Ok, Yes, I'm a nooby to the pipe a couple of months but I feel like most things I learn pretty quick and read up on everything I do and stay informed. I had some issues when I started smoking, asked here and got great advice. Those issues, dry mouth etc, are long gone Here is the deal, I really like English toby and feel it is my #1 smoke. Latakia just adds so much flavor over other tobacco's I have tried. I have cleared away from allot of aero's but still smoke them since I have allot from when I first started smoking and do still enjoy them time to time. I can taste the rum,maple, vanilla, type casings pretty well in these blends. The issue now is flake.... I LOVE flake. I like the look and smell. The tins are cool as is the way it has the folded neat looking paper's. McB Navy's gold raised lettering is real cool. I like rubbing it out and the smoke. The issue? Taste! The ones I have tried so far Erinmore flake, tastes like a weaker McB Navy, OGS..is Ok kind of bland, not huge flavor. I like the McB dark twist roll cake which tastes allot like it IMO. Escudo, is the better of them so far but again tastes allot like McB Navy. Since they all have Virginia and burley tobys..how diffrent can they really taste? OGS is mostly if not all Virginia I thought and Escudo has Perique (Spell) but I cant taste what that is. Is it me or me not knowing enough? I kind of doubt it. If its anything like the cigar world I learned then that 15 different cigars can taste pretty much the same with way diffrent prices. The trick was finding a cigar that tasted diffrent than all the rest and still affordable. It's a known fact many cigars are rebanded and labled under different companies. Is this the same in flake or pipe Tobacco's? I can't say I'm not somewhat disapointed. I dont have the money these days to keep dumping into tins etc trying to find a great one. For now nothing has topped McB Navy flake. It has the most flavor and stands up to me as a great smoke. I know I have not tried many flakes and thats my point...I dont want to go broke finding out if 85% taste all the same or slightly different. Any ideas on what flake is out there that truly is different and tastes like it? Thanks for listening to my rant.