Another slight variation on Old Gowrie, this classic blend is a little sweeter from the choice of Virginia being used. When first opened you are greeted with a sweet hay aroma, with a slight fig note coming through and an almost earthy/fruity twang from the Black Cavendish. Out of the three (Old Gowire & Hal O'The Wynd) this is the sweetest and has only a subtle inclination of the Perique. As with all of the Rattrays tobaccos, Marlin Flake is made from premium, high grade Virginia's and produced as a broken flake. Ages extremely in glass jars.Composition
Blend - Virignia, Perique & Black Cavendish
Casings - None
Cut - Broken Flake
Origin - Germany
Packaging - Tin
Strength - 3/5
Added Flavours - 0/5
Taste - 3/5
Overall - 3/4
Posted by Alan on 29th Feb 2016
I never in all my days thought that I would find a tabacco I could not smoke, but this one is it, no matter how hard I tryed it just got worse, 50 gram later I had to stop the rest was binned, the taste alone got me just not to my taste,it smelled and looked good in the tin but trying to smoke it was something else this one is not for me that is for sure.
Posted by 1060 on 9th Feb 2015
This is my absolute favourite tabacco, as a relatively new pipe smoker (last 2 years) I have tried many tobaccos aromatics, English blends, plugs and twists and this is without doubt my favourite. A rich liquorice and almost honey like flavour a perfect balance.
Posted by Scott on 21st Nov 2013
This flake is absolutely gorgeous. In the tin (100g) it's a massive foot long folded wad of sweet fermenty goodness. The interplay with the virginia, cavendish and perique gives this flake a sour-sweet smell of compote. It reminds me of fruit chews. This is quality leaf used. The flake is rather thick cut and rubs out well. It is worth it to rub the flake out into a wide bowl for a malty taste, or if you leave it more intact in a small bowl, you get this lovely sweet and sour tang that is remarkable. The mouthfeel of the smoke is creamy and full, but be aware, it has a powerful aroma, and may be better suited to an outdoor session. I mention only because the madame commented on the potent reek the came in with me. An hour after the smoke it left a rich moustache note of roasted grains and malt. This tobacco pairs very well with an astringent tea or an IPA. The bitter tastes from the hops or green teas contrast well with the sweeter maltiness of the Marlin Flake.
It may be a bit more money, but its worth it for the treat. This is an old time blend.