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Developed with one of the U.S.A.'s lady smokers, FireDance is Our Best Brown 6" Flake subtly flavoured with a combination of blackberry, brandy and vanilla. The smoke is a mild, cool experience with the blackberry the predominant flavour, the brandy in the background and rounded off with the vanilla. A mild and fruity smoke with the strength of Best Brown and a very pleasing room aroma.

BrandSamuel Gawith
Blended BySamuel Gawith
Manufactured BySamuel Gawith
Blend TypeAromatic
FlavoringBlackberry, Brandy, Vanilla
Packaging50 grams tin, bulk
ProductionCurrently available
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Pipe Beard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Beard (8)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I will start by saying that I am not a huge aromatic smoker. I am, however, a big fan of VA flakes, especially Gawith's Best Brown (one of my all time favorites), which is the base of this blend. I will also say that this blend is very finicky and not for those that don't want to fuss with it. A lot of folks report that it is tough to light and even tougher to stay lit. My first few flakes out of my first tin were in the range of 5 to 6 matches to get a charring light, if that paints a picture for you. But when it dries out some, that tends to go away. I have a system down where I turn my oven on, lay out a few flakes on a paper towel, and sit them on top for 15-20 minutes. The little bit of heat and the paper towel to wick away some of the excess moisture seem to work wonders. That takes care of any lighting and 'goop' issues. Is it worth all the extra trouble? I certainly think so.

I go back and forth on whether I prefer to fold and stuff or rub it out. You can certain play around with the smoking qualities that way, which is nice.

Once it is ready to go, the warm and brown, VA goodness offers a lot of rich flavor. For me, the blackberry brandy casing at this point is not overwhelming. Actually, at this point, it is typically something that I tend to only taste when retrohaling. It's nice to be able to 'switch back and forth' between the VA and that hint of berry. I tend to find the berry flavor to be really pleasant and not overpowering.

This is not a blend for when I want to pack and go. However, when I want to really sit and savor and appreciate all of the nuances, this is one of my favorites. If you are willing to fuss with it, there are certainly some rewarding flavors in there.

22 people found this review helpful.

CoolPilot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CoolPilot (69)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

A great aromatic from SG, if you like aromatics and still love BestBrown or Full virginia, then this is your choice. as all SG's blends, the only problem is to bring the flakes dry correctly, which is something quite difficult for me. It results in lightning up again and again the pipe. In my repository there are always 4 tins of Firedance, because for me it is a perfect combination of strenght, flavour, and room note. If you dont like BestBrown, forget this blend. If you want a danish-like or dan tobacco-like aromatics, forget it too. This is a SG aromatic, and when you smell the tobacco it is just wonderful in the berries, the vanilla and this wonderful sweet flavour remaining in your fingers. So for me it is a full 4 stars, like FVF.

16 people found this review helpful.

Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (304)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Well, better than I thought! While I like Best Brown Flake and Full Virginia Flake, and I find intriguing the occasional bowl of Grousemoor, I am usually not a fan of aromatics (the only one I smoke once in a while is Mac Baren Cube because it's so flamboyant and garishly excessive) and certainly not of typical Lakeland flavored flakes with their soapy/tonquin flavored and too strong virginias.

This one is an exception, in that it has none of the typical Lakeland flowery flavoring and it has a nicotine content which is quite low and tolerable (unlike Bracken Flake, 1792 and other by the same brand). Yes, it's much more of a classic "American style" aromatic in flavoring, although the blackberry reminds me of Dunhill Three Year Matured Virginia. The difference is that the Dunhill is stomach turning (in taste and nicotine intensity), while this one is quite pleasant.

Ok, you have to like the sweet flavoring: if you don't, steer well clear. But it must be said that in the smoke it translates much less intrusively than in the tin aroma. Actually, call me crazy, it complements the tobacco quite well. And the tobacco is a very fine (though initially rather moist) Virginia flake, juicy and with a nice body, with no harshess and no excessive heaviness. The flavoring comes out in the first half, but just as a top note, never drowning the pure Virginia taste. In the second half, the tobacco is all is left.

If you take care to dry it out a little bit, and especially to rub it out a lot before packing the bowl (usually I like whole flakes, but this particular tobacco absolutely benefits from rubbing out), you will experience a creamy, rich, smooth, cool and easy smoke pleasantly alternating between sweet and sour. No tonguebite AT ALL.

I am not always in the mood for such a flavoring, but I must also say that whenever I "force" myself to pick this tobacco I rarely have a disappointing smoke. Sure, there are FAR better flakes around, but Firedance certainly is not disgusting... on the contrary, it can range from OK to quite pleasant depending on mood, moisture/rubbing out and pipe.

Almost tempted to give it a "Recommended" rating, which is certainly a great accomplishment from S&G since I am not an aromatics fan. If you are, but also care for a nice tobacco underneath the topping, by all means give it a try.

14 people found this review helpful.

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

The Virginia is Best Brown Flake: sugary, citrus and dark fruit sweet with some earth, and little grass. Those characteristics don’t show up all that much as the rich, very sweet blackberry topping dominates all else. I can taste the brandy, and a minor vanilla note, too. It may need some dry time, and doing that will reduce the effect of the topping a little, which some may find to be a good thing. The description says “… subtly flavored with…”. No, it’s not subtle. Not at all. Nor is it complex in any real way. This is a highly aromatic flake that is exceptionally sweet, and the strength and taste levels are mild to medium. Burns cool and clean at a slow to moderate pace with a smooth, creamy, consistent flavor that never weakens. No dull spots, a mild nic-hit, and no bite or harshness. Will leave some moisture in your bowl, and requires some relights. If you like the strong blackberry taste, you’ll like this blend and after taste. If not, you won’t. Has a nice room note either way. Not an all day smoke. Two and a half stars even though it is a product of high quality.

12 people found this review helpful.

ruffinogold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ruffinogold (107)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Here's my spin on Firedance .... Giada De Laurentiis in fishnets !!! :)

What this means in tobacco talk :

The aroma of this blend is so good . My wife said the other night .. " you can smoke that around the house if ya need to " .. sigh . The tin says " A blend of fine Virginias with the flavor of Blackberries , Brandy and Vanilla . I'll go w/ that . Mind you , this isnt a super high Aromatic [ not perfumed ] . The Virginia is always there and the " flavor " as well . It's a medium body smoke that smokes slow with a full mouth . Ya cant get it to bite if it's dried enough ... which is it's only drawback . When I first opened the tin I rubbed it a little and went to town . That didnt work at all . Basicly 50 % smoke and 50 % steam . Bummer . So I rubbed it some and let it sit out 30 mins , an hour , 2 hours etc ... At 2 hours it was pretty good [ rubbed mind you ]. Overnight it was fine .. about 6 hours . I didnt rub the hell out of it .. just to break it up and get more surface area goin on . If one were to not rub it I really dont know how long it would take to get ' right ' . I enjoyed it best in a Kaywoodie # 28 .. a smallish octagon billiard [ group 3 ] . In a group 4 Dunhill Billiard it was as good really . In a big ass pipe it was fine but just not as good is all . My kaywoodie # 28 now has a Firedance ghost .. and I'm glad ! I smoked Edgeworth in it today and got alittle Firedance goin on and I liked it . So it can ghost . Again , this isnt like PS Black Currant cavendish that is a high Aromatic .. It's flavored as they say and it's about the nicest flavor I've ever smoked in a pipe ! At TB I'd give it 4 stars without thinking . I really wish it were like a MB product as far as ' ready to go ' ... if so it would be absolutely perfect ! I thank Wicklow for the trade we did . . . Rarely will I blow money on a " fancy " tin that I'm not sure about . Thanks Brother :) ... This blend gets Ruffinogolds highest recomendation ! Giada De Laurentiis in fishnets !!!!

12 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Well, I don't have time to write a book on this tobacco, but I will give you my 2-cents worth. LOL

Shock and awe! (Hmm, that sounds familiar). Anyway, the smell was unusual and blackberries was certainly one I detected. After rubbing it out, I loaded up expecting a really aromatic smoke.

While casing is evident, I mostly tasted a very mild and Lakeland processed Virginia. Not as strong as other Gawith offerings of this type, for sure.

