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A strong, chocolaty and spicy Malawi Burley is at the center of the Dockworker Flake. It is complemented by spicy Orientals and Virginia from Zambia, India and the Philippines. The result is a sweet-spicy blend with a beautiful Burley/Oriental touch. This unusual blend impresses with a very complex and well balanced flavor. A medium strong flake for friends of fragrant tobaccos . No added flavor!

BrandHU Tobacco
Blended ByHans Wiedemann
Manufactured ByDan Tobacco Manufacturing (DTM)
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBurley, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2706)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

The mildly spicy Malawi burley is top notch, and is chocolatey and slightly nutty with some earth and wood. It is the dominant tobacco. There's more spice from the buttery, woody, earthy, floral, vegetative, lightly sour Orientals that amps up the flavor with a touch of dry, woody, earthy, floral, herbal, sour Turkish lingering in the back ground. The Virginia plays a back up role with a hint of tart, acidic citrus, tangy dark fruit, earth, wood and grass. The description claims there's no topping, but I taste a mild and rich berry and fruit along with the chocolate. They mildly sublimate the tobaccos. The strength is medium, while the taste level is a step past that mark. The nic-hit is just past the center of mild to medium. The flake breaks apart rather easily, burns slow, cool, clean and even with not many relights, and as is the case with most HU blends, leaves almost no moisture in the bowl. The flavor is very consistent from start to finish without weakening. Has no harsh spots, and won't bite even if pushed. Has a pleasantly lingering after taste and room note. Not quite an all day smoke due to the level of sweetness, which is what pushed the taste level just past medium.


39 people found this review helpful.

Industro Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Industro (2)
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

This is simply a work of genius. I love all the different leaves, but Burley and Oriental the most. Still, I wouldn´t have thought someone could come up with the idea of mixing them in such high proportions, and that the result would be this great. The Malawi is chocolaty to a degree, that one could argue, whether there´s casing involved or not. But it just tastes that natural, that I´d like to believe the blender, Hans. There´s a lot of complexity during the smoke, which lasts qite a while, but all the time it´s absolutely delicious. Easily an all day smoke, but I can very well understand why some pipe brothers want to spare it for special occasions. Where my former go to Burley blend (London BB by Mac Baren) forced me to smoke cautiously, the Dockworker is pure tongue balm, even if pushed. Not that it´s negative, but the flakes need a bit drying prior to smoking, out of the tin doesn´t work. Room note´s not great, but who cares?

18 people found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (322)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Dockworker is some heavenly weed! First off: Hans said this flake has a fruity-CASING before they press the flakes - which I find easily detectable, yet it really just flatters the notes of the Orientals, giving the blend 'that certain something'..

Lovely flakes, easy to pack, light and keep lit, just a tad too moist for my gusto. Others may find the moisture perfect, as I like my tobacco on the dry side.

This is a Burley/Orient Flake to me, with the Virginias just rounding the edges! Or shall I say "Burliental"?! Ok, I'll leave the pun-making to others. Lots of Burley goodness, richly earthy, decently nutty, pleasantly tart and a little chocolaty, as well as a distinctive Oriental aroma of ethereal and floral notes, nutty and woodsy-dry aroma. The fruity casing flatters the character of the Orientals very well and isn't always noticeable - in fact some don't taste it at all, as it's hard to say if it's the casing or the combination of Orient+Virginia leafs. I find that wide(r) bowls give me the best smoke with this blend. Fine Burley leaf used here, mainly earthy and woodsy with mild notes its signature nut and chocolate - most natural!

Burley-Aficionados will love this just as Oriental-Fans may do, I think. Has some boldness to it, but not overly strong. Satisfying, decently complex and rounded smoke! 4-stars! Update: I went through my first tin like a bush-fire and instantly re-ordered 2 more tins... a very high ranking favorite of mine, Top-5 tobacco blends material here for my palate!

Update2: 1 1/2 years later I come back to this an love it just as much, if not more - it ages wonderfully! The casing dissapears noticeably to my palate and the nutty and chocolaty notes of the burley become more rich, which I love and the orientals still shine as on day one! This is perfection!

