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Westmorland Mixture is a well balanced combination of bright Virginias, Cyprian latakia, and cavendishes. It is lightly sweetened and wonderfully round and subtle.

BrandSamuel Gawith
Blended BySamuel Gawith
Manufactured BySamuel Gawith
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsCavendish, Latakia, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc
Packaging50 grams tin, bulk
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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Sasquatch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sasquatch (81)
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant

Hmm, I was expecting something a bit sweeter and easier.... that said, this is another Gawith winner. It has a real deep earthy smell - stick your nose right in there. Yum. Just a little smokey too. You want candy? Go up the block. Tobacco? Right here, friend.

In the pipe, this smokes with a slightly harder edge than I was expecting. I would suggest that this has a pretty good amount of something very like Dark Kentucky in it. The blender's use of words like "cavendish" with the description of "flue cured" kind of makes me think I'm in the right ball park. Shades of Mac Baren Vintage Syrian, which has a right good dose of Kentucky as well.

Anyway, this is a very full bodied smoke, a nice mixture of flavors yielding a palate which intensifies throughout the bowl, but never really varies too much. Smooth, smokey, a little sweet but not anything like as sweet as I was expecting.

This is what Scottish Cake should have tasted like.

Watch the nicotine - I had to put the pipe down. This is a velvet hammer, very sneaky.

I detect no flavoring, no soapiness, no "lakeland essence" (which I DO detect in squadron leader). This is a straight shot of good weed.

19 people found this review helpful.

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

The Cyprian latakia is smoky, woody sweet as a supporting player. The Virginias are grassy and citrusy sweet. The cavendishes have a smooth, creamy sweetness with a touch of toast and honey. Occasionally, I get a hint of vanilla. The touquin bean topping is very mild. Sweeter than I expected, but welcome none the less. Well balanced, burns at a moderate rate, and I suggest a similar smoking cadence for best effect. The flavor is consistent to the finish with almost no moisture. Needs an average number of relights. It's mild on the nicotine scale, and has a pleasant after taste. Can be an all day smoke. It may be too sweet with too little latakia for those who like dry English blends. Others may find it a nice change of pace from them.

11 people found this review helpful.

Sinister Topiary Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sinister Topiary (84)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

This is a very strange blend. And once again, as is common with so many SG blends, the reviews are both polarized and all over the place.

My first sensation was shock at how dry it was -- I didn't know tobacco could taste so very dry, almost like it's topped with dessicant since it practically felt like the moisture was being sucked out of my mouth. It also has a very distinct yet subtle sweetness so deftly applied it's easy to believe that it's not a casing. That sweetness is not fruity nor floral nor minty, nor do I detect the tonquin others have mentioned; the sweetness seems to me more like candied hay, if that makes any sense. It's actually quite nice. But it's not at all the usual soapiness we've come to associate with lakelands. And I definitely detect the latakia, unobtrusively holding the flavors together in the background.

I think dallaspipehead put his finger on it: the flavor of this blend sits somewhere between a balkan and a virginia, with a bit of sweetness added to it. I can easily understand why pipers wouldn't like this blend, but Westmorland is a unique and unusual and flavorful smoke that's worth a try if you think a super-dry balkan/virginia hybrid with a dash of something subtly sweet and subtly smoky sounds good to you.

9 people found this review helpful.

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

Pure Heaven! I absolutely love this blend. If you sip it properly, the Nic level is just right for a relaxing experience. If you want to draw with more vigor, then you will get hit with Nic. I would rate it Medium if I thought it was meant to be smoked that way. I believe that this blend is meant to be sipped. If smoked properly, one tastes the quality Virginias up front. The Cavendish/burley, latakia and Tonquin bean play very important supporting roles. The latakia is in the background but is definitely noticeable. The musty, earthy flavors are very cigar-like, but this does not taste like cigar tobacco as a whole. It is what I consider a near perfect blend. There is nothing else quite like it. It is in a class of its own. It is not English. It is not aromatic. It is Westmorland Mixture!

As I am writing this, I am on my third bowl of the evening. I have been smoking it in the same Savinelli author bowl that I have dedicated to this blend. I have been waiting about 45 minutes between each packing and sipping some Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban out of a Glencairn glass every now and then between sips on the pipe. It makes for a great combo.

