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Dark Virginia pipe tobacco.

Notes: McConnell doesn't rest on their laurels, but launch a completely new series with 18 new tobaccos. At the same time they come back to old recipes, and so the name "Heritage" was born. We are sure this new series will follow the success of the existing assortment.

Dunhill Dark Flake clone.

BrandRobert McConnell
Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
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Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2647)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

The mildly floral dark Virginia provides mild, lightly tangy sweet and slightly sour dark fruit, wood, earth, and light bread notes. The lighter Virginia offers a little tart citrus and some grass and hay in a secondary role. The dark Virginia is not as deep or dark as the Orlik version, and there seems to be a tad more brighter Va. here as well. No fermentation or sugar from the Virginias to speak of, whereas the Orlik production has a small hint of both. Despite the product description, there is a little raisiny, plumy, figgy, lightly spicy perique in the mix as a background player. The strength and taste levels are medium. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. Won’t bite or get harsh, and has very few rough edges. The flake is lightly moist and easy to break apart. Burns cool, clean and a little slow with mildly sweet, consistent flavor from top to bottom. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. Has a pleasant, short lived after taste and room note. Can be an all day smoke. As this blend lacks some of the depth and sweetness of the Orlik version, I give it three stars (barely) for its own merits and two and a half stars as a match. I gave three stars the the Orlik version.


8 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1982)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Robert McConnell - Black Flake (Heritage).

So, here be another blend offered as a Dunhill copy. I enjoyed Charatan's Dark Flake clone, which has the same name as this: Black Flake. That went straight into my favourites list, and this is as good!

The round tin holds a square paper insert, containing dark brown, slightly speckled, rectangular flakes. There's a touch of fruit in the aroma, and plenty of tang. The thickness is medium, and the moisture great.

Something else which I find great is the flavour. For the initial quarter I notice a lot more bready, sweet, Virginias. The Perique takes more of a back seat until this time has passed. When the Perique first joins in it has a spicier, sharper quality. About halfway into a bowl the Perique develops more of a fruitiness, and the spiciness from it diminishes. Toward the end I begin to get some vinegar from the Perique; nothing too bitter or sharp, just more zest! Don't get me wrong, this is a Virginia driven VaPer, it's just the Virginia doesn't fluctuate as much in flavour. I has quite a stable, character; doughy, bready, and sweet. It burns perfectly, just requiring sporadic tamps, and a run with the flame if neglected! I haven't had a bite from it.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: not too bad.

Black Flake? Like the Charatan clone of the same name, it's a little more doughy than the original Dark Flake, but a fabulous smoke. Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Tekin Meer'

Age When Smoked: 1 Month

Purchased From:

5 people found this review helpful.

SmokeQuest Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeQuest (17)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a tobacco that you will not regret purchasing. I have been smoking a pipe for many years and have tried many different blends throughout the years, I never knew that a Virginia tobacco could be as gentle and as smooth as this one, it is stout, sweet and very smooth. This, in my opinion, surpasses Dunhill dark flake in taste, smoothness and overall smoking experience.

Age When Smoked: new

Similar Blends: Dunhill Dark Flake.

4 people found this review helpful.

HeavyTrees Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HeavyTrees (62)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Sadly, I'm not too familiar with Dunhills Dark Flake as it is vowed by many experienced smokers so I will just review this tobacco as a standalone.

Look in tin is not as nice as other Flake tobaccos among; less hard-pressed and not accurately stacked. Cold smell is very dark for a VA but sweet with spices and a bit of acidity in the back. Packs just nice and rubs itself a bit off when folded due to the low pressing. Takes flames easily and burns nice and cool until there's only light grey ashes left.

Taste is very characterful and a lot more spicy than expected; a small share of Perique in it would explain but it's not mentioned by K&K. Sweet body of high quality matured VA is topped by dried fruit and maybe a bit of flavoring is used for that taste. Sweet until the end but no grass or hey notes which gives the Black Flake a deeper personality.

For me this is more of an evening smoke in front of the chimney holding a dark Ale in the other hand. Nicely matured leafs of proper quality form a pleasant but smoky blend that has excellent burning properties.

Pipe Used: Vauen Author

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin

Purchased From: Local dealer

3 people found this review helpful.

steppx Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
steppx (170)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A surprisingly full virginia flake. A bit of sour-ish fermentation that gets smoothed out with a musty sweet virginia taste ....its a pretty basic or classic (depending how you look at it) virginia flake. I find it a most welcome addition in these post mcclelland times.

3 and a half stars.

Purchased From: cup o joes

2 people found this review helpful.