Rattray Malcolm Flake

Charles Rattray's Malcolm Flake is a pipe tobacco of the highest possible premium level. Burley from Malawi and various Virginias from Brazil and Africa are predominant, with some added dark fired Kentucky to round it off. The blend is carefully pressed and stored for one week before cutting. The added exotic pineapple flavour gives this flake a wonderfully miraculous taste.


Brand Rattray
Series Flake Collection
Blended By Kohlhase & Kopp
Manufactured By Kohlhase & Kopp
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Burley, Kentucky, Virginia
Flavoring Pineapple
Cut Flake
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country Germany
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.42 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 10, 2015 Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant
I bought this from a little shop on the strength of a good review I had read because they carried only a very limited stock and I remembered I'd read somebody else who had liked it. But I really wish I hadn't.

I need away from goopy aromatics.

It seems fairly evident why Pineapple isn't a commonly used additive in aromatics: you can't particularly smell it or taste. It's low on tobacco scent and just a tiny little bit sweet.

The moisture is 'thick'. Though not very flavourful. Some extra drying time might help get less gooey dottle to gouge out at the end of your smoke but don't count on it, I couldn't, and it probably won't really improve how hot it burns by the time you have to puff it to get some decent reek out of it. Hot heat is the leader here.

I get some cool smokes from some Ashton, some Peterson and especially from Rattray's lovely 'Old Gowrie' but the burn here is either 'throat ripping' or 'going out'.

The colour of ash I dicarded was 'ashen'. Sometimes it's best not to over-analyse.

It tastes unpleasurable on it's own. Hot. Even a mix with Exclusiv Black Cherry Cavendish didn't result in something I would want again. I had no worries about ending up with something 'Pineapple and Black Cherry' tasting before it, as there's really no Pineapple taste from the 'Malcolm'. Hopefully I can maybe use it as a burn rate adjuster to get rid of it usefully.

For Pineapple flavour I recommend Lilt. Or Pineapple.

The blender doesn't seem to have as much interest in the smoker being able to identify or savour the tobacco taste as much as they have in seemingly 'roping a dope'. 'Once bitten...' as they say.

Nico-content's the low side of medium. I wonder whether that has a proportional effect on tobacco's burn rate or temperature? I'll have to conduct more fearless experiments, with myself 'the willing Guinea Pig', to find out.

To be fair and in the interests of balance, since I've referred to this website for some good advice with recent sample purchases (Dunhill Morning, GQ Askwith Kake, Hal O The W, etc.), I have to tell you what I think of this flake. It leaves lots of jammy goo at the bottom of the bowl as I found out when, being the not-masochist I am, I didn't even want to finish it. I have happily tipped out a few partial bowl loads of this as it has not been accomplished very well.

I feel a little ripped off but it was a cheap couple of lessons that I'm happy to have learned. If you're reading after already buying some then hopefully, for some strange reason, you completely disagree.
Pipe Used: Falcon, Savinelli 305
PurchasedFrom: High Street
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 11, 2015 Medium None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant
The smell of the tobacco is fruity and I was a bit concerned that the pineapple taste would be overpowering, however, the pineapple taste does not even exist, nor do any other flavours. The tobacco is bland and tasteless in every sense and you might as well cut up some tissue paper and put that in your pipe as to smoke this tobacco.
Pipe Used: Mr Brog - nr 41 - Tobaccos
PurchasedFrom: My Smoking Shop - Online
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 18, 2016 Medium Medium Medium Unnoticeable
Eeinmore Flake is a copy of the original Erinmore Flake (The Beast of Belfast).

Malcolm Flake is a copy of Erinmore Flake.

So it's a copy of a copy. And Malcolm was King of Scotland.

You make up your own mind.
Pipe Used: Stanwell billard.
PurchasedFrom: The Danish Pipe Shop (nice chaps).
Age When Smoked: Fresh from the shop.
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