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As with Bright CR Flake, this is another tobacco that devises its flavour simply from the choice of leaf in the blend, and has no additional casings or flavours to enhance the smoke. (u/s - stands for unscented) 83.5% blended Virginias are combined with a relatively high (for English Blends at any rate) proportion of Malawi burley, 12.5%, to give flavour and depth to the smoke, and the addition of just 4% Malawi dark fired leaf is sufficient to combat the typical sharpness of the Virginia leaf resulting in a rounded medium strength smoke.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Manufactured ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

The Lakeland essence is here, though in a very minor way. The floral taste is usually obvious, though the very light chocolate and some bold nuttiness and earth from the burleys show up here and there while you smoke it. That floralness (which is also a little herbal) comes as much from the tobaccos as it does the Lakeland, which, while not added, finds its way into the tobacco during processing in the factory. The Virginias are slightly dark fruit sweet and earthy, with minor grassy notes. Has a medium level nic-hit. Won't bite or get harsh. A moderately complex flake that burns at slightly less than a moderate rate with a very consistent flavor all the way through. Requires few relights and leaves a little moisture in the bowl. Has a nice after taste. Not an all day smoke.

16 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I'm about halfway through my Lakeland tour and I'm mightily impressed. This is the 3rd so far that is so good, I can't ignore it as part of my regular rotation.

Nice, even colored flakes with a pleasant but not overly robust bag aroma (2 oz sample). I preferred this rubbed out, as I typically do. I also preferred it with some moisture in it, as when it became too dry, it tended to sizzle my tongue just enough to make it mildly uncomfortable.

The flavor was robust but not strong, sweet but not sickeningly, and mostly devoid of the proverbial "Lakeland taste" of florals. This floral taste tends to come through with the manner of leaf used rather than artificial flavorings, at least with the unscented versions. Quite frankly, this one makes me want to try the aromatic one as well! This blend was a nice marriage between highly flavorful and cigar-notes with an all day sort of tobacco. Nicotine didn't seem too high. The mouthfeel leans towards the rough, but it's far from unpleasant. Faster puffing unleashes not tongue bite or bitter flavor but just a heavier undertone of the basic taste of this wonderful blend. Highly recommended. Another pound or so is on its way to my cellar, and I'm excited to find out what a year or more will do for this stuff.

16 people found this review helpful.

Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (137)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a beautiful med. bodied flake. No toppings or casings here. I also get a floral sent but this is not the Lakeland topping everyone talks about. This is what I have perhaps wrongly started to associate with a white Malawi burley that has been toasted and working in combination with that same burley that has been dark fired. The blending notes say that they used a Malawi burley for this blend so the floral note that I pick up is just from it alone. Also, I have smoked this is several pipes, the lakeland topping will always ghost this one never did at least not badly (1 pipe for about 3 bowls). Besides this floral note (what I am reminded of is red clover cut and ready for bailing in the hay field) I also get a creamy, smooth but very light chocolate note from the burleys, some nuttiness here and there that reminds me of black walnuts and Brazil nuts, a little (surprisingly little for such a high VA) sweetness that has notes of caramel, toffee, and coffee and some hay-like grassy notes that could be the VA's or the burley or just the combination of all that is going on. I will revisit latter on down the road.

Age When Smoked: 6 months

15 people found this review helpful.

beaupipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beaupipe (102)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Over the past year, G&H's Unscented Brown Flake has become one of my favorite smokes. Most of the reason for that probably has to do with the flake's relative simplicity. It is, like all G&H flakes, easy to work with and easy to smoke, but it's the flavor that impresses.

There is the barest hint of florals at first light, but then the tobacco settles into a quite rich Virginia-dominated smoke. There is sweetness here – expected in a blend of mature Virginia with a smidge of Burley and a smidge of dark fired leaf. But the sweetness here is modest and isn't cloying as it is in, for example, Sam Gawith's Full Virginia Flake or even SG's Best Brown Flake. The flavor profile, which typically comes off as vaguely chocolaty, isn't at all complex. But it is beautifully balanced and a thoroughly comforting smoke for Virginia lovers.

There is a great deal of similarity between this and G&H's Best Brown #2 and some similarity between this and Germain's Brown Flake. The Germain's product is perhaps more earthy and savage with a drier flavor profile. But for those with a little bit of a sweet tooth, G&H's Unscented Brown Flake is a fine product.

