Erinmore Flake is a superb blend of premium Virginia leaf topped with a secret recipe and aged under pressure to marry the flavors. The aged cake is then sliced thin and packaged. It can be rubbed to suit any taste. Medium in strength with a refreshing aroma. A cool clean burning all-day smoke.
After repeatedly saying I wanted to try this someday and forgetting to buy it, a close friend surprised me one day with my first tin of Erinmore. I definitely think it lives up to it's "classic" status though I admit my own experience is of the more... Read More recent productions of Erinmore. I think for fans of a nice mild all-day VA flake, you can't do much better. In fact, this is the blend that made me a fan of flakes. And, after trying many other similar flakes available, Erinmore is the one I come back to as the watermark of a great Virginia smoke. I'd give it 5 stars, but I have noticed that the moisture content does vary from tin to tin and ranges from "just right" to needing to be dried out a little first, but it's always quality tobacco. As for taste and aroma, it has the lighter VA hay notes and is quite sweet. Any VA can bite if you're unfamiliar with how to smoke them, but personally I'd have to try hard to get a bite from this one. I'm not sure what the actual flavoring is, but it's a rather unique taste and never overpowers the Virginias, and while some may call this an aromatic, the flavoring is very subtle and balanced. I can't compare it to earlier incarnations, but as it is today, Erinmore is truly enjoyable. Read Less
A great flake that I find myself returning to again and again. Aged Virginias up-front, a Burley backbone, and a lightly-sweet casing that's ever-present but doesn't translate to a chemical-like flavor at all. Erinmore isn't a grassy and bright type ... Read Moreflake, but rather of the richer and more savory variety. The Erinmore top note is immediately noticeable, but pleasant. As the flake ages, that Juicy-Fruit smell and taste fade away. When retro-haled, I get a mildly peppery, Perique-like tingle, yet it's very smooth at the same time. Unlike many Virginia and Burley blends I've tried fresh out of the tin, Erinmore didn't bite my tongue at all, not even when pushed. The moisture content is similar to Samuel Gawith's flakes, but they're much easier to prepare. As many pipers mention, the tin note's like Wrigley's Juicy Fruit, but it fades with drying time and (as previously noted) with aging. The Burley rounds-out the flavor and imparts some extra nicotine. Indeed, I was surprised by the nicotine content of this flake; it's stronger than I expected. I rate it 5 out of 10 on the nicotine scale. Finally, the room note is pleasant for the piper, when you get a whiff of it in the air it's nice, but non-smokers probably won't care for it. Putting it plain & simple, I really enjoy this super-savory flake. When I can't decide which blend to smoke, I often find myself returning to Erinmore Flake. Read Less
This, like Dunhill Royal Yacht, is a polarizing tobacco. You either love it or hate it. I love it. First, if you're looking for a sweet aromatic, move along because this isn't it. Erinmore Flake is strong in the nic department, and has lots of fruity... Read More flavor to go along with it's Virgina component. It's not something that you light up to keep everyone in the room happy though. My friends say it smells like fruity cigarettes, whatever that means. Still, it's a good, powerful smoke that is both interesting and pleasant. Word of caution though: it ghosts like crazy, so don't use it in a treasured Virginia pipe. Use a cob or something you don't mind devoting to it exclusively. Enjoy. Read Less
I have tried both Erinmore and Erinmore Flake, a bowlful of the latter just this afternoon. This tobacco, once the only tobacco I'd smoke, is no longer the delightful fruity mixture I smoked in 1959 through the early 1960s. Then it was compounded by ... Read Morethe Irish and was my delight as well as that of friends, full of fruity flavor with a room note that was truly a bouquet. Now it tastes and smells like twigs, tree bark, and burning leaves. Perhaps, the Irish sandbagged the original recipe. The Danish version is sorely lacking both in the original's fruity flavor and bouquet. I will, of course, smoke the two cans I purchased [I don't like to throw money away.] But I will never purchase another of either Erinmore or Erinmore Flake. I am truly saddened by what I consider the demise of a once truly delectable tobacco. Read Less
I hesitated to write this review, after all, there is quite a bit written here and elsewhere on this tobacco. It’s legion of followers can not be denied as this is in the top 20 in sells rank. There are close to 50 reviews here on Smokingpipes alone ... Read Moreso I had to read through the most recent reviews to see if I had to say anything different that would be of value to someone coming to Erinmore Flake for perhaps the first time. There is a lot of expectation around this tobacco, either a floral/fruity love it or hate it crowd over top quality leaf. Coming to Erinmore late myself, I have no prior Erinmore experience so can not talk to what has change or what has remained the same, but I can tell the reader what my experience and thoughts are on the current product.
