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Description from Finest Kendal Twist. Spun dark fired tobaccos in their natural form give No.4 a slow, full flavoured and full strength smoke.

BrandSamuel Gawith
Blended BySamuel Gawith
Manufactured BySamuel Gawith
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsCigar Leaf, Kentucky, Virginia
Packaging25 grams pouch, 50 grams tin, bulk
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

A full strength rope of rich Virginias with bold earthiness, some cigar notes, a little spice, and a mild, tangy dark fruit sweetness with enough creaminess that helps the smoker handle its strength. There's some Kentucky burley in here to add to the woody smokiness, and it also provides a minor nuttiness. One dimensional perhaps, but it will satisfy your nicotine craving very easily (lots of it is here), so a small to medium size bowl is recommended. Puff slowly, and don't smoke it dry or you'll likely experience some bitterness in the latter quarter of the bowl. Can have a rough edge even when not dried out, but it won't bite. Burns slow, requires relights, and leaves a little moisture in the bowl, but no dottle. Has a lingering after taste and room note. Unless you're from the planet Krypton, you'd better eat a full meal first.

24 people found this review helpful.

panduji68 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
panduji68 (28)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

First off, let me say that I have been wanting to sample this offering from Samuel Gawith for quite some time. When my two tins arrived in the post, I was beyond excited to say the least. Upon opening one of the tins (I plan on cellaring the other tin for years), I observed what appeared to be reasonable facsimiles of two dog droppings deposited in my tin. Knowing these weren't actual canine feces, I put my nose over the tin and wafted the aroma toward my nose. Never having tried this twist tobacco, the aroma was quite alarming. It was more of a fine cigar than any pipe tobacco I have sampled. It was not offensive, just not what I had expected.

I took my favorite German Wusthof kitchen knife (sharp beyond the bounds of reason) and cut off a 1/4 inch thick coin of this dark tobacco by just pushing downward upon it. It was then that I noticed how beautiful this dog turd looking twist of tobacco I was holding in my hand truly was. As I examined it, I realized it was completely whole tobacco leaf in it's purest form. It was not cut, mutilated, chopped, diced or otherwise molested in any manner. It was a whole tobacco leaf twisted into a rope. I put the twist back into the tin, and attempted to take the coin I had cut and rub it out between my palms. Initially, it appeared to rub out just fine, and expanded nicely into a medium sized bowl's worth of tobacco. When I squeezed it between my fingers, it felt a bit moist, and upon further examination did not rub out all that well at all. I began pulling apart the pieces, and they stretched out into almost 2 inch long quarter inch wide ribbon cut looking leaves. Duh... This is whole tobacco leaf! It was beautiful! I then took the ribbons and broke them into smaller pieces reminiscent of a cross cut tobacco. Now, it looked like it would actually take light.

I packed a large bowl 601 Savinelli Church Warden because I was expecting a rather hot smoke. It packed nicely, and took off burning like champ after two charring lights and occasional tamping. Counterintuitive, it burned very cool. Although I had been expecting a huge wallop of nicotine from the reviews here, I found the N content no more menacing than Royal Yacht, Irish Flake, or 1792. It was definitely making itself present, but not at all overpowering and did not catch me unawares. It merely settled me into my leather recliner to contemplate it further. A very full flavored but almost single dimensional smoke ensued. Very cigar like on the palate with a room note to match. My beautiful wife (who is amazingly tolerant and even loving of latakia, virginia and burley room notes) politely informed me of the following: "that pipe smells a bit ripe honey." Taking the hint, I retired onto the patio to ruminate over the remainder of the smoke.

A very good, quality tobacco no doubt! A bit harsh at the beginning of the bowl if exhaled through the nose, then settles down a bit toward the end becoming quite enjoyable and even slightly sweet. I must retract my "one dimensional" statement at this point due to this sweetness at the end. It now seems two dimensional. The nicotine does increase at the end of the bowl, and this is no tobacco for hippies, metrosexuals, or the casual and occasional piper. This is a man's tobacco, and presents itself as such with no pretentiousness in it's appearance and tin aroma. I really like it as an occasional after dinner, having eaten too much, paired with a quality Kentucky Bourbon type of smoke. I view it as an occasional treat.

I forgot to add that pipe smoking has taught me to be deliberate and have patience. My "I want it now" mentality has gone out the window due to several bad experiences with not allowing pipe tobacco to dry out, age, cellar, etc... before smoking. This is a wonderful tobacco to prepare and get excited about. The ritual involved in smoking it is akin to a hot towel on the face, pre-shave oil, single blade safety razor wet shave with a fine badger hair brush all lathered up, followed by Pinaud Clubman aftershave lotion. A ritual truly worthy of it's end result. Complete relaxation and satisfaction!

16 people found this review helpful.

who broke my clay pipe? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
who broke my clay pipe? (61)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

Tin appearance:like a badly formed cigar(well it is a rope of course),dryish to the touch and looser than the "black xx" variant..

Tin aroma:mild and innofensive(surprising ;because of its legend i was expecting something pungent),cigarish or brown tobacco smell,,almost no odour really..

Preparation:I take a chunk offcut that was already loose and rub it out(well i actually used a bud grinder)and it was easier to process than the rubbery "black xx" variant.

I load into my 6" georgian clay (my favourite standard pipe BTW, and not because i am smoking this).

Lighting:It burns strait away which gives it an advantage over "black xx" which needs to be completely dried out,,,;this seems more geared for smoking than chewing(i don't actually chew though)

Flavour:a mild cigar(pff!,,:i won't say i was dissapointed because to be honest;after smoking the "black xx"variant which i found bloody strong,this was actually a pleasant surprise!)..

Oppinion:Well? - this is supposed to be the stronger nicoteen and tar version of "black xx"?,,;who did the testing to find that out,a labratory?,,;put it this way;it couldn't of been anybody human who has actually smoked them back to back!,,:I am actually writing this review while still making my mind up what to do with the two tins i bought of the 50g "black xx" which i am currently drying out 25g's worth shredded up,waiting for it to dry out as much as i can before i get a final and fair oppinion of it as a smoke..

More:This is basically nice to smoke but it will make you cough if you take it back,also it has none of that paracetamol and vodka spirit aftertaste/nicoteen flavour that "black xx" has,,nor does it have any diesal sump oil flavour factor either.. I dont even feel spun out and i have had two bowls in a row(admittedly only clay pipe sized,but i did give it a good thermodynamic punishment like i do in all tobacco trials to see what its made of, and what the maximum flavour is that i can coax out of it ,which would burn out a briar bowl)..

More:(admittedly on trying out the "black xx" i had already been caning about 4 flakes worth of "irish flake" before hand,so i may of reached my nicoteen powerband and was already over reving) I am sniffing the tin of "brown #4"again and it reminds me of uncooked pork sausages slightly,,,;like the smell when you just pull them out of the cling film on that polystyrene tray,,;simular actually to when smoking "irish flake" which has a pork and apple taste;this rope has a slightly porky flavour(but not bacon)..(I did use a different pipe so its definately not a ghost)..

AND:The mildness of this and the raw strength of the "black xx" makes me think i will later try blending the two if i can't happily smoke the "black xx on its own(i got to get rid of it somehow),,but for now i will give them both more time separately before reaching a final judgement..I'm gona have another bowl of "brown #4" now and will give my final judgement when finishing this tin off lest i have judged it too prematurely..

FINAL OPPINION :¬):Like "black xx",preshredding and letting it dry out improves the smoke(not that it was wet to begin with),,,some of its mild rubber aftertaste is softened considerably and the dry cigarish factor is toned down as well.

This is quite a pleasant full bodied smoke as long as you remember not to inhale or let the smoke blow in your eyes;its flavour is quite mild and dry actually and tastes quitew like a mildly smoked frankfurter hotdog sausage(if you sip and pack the bowl right or have a drink or biscuit on hand you won't get aftertaste spoiling your session)

I still maintain that i think the "black xx" is is stronger though,,;this may be down to the fact that"black xx" is denser and so i am possibly getting more mass of baccy per bowl volume than "brown #4" in the same bowl,even if "brown #4"is theoretically the stronger smoke..

I will likely purchase the "brown #4" rope in future over the "black xx" by choice because as a stand alone it is quite unique and i favour "gawith and hoggarths dark large xx plug" more than "SG's black xx";there is no point in smoking one thing wishing it was something else esp when the tastes are within a nats cock of each other;"dark xx plug"has a beef factor which i miss in "black xx".

"Brown #4" also burns faster than "black xx" and is quite a fast burner for a cool smoke..I think i prefer "brown #4" to "petersons irish flake" as well because it is not cased(plus i think "university flake is preferable to "irish flake" because it tases more unique compared to my choice of archetypal smokes within a genre) The only drawback that "brown #4" has compared to "irish flake is that "irish flake" burns really slowly and lasts double time what most other baccys do,whereas "brown #4"is quite quickly over.

I can't say much about "brown #4's" room note because i smoked it outside other than it is like a very mild cigar. Its a good breaktime blaster before another smokeless work session..

I just want to add because i feel that it is important that;blending a 50/50 mix of "brown #4" and "black xx" produces a combineed smoke that is better than either of them separately,,;they cancel out each others bad spots to produce a more rounded and fuller tasting blend which is how i think i will continue to consumme "black xx",,,(brown #4 is ok on its own but tastes a bit empty when compared to this mixture)..

