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.
I don't like the Lakeland essence very much, and so I've avoided GH&Co., but this flake of theirs is on a different shelf. It's so satisfying, and it's sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. I didn't realize there was maple sugar in it until I re-read th... Read Moree description; that is the main flavor I taste along with the always top quality tobaccos that GH&Co. uses. While there is definitely a small amount of Lakeland essence, it's not enough to turn me away, and it compliments the other flavors nicely. When I first began smoking I thought this was pretty good, but now it's easily one of my favorites--and most definitely my favorite of the entire GH&Co. stable! 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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