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An impeccably structured blend. Featuring a foundation of sweet, tangy Virginias and cool burning burleys, a dash of Macedonian leaf is added to round out the mixture and add a hint of the exotic. The different leafs are then aged as one, in order to marry and harmonize flavor, prior to being pressed into a tantalizing flake.

Manufactured ByMacBaren
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsBurley, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2192)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The flake is a little moist and very easy to rub out or fold and stuff. The tin aroma is sweet honey and lots of fruity citrus. The light Virginia is a tangy citrusy, lightly bready, with a little grass and honey, and a few hints of earth and spice, and some creaminess. The burleys are supporting players offering a slight nutty sweetness and earth. A touch of Macedonian leaf provides a very slight floral essence. The top note of honey kind of reminds me of graham crackers. Has a mild nic-hit. Won't bite or get harsh even when pushed. Burns at a slow to moderate pace, cool and clean, with a very sweet, smooth consistent flavor from start to finish. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a sweet after taste. An easy going all day smoke.

26 people found this review helpful.

Sasquatch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sasquatch (81)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I think this is superb. Took a few bowls to "get it", now I got it.

Closest kin is probably Mac Baren Navy Flake. This is more virginia-forward, and I find an odd almost sour note (macedonian?) against the sweet zesty virginias and whatever gentle sweet casing there is. I don't smell fruit outright at all. So where Navy Flake moves in the spicy dark direction with the "patented cavendish" this moves more in a sweet/sour sort of way.

In the bowl, it's soft smoking and pleasant, nothing earth-shattering. Room note is nice. To me this is any-time all-purpose tobacco. I expect it to age wonderfully, and am started to cellar this.

Not a ton of nicotine here - a typically Mac B virginia offering in that way too.

Pipe Used: all sorts

Age When Smoked: new

Similar Blends: Mac Baren - Navy Flake, Fribourg & Treyer - Cut Virginia Plug, Mac Baren - Virginia No.1, McClelland - No. 24 (Matured Virginias).

12 people found this review helpful.

Houndstooth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Houndstooth (34)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

I took to this right off, possibly due to its resemblance to Orlik Golden Sliced in the red can- another tin that I've been working on that I've grown quite fond of. Unlike Orlik though, it needs some drying time.

Another thing which may or may not be particular to this tobacco, although it brought me here- rub it out. A reliable old Italian pipe of mine didn't show this toback to good advantage when I folded and stuffed. While not dirty, I cleaned it with alcohol and a week or so later re-tried the Brunello- this time fully rubbed out. Voila- magnifique!

There is a citrus thing happening here which I didn't catch in the Orlik, or didn't think I did. Maybe I did though, and hence my attraction for Brunello. Again I'm not detecting perique either, but then again there's none advertized; also an Orlik trait of great dispute. But the nicotine is present- at least as much in Orlik.

While I'm aware that I'm reviewing Brunello- NOT Orlik, the comparisons are hard to avoid due to the proximity of both in my useage. Orlik fans looking for a great variation may well find something new with Brunello, The tin is better eye candy than the image of a Brit judge on a scarlet background, which is about as welcome as a toadstool, but perhaps more traditional than the green floral (grape leaf?) design the Brunello tin is graced with. Stacked rectangular flakes are easy to measure size-wise for any flake afficianado.

Try the Brunello- it holds its own.

Pipe Used: antique Royalton Silver Crown, cobs

Age When Smoked: birthed June 2014- so about 5 months

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Orlik Golden Sliced.

8 people found this review helpful.

pylet2000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pylet2000 (33)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Rather expensive flake, but one that I happily repurchase. Sweet, sour, somewhat complex, lightly citrus, and all around well behaved. A wonderful smoke I reach for often.

In the tin, it smells sweet, fermented, and citrus. Others have suggested strawberry and I'm inclined to agree. There's a faintly familiar smell of the orientals under what you'd expect for a Virginia flake. The burley doesn't offer much aroma of it's own. There has to be some level of topping, milder than many aromatics but present. Color is generally light brown with a few tan strands here and there. Made by MacBaren, the flakes are perfectly consistent in shape, size and thickness.

