Best Navy Flake

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  1. fallsguy

    fallsguy Member

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    I'm looking to try Navy Flake. Don't believe that I actually ever smoked it before. What brand(s) do you all recommend?
     


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    I really like Peter Stokkebye's Luxury Navy Flake. It's a very good flake, and is available in bulk at a reasonable price. Hard to beat it IMHO.
     
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  3. Capt

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    McClelland Navy Flake and SG Navy Flake are my two favorites.
     
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  4. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    McClellands Navy Cavendish, hands down. The rum flavor is very faint but it truly darkens and sweetens the virginia. Improves as it is smoked. Excellent stuff.
     
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  5. Mington

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    Interesting timing as I am on a Navy kick this week and am Smoking Mac Baren Navy Flake now.
    My top 3 in order are:
    1) SG NF
    2) MacB NF
    3) PS LNF
    The SG is by far the best with MacB a close 2nd.
    Never had McClelland NF. Might have to get a sample. <hint> LOL
     
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  6. Mington

    Mington Well-Known Member

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    This is my on deck smoke for tomorrow night, followed by MacBaren Navy Mixture after that. :th1:
     
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  7. JescoWhite

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    I completely agree.
     
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    What he said :th1: . Super enjoyable stuff it is !
     
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  9. dwaugh

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    I had my first Navy Flake (SG) last week; I really liked it, can't compare it to others though. Very different than anything I've had before. -David
     
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    PS LNF & McBarren Navy Flake for me.....
     
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    Stokkebye's LNF!
     
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    Def PS LNF ftw!
     
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    PS LNF is very good, especially for it's price, and Sam Gawith's Navy Flake is a really amazing tobacco no matter what you call it. Be aware that there is quite a range of things that go by the moniker "navy flake", though. My understanding of what the term originally meant is a tobacco, usually pure Virginia, presented as a flake (for maximum use of space when stowed on a ship) and cased in rum, and is usually a very dark color. LNF has Perique added and no rum flavor that I detect, and it is at least as light as Dunhill (Light) Flake. SG's Navy Flake has some Latakia, but is in other respects similar to the definition given above. Not that any of that matters, but I think that it's a fallacy to compare "navy flakes" as if they have anything more than a name in common.
     
  14. smokehouse

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    +1
     
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    I have to agree with Craven's assessment here. I've tried a number of Navy Flakes, and while they may have the name in common, they are for the most part different, one from the other. I've tasted everything from Va to Burley, Rum, Perique and other toppings/condiments also play a part in the different offerings. My only advice is to try them all with an open mind....then decide which "Navy" suits your particular taste.
    For me, it is Stokkebye's Navy Flake. No other can satisfy my palate like this one does.
     
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    +1 on PS LNF

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    Capstan Original is quite good. Albeit
    hard to acquire.
     
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  18. FlatbushPaul

    FlatbushPaul Cellar is located in an undisclosed bunker

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    I agree with Craven also, they are almost all different from each other. For me I really love SG Navy Flake and I also smoke alot of McClellads Navy Flake. Although I smoke more McClellands Dark Star and it is similar but much more complex than thier Navy Flake. I haven't had PS LNF in quite some time and it is probably time to revisit it. I will be trying a sample of McBarren Navy Flake for the first time and I have read alot of good reviews regarding that one as well. I guess what it comes down to is it is just a name at this point in time and not really a recipe any more.

    Paul
     
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