I have been a dyed in the wool fan for over 40 years. It's what led me into the enjoyment of tobacco pipes. I had long wished to find a dark shag tobacco that would best fit the description of Holmes's everyday smoke. And now I have found not one, bu... Read Moret two that vie for the title. Kendal Dark Shag, and Kendal Dark Bird's Eye. Both are manufactured by the English firm of Gawith & Hoggarth which have been around since just 10 years before Holmes is said to have been born, and both are the darkest shags I know of. Kendal Dark is very strong on the nicotine scale, but surprisingly pleasant to smoke: almost creamy smooth with maybe a touch of flowery or fruity notes. I have added it to my choice of everyday smokes, but not all day smokes. Two bowls of it in a row have given me visions of Holmes's Stradivarius floating over my head and playing 'Barcarole'! I can well imagine the visions Holmes must have had smoking out a three pipe problem with this or the Bird's Eye shag and see the denouement of a seemingly insoluble riddle materialize before his very eyes. I give it five stars, though I had a problem displaying more than 4.71 stars on the display. Read Less
This is a fantastic tobacco, creamy, woody, smoky, slightly sweet, slightly spicy. this is a finely cut shag tobacco, so it packs easily. I love it with my morning coffee, it definitely hits the spot. If you're not used to higher nicotine blends, you... Read More need to be careful with this one!
I recommend drying it a little and then pack it and smoke away! Read Less
I tried several times to get through a bowl of this vile mix and failed. I don't find it strong or harsh, just nasty. I reminds me of an old cheap drugstore cigar. Maybe I lack the refined palate to appreciate this one but I hope my hero Holmes was n... Read Moreot subjecting himself to this. Read Less
There's no Lakeland in this. Unlike our C&D or Pease mixtures, this one is much less tangy than a red VA, and possesses no citrus from the bright VA. Perhaps it's the casing but this is woody sweet with a slight anise flavor. It's a little one-dim... Read Moreensional in comparison to the more complex flavors of the Red and Bright VAs. This also possesses a decidedly cocoa flavor to it... wow, I could really taste the chocolate after sipping this and then after a sip of coffee. The mouth feel is creamy and doesn't posses the sharpness we encounter in most VA. Because of this, it won't wear out your tongue and we can smoke this one all day. I usually equate anise and cocoa with burley - not virginia, so it was a little different but pleasant (think sweet chocolate licorice). I absolutely love the shag cut; packing is easy, it burns steady, albeit quickly, stays lit longer and produces gobs of smoke. Sip it. The shag cut will heat up quick, turn ashy, harsh and you'll lose the nuance. The nicotine is stronger than most, and I'd rate this one at 3 out of 5. One to have with a black coffee, but not one I'd consider as an after-dinner tobacco. Read Less
A remarkable pouch note greets you, as with so many other Gawith Hoggarth greats. Something between smoked beef, spices and fresh leather fills your nostrils. I know this is a Gawith Hoggarth product, but if you’ve puffed through a lot of Samuel Gawi... Read Moreth blends, this distinct scent might remind you of what might be SG’s masterpiece, another pure Virginia offering, the barely obtainable Brown Number Four rope/twist blend. This similarity might strike you in the pouch note but also in two other areas: Kendal Dark’s rich though simple flavor and its quite heady nicotine blast. Though I originally preferred GH’s more complex and medium-strong burley-Virginia blend Kendal Mixed as more of a go-to, Kendal Dark soon replaced it, and stands as the GH blend to which I keep returning. It’s there for when I seek a powerful smoke session paired with strong, simple flavor—preferably after a meal. One large bowl of this will have me set for quite a few hours! Once again, Gawith Hoggarth proves it can significantly brighten one’s day in a short amount of time.
5.0 stars. Read Less
With a whisky highball or some coke & in the right pipe, this blend really reminds me of that deep taste you get in your mouth after sucking on a piece of dark chocolate until it has been dissolved. I smoke this on occasion and have it in a pipe ... Read Morewhich has been dedicated for those chocolate craving nights. Overall it is a great deep & rich blend, especially if you like a bit of nicotine. Love the shag cut too. Read Less
I love everything about this tobacco. The taste is so pleasant and satisfying. The shag put me off at first, but the cut is easy to deal with, and burns nicely, even straight out of the bag, and it is plenty strong. Smoked cool, it has a lot of toba... Read Morecco flavour and a mild but noticeable casing or top flavour.
Now out of stock, or there'd be pounds in the mail, headed my way.
Need more, Much more!
