not revealing at all, subdued yet beautiful, and leaving you concentrating on her beauty rather than gawking at her figure as we men so often due. The focus is on the smoke as a whole, and how it all comes together rather than on it's particular beautiful nuances. Whatever this topping/flavoring I am detecting, It seems to back up the Virginia sweetness, and mellow out the Burley just perfectly.

Wow! I am smoking my second bowl of this offering as I write, and it is just fantastic... Rubbed out and left to dry for about 30 minutes in my air conditioned living room prior to packing the bowl, it is smoking extremely cool, no tongue bite at all, and is one mellow tasting tobacco. The nicotine level is oddly off par with what I am tasting in the smoke. This sedate pretty lady in the Summer dress packs a right hook like a pissed off boxer. I now find myself planted in my leather recliner with little will to get up, and even less will to stop smoking this amazing flake. The nicotine hit is powerful, yet easing... Much like watching a severe thunderstorm in the distance.

I am a huge fan of English Blends... Samuel Gawith's Squadron Leader and Dunhill's Nightcap being my favorite before bedtime smokes. I think the Irish have finally won the war, as this Irish Flake will replace the English Blends as my before bedtime smoke. Much more smooth, yet I wonder what a little bit of Latakia would do with this blend? Either ruin it outright or make it even more amazing. Perhaps I shall try mixing in a bit of Latakia and find out. The worst that will happen is that my beautiful wife will have to come out and pry me out of the recliner :-)

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430pat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
430pat (39)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

All this talk of getting bowled over by the strength of this blend aroused my interest not impressed by the nicotine or the tobacco will not buy again. Taste is similar to a cheap,harsh Tuscan cigar.

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Prior Wrath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Prior Wrath (6)
★★★★
Extremely Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

What a splendid little flake. Looks neat and tidy and rubs out easily. Also works well folded. The tin note is old leather and makes my testicles shrivel up in horror for some reason. I'd say the tin note is scary at least. Upon firing up the flake, the fear goes away and the smoker is greeted with smooth, creamy, earthy and sophisticated thick smoke. Its smoothness is deceiving though. You'll be getting a nicotine kick of your life. Not kidding at all.

Easy to smoke, yet not recommended for shrimps, hipsters, first time lovers, metrosexuals or beginners. It has just the right amount of force and flavor the grown man needs to have an extremely satisfying bowl. For me this is usually a smoke to call it a day before hitting the bed. Be careful with this one.

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McKNooB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
McKNooB (34)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

Boom!

Yes, strong. Subjectivity reigns supreme; coming off of several trials that didn't work out for me, this one did.

Dried a flake overnight, rubbed it out the next morning and was pleasantly surprised. Perhaps not recommended for the new pipe smoker but this is a flake that, it would seem to me, is what pipe smoking is all about. Tobacco.

Lit well and kept right on burning. Nice and cool. Seemed to get better further into the bowl. Vitamin N pronounced and the War Department remarked that I need to be careful about stinking out the hood.

On the hunt for more flakes now.

No gurgling, left the bowl coated with an even carbon and I was buzzed (not intentionally) the first couple of tries.

I'm not a flake veteran so I'm open to other reviews that suggest that there are much better out there. But for now, the evenness of Irish Flake will have it in the regular rotation.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Gag...burp...ugh!! This is a revolting flake. I don't know if its the high amount of nicotine that accounts for the reaction I get, but this one makes me sick. The flavor is strong and that's it, just grossly strong. I used to love UF and was hoping to love IF, but it was not to be. Peterson's baccy as of late have been a great disaster, not one in the line I really like any longer.

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zachchandler92 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zachchandler92 (5)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Extra Strong

After a little exploration into the world of flakes, I stumbled upon this blend. The tin note was more of an earthy sweetness, like black coffee with sugar. Once I lit it, my mouth was filled with flavor. Very spicy, the fire cured flavor really kicked in. The nicotine kick was strong and even made me hiccup. I resembled a strong, dark cigar like the Camacho Corojo. I rubbed it out the second time I smoke it and that really tamed it. The intensity backed off to reveal an earthy, smoky flavor.

Tin note: earthy, sweet

Room note: burning ass

Taste: wonderfully rich and full. Not a lot of complexity, but really enjoyable.

Overall: Wonderful outside smoke. I enjoy it with a black coffee or with Guinness. Nothing else really can stand up to the flavor. At $20/tin at my local B&M, this is definitely an occassional treat, though. It is a nice change-up from my normal MacBaren Navy Flake, that's for sure!

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

PIF is a masterpiece of VA/BU, strong, well aged dark BU and DFK being dominant.

Not a crowd pleaser by all means, this is a real man`s tobacco with a rich, creamy and refined taste to it.

Steer far away from this flake if a bit of nicotine makes you dizzy, because PIF contains a generous dose of it.

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PC Plod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PC Plod (39)
★★★★
Very Strong Mild Very Full Tolerable

Very strong and satisfying on its own. Similar in strength and composition to Condor and Coniston Cut Plug, but with a much lighter scent.

My favourite way to smoke Irish Flake is to peel off a few long thin strips, and fold it into some Mac Baren Virginia No. 1. No need to mix - just combine and insert into the bowl using the air-pocket method. A proportion of 20% Irish Flake seems just about right.

The result is superb. Similar to Mac Baren Dark Twist, but more flavourful. You can adjust the proportion of Irish Flake to the strength desired. The Virginia No. 1 is an excellent carrier, providing a harmonious base of natural sweetness.

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Loboatomy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Loboatomy (36)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

Bought a tin of this a few years ago, smoked a few bowls and was favorably impressed but not smitten. Packaging and preparation, as with all peterson products, was perfect. Seemed somewhat harsh and "young" as some petersons blends can be. Definately a strong tobacco with a hearty N kick to it. I put the half tin away for a while (? two years?) and re-explored a bowl tonight. It had dried nicely to that pliable without crunching level. I thoroughly rubbed it out and packed it into a smallish full bent no-name 6mm filter pipe. Initial light was easy, a nice hit of virginia flavor which soon led into a nice combination of burley nuttiness with the occasional whisp of virginia sweetness.No topdressing or flavoring detected, only a bit of (pleasant) grassy fragrance from the virginia. At times it's almost cigarrish in flavor, which was enjoyable to me. I had to put the bowl down a few times and give it a rest because of cottonmouth from the nicotine (I'm a RYO cig smoker and former dipper too, so I'm no wuss when it comes to nicotine- this stuff is pretty potent). All in all, not a bad blend, especially after some aging and drying. A little one dimensional as some of the reviewers have stated- not much development occurs during the bowl, it just kind of gives up at the end with a rather dissapointing burley "brash" like an OTC burley. Burning qualities of my properly aged and dried sample were superb.

I think it's certainly a high quality and well thought out blend and would certainly recommend it as a "touchstone" for all those looking to experience such a tobacco or to expand their smoking horizons.

Definately on par with 1792 flake and some of the Gawith ropes as far as the nicotine content and I would say that this may be a good (although expensive!) blend for those trying to transiton from cigs or cigars to the pipe as it will certainly satisfy a nicotine jones...

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TobaccoOnFire Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TobaccoOnFire (8)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

Picked this up from a local tobacco shop. Before this i had only smoked the odd assortment of OTC Burley's. People had raved about the nicotine content in this blend. Well i suspect that was a challenge so i bought a tin.

The Flakes really nice and this was my first experience with flake. Makes me want to eat the flake rather then smoke it.

The flake is just big enough to fold and stuff in to a MM Missouri Pride. It also works really well rubbed out but i believe there is a reason why they make flakes and that tobacco should be smoked as such.

I took 1/4 of the tin and decided i would smoke that and i jarred up the rest for aging. I ended up rubbing some of it out for blending and found that blending it with anything just took away flavor and ended up a bland mixture rather then just toning it down.

It smells like a mixture of pepper, boot leather, aftershave and cigars. Your quintessential dad smell.

To no surprise it takes the same as well but with more of an earthy taste. Although at the it soon began to taste a bit ashy. The blend itself is very hash and leaves a frog in my throat.

Well i finally cracked open the jar and smoked some of this. It had been aging for a little over 6 months. Let me just say its a major improvement.

This blend was a great smoke despite its problems but with just 6 months sitting in the back of my closet and this stuff becomes flawless.

The flavor profile has completely changed. Its very much similar to a maduro cigar. Although not as smooth as a fine cigar it still has a bit of a harsh feeling but its tolerable and some hot tea alleviates this completely.

Smoking is can be a bit temperamental at first. Rubbing the flake out solves this issue. But once you get the flake lit it stays lit for a long while.

This tobacco is the epitome of fine pipe tobacco. Its not tobacco you smoke while mowing the lawn. Its not "Lets clean out the garage" tobacco. This is the type of tobacco that you sit down with a good drink, a good book or some other form of passive entertainment.

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devinci40 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
devinci40 (4)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

A nice full body tobacco. As a long time pipe smoker I dont get the N kick. I do detect a flavor but couldnt put my finger on it Ive been smoking this tobacco for many years and I never get tired of it. If you havnt tried it pick up a tin it will be a tobacco in which you judge others by. Its a powerhouse so go easy and enjoy the ride.

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Mike0831 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike0831 (10)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

This is a great tobak. Without a doubt it is strong, flavorful and meant to be smoked slowly. I think it is easily my favorite tobak. This is a really well balanced tobak.

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Mr.MeerBill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr.MeerBill (35)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

get ready for some hair on your chest and a long nap great last bowl of the day

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Wellpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wellpipe (48)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A wonderful, nuanced and full blend from the people at Peterson who clearly know their trade. I don't know if this is actually flavored with anything but to me, in the jar, it smells slightly like cinnamon. Great, pure Virginia / Burley flavor in a format that is perfection itself in a neat, uniform flake but oh so strong. If you like nicotine, be sure to take this one for a ride but be sure your seatbelt is fastened first. By my gauge this blend is fully equivalent in strength to Samuel Gawith 1792 and only the stout of heart need apply. If you approach without respect you WILL lose your lunch - you have been warned. The stuff of legends.

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Sinister Topiary Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sinister Topiary (74)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Full Strong

My review could largely echo sirchud68's below. This is one of those blends that has an almost mythic reputation, and like sirchud68 I was underwhelmed by that first bowl. And, also like him, I felt each bowl brought a bit more interest. And, to top off our similarities, I too discovered that it went well with assam. (I didn't, however, put a tin in the cellar to age... not a bad idea though.)

Yes, it is very strong. Indeed, I think it's the only flake that has succeeded in making me hiccup with every bowl. But the taste grew on me, and I came to like it very much, reaching an understanding of its reputation. It's got a strong, natural, earthy-woodsy flavor with a hint of sweetness that kept me coming back for more; I even came to enjoy its rough-around-the-edges quality. I discovered it's also a good blender for giving some flavorful kick to its more genteel cousins.

A classic for good reason, but not the pinnacle for me. Yet I'm sure I will revisit this again in the future.

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o3Ho3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
o3Ho3 (28)
★★★★
Strong Mild Medium to Full Strong

well, this is N with unspoiled strong tobacco taste. Is not gentle or polite. It give's you the punch you probably need it.... Try it at lest once in your life, you deserve it in the tobaco too.

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Falkenstein Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Falkenstein (1)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

This is a great tobacco! It reminds me of the marvelous Lambert and Butler "Warlock Flake" of 40+ years ago - a taste I have not been able to find again since the regrettable demise of Warlock. I have smoked black Irish twist almost exclusively for decades - first as Gallaher's Irish roll, and then, when production of that tobacco ceased, I used to order thick black twist from England. Now, of course, it is possible to find both Samuel Gawith and Gawith Hoggarth twist in the U.S. For those who love the depth of full flavor released when smoking twist tobacco, "Irish Flake" will prove to be an enjoyable occasional alternative.

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pipelicidad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipelicidad (9)
★★☆☆
Overwhelming Very Mild Very Full Very Strong

The Irish Flake tin clause “recommended for the experienced pipe smoker” must be read as “with an extremely high nicotine tolerance”, because this weed packs a gigantic vitamin N dosage. I think it may be possible to have a real nicotine overdose with this one, so be careful. As with the rest of the tin description, it really tastes like “unspoiled tobacco”, which could be great experience for some smokers. In this direction, I think the taste of this flake its great: very dark, pungent, earthy and with some superb woodsy-sweet virgininan notes. The only fault (in my opinion, obviously), as I have mentioned, is the nicotine level. To put this matter on perspective, suppose that, in a 1-10 scale for strength, 1792 Flake gets a 6, and Irish Flake gets 11

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Vovinam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Vovinam (19)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

"True to the pure, unspoiled tobacco taste", I agree with this descripition, It's not a soft and round flake of virginia, instead is woodsy and dry in taste (not in consistence), for certain aspects it remember me the italian kentucky, maybe is the presence of a genuine burley base. Powerfull and natural, for an afterdinner smoking time I suggest, better if rubbed, don't use pipes with large bowls because become heavy not much in strenght but surely in the taste. When you open the tin the smell remeber something between cinnamon and farthing, but the taste reveal all but sweetness.

Type: Virginia flake, natural full ; Contents: Virgina light, virginia dark, burley (air cured, flue cured and dark fired) ; Cut: Flake, little and thin slices ; Humidity: Wet and takes a long time to dry (and is better fresh) ; Lighting: Not hard, maybe sometime a couple of attempts are needed, also it burns slow ; Pipe recommended: bent, bowl medium size, a Peterson fits marvelously.

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CGHurlburt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CGHurlburt (24)
★★★★
Extremely Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I chose a meduim sized Dr.G pipe to try this tobacco out with. I took a single flake and rubbed it out and packed the pipe a little loosely. It fired right up without any need to false light. At first the taste was what I expected. Just a good straight tobacco flavor. I began sipping it slowly and discovered that the flavor impoves as the bowl progresses. The strong nicotine becomes evident rather quickly. This might turn off some smokers, I don't have any problem with it at all. Midway through the smoke I allow it to go out and rest a few minutes before relighting. When I did pick it back up I was surprised that it tasted even better after relighting. I don't quite understand this, but it is clearly richer and tastier. From top to bottom of the bowl, this is a very enjoyable smoke for me. Anyone that enjoys a straight tobacco flavor should give this one a try. I'm adding it to my rotation.

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cpljake Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cpljake (2)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I also bought this primarily because of the Peterson name and Irish in the title. I love this stuff. It is smooth and creamy with subtle flavors. I like the clean tobacco flavor and the nicotine levels. The taste has almost a dark honey flavor that I can't quite put my tongue on, but is there all the way to the bottom of the bowl.

I like smoking flake tobaccos, from the look and feel of the flakes to the preparation, to cool flavors of the smoke. I smoke this in a medium dublin so one flake folded in thirds fills the bowl just right. I do have to relight often but says more about my inexperience and smoking style than the tobacco. This will bite you if you buff away like a freight train but sipped it will reward your patience. I'm at the end of my first tin and will be stopping to purchase another tin as soon as possible.

I could have this and SG Grousemoor as my only pipe tobacco and would be completely happy. Fortunately, they don't have to be, and there are so many more waiting to be tried.

Happy smoking.

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Realmensmokepipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Realmensmokepipe (5)
★★★★
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I really enjoying writing reviews for fine tobaccos, and this one has me especially pleased. I typically have a few bowls and give myself some time between experiencing a blend before I write give my thoughts about it, but today I am changing my routine and instead are writing this after my first go with this one.

Irish Flake. I acquired the tin at nice little spot called Leesburg Pipe and Cigar in scenic Leesburg. If you are ever near Dulles International Airport, you are only 10- 30 minute drive, depending on traffic, from this shop. They have an extensive cigar humidor, a decent selection of tins and few bulk blends, mostly aromatics. I would recommend it, because it's one of those classy shops, not a hole in the wall where one would go to buy a carton of cigs or a pouch of Cap't Black.

The tin caught my eye because it's square, and I like the idea of smoking something with Irish in the title. After reading the description on the tin, I was sold. I have been looking for a good blend non-aromatic blend that isn't a Latakia laced English to add to my rotation. So it was exactly what I was looking for.

The tin aroma is pleasant, but not pleasant like an aromatic. It just smells like God's great gift to man, tobacco. I have never smoked a flake, but I know that 'rubbing out' is the recommended method to achieve a good light and a consistent smoke, so I did that. My flake felt drier to me than the aromatics I smoked, and felt more like an English in that sense. It packed easily, and I would warn one to pack it especially lightly.

The smoke blew my away upon first light. It was stronger than any other pipe tobacco I have ever had, second to Boswell's Premium Burley. As the bowl settled into a rhythm, the strength subsided a bit and to the 'just right' spot. It was satisfying, and what I have been looking for for months. A tobacco that isn't afraid to be tobacco.

I love Virginia tobacco, with it's bright brassy sweetness, and the burley with it's nutty masculinity. This is a perfect marriage of the two. It is a consistent tasting smoke, and it's hard to distinguish the two flavors. They are both equally present in each puff. It's a thing of beauty.

My recommendation for an experience with this blend is to smoke it after a good hearty dinner, sitting on a porch or patio in good conversation with a beloved friend and fellow smoker. Don't try to puff full steam through this blend. Light it, and smoke till it starts to dim, then let it go out. When your ready for more, relight it. There are many reasons for this method. Firstly, the nicotine content is high, and this will keep you from rolling on the floor in nausea and dizziness, which is sure to ruin any piping experience. Secondly, this blend is strong tasting, and smoking such a blend quickly isn't a good experience, like trying to chug through dark coffee. It needs to be sipped, like a good whiskey. Thirdly, this blend is especially nice on relights, and getting as many of those in a bowl as possible will optimize the whole experience.

This is a tin every man should buy, savor, love, and repurchase.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

This is an extremely strong tobacco and I've yet to smoke an entire bowl without getting the dreaded nicotine induced head spins. I really do enjoy it's rustic flavor and mouthfeel so I purchased a Peterson Churchwarden to smoke this in and will report back after trying this combination. Smoke this tobacco slowly in a small chambered pipe. It's not for the faint of heart…

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runamuck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
runamuck (5)
★★★★
Strong Mild Full Tolerable

This is a unflavored blend of Virginian, burley and Kentucky tobaccos. Very nice flaks that smells great! A bit wet but you can rub it out put in your pipe and after a couple hours have a nice smoke. Letting it age up to six months, (this is long as I have gone) inhances the depth of flavor. I enjoy this blend for its flavors that are all natural with no added flavors. Very impressive. A strong smoke but one that if you enjoy smoking even if you do not like it, can respect it for qualities.

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piedpiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
piedpiper (26)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Tolerable

There's something wrong when you've got to treat a pipe tobacco like booze. This one caused me to take a trip to the ER. Had a similar reaction to Peterson's University Flake (albeit without a visit to the ER). Don't know if it's attributable the slower burning qualities of flake tobacco or what, but what many of the other reviewers have said is true regarding the vitamin N in this blend.

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Brother Of The Leaf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brother Of The Leaf (8)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

As another noted, the tin is a blast of Copenhagen. I haven't dipped the stuff in quite some time, but I could have sworn I just took the lid off of the fiberboard can. It's incredibly strong, incredibly earthy, incredibly rich. All of that carries on into the flavor. It's got a very subtle sweet back, with rich tobacco flavors covering the pallet. This is the first tobacco to give me a slight head buzz. It's no where near the nicotine of say Samuel Gawith's 1792 Flake, but it's definitely up there. I'd put it around the same, maybe a little higher than Nightcap. Similar in flavor profile to Irish Oak and Nightcap, but still offers its own uniqueness. It lights easily and burns very cool. I definitely recommend this weed to an experienced smoker as it will leave any noob lying in the fetal position.

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smokinginger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokinginger (1)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I had heard about this blend being "not for the feint of heart". Not being one to back down from a challenge, I ordered a tin. Two days later, it arrived. I cracked the tin and encountered a brick of lovely uniform slices...then the aroma hit me....Copenhagen....(what a wad of flavor...Robert Earl Keen Jr.. but I digress)...the tin smelled exactly like Copenhagen Snuff. Since I also dip it, it was very appealing to me. I rubbed out 2 slices (perfect moisture) into pretty fine shreds. It packed nicely in the bowl. The false light was performed, tamped and relit....and the bowl was thoroughly enjoyed. This stuff burns perfectly, never got hot. The copenhagen aroma disappeared when it was lit, and the natural tobacco flavors really shined thru. The dose of Nicotine was evident by the end of the bowl, and I found myself light headed. I love this tobacco for the straightforward tobacco flavors, and the strength. This will be in my regular rotation...

