We would describe 'Wallace Flake' as the Holy Grail among the flakes. Try these extraordinary creation, and you will know why we stick out our neck that far. Virginia tobaccos, whose color ranges from golden to chocolate brown, were combined with sun-dried India and finally refined with a very fine plum aroma.

Notes: After K&K lost the Peterson range to Mac Baren, they did not want to waste their recipes. They tweaked them a little and simply renamed the old Peterson line to be re-released under the Rattray's label: Malcolm Flake being Erinmore Flake; Sterling Flake being Irish Flake; and Wallace Flake being University Flake.

Blended ByKohlhase & Kopp
Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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O'Confrère Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
O'Confrère (40)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Beautiful dark flake mottled with lighter elements.

Tin note: plum, but not overly so. May be a casing. If a topping done very lightly.

A flake more in the English tradition (think Capstan, Four Square, perhaps) than in the Danish.

Flavorful, enjoyable, bordering on the stout, it rubs out well, burns slowly and well, providing a good medium (noticeable) dose of nicotine.

No big surprises in flavor. The plum is attractive, not overwhelming, but present. This is a good combination of burley nuttiness and the complexity offered by a balanced blend of Virginias with qualities including depth, sweetness and a touch of tanginess. It doesn't bite.

While it is a very serviceable smoke and a head above many flakes out there, it will probably remain an occasional smoke for this smoker, a welcome change of pace. Nice to see a new flake of this quality appear!

A solid smoke , refreshing and satisfying, this virginia/burley flake is sure to win a following! It's a fine addition to the flakes currently on the market.


Age When Smoked: two weeks (just on the market)

20 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3048)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The grassy/hay-like, tart and tangy citrusy, lightly tangy dark fruity, woody, earthy Virginias also sport hints of floralness and bread as they take the lead over the obvious earthy, woody, nutty, lightly molasses sweet and spicy, toasty burley. The plum topping mildly tones down the tobacco, and weakens slightly in the last quarter of the experience. The plum is not quite as rich as it is in University Flake. The strength and taste levels fall a tad short of medium. The nic-hit is mild to medium. Won’t bite or get harsh, and has no rough edges. Burns cool, clean, and slightly slow with a fairly consistent flavor. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires some relights. Has a lightly lingering, pleasant after taste, and slightly stronger room note. Can be an all day smoke.


19 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2081)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Rattray - Wallace Flake.

These are dark flakes with a lot of small light flecks throughout. I note how a few others point out that their flakes hydration is too much but my flakes are of a superb amount. The smell coming from them has a detectable fruit aroma to it but it isn't a strong 'aromatic' one by any means. When I rub the flakes out I have to use a little extra pressure, they aren't ridiculously hard but the aren't the easiest to prepare.

The first good point with the smoking of this is getting it ignited, I often as not use my jet lighter for flake blends but Wallace Flake only needs a touch of my regular lighter. The flavour of Wallace Flake is very similar to Peterson University Flake, the Burley and Virginia both take an equal share of the taste with a very subtle plum addition in the background. The burn is a consistent one that gives off a medium temperature smoke that is of a construction that's not too thick nor thin and gives no bite. The nicotine amount suits me perfectly, I would say it's again the same as University Flake. The room note is quite good in the fact it isn't too much but I can't notice any plum in it really.

I was excited when I noticed this one as I adore University Flake and Wallace Flake has definitely met my expectations! To be succinct, if you like University' then you will enjoy this. Four stars.

Pipe Used: Comoys Elegance

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: G.Q Tobaccos

Similar Blends: Peterson University Flake.

18 people found this review helpful.

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

Mostly dark flakes in a nifty presentation flat tin, said flakes being infinitely foldable, which is how I preferred it. Tin nose of rich tobacco with the topping being very noticeable. This is said to be Peterson's University Flake with a different blender. I always thought UF had a blueberry topping but this claims to be plum. Whatever... figuring out artificial flavorings is hardly a talent of mine.

Some interesting differences between this and UF. First of all, the flakes are purtier here whereas the UF flakes were pretty ragged. Second, this one seems to have less burley and more Virginia whereas UF was burleyburleyburley... and oh yeah, a little Virginia. Taste wise this was smoother but seemed to carry the plum flavoring longer thru the bowl. In other words, this is more heavily flavored. Which is ok, because I think the plum sauce is this one's selling point. You can find unflavored VaBurs all over but how many plum flavored ones are there? This was a sweet flake due to the apparent higher VA concentration as well as the more robust flavoring, which stayed with me thru the entire bowl. But it also had a nice underlying richness, if not as potent in the nicotine department as UF. As happens often, if this is supposed to be a match, another visit to the drawing board is in order. But on its own, it's a sweet flavored mostly VA flake that will appeal to those who like flavoring but prefer a choicer batch of leaf than the average goopy aromatic. A nice once in awhile smoke for me, and I would imagine a tin would last me a year! But well worth a shot if the thought of blueberry tobacco doesn't make you cringe.

