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Exclusive dark Virginia tobaccos and a spicy Kentucky with a touch of perique pressed into a flake.

Notes: This description was on older tins: One of the original blends from 1848. Mature red Virginia and Kentucky from North Carolina, black cavendish and Turkish are blended with latakia to produce a blend which has given quiet satisfaction to smokers for over a century.

BrandRobert McConnell
Blended ByKohlhase, Kopp und Co. KG
Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsKentucky, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringRum
CutFlake
Packaging50 grams tin
CountryDE
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
Extremely Mild
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This is a strange combination of tobaccos that somehow works. I am no blender and would not even try my hand at it. So, kudos to whoever mixed the first batch of this stuff. It is one of the best tobaccos I've ever had the pleasure of loading a pipe with! I knew I'd like the stuff the moment I popped the tin and saw the oily residue all over the wax paper overwrap and smelled the fermented bouquet of soured figs.

It is unique in that while being a pressed Virginia flake, it is actually much more than that. The addition of oriental leaf kept this soft and smooth. And, thanks to the Burley and quality Virginias it was cool and packed just enough nicotine punch to keep me happy. It rubbed out easily but the moisture content meant a half hour in the open air before being able to load up.

I really cannot think of anything to compare this to. You will be able to taste all of the elements, for sure. Upon finishing my first bowlful, my tongue curled up into a question mark. Not sure what I just had, but it was delicious. If this was thrust upon me as the only tobacco I'd be allowed to smoke for the rest of my life, I'd grin and bear it with pleasure!

27 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (203)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

It's unusual to come across a blend of this many tobaccos with this kind of flavor clarity. And I agree that Scottish Flake is a peculiar combination of leaf. Like most Virginia dominant flakes, this McConnell offering is best smoked at a slow sip and with a clean palate. The flakes are delicately pressed and the thin cut makes for an excellent fold and stuff tobacco. It performs wonderfully, it’s simple to prepare and takes to flame with ease. It smokes relatively cool, is fairly forgiving and does not bitter when puffed at a faster pace.

Scottish Flake has a warm tone and smokes with a lightly-sweet honey note and substantial flavor depth. The majority of the sweetness is provided by the red Virginia and Turkish. The other components add body without overtly influencing the overall flavor. The mouth-feel is on the lighter side but there is a definite texture to the smoke as well as a pleasing spiciness. By mid bowl, flavors broaden and ultimately Scottish Flake settles into a gratifying smoke that’s medium in body, superbly balanced and consistently sweet from beginning to end.

Scottish Flake is not incredibly complex but there are some interesting subtleties created by the compounding of flavors that make this tobacco stand out as something entirely unique and worth pursuing. Good stuff, and it ages superbly.

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: 10 years

13 people found this review helpful.

O'Confrère Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
O'Confrère (40)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

There is nothing quite like rubbing out a K&K flake. The flakes are beautifully and evenly cut and inevitably expand to a surprising quantity of springy and easily workable ribbon. The moisture is such that one can smoke it as it comes, although it does profit from a small amount of drying. There are no humectants here so that if you're looking to smoke it occasionally you might want to put it in a container to keep it if from drying out.

The German tin says Red Virginia, Carolina, Kentucky and a pinch of Turkish, cold pressed for several weeks, and includes the description 'robust and full-flavored (or spicy),' which hits the mark exactly. At the moment the K&K website says dark Virginias, Kentucky and a pinch of Perique, lightly flavored with rum. Have they changed the blend?

There is something about this straight forward, no-nonsense flake that is 'old- timey' to me. Whatever that means...

Nothing else to add to the excellent reviews below, except to reiterate: A good blend with a friendly nudge of nicotine, SF is rich, full-bodied, bold tasting (as DK says) yet mild and cool; a pleasure, and as interesting as you want it to be. And, as mentioned often below, it definitely profits from time in the tin! Don't know what makes this Scottish, but this gets my vote. Three stars from a fresh tin, four when aged. Give this one a whirl!

9 people found this review helpful.

Shane Ireland Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Shane Ireland (8)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Surely any who have tried either the original McConnell Scottish Flake, or the first iteration blended in Germany, would rate it near the top of their list of all-time favorites. K&K have changed the blend (my guess would be due to availability of some original components) but they have done so expertly and with my supply of old Scottish Flake dwindling, it just so happens that the current version IS the closest substitute (which is not always the case). I have plenty in the cellar and while it satisfies directly off the shelf, even a few years will do wonders for this blend. Older recipe or current, this is still my all-time favorite tobacco.

Age When Smoked: Fresh, very old, and everything in-between

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

6 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Very pleasant thinly sliced brown flake, sweet tasting and rich but mild. I always love when a tobacco smokes mild and cool but has a nice bold flavor. This one accomplishes that.

This one did not bite my tongue unless I puffer fairly hard. A nice slow contemplative puffer will have no problems with sting. This is mildly sweet but not overly so. This is a fully serviceable smoke, and suffers only in relation to "superstar" VA flakes like FVF. It ages well, and I honestly would give 4 stars to my 15 year old tin but just three for a tin from 2008. Aging is recommended on this one, but even from a new tin, I wouldn't kick it outta my bowl.

6 people found this review helpful.

the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (264)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Full Very Pleasant

OK, whoever came up with this concoction must have been quite drunk at the time. This is the sort of blend that requires either a genius on a level above Einstein, or a complete drunk to put together. The components make no sense whatsoever, but the result is simply incredibly good.

The tin note is full-blast fruitcake, VA forward, Perique noticeable, and clearly a goodly amount of Orient in there (the back label says Carolina, though). The KY is seriously outvoted in the scent, but it will come into play during the smoke.

The slices are easy to rub out or to fold-and-sink, either way it's a cool smoke. The flavour starts out sweet, with plum and figs in there, Red VA sweetness, somewhat honey-ish, a little spice... the flavour does not change overly much during the smoke, but there are all these nuances popping up in between, simply beautiful.

Lights up well from the fresh tin for me, burns slowly, coolly, uncomplicatedly, and leaves no dottle when rubbed out. This blend has a wonderful aftertaste that lingers on for a good while, reminding me of the wonderful smoke I had.

Desert Island material, and I am going to stock up a little to see what it will be like after a few years in the cellar.

Pipe Used: VAUEN Barontini, Stanwell shape 111

Age When Smoked: Fresh from new tin

Purchased From: Peter Heinrichs, Cologne, Germany

5 people found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (265)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

FIRST OFF: I contacted K&K and asked for clearification about the actual ingridients- I'll update this, as soon as I get a response!

