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This is a twist made from the same ingredients as the Black and Brown Irish X. It has additional maple flavoring added during manufacture. Again, this is a very strong tobacco as it does not undergo the pressure cooking process.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Manufactured ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeAromatic
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Strong
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Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable

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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Very Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable

Sweet Maple Twist is a terrific tobacco for lovers of strong tobacco. What could be better for lovers of Irish X than the addition of a little bit of maple. SMT should not be confused as a sugary aromatic although the name could imply that. The maple seems to lightly waft in and out, but never crowds over the tobacco flavor. It adds just a very slight sweetness to the earthy flavor of SMT. I get the best results by preparing it one of two ways. Sometimes I prefer to quickly chop it in a coffee grinder or I cut it into small pieces. It also smokes well cut into coins and stuffed. Any way it’s done, SMT needs a little time to dry before smoking. It burns clean and cool, and is never harsh. For my personal taste, I enjoy this slowly smoked in a group three size bowl or smaller. I have only smoked SMT new but I believe that this will cellar quite well. SMT is highly recommended for experienced pipe smokers.

10 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2078)
Strong Mild Full Tolerable

The strong, earthy Virginias have a bit of dark fruit, a light citrus and vegetative, floral grass, some wood, and a few cigar notes. The sweet maple topping is rather mild, and doesn’t sublimate the tobaccos much at all. It also adds a slight smoothness to help curb potential rough edges, and doesn’t weaken at any time. The nic-hit is a little past medium. No chance of bite, and it won’t get harsh. No mater how you prepare it, it will burn cool, clean, and slow with a consistent flavor. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, and needs some relights. The after taste is pleasant and lingering, the latter also pertaining to the room note. Not an all day smoke.

8 people found this review helpful.

Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (123)
Very Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

OK, the base tobacco is the same as Brown Irish X so my review there might be helpful. This is a strong tobacco and the added element of maple adds a little sweetness and once in a while a little extra sweetness is nice in a blend like this. The maple, however, does not linger on the tongue for long which is a good thing IMO. As far as aros go this is one of my favorites but the wife hates the room note. I would still give BIX the edge but this is nice and I will probably pick up a few oz. to have on hand for when the mood for strong but a little more sweet strikes me.

Pipe Used: small bent billard

Age When Smoked: about 6 months

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6 people found this review helpful.

Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (1195)
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I have been curious about rope tobaccos for quite a while, I must say. I also have a strong preference for G & H offerings over SG. They are quite easier to manage and prepare for smoking. A fellow member on a pipe forum was kind enough to send me a generous sample of Sweet Maple when I showed interest for it. Well, I have to say I enjoy this kind of tobacco a lot. The taste of the VAs is very deep, earthy, tasty. The maple essence is more than a toppping but not quite a casing, as it is present on and off throughout the pipeful. As this tobacco came very moist, you must have the patience to wait until it's sufficiently dry to smoke it; if you slice a coin from a moist rope and just let it dry, it will be tricky for, once packed and lit, the moistness tends to arise again, making it a lot difficult to enjoy as it triggers a lot of relights. So you're better off waiting for the all the rope to have lost most of its moisture. It will smoke much better. I listened to my fellow member's advice and cube cut the rope for smoking and it works very well. I also tried part cube, part rubbed out and it works well as well. No surprises, no complexities, just good deep tasting VAs with the gorgeous, delicious maple aroma. Of the three I have tried so far (Rum and Black Irish) this is my favorite rope because the maple topping is just awesome. And, boy, the nicotine contribution is splendid.

Pipe Used: Stanwell; Cygne; Invicta

Age When Smoked: Fresh (?)

Similar Blends: G & H Rum Twist Rope.

4 people found this review helpful.

cobacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cobacco (52)
Very Strong Mild Very Full Strong

So I'm in love! Problem is, will my taste buds ever settle for less? I carefully sliced, unwound and dried a bit too much for a small bowl, so I ignored the warnings and smoked a medium sized bowl of this wonderful stuff. I was spoiled by the delicious, rich flavor, and I couldn't stop till I completely killed that bowl. But I walked away with glassy eyes and a smirk on my face (no EMTs this time).