I like this best rubbed out completely; folded and stuffed it seems to require a lot of relights even when fairly dried out. It loses a little bit of it's flavor charm as it dries too, making rubbed out the better option for my tastes. Flavor is generally sweet, occasional sour, with citrus notes present throughout. Slight spice, very minimal. The Virginia tastes well aged. The burley is faintly noticeable really, but does play backup. The oriental leaf is a little above condimental levels, it is noticeable enough to pick up on. Mixed with the sweet toppings (slight honey / strawberry), this flake has enough going to keep me interested all the way through the bowl. Nicotine is just above mild, enough to get the job done without being overbearing.

Burns well once lit (rubbed out at least), and leaves little moisture behind. Certainly no "goop".

I saw somebody compared this to MB Navy Flake, and agree they are 2nd cousins. Navy Flake has a different topping, the burley is more forward, and doesn't have the oriental leaf, but I enjoy them both and find them similar enough in the smoke to agree with the comparison. This doesn't have the rum splash of Navy Flake. I smoke this more often, as I find it to be the superior of the two.

In the end, I feel the quality of Brunello Flake offsets the price premium enough to justify keeping it in the rotation. I consider it a treat every time.

3 people found this review helpful.

moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (110)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Savinelli’s Brunello Flake is a premium crossover. Everything about it is TOP, including the leaf, the blend, preparation, presentation, handling, smoking, aroma, taste (and the price). It's also amply cased, and it’s topped enough to make it important to this blend; but IMO it is not an aromatic.

In a newly opened tin one sees two perfect stacks of well-formed, medium sized flakes. The lot appears at first to be golden but one soon notices the gamut of shades reflecting not only flue cured but also air cured, and even some stoved leaf. The tin aroma is an enhanced, souped-up version of the best of the actual fermented tobacco smells, along with some citrus (orange), honey, vanilla, apricot, currants, cardamom, and a few more I have not nailed down yet. But trust me, it smells good, all right. I started by folding, twisting the hell out of it, and stuffing a moist flake into one of my VA pipes, and I still fold and seriously spindle it, though I found I much prefer it dried some before stuffing and smoking it. When it’s too moist, it’s got a little of the usual-for-aromatics oily and acrid tastes. When it’s just right, everything harmonizes into a delicious, tobacco rich treat. The predominant VAs are very sweet, like sweet grasses and honeysuckle, and they are mild without being the usual corollary to “mild”, which is to say [it’s not], hot. There is also some taste and aroma from a smattering of rich, red VA that adds depth and complexity, including some "earth". The Burleys used are nutty but not tannic, and they lend some “volume” and “roundness” to the smell and the taste, alike, along with a little cocoa (or is this the topping?). The Macedonian leaf is excellent, loamy, with very faint, Middle Eastern lamb kabobs, and the lot remains sweet and “exotic” without being cloying. I recommend loose to medium packing, also try to keep it slow while avoiding re-lights. It burns to a very fine ash, so watch the stoking or stirring. Strength is mild to medium, and I doubt it will satisfy anyone looking for a buzz. Room note is truly, actually pleasant. I don’t smoke BF for the aftertaste, since it seems to go flat for me as soon as I stop smoking it, or, if I’m careless, I can make it turn out slightly ashy and acrid. In any case, it fades away pretty fast.

Savinelli’s Brunello Flake is the best crossover I’ve smoked since Fribourg and Treyer’s Cut Virginia Plug. In fact, I like BF better, and the two blends are definitely comparable in terms of quality. I give BF 3 stars on my Absolute scale; 4 stars on my Crossover scale.

