High-grade Virginias are pressed into Cornell & Diehl's proprietary flake/chip cut and the result is a smoke brimming with both a natural sweetness as well as a fragrance that is slightly reminiscent of orange muffins fresh from the oven. This tasty leaf packs a fine bowl straight from the bag, but also boasts excellent aging potential.

Notes: This was an Atlas Blending Corp. mixture. Cornell and Diehl bought the rights of all their old recipes.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
CutBroken Flake
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2976)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

The Virginia provides some tart and tangy citrus, grass, light earth, wood and dried fruit notes. If you puff too fast, you'll get a little sharpness and lose a slight bit of sweetness, but it won't bite or get harsh. The strength and taste levels are medium. The nic-hit is a step past the center of mild to medium. Burns clean and fairly cool at a reasonable rate with a one dimensional, very consistent, mildly sweet, earthy, grassy flavor that translates to the pleasant, short lived after taste and room note. Leaves almost no moisture in the bowl, and requires few relights. Works well as a mixer, too. Can be an all day smoke.


16 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

If you have ever wished for a Virginia version of SWR, this is it. The texture and consistency is less regular and a little larger. Mine came very dry and had a granola feel to it. I have been smoking it as shipped and have not rubbed it out or hydrated it.

This has been a very good smoke. There is a slightly tart/sharp heavy and sweet flavor. The flavor is fairly consistent but seems to pick up some earthy notes at the bottom of the bowl, and it gains a little strength then too. I did not get any of the ashiness you sometimes find with a Virginia as you finish a bowl.

This was an easy smoke. Loading was pretty much a scoop and lightly tamp. It lit readily and was not a challenge to maintain at a slow smoulder. I have smoked it in a variety of bowls, but the pot I have it in now seems to bring out the flavors.

This is a tremendous value for a smoke of this quality. It is a very good Virginia. It reminds me a little of Gold Brick without the need to slice, dry and rub out. One of my daughters likes the room note.

16 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I am pretty much a virginia smoker. I tried a sample of the CD Virginia Flake and it was just what I had been looking for in a virginia. This is not a flake tobacco as I have smoked in the past. It is like little chips of tobacco. It packs easily in any type of pipe. I liked it so much I ordered 5 lbs. At $20 a pound from SmokingPipes.com, you can't beat it.

Update Note: If you don't rub this out good, it will bite you bad. Once rubbed out, very very good.

8 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2065)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Cornell & Diehl - Virginia Flake.

LOL, call me overscrupulous or pedantic, but when I buy a blend named Virginia Flake I expect, indeed, to find a Virginia Flake!

Anyhoo, nit-picking aside, the blend has been coarsely broken; I can identify it, easily, as an ex-flake. The colour's above medium brown, but sadly it arrived a little too dry. The smell is one of a coarser Virginia, as opposed to a sweet, fruity, Virginia.

Once lit, which is easy, the flavour marries upto the unlit scent well. It isn't a fruity, sweet, Virginia, but a more rustic one. So, don't expect the palate to be awash with sweetness! There's a 'touch' of sweetness, but nothing major. Mostly, the flavour's preoccupied with more of the styles which bring 'Farmyard' to mind!!!! I can't fault the burn from it; reliable, cool, and mid-speed.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: not good.

Virginia Flake? It isn't too bad, but if you want a straight Va there's better out there. Somewhat recommended:

Two stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson Deluxe #03

Age When Smoked: 9/25/18

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

6 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

I am reviewing several C+D blending tobaccos as a precursor to some blending experiments. I know not many people blend, but these reviews may provide some hints to those wanting to do so.

Full flavored and very woodsy VA flake. Tangy and warm tasting. It gets very "peat" like down the bowl. Provides substantial body and a solid nicotine hit. Could easily be smoked alone or in a blend.

6 people found this review helpful.

Bonneville Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bonneville (52)
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I couldn't pass this one up based on the price alone. A bulk Virginia flake by C&D for less the $25 a pound? How could I go wrong? It arrived today and I'm smoking a bowl as we speak.

