I am from Louisiana and this blend reminds me of home. Just the right pairing of sweet raisin notes with a fair amount of heat. As VaPer's go, this is a beauty. I could go for some more heat in this blend but that may be because I am a Louisianan.
Ordered it because i heard so much about it. outstanding rich and deep tones in the smoke. doesnt come on right away either. i tend to puff away and this one shouldnt be rushed--but savored. it will reward you for that. fruity in a deep way--raisin... Read Morey slightly. liked it so much immediately bought the 250gm. Read Less
Delicious tin nose of fermented Virginia and fruity Perique. As always with Samuel Gawith, the tobacco in tin is soaking wet. A nuisance! First of all I take theses dark brown and thick flake straps, rub them out roughly, spread it on a plate and let... Read More it air for several hours or even overnight. Don’t overdo it with drying, the blend will lose a lot of flavours, not strength, even if you re-moister it. There is only Virginia and Perique in this mixture and I cannot detect any added flavouring, casing or topping.
It’s all top quality tobacco. The robust Virginias donate aromas of bread, yeast, fermented grass, earth, natural tobacco and sweetness, all in different grades and shades as you go on. The Perique is both, pleasantly fruity (plum/raisin) and peppery. ST. JAMES FLAKE is rather a strong mixture, due to the robust selection of Virginias on the one hand, and the peppery part of Perique on the other hand. Perique is the leader in this blend most of the time. Nic-hit is medium to strong. It’s a characterful Va/Per, but not an all day smoke. Read Less
Cold very pleasant aroma, with hints of chocolate, leather, plum and a touch of coffee. Invites burn slowly in a medium pipe. Perique, with a touch some pepper, adorns a somewhat creamy and very tasty smoke. VAPER is necessary to have wide collection... Read More of tabacoo. Read Less
This flake is like a drug sometimes. You hit the sweet spot and you will chase that experience everytime. Dark, brooding and utterly fantastic. I usually rub out or 1/4 inch strips and stuff. Always satisfies if done right.
After my first smoke of this flake I was left wondering why it was in such short supply and loved by many. A fellow pipe smoker told me to jar it up and forget about it. It ages like it's on "steroids" so he claims. After only 3 months of p... Read Moreroperly jarring/aging it he was absolutely right. This will become a main stay for me and well stocked in my cellar. I can't even imagine what this will taste like 1,2,3,4,5 years from now. Like candy I'm sure. Pure bliss for me. Read Less
This is All-Time for me! I bought a box on a whim and dang, good purchase. Needs to dry more than I let it but I don't mind. Doesn't bit me, I have no complaints on this at all. On my short list for best everyday tobaccos.
I knew I had Something special when I took the first whiff of the tin. Dates, fig, pepper and wet hay... awesome tin aroma that was unlike any Va/Per I have smelled. The smoke is almost perfect, I did let it dry a bit before lighting. The same tin ar... Read Moreoma is in the entire smoke, from top to bottom... Absolutely beautiful. Very high quality tobacco. I’m going to buy a ton and age it, I can only imagine what this will bloom into in a year or more. Read Less
I don't know why it's taken me so long to write up my thoughts on this flake but sometimes I just forget to sing my praise of some old favorites. This one is definitely a favorite and I consider it to be one of the finest VaPer's on the market. This ... Read Morewill give you low base notes with some sharpness from the Perique. It's of the yeasty bready kind of flavors rather than the light hay like notes you would find in lighter VaPer's. I enjoy dark flakes and low notes and this one satisfies on every level. The flakes are packed ready to smoke, especially in the box and that is usually uncommon with Samuel Gawith tobaccos, I've smoked a lot of this and have never had to dry it before I load up and I like my tobaccos dry because I get a lot more flavor that way. These flakes will age with grace but require no cellar time to produce an amazing smoke. Nicotine level is just about medium so this is perfect for all day smoking. I just can't praise this one enough!
