Well Gents, it looks like Rattray's flakes are back on the market! Taking advantage of some weather this weekend, I hopped on the bike and rode out to JR in Burlington. After my last few trips, I wasn't sure what I would find. I haven't been able to find any Old Gowrie or Hal in a while, much less anything from SG. Well, still no luck on Gawith, but I was able to procure four tins of my old friend Hal and while I was at it, picked up a tin of Marlin Flake which I'd never tried. Silly me! How did I ever pass up this flake?? Straight from the tin, the five long coiled flakes (a bit like LGF but darker) was so wet I thought for sure I'd never get it lit, but my impatience overwhelmed me. To my surprise it lit as easily as it rubbed out--absolutely effortlessly. When sipped slowly, the bowl reveals deep, dark, sweet and well rounded flavors. I do plan on drying the tin a bit and I can't wait to see what comes out then! I don't mean this to be a review so much as a teaser. So, to any of you fellows as enamoured with Virginia flakes as I am: Do yourself a favor and check out Rattray's Marlin Flake.