Rum Flake, from Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. is the 'Christmas cake' of all tobaccos. A very rich, sweet fully flavored blend. The main feature is the high proportion of naturally sweet sun-cured tobaccos in the blend - over 40%. Only 30% Virginia leaf, with the rest of the blend coming from Burleys and Dark-air cured contribute to a rich, but rewarding smoke. The whole blend is cased in maple sugars to further enhance the natural sweetness of the sun cured leaf and then rounded off with a dash of rum.
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Great first of the morning smoke, works very well with a good hot cup of strong coffee. Not a complex smoke more straight forward than some of G&H's other blends, It has a very alluring scent and nice room note. Nic-Hit one step less than medium with... Read More a light aftertaste. Another classic tobacco from a classic English Co. Highly recommended!!!! Update 1/31/19! Gets much richer with age! Read Less
In the tin aroma, I pick up on rum, licorice, and vanilla as well as some tang from the Virginias. The flavor is very complex and is accompanied by the Lakeland essence. This is a great smoke if you enjoy the Lakeland tobaccos. It can bite if pushed ... Read Moretoo hard. Read Less
Bulk purchase. Sweet smelling flake. Hints of maple. Rubbed out or stuffed, this burns forever. I sometimes detect only the slightest of Lakeland essence but I primarily get the sweet sugar, some maple and a bit of rum. This is a fantastic smoke.
I don’t smoke this often but when I do I am always glad I did. I tend to not like the “Lakeland Essence” either but in this case the Rum and maple go really well with it. Like written bellow the maple shows more later. This is a really nice smoke to ... Read Morehave around. To add bite was very low. Read Less
i,m finding myself smoking this blend in stead of all the others in my stash. it has aromatic qualities plus a fluctuating strength,smokiness,sweetness,lasts forever in the bowl,a new fav for sure. it,s not just brown flake with rum. there is so much... Read More more going on. wonderfull blend! Read Less
GH makes some extremely high quality blends, and they have a well-deserved reputation. Because I don't like the Lakeland essence very much, I've often avoided GH. However, this flake is markedly different than the others I've had. It's rich with thos... Read Moree "old world" flavors, rum, and is mildly sweet (read: sweet for GH). I didn't realize there was maple sugar in it until I had some that was aged for three years; the maple topping is very subtle when fresh. It comes out even more when it's aged for ~6 months or more. While there is definitely a small amount of Lakeland essence, it's just barely there. This flake will likely agree with those who're on the fence about the Lakeland essence. The one and only thing I wish they'd do with this blend, is to let it age a bit before sending it out. The maple flavor comes through in full force when given some time in the cellar, and it's one of the most satisfying smokes I've ever had. All the same, it's a fine smoke when it's fresh, but it goes from fine to incredible with some age—a truly amazing transformation. Read Less
This flake has become one of my go-to tobaccos during those times when I'm not quite sure which mix I want to smoke next (if I had my way I'd smoke nothing else but Gawith & Hoggarth twists, but my current supply level as well as high cost thanks to ... Read Morecrazy import duties prohibit this). I strongly disagree with some reviews I've read (tobaccoreviews.com and elsewhere) describing Rum Flake as simply Rum Twist in flake form: The two are worlds apart in terms of constituents, taste, burning characteristics and, to some extent, strength. I prefer rubbing the tobacco out (or chopping it up a little in my coffee grinder - which is useless as a coffee grinder but the best tobacco grinder the makers have ever invented) before smoking. Although the flake is nice and moist, I find I don't have to dry it out at all before smoking, although, perhaps as a consequence of this, I find that it can smoke a little hot; however, I have not yet been bitten by it at all. The only reason this tobacco does not get the full 5 stars is that the already mentioned Gawith & Hoggarth twists have become the yardstick against which I measure all other tobaccos; and this one, good as it is, is not quite up there. Read Less
I've enjoyed Rum Flake very much, especially when it's been aged. It has a wonderfully complex natural tobacco flavor with subtle notes of dark rum, and is not overly sweet in the least. GH&Co. makes blends with strong and complex flavor profiles—Rum... Read More Flake being no exception. Unlike some of their offerings, Rum Flake isn't cigar-like at all. To the uninitiated, the name would have you thinking that it's going taste like rum, but it really doesn't. As with most all G.H.&Co. blends, the nicotine level is noticeable, but in this case it's not overwhelming or even high (about 6 out of 10). Tongue bite potential is minimal. Overall, I'd label it an exceptionally good, and highly recommended blend for the experienced pipe smoker. 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 = Smooth, Strong Strength,... Read More Full Body Natural Tobacco Flavor, has a slight Sweet Taste, enjoyable smoke. Read Less
