Best Virginia flake, mild, lightly sweet pipe tobacco.

Finest, sun cured Virginia tobaccos from various districts are married in a special flake-process into a interesting mixture. This specialty will appeal to all lovers of natural pipe tobacco.

Manufactured ByKohlhase und Kopp
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
FlavoringNuts / Beans, Vanilla
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3005)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The various Virginias offer a bit of stewed and dark, dried fruit, light citrus and lemon, a little floral grass/hay, a fair amount of wood, small bread and honey notes, and a pinch of spice. It’s mildly tangy with a touch of fermentation and sourness. There is a very mild topping which accounts for the nuttiness, vanilla and more obvious honey. The strength is in the center of mild to medium, while the taste is a step past that mark. The nic-hit is just past mild. Won’t bite or get harsh. The flakes easily break apart to suit your preference. Burns cool, clean, and slightly slow with a mostly consistent, mildly sweet, woody flavor that translates to the short lived after taste. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and needs a few relights. Has a pleasant room note. An all day smoke. Three and a half stars.


9 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30126)
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

Vauen, No. 14:

Nice tobacco, really. Easy on the breakup of the flake and very friendly to light up. Comes in a neat little square can that will undoubtedly be useful in my quagmire of of a smoking/play room.

Strength --- on a scale(don't you just hate that expression?)of one to ten with the usual parameters from weak to strong at 10 I'd have to say it is about a "4". a pleasant"4" but nevertheless a "4".

Flavoring--- I didn't notice much if any. Then again tobacco tastes like tobacco to me unless the flavoring getsmore than a little obtrusive.Danish, German,and English blends were and are I can tolerate.That being verbosely said this tobacco Vauen ( the guys at PipesandCigars.com say it is pronounced "Vaugh")is a lightly flavored offering similar to Peter Stokkbye's Luxury Blend series. Most similar to Navy or perhaps Twist.

Romm Note/Aroma --- I don't have to worry about this but it does seem very pleasant.

Taste --- As has been stated it tastes nice. Not a "Wowser" but a pretty fair taste. Light Virginia is what is promised and delivered. Probably would make a good mixer for some of the "high-toney" blends as well.

Would I buy iot again? Probably not even though the price is very nice I would go with Peter Stokkebye probably for the same money. Just a personal opinion,mind you.

(Sorta like going to the senior prom with your cousin and hoping to meet the hottie from English Lit. class and dump your cousin on someone.)

In conclusion a good tobacco but not a remarkable tobacco--- at least not for me.If you are looking for a very mild and unassuming Virginia blend you might want to meet my cousin at the senior prom in 1965.

The piper at the Gates of Dawn (trucking in the crepuscular dawn)

9 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2071)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Vauen - No. 14 Virginia Flake.

The tin contains two rows of slightly mottled, medium brown, quite thin, flakes. The thinner construction has aided the moisture in not being held in, so a fresh pipe lights easily.

The smoke has a touch of the usual hay, but the leading flavour's a unique nutty-Virginia one, accompanied by a honey-sweetness. It's quite unique compared to other Virginias. There's only a smidgen of citrus sharpness, the majority of the flavour's quite 'robust'. No. 14 burns consistently but can become too warm and a touch fast if not sipped. However, it remains bite-free.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: pleasant.

If it were cooler as it went I'd rate this with four stars, but I'll deduct one due to the burn:


Pipe Used: Altinok Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Five months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

7 people found this review helpful.

Greekpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Greekpipesmoker (201)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

When a virginia flake is spotted that means a must buy for me!Vauen it's known for it's pipes and not so much for the blends as i found them only on Germany.when i cracked the tin a nice aroma of cocoa and honey accompanied from some citruses came out.the flakes are mixed from bright,brown virginias and some cavendish.their moisture was perfect either to rub or fold.i prefered the rubing method for easier lighting.while smoking the virginias are smooth and creamy.citruses,dark fruits,tea and grassy notes combine very well each other with the cavendish wich provide cocoa and honey notes.the flavours are very natural and satisfying.burns medium hot and slow with some moisture being created at the end of the bowl.the nicotine level is almost medium with no chance of tongue bite.the room note is pleasant.generally this blend is an easy going all day smoke that promises a tasty and smooth smoking experience.

