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Gawith Hoggarth's Dark Flake is a popular tobacco among those who a full smoking experience, in both body and flavour. Comprised of fired and dark air cured Virginias, before being hot pressed in cakes (uncut plug). The Unscented version (U/S) is popular in both flake and plug form, but as with all tobaccos from Gawith Hoggarth, they can be flavoured. This “Aromatic” blend is given a traditional “British” topping which consists of Tonquin, Maple and Liquorice.

As you would expect with the Dark Flake, this tobacco is powerful with a strong spicy and musky flavour. The toppings enhance the almost cigar like flavour and bring a little brightness into play. This slowly fades as you make your way through the bowl, leaving the final half more a natural taste. Dark Flake packs a real punch in the nicotine department and we not suggested for those new to pipe smoking.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended ByGawith, Hoggarth
Manufactured ByGawith, Hoggarth
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringLicorice, Maple, Tonquin Bean
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging50 Tin
CountryUK
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Very Strong
Flavoring
Medium to Strong
Taste
Full, Very Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2040)
★★★★
Strong Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

The earthy, slightly grassy, fermented dark fruit and very light citrusy sweet Virginias have a mild herbal quality as well as a smoky, light spice and cigar quality. The nutty, earthy, lightly molasses sweet, toasty burleys play a noticeable back up. The tonquin and licorice toppings are more obvious than the maple, and all three down the tobaccos a little, though they don’t drown them out. Has a strong nic-hit. It won't bite or get harsh. Burns a little slow, cool and clean with a fairly consistent, deeply strong flavor. Needs some relights, and leaves little moisture in the bowl. The potent after taste is long lasting. This is certainly not an all day smoke.

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Calamiti Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Calamiti (45)
★★★★
Very Strong Strong Very Full Tolerable

Oh boy, what a baccy's here! Black, almost moist, ready-rubbed flake made of East African Dark Fired Virginias, Dark Indian Virginias and Burleys. It's double-sweet, being laden with licorice and dry fruits essence.

It's deceptive just like sweet sherry: you may drink a lot of it and it's too late when you realise you're completely drunk. After the first third of the bowl the sweetness fades away and what starts afterwards is bearable only for a really tough smoker with lots of hair on his chest, neck and shoulders. It's the strongest tobacco I know. After years of smoking strong Kentucky roll-your-own cigarettes I thought I got a hypertolerance to nicotine (f.ex., I routinely inhale Black Birds Eye, and Nightcap barely satisfies my nic crave). But this weed almost gave me spins!

Super-sweet and super-strong. It pushes to the limits in just everything: fullness, taste, aroma and strength. If you are after some FULLER stuff (as I am), definitely try this sweet poison.

Pipe Used: Parker 42 Bruyere

Age When Smoked: 1

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Lazarus77 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lazarus77 (80)
★★★★
Extremely Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Nuclear bomb in strength, very pleasant to smoke. Tobacco with unique character. Not an everyday smoke, but 100 % worth to try it. Personally I'm using to mix with other blends.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Mysmokingshop.co.uk

Similar Blends: 1792 Flakes just more stronger..

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1469)
★★★★
Very Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Gawith Hoggarth - Dark Flake Aromatic.

This is the sort of blend I expected I'd want to run a mile from! I remember smoking a some of the scented flakes over the past few years and finding them totally nefarious, but this, although it goes against the grain of what I consider myself to like, is a good smoke.

My 25g pouch contained four long, dark (no surprise), flakes. Very often loosely sold blends have a good hydration but Dark Flake's too damp; it needs airing. The colour was no surprise, and nor was the pouch-note: it smells a bit like perfume.

Now, the smoke is very good. A little perplexing, the perfume note's absent from it, but there is a fairly strong liquorice and maple note. Although the topping's quite heavy, it doesn't cancel out any of the tobacco flavours: of the two the Burley's far stronger than the Virginia. I find that Dark Flake Aromatic's a far more enjoyable smoke if it's sipped gently, that's not due to tongue bite, instead it can develop a bit of a yucky taste on the sides of my tongue when it's chugged. The burn from DFA is absolutely superb: it gives quite a cool smoke, doesn't require much attention, leaves a very white ash, and burns dottle free. Tongue bite? None of it!

The topping's not as ludicrously strong as I anticipated, but something that is very strong is the nicotine! And the room-note's quite pleasant, not great, but not bad.

I like this, I think it's a very good, no-frills, aromatic blend.

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson Kildare P Lip #03

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: My Smoking Shop

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