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Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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None Detected, Mild, Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1863)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Charatan - Black Flake.

Doughy, fruity, and lovely!

I knew this was one for me when I took my first puff, I ordered more for my stash straight away! Anyhoo, on with the review!

Touted as a Dunhill Dark Flake clone? Well, having not smoked that for years I can only go off the reviews for DF here and it doesn't seem a million miles away. The tobacco has been packaged inside a square paper insert, not befitting for the round tin; the same as DF was. It holds two rows of rectangular, dark brown, mottled flakes that have a fruity tang to them. Mine had good moisture. There's no need to fully rub, folding and stuffing produces a good smoke.

Igniting a bowl presents no problems and I find it's brilliant. The Virginias have a doughy, malty, slightly sweet character, which is complimented by the rich dark fruit from the Perique. There's also a touch of causticity from the Perique, but I'm not talking about a full-on acidulous, vinegary note. The burn from it's reasonably cool, very independent, and medium in pace. I get no tongue bite.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: not great.

Black Flake? A smashing smoke. Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson Dracula #03

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: G.Q Tobaccos.

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tcvarlh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tcvarlh (17)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

On bowl 3 of this, supposedly a replacement for Dunhill Dark Flake. Its not. The tin note is fruity, the Dark Flake is rawer, more tobacco. The flakes are similar in appearance, cut, thickness, length. Taste is also different, certainly a good quality but not as good as the Dunhill original. The start of the bowl hits you with a definite fruit flavour, not unpleasantly just assuredly. Halfway down the bowl the flavour fades somewhat reverting to a purer tobacco taste. The final shock to the palate is a subtle hint of vanilla just before the last few breaths. An enjoyable tobacco I found but certainly NOT Dunhill Dark.

Pipe Used: 999 RI rosslare, Ebenharts Bak, 1940 Hardcastle

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: CGars UK

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Jorge Soler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jorge Soler (158)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This tobacco had a quite noticeable Danish style topping, but I have thoroughly enjoyed it regardless. It has zesty and piquant notes from the perique, and the darker virginia leaf it contains does not seem to completely overtake the citric profile coming from the brighter leaf. I am not sure this is a 100% match to Dunhill's Dark Flake, or why it is called "Black Flake," but it is good enough in its own right.

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