St. James Flake
Company: Samuel Gawith
How Packaged: 1.76oz Tin
Tobacco Used: Virginia & Perique
Bowls Smoked: 2
Date Purchased/Obtained: 8/1/15
Storage Method: Mason Jar
Pipe(s) Used: Basic $40 Pipe
Price Point: $14.58
Purchased: Sample from another BOTL
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Tin/Jar Note: The aroma is thick and sweet, like a fudgy fig pudding.
Visual: Very dark, wet-looking, pressed flake.
Flavors: The fruit (plum/raisin) note from the jar aroma is present right off. There is also a mild mix of earthiness and sweet tobacco notes.
Smoking Experience: Once I got a good burn going, the burn was smooth with no tongue bite or gurgles. Correction: at the VERY end there was a fair amount of moisture buildup.
Tobacco Strength: Medium
Room Note: Tolerable
Conclusion: There was nothing bad about this tobacco. The flavors were smooth and nicely balanced. I never got any bad flavors, gurgle or bite. I would recommend drying it out a little before smoking though. I have a feeling it would burn better if it were just a tad dryer, but I wouldn’t go too dry or fear losing the flavors.
Rating: 3 Stars AKA "When it is on Sale" – Wouldn't pay full retail but would purchase it on sale