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Astleys - No. 109 Medium Flake 50g - Flake Cut Tobacco

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Blend 109 is the classic straight Virginia from Astleys. Strongly based on Golden Virginias so expect some grassy/lemony notes. The body and flavor are both subtly mild.

This is a difficult blend to talk about, because the sum is definitely better than the parts. The tobacco threatens to burn hot, but never got to tongue bite for me. The flavor teetered on being overwhelmingly citrus, but it stayed mellow and smooth throughout the bowl. At any moment, the body could really assert itself, but it stays very mild. So, sit back - grab a good book, and give this one a try.

5 Stars
Astley's is My Goto Blend
This is a quality Virginia broken flake tobacco that has been my goto blend for months now. When you first open the tin, you will notice a fruity smell of hay and raisins with no noticeable casing, with the broken flakes stacked into an interesting pattern. It is not too moist, but I like to dry it just a tad more before loading, rub it out further, and load into a small stacked pipe, with a chamber .75” x 1.25 – 1.7” tall. The small diameter chamber really focuses the flavors and stoves the tobacco as the smoke progresses, cooking the tobacco beneath to mellow and deepen the flavors as you smoke. In a larger pipe, it just becomes more salty and muddled in flavor to me, missing a lot of the bright flavors. Upon, putting the match to it, it has a honey sweet flavor, with a touch of lemony citrus. About one-third of the way down starts some of the Earl Grey tea flavors, and then it starts cooking into a mellow, nutty, salty, sweet smoke close to the bottom. Afterwards, I notice a taste on my teeth for the rest of the day, which is the best part of this tobacco. It reminds me of this blend, and makes me crave it until I can get another bowl. It is medium in strength and mild in flavor, of which I enjoy best indoors. No tongue bite experienced. I enjoy this one best with medium roast Arabica coffee blend.
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Reviewed by:  from Helena, AL. on 1/14/2014

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