The main characteristics of Bob's Chocolate Flake come from the 8% Latakia included in the blend and the smooth chocolate aroma. Brazilian, Zimbabwe, and Malawi Virginia leaf make up 82% of the blend providing a mellow/medium smoke cooled with the addition of 8% Malawi sun cured and 2% Malawi Burley. The Latakia cools but also adds strength and aroma. The cocoa casings and chocolate top flavors are rounded off with vanilla and other flavors providing sweet notes in this very unique and popular blend from Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.
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I have had mixed results with the bulk flake, so ordered this in the tin. While I don’t usually let the bulk flakes dry before smoking I decided to try something I read briefly on one of the tobacco forms. Before folding and stuffing I microwaved for... Read More 10 seconds in the microwave (5 seconds, and then 5 seconds for a total of 10 seconds). The tobacco came out slightly warm to the touch and while initially wet that moisture quickly evaporated. Folded and twisted into my large bowl Meerschaum pipe fitted with a 3mm paper tube filter in the stem. Wow. Char lighting started with a slight Latakia forward smoke that settled into an true light of balanced tobacco flavor with a slightly sweet Smokey creamy smoke that lasted over 2 hours (a single flake mind you). I think I can finally say that Bob’s chocolate flake is a wonderful product offering. There was still quite a bit of moisture captured by the paper filter tube, but oh my, what a wonderful, balanced smoking experience every so slightly floral but not in the usual Lakeland sense, dancing in my pipe with the soft Latakia poking up to fold back into the sweet light baking coco flavor coating my entire palette in this wonderful smooth sweetness that never became harsh. Undortunately, my palatte did begin to fatigue but definitely one of my new favorite pipe tobaccos and a very successful experiment in preparation!!! Read Less
This flake is absolutely delicious, sweet, creamy with the cocoa and just a hint of smoky latakia and maybe a very slight amount of floral essence makes this a very tasty smoke for me.
Edit: This flake is quite moist, I suggest rubbing out this fla... Read Moreke and letting it dry for an hour or more, I usually rub out enough at a time for 2 or 3 bowls. I think it is best when packed loosely and smoked slowly, enjoy. Read Less
You really get the brown va in this one... you get the latakia as well.. point is you get rich tobacco flavor married to an exceptional aromatic. really nice and the flavor develops throughout the bowl. this one is really set apart in my book as fa... Read Morer as aromatic's go. Hint of cocoa and muted lakeland with rich round va. Read Less
Yes, this is my favorite aromatic. Im not a big fan of aromatics, but this one ir a real winner!! A great quality tobacco, with a decent and not overwhelming top of chocolate and that little touch of lataka that makes a big difference with this one. ... Read MoreAbsolutely fantastic and with a great room note! Highly recommended!! Read Less
This tobacco is surprisingly sweet and taste like a chocolate cake. It took me a little while to figure out how it burns.. it is a slow burner and you have to use your tamp a little to keep it burning. The hint of latakia is nice. Sometimes it is hea... Read Morevy and sometimes it is very subtle. I like this tobacco and hate that it is so scarce, I could only get .92 ounces of since I bough the last little bit. Hopefully I can get my hands on some more. Wonderful product! Read Less
Flavouring from the tobacco types are what makes this a 3 star review. Additional flavouring added are less then subtle, vanilla being most noticeable, other than the soapy taste. I could only faintly taste chocolate every once in a while.
UPDATE.... Read More After letting this age a little bit, the soapy taste mellows down, and the chocolate shines through more. I can say that I would smoke this again Read Less
Nice floral/ soapy scent, hints of spiciness, very little floral taste, My first English Aro, superb tobacco, rich in taste with a little zing that comes and goes!
The second batch I ordered, was better than the first, having both that wonderful La... Read Morekeland scent, and finally the nice smell of cocoa making it a delightful smoke.
From the first light and puff, onward you get the Lakeland taste, thought get faint, the thge zing of the Latakia, then it cools, and last but definitely not least, the cocoa hits without being overpowering! So good! If you like this then give Two Friends English chocolate a try! Same taste and flavor without the zing, or the Lakeland taste! Read Less
Where samuel Gawith's Chocolate flake falls short..
