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Manufactured from Dark tobacco 'whole leaf' rather than strips, the mid-rib (or stem) gives the 'birds eye' effect when cut. A strong smoke which was particularly favored by the fishermen as the finer cut meant the tobacco was easier to light and to keep-in on board ship when the weather was bad.

Notes: This is a combination of dark-fired whole leaf Virginias and mid-rib fine cut Kentucky leaf rolled and sliced to make 'bird's eyes'.

This fine shag cut was preferred by fisherman and sailors because it was very easy to pack and light.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsKentucky, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Tolerable, Tolerable to Strong

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Smoke it in a small bowl or have a little something on your stomach if you use a bigger pipe for it. It's not a complex smoke. The semi-sweet, deep, rich earthy, fermented dark fruit taste of the Virginias and nutty, lightly woody earthy Kentucky will fill your senses. The Kentucky is the lead component. The room note is rather strong. It reminds me a little of Kendall Kentucky, which is less sweet, and a little stronger in intensity and nicotine, but this is no light weight tobacco. Thin cut, it burns at a moderate pace, cool, clean and fairly smooth with a very consistent flavor. It may need a little drying time when you first open the bag. The nic-hit is a step pr so past the medium level. Won't bite or get harsh even if you working at it. Leaves some moisture in the bowl, and needs an average number of relights. Has a pleasant, lingering after taste. Not an all day smoke.

18 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Going through a lot of G&H tobaccos lately has shown me just how much that strength is relative to the smoker. Yes, this one is strong, but I found it a lot milder than Kendal Dark or the black ropes, none of which I can smoke. This one reminds me of Kendal Kentucky but does not have the full depth of flavor to my taste buds.

This is a rich, bold tobacco but not a head-spinner. This, along with Kendal Kentucky, is what I would offer someone that said that they just wanted to taste tobacco with no soap, florals, leather, wood, spices, etc etc. Just pure tobacco. I did find the faintest trace of lakeland soapiness here but it was SO faint, it may have even been my imagination. I'll keep this one around. It's just so ironic to me that G&H can make the "best" strong tobaccos and the "worst" ones at the same time - IMHO, of course!

12 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Very Strong Very Mild Very Full Very Pleasant

I recently smoked a bowl of this powerful, yet delicious tobacco at a pipe club Christmas dinner. Not only was the company outstanding, so was this delightful, shag cut tobacco.

If I had smoked this at home, I would have given the leaf a whirl in my blender because the shaggy strands were too long for an easy pack job. The strength will make the veteran puffer giddy with excitement. The neophyte on the other hand, may swoon, drool and topple over.

Rich, smooth, creamy and mounds of smoke. Cool too. What more could a pipe man (or woman) ask for? On second thought, I don't think the women will want to try Dark Birdseye because this blend will put hair on your chest!

12 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Sweet, dark fired, natural tobacco flavor with just a hint of Lakeland in the background. I like this flavor very much. I also like the strength of this smoke. If it were a weapon it would be a blunt instrument. I have smoked this in small bowls only and can't imagine ever using a large one. It's just not necessary or desirable. If you like your tobacco strong and natural you owe it to yourself to try this. If you have an aversion to Lakeland flavor, don't sweat it as it's barely noticed. It's actually a nice touch.

Body is full (strong). Taste is full. Lakeland is extremely mild. Burns perfectly. Wonderful stuff.

Pipe Used: Ropp Acorn, MM Dwarf, MM Little Devil Acorn

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From:

9 people found this review helpful.

cobacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cobacco (52)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

This is the espresso vermicelli of tobaccos! And the last time I enjoyed virginia like this was with Ratray's Black, only you don't have to fight Bird's Eye, in fact it is nothing but easy to pack, light, smoke, tip out ash, and clean after. The long long fine shag cut is great and so is the deep dark caramelized flavor. The strength is just strong and very predictable - nothing to be afraid of. Bag note is a bit intimidating and don't be scared off by this, but it reminds me of a stinky dog's ear and coffee beans (now you have to buy some). Flavor is simple but full and if you've been smoking brown twist, you'll surely recognize this as one componet of those more complex tobaccos.

A few notes.... Packing the pipe is as easy as it gets and there is absolutely no marginal material in the product. No woody bits or clumps that need to be fussed with. Lighting the fine shag is easy as is tamping it. Because the vermicelli like strands are deep seated in the pipe, you can tip out the ash as you smoke without fear of dumping out the unburnt tobacco. This is a good to the bottom of the bowl tobacco; never sour but it does get potent. Nice clean pipe afterwards no gooey sugar mess or heavy soot to clean. Like most Gawith products, this is quality UK style. Treat yourself to something other than cheap!

Pipe Used: MM Diplomat COB

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From: smokingpipes

7 people found this review helpful.

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

Dark Birdseye is a glorious tobacco. It bears a strong family resemblance to some of my favorite strong smokes like the Gawith brown ropes, Peterson’s Irish Flake, and G&H’s muscular Dark Flake Unscented. The potent dark-fired leaf here tastes like smoked meat lightly sprinkled with baker’s chocolate. It’s quite high in nicotine. It can be bitter on occasion. If I smoke it too often, I can get bored with its monolithic flavor.

But as an occasional treat (the doctors tell us that’s how we should treat bacon anyway), it doesn’t suffer from familiarity. Richer than dark fired Kentucky, the fired Virginias here have enough sweetness to balance the smoky, savory elements. I find that a small bowl is all I really need of this and it’s best accompanied by a peaty Islay whisky or a black beer with some smoky undertones.

I haven’t had any problems with this stuff arriving too dry, as others have. If anything, I usually find that it needs to be dried to just this side of crispy if it’s going to work well for me.

7 people found this review helpful.

panduji68 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
panduji68 (28)
Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I am currently smoking this offering in a large bowl English straight stem London Export pipe (one of my absolute favorite smoking pipes) as I write this review. I felt it proper to engage this tobacco in an environment of hand to hand combat, ignoring "don't ever smoke it in a large bowl, sit down whilst smoking", worst case scenario type of environment, given it's reviews and my gluttony for punishment.

What a bunch of guffaw! This is a fine tobacco that behaves like an absolute Gentleman if treated with respect. It is most definitely strong in the nicotine department, but I find it odd that some reviewers have dinged it for being such whilst knowing what they were getting into. If you like a tobacco that is strong in the nicotine department without a cigar like taste and aroma as is common with some Gawith rope and twist tobacco, this one is for you. My "El Dictator" gave it's room note a thumbs up. It most definitely has a sweet, mild topping that is present to me only while exhaling through the nose and not on the palate.

Smoking this offering in a large bowl did, however, make me sit down, if I wanted to contemplate it's nuances further. I found this wonderful. My one complaint about this tobacco is that it is nearly a shag cut. I think a ribbon cut would have done it more justice. It packs very dense if not careful, and can be a bit harsh on the nostrils when exhaled through the nose. It is somewhat wet and requires a very slight (15 minutes in my air conditioned living room) drying time prior to packing the bowl.

It is spicy, but with no tongue bite. It burns very cool if sipped but will attack the throat if sipping is not your style of smoking a pipe.

This is a stellar smoke as an after dinner, before bedtime offering, or paired with a nice single malt Scotch or quality Kentucky Bourbon. Not an all day smoke to be certain, but absolutely nothing to be afraid of if treated properly.

I truly enjoyed my 8 ounces and will order more in the near future. A great smoke once figured out in your best smoking pipe. Recommended!

6 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1644)
Extremely Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Pleasant

Gawith Hoggarth - Dark Bird's Eye. I could use one simple word for this review: STRONG! However I'll try to do better, albeit, this site already includes pretty much everything that needs to be said.

I'm impressed by the cut as I was unsure what 'Birds Eye' would resemble. It turns out that the contents are very uniformly cut; all long and quite thin ribbons. The smell from the pouch makes me expect a smoke that tastes a little fired; it has a smoky, almost liquorice type of scent. It packs and lights easily, so I'll give my opinion on the smoke:

My initial thoughts are all to do with the strength; whether or not you inhale your smoke this will about knock you out. It's definitely one for the nicotine lovers! Putting the huge amount of nicotine aside, I have to admit I like this stuff; 1: it doesn't bite me at any point whilst enjoying a bowl, not even a nip. 2: I find the smoke is cool and velvety. 3: the smoky flavour I discovered in the pouch note is still around on the palate too, don't expect a Latakia resemblance, I don't find it that smoky or woody, I find it has more of of very mild charred addition and maybe also the subtle liquorice note I got from the bag. 4: the room note is exactly as the taste suggests: full and slightly smoky.

This is quite an enjoyable smoke; not one I could regularly smoke due to the strength but it still gets three stars for the other qualities.


Pipe Used: Peterson Sherlock Holmes Lestrade

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Robert Graham

5 people found this review helpful.