I love English blends and good, flavorful flakes. Westmorland is in a class of its own. It is obviously neither. One might say it leans towards the Scottish mixture side, but it still is not quite that either. I do like to keep the Vitamin N levels on high. This blend carries it all nicely. I must add that you really need to try to make this bite the tongue. If you get tongue bite from it, you are not smoking it properly. You must push 75% or more out your nostrils to really take in the depth of the blend. Some people say this blend is not complex. I beg to differ. You can be drawn into the Virginias or you can meditate on the latakia. The Tonquin bean flavoring is like John Myung's bass playing. It is tasteful; artfully supporting the rest of the talent (tobaccos) and stands out from time to time just enough to let you know it is there. It supports the ensemble perfectly. If you focus on it specifically, you can experience how the other contributors dance around it and get a different perspective on the experience... much like focusing on JM when listening to Dream Theater. The Cavendish offers an alternative to the orientals that are more common in English blends. I am a burley fan, and I believe the Cavendish imparts a certain nuttiness to the palate, but it never tries to draw your attention from the other players in the mix. I am not certain whether burley was used in the development of the Cavendish, but slight almond flavor is there in the background much as in an English toffee. The mild sweetness that this blend imparts on the tongue is just enough to compliment and bring out the other delicious essences of tobacco bliss that swirl and mingle with the senses. It helps allow the nose to better play a role in the whole experience.

The moisture level is about perfect right after cracking the tin. However, the blend smokes well even after drying out a little. I have never let a tin dry out too much because I go through tins of this blend faster than any other. I recently found a website that sells it in bulk. I will be ordering it that way from now on. Only Hyde Park rivals this blend in terms of uniqueness, quality and crave potential in my opinion. However, Hyde Park is yet another tobacco in a class of its own. Westmorland may not be for everyone (just like Dream Theater), but I highly recommend that every self-respecting smoker give it a whirl at least once. Just as any self-respecting musician needs to at least appreciate what the boys in DT have achieved, so too should the experienced smoker marvel at what Samuel Gawith has done with this fine tobacco product.

6 people found this review helpful.

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

I can see where Latakia lovers might find Westmorland Mixture to be a little to..... different.

It is an unusual English/Aromatic that is light and sweet with little bitter or leathery undertones commonly found it straight up English blends.

A nice try by the blender to do something different and maybe it'll please your taste buds.

5 people found this review helpful.

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

I didn't know what to expect from a Tonquin-cased blend. For me, this reminded me a bit of the various Revelation-matches. Not that it tastes exactly like any of them (Epiphany, R-blend, Painter Hills), but similar, albeit a bit sweeter and with the casing flavor a bit stronger. The whisper of Latakia is there in the background, but nothing more. For me, in this blend, that works v. nicely.

4 people found this review helpful.

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

A solid milder English blend from Sam Gawith. The primary flavors are woodsy & sweet with just a touch of earth along with a pleasant toasted cereal finish. The Latakia adds character, however it's much more of a nuance than a presence. The thinner cut insures an even burn and the flavor and tobacco strength are both mild to medium at best. Nasal exhales provide a solid hit of spice and finish and room note is a bit musty and quite reminiscent of a dry fine ground nasal snuff like Fribourg & Treyer's High Dry Toast.

Westmorland arrives on the dry side and tends burn a bit hot if pushed too hard. However at no point in time when smoking it did the tobacco become harsh. Tongue bite was not a factor although I do get a mild tingle from the Latakia. I don't detect much of a distinct top-flavor but it’s obvious that Westmorland is too sweet to be au naturel. This blend gets nice and spicy down the bowl & I find myself reaching for this when I want a milder, sweet and spicy English.

Pipe Used: various briar

3 people found this review helpful.

The Full English Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Full English (31)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

A surprisingly satisfying blend, this, which has drawn some undue criticism, in my opinion. Truth be told, I wouldn't have given it a second glance, had it not been given to me as a Christmas present. At the time, I was rather more excited about scoring a Dunhill 965 from the last batch to go on sale in the UK, so the Westmorland was the first to be consumed, on account of it looking the least impressive option.

This offering is obviously an homage to the old English county of Westmoreland (with the 'e'), which was one of the original 39 counties, now swallowed by Cumbria, and the ancestral root of Gawith tobacco. If you went to the Lake District today, this very prosaic label would not look out of place next to the shelves of mint cake and postcard-backed packets of bland fudge in one of the many tourist shops. Indeed, it's very reminiscent of a tin of overly-priced mints, and that's undoubtedly off-putting for your host.

