Finally Some Oomph! (Samuel Gawith Celtic Talisman)


While browsing through the tinned tobacco section at, I came across Samuel Gawith’s Celtic Talisman Aromatic Mixture, and I said to myself, “finally, an aromatic with punch!”

I assumed, being made by Samuel Gawith, that it would have some pizzazz to it, and researching online most said it was pretty punchy, so I ordered myself some.  You can get it HERE.

Now, I’m usually not an aromatic fan, as I find most of them, while tasting great, lack any level of gusto that I appreciate in a good tobacco.

So, Celtic Talisman is a mix of Burleys, Virginias, and Cavendishes, cased in a rich cherry and vanilla topping, ribbon cut, and packed in a square tin.  The note of said tin is incredibly bright and cheerful, full of cherries and vanilla, and sweet Virginias.

The tobacco is not too moist, and packs readily into a pipe with either a tamper or a finger.  Lighting the pipe is no problem either, and the room note is as bright and cheerful as the tin note.

Online reviews are quite correct, Celtic Talisman is quite zesty, and packs a kick that few other aromatics have.  I rather enjoyed it, and it almost changed my mind about aromatics.

The reason it didn’t change my mind about aromatics, it is that the tobacco burns very quickly.  A full pipe only lasted me 15 or 20 minutes, and just as I was getting into the pipe it was over.

By the other hand, every pipe I smoked of this tobacco burned absolutely cleanly, with no trace of dottle at all.  That is highly unusual for an aromatic blend.

Now, do I recommend it, you ask?  Well, that all depends.  It won’t be a part of my regular rotation, as a 20 minute smoke is not a good smoke for me.  But if you don’t mind that sort of thing, Samuel Gawith’s Celtic Talisman Aromatic Mixture is smooth, tasty, and punchy.

Smoke ’em if you got ’em!


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