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Combines the sweet zest of fine matured Virginia with the rich nutty flavor of Xanthi, Turkish and Latakia. This gives an uncommonly rich flavor and a smooth and zesty smoke.

Here is a combination of two great English traditions. A mixture of Latakia, Turkish and mature Virginia pressed into a flake to provide a unique smoking experience. If you're an English smoker looking to branch out into flakes, this one is for you.

Blended ByL.J. Peretti
Manufactured ByL.J. Peretti
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3008)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The woody, earthy, leathery, rather floral, herbal, vegetative, sweet and sour, mildly spicy, nutty Oriental/Turkish take a little of the lead over the other components without dominating. The smoky, woody, earthy, musty sweet Cyprian Latakia takes a secondary lead over the fermented dark fruity, tangy citrusy, earthy, lightly grassy, woody Virginias. They also sport a slight stewed fruitiness. The Virginias are obviously made by McClelland, and the “vinegar” notes, as small as they are, last to the finish. The strength is just short of being medium while the taste level is medium. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. No chance of bite or harshness. Burns cool, clean and a little slow as flakes tend to do, with a mostly consistent, fairly rich, complex and nuanced sweet and savory flavor from start to finish. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and needs some relights. Has a pleasantly lingering after taste. Can be an all day smoke for the veteran.


20 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Based on a 1 oz sample, this is a broken flake of darker brown color and a mellow musty and smoky bag aroma. Rather different in scent. Easy to rub and load and once again, drier is better as it brings out more of the tobacco flavor.

This is an oriental-forward Scottish-type flake with a twist. I'm not sure if it's the interplay of latakia with orientals or if there truly is Syrian latakia in here, but I tasted it every bowl. I'm thinking this includes both types of latakia because I smell Cyprian but taste more Syrian. Could be wrong but there is a musty spicy flavor I associate with Syrian lat, but again it could be the orientals. The flavor was rich but fairly mild and easy to smoke... leathery and woody, which are two descriptors that are WAY overused for latakia blends but fit very well to describe this one. A nice spicy character to this one and it reminded me of a well done homemade beef stew with all the flavors coming through at various times. Not sweet and not sour... nothing skewed the balance of this one. A remarkable blend and one headed for my cellar.

16 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This may be my favorite Peretti. The delicate little flakes are mostly dark with sparse tan and light brown streaks throughout. It feels a bit moist, and the rubbed-out tobacco readily clumps together when squeezed between the thumb and fingers. But this lights and burns very well when packed very carefully in a small flake pipe. The tin aroma is primarily dark-sweet, almost molasses-like.

The flavor smoked is honestly very well described in the above "tin description" (bulk only as far as I know). You are immediately greeted with the tangy, zesty sweet Virginia, which maintains the lead throughout. The Orientals very much sing harmony, but they are certainly there, and they wax and wane in intensity. When I'm looking for a latakia punch, Cambridge Flake will not do. But for a really satisfying and complex smoke, it is hard to beat.

As a disclaimer, I have special memories attached to this tobacco. I had the distinct pleasure to visit Boston this past March, and I spent my birthday with the fine gentlemen at 2 1/2 park Square smoking a bowl of Cambridge Flake. If any reader here ever has the opportunity to visit this historic shop, it should not be passed up. There is magic in L.J. Peretti, and Cambridge Flake has been touched by that hand.

12 people found this review helpful.

StogieBear Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StogieBear (20)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This is a rich, complex smoke. The Latakia smokiness is there but it doesn't overpower. There's sweetness from the Virginia and a wonderful sour note from the combination of Virginias and Orientals. The Latakia complements these so well. Hats off to the blender - this is masterfully done. It captures what I'm looking for in an English and what I'm looking for in a Virginia flake.

The texture isn't a McC broken Flake but more of a shredded flake. It burns well as is but benefits from a bit of drying. Either way I get no harshness or tongue bite and only a few relights.