15 people found this review helpful.

Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (125)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I have been smoking University Flake on and off for years, ever since the old tin art and the old blender (Murray's ?).

Now, unless I bought a tin of the current production UF and Wallace Flake, and did a side by side, I could not tell you exactly if these are now the same blend or not.

First of all strength, nicotine, is less than the UF of old, of this I'm sure, but this is still a tobacco with underlying backbone and decent relaxation capability.

Second, Wallace Flake, or WF, is even smoother, slightly sweeter,and the top note a bit more persistent and more pleasing than my memory of UF. If I had to guess, I'd agree with the reviewer who thought there was more VA in WF than UF.

Either way this is a great semi-sweet smoke, utterly bite free, and I am very sensitive to various forms of bite from many blends.

Easy to rub out, and easy to smoke, as long as it isn't packed too tightly, as the rubbed out flake is still very dense and long lasting.

This is still the best blend to load in your pipe at the end of the day when you don't want any pipe related drama, as all the flavors here are rounded and smooth smooth smooth.

Age When Smoked: new

Similar Blends: University Flake.

14 people found this review helpful.

Grrr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Grrr (4)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Being a newbie returnee to pipe smoking perhaps precludes me from giving a qualified review of this tobacco, but here's my take.

I was steered towards this when another choice was unavailable. Its my first experience of a flake, but pleasing in the ease with which it rubbed out. I found it stronger than other tobaccos I've been using, but also very dependant on the pipe used. Some suggest filling the pipe by folding the flakes in a "Z" and pushing them down in the bowl - that method gave me the strongest smoke, no doubt the preference of some?

I found the nicotine hit a bit full on with an unfiltered small bowl pipe, but much more to my liking with a 9mm filter in my large bowl Zettervig, which smoothed the (to me) rough edge and, and enabled me to discern a mild though pleasing background note of plum.

I would perhaps revisit it but at present wouldn't hurry back in preference to say a black cavendish. To me this one isn't so much for newbies as seasoned smokers who like a bigger hitting flake. For that reason I won't allow my inexperience to get in the way of giving it a "fair" 3 out of 4.

Pipe Used: Milville mini, MM corn, Zettervig (filtered)

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: Piperack, Newcastle, Staffs

8 people found this review helpful.

H Gillman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
H Gillman (39)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Nice to find a new-ish flake out there. Tin note is hay like and very minute sweetness. The flakes are dense, moist and very dark. I find that the "plum cake" is very faint. This stuff smokes nice and cool in a small chambered pipe. Ash is pale grey. It is mellow and easily French inhaled and is subtle in its sweetness. A beautiful flake definitely worth a try.

Pipe Used: Peterson et al

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Jades Smokers Corner

8 people found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (318)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Considered on its own, this is a very serviceable dark VaBur, with a topping that's between 'very mild' and 'mild', really just enough to make it interesting. The flakes are well-made and easy to tear into strips and fold (my preferred method when possible). Compared to University Flake, this tin at least was easier to light and seemed a bit sweeter without the topping being any more noticeable (at least to me) and a touch less N (but still a solid medium).

Pipe Used: briars, cobs, and meers

Age When Smoked: 1 month after purchase

Purchased From: Mars

Similar Blends: University Flake (unsurprisingly).

6 people found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (323)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant

This is a comparison of Wallace Flake (produced by K&K) and University Flake (formerly K&K, then Mac Baren and now produced by STG).

After my first tin of University Flake diddn't last very long, I hopped on my road bike and made a neat little journey to Peter Heinrichs Chateau Henri to stock up on it. I bought UF when I was looking for blends in the style of Peterson's 3Ps (Perfect Plug), and was very pleased by University Flake. Somehow they were run out of University Flake and deep inside myself I felt happy, because I wanted to compare UF to Wallace Flake anyways, kinda like fate. So I grabbed a tin of Wallace Flake and rode home, excited for what would await me.

I did read a lot of reviews about University vs. Wallace Flake in forehand and most people seemed to agree that Wallace is a tad sweeter and less nutty-earthy than University. Opening the (compared to UFs tin design) rather boring, yet classy designed tin (which is now round) of Wallace I was pleasantly surprised:

Wallace Flake looks exactly the same as University Flake. Just as UF the neat flake slices are sticking to eachother and are hard to separate. "Must be exactly the same weed" I thought, before I dipped my nose into the tin and noticed that Wallace Flake has a slightly different and more natural flavoring to it than UF.

