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Full strength, mellow tobacco comprising a blend of dark-fired Tanzanian leaf. Made in England.

Notes: This is a full strength, mellow tobacco comprising a blend of dark fired Tanzanian leaf. It is Gawith's best-selling premium grade flake. It starts as 7 lbs. of hand stripped leaf and goes through a steaming process prior to being pressed. The cake, having been prepared, is wrapped in a select leaf and packed by hand into a 12 inch square. This cake is pressed and left for a minimum of two hours. Then, the pressed cake is placed into a steam press where it is baked at full heat for two to three hours. The baked cake has then taken on 1792's characteristic rich, dark color. It's hardening occurs during cooling. Once the process of cutting the flake and adding a tonquin flavor is carried out, hand wrapping and packing finalizes 1792, making it ready for rubbing into your pipe. Also sold as Cob Flake in Europe.

BrandSamuel Gawith
Blended BySamuel Gawith
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsKentucky, Virginia
FlavoringTonquin Bean, Whisky
CutFlake
Packaging50g Tin
CountryUK
ProductionCurrently available
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Strong
Flavoring
Medium
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Full
Room Note
Tolerable

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CGHurlburt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CGHurlburt (24)
★★★★
Strong Mild Very Full Tolerable

I bought a bulk supply of this about a year ago. It sounded like something I would like and I figured I would pick up enough to keep around for awhile. At first I was amazed at the N kick this had. I was looking for something with a hefty kick and this did the trick. It didn't bite at all, which is good because if it bites me I don't buy it again. The taste is something unusual and I was on the fence about it for a while. I eventually found myself smoking other tobaccos more often and about forgot I had a big bag of 1792 flake.

I rediscovered my stash of 1792 a year later. It was still in the same bulk bag and dry as desert dirt. I didn't want it to go to waste and was hesitant about re-hydrating with water for fear it might mold. I decided to put some Bacardi 151 in the bag for hydration. I applied enough to make the bag a little wet and set it back again to revisit a month later.

Folks, let me tell you. As I smoke a bowl of this now, this is some fine pipe weed. Sure, it's strong. It's real strong, but it is also mellow. Mellow in the sense that you can smoke anyway you want and not be concerned about it biting you. It tastes just as good as it ever did, possibly better for having been aged and re- hydrated with 151 proof rum. It is simply the most satisfying pipe tobacco I know for those that really want the N kick too. I say this as someone that smokes a good amount of Irish Flake.

Overall, I recommend every pipe smoker give this one a try. At least for an occasional smoke if nothing else. If you are vitamin N sensitive, you may want to try it in a really small pipe. It is potent stuff. This tobacco is a perfect example of one that is best enjoyed slowly. It almost forces slow smoking anyways. It will need drying if it is a new tin. It ships pretty moist which is part of the reason it is hard to get started and keep going for many people. Give it time to dry out, possibly overnight, and you will have a fine evening smoke. If you are new to smoking and you are a light-weight for strong tobaccos, you may want to venture forward with caution. This is one of the strongest blends out there. The only smoke I have ever had that is stronger is a homemade blend I make using straight KY burley from the barn mixed with a Virginia twist I cut up for smoking rather than chew. That's my camping blend, because I'd be divorced if I smoked it in the house.

16 people found this review helpful.

Clarkus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Clarkus (26)
★★★☆
Very Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

After reading all these posts, how could I not try it? Finding out tonquin was the flavoring and Schippers was one of my all time favorites put me over the edge and I ordered a couple of tins.

While it didn't taste anything like what I remember Schippers tasting like, it was really good. I'm not a big Virginia fan, although I'm from Virginia, I found what I like in a tobacco in this one.

It broke up and packed well and I only needed two lights and the burn was good and slow. I do appreciate the advice on strength. I sat on a lounge chair on the patio and just went into a wonderful nicotine high.

9 people found this review helpful.

Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (111)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

I bought this one about five months ago and am not even half way through the tin yet but I think I am in some position to give a review.

When I first opened the tin, the smell was queer, not sure I could pin it down but seemed to have something "woody" to it. Rubbing out and packing were without issues, the lighting, however, was something else entirely. I wasted half a box of matches on that first bowl just trying to keep it lit and eventually gave up. A couple of attempts on subsequent bowls were abandoned in similar fashion, even when drying a plenty was performed. The taste that I could discern was much the same but the lighting issue was so frustrating that I gave up and slung the remaining weed into a jar and threw it to the back of a cupboard. Over the next few months, I tried the odd bowl with similar results. A couple of weeks ago, though, I dug it out again and chucked it in a pipe to give it another go and was pleasantly surprised to find, after two or three relights, it stayed lit for the rest of the bowl. The flavour was still fantastic, if a little sweeter and thoroughly enjoyable. A couple of more smokes have followed in much the same vein.

I have to say, I have wrestled with how many stars to give this one. That lighting issue upon opening was unforgivable. Although I much prefer to whack a tobacco in the pipe and get stuck in, I get the idea that some offerings do require some drying. This, however, was unforgivable, no tobacco should be so damp, even after drying, that it it requires so many relights, enough to near ruin the tobacco in my view. Yet the flavour is just so nice, probably putting it up there as one of the nicer tobaccos I have smoked, a sheer joy to smoke from this perspective. So here was the quandary, do I give it a 1-star review for the sheer unlightability on first opening? I struggle to recommend to anyone a tobacco that requires five months of aging before it is anything like smokable. Or do I give it four stars? That flavour is just too nice not to recommend to anyone. What about 2 or 3 stars? Well, to me that wouldn't do the review justice in my mind. So here it is, four stars for that cracking flavour with easy rubbing and packing but with one major proviso - age it.

8 people found this review helpful.

Backwoods Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Backwoods Piper (50)
★★★☆
Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I have read many of the reviews for this and have even smoked a few bowls of the bulk variety and found it to be rich and satisfying. The tonquin flavoring of this tobacco took my breath away and the nicotine hit was staggering you definitely need to be seated for this smoke. Even with these experiences I never added this to my regimen for I have many VA/burly flakes that I enjoyed just as much if not more than 1792. The other day I happened to be rummaging through my cellar offerings only to find a tin of this blend that I dated July 7 of 2005.

I opened the 50g tin and was blown away with the tin note and the rich black almost oily appearance of this tobacco. It was velvety soft to the feel and rubbed out and packed to perfection. Upon the first light it was flavor explosion of liquor and leather almost cigar like. After about a half dozen sips my head was awry in nicotine bliss. "Easy boy" i said to my self and set in for a monumental half hour smoke.

I'm sold and ordered five more tins for aging. By no means is this an all day smoke but certainly a smoke suited to top off a nice meal with a vintage whiskey or brandy. Not for the faint hearted or novice smoker. If you're looking for a Va/burly flake that sets its self apart from all others this is your tobacco.

Pipe Used: Dublin

Age When Smoked: 8 years

7 people found this review helpful.

oldcodger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldcodger (33)
★★☆☆
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

I do not like Samuel Gawith 1792. Please note what I said. I did not write that it was a bad tobacco. I stated that I did not like it. I have tried it twice, with several years in between. In both instances, I had to heavily cut l792 to smoke the tin. Nevertheless, in spite of my personal misgivings, I have given it a two star "somewhat rexcommended" rating.

This is a Virginia and burley blend which has been heat treated to a dark color and pressed into very nice, pliable flakes. I have no problem in loading and lighting, both by jamming the flakes down and by rubbing them out. Samuel Gawith knows how to manufacture a flake.

The nicotine hit of 1792 is almost legendary. Even some of its devotees cannot smoke it on an empty stomach. Smokers who are sensitive to heavy nicotine will want to use only a very small bowled pipe or else avoid it altogether.

The landmark characteristic of 1792 is its heavy tonquin flavoring. It is not the only pipe tobacco which utilizes tonquin, but I know of no other that uses it this copiously. Tonquin is the extract of the tonka bean, and its primary use is as an ingredient of perfumes. It has some similarity to vanilla, although it is not as sweet. It also provides a strong herbal essence, so much that it suggests that oriental tobacco is part of the blend. To the best of my knowledge there is no oriental present, and the herbal quality comes from the tonquin alone. Does tonquin taste awful to me? No. But the amount of it in 1792 is too much for me to enjoy what seems to be very high quality tobacco ingredients.

The two times I have tried it, I had to cut it. I used about one third of either Prince Albert or of McClelland 5100 to each pipeful. The flavor remained in the same ballpark, but the tonquin was notably tamed and I could smoke it and enjoy it.

This is a distinctive pipe tobacco, and it has its faithful fans. Those who enjoy the flowery lakeland blends may well find it to their liking. Others may not find the heavy tonquin to be an overload, as I do. And for those who do find more tonquin than they bargained for, do as i did, and cut it. You will not lose your investment in the tin, and the toned down version may even tickle your fancy.

6 people found this review helpful.

Kraft1994 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kraft1994 (54)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I find this blend very interesting. The Kentucky and Virginia tobaccos give this blend a strong, mild, sweet backdrop. A solid base for a great blend. The tonquin is where this blend really shines. The tonquin bean adds a very unique, rich, earthy sweetness to this blend. As far as herbal additives in pipe tobacco go tonquin is the easiest to get used to. Its not a flavor too far off from tobacco. It adds almost an oriental tobacco flavor to this blend. Dark, rich, earthy and sweet. Wonderful. 1792 Flake comes in loose flakes tightly packed into the tin that tear apart into perfect packable ribbons. 1792 burns very slow and very cool. A massive nicotine dose lends this blend well to slow relaxed puffing at the end of a long hard day. Very Well done once again Gawith.

6 people found this review helpful.

Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
★★★★
Extremely Strong Mild Very Full Pleasant

1792 Flake

Star Rating = 4.00

Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst

Pouch Note = 10

Room Note = 10

Flavor = 10

Bite = 10

Burn = 10

After Taste = 9

Raw Score = 59

Rated Percentage = 98%

Comment = Smooth, nice Strong Full Body Flavor, high Nicotine content, white ash Burn, this is a wonderful smoke but you better be sitting down when you light-up, because this blend is going to kick your butt, ya it's that strong. But oh boy what a delightfully enjoyable smoke this one is.

5 people found this review helpful.

TheJayBee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TheJayBee (56)
★★★☆
Strong Mild to Medium Very Full Strong

Took a coin, opened the tin, I was welcomed by pungent yet paradoxically sweet smell. It was as if though I stumbled across a farm and and a flower plantation field at the same time. The smell of the tobacco is pure bliss. I almost wanted to start chewing on those flakes!

The tobacco is very dark and the flakes cut unevenly as with all Sam's flake.

In addition, his flake was the wettest out of all 3 Sam's flakes I have already tried. This one proved to be a combat to light, even after I shredded the flakes into tiny ribbon like cuts. keeping it lit was another fight I had to endure. Admittedly, I did not wait to dry the flakes as with the other flakes I tried.

The smoke however, is soooooo soooo rewarding. This Va/Ken tobacco delivers all the goods. Vitamin N wise, it gives a lot. Taste of the smoke is very earthy, slightly floral (Kentucky taste I am guessing), and the Virginia gives the smoke a more subtle balance to it. The smell of the smoke is heavenly (for me). Room note is strong for the other party.

I am still fighting to keep my pipe lit... Fighting... fighting... Why was I so impatient... Let the flakes dry for at least 15 minutes before breaking them, and then wait at least 15 more minutes to put it in your pipe.

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Update: Almost a week a after opening the tin, I had to write this damning paragraph, simply because even after breaking the flakes into ribbon like tobacco, the tobacco is still wet and it is still a struggle to keep it lit.

It seems to be that it has nothing to do with the flake, but with luck! Sometimes you can get a tin that does not require much drying up, while others are very wet.

SG should do something about the consistency of the humidity of their flakes. I had almost no issues with St James Flake and the FVF, but with this one, it is a battle with every bowl. From the different SG flakes reviews, I see that the wetness is not the same depending not on the tobacco type (FVF, St James, 1792, etc...), but the tin itself. Maybe they need to age more in the tin? I don't know... I just know that those guys do great tobaccos, but sometimes I feel it rains on the flakes inside the factory, and sometimes it doesn't! This drives me crazy!

5 people found this review helpful.

Big Nick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Nick (72)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable

This is a powerful blend and an excellent example of Tonquin flavoring. The flakes are very rich in flavor, appearance and aroma. Upon opening the tin I was slapped in the face with an aroma that I've never experienced. I can only describe it as a very strong musky adult type fragrance...Tonquin. The smoke is bold, rich and tasty, but there's no bite and it maintains a sweet nature. An excellent example of strong tobacco and Tonquin flavoring.

5 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (668)
★★★☆
Strong Strong Very Full Very Pleasant

The tonquin bean is strong and mostly hides the whisky, but it won't matter to you if you like tonquin. As strong as this tobacco is, there is a mellowness in the flavor that I found rather pleasing, which is well contrasted by some earthiness. Heavily topped, but I can still taste some nutty burley, though the grassy Virginia is somewhat subdued. Plenty of nicotine to satisfy the craving, it burns very cool, though it does need some relights. Has a very pleasant room note. Made for the experienced smoker, it's more of a love/hate product than your average flake.

4 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (152)
★★☆☆
Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Tolerable to Strong

I am undoubtedly going to torque a few people off with this rating, but I just could not stand this stuff. I actually smoked through four ounces of it bulk over a two year period and was happy to see it finished off last week with a little help from some BB#2. So it is not that I didn't smoke enough or let it dry enough. I did all of that.

It is also not like I don't like strong blends. Irish Flake is in my top two and I think it is even stronger than this. So taking the rating system as it stands the only reason I could see to recommend this is if someone wants to try tonquin. And, I surmise it is the tonquin that is killing this blend to my tastes. This is the only reason I will give this a second star, because there is no way I will be repurchasing it.

To my tastes it tastes like vile industrial waste. My wife told me it smelled like what they put in porta potties when they clean them. Maybe there is some truth to those who claim urinal cakes are in this blend.

4 people found this review helpful.

doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (195)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Pleasant

I have been intrigued by this blend for quite some time now. As far as Lakelands go, I am more a fan of G&H as there blending style is more in line with my taste than is with SG but I was curious about 1792. I stopped at the local JR which stocks SG tins.

Opening the tin I was greeted with the typical SG rough cut flake that had some sugar crystal bloom on it. They were of a mostly dark brown leak with some medium brown, but not jet black. The tin aroma was not off putting at all. It reminded me of a cough syrup of my youth which I believe was named Ipsitol. It was not quite the same, but it did rekindle my memory of that preparation. I was quite surprised that the tin aroma was not more pronounced given the description of such in many of the reviews. Upon deep inhalation I almost detected the presence of a dark cherry-like aroma way in the background. As is typical of SG tinned tobaccos, the flakes were moist but not as moist as my experience with Best Brown Flake, so 1792 was smokeable right from the tin. I loaded a bit in a small, slim billiard Dr. Grabow Grand Duke that I reserve for Lakelands and testing new tobaccos. I digress briefly here, but it is worth mentioning that I have just shy of a dozen Dr. Grabow pipes out of a pipe collection of over 150, and NEVER had a bad smoke in any of them. They could use a higher class of rubber in their bits, but their briars have never failed me in 37 years of piping - and from the first bowl. For me, they beat out my expensive Dunhills and other medium to high end pipes by a long mile, and I like to support this American institution for as long as I can!

Although 1792 was smokeable from the tin, there was the need for frequent relights, but it didn't interfere with my enjoyment of this fine blend. The initial taste was similar to Revor Plug but not quite as musty as Revor always is for me. While smoking I said that this wasn't all that strong as compared to Irish Flake, one of my favorites and the strongest tobacco I smoke. However, the strength creeps up on you, but not in a leveling way. It provided a nice buzz is all and this was after consuming a sandwich and cup of coffee. However, I conclude IrF to be stronger by way of comparison. There was a very nice chocolate taste that quickly developed that was not over the top and lasted throughout the smoke. There was nothing flowery or soapy with 1792 nor did I experience the dry mouth feel typical with Kentucky leaf. The side stream for me was similar to the room note that Captain Black White gave off when I smoked that well over 30 years ago. My wife and two daughters didn't find the room note offensive at all. One said it was pancake/maple syrup like. No heat or bite as well.

G&H and SG, the two powerhouses of Lakeland style tobacco blending, are very different in their approach to their respective products. This is a good thing as it adds variety to the available products. As stated, I enjoy G&H offerings over the likes of SG, but with 1972, SG has a winner here. Recommended and one that I can smoke every day if need be. Goes great with a black coffee, too. I am very happy I finally tried it and was not disappointed!

UPDATE 3-23-13: With more drying of this tobacco, the tin aroma that I described as "cherry-like" is now more like black-cherry soda, perhaps from the addition of heliotrope?

4 people found this review helpful.

Mochzky Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mochzky (6)
★★☆☆
Strong Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

I am a longtime R&L Wingfield lover and a flake fancier ever since I started pipe smoking in my early twenties in the late 70s. I often obtained my favourite tobaccos from J.J. Fox. One of my favourites was the flake sold there, a pressed bar tobacco packed in the small rectangular tin the same size of Dunhill flake tin in those days. The tin bears the label of the familiar R&L design, which I believe must be one of Robert Lewis products. Akin to Dunhill flake in quality, however, this flake smelled sweeter and tasted milder, seemed more mature than Dunhill flake. Soon, they stopped selling this flake, at least at J.J.Fox. Ever since, I have been seeking for my legendary flake, even time-slipped through the days when people began to enjoy Internet, my search continued, but to my chagrin I haven't been able to find it out up to this date. Through many compromises and deviations, I found myself an addict to Samuel Gawith's 1792 flake. Is this the one I dreamed of and sought for, after a long journey of my dream flake? No, this is far from it. In every aspect, nothing matches the flake I bought at J.J.Fox. I cannot explain what kind of turn of mind or what kind of perverse deviations of my pipe life made me an intermittent repeater of Sam's 1792 flake. The body odour of “Mr Ugly” as coined by some reviewer … . One idea is that a smoker's taste is vulnerable to change through a vast space of time. Figuratively, the smell of “the armpits of coalminers”, as mentioned somewhere, has joined the league table of my likings ( literally speaking, as I haven't got any acquaintance among coalminers, I have never had the opportunity to smell it in my life and, of course, if I had, I would never wish to do that for the rest of my life). I could not find an appropriate phrase in my word inventory for the scent of S. Gawith's1792. Some say it is ugly but others say flavorful. I think there is a hair's breadth between the two.

Like a fiendishly smoky peat-taste whisky, Gawith's1792 chooses the smokers. If Dunhill Flake, Holger Danske's Royal Navy Flake, Samuel Gawith's flakes such as Golden Glow, Full Virgina can be a textbook standard for VA flakes, Sam's 1792 flake largely deviates from that. Anyone who got bored with the textbook VA, Go for it!

My view on tasting: Slow-burning does not necessarily depend on moisture. Pre-smoking drying out is a must. As usual with most cases, the manufacture's secret skills of cutting and slicing tobaccos also account for pleasant cool smoking. In the light of that, Samuel Gawith's1792 is the work of art, which enables me to play with silky creamy smokes smouldering from the muddy, earthy dead leaves, along with its subtly stinging and tingling sensations on the tongue like the first touch of a hard-core single malt.

The best advice is: Do not spew a lot of smokes all the way through the whole mouth with the open velum that may allow the smokes to freely tingle the nasal path. So, smoke it in a small bowl. Try not to let the smokes get as close as to the velar part near the windpipe because that makes you coughing and even getting sick. It's like swallowing Ardbeg like draft beers, and the result will a hell. I am sober in writing this.

Presentation is a punch, an epihany: The nose delivers a mélange of soap, garam and delectable vernal grass. When light it first, a soapy smell arrogantly asserts itself with a hint of garam cigarette. On the palate, I get a piquant, peppery kick in the tongue, which is enjoyable like a swig of peaty single malt. As to casing, I do not detect whisky topping; tonquin is salient and ubiquitous. The flake does not light very well but retains its original piquancy to the last puff. This flake reminds me of Sam's other range such as Black xx and Brown No.4 ropes. Patience is needed to get it going to the last burn.

Gawith's1792 flake may not fit with anyone ensconcing oneself in the cozy couch in the ultra-hygiene modern life recommended by health fascists. The flake comes from the 19th century England, in which everything was sooty as in Dickens' world, along with a variety of smells of life and horses' dung at every roadside at the low level of public hygiene as some reviewer mentioned adequately. So, changing the mindset is of the essence when you time-travel to enjoy the 1792 flake. I often smoke it with my small Dublin in the mouth, and sometimes it perks me up, other times consoles me, by the time-travel into the 19th century human world.

I put 7 stars in 10 scales. Before meals, this flake punches me in the stomach like a nasty body-blow, so it has never become the tobacco for all-day smoking. What's more, smoke this in a decent bar or in a posh restaurant, I guarantee the staff will ferret you out. And yet, unforgettable, unputtingdownable tobacco I often get back to.

4 people found this review helpful.

Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (76)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

I think this blend would be found as somewhat strange to the American smoker, in that what we are accustomed to. Very musty in the tin aroma. This is a blend of all darkfired leaf with a discrete flavoring of tonkin. This adds a slight sweetness to the smoke and aroma. Beware though, this is very high in nicotine. So full in that aspect I had to stop about 1/3 down the bowl due to it being so rich. It's strength on the palette is mild to medium and not sharp like one would expect from a full virgina blend. That being said it is a somewhat deceptive blend in expectation and if you try it for the first time puff as slow as possible or you could get a nicotine jolt that could make you feel a little green.

-Interesting, but not for me.

-Recommended for the experimentor and people with high metabolisms

Update 1-26-05 In reconsideration of my former review this is horriable. I don't know why I had some extreme open mindedness for this tobacco. This smells like a horse's stall. This illustrates by analogy why acient peoples would smoke such unrefined and bitter tasting smoke from a weed... its' the nicotine, duh! I guess that may be the appeal of this blend that it's potent nicotine content in it's pharmacological effect will override it's unpleasant sensory qualities.

Update Update I have tried this again and have swung back to not only respecting this, but enjoying it. The smoke aroma is quite pleasurable, rounded sweet and full. Taste likewise but a little less. That tin aroma though can only be describe as foul as stated above. I think it may depend on mood. Another maybe that it is so satisfying, overly so in conjunction with it's "round" mildly sweet aroma. Oh, will the schizophrenia ever stop?!

4 people found this review helpful.

Noorrmm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Noorrmm (193)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong Mild to Medium Extra Full Tolerable

A very dark flake, fairly fine cut, and a bit moist. The aroma is almost nasty, possibly owing to the fermentation. It rubs out easily to whatever degree you prefer, and is easy to pack. When first lit, there is a blast of spiciness that's hard to describe, (almost like the sweet components of a curry mixture), not unpleasant and soon subsiding to a manageable level. The fullness of the virginia soon becomes apparent, possibly the fullest I have ever tasted. It is also the smoothest and coolest I can recall, just the "low" note of the tobacco, and a small amount of the tonka flavor. It burns best when puffed very slowly, but never got hot, and leaves a clean white ash. The room aroma got positive comments from my wife. In summary, it is probably not going to be a regular smoke for me, but will probably be an occasional treat to come back to periodically.

4 people found this review helpful.

LV9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LV9 (59)
★★★☆
Strong Strong Very Full Very Strong

First and foremost this is a nicotine bomb, in the best kind of way, now that is clear proceed to read, This virginia/burley blend comes in long uneven flakes that are easy to work with the smell of the tin is something like virginia, something like cocoa and bait of vanilla mix with chemicals I hear that this is toquin which I'm not very familiar with, the taste of it is very overwhelming and by the fourth puff you'll know if this is for you or not, the room note is very off putting and overwhelming, with all of this being said is a great blend to pass the time with, it will. It make you any friends and it always satisfies after dinner, in good conscience I can recommended to everybody this is not amateurs but for the most seasoned smokers. Would I buy it again... Yes but I would not go out of my way to hoard a lot of it.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum no name and falcon pipes

Age When Smoked: 6 years

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

2 people found this review helpful.

codyp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
codyp (65)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Straight from this tin, It was a coarse flake cut, and I could not distinguish the smell. Very different. The flake took some experimenting to get a perfect smoke, which most all flakes do, but after it did...

I'll just start with the strength. Yes, very strong, big buzz. That's what I expected, and enjoyed.

The room note was very nice. It was musky and some hints of a spicy vanilla. The wife loved it and it sticks around for a while. The taste was a whole different planet then other blends. It was a very good virginia and burley with a very spicy, yet sweet vanilla that comes out once in a while. Initial lighting I got almost a spiced rum kind of thing.

I did get a medium lasting smoke, that was very cool and lived up to it's name.

I highly recommend this, to any smoker. Amazing Blend.

Pipe Used: AKB Smooth Freehand Meerschaum, Peterson System

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (238)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Full Very Pleasant

This is superb ! Lovely thick flakes which are just moist enough and easy to rub and fill with . It gives off beautifully thick smoke . It is easy to light and keeps burning even too . It has a nice nicotine level to it and gave no bite . Also gives a lovely room note . It is one of my favorite flakes out there . I am sure most people will feel very satisfied with it !

Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

2 people found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (159)
★★★☆
Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A mild, easy to light flake . . . yeah, right. The tonquin is very present, but in reality probably a tad less so than in Westmoreland. However, since it isn't used too often it would be a surprise to the uninitiated. The N is strong, but probably not much more so than in Grasmere Flake or Royal Yacht. In fact, it reminds me a bit of Royal Yacht, different form and flavor (flake v ribbon, tonquin v whatever Royal Yacht is flavored with) but still similar in terms of strength of both N and flavor. And, of course, it is difficult to light.

I tend to be one of those annoying people who 7 out of 10 times light a pipe with one or two matches and smoke through the bowl with the occasional tamp. 1792 usually takes 3-5 matches to get going and needs constant tending and sometimes relights. I can see why some find it frustrating.

Despite all the above, I found this a very nice change of pace tobacco, different to the other types I gravitate towards. Not recommended for beginners or those who dislike highly flavored smokes.

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The Happy Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Happy Piper (14)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I was thrilled to discover this in my local Peripatetic tobacconist, whose stock seems to change on a whim from only full-on Lat bombs to W.O. Larson "Milk and cookies mixture" from one week to the next, with nary a strong Va in the running. I must stress this review is after one bowl, but I feel able to review this after one bowl specifically because it was so unremarkable. This is by no means bad tobacco- I will probably buy it again, but it is in no way the immense hairy monster I'd expected. It is entirely possible I'm missing something, but to me it seemed like a competent, strongish English blend a la Condor or Conniston. If only it had tasted like the tin-note I would have been a happy man! That smell took me right back to Edinburgh.

Addendum:- After a few more bowls of 1792 I have to say I don't think there's much going on here. All the dark molasses/fig or even liquorice notes which should be present in a deep, masculine Va have been lost, replaced by not very much at all. It's as if the stoving and casing have got rid of any natural aspect of the tobacco. I will probably persevere with the tin, smoking it as a flake etc, but this 'classic' is just not good. And I will definitely need to remember not to form an opinion on a blend whilst sipping cask-strength whiskey!

Addendum2: OK, this is strange tobacco. I am currently smoking it after some unoaked light French wine and it tastes both caustic and rich, supple and acidic. The room-note is unchanged, but the taste and texture after breathing for 10 days, is different. Or maybe it's my palate. I have noticed this tendency, to a lesser extent, in FVF- sometimes when I smoke FVF I can honestly say it is a perfect smoke, truly sublime. At other times it is merely good. More research needed I think

2 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (92)
★★★☆
Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

1792 is a dividing tobacco blend that's for sure. Personally I love the stuff. Despite its reputation, when handled with care it's quite satisfying and smokes soft, sweet, creamy, flavorful and cool. I recommend dedicating a cob to it. I smoke it in a MM Country Gentleman that I rarely fill more than 3/4ths of the way full.

Tin note? Let's just skip that part (I'll call it “unique”), and get right to how it smokes….

Once lit, the flavor is deeply sweet and I find the room note surprisingly pleasant. The scent is ambrosia of dark spices, vanilla and talc powder which balances nicely with the earthy smoked tobacco tones. The flavors do intensify as the bowl develops, but the casing keeps the smoke quite mellow at a slow puff.

Speaking of which, technique plays a very important role with this one. I smoke it slow and keep the ember barely burning. Like most strong predominantly dark fired flake you'll be treated to a challenging affair and spoil the subtleties if you stoke it up past a slow crawl.

Tin vs. Bulk - Infrequently I will notice larger or less subtle differences between a tinned and bulk version of a tobacco. 1792 Flake is one of those blends. An extended stay in a sealed mason jar does wonders for the bulk variety. Right off the bat the tinned version really does smoke sweeter, softer and altogether more balanced.

While no where near an everyday smoke for me, I do feel that every admirer of traditional tobacco blends should try this flake at least once.

Recommended

2 people found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (120)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The tin note on this is one of a musty, damp basement where one does their wash. Packaged very moist, it requires 8 seconds in the micro to disperse some moisture, but leaves enough to prevent harshness.

This does deliver a decent nicotine hit, but not enough to scare anyone away. Rich smoke delivers that tonquin bean vanillaish aroma. Does require a few relights throughout the smoke, but that just proves you arent smoking too fast.

As a pipe smoker, I believe everyone owes it to smoke the entire SG spectrum, and start with this one.

4 out of 5 stars. Paired suprisingly well with a JD and Coke.

2 people found this review helpful.

Laserboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Laserboy (12)
★★★★
Extremely Strong Very Strong Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Ahhh--now _this_ is tobacco! Quite amazing stuff, 1792 is, and it will blow your socks off (or empty your stomach, more likely) if you're not careful.

1792 arrives as irregular, dark flakes with a rubbery, tar-like consistency. A bit of drying is far from a bad idea. As one might infer from both the consistency of the flakes and the strength of the tobacco's flavor and nicotine content, it burns slowly and is best in a very narrow, deep pipe. The tonquin will ghost your pipe, so be careful in your selection. (I have a dedicated churchwarden just for this blend--the churchwarden style matches the slow and contemplative smoking method suited to 1792 very well.) Expect numerous relights and _do not_ fall into the trap of puffing hard to get it going when it cools down--that risks an unfortunate wallop of the nicotine for which this tobacco is rightly notorious.

Slow, steady draws on the pipe reward the smoker of this blend with a sweet and astonishingly flavorul flow of smoke with a vanilla and caramel overtone. I think this tobacco is technically an aromatic, but the sweetness is more subdued than what people usually associate with that word. Also, I'm not sure that the room note is all that pleasing to non-smokers in the vicinity. As has been frequently mentioned, the nicotine content of 1792 is demanding of respect! The combination of nicotine effects and the burn qualities of the tobacco make it unthinkable to me that one would smoke it in anything other than a very comfortable, relaxed setting. A beverage near to hand is absolutely a benefit. Sitting in front of my outdoor fireplace with a big snifter of Laphroaig and either some good friends or a good book (one of my best friends, after all) and a pipeful of 1792 make for a wonderful night finished off with a pleasantly unsteady walk to bed.

As a side-note: I believe that Bracken Flake, also from Samuel Gawith, is essentially 1792 without the tonquin. But I have not smoked enough of Bracken to state this with high confidence.

Similar Blends: Samuel Gawith - Bracken Flake.

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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (513)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I have been smoking SG’s 1792 on and off for about four years. There isn’t much to add to the other reviews. If you like hefty dose of tonquin and a nic hit, than this blend is for you. Like just about all SG flakes, it needs to be dried before smoking. As has been mentioned it is a bit earthy and I find an underlying sweetness too, especially with some additional age. As for the strength, I think it is a matter of reference. If you regularly enjoy ropes, you will find this to be medium to strong. If you are coming at it from a different direction, it will be strong to very strong. This is a love or hate type tobacco that offers some complex flavors. 1792 is a dish best served to experienced pipe smokers.

1 person found this review helpful.

SmokeDawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeDawg (55)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable to Strong

Pipe tobacco is definitely subject to the individual taste of the smoker. This has never been more evident to me than with 1792. After the great reviews it sounded what I was looking for. If you dont know what tonquin is do yourself a favor and look it up before you buy, something I didnt do. Its a kind of exotic bean with a VERY peculiar fragrance, that I discovered I personally dont care for. I popped the tin and was treated with a sent that could best be described as shoe polish. Hmmm.... Very odd, and I wasn't thrilled. The paper was damp, the flake tobacco was dark like black or brown leather, and didnt do any convincing SG didnt cut up the sole of an old english shoe. This could be Samuel Gawith's own shoe not sure. Could be a collectors item for sure. I first did a fold and stuff, and was treated with barely a flavor change but was greeted with a strong dose of ole St. NIC. Disappointed. Next bowl saw a rub out. Same thing. Next bowl I went to my sure fire method of sticking it in the blender and some dry time. Nothing helped this leather shoe transform to a pleasureable smoke. I love the differences in my fellow pipers taste and reviews but I'm puzzled at this popular blend with a tonquin flavor. Its just not for me. I will give it a somewhat recommened for those who like this uh..sort of flavor.

Pipe Used: Bertram, peterson 69

Purchased From: Jr cigars

1 person found this review helpful.

CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (118)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

Once it gets started, after a couple re-lights, the Virginia takes the lead, with a slight hint of vanilla. By the time the burley comes in to balance things out a bit, it's pure tobacco. Strength builds a bit through the bowl. Hints of vanilla reappear near the finish. Burned clean. 3 stars.

Pipe Used: Willmer 35+ years old, MM

Age When Smoked: Undated tin; bought 2 months ago

Purchased From: Corona Smoke Shop, Battle Creek, MI

1 person found this review helpful.

StrongMixturesOnly Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StrongMixturesOnly (17)
★★★★
Extremely Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

By far, the strongest tin tobacco I have ever sampled. At first puff, the tonquin bean is boldly apparent. The flavor of the two burleys, coupled with the flavoring of the tonquin bean, makes for a pleasant taste. The room note is also pleasant. What really is distinct about this mixture is it's potency. I recommend sitting down at first, until one knows the effect of this strong tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

arclight Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
arclight (4)
★★★★
Strong Strong Full Pleasant

This is am excellent flake tobacco. I cut the flakes in to small pieces and let them dry for about a hour. This tobacco can be very wet - let them dry out a little. Lighting can be hard, but I find once it is lit, it stays lit. 1792 is an excellent tobacco for a slow smoke. the tonquin flavoring is very different from most tobacco's, it is very earthy. This is one of my go to tobaccos. This tobacco has a decent nicotine kick. It is a perfect companion to a stout ale or a strong whisky. This is a good smoke when you want to spend some time contemplating life and the world in general. Treat it with respect and you will have a great smoke!

