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Storm-tossed seas, a howling wind, a ship with full sail beating into the wind and Jolly Jack Tar at the helm with his trusty pipe. Images which are conjured up whilst smoking Samuel Gawith's Navy Flake. A traditional offering of Virginias, pressed with just the right amount of latakia and flavoured with rum. Medium strength.

BrandSamuel Gawith
Blended BySamuel Gawith
Manufactured BySamuel Gawith
Blend TypeVirginia/Latakia
ContentsLatakia, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
Where to Buy Iwan Ries
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Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (127)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

This is another masterpiece from SG, similar in appearance and presentation to their Balkan Flake, but quite distinctive. My discription of the appearance and handling of this tobacco is the same as can be found in my review of SG Balkan Flake. Here the latakia is used sparingly and submerged into the overall flavor of the smoke. Clearly, the Virginia has a top dressing which reminds me of plum, but that is a mere approximation. The result is that the flavor of the Virginia combined with the latakia and top dressing hits a pure and beautiful note that is sustained throughout the entire bowl. This is a mild and mellow smoke that will transport you far from the madding crowd. Somebody at Samuel Gawith is a genius. Most highly recommended. Paddy.

30 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Virginias are slightly grassy with some tangy fruit, providing a nice solid base for the light smokey, woodsy sweet Cyprian latakia. The latakia will pop up a little more here and there if you cube cut it, but never enough to dominate. The rum topping is lightly applied, and doesn't tone down the tobaccos much. The nic-hit is mild to medium. No bite or harsh moment. This flake may necessitate a little dry time, but not too much, and you do need a little moisture to get the inherent flavors. Slow burning, cool and clean with a smooth, consistent taste all the way to the finish, though you may have a little wetness at the bottom. Will require relights. Has a pleasant after taste. Depending on your smoking habits, this is nearly an all day smoke with just enough strength to keep you interested if you wish to indulge more than once a day.

23 people found this review helpful.

pauliepipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pauliepipes (5)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

I am a SG flake lover. I also love rum, so I had high expectations for this tobacco. The tin aroma was strong Latakia. I did not detect much rum. As far as flakes go, this was not as difficult to stay lit as some others. Yea it goes out some but the pipe you smoke flakes in makes a big difference. If you are having problems with this, I suggest you get a pipe with a wider inner bowl dimension and one that is not too deep. Check out a Baronet Bruyere 320 EX, a fantastic inexpensive pipe. It sports a 1” inner diameter bowl which is great for flakes.

Back to the Navy Flake review. The smoke has a very pleasant sweetness on the tip of the tong from the rum. It is mild-medium with absolutely no bite and medium nicotine. Not sure of the room note. I definitely don't mind it in my car! My next step is to compare this tobacco to G.L. Peases' Sextant. I'll give this one three and a half stars. I highly recommend it and I enjoy smoking it.

13 people found this review helpful.

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

This one took quite awhile to show its strengths. I did not like the first half-tin but eventually I caught up to it. Certainly it seems straightforward enough but it let go of its secrets with reticence.

Nice looking flake... thick flakes that took well to fold-n-stuff. It performed best in that state and with minimal drying out. Too dry and it lost its sparkle, but somewhere halfway between tin moisture and tinder was best. No nicotine overload with this one.

This tobacco has one of the best finishes of any blend containing latakia that I've ever smoked. Even during the first half-tin when I was bored out of my skull, the finish on this was gorgeous. I think this is why I gave it so much attention - in order to get to the end! Eventually the high quality virginia tang won me over, with the wisp of latakia to make things interesting and complex. Never did taste any rum but I could smell it in the tin. A light smolder on this one rather than heavy clouds is the way to go. The flavor seems to open up better with the least amount of heat. This then becomes an almost chewy smoke with incredible depth. I can't quite rank it as a "top dog" but this is one that any VA lover that isn't afraid of a little latakia should try. I will probably pick up a couple more tins (if I can find them) and smoke on rare occasions. Man, that finish is to die for! If the entire smoke tasted like the last few puffs, this would be in the top 5 of my rotation.

12 people found this review helpful.

Clive Moses Apikouris Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Clive Moses Apikouris (38)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

This is an unbelievably satisfying and scrumptious tobacco. I was immersed in enjoyment from the moment I opened the tin. My nostrils filled with a literally mouthwatering sweet, smokey, savory aroma. Visually the strips of tobacco look to be chewy and tasty and match the olfactory experience. As others have mentioned previously, I felt the urge to tear off a bit and begin noshing on the stuff. Instead I rubbed it out and for a first run packed it into a favorite Peterson system pipe. It rubbed out moist but I never dry out tobacco. I like moist tobacco. Dry tobacco usually becomes bitter in my opinion. Lighting up my mouth was filled with smoke that was consistent with both the previous visual and olfactory information I had acquired. DEEELICIOUS! Lots of sweet n'smokey in a smooth viscus and non-monotonous manner. The flavor always stayed in the sweet n' smokey category but varied in degrees of bright and dark flavors. The latakia is only a seasoning here, this is nothing like a Balkan or English Oriental blend. It'a really on the other side of the "English" varieties. Just ripe sweet Virginias with a pinch of Latakia and a splash of Rum. Oh I suppose there is some of the famous (or infamous) Lakeland essence here also. The result is outstanding and a pure pleasure to smoke without a hint of harshness or tongue bite. I've since smoked it in a variety of pipes. It's best enjoyed in a medium size bowl with a bit of depth like my Blakemar Briars Straight Grain,bent billiard. I've smoked it in a nice Shalom Author and the lack of depth led to too much re-lighting. Most very highly recommended!

10 people found this review helpful.

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

I don't know why I chose to order a bunch of Navy Flake tobacco recently. Perhaps because they all seem so different. I have read books, reviews, pipe board and pipe club "experts," etc, and I still can't seem to get a definitive answer as to what constitutes a Navy Flake tobacco. I've recently smoked three of these genre tobaccos from three different makers and gotten three totally different taste sensations. The only common ground seems to be Rum casing.

Gawith's version contains Latakia in subdued measure along with some varying types of Virginia. My tin was only six months old and perhaps that's why the Virginia didn't taste very "settled." The Latakia did come through lightly as did the rum flavoring.


9 people found this review helpful.

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

I love the presentation of this flake-big, meaty rectangles cut to fit the tin. Dark brown with little lighter flecks here and there, and also some strange almost powdery off-white discoloration. One can smell the Latakia and the rum, but these do not overpower the Virginias in either the tin smell or the smoke. A good smoke-when one wants a Gawith natural Virginia with a little Latakia and mild rum topping to make it interesting. A good change of pace, in other words. Like most Gawiths I've tried, best smoked slowly, but won't hurt you too bad if you don't.

Well, after finishing the tin just have to upgrade to four stars-can't see why not. A unique and satisfying tobacco, and one of my favorite uses of a light application of Latakia. I will have to get some more, and may try the bulk version.

8 people found this review helpful.

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

The tin note is difficult to describe, but it smells nothing like latakia. It is sort of acrid and somewhat reminiscent of Squadron Leader. As it is customary with SG, these flakes do come in different lengths and thicknesses. The thinner ones will crumble easily whereas the thicker ones are harder to rub out. The flavour is of a subdued nature, creamy and mature. if you could smoke a dusty and musty old book, this is probably what it would taste like. The latakia side of it is not as strong or pronounced as in Balkan Flake, but it gives you the same impression of aged tobacco. I am finding this smoke both mild and satisfying at the same time. I am not sure as to what function the rum flavouring plays in this mixture, or if I can detect any. Not a complex tobacco that will evolve in different layers and undertones as you progress with your smoke, but it is really good for what is. It is easy to smoke, will get stronger every quarter of your bowl and won't change its nature, or get sour, at any point in time. Despite the fact it has no nicotine kick, this tobacco seems better suited for afternoon/evening smokes. The room note is mellow and rich, and has a spicy note to it. This is good old fashioned tobacco and I'll be buggered if it did not please the most demanding smokers out there, so I am going to give it four stars.

7 people found this review helpful.

htduck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
htduck (28)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This blend of Navy Flake is to puffing as a good grilled sirloin is to eating. Full yet not harsh. I love this smoke in the evenings outside by a fire. I don't understand anyone having a hard time packing and lighting this if they would take the time to visit the website. The instructions take all the guess work out. A fun friendly smoke. Three stars.

