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For over two centuries, the blenders and spinners of Samuel Gawith, Kendal, have been producing the famous Kendal Twists. Coal miners, both underground and on the ground, have been chewing our Pigtails , whilst pipe smokers have savoured the rich flavours and slow burning characteristics of the thick Brown No.4 and Black XX. All of our twist tobaccos can be smoked either flavoured or un-flavoured. Some of our popular flavours are black cherry, rum, whiskey and apple. All twists are available pre-packed or on the roll. Because the process is almost entirely by hand, quality control ensures consistency of excellence.

Notes: pigtail - thin, bogie - medium, Irish - thick.

BrandSamuel Gawith
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
ContentsVirginia
FlavoringNone
CutRope
Packagingpre-packed (tin) or on the roll.
CountryUK
ProductionCurrently available
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Overwhelming
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Overwhelming
Room Note
Extra Strong, Overwhelming
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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (529)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming None Detected Overwhelming Very Strong

Another easy review, this time with less than a full bowl.

The effect is like bonging hot air, and it knocked my head off. This stuff is the reason men didn't live very long in the 17-1800's. Yes, it's tobacco, but it has no depth, no nuance, no harmonious exchange of blending and no complexity of any kind. It starts off strong and full and finishes like the exhaust pipe of a bus. If you like this kind of flavor, find a cigarette smoker and empty his ashtrays in your mouth. Swish the ashes around in your mouth for awhile and enjoy.

Absolutely not recommended for anyone with discerning taste buds - at least if they want to keep them.

UPDATE 11/28/10

I received some of this from an internet pipe buddy who suggested that since it had been aging in his cellar for almost 3 years, it was likely mellower and more flavorful than the new tin I smoked from in the review above. Being a brave and silly soul, I tried it. I made it halfway through the bowl before discarding - by sheer force of will.

My review above stands except for one small thing... I'm no longer sure this is even tobacco. It's not the strongest blend I've ever smoked but it's by far the harshest. If it were a cigar, it would be a Dutch Masters that has been lying open on the ground for 90 days in the heat of summer and pelted with all manner of precipitation, both natural and man-produced. I can't imagine anyone enjoying this. But then again, Neil Diamond had a long, prosperous career, so there is no accounting for taste in this world. All of this silly prose is just my way of saying try this at your own risk. If you enjoy it, more power to you.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

loosewatches Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
loosewatches (108)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Extra Full Very Strong

Just corrected a couple typos........sorry for the intrusion....

from 04/09/2008:

This is the first rope I did not like. Many people compare tobacco flavors they don't like to things (I hope) they have not tasted. Well, to me, this tastes like burnt motor oil which, of course, is just a hunch.

There is plenty of flavor here, but it is singular in nausiosity and will stick with you and your pipe. Not a good thing. I'm a big fan of stoved tobaccos, but I can't imagine how long this was cooked to achieve the sharp, oily, actually evil flavor that resides within its black coils.

However, I am a trooper and will smoke more of this. I expect it will one day become an occasional curiosity smoke for me due to it's uniquely high level of ultra-wretchedness. That is to say, I'm too cheap to throw the shit out.

On the plus side, when tobacco is illegal and all the farms are burned and gone, when most of you are in jail for committing pipe smoking, when every last cellared tin has been sequestered and when the thought police aren't watching, I'll sneak out this last (thankfully) forgotten tidbit of tobacco and rejoice at having not smoked my entire stash.

How will I still have this bit of vicious black contraband while the rest of the world goes smokeless? I'm beginning to think this is not even tobacco.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (178)
★☆☆☆
Strong Mild to Medium Full Strong

Looks like a doggie grunt rope. Taste like I would imagine a doggie grunt rope would taste.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Archo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Archo (6)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming Very Strong Overwhelming Strong

Oh my God!!!

After a five or six puffs my windpipe snapped shut and I could feel the Reapers bony hand tapping me on the shoulder. I knew it was time to stop and step away from the pipe.