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johnstaf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
johnstaf (12)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

This is one tobacco that I would comfortably smoke for the rest of my days. It's strong enough that I can smoke it all day in a small pipe, but in a larger bowl it is magnificent. The taste is sweet VA, but with a dry and sometimes cigar-like undertone. It can also take on a spiciness reminiscent of perique. For a tobacco so rich, it is always easy on the tongue and burns beautifully, while the subtle interplay of notes mean it is always interesting. Everything about Irish Flake works so well, it has to be one of the true greats.

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AlexL Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AlexL (26)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Strong Medium Medium Very Strong

On opening I was greeted by the smell of German black bread dipped into aftershave. Small brown flakes, I've folded and twisted 2 of them and still it was not sufficient to fill medium-sized bowl. Lighting was hard but manageable.

What can I say? The best thing about this tobacco is that it does not byte. But that's all. It produces heavy one-dimensional Burley smoke, without any Virginia sweetness, just raw nicotine. It is not regular smoking; it's more like eating peppered bread which was burnt in a scout campfire. I got used to think that I am accustomed to nicotine, but this is too much for my playground. My advice: rub it out. Folding will lead to 1-2 hours suffering, truly masochistic experience.

I've tried it a number of times at different opportunities, but nope. I should overcome my greediness and throw the tin to garbage. BTW, the tin's form is far from perfection, it closes badly and makes impossible to keep tobacco in it for more then a week.

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Wiseguy1982 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wiseguy1982 (23)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Strong

So, another review from me.

I have been looking into more VA based blends. My most recent purchases are Peterson Irish Flake and Dunhill Royal Yacht.

I have smoked two Peterson blends now, this and Irish Oak. Both have blown me away.

I found Irish Flake hold a lot of the same flavor that Irish Oak has, but Irish Oak is a lot brighter in flavor and more smokey.

Upon inspection, Irish Flake is beautiful, unbroken flake, and a strong tin aroma that reminds me of dried fruit.

I used the ever so simple fold and stuff method, and loaded my faithful cob.

Upon lighting, this tobacco has some harsh words to say, but after a few puffs it calms down and realizes you are just trying to enjoy it. I guess if I were being lit on fire, I wouldn't be so nice at first either.

This was a surprisingly short smoke, going on about 20 minutes. That's fine with me, unless you are a really complex tobacco, and then I would be more in favor of an hour.

Peterson Irish Flake is pretty strong, as the tin suggests, it is not a beginner tobacco by any means at all. This is to tobacco what Michelob Amber Bock, or any other dark bock beer, is to beer.

This is going to be a treat to be savored in the cooler mornings (HA! WHEN IS THAT GONNA BE?!) and maybe special occasions. This is however, something I could smoke all of the time, but the quality and flavors are such that I would not want to exploit them and not be able to savor something truly special every now and then.

The flavor isn't very layered, it is sweet, rich and slightly spicy, but not too much. I found myself finding a lot of the same clean bright fruity flavor that I did when I would smoke Irish Oak.

The tobacco burns nice and clean, right to the end.

All in all, this will always be welcome here.

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bob-bennett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bob-bennett (3)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

A few days ago I was talking with a couple young fellows at my local Tinder Box (Costa Mesa, CA). I brought up my recent positive experiences with both Samuel Gawith blends "Squadron Leader" and "Skiff Mixture". One of them raved about Peterson's Irish Flake and highly recommended it. He was absolutely correct! I have to say that, at first, the tin aroma results in the irrational thought, "Do I eat this like a brownie with a hot cup of coffee or smoke it?". Wits about me, I concluded the latter. As with a recent experience with Gawith's "1792 Flake", this is what I genially refer to as "Tobacco for Grownups". The kind of tobacco that sends lesser formulations to bed without their supper. I would not approach this on an empty stomach or anytime before Noon, but it's utterly enjoyable. My return to pipe smoking is only a few months old. I've enthusiastically purchased way too many pouches and tins ... anyone else do this? ... and now I'm working my way through to developing a list of blends I'll definitely re-purchase when stores are low. This is a great candidate for my own List. Along with Kramer's "Father Dempsey" and Seattle Pipe Club's "Plum Pudding"! Peterson's Irish Flake is full-and-fine treat.

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sethus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sethus (9)
★★★★
Extremely Strong None Detected Full Unnoticeable

This blend took me for a drive, made love to me [ didnt buy me dinner :) ] This is perfection in a baccy !!!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Mr. Bentley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Bentley (17)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Very Pleasant

This is a totally unique and exquisite tobacco! Yes, it's got plenty of nicotine; but yet it does not punch you in the gut and attack you; rather, the nic is delivered in a tasteful manner.

It is well-mannered; I'm a fast smoker, and yet this never heats up on me and never bites.

It produces a hearty volume of rich creamy smoke, with a creamy rich full flavor. Speaking of flavor: It's flavor is incomparable to any other tobacco I've tried (and I've tried a lot). If you like an earthy real tobacco flavor, yet one which has some complexity and a unique and bold taste, this is for you.

The tin note is superb, especially after it has aged a bit. In fact, this tobacco, while being good from day one, gets even better if aged just a little- We're talking from very good to absolutely fantastic!

I think I'd describe the tin note when aged, as fresh-cut hay with dried fruit. [Tin note on a fresh tin is not so remarkable]

My modus-operandi now is to open the tins when I first get them, to break tyhe vacuum-pack seal; then put the cover back on and let them age for a month or more- that is when this tobacco really shines! You will be amazed at the change: The flavors intensify, as you'll be able to tell just from the tin note- as it goes from "meh..." to "Wow-oh-my-goodness-this-stuff-is amazing". It does not seem to lose nopr gain any strength from aging..it just gets better!

All in all, this is my second-favorite tobacco of all time- second only to Gawith & Hoggarth's Black Irish X. [And I'm not even Irish! But I don't see us Eye-talians making any quality tobaccos like this baby!]

And don't be afraid of it if you're a noob. This was about the 2nd or 3rd tobacco I tried as a noob, and I loved it from day one [NOTE: I like a lot of nic and have a very strong constitution].

To sum up: It's got flavor; uniqueness; plenty of nic and yet well-mannered. A pipe-smoker's dream! I've been trying a bunch of tobaccos since I started piping about 8 months ago- and this and Black Irish X have become my regulars- They've spoiled me for all other tobaccos by setting the bar very high.

A quality smoke that has it ALL!

Note: I do not believe that this tobacco contains any casing or flavoring, but I chose "medium" on the flavor menu, because it's mixture of natural tobaccos produces such a rich and unique natural flavor, that is very much in evidence.

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Grandad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Grandad (8)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I like this tobacco and have nearly reached the end of my tin. Though I'm still not sure if I'd make the effort to buy another? Though the flakes are half that of University flake, I have been using two to pack my pipe. (Hand rubbed)

I don't find the nicotine level in this tobacco to be too overpowering. It doesn't make me feel sick if I haven't eaten, I don't feel light headed and I don't feel sleepy. I've also found, as read in another review, that it doesn't make me want to poo... Very, very strange guy!?

All in all, if you're looking for a great tobacco that tastes just like tobacco, this is for you. I guess it can be likened to that of cigars, but I wouldn't say it's as good as a top end cigar. I guess I would liken this more to StBruno but better tasting. It also doesn't leave that old stale smoke smell in the air like StB does either.

Tastes ok and smokes well. If you're tolerance to nicotine isn't strong enough to smoke this, don't take advice to "build yourself up to it". Just leave it alone and find something that suits you. It's a luxury, not a competition.

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Sporter4551 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sporter4551 (2)
★★★★
Extremely Strong Strong Very Full Pleasant

Smoked a half of flake last week, this blend keeps me coming back for more! Cigar like and creamy. Will need to purchase more tins for those "magic moment"

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Trippwire Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Trippwire (58)
★★★★
Extremely Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

These flakes are small, like a stick of gum. Smell it the tin is quite strong, earthy. This is a hell of a smoke, I understand why it says it's for experienced smokers, very very full taste, almost overwhelming. I can't smoke this folded, but rubbed out or cubed it goes well.

It tastes like pure tobacco, delicious, slightly bitter, a bit creamy, and very prominent.

The first smoke I had of this, a whole flake cubed, I nearly finished it, but I felt a bit sick (nicotine), very tired, and an urgent need to poo. If you're constipated, a flake of this will sort you out. I slowed down on future smokes, 3/4 flake and I went allright. You gotta respect this one, It'll knock you down.

If you like super dooper smokes, get it, you'll love it. I will buy more, but there is a time and a place for this one, right before bed, in close vicinity to a toilet.

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Ecdycis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ecdycis (5)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I initially did not like this blend. I found it to be too peppery, but being that I had a full tin I decided to smoke it again, and I really enjoyed it. It has a fairly strong nicotine content which I didn't notice until I had a few months brake from smoking. The tin I had was in my dresser sealed for about a year before I actually smoked it. The first thing I noticed was pepper, and this was what initially threw me off of the blend. I do not know if I will smoke it at this summer, but when fall comes around I will definitely have this on my shelf. I wish it was more complex in flavor, but it is what it is. The room note is that of smoked oak or hickory. The palate to me is that of pepper, oak cask, and a sweetish dry hay. When packing for my pipe, I line up two strips on top of another and fold in thirds (up one side and down the other,) then role it perpendicular to the original folds and stuff that in my pipe. This is normally perfect, but if its a bit tight I poke a hole in the center and I am ready to go. Sometimes I find it nice to have two pinches of black malory packed at the bottom of my pipe then place one flake on top. This adds a wonderful transition, and the two pair wonderfully. I have no wife, but I have smoked this around non- pipe smokers and they do not seem to mind the smell as much as other tobaccos. I think this blend could really benefit from the tang of an oriental added in.

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Deleted Account (574)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Full bodied in every way, reminiscent of the lakeland/kendal style. Great for burley lovers and/or strong cigar lovers.

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machinebcon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
machinebcon (50)
★★★☆
Very Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

This baccy is a bomb, in every aspect. Whenever I smoke Irish Flake, I need to sit down for a while and get back to life. It tastes rich, full, strong, very much like cigars. I noticed that it tastes much sweeter and more pleasant and if you smoke it outdoors. Clearly the highest amount of nicotine of all Peterson tobaccos, a tad more than in 3P. Retrohaling it is a real challenge. I fully rub out the nearly black flakes, else I have problems to keep it lit. Irish Flake is not for the faint-hearted, that's for sure. Eat something before you puff away on a small bowl, this stuff is really, really strong :)

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Pipe Puffington Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Puffington (17)
★★★★
Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Nice strong tobacco. I keep many tins in my stock.

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firmitas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
firmitas (6)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my first review and I have been smoking pipes for three weeks. This tin fulfilled my quest to find the traits of a great cigar without the high price. It is just marvelous. Pardon the cigars references--it is what I know--but this flake tasted as rich and smooth as any high priced cigar. It was a dam fine smoke.

It is true that the nicotine-rich tobacco may overpower a novice, but having smoked cigars I was somewhat used to it. At any rate, as a previous reviewer wrote. you might want to go with a smaller dose of this great flake to avoid any nicotine effects--the equivalent of drinking too much out of good scotch.

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Mike__P Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike__P (87)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

This is one of my favorite tabacs: intense, serious, dark and smoky. Some think this is University Flake without the topping, but I disagree. It's much richer and warmer, and far less sweet. The Kentucky adds a lot of depth and some spiciness that will occasionally hit your palate, somewhat like Perique, but not as overwhelmingly sinus-clearing. So if you're sensitive to Louisiana weed like I am, don't be dissuaded.

This is a very good after-dinner smoke and provides a nice nicotine punch, with a similar but not as persisting dosage as Black XX, so keep this in mind when (and how) you load your bowl. A little goes a long way. I get an occasional taste of anise now and again, but nowhere near the amount as in Peterson's Perfect Plug. Irish Flake delivers a pure tobacco taste that is a bit rough around the edges and aggressive, which is perfect when the mood strikes. It has good body, but not quite as much as the aforementioned PPP.

I highly recommended IF and think it's a must-try for the experienced piper and flake smoker. Those new to the hobby may want to steer clear. I also highly recommend PPP, which is equally robust but has a light casing.

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TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (149)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

Upon opening this tin I was greeted by a godawful smell that made my stomach turn. OK, I have just pointed out everything that I found bad about this blend, because upon lighting it I was in heaven. The good thing is that this is about the least important thing to me so long as the smell doesn't carry over and with IF, it doesn't.

My first experience with flakes was entertaining. I am not sure I am even rubbing it properly, but it smokes fine all the way down upon first light so I must be doing an adequate job. I feel the sweetness of the VAs and, quite out of character for the leaf, I get no real tongue irritation.

The Nic is strong, but this only adds to this one for me. I am a fairly new smoker about six months and it is not too strong for me. I highly recommend this to anyone as it has jumped up to one of my favorites after only two bowls. I do not smoke this at work, however, thinking it might make me a bit counterproductive. I also could not imagine this as an all day smoke as it might put into a coma, but what a treat for a nightcap when I just want to sit and watch the tube. I may review this after more bowls if anything changes.

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gumboman4 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gumboman4 (2)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

As a recent pipe smoker I have been having a great time trying different tobacco blends. This is my first flake and also my first review. I have smoked about half of the tin so far and I am loving it. This is a great full bodied, straight tasting tobacco, no flavoring added that I can tell. I have read a few reviews all recommending some drying time with this blend but I gotta say I enjoy it more right out of the tin. It takes a light easily and stays lit without much problem. It packs quite a nicotine punch so be prepared. Overall I highly recommend this blend.

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chaplikc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
chaplikc (135)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a good no nonsense flake. It smokes cool and the taste is great especially once you get into the 2nd third of the bowl. The flavors develop more after the first 1/3 of the bowl . I always smoke this in a smaller (group 3 or 4) pipe due to the fact that the nicotine is high in this blend. I recommend this blend!

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Orion Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Orion (3)
★★★★
Very Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Tolerable

I have smoked this twice now with mixed results. The first time was only a quarter bowl in my new Peterson Aran pipe! I folded then rubbed a slice and may have packed the bowl a little too tight due to the excitement of new tobacco and pipe. Because of my reluctance to repack the first bowl in my new pipe the tobacco burned very hot and was very hard to draw off, which made the nicotine kick me right in the head! The flavor reminded me of Peterson Irish Oak but brighter and fuller. The next smoke lasted much longer as I packed my cheap Italian brier that is well broken in. I experimented with cubing a slice and a half then lighting rubbing it. It packed very well this way and stayed lit Forever! The draw was much easier this time around making me feel less like an asthmatic. The first three quarters of the bowl burned even and with consistent favor. Unfortunately the last bit of the bowl may have been slightly to dry and burned very hot. I was to greedy and did not want to put down a bowl which had been lit only once (char light not included). By the time I finished the bowl I was dizzy with nicotine! Maybe I should have had more to eat before a full bowl. Despite both bowls ending on a low note, the flavor was excellent and entirely worth the wait of cubing and drying it. I will enjoy finishing off this tin, though only a slice at a time, it's good to know your limits!

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A Northern Breed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A Northern Breed (16)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Overall, fantastic. Would recommend this to anyone who has got a good handle on what pipe smoking - and tobacco smoking in general - is "all about".

Opening the tin, I was pleased to see the nice, tastefully done packaging. The flakes are uniform, and are stacked in a neat little row from front to back. If there was a rating category for packaging, this would get 4/5.

I generally tend to rub out flakes when I smoke them, and accordingly, that is what I do with this one, and is what this review is based upon. It packs nicely and takes a light easily. Took a couple of relights, but smokes well overall.

The taste is pure tobacco; no flavoring whatsoever is present here. I love the taste myself, although I don't generally extrapolate on that in my reviews because it is such a personal preference. Overall, if you enjoy straight tobaccos - those without casings which taste like pure, good tobacco - you will undoubtedly enjoy this one. That is, unless you dislike nicotine, in which case you should stay away from this one. It is certainly strong. Smoked in a Neerup (Denmark) pipe with a pretty large bowl, and it was a bit much. Will use a smaller bowl next time, or pack less of it.

Overall, just buy this stuff. It's not expensive, and it's well worth your money. Smoke it in the evening. So far, this is easily my favorite flake, although again, it IS quite strong. Just go get yourself a tin and try it. You won't regret it.

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Bucky19 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bucky19 (13)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Very Mild Very Full Tolerable

i dint like this tin at all every time i smoked it it got worse. it wasnt that it was to harsh or made me fell sick it was the taste. it tasted like prunes it was just gross. it smoked good it was like university flake just not good. it smelt like red men chew right out or the tin all in all it is the worst flake tobacco i have had

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steelcicada Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
steelcicada (9)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Geat tabak. Packaged true to the taste of the classy gent. Smokey and sweet with a strength that compounds exponentially as the cherry sinks to its fine powdery demise. If you are not a fan of perique or english this is for you. It would pair well with a nice peaty islay single malt following a robust meal of gamefowl and legumes finished with a slice of punkin' pie. Certainly not for the faint of heart as it packs a substancial dollop of nic. Be warned. I prefer a churchwarden with a descent cone cake to level out the nic kick and the long stem to avoid the juice. A drop of tea frop this flake will surely send your tastebuds a packin! This is a definite staple for my cellar. Thank you Merci and Diolch.

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Struggling.Thinker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Struggling.Thinker (7)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This was the first pipe tobacco that TRULY blew me away. It was also my first flake tobacco. Perhaps, it was the flake genre, perhaps it was Irish Flake itself.

At any rate, from the first of the bowl to the last, I was captivated. I have never tasted anything like this before. This was one of the most refined tastes I have experienced. I have tried other Peterson blends (e.g., Old Dublin and Irish Oak), and I like them very much. This flake, however, is in a class all its own. In terms of taste, overall experience, and nic, Irish Flake satisfies more than any other.

I hear folks talk about smoking pipe tobacco down to a "fine white ash" with "no relights". That had never happened to me ---- until I smoked IF. It was probably a combination of the slow burn of the flake AND my appreciation and savoring of this flake.

HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommended.

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Bluewood Paul Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bluewood Paul (4)
★★★★
Very Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant

Great tobacco with no perique or latakia..i enjoy it very much.... great for the end of the day.... high in vitamin n...will probably make you want to go to bed afterwards

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Withnail Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Withnail (16)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

This is exactly what I hoped this tobacco would be! I was looking for a strong and intense tobacco and after reading the reviews on this site, I decided to try a tin.

When you open the tin you can smell the strength from the dark flakes. As with other Peterson blends, the contents is a little moist for my liking, but it is easy to leave out to dry it for a couple of hours. The flakes break up well if you choose to rub them out, although they are a little hard to light if you prefer to roll your flakes and place them in the bowl whole.

This blend produces a full taste with a good hit of nicotine. Even a very gentle draw can produce an impressive cloud of thick smoke. The taste, to me, remains consistent through the bowl although the strength does increase if smoked in a straight sided bowl.

This makes for a very satisfying evening smoke and if you are looking for a stronger flavor then I would recommend trying this blend/

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SmileyOrb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmileyOrb (12)
★★★☆
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable

My original review is shown here (below for reference).Just would like to add that this is a gorgeous flake. My early experience still holds true but it seems, that the number of positive comments shows how popular the little tin of delight really is. A full cured flavour and a rich smoke. Great for end of the day reflection. Like all good pipe tobacco, don't rush it -take it easy and you get a wholesome and wonderfully enjoyable time.

Earlier review below....

I first tried this a couple of years ago and it's become a reliable tobacco in my rotation. For those who are new to pipe tobacco don't be discouraged by some of these reviews but do be mindful that this is a nice strong tobacco and you don't need a large bowl unless you intend to make you head swim! This gets strong as you go and is a slow burn flake that can taste peppery and I hav never experienced tongue nip. I suggest that you smoke this as an afternoon tobacco. I don't smoke in the mornings anyway as my down time is with my pipe. So, this is a fine tobacco. A strong flavour but satisfying and distinctive. I recommend but I personally don't smoke this as a frequent bac as I like a milder regular (eg: Petersons University Flake or St Bruno etc).

Go for it!

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losergood Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
losergood (2)
★★★★
Very Strong Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

When I first smoked this I had a cold and it changed the strength of this flake. I could not feel the full strength or the nicotine until I smoked a second time. This is the strongest pipe tobacco I have smoked so far. That being said compared to a strong cigar it is still average to mild. After some experimentation I have settle on a combination folded and rubbed method for packing the pipe. At first this tobacco as a hint of sweetness to it that I did not expect. It is very pleasant. It then moves into a more traditional tobacco taste, very peaty and figgy. Kind of like fermented fruit. It then becomes stronger and I can almost taste the nicotine and a blending of tobacco leaves. I love this stuff. It is my favorite so far. It is also my first flake and I am excited to try more of them. Any one have any other suggestions?

