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Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky


One of Orlik's most popular tobaccos is back!
People who are fans of rich, robust blends containing dark-fired Kentucky are very familiar with Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky. They remember those flakes with layers of dark-fired on the top and bottom with a core of bright Virginia. Well, we have great news - Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky is back!
We began the conversation with our friends at Orlik more than a year ago, and after some extended discussion we were able to get them to agree to bring it back, this time in 50 gram tins.  We've placed a large order, but it will be arriving in batches so don't be concerned if we're out from time to time.


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1.75 Ounce Tin In Stock $13.65
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Overall Rating 4.76 out of 5 Based on 45 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky”

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5 out of 5
Don't Let The Name Scare You
I have a very sensitive palate and cannot tolerate strong tobaccos. DSL is full of flavor but has not bitten me once! The tIn note resembles Latakia, which I dislike, but has no Latakia room note or taste...at least not to me. If your tongue and mouth can't tolerate bitey tobaccos but you want more flavor, this is it. I have 13 tins!
5 out of 5
Go ahead and Judge!
We're talking Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky here. What's there to say? Fans of Dark-fired Kentucky already know this is (pardon the pun) "The Judge", as in the one to judge all others by. So, there's many Kentucky blends out there...I like Mac Baren Dark Twist, I like Peterson's University Flake, and I really like St. Bruno Flake or ready-rubbed. I'm a fan of Kentucky. It's got all the smooth smokiness without the Latakia campfire, not that I don't mind a good English blend too, but I'd put Dark Strong Kentucky on the light-to-medium end of smokiness. I think the reason Orlik's Dark Strong Kentucky is a prime example of Kentucky is that it is a little sweeter than most. I'm not saying it's a heavily cased aromatic, but to my pallet it has more of a molassus-like flavor and sweetness than most. In fact, I'm not sure why they named it "Strong". It has robust taste for sure, but it wont knock you out with nicotine or anything. It's still got all of the great traits of Kentucky, but it's more of an all-day smoke compared to others. If fans of aromatics ever wanted to step out of their comfort zone and try Kentucky, this is definitely the one I'd recommend they try. As with any tins, moisture levels may vary, but Orlik's pretty good at getting close to ready-smoke most of the time. It is a flake, but they're short cut flakes which I guess makes them easier to stuff, though I always rub them out since I go through a tin of Dark Strong pretty quick. That's it! It's good stuff. It's one of my all-time favorites and the only thing I can think to warn someone about is that if you get a chance to buy, buy in bulk. It does tend to sell-out quickly for good reason. Hope this helps.
4 out of 5
One of the best Kentuckys but flakes all stuck together
I like dark fired Kentucky a lot in general; it's not too sweet (just a little) and has enough nic to keep me satisfied without inhaling (I'm grateful that Kentucky broke me of that habit and probably saved my life). A lot of Kentuckys I use to spike my aromatics just for that purpose, but this is the only one I really enjoy smoking straight. It's strong but not so strong that it gives me that lump in my middle and tastes great on its own (could use a little age). My one complaint is that, the last few times I've ordered this, the flakes are all stuck together in the tin and don't come apart without breaking them all apart. It's sort of like when frozen food partially thaws and then freezes again and gets all stuck together. It's a shame because they went to all that trouble to make it in layers so it looks nice.
5 out of 5
Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky
The Virginia and Kentucky tobaccos are proportionly blended to produce the type of aromatic smoke that I enjoyed in the 1960's. It smokes cool with a great aroma and room note. No bite. If you want a great pipe tobacco with natural tobacco flavor, this is the one.
5 out of 5
Get to know Dark Kentucky
Try this flake! If nothing else, you will get a good idea of what you are dealing with when you are smoking a blend with dark fired Kentucky. I found it to be smooth with a nice deep natural taste that is reminiscent of Orlik Golden Sliced, but with a bit more sophistication. There is an almost chocolate finish and a nice creamy mouth feel as compared to Slices. It's like OGS for the cooler winter months. It's not "strong" in the way of a heavy English, but compared to the rest of the Orlik line it is strong. I jarred the rest of the tin for now, but I look forward to coming back to it after it gets a little age on it
4 out of 5
Dark strong?
