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Peterson Irish Flake


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Peterson Irish Flake is a robust blend of sweet Virginias, hearty Burleys, and bold dark-fired leaf in equal portions which are then matured, pressed and sliced. The flavor is natural and unobtrusive, but this is a tobacco best enjoyed by experienced pipe smokers. When you want a bold tobacco that's also free of overpowering flavor, Irish Flake is perfect.

Overall Rating 4.6 out of 5 Based on 25 Ratings

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5 out of 5
Top five!
Top five!
5 out of 5
Irish Flake
Started with aros,and moved into the non- aro category recently. Love this stuff. The flavor changes with however you prepare it. Just ribbons - one flavor profile. Rub it into manageable pieces- another.
5 out of 5
It is NOW my favorite smoke
Dark,bold enchanting smoke. And, the price is right.
4 out of 5
Good strong tobacco
New to pipe smoking and wanted something strong- this is great
4 out of 5
Strong, honest tobacco at a fair price
Strong, honest tobacco. By strong I mean high nicotine content. By honest I mean it tastes like tobacco with minimal, but extant flavoring. It probably won't make anybody's non smoking mates happy because it smells of, you guessed it, tobacco. It will however, make YOU quite happy. Smoke it slow, smoke it long, smoke it often. Took away one star because now, despite the picture that accompanies this product, the tobacco comes shipped in a circular tin. The flakes are now a mess and hard to separate. The old rectangular tin was far superior. Still, it's a good tasting, strong tobacco and a fine value at the current price.
5 out of 5
Great!
This is the smoothest, richest and coolest pipe tobacco I've found, and I've tried a lot of them. All pipe tobacco is hot to a degree, but this one is cooler than any other for me.
5 out of 5
Potent stuff
An excellent flake tobacco. Strong and pungent - they're serious when they say this is for the experienced. The tin aroma is powerful and dark, with smoke, raisins and a sour note. That carries through to the smoke, which has a full body and a strong flavor. One flake, dried 10-15 minutes and folded and stuffed, easily lasts an hour.
5 out of 5
Well constructed
Taste the same from top to bottom, great at the end of the day!
5 out of 5
This is the stuff
Hearty, Earthy, Delicious. It burns well rubbed out or folded. Certainly one of my top 5 (today).
5 out of 5
Good stuff!
Good stuff!
5 out of 5
Great Pipe Tobacco
I was pursuing tobaccos at a local outlet when I first came upon this gem. Unlike most pipe tobaccos, there's very little bite and the flavor is full and rich. I like the "flake" consistency as well, also unlike most tobaccos, it's in sheet form rather than all cut up. Though a minor consideration, this actually makes it easier to load the pipe. I've found one other tobacco that come close. But this is the best I've had so far. From their package - "For the experienced pipe smoker." Truth in advertising if you ask me.
5 out of 5
the Best
My go to flake.just a clean fresh taste from first light to the end.
5 out of 5
Nice smoke.
Great flavor and easy to fold/prepare.
3 out of 5
noob town
first pipe tobacco ever and didnt think it was anything to be afraid of. never smoked cigarrettes either, only an occasional cigar so I was no nicotine heavyweight. I dont really care for the tin note. its sort of a sour, fermented, compost-ish type smell. I think leaf litter is the common phrase. the aroma and taste while being smoked however is very pleasing. herbal tea, and dark sweet fruit are what i get from it. seems pretty straight forward but I could be missing nuances from my noob palate.
5 out of 5
You Deserve a Good Smoke
This a great smoke hands down. Just peel a few strip and crumble slightly. I used a Grabow Lark and puffed lightly. I enjoyed thoroughly with a cup strong Earl Grey tea. You won't be disappointed.
5 out of 5
The Real Deal
This is the real deal for those who prefer a natural tobacco taste with subtle flavor enhancements. It burns well, produces a consistent smoke and has a pleasant aftertaste. However, I would not categorize this as a mild-medium smoke but rather a full bodied tobacco with a good kick after smoking a bowl. This will definitely be on my limited rotation along with Solani Burley Flake and MacBaren Burley/Norwood. A nice ride!
1 out of 5
A perfect nighttime smoke!
