MAB Stiavnicky Flake

A rich, full-bodied blend made up of a balanced proportion of air-cured and fire-cured tobaccos until dark. Pure, undistorted tobacco taste suitable for experienced smokers.
Notes: Manufactured by Kohlhase & Kopp for the Slovakian market and sold under the MAB brand, intended as an alternative to Peterson Irish Flake.


Brand MAB
Blended By Kohlhase, Kopp und Co. KG
Manufactured By Kohlhase & Kopp
Blend Type Burley Based
Contents Burley, Kentucky, Virginia
Cut Flake
Packaging 50 g Tin
Country Unknown
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

4.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 29, 2023 Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Bought this while visiting Bratislava. I saw quite a nice selection of blends from this brand that I've never heard of, but I was drawn to the fact that it's a flake. Since I don't speak any Slovakian, I kindly asked the shopkeeper to translate the tin description in English for me. As soon as she did, I couldn't believe my ears. The description matched perfectly with Peterson Irish Flake. Bought two tins on the spot.

I've wanted to try out IF for a long time, but was always unable to get my hands on one. However, I've smoked alternatives in the past (Wellauer Nightcap) with excellent results, so it was worth a shot. After some digging out I've found that this (and other MAB blends) are made by K&K exclusively for the Slovakian market and, since K&K retained some of the old Murray's recipes for the Peterson blends, I dare to say that this might be a re-branded Rattray's Stirling Flake (itself a rehash of the original Irish Flake).

The flakes are perfectly shaped and sliced, as one might expect from a skilled manufacturer like K&K. Extremely easy to work with, making it a breeze to stuff your pipe. And the smoking parameters score very high on this one. Just like with any other pressed tobacco, may take a bit longer to get it lit but, once the ember gets going, it burns down slowly and cool. free from any bite or harshness, only requiring a few relights every now and then.

Just like its popular model, this is a strong and full bodied blend. However, it doesn't throw you immediately into the fray. Rather, it behaves almost like a meal. It starts out rather quietly like an appetizer, with a surprisingly sweet, almost sugary, smooth taste. Enough to get your appetite going.

Then comes the main course. And this is when things get serious. You are blasted with a rich, smooth and creamy smoke thick enough to almost "chew" it. The Burley and Kentucky combination brings a very bold, earthy, nutty, woody, smoky, somewhat floral, a little spicy, a bit barbecue-y and a bit saucy taste with a light sprinkle of sweetness. The Virginia works more in the background as a side dish to tone down things a bit. Packs quite a punch in the nicotine department and, even with my experience, I can feel it once in a while. As such, it's definitely a late evening smoke for me. A bowl of this is perfect before going satisfied to bed.

While this is a very obscure and localized blend, it's one of my greatest finds so far in my pipe smoking journey and I'm so glad I did. It's a fantastic and delicious blend that, while definitely not something I would smoke on a daily basis, it's something I will approach with great anticipation whenever I'm in the mood to smoke a bold blend for a relaxing evening. I still want to try out the actual IF but, until that day comes, this will be more than worthy to carry the flag proudly in my menu.
Pipe Used: Various
PurchasedFrom: Dom Cigár store in Bratislava
Age When Smoked: Unknown
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