Review: Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. Dark Bird's Eye

A straight Virginia blend, Gawith, Hogarth & Co. Dark Bird's Eye, is full strength blend. Consisting of whole leafs, instead of strips, the stem is said to give it a 'birds-eye' effect when cut. Apparently a favorite of sailors, because it burn and stores easily. Let's see how it fares for me.

Dark Bird's Eye
Company: Gawith, Hogarth & Co.
How Packaged: Bulk
Style: Straight Virgina
Tobacco Used: Virginia
Casing/Topping: None
Cut: Ribbon
Bowls Smoked: 2
Date Purchased/Obtained: 6/14/15
Storage Method: Mason Jar
Pipe(s) Used: Simple $40 pipe
Price Point: $3.75/oz
Purchased: Sample from another BOTL

Quick Note: To view the Pipe Tobacco rating system used, click here.

Tin/Jar Note: Slightly smokey, with some deep, muted peach fruit sweetness.

Visual: Dark pile of long, very finely rebound tobacco, which tangles together easily.

Flavors: Mostly straightforward, natural tobacco flavors, but there is an interesting oniony flavor too.

Smoking Experience: Another smoke machine. From the time the first flame hits this tobacco, until the bowl is empty, clouds pour out form this stuff. I did have to light a few times, but I might have to blame that on the humidity outside. Maybe it's just that s strong cigar is much stronger than a strong pipe tobacco, because even though this is a full strength tobacco, I am really enjoying it. I can tell it is straight strong tobacco, but it's pleasant.

Tobacco Strength: Strong

Body: Full

Room Note: Tolerable-Strong

Comparable Tobacco: Haven't smoked anything similar.

Conclusion: I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I really liked this blend. A straight Virginia with full strength and taste, turned out to be full of enjoyment. I wouldn't buy out the store, but I think this would be great to have on hand. I'll bet it ages very well. Can I make a 0.5 scale? Well, I'm going to. This isn't a full on 5 for me, but I would purchase enough to smoke and extra to age. ;)

Rating: 4.5 Stars AKA Stock Up" – Purchase multiple ounces for smoking and to age

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Comment by Jason Meyers on August 27, 2015 at 1:49pm

Great review! I'll give this a try. I am trying to find more Virginia blends to smoke in my pipe rotation.

Comment by 007MI6 on August 27, 2015 at 1:54pm

Thanks man. It was very enjoyable for me. No bite and lots of deep, natural tobacco notes. This has definitely made me appreciate Virginias.

Comment by Isaac Mclaughlin on August 31, 2015 at 6:34pm

Very cool review!  I'm a cigar smoker primarily but I've found pipe smoking to be a nice alternative to cigars.  Although not as satisfying, once you find those blends you do like and enjoy it is wonderful.  I have mostly English blends, but have heard great things about Samuel Gawith (is this a collaboration above?) blends.

Comment by 007MI6 on September 1, 2015 at 1:49pm

Thanks Isaac! I agree with you too. I am primarily a cigar smoker, and find them to be more satisfying, but pipes sure are finding their place in my rotation. I smoke everything in pipe right now. From aromatic to straight cut tobacco, and enjoy them all.

I'm sure you could dig up more, but here is a quick presser about their merger in March of this year.

"After months of deliberation and negotiation I am pleased to advise that the House of Samuel Gawith and Gawith Hoggarth will merge on March 18th.

The men and machinery of SG will move to the larger and more adequate factory of GH. The men will be the same as will the machinery. The brand will be made in exactly the same way as it has been since 1792 with no change to blend, water or branding.

We see this move as a good move particularly in view of the fact that exactly 150 years ago, in 1865, the two brothers, Samuel and John shook hands and went their separate ways to pursue their own dreams in Kendal. Both SG and GH have co-existed in a peaceful, friendly but competitive way to this day."


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