They must've changed the blend for sure! You can notice that somewhere around 2012/13 the reviews change here and start statin there's no Turkish in there, and the descriptions start describing a "Va/Per with Kentucky and Rum Topping" (which is also the current description on Kohlhase & Kopps website). Anyways, some Online-Shops, and some tins (primarily the rectangle ones) have different descriptions stating "Red Virginias, Carolina Leaf, Kentucky & Turkish Havana" - no Perique, no rum. Some say only "Turkish", no "Havana", so I have the guess they changed this blend several times.

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This review is about the rectangle tin, which describes: "Red Virginia, Carolina Leaf, Kentucky & Turkish" (no Havanna) on the back.

Upon opening the classy designed tin (which is exactly like Scottish CAKEs design), I got greeted by a intense (fermented) fruit note, that's accompanied by a slightly nutty undertone. Reminiscent of wine or cidre, full-bodied scent. Inside there a 2 stacks of thin sliced flakes, which look beautiful with mainly bright-brown colour and is speckled with golden-yellow and almost black stains.

The flakes break apart pretty easily and need about 30-60minutes (at least) of drying time, due to the rather high moisture level. Keep in mind this is personal preference and your preferred drying time may vary from this! Experimenting is the key for elaborating your personal preference.

Lights easy, need average relights and smokes well.

Scottish Flakes taste is very sophisticated and refined. Not comparable to Scottish CAKE at all, the Scottish FLAKE provides a intense fruity aroma at first light, which I perceive as being orangy, with plums and figs. Quickly the Turkish makes it's presence known by contributing a very herbal, dry and woodsy aroma, with a tad of sourness that's enriching the fruity component (which I guess is the Red Virginia) excellently. I also get a nuttiness that's lurking in the back, which is very pleasant and consitent throughout the smoke. The Kentucky is applied rather light handed, and contributes a decent smoky, nicely tangy spice to the blend, as well as it emphasizes the Turkish very well. A peppery spice is constantly present and gives this blend full-bodied and rich.

Lots of earthy and woodsy notesn interplay with the softly sweet, but intense fruity component of this smoke, form a melange that's bewitching and taking you to foreign lands of the Orient.

No doubt - this is a TOP-NOTCH blend, which deserves the full points of 4/4 stars!

Yet I'm exasperated, that I won't be able to enjoy this blend for much longer, as the official K&K website states (and also the countless reviews saying so) it's a "Va/Per/Ky" with Rum topping now. I'm kinda panicing and already planning to cellar the ~10 tins that my local B&M has, which are all the "Red VA, Carolina, Kentucky, Turkish (Havana)"-Mixture, before it will vanish for good. As soon as I get response from K&K (which usually takes weeks, up to months...) I'll update this and hope that I can clear things up for good! ;-)

Pipe Used: Clay Pipes / Various Briars

Similar Blends: Peter Heinrichs - Reserve Crue No. 6,, is the exact match to the "old" incarnaton consiting of "Red VA, Carolina, KY, Turkish Havana", just uncut as a plug..

5 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1646)
★★★★
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Robert McConnell Scottish Flake. The nuttiest VaPer I've had!

The nose from the tin is nothing extraordinary for the tobacco's used. What I do find extraordinary is how easy it is to rub the flakes: they're of a superb moistness and they're quite thin enabling them to be rubbed with the utmost ease. As it's a doddle to load the pipe, let's move on to the smoke:

Lighting Scottish Flake is, like the preparation, very simple. Then a smoke that's as nutty as it is spicy comes into play. If it's puffed too hard it can become quite warm but as it's bite free the flavour can be savoured with gentler sips; the Kentucky gives a lot more character to the flavour than the Virginia does, this gives very little to the taste in comparison.

I'd say the nicotine's just below medium unless big gulps of smoke are inhaled, and even then it's not 'strong'.

This is a great smoke: Highly recommended. That's about all that needs saying!

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

5 people found this review helpful.

Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (191)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Dark Virginia spiced up with Kentucky and a sprinkle of Perique with a very mild rum flavoring. The flakes are hard to remove from the tin without breaking them. Nice smell of figs and plums.

Lighting the tobacco is easy and it burns slowly and constantly. I get a well rounded sweet, toasty and slightly spicy smoke with rum molasses in the background. It is much better than Old Gowrie in both strength and taste.

5 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The base of the blend is the earthy, tartly dark fruity, mildly woody, lightly honey-ish dark red Virginias. The mildly spicy, woody, mildly nutty, floral, lightly sweet Kentucky is a secondary player. The peppery, plumy perique is mostly in the background, only occasionally rising to a condimental level. There are a few light small streaks of Carolina that provide a touch of tart citrus and grass. The rum topping is very light and adds a little smoothing sweetness. The manufacturer claims no Turkish is currently present, but I still get a very small sense of it, so I will claim a pinch or two is in the mix regardless of what they state. The strength is medium while the taste rises a step above that mark. The nic-hit is a shade closer to medium than it is to mild. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns cool, clean and a little slow as flakes will, though they easily break apart. The tart and tangy sweet and lightly savory flavor is mostly consistent all the way to the finish, and translates to the lightly lingering after taste. Leaves little moisture in the bowl. Requires some relights. Not quite an all day smoke, though a veteran smoker may consider it to be one.

4 people found this review helpful.

Lazarus77 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lazarus77 (87)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Really nice flake, cool dry smoke, zero tongue bite. Virginia is a Captain, Kentucky is sergant ant Perique is supporting soldier. Give it a try, I'm going to buy another few tins!

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: cigarworld.de

4 people found this review helpful.

MrPipey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MrPipey (5)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

Usually, when i smoke a virginia based tobbacco, it comes out too cigarette-like for my taste (i don't like cigarettes at all). This one was an instant surprise. A warm, somewhat spicy blend with a bit of a kick. Just a small puff is enough to fill your mouth and i love it. It has a steady, continuous taste from top to bottom and it's flavor is rich with amazing clarity, although it burns a bit hot as you smoke it. No casing, no bite at all. Also, it is packed into a flake beautifully. It is a blend that i will not smoke throughout the whole day, but rather wait for a special occasion (perhaps in the evening with a drink). A downside of the blend would be it's room note. The feedback i got from others is not the best as they found it smelling like a heavy cigarette, almost too heavy (even for smokers). I have smoked it both fresh from tin and dry and truth is it retains most of it's well balanced feeling, but when dry it burns quickly (for a flake).

