This Virginia flake is one of the best, and it ages so nicely. I have some from several years ago and it's incredibly good. It's also pretty robust for a plain VA flake. I have no idea what the other reviewer who gave it a half star rating is talking... Read More about. The recent batch was fine. Astleys just needs to make more and send it stateside! Read Less
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 befor... Read Moree. 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. Read Less
Based on a tin w/6 years of age... not much of a tin note. About halfway through the bowl is when you can expect the best flavor from this "dark" Virginia. Lacking a well trained palate, I can't note much about the fresh cut hay & grass, lemony citr... Read Moreus Virginias, or mild sweet reds, wood, graham crackers, fresh baked bread & butter, toast & jam, plums, prunes, figs, raisins, glazed donuts, grandma's biscuits, nuts & bolts, earth, wind & fire, etc., but I do know a good VA tobacco! This is a straight VA with a little sweetness that developed about mid bowl. This blend seemed to burn a little hot and bit a little. It required a number of relights & I employed the DGT method to reduce bite & let it sit & cool on several occasions. I wouldn't classify this as a great VA & it wasn't a total, blockbuster bell-ringer for me but it is a fairly good smoke & doesn't produce much condensation if dried to the proper moisture level. The bowl was dry when the dottle was emptied. This, as stated earlier was my second trial run with #44 & it seemed a little smoother but actually, very little had changed. Read Less
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