1 person found this review helpful.

Peter Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peter Piper (41)
★★★☆
Very Strong Medium Very Full Strong

Wow, this is a proper smoke. It should come with one of those warnings about not driving, or using heavy machinery.

So it would not rate as a regular for me, but nevertheless there is a pleasing quality to this blend for those occasions when you may desire a bit more punch to your smoke.

The words strong, heady, powerful and full flavoured come to mind. But if you know what you are letting yourself in for and sitting comfortably with no distractions, then it does present a rewarding smoking experience.

Don't worry about the apparent flavourings, either, the fullness of the underlying tobacco more than matches any pretensions that this may have to being an aromatic.

Recommended.

1 person found this review helpful.

Fofo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fofo (81)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium Extra Full Extra Strong

This tobacco is strong in both flavor and nicotine content. I am not sensitive to nicotine so I don't get a gurgling stomach or a light head, but a small pipe leaves me satisfied.

Don't listen to the ridiculous claims that this tobacco tastes like manure and smells like the street on England in 1792 with a hint of lumberjack's armpit. That's just hogwash. Another ridiculous claim is that people who smoke this don't smoke it for the taste, again, hogwash.

This tobacco tastes like a strong rope with a very strong cigar character. It's obvious that it is cased, but the Tonka is barely noticeable. Most of what you taste and smell is strong, good ol' fashioned tobacco. Fairly one dimensional, but good, very good.

As many have stated, this tobacco needs drying time, and it is still a pain in the butt to keep lit, but with some practice you can do it. I would ssuggest that, during the first few bowls, you have enough matches handy, or use a lighter.

If you are an aromatic smoker, a newbie pipe smoker, or a 20 year old hipster, this is NOT for you. If you enjoy TOBACCO flavor and can tolerate nicotine reasonably well, you'll love this.

1 person found this review helpful.

Smoking Sam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoking Sam (20)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Strong

I was a little apprehensive about the N factor of this tobacco after reading all of the reviews, and watching several Youtube reviews. I was also worried about tongue bite if smoked moist.

I opened a new tin and rubbed out the flakes completely. I let the tobacco rest, and hopefully dry out, for at least 30 minutes. The tobacco felt OK and packed easily. Even with judicious useage of my Colibri Connaught II, the tobaccy was just about impossible to light even though the pipe was packed loosely. It wouldn't stay lit, and multiple relights were necessary. The tobacco produced a lot of pungent smoke when burning.

The tonquin topping was noticeable on the pallete. The nicotene that I was worried about wasn't a problem - no stomach gurgle, no buzz, etc., and I was puffing the pipe aggressively to try and keep it lit. I threw caution to the wind and even inhaled a couple of times. I found the tobacco to be medium to full flavored. It did burn cool and there was no tongue bite. About half way through the bowl things improved somewhat.

My initial opinion of this tobacco is that it is not on a par with FVF, though stronger, and less satisfying than Dunhill Flake, both in taste and N power. I have another flake rubbed out completely, and I will let this dry for a couple of hours to see if that improves the situation. At this point, all that I can add is that - 1792 shows potential. I like the fuller flavor. I am venturing into stronger and stronger N laden tobaccos lately, (I have some Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. Brown Irish twist due to arrive tomorrow.)

More later.....after more thorough drying, and a second cup of coffee.

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Round 2: Update.

Packed 1792, now completely dry, into my pipe. Not surprisingly, it lit much easier. Two false lights, tamping, and then off to the races. Now sippable. Impressions? Earthy. Spicy. Medium to full flavored straight tobacco taste. Tonquin bean still apparent, but no whisky flavor. Lots of smoke. It kind of reminds me of Dunhill Nightcap. Still no "N" factor noticed. A strong, basic, tobacco. Much more enjoyable this time around. Raising rating to a 3. Enjoying the experience. No burn to nose or pallete. Smokes cool. Tonquin aroma noticeable - as one reviewer said, this would get one kicked out of a restaurant. Pairs well with strong coffee. I imagine the same would be true of scotch or bourbon. 1792 delivers what I ask of it, a very relaxing medium to strong smoke. Proper drying is essential, for this flake tobacco to shine.

1 person found this review helpful.

Demetri Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Demetri (100)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Strong Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

While viewing a wikipedia article about tonquin beans I was surprised to read it therein stated that they were used to flavor 1792 Flake AND Dunhill Royal Yacht. This was astonishing to me as a long time fan of both the old, very robust Royal Yacht and the new, slightly more tame, version. I had to try it to see.

I am also, beyond the Royal Yacht, not an afficiando of flavored blends in general, I should add.

1792 Flake may well be cased with whisky but that I could not tell. The tonquin topping however is nearly overwhelming from the tin aroma, taste in the smoke, and room note. And surprising to myself, I rather enjoyed the experience. I would not classify 1792 as a heady smoke but one of strength sufficient enough to let one know its packs some punch. I feel it more in my stomach than my head.

The flake packed easily enough and had the usual problems of firing. Loading a pipe and letting it rest, unlighted, for several hours somewhat alleviates this problem. I do think its European name, "Cob Flake", is spot on. It smokes better for me in a cob.

I could not say, after this exercise, that Royal Yacht has any tonquin flavoring, however. If it's in that one, it's very slight. And that's a big "IF".

All in all, I did like this one.

1 person found this review helpful.

John Frum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
John Frum (15)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Tolerable

So glad I waited a few years before trying this bad boy! It sure is a strong one. However, for me it is so far the best of the stronger flakes & plugs I've tried, for example Revor Plug and Condor Long Cut. I'm new to Tonka bean flavouring - it works well, and seems to last longer into the smoke than other casings. When it begins to fade the tobacco flavour is full and tasty. It needs some drying: I find that pulling a flake apart and leaving it for some 45-60min at room temperature is ideal. Then, it burns well and can be sipped and savoured. So, four stars - if you like a bit of something stronger in your rotation, I'd say it's a must-try.

1 person found this review helpful.

Buster Bluth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Buster Bluth (51)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Tolerable

An amazing tobacco that satisfies like no other. It is very unique. Tin aroma to this smoker hints of perfume and barbecued chicken. I generally let flakes dry a bit and partially rub out. I have been smoking in a little Kaywoodie 'campus' and a small clay with great results.

Initially lighting I taste the tonquin and some floral notes. Side stream smoke reminds me a bit of one of those store bought fireplace logs. Once this stuff gets rolling at a good burn the magic happens. The flavor is very rich. There is a pronounced dark chocolate and whiskey taste I get on the periodic nasal exhale coupled with a very earthy flavor that almost reminds me of how black walnut trees smell. Tastes are subjective and this is the best I can describe this amazing stuff. Burns well all the way down with even sipping.

I think this tobacco is one of those distinctive things like Black Licorice, Moxie, etc. Those that like it....really, really like it.

I usually sample this before bed on cold winter nights. It's a special treat and best smoked alone while already in a relaxed contemplative state of mind. The nicotine will provide a total mellowed detachment that will be very linear. Pipe smoking at its best.

1 person found this review helpful.

Gearhead4343 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gearhead4343 (1)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Pleasant

This is one of my absolute favorites, for all of the positive reasons covered in previous reviews. Many of the negative reviews though have me puzzled. First , the ubiquitous moisture complaints: most tobaccos need drying before smoking - so I never understand complaints about that. This blend burns beautifully when allowed to dry. It will easily rub out almost to a shag too, if you like. Second, when dry, the tonquin flavor mellows & sweetens, looses any mustiness or "overwhelming" scent & takes on a dried tart cherry aroma. Tonquin though, is a very complex flavoring & is obviously not for everyone. Third, I see a lot of complaints about the strength & body of this flake- but why purchase a 100% dark leaf, fire-cured, FULL STRENGTH flake, if you know you don't like strong tobacco? Then go as far as to give a negative review on a flake you were bound not to like?

This is Gawith's best selling flake, & is so for many good reasons.

1 person found this review helpful.

SmoothingIt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmoothingIt (5)
★★★★
Very Strong Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

Oh, the 1792 Flake! You live in a unique world where some love you and some hate you but few are indifferent.

I have found that the 1792 is a strong tobacco not enjoyable by the light-hearted. Even for a nicotine fiend like me, it is best enjoyed after a large dinner. An empty belly doesn't go well with the high nicotine content and tonquin flavoring. I offered a bowl- full to a friend somewhat new to pipe smoking. Less than halfway through, his coughing and dizziness ended his pipe smoking enjoyment for the night.

All that being said, when the time is right, I do enjoy this smoke immensely. It is full of flavors that reveal themselves throughout the bowl. It burns well and an experienced smoker should have little problems keeping it lit.

As with most tobaccos I purchase, it is packaged much too moist and needs to be air-dried for a bit before smoking. Sidenote - when freshly opened, 1792 looks and smells a bit like bacon.

1 person found this review helpful.

ryan65 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ryan65 (6)
★★★★
Strong Strong Full Strong

One of my all time favorites,its indeed a strong blend that tastes like nothing else I've had before. the flavors are very dark and earthy to me, as well as a bit of dark chocolate hints mixed in. I admit that its not a good blend to start your pipe smoking career on because of its potency, but something that should be worked up to once you have developed proper packing and smoking technique.

1 person found this review helpful.

scottyspipesebay Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
scottyspipesebay (25)
★★★☆
Strong Mild Medium to Full Strong

Well gents, this is one that will no doubt be used as a boosting agent for blending, but not much more. It is age-old style tobacco that is nice and strong, but flavor-wise, it leaves little to be desired. It's just flat and strong, all the way around. For stand alone strong goodies, my ropes and twists have both strength and character that I love, and will stick with. Enjoy what you grabs ya`.

Update: I found that a fold and stuff; NOT rubbing out delivers a sweet edge that's kind of nice. There is far less bite because rubbing out allows the sugars to burn faster which converts to acid; bites the tongue and kills the flavor. So, instead of smoking smaller rubber out amounts, I've been folding and stuffing medium amounts with nice results. Therefore, I'm bumping this up to "recommend" because the more I smoke it, the more I understand and enjoy it. Some things are an acquired taste, AND require a little experimentation, and this for me seems to be one of them.

Update 11/26/2012: I'd sellered the large sample I got from Pipes and Cigars and pulled it back out today. It has become sweet and woody, and good Lord is has a wonderful kick. I'm a seasoned old fart, so it's not overwhelming to me...just good strong English. Beginners, tie your boots tight, or you'll fall right out of them.

11/29/12. Another consideration: I went 1/2 and 1/2 with Dunhill's A-30000 black cav, and what an outstanding mix. Not too sweet, no bite, good medium strong woody goodness. Holy Mole! I think I've crossed the diamond with the pearl!

1 person found this review helpful.

pipelicidad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipelicidad (9)
★★★☆
Strong Strong Full Very Strong

If there is a pipe smoking mixture that escapes the simplistic often used classification of aromatic and english blends, the former being friendly with the new pipe smoker and with non- smokers, and the latter being more adequate to the experienced smoker, it must be this one. 1792 is an English mixture, but also an aromatic one, and is not suited for the novice pipes –because of its high nicotine content-, and, furthermore, the room note is awful. I can only make sense of this blend by thinking it was designed for the folks of the past: people who lived 200 years ago, who used to smoke in small bowl pipes due to the scarcity of tobacco, and who didn't where used to eat food as aseptic and fresh as we are (imagine a world without refrigeration, with little availability of clean water, etc.), and rather use a perfume-like casing for their tobacco instead of edible stuff. In the world of that epoch, where horses could defecate in the streets freely, a tobacco that has a sweaty-dungy tin note makes sense. That being said, smoked in a small bowl pipe, and willing to make a trip to the past, this spartan aromatic blend is something quite lovely.

1 person found this review helpful.

sentientchimp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sentientchimp (3)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Strong

Having just finished a tin of excellent Dunhill Flake, I popped down to be tobacconist for another, only to discover that they were out of it. I quickly scanned the shelves for another flake and settled on the 1792, having done zero research on the blend beforehand. Judging by the rustic appearance of the packaging, I figured that it would be another straight VA along the lines of the Dunhill Flake. After getting home and cracking the tin, I was a bit disapointed to discover that I had wound up with a tonquin-flavored VA. It was extremely moist out of the tin, to the point that it had stained the paper inside. After some drying time, I packed a bowl in a Dublin-shaped meer and light up. The tonquin flavoring is quite strong, way more so than the only blend I can think of that's similarly flavored, Dunhill's Royal Yacht. Additionally, this is probably the most powerful blend I've ever had in terms of nicotine content. I like a good nicotine hit now and then when I'm smoking, and Dunhill Nightcap is one of my favorites, but this 1792 is really in a league of its own. Between the somewhat odd taste of the stuff and the intense nicotine buzz, I did find myself getting a bit nauseous initially. After a few days and a few more bowls, I seem to have grown a bit more accustomed to the stuff. That being said, I don't exactly enjoy smoking this stuff in quite the same way that I do with my favorite blends like Squadron Leader or MM 967. I can't help but feel a bit put off by the strong tonquin casing and the mighty nicotine kick. This is definitely not in my daily rotation, and I only smoke it on a full stomach and when I'm really in the mood for a strong buzz. I highly doubt that I'll be buying more of this, and I wouldn't recommend it too strongly to others. If you're looking for a Virginia blend with tonquin flavoring and a hefty nicotine dose, go for the Royal Yacht. It's flavoring is way more low-key, and the nicotine level is more manageable. That being said, the 1792 is quite unique and quite strong, and I can see how it might be the Holy Grail for some smokers.

1 person found this review helpful.

Badbrude Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Badbrude (9)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

I've been smoking "middle of the road" blends for decades, VaPers, English blends, English Flakes, VA flakes et al. Then I stumbled upon Samuel Gawith a few years back. Sam, where have you been all my life? I purchased an array of tins, one of which was 1792. I liked all the SG varieties except this one. OMG! The strength had me reeling and the aroma was just a bit exotic for my taste. I stashed it in a cool, dark place and forgot about it.

Flash forward a year later. SG had become almost impossible to find in the States. I was aching for something new and recalled 1792. I packed a small bowl after a big dinner and tried it again. Voila! Smokes cool as a cucumber and I guess the aroma is one of those things you grow into, like well-aged brie.

It smoked cool, burning to the bottom with a white ash. The flavor is vanilla-ish but Tonquin is in a league of its own. It's now in my rotation but I'm careful to use only small bowls on a full stomach.

This is a one of a kind smoke, notwithstanding Bracken Flake, it's younger sibling. I recommend any serious pipe smoker try this exceptional product.

1 person found this review helpful.

Mr. Bentley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Bentley (17)
★★★★
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Upon opening the tin and taking a whiff, I was in heaven! This stuff has a wonderfull tin note- rich and complex and sweet- just inviting you to smoke it.

My first smoke with this was rather disappointing. I'm a noob who started out on English blends, and at first I found 1792 to be lacking in flavor, as much as I wanted to like i. Tried again...same thing.

I kept smoking this, only because I had no intentions of throwing it away. And since tyhere was really nothing distasteful about it, why not?

Well, the more I smoked it, the more I got to like it- and one day, the flavor just hit me! It's wonderful! Albeit, it's a rather subtle flavor- but as you acclimate to this tobacco, it does come out of hiding. I get some nice "cigar" taste/aroma from this...not sure that I taste the tonquin bean at all- but whatever it is, after having smoked 2/3's of a tin now, this has become my favorite smoke- and I crave it's flavor!

The beauty of 1792 is, that it is also an extremely weell-mannered tobacco- it doesn't burn too fast, and smokes very cool, even though I'm a fast puffer, and tend to heat up just about every other tobacco!

Sometimes I can keep this lit pretty well...other times, it's a bear.....but it doesn't matter, because either way, you are richly rewarded with luxuriant plumes of rich, flavorful smoke- and a lot of nicotine.

To me, this is what pipe-smoking is all about- not just something to puff on, which smells nice, while going about other activities- but rather, something to sit with in the evening, while watching a DVD, when it's quiet, and to just relax with and enjoy, and experience all it's richness and flavor, to drift into a another world of nicotine and thought.

Smoking this is truly an experience- something to be savored and enjoyed....something special. It's almost a ritual to sit and have a nice bowl of this. I usually only smoke once a day- but after smoking this, I'm always tempted to go back for more (and sometimes I do!)- and when smoking something else, I often find myself wanting to have at least a little of this afterwards.

This has become my favorite. (And don't let some of the reviews scare you, if you're a beginner. My recommendation is to start out with good tobaccos, like this- even if you end up not liking them, they will educate your palate more quickly, and at least give you a feel for what pipe-smoking can be all about (I had tried aromatics 30 years ago as a teen...and they put me off pipe-smoking until now! Start with the good stuff...it won't kill you- but will reward you by putting you on the fast track to high-quality, really enjoyable smokes!)

If I could only have one tobacco...this would be it!

UPDATE: Unfortunately, I have not yet even finished the entire tin of 1792, and I am becoming bored with it. It's a good occasional smoke, but is not really complex enough for daily use. Your mileage may vary. Surprisingly, contrary to many other reviewers, my tin arrived at a perfect moisture level...and dried out before long, so that I had to rehydrate the tobaccie.....

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who broke my clay pipe? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
who broke my clay pipe? (45)
★★★☆
Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

50g tin. Uneven flakes with salt crystals,dark brown;presentation like loose i expect, but tinned for long shelf life.(i don't really give a shit about presentation as long as its good baccy)

Tin aroma interesting;i can see where people get the musty charity shop impression.For me it reminded me strait away of my old scout hut hall-hessian ropes,wax candles,paraffin lamps. Thinking military surplus,canvas,air cadets,damp army tent,in the trenches and a peculiar old school vintage vanilla?-I like this one already.

Packing the pipe i semi rub out a flake and stuff it in. Puffing on the pipe prior to lighting is a rather meaty leather dungy affair-sort of dried human pooey actually and mysterious.. I persevere.

Lighting up with matches i get a saltyness and playdoh factor remeniscent of Bobs Chocolate Flake minus the cocoa.Takes a few matches, i hope this pipe combination works(am using a vintage yello bole airograte early aluminium radiator stem.)I had to test out this yello bole eventually. Mainly getting a dark buttery virginia with maybe latakia and a herby soapy oriental and maybe some kentucky weight.

It doesn't want to light easy and perhaps it could do with a 20 minute drying preparation time or a narrower gauge bowl? Getting bored and tipping out,rubbing out and reloading,then lighting up again and purposely hyper ventilating to keep it lit,it is quite spicy up my nose. Not sure yet that its capable of being a sipper and i now just puff.

A lot of taste and maybe too much at once,i could do perhaps with a tighter draught pipe and a smaller bowl perhaps but dont know if it will compromise or change the taste favourably or unfavourably. Smells slightly starchy at the bowl end like when you let the iron hiss when ironing a shirt.A bracken composty earthy wilderness in the damp heath or fields springs to mind in my mouth. Damp stale combat fatigues on manuevres after a ten mile run-definately a man smell.

Boiled rice aroma and salt like par boiling your simmering rice,red kidney beans in taste. Luckily this tobacco reminds me of certain events in my life so i have other more realistic comparisons i can think of, otherwise i would have to say it does smell and taste slightly like inhaling the atmosphere in close proxmidity to the laundery basket.Certainly has a domestic dusty vacuum cleaner note to it as well.Slightly.

What it definately does remind me of is the interior atmosphere of a 1960s MOD submarine.I went on once called HMS Dolphin:My neighbour was a submariner in the Royal Navy and he invited us(me ,my brother and my dad)to Portsmouth and gave us a walk round the Dolphin,Onyx and Onslaught.They were moored up along side eachother.1792 has a stale human sweatroom aroma about it and smells like a place where a bunch of soldiers or mariners have been hanging around.

I can smell WW2,coal burner,boilers and desparate men. Leaving the pipe and walking out of the room and revisiting after going to the bog i get an english tobacco room note which although alright for me,would probably be irritating for somebody else.Its not necessarily like a shoey/socky ammonia smell,but more of an upper body sweaty barracks smell.

Picking up the pipe again now its cooler i get the tonquin factor!I will try this in another pipe to see if i can bring more subtlety out of it.As it is ,it tastes(while going slow now)like what dunhill london mixture tastes like when going absolutely full steam ahead.I see why certain people might compare this to Nightcap(Nightcap is sweeter than this)but it tastes like full strength London Mixture to me albeit with the tonquin addition.

Yes i like it,i feel its unique,i don't regret the purchase and will probably keep some in my rotation and jar for cellaring. I like the visions and atmosphere it evokes and baccies that take me on a journey are good baccies(its why i smoke them actually)

Relighting is easier and i think this baccy would light better in the first place if i left a 1/4 inch gap at the top of the bowl for a better chimney effect.

The saltiness and all the other factors are combining to give me the Normandy Landings;i can see men,vehicles,guns,half tracks on landing crafts-smoke in the air noise and shouts and total bloody chaos(in my mouth) I can smell the smell of fear-somebody has urinated on the deck because there is no toilets and the tip and rock of the craft makes it trickle towards our stuff on the floor..Nobody cares because its the least of our worries...Another soldier is taking a well timed pre combat shit on the floor behind me saying"mind where you tread",,,"better out than in-you don't want to be carrying 3 pound of excess shit in your guts accross no-mans-land for no reason!"i say with a sea spray soaked and crooked woodbine hanging in my mouth..."Its just chewed bread" i say to myself as i remember my plumber father who laying on the floor arm deep, once unblocked a drain full of shit and bog paper with his brave bare arm and found the problem;somebody had flushed a pair of paisley Y fronts down the toilet..I laugh to myself and wonder if this will be the last time i ever laugh?"Are you alright "said the apprentice,,,"its just chewed bread" said my hard dad.

Anyway back to reality its not pooey at all,its just a very strong english with some human like nuances in the background. Probably not going to be an everyday smoke, but like a book on the shelf i will pick up where i left off from time to time. Probably just right for watching 'World At WAR' on the history channel with a drink of water(preferably in a genuine military issue canteen)to understand the poignant smell of 20th century human history.

Its worth 3 stars.

UPDATE an hour or so later;i feel i must add how strong the nicotine is actually,i have had a few bowls now and must say it has left me a little spun out like accute disorientation motion sickness.This is up there near the likes of the best ropes and plugs and irish flake.Definately catches up and i feel like a rest so watch out.

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Susanna Hoffs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Susanna Hoffs (74)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is ok.

Weird tonquin odour reminds me of a charity clothes shop run by 'LOLITS' (Little Old Ladies In Tennis Shoes) or of a musty/sweet, larder or pantry.

Darker in colour than FVF, but smokes similar. I really don't get how this is supposed to be a strong blend at all. I have read that, according to some, it is believed to be stronger than Irish flake. . . . . Really?!?

I shall get some more when I can afford it, but there are others I wish to purchase before coming back to this. This is just a flavoured version of FVF.

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BriarPatch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarPatch (33)
★☆☆☆
Strong Medium to Strong Full Strong

Flavored tobaccos are not my thing, and sweetly flavored tobaccos are really, really not my thing.

1792 is full of candy-like flavoring. Opening a tin is like opening a pack of bubble gum.

Of interest though in this tobacco (to some users I presume) is the Ying and Yang principle of opposites attracting. This tobacco is very strong, yet it is contradicted by a children's candy flavoring. The contrasting flavors could not be starker.

Mayhap, of interest to some users.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
★★★★
Strong Strong Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Like caviar, like durian (a South-East Asian fruit with a detestable smell but delectable taste), like strong spirits and like tobacco itself, 1792 Flake is an acquired taste. But once acquired, the taste is a great reward. It does take determination to get past the smell, but the room-note is surprisingly pleasant and the tobacco impeccable in every way. I have smoked it at all times of the day in all seasons, and enjoyed it the most on bitterly cold evenings with a bright fire, a whisky and a thriller for company.

1 person found this review helpful.

zulujerk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zulujerk (134)
★★★☆
Strong Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

What a change of pace! I read a little about tonquin before I bought this and expected to get some kind of vanilla flavor, but I don't see it.

Some people make that comparison, but to me, the taste is almost incomparable to anything I know. The smell out of the tin reminded me of brand new sneakers, and though that may repel some, I promptly put on a wide grin.

I agree that this is strong, but I didn't find it as overwhelming as some suggested. It burns beautifully and there isn't a hint of tongue bite, which I found unusual for a blend with a topping.

If you're looking for a tobacco with a unique taste and a strong full bodied hit--this is all you.

1 person found this review helpful.

Inquisitor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Inquisitor (155)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong Medium Very Full Strong

I don't know why I like 1792. It has no complexity or subtlety, no high range. But it has a rugged charm, a harshness that can be intriguing. It's like a extra bitter, extra strong cup of espresso, a cask-strength bourbon. It has a back of the throat edge that is somehow very satisfying. You have to surrender to it, let it wash over you. Far from an everyday smoke, it yet occupies a unique position in my line-up.

1 person found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (95)
★★★★
Very Strong Very Strong Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Brand new nike sneakers! That's the aroma! I couldn't place the smell of 1792 until I bought a new pair of Nike Air's. There is not much to add here after all the reviews aside from the vanilla / sneaker aroma I noticed that no other reviewer mentioned. Am I the only one that still buys Nike? Delicious full flavored, unique and thick flakes from one of the best and oldest blending houses... Has enough nicotine to convert you from cigs to pipes...

Pipe Used: Cobs, no name italian briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

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beercritic Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beercritic (17)
★★★★
Extremely Strong Medium to Strong Full Very Strong

Based on reviews, I bought half a pound of this. Didn't care for it. Came back 4 months later. Wow! I'm not getting the whisky taste, but the "slickers" Southfield makes me want to try adding vanilla tobacco. I decided to order a pound, and P&C offered 20% off everything that day. Blissful Nicotine Buzz. Hey, alkaloids are great for your brain, right? This stuff is kicking my butt. Yay!

Pipe Used: Greybow Savoy

Age When Smoked: 4 months

Purchased From: P&C

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sibeen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sibeen (10)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Extra Strong Overwhelming Tolerable

I was intrigued to know what a tonquin bean flavour was. I'm intrigued no longer, and after this experience will never be intrigued again.

Damm, it's just a ghastly flavour.

I really wanted to like this blend. Medium thickness flakes, a tin note that hints of chocolate, and nearly a perfect moisture content. Almost perfect...until you light it up.

Then the tonquin bean comes into play, and it takes no prisoners. Any semblance of a tobacco taste is completely overwhelmed. How this isn't given as an aromatic is beyond my ken, because it certainly isn't tobacco.

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nekeke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
nekeke (19)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Full Very Pleasant

Well, first of all let me say that, I am still a novice regarding pipe tobaccos, so I will not be saying fancy words or discussing the origins of the tobacco. I will state however, that I have tried my share of many European tobaccos, some of them I reviewed here, some of them I did not fancy enough, to talk about. Let me say that, from dozens of different European origin tobaccos, only two have really caught my attention (I generally prefer Turkish tobaccos, which has nothing to do with my natonality/yesi I am Turkish) First one was Dunhill My mixture, and the second one is this, 1792 flake. Let me also state that I personally prefer strong tobaccos but I also like strong flavour. Until I smoked this one, I have almost given up the idea that both could be found in the same tobacco. Well, I was wrong. This is a wonderful, wonderful taste. If anyone out there like, what I like (nicote, strong taste, strong flavour) please try this one, you won't regret it. Oh, I read here, that some people said, "you can not lit the tobacco"... I have opened the tin, rolled the tobacco in my fingers, stuffed it in, and lit it perfectly. So, that is not very true... Have tasted nearly all Samuel Gawiths. This one is in another category entirely. Well done...

Pipe Used: Nording free hand

Age When Smoked: new

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Preacher Pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Preacher Pipes (5)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought a few ounces of this bulk about a year ago. It is a tad on the damp side but can be smoked as-is or with a bit if dry time equally well.

My initial bowls were not very pleasing; the flavoring was too much for my taste. So I ended up jarring it up and forgetting about it for several months. I know that most aromatics don't improve with age, but this one did at least for me. The flavoring mellowed and settled into tobacco very nicely after a few months of jar time. I now find this a very pleasant blend that I expect I will buy again.

As for the nicotine strength, I am not much affected by most lands. This one, to me, did not seem overly strong. However, as I stated, I don't often find myself being greatly affected by nicotine content in any blend so YMMV.

Pipe Used: MM Legend, Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: 9-10 months

Purchased From: Pipesandcigars.com

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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (203)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm glad I tried this. I found out that I don't like Tonquin Bean. Other than that it's a decent smoke.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Joeray Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Joeray (61)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

honestly i not enjoy this blend at my 1st bowl, i dont like the taste and the flavor and feel quite strange for me. But after try it again at my 2nd and 3rd time, i started to like this blend. I just i can says one word about this blend ; "complicated".

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Landon Colby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Landon Colby (2)
★★★☆
Very Strong Very Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

NEVER...have I had a blend make me angry. It frustrates me because the flavor is like nothing out there. It has all the characteristics of a maduro cigar, which I LOVE. But the nicotine content is so high that when I light up a bowl full, it irritates my mouth and throat! I literally force myself to smoke it for a few minutes like a madman until my mouth becomes acclimated so I don't have that burning sensation, but I'm always rewarded with that rich, full, and robust cigar flavor that I keep looking for in a pipe tobacco. No pain, no gain I guess...

If anyone has recommendations for similar blends please leave them in a comment!

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bluemonk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bluemonk (6)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Just went down to my local tobacco shop to pick up some tins. Picked up this one. Upon opening it, the first thing this tobacco reminded me of is beef jerky. Smelled like beef jerky and looked like beef jerky. Kind of makes me want to eat it. But this is fine smoke. Very manly and stout in character, just like the cowboy on the lid. Any way, this may not be for everyone. Gotta git me some more of this!

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430pat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
430pat (39)
★★★☆
Very Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable

I love SG tobaccos but this one is just a little to strong to enjoy I think this will be a good hunting camp/winter occasional smoke.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Puffingstuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Puffingstuff (81)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming Medium to Strong Overwhelming Overwhelming

There are far to many great tasting, great burning,consistently good tobaccos on the market for me to waste my time smoking this beast. The taste is so full of nicotene and horid aroma that I'm not able to enjoy my pipe.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

tomspeed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tomspeed (22)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium to Strong Extra Full Very Pleasant

I Love all kind of traditional and pure tobacco, 1972 is my favorite tobacco. really great strong and lovely tobacco with super nice smell, but this is the tobacco with full Strength and high nicotine effection. so pretty for real pipe smokers and not recommended for beginners ;) I LOVE IT

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★☆☆☆
Strong Medium to Strong Overwhelming Tolerable

I had found that the SG line of flakes were very inconsistently sized. The cut would be thin for one flake and then thick for the next flake. Also the flakes were a little difficult to rub out. Lastly, I had trouble keeping this stuff lit and producing an acceptable amount of smoke. I'm not a fan of Tonquin but some of the other flakes had really nice flavors. Eventually dropped the whole line of flakes due to these drawbacks.

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Malcolm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Malcolm (3)
★★★☆
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin Tonquin Bean smell is wonderfull, puffs not so... Full taste of plain tobacco and good portion of nicotine. In my opinion it bites...Not for beginners.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Phonomet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Phonomet (41)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Medium Extra Full Tolerable to Strong

Just...can't...do it! I've been trying and trying this flake, but the only way I could make it work was by mixing it with some much lighter fare like Orlik's Golden Slices. The smell and flavor of the tonquin bean are very nice, but I couldn't enjoy it because of the overwhelming strength of the smoke. As I read the description and other people's reviews I find myself once again tempted to give it another go solo. But, probably not this year.

UPDATE 5/3/13

I've just finished the first bowl of this that I enjoyed. I think that a little age and drying made some difference, but mostly my tolerance for tobacco strength. I'm upping a star.

Update 7/29/13

I enjoy this most in a very small clay. I'm happy to find a use for my Elizabethan clay pipe and this very strong tobacco.

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Puffingthebriar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Puffingthebriar (17)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

I looked into buying this a couple of times,but only now have i tried it,its really good stuff,i dont find it strong at all and the flavour is great,ill be buying more of it

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FlatCapMatt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FlatCapMatt (24)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong Mild to Medium Full Very Strong

I purchased a sample of 1792 Flake, and my tobacconist told me it would put hair on my chest. He was right, I'm now a bloody wolfman.

I'm an aromatic kind of pipe smoker, who dabbles in English blends. I had to try this one after reading some reviews. My pipe smoking hobby would never be complete without trying 1792.

I rubbed some out and put it into my Kaywoodie, which I use a lot for English blends. Right away I got a peppery feeling in my mouth, something I've only had before once when I tried Peterson's Irish Oak.

I've just put my pipe down, and I haven't felt ill or dizzy. (yet)

I don't particularly like the taste, the strength or the room note.

My analogy for 1792 Flake is this: It is like sipping a whiskey, whereas an aromatic is like sipping a cider. You don't do 1792 for the flavour.

I started pipe smoking for the flavours and aromas, and this doesn't suit me at all.

I imagine this one is more for the hardcore, the nicotine addicts, and anyone who needs to feel more manly in front of other men. My 1 star rating is not an indication that it is a BAD tobacco, it just reflects that it is the opposite of tobaccos that I personally enjoy.

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sethus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sethus (9)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Very Pleasant

I have 7, 50g tins purchased back in 1989, which i had completely forgotten about until my wife gave me a newly purchased tin today for xmas, ive smoked a bowl today of one of my old tins and a bowl of the xmas gift, WOW WOW WOW, both are awesome,1792 is a nic delivery system, just superb,sweet VERY relaxing,VERY satisfying, nose tones of nuts,roses,butter,. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED..anyone new to pipe smoking should hold off for a few years before smoking 1792,build up your experience before trying this blend,.

A tip which my be useful to experienced pipers is to mix 1 flake of 1792 with a quarter flake of condor,DO NOT RUB OUT,for me it more than hits the spot .

