Orlik-English Original (Blue). This is a very good straight Virginia.
Firstly my initial thoughts: The first positive that jumps out upon tin opening is the moisture... PERFECT. There are only two rows of flakes as they're pretty wide; even in my large Davorin Denovic Morta it only takes one and a half flakes to give me a full bowl!
The burn is incredible. Easily lit, cool smoke, and very steady.
Now, the important part; the taste. The smoke has without a doubt a completely full/simple Virginia flavour. Any extra nuances of anything else are totally absent. The only flavours I can identify are the hay like, grass like, citrus like ones that hail from the Virginia.
Tongue bite? Not even the slightest amount no matter how much force I draw my pipe with. This is heavenly on the pallete!
Now, there isn't a great deal of nicotine to be had from this. That suits me fine as I don't smoke for N but anyone who does I fear would probably feel a little disappointed by it.
I enjoy the room note from this. It's not too much but pleasantly grassy.
I find this a great blend. It's going straight into my favourites list so I obviously highly recommend it!
Another trip to Denmark, and a small store in Ribe had this and its brother, English Gold. I bought both, needless to say, as both tins are not available in my home country.
Given the tin design, I had a premonition that this might be yet another repackaging of the Capstan flakes... and after half a tin of this, which has a bright-cyan tin with Orlik's branding and dark-blue script on it, I believe they really may be the same, but I'll leave that verdict for others to make.
For me, the tin aroma is fully-sweet with a good amount of citrus and damp hay, slightly musty as I would expect from a good VA. The taste is very sweet and has enough entertainment value for me to not lay the pipe aside.
Overall, as I said, probably identical to the Capstan, but the slices are cut a little wider. Whether it _is_ the Capstan or not, it's a great VA flake, burns slow, tastes great, doesn't quite make my daily rotation because I can't get it where I live and I can get other VA flakes I like better for less money. But: that is a matter of individual taste.
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