It seems to be burning relatively well. I suspect rubbing these interesting "chips" out a little before packing might clear up any burn issues. Outdoors this wouldn't be a problem, however, and smoking AS IS might be the way to go.

It's surprisingly full-bodied and has many characteristics that I would normally associate with Burley. If I didn't know any better I would have guessed that there is in fact some Burley in this blend. Very nutty and tobacco-y, with the sweet tang of bright Virginias that I love.

Verdict- it's good. I suspect that it will be fantastic as a blender. My initial try is going to a 50/50 this with McClelland 5100, with a dash of Perique.

If you're looking to stock up that cellar and do it on the cheap, this could be the one.

Pipe Used: Rattray's Craggy Root

Age When Smoked: unknown

Similar Blends: Briar Fox.

5 people found this review helpful.

ATW Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ATW (110)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is in fact the flake that you see added to Haunted Bookshop. Sometimes I would just pick out the flakes and smoke them straight. So I decided to order a 2 oz sample to try on its own.

The bag came too dry to smoke right away so I did the steamed towel trick to rehydrate it quickly and effectively. The bag aroma is great. Its stated that the flakes are not cased but I swear it has brown sugar. Has a sweet, spicy, and citrus like aroma.

From first light to half the bowl it is sweet, spicy, zesty with a good amount of orange citrus. In the last half, the sweetness turns to a brown sugar, the orange citrus has a more darker tone, and the zest tones down some. A nice creaminess comes out closer to the bottom of the bowl. Burns cool and clean. The nicotine isn't very noticeable as with most high sugar content virginias.

Another excellent Virginia. None of that grassy, hay crap. Well worth stocking up on and aging. This is a hidden gem that is right up there with the best McClelland Virignias.

Update 4/16/2021. I've been having issues getting more Virginia Flake in bulk, so I've been getting it in tins instead. Every tin I've had is just as dry as the bulk form. I highly suggest if you want to long term age Virginia Flake to not do it in the tin since it's too dry to even do anything. The right amount of moisture is key in aging. Crack your tins open, hydrate and age in Mason jars. It just won't make a difference in the tin with no moisture.

4 people found this review helpful.

incognitopoet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
incognitopoet (37)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

I have made a mistake. I ordered only an ounce of this stuff. Looks like I will be making another order this month, because this tobacco is wonderful. The cut reminded me of my grandfather's Sir Walter Raleigh. It is very thick flakes that have been cut into chunky cubes. I didn't rub it out. The moisture content was fine. The texture makes it easy to load, and it stays pretty cool. No bite at all. The bag smells like really good cocoa. The flavor is just good honest Virginia, but perhaps less tangy and more earthy.

Pipe Used: Nording freehand

4 people found this review helpful.

CornCob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CornCob (94)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Update Dec.16th/2015: I feel the need to add this information since my original review as I don't wish to be held accountable for any misguided purchases nor scrutinized for an inaccurate review. Now C&D has either changed this blend all together, or ive bought 2 bad pounds months apart from each other, either scenario is leaving me apprehensive about buying more in the future, or any C&D blend for that matter. The cut is now a mishmash of ready rubbed, cavendish, loose ribbons, slender broken flakes and cubes throughout and is quite moist to the touch. It now burns hot and on the wet side and has lost its sweetness, not like the old stock of wide and thick continental flake cuts that were dry and crispy for the last 5 odd years that I've been smoking it. I also think there is far more red Virginia than brights which again was never the case prior. Add this to the list of steady reliable blends that have been bastardized or eliminated on the market, a shame really. My original review and rating shall stay, but let it be known those thoughts and opinions are not for the current production of this blend. The picture seen above is not a reflection of this tobacco's current state.

