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Capstan Original Flake Packaged Pipe Tobacco
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Capstan Original Flake

Capstan Original Flake is a mellow blend of fine flue-cured tobaccos that has been enjoyed by Virginia fans for more than a century. A favorite of J.R.R. Tolkein, this smooth and sweet blend of Brightleaf tobaccos is pressed and sliced to allow the smoker the option of how to prepare it. There are notes of grass, hay, and citrus that make it perfect for a slow, meditative experience. Try a classic - Capstan Original Flake.

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Overall Rating4.75 out of 5 Based on 36 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Capstan Original Flake”

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3 out of 5
A good solid tobacco, nothing
A good solid tobacco, nothing fancy. Burns well.
5 out of 5
Great flake product!
I really like the flake tobacco. P&C had it on sale, and I'm glad I purchased it. Flavor is great, and it has no bite that I can tell. It's a great smoke. Highly recommend it for anyone who likes the flake products!
4 out of 5
Original Flake
Never tried it before, but I found it to be nice and smooth!
5 out of 5
Consistently great. Perfect moisture. Tasty, a couple dollars pricier but I’ll still keep buying.
It’s a bit pricey but it’s worth the convenience. How so? Well, the flakes are cut perfectly. The moisture is just right, needing no adjustments or wait time for drying it out. The flavors are consistent. It’s always a great smoke. I’ve been smoking a lot of Peterson Flake, Full Virginia Flake, Solani 633. While all of those were are absolutely amazing, I’m very much enjoying the Capstan. I’ll let others get into the fine flavor details. I love predictability and easy of preparing a bowl just right with this one.
5 out of 5
A great companion to a morning cup of coffee!
This is a great mellow tobacco. The tin smells of raisins/plums, and light hay. The smoke flavor is similar, mild, slightly sweet. A very pleasant smoke!
5 out of 5
Rub me out
My first Virginia and one of the blends that made me go from “I like smoking a pipe” to “I LOVE smoking a pipe!” Sweet and rich, grassy, bready, just wonderful. The smell out of the tin alone is worth it.
5 out of 5
A smooth smoke. Might be
A smooth smoke. Might be classified as an all day tobacco. About the closest match I've found to the discontinued Troost.
5 out of 5
Really quality! Mellow and rich at the same time!
Easy to fold and stuff.
5 out of 5
Excellent Virginia
This is one of my top three favorites. It's my first straight Virginia. I wasn't sure if I would like a straight Virginia but this was excellent! It's no wonder Tolkien apparently liked this one.
4 out of 5
Great Tobacco!
Love the smell and aromas involved in this tobacco, the sweetness and the powerful taste!
5 out of 5
This is fine
5 out of 5
This is probably what Old Toby tasted like.
This is a fantastic tobacco. I am sure this is what old toby tasted like., this tobacco gave inspiration to the greatest writer of the greatest novels of all time. Imagine Tolkein writing about the battle of helms deep while smoking this tobacco.
5 out of 5
Awesome Flake
First straight Virginia, and first flake as well for me (newbie here). Very fine smoke, and I will be ordering more to smoke, and cellar. I do not have a very discernible palate, and as Jeremiah M up above said with an eye roll “it’s sweet and cool.” That’s about as perfect as I can describe it as well. Gave about an hour smoke with the fold and stuff method and burned to ash with little dottle. Love it.
5 out of 5
Gift to Friend
He really enjoyed it. Hard not to like a classic
4 out of 5
A great mild smoke
All the comments mentioning hay and grass notes are correct. I usually go for more robust blends but I really like this mild classic. Excellent quality and very approachable. A great choice.
5 out of 5
Nice virginias
This is a excelent all day smoke.
5 out of 5
Last of the Greats
As producers of Virginia flakes close their doors, the flake resins a stalwart against which others are to be measured.
5 out of 5
Great tobacco
Out of the handful of tobaccos I've tried this is my favorite and will probably be one of the tobaccos in my rotation. It took me a few bowls to get to know what flavors and such were in there. The tin note is ketchup-esk with a hint of hay and citrus (eye roll) like everyone says. When I smoke it, it's sweet and cool. Really like this stuff.
5 out of 5
Capstan Blue
Wonderful Matured Virginia Blend. Experienced smokers will REALLY appreciate.
4 out of 5
Old smoker
Glad to find it local stores have stopped carring pipe tobacco
4 out of 5
Good Stuff!
I had smoked Capstan Yellow and Blue many years ago - and in fact saved one tin of blue in my cellar, so I was able to compare the "new" vs the old - tho' of course, the old has aged since about 1980 (yea, that long ago), so they WILL BE DIFFERENT. But, the two weren't that much different! The taste is similar, the cut is almost the same (the older we approx. 1.0mm wider strands). The newer was a little sharper, but that's to be expected. I hope I can buy more - as I like the flavor of the Blue. I hope you all don't like it as much as I do, so there will be more left for me.
