Top 10 Best-Selling Virginia Blends
Top 10 Best-Selling Virginia Pipe Tobacco Blends

Virginia tobacco is beloved by multitudes of pipesmokers the world over, and with such a broad range of flavors, strengths, and characteristics, that's no surprise. Whether looking for something slightly fruity and bright, dark and malty, or something in between, the naturally sweet, flue-cured leaf features tasty characteristics for everyone. Below are the most popular Virginia blends we offer, along with a few suggestions here and there, should you be looking to try something new or find blends similar to your favorites.

10. Solani Virginia Flake 633

Solani Virginia Flake 633 Pipe Tobacco

Solani Virginia Flake is comprised of bright Virginias and the slightest addition of Perique. This cool, slow-burning blend possesses a natural sweetness expanded by a judiciously applied honey casing, complementing the natural sweetness of the Virginia without cloying or artificial characteristics.

After thirty years and nearing five hundred different blends, I'd say this is the silkiest and friendliest smoke of them all. To say that 633 is the champagne of Virginias is not enough. This is Dom Perignon. — Casca, 5-star review at Smokingpipes.com

  • Components: Virginia & Perique
  • Cut: Flake
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9. Cornell & Diehl Bijou

Cornell & Diehl Bijou Pipe Tobacco

Accented by sweet bright leaf and rounded by an addition of small-leafed Katerini, Bijou is also married with a hint of honey before being pressed and sliced into delicate flakes. Dark, sweet, and with a discrete spice, this recent newcomer to the world of Virginias has already gained rapid popularity.

Bijou is a delicately sweet and rich mixture of Red VAs, and from what I was told it was harvested in 2003 alongside Bright VA from 2013, Katerini and a little bit of honey casing. This yummy flake is full of natural sweet spicy character, reminiscent of clove, cinnamon and dried fruit. Great for an after dinner smoke. — Michael F, 5-star review at Smokingpipes.com

  • Components: Virginia & Orientals
  • Cut: Flake
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8. Cornell & Diehl Yorktown

Cornell & Diehl Yorktown Pipe Tobacco

For Yorktown, the craftspeople at Cornell & Diehl start with a base of bright Virginias and red Virginias that have been gently stoved at a specific temperature for just the right time. Top-grade red Virginias are then introduced, creating a complex symphony of Virginia flavor. Even better, this complex Virginia blend is available in both tinned and bulk packaging. If Yorktown is already a favorite, be sure to try Cornell & Diehl's Derringer.

After my first smoke I knew this was going to be a great everyday smoke. The sweetness from the toasty red and bright virginias is very pleasant yet not overpowering. There is a bit more complexity there than most straight VA blends. I'm surprised I hadn't heard about Yorktown before purchasing an ounce to try. — Codger at Heart, 5-star review at Smokingpipes.com

  • Components: Virginia
  • Cut: Ribbon
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7. Gawith Hoggarth & Co. Bright CR Flake

Gawith Hoggarth & Co. Bright CR Flake Pipe Tobacco

A 100% pure Virginia flake with no additional flavors, made from a blend of Brazilian, Zimbabwean and Malawian bright Virginia leaf. This tobacco is cold-pressed and matured before being cut into flakes, giving a lighter-bodied but flavorful smoke. If this traditionally English Virginia flake is already a part of your rotation, you may also enjoy G.L. Pease's Union Square.

The best Virginia Flake I ever smoked! If you like pure Virginias- try this one to get addicted. — Ulrich M, 4.5-star review at Smokingpipes.com

  • Components: Virginia
  • Cut: Flake
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6. Capstan Flake Blue

Capstan Blue Flake Pipe Tobacco

Capstan Blue was originally created by W.D. & H.O. Wills of Bristol well over a century ago. It's remained a favorite to countless pipesmokers across generations (J.R.R. Tolkien having been one of its most noted aficionados), a testament to the quality of this fine Virginia flake. The flavor and body are medium, with rich Virginia notes and a slight nuttiness.

One of the best Va flakes I've come across. A little malty and a little hint of sweet and a clean pure Va taste that stays true to the last draw on the pipe. A little pricey but it's been a great smoke every time I've lit it up and hasn't let me down... This is the kind of blend a truly experienced piper can appreciate over and over and a newer smoker can pick up and enjoy without a lot of fuss. — Al W., 5-star review at Smokingpipes.com

  • Components: Virginia
  • Cut: Flake
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5. Samuel Gawith Full Virginia Flake

Samuel Gawith Full Virginia Flake Pipe Tobacco

Full Virginia Flake is a dark-brown, dense flake that has been manufactured continuously by Samuel Gawith for over two centuries. Samuel Gawith describes this tobacco as "cool smoking, with a broad, capacious, rich and unfailing flavor," and they aren't wrong. If you're a fan of the dark, malty goodness of this elusive flake (like me), you may also enjoy Mac Baren's HH Pure Virginia Flake – a blended flake of top grade Virginias that also undergoes a similar process of heat and pressure to yield a rich, mature flavor.

