I think the people rating the tobacco poorly are trying to trick others not to buy Hamborger Veermaster. It is NOT an aromatic, it’s a Virginia Flake, with a soft, sweet flavor. It’s my all time favorite. Buy a tin, and if you like it, buy it in bulk... Read More and age it 5 or more years; it becomes fantastic! Don’t take my word for it... look how often it’s sold out. Read Less
I bought this based on a reccommendation...I guess I should have thought twice when the reccommendation came from a cigarette smoker. After experiencing virginia flakes from peter stokkebye, wessex, orlik, sam gawith, dunhill flake hamborger veermas... Read Moreter is very lacking in sweetness and just overall taste. Fairly cigarette like. I will cellar the rest of the tin and hope for the best. So far a resounding no for me. Much better out there and much more economical. Check HV off the gotta try list though Read Less
Dan Tobacco makes two Virginia flake tobaccos that I like to keep in my tobacco bar; Tordenskjold and Hamborger Veermaster. Both are excellent entries into the world of premium flakes, but while Tordenskjold is an exceptional straight VA flake (with ... Read Morea pinch of Perique), Hamborger Veermaster is its slightly sweeter more Navy flake like cousin. While there is no rum topping disclosed, I consider it a Navy flake based on its flavor profile. Hamborger Veermaster is a very mild and sweet flake with qualities reminiscent of sweet iced tea. Very much a lighter and sweeter version of Tordenskjold. The VA is predominately golden hay-like brights, and has a sour tartness that mellows with age. Hamborger Veermaster is wonderful to age too. If you choose to cellar it, I recommend three years in a half-full Mason jar, beyond that I can't tell a difference. It's perfectly enjoyable without age, in fact this would be a good place to start flake tobacco exploration if you're new to them. It is light and easily smoked all day in any weather. While VA is generally popular in the warmer months, I've enjoyed this tobacco late into the Fall with surprising taste differences resulting from the seasonal changes in humidity. I've never gotten any harshness or bite with it and I think if you do, it's probably not from the tobacco. Flakes can be tricky since they deceptively hold more moisture. A properly packed bowl should be firmly packed, but must still allow for easy air flow. It takes practice. Once adequately lit, just sip. Flakes tend to want to burn slowly. It's not something you want to rush. I mention this because people tend to want more flavor from a lighter, milder tobaccos like Hamborger Veermaster and you can't get more flavor by puffing harder or faster at it. If you prefer, you could always thoroughly rub out the flakes prior to packing or dry the flakes for a quicker burn rate. Whether you're already a fan of Virginia flakes or you're new to pipe smoking and whether you decide to age it or smoke it fresh from the tin, DTM's Hamborger Veermaster is one of the best. Enjoy. Read Less
I opened two tins of this about eight months back and put it in an airtight jar. I was in the mood for Virginia Flake so I was trying to decide between trying this or smoking some well aged McClelland #27 Virginia Flake. I decided to try this because... Read More I knew the other was good. Since I was thinking of smoking the #27 my expectations were not very high. I was pleasantly surprised at the natural tasting sweetness of this blend. I enjoyed a cool dry smoke and found myself in deep thought as my mind drifted off in relaxation. This was the most enjoyable bowl I've smoked in the last couple weeks. This is not an Aromatic at all from what I can tell, just good natural sweetness. It took me about forty minutes to smoke and I still had to dump nearly half the bowl because I ran out of time. I'll review this again in the future when I've had a chance to smoke more of it, but it is fantastic as far as I'm concerned right now. Read Less
This is a review of the 250g bag. The smell out of the bag is sweet hay. There are 4 stacks of fat flakes. The smoke is less sweet than the bag smell. There are some citrus flavors to the smoke and a little honey. The nic hit is just shy of medium. T... Read Morehis is not a complex smoke but keeps the flavor to the bottom of the bowl. An all day smoke. Did not get tounge bite even when pushed. Recommend to any pipe smoker except those who only smoke ropes.
A second bag had mold and excessive moisture but Nick at smokingpipes.com took care of that problem asap...great customer service. Read Less
Fine virginias,certainly,but with a little but noticeable casing.If you can´t tolerate aromatics simply don´t buy it.At the other hand if you like soft aromatics is splendid.That is your choice and my honest advice.
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