7 people found this review helpful.

L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (170)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Few words to describe a navy mixture or a navy flake. Essential elements of a navy blend are: Virgina – some other tobacco (usually Burley or Latakia or both) – Rum, preferably Jamaican Rum (without any other flavor). Samuel Gawith Navy Flake is really a navy flake, with a harmonious proportion of the ingredients and a skillful dosing of the Rum. Latakia is in a leading role; Rum is perceivable in the background but it is well present; Virginia is the sweet humus on which the flavors of Latakia and Rum develop. This is a quite perfect navy blend but you have to remember that it still remains a Latakia blend. In my opinion a little less Latakia and a little more Rum and that’s it. Anyway an old “noble” navy flake with Latakia. In my personal rating system (from 1 to 10) my score is more than 8 and three stars.

6 people found this review helpful.

mnadz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mnadz (66)
Mild Mild Mild Tolerable

I have yet to find a Samuel Gawith blend I come close to liking, and for some reason I am desperately trying. Alas, I think this is it for me with SG. This blend has no idea what it wants to do. Is it an english with Latakia? Is it a virginia? Does it try to be an aromatic with the rum casing? Who knows, but for me it does none of the above and the three do nothing combined. Way to mild for me either way. Either I want a strong english or an aromatic where I can taste the casing. If you are anything like me, don't bother with this one at all.

Pipe Used: Ben Wade

Age When Smoked: Fresh

5 people found this review helpful.

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

Where to start with this one, it's a toughy. Bought it as part of a bulk order with the idea of leaving it enough time to dry out enough not to suffer from any relights from that famous SG moisture. After six weeks and several smokes in the past seven days, I now know I needn't have bothered.

The aroma from the tin is that of a mild rum, very pleasant. The flakes are nicely cut and have an nice healthy brown glow to them. Rubbing out is easy enough as is the packing. The lighting, well, that's where the problems start. Without drying, the tobacco does need a few relights. With drying - this is five weeks worth followed by three seconds in a microwave (yes, I was that desperate) - this improves only marginally. The smoke itself, well, what is there to say? It's just a sorry mess. For the first few smokes I got little bits of rum here and there and the odd whiff of a sea breeze, a fond reminder of a day trip to Whitby perhaps. It was a little dull but not unpleasant. However, as time goes by, the smoke has descended into some kind of intolerable awfulness that just can't be described, the taste of seaweed perhaps? Or the taste of French grapeshot maybe? This quickly descended into something unsmokable and, as a result, confined the remainder to the bin.

So, a very sad day indeed. The first few smokes, while dull, had a little promise. That little taste of sea air that pops up is to be admired, quite noble and ambitious of SG to try something like that, something a bit different. But this sadly, does not float my boat. In fact, it quite nicely sinks it. Which is fine by me because if I had a load of this stuff in the lower decks, I'd quite happily see it sink into a watery grave.

5 people found this review helpful.

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

Although rubbing out flakes can be bothersome, this is worth the effort! Great balance, with just enough Latakia and a nice rum taste in the background! Excellent smoke!

5 people found this review helpful.

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

03-06-2005 Not a bell ringer for this piper.

Appearance and Tin Aroma: Smell sweet in the tin. Not sure what type of Rum that was used, but it is not overbearing.There is a slight odor of Latakia. The flakes are stacked neatly and look dark and feel sticky.

Packing and Lighting: even though the flakes are sticky, I just stufed them lengthwise in my pipe and let her rip. Surprisingly, it lit fairly easy, 4-5 lights max.

Initial Flavor: Sweet rum, Va tastes on the mature middle to low end flavor spectrum.

Mid-Bowl: A slight increase in strength. Not nuch complexity. Burns cool. Is there Latakia in here?

Bottom of Bowl: Just a slight increase of flavor. Nicotine is there but not overbearing. Definitely enough nicotine to require a good meal before smoking, though.

Overall: Where's the beef? This is a smooth no-nonsense Navy Flake, but it just did not do anything particularly exciting flavorwise for me. It is just a smooth middle of the road smoke. For some, that is enough. The leaf used in this blend is of high quality. I much prefer C&D's Black Frigate over this one.

Rating: 3 out of 5 Points

5 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Not real crazy about this one. The Latakia is more woody than smoky. Not much smokiness at all. The sweetness seems artificial in that it doesn't really show in the smoke, but shows in the mouth in the aftertaste. I don't taste any rum at all, but it is possible that the sweetness that builds in the mouth is from there. Just not my type of LatVa. I can smoke it without dying though so it gets two stars.

Medium in body and taste. Flavoring is extremely mild. Takes a few matches to get going, but burns well after that.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, Mark Twain, Diplomat Apple

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

4 people found this review helpful.

twaksak Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
twaksak (54)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Bought a mason jar from a friend which was 5 years old. Smoked a few bowls straight out of the jar; moist. And a bowl which I dried out as some suggested. Generally I don't like dried out tobacco - in most cases I feel the defined tastes of the different elements gets lost and all that remains is..... a dull, generic tobacco taste. And so it was with this dried out bowl for me. I would therefore smoke it moist as is.

Tin: A strong lemony smokey smell which was pleasant. Did not smell the Rum at all. Taste (Moist): A nice dark chocolate, infused with lemon taste with a smokiness far in the background. As I progressed through the bowl, some leathery, mouldy tastes were also present with Rum very far in the background. Taste (Dry): Nothing of the tastes I recorded was present in the dry bowl. Just a generic tobacco which even gave me tongue bite. Smoke slow; to the point that your pipe will die :-)

Overall: I will not dry it out again. Other than that, pleasant but will never be my "go to" tobacco. I don't like the tongue bite and would even have liked some more Latakia.

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====EDIT REVIEW: Dec 2015=== Again, I'm forced to review my review - not the first time though. Just shows you how we, humans, change and how our tastes change (and of course, the tobacco too). I have upgraded my rating despite the fact that I don't like additional (aka other than tobacco) additives/casings etc.; but tried a bowl recently which was so satisfying that I find myself smoking this tobacco more and more.

Why I said in the first review to add Latakia, I wouldn't know because here is enough Latakia to keep me satisfied. Its smokey, leathery, mouldy layered with that dark chocolate and lemony flavours I mentioned in the first review. This time, I barely noticed the rum; actually, not at all. If I didn't re-read my review, I wouldn't even mentioned it.

So, really nice tobacco. In short, reminds me of a smokey, old cellar, or old study, with years of history packed in those leathery mouldy aromas.

Pipe Used: Stanwell, Savinelli

Age When Smoked: 5 years

4 people found this review helpful.

Dubinthedam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dubinthedam (133)
Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Take a good English blend and a great navy flake. Put them together and you get a gem like this. A solid dose of Latakia. Love it. Sweet and smokey.

4 people found this review helpful.

Hemlock Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hemlock (60)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Reliable latakia flake. I've had my tin open for over a year, just getting around to it again. Imagine SG's Full Virginia Flake with a latakia leaf or two pressed into the cake before the factory cut it into flakes. It is meant to smoke on the dry side-- jam a couple flakes in a bowl without much method (no rubbing), and it smokes on its own.

Don't analyze it, just smoke it and get about your other business as you do. It is a companion smoke, not a religious rite.

4 people found this review helpful.

Django Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Django (4)
Medium Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

What a pleasure to smoke this ! I'm now having a great time with this tobacco ! In my opinion, this is the best flake I ever tasted. Although, it's a bit strong, the little dark chocolate aroma is excellent. It's a very well balanced tobacco. Very pleasant to smoke, I'm sure flake's amateurs will be delighted ! It shows well Samuel Gawith's experience in tobaccos.

4 people found this review helpful.

Pseudo Nim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pseudo Nim (110)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I've gone through several tins of this now over the last few months, and my views have changed, what I felt was a rather strong evening smoke, has now moved into a daytime one. The first time I smoked this, not being used to Latakia, I wondered what I was setting fire too. It seemed a bit strong but very pleasant, with just a hint of rum, so I kept this for an evening smoke with a book. As time and tins progressed, I now find I'm burning this earlier in the day and it seems quite mild and very pleasant. This is one of several Sam Gawiths Flakes I will not be without, and I keep a number of tins on hand. Four Stars.