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II Stormy II Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
II Stormy II (14)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Medium to Full Unnoticeable

Very distinct taste. Charring light is never as good as the rest of the bowl with this blend (In my opinion). Not a bad smoke, not a favorite either.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

beardedhermit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beardedhermit (30)
★★★☆
Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Can y'all taste the Chocolate in this? MmmWee! Damn good pipe weed this. Tell ya what, I'm gonna go get me some more yeehaw.

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WellingtonIdolizer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WellingtonIdolizer (3)
★★★☆
Overwhelming Extremely Mild Very Full Overwhelming

Take a flake apart and let it dry for about an hour, then fill your pipe. Be prepared to go on a trip like woodstock, this has such a nicotine punch that your world will spin. As soon as you feel the kick...put it down. Or you WILL throw up.

The taste is very earthy. But, most people don't smoke this one for the taste.

I've been smoking pipes going on 6 years now...and I heard I "had" to try this, but to be careful because it will knock your socks off. I filled up one of my smaller Ropp cherry pipes, and after smoking it for a few minutes, I felt fine. I noticed it burns a lot longer than average tobaccos. After I was about half way through, I felt a total rush of nicotine. I was stuck in my chair for a good 20 minutes before I finally stumbled my way back into the house. Total buttkick!! NOT for beginners or for the faint of heart.

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Elkhunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Elkhunter (8)
★★★☆
Strong Medium Medium to Full Strong

Tried to smoke using numerous methods. Very nice flavor PITA to keep lit though. Will keep trying because of the tobacco flavor.

12/23/12 Upgrading to 3 stars,after I rubbed some out and dried it for a couple of hours It was really a nice flavorfull and powerful smoke. I did not get to finish the whole bowl so I will start it up again and see what that is like.

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Razortooth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Razortooth (1)
★★★★
Strong Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

Smells like coalminers' armpits and tastes even better.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

alfa Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
alfa (6)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong Very Strong Extra Full Pleasant to Tolerable

this is to strong and It smells like perfume .If it possible I give it zero.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

juvat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
juvat (36)
★★☆☆
Strong Strong Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Not bad. Not great. I love the strong stuff, but this just leaves with me a feeling of "meh" taste wise. The tonquin bean flavoring is certainly unique and after a month since opening the tin, its taken on a slight vanilla smell to it. Either way, I think I'm going to let this one age a bit more. As it is now, I'll pass.

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AlexL Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AlexL (26)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming Medium Extra Full Extra Strong

All that was written below is right: it's wet; flakes are not even and in total disorder, and it's incredibly stinking N-bomb. Still, I made some use of it: rubbing ¼ of flake and adding it to Red Rapparee, which has no nicotine at all. Otherwise I'd throw 2 tins to garbage. Thus I am satisfying my greediness, if not taste.

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PAmersmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PAmersmoker (2)
★★★☆
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I found this to be a fairly strong tobacco but did not encounter the punch in the gut described by other users. I found it quite pleasant with a fair ammount of niccotine.

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WillySmokeIt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillySmokeIt (1)
★★★★
Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I don't know why so many find this tobacco to be so strong and have such violent reactions to it. I find it to be a good, steady smoke with none of puke factor that many claim exists. I love the taste and aroma of the stuff and can smoke it all day. My one problem is keeping the stuff burning, especially with the thick flakes that frequently show up. Damn! Some of those flakes are THICK!

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Elijah Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Elijah (1)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong Extra Strong Overwhelming Very Strong

Exploring tobaccos proves to be a true pleasure until one meets Mr. Ugly.

For the past few months I have been exploring the Peterson range (starting with Old Dublin) and some of the Amphora aromatic brands and other individuals here and there, finding them interesting with their good an bad, strengths and weaknesses.

Coming across the Samuel Gawith, I have decided to start exploring their range of tobaccos. And my journey begins with the 1792 Flake where I met UGLY.

Opening the can I was first challenged by the aroma, which was hard to comprehend. The former aromatics had always had an appetizing smell, and the English always complemented their strong stench with a unique charm. This one, was nothing like it.

Rubbing and letting dry, I have tried to smoke this tobacco several times. It begins with quite nice footsteps, but very soon ends with a disaster.

This tobacco WILL hurt your guts, it will also leave an annoying taste and smell over your hands, tongue and throat.

Unless you have lost your taste glands, or plan to loose them anytime soon, please stay away from this flake!

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Flyguyid Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flyguyid (4)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Strong Strong Medium to Full Overwhelming

I am a fan of SG flakes. I figured I would enjoy this product as well. I was wrong. When I opened the tin I noted that the aroma was a little weird (probably the Tonquin flavoring). I used the air pocket method, rubbing out the flake lightly. The tobacco lit well and burned well. The taste was initially pleasant but definitely strong. This tobacco tasted unlike anything I had smoked previously. As I smoked about 1/2 of the bowl, the room started spinning and a queasiness set in. Mind you, I regularly smoke full English blends such as Dunhill's Nightcap without such problems, but this was too much. Of course, the nausea affected the taste of the tobacco which now resembled something found in the bottom of a monkey cage... Two hours later, after my vertigo/nausea had subsided, I returned to my man cave and was smacked in the nose by the lingering stench of this tobacco. It took two weeks for the stench to clear. I thought I had ruined my flake pipe, but after three salt treatments it has returned to normal. I will keep the remainder of this tin as I plan to use it to prank my pipe smoking friends on camp outs. It was apparent that SG designed this flake for nicotine fiends only. If you are such a fiend, this is the tobacco for you! Recommendations: 1. Smoke this outside only. 2. Smoke this in a pipe you hate or in a cheap corn cob. 3. Do not smoke this on an empty stomach (however, I smoked this after lunch with no preventive benefits) 4. Keep a bucket handy. I would like to say I will never smoke this again... but again, women forget the pangs of childbirth and eventually have more children :).

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Brother Of The Leaf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brother Of The Leaf (8)
★★★☆
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

If you're anything short of an experienced pipe smoker stay away from this weed. It will punch you right in the gut, bash you over the head with a lead pipe, and leave you crying in the fetal position completely and utterly emasculated. This stuff smells of a bad blend of chocolate, leather, dirty socks, an old lady's favorite perfume, and hamster shavings. Rubbing this flake out will leave your hands coated in a green fog. Keeping it lit is near impossible, as this stuff seems to require the fiery lakes of hell itself to stay lit. It tastes of semi-sweet chocolate and a bit of leather. If you dare to venture into this tobacco's lair you may find yourself coming out pleased, as I did, or you may find yourself coming out with your insides ripped out of you through your throat. Basically, I have no idea why I like this blend, but I do. Drying this stuff out for a few hours before smoking will do it well.

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Pip Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pip (36)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Hated the first bowl. Thought it was just a plain old nasty flake with a funky stink.. Maybe I has in a bad mood that day. One month later I decided to give old 1792 another whirl. I enjoyed the second bowl very much. I was not as moist and packed it looser and it make a world of difference. Good quality Virginian.

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albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (165)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

Is a different flake, different are the flavour, the scent and the taste. Their quality is good, for this, 2 stars, but is only for the smokers that like flakes and Virginia flakes, I'm not a specialist, i prefer english mixtures and aromatics. High Nicotine Strenght for me and the Tonquin Bean is not for all...

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L.J. Bewley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L.J. Bewley (4)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

I'm really into my flakes at the moment. The last two flakes of Sam's house I've tried (Firedance and Full Virginia) were incredible, and are bound to be in my rotation for many, many years to come. This though is a disappointment. It smells just like a pet shop. Tastes quite like one too.

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pipelovingcalvinist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipelovingcalvinist (68)
★★☆☆
Extremely Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Well, I polished off a tin of this stuff but it was just too strong for me. I enjoyed the taste but the nic was a bit too much. This is a tobacco that I plan on coming back to in about a year. Perhaps I will feel differently then, but for now I just couldn't fully enjoy it.

Soli Deo gloria!

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Sporter4551 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sporter4551 (2)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium Medium Tolerable

Ok, so I reading reviews on the Irish Flake and 1792 was mentioned as a likeness in strength. I remembered the tin I purchased three months ago so I sat out a small flake to dry out (3hrs). Upon lighting the bowl the feeling was there! Like a good sucker punch, this is all over you! After 10 min, I sat it down and came bac for more and more and ouch more! If you like the idea of getting up close with your tobacco this is the one for you!

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Blue Bayou Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blue Bayou (59)
★★★☆
Strong Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

A very potent Irish tobacco with notes of baby powder & toast.

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Pipe Puffington Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Puffington (17)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I can only smoke this very buzzed/smashed. Everything is right with it. Sober its a tough, heartburn, hiccups, match after match won't stay going. Go figure? Hungover it will kill you. I give it three stars only as a drinking mate.

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ynrozturk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ynrozturk (40)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Strong

This is my first time trying this flake and I don't know really where to begin. This is also my first venture into the world of tonquin.

It's strong. Very strong. And I'm not a wimp when it comes to tobacco at all. The flavor though, is awesome, but just very high in the nicotine department for me. Do I still smoke it? Hell yes, but in small bowls. And about once a week.

Like almost all SG flakes, this comes pretty damp in the tin, so let it air out for a while. I crumble all my flakes, and this burns cool down to the end with no bite.

But did I say it was strong? Yes, this stuff makes my bowels move. You have been warned.

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SpeedyPete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SpeedyPete (16)
★★★★
Strong Mild Full Very Pleasant

This is the tobacco for me!! I just love the sweet, strong flavour of pure tobacco. Once it's lit, a bowl will last up to an hour if smoked slowly. No tongue bite!! This tobacco should be given all your attention as there are so many nuances to enjoy. Don't hurry, relax and enjoy. Room note is to die for! The baccy is for experienced smokers only.

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Wellpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wellpipe (48)
★★★★
Extremely Strong Mild to Medium Mild Tolerable

This is a unique blend - I have never smoked anything quite like it. The flavoring is gentle and honest - the soft cocoa / vanilla / slightly floral smell in the tin (Tonquin Bean I trust since this is my first experience with it) is exactly the flavor that comes out in the smoke and into the room. The nicotine punch is powerful so be prepared - comfortably seated and well fed are the best way to enjoy this one.

I did not find this overly moist but it does want some air. Rub a flake out gently between the palms to leave the strands nice and long, let it rest about 20 minutes, then gather it up into a nice ball while it is still springy and pack inverted leaving an air gap. Let it rest in the pipe a while before firing up. It pairs nicely with scotch taken in small sips.

This blend is not for the faint of heart, and certainly not for those who only want to taste pure tobacco. For me, this one is a delightful change of pace and a definite winner. I agree with Bassmanjay - 'Thank you Lord!'

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wynnemd1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wynnemd1 (3)
★★★☆
Strong Strong Very Full Tolerable to Strong

This is my first smoke of this. I like this brand and was turned on to this by my local shop when I inquired about their Balkan, he suggested this was a notch up in strength so I gave a tin a whirl.

It reminds me a lot of a maduro cigar which I used to enjoy. It's dark, earthy, almost dark chocolate/bitter chocolate and pretty strong overall. Teh shop told me the last guy that bought it suggested you be sitting down relaxing to try it...I came to realize this was the nic kick it provides which is much like a maduro cigar too, pretty heavy and without care could get you a bit light headed. Like other flake a bit tougher to get it going..seemed to work better rubbed out.

Wife hated the smell just like my maduros. Not a good one for the evening in the lazy boy in teh master bedroom.

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PitmanPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PitmanPipe (2)
★★★★
Strong Strong Full Pleasant

Have been very interested in the reviews for 1792, especially the either love it or hate it which is mentioned regularly. The Tonquin flavouring intrigued me so I just had to give it a go. Not stocked at the 2 tobacconists I frequent, but luckily the Durham Pipe & Tobacco shop was more than happy to get some for me.

On opening the tin I got a very pleasing chocolate aroma, no vanilla as some have mentioned. Flakes not overly moist, but stuck together with some flakes broken. Not easy to rub out but eventually got there. Found easy to light but does need regular relights, but not a problem. Using it to break in my new L'Anatra pipe.

Fabulous chocolate taste & aroma. Smoke is creamy. It's like smoking a hot chocolate. Honestly can't taste any tobacco, but is a scrumptious change for someone who adores ropes. Taste may change once pipe broken in (have smoked about 10 bowls). If so will update.

It's definitely moreish. Easy to forget it's tobacco I'm actually smoking. Love the stuff & very much recommended. A regular smoke for me now.

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DrCHicks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrCHicks (9)
★★★★
Strong Strong Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

One of my top 5 tobaccos. This fine tobacco is very pleasant and enjoyable smoke, one that you need to smoke slowly and savor each moment and puff. I found this fine smoke from the recommendation of a close friend. He told me it was his go to smoke the one when he just wanted to relax and smoke. I find this becoming the case with me. I visit my local pub, yes we have pubs in the deep south of the us too, and enjoy sitting around discussing life and the meaning of it with friends, guiness and 1792. Life rarely get any better than that.

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Dr. Scott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. Scott (82)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Very Strong Medium Pleasant

Tonka, a.k.a. tonquin, is a Carribean bean often compared to vanilla, but very different. One bean is said to be strong enough for 80 cakes or desserts. It is illegal in the U.S. because it can, in very high doses, cause cancer in rats. It has long been used in tobacco, and recently become popular in chocolate.

1792 flake can be summed up as a strong, brown flake, cased in a heavy tonka bean extract, delivering a very high dose of nicotine.

The flake is typical for Samuel Gawith. I suspect they use a little tonka in their Chocolate Flake, which BTW tastes nothing like chocolate.

As aromatics go, 1792 is a fine smoke, if you like the unique flavor of tonka, and if you don't try to smoke it too fast.

It will forever be only two stars due to inconsistent quality from tin to tin.

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BourrePipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BourrePipe (2)
★★★☆
Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Quite interesting. Being accustomed to straight tobacco the topping smell opening the can made me hesitant to smoke the stuff. The flake were not too moist so just broke a flake fill the pipe and light the stuff.......well a few times! really different from the english blend I usually smoke, balkan, penzance and other. The nicotine was clearly present but not overpowering, there is a peppery feel to this tobacco but not agressive like you could find in perique mix. It's strong but really smooth to smoke if you can keep it lit. Did not think I would like it with the first puff, but it quickly grows on you.

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bearsy87 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bearsy87 (10)
★★★★
Strong Very Mild Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm a new pipe smoker and new to reviewing. Here are my thoughts on this exceptional tobacco. As soon as I opened the tin I was suckerpunched by how strong this tobacco smelled and I will admit a little overwhelmed. Not trusting the smell I rubbed out one flake and let it dry in my bowl (Peterson System 1312) overnight. Contemplation led to excitement and I lit up after breakfast as I usually do with a strong cup of coffee. It was a little more difficult to light than most of the drugstore blends I have smoked but was well worth the effort. I was amazed by the complexity and genuine quality of the tobacco. After the bowl was half gone, it changed on me and took me back to why quit smoking cigarettes and went to pipe smoking. The simple relaxing pleasure of sitting outside (in -20 degree Celcius) weather and not wanting to go back in to repack another bowl. This is simply the finest tobacco I have smoked and it may well be my smoke of choice. In the end the finest qualities to me are it's strength and high nicotine content. Not for the faint of heart but definately a gem in a sea of mediocrity.

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renwardhoop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renwardhoop (59)
★☆☆☆
Medium Very Mild Very Mild Unnoticeable

Well I don't know what all the fuss was about with this flake.

After reading the reviews for weeks I finally managed to get a sample of this stuff. So, with a degree of trepidation, I rubbbed this into a pipe.

I thought it was going to be a heavy old smoke, somewhat similar to Squadron Leader. It wasn't quite as hideous as that. In fact I was surprised at how mild it was.

I was expecting all these flavours. Something called a tonquin bean was being talked about.

I'm still none the wiser. I have no idea what tonquin is let alone what it tastes like. This flake is just tasteless.

And here's me thinking it would leave a strong aroma in my lounge. It didn't. No-one commented at all.

I agree with the previous reviewer - what a bugger to keep alight. Glad I don't have a tin to shift.

So, what a damp squib this one was.

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kidwithgun Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kidwithgun (10)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong Strong Full Very Strong

I have had absolutely zero luck with this blend. I've taken to heart everything previous reviewers have advised, and I've given this blend the benefit of the doubt way too many times. The tobacco is greasy, I cannot keep it lit, it doesn't pack well for me no matter how I rub it out or what pipe I use, and maybe I'm just not ready for the Tonquin flavor, but this is absolutely the most distasteful smoke I've ever had in my mouth - and I've had some pretty nasty cigars! Wish me luck as I muscle through the rest of this tin.

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Rustica Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustica (16)
★★★☆
Very Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

This flake is quite interesting. The base tobaccos used are very oily,almost tarry in the smoke's mouth feel. The straight virginias are dark in flavor-burnt dark chocolate comes to mind. No bright flavor tones in this smoke with the exception of the tonquin essence which comes off as more floral and perfumed rather than creamy or vanilla-like. A very enjoyable flake best smoked slowly and with a hint of nostalgia. Makes one feel like an old time gentleman with need for strong tobacco to get him through the day but a pleasing scent around him to conduct his business amongst others. In regards to fellow poster and smoker Regenald Smithers, I understand this website is not meant to be a conversation thread but really dude? Between your two posts on this particular flake and Kajun Kake you bash America, seemingly advocate spousal abuse, and reference Forrest Gump with a grim opening line about cancer only to proceed and summarize the movie. All without reviewing the mentioned tobaccos in way, shape, or form?! For someone who dislikes this country you take full advantage of freedom of speech in a way that wastes the time of others using this website to make decisions about untried tobaccos. Do you even like pipe tobacco? I understand you likely employed sarcasm in these posts but that is typically more effective when it is actually funny. I apologize in advance for the time I may have caused any others in reading this but I felt it had to be said.

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fervor06 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fervor06 (11)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

As I take a puff of 1792 I am i am whisked away to a time that is much simpler that this one. A time with out the hub-ub of huge cities. A time where a man shaved the traditional way. A time when you could strike a woman for her insolence and it was okay. A time before the races mixed. And a time when you could still own other people. I'm taken back to 1792.

As I take more puffs I experience the same feeling that the founding fathers had when they doctored the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. That same wonderful feeling that lets you say "All men are created equally" yet at the same time still own hundreds of slaves and be fathering children with them and not see any hypocrisy in your life style. The same feeling that makes you okay with building a country on Christian principals and at the same time, commit adultery on your wife 1000 times over!

As I reach the middle of the bowl I am reminded of how pleasant it is to be with the Whores of the 18th Century and how great the brothels must have been that helped release the stress of the men who built this fine country such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.

My senses are then further entreated when the bowl becomes so strong. The tobacco seems to take on emotion. Emotion similar to the emotion Aaron Burr must have felt when he murdered Alexander Hamilton in semi-cold blood. Back when you could duel your enemy, pretend to be a gentleman about it, but just shoot him in the face and blow him away rather than do the social acceptable thing and fire above his head. The same raw EMOTION that let us pour boiling hot tar all over naked, kidnapped British officials that were just doing their jobs.

Oh how it made me long to be back in the days where children were seen and not heard. Where voting was left to the MEN and when women knew their rightful place; in the kitchen NOT smoking a pipe. How it made me yearn to be back 200 years ago when getting away with murder would have been so easy with all that we know now! Oh and how I would have MADE IT with the ladies; with all the advanced techniques that 200 years brings of collective male knowledge brings! I could have been a pimp!

As the bowl began to finish it was grand. It was as if I was breathing the same smoke that the patriots breathed when they decided to make war against the strongest empire in the world just to prove a point. It was as if Ben Franklin was teaching me how to choose a mistress and cheat on my wife right before my very eyes rather than me reading it in his letter " Advice to a Young Man on the Choice of a Mistress".

As the bowl ended so did my "trip" back in time. I came back to reality where I can't hit my wife or kids. A place where smokers are treated like second class citizens when really women should be treated that way. I'm brought back to a time when my children cannot be beat as they should be. I'm brought back to reality and my day dream is over... until next time when I light up with 1792

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Withnail Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Withnail (16)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Strong

Old Mother Nicotine certainly inhabits this blend! As an ex- cigarette smoker, I generally like the occasional bowl of something with more than the normal amount of nicotine. This one might just be going a little too far for me!

The flakes are heavy and thick with an almost tar like colour along with a powerful aroma. I like to rub out my flake tobaccos and this one is more difficult to break up than most. Once lit the thick dark smoke looks like something a special effect department would come up with. The taste is very solid with a full flavour. Although I enjoyed the taste, I actually found that this was a little too strong for my constitution. Just swallowing the saliva in my mouth during a smoke can give me heart burn! This is one of the few SG blends that I haven't really loved. It made the strong "Peterson Irish Flake" blend seem like a gentle Black Cavendish aromatic in comparison. Although not for me, I would recommend it to anyone seeking a really strong smoke with a load of nicotine.

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Taipanmamba Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Taipanmamba (16)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Full Very Strong

Now this is the stuff !! This is a tobacco like no other I have ever experienced and it is is one that all serious pipe smokers must try. It is also one that is very likely to divide opinion sharply - not a tobacco it is easy to have mixed feelings about and for most probably a love it or hate it blend.

On cracking the tin open one is met with a dark almost compost like mixture wrapped in well stained paper. The tin note is initially off putting but over time it is something I have come to love - dark , mysterious and earthy with hints of coffee , raisins chocolate and spice. It is way to wet to smoke out of the tin and I find it needs at least 4 weeks drying out . Personally I just leave it in the tin and air it for a few minutes every now and then by opening the tin and taking in deep breaths of the fantastic aroma. The thick organic flakes are great fun to tear up into the required size - folding and stuffing this just doesnt work at all for me. It can be hard to get going but 2 or 3 matches should have you on your way . The initial taste can actually be a bit nausea inducing- at the end of my first bowl I really felt a bit queezy. The funny thing is though when I next fancied a smoke I was immediately drawn back to this. It draws you in - little by little. The room note is not good - my partner is more than tolerant with my pipe smoking but this stuff makes her eyes water.

The problem is though this stuff is positively addictive. I find so often now that this is the taste I crave with my early morning coffee. Not in anyway complex or multidimensional but a dark hammer of flavour to the palate. Packs a good kick of nicotine too. It makes my mouth water just thinking about smoking it. There is something primordial and a bit mystical about this stuff. A tobacco for necromancers and shamans. If the Dark Lord Sauron was a pipe smoker this is what he would have in his pipe !

Highly Recommended - but definitely not for beginners

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Kokinhenik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kokinhenik (39)
★★★☆
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

The tin is rich with chocolate/carob notes. A very full flavor on lighting. A bit strong in the nicotine department so be sure to smoke this on a full stomach. This Virginia has a darker, full flavor to it and is quite different than the run of the mill Virginia. Smoke it slowly and enjoy! It will bite if you get in a hurry.

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Carlos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Carlos (18)
★★★★
Strong Very Mild Extra Full Very Pleasant

This is a good one! It tastes very good from the beginning till the end. SG classifies it as a natural tobacco. But it isn't typical, natural tobacco. This one has something different, something special. It makes it very good, delicious. Quite strong, with very nice smell and room note.

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TEO Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TEO (26)
★★★★
Strong Medium Very Full Tolerable

Finally I find myself reviewing one of my favorites.

I do know Tonquin Bean divides us in two rows...well I am a straight 1792 lover, I can't and won't help cellaring more more and more of this. I smoked it pure, dry or wet, rubbed or not, finding some difficulties here and there but this one is a taste bomb. Excellent and creamy tobacco under the strong flavour that literally wraps around you.

I don't even find it overwhelming in the nicotine department but I must confess I never had more than one flake at a time. Strong, for sure but not too strong.

I go crazy for this meaty, earthy smoke. I even had some experiments, mixing it (accidentally) with Borkum Riff Vanilla Flake and Robert McConnell Scottish Flake...it always satisfies me and it often rewards me with some unexpected floreal freshness.

Sweet and Very Recommended.

update - I totally went insane for this blend. I live in Italy where this blend is sold at bloody high price so I exploited my lady to come with me in Switzerland ( where it has a reasonable price) and buy 10 tins, already cellared. I fear for my mental health :)

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juanmedusa Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
juanmedusa (8)
★★★★
Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Update... I aged a tin for over a year and smoked that and felt the topping matured into an even better ingredient. Now comparing that to a fresh tin opened immediately and smoked, it seems a bit of a waste. Get some age on this. Also I do dry this well now without any appreciable loss of flavor.

I smoked my first bowl of this minutes out of the tin and had pretty good results. I found the tobacco to match the given description well. It is as described. I personally find tobacco that is mellow but strong to be a bit odd but that is just my way. However, that said, I found the flavor, though without a kick to match the strength, superb. I enjoyed the taste of this and also the flavoring. I am wholly unfamiliar with this flavoring and perhaps this whole style having never smoked a Sam G tobacco before but was pleased with it. Not liking much top flavor, I often air my tobacco well to dry and more to erase some additional top flavor if any exists. I will only air this one to the dryness I prefer and will enjoy the tobacco with whatever topping remains. I found the tobacco to dry readily. A plus. And suspect my next bowl to be as good or better with improved smoking quality. A strongly recommended blend but taking care not to suggest this to someone sensitive to a wallop of nicotine.

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Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (226)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Very Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Wow, what a strange one? I received my tin about 9 months ago, tobacco was so wet I couldn't light it, the paper inside the tin was stained brown from the wet topping. I began the drying process and after 2 weeks the tobacco was so dry I couldn't rub out the flakes, so I rehydrated. My first pipe was a cob, and the taste was so unusual ( vanilla and Chinese 5 Spice) from the tonquin I couldn't finish it. The odd taste seemed to stay with me for days after,... sickening. Well, I resealed the tin and reopened it after 9 months. Being a glutton for punishment , I tried a second pipe full...., sickening. I'll be giving this away to someone I don't like.

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MacNutz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MacNutz (12)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Very Strong

I love this tobacco. Other reviewers have suggested that it is Not for beginners but that may depend upon the beginner. I'm very new to the pipe but this one was love at first light.

It is a strong tasting baccy with plenty of nicotine and the wife does not love the 'room note'. Fortunately we have a large garden with covered areas on the roof of our building. I expect to spend a lot of time there this winter.

I rubbed it out and let it sit for a few minutes before loading it into a cob. Had no difficulty keeping it lit but you do want to smoke this slowly. As with any good flake the flavour nuances require slow smoking to be fully enjoyed.

Being a former cigarette smoker the strong nicotine hit was quite enjoyable but could be too much for many. I loves it.

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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (205)
★★★☆
Very Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Warned by the reviews in this forum, and also encouraged by my recent holiday in England experiencing the sort of tobacco I only wish were being offered in my home country, I made it a point of getting a tin of this blend at the earliest opportunity.

Opening said tin, I was disappointed in a good way: no heavy Lakeland floral- soap aroma. Somewhat perfume-ish, yes, but that was to be expected from a Tonquin Bean flavour; the Tonquin seems to be in much demand in the perfume industry. This perfume note makes the tin aroma of the 1792 appear rather light, but there are a few undercurrents in there of DFK and maybe some heavy VA.

As always with Sam Gawith, the 'baccy is rather wet from the tin. Without drying- out, frequent re-lights are necessary. The smoke starts out and remains toasty- sweet; lots of DFK in there, lots of strength. I had to take a break during my first smoke of this, it was that strong; now I use smaller bowls.

With its (for me) considerable strength, and its availability in an area where the Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. ropes and plugs are impossible to get, this is my favourite and-now-I-lay-myself-to-rest smoke: toasty, tasty, flavourful, LOTS of nicotine without going over the top. Accordingly, a peaty Single Malt Islay or Orkney is my usual accompaniment.

Nothing for the beginner here. This is strong stuff, very satisfying to me.

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furious Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
furious (29)
★★★☆
Very Strong Strong Very Full Tolerable to Strong

What else can I say that hasn't already been said many times on this site. I was a big fan of FVF and decided to pull the trigger on 1792 mainly as a result of the reviews here. It is truly a flake that must be experienced by all serious pipesters. While too overpowering to make my regular rotation, I will pack a bowl of this in my smallest billiard once in a while to get that old stupefied and queasy feeling of too much of a good thing. Much more agreeable to mix it 50-50 with a straight unassuming Va. such as Dunhill Flake.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Extra Strong Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Let me start off by saying that I am a fan of most Samuel Gawith tobacco. However, this is the most fowl smelling and tasting tobacco I've ever had.

I can't believe there are people reviewing this and claiming that the flavoring is "mild". This stuff is about 97% flavoring and 3% tobacco taste. I can't put my finger on the taste itself but it smells like old cheap perfume, anise and dirty wet quilts.

I attempted to smoke two bowls of this but after 20-30 puffs, I ended up dumping the bowls and tossing out the tin. I also did a salt treatment on my pipe to get rid of the nasty stank. If I were stranded on a desert island and this was the only tobacco available, I would quit pipe smoking.

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cgar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cgar (37)
★★★☆
Very Strong Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

BAM! Watch out this stuff will pin you quicker than a cat can lick its rear-end!!! I found the taste to be acceptable and the smoke to be very well defined and easy going, but the vitamin N' was way over powering especially when used in a large pipe. I will keep it around for a nice change up and when I need that extra kick form the ole Vitamin N!!!

Ill place this hear because it not on the tin.

WARNING substance in this tin can and will knock you down! :)

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NONSUMDIGNUS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NONSUMDIGNUS (11)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Mild Very Full Tolerable

If you're the type to sniff your armpits in order to detect the subtle scents of ammonia or salts or if you enjoy taking sniffs of the moist dirty laundry basket in order to detect the variations of nuttiness then by all means, this one's for you!

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maigret fan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
maigret fan (57)
★★★☆
Strong Strong Very Full Tolerable to Strong

1792 is quite extraordinary. Most tobaccos I know divide between aromatic and 'english' that is virginia, cavendish and latakia is various proportions.

1792 is different. The date or fig aromas are strong in the tin. Actually I bought the tin in late May, opened it in July and the content was still quite wet and difficult to light. In a pouch since, it is now fully satisfactory.

The leaf of Tanzanian tobacco makes it strong from the beginning, similar to some cigarette tobacco (although I did not smoke cigarettes for ages. I confess I am rather a 'wet' smoker but here the smoke is dry and very interesting.

Room note is very strong - wife complained! - so it is at its best outside. On a sunny day that was perfect on the beach!

You will like it or hate it but that is worth a test.

I just finished my third tin and think useful to update the review. Strangely that tobacco gets the more diverse reviews, some reviewers being quite elaborate, mentionning the smell of miners armpits or the smell of visiting a diesel submarine. Some get romantic about the 1792 year. Sorry but I have no experience of miners armpits (!) and truely I visited a submarine which was full of various smells (machines, hot electric cables, etc.). That said one finds oneself spending more time in lightning the stuff than smoking it. A tip: to break the flake in a pouch and leave it dry for a couple of days. I must say the nicotine touch is very strong and one smoke a day is enough for my taste. Conclusion: that blend has to be tried by experimented and open-minded smokers, probably not to select it as a favorite tobacco. Beginners should wait! Therefore I go from highly recommended to recommended.

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acyv Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
acyv (10)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

According to my style; this is good enough to smoke daily basis. Tanzanian leaf is making the tobacco strong. You should give a try for this tobacco.

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NikolasZenHagakure Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NikolasZenHagakure (7)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Well, it's a strange flake!

for sure needs to dry it, i also rub it out.

Tin smell, Antique! very very old smell... a rarity also...

first light up, smell of pure incense coming out, remind me smell of ritual purification, aromatherapy, meditation, a rarity for sure... something absolute different, you will like it! or not! 50% - 50%

No bite detect.

Generaly i like it but not for daily use! try it in no favorite pipe,, it will ghost your briar... not heavily but in important percent...

Must try for at least one time,

(Im a Oriental lover, for that reason i like to detect east kind of elegant flavors like Cedar,Sandalwood,Cypress,Cinnamon,Cardamom,Amber,Benzoin,Guggul (Indian Myrrh) etc..

Here we have somethink totaly special in my opinion, a very close east ceremonial flavoring)

Give a try...

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?pe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
?pe (41)
★★★★
Strong Medium Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This stuff is mental!

The only reason 1792 is called a flake is because "compost" isn't a recognised cut.

Oh, and tonquin is a vanilla substitute? Really?! I don't suggest Sam tries selling ice cream if it smells anything like 1792 flake.

1792's taste is complicated, interesting and inimitable. I'm not even sure how strong it is as it seems to defy rational analysis.

This tobacco walks a tightrope between insane and brilliant to the extent that I'm still not even sure whether I like it, but I physically crave it and therefore highly recommend it.

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TheSmokinDragon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TheSmokinDragon (56)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

Took me several bowls and moisture levels to figure this one out....the tonquin flavor is interesting and as others have said a love/hate....thought it would be hate....but now I crave the stuff (on a full stomach)...moisture level for me is almost dried to a crisp (or 24hrs of dry-time) to get nice even burn...the tin of 1792 I got had water drip'in out of it :-)

IMO-some sweet/pepper hints in/out with slow-puff'in, but good 'ol bacci at the end of the day...smoke'in it in a cob...flavor might ghost a pipe so you might want to isolate a pipe or perhaps smoke it in a cob (which seems to be working best for me)

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Lazy Mango Jalfreizi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lazy Mango Jalfreizi (5)
★★★★
Strong Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

Drier then any other SG Flake (could be this tin only though) - correct moisture level to smoke, straight from the tin. Most people seem to have got the usual extra moist tins.

People often talk about a blend tasting of figs or prunes with an aroma of cut grass, with hints of whatever. I can't usually sense any of the things people talk about in their reviews, but 1792 is totally different;

Initially the smoke is mild and smooth, and I taste predominately cocoa powder with a very slight hint of Vanilla, and a strange sweetness unlike anything else I have ever smoked. As the bowl goes down, these flavours intensify, and begin to incorporate a hint of white pepper and smooth chilli (I know, smooth chili??? - "What's he going on about?") with cloves and cardomom appearing strong past the half bowl to the end. If you like the flavours of a biryani style of curry, then I'm positive that this blend should suit you perfectly.

I'm normally a sipper, as I find the best flavours evident and the most satisfying smoke to be had is to go slowly. 1792 encouarages me to smoke much harder than any other tobacco, and yet my tongue never suffers from this harder going approach, and the flavours only get better and sweeter still.

It burns very very cool - no tonguebite at all; at all. It can be hard to keep lit, and therefore encourages harder puffing, but still no bite; Nice!