Upon opening the tin, the flakes are beautifully presented package in its tight square paper. I was not greeted with the scent of pineapple, but there is a definite slight fruity topping slightly moist and dark. So from the initial tin note, tobacco and subtle fruit, more of the citrus variety than the stone fruit variety. Some have said “Juicy Fruit”, but that would be slightly misleading and make one think of more Esoterica’s “And So To Bed” of which this is definitely not, but I can understand the reference as the fruit is evasive, there but undefinable. I tried my first bowl rubbed out and subsequent bowls in a twisted fold and stuff, which I think is my preferred packing for this flake as the rate of burn is easier to control and sip, where this cadence really allows the full depth of this tobacco to shine. So into my meerschaum this goes, I have drilled all my meerschaum stem tenons to accept a small 3mm paper filter to help when tobacco is more moist then my patience will allow to dry. Initial char was spicey almost like there was dark fires Kentucky in the mix, not tongue bite, but spice played across my tongue. Something I was totally unprepared for which is unique in these reviews as I have yet to read another piper express any form of spice in their experience with this mix. On retro Hale and finish, the mouth is filed with the delicate interplay of sweet Virginia and subtle gentle fruit essence. Juicy fruity? Kinda, unique and unplaceable, definitely. The entire bowl plays between the tobacco flavors shifting to spicy sweet and fruity never one over the other but a definite inter play, intriguing, elusive and full. A pipeful if mystery, but by mid bowl the nicotine kicks in and if not careful can easily be too much for a medium size bowl. But, when gently taken through its pace, can be controlled with this unique experience of interplay’s. The finish shines and increases now through the last 1/4th of the bowl.
The end result, teetering on too much nicotine, but enticed with a finish that lingers in the mouth it’s hard to resists coming back to...it is what I imagine a true Irish Flake to be and makes one want to power through the heart palpitation as it is a great bowl of tobacco. This may not be anyone else’s experience, but I can definitely understand why this has a legion of devoted fans, for me, due to the nicotine level a smaller bowl pipe works best as I can not see me coming back again and again to this blend. Having smoked plenty of UF, WF, Marlin F, the nicotine level is higher but in this VirBur flakes it is unique and I am on the hunt for the US elusive Malcolm Flake to compare the two different blends, but until that time I think Erinmore, while not necessarily better then others does have a uniqueness worth experiencing again and again. Read Less
A good stronger tobacco that lets you know it there. Good Virginia and burley with the perfect topping. The pipe smokers who are knocking the mixture but like the flake absolutely amaze me. The mixture is the same tobacco, it’s only rubbed out.
There isn't much to say about this.. It speaks consistency all around.. Beautifully made and cut flakes.. Easy packing, easy lighting.. smooth and tasty.. Great room note... ages well. And heavier, more dominant than its sister the rubbed one
You could smoke all day. Stays lit and a medium smoke,enjoyable. You can smell the citrus in the tin and once lit it only gets better. This flake gets better with at least 6 months of aging. Smooth smoke without the bite from a flake. Highly recommen... Read Moreded. Read Less
Agreed, I just can't find the pineapple that some have discussed. I find other things however... An easy to light flake that surprised me by staying lit all the way down to Davie Jones' Locker. Found a tin hiding from early 2014, cracked it open, ni... Read Morece tin note, one flake for later, the rest in a mason jar. Dried for about three hours (got busy with the fam damily) and was pleasantly surprised. Did not burn hot, burned slow and even like, nice, white ash remaining. The War Department said she enjoyed sitting beside this burning bowl, said it wasn't as 'overpowering' as other flakes I smoke. This will be a regular in the rotation. Better than my ranking...to be controversial. Read Less
Yes, the tin note does smell quite impressive. Floral and fruity—flowers and cut pineapple slices. I found myself holding a small wad of the rubbed-out flakes to my nostrils and just took it in, between bowls. This floral fruitiness is in the room no... Read Morete and upon puffing, on the tongue to a significantly lesser extent. But the smoking, to me, was still somewhat pleasurable. But as the bowls burned down, I would find the taste of coffee with sweet and floral notes give way to a bland, slightly bitter (but not unsavory) taste.