The flavour of 50/50 "brown#4"/"blackxx" tastes like a barbequed sausage(banger) and has a moreish factor that is greater than the separate components.And the more ready to burn nature of "brown#4" helps to burn the "blackxx" better...

Glad i tried these ropes!

Update 21/05/11:I have been smoking this for a couple of months and really enjoy it;a paradigm change has happened in my tastes,and i have aclimatised to strong ropes and plugs nicely.

Having been out of the tin a couple of month and jarred,i can say that its strength has got milder and it has become a more approachable and easy smoke(the same goes for the black XX rope as well) When strait out of the tin i can honestly say this is the strongest nicoteen tobacco i have tasted but,after 2 months this has become milder where as Irish Flake which i purchased at the same time has actually got stronger with age and drying out of the tin.So i am now thinking that Irish Flake is the strongest pipe tobacco i know of. Anyway i thoroughly enjoy a pipe of brown#4 whether new or jarred,it is still a very strong tobacco in either case and gives a satisfying strong smoke.

I will definately repurchase some more.

12 people found this review helpful.

Blackhorse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blackhorse (90)
Very Strong Mild Full Strong

This is one of those "end of the line" tobaccos. By that I mean, for me, I got into pipe smoking many, many years ago (about fifty) and started out smoking sweet pouch junk. Then year by happy year I graduated to other more serious and refined types of blends. After all this time I have fixed to two genres. One is multifaceted mixes of VA, Burley, Turkish (no Latakia), with maybe Dark Fired, maybe Perique and/or Cigar Leaf. Like Old Pebblecut, Honor's Blend or several John Patton blends. The other main genre is this...the dark, nasty, kick ass Brit blend. Dark Plug & Flake, the sweet favored ropes & twists, etc. I call 'em End of the Line cause when all your years of pipe smoking lead to the real McCoy of tobaccos...this is where you land. If you don't like 'em... you're just not there yet. Simple. Smoke 'em slow and with care. Try a little DGT. If you're into Black Cherry blends or smoke only Aros, there's no point wasting your money on these, yet. If you smoke only Latakia or Balkan blends, you'll find these lacking that succulent dead campfire flavor. If you smoke cigars in addition to pipes, cigars like Pepin Garcia's... San Cristobal... Cain... Camacho... SERIOUS cigars? Then you will 'get' what the Gawith power lineup is all about. My opinion.

Pipe Used: Prince works well, other small bowls too.

Age When Smoked: Aged 5 yrs & fresh

Purchased From: Various

Similar Blends: Other Gawith plain twists & ropes..

8 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

Members of our pipe club meeting had fun with this rope when one of the members brought some a year or so ago. I cut a few coins and took forever to get the chopped leaf in my pipe. Very stout and sure did have a heavy cigar like flavor in a pipe sort of way, if that makes sense. A blend that was powered by Burley and Virginia though. Unique? You bet, and mighty full in the taste department.


8 people found this review helpful.

Mesh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mesh (50)
Extremely Strong None Detected Medium to Full Strong

I find this very high quality tobacco too strong to smoke on its own, but I'm currently going through a jar containing this and Davidoff Scottish Mixture, which is too mild and boring to smoke alone (apologies to any fans). The result is a strong, easy burning, flavourful blend perfect for the evening.

The moral of the story: if you can't stomach the strength or taste of Brown Rope, try mixing it with a tin of mediocrity which you wish you hadn't bought!

6 people found this review helpful.

Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (139)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

I bought a 25g pouch of this recently mainly due to financial constraints. Now I really wished I gone for 50g. Let's see why.

This is an uber-thick rope, a little damp with it's medium brown colour and fairly loosely wound leaves. It smells of something sweet, I can't quite put my finger on it. It's not fruity and it's not confectionery. It slices easily though packing can be a bit of a pain if it's not chopped up to well. When lit, it takes a bit to get going but once it is it stays on it's feet. The smoke continues where the pouch aroma left off, sweet with a little added earthyness. Cigars have been mentioned in previous reviews, I can't say I've smoked enough of those to be able to judge. Nonetheless a very nice flavour. My only real complaint, aside from not buying enough, is that it smokes a little too quickly for my liking, though it does give me a reason to load up another bowl. As for the strength, I'll have to go against the grain and say it wasn't that bad, quite mild in fact. But I have smoked this one off the back of some quite tangy plugs, so maybe I'm becoming numbed to the presence of Grandfather N.

Perhaps lacking a little wow factor, this is still a very satisfying smoke and will certainly avail myself of more at the earliest opportunity.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gent

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the pouch

Purchased From: MySmokingShop

5 people found this review helpful.

initials SG Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
initials SG (29)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Strong

Forget the hype about nicotine strength, finicky preparation, and overwhelming flavor. Not so, not so... nothing to be intimidated about unless your nicotine tolerance is extremely low.

Just slice off a few coins with scissors or a cigar cutter, stuff them loosely in a small or medium chambered pipe, pour a drink, and enjoy puffing out clouds of smooth, cool, earthy vapor.

Not nearly enough nicotine to knock my socks off, although there is a fair amount. When smoking it for the first time I thought about stopping myself from inhaling now and again as I like to do, but contrary to some of the comments on here I will inhale a bit without getting overwhelmed by nicotine. I am not Superman. Can't inhale with Bracken Flake or Black XX as a comparison.

Honest dark tobacco flavor with some subtle sweetness, nothing more, nothing less. Tobacco for tobacco lovers. Good if you like the dark stuff and just want an honest no-frills smoke.

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: several years

5 people found this review helpful.

Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (137)
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

I have smoked a lot of this before reviewing. Normally I base reviews off of a tin or 2 oz. sample but this has been a 250g inquiry. First, I see a lot of comments about a one dimensional smoke. That might be true to a point. Thinking about it it these big blends are a lot like coffee. If you don't get a lot of underlying notes in coffee then perhaps you will not get a lot in this either. So if you cannot tell the difference between Folgers and Kona coffee for example than this might not be the blend for you.

The taste is full and rich. I get notes of damp earth (think about the smell of digging a hill of potato's when the soils is just right) some notes of manure/barnyard (but in a good way, if you are a cigar smoker then you will understand what I mean by this), notes of black tea and a very creamy note that was rather surprising for being such a full smoke. A very slight sweetness that comes in at about mid bowl that reminds me a lot of toasted wheat bread and roasted rye grain for lack of anything to really compare it to. So not a sweet VA by any means but this must be from the VA's nonetheless. You will get a Nick hit from this so smoking after a meal is best.

To prepare this, I use an old cigar cutter and cut of very thin slices. Cutting it as close to a fine ribbon but not quite a proper shag cut as I can get. It is a little moist but not too much so. After peeling the tobacco into shreds I let it sit for 10-15 min. but no longer. I don't want this crispy dry or I miss a lot of the subtle notes. This is fast becoming a favorite smoke for me.

Pipe Used: Meer only

Age When Smoked: ROTT

5 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1644)
Extremely Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant

Samuel Gawith Brown No.4.

Oh yes, this is a real hearty/strong smoke! The rope itself is thick in construction- so to prepare it I couldn't see the point in even trying scissors, I used an extremely sharp craft knife. The rope arrived a little on the moist side, not particularly wet but for maximum pleasure I suggest some airing time. I really would advise against inhaling the smoke, unless you have a death wish! The quantity of nicotine is immense! Other than the amount of N I find the smoke a delight. The flavour is very full and it seems to be a pretty even split between the Kentucky and the Virginia. Both of the tobacco tastes can be appreciated in their entirety, an almost nutty Kentucky along with a pleasing hay note from the Virginia. Another good point is the temperature. It's quite cool and bite free so it makes for a good blend to unwind with. Well, unwind with unless you inhale the almost toxic in strength smoke!

Due to the strength I can't see everyone enjoying this but if smoked for flavour it's a real joy!

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: My Smoking Shop

4 people found this review helpful.

blackbox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
blackbox (3)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Well. How to start? I have a really hard time trying to rate and describe this tobacco! The best way to go - regardless of whether it may be wine, whisky, tobacco or anything else for that matter - would be to state whether or not I like the taste. And the answer to that question is: Sometimes! For me, this is a tobacco which tends to hit the spot in those cases, when any other tobacco just wont do it. And I don't mean strength-wise. This consideration relates solely to the taste. The tobacco I smoked was quite a few years old and no matter the method of packing or the speed of smoking it, there just wasn't any sweetness in it. If you are looking for a strong, dark, fruity taste, this isn't the one. I would describe it as sitting in front of a bonfire and popping in two portions of Siberia snus while sucking on a couple of leaves of Lapsang Souchong. You might have noticed that I find it quite hard to describe the experience in conventional terms... It's cigarlike, it's very herbal and I guess it's very strong as well. I can't quite say how strong it really is, since I am somewhat used to high levels of nicotine. But to be fair, it is one of a handful of tobaccos in which I do notice the nicotine content. No doubt the tobacco used is of impeccable quality and if your mother was not in the business of having unprotected intercourse with industrial vacuum cleaners, I do not see you getting any amount of tongue-bite while smoking Brown No.4. If enjoyed at the right moment - and probaly in the later hours of the the day - this tobacco can be a wonderful experience. I found it to be most delicious if not cut too thinly and smoked in a larger pipe.

