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Flavor  rated 5/5   Recommend It?  rated 5/5   Tin Aroma  rated 3/5  
Brand: Samuel Gawith
Tin Description: Twisted forms of aged dark brown leaf. Enormous flavor aroma and strength tamed with slow puffing.
Country of Origin: England
Curing Group: Air Cured
Cut: Rope
Packaging: 50g tin or Bulk

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# 21/11/2011 User rated 4/5
Review by teone

Strong & Tasty

Folks, this one is simply unique. It is strong, beefy, earthy and greets you with a bunch of smoke you feel as if you are down a steam refinery in the early 1900. After all this ain't no joke, really strong but tolerable if you care to puff slowly...but it isn't that easy especially if you don't leave it to dry a little.

Great stuff, indeed, good to be puffed alone and exceptional if you mean to use it to harden another mixture. I add it even with some of the few aromatics I like and it works well, because its earthy full taste doesn't battle with any other flavour. Some floreal scents are present too, as the bowl goes down.

Plus I love the smell and let me say I don't care about room note. This is simply the Nicotine bomb you'd expect to smoke in a Tim Burton's typical gloomy village...
Highly recommended.

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Tin Aroma -  rated 3/5
Flavor -  rated 5/5
Recommend It? -  rated 5/5
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# 3/2/2014 User rated 4/5
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.

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Flavor -  rated 5/5
Tin Aroma -  rated 3/5
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