New description: A spicy, danish cake-mixture from Virginia and Kentucky, that'll also appeal to Latakia-smokers.

Aged cakes of red Virginia and fire-cured dark Kentucky tobaccos give this full- bodied, flavorful flake an unusually rich and naturally spicy taste. Not for neophytes, this one satisfies with old-fashioned deep taste. Good outdoors.

BrandPeter Heinrichs
Blended ByOrlik
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsKentucky, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc
Packaging100 grams tin, 200 grams tin, 500 grams bag
ProductionCurrently available
Where to Buy SmokingPipes.com
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Mild, Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3050)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The woody, earthy red Virginia adds much of what sweetness there is: tangy and dried dark fruit. It's a bit subdued by the dark fired Kentucky, but that's not a complaint, just an observation. I consider the RV to be more of a condimental addition. The woody, lightly floral, nutty, vegetative Kentucky is a little deeper flavored with a touch more earth and a little spice. The bright Virginia offers tart and tangy citrus with a touch of grass and floralness as a condiment. The sugary black cavendish is a condiment. The molasses topping is mildly applied, and there's a touch of licorice as well. They sublimate the tobaccos to a moderate extent. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. The strength and taste levels are medium. Burns cool, clean and a little slow with a very consistent sweet taste. Requires few relights, and leaves a little moisture in the bowl. Has a pleasantly lingering after taste. The room note is a tad stronger. Not an all day smoke.

Is it the very same tobacco as the Orlik Dark Kentucky? No, it isn't. Orlik Dark Kentucky was a slightly sweeter and easier on the tongue when I compared the two blends some years back. PH DSF seems just slightly harsher, and has a little more molasses than the licorice in the Orlik version. The red Virginia was a little more prominent in ODSK with more dark fruit flavor. You could see it a little more, too.

UPDATE 12-24-2014: I'm smoking a freshly opened tin, and the tobacco has changed from when I smoked it a couple of years ago. The Virginia is brighter with much less red, and doesn't have the level of dark fruit that it once had, and is a little sweeter. It still has the same molasses and licorice flavor, though I notice the licorice a little more than before. It has a little more grass and citrus that it didn't have before because the bright Virginia content is greater now, though the level of earthiness seems to be the same. It's also a tad spicier than it used to be. The sugary black cavendish is still a condiment. The strength and taste levels are the same, barely. The nicotine level lightly less potent. The burn rate and after taste are the same. Four stars for the older version, three for the new one.

UPDATE 6-23-2022: This blend has been radically changed. The label no longer mentions dark fired Kentucky or red Virginia. The amount of tart and tangy, grassy, bready, sour lemon, vegetative, mildly floral, sugary, acidic bright Virginia has been increased. Many flakes are predominantly bright Va. with a little black cavendish bookending the slices or are partly on one side. There are flakes and broken flakes that are pure black cavendish, but the proportions don’t average out the way they used to when dark fired Kentucky was used in this blend. Judging the 2016 production and this one side by side, the bright Virginia appears to have been increased by approximately twelve to fifteen percent. The very sweet and spicy black cavendish is the major component, and is described as having “its typical roasted aroma”. To my tastebuds, it appears that Kentucky was subjected to the black cavendish process as it certainly has a nutty presence that I associate with burley. The label states that a fruity plum topping was added. It mildly tones down the tobacco, although I still taste a little licorice despite the written omission of its presence on the label.

The strength and nic-hit are still medium, but the taste is now a step past that mark. It’s more floral, citrusy, sour, mildly spicier (due to the increase in the brights), and less sweet with distracting acidity. The black cavendish certainly has a little less strength than the dark fired Kentucky formerly used, and depending how you prepare your smoke, isn’t always the lead component unless you stack the bowl in its favor. However, that would leave you with a lot of bowls where the bright Va. is the major factor. There’s no chance of a consistent flavor unless you spend bit time manipulating the flakes to suit that purpose. Essentially, this is now the type blend where you can experiment with the proportions of the varietals for your own amusement. Moderately moist, it still burns a tad slow, and requires some relights. Leaves little dampness in the bowl and has a more acrid room note. It’s not an all day smoke. One and a half stars rounded down to one for this production largely due to the acidity and uneven distribution of the varietals. My rating at TR reflects this version.


