John Aylesbury Dragon Flake

An excellent aromatic flake, consisting of dark and golden Virginias, double-fermented black cavendish and a touch of burley, flavored with the sweetish-sweet notes of maple syrup, caramel and vanilla. A gentle smoke flavor with cooling properties.


Brand John Aylesbury
Series Danish
Blended By John Aylesbury
Manufactured By Kohlhase & Kopp
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Black Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
Flavoring Caramel, Maple, Vanilla
Cut Flake
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country Germany
Production Currently available


Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.50 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 01, 2018 Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
The dark fruit and citrus Virginias have a little grass and some earth as well as a light bready quality. The double fermented black cavendish plays a sweet support role. The nutty, earthy burley is in the background, and barely detectable. The maple topping takes a small lead over the caramel. The vanilla is very lightly applied. The toppings have some richness and depth, and sublimate the tobaccos to a fair extent. As is customary with Danish processing, there is an ever present light spiciness that, in this case, almost reminds me of a ginger spice. The strength is in the center of mild to medium while the taste level just passes that mark. The nic-hit is mild. No chance of bite, and has no rough edges. The flakes are a little moist and easily broken apart to suit your preference. Burns cool, clean and a little slow with a mostly consistent flavor all the way to the finish. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires a few relights. Has a pleasantly linger after taste and room note. Not quite an all day smoke.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 28, 2018 Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant
I received a few bowlfuls of this yesterday from a friend of mine at our weekly pipe club meeting. I noticed as one previous reviewer described that this was in a round tin with a square paper doily upon opening, not the square tin as pictured on the web page. Is there a square tin shortage? This, to my knowledge is the first aromatic flake I have ever tried. I detect a spicy berry liqueur smell and flavor to the tobacco. I cannot say I notice maple, caramel or vanilla per the description. It produces a lot of smoke. Maybe I have not smoked enough of this for a real review but this is my 2 cents worth nonetheless since I am not planning on buying this any time soon. Good, but not my cup of tea but a 3-star due to quality, it’s uniqueness and taste.
Pipe Used: Meerschaum
Age When Smoked: Right out of the tin.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 25, 2023 Mild Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant
This is clearly a quality aromatic; it’s just not four stars for me because sweet fruits are not my favored flavor profile (I was expecting more of the maple syrup and vanilla). Straight from the tin, I compared in a Savinelli (with 6mm charcoal filter) and a Falcon (briar bowl, no filter) I got an aroma and taste of bowl of fresh sliced apricot, peach, and nectarine, sprinkled with brown sugar and drizzled with maple syrup. So yeah, it’s sweet and fruity, but somehow (for me) not as unctuous as something like Molto Dolce. Next round I allowed to dry on a paper plate for five hours and that may have been more than necessary as some of the flavor may have been lost. Still, smokes steady, wonderfully aromatic to the end of the bowl, and some of the golden Virginia showing through. After settling in the jar for about two weeks the flavor profile was now more of a really ripe peach that is starting to turn brown in a few places, very little maple, but the Virginia and Burley base are mild and well-behaved. Had an enjoyable session (solid three stars) in an old Algerian briar.

These kinds of fruits served as a dessert bowl are considered a real treat in northern Europe, so I can see the appeal to that market. Or maybe if you’re a peach farmer in Georgia, LOL! In the end it depends on what you like in an aromatic blend, but I wouldn’t question the quality here, and the lack of overdone PG is appreciated.

Is it worth putting on your TAD want list? Well, even with the super Black Friday sale price and free shipping, by the time I paid all the new excise taxes they are collecting this came to $15.39 for a tin. I know, those overseas are saying “that’s cheap!!” but here in the U.S. I’d say we have options that are just as good, or better than this, at more attractive price points.
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