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The first Idea of GH was to do a replacement for Amphora Red in the U.K. The Pipe Club of London as well as other Pipesmoker Clubs tested it and found it very similar. This Air Cured mixture consists of Burley, Kentucky, Oriental and Virginia, all first grade tobaccos. Smell the whiff of pure fruit blossom we've added. This enhanced smoking pleasure is due to our unique Cavendish process, which reveals the richest properties of this special blend: fresh, sweet, and slow burning.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Kentucky, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor, Other / Misc
CutReady Rubbed
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Steerpike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steerpike (60)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

As far as I remember the last pouch of Amphora I had (which should be reasonable well, it was one of the few aromatics I really enjoyed), this resembles it about as well as can be expected.

It really looks like it- a mix of broken flake and ribbon, mid brown tobaccos with a little birds eye, it even has the same fault as the original, that the last few bowls out of the pouch burn hot because the pieces of flake break apart too much when it's bumping around in your pocket all day!

It is a pleasant, semi-floral, semi-sweet aromatic, with only a little fruitiness compared to the original- I suspect that in this blend most of the fruitiness comes from the choice of tobaccos, rather than the casings. This blend is less noticably flavoured that the original (which was very subtly flavoured, the casings complementing the leaf, rather than smothering it), but has a pleasant, subtly sweet aroma, and the sweet taste is quite noticable- some liquorice extract perhaps? In fact, this blend seems almost a cross between the Dutch Aromatic original, and the sweetish and floral Lake district aromatics. All that is missing is that chocolatey flavour and aroma that Amphora seemed to generate in the last quarter of the bowl, as the flavour thickened up. I miss that- it was the complexity that made Amphora so pleasant- it never got boring.

However, this is a very pleasant tobacco, and well worth a try. It is strong enough that it is worth smoking, more than can be said for many aromatics, and while the room note is pleasantly sweet, it offers enough depth of flavour to please the smoker as well as his "audience".

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1268)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Created as a replacement blend for Amphora Red? Well, when I got mine from, I just so happened to have an old 1970s unopened barrel style tin of Amphora Red and could not wait to conduct my own side by side comparison. Gawith Red's leaf is much thicker, the taste is much fuller, there is no sweetness and the feeling after smoking a bowl was a bit overwhelming. With Amphora red, I got the sweet read and lighter flavor with much less nicotine. I really didn't think there was much similarity.


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Ehrling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ehrling (63)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

This is an admirable effort at creating a facsimile of the original Amphora Red. Of course it is always possible to quibble with the fact that the tobacco cut is completely different than the original and it's not even manufactured in the same country as the original, but to fuss about these things, in my opinion, is merely creating a tempest in a teapot. The flavor is certainly reminiscent and faithful to the old Dutch Cavendish blends. Though Gawith Red (GR) is classified as an aromatic tobacco I would have to say that it is only mildly so. (Most of the "scented" tobaccos from G&H are far more heavily aromatic.)

The finer cut of GR is to be sure quite different than the original Dutch Cavendish tobaccos and because of the cut GR smokes more quickly. This blend appears in various shades of light-to-medium brown in the form of a fine ribbon cut with some scattered larger pieces of broken flake including the occasional bit of Birdseye. The pouch aroma carries the suggestion of something tart and fruity. Immediately upon lighting up there is a hint of sharpness, but that quickly fades. The taste of the smoke is faithful to the rich and bright, slightly sweet Dutch Cavendish tobacco style and there is a tangy, bittersweet interplay between the tobaccos and the fruit essence (?fruit tree blossoms?).

The flavor remains pretty uniform and consistent down through the bowl until close to the very end when it gets quite bitter. This blend can get a little warm if pushed, but even if one gets careless there's no bite. I could pretty easily recommend GR to the pipe newcomer because it is flavorful, mild-mannered and it's just so easy to smoke. And I think that there's even enough here to provide some interest for the more seasoned smokers looking for a "refreshing" change.

NOTE: I certainly hate to run out of this blend, so I make an effort to keep some on hand. This is NOT a blend for contemplation; it's not about subtlety and nuances; it's simply a very pleasurable smoke! GR really deserves a rating closer to 3.5-stars, but it may not be quite a 4-star contender.

Pipe Used: Stanwell Silver S (Shape 30M, '79)

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1001)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I see a resemblance to Amphora Red, but there are differences, too. The Lakeland floral notes are light, but present. The fruity flavor is berry-like with hints of dried fruit, and caramel, and a slight tartness. There's a little nuttiness from the burley, and a little grassy sweetness from the Virginia. I don't really notice the Turkish, so it must be about a pinch worth sprinkled in the mix. Needs some dry time, and will leave some dottle at the finish. It's almost an all day smoke, but you'll want to have a change of pace in hand at times. A fairly pleasing under the radar blend.

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SecretAgentMan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SecretAgentMan (27)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable says, "The first idea of GH was to do a replacement for Amphora Red in the U.K. The Pipe Club of London as well as other Pipesmoker Clubs tested it and found it very similar. This is an Air Cured blend of Burleys and Virginias." Smoked it in an MM Washington straight. Nice tobacco, strong, some of the flowery Lakeland scent but not overpowering and did not linger after I was finished. It's enjoyable and interesting, like a conversation with an eccentric aunt. It's probably more enjoyable and intersting if you're longing for a replacement for Amphora Red or a member of The Pipe Club of London or other Pipesomoker Clubs. Meh. If you're looking for a sweet, strong, all-day kind of smoke, you could do much worse.

