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Gawith Hoggarth Flavored Virginia Flakes


Gawith Hoggarth Tobaccos

Tobaccos here: Bob's Fl. Bosun C.P. Coniston C.P. Ennerdale Fl.
  Glengarry Fl. #7 Broken Coniston Aroma.  

Please note the following before you dig in: Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. LTD has been in existence for well over 100 years and is currently run by a third generation of Gawith. In the 19th Century and early 20th century their main products were nasal snuff and chewing tobacco, both for the northern coal mines, but as sales of these products declined the company built up its pipe tobacco business.

Currently, the name Gawith Hoggarth is well known to be the manufacturer and supplier of a wide range of quality pipe tobaccos, ranging from the traditional, all the way to tobaccos that integrate modern blending and manufacturing concepts.

 
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Name: Bob's Flake Choc
Form: 6-Inch Flake
Strength: 4-5
Photo: Available
GH Comment: The main characteristics of this flake come from the 8% Latakia included in the blend and the smooth chocolate aroma. Brazilian, Zimbabwe, Malawi virginia leaf make up 82% of the blend providing a mild/Medium smoke cooled with the addition of 8% Malawi sun cured and 2% Malawi Burley. The latakia cools but does also add strength and aroma. The cocoa casings and chocolate top flavours are rounded off with vanillas and other flavours providing sweet notes.
My Comment: The idea behind this blend is quite interesting though not unique. It's one of few blends I know that can be enjoyed by people who smoke only Latakia blends, straight Virginias or flavored tobaccos. The pouch aroma does give a hint of the chocolate flavor, though not overwhelming. To me the Latakia used seems to be Syrian, which means that the taste it imparts to the blend is rather delicate and discrete. I find it a bit bland overall, and it smokes rather wet. The nicotine level is definitely low. It gives a very pleasant room aroma that is discretely sweet and a bit incense-like. I understand this is a very popular GH flake, and it's worth a try.

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Name: Bosun Cut Plug
Form: Flake
Strength: 6-7
Photo: Available
GH Comment: With only slightly over 50% (54%) flue-cured virginias from Brazil, Zimbabwe and Malawi and 31% dark fired leaf this is a fairly strong smoke. The addition of some sweeter sun cured leaf from Malawi and the rich cigar type notes from the dark air cured Indian grade help to sound off the blend.The special Virginia casings complement the top notes derived from the addition of sharper flavours including oil of cloves and rose geranium.
My Comment: The pouch aroma is definitely that of a flavored tobacco. For some reason, I smelled a banana essence, which disappeared from the pouch gradually and was not detected during the smoke (thank God). This is definitely one of GH's most known and popular flakes. The taste is indeed oily, sweet, sour and a slightly bitter. It very much reminds me of Ogden's (now Imperial) Bulwark 6" flake. It's not a tobacco you get to appreciate from the first bowlful. The natural oils used do in fact enhance the subtle taste of the rare tobaccos used! It's definitely worth a try. You might love it!

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Name: Coniston Cut Plug
Form: Flake
Strength: 8
Photo: Available
GH Comment: This tobacco is a blend containing 75% dark fired leaf 12.5% Malawi Burley and 12.5% Virginia. Your would therefore rightly expect a very strong smoke and one perhaps dominated by the pungent burnt smokey flavour so characteristics of leaf cured by open fire and smoke.
We do apply a very discreet top flavour. The flavour used... I would describe as 'nutty'. The other flavours are the typical English 'floral' / 'soapy' ones but the dosage rates for all are minimal - just sufficient to round off the blend and import a 'hint of flavour'.
My Comment: This is a truly traditional English flake. The pouch smell is that of a fermented tobacco and gives a hint of vinegar! The blend is predominantly dark. It's definitely full-bodied and yet, not overwhelmingly so. You get a distinct taste of pure, unadulterated high quality tobacco leaf that is spicy to the right degree. It vaguely reminds me of a St. Bruno flake stored away for years, though this one has more depth, and strength, to it. The taste is quite consistent throughout the smoke, though it may tend to become a bit bitter towards the end. Amazingly the room aroma it creates is very pleasant. This is a true treat for the veterans of this type of tobaccos.