Whilst UF flavoring is reminding me exactly of condoms (sounds very odd, I know, but its smells very plesant!) we have here in Germany and is rather artificially (yet pleasantly) somewhat plum-ish, Wallace Flakes flavoring actually smells of plums. It seems as if K&K has tweaked or changed the flavoring a bit - for good as I think! Wallace wins the "tin-note/flavoring battle".

Already on first light I noticed that Wallace Flake is more on the citrusy-sweet, Virginia-forward side, whilst University is more full-bodied, nutty-earthy and Burley-forward. Wallace Flake offers the said citrusy-sweet, grassy and hay-ish Virginia aromas and is underscored by the mildly nutty and molasses Burley. With UF it's just the opposite. I perceive Wallace's flavoring as more mild than the one of University. It offers sweet plums and some other (blue-?)berries, whilst UFs flavoring is more "dark" in character. Yet the flavoring is a bit more present in Walllace than in University. The "taste-battle" is clearly a draw to me. Both offer a very delightful smoke, Wallace being more "bright" and University more "dark" in character.

Wallace Flakes strenght is rather medium, almost close to mild, unlike University Flakes strenght, which I settled for as "medium to strong" (medium for experienced smoker, strong for new pipe smokers and/or pipe smokers who prefer mild blends.

I was hoping to identify one of the two as "much better", so I wouldn't have to keep a stock of both at hand - but after having smoked both I'm setting up two jars (which I only do for blends that I always keep in stock for my daily rotation), one for University and one for Wallace Flake, because personally I wouldn't wanna miss out on one of them. UF is more full-bodied, strong in Burley. WF is a tad more mellow-sweet, dominated by Virginias. Both are top-notch "old english style" blends, that are (besides Erinmore & 3Ps) unlike anything else on the market and I rank them very high in my "go-to" blends stash.

3-stars, as I prefer the University Flake incarnation!

Pipe Used: Clay Pipes / Various Briars

Similar Blends: In the same fashion like other "old english styled" blends like , Peterson - Peterson's Perfect Plug, Peterson - University Flake, Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Erinmore Flake, and very slightly reminiscent of, Dunhill - My Mixture 221B Baker Street (Re-release).

6 people found this review helpful.

SpeedyPete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SpeedyPete (29)
Mild None Detected Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This is in fact Peterson's University Flake under a new label. Rattrays produce a lot of Peterson stuff now according to (hopefully) the old recipes. I sincerely hope it's not gonna be "new masters, new rules" like what has happened so many blends in the past.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Curiosity Hut

Similar Blends: Same as University Flake but more expensive..

6 people found this review helpful.

SmokeQuest Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeQuest (20)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

When this tobacco first appeared I wanted to give it a try but was told by a tobacconist that I wouldn’t like it because it was aromatic, so I never tried it. I recently found out that it was in fact supposed to be a Peterson university flake clone, so I broke down and purchased a couple of cans despite my reservations just to see how it compared to the university flake. Folks let me tell you, this is a 1000 times better than any university flake that I have ever tried past and present, it is sweet, smooth, gentle and has no rough edges, in my book this is not an aromatic tobacco and if it is then my idea of aromatics is flawed, if you have never tried this tobacco you owe it to yourself, try it.

4 people found this review helpful.

ynrozturk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ynrozturk (62)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This was a weird one for me. First of all, Rattray (along with Solani) are responsible for some of my most beloved flakes ever, those being Marlin Flake and 633, respectively. And having enjoyed University Flake in the past, I was very curious about this blend.

Tin note - very nice. Pretty much exactly like University Flake, which I just had a tin of a few weeks ago. Even the color, cut and thickness of the flakes are pretty much identical. So far so good.

Oddly enough, the first half of my tin was horrible. It was just completely tasteless and boring. All I would get was a terrible ashy taste. Thinking that it could be my pipe, I put it in rotation. It went through Petersons, Nordings, cobs and a meerschaum. Always that same ashy taste.

Being pretty disappointed and discouraged, I took the remaining flakes and put them into a jar for a week and forgot about it, and went back to my Solani blends.

Just one week of waiting completely changed this blend in such an incredible way I don't even have words for it. It was now bursting with flavor, and the plum taste was very, very nice - right down to the end of the bowl. I rub out my flakes completely (the fold and stuff method just doesn't do it for me anymore) so it packs with no problem, and lights with no problem. Tamp once or twice and you'll reach the bottom of your bowl no problem.

