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Selected matured Virginias aged for a long period under pressure. This blend offers a subtle aroma of honey and orange.

Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
FlavoringHoney, Orange
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Big Train Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Train (111)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

A really deep K & K flake , dark in color , pungent in tin note . Sort of the usual K & K flake with more depth of flavor . The honey and orange are very subtle . I would not call this an aromatic tobacco though there are those that would . The flakes are subtle and easy to work with . There is no bite and the flake tobacco , if packed properly , lasts a long time I use it as sort of a mid day smoke when something a little more flavorful is called for . It seems to be sort of a F & T Vintage flake with orange and honey added . Personally , I enjoy his tobacco very much but considering it's topping , it might not be for the pure virginia smoker .

5 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1976)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Sillem's - Mayor 1814 Flake.

When I picked this from my cellar this morning I was still half asleep. I fancied a flake, new by the tin shape this was one, so grabbed it and opened it before I'd even read about it. As I sat having my morning cuppa I looked on my iPhone at the type of leaf used and what flavourings, if any. I imminently regretted my impetuous choice when I saw the word Orange amongst the ingredients, but as I'd already popped the lid and was feeling too tired to go back and switch to another tin I progressed with it. As it goes it's a very good smoke!

The build of the flakes ensures easy filling. All they need is a gentle rub and they turn to a perfect consistency. The nose from the tin has a notable orange, honey, touch.

The smoke's not what the appearance of the word Orange in the description implies. In a tobacco orange can often take over with a fragrant, sharp, acidic, flavour. But the oranges in 1814 work to embellish the Virginia's natural citrus, with a touch of inimitable orange, but none of the harshness. The honey gives the smoke a definite honey sweetness, it couldn't be mistaken for any other kind of sweet addition. The Virginia gives hay/grass/citrus, as opposed to the often found doughy/bready flavour; so is the more sprightly variety. The burn from 1814's as good as any, and the mid-temperature smoke remains bite-free throughout a bowl.

Nicotine: mild to medium. Room-note: pleasant.

Sillem's Mayor 1814 Flake? I'm glad I never bothered to read the description prior to buying. If I had I would have been instantly deterred by the orange flavouring, wouldn't have bought it, and would have missed out on a wonderful smoke. Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef: Friday pipe

Age When Smoked: One month

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4 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Being a fan of much of what Sillim’s has to offer, 1814 somehow slipped under my radar. Buying three tins late in 2010, tossing them in the cellar and then somehow forgetting about them, I finally opened one a couple of days ago. In the tin, the appearance of it reminds me of one of my all-time favorite aged VaPer’s, Solani Virginia Flake 633. However, it’s not really in the same ballpark. The golden colored flakes appear to be of high quality and the tin scent, even with slightly more than five years of age, offer more of a grass/hay scent than other similar aged flakes. The subtle sweetness seems to be of a topping more along with the hay. This holds true in the pipe as well. I choose to partially rub them out with a medium pack for my best result. The citrus topping, leaning more toward orange (although I wouldn’t call it straight orange flavor) add to the mainly high notes of a brighter Virginia. As a reference point, I wouldn’t say that the topping is as heavy in flavor as Orlik Golden Slices. It smokes sweet with little to no complexity, but I find it enjoyable just the same. There is no bite although I wouldn’t push it. I enjoyed this flake, although I have the same issue with this as I do with Golden Slices in that when aged, the added amount of flavoring makes the flake a tad bit too sweet (and I like sweet!) to be an everyday smoke for me. I do wish I had cellared a few more tins just the same.

Age When Smoked: 5 years

4 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is a very pleasant smoke. A smooth note of hay from the Virginias is accompanied by a tasty orange/honey topping. The honey brings a fair amount of sweetness as well as an extremely mild floral note. Very nice. Usually, in this type of Virginia flake, an earthy note will develop in the second half, but here we get just a deeper, darker hay which really hits the spot. The topping refuses to fade and stays to the very end. Delicious. 4 easy stars on this one.