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Name: Ennerdale Flake
Form: 6-Inch Flake
Strength: 6
Photo: Available
GH Comment: Our best selling flake by a wide margin. Predominately virginia leaf from Brazil, Zimbabwe and Malawi (86%) but with the addition of sun cured Malawi (10%) to add sweetness, strength and to cool the smoke and Malawi Burley (4%) to "carry the flavour" in addition to its cooling and strength qualities. (Burley is very good at absorbing casings and flavours) A background flavour of Almond is enhanced with the addition of fruit flavours, vanilla, and the special 'English type' flavours which give this tobacco its distinctive, yet typical 'English' Aroma associated with the UK best selling brands such as Condor, St Bruno and mellow virginia.
My Comment: The pouch aroma is definitely that of almond; however, I repeatedly get this very evident smell of pistachios, which is not at all unpleasant! The first few puffs bring along a nice wave of sweetness mixed with a touch of sourness, which is quite interesting. It burns so slowly compared with other similar GH flakes. The taste and aroma are consistently pleasant, and the blend of quality tobaccos and natural flavors is executed extremely well. What I noted is that the nicotine level is rather low, which makes it an excellent all-day smoke.

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Name: Glengarry Flake
Form: 6-Inch Flake
Strength: 5
Photo: Available
GH Comment: A simular blend of pure virginia leaf as Bright CR Flake, but with the addition of some special virginia casings to enhance the natural sweetness of the leaf, finished off with a light top flavour of Honey Dew and other sweet flavourings which all combine after pressing to provide a mild sweet gently aromatic smoke.
My Comment: GH's description is perfect. Glengarry is truly a "sweet gently aromatic" tobacco. If you smoke it without reading the manufacturer's honest description, you would never think it is flavored. It's a very tasty tobacco that I enjoy any time of the day. It's definitely more medium strength than mild. Apart from the honey flavor, the leaf used is evidently sweet. I very highly recommend this as an all-day smoke of high quality Virginia.

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Name: No. 7 Broken Flake
Form: Broken Flake
Strength: 5
Photo: Available
GH Comment: This is virtually a blend reversal of Coniston Cut PLug with 75% Flue-cured Virginia. 16 % dark fired 9% Burley. The blend therefore has far milder characteristics; and is rounded off with the addition of typical English flavours, and a touch of vanilla.
My Comment: This has been a revelation to me. I smoked my first bowlful, and the next day, and about 6 bowlfuls later, I realized I had not been smoking anything else, which is quite unusual. It quickly became a favorite of mine, and it now competes with Glengarry; the most notable advantage it has over Glengarry is that its room aroma is a whole lot more pleasant. Don't let the vanilla turn you off; the smell of the tobacco reveals no vanilla, and when you smoke it, you get a VERY suble vanilla taste that complements the taste of the ingredient tobaccos to perfection. It's definitely an all-day smoke, and it will be this one I grab when I intend to smoke in the company of non-smokers and in public places (when it is possible). I highly recommend it to those who smoke flavored tobaccos, as well as those who prefer natural ones. I expect it will be greatly enjoyed by all.

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Name: Coniston C.P. Aromatic
Form: Flake
Strength: 8
Photo: Available
GH Comment: This tobacco is a blend containing 75% dark fired leaf 12.5% Malawi Burley and 12.5% Virginia. Your would therefore rightly expect a very strong smoke and one perhaps dominated by the pungent burnt smokey flavour so characteristics of leaf cured by open fire and smoke. However, a comparison of this tobacco to the sliced brown u/s reveals the marked differences made by the blending of other tobacco grades, the cooling process and the addition of suitable casings and top flavours. (sliced Brown u/s is 100% dark fired leaf which is only cold pressed before cutting, but not cooked) The casings chosen for this blend provide 'deeper' more 'rounded' smoother notes, in contrast to the 'sharper' Bosun Cut Plug; whilst the top flavour has the 'typical English' aroma. This tobacco is one of our best selling brands.
My Comment: As you can see, this is identical to the Coniston Cut Plug, but with a very subtle top flavor that renders its room aroma a bit more pleasant. As is the case with British top flavors, this one is a very complex blend containing a variety of traditional flavors that gives this version of Coniston its distinctive characteristics. I find that it burns so regularly and slowly, with a very consistently pleasant taste and aroma till the very end of the smoke. I would highly recommend this one especially in case: (1) You like the more traditional Coniston Cut Plug and would like an equally pleasant tobacco with a sweeter touch, (2) You like discreetly flavored, high quality traditional British pressed VA tobaccos, or (3) You can resist trying a new and different tobacco created by as famous and popular manufacturer as G&H!

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