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Flavor  rated 5/5   Recommend It?  rated 5/5   Tin Aroma  rated 4/5  
DESCRIPTION
Brand: Samuel Gawith
Blender: Samuel Gawith
Tin Description: Full strength, mellow tobacco comprising a blend of dark-fired Tanzanian leaf. Made in England.
Country of Origin: UK
Curing Group: Fire Cured
Contents: Virginia, Oriental
Flavoring: Tonquin Bean
Cut: Flake
Packaging: 50g Tin
Blend Notes: This is a full strength, mellow tobacco comprising a blend of dark fired Tanzanian leaf. It is Gawiths best-selling premium grade flake. It starts as 7 lbs. of hand stripped leaf and goes through a steaming process prior to being pressed. The cake, having been prepared, is wrapped in a select leaf and packed by hand into a 12 inch square. This cake is pressed and left for a minimum of two hours. Then, the pressed cake is placed into a steam press where it is baked at full heat for two to three hours. The baked cake has then taken on 1792s characteristic rich, dark color. Its hardening occurs during cooling. Once the process of cutting the flake and adding a tonquin flavor is carried out, hand wrapping and packing finalizes 1792, making it ready for rubbing into your pipe. Also sold as Cob Flake in Europe.

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# 21/11/2011 User rated 5/5
Review by teone

Outstanding "Good Ol'" Flake

Finally I find myself reviewing one of my favorites together with adding my first review on this site.

I do know Tonquin Bean lines us up, divided in two rows...well I am a straight 1792 lover, I can't and won't help cellaring more more and more of this. I smoked it pure, dry or wet, rubbed or not, finding some difficulties here and there but this one is a taste bomb. Excellent and creamy tobacco under the strong flavour that literally wraps around you.

I don't even find it overwhelming in the nicotine department but I must confess I never had more than one flake at a time. Strong, for sure but not too strong.

I go crazy for this meaty, earthy smoke. I even had some experiments, mixing it (accidentally) with Mac Baren's Vanilla Cream and Robert McConnell Scottish Flake...it always satisfies me and it often rewards me with some unexpected floreal freshness.

Sweet and Very Recommended.

update - I totally went insane for this blend. I live in Italy where this blend is sold at bloody high price so I exploited my lady to come with me in Switzerland ( where it is sold for a reasonable price) and buy 10 tins, already cellared. I fear for my mental health :)


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# 23/1/2012 User rated 4/5
Review by The German

A somewhat polarising blend

This is a full-strength offering, complete with a lot of applied casing; in this case, Tonquin bean, a product heavily used in the perfume and soap industries. Whether an aroma used for soaps and shampoos is appropriate for a strong pipe tobacco, I shall not judge beyond the simple statement that I do not feel too offended.


I like tobacco with lots of Nicotine. This blend offers that for me off the shelf, in an environment where most pipe tobaccos available are rather cheap, weak aromatics.

As usual with Sam Gawith's flakes, the cut is a bit wide (changed from only a short time ago when it was more hit-and-miss), takes a bit of an effort to properly rub out, and is rather wet out of the tin. If one can get over that (and I think I can), this is a beautiful if strong offering. I have had stronger, but in my home country, this is in the top 5 %.

With proper preparation (i.e., rubbing out thoroughly and letting dry for a bit), this is a wonderful evening smoke for me. Once more: this stuff is rather strong for most continental European smokers. I like it that way. Most of the audience where I am does not like the room note; I shall keep it mostly for myself as a late-evening blend. And still wish for something stronger. Sorry about that; I have had a few of Gawith, Hoggarth & Co's "black" ropes.

So, rating? Four stars. I like to drink a good Orkney or Islay Single Malt to go along.

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