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A spicy aroma along with a subtle Oriental flavor. Orientals (other than Latakia) and a rich Virginia base along with two Cavendish tobaccos make up this special blend. Lightly aromatic!

BrandPipeworks & Wilke
Blended ByCarole Burns
Blend TypeAromatic
Contents Black Cavendish, Cavendish, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Flavoring Other / Misc
CutReady Rubbed
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
Medium
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant
3.4
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Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
★★★★
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

A kind of Dutch cavendish, similar to, say, SAIL, and very good indeed. The flavouring is not overdone at all, and certainly has a luxurious undertone. I rarely like an aromatic, but I love this one.

Try it with a glass of sherry!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (226)
★☆☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

This is manufacturered by a one woman operation in Vermont that does not even smoke a pipe herself, she just inherited the business and you can tell. I was sent samples of this and another by a friend to try and had the following results. in the bag, it did have a nice sweet smelling aroma, kind of like cherries or blackberries. It is in mostly a long ribbon but with brown and black tobaccos interspersed. It pack easy and well, and lit up like a pro. At first, I was drawn back to the days Borkum Riff was king. Lots of smoke and aroma but nothing on the tongue but hot. And it grew hotter as it burned down. While it smelled good and sweet, I never was able to taste tobacco taste just the subtle berry taste. About three quarters down, I could tell it was going to scorch my tongue and ruin my smoking the rest of the day. I don't like this one at all and will give it away. Don't care to try it again. Stay away!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (496)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

When I put down my English blends and Vaper's and smoke an aromatic blend, I am looking for two things. The first being tobaccos of high quality as many aromatics are soaked in such a way that they mask the quality of the underlying tobacco. The second thing I look for are scents that don't taste artificial or leave a metallic taste. Gotham Court wins big on both counts. There is a complexity to this tobacco, so much so that I think it would be a good smoke without any aromatic flavor. The Orientals really stand out for me. Like many of the P&W blends it arrives a bit moist and does need ample time to dry. The wait is worth it if you enjoy a little spice with your sweet. Highly Recommended

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Paollo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paollo (2)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Really good aromatic stuff. Good taste and clean pipe grades it at least at three stars. Cold and cool smoke, no dirty after smoke - that is what I need for a real pleasure.

My first impression for that tobacco by Carole was full 3*, but Tobacco Jar makes it fantastic.

As most other tobaccos I have, a little wait gives a lot. It is not ageing, give it little pause before use. So was with Gotham Court. 4 month in Tobacco Jar's prison and Gotham Court wins 1 star more.

4 stars on today.

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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (528)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

A flavored cavendish with oriental along the lines of McClellands Oriental Cavendish Mixture. The taste of this one, while good, seems thin in comparison to the McClellands. That one is in my semi-regular rotation, which means I smoke it on occasion. This one might be better for those times that I want to taste less of everything. Admittedly, I don't often have those times.

There is a slight sharpness to the smoke as the bowl progresses and it loses flavor to a mild degree as it goes down the bowl. Overall, this is a semi-aromatic with a softened sweet taste and some nice spiciness as well. Sort of a Lane's 1-Q with added Turkish tobacco.

If you find yourself in the mood for an aromatic but don't want the heavily humectified vanilla goo, this is an excellent alternative. It has more flavor than your average aromatic but will still please those around you. A nice effort, although not a blend I'll likely smoke again.

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the old man Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the old man (14)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Pipe works didit again.A DARN GOOD TOBACCO! FOUR STARS!!!

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Mike Toney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike Toney (44)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I have never smoked an aromatic that didn't bite just a little bit...until now. This blend offers a very mild & tasty smoke with a pleasing aroma. You can really pull on this stuff & it still doesn't bite. I would liked to have found this blend on my first attempt at pipe smoking forty years ago. Then, I would have stayed with the hobby. Mostly, all I was aware of back then were the few, harsh aromatic blends available at your local grocery or pharmacy store. I can't discern the flavoring/topping...maybe ginger &/or clove. Whatever it is, it works for me. Another outstanding offering from Pipeworks & Wilke. Therefore, IMHO, Gotham Court merits four **s!

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Taste Buds Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Taste Buds (127)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I like this tobacco a lot. It is a little more complex than Bohemian Mixture, but in my opinion a notch lower in strength. The flavoring appears to be clove and licorice, very smooth and delicious. It is my belief that all tobaccos should be reviewed on their own merits and not compared with others. That being said, this tastes a lot like another blend that I reviewed recently. The only difference being that this is the original and the other a knockoff. The knockoff uses more of the clove and licorice aromatics and is closer to medium in strength. I find Gotham Court to be a little light for my taste as I'm constantly puffing away to extract more flavor from the blend. But this is the original and if I hadn't found the knockoff I would think that this was sublime. For that I give Gotham Court four unequivical stars.

