Full Virginia Flake from Samuel Gawith is a dark-brown, dense, and moist flake. Cool smoking, with a broad, capacious, rich and unfailing flavor which leaves the pipe smoker yearning for the next pipe full.
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This is a great virginia flake. Not much more to it than that. For all the whiners complaining about the moisture level: after i transfer a freshly opened tin to a mason jar, I keep the tin to use as a drying container. I rub a flake into the empty t... Read Morein in the morning, by my evening bowl, its at a perfect moisture level. Since the tin no longer has its seal, moisture can escape quickly. Once you've packed your bowl with enough room for the tobacco to expand, take slow paced sips, and you can enjoy the best VA flake there is. Read Less
This was one of the first pipe tobaccos I had ever tried to smoke. I was unimpressed with all the reviews online and hype and convinced pipe smoking was for suckers.
Time. Patience. Practice.
Is this god's gift to pipe smokers? Nope. Is it a... Read More very delicious Virginia? Absolutely. It has the rich, very singular flavour of an uncomplicated blend that is made well and consistently. Room note is great and the smoke is deeply satisfying. Age a tin and dry the flakes out properly and understand why people have come to love this flake. Read Less
My dear friend Ross shared some bulk FVF with me that had just a hair over 2 years of age and I must say that it is amazing! Rich sweet and the flakes are almost black. Looks like St James. It is worth the wait to age. And the thinner shag style cut ... Read Moreis perfect. Read Less
The box version of Full Virginia Flake is excellent. The taste is somewhat strong but smooth. The taste will benefit from slow puffing but it doesn't bite if you freight train your pipe. It needs a little drying time like every Samuel Gawith product.... Read More What becomes irksome are the flakes themselves. They come in dark strips, much like beef jerky, and they don't rub out easily. The best method I've found is to tear little bits off and gravity fill it. Even though it's an inconvenience it doesn't detract from my recommendation of the blend itself. Read Less
Is much better. If you can get your hands on some. This one arrives very wet. If you want to smoke this blend without aging, air dry in an open tray or glass bowl. This tobacco needs too be aged for a minimum of 6 months but a full year makes a big d... Read Moreifference. When I lived in Europe this was my favorite Virginia in tin version. Read Less
What's left to be said about this classic that hasn't been said. Rich, deep, malty and sweet. Can be particular to figure out how to best prepare it and needs a good amount of dry time but skill rewards the smoker who hits it right. Took my palate a ... Read Morewhile to get used to it but I can smoke it multiple times a day now. It's amazingly good tobacco. Read Less
Classic Samuel Gawith, very thick and wet flakes with some crystallization. Once properly dried out, this tobacco smokes like a dream, with in my opinion, just the right amount of sweetness. I see why tins of this sell out as quickly as they do, trul... Read Morey a delightful smoke every time. Read Less
The tin nose is an intriguing, deep, natural, tobacco flavour. This blend is dark brown Virginias with some sparkles of yellow Virginias. The flake straps are quite thick and stiff, not made to cram in your pipe directly, they need to be rubbed out t... Read Moreo a Ready Rubbed at least. Since most tobaccos of Samuel Gawith are soaking wet, first I spread out the rubbed tobacco on a dish to let it dry overnight.
Out of theses Virginias I detect aromas of hay, yeast, citrus, spice, wood, ample earth and pepper. Therefore it’s not one-dimensional, but it’s not a complex, deep digging mixture either. I would not call it harmonious, as there are “edges” and occasional harshness with palate-burn. Bloody high nic-hit! Without hesitation I categorize it “very strong”. If you draw softly and at a slow pace it mellows, though. Unfortunately I perceive an indefinable artificial casing, almost reminding me of a kind of dreadful Lakeland essence. Why not leaving these Virginias natural? There is ample sweetness around, but still ok. Virginia always donates natural sweetness, although, I think there is some sweet topping. Burns cool, evenly and quite slow, with one or two relights only.
I tried to deliver a fair review, but frankly, I cannot cope with this mixture. Read Less
There's a very good reason why this is one of SmokingPipes best sellers - it's a very good deep flavored virginia. However, it is very difficult to smoke. McCelland's Blackwoods is easier to pack and smoke and is preferable to this. However, this ... Read MoreFVF is clearly a classic and remains popular amongst pipe smokers. Read Less
What is there to say about a legend? Simple advice: Air-age it in a jar (a year and a half will do). Rub it out fully. Let it dry. Smoke it in a bowl no bigger than .78 inches.
This stuff continues to impress. It's difficult, temperamental, inconsis... Read Moretent, super-hot burning, and just generally grumpy.
But there is a reason that we love him. He's a real man, with a gentle sweet streak a mile long, with the depth of a well, and about as much class as the Prince of Wales.
