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A complex and rich flake, which is already broken up (ready rubbed) and ready to smoke. This excellent mixture consists of sun cured dark Virginia, spicy burley and is seasoned with a whiff of smoky Kentucky as well as hint of luxurious perique. The room note is very pleasant and unnoticeable. The soft and cool burn will delight the discriminating smoker.

Blended ByVauen
Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Kentucky, Perique, Virginia
CutBroken Flake
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Very Mild
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (293)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Opening the tin, the first thing I notice is a fruity topping. Not too bad, though. Sweet VA and a gentle whiff of the Perique come through, with KY spice also noticeable. The tobacco is rather moist in the tin, so some drying-out is in order.

With a little rubbing-out, Broken Flake lights up well. The Perique comes through early, with the Burley dominating over the VA, which nonetheless contributes a very nice sweetness. The spice and bread from the KY and Perique come through a little from about halfway down the bowl. The burn is a tad hot, so slow sipping is your ticket there.

At the end, I have just a little dottle, a gentle aftertaste, and the room note clearly shows the Burley and Perique, but is not overly strong. Good enough for me to recommend.

Pipe Used: BC Marseille, MM cobs

Age When Smoked: Fresh from new tin

Purchased From: DanPipe

Similar Blends: Peterson - Irish Oak.

3 people found this review helpful.

renwardhoop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renwardhoop (159)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild Unnoticeable

Experience of Vauen's Aromatic Shire blends have not been great. In fact some of them are vile.

But this is different. It looks, smells and feels different than those.

The tin aroma is amazing. I've not smelt too many bouquets like this one and I have to say it's up there with the likes of Dunhill's Early Morning, as was. It's a fresh, hay-like malty fragrance that reminds me of a sweeter version of St Bruno. I certainly can't think of any other non-aro blends as good as this.

The tobacco itself looks and indeed feels rather moist and is quite broadly cut (it is broken flake after all I remind myself) so further rubbing will be necessary. Depending on your choice, of course.

There was no way I could hang around and wait for it too dry out after that initial aroma so I went straight in and dug out a bowlful with a pipe tool. The taste doesn't really follow the aroma - let's face it, it rarely does, but it's still quite a treat. Made even better if you leave the open tin alongside as you smoke.

It quite well behaved, with only a few relights with a very pleasant malty, non-floral smooth taste that is rather mild, but not quite tasteless. No idea what the room note is like, Mrs RH must be immune to some of the concoctions I have been smoking over the years.

Not that strong and makes a good all day smoke.

Pipe Used: Briars

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Dan Pipe Lauenburg

Similar Blends: None I've come across.

3 people found this review helpful.

The Harbor Seal Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Harbor Seal (12)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin note: bready with a clear raisin note from the perique. A slight drying of about 15 min may be beneficial. The VAs play the dominant role during the initial phase: very sweet, with the lighter VAs slightly more pronounced than the darker ones. The spiceyness of the perique is there, the nutey burley supports the aroma of the first two ingredients. The kentucky is taking a supporting role but stays clearly in the background with it's smokey, earthy aroma. As the bowl progresses, the burley takes a step forward and the sweetness of the VAs slightly diminishes. The VAs seem to tolerate a medium cadence without leading to bitterness. Overall a very well made blend, taking over the role of great introductory blend to nonaromatics for beginners and people who would like to transition from the other aromatic blends of Vauen's Auenland series.

Pipe Used: Golden pipe (pear wood) w/ 9 mm charcoal filter

Age When Smoked: fresh

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1 person found this review helpful.