31 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Beautiful looking square cut flakes, half dark and half light, sitting in a paint can. I've not yet smoked Orlik's Dark Strong Kentucky (I have a tin percolating) so I can't comment on its similarities. But I can certainly hope!

Upon opening the tin, I was greeted with a very pleasant aroma of various spices that, as usual, I could not pin down. As nice as it was, I was hoping it didn't translate into the smoke, and it complied nicely. I did need to dry out the flakes but I found that I preferred this slightly more moist than the usual tinder to which I dry out flakes. The flavor was lightly sweet and earthy, a nice deep taste that was not too powerful. I did not notice an over-abundance of nicotine. The taste was natural tobacco with pretty liberal hand on the spices and a touch of sweetness. Dark molasses comes to mind. Oddly enough, I would not characterize this as rich or too strong for most people. Try this for something a bit different!

15 people found this review helpful.

doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (242)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

One word...EXCELLENT! I have wanted to try this for the longest time but never found it in stock anywhere. The other day I read on a forum that Smokngpipes.com just got a shipment of PH tobaccos in. I ordered a 200gm tin immediately and on the same day of the post. And after getting it and trying it I immediately snagged another tin before its's all gone!

I opened the tin and was greeted to a very nice presentation of broken golden and black flakes, all from what looked to be broken squares. The moisture content was just right for smoking. The tin aroma on deep sniffing had a subtle sweetness and I picked up notes of molasses-caramel and licorice in the background, very subtle and only on deep inhalation. Loading and lighting were no problem. What a beautiful smoking experience this is. It has a very subtle sweetness with hints of licorice (way in the background). It imparts a very nice spicy presence to the tongue. Nothing chemical or medicinal in the taste profile. There is no bite, bitterness, moisture build up, and it doesn't smoke hot at all. Overall, very pure in tobacco taste with a subtle sweetness. The leaf quality is top notch. I would not classify this as an aromatic at all. This is better than Mac Baren's Stockton (which I happen to enjoy) and what Solani Silver Flake tries to be, but is too bland for my tastes (see my review of Silver Flake). It has similarities to the Edgeworth Sliced of old as well, but DSF is sweeter.

I am happy I have a 200gm tin and one on the way (it seems to go out of stock as soon as I place an order). My main concern is availability, but I like it so much that I would be willing to order it directly from Peter Heinrichs in Germany - it is that good. Can be an all day smoke for me and definitely a desert island smoke. 5 stars hands down!

10 people found this review helpful.

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

This is a very unusual flake. It is mostly dark, yet lightly stoved Virginia with some bright and Burley added. It is unusually strong in taste, yet the nicotine hit was only moderate.


9 people found this review helpful.

Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (221)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Wonderful smoke, one of my favorites that I had forgotten to review. This is a tasty mix of Virginia and Dark-Fired Burley with a light anise/molasses topping. The smoke is sort of sweet and savory, with the sweet coming from the sugars in the Virginia and the light molasses topping and the savory coming from the Dark Fired Kentucky and the anise topping. Very similar to Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky, however I find Orlik has more molasses and Peter Heinrichs has more anise, if you like one, you will like the other, but they each scratch a different itch.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

7 people found this review helpful.

Geronimo Von Klaus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Geronimo Von Klaus (76)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

The Good - Immense flavour from the Kentucky which also drives this hard with the Vitamin N - The Virginias come through and are not over-shaddowed by said KY - High quality tobaccos throughout - Almost smells like an aro. Wifey even commented it smells sweet and syrupy. I haven't cooked at the contents, but I assume there is sweet Black Cavendish - Will not bite or get dirty no matter how hard its pushed

The Bad - uhmmmmmm. Expensive, and can be hard to get!

Overall Sublime from start to finish. Packs and lights well, perfect moisture, sumptuous VA's with natural sweetness. This tastes identical to the now OOP Orlik Dark Kentucky. Smokes clean and true throughout to a fine ash, and although there is a nic hit, its not overwhelming whatsoever.

A keeper, and among the finest KY based smokes of all.

Pipe Used: Peterson Killarney

Age When Smoked: 3 years

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Orlik Dark Kentucky.

6 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I taste the DFK predominantly. The Virginias in the background. Wonderful notes of molasses and a hint of licorice. A fair amount of sweetness. It's a very appealing flavor.