It doesn't come wet out of the tin or anything - mine was just perfect - but after you open it up, just let it rest for a week or so. Don't smoke any of it fresh. Just open it and forget about it for a while.

Even though I hated it at first because I had never had a Rattray's blend act up on me like this before, but now I give it a solid three stars. Much better than University Flake. More Virginia than Burley, more flavor, more topping, and just tastier.

Update : The second tin of this I dived into was absolutely terrible, even after following my own advice written above. There is some serious inconsistency and quality control issues with this blend I believe, and it's not just from tin to tin, it's from flake to flake. Now I think that letting it wait for a week has nothing to do with it - in a tin there are good flakes and bad flakes, and the second tin for me was nothing but bad flakes. It was a chore to smoke through it all. I will not be buying this again. Life is too short to have to deal with such inconsistencies.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Local tobacconist

4 people found this review helpful.

buroak Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
buroak (16)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

If success truly is the greatest revenge, then Kohlhase & Kopp have dealt full retribution for Peterson's decision to move the production of University Flake to Scandinavian Tobacco Group. I did not smoke Peterson's University Flake when it was made by K&K, but I can say that Wallace Flake is much better than STG's version of University Flake. Wallace Flake outshines University Flake against almost every metric.

The Virginias are more bread- and oat-like than grassy, with a sweetness independent of the topping. The Burley offers nuttiness in greater proportion than earthiness. There is also some spice from the Burley. The topping is said to be plum, and my taste buds and nose mostly agree with that claim. Still, I cannot help but also sense a blueberry flavor. My detection of blueberry may be due solely to previous reviews and the power of suggestion, but I will not pretend I do not pick up the flavor.

Whatever fruit flavorings are or are not in the mix, the flavor is quite excellent. The topping, which never really fades, harmonizes perfectly with the Virginias and Burley to produce an overall flavor impression much like an honest-to-goodness homemade muffin. Please do not take that description to mean this is some goopy aromatic. I said homemade muffin, not store-bought corn syrupy mini muffin. You will taste the tobacco under the topping. Indeed, the tobacco tastes are every bit as present and important as the taste of the added flavoring.

In terms of nicotine content the strength of this blend is just below medium. Taste is also medium. I never got even a hint of bite. If one can handle a medium nicotine content all day, then this could be an all-day smoke. This does require a few more relights than University Flake, but I have no hesitation in awarding four stars to Wallace Flake.

4 people found this review helpful.

Coffeewaterbeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Coffeewaterbeer (6)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

My normal rotation has a noticeable lack of aromatic blends but there are a few out there I do enjoy. Having been a fan of Pete's Uni Flake I was excited to take Wallace Flake out for a spin as TR reviews all noted the similarity of the two blends. While not exact copies of each other, I believe close cousins fit the bill here. Wallace presented itself as a darker flake and just a hair wider in the tin, beautiful presentation. The tin aroma on opening was a deep intoxicating fermented smell, heaven in a metal box. The blueberry (I don't get the plum labeling, plum is commonly used but often isn't a static taste to me), wasn't an isolated smell, I got more stewed fruit/fermented VA than anything. The real treat here was the first light. With more Va than burley compared to the Peterson offering, I found this to be very smooth. I'm realizing I can be sensitive to VA's even when sipped at a snails pace. These Va's are friendly and don't rough up my tongue like brighter ginny leaves. Moisture level is normal to me. While it can and does do well with some dry time, it's not required. Best results for me is to pre-load a bowl to be smoked hours later, not a fully exposed dry time but enough to get a nice burn going. The topping does stick around longer than with UF which I do enjoy. While I'm not a big Aro fan, I find the background aromatic blends like this excellent for a change from full latakia blends. As the bowl progresses the flavor stays rich and full flavored without ever becoming overbearing or turning sour/burnt. This is a steady, easy smoke all the way. My favorite bowl for this is my new H Weibe Radiator Chimney as the tall narrow bowl concentrates the deep VA flavor and makes for an effortless smoke. Price wise, you're going to pay a dollar or two more for the tin than UF but for the ease of use and better taste throughout, it's worth the investment.

I plan on trying another Rattray's flake, Stirling, very soon. Being a cousin to Pete's Irish Flake, I have hopes that Stirling will soar above IF like Wallace does to Uni.

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Pipe Used: H Weibe Radiator Chimney

Age When Smoked: Fresh tin, no date

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Uni Flake (but better).