7 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Very nice smoke. Floral notes throughout. Some natural, some not. Seems to be mostly natural to me, but it's hard to tell exactly. The natural tobacco flavors are sweet and a little nutty. Just a hint of chocolate here and there. Altogether pleasant with enough strength to satisfy.

Medium in body and flavor. I would say the flavoring is very mild. Burns very well right out of the bag.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, Mark Twain, Patriot

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From:

6 people found this review helpful.

Carlos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Carlos (21)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Smell of tobacco is very sweet - but not as sweet as in e.g. Samuel Gawith's Full Virginia Flake or Best Brown Flake. You can definately find delicate smell of Burley. Smoking is very cool and sweet, with a bit spicy feeling. I like this one. If you like tobaccos with addition of GOOD Burley - you should try this one.

6 people found this review helpful.

ROTHNH Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This G&H Brown Flake was in a green G&H box -- a "brick" actually -- perfect whole flakes, stacked neatly with this brick double wrapped inside the box. I decided to jar my new stash last night, including this blend, and was pleased that the flakes were perfectly moist and came apart easily, with minimum breakage, as I stacked them into half-pint canning jars. Of course, I kept the last jar, which was almost full, to add to the current rotation.

What drew me to this tobacco was that burley is the first leaf listed in the blend:

"83.5% Blended virginias are combined with a relatively high (for English Blends at any rate) proportion of Malawi Burley, 12.5%, to give flavour and depth to the smoke, and the addition of just 4% Malawi dark fired leaf is sufficient to combat the typical sharpness of the virginia leaf resulting in a rounded medium strength smoke."

It's made in a similar fashion of the G&H Bright CR Flake, which is another plus for me, since I cellar the CR and enjoy it's bright, lemony, creamy goodness.

I reasoned that this "Brown Brother" to the CR, being burley-forward, would be more full while adding the nuttiness and subtle punch I was looking for. I was a bit concerned though, because some reviewers noted that this "unscented" version was actually laced with Lakeland essence, yet since I'd smoked the CR and detected very little if any essence at all, I decided to go for it anyway. Well, as it turns out, my 500 gram sample of this flake does indeed have a very slight floweryness -- after all, G&H is a very small company and the machinery used to prep their blends can "carry over" from one to the other (makes sense to me LOL).

I cube-cut it, of course. I chose a small half-bent Group 4 Rhodesian for this smoke. Well that slight "floweryness" is nice. And it literally disappeared after the first few puffs -- no way will this Brown Flake ghost a pipe, I'm certain of that. That richness and nuttiness, marrying perfectly with those outstanding virginias I love, is there in spades and remains, burning cool and even, right down to the white ash it leaves me at the bottom of the bowl.

I am sure this flake will age extremely well and I'm glad I bought 500 grams of this. Maybe I should have grabbed another pretty green box of it.

Pipe Used: Wally Frank Comoy Make Shipmate Rhodesian

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: 4 Noggins

5 people found this review helpful.

LondonCalling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LondonCalling (12)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

It's probably fair to say this is my desert island blend: it's the one I always seem to end up smoking; which is just as well, as I have a pretty healthy stash of the stuff. There's nothing which really stands out about it. It's not flavoured. It's not particularly strong, yet nor is it particularly mild. It's typically neither too wet, nor too dry. There isn't even anything about it I'd call particularly distinctive. It's just very straightforward, honest-to-goodness tobacco which behaves politely in the pipe, and consistently delivers an enjoyable smoke.

Pipe Used: Peterson silver band billiard

Age When Smoked: Circa one year

Purchased From: Aireys of Kendal

4 people found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (266)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

First of all, not a hint of Lakelands (at least in my sample). A lovely, basic, straightforward, even relaxing to smoke blend. The flakes were easy to break up and fold, and lit fairly easily.

