Virginia and burley combined with some black cavendish steamed with mango juice to create a fabulous aromatic.

Notes: Brand New. Rough sketch on the tin of a colonial era ideal of an East Indies location.

Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3047)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The sugary black cavendish is just noticeable. The Virginia offers some grass, earth and wood, tangy dark fruit and very tart and tangy citrus (more of this than the dark fruit). The burley, which stands out a little more than the other two components, is nutty, woody and earthy with a touch of molasses. The high quality deeply rich mango topping is deep mostly sublimates the tobaccos. Sweet and sour, there are no chemical notes or any syrupiness in the mango, nor does it weaken at any time. The strength is medium, while the taste is a couple of steps past that mark. The nic-hit is a couple of slots behind the strength level. Burns a little slow, cool and clean with a very consistent sweet and sour, lightly acrid taste from top to bottom that translates to the lingering after taste and room note. Leaves little moisture in the bowl. Requires some relights. No bite, no harsh or dull spots. Not an all day smoke as it does pack some punch. Two and a half stars.


19 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (633)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

My review will stand in stark contrast to the other review as I am only the second one yet to review this blend. I will start by saying that I am not a big aro smoker, but do enjoy some occasionally. What I choose to smoke when that occasion grips me, I am very particular about. There are only a few I truly enjoy. This one, so far, is either at the top or tied with Gawith's Coconut Twist.

They are both so dissimilar there is room for both. On to the review and to my surprise that I even like this at all. I typically don't like a heavily topped aromatic and, make no mistake, this one is. The aroma is heavy in the beginning and doesn't really leave, but does get lighter as the smoke goes on.

So how can I like it so much? This leaf has some great body underneath the topping. I think the burley is of high quality and really carries this one. As previously stated, I am no aro fanatic and I ripped through this tin in no time. Where does all of this fall with my recommendation?

I highly recommend this to both the Aromatic fanatic and the occasional aromatic smoker. This is rare for me to do as I find these two groups have distinct tastes. The former preferring the sweet air highly topped blends and the latter with the lighter topped blends that let the underlying leaf shine. This is both a heavily topped blend that lets the underlying leaf shine. It is not a common thing and as such, I highly recommend it with four aromatic stars.

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

10 people found this review helpful.

Pipe Wizard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Wizard (18)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I'm generally not a fan of aromatics (with a couple of exceptions when the mood strikes me) but this stuff is delicious. I have yet to be disappointed by anything in the Solani line. The Mango flavour tastes very natural and doesn't have any chemical taste like many other aros do. Highly recommended.

5 people found this review helpful.

rattdogg99 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rattdogg99 (53)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Fabulous smoke! The mango casing does not obscure the tobacco but lingers in the background. I don't pick up any other fruit taste in this blend all though other do. I find 639 to be a rich semi sweet smoke with enough strength to satisfy while not being overbearing. This has become my #1 aromatic pick. Love this stuff !

Pipe Used: Various Canadians

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

4 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2081)
Mild to Medium Strong Medium Pleasant

Solani - 639: Tropical Mango Flake.

The appearance: dark flakes with light stripes. The aroma's conducive to the name, Tropical, and the moisture's good.

The smoke's led by a mango flavour, sort of like a very fragrant peach. But behind this there's also a spot of tartness from some passion fruit. There Burley's rich, and the 'dish' is given a splash of cream by the black Cavendish. The Virginia has a sharpness and it works nicely with the acidity of the fruit. The burn from it's cool and I get zero tongue bite.

Nicotine: mild to medium. Room-note: alright.

639 Tropical'? When I ordered this I suspected it might find it's way to the bin after a pipe or two. But it's a very enjoyable smoke. Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Altinok Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Cup O' Joes

4 people found this review helpful.

Lazarus77 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lazarus77 (91)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

One of the best aromatics. Nice smooth taste, no tongue bite at all, clean dry smoke, no relights needed. Worth every cent i spend. Highly recommended who's like aromatics.

Pipe Used: Vauen

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Cigarworld.de

4 people found this review helpful.

