Old Dark Fired is wonderful
This is a flake style tobacco. The flakes have got a rich earthy very tobacco smell to them. The flake are a very dark brown, almost like the color of very dark soil or wet coffee grinds.
The way I smoke flakes is to rub them out. I do not do the fold and stuff method like some smokers of flake do. Once Iíve rubbed them out, I let them set out to dry. These are very moist flakes, and I like my tobacco almost bone dry. The flakes even after having been rubbed out and dried still retain that wonderful smell I mentioned earlier.
I have only smoked this tobacco in one pipe, my straight billiard meerschaum. Itís a smaller pipe, and with this particular tobacco itís probably a good thing (at least when starting with this). I personally donít think itís very hard to light, after the first char and true light Iíve found that some puffing and light tamping can get it going and keep it lit. The smoke it self is not harsh, itís rather smooth actually. I get a variety of flavors from this tobacco, and they are all very forward yet donít seem to crowd each other out. Itís very smoky tasting, but not in the way latakia is. I also find that there is a very true tobacco flavor, almost cigar like (I donít know enough about cigars to compare it to one). When smoking this, depending on ones cadence there is even a sweet floral taste at the very back of the pallet. The smoke if exhaled through the nose can feel very tingly, and smells very much of tobacco. Speaking of smell or the room note, this is one of those rare tobaccos (in my humble experience) that one can actually smell as they are smoking it. In fact, the smell of this tobacco as it burns plays just as much a roll as the taste. In fact I would go so far as to say the two are dependent on each other for this tobacco to work. Do note, that if this tobacco is pushed by too much puffing it can become bitter, but will once subside when a more measured pace is applied.
Also, this is a very strong tobacco. If one is unaccustomed to nicotine it may be uncomfortable to some. If some one is an ex-cigarette smoker or already smokes strong tobaccos/cigars on a regular basis they will probably find it very satisfying. A thing Iíve noticed in my smoking experience and I donít read much about it, is how the strength of nicotine affects the taste. If this tobacco was low in nicotine the flavors it has I feel would be diminished by itís absence. Its as if the nicotine itself is part of the flavor.
All in all, I am very much enjoying this tobacco. I would recommend this to any one who like burley or virginias . Iíll be honest with you Iím still trying to figure out that burley taste, and itís there I just donít know how to describe it yet (maybe itís the smoky taste thatís not like latakia). The virginias are definitely there, and I suspect that is where that sweet floral taste is coming from.
I gave "Recommend It" 3 stars because it's so strong. I'm not saying a new pipe smoker should avoid it but it may be something to work up to. Also, the "Room Note" I gave 2 stars simply because its a very bold room note. It might be a bit strong smelling to others who aren't so into this type of tobacco (the wife).