I won’t restock this, or if I do it will be one tin to crack open every several months. But I didn’t find this bad tobacco, just not exciting or exceptional. If I gave this 4 stars, then that would make the sweet and fruity stunner Sun Bear, to me, about 5.5 or 6 stars, and I can’t technically give that here. 3.5 stars it is. Read Less
I used to smoke this daily and loved it. I had not had a tin of the STG version until recently. The topping has all but disappeared, it is still a really good flake and the component tobaccos are high quality but it is missing something the pevious... Read More version had. Read Less
Once in a very great while, I get a hankering to give this flake another go, in part because my first taste was from a neighbor who gets it sent to him in large quantities from the Middle East where, apparently, it's a lot cheaper. So, there's a sent... Read Moreimental attachment to it.
The flake itself, right out of the tin, is too moist for me, and I'm too impatient to rub it out and wait a while before loading a pipe. So, right away, I'm faced with having to light it four or five times before it's really cooperating. Once it's lit, I do get a wonderful, fruity aroma in the room and a smoke that is mild with a bit of a nic hit. For me, that initial burst is nice enough that it's what I remember about the flake. But there are lots of flakes with or without different flavorings that impress me more and come with less moisture. This one will remain a very occasional smoke for me. Read Less
I was looking for a alternative to Peter Stokeyebe luxury twist flake. I was referred to Erinmore Flake. I was told if I like luxury twist, I would like Erinmore flake. I'm truly impressed. Erin more Flake has a slight fruity taste. This will be in ... Read Moremy regular rotation.
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I really enjoyed this tobacco. It is high quality.It burned thoroughly and extremely cool. Never did I get any bite, even when puffing hard. It started out sweet and stayed that way until the end. It left me disappointed that the bowl was empty and I... Read More wanted more. It has a fruit sweetness but I can’t really say that it tastes like any particular type of fruit. The tobacco flavors came through without any artificial taste. It wasn’t goopy at all. It was perfect right from the tin. This will be something that I keep around and smoke a lot of. The price is decent and I enjoy it very much. Many people say it has a strong nic hit, but I never really noticed it like I have with some other blends (Old Joe Krantz). Read Less
I expected more, since unfortunately the fantastic aroma before smoking does not transfer anything or almost nothing to the taste, I find it very difficult to find the fruity notes, although there are, and although I think that the tobacco is of good... Read More quality and fresh, the smoke becomes bitter at the end. Read Less
I love the tin art and wanted to love the smoke, but this one is forgettable. Great tin note, but the taste is similar to PS Luxury Twist Flake to me - exciting for a few puffs, and then settles into a pleasant but average smoke that's a bit too gene... Read Moreric to me. For reference, in the Virginia flake category, I really like PS LNF, Marlin Flake, and OGS. Read Less
This was my grandfather's favourite blend, and I can see why. It has a dark, strong flavour profile and a top note that piques my interest while it eludes characterization. It reminds me of anise, but is not clean licorice. It smokes with a bready qu... Read Moreality: plenty of smoke and flavour to chew on, as it were. As my first foray into a flake cut, I had to learn how to approach this blend. After a while, I discovered that it needs to be rubbed out, rather than folded, and packed with medium tightness regardless of the width and depth of bowl. Once properly lit, it burned down to a fine white ash without requiring much effort or many relights. I would recommend this blend, but with the reservation that it may not be for average aromatic smokers. On the other hand, English blend smokers may profit from this as a foray into aromatics. As one of the latter type of smokers, I find Erinmore Flake to be a winner. Read Less
I tried this one a long time ago when I was first learning how to smoke a pipe and I thought it tasted just like Orlik Golden Slice.... how wrong I was. As I get reacquainted with this one I'm learning a lot about it that my novice palate just didn't... Read More pick up on. The current tin I'm smoking has a few years age on it and I can tell this one is just gonna get better the longer it sits. The flakes are extremely dark and smells of natural tobacco, I can't really pick up on the topping in the tin note. When lit, the top dressing is noted and it has some wonderful fruit and floral notes that really work well with the natural tobacco flavors. I've heard that when this was made by Murray's that this was heavily perfumed which is no longer the case now that STG is producing it. The top dressing is applied conservatively and just enough to enhance the natural flavors, so I wouldn't actually consider this an aromatic but as you can see most people do. The nicotine strength is no wimp and should totally satisfy folks that crave it, it certainly satisfies me. I'll be going deep in my cellar with this one. I only wish I could have tried the Plug version before it was yanked from the market. Essential! Read Less
Erinmore Flake is one of my absolute favorites. It's a solid blend with plenty of fruity flavor. Erinmore Flake is great, all-day smoke that will not leave you wanting anything else. If you want a nice, mellow Virgina, look no further than Erinmore F... Read Morelake! Read Less
A warm virginia burley mix with mild apricot - bergamot - pineapple topping, for taste not room note. The tobacco is tasty and the topping is natural.