LEARN TO LOVE HIM. LONG LIVE THE KING. Read Less
Sam Gawith's FVF is one of those tobaccos that, when the mood is right, just hits the spot. It has that perfect, nuanced sweetness that you want from a pure Virginia tobacco. Nutty, sweet, figgy tin note. It serves me well when I want an enjoyable sm... Read Moreoke, but can't devote the attention that a more complex blend demands. I find myself smoking FVF while I'm multitasking or if I just want a simple, clean, satisfying pipe to unwind at the end of the day. Read Less
I bought this on a whim because I am just starting to smoke a pipe and was tired of the aromatics. Man, was I surprised at how good this tobacco tastes. It is not to strong and throughout the bowl you get hints of sweetness. The room note is OK. Howe... Read Morever, I am definitely a fan. Ordered another tin and not even finished my first one yet. Read Less
Perhaps it's because I'm a relatively new smoker or I'm just into blends, but this has too much of a cigarette taste to me. Followed others' advice about drying it out more and different packing methods, but to no avail. Even makes me a little sick... Read More while smoking (Sacrilege?). Sorry....guess I'm just a Frog Morton kind of guy. Read Less
When you (finally) manage to dry it enough, pack it propperly, keep it lit and aboid the most likely 3rd degree burns on your tonge... yes I can see wy you like it, but flavour is not for me either tho, so feels like I better look somewhere else.
I just don't like it.I have smoked it fresh all the way up to a year from a mason jar.Luxury navy flake taste better to me.My taste buds must be different.1792 is the best they offer or anyone else for that matter.
Not much more can be said about FVF than which has been said. It i sone of the best Virginia flakes on the market. One must understand how to smoke FVF properly. It is very wet and thick, make sure to prepare properly or you will have a tamper and li... Read Moreghter marathon. Read Less
This is a Virginia flake, shorn of all other tobacco additives, that one could certainly enjoy bowl after bowl. That taken into account, the taste strength is mild, something that would be unsatisfying to those looking to enjoy a complex blend. The n... Read Moreicotine is the typical of Gawith, meaning somewhat strong as compared to others. Being a straight Virginia, without any blended or condiment tobacco, it allows for the hay-and-grass-like flavors to shine. The cut of the flakes can be erratic but it doesn't seem to detract from the flavor or the burn qualities. Let dry first, as they come rather damp. Otherwise, enjoy. Read Less
It requires more drying than anything I've ever smoked. I live in a humid area, so I just open a tin and leave it out for a few days. At a level best called crispy, though, it's a delicious mix of grassy with a bit of sweet.
I typically don't like flakes but this one is a good all day smoke or evening relaxer. It has a strong earthy flavor with some nuttiness. A lite sweetness throughout. The flake is very versatile to pack and easy to light and smokes cool. Worth a blen... Read Mored. The tin I was given was aged 4 yrs. Read Less
I've tried this tobacco a number of times. I've tried it fresh/moist, I've dried it out, I've aged it and I've smoked it in a number of different pipes.
The tobacco does not provide an easy, enjoyable smoking experience. The tobacco itself has a str... Read Moreonger nicotine hit, but the flavor is, in my opinion, inferior to other Virginia flakes I've enjoyed over the years.
I actually have unopened tins in my collection still and am strongly considering selling them, or simply giving them away to others. This tobacco is not worth the time, and effort, to smoke. Not recommended. Read Less
Smooth, clean and bright.....I like the simple easy smoke this one gives. Makes a good reading smoke as it is easy on the tongue and I tend to smoke in pace with the book so this one works great. I also like this as a mixer to tone down some blends... Read More. For example I like Plumcake buy like it much better mixed 2:1 with FVF. Same with St. James Flake, love the taste but it will bite, but 3:1 with FVF and top to bottom same taste but no sting if you over do it. A great product for breaking in a new pipe, burns clean. Read Less
This flake is strangely simple and yet complex while consistently growing on you from start to finish. Perfect white ash with smooth burn, smoke somewhat slowly and you will benefit with the flavors of semi-sweet Virginia goodness that truly caters t... Read Moreo any smokers tastes. Read Less
I have figured how to rub this one out.Get a cheap coffee grinder dry it out some and break up the flakes into chunks .Grind carefully a little at a time until the right size is observed. I have not smoked this one enough to tell you what I think ab... Read Moreout it yet,but will check in at a later date with a better review. Read Less
I love Virginia tobacco but I also love complexity and interest which this tobacco doesn't have. It reminded me of cigarette smoke and the room odor was the same. It's ok as far as Virginia's go, nothing too distinct here. Single note. Great qual... Read Moreity tobacco for you straight Virginia lovers. I prefer a little more complexity like Reiner LGF or Solani Silver Flake. Read Less
A masterful blend by Samuel Gawith. Rich and strong natural tobacco taste. No bite, just a nice spicy pepper tingle in your mouth. Medium to high nicotine hit. No bad aftertaste
FVF always leaves me fully satisfied every time, one of my favorites..