It took 12 hours of sitting spread out on a paper towel (not me, the tobacco!) to knock the moisture content down to a smokable level.

If you enjoy a subdued aromatic that carries a wonderful room note for the family and friends to enjoy, then give this a try.

8 people found this review helpful.

Blackhorse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blackhorse (90)
Medium Medium to Strong Full Pleasant

So - Best Brown with Blackberry, Brandy and Vanilla, eh? This is not an American Aromatic by any stretch of definition...I'd call it a Gawith Brit Aromatic, which is a very good thing. No, there's no Lakeland essence here. Thank goodness. No tonquin. No treacle. It's like the finest Marion Blackberry Cobbler hot out of the oven with heavy cream or maybe French Vanilla Ice Cream on it...but the tobacco flavors are not lost. How they acomplish THAT I have no idea. This is my dessert blend for sure. A guilty pleasure. The only strongly flavored thing like this that I really like. Not like University Flake in the least. Maybe it's the Best Brown base that holds it all together...but then I'm not one for Best Brown by itself, so it must be the combination of flavors that holds my interest...well, not only holds but attracts, as there is certainly 'allure' here. Not subtle, not over the top, but just a very succulent way. I don't smoke American Aromatics but maybe a few times a year...but this stuff...this would be my last bowl of the day if I could lay my hands on it often enough. Um, yes, I recommend it highly for what that's worth - each being their own measurer of goodness.

7 people found this review helpful.

Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (139)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

This is my latest foray into the quality jungle of SG tobaccos. Not a totally random pick, the idea of an aromatic flake intrigued me, nothing ventured, nothing gained as they say. So here goes.

The sweet blackberry aroma from the tin on first opening was, despite being a little artificial, a pleasant greeting to my erstwhile nose. It wasn't overly strong though, so i wasn't overly surprised when very little of it made it into the smoke, which turned a little more oaky and leafy, with hints of chocolate and stake, all with just a little sweetness. Packing and lighting are reasonable given that it's a flake, though the odd relight is necessary. The room note doesn't really stand out but is certainly not unpleasant. Now, I know my previous reviews that I whinge and whine about pipe tobaccos with flavouring in the tin aroma not delivering in the smoke, but in this case, it doesn't matter, the flavour in the smoke amply makes up for it.

On the whole the, a very nice, pleasant smoke. It doesn't really stand out amongst SG's fantastic tobaccos but is equal in quality. A lot of flakes, I find are very strong and, thus, probably only really enjoyable smoked once a day at most. This, however, can be smoked all day every day. It reminds me of those midfielders you rarely find in football these days, like David Mcreary or David Batty, someone who doesn't have a lot of flair but more than makes up for it in work rate. You won't realise they're there, but they end up playing a pivotal roll in the match.

So there you go, Firedance is the David Mcreary of the pipe tobacco world. It won't dazzle you, but it will pull out all the stops to give you a good smoke.

5 people found this review helpful.

A. Morley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A. Morley (97)
Mild to Medium Extra Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

People have said that English tobacco companies had best stick to making the styles of blends for which they are known, that is to say English blends. People have said that when the English try and make anything other than an English style blend that the blend will be bad or, if it was made in the Lake District, just plain weird. Those people are wrong. All that I need to prove this is Firedance Flake. I am not even particularly fond of fruit-topped aromatics, but I am inclined to say that Firedance Flake from Samuel Gawith may have everything that is required for the perfect expression of this sort of blend.

I have always found the Lakeland brown flake to be a bit on the bland and grassy side, but it does very well with the addition of aromatic top dressing, especially such natural and masterfully concocted aromatic agents as are used by Samuel Gawith. The flavors of fruits, especially blackberry, are just like the real thing and pleasant throughout the bowl, never becoming harsh or foul-tasting. There are two more subtle underlying flavors that I find particularly interesting. One is the toastiness from the Burley and Virginia flake; the other is a combination of essences that draw me back into my early childhood, being like unto Play-Doh or Crayola?s.

One can rub this flake out if so desired, but it isn?t necessary. It will burn perfectly with an entire flake packed into the pipe. Never once did this burn my tongue or even come close to doing so. Like so many Gawith aromatics, the flavoring agents are pungent and will remain in the pipe for a while, but I have never minded this and find that they burn off rather quickly. If you are an aromatic smoker, though, I doubt that you will have to worry, given that it may be difficult to smoke anything other that this tobacco.

5 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1646)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

Samuel Gawith - Firedance Flake.

As usual with Sam G' the moisture's horrendous. The tin-note's highly aromatic.

The smoke, like the tin-note, has lots of flavour: I find the piquant berries/alcohol outweigh the vanilla, somewhat. Despite the heavier topping it doesn't bite me. A bowl can be smoked with minimal re-lights, unless neglected. Tongue bite can occur, but this requires forceful puffing.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: potent.

One for the more adventurous!

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

4 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

According to SG, this starts out as their BBF, which in my opinion is one of the classic straight virginias in existence. It certainly looks like BBF but has a distinct blackberry tin aroma, with a little of what is claimed to be brandy in the background (sort of a slight alcohol-ish taste). I never picked up the vanilla, either in the nose or the flavor.

This was a nicely flavored flake, with the berry taste lasting throughout the smoke. Nothing earth-shattering, but certainly steady. Unfortunately, the depth and "color" that each bowl of BBF provides me was completely missing in action, as this was as nuanced as a brick wall. And once again, SG's flavored tobaccos seem to me to fall well short of their namesake G&H. It's hard to explain but while both are consistent with the flavoring down the bowl, the G&H flavorings seem to not only meld with the tobacco but they enhance it. SG's flavored blends seem to cover up the tobacco taste. Instead of the "merger" that the G&H blends accomplish, SG's flavored blends seem like just short of a hostile takeover. The berry flavor in this one was nice but it blanketed the tobacco flavor instead of melding with it. This is one I may smoke on rare occasions and anyone interested in a dry-smoking virginia aromatic with a low nicotine content and flavoring that doesn't go kaput from mid-bowl down should give this a try. It just doesn't measure up to the Lakeland process that is so masterfully accomplished by G&H, St Bruno and others.

4 people found this review helpful.

idbowman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
idbowman (26)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

There was a lot of buzz about this blend, and judging by the reviews it seems to fall in the "love it or hate it" category. I'm not sure I fall to either extreme, but it's certainly less than favorable in my book.

The tin note is exactly as advertised: blackberry, brandy, and vanilla. The flakes were typical of Sam Gawith - thick, meaty, and moist (don't take that out of context!). Fold-n-Stuff is virtually impossible with this stuff, unless you want to air it out for a decade or two. Rubbed out and left to dry, 24 hours or so drying time got it to where I needed it (you can smoke it without drying, but it's touch to keep going and mucks up the bottom of the bowl very quickly).

So the good news - the room note is fantastic. A true "aromatic" in that sense. This will certainly be a crowd-pleaser in that regard. Also, the aromatic casing/topping does not seem to burn off after the first quarter bowl or so, as is often the case with aromatics. The added flavors stick around for most of the smoke. Sadly, the experience falls off from there (and quickly).

The topping, sweet though it is, is fairly faint. So if you're looking for a super sweet aromatic, this isn't it. Blackberry is there, and so is the vanilla. I found the brandy hard to spot, and the vanilla is a lot more dominant than the tin description would suggest. I'd call it the primary flavoring with blackberry a close second. On the whole, the topping is relatively subdued, especially considering the intensity of the tin and room notes. This would all be fine and good (in fact, great) if the Virginia base was able to speak for itself. To my palate, the flake is nowhere near the quality of Best Brown - it strikes me as poorly aged, undeveloped, and generally flat. I'd age the tin, but by the time the VA sweetness has time to develop, the casing is sure to have gone totally dead, leaving me with a muted Best Brown Flake at best.

Granted, I'm not a big aromatic smoker - I'm no stranger to the stuff, but it's not my bread and butter. True aro folks might get a better experience out of this. To me, it was a middle-of-the-road aromatic that requires more work, drying time, and fuss than is required with others of its ilk.

I'm glad I tried it, but it's not something I'd ever buy again. For what it's worth, though, SG does produce this blend as a snuff - I've had that, too, and it's FANTASTIC. If you take snuff, it's worth checking out - but I can't recommend the version for the pipe smoker.

