First tin of Full Virginia Flake is now open

Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by LutzSpearo, May 24, 2013.

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  1. p120d16y

    p120d16y Active Member

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    I have a few full flakes in a jar from January still too wet. Occasionally I just open the jars up for 20-30 minutes, close them back up, and do it again the next month. The SG flakes are all soggy wet. Keep in mind smoking them too wet will give a bad impression as well. They will be too steamy and flavorless.
     
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  2. jason1977

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    Of course ya wanna eat it.....it smells like a french fry dipped in ketchup, LOL!

    ~~~FVF is good stuff, once you experience FVF I'd like to ask u to consider trying McClelland's Kansas City Pipe Club's "Boston 1776" & tell me which one u like better. On some days I'll like one over the other & on other days I prefer the other one........and the best part is the indecision & checking & re-checking, LOL! It's a great smoke, awesome in a cob, ~enjoy!
     
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  3. cobbsmoker

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    McClelland's Blackwoods Flake :thu: Sam Gawith Full Virginia Flake :thdn:
     
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    Yeah? Never had it. Aged & matured Va's?
     
  5. cobbsmoker

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    Natural flue-cured sweetness in a bowl... :ohyh:
     
  6. cigrmaster

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    For the best results to my tastes, I find that when I cube cut FVF and let it sit out for a good hour plus and then smoke it in a group 4 Dublin, it is sublime. I smoke flakes exclusively and FVF is definitely the most finicky out of the 25 in my rotation. It took time before I found the right style and size of pipe and the perfect moisture. FVF is a demanding mistress for sure, but when she is treated right, she is oh so good.
     
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  7. Tony Malerich

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    Thank you for this! Tried it out tonight and it's my best bowl of FCF yet!
     
  8. LutzSpearo

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    I finally smoked it last night! I read around and cube-cutting has been recommended more than a few times, so I tried that (first time doing it) and smoked it in a Sav 315KS (a big prince). Just gravity fill, no "packing" at all. I really enjoyed it, a little sweet, thick smoke, medium strength nic-wise and a nice, rich natural taste. I especially liked how, towards the bottom of the bowl, it certainly tasted more rich and strong, but not rough or bitter... I even caught a taste of chocolate on one draw. I'm no connoisseur and my palate is not experienced or trained, but I can see why so many people like it. I think even though I gave it a good amount of time (days) drying, it was still a little too moist because it needed several relights. I'm going to pull another flake out tonight, cube it, let it dry like that for a couple hours, and see how it goes. If that makes it smoke even better, I'm definitely going to order more.
     
  9. LutzSpearo

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    This stuff REALLY needs some drying time! I smoked it again last night, good but still too moist. I think I need to leave the lid off the jar for like two whole days more maybe. The humidity level in that room is 50-60%, maybe that's why it's taking so long to dry to a proper moisture level?
     
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