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Ethereal Orient grades from the best growing regions of Bulgaria and strong dark fired Kentucky tobaccos characterize the Flanagan flake. Sweet Zambia Virginia, a touch of perique and hand-stripped Virginias from India round out this powerful and superbly blend. A full-bodied, but elegant flake for friends of spicy and natural tobaccos.

No added flavour!

BrandHU Tobacco
Blended ByHans Wiedemann
Blend TypeOriental
ContentsKentucky, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutFlake
Packaging50 grams tin
CountryDE
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2367)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

The boldness of the dark fired Kentucky merges with the spicy, woody, lightly dry Orientals, and a gentle addition of spicy, raisiny perique to create a tasty, tingly, mildly sweet, fairly earthy flavor. The Kentucky is woodsy and a bit smokey with spice in an important support role. The earthy sweetness comes from the various Virginias, which have a little more ripe dark fruit than citrus. I get a hint of nuttiness at times from it, too. The blend is fairly consistent in taste, though at times, the spice is more prominent than other times. Burns even, slow and dry with no harshness or dull spots. Requires a few relights and leaves virtually no moisture in the bowl. The nic-hit is close to medium. The after taste lingers a little. If you like spicy blends that have strength and some complexity, but won't knock you off your feet, you may find this to be an enjoyable experience. Goes exceptionally well with coffee or tea, and if it fits your flavor profile, you'll smoke it more than once a day.

-JimInks

19 people found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (306)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Attractive looking flakes with a most natural tobacco taste. The flakes are "striped" with a beautiful play of colors: Bright and beige, red and brown, as well as black - really an intriguing appearance and coloration!

Unburnt aroma is natural tobacco, somewhat vinegar-ish, flowery, spicy with only a hint of sweetness.

First light strikes me with herbal and flowery notes, as well as a pleasant earthiness and smoky-wood. Progressing through the bowl an impressive taste-profile builds up. The Orientals and Kentucky intensify and melt throughout the bowl, playing out all of their charme.. somewhat nutty, sour, flowery, ethereal and dry Turkish, paired with the boldness of the dark fired Kentucky with its rich notes of earth, wood and a decent smokiness. The two (Orient+KY) are very diferent, yet harmonize excellently! A very mild sweetness balances out the bold, slightly peppery spice and tart aroma, and a mild fruitiness joins in.

The Flanagan starts out with a quite "easy", yet rich taste-profile and slowly builds up a feast of most natural tobacco flavours and pleasant complexity. To me the Orientals and dark fired Kentucky are the stars here and are balanced out by the Virginias, as well as an extra serving of spice and depth by the Perique. A "Orientucky-Flake" if you will... ;-)

A lovely, and very unique flake with a taste-profile I haven't tasted before! I'd think this would appeal to the Oriental lover, as well as to (dark fired) Kentucky enthusiasts and any aficionado of a spicy and tart blend with a pleasant boldness. A spicier, bolder brother to the Dockworker Flake by HU!

If you speak german and are interested in the creation of the label design, you may read this: http://pfeifenblog.de/hu-tobacco-der-neue-flanagan/

|| Personal rating: 4-stars | Attempt of an 'obective rating' : 4-stars ||

5 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (521)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This one is fantastic. A friend from Germany sent me most of a tin of this and I really enjoyed it. It is different than many other blends in both taste and composition which makes it very unique. This can be both good and bad, and in this case, it is good.

I found the Hay sweet Virginias and tangy orientals kind of lead the way with this one. I found the perique to be pretty light and merely added a touch of spice. The dark fired kentucy combined with the orientals is what really sets this one apart. I thought the earthiness of the Kentucky helped temper the sour orientals. The DFK was not overwhelming as it can tend to be in some blends. It has more of a condimental purpose in this blend.

Likewise, this one does not deliver the nicotine hammer one may expect when they see DFK and Perique as ingredients in a blend. This one is another winner from Hans. I just wish I could get his stuff easier (and Cheaper).

5 people found this review helpful.

Weisenheimer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Weisenheimer (19)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I think that HU-Tobacco/Hans Wiedemann acted rather courageously when composing this blend, a Virginia with significant footprints of Orient and Kentucky. The outcome is both innovative and surprising!

The tin aroma is pleasantly mild, sweetish, a bit flowery with hints of hay flower.

The taste is little sweetish, with varying pleasant taste notes in a nice play of caramel, mildly spicy, fruity reminiscent to tomato, earthy, creamy... simply manifold elements which makes this blend shine. Further down the bowl, the Kentucky plays somewhat into the foreground.

In conclusion an absolutely pleasant and innovative blend, showing its full talent in medium sized to larger bowls. Go to get it !

5 people found this review helpful.

Big Train Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Train (89)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Back in the day , starting 1962 for me , there were few orientals available . There were Dunhill Standard and Durbar and Mc Connels oriental if you could score some . In 1977 Mc Clelland came out with their green oriental tins . #1 through #14 but they were mixed with latakia in varying amounts .Finally , we got Mc Clellands Grand orientals which were great to mix and blend but not often good to smoke solo . I became a blender , using 5100 or virginia woods as my base and adding a pinch of one oriental and a hand full of another . Too bad I could never exactly duplicate what I thought was a master blend . Robert Lewis Orcilla was , however , a nicely blenfed oriental-virginia that yielded that oriental experience .