Pipe Used: Briars, Cobs, Meers

Age When Smoked: Fresh

2 people found this review helpful.

22yrsonthepipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
22yrsonthepipe (22)
Medium Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

One of the best tin notes ever, but unfortunately, like msot aromatics, it does not translate into the smoke. Like all SG blends, comes far too wet to smoke. Even after airing it out for a month it is still too wet. I am beginning to think the 'quality' perceived in SG tobaccos comes from the waxiness imparted by the propylene glycol/humectant it is slathered with - up to 20 percent of the tobacco weight in my estimate - which can't be good for you. Considering the price of tobacco in New Zealand ($50-60USD for 50g) this is a damn ripoff and the main reason I will not be going back to SG.

I eventually decided to wrap the tin in foil and bung it in the oven for a couple of hours at 90c. The flakes darkened considerably and turned from waxy to stiff. The tin note became even nicer. Although still very moist, it smoked beautifully without constant relighting and I could actually taste the topping to the bottom of the bowl. In this state, it was perhaps the best aromatic I have ever smoked. Toasty brown flake married perfectly with blackberry pie. Unfortunately this did not last long (one bowl) and it reverted back to its original self i.e. tasteless, once cooled.

Even when sipped, which can only be done after baking, after the true light, it tastes like a medium quality brown flake with plain white sugar casing.

If SG cased this tobacco with the blackberry instead of a light topping (why do blenders do that?) and removed the unnecessary humectant, it would be 4 stars material.

Please SG and other blenders, stop trying to please non-aromatic smokers who only smoke aromatics to draw attention to themselves or please non-smokers, and who dont actually like the taste of aromatics.

2 people found this review helpful.

krg1000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
krg1000 (180)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I have come to like this blend over the course of smoking the 50g tin purchased. It does have a nice blackberry aroma out of the tin. It was a little overpowering, so I figured it may translate into the taste. But I was pleasantly surprised to find it a fine tasting blend without the nicotine kick of some other SG blends. The flavorings and the tobacco married nicely into a fine tasting blend that smokes down to a nice ash at the end of the bowl. Highly recommended when it is available.

2 people found this review helpful.

Sweetbriar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sweetbriar (14)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

whoa.. this stuff is crazy good too. just finished a tin and opened another. i sure didnt experience any bite and the flavoring is far far from overbearing. I gave this a whirl because i really liked the chocolate flake. I'm also a big fan of the gawith best brown flake which is used in the choco flake and firedance. well done samuel gawith and company.. thanks.!!

2 people found this review helpful.

BrSpiritus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BrSpiritus (18)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

At one point in time all I would smoke is aromatics. Then I discovered English blends and flake tobaccos. I turned my back on aromatics because I wrongly judged them to be of the same ilk as borkum riff and captain black... overly cased goopy garbage. I was wrong and to aromatics I owe an apology. Firedance is what aromatics are supposed to be. Flavoured with natural ingedients just to the point where it compliments the wonderful Va tobacco that is the base for this flake. The tin aroma is wonderful with a blackberry/brandy aroma and vanilla hiding in the distant background. This caries through with lighting and can be fully appreciated when gently puffed. I smoke this flake in a Bing's Favourite from Savinelli and I can say I've had a few 1-1 1/2 hour smokes from this flake with minimal relights. Yes the tin benefits from some drying before smoking. I am excited to cellar some tins and revisit them in a year to see what affect aging has on them.

2 people found this review helpful.

kg0mz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kg0mz (54)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This one grows on me.

The flakes in my tin have a pleasant aroma and are thick and hefty with moisture. I rub out the flakes or fold them, but I never dry them, and I have no problems. The berry/brandy/vanilla flavor is not syrupy, but delicate to elusive. The tobacco is sweet and combines with the flavoring to produce a cool burning, expansive and rich smoke. I frequent many Lakeland tobaccos, and I do not detect any "soap" in Firedance.

I have experimented by tossing in a wee bit of Brown Bogie or #4 Twist, and while the addition ratchets up the strength I think it also disturbs the balance. Firedance is a mild to medium Virginia with a subtle aromatic counterpart. I think it works when you go slow. If you like a mild to medium tobacco and are not put off by a dash of flavoring, then I recommend you try this.

2 people found this review helpful.

Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (165)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

A true navy flake!

My 2 oz. sample, after opening the air tight wrapper looked, smelled, and even felt almost like candy. Fortunately it did not smoke that sweet. It did smoke a little wet, so a pipe cleaner is useful, as well as a system pipe or one that passes the pipe cleaner test. Now it's not that wet mind you.

After several days it became more managable. I found that folded strips of flake did not burn well; I had to fully rub out this blend for it to burn evenly in the pipe.

It is definitely an aromatic, but it is not that sweet. At times it tastes as much like sipping blackberry brandy as smoking pressed virginia. I didn't taste the vanilla or blackberry much, but there is some spirit essence blended in. Some natural virginia also breaks through to the taste buds.

This blend is based on SG's Best Brown (medium cooked virginia with some sweetener). However, the brandy essence distinguishes it from Best Brown -- FDF has more of a liquor smoothness to it, when smoked slowly. Best Brown is simplier than this one, but BB did start out a bit hot for me. This one is cooler. McClelland's Navy Flake, in comparison, has less liquor appeal to it.

It is more subdued in the latter part of the smoke. It is not a blend to rush (less it could bite), so you best smoke it slowly. It found it smoked smoother in a medium pipe than a small one.

Maybe too light for an aromatic die hard. (I found SG's Kendal Cream Flake sweeter and rounder.) A crossover blend of sorts (virginian flake to aromatic). I found blends like Peterson's Irish Whiskey easier to cope with. Still some like this new blend, and I applaud the effort to introduce a true navy flake to an American audience. If you crave a bit of liquor in your tabak, and have the patience to deal with the flakes, this may be it for you. Not bad; not bad at all.

The room aroma is wonderful!

2 people found this review helpful.

Stefanos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stefanos (150)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Delightful tobacco! A bit of molasses/licorice together with a playful fruity aroma of blackberry on a background of real stoved tobacco taste.

Very enticing tin aroma. Rubs out easily and burns slow and evenly but needs some drying. Mild to medium strength, no chance of bite here.

A top quality aromatized tobacco which although more playfully scented than your typical Lakeland does not lack anything in quality. If it were not for the blackberry aroma I’d compare Firedance with Germain’s Rich Dark Flake (some say similar to Stonehaven). This is how good I think it is… I do not find the tobacco similar to Best Brown Flake though, neither visually nor in taste.

1 person found this review helpful.

pzzl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pzzl (6)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Very strong smell of blackberry on background ketchup out of a tin. Pleasant, but intrusive. Flakes dark and very moist. When smoking, the taste is sweet, mild, creamy, but not fragrant as the smell from the tin. My girlfriend likes roomnote of Firedance. But my nose picks up some naughty notes, they distract and hinder enjoy the taste of tobacco. I could not finish smoking my 50g tin. Ketchup of SG is very strong for me. I'm not a fan of aromatics. If you, too, use a pipe for him not of your rotation. I give only two points, cause my pipe can't rest from the cologne of SG for several months.. And the smell from the bowl are a really unpleasant.

Pipe Used: HHB Attache

Age When Smoked: 7 years

1 person found this review helpful.

sagepipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sagepipe (13)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

When purchasing this tin, I failed to realize it was berry flavored... maybe I was too distracted by the name "firedance" to realize it was a berry based flake. Not that I have anything against a berry aromatic but I already have some Devil's Holiday on reserve.

Regardless, when opening the tin I smelt a strong smell that reminded me of berry flavored vitamins... gross ones. Other than that, the smoke was just okay and the vitamin aroma lessened. This was defiantly not the worst aromatic I have smoked but if you're in the market for a nice berry smoke, go for Dan's Devil's Holiday.

1 person found this review helpful.

Mr. Motoyoshi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Motoyoshi (68)
Mild Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am a big fan of most SG blends, especially BBF. But I was disappointed with this and ended up giving it to a friend.

