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A pure Virginia specialty. Elegant and mellow smoke. A Danish type blend. With an unobtrusive aroma and a fine sweetness on the tongue.

BrandJohn Aylesbury
Blended ByPlanta
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Steverino Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steverino (6)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I discovered this blend almost as if by accident and count myself fortunate. Of the many tinned Virginia tobaccos I've tried, this one stands out as one of the easiest to smoke and best tasting.

Upon opening the tin, one finds a long flake of tobacco, not unlike that in Reiner's Long Golden Flake, sort of wrapped up on itself in the tin. The tin aroma is much like the typical bright Virginia, a little hay-like or grass-like. There is also an added aroma, likely from the conservative topping, and this serves to set Sir John's Flake apart from similar blends.

Tin moisture seems ideal for pipe smoking, so I found it easy to crumble off a bit from the large flake and pack it in the pipe. Application of a match set it to burning easily and the only reason another light was needed was because I tamped it a bit.

The initial taste is, again, similar to other Virginias of this type. The casing or topping does, however, add another dimension. If pressed for a description, I'd say the topping is honey, or at least honey-like. It does have a sweet smell and, since the tin does say "Danish Classic", the topping appears to be of the Danish school. Whatever its origin, it is very good to this smoker.

I found this blend to be very consistent as the bowl is smoked. The same taste seems to follow the smoker to the end with little change. There is, to be sure, a slight darkening of the flavor down the bowl but it is not so much that one would think to be smoking a different tobacco, as happens with many blends.

Overall, I give this blend a high rating. I find it to be one of the most enjoyable blends I've smoked and would highly recommended it to anyone wishing to try a Virginia blend for the first time or to the experienced Virginia smoker looking for the proverbial "change of pace".

9 people found this review helpful.

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

Sweet honey and the slight flavor of Orlik's golden Sliced on the initial light, good "N" with the sweet brightness of the Virginia, smooth. Quickly becomes tangy and very "McClelland like". After about a 1/4 bowl the taste changes to almost an Oriental/Perique forward flavor of sour Gingerbread ( I know, there are no Orientals/Perique , but no other way to describe it). The blend continues to grow darker as you go down the bowl ( almost turns bitter, more English VA. ) but still maintains some sour sweetness . The last 1/3 of the bowl turns sweet again but darker.Very interesting and ever changing, more Danish than English or McClelland like . Excellent on re-lights , stays sweet and doesn't turn ashy

FVF is darker and less sweet, McC 5100 is milder and more tangy, MacBarens Virginia No.1 is more hay flavor and bitey

I can't see any Virginia lover not liking this one.

Pipe Used: cob

Age When Smoked: 3 months

5 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2195)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

An uncomplicated straight mostly bright Virginia flake, the length of which reminds me of Orlik Golden Sliced and Gatsby Luxury Flake in more ways than that. This has a slightly less topping, but with many of the same tobacco aspects. There’s also a small amount of darker Virginia present as well. This product offers a bit of citrus with a mild tanginess, plenty of grass and hay, some earth and tangy dark fruit, along with a few drops of sugar, and a hint of tea. It also provides a minute touch of smokiness, and a few spice notes. The topping is sweet honey, and I suspect a little citrus as well. They don’t sublimate the tobaccos that much. The taste level is a step closer to medium than it is to mild. The nic-hit is mild. Won’t bite or get harsh, but has a couple rough edges if you puff fast. Burns clean, fairly cool and a little slow with a mostly consistent flavor. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. Has a very pleasant after taste. Can easily be an all day smoke. Three and a half stars.


4 people found this review helpful.

BC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BC (14)
Mild Very Mild Medium Very Pleasant

This really is an outstanding tobacco. The flakes are long and slightly wet, and light brown and tan in color. I usually rub them out and let dry for 30 minutes or so. Sir John Flake has a sort of sour wine smell in the tin. It burns very well, although you have to pack it lighter than usual. Sir John will burn to ash with minimal dottle. It has a delicate sweetness-honey I think, but it doesn't overpower a very nice Virginia taste. There is some citrus and hay, you get more of an earthy taste towards the bottom. The sweetness, though, stays throughout the smoke. It does not bite. The main attraction of this blend to me is that it tastes great and garnered a rare, and I mean rare compliment from my wife on the room note.

Pipe Used: Large bent

Age When Smoked: Fresh

4 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28392)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The initial aroma upon opening the tin was that of...English breakfast tea (which made me wonder...should I crack open a tea bag and give the contents a trial puff ?). Common sense prevailed, however.

A bit more dry to the touch than expected, but burn was a pleasant surprise and just right.

The smoke struck me as mild and relaxing in a Stanwell acorn churchwarden.

A keeper.

Update: best "sipped", allowing some sweetness to come through from time to time. Very even burn, but a tad hot on the tongue and a surprise gurgle toward the end of the bowl. Moisture of tobacco seemed just right based on burn (charring / first lights only for entirety of bowl), so smoke patiently.

Wife enjoyed the aroma - always a plus, solidifying the fourth star for what is a very straightforward, simple smoke.

I had smoked some MacBaren Seven Seas "gold" earlier in the day and found it milder by comparison, with no hint of bite at all, but less interesting.

2 people found this review helpful.