Mild to medium in body and taste. Flavoring is mild. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn, Marcus

Age When Smoked: fresh

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3 people found this review helpful.

½ bowl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
½ bowl (103)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Unnoticeable

Two stacks of neatly manicured flakes greet the nose with a bouquet typical of fermented, grassy Virginias; but Mayor 1814 smells a bit sweeter and more raisin-like than most, and that translates faithfully into the smoke stream as well. There is the merest suggestion of pungency in the background, but it’s more of an impression than a sensation.

Mayor 1814 is outstanding for the clarity and brilliance of its flavors – a truly harmonious mix that is softly grassy, but not particularly sharp; wine-like, if slightly citrus; and as sweet as honey. The flavor matrix holds together from start to finish, with perhaps a slight deepening of the sweetness. It delivers a medium-full Va. flavor with great body, good volume, medium strength, and luxurious full mouth feel.

It smokes coolly, dryly, and bite free whether folded and stuffed, or rubbed out. Nicotine level is medium; and there are no rough edges, which makes it ideal for breath-sipping, and a joy to channel from mouth to nose and back. In short, there is very little to criticize here: it lights and burns well, whether folded or rubbed; it performs nicely in both wide and narrow tobacco chambers – deep or shallow; and it always smokes to the very bottom of the bowl, where an amazingly small amount of ash is scant evidence of the 45 minute ecstasy that produced it.

This is a very tasty and well behaved Va. flake at a best buy price – which is unusual for a tinned tobacco of this caliber.

3 people found this review helpful.

Mork Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mork (68)
Very Mild Medium Medium Unnoticeable

Mayor 1814, Sillem’s

Tin Description: Selected matured Virginias aged for a long period under pressure. This blend offers a subtle aroma of honey and orange.

Storage: Jarred for one year after initial popping and a couple fresh bowls.

Flavor Profile:


It goes deeper than that, but when I first popped the tin it was like smoking an orange creamsicle. Horrified, I put the contents of the tin in a jar and waited about a year. Surely it had to get better. Right?

And it did. Much. The year rest turned this from a frozen desert into a much more subtle lightly orange and vanilla topped VA flake. It’s still obviously topped, but the rest took it to a point I could enjoy as a very sweet flake.

Honey is definitely present along with the orange. The VAs have developed a nice rich creamy undercarriage to carry the topping along. It’s exceptionally smooth and natural tasting, even though so clearly topped. Not a lot of nuance or development over the bowl- what you get is what you get.

Interestingly its not a bright citrus, but a more mellow essence of perfectly ripe orange. Unusual for a citrus heavy flake and entirely unnatural to an unadorned beyond necessary casing tobacco. But it works. I would put this in the very tobacco forward aromatic category, even though it is listed as a straight VA flake.

Subjective Musings:

Generally I’ve found Sillem’s to be an overlooked blender. I certainly haven’t exhausted their catalog, and maybe I’ve just been lucky, but everything I have had has been solid to good. Their London Blend, for instance, is a very good English blend.

I like this flake for what it is, a very sweet easy burning orange bomb without much of a chemical tone to the topping. Yes, it’s clearly not a natural tobacco flavor profile, but it works rather well. The burn rate is good, cool, and consistent.

Since I popped the jar I’ve smoked most of the jar. I have maybe two or three solid bowls left. So it’s definitely a repeatable smoke as far as my scoring system is concerned. This would never be an all day smoke for me, but as an occasional treat it works when you want a sweet puff.

Cellar Notes/Final Thoughts:

I think I’d have at most two tins of this in the cellar. It needs time to sublimate some of its very heavy topping when fresh and I’d be surprised if I went through more than a tin/jar of this in a year if I weren’t smoking it fairly regularly for review purposes.

If you want a full on orange creamsicle blast, simply pop and enjoy a fresh tin. The underlying tobacco doesn’t necessarily need the age- I just like the time so it mutes the topping a bit.

