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This delightful, full-bodied blend is spun into a rope, by hand, then flavored with whiskey for your enjoyment.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
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Contemplative Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Contemplative (14)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Pleasant

This seems to be the only place to put this review. Haven't been able to sort out the 'new brand' or 'new tobacco' forms, and this tobacco isn't listed elsewhere on the site.

The tobacco I'm referring to is produced by Gawith Hogarth under their Kendal label. It is simply called 'Whisky', and is ready rubbed. It is packed in a yellow pouch. The tobacco characteristics are described as 'a blend of sweet Virginia, aromatic burley and doubly fermented black Cavendish. A smooth smoke enhanced by the distinctive aroma of Whisky.'

I bought this tobacco yesterday in a confectioner/tobacconist shop just round the corner from the main gates of Canterbury Cathedral in England.

First impression, when pouch opened, is of a sweet, peachey aroma with distinct whisky edge. The tobacco looks to be mostly moist black Cavendish, with flecks of dark brown from the other tobaccos. Pipe is packed easily, but the mix doesn't light so easily, due to the moistness. However, once you get going you'll only have to relight very occasionally.

The burn is nice and slow and smooth, and the taste is pleasant. You will not, however, get a strong whisky flavour - in fact that's barely discernible. This is in contrast to Player's Whisky, where the whisky aroma is very distinct. However, this Gawith Hogarth effort seems a tad classier.

As usual, I guess I'll need to sample several pouches over time to fully understand this tobacco, but initial impressions are favourable enough, and include the fact that you get absolutely no burn or bite.

The room aroma is pleasant but not at all strong or distinctive. The whisky is there in both smoking and room experience, but is very understated.

After several pipefuls, I'm enjoying this tobacco more each time. Overall, it seems like quite a classy mix from an undoubtedly classy manufacturer. It's not a life-changing baccy, though, but certainly one to have in your armoury.

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

Sweet Whiskey Twist;

Star Rating = 2.5;

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

Pouch Note = 8;

Room Note = 8;

Flavor = 7;

Bite = 8;

Burn = 8;

After Taste = 7;

Raw Score = 46;

Rated Percentage = 77%;

Comment = Smooth, Medium Strength, sort of a Bitter Whiskey Flavor, lots of BTU to Ignite, not a very enjoyable smoke.

If you are one who likes to “play” with your tobacco, by all means get this “Twist” form of tobacco, you can spend countless hours “Slicing, Dicing and Drying” this “Twist” tobacco before it is ready to smoke. I admit I am a lazy pipe smoker so I didn't find this necessary extra preparation exercise to be of any value to heighten my pipe smoking enjoyment. You had better have a sizable ignition source on hand because you are going to need a lot of BTU's to get this “Twist” tobacco to light. Once you achieve the first ignition you will need to have your best “Tamping Tool” at the ready to handle the endless re-packings and re-lights that this “Twist” form of tobacco requires. Perhaps you have detected that the “Twist” form of tobacco is not my “cup of tea”.

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NA Morrison Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NA Morrison (32)
Very Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

this is a strong blend but dont let that deter you from trying it it took a little work to get it ready for smoking but once that was done it was worth the wait its got a lot of vitiman n in it so i recomemed sitting down while smoking this one buti will continue to smoke it maybe not as much as my frog morton but it will have its spot

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1004)
Medium to Strong Mild Full Very Pleasant

Thanks to fellow reviewer SteelCowboy for gifting me a slab of this delightful rope. Preparation time was necessary to get this tobacco just right for smoking. I used a Bowie knife and thin sliced myself a few discs. I left the discs in the open air to dry out overnight. I then rubbed out the dried leaf as best I could and loaded up.

The strength hits you in waves as does the deep, dark, Virginia flavor with the usual hints of Lakeland floral. I also tasted the whiskey notes deep in the background. Being a veteran of G&H plugs, I did smoke this blend in a pipe with a group-3 sized bowl. I didn't fall off my horse but did need a tight reign. If you're ridin' legs aren't up to snuff then you may want to avoid this one. It's got the strength of a Hookin' Bull.

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DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (134)
Very Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

My first rope, so keep that in mind.

This cut up easily. Despite drying for two hours, this was difficult to get lit, but once fully lit it stayed lit pretty easily. The whiskey comes up periodically, but is more an aftertaste than in the smoke. About 1/3 way through I got some mild Lakelands in the aftertaste as well.

Strong N (unsurprisingly) -- I won't be smoking this while driving.

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