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1931 Flake strikes a natural balance in the distinct characteristics of superior Burleys and mature Virginias by using a small measure of Black Cavendish to please true flake lovers.

Brand4th Generation
Blended ByErik Stokkebye
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
Packaging100g Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild, Mild
Mild to Medium
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PC Plod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PC Plod (40)
Medium to Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A superbly crafted navy flake. Slow burning, satisfying, with no trace of harshness.

I was expecting this to be a variation of Mac Baren Navy Flake. Indeed they look similar, but 1931 is considerably richer, rounder, and deeper in flavour. This flake is unique. I give it full marks.

The tin aroma of honey is pronounced and made my mouth water. The first puffs suggested the bouquet and strength of a very fine cigar. However the large measure of Virginia tobacco contributes to an overall sweet and mellow character.

The honey is not detectable in the burning aroma. Perhaps it helps to smooth the rough edges of the stronger components. There's absolutely no harshness or sting when the smoke is blown through the nose. Just the deep rich aroma of fine pipe tobacco.

Using the fold and stuff method with a loose pack, a medium bowl (not quite two flakes) of 1931 smouldered away for over two hours. The tobacco burns well without the need for relights. And there was no need to dry the flakes prior to smoking.

Pipe Used: Peterson Irish Harp

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: Mac Baren - Navy Flake.

5 people found this review helpful.

Bonneville Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bonneville (27)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

4th Generation tobaccos are made by Mac Baren and many of their blends have Mac Baren counterparts, yet they are across the board of higher grade and quality. The counterpart to this one is Mac Baren's Navy Flake. And it is much better. I'm normally a straight VA smoker but I can't get enough of this stuff. The Burley and Cavendish in the flake at depth and dimension that I absolutely love. The top note is of sweet floral honey and comes across in the room note as well. This is in my top rotation and I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a good Danish flake :)

Pipe Used: Aldo Velani Filtro, MM Cob

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Beehive Cigars, Salt Lake City, UT

Similar Blends: Mac Baren Navy Flake.

2 people found this review helpful.

rsvp2rip Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rsvp2rip (27)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I did not find this to be so different from Mac Barren Navy Flake to justify the extra $4. It is good but I would not seek it out over MB's offering.

Similar Blends: Mac Barren Navy Flake.

1 person found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (703)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The Virginias are slightly grassy and citrusy. The burleys are naturally sweet with a touch of earth and some nuttiness, and stands out over the Virginias. The black cavendish is a very minor player, adding a very mild vanilla note. The honey topping is sweet and pleasant; while always noticeable, it's smooth and doesn't drown out the tobacco taste. The taste is very similar to MacBaren Navy Flake, but this has a few minor flavor nuances to differentiate itself from NF. The flake is easily rubbed out or folded and stuffed as you please. Burns fairly well with no bite, no dottle or harshness, and a nice creamy subtext.

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speaknott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
speaknott (4)
Medium Extremely Mild Very Mild Unnoticeable

Comes in large flake form. Fairly easily rubbed out. Burns a little bit hot for my tastes. The flavors include a bit of rum and a touch of vanilla, but it is a very light tobacco when it comes to taste. It kind of bored me. Liable to go out on you.

Quite a disappointment over the 1957. Not recommended.

Pipe Used: Kaywoodie Standard 12B

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