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Recovery7 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Recovery7 (6)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I bought a tin of this based on reviews here and having smoked several bowls of it I am now writing my review.

Purchased at a local B&M in an older (small) tin. Packed appearance is very neat flakes, as another reviewer noted, like very dark, oversized sticks of chewing gum. Tin aroma...dark (brown/black), slightly smoky, definitive tobacco aroma. Flakes separate easily for preparation. I don't "fold & stuff"...rubbed out a single flake and allowed to dry for 30 minutes as flakes are a bit moist (even as my tin is several months old now the flakes are drier, but still need a little drying out). I have been moving away from larger bowled pipes and for the last year or so concentrating on Grp. 2-3 bowls. Packed in a straight billiard (very solid Grp. 3) and lit with a Zippo pipe lighter - took flame fairly well, needed a touch up here and there. First quarter of bowl can be a little misleading with this tobak...you get a hint of Virginia flavor and very muted sweetness and some smoke from the Kentucky but starts quite mild. Second quarter the strength and body begin to show up. The sweetness fades and the smoke comes forward (without overwhelming or being bitter). Note that the first half bowl has taken 40 minutes to smoke...this tobak ran a bit hot from time to time (with little to no bite though, took on a somewhat acrid quality instead) and I let the pipe cool. DGT'd for a day+ and just finished second half of the bowl...sort of like hitting pause while watching a movie - picked up exactly where I left off, full, strong, but never got hot. There is a nice nic thump to be had here, but not overwhelming. I recommend this for smaller to mid-sized pipes as it is a slow burner and a full-strength blend (could easily see this being overwhelming in a Grp. 5+ pipe). I really enjoy this blend and will be adding tins to my cellar as funds permit.

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newfiepipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
newfiepipe (3)
★★★☆
Overwhelming Extra Strong Very Full Very Pleasant

I would have to say when I was looking into this flake I thot to my self it can't be that strong............ boy was I wrong haha

This tobacco smells really good fills the room with a good aroma but it is way to strong for me I love alot of cigars but this is to much if you love strong stuff I would say grab a tin of this

It's not so strong if you rub it out or mix some Sherlock Holmes by Peterson it is actually quite nice

i give it a 3 out of 10 cause it smells good but don't let my opinion make you not try this tobacco because everyone is different

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Cubert Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cubert (3)
★★★★
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Excellent flake tobacco with some nicotine thump, but not over the top IMHO. This is coming from a guy who smokes Old Joe Krantz with Maduro leaf added for good measure. Pleasing flavor for the lover of real tobacco taste with natural smokey sweetness. If you have smoked Kendal Kentucky by G&H you will understand where I'm coming from. I would suggest separating 1 OR 2 flakes into approx. 1/8" strips and folding in half with the tips pointing upwards (this seems to work best for me) "Satisfying", is the one word I would use to describe this tobacco. Probably best enjoyed after a meal. This has come to be one of my favorite flakes.

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Davie Jones Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Davie Jones (61)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

PIF is definitively not for the beginner in the world of pipe smoking. This tobacco is not refined, complex or subtle by all means. When I opened the tin, the dark narrow flakes displayed a strong DFK smell that cleared off my sinuses.I could not perceive anything else besides that strong, smoky aroma. When smoked, it tingles the mouth and the throat, but not to a point where it is unpleasant or incommodating. This, my friends, is brute, sheer force of tobacco that tastes nothing else than pure, dark, smoky tobaccos with a punch of nicotine that will keep you going for a long, long time. The last third revealed sweet tones from the VAs. I smoke it only in my Bulldog, into which I can only load one flake at a time. Anymore would probably be overkill. Go very easy with this one...

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bluedog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bluedog (19)
★★☆☆
Strong Very Mild Very Full Tolerable

Im fairly new to smoking pipe tobacco. Iv been smoking aromatics starting out but asked the owner of my local b&m what would be a strong smoke packed full of nicotine for a transition from 2 pack of cigarettes a day to the pipe. he recommended Peterson irish flake and I'm taking to his recommendation well. Ive only had one cig today compared to my usual 2 packs. The taste of the Irish Flake is very nice and the way it makes my nasal passage and mouth tingle is exactly what I was looking for. I'm saying Good bye to marlboro and hello to the new rewarding world of pipes.

Update- this got boring quick but it will be alright to keep around for some other time.

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Philosopher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philosopher (27)
★★★★
Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Understated but robust: leathery, perhaps with a hint of aniseed? Definitely a top quality smoke. Strong, though not as strong as 1792 flake. One I'll certainly return to.

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Darth Vader Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth Vader (75)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Magnificent smoke. Full tasting without being too strong. Just what i like. Good nicotine content. A little goes a long way. Highly recommended. Nice small tin.

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?pe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
?pe (41)
★★★★
Strong Very Mild Very Full Tolerable

The first thing that strikes you is the tidy presentation of these flakes. The flakes are small and look like pefectly formed brown sticks of slightly thick chewing gum, perfect for folding and stuffing.

I think the presentaion was even better in the narrower tins, but the new flatter tins seem to contain the same flakes.

Although often slightly moist, the flakes light easily and you are rewarded with a tobacco that is deliciously sweet with a hint of pepper.

There are stronger tasting tobaccos out there, but they rarely offer the same levels of interest and complexity. For me, this is an essential tobacco.

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E. Craig R Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
E. Craig R (2)
★★★★
Very Strong Very Strong Extra Full Strong

If you can't get enough nicotine, then by all means you should smoke this. I am in that camp, so I thoroughly love it. It's a pretty solid and basic full flake. No surprises. Just pure, unadulterated tobacco.

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meerkat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
meerkat (64)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Good solid VA/KY flake.

Perfectly demonstrates the qualities of both of these constituant leafs. So, if you know what a Kentucky tobacco and a brown Virginia tastes like, you'll understand this flavour. It's very nice. Bold, strong, warm, spicy in a soft kind of way and slightly tangy at times. It has a beautiful, sour tobaccoy, tin note and is easy to pack, light and keep lit. As JuanCarlos says, this goes very well with a glass of whiskey.

I can see why some may find it over powering and I don't think I would like to smoke it constantly but it really hits the spot for me at times.

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JackSparrow Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JackSparrow (14)
★★☆☆
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

This is a tough blend, no doubt. Not for beginners, as stated on the tin lid! If you like pure heavy tobacco taste, with no topping or added flavour, this is the mixture for you.

If you need a big load of N factor don't hesitate: smoke it!

This is one of my favorites after dinner blend.

Opening the tin you can find little dark flakes, with a full tobacco taste. Moisture is at perfect grade, the flakes are ready to be rubbed and smoked at once.

When lit at the beginning of the bowl you can taste a tanging aroma, after a few minutes you can start finding out all its complexity and going through the bowl the sweetness of virginia is detectable, together with the strong taste of kentuky and the round burley aroma. Straight tobacco taste, no more, no less.

Very heavy N load, no doubt, but never sickening or tiring.

Absolutely 4 stars!!!

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pipester1990 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipester1990 (5)
★★★★
Extremely Strong Strong Very Full Pleasant

I love this stuff, although it is very very strong, I would still smoke it. I am dipping into the world of flakes and I started off strong, literally! I would say this is a very stout blend, not for the new pipe smokers, but not necessarily for the experienced smokers only. I am relatively new to pipe smoking within the last 2 months, and I enjoy this Peterson Irish Flake. Very good tobacco with a good room note and a special taste that no other flake can match.

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NedF Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NedF (22)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Extra Strong

This is a very strong tobacco, both in flavour and nicotine; burns the nostrils. Work your way up to this one; it's not for beginners.

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NA Morrison Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NA Morrison (32)
★★★☆
Very Strong Mild Very Full Strong

this is the strongest tobacco i have smoked it is good but definately not a early mournig or late evening smoke. i think if i gould get this toned down a little it would be a great all day smoke. i smoke mostly when i drink and the only down side is this overpowers just about any and everything but it was a good tobacco that i will definately have on special occasions

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JuanCarlos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JuanCarlos (13)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

The kind of tobacco that you want to chew when you open the tin. The best friend of a whiskey glass after dinner.High amount of nicotine, full taste of Virginias, Burley behind and sometimes it plays with your sinus like some Perique added, don´t know for sure. It burns slow, so you better be relax when try this one.

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Brown Pipeman 1940 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brown Pipeman 1940 (40)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong Mild Very Full Overwhelming

There are so many reviews on this tobacco that you know it is at least worth trying! But that being said, for those who have not tried it, be warned: This blend is STRONG! I like flakes, but I've never had one hit me so hard. The nicotine level in this is higher than any other pipe tobacco I've ever tried.

The aroma when I opened the tin was reminiscent of figs and hay. I used the fold and pack method with only a little bit of rubbing, but had to relight it so much and puff so hard that it made me lightheaded and nauseous. Two days later, I rubbed the flakes out vigorously, packed it in my favorite flake pipe, and it made a HUGE difference! It stayed lit extremely well, produced some very thick, full clouds of smoke, burned all the way down to the bottom, and the flavors were a lot more noticeable. This is a very earthy blend. I detected flavors of figs and hay, although I can see how some reviewers have mentioned chicory and flowers as well.

This is a high-quality blend, but is just too strong for me. The room note is overwhelming and is not one non-smokers, or many smokers, will find enjoyable.

P.S. Now, almost two months after writing my initial review, I think I have discovered a way to enjoy this without being overwhelmed. If you like the flavor, but not the nicotine wallop, try this: Mix the flakes with a good English blend. I mixed this with some House of Lords and found it went extremely well with the Latakia. I could still taste the Irish Flake, but it blended in nicely with the other tobaccos. And at the end of my bowls, my head was still attached to my neck!

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pipeslayer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipeslayer (16)
★★★★
Strong Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

My initial reaction to the tin aroma was to inhale, experience a momentary paralysis, and then break into a blissful smile. I knew from the moment I popped the lid that I would love this stuff, but I had no idea how much until I had it burning.

This is a beautifully balanced flake with rich flavor and a pleasantly heavy mouthfeel. Throughout the smoke, the predominant flavor I experience is chocolate, and perhaps this is largely because of the creamy feel, but there is also a deep cacao note underpinning the exceptional tobacco flavors. This particular combination of differently cured leaf, all of the very highest quality, hits the mark dead center. It is the most perfectly flavored flake I have ever experienced, as well; the topping in no way overwhelms the tobacco flavor, but compliments and enhances it, and it smokes consistently from beginning to end.

This is a strong tobacco, without a doubt. It's not a sledgehammer, but it is, as the tin says, for the experienced pipe smoker. The nicotine is powerful, and the body and richness of this flake are among the highest I have found. For all these powerhouse virtues, it doesn't even begin to bite or burn the tongue. It is a refined, well-mannered, and intellectual smoke.

I would have to say that this sort of tobacco is the reason I smoke a pipe. I might go so far as to say that this particular flake is, at least for me, the quintessential pipe smoking experience. Bear in mind my bias, and that everyone has certain things that resonate with them, but I cannot recommend this highly enough. If only it were cheaper!

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DragonBreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DragonBreath (8)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

It is stated in plain type upon the face of each tin, "Recommended for the experienced pipe smoker." These words are true.

Peterson Irish Flake presents itself as long, crisply cut flakes of uniform size, medium to dark brown, and arranged neatly in a folded paper envelope inside the tin. The aroma of the tobacco is reminiscent of vulcanized rubber, much like the scent of a typical English mixture. Moisture content is slightly wetter than ideal, but still excellent for a flake tobacco.

(I feel compelled to insert a parenthetical note here. The 50g. tin of Irish Flake is the perfect size for slipping into a shirt or trouser pocket, and is wonderfully portable. I use my emptied tins to carry around a daily supply of tobacco when I go out.)

Lighting is of average difficulty. The flake is not terribly fussy about igniting evenly, but it still takes more effort than a cut tobacco.Smoking this tobacco either folded or rubbed out produces no discernible difference in the taste.

Irish Flake is perhaps as pure and simple a tobacco as can be made. The flavor is earthy, meaty, and robust.

It is a very strong tobacco. I have been smoking a pipe for several decades now, but those years have apparently not been enough to qualify me as being experienced in this case. Peterson's Irish Flake made me nauseous and dizzy, and I feet like I had when I was a greenhorn to the practice of pipe smoking.

Still, this was not enough to discourage me, because Irish Flake tastes wonderful. I must simply take care and restrict myself to smoking half a bowl of it at a time until I grow accustomed to its effects.

Interestingly, my wife occasionally smokes a pipe, and she was able to smoke Irish Flake without experiencing any ill effects, despite the fact that she has not smoked often enough to become inured to strong tobacco.

I highly recommend Irish Flake for its excellent taste and agreeable burning characteristics, but approach it with care even if you feel you are an experienced smoker. Use a small pipe with a narrow chamber until you know how the tobacco will affect you.

Pipes used for testing: Peterson Tankard, Peterson Saint Patrick's Day billiard (126), Savinelli Saturnia 606 KS, Saint-Claude Raymond bent apple (307)

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Black Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Black (1)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable

Where to start. First review, been smoking for a while. As i sit here on my second bowl if this, its excellent. When you open the tin, it smells just like Copenhagen from the old days. Let the tin air for a while and you get that fruit and leather smell. Quality leaf.

Smoke it how you want, rubbed or stuffed, makes no difference.

I smoke it rubbed with a pinch of PA on top to get it going.

Initial light OS harsh, actually the first two minutes is that way, just push through it. It smooth out wonderfully and leaves a craziness the last half or so.

It's flavorful as can be if you like this type of weed. Spicy as times, though not like Perique, more of a padron kind of spicy. The Va comes through of you pay attention, bursts of sweetness, although I have yet to taste and culinary flavors from it, or any weed I smoke. It bursts through with a burleys and then the Va sweetness with subtle hints of kentucky, not in even proportions though. Finishes smooth and effortlessly.

The strength is there, but nothing extreme. Take it lightly though as this comes from someone who wakes up and smokes Black XX with dark coffee through a French press. I handle my nicotine well I guess you could say.

Overall a top notch smoke. A regular in my cellar and rotation. If you like tobacco, smoke it. If you think you taste chocolate in anything you smoke along with fig and anice, then still smoke it. Tell me what variations of grocery store you get from this one.

Recommended and smoked daily

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Scamp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Scamp (20)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Very Strong

I have had a tin of this tobacco in my possession for over twelve months now. When I first bought it, I found it a little too strong for my taste, although there were aspects to it's flavour and aroma that I liked. Not least when you pop the tin and get that hit of a deep rich earthy/leather aroma. I didn't throw it, I kept it, and it has aged in the tin relatively well; the flavours and general character of the tobacco seem to have mellowed to make a slightly more tolerable smoke. Make no mistake, this is a very strong tobacco for smokers that like to get a 'nicotine rush' after the first 10 seconds of lighting up. But I may come to appreciate this one with more time and patience. Not one that I would smoke regularly though.

Edit: This may have become more tolerable as a blend, but my tolerenace to burley has vastly decreased. This stuff's going in the bin!

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tattoomaker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tattoomaker (1)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Mild to Medium Full Very Strong

The first AND last tin for me. Way to strong for an aromatic lover like me!! The room note is horrible IMHO. A good way to tell your mother-in-law it's time to go... Only for the tuff throat.

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derlict311 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
derlict311 (67)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Mild Very Full Very Strong

I think Irish Flake matches the Irish's collective mentality: Strong, oily and dark. Haha! Anyone who has been to Ireland knows that the Irish value stoutness, strength and meandering straightforwardness over about anything. A fitting blend for the "common" Irish pipe smoker and others apparently. When I'm smoking it, I can imagine the Cliffs of Mohrer, the pubs in Doolin with four musicians going at it known as the "sessions" and I can even see the endless wide-open hills of Killarney speckled with black and white Holstein dairy cows. Yeah, Ireland is a magical place that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND VISITING, but as far as this tobacco, too much of all four criteria to enjoy.

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who broke my clay pipe? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
who broke my clay pipe? (45)
★★★☆
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

TIN AROMA:Pop open the tin and the tin aroma is @ figs,rose wine,chickory,plummy sour strong and mature,,,,,cased.

APPEARANCE:Moist darkish longcut flakes.

PIPE:6" georgian clay(best pipe)

Rubs out easy in the hand,,,slow burning,,,cool,,,full bodied,,,non complicated,,,consistant all the way down,,,tastes how it smells,,,and OK room note..

Absolutely no bite whatsoever,and it smokes fine strait out of the tin(i always test a baccy for its strait out of the tin factor/quality)

Mmm,well for comparisons to simulars i have smoked,i could say "revor plug" without the cocoa undertones,and mildly cigarish and sweet like "swisher sweets" cigars,,,also not far away from "university flake" but less nutty than "UF" ,and it doesn't give crinkly mouth like "UF" does("UF" leaves a roughed up sensation in my mouth,but in a nice way;its part of "UF's" after pipe memory)

Its basically on par with "UF" on strength as far as taste but more flavouring,,,;"IF" may have a bit more nicoteen felt,and i think this is an easier smoke in its figish way than "uf's" dry cigarish yeasty sour dough body.

Fact:Smoking in my clays which can take more thermodynamic punishment from my natural puffing cadence of 1234,rest,1234,rest,1234,rest,rest,rest,rest, etc.. rythme of sipping is;that a full steam ahead puffing really brings out maximum flavour which can be missed when i use another pipe(fast sipping,i smoke whilst working)

What i liked was its meaty factor like white meat pork with apple;-this has the sunday pork roast factor(no gravy though)which i like because i also like a lot "kendal twist large cut plug xx" for its roast beef and salt and pepper gravy factor.. Very full tasting.

Post pipe aftertaste in my mouth is simular to having sipped an unsweetened plum infused herbal tea,or like raisens,,;its pleasant and a reminder that i want to reload my bowl.

It can give you a nice cold face sweat near the bottom of the bowl if you puff hard.

I was weary of buying this one,and i really read between the lines on its reviews to make sure i was making a sound purchase.. :Certain adjectives give an impression which defies what it is like to actually smoke;obviously its hard to put into words sometimes and so adjectives should be taken loosely...

The word "floral" is one such word which raises an alarm bell in my mind of "condor ready rubbed"(yuk i had a bad spin on that once)...BUT this is floral in the natural sence and not a "lavender liquid hand soap" way...So there is no soap in this either i am glad to say.

I am pleased that i had nothing to fear from this,and that it is not as "bad-ass" as its legend: Its a nice tobacco.

It does require a relight sometimes if i forget to puff and it takes relights well(probably because i was pausing to write this on the spot review),,,;this is not a complaint of its burning properties,because due its long lasting burn factor its easy to think you have finished the bowl,when in fact there's plenty left,,,;it doesn't have a high sugar content to be self combusting;touching the bowl of my clay revealed that it was not that hot.

The draw of your puffing through the tobacco has an effect like lightening picking its own burning course;you think its over only to find some baccy left that didn't get struck in the first chain reaction of combustion,,;tamper it down a bit and relight and off you go again,,,;its not that the tobacco is too moist;perhaps i should of rubbed it out more,,;but i was eager to smoke and so perhaps rushed preparation..

It burns to a heavy dence grey dust ash,which gives an impression of this tobacco having a good substance to it in the first place.. My first bowl has convinced me that this may well enter into my regular rotation..

Great to smoke while working when time flies;its burn rate is double time of some other baccy's i smoke ,and means i get more time out of my best tasting pipe with its smallish bowl handicap.

2ND BOWL:Deciding that i like it strait away i want to see what a second bowl of flake does(being a flake that was sandwiched between two others in the tin,rather than the last in the row),,;it is slightly moister but takes flame OK,I use a pipe zippo BTW.

I get the pork and apple flavour,and also a slightly licoricy aniseed hint which combines together sometimes to produce a chickory flavour,,like that "Camp" drink you can get in england which you dilute with milk for a cold ice coffee milkshake..

I rubbed this second bowl out harder to see it use my usual puffing cadence;in sips i get a nice efficient cook going,and this time it burns strait through with no relight necessary. My pipe capacity takes exactly one whole flake,,i don't think i need to pre dry this while smoking a clay because it burns hotter than briar anyway.

I don't think this tin is going to last long(just finished my fourth flake)i like it!.

Is it an alldayer?it has the potential to be;like a bowl every hour or 1.1/2 hours or so(does anybody really smoke 10 hours non stop?),,,;cup of tea and a pipe?;yes sir!

I will give my final conclusion when i have finished the tin;for now this review is pending because i am trying out lots of samples simultaneously..

