The gold Virginia is citrusy with a little grassiness. The dark Virginia is very earthy, slightly bready, smoky, and woody with some dark fruit sweetness as well as a minor stewed fruitiness, and an entrancing spice hit. I tend to notice the dark Va. more than the gold. The vanilla topping is very mild, mostly underscoring the blend with a creamy sweet texture. The fruit topping, which offers some citrus, and perhaps a touch of apricot is mild, but has a nice richness that doesnít drown out the tobaccos. The nic-hit is a shade below medium. The strength is close to medium and the rich taste is almost medium. The flakes are not overly wet, and I saw no need to dry them. They break apart very easily to suit your preference. Burns slow, cool, and clean with a consistent flavor as the toppings do not lose strength. Itís fairly smooth with some creaminess, and a very slight rough edge from the dark Virginia that well compliments the quality of the experience. No dull or harsh spots to be found, even if youíre a fast puffer. It requires some relights, but fewer than I normally expect from a flake with a little moisture. Burns to ash with little problem, and leaves just a little dampness in the bowl. Has a nice after taste and a very pleasant room note. Can easily be an all day smoke for both experienced and novice smokers.