Smells just like a fruit roll up or fruit by the foot out of the tin (Don't know if you will remember than from when you were younger). It looks like a standard Best Brown Flake but a hint darker due to the topping/casing. The flakes are very moist and need some drying time if you want to get any decent flavor out of this.

I can't explain it but while the flavoring is very direct, it's also thin in the smoke. Tastes just like Celestial Seasoning's Acai Mango Zinger. It can be a little too citrusy/furity at times and makes me think a little bit of white burley would round off this blend just right and flesh out the flavor a little.

This will ghost your pipes badly so please choose wisely. It also really stinks up the mason jar that you put it in as well. If someone is looking for a very berry flavored flake, this is the one. It's just not for me and will not buy this again.

1 person found this review helpful.

ACSilver Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ACSilver (2)
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

First time flake order, and I was expecting to be pleasantly surprised. I was surprised to a degree-I can definitely taste the berries to a very slight degree that everyone raves about. I found that it wasn't as heavily aromatic as I was expecting but I have come to expect that from the vendor I ordered from. I guess I will just have to keep searching for that perfect aromatic as this one doesn't fit the bill all that much-also this blend didn't pass the wife test which is would help to fit the overall perfect aromatic test....

Pipe Used: Maqueen Cherry Wood Churchwarden

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (203)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Altogether this is a worthy aromatic flake offering from Samuel Gawith. I almost hesitate to call this an aromatic, by English standards it surely is, but by American standards it's barely in the ballpark. With Best Brown at the core it's hard to go wrong here, unless of course you just don't care for the flavoring.

Like most Sam Gawith Flakes, especially from the tin, it is very moist and I'd recommend liberal dry time prior to smoking it. When rubbed out and dried a bit, the topping dissipates and the tobacco is left smelling a lot like a blackberry or raspberry scented black tea. The smoke is semi-sweet, soft, creamy and quite delightful. The high note of the topping contrasts wonderfully with the warm Best Brown tobacco tone. The flavor remains fairly consistent throughout the entire bowl, although some bitterness develops towards the heel. For what it's worth, I also taste a skosh of Kendal florals in this.

As others have mentioned, preparation is key and you’ll be richly rewarded for your patience. Firedance Flake is not quite a love affair for me but it's pretty darn close and I can definitely see myself putting a few tins away for later.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: 4

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McKNooB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
McKNooB (35)
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

Ok, I get it...we smoke aromatics to please others in the immediate vicinity. Or do we? Where I couldn't taste the blackberry (at all), the War Department stated that the predominate aroma with this one, was berry.

Terribly moist upon tin opening (and for weeks to follow) and truly the first blend where I can actually detect the chemicals (that shouldn't be there).

There was a hint of something with the flavouring but I can't figure it out. Otherwise, the earth is flat. Requires some significant drying out. Lazy light but didn't require much attention after it got going.

Surprisingly, no bite. I was hoping to get more out of Firedance but it confirms, now, aromatics are just aromatic and nothing more. Just 1Q to try and then I'm certain, I'll have to find an organization to donate all my aros too.

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Pipe1000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe1000 (14)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I'm surprised this tobacco is held in such high regard! Ok, it's pleasant, but in my opinion nothing more. Very moist from the tin and needed drying out, it did however have a very nice tin note. When I first lit the flake (rubbed) it was ok, nothing special just a slight berry-ish flavour with a pleasant room note. Happy New Year Pipers

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machinebcon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
machinebcon (50)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Firedance Flake doesn't fit my body chemistry. I find it to be an artificially tasting, tingling, sweet-sour (as in sherbet/kali) smoke, though the tin aroma is absolutely pleasant (blackcurrant, gooseberry, vanilla). Tobacco quality excellent, though my tin was slightly moist. I'm sure many people love this one, it is a different aromatic than the typical Danish ones, with excellent room note and low to medium Vitamin N. I won't buy it again, but it was not that bad.

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marosi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
marosi (67)
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Tolerable

I am still a little confused by what I found with this tobacco, and I will continue to try and figure it out, but I figured since I often wax romantic about the wonders of SG blends, I should be honest when I find a stinker, and to me that is what I have on my hands here.

First of all, I have smoked a lot of Best Brown in my day, and what came of out the tin for this was not Best Brown. Best Brown is BROWN. This came out of the tin a light reddish tan. It looked, smelled, and smoked a lot more like Golden Sliced than any SG flake I have ever tried. Second, it had almost no odor at all out of the tin. I was expecting something aromatic, with a berry smell, per the description. None of that was found. I made a buddy stick it under his nose to see if I was crazy, and he agreed that there was little to no odor, other than the tobacco. WTF?

I had ordered a second tin, so I cracked that one open to see if somehow I had gotten some strange defective product, but the second tin was exactly like the first. This sounds crazy, but I really thought that maybe someone had switched the tobacco with something else, or was selling fake SG tins, given the lack of availability recently. I am going to buy another tin in the future from a different source to see if I get something different.

As noted, this, at least from my tin, was moist flakes of a very light golden tan color, with no real aromatic casing odor. Perhaps they use the BB flake mixture, but do not steam press it like their other wonderful flakes. If so, than that steam pressing really works wonders, because this tobacco has little to no flavor, no aromatic flavor, and burns much hotter than a typical SG flake. It is hard to even find something to review, because it was just bland, bland, bland.

This is the worst SG tobacco I have ever smoked, and I have smoked Grousemoor, which tastes like you are smoking a prom corsage! If I got a ringer, and my tins are somehow not representative, then I will do a new review, with apologies to SG. If this is what they are claiming is a cased BB flake, than shame on them, because this is light years away from the venerable and wonderful BB, and besmirches its good name.

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Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (171)
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

A very high quality flake offering from Samuel Gawith. Ships a bit moist, however after a few days in an unsealed tin, this is ready to smoke. Thick clouds of blackberry smoke make for a pleasant indoor smoking experience. Never hints at biting.

Pairs well with a ruby port.

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meerkat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
meerkat (64)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

A great tobacco for those of us who occasionally want an aromatic but don't want to compromise on the quality of the tobacco.

The bramble aroma really comes across in the taste and tastes of real brambles; rich, sweet and tart.

Do not apply if you want an unadorned tobacco flavour or a simple candy sweet aro, but if you want a more interesting aro with some quality tobacco strength and a taste which really relates to the fragrance this could be just the thing you are looking for.

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dk-piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dk-piper (25)
Medium Strong Medium Strong

puhh...very strong casing. The tobacco is S.G.-style top notch. BUT the casing is not my cup of coffee. Smells artificially intense. After lightin up it doesn't get better for me. It tastes like burned rubber. Eventually the true tobacco taste gets a chance to linger through this artificial candy-bubble-gum-like flavoring and my hope in not dumping the pipe-load rises.

i'll have to pass on this one.

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derlict311 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
derlict311 (70)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This has a nice flavor to it and burns well but it is just OK overall.

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DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (129)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable

Being a fan of most of the Lakeland flakes (with the great exception of Ennerdale), I wanted to like this one – especially since so many other people think well of it. In the event, I found it a disappointment. As always with G & H and SG tobaccos, the leaf itself is of high quality, but the casing is (to my taste) just plain odd, and certainly not subtle. It comes very moist in the tin (the besetting sin of SG flakes) and I found it a very hot smoke that needed a lot of relighting. The suggestion is that FF was blended to suit the female palate. I didn't know that there is such a thing as a specifically female palate; but, if there is, it's very different from my male one. This stuff is worth a try – all SG flakes are – and it all depends on what you like, of course; but I couldn't recommend it more than somewhat. I'd looked forward to trying it, but I won't be getting any more in. Cellaring will probably calm it down a bit, though.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I was a little put off at first by the description of the lady pipe-smoker's "blackberry, brandy, and vanilla." For one thing, I once had a bad experience tasting a blackberry brandy, and was lucky it was only a taste. I saw tins for a good price on an internet retailer's site though, and since the price was right and also because so many Samuel Gawith tobaccos are unavailiable at the moment (back soon, they say!), thought I would give it a chance. Glad I did. The flavorings create a lovely tin scent, and are present at the first lighting up, but only for a few puffs. Henceforth, the sauce is relegated to the background. This is my second SG tobacco based on topped Best Brown Flake, the first being Cannon Plug. The topping on that one remains throughout the smoke. Strangely enough, I have not had BBF by itself, untopped. I will have to get some, as it is obviously a quality Virginia, and it is even more evident that this is so with Firedance than with Cannon (a fun flowery patchouli concoction). The trio of toppings in Firedance Flake do not cover up the fine SG Virginia flavor at all. They make themselves known in a subtle way, more in the room note and "nose" than on the palate. If you, like me, are missing your Gawiths and don't feel like waiting any longer, you will not go wrong with this blend. The tin is pretty cool as well.

