Bridge old Brown is not a new blend to Germain, and it’s not a replacement of traditional Brown Flake; it’s more of an offshoot of brown Flake that is a bit sweeter.
This is an excellent natural Virginia Tobacco; a savory sweet flake, (with the sweetness taking a slight backseat). With my experience smoking this tobacco fresh as well as aged; I believe this to be a straight Virginia.
I smoked this blend for the first time in 2016, and returned to it this week. I saw it came around again in early 2018 and figured it was time to revisit this rare blend. I quite enjoy this one, Its not as moist as Sam Gawith's flakes, and Bridge old Brown burns quite nicely with just a little dry time. As I said before it IS similar to the original Brown Flake but with a little more panoramic flavor. I definitely prefer this over Brown Flake as well. In my experience it’s best to rub this flake up before smoking, and smoke in a wide open pot shape if you have one.
Excellent version of brown flake. Don’t really know why they changed it in the first place. It’s a broken flake version of brown flake basically only I noticed a bright grassy sort of sweetness that I haven’t found in the regular brown flake. Imho this is a Virginia lover’s dream. It’s like Best brown flake with a few years on it. I smoked a fresh tin that already had crystals forming on the flake pieces. Another homerun from Germain’s.
This Germain Virginia tobacco has been compared to the original Germain Brown Flake. There are differences, however. This one has the flakes broken up into small chunks and is a straight Virginia whereas Brown Flake has some Kentucky leaf added and offers a slightly stronger taste than this Bridge version. It is naturally Virginia sweet, has a fine, medium flavor and is made to age!
The fermented Virginias provide a lot of tart and tangy citrus, earth, sugar, some wood, grass, vegetation, a little tangy dark fruit, floralness, small hints of sour lemon and smoke with a few light pinches of spice. The very mild apricot topping weakens a little towards the finish. The strength and nic-hit are a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium. The taste level is a slot short of the medium mark. There’s no chance of bite or harshness, and barely sports any rough edges. Mildly moist, it burns cool, clean, and slightly slow with a very consistent flavor that extends to the pleasant lightly lingering after taste, and room note. Barely leaves any dampness in the bowl, and requires a couple more than an average number of relights. An all day smoke. Four stars.
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