Original Review:

A superb blend of bright Virginias presented in a thick and wide America broken flake. Our piping brothers across the pond in Europe and Britain may be mislead by the name, this isnt the long thin symmetrical and moist flake cut that you may be used to. It's akin to a large cube cut, or really course crushed plug and is served very dry right out of the pouch. Others here have attributed it's appearance and texture to that of granola and im at a loss to describe it any better than that. It might be best to store it out of the kitchen and labeled well, otherwise it may end up in a bowl with some milk. Some pieces are quite large (about the size of an Almond, and about as dense) it's advisable to rub those ones out a tad otherwise this blend is fine filler as received. I find it burns at optimal performance when packed on the looser end of the scale, but individual preferences will prevail. Flavour is that of pure sweet Virginia with a clover/floral sugar note and stays that way the whole way through. Excellent dose of vitamin N and medium in body from start to finish. Terrific on its own, and I think it will age quite well. This flake cut Virginia can be dressed up with nearly anything and taken anywhere. If you are VA/PER smoker it's quite good with a quarter Perique, or just add a pinch of green river vanilla to make a it a lady pleaser. Also pairs nicely with a sliced burley. A well put together blend, continental in nature and an American institution in my books. Every VA smoker should try it.

Pipe Used: MM country gentleman, Capri billiard c

Age When Smoked: current bulk

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

4 people found this review helpful.

AC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AC (19)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This broken flake comes as other well-known selections from C&D, with perfect moisture and easy and cool burning. As you progressed through the bowl, it soon picks up strength, easily reaching the "medium" level. It burns with nice white ash, and consistently so throughout the bowl. As such, the overall behavior of this Virginia (broken) Flake is quite good. However, it lacks taste and sweetness. You know you are smoking something there with some good strength and quality (like a glass os sparkling water), but it does not rise to the palate with noticeable features, save of a regular bready, hay, slightly citrus, and even "farmy" kind of tobacco with a tiny hint of sweetness. It does get a little bit better towards the end, but in general. It does not satisfy the overall taste experience for me. Likely, it is a good tobacco for blending, especially with burleys. It leaves a fairly good taste in the mouth after the smoke. This is not for me though, but maybe I will try blending something with it.

UPDATE: Ok, I did say I was thinking of using it as part of a blend. Well, inspired by a review here (DeathMetal.org (158) 2019-04-25), I decided to blend 50%-50% of this Virginia Flake with a (4-year-old) C&D Ribbon Burley, plus a "dust" of C&D granulated Perique. The result is a nice medium fruity & bready kind of VaBur, which is quite pleasing, but nothing fantastic for sure. Certainly, this blend makes this Virginia at least useful now, thus deserving an upgrade in the stars. I'll continue trying things with it. We'll see...

Pipe Used: Chacom Club Billiard / Tracy Mincer Billiard

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: www.smokingpipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (213)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

VA Flake came very broken but I could still tell that it was at one time a flake. The jar note after 6 months is hay but not much else that stands out. The smoke itself is a little earthy, with notes of hay out front and some citrus behind it. There is a dark fruit notes that soon follows with a little tang. These flavors will remain fairly consistent throughout the bowl but will deepen during the last 1/3. At about the 1/2 point I also get a woodsy note that reminds me a little of oak. There are times when the tangy note becomes a little sharp but this goes away quickly and only occasionally comes forward. The nic is just a little below the center of med. It does not get ashy or cigarette like at all but the room note does have that cigarette smell to it. The finish is fairly short and does not linger long. It does not bite but will nip if pushed hard. There is enough sugar here that it might age well. Worth a try if you are into VA's but for me there are better blends available. 2.5 stars personally but rounded down as I doubt that I will pick up any more any time soon.

Age When Smoked: 6 months

3 people found this review helpful.

DeathMetal.org Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DeathMetal.org (225)
Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable

Summary: the light Virginia flavors you want.

Combining bright and orange Virginias into a flake that is compressed, dried, and partially rubbed out, C&D "Virginia Flake" gives you all of the grassy, honey, hay, toast, grain, citrus, agave, wheat, and oat flavors that you expect from the lighter-colored forms of Virginia leaf. This results in one of the few honestly sweet blends that one encounters, but also, a blending component of pure excellence. Mix this 50-50 with C&D "Cube Cut Burley" and then dust with Latakia, Perique, or dark fired Kentucky Burley and you have a long-smoking, clean-burning, and flavorful all-day blend. The chunky rough cut ready rubbed makes this one burn more like flake, hence the name, which keeps it cooler burning than Virginia leaf by itself. I can never have too much of this in the cabinet.

