New to VAs and Need Help

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  1. Laredo

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    I'm excited to be part of this forum. I am new not only to this forum but to all forums. I, myself, can tell that this posting is from a newbie because all attempts at this post have resulted in a too long life story, so after several edits I will attempt to cut to the chase (with the obvious exception of this opening paragraph).

    1 - I don't have a pipe smoking mentor. I've learned via reading and experimentation. I now clearly need a mentor and am turning to this forum.

    2 - I've never tried VAs prior to two days ago when a gentleman at a B&M, who (apparently) felt sorry for me when he saw my purchase of an aromatic, gave me a flake of Bjarne's Flake de Luxe to try. He warned me that if I like it I'm out of luck as it is now out of production (since this post is becoming a book (read lengthy) this gentleman's afterthought is the foreshadowing of this "Need Help" posting).

    3 - I've never tried a VA and I've never tried a flake, but this was terrific! To begin with I acknowledge that I lack a sophisticated palate; further, I read on tobaccoreviews.com that (someone posts) this is "probably the best introduction to straight Virginias I have ever tried". This fits me perfectly. I lack the experience to describe blend, and at the risk of exposing my lack of sophistication the best I can think of is that it tasted buttery. I'm sure there is a better word for my experience and I'm sure I'll learn it with more experience and with mentors. But for now all I've got is "buttery". I guess there are experienced VA lovers who don't like this blend because it was only (what I call) buttery. Maybe this is what reviewers mean when they indicate a blend lacks depth, but in any event this is what I (as a newbie to VAs and flakes) absolutely loved.

    4 - Well, clearly I never succeeded in cutting to the chase but on to the help part. To my new mentors out there: when you're done giggling yourself silly about the term "buttery", what blend(s) should I try that would be close to Bjarne's Flake de Lux?
     


  2. Sasquatch

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    Orlik Golden Sliced, probably.

    Virginias are a surprise and a treat when you get to them. Took me far too long. And there are so many types it's mind boggling.

    For sweet, slightly sharp virginias, I like McClelland a lot. For slightly more subdued virginias, darker flavors and a little more punch, the Rattray's tobaccos can't be beat.
     
  3. Tsurugi

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    Samuel Gawith Full Virginia Flake.
     
  4. Mike Pomery

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    Full Virginia Flake is great, but hard to find at present. Look for Orlik Golden Sliced for the moment. It is cheap, and delightful.
     
  5. Strongirish

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    You want a taste treat, Park lanes Red Paramour known in some circles as Red Crack, is a Va with a touch of perique and it is just wonderful. I just bought another two pounds of it today, I can't get enough of it!
     
  6. nobler son

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    I second, on both counts. McClelland's 5100 "Red Cake" is a great VA to try. And I'm in love with Old Gowrie from Rattray's--a good tangy VA with just a dash of peppery Perique.
     
  7. Snake

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    FVF might be to overpowering for a beginner.
    I'll second (or third) Sas' recommendation,
    and say try the Orlik Golden Sliced; aka: OGS.
    You may also want to try G.L. Pease's Union Square.
    If shipping costs are of no concern, I can also
    recommend a plethora of blends not available in
    the states.

    dp
     
  8. Bri2k

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    Here's another reccomendation for McClelland's 5100 Red Cake. While I enjoy OGS (I've even got some aging), I like 5100 even better. I think they put something in it that gets you hooked.
     
  9. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

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    "Because they put an addictive chemical in it that makes ya crave for it nightly, SMARTASS!!"

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    dp
     
  10. GlassSculptor

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    Solani Silver Flake is just outstanding if you want something with a little more kick to it. A sweet, delicious blend of Virginia and spicy Kentucky tobaccos. The flakes are about a foot long and don't come vacuum packed so you have to smoke it like a bastard or jar it up asap.
     
  11. nobler son

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    is what I read. I think it's a sign.
     
  12. falconsmoker

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    Lots of good virginia suggestions offered, I also like McClelland virginias, especially Red Cake, it's my daily pouch tobacco.
     
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