Black XX Rope from Samuel Gawith has the same twisted shapes but MUCH Darker tobaccos than the Brown No.4. Stoving actually makes a richer and slightly mellower smoke by heating the sugars and increasing the natural oils.
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Love the Tin art, the rope presentation and the tin note. In fact it reminded my of the smell of old dark fired from macbarren which I love. Once xx is lit up I got a flavor of burnt wires and dirt mixed with burning hair. It was horrible. I haven’t ... Read Moredumped a bowl of anything out in ten years until this. On another note smoking pipes company service is exemplary. Read Less
I bought a pound of this, blind, back in 2008. Why, you ask? Because I require horrific mistakes against which to view my more modest successes.
Fresh, it was like smoking a high tech factory fire, with hints of rubber, toxic resins, and a linge... Read Morering WTF finish.
If I ever work up the courage to try any of the 15.98 ounces that I "cellared"... I will update this review. But me thinks 100 yrs is the appropriate amount of aging for this pile - because to enjoy it, your palet needs to be that non functional.
This is not indicative of Samuel Gawith's other offerings many of which (my experience being with the non aromatics) are very fine.
Room Note: this is the stuff you smoke when your done with her. Read Less
I was intrigued with the presentation and had to get some of this rope. While it looks impressive, the smell of it was not pleasant. "Not a problem" I thought, as it's important to give all of the tobacco chance. After packing and lighting, I was not... Read More pleased. The smell was foul, something akin to burning circuitry, mesquite, and rank oil all at once. I also don't like when my pipe hand stinks after smoking. My impression after six months is unchanged as far as aroma goes. As for flavor, I did pick up some sweeter notes on the tobacco after some rest and there was no bite, however, the smell makes me think I'm smoking something toxic. Read Less
Tobacco Stake! Smells great both lit and unlit. Spicy and round, heavy on nicotine. Great for a quick chew as well. This was my first rope tobacco and I enjoyed it so much it got me started on some serious sampling of other ropes too.
My first time smoking Black XX, and a rope tobacco. I was a little afraid of this due to its reviews, but I have to say I love this tobacco.
The tin note was like a medium cigar and I thought, I may as well smoke a good cigar. Boy am I glad I fol... Read Morelowed through. After a little drying time I packed it into my small church warden and was instantly hit with a medium-well grilled steak flavor that only gets better on the retrohale.
The nicotine is there but not overwhelming like some reviewers have suggested. It really needed more drying time, but a great smoke none the less.
It is really good out of the tin and I imagine it will be wonderful when aged. I will definitely be adding this my regular rotation and to my cellar. Read Less
Don't pay attention to any negative review about this amazing tobacco. This is exactly what the gods intended tobacco to taste like. If you have any complaints after smoking Black XX then I suggest you trade in your Grabow for a Vape box and join the... Read More hipster club. If it wasn't out of stock right now, I'd order 5 lbs of it. Read Less
Was given some of this to try by a friend. Very strong over powering taste when being smoked. What you smell from the tin is what you can expect to taste. Managed to get through a full bowl and WOW. Very strong and I just wanted to nap after it.
Wo... Read Morerth smoking if you just want to chillax and do nothing for the rest of the day. Going to go buy some more now :D. Read Less
This rope is not for the timid or wanna be cowboys, or girls for that matter!!! I opened the tin and thought a dog pooped in it. The aroma is strong, the taste is strong, its just plain strong but very good. Absolutely great if you ask me!
This is a very tough tobacco, and very different from anything I had smoked before. Tastes like rubber, burnt steak and so on, and it leaves your pipe temporarily smelling like it suffered a short circuit. I think it is very strange to most of us bec... Read Moreause it has no casing or "spicing" at all. Still, it's not bad, and it is worth trying, if you are in a very adventurous mood. Read Less
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