4 people found this review helpful.

doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (227)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I ordered this along with Brown Flake Scented (read my review under that entry). Very nicely prepared and long flakes in my 2 ounce sample baggie. No discernible smell upon opening the baggie - tobacco or Lakeland. There was no Lakeland (floral) taste while smoking for that matter. Only rarely did I seem to detect a faint soapiness in the aftertaste, not often, and not in every bowl I smoked, so go figure; very evanescent. This offering packed and lit very easily and smoked clean and dry all the way to the bowl's end. It was neither hot or bitey. A very pleasant smoking experience with a subtle, dry and muted sweetness, a bit chocolaty, a fair amount of nicotine presence, pleasant side stream aroma, and mild to medium taste in the tobacco department. It emits a fantastic room note. After smoking a bowl I went into another room and after a while, the remaining room note from where I was smoking entered into where I was. It was very old-world pipey in aroma and immediately brought back memories of the smell emanating from the pipes of those pipe smokers of my youth - very comforting (reminded me of Capt. Black White). Nothing fancy about this one, and way better than SG's Best Brown Flake or Full Virginia Flake, but along those lines. I also enjoy it more than G&H's own Best Brown Flake offering. No complexity here, but in its simplicity lies its strength. This is a high quality, well prepared pipe tobacco and I am happy I tried it. Definitely to enter my rotation, and enjoyable enough for me to have as a daily smoke. Pure tobacco goodness.

4 people found this review helpful.

BostonPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BostonPipe (83)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

I picked up a couple ounces of this blend to try earlier today. The flake is quite pliable and easily packs in the bowl. As with most flakes I rubbed out a single piece of flake to assist in the lighting. It lit easily and did not require a relight.

The initial taste is full, with a nice, almost leathery/creamy texture on my palate, and a slight, pleasing, peppery taste. As I smoked down the bowl, a faint sweet note began to accompany the full rich taste.

The taste left me feeling satisfied and content. This is not what I would consider an all-day smoke, rather, and end of day, "All is Well," smoke.

I look forward to rubbing this flake out on my next turn with it to see if changes will be noted.

4 people found this review helpful.

Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (165)
Strong None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

This is the unscented version. Man, this is a full virginia flake that is richer, with more body, and more complex than SG's full virginia flake IMO (which is darker in flavor). The age of the matured virginias (years) and the burley in this brown flake adds to the strength I'm sure.

This is so rich to me that I feel like I have had a full meal with I'm finished a bowl. (Now it doesn't have the spice or effects of the extreme SG 1792 dark flake.) I've been smoking this brown flake blend for about a year exclusively in a Cavicchi bent rhodesian and still later in a Rinaldo bent bulldog, both large pipes, and I plan to smoke it in more pipes rotating soon.

It is cool, very rich, dry, and steady burning, with an earthy tobacco flavor right to the edge. I find that it does develope an edge it I break the flake up much, so it is best just to break the bottom a little and to twist or push a good portion (or all) of a flake into your bowl for maximum coolness. The flakes are quite long. The finish is slightly stronger. Smoke it slowly.

This blend is available from several sources in the U.S. in bulk, so you can start with 50 grams and work up to more.

It doesn't compare with SG's Best Brown, which is more of a medium and scented (I like GH's better), but seems comparable to Walnut Flake (maybe stronger but not richer) and Germain's Brown Flake (not quite as full but rich and tasty -- still testing).

I also tried a few bowls of the GH's Scented Brown Flake for the semi-aromatic buffs, which is the same formula, with "english flavors", and is a bit on the sweet side (but I didn't smoke it enough to review it fully). So far I prefer the unscented Brown Flake. I'll stick with that one for now. How could they make it any better?

4 people found this review helpful.

Stefanos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stefanos (150)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin note, maybe a whiff of tonquin? Tobacco plus something very faint.

The flakes are thick and long and almost boken and have a medium brown color. I received them very dry so much so that a little crumbles to dust. But they smoked just fine and even a little wet… so I did not bother to rehydrate. Though nominally unscented, Brown Flake still has an extremely mild Lakeland essence to it. (I could not detect the essence from the tin note though.) Probably this is just unavoidable within the G&H premises… But it is so little that I guess someone not experienced in Lakeland floral flavors might not detect it as such. I guess…

Otherwise, Brown Flake has a very earthy tobbacoey taste with notes of cocoa. Sweet in a natural way, especially if you sip, it is smooth and the Burley does make its presence felt both in flavor (nutty, chocolatey) and by rounding off the higher Virginia grassy notes. Not very complex but still quite flavorful and despite the whiff of Lakeland aroma, Brown Flake offers an otherwise very natural tobacco experience. Strength is medium as is nicotine and room note is tobaccoey.

Very nice tobacco lying halfway between a natural Va/Bur and a true Lakeland aromatic.

3 people found this review helpful.