Smokedinacob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smokedinacob (8)
Extremely Strong Very Mild Full Very Strong

I just finished a two-month stint of smoking a quantity of Dark Birdseye, Kendal Dark, and Kendal Kentucky in rotation at various moisture levels, times-of-day, etc. in an effort to decide which one to start buying in bulk. In the end, although they seem quite different when smoked back to back, I can honestly say that if only any one of the three were available, I would lay in a large stock of it and be thankful.

The middle part applies to all three:

The cut is what I would call an "ultra-fine ribbon." Just wider than a true shag, but handles like a shag. I like how it dries out. I like packing it into the pipe. I like how it burns. It can burn really really fast if you truly pay no attention at all, and with tobaccos of this strength it can be unpleasant, but I am lazy and like how easy it is to get these ribbons to smolder compared to larger stuff. Just let it dry until nearly breakable, squeeze it, light it, and puff easy.

Nicotine. There's a lot in here. It awakens the senses, calms the mind, and coats the mouth.

The flavor of these is decidedly dark and strong. Meaty, tangy, oily, a little sweet, fermented, a little smoky. Smoking these is not a multi-dimensional experience like a symphony. More like Sacred Harp sing--4 notes, wild and good and loud. Full on dark tobacco taste. For real. Rough around the edges, raw, old-timey. I have nothing to compare it to, really. I can only say that I really like it and will keep something like this around at all times.

Dark Birdseye is my favorite. It has a much more pronounced fermented "funk" than the others. It reminds me of the Drum tobacco of my youth, when it was still really, really good. It is a really deeply wild tasting tobacco. Also it has some sauce. Adding to the fermented funk is a musky, exotic, incense funk. It is very faint, but I would describe it as exciting, enticing, pheromone-like, and a powerful compliment to the raw dark tobacco power packed into this weird old-timey leaf.

EDIT: I just got a new half pound of this. Apparently some Euro busy bodies forced a change in the cut. Now it's a fairly standard medium ribbon. Tastes the same, more difficult to light, makes me curse the decline of western civilization every bowl. Still 4 stars.

EDIT: Thank God, the "ultra-fine-ribbon" is back. The world is good again.

Pipe Used: cob

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: smoking pipes

4 people found this review helpful.

Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (191)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

The fine cut helps with packing and keeping it lit which is good because you will need to seep it in order to get the most of it and also to help you with the potency of this tobacco. A small pipe with a long stem is in order as you will not need more than a 20 minute rendez-vous with your pipe.

There is a caramelized burnt onion taste than I find interesting, a smoky and pungent flavor that remains constant through the entire bowl. A stout, old style pipe tobacco that is good after a meal or late evening.

4 people found this review helpful.

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

A wonderful, stout blend in the manner of Kendal Dark and Kendal Kentucky! The scent of the unburnt tobacco is smoky, hearty and earthy and somehow I perceive a whiff of cinnamon, which I find most pleasant!

Lovely, yet rather coarse cut, but packing isn't too much of a magic trick.. from the first puffs you get a full-bodied, smoky and earthy aroma. Woodsy smokiness, earthiness and a cool, dry smoke. There's a whisper of Lakeland Essence, yet so mild that I think it wasn't applied to the tobacco but got "infected" with it in the production hall. It's not unpelasant and disappears quickly. Not complex at all, what you smell is what you get! Smokiness, earthiness, woodsy notes, with very little sweetness. Perfect for a quick, powerful and satisfying smoke. Tickles the nose pleasantly on retrohale.

Recently I tried quite a few G&H blends (and those produced by them for others) and most of them turned me off.. a few taste of burnt rubber and burnt cookie crumbles, some have too much of the 'old grandma perfume'-Essence... but whenever G&H grabs dark fired leaf, especially Kentucky for blending something wonderful comes out of it! Stout tobacco goodness, that gives me this "back in the old days"-feeling, of old fishermen and sailors that puff this weed in their pipes while working.

Pipe Used: Clays, Cobs, Briars, Morta

3 people found this review helpful.

Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (187)
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

What a nice tobacco, guys !

DBE has just come to Italy, alongwith some five GH’s blends. I had to try it, even at an outrageous price. It’s worth I did it.

It reminds me of Kendal Kentucky, maybe this one has a slightly different proportion of Virginia, but not that much. We are talking of dark fired leaves, at the end. Nice it is the definition of the friend at TR, that this is the espresso (or double espresso !) of tobaccos. As an Italian I should say: SI, CERTO ! (Yes indeed!) Burns like heaven, cool & smooth offering clouds of smoke. The flavour is simple, of true tobacco (no Lakeland scent). The strength builds from something past the medium to a strong mark, but nothing unbearable.

I prefer this into medium bowls. Large bowls… it’s a bit too much.

Good good good. Also in the morning… with a double espresso.

Pipe Used: Castello, Mastro de Paja, Amorelli and others

Age When Smoked: fresh

Similar Blends: GH's Kendal Kentucky.

3 people found this review helpful.

hawky454 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hawky454 (93)
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Strong

Very fine shag cut tobacco that comes rather moist. I like to lay it all out on a flat surface and let it dry for at least an hour and then jar it up. This is an absolutely stellar, hassle free smoke. Those acclimated to large doses of nicotine will surely find this blend essential to their rotation. This blend has character, and depth, it's truly complex. I detect some natural floral notes (not to be confused with Lakeland essence) in the top and a heavy, bold VA flavor which almost tastes "roasted" in the base. This was made with an experienced pipe smoker in mind and has become an everyday smoke for me. I can't recommend this one enough. Absolutely essential!

Pipe Used: Savinelli Nonpareil, Neerup Classic

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Brown Irish X, Brown Bogie..

3 people found this review helpful.

Calamiti Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Calamiti (66)
Very Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

Who's told you that your most precious and craved early morning pipe should be a light sour Oriental with a bit of Latakia? That rather will make you want to go back to bed. Take this one and it will instantly cheer you up for the new day! Fast-burning and potent stuff with pleasant smoky aroma and hints of sweetness is ideal for those still battling their cigarette addiction (like me) and craving a fast nicotine fix in the morning. Not overwhelmingly strong, not sharp (like Kendal Kentucky might feel sometimes), I even dare to inhale it time to time to get an awesome tickling sensation with no bitter consequences. I would highly recommend this manly tobacco to former heavy cigarette-smokers.

Pipe Used: Tanganyika Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: New

Similar Blends: GH Kendal Kentucky.

3 people found this review helpful. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (120)
Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Summary: a strong, comfortable smoke that varies the sweetness of Virginia leaf with spice and mid-range flavors.

Among the codger blends, the shag cuts often tend to be both the most unassuming and the least likely to take prisoners. This dark shag reveals its origins in smoke curing which transfer the sweetness of Virginia leaf into a broader range of flavors and gives it a smoky tang. The odious Lakeland essence, a cousin of AIDS and funeral home rosewater, burns off quickly and leaves a strong dark smoke with undertones of sweetness and earthy flavor. This is a great all-day smoke for people who enjoy being outdoors.

3 people found this review helpful.

TW Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TW (34)
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

Once a true shag cut now more of a narrow ribbon thanks to the European 1.5mm cut rule for pipe tobacco.

Like most G&H tobaccos it's old-fashioned, pretty unique and has a hint of unrefined brutality about it. Dark fired leaf with surprisingly little of the birdseye that gives it's name. As supplied it's a little damp but immediately smokable, as it dries the colour lightens a little with some strands becoming a more mid-brown in colour similar to the air-dried Indian leaf in the dark range. I find this is most flavourful smoked on the damp side, and despite it's name nothing like the dark shag/flake/plug range.

Cool and virtually bite-free unless allowed to dry too much, it produces lots of smoke and burns cleanly and with little if any dottle. The flavour is smoky, pungent, very full and unchanging throughout the bowl. I recommend small, narrow bowls - I'm quite used to strong tobaccos, but the combination of high nocotine and loads of smoke give this one a real punch. Not quite a brown rope, but pretty powerful and stout. My 80 year-old father-in-law has smoked nothing but G&H black ropes for all his life, but Dark Birdseye even made him stagger a bit. It's supposed to be unscented by the way - no Lakeland florals or anything else, "Kendal/Lakeland" is a place, not a description of a particular flavour of tobacco.

My wife reckons the room note is fine when smoked in small quantities, but it counts as an acrid chemical weapon requiring immediate evacuation of the vicinity if fired up in a larger bowl.

The cut means it burns quickly, but it also burns quite cooly. I find a Peterson Belgique or similar "clay pipe" sized small bowl is great for a 20ish minute smoke when out and about. It also keeps it's flavour outdoors, which is useful.

Finally, it doesn't ghost at all and builds cake very quickly - it excels as as a tobacco for breaking in a new briar.

