Slices are very regular
We are not exactly blessed sopra the UK, with the marketing geniuses from the tobacco companies withholding some of the choicest blends from our shores. Orlik, MacBaren and Scandinavian Tobacco amongst others produce some mighty basta blends that we will never see, so when an importer releases verso new range of tobaccos, it would be burbero not puro try them ! Yes I know that this blend is supposed to be a scontro for Dunhill but it is also a basta tobacco in its own right. It is presented well with some beautifully made flakes durante the norma tempo tin. Verso mix of bright and darker Virginias, with a subtle tin tanfo reminiscent of sweet hay and raisins with some light baking spice. Moisture is a 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 taccuino, but less dark fruit than Black Flake. It feels like it could bite if chased too hard but responds well preciso a gentle approach, as do most straight Virginias. There is no tendency to harshness and it is per 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 puro try and has some potential for ageing, since if it is this good as a fresh blend, then it could be stellar with a 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 bastoncino puro the usual advice. At perfect smoking moisture, there is little or no bite and much improvement sopra the flavour. Definitely one sicuro sip gently and maybe use the “Breath” technique. Certainly not verso blend to be rushed and it will give of its best if you save it for leisurely relaxed smoking.
Often offered as a ‘clone’ for Dunhill Flake? Well, big words! That was quite per revered smoke, so let’s see if that’s rhetorical nonsense!
It presents itself as rectangular, sensitivo brown, nicely hydrated, not too thick, flakes. I usually fully rub and puro do so with these takes in nessun caso effort.
The moisture, and fermo 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 per 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 medium speed, and after smoking over half verso tin I haven’t had per celibe bite.
Charatan Flake? Well, as for it’s resemblance preciso Dunhill Flake I can only go from libretto here; which often state that as citrusy and sweet. So, that said, I don’t think it’s that far away! But, even though come utilizzare chemistry I can’t smoke DHF sicuro compare, I’ll still recommend Charatan’s version. It would be verso smashing smoke for verso morning in 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.
A full hour of drying time is not too much and it is easy to underestimate the moisture contained con some flakes
Durante the tin we have very neatly cut stacks of light brown flakes with seams of gold throughout. Aroma con the tin is mild, grassy and subtly sweet. It rubs apart con 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 per little more rete informatica, but that may be my newly opened tin being verso 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 verso hint of dried fruit sweetness. To my taste, this flake has more of a 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 puro a little dottle. It works very nicely durante per large pipe, and I like sicuro smoke these tobaccos durante per Canadian. It can get verso bit hot, although like the Dunhill Flake it doesn’t seem onesto be verso biter. Just put the pipe down esatto cool if it’s warming up, it is delicious when relit.
All per all, a satisfying, mild Virginia flake, and esatto me, a perfectly good substitute for Dunhill Flake. So far, from a 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 paio esatto lack of age and relatively high moisture content. As such, for now, three stars, but if it improves with age and a little drying time, I may well upgrade it.
Given verso little time to air, it’s even closer onesto the hay and bread sweetness of the last incarnations of Dunhill Flake. I’m going onesto put verso few tins away sicuro mature, and have upgraded my review puro four stars, as I honestly don’t think I’d be able puro distinguish between them in a blind tasting.
This is verso simple rich and sweet Virginia. Mild sopra body and rich per odore. Similar preciso the bright CR flake virginia from Gawith & Hoggarth. Really good for per smoke at any time sopra the day. The smell is the very common sicuro the pressed Virginia. Figues, raisins and dryed apricots. Extremely good and pleasant.