To summarize, an awesome non-aromatic blend to smoke alone now and then.

Would i Buy it again? I most definetely will. Would i Recomend it for new smokers? Yes, but with caution if it is your first non-aromatic. Would i recomend it for aromatic smokers? If you want something different for a change, no second thought.

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin and Dry

Purchased From: HACICO

3 people found this review helpful.

raybrown55 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
raybrown55 (27)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

First of all, speaking of the debate about the ingredients of this blend, on my tin there was no description at all, or maybe it was well hidden below the warning label… Anyway I don’t care much of it: for me it’s not important to identify the single components so to tell what is woody, what is grassy, what is earthy and so on, I’m interested in how the single tobaccos interact to generate the overall taste, and in this case their interaction is nearly perfect, the taste is dark, bold and full from the first to the end of the bowl. No byte, no harshness, stays lit (once rubbed) without problems, it’s a real enjoyment! Very recommended.

3 people found this review helpful.

steppx Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
steppx (152)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I wrote K&K to affirm the ingredients here. They claim they have always had rum in this blend. But in fact it is VERY mild. Almost not noticeable at all. It is there to soften the Kentucky smokiness, of which there is only a little. It is a not uninteresting blend. And K&K, as with Rattrays blends, has tried to be loyal to the old McConnell recipe. The mostly succeed I think. It is a true scottish flake in the sense that everything but the kitchen sink is tossed into this. The results are pretty good on the whole. I feel like Im being unenthusiastic when in fact I think it a top flight blend. I almost wish there were more rum to be honest. Dark Virginia and Kentucky, a tiny pinch of Perique. -- and there are several virginias involved and all of it stoved.Its a 3 and a half star blend....although Im only giving it three. Aging may well do wonders for this blend.

Apparently there was some confusion with labeling. A few black labels listed Oriental leaf. So Im told. There is no oriental in this blend. And never was according to K&K.

Purchased From: 4noggins

3 people found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (300)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I am a big fan of McConnell's Scottish Cake so it was a no brainer for me to pick up a tin when I saw Scottish Flake at my B&M that had just recently arrived. A very nutty Red Virginia Flake spiced with Kentucky and Perique. I did not taste or smell the rum but I'm sure it's addition adds to the overall pleasure and would be missed. As usual the quality of this blending house is off the charts, the presentation is fantastic and the tin art just screams Victorian era elegance. My flakes were pliable and easily rubbed out but I found that after a short drying time were easy to stuff and light making for a cooler smoke than rubbed out with a small loss of complexity. The Virginia's are top shelf and toasty with the Kentucky and Perique in the background giving some strength but this is still a mild to medium Flake and has enough nicotine to satisfy me after a largish bowl. No bite but as with all Virginia's, one must let the flake smolder at the point just before going out to achieve the best flavor but fear not, this Flake DGT's remarkably well, I love smoking half a bowl before bed and having an amazing toasty and nutty second half for breakfast that only a quality Red Virginia can provide. I will be ordering more of the other Robert McConnell offerings as they really are a cream of the crop blender and produce some amazing blends!

3 people found this review helpful.

Geronimo Von Klaus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Geronimo Von Klaus (76)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Very Pleasant

Oh yes. Oh, yes.

I usually don't go for these types of blends and can find them bitter and harsh, but this sings from the off and is delightful.

The tin note is earthy and deep, with some grassy VA and nutty Kentucky easily detectable.

The light is easy, and right away its a glorious aroma. Immediately to my nose the KY sings out loud, and its mighty fine stuff. Really smooth and easy, I slightly overpacked it so it was hard to draw, but it did not bite at all even when the furnace got hot.

For me, it's KY/Burley forward with some VA and Perique playing second fiddle as a combination. I cannot think of many other blends that have tried this, but this really was something.

Got deeper and tastier as it went on, perfect ash and very little maintenance needed.

Not much to compare it too, but I just found the whole thing a pleasure and will certainly be investigating more from McConnell and will be adding to my store of this for future consumption.

Top class.

Pipe Used: XXL Nosewarmer Custom Poker

Age When Smoked: 3 years

3 people found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (266)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A nice thinly sliced flake. I don't get any hints of Kentucky, Perique, Turkish, or casings. To me (YMMV of course), this is a fairly straightforward VA with some dark fired VA (I suppose that could be a touch of Kentucky). Not fancy, not very complex (I suppose the bit of complexity could be some underlying Turkish, but I never would guess it was there), but enjoyable. Since I know there are many tobaccos out there I would rate a 4, the question arises would I rebuy this particular tobacco, assuming my tastes don't change much more. In this case, the answer is probably not.

Pipe Used: various briars & cobs

Age When Smoked: 3 months

Purchased From: Mars Cigars

3 people found this review helpful.

ELF Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ELF (40)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Very Pleasant

This is Fantastic,Tobacco.Was Trying to get my hands,on this Weed for Months. Finally got some;from my Tobacconist(Wpg/Canada)Wowza,,Awesome..This is nice,Folded..Or RubbedOut.This is reminiscent,of Erinmore(Flake)Original Recipe(Still Blended,by Murrays)I went Thru 50g(tin),in under 2days.The tin Smell..is Perique+StewedTomatoes(MatureVa)Very smooth-FullFlavor ///I promptly Returned+Bought 2moreTins..TRYing2Cellar..at Least One Tin..for a Couple of Years(Likely Won't Happen..Oh Well) 4STARS !!!-)

Pipe Used: Lorenzetti(Tempesta)9mm

Age When Smoked: New Tin

Purchased From: Shefield and Sons/CityPlace//Wpg.Canada

Similar Blends: Escudo/ErimoreFlake(MurraysOrig.Blend).

