So very similar to old dark fired. Pretty sure they have the same 4 types of tobacco. Nice amd dark, earthy semi sweet nutty flavor. Not as earthy as odf, and this im pretty sure has a light topping but thats ok. This was one of the first pipe tobacc... Read Moreos i tried and even my noob taste buds cried out w joy when i tasted it.
I would have givin 5 sgars but this is not in my daily rotation, odf has that slot filled.
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I rarely find tobacco tin literature more than a nice gimmick. However, I think this one summarises the blend. "Recommended for the experienced smoker" and there is good reason behind this. The strength, the mechanics and lastly the targete... Read Mored palette. As soon as I opened the tin, I was greeted by - what is in my opinion - the most excellent cut flake I have ever seen. It is cut to perfection. It was 24 equal and stacked flakes of very dark brown colour. They have a soft, oily feel to the touch and give away a strong, smoky aroma. It reminds me a lot of smoked herring in the most pleasant way. the flake came moist and needed some drying time, though they never bit when smoked as they are. Though - and this is the first part of what makes it "experienced" - is that you need to dry it perfectly to get the taste profile. Other than that, it won't give away its secrets. I normally found that 20 minutes of dry time as a flake then rubbing it well and leaving it for 5 more minutes made it perfect.. It lights with a bit of effort as most flakes, but as soon as it lights it stays lit and smokes cool. Upon the first few puffs I didn't get much of a taste except a rich, dark taste. Then it starts to give away a beautiful, dark, nutty taste. This is burley and kentucky tango. They mingle and dance in your mouth. The taste is strong and commanding that I rarely felt any Virginia in there. Yet it has a surprisingly light room note. It smoked consistently and at most needed 1-2 relights.. It burns to the bottom well and rarely leave any moisture in the bowl. It is quite strong on nicotine though. After eating well and being paired with some tea or coffee, this will make your head feel light. So beware. And I have to say that this pairs well - actually very well - with coffee. It is strong, it is recommended and it is indeed not for a novice smoker
Pipe Used: Savinelli St. Nicholas 2017 - 321
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This is a very delicious Burley / Virginia style tobacco. With very little to no tongue bite. This is a great all day smoke. Perfect for morning cup of coffee while reading the paper, or in the evening while sitting by the fire enjoying your favorite... Read More drink getting lost in your thoughts. Read Less
Irish flake and I go back to when I first started getting serious about pipe smoking. I had been an aromatic smoker, and the guy who worked at my local brick and mortar swore by the stuff. He had one of the coolest mustaches I'd ever seen, and that w... Read Moreas enough to sell me on it. I probably should have started with something tamer, but I guess sometimes you just gotta go with the beast before you. This is for the "experienced" pipe smoker to the degree that it is strong and full flavored, but if you like the taste of tobacco then you'll love this blend. There is an anise topping, but I only barely notice it. I more than anything get a wonderful rich earthiness, and nuttiness. There is also a surprising sweetness that sits below the strength, and a pleasant spiciness. I have set this tobacco aside several times to try other things, but this is always the one I come back to. It's not an all day smoke, at least not for me, but it's something I could smoke daily. It's just a good solid blend. I have a few tins cellaring away, and I've had a preview of a 10 year flake (brick and mortar mustache guy had some) and what happens with 10 years of age? Smoothness. Incredible smoothness. I can't wait! I love this blend, I do. It's just a good, wonderful, honest straight forward tobacco. If you give it a go before being "experienced" you'll certainly be experienced after, and you'll be a better man/woman/person for it! Read Less
This blend is fantastic! No matter my mood, a bowl of this is always relaxing and the flavour is just spectacular. Smokes really well, and the flakes rub out perfectly. Quickly becoming one of my favourites. Highly, HIGHLY recommended.
This is a great blend for those of us that like stronger tobacco blends. The flavor is a superb, straight forward tobacco that is slightly sweet, smoky, and tangy. But be warned, it packs a punch. Delicious.
I am not a big burley fan, so I was hesitant with this blend. I love DFK, so I felt it might work out. I rubbed this flaked out and packed my pipe. The charring light went smoothly. I think I had to relight a couple of times, but it was a fresh tin. ... Read MoreThe room note wasn't great, but the taste was pleasant. The dark fired kentucky seemed balanced well with the virginia and burley. The nicotine was strong, but not as much as I was led to believe. I have smoked some other blends like Royal Yacht and Dunhills that are stronger, but I would caution the novice. Read Less
This is a great tobacco for a number of reasons... Great taste Exceptional burning qualities, No bite, Great value
The reason this tobacco is a great value is that I only need to smoke it once a week to overload my nicotene urge!! Good Stuff.
