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Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake 50g
Perfect
This was the first straight Virginia tobacco I ever tried when I was a complete beginner. Needless to say I had no idea what I was doing and decided Virginias weren't for me. After gaining some experience smoking, and absolutely falling in love with Virginia and VaPer blends, this is by far my favourite straight V. There really isn't any other blend like this, in this category on the market. You can't compare it to other blends. Sweet and grassy, this flake will always be in my cellar.

Cornell & Diehl - String Duster 2oz
Very lightly aromatic.
I forgot to add in on my last submission that this is not a ribbon cut. It's a broken flake mixed with heavier ribbon pieces. It's quite hard to get started if you pack it too tight.

Cornell & Diehl - String Duster 2oz
Very lightly aromatic.
So typically I don't smoke aromatics. This is the best tin note on any aro I have ever smelled. From what I can tell, the room note is very much like the tin note too. This is a great tobacco with a good heavy, almost dark fruity Virginia flavour up front. There's a very faint spicy nuttiness to it, which I assume is from the Turkish. The finish is very similar to the taste of a wild flower honey which is probably a mixture of the Virginia's and the maple topping, which is what I liked the most about the blend. The rum is just enough to give it a slight boozy taste near the end. This is a very, very slow sipper because of the amount of steam it produces. It came in deceivingly dry but can soak your pipe pretty fast if you aren't careful. That isn't why I gave it a 4. It would be a 5 if I enjoyed aros more that's all. All in all it is fantastic though.

Cornell & Diehl - Chenet's Cake 2oz
Needs Age
I thought the flavours of the tobacco were fantastic. The tin note smells very fruity but also has a very strong acidic/fermentation note. I actually liked it to be honest. I know it's meant to be cellared it but I cracked a year old tin and boy was it harsh on the retrohale. I found the perique very plummy and peppery with a definite sweetness from the Virginia. All around I thought it was quite enjoyable. I popped into a tobacconist out of town and managed to find a 4 year old tin. I'm gonna put at least 6 more years on it before I pop it.

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