Nathan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nathan (15)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

After searching for a new flake to try, I happened upon the very few reviews on Sir John's Flake Virginia. After reading the reviews and since I was unfamiliar with a total Virginia flake tobacco, I decided to find out for myself. Upon opening the tin there was a light plumb aroma. After unwrapping the flake and taking in a deep breath through the nostrils I was hit with a deep fruity sparkling wine like scent. It smells amazing. Now the flake itself was not moist and certainly not over dry. It was basically perfect. I peeled the amount of tobacco I saw fit from the side of the flake instead of unfolding it. I used the fold and twist method and rubbed out the top portion a bit and gently packed into my Peterson Irish Sea 221 Smooth Fish Tail. After packing the pipe, the flake's aroma changed from that sparkling fruity aroma to a definite hay aroma which I understand is common with Virginia's. It smells great. I let it sit for about six hours before deciding to give it a go. Pre-light aroma is inviting with the slight aroma of warm toast. I tamped then lit the flake while taking a deep puff. WOW! The aroma is that of warm toast, almonds, and sweet cream. Not strong like an aromatic but distinct and definitive. There is a slight sweetness and bread like taste as well with the definite tobacco taste, none overpowering the other. The aroma and flavor stayed consistent and true through the entire bowl. The company I was with were not offended by my smoking and complimented the tobacco for its pleasant aroma and for it not having a strong smokiness to it. You might receive some bite if puff greedily. Long story short, this is an excellent flake tobacco. It is a must try in my opinion.


I have aged this for over two years now and all I can say is that this is one of my favorite tobaccos. This is an excellent Virginia!

2 people found this review helpful.

NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (287)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Thanks to Steverino for his accurate review that I agree with. Although the light topping doesn't spoil the taste for me and the flake preparation is ~ to Reiner's Long Golden, that one is still my favorite in taste. If you enjoy Va flakes, this will give you a smooth, cool smoke without relights or condensation. This was my 1st experience with an Aylesbury blend and it was a good one.

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1707)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

John Aylesbury - Sir John's Flake Virginia.

Another from my friend Gentleman Zombie, thanks Franck! He sent me this in a zip-lock bag so I can't comment on the moisture from a sealed tin, but I can comment on the construction: a long coil.

The smoke has a high quality, slightly citrus, Virginia, making up the natural side of things, and the only added, or possibly added, taste I recognise is an extremely subtle honey-type one. This is a good companion to the naturally sweet Virginia. The flavour's quite unfluctuating, it maybe gets a little sweeter, but there's not really anything remarkable in the difference from start to finish. It doesn't bite any, and the temperature of the smoke's cool.

The nicotine's fairly mild, and I like the note.

Franck, this is a beauty, full marks:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: ???

Purchased From: Traded with Gentleman Zombie

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Honey sweet hay and a touch of citrus. Starts with mostly high and mid notes, but some lows creep in as the bowl progresses, mostly in the form of earthiness. It's not terribly complex, but it is very tasty and it holds my interest very well. A lovely, relaxing smoke. Closer to 4 stars than 3, so 4 it is.

Mild to medium in body. Probably does have a touch of honey at very mild. Overall taste is medium. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn

Age When Smoked: fresh

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1 person found this review helpful.

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

I'm thinking Steverino pretty much nailed this fine blend, though it was actually another online friend that recommended it to me. I went through my tin very fast in late June/early July, and must have highly enjoyed it, going by the few short notes I wrote about it, and the fact that as far as I can tell, smoked it pretty much exclusively for a few days.

Unfortunately, since then I have gone through a time in which I had so many other things going on in my life, that I never got around to writing a review at the best possible time in this case; that is to say, when I was in the middle of the last bowl from my one and only tin! Therefore, though I may not at this point remember the specifics that made it such an enjoyable Virginia Flake for me, I think four stars are in order, just to give it the benefit of the doubt!

I am mainly a Virginia man, and insofar as I can remember, this had all of the elements that make up a good, pure, unadulterated Virginia Flake. I simply cannot go into much detail now and remain honest as a reviewer, since it has been five months since I had a bowl of it.

I do know, however, that although this is the holiday season and I find myself needing to watch my spending in the next month, I can say for sure that come the Spring (i.e. tax refund time), I will probably find myself willing and able to pick up a few more tins, and maybe even a new pipe. (Really need a new Savinelli: love their light rusticated billiards, and had the misfortune recently of cracking my only remaining one!)

My admittedly imperfect memories from five months ago of this flake are good ones, however, and I can say with certainty that a couple tins of this, one to smoke and one to save a while, will be at the top of my list for a time when I feel that I can do another tobacco order without too much guilt, and I just have the feeling that a bit more experience with this blend could have perhaps even the effect of making it a true favorite.

1 person found this review helpful.

Planet Scott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Planet Scott (60)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I bought this based on all the stellar reviews. I love me a good straight Virginia.

This one is strange. The tin aroma has fruity aroma with the rest of the Virginia tobacco nuances. Different and interesting. When first lit, and about half way through the bowl, I get a soapy taste as well as a light Virgina grassy hay flavor. As the bowl smokes down, the soapy/fruity taste subsides and is replace with a slightly rich Virginia favor that I crave. From there, I really enjoy this one.

This experience is true for every bowl I have smoked, which is why I have not smoked a lot. Trying to make it to the sweet spot takes patience, and I am not good at that.

3.311379458 stars.

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Connoisseur Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Connoisseur (44)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I picked up a tin of Sir John's a while back when visiting Germany. Upon opening the tin, I was presented with "soft", medium brown flake cut tobacco with a wonderful light chocolatety-caramel smell. This tobacco rubbed out easily and burned well with a smooth and creamy virginia flavour, making it ideal as an afternoon smoke. Recommended.

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