3 people found this review helpful.

hrhf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hrhf (38)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

Review in progress

I picked this blend up, along with other odds and ends in May, 2019, at smokingpipes.com’s brick and mortar store in Little River, SC. I happened to drop in during one of those unfortunate times when—much like the very moment of this writing—nearly all of the “marquee” blends were out of stock.

Anyway, I don’t recall exactly how I came to settle on this particular blend. But, once purchased (an ounce, bulk), it promptly went into my little Rubbermaid bin of pipe tobacco and I promptly forgot about it, along with everything else in the bin.

You see, I was in right smack in the middle of one of my lengthy smoking hiatuses. Luckily for me circa right now, I knew I’d end up breaking out the pipes again sooner or later.

Also luckily for me, aging pipe tobacco doesn’t require the same precision you need to have with, say, cigars. Nope, just throw the ziplock in the bin along with my other tobaccos and accessories, and let it age.

And dehydrate. Fortunately, I prefer it that way.

Anyway, on to my notes on C&D Virginia Flake. I’m not the kind of smoker who can pick out all the little nuances and notes of a bowl. I may never be. I truly hope to develop this skill. And, when/if I do, I’ll be sure to update my reviews.

But until then, here’s my thoughts on this one. It’s got an extremely pleasant taste: a little sweet, but not too much.

It burns very well for me, and the 19 month rest seems to have served it well. I have a brand new tin of SG Full Virginia Flake, and I can’t detect a great deal of difference between the two, flavor-wise. That perhaps speaks more about my amateur palate than anything else.

Be that as it may, I currently like it. A lot. I currently have a tin of the stuff en route to me from the same establishment. So I’ll continue my research into this blend, and continue to see how it stacks up to others in its class. I have the almost-gone tin of FVF (purchased just three days ago) and an as-yet sealed tin of Sutliff (Mac Baren) Crumble Kake to compare it to.

My opinion of it is likely to change, for better or worse. But in the meantime, I may like this stuff a little better than FVF.

So, 3 1/2 stars.

—- Update 01/06/21 I’m smoking a bowl of this fresh from an opened-yesterday tin. This isn’t my first bowl of the stuff. But the result has been the same, and different enough from my original review of an aged bulk sample of this, I felt the urge to update post haste.

What I’m smoking now is more savory, tangy and inline with other reviews that report similar results. Rich, to me. A little bit too much.

Sure, it starts out with some of that familiar to me sweetness. But it doesn’t hang around long past the initial light.

After this bowl, I’m going to let it hibernate a while in hopes that it will turn into the blend I liked. A lot.

Update 01/14/21 So it turns out my smoking cadence had gotten a little fast. That’s basically the entire reason for my vastly different experiences with this stuff.

Once I slowed things back down a bit, I rediscovered the bright, lightly sweet smoke I initially raved about.

Ah, the pitfalls of the “learning on the job” tobacco reviewer.

Age When Smoked: 1.5 years

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com (on site)

2 people found this review helpful.

Cleonides Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cleonides (21)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

A straight virginia with no flavoring, propylene glycol or sugar added. Smells like oats/bread/hay in the tin and has a straight forward bready/oaty bright virginia flavor. Mild nicotine. Comes very dry, but that's fine because it still tastes great and you can always rehydrate.

Not really complex, but totally satisfying if you're wanting that pure virignia experience without the sweeteners and added flavors that literally all European blenders use on literally all of their virginias.

2 people found this review helpful.

SunriseBoy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SunriseBoy (21)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

I had some of this land today and had a couple of pipes. I was fairly impressed it burns well, tastes quite good also. The thing that surprised me were the number of neg. reviews about it. Frankly, I'm glad I have it because it's a good all day smoke and excellent value for money. I will say it was a little drier that I expected, but then smoking pipes appear to always have drier than average bulk leaf. Highly recommended for a solid standby all day pipe.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: Out of the pack

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

2 people found this review helpful.