Only for those who have a death wish!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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

Hello...........is there anybdoy out there? My head is spinning and I feel faint. My pants are half off, and on backwards. I have a tattoo I don't remember getting. Boy I have a bruise on my head. What has happened to me? Yes, you too can feel this way when you smoke this really strong tobacco. Stay away from this stuff if you have a heart problem. The nicotene is powerful enough to knock the steam off a mule fart.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Maimonides Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Maimonides (70)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming None Detected Overwhelming Overwhelming

This is for the Hearty, Leather Men, Not for the average joe. I recommend keeping it around for visitors- to try, what I feel, May be the STRONGEST. It is caustic smoke, Burning Leather, Earth ,ROBUST.. However, If you use a very narrow, small pipe, flavor can be detected. (Through The Smoke I Mean...) Whip It Out At Parties! Otherwise it hurts my stomach. - back when this type stuff was smoked, it was usually smoked in a long thin clay pipe with a little bitty bowl. It might be good this way........Otherwise, its too expensive for curiosities sake.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1004)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming Mild Overwhelming Overwhelming

I made my way through one third of a bowl then fell off my horse.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (109)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

Once this settles in, it is an excellent smoking, sweet, pure tobacco. Much less sharp or edgy than Cockstrong or Picayune. Smokes clean and dry through the bowl. Floral essences wind their way through the smoke, along with an anise or licorice note. Very tasty. 4*.

Pipe Used: MM

Age When Smoked: Undated tin recently purchased.

Purchased From: Smokes on Burdick, Kalamazoo, MI

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PitmanPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PitmanPipe (2)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Reading other reviews I thought I would dislike this. Do like a strong smoke, but not harsh. This ain't harsh at all. Have inhaled just to see what happens and not overwhelmed at all. A real, proper baccy that I will buy again. Just have to see how I feel when I finish the bowl!

(12/02/12 Had to update. This is a wonderful tobacco. Can't describe taste but very tasty to me. You get loads of thick smoke. Very pleasant room note, but don't know what non-smokers or even non-pipesmokers will think!)

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Holmlover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Holmlover (16)
★★☆☆
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Overwhelming

I had the good fortune to try this with several much more mature and experienced smokers than myself at pipe show a few years back. The product (note the scarce use of the word tobacco!) had been shelved for a couple years to mature and it was the only experience with a rope tobacco I have ever had. This is certainly not a product for all tastes to be sure, but I will never forget the strength of this stuff. CAUTION TO THE MARRIED: try at home only with divorce insurance! Room note is off the charts.

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DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (108)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming None Detected Overwhelming Overwhelming

Aaargh!! This is a pure, old-fashioned, uncased tobacco, full flavoured (to say the least of it) and murderously strong. I do - I really do - mean murderously strong. Oh, Lord!

It's very tedious to prepare for the pipe, and I found that it needed constant relighting (probably because I didn't take enough trouble to prepare it properly). The room note is horrendous.

If you like your baccy strong, rough and uncompromising, this is the horse for you; but be warned: this stuff is definitely not for the meek. When I can face smoking again, I'll not touch this.

It all depends on what you like; but, judging according to my own reaction to it, I wouldn't recommend it. It'll certainly kill the fleas on the cat, though. Be warned, by the way: it'll ghost up your pipe something awful. If you try it in a pipe you like, the memory will linger on for some time.

Some people actually chew this, apparently; which only goes to show that there are some mighty odd people in this world.

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Roddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Roddy (41)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Not a bad tobacco. From the other reviews I had to try it. I don't get the big nicotine thing out of it. Mostly I guess because I also smoke cigarettes, nasal snuff, cigars, etc. The taste is a bit odd but I've found after four bowls in a row that I rather like it. Give it a chance. If you don't like it send it to me!

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Big bad Jon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big bad Jon (232)
★☆☆☆
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Extra Strong

Like may others who have tried this blend, it was more of a curiosity that made me do it... What a mistake, the nicotine was crazy and the taste was so unrefined that I would rather give up smoking than smoke this again! My throat hurt I was dizzy and crap I only got through about a third of the bowl. Bizarrely enough I still wonder how the bowl would have finished.

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Juna Gu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Juna Gu (31)
★★☆☆
Extremely Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

Yeah I'm not sure abouth the possibility of recommending this to anyone, but it is obviously of good quality. Black XXX is a like a porn star of tobaccos. At first I took to unwrapping the leaves and stretching them out and then tearing them up and leaving them to dry before rubbing and fillin a bowl. It smoked ok that way, but eventually I just took a knife to it and, yep, that's the way to do it. It is very strong (it bears repeating I suppose) but I got a few enjoyable bowls out it, especially if the weather was too grim for words and spending any time out of doors was unpleasant (oh why why why the smoking ban in pubs in UK? just folly), then this held a few quick hits every now and again; itcertainly delivers the goods. This is not a refined taste; it is primitive, coarse. I foun myself smokin it in primordial weather conditions not far from Hadrians Wall and it indeed was quite a comfort in that situation and it seemed to smoke better for it. You might even describe this as medicinal. If I had the spare resources I'd always carry a little bit. Might come in handy to mix every now and then.