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renwardhoop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renwardhoop (106)
Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Not only was this my first encounter with Firedance, but also my first with flake. Think I was more concerned with the packing of the pipe than with the tobacco attributes.....

A simply delightful scent assails you out of the tin. Smells like one of my late mother's fruit pies. The tobacco is soft and pliable and packing the old pipe couldn't be easier, even for a rook like me, with whatever method suits you. I used the sort-of-stuff-and-ram method !

The smoke is flavoursome as has been reported by other posters. Blackberry-ish. Could even pass as Blackcurrant or perhaps Blueberry. Couldn't detect anything else. Vanilla ? Nope. Brandy ? Nope !

That's ok with me, I'm an aromatics fan and to this rather dulled palate it's a far cry from the neutrality of Peterson's mixtures.

Needs quite a bit of relighting, but of course bear in mind that this is my first experience with a flake. I'm hopeless at assessing room note, but I've had no comments either way so far.

This blend is certainly going to feature prominently in my rotation along with the excellent Celtic Talisman and ideal for your first aromatic flake. I'm really enjoying SG's blends and look forward to opening a tin of their Grousemoor !

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USA_Traveller Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
USA_Traveller (7)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

First there were aromatics. And She Who Must Be Obeyed rejoiced. But the man grew tired and weary. "Surely there must be more to life than these?" he thought. So he began to explore. And soon discovered the pleasure of Full Virgina Flake, Perfection, then Dunhill and soon other fine Virginia flakes, VAPERs and all manner of English. The Man was happy. But She Who Must Be Obeyed was not. "What is that terrible smell!" she exclaimed. And the Man found himself banished to the screen room, alone and forlorn.

"What shall I do," he cried to his trusted confidant, the tobacconist. "She Who Must Be Obeyed has decreed - no Latakia in her presence." The crafty old Sage winked his eye, and wisely produced a tin of legendary renown: "Firedance Flake!"

And so the man carefully pried open the lid. A strong scent of berries (blackberries - oh sweet memories of youth) and brandy greeted his senses. "But I've tried other aromatics, only to be crushed by the fickle flavor that is not true to scent." "Do not fear," said the Wise One. "This one is far truer..."

So the Man returned to his domicile. With fear in his heart and trembling in his fingers he loaded his trusted bent billiard with the flake called "firedance". A light - a puff -- and a smile!

Even She Who Must Be Obeyed was convinced. This is one aromatic that is true to its form. A fine Virginia with a sweet, lingering scent that will enhance any room. And peace and contentment returned.

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Sylvian Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sylvian (28)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Village-baked brown bread with butter and berry jam is what Firedance Flake tastes like. No surprise it finds a perfect fit for me as a morning smoke. As most Samuel Gawith's lighter offerings, it forgives even most aggressive puffing, but when savoured slowly Firedance gratefully unveils its whole (even if not really sophisticated) taste range, providing for a satisfying but never too aromatic or too nicotine-heavy smoke. Best when dried out for about half an hour when smoking a freshly opened tin. A calm, fragrant and tasty flake.

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dualkarnain Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dualkarnain (75)
Medium Strong Medium Pleasant

Gawith's aromatic tobaccos are an anomaly in the world of flavor. Whether it's the floral/herbal or the tonka 1792 extracts, the tobaccos rarely sacrifice strength for artificial flavor.

Once opened, the tin was too moist to smoke. Nonetheless, I tried anyway. Gurgly blackberries requiring a pipecleaner every 10 puffs.

The blackberry flavoring comes across as alcoholic to me for some reason. This is a unique blend that "aromatic experimenters" should try. Following this tin I'll jump back to the Bogey ropes!

Images evoked include a monsterous red-black demon stabbing a pitchfork into the backside of a sinful, deceased orchard maid.

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RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

Imagine Best Brown Flake with Brandy, and Blackberry. That's it. This is a high quality aromatic, but not in the flavor spectrum I enjoy. I could only get myself to try it in a cob for the rest of the tin, which did remarkbly well. This aromatic flake will flavor your pipes as I found after trying a bowl in a Peterson, so consider yourself warned. See my review on BBF for its burning and smoking qualities. Yes, it has a wonderful room note. Well done, but not my cup 'o tea...

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (286)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Gawith presents nicely prepared 6"x2"x1/16" pressed flakes in this bulk blend. They are quite pliable which results in easy packing without rubout which is generally my approach. Blackberry dominates the pouch and room aromas and is present from start to finish in the taste. Although it becomes more subdued as the smoke progresses, I tasted very little natural tobacco flavor. The initial moisture content is also rather high and results in numerous relights with no rubout. Drying for several hours solved this and reduced some of the berry influence. The room aroma got + reviews from family and associates which makes this flake a better choice than many others when in company. However, most of the time, I'm selecting tobaccos for my own pleasure and in that case, the only time I might choose this mild blend would be when I was smoking outside in the hot weather.

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TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (492)
Medium Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was browsing through the reviews on this blend and was surprised to see that I never reviewed it despite finishing off a tin quite some time ago. I liked this one, but more so after it had some time to shed off some of the topping.

The flakes arrived in the tin not unlike FVF or BBF, but with a heavy fruity, berrylike topping. I really don't pick up any floral/soapy notes on this one at all. The topping was not bad, just too much for my tastes. Otherwise another fantastic Virginia. Also, like the two aforementioned flakes, it was very moist upon opening and required some dry time.

As these SG square flake tins offer such a loose seal, my standard MO is to just leave them in those tins til near crispy and then transfer to a jar. This strategy worked well for Firedance as it also allowed some of the topping to flash. As the topping got lighter I really enjoyed it more.

As an aromatic it is nice. When properly dried it will take a light just fine and perform well to the end. It smokes dry and even after some of the topping has flashed it is still a refreshing aroma offered up by the topping. The closest thing I could compare to would be Solani's Tropical Mango Flake even though the toppings are a little different. In all other ways the two are very similar.

Overall I liked the blend. I don't think this rises to the level of my love for Dan's Sweet Vanilla Honeydew or C&D Interlude, two similar types of Virginia Aromatic blends that I have awarded 4 stars, but it is still a little better than 3 stars in my book.

Purchased From: Ash Tobacco in Gaylord, MI

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Davetopay2 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Davetopay2 (16)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Digging about in the tobacco chest turned up this tin I bought some years ago, back when it was first released. So, maybe about 2009?

Pop the tin and the aroma of blackberry jam and booze wafts about the room. Vanilla was no where to be found.

With age the flakes were loaded with blooming crystals and sparkled in the sun light. A bit leathery and moist to the touch, the flake rubbed out easily to a nice pile of ribbon. I gave it 10 or 15 minutes to adjust its humidity.

It loads and packs easily enough. A bit springy and takes to the flame easily.

At first light I can't find the topping. The leaf is mildly sweet, subdued, and gentle. The smoke is lightly creamy, a bit toasty, bringing to mind biscuits and scones. Maybe graham crackers. Basically, it smokes like SB brown flake. That's not a bad thing.

What I was hoping for was that great SG flake cross bred with some of the fruity ari kick you get from University Flake. That wasn't the case. Uni Flake will stand up to coffee, most likely due to the VaBur nature and heavier topping.

A little tamping at mid bowl concentrates the flavors of the tobacco and it still hasn't needed a relight. No gurgling either. Bowl temps have been easy to control, there is zero bite, and it is a pleasant smoke. I thought there would be more vitamin N.

End of bowl experience is without drama or fuss. Still narry a gurgle. Not bitter or ashy, not hot, and no bite. Leaves a tidy grey ash and no goop.

I want to give it a big 3.5-4 star rating, because it is great tobacco and smokes great. It will only garner a 2.5-3 star vote because it is intended to be a flavored/aromatic Flake, but doesn't really deliver that for the smoker. Room note is tough for me to discern.