Age When Smoked: 10 years

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

SecretAgentMan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SecretAgentMan (27)
Very Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This came in a medium brown rope about 6" long with medium-brown highlights in the standard SG tin. Moving aside the white paper, I cut a 1" piece off with scissors, and cut the piece into rings, then each ring into quarters for rubbing out. I ended up with a few large pieces and some chopped leaf. I pulled the large pieces out into stringier shapes. The tobacco has a very low, deep aroma of nicotine with ketchup. I let it dry out for 15 minutes and started smoking in an MM General.

This was a strong nicotine with ketchup and sulphur notes. The smoke was thick, opaque grey. The entire tobacco burned in the pipe leaving some fine grey ash. It's as strong as Irish Flake, but much less cordial: This tobacco demands attention like a big drunk beating his fist on the bar. The nicotine strength is right there at the beginning, increasing in the first five minutes and then remaining level throughout the smoke.

This tobacco is strong and simple with enough flavor to avoid boring. Smoke a bowl and pretend you're camping by your Noorduyn Norseman, wearing trusted bush gear from Filson, waiting to fly out the hunting party the next morning. It's that kind of tobacco.

Pipe Used: MM General

Age When Smoked: 15 minutes out of the tin.

3 people found this review helpful.

pacman357 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pacman357 (15)
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Had an epiphany a couple nights ago when I sat down to hack my way into a piece of this (visually) unattractive rope. After cutting up enough small chunks to fit most of a large bowl, I realized that it looked like this would be a beotch to light. I topped it with about 1/4" MacCranie's red ribbon VA. Worked like a charm in a couple ways. First, I got the flavor of the RR to start, with hints of the BR coming through. Second, it helped get the BR started, and the BR then burned like a champ. I don't know if anyone else would like it, but man, what an enjoyable bowl. I might experiment with starting some BR with a different ribbon style to fire up some BR, but damn, what a seriously delicious way to serve up an appetizer and main course in one pipe.

3 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (203)
Very Strong None Detected Full Strong

A tobacco that tends to overwhelm. I can only smoke it in micro-doses. I have whittled my way through a 50g tin of this dense, thick tasting traditional rope and it has taken me almost 18 months to do so! So for me, a little bit of Brown No. 4 has definitely gone a long way.

From first opening the tin to where I am at now, the flavor of this blended rope has not changed much, even after drying it down quite a bit. Brown No. 4 tastes very dry, earthy, spicy and pretty much devoid of sweetness to balance. The aroma is very strong and the smoke is dusty gray in color. And while this rope contains Virginia and cigar leaf, most of what I taste and smell when puffing on this is the smoky, somewhat acrid dark fired Kentucky.

When it comes to the Sam Gawith Ropes, I think I prefer the arguably mellower Black XX, which is also a very strong and spicy tobacco. However, in terms of complexity, Black XX has a slightly more intriguing flavor profile. As far as brown ropes are concerned, I very much prefer Gawith Hoggarth's Brown Irish X, which has a sweeter tone and more balanced flavor profile.

Reviewer Blackhorse, whose reviews I very much admire, accurately refers to this as an "end of the line" tobacco. I very much agree with this sentiment.

2 people found this review helpful.

Stuffin McPipey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stuffin McPipey (9)
Very Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I can't get over how awesome these rope tobaccos look. I get how others are turned off, but not me. I think they're symbolic of a time that has past us by. The smell from the tin is magnificent: campfire, brisket, maybe burned molasses. It tempted me to bite off a chew and try it. I haven't yet, but I will. Admittedly at first I wasn't sure how to go about this stuff. Knife? Scissors? Ahhh...cigar cutter. It actually cuts much more smoothly than a cigar. 1/8th inch slices is the magic number.

After the third bowl I had my rhythm down. Light, puff puff puff, light, tamp, light, puff away. It works if you've snipped the ribbons into the smallest crumblings possible, leaving them long and stringy doesn't work (for me).

Smoke is creamy and heavy. Taste is mildly sweet with no sign of anything other than superior quality Virginias, which happen to be loaded with nicotine. Because of the nicotine I spent about an hour on the bowl. By the time I was done with it I had solved every problem the world had ever seen. Next time I'll be sure to bring a pen.

Bottom line here is I have found my niche in the pipe smoking world. The journey is over, which makes me a little sad knowing I will no longer be seeking out the worlds best tobacco (the hunt is better than the kill). I suppose I'll spend the rest of my days selling off the hundreds of tins of other tobaccos I've been aging for the past 15 years, replacing them with this and black xx.

Pipe Used: Dunhill Apple - year unknown

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Online

Similar Blends: Flakes, but this is fuller..

2 people found this review helpful.

Brandr ODS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brandr ODS (15)
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Tolerable to Strong

Four years ago I sensed this dog’s turd got an extraordinary potential that would have eventually revealed in all its majesty after several years of aging : that is why I promptly cellared roughly half a pound of it in a nice glass mason jar in order to forget about it at least for two decades.

Time passes extremely slowly when you’re waiting for something so, meanwhile, I’ve put aside a couple of tins to smoke occasionally. Really, one pipeful per month of this tobacco is more than enough for me.

I convinced myself to purchase my first tin as soon as I came to know it contained Italian Kentucky cigar leaf – which appears to be the darker envelope of the very twist itself – alongside with a tin of a SG Black XX. I’m a fanatic of Italian Kentucky : sometimes I use to crumble a piece of Toscano in the pipe and smoke it with great pleasure, so this tobacco was purchased with great anticipation.

The smell from a freshly opened tin is great : strong, earthy, piquant, slightly sweet. It has a sturdy, wonderful natural bouquet. The twist is covered in some sort of glazing… in lack of better words; I cannot say if it’s due to the topping – which is undetectable in the smoke – or simply the natural sugars of the leaf that crystallizes on the surface, the hypothesis to which I’m more inclined. Since I’ve always had issues with the really bad combustion of this twist, I resolved that the solution best suited for me is to cut really thin coins and rub them out to obtain what can be defined as a crosspoint between a fine shag and a ribbon cut, and smoke it in a tiny bowl (my favorite is a Savinelli Virginia 310KS).

If I manage to get a nicely uniform top layer of ashes, the combustion will be a little easier. I use a ridiculous amount of Swedish matches nonetheless… I guess I still got a whole lot to learn on this subject.

Anyways, the taste reminds me just a little of Toscano cigars (they are completely made of Kentucky after all) and the impressions I got from my nose was confirmed by my mouth. The Virginia plays the major role here, with its strong, nicotinic, subtly sweet personality, accompanied by the earthy, tangy, astringent character of the Kentucky.

One of the cleanest smoke I ever had. Silver grey fine ashes.

I’m not ashamed to say that I struggle to get and keep it lit : sometimes it just won’t burn, others burns evenly for some minutes with no problems instead. Practice will be helpful in the long run.

Cheers Everyone, Brandr ODS

Age When Smoked: From fresh to 4yo

Similar Blends: G. L. Pease - JackKnife Plug (New World Collection).

2 people found this review helpful.

erkantural Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
erkantural (10)
Extremely Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

Brown No.4 is the strongest tobacco I've ever smoked so far. However I never had any nic kick by it, like Mac Baren's HH Old Dark Fired does to me.

It's a serious, thick rope to be approached with respect. SG says Black XX is thicker than No.4, real life comparison shows the opposite. Maybe the applied heat makes XX shrunk. No.4 hardly fits into my 22mm cigar cutter. The preperation is similar to the other ropes. Cut in coins and stuff. And it's drier than I expected. Can be smoked without waiting to air.

Virginia leaves in this twist are dominated by Burley. That gives the strenght to it. It really kicks your throat and the nasal ways starting from first puff in a good, satisfactory way.

During a pipeful of Brown No.4, you feel the earthy tobacco, slight natural sweetness and the mean power at the same time. To enjoy more, you also can try Raki (Turkish) or Uzo (Greek) with it. These two alcoholic beverages are almost the same and they will balance No.4's raw power gently by their refreshing sweet taste. As a reminder, you should mix it with cold water in your glass (approx.50-50) which will turn it into white milky color and if you want additional ice cubes put them after water. But if you're tough enough, a fine Scotch would suit perfect for this tobacco.

The smoke out of it is thick and creamy. Appetizing for smokers, heavy for the others. It burns until the end smoothly and leaves grey ashes of a cigar. Actually, it tastes like a fine cigar. Also avoid using big chamber pipes for this. Unfortunately I haven't tried it in meerschaums. But as soon as possible I will try and write an edit.

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JackSparrow Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JackSparrow (14)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

First of all I have to say that this can't be my definitive rating because it's based on half a tin smoke…anyway can be enough for some first impressions! Rope is really fascinating and old style, quality is at the top(it's a SG!!), but I sincerely have to say that I couldn't find much more than a big N load, enough to satisfy me after just half a of little narrow bowl…and I love strong stuff like Irish Flake and 1792 Flake!!! I felt like chrunching a big spoon of dirty and dusty earth..... I cut the rope into thin slices and let them dry for a while. Depending on drying time I tasted two different tobaccos: - Short drying time: earthy strong taste, with some woody sweetish notes in the background, but very hard to keep lit - Longer drying time: no taste and aroma detectable, only a big N punch. In any case not so easy to keep lit. In both cases it's a real N Leviathan! I'll try more but till now it did not impress me, nothing special!