The false light is very sweet and reminds me of the first few puffs of a sweet cigar. The relight was only slightly persnickety (thanks Zippo) and in a few minutes the Twist was in its prime. The maple flavor is definitely there and gentle sips across the top and sides of my tongue did have a mild maple taste. Maple Twist is an aromatic, but it's sort of a inbetweener and just an hour after smoking there was no ghosting of the pipe that I could detect.

I bought a bottle of Jim Beam Maple to try with Maple Twist, but I'm not sure if it's wise to pair the two... Guess I'll just have to try it. I definitely recommend using a small bent pipe with a pipe cleaner to keep the stem dry as you smoke the twist. I've got some balsa filters that I'd like to try next time. And I do want to stay with a smaller pipe next time because this stuff is so delicious that I don't want to stop! I would strongly urge anyone who is on the fence to go ahead and try this Jaguar of tobaccos.

PS. I know that there's some concerns about room note, but one interesting thing that I noticed is the lack of any strong odors in my beard after smoking Maple Twist. I like the idea of being able to enjoy a punchy tobacco like this without feeling like a human ashtray afterwards. Just cant say enough good things...

Pipe Used: MM Bent Great Dane Egg (Cob)

Age When Smoked: fresh

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4 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (314)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I have samples of Rum, Maple, and Coconut Twist. I claim they are very similar and maybe the same rope with a different mild topping for each. The smoking was very similar to me in terms of flavor and burning characteristics, and so my reviews of these three will repeat themselves.

The rope came a little moist, and I sliced it into thin coins on a cutting board in the kitchen. The pouch note is a sweet tobacco with a whiff of maple if you are looking for it. The rope is a pretty uniform dark brown with a few flecks of tan in the cross section.

I rubbed out coins and was careful not to pack them to tightly due to the moisture. I did not dry it any. It took some BTU's to get it burning, but it smoked well and did not require an unusual number of relights.

I did not get any maple really in the flavor. The flavor in general was very good - an earthy, full tobacco flavor with a slightly tart flavor when puffed. There was a heavy slightly overripe citrus flavor as well. The flavors intensified a little as the bowl progressed, but otherwise stayed constant through the bowl.

There is some nicotine in this, but it is not overwhelming. I have not tried mixing a rubbed out coin with anything else, but I suspect that would work well.

This is a high quality and tasty rope. I recommend it unless you have a nicotine aversion and stick to lighter fare.

3 people found this review helpful.

gahdzila Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gahdzila (57)
Very Strong Medium Full Tolerable

Presentation is rope - brown, between nickel and quarter diameter. Looks and feels dry, but oozes oils when prepped. To prep, one must slice thin coins with a sharp blade and then rub out the coins. Needs some drying time.

The maple flavor is pretty good, quite accurate, but not terribly intense. This actually reminds me of REAL maple syrup more than the artificially flavored pancake syrup you get at the grocery store, so I think they got the flavor right. That is sweeter than the whiskey twist, but I would have liked a bit more sweetness. I'd give it higher marks if it had a stronger dose of sauce, but I like it quite a bit.

This is brown rope...if you don't know what that means, here's what you need to know - prep is a bit of a pain, it takes a while to get it lit and it needs a higher than normal number of relights, and (most importantly) it is very very strong in nicotine. I'm not exaggerating - this is some of the strongest stuff out there.

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1543)
Very Strong Medium Full Very Pleasant

Gawith Hoggarth - Sweet Maple Twist.

There's some very good reviews of Sweet Maple Twist on here, so please forgive me if I repeat anything that's already been said!

The problem with plugs and twists is due to the amount of work they take to prepare for smoking they can often seem a bit of a let-down once burning, unless, like this, it's a wonderful smoke. I have to differ with a few fellow reviewers regarding the added flavour. It actually seems around medium to me; not sticky, or strong, but easy to ascertain it's from maple. The nicotine's heavy in this one, it's not a 'beginners blend'! The length of the smoke's dependant on how it's prepared; I chop medium coins and give them a little ruffle to have a lengthy session, but if you want a quick nic'-fix just slice and crumble into a fine shag; lot's of N, lot's of flavour, and only a little time spent smoking.

I enjoy this more than I thought I would.

