Sillem's Councilor 1695 Flake

(3.53)
Red and light Virginias combined with a good dose of Louisiana perique.

Details

Brand Sillem's
Blended By  
Manufactured By Kohlhase & Kopp
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Perique, Virginia
Flavoring
Cut Flake
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country Germany
Production Currently available

Profile

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

Average Rating

3.53 / 4
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 17, 2017 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
The mildly tart and tangy dark fruity, earthy, woody, lightly vegetative brown Virginia is the dominant Virginia, and also sports a slight fermentation. The lighter Virginia provides some citrus and a few blades of grass and bread in the background. The spicy, raisiny, figgy, and mildly plummy, tingly perique is a supporting player with the spice being the most obvious note. The taste level is a hair past the medium level. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns cool and clean a little slow as flakes tend to do. The mildly sweet, rather spicy, lightly savory flavor is fairly consistent though it loses just a little sweetness toward the finish. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and needs some relights. Has a pleasant, short lived after taste. Can be an all day smoke.

-JimInks
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 17, 2012 Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
This is a substantial tobacco...Not so much complex but refined and pleasant. Of the many VaPer flakes available, this one holds its own.

What it comes down to is simply a matter of personal preference, taste, aroma, and consistency. Burn qualities are very nice and even and moisture content is excellent. Flakes are uniform in cut and packaging, with little flavoring.

While I'm giving this a 3 star rating, I will perhaps change that to 4 stars at some point. I enjoy "unassuming" pipe tobaccos and this fits nicely into that category.

Enjoyed in a group 3-4 size pipe, and is an "anytime" somke.

...a pipe is to be savored...
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 07, 2019 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable
A nice looking VaPer from K & K with very little tin note . The flakes are supple and easy to pack either by crumbling them up or stuffing them whole hog . The flavor is mild , very mild . It's difficult to get much of the perique flavor because it does little to make it's presence known . The virginias are standard K & k issue which means that they are just fine . The taste is mild to medium and not serviceable for those looking for real perique taste . It is , however , a relaxing and smooth smoke , ideal for every day use . I believe that is very similar to Srockabye's Luxury Navy Flake or Soloni #633 Perique Flake . There are , for all of us , a time when we want just a little perique to liven things up . For that moment , Councilor is made .
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 17, 2017 Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant
Very nice smoke. Citrus and darker fruits. Mildly tart and tangy. A little sweet addition. Moderately spicy. Has a hint of red wine. Gets a little earthy in the second half. If you constantly retrohale like I do you may notice a little sharpness. I like this one a lot, but I can't go as far as loving it.

Mild to medium in body. Medium in taste. Added sweetness is very mild. Burn is great.
Pipe Used: MM Marcus, Country Gentleman, Mark Twain
PurchasedFrom: smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 15, 2020 Medium to Strong Mild Medium Tolerable
If you are a new piper, wait on this one. If you are new to VaPer class, start with Orlik golden sliced, then escudo for a basic training. You'll need it. Learn to control your pace, and cadence for a few months. Wait till a hot summer day, grab a cold, slightly sweetened ice tea and open your blue tin councilor 1695. I want to make sure you like it the first time. This is a flake made for a moderately developed palate for the dark VaPer. My own experience: I had just stopped smocking aromatics a few weeks. I had decided to smoke non-aros. I opened a tin of orlik golden sliced, took a puff and tasted NOTHING. The strong artificial aros had raised my flavor tolerance to such an artificial/chemical height that a natural VaPer tasted like a cardboard. So, I gave English blends a try, and they intrigued me due to their complexity. Best starting English was Presbyterian. Then 6 months later and after dozens of English blends, I picked up the old, dried up orlik golden sliced for another try. It was sublime. The sweetness, citrusy Grassy flavor pinned me to my seat. I went on to others, more refined VaPers....sillem councilor made sense only after I allowed my palatal senses to develop. It's just like wine. Give it a try, but if you dislike it, put it away for few months. Taste changes constantly the first year or so. What you loved, you may not a while later, and what you may not like now, you may like later. Sillem councilor is a mid to high range VaPer and it's spiciness might put you off if you are inexperienced with VaPer. But a mature palate will appreciate its zest.
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