The addition of Tonquin Bean probably gives 1792 the edge over similar blends, but I happen to love that flavor so it gets five stars from me. This is an extraordinarily strong tobacco. A surgeon friend of mine, a very long-time pipe man, got nicot... Read Moreine-sick on this when I folded a couple of flakes in one of his pipes--he is not a "folder" while I am and I wanted to show him how folding changes the experience with the same tobacco. I have never had an issue with 1792 but I can sense the strength of it. Frankly I find the comments of smokers who LOOK for a "nic hit" to be juvenile--sorry fellows, that's MY opinion--that's not what pipe smoking is all about. If I never noticed nicotine in my tobacco I'd be happy, but my experience here does urge me to caution new smokers or those susceptible to nicotine-sickness.
I've had some other friends cut 1792 with a favorite VA or Burley blend and the wonderful flavor of 1792 still came through, they told me, they didn't get the same strong effect of the nicotine, and they enjoyed the 1792--cut back. I've never tried that but it's an option. You know yourself better than anyone. If you like strong tobacco, if you love Latakia, if you are a fan of the Tonquin Bean, and if you are also a fan of flakes, this might be just the smoke you've been looking for. It's one of my favorites, and I smoke a wide variety of blends. Read Less
I have grown very fond of this flake over the years and it has become my go to morning smoke, a ritual I will never tire of, it was made to be smoked while sipping on a hot cup o' joe. The added Tonquin flavoring couldn't compliment the natural flavo... Read Morers of the leaf any better as it just perfectly enhances the Dark Fired and Virginia leafs. This is a true, olde worlde British tobacco and one of the finest on the market. I would not consider this a Lakeland scented tobacco as I don't pick up on any floral or perfume notes whatsoever. I buy this stuff by the box and I like to lay all the flakes out and dry them for a couple of hours before properly packing them into ball top jars for immediate rotation. If I'm wanting to cellar it, I prefer to keep the flakes moist as I think they age better in that state. The nicotine is in the brilliant range (high) and the smoke is heady and stout but also smoooooth as velvet. If you tend to like olde worlde style flakes and you have yet to try this bad boy, than look no further. It doesn't get any better than this my friends.
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I LOVE this Flake. The tonquin essence makes this Lakeland one of the most pleasant blends out there. The aroma is sweet, with a smell somewhere between vanilla and chocolate, but it is subtle enough to allow the pressed burley to shine through. It i... Read Mores a hair moist, so a little drying time might be needed. Absolutely, an incredible smoke. Read Less
This blew my mind in a couple ways. First was the aroma and flavor. The tin note is that of molasses and brown sugar with a nuttiness - which carries through to the smoke. Very tasty indeed! The second way was the nic hit I got from this. This is a s... Read Moretrong blend! I actually got sick from it. I now handle this blend with care amd sip it. This tobacco demands respect. This is a blend that all must try, though not recommended for newbies. Read Less
It says *flake”, but these almost black flakes are so loose, velvety and fluffy that it is much more a Broken Flake Cut, very easy to rub out. On opening a new tin, first you get a slap on the face by a strong flavour of tonka bean. Since Samuel Gawi... Read Moreth tobaccos are usually soaking wet, I rub it out to a Ribbon Cut and spread it out for drying overnight. This will also help to tame the strong smell of the added flavouring.
This mixture consists of Virginia and Kentucky only. Here “Kentucky” being dark-fired Burley from Tanzania. According to the producer this mixture has been flavoured with tonka bean, and sometimes other sources mention Whisky flavour, too. This mixture is strong, but not overly. No beak-pecking sharpness or tongue-burns. High nic-hit. Excellent smoking mechanics in any respect.
Smoking this mixture is a totally different story, than smelling this stuff! Virginia is the backbone of this blend. They are robust with aromas mainly of yeast, bread, grass and hay. The Kentucky is more difficult to isolate. It’s welcome because it donates power, spice and some nutty, earthy notes to the blend. The tonka bean flavouring is far away from being as obvious as in tin. It’s actually mellow and pleasant, not obtrusive at all, especially after the blend has been aired considerably. And I am normally scared away by Aromatics, dreadful Lakeland essences, flavourings and toppings. May be this mixture is the exception to the rule.
I cannot find a single trace of Whisky flavour, if there is any at all. There is ample sweetness around, either from the Virginias, from the tonquin flavouring or from a sweet topping. It has not been overdone, though. It’s a robust, tasteful mixture, leading into depth to a certain extend. The aromas are not intriguing in the first half of the bowl, but they enhance pleasantly in the second half of the bowl. I get the impression of smoking two very different blends. Delicious room note. Interesting experience. However, this mixture is not really my pair of shoes. Read Less
This tobacco had a really strong smell and full bodied flavor. If you value your friendship with other non-smokers don't smoke this near them. They don't know what they are missing though. Really well made tobacco.
