Charatan Black Flake

This dark flake utilizes Virginia and dark air cured perique tobaccos to provide a full and balanced smoke. The prominent flavor notes are sweet tobacco and dried fruit.
Notes: Charatan released Black Flake to fill the gap left by Dunhill discontinuing Dark Flake.


Brand Charatan
Blended By  
Manufactured By  
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Perique, Virginia
Cut Flake
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country United Kingdom
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.33 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 27, 2020 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I've only had one bowl of Dunhill Dark Flake so have smoked this on its own merits, and I think it's done quite well. I like Virginia and Perique flakes, usually prefer a bit more perique than this has, but it's OK.

The flakes are very neatly presented, brown rather than black. Tin aroma: very fruity, prunes, fresh figs, liqueur, raisin, malt, horse food. The moisture content seems perfect and they rub out fully with minimal effort, indeed care is needed if you want it in bigger chunks eg for smoking outside.

Lighting is a breeze, one match may suffice if you've got a good kindling of crumbs on top. The flavour is sweet, fruity and malty, and puts me in mind of malt loaf, which I love. It gives thick stodgy smoke, great for smoke rings! There's not much complexity or development, this is tobacco to smoke when engaged on other tasks really, but it's very pleasant, without bite or any other defects. It could be described as a toned down Navy Rolls, with similar dark fruity notes but less Perique and none of the subtleties.

It doesn't need many relights, satisfies with nicotine but isn't strong, and there's a bit of dottle. I've enjoyed it as a morning smoke this winter, also while studying.

I'm summary, a nice dark Virginia flake with a malt loaf character and the merest smidgen of Perique. An all day smoke if you want.
Pipe Used: Northern Briars Liverpool
PurchasedFrom: Turmeus Liverpool
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 17, 2019 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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