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Concerning Braken Flake

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puros_bran

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What is the flavoring?

I love this stuff but can't figure out why.
 

Slow Puffs

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Mike will likely give the best answer on this, but until he does...

I have a few tins but also had a bulk jar that is gone :( . Towards the end of the jar, I hadn't touched it for months and it was quite dry... but the aroma was striking when I opened the jar... cinnamon... I couldn't believe it... but it was wonderful smoke dry.

Now await for Mike to jump in to give you the answer to your question.
 

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Cinnamon, maybe. Chocolate, probably. Maybe some sort of chocolate liqueur. Something about it reminds me of a Far East food flavoring. A spice of some sort that I cannot place. I just had my nose in a tin and I cannot quite figure it out.
 

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just my 2 cents, pcca tudor castle arcade tastes like chocolate with a background of smoke. now I have to try bracken! it sounds good.
 

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When Bracken was being introduced, I assumed it was a burley based 1792 (tonquin oil). Nope. Never have figured out what it is.

Buddy
 

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Sorry to disappoint but I never did fathom the topping. I believe however that it was complex, comprising at least 3 agents, maybe more. Over the years, as related to me by smokingpipes.com, Bracken Flake has had various incarnations. I know of three but it is difficult to say which reigned just when.

I just traded for 2 tins that were supposed to be from 3/07 but I think were mislabeled as the contents, although a good, smoky, medium-bodied smoke, were what I understand to be current production.

My chronology would be:

2-back '02, '03-6/07
1-back 6/07 - fall '08
current - fall '08 - ?

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OK, so as not to disappoint, I've had my nose in a jar of what little I have left of the 2-back version, and I would say it has light tonquin, light floral, chocolate topping. Other than the tonquin, the rest is all a shot in the dark.

Oh, and while on the topic, if anyone has any of the two-back version that they could part with, you would find me eager to trade.
 
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