4 people found this review helpful.

Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

As a big fan of Balkan flake I anticipated liking this and I do. As with moist flakes, I rub them out pretty thoroughly and load them in the pipe bowl. After waiting 15 to 60 minutes I fire it up. If it doesn't light right away let it sit a while. I think if you smoke this too wet the rum flavor is too much. My only regret is the limited amount in the tin. Looks like about ten smokes to me.

4 people found this review helpful.

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

Similar to Blackbear Queen Anne's Revenge (the Knoxcigar flake made by Gawith), perhaps lighter in Latakia and overall punch... Read my review for this other tobacco, and you'll have an idea.

This Navy Flake is even duller, more monochromatic and boring: not smooth and delicate, just dull.

You can't almost feel the Latakia, and get less Virginia sweetness and richness than in Gawith's pure Va flakes.

I really can't smoke this stuff: not unpleasant, simply in the category of "why should I waste my time with it?".

4 people found this review helpful.

Dafunk5446 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dafunk5446 (1)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is by far and away one of my favorite tobaccos. I cannot stress how good this blend is. To me it is the perfect mix of Virginias and Latakia. You get a constantly shifting flavor profile out of this blend. It's fades in and out of Latakia and Virginia, and then a perfect marriage of the two. Not very strong Latakia (which I'm not a fan of anyway) but enough to keep you interested. It's the blend I load up when I want to sit out on back porch, watch the sunset, contemplate the universe, and relax before bed. I drift off and 45 mins later I realized I have snorked the whole damn bowl cause it's an amazingly simple, yet deeply complex flavor profile. This was the blend that made me finally understand Latakia. Sweet Smokey leather/meat fig pudding

Pipe Used: All

Age When Smoked: New to 1+

3 people found this review helpful.

Leeboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Leeboy (20)
Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable

I really wanted to like this but no. I have smoked three bowls and don't feel at all inspired to try anymore. I detected no rum, very light Latakia and occasional nice Virginia's. To me it just seemed like a weak English tobacco. Very bland and dull. I wish I had tried a sample before buying a tin. I know some people love this stuff but its not for me.

Pipe Used: Mr Brog

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: smoke king uk

3 people found this review helpful.

natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (166)
Medium to Strong None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This blend was not too bad. I love navy flakes, but like them with a little rum. The addition of latakia is nice and certainly not overwhelming. However, Sextant it is not! If you're looking for a Navy Flake with a little latakia, go with that instead.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

I burned through a tin of this in no time flat. I was kind of curious as I cannot recall ever smoking a rum topped Navy flake with Latakia. These flakes are very moist in the tin that require drying for several minutes. I like to put some flakes on the cool ledge of the woodstove to delicately dry these in about 15 minutes. Rubbing out takes a bit of effort, but well worth it. Initial light reveals a slight Latakia flavor, but is in perfect harmony with the Va. The rum is there, but barely noticable. Small sips brings this out the best. Definitely a flake to keep around.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

Navy Flake is a sweet tobacco with rum casing and some top flavoring, Latakia isn?t strong, it?s here just for support, the smoke is sweet, honey like, nicely flavored with some perfume, mild tasty and enjoyable as dessert smoke.

Good quality Navy blends for sweet and top flavored tobacco lovers.

3 people found this review helpful.

puro66 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
puro66 (74)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Many companies offer a Navy Flake and they generally smoke hot with a bite if you're not careful. Not so with SG. This is a smooth smoke with no bite. The rum adds a faint sweetness that is very pleasant with just a hint of latakia. An excellent well balanced flake that can be enjoyed by many.

3 people found this review helpful.

Captain Pete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Captain Pete (83)
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

I'm updating my original review. Initially I found the flavor to be a little flat, and wasn't overly impressed with this flake. I have since found that, in the right pipe, it is quite a wonderful smoke. I have a Peterson tankard and an Irish Seconds zulu with a long stem, and these pipes are just the right size for a smallish, delicately flavored flake like Gawith's Navy flake. The dark brown, leathery flakes rub out to just the right broken consistency, and stuffed in a small pipe just so, light right up and stay lit. The latakia is almost a little overwhelming at first light, but fairly quickly fades into the background, there staying just as a lingering presence. The flavoring is mildly sweet, but not at all spicy like one would expect with a traditionally cased rum or navy flake. The trademark lakeland flavor just barely makes itself known ocassionally, but after one or two bowls is unnoticable. I will definitely be smoking more of this in the winter months to come.

3 people found this review helpful.

RoundTwo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RoundTwo (38)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

You do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that this is Samuel Gawith Balkan Supreme with a rum topping which makes this a perfect tobacco. This has all of the high-quality ingredients as the other SG blends with a little more flavor. Exactly what this guy was looking for. Fun to smoke and smell. I was lucky enough to get an older box from Iwan Ries and to my delight, upon opening there were long lines of plume following the layers of the flake. With age, it had developed a stronger flavor which makes me think that SG blends may be great candidates for aging based on the generally mild flavors of their fresh tins. Some list the Navy Flake as aromatic because of the rum topping but this tobacco will leave only mild ghosting and only when smoked over and over in the same pipe which will quickly go away like a non-aromatic with a strong casing thanks to the balance created with the Latakia. This is one of my first favorite flakes and I have only recently moved on to more fuller flavored spicier blends. Every tobacco has its time and place and the time and place for this flake is on the water. Another appropriately named tobacco by SG.

Age When Smoked: Aged

Purchased From: Iwan Ries

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1645)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Samuel Gawith - Navy Flake.

I reviewed this years ago but wanted to re-post.

The flakes run the length of the tin, are around 2 cm's wide, and are of a medium thickness. They're quite a dark shade of brown with some light grain running lengthways, and the best part of the unlit blend is the moisture: 7/10 for any other manufacturer but 10/10 for Sam Gawith!

When I had my first bowl, years ago, I instantly noticed the thickness of the smoke: big plumes! The Latakia has a more subdued style than some of the over smoky, sharp, and caustic varieties. The Virginias form the majority of the smoke, giving gentle fruit, some sweetness, and a touch of hay. The rum is added lightly: there's no alcoholic traits, only a sort of molasses sweetness from it. Navy Flake burns steady, very slowly, and is cool.

I'd say the nicotine's a bit lighter than the majority of my fellow reviewers: mild to medium, and the room-note's not the best.

Not perfect, but highly recommend it!

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: New and opened

Purchased From: Various

2 people found this review helpful.

JustinCarcerated Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JustinCarcerated (99)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Unnoticeable

So as seems to be the M.O. with me and Sammy G, I have such difficulty getting past the construction that the experience is lessoned. Here despite 3 years in one of my cellars, upon opening the tight vacuum these flakes remained too wet throughout the entire tin. Initially I could sense a nice light rum scent, but this didn't translate to the taste at all. Everything was dulled by the moisture here. Having said that, as is my experience typically with Sammy flake size is never consistent, so there were precious few flakes that were near paper thin and they were fantastic, profound in flavor, burn, smoke... but that was maybe three to floor flakes total. Good thing I wasn't relying on matches or I would have burned through a box in two bowls...yeah that is how wet it was.

Pipe Used: Meers and Briars

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

pinko Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pinko (52)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Navy Flake has half the Latakia of Balkan Flake - 15% according to Synjeco. It's a rum-topped Virginia flake first, with the addition of Latakia for depth.

At times the Lat fades in and out of the smoke, which I found I had to pack very loosely to get a good burn with. The rum topping is integrated well with the blend and not overused in any way. It lends a nice additional sweetness to the Virginias.

Mostly, this is a tasty Virginia flake. It's a little fussier than FVF, which it resembles. I find that I prefer the straight VA to a lightly topped VA with a whisper of Latakia in it. None of the additions are enough to make me prefer this over any alternatives - either a pure VA or a Latakia mixture. It might be a good introduction to light amounts of Latakia for smokers who don't already love that leaf.

2 people found this review helpful.

gam86 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gam86 (49)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

This tobacco is a good Virginia with a hint of Latakia and a small scent of rum. I think that the Virginia play the main role and the Latakia is just there to give more structure but the the ghost of the town. Still a good tobacco, but not my favorite

2 people found this review helpful.

crrbassman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
crrbassman (12)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

OK, OK, I get what all the fuss is about.