1792 is a new found joy for me, and will from now on always be on my purchase list. Top marks Sam!

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bish777 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bish777 (4)
★★★☆
Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Moist dark flake tobacco in an attractive tin. The aroma upon opening is an aroma of something like marzipan and vanilla. Rubs out easily, packs well and not hard to light. The taste is like the smell but milder and it smokes slowly and very smoothly.

The taste is unusual, may not be for everyone but I love it.

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Darth Vader Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth Vader (76)
★★☆☆
Strong Strong Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I'm a bit on and off with 1792. Great baccy underneath but the tonquin truck taste is great some days, yet a little drab on others. Probably says more about my whimzy than the tobacco. I you like a full bodied smoke with a good nic kick then you are unlikely to be disappointed by this.

Gawith base tobacco's are second to none. It is way to wet when you get it though, but dont dry it excessively or you'll lose some of the character.

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Arash Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Arash (5)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant

This is a spectacular english blend. Very unique taste and scent. It lingers in your nasal. you will be rewarded with a nice kick of nicotine and a full pleasant taste. 1792 is easy to pack and it keeps lit. Enjoy!

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JackSparrow Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JackSparrow (14)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Strong

I chose my nickname thinking of this stuff…its flavor and roughness reminds me of ancient mariners and Caribbean pirates sailing on stormy seas!!!

This is an unique blend, no competitors, nothing similar.

But let's start from the beginning. The first time I opened the tin I was a bit baffled: very dark flakes, very moist (like all SG flakes), with a sweetish overwhelming tonquin flavor (I'm not an aromatic lover); anyway something was fascinating me. In a couple of hours I loaded my first bowl and lit: strong and sickening, but still fascinating, couldn't stop puffing. After my first bowl I felt a bit sick, but the day after I loaded a new one, and so on….it was addicting me! Sometimes it still makes me sick, it's a real Kraken in my stomach!!! …but now I think I found the right way to enjoy it: in my two meerschaum pipes, rubbing the dark flakes and letting them dry out for about 1 hour. At this point moisture is correct, the blend is quite easy to keep lit, gives a cool and dry smoke and tonquin flavor is not overwhelming: you can now enjoy it in all its strength. It's simply fantastic, especially if you crave for a big load of vitamin N and love robust stuff.

Letting it dry for a while it burns well and cool, need only few relights. Flavoring is quite strong, so tobacco taste doesn't come first, only in the back groung going through the bowl. For sure it's not for beginners and not an all day smoke. I smoke it when I need something different, when I want to drive a caterpillar! Always in my cellar and in my rotation. It's a love or hate blend: I love it, and rate it 3 *s.

No doubt, this is the strongest blend I ever tasted so far!

UPDATE: after training my aorta and my mouth with heavy loads of the great Brown Rope N4 I can now enjoy this wonderful blend with no reservations and without feeling sick with a big punch in my stomach.....Great flavor, great taste....finally tamed! Simply fantastic!!! Upgrade to **!!!!!

UPDATE 2: now I prefer smoking it in a fully dedicated briar pipe!

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derlict311 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
derlict311 (67)
★★★☆
Strong Very Mild Full Strong

Black as night in the tin. I had to air it our FOREVER to get it where I wanted it. When it was dry enough, it was absolutely unforgettable. If you dry it out to a toasty kind of dry, it is great. This blend will give you a dizzy spell if you smoke too much of it, though. Very high in Vitamin N, but pretty straightforward. Tar comes to mind if tar tasted good. May the force be with you, young jedi, I'm smoking a bowl of 1792.

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Fountainhead Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fountainhead (16)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Full Tolerable

The tonquin is a unique and inviting, an essence unlike any typical thing you would encounter in food or tobacco, so the smoking experience is a real treat. I agree, this is a love-or-hate mixture, but I love it. It has a very deep, satiny, dark taste to it.

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Art Pagano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Art Pagano (6)
★★☆☆
Strong Medium to Strong Medium Strong

Rich dark smoke. If you rub out & dry for a few hours, you will be in for a treat.

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cech Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cech (4)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Pleasant

Very nice tobacco, similar to SG Navy Flake, but requires a bit of preparation. I found the fold and stuff method unsuitable as it was impossible to keep lit as the flake is quite hard and even rubbed out without drying it can be a little bit of a challenge. Otherwise it has all I look for in a tobacco.

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Philosopher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philosopher (27)
★★★☆
Strong Medium to Strong Full Strong

Definitely a love it or hate it blend. This stuff even looks wicked: a dark black tobacco that you can imagine being smoked by the Uruk-Hai orcs in THE LORD OF THE RINGS. But I like it: the rich coffee bean taste won't be everyone's cup of tea, but if you like Islay malts, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, and Bolivar havana cigars, this is a tobacco for you to savour.

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rattdogg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rattdogg (33)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Extra Strong Overwhelming Very Strong

I loaded the bowl of favorite old pipe of mine ( a GBD Bronze Velvet Bulldog) and put match to tobacco. In over thirty years of pipe smoking I don't think I've had ever tasted anything quite like 1792. I pray I never do again.

I think I've ruined my pipe.

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Poppy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Poppy (23)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

It's a good tobacco, but the taste is kind special, try 3g before buy the big box

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Bassmanjay Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bassmanjay (1)
★★★★
Extremely Strong Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

Dear Lord,

Thank you. Thank you for the very miracle of existance, for all the wonderful, amazing friends and family I have in my life, for the food on my table, the roof over my head, and for Sam Gawith's 1792 flake! Not entirely sure on what day you created this exultant triumph of all that is good and pure, but I bet it was the same day that you gave us rock n roll, sunrises and the smell of fresh cut grass.

I was amazed, astounded to find the flakes almost sodden when I opened the 50g tin, matted together (yes, in agreeance with those who said the tin was "messily" packed with uneaven thickness in fakes, mine too!) and with more than a few misgivings I packed my first bowl.

The tonqin smell, as the wonderful John of C. Aston's, Manchester (UK) put it, is not unlike a stables - horse sh*t and dried sweat! Dear Lord, in your infinate wisdom I can only assume you meant it to be so in order to put off the less diligant smoker, rewarding the tenatious ones and leaving more for the rest of us!

The first bowl brought to mind some kind of medieval torture, or possibly something of a sadomasochistic Japanese game show... Oh, the burning, the foul taste (but don't worry, you wont be tasting anything for a while), the bite, the screaming and wailing, people lying where they fell in the street... ok, I exagerate, it wasn't THAT bad, but I was genuinely devastated, thinking this was going to be another tin I'd have to choke my way through or swap online... I was genuinely concerned that I'd require some sort of oral swabbing and general anasthetic to recover...

THANKFULLY Lord, I was inspired by the words of courage from the wonderful people of the forum, and after a few hours of drying and regaining my composure, with trembling lip I took the plunge once more...

... and now I have gone through 100g in two weeks, a new record for me! I can't stop. Seriously. I like nothing more than sitting with a nice red wine, my trusty Dunhill '77 and a few episodes of Deadliest Catch, and without a doubt, if you are a fan of cigars, strong VAs or any of the other more "robust" smokes, then get on it, earthy, mellow, cool* and full boddied, its everything a plain VA flake should be, in my humble opinion Lord. With more than a hint of Cocoa, and with enough Vitamin N to drop a small pony and make you face numb, just make sure you have eaten beforehand... For we know you are a vengeful God! You have been warned!

Dear Lord, it is in your name that we offer thanks and praise for this devine smoke, and if it's quite alright with you, I'm off to lapse into a tobbacco reverie... Mmmmm.... Delicious reveries.....

Thanks for everything,

Jay

*note: you really shouldn't smoke it straight outta a new tin. The temperature will apprach something similar to the conditions required for the birth of a new star... Approximately 99,999,726 degrees celsius.

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Piper@thegates Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Piper@thegates (20)
★★★★
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

Being a huge fan of Sam Gawith and a regular smoker of Squadron Leader and Skiff I have to admit to being rather disapointed with my first experience of 1792. On opening the tin I was immediately taken by the unusual aroma of the tonquin which reminded me somewhat of cocoa or a very dark, bitter chocolate. Not being a great fan of aromatics but nevertheless very impressed by the sight and feel of the thickish rough, dark flakes presented in the tin, I proceeded to rub out a medium sized flake. The texture was one of fresh moist straw which at first proved a little resistant or unwilling to crumble. On first flame it was apparant that this flake was nothing like any I had previously experienced. So difficult to light and maintain and yet of such an obviously high standard and quality. My first few attempts at smoking this flake left me frustrated and disappointed, a good reason for me to persevere and discover just why 1792 is one of SG's best selling flakes. Finally, the flake got the better of me and I'd had enough, I tamped the bowl with enough pressure to compress the tobacco almost to its original texture and hey presto! The smoke finally began to show signs of something approaching a pleasurable experience. A very rounded, substantial VA body with the unusual influence of the tonquin always ready to remind the smoker that this was 1792 and not some run of the mill VA flake, this is unique and what can only be described as an acquired taste. This reminds me very much of my feelings when I first started to drink my beloved Guinness.

UPDATE.

Well I'm so glad I did persist. I've just returned home with another two 50g tins of this wonderful, unique flake. Sometimes a little time is needed to get to know and understand the finer points in life, just as with some people and 1792 certainly belongs in the catagory of fine. After about half a tin it was evident that this flake needs about five minutes dry time before crumbling, just a little care thats all. The smoker will be rewarded for his/her attention with a remarkable mellow but full bodied very fine smoke, very fine indeed. Once the bowl takes to the flame the flake burns evenly and slow. This is seriously growing on me. Highly Recommended.

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ap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ap (56)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

A cool, flavorfull Masterpiece. Cant praise this weed enough.

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pipealicious Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipealicious (21)
★☆☆☆
Strong Strong Very Full Strong

I got this tobacco as a sample at my local tobacconist and I'm glad I never bought a tin of it. I smoked it today while taking a stroll through the forest. Although the production quality of this tobacco seems excellent, the whole thing unsettled my palate and stomach for the rest of the day. The flakes have the look, feel and even smell of a very old leather belt, maybe one from 1792 ;-). I was interested in the tonka bean flavor which is indeed a mellow vanilla flavor that tastes and smells as if it has been infused with incense. I tried my best to keep this tobacco lit, without much success. I had to relight constantly and when exhaling through my nose I had to retch. After half a bowl I couldn't bear it any longer. Later on while having dinner, I noticed that the tonquin flavor still coated my palate and ruined my appetite. I have much respect for die hards who like this blend, but I must say this is really not my cup of tea.

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tedswearingen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tedswearingen (3)
★★★★
Strong Medium Medium to Full Strong

Admittedly, I was somewhat nervous to try this blend. After hearing accounts of people throwing up after their first bowl and having been warned not to smoke it on anything other than a full stomach, I let this tin sit around for awhile before mustering up the courage to dive in.

In the short time that's passed since my first trial of '1792' I've smoked nearly a half-pound of the stuff. I've found that it's become the most regular smoking fixture in my day. It's the first bowl I smoke when I get home in the evening and very often it's the last bowl I smoke for the day in a general rotation of wild varieties. Because it is indeed quite strong, both in taste and nicotine content, and because of the exotic, dark, vanilla-like flavor derived from the tonka bean, this blend is likely not going to win over everyone. For my part it is quite different and very fulfilling. The taste is robust, yet mild, and while it's not sugary sweet, it's rich, likely on account of the signature Lakeland perfume, often floral, notes that seem to poke through the canvas of flavor from time to time.

Ordinarily I prefer English blends, typically heavily of latakia. I also enjoy many Virginian's although I'm not crazy about perique. Hopefully this will give you the most base idea of where I'm coming from in terms of my preferences.

Enjoy!

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Sir Walter Smiley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sir Walter Smiley (24)
★★★★
Strong Strong Full Tolerable

Every pipesmoker owes it to himself to try this stalewart of a blend. Love, hate or indifference; this blend can carry you back to times where there are no cell phones, street lights and deadlines to meet. Though I doubt indifference is possible from the moment you pop your first tin. Thoughts of cobble stones under foot and biting off the end of a clay pipe I retrieved from the cool, damp taverns wall. Olde world indeed.

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krg1000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
krg1000 (135)
★★★☆
Strong Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

I have to agree with some of the previous reviewers that this is a love it or hate it blend. I seem to be leaning towards the love it side. This is no doubt a strong blend on the nicotine end plus you have the unique tonquin flavoring added to it. It is something that is definitely growing on me. Although, I must admit this will not be an all day smoke for me. The flakes are a nice dark color and the smell in the jar is fantastic(got this in the 250 g box). It rubs out easy enough and it lights up quite easily. It produces a very nice amount of smoke and it isn't long for the nicotine to kick in for me. The wife doesn't care for this one at all, so it gets the tolerable to strong rating for "room note." This is one of those blends that I would recommend everyone to at least give a try, when available.

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LaneCenturion Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LaneCenturion (11)
★★★☆
Strong Medium Very Full Tolerable

This is, maybe, a once a week kind of smoke, definitely for a time when you don't have anywhere to be soon. This is NOT one to smoke on an empty stomach, as I have experienced the difference between smoking this after eating a normal amount, which is extremely tasteful and relaxing, and without eating, which turned me a lovely shade of green. Overall, delicious, but to be used by the wise.

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GSTQ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GSTQ (31)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Appearance is very dark sticky flake. Tin smells of a dark sweet tobacco. Tastes like the tonquin topping, rather like a perfumed vanilla, and sweet smoke.

1792 Flake. There's nothing else like it. This one is not going to please everyone, but excepting those who are very sensitive to nicotine, everyone should try it.

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PipesterJim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipesterJim (44)
★★★★
Strong Very Strong Full Very Strong

As has been said, this is a love/hate blend. Here's my take:

Abominable. Smoked half a bowl and the flavour and room note (not the nicotine, I love my ropes) made me feel physically sick.

I've no desire to give this one another chance. Into the trash it goes!

Lots of reviewers are comparing Bracken Flake to this one but I really hope they aren't closely related by anything other than the base tobaccos - I've a tin of BF in the cellar that I was looking forward to until I tried this!

Edit: Three years later and, having developed a serious affection for SG's Elmo's Reserve snuff, which is often said to be '1792 in snuff form', I thought I should give the odious flake another try. So I did. And I'm enjoying it.

Oh well, it just goes to show how subjective this tobacco reviewing business can be!

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Paollo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paollo (2)
★★☆☆
Strong Strong Very Full Tolerable to Strong

What a strange tobacco, full aroma but too hard ;) Do not test it from your favorite pipe, the bowl will keep hard notes of "1792 Flake" long time. Not at everytime and not for everybody. Not exactly ** stars, may be two and a half :)

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DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (113)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

This is a very high quality dark flake tobacco, and very well presented – as you would expect from Samuel Gawith; it seems to me to be the same whether you buy it in a tin as 1792 flake or loose, as Cob Flake, though – as is so often true with SG tobaccos, the tinned version is improved by a bit of drying out. For what it is, you can't fault it: cool, slow-burning, won't bite unless you beg it to, not unbearably strong, full of flavour – all the things you look for in a quality flake. Personally, I don't like it, because I don't like either the flavour or the room note; but each to his own: this is certainly worth a try, if only to say that you have. It's an acquired taste. If you like eccentric flavours, you'll get on fine with Cob/1792 Flake; if you like straightforward uncased flakes, you won't.

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donmartinthree Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
donmartinthree (19)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

a little moist in the tin, but not too moist, if you're used to smoking flakes. a couple of matches and this is going.

I don't feel it's too strong concerning the nicotine, however it's an acquired taste and definitely not an all day smoke. still great though!

spicy, sweet-ish, musty, earthy and awesome. I can't really taste the flavoring all that much. it's there, but not overwhelmingly so. I feel the dark-fired leaf dominates much more, giving it a spicy and smoky taste. great in combination with that tonquin flavoring. to me, it's a great smoke on cool, but not cold fall days outside on a walk in the woods. but then again, that's when I enjoy smoking most anyways. at least with most of the tobaccos I smoke frequently.

recommended.

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DoctorThoss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorThoss (146)
★★☆☆
Extremely Strong Medium Very Full Very Strong

First off, I like Virginias. I especially like strong Virginia flakes and plugs, such as G&H Dark Flake and Bosun Cut Plug. I even like the heavily scented "Lakeland" flakes such as Ennerdale and Kendal, blends which are doused with an olfactory kaleidoscope of bizarre perfumes to the extent that my car smells like a 19th century French cathouse.

But this is way too much.

This stuff makes me sick, no matter how hard I try to like it. I first thought it was the nicotene but, upon reflection, I doubt it. I was a heavy cigarette smoker for years, and I know what too much nicotine feels like -- this isn't it. I suspect the flavorings are of a sort that violently disagree with my body's chemistry, as even a tiny bowl of this stuff makes me feel as though I'm fighting off an epic hangover.

That being said, I recommend that everyone give this a whirl at some point. The presentation is flawless, and I really like the idea of smoking a tobacco that's been around for so long. If nothing else, smoking a bowl of 1792 is an experience you'll remember, even if you don't want to repeat it.

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snuffysmiff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
snuffysmiff (7)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Strong

Gawith's best selling premium flake. I had to try it! I love the aroma out of the tin, which I presume is the Tonquin topping. I had great difficulty keeping it lit, and by the time I had puffed and puffed and..., well, I felt positively ill. Never mind, another day.... Right, I thought. This time I'll dry it out a bit in the microwave. On opening the door I expected a strong whiff of Tonquin, but there wasn't, so I stuck my nose almost inside the oven. Uh oh, big mistake. My lungs filled with something that definitely wasn't oxygen. This stuff is trying to kill me. (on looking up the word "tonquin" I see the word "narcotic") Oh, sh*t! This stuff is trying to get me arrested. Persevere- I'm Scottish! O.K., this time it tasted a bit better, but when the Dragon came home, between retches she gasped, "If you ever smoke that in here again I'll divorce you, you stinking ===!" I've just ordered another 4 tins. I WILL like this. I feel it in my bones. Update- I'm struggling, and can't argue too much with this previous comment- "take rancid refried beans, sweet woodruff, overly spiced eggnog, and cardboard, throw them in a blender and dry the vile mixture in a used litter box doused in pine-sol."

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cwnet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cwnet (3)
★★★★
Strong Mild Extra Full Tolerable

At first,I must say that it's not very tolerable to newbie.But after some bowl,you will feel it is a very wonderful bland.It's so sweet when you smoke it slowly.It's strong enough when you are tried.I love it.

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ewlewis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ewlewis (7)
★★★☆
Very Strong Strong Full Strong

This unique blend of years gone by is difficult to place. It is not your typical aromatic, though it does contain flavoring. The tobacco is Va and Oriental but due to the Tonquin it is near impossible to notice. For these reasons 1792 stands in its own category.

Upon opening the tin there is no confusion about this tobacco. It makes its presence known and its presence means boss. Everything from flavoring to room note is strong about this blend.

To smoke you will need to do a bit of drying and then either fold and stuff or rub out, whichever you prefer. I would recommend medium to small size bowls. In larger bowls the flavor and strength can become overwhelming.

This is not a regular smoke for me. I will try to keep a tin on hand, however, it is definitely a blend that you have to be in the mood for. Not an all day smoker for sure. It is unique enough and of high enough quality, though, that I recommend every piper to try it at least once. Smoke an entire tin and then make your assessment.

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rising2angel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rising2angel (3)
★★★★
Very Strong Strong Extra Full Tolerable

... what else can I add to what other users have said about this wonderful tobacco?

It is an eperience of flavour and pleasure, from the time you open the tin, to when you smoke it!

The room note is not properly pleasant, most of the people I met didn't like it.

Anyway I find this tobacco wonderful, maybe the best I've ever tried since now. I think I will always keep it in my rotation.

A remark: the best time to smoke 1792, for me, is at night, after dinner, because of its real strength.

Really, really, enjoyable!

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JasonDicker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JasonDicker (22)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Upon my holiday in Ireland, I visited the Peterson shop in Dublin and managed to buy a tin of 1792 after the guy behind the counter said it's "quite amazing". Eager to try my new tobacco, I rushed back to my hotel and lit my first bowl.

At first I wasn't too impressed and thought it was rather bland as the broken flakes was very moist out of the tin. After drying it out for a few hours and a few bowls later, I must say this tobacco has grown on me. Firstly what impressed me most was the way it burnt, slow & cool leaving my pipe dry & clean. This is very rare in the tobaccos I normally smoke. I find the taste hard to describe, mellow & full at the same time with a leathery undertone. It makes for a fantastic puffing smoke, keeps you wanting more and never feeling light-headed. This is complimented by the fact that this stuff seems to burn forever!

I would strongly recommend this to anyone. This would be my everyday smoke if only I could buy it in my home country, South Africa. This stuff is legendary!

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Dude Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dude (9)
★★★☆
Strong Strong Full Pleasant

This is a great tasting Flake that is dominated by the Tonqiun flavoring..So much for me that it is hard to get much of the tobacco nuances .. as again the main theme is Tonquin , a flavor which I do enjoy. So straight away I would recommend this Flake to pipe smokers who have tried aromatics liking the way they smelled in the tin but did not like the way they smoked. Here with this Flake it smells in the tin exactly as it smokes with the benefit that it smokes dry, well ,and strong (nicotine & flavor). Not that I classify as an aromatic but to me it has all the main points of what a good aromatic could be... My best result is to completely rub out , well dried , and loosely packed. With this method I get a cool slow burning smoke..

I Keep this tobacco in my rotation.

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mr.335 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mr.335 (20)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

let me start by saying that I love most of samuel gawiths stuff. but this one is very unique. probably because of that tonquin flavor which i happened not to like it.to me it smells like gasoline and taste...well i cant really describe it but certainly not like a cigar!(some people mentioned that its like a cigar).Definitley a love/hate thing. UPDATE 5/7/2010 I smoked it again yesterday and I must admit its much better now.cause that smell is not as strong as it used to be and it smokes better when its a bit dry, I still say it doesnt taste like a cigar but nevertheless it tatses ok.different but not bad. and I must say I kind of like it now.as I said before its a very unique baccy!

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Peppino Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peppino (74)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

What a great tobacco,now if anyone had any in stock! I do have 4 more tins left but I'd feel better with some more back-up. I agree w/ Jeremy it is a little moist but man it's gooood. And I smoke more Latakia blends than VA's but like both styles alot and 1792 is up there with the best.

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Jeremy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jeremy (19)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

I am normally a VA and VA/Per guy, but this is one of the few staples in my rotation. Whenever I buy more than a tin or two, this blend is one of them. I almost always have an open tin of it. It is simply amazing first thing in the morning. Be careful to dry it properly, before smoking. It's unforgiving of hasty smoking. But dried out this flake is truly amazing. One of my favorite blends.

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Monopod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Monopod (23)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Very Pleasant

I reviewed this tobacco when I had bought it as "COB" flake. I couldn't tell much difference if any between the two.

I've smoked my way through quite some money's worth of assorted baccy to get here, some pleasant some not.

This epitomises what I was seeking in a staple, and now I smoke nothing but, apart from a few choice cigars now and again.

The final accolade ? I kissed my wife yesterday, after a pipe or two's worth, and she exclaimed " Wow, you taste nice" yes dear, it's 1792. "Well," she replied, "It's an aphrodisiac."

Q.E.D. ??

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edwardh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
edwardh (1)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I love this tobacco, perhaps even more now that it seems impossible to obtain in Canada. If dried and packed properly, this tobacco yields a long, luxurious smoke, with no bite. It packs a punch, though, so be prepared!.

Please get through your first tin before making a decision on this one. It is NOT love at first sight! Now, though I have to say it's my favourite.

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gladi8tor96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gladi8tor96 (50)
★☆☆☆
Strong Medium to Strong Full Strong

This tobacco had almost a chemical flavor to me and burnt very hot. My tongue and taste buds seemed to suffer. There were moments of grand flavor, but they were few and far between. I do enjoy a strong tobacco, but this seemed a bit harsh. Perhaps the tonquin?

I'll have to give this another try to make sure it wasn't just me or a bad pipe day. Perhaps tongue gremlins. I'll update the review later after trying it again.... I'll make sure to let it sit for about 30 min. before loading my pipe.

I haven't been able to bring myself around to trying this again. Maybe later this year (2011).

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n9inchnails Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
n9inchnails (10)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Tolerable

This was the first strong tobac that I ever bought and i just love it. To be honest the first time I opened the tin I thought the smell was kinda gross, but now I love to put my nose in the tin (or should I say jar since I now buy this by the pound). It is strong but not overwhelming, and the tonquin adds a different flavour that I find very tasty. Gotta love that tonquin.

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ivycap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ivycap (63)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Tonquin is a strange and eerie flavor. At first light, it starts out smooth and almost minty, then turns in a taste I can barely describe, kind of like leather smells. It is a very dominating flavor and a little less than enjoyable. The nicotine is trememdous. I could feel it punch me on a full stomach. It turned into a black sludge at the bottom of my pipe. I'm glad I got this as a sample from a friend, because I wouldn't spend my money on it.

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ned Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ned (10)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable

this is here some very different toba, wichone must be smoked slowly to be appreciate, not for all days, but interesting to have in my cellar for some day I would smoke a very different, but good toba.

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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Full Tolerable

Not much to add to the fine reviews below. This is a love-or-hate tobacco due to the tonquin flavor. Besides that, the tobacco is outstanding and one of the best Lakelands you can find.

Many have referred to its strenght, but I don't find it strong at all for a Lakeland tobacco. Among those, it may be actually one of the mildest in nicotine level, along the lines of Chocolate Flake. Of course, if you're used to plain virginias or english mixtures - let alone aromatics -, you will be hit, but nothing a regular smoker can't take.

The only drawback is the nasty combustibility. It's really hard to keep this one lit for more than a few puffs, unless you're totally devoted to the task.

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pipeslayer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipeslayer (16)
★★☆☆
Strong Medium Medium Strong

I wanted in the worst way to love this tobacco. I've read about it and really thought it was going to be fantastic. I do not find the tonquin aroma to be offensive, as some have, and I like the flavor of it, but it is fleeting. Glimpses of sweetness emerge throughout the bowl, but without consistency. The flavor of the leaf is subtle and good, but it is mostly overwhelmed by the topping. For lack of a better way of putting it, I find the flavor to be muddy and unfocused, with the elements clashing rather than integrating. At times, this comes through with spikes of a rather unpleasant bitterness, at times, it is simply bland, and at times everything comes together and produces a truly excellent puff. It wasn't consistent enough to suit me. I just found this flake to be not very well balanced. This is obviously not because of a lack of quality in the leaf. This is exceptionally nice tobacco, and I do not dislike it, but I don't see myself buying it again... unless the rest of the tin changes my mind, of course!

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Dubinthedam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dubinthedam (133)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Tolerable

I love this stuff, simply outstanding, I found the bulk even nicer than the tin having a bit more dryness to it. I find it strong but I find Irish Flake a touch stronger as I do some other blends...smooth creamy and bite free, this stuff is a legend and rightly so.

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rramstad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rramstad (115)
★★★☆
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

I like 1792, but the flavoring is applied with a very heavy hand, and it definitely covers up the quality of what I'm sure is good leaf. I smoked some Cob Plug earlier in the day (rough cube cut) and found it a bit more interesting, less of the tonquin and more other stuff peeking through as a result, either the leaf itself or other essences that were now obvious that before had been obscured.

Well worth trying if you like strong and strongly flavored tobacco in flake form. Don't miss Cob Plug if you like 1792 but find it a bit one dimensional in the flavor department.

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don1688 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
don1688 (27)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Strong Medium Tolerable

This is just not my normal cup of tea. The tin aroma is somewhat intimidating. I love virginias and am not scared of Lakeland scents (Sam's Flake is superb), but Tonquin is strong. The VA's are pretty good and SG Va's age wonderfully, so even with a 2* rating I will retry in the future. I will, when they've aged anothe few months (3 year goal) try again without sticking my nose in the tin!

You should try a tin because the VAs are quality and you may miss an inexpensive (in USA) and unique tobacco.

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Juna Gu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Juna Gu (31)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Very Strong

Love it. A tobacco that is going to take a bit of time to get to know properly I know, but I love it. Love the smell, which is very hard to define but somehow is familiar, not sure from where. Almost like marzipan or playdo but for me it works. Not so much of a flavouring but more like some sort of weird alchemy. The flakes are very damp but what a sight and smell! And the taste is delicious and the effects out of the ordinary. I understand that some find it odious and an affront to their sensibilities but I think it is a wonderful product and I don't regret the purchase for one instant. The only drawback I can find is the room note, which is stinky as marsh. But that, with proper deployment, can definitly be used to advantage. No qualms, full marks.

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Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (129)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Extra Strong Medium to Full Strong

What can I say? When you add too much of two opposite things the result is not always guaranteed. The tobacco is strong but the topping overwhelms it. The mix of a strong aromatic and a strong tobacco is wasted on me. I tried to get a reason to continue smoking this tobacco but the topping would not agree with my instincts so after four tries, I gave the remaining tin to someone else. Oh well you can't win them all!

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Susanna Hoffs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Susanna Hoffs (74)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable

Wow!.....Real quality here.

VERY smooth and mellow, and this odd casing flavour only enhances this fine weed.

To me it smokes like a richer version of FVF, in fact I added a flake of FVF to a majority bowl of 1792 and the results were outstanding..

I've read comparisons to IF by Petersons... Nope, I/Flake is a lot stronger and less forgiving. Whereas 1792 is a real equisite experience. Smoke all the way to the bottom of the bowl in a steady temperate way, leaving not a hint of moisture, but fine white ash..

I'll give it a go on it's own tonight and see if the lack of FVF in the mix makes a difference. May even add some Petersons IF to really jump in with the big boys..

Brilliant stuff. A real thought provoking smoke if you want to nothing but relax and contemplate which came first....the chicken or the egg.

Recommended..

UPDATE - Dropping this one down to 3 stars... Still like it. But doesn't hold my attention as much as FVF does..

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (260)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I purchased this blend in bulk and received nicely prepared dark brown/black flakes ~ 6" long with an intense but inviting aroma. Although moister than my preference, they were pliable and permitted easy packing without rubout; my preferred technique. Initial lighting was easy and relights not needed. Although strong measured by nicotine content, a smooth, cool smoke without any bite or condensation resulted. The tonquin didn't bother me and was a nice change of pace from my normal VA & Va/Per flakes. Although a bit much for me as a morning smoke, I especially enjoy this one after dinner and don't know how I missed trying it sooner over all my pipe smoking years. If you're an experienced puffer, give it a try.

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late-nitedrydrunk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
late-nitedrydrunk (10)
★★★★
Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Deceptive strength. Why deceptive? Because the smoke is so smooth and so easy - like feathers - on the tongue that I forget I'm smoking what's billed as a "strong" tobacco. And then as I carelessly puff away, usually puffing hard so as to extract every bit of the wonderful flavor that the combination of these dark tobaccos can offer, I'll reach about 3/4 of the way down the bowl, and WHAM. It hits me. But that's why I love 1792.

How I deal with this tobacco: I buy it in bulk and rub a lot of it out at one time letting it dry out in a cigar box (like most flakes it needs a good bit of drying out). Then I put the rubbed out portion in its own jar until I'm ready to smoke. My experience with using this method has been that the tonquin flavor is greatly diminished yielding a pleasent touch of the flavouring in the smoke. So don't let the tin aroma, which is nausiating to most, fool you. Also, proper drying ensures less of the ghosting effect.

A nicely formed flake blended with what I believe to be fine virginas and possibly some orientals, 1792 is a timeless classic. My vote is five out of four stars.

Update: Sometimes I get a batch that makes my head spin while other times I receive one that is more medium in nicotine content. Lately it seems to be the later. I guess it's part of the quality control issues that many people talk about at Samuel Gawith. However, with 1792, the flavor always seems to be consistent.

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FALCON Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FALCON (12)
★☆☆☆
Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Strong

Tonquin tobacco?this is bad i not can whith this tobacco

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Requiem Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Requiem (36)
★★★☆
Very Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

After reading about the love/hate reactions to this tobacco, and concious it could heavily ghost a pipe, I started by smoking five or six bowls of it in a corncob.

It's high quality leaf, which comes rather moisty and with a candy like smell in the tin (which noticeably spreads trough out the room). Rubs out easy, lights fine and burns cool.

The taste (tonquin) is something unique. It's more pronounced in the first third of the bowl, settling to the background later... to me it tastes like something old. Kind of as old churches and libraries smell, and very much like old ladies used to smell when I was a kid (I wonder if tonquin was used in old fashioned fragances). I like the taste, in a bizarre way, and I specially like the after-taste. Can´t see myself craving for it everyday, but will keep a open tin around for a once in a week smoke.

Nic content is really high, the strongest tobaccos I had so far, but smooth enough on the throat. If one wants nicotine, this sure delivers it.

I decided to dedicate a pipe to it and chose a little Big Ben billiard which I hadn't pick up in months, as it always smoked poorly... with 1792 it smokes dry, cool, tastefully, just like a champ, for which I'm very pleased. Also, I find 1792 tastes better in a briar then in a cob. Also better 1 or 2 weeks after popping the tin, as many reviewers have stated.

If you haven't yet tried it, do it by all means. One word for it: bizarre.

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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (580)
★★☆☆
Strong Medium to Strong Extra Full Strong

This is one consternating tobacco. Let me say up front that I did not like it. It was tough to keep lit, it was too strong for my taste and the tonquin flavor was objectionable, as was the smell. However, it is definitely a tobacco that is of high quality and it is a fun tobacco to experiment with.

Stoving the tobacco (fancy word for heating it in the microwave) definitely changed its taste, but not necessarily for the better. The tonquin gave way to a heavy-bodied maduro cigar flavor, which I also did not care for. It sort of tasted like a Hoyo de Monterey double maduro robusto with a trace of spoiled egg spilled on it, if that makes any sense (which it probably does not!). A simple drying out of the tobacco for 3 hours worked ok and the tobacco tasted its best after about 3 weeks of sitting around in an unsealed tin. The tonquin was still noticeable but was a bit more subdued. If that is indeed what tonquin tastes like, it's definitely an acquired taste I did not acquire. I'm going to keep some around for blending purposes.

This is something all pipesters should try. There is enough dissension in the ranks that it could be something you'd love. Or it could be something that makes you vomit.