Moisture content is where things get tricky. Too much moisture and you get gobs of flavor, but the burn isn't all that great. Best I can manage under those conditions are a wispy smoke that doesn't satisfy. Too dry and you get much less flavor and a touch of harshness, but plenty of smoke. You have to find that happy medium and that takes some experimentation. Once I found that sweet spot I've really been enjoying this.

Medium in body. Medium in flavor (in the sweet spot). I would give this 4 stars, but the effort required in preparation drops it to 3.

Pipe Used: MM General, MM Country Gentleman, MM Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: 1 month

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

5 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am smoking through a generous sample sent me by a friend. It has been an enjoyable smoke. The red virginias are sweet and a little heavy. There is a mild topping I claim bringing out the sweet, but it does not contribute a honey or similar taste. The DFK gives it some spice and a characteristic nose "tickle."

In terms of flavor, it reminds me a little of a smoother, more refined Superior Round Slices. The flavor profile has a little more depth.It is a great blend, and I found the smoke improved in the course of the bowl. There was no bitter in the profile even in the last few puffs.

5 people found this review helpful.

Britannia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Britannia (10)
Medium to Strong Extra Strong Extra Full Overwhelming

Opening the tin you get an immediate smell of licorice along the lines of all-sorts. Smells delicious and the tobacco is broken dark and light flake. On light is where the problems begin, you immediately get a strong licorice taste, one the few tobacco's that deliver what it advertises BTW, and it goes south from there. The smoke degenerates into an acrid hot smoke all the way through. Tongue bite started about halfway through the bowl for me and that's when I called it quits. No thank you on this blend.

Pipe Used: Savinelli

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: John Haynes Tobacconist

5 people found this review helpful.

Captain Pete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Captain Pete (83)
Medium Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

For those of you who lamented the departure of Orlik's DSK, you can take heart. Peter Heinrich's Dark Strong Flake is the same tobacco. I don't mean that it's the same in the sense that it's "like DSK". It is DSK; made by Orlik for PH. So in looking for reviews on this tasty flake, refer to Orlik DSK.

4 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (633)
Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This is a great blend, which would have 4 stars had I not tried Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky while finishing this one up. The two are very similar; however, I like the Orlik offering better. Under a strict reading of recommended and highly recommended, I feel it only right to offer one of these four stars and that will be the Orlik by the slightest difference.

Both of these flakes look identical. A squarish flake that might as well look like a slice from an oreo cookie with dark leaf sandwiching a light colored leaf in the middle. And although the appearance of a flake should be secondary to the performance and flavor, these are some pretty cool looking flakes. I can only assume the dark on the outside is the Kentucky and the lighter stuff, Virginia leaf.

With so much Kentucky in the mix one would likely expect it to overwhelm the palate. I believe this is where the mild molasses topping comes in to work with the Virginia to sweeten the experience. It is in the taste where I find the Orlik to excel by the slightest margin. I felt the Orlik offered a deeper and sweeter smoke than the PH offering. I tried them side by side and there was little doubt the Orlik was better to my tastes and YMMV.

As for strength, neither of these are wallflowers. If you don't like strong blends, you shouldn't order something called Dark Strong Flake. It is strong, but not overwhelming in the HH Bold Kentucky way. It is probably perfect in nicotine for myself. I noticed no difference in strength between this or the orlik.

So three stars for this one which would be 4 if I had never tried the Orlik product. If you like burley, you won't be disappointed with either one.

Similar Blends: Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky.

3 people found this review helpful.

Haroldt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Haroldt (26)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

While I have not smoked many flakes, I think I'll pass on this one. I agree with what "pipestud" stated - issue with my tongue after smoking. Could be tongue bite, but not pleasant.

I've smoke this several time since this review WITHOUT any tongue issues.

3 people found this review helpful.

Coda Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Coda (33)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

There is something very special about this tobacco. The tin note is amazing...like a sugary bread baking. That sweet yeastiness comes though in the flavor as well. While not overly stout, there is a strength to this blend that some may find overwhelming. Smoked as a flake, the flavors are subdued. Rubbed out, its a myriad or sweetness and smokiness. The flakes tend to fall apart, separating into small, narrow flakes, of alternating light and dark. One of the best tobaccos out there...

3 people found this review helpful.