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imago Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
imago (63)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming Extremely Mild Full Extra Strong

Unless you have a stomach of cast-iron, stay away from this stuff.

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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (294)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming None Detected Medium to Full Strong

I thought I was tough, but this tobacco made me collapse. They said it was strong, so I had to try and ordered a 25g piece of rope from Synjeco... The look is incredible: a large rope, so tightly pressed that it looks like a piece of leather, very smooth , oily and shiny. I cut four thin slices and rubbed them in a little pipe, then lit... WHAM! It immediately struck a devilish blow, so strong that it made me wonder if it wasn't better for me to lay down the pipe and raise the white flag of defeat: this stuff made me cough like hell! I persisted, in pain (my throat hurt!) and suffocated by the thick smoke... The taste is not very deep, under the strong surface. Some sweetness, some spicyness, some licorice hints. After five minutes I had to give up, not much for the nicotine, but for the aggressiveness of the smoke to my throat and mouth... Subsequent bowls were a little better: no more dizziness and less harshness, but this is still too strong and tickling for me. A word of caution: don't underestimate this tobacco! Those who say it is overwhelmingly strong are not joking! This stuff is made for killing rhinoceros, not for smoking! I suggest Samuel Gawith's Brown Pigtail, instead, if you are looking for a nice rope tobacco.

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Inquisitor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Inquisitor (155)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Strong None Detected Mild Tolerable to Strong

Whew! SG has black ropes X, XX and XXX. The XXX is steam-pressed the longest. The flavors produced by the XX and XXX, however, border on bland, while the strength is off the charts. Okay for the lover of nicotine, a bit tastier than the brown ropes, but overall a taste that would appeal to a very small segment of the pipe-smoking population.

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MsftMan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MsftMan (2)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Extra Strong

Sorry wrong tobacco reviewed... please see Gawith & Hoggarth Black Irish Twist. Which is known as G&H Black Irish X (Rope).

Nobody has rated this review yet.

BriarChef Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarChef (100)
★★☆☆
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Very Strong

"Oh Boy! Tobacco! Heavy on the thirty weight Mom!"

I like nicotine, but prefer to smoke it, not mainline it directly into my aorta. This must be that stuff they used on Uma Thurman when she OD'd in Pulp Fiction.

My experience was similar to Pipestud's, only after I fell off my horse, she dropped a meadow muffin on me then kicked me a few times for good measure.

Evil.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

dualkarnain Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dualkarnain (69)
★★★★
Overwhelming Extremely Mild Overwhelming Extra Strong

Yhe four horsemen of the apocalypse decided to have a tea party in my mouth. I am bowled over.

Yet intrigued.

Images evoked include global warming.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

wolf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wolf (5)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Extra Strong

I smoke this only in the winter months. I find when ever I have a cold or one coming on a few pipes of this with some fine single malt seems to cure or drive th cold away. Albeit , I have to open the windows because even with the door closed my other half says the smell is overpowering. So I smoke in in Jan/feb with the windows wide open so the smoke will vanish into the ice cold air. But to me it is worthy of a "Winters Tale". If the Romans had had tobacco, this is what they would have smoked, when they pulled guard duty on the Scottish border on Hadrians Wall, while freezing their butts off in a wollen toga.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Steerpike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steerpike (60)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

Very delicious dark pressed tobacco for the lover of ropes and plugs. Comes as a thick, hard pressed lump of shiny black tobacco, smelling faintly of smoke like lapsang souchong tea, with an earthy, leathery tobacco smell underneath.

Chop off a few slices with a sharp pocketknife, dont worry if they are irregular, you are slicing plug, not making flakes. Some thick clumps and some finer ribbons is ideal. Rub it together and fill a clay pipe, and fire up for old fasioned smoking pleasure. Very enjoyable out of doors in a howling, freezing gale, it cheers the heart. The flavour is slightly smokey, in a way unlike Latakia, more like bacon perhaps, wood, peat and autumn leaf smoke. Slight sweetness, earthy, leathery and woody flavours can be detected. The flavour remains constant throughout. Very rustic in character.

It is rather strong, but not overwhelming, not so strong as the bogies. It is not harsh like the bogies either, but is smooth, and burns cool even in the strongest wind. It never bites, although can get a little rough if let to go out and then relit much later.

A lump of this, a clay, a penknife and some matches should be in every mans pocket on a cold and windy day outdoors.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Pkloop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pkloop (41)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Strong..yes. But I like it. Nothing better than a Jack Daniels on the rocks and a bowl of "black death" as its sometimes called. But then again I've smoked straight perique and enjoyed it. Not for the timid.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.