Astley's - No. 44 Dark Virginia Flake 50g
Again Astley's has changed the flavor profile of their tobacco (without warning) and not for the better. After having been out of stock for months I was able to reorder several tins of No. 44. What I got was not the same tobacco I had purchased before. Similar to the way No. 109 was "reformulated", the new No. 44 has a completely different look and flavor. It's no longer "dark" and its rich flavor has been replaced with... sorry, it's so bad I can't describe it. Going to be returning the tins I didn't open. In all fairness, this may be considered a fine smoke to those who have not experienced its earlier incarnation. For those expecting the same old No. 44, forget it. You'll be disappointed.
Astley's - No. 109 Medium Flake 50g
No. 109 used to be the tastiest VA available. Unfortunately someone at K&K thought it would be a good idea to change the flavor profile by adding a dressing that tastes like soapy wildflowers. IMO, a big mistake on the part of K&K. They ruined a great tobacco. Gone are the chocolate, honey and raisin notes. All that's left is a flavor I can only describe as "blah". Also, it's no longer packed in a moist and oily ribbon cut but comes as neat, little dry rectangles in a square tin. I'm so sad.