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
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
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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
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