If ever one had been given a stern lesson in the morality of judging books by their covers, then I'd have been made to have this label - complete with barcode - tattooed on my arse. This is, unmistakably, a VERY good blend, with the earthy, peaty goodness of a quality Highland malt. It's smoking properties are also extremely forthcoming and forgiving: smoke it quickly and hot, or slow and cool, it always behaves and rewards accordingly, and remains consistent to the finish.

I have to agree with members like EAL, who summarized this tobacco so succinctly, and would urge others to scroll down accordingly. This is far from an aromatic; it's merely sweetened, which would seem to take the harshness out of the mixture, whilst retaining and elevating its generous wealth of flavour. Westmorland is mild enough as an "everydayer" and also rich enough for those needing their Vitamin N kick. It IS rather monotone compared to many, yet strangely more-ish all the same. You'd better prep two pipes, as you may well want a second bowl. And NO floral signature presenting itself should ensure that this particular Gawith blend sees some action across the pond.

Absolutely worth a pop.

3 people found this review helpful.

oldmanpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldmanpipe (62)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Samuel Gawith has been producing pipe tobaccos for centuries and can boast of many fine results, which, with Westmorland, begs the question: "Why?"

I did not even know this bizarre weed existed until today, when I received an ample sample from my tobacconist. Though appreciative of the gift, I shall not purchase a tin. He also gave me a sample of Gawith's Squadron Leader, which is quite good, but since that blend has innumerable comments there is nothing I could add that has not been already said.

Squadron Leader notwithstanding, I have always maintained that the Lake District does not know how to produce a decent Latakia blend. Westmorland confirms my old prejudices; this odd mixture is neither fish nor fowl. Yet, it is both foul and fishy.

Anyone who describes this as an "American English" or an "English American" is giving Westmorland dual citizenship when it deserves none at all. It is just weird. Someone had to have dreamed this one up on a trans-Atlantic flight after a few too many nips from the crash cart.

It doesn't bite; the aroma offends no one; there are both strength and piquancy here. But such virtues are offered in far more pleasant forms.

3 people found this review helpful.

topdogue Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
topdogue (13)
Mild to Medium None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

A new mixture from Samuel Gawith. The tin description indicates it is well-balanced. I suppose that would depend on your idea of balance. My everyday Latakia mixture is Odyssey, so keep that in mind reading this review.

The tin aroma (actually a baggy sample) does not have the intial smoky Latakia aroma I expected, but had a very reserved aroma. It is a ribbon-cut mixture with mostly yellow ribbons with very few darker ribbons. I didn't detect any casing, which the tin indicates it contains. To make a long story short, there was not nearly enough Latakia in this mixture to satisfy me, however, as a very mild VA mixture this may work for you. I do not recommend this to a smoker that glp calls a Latakiaphile.

3 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The Virginias have the same basic flavor as an SG or GH Virginia rope. I describe it as a "generic" tobacco flavor for lack of a better term. I like that flavor a lot. It's not as bold here as in a rope though. A bit milder. Along with that is a hint of Latakia and a nice sweetness. I don't get much more than that out of this mix. It's pleasant and it satisfies. Nothing special, but a good solid smoke.

Mild to medium in body and taste. Mild in flavoring. My tin was bit too moist and needed some drying time. Burns very well when dry. I noted no soapiness as others have stated.

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

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Cnidius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cnidius (6)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Perfect combination of Latakia and Cavendish - dark, earthy smoke, deep taste. Comes in tin VERY, VERY wet, needs to be dried. Nothing outstanding but decent tobbacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

Calamiti Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Calamiti (66)
Very Mild Very Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

The epitome of boredom, flatness and prominent absence of any character.

Not enough Latakia to be an English blend, not enough flavour to be an aromatic, just plain warm steam going back and forth down the throat. Not offensive, not harsh, not pungent, doesn't bite when over-puffed, doesn't produce enjoyable aromas when slowly sipped. Just Nothing, however you smoke it!

Maybe Westmorland is good for a newbies' sandbox blend which won't harm a baby however he abuses the pipe. But for me it's just a Great Nothing.

Total waste of money, I regret I didn't buy whichever other SG blend instead of this. The blend might perhaps get a little better after it dries for some time in the tin. Then I'll try it again.

