Sipping is the way to go here. The smoke is floral, spicy, herbal, and leathery. I'd imagine this is similar to the Irish style plugs sold in the UK. If you enjoy dark, powerful lakelands, this is worth a try; it's just a touch lighter on the burley.... Read MoreRead Less
Perfect Kick Start for any smoking party
May 11, 2016
By: Robert L.
I found this tobacco to be an extra stout mix. I recommend following the other reviewers and enjoy slowly with either a single malt or a morning cup of coffee. This is as recommended for "the experienced pipe smoker" burns well either rubbe... Read Mored or folded and can be blended with American Delight for an extra kick.Overall a strong and very enjoyable tobacco experience!! Read Less
March 07, 2016
By: David B.
It is a perfect taste and smell and gets you to smoke other blends on the palette that have equal kicks. The nicotine in IF and UF can easily get one to smoke these tobaccos slowly. Check the difference between them and smoke them for a long time b... Read Moreefore trying something else. Read Less
February 16, 2016
By: Jung Pil s.
Good flake. Best
January 14, 2016
By: Sunil Raj S.
Taste: Full Bodied. Wonderful burley and dark fired kentucky in a thick smoke. I don't taste the Virginia though. Maybe it's there but I don't pick it up. Strength: Full strength. Moisture Level: Wet. It will require some drying time. Will I recommen... Read Mored?: Yes. It is a good quality smoke, easy to pack, easy to light and stays light well. It is a well behaved tobacco that tastes the same from charring light till the end of the bowl. Nicotine Level: It has high nicotine level. I have good nicotine tolerance and I still get light headed sometimes. I don't have issues smoking them in the morning or in an empty stomach. Additional Notes: Goes well with a cup of hot black coffee. From my experience, it has tasted better in pipes with smaller bowls. I'm not sure if others experience the same. Read Less
December 24, 2015
By: P. Francisco M.
HELLO: FIRST OFF I'm A LOVER OF A WELL THOUGHT OUT BLEND BE IT FLAKE, AROMATICS & YES EVEN SOME GOOD OLD STRAIGHT OUT CAVENDISH.#1 THE PIPE USED WAS A PETERSON CAVALIER (THE MOST FORGIVING SHAPE OF PIPES I KNOW-OUTSIDE OF A STRAIGHT UP OLD CALABASH) ... Read MoreTHAT BEING SAID I FOUND A LOT OF (non-aged)
VIRGINIA'S.A LITTLE OVER THE TOP PERIQUE & MAYBE \JUST\ 10% ANISE, EVEN MY DOG RAN OUT OF THE ROOM AFTER I GOT THE BOWL STARTED & HE LOVES PIPE TOBACCOS, PLUS THE FACT I HAVE BEEN SMOKING & COLLECTING PETERSON PIPES & TOBACCOS FOR OVER 60 YEARS. ALL I CAN SAY IS, I,m GLADE I PURCHASED 1 CAN TO GIVER A FAIR TRY, I'LL LET HER SET FOR A MONTH-THEN COME BACK & FINE TUNE MY REVIEW.
TO EACH HIS OWN. WITH RESPECT MENACHO Read Less
Does it get better than this?
November 22, 2015
By: Seraf D.
After all I'm still a newbie in pipe smoking but I have tried twenty some blends until now and this is a gem! Rich earthy tones and a strong kick; I smoke cigars once in a while and I don't mind a nicotine punch but in a pipe with this delicious dark... Read More fired flavor, I must say that it is a 5/5 win. It is A Great Tobacco to not be undiscovered if you haven't tried it yet. Although, as mentioned on the tin: "Recommended for the experienced pipe smoker", I might add: "To be tried by every pipe smoker". Read Less
October 12, 2015
By: Carl M.
Like the other reviews say,Pure,strong tobacco.The real thing,but with class.Burns clean,with good flavor.Work your way up to this,my smokers,there is nicotine present here.I mixed my last few slices with some Gawith twist,and Peterson 3P,and 1983 re... Read Mored virginia to let them mary for a few months. Read Less
A dissenting opinion
July 06, 2015
By: Terry S.