Pipe Used: Billiards, bent billiards

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: LJ Peretti

8 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

I am a big fan of all the Peretti blends. This is very good.To me an oriental blend but in a flake.Oriental forward with Latakia in the background.Sweet Virginia form a nice base. Unlike their mixtures,this flake arrives quite damp and will benifit from half an hour out of the tin to dry,although it smokes well out of the tin. I like the way that Peretti sells its blends in pound and half pound 'paint tins'. Good for aging, no need to transfer to a jar. Anyone who enjoys virginia or Oriental tobacco should try this. Excellent.

8 people found this review helpful.

Pryhosm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pryhosm (248)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I normally try to wait a month or so before reviewing a tobacco but this one really got me inspired. I was in Boston this week and stopped in the shop on Monday and picked up a few sample bags (so I would know what to buy online...less 40%) and I scooped up the last 2 oz of this jewel. They said they couldn't get one of the ingredients... and I hope they meant temporarily. This stuff blew me away. This is one of the most unique blends I have tasted. An English Flake tobacco, that is Turkish/Oriental forward and I am not sure if it is the Xanthi or the use of stoved red Virginia in this blend that makes it so unique, but whatever the master blenders have done at Peretti I really like. The tin (baggie) note is reminiscent of McClelland Virginia's. There is some smokey Latakia in the aroma but the familiar sweet ketchup/vinegar smell from the VA is front and center, although not as strong as McC's VA's. I find that Peretti nails the moisture content in their blends. They come perfect and ready to smoke, but some say it on the dry side but that is where I like it. The flavor. This stuff is a real treat. This is a full flavored tobacco but not in the lat bomb sense that is oh so popular lately. The first flavor I get is roasted nuts followed by a slightly spicy woody flavor. The toasty and slightly sweet VA's are ever present. That Latakia is sweet and smokey, with a red wind like flavor. I think I saw a review that thought they detected Syrian Latakia and I can definitely see why. I am not sure if it is the blending and light hand that makes Cyprian taste more like Syrian or what...but it is good, very good. The retrohale provides a malty and Balkan like flavor that I only get when I exhale through the nose. I have never had the storied original Balkan Sobranie Smoking Mixture or the flake version (It think that was the original Bengal Slices), but if you are like me you guess what those old legends tasted like. I imagine that this is what it was like, and if it isn' should be. This will be one that will be mourned if it were to go away for ever. It does burn a bit quick so a slow cadence is a good idea.

Pipe Used: Briars and Morta

Purchased From: L.J. Peretti

6 people found this review helpful.

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

1/4 inch thick brown mottled flakes that are hefty and well pressed. Crumble easy like a crumble cake. These are beautiful flakes.

Pouch aroma of a smoky sweet, mildly sour dark fruit tobacco. the Orientals are really obvious in the pouch note!

As stated, these crumble and run out nicely. Perfect moisture content for immediate smoking.

Initial lighting shows the Orientals up front. Floral and slightly spicy. The Virginias don't offer much in the way of sweetness but seem to balance out this blend as intended They do contribute a slight bready note mid-bowl. The perfect amount of woody-earth smokiness comes out from the Latakia. Not the most complex English I have smoked, but enough to keep it interesting. The burn is slow and even, clean and cool. Never hints at biting. Leaves an extremely clean and refreshing feeling on the palate. This is a great morning blend with a dark roast coffee, black.

Right now, a solid 3.5 stars. I'm going to age this for 4-6 months to see if it can't be changed to 4 stars

Pipe Used: several

Purchased From: Peretti

5 people found this review helpful.

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

The description of this blend is identical to McClelland's #2020 (Matured Cake), which I love. The tin note (well, "bag note" in any case) is remarkably similar to #2020. This is fine, since I adore #2020.

However, I think this flake is rather different from #2020. I don't know if Peretti sources its flake from McClelland or not, as the internet sources seem to suggest. If they do, though, I think that this flake is made to somewhat different specifications.

Overall this blend is, in my opinion, a perfect Navy Flake. Despite whatever other ingredients may be in there, this flake is squarely Virginia and Latakia. Further, it doesn't have any of the other "flavorings" (or whatever it may be) that McClelland often uses--the Virginia is honest and simple, and the Latakia is well balanced. No toppings or any embellishments otherwise.

