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Samuel Gawith - Natural Virginia Flakes

Best Brown Flake - 1792 (Cob) Flake - Medium Virginia Flake - Full Virginia Flake - Bracken Flake - Balkan Flake
Navy Flake - Sam's Flake - St. James Flake
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Name:

Best Brown Flake

Code #:

SGT007

Price:

CHF 10.00

Weight:

50g // 1 3/4 oz.

Type:

Natural Virginia

Form:

Flake

Sold in:

Bulk

Strength:

5-6

SG's Description:

A firm favourite for the pipe smoker looking for a medium strength, gentle and slow burning tobacco. Manufactured using hand-stripped flue cured leaf, each cake comprises 7lbs, wrapped with selected prime wrapper leaf. After initial steaming, to achieve a pliable leaf, the "cake" is pressed and cooked for approximately 1-2 hours, sufficient time for the tobacco to develop its characteristic medium brown colour and its distinctive nutty aroma which can only come from the combination of prime leaf and the experience and knowledge of the person making the flake. No flavours are added to best brown flake although a sweetener is added to best brown scented. A good, even smoke, with no tongue-bite.

Comment:

This is Samuel Gawith's most popular tobacco in the UK, and it's highly appreciated by those who love 6" flakes in general. It's in a class of its own. The cut of the tobacco before pressing is fine, and the flakes are cut thin; so, it's very easy to rub out, pack and burn. It smokes very cool with no harshness whatsoever. The taste has some inexplicable sweetness and sourness to it. Most highly recommended.

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Name:

1792 (Cob) Flake

Code #:

SGT008

Price:

CHF 10.00

Weight:

50g // 1 3/4 oz.

Type:

Dark Fired Leaf

Form:

Flake

Sold in:

Bulk

Strength:

8-9

SG's Description:

A full strength, mellow tobacco, comprising a blend of dark fired leaf. Our best-selling premium grade flake starts as 7 lbs of stripped leaf going through a steaming process prior to being pressed, the "cake" having been prepared, is wrapped in a selected leaf and packed by hand into a 12sq.in.press and left for a minimum of 2 hours. The next stage is to place the pressed "cake" into a steam press where it is baked at full heat for 2-3 hours. Once baked, the "cake" has taken on cobs characteristic rich, dark colour. The "cake" is then hardened by being left to cool. The final process of cutting the flake and adding a tonquin flavouring is carried out followed by hand wrapping and packing ready for the pipe.

Comment:

The pouch aroma could definitely be obnoxious to some, if not the majority. Luckily this smell disappears gradually and to some extent becomes even pleasant and interesting. The surprising aspect is that I didn't find it at all that strong, at least at first. Gradually the strength becomes more evident, particularly on the stomach. It's well known that "tonka bean" is an essential part of the flavoring of this tobacco. I highly recommend the following: rubbing it out, drying it, packing it lightly in a small to medium size bowl, and smoking it slowly, on a full stomach, at least when you're getting to know it.

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Name:

Medium Virginia Flake

Code #:

SGT009

Price:

CHF 10.00

Weight:

50g // 1 3/4 oz.

Type:

Natural Virginia

Form:

Broken Flake

Sold in:

Bulk

Strength:

5

Comment:

This is a gorgeous-looking tobacco! The wide and long flakes are broken only slightly. The taste and aroma are so natural and yet sweet. I believe it's a true example of how sweet natural Virginias can be. I find it to be extremely pleasant any time of the day. It also has a very pleasant room aroma.

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Name:

Full Virginia Flake

Code #:

SGT010

Price:

CHF 10.00

Weight:

50g // 1 3/4 oz.

Type:

Natural Virginia

Form:

Flake

Sold in:

Bulk

Strength:

7

SG's Description:

Full Virginia Flake is for lovers of pure pressed Virginias created in the heart of Lakeland. Full Virginia starts life as a blend of Virginias in the cold press. Hot pressed for 2-3 hours and allowed to cool overnight, the cake takes on it's delicious and distinctive dark colour that creates a pipe smoker's dream; a feeling of calm, serenity and anticipation for the next pipeful.

Comment:

First, by no means I can use the word "Full" to describe this tobacco. It's so smooth on palate, tongue, throat and stomach. The taste is simply fabulous. It's a tobacco I could smoke all the time for the rest of my life. I most highly recommend it to those of you who appreciate the wonders of natural pressed Virginias.

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Name:

Bracken Flake

Code #:

SGT035

Price:

CHF 10.00

Weight:

50g // 1 3/4 oz.

Type:

Natural Virginia

Form:

Flake

Sold in:

Bulk

Strength:

8

Comment:

Starting from the 1792 (Cob) Flake, made by Kentucky and Dark Fire Cured Virginias, SG add some Burley, to let the tobacco "Rich and Dark", but less strong in smoking.

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Name:

Balkan Flake

Code #:

SGT041

Price:

CHF 10.00

Weight:

50g // 1 3/4 oz.

Type:

Virginia Flake with Latakia

Form:

Flake

Sold in:

Bulk

Strength:

7

Comment:

This Tobacco is the creation of the "Tobaccomaster" of Samuel Gawith!! A beautyful Virginia Flake with 30% of Latakia. You will enjoy the traditional taste of a Virginia Flake, with the carachteristic taste of latakia, which you are used from the "English Mixtures".

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Name:

Navy Flake

Code #:

SGT042

Price:

CHF 10.00

Weight:

50g // 1 3/4 oz.

Type:

Virginia Flake with Latakia (slight Rum scenting)

Form:

Flake

Sold in:

Bulk

Strength:

6

Comment:

This is the "young Brother" of the Balkan Flake: 15% latakia make it a little bit less "smoky", and a hint of Rum aroma underlines the natural sweetness.

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Name:

Sam's Flake

Code #:

SGT052

Price:

CHF 10.00

Weight:

50g // 1 3/4 oz.

Type:

Natural Virginia

Form:

Flake

Sold in:

Bulk

Strength:

5-6

SG's Description:

Virginias and Turkish tobaccos blended and pressed with a hint of sweetness. A delicious, fresh smoke.

Comment:

A really nice combination between Full Virginia Flake and Best Brown Flake, but with addition of Turkish: not too strong but full aroma of tobacco in smoke.

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Name:

St. James Flake

Code #:

SGT055

Price:

CHF 10.00

Weight:

50g // 1 3/4 oz.

Type:

Virginia - Perique

Form:

Flake

Sold in:

Bulk

Strength:

7

Comment:

A good combination between Full Virginia Flake and Best Brown Flake: the addition of Perique makes this tobacco unique on the world... no scenting, just tobacco to enjoy.

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