We mentioned some of their products in our recent post on "How to Prepare Rope Tobacco," but what is it about Gawith, Hoggarth & CO. that drives so many fans to its variety of tobaccos? Surprisingly there's not a whole lot of information out there about the company, so here's a few facts to get you going.
- Old Testament Tobacco Simply put, Gawith Hoggarth and Co. offers tobacco, done the old way. The process dates back to around 1792, and not much has changed since. In fact, the Cumbria-based firm still uses the same turn of the century machinery for production. Why? Well, the results simply can't be reproduced by any modern method. The Kendals, like Kendal Gold and Kendal Dark are some of their best-selling products, using only clean cut, pure Virginias for a great shag-cut pipe tobacco. The Kendal Kentucky is just Burley, and the Mixture? Well, it's simply pure Burley and Virginias.
- Pure Tobacco, No Additives England has some pretty strict rules on additives, preservatives, and humectants, and so Gawith and Hoggarth just doesn't use them. In fact, if a tobacco is "flavored" with anything, it's always simple toppings sourced from natural essential oils and extracts, which are subject to the same stringent laws, as well. The purity of the tobacco and old production process, as you might expect, do affect the flavor of Gawith, Hoggarth and Co.'s blends. If you're looking for an old-school, pure tobacco, there's really no other manufacturer like Gawith and Hoggarth.
- Flakes are Extremely Time Consuming Gawith and Hoggarth flakes are some of the most desirable tobaccos around. From Ennerdale to Best Brown #2, they represent the pinnacle of the manufacturer's production. But how long does it take to produce one flake? Well it takes approximately 28 days to press one cake, which is then sliced into appropriate quantities, before it's boxed and tinned. These flakes are still produced using machinery from the 1790s, with production patents still in place from c. the 1880s. All Gawith and Hoggarth flakes were originally formed using a coal-fired press, but the marque has augmented the machinery to now accommodate gas — the only production change made in the past 100 years!
- Ropes are Surprisingly Delicate Originally used by sailors (and later by miners for chewing, their occupation preventing them from smoking at work), rope tobaccos may seem sturdy and durable, but Gawith and Hoggarth's twists are actually their most delicate product. It requires a perfect execution every time to produce these unique tobaccos. Much like their flakes, these ropes can't be produced with modern machinery. In fact, when Gawith and Hoggarth moved their factory from downtown Kendal to the suburbs, they had to actually move all the turn-of-the-century machinery with them, as it simply can't be replaced.
- Sheer Variety of Products From the fine-cut Kendal shags, to tightly twisted ropes, to pressed flakes, and lovely ribbon cuts, Gawith and Hoggarth simply offers quality tobacco in a variety of forms. In fact, most, if not all, of their products are available in bulk, which can save you a lot of money in the end. For tobacco done the old way, there's really nothing like it. So if you've haven't tried any Gawith Hoggarth blends, or haven't tried them in a while, check out our site and find something that fits you. With so many blends, cuts, and types available, you're sure to find your new Gawith and Hoggarth tobacco of choice.
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