Who gives these names the taste is pretty smooth with a little bite at the finish with a bit of sweetness I like it I also got the henrick I think that’s how it’s spelled it has more spice bite than the orlik I prefer the orlik version
5 out of 5
Looking forward to this nicest blend in feb..
2018-- I'm sure glad this blend was recommended,...me by P&C engineers....its been a whole long haul waiting what almost seems to be the whole 3 years of anticipation....but soon I'll be sitting back puffing on one of God's own choice 's smokers....Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky!!
5 out of 5
Flavorful Blend!
I’m a big fan of Deep, Flavorful blends and this one hits the spot. This blend supposedly tastes like Licorice but I don’t taste it. It does has a weird wet consistency when it’s smoked even when it’s dry. But nothing a pipe cleaner couldn’t soak up. I definitely would recommend at least trying this blend once if you call yourself a Piper.
5 out of 5
Rich flavorful smoke!
I really enjoyed this blend. It definitely is not an ambiguous smoke. It is a deep, rich and flavorful tobacco that gets even better as you smoke to the bottom of the bowl.
5 out of 5
homeyjtm
Excellent rich combination of burley and Virginia. Highly recommended.
5 out of 5
Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky from my pipe
I was a little reprehensible about trying this blend. Some of the reviews told of high nicotine and I'm frankly a light weight about nicotine but I pressed on and planed to only smoke this blend for the week. From the tin the smell was so very nice. Sweet but not candy sweet. I understand that this blend has some topping but I do not think it is very predominant. The tobacco in my tin was moist but not wet. It gave me some trouble in trying to pull only one multi-level flake out at a time. After a couple of attempts I just rubbed the entire tin out and that was that. The char light was good with a nice sweet full body mouth fell. This prepared me for what was to come. After smoking down to the mid bowl level I was loving every draw. Very full body smoke that coated my mouth with sweet hay, crass, coco, and other flavors I couldn't put my finger on but very much what I have been looking for. Finishing the bowl the flavors stayed consistent even though I got a little fast on some of my draws. What about the nicotine you may ask? Well I didn't get it! I could feel that their is some nicotine in this blend but to be honest I didn't get a big hit of it. Unlike the Dun Hill Elizabethan mixture that I got quite a rush. Coming from a cigar world this tobacco was just right my alley. Rich full bodied packed with flavors that last into your next draw. I give this tobacco a 5 out of 5 pipes.
5 out of 5
Orlik Kentucky
dark strong aroma great flavor
5 out of 5
Rocketed to the Top
Non-Smoker me started pipe smoking about 3 months ago. I only bought well respected and reviewed tobacco to see what I like. For me this one will most likely trigger me to give away some of my stock. I now know excellence. I rubbed it out fully and made sure it was a little on the dry side. It burned beautifully. I got a very mild and warm nic hit of absolute perfection. The Orlik golden slice gives me a bigger nic hit than this, so I don't know what is really meant by "Strong", only that I can't really use that as an indicator. The most notable thing with DSK was that I got zero tongue bite, where the bite I get is from the spice and not steam. I really hope this wasn't my "Nirvana Smoke" as I might as well quit now if it was. DSK has rocketed to the top of my list.
5 out of 5
A Treat
A treat and part of the rotation. mixed 1/2 MacBaren's Old Dark Fired or 1/2 Mac's Bold Kentucky and that ups the nicotine kick just fine for me!
5 out of 5
A Very good buy
I have tried a couple of different brands and as a new pipe smoker this so far is one of the best and favorite I have had. You can really taste the flavor of the smoke, your experiences may vary but I would recommend this to any one a good quality flavorable tobacco. I will be buying again.
5 out of 5
I Mean Damm!
This is so good' whoever invented this should get the Nobel Peace Prize. I would order 5lbs. If I could. Great flavour, smokes like a dream.
5 out of 5
Must try tobacco
Love everything about this tobacco right down to the tin in comes in with its shrewd little judge on the cover lol! Good flavor, nice presentation pleasant room note. I will try to always keep this one along with Orlik's golden sliced in my pipe tobacco rotation.
5 out of 5
Best Dark Kentucky
Has become my favorite.
5 out of 5
Great service and product!
Thank you for being my “go to” online source for quality tobacco. We don’t have a fine tobacco store in my area and PipesandCigars.com has everything I’ve desired. Orlik DSK has been an awesome blend and has introduced me to the world of non ready-rubbed tobacco. Love the flavor and the smoke. Thanks!