Recommended for those who like strong, stout old-fashioned tobaccos with plenty of unique flavour.

ps - I defy anyone to inhale this without exploding :-)

3 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (326)
Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The cut is not so thin as 5 Bros or something like Drum. I would characterize it as very fine long ribbon. The color is a uniform very dark brown - almost black, and the pouch note is smokey and slightly sweet. Mine was delivered slightly moist, but I smoked it as delivered and did not worry about drying it. I but found it smoked better firmly packed, and it seemed to favor wide bowls.

This is a strong tobacco. I think it has the edge here on Kendal Kentucky which says a lot. You are warned. The Kendal Kentucky has a fuller flavor in the first few puffs, but this one builds.

Compared to Kendal Kentucky, this is sweeter and earthier. The Kendal Kentucky has a little more spice in the snork. Dark Bird's Eye has a rich taste that really grows on you. It is easy to keep lit, and is an easy smoke.It is a little thick in terms of mouth texture or "feel." There is just a whiff of Lakeland sauce every now and then.

This is a great smoke, but it is strong and full-flavored. It will not be suited to every smoker. It is expensive for a cheap guy, but I do find I am very fond of it. It is a solid 3.5 in that I sprang for a 500 g sack during a sale.

2 people found this review helpful.

Puffingstuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Puffingstuff (100)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Very Pleasant

This had to be the very Tobacco, that Sherlock Holmes kept in the Persian slipper. Smooth, and amazingly mellow. A dark caldron of deep Virginia with a soft dark fired bass. I didn't find it as strong as some have claimed. But then again I've been chewing loose leaf tobacco for years. The shag cut is very fine, puff gently. No bite whatsoever. Luscious, mellow, deep and seductive, and the aroma is very nice.

Pipe Used: Charatan

Age When Smoked: new

2 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (203)
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

This is a stout and moderately spicy tobacco that also smokes smooth, balanced and full of flavor. The evenly cut shag practically guarantees a steady burn with very few relights. At a slow sip the strength is firm but not overwhelming. The flavors are dark, bittersweet and smoky. From time to time I’ll detect a subtle floral note in the side-stream, but for the most part, Dark Bird’s Eye represents the pure tobacco flavor constituent of Gawith & Hoggarth’s stable of blends.

I agree with those who have mentioned how well this stuff ages. The Dark Bird's Eye that I stashed away has definitely sweetened and smoothed out nicely over the last three years. It’s not an everyday kind of smoke for me, but it’s always good.

Pipe Used: Briar & Cob

Age When Smoked: 3 years

2 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Straight forward, strong tobacco with a slight sweetness and just enough Lakeland flavors that you know it's a Lakeland style tobacco, but, its 99.9% pure tobacco taste. There is no complexity to this blend, it burns cleanly and doesn't bite. I like strong tobaccos, and I am a big fan of GH blends, but this is a miss for me as I simply don't like the taste and it would be useful only as a quick nic hit. However, fans of dark rope tobacco will find a happy home here. Somewhat Recommended

2 people found this review helpful.

Dr. Scott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. Scott (82)
Strong Mild to Medium Full Strong

Dark Birdseye has that wonderful G, H & Co. shag cut that makes it so easy to pack and smoke. It also has their Lakeland essence, but it is applied with some restraint. The floral perfume is present from beginning to end, with frequent soapy notes, but it does not overwhelm the tobacco. After a few minutes, you really don't notice the perfume at all, just strong tobacco flavor.

Nicotine is strong, an even higher dose than in their Kendal Kentucky.

Like KK, it must be sipped very slowly to get the flavor, otherwise it is harsh and hot.

Note on room note: This tobacco gets a strong thumbs down from the wife, who says it smells like cigarettes. I can smoke this one only when the house is deserted or everyone is asleep.

Its place in the rotation: Dark Birdseye is the only Lakeland I keep around. Better flavor than Kendal Kentucky, and it is one of the strongest nicotine doses you will find. With its ease of packing and smoking, it gets a place in the regular rotation. For those who enjoy the Lakeland blends and don't mind its light perfume, it's the pick of its class.

2 people found this review helpful.

Noorrmm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Noorrmm (193)
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

Let me start with the opinion that this is the type of tobacco Shelock Holmes was supposed to keep in his slipper in the fictional accounts. G&H only say that this is a dark tobacco. They do not provide the origins, unlike many others of their blends. To my taste, this is mostly, or entirely dark fired BURLEY, with little or no Virginia leaf. There seems to be no topping added, just a slightly pungent aroma from the leaf. In fact, there is very little about the aroma that hints at the smoking experience. I won't belabor the fine cut, except to note that it reminds me of Schippers (sp?), which I tried many years ago. As expected, it lights very easily, sometimes with a single Vesta. You immediateley taste the dark, smokey leaf in a burst of flavor. The taste reminds me of a decent Dutch/Danish dry cigar, more refined than a Tuscany style (DiNobili for example). There is little or no complexity to the smoke, no matter how slowly it is smoked, but there is a lot of satisfaction, owing to the fullness of the flavor (and the nicotine level). It also has a tendency to dry out my mouth, another trait of Burley. The leaf does not burn hot unless puffed too agressively, and can be smoked outdoors in moderate breezes. (I don't smoke in stiff winds). I find it works best in smaller pipes, mostly because it becomes too dry in larger bowls. An excellent choice in a cob, in which you can reload almost immediately, as it burns dry and clean. The ash is always dry, but a dark gray color, never white. To me, this is another Burley indicator.

2 people found this review helpful.

Gaius Baltar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gaius Baltar (25)
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

In the line of Scaferlati Caporal Rouge, Amsterdamer, Le Baron and Colts Dutch Blend, but much more sophisticated. Natural tobacco, intense Kentucky. Tremendous nicotine kick. Not suitable for weak hearts or aromatic smokers. Tasty and intense. It tastes good with the first ignition. Better to load it compact in medium or small pipe. It burns quite quickly and becomes somewhat bitter towards the middle of the puff. Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Rotation briar

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Tobacco shop from Barcelona

Similar Blends: Scaferlatti Caporal Rouge, Amsterdamer, Le Baron and Colts Dutch Blend..

1 person found this review helpful.

cajomu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cajomu (64)
Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

Based on the other reviews of GH&C Dark Bird's Eye, I thought I would really enjoy this tobacco. Alas, I didn't.

DBE is a dark shag with practically no aroma. I took Jiminks advice and packed it in a small pipe. I'm glad I did because it is a very strong tobacco. Nothing wrong with that, but it does require that you smoke it slowly.

Upon lighting it up, I was surprised by how spicy it was. Frankly, at the start, that's all it was -- unpleasantly spicy. After a while, the spiciness settled down a bit and was replaced by a sensation that I can only describe as something akin to menthol. As I puffed slowly away, I kept waiting for the full flavor that others found to kick in, but it never showed up. What I did get was a dark, almost burnt flavor that was devoid of any sweetness or other redeeming qualities. I tried retrohaling it in the hope that it would be more flavorful but all I got was was more unpleasant spiciness and more of the burnt toast flavor.

Based on my initial experience with DBE, I can't recommend it. Maybe I chose the wrong pipe or maybe I just wasn't in the mood for something like DBE. I'll smoke it again in some other pipes and, if I find something I missed, I'll update my review.

Pipe Used: Small Tanganyika African meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Recently purchased.

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

1 person found this review helpful.

moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (102)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

G,H&Co Dark Birdseye is an unabashed, throwback tobacco, plain, simple, and proud of it. It comes in bulk, shag cut, ready to stuff and puff. Forget about ripe fruit. It smells like a mild, earthy cigar, and it pretty much tastes like that, too, and it lights and burns down like a champ. If it’s packed firmly it lasts longer than many other shags, long enough to get a buzz. Strength is strong. Tastes are full. Room note is disgusting. Aftertaste is cigar-ish, along with some VA sweetness. There is the vaguest hint of Lakeland essence.

Simple tabac like this demands a short review, so I’ll close by saying there’s “more” to house mate Brown Irish X, or Tabac Manil's Le Petit Robin, but neither hits the spot quite like Dark Birdseye, especially on a short break. 3 stars; not quite 4. Don’t like it? Smoke something else!

Pipe Used: Works great in a beat-up old Cutty

Age When Smoked: Old enough to know better

Purchased From: Liberty Tobacco

Similar Blends: Compare/contrast to Brown Irish X..

1 person found this review helpful.

thesmoggypipester Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thesmoggypipester (52)
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

Update: 14th november 2017.

Well I've been smoking this pretty much exclusively for last few days and I must say it is getting better.

I have dedicated a bowl to this tobacco and, now the flavours are searing into the briar it is an unmistakable treat.

There's a sort of savoury sweetness to it, it's not a strong in your face sweetness, it kind of melds gently into the smokeyness of the blend, packed really firmly and sipped slowly i can make it last at least half an hour and smoke it right to the bottom, the bowl hardly even gets warm, and although it isn't a massively complex blend, it does have a little complexity l, namely that sweetness that melds with smokeyness.

