First tin of Full Virginia Flake is now open

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  1. LutzSpearo

    LutzSpearo Member

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    I keep a digital humidity monitor in my home office, when I opened the tin I swear the humidity in the room increased almost 10%. This stuff is MOIST! But it also smells incredible, I want to eat it (restraint!). I'm going to leave the tin off overnight and see how it looks in the morning.

    10 thick lovely flakes waiting to be smoked. I can't wait! I must wait! Arg!

    Off to smoke a bowl of Blackwoods Reserve, I'm wondering how they will compare in flavor, strength etc.
     
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  2. Huby Springer

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    I just tried this myself. Left the tin open for a day then rubbed out one flake. A little trouble getting it to stay lit but was able to get it going. Smoked a bit steamy. I think I didn't give it enough drying time so I'm going to revisit in a couple of weeks.
     
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  3. Tony Malerich

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    Beyond saying they're a bit different, I can't give you much help off the top of my head. I like both blends. I think I'm the oddball who likes FVF a little less than the other, but still, a lovely smoke. Enjoy!
     
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  4. Scottly

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    I have had the best results by rubbing some out and then let it air from 20 minutes to an 1 hour depending on moisture level.
    This is the most satisfying tobacco I have smoked.
    It will be totally different from the Blackwoods. To me FVF is smoother by far.
     
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  5. ArmedOctopus

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    I thought it smelled like wet hay. Blech!:beyes:

    But then, I hate pure virginias. Let the hating commence.
     
  6. Smokey Tom

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    No hating, its not that kind of forum! :bangin: I've been wanting to try this for a while, but it was out of stock when I placed my first big order. And my wife wants me to finish everything before I order more. I tried to explain cellaring to her, but she doesn't buy it. :mad:
     
  7. Tony Malerich

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    Woohoo! One less person vying for my favorite baccy blends!

    ...is that what hate looks like?
     
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  9. furious

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    Either let it air dry in the tin for a month or more depending on the local climate, or do as I do with a fresh tin: dry the flakes under a 100w desk lamp for about an hour before folding and stuffing into a stacked billiard. Works like a charm!!
     
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  10. ArmedOctopus

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    Just wait till all the women-folks start thinking "Wait a minute....you spend all this money on leaves and then BURN THEM?!?!?"

    Let's just pray they never make that connection.
     
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  11. Smokey Tom

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    Bah, plenty of women smoke. Maybe not pipes, but women smoke.
     
  12. Tony Malerich

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    Yeah, I think I got it wrong then
     
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  13. Huby Springer

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    I had really high hopes for FVF and now I know they are well founded due to the following:

    A couple of weeks ago I was in one of my local tobacco shops and I asked the clerk which of his jars had just straight unblended tobac in them. I'm new, I've a lot to learn. Anyway, I ended up getting a Cavendish and a Virginia. Both very good. Well, last night I loaded up the Savinelli 320 Sistina with the Virginia. This is a big bowl and it resulted in a 1 hour and 45 minute smoke. During the first half the tobac tasted pretty much exactly like the FVF did. The turning point was right in the middle of the bowl. Where my *not properly dried* FVF turned kind of steamy and bitey, the ribbon cut Va. from the tobacco shop went straight into this awesome baked, bakey, baked goods, pancake ish kind of flavor.

    I have never had tobac taste like that before. It was excellent. I fully expect the same, and maybe more, out of FVF.
     
  14. Mister Moo

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    Here is Mister Moo's common language for flake moisture level. If you bend a flake in half (180*) and:

    1.0 the ends don't splinter, it's pretty darn moist.
    2.0 the ends sort of fracture and sort of bend, it's not too moist.
    3.0 the ends all bend to breaking it's real dry
    4.0 the stuff crumbles in your hand before it's bent 90* then the stuff is slap dried out

    I like FVF around 2.9. Others may or may not agree; flakes are personal.
     
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    I to prefer mine on the slightly dry side. I think it is much better vs. to moist.
     
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    FVF is the only tobacco that I will let a full bowl taper out at the halfway mark in order to finish an hour or more later. Such thick, slow burning flakes deserve a little smokey seasoning.
     
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    Totally forgot I had stashed an open tin of Dunhill Flake in my nite stand drawer.Found it today and decided well why not.I opened the tin to reveal what looked like the dryest flakes I'd ever seen(West Texas will do that to tobacco in a hurry).Pulled a couple strips from the tin and began to rub them out.They rubbed quite easily but still looked awfully dry.Stuffed the pipe brim full and hit her with the torch,tamp,relight,tamp,relight......relight.....these flakes aren't nearly as dry as one might think.Finally after light #4 we're going.Best damn Dunhill Flake expereience to date.I'm going to start leaving all my va flakes in that drawer.Can't wait to get the FVF and OGS to this moisture level.

    BTW Mister Moo....I'm gonna say 2.9 is probably spot on.

    Ron
     
  18. LutzSpearo

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    Thanks for the input and advice everyone, it was helpful! I'll now be sure to let it dry out well, and will keep myself from trying it too early.
     
  19. p120d16y

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    Might help you to just leaved the lid of the tin popped slightly off for a day or two in your cabinet, close it back up a day or two, repeat. If you're not worried about aging it long term in the closed tin, anyway.
     
  20. LutzSpearo

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    I think that is what I'm going to do. After having the lid off overnight, it looks a little better but is still plainly too moist. I've got the cover on loosely now, and will air it out again tonight. I'm not going to age this batch, but if I like it I'll order several more tins and stick most of them away for a while.
     
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