4 people found this review helpful.

manno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
manno (50)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This tastes very much like MacB's Mixture Flake. It certainly looks, smells and feels exactly the same. And that's good (but confusing for this aged brain). To my mind, a VaBur smoker's aromatic (being very non-aromatic save for the room note which is pure tobacco with Fabreze). I very much enjoy all of its characteristics (moisture, lighting, ease of maintenance, flavor, etc.). Just note that it's very light in nicotine. That's fine by me alternatively. Go dark burley one bowl, this the next and you'll be good.

Pipe Used: I'm a straight billiard/dublin/pot guy

Age When Smoked: new from etailer

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com; pipesandcigars.com

4 people found this review helpful.

moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (220)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Wallace Flake is another good one from Rattray’s, a short stack of well-formed, moist, dark-ish brown flakes with light golden brown striations. Tin note is subdued nuts over sweet brown bread with a plummy topping that is lightly applied and its tin note dissipates fast, though enough plum remains to waft delicately through the length and breadth of every smoke The flakes are easy to break, roll and loosely stuff into a pipe. I stress “loosely” because WF expands significantly when it heats up, and it’s lots better if it doesn’t tighten in the chamber. It requires some patience to get it going, then it burns steadily through a long smoke. I have to stir it toward the bottom, and no problem there as it gets better and better all the way down. IMO, scents and tastes are best if they are kept in accord with the tin note, and the way to do this is to keep it as cool as possible. Lit, it’s very fragrant, tobacco-y, nutty brown bread, sweet meadow grass and sweet, dried hay, along with wonderful plum blossoms. There are typical Burley bitters, but not much. Very pleasant. Taken slow, there is yet plenty of flavor, rich and well-melded, and there’s nothing to worry about, since it does nothing wrong. The aromas are consistently fragrant and the tastes are consistent, as well, apart from the fact that they intensify, and WF gets stronger (and better) as it’s smoked down. If one pulls, it gets more like Sterling Flake or Peterson’s Perfect Plug, but it does not beat either at their game (not that it needs to). It burns cleanly to the bottom of a bowl for me, just a little dottle remaining. Strength builds past medium, likewise the tastes. Room note is mostly pleasant, at least for the smoker. Aftertaste is a long trailing off of the best of the smoke.

Here’s a swell smoke that’s likely to please those looking for a pretty near perfect, medium bodied +, Old School VA/Bur flake that’s well behaved, fragrant, delicious, relaxing. No idea why it’s not more popular. 4 Stars.

Pipe Used: smaller VA/Bur briars

Age When Smoked: fresh from tin and rested some

Similar Blends: As close to University Flake as Sterling Flake is to Irish Flake..

3 people found this review helpful.

Falliver Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Falliver (42)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant

Asked my local specialist provider for a full bodied tobacco before my next trip over the borders, and was recommended this among others. I decided to give it a shot due to the pleasant tin aroma - dark fruity, and prevalent with the plum.

The taste, however, is almost non existent, and did not grant the full bodied smoke I desired. The aftertaste is pleasant, but again with plum. Granted it is an aromatic with plum added, but this slightly reminds me of Solani Blue Label: the same letdown, and I’m not quite sure which one I’d rather prefer.

Now I’ll have to finish this tin, while I eagerly await my next boarding.

Age When Smoked: From the tin

Purchased From: Sol Cigar Oslo

Similar Blends: Solani - 369: Blue Label.

3 people found this review helpful.

gladi8tor96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gladi8tor96 (143)
Medium Very Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Flakes come in a nice tin and are very similar to University Flake. Dark-Medium brown flakes with flecks of yellow and black here and there. Smells like sweet hay with a hint of plum right out of the tin. The flakes were the perfect moisture in my opinion and were easy to fold and load into my pipe.

Lighting took a few tries, but nothing extreme. Very pleasant smell and flavor. Rich virginia sweetness balanced with a bit of nutty/spicy burley flavors. The plum topping adds a slight fruit accent to the flavors and smoke, but not overdone in the least. I would say this is a perfect lightly aromatic smoke that is elegant and satisfying.

Pipe Used: Billard

Age When Smoked: Gifted/Unknown

Purchased From: Gifted

Similar Blends: Peterson - University Flake.

3 people found this review helpful.

Telling it how it is. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Telling it how it is. (73)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

This is one of the blends where directly after opening i cannot smell anything much. But after it got some air i slowly can make out tobacco, the smell of the yellow Wrigley's gum (i often get that with plum flavour, if it is the same with you we just might have the very same taste in tobaccos) and finally plum.