I still say this is a powerhouse of a blend, and it is very strong and I wouldn't dream of recommending this to a new smoker, but to an established smoker who wants to take it to another level in strength and get some really good pure natural tobacco I can whole heartedly recommend this and it is worked it's way into a favourite of mine with utter ease.

Oh by the way one last thing. If you smoke this indoors I do hope that you have a very understanding partner. I tried this indoors, and the reaction I got wasn't particularly favourable, in fact it was quite coarse and blunt, something along the lines of "it smells like burnt horse sh*t". Personally I like the room note but I can see why it won't endear to everyone it's heavy and it lingers. So do be prepared to become an outdoor smoker with this one.


This is something else.

Now I will say I'm bot afraid of the strong stuff, i can smoke Condor for breakfast and carry on as normal.

This innocuous looking bag, with its contents, it's rather pleasant smell of earth and a little sweetness with quite a good helping of smokiness is a completely different beast all together.

My ounce came quite dry which is something for gawith hoggarth, it packs easily and takes the flame just easily.

Again them lovely earthy flavours come through with a touch of sweetness and oodles of smokiness. Then comes the nicotine.

This didn't knock me on my ass but did make my spin and I could feel my heart beating that bit faster. Just out of sheer curiosity and maybe a touch of masochism, i Inhaled..... GOOD GOD!

Light headedness and a spike in heart rate quickly followed.

I read the warnings about its strength and let me tell you, they are true and then some. This is quite possibly the strongest tobacco I have had in my pipe, but I must say I love it.

Whatever you do do not offer this to a first time smoker, if you do, you will probably be arrested and you in my book would be one very evil person.

It's flavours, them pure natural flavours are a treat to the tastebuds. I want to keep this around, it never gets hot and it is a quick smoke, mine lasted all of ten minutes in a small bowl, which for me is all I'd want. Reputedly this was the choice of fishermen in years gone I know why I never see a miserable fisherman or sailor in old pictures.. .they are off their barnets on nicotine.

Looks a lot like caporal and semois and could probably make a worthy substitute

Fantastic stuff but deffinitely not for the beginner.

4stars earned with ease.

Pipe Used: Falcon....of course.

Age When Smoked: New

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CherchezLaghost Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CherchezLaghost (52)
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

Basically a sigaro toscano shredded into a long shag. Flavors are strong kentucky with a few rough edges, some nuttiness, and some deep cacao and espresso flavors. Potent, but elegant. I smoke this blend every day. I love it in the morning with coffee and at midday. A quick burning tutorial in the pleasures of piping, it provides the essence of the experience in a short smoke. I sometimes mix a pinch of this with a pinch of BIX for some stoved virginia flavor and smoke it from my lakeland cob...weird, i know, but excellent!

Pipe Used: Cobs, briars

Age When Smoked: New to 6 months

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Jacinto Cupboard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jacinto Cupboard (180)
Very Strong Mild to Medium Full Extra Strong

A dark brown shag with sweet, malty, smoky notes. Clearly a dual use tobacco, this immediately reminded me of the old White Ox RYO.

Works fine as a pipe tobacco. There is plenty of rich sweet taste to be had, with the KY predominant. Burns well, but benefits from some drying time, which is what it would get if it were carried around as a pouch tobacco.

This is a distinctive, niche tobacco, that works for me as a change up baccy. It's old school in a lot of ways and this is probably going to be a like or loathe blend for pipe smokers. It's about as subtle as a brick.

There is a distinct, acrid, almost plastic note that intrudes as the bowl progresses. I have noticed this aroma in G+H ropes and flakes. No idea what it starts out as or what it is supposed to be, but I am not a fan. It sits just barely the right side of tolerable for me.

Will ghost a pipe.

Edit May 17. After struggling with this baccy for a month or more I gave up. Just too harsh and too strong all round. I found it impossible to finish even small bowls. Have downrated the baccy accordingly. I hope my neighbour, who smokes RYO, has better luck with it.

Pipe Used: Lepeltier

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1979 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
1979 (62)
Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable

Another of GH&C's nice powerful tobaccos.

Here, the "lakeland essence" seems applied somewhat differently from Brown Bogie, insofar as here I taste more vanilla whereas with the other I suppose it's more rose, or just plain perfume. Again the applied scent mainly burns off by mid bowl

The fine shag cut and nicotine wallop allows for a quick pack and go sort of smoke if need be, utilising the "geezer grab" and "thumb pack" methods.  Ah the tricks you learn from old pros, God bless 'em.

Possibly of marginal interest, I've packed six ounces of this one into a pint mason jar.  It seems to be compressing itself into a cake and peels off into almost like layers as I skim off the top.  At some point I may try aging some in this manner for a number of years.

*Addendum: after six months in the jar it has taken on a jar note reminiscent of dip and a very herbal, at times tea-like taste.

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TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (492)
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

I just finished a healthy sample of this I received a while back. I found this one to be very similar to Kendal Kentucky in all respects. I would probably like this and the Kendal blends much better if they had a wider cut. This keeps me from giving any of them 4 stars, but this one and the aforementioned Kendal blend do deserve more than 3 stars.

It is tasty and a taste I do enjoy even if it comes in a cut that I do not. I find this to be slightly soapy and slightly cigar like. It is strong, but not overwhelming; at least to me its not. While the blend has a lot of backbone, it is pretty easy to smoke. Like all GH blends I have tried so far, this one won't bite no matter how hard you try.

Similar Blends: Kendal Kentucky.

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BriarWoody Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarWoody (33)
Strong None Detected Extra Full Tolerable

This is strong and cigar-like, fairly linear and straightforward, with the Kentucky delivering a spicy kick. There's very little sweetness and the nic hit is surprisingly medium given the taste profile. The shag cut is easy to load and keep lit -- much less finicky than the Esoterica blends. I don't get any toppings or Lakeland essence, just bold, unadulterated tobacco. Ain't for the wee lads.

Pipe Used: Nording Freehand

Age When Smoked: New bulk

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

I wasn't sure what to make of this blend as most of the well-known, very strong tobaccos I bought to sample recently were a disappointment in some way. G&H's Happy Brown Bogie proved too overpowering to smoke and was better for me in my cheek. C&D's Old Joe Krantz and Byzantium were both let-downs for me, the former was just totally unsmokeable as it tasted of uncured, unripe Burley and the latter was just kind of flat and lacked balance.

This tobacco was a pleasant surprise. The bag note completely brought me back to a childhood spent farming a few acres of fire-cured dark Virginia tobacco, it had the smell of the 150-year-old tobacco barns full of oak smoke we used to cure our tobacco. The cut reminded me of the Bali Shag and Stokkebye tobacco I used to make hand-rolled cigarettes with years ago. The whole experience really reminded me of the green bag of Bali I used to buy from time to time which is now discontinued (it was either called Dark Virginia or Kentucky).

I pulled out of the bag enough to fill a small, briar churchwarden as it was the smallest bowl I had available and I'd read previous reviews cautioning against large or wide bowls for this tobacco. The tobacco out of the bag was dry, but I though a little extra drying was in order so I tore the really long strands of shag into smaller pieces and allowed it to dry for ten or so minutes. It turned out I pulled far too much out of the bag, as the tobacco did not compress as much as I thought it would. I proceeded to pack the bowl in the normal three steps I use with most tobaccos.

It took a match very easily, as shag does. It puffs up tremendously when first lit and it really didn't even need another light after the first charring light, but I lit again just to be certain the edges were going. The taste was straight tobacco, the taste of oak and smoked peat and leather. Just amazing. I ventured a retrohale. knowing that this had sunk me with OJK. It felt strong coming through my nose, with a tangy note and the slight wisp of Lakeland soapiness. I sat back in my chair and let this tobacco do its thing while I took long, slow sips. It burns very cooly, even with a former cigarette smoker pulling too hard and too often. The taste is not complicated, there aren't layers of flavor here to unravel. It's not overly simple, and though uncomplicated, there is some complexity as you move through the bowl. It was velvety near the beginning, but moved toward a tanginess in the last half of the bowl.

It's a quick burner, the small bowl I packed was done in twenty or thirty minutes. In fact, it surprised me, I thought I had gone out and upon striking the match for a re-light, noticed there was nothing but a very fine white ash. A surprising amount of ash, much more than expected. There was absolutely not a piece of dottle in there and the ash was as soft as silk. One more draw, and my mouth would have gotten quite the surprise.

Overall, I really enjoyed the honesty of this tobacco. It is strong, but not overpowering. The nicotine hit didn't bowl me over and it satisfied that almost ever present desire to smoke a cigarette.

*Even though I detected a faint aroma of Lakeland essence, I rated the flavoring as none, since I'm not sure it's even there. I may have just been influenced into finding it by reading reviews.