GFGraham Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GFGraham (3)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

The tin note was wonderful, very light and fruity with mango dominating. For someone like me who dislikes the flowery smell of many aromatics, this was a welcome change. Using the fold and stuff method, I loaded up my Meerschaum with tobacco straight from the tin with no drying time. The tobacco lit easily. The smoke was light and the flavors were subtle. No bite to speak of and it burned very nearly to the bottom. And it left a pleasant 'moustache note' as well. I'm a fan of stronger tobaccos, but this is one aromatic I can imagine smoking almost every day. Into the rotation it goes!

Pipe Used: Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

4 people found this review helpful.

Pip Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pip (80)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Good quality natural smelling aromatic here. The tin note is sweet and fruity but, not overpowering. You definitely can pick out the tangy/sour mango and I’m also detecting a vanilla topping is well. I can also pick out slightly tart Virginians and the lightly earthy Burley but, just barley.

Flakes are nice and dark. I like to rub them all out at one time and jar them up. Moisture level perfect and it needs no drying time. No problem lighting it up and keeping it lit either. The flavors definitely translate into the smoke. The tangy mango/vanilla is always dominant. But in a good way as the tobacco flavors play a supporting role. It’s not overly sweet in fact it’s quite tart and compliments the Virginia’s quite nicely in my view. It’s a soft smoke and has no bite at all. Leaves a nice aftertaste. A great summertime tobacco.

Age When Smoked: 4 Years

3 people found this review helpful.

Jason h. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jason h. (51)
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

This one is brilliant! It has a nice mango flavor that isnt over the top. The tobacco gave no bite, and was as sweet and light as air. This is a pretty tasty mixture, and I will purchase this one again. The room note was great as well.

Pipe Used: Chacom 93 amber stem

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

3 people found this review helpful.

footlooset Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
footlooset (23)
Very Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is a great tasty aromatic, the flavor of mango is there in every puff without obscuring the tobaccos. Mild Spicy Virginia and sweet Burley go nicely with the Cavendish. It burns at a slow pace, and has no tongue bite.

Pipe Used: Savinelli, Gasaparini

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Easton Smoke Shop

3 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (403)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Unnoticeable

The Solani, in my opinion has excellent tobacco blends and this one is no exception if you like to take a trip down the aro side. I bummed a few bowls of this from a friend of mine that brought it to the club. The jar was dated 5/6/21, a relatively new born. My first impression was the powerful note of fruit, (mango) that greeted me upon opening the jar. This was a consistent flavorful smoke, from beginning to end. A good aromatic, not goopy, soggy, etc. You could still get the tobacco experience

2 people found this review helpful.

HeavyTrees Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HeavyTrees (70)
Medium Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I don't know if I received a wrong batch of this tobacco but it came in very strange condition(vac was ok). It seemed too dry but the very dark flakes were stuck together and I couldn't get a single flake out without destroying it (so no folding possible). When rubbed, it crumbles very much so that I had to watch out for the pieces not to get too tiny. Hardly any smell in tin at all besides a slight hint of mature dark BC smell. Didn't burn as hot as expected, relighted two times with crusty dark ashes inside the bowl. Taste was like sour card box with a hard to detect fruit flavor. From start to end no change in taste just flat earthy note. No "tropical" taste but some fruit(?!) only nasal. As the price is very high I decided to give it another chance after a week of rehydrating in a jar with almost same results. I even gave it a third try and at last I mixed it with a pure Virginia what made it a bit more bearable but it still didn't unfold any nice tastes. At least no tongue bite. I can hardly believe that my taste is that much different from most of the reviewers but this one is not my cup of tea.

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin, 1 week rehydrated

Purchased From: Cigarworld

2 people found this review helpful.

SmokingHawk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokingHawk (54)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Is sure is a Mango flake! I live in a tropical region and Mango is a hot weather seasonal fruit and when it comes it's call King of the fruit. But then all tropical region mangoes doesn't taste the same but still Mango is a Mango fruit and it'll always carry the taste. I bought Mango flake as it carries the name and I'm happy that it didn't disappoint me a bit. Very good quality Tobaccos and topping is very well balanced every puff carries the Mango taste it diminishes towards the end but burleys take over from there still with the hint of topping. I lightly rub my flake leaving some chunks packs bowl easily burns evenly needed couple re lights. A very enjoyable change of taste smoke. I'll definitely but again.