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I'm scratching my head on the bulk purchase. The flakes were much lighter in color and the cut much thinner than the tinned version I have on hand. I tried a flake before splitting the box into two jars and putting it in the cellar, but it didn't hav... Read Moree near the taste that my tinned version had. This being the first bulk version I've purchased, I thought maybe a bit of time would improve things. After 11 months (purchased in March 2017), I cracked one of the jars to give it another shot. Surprisingly, there wasn't much smell in the jar, especially compared to the tinned version I also have in the cellar, but the flakes had still maintained their moisture level. I tried a smoke and it was still quite bland. Unfortunately, this didn't resemble my stash of the tinned version at all. Maybe a poor batch? I'll probably just stick to the tinned version in the future. Read Less
First off I should say that my opinion may be a little biased here as I have a lot of love for all blends Gawith. The Virginia they put out is of optimal quality and has a unique strong flavor due to whatever casing they use and the variety of Virgi... Read Morenia also. All that being said, St. James flake is slightly different for me. It comes in beautiful, long, very dark brown flakes, and when fresh it tends to be very moist and puts off a strong acidic or vinegar smell. Based on past experiences with blends purporting to contain St. James perique I can only conclude that this particular brand of vinegar aroma is being put off by the perique. Without significant air time (and in my case air time along with several months of aging), this can lead to a rather uncomfortable smoke. When smoked fresh, the flavor was fantastic, and the nicotine just right, but the acidity of the smoke was too high, and the worst part is the flavor is so good I would soldier on and get severe tongue bite. For me the experience is reminiscent of fresh Deception Pass or Mississippi River, both of which had a similar issue when fresh and needed significant airing out and aging. When this happens (at least for me), there is no amount of slowing down that will spare me from horrific tongue bite, but despair not fellow pipe smokers! Given the time it needs to air out and settle down, St James flake becomes a solid medium strength, deliciously flavored vaper with a very minimal chance for giving tongue bite(though I should state that I've been smoking in an off and on way, often putting down
my pipe several times per bowl). Depending on whether you rub it our fully or into thick twigs it can smoke for less than an hour or well over an hour in my experience. I like to prepare mine a little crunchy, as it speeds up the smoke a little and gives large volumes of creamy smoke and tons of flavor, though more care is required to prevent bite. There is definitely a casing here that infuses the tobaccos with a dark fruity flavor and hints of chocolate in the background. There is also a slight sour note that remains regardless of how long you air it out or age it. The flavor of the Virginia here is much the same as FVF to my taste, which is a good thing. The perique, though present throughout, is more noticeable towards the bottom with added spice, and remains secondary to the fantastic VA flavor the whole time. Nicotine levels can be medium to high depending on your tolerance, so take it slow. I enjoy St James flake in a tall and narrow pipe like I do with all Gawith VAs, as it really let's that sweet and salty VA flavor develop. I almost hope that I've just been unlucky with my purchases and that I've been receiving abnormally high acidity batches, but I have a feeling this is just the way it comes. Therefore, if you have a sensitive palate then it becomes a question of if you mind waiting for the perique to settle down and smooth out or not. For me, it is worth the wait. Read Less
There isn't much more to say about this blend that hasn't been said here already. Great right out of the tin. One of the best tin notes for a Va/Per. These flakes age better than any other blend I've ever purchased. By which I mean that the color,... Read More tin note (jar note), and flavors become dramatically different with age. More so than any other blend. Read Less
i have always been happy with Gawith. i particularly enjoy the fact that they produce much of their blends on 18th century equipment....BUT this little bulk purchase i made was unsmokable. It was as sour as drinking vinegar...not like the citrus you ... Read Moremay get from other VaPers, and it certainly isn't the Lakelands "essence". It was plain awful, and Smoking Pipes refunded me without question, which has made a loyal customer out of me. i am now aging the remainder of the flake to see if anything changes in 6 months or longer that may change it. If it doesn't lose that acrid acidity, it isn't even worth blending with...ill probably end up using it around tomato plants to keep the insects away. Still, i am going to give a tin a go. Many times bulk and tins are quite different, and it is wholly unlike Gawith to produce something like i have in the jar now. i give them a free mulligan on this one, cuz all other Gawith Tabacs have been Bang on. Read Less
Definitely the prettiest flake you ever did see. Browns, marbled with black, and even cream (cross sections of leaf stems?). Tin note is wonderfully pungent, slightly acidic. It even had some sugar crystal blossoms, indicating it is well aged. I wa... Read Moresn’t so sure at first. It started out with more grass/hay than I care for in Virginias. But it sweetened, and developed more chocolate half way through. Generous amount of Perique, which I like. Could use some drying time, but smokes well straight from the tin. A complex, and delightful smoke. I would rate it in my top five Va/Pers. Read Less
This went straight into my regular rotation after the first tin I enjoyed it so much.