Pipe Used: Mini Churchwarden

Age When Smoked: 1 month

Purchased From: SmokingPipes

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

This is a ribbon cut easy-to-pack tobacco with rich grassy/earthy Virginia flavour paired with Kentucky leaf for a little bit of added body. Despite the moist content, it can be smoked straight out of the tin and it won't burn hot in your bowl. Some people seem to complain about how fast this tobacco seem to burn, but in true honesty it burns perfectly fine for me. I have chosen a medium size bowl for this and I have been able to keep it going for a few hours. Also, because of how flavoursome this tobacco is, it would create the impression it was an aromatic tobacco, but I really cannot detect any flavourings apart from the Virginia/Kentucky itself. The Virginia leaf it comprises seems to be really good quality and it reminds me of other loose GH tobaccos I like smoking as well, namely Virginia number 7, Mixed Shag or number 6. I particularly like how it evolves as you progress with your smoke. The flavour is quite consistent throughout, but it gains in depth and strength the more you smoke. As you go past 1/2 of your bowl it bites a bit, but smoking it at a lower pace seems to solve the problem. In this respect, it is very similar to number 6. All and all I think it is a really good shag tobacco to have at hand, but I am not sure I'd buy it again. At this point in time I am going to give it 3 stars, but I might upgrade at a later stage shall I think it was worth it.

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guitar2mw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
guitar2mw (92)
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

This is a fine smoke! I ordered it primarily because I wanted something with strength without the need for extensive preparation that other strong tobaccos - such as G&H ropes - require. I'm glad I chose this one! Upon opening the bag, I was greeted with a very nice, sweet, earthy, leathery, and almost floral aroma. It is an aroma that makes my mouth water every time I think about it. I was a little skeptical though, and I was afraid that it might be a little "soapy" since it is a Lakeland tobacco. Nevertheless, I filled up a meerschaum churchwarden with a smaller bowl.

The cut of this tobacco is a shag cut, an reminded me of cigarette tobacco in texture. It arrived at the ideal moisture level - not too dry, not too moist. Packing can be a little tricky with shag cuts as some may already know, but it packs fine after you get the hang of it. It takes a light immediately, and, as one might expect, it burns a bit fast due to the cut. This is not a bad thing though, because it produces tons of tasty smoke.

Upon lighting you'll be rewarded with an earthy, leathery flavor with a sweet undertone. It is not a very dark sweetness as I expected. Instead, it was more of a light, fruit-like sweetness. There was no floral or soapy taste at all. I have never had to relight, and I have never been bitten by this blend. They aren't kidding whenever they say that this stuff is strong! I have a very high nicotine tolerance, and I feel it with this blend (without inhaling). I was very satisfied with how strong it was, because that was the main reason I purchased it. For those who are sensitive to the effects of nicotine, however, I might suggest that you smoke this with caution. I can see how this would make some folks with a lesser tolerance than my own start hugging their toilets.

I find myself reaching for this more and more, and, as a matter of fact, it is the only blend I have smoked for the past couple of days. I like this tobacco because it delivers excellent flavor with superior smoking characteristics combined with a nice nicotine punch. I'm giving it a 3 because I cannot highly recommend this to someone who is not up to the nicotine kick that it provides. If you like pure, dark, nicotine-drenched tobacco, then look no further. I will be ordering much more of this.

Pipe Used: Meers, Whitehall

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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crazy owl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
crazy owl (72)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Too moist perhaps saved from a wreckage but after a correct,non excesive drying,a splendid and honest full straight,strong tobacco.It burns very fast,shag cut,because this I use a huge bowl.The amount of nic is truly important,if you don´t tolerate it,better smoke a medium-small pipe.Non friendly with family.Not for every hour,every day,but IMHO the best way to the pure smoke.Aromatic lovers keep out .

Pipe Used: peterson XL

Age When Smoked: 4 months

Purchased From: local tobbaconist

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Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (137)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I purchased 8 oz. of this on the several reviews I read. I have to say that my take is a little different. I am really on the fence this is a fine smoke It could easily be a 4 star blend. However, I too pick up a very mild Lakeland top note that is found throughout the bowl. Light is good as I do enjoy a Lakeland style once in a while. Yet, part of me thinks that even this light topping masks some of the more subtle nuances that the blend has to offer. Still, I get a little spicy sweetness from the VAs. A light caramel and almost butterscotch hint here and there in the sweetness that is just marvelous. The strength is right on for me too. It is funny how a tobacco can take you back to fond memories. For me every time I smoke this I am reminded of the weeks spent on Lake Superior feeling the cool wind and the sandy pebbles on the beach feeling the waves of icey cold water running over my feet. Anyway, that aside, I think this might age and I am saving the last 4 oz dividing it in two. One stored for another year, one for 5. I may have to pick up some more for in between as well. If it ages well it will have to be increased to 4 stars.

Age When Smoked: 5 months

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SecretAgentMan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SecretAgentMan (27)
Very Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Deep brown, almost black, shag. Very moist when I pulled it out of the bag, so I let it dry for 15 minutes. Like others (JimInks, chaplikc, Camerade, and Hemlock) I noticed a strong burley presence. I usually don't respond well to burley, which always bites and gives me a strong impression of a burning grocery sack. This was much smoother and my hostile reaction to burley was only growling and not straining the leash. Still, my overall experience was that this is a harsh tobacco. That shouldn't be the case with everyone (or even most people), but the burley (if it's there) really sandpapered my tongue.

Leaving that aside, the other strong impression I had was that this HG blend is SG's 1792 Flake without the tonkin essence. It's almost as strong as 1792, and has a lot of the flavor of that blend, but it lacks the je ne sais quoi of tonkin. Tastes are overwhelmingly savory, especially in the last half. Woodsmoke, mushrooms, butter, hints of Worcestershire and anchovy sauce. Lakeland scent peeps out at you every once in a while and then disappears before reappearing again at random intervals. Thick white-grey smoke, too, if you like that sort of thing.

On the whole, I didn't enjoy this. But I really appreciate its quality, and if you like very strong tobacco, or tried 1792 and hated the tonkin, then be sure to give this one a go.

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Ehrling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ehrling (108)
Extremely Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Strong

OK, this is it, the strongest stuff I've ever smoked!! This is not a fire cracker, it's an M-80! That is not to say that it can't be enjoyed, but it is absolutely necessary to exercise caution by selecting a small pipe bowl size and a stem that is as long as possible. I saw a few reviews comparing the flavor to Five Bros. and Drum, but I'm a bit surprised that there were no comparisons to Condor or even Mick McQuaid. I think that Dark Birdseye tastes a lot like Condor, and I like that flavor, but DB is much, much stronger. I frequently enjoy many of the G&H Ropes and Twists, but this particular blend takes strength to a new level. I "Somewhat Recommend" this tobacco as only a very occasional smoke. If you want "strong", I think that the G&H Ropes are the far more civilized alternative.

Pipe Used: Small Meershcaum Churchwarden

Similar Blends: Condor, Mick McQuaid, Drum, (EXCEPT IN STRENGTH!!).

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PIE-EYED-PIPER Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

A no frills, no nonsense tobacco. Flavor wise, I find it to be plain with a hint of sweetness to it. It is easy to pack, cool burning, with no detectable bites.

This is by no means a bad thing as what you get is a true smoking experience of what a good pipe tobacco is. Word of caution, treat it with respect and smoke it lightly as this tobacco packs a punch.

I would RECOMMEND this.

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PipesterJim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipesterJim (47)
Very Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

Hot damn! This one is love at first puff for me. I am definitely a fan of the stronger GH&Co baccies, and almost always have some Brown Irish or Dark Flake (or both) on hand for regular enjoyment. Having read in a previous review that this one probably approximates the contents of the great detective's persian slipper, well, I just had to give it a go.

The weed was very moist on arrival and needed a couple of hours of airing to reach what I consider an appropriate level of hydration for a pleasant smoke. When it was ready, in homage to Jeremy Brett's seminal portrayal of Holmes, I loaded up my recently cleaned churchwarden and settled down on a comfortable perch.

Thanks to its shag cut the tobacco took a flame easily, with absolutely no fuss and surprisingly little 'crowning', and I was engulfed in thick clouds of pungent and potent smoke. To my tastes, this one displays slightly more usual VA characteristics than the blends mentioned earlier. I imagine you would actually get a similar taste combo if you loaded your bowl with a 50:50 mix of the Brown Irish and Dark Flake, except that Dark Birdseye has a touch more natural sweetness, and the different elements seem more 'melded' than they would be if you filled up with the two distinct blends.

This tobacco burns fast, but not hot. The speed of combustion is possibly one reason why it delivers such a serious nicotine punch. Seriously folks, even with my proclivity for the strong stuff, it really gave me a wallop. Lovely!

To my mind this is classic stuff and I recommend it wholeheartedly to those that enjoy strong, flavoursome British tobaccos. It ain't complex, but it is tasty, satisfying and thoroughly deserving of a place in my cellar alongside the aforementioned GH&Co blends.