This is a savory tobacco, with the tonquin bean really being the defining characteristic. It comes very wet, and needs a day or two of drying (in my experience). I have to rough it up a bit to get more air going through it into the bowl, but it's got... Read More a good taste and a strong dose of nicotine. Read Less
My favourite tobacco. hands down. The packaging of the flake, that unfurls to reveal sugar crystals & the dark brown flake. The strength of this blend is for sure not for the faint of heart, I so happily sink into chairs with this blend.
Terrific Smoke When Rubbed Out and Air Dried for 15-20 Minutes!
First three bowls were a failure to enjoy this great tobacco. But I then realized I needed to both clean my pipe and then rub out the selected tobacco, and then air dry it for 15-20 minutes prior to smoking. Since Samuel Gawith tends to be keep their... Read More tobaccos stored wetter than most, i find this is the best approach to going about it if you keep the tobacco in the tins after opening. Excellent smoke and can't get enough of 1792 Flake! Read Less
The main difference between 1792 flake and other strong dark flakes is the heavy scenting/flavoring that is present with every puff, but the flavoring feels and is very natural unlike most regular aromatics. This means that you won't be tasting nast... Read Morey chemical tastes and having that nasty mouth feel often present in the vast majority of aromatics. Like most SG flakes, this one comes wet, even in my 250g box/bag. The flakes are a dark brown (and long in the larger box), almost black in appearance, and they come more fragile than the unscented SG flakes, but that is no bother. The aroma upon opening the tin or bag is intoxicating and potent, and although I've never heard of a tonquin bean in my life you can consider me a lifelong fan. Sometimes I'll bury my nose in the tin and just inhale that sweet aroma until I can't smell anything. I think it's prudent to dry the flakes out before smoking, with my preference being dry to the touch, but with a little give. 1792 flake smokes like a dream, and I often find myself sending billowing clouds of smoke into the air from top to bottom with very few relights necessary. The nicotine level is high, and although it's not the strongest blend in existence, it most definitely packs a punch in both nicotine and body. For the smoker with a low vitamin N tolerance this is no problem, because 1792 flake tastes fantastic on the relight and even near the bottom of the bowl, where it can get a little bitter, the sweet stopping still comes through. I do think that there is something here for almost everyone, excluding only those with a very high sensitivity to nicotine. The aromatic crowd has the incredible tonquin dressing to enjoy, and lovers of rich, strong tobaccos will find plenty to enjoy as well. If you don't enjoy the topping I highly recommend Lakeland dark, as it fully captures all the flavors of these rich, delicious tobaccos without any top flavor getting in the way. For me... I'm going to have both on hand at all times. Read Less
An update to original review. Rubbed out half a Flake,,and let dry a few days.It is even better,less bitterness due to the moisture,so more of the flavor comes out,and what great flavor it is,my smokers.I am using a Brigham with the rock maple insert... Read More,with fewer trips to the pipe cleaner jar.Being drier helps with the draw on this pipe. Read Less
My 250 grams came today.I dove right in,folded two flakes,and inserted them into the bowl of this Cavichi which I am in the process of breaking in.What beautiful flavor!I like this more than Lakeland Dark.Great with coffee after a good meal.What awes... Read Moreome flavor!The flavor is more forward than the nicotine.This is what pipe smoking is all about...1792!The flakes come layed our flat in a ziplock bag,and after one whiff,I knew I had to light this up.Ran upstairs,grabbed the new Cavichi,and without bothering to dry it out,filled the chamber,and lit up.Yes, I have to swab out the channel with a pipe cleaner now and then due to the moisture,but no matter.Very rewarding flavor.Five stars! Read Less
Robust dark fired with a great taste..lights well if rubbed & dried up for an hour...very similar to Lakeland yet it has a little soure after taste .. recommended for experts & not for new commers ofcourse!!
Dark brown, shaggy flake with a strong scent of fresh corn tortilla (to me - you may smell something completely different). Smokes well damp and straight out of the tin. This is a man's tobacco here. Not light on strength of flavor or nicotine.