----------------------------------- UPD 1.5 years later:

Well, I tried it again. And I found a perfect use for Westmoreland: I beautifully stained a pipe with it! Here's how:

I soaked 10 g of Westmoreland in 100 ml of 5% ammonia for 2 days and then refinished my Peterson with multi-layered stain-and-polish. What a beautiful deep color it gives! When staining, ammonia smell evaporated faster than the stain dried. What it smelled afterwards was a hint of pleasant Westmoreland flavour! The stain keeps perfect on the briar, no fading or discoloration after a month of use.

Despite this huge success, I won't add any stars. Westmoreland Mixture is very good for wood-staining but just awful for smoking.

Pipe Used: Kiko Meerschaum

Similar Blends: Wet warm air.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Blonde(ish) to burnished brown to black ribbon with a deep earthy tin aroma, and something just under the surface that made it smell slightly sweet. Tonquin, I'm told. Semois-like, my nose says. Just a hint of latakia smokiness to boot, but the pervasive aroma was good old pure tobacco.

In the pipe, this smokes as it smells... barely sweet, and not in a Cavendish sort of way. More of a Semois-type sweetness, but not as rich as in pure Semois. Flavor was deep and rich, but thin in other words, a tasty but not robust smoke. The latakia was light but to my tastebuds a critical component of the overall flavor, particularly when snorked. It added a scotch-like peat flavor with a hint of smoke that was most enticing. The Virginias were not sweet in the least and this blend could have collapsed into "meh" territory quite easily for me, but the latakia and that light but pervasive hit of tonquin elevated it. I got the impression that this blend was a long time in the making, with a lot of tweaking along the way. In other words, this was no "let's chop up some BBF and add this and that and call it done". One tin helped but I honestly don't feel like I have this one's full measure, so I'm going to pick up a few more tins. It's extremely likely that this is a 4-star blend. Gawithian and yet unique. Might not be one I ultimately smoke a lot of but definitely worth a shot, and probably one for my occasional rotation.

Age When Smoked: 3 years

1 person found this review helpful.

bob323 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bob323 (46)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

I have only one question about this blend: What in the hell were they thinking about?

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Westmorland Mixture

Star Rating = 3.00

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

Pouch Note = 8

Room Note = 8

Flavor = 8

Bite = 8

Burn = 8

After Taste = 8

Raw Score = 48

Rated Percentage = 80%

Comment = Smooth, Strong Flavor, has some Latakia, smokes hot, white ash Burn

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Well, to give you a vague idea, take Grousemoor but with much less flavoring, add a very slight touch of cavendish and an even slighter touch of Latakia for just a hint of smokiness...

Packs well, burns well, is quite steady in taste... but IMHO it's very boring. Ok, once in a while it might be plesant, but nothing more...

I want more substance and taste from my pipe, and this one while devoid of faults does not excite me. And the combination of "very light Latakia + fresh and lemony flavoring" is not the best idea in the world for my tastebuds...

1 person found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Off the top of my head, I can't think of another tobacco that is similar to Westmorland Mixture. I would describe this blend as mainly a Virginia blend with some manually added sweetness and tonquin. There is just a wisp of Latakia, but other than the Virginia's, the Cavendish is the only other tobacco that makes its presence known to me. I do get a very slight similarity to Grousemoor, but unlike Grousemoor, I would have a difficult time calling this an aromatic. Westmorland is best smoked slowly in order to get the entire flavor and to avoid being bit as this blend will bite if given the opportunity. There really is a lot of flavor to be had for those with patience. This would not be an everyday smoke for me, but it is recommended

1 person found this review helpful.

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

A high class virginia-based-blend. Just little cavendish and very little latakia. A natural nutty aroma counterpointed by a discret and enteresting mentolated flavouring. A elegant, smooth, tastefull, and , in my opinion, very underrated tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

A peculiar this one.. The latakia give some short of a minty flavour to the whole mixture.. A peculiar tobacco for peculiar tastes.. A light / good quality aromatic worth giving a try..

1 person found this review helpful.

RickPiatt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RickPiatt (16)
Very Mild Mild Mild Strong

I thought I'd give this blend a try especially since so many others have already said such bad things about it. I know now that's not the best way to choose a tobacco.

In the tin I can see and definitely smell ever so slightly the Cyprian latakia in the blend but it's clearly a minor player in the overall blend. Very noticeable is the Cavendish and unless my nose is tricking me, it seems to be a bit sour-ish smelling ... very interesting twist to Cavendish. There are supposed to be VA's in there too but I sure can't see 'em or smell 'em. The moisture content from the outset seems perfect for smoking - no drying time needed.