Pipe Used: Savinelli and Vittoria Italy

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (169)
Very Mild Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Got more of a coconut taste out this rather than mango. I love mango, and bought it for that reason. Contrary to some other reviewers, I found that it did bite, and burned hot. It's not a great blend. Very so so. Plus, it's not strong enough for my taste.

2 people found this review helpful.

runamuck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
runamuck (5)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable to Strong

Unripe mango, with a sour bitterness. The tobacco mild and ashy with no flavor, like smoking a flavored cigarette. I've smoked a lot of hookah's from heaven to please kill me all over the middle east. I put this tobacco as the very worst of the 'good' tobacco i've ever had. It really saddened me because it smelled so good, just like one of my favorite sheeshas I only get to smoke when I am in the middle east. It was so bad I had to eat a bowl of kimchi from a local Korean family to rid my mouth of the taste. I will age it a bit more and try it other pipes so look for updates. I really hope it gets better.

Pipe Used: My great grandfather's meerschaum billiard

Age When Smoked: 2 months

Purchased From: smoking pipes

Similar Blends: Cheap sheesha.

2 people found this review helpful.

Bushleagueosu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bushleagueosu (20)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

This is a very good aromatic for non aromatic smokers. I have been trying to find an aromatic that I enjoy or can at least tolerate because my wife loves the smell of aromatics and hates the smell of everything I smoke. I don't like the taste of most aromatics but this is one of the better ones I have had. Don't be confused, this is definitely an aromatic and has plenty of sweetness but you still get some natural tobacco flavor. The burley really stands out and is very similar in flavor to Solani aged burley flake, not the typical burley you find in most aromatics. You will obviously taste the black cavendish but the virginia helps add natural tobacco sweetness and flavor so you don't just taste cavendish. The mango topping is subtle and after the initial light it really only shows up on the after taste which I really appreciate. It allows you to taste the tobacco then gives you the flavoring after. The chemically aftertaste that I usually find in aromatics is very minimal on this which is another reason why I like this blend. It smokes slow and is not overly goopy. I also appreciate the fact that it comes as a flake. It allows the flavors to meld and tastes much more rich and full than most other aromatics I have tried. Interestingly enough it also ages well. Just like aged virginias the natural sweetness and complexity builds and it has a nice deep bready flavor. Like a dessert pastry. However the mango flavor completely disappears and natural sweetness is all that is left. If you are a non aromatic smoker in search of an aromatic you can tolerate give this a chance.

1 person found this review helpful.

dbl-bbl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dbl-bbl (45)
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

The good: 1) the packaging is quite attractive 2) the flakes are nicely cut, layered, & stacked in the tin 3) the tobacco is neatly wrapped 4) the tin note is delicious 5) the aroma of the lighted tobacco is slightly sweet.

The bad: 1) this stuff is expensive 2) the tobacco is rather moist & a little difficult to get a char light 3) the taste is rather bland.

Conclusion: I'll dry this out a little to see if things improve. I'll even attempt to mingle this baccy with something like CB Gold or straight burley to see if I can make it more palatable to my liking. I typically like to fold, roll, and stuff my flakes ... maybe this stuff will be more enjoyable if I rub it out. Bottom line ... in my opinion there are many more delicious Aromatics available straight from the tin (e.g. Cult BRM, all of Boswell & Gatlinburlier Aro blends, CB Royal, CB Red Sky, etc...). I'm just really not inclined to go overboard to make this stuff work for me ... especially what you have to pay for this stuff ... but I said that already! Didn't I?

Pipe Used: Briars (Canadians, Lovats, & Billiards)

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

1 person found this review helpful.

Dr.James Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.James (39)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

A pleasant tropical aromatic, light flavors of mango and passionfruit are present in every puff without obscuring the tobaccos too much. Sweet, spicy virginias and rich nutty burleys interplay harmoniously with the malty, tangy, fruit steamed cavendish. Burns at a moderate pace. A touch above mild nicotine strength. I tend to smoke this blend slowly as it can burn on the hot side. May require a few relights when on the moist side. Pleasant finish and enjoyable tropical room note.

I don't always smoke aromatics... But when I do, I prefer Solani 639.

Fresh briars my friends!

1 person found this review helpful.