Wawalsh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wawalsh (8)
Mild None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Wow, the reviews are all over the place for this baccy. I for one, absolutely love this blend and have spent the last 6 weeks finding as many tins as I could buy. In fact, I have smoked this almost exclusively for 6-7 weeks. I find the taste full with little nicotine. I love Petersons Perfect Plug and Old Dark Fired but the nic hit is too much for me. If all I could smoke was this and McClellands Christmas Cheer 2011, I would be a happy camper. 2/21/2016- here it is almost two years after my first review of this tobacco and I still love it. I do get some inconstancies from tin to tin but not necessarily in a bad way. Aging does help to mellow this tobacco and most of my tins have been aging two years or more. Still a favorite, one I like to stop smoking for a month or so and then have a bowl which brings back the full flavor that seems to dull on any tobacco that is smoked often.

Pipe Used: Tinsky author and Savinelli 1987 pipe of the year.

Age When Smoked: new and aged

Purchased From: Various

Similar Blends: Orlik Dark Kentucky.

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

This is one of a kind. The square flakes with one half dark and one half light is unique in my book.

I had ordered Orlik's Dark Kentucky once and then been told that it was discontinued. So I was happy to hear this was the same manufactured fo PH.

I found the tin a bit difficult to open with a coin. The tin aroma reminded me of Amphora Black Cavendish: licorice. The flakes were on the dry side and ready to smoke immediately.

The DFK has a good presence that envelops the tongue with a taste of aged BU - nutty & spicy - and I can taste the licorice which is not overwhelming but definitively present.

Smokes well, has a sweet side from the casing and does not bite.

I like this flake very much. It brings a nice balance between my liking for an aromatic and a tobacco without a casing. And the vitamin N is just right.

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my 1st venture into the world of P.H.tobaccos. First off, love the paint can tin! Seems to seal better than most onced opened. The cut of the tobak is beautiful as it is similar to others in this category. Upon opening the tin, it is a bit on the moist...and yes fruity side. After the charring light, it is a bit spunky but, can be tamed with a slower draw. It seems I have to really hit this one to get any real flavor going. Just not what I expected but, who knows, a little more age might do it justice. Only available in 200g/100g tins. Silver Flake is a better choice IMO.

3 people found this review helpful.

derekpodo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
derekpodo (4)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

...wow...saw some great reviews and they lived up to it....I've been searching for a great Va/bur or Virginia for that matter for quiet some time...although I love English blends I wanted to get that ripe fruit, plum and figue tast and sweetness that could last ,till the end of the bowl...I don't have the experience of many of the pipe smokers out there but I'm most certainly an epicurean and for that matter the aroma and tast has to deliver not just suggest or fade away .....I love the rich smell from the tin that translates into a beautiful round and at times lightly spicy sweetness.......beautiful roundness, cool smoke, plump chewy fruit notes.....finally some Virginia and burley I'll always be craving for....well done Peter

Pipe Used: briar and corn cob

Age When Smoked: 51

Purchased From: 4 noggins

2 people found this review helpful.

StogieBear Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StogieBear (20)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is an exceptional tobacco. The Virginias are bright and the flake is constructed with contrasting layers of that and the dark Kentucky. The smoke is tangy. There's a spice - not a pepper but a baking spice like cinnamon or cloves - an earthiness and complex dark fruit sweetness with plum or prune, cherry and raisin notes. I particularly enjoy the retrohale, where I really get those fruits. Good body. Stronger in flavor than in nicotine. Dried a bit, it smokes well with minimal relighting and no tongue bite. Pairs well with tea or rum. Or just put the rum in the tea, it's all good.

Pipe Used: Rossi 315ks

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

Similar Blends: Dark strong Kentucky.

2 people found this review helpful.

Kunsan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kunsan (76)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Exactly the same tobacco as Orlik's Dark Strong Kentucky, the only difference being that Orlik retains perfect unbroken flakes for the tins whereas this version by Heinrichs appears to be all the flakes that got broken in the manufacturing process. No harm in that - actually this Heinrichs version is the better buy because its the same tobacco in broken form and at a cheaper price.

The only other difference is that the Orlik version comes absolutely awash with a Molasses/Liquorice flavoring and is very wet in the tin; this Heinrichs version is slightly less wet but has the same flavoring.

Both tobaccos are easy to smoke, but the experience is close to an aromatic due to all the flavorings.

2 people found this review helpful.

Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (218)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

This seems very similar to Orlik's current version (see my recent review of it for tasting notes). The main difference here is the topping I think. This smokes hotter and seems to have a more predominate licorice taste which gets bitter at about the half way point. The room note seems more cigarette like and is not all that appealing. This is still a smoke that I could somewhat recommend to others who enjoy this blend type but there are better options out there and Orlik's is very similar if not identical save for the top note to this. I do prefer the Orkil version to this one hence a slightly lower rating.

Age When Smoked: 1 yr

2 people found this review helpful.

J.R. Patton Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J.R. Patton (106)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild Tolerable to Strong

Dark-fired Kentucky is perhaps my favorite base tobacco, so how could I not give this one a shot? My favorites are in the vein of Mac Barens ODF and BK and Petersons Irish Flake. Finally got it in stock after months of backorder, so I quickly snatched a 200g tin. Immediately on opening, I'm hit with a fragrant blast of anise/licorice heavily sweetened by molasses. It's not off-putting...I dig that aroma. Orlik dark strong Kentucky has much the same profile, and I enjoy it. The half and half tan and black flakes are mostly intact, and pretty neat to look at, but quite a bit thinner and more fragile than Orlik.

It's after lighting up that the disappointment begins to build with this one. The smoke is not billowy, but rather flat and thin. There's barely any flavor to savor either, and what flavor I do get tastes like slightly sour or bitter licorice, if you can even imagine what that would taste like. And hot hot....boy does this tobacco ever burn hot. I've smoked about half the tin in a plethora of different sized and shaped pipes, even cobs and meerschaum. I am here to say if this tobacco doesn't have the capability to cause a pipe burnout, I don't know what would. May as well pack your pipe with an oak ember and have at it. I never have gotten severely bitten, which I find odd (likely attributable to the alkalinity of burley), but the heat and dry mouth is enough for one negative experience.

I can't recommend this one, and I'm afraid I must give my first ever 1 star rating. As much as I hate to. But this simply is not even a slightly pleasant smoke...I've had bad aromatics I'd reach for before this. Give Orlik Dark Strong a try if you're in the mood to try something similar. I'm willing to bet the lack of availability is the only thing driving demand for PH.

UPDATE 7/31/16: Still working my way through that 200g tin, holding out hope I may find an acceptable smoke in there. No luck, however, this stuff gets more bitey the older it gets. Seeing the positive reviews, I've often wondered if maybe I just got a bad tin. Even if that were the case, however, I'd not buy this one again. I only buy from blenders who have good consistency. Not one to waste money or baccys, I've donated the remainder of this batch, although I felt almost bad for the recipient in doing so! Perhaps he'll find enjoyment, and perhaps my tongue will begin to heal from the torment and burn scars of my DSF experience.

Age When Smoked: 3 months

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

Similar Blends: Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky.

2 people found this review helpful.

Autumn joy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Autumn joy (47)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Dark strong flake. Simply put is a virginia dark fired Kentucky flake. There is no casing on this tobacco and is simply a good tobacco taste. The sweetness of the Virginia and the smoke from the Kentucky leave you with a serious anise taste (black licorice). This is simply the best flake I have had and really a go to for flake lovers. The flakes are similar to the flakes in the smaller tins of orlik blends. I do believe this blend is made by orlik for Peter heinrichs. Overall a good tobacco for a pipe smoker looking for good tobacco taste.

Pipe Used: Whitehall Belmont

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

2 people found this review helpful.

Stonewall Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stonewall (1)
Very Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

I had great expectations for this blend. I received approximately one ounce of this in a trade with another pipe smoker. The appearance was very pleasing, visually; dark, broken flakes, with a moderate amount of moisture. The note was very pleasing as well, Rich, earthy, with a hint of raisin. Lit easily. Upon first try it started as promising, but the flavor, what little there was at first lighting, quickly disappeared. I found this tobacco to be extremely bland and flavorless. It burned hot in every pipe I smoked it in no matter how deliberately slow I sipped away at it. Being one who smokes flake tobacco almost exclusively, I found it to be very disappointing. I will try it in a clay once more to see if it remains consistent with my previous experience. I'm just not getting this for whatever reason and I wish that weren't the case.

Pipe Used: Peterson 305, Peterson 317, IMP Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Received as part of a tobacco trade

Similar Blends: Nothing I've smoked....