Update 21/05/11:Ok my final verdict is that this is the strongest pipe tobacco i know of:I have tried Black XX and Brown#4 ropes which although stronger when fresh out of the tin than Irish flake;these have over a couple of months lost some of their strength while Irish Flake seems to of gained strength out of the tin for the same period. When i first got Irish flake i was able to handle it well with bowl after bowl(in a small clay pipe i might add),,,;but recently revisting it,it has gained strength and one bowl is enough.. Its sweetness and aromatic properties have dropped making it a more pleasurable and natural smoke.. Its strength factor which has gained while others have become milder(even i was surprised at its transformation)is such that i recomend this purchase as a strong medicine factor. I can smoke this to give me a spin which is just right for getting a good sleep in the day after a night shift. Perhaps i was more tolerant to it at first because i was drinking large mugs of tea whilst smoking it at work,or the fact that i was working and perhaps its effects are less when i am doing activity to absorb it(i don't know?).

Not only has it got stronger,but its got better. It is the coolest smoke i have ever tried,and the longest lasting,a bowl of this feels like two bowls worth of something else. I will purchase this again.

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surphace Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
surphace (2)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

I haven't been pipeing for long, and i've bought a few tobaccos. Most of which taste pretty good and smell very sweet, and have very little effect on my head. I've wondered while smoking where the tobacco flavor is and where the nicotine is and why does my tongue keep burning. Today with great anticipation i got some irish flake and everything changed. Delicious tobacco flavor smoke came billowing out of my pipe without even a tongue tickle. While i sat belligerantly puffing away the bowl lit up bright red and yet the pipe was still cool to touch. And then the greatest thing of all my head was perfect. Doors opened angel sang beutifull music was playing everywhere so on and so forth. highly reccomended and soon to be highly purchased. Irish flake right on.

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agentlemanfromindiana Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
agentlemanfromindiana (18)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

When I first heard of this tobacco, a friend told me, "Dude it'll kick you butt man. You had better wait a little while until you give this one a try!" Honestly, after my 5th bowl of it, I don't really notice the 'strength' that everyone else talks about. I inhale my pipes, so maybe it's different if you do not inhale, but it's not overwhelming rather somewhat pleasant. I prefer my tobaccos to be strong and flavorful however this tobacco has hardly any flavor.

Over all, it's pretty good. I'm glad I bought it and tried it, however I don't think it's worth putting in my rotation.

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beardedhermit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beardedhermit (30)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

a very stout blend indeed. there is a very faint medicinal taste way in the back. burn is exceptional, nice side stream.

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atlassmug Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
atlassmug (3)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

I am certainly not what one might call an "experienced pipe smoker." However, this is one experience I fully enjoyed. I am naturally given to things on the high end of the taste spectrum like Guinness Extra Stout, strong black coffee, pizza caked with crushed red pepper and the like. I was not disappointed. As near to nirvana as a smoke could be. Opening the tin and rubbing it out adds delicious anticipation and preps the mind for a smoke like none other. A wonderful confluence of nature's goodness and ingenuity of man.

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FunnyPipe727 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FunnyPipe727 (20)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong Very Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

This was definitely an intimidating blend one for me. I am not an English (Irish?) style smoker in the slightest. I haven't ever really enjoyed them because they're not all that sweet. But hey, go big or go home if you're going to do something new, right? I immediately noticed the label's passive (but definitely not without truth) "For the experienced pipe smoker" warning. Hence, I had restrained myself from smoking this for a long time for fear that I would be overwhelmed. I found that to be exactly the case, but man, Irish Flake, you're still one sneaky bastard. This blend is definitely a creeper. It smokes cool and dry. It has a nice, full and complex flavor, and is pretty low-key on initial strength. And then you stand up about half way through your bowl, perhaps to go grab another book or something to drink. Then it promptly hits you like a train. I will now caution all smokers who haven't ever smoked tobacco of this magnitude: FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, SMOKE THIS IN A SMALL BOWL. If you smoke too much, even at a moderate pace, it will END YOUR SHIT. This is five alarm tobacco in the nicotine department. Smoke too much, and you'll need a bucket and some sedatives. It give you the whirlies something fierce. That being said, I LOVED IT. Although I ended up a little queasy toward the end of my smoke, Irish Flake was a delight! Upon opening the tin, the smoker is greeted by the pungent aroma of of unadulterated Virginia tobacco. That thick, leathery, sawdust scent with just a hint of papaya is unmistakable to any pipe smoker. It lights evenly, and has a surprisingly sweet smell for such a strong leaf. Almost a gingerbread smell mixed with the musky scent of the woods on a dry Autumn day. It smokes beautifully, and is quite tasty. It tastes nutty, and sort of grassy, with that rich dark wood fire taste on the side. At points it does have a very specific scent and taste not unlike hay, but this only enhances the flavor, despite being so unconventional. All in all, if I had smoked this in a tiny bowl, I would probably love it more. Very complex, very rich, and a hell of a dose of one of the oldest narcotics. A must for anyone whose blood runs green as the Emerald Isle. But for God's sake pace yourself, or Irish Flake will make you feel like you've just gotten your arse whipped down at the pub.

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Schmitz Bitz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Schmitz Bitz (5)
★★★★
Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Upon first opening the tin, I am greeted by the musty aroma of warm leather, saw-dust, and cherries. The flakes rub out nicely, and, of course, the tin aroma's become more prevalent when doing so, particularly the undertones of cherries for me.

One flake loads my pipe very nicely, whether I've rubbed it out, or simply folded it, and provides between 45min and 1h30min, depending on method/mood/place. It should be noted that I much prefer the folding method for this tobacco, I find it gets a little too intense for my palate when rubbed out. It takes a flame very nicely, and once lit, it is very easy to control the ember, providing a nice, smooth smoke from true light, to heel, with a minimum of effort (I've yet to require more than three matches when folded, using two of those on the true light). Burns away to a fine grey ash, with no dottle to speak of, no matter which method I use to load my bowl.

The smoke is rich and creamy, and no matter how hard I abuse the bowl, it doesn't seem to bite. Stong nutty flavour that lasts throughout the bowl, with a peppery undertone that begins to take shape towards the mid-way point, coming further into the forefront as one smokes. Every so often, a sweet flavour, akin (to me) to a mixture of papaya and fresh hay, will rear up, although not in an unpleasant and overpowering way. Room note verges on the strong side, tolerable, but verging on not so (according to the better half), and is prevalent with aroma's of leather and musk.

It should be noted that this blend does bring the nicotine, if one isn't careful, particularly if they are not used to the vitamin N, they could find themselves reeling and dashing for a bucket. Definitely a sipper.

Despite the tin warning For the experienced smoker, I would recommend this tobacco to anyone who enjoys a strong, rich, and complex smoke. Cigarette smokers will find the burleys in this blend kick up the nicotine enough to kill the cravings, while the cigar smoker will find this strong enough to tickle their fancy.

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Cam The Man Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cam The Man (3)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

If you like cigars, you're definitely going to like this. Nice leathery smell and after taste. Peppery, full, warm, tastes like a good maduro stogy

Makes you think of back in the day when smoking was what everyone did, and cubans where legal :D

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maigret fan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
maigret fan (57)
★★☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Strong

Yes, it is strong! We could say that their University flake is urban and high brow while this Irish flake is more rural... The strength make difficult to distinguish much else. I smoke it outside, walking in the cold and wet weather present in this period of the year in another Celtic place, i.e. French Britanny. Smoking it walking by the sea was quite an experience. Perhaps to have by hand for that kind of opportunities...

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M.Toney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
M.Toney (53)
★★★★
Very Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable

This one put me back in my easy chair and made me stay there for a while! Very good stuff & will definitely satisfy in the nicotine department. I loved this stuff. Expands like no other pipe tobacco I've ever used. I like to rub the flakes out a little to achieve a more even burn but it smokes great any way one chooses to prepare it.

One flake is just right for a size two pipe. I detected a definitive mild, cigar flavor in the smoke on my first draw. Later, it becomes less noticeable and cigarish flavor remains in the background as this develops into a sweet, tasty smoke. I like to keep a tin open most all the time.

Difficult to describe the tin aroma...never smelled anything quite like it...a very pungent, strong, fermenty, fruity/chocolate like smell. The cigar aroma doesn't stand out in the tin aroma, & only slightly in the smoke. Mixed a little of this into some Stonehaven and it reminded me of my favorite, Royal Yacht, but that's just me...my palate has a license to mill.

I have several tins aging and this one is in my top ten rotation. If you like strong tobaccos, like me, with a touch of cigar leaf and enhanced flavoring that provides a strong, sweet smoke, "This flake's for you." Excellent! Four stars without reservation. A delightful change of pace. Sampled in a 2S Dunny & a Peterson Deluxe.

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

Had a bowl of this for the first time in a long time after the summer off of smoking. (the wife makes me smoke on the porch and it's simply too damn hot to smoke in Florida in the summer heat) I had come back with a bowl each of Full Virginia Flake and C&D's 965: Tuggle Hall the day before with my morning coffee and late afternoon cocktail respectively.

Then the other night as I was mildly intoxicated, with a full belly of dinner, after the wife went to bed I decided for a smoke. But... what to have? (my bar is too full, with too many choices) Irish Flake screamed to me. And after nearly a year of sitting in the tin, a little drier than I thought I'd like, I smoked some. Half a bowl. Delicious! Strong yes, especially after a hiatus. But damn the flavor was amazing. And, to my astonishment the drying out helped with the heat of the smoke. For some reason moist flakes smoke hot here in Florida, perhaps because of the constant high humidity in the air. But this was superb. Made me realize just how much I love that blend. Great with a few fingers of vodka. Probably better with some whiskey or scotch!

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LoKi6922 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LoKi6922 (11)
★★★★
Extremely Strong Strong Very Full Strong

This ain't your grandma's menthols! Wow... Full bodied tobacco, every sip feels like you're taking a big bite of something. Need your nic fix? This is the tobacco for you. Very tasty, the way a real tobacco should taste. Smells great in the tin and the flakes are perfect. A little wet in the tin, but I don't see this being an every day smoker for me so I'd like it to age and dry a little. Delicious and highly recommended for the experienced smoker!

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Traderbob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Traderbob (24)
★★★★
Very Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Great full-bodied tobacco. The f.akes are very uniform and consistant, and smell great in the tin. Definately a strong tobacco and as such I smoked it slow and easy (I am generally a sipper anyway so this matched well with my style). This tobacco has a deep rich real straight forward tobacco flavor. The note on the tin warns you that this tobacco is for an experienced pipe smoker. I don't know if I would go that far as taste vary so much from smoker to smoker. I think it is good that this warning is listed so that new smokers can be aware of what they are buying. Irish Flakes are softer than other flakes I have smoked and rubs out easily if this is the way you want to go. I typically fold lenght-wise, then the other way and roll it between my fingers and then pack the bowl. Much easier to light and keep lit than FVF or Bracken Flake. Good smooth, strong taste throughout the bowl. Burns to a fine ash and is easy to tamp as you are smoking. This one is easy to smoke to the bottom of the bowl. This flake is definately stronger that SG's FVF and leaves a little more "peppery" taste in the mouth. For Virginia lovers who enjoy a strong tobacco with no casing, this one is a great choice. Don't smoke around others -mostly in my shop, but I can tell that it does provide a strong room note. Great tobacco for an experienced smoker or any pipe smoker who is willing to smoke slowly and get used to it!

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Taste Buds Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Taste Buds (138)
★★★☆
Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

This blend takes some getting used to. The previous reviews scared me away from trying this blend. I have the same fear of trying FVF. The first bowl was difficult to enjoy. The strength was just too much for me. What surprised me, was the fact that I wasn't bothered by the nicotine. By the third bowl I was more comfortable with this blend and noticed the slight sweetness in the leaf. As an occasional cigar smoker, I can enjoy this blend when the mood for something substantial strikes me. It will not be a regular smoke, but it's still an excellent blend.

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BingCrosby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BingCrosby (48)
★★★☆
Very Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

Big flake flavor from a pretty small sized flake.. Peterson's irish flake is one you smoke when you want something substantial.. Somewhat hard to tame, it is well worth the effort of doing so... I find it to be similar to 1792 flake minus the tonquin.. which for me is perfect since I did not like that aspect of 1792. Once tamed it can become strangely mellow, with barbs around the edges.. midbowl it can become very subtle with traces of sweetness.. I like it. an espresso among flakes.

edit: I just want to say that with care and attention and maybe some drying time- this flake is very much capable of delivering a 4 star smoke! don't be frightened but give it some time for sure! maybe a little aging would help.

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Alden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alden (7)
★★★☆
Very Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I've found no problem in rubbing out the agreeable evenly presented flakes, once loaded with minimum effort it smokes well. However, it delivers a mighty kick.

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ap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ap (56)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

One of my favorites, a flavorfull, strong and simple smoke, some VA fruitiness and a lot of body and spice from the Burley, one flake rubbed out its perfect for a small bowl and its enough for my nic needs. Lovely stuff

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chgo.piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
chgo.piper (37)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable

I enjoy this wonderful little flake from time-to-time and one folded flake in a small bowl is all it takes to give me a tasty, slow-burning smoke. It's definitly not my everyday smoke but, when I'm in the mood, it's always a rewarding and satisfying burn.

UPDATE: As I smoke more of this fine weed, I notice that it gets smoother as I work my way down the bowl and stays just as tasty. Fine smoke indeed...

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tictactoazt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tictactoazt (2)
★★★★
Very Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

I have read many reviews that included many notes on the strength of this tobacco. All of these reviews were correct. I thought that this would make me apprehensive of this Flake and it did. But, this apprehension was unwarranted. Though this is a very strong tobacco, if enjoyed through sips or slow drags, this is one of the best most flavourful, most fragrant tobaccos I have ever come across. This has become a tin that - if I can help it - I will never do without.

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Sir Walter Smiley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sir Walter Smiley (24)
★★☆☆
Overwhelming Medium Full Tolerable

Hiccup.....hiccup.... Well, the flavor is a bit floral at first..hiccup...yet settles down to a nice smoke. Then....hiccup... halfway down the...hiccup.. bowl, the nicotine kicks in. I ,now,...hiccup...only have to think of the...hiccup..flavor and I get ill. I don't like to think of myself as a wimp. I smoke three Punch cigars a day and 2 to 3 pipe fulls in between. 1792 Flake is mild in comparison. It reminds me of a younger time when I drank way too much tequila mixed in a drink called a "zombie". 25 years latter I still get ill just thinking of Rosie's Lime Juice. Stangely enough, I never had a problem with the tequila afterward, though.

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BriarChild Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarChild (11)
★★★★
Very Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

This is highly recommended with the one noteworthy caution IT IS STRONG! I have seen cigarette smokers over loaded by this tobacco (not inhaling the pipe tobacco, mind you) this is a full bodied, full flavored cask of wonder and delight that must be opened with care lest the strength of it knock you over. This is a worthwhile smoke that always challenges, invites and brings pleasure. But don't smoke it on an empty stomach.

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yinyang Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
yinyang (45)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

This tobacco came to my house on a whim...the local cigarette shop I buy pipe cleaners from decided to carry a few tins, and this was one of them. Looking to try a quality Burley blend, I figured that IF was close enough. (Maybe not, but whatever). I was hoping to determine if Burley just wasn't my 'thing'...instead I found a new, 'go-to' blend.

The strength in taste, room note, and nicotine are all fairly high, and that's a good thing. I enjoy mellow, contemplative smokes too, but this is pipe smoking, boys and girls, not flower decorating. If I catch a buzz, or offend Traci Treehugger with what I'm burning in a bowl, so be it! Make no doubt, this is a man's pipe tobacco. And I am a man, I am a man, I am a man...(sorry, positive reinforcement.) :)

As with all stronger tobaccos, I find a smaller bowl a must...or you might just end up hugging a bigger bowl. But what a small bowl it is! Cannonballed with crumb topping, it lights easily, more easily than many other flakes I've had. With IF, there is an underlying creaminess that I get from too few other blends. Delightful! Of course, smoked quickly, this disappears, leaving a harsh, ashy taste...but why rush it? It's too good (and expensive) to waste that way.

I can heartily recommend Irish Flake to anyone who has hair on their chest, or would like to have hair there.

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donmartinthree Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
donmartinthree (18)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I've only been smoking a pipe for about half a year now and I still smoke (a lot of self-rolled) cigarettes, but I definitely find the pipe and all the tobaccos more enjoyable. anyhoo, I thought I'd write some reviews, since I've nothing else to do and you know.

after I'd smoked aromatics for a couple weeks, I really started liking english and balkan blends and stopped smoking aromatics, as i find them less enjoyable. irish flake, next to 1792 flake were the first I smoked that weren't balkan/english, but still "natural" or whatever tobaccos and I must say, I really like it a lot.

I feel like the flavors are at first somewhat earthy and musty and after about 20/30 minutes into the bowl, it starts to get this really noticeable cigar aroma, which I like quite a lot. I never felt like the taste was bitter or anything, not even towards the end.

also, the tobacco is, in my opinion, not too moist. it's probably a matter of how you pack it. I prefer to fold and stuff.

the room note I couldn't tell you, but my friends who also smoke cigarettes do NOT like the room note. maybe it's too cigar-like.

either way, it's a great tobacco for the fall weather we've got here now (I'm in germany) and I'll definitely be buying this again soon, as my tin is almost empty. usually I#d always grab my diehl (munich) balkan mixture (highly recommended!!) or something similar, but at the moment, I catch myself always going back to this. even in the mornings, as I feel it tastes absolutely amazing with a strong/black coffee.

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DigedyBumper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DigedyBumper (2)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant

This is a really good smoke, but not one for everyday puffin'. It's very strong and packs a real nicotine wallop. The aroma is fantastic and it's strong. Made to be enjoyed and appreciated once in awhile. I found no bite at all.. smoked really nice.. very enjoyable. I view it as a "puffin'" snack of quality and enjoyment... to be enjoyed when you've got the time to ... I load the bowl with it and then take the pooch for a walk.

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russ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
russ (25)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

This is a definate full body tobacco. The fakes are nice, and the smell in the tin left me detecting little if any casing what so ever. I can say its a tobacco that got my attention as its' one I would not push to hard as it can be a bit strong. I like the deep rich real straight up tobacco flavor as I smoked it. I would tell ANYONE--This is a flake that I would recommend to only the more experienced pipe smoker as it is a VERY full bodied, and stronger flake that may leave a new pipe smoker curled up in the fetal position, or flopping around like a fish out of the water. I personally really like it, but know a few who are used to mild tobaccos, and this flake kicked their butts as they said it was way to strong for them. For those who enjoy raw straight up rich, deep tobacco flavor--give this stuff a try--It does however command respect as it can be a bit powerful stuff. Another thing is the room note--For those who DON'T like strong non aromatic smoke in the room--ie-the wife--smoke this stuff outdoors, or away from those who don't like smoking--folks around me commented that the smoke from my pipe seemed VERY powerful, and strong. Again for me I really like this flake--real unadulterated tobacco flavor that is one of the richest, deepest full bodied flakes I have tried to date.

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VentiLator Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
VentiLator (5)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

maybe it's just me, but i can't handle this one. i'd really like to enjoy the interesting taste, some sweet tones with a huge smokyness, like a wood fire plus honey. BUT the strength keeps me from enjoying the tobacco. yuck! it nearly gave me hickups! i rubbed this one out since i'm not experienced enough to smoke folded flakes. but even though, it burned somewhat not so good since you have to puff it very slowly. so slowly that it always extinguishes.

i'll stay with my medium strong VaPers, but if you're looking for some strong, full tasting stuff, here you go!

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brogreggblues Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
brogreggblues (45)
★★☆☆
Overwhelming Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This being Irish Flake's 137th review, it's obvious that this tobacco has made an impact on a lot of people. Yes, it tastes very interesting: complex, with lots of fruity Virginia flavor. Yes, it smells great. My wife even complimented the room note.

However, to me, the most dominant characteristic of IF is the strength. I simply cannot enjoy this tobacco as much as I would like. If I stop being careful, if I get caught up in how good it tastes and smells, then the nicotine will overwhelm me, to the point of head spins, profuse sweating, and nausea. I was smoking it driving home the other night, and I was so immersed in the nicotine high, I drove right past my house. I have smoked things using bongs and roach clips that did not effect me this strongly.

Delicious, but way way too strong for me. Three stars for the taste, minus one star for the overwhelming strength.

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Claudius Stradivarius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Claudius Stradivarius (171)
★★★☆
Strong Very Mild Very Full Overwhelming

As stated already several times, this is what we call a MAN's tobacco!

This flake is better enjoyed in small doses, so use a small bowl or you will regret it.

The tin aroma reminds me of macbaren's Plumcake. There has to be a topping in this flake.

The taste is full and strong. Go easy on this one.

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Tee-dub Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tee-dub (48)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Strong

Nothing subtle about this. It's good, stout stuff.

