Rum Flake, from Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. is the 'Christmas cake' of all tobaccos. 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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Bulk purchase. Sweet smelling flake. Hints of maple. Rubbed out this burns forever. I have not tried fold and stuff method yet. I do not get any Lakeland essence as some have indicated it is there. This could be an all day smoke
I don’t smoke this often but when I do I am always glad I did. I tend to not like the “Lakeland Essence” either but in this case the Rum and maple go really well with it. Like written bellow the maple shows more later. This is a really nice smoke to ... Read Morehave around. To add bite was very low. Read Less
GH makes some extremely high quality blends, and they have a well-deserved reputation. Because I don't like the Lakeland essence very much, I've often avoided GH. However, this flake is markedly different than the others I've had. It's rich with thos... Read Moree "old world" flavors, rum, and is mildly sweet (read: sweet for GH). I didn't realize there was maple sugar in it until I had some that was aged for three years; the maple topping is very subtle when fresh. It comes out even more when it's aged for ~6 months or more. While there is definitely a small amount of Lakeland essence, it's just barely there. This flake will likely agree with those who're on the fence about the Lakeland essence. The one and only thing I wish they'd do with this blend, is to let it age a bit before sending it out. The maple flavor comes through in full force when given some time in the cellar, and it's one of the most satisfying smokes I've ever had. All the same, it's a fine smoke when it's fresh, but it goes from fine to incredible with some age—a truly amazing transformation. Read Less
This flake has become one of my go-to tobaccos during those times when I'm not quite sure which mix I want to smoke next (if I had my way I'd smoke nothing else but Gawith & Hoggarth twists, but my current supply level as well as high cost thanks to ... Read Morecrazy import duties prohibit this). I strongly disagree with some reviews I've read (tobaccoreviews.com and elsewhere) describing Rum Flake as simply Rum Twist in flake form: The two are worlds apart in terms of constituents, taste, burning characteristics and, to some extent, strength. I prefer rubbing the tobacco out (or chopping it up a little in my coffee grinder - which is useless as a coffee grinder but the best tobacco grinder the makers have ever invented) before smoking. Although the flake is nice and moist, I find I don't have to dry it out at all before smoking, although, perhaps as a consequence of this, I find that it can smoke a little hot; however, I have not yet been bitten by it at all. The only reason this tobacco does not get the full 5 stars is that the already mentioned Gawith & Hoggarth twists have become the yardstick against which I measure all other tobaccos; and this one, good as it is, is not quite up there. Read Less
i,m finding myself smoking this blend in stead of all the others in my stash. it has aromatic qualities plus a fluctuating strength,smokiness,sweetness,lasts forever in the bowl,a new fav for sure. it,s not just brown flake with rum. there is so much... Read More more going on. wonderfull blend! Read Less
I had high hopes for this blend. Don't get me wrong, it's a perfectly acceptable and unoffensive smoke, even for a non-aromatic smoker. Casing is barely detectable at all. I'm just not a fan of the "Lakeland essence," which is featured prom... Read Moreinently on the exhale. Some liken it to a "soapy" taste, but I think it tastes exactly like Nag Champa incense. Not a fan of that part. I'll keep it around though to see what age does, and for a rare occasion I may want to fire it up. I'm being more harsh than necessary, just don't like the incense flavor. Read Less
Star Rating = 4.75;
Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst;
Pouch Note = 10;
Room Note = 9;
Flavor = 10;
Bite = 9;
Burn = 10;
After Taste = 9;
Raw Score = 57;
Rated Percentage = 95%;
Comment = Smooth, Strong Strength,... Read More Full Body Natural Tobacco Flavor, has a slight Sweet Taste, enjoyable smoke. Read Less
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