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LtMac Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LtMac (21)
★★☆☆
Strong Medium Full Tolerable

I recently opened a tin of 1792 Flake that has been cellaring for a little over two and one half years. When I opened the tin the first thing I noticed was the smell; to me it smelled just like a fresh tin of Samuel Gawith Brown No. 4. I then noticed that the tobacco was covered with sugar crystals and thought this would be a great smoke. I tried to get one and one half flakes out of the tin but the tobacco was so moist it stuck together and the flakes tore apart as I tried to seperate and remove them. I managed to get what appeared to be one and one half flakes out of the tin and folded them into my pipe in the same way that I smoke all flake tobacco.

A put flame to tobacco and it took forever to get it lit. Then when I thought I had it lit, it went out. The tobacco was simply too moist out of the tin to light. I tried and tried and eventually dumped the bowl. I took another couple of flakes and completely rubbed them out and left them out to dry. After sitting out in the open for around six hours, I checked them and still found them too moist so I microwaved the rubbed out tobacco for twenty seconds and it was ready to smoke. I lit up with no trouble at all and to me it tasted just like Brown Rope No. 4. It was an acceptable smoke but to me it tasted too much like a cigar and not enough like a pipe tobacco. For me there are too many better pipe tobaccos that pack just as much nicotine and don't involve so much work too prepare for smoking. This tobacco reminds me a lot of Brown Rope No. 4 in smell, flavor, and the amount of work needed to prepare for a pipe full. I give 1792 Flake two stars.

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Camarade Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Camarade (5)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Strong

I've never contributed a review before, but this robust, earthy, and satisfying blend propels me to make a comment of some sort. As far as my adding yet another "review" of 1792 Flake, I believe that all I wish to say has already been eloquently said. Truth be told, this is not so much of a "review" as it is a "Thank You" to all of the previous 1792 reviewers upon whose recommendations I dared purchase a "sampling" of 1792... a whole pound right from the start, so confident was I of your estimation and critique.

Until now, Five Brothers shag cut burley was my favorite smoke. It now shares the pedestal with 1792. All else falls short for me.

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Rehfeldttw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rehfeldttw (8)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the best tobacco and is definitely my cup of tea. The taste is beautiful rich sort of taste like heavy dark chocolate cream and characteristic like a madro cigar. I really can't get enough of this. I can smoke this all day.

Overall, the tobacco is dark, moist, no drying is needed and no bite throughout the bowl. If you are experience flake smoker, you will enjoy this. As for beginner, this blend might be a little strong for you.

I highly recommend this baccy!

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The Full English Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Full English (31)
★★★☆
Strong Medium Full Tolerable

I'd never heard of tonquin before, nor the furore surrounding its use in consumable produce.

Nor do I care. Nor should you!

It's an awesome, one-of-a-kind experience, and the tobacco is top-drawer.

What I really care for is that the casing really makes a bold statement and yet the quality and taste of the flake itself is never undermined; it's both a knockout aromatic AND a satisfying smoke. Get underneath the unusual, but alluring vanilla- esque fragrance, and there's a good deal of subtle flavour to be discovered: mixed spice and dark chocolate for a start. Furthermore, if you like a good nicotine rush, then you're on to a winner - and you won't get the dreaded niccups, or a coarse throat in the process. It's rather more mellow. Another point scored.

It rubs out well, with a nice moisture balance, and although some people will want to air it, my preference is to use it fresh, as the scent and taste diminishes quite rapidly. Frankly, I'm not entirely sure how much of a bonus you'd find in aging 1792. Rather, I think it detracts from the whole experience - especially given the tin isn't vacuum sealed. Indeed, open the tin as soon as you've purchased it and I guarantee you that you'll be wondering if you're smoking a different tobacco within a month.

All in all, though, a remarkably mouth-watering, potent concoction, based on an age-old recipe that really every pipe smoker should be advised to try. I'll most certainly be coming back to this in due course. In fact, I fancy some right now.

Just shy of 4 stars of heady glee from me.

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Loboatomy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Loboatomy (36)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Can you believe that I was actually scared of this blend after what I read here?

I bought a can of this about a year ago, opened it once, smelled and pawed at the contents and promptly put it away in the box of tins of stuff that, though good, are not part of my rotations. I Saw it there a few times, and always figured out some excuse NOT to try it...concentrating on other things. Recently, picked up a few ouches and tins, and pulled my "inventory" out onto the table for a thorough going over. There was the orange labeled tin of 1792 staring at me. I felt guilty about it. So I opened it, and found, to my delight, that it had dried out somewhat and the flavor which had previously been reeky and weird had mellowed out somewhat. I brought up the reviews again, and decided that I would try it one of these days.

The tin sat on my coffee table for three or four days. I took the plunge.

Rubbed out nicely. Quality leave at the perfect "bends, doesn't break" moisture level. Stuffed into a half bent kaywoodie apple. Nice light.

Wow, this is smooth stuff. Great smoke consistency. Flavor of cloves and mild vanilla in the backround. A little tingle on the tongue but no bite. Virginia kicks in, smooth and stoved, still a nice flavor, less definably clovey, more like muted incense or some kind of baked spice cookies. the bowl continues to the bottom, the flavor gradually falling into the backround, leaving smooth, slightly sweet, dry stoved virginia flavor. The bowl never gets hot. I'm a cig sometimes smoker, so no appreciable nicotine side effects....just no feeling at all to smoke for the rest of the evening...probably a pretty heavy dose for the uninitiated.

A GREAT tobacco. Believe it or not, this might become a pretty regular player in my rotation.

Not nearly as "scary" as some on this board would have us believe. Not as fetid, and the tonka bean flavoring (the first time I've experienced it) is quite nice.

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michwen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
michwen (2)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Extra Strong Overwhelming Overwhelming

I have smoked ciggs, cigarrs and pipes for over 35 years and have never tasted anything this bad. This "tobacco" have nothing to do with smoking pleasure what so ever. It´s not that strong but the taste is just terrible and it destroys your pipe, had to give it a salt treatment after i smoked two bowls.

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Helmsman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Helmsman (18)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

If you like a smooth,full, robust, rich taste this is for you. I enjoyed this smoke. It has a punch to it and I got pleasantly lightheaded, must be a high yeild of nicotine. Lites up easy and lots of smoke. Great smoke for the end of day or evening.

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Old Puffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old Puffer (42)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

This blend is reminiscent of Best Brown Flake. It is darker in color and a bit stronger but I can't find a great difference between the two. The rest of this review is mostly lifted from my review of BBF.

1792 is a finely shredded baccy that rubs out extremely easily and the thin string cut (with no sticks) makes it a snap for easy packing. The only drawback I found in it's delivered condition was too much moisture. Had to dry it out a full day on a cookie sheet to get it right. Unfortunately, the drying process seems to have killed the extra flavor of the added oriental. Packs extremely easily; lights easily with one false light; stays lit with no effort; smokes all the way down with no bad changes in flavor or smoking characteristics and leaves a nice, clean dark ash. Leaves the mouth and pipe with no bad after odors (the wife hasn't complained) or tastes.

The flavor is IMHO pure, high quality, Virginia with added well chosen oriental. Does not smoke hot and never a trace of a bite. This has become one of my favorite baccys but I find BBF a tad less strident and therefore, in deference to it, I will not further stock 1792 unless BBF becomes more difficult to obtain. Still, a good everyday smoke that I don't think I could ever get tired of.

Thank you, Sam!

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Rodrigo de Xerez Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rodrigo de Xerez (16)
★☆☆☆
Strong Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

Well... the Tonkin flavour attacks again. More than twenty years ago I was so disappointed with this horrendous -for me, of course- flavouring in offerings like Amsterdamer (Amsterdammed, more precisely) and Schippers.

Not a help knowing Samuel Gawith did it a lot of time before... I cannot stand this taste and smell present from the beginning in the tin.

Why on earth messing some good virginias and orientals with this thing?

I normally do not like flakes... but this one gives a punch in nauseating tones. The only one provoking me hiccups.

Rdx score: a very generous 77.70 (because of quality leafs)

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Bluenoser Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bluenoser (34)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Tolerable to Strong

I have been puffing away on 1792 for a decade and a half. Absolutely love the taste, the look, the texture, and most of all the place where this tobacco seems to put me in thought and contemplation during each and every bowl. It is strong yet gentle. Olfactory senses before and during the smoke reminds me of hemp, the fragrent dust of #3 rope stores on board HMCS Athabaskan my first and only ship during a five year stint in the Navy....and that's a good thing. I really don't know what else to add that would help a reader to decide if he/she should try this smoke. Just beware it will be like nothing you have ever tried before(tonquin loaded), it is simply unique, a marked departure from most other offerings save a few from G&H, Sam's oldest competitor. Please continue to read on through the reviews as many others have really articulated their experiences with 1792 much better then I.

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Duke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Duke (41)
★★★☆
Strong Strong Full Pleasant

1792 what a smoke? Hey. First, you have to like dark strong tobacco and then appreciate flavors of a bygone time. Yet, today I cant imagine a pipe tobacco flavored like Skittles nor care too. It arrives really wet as do most S. Gawiths, so prior drying benefits the smoke. You simply, simply cannot suffer tongue bite with this tobacco. If youre not a journeyman pipe smoker or of strong constitution the nicotine from this smoke will beat you like a red-headed stepchild. Pippi Longstockings Facebooks vitals indicates 1792 as her least favorite pipe tobacco! Itll ghost up a pipe like Cannon Plug. Time will pass between smokes, but I always find the charm in these stout tobaccos. You will always taste the tobacco with 1792 and Cannon Plug; whereas, Cavendish based aromatics tend to castrate the tobacco taste.

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Alguhan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alguhan (140)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Medium Very Full Tolerable to Strong

It is one of the strongest and particular smokes I've experienced. If you are smoking it for the first time please choose a small pipe, dry the flakes as much as you can, and smoke very slowly.

It can be a special smoke for some of the pipe smokers because of the nice, tasty flavors which I liked too, but it is very strong for me. I just can't smoke it.

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BrSpiritus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BrSpiritus (18)
★★☆☆
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable

Edit 04/06/2011: I'm updating old reviews and I'm dropping this one to 2 stars. I still like it but it's just so... weird I can't keep it in my daily rotation. Due to the extreme shortage of anything Samuel Gawith I won't be chasing down any tins of this anytime soon.

Wow, did some dandy just come back from the past and slap me with a glove? This tobacco beggars description from the tin aroma which overwhelmingly chocolate to my nose to the lighting and burning which if puffed slowly and gently will produce an amazing array of flavours. I prefer to exhale through my nose to bring out the true range and depth of bouquet that is 1792. An interesting tobacco to be sure, and one not for the faint of heart or the beginner.

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AcworthAl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AcworthAl (20)
★★★★
Extremely Strong Mild Extra Full Strong

This is strong, very strong. It does not taste well right out of the tin. However, a few weeks of aging makes a BIG difference. I would not call this an everyday all day smoke, but it has a lot of nicotine and taste rather sweet with age. This is stonger than Five Brothers which I smoke daily

UPDATE I fell in love with this stuff, bought one pound in bulk, it is now an everyday smoke. Great taste, no bite. Room note-well that is another story.

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JR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JR (3)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I received a tin (minus one flake) in a trade recently of this wonderful blend. I had heard good and bad about it and decided to give it a try. The tin aroma is very strong, can't really place the scent but it is quite potent nonetheless. The first puff I tried tasted like steak sauce or something and I was tempted to dump it and trash the tin. My curiosity got the best of me and I continued smoking it and haven't stopped since. I haven't noticed that steak sauce flavor at all, just a great flavor (can't put my finger on it). Nine out of 10 bowls I've smoked lately have been loaded with this lovely stuff. Others have mentioned that it's addictive and it just might be. I think it's probably a love or hate blend but I love it. I can't give it 4 stars because of that but otherwise I highly recommend it. The girlfriend tells me that it smells like chocolate when I am smoking it so that makes it a winner too. You owe it to yourself to try it and if you don't like it you can always trade it to a friend.

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quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (119)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

I want to preface this review with a disclaimer: I don't like flavored tobaccos, but I've been trying. Can't handle the sweet fruity stuff at all, so I thought I'd try something more unique. I've tried, but I just can't enjoy this 1792. To me it's harsh. The flavor is distasteful to me and it ruins the tobacco flavor. The mouth feel is acrid and it just tastes bad. It packs and burns nicely, and for those who like flavored baccies it's probably a good choice (judging from the good ratings it gets here) because the flavor is definitely...how shall I say it...unique. Just not for me.

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ronjam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ronjam (3)
★★★★
Strong Strong Full Pleasant

My impressions are from a bulk order, may be different from the canned version.

First impression scent from the bag:

Perfect for one who grew up in S. Florida near the wetlands and beach: swampy, a bit of jasmine and gardenia - then the second wave scent: made me think of an Easter basket, kinda like Bob's Chocolate flake without the latakia.

WARNING!!

neurologists may know why, but there is something about certain sensory experiences that lock in neurological connections that are the definition of addiction.

This blend is addictive. The mysterious scent, the full flavor, the high quality base tobacco, the history. My favorite blend is Best Brown Flake, still 1792 is special. It brings back memories from years back when I tried to enjoy Condor and similar blends.

I won't get into the Tonquin thing, I don't care, I am hooked and love it.

Highly recommended for that special smoke, yet, I find myself going back to it many times a day. Damn! I am hooked!!

The following updated comments are for the tinned version:

Upon opening the tin I found that this is the strongest scented tobacco I have ever experienced. An overwhelming blend of almond, cherry and vanilla with an underlying dark stoved darkness. I can understand how some have been disgusted and turned off by this tobacco. But, by taking the flakes out of the can and drying out for a day or two the scent is quite moderated. Another thing I like to do is fill a pipe, light the tobacco, smoke for a minute then let the pipe rest all night. In the morning it is just right. although the scent is strong, it is not so noticeable while smoking.

I have not changed my view of this blend, I still include it among my top 10 - I am smoking it as I write in a beautiful Ser Jacopo Pipaccia.

This blend is rich, satisfying, and at least not boring. I recently received a bulk packaging of this blend and the scent was perfectly moderated and enjoyable.

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Carrot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Carrot (13)
★★★★
Strong Strong Full Strong

The first time I tried this tobacco I really did not know what to think. I had never tasted Tonquin before and I could not make up my mind what it tasted like. After the first smoke I thought it tasted like roadkill. Some poor rodent that had been hit by a car and left to rot in the summer sun for a few weeks.

I do think that 1792 is an aquired taste and you should not make up your mind after your first smoke of it. It took me a while to get used to and now I really like it. I don't smoke it every day and it is great after a heavy meal. I had a large steak dinner yesterday and afterwards fired up a bowl or two of 1792 when I was done eating. It was just what the doctor ordered and as I lay on my sofa digesting my food and smoking my pipe all was well with the world.

I think this is the best after dinner tobacco but too much for an everyday smoke. I always have some of this around for when I need it.

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onehitter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
onehitter (16)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Strong

I think eating a steak while smoking 1792 would be pretty tasty. 1792 taste is deep,rich and a little leathery but the leather taste was only there as an after note no bite burns nice. I wouldn't call this an aromatic at all I didn't notice any flavoring in fact it was flavorless sans tobacco. This wasn't that strong to me.

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N7COF Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
N7COF (56)
★★★☆
Very Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

A must try blend and a swift kick in the ass of nicotine

Not on my daily routine but have on hand for those rare masochistic pipe smoking moods.

Bad Good = Excellent * Exceptional

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KAW999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KAW999 (5)
★★★☆
Strong Medium Full Pleasant

I'm new to pipe smoking. I love all of the different types of pipe tabacco out there and so far this is my favorite. I started out smoking Virginia and Va/Per blends; I'm trying to kick the cigarettes, I thought I would try this blend unknowing that it was a Aromatic, I was a little scared to try it but if this is a true Aromatic tabacco than that is what I like. There is a flavor there that I can't describe and it is great. I'm going to order more of this tabac for cellaring.

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Bob Smith Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bob Smith (8)
★☆☆☆
Strong Extra Strong Overwhelming Tolerable

After half a bowl of this stuff, I had to set down my pipe, lie on the floor and pray that I wouldn't throw up on my Persian rug. I often smoke full English blends, so I don't think it was the strength of the tobacco that caused this. I wonder if the weird tonquin flavoring may cause some kind of allergic reaction in some people.

Clearly many smokers like this blend, so my advice is this: try it if you're adventurous, but keep a bucket handy the first time, just in case.

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strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (234)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I received a tin of this recently and have to say I find it a good smoke. I set out a couple of flakes overnight and upon rising in the late morning (I'm a night owl) I hand rubbed it out and packed a favorite pipe with it. It had a burst of flavor from the very first puff and grew in intensity as I smoked the pipe down. I really like the bottom of the bowl flavor and overall it had a sweet musty tart taste to me. I liked the room note but i could see where nonsmokers might find offense to it. It was very soft to the touch when rubbing out and has a dark oily look to it but I was surprised at how gentle it is. No bite at all and a very pleasant blend. I look forward to many more smokes of this. Not at all what i expected, not vanilla like at all, just an unusual sweetness while still tasting the tobacco.

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h2oman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
h2oman (1)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

A very good cool smoke. This flake is very easy to rub out. It is very complex, with flavors of chocolate, mint and a very subtle spiciness. There is more there but I am not yet good enough to pick up those flavors. I was so impressed with this blend i bought 2 pounds of it.

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kg0mz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kg0mz (54)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I began burning this in a cob, I guess as a precaution. I ordered it bulk, and after the first bowl canned most of it in a mason jar. Its works for me as a last-of-the-day smoke. If I've had something cased earlier I don't notice any bite, but after smoking FVF today the 1792 seemed a little rowdy to the tongue. Nothing brutal, but it left a coating, of sorts. I cannot connect the taste of the tonquin to anything. I think it is pleasant with an ale. If this is an acquired taste, then I am almost there. I will either pop open that jar in the cellar or order a tin. I want more.

03/08/09 Update: Same cob, I'm liking this flake more and more. Rub it into the cob and it burns cool and dry. Outside in the sun on the front porch on a warm, almost-spring day after a bowl of spicy beef stew this was flat out delicious. I changed the room note to "Pleasant to Tolerable" because of input from others. I am no longer detecting a palate coating, and certainly no bite. I like this as much as anything I have rated "Highly Recommended." I am hesitant to go there, just yet.

03/14/09 update: Saturday was a day for pipe smoking. The wife went to her sister's. Abingdon, Penzance, and now 1792. This was the highlight. Four stars, unqualified. Taste acquired.

07/27/09 UPDATE: I am revising some of my reviews. I have given out more 4 star ratings than anything else. That practice is probably not helping. So, I am reducing 1792 to 3 stars, not because I like it less than I did before, but because I am limiting 4 stars to fewer than 25% of all my reviews. One day I MAY use the 4 star rating to designate my top five.

12/04/09 Final update, I promise. After months of a steady diet of Kendall Kentucky, Irish Flake, ABF, and a few VApers, I returned to 1792 this week. I have to place it in my top five. Back to 4 stars to stay. If you like a strong, full leaf, I can highly recommend this dark Kendal flake.

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Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (155)
★★★☆
Strong Medium Medium to Full Strong

Scrolling down the great numbers of reviews till now, the first - obvious - comment is: 1792 is love-or-hate. Regarding me... I'm more on the love side.

In my records and memories 1792 is the sole tonka bean perfurmed tobacco nowadays. I cannot do without thinking back in my memories, tonka bean was one of the classic way the dutch tobaccos were flavoured with (I'm thinking mainly to Schippers, Amsterdamer and, if my memory is not failing, Egberts 44... all discontinued).

I find 1792 strong but not overwhelming - now smoking it as the first pipeful at 08:00AM this sunday morning and just need one more cup of coffee for my stomach... - the tonka bringing out sweetening and mellowing the heavier tones of the fire cured tobaccos (BTW: I don't think there is any oriental in here).

1792 is not everyday meal, that's sure, unless you mix it with something milder, which I have experimented with Troost Aromatic Cavendish with very good results (IMHO of course). I have three Castello shape 15 (a billiard-pot crossover) dedicated, the one with narrower bowl for smoking it straight the others for the mixture.

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periqueguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
periqueguy (43)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant

Personally, I do not find this as overpowering as some have stated. I usually smoke this when I need a rude awakening. This is excellent tobacco and only for the mature, experienced, pipe smoker. Although 1792 has an aromatic additive, I feel that it is targeted for the English smoker.

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KINGCOLE Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KINGCOLE (10)
★★★★
Very Strong Strong Very Full Pleasant

Folks who believe Five Brothers to be strong probably have not tried this. This mixture is big and heavy in terms of flavor, aroma, mouthfeel, and nicotine level. Oh, and satisfaction! Probably not a starter smoke, but not one to be missed if you find a liking for headier mixtures. 1792 Flake is a wonderfully unique smoking experience. In spite of the pronounced flavoring, it smokes more like a natural than an aromatic. The tobacco that forms the backbone of the blend is robust in a way that reminds me of finer dry-cured cigars like Dannemans. It delivers spicy notes as well as an underlying sultry muskiness. The tonka topping for which this blend is famous (or should I say notorious?) brings back memories of the golden chicklets that I used to get out of penny gum machines when I was a kid. Tonka bean extract used to be a common candy and gum flavoring until someone somewhere discovered that if you force-feed rats a pound of it a day they eventually die. Anyway, what a combination - - pleasures of childhood and mature adulthood combined in one ass-whooping thick blue cloud of smoke. I've ordered this from JRCigar.com and from Pipesandtobacco.com and have not, to date, been dissappointed with the readily-smokeable condition of the product received. I vow to never be without this in rotation.

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★★☆
Very Strong Mild to Medium Extra Full Pleasant

This is one of the most powerful blends I have ever smoked. I knew I was in for a tussle the moment I first lit the stuff. The flavor and power springs forth from the first puff and never lets up. In fact, this blend's strength asserts itself even more as you work your way (slowly please), down the bowl.

I remember the first time I opened a tin of 1792 Flake. The odor was simply foul and made my eyes water. The flake is unique, almost velvety to the touch and it breaks up easily enough and packs the same. It would be smarter to leave it less than fully rubbed because a slower burn is necessary to really appreciate this wonderfully tasty but explosive blend. And choose a small pipe. You don't want to smoke too much at once. The moisture content is heavy and drying is an absolute must before smoking.

The flavor is hard to describe. It is a unique experience to say the least. The Virginia is there as well as something mysterious that I can't put my nicotine stained finger on. It is as fine a smoke as I remember ever having. I just don't want to smoke it again anytime soon. Does that make sense? Probably not until you fire up a bowl.

I'd love to get a dozen or so folks into a slow smoking contest with 1792 Flake as the competition blend. We'd call the contest, "Survivor."

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DerekSmartymans Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DerekSmartymans (6)
★★★☆
Very Strong Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

1792 Flake is a quintessential Virginia flake tobacco. The tin aroma is a very ferocious licorice candy flavor, one that assaults the nostrils as soon as the tin is cracked open for the first time. It presents as a very dark brown to blackish flake tobacco, with none of the striations or colorings in other flakes such as Dunhill's Light Flake. The licorice smell persists through lighting, as well as, honestly, almost the entire bowl full of this tobacco. After rubbing it out and letting it sit for about 15 minutes I have to admit this tobacco did not dry out as well as I'd hoped. Plunging on, as my smoking time was limited, I went ahead and filled the bowl.

The aroma fools you. This is not a sweet tobacco at all, but a very earthy blend with slight flavorings that are hard to pick up on and quantify. Notes of juniper and a strong creamy flavor predominate as you smoke through the bowl, with the tonquin flavoring only poking its head in now and again. It is an exceptionally strong smoke, able to be felt in the throat and nose as you continue through the bowl. I also noted that this tobacco did make me cough a couple of times, something that happens rarely and not since some of Dunhill's Royal Yacht straight out of the tin like this. The room note is very strong, and while not exactly a perfume you'd want on your girlfriend or wife, it's definitely something different in a pipe smoke. It smoked down to very little dottle, with a little bit of gray ash and some unburnt rubbings in the bottom of my Spartan.

I would recommend this tobacco to a practiced pipe smoker, but not a beginner. Some of the odors and tastes may throw a new pipe smoker off of trying other Virginias that do it "better," but I still have to admit that I enjoyed the entire experience from tin odor to dottle. A practiced pipe smoker may notice some of the nuances that go with this tobacco, somewhat similar to Brown Rope but not nearly as offensive to some as Black XXX Rope can be. My estimation is that something this popular has to have something going for it, and I was suggested this tobacco by my own tobacconist who was smoking a bowl in his Meerschaum "Death's Head" as I talked to him about what new tins to try. He said the skull he was smoking from represented how some would view this tobacco, and he wasn't far wrong. I do plan on enjoying the rest of the tin, just not making it part of my daily rotations in the near future.

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mcbpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mcbpipe (11)
★★☆☆
Extremely Strong Strong Medium Tolerable to Strong

Firstly I find this has to be dried our before smoking & additionally rubbed out. I enjoy the first 1/3 but after that I find it just too strong especially nicotine wise. It irritates my stomack & just doesnt taste good to me. My major use for 1792 is to buck up a wimpier blend, which lacks an edge but has good taste.A few strands of 1792 rubbed into another blend can work wonders, just dont add too much or it will overwhelm. I find that 1792 does not DGT well, it is harsh.

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hagen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hagen (91)
★★★☆
Very Strong Very Strong Very Full Very Strong

update: going through my reviews here, i find that i'll have to downgrade a good deal of the praise i've given so many blends. 4 stars should, i feel, be reserved for the blends i find truly exceptional. so, this is downgraded a bit.

update: now this is strange: i let the tin rest (and dry out) for a couple of weeks, and then tried it again. and all of a sudden it seems to have become less harsh, less perfumed, and less strong. it now comes through as a tobacco of caracter and even refinement, the flavouring complementing the dark fired splendidly.

first review: it's not my kind of tobacco. i took two sips from it, and instantly felt faint and dizzy, as well as overwhelmed by the taste. too much nicotine, too much tonquin bean , and too dry a mouthfeel from the darkfired. not that i doubt the many who praise the quality of this blend, and i may try it again some time when it has dried a little - but it'll be a few weeks before i'll have the courage.

i've smoked irish flake without feeling queezy, and st. bruno - so this must be incredibly strong!

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BingCrosby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BingCrosby (48)
★★☆☆
Extremely Strong Strong Extra Full Overwhelming

My first few bowls of this were bliss.. Very strong flavorful tobacco - very well produced.. But as time went on i found the flavor more and more sickening to the point where if i even think about it i get sick.. this is obviously very good tobacco.. but like black licorice you better have a taste for it or you will regret buying it..

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Fernalgas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fernalgas (8)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Very Strong Very Full Strong

Totally agree with Casper's analogy,first couple of times that I smoked I got the hiccups. I am in my 4th smoke of it right now..it seems to be getting better. The tonquin taste really different to me. Not something you want to smoke if you have a hangover..believe me when I say this..jaja

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Casper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Casper (22)
★★★★
Strong Medium Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I think first trying 1792, specifically for new pipers, follows this analogy: Your twelve years old and dad lets you take a nip of his scotch, you take too much of course and...gag...blah...ptuey...you fall down. Perhaps that explains some of the hilarious reviews below. This is a blend akin to any quality single malt and as such requires easy sipping. Easy sipping allows you to appreciate the depth of flavours, (I'm afraid my powers of description would not do it justice). You don't want to be puffing this like it's CH! I deeply appreciate a bowl that can last several hours. This one of the few out there that does. As well, there is the plug version, (cob plug), which allows you to cant the flavour according to your taste by means of your prep method. Happy puffing!

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BBlevins Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BBlevins (102)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Strong Strong Very Full Overwhelming

This stuff is as foul as anything I have ever encountered. It should have been named, "Smell My Finger".

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Sinister Topiary Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sinister Topiary (74)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Love at first puff!

The smell when you open the tin is like no other, a vanilla-ish smell that is intoxicating and alluring and vaguely other-worldly. But once you start smoking it...wow. No subtlety or depth here, just in-your-face bombast from its unique tonecolor that must be the tonquin everyone talks about.

Bright, rich, powerful and jubilant, like John Adam's Grand Pianola Suite or Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Not an every day smoke, but a unique flavor delivered with strength that I now find myself craving with regularity. A power chord in my rotation.

Update 12/12: It's been a few years since I first tried 1792, and I find that once I finish a tin and I've gone without for a week or two, I must get another one. This has such a unique flavor profile, delivered with such satisfying strength, that I cannot long be without it. I think I've finished more tins of 1792 than I have any other blend, including my beloved Grousemoor. Thus I feel compelled to finally admit this is one of my favorites, and deserves a bump up to 4 stars.

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jeffo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jeffo (17)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

i am smoking this from a new tin so its a bit damp, but not to worry its worth it, i was a bit worried because i didnt like squadren leader, but this is different great taste a bit like a dark chocolate taste, try it with a good real ale i am smoking it in a peterson and it is perfection (i mght try that next) BARBERS do a 250g pack and i will buy more the taste realy is unique

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IHT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
IHT (15)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Full Very Pleasant

I'm a fan of most SG and/or GH&Co strong blends like this. I loved Bracken Flake, so I tried this, and at first had to take a step back due to the aroma. One of those "love it/hate it" things. If you love it, it grows on you.

Prep for this flake is easy, like all SG flakes, they rub out easy, pack great, smoke great.

It has a decent sized nicotine kick to it as well, which matches with the "up in your face" type flavors.

Flavors, to me, are hard to put to words, but it has a nice tingle on the tongue (not bite), a dark spice, kind of musty, like you're smoking it in an old attic (if you're into that kinda thing).

Just a great blend, all around, from prep, aroma, strength, burning qualities and flavors. Oddly enough, my wife loved the room note on this.

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PfeifenRaucher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PfeifenRaucher (53)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Strong

It is 1:30 AM and I am writing this review because I am wide awake after smoking this blend in a very small corn cob at a much earlier hour of the evening and since I can't fall asleep I figure I might as well write a review of this. I also got hiccups while smoking it. That should give you an idea of how insanely strong it is.

Taste is nice but nothing spectacular - reminds me of an unsweetened version of a American-style toasted Cavendish + a nondescript flowery scent. It leaves a coating in the mouth I could do without though.

As others have said - you have try this, if only once. Its weird stuff. I can see some nicotine fiends going ga-ga over it though.

I recommend buying this in a SMALL bulk sample to see if you really like it first. That is what I did and I think it may take me the next 10 years to finish the 1 oz. sample I do have.

UPDATE: The taste in my mouth the morning after such a small bowl is unacceptable - I have to give this only 1-star. No amount of toothpaste and Listerine seems to be able to make the awful taste and chalkiness in my mouth go away. Add to this the fact that tonquin is not a food-grade additive and I can't recommend this concoction unless you are:

1. The kind of person who needs lots and lots of nicotine (i.e., ex-cig smoker).

2. You smoke full English blends all day long, all the time and you don't mind what that does to your tastebuds/halitosis.

3. You like monotone tobaccos.

If you fit that description consider this a 2-star review for you.

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jopado Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jopado (12)
★★★☆
Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Tolerable

Flake ? Kinda-Sorta. But be careful. It can bite and might leave an after taste. Doesn't seem to matter what bulk you order it in it always seems to be "pre-shredded". That's OK, unless you expected a true flake. Packs well. Lites nice and burns true all the way down. Especially if you set your pipe down, let it go out and re lite after a few pages. That second half is great! This would be four stars if it was a sure enough flat square go to hell FLAKE. UPDATE:12/23/08 Allright, it's not so important that it's not a true flake.It ages well and smokes better as time goes by. My last effort at using this blend made me and the old woman very happy.

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bluejohnwilli Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bluejohnwilli (5)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

wow this great an outstanding tobacco one of the best i have tried must buy a couple of pound next time. i just love sam gawith flakes .

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Invigilator Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Invigilator (14)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant

I have been smoking this delightful flake (and its plug version) for many years now, and I enjoy it more and more as the years go by.

Despite its somewhat forbidding appearance in the tin and its pungency, it fills the bill for me when I want a satisfying after-dinner smoke, preferably in a smalll or medium-sized bowl. It rubs out easily, lights readily and burns to the bottom of the bowl without the need for re-lights, producing generous clouds of rich, sweet, mouth-filling smoke and a general feeling of all being well with the world.

What more could I ask for?

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krumpelman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
krumpelman (10)
★★★☆
Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is one of those tobaccos that you know is good because it smells "bad". Going on reviews from forums, I decided to give it a try. I am glad I did. The tobacco had a strong, and for me, un-desirable smell. however when lit... it is wonderful. My first few times with this tobacco seemed to be a bit hard to light. After letting it dry out for a bit, it lit great. Nice virginia taste. First tonquin blend for myself, and I seem to like it. Notes of cloves throughout the bowl. I found nicotine content to be strong, but not enough to make me sick. Enjoyed with a beer, and had a few good hours ahead of me. I like to enjoy this half bowl, then DGT it for a while.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong Medium Very Full Tolerable

Just got around to trying this one, in the tin. The alleged or actual Tonquin flavoring is not as strong as I was anticipating, but the tobacco sure is. Would give one hiccups if not careful. Produces voluminous amounts of smoke, but is quite satisfying if smoked correctly (carefully). Drys out quickly (my sample does at least), and burns well. I have yet to try a really large bowl, but I am looking forward to the experience. Don't be scared off by the Tonquin, it's really not too overwhelming-but this is most definitely a powerhouse tobacco!

Downgrading to 3 stars-I got tired of it and had to force myself to finish the tin. Don't hate it, it is just not a tobacco I would smoke all the time. Glad I didn't buy a pound, but not sorry I tried it. The taste seared itself into my epithelial cells every time I smoked it!

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Silver Spigot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Silver Spigot (18)
★★★★
Very Strong Mild Full Pleasant

This is an unusual smoke; a sort of cross between straight Virginia and aromatics. The aroma is subtle...lilac?...lavender?...rose?...very pleasant. The taste is full-flavored, slightly sweet, very strong. I enjoy this as an "after-dinner" or "dessert" smoke...a wonderful blend.