Pipe Used: Clays, Cobs, Briars, Mortas

12 people found this review helpful.

Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (139)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was gifted about an ounce or so after expressing an interest in this stuff. Wasn't really sure what to expect from it so it was a complete blank slate to me.

The tin aroma is one of tropical fruits, can't really pin it down, is it mango? Pineapple perhaps? Either way or both, it's a very nice smell. Rubbing out and packing are easy, the flakes don't give any resistance and the lighting is easy. The fruitiness carries over into the smoke, it's mild, possibly delicate might be a good adjective, but still nice. It fades towards the bottom of the bowl, giving way to something slightly caramel-like and maybe a little earthy. There's no tonguebite either, another plus.

This is a cracking flake, not wildly exciting but it has a gorgeous, mild and mellow flavour that pleases and soothes in the nicest of fashions. Ergo, four stars has it.

Pipe Used: Portland Miniweight Billiard

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Gifted

10 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (29946)
Medium Medium Full Pleasant

I'm from the States and this is just to confirm what the other reviewers have said. I was gifted a tin of this rarity, and completely astonished by it. Its "umami" is unique and unforgettable--like RRR or Balkan Sobranie or Penzance, it is simply sui generis. My buddy Sensei RaiKo was able to procure an additional 3 tins of this for me, but I'll be saving each bowl for a special occasion. I've never enjoyed burley in a tobacco--until now. My usual preferences run to VaPers, Dark Star, and the English / Balkans I've mentioned. I can only hope someone here in the U.S. will take notice and make it possible for us to get this in the U.S. on a regular basis.

7 people found this review helpful.

Käpt`n Cook Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Käpt`n Cook (17)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The new flake of Hu Tobacco is really a special blend. I feel like Smoky and Weisenheimer and can not say much different.Personally I am fascinated of the wonderful spiciness of this blend. The strong Malawi Burley brings nice chocolaty tones and the Orient leafe brings the beautiful spiciness. This combination is really genial. 4 stars for this innovative flake

6 people found this review helpful.

GabrielCRT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GabrielCRT (109)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is a fine flake tobacco. The Burley shares the same rich chocolatey note as many Burley blends but with some added spice. The Orientals are spicy and woody. The exotic Virginias are subtle, grassy, earthy, and sweet. There are occasional fruit-like flavors but nothing that seems artificial. Overall the flavor profile is spicy which isn't too common for a Burley blend and it works tremendously. I am a fan of Solani's Aged Burley Flake but I would definitively reach for this over ABF. This offers significantly more complexity. My sample will soon run out and I'll be wishing it was available in the U.S. !

5 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (579)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable


This is a pretty good blend. I am not sure how much the orientals played on my tastebuds as it seemed like a straight up vabur flake to me. I can only assume that their presence in this blend is light. It is a hard one to peg down for me and my sample was rather small from which to form a proper opinion. I had about a bowl left and decided to give it to someone else who wanted to try it.

I do know that if this was a four star blend, there is no way I would have had one bowl left to give. I will give it the benefit of the doubt and leave it at three stars for now.

UPDATE 1/3/2019

I just finished my first tin proper of this and I did really enjoy it, but it never really did rise to the level of a four star blend to me, but easily remains at 3 stars. I did pick up more on the orientals in this one than I previously did. I think the orientals and the spiciness they bring is what keeps me from awarding this a fourth star.

Another thing I noticed this time around that was not apparent with my previous attempt was that this seemed to leave the back of my throat a little drier than most blends do and tended to itch it a bit causing an eye watering cough here and there. Not a big deal as I always have something to drink on hand which ameliorates this effect in a jiffy.

For the most part, this is a well done VaBur with a little too much spice from the orientals for my palate. I still have another tin aging that I will get to one day, so I may revisit this review again.

Purchased From: HU

5 people found this review helpful.

