A full blend of Virginias and Latakias gives Samuel Gawith's Commonwealth a robust but elegant flavor. With a 50/50 blend, the quality is such that the Virginias emerge with distinction to give a slow burning and spicy smoking experience.
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Mmm, no; but it is an excellent 'middling' strength mixture, compared to, say, C&D's Pirate Kake. Still, it's a very satisfying blend.
My only complaint, which applies to all SG tins, is they don't re-seal well. Love the aesthetic of the tins, t... Read Morehe functionality leaves something to be desired. Read Less
I love this tasty, smoky blend. It's very similar in flavor and appearance to Drew Estate Meat Pie, but Commonwealth is slightly less spicy. It's not complex; it's simply deliciously satisfying and a top favorite of mine. I'll say it's now #2 in my ... Read Morerotation. Read Less
I love a lot of heavy Latakia Blends such as , gaslight,pirate kake, da Vinci ,And Nightcap to name a few. This is heavy in Latakia but it's different and not a smack in the face like you might expect. It's smooth,sweet and Creamy Smoke. I can't get... Read More enuff of it since cracking open the Tin. It's not overly complicated but it's very relaxing and Pretty much has become what I have been reaching for in the evenings especially. Very good, give it a try! Read Less
This blend is not intricate, and you won't find yourself sitting there looking for all the little nuances. That's alright, it's not meant to be. Not every smoke needs to be suprising and nuanced, and when you just want to sit and have a simple, delic... Read Moreious smoke, this is definitely the tin you need to go for. I have never found another tobacco which is as consistently pleasing as this, and that is why it has become my goto tobocco for daily smoking. Cannot recommend it highly enough. Read Less
I love the SG and G&H blends - I have utmost respect for their legendary blending history and skill. However, this one - to me- was just not that satisfying and, what's more, I never found it's essence. I never pinpointed what exactly it was tr... Read Moreying to be. I know what Squadron Leader, Skiff Mixture, Best Brown, Grousemoore etc etc are. I have tasted what the blend was meant to be. This one, though, I just never could. To me, that is a big element of smoking these blends. You get to know them and they have an identity. This blend just seemed a little sloppy? Read Less
How I can to say it, is a wonderful and very nice blend. Full to full flavor very rich. Smells deliciously bitter in cold and at burn it completely fills the mouth with that exquisite smoke and very full. If you love the Latakia is this you tobacco. ... Read MoreYou don´t think anymore, just try it... Read Less
I just had my first bowl of this, but when you're craving latakia I can't think of a blend that is more rewarding than this one. Definitely a keeper. Strong and full-flavored but not so intense that it overwhelms you. Like most blends from SG,some ... Read Moredrying time is required, however. Read Less
Taste: Full Bodied. With 50% Latakia blend, they might itself make it a Latakia straight because that is all you taste anyway.
Strength: Full strength as described in the tin. Latakia all the way till end of bowl.
Moisture Level: I know Samuel Gawith... Read More blends come really really wet, but this particular tin, I did not check it properly during purchase as I bought a couple of other blends and the seal was compromised. So I got dry tobacco and saved me drying time.
Will I recommend?: Yes, ONLY if you are a Latakia lover. Yes, if you like strong blends and you don't mind more Latakia than Squadron Leader. If you are a beginner, try Squadron Leader 1st. Latakia haters, i don't think I need to elaborate any further.
Nicotine Level: Anyone who used to smoke cigarette will be able to tolerate this.
Additional Notes: This cannot be a daily smoke for me. If I take 3 or more bowls of this per day, my nostril will hurt. However it's good to have it around whenever you feel like having a knockout smoke. Read Less
The tin note smells like old maple burning in a wood stove; woodsy, smokey with a bit of bite behind it. Smoking it delivers much the same experience with a bit of warmth coming through. It was my first English tobacco and it took some adjustment on ... Read Moremy part to get used to it. Now, a couple years, later it has become a favorite. Read Less
While it's very wet out of the tin, once allowed to dry a bit, it's as good an English as there is. My prefered drying method is to open a tin, allow it to dry completely and mix with a fresh tin and jar it.
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