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson Spigot XL02

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: My Smoking Shop

3 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium to Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

This is freaking delicious. I love Brown Irish X and I have a sweet tooth so this, for me, takes BIX to a whole new level. The maple is lightly applied and adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the very earthy, mildly smoky Virginias. Not complex, but powerful and tasty. This is a smoke made to satisfy. The easiest 4 stars I've ever given and a new favorite.

Medium to strong in body. Taste is full. Flavoring is mild. Slice thin and dry well for a good burn.

Pipe Used: Chacom cutty, MM Little Devil Acorn, MM Dwarf

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

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3 people found this review helpful.

Haebar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Haebar (52)
Very Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I started smoking a big-bowled pipe of this and just had to put it down for a while because of the strength of this tobacco. This is definitely the "Copenhagen" of pipe tobaccos; meaning it is as strong as Copenhagen smokeless tobacco in terms of nicotine. I sliced it into coins with my cigar cutter and then rubbed out the coins to get a fairly consistent pile. Then I let it air out for a few hours to get it at the proper moisture level. The maple flavoring is very subtle for me; I can just now taste it on my lips after having put the pipe down for the last 10 minutes or so. In smoking, it is not goopy or wet like some other aromatics. This is my second go with this tobacco. The first time I tried it I didn't let it dry enough and it was difficult to keep lit. This and some Black Irish X was generously gifted to me by OnePyroTec from some months back. It is an enjoyable smoke and a pleasant change of pace from most other types of tobaccos that I have tried up to this point.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum General

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: a gift

3 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Medium to Strong Mild Full Pleasant

One of the best.... No, make that The Best Maple flavored tobacco I've ever smoked. Gifted to me by fellow reviewer SteelCowboy, I found the flavor to be the same as he did, wonderful! I did not get the same nicotine punch that he did, but it is a powerhouse aromatic (if you want to call this an aromatic), and I am sure it will please those who enjoy sweetened strong Virginia. As is the case with most of these G&H plugs and twists, it is a bugger to prepare but worth the effort.


3 people found this review helpful.

Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
Extremely Strong Very Strong Extra Full Very Strong

Sweet Maple Twist;

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 = Smooth, Very Strong Strength, Nice Full Body Flavor, Lots of Nicotine, this blend will Knock you on your Butt.

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”.

3 people found this review helpful.

scottyspipesebay Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
scottyspipesebay (25)
Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Yes, this is quite excellent. Every bit as good as my favorite Brown Irish X, BUT for now I will stay with my Irish, as I have several ounces cellaring and like it just slightly better. Just used to it, I suppose. The only difference I can tell is that it DOES have a very light maple hint to it that ends quite quickly, but that's it.

See my review for Brown Irish X (Brown Irish Twist) and you will have my review for this, as I would treat it the exact same way, as well as using for blending.

Here's a quicky update: Try adding 1/3 good blending Cyprian Latakia to this. It mellows it down to a very soft smoke that is complex and in no way overly strong. A great light-sweet room note and super tasty palate. A light-sweet mahogany edge, and the Cyp Lat will add a light smokiness, too.

Smoke pinched amounts in a nice small slender bowl, and SIP IT. Em Em good, to the end. No tar or dottle, whatsoever. SIP!

3 people found this review helpful.

Blackhorse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blackhorse (89)
Extremely Strong Mild Very Full Strong

Gee...numero uno! I feel a great burden to provide an incisive, substantive and accurate appraisal of this noteworthy blend...bringing forward all of its subtle nuances. Well, if there WERE any! KIDDING! Really...another amazing and 'to die for' twist from Gawaith & Hogwarts...with a very slight sweetness and equally subtle maple thing - just enough to take the edge off the Brown Twist. Just close your eyes and imagine the Rum Twist or the Whiskey QUICK...swap in a hint of Maple. You got it! Way to go. OH YEAH! And BTW: like the others, small bowl...or prepare to have the EMT guy hand your butt to you. OH and BTW #2: for me, all these twists do really well with DGT. Just sayin'.

3 people found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (171)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I sent am email to TR to add this tobacco hoping to be the first to review it, but since it took me so long to finish the 2oz I like to smoke to review a blend, Blackhorse beat me to it! However, great job on your part!