PS. And for those who are bothered by such things, I detect no trace of the 'lakeland essence' in this one.

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Redd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Redd (117)
Overwhelming Strong Extra Full Overwhelming

Well I guess that this is the stuff that was first put into a pipe by the colonists and smoked. I guess it took them not to long to figure out that they had to tone it down some. I found this blend to be strong and smoked to hot. The flavor will stay on your tongue for a day or so. All I can say is Yuck!!

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kylepoet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kylepoet (18)
Very Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Tolerable

I just finished my first bowl (in a small clay) of Dark Birdseye, or, Devil's Birdseye, if you prefer. I see it's been compared to a double espresso. I'd make that a triple, with a shot of nitroglycerin. Whew! I had to rope and hogtie this one in order to smoke it. Consequently, I'm writing this while my head's still spinning with the buzz.

I appreciate this tobacco for its strength. I can see how a bowlful or two of this would help one stay awake on a mid-watch. It does have a unique character.

This is one of the heaviest punchers in it's weight class. It's like inviting George Foreman to use your tonsils as a punching bag. It's not a beginner's smoke, and for someone taking up a pipe again after several years, like I am, it's a lesson in stretching limits. It is good, though.

I'll recommend it as a tobacco that gets your attention with a 2 x 4, but manages to keep me challenged once it settles down. This won't make my regular rotation, still, I'll enjoy it in moderation, and on occasion.

Hobbits must be made of much sterner stuff than I am, if this was, as previously mentioned, their "Longbottom Leaf!"

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Mr. Dottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Dottle (162)
Extremely Strong Extremely Mild Overwhelming Tolerable to Strong

A few previous reviewers made note of the fact that this tobacco is peppery and / or spicy. I totally agree but this was not to my liking. The spiciness dominated the entire bowl(s) and what little flavor I found had a difficult time peeking out from behind the dominant, peppery strength of this blend. This tobacco is just not to my liking for this reason???..and it is STRONG!

I rate this tobacco 5.0 out of 10.

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

Another Gawith for me to try! Well, this blend is fairly close to one of my regular blends from this company, namely, Kendal Dark, (which is the shag version of Dark Flake).

Peppery, spicey, almost with a maduro-like note in the background. A very, very, subtle sweetness that pervades the run of the bowl.

I found the packing to be easy, (but then again, I have quite a bit of experience with this type of cut being a regular Kendal Dark smoker).

It burns to an interesting, almost textured, white-grey ash.

I find this type of smoke to be a stout one. You are always aware of it's presence. Slow puffing is recommended IMHO.

A Really Nice Experince.

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Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (127)
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

This is another of those G&H "dark" tobaccos I keep on hand, next to the big chair, and which I smoke perhaps once or twice a week. This does not have the maduro strength nor the sweet undertone of Dark Flake, but it is on the dark side. It is extraordinarily smooth in the mouth with no bite and with sort of burnt caramel note, but not that sweet. I am trying to approximate the flavor, but it is a bit ephemeral. It is sweet on the tongue with no bite, exceptionally smooth. This tobacco comes to life in the nose where it is spicy, tingly and dark, somewhat on the order of exhaling with a drop of Meyers Dark Rum on the tongue. This tobacco is a an exercise in patience to pack. It is a shag cut and snarled like a wad of hair. I like to dutifully separate the strands (allowing it to air, separating the wads) before packing. This is a unique and great tobacco. It is not an all day smoke because it is quite strong in in every dimension, but once or twice a week, it is a treat. And it packs a nicotine punch. If you have an interest in the Lake District treatment of dark English tobacco, I suggest you might want to start with this one. Most highly recommended. Paddy.

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JohnnyFlake Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyFlake (17)
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

(05/24/03) This is a very fine ribbon/shag cut which you actually have to pull apart when filling your pipe. This would be a good pipe tobacco to roll into cigarettes, if you have the know how and materials. It is mostly dark brown to black in color, with some hints of tan and gold. This tobaccy packs very easily, in fact, you must be careful not to over pack it which I have done more than once. This is said to be a pure Virginia with no topping and I must agree. No topping is present but nor is there any of the natural hints of sweetness usually associated with Virginias. This lights and burns very easily. It can get hot and bite quickly, if your not careful. This tobaccy offers a whole lot of cool smoke, if you go slowly. The flavor profile unusual and unique. It is very deep, rich, delicious and pure Virginia. It is on the high octaine end of the nicotine spectrum and will kick your ass in a heartbeat if your not careful. Experianced smokers should love it! Beginers should go slow! Do not smoke this on an empty stomach. I've been buzzed by this tobaccy more than once but it do taste Sooooo Goooood!!!

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Rev. Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rev. Smoke (20)
Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

Fine cut? I used to roll cigarettes and smoke Drum tobacco - this reminded me of that, even had the little round seed pods. I was initially put off by the cut and the reminders of my cigarette days, but I pushed onward. I don't like packing a bowl with this fine a cut as I always overpack the first time. I took the whole bag and trimmed it smaller with a scissors - now it is more managable.

OK, John (at Sigmund's Fine Cigars), I thank you for suggesting that I try this as a replacement to the Dark Flake I wanted. Although I was bound and determined to be put off by the cut and really dislike this tobacco, try as I might, once lit, I couldn't do it.

Strong? Yes! Overpowering? Not at all. This is an incredibly rich and full flavored tobacco. I love the room note, although others did not.

I don't know what it is about G&H tobaccos, but they do a wonderful job as this winner also proves.

Again, a blend which I wish I could afford to smoke more of.

3.5 of 5 halos.

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Albion1956 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Albion1956 (41)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

This tobacco is not like any I've seen. It is ribbon cut, which makes it easy to pack, and subsequently easy to overpack, care should be taken. The tobacco is mostly brown in color with specks of gold. The tobacco is very easy to light, and maintain. The taste is of Va's, with no apparent casings present, it burns cool and smooth, with no bite, unless one puffs incessantly. Overall, I would give this tobacco a 10, because of the uniqueness, and the flavor. The only down side to this tobacco is that it would be easy to go through alot of it because of the fine texture.

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HobgoblinTA96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HobgoblinTA96 (42)
Very Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Hello Darkness My Old Friend. This is IMHO England's finest strong black shag. The tin note of this blend is very similar to that of Drum shag; however, other than the dark fired smell and taste, the similarities end there. For such a strong tobacco in nicotine, it is pleasantly mild. The dark fired tobaccoes dominate the blend with a lovely smokey overtone that is very pleasing. As other reviewers have noted, this is the type of blend referenced in the Sherlock Holmes books. I highly recommend this blend. Happy Puffing

Pipe Used: Various Billiards in different sizes

Age When Smoked: One Year

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

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gahdzila Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gahdzila (60)
Strong Medium Full Strong

Dark brown, shag cut. Seems a little moist straight out of the bag, but seems to dry out quickly. Burns at an average-ish pace when moist, but burns a good clip faster if it is a bit drier.

I really want to like this. It's very easy to pack and easy to smoke, and has a nice nic hit. The flavor seems monotonous, though not unpleasant. I expected a bit more virginia sweetness, but got practically none. I don't get any smoky-Kentucky flavor, and I don't get much virginia grassiness. It basically just tastes like a straight dry burley to me, perhaps a bit less dry than Five Brothers. Oh, and there's that Lakeland sauce..... honestly, it's only a whisper, but for one who really doesn't care for the sauce, it's a whisper that I'd rather do without.

I was hoping for something that I'd perhaps buy by the pound and experiment with aging. I don't forsee that. I may revisit this at some point, but it's not a new favorite.

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steppx Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
steppx (152)
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

this is a pretty hard edged tobacco. But it has integrity. And no casing that i can taste. Its fine cut and sort of clings together. Burns at slightly quick pace but wont get hot unless pushed. It has a woody slightly smokey flavor and the nic hit is pretty strong. Id say between strong and medium but a bit closer to strong. Its a great outdoor smoke....perfect in a cob pipe on a fishing trip say. One has to admire the no nonsense taste though it might take a bit of getting used to or you can get dizzy.

Not totally unlike the Vincent Manil burley from Belgium.Unadulterated and old school; strong but not into that insane realm like 1792 or brown bogie. Overall its very high quality.

Purchased From: 4noggins

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Pipesmoking101 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipesmoking101 (62)
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

There is definitely something to be said for doing something simply very, very well. This is a classic example of a blend which fulfils that remit.

Upon opening the pouch, one is greeted by a nice dark blend, varying between dark brown & very dark brown. The cut is a thin ribbon, as unfortunately, 'shag' within the EU means something quite different from what it used to mean (thanks to the machinations of meddling bureaucrats), gone are the strands of angel-hair-like tobacco, replaced with a medium-length cut somewhat thinner than the traditional ribbon.