Update, 11-22-2017: I recently smoked some BF that's been jarred since before my original review. The toppings have faded significantly, and the varietals are melded and softened. IMO it is still a "4", but I am surprised to realize I actually prefer it fresher, with more of the toppings in play, smoked as a crossover! Looking back, I also feel this way about F&T's Cut VA Plug; in fact I had to down rate that blend when it "mellowed out" with age.

Pipe Used: various briars; dedication is rewarded

Age When Smoked: 9 mos.

Purchased From: Liberty Tobacco

Similar Blends: Fribourg and Treyer's Cut Virginia Plug.

3 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (501)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This one grew on me. I picked up a tin of this upon some forum recommendations. I had high expectations that were not at first met. I was expecting something nuttier than what I got. I found both the Virginia and burley to be more silent than anticipated.

As I got to know it, the Virginia really did emerge while I found the burley to still be kind of in the back seat. The Macedonian leaf is what may have turned me off at first by probably masking those flavors I expected. I think I just started to embrace the taste of that condiment and the blend just started opening up for me.

The flake is presented in nice orderly flakes stacked perfectly in two piles to comprise the 100g tin that I purchased. I put half in a jar for later and left the other half in the tin. As this was a rectangular tin, it did slowly dry to a crisp. I threw in one of those button things to moisten it up and it did the job.

I usually like flakes dry and krispy, but this one in particular, is much better moist than dry. I am leaving three stars on this for now because of mixed results, but I may push it to four stars when I finish the jarred half of this tin sometime in the future.

2 people found this review helpful.

Old German puffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old German puffer (106)
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

One tobbaco that seems to fall in and out of my rotation is this. First you have to open the tin and let it dry for about a day just to make it smoke. Has a very strong lemon grass note. Lights well. Smokes very well. One of the better tobacco blends by Sav. First tried it at my pipe club meeting. Has been with me ever since. Nice smooth smoke. Highly recommend.

Pipe Used: Comoy

Age When Smoked: Tin - 2 years plus

Purchased From: Low Country Pipe and Cigar South Carolina B&M

2 people found this review helpful.

Lit a Kia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lit a Kia (69)
Mild Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant

The VAs dominate the tin aroma. Sunny and bright, hints of grass, but mostly honey and honeydew melon. Seems to have a light dressing of something along those lines-?

I rubbed out a couple of flakes and let them air dry for about 15 minutes, which was plenty, maybe a few minutes too long. Required more than one charring light but then cruised along nicely.

Beautiful smoke with this one; always nice to get that with a lighter-tasting blend.

The VA and Macedonia complemented each other nicely, and the burley added a nice roundness to the flavor and room note. It edged toward sour territory just a couple of times, which might have been my fault, but for the most part, every component was well behaved.

This is a really nice smoke. Nothing to get overly excited about, but very solid.

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1705)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Savinelli - Brunello Flake.

The 100g tin contains two rows of wide, quite thin, nicely hydrated, medium brown, flakes. Preparation's simple, a light hand results in a fully rubbed flake.

A bowl lights easily. In the lead is a citrus sharpness, from the Virginia and a mild topping. The Burley provides as lighter flavour, but I struggle to detect much Macedonian. The taste isn't too bad but I do find it can give my tongue a nip; not hard, but if strained I notice a little 'peck'.

Nicotine: a little below medium. Room-note: not bad.

Brunello Flake? In all, a nice smoke. It would be good in the summer. Three stars:


Pipe Used: Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

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

There is a little sweetness, but this is more sour than sweet. The fairly strong citrus notes from the Virginias (I think some of it is topping as well) combine with the sour note of the Orientals to create a lemon-like flavor. It literally makes my mouth water. The Burley, in the first half, provides a nutty earthiness in the background. In the second half the sour citrus fades a little allowing the Burley notes to catch up and this is when it gets downright heavenly. Burns cool and burns very well. This isn't the type of smoke I usually go for, but this one is a bit unique and very tasty.

Mild to medium in body. Medium in taste. Flavoring is mild.

