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A flake of burleys from Malawi, Virginias from Brazil and Africa, and some black cavendish. The blend is spiced with rich tasting dark fired tobacco from Kentucky, USA.

BrandPaul Olsen
Manufactured ByMy Own Blend
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Kentucky, Virginia
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3008)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The dark fruity, earthy, mildly fermented stewed fruit Virginias are rich and form the base of the blend. The Malawi burleys are very nutty, with a bit of deep molasses, earth and a hint of wood in a support role. The very noticeable dark fired Kentucky offers some smoky wood, nuts, and a decent amount of spice, along with a light toast note, and often takes a little lead over the burleys, mostly due to the spice content. The brown sugar from the unsweetened black cavendish provides a sweet smoothing quality to the experience. The nic-hit is slightly past the mild to medium mark. The strength and taste levels are just past medium, with the taste level being a tad more potent. No chance of bite or harshness. Burns cool, clean, and a little slow as flakes will with a very consistent, sweet and spicy, lightly smoky, full bodied, complex flavor from top to bottom. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. Has a very pleasant, lingering after taste. Not an all day smoke, but it’s certainly repeatable.


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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2071)
Very Strong Mild Very Full Pleasant

Paul Olsen - Dark Flake (My Own Blend).

This is a very good smoke that ticks all the boxes concerned with satisfaction.

The flakes, no surprise here, are a very dark brown in colour. What isn't as expected is the build: the tin contains 10 exceedingly long, and rather thin strips of tobacco. As always with P. Olsen, they're perfectly moist. After a very easy and quick crumbling, they can be loaded into the pipe, and then a superbly flavoursome smoke occurs.

Dark Flake lights up easily, and then gives a substantial burn; it just takes the odd tamp, here and there to keep it in line. The smoke from said burn is of a medium temperature, unless I puff my pipe very forcefully.

The actual flavour? For some reason I associate this with the word Treacle; for starters, the smoke's thick like treacle, and there's a sweetness that's reminiscent of molasses. Putting that aside, there's also a smoky/fired character from the Kentucky, and I can detect the Burley very well, but the Virginia? Well this seems totally absent; no grass, no citrus, no wood, and no hay. After some deliberation, I'd be inclined to put the treacle quality down to the Black Cavendish; this REALLY softens the smoke. At the risk of putting a damper on things, it can bite a touch. However, that only happens if I puff like a voracious beast. Other than that though, it's all good!...............oh, the nicotine's fairly strong too!

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Levent Meerschaum Claw

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: The Danish Pipe Shop

6 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I have a small cooler loaded with Paul Olsen blends from the 1990s that I picked up in trade with a gentleman from Aarhus. Dark Flake was a huge favorite and I smoked the 100g tin up in a matter of just a couple of weeks. I loved the Burley flavor and backbone provided by the unflavored black Cavendish. I wish I had another old tin of this because I love stout Burley blends of quality.

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