Amazing stuff! It took me several bowls till I discovered its secrets, but when I did it was well worth the effort. When smoked correctly, it delivers a rich flavor with hints of tea. When smoked too quickly, it is overpowering and tastes like burnt toast. It will give a nic kick if you don't want that, stay away.
5 out of 5
Simply great burley
I will shy away from the typical cliché tin/taste descriptors of burley and burley based blends here, and instead focus upon smoking characteristics and general personal impressions. This is my favorite Peterson offering, thus far. These are quality burley tobaccos with an abundance of flavor when smoked correctly. Furthermore, much to my suprise, IF is wife-approved on indoor room note! Always a plus, though many of my blends I enjoy outdoors just as happily. Tobacco flavor is mostly pure without noticeable topping, at least to my senses. I liken it to GL Pease Jackknife with extra burley oomph. Flakes will burn directly from the tin, but I am most successful in drying a flake for 20-30 minutes, cutting into 1 inch squares, and rubbing out to a rough ribbon cut. A light pack, gentle tamp, fill to the brim again and let the show begin. Very pleasant, slow and cool burn with no tongue bite at all. No harshness to the sinuses when snorked either. Taking my time to savor the wallop of flavor, one flake typically lasts nearly an hour. I said I will shy from taste descriptors, but I must make mention of the extraordinary dark tea note I find here. It is delicious and something uniquely found in this flake, a flavor nuance I actually crave quite often. The tobacco burns evenly to soft white and gray ash with no problems staying lit. I do not have a high tolerance to nicotine, but I do not find IF as frighteningly strong as many other reviewers have claimed. In fact, I believe the manufactures assertion "for the experienced smoker" is less cautionary of strength, and more suggestive that experience aids in comprehension of the wealth of flavors present. Smoked in the wrong pipe, with poor preparation or smoking method may entirely mask flavors and seem dull and monochromatic. Give it your full attention and you may well be astounded.
5 out of 5
Excellent
Very good products and services
5 out of 5
A Tobacco for When you Almost Want to be Overpowered
One of my all time favorite's. I don't know why they say it's a milder blend because it isn't. Peterson Irish Flake is what I pull out when I want something with some power behind it. The smell is strong and spicy and each strip of tobacco is almost sticky. Fold the flake in half long ways and rub it between your hands vigorously and it will crumble into nice ribbons for easy packing. Smoke it nice and slow and a little at a time because a little is all you will need.
5 out of 5
Good Experience
Peterson Irish Flake has been enjoyable and well burning. Pipes and Cigars is a pleasure with which to do business.
3 out of 5
Its good
I was disappointed with Irish Flake...The tin note is amazing though!
5 out of 5
Great blend!
Has a very good sweet smokey flavor. Always hits the spot in the morning with some coffee.
5 out of 5
underrated by far
Really a go to tobacco when you need the vitamin N with great taste. The mild tomedium rating is totally inaccurate this stuff is a very pleasant 5 in the strength department
5 out of 5
Pure Tobacco Goodness
Irish Flake has always been my favorite pipe tobacco ever since its release. Pure tobacco flavor that always satisfies.
Customer Testimonials
When all else fails to satisfy, Peterson's Irish Flake shines through! 4+ stars! It's everything it's claimed to be and more!
Really great smoke but I guess I'm not as strong as I thought I was, made it about halfway trough the bowl enjoying the sweet smokey tobacco when the nicotine hit, definitely not an every day smoke though I may try blending with some English blends to see how that goes.
I used to find this to be very strong and robust, but a bit one dimensional. Once you smoke this constantly/get a high tolerance for vitamin N, you start to notice a bit more than just a sledgehammer effect. Hickory smoke, a sweet note (but not candy sweet, think a seasoned, glazed and smoked slab of meat sweet), an unidentified floral note, and some coffee made on a campfire with a percolator. I always make sure I have a tin of this stuff in reserve.
A good Tobacco, first found it at the local Tobacconist, didnt know what to expect, but it sounded good, when I got home, I opened the Tin, the smell was very delicious, I immediately put some in a brier and lit up to a good movie, about halfway through got a very pleasant nicotine buzz, that was a year ago this month, I had smoked probably 4 Tins over the summer of Irish Flake, just ordered more, for me its an all day smoke, but it is strong in nicotine, but I do recommend this!
