A full bodied "sweet" traditional Flake tobacco prepared with only the finest grade of Virginia leaf with a pinch of Perique, Former's Cross Grain Flake is aged to perfection in order to bring out the best in this cool smoking, magnificent flake.
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I bought this a from SP a few years ago because of the touted similarity to Capstan. Perique is my kryptonite but I bought it anyway. I'm glad I did. Yes the Perique is there but it has its place in the blend and is not annoyingly forward. There is a... Read Moren added sweetness to the VAs but is very well balanced. It burns well out of the tin and has predictable flake priorities. It can get a little warm if you push it but should be manageable for VA fans. I'm a FVF smoker and CGF has a permanent spot in my rotation. Kudos to the blender. Tasty stuff. I would however give it a little time in the cellar before opening, as I did mine. I think all VAs shouldn't be opened for 6 months after tinning. Kinda like brewing cider. Time mellows it and rounds out the flavor. Read Less
upon opening the tin i first thought "ugh?! orlik golden sliced?" ... a pretty similar smell ... hmm, matured - i guess so, coz the flakes were kinda loose and broke apart whithout rubbing them out when i filled my test pipe (vauen admiral,... Read More with 9mm filter) ... puff puff, aaah, really nice VA with a subtle sweetness on the tongue and a slight touch of hay ... not too mild, straight tobacco without any BS ... very good for a bargain price -- i'll surely order it again (when back in stock lol). Read Less
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