What can I say about this tobacco except, Wow!
Samuel Gawith 1792 flake has gotten a lot of mixed reviews online, but personally I can’t imagine a more robust tobacco.
Starting with the tin note; the bright vanilla aroma of the Tonka bean subtly flavors the sharp fermented smell of the tobacco, an entirely pleasant smell.
Then it comes to the rubbing out process. The tobacco rubs out readily and easily, though once rubbed out, it should be let air for about half an hour.
Packing is an easy affair. Try to pack your pipe about three-quarters full if you are used to smoking a full bowl of tobacco, as this tobacco is very strong. If you are used to smoking half bowls, I do not recommend this tobacco.
The flake can be difficult to light, so I recommend a lighter as opposed to matches. Once lit however, the tobacco burns cool and clean.
At this point, I am going to give some cautionary notes. First, sit down! This tobacco is perhaps the strongest I have ever smoked. It is also the strongest my life partner has ever smoked. Secondly, do not inhale! This tobacco is very, very strong, and it will warn you as soon as you put it in your mouth, that you are going to be in for a world of hurt if you inhale this tobacco.
Okay, those things said I can move on to the taste. The tonka bean, and whiskey casing make for a very interesting, subtle, smokey and woody taste, with an aftertaste that is much like green woods.
You may find you have to puff a little harder on this tobacco to keep it lit, and if you do so you will get something akin to tongue bite. This numbing sensation of the tongue is not due so much to tongue bite as it is from the high nicotine content. After a few moments, and a few puffs , you will notice a slight numbing of the throat and tongue. If this is not something that you like, I recommend a different tobacco.
The room note can be described as very strong, but very pleasant. Everyone surveyed about this, both smokers and nonsmokers, liked the smell of this tobacco smoke. I am told that it reminds people of old country roads, and English villages. As the dark fired Virginia’s and Kentucky’s are completely processed in Kendall, Cumbria, England, I don’t find that too surprising.
If you are a full-time smoker, who smokes more than one pipe a day, I recommend that you do not exclusively smoke this blend, as you will spend a good deal of your time buzzed. But for something to get you shaking at eight bells of the morning watch, 1792 flake would be the perfect thing. Also, if you don’t live in the age of sail, and get up at a more respectable hour, this tobacco is still good to get you going.
The woody taste does get stronger near the bottom of the bowl, but is not unpleasant, and the tobacco lacks the signature sour aftertaste of most pipe tobaccos.
Overall, this tobacco comes highly recommended by myself, the captain, my life partner, my wife, and even non smokers who enjoy the pleasant aroma. It is definitely going to be a part of my regular rotation, and I am looking forward to seeing how it ages.
You can buy this tobacco online at Smoking Pipes (smokingpipes.com)
Smoke em if you got em!