A & C Petersen Caledonian Virginia Flake

A staple Virginia flake tobacco that put Caledonian on the map of fine tobaccos. If you like Virginia Flakes you simply must give this one a try.


Brand A & C Petersen
Blended By A&C Petersen
Manufactured By St-Group Assens
Blend Type Straight Virginia
Contents Virginia
Cut Flake
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country Denmark
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

2.71 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 27, 2004 Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
This Virginnia Flake beats most of the others only by virtue of the nice smell it leaves on the clothes. Otherwise I find it tastes very similar to Dunhill Light Flake which is also very good. I just fold a flake until it is well broken. Smoked in a small to medium apple it is very tasty indeed. There is a slight sharp tang to it which I like. Not sure if it is due to a small amount of Perique as others have commented in previous reviews or the slight flavoring it may include. A very tasty and satisfying smoke. My tin required no drying or other measures. Just fold, pack, and puff!

Update: 11/26/2004 I bought some of this at Paul's Cigars in Portland, Oregon on a walk-in purchase. It was a little spendy at $8.95 for 50 gms. but it is only place in the U.S. I have ever found it. I have not found it on the internet either.(in the U.S.)
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 02, 2004 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
11-02-04 Given to me by a friend who returned from Europe.

Appearance and Tin Aroma: beautiful bright yellow and brown leaf in a small rectangular tin, smells like sweet hay.

Packing and Lighting: I prefer to rub out completely and gravity fill with a light tamp before lighting, which is easy.

Initial Flavor: Aaaaahhhh, smooth VA.

Mid-bowl: Building strength gently, the natural sweetness is coming out more. Flavor comes out with no need to puff strongly at all. This burns cool as well.

Bottom of Bowl: Nice round mellow flavor, a non-cloying sweetness from the leaf, finishes all too quickly.

Overall: This is a delightful mid-stength VA that will make my top 5 VA rotation. Not as Rich as Marlin Flake, but slightly sweeter. Not as oatish as Old Gowrie, but with more high flavor notes. This blend burns cool for a VA and since I don't like perique anymore, this blend suits me perfectly. I will put this blend between those two in my rotation. The only difficulty with this blend is that it is not available in the USA, but will have to order from Europe or wait until one of my friends travel over there again.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5 points, Enjoy
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 04, 2003 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Lovely balanced virginia and perique melt in warm smoke. I find this to be a very pleasing blend, though I tend not to break it to much to avoid tongue bite. Requires atention, as it is not so forgiving as some other tobaccos - as with all good flakes, you must mind your pipe in order to have a nice bowl - so save it for sunday outings and quiet summer nights if your to busy. If you like or are considering flakes, don't miss this.
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Aug 26, 2001 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant
Just smoked last two flakes from the tin, in my Georg Jensen pipe and here is the result and my review from this tobacco...

When I first opened the tin the sweet smell of Virginias poured to my nose, these flakes really tell you how sweet Virginias really can be. The 3" flakes inside the tin where cleanly cut and very nice looking. This promised good.

Humidity level of this tobacco is a bit too high, so it needs a moment before making its way to bowl, 15-30 minutes in the open is enough. I always cut the flakes to small pieces, like a cube cut, so it is easier to fill the bowl and light the tobacco. This works very well with this tobacco too, at least for me.

Taste at the beginning is sharp, not strong. From the first moment on this tobacco burns my tongue, not much, but still... The aroma is sweet like Virginias usually. When I get closer to the middle section of the bowl, the taste gets maybe a bit smoother but the sharpness is still there. It stays like this to very end of the bowl. Don't get me wrong, taste is not bad, as a matter of a fact it is really good, but I don't like the tongue bite.

As usually Virginias burn hot and if not smoked slowly your pipe will become too hot, this is very true for this tobacco also. Maybe even more compared to any Virginia blens that I have smoked before.

I bought this tin from FF Piber of Denmark (thanks Jesper) and in their description the contents were: Virginias with touch of Perique. I would have to agree on this one, the Perique is there, you can taste it... (or maybe it is my imagination, who knows?)

This is a good blend and I can recommend it to Virginia lovers without a doubt. I think this tobacco could be perfect after a few years in the cellar. When the sharpness mellows down a bit. Maybe I buy couple of tins more and get back to you after five to ten years.
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