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The Crater Mixture No. 1 is a mixture [of] vigorously spicy Virginia/burley flake with some black cavendish. A splendid tobacco for the later hours of the day.

BrandHU Tobacco
Blended ByKohlhase & Kopp
Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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None Detected
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2917)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

The Virginia is moderately spicy with a little tart and tangy citrus and hay/grass as the lead component. The spice kind of gives it a feel of perique without the other aspects that perique has to offer. The burley is toasty, a little nutty, woody and earthy along with a minor molasses note in a support role. The unsweetened black cavendish offers some mild sugar to smooth out the blend. Has a mild nic-hit. Won’t bite, and has no harsh or dull spots. The strength is mild, and the taste is just a shade beyond that. A well balanced blend with less complexity than expected or as implied by my description. The flake is mildly moist and easily broken apart to fit your packing preference. Burns at a moderate pace, cool, clean and smooth with a consistent taste. Requires fewer relights than your average flake, and leaves virtually no dampness in the bowl. The after taste is pleasant, but short lived, and the room note is pleasant as well. A mild, all day smoke that lacks flavor depth and body, but does okay as a work and play smoke. Two and a half stars out of four.


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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (310)
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Opening the tin, I smell matured VA-with-more. Some spice, some sweetness, some tartness. The leaf is mostly dark reddish brown, with a few slightly brighter veins, and a little darker leaf in there—the English-style Black Cavendish. There seems to be little glue applied, rubs out easily, but can also be fold-twisted.

Lighting is OK for a flake, and the flavours start out full, sweet, warm, with a very gentle tartness. Not a very complex smoke, but full of flavour and easy to smoke down to just plain ashes. No killer blend, this, but a solid all-day smoke.

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: Fresh from new tin

Purchased From: Pfeifen Heinrichs

Similar Blends: J. F. Germain & Son - Germain's Brown Flake.

3 people found this review helpful.

Big Train Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Train (117)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

For lovers of virginia flake this one is a some what decent match . The virginia rules the day here but the burley gives it that extra little snap .The black cavendish does add sweetness . The tin note is mild but earthy in the way that virginia can be . After the char lite I noted the sweet , all be it too sweet ,taste of the Virginias. Although the tobaccos used seem to be high grade this one is a little too sweet for my taste , though others might like that . It is so beautiful in the tin that one might not want to disturb it .Can be used as a wake up smoke and as a go to all through the day . It do not at all like the cut of the flake , it being thick and difficult to rub out , leaving big chucks that get in the way of the burn .This is the type of tobacco that needs to be puffed slowly to achieve it's base sweetness . Put it in glass as soon as you open it as with all other HU tobaccos .

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