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The new limited edition Jubilee 2012 pipe tobacco celebrates The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and Samuel Gawith's 220th year of producing fine English tobaccos.

Samuel Gawith have packed 50g of a celebratory blend of Virginias and Black Cavendish with the fizz of champagne.

Notes: Samuel Gawith have produced the NEW pipe tobacco tins in three different designs to mark this special occasion.

BrandSamuel Gawith
Blended BySamuel Gawith
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging50gm Tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild, Mild to Medium
Very Mild
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1398)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

The champagne flavor is very light and a bit boring. There's a hint here and there of vanilla, and the Virginia taste is mild, sweet, hay-like, and doesn't do much more than act as a base for the blend. There maybe a hint of citrus here as well. One reviewer suggested a toffee taste, and I can go along with that. Not sure why the hype was made for this because it's nothing special, though it's okay. Not worth the money, though, when there are better tasting aromatics at a more enticing price point.

2 people found this review helpful.

L.J. Bewley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L.J. Bewley (4)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Good tin aroma - oak barrels, dry white wine, a masculine musk. The tobacco's a very soft, quite short ribbon with some rubbed out broken flake. I found it too sour on the first smoke, three weeks before the jubilee. On the jubilee weekend it was slightly more tolerable but still not great. Three weeks after the jubilee its now quite smokable but wholly unremarkable. Its gonna be cellared for when I'm either bored enough to want a tobacco with very mild qualities or it's the day of ERII's state funeral, whichever comes first. My money's on the latter.

1 person found this review helpful.

Seamaster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Seamaster (3)
Mild Mild Very Mild Tolerable

Yes, I also got carried away with the diamond jubilee celebrations and thought, what the hell, I'd rather spend a tenner on this than on cheap Chinese bunting.

As the previous reviewer observes, this one's a biter. I have a very low tolerance threshold for cased tobaccos, all of which bite me to a greater or lesser extent, but this is one of the worst blends I've smoked recently. I persisted through a couple of bowls, but then stuck it away, almost certainly never to be smoked again.

As far as the flavour is concerned, it could charitably be described as odd. There's no champagne note that my palate can detect, rather just a bitter note of citrus peel.

Hard to recommend, even to the most enthusiastic of monarchists.

1 person found this review helpful.

Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (135)
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I wonder how many people are out there, sitting with their tins of this stuff, waiting for the bank holiday weekend in June. Plus there's the ones who will keep a full tin hoping it'll be worth something in a few years. Well, I don't want to ruin the surprise for anyone but, in summary, don't bother. Here's why.

I ordered this as, being an Englishman, I only thought it right to buy a tin by one of our best providers of the naughty leaf that celebrates the reign of one of our greatest monarchs. Nobly, my bank account did oblige and this, along with tins of two other tobaccos. I had actually planned to smoke this one last, but my anticipation, excitement and appreciated of SG's finest got the better and I caved in. My god, I wished I hadn't.

Upon opening said tin, I was a little disappointed at the aroma, a barely tangible scent of flat champagne was all I could discern. Packing and lighting, well, yawn, very easy as always. One of the first noticeable things about the smoke was the tonguebite, even with filters in pipe and stem. With said filters, the tonguebite isn't too bad and disappears quickly leaving that flat champagne flavour with hints of toffee and something else, might be the virginia coming through maybe. Still though, quite a pleasant, if not challenging smoke. Without any filters though, the tonguebite, while not lasting much longer, quickly kills the tastebuds so there's no possibility to get to grips with what it's really like. Worse than all this though, all flavour disappears three quarters of the way into the tin, leaving nought but fuel to keep your pipe warm.

Now, I know this all sounds like I should be giving it one star, but I did have some nice smokes when the tobacco was at it's freshest, so I think two stars is fair enough. Only the truly rank gets one star in my book. However, I am very disappointed with Samuel Gawith's for this stuff. Everything of theirs I have have tried so far has been of a high standard, in fact every SG pipe tobacco I have sampled before this I have rated four stars either first time round or on appeal after being good enough to require a second tin. This stuff is a letdown. That tonguebite for a start, I can't help thinking they put it in on purpose as if to try and give the fizzing sensation of champagne along with the taste. And the flavour, though okay doesn't really work and the tobacco struggles to raise it's head, as if it's been cured lazily. I can always tell a tobacco is not up to much when, at some point, I begin to get this nagging thought about throwing the stuff out. Needless to say, that happened here.

It is tragic that the one company I would trust to come up with a celebratory pipe smoke would be Samuel Gawiths. The real tragedy though, is those who bought this to either enjoy on the day or as investment. Bought some have you? Kept the receipt?

1 person found this review helpful.