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An extra mild and pleasant flake tobacco composed from only the best grades of sweet golden Virginia leaf.

Notes: 11/10/14: Industry source states that the original Bjarne tobaccos were a tribute to Bjarne Nielsen, and that although they are still being produced, they are for some "inexplicable reason" not available outside Germany.

BrandBjarne
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
ContentsVirginia
FlavoringHoney
CutFlake
Packaging50 grams tin
CountryDE
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Mild
Room Note
Pleasant
3.3
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Ranger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ranger (64)
★★★☆
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Bought 2 tins 12 years ago. Really liked it then and have just worked through half of a 12 year tin. It has aged well. The smell is slightly fig sweet with stringy medium colored brown flakes packed in a mound of tobacco. Perfect moisture level for immediate smoking. The burn was excellent, a mild strength with a very flavorful taste. A great change of pace from the heavier Virginias I've been smoking lately. A solid 3.5 stars.

Age When Smoked: 12 years

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RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
★★☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

01-26-2005

Appearance and Tin Aroma: Beautiful golden flakes neatly stacked and folded. Smells wonderful, fortified hay and sweet notes abound. This has a "honeydew" topping.

Packing and Lighting: Very easy with moisture perfect out of the tin. 2-3 lights max.

Initial Flavor: Sweet, bright VA.

Mid-bowl: Mellows somewhat, but can get a little bitey if you are not careful. The sweetnote is felt more than tasted at this point.

Bottom of Bowl: A delicate spiciness develops and before you know it, you are done with only a fine grey ash left over.

Overall: This blend appears to be made by Dan and to my nose and palate is the same CAO Patriot flake. That is not to say that this is bad, but this flake is not as good as Marlin Flake, Blackwoods Flake, or Gawith's Curly Cut Deluxe IMHO. This blend can be nippy if one is not careful, probably due to the topping added. I prefer this to Orlick Golden Sliced though, but with so many other excellent Flakes out there, I doubt I will buy another tin.

Rating: 3 out of 5 points.

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Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (302)
★★★★
Very Mild None Detected Mild Very Pleasant

Probably the best introduction to straight Virginias I have ever tried. This is a velvety smooth, natural tasting and slightly sweet smelling flake, very mild yet flavoursome, tangy, with no tongue bite whatsoever. Elegant, fresh, polite, it has all the elements of a high quality Virginia, perfectly pressed and exquisite in its overall structure.

I have been smoking this in a Dublin Brebbia, in a semi bent Stanwell and in a Savinelli Oscar, with excellent results all the time. It is very mild, but it has enough spiciness to make it enjoyable. In the tin the tobacco comes tightly pressed and it has an aroma not unlike Duinhill´s Three Year Matured, and similar to G. Smith?s Old London 100% Virginia: sugary, very much like molasses and dried raisins. The aroma, however, does not carry onto the flavour, nor the pipe. The flakes are easy to rub out and pack, and it lights easily.

On the palate the smoke is clean and fresh. It has that peculiar zest that I also find in Virginias likes Rattray?s Marlin Flake and Dunhill´s Light Flake. In fact, Flake de Luxe is as good and savoury as these tobaccos, simply in a milder form. The flavour remains constant throughout the bowl. It is quite cool for a straight Virginia, and as an early morning smoke it is unsurpassable. If you want to turn anyone into real pipe smoking, this is the tobacco to do it with. Even for a seasoned palate, this Virginia is an excellent choice. Highly recommended.

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renwardhoop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renwardhoop (106)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

Nice enough mild virginia tobacco, but lacking any real character, taste or unusual attribute over and above anything else on the market at the moment.

There is nothing wrong with this blend, it's just so bland all round.

Even the tin is bland and uninspired. Plain white label with 'bjarne flake de luxe' printed on it. It would fit right in with the other pipe tobaccos available in this country in looks and taste (or lack of).

The flake itself is almost remarkable for one thing and that is the stodgy mess that you find when you open the tin. None of your neat little soldiers of pressed flake or even the choppiness of SG's Golden glow. No, it's just a shapeless blob of tobacco, which, if you didn't know otherwise could be a lump of plug. I guess this isn't a criticism, because lets face it, this blend breaks up like any other, once you've twigged that this cannot be broken one-handedly. Oh, yes it's smells nice, but then so do loads of other virginia tobaccos.

It's an absolute swine to light and to keep lit. I don't know why, because the moisture level seems about right out of the can.

So, this isn't a totally pointless blend - you could certainly use it to smoke out that ghost in that briar you've just never got around to doing and you couldn't be arsed to get out the salt n' alcohol. Or you could use this as a base for blending your own mix, or even spray it with those old sprays you inherited from a fit of pique when you did a tobacconist's order back in 2001.

Ok the last is silly, but this is worth having - especially at the price I got it from Dan Pipe.

Using the brilliant Capstan blends as the benchmark this falls well short of the mark, but equally there just isn't anything unpleasant or particularly memorable about this particular blend. Here's to backs of pipe smokers cabinets everywhere, with the lid screwed on tight.

Pipe Used: All of them (briars)

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: DanPipe, Germany.

Similar Blends: Generic virginia flakes everywhere..