UPDATE: after smoking a whole tin of this blend I found out some features I could not detect in my first bowls. I got used to its earthy flavor and started to love it... Letting the slices dry half way between the times above the stuff aroma and taste is still stout but more complex, quite easy to keep lit (but sill needs some relights) and pleasant. Some sweetness comes out and N factor is no more overwhelming, but satisying. Pure tobacco good's getting one of my favorites! I'm craving for it more and more. Upgrade my rating to 4 stars!

UPDATE N.2: absolutely fantastic home flavored with a hint of good rhum. I let it in its tin with just a hint of rhum and wait....simply amazing!!!!

UPDATE N. 3: simply divine 50% BR4 & 50% Robert McConnel Pure Latakia

A bit boring smoked alone, just perfect as part of a blend like the one above!

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Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (191)
Very Strong None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Strong

Lots of preparation, result not always guaranteed. More strength than flavor. Tastes more like cheap cigarettes than pipe tobacco. Slow puffing is mandatory or else... Worth trying, in a philosophical way of thinking, not for the faint of heart. It's smoke without flavor, strength without purpose, toil without satisfaction...Well you get my drift. Perfect for those breaks while working in a coalmine shaft, I mean after inhaling so much coal dust, even this cheap, tasteless weed is a welcome respite. As for " full bodied cigar taste " ??? I smoke Cuban cigars and none that I tried had that flat taste, go figure.

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Sinister Topiary Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sinister Topiary (84)
Extremely Strong None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Strong

After Black Rope XX I figured, judging from the reviews, that Brown Rope No. 4 was going to be its younger, weaker, sweeter cousin. Not at all -- it's an entirely different beast. And beast is right. This is strong, nasty stuff, like a cheap cigar; and yet, like Gertrud Stein says of Oakland, there's no there there -- it's quite flavorless, and too much of it. Strong, hot and bready, something to be more endured than enjoyed. The only pleasure I get from this is when the tickling ache in the back of my throat finally goes away. When I want something this strong I'll stick with the intriguingly flavorful Black Rope XX.

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7formy1911 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
7formy1911 (37)
Very Strong None Detected Full Strong

I was reluctant to try this tobacco at first. I had originally purchased a large amount of it for my dad since he has been smoking a pipe longer than I have been alive. I figured it was a unique gift for him since I've never seen him buy rope pipe tobacco but he's a history buff as well. I can certainly see soldiers during the War of 1812 and the Civil War removing this from their possibles bag and cutting off slices to share after an intense battle.

In any case I snipped off a little bit of the rope to try, cut it into coins with a cigar cutter and left it in my "cellar." At first I mixed it 50/50 with Prince Albert just to try and gauge how strong the tobacco truly was. The PA seemed to burn away first and give way to a wonderful, nose tingling smoke. It was hearty in the way beef stew is hearty and filling on a cold winters day. So I figured I might as well try it full bore without any additions. I rubbed out 3 or 4 coins, let it dry for a bit and loaded up my pipe. I was greeted with nothing but tobacco heaven. A full strength smoke that was intensely satisfying but certainly not complex. The closer the bowl got to going out the more the sweetness came to the front. If I puffed a little harder I got the "baking bread" scent and taste that other reviewer have mentioned.

I find this to be a wonderful tobacco. I wouldn't smoke it every day but I certainly find myself wanting to load up a pipe with it a few times a week. My caution is to make sure the kids, dogs, cats and especially the wife are far away. This will curl their hair and they may try to have you tried for cruel and unusual punishment. If your goal is to escape them then this is certainly a deterrent. I also find this the most versatile tobacco in the world. Smoke it in a pipe, chew it or grind it into snuff. If you're into survival and have a "bug out bag" in case of a disaster be sure to have a large supply of this ready to go. It will get you through those tough times ahead. My next quest... to see how well it ages!

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Mr.Pink Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr.Pink (2)
Very Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant

I I smoke Marlboro Reds all day long- The only Pipe Tobacco to truly satisfy is Brown #4. Believe me, when you are out of xanax or had a hard days work and want to be put in a pure nicotine trance:Brown #4 delivers. This is not for the weak of heart or the "frog morton"clan. Brown#4 is a real mans tobacco-pure and powerful. If you have never Captained a ship,stay away. The Captain of the titanic probably set fire to a bowl of Brown#4 before going down! My favorite by far. Desert Island me,and Brown#4. Put this in a food processor if you don't like cutting coins.Chop it up and put that in your pipe and smoke it!

Pipe Used: Dunhill

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: smoking

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Gestalt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gestalt (20)
Very Strong None Detected Full Very Strong

After reading many of the reviews on this site I, somewhat anxiously, approached this tobacco with extreme caution. Now that I have some experience with it, I realise that this was wise but unnecessary and I don’t think experienced smokers have anything to fear from this one. The Nicotine hit that I experienced was definitely very strong but not overpowering. As for its flavour, I found it very earthy with some sweetness and extremely full bodied. Its unrefined tobacco taste coats my mouth and sticks to the back of my throat when I retro-hale. Sometimes making it difficult to tell when I have finished exhaling. Some reviewers have stated that it has a cheap cigar-like quality. I agree. It’s a big powerful smoke.

I think age (five years sealed tin) has mellowed this baccy a lot. I’m also currently smoking a fresh Gawith Hoggarth brown pig tail which seems so much more intense than this (I don’t even know how that’s possible!?). My lack of experience here lets me down, I’ll just have to keep trying ropes... Black XX next!

This was my first rope, and when I started smoking it I really didn’t think much of it, but now I’ve come to love it and have been experimenting with other ropes too. I have really enjoyed starting my day with a small cob full of this and strong coffee.

A quick word on chewing this tobacco: Just don’t!

Pipe Used: MM Mark Twain Corn Cob

Age When Smoked: Nearly five years and covered in sugar crystals

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Sybariten Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sybariten (60)
Very Strong None Detected Full Strong

Conclusion: A lovely smoke, this has been produced for centuries for good reason. Brown no 4 immerses me into a contemplative state in a way few other tobacco blends do. As a campfire smoke or a late night bowl this is fantastic, it is complex and deep and calls for one's attention. But be aware of the strength or it may knock you out.

Taste: A deep, dark and powerful flavour of earth and leather with a spicy tingle greets att first light, with a slight sweetness adding to the leather in the finish. I can understand why people tend to allude to cigars, this is pure tobacco with no topping or added flavour that does resemble a cigar in some ways (surely due to the cigar leaf in this blend). It is however clearly a pipe tobacco in it's rund and lightly smoky notes that I would guess comes from the kentucky. Retrohale reveals further spice in the vicinity of black and cayenne pepper. Now, depending on the size of the bowl these different notes are more or less pronounced; a smaller bowl presents a sharper and spicier smoke and a bigger bowl brings forth the leather. If pushed the nuances will blur and the pepper will take hold of the picture, this calls for a controlled cadence. Also, due to the strength, slow puffing is recommended.

Mechanics: This is a twist, and as such it needs some preparation. I cut it in coins with a cigar cutter and rub them out and let it dry for at least twenty minutes. After that it burns clean to a light grey ash but it still requires some relights. Does not bite. It is full body and full strength, but not like a burley blend (like Big n burley or Burley flake #3); it does not hit one over the head but rather builds over time and sneaks up if one is not careful.

Pipe Used: Cobs and briars

1 person found this review helpful. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (121)
Strong Extremely Mild Full Strong

Summary: a strong Virginia/Kentucky which presents natural flavors in a smooth, cool smoke.

Served up in twisted ropes of raw leaf, "Brown No. 4" combines abundant rich Virginia with mildly smoky dark-fired Kentucky, and then fails to do all the many things that could adulterate a perfect natural smoke. A light top flavoring seems to evaporate with time, leaving a cool burning blend that while it requires some extra work, makes a perfect slow smoking blend that rewards the smoker with abundant nicotine and slowly emerging depths of flavor.

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point9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
point9 (114)
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

It looks like a cigar, and tastes like one, too. There is not much typical virginia sweetness in it, which is the downside to me. If I am in the mood for cigar flavor, I will go for a cigar. I guess it is for the experienced smokers who crave for strong nic.

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L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (170)
Overwhelming None Detected Full Very Strong

Oh my God, this is a bomb! Better a time bomb. I think the strongest tobacco you can find in the market. Of course a good tobacco with a good quality, but it is quite impossible to smoke it all alone. This rope (twist) is fantastic to blend or mix with light and bland tobaccos but my advice is only a little bit and no more. Above all: don’t smoke it straight! It’s too, too strong. Components: in my opinion Samuel Gawith was joking or perhaps testing something new. In fact this tobacco is composed by Dark Virginia fire-cured, Kentucky fire-cured and hear ye, hear ye Nicotiana Rustica. Not sure but probably. In my personal system rating (from 1 to 10) my score is 8 and three stars.

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tomhlee99 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tomhlee99 (2)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Zow wee wow wow! First time smoking a rope so was curious to actually see what it looked like. All the descriptions posted are accurate: It indeed looks like turd or perhaps a dark brown dry aged sausage. Not offensive unless you are squeamish about natural objects. Initial odour is that of smoked fish you would find at a European deli counter but without the fishiness, or that of smoked oysters in a zip top can. It is robust and full bodied.