FVF is a wonderful tobacco. Great quality of Virginias. It has a creamy, nutty and delicious smoke that is cool with no tongue bite whatsoever. I should buy more of this for the cellar. I think this is going to be one of my go-to tobaccos very soon!!... Read More! I´m loving it!!!. Read Less
I have tried a great many very fine tobaccos over 20+ years. This is easily my absolute favorite smoke, quite often. Further, this is an exceptionally rich, full flavored VA tobacco, expertly and very consistently crafted. It's also VERY satisfying, ... Read Morewith a welcome Nicotine kick and no bite, ever. Frankly, I used to be a very full-flavored maduro cigar freak; not anymore. Also, it's well worth noting that this VA tobacco ages extremely well and is available to buy (when in stock) in bulk. --Enjoy. Read Less
I tried to love it but could never get there. SG has a very inconsistent cut. Some thick and others thin. Their flakes are also very wet. I think i'll come back to this one at some point, though. I've smoked through 250g and was never really plea... Read Moresed. Read Less
If you're wanting to try a flake - I'd say try elsewhere first.
For some, it's right up their alley. It's okay, but not great.
It's too wet in the tin. Definitely needs airing out. I found the flavor a little flat and unsatisfying. I'm going to try ... Read Moreit again, but all in all I'm not sure I'd recommend it. Read Less
I broke up a flake, lit it in the pipe let it go out, relit it let it dry a little than had a wounderful smoke of over one hour of sweet nutty virginia with nice smoke and flavor. One of the best if not the best. Let the flakes rest iand dry a lit... Read Moretle in a pouch for a few days before smoking. Enjoyed this first smoke in a Maestro De Paja Classica Unico. Will see how it works out in a Dunhill size 3. Read Less
I had to try this one. All reviews from any pipe blog or website had given it great reviews as far as it being a great Virginia and must have "if you can find it" tobacco. Like most reviews said, it needs to dry out and it takes a bit of p... Read Morelaying with if you are going to roll it out in your hand. I rolled a few bowls out, let it dry, and it is really good stuff. I read one review where they said the cut it into cubes. This was my AHA moment with this one. I took out two flakes, cut it into tiny cubes, let it dry for an hour and damn if this isn't the creamy, sweet Virginia I was looking for. If you had problems with this one, try the cube cuts and letting it dry and IMO you will love it. Enjoy! Oh yeah, stock up when you can Read Less
Full Virginia Flake is an extremely pleasant smoke, a wonderful place to visit a few times per week when time allows the opportunity to truly savor the experience. This is definitely a tobacco to be treasured and savored in relative moderation.
What they say is true. This is THE Virginia flake. There is no other all-Virginia flake with flavor like this. I'd attribute this primarily to the source of the Virginias, but also to the old-world processing methods of the Samuel Gawith factory. FVF... Read More is simply amazing stuff, and I highly doubt that any blender anywhere would be able to replicate—or even get within the ballpark of—this flake. The one and only thing that might put some people off (aside from its scarcity) is the difficulty of preparation. S.G. flakes are notoriously difficult to dry out, and this is no exception. Personally I have no issue with the prep time, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Again, what they say is true; FVF is the king of hot-pressed Virginia flakes. This is the polar opposite of those light, grassy, and citrus-y Virginia flakes, and I love it. Read Less
This was the first straight Virginia tobacco I ever tried when I was a complete beginner. Needless to say I had no idea what I was doing and decided Virginias weren't for me. After gaining some experience smoking, and absolutely falling in love with... Read More Virginia and VaPer blends, this is by far my favourite straight V. There really isn't any other blend like this, in this category on the market. You can't compare it to other blends. Sweet and grassy, this flake will always be in my cellar. Read Less
This is the only blend that bites the hell out of me no matter how I prepare it, nor how slow I smoke it. I have tried and tried because I love the flavor and aroma so much, but the bite is too bad for me. Great blend, I envy those who it doesn't bit... Read Moree. Read Less
This is a fantastic Virginia flake. Quite a bit moist out of the tin and required longer drying time than most, so prep this one with enough time before your smoke to fully enjoy it. Most Virginia flakes out there have a small percentage of Perique... Read More so it's a nice change of pace to have a full Virginia. It's a shame these are so hard to come by because with some age on it this one can really shine. It's just so hard to find enough around for both smoking and cellaring at the same time. Read Less
The description says it all. An excellent straight Virginia. It doesn't bite, smokes well, taste very pleasant in the Virginia hay/grassy arena, with just the faintest toasted/chocolate note on the end of a puff. This is a fine smoke but It doesn't m... Read Moreatch a true blending masterpiece such as Solani's Silver Flake. Silver flake is a 4 star. This is a 3 star for me. Read Less