I bought a 50g tin of this at the local Edward's franchise (yes, there still is one in Denver) from all of the favorable reviews I've read on it. I like Latakia, so this seemed a no-brainer to try. Brought it home and rubbed out a couple of flakes right out of the tin. I will admit that I was annoyed, borderline shocked, at how wet it was right out of the left a gloppy mess in the bottom of the bowl of the pipe I was smoking it in. My initial thought was that I had wasted $14 on a tin of tobacco, but I decided to let it dry out for awhile to see if it might change. After all, I have a ton of tobaccos in my cellar, so what could it hurt to let this one sit for a bit to see what happens??

After reading the advice of another poster in this forum, I let it dry out for three weeks with the top off the tin in my cellar. I then took a couple of flakes and cut them crossways against the grain (per the other poster's advice) so it came out as a cube-cut tobacco, and gravity-loaded it into one of my pipes.

Man-Oh-Man what a difference that made! The sweetness of the Virginias comes shining through with the Latakia keeping everything ultra-cool all the way down the bowl. Highly-recommended, but with a month or so of cellaring before it's really enjoyable. Outstanding quality, but definitely needs some drying/cellaring time before it's at its optimum smoking height.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Nonpareil bent pot

Age When Smoked: < 1 month

2 people found this review helpful.

jonoz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jonoz (12)
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

Although I don't like 'Navy Flakes' as a style, I was curious as to what S.G. would do. If you're looking for a full on, gale force Navy such as C&D Black Frigate, this will be too timid for you. It is sweet and gentle, although the Navy taste is all there. I just don't like that taste, no reflection on the tobacco, which is why I have given it 4 stars.Whatever floats your boat (sorry!)

Pipe Used: various

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

onehitter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
onehitter (16)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

Bought 1oz from bulk. Wet out of the bag, it rubbed out well and dried on a plate for 10 minutes, packs well and burns well no relights for me. Fairly mild up front. I do get a sweet sea/seaweed fishy beach taste backed with a hint of latakia and a sweetness on my lips after a few puffs. For me it starts to taste bad or stronger on that sea taste as it burns deeper in the bowl and that's where it looses me. I gave it a few chances in different pipes and that's that, bye bye navy flake. I smoke outside so no room note.

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipemanuk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipemanuk (76)
Medium Very Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

Well, I agree with Wibble on this one.

To be honest I have got fed up with SG's poor track record. I've had quite a few tins either not sealed and/or rusted inside. Tobacco so unevenly cut and soaking wet that it's a pain to get them to smoke evenly. I've even found mouldy tobacco on opening the tins. Sad to say it because I love Bracken Flake and 1792, when I could get a decent tin that is.

As for Navy Flake...I've had one or two tins where it's been a tolerably nice smoke but on the whole I have had the results Wibble has had.

I go to G & H now in the main...always good in cut, taste and flavour...and value for money.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

I rate this flake 4 stars, initially after a few bowls. Latakia is weak, I would say 15%, dark virginia like in brown flake, some rum made in the islands, for what is worth, but not disappointing. Tastes full, not so strong, and I can describe it as a delicious smoke. It is not even a mid-english blend, for me it is just a standalone blend. The Balkan flake is another matter. This is a brown flake with some latakia and rum flavour, maybe. Good, very good. Same problems of lightning and the tobacco need some drying, as in all SG tins, but that's part of the deal with SG.

Update after the first tin: the problem with this good flake is that it does not burn. We all know too well the SG attitude to deliver hard to smoke flakes, but this one beats all of the others. I mean I cannot bear with lighting 20 times the flake to keep it burning, and nothing changed no matter I tried all tricks. It is too pressed, I believe.

Update: by rolling a lot the flake, reducing it to broken flake, the smoke is ok. Lots of moisture nevertheless. But very good all the way.

Similar Blends: cornell & dhiel black frigate.

2 people found this review helpful.

KahveDelisi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KahveDelisi (52)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Amazing tin aroma (well I LOVE rum)

smoked "out of tin" wet -- it is the bite machine

completely dried out -- starts kind of dull but through half of the bowl it gets sweetened and finish is extremely sweet.

I'd suggest occupying yourself with something else till you reach first half of the bowl.. then take a seat, enjoy the rest.

2 people found this review helpful.

SmokingMySav Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokingMySav (9)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

Never got any rum flavor out of this one.

I tried 2 different tins and a bulk 250g box and still no rum whatsoever. The taste is of very mild Balkan Flake, which I hate with passion, but somehow Navy Flake is quite tolerable and I see no reason not to finish what I have left.

Definitely not one of the SG products I plan on buying in the future.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

An interesting mix of VA, Lat and Rum flavour. I got my last order in a rusty (!) tin, which had negative effect on the tin aroma. Big chunks of dark tobaccos, bit on the moist side. Smells like a mix of smoked bacon, liquorice and a hint of Ouzo. Tastes well-balanced, slightly sweet and not typical for a tobacco containing Latakia, which only plays a supporting role adding the leather base. Top quality tobacco, light to medium in Vitamin N. Tastes fantastic in cold, windy or rainy weather. Not a summertime tobacco in my opinion, but definitely recommended for autumn afternoons. Gets four stars if SG manages to introduce a better quality control for their tin material.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

As with some of the SG flakes, you will need to dry this for a bit before attempting to even come close to it with fire. I must say this is my first try of a navy flake and I find it is a very nice blend. After getting this lit, it seems to burn nicely and gives me a bit of an oomph in the Vitamin N department, which is hardly a bad thing. The rum flavoring is not overpowering in any sense of the word, but has a good presence. Overall, recommended.

2 people found this review helpful.

flyrod6057 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flyrod6057 (18)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Strong

A good navy flake, with the added surprise of a bit of latakia. The appearance of this flake is dark and firm. I rubbed it out a bit, loading the pipe with a modified "fold and stuff" technique. It took a bit to light, but once the flame took, it burned cool and steady for quite a while. The flavor is a robust Virginia, with just enough latakia to make things interesting. The entire pipe was wonderful. I paid special attention to smoking this slowly and deliberately, and was richly rewarded. This leaf put me in the mind of sitting on the bow of a tall ship, taking a moment to relax after a hard day hauling lines. While too complex for an everyday smoke, this is a great blend for just kicking back and relaxing.

2 people found this review helpful.

marosi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
marosi (67)
Medium Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a fantastic smoke, and the finest navy flake, by far, that I have ever tried. In keeping with Gawith blends, this is really a horse of a different color, and not a cookie cutter navy flake. In relation to that, one could argue that the latakia component, which is generally not found, at least to any appreciable degree, in a navy flake makes this "not" a navy flake at all. If, however, you consider the navy flake genre to be the rum flavoring on a primarily VA flake, and see the addition of latakia as merely as an attempt to give it another dimension flavor (which it most certainly does) than this can fairly be considered a navy flake, and fly its colors proudly.

Some reviewers appear to be hung up on the latakia issue. I read at least one review that griped that this did not have enough latakia for his taste. In response I would point to paragraph one, and reiterate that the presence of latakia here is a pleasant surprise. This is not a "latakia" blend, and should not be reviewed as one. The latakia is here to add flavor and dimension to the mixture, but it is not the main attraction. Gawith does this masterfully (see chocolate flake) and the results are some of the most unique and tasty pipe tobaccos around. The latakia in this blend cools the smoke, and adds depth and richness which is simply lacking in similar blends (and I use the term "similar" loosely, because there is really nothing else like this out there that I am aware of).

Similarly, I find the rum application to be both one of the strongest, and tastiest, that I have ever tried. The tin aroma is delicious, and that odor is realized while smoking. In addition, while my general experience has been that alcohol cased tobaccos burn hot, this is an exceedingly cool smoke, like most Gawith flakes.

Some have noted, with varying degrees of consternation, that this is moist out of the tin. To this I say "duh!" Flakes are moist. I have a tin of Christmas Cheer from 98 or 99 that went about six years after opening before I needed to add a humidifier (I keep it for a special occasion smoke, so that it will last forever!). Further, tin moisture is not a relevant criteria for review, unless the tobacco is so dry as to be damaged. Most flakes are going to need to be dried out before smoking, unless you like your smoke exceedingly wet and hot. Have a little patience, dry that flake out for a couple of hours before smoking, and see what a difference that makes.