Now to the smoking. The rope was sliced into coins, teased apart and rubbed out. It was loaded into the pipe via the Mc Grane method (James Fox). It lit well producing abundant amounts of pillowy smoke, nice. The aroma and taste is that of a cigar. I find this to be very attractive as I do indulge in cigar smoking. My palate in not sophisticated enough to detect fruits or nuts or any other items as such, but my body is capable of detecting nicotine. And here it is...wham.

A quarter of the way through the bowl Mr. Nicotine made his entrance. During the colder months, living in north-eastern climate does not allow one to indulge in the contemplative art as often as one wishes so when warmer weather finally arrives, it's like starting all over again. I find I need to ease into the season by progressing through the nicotine ladder, from mild to strong. Starting the season with a strong Cuban will quickly overwhelm your nicotine tolerance and send you off to bed with the room spinning. Brown No. 4 can do just that to anyone reviving from their winter slumber.

I enjoyed every aspect of this blend starting from it's appearance, preparation ritual and aroma - both pre and during. But the nicotine level is something you need to work up to, for someone like me anyway perhaps not so for those who enjoy year long. Just like a hot bath, after you get used to it, it won't be so hot - but do enter gingerly.

I look forward to smoking it again when I've toughed up a little more.

Pipe Used: Brigham Voyageur Apple

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Lightertime, Seoul, Korea

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beercritic Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beercritic (33)
Very Strong Strong Full Tolerable

Coming from cigars, about 4 months. This reminds me of a Honduran cigar, but stronger. As a change of pace from Lat bombs, I'll opt for a Nic bomb. This was my third bowl from my first tin. Wow! I'll hit my Peterson's Perfect Plug more often than this, but I hope to never run out of this wonderful smoke. I also crave Tambolaka on occasion.

Pipe Used: Generic Churchwarden

Age When Smoked: 3 months old

Purchased From: P&C

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codyp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
codyp (65)
Strong None Detected Extra Full Strong

Lets start with the tin. I was expecting the twist, so that weirdness didn't surprise me, however the tin note did. Very fowl, in a good way. It smelt like a fine cigar. Very intriguing.

Now to pack it, I first cut medallions with a cigar cutter and put some of the looser stuff on top to light. I found that just stuffing the medallions in and lighting that works better. It did light well and smoke fair the entire time. Which was a long time with this blend.

The flavor was incredible. A lot like a cigar. Nothing like I have had before. I could see how it could be a bit much for someone who smoke just aromatics and such. The room note was reminiscent of the tin. Very cigar like, with a strong Virginia sweetness.

The strength was pretty high and I enjoyed it. It's not something I could smoke all day. But I sure would. Four stars, would like to try the other ropes they have,

Pipe Used: AKB Smooth Freehand Meerchaum

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

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DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (266)
Extremely Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A delicious natural rope, slow to burn. Yes, the N is on the high side, but fortunately I have some small pipes to smoke it in. When I want a larger bowl, I just mix in a little Prince Albert. A good introduction to ropes or if you want a fairly unflavored smoke.

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ynrozturk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ynrozturk (60)
Extremely Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Alright, so my first rope tobacco. Here we go.

I'm generally a fan of medium strength tobaccos, but for some reason I've lately been buying the strong stuff. I guess I like to experiment.

I opened up the tin and was greeted with a handsome roll of tobacco. Smells nice - earthy, leathery and of course, quite strong. But it's no bullshit, straight up tobacco.

Cut a few coins with a sharp knife, shredded them up, and packed my smallest pipe. Took a few relights to get it going but once it did it was fine.

Very, very strong. Makes 1792 Flake seem like candy in comparison. Take it slow and easy with this one, as even with a small bowl I felt the nicotine hit quite well.

The flavor is pretty one dimensional though. It's just tobacco, and as the bowl progresses it doesn't really develop into something overly interesting.

I would not buy another tin. It just has far too much nicotine to be enjoyed by me. Though I'm sure some people will love it.

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Dr. Scott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. Scott (82)
Extremely Strong None Detected Full Strong

Can not give fewer than four stars. It is exactly as advertised. Mine came a little moist and did better after cutting and drying. This is worth the experience, even if you smoke it only once or twice. The infamous nicotine hit came about two-thirds of the way into the bowl. Had to take a break for a few minutes, then puff more slowly.

Very likely, this type of strong rope is the "ship's tobacco" for which Dr. Watson developed a taste on his voyage back from the Afghan War.

1 person found this review helpful.

Steden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steden (94)
Very Strong None Detected Full Strong

No poetry here, only prose

but while cutting tobacco with my rasolino knife, I think to miners (often children) who found solace chewing something like this one and a shadow of emotion pass me on the eyes.... But it's only a moment, there is no time for reflection...

No lyricism here, just epic

so I put the feather and I run to clasp my pipe, I'm going to fight a new battle with this dragon.

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Albion1956 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Albion1956 (41)
Strong Strong Full Strong

This tobacco being akin to all of Samuel Gawith's rope means a fare share of strenght. A larger size diameter means it will farther than a pigtail. A deeply brown color, a tightly woven mixture of quality tobacco's, processed in an olde fashioned method. This tobacco, after slicing, I break up for a smoother smoke. Lighting brings to the senses a mixture of Virginia's and other dark tobaccos. Charring process is easily passed and then it's showtime. The tobacco will make your head spin if smoked to fast, so just sit back and enjoy. I cannot overemphasize this or other ropes, in reference to strenght. Smoking down the bowl remains the same, and obviously toward the bottom the intensity increases. This is a well done tobacco, not like a steak, but similar in that it's a full, and pronounced tobacco.

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DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (265)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

A rather thin twist/rope compared to the Motzek ones. I got granted a generous sample of this by a pipe friend along with 11 other UK and US blends, and even tho Brown No. 4 is also available here, I wanted to dig into this one first. Came back from (evening-)school, wanted a smooth nightcap, grabbed for Brown No. 4.

The note from the bag is nice. Little smoky, cigar-ish and earthy-woody. Even tho this was a sample from a cracked tin, it could make use of some drying time! But oh well..that's the (former) purpose of twists and ropes...keeping the tobacco fresh for long(er) times.

Contrary to Black XX (which is said to be just harsh and one-dimensional) this one has a better reputation and I see why people like this rope! It has some decent strenght to it, from the first puffs on. But also some smooth, creamy taste! Cigar-notes from the first puffs, creamy, spicy and woodsy. Also some decent earthiness, with a minor sweetness in the background this is very tasty and reminds me a lot of Tom´s White Twist (White Burley, Perique, Virginia) with its nutty-sweetness in the back, this one also has. Also a little dark fruits in the back.

This is really, really close to Tom´s White Twist by Motzek! And I love White Twist! I'd love this one too, if it wasn't that pricey...16,50€ for 50g...whilst Motzek Twists cost 19€ per 100g I don't have a hard time chossing White Twist over this one, but really only because of the price! If it was cheaper, I'd buy some tins and add this to my rotation. Like this I'll have to treat it as a "rare candy" by times.

Better to be puffed slow, not only because of its strenght, but also as the flavors are quite fragile when puffed too fast. It can get hars and bitter when puffed like a train.....but if you take it slow and smooth, you'll get surprised by tasteful Not most complex, but solid and honest.

Well done SG! Deserves 4 stars to me.

Pipe Used: Clay Pipes

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Jorge Soler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jorge Soler (129)
Strong Mild Full Pleasant

This solid full bodied/full strength rope has creamy and cigar notes to it. It can have a rough edge at times the more you progress with your smoke, but that is not a problem if you have a drink on the side. As you reach you mid bowl it develops peppery qualities giving you spicy undertones. At times it feels like a Virginia/perique blend, but this is probably down to how this tobacco has been manufactured. Because of its properties, I recommend using this rope as blending tobacco to spice up other blends, but it is not a bad smoke on its own either. If you like ropes just give it a go as it might please you despite its price tag. I think it is only fair to give it 3 stars.

Purchased From: Turmeaus

Similar Blends: Most of the ropes do as a matter of fact taste more or less the same.

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DandyMan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DandyMan (4)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

My second rope tobacco. Spicy, aggressive, harsh even. Yet I love it! Smells dreadful unlit and only slightly better while combusting. I prefer Black XX slightly.

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Calamiti Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Calamiti (66)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Contrary to many other reviews I don't find this an extra strong blend. Good healthy dose of nicotine, yes. But nothing close to "overwhelming" or "curling hairs on my chest". I inhale it occasionally and never have had any side effects.

It's a good quality old-fashioned rope, I like it a lot. It seems to be made of different set of tobaccos than SG Black X whatever the descriptions say. Woodsy Burleys and cigar leafs are definitely present here, though in modest quantities. It's noticeably less flavorful and sweet than Black X. And way more tobacco-ey than the black rope.

I find it best when dried up in the unsealed closed tin for several months. I easily imagine it could be an all-day smoke. I know many would disagree but I even would call this an easy and friendly smoke. Gonna buy a pound more of it.

Would put all four stars for impeccable quality of tobaccos in this blend but have to distract one for the lack of flavor.

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Give me a big pipe to smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Give me a big pipe to smoke (1)
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

I love this stuff. Powerful and mellow!

