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Brand: Altadis
Tin description: The ultimate in natural quality tobacco. 100% A-1 Bright Matured
Virginias pressed and single cut in the classic British European
tradition. A combination of high-quality bright Virginias, pressed and sliced in to long strips. Naturally sweet.
Country of origin: Denmark
Curing group: flue
Contents: Virginia
Cut: long flake (~7")
Packaging: bulk

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# 20/6/2012 User rated 3/5
Review by Cortezattic

Altadis Virginia Slices 507c: an economy class, but satisfying Danish flake

Virginia Slices 507c is another member in the family of sweet grassy Danish style flakes that I would put in the economy class. It is supplied in somewhat fragile honey colored flakes about 7Ē long.  If, like me, you cut long flakes down so they fit in Mason jars (scissors or the wifeís rotary fabric cutter work well),  you will find that the laminations of the flake separate, and things can get a little messy. You will still be able to use the fold-and-stuff packing method (I donít), but the flakes lose their pristine appearance. I canít see that as being a deal breaker, but if the aesthetics of presentation are important to you then be careful not to handle them too roughly. And by all means find an alternate storage method because the flakes come a bit on the dry side Ė perfect for immediate use Ė but necessitating that one wastes no time getting the stuff into sealed containers.

The sweetness for which Va. flakes are renowned is present, but turned down a bit in this blend, and the citrus notes are similarly reduced to a soupÁon of lemony tang. This makes for a Va. flake that is a bit less resplendent than its boutique cousins, but it does shine with a grassy goodness that makes it acceptable and satisfying Ė if not overly complex and intriguing. What it delivers, predominantly, is natural tobacco flavor, remarkable smoothness, and little of the sharpness for which Va. flakes are notorious. This leads me to conclude that, despite omissions in the tin description to the contrary, there must be some Perique in the blend. I admit that I canít taste any of Periqueís characteristic stewed fruit and fig-like flavor, nor is there any peppery tingle beyond what one would expect from the Va.ís natural piquancy; but itís hard to imagine that a blender could mitigate a grassy Va.ís zesty temperament without resorting to just a touch of Perique.

507c is a mild flavored blend with medium nicotine strength and good whole mouth feel. There may be a bit of top flavor Ė something dark, maybe licorice Ė I dunno; but frankly, itís below the threshold of identification and more in the realm of imagination. So if it has a top flavor of some kind, I deem that theyíve done it right.

This blend is open to a little criticism because it starts to get ashy-tasting near the bottom of the bowl, and with its reduced sweetness and vague citrus presence, it becomes a little more cigarette-like than Iíd like. The only thing that keeps the flavor on track is the grassiness of the tobacco. I donít find a lot of nuanced flavor in this blend, and that tosses it into the utility smoke category for me; but it is smooth and satisfying, and I think it has a place in my deep rotation Ė even if it is near the bottom relative to the pricier gourmet blends. Iím confident that most Va. flake lovers wonít be terribly disappointed by this blendís lack of complexity and depth; but I wouldnít go into this expecting to get my socks knocked off either.

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