O... Read Morene thing worth mentioning is how forgiving it is. Many lakelands can be easily ruined by going too hard. You may as well dump your pipe if you smoke grousemoor and ennerdale too hot...but not 1792. It gives you a second, third or fourth chance to slow it down and enjoy the intensity of its top grade tobacco and toppings. Read Less
as my New Year's resolution I started back up pipe smoking, it's the first time I ever made a resolution and sure one I'll be able to keep. I come from many years of smoking cigars, often the most potent like Ashton VSG, so as I started trying pipe t... Read Moreobaccos it didn't take long to gravitate towards the powerful blends. And by powerful I don't mean harsh, I mean full bodied flavor. And this is a real treat. When the smoke dances on my tongue I feel like I could chew it. Some suggest using a small bowl. Not me, I use my big Churchwarden pipes made by Paul Becker, some custom made for me with even bigger bowls. I'll sit down with a couple of IPA beers and put a movie on and 90 to 120 minutes later I'll float upstairs and sleep like a baby. The flavor is so rich and deep and soothing and dare I say if smoked right even mild, and yes it's rich in nicotine. I don't let it dry out, it takes longer to get it going the other tobaccos but once going I just have the normal amount of relights. And this is smooth, no tongue bite, and as long as you are using a clean pipe, I don't think as hard as you try you will get a harsh bite either. The only thing I suggest is you try to dedicate pipes to this or other Gawith blends of similar style and a good idea to clean the pipe more frequently as I can start to sense the pipe getting sour from using only 4 times.
I did have some quality control issues with the last batch I got, the aroma was nauseating so waiting to get more that I will have SP open a few of the tins to test for me. Read Less
This is one of my favorites. Everything works well with with this blend. Room note, flavor and vitamin N levels are all superb. When I first tried it years ago I did not like it because I could not keep it lit. I don't have that problem anymore.
This is my daily smoke flake. It comes wet, so let it dry out a little. I buy it in the 250g packages, I cut the flakes in half and put the flakes in to jars and let them age for a year. Use the fold and stuff method to pack. This is a strong smoke. ... Read MoreThe tonquin flavour is excellent. It is long lasting and it burns with a light grey ash. Read Less
This is a very satisfying smoke. It does really well, rubbed out in a tiny bowl. I've smoked it a tad wet and properly dried. The result is the same, fantastic smoke. I will purchase more for the cellar. I'm confident this one will mellow and sw... Read Moreeeten well with some age. Thanks again Samuel Gawith. Read Less
When I opened the tin, the first thing I noticed was the wetness of it. The smell of the Tonquin immediately rose up from the tin, giving it an interesting aroma. I took out a flake and let it dry for about 6 hours. Being as it was a coolish night... Read More I filled up my Peterson sitter and went out on the porch to smoke it. 'Twas good that I was sitting down because, as others have noted, it does have quite a nicotine jolt. I found that I liked the taste of the Tonquin quite a bit. Other than the nicotine jolt , it was not a really harsh smoke and burned down to a fine grey ash with only a single lighting. I think this will be a good smoke for either the end of the day or to accompany a good read. Despite it's strength, it is wonderfully smooth. I like this a lot. Read Less
Taste: Full Bodied. You get a thick flavorful smoke. Strength: Full strength. The tonquin flavor is really the star of the show. Moisture Level: WET WET WET. Will I recommend?: I don't know. And that is the reason for the poor rating. I have tried to... Read More smoke right from the tin, dried it a little then dried it further till the point it's really dry. I have also packed the bowl differently - folded flake, cube and rubbed out. I have also packed them loose, slightly more compressed to really compressed. Despite all my effort, I always had issues keeping the bowl lighted up. My relight was so frequent i barely had a chance to lean back and enjoy the smoke the light would be out again. There was never a time i had the chance to relax and figure out the flavors from the smoke. Every single time, I would dump the remaining half bowl away due to frustration from the relighting. It is not a bad tobacco and it seems only I have faced such problem. I will probably buy another tin of Samuel Gawith: 1792 Flake sometime in future and I will edit my review if I don't suffer from the same issue again. Read Less
I just cracked this tin open after having bought it months ago. I did not realize what I was missing. This stuff packs a sizable nicotine punch with a full body, void of any real harshness. This in not for the faint at heart or for aromatic only s... Read Moremokers. If you plan to smoke this on an empty stomach, make sure you stay in your chair when you do it. This has a cigar like body, with a great hint of tonka bean, which gracefully compliments this monster. Read Less
From my first tin over eight years ago I was hooked, from the tin aroma to room note to taste it's a grand trifecta for me. If you can tolerate the tonquin casing which is quite deep, it can be really impressive whether moist right out of the tin or ... Read Moredry and both packs and smokes extraordinarily easy. Strength wise 1792 is on par with Mac Baren HH ODF, and Peterson's Irish Flake (both also are favorites). Read Less
One of my top three 'go to' tobaccos. I find it to be very cool burning, flavorful, and relaxing. Has a kick for sure, and you need to be ready for it. Burns to a wonderful white ash. Flavor is truly one of a kind, subtle, and enjoyable.
I enjoy the stuff. Plenty of flavor, good nicotine content for an almost medicinal calming effect. It needs to be savored. Smoke it slowly sitting down when all you have to do is reflect on the smoke and unwind. It is fairly complex to my palate, ric... Read Moreh and tasty. If it were a meat it would be a thick venison steak. Smells surprisingly good, my fiance actually almost likes it. That is key for any tobacco! The only complaint, hard to light. Read Less
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