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Hot-pressed, dark-stoved Virginias are supplemented by Burley varietals and flavored with licorice, maple and tonquin bean essence.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringLicorice, Maple, Tonquin Bean
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Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Tolerable

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doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (183)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

Russell's reviews of both the scented and aromatic versions of this one piqued my interest so I placed an order. I couldn't find the aromatic, but I did find the scented and unscented versions.

2 ounces of the scented version arrived in a zip lock baggie and although damp to the touch but not wet; very pliable as a flake. The bag aroma was strong on something (which I smelled through the closed baggie) - Russell called it myrrh and he may be right in that. Overall it had a strong presence of forest - pine but not pine - with a faint sweetness. Admittedly, as a scent it was a bit off-putting. I ripped a chunk off an end of two flakes that were stuck together and loaded a slim billiard I use for new blends that I am not sure whether or not I will like. Pre-draw revealed more of the myrrh and I thought, "Oh, no. What have I gotten into here!"

Surprisingly, this was tasty in a way never before experienced by me. It certainly wasn't Lakeland in the traditional sense, meaning it wasn't perfumy nor over-the-top floral. It was more incense-like and quite enjoyable. Very hard to categorize for me in this regard. I, too, could not detect the tonquin. However, it had a persistent sweetness which was from time to time reminiscent of vanilla, but I feel it was more of the maple. I think the licorice in this is what I am calling myrrh since the taste of it while smoking is reminiscent of Sen Sen gum which is licorice-based and has a similar taste. When you have this many flavorings in a tobacco, you have to have an expert blender behind it otherwise it would become intolerable. It smoked cool and considering the casings, there was no moisture buildup in the bowl or goop left over. I can't say at this early stage that BFS would ever become an everyday smoke for me, or a favorite, but it was very good. The room note was excellent and the smoke only got better as it progressed to the where there was no tobacco left to smoke - plus great for DGT! A nice sweetness throughout and never cloying. Nothing remotely ashy about this one. If G&H had a flake named Irish Flake, to me, this would be it. A very high quality offering from G&H that deserves nothing less than a highly recommended with 5 stars!

UPDATE 3-8-13: After only two days, this stuff can grow on you in a way that I wouldn't have thought from my initial reaction to the aroma eminating from the baggie it was contained in. The flavor is so good that you will find yourself at times smoking fast to get more of it, resulting in your being hard pressed to get a tongue nibble let alone bite! As I reconsider this becoming an everyday smoke for me? A resounding YES and another 5 star favorite!!

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Russell Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Russell (62)
Medium Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This to my eye, tongue, and nose, is the same as "brown flake aromatic" with more maple extract on it, and whiffs of "myrrh" creeping in and out throughout the smoke - or it is just the former flake with quite a bit of age to it.

Reminds me of a milder version of those dark brown virginia plugs flavored with myrrh, grade C maple syrup, and lots of castoreum you used to be able to get at various farmer's markets. The unscented version of brown flake is great for topping yourself with that mixture.

If this has any tonka bean extract in it, it is applied 1 drop per pound, to a piece of paper on the other side of the room. I have a lot of the beans macerating in spirits for my own blends, and would recognize the scent instantly. Not even remotely like dark flake scented, or Samuel Gawith's 1792 flake.

No florals in this one, just 99% more flavor than in most other blends on the market, and one you must get pounds of before it is banned for being too tasty.

Update I have been smoking this for only a month now, but brown flake aromatic/scented has become my all-time favorite tobacco, ousting blends I have enjoyed for over a decade in my preference. It not only has more flavour than anything else I have ever tried, the aroma is so pleasant to others that everyone is constantly asking what it is.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (444)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

You'd better like tonquin or you're wasting your time here. Too much of that topping that overwhelms the high quality tobaccos and diminishes any chance of complexity that the Virginias have to offer. The other added flavors are buried by it, too. Buy the unscented version, which gives the ingredients a fair chance to shine. I only rate this with 2 stars instead of one because it is a quality product, but it's too much of an acquired taste for me. Your mileage may vary.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

William H. Hardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
William H. Hardy (31)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

I'm a fan of just about all the tobaccos I've tried from GH. As always, I love their flake presentation and love thier tobaccos. I've ordered Brown Flake, Scented more than once and have enjoyed it every time that I have smoked it. The Lakeland treatment is not overdone, it's quality tobacco, and there's not a whole lot of other tobaccos that i like better. If you're put off by all Lakeland essence tobacco, then don't try it. But, if you're curious about Lakelands, this would be a very good one to start with, along with #7 Broken Flake. It's not over the top, like Ennerdale, but it's a really good flake tobacco with a little flavor that you probably aren't used to. I have a few pipes dedicated to Lakelands and I advise others to do the same, if you plan on smoking them. Anyway, love it or hate it it, it is what it is.

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

Brown Flake Scented [Lakeland Flavor];

Star Rating = 3.5;

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

Pouch Note = 9;

Room Note = 9;

Flavor = 9;

Bite = 9;

Burn = 9;

After Taste = 9;

Raw Score = 54;

Rated Percentage = 90%;

Comment = Very Smooth, Medium Strength, has the Famous Lakeland Floral Flavor, No Bite

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Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (195)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

This is a Virginia/burley flake top flavored with tonka bean oil, in lakeland style, it is very similar to dark flake scented, however, the flake color is brighter than DFS and it is milder in nicotine.

I find the Dark flake scented tastes much better.

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