This flake explodes with flavor. The rum is present, the sweetness of the VA's is there, and the latakia rounds things out in a singular way. It is a cool smoke unless abused. The nicotine strength is medium to my tastes. It does not make me woozy like 1292 or Bracken flake do, and that is a good thing in my book, as it allows me to smoke more if this in a bigger bowled pipe.

Gawith has been making their singular products for literally centuries. No other company comes close in my book in terms of consistency and quality. People gripe about the Rattray's that used to be, or the blender who made Dunhill twenty years ago. Gawith has been cranking it out on the same machinery for a very long time, and believe me, they have the process down. I know I sound like a Gawith commercial, but after trying literally dozens upon dozens of blends from around the world, my experience is that Gawith products are usually a breed apart, and this Navy Flake is no exception. A super tasty, good smoking flake. Buy some and see for yourself! (FYI, there are still a few sources for Gawith blends in the USA right now if you look hard enough, and I personally have purchased six or eight tins in the last month. I am not telling where, though, because I am a selfish only child, and do not want to share, so there.)

2 people found this review helpful.

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

been awhile and popped a tin of this recently and thot "welcome back 'ol friend". a nice virginia with just a tad of latikia. dont really taste any rum.. yet..:)

2 people found this review helpful.

the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (264)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Strong

After a lot of dinking around with mild Latakias, to get used to English blends again after a long time, and revisiting a store actually carrying this blend (and a few other by SG) while visiting friends, I decided to splurge on a few tins, one of this blend being among them.

Opening the tin, I was hit by an as yet unequalled combined force of good rum and Latakia. I loved it on first smell. Unfortunately, like all SG flakes I have so far experienced, the tobacco is a bit on the moist side when opening the tin. With some preparation, still smokable, though.

The presentation is the usual stack of slices, with the slices being rather unevenly cut -- they are from a few microns to over a millimetre thick and packaged in random order, so I guess one could rummage around the tin to find the perfect slice to fit the size of pipe one feels like using for a fold-twist-dunk approach. The leaf is quite dark, with traces of white from either sugar or mould (or maybe both) -- whichever it is, it does not impair the flavour or aroma of the tobacco.

Because of the moisture levels, so far I have only been able to light this blend up rubbed out. Works fine, though. Good, meaty, sweet taste, the Latakia room note tempered by the rum to such an extent that it was actually described as "unobjectionable" by a non-smoker who usually goes looking for his gun whenever a lighter is used within a 1-mile radius. I was rather astonished at that. You might want to check with your significant other before trying SGNF in the house, though. It is, after all, a Latakia blend. A real beauty for me, though -- I live next to the sea, and this blend, from opening the tin to finishing off the last cinders, is the closest equivalent to an evening out on the pier I have yet experienced. It has the salt of the sea, the spice of the spray, the tanginess of the tar...

The burn when rubbed out is uncomplicated for me; even as moist as it comes from a fresh tin, it will take to the match after one or two re-starts, and then burn down right to the bottom without much maintenance. The taste continues sweet and meaty, the aroma will attract all horse afficionados right to the end, and all in all, I must say I like this 'baccy. A lot.

2 people found this review helpful.

Giaach Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Giaach (3)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

One of my favorite tobaccos in rotation. The best way to describe it is as a "companion" smoke. It's great for smoking while going about your everyday business or just relaxing and reading a book. The smokiness of the Latakia is present but not overwhelming and same goes for the rum topping. I recommend this to anyone looking for a Navy Flake that isn't overpowering. 3 Stars

2 people found this review helpful.

jankoez Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jankoez (67)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is correct tobacco - maybe to correct since in taste it lacks expected fullness of taste. Who knows, maybe it needs more latakia... However, it is good blend especially if you are in company with others in a room.

2 people found this review helpful.

Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

A very solid mixture of Virginias and Syrian Latakia with a mild rum-like topping. Although Navy Flake will satisfy your Latakia needs, its lack of complexity makes it more suitable for casual than comtemplative smoking. Being myself mostly a comtemplative smoker, I can't give it more than 3/4.

2 people found this review helpful.

WillardFan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillardFan (86)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I love most Latakia blends, so of course I had to try this one. I'm a big fan of Gawith Tobaccos, so I was hoping this would be a good choice.

I'm on the fence with this one. I like both Commonwealth Mixture and Squadron Leader, more than this offering from Gawith. My biggest con on this tobacco, was that I couldn't keep it lit. I must have relit this stuff 8 times, and even as I type this message out, I have to relight my pipe again.

On the plus side, it has a nice flavor, though I'd like a bit more of the Virginia's to come through. This is a rough cut flake, and took a bit of doing to get it broken up, in the way I like to load tobacco into my pipes. There were also quite a few pieces of stems and twiggy stuff mixed in as well. Maybe I got the floor sweepings on this tin?

The bowl I'm smoking, was loaded and left out over-night, before firing it up this morning, and it still doesn't want to burn.

I'll finish this tin, but I don't think I'll be buying anymore of this one...

2 people found this review helpful.

sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

This is a very good tobacco, the rhum flavouring is clear but not overwhelming, you can still taste the virginia and latakia notes. To be a flake it's unbelievably easy to pack and light, and it burns evenly and really cool. Pay attention because its sweetness hides a strong nicotine content that becomes perceptible and maybe disturbing by the end of the bowl.

2 people found this review helpful.

Calamiti Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Calamiti (66)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant

In Navy Flake, I easily recognize the same sweet and noble African Virginia Leaf which makes the base for other Samuel Gawith's respected flakes like Best Brown, Full Virginia, Balkan and St. James. Each of these blends is a variation of the same leaf with a different condiment. Here, the condiments are Rum & Latakia - as the tin description says, "just the right amount of Latakia". "Just right" is a very subjective estimation, actually it feels like 5%. And if someone (like me) is ready to argue that "just right" for a true Latakia blend is no less than 25%, then Samuel Gawith specifically for that case produces Balkan Flake with it's generous 30% of Lat.

Navy Flake is made of good tobaccos and made well. I won't call it stellar or extraordinary in any way; it's just really good and honest. If you like other Samuel Gawith blends with its signature African Virginia Leaf you will like this too. Recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson Bent Billard 221

Similar Blends: Brown Flake, Full Virginia Flake, Balkan Flake, St. James Flake.

1 person found this review helpful.

adam543 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
adam543 (5)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

This is one of my favorite tobaccos from Samuel Gawith but when I first tried it, I was rather disappointed. It took me some time understand this blend but once I knew what to expect, it started to grow on me. Is there a lot of Latakia flavor? No, Latakia is much in the background, giving a little of smoky taste. Is there a lot of rum flavor? No, it is far from aromatic tobacco, it gives delicate aroma and not quite what you taste when drinking real rum. I would classify it rather as a "Virginia based" tobacco. There is a very nice Virginia sweetness, perhaps enhanced by the casing, other ingredients play important but minor role. The flavor is very consistent all the way through the bowl. It needs to be always in my cellar.

So far I have been smoking mainly 10g samples, even though I have some tins put away. I have to say that this blend slightly differs from one sample bag to another. As almost every SG flake, it needs time and effort to prepare it.

1 person found this review helpful.

Little Steven Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Little Steven (66)
Medium Medium Full Unnoticeable

There's been a lot of discussion about drying times and what have you.

I'm of the opinion that the blenders know their business better than what I do.

So, it's fluff up a flake fresh from the tin. A good hearty light and everything's fine.

The amalgamation of rum, latakia and fine virginia is just PHWOAR!

And why is it called Navy Flake, some chaps have asked. Better than calling it Hello Sailor, I suppose.

Pipe Used: A Stanwell Billiard.

Age When Smoked: Fresh.

Purchased From: The Danish Pipe Shop (nice chaps)

1 person found this review helpful.

William H. Hardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
William H. Hardy (76)
Medium Very Mild Full Strong

First off, it came a lot less moist than most SG tobaccos. So the tin goes into a baggie. So, yeah... Dark. Dark flavors of Virginia and latakia. Very little sweetness. Couldn't really taste any rum in it through the smoke.