The flakes are neat and appetizing. Also the tobacco was a bit too moist but nothing that 15 min. of airing out right before a smoke wouldn't solve.

Packing is easy enough no matter what method you may prepare. Lighting however takes a little and it works better with a lighter than with matches. Once lighted it burns flake-typically quiet and smooth, however i had to relight alot of times, way more than with other flakes. I did not like that plus its not a good quality in a flake considering how long you have to smoke on it.

Taste is slightly spicy, slightly sweet and slightly soapy but without any depth or improvement over the course of the bowl. What little plum aroma was added complements the natural tobacco taste. The very end of the bowl has to be scraped because by then the flake does not taste well any longer. Overall i found it rather bland and uninteresting which of course is the death of any flake. Smoking in excess of 2 hours on something that wouldn't catch my attention for not even 45 min. is not the reason for me to buy a flake.

How does it compare to University Flake? I only know Murray's version of it but compared to that it tastes like a washed out version of University Flake that in very rare glimpses actually reminds me of University Flake. Strength also is weaker than the Murray's version but still nice enough to be enjoyed.

Room note is the glorious smell of plain tobacco and virginia at that. Aftertaste is mostly sweetness.

Quality and make of this flake are of excellent quality it's just that the outcome is just plain and does not add anything to the world of flakes which does not already exist in better quality.

So do i recommend this blend? Well, somewhat. Since it really is nothing special at all i only recommend it somewhat. Even tho i really, really wanted to like this offering and it is of good quality i can't make myself give it a 3.

Also i don't know who is actually making this tobacco because K&K do not have the equipment to produce any flakes.

Pipe Used: It went trough rotation.

Similar Blends: Well yes, University Flake..

3 people found this review helpful.

Stah Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stah (153)
Medium to Strong Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Ever since I found out that after transferring Peterson tobacco production to Orlik/STG facilities the crafty and sneaky Germans from Kohlhase & Kopp managed to preserve recipes of almost all Peterson tobacco products and start producing them under new names in the Rattray line I could not stop thinking about to test them with originals and compare. Today's hero is Peterson University Flake which I got in three versions: the 2010 Kohlhase & Kopp square tin (hereinafter UF K&K), its clone, the Rattray Wallace Flake of 2022 (hereinafter WF), and the August 2021 University Flake by Scandinavian Tobacco Group (hereinafter UF STG).

Appearance: on the whole, all the tobaccos are similar to each other, presenting a wonderfully well-cut flake of several Virginias of various treatments - and Burley. Only the UF STG can be faulted, with its slightly darker shade giving off a higher moisture content. Alas, the UF STG has the touch has an obvious presence of glycerine and propylene glycol, which cannot be said about the other two tobaccos. UF K&K also dried a little during storage, the flake didn't feel so dense, but still retained its shape. Overall all three left a good impression, although UF STG would need some time to dry out.

Flavor: this is where the first differences begin. I'll try to describe the difference in aroma.

UF K&K: it smells like a good plum biscuit lying on a wooden cutting plate - each note of flavor is woven into the overall bouquet, all together they create an amazing harmony, it literally wants to be eaten. It's very difficult to isolate the nuances of the aroma, although of course the plum gently prevails, creating a general background supported by notes of biscuit dough with an almost subtle touch of vanilla and cinnamon. As for the burley, it hardly shows itself, being present only in the form of soft woody and nutty notes in the background.

WF: reminiscent of Tyrolean plum cake - it cannot boast of such harmony in flavor, however, all the notes of the aroma, though not constituting a whole, are perceived quite appropriately and with the right intensity. Plum, of course, dominates, somewhat detached from the rest of the bouquet. Also, the bread notes have a slightly different quality here, not so soft and airy, dry a littlle, and the vanilla and cinnamon are barely perceptible. The woody-walnut notes of burley, as slightly detached as with the more mature tobacco, but still more noticeable. Perhaps over time, the overall flavor of WF could compete with the 12-year-old original, becoming softer and more solid. But for a fresh tin, and also being a “copy”, it's great.

UF STG: it's a batch of grandma's plum jam, which you stolen with an old wooden spoon straight from a jar open for a pie, for which, alas, the dough hasn't even been kneaded yet. The plum flavor is brighter, more pungent, and I also managed to smell a slight note of molasses. Woody notes of burley are also more noticeable, and what's more, a walnut note permeates the overall flavor as well. And, the other side, Virginia bread notes, alas, got pokey - they are barely noticeable in the flavor to favor of a brighter plum aroma and burley notes. Moreover, rubbing the tobacco in my hands, I managed to catch a slight scent of hay, but the bread note was equally subtle and unnoticeable.

