Solani 660: Silver Flake

An incredible blend of premium dark red and sweet Virginias from the "border belt", light yellow Virginia from South Carolina, and dark-fired, spicy Kentucky. Slow burning and because no flavoring has been added, this blend has a real tobacco taste.


Brand Solani
Blended By R.L. Will
Manufactured By Kohlhase & Kopp
Blend Type Virginia Based
Contents Kentucky, Virginia
Cut Flake
Packaging 100 grams tin
Country Germany
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.65 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 20, 2019 Mild to Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant
A quick edit here as I jarred few tins (tin date of Nov 2018) for 2 years. It's now March 2021.

The jar note on this when aged is more apricots and honey.

I definitely notice floral notes from the smoke this time (a slight lavender hint on the edge, reminiscent of a fine potpourri) which are very pleasant and not overpowering. This, along with a sort of milk cocoa as you near half-way point.

Very smooth and creamy smoke exudes from this rich, sweet, nutty mix, but there is a tangy edge. The increased sweetness did increase the risk of bite a touch.

A burley wood and nutmeg spice character comes forward near the halfway mark and a touch more of that 'dark fired' character is revealed.

If you smoke down to the end of your bowl it notably intensifies becoming more cigar-like (not a Cuban, something like a nice sweeter Brazilan stick). Still nice, but significantly fuller in flavour.

This is still a truly excellent and contemplative smoke, but it does seem to have intensified with age and I don't notice the citrus notes at all anymore. Definitely best smoked slow.

See my initial first impression notes below (from Dec 2019): As a first impression as I tried it for the first time last night.

The tin is large and unsealed, tobacco folded on itself in a long flake (similar to Marlin Flake). Scent impression is earthy and sweet. It looks, smells and feels like quality tobacco. Dried fruit (raisin's and prunes) are forward with a bit of nutmeg and citrus (more orange than lemon). The tobacco was perfectly dry to smoke out of the tin, I jarred it straight away.

My main flavour impression was of tangy and bittersweet orange marmalade over 'brown sugar' Virginias. But it definitely tastes like good natural tobacco with a light typically Danish casing.

I found this smoother and less prone to bite compared to some other Va tobaccos I've tried.

The nutty bitterness comes through from the Kentucky/Burley from which I get a mild peppery mouthfeel and the dry smokiness. There are hints of malted sugars and sweet chestnut as the flavour builds.

I folded and stuffed a torn-off portion in a small apple with a tapered bowl. Second bowl worked well as a cube cut. It burned very well (to a light grey ash, tipped out periodically) had to relight a few times. Slight dampness in the bottom but could have been too tight a pack.

First impressions are overwhelmingly positive.
Pipe Used: L.Viprati rusticated apple
PurchasedFrom: SmokingPipes
Age When Smoked: fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 18, 2019 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong
This review was initially written in 2009 under my old handle. Back then TR's description stated that this combination of Red VA & dark fired Kentucky had a whiskey topping & also was depicted in a light green tin rather than the silver tin of latter times. This tobacco comes in a good quality, folded, plastic bag that shouldn't allow the flavor or moisture to bleed through & is contained within a hinged top, non-vacuum sealed tin. If you elect to purchase some & don't plan on smoking it right away, be sure and make use of a quality zip-lock or a good freezer bag right away. I triple seal mine, inside & out but obviously, a Mason jar or bail top would be the better choice.

However, my tins usually don't last long enough to worry about that anyway & this stuff is so good right out of the tin, I don't consider aging although I'm sure that would be a plus. The tin aroma to me is of tobacco only. Imagine that! I dried it to proper smoking moisture and rubbed it out to an almost shag-like consistency. It's crumbly & easily rubbed out, contains no trash & requires little drying time.

I stoked it into a GBD, Virgin Apple... lit up and immediately recognized the DF KY & the sweet taste of Virginia tobacco, which, BTW was named after the state which was named after & in honor of the "Virgin" Queen, Elizabeth I... a quick lesson in 16th century tobacco history, for all loyal subjects of interest in the "leaf," as it were. I'm unable to distinguish positively which tobacco is up front. My impression is slightly more VA than KY & the flavor remains consistent with maybe a little more sweetness at the halfway point. Some might say it's "cigarettish" but due to the flavor of the quality leaf, expertise in the preparation & blending, it's so much more than that.