MikeHaggarKJ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MikeHaggarKJ (22)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Robust, dark and powerful pure tobacco flavour. Earthy, bold, and it just has SO much flavour, never gets boring. Great dark chocolate, cigar and spice notes, perfectly balanced for my palate. Burley is top notch, never gets bitter nor are there any hints off cardboard flavour. Not alot off sweetness from the virginia here, just a tad. The slight addition off Virginia keeps the flavour from being too dry and adds some body and feel to the smoke. Burns well. Will only become harsh and cigarette-esque if you REALLY provoke it, no risk at a normal or even above normal smoking pace. An absolute masterpiece. I'm starting to beleive Malawi Burley is the greatest tobacco in existence (this isn't the only blend that convinces me)

4 people found this review helpful.

Weisenheimer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Weisenheimer (19)
Medium Very Mild Full Pleasant

From the choice of leaf and its various origin, this is a blend which ultimately stands for its own!

When I read "Burley", this often reminds me to a blend which might taste quite "cigarish" and somewhat harsh. This is absolutely not the case for Hans Wiedemann's quite innovative creation.

Whatever 'Dockworker' stands for, this tobacco is an almost sweetish blend, full and deep in flavour an coming along with a pleasant cocoa and somewhat "nuttily" taste, which makes it a wonderful creamy and surprisingly pleasant blend, with a nice play in the taste notes, never boring. No tongue bite, and the room note qualified as being "spouse-friendly", Dockworker has earned one of the best pipes you proudly own.

In short: A full pleasure to smoke - for all involved ! Swell ! Ready to take off ?

4 people found this review helpful.

Theocharis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Theocharis (38)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Very nice quality blend from hu tobacco. Upon opening the tin you are welcomed by a very enticing fruity aroma. Perfect! It says that it has no added flavoring, but I believe this simply cannot be true. Not that this is a problem. On the contrary. The taste is fruity without compromising the natural taste of tobacco. Medium strength and pleasant feeling overall. Worth a try, especially for lovers of oriental tobaccos.

Pipe Used: Briar

3 people found this review helpful.

Cumarinophil Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cumarinophil (107)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Dockworker smells appetizing like hay and grass with creamy tobacco sweetness out of the tin. The moisture is ready for smoking; the small flakes feel spongy and almost fall apart when I take them out. I´d love to have this one as a crumble cake.

Full, pleasing tobacco taste, not complex but nicely balanced with high quality components contributing to the mix. I find it tangy-sweet with additional notes of hay, grass and earth. Its strength is a bit over medium to me, but the nicotine only kicks in after about half the bowl. Dockworker feels so buttery smooth on the tongue that I have to consciously limit my cadence. Funny to experience how fragrant pipe tobacco can be without any toppings.

I highly recommend this creation to anyone who likes tobacco hands down. Maybe I should add that this doesn’t feel like a German blend but more like a C&D to me.

Pipe Used: Various with and without filter

Similar Blends: C&D Sunset Harbor Flake.

3 people found this review helpful.

Pipeliner Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeliner (13)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The Dockworker is a medium bodied virginia flake mixed with orient and malawi burley. A very nice combination with a spicy and lovely taste. The virginia tobaccos are sweet enough to give this flake in combination with the orient and the burley tobaccos a creamy taste without any tounge bite. Burley is often a bit harsh and cigarish but not in this blend. The Dockworker is totally uncomplicated and burns very well. Very nice for every time of the day and of course also the night. A very well made and wonderful flake

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (29946)
Medium Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Dockworker - a new flake blended by Hu-Tobacco. Orient and Malawi Burley is the message of this wonderfully flake. This combination is very unusual and personally I never smoked before. But let me say, it`s a great combination. Different virginia tobaccos form the base of the dockworker, mixed with 12% orient leaf and 20 % chocolaty burley grades from Malawi. I can not describe the result exactly. I taste chocolaty notes, ethereally and spicy notes but also a hint vanille. But do not misunderstand, this flavors are not chemical. This notes of taste are the result of the wonderfully tobacco combination. No tongue bite, no bitter notes and no boredom. A great characterfully tobacco. Highly recommended

3 people found this review helpful.

cakeanddottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cakeanddottle (88)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is another delicious Burley from Hans. If this was available in the States I don't think you'd see a recommendation for Solani ABF or Wessex Burley Slices ever again.

