A smooth, bright Virginia flake of famous refinement and antiquarian origins, Capstan Yellow, like its medium-bodied Blue sibling, was originally created by W.D. & H.O. Wills of Bristol during the latter half of the 19th century. Suffice to say, it's no accident this smoking mixture has survived as a favorite to so many generations.
Without any doubt this is one of the best flakes on the market. Won't bite and a lovely leaf first thing in the morning. At least that's been my experience.
I'm one of the classic grumpy old buggers and can tell you this is to be highly recommend... Read Moreed as excellent pipe tobacco.
And for all the snowflakes who think this is expensive, in Australia, we are paying over $AUS70 for the same thing. That's $US54.
Stop squealing and be grateful!!! Read Less
This is blue’s flue cured brother. If you have been a cigarette smoker you’ll appreciate this one. Tastes a lot like Dunhill Red cigarettes. This is not bad. In fact it’s rather nice. Pure mellow Virginia, flue curing that brings out the sugars in th... Read Moree leaf, all goes really good. Burns really nice, and tastes great. Read Less
When openned, i feel a bakery aroma, notes of grass and Bread. Perfect condition of flakes, just 10 min of dry.
And when smoked, WoW! How pleasant a Virginia smoke can be. Cool, mellow, tasty and natural sweeteness. At least i found a descomplicate... Read More and absolutely cool Virginia option. In the sweet side i think these is, not fruity or acid. Very good quality. For me, the best of this tobbaco is how light It is and sweet at the same time. Of course, in a corn-cob pipe, much better. Read Less
I'm a huge fan of Capstan Original Navy Cut Flake (the Blue tin), but I alternate between that and Capstan's Gold Navy Cut Flake (the Yellow tin). Actually, what happens is that I end up opening a can of Gold when I open a tin of Blue and find it's n... Read Moreot matured enough to my liking and have to jar it and wait. Capstan Gold is much more ready-reliable; rarely wavering in aroma, flavor, perfect dryness, and availability. As I said in my review of Capstan Blue, it can be inconsistent, but Gold is very consistent. At least that's been my experience, yours may be different. The flakes are thin, easily rubbed-out or folded for loading. The moisture levels are always near perfect for lighting. As with any flake, it can be a tad harder than a ribbon cut to get lit, but once lit you are in for a good long smoke. I fold and twist/stuff my Capstan flakes and average 45 minutes per flake in a medium sized bowl (usually a Billiard). The flavors are fantastic: bright Virginias (hay, grass, tea) but are a solid medium strength smoke (with Capstan Blue being a bit fuller strength). For those of you familiar to Orlik Golden Sliced, the flakes are so similar it's uncanny, but OGS is a VA/Perique and Capstan Gold claims to be a pure Virginia flake. Overall, both Capstan Blue and Gold are top-notch tobaccos everyone should try. It bares repeating that the Flakes and Ready-Rubbed versions differ greatly (not sure why) and I am reviewing the Flake version specifically. Enjoy. Read Less
This is really high quality leaf done right. It's a little brighter than the blue in flavor and doesn't really have the malty note. It does have a mild natural lemongrass note and a delicious natural virginia sweetness. Very pure and clean tasting to... Read More the last draw at the end of the bowl. It's a little lighter than the blue but its still a very rich smoke indeed. Read Less
This is a very respectful flake: respectful to the smoker. It's cut beautifully, and one flake fits perfectly into a standard bowl. Rubbed out seems to offer the most flavour. High, grassy bouquet; cool, mellow smoke. I liked it quite a bit; however ... Read MoreI found it a bit "one note". I think my preference for a Virginia flake will stay with MacBaren's Virginia Flake; even though it has a tendency to bite, it resonates with me a lot more. That's just personal preference though, and Capstan Yellow is a fantastic piece of work. Read Less
I was gifted a tin of this fine tobacco. At first blush it was tentative, and it built through the maiden bowl. Now, with half the tin gone, I will be ordering more as it has become a very consistent and reliable and pleasurable smoke. Tasty and flav... Read Moreorful. Smokes thoroughly and to a nice fine ash. Sweet and light! Should be a favorite for a long time to come. Read Less
I used to find virginias revolting, but after calming down my smoking cadence I found this to be an absolutely beautiful, classic smoke. The first VA blend I've truly come to enjoy, it's very subtle and zesty, and makes a great all day blend. Don't e... Read Morexpect to be overcome with complexity, just sit back and relax! Read Less
SHould be 5 stars but my cursor slipped while rating (LOL)!
After smoking the blue version flake I moved on to the yellow. Most everything said about the blue can be said about the yellow with regard to presentation, handling, smoking characteristics... Read More, etc. It is a bit lighter in the tin than the blue and its tin aroma is more on the bright side, but not extremely so. Some have said it reminds them of Orlik's Golden Sliced, but I would disagree on that one. For starters, this Capstan flake was darker in color and it lacked that characteristic tin note of GS; nor was there any present in the taste thankfully, as I quickly grew tired of that in the GS. Overall, the yellow-tinned flake was less spicy and not quite as full-tasting as the blue, however, it is still one superior smoke. Like the blue, I can smoke this one every day if need be. However, between the two, I find myself reaching for the blue more often as I enjoy that spiciness I described in the blue and the slightly fuller body to the smoke. As with the blue, a stellar, 5 star smoke. Hat's off to Mac Baren as both will be in my weekly rotation for sure and in my favorites category as well. Read Less
the perfect smoke for the early morning pipe ... delicious flavor and not too hard on the nic ... easy to pack, easy to smoke, easily savored any time of the day ... the light sibling of the blue capstan ... and still great
If you enjoy orlik golden sliced then this is for you. While def different I find them to have similar characteristics. I definitely rec drying this flake out a bit as it comes fairly moist. Bright fruity flavors and delicious. Pretty decent nic hit.... Read More My only complaint is the price for a 50g tin. Read Less
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