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A mix of Virginias and Burleys with the hint of Rum.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringRum
CutShag
PackagingBulk
CountryUnknown
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Mild, Medium
Flavoring
Extremely Mild, Very Mild
Taste
Mild, Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant
2.0
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beaupipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beaupipe (102)
★★☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

If I'd bothered to do just a little research beyond this site to explain why this tobacco has sat here unreviewed lo these many years, I probably wouldn't have bothered ordering it.

Failing that, however, I decided to tack 2 oz of bulk Rumbh to an order a few months ago. I'm an outright fanboy of G&H and I figured I couldn't go wrong.

Rumbh is really a cigarette tobacco and is listed as such on some UK-based tobacconist sites. It's a fine cut shag mix of Virginia and Burley with an almost non-existent rum flavoring that is perfect for rolling or stuffing into tubes. But like Kendal Kentucky, a tobacco with which it has some things in common, it can also be seen as a dual purpose, or crossover leaf.

That said, it's not nearly as enjoyable as Kendal Kentucky. Rumbh is a little harsh in both pipe and rolling paper. And the rum topping is barely there at all. I only notice it in the pipe and then as a sort of fugitive sweetness that pops up about as often as Jimmy Hoffa. This ain't no Whack-a-Mole aromatic. But it does smell nice. And it's really quite strong. So I'll have no problem smoking it up either on its own or tossed into a mild aromatic blend to give it some oomph.

I can cautiously recommend this to any pipe smoker looking for a fast burning shag with a very light rum topping that is useful for both cigarettes and small-bowled pipes. Heck, there must be millions of those guys out there.

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (764)
★★☆☆
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

Gawith Hoggarth - Rumbh.

This was quite a pleasant surprise; I had no idea what to expect when I first read 'Rumbh'! As it turns out, Rumbh is quite a nice smoke.

When I ordered some, I was unsure whether or not it was actually pipe tobacco; this may be for hand rolling by the sound of it? Upon opening the pouch it became clear that it would be difficult to hand roll this; a bit too coarse for it. There is a very slight aroma of rum from the pouch, but not one that implies a heavy casing. Before it can be smoked it needs a bit of an airing period; nothing major, just a short one.

The actual smoke? At first, I couldn't identify any rum; it took a few minutes for this flavour to come through, and when it did it's what I'd class as a very light enhancement to the smoke at first; a sort of tangy sweetness, it took a good ten minutes for it to become more formidable and even then I'd still class it as very mild. The flavour from the tobaccos' that comes through is also calm. The included tobaccos' don't suggest much in the way of piquancy to begin with, and that's what I get; a slightly nutty grass note. The room note doesn't have much about it; it's not bad, just a bit empty. Finally, nicotine: there's not much!

Like I said at the start; this is quite a nice smoke; 'quite' being the exact word.

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Peder Jeppesen

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Robert Graham

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