|In the pouch, the faint aroma of this small flake-cut blend is of sweet wheat and hay.
The bright virginia used is clean and flavorsome, essentially a quality cigarette- grade which is light in body and moderately sweet with a sharp and tangy edge. No tricks of processing, maturing or topping are evident.
Used straight, 170: Bright Flake is a bit vapid. However, its versatility is a notable virtue, as the old-school flake presentation makes it a good choice as a mixer.
Chamber Gauge: Narrow to Medium
|Tin: A C&D blending tobacco only available in bulk. Oatmeal scent. Looks just like small, thin, beige-tan wood chips. Dry as popcorn!
Packing & Lighting: It is so dry, the flakes are not very cooperative in getting the tobacco packed. Needless to say, a bowlful burns in an instant.
Taste & Aroma: Tangy, sharp, bitey. Not really a rich, full taste, but a bland straw or oat taste; mildly sweet.
Light moisture is produced in the stem even though the tobacco is bonedry. The bottom of the bowl delivers a much richer, fuller taste. Not surprisingly, it burns down to an ash, which has a cheap cigarish odor.
Nicotine: very light
Room Note: vague burnt oats
Overall: Bland VA taste overshadowed by tangy, sharp, and bitey qualities. 2 stars, as received, dry; not recommended. Compare to Samuel Gawith FVF.
Addendum: The tobacco can be hydrated by putting it in a bowl and covering with a damp cloth, not letting the towel come into contact with the tobacco. With the tobacco thus moistened, the pros and cons seem to flip flop. It has a rich oat taste, with the tangy, sharp, and bitey aspects receeding to the background. As moistened, the tobacco is moderately recommended, 2 stars.