Great shag Virginia I like it better that the C&D bright Virginians as they are lighter and burn up way to quick. This has more of a mellow not darker but heavy note. I personally love to role ciges with this for when I have some friends over for... Read More poker night and they love it. I don't smoke cigarettes. So for me this is also my best go to when I want to smoke my corn cob =) Read Less
When I first started smoking pipes, I really didn't like KG, but it grew on me. Its flavor is very simple; like bright Virginias without casing, which will taste very bland to the uninitiated. There is a mild Lakeland essence on it, but not much—my s... Read Moreenses tell me it's rosewater. Once you get a feel for packing the shag cut, you'll find it burns evenly and easily to a fine white ash. While it's not as strongly flavored or complex as many GH favorites such as their flakes and ropes, most tobacco enthusiasts would probably be okay with this in their pipe. It's smooth, there's no bite, and it's not terribly high in nicotine (4/10). As with many blends, these characteristics improve with age, although the Lakeland essence is all but gone from mine by now. The room note wont make you any friends, but the pipe's for you, not them. With all of that said, Kendall Gold is fine stuff, and I like it in a little narrow-chambered cob in the morning. Read Less
Broke out the cob for this one. It pairs nicely with it. Kind of hard to pack as it is very stringy and it will burn very hot and quick. Note is ok as well as taste. It is very smooth and easy smoke it’s more of a I just want to smoke but don’t want ... Read Moremuch flavor kinda deal. Like a low end cigar but a little sweeter. All in all not bad but won’t be in the rotation as i typically prefer English blends but this is a decent change of pace. Read Less
This stuff smells like unbrewed tea and hey (there's gotta be a t&a joke in there somewhere). The room note, according to my roommates, is "nothing".
It taste like tobacco with a mild, yet pronounced sweetness. I'm more into aromatics... Read More, but this stuff was pretty good on it's own. I'll probably use it to mix with some of my cheaper aromatics. Read Less
I’m a huge fan of G&H tobacco. Several of them are my absolute favourites. Kendal Gold is like a fine dessert tobacco without any casing. This is the sweetest tobacco I’ve ever experienced without the addition of any topping. The shag ensures that yo... Read Moreu receive a decent amount of flavour for your puff. Although it does burn slightly hot compared to other G&H shags, it doesn’t bite. It’s full of flavour; natural sweetness above all else, almost like honey combined with hay, and some cornbread to go along with it. I’m just sorry I didn’t discover this sooner. Read Less
I am exploring my options as a new smoker and I bought this since it was in the top 10 list here.
I found it very mild and easy to smoke, no bite and actually stayed lit for me! This might mean that I'm getting better at packing the bowl, but it wa... Read Mores very pleasant. The fine cut of the tobacco reminded me of how cigarette tobacco is cut.
I mixed it with a little straight Cavendish and it was even better. Read Less
My first try of Kendal gold in my Savinelli 320... good flavor, nutty and not too sweet. shag cut is nice, burns fast but no bite. will buy this again, suits my flavor profile as a Virginia smoker. Good all around smoke through out the day for sure.... Read More.. also a good RYO flavorful tobacco, the cut rolls nice...
UPDATE: I enjoyed Kendal Gold so much I ordered 500 g / 1lb+
P.S. -- its always a pleasure doing business with Smoking Pipes, good products, fast processing and delivery. And, prices seem very reasonable as well. Read Less
The cut is a challenge to pack, too tight and it won't stay lit or you get uneven burn which effect the flavor, too light and it's gone before you know it and you've hardly had a chance to experience what it's all about. If you get it right, you get ... Read Morea nice sweet easy on the palette flavor many recall as tasting of hay. The finicky nature of having to get the packing right to get a consistent result loses a few points with me but when it's right it rings every bell for me. Read Less
Best tobacco I've found. Problem is, now it's out of stock. I knew I should have ordered more in my last purchase. I'm down to 1/2 pound. I hope I don't have to try and find a substitute for this tobacco. It would be hard to do.
This is the first time I have tried tobacco from this manufacturer. I didn't care for the pouch smell too much, It really had a sour kind of smell that reminded me of tea. After drying it out the smell was pretty decent of just Va tobacco. I really l... Read Moreike the fine cut, it burns very evenly and is easy to get lit and keep it going. I smoked it a few times out of several different pipes and didn't notice the offensive aftertaste as much right away but upon trying it in a new perfectly clean pipe is was like boom with the soap taste. I experimented a bit more and just came to the conclusion this tobacco has a little bit of soapy taste to it I didn't care for. I had to smoke several bowls of something else to get the ghost out of my pipes too. I was really disappointed and doubt I'll try anything else from this company. Update: I still don't really like this but I was very wrong to assume this represented the quality and flavor of other fine tobacco's I've grown to love from this company. The soapy taste I get from this one blend is nothing like the lovely Lakeland essences I've found in so many of their other blends. Go figure I'd try one of the very few they make I don't like on the first try.
The only other tobacco I ever smelled that had this aroma was a tin of C&D Organic Pipe Dreams that was not at all to my liking and made me feel really sick from smoking like ten years ago that time they tried that. I think they pretty quickly discontinued that blend because the organic method of preserving was having a problem with working correctly and I had one of the early tins that went funky. So my point is maybe this kendal was a small sample that was going bad or not what it should have been in hindsight, I have had other manufacturers have a bad day or batch on rare occasion also so I will give another chance in light of their total line of quality tobaccos at some point. I will try to order 1 oz again soon just for my own satisfaction and the joy of hoping it was a fluke. I will update. Read Less
I enjoy this stuff during the day throughout the warmer months. It's light and refreshing, and smokes great in my MM and Old Dominion cobs. It isn't particularly complex, but the hay and tea notes are great for times when you want something simple.
I'm trying to like this. I liked the color and cut and wanted the hay/citrus taste. The top of the bowl is awesome but it packs so thick and required some poking or I'd end up dumping half of it out thinking it was through. I'm not giving up though. ... Read MoreI smoke it as slow as I can. I think it needs a little drying time for sure though. Read Less
The value of this tobacco is that it adds just the right spice to other tobaccos. If you can imagine a lump of tobacco the size of a set of two eggs, sprinkle this on as you would salt. It takes bland from mild to wild. I do this with Broken Scotch... Read More Flake and Red Style to heighten the enjoyment of both. I understand this sounds unlikely, but the "proof is in the pudding". Read Less
I was fascinated by the gold color. It looks so different than anything else and not a lot of discussion about this blend. What a surprise. Great feel, just dry enough for a good smoke. Pouch smell was tobacco and mild sweetness. Great shag cut,... Read More packs easy and smokes down to the bottom of the bowl. Smooth, mild, yet full flavored and satisfying. It's naturally sweet, but not overly so. No casing. Nice long finish on the palate of grass, tobacco, hay, and some kind of spice. Burns a bit hot. Great stuff. Read Less
Star Rating = 4.75;
Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst;
Pouch Note = 10;
Room Note = 9;
Flavor = 10;
Bite = 9;
Burn = 10;
After Taste = 9;
Raw Score = 57;
Rated Percentage = 95%;
Comment = Very Smooth, Very Mild... Read More, Nice Full Body Natural Tobacco Flavor, White Ash Burn. Read Less
Bought some of the kendal gold based on comments on a RYO tobacco forum and got to say this is the tobacco i wish i'd been smoking the past 30 years - super mild & smooth but still plenty of the most pleasant tobacco taste with some interesting n... Read Moreuances to it, that i've ever experienced. Read Less
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