Pipe Used: MM Marcus, Country Gentleman, Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Here's a hybrid for ya. Reading the list of tobaccos in the blend and then finding out that it's flavored would make one wonder if this blend is worth trying. Open the tin and smell the strawberry topping. At least it smells like strawberry to me and another reviewer.The flavoring is used with a very light hand and it actually gives the blend a nice semi-sweet sour note as it plays along with the Macedonia leaf. I know it sounds crazy but this tobacco is balanced and tastes more like a sour-ish sweet Virginia. Burns well with very few re-lights. I tried my best to get this tobacco to bite and it never did. A very different experience that I really like and would buy this again.

Pipe Used: Ashton

Age When Smoked: 3 years.

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

TorontoSmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TorontoSmoker (19)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I think Jimlnks and Greggles descriptions of this tobacco are right on. But I disagree with JimLnks review on only one aspect - in the last sentence of his review. I found this blend bites like a hot, wet, mutha-f#@%ing bi-atch!!

Even after significant drying time out of the tin. Maybe it's cuz I didn't rub it out enough first? Or maybe because it was a very hot, humid evening in Toronto. Either way, it bit the heck outta my mouth and tongue (even with a balsa filter, and got very moist at the bottom of the bowl. Retrohale is very nice though...

Next time I try to smoke this blend, I will wait until the dry winter months here in mid January, and crumble the flake completely first before packing it. Hope that will reduce the moisture, heat and bite.

Pipe Used: Ardor Venere

Age When Smoked: 1 yr

Purchased From: Received as a sample

1 person found this review helpful.

NoirPipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NoirPipes (5)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I urge every one still in possession of these flakes to give the tin/jar a sniff, I think I know what it is topped with, strawberry! Smells like a strawberry fruit roll-up. Counter intuitive as this may be, I think it is. It also seems natural enough and adds to the tangy sweet thing this has going for it. This is not a Strawberry aromatic though. I air dry a flake for 10 to 15 min till it has faded a little in color but still pliable. It has a narrow Goldilocks, i.e., too dry = burns too hot = bite. Too wet = steam = bite. Not much more so than most flakes, it's a trade off for the fruit juice (strawberry?!) This one seems to like folding and stuffing. The only complaint was in reading the list of contents, I thought I would notice the Macedonian Oriental and was looking forward to a Virginia/Oriental Flake. As it is, if your looking for a nice Euro style Virginia flake with a tangy topping it makes a good change of pace. Looking for a More natural/neutral option stick with FVF, or Union Square. Or smoke all three, you're allowed!

Pipe Used: Savinelli Fuoco 111 KS

Age When Smoked: 5 months

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Nicely prepared flakes that are pliable and easy to fold and pack without rubout. The tin aroma is inviting and the sweet VAs are prominent. Didn't sense much influence from the Turkish but enjoyed the citrus/grassy taste from start to finish. Smoked cool without bite or condensation. A mild , all day smoke that will be ideal for the hot summer months.

Pipe Used: various bowl sizes

Age When Smoked: dated 6/14

Purchased From: pipes &

1 person found this review helpful.

greggles Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
greggles (3)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Tin Aroma: Fruity, sugary sweetness. Its what I would imagine an old timey Starburst candy would smell like.

Taste: Delicious! Sweet Virginias mixing with the Macedonia leaf is a wonderful, savory experience. The flavor remains full and consistent throughout the whole bowl. As a lover of Virginia I am not dissapointed. Occasionally my nostrils will experience a pleasant tingle on the exhale.

Smokability: I found my usual flake packing method to work just fine with this blend. I will tear about a 1/3 of a flake off and fold it twice and stuff it into the bottom of the bowl. Than I'll rub out enough to gravity fill it to the top of the bowl. Char, tamp, relight.

Room Note: Virginia, that wonderful scent that all humans should smell and savor.