Age When Smoked: Rubbed and packed at once

4 people found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (323)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Opening the now round tin, with a now plain blue label stating "N°14 Virginia Flake in white font, I got greeted by the old rectangular cover-paper around the flakes. Inside there are two stacks of thin sliced, rectangular flakes. To my surprise the colors are not only mostly medium-brown, with golden-yellow, but also have some black strands all over the flake slices. I find it remarkable nobody else wrote about the black speckles. Maybe Cavendish-ed Virginas? The flake is rather dark for a Virginia, maybe some Burley/Kentucky as well? The taste as well suggests some Burley to me, but step after step...

...because the tin note also has a great smell to it! Underneath some honey and Virginia freshness (namely grass and citrus), there's very obvously a top -note! Very mild, but it's there, no doubt. Lovely, lovely scent of hazelnuts and milk-chocolate, wow, I superlove it!

At the beginning of the bowl Vauen's Virginia Flake is very mild, but it doesn't take long for the strength and flavors do develop.The flavor-profile steadily builds up throughout the first quarter and is then very consistent. In the first puffs I only perceive a nice mellow-sweet honey-ish sweetness that would build the sweet backbone of this blend throughout the rest of the bowl. Slowly sipped this flake has quite a bit to offer. Decently Bready, with slightly fruity and earthy nuances to it... but here it comes! A delicious, deliciously delicate (hazel-)nutty note is present all the way through the bowl and it also has a minor hint of bitterness to it (but in a most pleasant, nutty way!

It's that very nutty nuance, that makes Virginia Flake N°14 so tasty and loveable to me! It's so delicate and mellow, very unobrusive, yet always present, and oh so sweet! (Not in the sense of sugary, but beautiful) Damn... wouldn't have thought I'd find a VA Flake that I want to have around all the time... but well, here it is!

EDIT: I found a description only stating as following: "[...]with hints of hazelnut vanilla and almonds - all those aroma-nuances are coming from the tobacco itself, mind you; the applied casing is only to lift up the natural sweetness of the Virginias".... well... I'm most certains Virginias don't come along "vanilla-ish and nutty" by nature, I insist on a slight top-flavoring!

Anyways... be it pure Virginia, Virginia + Burley or even some Cavendish as well.... top-flavoring, casing or natural.... this blend is gold to me, and to every lover of a nutty, not overly sweet and smoothly spicy smoke! It's like having some hazelnut-syrup and cream in a cup of coffee.... great morning smoke!

Edit 2: It does have some flavouring to it ;-) https://service.bmel.de/tabakerzeugnisse/index2.php?detail_id=104917&site_key=153&stichw_suche=Vauen&zeilenzahl_zaehler=12

Pipe Used: Clays, Cobs, Briars, Morta, Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: fresh and several month jarred

Similar Blends: Quite unique to my horizon.....

4 people found this review helpful.

Peter Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peter Piper (41)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I got the opportunity to sample this via a German connection and I am glad that I did.

Vauen are of course a pipe maker and this brand is obviously made for them. Who by? I don't know, but the packaging, look of the flake and overall composition lead me to believe that it is most probably Mac Baren.

So we have a perfectly formed flake and a tin note that is both fruity and nutty alongside the expected natural sweetness of the base leaf.

The aroma from the tin pleasingly carries on into the smoke, where there is a taste which I can only describe as nougat, if this means nothing to anyone outside the UK, then my apologies.

As others have observed the flavour deepens a little further down the bowl, but it never departs from an underlying fruit and nut tang which remains pleasant throughout. Cased? Maybe. And if so very successfully in my opinion.

An interesting twist on an old standard, whatever the Vauen boffins specified in the composition of this blend, then they have done a fine job.

Highly recommended.

