First off, the idea of a beginner tobacco is silly. Just on the face of it. Second, what with the demise of McClelland there are not that many good pure virginia flakes around. This is among the best actually. Medium body, with a neutral very very li... Read Moreght casing of sugar or sweetener and otherwise just a lightly stoved quality Va. It reminds me of F&Ts Vintage flake. Read Less
The tin note for me is a nice mix of figs and citrus. The flakes are thin cut and fall apart easily. For me the flavor is medium strength - what I get is mostly an undefined citrus flavor with some oaty undertones, kind of like oatmeal cookies. Th... Read Moreere is a nice sweetness (maybe from honey?). It's a bit moist in the tin, and benefits from slight drying time. Like many Va blends, you'll get more flavor by sipping slowly - puff too hard and it can bite a bit. It's not very complex, but I like this one - tastes natural and could be smoked all day. Read Less
I received this tin of Wessex Gold Virg. Flake as a gift and had never heard of Wessex. I have smoked Dunhill Flake, Orlik GS, PS Luxury Bullseye and Twist Flake, Escudo, Davidhoff Flake Medallions. The Wessex was my favorite by far. That is what ... Read MoreI imagined just tobacco would taste like. Nothing special imparted in the flake just natural sweetness and burned well. I smoked the whole tin straight away. I am looking forward to getting another tin and also trying the Red Virginia Flake. Read Less
A little more bland than the other folded flakes , Wessex Gold is a nice choice for a mild Virginia smoke . A slight citrus taste and a good burn are it's hallmarks . This is also a good Virginia mixer to provide some kindling for Samuel Gawarth . An... Read More excellent first pipe of the day too. Read Less
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