Dan Tobacco St. Bernard Flake

A medium to full strength blend of finest selected sweet Virginia leaf with a pinch of mature Louisiana perique for a pleasant rich aroma processed in accordance with classic English tobacco traditions.


Brand Dan Tobacco
Blended By  
Manufactured By Dan Tobacco
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Perique, Virginia
Cut Flake
Packaging 50 grams tin, 250 grams bag
Country Germany
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.50 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 18, 2018 Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Very Mild Unnoticeable
I always thought this was Dan Pipe's answer to St Bruno.

It's not of course, it's a typical Dan Pipe virginia blend with, as the description says, a twist of perique. The only thing in common with said other blend is the St. in the name.

One of Dan Pipe's better tins is this. With a proper label this time, instead of the naff (and boring) simple square computer-printed white labels present on other blends of theirs.

The tin fragrance is a delight. Probably the nicest of the Dan Pipe virginia-based blends I've tried so far. Very tight flakes squeezed into a big pile that needs careful excavation with pipe knife, is what greets you inside and it's a wee bit crumbly and therefore rather dry, which seems to be the recurring theme here.

The flake breaks down very quickly which is fine if you are a rubber-out but not so great if you like stuffing you flake in whole.

The taste is disappointing. It's so well...neutral. A mild-ish tobacco with something - obviously the perique - dumbing it down to a degree. This addition seems to take much of the natural sweetness of the virginia away and replace it with a rather dull, peppery, dry tasting, somewhat dusty even, content that I am not wild about.

And it is so dry. So so dry it's leaves you gasping for a drink even after the one you had to accompany your opening bowl. It also leaves your throat like feeling like a dusty old broom cupboard. It likes a lot of relights, surprisingly enough and burns through so quickly you wonder where half the bowl has gone when you tap out the ash. It's fairly strong stuff this but not overwhelming even pushed hard. There is little or no room note and it's presence in the house has been unremarked by Mrs RW.

So, half a glass full of fluid later, you find yourself thinking about the next bowl and wondering if there were some nuances that you have missed, judging by the general positive consensus in here.

I'm giving this one the benefit of the doubt and not making a final prognosis until after the tin is finished. I suspect some smokers might enjoy this better with an alcoholic side salad, but I don't care for spirits (or any alcohol come to that) to maybe counteract the aridity of the blend.

Indeed It'll be interesting to see how this one keeps (round tin thank goodness), as I won't be smoking this every day.
Pipe Used: All large briars
PurchasedFrom: DanPipe, Germany.
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 16, 2023 Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
An interesting VaPer. It was highly recommended to me by a fellow piper so I got a 100g bag, that’s all that’s available in my country - 100g packs.

Because of the high recommendation, my expectations were pretty high too, but first impressions for me were rather bland.

I made it through half the bowl without tasting much. Maybe it would fare better if it was dried well before the smoke. Speaking of which, this blend produces smoke rather liberally.

Maybe the spicy Louisiana Perique wasn’t strong enough, since it turned out to be quite mellow. The Virginia sweetness is not overwhelming, but it certainly is in the front of things.

Not at all strong.

Can bite of smoked carelessly.

It’s another mellow Dan blend
Pipe Used: Duncan Dry Smoker
PurchasedFrom: Super Jainsons, Delhi
Age When Smoked: New
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