This is a great Virginia flake. Not much more to it than that. For all the whiners complaining about the moisture level: after I transfer a freshly opened tin to a mason jar, I keep the tin to use as a drying container. I rub a flake into the empty tin in the morning,;by my evening bowl, its at a perfect moisture level. Since the tin no longer has its seal, moisture can escape quickly. Once you've packed your bowl with enough room for the tobacco to expand, take slow paced sips, and you can enjoy the best VA flake there is. — Vince D., 5-star review at Smokingpipes.com

  • Components: Virginia
  • Cut: Flake
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4. Mac Baren Virginia No. 1

Mac Baren Virginia No. 1 Pipe Tobacco

A cold-pressed Virginia tobacco, Mac Baren's Virginia No. 1 is a blend of 12 choice, ripe Virginia tobaccos combined to create a unique flavor, then pressed and stored for weeks before being sliced and broken to provide a sweet, slightly fruity, yet mellow experience. This blend is favored by those who enjoy a rich flavor on the brighter end of the Virginia spectrum.

This is a tobacco for the history books. The cut is uniform and if one rubs out the tobacco a bit they are rewarded with an easy "ready rub" cut. Smells of black cherries, hay and VA tobacco. When I'm going through my blends, I'll often open up a jar of VA #1 just to smell the tobacco. It's that good... Cannot recommend it enough. —Mark B., 5-star review at Smokingpipes.com

  • Components: Virginia
  • Cut: Broken Flake
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3. Orlik Golden Sliced

Orlik Golden Sliced Pipe Tobacco

A mixture of golden, mature Virginia tobaccos with a very small pinch of Perique, Orlik Golden Sliced has a natural sweetness in both taste and aroma, reminiscent of bergamot. It's considered by many to be the quintessential Virginia flake due to its approachability and enjoyable flavor, and is immensely popular in both the United States and Denmark. Orlik Golden Sliced is also the personal favorite of many pipe carvers, including Adam Davidson and Tom Eltang.

This tobacco is absolutely perfect. Orlik is like an old, dear friend or slipping into some comfy clothes. I prefer the smaller tin, which is probably mental — but it just tastes better to me this way. This tobacco has saved angry pipes who didn't... like anything, and broken in some new pipes excellently. A standard; a classic. So terrific that your pipe acquires a taste for it after a few bowls. I cannot state enough how beloved Orlik Golden Sliced is. It is as perfect of a flake as one can hope for. A+. — ven, 5-star review at Smokingpipes.com

  • Components: Virginia & Perique
  • Cut: Flake
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2. Escudo Navy DeLuxe

Escudo Navy Deluxe Pipe Tobacco

An old classic, Escudo Navy Deluxe is a popular Virginia/Perique coin-cut tobacco that has been around for over 140 years, and if you have ever had it, this will come as no surprise. Escudo has a rich, unfailing flavor that is certain to please fans of Virginia tobacco who also enjoy the plum and spice characteristics that are provided by a small but present addition of Perique. Escudo also holds claim to being the only coin-cut tobacco on our list, and while it's an excellent Virginia tobacco, it is considered the gold standard for Virginia/Perique blends, as well.

Best VA-Per I've ever had straight out of the tin. It has both the savory and grassy flavors just right. Tin note is a rush of fresh fruits, dried fruit and hay. There's no doubt it'll get better with age but it's great right from tin, and that's an excellent quality to have in the world of VA-Per's. Also, it's light on nicotine. I'm absolutely in love with this stuff! Makes a great all-day smoke; never leaves me feeling sleepy. The one & only downside is not having a bigger tin available. — Dr. Brandon, 5-star review at Smokingpipes.com

  • Components: Virginia & Perique
  • Cut: Coins
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1. Peter Stokkebye Luxury Navy Flake

Peter Stokkebye Luxury Navy Flake Pipe Tobacco

Luxury Navy Flake is a pressed and sliced blend of matured, "Old Belt" Virginia, lightly accented with a whisper of Louisiana Perique. Incredibly popular and maintaining the number one spot in our countdown, this bulk offering from Peter Stokkebye has been a celebrated favorite of countless pipe smokers old and young, expert and novitiate alike, due to its rich but easy-going flavor and unbelievably attractive price. Fans of Orlik Golden Sliced, Virginia No.1, Capstan, and Solani Virginia Flake are sure to already be fans of this one as well!

You can't go wrong with this stuff. Open up the bag and you smell what you'd expect; bready Virginias, rum, and a bit of that Stokkebye sweetness. The flavor's right about in the middle of light 'n grassy and the dark and malty type Virginia. I rate a... blend as it is out of the package, and this one is great. Given time I imagine it'll age well. A great value for the Virginia smoker as well. — Dr. Brandon, 4-star review at Smokingpipes.com

  • Components: Virginia & Perique
  • Cut: Flake
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And there you have it: the top 10 best-selling Virginia blends we carry here at Smokingpipes.com. Did you spy any favorites on our list? Are there any blends you wish would've made the cut? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section or leave a review on your favorite blend.


