Solani says this flake is made up of premium dark red and sweet Virginias from the "Border Belt", light yellow Virginia from South Carolina and dark-fired, spicy Kentucky, with no added flavorings. I find it to be rich in flavor and like it much more... Read More than Reiner Long Golden Flake (to which it is often compared, and which tastes cased to me). VaPer lovers take note - the dark-fired Kentucky is spicey enough that it sometimes makes me think there's perique in the blend. It also adds a more typical smokey flavor to the mix complementing the slightly tangy, mildly sweet Virginias. To my taste, this blend has a natural full flavor without being overwhelming like some flakes, with moderate nicotine. It comes in 'long flake' form, meaning it's one long wide continuous ribbon, folded over and over, packed inside a plastic bag in the tin. It breaks apart easily for smoking and to me has just the right amount of moisture to smoke without drying. As another reviewer noted, the 100 gram Solani tins do not reseal tightly so you'll want to jar this if you are not going to smoke it all up right away (and it's tempting to do so). Definitely worth aging - highly recommended! Read Less
This is a fantastic flake! Smooth, spicey and good to the end. The VA goes well with the KY blend. A great flake that needs to jarred upon receipt as the tin does not seem to seal well enough for long term storage. Really, it is a good price as the t... Read Morein is 100 grams of fine goodness. Dare I say-better than FVF. Read Less
The sweet and spicy balance is near perfect in this blend. It burns at a nice pace, to the end of the bowl, with very little moisture. The taste is just under FULL, and the nicotine content is moderate. It can also pass as a Va/Per. Highly recommende... Read Mored Read Less
What a great smoking flake! Long strand flakes that crumple-fluff nicely and smoke evenly. I rarely had to relight. While I do not find it to be as spicy as others have stated, I thought the flavor was well balanced. I enjoy Virginias with beer and t... Read Morehis paired well with the Pilsner Urquell last night. I hope it pairs well with college football. We will find out next weekend! Read Less
I enjoy this blend from the first whiff from the tin to the bottom of a bowl. It hits all of the spots for me. The dark, rich Virginias are earthy, tangy with a touch of sweetness. The dark fired adds a nice spicy element. The long, thin flakes were ... Read Morea first for me and I found it real easy to prepare. The moisture level was bowl ready from the tin and benefited form a little extra dry time. I keep a jar on hand to smoke and jarred some more up to age. It's a go to morning, noon or night. Read Less
A wonderful and creamy smoke. Components are well balanced and smooth, even during the last leg. I seldom enjoy the entire bowl, preferring to use the remaining third as a flavor filter, for lack of a better term. But with 660, I find myself smoking ... Read Moreit to the bottom, often without realising I had. My only complaint is that it doesn't come in a sealed tin. Read Less
Only on my 3rd bowl and already in love.
It arrives in humongous flakes, reminiscent of Orlik GS. The texture and tin note remind me of another favorite, Pease Sixpence. Here however, the spice of the Dark Fired Ky is more subdued and in balance with... Read More the sweetness of the Virginias. Rubs out effortlessly...or just shove it in your bowl as-is.. smokes terrific either way. I think this stuff is incredible.
The only qualms I have is the packaging. The tin is NOT vacuum sealed, so be ready to jar it upon arrival. Despite that issue I still give it 5 stars because it's just that damn tasty. Read Less
I'm newer to pipe smoking and have tried dozens of different blends and brands. For me, this is my number one. It's just so smooth and full of flavor. I'm always on the subscriber list for more. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
The amount of Kentucky on this one is just right. Works really well with the selected VAs. Subtle sweetness in the background. Really nice tobacco. Top notch baccy! Seems to be out of stock lately and, of course, I'm getting low. Its like they t... Read Morerain us to hoard our favorites. Read Less
This tobacco comes in a non- vacuum sealed tin, but please, don’t let that bother you. A generous amount of slightly broken flake tucked inside a plastic pouch.
The red Virginia is sweet and sour, with a creamy smoky fired leaf.