Be warned: this begins rather harsh, which is just as well as one must sip with caution. Then the tobacco warms up and the rough edges sort of smooth out.

It's not unlike University Flake, but without the berry topping.

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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (578)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Well, this one is rapidly stating its case for the most often reviewed tobacco here at TR. It's becoming very popular.

Beautiful flakes with a very noticeable tin aroma of some kind of fruit. But this is no Erinmore, as this fruitiness does not come through in the smoke. What comes through is exactly what they proclaim on the tin - pure tobacco with a hint of sweetness.

With all the claims of high nicotine content in this one, I was all set to be knocked on my fanny. But it never happened. If someone can smoke the black and brown ropes, they will laugh at this one's nicotine wimpiness. But it does pack a punch so it's best smoked later in the day or on a full stomach, and probably sitting down. I usually loaded two full flakes and had no problems with nicotine overload.

This is a wonderful pure tobacco. My tin was a little overly robust, a little young and a little lacking in the refinement I get from Solani, Wessex or Edgeworth burley flakes, but it was still very good. I reviewed University Flake and wondered what it would taste like without the berry topping. Irish Flake has answered that question. This one won't make my regular rotation but I'll buy more to smoke occasionally when I'm in the mood for something feisty.

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DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (113)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Strong, slow burning, cool and full of its own distinctive flavour. An excellent, well-presented flake – a bit too strong to smoke all day, I think (too strong for me, anyway), and the room note doesn't please SWMBO; but a good, solid, consistent smoke with no fancy stuff. I've never found it unduly moist in the tin; it can be smoked straight away without drying. Fine ash; no dottle to speak of; no goo.I find, however, that opening the tin and leaving it for a few days before smoking does bring out the flavour more.

Not for the beginner, though, and try it in a small bowl. You need to smoke it very slowly; otherwise there's a harshness to it that rather spoils the party. I recommend rubbing it out rather than folding and stuffing, too.

I wouldn't call Irish Flake a personal favourite (too much of a nicotine wallop for me, and a little bit one-dimensional in terms of flavour), but I can see the virtues of this very masculine, uncompromising baccy. Recommended to those who like a fight. To my (not very subtle) palate, it's very like Sinclair's Highland Sliced. I'm thinking that if you like the one, you'll like the other.

Pipe Used: Peterson Billiard

Similar Blends: Sinclair's Highland Sliced.

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grymmeller Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
grymmeller (4)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Overwhelming

Strong and tasteless but it is possible to have it come out as a decent smoke but that effort isn´t worth it.Why make a tobacco that very difficult to handle?Kind of snobbish I think.I have smoked pipe for more than45 years now and I know how to make this one come out decent as a 3 or 4 star tobacco.but I have never looked at pipesmoking as some kind of competition.To smoke one tin of this one with a 4 star feel you must consume two tins,thats not fair,at least not for the wallet.

21:11 2010-08-10

When I see all that is written here by us enthusiastic amateurs about this blend I think of the old swedish proverb"Kärt barn har många namn"...in english, something like:"A child that is loved by many has equally many names"...is a fair translation.When it comes to strong tasty nicotineloaded speciments at the tobaccoshelf we pipesmokers seems to have something to say either we like it or not,BUT WE MUST MAKE OUR DIS/LIKING HEARD!I think this is a pronounced public opinion over a subjects importancy for those it has given proper attention to.To smoke is to do some very civilized action compared to eating.To smoke something you must have a thorough knowledgebank with its ingredients descending from many classical faculties of academical disciplines,chemistry,physics,medicine,physiology and many many more.To eat you just have to engage something that does not taste sh...with mouth and teeth. So whatever your liking about some specific brand is, the consumation of it has so a great span of linkings to importancys of life itself that it by necescity cant be ignored.This was just a reflection when I browsed through my tobaccopages today and I must confess I´m more proud over my tobacco habit than my english spelling and grammar.Greetings and love to all my brothers and sisters out there indulging the tobaccoplants pleasures.

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cof_3pc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cof_3pc (2)
★★☆☆
Extremely Strong None Detected Full Strong

Well, there's not much to add to this really. It is strong! You can feel the nicotine tingling the back of your throat and even a slight accidental inhale will most likely choke up someone such as myself that is not use to inhaling smoke.

The flavor I would say is rather bold. It's not sweet really by any means in my opinion. It's a very straight pure tobacco, and it's a bit to harsh for me. I think this is a good tobacco, but it is not really for me. It's certainly worth the experience. So if this one catches your eye, read some of the 4 star reviews and see what those guys have to say, because they are probably a lot more experienced than myself. It's definitely a sipper though! You might want to smoke half the bowl and come back later, which is not really my thing.

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DoctorThoss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorThoss (146)
★★★☆
Very Strong Mild Medium to Full Strong

Well .... this one pretty much lives up to its reputation as a brutal, unforgiving smoke that nonetheless leaves you wanting even more punishment!

The flakes are immaculate, and I find they smoke best with some drying. I cut them into thirds and then load them into a small bowl, where they reluctantly smoulder for a few minutes before going out. Normally I'd be a little annoyed by the number of relights, but in this case the combustion issues are actually a safety feature: this stuff is strong, maybe even dangerously so.

I taste very little sweetness or even Va -- almost all of the flavor is dark, earthy burley with just a hint of what might be some kind of topping that evokes old timey cough syrups. I'm not claiming this is topped, mind you -- this might just as easily be the flavor of these particular leaves fermenting. I've heard some people describe this as a "smooth" smoke, but I must disagree -- it's pretty harsh, but in a curiously enticing way. And forget about the room note, unless you (or your significant other) really likes dark cigars.

A word about this tobacco's nicotine hit: I alternate days between cigarettes and pipes, with the aim of going only to the pipe eventually. On cigarette days, I go through at least a pack of American Spirits a day, which are powerful smokes. On pipe days, my "all-day" blend tends to be Old Joe Krantz, with occasional bowls of Haddos Delight, Billy Budd, or some of the better burley blends (topped off with "nightcaps" of Balkans or straight Vas.) The point is that I'm no neophyte when it comes to nicotine, so when I say this stuff is overwhelmingly powerful please pay heed!!! This is in the same weight class as 1792 and Dark Flake, only with a milder flavor that can lead one to puff too greedily and hence end up on the floor or hugging the toilet. A third of a small bowl was enough to make me set the pipe down for a long pause to give my head time to stop swimming, which is something I've only had to do before with the two aforementioned powerhouses.

I doubt this will ever become one of my favorite blends, but it nonetheless is something special. I think I'll keep a tin or two on hand for those days when a hefty dose of nicotine is called for. It might also, after being dried out thoroughly, be an interesting mixer for mild burley blends like Carter Hall. Cautiously recommended to -- as the label rightly says -- experienced smokers.

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thaimatt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thaimatt (3)
★★★★
Extremely Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Lordy, lordy, lordy! I've smoked 'Bob Marley' that's hasn't been as strong as this! Is this really legal? I think this might have been Terrance McKenna's tobacco of choice - lol - smoke it, then have a nice lie down.

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umm_bacon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
umm_bacon (12)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I wrote my first review on Solani Silver Flake, and figured that I would get more smokes under my belt until writing another, but I would be remiss if I did not pay homage to the Irish Flake. If Silver Flake (cost aside) is my every day smoke, then Irish Flake would be my choice for when I WANT to smoke. I do not imagine this is for everyone. In order to appreciate this 50 gram tin of relaxation, you need to be a man (no offense ladies). You better like your coffee black, your steaks rare, and your drinks with at least three fingers, neat.

Irish Flake might not be the strongest out there (of what I have sampled it is definitely in the top two or three), but it consistently delivers that sweet, sweet nicotine. If you want something that your better half won't complain about and then shoo you outside, look somewhere else. If you have ever ordered arugula at a restaurant, this ain't for you. If you want a smoke that might just put some hair on your chest and give you pause as to whether or not you could have bested Hemingway in a bar fight, then get some Irish Flake.

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Darwin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darwin (101)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This is my third tin of Irish Flake so I thought I might share my opinions, although I'm afraid I have nothing particularly new to offer. Irish Flake sure is a fine tobacco. I smoked through my first tin right away and then got another from a buddy who said it was too strong for him. I finished that tin well over a year ago. The tin I'm smoking now is from '06 and it is as mellow and smooth as can be, absolutely no rough edges whatsoever. You couldn't get it to bite if you tried with all your might.

I believe Irish Flake has a fairly unique flavor; if I had to compare it I would say it most resembles unscented GH Dark Flake or Esoterica Stonehaven. But that only provides a general reference point. The flavor is deep and dark, perhaps with a touch of figs or dried plums. It burns perfectly and leaves only gray ash. While it is strong, it can be easily managed in a smaller pipe and of course smoking slowly. I'm smoking now in a Group 4 or 5 Cavicchi pot and I'm finishing with a very pleasant nicotine buzz, maybe a little stronger than a strong Cuban robusto like a Ramon Allones Special Selection.

I have promised my wife I won't buy any more tobacco for a year or two due to financial concerns. I have plenty of tobacco to last a lifetime, but no more Irish Flake so I will savor the last half of this tin. I recently picked up 4 tins of Peterson Perfect Plug which is getting rave reviews. So far for me it doesn't have nearly the flavor that Irish Flake does and I would happily trade the 3P for more Irish Flake.

One caution: don't let Irish Flake dry out; it needs to have more moisture than other blends I smoke.

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Gilthoniel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gilthoniel (25)
★★★★
Strong Very Mild Very Full Strong

The smell of this from the tin is just yummy, very strong and rich. Easy to rub, lights well and stays lit. I've been looking for this taste for years, I thought I'd find it in Cuban cigars but didn't - and here it is. It says "Recommended for the experienced pipe smoker" on the tin, but I'd say even a newcomer to pipes who's looking for a pure tobacco taste will be happy to have found this. This has sealed my affection for Peterson after trying a couple of their other blends. Just buy some!

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gladi8tor96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gladi8tor96 (49)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I heard DubintheDam recommend this on YouTube and decided i'd give it a try. I picked up a tin and opened it straight away. The smokey, rich earthy notes were fantastic.

I let a flake sit out to dry a bit. Loaded my pipe up 30 minutes later. What a treat. Creamy, earthy, delicious, with hints of meaty-leathery flavors. It smelled divine to me. I felt like I had come home. Very mild on the tongue and it stayed lit nicely! This has also become a favorite of mine.

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jazzmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jazzmoke (57)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I've bought this tobacco because I was browsing to different kinds of tobaccos in order to find the one for me. Even though I consider my self mainly a strong tobacco smoker, I do not avoid aromatics. By comparing Irish Flake to 3P I find it as one step below this one, but none the less a good and real tobacco.

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n9inchnails Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
n9inchnails (10)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my favorite tobac to date. I have tried many other strong tobacs but nothing cuts it like IF. I find that this smokes best in a wooden stemed churchwarden. The churchwarden ensures a cool smoke, while the wooden stem brings out the tobacco taste. And for once a tin description is dead on, when they say "True to the pure, unspoilt tobacco taste" they mean it!

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pipesomkinsquirrel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipesomkinsquirrel (16)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Those of you who may have read my previous posts know that I rate a tobacco not on my personal tastes, but on the style of tobacco being rated, and how well that tobacco fits in the style being presented.

That being said, this little devil knocked my socks off! What a treat.

My local tobacconist just recently started stocking Peterson's tobaccos upon my request. I went into his shop the other day, and found this lying on the shelf amongst some new tins. Being fairly new to the world of Virginias and Periques, I decided to give this a try. I very much enjoy a strong knock you on your butt VA, so I could not wait to pop this tin.

The tin is very small and rectangle in shape. It actually reminds me a lot of the University Flake that was made years ago.

Anyhow, I decided to open the tin in the shop, and share a few flakes with the gentleman loitering in the establishment.

The flakes were perfect in moisture, and were very easy to handle. Getting them to the consistency one desires should not prove to be a difficult task.

The aroma right out of the tin was breath taking. I could almost smell the nicotine dripping from each pressed leaf. The natural sweetness and faint fruitiness from the curing and fermenting of this leave was simply exquisite.

I loaded a narrow bowl Stanwell Billiard with two flakes, and set it aflame.

On the charring light I detected a very pleasant natural dried fruit aroma which carried slightly over to the flavour. Upon the second light, I was hit with a musky grassy aroma and flavour. This was not unpleasant, but quite unexpected.

I do not know for sure if this blend does indeed have perique in it, but I did get a nice peppery zest on the back of my tongue as I puffed away at this.

Toward the bottom of the bowl the flavour began to become a little more zesty, then unfortunately quite ashy. The ashy taste was not a game breaker for this blend, for it was just about to the bottom anyway. I think I was more upset that it had run its course through my small bowled pipe.

This is a tobacco I would not smoke everyday, but keep on hand for after dinner when I am not quite ready for that heavy English blend, but I want something with a little kick.

I am a pretty impatient smoker as well, and with that being said this tobacco did not bite once. It got a little hot toward the end, but I attribute that my fast paced smoking style.

The label on the tin is very accurate;for experienced smokers. If you are not a big fan of strong Virginia tobaks, I would recommend you maybe sample a small bit of this before purchasing it. If however, you are an experienced VA smoker, my words to you are run out and pick this up as quickly as you can.

Normally I pair tobacco with beer since I am a homebrewer as well as a pipe smoker, but this blend goes very well with a nice robust Merlot or Cabernet Sovereign. If I were to put this with a beer, I think I would smoke it with a robust porter.

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Vaiani Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Vaiani (3)
★★★☆
Strong Mild Full Pleasant

This is the first Flake tobacco I have ever tried and I must say I am very satisfied. (The flakes, too, are really pretty: so geometrical!). As to the tobacco, nothing to say which could not be found in other and more wise reviews. Just one thing about the strength. Last Sunday was Easter Day, and it happened that I smoked three flakes in two hours, the last two of them one immediately after the other. Obviously I had eaten a lot; and I am known to have a very talented stomach (with food, alcohol and every sort of thing). Nevertheless, those two flakes really bumped me off - and this has occurred to me just with the Irish Flake. Hail to it and be careful!

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Sailorjack Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sailorjack (57)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Great strength, Tasty and Satisfying. Everybody talks about the Big Vitamin N kick here and yet I being one that is fairly sensitive to nicotine am not bothered at all by it. Go Figure! It is now my favorite flake but unfortunately at this price point it will be only a rare treat for me. Come on Lottery!!

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REL Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
REL (3)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Mild Very Full Strong

I didn't realize that Nicotine could knock you down like knocking back hard liquor. I smoked this for the first time with a friend of mine. We both got pretty light headed and somewhat silly.

Very straightforward uncomplicated tobacco taste. The flavor is strong without burning the palette. The flake can be a bit of a challenge to light when all you are used to is the ribbon cut. But fold it over a few times and give it a twist and after a few relights and tamping it will burn alright.

I would recommend half a flake for the first try. One full flake was to much for me without building up to it. Not for beginners.

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Mr. Mac Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Mac (8)
★★★☆
Very Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A strong and enjoyable smoke. I agree with our colleague who suggested dedicating a pipe to IF, since the anise and perfume notes will ghost a pipe faster than you can say "Jack Robinson." I like it in a corncob with a small bowl, and half a flake at a time does me just fine. It can irritate the throat a bit, although I wouldn't describe the smoke as harsh. It smokes cool and doesn't bite the same way a virginia would. The sting it produces in the mouth is more akin to the sensation of trying dip or snus for the first time.

Upon reading reviews of Irish Flake, University Flake, Penzance, etc., I've begun to suspect that the attribution of "purity" to a blend serves better as an index of how a reviewer feels about the blend than how it actually tastes. Irish Flake is cased and/or topped heavily for a blend advertised as "pure," and that's just fine with me.

UPDATE: I've gone through most of a tin of Irish Flake in a very short time. The high nicotine levels undoubtedly contribute to its addictive quality, but there's something about its strength and weird perfume-y, medicinal taste that I just can't get enough of. Or maybe I just like the sweaty palms and cardiac arrhythmia. Time will tell if it's true love or infatuation, I suppose.

UPDATE #2: The honeymoon is over. Now I get bit hard pretty much every time I try to smoke the stuff. I don't know what happened. Maybe all the nicotine gave me brain damage.

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Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (126)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Folded it in a pipe and waited for a few days before savoring it. Strong tobacco with even stronger taste, it delivers what it promises.

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Flake Mad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flake Mad (1)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

A very rich & satisfying smoke for me everytime.

Compared to other tobaccos which I've tasted this is uncomplex no need to sit and consult your taste buds on what it senses. There is certainly something consistent about the flavour which allways has a deep sweetness which relates for me something to carmelised sugar in a very deep natural way, not artificial. But every time I have this I discover something new about it's flavours, there has been times when I picked up chocolate another time the flavour of a well matured red wine and the list goes on.

In the strength department it delivers very well, and the nicotine adds a unique sweetness to the overall flavour which becomes more pronounced deeper down the bowl.

The room note is very strong but very pleasing if you like the way that un-cased tobacco smells. It adds character and warmth to a room wherever it is smoked, and my father who smokes cigarettes allways comments on how much he likes the smell of it when he walks into my house.

All in all this has the flavour most true to the way tobacco tastes & a very cool smoke all the way down the bowl.

This is now my all day everyday tobacco and I reccomend this most highly to those who enjoy this kind of tobacco and to those who wants to know what tobacco really taste like.

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Tortuga Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tortuga (17)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Strong

Irish flake is a tall bastion of burley greatness. "A full-bodied blend of made of equal proportions air-cured, flue-cured, and dark fired" tobaccos combine to make a rich and smooth experience.

The red-labeled, rectangular tin is tiny enough that it belies the enormous muscle contained within. Pop the lid, and you are greeted with a deep, dark sweetness -- almost rubbery in nature. Not that kind of commercial poly-rubber, but something organic, like it had just oozed out a tree. The rectangular flakes are moist and pressed extremely tight. The visual presentation is clean and perfect. You could shake up the tin and not so much as a solitary fleck of tobacco would part from these flakes.

I usually roll and stuff flakes. Out of the tin, IF is hard to light and hard to keep lit. It will keep you madly sucking and puffing if you don't dry it out and you will end up with quite a buzz as this tabac can pack a whallup. I recommend drying a flake for several hours for best results. It will much easier to keep lit and you can take your time with it instead of chasing the ember with a fast cadence.

The flavor is remarkably consistent. For the most part, what you taste at first light will carry you all the way to ashes. I find that the flavor does deepen and pull you in from the mid-point down. Though it is known for it's strength, it is also sweet in a completely natural tobacco fashion. The sweetness -- if you have to compare it to something -- is reminiscent of dark, unfiltered honey or molasses. The nicotine factor is strong. There are stronger blends, but this one is definitely up there.

A very rich and pleasing leaf for those who like a bold smoke. This is truly a standard for the kentucky/burley blends.

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ItarPeyo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ItarPeyo (19)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is highly recommended if you like flakes and you like strong stuff, stay away otherwise. I'm not all that into flakes but love this stuff for the tin aroma, taste and strength. It has a very natural tobacco tin aroma and taste with a slight grassy note.

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Matt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Matt (14)
★★★☆
Very Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

This is possibly the strongest pipe tobacco I have ever had. Ive started smoking half a flake in the mornings to quit cigarettes. It tends to tickle the back of the mouth though but beats smoking all those cigs.

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Flugplatz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flugplatz (4)
★★★★
Very Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Pleasant

I bought a tin of Irish Flake after searching for a fine tobacco to put into my new Peterson Special. I have been smoking McClelland's Grey Havens so far in it. I am a big time English blend guy. I love Latakia and Perique and just recently gotten into the more Virginia based blends.

This is definitely going to be a tobacco I keep in my rotation for when I really need a relaxing smoke! It was strong, just the thing when times are tough a a good old fashioned smoke is called for. Definitely an after a meal, SIPPING smoke. Enjoy with a good cup of coffee or a glass of Jameson's Irish Whiskey. This is classic Irish smoking at it's best. If you try to take big full impressive draws, this stuff will bite you back, and probably win!

Nice full taste, heavy in the nicotine, room note is a definite pipe smoker's smell. May remind you of dear ol' Grandpa. Mine smoked Borkum Riff exclusively. YUK! So I don't get those classic notes from him. You know when you walk into a pipe store and smell that good stuff? I think this is it.

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IanTimothy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
IanTimothy (8)
★★★★
Very Strong Mild Full Pleasant

I rubbed out a whole flake and used half of the amount in my falcon (dublin bowl)gentle first light..followed by a light tamping and a second relight...and wow ! strong.. the flavour gains momentum like a heavy steam train leaving the station. just sip the smoke...a really potent experiance..I will always keep a couple of tins in stock..I think this tobacco will win many loyal friends..cannot wait to try the Plug..

