Dark Star is, hands-down, one of the sweetest and most complex Virginia flakes available. It all begins with lemon-yellow Virginias and Carolinas, specially selected for their high sugar content. The tobacco undergoes a triple aging process after which it's pressed to help develop the flavors. Finally, it's heated gently until it's black, and then sliced. There are high sweet notes, a caramel-like mid-range and an almost molasses tasting bass all going on at the same time.