Now along comes this guy Hans from Germany who really knows how to blend tobacco . A beautifully prepared blend with an interesting tin note , it is ready to smoke right away . Flanagan uses Virginias , orientals , Kentucky and some perique . What makes this great is none of the components overwhelm .They work together to create a unique taste . Although the oriental component has the strongest presence the blender uses the other three players to bring the best in the oriental . Great to smoke in an enclosed space like your car so the aroma kicks in and improves the smoke . This might be the best oriental mixture I have smoked . Best in the afternoon when the taste buds are awakened , to sharp for an early morning smoke and not strong enough for after dinner . Long about tea time is best , will enhance your tea and pastry for high tea .

3 people found this review helpful.

Stefanos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stefanos (192)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The flakes are medium sized, well cut at medium thickness, neatly packed and kept together with a round paper with a compass-like design. Overall they are rather bright in color but not uniform as they contain brighter, darker brown and black parts interspersed with bright ‘bird’s eye’ spots.

Tin note is quite intense with earthy, grassy and hay-like notes with just a hint of floral honey. All completely natural, there seems to be no added flavor whatsoever.

Moisture level was just right; the flakes even felt a little dry to the touch. Once rubbed they pack neatly, light easily and stay lit almost with no relight and burn to a very fine white ash. Taste is rather unique owing to the interesting combination of the tobaccos. Overall I found the taste to be earthy. Very pleasing and very natural tasting. I found the blend quite complex and the opposite of monochromatic. It combines earthy and nutty Kentucky notes which come up at times with hay-like Virginias, sour Orientals and a figgy, raisiny Perique spiciness. All these flavors take turns but never disappear. I also sensed a tea-like tart sensation as an aftertaste. It is a dry earthy smoke with a relative low perceived sweetness as it is kept in check by the above mentioned tartness (from the Perique or possibly from the Dark Fired Kentucky? I wonder).

As I mentioned already, this blend has a unique character and is difficult to place within any category (VaPer with Kentucky and Orientals?). Nicotine level is not very high and strength is medium+.

A very interesting flake tobacco, highly recommended to those who like natural tasting tobacco with a healthy oriental dose.

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28790)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I just don't believe that there's no flavour added in this tobacco. If I rely on the tobaccos making this one, there has to be a light topnote; the tin aroma is strongly indicative of one. It also translates into the smoking. Not that it matters, quite the contrary. Whatever they added is just great for my liking. Flanagan comes in the format of 9 wide flakes, neatly stashed one on top of the other. The tin aroma is just great. I can't detect the aroma of the Périque nor the DFK. Colours are light to medium brown. As it's still a bit moist i let the tobacco dry for 30 minutes before rubbing out and packing. It lights very well, has that top note flavour I suspect which is very light. I can't say, after 4 bowls, that I really detect the DFK or Périque as playing a significant role. No, here the VAs and ORs are leading the show. But there is some backbone provided that could not emanate only from the leading roles. It is very pleasant to smoke, it burns remarkably well and it hits the spot for my nicotine need. I find the various ingredients combine very well together for a one of a kind flake. I have another tin in the cellar and will revisit in 4 or 5 years.

Pipe Used: Luciano; Meerschaum and Falcon

3 people found this review helpful.

mark81253 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mark81253 (17)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The flakes of this tobacco are beautiful. Neatly stacked and ribbons of varying colors from bright yellows to burgundy browns. Tin odor is super enticing- the kind of odor that makes your mouth water in anticipation of smoking some. And there is absolutely no disappointment when you light up. The blend is unique with differing flavors from the high quality tobaccos used. This to me is like a souped up Vaper with added tangs from the orientals. Spicy, sour, sweet all at the same time. A very interesting and enjoyable smoking experience. This will be one of my favorites.

Pipe Used: Carey's

Age When Smoked: New

2 people found this review helpful.

Lazarus77 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lazarus77 (88)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Unique smoke from HU. Cold dry smoke, zero tongue bite, few relights needed. Personally for me Kentucky & Perique dominating, Orientals & Virginia support role. Pure pleasure from beginning till the end. Highly reccomended.

Pipe Used: Meerschaums & Briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pfeifendepot.de

1 person found this review helpful.

the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (278)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The tin note is orientals forward, sweet, Turkish Delight-ish. The slices show the different components nicely layered, lots of Orientals and VA, a good-sized vein of Perique and a few layers of KY are clearly identifiable.

Folded or rubbed out, this blend lights easily. In the smoke, the orientals are far less prominent than in the tin note, but they are noticeable. The flavour is full of nuances throughout, starting earthy-spicy, but building up sweetness over the bowlful, with occasional highlights popping up here and there. I have little to no dottle left at the end, with a mild, yummy aftertaste lingering on for a while after the leaf has gone up in smoke.

Beautiful smoke!

Pipe Used: db Mayflower, Stanwell 103

Age When Smoked: Fresh from new tin.

Purchased From: DanPipe

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