I taste no additive... Read Mores in this blend. Balance in this blend is key. An incredibly good tobacco. If this tobacco came in bulk, I’d purchase five pounds. Read Less
If you’ve ever smoked Rattray’s Old Gowrie you will have a good idea what this tastes like. Comes in a hinged tin that opens like a book. Inside the tin beautiful, long flakes are packaged inside cellophane which is sealed by a sticker. I would recom... Read Moremend repackaging the tobacco as soon as you receive it or putting the tin in a zip-lok bag. Old Gowrie is one of my favorite tobacco blends and this will make for a wonderful replacement when Old Gowrie is out of stock. There’s lots of sweet sharpness from the dark fired Kentucky and red Virginia. Truly top notch and deserving of 5 stars. Blends with dark fired can be pretty strong but this has a nice potency to it without being too much. As many other reviewers agree this is up there with the best of them. Read Less
I stoked this mixture into a Large, Cavicchi CCC... lit up and immediately recognized the DF KY & the sweet taste of Virginia tobacco, which, BTW was named after the state which was named after & in honor of the "Virgin" Queen, Eliz... Read Moreabeth I... a quick lesson in 16th century tobacco history, for all loyal subjects of interest in the "leaf," as it were. I'm unable to distinguish positively which tobacco is up front. My impression is slightly more VA than KY & the flavor remains consistent with maybe a little more sweetness at the halfway point. Some might say it's "cigarettish" but due to the flavor of the quality leaf, expertise in the preparation & blending, it's so much more than that.
OK! Moving on! Puffed a few times & let it sit a few minutes... I always use this DGT method on VA blends. Didn't take long to get a nicotine jolt. It is very mild tasting & doesn't bite but has a relatively strong nicotine content, especially toward the end. I recently started inhaling one single puff after acquiring a good burn rate to judge the Vitamin N content. I contend SF Number 660: to be of exceptional quality. Read Less
This is an outstanding smoke every time. My tobacco cave is well stocked with all the sought-after Unicorn flakes from Esoterica, Germain and Gawith, yet this and Solani’s Virginia Flake are the ones I reach for over and over. Don’t hesitate!
I love Virginia blends and this is my favorite. It's a close race between this and Reiner LGF. Tin smell is full of fresh cut grass, fig, and citrus. It smokes rich and full. It's complex with a long satisfying finish. You taste the grassy, herb... Read Moreal quality of the Va. with the rich earthiness of Kentucky dark fired tobacco in the center. Just a hint of citrus here and there throughout the bowl giving it a clean refreshing flavor with the right amount of natural sweetness. It can burn hot if you smoke too hard, which is easy to do because it tastes very good. Of course, this stuff is even better after you age it for awhile. Read Less
Tin note of pungent, vinegary and stewed sour fruit. Tobacco is a Flake of marbled reddish brown and dark brown. Moisture content is great, rubs out with a little effort. Burns slow with few relights. The strength is medium and nic is medium. No flav... Read Moreoring listed, but there is a sweet alcohol flavor more prominent in the first 1/4 that slowly dissipates to nothing within the first 1/2. Taste is medium to full and mostly consistent, with notes of toasted bread, wood, sweet alcohol, spice, leather, spicy, floral, earth, nutty, peaty vegetation/hay, dry, mildly acidic, tangy zesty, orange peel/bitters, mildly savory, a stewed rich dark fruit background note, and a peppery retro. Virginia is leading with Kentucky supporting. Room note is pleasant to tolerable, and aftertaste is great. Read Less
Last Christmas I was gifted a couple pipe loads of this. It was aged for 20 years from what he told me. Such a wonderful smoke it was and I enjoyed every second of it. Sat by the boat dock on a warm Christmas afternoon and smoking this out my churchw... Read Morearden. I bought 3 tins of this and cellard it. It does come in a plastic bag inside a tin. Not air tight. As soon as you get it jar it. It don’t stay on the shelf long enough for that to matter. I see why this sells fast. Read Less
This is one of my favorite blends of all time.
I prefer it to Orlik's DFK and Peter Heinrich's Dark Strong Flake and it's more robust than either.
It ages incredibly well (but it does get spicier).
Genuinely fabulous stuff, worth every single penny... Read More. Read Less
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