I wish I had some #2020 to smoke side-by-side to rule out "batch effects." This is a great Navy Flake, and I'd consider it something of a standard (in the good sense) of the genre.

Pipe Used: billiards

Age When Smoked: bulk/fresh

Purchased From: Peretti (Mail Order)

Similar Blends: imagine a dry-tasting Penzance.

5 people found this review helpful.

cakeanddottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cakeanddottle (105)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Why does no one mention the incredible sour note this tobacco has? Certainly the Orientals play a big part here. Not a Lat bomb by any stretch, this is firmly in the McClelland camp of mild mannered Lat blend.

But that sourness, wow. Big and persistent to the bottom of the bowl. You get glimpses of this in a lot of Lat blends, but here it is like a big, blinking neon sign. One dimensional? I don't think so. There is other stuff going on, but if you appreciate a sour Lat blend that may be a little light on Latakia but still big on flavor, this is it.

Not the whole package the way Penzance is, not as deep and big as Omega, but this one has something no other tobacco I've smoked has, and for me that makes it a hoarder. I find this much better than the reviews indicate, and it always distracts me when I smoke it because it makes me smile. This is not a complex tobacco but it does one thing really well. It consistently provides access to the big, elusive sour notes that really good Lat blends give. That alone makes it worth visiting.

5 people found this review helpful.

WorkingClassChap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WorkingClassChap (183)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

Smoking now:

Bag smells like Latakia in a hay filled barn. Mostly broken apart crumble cake flakes. Mine was a sample bag so the moisture was just perfect. I love these thick crumbly flakes .

Immediately on lighting this I was met with the sour, nutty orientals and I knew this was going to be a winner. They are the main taste here. The Latakia is not a lat bomb but it’s musty herbal smoky flavors are toned down by earthy, sweet, bread like hay flavor of the Virginias. The sour, nutty, orientals makes this blend. It’s delicious. It lacks the very noticeable vinegar tang of other similar blends like SPC PP or Ahab’s Comfort it none the less has that sour, tangy, nutty flavor and combined with the Latakia and rich Virginias makes this a real winner. It’s not as heavy or dark of an English blend which makes a long smoking sessions or repeating this possible for a veteran smoker. No bite, no mouth tingle, the retrohale is pleasant and the herbal Latakia will come though. Depending how you assemble this for smoking the flavors may change. I like to rub mine out to get an even distribution of tobaccos but if you leave it in larger pieces you will experience different flavors as you burn though different parts. Burned well and slow. Had a mild but nice aftertaste. A wonderful English blend.

Pipe Used: Briar

3 people found this review helpful.

CoreyR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CoreyR (36)
Medium Medium Full Strong

Possibly the best tin/pouch aroma of any English/oriental I have ever had the pleasure of inhaling. Upon opening the bag I was overwhelmed with the smell of rich, hand tooled leather, a spiciness which reminded me of a good aftershave lotion, and the smell of a fireplace in winter. Ladies, I mean no disrespect but this tobacco has "MAN" written all over it. The beautiful light brown and dark flake rubbed out easily and packed well into my F Baki Meerschaum . It lit with no trouble at all and took only one relite through the whole bowl. There was full, rich flavor from the git-go and it lasted until the end, which I heartily regretted reaching, with each bowl. It is a "lat forward" blend, yet, it is not a "lat bomb" at all. Very much in the style of many of the best old McClelland mixtures. That said, it is its own beast and Cambridge Flake stands on its own merit. I found this to be a rich, contemplative smoke, full of flavor throughout and, from the moment I lit it, I knew this is destined to hold a treasured place in my cellar.

Pipe Used: F Baki Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: New

3 people found this review helpful.