4 people found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is a nice blend of straight sweet VA. It will not lnock you socks off but it could easily be an all day blend as it has no bite at all if dried out a little. It comes in long thin flakes that break up easily and a touch too moist right out of the tin. Dried for a couple of hours being left out, it is just right. It breaks up essily to rub out, but I like to roll it up and stuff into my pipe bowl for a nice long slow smoke. It is the color of hay and the tin aroma is a musty vegi smell. Upon lighting up it has the nice hay like taste of a quality VA. It does gain strenth as it smokes down. It never gets overpowering or hot, but it goes from hay like to just sweet. It stays lit very well and burns down to a fine grey ash and no dottle. The room note is similiar to other Vs blends, some like it and some think it smells like cigarettes. I like it myself but a neighbor yelled over to me "are you smoking cigarettes now?". I would recommend this blend to anybody that wants a nice, smooth, no biting VA to smoke. For those that are really into to fancy VA's this might be a little simple for you.

4 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30126)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The tobacco is a light mottled brown with prominent bits of very light stem embedded in the flake.

Tin Aroma is musty. I've had the same sensation in farm wineries - slightly fruity, but musty wood and grass aromas dominate. The flakes are very moist, and it is difficult to peel them off of each other. Upon rubbing out the flake and taking a deep inhale of the unburned tobac, the scent is more reminiscent of a Hay barn - the mustiness and grassiness take me back to when I used to throw and stack hay bales for the local farmers as a youth. I managed to pick off about a flake and a half and fold/stuff into the pipe. There was just enough sticking out the top of the pipe to rub out with my fingertips for easy lighting.

The charring light can be harsh. Initially, the flakes are very moist, and my initial reaction is that I should have let them dry. However, this blend lit right up, and after about the first quarter of the bowl, it really settled down. After the charring light, I got no tongue bite. This flake reminds me of an unscented Erinmore flake. The tobaccos are very similar, right down to the cigarette-ish flavor of the tobacco (sans acrid paper of course!) There has got to be a some burley in this blend - both because the blend did not bite, and because of the nutty bitterness that is telling of a burley. It's there. The middle of the bowl was rather unremarkable, in that there wasn't huge depth to this smoke, but it burned well and the cigarette tobacco qualities gave way to more of a cigar / cocoa smoke. The nicotine content was similar to that of a mild cigar as well, and wasn't entirely noticable until the bottom quarter of the bowl.

The flakes smoked down to a nice dark ash. This flake rubs out nicely, and Rubbed out, the smoke seemed a bit hotter, and harsher, but still did not bite, but I didn't force it, either. I think that the virginias stand out a bit more when rubbed out. (Both in the unburned aroma and burning state of the tobacco.)

Room note is almost pure tobacco. The ingering aroma is more cigarette than pipe. I'm not sure if this is a bad thing, but it may be a quality that prevents some from smoking it inside.

I'd give this a three out of four stars. It's a nice and pleasant unscented Virginia Flake. I think there are better out there, but it is definitely worth a try. I am planning on throwing a few tins in the cellar to see what some age does.

4 people found this review helpful.

TotoPipeDreams Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TotoPipeDreams (44)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

As a non-VA smoker, this stuff is exquisite. Reminds me a lot of the Virginia flavor found in Peterson's Uni Flake but obviously with no topping. But still a decent amount of sweetness. This might convert me just a tad bit to the Virginia lovers category haha. We shall see. Good stuff!

Pipe Used: Clay

3 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (629)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

This is nice Virginia flake. It is not in my top 5, but I enjoyed my time with it. I like my Virginias sweet with Dunhill Flake being my benchmark as it is my favorite. This one is not as sweet as Dunhill Flake and provides a little more depth and earth than citrus and hay.

Still it is sweet enough to enjoy and it smokes wonderfully. The flakes are rather fragile, but this makes for easy packing. The smell from the tin is all Virginia. It smokes great with nary a chance of bite. It is also quite easy to get this one in the zone and stay there. I notice the description reads that there is a topping. I did not notice one upon smoking, so one should not fear they are purchasing an aromatic anymore than they would if they are buying Dunhill flake which also has a topping that is not overt.

It is good and I enjoyed it. Where I would rank it amongst the several Virginias I have smoked is hard to tell, but I feel the rating should be at 4 stars because it is splitting hairs when you get past my top 5 and this is a solid smoke that I can't see any Virginia smoker disliking.

Age When Smoked: 3.5 years

3 people found this review helpful.

