Germain’s Medium Flake (A Pipe Tobacco Review For You!)


J.F. Germain & Son’s Medium Flake is a tobacco you’ve likely seen around, but I’m often surprised at how few people I’ve met have tried it.

Upon opening the tin, I’m greeted with a beautiful presentation. A nice stack of shuffled yellow-brown flakes, slightly moist to the touch. I set a bowl-full aside to dry for an hour.

The tin note is sweet and citrusy with a hint of scattered hay, sliced oranges, and lemons. A light note of dried tea leaf meanders in and out as well. My mouth begins to water at the beautiful aroma.

After a bit of drying time, I load the bowl and put a match to it. The false light tastes of dried figs, stewed apricots, and orange marmalade with hints of grass and hay squaring it all off.

Upon the first puff of the nectarous smoke, I am immediately reminded of another tobacco I have had recently, also by Germain’s. This smoke is similar to, only a toned down version of, Esoterica Brighton.

The smoke begs to be sipped. Buttery hues of vitreous citrine mist flow throughout the clouds. Pear juice, raisins, and a touch of baked bread are all part of the flavor profile and ask for more introspection. There is a sweet and sour play of acidic properties as well, and they swirl with the buttery, yeasty experience.

Medium Flake reminds me of Spring Time. This is a tobacco that would be wonderful on a cool spring day, sipped slowly in the shadow of a blooming tree with a cup of sweet iced tea.

A great experience and one I will keep in my cellar because I can only imagine what a bit of age might do to it.

Other Tobacco Information:

Pipe Used: Peterson System Standard 307

Age When Smoked: New

Similar Blends: Esoterica Tobacciana – Brighton.

Can’t Find Germain’s Medium Flake? Try Mac Baren Virginia Flake Pipe Tobacco for a similar experience!

4/4 Stars. Magnificent!

Brand J. F. Germain & Son
Blended By J.F. Germain & Son
Blend Type Straight Virginia
Contents Virginia
Flavoring Fruit / Citrus
Cut Flake
Packaging 50g Tin
Country UK

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