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Pipe-arazzo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe-arazzo (71)
★★★★
Very Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Lakeland Tour Stop 12

I smoked this once when a newbie--a thoughtless or malicious older gentleman gave me part of a tin--and I could not finish a bowl. I bought the tin I'm reviewing now sometime in 2004 or 2005. They aren't date-stamped and I don't recall exactly. But it was at least 3 1/2 years old when I opened it on June 29th. The aging had done it some good, I think. Distinguishing it from newer tins of Gawith flakes I have opened, it was the perfect smoking humidity right out of the tin. The flakes, also, were a uniform thinness, which is rare these days from Gawith, for what it's worth.

This stuff is strong...as if you needed me to tell you that. I had to smoke it in small bowls or only fill the bowl halfway at first, and I still got some headaches. I always smoked it, at least early on, right after a meal. But after 8 or so smokes I got used to it enough to smoke a whole large bowl of it even between meals. It works best when fully rubbed out. It burned evenly and cooly all the way down most of the time.

This only got better and better as I smoked it. At first, what I noticed the most was the Tonquin flavoring. But note: there was no Lakeland soapiness here at all! Tonquin is NOT what gives Lakelands their soapy flavor. It is, rather, a kind of sweet taste halfway between vanilla and citrus fruit. The base, which I noticed more as I went through the tin over the last three months, was of strong, earthy, smooth tobacco. It had some hints of the "peaty" flavor that really dominates Black XX rope, in my view, but only hints.

For a powerhouse of a scented flake, this is top-notch. Give it some age, be careful with it, and you should be rewarded.

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Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (198)
★★★★
Strong Strong Medium to Full Strong

This is a Virginia flake, highly pressed and generously cased with Tonquin bean oil, very strong in nicotine and requires small bowl. in order to fully enjoy this kind of smoke you need an attentive and contemplative smoking style. small puffs and slow RPM with many pauses. if it is smoked that way, it is delicious.

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marosi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
marosi (47)
★★★★
Overwhelming Medium to Strong Extra Full Extra Strong

1792 Flake is the nuclear bomb of pipe tobaccos. I have smoked many, many pipe blends, and nothing is even remotely as strong as 1792. This stuff will pimp-slap you back to 1792 if you try to smoke too much of it in a big bowled pipe. In the words of Ali G, "respect!"

1792 looks like strips of bicycle inner tube in the tin. It smells funky. My tin, from several years ago, smelled like rubber and old coffee. A buddy just ordered a tin, and we were both surprised that it contained a rather pleasant, sweet tin aroma, and seemed more broken than the strips of leather in my tin. I have not smoked any from this newer tin yet, so I cannot report on whether it tastes any different.

Like all Gawith flakes, the quality is second to none. You really cannot buy better quality or processed tobacco. This is as good as it gets. It rubs out nicely, takes a charring light easily, and burns coolly with a few relights down to the bottom of the bowl, if you can get there without passing out.

How does one describe the taste of 1792? Massive doses of tobacco, with the added flavor of tonquin. I cannot think of anything similar to this flavor to even offer a comparison. Maybe ouzo and coffee, mixed with chocolate (it tastes better than that sounds). If you do not smoke regularly, or are not used to large cigars, the strength of this tobacco is overwhelming. I have had to put the pipe down for a few minutes just to regain my composure before finishing bowl off. I do not exagerate. It is that strong. Read the Pipes and Tobaccos review of this blend if you think I am some beginner wussy.

This blend is singular. There is nothing else like it in the world of tobacco that I know of. It is a far cry from trying your 40th generic va blend. You owe it to yourself to have a tin on hand at all times, if for no other reason than to foist upon the unsuspecting. All hail Gawith!!!

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Oouder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Oouder (11)
★☆☆☆
Medium Strong Medium to Full Strong

Ok. I have heard many good thing and many bad this about this flake. I have tried this tobac once before and could not finish the tin. Now I went to the store last week and bought another tin. It's just too much. When the blend heats up it tastes ok even good but..... when this stuff is cold it is disgusting. I am finished with this stuff. I am going to jar the tin and come back to it every now and then. I really want to like this but at this point I just don't. I will update the review if anything changes but as of right now I have to say this stuff is just plain nasty. The topping is disgusting.

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p4p4 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
p4p4 (52)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Tolerable

Cool,dark & elegant, in a very british way. Nicotine strenght = strong, so: just for experienced pipe smokers. Absolutly bit-free.

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Packer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Packer (56)
★★★☆
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable

Original 2/25/08 This is my first review. After smoking pipes for forty plus years I recently discoverd this sight. I have spent hours enjoying these reviews. I have been led to try many new blends without any BAD ones. Several of these have become bulk buys for cellaring. I bought two tins of 1792, and looked forward to trying it soon. Last night I got around to it. I was forwarned about the smell of the tin. I did not let that put me off. I was also warned of the taste upon inital light. I kept waiting on somthing to like about this blend....it never happened. Burn rate etc. was OK but the flavor only got worse as I continued to smoke. I finally gave up when the bowl was about 90% spent. The taste was in a word...horrible. This morning every thing that I have had to eat,drink,or smoke has had this same taste. YUK. I will be happy when my taste buds return to normal. I've never had this expierence before,and hope I never do again. I just order a pound each of Night Train,Old Joe Krantz,and Anniversary Kake. !792 is a love it or leave it blend....I guess you know my vote! *

Up Date.....My oh my what 6 months will do to ones taste! This was my first review. I have developed a unquinchable love of Virginias. This was the only blend that I absolutely could not stand...........Well as I worked my way through about 45 Va. blends I gravitated toward some stronger blends, such as Black XX rope, Irish Flake, and YES now 1792. Maybe having a tin that was opened 6 months ago let the tobacco dry, and air out some, or maybe my taste has changed that much. Either way, I find this an enjoyable smoke now, and will always have it on hand. Rate *

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Pseudo Nim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pseudo Nim (96)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Very Strong Full Strong

I had no idea what a tonquin bean is or for that matter, what it tasted like, chocolate is the impression I get, now I like chocolate, especially dark chocolate, I also like plums, I have a couple of plum trees in my garden, (though I tasted no plums in this) I also like coffee, in the morning, preferably, in a mug. I do not like these flavours in tobacco.

I had hoped to taste a good strong tobacco, but for me this is chocolate flavoured vitamin N.

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Sylvian Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sylvian (28)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Strong Full Strong

Great insecticide! Ants were gone in two days. For this purpose that'd be highly recommended; for savoring a pipe, only somewhat recommended as it's worth shaking hands with this demon. Be sure not to shake too long though, you might end up without the whole arm.

Like many reviewers advised, a small bowl and good drying are a must.

I admit I got quickly accustomed to the weird aroma and even learned to find it enjoyable, but I don't want to get accustomed to the nicotine+tonquin hit this beast has to offer. Simply not my cup of poison tea. Sorry ma'am.

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downeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
downeck (2)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

Smelled like a dead bird when I opened the tin.

I took some out, broke it up evenly and let it dry for an hour or two.

I packed a good amount carefully into a corn pipe.

It's an amazing blend. It's just right: tastes amazing, burns well, and it had a peculiar calming effect like no other.

I'll leave the details to the experts down there, but I will just add that it is the finest tobacco I ever smoked.

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good smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
good smoke (5)
★★★☆
Strong Medium Full Tolerable

I'am smoking some 1792 now. I like it. The tin smell is unique, I can't place it, it smells almost offensive. I do taste the licorice and vanilla. It is very mellow and sweet, no bite. Try smokng this with an Imperial Stout Beer, the compliment is very good. 4 stars

update: Iam smoking some now. This is a damn good tobacco. Iam thinking of trying some xxrope.

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WillardFan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillardFan (68)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

6/14/08

Sorry guys, but as a huge fan of Gawith blends, this one just didn't do it for me. After reading the reviews here, I have to agree with the negative stuff about this tobacco blend. The tin smell was questionable, and keeping it lit was a chore. I disliked the flavor from the initial light-up to the end of the bowl, and what I seemed to taste was something akin to a strong Cigar. It took me a while to figure out what the weird flavor was, but for me it was a cigarish taste. Maybe it's the Tonquin, I just don't know, but I know I won't be buying anymore of this stuff. I have a lot of pipes to choose from, so I'll try it in some other models. I have a Calabash pipe, that really lets you get the true taste of tobaccos, without the flavors of the ghost tobaccos smoked previously. I'll be back with a final update, but so far, I'm not a fan of this one!

6/16/08

OK, so I'm trying this again in a St. Claude, large bowled billiard, and my head is spinning like Linda Blair's. Of course I didn't take some of your warnings about smoking it on an empty stomach, so I deserve what's happening to me. The flavor is still not my cup of tea. Cigarish for sure. The room note is stenchy. I'd like to try this without the Tonquin additive. I think I'll stick with my favorite Sammy blend, Commonwealth Mixture. I need to go lay down now, before I puke...

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Lord Byron Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lord Byron (11)
★★★★
Medium Strong Medium to Full Very Strong

This indeed is one compelling flake. I have not smoked much of it and honestly tried my best not to like it from the start but as others have stated, who enjoy it, there is something that keeps you coming back to it (opiates? good analogy, one wonders). It certainly has a unique character that can not rightly be compared to much else and must be taken seriously if it is to be appreciated.

I am a big fan of SG and G&H Flakes and this is one that I had yet to try so I picked up a couple of tins with my last bulk purchase. Having read the reviews posted here numerous times I could not wait to open the tin and experience the aroma that everyone has had such a difficult time trying to describe. And when I did I understood why. Many thoughts came to mind as I took in the aroma of the tobacco. The first and probably most memorable impression for me was Halloween. Specifically, a pillow case full of candied corn. I could smell the ?vanilla ?like? tonka bean scent as well as anise or sarsaparilla root. There was the earthiness of the tobacco and a musty medicinal quality as well. In the background though was something that another referred to as ?almost offensive.? I concur. Oddly enough it reminded me a bit of Latakia as its burning. Pleasant if you are smoking it but akin to burning manure if you are not. Perhaps there is a similarity in the curing process because it stays throughout the smoke, translates to spiciness and remains well after you finish.

I have gone through a tin of 1792 in a very short period of time recently and have noticed that as I got closer to the end and the drier it got, the better the smoke. No surprises there. As far as strength I did not get the impression that the nicotine content was exceptionally high. (In fact Kendal Cream seems stronger in my observation.)

The room note leaves a lot to be desired however I will say it does smell the same as it tastes and the aftertaste does linger. I did not appreciate this at first but it quickly grew on me. In some ways the Virginia in this blend reminded me of Coniston Cut Plug (unscented). Very earthy, slightly spicey and exceptionally dry in texture. It takes effort and a little time but I can see where this could become a staple for a lot of English blend smokers. Especially those trying to wean themselves from Latakia enough to fancy a quality Virginia. In fact, I wish I would have tried this sooner when I was doing the same.

With that said, would I recommend it? Without hesitation. It has all the fine smoking characteristics one would want in a solid dark English flake and the quality that we all expect from Gawith. It is absolutely four stars worthy. Will it be in my regular rotation? That will have to be determined, more than likely by Cob Plug which I intend to try next. I have a feeling that more of 1792 will be revealed in time spent with the plug version. (Similar to Kendal plug and BB or FVF) Nothing like getting to know a new tobacco, especially one with such a rich history as 1792.

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Chops Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Chops (3)
★★★★
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I've tried both the flake and plug form of this tobacco and can easily say that I've enjoyed both very much. This is a rich, dark, and earthy smoke and, on the whole, very well balanced with the velvet vanilla-like aroma of the tonka bean.

I'm so enamored with 1792 that I've decided to scrap my old favorite, Peterson's University Flake, in favor of this one and will purchase a bulk quantity to set some aside for cellaring.

Though my preference is for the flake, many other reviewers seem to favor the plug version. Their argument that the blend looses some of its characteristics after being flaked has merit. Certainly, the plug version affords much more flexibility to the smoker and can be cut into cubes or whatever else he desires. (This process is in itself an enjoyable exercise, though the novelty will eventually wear off.) If you intend to cut it into flake anyway, this versatility may be a moot point. Indeed, the much higher moisture content of the plug necessitates that it be set aside for a length of time and allowed to dry.

One final note: The use of tonka beans (the topping in 1792) as a food additive is prohibited in the US (CFR Title 21, section 189.130) since the seed contains coumarin, a toxic and possibly carcinogenic substance.

I guess all good things must come at a price! But, unless you plan on ingesting your tin of 1792, the trace amount of tonka shouldn't send you to your grave.

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parris001 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
parris001 (8)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Very Full Tolerable to Strong

My first impression upon opening the tin was that this stuff has a great aroma. Kind of a blend of liquorice and juniper, very rich and dark. The flake was a new experience for me but after a few relights I got the hand of it. I feel that if I had allowed it to air out a little more I would not have had that problem.

I must admit I puffed vigorously trying to get a handle on the flavors. Very rich, thick smoke that starts out a little strong but mellows around the one third bowl mark. A Virginia sweetness hangs out somewhere there in the middle as the tonquin begins to fade into the background. Things got a little moist at the bottom but I attribute that to my voracious attack, the flavor is just THAT APPEALING!

The nicotine started to really kick in about half way through the bowl. Not that I minded but it was subtle as to how it snuck up on me. I had it on an empty stomach but it wasn't so much as to make me woozy.

As for the room note, this one isn't going to be a big hit with the ladies. My wife liked the smell in the tin but didn't much care for it once it was lit.

I like it, will recommend it, and am out to stock up on some more. It's a nice change from some of the heavier latakia and/or perique laced blends.

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Satc001 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Satc001 (64)
★★☆☆
Strong Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

I just can't seem to get the hang of this blend. It is very well respected in the world of pipe smokers, but for me it just doesn't work.

For starters, the tin aroma is lovely, the aroma of tonquin is quite delicious. It is rather oily and moist so I rubbed it out entirely and left it to dry. It never really does dry out, it still retains its oily texture. It is easy enough to pack, but I just can't get it to stay lit. I am personally not a fan of relighting every couple of minutes and there is nothing I have been able to do to keep this tobacco burning. That is a big mark against it for me.

The flavor is semi-sweet, with that dark fired taste in the background. I don't know what happens to the tonquin once you light it, but it disappears. Overall, I find it to be rather boring, but I also can't seem to keep it lit long enough to find out.

The other disappointment with this tobacco is that not only is it tough to keep burning, but every relight features an acrid taste that is absolutely not enjoyable. There is a fair amount of nicotine, but compared to Dark Flake by G&H and Peterson's Irish Flake, I find this pretty manageable. It is slightly stronger in nicotine content than Nightcap.

This certainly isn't a tobacco without quality and it is obviously well crafted when examining the leaf in the tin. However, I just can't find a reason to waste my time trying to enjoy this when I haven't gotten it to work for me over the course of the past month.

If you are big into the strong lakeland tobaccos created by Gawith or Gawith and Hoggarth, give this a try. If not, don't pick this tobacco to try the genre out.

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metalbone Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
metalbone (4)
★☆☆☆
Medium Very Strong Overwhelming Tolerable

Ugh! I like a good natural tobacco flavor, so I don't know what possessed me to try this. All I can say is "blah!". But tastes are subjective, and if you like flavored tobaccos, this may be the ticket for you. Unfortunately, I have a full tin (minus a 1/2 bowl) of this stuff that I have no idea what to do with. Maybe I'll try leaching the tonquin out with water as a previous reviewed did...lemonade out of lemons...

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Big Jim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Jim (15)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable

No amount of reading the reviews or being warned of the tin aroma can actually prepare you for this blend. There are no words that I can find that I feel accurately describe it. My first thought was that there is no way that this is going to be enjoyable to smoke. My initial thought when I light the first bowl was Kendal Cream on steroids. The tonquin dominated the Virginia and Orientals through the first half bowl then they only made a small guest appearance. Being a former cigarette smoker I very much appreciated the nicotine levels of this tobacco; it?s among the strongest that I?ve smoked. It took about half a tin for me to really appreciate this one but after that I really enjoy this as an occasional smoke. This is definitely an acquired taste but one worth well developing.

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loosewatches Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
loosewatches (108)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Overwhelming

Since I don't see much difference between this and Cob plug, and I've already reviewed that, I just wanted to add a few notes, without updating the other review.

I love this stuff. It is strong, smooth and creamy tasting, provided it's not too dry. The flakes are nice sometimes because they, in my experience, are perfectly cut. They're thin enough for an easy rub out, if that's your choice.

I do like the plug more because it's so pleasurable to fondle and take in all the Grand Reekiness excreted as I slice it to bits with sharp and dangerous appliance. (yes, I realize all the potential problems of that sentence).

But, here's the real real point of the review, no joke. Room Note. Every time I smoke this tobacco, in whatever form, my wife asks within ten minutes, "Who's got Stinkfoot?". Well, tonight my mother in law came in the house and asked the same question. So, be warned that 2 to one (me being the one) the roomnote smells like stinkfoot.

I might add that, to my absolute enjoyment, my daughter thinks it smells good good good. Smells good good good. She is four, and she sings this information, so it's gotta be true.

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pop-pop's pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pop-pop's pipe (96)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

This is the most unusual tobacco I've ever smoked! Upon opening the tin, your greeted with an odd smell like nothing I've ever smelled before. I was hesitant to try the tobacco but I said, what the heck! I lit it and you could smell the tonquin flavoring. Tonquin is a vanilla substitute and a lousy one at that! The first third of the pipe wasn't all that pleasant. Other reviewers have said this flavoring reminded them of Gallahers Rich Dark Honeydew. Well I'll make it clear, it's nothing like that! Any blend that's labled Honeydew, tastes of well....Honeydew! I kept on puffin though and the second third of the bowl changed. I tasted vanilla going in, and chocolate going out. A hint of clove semmed to peek through here and there. An opium aroma and taste was also surfacing. I wanted to put the pipe down, but for some reason I kept on smoking. The only flavor I didn't taste was tobacco! I think I should have went with the Bracken Flake or the Full Virginia. I'd much rather smoke McClelland's Black Shag or Honeydwew. As far as stregnth is concerned, I don't think this is all that strong. In fact, St. Bruno Flake is stronger and much more pleasant and sweet like raisins and prunes. Petersons Irish Flake blows this away in stregnth, taste, and aroma. I have two tins of this 1792 stuff and Im looking to get rid of them. Give me a straight up VA anyday! This stuff is terrible.

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LeGunnCat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LeGunnCat (18)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium Full Pleasant

I am on the fence with this blend. Out of the tin I found it rubs out very nicely, and packs easily. It smokes a bit wet, so a short drying period wouldn't hurt. The smoke is full and creamy and when it's hot it taste quite delicious. It's the moment when it burns cool that this blend tastes a bit nasty to me. Perhaps it's the tonquin flavoring, but it tastes unnatural and contrived. Not a great experience for me. However getting this blend smoking and fairly hot produces the most delicious smoke. I just find this too much of a chore to smoke. It's not unruly and can easily be tamed in the bowl, it's just not worth the effort in my opinion.

An occasional smoke for me, but once this tin is done I won't be buying more.

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Pipemanuk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipemanuk (76)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

First of all this has the most marvellous aroma on opening the tin. Stronger than Cob Plug for sure, though to be fair that may vary from tin to tin. My dad used to smoke something that had the same tin aroma of tonquin back in the 1950s and 1960's..I have racked my brains as to what it was, but the only tobacco tin I can remember of his was Gallaghers Rich Dark Honeydew and I don't think that had tonquin in it. As an aside I'm desperate to locate a tin of that I can buy on Ebay and get back to the good old UK:-) Anyway, back to 1792; it's a full strength dark rich tobacco, one of the very finest you can smoke...full of dark creamy flavours with the tonquin giving a lucidity to the overall effect. I rate it on an equal strength to the Brown Rope though of a completely different taste. I know that the traditional "English smoke" is widely accepted in the States as being something like GLP's Westminster; but maybe I am being heretical here but in my experience of my grandfather's generation of pipe smokers...he was born in 1890 and died in 1959...and my father's generation...1914 to 1979..this type of tobacco, with no Latakia etc, is the traditional English pipesmokers type of baccy. My great, great uncle...born in 1868 was still alive when I was a lad and also smoked the same straight tobacco; so I think this phrase has grown up and been accepted as gospel with a somewhat dubious historical pedigree. 1792 is one of the traditional English tobaccos' and thank heavens that such a great house as Sam Gawith is still with us....even though their product quality (see my review of FVF) has sometimes left a lot to be desired. If you want to experience the very best of tradition, to taste the authentic pipe smoke that generations of Englishmen have enjoyed then you owe it to yourself to visit this one.

By the way, for those of you who have struggled with the tonquin, here's a tip...fill a couple of pipes with 1792 and leave them out for a day or so. When you come to smoke them you will get all the flavour of a well made baccy and the tonquin will have subsided into the gentle background.

Lastly, I share the sighs of those who try to give reasoned, helpful reviews for the benefit of fellow pipe smokers and to have to put up with folk who admit they don't like this type of blend and then give it a 1 star. This adds nothing to anyone's knowledge or appreciation. Please don't do it!

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Katxinba Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Katxinba (6)
★★★★
Strong Medium Medium Unnoticeable

I was very curious to find out what tonquin smelled like so, I was tempted to buy a tin. The smell , once I opened the tin , scared me at first: I cannot find a smell I could identify with ( maybe some cosmetics?). The smell is quite strong, and the fact I could end up smoking something like that ... well, I was aprehensive. The flakes wouldn't come out in flakes, but it was more like peeling off, due to the humidity in the tobacco . Leaving it dry out for 15 minutes, and after filling the pipe with the "fold and pack" system ( and allowing some room for the expansion of the tobacco), I proceeded to light it up. Hey, nothing like the stuff I smelled in the tin. This is a strong tobacco, with the hint of the tonquin/tonkin/tonga blending in the background: actually, it is very nice. It is a strong smoke, you can feel in the back of your throat : not harsh, but strong. Very nice smell and smoked nicely to the bottom, without having to relight. I like English style blends, not very fond of "aromatised" ( aka heavy casing) tobaccos, but this one is just spot on.A break from English and Balkans. Give it a try, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. P.S. I cannot say about room note as I smoke in a very well ventilated loft, and only me has access to it ( no second opinions about the smell).

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ElHumidor525 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ElHumidor525 (4)
★★★★
Medium Medium to Strong Very Full Extra Strong

1792 Flake is a love it or leave it tobacco. The tonquin flavoring is very noticeable upon opening the tin. I have to admit the first time i had this i didn't like it, but it grows on you. You need to run the tobacco through the pipe a few times before the flavors begin to come out. THe first third of the bowl is a bit strong but mellows out toward the second third. Notes of licorice and a gentle harshness noted. When you get right to the middle of the bowl it goes from harsh to a very smooth and begins to taste similar to a VA flake. The tonquin really begins to stand out here. The last third is just the same at the second third, but my pipe begins to get wet here, most likely because the pipe is lodged into my teeth. I recommend smoking this tobacco slowly and in a pot. Very well worth trying.

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Steerpike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steerpike (60)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I had this tin for a year before I dared open it, having read the reviews on this site. I only wonder why I waited! It's lovely stuff!

Smells sweet and tobaccoey in the tin, a very rich, strong smelling baccy, but with an unusal vanilla/liquorice aroma that is very pleasant, and not AT ALL sickly. This tonquin is vanilla for real men, a world apart from the sticky, saccharin aromatics.

The flakes are dark, oily and stringy, fairly moist, and irregular, cut quite thin. It rubs into a stringy mass that takes a knack to fill a pipe with. It lights with two matches, no difficulty, but it doesn't invite the flame onto it as some do.

The flavour is rich, very full, but IMMENSELY smooth. Like velvet. There's a sweetish taste that hovers in the background, but most of the flavour is an honest, rich tobaccoey taste. There is NO tongue bite, it would be impossible to produce it, and it has none of the harshness I've found in the twists.

It smokes much the same all through the bowl, the aromatic notse dwindling, but the sweetness of the leaf building toward the end, and the smoke getting steadily richer. Then you notice that it is incredibly strong... Good job I chose a small pipe.

Something to have after a hearty meal I think- a stew with dumplings, or lancashire hotpot. Or as an after breakfast smoke, after a full english with black puddings. Have a strong cup of tea with this, anything else will be drowned out by the flavour of the baccy. A pint of a fairly rich ale might go well with it too.

Good stuff, don't be afraid of it, just choose a smallish pipe and don't smoke it on an empty stomach.

--------------------------Update----------------------------------

I've smoked a lot more of this now, and have thoroughly enjoyed every bowl. It is strong, yes, but has never made me feel at all queasy, so it's no blend to be afraid of. It seems to be well appreciated for it's aroma by several friends who don't like the smell of the sweetest aromatic tobaccos, and various cigarettes smokers who have tried it out of curiosity have gone away muttering about having to get themselves a pipe!

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smokinj Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokinj (19)
★★☆☆
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

I find it hard to believe this is sammy best Selling!

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dallaspipehead Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dallaspipehead (12)
★★★★
Strong Strong Full Very Pleasant

This flake is a must have for all serious collectors of pipe tobacco. Among the hundreds of different types I own, this one stands out and demands to be noticed. The mere heritage behind it commands awe and respect. To think that this recipe and process remain unchanged for over 200 years is quite an amazing thing in itself. The Gawith history is what drew me to this brand in the first place. As a marvel of antiquity, its staying power is unquestionable. It stood the test of time. From a period in which a great many tobaccos were rumored to have modeled themselves after this legend, only it survives. 1792 was to be my first experience with a tonka bean flavored flake. Upon the tins first opening, I could only sum up the fragrance explosion with two words: Holy crap! It was unlike anything I had ever smelled before. I was intrigued. I had nothing to compare it to, and after the eventual trying of its relative blends(Cob Plug and Bracken Flake)I am still at a loss as to what other blenders might offer in the way of these unusual creations. I was intimidated at first. I cautiously rubbed a flake out, not knowing what to expect. After stuffing a Bjarne billiard with the age old oddity, I found it surprisingly easy to light and keep lit. I held back from drawing full puffs at the beginning, for fear that I might be sent reeling. Remembering my pipefulls of Gawith's Brown Rope, I waited in anticipation of a similar nicotine butt-kicking. It never came. The scent was mystical and the flavor, alluring. It was as though there were some manor of opiates involved in its concoction. I tried to set it down, but I was drawn back again and again like a mindless moth to a flame. Ever since then it has left me with an insatiable desire for more. I have cellared quite a bit, but I dare to think it will never be enough. It is all too clear to me now, how 1792 developed its inexhaustible popularity. 4 stars can't even begin to describe the quality. If you don't have some already, go grab a tin and get hooked. You'll be forever altered.

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tobaccoman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tobaccoman (19)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

I bought a tin locally about 6 months ago... Had a bowl, noticed the "in your face" aroma when i opened the tin, didnt finish the bowl and was absolutely disgusted the next day when i tried to relight. In that 6 months the wide flakes are still somewhat moist and benefited greatly from additional drying time. The aroma while still noticable has dissapated greatly and the "floral" taste while still showing up occasionally mingles much better with the other flavors in the bowl without killing them. I liked it.. I will give it some more time and probally buy a few tins to shelf until i can commit to it fully and then celler some pounds if it all works out

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Jackson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jackson (4)
★★★★
Medium Medium to Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A freshly opened tin of this blend brings a rather nasty aroma to the nose. But load a favorite pipe with a lightly rubbed charge of 1792 Dark Kendal Flake and you are in for a wonderful smoke. Your palate is treated to marvelously rich and complex flavors. The tobacco is easy to smoke right through, with a minimum or relighting. This is a tobacco that I want available for my use at any time of day. It is a great pick me up for morning and a grand goodnight caress at the end of the day.

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Uban Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Uban (34)
★☆☆☆
Strong Strong Medium Tolerable

Who said 'no casing?' This stuff REEKS of artificial chocolate-mint flavor goop on opening. I tried it straight from the can & couldn't get 1/2 way through. Opened the can for a week & let it dry to toast-like consistency and found it much less 'aromatic.' Altogether a better mild, one-dimensional but cool-smoking flake. I hesitate to call it a Va because it lacks the sweetness or freshness I am used to in such flakes. Being cheap, I will probably smoke it now that the phony candy aroma is gone, but cannot recommend.

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BriarFire~ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarFire~ (24)
★☆☆☆
Strong Very Strong Full Strong

08/31/07 This 200 year old blend from the fine folks at Samuel Gawith sure does smell odd in the tin and you better believe it tastes just as odd as it smells.I was hoping the Tonquin would burn off so I could get a better taste of the tobacco,but no such luck.

The dark flakes are very moist and I cant seem to get it into a dry enough state to light easily,and the amount of relights it takes to keep this burning is not worth the effort.Not as strong as the various ropes or Irish flake,but still a potent smoke.

So I apologize to all of the 1792 fanatics,but I personaly cannot tolerate the Tonquin smell left on my fingers after handling this product,and I would rather smoke tobacco than Tonquin.

= update= 09/13/07 Not wanting to waste the remaining tins of 1792 I have,I decieded to experiment a little.I rinsed the said flakes briefly in the wifes colander under hot water turning each flake once,placed on paper towels and dried in full sun.This created a wonderful smoke still 1792'ish but for me much more tasty and smokeable.

The flakes now light and stay lit easily,the flavor is still peppery and full bodied and the best part the Tonquin essence is now more in the background instead of dominating the smoke.

I'll be finishing these tins now after this "cleansing" process and would now give 1792 at least 3 stars,but its something I wouldnt go out of my way to do again.

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Pipeline Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeline (206)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Full Strong

Updated review 8/7/2007: I have been smoking this off and on for three and half years now. It has become a blend I do not wish ever to be without. It is a pinnacle of the tobacco blender?s art.

The only significant corrections to my original review is that I find this quite complex and varied, moving from smoky depths to bursts of sweetness throughout a bowl (and I like a straight-sided bore over conical- it keeps the spicy flavor less intense at bowl's end). The other change for me is that I smoke the flakes whole, while sprinkling the top with finer pieces. This has made lighting less a chore.

This is a bulk purchase for me now. I hope someday to try it after aging five, ten, twenty years and beyond. Something for me to pass down to my heirs.

Original review 2/15/2004: This is a nice change of pace if I am in the mood for a full-strength flake tobacco in an aromatic presentation.

Aromatic here does not entail sweetness. 1792 is aromatic as in scented. The overall tin aroma and smoke stream are earthy, truffle-like and, well, full of tonquin. The flakes look like sliced truffles, too.

Dedicate a pipe to this, because its presence lingers long after the fire is out.

Speaking of fire, this is no picnic to lite, or keep lit, but once lited, it will light you up with billows of dark smoke, pungent and as subtle as a mushroom farm.

This is very cool stuff because stoving and maturing have left little residual sugar. It is rich, but not varied or really complex.

It is best rubbed up and lightly packed into a small bowl. You will make no friends or influence people with 1792 Flake- but is that why you smoke a pipe?

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HoopleHead Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HoopleHead (11)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium Very Full Tolerable to Strong

You spin me right round baby right round like a record baby right round round round?..

I ordered a tin of 1792 simply to top off a SP.com* order to hit the free shipping minimum. I like to order my bulks and then at least one new thing to try each time. Selected simply by the ingredient listing on this site and the overall rating, without reading the reviews. It sat around for a couple of months waiting for me to crave something new and the craving hit me this morning? 11am, empty stomach? on a break from a task requiring multiple trips up and down a ladder?. Oh my !! Shoulda read the reviews first, Ed!

But I love this strange taste? this is my first non-latakia English-Oriental blend, and I?m slowly moving away from latakias. Initial tin scent hit me as licorice-like (I was hungry remember) and though it took many lights to get things rolling, roll they did.

Guess the rest of that job can wait until this afternoon? whooopeeee! I love this stuff!

Good pleasure/price ratio, smooth gentle draw, no bite whatsoever and it defers quite well if allowed to sit and go out for a few minutes. But do eat first!

From Utopia, TX? hava goodun!

*top kudos for smokingpipes.com for consistent quick shipping and precise orders, never once delayed or shipped short because of inventory problems.

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SmoothSmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmoothSmoker (2)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong Very Mild Very Full Strong

SG 1792 Flake is full-bodied and POWERFUL! It actually tastes like "tobacco" instead of candy or potpourri. No detectable casing.The nicotine kick that others report is real.

You will want to dry this in the sun for about five (5) minutes or 30-40 minutes indoors before attempting to light. If left in flake form instead of rolling out, you will have no problem lighting and keeping it lit.

If you like this, but it is not quite right or perhaps smooth enough, try Peterson Irish Flake instead. Everything good about the SG 1792 flake is even better in the Peterson Irish Flake, which I think is the world's best pure tobacco-flavored flake.

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Holy Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Holy Smoke (26)
★★★★
Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Mmm bliss! This is one tobacco that you can easily get yourself lost in.

Sadly it does take some effort to get it into a fit state to smoke.

I've found that when it's fresh from the tin, 1792 requires a whole box of matches and a selection of pipe cleaners tackle its moistness. Being very moist and the thickest cut I've come across in a long time isn't the best combination for the impatient smoker. Although, once it's been left open overnight it becomes much easier to handle. Though it does loose a lot of the tonquin casing.

When first opened, it smells and tastes like a chocolate flavoured cereal. Luckily, when it has been thoroughly aired, this characteristic fades and its medicinal nature begins to shine.

If you enjoy strong flakes -like Peterson's Irish- and want a lighter break from the fruity and floral, then this is a tobacco for you.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong Medium Medium Strong

Looked intriguing in the tin....smelled like something I have not yet encountered...still intriguing.

Wet and very dark...sticky and oily.

Packed well...a little tight...my fault.

Hard to light...but still too moist...could benefit from some drying.

The flavor....sorry to all you 1792 fans but...YUCK!!! It tastes medicinal...I'd swear its laced with camphor..good for my lip balm...not for my palate.

I had bought a cob pipe for $5.25 in case I didnt like this and did not want to corrupt my briar pipes.....I'm glad I did so....I don't like this.

No real overwhelming buzz from the nicotine, but to be fair I didn't burn this bowl more than one half down...it just tasted too badly to me....so I abandoned it...I threw away the tin since I dont have any close friends who smoke.

I think that one fella summed it up well...you either like this or you don't...I dont.

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opus10 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
opus10 (2)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Just a brief addition to the many interesting comments.....

Smells and tastes are notoriously difficult to classify, so I won't try too hard. Tonquin, doubtless like many other aromatics, strikes a positive note with some and not with other tasters; I'm one of those people who like the aroma. Likening it to the smell of rotting garbage may have been fun to write, but it really didn't help me (but I must say I did enjoy the anticipation of getting my hands on such a notorious tobak...)