I purchased this after reading reviews and looking for a chocolate tobacco. This tobacco contains just enough latakia to add a tad bit smokiness. The dark semi-sweey chocolate lasts by tempered smoking, meaning a slight draw and puff. I was surpri... Read Moresed that most people say it smells good. That made me happy. It has a little nicotine kick but not too bad. This is one of my go to tobaccos that always satisfies me. Read Less
Tin aroma is chocolate, cocoa, and Latakia with a hint of the Lakeland essence. The flavor is tobacco that is deep and rich with notes of chocolate, cocoa, with a light hint of Lakeland. This is a great blend!
Bob’s Chocolate Flake is a wonderful blend of high quality tobaccos and a very flavorful, enjoyable smoke. I have been wanting to try it for awhile now. I received an in stock notification and before I could place my order it was gone. A very popula... Read Morer blend, and now I see why. Unfortunately, I had to get it from a competitor of smokingpipes.com. It’s a very complex blend with big flavors and it’s incredibly smooth. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that these are the same tobaccos used in the G.L. Pease/John Gawith collaboration, Stonehenge Flake. The exception, of course, is that the Perique has been replaced by Latakia. Stonehenge even has the same cocoa casing too. This blend also has an additional chocolate top note that’s very tasty. Very good stuff. Read Less
Elegante es la mejor manera de describir esta mezcla a mi entender, Bob con monóculo 🧐
No soy gran fan de la Latakia, pero este señor Bob me vuelve loco!
A veces es un poco puñetero para mantenerlo encendido, yo lo llevo mejor en cazoleta alta y es... Read Moretrecha, sin deshacerlo mucho, medio partiendo el flake con los dedos y “padentro”!
Un blend muy especial, no he probado nada que se le parezca, muy merecedor de las sabias manos de los blenders de G&H. Read Less
Very pleasant smoke. This is the kind of “aromatic” I was searching for. Smooth, flavorful, satisfying, and very good aroma all together. I won’t say anything about the flavors except that it’s complex and full. Although, it is not an all day smoke f... Read Moreor me... more of a treat,once in a while, change of pace kind of smoke. Read Less
For me a oriental forward English is pure heaven. To give my taste buds a break I find myself reaching for this more often than not. The chocolate is more like a feeling on your tongue more than a taste. Like a dark cocoa powder, that mixed in with a... Read More quality tobacco taste is real nice. I think this is a super satisfying smoke to both English, and aromatic smokers. Good enough to start cellaring. Read Less
This is a very interesting smoke. It has some nice dark coco flavor that mixes well with the Latakia, and the slight lakeland essence adds this cologne/perfume room note which is quite pleasant. I did not get the soapy taste that some describe. Th... Read Moreis flake is moist and does require dome dry time. Smokes great in a cob. Read Less
I hate writing reviews because I always seem to come around to blends I once hated. A lesson I've learned is to never swear off a blend, as you may find yourself liking it one day. This tobacco has top of the line Virginia tobaccos in it and if ya ca... Read Moren get past some of the essence, this blend really opens up to an amazing, creamy, flavorful smoke. Also, if a blend isn't doing it for ya, try it out in a cob! A corn cob pipe has shined a whole new light on a lot of blends that just didn't seem to wanna smoke well in a briar, it's worth a shot. Read Less
If this is "slight" floral essence, then my taste is quite different from others. This tastes like smoking a bar of soap. There is NO chocolate flavor in the least and the "floral essence" is overpowering, before, during and after... Read More smoking. Possibly a tainted batch, but I certainly won't bother to try it again. Simply awful. Read Less
I read a lot of reviews saying that this was good, but it was bad, I could tell just by the smell that it was like somebody dumped a bunch of chemicals on a semi decent chocolate tobacco, and was left with chemical chocolate hourse manure. Never... Read More buying from them again, I am a tabacco collector, and this was bad, this is why people say aromatics are bad! Read Less
Nice change over from my usual diet of va,burley,and Latakia mixtures.This would be very interesting without the chocolate essence but still not bad.I recommend this to Aron smokers who seek entry into the world of full flavor mixtures.Mine came as ... Read Morea broken Flake of top drawer quality,much better than a lot of the Aro junk out there. Read Less
I really wanted to like this - You get a faint hint of a neutral cocoa flavor, but it is mostly hidden by the soapy Lakeland aroma & flavor. It is not bad tobacco, but the lakeland soap just kills what would otherwise be a great tasting blend
This was the first "aromatic english" i ever tried. Upon first smoke I was a bit disappointed..not what I was expecting at all. Granted, I was still a novice pipe smoker and hadn't explored very much in the world of tobaccos. I put it up an... Read Mored didn't give it another chance for a few months.