A note on the tobacco information.

Strength: a measure of the tobacco's body and nicotine. One is the lowest. Five s is the highest.

Room Note: a measure of the pleasantness or intensity of the smoke's odor to everyone else in the room. One is the least intense room note, while five s would be the most noticeable to others.

Taste: A measure of the the power and fullness of the smoke's flavor, with one being the most mellow and five s being the fullest.


Comments

    • John H. on June 13, 2019
    • Does anyone know when Orlik Golden Sliced was first introduced?

    • Matthew M. on June 15, 2019
    • Scrumptious list of Virginia-dominant tobacco mixtures, but I think you forgot about Bayou Morning!

    • Paul N on June 15, 2019
    • IRC (Iwan Ries) Virginia Flake is by far my favorite

    • Puff The Magic on June 15, 2019
    • Reiner Long Golden Flake

      Solani Silver Flake

      Wessex Campaign

      Astleys #44

    • Jerry on June 16, 2019
    • Mac Baren Virginia #1 is an excellent Virginia with a mild, but noticeable taste.
      Peter Stokkebye Luxury Navy Flake is an extremely mild Virginia. A beginning pipe smoker would enjoy this tobacco

    • juancarlos casella on June 16, 2019
    • MUY BUENAS NOTAS

    • Nick on June 17, 2019
    • *Cries in McClelland*

    • Stan Ruszkowski on June 18, 2019
    • For a Balkan smoker this is a very informative piece.

    • Dan H. on June 18, 2019
    • It's really amazing how excellent the Stokkebye LNF is, considering the price and easy availability. Same with Orlik. Maybe I'm a luddite, but I find these tobaccos compare well with just about any VA flake. Still need to try the Solani, and the Yorktown sure sounds interesting as well.

      Yes, this list must be mourning the loss of McClelland :-(

    • John H. on June 26, 2019
    • For what it’s worth, just read a review from 2010 on tobaccoreviews.com that Orlik Golden Sliced was introduced in 1958 when Orlik started blending tobacco in Denmark.

      Great article, BTW.

    • john moore on June 30, 2019
    • How do Sam Gawith and G. Hoggarth & Co. make the list when they have not been in stock for...months?

    • Michael L Roberts on June 30, 2019
    • Capstan Flake Blue is absolutely spectacular, but the PS Luxury Navy Flake is also wonderful and fairly inexpensive in bulk. Great stuff...thanks Kaz.

    • Cassie D on July 2, 2019
    • @John Moore Good question! The list was based off of sales from the past 5 years. If you're looking to get some of the Samuel Gawith or Gawith Hoggarth, I recommend signing up for the email alerts. We did receive two Samuel Gawith shipments in June and will hopefully have more Gawith Hoggarth soon as well!

    • Steven Emas on August 18, 2019
    • The top 4 are my favorites. I would definitely add HH Pure Virginia and PS Bullseye and not to forget Sutliff ‘s crumble kake Virginia. Really enjoyed the story and comments.

    • Jeff on August 18, 2019
    • Does this take into account availability?

    • Cassie D on August 19, 2019
    • @Jeff The list was compiled based on sales over the past five years, so it did take into account availability during that time period. All but the Full Virginia Flake and Bright CR Flake are usually readily available!

    • B.L.Stringer on October 9, 2019
    • Orlick is always in my pipe when fly fishing.No constant tending to.Grand aroma and smooth smoke.A anytime blend.Wether at 90 degrees or -20 below. As for Bright CR to me mind you.Is unsurpassable.Smooth smoke,the baccy transforms into soft paynes grey ash.Its fragrance is of its own.Its frustrating to some pipers who are used to mass produced American and Tutonic baccy. Gawith & Hoggarths way of production is a art,a grand tradition with ancient machinery.These components are what separates there blends from everyone.Which makes them more special and unique.It is obtainable.Just remember all those pipers who don't have McClelland so the nearest thing is S&G.Thats a lot of people.Much like fly fishing.Its just in the manner of where you cast and not fishing the same hole. As for mourning the loss of McClelland.You might have learned from always thinking a baccy will always be around.After years of talking with English tobacconist. You may be mourning Gawith&Hoggarth some day.Seven blends have been dropped this year .Dont hord,just enjoy and share.Smoked a pipe since the age of 12 now 43.Well I'm a southerner,it's in the blood.I have seen many blends come and go.Eventually you find a replacement.For instance no Penzance so now Star of the east flake.Stop whining.Its so mamby-pamby.S&P does have e-mail alert.Along with great service. It works.You just might not be setting your fly fast enuff.

    • CV on December 19, 2019
    • There is absolutely no way that any C&D product is in the top 10.

    • Cassie D on December 19, 2019
    • @CV This list was generated based on sales over the past five years. Of course, everyone has a different favorite, but this list just compiles the top ten Virginia's purchased over that five year time period.

    • columbialion on January 26, 2020
    • I would submit that Peterson's University Flake would be a great addition here as well.

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