The first quarter of the bowl, I thought it had too much latakia, but I haven't had a lat blend in almost two weeks. By the halfway mark, I thought that it had just enough latakia to keep it interesting and burning cool.

The virginias have to be well stoved or even fired. I could definitely taste charred steak and spice. It burned a little hot near the bottom, but I slowed down and that helped. Good stuff, in my opinion. Sam Gawith, you got a winner in my book.

Pipe Used: Orlik DeLuxe Bulldog

Age When Smoked: Fresh tin

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

BryGuySC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BryGuySC (26)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

On the initial light, and first few minutes, the hay from the virginia was very present, and the mild latakia came through in a pleasant way. I’m usually not a fan of the oriental & latakia mixtures, but this was not too strong. After a few minutes, something magical happened, the smoke became smooth, buttery, and sweet. It is difficult to nail down. The image that came to my head is kind of like brown sugar and butter heating on the stove, but with an added “coolness.” Maybe like a buttered rum or a caramel popcorn. Again, this is hard to discern, not an in-your-face flavor. This flavor was only in my mouth. It did not come through the retrohale or the exhaled smoke. About halfway through the sweetness faded, and the virginia shone through again. Every exhale that hit my nose popped with the mild latakia. I think I should have let it dry some more, as it wanted to go out. I enjoyed it so much, that I had a hard time not puffing too hard. I get the feeling it would bite pretty good, with too much puffing (as I am prone to do). I really enjoyed this smoke.

I’ve smoked through about half a pound of this now. It is not always this experience, but it is always a solid smoke.

1 person found this review helpful.

Big Train Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Train (60)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Strong

Wow , this is a bowl full . Like all S & G tobacco it looks great in the tin , well served up using thick , beautiful , dark flakes . The tin note whets one's desire too. The problem , as with all S & G , is the MOISTURE , and plenty of it too . Too moist to pack or keep lit . What to do? Add a neutral Virginia flake like Newminster or the ever valuable Sutlif Virginia slices . In this case , being the most moist of all S & G products use the flake at least 4 to 1 . This gives you the taste of the tobacco without drowning you or gumming up your pipe . Navy flake is flavorful enough to bring it's taste through even at a 4 to 1 ratio . The strong of heart can try 3 or 1 or even 50/50 if you are a real man . I have tried drying this out overnight but it only makes the flake too dry and takes away from the taste . This is a really unique tobacco with the latakia as a minor but important player . Picture yourself in the British navy while you smoke .

1 person found this review helpful.

jedibastard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jedibastard (24)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Im sitting here smoking a bowl of this SG Navy Flake as i type.

This tin was actually a gift to a friend of mine about 3 yrs ago. Which he forgot about for some time. So long actually, there were crystals all over the flakes. So the tin most likely already had some age to how long he forgot about it. So i felt obligated to take a few flakes.

Upon him first opening the tin. I remeber they were a fairly dark flake with darker streaks to them. It had a wonderful, sweet, rum raisin like aroma to the tin. When i reopened this tin after finding it later on, the flakes were now very dark, with the faintest of white crystals all over it. They smelt fantastic!!! Very sweet, and grassy like. With that raisin aroma still present.

I rubbed out 3 flakes and let them dry for about 20min.

The tobacco didnt want to take a flame at first. But after a short was ready.

Im only about a 1/3 into the bowl, and i can taste some burnt grass with a little spice. Im not getting any rum flavoring, but i usually dont in the "navy" category. Which isnt good or bad for me. Every now and again i get that sweet virginia taste on my tounge. The aroma is very nice. Almost a sweet grass with maybe leather??? Honestly. Im enjoying the aroma more then the smoke to be honest. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Now im a little past half way done. It almost tastes burnt. And almost egg like. Almost like its lost all the sweetness and grassy flavors. I have not been pushing this bowl, or puffing too hard either. I havent had to relight at all. Which is always a plus, regardless of the tobacco.

And now that im done with this bowl. I can say, most of the flavor is in the first half. The rest kind of becomes burnt and acrid almost, and very dry. I noticed the aroma almost changing as well. More of a burnt grassy smell. I still get some spice to it though. There is a small amount of a nic buzz. But noting major.

To be honest, i cant get on board with these "navy" flakes. Im not even that big of a fan of most virginias out right now. They all almost taste alike to me.

I wouldnt buy this again. I will try it again though(and by try, ill steal another couple flakes from my buddy). I always try to try a tobacco at least 2-3times before i really decide against it.

This just didnt wow me. Which kinda sucks because i love anything with ships or reminiscent of the military. Most of my family were all officers in the navy or coast guard(as far back as the 1940s). And i some how ended up in the army!

Maybe thats why i dont like this?!

Pipe Used: Freddie Prieto

Age When Smoked: 3+ years out of the tin

1 person found this review helpful.

Laserboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Laserboy (16)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

I find this flake to be something of a paradox: With a solid backbone of Latakia and a rum topping, one would expect a strong flavor. (Based on tin description, one would expect it to be comparable to C&D's "Black Frigate"--it is not.) So on an initial smoke, one is likely to be surprised. The Latakia is there, certainly, but it is truly used condimentally and supplies only a subtle backbone of flavor. Likewise, the rum flavor is so far in the background that I'm not convinced that I can actually pick out its flavor consciously, although I am confident that I would notice a difference were it magically removed. Despite these two seasonings, it is the Virginia that ultimately wins--that blending component that is so often noted for being so subtle as to be overwhelmed by even the ghost of another tobacco remaining in a pipe ultimately defines the character in this blend. The result is slightly sweet, subtly smokey, with a hint of a floral character. Every now and then I'm sure I'm tasting lavender--a remnant of the rum, or a tiny dash of Lakeland? I don't know, but it makes for an engaging and fascinating smoke.

The flakes are thin and uneven and arrive in the tin more than a bit too wet (someone on this site needs to produce a button for a macro that inserts "benefits from drying" into reviews--this would save time, I'm sure). An hour or so out of the tin and they're good to go, however. I find that I like this in a deep, narrow pipe. It takes the match well and in the smoking one gets a very rare treat: Here is a tobacco that burns easily, produces copious amounts of flavorful smoke, and still burns so slowly that one can easily get a full hour or more out of a single pipe. I've never gotten a bite from this tobacco, even when I puff harder than I ought, which is punished by a bit of unpleasant bitterness rather than bite. A failing of the blend is in nicotine content, which is very low: All of its other features make this a nice complement to a morning coffee or an evening whisky, but there's no "kick." This isn't a terrible thing, but it does leave me wanting something more, just a bit.

All in all, a pleasant blend that is worth a try. I wish I could give fractional stars--this isn't quite at four stars, but three seems too low. Let's call it 3.5.

1 person found this review helpful.

Tplumm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tplumm (39)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Absolutely beautiful tobacco. It wouldn't be the one I'd run in to a burning house to grab, but it is a quality leaf for sure. The one thing that stands out in this for me, is the absolute perfect amount of latakia. You catch it here and there, but it never overpowers always behind the scenes. The rum does wonderful things to the Virginias and it's all married quite wonderfully in this extra long thin twisty flake. It rubs out effortlessly and packs and lights easily as well. My definite favorite and recommendation among the Navy Flake varieties.

Pipe Used: Peterson Rocky 05 and Mark Tinsky Cutty Hawk

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

1 person found this review helpful.

A Scot in Argentina Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A Scot in Argentina (13)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Another cracking flake from the Gawith collection and for me anyway comes out on top of their 1792 flake and just below their Virginia flake. The Latakia content must be very small and thank God for that I say as it allows the Virginia to take centre stage with the hint of rum unobtrusively following on in the wings. Yes it is a bit moist so rub some out and leave aside for a wee while before filling your pipe and lighting. A good smoke for any time of the day......not strong not weak.

1 person found this review helpful.

Hillbilly08 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hillbilly08 (38)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought a tin while on business in Europe. In the tin the flakes had a dark mottled appearance. The aroma was heady, pungent and rich. I decided to give it a try without prior airing or drying, and was pleasantly surprised that it was easy to light and stayed lit after just a few charring lights. The tin aroma was true to the freshly lit tobacco without rum overload, but there were some prominent raisin and prune notes. The flavour is of a good old virginia with latakia throughout. It is a really nicely balanced blend with consistent flavour through the bowl. The nicotine content is moderate. No tongue bite, and a smooth reliable smoke without complex variation. Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Butz Choquin half-bent briar with a 9mm filter

Age When Smoked: fresh out of tin (not dried)

Purchased From: Churchill's Tobacco Store (Prague, Czech Republic)

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

I tried at ounce of this from the local tobacconist bulk supply.