Just buy it, and smoke this! You will never be disappointed.

I really hope I can buy 500g package somewhere...

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aksamolsa Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
aksamolsa (20)
Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

Ok, this is a fine tobacco. No argue about that. But be aware of what is going to happen when someone offers a pinch of this one. It feels like some big fat cat is sitting on your chest, while flames are coming out of your ears along with hick ups. It is not easy, it is not tolerable, but it feels good once in a while to challenge yourself. I had to fire it up several times, but it burns really smooth. I liked it!

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Pre Republic Peterson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pre Republic Peterson (13)
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Wrth trying just to say you have tried them all. This was my first rope tobacco. I am an experienced smoker and I am pleased I have tried it, not least to know I have done so. :)

This is freaking strong, I smoke big bowls of it as I am a risk taker. HUGE vitamin N hit! The biggest I have ever had.

Need to brush teeth straight after and drink lots of fluids.

I recommend you try if your experienced, its worth a shot, who knows you might love it.

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CharatansMake Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CharatansMake (18)
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Strong

My experience with Brown No.4? Well, imagine you wear a straitjacket and have to fight against an apoplectic Mike Tyson...

Jokes apart, this tobacco is by far the strongest stuff I ever had in my pipe. You think Peterson Irish Flake is strong? Not at all if you compare it with S.G.-B.No.4. Actually I like the taste very much but I can´t smoke this stuff. I tried it a few times with different pipes and in different occasions and had always the same result: Brown No.4 gave me the count!

Pipe Used: Loewe Mounted Pot

Age When Smoked: fresh

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TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (492)
Strong Mild to Medium Extra Full Tolerable to Strong

This answers my question of whether I would like 1792 without the tonquin, because that is exactly what this tasted like to me. I made it nearly through half of this tin before throwing in the towel and giving the rest of it away today.

Life is too short to smoke things you don't like. :) I was going to put two stars on this, but since there are several of the Gawith and Hoggarth Twists I actually like, I can't recommend this blend at all. And this pains me as I love SG Virginias.

Purchased From: Jovan's in Cleveland

Similar Blends: 1792.

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Kraft1994 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kraft1994 (54)
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

An excellent example of what virginias are capable of. A strong yet mellow, slow burning, bold virginia blend. Taste and aroma of high end cigar tobacco somehow from a virginia. If I wasn't aware of the tobacco content of Brown Rope 4 i would have guessed to was a maduro/conneticut cigar blend. Absolutely amazing what Gawith is capable of doing with virginias. Yet another outstanding Virginia from Samuel Gawith.

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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (264)
Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Finally dared to get myself a tin, and hey, it's better than I thought. The rope is somewhat larger in diametre thant the Black XX, and easier to cut. Needs no drying-out. The tin note is what I'd call spicy, and to myself, pleasing.

So, cutting off slices with a sharp kitchen knife, rubbing a little and then letting dry out for about half an hour before stuffing into a small bowl. Lighting is, as for all ropes (pre-cut into Curlies or not), a little tricky, but experience helps me out. The consistency of the rubbed-out slices is a very long-stranded ribbon.

The taste is mostly consistent, with little variation in there except the occasional, not entirely welcome, whiff of Cigar. Fortunately, that is an occasional thing and not the norm. A few relights might be necessary.

Overall, I find the Brown Rope to be a reasonable smoke for those wanting something strong, but for my personal taste, I prefer the Black XX for its beefier, sweeter and stronger taste and better (again, my personal preference) room note. The taste is nice and dry, and to me, enjoyable, but if you're used to aromatics, this is not for you. If you like a good cigar and want a similar experience from a pipe, you're right on.

Addendum 14-01-22: Smoking this mostly in Missouri Meerschaums right now, and getting a lot more sweetness out of this 'baccy than on the first ten smokes. Still the occasional reminder of a good cigar in there, though. Smoke sloooowly... up-rating to four stars (well, intended 3.5).

Final addendum, 14-02-01: Finally found my favourite tipple to go with this blend; a large Gin and Tonic seems to fit best for me; made with dry gin. Cheers :)

Pipe Used: Jirsa Minor, MMC (various)

Age When Smoked: Fresh from new tin

Purchased From: DanPipe

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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable

Not bad, but too plain Jane for me. Might try blending the rest with something else.

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onurturker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
onurturker (14)
Overwhelming Medium to Strong Extra Full Tolerable to Strong

There is full of nicotine that could not have a pipe is the BEST TOBACCO FOR who want to commit suicide.It is a murderer !!!!!

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tomspeed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tomspeed (23)
Extremely Strong Strong Extra Full Very Pleasant

This Lovely Neutral Tobacco But I told you this is really strong i never been smoke something strong like this. 1972 Flake is really medium tobacco next to it

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Blue Bayou Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blue Bayou (60)
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Very Strong

Wow--great stuff! I love to mix with Sail green for a potent smoke. Not for everyone, but you know what I mean. This is the bhut jolokia of tobaccos...

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Darth Vader Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth Vader (110)
Strong Extremely Mild Extra Full Strong

Love or hate it, this is Thor's Hammer. There's four times more nicotine in this to the nearest competitor (ok, i made that up, but i might be right). Needs some drying out,but dont dry it right out. You'll lose the flavour and just get a roastingly harsh smoke instead.

Up until a year ago i smoked 2-3 packs a day (have finally got away from the evil nails) and have never been able to get enough nicotine, let alone go green in the gills from it. That was of course until it tried this. Like using a sledge hammer on a thumb tack.

Great stuff for the ocassional blast or to scare away annoying people or pets with the caustic smoke. Irish Flake doesnt even come close to this in strength.

I smoke this daily now.

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TEO Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TEO (31)
Very Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Tolerable

Folks, this one is simply unique. It is strong, beefy, earthy and greets you with a bunch of smoke you feel as if you are down a steam refinery in the early 1900. After all this ain't no joke, really strong but tolerable if you care to puff slowly...but it isn't that easy especially if you don't allow it to dry a little.

Great stuff, indeed to be smoked alone and exceptional if you mean to use it to harden another mixture. I use it even with some of the few aromatics I smoke and it works well, because its earthy full taste doesn't battle with any other flavour. Some floreal scents are present too, as the bowl goes down.

Plus I love the smell and let me say I don't care, just for this one, about room note or people around me. This is simply the Nicotine bomb you'd expect to smoke in a Tim Burton's movie typical village.

Highly recommended.

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IrishHare79 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
IrishHare79 (4)
Extremely Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Recommended with reservations. This is a STRONG tobacco. I didn't read any reviews before trying this tobacco, so I was plesantly shocked. Packing this was involved and fun. This was my first time with a rope, but I had someone explain it briefly how breaking apart flakes and ropes are similar. Mistake 1- I packed a large pipe(23cm dia. 2 inches deep). Not knowing. Great taste, lit up nicely after letting air dry about 10 mins. Third of the way down I was feeling nice an cozy(should of gotten the hint then), with only one re-light. The taste deepens/thickens about 2/3 down. This is when I should have stopped, but I was enjoying the great taste and I hadn't tried to stand. It went out sometime I don't remember because i was just enjoying looking out watching the cars drive by. Then I tried to stand up, and sat right back down. That was a first for me with pipe tobacco. It was a good woozyness though, not the sick to your stomach feeling. If your looking for something different, or have friends that only smoke strong cigars saying "There's no Pipe tobacco like strong cigars". Have them try this.

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Durwood Sauls Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Durwood Sauls (9)
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I've tried chewing and smoking this one and both offer two different yet similar taste experiences. Although it is classified as an air cured while chewing it I find I taste a large degree of what I'm assuming is a result of fire-curing. The first time I chewed a double coin size slice of this it was like popping the embodiment of a very smokey camp fire in my mouth. I have come to enjoy that aspect though as it is a completely different experience than smoking it.

When smoking I get a hint of what some might consider a "minty" quality, a result again of what I'm assuming is from fire-cured tobacco leaf, or the aging. I don't taste any cigar or cheap cigar qualities except for perhaps the sweetness similar to cigar smoke. But it is a good hearty full bodied smoke, cool as long as you don't over do it, and relatively slow burning.

The only thing chewing and smoking this rope have in common is the nicotine hit. It is a very strong tobacco, and will knock you for a loop if not smoked slowly and deliberately.

I thoroughly enjoy this one. I will have to try it's twin in the G&H Brown (Happy) Bogie. I've read reviews and some people say it's a close match to Peterson's Irish Flake, another strong tobacco that I thoroughly enjoy smoking. I find that Brown No 4 has many of the same qualities as Irish Flake as well. But different enough for when I want a slight change of pace.

January 2011 Update: After letting the turd like rope dry out for several months now in the tin I find this stuff to be amazing! Sweet! Full-bodied! Strong! This is right up there with my favorite non-english (read: latakia) blends. Don't let any other reviews saying this has no flavor, or it tastes like crap fool you, it does not, and perhaps only needs a bit of time and a different state of mind to try. I'll be getting more of this one for sure. One thing I'm finding works quite nice is cutting a slice off about the size of almost two nickels thick, then cutting it some more, tearing off chunks, getting it to about the consistency of a rough ribbon cut, a bit more chunky than some of the C&D ribbon cut blends. I don't discard the outer tobacco as others may have you do either. Simply delicious!

