Part of the Samuel Gawith Mayors Collection, Sam's Flake combines Virginias, Orientals, and a tonquin bean topping into flake form to produce a smoke with plenty of flavor, mellow strength, and a pleasant room-note.
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The tin note reminded me of opening a brand new pouch of Red Man chewing tobacco. Smelled great! Typical Soggy Samuel Gawith. After more than an hour of drying on the kitchen counter, it burned HOT!! Bit my tongue. Just prior to setting my mout... Read Moreh ablaze, I did enjoy the flavor. I don't know if I'll buy this particular blend again, but I do like the fact that Samuel Gawith usually blends the tobaccos in such a way that the natural flavors shine without a lot of toppings or artificial flavors. Read Less
On opening the tin, an intense scent of hay and grass from Virginia greets you. Absolutely no whiff of Orientals, nor of any flavouring. Neatly arranged flake straps of yellow and brown colour, with very few black sparkles. Moisture in tin is unexpec... Read Moretedly low for a Samuel Gawith. This brand normally stands for soaking wet tobaccos. Still, it needs a little drying time before stuffing. According to the producer this mixture consists of Virginias and Orientals only, with an additional flavouring of tonka bean.
The main players of this mixture are the Virginias with flavours of hay, grass, earth and a hint of citrus. The Orientals are in a far background. They are here to donate some body, wood and a little spice to the blend, not to show up. They marry up well with the Virginias. IMO the tonka bean flavouring is unnecessary, but it has been done carefully. I care more about the traces of a floral note that I don’t like. Given the place of production (Kendal, Lakeland) it could be possible, that a cloud of dreadful “Lakeland essence” touched this blend unintentionally. These two alien flavours set back the natural tobacco aromas considerably. The nicotine level is low. This mixture is far from being characterful or deep digging. It does not stand out in any way. I shall not come back to it. Read Less
This flake has a light, sweet topping sometimes referred to as, "British flavoring." I liked it at first, but held off any conclusion until I finished a tin. It really grew on me. The smoke has a refined, balance of flavors, light, but n... Read Moreot thin. The find of the year, so far. Read Less
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