The pouch note is a dark, rich, fusty, deep aroma, which promises much if one is looking for a forthright, in-your-face tobacco experience. Overtones of rich coffee beans seem to make themselves present as well.

Packing is easy, burning is easy. Sold in bulk, mine arrived at perfect moisture content & is stored in an airtight jar in-between packings of my pipe. The tobacco takes the light very well, and maintains a steady smoulder throughout the bowl.

The taste is what you would expect, again, the only words to describe are dark, strong (yet mellow), bold & full. I find that there is very little that can be disliked about this tobacco & whole lot that can be loved.

The room-note is plain, no particularly strong scent, and perhaps a slight cigarette edge to it. Not overpowering and generally inoffensive to all but the most fervent puritan.

The nicotine strength is quite strong, so I find that this is best enjoyed in a smaller pipe (not too small) towards the end of day.

This tobacco has become a staple to me, and over the summer I have ordered quantities on several occasions. It has been a constant tobacco within my rotation, and I can see it remaining a permanent fixture for me. It is almost too easy to smoke and enjoy, and pairs well with anything, but a hoppy IPA goes with it better than well. The tobacco is not particularly complex, doesn't develop down the bowl, but what it does, it does well. And after a hard day's work, it is an angel in leaf form.

Pipe Used: Peterson Standary System 317

Age When Smoked: New

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Similar Blends: Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Dark (although this tobacco is, in my opinion, far superior and has no added flavourings)..

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natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (166)
Extremely Strong None Detected Full Strong

Oh Dark Bird's Eye where have you been all my life? This stuff is awesome. It has no topping but still has a chocolaty flavor. The nicotine is high high! And I love that. I find it a little hard to pack. I have to fool with it while I smoke. But it has a great taste and en even better after taste.

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Puff..puff..puff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Puff..puff..puff (5)
Very Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is really great stuff if you are looking for a strong, straight forward Virginia in a fine ribbon/shag cut. Lights easy, burns to a fine ash and stays lit. It can be a little harsh if too moist as it comes from the blender but if you fluff it up a bit and let it dry just a little it smokes smooth. It's one of two tobaccos that I keep several pounds of at all times. If you enjoy high nicotine tobacco I think you'll enjoy this one. I use to enjoy this tobacco as a shag cut but always thought it would be better as a ribbon. I was pleased to see that more recent purchases are now in a fine ribbon cut. Good became even better.

Pipe Used: Good in all my pipes

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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Similar Blends: Have not smoked anything similar to it..

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Hybrid12 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hybrid12 (26)
Very Strong Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I have tried Kendal Kentucky, Kendal Dark and Kendal Dark Birdeye and I have to say that if I was asked what non aromatic from Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. I should try it would be Kendal Dark Birdeye.

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: Kendal Dark, Kendal Kentucky.

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Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Dark Bird's Eye;

Star Rating = 3.5;

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

Pouch Note = 9;

Room Note = 9;

Flavor = 9;

Bite = 9;

Burn = 9;

After Taste = 9;

Raw Score = 54;

Rated Percentage = 90%;

Comment = Smooth, Medium Strength, Full Body Natural Tobacco Flavor, has a slight After Taste

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ap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ap (57)
Very Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This one is the Va version of KK, lighter in flavour and a little sweeter, but with the same amazing nicotine punch. Cool smoking and great burning leaf!!!

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itsKoit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
itsKoit (5)
Very Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Long, stringy shag that fills a pipe easily and takes a light like a champ. Cool, slow burning and a good flavorful kick, what more could anyone want? The flavoring is rather light, just enough to let you know it's there. I'm not well versed with lakeland tobaccos so I cannot say what the flavoring is, or if it's the typical lakeland floral that many either love or hate. As for me, I like it! The nicotine content will slap you in the face if you're not careful! I made the mistake of smoking this from a larger bowled lovat and I swear I turned green, and I've never had that problem before with any tobacco. Don't let that scare you, it's a friendly tobacco that anyone can enjoy, just watch yourself and exercise some control.

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BingCrosby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BingCrosby (72)
Very Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

this one is a wild stallion.. if you are a fan of stronger tobaccos like 1792, irish flake, royal yacht, etc.. give this one a try.. it has a pleasant subdued dark fired sort of flavor but also has a dash of lakeland essence to it.. very strong, very satisfying.. 4 stars for those who seek nicotene punches.. 3 stars for me, its good stuff

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

Reading down the years of varied comments on this, as with most G & H dark blends is not only interesting but rather comical on occasion: Lakeland's's not soapy; N's the strongest weed on the's just right; room's ambrosia on the halfshell; the cut is a bust...the shag is ideal. And so it goes. Me? I love the stuff. Has that non-latakia (in other words full and round, not thin and sharp) flue cured flavor akin to Dark Plug/Flake for which Gawith is justly diefied. I think that Hemlock has the right idea and expresses his cogent thoughts in a manner that allows us to 'feel' the target of his admiration. That this blend represents what so very few others in the field accomplish...that of being an just exactly right. It is simplicity as well as zenith. To a well experienced tobacco man, one not willing to be lured unto the dark side of the kingdom...or having been there and back...this provides a subtle purity of flavor, an unapologetic strength and a ready to enjoy cut that make it arguably THE epitome of pipe smoking excellence. If this isn't Burley...then it's what some long lost genius discovered he could do with VA to MAKE it so. Is it the best stuff there is? Well, I find this on a par with Dark Flake/Dark Plug and sliced Sweet Rum Twist, for varied reasons. And Germain's Stonehaven as well as John Patton's brilliant Storm Front also vie for top honors. You can shout "Amen!" or "Heresy!" or just walk away shaking your head. To me, having found a half dozen such blends is well worth the forty years and likely close to a half million dollars that it required.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Very Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

I don't have too much to add on this one. I find it to be very similar to Kendal Kentucky. I keep a few tobaccos like this in my collection, but they are not my everyday smoke. Tastes more like Kentucky-cured Burley than Virginia to me, but what do I know? Virginia could be made to taste like this, I suppose, if cured in a certain way. This is not subtle. There are no fine nuances of flavor. This is man's 'baccy, must be sipped unless you are a better man than I, and yet now that I have tasted this and KK, these strong Burley shags are something I will always keep (small amounts of) around. Blowing this out my nose makes me feel like I'm taking snuff!

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newmission Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
newmission (14)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Just got my hands on this blend along with some Kendall Kentucky and some other blends from 4 Noggins. This blend did not surprise me in quality but it did in flavor. My area has no 'good' tobacco shops so getting any quality blends is impossible. Smoking this only moments after it came in the mail was like meeting an old friend that you have not seen or spoken with in years. It just made me feel 'at home' again. Its a great shag cut with intense natural flavor. I am looking forward to a calm, easy smoke in a big bowl over the Holiday weekend to really get the full body from this blend. Notes of Lakeland are very subtle and vanish after the first few pulls. It then opens up to a full body smoke with wood tones, a hint of sweetness and finishes out with a nice robust nutty flavor. Thanks 4 Noggins for suggesting this blend to me. This will be in my rotation for years to come. Highly suggested to anyone looking to try a quality, straight and robust tobac.

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hufflepuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hufflepuff (8)
Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Tolerable

Shag cut and needs only a little bit of drying. On first light I get just a hint of that lakeland scent but it quickly dissipates. This is a full natural flavor tobacco smoke. Burns nicely and quickly develops a full nuttiness that never seems harsh like some other blends of this strength. Overall a very nice smoke although I think I like Kendal Kentucky a touch better.

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bent-1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bent-1 (36)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

It's a thin ribbon/shag cut, a style that I really enjoy. DBE has a full bodied, semi sweet taste that does best for me in a dedicated pipe, sipped slowly, packed tightly. I like it best in group 2-3 pipes (no larger than .750"/19mm chamber ID'd bowls). It's flavor is consistent from initial light to last puff, nary a gurgle, and no Lakeland soap taste. I'm having difficulty describing the taste, just like it. Just like 5 Brothers, nothing else seems to substitute.

I tend to review only blends I really like, this one is among them.

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

Having opened a mason jar of a few ounces of bulk sealed for several years, I cannot stop smoking this one. Beautiful shag cut and likely what Sherlock was smoking. It seems similar to high quality rolling tobacco, but is evidently so rich to be obviously only for your most well-seasoned dedicated natural blend pipes.

It is full, earthy, dry and smoky. Will smoke a whole bowl without relighting, and only the odd tamp. There is a fulfilling mouth feel, huge volumes of smoke and gradual, but very evident nicotine satisfaction. This is downright addictive to this pipeman, and I'm sure not complaining when I say that.

Frankly, it is so plain, with little more than an earthy, dry burley (I'm not convinced this is VA) flavour that promises nothing more than honesty and genuine tobacco character. It is thus an archetypal tobacco, meant for the enjoyment only by the initiated. It is so clean that cake may never form in your briar, and it will always leave your senses feeling freshened, rather than dulled as some blends do. It smells great in the traditional masculine tobacco sense.