Very slight Lakeland note. A pretty mundane flavor really, and not very sweet. Seems like the sugars have changed to starch. Sure, the burley's there and provides body, but there's no molasses with it. The VA is good, but there's very little by pr... Read Moreoportion. If you want a good Rum-topped burley/virginia, look to C&D's Redburn. Seriously, C&D is unmatched when it comes to toppings. This one has more anise (a common component I'm finding in all of G&H's offerings), and I don't taste any rum. There's better burley/VA flakes out there, namely from Mac Baren. This is good, but it's just not great. Nicotine is 2.5 outta 5 Read Less
I am absolutely loving this tobacco. Sipping away like a mad man as I type this, and drooling from the delicious, rich flavors that are perfectly working together and creating one of the greatest pipe sessions I have ever had. My lord this is an inc... Read Moreredible smoke. I’ll take a pound please!!! Read Less
Just as title implies, this is a really good aro, I pickup up all the flavors, and the maple casing, then comes the tang and zing from the Virginia and burley , no tongue bite, one if my favorite aros along with GL Pease Barbary Coast, Virginia Cr... Read Moreeam, and Stonehenge flake. Read Less
There is no way to fault this blend. Enthralling tin note. Perfect moisture right out of the tin (if you don’t mind a little gurgle, and I don’t). Immensely satisfying while still incredibly cool-burning. No bite or burn whatsoever. It is indeed an a... Read Morero, but one that smokes like a non-aro. Neither the Virginia nor the burley takes center stage, but, true to the advertising on the packaging, they blend harmoniously like a seductive and well-choreographed dance. It doesn’t get much closer to perfect than this.
I just bought ten more tins. Can’t wait till they get bulk back in stock. Read Less
In fact tea to a coffee drinker is a great way to describe this tobacco. There is nothing wrong with it having the grassy and yeast bread flavors of the Virginia in the background but it’s bland to someone who prefers more flavorful choices. The nico... Read Moretine is there just not much flavor if you prefer English or aromatics this one won’t sway you to Virginia’s. For more flavor stick to G&H Bobs Chocolate Flake or American Delight. Read Less
As mentioned below, this is a great blend with a scrumptious tin-note, but the raw smokey meatiness of the tobacco does tend to leave the note in the tin. I get almost none of the essence in the smoke. As with most, there is a puff or two where I c... Read Morean "get it" but most it is just muscling through.
That being said, this may also be a tin that I have to revisit in a few months after it has mellowed. Read Less
I am smoking this fully rubbed out,in a properly filled pipe,so there's plenty of air flow around the strands of tobacco.I gave it no drying time,and it stays lit with no problems.The flavor stays pretty much the same throughout the smoking.This one ... Read Moregets five stars,because I could not find a reason not to.It deserves the five.Never mind the word play regarding "maple", and "sweet";This is not Capt. Black,and could well knock you off your riding mowers,as it did me.If you want the satisfaction of nicotine,and full flavor,but not the blistering sensation in your mouth from Half N Half,give this a try.Really. Read Less
I had high hopes for this blend. Don't get me wrong, it's a perfectly acceptable and unoffensive smoke, even for a non-aromatic smoker. Casing is barely detectable at all. I'm just not a fan of the "Lakeland essence," which is featured prom... Read Moreinently on the exhale. Some liken it to a "soapy" taste, but I think it tastes exactly like Nag Champa incense. Not a fan of that part. I'll keep it around though to see what age does, and for a rare occasion I may want to fire it up. I'm being more harsh than necessary, just don't like the incense flavor. Read Less
I believe a slow smoking cadence is best suited to bring out the subtleties in this rather delicate blend. It arrives in a nice somewhat broken flake form and is very easy to break up and light. A very pleasant and rich fruity taste with hints of spi... Read Morece makes this blend a winner. Read Less
This is a high-quality tobacco with a wonderful, rich tin note. Once lit, though, the sheer strength of the flavor overwhelms whatever rum/maple flavors may be in there. I've experienced the same problem with Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.'s Rum Twist. I... Read More don't mind strong tobaccos, but it's disappointing when a flavor disappears upon being lit. Read Less
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