October 21/05: I'm lowering my rating of this blend from 4 to 2. I've lost my taste for aromatic black cavendish blends. I'll have to learn to Curb My Enthusiasm.

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BigBen53 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigBen53 (21)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Well What can you say about Pipeworks & Wilke but wonderful Pipe Tobacco smells Good in the Pouch.a spicy aroma and Oriental the flavoring stay all the way down to the bottom of the bowl. aroma in the room delightfu. Virginia base along with two Cavendish tobaccos wonderful Pipe tobacco. and taste delicious and No bite.the flavor stay thougt out the bowl i smoke two to three bowl a week with a Hot cup of coffee it great. one a all day smoke. is wonderful tobacco, and i give it 4 star

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sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Aromatics aren't my usual cup of tea, but I have to say this is really a wonderful product. Cool, easy burning, the flavour keeps strong throughout the bowl and it's a very pleasant aroma.

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DUPE.1512 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DUPE.1512 (196)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This is a delicious and mild aromatic. A quality VA base with orientals. The flavor and aroma is of buttery cinnamon toast, yet the tobacco flavor is always present. Another great Wilke Aromatic.

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UncleGar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UncleGar (96)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Another P&W aromatic similar to Dummerston and Bohemian Mixture. Again I am drawn to the rich spices, this one is very clove-y. I'm not sure I can distinguish orientals here, but the taste and aroma are wonderful. Incense-like, in a way. It makes me think of a Drew Estate Ambrosia cigar, without the cigarry nature. Wonderful stuff. Puff it hard for a blitz of non-biting flavor. Cool and savory.

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SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (256)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is a scrumptious mild aromatic, with a sweet Virginia base, spiced with a bit of Turkish.

The topping reminds me of buttery raisin cinnamon toast, and is very deftly applied. You can still taste the tobacco.

I first smoked this in a small clay cutty. It packed and lit very easily, and it is a low maintenance smoke. I prefer it in a smaller bowl, as it intensifies the taste.

I puffed on this like a steam engine, but received absolutely no bite. It smokes quite dry, but it will leave a slight sticky residue in the pipe. It will wipe out fairly easily however.

An excellent blend for any time of day. It would make an excellent blend for the novice as well, due to its mild qualities. Definitely worth a try if you like aromatics at all.

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emmbee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
emmbee (174)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Cut/Appearance: Cube chunks and ribbon cut strands of what appears to be Cavendish with hints of Orientals. No detection of Perique or Latakia as with their venerable Pipemaker?s Choice. Casing/Aromatics: Gorgeously characteristic Wilkian aroma with a light top dressing. All Wilkes have a baked, cookie/spiced bread quality.

Pouch notes: Aromatic and inviting, but never sickeningly so. Again, I detect a similar undertone in the more aromatic, sweeter Wilke Bohemian Blend with hints of nuttiness ala Nut Brown Burley.

Room/Burn notes: Sweet, rich taste with a beautiful aroma. There are scents and complexities I am not familiar with. First rate, unique stuff for which Wilke is known. Leaves a great scent in the room.

Taste: Like all Wilkes I?ve tried, they leave the tongue hungry for more. If you?re not addicted to pipe tobacco, you will be after you smoke this and comparable blends. A little hot on the tongue. Needs to be smoked slowly, but like a delicious morsel of food, I tend to gobble this stuff up; it?s that good. Almost impossible to take the pipe out of my mouth when I am smoking this or Bohemian. Makes my mouth water.

Comments: Easy to pack and keep lit. Like all Wilkes, there is attention to detail and great thought of preparation. There are the pronounced spices with hints of berry and liquor. Though I am a professed lover of English non-aromatics, especially traditional blends like Dunhill, Wilke makes it easy to love laced aromatics because they do it so well. This is a great winter tobacco, perfect for dessert, though I happen to be smoking a bowl right now before dinner.

Four of five stars

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thedstnguishdgntlmn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedstnguishdgntlmn (360)
★★★★
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

An absolutely wonderful tobacco! A very rich non-aromatic.It has a definite character that can be appreciated by both the aromatic and English blend smoker.There is nothing like it on the market. A very nutty and deep flavor, very staight forward. You either will love this, or not truly understand what is going on in the bowl as you smoke it.Bursting with rich virginias and a pronounced oriental aroma this blend is for the English smoker wanting something sweet for a change or, the aromatic smoker wanting something with more depth and flavor while still retaining that no latakia taste. I give it 3 stars!!.A must try for everyone!

