Review by The German
Strong, but accommodating
After having been cautioned by a few of Gawith, Hoggarth & Co's "brown" twists, I took my time acquiring a tin of this.
Should not have waited; the Brown No. 4 (the "No. 4," the way I understand it, denominating the diametre of the rope), is not nearly as radical as GH&C's offerings.
In the tin, I get the expected length of rope, smelling spicy with a good note of cigar. Good cigar, mind. The rope as such is far wetter than any cigar, but since this is expected to be cut into slices and smoked in a pipe, or to be cut into bits and then chewed, I have no problem with that.
From my experience with Sam Gawith's Black XX, I originally cut extremely thin slices; that turned out to be unnecessary. Medium-width slices work quite well, as this 'baccy needs to be rubbed out anyway. The result being a long-stranded ribbon being as wide as you choose to cut the slices. While I prefer to let the cut-and-rubbed bits to dry out for about half an hour, that is not necessary to get a good light: even fresh from the tin, this blend will go and deliver.
The taste is rather dry, with a good sweetness on the palate (sweeter than any cigar). The room note I shall not comment on, though.
This is not what an aromatics smoker wants. Nor what an English-blend smoker is used to. It is rather unique. This blend is quite strong in nicotine--though not in any way overwhelming--, and in my estimation needs some experience to properly prepare, smoke and, more importantly, enjoy.. But with a little patience, the smoke is sublime; not heavy at all, nor even as strong as many in a certain forum have said. Not an everyday smoke for me; I tend to sit back and have a bowl of this with a good Gin-and-Tonic a couple of times a week; this blend is in my regular rotation. Which is about as much praise as I can hand out these days.