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Frosty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Frosty (37)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

This fine flake is indeed for the experienced smoker! I found mine to be a firm flake, leathery and rather thick, just right for me. I smoked this both rubbed out, and also just folded and stuffed. In the end, I found that rolling a half flake into a jumble and stuffing it in the bowl, then rubbing out the other half of the flake and placing it on top as tinder worked best. The initial light up yielded a strong, in your face Virginia wallop, then it settled down to a very unique and remarkable smoke. I smoked this slowly, as I find that keeping this flake just smoldering really brings out the depth of flavor. I will say that this flake does taste a bit "green" , but in a good way. I think that it tastes like pure weedy tobacco. I want to try to say this correctly, so as not to turn anyone off from trying this. Here goes - when I was a kid, we lived on the edge of a cornfield, and one hot summer day, my buddy and I were playing in the tall horseweeds, swinging sticks around and trying to snap the horseweeds in half. (gosh I am a hillbilly)Well, the smell of the green horseweeds being mercilessly thrashed gave off a strong odor of, well, weeds. I smell and taste only the faintest hint of that in Irish Flake, but in a very good way. Other reviewers have covered the flavor profile better than I could, so I will merely say I love this flake. If I may be so presumptuous, a few bits of advice: Don't try this for the first time on an empty stomach, while driving, or just before going to bed. Do try this for the first time after a good meal, while seated in a chair, and don't be put off by my reference to weedy flavors. This packs a good dose of nicotine, a wonderful flavor, and will always have a home in my cellar. I urge every pipester to try this remarkable flake, and again, please don't be put off by my review. This is great tobacco!

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wdsmith Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wdsmith (11)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Ok, yes this is a strong smoke and, yes, it should be smoked by an experienced smoker; absolutely not a beginner's smoke.

But.... it is a great smoke.

I happened upon this blend when my local tobacconist failed to re-stock my favorite (and only one at that point) Peterson smoke, "Old Dublin."

I am not an aromatic smoker and was urged to try this blend even though it lacked the obligatory latakia.

I am exceedingly happy that I did. It has a very cigar-like quality that seems to sneak in about mid-bowl. Though not overwhelming, mind you, it comes across like a vague memory of the last great robusto you smoked.

The aroma is very interesting upon opening the tin. Some have described it as "leather" like; to me it smells like Ireland... (if that make any sense at all).

At any rate,the only draw back would be that it is entirely too wet to smoke out of the tin.

My suggestion would be to open and let it sit for about three months. Once it has thoroughly dried out, rub out completely (to avoid the dottle that can come from any flake)and smoke in a small bowl. I usually rub out 1 1/2 flakes (as it fits perfectly in my Peterson Warden). One char, another match, done. Sit back, sip slowly and enjoy. Goes well with anything by C.S. Lewis and a cup of very strong black tea.

UPDATE 11/17/2011

Having gone through my stock of the smaller, rectangle tins and now moved on to the new square tin version, I have to say that I like this even more. The components are the same, obviously, but rather than 15 very tightly pressed flakes in the old tin, we now have about 24 or so loose flakes. It certainly rubs out much better now. Also, it breaks up a bit more at the ends for those of you that prefer the fold and stuff method. A wonderful change in a time when changes in blends usually spell disaster.

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Tripjoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tripjoker (64)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

After all the talk of the strength of this tobacco, I thought it would suit me very well. Being a fan of strong blends, and high nicotine it seemed a natural. But, I have to say that this one has taken some getting to know time.

The first bowl was not especially enjoyable. Neither was the second or third. But by the fourth, I was starting to see the light. For sure a sipper, this tobacco needs to be enjoyed slowly. The abuse that I sometimes inflict on my beloved vapers is not welcome here. This will not permit the greedy rush that I am apt to fall into when I have been denied a smoke for too long.

It has taken some three ounces to reconcile with this blend and become great friends. This is by no means an all day smoke for me. Not because of the strength, but because it really doesn't change much as the bowl progresses. That is not a bad thing by any means, but I do prefer something with a bit more complexity as an all day. For that reason alone, it does not achieve four stars.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
★★★☆
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I keep trying to place this smell in the tin; kind of minty/leathery. It gives me deja-vu, as if it were some half-remembered scent from childhood. If any subsequent reviewer has an idea, please don't hesitate to enlighten me! It's kind of like a leather "dop kit" used to store personal products like toothpaste and shaving cream, but as silly as that sounds, it is a good smell. This is a strong one, to be sure, and I won't be smoking it often, but will enjoy it when I do. Very attractive, perfecty rectangular flakes that take some drying. I had more luck rubbing it out, but will experiment with folding as I (slowly) go through the tin. Love the strength and richness of the fire-cured.

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Susanna Hoffs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Susanna Hoffs (74)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Gave this a go based on the many gauntlets thrown down by previous reviewers. I'm a sucker for being told that somethings 'too strong' and am gullibly drawn into the ensuing face off.

A deep, rich, strong woody tobacco flavour instantly makes itself known as you open the tin. It's aroma almost taunts you. It's as if the vapours rise up out of their incarceration when you pop the lid and go on to form invisible 'fists' under your nose. These 'aroma fists' then taunt said nose, wafting in antagonistic fashion, as if they were part of some seasoned old Irish bare knuckle fighter grunting "Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough!!"

Ok old son, bring it on...!!!

First impressions? This is just a stronger version of UF without the berry topping, with added doses of vitamin N. Unfortunately it wasn't really the brain blaster I was expecting from this leathery old pro. I smoked a full bowl (2 flakes) on a relatively empty stomach late at night whilst stood up in my kitchen star gazing out the back door. And unlike Mr Clinton, I DID inhale on this occasion, (just because I thought I was tough) and with no problems other than a mild sense of the Vit N making itself known briefly in my head..

Relatively strong?...hmmm...yes ok, I'll concede that.. But not really as strong as many were insisting. Still, it's makes a great end of the day flake which I'll keep for those occasions when all traces of vanilla, honey, maple, and rum sweetness, need removing out of my sensual consciousness. Or for when one is out Pike fishing on southern English gravel pits during the cold Autumn/winter months. I can imagine that this blend would be great company on such bitter days/nights, and if this were a draught winter ale, I'd rate it about a 5.5% vol.

The old Irish bareknuckle fighter that started this contest with me, feels as though he lost on points today by unanimous decision.That said though, there's enough fight left in him for me to certainly want several re-matches!!

Good blend..

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Pipemanuk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipemanuk (76)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

Good old fashioned British style blend...along the lines of Digger Flake etc.

Very professionally made and a joy to smoke. Not particularly strong to be honest for it's type, highly recommended.

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wintermute Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wintermute (37)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Full Strong

As a Burley fan and lover of all things strong in flavor, I thought this one would be right up my alley. I was right! Upon opening the tin, you are greeted by the aroma of Virginia and Burley. It is a leather type smell. The tobacco is ready to go and the moisture level seems about right. I tend to go for a slightly more humid smoke than some, however. I mostly rub out my flakes as I find that they stay lit a little better. The taste comes on at once and it is pure tobacco goodness. I do not detect any flavorings or casings. This stuff is strong and smooth. There is a lot of dark Burley and it is perfectly balanced with some top-quality Virginia tobacco. The smoke is very creamy and there is just a hint of sweetness from somewhere. The spice comes on as the smoke continues and the Burley begins to run the middle part of the show. The aroma reminds me of a cigar in a strange way. It should be noted that I always smell cigar when smoking any kind of Virginia-Burley mixture. As the smoke continues, the Virginia tobacco takes over and the flavor seems to darken a little. The sweetness mentioned above is now only a memory. There is little difference between first puff and last. Well, maybe a little less spice and more darkness. The nicotine level is pretty high and a short 30 minute smoke is all it takes to be satisfied. The ash is not perfect, but very nice. I recommend this to all serious pipe smokers. Aromatic fans and those new to the hobby need not apply. The little tin can provide many smokes and will travel easily. There is nothing particularly Irish about this flake, but it is one of the best smokes I have ever had. I will be buying more of this in the very near future.

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The Full English Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Full English (31)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Very Mild Very Full Strong

This one's a full meal of a pipe and does exactly what it says on the tin. With enough punch to sedate a Japanese salaryman after a bad day at the office, you'll need to be sensible with this, or else it'll slap you silly.

Inside this fairly small tin, you'll find a compact, neatly lined up, and rather potent flake: bold, warm, and somewhat sour, with a natural peppery spiciness. It rubs out easily and isn't so moist as to stop you filling up a pipe from the off, should that be your poison.

Taste wise, this is extremely strong and the tin aroma is certainly replicated and largely exaggerated in the smoke as a whole, leaning towards bitter. I first tried this in a standard shaped pipe and I found it way too overpowering to get a handle on the flavours; merely, I found it acrid on the tongue and cloying on my throat. Smoke it too quickly and you'll also get a good dose of the niccups. Evidently, it's enough to put off some folk, judging by a few reviews, and initially, I thought I'd blown a sizeable £9+ investment, as well as leaving myself needing to fully clean my now-contaminated Peterson. Thus comes my first tip: If you're able to dedicate a pipe solely to Irish, then do so.

However, as I said at the beginning, it's worth being sensible and playing around until you find the right balance between prepping the tobacco and making the correct choice of pipe that works for you, before you give up on this, as you're likely to regret it. A churchwarden reserved for stronger blends worked wonders for me, as did fully rubbing out the flake in my palms and leaving it to air from anything between 30 mins and a few hours. This made things a lot smoother and more palatable, with a nice nose, and finally I am able to appreciate this quality, unsullied Burley for what it is.

A few people have drawn some comparisons with Gawith's 1792 Flake in terms of strength, but Irish Flake is certainly the stronger of the two in my estimation - and my preference lies with the former. Undoubtedly though, the Irish really must be sampled at least once, even if you're into aromatics. It's what pipes are all about.

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Nothingfancy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nothingfancy (6)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

Loved it. Really straight forward with its taste. No intricate loops from the top to the bottom it's a great flake. Glad I smoked this sitting down, would have knocked me on my ass otherwise.

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newpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
newpipesmoker (1)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I just got two tins of IF and broke into one of them right away. I had tried it before, but never fresh. So I stuffed some into my pipe and lit up. I greatly enjoy this tobacco. It has an almost peppery type burning on my mouth and lips upon the initial light and mellows after, without losing its pepper. Now I have never had a quality cigar but I hear that a pepper feeling is a cigar like quality. When it comes to the flavor itself, I love it. I am horrible at describing flavors, to me it is either good, okay, bad, great, or terrible. Irish flake is great in my opinion. Perhaps not an every day smoke but something I will always keep on hand.

The first time I had it was when I received a few flakes from a friend who did not like it. the flakes were very dry and rubbed out very easily. Dried and completely rubbed out, or fresh and folded and stuffed in the pipe, both smoke dry and thoroughly. I recommend this to anyone who is not afraid of strength in flavor and nicotine content.

P.S. A couple things to note. every ones personal chemistry is different. Just because I like something and find it pleasant, does not mean you will. I believe this also applies to the "pepper" I felt. It probably just has something to do with how my body reacts. Again, just because I feel it does not mean you will. Lastly, I want to say that I greatly enjoy this tobacco with strong coffee, either black or with just a bit of milk. the flavors compliment each other nicely.

Happy smoking and God bless you.

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karnevil9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
karnevil9 (17)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

I love this. Excellent taste and strength. This is what pipe tobacco is supposed to taste like imo. It gets my head spinning with nicotine. love, love, love this. Burns great and stays lit all the way to the bottom. Can't get enough of this.

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TobaccoFan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TobaccoFan (1)
★★★★
Strong Mild Very Full Pleasant

The only pipe tobacco I have bothered to smoke all the way down (it is not a coincidence that it is also the only tobacco that I have ever smoked with noticeable nicotine content), Irish Flake is very well balanced with virtually no bite. The tobacco also burns very well right out of the tin, although it can be hard to light with just one match. Compared to, say, S.G. 1792, the taste is somewhat tame, but if you like "dry" wine or liquor, you will probably appreciate Irish Flake. All in all, I thoroughly recommend this tobacco, especially for those who are not afraid of nicotine.

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Mike Toney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike Toney (44)
★★★★
Very Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Use a small pipe for this blend because a little goes a long way. Even my little Peterson 317 was more than enough for Irish Flake. The thin flakes rub out easily and this is a good, strong tobacco with a slight cigar aroma. Definately satisfies with its nicotine kick. Just a few tokes is all it takes and is therefore a good value for the money. I liked this stuff really well...one of my top selections along with Three Nuns, Royal Yacht, Hal O' The Wynd, Sunday Picnic & Escudo. I don't think I'd ever be able to finish an entire bowl of this in one sitting. If you find some of your bakky lacking in Vitamin N, just rub a tiny bit of this stuff out, mix it in and you'll be rocking back on the celestial plains of life. Good for what ails you. Therefore, IMHO, Irish Flake merits four **s!

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quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (119)
★★☆☆
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

01-03-09 UPDATE:

For what it is, this is good tobacco. But what it seems to me is the blender is shooting for an alternative to cigars. Too much straight, cigarette-like tobacco flavor for me. When I smoke a pipe, I want it to taste like a pipe not a cigarette. To me this tastes one-dimensional and monotone. It's a tough rating for me to give because it's obviously some high-quality leaf, but like a weasel in a henhouse it just doesn't belong in my collection of pipe tobaccos. If I could roll this up like a cigar I might appreciate it a little more. A little. I'll try aging it for a while and see what happens...

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eamonclever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
eamonclever (45)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

i opened a tin again because a friend of mine smokes IF once or twice a day & says he cann´t do without it. My experience used to be very different. I had trouble to smoke it although i preferably smoke flake tobaccos. I loaded a medium pipe out of the tin. The strips were humid and smelled like plum cake.First light - the fist comes out of the pipe - here I am sir. Relight and off we go. Good smoke, perfectly on tongue, also through nose if smoked slowly. If too hazardous - good jesus - ask for the fog light. Good amount of delicious smoke that comes a bit to the heavy side of the line. But you can always handle it the way you want to. A good recommendation to smoke outside, you need a good constitution to stand large pipes, but try it. Not for the beginning smoker and for the aros, although there is a good amount of aromatic ingredients in it. Like all peterson products excellent leaf and production conditions. Worth the price!

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Alguhan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alguhan (140)
★★★☆
Very Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

First of all let me say that I've rated this full taste tobacco with 3 stars just because it is too strong for me. Otherwise I would rate this true pipe tobacco with 4 stars.

I aired the flakes and didn't rub them because the slower smoke is the better. On first puffs it hits with its strength but I can't stop myself to smoke it. It is delicious and full.

I know it sounds weird but after smoking the first quarter it seemed to me that it looses from strength and becomes much easier to smoke. The flavor is the stoved virginia, very nice. I can taste a little sweetness of it and it is fresh, too.

Not a daily smoke for me because of its nicotine overdose, bu I warmly recommend it for experienced smokers. The beginners would have tongue biting and keeping lit problems for sure.

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BurghBelly Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BurghBelly (5)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

This blend has been growing on me: nice strength, very straightforward taste, excellent burn in the bowl. Part of my adaptation is my growing familiarity with flakes, which I am relatively new out; I've always liked full bodied tobaccos without flavorings, and this certainly fits the bill. Putting it in a small bowl helps: the first time I tried it, I loaded a large Ardor Canadian, which was somewhat overwhelming.

Irish Flake has been missing from my B&M recently, so if it appears again, I will stock up, and I would seek it out elsewhere: it ages well, even a couple of months in a tin on my desk has helped its flavor, I think. Recommended highly, particularly for long time smokers, the caveat "for experienced" pipe smokers certainly is truth in advertising.

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kg0mz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kg0mz (54)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I cannot say this is my favorite, but Irish Flake is what I smoke most. I like it in a cob or a clay, but it tastes best to me in one particular 7/8" cylindrical bowl 3/4 bent bulldog that refuses to pass a cleaner. It holds its own with ABF, Kingfisher, Stonehaven, UF, and the unscented Kendals. I return to IF after enjoying plugs, and twists, and SG or GH flakes. I find straight VAs tickle my throat, and ribbons burn fast and steamy, but I can count on IF for a cool, dry, bite-free, slow burning, soothing and satisfying smoke. Not for everyone, but nothing is.

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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
★★★☆
Overwhelming None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Top grade tobaccos are used in this mixture of Kentucky, Burley and Virginias.

First half of the bowl is dominated by Kentucky, tasting like toned down Kendal Kentucky. Then the very matured Virginias start to shine, switching to a sweet version of Dark Plug. Very tasty.

I'm taking from it a probably deserved fourth star because I find the nicotine load over-the-top. I'm a regular smoker of plugs, ropes, and similar strong tobaccos, yet I find myself putting down my pipe with Irish Flake often to recover from the nicotine hit. Not a big issue, being a good candidate for DGT.

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Dov of the Galilee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dov of the Galilee (22)
★★★☆
Very Strong Medium Mild Tolerable to Strong

I'm an aromatic man let me say up front and I enjoy the aroma of a full bodied smoke now and again and this certainly delivers that! It's strong, dizzy strong if you're not use to a full bodied tobacco. I like the way it burns into a beautiful pot of ash and it really is for the mature smoker. Don't be put off just ease into it and you should really enjoy it like I do.

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AcworthAl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AcworthAl (20)
★★★★
Strong Very Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

My first smoke of Irish Flake was after I smoked a pipe full of 1792, right after. I learned one thing that night; do not smoke these two in succession. Irish Flake is a strong tobacco. The tin states, -For the experienced pipe smoker.- Strong as it is it is a very smooth smoking tobacco. I suspect one could say you need to acquire a taste for Irish Flake. Well I sure have, this is one of my favorite smokes. It smokes best, in my opinion, in a small bowl pipe. I like to smoke it in a Stanwell Featherweight. It tastes great, it smokes great and it has a good deal of Vitamin N.

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"PUFF" Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
"PUFF" (6)
★★★☆
Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

It's nice to find after 50+ years of pipe smoking, a blend like this. It is new, and in my opinion a remake of the wonderful flakes of the past.. full of natural flavor, copious quantities of smoke.... a real "smack it to you" tobacco. If you are a fan of milder 'complex' tobaccos you will not enjoy this. For the rest that love TOBACCO, this is one of the best! .. I suggest when smoking your first pipe of Peterson "Irish Flake" ..you remain seated.

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Pipesmoking101 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipesmoking101 (18)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

I will start this review by stating that I have recently been on a break from pipes for about 8 months, & the tin I am basing this on was opened before my break began, & was resealed, no moisture appears to have been lost. I purchased this tobacco (5 tins) on the basis of positive reviews here & the fact that I am a big fan of all peterson tobaccos I have tried previously (especially University Flake). Having recently purchased a new meerschaum pipe, I decided to christen it with this tobacco. Reopening the tin, I was greeted by the sight of the immaculately presented Flakes, tightly lined up in the tin. Seeing this, the one word that popped into my head was 'exquisite' - my hopes were high. The scent was pure unadulterated tobacco, rich & dark. The flake had sufficient moisture to it - it was not 'damp', unlike most previous reviewers, however I did not find it particularly easy to rub out fully. I rubbed it out & left it sitting to dry out a bit for half an hour before loading up my pipe. My pipe held just under one full flake (although I feel I may have packed a little on the loose side - I could have possibly fitted a full one in). Upon char & relight, I felt that my expectation was not fully met. A little bit too thin for my liking, I like a hearty virginia flake to have a bit more body to it. The taste was also a little cigarette like. I was satisfied by the nicotine however, so I persevered. The burn was good & fairly constant, & although my tongue got a little 'hot' a copule of times, there was no tongue burn to speak of (& what there was could be due to a slightly loose packing). By the time I got to the halfway mark, the taste had developed a little, becoming slightly more smokey & thicker, but still not particularly flavoursome or interesting - nothing of real note. The room note was reminiscent of a cigarette, perhaps a little more intense, but neither particularly unpleaseant nor pleasant - fairly neutral. Whilst a little underwhelmed I have chosen to give this 3 stars instead of 2, which would seem perhaps more appropriate on what is a fairly negative sounding review, I will expain the reasons for my doing this. AHEM 1 - After my break from the pipe, this was perhaps an inappropriate blend to start back on so soon, as my ability to notice subtle complexities (such as those inherent in VAs) may not be fully re-awoken yet. 2 - I feel that my pack on this occasion may have been a little loose, thereby generating a little too much heat that has blunted those complexities. 3 - I am, for the first time, smoking a meerschaum - this has possibly affected the smoke in some way unrecognised by me. I do want to like this blend as well, this may cause me to have a generous bias for this - aong with my positive diposition to Peterson tobaccos already, due to my love of their other products I have tried. I have cellared 4 tins & will update on any improvements. If I feel that the smoke has degraded in any way I will come back & downgrade appropriatey also.

