SG St. James Flake
I got a chance to try this terrific tobacco thanks to a very generous bomb a little bit back from Jimmy James (User Name). It is my first VaPer. For years I had avoided perique after a bad experience or two when I used to blend my own a bit over a decade ago. I have recently begun delving into perique blends, so far English blends with latakia, and I have been enjoying them. After this tobacco, I look forward to trying more VaPers.
As usual, this review is my first impression after my first bowl. If anything changes, or I feel I have anything to add after more experience, I will add to this thread. Anyway, on to the review...
Bag note: Earthy and leathery. More leathery, in fact it brings back olfactory memories of when I worked in a shoe store when I was 19 and 20. No, not the nasty feet some people's had (and some feet really stunk), but the earthy, spicy, leathery smell of good quality shoe leather and dyes. I really like that shoe store smell.
I started out with the fold and stuff method, but after prepping the tobacco, I decided to take out my pocket knife and cut it into cubes. I packed it into my MM Legend corn cob pipe.
I went outside in the rain to smoke, so the couple attempts to get it lit may have been the tobacco, but more likely it was the weather. Once lit, it stayed lit (I did relight once, it was lit but I thought it may have been burning a little unevenly and tamping wasn't enough of a fix). Smoking outside I really couldn't get much of a room note, what I did smell just kind of smelled like tobacco.
The flavors? They are a treat with this one. This is a straight VaPer, no casings or toppings that I know of, and I can't really taste anything but a straight tobacco flavor. The perique adds a little peppery spice. The Virginia provides a little sweetness. It also had a nice earthiness to the flavor. While it doesn't really taste like a cigar, it really did provide a very cigar-like experience and flavor to me (pure tobacco, not at all cigarette like, decently medium to full bodied).
So, my bottom line? If you couldn't tell, I really liked this tobacco. I can't wait to smoke more from the bag Jimmy-James sent me. If SG tobaccos were easier to come by I would be adding some to my cellar (and probably will next time it is released). I definitely will be trying more VaPers as a result of trying this stuff (and to think, two months ago I was still avoiding perique, then I cautiously tried it and it was OK, and now I'm actively going to seek it out). If you can get your hands on some St. James Flake I highly recommend giving it a try! 4.5 out of 5 stars.