Careful, She Bites! (Savinelli Brunello Flake in a McQueen Wizard Churchwarden)

pt-svj0100When I first sat down to write this review, I had just opened the can of Brunello flake and due to the incredible presentation, and delightful tin note I was going to entitle this review something akin to “False Promises”, or “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.” That’s because in the John Hines Skater, this tobacco bit like a rapid wolverine with AIDS.  So badly, in fact, that I was forced to give up on the bowl less than halfway through.

I had totally written this tobacco off as a loss, and offered up the can to my hubby, who initially thought that he had just scored a 100 gram tin of Virginia/Burley flake all to himself, until he tried it in his Rick Black Poker with a similar experience.

Since I had torn into the three tins with a gusto generally reserved for a fat man at a buffet when I first got them, I had already tried the other two blends, and knew I liked them.  So, since I don’t like to start a series with a bad review, I decided to hold this one for last.

I also made a couple other decisions regarding this review;

First, since I had folded and stuffed the last flake, I would rub this one out (even though Jamie had done that with the one that he had smoked.)

And second, I would try it in a churchwarden for a notoriously cool smoke.

As it turns out, both of those were good decisions.  Rubbed out and in a churchwarden, the smoke was incredibly cool, full of taste, and had a room note that was as delightfully sweet as the tin note.  Also, I smoked it incredibly slow, as I was trying to write this review while smoking it, but had absolutely no problems keeping the pipe lit.

The McQueen wizard has a small bowl, so I rubbed out only half a flake, and the slow smoke still lasted 40 minutes, this time with no trace of tongue bite.

I was so incredibly impressed with the second bowl, that I immediately took out the other half a flake have folded up and stuffed it into the McQueen churchwarden intent on another bowl.

So, putting up this review, I sat down to enjoy the bowl, while catching up on some e-mail, Facebook, and research on the blend I’m smoking, which tobaccoreviews.com had this to say about;

An impeccably structured blend. Featuring a foundation of sweet, tangy Virginias and cool burning Burleys, a dash of Macedonian leaf is added to round out the mixture and add a hint of the exotic. The different leafs are then aged as one, in order to marry and harmonize flavor, prior to being pressed into a tantalizing flake.

Well, my opinion definitely has changed on this tobacco since my first bowl, and while I found that smoking more readily on a folded and stuffed flake produced more tongue bite, in the churchwarden even that was an acceptable level.

The two reviews that I found that tobaccoreviews.com both described this tobacco as above average giving at three out of four stars, but can’t agree on any other detail.  My findings in this regard, you ask?

As for strength; moderate.  It was strong enough to be satisfying without being at all overwhelming

For flavoring; minuscule if any at all.  One reviewer claims that the casing is mild; the other claims that it is much stronger, but I highly doubt there’s any casing on this tobacco at all.

It has a medium bodied taste, and the room note is quite pleasant.  As a matter of fact it is probably the most pleasant tobacco aroma you’re going to get without topping.

Ringing in at $16.00 USD a tin, you will find that this tobacco costs about 50¢ an ounce (roughly 2¢ a gram) more than similarly packaged flakes, though I’m sure that if you’re into a slow, cool smoke, the extra $2.00 for a can will seem negligible.

Both pipesandcigars.com at smokingpipes.com have the Brunello Flake by Savinelli in the 100 g/3.5 oz size for $16.00 USD.  So grab yourself can and

Smoke slowly if you got ‘em!

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