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SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (255)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Strong

If you like Burley, you shouldn't be surprised to like Irish Flake!

Burley is air cured. Kentucky is fire cured, you guessed it- Burley! The Virginia adds just a bit of sweetness, and a toasty quality towards the end of the bowl.

So it is indeed a Burley-Virginia, my favorite kind of blend.

This is strong if you are used to a diet of mild Cavendish blends. If smoked slowly in a smaller pipe (a cob is just fine)it certainly hits the spot.

This is an old fashioned blend, carefully crafted for people who like T O B A C C O. This is for the black coffee crowd.

It is full and rich. This may have a slight topping, but for the most part, the deep, mossy, wood smoke smell wafting out of the tin is the dark fired Kentucky. It makes my mouth water...

No one will tell you how nice this smells! But of course, that is not why you will smoke it.

Don't even think about smoking this on the run. This is a sit down and relax blend for the experienced pipester. If you are new to the gentle art, you may want to work up to this.

Good Bourbon, Scotch or Irish Whisky all make fine companions with this.

Enjoy!

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strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (234)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I had my first experience with Irish Flake by Peterson this morning and I have to say I really like this stuff. I laid out a couple of flakes before bed last night and packed it after rubbing out into a favorite pipe this morning and my taste buds came alive! It is full of flavor from the get go, a very sweet natural smoke with a great aftertaste and room note. I smoked it with a zeal that I have not had in awhile and upon finishing the first bowl, I had enough left for 3/4 of another bowl and went right back into the tobacco heavens. I will for sure add this to my tobacco rotation! I'm normally a burley man but this stuff is good. __________________

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Top D Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Top D (10)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

My first bowl in a small brier wasn't all that pleasent. But, I've always felt you have to experament to get it right. I dumped the tin into a jar and rubed out enough to refill my tin. (Perfict size for the shirt pocket by the way). In a large meerschaum it'll knock your socks off just perfictly. Goes great with whiskey, burbon or scotch! Believe me, I've been practicing! I'll get it just right soon....

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amanthinketh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
amanthinketh (2)
★★★☆
Very Strong Strong Very Full Strong

I bought a tin of this tobacco lask week from my tobacconist. I was looking for something with pure tobacco flavor with a high nicotine content. My fellow tobacco lover steered me right. I just finished one bowl of this out on the front porch. WOW!. I found the tin aroma very appealing (very earthy, somewhat like barnyard smell), yes I like the smell of barnyards. First off I must say I am not much of a fan of pressed tobacco pieces but I have found a way around this. I simply ground the hole tin of tobacco in my coffee grinder. My grinder mulched up the tobacco just perfectly. The tobacco was still a little moiste and had the feeling of a little to much humidity, but in the bowl it went. This tobacco lights well and stays that way even with its moisture. Drying it out a bit I am sure will help for the next go around. The first few puffs were very smokey, rich blue smoke that hung over my head on this windless night. The smell became somewhat sweet to me, which I found pleasurable. The tobacco never gets too hot and I never encountered any bite. I am known to be a heavy fast puffer and this tobacco could take my abuse. About half way through the bowl I did experience some stomach awareness of the high nicotine level. But this irritation usually goes away for me after a bit. The flavor I encountered was strong tobacco taste with some notes of fig and stale bread.

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Scottish Steve Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Scottish Steve (14)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

This is my first review on this site and what a blend to start with. First off, let me say I think this is excellent tobacco, but there is absolutely no doubt this is far, far too strong for me. If I ever find myself blythely puffing away on a full bowl of it, I'll be worried. A few months ago I thought University Flake was a bit overpowering, but PIF is on another level of strength altogether. I took the advice of previous reviewers and rubbed it out and left it for 30 mins. I also had this on a full stomach. I still got inebriated, like I'd had a few drinks and so did my friend, merely from passive smoking. I've used this as the backbone in some personal blends, most successfully in a 60/40 Scottish Cake/PIF mix and the quality and sophistication of both tobaccos meant that neither was overwhelmed, the Irish giving strength, succulence and richness, with the Cake fleshing out the palate and adding complexity. As I say, this is definitely too strong for me to smoke on its own, but as a resource to add to your own mixture, its a Godsend- everyone should have a tin or two in their cupboard. As I smoke it more I appreciate this up-front honesty and just plain strangeness. I think everyone should try this tobacco, even if only to add to their knowledge. Comparing this to an aromatic is like comparing straight bourbon to camomile tea, so I can easily see why some people would be repelled by it at the first puff. I'm actually surprisd that the oppressive and judgemental UK gvt allows this to be sold. To sum up, Peterson should be congratulated on their Irish Flake, but handle with caution.

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stbdtack Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
stbdtack (2)
★★☆☆
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I wanted to like this, and thought I would since I'm a lover of strong cigars. . . , but NOT! Beautiful tin, nice flake, sweet aroma from the tin -- but upon lighting all you get is hell's fire. In a word, harsh and one-dimensional. After a few more bowls I'm upgrading this review a bit -- my original negativity had more to due with the fact that this is just not my style -- looking for a bit more complexity. . .

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beaupipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beaupipe (100)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

I've long been a fan of Peterson's other flake, the oddly controversial (at least on this board) University Flake. It's my Chicken Soup tobacco--the most comforting baccy I've found so far. Irish Flake is at least as good as UF, but it's not exactly comforting like granny's chicken soup. It's more of a bear hug. And that feels good, too.

It is one of the prettier flakes out there with a sexy, leathery, sweaty bottom tin aroma. It smells vaguely like your leather-clad dominatrix after she's just given you a serious whuppin'. Sweat, girlbum and the many who came before you. You know what I mean.

Behind all that, and especially once it's burning in the pipe, the essential qualities of mature Virginia come rushing out, turning all that leather to caramel sweetness. Irish Flake is amazingly smokey and cool in the pipe. It really is a sublime smoke with extraordinary purity.

I don't like it better than UF, but I like it just as much and in a different way.

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irishpiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
irishpiper (8)
★★★☆
Strong Very Mild Very Full Tolerable

I ordered a tin of this blend in the Spring, and immediately opened it, smoked a bowl, and sealed the rest in a Mason jar. That first bowl was, hmmmmm, powerful in all respects, LOTS OF NICOTINE, and stronger in taste and aroma than anything else I've smoked (probably my most robust personal smoke prior to that had been some Captain Earle's Ten Russians - which I did, and continue to enjoy). Another bowl a week after the first, hit me the same way, so I left this blend in the jar till last evening - it's been sealed in there for 5-6 months now. Cubed, and rubbed out a few flakes, and let it dry a few hours - packed a pipe 3/4 full and moved out to the deck. I was pleased to find that, though still strong - it seemed smoother around the edges. Healthy nicotine infusion here, but not like the punch I received the first two tries. Also found that this particular blend goes very well with 15 year-old Glennfiddich Solera - the sweet smokiness of the scotch balances the slight bitterness of the Irish Flake - a pair I will continue to enjoy together! Recommended.

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Pseudo Nim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pseudo Nim (96)
★★★★
Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable

For a high nicotine dose, this is a good one, for ease of smoking, FVF is far superior. That said, this is a good strong tobacco if that is what you crave, the taste starts out very anise making me think I had a refined Erinmore Flake in the bowl. Finaly, the aniseed drifted away in the last third giving a more "wood" flavour, like oak. This was a beast that had to be smoked carefully, it is not a smoke-away-'till-your-hearts-content. If you are going somwhere where smoking is not an option, a bowl of this will keep you going for sometime, just make sure it's not before breakfast

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BriarFire~ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarFire~ (24)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

10-19-2007 Irish flakes tin description is an accurate one,although not only for the experienced pipe smoker,anyone looking for a true tobacco taste needs to look no further than Irish flake.

This is a very durable well behaved flake,you can fold/tear and stuff or rub it out to your liking,knowing it will light and burn easily.

Smells a little like anise in the tin,but once fire hits,the taste is all natural.This is a wonderfull full bodied and balanced smoke that only gets better as the bowl progresses,burning evenly and cool,no bite whatsoever.Whoever makes this for Peterson has some excellent quality control,Taste is consistent from the beginning to the end and from tin to tin.

Sometimes I get a very,very subtle rope like hint,probably due to the fire cured leaf.Nicotine is noticeable but never overpowering in any way,if I had to put it on a scale I'd say its maybe a 7 out of a 10,tobaccos such as the ropes and blends like Dark flake/Dark Plug are much stronger.Like a few others here,I too have finally found what I was looking for in a pipe tobacco.I rarely reach for anything else other than Irish flake.

8-31-2008 This stuff seems to get better every time I smoke it (daily) ,It does especially well in its own pipe.

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Moe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Moe (45)
★★★☆
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Ive smoked a whole tin of this and its a goody. Not recommended for the women and children because it does have a right jab of nicotine. I had a chance to sample a flake or two of Condor a while back and it reminded me of that experience. I liked the Condor too, but havent had enough to write a review. I will re-up when I see this at the tobacco store.

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opus10 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
opus10 (2)
★★★★
Very Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Strong

A most wonderful tobacco! Comes in a small tin with relatively thick flakes: very easy to rub out, although the contents of the tin do seem to dry out rather quickly after opening, and I find the drier flakes marginally more difficult to handle. I'd recommend a full rubbing-out. If there is any casing I can't detect it, likewise with artificial flavors. This seems to be a tremendously conservative and possibly extremely old-fashioned pure stoved Virginia, making no attempts to be anything but; lovers of aromatics, latakia, or other flavors might well not approve. I could well believe that our great-grandfathers would have smoked something akin to Irish Flake. Pure, simple, strong tobacco. The strength,in a nutshell, is very, very high, and the taste is very full. An inexperienced pipe smoker should approach with caution and respect! Within the first quarter bowl or less you'll realize that this is a most substantial tobacco. Nicotine levels are high. It most definitely demands a slow pace. Fast smoking will narcotize the smoker. The burning qualities, coolness, and flavor are simply extraordinary. This is the very antithesis to the light aromatics out there. The smoking qualities are definitive. I have never experienced an easier tobacco to keep lit whilst puffing very slowly. At the same time, it has never, but never, burned hot in any pipe I have smoked it in. Perhaps it could if one rushed, but rushing Irish Flake would be a sort of madness, and definitely not recommended. Taken at the pace the tobacco demands the result is an exceptionally even-burning satisfying smoke: easy to keep lit right to the end of the bowl. Tongue-bite is completely absent. The room note is pungent, maybe even a little musky: I don't think this is a tobacco that makes any concessions to those around you. It's a simple tobacco, not disguised in any way.

In all my years of pipe smoking I have met nothing even close to this product. If you're a Virginia lover looking for something much stronger this might well fit the bill. If you like the idea of simple unadulterated strong tobacco this could be Nirvana. Extraordinary and unique. Most highly recommended to the experienced smoker.

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kylepoet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kylepoet (18)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Well, then... this is the tobacco my great-grandfather smoked. His one life's wish was to outlive Winston Churchill. I think this is the flake that helped him do that. You've your lagers and your whiskys, and you've your sweet, Lakeland gentleman's smokes and your working man's tobaccos. Irish Flake fits into the whisky and working man category. It's not for dilettantes. It starts out with a stiff warning shot across the bow, then comes at you with a full broadside at about mid-bowl. This is a smoker's dream. A bowl of this and a Bushmills' taken in by a beginner might see him dragged heels-first out of the pub.

This is the way a full tobacco should be. No tricks, just taste. This flake inspired hurley and Gaelic football. It goes on my top ten list.

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Wolfpaw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wolfpaw (37)
★★★☆
Very Strong Mild to Medium Full Strong

Irish Flake is potent stuff indeed! That's not a bad thing either; the fabled strength of Irish Flake is what motivated me to try it. After a few bowls of I.F., I'm convinced that it's more heavily cased than it used to be. The tin aroma is similar to Erinmore Mixture, a sort of "tutti-fruitti" scent, but with an undertone of licorice. The small rectangular tin has a ruddy brown label, and contains a neat array of thin rectangles of tobacco, slightly smaller than a stick of chewing gum. I prefer to fully rub out the Irish Flake; it seems to burn more evenly that way, and I think its strength is more fully exploited that way too. For my first bowl of I.F., I filled a trusty old no-name pipe I reserve for higher-strength Virginia-based blends, lit up, and enjoyed. Halfway through the bowl, though, I quit. I wasn't overwhelmed by Irish Flake; it didn't bowl me over or knock me on my backside-- half a bowl was all I wanted or needed. I was sated. I think it's best in a small pipe; though it does work well in that no-name briar I first used. I know enough now to only fill the bowl no more than 2/3 full. Irish Flake's flavor is primarily that of full, round Virginias, but there is a constant undertone of mixed fruit and anise or licorice. It's not the sweetness of licorice candy, but a slightly bitter, dry anise flavor. My one objection to Irish Flake is that the bitter licorice taste tends to linger on the tongue for hours after smoking. The room note is on the strong side-- no question that tobacco is being smoked. It won't gain you any friends. I like Irish Flake, but it's one I don't smoke all that often; I have to be ready for its potency and willing to tolerate the aftertaste. It's not all that big a price to pay for the enjoyment of half a bowl of the stuff, but a price I'm not willing to pay everyday. The recommendation "for experienced pipe smokers" does have some merit; the neophyte pipe smoker may find Irish Flake a bit overwhelming. And for heaven's sake, don't inhale this stuff!

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DLT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DLT (8)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

As a smoker of what might be termed ?nicotine bombs?, I am constantly on the prowl for tobaccos which, shall we say, satisfy. My quest has led me in the direction of Dark Birdseye, Bracken Flake, the various Gawith ropes, all of which I have enjoyed to one degree or another, with my favorite probably being Dark Birdseye.

Recently, on the recommendation of friends, I came across Peterson?s Irish Flake, about which I had heard a great deal, but had never had the opportunity of sampling.

Upon opening the tin, I was greeted with an aroma of ?real? tobacco, with no real discernible topping, which, to me, is a good thing. The flakes are neatly lined up in the tin, like so many little soldiers ready to do battle in the war for nicotine fulfillment.

Like many flakes, they were a bit wet, so a short application of the hair dryer, at low speed, was indicated. When the flakes were barely pliable, bordering on the crispy, I folded the flakes, loaded up my Dunhill shell billiard, group 4, and set flame to baccy. Immediately, the flakes came alive, delivering vast quantities of rich, dense, and creamy smoke.

As far as the taste is concerned, the nearest description I can give is a cross between the rather neutral taste of Dark Birdseye, as well as a slight hint of honey, making it an essentially sweet smoke. The power of the smoke is such that the entire mouth seems imbued with this honey essence, and there is a very sweet essence which seems to coat the tongue. It is a heavy, heavy smoke.

No matter how hard I puff, I cannot get any bite at all from this sublime blend, although after a time, I feel the effects of the nicotine load, as evidenced by that slight knotting feeling in the throat. Sort of like an iron fist ever so carefully concealed in a very soft velvet glove.

I think, that in Irish Flake, I may well have attained one of my goals in pipe smoking; a good and stout smoke, providing a lovely taste and a dynamite room note, which is of paramount importance in social situations.

I shall be stocking up on this one, and am already considering dedicating a few pipes to it.

It is simply that good, and I recommend it without reservation.

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flyrod6057 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flyrod6057 (18)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

8/23/07 This is one serious tobacco. Opening the tin, one's greeted with a dark flake with a few lighter ribbons. It smells great in the tin, too. I cut this into 1/2 inch flakes rather than rubbing them out and dropped them into a medium-sized meerschaum-lined briar. The char was normal, and the second match was greeted with a significant swell (make sure not to pack this too tight.) The beginning of this pipe was interesting: full tobacco flavor, with a somewhat acrid, although not unpleasant, tone to it. Some sort of fruitish topping recognizable at the very back. The flavor was primarily sweet virginia, with the fire-cured coming through. Soon, the thickness of what I believe to be perique comes through. As the bowl progressed, the flavor thickened quite a bit. Not alot of different variety in the taste, but what was there was SOLID. All the way to the bottom of the bowl the flavor remained constant and very full. The last third greeted me with the sweaty forehead indication of a rather robust nicotine punch. No...that's not right... it was more like a perique nicotine bomb. Yeah. That's right. As I said, the flavor remains constant throughout, but the warnings of the impending punch are in fact correct. Definitely not a beginner's smoke, and certainly not an aromatic smoker's cup of tea. However, if you're looking for solid tobacco flavor with a significant whammy of nicotine, this is it. Smoke wisely; sip it and enjoy. Also, as a previous review stated, there's a cigar-like component to the flavor. I'm not saying this stuff tastes like cigars(it doesn't) but, if you're a lover of a fine cigar, then this might be just the stuff for you. Try it and see what I mean. Overall, a pretty good smoke. No complaints from me personally, but for those not inclined to a full-bodied tabac, this one's a madman. 3.9 out of 4.0 for me. I'll be keeping this around for a while. I think this one will be phenomenal as the weather cools; perfect for a fall evening.

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Sumosized Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sumosized (7)
★★★☆
Strong Very Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

This is another "NEWBIE" review. After a little over a month of pipe smoking, I decided to start reviewing to offer a new perspective on tobaccos--a fresh, inexperienced palate.

I found Irish Flake to be a very strong and full smoke. Two flakes in pipe will last well over 2 hours, with a few relights. Getting Irish Flake lit at the get go can be difficult; however, it stayed lit well for me. This tin has been opened for over two weeks (my first attempt when the tin was freshly opened required A LOT of relighting.)

Slow puffing is a must. Although I was not bitten, the smoke did get hot at times. I decided to empty my bowl after 2 hours. Should have put it aside for the next day--there was a lot of unburned tobacco.

I enjoyed the sweetness that was offered in the Irish Flake. I noticed that the taste improved as the bowl dwindled; although, the taste remained the same, just enhanced.

I think this flake is great for anyone wanting to enter into the world of Virginia's. A few weeks of tin drying time helps too.

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Pipeline Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeline (206)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Flavorful, fine smoking attributes, and a beautiful presentation all make Irish Flake appealing. However, apart from the rope tobaccos I have smoked over the years, this is the most powerful pipe weed I have smoked, and it has not failed to turn me greener than clover.

I have yet to tame it (or be tamed by it?), as I have 1792 Flake, Haddo's and Escudo. Irish Flake makes Nightcap seem more like Lane's 1Q. Apparently, I cannot eat a meal large enough to deliver me from the "Nic hit."

IF is sweeter in some ways than its other British comparables, it is also unscented and uncased, though an extremely faint note of berries greets me when I open the tin. I look forward comparing IF to Solani's Silver Flake, a blend also containing flue-cured and fire-cured leaf as the main players. If you have ever sniffed Irish High Toast snuff, you have some idea of the flavor profile of IF.

If you need extreme nicotine jolts, enjoy well-rounded tobaccos, perk up at the smell of fire-cured leaf and want your tobac nearly straight-up, here you go.

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SmoothSmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmoothSmoker (2)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

I know that many reviewers who have tried this blend do not like it. But, regardless of how many unfavorable reviews I read, this is absolutely the best pipe tobacco I have EVER had.

I have been smoking pipes and cigars for 20 years. However, I just tried Peterson's Irish Flake for the first time yesterday. I am enthralled and remorseful at the same time. How did I make it 20 years before I tried this stuff!?!?!

I started out smoking a pipe 20 years ago with a readily available bulk tobacco blended by my local tobacconist. It was fine and interesting enough to keep my interest. However, during that year I found myself smoking so 'intensely' that I often produced so much smoke that even other smokers were concerned. Furthermore, my pipe would get so hot that it could burn you if you touched it in the wrong spot. Naturally, everyone told me that I was simply smoking too quickly. OK. I slowed it down. But, the experience always left me "wanting more". I tried every blend I could get my hands on that didn't smell like candy which only counted for about 15% of the average offerings. (I actually LIKE the taste and smell of pure tobacco.) After stopping and starting pipe smoking a number of times over the next few years, I finally switched to cigars. This was a wonderful revelation for me. FINALLY, I could get a full mouth of "tobacco flavored" smoke. I was absolutely hooked! Now I have full flavor and some variety without any "artificial flavorings". BUT, here was the big hitch. Naturally, I knew that cigars were expensive. But, WOW, they were really expensive! In one year, I realized that I spent about $4500 to $5500 on cigars! For most tobacco enthusiasts, this is just plain too much. Even if I had oodles of money, I just can't justify spending that amount of money on tobacco. And, I was not buying ultra premium cigars for everyday consumption. I made EVERY effort I could to reduce my costs. I tried tons of different sticks looking for the cheapest cigar that I could still "enjoy". Even after completing my search, I realized that it was just too much. Quite frankly, I was kind of depressed about this situation. Then, it hit me. Why don't I go back to smoking a pipe? After all, I still had all my pipes and every serious smoker knows that pipe tobacco is infinitely cheaper than cigars. (Plus, you can smoke a pipe for three minutes, put it down, and come back hours later with little or no loss of character or flavor. Try that with a cigar!)