5 out of 5
Excellent Service
great service...highly recommended
5 out of 5
this is what I expected. I have smoked it for a long time and this pretty much what I expected.
5 out of 5
Must be what the hobbits smoke!
I'm a beginner, so everything is new. I smoke this one on a clay churchwarden and it's smooth and pleasant. On the third bowl I started getting more details not noticed before. If you are a Tolkien fan, you have to try it, since he is known to smoke this tobacco.
4 out of 5
A good, straightforward Virginia
Just as advertised. A mellow and straight-forward Virginia with a fine flavor. A bit on the pricey side, but a nice smoke.
5 out of 5
Everything I buy From here is excellent. They have never let me down!
5 out of 5
It's good.
I'm a latakia smoker, and I usually turn my nose up at any Virginia blends. This one however, is top-quality and one the only Virginia blends I like!
5 out of 5
A Classic Straight Virginia
Capstan Blue is a mild-medium Virginia flake with a wonderful citrusy, hay aroma out of the tin. There is enough darker leaf to give it body, and plenty of Virginia sweetness and grassiness. Capstan responds well both to being rubbed out, and being folded and stuffed. Mild, tasty, and fragrant. This is one of my favorites.
5 out of 5
Capstan Original Flake - Pure Taste
There are times when we all want something that is uncomplicated, without numerous ingredients, condiments or toppings. To me, Capstan Original Flake foots the bill. Pure Virginia taste, period. This tobacco is great for earlier in the day when the palate wants to keep things simple. The flakes are beautifully wrapped and when rubbed out, I ended up with a pile of fluffy ribbons. Burns to a white ash while providing a sweet Virginia taste throughout the smoke. Basics can be difficult but, this tobacco is basics done well. Highly recommended.
4 out of 5
I thought it was very smooth but a little too much bite.
5 out of 5
Excellent Smoke!
Whether you're new to smoking flake-cut tobacco, or an old hand at it, definitely try this! Capstan boasts a time-tested flavor, that is pleasant all around. The price is a little steep, but the product is worth it, even still.
5 out of 5
Just what I was looking for
Love the flavor, not harsh, great milder Virginia flake.
5 out of 5
A True Classic VA Flake
I have been pipe smoking for a few years now but it was not until I tried Original Flake by Capstan that I really began to understand what is a good Virginia. I smoke English blends more than anything else but after trying Capstan Blue I can safely say that straight Virginias will be more regular in my rotation. It has a great grassy / hay flavor and when sipped is sweet. It can bite if smoked too hot and fast, but I have found that happens with most Virginia blends. Give it a go (and feel like Tolkien!).
5 out of 5
I am very happy I tried this.
I hesitated purchasing this since the price is comparatively higher than other blends. Well I just purchased a tin and immediately opened it. This broke my first rule I impose on myself of always putting tins into the cellar for 6 months prior to smoking. Wow! This is one fantastic tobacco. It is just the right blend of tobacco. Really mild but not too mild, burns great and absolutely no tongue burn. It is quite hard to describe this tobacco. Each pressed piece is exactly right to rub out and fill an average size pipe. Just one thing I must mention. Dunhill Ready Rubbed is as close to this as you can get and almost 1/2 the price. I smoke DRR as my daily tobacco but will make sure I have Capstan on standby for at least two smokes each day.
5 out of 5
Top 5
This is a excellent tobacco. Definitely in my top 5. Only thing to say negative about it is the price. It is so good that even that doesn't stop me from buying it. Highly recommended.
5 out of 5
Satisfying Straight Virginia
Capstan Original Navy Cut is a straight Virginia blend with a slight but undetectable casing. It is just shy of a medium bodied blend; lighter than Dunhill Flake and a little sweeter. Typical Virginia hay and grassy notes are there with some sweetness and an occasional lemony apricot-y note wafting through. Silky, creamy, simple, unpretentious, and delicious are words that come to mind. Comes ready to smoke, but also benefits from a few minutes drying time when new. Smoke it gently and enjoy.
Customer Testimonials
I typically enjoy VA flakes. I have heard of this blend and my curiosity got the best of me. I ordered a tin of it and let it age for a bit. I was disappointed. I'm not really sure what it was about this blend but it did not agree with my tongue. One of the more expensive tins, and unfortunately one that will go unused in my cellar. I think I will stick with the new flake from Comoy's.
TS of Omro, WI
At last I found a virginia flake I really enjoy. Light in nicotine compared to others like full virginia flake and old growerie. Smoked in small to medium bowl with no noticeable nicotine kick.
AH of tracy, CA
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