LV9 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LV9 (76)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

First off the bat this is not truly unscented there is a floral note to it that it just might ghost your pipe, second thing if you can’t handle nicotine stay away this one packs enough to loosen up your jaw, now that I have warned you what we have here is a Virginia-burley mix with a fair amount of dark fired stuff that might confused some for perique but is not, i rather smoked this fully dried in a bent pipe you do not want to try this blend in a nose warmer smoke calmly and you get a nice pleasant ride smoke fast and it will zinge your mouth to no end, would I buy again...absolutely this one is meant to age and dedicate a pipe or two to it.

Pipe Used: Imp Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: 9 years

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

Danno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Danno (102)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

This is a wonderful tobacco.

Nice, messy flakes, with tones of oats and a mild virginia sweetness. As others have noted, there is a trace of the Lakeland essence here, but it is only a trace.

The taste, flavour, and fullness place this squarely in the medium camp, and I find it good at any time of day. The burley component ensures no bite. This stuff is content to smolder, and with just the right amount of richness.

Not overly complex, but tastes damn good, and the more I smoke it, the better I like it. The enjoyment only deepens as you work your way through a bowl, and revisiting a half-enjoyed pipe is as simple as striking one match. Magical.

I enjoy McClelland's tang, and appreciate Macbaren's sweetness, but this is an order of magnitude beyond.

Age When Smoked: Newish

3 people found this review helpful.

Darth Smoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth Smoker (1)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Pried the lid off a 7 Year old Mason jar of GH Brown Flake Unscented. Nose - well aged VA. Beautiful Stringy flake. Oh My such a nice smoke.

Pipe Used: Large Cob

Age When Smoked: 6.5

3 people found this review helpful.

incognitopoet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
incognitopoet (36)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Knightsmoker's review really covers everything. This is a delicious, straight tobacco with lots of flavor. It burns cool and without bite.

My only regret is that I didn't buy a pound when I started cellaring this flake three years ago. It is certainly appropriate for an all-day smoke.

Pipe Used: Big CAO Meer

Age When Smoked: 3 years

3 people found this review helpful.

Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (191)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Nice meaty flakes with the right moisture that I fold in my pipe. I have a nice malty, toasty and nutty flavor that is well rounded. Creamy Virginia with some typical notes, no bite whatsoever. A good blended tobacco is about balance and this one has it. Definitely worth a try for the Virginia smoker.

While advertised as unscented, it has the floral/Lakeland essence taste that comes and goes depending on the batch. This inconsistency is really annoying for people who dislike this flavor. Personally, I' m not bothered by it if it's kept on the mild side but it prevents me from highly recommending it.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

Brown Flake Unscented;

Star Rating = 3.75;

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

Pouch Note = 10;

Room Note = 10;

Flavor = 10;

Bite = 9;

Burn = 10;

After Taste = 9;

Raw Score = 58;

Rated Percentage = 97%;

Comment = Very Smooth, Strong Strength, Rich Natural Tobacco Flavor, No Bite, White Ash Burn.

3 people found this review helpful.

Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I'll keep this one short. Nice to try the Lakeland-style flake without the Lakeland-style flavorings! Don't get me wrong, I like the Lakeland flavorings, but this one really points out the quality of the Virginias (and I suppose the Malawi Burley) Gawith Hoggarth is using, and presents them in a pure, unadulterated style. I imagine this would age well, and would seriously consider buying a pound for aging. I keep waiting for FVF to return, but I'm sure this is just as good, even though I have not had FVF in a couple years. It would make a worthy substitute, I'm sure. I'm sure many think it's better. How does a Gawith Hoggarth Lakeland Flake taste like without the Lakeland flavorings? Like tobacco. Like tobacco, but this one manages to remain smooth (unlike Dark Birdseye, but I digress. I don't think they were looking for smoothness there!) but at the same time rich. From time to time, I get those fig, fruit, and almond undertones one gets sometimes from good, well-cured Virginia weed, but they stay pretty much in the background. Just the basic good, well-cured Virginia weed is what predominates, and that is enough!

Note: one can get a whiff of those Lakeland scents even in this flake. After all, it is made in the same factory with the likes of Ennerdale and Kendal Flake. Some smokers may just not like these scents at all and be sensitive to their presence even as a "ghosting," but I do not think any flavorings were intentionally added to BF U/S.

3 people found this review helpful.

