Wessex - Brown Virginia Flake 50g
After a few summers in the cellar this is one I'm really enjoying. The peaks and hollows have melded and the malts have presented well. I reckon the quality will surprise most. A great smooth, robust smoke with a subtleness of flavour that will surprise most.
Cornell & Diehl - Smokingpipes 20th Anniversary Blend: XX Flake Dark 2oz
I don't know much about tobacco, but I think the Virginnia's will mature and provide a sweetness that will meld and support the complex perique to a point where the overall profile will be like a great Cab Sav. Looking forward to 5+ years on this. Into the jar it goes≥
Newminster - No.400 Superior Navy Flake
A While Later
This flake has developed really well in my cellar over the past 3 years. It still presents a sharp caramelised sugar note on first light but this is mellowing and I get the feeling this will really add to the complexity over the years. Underlying tobaccos are solid and if you are looking to cellar a Virginia, this is not a bad option. Cheers Well, after a while in the jar this has proved a fantastic result. The sugars have smoothed, the grass has matured and the overall lens has improved significantly. A great Virginia has developed.
G. L. Pease - Gaslight 2oz
This is like smoking my garge floor. I have classic motorcycles, classic cars and classic tools. Every single puff reminds me of why I should not sell any of them! This is great tobacco.
Lane Limited - 1-Q
Guys I'm digging through my jared library of ex-tin, then tobacco and stumbled across some 1-Q with 4 years on it. Aerobic storage, yeah, but limited O2 exposure, definitely. This is fantastic stuff. I've got a couple of other blends 'brewing' of a similar original nature/topping. I hope the years have treated these as well. Don't let anyone say an aro does not age well. I will call them out anytime!
Wessex - Brown Virginia Flake 50g
10 Years LaTER
Well, Shane and Jerry Wax lyrical as you will. I have tried this for the first time today. One of the best flakes I have encountered in the 20 years of pipes I have under the belt. Quite honestly one of the best example of good earth Virginias I have ever experienced. No highs or lows, but a fantastic setting of the benchmark. Bready, smooth and a good bit of flavour. This life in a Virginia. Get it while you can Cheers
Peterson - Hyde Park 50g
Not What You May Expect !
To describe this in any terms as an ' English" may serve to confuse many. If I were to advance a comment on basic blend profile I would describe this as a well matured Virginia. Tin note presents the classic 'Ketchup' notes and visually it is the red and bright staple of many classic blends. Quality tobaccos to say the least. Then we hit the marks that make it 'Hyde Park". Some say 'Lakeland', I say a mix of perfectly matured sweet Virginias and a little help to compliment the tobaccos. A little sweet syrup to push it through and a floral dimension to add interest. If you are a Virginia fan try it for the quality tobaccos. If you're a lakeland fan, try it for the subtle essence. Either way it's a fine product, and much unappreciated. Cheers
Castello - Sea Rock 8oz
I too am a Non-secular smoker. And have a number of great aged, and not so aged tobaccos in my stash. This blend has been a revelation. An aro/blend that has become my 'every occasion' smoke. It satisfies, it is appreciated by all and is neither sweet nor tobacco'y. A fantastic every day/every occasion smoke. I wish I had 10kg! I'm working on it!
McClelland - 710 - Colombian Mocha
Falls a bit short
As others have said the bag nose promises big things but the delivery is lacking. Smooth, good base tobaccos but flavour is not there.
Dan Tobacco - Buddies 100g
Maybe, Maybe Not!
This is not for everyone who digs an aromatic. Me, I love it! You want flavour that somewhat stands out in front of the tobacco then this is for you. Get used to the full on citrus, and I don't mean lemon, flavour and it is a pleasure to smoke. Don't let others poor scorn on your enjoyment and get envious of the looks the babes give you at the bar?