The 'Christmas cake' of all tobaccos, Rum Flake by Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. is a very rich, sweet fully flavored blend. The main feature is the high proportion of naturally sweet sun-cured tobaccos in the blend - over 40%. Only 30% Virginia leaf, with the rest of the blend coming from Burleys and Dark-air cured contribute to a rich, but rewarding smoke. The whole blend is cased in maple sugars to further enhance the natural sweetness of the sun cured leaf and then rounded off with a dash of rum.
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In the tin aroma, I pick up on rum, licorice, and vanilla as well as some tang from the Virginias. The flavor is very complex and is accompanied by the Lakeland essence. This is a great smoke if you enjoy the Lakeland tobaccos. It can bite if pushed ... Read Moretoo hard. Read Less
I've enjoyed Rum Flake very much, especially when it's been aged. It has a wonderfully complex natural tobacco flavor with subtle notes of dark rum, and is not overly sweet in the least. GH&Co. makes blends with strong and complex flavor profiles—Rum... Read More Flake being no exception. Unlike some of their offerings, Rum Flake isn't cigar-like at all. To the uninitiated, the name would have you thinking that it's going taste like rum, but it really doesn't. As with most all G.H.&Co. blends, the nicotine level is noticeable, but in this case it's not overwhelming or even high (about 6 out of 10). Tongue bite potential is minimal. Overall, I'd label it an exceptionally good, and highly recommended blend for the experienced pipe smoker. Read Less
As mentioned below, this is a great blend with a scrumptious tin-note, but the raw smokey meatiness of the tobacco does tend to leave the note in the tin. I get almost none of the essence in the smoke. As with most, there is a puff or two where I c... Read Morean "get it" but most it is just muscling through.
That being said, this may also be a tin that I have to revisit in a few months after it has mellowed. Read Less
I am smoking this fully rubbed out,in a properly filled pipe,so there's plenty of air flow around the strands of tobacco.I gave it no drying time,and it stays lit with no problems.The flavor stays pretty much the same throughout the smoking.This one ... Read Moregets five stars,because I could not find a reason not to.It deserves the five.Never mind the word play regarding "maple", and "sweet";This is not Capt. Black,and could well knock you off your riding mowers,as it did me.If you want the satisfaction of nicotine,and full flavor,but not the blistering sensation in your mouth from Half N Half,give this a try.Really. Read Less
I believe a slow smoking cadence is best suited to bring out the subtleties in this rather delicate blend. It arrives in a nice somewhat broken flake form and is very easy to break up and light. A very pleasant and rich fruity taste with hints of spi... Read Morece makes this blend a winner. Read Less
This is a high-quality tobacco with a wonderful, rich tin note. Once lit, though, the sheer strength of the flavor overwhelms whatever rum/maple flavors may be in there. I've experienced the same problem with Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.'s Rum Twist. I... Read More don't mind strong tobaccos, but it's disappointing when a flavor disappears upon being lit. Read Less
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