Maybe this needs to be fresher?

Totally worth a try if you have been a heavy aromatic puffer and would like to venture off into British flakes.

Pipe Used: Unbranded sav second

Age When Smoked: 7-8 years

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Right Wing Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Right Wing Piper (11)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

This is a unique blend that I really enjoy. It tastes exactly like what it is. The presence of Best Brown Flake used in this blend is very evident. The topping is very much blackberry and vanilla. Simply put, it is exactly what it claims to be. It requires a bit of drying, but it provides a positive pipe experience. If you enjoy a good aromatic made from quality ingredients, this would be a good pick.

Pipe Used: Briar, Meerschaum and Cob

Age When Smoked: 6 months to 1 year

Purchased From: Just For Him

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Nwpipesmker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nwpipesmker (27)
Medium Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

Bought my first tin. Popped it open was really impressed with the tin note of blackberry and brandy can't detect the vanilla but not disappointed about that. Too the flake fold and stuffed in my pipe and enjoyed the bowl.

Pipe Used: Missouri meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Fresh tin

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Kreisi John Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kreisi John (4)
Mild to Medium Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

This one is in between a raisin and a mudcace. There is several round, spicy tastes, on this aromatic tobacco. They are hard to pull together here. Warm, pleasant, rich smoke. Perfect with a black coffee and an ice cream. Very good snack. Salty too.

Pipe Used: Savinelli 2614, Danish billard (Holtorp)

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initials SG Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
initials SG (29)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

In the immortal words of Thomas Pynchon: "Friends, she bit him."


Nah, the bite potential is there and it did nip a tiny bit when puffed hard, but didn't bite.

Anyway, their description cited on this site is spot on. And it works. Best Brown is the perfect base, it delivers oomph and a great tobacco taste that compliments these kind of flavors. Plus just the right amount of nicotine for my constitution. Finally, an aromatic that I can enjoy! Good stuff!

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: Fresh from new tin

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THROATHIT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

ok it's best brown flake, it has a mild topping in my opinion others find it strong. Smoked ok once rubbed out and dried out. Nic level was higher than most subtle aromatics. not a bad smoke but not but not an amazing one either. I will give it one extra star as it is made in England but could well be Danish.

I found the topping diminished mid bowl and the underlying tobacco was somewhat muted by the topping. However the flavours were all in the smoke as advertised.

Pipe Used: stanwell bent brandy

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: g q

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Schnootypooch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Schnootypooch (10)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Full flakes of lush, lightly pressed tobaccos that will leave you impressed. Firedance is a must in any pipesmokers arsenal with its lighter flavouring. Darker in nature than its appearance, and complex, but also subtle. Quite a soft aromatic, Very light rubbing to lightly bruise the strands will improve taste and texture, but greatly lower combustion, meaning that a brief drying may be of assistance. I always love showing pipe newbies this variety to showcase different cuts of tobacco, always astonishing those who view its full flake size and uniformity.

One that leaves the smoker entrigued and the witness curious, A brilliant all-rounder and great with a fresh cup of tea, it is one for companionship, and best enjoyed with friends.

Happy piping

Pipe Used: Hand-made bent aged briar, no filter

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

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DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (266)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

While a fan of Lakelands, I am not a fan of traditional aromatics, but I thought I'd give this a chance. On opening the tin, the blackberry is quite strong, and the vanilla is hinted at in the background. While not the easiest flake to get going, it's not bad compared to 1792. Once lit, the vanilla only adds a touch of sweetness, but the main flavors are the blackberry and the VA, usually in that order. To my surprise, they balance each other fairly well, so that the fruit doesn't overwhelm the tobacco flavors after the first few puffs. While I am more likely to reach for a floral Lakeland or GH's Rum Flake when looking for a flavored or sweet smoke, I wouldn't turn this down. Of course, if you dislike blackberry, stay far away from this!

Pipe Used: various briars

Age When Smoked: 1 month after purchase

Purchased From: 4 Noggins

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puss n' pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
puss n' pipes (27)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Definitively not in my -best of- list despite the good reviews and recommendations ive received about it from different smokers. Truth is that Firedance is perhaps never distinguishable as a good, bad or regular quality smoke, at times is indulgent and allows you to get a good bouquet of brandy, subtle notes of vanilla and keep it for some time, some other times it just get horrible, it is like a bbq that went completely wrong, like having a mouthful of coal inside your mouth and a really awful aftertaste, the kind that makes you want to wash your mouth afterwards.

This flake is good quality but the moisture level is never quite alright, you have to find it, and thats a trick, especially for all those who want to smoke it inmediately right out of the tin and enjoy the smoke without much complication. It may also get extremely dry very quick, so give it enough time and it will be a bunch of sand which is equally disgusting. Temperamental, complicated, demanding, bitey and stuborn. You have to relight it several times, and it tends to burn hotter and hotter, no matter how slow you sip it and as result you get the nasty flavours i described beforehand. If you manage to level and administer the temperature with much luck, then you get the best result, which is not bad at all, strong fermented flake in the typical vein of the English-Gawith tradition with a subtle but certain lakeland accent. Never sugary or flamboyantly scented, always with the character of the virginias that were fermented, with a decent and pretty kick of vitamin N. I think this was a good try on an aromatic flake but the result is doubtful, too much trouble to get through it, ill rather keep my hands off it and pick some flake that is not so damn complicated and bitchy.

Pipe Used: Turkish Meerschaum Calabash, Peterson Tankard

Age When Smoked: 3 years

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Badmedicine Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Badmedicine (6)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Never have I had a 'baccy confuse me this much. Admittedly, this was my first step away from drugstore aromatics (ok, it's still an aro, but much better quality). For starters, the tin note is amazing. Everyone who has smelled it has commented upon how delicious it smells, and even my notoriously tobacco-hating fiance likes the room note. The flakes are very well-crafted (if a little ragged), and it only required about 30 minutes of dry-time after rubbing out. Charring light and initial light brought the berry flavor out in force, and then it slowly receded into a very nice nutty "burly-ness". But what is that in the background? Did m'love spritz some perfume on this to spite me? Now, after a few years and more experience, i know the taste: Lakeland. I seem to have a knack for spotting even the tiniest hint of it, and I- for one- do not care for it in the least. I had unpleasant flashbacks to a high school girlfriend who covered up her poor hygeine with various mixed perfumes, applied ad nauseum. As a parting shot, it ghosted the pipe something fierce. Thankfully, it was a misshappen handmade (what other forums would call a "pipe turd") so I had no problems trashing it. That tin has sat untouched for two years; I am afraid to release that kraken upon another pipe. Maybe another dud pipe will warrant a re-examination. Maybe.

Pipe Used: Handmade "pipe turd"

Age When Smoked: unknown

Purchased From:

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reedsteve Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
reedsteve (7)
Medium Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

This offering stretches several laws and neologisms. Yes, surely it is very much an aromatic, made from a very seriously purist form and recipe of flake. The inverse square law that has filled many an evening in need of mouthwash or memory eraser, happily is transcended with this offering. My informal inverse sq. observation is "twice the additive, flavorings, casing, etc. produces four times the bite, residue, and confused results. Not in this case. Better dining menus may someday successfully offer vegan short ribs with arugula oil infused creme fresh. If this example of maximal variety produces minimal synergy, you get my point. If you marvel at a wine connoisseur's willingness to celebrate discerning $3.00 worth of evolving berry hallucinative hints in a $50. bottle, ditto. When you first load your pipe with Firedance Flake, the flavorings instantly travel to your senses. When lit, something happens to those three additives that is personally useful in defining quality. They evolve and morph into some other descriptive food combinations, or even a here to fore non-existent one. I will leave you to describe this for yourself, should you try this flake This moist product smokes clean and gurgle-free down to the bottom. Now that alone deserves a special category. There is so much opinion about drying this stuff. With respect, I ask, do you really want to blot or alter natural oils on chemical paper towel before trying a less invasive 2 day open tin wait?