I can faintly feel the brush of latakia across my tongue while enjoying a mildly sweet Cavendish on the top of my palate. When I exhale and subsequently breathe in, I can smell the most wonderful Cavendish sweetness mixed with the Latakia smokiness in the smoke ... but it's nondescript. The VA's never come to the forefront in any way. Must be a super small percentage of VA's in this mixture ? I was hoping for slightly more.

Well, those two paragraphs were my initial impressions of this tobacco but things evolved over my testing period.

The majority of my test smokes were done in a group 3ish SMS Meer. I did also test it in a group 2ish Dr. Grabow, a Cob, and also in a group 3 briar (Stanwell HCA II with short stem), and finally in a large group 4 Tinsky. These pipes also varied shape from Billiards, Bent Bulldogs, and Freehands. So, the test is pretty inclusive.

Here's the result: This tobacco is pretty bland, non-descript, and overally yucky (sorry for the techinical term there). The Cavendish ingredient seems to take center stage and never marries very well with the Latakia. The Virginia tobacco must be an exceptionally small percentage as I never even tasted it. The most pleasant thing about this tobacco is not it's flavor as it clearly doesn't have any to speak of, but the way the smoke wafts across the front of your face will lend a super sweet smell at the tip of your nose and subsequently across the top of your palate. Enjoy that for all its worth, there ain't no more to like about this tobacco. Concerning the topping / casing ... sure it's there and you'll suffer a full mouth of soap every time you smoke this tobacco. Room note: not overly intense but just simply terrible. I finished smoking my meer one afternoon and had to run out of the house for about an hour - when I returned, much to my dismay my home smelled like some stale taxi.

So, a long review but it's been a longer test than I wished it might have been. At the onset I had high hopes that if I could ignore the soapiness, the flavor of the tobacco might come through but it never happened. Add on top of that the weird tongue bite that comes after smoking other blends first (not evident if this is smoked first oddly enough or even multiple bowls back to back of just this blend), and the rotton room note, this tobacco is simply a loser. Pass by, go elsewhere.

1 person found this review helpful.

Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (107)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Here is a lightyly aromatic mixture of virginia, cavendish and a smidgen of latakia. As to the cavendish, I suspect a combination of both light and the noticeable dark cavendish. This is very mild in that I don't think an all regular virginia base would provide as evidenced by it's color, hence light cavendish. This is not a significant latakia blend, in fact I almost can not detect it. Close olfactory examination of the tin's bouquet shows a subtle pressence. This has the effect of subtly contouring the aroma in conjunction with it's light casing that produces a unique and different effect. I can't quite describe the casing. There is some subtle sweetness and whatever else. This may be compared somewhat to those americanized aromatic/english blends of cased burley that has some light degree of aromatic dressing and a smidgen of latikia. I can't describe what else would come close. Anyways, not a whole lot of flavor, somewhat bland, subtle sweatness with it's different subtle aroma. Not bad though, still a pleasant blend but not a bell ringer. A good breakfast smoke. May prove good for those who would like to experiment with the addition of more condimental leaf.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Samuel Gawith - Westmorland Mixture.

An early review I thought should be re-posted, I didn't think it was very good! I wasn't a fan when I piped this years back, to be honest it still doesn't float my boat!

A good point about Westmorland is the hydration, although it's a bit damp, it isn't actually wet! I could see by the look of the blend that a Lat-Bomb this isn't. In fact, the Latakia takes on a 'seasoning' role, keeping the way clear for the Virginia. I'm unsure as to what, exactly, the other/misc flavours are, but I notice a herby taste, which seems to become almost floral after half a bowl. Half a bowl, it reaches this point in no time whatsoever. It also bites, and burns hot.

Nicotine: mild to medium. Room-note: strong.

Although I hope the quality of my review has changed, something that hasn't is my rating. Not recommended:

One star.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: My Smoking Shop

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the_dalai_lama_himself Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_dalai_lama_himself (43)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The flavor goes from smoky earth and woodsy to dark fruit, slight grassy citrus sweetness and there's some floral and spice in there as well, and this is an old tin by the looks of it. I really don't pick up on the tonquin bean, like in the 1792 which is unbearable to me, no in Westmorland it's different, warmer maybe some kind of cordial or spirit. But yea definitely something going on in the topping department. Overall an enjoyable blend and repeatable during the day. I think it does have some type of Lakeland essence but not soapy like Cabbies Mixture was, and no there is none in squadron leader.. Suprisingly full taste and a good amount of nicotine had me putting my pipe down satisfied multiple times (Kentucky?!)... I'll give it a 3.5 and I'd put it outside my rotation, as a once a month kind of blend.

