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Notes: Available from several online tobacconists as a substitute for W.O. Bigg's long discontinued Exmoor Hunt Mixture.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Manufactured ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging25g Pouch
CountryUK
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Tolerable
3.5
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DrDyson (123)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I came across this tobacco on the website of Black Swan Specialist Tobacconist of Yorkshire, UK, and bought a sample to try. It’s said to be a near replica of W.O.Bigg’s Exmoor Hunt Mixture, a tobacco that was discontinued many years ago and that used to be quite a favourite of mine.

Actually, I’m pretty sure that this ‘Exmoor Mixture’ is exactly the same tobacco as Gawith & Hoggarth’s No. 25 Mixture. Perhaps it’s a bit questionable to market the same tobacco under two different names; but, whether or not, it’s mighty fine stuff. Everything I said in my reviews of G & H’s No. 25 Mixture applies here. I’ll repeat the gist of that review here, to save people the trouble of looking it up:

“This is an exceptionally good tobacco if you like English mixtures: a well-executed blend of Virginia, Burley and Latakia tobaccos, with the Latakia a clear presence, but by no means an overwhelming one. People who enjoy a touch of Latakia but don't want it in large doses will probably prefer this to SG's Commonwealth Mixture and G & H's Balkan Mixture. The Virginia gives No. 25 Mixture a lot more ‘body' than Balkan mixture has, I find ... The smoke is cool and creamy, the flavour is full and uniform all the way down the bowl, and it won't bite you. It's not too moist, and lights and burns well. It's a mildish smoke in terms of nicotine content, though, so if you want something that will bring you to your knees this isn't for you. There's no dottle to speak of: only the proverbial fine grey ash; and no sludge.

“I'm not sure whether to describe this tobacco as a very fine ribbon cut or a shag. Flake smokers will find that, because of the fine cut, it burns away rather quickly, but this is one of only two negatives I can find; and you can, after all, always come back for more. Tight packing is a good idea, though. The other negative is the inevitable Latakia room note, which is not to everybody's taste; SWMBO doesn't like it at all, and innocent bystanders will probably look at you in a funny way. Perhaps this is one to enjoy in solitude, or outdoors.

“In a large bowl (as I write I'm smoking it in a Peterson 312) No. 25 Mixture will give you a longish, tasty and interesting interlude. If you aren't a habitual Latakia smoker, you'll be well advised to have a separate pipe for this kind of blend, because the Latakia flavour lingers long. Try it first in a corncob, maybe.

“Nice with a strong black coffee, I find. Highly recommended; a true arcadia experience, and a viable all-day smoke if you want one. A tobacco to relax with, though; sit down and take your time.”

Pipe Used: Parker billiard; Peterson System 312

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the shop

Purchased From: Black Swan Specialist Tobacconist of Yorkshire, UK

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1482)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Gawith Hoggarth - Exmoor Mixture.

Firstly, there's no way this is ribbon cut. The blend looks a lot closer to a fine shag/ready rubbed than a ribbon cut mix.

The pouch's smell is a lot sharper than the blend tastes, the Latakia is by far the forerunner in the aroma. This isn't how I find the flavour from the smoke though; the Burley, Virginia and Latakia are quite well balanced for taste. The Latakia's smokiness is pretty subdued, giving way to a lighter woodiness. I would say that the stronger of the three tobacco's in the smoke would be the Burley, for me this makes up approximately half of the flavour.

Although this doesn't give me much tongue bite, the problem I have is with the heat from it. This creates more of a problem for my fingers rather than my mouth. The bowl gets pretty hot if it's puffed too vigorously, go easy with Exmoor or pay the price!

The nicotine's about medium, making it enough for a first pipe of the day yet not too strong for an evening smoke.

The room note is quite good; it's not too full, not too empty and nowhere near offensive.

This would get an unequivocal four stars if it weren't for the temperature from it. For me, that means it's a two and a half star blend.

Pipe Used: Peterson Founders 150th Anniversary

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Black Swan

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