Samuel Gawith is a very popular Virginia Flake which has high acclaim. It comes in tins and bulk and can be purchased just about anywhere. It is made in Lakeland, UK which is a popular pipe region.
Samuel Gawith Full Virginia Flake
Company: Samuel Gawith
How Packaged: Tin or Bulk
Style: Pressed Virginia
Tobacco Used: Virginia
Bowls Smoked: Several
Date Purchased/Obtained: 7-19-15
Manufacture Date: 5-1-13
Storage Method: Mason Jar
Pipe(s) Used: Savinelli Caramella 602
Price Point: $4.25 per ounce
Purchased: Estate Purchase
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Tin/Jar Note: Smells like yeasty bread baking in the oven and a wet barnyard. It is quite amazing.
Visual: Dark long flakes which are a tad wet even after two years in a Mason Jar.
Flavors: IMHO there isn’t a whole lot here. I find myself searching to pick up really faint notes of sweetness, hay, and grass. Throughout the entire bowl I find there is bitterness to the flavor which is off-putting. There is a whole lot of grass flavor which reminds me of Dominican tobacco in cigars. Not my favorite.
Smoking Experience: I am still getting my head wrapped around how to smoke a flake. When I smoked the FVF and didn’t dry it out for at least a few hours the experience was sub-prime. Got the gurgle. Make sure you dry FVF out before you smoke it.
Tobacco Strength: Mild +
Body: Mild +
Room Note: Solid, almost sweet
Comparable Tobacco: I haven’t smoked a lot of straight Viriginia’s so I have nothing to really compare it to.
Conclusion: I could sum up FVF in one word; boring. Smoking FVF is about like waiting paint dry. There are no flavors to speak of, is prone to the gurgle, etc. I am glad I got almost a pound in the huge estate purchase I just made, so it cost me little to nothing. I am also upset I have a pound of the stuff because I doubt I will ever smoke it. I guess the upside is Virginia’s age really well and I can sell all of it in 20 years for 10x MSRP. At least I have that going for me.
Rating: 2/5 AKA “Only when it is Free”