Butera Blended Flake

A blend of rich, red matured Virginias, hand selected Orientals, flue cured North Carolina whole leaf, and long cut St. James perique. Heavily pressed and aged in cakes.


Brand Butera
Series Royal Vintage
Blended By McClelland Tobacco Company
Manufactured By McClelland Tobacco Company
Blend Type Virginia Based
Contents Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Cut Flake
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country United States
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

3.30 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 24, 2014 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Broken flake ranging in color from deep mahogany to strands of blonde, with a deep rich aroma unlike typical McClelland Virginias. Sort of a musty, sour aroma. Reminded me a bit of McC's #24 at first but direct comparisons showed me that they are quite different.

This is one of those unusual blends that struck me differently at different times. Certainly it always smoked like a VA/Oriental, but occasionally a type of burley flavor came through - almost like a less sweet Uhle's Blend 00. As there is no burley here, I'm unsure what to make of this. Sometimes the perique was noticeable, but not always - at least not in the flavor. Sometimes I got the nose tickle but not the taste of it and sometimes I could taste it well in the background. The sweet-sour interplay of the Virginias and the orientals was at times excellent and at times sort of mediocre. I guess that means this is a complex blend but it didn't hit me as such. However it started out is how each bowl ended - it's just that they often started out differently than each subsequent bowl. Odd indeed.

As I've had great success with both McClelland and Butera blends (go figure), I had high expectations for this one, and that may have been the reason I found this sort of blasé. It's a fine blend but it doesn't live up to the greatness those names invoke. Still I found it intriguing enough that I'm going to keep my other two tins and age them, just to see what the future holds. Try it if you're looking for a Virginia blend with a strong oriental presence that is very light on the perique.
Pipe Used: Meerschaum and morta
Age When Smoked: 2 years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 09, 2013 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Even though, as many have remarked, you can tell McClellend blended this as soon as you pop the top, that did not carry over into the smoke for me. Instead, this seemed a very nicely balanced blend, neither the VAs, the Orientals, or the Perique stood out, but all were there. Overall, this is a very pleasant smoke, but nothing memorable about the taste. What is memorable, however is that while flakes tend to smoke more slowly than most other tobaccos, this was one of the slower burning flakes I've come across. Since I know there are many tobaccos out there I would rate a 4, the question arises would I rebuy this particular tobacco, assuming my tastes don't change much more. In this case, the answer is probably yes.
Pipe Used: briars, meerschaums, cob
PurchasedFrom: 4 Noggins
Age When Smoked: 18 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 31, 2014 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
Smells like a McClelland. Tastes like a McClelland. In the first one quarter of the bowl the Virginias are right on the edge of biting. Calmed down after that and became very enjoyable. All the components are nicely balanced contributing equal amounts of flavor. Medium bodied, medium flavored. As much as I liked this I have to say that I prefer Low Country's Waccamaw for a VaPerOr. It's flavors are richer than these and it's also a bit cheaper. This is a good blend though and I'm glad I tried it.
Pipe Used: MM General, MM Country Gentleman
PurchasedFrom: pipesandcigars.com
Age When Smoked: 2 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 15, 2006 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Oriental/Virginia flakes are some of my favorite tobaccos. On the deeper tasting end you have McClellands Virginia No.24, on the higher sweet and tangy end you have the old Asfton Pebble Cut and Blended Flake. The virginias are sweet and tangy, and the orientals are rich and edgy. Sort of a tart razorblade for the tongue. If you like the type, it is a good, if somewhat strident iteration, not nearly as laid back as Mat.VA 24 or the Grand Oriental line, but interesting is you are wavering between tangy offerings.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 09, 2009 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
Medium to dark brown broken flakes which deepen and homogenize somewhat in color as the tin is allowed to breathe, the aroma is rich and a bit spicy with an inviting earthy quality. While easily rubbed out to suit just about any preference, the flakes are tinned quite moist and require a bit of initial drying before coming anywhere near the pipe. Experimenting with a variety of preparations is suggested, as the character of the smoke has a tendency to change noticeably at varying degrees of moisture and with various styles of rubbing and packing. This reviewer has found the blend to perform at its best when in between just slightly pliable to a few ticks away from crispy, and when moderately rubbed out to just a bit chucky. Individual mileage will vary, of course, depending on pipe and preference.

Dominated by a mild woody spice, in the bowl Blended Flake offers dark notes of citrus and black tea alongside flavors reminding of figs, currants, and lychee. The piquant character of the Perique is notable throughout the bowl and at times seems intensified by the Oriental leaf. Securely coupled to a core of semi-sweet, aged Virginia, these two components are distinct enough to be recognized with little effort while at the same time creating enough of a synergy to generate a whole which at times transcends all three. While not a ‘balanced blend', Blended Flake is certainly not ‘out of balance' either. A smoke which seems to shift and change as one works his way through the tin, an interesting range of divergence and convergence are revealed as increased familiarity brings the blend's various aspects into focus. Medium to just a tad mild in body, the finish is long and lingering.

There is something about a Virginia-Perique-Oriental blend in a flake preparation which this reviewer finds eminently satisfying, and McClelland has done a nice job in producing an example which stands up to other well-known representatives of the genre – both those birthed in Kansas City and those coming from further afield. Blended Flake is a standout among Butera's Royal Vintage line and deserves the consideration of a wider audience than perhaps it has been given thus far. This review is based on a tin dated 2004, and while certainly more than ready to smoke at that vintage it does seems that laying some up to age for much longer would not go unrewarded.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 16, 2002 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
First off the tobacco in the tin I have is not ready rubbed, but is in flake form. The tin aroma is wonderful, spicy, sweet,tobacco without flavoring. It packs ok as it is a bit moist out of the can. It charrs and relights without problems. It does not burn as nice and evenly as it would if it were a rubbed out blend as advertised. The taste is the important thing, and the taste is very nice. The blend is not too strong in nicotene either. It is a good smoke and worthy of many returned visits for any smoker who likes natural tasting tobacco, or some one who wants a non aromatic-non latakia blend. I am of the understanding that this tobacco is actually from McClelland. I'm not sure if this is true, but if it is I wonder under what name it is sold by.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 04, 2005 Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant
Like everything Butera puts it's name to, quality shines through. This is definitely a McClelland product: the tin, the lid, the packaging the tobacco cut and slightly ketchupy aroma have that distinctive McClelland stamp. This reminds me very much of McC's matured Virginias series, such as the No. 24. It's sweet, though the zesty Perique and North Carolinas balance that out nicely. The aroma is warm and toasty, and the sugars from the Virginias are released to bring comfort to any room. Though ready rubbed, the pieces are a bit large and may require a bit more crumbling to get into the bowl. It's a clean, dry smoke and never any wet dottle or gurgle. Though matured Virginia flake is not one of my everyday favorites (I prefer English and spicy Balkans), when I am looking for a solid American with just the right amount of sweetness, Butera's Royal Vintage fills the bill. The Latakia No. 2 is Butera's crown achievement, and I will soon be trying the Latakia No. 1, which I hear is equally as spendid. I'll keep you posted on that after I've sampled it. Enjoy!

Three of five stars
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