I thought I’d do this blog on the different types of cuts you will find on premium pipe tobaccos, since a newbie just discovering his love for the briar may be somewhat intimidated by this somewhat confusing selection.
Because ready-rubbed, ribbon-cut, or cube-cut tobaccos are extremely easy to pack, you might want to start with them. However, if you want to dive right into the intricacies of this hobby, then go ahead— try the flake styles. Flake tobaccos, are packed in slices resembling beef jerky, the tobacco is aged under pressure in “cakes” to draw out the extra flavor and sweetness. While this format can be daunting to a neophyte, I highly recommend them to premium cigar smokers who are accustomed to a thick, dense, smoking experience. Just pinch off a piece and rub it between your thumb and forefinger, separating it to create a lump-free consistency.
Flake tobaccos retain more moisture and freshness than ribbon-cut styles, giving the smoker better control over the burning rate. In addition, many ribbon cut tobaccos are of the cheap drug store variety that tend to burn hot on the tongue. That’s why many newbies quit the hobby after just a few bowls.
If I have convinced you that flake-cut is a great place to start you on your pipe-smoking journey, let’s take a look at a few of the bestselling brands that I personally have been smoking for many years.
Solani is a premium pipe tobacco that offers the pipe smoker very well aged, and fermented tobaccos with as little additives as possible. These blends have been a huge success because of the great taste, fantastic aroma, and outstanding blending.
Since 1887, Mac Baren has been manufacturing fine pipe tobacco utilizing the same rigorous standards that they still use today. MacBaren Navy Flake is an exceptionally smooth mixture of the finest aged Virginias with a touch of Burley and Cavendish, enhanced with rum and honey to create a blend that is mellow, smooth, highly fragrant, and gentle on the tongue.
Dunhill is famous the world over for creating some of the most legendary pipe tobacco blends for many decades. Dunhill Flake contains a smooth blend of fully aged Virginia tobaccos to create a mellow, satisfying smoke with flavors of sweet tobacco, some leathery tones, and hints of creamy vanilla.
McClelland Navy Cavendish premium pipe tobacco’s thick, slow burning qualities make it both the perfect indoor or outdoor smoke. A classic recipe of aged golden Virginia tobaccos infused with the mouthwatering essence of dark Jamaican rum has made this blend a fan favorite for over thirty-plus years.
Formerly from Ireland, but now manufactured in Denmark, Peterson University Flake offers a delightful mellow to medium blend of finely aged Virginias and burley tobaccos an infused with aa light, berry-like top dressing. Smooth, mouthwatering flavors of earth, raisins, some nutty components, and hints of molasses, will tantalize your taste buds while the “fresh bakery aroma” room note will captivate you and everybody else within sniffing distance!