Pipe Used: French medium small 1930's

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: Pipes and Tobaccos

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jonoz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jonoz (12)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

First the good news.A pleasant, inoffensive smoke. BUT- it is built on Best brown and IMO does not add to it and actually detracts from BBF's delicate tobacco flavour. I will smoke what I've got, but I'll wish it was BBF

Pipe Used: various

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Abadakus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Abadakus (9)
Mild Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I must warn you that I'm not a great fan of aromatics. Well, usually it's enough for me to have just one of them ready at hand. My main interests are VA/VaPer and Latakia/Oriental blends. But I've come to really like this one.

Like so many other SG tobaccos, it usually comes too moist in the tin. Just let it dry out a bit. Once you get used to it, you'll have no trouble with packing and lighting. It comes in the form of really thin, often partially crumbled just like their Best Brown. So it's easier to rub it out than other SG or even Peterson flakes. Once lit, it might take a few matches to relight. But don't worry, it behaves good enough unlike many other blends that need much more effort to pack correctly and keep lit.

The taste is basically that of a light fruity VA flake, much sweetened. Casing, though quite prominent in the tin aroma, does not interfere a lot, producing a pleasant room note. It seems much more natural and neutral than in most popular Aros out there, letting all the beautiful nuances of the base tobaccos come through. Never had any troubles with it like tongue bite or unpleasant sourness which some other blends tend to produce, especially when overheated. Nicotine content is well below average, might seem not quite enough to you FVF or University flake smokers.

Overall, a pleasant, light, sweet blend. Matches well with tea. Goes well on a summer walk in the park. Or can be a go-to light morning smoke. Three stars not for being something overwhelming or revolutionising, but because it posesses most of the merits of aromatic blends, but little to none of their drawbacks.

Pipe Used: Savinelli, L'Anatra, corncobs... pretty much any

Age When Smoked: New

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Guillaume Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Guillaume (15)
Very Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Tolerable

Definitely not a favourite of mine: it is too close to BBF, which seems to be the basis of it. A drop of alcohol doesn't help to make a true character out of it.

It is not bad tobacco, however. Just boring.

Would not buy it again (but will keep buying BBF).

Pipe Used: Peterson Barrel

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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Bluesmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bluesmoke (75)
Mild to Medium Medium Very Mild Pleasant

I don't know what the hell I was thinking buying this. Well that's not true, I was payday and I wanted to try the last of the SG line that my tobacconist had available. I ponied up my 12 bucks, got it home and though the tin note was sweetly pleasing, the light up was disappointing. I was hoping for a subtle flavoring like Chocolate Flake, but this was much stronger and tasted like charred incense. Needless to say this wont be one I try again. In fact I dumped the whole tin in the garden after finishing what I could of the bowl. I hope the shrubs forgive me. TLOGSPY

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Darth Vader Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth Vader (110)
Mild to Medium Strong Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

I didn't mind this at first, but by the time i was half way through the tin i was thouroughly sick of it. I was giving me headaches and i ditched the last 3-4 pipefuls. Not somthing i do often. I'll leave this to the aro smokers.

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Bonneville Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bonneville (49)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I bought this stuff to smoke when I'm craving a Virginia but the occasion is better suited for a more aromatic smoke (like being around non-smokers). Maybe I had too high an expectation but I was let down with this one. This surprised me as I'm a HUGE fan of SG's Virginia flakes.

I got a dull tasting and almost bitter note in the smoke. The room note was great, however. I suspect that perhaps this will get better after it has some time to age a bit. I will pull this out again at some point and will update if it gets any better.

If you're looking for a VA with an aromatic tinge, Mac Baren's Vanilla flake is better suited for the task.

Pipe Used: Aldo Velani Milano

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Beehive Cigars, Salt Lake City, UT

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natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (166)
Medium to Strong Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

If you are looking for a strog tobacco that has a slight topping to it, ths fits the bill. The flakes are a good size. It has a nice "blueberry" flavor to it. I would not smoke it all the time, but once in a while is OK.

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russ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
russ (27)
Mild Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

I tried this at multiple moisture levels, in different briars, and a cob. I tried it rubbed out and as folded flakes in the pipes. I really wanted to like this tobacco and can say no matter how I try it folded and stuffed, rubbed and at multiple moisture levels to include so dry it turns to crumbs--it has soft and subtle notes and has the lakeland going on also--I find this tobacco to be one of the strangest aromatics I have ever smoked. It is a high quality tobacco but I had tried it in the past and wrote it off and decided to give an honest and VERY real second chance and evaluation. It is just not for me as a matter of fact being it is a flavored Best Brown Flake--its a shame as I just cannot seem to like it. I have several flakes left and am undecided whether it will become among the very few tobaccos I actually literally disposed of on the lawn or I may finish it off. If a rating of zero stars was possible that's exactly what I would give it. I have been through several tins and can say I am officially done with this blend. Do not get me wrong--it's a high quality tobacco and there is nothing wrong with it as far as quality. For those that like it--I am happy with and for you. Me I will leave this tobacco for those who really like it. You will not have to worry about me fighting you for this horrid stuff. It's a blend I gave every chance in various pipes and moisture levels. I have smoked a lot of flake tobacco and I WILL NOT be smoking anymore of this--I'm done with Fire Dance.

Pipe Used: Briars & cobs

Age When Smoked: 49

Purchased From: Local B&M

Similar Blends: Nothing.

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Elm0 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Elm0 (5)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Not a lot more I can add to the already great reviews on this tobacco A very nice virginia using one of my favourite tobaccos as its base Best Brown Flake, if you like Peterson's university flake or other virginia's with a light casing but with the beauty of the virginia you will love this one

Drying out, lighting & staying lit - As everyone has already stated it can be a fiddly tobacco to master & like the majority of samuel gawith's flakes no 2 tins will be the same, my love hate relationship with FVF is no secret

Drying times, from baking in the oven to open air drying I have tried them all, my experience with this flake is to not let it dry out too much, too dry and you can have a battle with tongue bite, too wet and you battle with it staying lit

There is a sweet spot where this flake comes to life, too dry and you will lose the lovely flavors, I air on the side of caution and would rather have it more towards the moist side and relight more often, I also deal with the goop gurgle by simple running a pipe cleaner in & out to remove any moisture buildup & believe this is a small price to pay to maintain a fuller flavored smoke

Pipe Used: Parker Super Bruyere

Age When Smoked: 2 months

Purchased From: Smoke King UK

Similar Blends: Samuel Gawith - Best Brown Flake, Peterson - University Flake.

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Peter Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peter Piper (41)
Medium Very Strong Overwhelming Overwhelming

As I understand it, this blend is based on Best Brown Flake and then "subtly flavoured with a combination of Blackberry, Brandy and Vanilla."

If that means they have transformed a lovely tobacco into an unspeakable, sickly concoction then I agree.

The big question I would ask of the creators of this aberration is: "Why?"


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Arkie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Arkie (129)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

The casing/topping is subtle and pleasant. Actually, I can't taste the blackberry brandy and vanilla at all but they do add an elusive quality to the flake and they make it interesting and flavorful. Room note is similar to Celtic Talisman and nice. I wouldn't want a steady diet of it but it does make a nice change and I'll likely keep a tin of it in my cellar. 3 stars.

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irwanFahmi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
irwanFahmi (4)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

It taste like burning rubber, but agreed with FlatCapMatt ( For the 2nd attempt I rubbed it out and let it sit for 30-45 minutes to dry out a bit.) that make a change.

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FlatCapMatt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FlatCapMatt (35)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Tolerable

Bought a 10g sampler of this. First try was awful. Couldn't get it lit, tasted of chemicals and was gurgly. Obviously it was too moist. For the 2nd attempt I rubbed it out and let it sit for 30-45 minutes to dry out a bit.

MUCH better results. It still took a few tries to light, and required several re-lights. The taste and smell were pleasant, and I didn't taste too much chemical nastiness.

Wife says room note was pretty "meh", and "Tolerable" was a good rating.

Overall it was OK, but not something I'd be in any hurry to purchase more of.

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p4p4 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
p4p4 (59)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

smooth and creamy tobacco, with an interesting flavor. Round taste and good burning quality. Slighty sweet and tastefull. A very well done aromatized. Like every Gawith product, it's a winner !

