I let this age almost a year and it did fantastic. Still moist in my jar and smelling like the deep woods after a shower - pure tobacco aroma. I sliced off several chunks using my cigar cutter, separated the leaves and let it set for about 10 minut... Read Morees which was plenty here in Colorado. Then packed my pipe rather loosely and lit it. After the initial bloom it did great. Pleasant aroma of well aged tobacco almost like a prune or rich mushroom. I found it to be rich and strong with no bite. Extremely enjoyable to the bottom of the bowl. Read Less
Absolutely my All-Time favorite! Easily and pleasantly enjoyed anytime of day or night.
When I place in long-term storage I coil it in tall mason jars leaving a center hole that I pack tight with Gawith Hoggarth Latakia to fill in the large airsp... Read Moreace and gently infuse the incensesque smokiness from the latakia overtime. When ready to use cut my coins and enjoy straight up or with a pinch of the Latakia included.
I love straight Virginia's, not much for the burley or perique.
Tradition and Purity never tasted, smelled or smoked so good! Read Less
Without a doubt, this is some strong tobacco. Strong in flavor and very strong in the nic department. If you're looking for a very strong (nic) tobacco and aren't too concerned about flavor or room note, this is the one for you. The rope is a fairl... Read Morey large diameter. The circumference of this rope completely fills my cigar cutter I use for cutting. The tobacco in the rope is fairly dense. It takes a little drying and a little prep before packing a bowl. Drying time will vary. It will need a lot of relights if smoked right away. Also, this rope gunks up the pipe pretty quick. Drying seems to reduce the gunk build-up. Keep this in mind if you aren't planning on using a dedicated pipe for these ropes. The key here is pacing yourself while smoking. A small bowl helps but most importantly, take it slow. The faster your puffing cadence, the higher the odds that Miss nic is going to visit you in a bad way. Slow it down and she becomes a pleasant guest that leaves a good feeling when she's gone. After smoking a bunch of this one and a bunch of Happy Brown Bogie, my opinion is that these are not the same. Not just in diameter but also possibly in the constituent tobacco and processing. HBB was much more mellow no matter how big a bowl I used and no matter how much I puffed away. Both are great ropes in my opinion but Brown Irish X takes the prize for strength. Personally, I really love the prep and smoking of this as it adds to the tradition.
*Update*: I've now smoked through about 16oz of this delightful rope. The last batch I bought seems a bit weaker in strength than the previous batches. This doesn't diminish the enjoyment, just a point of observation. Read Less
I love, Virginia leaf. Twisted and spun into rope, pressed, but not stoved as much as the black twists. This one is strong & smooth. It has a great flavor and a mild cigar strength to it that is very nicely done.. Not like this is my first bowl, Sig... Read Moreh... Ok, ok.. I'm in love again.. Dear Miss Irish X, I've always loved you! Read Less
If you're wanting to venture into the waters of rope tobacco, this is a great place to start. The Virginia flavor is superb. Keep in mind the higher nicotine, go a little slower with it, and you're in for an excellent piping experience.
The best way to prepare this is to slice it into coins with a cheap cigar cutter while trying to keep the coins as thin as possible. I then rub the tobacco out and let it dry. This s some really moist leaf but it dries in no time once you slice it.... Read More I like to use it straight, or as a base with a touch of Virginia for a sweet note.
It is very strong. I've let non-smokers take a few puffs and within a few minutes they start commenting that they feel a full body tingle. So there's that. This is some great, great, great tobacco for those who like tobacco. I usually recommend this to cigar smokers looking to switch over.
10/10 Would Recommend Read Less
I have written several reviews of GH Twists, so I really can only a a delicious, strong, pure tobacco tasting rope. I am led to believe that this the same tobacco as Happy Brown Bogie (which I also enjoy) in a larger diameter twist. Try some. Not for... Read More faint of heart or timid. Read Less
I've found with !ost Gawith & Hoggarths blends that they can be fairly harsh to me when I first get them. However, without fail, if I had them for a few months (3 months seems to be the minimum) they mellow out beautifully and become truly wonder... Read Moreful smokes. This one's been in my cellar about 7 months, and its become magnificent. Silky smooth, with a deep, rich tobacco flavor. Some hints of roasted nuts and coffee, a light sweetness, and even a little vanilla. It burns remarkably cool with enough nicotine to make my tongue tingle a bit with each puff. Pairs surprisingly well with a good brown ale. Read Less
Package note of smoky barbeque, fermented fruit and mildly sour. The wet, three shades of brown, 25/32 inch (20 mm) fat rope needs slicing into thin coins (with a ravor or thin shart knife) and rubbed out to get the fastest drying time. Burn is slow ... Read Moreand requires numberous relights. The strength is medium to strong and nic is medium to strong. No flavoring detected. Taste is medium to full and somewhat consistent, with notes smoky wood, earth, roasted nuts, mild sweet grass, slight floral, slightly spicy, and peppery cigar retro. It's like Dark fired Virginia is wrapped around more Dark fired Virginia and a small amount of dark air cured Indian burley spun into a rope. Room note is tolerable, and aftertaste is outstanding. Read Less
Gawith Hoggarth Brown Irish X, I think I love you. I’m halfway through my first ever bowl of this, and it’s glorious. Bold, earthy, leathery... with a little natural sweetness in there to keep it pleasant. This is definitely the strongest pipe tobacc... Read Moreo I’ve ever tried. Basically every other blend I smoke barely registers with me, nic-wise. And that includes such supposed heavyweights as Irish Flake and HH Bold Kentucky. This is like distilled spirits compared to wine, in my book. For hearty smokers only. Read Less
Strong has been said, nice level set to kill. Ah, yes, this is one excellent rope tobacco. Should be smoked slowly, gentle puffs will reward you to nirvana. I've tried other rope blends, but this one stands out. We'll done gentlemen!