3 people found this review helpful.

leafy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
leafy (4)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I have recently realized a simple technique for the preparation of pipe tobacco flakes which has recreated my (mainly 9mm filter) pipe smoking enjoyment to a notable degree. Many reviewers on site remark on the desirability of airing and even of drying out divers blends before smoking. This is, IMHO, an error. The friable condition of Scottish Flake, as received, and its subsequent further dehydration led me to what I now consider to be a masterstroke. Using a thin sponge to which a small quantity of mineral water is applied, the sponge not dripping but moist, the flakes are hydrated in situ, in the tin. The flakes may be turned in the stack before retiring and should be found to be evenly moistened on the following day. The product of this action is at once realized to be a boon. Previously, we regarded hydration of this sort as a therapy for dried up tobacco, for resuscitation, but now, by virtue of pre- hydration, the mollified tobacco is a consistent delight to smoke. Where formerly, the first half of the pipe was somewhat 'bread and bread' followed by more engagement with the smoking experience in the second and perhaps the enjoyment of a juicy heel, we now experience a gratifying smoke which quickly delivers taste and flavour without harshness or bite and which exhibits a satisfying and homogenous character throughout the smoke. At once, your pipe is more of a pal and you look forward confidently to more congenial flake smoking than previously known. After practicing this course for a month, I am now convinced of its value and would estimate my pipe smoking enjoyment to be 50% to 70% enhanced. I preclude any prospect of smoking a flake blend without this timely tip for treatment and strongly recommend smokers to try it. Here's why; Flake tobacco, as received, could be said to be in a torpid condition. The moisture present is locked up in the tar and oil of the tobacco. Prehydration of the flakes avoids the repeated tussle with that locked in moisture and opens the door to pipe smoking bliss. Experience it and you know that this is how the blend should perform. Hydrate!

3 people found this review helpful.

Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (139)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I wasn't sure what to expect from this one as it was my first foray into the world of McConnell's tobaccos, however the wee tin gave me a slightly larger, if less cute, reminder of Holger Danske's Royal Navy Flake.

The tin aroma, upon opening, is something similar to that fine virginia flake, if more mild. The packing and lighting on this are of supreme ease, probably the easiest for any flake I've tried so far, so hat's off there to Mr McConnell. The flavour of the smoke, not sure on this one, hints of toffee and lemon perhaps.

This one can't help reminding me of Royal Navy Flake but not in the best way. The small tin, the tin aroma and the flavour seem to be too similar for comfort for me. Who came up with which tobacco first, I don't know. This is a good tobacco on it's own merit, don't get me wrong, but Royal Navy Flake would be my preference.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

My tin was from 2000, and there was some fermentation and nice, browned crispy paper going on when I opened it. I smoked the tin pretty fast. Reminded me of Samuel Gawith, but one of those without any Lakeland flavorings. This was a great, mild (but not too mild) Virginia smoke, and I will look for more aged tins. The price of this brand and the fact that you can't get it in bulk keeps me from trying too many of them, but if all McConnells are like this, it still wouldn't be a waste of money. Flakes were moderately dark and fairly unbroken, though all my flakes end up broken before I smoke them; that's just me! The mouthfeel was pleasant with no bite, and it did well in all size pipes, though I found it best in a medium with a fairly narrow chamber. This is one of many tobaccos I could go to four stars on, but when I've only smoked one tin, and love it but don't find anything to really set it apart (like with FVF, where I smoked a whole pound and more and never got a less than excellent bowl) I always leave the rating at three stars just to be conservative. I really need newer production to compare this to, but still obviously it ages well in the tin (and I love these tiny, compact rectangular tins!) having developed that fine fermented flavor. Not sure what makes it Scottish, but it is at least a British Isles style flake, though devoid of any of those flowery scentings. At this age, it did have that mild, winey matured Virginia taste, but with just enough of a nip (not a bite, a nip!) to let one know it started as a red Virginia. I highly recommend it to lovers of this type of flake.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

This is delicious. Creamy and sweet - a lovely virginia. No tongue bite, no worries. I loaded 2 flakes into a Peterson 606, with room to spare. Smoked it for probably 2 hours, over a period of 2 days. Finally dumped the pipe and found quite a bit of tobacco at the bottom! A very slow smoking weed indeed, and friendly all the way.

It's not complicated, just tasty. I like it better than Scot Cake and will order more.

3 people found this review helpful.

Pseudo Nim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pseudo Nim (110)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Thanks to this site, I have strayed from the usual offerings of Sam Gawith and tried a few Rob McConells, this being one of them, and I love it !!!! from the moment I lit up I knew this was going to be a good one, and a couple of tins later, nothing has changed my opinion, a smooth light,slightly on the sweet side easy going smoke with a nice creamy taste which reminds me somewhat of Dunhill Light Flake, though a little more fuller in flavour.

An excellent eye opener and good daytime smoke, flake during the day and Cake for the evening.

Having said all that, there are a couple of cons, but nothing that would stop me from buying it, the first being the "orangey" aroma exuding from the tin, I like a pure tobacco smell, but as I'm more into burning than sniffing, thats only a minor, the second being that the flakes in both tins so far are all stuck together, and as the tobacco is quite dry, they must have gone in pretty wet. So in order to get any out, I find I have to take the whole lump out and break a peice off to rub out, finaly, maybe it's me, I do get a few gurgles from this one, (in the first quarter of the bowl) even though it's pretty dry, so I always make sure I have plenty of pipe cleaners on hand for this.

Burns a little faster than I would like, but then this is one of those tobacco's that I want to go on and on.

All in all, the taste outweighs any drawbacks, will definately keep a few tins of this on hand. Four well deserved stars, and come to think of it, this might well be a good one for new smokers of the pipe (I hate the term Newbie's) and for aromatic smokers looking for a good quality flake.

3 people found this review helpful.

Exedwardsguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Exedwardsguy (11)
★★★★
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I?ve put off reviewing Scottish Flake long enough. I feel it is owed to potential smokers who might be on the fence about spending their sheckels to try it. This simple advice? don?t delay! If you like Virginia flake and won?t miss having Perique (which is absent), order at will. You?re gonna like this.

What you?ll get is: fairly tidy flakes ? packaged end up, dark brown with some lemon color and tans mixed in, tin aroma like raisins and hay, moist but easily rubbed (if you?re into that ? which I am), packs nicely.

A single Vesta gets the party started and the fun begins with a fog of creamy sweet smoke. The smoke is cool and won?t bite, and the taste is mouthwatering. If you want more, just draw harder. You?ll get a cheerful crackling and more cool tasty smoke. The mild raisiny topping is evident until the end of the first quarter of the bowl, then leaves you like a welcoming spirit to the contemplation of the simple but very high quality tobacco flavor that remains. If you focus hard you can get the buttery Burley and maybe the Turkish ever so quietly murmuring in the background, but it is really their mechanical impact on this blend that is so exquisite. The smoothing effect of these tobaccos upon the already smooth Virginia is quite remarkable. There seems to be a question whether these components really are there, and I must say if this is just the pure Virginny, it is some special weed!

At the halfway mark I found myself wishing I was back at the beginning, this stuff is that good. Still smooth and creamy, the sweetness is gone, but yields to a demi-sec grassy flavor with a dark richness that Scottish Cake aspires to, but seems to apply with a large mallet, rather than having it just ? happen. By the end the Burley makes itself known by its little tingle and nicotine whammy and I was left with a peppery gray ash and no waste.

