A medium strength Virginia & Burley mix Gawith, Hogarth & Co. Best Brown #2 is an interesting tobacco, utilizing a floral essence topping. I have yet to come across a tobacco that has a floral topping. It isn't an overpowering note, but you can definitely taste it on the cold draw and jar note. I am anxious to see how these flavors end up when lit.
Best Brown Flake #2
Company: Samuel Gawith
How Packaged: 1.76oz Tin
Tobacco Used: Virginia & Burley
Casing/Topping: Floral Essence
Bowls Smoked: 2
Date Purchased/Obtained: 10/1/15
Storage Method: Mason Jar
Pipe(s) Used: Basic $40 Pipe
Price Point: $13.60
Purchased: Sample from another BOTL
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Tin/Jar Note: Strong fig and plum with a liquor like aroma as well. Very good.
Visual: A very nice looking pile of pressed flake tobacco. Not too dry or too wet.
Flavors: Smokey, dark dried fruit and some floral notes.
Smoking Experience: Smoked very well, only needing to be relit a handful of times. No tongue bite, no gurgles and no issues.
Tobacco Strength: Medium
Room Note: Tolerable
Conclusion: This was a very enjoyable tobacco. Not my absolute favorite, but I definitely enjoyed it. The flavors and body were nice and there were no issues. A nice steady burn and no bite, bitterness or gurgle made for an enjoyable smoke.
Rating: 3.5 AKA Worth keeping in the rotation, but even better if it’s on sale.