Still too soon to tell. I enjoyed the smoke, lots of relights, got some nice sweet flavors, but it was a bit mild. I need to smoke a few more flakes and more of the SG FVF before I really make up my mind.
Maybe a tad more drying, when everything is right it is very flavorful.
Not nearly as complex or strong as a cigar, but a great straight virginia that with patience is very rewarding.
What I sent has 1 year of age on it and to me is starting to develop a nice richness.
Slow is the way to go. Relights are OK just don't fry it.
After I let the flake dry I fold it loosely and place it in the pipe, about a quarter of the way in i start wiggling the flake just a lil to just barely loosen the flake and promote good airflow for combustion.
It also helps make sure i leave room for a bit of expansion.
A lot of times I will prep a pipe of flake @
5 a.m. for smoking around 8-9 p.m.