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Irish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Irish (5)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I agree with previous reviews. I, for a long time, was strictly english blend smoker. A while ago I tried some virginia blends and was pleasantly suprised at how full bodied and tasty they were. I then tried Gotham Court. Pouch aroma is wonderful and zesty. Room note is great(may remind you of your grandpa or dad's pipe tobacco). Taste is spicey but well balanced. I do not miss the latakia at all. White ash to the bottom of the bowl. I smoked a bowl just yesterday with the temp. outside at 90 degrees. The tobacco proved to be a good hot weather smoke as it is flavorful but not heavy. Two tips - when you open the pouch spread out the tobacco and let it sit out for at least 2 hours, 4 or 5 if you have the time as the tobacco comes a little to moist. When smoking a bowl smoke it slow and easy(as pipes should be smoked). If you puff to hard or rapidly you will feel the heat on the tounge.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Plex Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Plex (39)
★★★★
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I love the sophisticated spice of good orientals. Not everyone does, and the flavor absent the smokey Latakia might not be your cup of tea. But, if you do recognize the complexity and nuances of those same orientals, then do yourself the favor of trying this.

Smooth and bite free to the bottom of the bowl with no waste or goop left behind. Just the craving for more and more.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Schwetty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Schwetty (15)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This is a very interesting blend for someone like myself who likes aromatics, but wishes for a little something more substantial in terms of making the transition to a mild English.

The aroma from the pouch is incredible with spices, and smokiness. I am not sure what if any toppings are here, but the taste is very rich, while being mild in the nicotine department. The room note is pleasing with a warm baked cinnamon toast smell. The orientals come through very nicely giving it a zesty taste, but not overwhelmingly so.

This blend is very high quality tobacco, as is all of Carol's offerings. This is similar to a Frog Morton type of taste.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Ego Archive Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ego Archive (14)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Tin Note- This is spicy and just a little sweet smelling, I detect a hint of Nutmeg. This almost makes me think of arabic coffee when I smell it.

First light - This one took a little effort to get it going just right, but boy was it worth it, very much like the the bag note, spicy with a nice undercurrent of sweet. I really like the room note with this one.

Mid bowl- taste wise this pretty much stays the same, some of the sweetnes starts to come through nicely, but the spicy note really continues to carry this. I will note that I did get a little tongue bite with this, but that may have been my smoking more then the blend.

End- This stayed very tasty almost to the end, at the bottom, it started to get a little ashy, and rough, but the flavor stayed well in with it. On the downside it did start petering out a bit at the end and took several light to keep it going, which may account for some of the rough note. Grey ash, and hard dottle at the bottom

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Kleophrades Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kleophrades (39)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Purchased as part of a quest to find an acceptable room-note. Gotham Ct. is sweet but not cloying, with the distinctive gingerbread flavor of P&W?s Cavendish, cut by the Orientals. It?s lighter and less sugary than Grammercy Park, a crisp cookie as opposed to a fudge brownie. It burns cool, with no bite -- and I puff a lot. As aromatics go, it?s definitely superior. I tired of it quickly, which is only to say that it didn't convert me from Esoterica blends. Although the room-note is pleasant enough while you are actually smoking, it takes days or weeks to dissipate, during which time the aroma loses its charm. So it failed the Wife?s Nose Test, which is why I?d bought it in the first place.

If you like high-end aromatics, Gotham Ct. is definitely for you. Just don?t buy it for the smell.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

lensman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lensman (30)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I normally shy away from any blends with black Cavendish, but reviews here convinced me to go ahead and give this one a chance. I'm glad I did. There is sweet VA, to be sure, but it is countered by the Orientals, which add a perfect amount of spice. The interplay between these two dominant flavors is delightful. I tend to be a moody smoker, yet Gotham Court offers a smoking experience that manages to always fit my mood.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Sojang Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sojang (13)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

This is another of Carol's rich and spicy blends. Clove and ginger this time. Smokes cool and dry, Excellent

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

traveler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
traveler (40)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Some of the Wilke aromatics have a spicy, nutmeg-clove-ginger quality to them and in Gotham Court, this is quite apparent. Nice, broad ribbon-cut tobacco with no humectant that I can detect.

A very pleasant change of pace from the usual vanilla style blends. This might make a nice holiday treat but also works for me on a crisp autumn evening. Another unique, excellent Wilke aromatic.

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