Excellent VA "Blend" - 2nd Only To The Royal Yacht Mixture
There wasn't much of a tin aroma to speak of... not even a tobacco smell but only a slight hay or dry grass essence. This tobacco took a little longer to dry out than most. This VA blend has a lot going for it... hence the reason for many, if not the... Read More most reviewed tobaccos. First off, it's a relatively strong VA. Using the DGT method will reduce or eliminate any bite or harshness if encountered. Regardless, I knew instantly that I was going to like this blend. After about 5 or 6 tokes, It developed a sweet taste/flavor. Then I set the pipe aside & let it cool completely. When I tamped & relit, it was heavenly... sweet, creamy clouds of thick smoke, great flavor with a smooth & mellow quality that smoked mildly and had some Vitamin N punch to it. I think there are three different types of Virginias in this blend & is also an excellent blending VA. It is very comfortable on the palate & has a relatively slow burn rate & at about $20.00 for three tins back in 2010, I felt this was a real bargain even though it was quite moist. However, the burn rate compensated for that & even the room note had a slight sweet aroma to it. I was totally satisfied with my first sampling & understood why this is such a popular VA blend. It is excellent, exceptional even & is probably about the best VA blend on the planet next to the now, obsolete Royal Yacht Mixture & this, coming from about a one year old tin... imagine what a little more aging might do to FVF. I have 500 grams aging in my cellar. Read Less
Not for me.I bought a 250 g. box right at 4 years ago.It does not agree with me.I love 1792,bosun cut,brown bogie.It bites me like a rabid dog no matter how slow I sip.Once a year I pull a flake out.It looks beautiful and has aged like a champ.I coul... Read Mored sit and just smell it in the jar for 30 min.I just can't seem to like it in any pipe or anyway I prepare it.I consider it tobacco abuse that it's not being enjoyed by someone who likes it.But I don't know another pipe smoker to give it to,so a flake a year till it's gone.I gave it a three because it's not the tobacco fault. Read Less
Full Virginia Flake is one of the most complex and flavorful straight Virginias on the market. I get hints of white figs and grass when smoked at a very slow cadence. It is quite pleasant and one of my favorite straight Virginia flakes. However, it m... Read Moreust be dried for days for perfection. Read Less
This is my second review of Full VA Flake and is based on how well it ages. I overlooked a box, somehow, that remained unopened for a 3 year interval. Once rehumidified - I don't like it dry - it turned out to be amazing. More of everything, so to sp... Read Moreeak, and even more smooth. If the availability were more consistent, this is the only VA I'd smoke. Read Less
This is one of the best Virginia blends there is in my opinion. While not being a complex smoke, it is a very nice, naturally sweet smoke. A great blend to sit back, relax, and slowly sip on your pipe.
This is some hardy leaf. Smokes well, without fuss or tongue bite. But boy is it strong. Flavorful, robust, nic-ladened and unadulterated Virginia, like something our founding fathers might have smoked whilst cleaning their muskets. Seriously, this b... Read Morelend is for veterans of straight leaf, who have no fear of it's wily, untamed ways. Read Less
This is one of those, "what you see, is what you get." However, in the best possible way. like a cold beer or cola on a hot day, you know what you're going to experience with this virginia: smooth, subtle sweetness, and consistent flavor. T... Read Morehis is what clean no BS tobacco ought to taste like. Read Less
Hands down the best of it's kind. I do not recommend this one for beginners though, as you have to know how to dry, rub out and pack this leaf and can easily be done wrong by the novice and this one will give you hell if it's done wrong, I hated it w... Read Morehen I first tried it several years ago when I first started smoking a pipe. It also takes experience to get the best flavor out of this one but once you got it, it will not let you down. This is also very satisfying in the nicotine department as most straight VA's usually leave a lot to be desired as far as that's concerned. Once you properly dry and rub out the flake (I don't recommend the stuff and fold method with this one) it will easily light and smoke all the way to the bottom of the bowl. I don't really get the grassy hay-like flavor from this one instead I get more of a yeasty, bread-like flavor and it's extremely rich and creamy. One of the reviewers said that it tastes like buttered pancakes and I absolutely agree with him on that one. I usually prefer straight Virginia's in the warmer months and this one is no exception. The room note on this is amazing and in fact it's the only blend my wife actually enjoys the smell of when I smoke it near her. It really doesn't get much better than this my friends.
ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL!!! Read Less
Age this tin. Smoke in a good pipe. Slowly, slowly with pacing. Now you are in a different place, dimension and conciousnes... I am not kidding, I was with a friend when all of this happened with this blend.
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