I am not a huge Latakia fan. I like it, just not as much as some do. That said, the Latakia found in this navy flake is mixed in perfect proportion with the Virginia as far as my tastes go. It gives this blend an extra dimension that made it very enjoyable.

This is another excellent blend from Samuel Gawith. The flavor was consistent throughout the bowl.

I would highly recommend this tobacco.

Pipe Used: MM cob

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: Pipes Ltd.

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SamH Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SamH (31)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

A very nice tobacco I buy for a change here and there. It can be a bit wet with rum on first opening, but dries nicely. This is, for me a lovely winter's morning smoke. The rum complements the tobacco in the way that a decent hazelnut can benefit a good coffee. Not overpowering at all, but adding to the overall experience rather well.

Pipe Used: Various billiards

Age When Smoked: New from the shop

Purchased From: mysmokingshop

Similar Blends: A Rum flavoured Samuel Gawith flake, it has similarities to other Gawith tobaccos..

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Carlos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Carlos (21)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Delicate Latakia. Sweeter, because of flavouring. In my opinion, this tobacco can be a good choice to start your adventure with Latakia. Especially, if you seem not to like Latakia very much - you should like this one. And, on the other hand, if you like Latakia very much - this one is something different - worth to try for a change.

Purchased From: Synjeco

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Otis56 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Otis56 (31)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

An awesome English blend with a dash of rum and sweet virgina's. The taste is sweet and the rum gives this a desert like smoke. Rubs out very easy and smokes nice and cool. Will take to a match after the 3rd time for myself. But over all a lovely smoke and very enjoyable. Peace.

Pipe Used: Philip Trypis - Strait Billard

Age When Smoked: 3 Months

Purchased From: 4noggins

Similar Blends: Nothing I have run into..

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Lochinvar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lochinvar (78)
Medium Mild Mild Tolerable

This is one of my new favorite tobaccos, and is very unique. It is the only blend with Latakia I have ever smoked where I got the smoky flavor without the spicy, leathery flavors. From first light, I get a light rum taste and the sweet grassy taste of the Virginias. The rum quickly dissipates and the Latakia kicks in, the taste turning sweet, smoky and creamy. From mid bowl to the bottom, a kind of pine tar resinous taste starts peeking out every now and again.

I was floored by this flake. It's not like any other Navy flake, nor any Latakia flake. I still think Full Virginia Flake is the best thing Gawith produces, but Navy Flake is the most original.

Pipe Used: Colossal

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

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nekeke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
nekeke (19)
Medium to Strong Mild Very Full Pleasant

I am a fan of strong tobaccos, I really like nicotine. But for the purists, I believe this one is a every day, all day smoke. Enough strenght and enough flavour. Quite pleasant, but nothing too fancy... If you smoke from morning till bed time, this one is a keeper, but if you like a strong taste and strong flavour do not expect an eye opener...

EDIT* This has become my favorite tobacco of all. Best taste on the tongue and especially best blowing through your nose. If there is someone who hasnt tried it yet, please do. I agree, truly a masterpiece

Pipe Used: stanwell royal guard 63

Age When Smoked: new

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CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (136)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Fold flakes in half and pack them right out of the tin. Burns cool and smooth. Voluminous plumes of smoke. Flavor is buttery/creamy straight Virginia with enough Latakia to lend a complementary smokiness, without overpowering. Very little flavor or aroma of rum noted. 4*.

Pipe Used: Karl Erik Semi-Churchwarden

Age When Smoked: Undated tin recently purchased.

Purchased From: Smokes on Burdick, Kalamazoo, MI

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Nicotiana_rustica Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nicotiana_rustica (23)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

similar to BALKAN flake, but with rum. almost buttery. more latakia, too. good amount of nicotine, very tasty. good after dinner smoke. amazing taste smoking slow. Regular tobacco in my rotation! For me the best navy flake out there!

Pipe Used: peterson 999, 9mm filter

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: SG balkan flake (with no RUM).

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o3Ho3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
o3Ho3 (28)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Well, I didn't expected much, btw I'm not a great fan of Latakia but......... The flake are almost perfect , not too moist, not too dry. Smell & taste surprisingly good. Latakia is just enough to give you a little spice and rum is there blended with VA. However you put in your bowl burns evenly and well with not much heat. I don't know , but for me, they almost chose the best Virginia for this one.

Pipe Used: always Peterson

Age When Smoked: 1-2 yrs

Purchased From: street corner shop

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DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (266)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Lovely Latakia and rum combo. With the exception of one flake, this tin had the thinnist flakes I've yet to come across, which made for pretty easy lighting despite my using the fold and stuff method. A medium-medium light Latakia blend, balanced nicely with the light rum flavoring. I really enjoyed this.

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The Persian Slipper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Persian Slipper (30)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

There is an expression in the United States where I live called "hem-haw". It means to be undecided about a subject. I'm hem-hawing about Samuel Gawith's Navy Flake. Not being much experienced in flakes I tried several different ways to smoke the blend. For me, they achieved the same results. For the positives on this blend, Navy Flake does smoke very slowly; much slower than I'm used to a pipe smoking, in fact. The Virginias are forefront in this blend, which is good if you're a Virginia lover. The blend burns even, with a nice white ash. It's pretty difficult to get it to bite. I've puffed it quickly in the past and it stayed pretty tame. The overall flavor is a medium to full taste, not recommended for the casual or new smoker, but for the dedicated smoker it will be a treat. Now we're going to get into the bads. The rum flavor that's touted on the tin is very rarely detected. That was one of my reasons for buying the blend, as I enjoy rum enhanced tobacco blends. The latakia is much muted, acting as a secondary element, not an equal one, to the Virginia. This is a problem to the latakia lover, as it isn't enough to satisfy. I'll give this blend a recommendation, as the elements of it come together quite well. Going into it for the right expectations, someone can get a nice smoke out of it.

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Philosopher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philosopher (27)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This one promised a lot - on opening the tin there was a blast of spice and rum. But on lighting it just didn't follow through. I'm not sure whether to say "bland" or "refined" - possibly the latter and my taste is too coarse. Doubt about that gives it a 3 rather than a 2 star rating.

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halpuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
halpuff (11)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

If six stars were possible SG Navy Flake would receive six stars from me. This is the first Virginia/Latakia flake I have experienced. I received a tin of this yesterday and tried my first bowl this morning and all I can say is WOW! FANTASTIC!! I opened the tin last night and was greeted with that wonderful (my wife calls it rotten gym sock)aroma of toasty Latakia. The beautiful bacon strip like slices were neatly stacked and the tin aroma was fantastic. I think I had my nose in the tin for thirty minutes just taking in the musty nuances of this great blend. Knowing I was going to try my first bowl the next morning I pulled a couple of slices from the stack and gently broke them up into rough and still fairly large chunks and laid them out on a piece of copy paper to dry overnight. Next morning I drove to a nearby state park and found my favorite bench and sat down with anticipation of my first bowl of flake tobacco. I took with me my medium size GBD sandblast billiard which I reserve only for English blends and proceeded to carefully load the broken chunks of slice into the bowl. With a gentle tamp to seat the load into place and a check for draft I proceeded to the charring light. I found it took two wooden kitchen matches to create a good char and then after allowing the burn to go out I followed up with a light tamp and a final third match that burned to the bottom. I found the tobacco to burn slow and cool and for nearly a full hour. I experienced no bite at all found the aroma and taste to be heavenly all the way to the bottom of the bowl. I could sense no topping of rum at all, but then again I am not a drinker so I really would not know what to look for. I found this to be a complex and interesting smoke with many subtle and creamy flavors. The flavor and aroma I experienced the most I would compare to the aroma and taste of warm chocolate milk on a winter morning. The aftertaste was nearly non-existent and smooth leaving my mouth feeling clean and light. Great tobacco!!


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Blue Bayou Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blue Bayou (60)
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

Too heavy on the Latakia for my taste. I prefer MacBaren Plumcake.