Thoughts: I really like this blend, as both a lover of Virginia and flakes. This also redeemed Burley for me. As my previous experience was with Captain Black (which I didn't hate, but just found it lacking and uninteresting) and the shudders Borkim Riff. So Burleys are okay in my book and I look forawrd to trying more of them. I've also never had Macedonian leaf before so theres another one of my horizons opened up.

Reccomended to: Anyone who enjoys Virginias and wants to really experience the sweetness they bring. And to anyone who wants to smoke something that is generally sweeter tasting, this blend should not dissapoint. Summary: Sweet, delicious flake which I could see myself smoking regularly. And I'll also have to cellar some ;)

4/5 Stars

This was my /r/pipetobacco review

Pipe Used: Hercules 604 EX and Peterson's Kinsale XL23

Age When Smoked: Back of the tin says it was sealed in June 2014

Purchased From: Maison and Edwards

1 person found this review helpful.

doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (230)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I was intrigued by the positive reviews of this flake and after seeing it was produced by Mac Baren, decided to give it a go. The appearance of the opened tin showed medium colored leaf lined up very smartly ala Mac Baren. The tin note was that of a non-cloying fruitiness and reminded me of Troost aromatic in the 100 gm round tins from the 1990s. The flakes are thin sliced in the style of Mac Baren with a moisture content ready to smoke. Loading and lighting was easy and minimal relights were required. For me, this smoked very close to MB's Mixture Flake and Navy Flake but closer to Mixture Flake; most likely from the higher content of Virginia as compared to Burley. It was subtly sweet throughout the smoke (sweeter than MF or NF), with no bitterness/harshness whatsoever. I can't say I picked up any discernible fruit taste while smoking, just a pleasant sweetness throughout. After reading "strawberry" in a few reviews, yes, if I deeply inhaled the tin content I could pick out what appeared to be strawberry (not very much present after the tin was opened for a few hours); but I know Mac Baren uses a combination of fruit essences in several of their blends and not one in any particular blend to add to the flavor profile. I could not detect the Macedonian with puffing, but only in the after taste and it was mild at that (and not really floral to my taste buds). This is a very comfortable and enjoyable blend to smoke and I experienced an occasional tongue nip but no bite per se. Fast puffing only heated up the bowl a bit, but never a bite. It did smoke faster than Mixture Flake and Navy Flake and I feel more Burley in Brunello than MF, but not as much as NF. All in all a solid, dependable smoke that I do recommend, making this a nice rotation partner to Macs other two flakes I referenced, both of which I also enjoy.

Pipe Used: Stanwell featherweight smooth poker

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin.

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Mac Baren Mixture Flake, Mac Baren Navy Flake.

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Stefanos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stefanos (163)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Definitely some topping/casing. The flakes smell of grass and hay and a fruity note from the casing. They are on the dry side of perfect moisture. Topping does not really translate to the smoke. Brunello Flake tasted like very a very natural tobacco. Bright hay-like Virginia flavours together with a delectable Oriental sourness. Great balance between sourness and sweetness. Nice tanginess, fair complexity overall. Perfect burning qualities, pronounced taste, never gets harsh, medium strength, good nicotine content. What more could one ask? Excellent! Fully recommended especially to those looking for an Orientally enhanced bright Virginia flake.

I will have to correct my review above and take off one star. Brunello Flake does taste natural except for a honey-sweetness which I find a little bit too much. After having a few bowls I think I find it a little bit tiring. Apart from that it is a very nice tobacco.

Similar Blends: Cornell & Diehl's Sunday Picnic - which verges on being acrid, Brunello Flake is rounder and easier to smoke..

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DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (269)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Lovely plummy/straw tin note, but unlike others I really don't get much more than straigthforward, somewhat bland VA in the smoke. The only reason I would have thought there was burley in the blend is because it's slightly bitey. The flakes are thin and easy to fold in or rub out, and it lights easily but smokes a bit on the fast side for a flake. It's possible the blend might come together better after the tin is open for a few more weeks.

Pipe Used: various briars and meers

Age When Smoked: 8 months

Purchased From: gift

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