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Samuel Gawith Full Virginia Plug is for lovers of pure pressed Virginias created in the heart of Lakeland.

Full Virginia starts life as a blend of Virginias in the cold press. Hot pressed and allowed to cool overnight, the cake takes on it's delicious and distictive dark colour that creates a pipe smokers dream, a feeling of calm, serenity and anticipation for the next pipeful.

BrandSamuel Gawith
Blended BySamuel Gawith
Manufactured BySamuel Gawith
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
Packaging250g Box
ProductionCurrently available
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PipesterJim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipesterJim (44)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

If you're one of those fellas who struggles to smoke a straight VA without suffering tongue torture or palate scorching then you have my heartfelt sympathy. For myself, I can smoke straight VA blends without trouble when I concentrate on what I am doing, but if I allow my attention to wander too far from the task at hand then I am not beyond hurting myself. Fortunately, Samuel Gawith has the answer to our problems - FV Plug.

This is noticeably the same tobacco as the famous Full Virginia Flake. However, in plug form the smoking experience is smoother and less sharp, deeper and sweeter with reduced bright VA tang. Prepared as a chunky cube cut it also seems less prone to heating up.

Sure, it is more effort to prepare and get going, and it is also more prone to requiring relights. I couldn't care less - it's yet another great plug tobacco from the SG stable.

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Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (165)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Full Virginia Flake is the most reviewed tobacco on this site. It is hardly necessary to describe the taste of FVF de novo. FV Plug is the plug form of FVF, but the smoking experience is not identical to smoking FVF. For one, the plug seems to be marginally lighter in nicotine than the flake - but only marginally. Depending on how you prepare the plug it can take two or three lights before the pipe gets going, but once started no further relights are needed. The Plug burns slower, cooler and sweeter than the flake. To use a culinary metaphor, the plug is to the flake as a reduction is to the sauce (or balsamic vinegar!), a slightly more intense taste.

Some drying time helps. Even so, a full pipe lasts a long time. Going out for the morning it is enough to carry a full pipe, and not a tin. By the same token, the plug disappears a little faster than a commensurate weight of flake.

If you like FVF and are prepared to put up with the additional labour of preparing the plug (quite enjoyable, in fact) it is more than likely that you will find yourself coming back to the plug again and again.

Kudos to Samuel Gawith!

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TW Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TW (25)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

FVPlug is the plug version of Full Virgina Flake. It's basically the same tobacco, but there are significant differences.

First off, the plug is smoother and slightly sweeter than the flake, and if anything has more flavour. Just like PipesterJim says below.

Secondly, the flake is supplied very wet indeed requiring ages to dry out, and tends to be over-compressed and often cut too think. It has a tendency to be a bit leathery. The plug is supplied much drier, so you're paying for much less water and it needs much less drying, sometimes none at all. It's well compressed, but not remotely leathery. In the UK it's supplied bulk, not in tins and it's the only SG tobacco I've had had where I can open a fresh pack and immediately smoke without hours or days of drying it out first. I'd rather the slight extra hassle of having to take a knife to a plug than messing about with the over-wet soggy stuff any time.

Finally, even for people like me who love VA flakes but suffer very badly from tongue burn, FV plug burns smoothy, gently and without a trace of bite whether you cut it into flakes, rub it out, cube it or whatever (which makes me suspect excessive wetness in tobacco is a major cause of tonguebite).

A gentle, smooth, magnificent dark tobacco. Massively recommended.

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Peter Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peter Piper (41)
Strong None Detected Mild Pleasant

A little more high maintenance than the norm to be sure, courtesy of the presentation. But once you have carefully cut off a few cubes across the plug it rubs out easily enough making packing straightforward.

And oh, what a delight. The "pressure-cooking" treatment has just taken that sharpness off the edge which some may find troublesome, leaving this as smooth, tasty and easy-smoking a Virginia as you could imagine. Take it slowly as there is a nic hit behind that mellow exterior and you will be rewarded with a truly classic smoke. Terrific stuff.

Highly recommended.

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tomspeed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tomspeed (20)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Same Like Full Virginia Flake Just Lovely Plug, Super Nice Neutral Tobacco Aroma. High Quality Virginia Tobacco With Great Smell.. Highly Recommended but not for Beginners

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (439)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Being a plug, it takes time to ready it for a smoke, but it's worth the time. I thought it slightly fuller and sweeter than FVF and it has a good nic hit. It does require some relighting, depending on how you slice it. It's a slow smoker, so set the time aside to enjoy it. I find it a smooth, tasteful smoke that doesn't seem to get noticed much. But it should, and if you like FVF, you ought to enjoy this, too. Worth buying and aging.

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