True to S.G form, it comes out the tin very moist and requires some drying out but this isn't necessarily a bad thing as there's nothing worse than opening a tin/p... Read Moreouch of tobacco to find overly dry dust where there was once an enjoyable tobacco!
Tin note is figs, plum, raisins and I also get the "ketchup" yet not as strong as with McClelland 2015 Virginia/Perique for example. Sweet too with the VAs coming through with fresh hay/grass notes
Not too much Vitamin-N at all as I can smoke this all day, unlike McClelland 2015 which has given me a nicotine rush before but I still enjoy immensely.
I experienced no tongue bite whatsoever from this tobacco, it tastes really nice & sweet with increasing strength the further down it gets, enjoyable all the way to the bottom leaving a nice fine clean ash at the end.
On the whole this is a highly enjoyable VaPer tobacco from Samuel Gawith, one I suggest you try if you haven't done so already, one well worth putting some age on so buy a few tins and one to smoke just now of course! ;-) Read Less
This stuff is well-deserving of its reputation... both the good and the bad. When you hit it, it's complex, deep, almost frightening and brooding, with a sweetness that entices you back into the swamp.
But it's inconsistent, and very difficult to wo... Read Morerk with, and will burn like an inferno if you're not careful. What can I say? Skill rewards smokers. Read Less
Wow, does this have a lot of sugar casing. I bet it's great tobacco underneath but I can't tell. Also one of the wettest flakes that I've encountered. Maybe my tin got too much mountain dew sauce at the factory. All that said, Sam G makes excellent t... Read Moreobacco. I must be of a different school of thought on tobacco. I prefer american VA Pers... hold the frosting. Read Less
This blend was a good break from my normal routine smokes. The sweet va's interplay with the spicy perique rather nicely. Full bodied, yet simple and refined. Took some drying time. Good smoke and didn't taste dirty.
Smoking this for the first time right now; I'm blown away! Lots of pepper and fruit flavors, mildly sweet, and burns very cool. I let the flake dry for an hour and a half, it probably could have used a little more drying time but I couldn't wait any ... Read Morelonger. The tin note and room note are both very pungent and fruity. A beautiful Va/Per! Read Less
I've tried multiple VaPers, and this is among the best. I smoked it right out of the tin with no drying time. Lighting was a bit of a challenge but once it got going it burned evenly. It began with the taste of Virginias, sweet and mellow, and then t... Read Moreransitioned to the strong, smoky Perique. There was little bite. This could easily become my everyday, all-day go-to smoke. Looking forward, I expect to see a lot of this in my cellar before too long. Read Less
Thanks to St James Parish Louisiana for this spicy but smooth Perique. And Samuel Gawith for the masterful blend. It does need a little airing out as it is fairly moist when first opened. Can't speak to aging it as it is never around long enough at m... Read Morey house. If you want to experience the Perique spice this is a great place to start. Read Less
I use this to rest from University Flake, it's a good medium Virginia. They say there's Perique here... kidding! Of course tastes a bit different from pure Va and I like it (I love Va).
But if you're at the stage where you want to know how Perique t... Read Moreastes like, this is not the right tobacco in my humble opinion. Read Less
I affectionately refer to this blend as 'The Hammer' as it vastly eclipses just about every other VaPer I've come across.
Samuel Gawith has really changed the game with their expertise in creating full flavoured, full bodied virginia flakes applied ... Read Moreto creating a full virginia perique blend. If you like Full Virginia Flake, and I'm pretty sure you do given how hard it is to find it in stock, and you are fond of VaPers, then this might be, for you, like me, your The One tobacco.
The virginia in this flake is very dark and intense, yet mellow to smoke - this is enriched and spiced up with the application of particularly spicy perique. I do not know if this is a factor of their source of perique, or whether it's the crusty bits falling off of their three century old flake presses, but this has all the flavour, strength, and pleasure of smoking 3 bowls of escudo at once; yet it's quite mellow and smooth!
As with all S.G. Flakes, it's very earthy, dry, and smokey, rather like my favourite red wine, and as mentioned, the perique in this blend is a spicy fig-and-pepper bolt in the dark. Read Less
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