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1820 Flake is Germains newest blend. It is the UK's equivalent to the highly sought after Esoterica Penzance. A powerful blend of latakia, Orientals and Virginias. A treat for any latakia junkie.

BrandJ. F. Germain & Son
Blended ByJ.F. Germain & Son
Manufactured ByJ.F. Germain & Son
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutFlake
Packaging500 grams factory bag, bulk
CountryUK
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium, Full
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2011)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

J. F. Germain & Son - 1820 Flake.

As for this being a facsimile for Esoterica Penzance I feel unable to attest as I had that years ago, sent from my pal Franck (Gentleman Zombie), in the USA. So, rather than lots of perspicacity, my experience with Penzance was about 50 grams! But, going on my notes, this isn't a million miles away!

The moment this came in the post I opened it, filled, and lit. Although it's supposed to be a flake the majority of my pouch was broken. A dark, nicely hydrated, broken flake, with a customary English aroma. This is one of the rare blends that achieved adoration from the first puff.

As I remember (from my notes) Penzance to be, this is a heavy-weight smoke. But, the Latakia doesn't cartelise and take over the smoke with a tumultuous smoky flavour. Instead, it shares the lead with the Orientals. This makes the flavour deep; there's lots of wood, sweet-butter, and some smokiness. As I often find, with English or Balkan blends, the Virginias are tautological; I taste NONE! This is all about the Latakia and Orientals! The smoke given is cool, coming from a good burn.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: not bad!

1820 Flake? I put it straight in my favourites during my first bowl; I love it! If you can get it, get it! Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Lee Van Cleef Replica Meer'

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: G.Q Tobaccos.

4 people found this review helpful.

Gene-Gene Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gene-Gene (2)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Tastes like Penzance to me. Might contain a small fraction less Latakia, but in a blind test, I don’t think I’d be able to tell the difference.

Great blend. I never understood English (Latakia) smokers until I tried Penzance. The second bowl of it was like a revelation. I told myself, I think I get it now. Before that, smoking a Latakia blend wasn’t a pleasurable experience. They all tasted very similar to me. All I tasted was the Latakia, even if the blend contained only minute amounts of it.

Whether you like English and Balkan blends, or you’re a Virginia and Burley type of piper, you owe it to yourself to try this tremendous blend. It truly is a masterpiece. The hype might be overblown, but not by much. Please trust.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Similar Blends: Penzance.

2 people found this review helpful.

Colcestria Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Colcestria (1)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I was always perplexed by the fact that Penzance being produced in the UK (Jersey to be exact) was not available in the UK. I read the hype on pipes.org from our friends in the USA which made me believe that this really was the Holy Grail of pipe tobacco. One poster stated that if he could not get Penzance he would give up pipe smoking! So as soon as I heard that Germains had produced a replica of Penzance called 1820 flake for the UK market I did of course want/need to try it. I ordered 100g from GQ tobaccos and when it arrived I thought well here we go. On opening the pouch I was somewhat underwhelmed by the aroma. I had expected strong latakia but no it was more an earthy aroma. The dark flake crumbles as soon as touched so hardly any rubbing needed. I have now smoked 4 or 5 bowls and as soon as you light up you get the latakia with added spice and a very smooth smoke. I am unable to comment on whether this is an all day smoke in the accepted way as I am one of those smokers who if I like a tobacco it is an all day smoke to me. Yes, I like it, I like it very much. I also like St Bruno, Condor, Erinmore, Germains Special Latakia Flake, Samuel Gawith Cabbies Mixture, Commonwealth Mixture and a good few others. If I could not get 1820 Flake would I give up the pipe, of course not, I would wave a fond farewell and reach for the Bruno. Is Penzance/1820 Flake over hyped? Probably a bit but it is still a marvelous tobacco.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: GQ Tobaccos

Similar Blends: J.F. Germain Special Latakia Flake.

2 people found this review helpful.

Bowler Hat Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bowler Hat Piper (11)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Wonderful stuff. I like many English blends and this is right up at the top. The flakes come smashed to pieces, but after a little drying time, you will be treated to a very pleasant smoke. Needed a few relights, but I highly recommend you try this satisfying and complex blend.

Pipe Used: 1948 Parker Super Bruyere Billiard

Age When Smoked: Few months old

Purchased From: My Smoking Shop

Similar Blends: Apparently Penzance.

1 person found this review helpful.

pencils Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pencils (56)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is an excellent, earthy, latakia and oriental blend. Can't compare it to Penzance as I haven't had that privilege, but it is very good - not spicy like the 1820 original, as it seems to lean harder toward latakia, and less incense than more fragrant blends.

Takes its place in regular rotation, and could be a real favourite. Too crumbly to be a real flake, mind!

Pipe Used: Several

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: GQ

1 person found this review helpful.