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This blend is a heat treated Virginia and Burley flake, matured in the press for 8 weeks to allow the natural prune and chocolate notes to come through. Full bodied with superb flavour and cool smoking qualities.

Notes: This is produced for EA CArey, Europe by Orlik. It happens to be similar to John Sinclair's Highland Sliced (unfortunately now defunct). Although HS is now discontinued, it appears it is still being manufactured for EA Carey, Eu (and has been for a while now) under the name of Dark Flake No 7 .

BrandE. A. Carey (Europe)
Blended ByOrlik for EA Carey, Europe
Manufactured ByOrlik
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Virginia
Packaging50gm Pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I originally purchased this from EA Carey, Europe about 2-3 years ago and placed it under EA Carey (USA). I concluded that this was John Sinclair's Highland Sliced under the Carey banner. Orlk is the producer of both. Interestingly, when I first tried HS it was pure tobacco taste, like Dark Flake No 7. HS has recently been discontinued, but over the last year I ordered several 25 gm packets and found it to be Lakeland like in pouch note, translating to the taste. Dark Flake No 7 has no Lakeland nuances whatsoever.

On to the smoking experience. In a word - excellent!! Very pure, tobacco taste with an ever so slight prune note. Not as strong in nicotine nor as harsh when fresh as with Irish Flake or Stirling Flake, it still satisfies. If there is Kentucky in this it is not as forward as with Irish or Stirling Flakes, but there is sufficient body here on par with what I remember of Highland Sliced.

I was disappointed when HS was discontinued, but find it nice to know that the EA Carey version is available...and yes, they ship tobacco to the USA! 4 stars.

Pipe Used: Stanwell half billiard

Age When Smoked: Fresh from pouch.

Purchased From: EA Carey, Europe

Similar Blends: Highland Sliced, Irish Flake, Stirling Flake.

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