1 person found this review helpful.

pipey duck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipey duck (23)
Very Mild Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

another really good blend with just the punch of rum to make this baccy different to other VA/LATAKIA flakes. Only the nic is here,and many other blends to less. But i like the taste and smell of it .Another thing are the slices which are very thick and wet ,though you have to rub it out and give it a hour to dry,otherwise you need lots of relights. wen it quite lit it smokes cool and with no bites. 3stars for being sweetAND english

update 27/04/12 I stored it for a while to see how it progress. I am sorry to confirm most of my review. 1 MUCH to thick slices 2 Very WET But 3 MUCH MUCH to light in NIC!!!!! I smoked so much blends and get from almost every blend a decent voooom but not from this. Taste is good. strengh for aromatics

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elelion Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
elelion (25)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I ordered this tin because the blend is considered as the "legendary" "navy" flake. Maybe I gave it too much expectation, only to find it not so legendary. Good tobacco indeed but considering limited time frame for daily smoke and seemingly unlimited alternatives out there, I would only finish the tin on hand without further purchases.

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

A good, savoury tasting flake with a subtle latakia presence and an added tang from the rum.

I've never had a navy flake with latakia before and I can't think why no other manufacturer has thought of it. It just seems right to me. It fits.

The usual SG flake attributes of overmoistness and inconsistency of cut apply as does a slight reluctance to take light and a mild desire to bite (easily avoided with a little attention). It reminds me alot of SG's Kendal Mayors Collection Chocolate Flake but with a rum topping insead of a cocoa one, which I think works slightly better with the base tobaccos. Although, like Chocolate Flake, the taste doesn't vary much throughout the smoke and is ever-so-slightly dull.

Overall a good, interestingly differnt tasting, tobacco which is slightly 2 dimensional but worth a try.

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derlict311 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
derlict311 (70)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Upon opening it, the rum smell takes over your senses. Wow! It smokes with the same definitive character. This is a unique blend. The flakes are dark, but not as dark as 1792. Dry em' out for the full experience, but not too dry, you'll miss out on some of the beauty.

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Tee-dub Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tee-dub (48)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Sweet, smoky, and delicious. Like all Gawith flakes, this is top drawer tobacco, nicely prepared, with flakes of varying thickness.

I'd say this is on the milder side of medium, sweetened only slightly by the almost unnoticeable addition of rum. The rum is unobtrusive and somehow melds nicely with the Latakia, added with a gentle touch.

Too mild for an evening smoke, it is nevertheless an agreeable companion during the day. Three and a half stars. A little more heft and body and I'd rate it four stars.

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Monopod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Monopod (24)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Love at first light ? I have been working my way through the maze of tobaccos towards Navy Flake for quite a while. I had set to one side blends that contain Latakia, as I had tried many and palled of them all.They can become all-pervading in terms of taste and residual smell.

I didn't really register the "dash of Latakia" here until I opened the packet ........"Navy" flakes ? why are they so called ? My sample could have been used to caulk the timbers on HMS Victory judging by the texture and smell. I squeezed it, and it remained squeezed, just like tarry gaskin with almost the same smell. I must confess to being old enough to remember drainage pipes being jointed with stuff like this, but it didn't deter me from charging and lighting up my Plumb lightweight that I sample "stuff" in.

There the comedy ended. What on earth had I got here ? I regularly smoke Dark Flake Aromatic having found my "staple" baccy. Mouth full of tasty smoke, and "Latakia" in large case letters. It then became balanced with the other choice tobaccos, and turned into sheer heaven. Licked my lips .... yes, there was the Rum. Sweet but right in character. There went my resolve to reduce my library of acceptable tobaccos, as here is one which I shall have greater association with, along with "Cob" flake.

Oh well, who said that this journey would be short and uneventful ? The main thing that I have learned is that there are sufficient good "Honest" tobaccos here in Blighty to do ALL my tobacco shopping at home.

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

Navy Flake is a medium bodied flavored flake tobacco that can bite when smoked too quickly.

Navy Flake needs to be dried out from the tin. And, after quite a bit of experimenting I fully rub-out SG's flakes and I can't remember if I tried the fold-and-stuff approach with this flake. Navy Flake has some burning difficulties: it requires multiple re-lights and seldom burns to a fine ash. I get a somewhat vague Virginia and Latakia tobacco taste with a mild yet pungent rum flavoring. Between the burning difficulties and the (surprisingly) mild flavor I frequently smoked too fast and managed tongue bite.

This tobacco requires too much attention for my frequent use. When I did get a meditative smoking cadence I found the flavor a bit underwhelming. It does, regrettably, stink up a room. I am a big fan of SG and Navy Flake is certainly not a bad tobacco; nevertheless, I don't think I'll buy more tins.

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grimpeur Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
grimpeur (84)
Medium Very Strong Medium Tolerable

Sampling amongst all the various blends of tobacco and gauging the various reactions to those blends gives me a much needed reminder that we all have different tastes.

I found this to be a pleasant enough Virginia and Latakia flake. Except. The contents of my tin arrived wringing-wet with rum. I tried a couple of bowls, then tossed the tin aside. Forgotten for over half a year, I found it several days ago; I'm afraid my reaction hasn't changed. Unusually for an opened Samuel Gawith tin, the contents were still unsmokably wet.

I just don't like booze soaked tobacco, if you do, here's a blend for you!

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doc pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc pipes (21)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

This is an interesting take on a traditional navy flake. There is quite a bit of moisture noted on opening the tin. The flakes themselves are rough cut and of various size and thickness. These flakes are sopping wet. I noted that they required at least an overnight dry session before it was dry enough to take a match. The Virginias are of high quality, redolent of cereal. The Latakia is applied somewhat heavy-handedly per my taste, and there certainly seems to be more than a condimental amount present. The rum topping disappates after a thorough dry and lends little to the flavor of the smoke. Not one that I will be buying anytime soon, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try it.

Pipe Used: Basket bulldog

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Iwan ries

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Kiev Pipe Smoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kiev Pipe Smoker (2)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I had many expectations to this staff. SG does quality mixtures and tobacco blends. However, I finished tin only in one year after I opened it. Tobacco is very simple, empty and mediocre. This is first tobacco in my smoking pipe career which I force myself to smoke.

Pipe Used: Savinelli 101 (Big Nine)

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: local tobacconist

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Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (320)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

SG Navy Flake- A typical SG "wet" flake that was purchased in Bulk. The existence of "Rum" was totally missing. The initial light gives off a slight Latakia blast that quickly fades to a Virginia forward blend that is similar to FVF. Navy Flake is slightly sweeter than FVF, is slightly more flavorful than FVF, is NOT as smooth as FVF and it comes with a slight bite. Nothing here that I have to have, won't purchase again. Agree with reviewer mnadz (64)

Pipe Used: cob

Similar Blends: lancers slices.

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Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

I must confess that I do not know what is meant by Navy Flake or Navy Cut. Peter Stokkebye's Luxury Navy Flake is a blend of virginia and perique, as is Dunhill's Deluxe Navy Rolls. Mac Baren's Navy Flake is a mixture of virginia and burley. Samuel Gawith's Navy Flake is a concoction of virginia, latakia and rum. This exuberance in nomenclature makes it difficult to make comparisons.

The pouch (Synjeco supplied my order in rather well designed pouches) aroma is clearly virginia and latakia, with the hint of rum. If you rub out the flakes between your palms and then put your nose to your palms, the rum aroma comes through very clearly. All three components merge together nicely into an inviting redolence. The taste is what the pouch aroma would lead you to expect. I did not find the blend to be particularly sweet; perhaps the proportion of latakia has been adjusted to prevent any cloying sweetness. Certainly, the proportion of latakia is far higher in this blend than in Chocolate Flake. The tobacco burns well once it has taken light, but stays cool. The `heaviness' of Samuel Gawith flakes generally results in slow and cool smokes - it is practically impossible to get them to burn hot unless they are severely maltreated.

I think an apt comparison would be with Esoterica's Pembroke. Pembroke, with no virginias and a sophisticated application of cognac, is like a wildly exciting can-can: alright for an occasional treat, but you can not make it your staple entertainment. Navy Flake is more like a homely amusement that you can live with every day without getting exhausted.

I only wish I could discover the marine commonalty between the various Navy blends.

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