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am a noted Latakia fiend. This tobacco has none, so I had my doubts. I find the mild sweetness pleasant. When I retrohale I am reminded of old leather bound books. It is a cool smoke. This is the first non-Latakia blend I have like. I will buy more.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Reminds me of Orlik's D-K's little brother who just has not come of age, he's trying, but still can't get the girl, join the squad and has to stay home on weekends and play videogames all night. The flavor was ok, the burn and smoke volume were soso but if I had my druthers, I'd just smoke Orlik.

Smoke in peace, brothers and sisters of the leaf.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I enjoy this blend terribly. I get a slightly different experience with each pipe I try it with, and I am never displeased. And I have found the best way to smoke it. After a big draw, exhale half through the nose, then through the mouth. I swear that combination tastes just like a fresh cup of coffee!

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

This does indeed come in a nice paintcan tin and the seal is great. It is very attractive with the flakes being very light on one side and then darker on the other side of the same flake. This looks and smells just like Orlick's Dark Strong Kentucky, only this is sooooo flat...insipid...boring...a waste of time. I loved the aroma, but there was nothing for my palate. It burned well enough and yes there was some sort of sweet casing...maybe maple? I found this to be just so flat, so minimally satisfying that a second and third bowl did nothing, but start to give me slight tongue bite. This reminds me a great deal of MB's Navy Flake, another ho-hum flake. Decent volume of smoke, but not as much as I like. It burned well and relights counted not many. I won't be buying this again but thought the sweet/nutty aroma saved this blend and earned it two stars.

2 people found this review helpful.

NAVIETVET1972 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Strong Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I recently came back to pipes. I began smoking pipes in the Mid 70's when the Tinder Box stores were everywhere and it seemed only to stock aromatic, so there fore that is how I began. Over the years, I was in the US Navy for 21 years and of, course being a young lad got into cigarettes and then cigars. But now, I'm really enjoying pipes as a pleasant pleasure which evokes deep thought and a calmness when I relax. I just got a tin af PH dark strong. I've never smoked anything of this caliber and as I said earlier I was an ARO smoker. WOW WOW WOW, what a nick hit. But as I smoke it, the tobacco starts to take over with flavors that I recognize from my youth. Licorice, honey and a deep prune flavor. I'm enjoying the aroma and it has stayed lit very nicely with only a few relights at the onset. I rubbed it out and it packs very well. A new compliment to my new found love for pipes.

Pipe Used: Ser Jacopo Picta Van Gogh calabash

Age When Smoked: out of tin

Purchased From: 4 Noggins

Similar Blends: Mac Baren HH Bold Kentucky.

1 person found this review helpful.

DrAcula Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrAcula (62)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Presentation: Unabashedly simple. Something about it draws me to it. I have the 200g sized tin for this blend which does not come in the "paint can" tin. The top to this tin is akin to what would be on a G.L. Pease Blend.

Cut: Small, thin, neat flakes approximately 1.5 inches in length. Easy to rub out but upon rubbing out, it leaves a slightly sticky feeling on my fingers. Blend is a touch on the moist side.

Tin note: Has a creamy, dark fruity sweetness.

Tasting notes: On the draw it has a ketchupy sweetness, instantly after blowing out the smoke a spicebomb hits me. I love this but it might not be for everyone. This blend is spicy and will give your nose a tingle too! There a nice leathery note here and there as well. As the bowl progesses the sweetness goes away almost completely and a smokiness comes in. The spiciness stays consistent throughout. You will also find deep earthy notes here and there throughout the bowl.

Mechanics: It took me a while to get this blend evenly lit -- a minor annoyance but I'm sure with some dry time allowed it would light just fine. Takes a little effort keeping the blend lit.

Extra Remarks: Full flavor delicious blend. Not the most complex, but what it offers it does in spades. 4 stars.

Pipe Used: Gourd Calabash Meer, Bent Apple Meer

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin

Similar Blends: Samuel Gawith - Lakeland Dark.

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RonR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RonR (85)
Very Mild Medium Very Mild Tolerable


I gave the Orlik version 3 stars, I would give this 3.25. Main difference to me is the licorice taste is a tad more palatable IMO. The Orlik I ended up finding had a more chemical note to it. You can get this in the 7oz tins so it may be a tad cheaper then Orlik version per ounce.

Good once in awhile smoke but nothing that I would personally cellar deep.

