When I went to place my order at smokingpipes.com, there was a mix up with the online checkout. Because of this, I was unable to place an order for McClelland Blackwoods Flake (Personal Reserve) in the 50 g (1.75 ounces) size. It was available when I began my order, but by the time the checkout problem had been solved, they had sold out. In order to compensate me, I was sent the same tobacco in 100 gram (3.5 ounces) size. Good thing I like it, because now I have a lot of it.
Not surprising that I find this a good tobacco, as I am usually one for Virginia flakes, and this one is actually exceptional.
The tin note is quite pleasant, with the smell of fermented fruit, like porter, though this is just the smell of the tobacco. The mix is an uncased, mellow red Virginia, and stoved black Virginia, doubly aged, blend, so the aroma is peer Virginia tobacco.
As a broken flake, the tobacco can be loaded directly into your pipe, but I found that some rubbing out helped the blend immensely. It burned more evenly, and consistently when rubbed out, and offered less tongue bite.
The tobacco was so smooth and mellow, and cool smoking that I found I could enjoy an entire pipe without becoming overly buzzed, with that nice slight mouth numbing feeling that I’m fond of in a Virginia.
The bowl did not smoke with the great billowing plumes that many are fond of, but it smoked consistently, and the taste was incredible.
Also, as a non-aromatic, there was very little dottle left in the bowl, and the tobacco remains smooth and mellow right to the bottom of the bowl.
Overall, I would say that this is the best Virginia flake that I’ve ever smoked. I thoroughly enjoyed every bowl that I’ve had so far, and look forward to the next one.
I thoroughly recommend you get some if you are at all a Virginia fan.
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!
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