Two Dark Strongs

Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky and Peter Henrich's Dark Strong

Recently I purchased two new tobaccos, Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky and Peter Heinrich’s Dark Strong. I’ve heard many say that they are the same tobacco, almost identical but I disagree. They are similar but have different tin notes and subtle flavor differences. Upon opening the Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky it has a tin note of raisins and Virginias where as the PH Dark Strong has hints of licorice, raisins and Virginias.

Both are a very satisfying smoke. The differences I noticed while smoking is that the Orlik Dark Strong is a bit spicier and stronger where as the PH Dark Strong has more pronounced sweet Virginias that come through. The base flavor on both are very similar but it’s the subtleties that really separate them.

I purchased two tins of Orlik Dark Strong and was given a sample of PH Dark Strong. I’ve since purchased two 200g tins of PH Dark Strong with one set aside for cellaring.

Descriptions from

Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky
The Orlik Dark Kentucky is a contrasting blend of Mature Virginia tobaccos, supplemented with dark- fired Kentucky tobacco, which is then pressed and cut into flakes. Full-bodied non-aromatic.

Peter Heinrich’s Dark Strong
Aged cakes of red Virginia and fire-cured dark Kentucky tobaccos give this full-bodied, flavorful flake an unusually rich and naturally spicy taste.