I wanted to think this was simply the sliced cake from which Scottish Cake was broken up. I am convinced it is a completely different blend. As nice as Cake is, this flake makes it seem like a rustic backwoods cousin. The aftertaste is crisp and yeasty. My first experience with McConnell tobacco was with the sublime Red Virginia of the early 80?s. On trying a contemporary tin of that blend I had despaired, only to find something equally magnificent if not better in Scottish Flake! A masterpiece of blending balance. Highest recommendation.

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Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (302)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Pure, unadulterated Virginia of the highest quality. This used to be a favorite of mine?together with Scottish Cake (lighter, mellower than SF) and Red Virginia Superb?when I first started smoking straight Vas. in the early Nineties. I recently got a new batch from Cupojoes, N.Y. Kohlhasse and Kopp (blenders of McConnell?s, Rattray?s, Astley´s, and Wessex) should be acknowledged not only for the consistent quality of their products, but also because they have managed to preserve the distinct personality of each brand and tobacco, so that Scottish Flake does not resemble Astley?s 55 or Rattrey´s Old Gowrie. This flake has a grassy undertone, and only a faint acidic reminiscence, common to all Virginias. It is not a mild smoke, but it won?t get you giddy. In terms of flavor, it does not have that raisin-winy like sweetness of Dunhill?s Light Flake, Rattray?s Hal O? the Wynd or Astley?s 109. Instead it has a plainer toasted-grain like flavor, slightly similar to some of Gawith?s offerings (BBF for example), but not as soapy. There is a certain rawness to the leaf that I find very palatable. The flakes come tightly pressed inside the small rectangular tin; dark brown in color, the texture is oily and supple. The flakes are a bit hard to break apart, but packing and lighting is not too much of a problem. I find this an excellent companion for straight Scotch, especially in those rare evenings when in splendid solitude. An excellent Virginia smoke, highly recommended.

PS: I don't detect any of the other components listed at the top of the page. An AITS (Association of Independent Tobacconists, from GB)catalogue c. 1992 states that this is a plain Viriginia tobacco. In any case, just enjoy it.

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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
★★☆☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have smoked this new and well aged, and find this to be a rather unique flake. The thin flakes are somewhat easy to deal with, although when well aged, they are somewhat difficult to remove without breaking them apart. This particular review is from a 12+ year old tin. I haven't done the research to know for sure whether or not K&K changed the components since this tin was produced, but there does seem to be some Turkish in this blend. It's sweetly topped, although not as sweet as similarly aged Scottish Cake. There is also a mild tartness that shows itself more in the later stages of each bowl. There isn't a lot of complexity and it will burn warm if not respected. It is a moderately spicy without being sharp . SF offers a decent nic hit too, although not overpowering. It could be a body chemistry thing, but it can be a little unpleasantly acidic during the second half of bowl. Monochromatic tobacco isn't necessarily a bad thing, but added to the acidic flavor that I get from it, SF wouldn't be a first or second choice for me.

2 people found this review helpful.

Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I don't smoke this regularly as it is too hard to come by. That being said, I give it four stars because it is excellent and an out of the ordinary flake. Most of the other reviewers have already described the good character of this fine tobacco and I highly recommend it.

2 people found this review helpful.

Theosprey247 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Theosprey247 (69)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

Robert McConnell Scottish Flake is a mild VaPer with some Kentucky thrown in for good measure. The perique has a mild spice/pepper taste. A judicious sipper will be rewarded with a sweet taste from the Virginia. This blend is a slooooooooooow burner so take your time and enjoy this mild but full of flavor flake.

Pipe Used: Cobs

Age When Smoked: New

1 person found this review helpful.

Big Train Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Train (60)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

Scottish flake is a K & K folded flake . That being said , K & K makes quite a few folded flakes many of which are similar . This one , I feel , has the most topping of any . I'm not sure what exactly this toping is but it is over the hill for me . It is similar to F & T special brown flake and Wessex brown flake but the topping is much stronger here That being said these are , otherwise , very similar smokes . K & K is the master maker of folded flakes and this Mc Connell is typical of their excellent effort using very good Virginia tobaccos . Though a bit moist in the tin it burns very well . This will remain an occasional smoke for me but it has it's place , to be brought out when a Virginia with a little more kick is desired.

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WillBrown Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillBrown (108)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Upon opening the tin I was greeted with two side-by-side stacks of damp (not wet) dark brown pressed flakes. A familiar, pleasant Virginia/Perique scent wafted up to my nose—great scent. The flakes are generously sized; I stuffed my Viprati big bowl and the flake overflowed (my largest sized pipe!). After nipping the excess off, I fired it up (I dried the honored flake for two hours; not that it needed it). In short, this flake delivered. It wasn't too strong nor was it weak, medium in the nic department. So far, so good.

The baccy fired up really well, with no relights throughout. I loved sipping this one. The perique made itself known, but the Virginia's are really what this blend is all about. A glass of Lacryma Christi is a perfect sipping partner with this blend. The Vesuvio and baccy danced very well together. The bowl got a bit hot as it progressed, and the back side was a tad bit off, but overall, this is what smoking a pipe is all about—I seek a pleasant smoking experience when I "pipe up" and Scottish Flake delivered.

A strong three stars. Another good flake (don't ya' just love'em?).

Recommended.

Keep on Pipin', yeah!

Pipe Used: Viprati big bowl

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speaknott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
speaknott (4)
★★☆☆
Very Mild None Detected Mild Unnoticeable

This tobacco comes in a long loose flake form, very easy to rub out. It has a natural sweetness, but is very mild to my palate. Burns down to a gray speckled ash. Overall, not very complex, but not a bad tobacco.

Pipe Used: Fe.Ro Bent Billiard

1 person found this review helpful.

Jacinto Cupboard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jacinto Cupboard (180)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

My tin, presumably recent, makes no mention of any tobacco other than Red Virginia. I can't taste anything else in there.

These are squarish mid brown flakes with specks of bright leaf. The flakes are very loose. The tin note is quite mild with a hint of molasses.

Rubs out easily and takes a light well. This is a moderate smoke with some sweetness and spice on the nose. I found it burnt a little on the hot and wet side, but is not harsh on the tongue.

Edit 24/8/14. I've decided to up this to 3 stars. There is a no nonsense clarity to this tobacco that is really refreshing.