After receiving this tobacco, I cut 3 or 4 thin round pieces with my cigar cutter. As the tobacco was still wet, I let it dry a bit and filled my Peterson pipe. Boy! it was a very strong tobacco. I was dizzy after smoking almost half a bowl and I ... Read Morehad to stop..
The taste is woody and spicy for the first quarter of the bowl and then it becomes harsher after that. I have not been able to finish a bowl yet. This tobacco is for people with high nicotine tolerance. Read Less
Recently tried this and it is in my top 3 Twists. Not as strong as the SG #4 but almost as good and still packs a punch. I found it to have a little bit of a sweetness that cuts through the full body. If you looking for a more mellow Twist this is a ... Read Moremust try!
As an addendum, I think that this and the Happy Brown Bogie are the same blend just a different size... not sure why but if they're not the same they're darn close. I find the HBB easier to prepare. Slicing into 1/4 inch thick coins with a light rub makes pretty much a perfect ribbon cut which packs and smokes brilliantly!!! Read Less
Previously, I made clear of my intense appreciation of Samuel Gawith’s “Brown No. 4” and “Black XX”. However, I must say that these two exceptionally rich smokes are set apart in the ineffable continuum of tobaccos. One (Brown No. 4) being “Habanero”... Read More spicy and intensely rich in flavor (and nicotine), while the other (Black XX), sweet and quite strong with much character and charm. Now, Gawith’s “Brown Irish X Unsliced” represents the point of complete and lasting equilibrium between the two earlier mentioned tobaccos. What more can I say? Enjoy. Read Less
One whiff of this in the Ziploc bag and I knew this was no ordinary pipe tobacco. Using a cigar cutter, I made three small coins that I rubbed out and put in my smallest Meerschaum. It lit easily and burned well, requiring only one re-light. No bite ... Read Morewhatsoever and only a mild aftertaste, despite being by far the strongest tobacco I've ever tried. The smell it left on my jacket was similar to a mild cigar. It was only after finishing that I realized it had knocked me flat on my butt. There's no way this could become my everyday smoke; to me, the nicotine level is just way too high to be enjoyed more than occasionally. Regardless, this is obviously a very high-quality tobacco that deserves a high rating. This is definitely going into the cellar for special occasions. Read Less
Brown Irish X Unsliced [Twist];
Star Rating = 4.75;
Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst;
Pouch Note = 10;
Room Note = 9;
Flavor = 10;
Bite = 10;
Burn = 10;
After Taste = 9;
Raw Score = 58;
Rated Percentage = 97%;
Comment = Sm... Read Moreooth, Medium Strength, Full Body Natural Tobacco Flavor, slight After Taste, White Ash Burn.
If you are one who likes to “play” with your tobacco, by all means get this “Twist” form of tobacco, you can spend countless hours “Slicing, Dicing and Drying” this “Twist” tobacco before it is ready to smoke. I admit I am a lazy pipe smoker so I didn’t find this necessary extra preparation exercise to be of any value to heighten my pipe smoking enjoyment. You had better have a sizable ignition source on hand because you are going to need a lot of BTU’s to get this “Twist” tobacco to light. Once you achieve the first ignition you will need to have your best “Tamping Tool” at the ready to handle the endless re-packings and re-lights that this “Twist” form of tobacco requires. Perhaps you have detected that the “Twist” form of tobacco is not my “cup of tea”. Read Less
If the rope is not preferred, there is the sliced. Either way, you can't go wrong with this hearty meal of a tobacco. It burns clean, and not to hot (provided you take care in how you dry it and how fast you smoke). It comes a little moist, but I lea... Read Moreve mine out overnight, and all's well by morning. The taste is amazing, and it's great for breakfast as sleep depletes our nicotine storage! Read Less
This is the 1st rope I've tried. It won't be the last. PIPE: The purest, most explosive tobacco flavor I've experienced.
PLUG CHEW:Ditto.HAND ROLLED: Be sitting down,and put the rest of yer stash in storage,after this, all other blends seem somehow l... Read Moreess real. SNUFF: Too smooth at 1st pinch,hold on,it's coming like slow freight. Again,it's the truest tobacco flavor I've found. Discribed as unscented, that certain Lakeland fragrance is present, muted yes, but unmistakeable. Normally, I don't care for that aroma, but in this offering, it works. This would be my desert island choice. Read Less
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