The golden Virginia is a little more evident than the darker brown Virginia. There are small streaks of bright Virginia in the very long, hundred grams, easily broken apart, mildly moist coiled tobacco. They provide an abundant amount of tart and tangy citrus and sugar, a little sour lemon, plenty of grass and some hay, earth, wood, bread, vegetation, light tangy dark fruit and honey, along with a couple of pinches of spice. They also have a very mild floral and acidic quality. The rose geranium, vanilla and spice toppings mildly sublimate the tobaccos. The strength and nic-hit are a step short of medium. The taste barely reaches the medium mark, and does so because of its inherently rich fruitiness. It won’t bite, but the spice and acidity may result in a light tongue tingle and a harsh note to a fast puffer, so I recommend a slow smoking cadence. It has a few rough edges. Burns clean, and a tad warm as brighter Virginias often will. The deeply fruity, honey, sugary sweet, grassy, floral and mildly spicy flavors are very consistent from first light to last puff, and translates to the pleasantly linger after taste and room note. Hardly leaves any dampness in the bowl, though it does require some relights as it burns slow, unless you totally rub it out. Can be an all day smoke for the veteran, and repeatable for the less experienced.
This was an exciting find for me . Delivered in a 100 gr can with no markings at all , it is a coil of tobacco similar to Reiner Golden or Ratray's Marlin Flake . The long cut makes for easy packing and a slow burning smoke . The tobacco is a basically bark brown Virginia with a near perfect moisture level and no topping that I can discern. Upon lighting we find a pretty much straight Virginia . The taste is nothing less than outstanding . Real deep Virginia flavor with such a natural taste that one might be in the tobacco fields . This is not a complex tobacco , the same level of taste being delivered throughout . The lack of complexity did not bother me , quire the contrary , I did not want to lose a moment of this terrific taste .There is no tongue bite and no moisture left in the bowl . In today's tobacco most Virginias use a topping , many in the Danish or Lakeland style or toppings with fruit overtones . This tobacco delivers a naturally sweet taste , high in sugar content . Since the departure of Mc Clellend few tobaccos can make that claim . K & K makes many excellent flakes but I believe this one tops even the storied F & T flakes such as Cut Virginia Plug or Vintage . Never such a pure taste , never such a totally Virginia experience . I would rate this at or near the top of the Virginia range . The only bad news is that it is available only in Germany . The next time you or a friend is in Europe pick up a tin
The sample of that tobacco is a sample sent by a web store when I bought a pipe. It's also my first flake. I've always wanted to try a flake and I'm not disappointed. The taste is very sweet but not mild. The perfect compromised between sweetness and strength. Unfortunately I can't buy any tobacco by the web where I live or I'd buy at least a tin. Anyway I recommend this blend...
Truly a great smoke. Sweet and tart. I find slow is better as it can bite. I rub the flakes out extra small for a better smoke. It may have coriander as an addition but it’s barely noticeable. One of my all time favorite smokes.
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