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maigret fan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
maigret fan (74)
Very Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

A nice blend from Samuel Gawith. Strong note in the tin. A nice smoke, quite fulfilling. I did not detect much aromatic tendency but the blend is worth a try.

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

Bright yellow Virginia ribbon cut with flecks of black Cavendish. The tin note is like sweet fresh hay with a faint hint of Latakia. Slightly moist in the tin. The taste is pleasant, mild Virginias and the Cavendish (Tonquin?) gives a nice smooth buttery sweetness, with a very subtle hint of Latakia barely peeking through, and the occasional barest hint of mild mint? This would be ideal for someone who is used to plain Va/Cavendish blends to get a hint of Latakia without it being overpowering, but I suspect a Latakia afficionado would find this rather bland. Personally, I like it and could smoke this on a semi-regular basis.

Pipe Used: Oldenkott Toscana

Purchased From: GQTobaccos

Similar Blends: Like a 'light' version of a blend of Grousemoor/Squadron Leader..

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Pre Republic Peterson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pre Republic Peterson (13)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Firstly I was excited to try this blend.

Sadly upon opening the can it was obvious that it was not sealed correctly, was far too easy to open and appeared to be void of any vacuum. Thankfully the tobacco looked nice, yellow appearance and slightly moist too. So I assume very fresh from the factory despite the non-existent sealing.

Samuel Gawith, sort it out!

Easy to pack and lovely large strands of tobacco. Little aroma due to poor sealing from factory. Smoked well enough, but the sealing is a huge let down. Can I trust the next one I buy to be sealed properly or another waste of 10 GBP?

I hope you have better experience here than I did.

Pipe Used: Barling's

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Online in UK

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

Westmoreland Mixture is both very pleasant and very strange. It is nice and moist in the tin and the tin aroma of the blonde weed is well, nice and unusual. Not really sweet nor perfume like, not herbal a unique scent of it's own, likely the dominance of the Tonquin bean. Upon lighting it sparks up easily, burns smoothly and really doesn't need a re-light. I've smoked it twice once in a nice smallish Danish Jarl and most recently in a compact vintage GBD Dublin. The first thing I tasted was an unusual slightly sour and musty flavor. The flavor then seemed to gently blossom into a mildly sweet flavor that matched the tin aroma with a light velvety texture. I experienced no tongue bite at all and in spite of the moisture level of the tobacco it smoked supremely dry. Whether it's a high nicotine level or the Tonquin, after a bit it I began to feel it in my head and so I rested my pipe. I picked it up a few moments later and puffed away and it had stayed lit. I found this to be a very enjoyable blend. I feel that a bit of a warning is however required here. Besides being an old fashioned flavoring agent, Tonquin bean is also the source of Coumadin a blood thinner. After smoking I flossed my teeth and experienced bleeding from my gums which was unusual. I am not on any any blood thinning medication but I believe that someone with a history of cardio-vascular problems or who is on Coumadin or Wafarin should take that into consideration before smoking this mixture. Otherwise I would rate in four stars as I greatly enjoyed the experience of smoking it.

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machinebcon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
machinebcon (50)
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Traditional Scottish blend (BC+VA+L) with a natural sweetness from the BC and minimal to no added flavour. Very forgiving when smoked hastily. Fresh yet malty. Not your typical English or Danish blend, very mild and light in N and flavour. 4 of 5 points, will keep this in rotation.

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

I chose this one as another step on the pathway of trying to sample as many SG tobaccos as possible. I didn't have any real reason for picking it, just fancied the name as much as anything, it's worked for me before so worth trying again.

The tin aroma was very mild, not sure what to make it to be honest, possible hints of latakia but little else. After a relatively easy pack of the pipe, found lighting this unpleasantly, surprisingly and annoyingly difficult. I see other reviews mention that this is a slow smoke so hardly the most flammable leaf by the sounds of it, not sure it's excusable for a tobacco this finely cut though. Once lit though, this proves to be a decent enough tobacco, if a little too mellow. It dances nicely between Grousemoor virginia and Squadron Leader latakia, maybe giving odd little hints of cavendish on the way, perhaps giving a little toffee or golden syrup.