Pipe Used: MM Washington

Age When Smoked: 1 week from purchase

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Arkie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Arkie (118)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This blend does not look, taste or smell anything like Amphora Red. Amphora was a crumkle cake and this stuff is shag cut. It tastes ok but it isn't nearly as complex as Amphora. Judging it under it's own merit, it is satisfactory. It does have a slight bite but it burns to a dry white ash. It has a mild, subtle taste and although it likely won't find its way into my regular rotation I don't regret trying it.

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

I first tried this last Saturday, at the May meeting of the Pipe Club of London at the Thatcher's Arms in Essex, where it was the tobacco used in the Radford Cup slow-smoking competition. I was impressed, and ordered some, which arrived today. It is described on the pouch as an aromatic, consisting of VAs and Burleys, with "the rich aroma" - by which I take it they mean a casing - "of fresh fruit and caramel". It is said to be a replacement for, and imitation of, Amphora. I wouldn't know, having never tried that tobacco: these notes are based on this tobacco alone. In appearance, it is medium-cut, a mixture of light to mid brown. The smell is strong and fruity. The taste is mild, slightly sweet, fairly rich, with distinct hints of dried fruit and leather. Recommended - sometimes I want something with more oomph than this, when I'll go for a lat or a perique, but this is ideal for the other times, when I want something mild but not boring.

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Lestrade Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lestrade (16)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Gawith Red is said to be the G&H attempt at a replacement for Amphora Red in the UK. I have never smoked Amphora, therefore my review is based on Gawith Red for what it is.

Light to medium brown in color, thin ribbon cut, with some birds eye and the occasional chunk of flake, like it may be pressed then rubbed back out. The scenting is very light and lakeland, staying in the background, yet present throughout the entire bowl, adding what I can best describe as a mildly sweet and tart "Cranberry'esque" taste and aroma to the the natural tobacco flavors of fire cured Kentucky, nutty Burley and mildly sweet Virginia. It's on the lighter side of medium bodied with a nice amount of vitamin "N". The combination is very pleaseant and develops into a fairly rich taste by bowls end.

What makes this one special, is its richness comes from a combination of toasted Danish style Golden Cavendish, the body of American Kentucky and Burley, with a very complimentary light Lakeland scent. G&H has created a uniquely refined blend with Red that is light, yet full, smokey and spicy, rich and tasty! All this, with no bite and burns cleanly and completely into a light gray ash.

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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (523)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Red seems to be one of the overlooked tobacco's in the wide range of offerings from GH. I have not yet smoked Amphora So I don't have a point of reference and that's a good thing. Red arrives a bit too moist for my taste and it surprised me in that the pouch scent was that of a much heavier cased aromatic verses what comes through in the smoke. The light brown, thin ribbons smoked evenly and to my delight the tobacco flavor shines through. This is a Lakeland tobacco for sure and offers the typical Lakeland flavors but it wasn't overpowering in casing or nicotine. Red has a nice semi sweet floral taste that won't be in my regular rotation, but will always be around for a nice change of pace. Red won't win over those put off by Lakeland flavors, but for those those like other Lakeland style blends, it's recommended.

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7formy1911 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
7formy1911 (37)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I've never had Amphora Red so I really have no point of reference for this blend which may help being objective in my review. There's a slightly sweet smell that hints at very mild aromatic qualities in the bag and the tobaccos are a uniform medium brown in color. The cut is a narrow ribbon cut that borders on shag. Typical G&H cut if you've tried any of their other offerings such as Kendal Kentucky or Dark Birdseye.

While loading my pipe the tobacco seems only slightly moist which, usually, is the right level for my tastes. I have noticed these thinner ribbon cuts can have the tendency to pack quite easily and restrict the draw so a light hand is a must. You can always tamp more if needed during smoking. The first light reveals a slightly nutty burley along with semi-sweet Virginia and a very light aromatic topping. The topping is quite well done and sits in the background enhancing the burley and Virginias instead of overpowering them. When smoked very slowly I can detect the slightest smidgeon of berry but you really have to search for it. There is also the slightest hint of baby powder freshness. As the bowl progresses there's not a whole lot of change except for the flavors of the tobacco becoming more full. All in all a nice tobacco for the summer time if you're looking for something on the lighter end of the spectrum. I wouldn't really call this an aromatic but it does have slightly aromatic properties.

All in all a decent blend that I will buy some more of to supplement my usual suspects in my rotation. On those hot days when you want something lighter and refreshing this will be a perfect companion to smoke slowly and just enjoy the sunny day.

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

This blend came as a sample with my last order. I've been sampling various red Virginias recently so was happy when this came to me unbidden. Sweet, but not in a heavily cased way, aromatic but subtly so. This is a good, solid blend in its own right and recommended as a bridge for a smoker who wanted to either move toward an aromatic or toward a less aromatic.

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