Peter Stokkebye - PS402 Luxury Twist Flake
A very good Virginia, and an interesting little box of a flake. Creamy, smooth, and very little to no bite. Stronger than you would expect, tho. Over the past year, it has become my first leaf of the day...smoked on my commute to work nearly every morning. Bulk pricing is very affordable, and the taste is superb. When my wife first saw me smoke this blend, she told me the flake looked like breakfast cereal squares, just really flat. So, breakfast it has become. Virginia fans will like this one. Good morning!
John Aylesbury - Sir John's Flake Virginia 50g
I agree with everything Alexander mentions in his review. Santa brought me three tins of this for Christmas last year: two are gone and one remains hidden in my cave to re-discover at a later date. It's hard to put a finger on this blend...sweet, smooth, well behaved, and worth a long look. The Virginia's are top notch, tin note is pleasant, and taste, while mild, is very good. While McClelland blends of Virginia are my favorites, this one stands in there with the best of them. It's a very, very good smoke, and straddles enough varieties of blends to be interesting...if you're lucky enough to find it.
McClelland - 2015 Virginia-Perique Flake
Kansas City Home Run
Let me first say that I am big fan of Virginia's...and of Va/Per's. That being said, I am also a huge fan of McClelland and their variety of VA blends I tend to smoke a variety of leaf during the week, and I judge what I smoke by the jars that are sitting on my bench on Sunday's when everything get's put back on the shelf to begin another week of smoke. This jar is always there. It's satisfying, focused, never overbearing, always interesting...and I seem to discover something new every time I start a char. The perique is nuanced and not over-bearing, but it's the Virginia's that are sublime. One of my my top 10 blends. Try this one.
Orlik - Golden Sliced 100g
After over 40 years of pipe smoking, this blend has become my benchmark in judging other blends. That says it best. It is always within my grasp, and I smoke it nearly every week. It's cleansing, crisp, and well behaved. Summer, indeed.