Samuel Gawith - Finest Kendal Twist
Black Pigtail - Brown Pigtail - Brown No. 4 - Black XX
The Samuel Gawith "Finest Kendal Twist" History
For over two centuries, the blenders and spinners of Samuel Gawith, Kendal, have been producing the famous Kendal Twists. over, both underground and on the ground, have been chewing our Pigtails and Bogies, whilst pipe smokers have savoured the rich flavours and slow burning characteristics of the thick Brown No.4 and Black XX.
The process begins with the selection of our best quality, dark fired long filler leaf from various tobacco regions, together with selected flaw-free wrapper leaf, stripped of their main stem. The spinners prepare and then feed both filler and wrapper into the age-old spinning machine. This process cannot be mechanised or
automated as it takes the experience and dexterity of two pairs of hands to produce an even "rope of tobacco".
The rope is spun into a roll, which is naturally brown - this is Brown Twist. Other rolls are subjected to a period of several hours in steam pressure whilst wrapped in rope & paper to prevent any flavour escaping and to seal in the sugars and oils naturally present in this leaf. This final product after cooling is a very black, pliable roll, giving a rich, mellow flavour.
According to customer taste, various flavours can be added to the finished product. Some of our popular flavours are black cherry, rum, whiskey and apple. All twists are available pre-packed or on the roll.
Because the process is almost entirely by hand, quality control ensures consistency of excellence.