Ennerdale from Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. is 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 flavor" in addition to its cooling and strength qualities. A background flavor of Almond is enhanced with the addition of fruit, vanilla, and the special 'Lakeland style' flavors to give this tobacco its distinctive aroma and taste.
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Let me start by saying I enjoy Ennerdale Flake so greatly, I dedicated an entire pipe in my collection to it. Of course, that is also to say I basically had to buy a new pipe to smoke this long-term because it WILL ghost on you something fierce, but ... Read Moreit's so worth it, at least to me. I will add Ennerdale is not for everyone, but it is a great way to open the doors to the admittedly niche but oh so tasty world of Lakeland flakes which are actually scented, similar to a perfume or potpourri, instead of topped with a casing - named for the Lakes District of England. My understanding is this 'scenting' is achieved by spraying the leaves with flavored oils prior to pressing them into flakes, and then adding similarly-flavored oils to the steam press prior to aging for the bouquet of flavors to marry. Amazing, unique stuff, and Ennerdale is the best of them all, in my opinion.
Ennerdale Flake is not an 'Aromatic' in the traditional sense, and I actually classify it much closer to a Virginia blend than an Aromatic. The strong emphasis on the specific varietals in the description from GHC is not without merit for this exact reason: the scented oils imbue the leaves with light flavoring, but it's not overpowering - the natural essence of the exotic Virginia's used in this blend shine through as the prime notes on your palette, and the imbued scents accentuate and add depth to the overall bouquet.
The Ennerdale experience is much akin to drinking a high-quality flavored Gin, like Hendricks Gin: the Juniper berries are the clear center, but the added cucumber & rose which makes Hendricks unique are strong supporters making for a fantastic experience, especially for lovers of classic Gin. In the same way, the sun cured Virginia from Malawi is the prime spice note; while not a similar flavor as Perique, it gives a similar effect on the blend a primary flavor. The sun-cured Malawi is smoky, woody, and slightly vanilla sweet. It's supported by the wealth of strong, aged Virginia in the blend providing a warm, almost grassy or hay-like flavor with notes of sugar, sea salt, and vinegar. THEN comes the clear almond & rose notes with a bit of orchid & citrus on the finish.
What a mountain of flavor; it can be a lot to take in at first, but keep a cool smoke going, and you are sure to experience many of these notes in different combinations with each puff with a good amount of body to back it up. Unlike many pipe tobaccos which have consistent flavor profiles throughout a bowl, I notice Ennerdale is more like a cigar in how the taste ebbs & flows; it builds. Most importantly, the almond & rose flavoring, which stand out nice & pronounced at the beginning of the bowl, become muted the longer you smoke, giving way to those high-quality Virginia leaves. This is another characteristic of Lakeland flakes; the added scents are not intended to mask mediocre tobacco, but enhance good leaves. In this way, Ennerdale is a meal where the potatoes compliment the steak, and the after taste of all this is almost intoxicating - especially if you are pairing a bowl of this blend with a glass of Hendricks Gin on the rocks (and I recommend you do!).
I must also highlight the smoking characteristics as this blend requires a little patience in the beginning. Whether in the tin or bulk, some rubbing out will likely be required, and it can be difficult to get lit or smoke a bit hot right off the light. Patience is key as only a bit of extra work right at the first/false light and for a few minutes after will yield the smoker a sublimely cool smoke with minimal relights (I find rubbing the flake out first will also minimize relights, but this is my general experience with all flake-cut blends). As mentioned, the Lakeland scenting process does lend this blend to ghost, and a Meerschaum or Morta (Bog Oak) is recommended if you do not want the next few bowl to taste of almond & rose. Eventually, you may end-up going my route & dedicating a pipe to the blend - you will not be disappointed if you do.
A former co-worker of mine at the Briar Patch in Sacramento, CA often remarked of Ennerdale Flake as the "Monkey Roses" blend - even writing it on my bulk bags from time to time. "Monkey Roses" highlights the mix of earthy & floral notes in this blend's bouquet, and I always saw it as a testament to how evocative & illustrative this particular mixture can be. A rare Lakeland gem among so many grains of Virginia sand. Enjoy!
Pipe Used: Vuillard Barrister Diplomat Read Less
I have been curious about Lakeland blends for some time, but I was always a bit intimidated by the infamous "Lakeland essence."
I fired up some Ennerdale for the first time this morning, and I have to say that it is a new favorite.
It ta... Read Morestes fresh, clean, and ethereal. It's poetry in flake form.
It couldn't be better behaved. It rubs out perfectly, packs perfectly, lights easily, and burns slowly down to pure ash.