Alexander Thomas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alexander Thomas (7)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I first tried this on my 33rd birthday and wasn't the biggest fan. I tried it again this May (5 months later) and discovered how much it had grown on me. It's sweet and slightly sour simultaneously. The first taste I had was burley, but it was quickly followed by the taste of virginias. I was wondering where the mango was, when suddenly moments after exhale I had the hint of mango in my mouth. It was quite delicious and this blend has grown on me significantly. Had a decent nic hit and a full body taste.

Age When Smoked: The tin date has it at being 2 years old

Purchased From: Cup O Joes

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King Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King Weed (228)
Medium Very Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Tropical Flake is the second aromatic I have opened in a row that suffers from the same problem; overzealous application of the aromatic component in the blend. The first was Grand Central by Drew Estate and, now, Tropical Flake by Solani. In a free society, we can have Apricot, Mango and any other flavor our hearts desire. I feel if the application rate was cut in half, these blends would still be very solid aromatics and you could find the qualities of the base tobaccos more readily. I had a lot of trouble in the top thirds of both of these blends figuring out just what it was I was smoking; the odorants on both were that dense. Only in the middle thirds of each, did I find tobacco flavor. Their respective odors persisted right on down into, and through, the bottom thirds. Prolonged air out times cured this situation, but, that also dried both blends out quickly. As to the Tropical Flake experience, I liked the tin presentation; darkly marbled slices in a bundle and wrapped in smooth white paper with perforated tear-away sections. Mostly dark-colored tobaccos with a very dense aroma and an average moisture content. Once aired-out, I thought the blend smoked like a typical solid Va/Bur with the Burley in the lead. The Black Cavendish added a smoothing touch to the smoke. I learned early on that you don't want to pull too hard and too many times in a row. Tongue bite was a lurking problem in all top thirds I smoked and lessened toward the middle of the bowls. Yet, in all that, I wound up liking this blend in it's thoroughly aired-out version. Tropical Flake worked well as a blending component and, all in all, I recommend it to the reader at three stars.

Pipe Used: Tim West half bent octagon volcano

Age When Smoked: 3 to 4 months old

Purchased From: gifted at our NASPC show

Similar Blends: I don't know; I've never smoked a Mango flavored blend before. Once aired-out, I thought it to be a typical Va/Bur with a slight aromatic twist..

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ii31al Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ii31al (5)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

by far smoked it few times Nothing particularly special Mildly sweet mouthfeel 2/4 taste 2/4 room note 2/4 strength 2/4 . Nice quality flakes lits very well. I taste the very mild sweet virginia and the nutty burley but no mango whatsoever the passion fruit is there but extremely mild

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

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moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (220)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

In the tin, one finds two rows of dark, sodden flakes that smell just like the listed ingredients, along with super-sweet orange and a kind of “artificial” scent that usually spells doom for edibles and aromatic tobaccos, alike. The flakes are so crumbly that I never did try to fold and stuff them; rather, I went ahead and spindled them to splinters. The splinters lit and smoked down OK at tin moisture, and the topping tasted its strongest this way, staying well above the tasty VA/Bur/Cav through the whole smoke. The drier I got it, the lighter the topping, relative to the tobaccos, but it remains an aromatic. To me, the sweet orange and mango topping actually smells (and tastes) better when I smoke it than it does in the tin, albeit this blend is monochromatic, to the point of monotony, before I finish a bowl. Smoking it dry lessens the intensity of the topping without diminishing the tobacco. The deep-ish VAs are smooth, rich and nutty, likewise the Burleys. The Cav adds a nice, chewy quality. Strength is mild. Tastes run to medium. Room note is pleasant. Aftertaste is… I’ll get to that.

Solani 639, Tropical Mango Flake smells pretty good in the tin, and it smells and tastes good when I smoke it, too. For this (apart from the whole) I can understand the high ratings, and for a minute there I was ready to rack it up, myself. Unfortunately, TMF also oils my mouth (PG?), whether I smoke it wet or dry, and this is something I just can’t abide. All in all, 2 stars from me, meaning, others might well like it (if they’re immune to mouth oiling), but I’m done with it soon after I started. FWIW, for something similar (but not the same), also better, I recommend Savinelli’s Brunello Flake or Peterson's Founder's Choice.

Pipe Used: various briars

Age When Smoked: from tin and jar

Similar Blends: Compare/contrast to Savinelli's Brunello Flake or Peterson's Founder's Choice.

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