But, this was easier said than done. After all those full, pure, tobacco flavored cigars, it was just plain disappointing to smoke pipe tobacco. My first thought was, ?Am I smoking tobacco or potpourri?? I started at my local tobacconist, no luck. I worked with a real pro. I kept trying to tell him that I wanted "more". I really wanted the full pure flavor that I could regularly expect from premium cigars. After trying virtually everything he had, he basically told me that what I was looking for didn't exist! But, I just kept pushing. At that time I also started reading reviews on the internet. Along with that resource and my tobacconist, I decided to try "tinned" pipe tobacco. They promised to be 'different'. And, they were. Unfortunately, most were "worse" than the custom blended local blends. (It would, however, be fair to say that the quality of the tobacco itself was superior to the bulk. It burned smoother, with less bite, but the "flavors" just made me gag. I wanted tobacco flavored tobacco.) Then, just when my tobacconist was ready to throw in the towel with me, he offered to let me try a bowl from his old stash of Samuel Gawith 1792 Dark Kendal Flake. Thank goodness! It was heaven sent! About 95% of what I was looking for. (As a matter of fact, SG 1792 Dark Kendal Flake and Peterson?s Irish Flake are very similar.) However, it had just a bit too much anise flavor for me. So, I went back to the web and started reading everything I could on tinned pipe tobacco. On a hunch, I decided to order a tin of IRISH FLAKE to try. PERFECTION!!! I literally cannot think of any way to improve upon this outstanding blend.

Flake tobacco is simply the best way to go. First, it is infinitely easier to pack correctly. With regular shredded tobacco, one can easily pack it too firm making it impossible to draw or too loose requiring constant tamping and relighting. With this perfect flake, I just cut the tender strips into 1/2 to 3/4 inch (rough) squares and pack them into the bowl any old way. Maybe I have just gotten lucky so far, but I am yet to pack the bowl too loose or too tight. I should note that virtually all tinned flake pipe tobacco (at least the ones I have tried) come in a bit too damp to smoke right away. I'm sure this is necessary to ensure its freshness even if it is months before it is opened or to keep it fresh for a long time after it is opened. As a result, I simply let about two bowls worth of the "squares" dry out for four (4) minutes on a paper towel in the hot sun. Alternately, it takes about 30 to 50 minutes indoors to dry it sufficiently. Then I'm ready to pack and smoke.

This flake lights up very easily and it actually stays lit! (Constant relighting is a pet peeve of mine.) But, one of the best things about this tobacco is that you do not have to puff hard at all to get the wonderful full flavor of this stuff on the palette. What all this means to me is that I don't have to 'work' at smoking my pipe and I need only produce about 25% as much smoke as I would with another tobacco for the same amount of flavor. Naturally, the nicotine in this flake it very high. But, since I smoke a lot 'easier', I don't find that it is overpowering. (I doubt too many pipe smokers could manage to smoke enough of this potent blend fast enough to get a problematic buzz from the nicotine.) All this, and it still doesn't go out every few minutes! Who could ask for anything more?

As far as I'm concerned, this is it. My search is over. This is what I have been looking for. Oh, and as far as cost is concerned, it is somewhat expensive as far as tinned tobaccos go. BUT, it doesn't even begin to approach the extraordinary cost of smoking cigars. So, now I get all the flavor and ease of world class cigars without the outrageous cost or excess smoke.

I have never taken the time to write a tobacco review online, but now I feel that it is appropriate. I just can't recommend this tobacco highly enough. Peterson?s Irish Flake has pure tobacco flavor, nothing else.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong Mild Very Full Very Strong

I must say that I need to echo one of the fellas who said that he really wanted to like this blend...I too felt the same way. There were lots of good reviews and I was hopeful. I have had a love/hate relationship with University flake, which is just about as strong but with a slight berry aroma in the tin and minimal in the bowl when cooking up. I gave this two stars, reluctantly, considering it was nicely tinned, smelled great in the tin, rubbed out nicely and lit quite easily. Additionally, I loved the incredible volume of cool smoke it produced, as UF does as well. It does have a nice nicotine punch that didn't faze me.

But then for the most important aspect of this weed...that being its flavor and aroma...it failed...abysmally. It was not harsh or too strong but it smelled like the typical "lakeland" purfume that I find disgusting. There was no sweetness of the VAs that I could detect, nor any roasted nuttiness of the burley. In fact my mouth felt as though I had smoked wet cigarette butts. So not only was the aroma terrible and the flavor disgusting but it left me smelling like I had been to a bar and they used my beard as a rag to clean the ashtrays after sopping up stale ale.

Wait a sec...and I paid 9 bucks for this little tin...I'm now a little peeved...ONE STAR! Try it at your own peril!

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creativeexpression Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
creativeexpression (1)
★★★☆
Strong Mild to Medium Very Full Tolerable to Strong

At my current age of 57, I find that this superb tobacco is perhaps best judged not by today's standards, but from a time when tobacco tasted like tobacco and the enjoyment of a bowl was not an art form or matter of complexity but the province of the common man. This is truly the stuff of a fine Irish pub with friends and community, a smokey fire, and a wee bit of Guinness or some fine Irish whisky. Not the basis for waxing poetic, but rather, LIVING! Like a great Scotch this is something to be smoked very slowly and savored through the occasional light sip. NOT for the faint of heart.

This is the genuine article, real tobacco the way natural pressed, twisted or rope tobaccos used to be. To compare this to today's tobaccos is tantamount to comparing dry twist to Red Man, a Vantage cigarette to a fine, full bodied English Blend or a Chesterfield of bygone years, a swisher sweet to a full bodied Maduro cigar. This is from an era when folks twisted a bit from a rope of tobacco and enjoyed it for what it was..a smoke. BUT, don't be fooled, in this there is true tobacco flavor, full, rich, strong, and VERY intense NATURAL flavor with perhaps a touch of an older method of casing such as a touch of licorice or molasses, but some very good true tobacco flavor. Maybe not today's blend...but NOT the sicky sweet Vanillas or other flavors that mask many of today's lesser leaf.

THIS is tobacco the way it once was. Some will hate it and some will love it. It is not for everyone. I found that if you can get past the wallop in the beginning, that this is easy burning and mellow throughout the middle when NOT packed tightly, but with a light touch after the initial charring. Do rub well between the palms and allow to dry a bit. It is at the end that the nicotine and concentrated flavors can bite back. Excellent for what it is as a representative of a totally different and older style.

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (260)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Upon opening the tin, you find a rather moist, darker flake with a earthy aroma that was nicely prepared. Packing and lighting are easy and a cool, uniform smoke without any bite results. But this blend is beyond hi-test and would be classed as a racing fuel of tobaccos. Even in a small bowl for a brief puff, the nicotine content and full flavor from the darkfired leaf are more than I choose with my normal VAs and the taste lacks the sweetness I prefer but includes hints of the Lakeland perfume that I dislike.

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Sasquatch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sasquatch (65)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

This stuff is a bit mulish for me. Lovely flake, and the tin odor lets you know that this is going to be potent. The smoke is full and rich to the point of being almost like a hot mustard in the way it infuses your whole head immediately. Makes you cough if you aren't careful.

Flavor wise, this flake reminds me a bit of Amphora Full Aroma (in the red pouch), but kicked up a notch. Aroma is completely natural - not offensive, but compared to the Amphora Red, which is very rich and chocolatey in smell, this is NOT at all an aromatic tobacco, which should surprise no one.

This is maybe to say that this tobacco could use a bit more flavor given how strong and potent it is. Amphora Red is not a favorite of mine, because I find it monochromatic and boring. Same can't quite be said of Irish Flake, but I would suggest that Irish flake drifts away from rich and into harsh if you aren't careful. A bit cigarette or cigarish, actually.

It didn't floor me with nicotine, but it is fairly strong, and not to be recommended for a newer piper at all. If you switch from Captain Black to this weed, you're in trouble.

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Fuzzypeg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fuzzypeg (9)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Strong

I was hoping I was going to like this flake, but that just did not prove to be the case. I found this tobacco uncouth and dirty tasting and too strong for my tastes. It was a relief to return to a G & H offering. However, in fairness, by the the time I had consumed half the tin, it had become tolerable, though I shall not be buying it again. I don't reckon much to their University Flake either!

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emmbee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
emmbee (174)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming Extra Strong Overwhelming Extra Strong

Roget?s Thesaurus ought to have this flake included amongst synonyms related to the adjective ?Hideous?. A distinctly interesting dark speckled flake from the tin, and a not altogether bad tin aroma, that?s where the pleasures end. I am told this is not to be considered an aromatic, but I don?t know what else you would call it. It?s so heavily poisoned with sandalwood or some other nauseating perfume I wouldn?t waste on making candles. There?s enough tar and nicotine imbued in this fiend to make Jean Nicot wretch. After about five minutes of head and stomach queasiness and intense choking, I attempted to dump it out. This was no small task, practically requiring a hammer and chisel to expel the damp, silty mass from my Peterson bulldog. I will probably have to boil my pipe to get the residue out. Now manufactured in the ?EU? by Orlik, let?s chalk it up for yet another miserable European tobacco experience. Unless you are in a mood to put even your worst pipe out of its misery, steer clear of this muck and spare your taste buds and blood gases an undeserved assault.

Zero of five stars

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Guyrox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Guyrox (131)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Strong

This tobacco is heavy stuff compared to the regular Peterson: we are talking about strong but tasty tobacco!!!!

I smoked 4 pipe fulls of Irish Flake before writing this review. Curiously, when I opened it, it reminded me of MacBaren's Plumcake, on the tin's aroma side. But believe me, the comparison stops there. Smells like it, but doesn't taste like Plumcake...This is tough tobacco! You will find yourself facing a challenge!

Upon opening, you see a rather dark flake, mostly on the moist side. The flakes are very pretty, with rare spots of golden leaf. If you try it upon opening, I think you will find the need to let it dry out a week or so. When you smoke it, make sure you use a small bowl and that your stomach is full - and don't try it neither if you're hungover from the night before, or you will regret it...

Lighting it up is fairly easy, and the tobacco actually tastes what it smells in the tin. It burns even and, even if the bowl is left a bit wet by the end, it dries up quickly. You have to smoke your way through slowly, without puffing too hard, because this tobacco has a tendency to slightly bite your tongue at first- and the bite is caused by the strong flavor of the flake.

As you smoke this baby, it gets stronger and stronger...but the flake is beautiful. Guaranteed, your wife will mostly hate the smell, but if you like strong tobaccos, you will find yourself in a contradictory state of mind...it's up to you to resolve your dilemna...

This tobaco is good, but strong!

Update 05 NOV 06

I smoked another 3 or 4 bowls and didn't keep the rest of the tin. Mostly, it's because of the aroma; I prefer to smoke in the house, so that the smoke is not altered by wind, cold, etc, which impacts on the pipe's cake ...Anyway, here I am, coming back into the living room, and I get a full wave of the aroma of the tobacco. I gave reason to my wife on that one, yup it does smell strong...

By all means, I don't think that I like this tobacco that much. It's still a great flake, and I still recommend it; but I don't think you will like it only if you're experienced; it's just a matter of taste. If you like strong tasting tobaccos that generate a strong, full aroma, then Irish Flake is for you!

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Doug Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Doug (3)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant

Well all the positive reviews on this page are endorsed and there is little to add. Perhaps the comparison notes are a little different. I do not think it too like University really. I actually think it is more like a really strong Erinmore flake, the flavour is very similar but stronger. I love this stuff. Try a full rub out if you will, then a fold and stuff. Both give a top smoke. This is not for the feignt hearted, it is very strong indeed. I would say that if anyone is trying to give up ciggys this is a nicotine hit that will replace inhaling. Absolutely no bite with this tobacco and is on my rotation. This is great for watching the Atlantic storms roll in over Cornwall. I feel warm and secure with my pipe of Irish Flake and look forward to log fires and thick soup for supper. Great stuff.

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gho Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gho (8)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Irish Flake provides a well integrated, strong, earthy and complex smoking experience on the basis of more or less uncased tobacco.

I have difficulties to describe the different, subtle olfactory impressions, but I dare to say, that the smoke at first is dominated by woodsy, mossy components (cedar, patchouli), which, while the bowl progresses, make room for a citric head note (orange). A decent floral scent, reminiscent of the tin aroma, is noticable throughout the bowl. During the last third I occasionaly even tasted bacon. (Don't ask!)

It is hard to believe, that Irish Flake's complexity is created just by tobacco alone. If extracts and oils were used, then very sparingly and with incredible skill.

However, nicotine-wise, it's on the upper end of my scale, and I can see, why some other reviewers have a sceptical attitude towards Irish Flake. A slow approach and a well filled stomach is of advantage to get the most out of the smoking session.

The flake itself is quite thick, dark, and a bit on the moist side. Nevertheless, it was easy to get a good burn going right to the bottom of the bowl. The smoke is bite free.

Because of it's strength, I was a bit hesitant to give a four star rating, but the overall quality and skill, with which this blend was put together, led me to the decision to do so. Highly recommended, given one can stand a high quality nicotine impact.

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Meerschaum Man Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Meerschaum Man (85)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

This Burley/Virginia bears no resemblence to University Flake, but instead is reminiscent of another time when Burley smoking was more commonplace. Earthy and full, promises of a stout & rich smoking experience are made and kept from the tin. I detect no topping but instead the skilled blender's hand in taking leaf of unusual strength and flavor and combining it in a way that belies understanding of the memories of pipesters that have missed such for awhile. Without bite, it's development is supported by use of beverage of preference. For me, cold spring water kept my palate clear for a rich, nutty flavor supported by a muted sweetness not unlike almonds. Complex and seductive, it is for those seeking a developing character throughout the duration of the smoke. I suggest smoking it in the flake and in a small bowl since it burns for a very long time. A slow aproach is prudent since it packs a good nicotine wallop, but then again you can return to it if you have to set it aside for awhile. My only regret is that it will eventually end. Much of what might have been missed in the smoke will be brought to your attention in the afterglow. You get your money's worth here with clarity, direction, development and duration.

Meerschaum Man Smoking a CAO Dunhill Man Pasha

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Black Seamus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Black Seamus (56)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Extra Full Pleasant

Tin aroma: Herbs, roses, peat and earth. Tangy and sour-ish. Not a strong aroma at all. Certainly not soapy or perfumy. As with University Flake, the tin aroma doesn?t show up in the smoke after the initial lighting.

First third: The fire hits the flake, and the first taste is the light, peppery tang of Virginias, followed swiftly by the deep, satisfying flavor of the flue and fire cured leaf. I?m of the fold-and-stuff school for flakes and so several matches have been used to get this bowl going. As with most flakes, a bit of drying out is probably recommended.

Second third: Great, rich tobacco flavor. I can?t pick out the different leafs at this point, just an excellent, earthy tobacco flavor, especially when exhaled through the nose. Very full and satisfying, not at all sweet.

The nicotine is making itself known. This stuff is stout. I can certainly see why it is recommended for the experienced pipster. You wouldn't want to recommend this blend to the occasional cigar-smoker, but dedicated pipesters will feel right at home. University Flake packs a nice nicotine kick, but Irish Flake turns it up a notch. I?m feeling very manly, and ready to take on The Jabberwock.

Final third: The tobacco flavor (sorry I can?t be more specific) continues to deepen, with a bit of Virginia sharpness poking its way through here and there. The nicotine remains a major player.

Overall: This is a very nice, very rich offering and a welcome addition to my rotation. There is some similarity in flavor to University Flake(the comparison seems unavoidable), but not in a ?me, too? way. Also like University Flake, it wants a small bowl as it burns very slowly and, as I have mentioned, it packs a nicotine punch. The room note is light, and I can?t imagine it offending anyone save the antis. I'm very interested to find out what a year in the tin does to this blend.

Have yourself a nice meal, pour a slug of whiskey or strong black coffee, put something by John Ford on the box, grab your vorpal sword, and enjoy being a man. Or, you know, a tough woman.

Highly recommended for the flake smoker, also for the smoker of stout English/Balkan for a change of pace.

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Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (138)
★★★☆
Very Strong Very Mild Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

It's a bird, a plane, no it's superflake.

Stan to the rescue, but this is potent stuff all right. Lee from Peterson at RTDA told me this was stronger than University Flake due to the abundance of flue cured leaf. Whatever, this is pretty strong stuff. It is University Flake on steriods.

Looks like University Flake in the tin but I detected no flavoring whatsoever. About 18 small flakes filling the tin. Tasted like strong, straight tabak to me.

Best to rub out fully and puff in a small pipe. Not necessarily an everyday or all day smoke, but unique for its stoutness. Not harsh or hot, just very full. Not as strong or dark as 1792. Stronger than Silver Flake (my favorite). Reminds me of the fuller brown/dark flakes (like Walnut Flake), but richer.

Rich, rich, rich and best on full stomach. I taste the virginia and fired cured.

I haven't given up on her. I have smoked about a half dozen or more bowls in an older, # 3 Dunhill and will finish the tin. Good for those moments in your own fortress of solitude. This is real tabak. I recommend this due to many of you like something rich and full (like beyond Tilbury or Cumberland). This is it, but not for all. If you like a mild virginia, like say Montgomery, Stratford, or F&T's Cut Virginia Plug, it may be too much.

UPDATE 8/25/06

I have finished my tin in my old Dunhill root. Smoking a bowl every day or two or so. Other than I smell in the tin as others have a scent -- my wife calls is herbal garden-like -- I still feel this is a natural tasting and strong tobacco. I don't think I taste anything other than tobacco. It has a slighty minty taste every now and then, but I attributed that to the fired cured tobacco in it rather than any lakeland flavor, but it may have some of both. This may be similar to Murray's Irish Slices or Sinclair's Scottish Flake I have read about. Just similar strong toaccos. I'm told it smells good. Not bad at all, but for the strong at heart. Most similar to me to G&H Brown Flake (unscented) or Walnut Flake as I and others have noted, but a tad stronger. It does have a nicotine hit. The flavor is earthy and to that extent similar to University Flake, but more complex, at times spicy, and stronger tasting. A good, full smoke but I'll keep it at three stars as maybe a bit too much or too unusual for all Virginia smokers. But it is quality stuff for the bigger hitters.

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UsaRet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UsaRet (17)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

This is the flake I have been looking for, it has the nicotine to satisfy and a pure tobacco taste.

Upon opening the tin the first wiff reminded me of Condor, kind of a rose scent. But on lighting none of the scent came through. The first 4 puffs I could taste the dark fired leaf, reminicent of Kendal Kentucky, but then the Virginia kicks in and melds the mix into a wonderful full flavored smoke of perfect balance.

As others have noted this is in line with Walnut Flake, But I would add Digger Flake to the group, with Walnut being medium, Irish strong and Digger very strong.

This is most highly recommended to those who enjoy a stout tobac with natural flavor.

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amper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
amper (1)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

I must say that from the very first puff, I knew this tobacco would become a staple in my cabinet. It is very much like a darker and stronger version of Peterson's University Flake or Dunhill's Light Flake, two other of my favorites. I find Irish Flake to be an excellent example of what a straightforward tobacco should be--no pretensions, and no distracting additives, just an elegant flavor and aroma of top quality natural tobacco. The name is very fitting, the room note evocative of everything that is fine about Eire, and a good Irish whisky would be the perfect accompaniment (my own preference being Black Bush). I heartily applaud this instant classic from Peterson. This may very well become my favorite everyday smoke.

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jass46 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jass46 (2)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium Extra Full Strong

I was quite disapointed with irish flake.I expected a pure tobacco taste, to me it tasted like a strong version of St Bruno/Condor very perfumed certainly not pure tobacco taste.

it did smoke cool without tongue bite, but started to taste tarry after the halfway mark. i expected more from a peterson product, not for the faint hearted

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

This stuff is RAW,RAW,RAW!!!!! It has the at Lakeland District floral taste and is just incredibly harsh. This is perhaps the worst flake I have ever smoked in my life! It does burn cool enough,but it is strong. I had a sore throat after half a bowl. I am an EXPERINCED pipe smoker and this blend although purporting to be for that individual,is really just a noxious weed. If I could give negative 2 stars I would. Please save your 10$ and buy University flake by the same company. Avoid at all costs.

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