Pipe Used: Cobs

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Gr8tefuldawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gr8tefuldawg (87)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Peter Heinrichs- Dark strong flake

What an interesting mixture, jarred since JuL2019, a blend I have yet to acquaint myself with entirely, this long weekend should suffice.

Upon opening the jar I was greeted with a strong figgy, plum note mixed with syrup or molasses. I was completely unaware that these components made up the blend but upon closer examination I can see burley Kentucky and a long middle strip of cavendish. This blend comes in short rectangular flake and are easy to rub out. Has the appearance of orlik’s Kentucky flakes.

This has been sitting a little while and has dried appropriately but I still gave it an extra 15 minutes of air time, lights relatively easily and stays lit.

Initial light I get spiciness and some sweetness, I get a faint scent of licorice as the blend begins to burn down the bowl. The Kentucky is there but not bold, get more spiciness than the normal tobacco flavor.

This is a good change of pace blend for me, slightly aromatic but not overpowering. I will try the Orlik dark strong Kentucky as I suspect they could be related not just in appearance, if so that blend is the cheaper option by far.

Pipe Used: Comoy Dunbar

Age When Smoked: 10 months

Purchased From: Tobaccopipes.com

Similar Blends: Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Dark Strong Kentucky.

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CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (138)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Wonderful aroma in the jar - figgy plum-like with a touch of molasses. Folded flakes in the bowl of a medium-sized cob. Easy light and it takes off. Once settled in notes of licorice, molasses and citrus predominant a woodsy stable base. The middle of the bowl "sings" with excellent depth of a cherrywood flavor. Retrohale is an extremely pleasant spicy pepper note. Great when accompanied by french roast iced coffee with an added squirt of Black Cherry MIO.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: Jar date of JUN-2015

Purchased From: Gifted from a friend

Similar Blends: Other good deep Kentuckys.

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SmokingHawk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokingHawk (54)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought a 200gms can upon opening give very sweet fruity syrupy smell very good flakes kinda spread some broken and most of them square with prominent looking bright yellow Virginia's and dark fired split in half. Flake came a little moist out the can but smokable as I didn't give dry out time I split the flakes leaving thick ribbons easily fills the Pipe and took couple relights. Taste is very good spiciness is there and for me a bit burning nose upon retohale which i tend to do most often while smoking but it's gone after quarter of a bowl. Virginia's plays sweeter part and that molasy syrupy sweetnesses give pleasant change from dark fired spiciness. All in all a very good enjoyable smoke.

Pipe Used: Carey's Special Edition magic inch Pipe

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

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steppx Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
steppx (186)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Its hard to know what rating to give this. However, it is a high quality product. But its not for everyone. And that's not bad. Some blends are good, but have a generic feel (St Bruno flake for instance. Great taste, but somehow lacks distinction IMHO). PH's DSF is very similar to Orlik DK. I prefer this overall and it would be a clear 4 star favorite if the nic hit were higher. Its not exactly mild, but somewhere between mild and medium. The kentucky is the primary flavor...and hence its surprising it lacks nic. Virginias are way in the back. The casing is mild-ish, mostly molasses and a bit, maybe, of liquorice. Its a bit moist out of the tin so a tad drying time is needed, but not too much. Dried out it loses all character. Its a good tobacco, just not a great one. I wish it were. But it does have some unique qualities and like the Orlik and maybe old dark fired by Macbaren, it is something that might grow on you. I also suspect aging will help.

---- update......I am coming to like this tobacco a bit more. So..for what its worth, say 3 and a half stars. Its not a classic, but the more Ive smoked it the more i seem to taste the Virginia. And the taste is very full in fact. A bit past medium. I smoke it in the morning pretty regularly I have to admit.

Purchased From: 4noggins

Similar Blends: Orlik Dark Kentucky.

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FP Stew Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FP Stew (25)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I scored a 200gm tin on EBay last week and wasted no time in trying it out. There was only a year on this tin so I’d call this pretty fresh tobacco.

I found this to be a nice change of pace from my regular rotation of English, Oriental, MV and VaPer. The tin aroma is a nice and strong with a fig or raisin fruit smell mixed with the sweet Virginia. I just let it sit on my desk for a while and enjoyed the fragrance while selecting a pipe.

