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Squared flakes of burley, cavendish, and Virginia.

BrandGatlin-Burlier
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutFlake
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
Mild
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
3.0
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SmokeKing David Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeKing David (128)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This seems like a Stokkebye flake, and not one of their best. Nothing offensive, but nothing remarkable either. Kind of a middle-of-the-road mildish Va flake with middling flavor. Good burning characteristics, however.

I feel compelled to add that the staff at Gatlin Burlier tobacco shop are wonderful people; helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. If you are near that part of Tennessee, you owe it to yourself to stop in.

1 person found this review helpful.

Lochinvar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lochinvar (78)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Jolly great flake. Sweet, biteless, and easy to keep lit. It's remarkably like Stokkebye Luxury Twist Flake. Stop in and have a bowl with the guys. The staff is the friendliest around, and won't steer you wrong.

1 person found this review helpful.

Glorfindel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Glorfindel (86)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

I normally have trouble with flakes, from keeping them lit to tounge bite when they are lit, not so with this VA flake. Don't let the description fool you, this is a VA dominant blend, visually and in taste and flavor. The burley and cavendish are present in small quantity for balance and can be totally ignored if you wish.

In packing I was instructed by Richard, the house pipe-guru and super nice guy, to roll the flake, stuff it in and light, with a fairly tight packing technique - worked great.

The classic VA flavor is there with a medium to strong nic-kick, for me anyway and my tolerance level - I don't smoke everyday, but more often than not. Tangy VA flavor with very light hints of lemon and a ever-so-slight honey note, not sugary or heavy, just right. Some might say there is no topping at all, I'm not sure myself - which is nice and keeps me wondering and exploring this blend.

There is not a lot of complexity here, but there needn't be. Straight VAs (which this essentially is) are just that - straight VAs. This one smells creamy and wholesome in the lit bowl, definite sign of a winner.

If you are a VA man, this blend fills the bill.

Bite? No, but it has a strong VA Tang. Take it easy if you are new to staright VAs - especially flakes - and you won't be disappointed.

This flake will burn on and on if you want, I smoked one flake for over an hour while talking to Richard with a few relights. I like to let my pipe rest often and go out, so the relights were not the fault of the tobacco, just my smoking habits.

Stop by the Gatlin-Burlier next time you visit the Smokies, you'll be glad you did.

Thanks,

Ethan

1 person found this review helpful.