Jorge Soler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jorge Soler (202)
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

These flakes seem to contain more bright than red leaf, so they show all of those traits you can expect from this profile, so much so, that at times it feels like I am eating fizzy sweets. They have this nice and citrusy sharp edge that does not seem to evolve that much as you progress with your smoke, whereas the earthy and hay like properties of the red leaf are more pushed into the background. I think the potential here is as a blending component, but it can be cellared it too because of the bright leaf it contains. These flakes would probably benefit from the addition of perique, red virginia, and white or dark burley. Also, I'd use this tobacco as a seasoning component in very small quantities, but please be my guess if you want to try out something else. I am yet to experiment with other tobacco leafs and profiles, so I might come back to this review in the near future, but this is all I can say for now.

2 people found this review helpful.

Ocelot79 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ocelot79 (32)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Chips! Never had those before. I think this is the easiest tobacco to light that I've ever had; stroking a broad match over the top did me for the whole bowl. 'Light the blue touch paper and retire.' Came quite dry in the tin, and I did not rub it, just poured them in. Just a good quality, medium strength VA with a nice balance of weighty creaminess and tangy lemon. I think it's a little too touchy heat-wise to be used in an off-hand manner; you have to think what you're doing a bit with this one, and so I don't use it outdoors or when my mind is on other things, because I sometimes tend to overheat it a little then. But when sitting down with a book or a film, it's good stuff and good value. If new to pipes, I wouldn't recommend using it with either a new or a thin-walled pipe; you'll want some buffer against potential heat in case you overdo things. Good quality straight VA presented in an unusual form.

Pipe Used: Good English briars

Age When Smoked: Unknown, but not that old.

Purchased From: Smokingpipes USA

2 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

My buddy D gave me a 2 oz jar of this. Thanks D.

Taste very nice, but gets a little boring by itself. As a blender this is quite good. I mixed it with Wessex Burley Slices and got a real nice VaBur. 40% WBS and 60% VF. If you want to add sweet hay and citrus to something this does the job very well.

Mild to medium in body. Medium in taste. No added flavoring. Burns well.

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn

Age When Smoked: unknown

Purchased From: gifted

2 people found this review helpful.

mnadz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mnadz (69)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

If first appearance was indicative of the tobacco, this would not have ended well. I received in bulk dry nuggets of tobacco. Not flakes, but something similar to granola...think Raleigh on steroids. Packed crunchy...I did not rub out. Packed better on second light.

That being said, for someone like myself, that prefers Latakia and finds it difficult to find a flavorful straight Virginia, this one majorly caught me off guard. If rating vs. other Virginias, I would have rated the taste full...not just medium. This has a much more earthy flavor to it, like someone else reviewed, almost similar to Burley. Not much sweetness here except for the very beginning. I loved it. Smoked straight through. No tongue bite (I smoke like a chimney). Room note was OK...wife rates that.

In closing, if this tobacco presented and packed better, I would have four-starred it. As it is, those that shy away from straight Virginias because lack of taste, should take a run at this one. Very flavorful straight Virginia for an amazing price.

Pipe Used: Petersons and Ben Wades

Age When Smoked: Fresh...or as fresh as Pipe&Cigars sent it to me.

2 people found this review helpful.

cajomu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cajomu (79)
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Unlike most reviewers of this blend, I find Cornell &Diehl's Virginia Flake to be long on nicotine and short on flavor (the aroma is equally mild). The flavor it does have falls in the 'earthy' category (e.g., moist hay, roasted chestnuts) and it has surprisingly little sweetness for a straight VA.

All that being said, I still like this tobacco very much for two reasons.

First, it is a great blending tobacco. If blended with a quality straight Perique (like McClelland's), its flavor opens up and it becomes a quite charming VaPer. I blend it 3 parts VF to 1 part P by weight, press it down and let it sit for a week or two. One can also use VF to tone down tobaccos that are a bit unbalanced in flavor (e.g., too much casing) or to 'stretch' pricey tobaccos (its mild but pleasant flavor mixes well with just about any tobacco, including aromatics).

The second reason I like it is that it makes a great RYO cigarette (it tastes like a Chesterfield).

Given its usefulness, C&D's VF is one of those relatively inexpensive tobaccos that I always want to have on hand.

