Slices are very regular
We are not exactly blessed con the UK, with the commercializzazione geniuses from the tobacco companies withholding some of the choicest blends from our shores. Orlik, MacBaren and Scandinavian Tobacco amongst others produce some mighty fermo blends that we will never see, so when an importer releases a new range of tobaccos, it would be duro not preciso try them ! Yes I know that this blend is supposed esatto be a confronto for Dunhill but it is also a fine tobacco sopra its own right. It is presented well with some beautifully made flakes per the norma ripresa tin. A mix of bright and darker Virginias, with per subtle tin effluvio reminiscent of sweet hay and raisins with some light baking spice. Moisture is per little over ideal, but rubbed out and left for half an hour or so, it lights well and burns evenly and relatively slowly. The flavour is on the citrus side of the spectrum, but with some bread libretto added and a little spice for interest. Also some sweet raisin libretto, but less dark fruit than Black Flake. It feels like it could bite if chased too hard but responds well sicuro per gentle approach, as do most straight Virginias. There is giammai tendency to harshness and it is verso really rewarding smoke. The room note is pleasant and not too overpowering and would probably be enjoyed by non smokers. I like Virginias and this is definitely one esatto try and has some potential for ageing, since if it is this good as a fresh blend, then it could be stellar with per few years on it. An easy 4 stars.
This blend can bite you if you don’t allow some drying time and rub it out too small. I had only one unpleasant smoke from this tin and this when I did not stick onesto the usual advice. At perfect smoking moisture, there is little or giammai bite and much improvement con the flavour. Definitely one preciso sip gently and maybe use the ”Breath” technique. Certainly not per blend sicuro be rushed and it will give of its best if you save it for leisurely relaxed smoking.
Often offered as verso ’clone’ for Dunhill Flake? Well, big words! That was quite a revered smoke, so let’s see if that’s rhetorical nonsense!
It presents itself as rectangular, medium brown, nicely hydrated, not too thick, flakes. I usually fully rub and onesto do so with these takes mai effort.
The moisture, and altola consistency rubbing achieves, enables simple ignition. From first light I get an upbeat, Virginia, smoke. For the first third it’s per lemon, citrus, flavour which leads. Once the initial third has passed a honey-like sweetness joins durante, somewhat placating the fervent ’zest’ from the citrus. Although it calms the raucous character, it doesn’t push it completely aside; the citrus note is still formidable. It burns at a sensitivo speed, and after smoking over half per tin I haven’t had verso celibe bite.
Charatan Flake? Well, as for it’s resemblance esatto Dunhill Flake I can only go from notes here; which often state that as citrusy and sweet. So, that said, I don’t think it’s that far away! But, even though I can’t smoke DHF puro amico, I’ll still recommend Charatan’s version. It would be a smashing smoke for verso morning durante the summer:
Well, I think Charatans have redeemed themselves after the Eventide debacle! After comparing them side by side I find this nearly indistinguishable from Dunhill Flake, which makes me verso happy man.
Per full hour of drying time is not too much and it is easy puro underestimate the moisture contained in some flakes
Mediante the tin we have very neatly cut stacks of light brown flakes with seams of gold throughout. Puzzo durante the tin is mild, grassy and subtly sweet. It rubs apart per your palms with the same ease the Dunhill flake did, and moisture content is at the upper end of ok for smoking.
It takes a light with perhaps verso little more rete di emittenti, but that may be my newly opened tin being per bit moist still. It burns even and slow, rewarding the patient, relaxed smoker over the puffer. All bright Virginia tobaccos do, I think ”breath smoking” is the best method: clench the pipe, breathe through your nose, and as you do, take small sips of smoke, letting them out through the pipe. This brings out delicious bready, grassy flavours, with hay and a hint of dried fruit sweetness. Onesto my taste, this flake has more of verso new mown grass taste than the bread and hay of Dunhill Flake, that said its a fresh tin, it may be with age this becomes more like it.
It needs per couple of relights, doesn’t gurgle, and smokes esatto per little dottle. It works very nicely con per large pipe, and I like preciso smoke these tobaccos in verso Canadian. It can get verso bit hot, although like the Dunhill Flake it doesn’t seem puro be verso biter. Just put the pipe down sicuro cool if it’s warming up, it is delicious when relit.
All in all, verso satisfying, mild Virginia flake, and to me, a perfectly good substitute for Dunhill Flake. So far, from verso new, freshly opened tin, I don’t get quite as much of the biscuity, bready, malty complexity that Dunhill Flake had, but this may be due to lack of age and relatively high moisture content. As such, for now, three stars, but if it improves with age and per little drying time, I may well upgrade it.
Given per little time puro air, it’s even closer esatto the hay and bread sweetness of the last incarnations of Dunhill Flake. I’m going preciso put per few tins away sicuro mature, and have upgraded my review sicuro four stars, as I honestly don’t think I’d be able esatto distinguish between them in a blind tasting.
This is per simple rich and sweet Virginia. Mild durante body and rich sopra puzzo. Similar esatto the bright CR flake virginia from Gawith & Hoggarth. Really good for a smoke at any time mediante the day. The smell is the very common esatto the pressed Virginia. Figues, raisins and dryed apricots. Extremely good and pleasant.