If I were viewing this as a strictly straight VA, I’d put it much lower on the scoring system. It just isn’t a true straight VA in my humble opinion. But from the perspective of a very tobacco forward aromatic? A good blend that I’d buy more of for that specific itch.

Rating: 6.5/10.

Rating Scale:

10 - Gods Gift to Pipe Smokers, Buy It All No Matter the Cost

9 - Nearly Perfect, Deep Cellar Worthy

8 - Exceptional, More Than a Few Tins

7 - Very Good, A Few Tins

6 - Good, One Tin is Fine Thanks

5 - Average, but Pleasant Enough, I’ll Finish the Tin/Sample

4 - Smokable, but Wouldn’t Smoke it Again

3 - I’ll Finish the Bowl, I guess

2 - I Wish I Hadn’t Done This

1 - Why Would This Get Produced

0 - Dump the Bowl

Brief Overview of Reviewer’s General Tastes: I am primarily a VA (and it’s variant combination forms) smoker who has great affinity for SG and comparable EU manufactured blends, along with a few of the US micro blender shops. I do enjoy English/Balkan blends on occasion and a few very specific tobacco forward aromatics. I am exceptionally picky about blends and tend to cellar deep and narrow on things, reserving the bulk of my cellar planning and space for items I find to be of significant worth as far as taste and experience. Anything of quality, but not of obsessive value to me, is cellared and purchased as condimental flavor breaks between my regular rotation.

1 person found this review helpful.

steppx Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
steppx (169)
Mild Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Sillem's virginia flake line-up is very welcome these post McClelland days. This is a very straight forward virginia flake, mildly stoved. No telling the composition but id guess a lot of bright in there. Its aged enough to give it character. Its not FVF or anything that would rival the old McC line, but its a very high quality tobacco, and Mayor 1814 is likely their best.

It is mild in strength,but not in taste. It probably has a touch of orange or apricot added, but it is VERY mild. Reminds me a bit of John Aylesbury's Classic Flake. A bit darker than the aylesbury, but similar in taste. No bite, smooth, cool and long burning. 3 and a half stars.

Purchased From: cup o joes

1 person found this review helpful.

doc pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc pipes (36)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

These neatly cut flakes smell sweet and only vaguely orange-like. They are mostly bronze colored Virginia with a few punctuations of bright and near black (perhaps Cavendish?). Taste is fairly mild run of the mill Virginia with some nice earthy undertones of hay and light spicy orange. Yep, I will not be spending money on this one again.

Pipe Used: numerous

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: iwan ries

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (29762)
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

Big, wide, pale flakes, stacked neatly in the tin. First few smokes had a distinct citrus tang about them, I didn't really like it. I smoked this over a few weeks, mainly in an ozark mountain hardwood pipe and found it to be a sorta cigarette replacement. It tastes like a ciggie, the nicotine is in there but not massive amounts, just pleasant. A few inhales throughout the smoke goes well if you're into that sort of thing.

This is not the best Va flake by a long shot, fresh out of the tin, I thought it was a dud. Dried out (in the tin) it's pretty good, but not earth shattering. Recommended for people wanting to come off cigarettes.

I will not be buying this again, my money will go on dunhill flake.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (29762)
Mild None Detected Very Mild Unnoticeable

This is a very nicely presented flake.

It smokes evenly and smoothly from top to bottom.

Overall a pleasant biteless and bland Va flake. Like a very good Cigarette. This would be a fine flake for the beginning pipe smoker.

Setting: Driving the car and running errands.

1 person found this review helpful.

SmokeQuest Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeQuest (17)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is a very nice tobacco, mild but full of flavor, it burns amazingly cool and has a very nice natural sweetness to it. The flavor and quality of this tobacco reminds me of old Murray's era “Dunhill Light Flake” which I smoked exclusively for many years.

1 person found this review helpful.