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DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (129)
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Strong

Brown Rope No, 4 is:

1. murderously strong;

2. cool, but full-flavoured to the point of coarseness; has a pronounced cigar taste (which I don't care for);

3. – like twists and ropes generally – tiresome to prepare for the pipe unless you like a lot of foreplay.

There really isn't much more to say. If you enjoy the kind of tobacco that'll blow your head off, this'll do nicely; if you don't, it'll make you fall over and pray for death. I found it rather an ordeal, but I can see that it has sterling qualities. It's a very good example – a classic – of its type, but certainly not for everybody.

Brown Rope No. 4 is the sort of baccy that I always think of as a winter and outdoor smoke (the room note will cost you friends, by the way). It comes quite moist and for that reason doesn't burn without a fair amount of fuss; but for Pete's sake don't dry it, or it'll cremate your tongue and associated parts.

A lot too strong for me, and I really don't go for pipe tobaccos that taste like a cigar; but I recommend it to those who like a fight.

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Davetopay Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Davetopay (43)
Strong Extremely Mild Full Very Strong

I keep having conversations with Mr Kendal Brown. On some days he is willing to listen and converse with you in a congenial manner. Other days, he jumps down your throat and berates you, leaving you scared like a child. Either way this is interesting stuff. You know you are smoking tobacco. A MAN'S tobacco. There are no vanilla, caramel, fruit, or flowers to be found in least not by way of added flavoring. I can smoke this in any shape pipe. First I slice a couple coins off the rope, then I dice them rather than rubbing into seems to help maintain the light. Despite its sometime heavy handed manner, there is great depth to this rope, and everyone finds something different when they smoke it. The only way to know if you like it, is to try it. I rate it at 4 stars, not for its mass appeal, but for its classic, true to history nature. Every pipe smoker needs to try this at some point.

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onehitter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
onehitter (16)
Medium None Detected Extra Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I think the pal below me sumed this pretty well. But I dont like this turd. If I didnt keep puffin this it seemd to go out rather quickly and this is not something you want to puff n puff n puff so re-lights were plenty and painful. The taste is cigar like but has that taint smell thats in the tin. Over fermented, for me it's like smoking shoe leather. however I did like the smell in my smoke room but Ilike the smell of tobacco.

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beaupipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beaupipe (102)
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Tolerable to Strong

Sam Gawith's Brown Rope #4 Finest Kendall Twist seems to be one of a handful of love-it-or-hate-it-blends. At least that's what a quick read of the reviews here seems to suggest. Complaints tend to focus on the overpowering strength, the coarse (even fecal) quality of the flavor, the extra work the tobacco requires to prepare. Praise tends to focus on the same things--the abundant nicotine, the robust flavor, the pleasures of preparing a rope for the pipe. Love it or hate it, it's tough to have neutral feelings about this stuff.

Count me as one who absolutely loves the stuff. I don't know of any more intense, flavorful, pure, occasionally sublime, occasionally brutal experience I can associate with pipe smoking. Sometimes when I smoke this stuff, I feel like I'm on a sort of sacred, drunken jag. My ears buzz, my knees get a little weak, I experience bliss. Other times, every puff feels like a jab to the chin from an angry heavyweight. My ears buzz, my legs feel like string cheese, my brain tells me that man was made to suffer.

This isn't the prettiest tobacco. I've only ordered it in bulk, and when it arrives it looks like a great, coiled thing that might have been released by the Jolly Green Giant a few hours after a big dinner. The aroma is earthy, dirty, cedary, cigar-like. Whenever I break into a new batch of this, I typically section it off in 2-inch chunks and stuff it into jars. When I plan to smoke it, I cut it in half length-wise and then slice little half moon disks that I rub out more by hand. Drying it out to the edge of crispy seems to work best for me. I've found that if this rope isn't sufficiently dry, it produces a steamy, bitter smoke. It DGTs well—which will be a boon to anyone who truly does find the strength here overwhelming.

Regardless of strength-tolerance, I recommend smoking this stuff slowly and contemplatively. The Italians have an expression for some of their bigger, brawnier red wines--vini di meditazione, or "meditation wines." Properly and patiently sipped, I think this rope is as close as I'll ever be to a "meditation tobacco."

A brilliant, immensely enjoyable tobacco.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Extremely Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

Good God! I won't be buying any more ropes, or if I do, will do so only out of curiosity. They are cool, one must admit. Coconut Twist sounds interesting, but could anyone sense any flavoring over the overwhelming stench of this weed? I just can't do it-just as strong as 1792 if not stronger, and much fouler. I will save the rest as a curio and maybe bring it out if anyone I know who smokes a pipe thinks they've had strong tobacco. Don't go correcting me-I realize there are stronger ones out there, but I won't be sampling them. Actually, I think I could smoke this on a camping trip by the fire. The wood smoke would deaden my senses a bit, the tobacco has a most pronounced "rustic" nature, and I'm sure it would repel (or kill) mosquitoes.

Update: 12-20-09. Smoked a bowl of this for my last pipe of the day. The rope is pretty dry in the tin now. I started the day with Irish Flake, so maybe I was better prepared. This is not so bad if you take it slow. I love the reviewer who thinks this is not as strong as FVF-I do not take issue with him, but rather glory in the plethora of different tastes and opinions found on this website! I can inhale FVF, something I would not try with this weed. This makes a great nightcap, as the nicotine hit gets me ready for bed and satisfies me to the point that I will want no more tobacco until the morning.

1-09-10 I have cased the rest of the tin with dark rum and put it in a mason jar. God knows how it will turn out.

1-20-11 A year later, and I am smoking my cased #4. Can't taste the rum over the overwhelming body of this tobacco, but I like it more now. I may be able to smoke a couple bowls a year of this...

7-27-11 Smoked some in a Jobey Stromboli. This was harsh, I thought, when I bought the tin two years ago. I cased it in rum and put it in a jar more than a year ago, and it has really mellowed. Still, strong stuff, and I have no designs on finishing this one tin anytime soon, but rather will smoke the occasional bowl in this Jobey (my smallest-bowled pipe) to see how time treats it! I can't taste my rum topping at this point, but suspect it had something to do with taming the rough taste out of the tin. Now, it reminds me more of Dark Birdseye.

If I ever wanted to cut down on my tobacco consumption in general, and needed a tobacco that would give me all the nicotine I could possibly want from a couple of thin shavings off of the twist, this would be just the thing. I bet I could get 40 bowls like this out of a tin! Maybe more...

I get nausea (not serious, but nausea nonetheless) from tobaccos like this. They remind me of my limitations as a pipe smoker, but I love the occasional bowl anyway. Brown #4, Coconut Twist, GH Kendal Kentucky and Dark Birdseye, Irish Flake...

I'm pretty high right now...

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Dubinthedam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dubinthedam (133)
Very Strong Mild Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Love it, I get baked bread, salty, caramel and a hint of floral perfume. Takes ages to dry, I still rate in under Irish Flake in strength stuff.

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Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (187)
Very Strong None Detected Full Strong

How to describe the brown turd coming from the tin? A rope of brown virginias wrapped in Kentucky (italian Ky- a pamphlet says - the same used for Toscano cigars). It's something of a kind, just rensembles Irish Flake due to the involved ingredients and the great strength they both deliver. My BR#4 (simply Brown No. 4 in the tin sold i Italy; subtitle is" Finest Kendal Twist") has been staying a long while in the open tin, sometimes I paid it a visit, and often it was not the right moment... it needs full commitment, stomach... and wife far enough from you. As long as it was young very very difficult to keep lit, regardless how thin the discs. Now it's dried out the right amount, and I still get half. Cutting the discs the wrapper separated from the inner twist, so that I can alternate in the bowl (now smoking it in a group 4 Dunhill County Bulldog) some ribbons of wrapper (Ky) to a disc of twist (Va). Doing so the smoke - always long lasting, clean and cool - alternates the faintly bitter cigarish note of the Ky and the faintly sweet notes of Va's, which is a very interesting experience to the palate and the nostrils as well. The body is absolutely remarkable and deeply satisfying. BR#4 deserves 4 full stars

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sprangalang Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sprangalang (4)
Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I love this tobacco. When I first saw rope tobacco I was amazed, had no idea. I guess we are fortunate to have the internet to learn about things. So this is real tobacco. It smells strong in the tin, and looks, well, kind of strange at first. If it's too damp, you must dry it some, or it might torture you. For a while I was drying it to the extreme, lately not so much. I suggest cutting some and rubbing before drying. If you dry it under a lamp or in the microwave, it will exude a delicious sweet aroma. If you dry it a lot, it burns easier, maybe the whole bowl in a few lights. Lately, I slice some very thin coins or wedges, and toss them in a rectangular tin for travel. I simply stuff some in a small bowl, air pocket style. I need more re-lights, but I smoke it very slow. A small bowl will last me hours. It packs a nice nicotine punch, and has a rather strong flavor, though very natural. I like it because it does satisfy with several puffs, so I can set my pipe down to get some work done. It does remind me of a cigar, I think that's one thing I like about it. I notice a tingle in the nose, and a slightly sweet flavor, but with hints of pepper and some pungent notes. I also detect a very slight Lakeland essence. It becomes quite potent towards the bottom of the bowl, but is also somehow smoother. It burns to a fine white ash that is very dry and clean. I just bought another pound for good keeping, even though I've hardly dented the first pound. I made a bit of snuff from it, and it is delicious. My wife is not fond of the room-note, but I get away with it. If you like a solid, straight smoke, you should give it a try.