5 out of 5
Dark Strong Kentucky
Purchased as a gift. It has not been opened so I have no feed back from person who received it. The shipment was fast and well packaged.
5 out of 5
Very good
This stuff is a very good smoke! It is very smooth all the way through. will be ordering again!
5 out of 5
Dark Strong!with
This is the first time I've had this tobacco! I would love to cellar about10lbs of this stuff!! It comes out very complex to me with earthy, leather and I could swore a very hint of caramel!
4 out of 5
Very good
I liked it a lot you can smoke the whole bowl with out it getting bitter.it has a clean pronounced flavor that I really liked
4 out of 5
Orlik dark strong Kentucky
Very good probably because it took me for surprise definitely not what I expected.From the name on the tin you would expect younger bite & a dry mouth.But that's not the case! DSK smokes very smooth it is dark but in my opinion it has a great aftertaste.i like this tobacco a lot!
5 out of 5
One fine flake!
Another must try flake tobacco.In the tin they come in 3 little stacks,kinda looks like bacon.Unlike a lot of flakes this one doesn't need much drying time,lighting is easy.I get a sweet taste but still has a little kick to it.not an overpowering smoke which is nice.this is simply a well balance smoke.I am going to put this in my flake rotation.5 stars all the way!
5 out of 5
Great Smoke
One of my favorites! Smokes cool & dry ! no matter what pipe I choose, meers, briar or cob, regular, long or churchwarden stem. Even does well in couple pear woods I own! All unfiltereed pipes of course - want to taste the tobacco! Put right up there with MacB Bold KY & HH Old Dark Fired, Peterson's Irish Flake, SG 1792 & G&H Brown Twist! Only wish it were available in bulk so I could cellar a pound or two in gallon glass jars with a lid instead of just putting the tins in the gallon jars! Leonard/
5 out of 5
My new favorite!!
I had low expectations of this tobacco. I liked orlik golden sliced because it's a well behaved good tasting flake, so I thought I'd also try this one. My only concern now is that I only ordered one tin. Within 3 bowls i am now absolutely in love with this tobacco. I'm a strong and hard working man. I never cried when my sons were born or when my grandpa died but I will cry if I run out of this tobacco.
4 out of 5
A very good smoke
This one is great,very smooth and rich with a subtle sweetness. the one problem I had was I ordered during a cold snap and the flakes were all stuck together and to the paper in the tin. When they thawed the flakes all fell apart.So they rubbed themselves out lol. I will be ordering this one again.
5 out of 5
Rich flavor a complete treat
Light karo syrup (think Pecan Pie) and black licorice flavor. Awesome!
5 out of 5
Steve
Another one of my favorites, very enjoyable smoke
5 out of 5
An Absolute Favorite
Just so good.
5 out of 5
My favorite
I finally found my favorite tobacco
5 out of 5
Why did I wait so long?
Fantastic tobacco. Smooth, great tin and room note, and oh that wonderful taste. Just buy it now. I have a lot of years to make up with this now. Enjoy!!
3 out of 5
Overtopped
I'm a big fan of dark fired, not a fan of licorice/molasses. The topping is just too much for me. That being said, most of the added flavoring disappears about half way through the smoke. The second half is quite nice.
5 out of 5
Orlik
I just love this baccy. Smell good tastes good feels good. I highly recommend Orlik strong dark Kentucky or any other Orlik product.
5 out of 5
Doug M. Holladay, Ut
Exactly what it claims to be. Strong, smooth. & rich. Great end of the day smoke when you just want true tobacco flavor.
4 out of 5
Good Stuff
I received this as one of the pipe tobacco of the month tins and have been blown away by how good this tobacco truly is. To be honest, I would have never have purchased this blend as it isn't necessarily in my wheel house, which is why I think that the pipe tobacco of the month club is such a great investment, as it is truly a great way to find blends that may surprise you. Anyway, the tobacco presentation is awesome, and the tobacco itself looks like slices of beacon, which made it hard not to want to eat it. After rubbing the tobacco out, and filling one of my briars, I sat back to a relaxing rich smoke. The sweetness from the Virginias are definitely there and give a sweet hay like note with just a slightly sour tinge on the finish. The dark fired Kentucky shines through about mid-bowl and adds a bold earthy note to the mix. The smoke finished with the flavors melding together seamlessly and left the bottom of the pipe full of a fine white ash. I was pleasantly surprised by a tobacco that I never would have tried had it not been for the fine folks at Pipes and Cigars, and their Pipe Tobacco of the Month club.