I took the plunge and bought half a pound - anything that arouses such passions has to have something to commend it! My package arrived, but the flakes were surely too dry - almost crumbly. Certainly not the wet slices I'd read about. Nonetheless, I lost no time in rubbing out a hapless flake, filled pipe, applied light, and....was surprised to be somewhat underwhelmed. Strong enough to keep me interested, sure, but a little one-dimensional, and a wee bit hard to keep evenly burning (never a problem with Irish Flake, or SG's Brown or Black plugs). A few pipes later, I still was less than ecstatic.

I believe that I came up with a rather effective solution, although it might be specifically effective for me given that I tend to smoke slightly smaller pipes (Group 4's and 3's). I re-hydrated the tobacco the old fashioned way: with pieces of cut-up apple, and left the 1492 for about 3 days to see what happened. Well, as you might expect, the tobak took on a very faint apple hint, but now it felt right; pliable, and somehow more organic. This made the rubbing out much easier - I now believe this flake behaves best when very fully rubbed out. Result - Heaven! Delicious, slow burning, cool, satisfying, one pipeful leaving me wanting another.

A marvelous tobacco, not for the inexperienced no doubt, but full of rewards if treated properly. Highly recommended!

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SApipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SApipe (31)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Whoa! This is some strong nicotine content....not for the timid! I can only handle about 1 bowl, but it is an excellent dark flake of pure unadulterated tabac. I detect no artificial flavoring, but it is loaded with full natural tobacco taste. Being a non-aromatic, the room note is not as pleasing to bystanders, but is still tolerable. It loads easily by bending a chunk of flakes in half and stuffing them in the pipe with some sprinkles on top and gives a complete burn. It's too strong for me to smoke while doing any chores, etc (not an all day smoke). It also has a tendency to irritate my throat. I'll give it 3-stars.

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tacoeatingzebra Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tacoeatingzebra (36)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Tolerable

I am on my second tin and the only thing I can say is that sometimes this one hits the spot and then other times I want to dump it soon after it is lit. The nicotine is not overwhelming to me, but then again, I am also a cigarette smoker.

The one thing that is consistant is that this stuff seems to always stay cool. When I do smoke it, I find it enjoyable to produce copious amounts of smoke. Most blends I sip, but this one I go at with a little more verve. It is good with a cup of coffee with a splash of Jameson whiskey or Kahlua.

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Big bad Jon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big bad Jon (232)
★★★☆
Very Strong Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Mild enough to smoke first thing in the morning, but there is enough nicotine that your stomach needs the steak and eggs first. I feel that like old Iron sides from CAO it smokes cool, but don?t be deceived if you smoke it fast you will get a head rush. I prefer a bit less of a kick even thou I am a recovering cigarette smoker, but the mild taste keeps me coming back for more. It has a slight peppery and nutty taste more maybe earthy but it is mild and the smoke comes out like silk.

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WmZiggy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WmZiggy (66)
★★★★
Very Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Although I considered myself an exprienced smoker of flake tobaccos, I had put my pipes away for many years smoking only cigars. However I missed the range of flavors available via the pipe, as well as handling the many briars and meerschaums I accumulated in the 70's and 80's. This was one of the first tobaccos I tried when I picked up my pipes again and I was at overwhelmed by it's strength. I smoked in a large billard meerschaum (a Paul Fisher) and several smaller briar pipes.

I love the look and feel of this flake and it's aroma in the tin. After my first smoke, I let it dry out for a day and tried it again. It begins very peppery, but settles into a range of nutty flavors. It burns cool and to a white/grey ash. But it is a powerhouse, and gave me thoughts of dropping it from any rotation of blends.

Then it dawned on me to do a little "aftermarket blending." McClelland's Dominican Glory is a rather bland blend in a ribbon cut I thought would mix well with this flake. Rubbing out 1792 and mixing it 50/50 with Dominican Glory produced what I was looking for -- a mild to medium smoke that knocked the power of 1792 down, but imporved the taste of Dominican Glory. This was also a great solution for the several tins of McClellands I had sitting around.

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PipePaladin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipePaladin (78)
★★☆☆
Extremely Strong Medium Extra Full Strong

Oh boy...!!! Prepare for a very... very... hard ride!!! For hardcore smokers only!!! Not my bowl of weed for sure...!!!

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Moe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Moe (45)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium to Full Strong

This is a nice aromatic, and one of only a few I like. It contains enough nicotine to make it worth smoking. And its mild on the mouth. I reach for it probably once a week. I will say the room note is not too great. Kinda cigar like. Though it has no cigar flavor.

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Joey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Joey (9)
★★★☆
Very Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I was in Lincoln NE when I stopped in a pipe shop that I like and was talking to the owner, Ted, when he recommended that I try some other SG offerings since I liked the XX black rope so much. So, I picked up an ounce of this bacca. I went to lunch, a big one I might add, and on the way back to where I was staying decided to try it out...big mistake...

I stuffed a Pete 307 full and lit her up. The flavor was wonderful. It was a little bit peppery at first and then as I got about half way into the bowl it really mellowed out into the rich sweet virginia tobacco flavor. Very nice...

The mistake was that it was so strong that I had to pull my F-250 over on the side of the road and sit for more than a minute! I was seriously not in a condition to operate a motor vehicle! And no, I had no adult type beverages with my lunch. I have smoked it a couple of times since and can say without inhibition that it is indeed a strong one.

It burned clean to the bottom with only white greyish ash left behind and almost no moisture. I do like this blend a great deal, not as much as UF, but a lot. But you must eat first or it will knock you silly...in my humble opinion! It makes for a great smoke at the end of a long day...like today!

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geddeeee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
geddeeee (3)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable

I'm a relatively new pipe smoker. 2 months now. I've read a lot about SG's 1792 Flake, so I decided to take the plunge. I love this tobacco! A very cool smoke. The taste is quite peppery in the first half of the bowl and then it settles down to a wonderful full smoke. I've heard comments about nicotine content. I find this quite light, nicotine wise. Peterson Irish Flake is a lot stronger in my opinion. Nevertheless, if any pipe smokers out there haven't tried this blend, I would recommend that you do. The tonquin flavour in my tin was perfect, not overpowering at all. And the moisture level was perfect too. I still dried a bit out for about 15 mins, just to make sure. All in all highly recommended. This and Petersons Irish Flake are my fav smokes to date. Strong and fulfilling. I will definitely be purchasing this flake again. A big 5 stars!!!!!

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The_Rover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The_Rover (8)
★★★★
Very Strong Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

On my second tin of 1792 I decided to mix it with SG Medium virginia flake due to the strength of 1792. The result is that 1792 now tastes better and smells better! As has been noted many times this is a strong smoke. For me at least, mixing it down with a milder virginia has led to a most excellent smoking experience. This is one flake that everyone must try, straight or not.

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drewfasa Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
drewfasa (6)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong Strong Very Full Overwhelming

I tried this because of overpowering curiosity, as many others no doubt have done and will continue to do. The tobacco itself has the sickly sweet smell of old garbage, or a landfill. Seriously, it actually smells like garbage - old, fermenting garbage. I tried the flake both folded and rubbed out to give it a good chance, but both tasted roughly similar. The taste was, to be honest, boring and yucky at once. The smell however (of the lit tobacco), was honestly one of the most unpleasant aromas I've ever experienced. It was smelt worse than dog doo. It was the sort of smell that is so bad you find yourself smelling it again, because it is so unusually pungent and awful. I seriously can't believe anyone likes this tobacco, and I find myself wondering if the people at Samuel Gawith are actually pressing their rubbish into flake and selling it as a premium tobacco. I declare that the emperor has no clothes; worse actually, he has no clothes and really, really needs a bath.

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ajaj Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ajaj (69)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium Very Strong

Update: My first review ~2002. I have since bought several newer tins and I believe the quality has increased dramatically. I recall several bad batches during that 2000-2002 timframe. This stuff is really good today. Yes, the emperor is naked, smelly, and wonderful!

2002: My "desert island" smoke, my holy grail of tobaccos. This is the only tobacco I purchase by the pound. 1792 is simply amazing; very mild with a strong earthy flavor. You see, I'm not a lover of latakia or aromatics; just honest to goodness real tobacco flavor...and this is what 1792 delivers. The base taste is very similar to Brown Rope #4 but the tonquin bean additive mellows the earthen flavors, yet adds a unique aroma to the experience. When I smoke 1792 in large Oom Pauls, the overall smoke is very mild, however, small well-caked bowls seem to awake it into a sharper more pleasant smoke. You may keep your raspberry-vanilla-mocha-chocolate-cherry-flavored tobacs, 1792 is real and a classic. Thank you SG.

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Brahms Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brahms (4)
★★★☆
Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

I'm a newbie, and only smoke a couple of times a week now, so I expected to be overwhelmed and put off by this tobacco, but that is not my experience. I rather like it.

I've smoked it twice now, both times in a small cob, sitting outside watching the sunset, and it was a pleasant experience both times. The first time was after a meal, and today on an empty stomach. The nicotine was definitly there, and for a few seconds both times I was aware of a slight queaziness in the stomach, but it wasn't severe or prolonged.

I love the presentation, and the tin aroma is rich and delightful. Rubbed out, it burns fairly well even without much drying, and once it gets going it produces copious smoke and requires little effort to stay lit. Whatever it is about the tonquin that upsets others doesn't seem to bother me at all. At various times there is a slight peppery feeling on the tongue, and occasionally a strange irritation/taste way at the back of the tongue - otherwise it's smooth and rich tasting. It was easy to burn down to a grey ash. It left my mouth feeling fine.

So, not my favorite, but fairly satisfying and pleasant, at times even fairly contemplative. I'll try it again from time to time. I recommend other newbies not be automatically put off by the reviews below: it's worth a try.

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haredawg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
haredawg (46)
★★★☆
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A few months ago I tossed all my aromatic blends and have borne no regret since. I still picked up a tin of 1792 knowing it had the tonquin flavoring to it. I?m a sucker for Sammy G blends and for tobacco listed on this web site as strong with the nicotine hit. I don?t have any fancy words for ya, ain?t fixing to wax rhapsodic. I liked it. The tin aroma that many here have suggested as yucky (a composite tally and condensed word) I actually found enjoyable, sweet, hay like with a vanilla overtone. This stuff smokes like a solid Virginia flake with a hint of vanilla that is nowhere near as obnoxious tasting as it sounds. I?ve only smoked it in an old Parker Meerschaum so far as it took a lot of work to get aromatic flavors out of my favorite briars, so I?m not sure what pipes this stuff loves. I?m going to wait and see if anything untoward lingers in the meerschaum. For now I give this stuff three stars and an asteroid.

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Camus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Camus (15)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong Strong Very Full Very Strong

I tried 1792 at an informal pipe club I have with a couple of friends. We accompanied it with some Islay scotch.

No one spoke for a very long time. As I looked up we were all grinning madly.

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VAman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
VAman (26)
★★★☆
Overwhelming None Detected Very Full Very Strong

I must advise caution. this stuff will lay low the mighty if smoked from a large bowl.Mid-bowl there developes an exuisite, spicy flavor boquet, sip this smoke very gently,and from a smaller pipe. I smoked '92 in my largest Nording,oops, so i did expieraince pounding heart, weak knees and some cold sweats, the cure for this is to get up and sprint around the block a few times. Tin smell is much like roofing tar, and when first lit is a bit rough, ounce you get past that you are in for a unique smoking expieriance, a must try for the flake lover.

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The Tobacco Man from Outer Mongolia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Tobacco Man from Outer Mongolia (6)
★★★★
Strong Strong Very Full Very Pleasant

When I smoke this heanenly tobacco I recall how it was the saviour of my pipe smoking career. Having spent a long time smoking Camels before taking up the pipe, I spent years looking for a tobacco which I could smoke all day, with no tongue bite and which satisfied my craving for a top quality virginia tobacco.

Here is my saviour, just as delightfula tobacco as can be had anywhere.

This is my Desert Island tobacco. I would not care if every other pipe tobacco were to be discontinued as long as this 'Nectar of the Gods' is around.

One of the only tobaccos I buy in bulk for cellaring like the finest of wines.

Not for everyones taste especially for the candy store tobacco wimps.

God bless 1792 True Manna from Heaven. 5 Stars out of four!

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Sasquatch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sasquatch (65)
★★★★
Extremely Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

I'm reviewing this just for fun. I think every piper needs to try it.

On the plus side of 1792 is the fun history of the thing. The presentation (think: tin of side-bacon strips) is great, the flake is beautiful. This is probably the coolest smoking tobacco around... you can literally smoke a bowl of this without heating a pipe up at ALL, if you are careful.

On the down side (for me) is that tonquin is completely disgusting, and this stuff is soaked in it. Couple that with a huge smash of nicotine, and you've got your body conditioned to feel woozy and sick at the faintest smell of tonquin. Really Pavlovian.

I can't stand to smoke this stuff, but I LOVE it, and I LOVE that it exists. I'm hoping that my Irish Flake allows me to return to the realm of manly tobak, but at this stage, I just don't know.

Get a tin, have some fun. Make sure you eat before you smoke.

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JonnySokko Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JonnySokko (1)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming Very Strong Overwhelming Tolerable to Strong

I too was drawn in by the nostalgia of smoking a 200 year old style tobacco. Let me tell you, if this were the first tobacco I tried, I would have never continued smoking a pipe. I always get excited opening a new tin, taking the first whiff and then packing the bowl. It reminds me of the excitement I had as a kid when getting a new album. Tell me you didn't smell the record when you first pulled it out of the package. Anyway, from the first smell, I suspected there was a problem. Tonquin is to vanilla as carob is to chocolate. They are horribly different. Regardless of the sickly sweet smell, I continued to pack and light the bowl. After about five minutes I began to feel horrible. It felt like I was being poisoned. I had to lay down and relax until it wore off. Just thinking of the smell and taste makes me queasy. It wasn't until after my traumatic experience that I read the reviews warning me of the ill effects this tobacco might cause. All of you gents that gave this 3 or 4 stars must be tough old devils. I have read that if you let the tin dry it will make it much better. Since I am a glutton for punishment, I am going to try this method and give it another whirl, but if it fails me again, I will burn it in the back yard fire pit!!! Maybe Napoleon was smoking this stuff while brewing up his plans for world domination.

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Ben Rich Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ben Rich (34)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant

I have never found 1792 to be as powerful (nicotine-wise) as some have found it. Nor do I find that the tonquin flavor puts me out, in fact, I very much enjoy it. I have tried this blend in a merschaum, in a corn cob and in a Peterson 314 System pipe. It behaves about the same in each, though the Pete apparently provides enough of a bowl for 1792 to fully develop, and this tobacco develops better in a larger bowl than that of a typical corn cob. It is a mellow tobacco, and in smoking it, apart from the tonquin I am also able to get occasional flavors which remind me of how clover smells - quite sweet and light. There are other flavors which vaguely remind me of prunes, dates, dried apricots and figs... it is not a boring smoke, though to enjoy it fully it should be smoked quite slowly. Smoking it slowly is easily done if the flakes are well rubbed and the tobacco is then lightly packed - much like you would pack some of the larger cut Balkan type blends. I don't find myself smoking 1792 on a real regular basis, but there are specific times when only 1792 will do... for instance, when I have a head cold and want something which will free up my sinuses. I always have a tin or two of this tucked away in the back of one of the four drawers I use as my baccy cellar. If this tobacco was a person, it would be Lucius Cornelius Sulla, Dictator of Republican Rome - "No worse enemy, no better friend." It is worth trying and, in my opinion, very much worth smoking... treat it as it should and it will be a treat.

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Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (140)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Extra Full Tolerable

I was prepared to be floored by the nicotine level in this blend, but I found it to be lighter than Nightcap, and much lighter than Hal O' the Wynd, which is the strongest blend as far as nicotine kick, I have tried thusfar.

As for the tonquin flavor, the best I can describe it would be to put garbanzo beans in your pipe and smoke them. Not horrible, but I won't ever smoke this blend again, if this intriques you, by all means give it a try, but it failed to hook me in.

No other tobacco I have ever tried has tasted like this, so it may be worth a try just for that reason, just don't be too worried about the massive nicotine kick, as I feel this to be a reasonable amount for most people to handle.

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kylepoet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kylepoet (18)
★★★☆
Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

It's taken a little time for '1792' to cozy up and make itself at home. Admittedly, I smoked my first pipe of this about a month, month and a half ago, and I wasn't sure at that point where this flake would take me. Since then, we've become more than nodding acquanitances, and the beginning of a friendship has started.

I don't find tonquin overwhelming or unbearable. Aye, this blend is a wee bit strong at the start, but at the quarter-mile, it's a delight. It stays that way until the finish; it gives a rich smoke, pleasant taste, and an aroma that's like well-turned earth and new-cut grass on a late spring day. Good stuff.

Try to dry this out just a touch before packing and lighting. It does come moist. I like it moister than drier, though. It just seems to me to be a little easier to pack and more flavorful as I smoke it. I can live with relights. If it dries out too much, though, I feel it becomes much too brassy. I try to keep a tight seal on my jars with '1792.'

I can't give this four stars, because I don't see myself smoking this on a regular basis, like I do SG's 'Full Virginia Flake.' '1792' is a favorite, eccentric uncle who visits for a weekend, every couple of months, instead of the steady mate you sit at a bar with after work. Both are great to have in your life, but you look forward a bit to the occasional visitor, and the rich experience you've come to expect, a little more than the good friend you pal about with.

Ende

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trevert Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
trevert (32)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Strong Very Full Pleasant

My favorite tobacco for the past six years. However, like fine wines, it has its seasons and shifts in quality. A few years ago, a very large bad batch of it hit the US, and I had several tins that were markedly off in flavor from the older, sweeter tobacco. Fortunately, this appears to have been a temporary glitch and today it is as excellent as ever. It has a curious mating with my body chemistry in that this is one of the very, very few tobaccos that I can smoke for bowl after bowl with no bite. It is strong stuff, and can easily knock the uninitiated for a loop, especially if smoked on an empty stomach. The rich tonquin flavoring makes it one of a kind. Anyone who enjoys this blend is also encouraged to try Bracken Flake, a sweeter, more aromatic blend that shares some familial qualities with 1792.

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thedstnguishdgntlmn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedstnguishdgntlmn (360)
★★★☆
Strong Mild to Medium Extra Full Very Pleasant

I am guilty of coining the phrase "Stonehaven on Crack",but alas, it fits. Very potent and very delicious. A much grassier Stonehaven. Rest while smoking it. Tonquin is not like deer tongue or vanilla. Do not expect a sweet mixture. Very flavorful! 3 of 4 stars

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emmbee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
emmbee (174)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong Medium to Strong Extra Full Very Pleasant

Read the blending notes above for how this magnificent flake is processed. It sounds more as if a baking or kilning takes place than a stoved tobacco process. I never tried anything with tonquin, and in fact, never heard of it until now. A friend of mine who reviews here says this is Esoterica's 'Stonehaven' on crack. It's deep and dark with pronounced notes of black cherry and roasted ember. In the tin it's grassy with faint aromas of wet wool and manure. I don't only taste this in the mouth but in the pores. I can feel its ethereal vapors. Be careful how you smoke it; I don't recommend driving or walking. Also watch that it doesn't creep up and start choking you. Plugs tend to close my throat like that. Sit down or recline after a nice meal when you're feeling laid back. I wouldn't want to try this while agitated and full of caffeine and wandering thoughts. This tobacco requires ones complete devotion. It's truly a great, almost mystical smoke. Nothing quite like it in all the world and produced by probably the last great blending house in England. Not for the faint of heart by any means but well worth experiencing at least once by every serious devotee of tobacciana.

Four of five stars

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BEN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BEN (58)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming Very Strong Overwhelming Extra Strong

I tried this a while back and actually after puffing on this (gently!) for about 20 minutes I got the cold sweats,the shakes and actually threw up before feeling better..all of which took several hours to pass! I am a huge fan of full flavored, latakia based tobaccos and love a good "kick".....but this tobacco is flat out dangerous, not to mention disgusting with it's Tonquin flavoring. If given a choice between this and mixture no. 79, I would smoke 79!!!!!!!!!!

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NapaWineLover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NapaWineLover (66)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This is an update and a downgrading from a previously Highly recommended review - in September of 2005

I found the latest iteration of 1792 Flake to be far off the quality mark. The tobacco was stuffed in the tins and the flakes were not at all uniform. I was totally disappointed in the manner in which this was packaged.

As far as quality - it's downgraded too. It was as though someone rushed to get this out the door. This is not a tobacco (in my opinion) that should be smoked without at least some moderate age on the tin. One would expect that when it's purchased it's ready to smoke, and I don't believe that to be the case here. I'll leave the sloppily manufactured tins I have in seclusion and visit them again sometime next year. In the meantime I'll be very harsh with my review based on the departure from quality that SG displayed in this batch.

VC

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Hemlock Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hemlock (57)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Tolerable

Rare amongst tobaccos. It has merits on its own. A tobacco for the men among men. Not for every day. Not for bystanders. A must try, but not a must-love. You are just as worthy to love it or to hate it. Earthy, musty, meaty and very dry. Once in a blue moon for me, and recommended with the same frequency to those with a passion for the briar and the leaf we stuff it with. If you smoke this as your primary blend, you are one tough piper....

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Zone Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Zone Smoke (199)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming None Detected Overwhelming Overwhelming

Putrid is the only word I could find to adequately describe this blend.

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Meerschaum Man Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Meerschaum Man (85)
★☆☆☆
Strong Strong Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Perhaps I should not be reviewing this vile incarnation. I strongly favor other SG blends so I thought this one would be to my liking as well, but I was wrong... I believe in giving things a chance but my first impressions were correct - something along the way of a stale, overly perfumed tea whose best fate was to be returned to the earth by way of an efficent composter.

Meerschaum Man Smoking an Andrea Bauer Smooth Bent Panel

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kilted1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kilted1 (43)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Pleasant

There is a story behind my experience with this Classic Flake. It took several attempts with it to get to where I could finish a bowl. I first sampled a bowl offered by a friend and could not get past the strong tonquin flavoring. I then some months later purchased a tin and smoked several bowls with very mixed results. I gave the remains of the tin away to a friend who enjoys it. Some months later having read many reviews and people talking about it's sublime nature on various forums decided to give it another try. I figured anything that has been in continuous production since 1792 just has to be good, and I'm just missing it. I talked with people who smoked it and enjoyed it asking advice on how to enjoy it myself.

Appearance: A mostly black with some brown and tan mottling leathery flake of varying thickness.

Tin aroma: The first thing that is apparent when opening a tin of 1792 Flake is that it is fairly heavily scented. Tonquin is a scent like no other and not easily confused with anything else. It is fairly sweet and vanilla like but has other deeper and more mysterious properties. The Deeply steamed and pressed Virginia underneath the tonquin is evident in abundance. The over-all smell is rich, sweet almost hay-like with other smells of post and paddock. It reminds me of horse stalls which while not particularly appealing, accurately describe this strong and flavorful tobacco for me.

This tobacco seems too moist to me, and after my first bowl I decided to air it for at least ½ hour before smoking another bowl. The first bowl smoked pretty dry, though a little steamy, the airing out helps tremendously with this one. I have increased the time to a full hour for this review smoke. As with most flake tobaccos I simply take several flakes together, fold them in half and insert them length-wise into the bowl trimming off the excess. I find it has a much better burn this way and makes for a long enjoyable smoke.

For this review, I've chosen an Edward's Husky Canadian which is dedicated to scented flakes.

A first light is brings billows of rich white smoke, followed with a brief visit of the tamper and then a tamping light. The tonquin is immediately there and while a bit odd at first becomes a nice compliment to the fine quality leaf underneath. It is immediately sweet and rich and dominates all other flavors. This tonquin dominance will eventually fade but for the first 1/3 of the bowl it drones on in ever deepening swirls of thick rich smoke.

Mid Bowl: Approaching mid-bowl, the fullness tends to build and deepen. It seems odd to say this but the flavors widen as well. Mid-bowl finds 1792 opening up and really beginning to sing, though not as with other Virginia mixtures. The tonquin begins to fade while a rich earthy Virginia character builds in intensity and strength. This is the portion of the bowl that separates the men from the boys! The tonquin sweetness drones on as flavors emerge that no other Virginia mixture even come close too. Rich and velvety clouds of thick tangy smoke exhaled nasally tingle in the nose. Deep tones of raisin, fig and spiced fruits are evident. A resonance of hay or grasses is there too with deep forest and leather tones. There are rich mildly astringent flavors that remind me of Orientals which I know to be absent in this mixture.

Home Stretch: As end of the bowl approaches, I find that it becomes more intense though never overpoweringly so. What begins to emerge are tones so deep and rich as to defy description. Cigar-like qualities enter in and mingle with the spiced fruit and sweetness of tonquin. I find during the final third that cutting my puffing cadence by 2/3 is quiet beneficial. While tongue-bite has never been an issue, the blend can be provoked to bitterness and become very harsh indeed. When properly smoked though, the reward is amazing, a nearly endless supply of rich sweet powerful smoke, of almost stupefying intensity. Is it strong? Yes, very. Is it overpowering? No, I don't find it so, simply irresistible in flavors. I find myself craving it!

Supplemental Notes: This is one of a handful of tobaccos that I would take to the 'desert island'. I now purchase it by the pound! ** 4 full stars

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Flyboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flyboy (39)
★★☆☆
Strong Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

With so many reviews, it hardly needs more of the same. This is a very unique tobacco that, for me, needs to be smoked when I have the craving for such a weed. It can be a bit much for the novice and too much for an all day smoke! It`s best enjoyed when you have the time to give it the attention it commands. A demanding blend but, with patience, a very satisfying and rewarding experience! The taste is very difficult to explain to someone else, a must try adventure!!

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Redneck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Redneck (15)
★☆☆☆
Strong Strong Full Strong

To sum it up, YUK !!!

It has been said that smoking is bad for your health but this over-dose of tonquin is yukky. "Check out the web re. tonquin.

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gomerpile Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gomerpile (2)
★★★★
Very Strong Strong Extra Full Strong

I tried this out of pure curiosity, and have discovered how fantastic it really is. I find this a very rich and flavorful smoke. The tonquin is very difficult to describe, a combination of peat moss, vanilla, and bazooka joe gum. But in a good way, if that's possible to imagine.

The best thing about it is how full the flavor is. So many go crazy for an insane level of latakia in their blends because it makes for a very full taste, imagine a virgina that gave that same level of fullness. This is it. It explodes with virgina flavor, smoothed and mellowed by the tonquin.

The downside of this is overwhelming strength. This is not a blend to be treated lightly. It's sort of like accidentally buying 121 proof and not realizing it until you've already had 3 rum and cokes. By then, it's way too late and you might as well just get into bed before you do something stupid. If you're concerned with nicotine content, try using escudo and haddo's as stepping stones. They should prepare you for what is sliently waiting for you here. Seems to smoke best for me in small bowls, and you'd be wise to keep it chained to only a few pipes.

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Lancelot Gobbo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lancelot Gobbo (23)
★★☆☆
Strong Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Many years ago I favoured the sweetest, blandest and 'goopiest' aromatic I could find (it was 'Checkmate' by Winston & Holmes - a long-dead tobacconist in Toronto, and still available from their descendant, Sleuth & Statesman). Now I know it wasn't vanilla & coconut, but tonquin that flavoured it. This is like a 'dry' version of vanilla, just the same but not as sweet. Certainly intense, though. This tobacco is very moist and should be aired. It is a smooth smoking, but positively aromatic experience. It has lots of nicotine. Lots. If you want to smoke an aromatic, but retain the respect of your English mixture colleagues, this will fit the bill nicely. On the other hand, if you hanker after the actual flavour of tobacco, go with its stablemate, SG's Best Brown Flake (NOT G&H Brown Flake #2, mind!)

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jackhackett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jackhackett (76)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

This is an otherwise sturdy flake that features an unusual and seemingly love-it-or-leave-it topping element (that may or may not have been an early rat poison component), tonquin.

1792 is appealing to the nose in the tin, and the vanilla-like tonquin imparts a soft, sweet nature to the flavor; however 1792 is strong stuff and you will require patience and respect to stay on this horse without injuring yourself.

Dedicate (or sacrifice) a pipe to this one, it does linger.

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Collezionista Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Collezionista (59)
★★★★
Strong Medium Very Full Tolerable

What a fascinating weed! I admit that I was a little wary of this blend after some of the above reviews painted it out to be something of a terror to behold. However, I found that it merited no such hyperbole and is in fact a very mellow smoke. While the nicotine content does indeed seem to be high, the blend is much smoother than I expected. Upon receiving the tin in the mail I immediately opened it up. As smooth and enjoyable as the actual smoke may be, the tin aroma is quite shocking. The above review that mentioned rotting garbage was not exagerrating. I also picked up the odors of burning rubber, a faint hint of licorice, and (I suppose) the smell of quality tobacco buried in there somwhere as well. I rubbed the flakes out into ribbons and promptly put the tin away! After a good supp, I packed a bowl and lit it with some trepidation. Instead of meeting the blast of flavor that I expected, all I experienced was a sort of mild, musty smoke. I was almost writing the blend off as a let-down when the flavor hit. Swirling, complex flavors unlike anything else I've ever experienced in a tobacco. Yet at the same time it was very mild and enjoyable. The strange, spicy flavors ebbed and flowed until about half way through the bowl the smooth virginias announced themselves. The smoke would subtly change in such ways until the bowl was spent, and I expect that each smoke hereafter will be equally rewarding. I highly recommend this to those looking for an interesting change of pace and a DEEP blend to explore.

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The Keeper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Keeper (112)
★★★★
Very Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

After reading the reviews here I was positive I would hate the stuff.

I opened an aged sample that had been sent my way and thought...someone #%@! in the tin. I imagined that at some point someone literally had dropped drawers, filled the tin and then rinsed it out and put in the tobak. Real funny guys. But I let it air a bit and got past that. At that point, I was completely positive I would hate it. But packed a small bent bowl and lit it up anyway. Out of the concetration of the tin the aroma of the unburnt leaf is not so bad. The initial light is kind of flat. The first few puffs...

HOLY %$#! this stuff is good! At least I think so. The characteristics have been reviewed so heavily here that I won't belabor the point. I will add to it.

I've fallen completely in and out of love with Kendal Flake, Ennerdale, Glenngary, etc... They aren't bad but I could never imagine reaching for them more than once a year. If it weren't for the fact that 1792 is just so potent in every respect, I could smoke it more frequently. It has an earthiness that is accented by the Tonquin. It creates kind of a sweet vanilla-herb flavor that I can only describe as ancient and well bred. I imagine this as perfect in a pub with a stout or bitter. Amazingly cool, mellow tasting, with the signature burnt sweetness of steamed VA.

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Darwin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darwin (101)
★★★★
Strong Medium to Strong Full Strong

(07/31/2005)I tried 1792 a few years ago, and I hated it. It seemed overwhelmingly strong and the flavor was terrible. I read on ASP that the quality was in question at that time, but recently it was back, so I decided to give it another try. I'm very happy I did...

It has become a daily smoke for me. I love the strength and flavor. I prefer it as a final smoke before calling it a day. The tonquin seems to have some medicinal effect on me that promotes relaxation. Highly recommended!

Update (12/23/2009) A lot of things have happened to me since my last review of 1792 four and a half years ago. For one thing, I learned to love cigars and smoke 2 or 3 a day, if not more. But I still love 1792! It has to be the greatest form of tobacco ever made. I feel so sorry for smokers who can't enjoy this for one reason or another. I can't imagine a world without 1792. I used to be an atheist, but after smoking 1792 I knew there must be something out there making sure those presses and steaming chambers are working. And who planted tobacco in Tanzania, anyway? And where the hell did tonquin come from? And what mortal in their right mind would say, "let's put some tonquin on that tobacco"? It all points to a superior being out there, doesn't it? It's undeniable.

Also, give Cob Plug a try. It is very similar to 1792, perhaps it's pressed more densely before steaming.

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Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
★★★☆
Strong Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

When nothing else will do...POW! Smoked in a very small briar this tobacco is quite nice but...still very potent. Don't give up after only one encounter. It is a high quality flake. Hand rub it out, let it sit in the pipe for 15-30 minutes before lighting up. Not for the inexperienced smoker. An occasional pleasure.

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
★★★★
Very Strong Mild to Medium Very Full Tolerable

A very good flake if you like lake District Virginias. This is lightly flavoured with tonquin, I think it's a pleasant taste. The strenght of this one is something that may offend your palate and tongue, so pay attention.

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DUPE.1512 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DUPE.1512 (196)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium Very Full Tolerable to Strong

When you really want a potent full bodied, taste and nicotene kick this is the blend. This is a high quality flake and is best to rub it out. An ocassional pleasure but definately not for a beggining smoker.

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Todd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Todd (9)
★★★☆
Very Strong Strong Extra Full Strong

10/31/04 - 1792 Flake (new, tinned)

Tin: If your nose is anywhere close to the tin when you pop it open, the strong and unique aroma of the tonquin flavoring will certainly be the first thing you notice. Trying to communicate the tonquin smell seems like a fairly pointless exercise. I've heard it described as "vanilla on steroids," and that seems somewhat appropriate, but you really have to experience it firsthand. Once you get over that, you'll find a moist, even sticky, thin-cut flake similar in construction to Gawith's other flakes. 1792 was a little too moist out of the tin for me and required 20-30 minutes of drying time after rubbing it out (though even then, some stickiness remains).

Pack: Rubbed out, 1792 packs very easily into the bowl with no unusual techniques required. For the true flake-smoking crowd, the flakes remain pliable enough that they should easily accomodate any manner of folding, rolling, crushing, or other manuevers.

Lighting/Burning: The tobacco lights easily and burns well throughout the bowl. For such a strong, straight VA tobacco, it burns remarkably cool and bite-free. Very nice.

Flavor: The first puffs of 1792 are a blast of tonquin flavoring, almost as strong as the smell from the tin. But after just a few puffs, the strength of flavoring diminishes somewhat, revealing the strong, dark VA's underneath. For the first half of the bowl the tonquin stays very much in the forefront, but not in an unpleasant way to my taste. In the second half the VA's become predominant, though the tonquin is still there close behind. The VA's in here are some powerful stuff, as the reviews here make clear. But there's definitely solid tobacco flavor there, something like a jacked up Full Virginia Flake. As others have mentioned, this is not a tobacco to DGT - smoke it all in one go since the tonquin flavoring gets ugly at relights.

