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A luxurious spicy smell of Virginia escapes when you open this tin of flake treated tobacco. This hand-blended flake has matured and developed under pressure - in this way the tobacco acquires a particular tone and a special harmony.

BrandPaul Olsen
Blended ByPaul Olsen
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1947)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Paul Olsen - No.222 Flake.

The tin contains rectangular, medium brown, mid-sized flakes. As usual with Paul O' the moisture amount is perfect so no time has to be wasted drying them. I easily crumble some, load, and light.

I find 222 takes to ignition with great ease and then gives quite a steady burn. The smoke coming from it has to be sipped with a little care though; it's nothing atrocious, but it can give my tongue a slight nip if it's puffed too hard.

The flavour? Okay, it's not bad but I find it a touch boring after about 15 minutes; I can't taste any Latakia in the smoke, the only tobacco flavour I get is a sweet Virginia one. Now, this is a good Virginia taste, but it's not enough to satisfy on its own, it needs some Lat' smokiness or Perique spice to liven it up a bit.

The amount of nicotine sits well with me; it's just below medium.

This is a good blend, but like I said, it's too boring a smoke for my palate; it's still worth a recommendation though as although I don't like it, it's still a good blend

Three stars.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: 14 months

Purchased From: The Danish Pipe Shop

3 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

I've always enjoyed the Paul Olsen blends - really quality leaf and attention to detail is never missed. I don't think I've ever found a wayward stem in any of the My Own Blends. I'm not sure if 222 is still being made but I really liked it. A lighter than usual Ltakia/Virginia combo. My notes from when I smoked this one back in 2009 indicated a nuance of Oriental leaf, although I do not see that in the TRC descriptive. If you enjoy basic smoky Latakia with Virginia, and especially if you like it lighter rather than bold, No. 222 would be a good choice if you can find it anymore.


3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28806)
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Been smoking this flake for 2 years now, it has become my go-to virginia flake, it has a very nice sweet VA taste, and are strong enough to never get borring, the flakes are nice right from the tin to rup-out or fold and stuff, no need to dry-out. All I can say is if you like VA Flake this is a must try.


2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28806)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

My absolute favorite virginia flake( Latakia at all).Also my favorite tobacco.I can't think how this could be made beter.Fantastic natural virginia aromas upon lighting and sweet virginia natural flavors,mostly at the first half of the bowl.Burns cool,don't bite.Very higly recomended,for the pure virginia smoker.Truly a masterpiece from Danmark (I.M.O).

2 people found this review helpful.

fengbo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fengbo (10)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

In China, 1 tin is about 40$, which is very expensive.

The flakes are very beautiful and the perfect humidity. If you loose it, the temperature will be high. So I will burn the flakes directly.

The smoke is smooth and the sweetness is very prominent, from beginning to end. I want to smoke it every day, but the wallet doesn't allow it.

The quality of 4 stars.

Pipe Used: Butz Choquin Collection Three Star

Age When Smoked: 4 years old in tin

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