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Samuel Gawith Viginia Curly Cut & Twist


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Tobaccos here: Black Pigtail Brown Pigtail Black XX Brown No. 4

 
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Name/No.: Black Pigtail
Type: Natural Virginia
Strength: 9
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My Comment: The pouch aroma is both oily and spicy. Due to the tiny diameter of the twist, you will have to cut so many little discs in order to fill a small bowl. You can easily keep the discs whole, without any rubbing. Once you cut them, you see a very deep reddish brown color, especially under direct light. It's truly a strong tobacco; the first puff is overwhemling; the taste settles down gradually and becomes increasingly sweetish, spicy, and creamy. At a certain point, the strength starts growing on you again till the end of the bowl. Ideally it should be smoked in a small bowl, and after a good meal.

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Name/No.: Brown Pigtail
Type: Natural Virginia
Strength: 10
Photo: Available
My Comment: The pouch aroma does tell you that this is going to be some potent smoke, and it is, at least for me. It smells of fully matured, strong VAs, with two shades of brown. It was a bit moist, as most of these tobaccos, but 10 minutes in the open air was enough to get it down to the right level. The taste at first is rather overwhelming and is similar to that of aged, spicy cigars. The strength is felt at first mainly in the throat, without being harsh. It settles down in the course of the smoke, and the sweetness becomes increasingly evident and attractive. It looks like a tobacco that could bite the tongue if puffed on too slowly. I recommend packing it lightly and smoking it in a small to medium size bowl.

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Name/No.: Black XX
Type: Natural Virginia
Strength: 9
Photo: Available
My Comment: This is a truly delicious twist. It's jet-black and sinister-looking; however, it smokes so smoothly. When sliced thin, rubbed out well, and smoked in a small pipe, it smokes yet more evenly and its strength is less overwhelming. The taste is "oily", combined with a delicate touch of sweetness and spiciness; the aroma is natural and sweet, both smoked and unsmoked. It's a serious tobacco, especially suited for those who are used to full-bodied pressed Virginias. I recommend smoking it after a good meal, unless you know the limits (lack thereof) of your stomach (and also head!). The level of nicotine makes it a tobacco for the brave (though less than the level in the Brown Twist).

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Name/No.: Brown No. 4
Type: Natural Virginia
Strength: 10
Photo: Available
My Comment: This is by far Samuel Gawith's strongest tobacco. I, therefore, do not recommend to the faint-hearted! The twist is not as compact as the "Black XX"; so, preparing it for maximum smoking pleasure might require a bit more work. I recommend cutting it as a fine as possible, and then smoking it slowly in a small to medium size bowl. If you find it to be a bit too strong, you might want to try adding it to another mixture. It could add a nice taste and full-bodiedness to a mild blend. If you're into really full-bodied tobaccos, you should give this one a try. You can always order one packet of 25g/1oz.

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Name/No.: Curly Cut (Original)
Type: Flavored Virginia
Strength: 5-6
Photo: Available
My Comment: Yes, this original version of Curly Cut was discontinued some time ago due to the prohibiting manufacturing costs, according to Sheffield Exchange, the SG US importer. The tobacco used to be flavored with vanilla, which impartness a discrete sweet aroma to the smoke. To me, this top flavor was always "chemical"-tasting, which was a big turn-off! So many experienced smokers, including those who favor natural pressed VAs, regret its not being available any more. I have heard that the current, more economical, version of Curly Cut, which is available today in the USA does not compare to the originial. I hate to think how it is!

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Numerical Strength Guide
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Ex. Mild V. Mild Mild Mild-Med Medium Med-Strong Strong V.Strong Ex.Strong Overwhelming




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