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A Virginia blend of three different lightly sweet and very mild tobaccos together with an exceptionally mild top flavour make this light and mellow tobacco, which can be smoked throughout the day. When fully rubbed out this tobacco develops its typical full bodied sweet aroma.

Blended ByKohlhase Kopp
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2979)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

The bright Virginia offers some citrus and grass. The dark Virginias are more prominent with a bit of tangy, tart dark fruit along with some stewed fruit, a fair amount of earth, plus a minor wood and spice note. The sweet rum topping lightly sublimates the tobacco taste, but weakens a little after the half way point. The nic-hit is a step closer to mild than it is to medium. The flake is easily broken apart, and burns cool, clean, and fairly smooth. Won’t bite or get harsh even when pushed. It’s a little moist out of the tin, but doesn’t need dry time, though it will require a few relights as it burns a tad slow. The tobacco flavor is very consistent from start to finish. Leaves very little moisture in the bowl, and can burn to ash. Has a nice after taste and room note. Can easily be an all day smoke.


11 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I had planned on saving my tin for a few more years but got the urge last night to try something new. After rummaging around in my "cellar," I chose Rotary Navy Cut simply because the tin looked pretty.

Nicely presented broken flake with a perfect moisture content. This one has a very typical Virginia tang that I normally don't appreciate. My taste buds prefer a little more natural Virginia sweetness.

If you like a tart Virginia (and, many smokers do), then this one might be a good bet.

6 people found this review helpful.

Pseudo Nim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pseudo Nim (128)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

I bought one tin of this just to try, I wish I'd bought fifty, it seems to be available only in the US and the import tax imposed here make it very expensive, so I'm trying to make this one last as long as I can.

I didn't detect the Rum flavouring, as claimed by the blender, nor any Mahogany, what I did detect was a very good quality virginia flake of medium strength that is a great pleasure to smoke, sweet, without being to sweet, most certainly not "citrus-virginia-tang" an excellent all day working day tobacco that packs and burns well with no bite.

As for aging, it has certainly kept well, I popped the lid a good four or five months ago and it still hasn't turned to dust, or for that matter, showed any signs of needing rehydration.

I'm trying to find a taste comparison, and the best I can come up with is this :- more oomph than Sam Gawiths BB Flake and Rattray's Old Gowrie, and perhaps a little less than Rattray's Marlin Flake. Most probably on par with Sam Gawiths St James flake, but with a flavour and taste all it's own.

Although I would recommend this to a pipe smoker coming over to Flakes, or perhaps even to a new pipe smoker, there are no training wheels on this Tabac.

Well worth a try and worthy of it's 4 Stars.

3 people found this review helpful.

NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (303)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

This German tobacco is comprised of golden to darker brown VAs as nicely prepared flakes, in the flat chewing gum style, ~ 1/16" thick. I didn't detect any distinctive aroma or taste from their claimed topping. I did not rub out the flakes. From the start, this blend had just too much Va tang for me. Multiple bowls in the same pipe, without cleaning between, just aggravated this condition. I also found that bowl size had a more apparent influence on the experience with >~DH size 4 becoming soggy and too intense for the last 1/3 of the bowl. I could never smoke this blend throughout the day as their description claims. Although the room aroma was OK'd by the family, I also want to enjoy the smoke. There are much better staight VA flakes available @ much lower unit price.

2 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Well described already as a mix of bright and brown Virginias I thought it might be in my wheelhouse, especially with a few years on my one and only tin. A visual inspection of the flake made me think that the brown would offer up a bit of brown sugar and or molasses. I got was far less sweet, with more earth. If the topping had any punch, it is long gone with not much more than a hint. The bright Virginia offered a bit of sharpness, not in a bad way, but again, less sweet. Rotary is straightforward in flavor with little complexity and as such would be more of a “set it and forget it” Virginia that is closer to three stars than two, so three it is.

Age When Smoked: 5 or 6 years

1 person found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2066)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Rotary - Rotary Navy Cut.

In the tin the flakes are actually breaking down the middle, so instead of two wows, there's four. The moisture from it's a little above medium, but doesn't need airing to smoke it fresh. The colour's a medium brown, with yellow flecks throughout.

As straight Virginia's go, this hits the spot for me. I get molasses from the rum, working perfectly with the almost 'sticky' fruitiness from the Virginias. But I don't note any actual alcoholic traits from it: sharpness or bitterness. It just gives a kind of syrupy sweetness. The fruitier Virginia definitely outweighs the sharper one, and is the leading taste until halfway. After half a bowl another flavour develops: doughy/bready. It burns cool to a steadfast white ash, needing hardly any maintenance throughout a bowl.

Nicotine: mild. Room-note: very pleasant.

Rotary Navy Cut? A brilliant Virginia. Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson Summertime 2017 XL02

Age When Smoked: Four months

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1 person found this review helpful.

