Samuel Gawith manufactures quality tobacco blends and this is no exception. This is a more straightforward Balkan blend consisting of just Virginia and Latakia. No orientals here, and that’s fine with me. The dark flakes come quite most and have a wo... Read Morenderful smoky note as we would expect. Folding and stuffing flake tobacco is my preferred method of use and after 15 minutes of air this one burns quite nicely. I’ve just finished a bowl and filling my Peterson 408 gave me an hour and a half of pleasure. Mild flavor. Not too heavy. Easily an all day blend. The floral notes of the Virginia's really do well with the smoky, wood flavor of the delicious Latakia. Absolutely no tongue bite. Samuel Gawith blends come in stock about once or twice a month so do not fret if it takes you a while to pick this one up. Read Less
Scrumptious scent of Latakia and natural tobacco-sweetness on opening the tin. Dark brown, almost black, quite thick flakes. It is a chore to fully rub out and it needs a whole lot of drying time. The reward is an outstanding, delicious (English-)Lat... Read Moreakia smoke. It is difficult to pack and light. Once properly packed and lit, you get a slow, steady, and very cool burn. However, a few relights might be necessary sometimes. The “secret” of getting the perfect burn is finding the ideal point of moisture. Too dry does not necessarily lead to a better burn.
The flavourful, more campfire-smoky than leathery Latakia is obviously dominant throughout the bowl. In spite of this, the Virginia flavours of bread and yeast sparkle up constantly. It is not one-dimensional at all. The more bowls you smoke, the more subtle tastes you will find. Such as spice, cream, wood, hay, sweetness, richness, deepness, and more. It’s a master blend. A generous, though never overpowering, natural tobacco-sweetness is always there. I appreciate this. No casing or flavouring.
The fly in the ointment is its name. There is no Balkan/Oriental tobacco in this mixture (except Latakia)! It’s all about Virginia and Latakia exclusively. It should rather be called “Latakia Flake”. It’s controversial whether to call this an English Mixture or not, since there is no Oriental in it. Nevertheless, I highly recommend these flakes to all Latakia aficionados. It has been one of my top five favourites for years. Read Less
Balanced, plenty of complex flavor. Some unusual notes, almost a "meaty" quality. Quite delicious, cool and very satisfying. My preference is to rub it out and let it dry for a minute or two. Does not take the match all that well, but once establ... Read Moreished, you are rewarded with volumes of creamy smoke. Read Less
Absolutely agree with Jeremy L. on the scent and after taste once you're done with a bowl. It leave a really nice feel on the mouth hours after the smoke, makes you feel like you're suckling on some tobacco candy or something.
Mine doesn't light up ... Read Moreevenly as well, i was wondering perhaps it's the way i prepared it. I use a folding method, maybe i'll try rubbing it next time. Pipe stays cool the whole bowl. Read Less
I am a person of Oriental Korea. Latakia is indeed a feast for me was like going to relieve a stuffy and even memareum. Among them are satisfied with the Balkans was far more than that. The Balkans of Latakia made in the course of smoked Virginia is ... Read Morethe first taste and a very steady guy epilogue is constant. Maybe I see you reading the Eagle will certainly challenge again. Read Less
The tin note is heavenly. It doesn't smell like penzance tin note, but it does smell like penzance tastes, very rich and creamy, obviously accompanied by the latakia, it is symphonic. It is blooming! Sugar crystals like you wouldn't believe. Tastes j... Read Moreust as good too, creamy "balkan", just enough latakia to make it pop but sweet and creamy with the virginia's. If you're an english/balkan fan, try this one out. Much better than commonwealth. Looks, feels, and tastes luxurious. Read Less
A real special type of Balkan. Creamy smooth cool smoke, that coats you with its sent after you finish a bowl. No joke.You probably don't want to go out after having this tobacco, cause the smell haunts you no matter where you go. If you love this Ba... Read Morelkan blend like I do, try aging a tin for a year. It looks like flakes of marble and smokes even more cooler than a fresh tin. Read Less
If you like Latakia you'll love this stuff. A hint of Virginia sweetness, but Latakia dominance. The adjective "Meaty" describes this well. And leathery too.I as well love the after taste. A winner for sure.
It is an exquisite blend. I think it's very well made, so much so that at the burn is not possible to determine the supremacy of Latakia or the Virginias present.
Cold, it smells ene or wet grass. Intense and very strong.
I recommend to dry the flake... Read More in the air for one hour or two before burning and then smoke it slow and pause to appreciate its strength and flavor. Read Less
I really have to give smoking pipes.com my hats off. I received today an email crediting me for the balken tobacco I purchased a few months ago, I wasn't expecting it and was a great gesture on part of smoking pipes, gentlemen this place really knows... Read More how to treat their customers. Read Less
Nice tobacco, I purchased it in bulk and it came extremely dry, had a difficult time separating even after hydrating it, now I have large chunks which don't break-up properly and don't burn evenly, all and all a good tasting tobacco, just not happy w... Read Moreith the condition the tobacco I received. Read Less
This is one of my to-go ones. My first flake so far and i must say i love it. As is wrote in the tin, DELICIOUSLY COOL. Burns cool and slow. I could spend more than an hour smoking this with almost none relights and never being bored of it. This one ... Read Moreshould be in the rotation of every pipe smoker who loves VaLat blends. Read Less
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