Bite? Not a nip. Outstanding punchy summertime blend. This is the tobacco Orlik Golden Sliced... Read More wishes it could be. Read Less
This is one of those tobaccos shrouded in mystery... There are two camps here: those who love it and those who love to hate it! This VaBur is lightly cased in a citrusy-like flavoring, that is light and sweetly-tart at the same time. It's like the wi... Read Moreldly popular Orlik Golden Sliced on naturally, mild "fruity" steroids. This is from a confirmed Aro fan looking for an intro into that realm outside of my norm... I will continue to enjoy this nice change of pace as long as it sticks around for another 100 years!!! Read Less
This Erinmore Flake is reminiscent of Orlik Golden Sliced in it's simplicity and hay-like qualities is the closest I've come to the venerable Orlik... A nice switch off with the addition of a "secret" ingredient! I think it will stay in my ... Read Morerotation as a mild, daily, anytime smoke... Read Less
Like my comments on the Mixture, this once wonderful flake has also gone backwards. It is not so much the quality of the leaf, the strength and presentation, but STG appears to have toned down that famous "juicy fruit gum" flavor and replac... Read Moreed it with a more subdued floral flavor which is now barely noticable in the tin note and even less so in the flavor. It's still a reasonable smoke but not in the same vein as the previous recipe. Read Less
First off, the tin note is great. There are hints of tropical fruits (think Juicy Fruit gum). The cut is a nice flake that rubs out easily. I am not a huge fan of Burley, but this has just the right amount for my taste. I barely know it there, so... Read More the overall flavoring seems to come more from the Virginias and the topping to me. The bottom half of the bowl gets pretty wet no matter how long I dry before smoking. The topping seems to collect as the bowl burns down until you get a wet bitter puddle. I find that I either need to take a break and let it dry up a bit or abandon the bottom 1/4 altogether. This is definitely a medium to light strength and can be smoked at any time. It burns cool and stays lit with no issues. Overall, it is a nice mildly aromatic Virginia that is worth keeping around for a change of pace. Read Less
Erinmore is a very nice flake for everyday smoking. Has a slightly fruity topping backed by a flake made of virginia and burley. Erinmore has been a popular smoke for decades and there's a very good reason - it's just a darn good smoke any time of ... Read Moreday. Read Less
I've researched this a bit. It may not be a pineapple; it may well be a thistle.
In Celtic symbolism the thistle represents noble character and graciousness. It became the emblem of Scotland in the 1200s, as well as the Chivalric Order of the Thistl... Read Moree in 1540. Why it's on what is supposed to be an Irish style of tobacco is another question.
Personally, I like to use Erinmore Flake to season black cavendish tobacco. Read Less
This has been one of my favorite tobaccos since i began smoking a pipe. Lovely citrus tin note and a sweet, satisfying smoke that i enjoy at anytime of the day. Can bite if there is too much moisture but i find it a good introductory flake tobacco. J... Read Moreust smoke it, this stuff is great.
Just don't confuse it with the mixture, that stuff is horrible... Read Less
When I first started smoking a pipe in University, my Dad got out some Erinmore that he had sitting in a tobacco pouch for years. Of course, it could have used some hydration, but I'll never forget that unique taste it brought forth. It was also the ... Read Morefirst flake I smoked.
