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    Review - MacBaren Virginia Flake.

    I've had this tin for a while now but only recently smoked it. A very light Virginia that could be smoked everyday.
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    Good review, Duncan! I got a tin of this in error on one of my orders (I had ordered some Vanilla Cream Flake), but I wasn't disappointed since I enjoy their Virginia No. 1 - essentially the ready-rubbed version - anyway. It seems to have a little more depth than No. 1, but I'd expect that from a flake. It has its own personality among light Virginia flakes, and tastes a bit sweeter and just a bit sharper than something like Capstan or Dunhill Flake, but I like that about it.
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    That's a nice pipe Duncan.
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    Hello,

    I enjoyed the review, too, so thanks for taking the time. I don't tend to smoke straight Virginias through a filter because, to my taste, that takes too much of the flavour away. Some of my own mixes turn out a bit harsh and are made palatable by the filter.

    Your pipe in the review is an Oldenkott, if I heard you right. Those were made in Rees in the Lower Rhine region, not too far from where I live. The factory was closed in the 1980s, so your pipe must be some 30 years old at least. Oldenkotts have a good reputation among German pipe smokers, and when I learned my pipe smoking on German forums, advice for people new to the hobby was that Oldenkott is a solid brand to buy.

    I am quite sure that your pipe is drilled to take 9mm filters, as that's the standard size, and just a minority of pipes that I have seen, mostly Savinellis, take 6mm. All Oldenkott pipes I have seen take 9mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus1970 View Post
    Hello,

    I enjoyed the review, too, so thanks for taking the time. I don't tend to smoke straight Virginias through a filter because, to my taste, that takes too much of the flavour away. Some of my own mixes turn out a bit harsh and are made palatable by the filter.

    Your pipe in the review is an Oldenkott, if I heard you right. Those were made in Rees in the Lower Rhine region, not too far from where I live. The factory was closed in the 1980s, so your pipe must be some 30 years old at least. Oldenkotts have a good reputation among German pipe smokers, and when I learned my pipe smoking on German forums, advice for people new to the hobby was that Oldenkott is a solid brand to buy.

    I am quite sure that your pipe is drilled to take 9mm filters, as that's the standard size, and just a minority of pipes that I have seen, mostly Savinellis, take 6mm. All Oldenkott pipes I have seen take 9mm.

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    Wow really interesting. I had no idea about this pipe other than I liked it. Always god to know, I'll treasure it more now I know that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus1970 View Post
    Hello,

    I enjoyed the review, too, so thanks for taking the time. I don't tend to smoke straight Virginias through a filter because, to my taste, that takes too much of the flavour away. Some of my own mixes turn out a bit harsh and are made palatable by the filter.

    Your pipe in the review is an Oldenkott, if I heard you right. Those were made in Rees in the Lower Rhine region, not too far from where I live. The factory was closed in the 1980s, so your pipe must be some 30 years old at least. Oldenkotts have a good reputation among German pipe smokers, and when I learned my pipe smoking on German forums, advice for people new to the hobby was that Oldenkott is a solid brand to buy.

    I am quite sure that your pipe is drilled to take 9mm filters, as that's the standard size, and just a minority of pipes that I have seen, mostly Savinellis, take 6mm. All Oldenkott pipes I have seen take 9mm.

    Best wishes
    Markus
    The 6mm filters are more the standard here in the United States, and Savinelli does make a lot of them. They have a 9mm balsa filter size as well, though I mostly see those listed when I visit online retailers or ebay sellers based in Europe and Britain. I would guess that Dr. Grabow and Medico historically set that standard with their paper filter systems, and we Yanks just got used to it.

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