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Croaker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Croaker (13)
Strong None Detected Full Extra Strong

Brown Rope #4 is a twisted rope maybe a half inch thick. One must substantially cut, rub and possibly re-cut to transform the rope into something combustible. After all the work, the tobacco still doesn?t burn well! Brown Rope #4 has a sharp and pungent fire-cured Virginian taste. It has strong flavor but doesn?t easily produce the clouds of smoke one might call "full bodied"; moreover, it tastes very unpleasant when abused even if it doesn't bite the tongue. The room note is as acrid as anything I?ve ever smoked. I didn?t detect a really serious nicotine hit. Brown Rope's no lightweight, but it's far from the strongest tobacco I?ve smoked: certainly not as strong as Peterson?s Irish Flake for example.

I got this tobacco out a sense of curiosity and nostalgia. I feel adventurous to smoke this out of a clay pipe as an 18th century colonist or old tar might have. I?m happy I tried it. If you like this I'd recommend Gawith?s Brown Irish Twist: I found it more mellow flavored and less temperamental.

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Fofo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fofo (81)
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Very Pleasant

Flavor: Pure Virginia but not the type of Virginia we are used to. Very strong and somewhat reminiscent of a cigar. The flavor changes depending on how you prepare it. Cutting small thin coins, rubbing them, and letting them dry for about an hour usually mellows it out. Try this in a corn cob pipe first because it will definetely leave a ghost.

Complexity: Not a lot of complexity. Very consistent throughout the bowl.

Aroma: Pungent Virginia with a hint of cigar smoke. It will be very enjoyable for those who like stinky pungent tobacco.

Tin Aroma: Strange, somewhat earthy and cigarish. Obviously smells of Virginia but it is definetely way more pungent than, say, Virginia flakes.

Room note: Well, it depends. If you, like me, enjoy the smell of burning tobacco then you'll love the room note. It's somewhat cigarish.

Burning characteristics: Although it doesn't burn hot it does burn a bit fast. You could cut thicker coins but it changes the flavor. Burns dry and to the bottom.

Cut/Looks/Moisture content: Comes in a rope, somewhat inconvenient to prepare but not a big deal since it's not something I'd smoke every day. Moisture content is fine if you plan on buying a 2 Oz. tin and smoke it over a period of 2 or 3 months, otherwise I'd say it's too moist.

Overall: This is different from what I'm used to. It isn't for the faint of heart since the flavor is very full and even spicy. Not something I'd smoke every day. I enjoy it every couple of days or so.

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Pipemanuk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipemanuk (76)
Very Strong Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Hmmm...this is a difficult one to review. Probably its the number of years I've smoked a pipe, but I am rarely affected by the nicotine rushes these days lol....having said that, this is a strong smoking cigar like flavoured tobacco. First time I bought it, it came straight from Sam Gawith in a plastic bag and resembled nothing more than a raggedy bent cigar, albeit about a foot long! It has a strong, cigar like smell, not particularly pleasant to be honest. First few times I smoked it, I didn't really enjoy it; there didn't seem to be anything there other than dark pungent tobacco. No sweetness, no interesting flavour, just a hot smack in the mouth and a lingering after taste. Partly cos I bought a bloody great amount of the stuff and not wanting to waste it, I persisted; and now its the tobacco I keep in my pouch in my pocket. Strange that, how things can creep up on you. Bit like the first few times you drank english bitter as a tasted pretty nasty, but you stuck at it so as to be one of the lads, and then one day you suddenly found it was the only beer worth drinking. Soooo, I give Brown Rope 3 stars cos you might have to persist at it, but in the end you just could enjoy it rather a lot. But it'll never be the only tobacco worth smoking.

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Effluvinator Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Effluvinator (51)
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

Having enjoyed GH Sliced Brown Twist, I wanted to give this a try and found it to be pretty similar in character. I feel the Sliced Brown is stronger but that could be because this being a rope and having some moisture I can control the cut and burning rate depending on how much I dry it beforehand. I don't let it get as dry as the Sliced Brown so it burns cooler and slower. Anyway you slice it this it is a potent smoke. A side benefit of it is that it seems to have a somewhat repellent effect on mosquitoes (and most other life forms). It should be sufficient to satisfy the nicotine cravings of just about anyone, but I haven't had any difficulties with overdosing as I utilize a small briar pipe and go slowly. The taste is of unadulterated tobacco, with a slight natural sweetness. It doesn't bite me at all, either. I think anyone could learn to like this if one keeps in mind that this is a concentrated product best enjoyed slowly and in small quantities.

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Pkloop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pkloop (52)
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

I'm enjoying a bowl of this wonderfull weed as I type this review..

Upon opening the tin I was greeted with a wonderfull natural tobacco aroma and 2 pieces of rope.

Packing: Being that this is a rope it will require some special preperations. I usually take a cigar cutter and cut off some coins. Once sliced, simply rub out the coins to desired consistency. Fill up the pipe using your usual method. This rope may seem a tad moist, however, that doesn't seem to affect its burning properties.

Lighting: This one may take a few lights to get underway..oh well..matches are cheap. :)

Smoking: mmm..This stuff is great. A strong, full, natural tobacco taste. Smokes smooth & cool. Puff it up if you wish..there's no bite. I don't find much variation throughout the bowl..just a consistent natural, creamy smoke. Depending on your prep method you'll probably find yourself re-lighting more then big deal imo. DGT's well also.

Finish: Smokes cleanly & dry all the way to the bottom. No bitter ending. Nice & smooth..just like the rest of the bowl. Ash is almost completely white.

In my opinion this is a keeper..I see myself buying a pound or so for the cellar and a few tins for use now. 4 of 4 Thanks Sam G. !!

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shakenbake Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
shakenbake (7)
Overwhelming None Detected Extra Full Strong

Not for the faint-hearted, or the fast puffer! Best enjoyed after a heavy meal, and DO NOT drive or operate any dangerous machinery.

This is a unique experience in smoking a natural tobacco. I have smoked it on occasion, usually in a small pipe, but once in a medium sized bowl. Cut the rope as fine as you can (maybe a razor would help?), stack it into the bowl and rub out a bit of it at the top of your bowl before lighting. Puff it slowly!

It is somewhat difficult to keep lit. However, with practce and perseverence, it can be done. Relighting does not seem to diminish the strength or flavour.

When I smoked it last, and because I was feeling a bit sleepy (it was both the tobacco and the lateness of the hour), I left the bowl for DGT. When I picked up the bowl the next evening, I noticed that the flavour and strength had mellowed out and become more enjoyable!

Will time mellow the rope? Something to look forward to!

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
Overwhelming Extremely Mild Full Strong

Brutal, or even stronger than that. If you want to challenge your senses to an arm-wrestling contest, that's what you should choose. It's very tricky to prepare and very difficult to keep it going, be careful to smoke it in a small pipe and smoke it with a good amount of food in your belly, unless you want to collapse within the first third of the bowl.

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Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
Very Strong Extremely Mild Full Strong

Wow! Strong stuff. The rope has a tightly packed cigar-like look to it. I cut into thin coins and layered into a very small bowled pipe. Very cigar-like in the richness of the smoke. Not like a cigar in taste. It actually has a very good flavor to me, but it is so full of flavor you must go very easy. It is hard to keep lit using the stacked coin method but I would be afraid to cut it any finer. I will update this review after a few more bouts with this powerfull smoke. I have to recuperate first!

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BostonPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BostonPipe (83)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I like to think of this rope as an after dinner affair. Yes, it is strong in the nicotine department, hence, slooow puffing is recommended,(IMHO). I find it easy to keep going after a false-light and a tamp. It does have a cigar-like note, although not in the way a Macunudo might, more, like a Te-Amo, (a little rough around the edges that is).

I cut this rope into thin slices then rub several out to assist in the lighting. As an ending note, this is not a tobacco I would puff on an empty stomach.

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Danno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Danno (102)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

I stray into ropes when my patate has tired of "ordinary" flakes or mixtures. Brown Rope #4 is a wakeup call for the tastebuds and the respiratory system. I find it a touch more agressive than the darker ropes, but entirely enjoyable if given proper care. However, unlike the black ropes, this one has no sweetish room note, rather it tends to cause a mass exodus, not entirely a bad thing as I enjoy solitude at times. If nothing alse, it is neat to experience yesteryear with a pipe tobacco. As Sarge says, "smoke it slow".

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Pounder 5000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pounder 5000 (178)
Extremely Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

This tobacco was quite a surprise. Not at all the horrible experience that I was led to believe it was going to be. The tobacco is very strong in the nicotine department; in fact, it is stronger than Royal Yacht, the tobacco I use for a set point when measuring strength. It has no bite however, and has a very enjoyable taste. The burning characteristics weren't the greatest and it needed quite a few relights. I have to say though that I enjoyed it very much. This may be a virginia, but the flavor is unique to itself. If I didn't know better I would have thought that a floral casing had been used, but I believe that this is just the tobacco itself. Very rich and hearty, this is the perfect compromise when you can't decide between a fine, dark, maduro cigar or a pipe full of pleasure!

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