Pipe Used: Lepeltier

Similar Blends: F&T Cut Blended Plug.

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TEO Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TEO (31)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I forgot a flake of this bomb out of the tin and I fell asleep...when i reached it this evening it was completely dried out...I feared it could be an evil weed...tplus I didn't want to rehidr it and ruin it...I smoked it as it was...and it is a great one friends...really fresh and herby, never a bite, with just a little care in puffing. All that floral bouquet and figs and raisins I can smell out of the tin doesn't disappear but stay in the background as this great Virginia grows up and fill my nose and mind.

Recommended, no doubt!

1 person found this review helpful.

tmoney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tmoney (24)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Very Mild Tolerable

The name is O; Pinochi-O. And here I am, Smoking this pipe... as a real boy. When I take in puffs of smoke I am reminded of my night of Mayhem that I had on a little place called "Pleasure Island."

I was supposed to be on a mission to lead a good, honest and selfless life to make myself into a boy of flesh, but Pleasure Island presented far too many opportunities. Opportunities to Get laid, smoke, play pool, get wasted, ride roller coasters, and kill whoever you wanted. I couldnt pass it up. I remember the whole time my conscience Jiminy kept giving me the same old stupid lecture he always gave about doing right and letting my conscience be my guide... I got so sick of his crap, you know. I told the stupid cricket to shove it. He wasn't my boss and were he to be in my shoes, he would be all over that cricket tail. Stupid bug thought he could control me. Jiminy was the biggest joy-killing cock block in the world. GOOOOSHHH.... Couln't ever have fun with that hardass always chirpin down my neck!

Pleasure Island was a trip! When we got there my new best friend, Lampwick and I decided to get laid. So we found some action at the Pleasure Saloon. Then on our way out we killed a man just cause of the way his face looked. Now you may be asking yourself how does a wooden boy get up?.... I lie. Thats how!

I gotta say Lampwick was a real cool guy, he was his own boss and really knew how to have a good time. Didn't have to take order from some know-it-all cricket. I really liked that about him. He did his thing. After that we went to play some pool while we got hammered drunk and did a couple lines of coke.

Jiminy started to screw with my head while we played pool telling me the island was cursed, told me that Lampwick was turning into a Donkey. But you know, Lampwick always looked like a donkey, so i wasnt convinced til i started to grow a tail, myself. I hated it when Jiminy was right! We eventually escaped that place, but not before I took some angel dust to resell in the village back home. Jiminy had the bright idea of us jumpin into the ocean to get off the island. that idiot, I almost got waterlogged. Jiminy was such a tool.

Once I got home and became a real boy, the first thing I did was smoke Scottish Flake! And Jiminy kept being a pain, still trying to make moral suggestions to me and I got real sick of it. So one day one the way to school I threw that creep into a spider web and left him there to die. He swore vengeance on me, but I dont see that happening any time soon!

P-O out!

1 person found this review helpful.

SergentPepper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SergentPepper (5)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Well, frankly speaking ? I'm in love with this tobacco... It's REAL tobacco. The base is Virginia, a bit spicy with Orientals (Turkish). Of course, if one is looking for a very aromatic blend, one can be disapointed. Then, let me ask you something: Why don't you try candies instead of smoking a pipe ;-). I could simply smell the openned tin for hours... Figs ? Yes ! I can smoke it all day (and night) long: just perfect. If you smoke cigarettes and like "english taste" (Dunhill, JPS, Benson & Hedge, Rothmans, Craven A), just give it a try and you'll quit smoking (cigarettes, of course !) as fast as the speed of light. I love it !

1 person found this review helpful.

pipealicious Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipealicious (21)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

This blend was recommended to me as something comparable to teh musty-sweet damp hay flavors of Old Gowrie, which I like a lot. The tin contains nice small flakes and smells sour-sweet. It reminds me of dried figs. The flakes need some drying before smoking but smoke slowly and cool. The taste is quite sweet and retains this fig like undertone. It is somehow fresher and slighly sweeter than Old Gowrie, but very enjoyable as well. Something to come back to.

1 person found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
★★★★
Very Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

As one who tends to burley I had my reservations on this one but I recieved some in a trade and I will try anything as sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised. I am just that with this one. Robert McC just seems to be an excellent blender. As his others, this one is nice and cool smoking, very flavorable, and burns right to the bottom leaving a grey ash with no gunk or wetness. This blend was made to smoke in a Pete as I did and I was lulled into a nice relaxing smoke and when I hit bottom, I yearned for another bowl. I am always impressed when I get a VA that causes no tongue bite as I tend to get it from VA's but not this one. I have to give it four star for being so gentle yet so full of a creamy sweetness that just performed all the way down. Highly reccommended!

1 person found this review helpful.

Slow Triathlete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Slow Triathlete (48)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I guess that I have been spoiled with too much Scottish Cake. I picked this tin up when the local B & M was out of Cake just to see how this one compared.

Like some of the other reviewers have stated, most of my flakes were stuck together so there was no way for me to fold and pack this one. I ended up having to rub out most of it. Maybe this detracted from the taste because I found this blend to be a bit boring.

The taste was pretty monochromatic through the whole thing. There were no surprises, which could be a good thing or a bad thing.

I didn't find it to be Scottish Cake without the Perique but rather a different blend all together. Straight Virginia smokers should really like this blend. Smokers who prefer some kind of spice added will find this one subpar.

1 person found this review helpful.

Dubinthedam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dubinthedam (133)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant

I picked up a tin of Scot Flake seeing PipeStud had marked it higher than Scot Cake. On first impressions, I thought, "this is just 633 (Solani) without the Perique". By the end of the tin, it had surpassed 633 (a good quality VA flake) and was up there with Capstan and Marlin Flake as one of my fav's...it's as if it's a flake version of Old Gowrie and Scottish Cake mixed together...either way a solid VA flake...However I have yet to pop my tins of FVF yet so I can't really measure it against the definitive benchmark.

Edit: popped a 10yr odd old tin....It ages superbly....heavy laden with crystals...supereb....this one cellars extremely well.

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Jakob Kiilerich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jakob Kiilerich (120)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Full Very Pleasant

Okay, this one is a strange fella'. I did not detect any Oriental from the smell of the tin. Just plain (GOOD quality) VA.

Upon lighting, I found this blend quite flat and way too mild. "Where's the Oriental, of which the other reviewers spoke of"?? I was hit by it later down the bowl.. I must admit that I'm not very fond of Oriental - reminds me of cigarettes, and I'm not very fond of the Oriental in this blend. Oh yes indeed; It's very unique and interesting but just too weird and intense for me. Not intense as in strong, too complex or as in too much nic. just too intense in depth...