Maple here is very subtle, but there. Not a cloying sweet like PG soaked aros, but a high quality maple extract. A perfectly spun rope, which is easy to slice and rub out. I do not find this over the top strong, but enough to know you are smoking a G&H rope. None of that strong motor oil quailities some ropes possess. If you are looking to venture into the world of ropes, don't forget to give this one a go!

1 person found this review helpful.

CherchezLaghost Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CherchezLaghost (51)
Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

This would be, in my opinion, an excellent introduction to the world of twists. It offers plenty of nicotine but still has a soft, pleasant tobacco flavor. I personally find myself often wanting to smoke something with the quiet, unassuming pleasant flavor of say half and half, but much higher in nicotine. This is a perfect fit. Not to say that this tastes like half and half; it doesn't. But it satisfies in a similar way for me. Plain tobacco flavor with a slight added sweetness just to tick up the deliciousness. Best in a cob in my opinion. Thoroughly enjoyable and has the goods. Highly recommended

Pipe Used: Cobs, meerschaums, briar

Age When Smoked: New

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TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (471)
Extremely Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

After loving Sweet Coconut Twist so much so that I now consider it my favorite aromatic tobacco, I decided to order all the flavored twists. So far, that experiment has led to me trying to others. This one and the sweet rum twist. I liked the rum better than this one.

The problem I run into is spelled out clearly in the beginning sentences of Steelcowboys review, I don't really like Irish X or brown twist unflavored and as his review points out the topping on this is very light making it taste closer to the unflavored twists than the flavored versions. I agree with his review and my perception is similar. The maple essence is very light and slips in and out.

I find these twists to be too stout and overwhelming without the topping. Hell, even with the topping, a medium sized bowl is difficult to finish in terms of strength alone. While I love the Coconut, I typically smoke it in small bowls or a large bowl over a few smoking sessions.

I am putting this one at two stars only because I want to differentiate my takes on these flavored twists, but I wouldn't disagree that someone who truly loves the unflavored tastes of these twists may love this blend as a change up.

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redbarchetta Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
redbarchetta (2)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Cut: Thick rope tobacco, about 4 inches. Jarred for four months. Used my Savinelli Porto Cervo Rusticated (author shape). Moisture: moist towelette Aroma/Tin Note: very pleasant, sugary sweet maple, earth, but not overly sweet Taste: Maple was somewhat understated with medium-thick smoke. Very mIld maple and hay flavor Likes: Smooth mouthfeel. The cut is interesting but i'm not sure it's worth the additional work vs ready-rubbed. I would expect the room note to be pleasant but I was sitting in my garage with the door open on a cold day, so it was difficult to judge. Dislikes: Used my extremely sharp, surgical steel cigar cutter but because the rope was oily, it gummed up the cutter somewhat. Should have allowed it to dry out more before packing as it would not stay lit, and required multiple relights. Flavor profile is modest in strength, fullness and depth. I've been focusing on English blends more, so aromatics now seem a little understated by comparison. Supposedly a very strong tobacco, but I felt it was no more than medium in strength with almost zero nic hit. The constant re-lighting was annoying. Interesting blend but it is unlikely I will purchase more Sweet Maple Twist in the future.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Porto Cervo

Age When Smoked: 4 months in jar

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canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (102)
Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable

I enjoy aromatics mainly for the endless possibilities of added flavors. Often I want the flavor to be very present, otherwise, why bother smoking an aromatic? I could not smell any maple out of the bag, instead it had that earthy barn/hay odor.

Some sweetness came through once lit, though any maple was too mild for my tongue to detect. I was surprised by the lack of soapyness (this was the first Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. I've tried without it). It was quite meaty and full of nicotine, and I could see why those fond of full tobacco taste wouldn't mind this as an aromatic.

I didn't mind smoking the rope, but if I buy a maple aromatic, I want some maple syrup in my smoke. To this I'll stick to McClelland's Town Topic.

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quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (130)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

This is a copy and paste from my review of the Coconut Twist. I am not an aromatic fan, but I am a huge fan of G&H ropes and twists. This one is not cloying, although the flavor is present throughout the smoke. If definitely subsides significantly, leaving the majority of the bowl with a solid, familiar G&H twist character. It's an interesting changeup once in a while, but it's not one I would smoke regularly.

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