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
Nov 29, 2014 Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant
Rattray - Malcolm Flake.

Excited to try this one as to be fair pineapple is a less common additive in aromatics. The smell from the mix has a fairly subtle pineapple twang to it, a definite addition albeit not particularly harsh. The moisture is great, it can be imminently rubbed and smoked, no extra time to dry is needed.

The flavour is reflective of the initial aroma. The pineapple is without doubt the leader in this game but it comes through a bit more prolific than it was in the aroma. The burn is good, giving off a medium temperature smoke with a light grey ash. The tobacco tastes are pleasantly balanced but with a topping of this weight it can become a little problematic to decipher the different tobaccos, sometimes it's better to just sit back, stop over-evaluating and enjoy the taste! On that note it actually conjures up the thought of sitting on a tropical beach! Actually, to embellish the tropical feeling the pineapple flavour can be greatly increased by simply retro-haling the smoke. Often as not many aromatics can be a bit zealous with bite but Malc' is mitigating in that department even when strained. Nicotine is at a medium level but if you like a good hit of "N" the smoke can be inhaled easily. The pineapple comes through well in the room-note, turning the room into a tropical paradise!

To be fair, this isn't my favourite flake but I give this four stars not three due to the fact I feel it has been accomplished very well!
Pipe Used: Peterson Around The World France
PurchasedFrom: G.Q Tobaccos
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 03, 2017 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
If I am not mistaken Rattray’s (that is Kohlhase & Kopp) has retained the original Murray’s recipe, but not the name of Erinmore, which was taken by McBaren, and Malcolm Flake seems to be essentially Erinmore Flake under a new name.

Comes in 15 neatly cut flakes of medium thickness which need some drying but they do rub out very easily. Tin note is quite intense, a mélange of fruity aromas, vanilla and tobacco. Sort of vanilla-cream like with some fruity notes. It does smell nice and yes, it reminds me of the ‘pineapple’ note of Erinmore of old, which I do remember, even more than its current version, though neither seems to be exactly the same.

Upon lighting you are greeted with a sweet fruity and floral note very similar to Erinmore. If I were pressed to find a difference I’d say that Malcolm Flake’s aroma verges more to having a men’s eau de toilette quality, more so than the plainly fruity/floral Erinmore Flake. I have encountered this sense of men’s eau de toilette in another tobacco before, Dan’s Little Wren, but here it’s more subdued and more elegant.

It’s a very nice aromatized flake of superior quality. A tobacco meant for those who enjoy real tobacco with a little fragrance added. It’s a tobacco more in the tradition of British Lakelands rather than the ‘true’ American aromatics or Danish blends. Here the star is the tobacco and scenting only sublimates it. It’s not very strong but still it’s a potent tobacco. Burns excellently to ash, does not get hot or tiring. To tell the truth for me it’s interchangeable with Erinmore Flake, differences are only minimal and both are sublime!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 29, 2016 Medium to Strong Mild Full Strong
Many people argue that this the remake of the famous Erinmore Flake. Since i never smoked it i can not confirm this. Anyway here we have one of my alltime favourites! The tobacco comes out of the tin perfectly moist and with a nice pineapple arome above the strong natural tobacco smell. The taste is full bodied, smokey, with the Kentucky clearly making it´s mark. I would describe the taste as fresh, warm bread with the pineapple shimmering through but never taking the lead but rounding the whole thing up! That´s what i expect from a perfectly blended aromatic!
Pipe Used: various
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