5 out of 5
I'm buying more
I enjoyed it from the moment I opened the tin. DSK has a great tin note that translates well into the smoke and only gets better as it goes.
4 out of 5
Great old school blend.
This is my second tin of this angelic flake with yellow and brown skirts. This is a great blend and especially for the price. However, if you have never tried it and looking for a strong burley blend this is not it. The name is misleading as it’s neither strong nor dark. DSK can be described as a soft burley with a licorice topping. It’s almost like an aromatic Golden Slice. Take Golden Slice and ad a wit bit of burley and a licorice toping and you have Dark Strong Kentucky.
5 out of 5
So good
I bought this tin on a whim, just wanting to try a few non-aromatics. WINNER!!! I like a good stiff smoke, and this smoke definitely does the trick! Easy to light, easy to smoke, and I am always ready to load another pipe at the end of each bowl. My new go-to smoke!
5 out of 5
The reason we continue to
The reason we continue to order from here is because of the great service and rapid shipping.
5 out of 5
Strong Endorsement
Nice Smooth and yet bold Love the sweetness the continues to compliment the entire bowl. No bite (surprised as I smoked this brand new out of an unaged tin) The taste changes 2-3 times per bowl Tastes nice in a cob, but IMO nothing beats the briar with this blend
4 out of 5
Very good.
Not as strong as I would have hoped, but very good nonetheless.
5 out of 5
As Always with Pipes and Cigars
Every time I have ordered from Pipes and Cigars I have been well pleased both with the service and the product. I highly recommend them to anyone.
4 out of 5
Orlik Dark trong Kentucky
The Name confuses some Pipe smokers because they think they get a strong nicotine type of blend, but it isn't. The blend is medium to mild in nicotine strength with a Strong Kentucky(Earthy) taste. I think the blend taste at best in narrow wide chambers like a pot shaped bowl, it doesn't do well in chimneys. After 3-4 charring lights the tobacco burns well and may sometimes it requires a relight. If you doesn't fill your bowl to tight the flavor stays very well and by the last 3rd of the bowl it taste more of a Virginia. A little drying time is also recommended.
Customer Testimonials
I've been a pipe smoker for 50+ years and in all that time I've never tried any Orlik tobacco especially an English flake that is now made in Denmark. Look what has happened to Three Nuns, one of my past favorite tobaccos, nasty, but this Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky now made in Denmark is a fine tasting, unique flavor tobacco. I'm ordering more.
Great tobacco!!! incredible taste, if you're going to order a tin just go ahead and order all five. you will not be sorry!
Love this.The tin note upon opening is bliss.
Very nice, probably Orliks best blend IMO,good stuff...
I never had it before so I only bought 2 tins, there is/was a limit of 5. I wish I had gone with all 5, this stuff is good. I will be buying this again when its back in stock.
There have been many reviews stating the similarities to Peter Heinrich's Dark Strong Flake. Apparently, both flakes are produced by Orlik. I have a 200 gm tin of Heinrich's and after the arrival of DSK I compared the two. The visible appearance in every way is identical - size/thickness/texture of flake, color, the way the two different tobaccos (Va and Kentucky) are merged together producing a very nice striated pattern. The major difference to me is the tin note. Heinrich's has a strong presence of black licorice, and as I noted in my review of same, translates into the smoke. Orlik's lacks the licorice aroma. Instead, it is a brown sugar like tin note, which also translates into the smoke. I am sure the same identical leaf type is used with both variations, but it is with the casing (or top note) that separates them at first whiff. The smoking experience is slightly different as well. Heinrich's smokes a bit hotter with the licorice taste getting bitter toward the last third of the bowl and tastes a little artificial. It also has a tendency to leave the room note a bit cigarette like. All in all, still a good smoke. Orlik's DSK smokes sweeter from the get go, smokes less hot (although it can nip at the tongue if puffed too vigorously), and leaves a more pleasant room note.I prefer the Orlik's DSK over Heinrich's hands down and rate it at 5 stars.