Blended by Scandinavian Tobacco Group, Irish Flake is an equal parts mix of air-cured, flue cured and dark fired tobaccos. A pure tobacco taste, it is strong and sweet with hints of anise and is a little fruity. Recommended for the experienced pipe smoker. Hmmm. Let’s see if I am experienced enough.

Irish Flake

Company: Peterson

How Packaged: 50 g Tin

Style: Burley Based

Tobacco Used: Burley, Kentucky, Virginia

Casing/Topping: None

Cut: Flake

Bowls Smoked: 2

Date Purchased/Obtained: 08/01/15

Storage Method: Mason Jar

Pipe(s) Used: Basic $40 pipe

Price Point: $8.99

Purchased: Sample from another BOTL, but you can

get it in the CigFed Store HERE

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Tin/Jar Note: Lovely, deep smoked raisin and plum notes.

Visual: Nicely formed squares of dark, pressed tobaccos with light tan Virginias dotted in.

Flavors: Strong and smokey, with fruity notes and hints of anise.

Smoking Experience: Strong, smokey, natural tobacco body. Nice occasional fruit notes. And only the occasional lighting needed.

Tobacco Strength: Full

Body: Full

Room Note: Tolerable 

Comparable Tobacco: No particular one comes to mind, but it would have to be strong and full bodied.

Conclusion: Irish Flake is good, and I wouldn’t turn it down. I do really enjoy the flake and the flavors were good. Not totally in my wheelhouse, but not too far outside. I’d grab a tin to keep on hand if it was on sale.

Rating: 3 Stars AKA "When it is on Sale" – Wouldn't pay full retail but would purchase it on sale

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Comment by Shooter on December 10, 2015 at 8:29am

Nice thorough review! How do prepare flake to pack it in a bowl?

Comment by 007MI6 on December 11, 2015 at 8:30am

Thanks Shooter!

Two options really.

1) Put it in between your palms and rub it out (giggity), into "ribbons" and pack normally.

2) Fold it in half short ways, then long ways, then short again if needed and stick the folded ends into your pipe. Feather the top and light.


Comment by Shooter on December 11, 2015 at 8:40am

Thanks! I'll give them both a try


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