Taste: there are differences in this aspect as well.

UF K&K: Initially a little drier in flavor than expected from such a flavor, the tobacco quickly gains sweetness and after a couple of minutes is fully consistent with its aroma. Calm biscuit notes framed with plum are in a harmonious balance, setting the base. The woody and nutty tones of birch barely support them, complemented by a very slight hint of cinnamon, the resemblance to which is enhanced by the fact that I felt tobacco as a little tongue-twisting. However, the overall taste of the blend is absolutely mild, without any roughness. As you smoke, the burley adds nuttiness, catching up with the woody notes in intensity, but doesn't step out of the shadow of the main, plum biscuit flavor. The strange thing (for me) is that burley doesn't bother me at all in this blend, remaining a minor player but being nonetheless highly noticeable. What's interesting: whichever padding I tried, the tobacco flavor remained quiet without getting brighter. The tobacco smokes cool, dry and slow, burning out into a dusty light grey ash. I didn't want to take any risk, so I only stuffed one flake plate into the pipe, but the tobacco still seemed stronger than average to me. Separately, I can say that in both bent and straight forms of pipe the tobacco has almost the same taste. The aftertaste is fruity and woody, a little astringent, soft, but quite persistent.

WF: Amazingly, the taste of the tobacco is almost entirely consistent with its flavor. Slightly buttery notes of sweetly sandy pastry, a slightly bright but still very mild plum flavor, a barely noticeable presence of cinnamon and only the merest of woody and nutty notes in the background. As you smoke, the woody and nutty notes increase slightly in flavor, leaving the Virginia in the foreground, along with the plum filling. The tobacco taste is slightly sweeter than the original. I've smoked WF both whole and broken flake, and I have to say it's a bit brighter in the broken form, which makes sense. The tobacco smokes cool, dry and slow (and in the case of whole flake - very slow), burning to a perfect dust of light grey. It is reasonably tolerable for a beginner, although if smoked too hot, the plum will be the first to disappear. Also worth considering is the fact that the strength of WF is slightly above average - having puffed a plate and a half into the pipe, I felt a nicotine hit at the end, soft and slight, but perceptible. The tobacco, just like the original, tastes pretty much the same in both straight pipes and bents. Also, its aftertaste is also pretty much the same as the original - fruity-woody, slightly astringent, soft and quite persistent.

UF STG: The woody and nutty notes of burley are more prominent in the taste of this tobacco than the earlier versions, while the sweetness is much less noticeable. The taste is considerably simpler and more reminiscent of the usual Virginia-Burley blend, as the plum tones become imperceptible in the middle of the pipe, being replaced by herbal and - finally! - bread-like Virginia notes. Besides, the tobacco itself is much more demanding to the temp of smoking at the beginning of the pipe, and has a certain 'roughness' in taste, though becoming softer towards the middle of the pipe. The tobacco smokes a little hotter, burning into a grey ash. The strength of the tobacco is above average, as in the previous two variants, and the taste is unchanged from pipe to pipe as well.

The smoke from UF K&K and WF has almost the same flavor. Smoking the tobacco creates a luxurious ambience in the room - slightly sweet, with an aroma of wood and all the same plum. Fairly persistent but loose. The smoke from UF STG has a more pronounced woody flavor with a hint of ash. It's hard to call it luxurious, but it's not irritating.

What's the bottom line? Next, as always, solely my opinion. First of all, all the assurances that Kohlhase & Kopp has done some kind of 'tweaking' of the recipe that came into his hands, I would call untenable. Yes, the fresh Wallace Flake has slightly different taste and aroma, but these nuances are so insignificant that I am pretty sure that if I had a tin of 7 years aged Rattray Wallace Flake in my hands, I would not be able to tell which tobacco is which in a blind test - although I know University Flake pretty well. Of course, the 12 year aged version of University Flake by Kohlhase & Kopp looks more advantageous in our comparison. But it is no longer in production, although you may come across old stocks from time to time on the secondary market. If you come across such a tin - touch a legend, it's worth it. As for the two versions remaining on the market, Wallace Flake is much more interesting than the current University Flake by STG, which has kept its name, but has lost the charm of the original recipe. All indications are that the composition of the current version definitely has been changed to somewhat aside from the original, and that has clearly not come in its favor. As for Wallace Flake, if the opportunity arises, I'll stock up on a tin or two to open them after ten years aging and see if the aged Wallce Flake can resemble the original.

Pipe Used: Peterson 14B, 69, 80s, 106, 150, 999

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smuggled from Europe

Similar Blends: Peterson - University Flake.