OK! Moving on! Puffed a few times & let it sit a few minutes... I always use this DGT method on VA blends. Didn't take long to get a nicotine jolt. It is very mild tasting & doesn't bite but has a relatively strong nicotine content. I recently started inhaling one single puff after acquiring a good burn rate to judge the Vitamin N content. I contend SF Number 660 to be of exceptional quality. This is a very smooth, VA/Kentucky blend & I'm quite sure it no longer contains a "whiskey" topping... at least it no longer contains a sticky residue on the fingertips while rubbing it out & is unnoticeable in handling or smoking. However, this mixture back in the "old days" most likely had the whiskey topping because I remember it feeling a little sticky while rubbing it out & seemed to have a little more bite to it. I don't get that today & I'm smoking some right now... ten years later & I like it better now than I did back then.

If your preference is for a very good VA/Kentucky blend, well, here you go. Although relatively more expensive than similar blends, you'll find it's well worth the difference in price. It doesn't get any better than this and will be a mainstay in my rotation.
Pipe Used: GDB, Cavicchi Dublin, D. S. Huber Dublin
PurchasedFrom: P & C, Smoking Pipes
Age When Smoked: Fresh Tin
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 28, 2018 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I get mostly the lighter and sweeter VAs, some Red, and just hints of the Kentucky. Unlike some, I did not find any real topping, attributing the possible taste to the hints of Red VA. Overall, a nice but not overly complex or interesting flake, the kind to try if you're looking to find that pleasant multiple-pipe a day blend.
Pipe Used: briars, cobs, and meers
PurchasedFrom: Smoking Pipes
Age When Smoked: 1 month after purchase
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 18, 2018 Medium None Detected Full Pleasant
I am still learning what Kentucky tastes like, and this flake is a good teacher. I don't think Kentucky is a favorit of mine. But having said that, there is no arguing that SF is a top quality tobacco. Perhaps a bit tangy at first but developing into more sweet notes; taste is a little nutty, vinegar and hint of dark chocklad. And the smoke, wow... thick, velvety and enticing smoke that will not get hot and bite. I find myself shifting between taking big mouthfulls and just sipping gently. It burns perfectly, with no additional relights. It works very well in a filter pipe. This is not my first choice of tobacco type, but there is truly a magic quality to this flake. If I was a Kentucky lover I would probably search no more - this would seem like the perfect tobacco.

Even if it is a nice and mellow smoke, the Kentucky has a robust vibe. I can imagine this choice of tobacco on a rainy day. Perhaps outdoors in a raincoat seeking shelter under a tree during early autumn here in Sweden. It feels like the type of tobacco that would turn such an occasion into an enjoyable moment, with enough vigour to captivate your mind into a contemplative mode.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 22, 2017 Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong
The flakes are a dark brown color and crumble easily. The humidity is ideal for smoking in comfort. The mixture is very natural and of great quality, from the first moment the kentucky is present giving an intense spicy touch without covering the virginia that contributes a slight sweet nuances. It burns easily, providing a smooth smoke, and the taste lasts until the end without any appreciable variation. It is a very dry blend that fills a lot. Normally I do not like the burley but in this case the thing is different, it is good and tasty. It is highly recommended and would surprise the little burley lovers. To smoke with confidence, appreciating the quality of the components.
Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum
PurchasedFrom: Duaso tobacco shop from Barcelona
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 11, 2017 Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
For me this is a ten star blend. (I rate Tudor House by McClelland, and Navy Cavendish by the same, and FVF by sam gawith , and Pease's triple play...and maybe Butera's Golden ten star get the idea).....and this joins that group. Solani simply has the best burley out there. C&D is good, but solani's burley is special. I dont know what it is. But their aged burley flake is a classic. This should be too, and in some circles it is. The burley is what i taste most. Nutty with edges of brown sugar and bread dough and molasses. Not sweet really, but almost. There is really almost no smokiness in the kentucky here. Ist more molasses bittersweet. And the Virginia is nice middle strength stoved (not heavily stoved) flake and together it makes a deceptively deep and sort of complex smoke. Nothing one dimensional about this at all. No flavoring....although as jimmlinks said...there might be the slightest light casing in there...but boy its very very very slight. Burns slow and needs very few relights. Its a near perfect tobacco to my mind. Nic hit is medium. Its a bit like Macbaren's HH Old Dark Fired, and orliks dark strong kentucky. Similar goals to all three blends. The ODF is heaviest and smokiest. The orliks sweetest. This is the most balanced and tastiest to my mind. But it is also not quite like those blends. And Im conflicted even comparing this to them. This is a complex Vabur, without perique....and thas rather rare. And...and...that Solani burley. The solani burley flake is a must have for serious pipesters. Buy some silver flake and buy some aged burley flake. You wont be disappointed.
PurchasedFrom: 4noggins
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 19, 2014 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
This is a real tobacco taste, sweet, grassy, woodsy, smokey follows with a nice floral taste at my palate. I'm not a fans of burley or Kentucky if smoke it straight without mixed with other tobaccos. Had some experiences when I smoke straight aged burley and I don't like it. It doesn't please me up and just a dull taste for me, but this blend is quite good and nice. Of course this blend has a good tin notes and sight. The tin note is smells so good, a mature virginia follows with baked bread scent. Easy to pack and light, found no difficult to keep the light. The smokes is quite great, not hard to draw, not too much moist and I'm enjoying a cool and dry smoking time, and the dominant taste are smokey baked bread, floral sweetness, follows with grassy sweet virginia and it far different with others burleys, I don't found earthy taste that I usually found from burleys. I think this blend use a lot kentucky burley so it almost dominant the taste so I don't really like it to be my favorite, but for those whose really love Burleys, I will recommend this blend.
Pipe Used: Comoy Tradition 36
PurchasedFrom: Indonesian Local Tobacconist
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 21, 2012 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
I could only get this in the 100g size. The tin presentation of this blend surprised me a bit: a largish, attractive rectangular tin that is not airtight, with the tobacco itself neatly arranged in a cellophane wrapper (also not airtight) with a foil seal on it. It was nicely done and made me think of an expensive confection. I saved the tin for other uses but moved the tobacco to sealed glass immediately.