Tobacco reviews are mostly subjective. That said, Irish flake is not for me, primarily because it tastes very manufactured. The dominant flavor for me is an unnatural amount of anise and/or tonquin. I also get some citrus and sweetness that don't ... Read Moretaste natural either. While the high nicotine content doesn't bother me, if you don't like vitamin N I'd recommend staying far away. For some reason (probably the casings?) this blend makes me salivate excessively, something no other blend has done, and it''s not good to drool all over a vulcanite stem. ;-) If I accidentally inhale some, it immediately causes my lungs to ache, I'd guess because of combustion by-products from the casings. On the plus side, it's well behaved in the bowl, burns cool and slow. The flavors also mellow and merge with age. But it's not at all what I'd call "true to the pure tobacco taste" as the slogan says. I much prefer HH Old Dark Fired or to a lesser degree Bold Kentucky. As always, try it and judge for yourself - lots of people like it. Just not me. Read Less
IT'S A WINNER
July 04, 2015
By: Mark G.
This is the flake to smoke.It has a great flavor profile,I love tobacco that has dark fired kentucky in the blend, it adds a lot of good things.It's become one of my favorites fast.I liked this one right away.
Fans of HH Bold Kentucky, try this
July 02, 2015
By: Paul D.
This is a beauty of burl/va, the richness of the Virginias meld well with the dark fire's earthiness and spice; it's almost akin to a well married VaPer flake. This is one of the few flakes that I enjoy both moist and dry (the others being 1792, ODF,... Read More and Wintertime Flake). It's almost a sibling taste wise to Bold Kentucky.
I just wish this was offered in 16oz bags like some of the other Peterson tobaccos (though this is actually a Kohlhasse & Kopp produced blend), I'd surely buy a few, not that I don't mind the rich tin note. Read Less
May 26, 2015
By: James t.
A new love of my life, very strong tasting but in a good way. roomnote good. mainly smoke, nightcap, royalyauht, bold Kentucky , I beleave this surpasses them.
May 20, 2015
By: Alex c.
strong, but pure tobacco. Let the flake dry and mature to take away the intensity. Got an older tin once and the flavours were mellow, the smoke curls through your mouth and nose.
February 08, 2015
By: Hironori I.
January 29, 2015
By: Nicolas C.
Knock Your Socks Off
September 26, 2014
By: Thomas M.
Be ready for this one; it packs a punch. This was the first flake that I tried and I must admit, I was not prepared. I do not have a high tolerance to 'Vitamin N' but I still enjoyed it none the less. (Goes down better, for me anyway, with a large... Read More, very sweet cup of java). Still, it is indeed smooth and just because I don't reach for it all the time, it doesn't mean that I don't like it. I just prefer a flake like Orlik. Yes, I know, not the same category, however.... Read Less
May 23, 2014
By: Nicholas M.
Great flavor and slow cool smoke
May 03, 2014
By: Salvatore L.
A wonderful blend. Upon opening the tin, I was greeted with a very "Meaty" scent... Delightful! No problems holding a flame, and nice full mouthfuls of smoke. Really enjoying this one rubbed out in my cob with a churchwarden stem.
Strong and tastey.
April 29, 2013
By: Thomas W.
This is indeed a strong one, but deliciously haylike. If you have a high tolerance to nicotine (I've smoked cigarettes for ages), you can do this (and University Flake) as an all-day. The taste warrants it. You won't tire. It's well-tempered, burns p... Read Moreretty cool. Read Less
March 29, 2013
By: Tim H.
When I need a good strong nic kick, this is the tin I reach for
September 29, 2012
By: Torrey S.
While I do prefer other tobaccos over this one, it is a very fine Virginia.
June 02, 2012
By: John C.
I'm Irish, so of course I had to try this , the first time I saw it. Back then , I was going through some stressful times, and boy, the Nicotene in Irish Flake hit the spot. It was strong and stout. But , I have a high tolerance to nicotene, so it di... Read Morednt bother me much. I think everyone should try this at least once. It gives you a taste of really really good dark fired, and I think Kentucky tobaccos. It is strong, to be sure, but its a good strong. Just treat it with respect, and like any Irishman, it'll be a good friend , there for you during the hard times. Read Less
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