Tomcat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tomcat (210)
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

Peretti Cambridge Flake - Funky bag note of Oriental tobaccos . The flakes break apart like a crumble cake . The Turkish tobaccos are nutty and floral and a little spicy and interact well with the fruity wine sweetness of the Virginias that taste like the Red variety . Latakia rounding out a well balanced blend to my liking ..The Turkish Orientals lead the way most of the time and they are tasty. This blend tastes a lot like Bengal Slices White to me .. A rich zesty bold flavor from beginning to end of bowl . Great stuff . Loving these Peretti blends so far ! 4

Similar Blends: Bengal slices white.

3 people found this review helpful.

Tom Bombadill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Bombadill (120)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

An excellent flake and quite an enjoyable blend for the latakia fan. Cambridge flake has a strong and rich flavor that I believe is due to it being a flake. The smoke and taste are rich, to use that term again. The latakia is strong but does not overpower the taste of the virginias. Very well done and something different for the latakia lovers due to the flake form. (For some reason I usually only come across English- viginia flake.)

Note: I found Cambridge flake to have a more complex taste than Commonwealth mixture by S&G, which I love. The latter being a tasty latkia bomb.

3 people found this review helpful.

Snake Bloat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Snake Bloat (4)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I don’t think of this as a flake. It is more of a slice or crumble cake. There is no rum present so it is not a navy flake, at least not to me. That being said, it does seem to be a high quality tobacco. It rubs out easily. It burns all the way down without any goo forming at the bottom. It doesn’t bite the tongue unless you puff like a locomotive. It is a bit too sour for my taste. I’ll finish the bag I have but probably won’t buy it again.

Pipe Used: B-C Rhodesian

Age When Smoked: Fresh from bag

Purchased From: Peretti webpage

Similar Blends: Anthony Cranswick - Grey Castle.

2 people found this review helpful.

Faustus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Faustus (2)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

One of my favorite Peretti tobaccos, I find the Cambridge Flake among the best examples of their Virginia-Oriental blends. Latakia is definite, but not dominating, and the Virginias serve well to round-out the palate.

As other reviewers have noted, the flake does tend to carry a bit of moisture—much more than typical of ribbon cut Peretti tobaccos.

Overall I find this very similar to Peretti's "Royal" blend, but pressed and cut into flake format. The process seems to improve what would be an already fine blend, marrying the constituents and mellowing the smoke overall.

Pipe Used: Dublin Bowl

Purchased From: L.J. Peretti

2 people found this review helpful.

Wellpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wellpipe (66)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I have a generally high regard for the Peretti blends but this one is just not a winner for me. Format and texture are great, properly dried and rubbed out it is a decent burner, and I do get some nice nuttiness and VA sweetness. But even when smoked very carefully I get a nasty zing / irritation on the roof of the mouth and tongue. I have this same experience with certain other blends (for example Britt's Balkan). Unfortunately because of this I can only somewhat recommend it.

1 person found this review helpful.

LV9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LV9 (85)
Medium None Detected Full Tolerable

I agree with everything that cakeanddottle except for the part of the sourness which on my case it seems to mellow out towards the last third of the smoke. If you are like orientals being the band leader this one is for you although the aroma left behind in the room wont win you any favors with the misses. would I buy this again... yes this one is a keeper although I wish the nicotine level was higher.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

A very good Latakia flake. It is along the lines of Gawith's Commonwealth mixture in flavor profile. Tangy and zesty! My only reservation was that it appeared to slightlly razor the tongue. I believe that the Virginias are a little to the sharp side. all in all a good smoke. 3 stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I confirm Sasha?s review. The main role in this ready rubbed flake is played by VAs which give structure and tone. At first the blend is very spicy, while midway through the bowl it gets rounder and pleasantly creamy. It is tasty and has enough body. In my opinion, it is better than other VA/latakia flakes I have smoked, such as SG Balkan flake, which I found a bit dull and monochromatic.

1 person found this review helpful.

sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

It looks and smells like the (broken)flake version of the Omega blend, very dark, musty and spicy. At the match it has the same turkish penetration, almost irritating for the nose and a little bitterish, but then it evolves in a different way. Here the Virginias are structural but they also give a distinct tone to the blend, while the latakia stays a little in the background. A fine choice for those who find Va-L flakes lacking deepness and a little boring.

1 person found this review helpful.