William H. Hardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
William H. Hardy (93)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

I really bought this tobacco on a whim. I had been looking for a navy flake kind of tobacco to smoke for the warmer weather and, though I like Orlik Golden Sliced quite a bit, I wanted to try something different. So, it was between this and Dark Star and I chose the Rotary.

Typical tin presentation of two rows of sliced flakes, just like OGS and others that share that presentation. Smells haylike and grassy, like most Virginias do. It's supposedly comprised of three different Virginias and the colors in the flake range from bright yellow to brown to almost black. Rotary in the tin, actually, looks a lot like OGS does in the tin. Upon lighting, there was nothing to surprise me and I really couldn't taste any rum, which it supposedly contains. Just a typical slightly sweet Virginia.

After smoking this for a while, I actually got to liking it quite a bit. It's a good solid Virginia that has everything one would want from a straight Virginia. Though I didn't find it as good as McClelland's Blackwoods Flake or OGS ( which has Perique), it's still a very good Virginia. It's definitely better than Dunhill Flake or Full Virginia Flake, which fall very flat in my opinion. However, I won't be ordering any more tins, as there are plenty of better (and less costly) Virginias out there, but it's really good.

1 person found this review helpful.

TK Pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TK Pipe (101)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

Rotary Navy Cut… A large flake, which asks the smoker to tear off what he feels to be a pipe full, from the top layer. Tin aroma is of tobacco with an additional odor of probably evaporated rum, a very familiar aroma. Some would say the moisture content is just right, but for me, I like my flakes to almost crack apart when stuffed, so my flakes were dried before smoking. Flake color runs from yellow to brown, with a few darker specks. Looked interesting.

After a normal bowl load up and first char light, it took the second match nicely, and my first test cruise was underway. Following a few full draws, the first thoughts that came to mind was “mild, if not too mild but very smooth”, thankfully followed by some increase in strength as the bowl burned down, enough to be noticeable and make the event well worthwhile. Flavor wise, very satisfactory, with some sweetness and many of those delicate Virginia notes, we all look for. There is not supposed be any burleys in this blend, but a faint burley taste seemed to be present, probably just my imagination. With all this going on, what part the Rum played in the overall taste, I have no idea. But when all added together, the results were quite satisfying. In spite of my best affords, when I smoke a baccy this mild, I find myself puffing like a old steam engine, looking for some kick. But inspite of this poor technique there still was no bite or harshness, this stuff always remained gentle. No small thing for an all Virginia. The one complaint I do have, and I'm sure shared by many fellow pipe smokers, is this stuffs high cost, this is common Navy Virginia, nothing exotic, so why the almost twelve bucks. Way out of line (IMO) for only (50g) of any tobacco. I would go with PS Luxury Navy, at one third the price and three times the taste. Of course that's only my opinion, and there is always a chance of a difference of opinion on such matters.

Cost aside, I believe this stuff contains some fine tobaccos, and would appeal to many pipesters, those favoring a milder Virginia smoke, that is completely user friendly. For then , 2 stars. Due to it being a bit too mild for my taste and cost prohibitive, my personal rating is 2 out of 5

PS …There seems to have been some changes at Rotary, because my findings are not even close to the others written below. Not to mention the xyz sticker on the tins back calls this stuff “Luxury navy cut” Hmmm.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This is my go-to baccy these days. I was a fan of Orlik Golden Sliced until I was introduced to Rotary Navy. It's got a better flavor and it's less bitey.

1 person found this review helpful.

Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A very tangy, sweet flake that smokes exceptionally well.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

A fine Virginia flake tobacco with just a hint of mild sweetner. The tobaccos here I believe to be golden Va,red Va,and maybe mahogany. The color of the leaf is mostly golden with some brown and darker laced throughout. The thin slices are quite easy to rub out,and pack nicely. I smoked this in my BBB Lovat, and I thought the tobac performed really well. The virginia (IMO) is not tangy, but sweet and I actually taste the tobacco. The flavouring is not overpowering, but is a good marriage with the leaf.The flavouring also does not last in the pipe. I enjoy Rotary Navy flake often and have not been displeased with it. It is an all day smoke that doesn't ware me out,and leaves me wanting more.Good tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

Bonneville Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bonneville (52)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I bought a tin of this several years ago. Smoked a bowl at the time, was underwhelmed, and put it away. It's been sitting in my tobacco box since, garnering no attention.. that is until tonight. Damn if this stuff didn't age magically. It is so so good. It has a nice deep Virginia sweetness that I crave. Went to buy more, and damn if it isn't out of production now. It's such a sad thing to watch such great tobaccos disappear so frequently, especially as of late. Guess I'm really going to have to savor the remains of my only tin!

Pipe Used: Peterson Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: 4 years

Similar Blends: Dunhill Flake, Orlik GS, Capstan Flake.

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DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (317)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

A very mild and fairly pleasant easy to break up VA flake. The rum topping is also on the light side, a decent selection for those who like mild blends, especially rum without maple! A solid but not outstanding selection.

Pipe Used: briars, cobs, and meers

Age When Smoked: a month after purchase

Purchased From: Mars

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