Fast forward..I've now smoked a handful of bowls of it and I must say..it's quite enjoyable. The chocolate note is pure dark cocoa. When combined with the smoky Latakia it tastes like a fresh baked brownie.. rich, savory, lightly sweet, and a very creamy mouthfeel. I like to rub it out and let it sit for about 15 minutes before packing up.
If you're an English smoker who detests aromatics but would like a dessert-type smoke, there is none better than Bob's Chocolate Flake. Read Less
I expected more chocolate taste from this tobacco but all I got was a soapy taste smoke that burned really hot.The aroma for bystanders is pleaseant though. I got compliments on the aroma but for me the taste just was not there.
This isn't your traditional chocolate tobacco. This stuff is actually good. As mentioned by one of the reviewers above, it's more a savoury chocolate - like straight cocoa. Burns cool, smokes smooth and has a great taste. Also great when mixed with L... Read Moreane Limited LL-7. Blend about 1 part LL-7 with 1/2 part Bob's and you're in for a treat. Blended right, they give a full chocolate flavour. You know the type you've been looking for? Yeah, that. A nice, sweet milk chocolate flavour with that cocoa edge in the background. Add hazelnut and it's Nutella. Read Less
This is a great smoke! Good flavour, great aroma, great smoke with a little zig( bite ). I have gotten good complements about the "smell" of my pipe when I have been smoking this, from nonsmokers no-less.
I am a big fan of flakes and have liked the mix Virginia and Burley for years. I smoke Erinmore Flake most of the time but decided to give this a try. I was impressed by the smoothness. The Virginia and Burley flavors blend nicely with the Lataki... Read Morea. A great smoke ! Read Less
(Another) subjective review... Apologies to those flake lovers out there. I don't mind Orlik Golden Sliced and it is in my regular rotation. I like Best Brown a lot and Capstan as well but Uncle Bob's Chocolate Flake leaves me puzzled. There is s... Read Moreomething there for sure but for me it is hidden (well) below the topping/casing or sugars that carry the chocolate element. I find that this tobacco (like many an aromatic) hides the key element; that being the actual tobacco. The cocoa casing is just too much in the forefront. Yes, it is smooth. Yes it burns cool and evenly. I just need more tobacco flavour. Yes, it is an English aromatic flake but it misses the mark somehow. I'm hoping it will grow on me but so far... Read Less
As a novice pipe smoker of 3 years, I had to try this. And as I was told I got a big dose of the 'Lakeland Aroma', a floral taste that is more akin to licking a bar of Zest soap. The soapy taste popped up throughout the bowl. I could taste no choc... Read Moreolate. I didn't hate this blend like some do. But I have no idea why it's called Chocolate flake. A complex, high quality tobacco for sure but a taste that needs to be acquired. Read Less
I tried this in my meerschaum bowl calabash pipe. I've tried other "chocolate" flavored tobaccos and haven't really found anything that tasted right. To my palate this flake tasted sort of like roasted coffee but not chocolate. It wasn't... Read More an unpleasant flavor by any means, and it seems to be very good quality tobacco. Even after rubbing out half a flake and drying it for about half and hour it still was a little moist. It's not too bad though. Read Less
Found this flake to exhibit a rather dark taste and musty room note. The chocolate is very subtle. If this is an example of the "Lakeland Aroma" then it is definitely not my thing.Glad I only bought an ounce to try.
My first foray into latakia. Like toasty campfire and scotch, it was a very rich and prominent smoke. It tasted to me of quality leather, antique stores and cedar wood. Quite a savoury and supple smoke, and not without a significant kick, so smoke li... Read Moreght, slow, and soft, or this flake will take you on a ride like a bareback bronco. Read Less
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