I'm not a neophyte - heh! I even smoke RY - but the density of the smoke is too heavy for me, that's why I only use this one as "The tobaccos answer to Espresso", and that's why I only smoke this one on occasion.....Maybe it'll grow on me later on..

Jakob Kiilerich, Denmark

1 person found this review helpful.

Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (127)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant

Over all, this is a medium brown flake with some light and dark strands. The aroma in the tin is a slightly sweet raisiny tobacco essence, not exactly the smell I get from Virginia. The flakes are packed endwise and fall apart easily. It is easy to pack any way you like it, lights quickly and burns well. At first the flavor seems so mild that it put me off a bit. But after half dozen puffs, I detect the Turkish which is exceptionally well done in combination with a very mild Virginia. I do not taste the Havanna or the Kentucky right away so they may be there in faint amounts to give some body to an otherwise very mild Virginia. This is a smoke that you could enjoy while doing something else, but it is also the kind of smoke that has that special, unique nuance in the Turkish leaf. There is no bite for me and the tobacco, once it gets going, burns cool. Three fourths of the way along, the Kentucky emerges now and then with its distinctive nuttiness. I give this high marks for its unique Turkish spice combined with the sweet Virginia flavor and that trace of Kentucky, but I need to concentrate a bit or I will miss it. Something for the attentive connoiseur. Well recommended. Paddy.

1 person found this review helpful.

RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Not being a big fan a "virginia" type flakes, I was hounded by my friends to try this blend. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. While I would gladly try this blend if it were offered to me, this is not my usual preference. The tobac flakes rub out easy and seemed to work better in smaller pipes (group 3-4), burned slowly and cool with no dottle and a fine grey ash. The flavor was sweet and complex, typical of a well married flake. The nicotine kick was a little high for me, which means this is a sit down blend. For those who like flake blends, I too would highly recommend this.

1 person found this review helpful.

Bluesthang Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bluesthang (4)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Not a bad tobacco for me but not in my favorites. I'd say it's a nice easy smoke, nothing to complexe, good but not a WOW factor. Still a tobacco worth a try, for the blend. It was recommended to me at a tobacco shop after I mentioned that I enjoyed my first virginia Capstan Blue but my girfriend felt that capstan reminder her of cigarettes too much. So the shop told me that Scottish flake would be a good compromise for both of us. Though I found it somewhat interesting, my gf still tasted too much the cigarette taste ( which is virginia here in canada).

Pipe Used: Blatter&Blatter Haiti

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin.

Purchased From: Blatter & Blatter

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L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (170)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Improperly called Scottish Flake this is more correctly a perfect Virginia/Perique mixture. There is a lot of Perique in this blend and you can taste it from the beginning to the end. Tasty and easy to smoke, the mixture as a whole is very good. Much better than the “namesake” Scottish Cake (always from Robert McConnell) that - contrary to what is declared - has no Perique inside and is not so tasty. In my opinion and in my personal rating system (from 1 to 10), my score is 8 and three stars.

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22yrsonthepipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
22yrsonthepipe (22)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild Pleasant

I get the feeling this stuff has changed over time and is now a completely different blend. My tin says "Dark red Virginia slices, medium strength, naturally sweet (made in Germany)"

Which is exactly what it is, no stained paper, Turkish, Havana or Kentucky in my tin, unfortunately.

Reminds me of Astleys #44. Very sweet, slight hint of vanilla, monochromatic, cigarette-ish, disappointing. If straight up red virginia is your thing, then consider it 3 stars instead of 2.

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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (304)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Mmmm, this review is from an aged tin. The Virginia has become quite dark, but the taste has not become particularly richer or deeper. Very little fruit, very little tanginess, very little caramelized goodness. It's rather gray, ashy, flat, cardboardy. Not bad, mind you, but simply monochromatic and austere. I can't detect the Kentucky, but probably I do detect the cigar leaf a bit with its earthy notes (although it's quite a subtle presence): this particular earthy creaminess would probably be loved by aficionados of the (heavier and very old) Sobranie Virgnia N. 10.

Reminds me a bit of Presbyterian: probably there's quite a bit of Orientals here. Anyway, I seem not to be a fan of Virginia + Orientals without Latakia, with the exception of the stunning Ashton/Robert McConnell Old London Pebble Cut (which is extraordinary thanks to its fruitiness... and probably the generous amount of Perique too).

Anyway, it burns cool and even, and the flakes are compact and toughly pressed, so you can crumble them as you see fit.

Decent, but I won't buy it again: too many more flavorful alternatives around.

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ynrozturk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ynrozturk (60)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Since I am a VA lover I just had to give this one a go.

The flakes themselves are sliced very thin and are very handsome. Tin smell is grassy and natural. They've done a nice job with the packaging. So far, so good.

I usually rub out my flakes these days. From my experience, I seem to draw more flavor out of them when partially rubbed. That's what I did with this tobacco, and it responded well to being rubbed out. Moisture levels out of the tin were spot on for me, being just a tad moist, but without having to air it out.

I packed into a Peterson Rathbone and lit up. Holds to a flame well - one tamp and I was off.

The taste is really quite hard to describe. It's VA for sure (obviously) but so much deeper, with a lot of small, subtle notes in the background. The figs are there for sure, but only a tiny percentage.

One thing that fascinated me was that even though it doesn't say so on the tin, I could swear that there is Turkish tobacco in this. I know that taste and smell very, very well, and it's present during the entire smoke. Not a bad thing, really, as it gives some nice spice, but it does in a way remind me of cigarette smoke.

Burns slow, burns cool, but it did gurgle on me a bit.

It's bold, deep and creamy. I would say that it's more earthy and not as fresh as one would expect a VA to be. It's just a really good, satisfying smoke, with just the right amount of nicotine levels.

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Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (187)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

In conclusion to the list of Virginia based blends by McConnell, here my review to Scottish Flake.

The small rectangular tin contains something as a dozen of large & thin flakes. The tin aroma is deliciously of sweet fresh hay, green tea and a faint alcoholic topping.

As per the K&K site description, we are talking of a medium strength flake composed of dark Virginias, Kentucky and a pinch of Perique, mildly topped with Rhum. I subscribe this being more accurate than the italian distributor's calling for a more complicate combination of Red Mottled Virginia + Carolina + Turkish Oriental + Havana + Kentucky ... I would appreciate the experienced reviewers in the TR community to comment over this.