Don't let the detractors scare you away from giving it a try. I didn't detect any soap, perfume, or urinal cake flavors (as some describe the Lakeland essence), but if those things taste like this, I might need to start smoking them. Read Less
Recieved my first tin today and just finished my second bowl. I feel excited to share my opinion on this baccy, my go to is a good English, or Vapor however every so often I turn to some type of aromatic I really like for a break from the norm. Not l... Read Moreong ago I decided to try GH Bobs chocolate flake and that one blew my hair back. So looking at other tobacco from this company I came across the reviews for Ennerdale and figured why not. Char light was off putting at first, then 5 min in to my smoke I was feeling not to bad but not great, then all of a sudden that real flower scent, soapy taste everyone talks about settled down and a explosion of flavors opened up and remained to the dottle. Second bowl went the same way but settled in right after the char light. Yes I love this stuff but it couldn't ever be a all day smoke. Try it you might just like and love it at the same time as I do. Read Less
This is certainly not for everyone but if you're open to new things, why not give it a try? True to Gawith Hoggarth fashion, the flakes were flawless with just the right amount of moisture, ready for rubbing or fold and stuff, though I recommend a fe... Read Morew minutes to let the tobacco air a bit. Tin note was very floral, much like heavily perfumed soap, but that largely fades to the background once lit and a litany of flavors come into play. Every puff seems to taste slightly different than the one before. Not necessarily better or worse, just different. I found this a pleasant break from an everyday smoke and I enjoyed it from start to finish. Read Less
I don't believe there is a middle ground with this blend, you love it or hate it... I love it, it's awesome... it's everything people said it tastes and smells like... a soapy grandma that was pouring a gallon of cheap flowery perfume on while eating... Read More dried tropical fruit and nut trail mix waiting for her big night out at the senior center with polka dancing and bingo.. if you can't handle that kind of party, this ain't for you.. to me, this is like Ashton Rainy Day but easily twice as strong.. just rub a flake out, leave it on a plate spread flat for 20 minutes, load a bowl and it's all good!. the taste is there all the way through, and even after... lol. Read Less
To an American palate, this certainly is something different. That doesn't mean that it isn't unpleasant. Opening one's mind to new tastes can pay off sometimes and this is a situation where it would. Floral, almond, and vanilla is something that is ... Read Moredelicious together. There is a soapy taste in the background, but it does become less noticeable as you acclimate to it. Ennerdale has become one of my firm favorites. Read Less
This is a very special tobacco. Not for everyone. If you don´t like the lakeland style tobaccos, stay away from it!!. Is very pungent and has lot of flavors from toppings, like vanilla and almond and, of course, that floral soapy taste that is typica... Read Morel from this tobaccos.
My first smokes were strange, trying hard to find the flavors of the tobaccos. But after a month or so, this baccy changed dramatically and became less pungent and perfumey. The Virginias and burleys are top class tobaccos.
And that´s the secret for this one: let it dry, put the tin opened apart for a month or more and it improves a lot!!.
Recommended for all of those smokers that like this kind of tobacco. Read Less
That 'bout sums this vile stuff up. It will flat out haunt a pipe forever. Try in a cheap cob first. I will say that the tin note and taste are the same. I have shared this with several others with the same results, after they curse me first. Iw... Read Moreill not condemn those that like this stuff but will say that I remember my experience every time I see a urinal cake. Read Less
I gave this one a go because of all the talk about it. Worst decision I've ever made in my entire life. The flavor is purely of soap. If you were a foul mouthed child you'll probably have flashbacks. What's worse is the soapy flavor stays on your pal... Read Moreate for quite some time afterwards no matter what you eat or drink. On top of that it will horrendously ghost whatever pipe you smoke it in. If you really dig the taste of soap I strongly suggest using a corncob you can just throw away afterwards. Read Less
I really don't like giving bad reviews, particularly considering how subjective they are. But for those who don't like the taste if soap...let this be a warning. I really wanted to like this blend. I assumed many reviewers were right in claiming 'soa... Read Morep' is the wrong word to describe this Lakeland flavor. I thought that maybe the bad reviews confused the the scent of soaps with the taste of the bar.
For my part, growing up foul-mouthed I had soap in my mouth many times. That is exactly how I experienced the taste of this tobacco. I almost gagged. Worse, it lingered for ages. I tried other blends, mouthwash, a meal... the soap stuck to my tongue stubbornly for about two hours.
But many people do swear by this, and it does feel like it's one of those blends controversial enough to see what all the hubbub's about. I have. It faired poorly for me. Read Less
While I haven't yet found either a GH or SG tobacco that I didn't like, there was something particularly special about this one.
I just tried this for the first time recently, so only time will tell if I continue to like it as much in the future.
T... Read Morehe tin aroma is intense. The components of the topping are so well balanced that it is hard to pick out the individual components. The initial impression is that it is floral, but this makes way for more fruity and spicy elements on closer inspection.
This is a broken flake. The tobacco itself is not very consistent, with some large chunks of different types of tobacco. I personally like this in a tobacco as it allows for more complexity and variation throughout a bowl.
Not overly moist, and is easy to break up, rub out, or just stuff into your bowl.
Lights easily. May need a relight or two if not dried slightly before packing.
The flavour is much more subdued than the aroma. The tobacco becomes a major component of the flavour, but does not eclipse the toppings. Again, it is very well balanced, with the (most notably) virginia flavour melding perfectly with the flavours of the tobacco. The toppings are gentle enough in the smoke that I don't feel I will easily get sick of this like I can with some of the less subtly flavoured tobaccos.
The room note is much like a good quality incense, and shouldn't be too offensive to most non-smokers. Read Less
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