I have tried the flake as a flake and rubbed and found that it required several lights either way but less relights when rubbed. The charring light and first 2/3 of the bowl are very pleasant with many flavors. The bottom 1/3 of the bowl had a unique tangy sensation that at first was not pleasant but not unpleasant … just unexpected. I will need to try this blend in several size pipes to find the right combination.

I will use this tobacco as one of my change ups and I think I’d consider buying more someday, but it will take me a while to get through 200gm.

2 out of 4

Pipe Used: Stanwell Bent Dublin

Age When Smoked: about 12 months

Purchased From: EBay

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CR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CR (31)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable

Bought this two years ago just on a whim - I do love DFK, so I thought it must be tasty - but at first I could not stand it. The flavor of the Kentucky was not strong, oily, or musky enough, the plum flavoring was way too strong, and the Virginia just muddied the overall taste. That “Dark Strong” label seemed a bit misleading. It didn’t smell any better than most non-aro blends do, and it hurt to inhale. So, it’s only good for blowing smoke, and only around other smokers? What a waste of money, I thought.

Now, maybe the time it has sat and aged plays a role in my change of opinion, or maybe the use of smoking a pipe itself has changed for me, but I’m enjoying it these days. I more often pick up my pipe just to occupy myself when I’m alone, and not necessarily to smoke for nicotine. I now find the plum flavoring agreeable, it does compliment the taste of the Kentucky. It’s something different in this profile. No, Dark Strong is not the full-bodied DFK experience mellowed out with just a touch of Virginia that you might be expecting, but I’ll smoke all the bowl I packed of it. I might smoke the whole can. Just not in a pipe I don’t want ghosted.

Pipe Used: Dedicated Aros Only

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

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LiterarySmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LiterarySmoker (143)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Based on tin descriptions and previous ordering history online I decided to get a tin of this blend, not having had any of Peter Heinrich's tobaccos before. From what I heard, this tobacco is similar to Orlik's Dark Strong Kentucky. Now when I tried that blend a while ago I remember disliking just how much topping was on the blend. To clarify, most if not all blends that I know of have some sort of topping if not an obvious one to sugar water in order to keep the leaf moist while pressing and processing. And I do like aromatics, but I do think that toppings can be applied with too liberal a hand which was my personal conclusion for Orlik's DSK.

There's not much to say about the tin design a pretty standard old timey kind of design. Though I have to say I've never come across a tobacco tin with what I would call a paint-can lid before. After prying the tin open I found some flakes that were half broken and look like Orlik's DSK. When I stick my nose in the jar I smell spicy, nutty, earthy Kentucky, sweet haylike Virginias, and a background dark fruitiness with a sweetness I can't place but different that the usual Virginia. It came too wet to smoke right out of the tin, so even a light dry time is recommended in order to get a good first light.

What I do notice right away is the Kentucky which has some tang, and spice to it. There is a nice rich character to it which comes out with the dry time. The Virginias are more bright in character and taste grassy to me, with some slight dark fruits. The tin says the topping is plum, and from smoking things like Escudo I can see how a Plum topping melds into Virginias especially. But I taste another topping on the aftertaste, and I'm pretty sure it's Anise or Licorice. The toppings don't take over in the blend if you dry it out, but smoking it straight from the tin makes them a lot stronger.

The taste is a medium, it's more smooth than bold. The strength is a medium-strong. It's nowhere near ODF or Bold Kentucky, but about the same as Orlik's DSK. Don't go in on an empty stomach necessarily but in my estimation it would have to take a really big bowl to get this blend to be strong. Burns nice and slow, and the room note is very pleasant compared to other Dark Fired blends. A very decent blend. I wouldn't stalk it for a drop online, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered either.

Pipe Used: Peterson St Patty's Day 2021

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Watch City Cigar

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

If you?re a VA person then give this some of your time. On opening the tin the usual fruit and spice is there but as already noted it does have that chemical (creosote) smell. Don't be put off by this it doesn't come out in the smoking of the tobacco.

Smoke it slowly and it will surprise you. You?ll discover a complex series of flavours (that I find intriguing) showing up and dissipating as the bowl lowers.

The only real downside is after finishing the pipe you are left with a clammy orange peel taste in the mouth.

I've personally got over this problem by permeating the tobacco with Jack Daniels (not too much) this makes for a sweeter fruiter smoke not to everyone?s taste but fun none the less.

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