Big Train Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Train (118)
Extremely Mild None Detected Very Mild Very Pleasant

Another folded flake from K & K but different from the others . This tobacco comes across as pretty close to straight Virginia , even though it is listed as having a topping. #14 does not smoke like an aromatic at all. K & K seems to have a special gift for these very lite toppings that bring out the flavor of the virginias . You need to sip this one , make it last . It delivers subtle high notes. It takes a few minutes to really get the goodness out of this tobacco but it is well worth the trouble . Pick a quiet time and puff slowly , you will thank me later . K & K is really the master of folded flakes .

5/12/19 After enjoying a smoke with Jiminks and reading his review I feel the need to update this review . While smoking with Jim I did notice a slight virginia topping . I was unable to pick out any other specific topping taste but I still feel that the Virginias speak for themselves and are of a high quality . The taste is smooth rather than tangy making it an ideal early morning smoke .

3 people found this review helpful.

Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

A light Virginia flake, more flavourful than any of the Fribourg & Treyer flakes, with a sweet lemony twang in the style of Capstan Yellow if you know that old classic. Excellent.

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30126)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Suddenly “erinmore” (a fellow smoker from pipeclub.gr) introduced this tobacco into our lives. He reviewed this tobacco so fondly that forced me to search for it anxiously, but unfortunately I didn't find any understanding from my friends. With sweat and suffering, I managed to get hold of a second tin, which obligatory in order to open the first one. Pure, very sweet Virginia, “made” as a very beautiful and convenient – concerning the filling – flake. As the tobacco burns further and further down the bowl, its taste is improving and changing. It lights easily and it can bite if you rush your puffing. It is not very heavy. I must perform a comparative test between No14 VAUEN and Golden Glow so decide who gets the top position in my Virginia preferences. PS. Necessary correction. Eventually this tobacco was introduced into our lives by “Paris”, through “erinmore”. Just to restore the facts.

3 people found this review helpful.

Dubinthedam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dubinthedam (133)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Very Pleasant

The first to review this blend, an honor indeed. Picked up a tin of this in Frankfurt. Very nice flake with a surprising nuttiness to it, its almost like Solani's Aged Burley Flake on the mild side. No burley is listed in this blend so I'm not sure where this nuttiness or chocolate tone comes from. A solid VA flake well worth the try if and when visiting Germany....top marks to an interesting and genuine VA flake, from a top German company.

3 people found this review helpful.

krg1000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
krg1000 (183)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

I happened upon this at my usual local B&M. I would tend to agree with another reviewer that this definitely is produced by MB. I have had MB's Navy Flake and it is presented and cut in exactly the same fashion. If they were in unmarked tins, you couldn't tell the difference visually. A fine flake this is too. It lights up easily and stays lit with no problem. This has a decent dose of nicotine and it burns down to a nice ash at the bottom of the bowl. Definitely recommended for those who like a very good Virginia flake.

2 people found this review helpful.

BrokenRecord Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BrokenRecord (124)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

A Lighter Sweet Virginia Flake

I enjoy the Virginia varietals that K&K uses in their tobaccos. Here, they are on the sweet, bready and grassy side of the spectrum. They are smooth smoking without any bright notes. The Vanilla and sugar in the casing add a pleasant dynamic that accentuates the sweetness in the VA leaf. There is another added flavor that I cannot put my finger on.

It would be near perfect but something in the casing leaves a lingering aftertaste that I am not fond of.

1 person found this review helpful.

Olly T. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Olly T. (3)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant

A mild and sweet virginia. The moisture from the tin is close to ideal, making it both easy to pack and smoke. Few relights required. Dried fruit notes and the natural sweetness from the virgias dominate this uncomplicated yet flavorful blend. A perfect all day smoke.

Pipe Used: Chacom Savane 871

1 person found this review helpful.

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


Just finished a full tin and it did not take me long. Fairly moist from the tin, really needed some serious drying time and it was like that the entire tin. Takes several lights to get it going but once it does you can put the lighter away. Nice vanilla top note which doesnt take away from the Virginia at all but it is present throughout the smoke. No bite, burns to a white ash. Very nice retrohale of vanilla for me. I really enjoyed this blend. Made by K&K. I see it sells out fast and I can see why. I have a dozen tins in the cellar and will be looking for more. Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Briars and cobs.

