My first flake toby...McC Brindle Flake

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  1. WrightwoodJohn

    WrightwoodJohn Wrightwood expatriate

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    Just opened a tin of McClellands Brindle Flake for the weekend. Great aroma...spicy, almost fruity but not "aro" fruity. What's the best way to prepare this delicate feast?
     


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    WrightwoodJohn Wrightwood expatriate

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    PS: thanks for your tips on "Flake Takes" Mister Moo !
     
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    Congrats on trying a flake!
     
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    I have smoked a couple of tins of Brindle Flake now and really enjoy this tobacco; Boston 1776 is another great flake tobacco too. I rub out flake tobaccos but not too much.
     
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    ......and the TAD list grows by 2!
     
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    Morse, these two flakes are my favorite of the McC club blend offerings.
     
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    Bust 'em up, drop 'em in, and apply flame!
     
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    Thanks for the recommendations - I'm always up to try another flake
     
  9. Puff The Magic

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    Rub it out and load em up! Or, folded/mangled/stuffed! :). Great leaf btw!

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    I'm a big fan of flakes. I really enjoy the process of preparing my toby and loading my pipe. I used to use the fold and stuff method but now I typically rub them all out instead.
     
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    WrightwoodJohn Wrightwood expatriate

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    Rubbed out the first bowl, might have let it sit out a little too long. Smoked very well:bing:
     
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    WrightwoodJohn Wrightwood expatriate

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    Well the second bowl made all the difference. I didn't rub it out as heavily as the 1st time, and I didn't give it as much air (drying) time.....Great smoke, great room note. I think if you close your eyes, you'll be taken back to some old hole-in-the-wall tobacconist with a special mixture in the back.........:bing:
     
  13. HCraven

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    I haven't tried this one yet, but it sounds like you're already doing what I would recommend: experiment. I find that each flake has it's own sweet spot with respect to good smoking humidity, and while many benefit from folding and stuffing, some don't yield an appreciable improvement in flavor and may be harder to handle that way, so rubbing them out is certainly acceptable. Welcome to the sublime and wonderful world of flakes, John.
     
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    WrightwoodJohn Wrightwood expatriate

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    Thanks Herb, I think it was Brad or Jesla (still searching) who said they didn't give their flake tabac too much drying time, as it lost some flavor. So this afternoon I lightly rubbed out this Brindle with just a little air time, and matched it up with my Peterson...excellent smoke. This particular tabac seemed to dry out rather quickly, which is what happened the first time around..
     
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    I tend to think so too, though some flakes, like Sam Gawith's, can air for a long time and still retain an appreciable moisture level. Some do rather well when they're a little dryer, though, and I find that Virginia/Perique flakes (or broken flakes) exhibit a different character depending on the moisture level: a little sweeter when smoked moist, a little spicier when dry, so you can adjust them depending on your mood. It's a whole other dimension to smoking compared with straight ribbon-cut leaf though, and rather rewarding, I think.
     
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