I get a little cocoa from this one. The Malawi Burley here makes itself known. Honestly this tobacco makes me think if GH produced a Burley flake that was more American in its flavor profile, you'd have this. The Burley here reminds me of GH. The flake is a similar moisture level and consistency to Germain Brown Flake. There is more strength here than the other Burley flakes, and a hint of bitterness. Every now and then I smoke a bowl of this and get an absolutely rich, cocoa-y Burley that makes me want to go order as many tins as they'll send me, but consistently I get better smokes from Makhuwa. As Burley flakes go, I find HH Burley Flake more accessible and consistent, and that is my go to for a Burley flake. No denying the quality here however, and every Burley lover should get their hands on a tin of this.

2 people found this review helpful.

Stefanos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stefanos (222)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Tin note is very tangy with a fruity aroma which reminds me of pineapple or even blood orange. Nowhere near being an aromatic though, the aroma either is natural or very congruent to the tobacco. I’m sure I’ve encountered this aroma before, was it in G.L. Pease’s Temple Bar, I can’t really remember. The flakes are thin and break very easily not need to rub out. The moisture is just about right to smoke straight out of the tin but there’s room to dry further if one wishes to.

Easy to light, the smoke is a little sharp, not particularly bity though. The taste is quite citrucy especially in the beggining, with orientals adding perfume. Dockworker is a quite juicy tobacco, if that makes sense, it has a lot of flavour. Taste quickly moves from fruity to tangier and woodsier Burley flavours with fair complexity and a nice interplay between the bitterness of the Burley and the sweet flavours from the Virginias and the Orientals.

Strength is medium or a little past it. It’s better sipped as it might get hot. Does not really need many relights and smokes to the end. Overall Dockworker is a really nice tobacco, not very smooth as I said but that is should not be considered necessarily as a minus – goes well with strong beer (IPA).

2 people found this review helpful.

the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (303)
Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

Having read a few reviews here, and finally finding an outlet that lets me buy HU's tobaccos, I ordered a selection, and this just happens to be the first tin I opened. I was greeted by a fruity, wine-y, sweet and very gently spicy tin note, and by a liner sheet that marks this blend as having been made in Lauenburg, Germany by Dan Tobacco. As do the size and thickness of the flake slices.

Rubbing out enough for a bowl, I get more good aroma, I do notice the sauce (probably applied to the VA component before pressing), but it is not dominating. Lighting and maintenance are easy, a single match will get me to practically no dottle. The flavour profile is very interesting, the Orientals contributing a lot, the sauce firmly in the background, but providing some fruity flavours, and the Burley laying a solid groundwork for the other components. Gently spicy, sweet, rich flavour, with almost a rotation of forward notes keeping the smoke interesting.

Brilliant stuff. Going to get more.

Pipe Used: Vauen DeLuxe, db Mayflower

Age When Smoked: Fresh from new tin

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Nothing I could think of at this time..

2 people found this review helpful.

WolfmanSam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WolfmanSam (37)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

The tin note is reminiscent of chocolate morsels. The flakes are unusually wide and slightly damp. They can be smoked as is, but I sometimes set them aside to dry. I usually fold and stuff, but rubbing out works well too.

Upon lighting, I sense cocoa, nuts, wood, and some darkish fruit. The cocoa is savoury and ever present, as is the peppery spiciness. They both get bolder with quick puffing.

It’s medium in body, while the nicotine level is just shy of medium. It’s burns at a moderate pace, and is never harsh. It smokes well in briars and cobs.

This is another winner from HU. I really enjoy smoking this blend. I’m not sure it will appeal to most burley smokers. It’s made with Oriental and Turkish tobaccos, which are not common in burley blends.

2 people found this review helpful.

Karam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Karam (35)
Mild Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have now finished the tin and decided it's time to review this blend.

Expectations are funny things, they can really make or break an experience. It'd be good to try new things with an open, and more importantly unprejudiced mind.

