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Flavor  rated 3/5   Recommend It?  rated 3/5   Room Note  rated 2/5   Tin Aroma  rated 3/5  
Brand: Samuel Gawith
Blender: Samuel Gawith
Tin Description: Storm-tossed seas, a howling wind, a ship with full sail beating into the wind and Jolly Jack Tar at the helm with his trusty pipe. Images which are conjured up whilst smoking Samuel Gawiths Navy Flake. A traditional offering of Virginias, pressed with just the right amount of Latakia and flavoured with Rum. Medium strength.
Country of Origin: UK
Curing Group: Air Cured
Contents: Virginia, Latakia
Flavoring: Rum
Cut: Flake
Packaging: 50g Tin

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# 15/12/2011 User rated 0/5
Review by withnail

A Dark and Pleasing Flake

On opening a fresh new tin of this blend, you immediately get the familiar scent of the Latakia, but subtly different to other Latakia blends I have tried.  The addition of the Rum flavouring softens the Latakia and adds a pleasing "damp" smell that reminds me of old wooden buildings at the sea side.  The flakes are a very dark brown with just a few flecks of lighter, more golden tobacco.  The flakes also seem to be of a rougher cut and less uniform than other flake cuts I have smoked.

Personally, I prefer to rub out the flakes rather than use the roll and stuff method.  This blend needs more gentle handling than most other flakes as it can be over rubbed leaving you with very small pieces rather than nice ribbons of tobacco.  As long as you don't over work the flakes it is easy to get a perfect consistency for filling your bowl.

Navy Flake lights easily and I have had no trouble keeping a bowl lit once it is going.  As with the tin note, the Latakia is there but does not dominate the taste.  Being such a dark tobacco, it does benefit from a slow smoke which will stop it getting too hot.  The flavours mix together giving a deep dark taste that reminds me of high Cocoa content dark chocolate with a slightly nutty under note.  If some blends can be described as "soapy" this is the polar opposite.  It has a very clean and crisp taste that leaves your mouth with the feeling like you just had a good cup of black coffee.  The rum flavouring is there, but again you have to stop and try and notice it as the overall blend mixes into one very pleasant smoke.  I have tried Navy Flake in the pipe I have that is most prone to "gurgle", but this blend seems to smoke nice and dry.

It feels like there is a good amount of nicotine even though this is an air cured Virginia based blend.  This might be because of the dark intense smoke that I usually associate with higher nicotine blends.

I would recommend trying this Navy Flake, which tastes almost exactly as I had expected a blend with such a name to taste.  It also shows how versatile Virginia tobacco can be when blended in different ways - Highly Recommended.

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Flavor -  rated 0/5
Recommend It? -  rated 0/5
Room Note -  rated 0/5
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# 14/2/2012 User rated 5/5
Review by The German

That's a NAVY flake!

After having had quite a few other tobaccos named Navy Flakes, and at the time not accustomed to Sam Gawith's take on all things sliced, I bought my first tin of this on a whim.

Opening the tin, I was initially shocked -- a Lat-dominated Navy flake? Then I took a deeper sniff and found that while SGNF is a bit of a Lat bomb, it also has copious amounts of very sweet VA and a topping of rather good rum, as opposed to many other rum-flavoured blends I have had before.

As usual with SG, the leaf is rather wet out of the tin, and my first few tins had the famous irregular slices; my more recent tins had regularly-, if thickly-cut slices, so I guess SG finally fixed their slicing machine (there had been a bit of a discussion about this in various forums, with input from SG themselves explaining that, at the time, they could not get a replacement for the broken cogwheel that controls the thickness of the slices...).

That aside, I find that rubbing out the slices and letting them dry for a bit before stuffing a pipe is a good idea. The rubbed-out leaf lights up readily, and immediately goes into deep VA/Lat country, the rum adding some sweetness without being obtrusive. The room note is very smoky and may not be to everybody's liking, but I have experienced a militant non-smoker actually accepting it -- go figure.

The smoke is cool, sweet, full, toasty, smoky, with a good amount of Vitamin N in it. All of the SG offerings are heinously expensive where I live, but I still find this blend to be worth the expense and would not want to go without it for more than a month or two.

Highly recommended for its full, no-excuses Latakianess (if there has not been such a word before, now there is), full, sweet taste and great burning qualities (once dried for a bit). Love it!

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Flavor -  rated 5/5
Recommend It? -  rated 5/5
Room Note -  rated 3/5
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