To smoke it and to love it, is surely akin to sharing a sensory and transcendental experience with our venerable pipe smoking brothers from the centuries past, long since dead and gone.

Smoke it only if you're in love with tobacco.

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Kerdy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kerdy (43)
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Let me begin with saying I am an English smoker. Mainly because I love Latakia. The reason I don't enjoy straight Virginia tobaccos is the bite. No matter what pipe I use, loading method, etc., I always get severe bite and my pipe tends to get good and hot risking damage to the pipe.

This was a Christmas gift from a friend and came under high recommendation. Such high recommendation the friend offered to take it back and replace it with an English blend if I didn't like it.

Well, to my surprise I very much enjoyed this blend! While I can tell if abused this will still deliver the dreaded bite, with attention I had a very enjoyable smoke indeed! It's dark, full and smokey. Things I enjoy in my English blends! I kept catching a hint of cocoa and there seemed to be a spicy element on my tongue. Great aroma for me as well. Of course the wife wouldn't like it, but I am used to that. Very stringy cute and a very springy texture. Stayed ablaze after only the charring light. Nice white/grey ash. Pipe didnt over hear either. Overall, I would recommend this blend to anyone. Even fellow English smokers. I have been searching for a non-English tobacco to put into my rotation and now I have found it. Many thanks to my dear friend for the gift!

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

Top notch stuff this. Very much in the pocket of the ropes, this is a dark, earthy, rather bitter shag cut tobacco. Strong but not overso and as others have said it's important not to have this too dry or it'll burn hot. That's its only drawback really, otherwise recommended unreservedly. Classic British quality, which is the best in the world from the world's best blender G & H.

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7formy1911 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
7formy1911 (37)
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Update 1/15/10

I'm going to have to drop this a star. Still a very good blend but a slight salsa like effect on my tongue has become distracting and unpleasant. If you can get past it, or enjoy it, then I heartily recommend this blend.

Original Review: I received a sample of DBE in a trade for some Kendal Kentucky and had been wanting to try it for some time but had been unable to locate any. The sample I received was a little dry but a tiny bit of distilled water moistened it right up. Due to the shag cut it soaked the tiny amount of distilled water right up. After this I took a deep breath of some of the most fragrant, wonderful smelling tobacco I have ever had the pleasure of sniffing. The aroma is reminiscent of figs, earthiness and pure tobacco. No top note or casing was detectable at all.

Since I've read the reviews on here as to the strength I chose a small pipe to begin my test. A Stanwell featherweight lovat to be exact. Since this shag cut can easily be packed too tightly then I decided to use a light hand in the packing. Once match touched the soft bed of shag I was in heaven. The taste was exactly like the aroma. As far as I can tell this is a virginia based blend. I don't detect any burley or kentucky in the taste. No bitterness or nuttiness here just a subdued sweetness and earthiness you find in the darker virginias like FVF. The taste didn't waiver at all and remained the same throughout the bowl. If you're looking for complexity then look elsewhere. If you're looking for a smooth, strong smoke with no tongue bite that is very easy to tend to then you're in the right place. Four stars all the way.

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blackbox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
blackbox (3)
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant

Dark Birdseye was one of the first GH tobaccos I tried. At first I just loved the full, dark and earthy taste of it but wasn't really aware of the nicotine content. But holy crap, that's some bloody potent smoke. Due to the fine cut it burns quite fast. If you are not mindful of this fact and start pushing it, it will knock you off. But if you give this one the time it needs it can be a true delight to nearly everyone who is into pure Virginia.

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colt25314 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
colt25314 (42)
Very Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

This is my all time favorite GH blend. It is very fine like angle hair and smells of ginger. This has vitamen "N" a plenty and smells great!! What more can a person ask for?

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strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I was given about two ounces of this as I am a Five Brothers smoker at least once a day and don't find it all that strong and no "N" moments and I don't tend to like VAs all that much. But, man this is a good one. Had my first "N" moment in years with this one! But I love it. It is very cool to me especially for a VA, and burned well all the way down and lit on first attempt. Very mild but with the kick and tastes a little spicy and dark chocolate or expresso like. I like it's cut, reminds me of the Flying Dutchman of old but much darker and not aromatic. I have to say, this one will make me try more dark VAs as I really like it. I also like the room note, but it mike make my wife run for the hills, I have not smoked it around her yet. I highly recommend this to try, especially those that can handle Five Brothers as it is a great alternative. And IMHO, G and H does not know how to make a bad baccy. I have never disliked anything from them. Will keep this one around.

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Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (204)
Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

This is a very tasty smoke with dark spicy creamy and dark chocolate after taste, also it has the typical G&H topping but it is very natural raw Virginia tobacco with good dose of nicotine however not overwhelmed and Manageable, it tastes better with sweet black coffee, require small pipe, loose packing and soft puffing with slow smoking pace to be fully enjoyed, overall this is top quality stuff that I keep always some on hand,

Give it a try!

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Bluenoser Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bluenoser (34)
Very Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

Yes Santa Claus there is a Virginia!! This marvellous blend continues to delight sea goers, land lovers, airmen,or anyone for that matter, who should by chance strike match to its soft bed of awaiting leaf in his/her brier, clay, or cob. It does not matter. Strong and mighty, naturally sweet in only that true Virginia way. A morning smoke for me with a cup of robust black sweetened coffee. I have never smoked anything exactly like it although I must admit Sam Gawith's Braken Flake when rubbed out to a shag has a smitten resemblance, at least for me. Absolutely wonderful.

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Dr.sadik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.sadik (100)
Very Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

lay back and enjoy,,its a plain dark virginia and nothing else,,i start my morning with and consider it as a satisfying start truly a fisher man friend as the damn thing wont go off,,easily packed easily lit and burn into very fine ash with an after taste tht will last for quite some time,,not a social tobacco though as the room note is kinda over powering! p.s(although it is a virginia blend however it kinda reminds me of 5 brothers blend, taste and consistency wise, weird i know)

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

Not for the faint-hearted but not nearly as strong as the G&W twists or plugs. It's so fine and long cut you'll have to pay attention to packing and smoke it really slow. Smoked slowly it can give the same smoky and tasteful feel usually associated to the Lake District dark stoved Virginias and can be the perfect starting point to explore that world.

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

Very similar to Drum RYO in appearance. Very strong in flavor and satisfaction. Would have gone four stars but too rich for frequent use. If you have problems with high levels of nicotene steer clear of this weed.

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Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (115)
Extremely Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

The first time I tried this, a couple of years ago, I didn't like it, it didn't seem that strong and I found the taste boring.

Second time around I have a different impression. This shag cut Lakeland tobacco is kind of the UK's version of Five Brother's dark shag. Except this is much better tasting, spicy and suprisingly soft, not even comparable except in cut and strength.

DB needs to have its strands broken up and packed carefully (not too tight, it's very easy to pack it too tightly). And of course, it has to be at the proper humidity. Then it is rich, creamy, smooth and strong. And builds from there. On the palate, the sensation is similar to FVF, but the strength is greater, the taste less interesting and less sweet perhaps, yet still, to my mind, the taste of a mostly straight VA of the Lakeland variety. There is none of the burning rubber, smokey motor oil type of aftertaste found in the darker ropes. Yet this seems to be almost as strong as xx rope. GLP once did say wonderful things about GH Va's and this in particular, though he called DB a "death rattle". For anything stronger, one could cross over to the cigar world and try a Joya De Nicaragua Antano. Whew.

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RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

12-27-2004 Another Fine Entry from G&H

Apearance and Aroma: Fine shag cut, very long ribbons. Light browns with an occaisonal "birdseye" from the cut stems. Smells earthy and rich.

Packing and lighting: Can be a little fussy due to the long ribbons, but is at perfect moisture. Lights up easily 2-3 lights max.

Initial Flavor: Rich! This is definitely a strong tobacco, but it is not overpowering. Reminds me alot of "Stonehaven", but without the wine notes of that blend. Burns cool from the get go.

Mid-Bowl: the richness mellows somewhat, nice round flavor in the mid to low taste spectrum with an occaisional spiciness popping in and out (maybe the stems burning). There is a light Lakeland style "perfume" flavor noticable.

Bottom of Bowl: A good increase of strength and its over with nothing but fine grey ash left over.

Overall: This is a rich earthy VA/Burley blend that I smoke occaisonally. It does have a high nicotine content, so I generally use group 2-3 size pipes when smoking it. Due to its richness, you can puff gently and get plenty of flavor and keep tongue bite at bay and be left satiated. I would not recommend this to a beginner as this will make you green quick if you are not used to it. I believe that this is the "Longbottom Leaf" blend that the Hobbits and Gandalf smoked and loved. Definitely a "Middle-Earth Blend"

Rating 4 out of 5 points.

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