The flakes are long (8 inches unfolded), uniform thickness, and slightly loose. I thought they were on the dry side but turned out to be just the right moisture level to smoke now. The long strands that gently rub from these flakes are ideal for an inverted pack into a large bowl.

At match this blend reminds me a lot of Esoterica Stonehaven - the flakes are not pressed quite as hard as Stonehaven and as a result require less preparation and light more easily - but the smoke is sweet with a graham-cracker / slightly vanilla-like flavor, only a bit spicier than Stonehaven. It will not knock your socks off with its power but is well-mannered and very refined. Although not an aromatic, the room note of this blend is sweet and pleasant. The flavor and even burn are consistent throughout the bowl.

This is a refined medium-strength flake that I will definitely keep on hand. If I were stranded on a deserted island with no other blend I would be happy with this for a long time.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 18, 2008 Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable
I picked up a tin of this in '06 while visiting Peretti's on Boston Commons. All one needs to do is read the tin description to know if this is your cuppa tea. Whomever originally listed this one might have added the "Whiskey" note under the flavoring description header...but I don't think there is any. It does well in many different pipes for me...starts nicely sweet then gradually turns solid and full of tobacco goodness. The high level of goodness here is matched by the cost. A real winner in my book. Highly recommended for the idle rich and the common man with pipe money to burn.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 12, 2006 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
First, I believe this to be a flake tobacco that is one of the better flakes available today. Not that it is reminisiant of any of the early (1940-60)flakes, which unfortunately are no longer manufactured, but a flake within its own realm... perhaps even in its own way, adding to the definition of modern day flake cut tobaccos. Who knows at this point.

I liked this even before lighting it... the tin aroma reminded me of a Straight Virginia plug I use to smoke back in 1962 from Imperial Tobacco. If Silver Flake was in Plug form...well, it would almost be "heaven" again.

As previous reviewers have already stated, this tobacco burns well, has appropriate moisture content, and is a very satisfying smoke. I tested this at various times throughout the day and I liked it anytime I tried it. For the most part I enjoyed it in a Castello sea rock (Pipes & Tobaccos Pipe of the Year) straight stem, saddle bit, but also in a 1998 dunhill group 5 amber root straight billiard. Both these pipes I tend to reserve for my Virginia Plugs so I know there was some mingling of taste from previous smokes.

I did not detect any "whisky" flavoring at, I don't know where that is coming from.

This has a great natural tobacco taste and aroma. Definitly worth a good try. An excellent all-day smoke!
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