2 people found this review helpful.

potam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
potam (14)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Natural Virginia flavor is nice,and taste sweet.But regretfully I think I'm not ready to enjoy this tobacco yet.Recommend for experienced smokers.

2 people found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (338)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Not sure if this is how C&D's Virginia Flake is supposed to be, but my 2oz shipped drier than a Popeyes biscuit. Trying to rub the thin flakes apart turned this into almost dust. This cant be.

Pouch aroma of sweet grass, hay, and best of all, toasted malt.

It's a bitch to pack, as dry as it is. It doesn't pack, it just lays in there. If you were to turn your bowl upside down, most of the contents would dump.

Lighting on the other hand, is a breeze. most bowls I smoked took a single light.

Flavors include that same toasted malt you smell in the pouch, along with sweet hay and graham cracker. These all remain constant throughout the bowl. Burns clean and cool, not a bit of moisture in the heel.

I honestly thought this would've smoked hot and airy without any moisture. But this turned out to be a solid VA flake! I'm going to give this 3 stars, and come back to it after rehydrating and a bit of age. Don't hesitate to purchase and cellar this one!

1 person found this review helpful.

Stefanos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stefanos (222)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Bright broken Virginia flakes. Hay and citrucy aromas as expected. Tasty with a very natural taste, good on its own, if a little sharp, but equally good or better for blending. Similar to Opening Night though not as complex or exciting. It is what it says and it’s quite good.

1 person found this review helpful.

Armeniandude Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Armeniandude (13)
Extremely Mild None Detected Very Mild Very Pleasant

It's not a flake in particular...it's more like chips. But that's obvious by the pictures. I don't mind though, it's thicker and packs well, and came dry enough to pack right from the package.

It smells grassy and oaty and slightly sweet. Tastes the same and smoked dry and cool. It's very mild and great for any time of day. The aftertaste leaves you with a pleasant oat taste and you don't smell "smoky"

The price is cheap for what you get but it's overall a great product.

Pipe Used: cob

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Lane Limited - 125th Anniversary.

1 person found this review helpful.

Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Another so-called flake from C&D bulk. Looks like fish food flakes. Pretty good Virginia. Has good potential as a blender.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipefitter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipefitter (45)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I like a Straight Virginia flake a few mornings a week. This one’s what I’m looking for as it’s fairly mild, yet has plenty of flavor so as not to leave me wanting. C and D has a nice combination of dark and bright leaves so you can expect some complexity with some malty bready sweetness and some tart citrus balance to keep the tobacco in check. This smokes cool and never bites and a bowl last through several cups of coffee.Whenever I smoke straight Virginia this one is my go to……This would be a good mixer with a few I could think of right off hand like Perique, several kinds of burley and Oriental Silk and I think C and D sells these by bulk.

Purchased From: City Tobacco in New London Ct

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Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (294)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Edited 7/31/2020

I've been letting this cellar in a large jar for the last year. I decided to try some to see how the aging is working. The sweetness has gone up significantly from what I remember a year ago. The nic level is still hiding in there. The flavor now though makes it worth a smoke on its own without needing a blend to be tolerable.

I made up a small sample of this plus 15% Perique which has been sitting for several weeks in a jar. Makes a really decent basic VaPer at a great cost point especially if you can find this bulk on sale.

Original - 6/26/2019

Picked up a pound during one of Smoking Pipe's regular CD Bulk sales for a great price.

Big broken flake pieces similar in shape to some of McC's bulks. Bag was from late 2018 so it has about 6 months of age on it before going to sleep in the jars.

Kept out a few bowls to smoke and glad I did. Easy to pack and light. Good moisture level and was able to go without a charring light. Wants to burn warm so slow and steady is the trick. This is NOT a very sweet VA. As others have said, it has a bready/earthy taste with just a touch of sweetness in the retrohale. I found it pretty consistent through the bowls and it smokes down to a good ash with little/no moisture.

I think this one will age well and I plan on using some granulated perique to make my own VaPers when I get the time. Room note reminded the wife of a cigarette.

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

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