Every tobacco that I’ve tried from Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. has hit me with potency, so this one didn’t surprise me when I read about it online.
Tobaccoreviews.com has this to say about it;
Comprised from the same tobaccos as unflavored Dark Flake, this strong, full-bodied flake is augmented with the addition of traditional British flavorings, as well as tonquin, maple, and licorice. Designed for those experienced smokers who want the full strength of Dark Flake but enjoy a more traditionally flavored British Flake.
Where the dark flake is made up of Malawi Dark Fired Leaf and Indian Dark Air-cured leaf, the dark flake scented adds traditional British flavorings to the blend, and being a fan of tonquin bean, maple and licorice, I immediately ordered 2 ounces from smokingpipes.com, HERE, from $2.78 to $4.71 USD, depending on amount ordered.
My initial impression of this tobacco is to say it is “STRONG!”. The bag note is strong enough that I can even smell it, and is scented with a floral scent along with the tonquin, maple and licorice. My wife says that the bag note reminds her of the smell of Poison perfume, whereas to me it is reminiscent of the smell of Glynn Quelch’s Swamp Flower, which is scented with geranium.
The note is very pungent, and sharp, though not unpleasant. As a matter of fact, my wife describes it as, “the most pleasant note of tobacco that she has ever smelled.” Again, the smell is potent enough that I can smell it, and is strongly floral.
Within the first dozen or so puffs, I realize that *Strong* is not the word for this tobacco. Without inhaling, a dozen or so puffs in, and I’m starting to buzz, and have to slow down.
The chamber on my Mountaineer is rather large, and not anticipating the strength of this tobacco, I have filled the bowl quite full. So, by the time I reach the bottom of the bowl, I’m quite buzzed, and chatting up a blue streak with anybody who’ll listen.
Perhaps it is due to the humidity in the air, but the Brigham Mountaineer starts to get gurgly near the bottom of the bowl, and I have to put a pipe cleaner through it. No matter, it doesn’t detract from my enjoyment of the pipe.
Over the course of the bowl, I discovered this tobacco is smooth enough to inhale, but that is utterly unnecessary. The tobacco will satisfy your nicotine cravings without inhaling, and then some. As a matter of fact, the tobacco will leave a numbing sensation in your mouth, that at first you might think is tongue bite, but is really just the strength of the tobacco hitting you.
If coupled with a cold drink, even a carbonated one like a cola, the numbing of your mouth is quite mitigated, and I even find it enjoyable. Tea with honey, and sweet coffee also worked as a drink of choice, and I imagine a fruit brandy would as well.
My wife filled her bowl, and my partner filled his, and both found the tobacco to be quite enjoyable though both did say it was best sipped on cold.
I think I will be ordering some more on my next order from smokingpipes.com, and if you like a full-bodied, full strength tobacco be sure to give this one a try.
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!