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Tomcat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tomcat (226)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Unnoticeable

Rattrays Wallace Flake- Very similar to UF . Tangy dark fruit with a little spice . Some grass and toasty bread . A little nutty and floral . The plum topping is obvious through the bowl but pleasant and lightly applied . Pairs nice with hot tea . Good morning spring smoke . Needs quite a bit of dry time . Mild- medium nicotine. I like it a little more than UF . - 3

Age When Smoked: 18 months

Similar Blends: University Flake.

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tiffanzsolti Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tiffanzsolti (6)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin design elegant and clean, “smoking kills” sign removable which is a huge plus.

Chocolate brown, nicely pressed thin slices of moist flakes.

Very straightforward, long and rich plummy tin note with strawberries in the background. Lovely smell.

Very wet. So moist, it’s almost impossible to smoke properly without some drying time.

Aromatics feel fine, plums and frutiness until 50% of the bowl. After that, premium pure tobacco flavor. Can get hot.

An overall good blend but lacks complexity and could be a little bland. Perfect for an afternoon dessert smoke with a cup of cappuccino.

Pipe Used: Small Block Meer Billiard

Age When Smoked: around 1 year

Purchased From: Local Tobacconist in Salzburg, Austria

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Bruche Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bruche (17)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Tight strips of dark pressed flakes (like SG FVF). It offers a great tin aroma with that plum essence topping coming thru; more prevalent than in the actual smoking experience.

The tobacco comes from the tin a little moist, but just right after rubbing out and then standing for 10 minutes or so. I'm OK with that.

I like Wallace Flake for the combined character of a quality pressed Virginia and a subtle plum casing. Not sugary or syrupy like some low end flavored Cavendish offerings; it's very subtle.

It smokes slow and cool, with no bite, and lasts a good while. The aroma when smoked is like Escudo's tin aroma; I like that. I've have often wished the Escudo olfactory impression when smoked more closely resembled its tin aroma.

Give this one a try. Not super complex; just a nice straightforward Virginia with some added interest with the light essence of plum.

Pipe Used: Ser Jacopo Rowlette Candle Wax

Age When Smoked: June 2018

Purchased From: Mars

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Pikey Mick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pikey Mick (49)
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

This is a very congenial tobacco. Nice tasty, bready, fruity flakes. I enjoyed it best rubbed out to a ribbon. Lit easy enough, has a nice very balanced flavour with a nice aftertaste. The roomnote is quite pleasant too. I couldn't detect any topping, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing as it serves to give the smoke a very friendly feel. No tongue bite if sipped slowly and a great pipe for contemplation. Very nice.

Pipe Used: Peterson, Amphora half bent

Purchased From: GQ

1 person found this review helpful.

Little Steven Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Little Steven (76)
Medium Extra Strong Overwhelming Unnoticeable

University Flake is a copy of the original University Flake.

Wallace Flake is a copy of University Flake.

So it's a copy of a copy. And Wallace was a Scotsman.

You make up your own mind.

Pipe Used: Stanwell billard.

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the shop.

Purchased From: The Danish Pipe Shop (nice chaps).

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Rattray's Wallace Flake has a tin note that is very sweet, the plum carries the aroma but I also get some citrus, darker fruits, and some earthiness too. As for the smoke, the VA's are a little more forward than the burley. They are citrusy, with a grassiness to them with a little dark fruit note to them, and there is a little mild floralness and bready note with the barest hint of spice. The burley is very earthy, nutty, and a little woody and also has a slight note of molasses. The plum topping sings a little above all of this and is quite sweet but not cloyingly so. The aftertaste lingers for a while and is quite pleasant too. The room note was very nice for me when coming back into the room but unnoticeable otherwise, and was not commented on by the wife, so that is a win in my book. The overall strength is solidly in the range of mild to medium the nic hit is at the bottom of that range for me. A very good blend that is easy to recommend. A solid 3 stars.

Age When Smoked: 6 months

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Cherry picker 1779 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cherry picker 1779 (53)
Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

This blend grew on me quite a bit from smoking it fresh out of the tin till now, about 3 months later. It loves some air and it gets more tamed and pleasant ad the top fruit/ plum note fades a lot to almost non existent which I like. The nicotine content is high, the strength is strong and it’s robust and satisfying. This one delivers nicotine quick and I’m used to heavy N blends and cigs. I have come to love this blend. I remember getting slight tongue bite at first with the fresh tin, but it’s dried perfect and now it smokes cooler with no bite. Really good stuff for a blend like this . If robust, flavorful and nicotine kick are things that perk your ears give this a try.

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