Age When Smoked: 2 month old factory tin date

Similar Blends: F&T cut virginia plug.

1 person found this review helpful.

Voyaging Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Voyaging (80)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

I have made a few updates to this review. My tin is the round, blue tin, not the square one. I'm not sure if the two are the same or have the same recipe.

Based on an approximate one year of age:

The flakes are beautiful and rustic like a C&D flake. They fall apart easily. There is a mixture of gold and brown Virginia. The smell is not natural at all , to me. It smelled of artificial fruits and vanilla. Those toppings showed up way too much in the smoke as well, unfortunately, for me. I dried this for a few minutes before loading. It burned quite well. .

The strength was maybe medium, and the taste was mild to medium. For the straight Virginia flake-lover, I cannot recommend this one, because in my opinion, that piper prefers a more simple, natural, and unadulterated experience. One star. However, I will return to this review with an update after I give this more air time. I want to see if the topping dissipates.

Update the topping does dissipate some and this becomes an enjoyable blend. After airing, and time in a jar this changed dramatically to a more natural smell. It has started to smell much like Opening Night, which smells kind of like a sweet bread.

Produces lots of smoke. Maybe there is some Cavendish in there, or some air-cured Virginia. The combustion is remarkable, rivaling MB Navy Flake. Notes of sweet bread, honey, wood, a touch of cinammon, salty chocolate, a sweet nuttiness, vanilla, sour woodiness, prunes, fig, and grass. It has depth and earthiness and fermented character. I previously upgraded to three stars, but I am changing it to four. Not sure if it's the age, but it's just that good. I can't deny it.

Pipe Used: Billiard, Canadian, bent brandy, lovat

Age When Smoked: One year

Purchased From: Iwanries

Similar Blends: Fribourg & Treyer - Vintage.

1 person found this review helpful.

CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (138)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Mild and lightly sweet it is, should you lightly sip away to get up to speed. Interesting, though, when you drop it two gears and dig deep. The VA piping equivalent of hitting 5800 RPM in a Honda Civic Si, when the sweet DOHC iVTEC kicks in. You are greeted with plumes of smoke, and a deep, full, flavor/taste of sweet Virginny, including the tingle on the nose when retrohaling. Lather, rinse, repeat...ad libidum. 4 stars for a pleasantly surprising sleeper!

Pipe Used: Stanwell

Age When Smoked: No tin date; recently purchased

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (304)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

My first experience with this noted German maker was rewarding. Natural VA sweetness from a smoke that lights easily and burns evenly without the need for relights.

Pipe Used: various briar bowl sizes

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: pipes & cigars.com

1 person found this review helpful.

gamzultovah Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gamzultovah (10)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Vauen No. 14 has been my go-to summertime smoke. A light, sweet and refreshing, smoke with not a lot of nicotine and a pleasant mouth feel. No chance of bite with this blend.

K&K assembles some of the best Virginia blends on the market and they all rank highly in my rotation.

Pipe Used: Dunhill 2203, Group 2; Francois Dal Lovat, Group 2

Age When Smoked: 1 Year

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HeavyTrees Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HeavyTrees (70)
Mild None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Nice looking pretty slim cut flakes which both: rubbed and fold fit perfectly into the pipe. Tin smell is a bit more sour than expected but comes along with a sweet natural Virginia note. Burns very cool and evenly if given a little space to the flake. When smoked there's hardly any acidity but hints of hey and citrus and rich finest Virginia taste that reminds a bit of almond sweetness. To the end it gets a bit stronger in taste but still very mild in whole with enough character to not get too boring. Room note is smoky but natural and not unpleasant.

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin

Purchased From: Local dealer

Similar Blends: Cornell & Diehl - Virginia Flake.

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DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (317)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

At the heart of this are the mild bright VA flakes. There is a touch of a mild something not quite almond and not quite hazelnut in the tin note, but that doesn't really come out in the bowl much. The touch of vanilla, however, does come out. Not fantastic, but a solid every day (or even all day) blend. The flakes fold easily, and keep the light well.

Pipe Used: briars, cobs, and meers

Age When Smoked: 2 months after purchase

Purchased From: Mars

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