In summary, it's much like a Grousemour/Squadron Leader remix lite, perhaps a little too mild (and that's saying something from me who loves a mild leaf) but nonetheless blends two of SG's finest well. The major downside for this though, is that lighting problem. This is finely cut and should light pretty well even well damp. However, this demands almost constant attention, even more so than a particularly tricky flake. Ordinarily, I might be humming and harring a bit between giving it a three and a four, probably settling on latter due to my self confessed bias towards SG. Ultimately though, that lighting issue is enough to condemn it to a three star status.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Picked up a 5 1/2 year old tin on Ebay, then looked at the reviews and saw they were somewhat mixed. After smoking this tobacco for a couple of days, I have decided to throw my four stars into the mix, and if I enjoy the rest of the tin as much as I have enjoyed the beginning, may very well get a few to cellar. Has a sweet topping (sweetener, not flavor), but to me it is unobtrusive. Pretty mild, but to me at least, very pleasant. The Virginias seem top notch, as do the burning qualities. Gawith has not let me down yet; I gave my lowest rating of the Samuel Gawiths I have tried to Golden Glow, but maybe I'll even give that one another chance. Do I dare try Firedance? This has a nice balance of Virginia and cavendish, and a light application of Latakia, which to my tastes goes along well with this style.

Update 3-31-10: Firedance is great! See my review and others. So is this blend, which I am smoking as I type, in a Night & Day churchwarden. Way to go, Samuel Gawith, and hope to see more of you around these parts soon!

3-9-11 Struggling to remember this one, but I must have liked it as I smoked it all pretty quickly. I'll try it again sometime. I love Golden Glow now: someone sent me a sample which proved beyond any doubt that I judged it too harshly the first time I tried it. Question is, will Westmorland still seem like a four-star when I smoke it again?

12-19-11 I have so much tobacco I still have not bought this again, here at the end of 2011, even though I'm thinking this one has remained avaliable throughout the SG shortage. I'll revisit it someday, GWATCDR.

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butman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
butman (47)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a really unique tobacco. The combination of tobaccos is interesting. The can note is not unpleasant. It is kind of mysterious. The first time I tried I was not impressed. It was like I had to reset my taste buds. 2nd pipe the reset was activated and I enjoyed it in the smaller English pipes. It does not see action every day. Probably 3 times a week, it is a little hard to find in Kansas City, so I order it. I will keep on ordering it especially during the hotter months. It just goes great with a G&T on the deck.

Stay with this one it is worth it and it is easy to smoke.

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

I know I'm swimming against the tide here but I enjoyed this tobacco. I find the Virginia dominates this blend more than the other leaves involved. A little damp as recieved, it smoked o.k. even when damp. Not in my top ten but I won't mind at all finishing this tin.

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

Appearance and Tin Aroma: Typical broad ribbon cut. Smells musty and slightly fruity.

Packing and Lighting: It is a little moist when first opened. I let my tin open for about an hour before I tried to smoke. Packing was easy and lit 2-3 lights max.

Initial Flaor: This is similar to Peterson's Old Dublin, but with a casing added which reminds me of "Juicy Fruit" gum.

Mid-Bowl: This blend does not do anything bad. It is in the lighter end of medium strength. The casing mixes well with the leaves. It gets in the zone where temp. and flavor are nicely balanced.

Bottom of Bowl: Leaves a mottled dry ash when done with almost no moisture. Strength and nicotine build up stayed on the medium side. Not quite as full as "Old Dublin"

Overall: This is another fine quality blend from SG. It has an excellent composition, every part of the blend compliments the other. The casing is very light, but noticable. Unfortunately, this style of blend is not what I generally go for. Will I keep a tin or two in the cellar? Yes, but I think I will only smoke this blend once in a great while. Those who like an occasional aromatic will find comfort in this blend. No bitterness, no wet dottle, light to medium strength, and a tolerable rome note. well done, SG, now where did I put my tin of Commonwealth?

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Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (302)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

With all due respect, I don't think Westmorland has anything to do with My Mixture 965. For one, it is definitely more soapy and less structured. It also has a kind of artificial sweetness not at all present in Dunhill's. Having said that, I don't think this is a bad blend at all. Personally it's not one that I would smoke regularly, but for an every-now-and-then smoke I guess it's OK. Again: the British attempts to create flavored tobaccos (save, perhaps, Gold Block), have not been exactly successful, and this, I am afraid, is the case.

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