Sam gawiths navy flake is not what I expected, but that isn't a bad thing here. I assumed there would be a stronger Latakia presence but instead there is just enough to lend some flavor and complexity. The first half of the bowl brought more up fro... Read Morent Latakia aroma and light on the Virginia, with the rums sweetness coming through quite nicely. The room note is quite pleasant here, evoking memories of pipe smoke in my childhood. As the bowl develops into the second half the sweet and salty bread gawith virginias really take over for me, with the Latakia and rum taking a step back but still present in a more subtle way. The dynamic here lasts throughout the remainder of the bowl, and I found myself greedily puffing for more, when in the first half I was about to put it down for some dgt. To me SG navy flake is a sleeper blend, and continually grows on me. I love FVF and it not only scratches the same itch but adds a little complexity. With that being said I don't think it truly earns the 4th dot for flavor, though I can imagine with a year or two of age on it navy flakes flavor will indeed deepen and become sweeter. Like most gawith virginias this one has a tendency to bite me if I get carried away even remotely, and therefore it remains an occasional treat. It's worth trying for sure. Read Less
This is my first time ever and I'm convinced it's top of the line backy nice cool and satisfied smoke upon opening tin I was greeted with long wide lushest flakes excellent taste and easily rubbed out now I'm not into all the fancy crap but this is a... Read More nice tastey smoke you won't go wrong with this one keep on puffing pipers Read Less
Sweet smoke with nice virginia forward flavor. The rum is an nice element that took me a couple of bowls to appreciate. If you don't like it at first, give it another try. It's very smooth, produces a lot of smoke and doesn't cause bite of any kind... Read More. It's not going to be in my regular rotation but it's a nice tobacco when I want something a little different. Read Less
My I Pad has a way of dropping stars,so I give this five in word.This is better than Bothy Flake,in my opinion.Someone wishing to enter the ranks of Samuel Gawith may well try this,as it is a smooth,yet full flavor mixture.Just a hint of Lat.In my op... Read Moreinion,very good. Read Less
I'm not a latakia fan so I thought based on the rum flavoring I may enjoy this. After going through the 1st of 2 tins I ordered I'm suprised to say that while I found the latakia tolerable, it was the only flavor I got from this. It was barely there ... Read Moreand that was the only flavor. I didn't get any rum even on the retrohale. Its not bad but it was so one dimensional and light it's not what I enjoy smoking. It was, like all SG tobacco, moist from the tin and required drying. The flakes rubbed out great and packed well. Just not for me. I'll try the 2nd tin just incase I got a bad tin and update this if required...
Addendum... not change with the 2nd tin... same thing. I can see why one would like this... it's a quality tobacco... just not my thing. Read Less
One of my favourite flakes when smoked in a pipe that has a hefty latakia flavour embedded in the briar. However, in a fresh pipe, I find it to be a tad acrid as many virginia blends seem to me. More latakia would be nice, but still a lovely smoking ... Read Moretobacco. Read Less
This is a great tobacco. Virginias are always on the front while latakia gives a round and smoky flavor to it. It needs to dry properly, otherwise, you`ll get frustrated!!!
Once aired, the smoke is very pleasant and smooth. Sweet virginias and a sub... Read Moretle latakia gives a creamy, enjoyable and high rewarded smoke. Will buy more of this stuff!! Read Less
This is one of my favorite flakes, and the coolest, sweetest of them all. I really like the fact that it is a navy flake with some latakia, which only adds to the sweetness without making it any heavy or tasting like a English blend. I love English b... Read Morelends, but this one is a break from them (still with some latakia). Read Less
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