Pipe/Technique: 1792 is certainly a good reason to own some small-bowled pipes. If I smoked this in anything bigger than a small Group 4, I think I'd probably go blind. The strength of both the flavoring and the tobacco benefits from both narrower bowls (less smoke) and shorter bowls (less time). 1792 is satisfying even in my smallest pipe, a Sav Punto prince that has perhaps half the capacity of a Group 4 billiard. Since I smoke indoors, I rubbed out the flake completely as I usually do. Other than that, no fancy technique is required - while this is certainly strong tobacco, it is also very well-behaved.

Overall: This is the epitome of "love it or hate it" tobacco. If you find the tonquin flavoring agreeable (I do) and can stomach both the strong flavor and nicotine (I can), then this should be a favorite. The tobacco is excellent quality, burns very well, and has great flavor. Still, as much as I like it, I couldn't possibly smoke this all day - it's just too potent. But I find it perfect as a once-every-day-or-two kind of smoke. If you haven't smoked 1792 yet, you owe it to yourself to try it - though you may want to sample somebody else's in case the flavor is not your cup of tea.

Update 4/23/05 - My most recent tin of this (which was only my third, given how infrequently I smoke it) showed me what people were talking with complaints of inconsistency between batches. In some sense, it was recognizably the same tobacco - I mean, how many jet-black, tonquin-powered flakes are there? But in another, it was a whole different animal. Poor burning, rough around the edges, and somehow different even in the way the tonquin tasted. I don't know what the deal is, but I'll downgrade my rating to 3/4 for now. If you're going to buy this stuff, try to check out your source with regular 1792 smokers to make sure it's OK.

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Polski Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Polski (4)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant

I have been waiting to try this one for a while. Being that I enjoy stronger tobaccos this seemed as a fair contender for a date with my pipe. Right away after opening the tin, I knew this was going to be something diffrent to my usual smoke. The strong tonquin flavor is the first thing that hits you. Breaking up the tobacco is quite easy, but will dirty your hands. Had a little bit of trouble lighting the tobacco, but once it started going it just went on. Just relighted once. Be prepared for a nikotin rush if you smoke this one to fast. Even thought this is a strong tobacco no tongue bite was apparent. The taste can be almost compared to black licorice, wich some will enjoy and some wont. Overall this is a tobacco I will for sure come back to, even thought probably not on a daily basis.

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Diogenes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Diogenes (12)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Upon opening the tin I was reminded of the smell of old New England homes built during the 1600-1700s with a slight hint of another aroma, that of creosote soaked railroad tracks. Tonquin is an interesting bean I guess.

Unlike other reviewers maybe I just don't have a nose for the supposed sweetness of the tin aroma despite the obvious bloom BUT once lit, the tobacco's sweetness does make it's presence known. Don't get me wrong, this is still a very bold blend, it's just that the sweetness is more on the level of black licorice rather than a "circus peanut".

Not an all day smoke for sure but well worth keeping on hand.

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Simenon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Simenon (15)
★★★☆
Overwhelming Very Strong Full Pleasant

Well this tobacco is truly out of the ordinary. It has more in common with some illegal substances than other pipe tobaccos.

The tin aroman is pure cocoa, very interesting.

While smoking, the flavour is of powerful (and somehow natural vanilla) but enjoyed by people in the room, including even non smokers.

But what is great about this tobacco is what it does to you: it lifts you up your chair; it makes you high, literaly!

I doubt its nicotine, since I can puff on dark Cuban cigars and feel sick from too much nicotine --but this feels way diferent. Its not the nicotine: its the Tonquin, stupid.

My prediction: This stuff gets outlawed or the formula changed in the next five years.

By the way I say I smoke this regularly, but this is only because its the highest recommendation available. According the classification available here, Coca-cola would rate over a $600 dollar bottle of wine just because you can drink coke everyday! Lol!

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port_and_pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
port_and_pipes (5)
★☆☆☆
Strong Extra Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

I have tried very hard to like this blend - it's apparently very close to how some of the earliest tobaccos tasted and I consider it a piece of living history in that regard. All I can say is I'm glad I'm living in the present. No matter how hard I tried, up to and including blending it with other tobaccos, the Tonquin flavour was just too overpowering. It reached a sickly stage within a third of a bowl.

The tobacco looks gorgeous, smells ok (if you like Tonquin/Vanilla) but unlike many vanilla-flavoured aromatic I just couldn't taste anything but the tonquin.

So if you like tonquin - fill your boots, but if you prefer the taste of tobacco (like me) then I'd strongly suggest looking elsewhere.

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Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (263)
★★☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Overwhelming

I imagine this is what pure, strong tobacco tasted like well over a century ago. I have tried this a number of times, and though it does smoke cool, it's just too much for me. It is one of the strongest flakes I can think of. It has that rope or pig's tail tobacco quality in the sense of a very rough and raw flavor.

Room aroma is definitely awful, leaving an almost pungent stench that has nothing to do with other "strong" room aroma, such as the incense like smell of Latakias or Orientals. The nicotine punch is very much in evidence and even if you smoke this flake in a calmly and paused manner, dizziness is, in my experience, inevitable.

Otherwise, this a real tobacco. Have a go and picture yourself in one of those XIXth century clippers, in the company of brawling sailors or pirates. Don't forget the parrot perched on your shoulder.

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imago Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
imago (63)
★★★☆
Very Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Tolerable to Strong

As a friend of mine would probably say, this stuff will "kick you in the teeth". There is no other word than "strong" for this tobacco. Of course, the two bowls I sampled were smoked in an Oom Paul...perhaps if I tried it in a smaller bowl, the effects wouldn't be so noticeable.

Despite the fact that this is the double espresso of pipe tobacco, I have a feeling that I will be craving it from time to time. There is something indescribable about it that is oddly alluring, despite the fact that the word "MULE" should be written on the outside of the tin.

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Phantom55 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Phantom55 (29)
★★★☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable

I put off trying this one because of the reviews I had read here. I finally tried it, and found out the worst thing about this blend is the casing. It is very peculiar and somewhat unpleasant as far as I am concerned. The tobacco burns very cool with no bite all the way down. I have had trouble keeping it lit, and find it smokes best in a larger bowl. No dizziness, cold sweats etc. it's just pipe tobacco, and nothing special as far as I am concerned. I can't imagine why they feel a need to case this stuff so heavily, as the casing is the predominant flavor and aroma. After smoking a half dozen bowls in various sizes, am still undecided whether I like this or not. The heavy casing just puts me off a bit, and wish they used a bit less of it. A tobacco interesting to try.

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Steve P-H Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steve P-H (6)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Just about everything has been said about this wonderful flake...just wanted to register it as one of my very favorites. I smoke it several times a week, before bedtime, in a small-bowled churchwarden meerschaum.

I'm not normally big on toppings, but the tonquin in this blend is delicious, perfectly harmonizing with the flavors of the dark flake. Very strong, but smooth.

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purpleronald Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
purpleronald (16)
★★★☆
Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Extra Strong

It's a great tobbaco...and could be a favorite but so far I smoke Balkan Sasieni and SG's Chocolate Flake more regularly... It's a potent nicotine blast - and I like it. Burns well and should satisfy most folks who prefer the natural complexity of tobacco to the perfumed casing of certain aromatics... With that being said , it reminds me of the importance the 'pipe' itself plays in the experience. I have some nice pipes...but the pipe I like best is my cheap rustic peterson 'tankard'. It's a sitter and very light. It's also not dedicated to a particular blend. In fact, it's nice to have such a pipe that offers a hint of Balkan Sasieni with your Chocolate Flake or a taste of Chocolate Flake as you burn down the bowl of Margate... 1792 is such a good blend of tobacco - it fits right in and doesn't disappoint the rotation! It's a nice full flavored experience and adds character to your pipe.

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Esoxhunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Esoxhunter (60)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong Mild to Medium Extra Full Tolerable to Strong

October 2004

If you are a cigar smoker looking to match the fullness of a Hoyo Rothschild or a Cohiba Robusto in a pipe tobacco, you need look no further. This is Terrific. Unlike some of the reviewers above, I fully rubbed this out for outdoor smoking and had no problem keeping it lit. I also loved the tangy tin aroma, unlike some other folks. It does pack a nicotine wallup, even for a lifelong cigarette smoker, and even if you don't inhale. Highly recommedned if you like a powerful smoke. This is by far my favorite Gawith product.

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Luke_Wyatt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Luke_Wyatt (7)
★★★★
Very Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Strong

I can't add too much to the recommendations here but if you need a good strong smoke and like virginia's, this is where your money goes. 1792 is the best virginia I've smoked to date.

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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (299)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

It was with fear and reverence that I approached this dreaded blend, After all, the ropes from the Lakeside district had made me sick (for nicotine strength and taste) and I had thrown them away in disgust. I did not smoke it on an empty stomach, but I was very careful not to inhale (though I did a couple of times by mistake). So I loaded it in a Tinsky dedicated to Virginias and fired away. Tin aroma is offensive (very fermented, not sweet at all, musty, leathery, almost cat piss) but not very strong.. After letting it open for a couple of hours, the offense to the nostrils is reduced. Similar to Brown Rope, but not nearly as harsh or intense. Very thick smoke, nice flavor, not flowery like some othery Lakeland tobaccos. Not excessively tasty, but the subtleties of taste are very good, natural and only minimally showing the tonquin flavoring. Nicotine strong? Yes, but not as scary as someone may say: at least in small bowls it CAN be smoked. Very relaxing, an almost druggy effect of well being, but not sickness. A good tobacco that I will keep smoking once in a while: I prefer other sweeter Virginias, or the equally dark but friendlier Dark Star, but 1792 isn't bad at all once in a while, and quite unique! Do not DGT, because it tastes bad and rough! Stinky room aroma to non -smokers (described as horse dung!), while cig smokers seem to like it. (Review based on tin version)

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Aureliano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Aureliano (5)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium Very Full Tolerable to Strong

I just tried this and Brown Rope #4. Both are excellent tobaccos. I prefer this tobacco alone rather than layered in other blends (unlike Brown Rope #4); mostly because the Tonquin flavor is very strong and overwhelms the flavors of the blend your strengthening. This is the quintessential strong smoke for me.

Like Brown Rope, this tobacco is a good after dinner smoke. It is very relaxing and satisfying. Smoke this slowly and deliberately and you will be more likely to enjoy it. As a sometimes hard puffer, I offer this advice from my own experience. This is a good tobacco to add to a blend that may lack taste. When I do this, I use it sparingly at first as to not overwhelm the base blend. I love experimenting with this because I love this tobacco so much (but I do find it difficult to smoke straight everyday).

I agree with other 1792 fans, give me this as I take my last breath and I'll be smiling as I go.

PS: Some of the other reviewers have commented that they got woosy the first time they smoked this and gave up. The blends that have done this to me that I have returned to are now my favorite blends. Tobaccos this strong aren't supposed to go down easy the first time; there is something to be said for making you work for it, I suppose! Give them another try!

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ArtGuy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ArtGuy (8)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming Mild to Medium Overwhelming Very Strong

Good Golly is this a strong tobacco! If you like nicotine then give this one a try. Me, I got woozy and had to sit down for several minutes after half a bowl.

Not my thing.

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JB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JB (40)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Very Strong Overwhelming Strong

I doubt that I can add much to the reviews already posted, but suffice to say, you have to experience 1792 to really understand what all of the talk is about.

And if you do decide to try it, do so on a full stomach (trust me on that one). It will go to work on your constitution by mid-bowl and you better be ready.

Also, as Tatum pointed out, the smell of some tins of 1792 is pretty bleak. Garbage might take offense to being compared to some tins of 1792 I've smelled.

However, if you can get past all of this, this tobacco can yield some very complex and interesting tastes. Stick with small flake bowls and be sure to write out your will first.

Good luck.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★★☆☆
Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I love the strength of this tobacco, but in measured doses. When I want a stout Virginian I prefer Royal Yacht over the tonquin aroma of 1792. I'd rather have a tobacco with backbone than a wispy thin aromatic. New smokers take caution, because if your not careful you'll feel violated.

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flint Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flint (30)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Sorry guys this one just kicked my butt. Very good flavor just too strong. Smoking this is like playing with a gorilla, the first 5 seconds are great after that you're screaming for mercy.

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Pounder 5000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pounder 5000 (178)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

WOW!!! You don't smoke something like that everyday! This stuff is intense. The nicotene will straight up punch you in the face if you're not ready for it! The strength is up there with Royal Yacht and the flavor although similiar to the same is stronger here. And you know what? I love it. This is a bold tobacco that takes no prisoners. Either you'll love it or you'll never touch it again. Either way it will only take about two seconds to figure it out. I find the tonquin bean flavoring to be exceptional, and the Virginia base superb. It smokes very cool and left no moisture in my pipe. SG started selling this in tins and I need to try it. If it is anything like the bulk form, I will have to cellar some tins. I alternate this and Royal Yacht as my end of the road smoke in the evening and it never gets tiring. And really- There's only tobacco in the mix!

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Horse Bodotes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Horse Bodotes (19)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Overwhelming

'I am Sam. Sam-I-Am' 'Do you like 1792 Flake (and Spam)?'

I do not like them, Sam-I-Am I do not like Brown Flake (or Spam)

'Do you like it, from the tin?' The revolting stench, it keeps me thin

'Do you like it in the house?' I cannot smoke it near the house, The stench infuriates my spouse

'Would you, could you, in the rain?' I would not, could not, in the rain, That acrid smoke, it gives me pain

'You may like it, you will see,' 'You may like it in a tree!' I do not like it in a tree, Let?s face it Sam, it?s not for me

I will not smoke it here or there, I will not smoke it anywhere I DO NOT LIKE 1792 FLAKE (OR SPAM), I DO NOT LIKE IT, SAM-I-AM!

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Briarabbit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Briarabbit (116)
★★☆☆
Overwhelming Very Mild Overwhelming Extra Strong

These soft dark chocolate flakes are quite moist and should be dryed out a bit. I rub this out fully,and still have trouble lighting it. Strength? Stronger than a government Mule! Taste? Stronger than agovernment Mule! Room note? Is the out house on fire? Please, what the hell is this stuff? I mean,it tastes good but it's so fussy and the nicotene content is pleasing,but makes me soo%*&%#^dizzy. It smells like wood when I cut it on the table saw.Like the sawdust smells when its hot. If you need a nicoteen kick and are trying to kick the crack habbit try this stuff.

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WxGuy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WxGuy (95)
★★★☆
Very Strong Medium Very Full Strong

Whoa, baby! This is strong tabak in every sense of the word- taste, nicotine, room note, etc. If this is an example of what tobaccos were like in the 1800s I can't imagine how those pipers survived to produce progeny. (Maybe they didn't!)

IMO, this stuff is more like a drug than a tobacco, and must be used with care, in small doses, and not in confined spaces, unless well-ventilated. I smoked a bowl in my office and could still detect the unique room note several days later. I also got a righteous case of the whirlys with my first bowls, until I had the true measure of this tobacco.

Still, I keep coming back. I have found that the unusual tonquin flavoring grows on me with repeated application. The full body of the smoke is also a winner, even though it is a bit harsh on the throat. Everyone should try this one (carefully) at least once in their piping career as a horizon broadener.

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Danno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Danno (87)
★★★☆
Strong Mild Full Tolerable

I found 1792 to basically be the flake version of XXRope. Same nauseating tin aroma, same no-nonsense taste. Fundamental difference, for me, was that I tasted certain sweet spots as the bowl progressed;these "tastes" were absent in the rope version. 1792 is a strong tabak and as such is best smoked in smaller doses, providing a very straightforward experience with only a small number of minor surprises. NB-for the rather affrontive tin aroma, the roomnote is surprisingly neutral.

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lvnvbiker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lvnvbiker (15)
★★★☆
Very Strong Mild to Medium Very Full Tolerable

The scent on opening reminded me of used urinal cakes, kinda rancid and minty at the same time. This flake is very dark, almost latakiaish in appearance and quite dense. Rubbing out it gets a smokey scent and crumbles easily. Man, this is some good stong stuff! Nice grey dry ash, and great flavor and plenty of nicotene! Smoke this in a small billiard! The taste is earthy and peppery, not at all like the smell in the tin...

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Geeper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Geeper (4)
★☆☆☆
Strong Strong Overwhelming Overwhelming

Open the tin and very greasy black flakes greet your eye and a smell of compost greets your nose. I routinely go around to my family and friends and get them to smell anything new I bring home before I even try it. No one was able to get a good smell because they would almost instantly pull back from the tin.

It seems to light well and stay lit even though it is greasy enough to leave stains on the wax paper in the tin.

The room note is VERY unpopular with everyone I know. The "wife rating" on this one would be a 0. I can get away with smoking anything but this with a group of smokers or non-smokers. (Yes, I have very forgiving friends most of the time) It took 2 weeks of not smoking this before people stopped saying "Sure you can light up as long as it's not that stinky one."

It tastes like unsweetened chocolate mixed with compost. Very heavy smoke, which is nice but a taste that just won't go away and does remain in any pipe for weeks after you try it.

Like I always say, if this is what they smoked in 1792 it's amazing we still smoke anything today. If this was all that was left on earth I would quit smoking. It was a real effort to finish the tin, and pipe smoking shouldn't be an effort.

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Gregor Samsa Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gregor Samsa (4)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong Extra Strong Extra Full Very Strong

This is a very occasional smoke, only in a small pipe, just before bed, and after a big meal. It's practically moist enough to smoke in a narghile (which I should try at some point) and quite heavily flavored with tonka bean essence, which according to the internet is apparently poisonous (but probably only if you eat it, which I'm not about to try.) I like it anyway. It smells like a gardening shop, floral, earthy, and indescribably humid. The slices are a little reluctant to rub out well, but effort is rewarded since if the pieces in your pipe are too big the flavor ends up even stronger than otherwise.

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pxi106 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pxi106 (17)
★★★★
Strong Mild to Medium Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I have finally found my "last smoke" tobacco. You know, "Let my last breath be inhaled from a pipe (of 1792)...." Sorry, Mr. Lamb.

Anyway, on the initial light I could tell. Pleasant Tonquin flavoring, strong but still letting the tobacco through. Blast of strength on the back of your throat.

I'm in love. Strength, pleasant flavoring, cool burning, slow burning, semi-pleasant aroma. Good stuff. Also, economical considering the actual amount needed to produce the desired effects.

In short, smoke it. If you don't like it, send it to me!

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sonny Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sonny (5)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Well I'm going to add my thoughts for what they're worth. I had read the prior reviews and decided that I would give this a whirl. While most other reviewers found this to be a rather, how should I say it, difficult smoke i.e., strong with a potent nicotine punch, I found that the nicotine punch just isn't there for me. Maybe too many years (5) of smoking Camel non-filter cigs.? On the other hand I finished the first bowl last night about a half hour before retiring for the night, and did get a small rush, but I attribute that to a lapse of around an hour or more before hand without smoking, usually have a pipe always at the ready. I did find the smell in the tin a little off-putting at first, but I have gotten used to it. Would I recommend this to someone, that depends, if they like things that are strong and they themselves have a strong constitution, yes, otherwise don't bother with it. I will however keep this on hand as a welcome break from my usual smoke. One other thing, I inhale when I smoke my pipes and this tobacco is no exception to the rule. Happy smoking! :)

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Grundie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Grundie (26)
★★★☆
Very Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

Like the other reviewers here I have to agree, this is one strong tobacco and is to be handled with care. The tobacco is quite sticky and oily and messes up your hands as you rub it out, I've never had this with any other flake I've smoked.

It is is easy to pack, but due to it's stickyness once you press it down it doesn't spring up like other tobaccos so pack it carefully. If you pack it too tightly, all you can do is empty the bowl and start again.

It's easy to light and right from the first puff you know you are dealing with one strong concoction. The smoke is very thick and creamy and you can almost feel texture in the smoke with your tongue. There is serious nictine aplenty here, don't inhlae this stuff or you might go blind.

The flavour is unmistakable virginia and quite strong it is too, but the orientals add a pleasant edge to it. There is a very mild sweetness to it, with overtones of cinamon and is that honeyness I can sense, hmm nice!

Despite the strength of this blend, I got no tongue bite and found it very cool burning. I suspect however a poorly filled pipe would be a different kettle of fish and you quite bad bite would result. Stick to small bowls and puff slowly, less ye shall go off on a mad nicotine rush.

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Daniel Morlan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Daniel Morlan (50)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Strong

I was a little put off by the similarity of the smell of this tobacco with bovine manure. The taste is unique, full, and fairly consistent throughout the bowl (if you smoke it carefully the whole time.) But it is quite intense. Under the right circumstances, I'd enjoy this tremendously, but it's not something you'd smoke if you were hungry.

I had to re-light this fella a few times. (8 to be exact.) and initially had to babysit it with the tamper. I admit that I smoked this at the wrong time, and to that end, it is HOW I smoked it that reduced the potential enjoyment of it. The taste is unlike anything I can compare it to. All I can say is that it's simply unique, worth trying, and in my case, I'll have it again, but not on an empty stomach, and not bright an early in the morning.

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Solar Pons Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Solar Pons (8)
★★★☆
Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

My first foray into strangely cased English tobaccos ended with disastorous results. It was over fifteen years later that I tried 1792 and enjoyed it. I now keep this around as well as some of the offerings from Gawith & Hogarth.

My current tin of 1792 is on the dry side and a bit difficult to light. I am currently smoking it in a well smoked 90 year old meerschaum which imparts a full, rich flavor. The tonquin flavoring, which dominates the blend, is hard to compare to other tobaccos. Fresh baked bread comes to mind, which is understandable since tonquin is also used in baking. I only smoke this relaxing at home even though I do not get a tonka buzz that others have felt.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the rich full tobacco of the English Lake district.

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Willy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Willy (75)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I'll only add my tuppence to the spot-on reviews already here. Sceny, Pokrsmkr, you guys nailed it. I like the flavor of this stuff, it did rub out fairly easily, took me a couple lights to get it going but proceeded to burn well, and seemed to be a top-notch flake, but after smoking this I know for sure why they used little bowls to smoke tobacco in. It wasn't just the price of tobacco in those days!!! I've never had a pipe tobacco make me dizzy like this one did, and laying down and putting one foot on the floor didn't stop the room from spinning. Seriously folks, I think with a little care in smoking this could be a good, flavorful tobacco especially after a filling evening meal when you retreat to the front porch to sit in the old wood rocker and listen to the multitude of night sounds while sipping on an after dinner coffee. The advantage is you're already sitting down.

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Albion1956 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Albion1956 (41)
★★★★
Strong Strong Very Full Tolerable

The amazing tonquin flavor, from the tonka bean, Dipteryx odorata. This is the essence of this blend, not to overshadow the excellently produced tobacco. This is one of those tobacco's you'll either love or hate. This is the second in a series of Virginia flakes that I tried when initiallly exposed to Lake District tobaccos. Natural, that is comes to mind when the tin is opened, the pressing of the tobacco, and then scented with the essence is sublime. The smell alone makes for some to get giddy headed. Small, thin flakes, sliced to perfection, and wraped. This, like FVF needs some air to become functional, and don't forget to put the lid back on because this has no PG and will go dry, in a hurry. This flake rubs out nice, and filling an old Pete with this seems to fit. The charring light seems to emit a flavor, odor, pungency, that cannot be left alone, in that I mean that it is alone, in it's own catagory, this stuff will light YOU up. The palate tries to discern the oncoming rush of variants, but to no avail, it capitulates to the realm of overintoxicating flavor. Middle way down the bowl the smoke with it's messengers, in the form of smoke rings, dance around the acrid atmosphere in a moment of almost asphyxiation from the presence of increased nicotine and tonquin. The bottom of the bowl emits little dottle, and a base of white ash. To indulge yourself in this pleasure, commit a pipe to it and explore. This is not a hallucinogenic, but merely a product of perfection, that can bring a feeling of exhilaration to those that partake. Enjoy

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Paul Tatum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paul Tatum (86)
★★★☆
Very Strong Strong Medium Pleasant

My first encounter with 1792 had me scared . Upon opening the tin it is a formidable tobacco . Very dark almost black leaf with an oily sheen , usually leaving a deep stain on the wax paper packing . The tin aroma is very strong and almost nausiating , but very flowery and pleasant once the taste for the tobacco is aquired . Smoking the tobacco mellows all the horrid tin bogies , and the smoke has always for me been cool and pleasant . The tonquin flavors mute down and actual tobacco flavors emerge . The nicotine hit is pretty substantial and makes this tobacco a good before bed smoke . I have a very hard time smoking this tobacco for the sole reason of it being difficult for me to get past the tin aroma , but once I finally get the stuff in my pipe and get it lit it's great stuff . Be aware that as of today ( 08/13/2001) there are some bad tins out there on the market . My local tobacconist has had to return his entire stock due to spoiled tobacco . The smell is very much like fermented garbage , like standing next to a country dumpster at noon in August . This aroma is muted to some degree in some of the spoiled tins . If you have tried this tobacco recently and hated it , this may be the reason .

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Sceny Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sceny (66)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong Very Strong Extra Full Very Strong

I believe that the best phrase to describe this tobacco is "love it or hate it." It is very strong, both in flavor and nicotine content, and totally unique in my experience. I enjoyed it a lot, once I was used to the nearly overwhelming flavor, but definitely avoid it if you can't stand Tonka! The aroma in the sample bag is strong and unique, with hints of sweetness and mustiness. The overwhelming note, however, is a strange smell that is totally new to me. This is, I think, the Tonka that is added to this tobacco; it isn't a bad smell, just very strong and unusual. The leaf is in very dark flakes, black with some brown thrown in. The flakes are on the moist side, but do rub out fairly easily. It packs easily when rubbed out and lights quickly, burning well with a below average number of relights needed. I approached this blend with caution, smoking it first in a small-bowled Stanwell out of respect for its strength. In the first third or the bowl, the initial burst of flavor is very close to the smell: the strong and different taste of Tonka, with a bit of sweetness as well. I quickly notice a slightly harsh tang that I normally associate with burley tobacco, especially when blown out through the nose. (By the way, I do not recommend blowing this out through the nose unless your sinus is asbestos-lined; and for the love of God, don't inhale! I will not be held responsible for the consequences!) The harshness isn't excessive, however, and by the end of this third, it dissipates. But still, the sweetness and tang always take a back seat to the Tonka. It isn't a bad flavor, per se, but it is very close to being too strong. On the plus side, I haven't yet seen any tongue bite from the smoke. In the second 1/3, the harshness is gone, and the Tonka has mellowed somewhat, though it is still the main taste present. The sweetness has merged with the Tonka flavor, and a sour taste has also joined in, the intensity of which varies with each puff. It isn't as bad now exhaled through the nose, though it is still very strong. On to the final third, and I'm starting to feel the nicotine. I'm glad I used a small pipe and ate a large meal before smoking this! The smoke is actually fairly smooth, at least as far as anything this strong could be smooth. The only way I could describe the taste is "unique"; the mixture of sweet, sour, and Tonka is full and strong. Indeed, it is perhaps the strongest flavored tobacco I've ever tried, and it is almost as strong at the very bottom of the bowl as at the beginning, though I'm more used to it at this point. The smoke is still bite-free and moisture is never a problem. Overall, this is an excellent after-dinner blend, though I couldn't imagine smoking it often. The power of this blend, both in taste and nicotine, would overwhelm the unprepared. I like the unique flavor, and with care I can handle the strength; I plan to buy a tin as an occasional treat. It certainly grows on you, the more you smoke it. I agree with other reviewers that this is a tobacco that everyone needs to try at least once; but use care, or we may be scraping you off the floor with a spatula. ;o)

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pokrsmokr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pokrsmokr (32)
★★☆☆
Extremely Strong Strong Very Full Very Strong

One of the most unique flake tobaccos I have come across; 1792 (or Cobb Flake as it is known across the pond) is, simply put, one hell of a kick ass tobacco. Now, I don't use the term kick ass to indicate it's one of my fvorites, rather that it will literally kick your butt when you smoke it. The first time I smoked it I packed it into a small (Dunhill size 1-2) mastro de paja billiard and got the nicotine O.D. hiccups about 1/3 the way through. Of course, it tasted so good I couldn't stop smoking it... so I alternated puffs and hiccups for the remainder of the smoke.

the flakes are very dark and oily, no doubt from the cooking process and the unmistakable flavoring. The tonka bean flavoring which is quite strong upon opening the tin has a nearly overwhelming presence upon lighting, easily eclipsing any of the VA tastes. It does dissipate about 1/3 to 1/2 through the bowl at which point the high quality VAs which comprise this flake can be appreciated -though the tonka flavor will continue to play peek-a-boo until the bowl is finished. This tobacco leaves an incredible ash and despite the strength of the tobacco, it doesn't seem to leave a ghostly presence in a pipe like a more haunting aromatic would.

this is not a tobacco I smoke often, nor could I consider it among my favorite tobaccos -but it is an experience. If you like strong, in-yer-face tobaccos, this is definitely a msut try... hell, even if you don't you've still got to try this at least once.

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Colonel Panic Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Colonel Panic (42)
★★☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Extra Strong

Pouch Aroma: This is a heavy, sweet-smelling tobacco. When it first arrived it was quite damp and the sweet, grassy and earthy smell was overpowering. After opening the baggie and setting it on top of my computer monitor overnight both moisture and aroma were reduced to a liveable level. I can't place the exact aroma I'm getting; it's a melange of molasses, honey, fermented clover hay and allspice. Interesting, but not what I usually go for!

Appearance: It arrived in longish flakes (3" or so) which I broke up for drying purposes but didn't rub out. It's about 90% dark brown and black with a light sprinkling of yellowish bits that could be stem and rib pieces. The flakes are about 1/16" thick and are soft and easily broken up.

Packing and Lighting: I'm sampling this tobacco first, in a newish Savinelli Linea Piu. It's not broken in yet but has already provided me with some great smokes - and I'm in the mood for that pipe this morning. Being indoors I'm going to rub the flakes out well, and I'll try them unrubbed when I take my evening walk tonight.

It rubs out into a nice mass of broken ribbon and loads quite easily. A pre-lighting draw brings a muted version of the pouch aroma, more of the molasses than anything else. The charring light is easily accomplished, with the tobacco raising a noticeable crown, and the initial flavor is that of spiciness, both of dark-fired tobacco and allspice. Blown out the nose there is a bit of a tingle, and I think there will be a nice bit of nicotine in this. I almost don't need to relight at all, but I tamp anyway and lay the pipe down and leave the room for a few minutes to get the room note, which is not as heavy as I would have thought. It's merely sweet, like the way the kitchen smells when I'm caramelizing sugar to bake a flan. No heavy overtones, just s soft musky sweetness.

Exposition: After the first relight, I get a good sense of the strength hidden under this mild-tasting, sweet tobacco. There is air-cured tobacco here, as it leaves a familiar taste in the back of my throat. The flavor, however, is light and soft, even when blown out the nose. The smoke rising from the bowl is quite sharp and spicy and reminds me of burning pear wood, leading me to believe that this might best have been smoked in my bent Peterson rather than this Lovat. Still, it's quite a nice smoke and it meshes well with the cool Russian Caravan tea (milk and sugar if you please!) that I'm drinking with it.

The Story: As the bowl burns down a little way, the sweetness gives way to a sourish, fermented flavor. The aroma reminds me of being far downwind of a cotton-candy vendor but the flavor is definitely changing, gaining in body and becoming more 'pointed'. It's pleasant, but the smoke rising from the bowl is getting a definite ammonia cast to it and I'm not fond of that part.

The sour note is getting more prominent now and is starting to come through in the room aroma a bit. It still smells nice but the taste is getting murky and sharp, reminding me of swampy smells. I lay the pipe aside to go out, as I want to see how it handles a relight after five minutes or so.

Prior to relight, I draw through the pipe and get the same unpleasant ammoniac flavor that a cigar can get if allowed to go out. The match brings this out sharply for a few puffs but it goes away soon, leaving a musty, musky flavor in its place; also, the allspice flavor is returning in force. The strength is definitely increasing, and if you're one who occasionally inhales your pipe, I wouldn't advise it with this tobacco!

Approaching the half-bowl point, the ammonia flavor is intensifying again. It's getting unpleasant, and if this wasn't an 'official review' I'd probably dump the bowl and smoke something light and sweet to get the taste out of my mouth! The problem here is that this nasty taste gets to the point of annoyance, then recedes so I get the soft, sweet, musty and spicy flavors that I like. Just when I get settled into it, the swampy taste comes back. Each relight brings this taste to the fore, then it fades away again. I thought I could cure the problem with liberal application of pipe cleaners but that doesn't help, although dumping the ash frequently makes it a bit more tolerable. It burns evenly, smokes cool and stays lit well, but I need more than tantalizing hints of what it could be to keep my interest. I think this is mostly burley, as that seems to be a common experience with me and air-cured tobacco.

Denouement: From the last third down, the flavor has been getting nastier and nastier. It has turned bitter, alkaline, ashy and sour and is leaving such a terrible taste in my mouth that I'm officially abandoning it. After I dump it, I'll clean the pipe thoroughly with alcohol (bowl and all) and condition it with vinegar to get rid of the rank ammonia smell that it seems intent on leaving in my pipe. Gack.

Pros: It starts out nicely enough, and holds up well until the halfway point. The room aroma is quite pleasant, and the flavor is smooth and enjoyable.

Cons: Everything from the halfway point on. 'Nuff said.

Addendum: It's now 3 days later and I'm trying it again - this time in a blasted Stanwell Hans Christian Andersen #1. It's broken in better than the Savinelli and is very forgiving when it comes to what I smoke in it. It's starting out similarly, but I'm really waiting for the half-bowl point to see if I can get an enjoyable smoke out of this sample.

So far, this smoke is much better than the last. The sour, ammoniac swampy flavor and odor is much more in the background but it's still not something I could honestly say that I like a lot. The finish is MUCH better in this pipe - I don't know if it's just this pipe or the fact that it's well broken-in, but I'm almost enjoying the smoke this time. It still didn't smoke easily all the way to dry ash, but at least it didn't gag me this time!

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