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On flake flavor.

Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by Old Ted, May 18, 2012.

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  1. Old Ted

    Old Ted Active Member

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    As many of you know, I love my traditional 'British style', strong flakes, twists and plugs, been my staple for around fifty years, or more. Don't know if it's just my palette - but a few of them, in particular some of the 'Lakeland' offerings give me a definite liquorice taste, as well as that 'VA tang' - and I really like it!. Lately I've been sampling a few blends from across the pond, and I'm wondering if there are any I should look at, that have reasonable strength and depth, and that hint of liquorice that I'm fond of......any ideas?
    OT
     
  2. Spillproof

    Spillproof Mostly Harmless Moderator

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    Saucy licorice you say? McClelland Blackwoods and St. James Flake come to mind.
     
  3. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    Licorice? Mixture #79. :ohyh:

    I like a lot of U.S blends. If I could find some that had the Lakeland essence, depth and strength, I wouldn't bother with the Lakeland blends.

    Good luck on this one, Ted.
     
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  4. FlatbushPaul

    FlatbushPaul Cellar is in an undisclosed Bunker

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    I don't know of any licorice tasting blends. dmkerr brought up M79, which some have said has a licorice flavor. I don't know what flavor it is but to me it is unsmokable! lol. I have read someone here at PSF some time ago say they had a hint of licorice or anise from Stonehaven. I don't get that but maybe someone else might.
     
  5. buistd

    buistd Active Member

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    Hi OT - As you know I am not from across the pond - I stand firmly on your side of the Atlantic, however your question provided me with a great excuse to do some research and to not do what I'm supposed to be doing. Not exactly a US tobacco and not exactly a UK tobacco, but Esoterica Blackpool sounds like it might be up your alley. It is available in 8oz packages from 4noggins. If you do order some can I be cheeky and request a sample (of course in an exchange)?
     
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  6. Darkly

    Darkly Active Member

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    Actually M79 is definitely a strong Licorice/floral combo that renders it unsmokable to what seems to be most American palettes, but I like. Also, recommend you check out Hearth and Home's Lakeland Brickle...I've never had a "real" lakeland baccy but Lakeland brickle has some of that same kinda licorice/floral combination and smokes EPIC in a really tall pipe, like a MM General.
     
  7. cobbsmoker

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    These are outstanding recommendations for Matured Virginia tobaccos :th1: but McClelland does not use casings, flavorings or toppings on their Matured Virginia tobaccos and NO licorice for sure! ;)
     
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  8. FlatbushPaul

    FlatbushPaul Cellar is in an undisclosed Bunker

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    pipesandcigars.com's Marquee Series Lakeland Brickle Fortissimo is a very nice smoke. I don't really taste the licorice in it but it is very floral. Very different for an American aro as it claims to be. It has a very robust tobacco flavor as well as the floral "essence" which is supposed to be juniper, clove and lavender. I go through phases with this tobacco. I will smoke it for a week and then not touch it for a long while. It is not a mild aro though, it has some oomph to it. It won't make your head spin on a nic hit but it's not a mild smoke either.
     
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