Burley and oriental is an unusual combination, so let's see what it's like.

Smell from the tin is mildly fruity, sour, with a hint of sweetness, and this sets the stage for the smoke. Flakes are nice and easy to break apart or fold and stuff, both methods work, with the folding of course giving a longer smoke, but perhaps slightly less intense flavour than rubbing out.

Initially I found this blend somewhat weak, certainly weaker than my usual smokes, and the taste threw me. Sweet and sour is not my thing, I need either or, not both together. Well, in time this blend grew on me, there's an underlying sweetness, and a hint of some fruit topping, but the main taste is sour/bitter/herbal. The whole thing is very nicely crafted and works as it's well-balanced. Finishing the tin I know I enjoyed it, but won't be missing it or buying it again - I know the point of the blend is to showcase this contradiction which is inherent in Oriental tobacco varieties, and it succeeds very well, which for me justifies 3 stars, although for me it is a 2 star blend.

Purchased From: Estervals pipe house

1 person found this review helpful.

Madox07 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Madox07 (39)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is my first experience with HU tobacco, and I must say it has been a pleasant one. What we have here is a rather maneuverable flake that can be easily broken down, actually if you rub it between the palm of your hands just like you would a stick to light a fire it breaks down so nicely that you cannot even say it was a flake to start with. A tad moist out of the tin, but just he way I like it. The overall taste is citrus in nature, more sower than acidic, with a tad of hay and a tad less of earthy hints. It burns well, slow, no gurgle, no bite, and a nic hit somewhat above mild. I don't believe it's too complex in nature, although I do find it very pleasant. The slow pace of burning may give you a long lasting smoke, so depending on how much time you have on hand I do recommend some bowl size pondering. Even a shallow bowl gives one a good hour of this fine balanced smoke.

Pipe Used: Rossi 320 Vulcano, angello shallow bowl

1 person found this review helpful.

Big Train Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Train (115)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

Seldom have I come across such a blend that I enjoy so much . This is truly a master blend . The tin note is inviting and curious making the smoker eager to get started . The flake is a little rigid and some care must be taken in rubbing it out . The moisture is a little south of the equator so I dry it out for about an hout before smoking . The char lite is enough to tell you that this is exceptional . A combination of burley , orientals and Empire virginia that will simply knock your sox off . The burley provides that chocolaty hint . The orientals give it some spice while the three types of Virginia are heavenly . Little moisture and no bite at all, Dockworker can be smoked down to the dottle and leave just a nice white ash at the end . After sampling over 40 HU tobaccos I am not shocked that Hans can create a blend like this . As a lifetime smoker of Virginia flakes I have not seen it's equal . This is the tobacco you take to the desert island when you are marooned .

1 person found this review helpful.

doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (235)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

A nice take on a Burley flake with the additions of orientals that add their own sour (in a good way) taste to the mix. Tim note..nice and tobacco-y Easy to fill and light. Stays lit without much fuss. The Burley is definitely the lead with a nice spicy character. Hard to get these days. I last ordered mine from Germany about two years ago and still have a sealed tin. A nice change of pace tobacco for when I want something different..

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Pfeifenkopp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pfeifenkopp (25)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I tried this tobacco as a lighter and easier flake than the Flanagan Flake from the same series which is one of my favorites but especially in summer I find it too strong. Already the tin note proofed me that I was wrong. It is very fruity, some grass and light chocolate. But in taste I found some of the qualities of Flanagan, but with other tobaccos in focus. The orientals are more notable with a sour, spicy, dry, woody and even buttery taste. The Virginias are sweet, citrusy, grassy and earthy. The Burly shows up with some distinct nuts and chocolate. All tobaccos are as always in HU Tobacco of the highest quality. But there is some fruity aroma in this blend. Something that I cannot ascribe to any tobacco, maybe it’s some casing. The fruity aroma reminds me of dried forest berries. Maybe it is red currant. This fruity aroma makes it more special, so it isn’t just a lighter and easier Flanagan – it’s something new, which really surprised me in a positive way.

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