Edited to add: I have since gotten pounds more. I still like it, maybe a bit less so, but sure do like it. Good nicotine, nice intensity of flavour, and very pleasant flavour. I still think the tobacco deserves five stars. Read Less
This is really good dark fired forward blend where you can really taste the quality leaf used. The Virginia mostly stays in the background nicely but it pops up to the front a little more here and there throughout the bowl and is detectable pretty mu... Read Morech whole bowl. Good and smooth any time of the day or night. It has a hint of an old house smell to it in the pouch aroma kind of like Planta Mild English but I detect it as really well aged tobacco in the smoking. The pouch note is not a huge selling point that's going to win a lot of people over in my opinion but I recommend looking past that. No Lakeland essence detected. I really enjoy the shag cut a lot. It's perfect for a quicker smoke on a local trip or when you've only got a few minutes but it goes well in a deeper pipe too for a little longer smoke if you'd like. Has some nicotine too. No issues with it burning hot at a reasonable pace and plenty of volume of tasty smoke. I let it dry out really good and pack moderately but not overly tight. Stays lit well too. I like the Dark Bird's Eye too and this is a good tobacco to have in rotation with it. Very clean tasting with no hint of bite or bitterness. My only regret is that I only bought 1 oz to try, It's going to go fast. Certainly worth ordering again. Highly recommended if you enjoy dark fired and shag cut that's really meant for the pipe. Read Less
Tobacco's like Kendall dark are the reason I love Sam Gawith/GH. It contains only dark, strong tobaccos, but the way it's processed makes it smooth enough to smoke any time and any way, whether morning, afternoon, or evening. Sometimes I even mix i... Read Moret 25 or 50% into my ryo cigarettes (when I smoke then) when I'm looking for something with a lot of flavor and strength, but I can't do it all the time as it packs quite the punch on the lungs. If you like flavorful, strong tobaccis you can't go wrong here, but by itself it may be to simple for some. I know some people think there is a Lakeland topping on Kendal dark and dark Birdseye, but I'm almost 100% sure there is no topping, and that the suspect is in fact the dark air cured that has a very unique aroma that is almost floral and sweet. Read Less
I have been a dyed in the wool fan for over 40 years. It's what led me into the enjoyment of tobacco pipes. I had long wished to find a dark shag tobacco that would best fit the description of Holmes's everyday smoke. And now I have found not one, bu... Read More... t two that vie for the title. Kendal Dark Shag, and Kendal Dark Bird's Eye. Both are manufactured by the English firm of Gawith & Hoggarth which have been around since just 10 years before Holmes is said to have been born, and both are the darkest shags I know of. Kendal Dark is very strong on the nicotine scale, but surprisingly pleasant to smoke: almost creamy smooth with maybe a touch of flowery or fruity notes. I have added it to my choice of everyday smokes, but not all day smokes. Two bowls of it in a row have given me visions of Holmes's Stradivarius floating over my head and playing 'Barcarole'! I can well imagine the visions Holmes must have had smoking out a three pipe problem with this or the Bird's Eye shag and see the denouement of a seemingly insoluble riddle materialize before his very eyes. Read Less
I just received this tobacco, today. What a treat! It has a full rich flavor, smooth cool smoke. It doesn't bite, nice nicotine hit ( not over powering ). Burns too white ash. It's just my opinion, but give this Kendal Dark a try. You won't be disapp... Read Moreointed. Read Less
This was the best surprise upon ordering a new batch of tobaccos to try. G&H is a favourite of mine, but all partiality aside, I love Kendal Dark. After falling for Dark Bird's Eye, I didn't think I'd find another on par, but this certainly did i... Read Moret. The tin aroma is more sweet than smokey. Of course, the tobacco is easy to pack and light. It stays lit with minimal effort. I opt to put finely cut tobaccos in a narrow chamber. For me, it smokes and tastes best that way. This tobacco is bold in flavour, with the dark fired really coming through, but remains incredibly smooth. There is a slight smokiness to it which adds a pleasant dimension. This is one of my most pleasant discoveries from G&H. Read Less
I bought 9 different tobaccos on Smokingpipes.com, and I smoked one of them one day at a time. I like a mild tobacco with some flavor, maybe Virginia or burley processed as Black Cavendish, but no latakia or perique. I bought the following, listed in... Read More order of my preference with the most preferred first. Of course these are just my opinions after smoking pipes for 30 years; yours may be entirely different.
1. Mac Baren Seven Seas Black --- No bite, good flavor while and after smoking, good room aroma.
2. Macbaren HH Old Dark Fire Ready Rubbed --- No bite, good flavor while and after smoking, good room aroma. Takes a little handling to prep for smoking.
3. Sutliff (Altadis) B37 Casanova --- No bite, good generic flavor while and after smoking, good steady burn, and good room aroma.
4. Lane Limited BC-A --- Good but not quite as flavorful as the Mac Barens or Sutliff Casanova nor as good a room aroma. There is no bite and a mild aftertaste. It is a little more difficult to keep lit.
5. Sutliff (Altadis) Classic Chocolate --- Nice aroma and a little more flavor than Sutliff coffee tobbaco. Burns fine and little bite. Lingering vague aftertaste.
6. Gawaith Hoggarth & Co. Kendal Dark --- The small ribbon burns well and does not bite, but it has little flavor, aftertaste or aroma.
7. Newminister No. 201 Straight Black --- Mild aroma. Little flavor or bite. Burns fine.
8. Sutliff (Altadis) 203 Coffee --- No taste or aroma of coffee. Ashy flavor. Not good to my taste buds or tongue; some bite. It burned fine.
9. Cornell & Diehl Dark Chocolate --- No taste or aroma of chocolate. Ashy flavor. Not good to my taste buds or tongue; some bite. It burned fine. 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 = 10;
Burn = 10;
After Taste = 9;
Raw Score = 58;
Rated Percentage = 97%;
Comment = Very Smooth, Very Mil... Read Mored, nice Natural Tobacco Flavor, No Bite, White Ash Burn. Read Less
Strong, Smokey, Smooth, and Sweet.
This tobacco needs to dry out if you want to roll or inject. If you let it dry to a crisp feel while still maintaining elasticity, you'll experience an explosion of flavor as described above. My fav. If it gets any ... Read Morebetter than this, tell me now! Read Less
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