One flake has been loaded just folded ( a' la Mc Baren) into a narrow bowl of a straight Castello, lovat shape. The humidity seems just right, I have not faced any particular charring problem.

The smoke is immediately smooth and very much refreshing. Unmistakably a Virginia flake in the best tradition, faintly fruity/sweet, with just hints of earthy/salty Kentucky and a very pleasant citrusy note. It burns cool and slow, not much volume, the pipe stays very cool. It pleasantly comes to the nostril woody and peppery. Perique and Rhum are used very sparingly, just to refine the blend. Reaching the mid-bowl mark, the blend starts displaying a wider and softer body, the smoke gets creamier and stronger. No gurgle, the ashes are very dry. The tongue is pleasantly tickled, the palate remains clean.

A medium-small bowl like this means one hour - and even longer - experience, which I found very rewarding. As a comparison, I would think mainly to Rattray's HOTW but milder, or to a brother of Orlick's Golden Sliced just a bit "spicier".

SF doesn't reach the four star rating, but goes near. I shall stock more tins.

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orka Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
orka (64)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Scottish Flake came as a pleasant surprise, and for me as well, it is indeed strange that I didn't get around to trying it sooner. I guess I've always thought of RMC tobaccos as too underwhelming. But I'm glad I tried this. Its thick, lusciously sweet and spicy smoke hasn't let me down yet. To my surprise there was also a strong oriental (Turkish) presence, and while I usually don't find this very appealing, it works great with S.F. Very flavoursome stuff. Perhaps not the most potent in nicotine I've smoked, but the good and enjoyable taste makes up for it. Also, I can't say I find much resemblence between this and Scottish Cake (S.F is much better in my opinion).

Tin aroma is sweet and fruity, rich and redwine-like. The tobacco comes rather moist, but behaves perfectly well after folding. No excessive moisture buildup disturbing the peace. Sadly, the tin doesn't hold moisture very well (typical of all K+K 50g flake tobacco tins), and it does seem to lose a little of that delicious flavour as time goes by. A solid three stars never the less. It has a good unit price, too, which is never a bad thing.

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Warwick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Warwick (37)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Strong

10/8/05 - Initial impressions review:

The tin aroma was unusual but inviting -- a VA plum/raisin aroma along with a "grassy" aroma. I did not find it "musty".

The flakes were compressed into the small tin, and it was easy to peel off roughly 1/4" wide pieces of broken flake as needed. Moisture content was only a smidge higher than optimal. The flakes themselves were variegated/mottled, with the mostly dark color interspersed with lesser amounts of various lighter colors.

Given the good moisture level, I did not bother to rub it out, but simply folded a few strips into the bowl. Upon lighting, the flavor of the VA was superseded by a burst of other brigher and lighter flavors. Spicy, grassy. I could imagine that it is from some combination of the Carolinas, Kentucky and orientals.

The flavor strikes me as a rather complex mixture, and definitely not a monochromatic blend, or a rich VA-only, nor the binary flavor combination of a VA/Oriental blend.

The flake burns very nicely, is smooth and has little tendency to bite. The orientals dry the throat a little (which Dunhill Durbar also does to me) and perhaps it is the Havana (which I've not experienced before) which lends an odd pungency in the background that is a bit offputting. This has a fair bit of nicotine - not SG-Brown-Rope#4-strong, but stronger than Dunhill Nightcap.

As it burned further down, I found the room note to be fairly strong and not entirely pleasant - somewhat like a mild spice-scented candle mixed with cigarette ash aroma. The bowl also became somewhat "ashy" and dumping out the ashes on top allowed the remainder of the bowl to return to the "brighter" flavor it had at first light. After its all done, the aftertaste of orientals and a bit of ashiness lingered quite awhile.

I think this blend has to be considered on its own terms, and not as if it were a VA flake, because the import of all the other flavors renders it quite unique. It's simply not in the same genre as Marlin Flakes, Old Gowrie, Hal o'the Wynd, Best Brown Flake, Peacehaven, etc. If I were looking for a strictly VA flake, I would bypass this one.

I do think some aging will improve it - I kept feeling that the flavors were more "raw" than they ought to be. I look forward to finding out what 3-6mo on the shelf will do for it.

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

A strange combination of tobaccos, that's for sure, but it works. It's sweet, VERY sweet upon opening the tin, and this you can find during the smoke too, but not an overwhelming sweetness. The greatest point about this is its smoothness, it smokes easily without even the least edge. I really can't figure out a category to put this into: it's good, and that's all!

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Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (107)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Strong

I was blown away, in a bad way by the heady and foul tin aroma that is best liken to intense musty body oder. No joke! I never smelled something so obtrusively demonic in character as this bouquet from the tin which permeated the air like a cannister of Zyklon B. I can only guess maybe its' the havana leaf in conjunction with the maturing process. All this experience with out even lighting up yet. Smoke wise it is much more subdued, mellow, slightly naturally sweet and round but the echo of that rank stench is too distracting. I can also liken "that smell" to cumin largly used in mexican cooking. If you are as perceptive as I am, people who eat such cooking tend to smell like such cooking, amplified by exsertion and poor hygine. If it was'nt for biblical brimstone being the preferred olfactory torment for the damned this would be a great second choice.

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

Easily packed which results in a nice even burn without relights. The flavor is enjoyable and even throughout and I slightly sense the turkish from my prior cigarette life. However, the room aroma is much better than cigarettes and I'd smoke this in company of non-pipesmokers. Although it appears to have an ideal moisture content in the tin, it smokes slightly wet for my taste towards the bottom of the bowl. A full bent seemed to help. I don't find anything so uniquely different from some of the McClelland and Stokkebye blends that are available in bulk @ reduced prices but this is a really good smoke for a treat.

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Albion1956 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Albion1956 (41)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I tried this tobacco on my ongoing quest, primarily, since I had not tried any RM tobaccos. This tobacco is blended and produced by the same people that produce Rattrays. This tobacco comes in flakes, similar to Bengal slices, and other pressed/sliced flakes. Tim aroma is that of Va's with a slight turkish mixture, the description says Havana, I'm not sure on that one. The flakes are easy to break up, and packing the bowl is a breeze. One match will do the trick, after charring, the tobacco burns even and produces a mild smoke, pleasant to the taste, and to those around you, a mild tobacco that could be recommended to a new flake user. The tobacco burns well all the way down, and does not leave a bad taste. The tobacco has a topnote, similar to Honeydew?

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