Nowadays, Erinmore is still a pleasure to smoke as it was a decade ago! Read Less
I've tried lots of aromatics and was looking for something different and something a bit stronger, A friend had recommended I try this and I was not disappointed. ONLY prob is a bit strong for me as I am a newb! I WILL NOT GIVE UP this is in my ro... Read Moretation Read Less
This was one of first "strong"blends that I tried many years ago. I was drawn to it by it's aroma and when I finally tried it, I thought the taste was unique, being a bit sweet but not overly so. Oddly enough, I used the fold and pack method as shown... Read More on the SPC video long before there was the web. I discovered this method by experimentation and since it worked well for me, I kept using it. I have tried both the mixture and the flake. I think of the two, the flake has a richer flavor. Read Less
Physically, this is an easy to load flake...I followed SPC's fold over and bend method, and this keeps the tobacco cool and sweet all the way down. Yes, the 'mystery' casing is present at first light - but then retreats behind the Virginia blend qui... Read Morete nicely. The melding is very well handled by whoever came up with this blend. I'd recommend a meerschaum for a first try...so that pipe and mixture stay true. There is no gooey dottle to worry about at the finish. Like most others who wrote reviews here, this is a tobacco that grows on you. Note: there is a pretty good nicotine hit, though the taste wouldn't telegraph that. Well recommended. Especially at the price. Read Less
My first bowl of this was surprisingly pleasant. After reading reviews on that other Tobacco Review site, I was worried about the fruity flavor, but it's a mild flavor and so is the sweetness (hence this is listed as a Virginia and not an aromatic on... Read More SPC). The fruit flavor and sweetness diminish quickly as the bowl goes on, but they are still mildly present all the way to the bottom of the bowl. After a bit, the Virginias take to the front, then as the bowl gets closer to the bottom, the Burleys become more noticeable, and this pattern has been consistent with every bowl I've smoked. It also burns amazingly slowly and completely.
First bowl my rating would have been 3 stars - my impression was it was a nice change, but not an every day tobacco. Next day I had another bowl. :-) Then next day another then another until the tin is almost gone - it's now part of my daily rotation. My first impression was I would probably get tired of it, but it hasn't happened yet - in fact I seem to get fonder of it with every bowl. Not too sweet, not too fruity, with good Virginias and Burleys. Moderate nicotine, definitely more than most aromatics.
As far as the fruit flavor, it's unidentifiable to me but you'll read lots of varying descriptions in reviews here and elsewhere, from raspberry (I don't taste that) to licorice (I don't taste that either), apricots and or peaches (maybe), Juicy Fruit gum (maybe a little) to pear and banana (maybe slightly). I also get a definite citrus flavor that reminds me a little of Orlik Golden Sliced, but it's a different flavor and a little stronger. Informed sources say there is no pineapple flavor in it even though there is one pictured on the label - the pineapple used to be a symbol of hospitality which is why it was chosen for the logo. Also, the older version of this had a floral aroma, but I don't get that in the current version at all. If you are a Va or Burley purist, you may want to stay away, but if you like aromatics and want to try a VaBur flake, or you want a change from your usual VaBur flake, this might be a good one to try. In any case, it's grown on me and I'll be buying a tin or two to age as well as another one to smoke. Read Less
This is truly a masterful blend, it burns perfectly, righ to the bottom, and has a delicious raspberry/red licorice flavor. There is also a certain satisfaction in rolling it out by hand, will certainly be buying more of this in the future.
Well, after so many reviews and this practically being a staple brand to try...I tried it! NOT saying it's bad, but not good either! It did not get me in any way, really sad as I was looking forward to really liking this!
The tin note is definitely sweet and fruity, but the smoke is not nearly as pronounced. It's a nice smoke, not harsh at all. Smokes nice, finishes to a silver grey ash upon a small dottle. A little sharp to inhale, but still pleasant.
There really ... Read Moresomething going on here that is addictive. I didn't think I'd like it when I first opened the tin, but I keep ordering and smoking more and more. It has such a unique flavor. Nice room note, seems to illicit more smiles than frowns. Leaves an enchanting after taste. Read Less
This blend is a nice transition between non aromatics and aromatics. The dark flakes of virginia and burley have just enough fruity flavor to add some zing. The taste is refreshing. The fruit topping doesn't overpower the tobacco. I got 13 perfect sl... Read Moreices in a 50g tin. One slice rubbed out is all you need. No drying time and it stays lit. The tin note is much fruitier than the smoke, but the flavor is there. Read Less
As many note the Juicy Fruit taste is rather strong. I don't like aromatics, but I love this taste. The tin has a pineapple on it. I'm assuming that's sort of the taste they're going for. It's nice and fruity, and leaves a crisp Juicy Fruit taste in ... Read Moreyour mouth for a good hour after a bowl. You can smoke it pretty fast as well with no bite. Definitely my favorite aromatic. Read Less
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