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Burner Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Burner (8)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I held off trying this for a long time expecting it to be a harsh aromatic - but I should not have waited. This is a topping which is not overwhelming and compliments the tobacco. I like University flake and this is a similar although obviously all virginia smoke with extra berries. Smokes slow and easy, needs to be dried a bit first! This is one to stock.

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Susanna Hoffs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Susanna Hoffs (74)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The flavours aren't massive here, and are more subtle than expected, a little vanilla spice here and a noticeable blackcurrant overtone there. These pleasant aroma's waft from a medium strength virgina that doesn't bite..

Smoking Firedance is at times, reminiscent of catching the 'occasional' whiff of someone baking a blackcurrant crumble (cobbler to the yanks) as one stroll's along a country lane in England during the height of summers eve.

Still not as nice as the real thing though, and this could have been better..

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ynrozturk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ynrozturk (60)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I enjoy an aromatic smoke from time to time, and for me, this one is the best. Generally a fan of everything Samuel Gawith, this flake has never done me wrong. It's of course not your typical American aromatic doused in flavorings, but a very subtle berry/vanilla taste, which I think works brilliantly with the virginia's here.

As with most SG tobaccos, this will come a tad moist out of the tin. You could pack it and fire it up straight away, but it will really benefit from some drying. I find that half an hour is enough to get the most flavor from the flakes, and to handle them comfortably.

This tobacco for me means balance. Just the right amount of flavoring, and natural tobacco flavor. The berries aren't over powering, and truthfully, it smells delicious. I could smoke this all day long as the nicotine level is just right (medium), the smell is fantastic, and it tastes wonderful. Burns to a nice fine ash and doesn't require any relights for me.

Quite possibly my favorite aromatic ever. Thank you SG.

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Bibster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bibster (6)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

My overwhelming preference is for English blends and I haven't smoked an aromatic mixture for several years. But, I bought a tin of this stuff on a whim and I was quite impressed with it.

The tin note is strong, with a very intense and pleasant scent of berries. As has been noted before, the flakes are unevenly cut, but I find a certain "rustic" charm to that. They are quite moist, so I elected to rub them out, fill my pipe, and let it sit for several hours.

The berry flavor definitely takes the lead for the first two-thirds of the bowl, with the brandy providing a smooth back note. The tobacco burned very well and required no re-lights (and this was in a cheap, unsmoked Czech-made "basket pipe" I had lying around). I puffed deliberately, and found it to very cool smoking with absolutely no tongue bite. Towards the end of the bowl the vanilla finally made its presence known, and ultimately overtook the berry flavor. The Virginia leaf was also evident through the entire smoke. The tobacco left a very clean and mellow aftertaste.

Although this isn't something I could smoke every day, I will keep a few tins around for an occasional change of pace. All in all, another high quality product from Samuel Gawith.

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

The flavor description kept me away from this blend for a long time, but I broke and decided to try it. Great smoke, real nice and full. The sweetness does not stay very long, just a nice early smoothness followed by a firm, pleasent, robust smoke.

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Mouse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mouse (7)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I bought a lb. of this, which arrived fairly dry. Burns well, very light aromatic. Perhaps my order had been sitting on the etailer's shelf for a while because I have no problem with it being too wet or overpoweringly scented. BBF with a light top note.

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Bazsup Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bazsup (13)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

I am reviewing a bulk purchase that came with appropriate moisture levels and a strong fruity smell when openning the bag. The flavor doesn't come close to the tobacco aroma. It gives an inconsistent flavor; sometimes full of blackberry sweetness and then the Gawaith soapy flavor comes through.

The flakes are inconsistent in thickness with some slices almost becomming slabs. I will say that a quick fold and it is ready to pack, I had no problems with keeping it lit or with the moisture content. One match will most often do the trick.

All in all a decent smole for the aromatic smoker, though I tired of it before finishing the bag and I have moved on to other things right now.

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Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (204)
Medium Strong Full Very Pleasant

The VA Tobacco in pressed flake is top quality, however, the topping is unrefined, kind of heavy casing of Blackberry shewing gum.

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beaupipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beaupipe (102)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I wish I knew what to make of this strange tasting, strange smelling tobacco. I've been on a bit of an aromatic binge lately for some strange reason and thought I may as well explore my feminine side with this "ladies' tobacco."

Things went awry from the getgo. I'm usually impressed with the flake quality in SG tins, but this one looked like wet flank steak slices arranged by a blind man. It looked, actually, vaguely chewed.

The disconnect between the advertised "Blackberries, Brandy & Vanilla" and the real tin aroma has been mentioned by everyone. I was looking forward to the berries and though they were there, they were buried beneath more intense smells. This tobacco is floral for sure, but it's a vaguely unhealthy smell, too, something like a rose consumed by powdery mildew. My first instinct was to sprinkle some garden sulfur on those mangy flakes and fill a bowl with something else.

Since then, I've pushed through a few bowls of this stuff and every time I smoke it, I feel like I'm doing myself potential harm. Maybe I've just learned that I don't enjoy smoking something that looks like a half-chewed flank steak and smells like a sick rose.

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Croaker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Croaker (13)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

My tin of Fire Dance Flake came moister than any other tin I?ve ever purchased. The tin has a heavy yet still pleasant blackberry aroma and the flakes were so moist that they pulled apart when I tried to remove them from the tin. It took little effort to fully rub-out the flakes as I usually do with most SG flakes anyway. After drying out Fire Dance burned well and, unusual for an SG flake, required very little attention. Considering this tobacco?s Virginia base and added casing I was impressed that this didn?t easily bite my tongue. It also remained relatively dry. Still, Fire Dance will bite if smoked too fast, and I found it?s rich flavor best released with relatively slow smoking.

I find the natural sweet Virginian tobacco taste is well augmented by the rich berry and vanilla casing. I like Fire Dance quite a bit.

I seldom smoke aromatic tobaccos: it took me two months to finish the tin. Fire Dance was much better than many aromatics I have tried. It maintained its tobacco taste while satisfying my sweet tooth. And it didn?t flavor my pipe! If I were a regular aromatic smoker this would be in my rotation.

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RMBittner Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RMBittner (66)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

While I enjoy Best Brown and other flavored blends from Samuel Gawith and Gawith & Hoggarth, I'm not a fan of this one.

Fire Dance Flake smells delicious in the tin, and the flakes pack beautifully. Upon lighting, there is an initial whiff of light berry flavor, then the brandy and vanilla step to the front. . . and their combined taste in this blend was not at all appealing to me. (Frankly, "sweaty feet" was the mental image created by the aroma.) While I don't doubt that there are fine Virginias here, they never really have the chance to shine on their own. I like everything in this blend; I just found the end result to be much less than the sum of its parts.

I had picked this one up thinking that it might be a good compromise between being a pleasant-smelling tobacco for passersby and an enjoyable pleasure for the actual smoker, much like Bob's Chocolate Flake is for me. After making my way through an entire tin, though, I felt that it missed on both counts. Hopefully, your mileage will vary and you'll find something here to enjoy.

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Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (180)
Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable to Strong

I smelled figs and berries in the pouch, but got no flavor at all when smoked. I cannot say that this is a bad tobacco, but it will not be revisited by me. It seems a waste of some good Virginia. My wife said the smell was awful as well.

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Danno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Danno (102)
Very Mild Strong Mild Pleasant

I cannot be counted as a fan of this offering from Sam Gawith. The flakes bear a physical resemblance to Best Brown, but sadly, the similarity vanishes upon consumption. Berry flavor, not unpleasant in pie, is less than ideal in my pipes. Not much in the way of flavor of any sort, very little strength, unremarkable finish, it rather reads like a summary of British politics...

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Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

Not really one of my favorites, I don't want to down-rate a high quality offering such as this Blackberry Flake. If you like Flakes and Aromatics, give it a whirl. Three stars of four in the Aromatic/ Flake category.

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Pounder 5000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pounder 5000 (178)
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is certainly something different. A variation on the berry aromatic- Lakeland style! I have to give high points for originality at the least. This blend is a bit of a biter as the Pipestud points out. Since I'm not a huge fan of Best Brown, I have to say this is a step up on the merit of interest alone. If you like the Lakeland Perfume (some would say curse, however I love it!) and are into aromatics, especially berry flavored ones, then this is your bag! Myself? Not so much!

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