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A complex and rich flake, which is already broken up (ready rubbed) and ready to smoke. This excellent mixture consists of sun cured dark Virginia, spicy burley and is seasoned with a whiff of smoky Kentucky as well as hint of luxurious perique. The room note is very pleasant and unnoticeable. The soft and cool burn will delight the discriminating smoker.

BrandVauen
Blended ByVauen
Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Kentucky, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutBroken Flake
Packaging50 grams tin
CountryDE
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
3.4
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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (304)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Opening the tin, the first thing I notice is a fruity topping. Not too bad, though. Sweet VA and a gentle whiff of the Perique come through, with KY spice also noticeable. The tobacco is rather moist in the tin, so some drying-out is in order.

With a little rubbing-out, Broken Flake lights up well. The Perique comes through early, with the Burley dominating over the VA, which nonetheless contributes a very nice sweetness. The spice and bread from the KY and Perique come through a little from about halfway down the bowl. The burn is a tad hot, so slow sipping is your ticket there.

At the end, I have just a little dottle, a gentle aftertaste, and the room note clearly shows the Burley and Perique, but is not overly strong. Good enough for me to recommend.

Pipe Used: BC Marseille, MM cobs

Age When Smoked: Fresh from new tin

Purchased From: DanPipe

Similar Blends: Peterson - Irish Oak.

4 people found this review helpful.

renwardhoop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renwardhoop (177)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild Unnoticeable

Experience of Vauen's Aromatic Shire blends have not been great. In fact some of them are vile.

But this is different. It looks, smells and feels different than those.

The tin aroma is amazing. I've not smelt too many bouquets like this one and I have to say it's up there with the likes of Dunhill's Early Morning, as was. It's a fresh, hay-like malty fragrance that reminds me of a sweeter version of St Bruno. I certainly can't think of any other non-aro blends as good as this.

The tobacco itself looks and indeed feels rather moist and is quite broadly cut (it is broken flake after all I remind myself) so further rubbing will be necessary. Depending on your choice, of course.

There was no way I could hang around and wait for it too dry out after that initial aroma so I went straight in and dug out a bowlful with a pipe tool. The taste doesn't really follow the aroma - let's face it, it rarely does, but it's still quite a treat. Made even better if you leave the open tin alongside as you smoke.

It quite well behaved, with only a few relights with a very pleasant malty, non-floral smooth taste that is rather mild, but not quite tasteless. No idea what the room note is like, Mrs RH must be immune to some of the concoctions I have been smoking over the years.

Not that strong and makes a good all day smoke.

Pipe Used: Briars

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Dan Pipe Lauenburg

Similar Blends: None I've come across.

4 people found this review helpful.

RandoloBrandybuck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RandoloBrandybuck (16)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I really like this blend a lot.

It comes very moist so I dry it at least an hour.

The tin note is quite bready, smoky, a little sour. Smells like a rather strong tobacco. No added flavors noticed.

But the taste is way better than the tin note. Not too sweet but a little bready, nutty, plummy. Just very lovely. The Kentucky just adds an earthy spiciness no actual smokiness.

Doesn't bite but can get hot if stressed. Can leave some dottle and moisture if not properly dried or smoked too fast.

There's a good amount of nicotine. I actually felt quite sick once after smoking this blend and I blame it on the nicotine.

I can really dig why them hobbits loved that stuff so much. An all day and all of the night smoke.

Pipe Used: Briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh

3 people found this review helpful.

The Harbor Seal Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Harbor Seal (12)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin note: bready with a clear raisin note from the perique. A slight drying of about 15 min may be beneficial. The VAs play the dominant role during the initial phase: very sweet, with the lighter VAs slightly more pronounced than the darker ones. The spiceyness of the perique is there, the nutey burley supports the aroma of the first two ingredients. The kentucky is taking a supporting role but stays clearly in the background with it's smokey, earthy aroma. As the bowl progresses, the burley takes a step forward and the sweetness of the VAs slightly diminishes. The VAs seem to tolerate a medium cadence without leading to bitterness. Overall a very well made blend, taking over the role of great introductory blend to nonaromatics for beginners and people who would like to transition from the other aromatic blends of Vauen's Auenland series.

Pipe Used: Golden pipe (pear wood) w/ 9 mm charcoal filter

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: pfeifen-shop-online.de

2 people found this review helpful.

PipeDragon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeDragon (21)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

The constituent tobaccos in this mixture really caught my attention. I enjoy smoking a Burley/Kentucky blend from time to time, so I was curious what this might bring.

The tin note is really pungent and it can lead you to believe that this is going to be a strong blend. It's smoky, woody, somewhat sweet with a bit of a chocolate/cocoa smell coming from the Burleys and also a bit of raisins, possibly from the Perique.

The broken flake is pretty finely rubbed, but some extra rubbing is required for a more consistent smoke. Other than that, there are no problems with this one mechanically. Smokes well, cool and dry. There might be some dottle left, but no moisture of any kind at the bottom of the bowl.

Given the constituent leaves and the smell of the unlit tobacco, this blend was not as strong as I'd expected. The overall character of the smoke is very earthy, nutty, somewhat spicy and, to my taste, the Burley is the main player in this one. The dark Virginia is there to lend a bit of sweetness and a bit of a bakery, yeasty character to the taste. The Perique and the Kentucky are supporting players, working in the background to lend some spiciness, pepper and some smokiness.

But this blend has one issue that kinda irks me: it's a little too dry. And I don't mean that as in a lack of moisture, but dry as in a dry wine. Most tobaccos I've smoked have a creamy/buttery character in the smoke. This one does not and it puts me off quite a bit. The smoke is tasty, consistent and there are definitely high quality tobaccos in this blend, but that lack of creaminess prevents me from really enjoying it.

As such, this is not exactly a blend for my taste. That doesn't mean it's bad; far from it, but the dryness puts me off quite a bit. I will finish the tin and I don't think I'll buy it again. But I'm glad I've tried it and if someone likes this more than I did, I can see why.

Pipe Used: Auenland Almar churchwarden and Angelo

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the tin

Purchased From: Mohilla store (Vienna)

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