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Braed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Braed (18)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

A tobacco which shouldn't miss in my tobacco bar. I have always one tin for reserve. But first from the beginning. When you open the tin a lovely natural sweet smell comes out. The tobacco is not to dry and not to wet. It's perfect for packinng the pipe and smoke. There are no tongue bites at all. The flake has a tiny flavour they didn't write it on the tin. But for me it is honey or maple juice. I highly recommend this flake for pipe smokers who love natural ones. 4 stars

Purchased From: Danpipe Germany

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orka Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
orka (64)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Flake de Luxe is a very mild flake hovering somewhere in the Danish spectrum of things. Quite frankly, and in my own opinion of course, much like Bjarne's line of pipes, there isn't alot to cheer for here.

In the tin it smells intensively sweet. It's a very bright (golden va) flake with grass and citrus notes and a sugary topping of some sort. If there's any oriental in here, as has been suggested, it's hidden very well.

I've tried packing this in any odd number of ways, and it doesn't seem to make much of a difference whether you fold it or rub it. Burning characteristics are good, it doesn't require any special method or nursing, provided you're somewhat experienced with (VA) flakes. For the beginner there is always the danger of tonguebite with VA, and Flake de Luxe is no exception.

As far as smoking it goes I wouldn't call it outstanding, certainly not worthy of a luxus moniker. It is quite sweet and honey-like in its flavour, but it is also severly lacking in body and nicotine (even for something explicitly labeled as "mild"). Overall it is a quite pleasant no-brainer of a blend that requires little effort, but also doesn't deliver very much in terms of complexity or depth. There is an element of spice when you start to get close to the bottom of the bowl, but nothing that profoundly adds to the finish. Aftertaste is non descript.

Personally I'd rather smoke some of Orlik's Golden Sliced than this when I want a mild flake. Overall I think that this is a pretty bland and much too mild flake to be able to hold any interest for very long. I do have a tin from 2006 cellared away, and I might open that one of these days and see if it has changed for the better, but somehow I doubt it.

Somewhat recommended in the end though, it's not the worst flake I've ever tried, but not the best either, and my "meh" might come out as "aah" from you, so give it a go if you find yourself in need of a mild all-day smoke.

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Glorfindel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Glorfindel (80)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Flake de Luxe is a winner - pure and simple. Classic VA aroma and taste with a light top dressing for extra flavor. The flavoring is the best rendering I have ever experienced of that ubiquitous "Danish-Style" casing that so many brands and blenders have attempted to use through the years - often without success.

Here the topping comes through as a citrus-apricot-tangy-creaminess that merges seamlessly with the natural VA flavor that possesses a similar flavor profile. The marriage of natural VA grassy-creamy-tanginess with the topping works wonderfully, complimenting the tobacco, not masking it.

Rubs out easy with a scent almost identical to fresh cut hay sun-curing in the field.

Pack this one medium to lightly, it gets hot and wet in a hurry if packed too tight.

Light on nicotine, but that's OK for the majority of my smoking moods. I suspect that this is a result of the VA being young. Such young, light blond VAs have never been to my liking before, but this time they shine.

This is the best flavored VA flake I have tried thus far. I will be buying more of this for sure.

EDIT UPDATE : I bought 10 tins of this after posting this review. That should show what I think of the blend :)

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Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

A very accurate description...a very mild Virginia flake. For those who want to enter the world of Virginia flakes without the risk of tongue-bite or nicotene overload. Truly an all-day smoke. Too light for the infrequent smoker who is looking for quick satisfaction. Very user friendly for a flake. A bit too moist as recieved, it rubs out very easily. The slightest hint of the Danish honey flavor. Highly recommended.

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Mr. Dottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Dottle (162)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

To capsulize what my fellow reviewers before me have said: this is one great, delicious and sublime Virginia! Little secret? Who knows but this is a mild, even-tempered, smooth and flavorful smoke that doesn?t disappoint from beginning to end with no bite. Smoke it slowly and savor it. Those who favor stronger tobaccos may also like this blend and those who want to try a Virginia for the first time, start with Flake de Luxe (I really mean it this time). Gosh, this is good stuff!

I rate this tobacco 9.987923 out of 10.

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
★★★☆
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

I am one of those guys who likes a bit of discreet flavoring in his Virginia leaf. I found some good stuff here! Bjarne's de Lux flake came to me in a recent pipe board tobacco box pass. I chose to smoke my first bowl in an Ercole Bogni that I am still somewhat breaking in. Bogni is one of the outstanding Italian pipe artisans who does not have a following outside his own country because he has no distributor. I can see why he is in demand, his pipe was terrific from bowl one.

Oops, forgot this was a tobacco, not pipe review. Sorry. This Bjarne Virginia Flake does indeed have a secret ingredient that adds to the flavor -- which otherwise -- is very light. No bite and cool. Soft rather than loud, you may need to check your pipe a few times while smoking just to make sure the tobacco is really lit.

An all day smoke, but I'll reserve it for times when I crave a light smoke. This is light with a capial L...but, it is smooth and tasty too.

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (286)
★★★★
Very Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Another in my trials of tobaccos under the name of pipemakers whose pipes I own and respect. The tobacco in my tin was pressed into one block but the moisture content was ideal and permitted the individual layers of flakes to be easily separated and folded/packed as I prefer. The mix of golden to darker brown VAs had such a sweet tin aroma that I wondered if casing had been added as with some other Danish blends. At Bjarne Nielsen's web site, it indicates that this blend consists of several types of VAs and a 'little secret'. Perhaps that is the Orientals indicated above although their taste certainly was not prevalent. The end result is a smooth, cool smoke that is exceptionally mild for a VA flake. However, it is still quite flavorful and even tangy/spicey as the smoke progresses. Give it a try.

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