This is my everyday favorite.
This is by far the best pipe tobacco I have ever tried, this is what it's all about in my opinion, full rich and smooth, burns slow and even. If anyone knows of a tobacco that competes with this, please let me know.
5* Just as satisfying as the REAL St James Parish perique, which unfortunately is no more. Ample dose of vitamin N.
A full slightly sweet robust flavor. Definitely not an everyday smoke. Pairs best with strong coffee. Also good with Irish whisky, bourbon or single malt with a single ice cube in the glass. Slow burning and can't be rushed. Smoke this one while relaxing on patio on Sunday afternoon.
Irish Flake is beautiful. Truly beautiful.
Not only is this stuff quite tasty and stout, but it burns exceptionaly well and the concistancy of the flakes make it easy to fold and stuff. This is my new favorotte smoke,especially after a long rough day at work.
I guess I'm more of a Latakia fan. I'd say this is the Laphroaig (for you Scotch drinkers) of tobaccos. It's very heavy and dense with a nicotine kick. Just as with Laphroaig, it's good for those occasions when one is looking for a heavy, smokey event but definitely not an everyday tobacco. I'll keep it in my humidor for just such an occasion but it won't be my go to blend.
Love it, robust, smooth, clean and relaxing; a wonderful way to enjoy some alone time.
Quite A strong mixture, reminiscent of smoking a campfire haha. 4 out of 5 stars for me.
After reading the comments, I was expecting a strong, bold flavor, but wow this tobacco is intense. It does have a beautiful flavor, though. I am very pleased with this purchase. Don't enjoy on an empty stomach or without a beverage!
I purchased this today and had a positive experience. I am very new to pipe smoking and am giving up cigarette smoking after a 5 year addiction. Being new to the hobby of pipe smoking, I am not sure I am able to fully identify the characteristics of this tobacco. I have enjoyed some fine cigars in the past and this tobacco tasted and felt like that to me. It is robust to say the least. It was satisfying to me.
Without proper precaution, the nicotine content of this particular tinned tobacco can be a bit overwhelming. Best enjoyed after dinner with a adult beverage of your choosing. Smoking this flake mid day without anything to eat, not as enjoyable. That being said, it has a delightful smoky, raisin, and earthy taste with just enough sweetness to keep you interested. It burns very well, leaving an oily grey ash and quite a bit of hard dottle.
I like it very much so but need to be a little more selective about when I use it. At least with me it is an outside smoke due to its strength, but I did find it relaxing if not enough to put me asleep for the next few hours.
I'm a relatively new pipe smoker, but this is my favorite tobacco so far. Being a long time cigarette smoker, I don't really get the nicotine rush everyone talks about. Great pure tobacco flavor!
A baseball bat lacks complexity, but it's an effective tool nonetheless. Similarly, while PIF lacks nuance, it's both bold and smooth, with a thick, molasses draw and billowy burley finish. It paired very nicely with a young Beaujolais Villages. Not a daily smoker if you enjoy subtlety. But a well-mannered brute that cuts through other strong Flavors and makes for an enjoyable, if not occasional, experience.
Irish Flake is a full , rich/sweet strong as a bull blend not really intended for consumption on an empty stomach but if ya do, then yer gonna snooze after ya eat a little something. Fantastic flakes in the tin and a nice tobacco aroma. I haven't had any issues aboout the room note form my dear wife either. I find that drying the flakes out a bit seems to open the bouquet of tastes best for me. iIt's kinda like drying out a straight bright VA just short of crispy. I seriously recommend this to veteran smokers and youngbucks with gulliunes! I personally don't think this one's good for a fold and stuff as the flakes are in my opinion just too moist and a bunch of relights would cause your mouth to not be able to appreciate this blend as well.
I really wanted to like this. the first part of the bowl was a pleasant tangy yet strong tobacco taste. The Virginias came across as the entirety of the taste, with the burleys just contributing to the smokiness. But, before I even got to the half-way point my taste buds were overloaded and I stopped tasting it, making it bland and boring to finish the bowl. I didn't notice any overload on nicotine. However, I could tell it was there.