I really need to try more Peterson offerings. Somehow Irish Flake is the only Peterson blend I've tried and I always enjoy it thoroughly. The anise/liquorice topping is present with every puff without being overwhelming, but if you really don't lik... Read Moree anise or toppings then you might be turned off. The topping does dissipate with time, however, and in a years time becomes faint and the primary flavors are that of sweet and Rich Virginia and dark fired. Irish flake is strong in nicotine but not overwhelming for the seasoned smoker. A fine balance of dark virginia and sweet flue cured with enough dark fired to make it plenty interesting, irish flake hits most of the right notes for me. The flavor is solid and the topping persists but it doesnt wow me. Nonetheless i fond myself reaching for this on many a morning smoke. On a final note this can be a little harsh, often not noticed until the next morning or later with a slightly raw throat sometimes. Excellent stuff.
Addendum: a couple tins later and some age on my most recent jarred tin and I have to bump this up a couple notches. The flakes have darkened a little more in some places to near black and a couple patches of bloom/plume have developed. After a coming back to IF from a small break I realized how much I missed it. When I put flame to pipe I got a wonderful blast of sweet virginia and smoky dark fired flavor reminiscent of ODF by Mac baren and more so than before. The top note really dissipates over time but does remain faintly present and much more complementary to the tobacco flavor. I need to buy more of this and ODF immediately.. Read Less
I like really strong tobaccos and this one would be great if not for the horrible topping. It smelled like one of those chocolate oranges that you break up with a cheap perfume or aftershave like smell drifting in behind the orange. The topping does ... Read Morenot come through but a tiny bit in the smoking but still it's a smell I just can't get past. It just leaves me asking why? It would be so much better without the topping. I enjoy their Irish Oak a lot better than this. I've been smoking pipes for over 20 years and I just don't honestly feel this is listed properly as a non flavored tobacco. It may appeal as a crossover blend to some but it just does not work for me. Read Less
Strong powerfull tobacco the scent of the flakes at awesome excellent product well packed easy rubbed out excellent mouth watering,sweet taste while I smoke the I want more the only one that I like from petersons backy line this is very strong backy ... Read Moreexcellent Read Less
Fantastic smoke, a bit strong for some but I am not very sensitive to nicotine. I find this compliments a morning cup of coffee very well. However, I am the type that likes strong black coffee on an emtpy stomach, same goes for my tobacco. If you are... Read More sensitive to nicotine, you may want to reserve this as an after dinner nightcap-esque blend. Also pairs well with a bit of bourbon. That being said it is fantastic. Read Less
I am a lover of strong flakes & twists, and IF is a classic to me. I try to keep tin purchases under $10, and this is worth as much and tastes just as good as Stirling Flake, or some of the pricier flakes.
Nothing subtle or contemplative about this tobacco. Strong and assertive with plenty of spicy flavor and copious amounts of nicotine. Go slow and easy or be reduced to a drooling, quivering mess ...You have been warned !!!
As far as Virginia flakes go Irish is the absolute best. It has a Cope-esque topping in the tin note... which while pleasant really doesn't matter... who says what an amazing smoke but the tin note was crap so I'm not smoking it again... or who smoke... Read Mores a crappy burning blend so they can smell the tin? The flake rubs out easily, but on opening I find is just a little damp and needs an hour or so to dry. However, it may be perfect for you... not too wet at all. It packs well, lights easily and burn to the bottom. There is ample full and thick smoke that bring a full and rich flavor unlike any other tobacco I've tried with a solid but not overwhelming nic hit. If I had to choose one Virginia flake... this is it. If I had to choose one Flake... this is it. Read Less
This is an everyday smoke for me, it's very unique in it's flavoring (anise maybe?) which is applied perfectly along with a very slightly floral topping. It's earthy, nutty and a little sweet with a strong nicotine hit. I usually smoke this in an aft... Read Moreer dinner pipe, it's very satisfying. Read Less
I thought I was man enough to handle this blend. Boy was I wrong! I can handle Nightcap, Old Joe Krantz and Haunted Bookshop on an empty stomach easily. What I discovered is for my taste, I don't like Dark Fired Kentucky. I officially downgraded myse... Read Morelf from He Man to Sissy Baby Creampuff. Read Less
I just received this today and when I opened it and smelled it reminded me of my grandfathers snuff but other smells mixed in. My first smoke and I thought I better order more. I love the taste of this flake.
Petersons Irish flake is a winner. I find that I'm I find I am a fan of full bodied and full flavored tobacco's but often find full-bodied too often means some predominant flavor like over-the-top latakia or a not-so-great room note. (though I am ... Read Morea fan of GL pease "gas light".).
Irish lake is a wonderful combination of full-bodied tobacco flavor with just the right level of sweetness throughout the bowl . I detect no licorice or anise as other reviewer have mentioned which is surprising since I'm often verry sensitive to both and don't particularly care for either. My palette picks up good strong tobacco flavor and finds the sweetness comes through as hints of dried stone fruit or Turkish dates.
Strong? Yes....certainly compared to much of my rotation, but nothing to be frightened of. Not an "all day" blend but as a deeply flavored reward for a long hard day this one is in my top 5.
Definitely adding some tins to my cellar. Read Less
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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