Tee-dub Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tee-dub (48)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a much-appreciated gift. This review will bear re-writing, as I feel it and I are still only barely acquainted after several quiet bowls.

I am not well-versed in Virginias, and have only a small frame of reference.

It is, to begin with, dark-pressed Virginia. It smells sweet and musty in the jar, qualities which softly evolve when a match brings this to life. The natural sweetness is complemented by something dark and earthy. There's clearly no casing or essence, but something in the pressing or the blending imparts delicate and surprising flavors, of incense, candle wax. This is full of pleasant surprises.

Interesting, flavorful. Strongly recommended.

3 people found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I pulled some of this from a box pass and set it aside to dry and when the moisture content was right, I have smoked nothing but it for a few days now and I have to say this blend satisfies. It really would make a great all day blend. In the bag, mine was already rubbed out from the flake, is a uniform medium brown in color, is a ribbon cut rough flake and the pouch aroma is a slightly sweet, yet peaty aroma of a nice VA blend. I say blend because it does have a little burley in it which gives it a nice rounded body yet the VA is the dominent tobacco and lends it's sweet, creamy, and smooth flavor from top to bottom of the pipe. It loads easily into my pipe, I tried it in a lot of different pipes and find that it smokeds best in a stacked somehat narrow bowl. It does have a "N" presence but not overly so but enough to satisfy the itch. It is very cool smoking and it smokes at a very nice slow pace and sipping it with strong coffee is fantastic. It is not a tongue biter at all even if you get aggresive with it. It smokes all the way down to the bottom of the pipe with no moisture and no dottle left, just a medium grey ash powder left when done. Since it was out of a box pass, i don't know how aged this was but i can imagine that this would be a great one to cellar and would get better with age, if it needs to get better, it's great as is. I smoked it so much that my pouch was gone very fast and I will miss it after i finish this last bowl I am smoking as I type this. I hope to procure more in the near future both to smoke and to cellar. This is the unscented blend not the scented, and I could not imagine wanting to change the taste in any way. This is a first class tobacco that is a great mix and I have to say I highly recommend this to everyone. I can find nothing negative about this blend at all. They simply nailed it on this one!

3 people found this review helpful.

DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (129)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

To my mind/taste, this is one of the most successful of the G & H flakes. It all depends on what you like, of course; but its great virtue, to me, is that it's a completely natural, unscented tobacco (Virginia/Burley) with a good, consistent ‘masculine' flavour. There's a nice, spicy, traditional Virginia aroma as soon as you open the packet. There's no fancy perfume or gimmick of any sort. If you like G & H's Ennerdale flake with its very heavy casing and overpowering properties of aroma and flavour, I guess you won't like this. If you like your tobacco to taste of tobacco and nothing else, this will be a good choice for you: sweet, good and full all the way down the bowl. DGT is very rewarding also.

BF is a fairly mild and satisfyingly tasty smoke, without the cigar flavour and sharpness that I find in G & H's Dark Flake. It burns well and evenly all the way to the end, doesn't bite (if you take it at the steady pace that Virginias need and deserve), and has an acceptable/pleasant room note: Klio (cat) and SWMBO don't mind it. It's better folded than rubbed out: not a cheap way to smoke a flake, but very satisfying in terms of flavour and duration. It does rub out satisfactorily, though, and if you store it the flakes will disintegrate naturally after a while.

BF will give you a good long smoke in a big bowl: the nicotine hit is not excessive, and it doesn't ask anything more of you than passive enjoyment. If you smoke all day (I don't), this would be a good all-day tobacco. It's one of my personal Arcadia blends. Samuel Gawith's Medium Virginia Flake runs it pretty close, but Brown Flake still has the edge IMO. I wish I could give it more than the maximum number of stars. After a lifetime of searching, I reckon this is just about as good as it gets. No matter how many tobaccos I try, I always come back to this.

BTW: this also comes in an aromatic version. My prejudices being what they are, I think this ruins a wonderful baccy; but people might like to give it a try. At any rate it's a lot less over the top than Ennerdale Flake.

3 people found this review helpful.

RMBittner Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RMBittner (66)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I enjoyed this from the first bowlful -- a straightforward but nevertheless rich blend of African Virginias and burley that makes for a delightful change of pace from straight Virginia flakes (and from other Virginia blends that aren't based on African leaf).

I've tried this rubbed out and simply folded up. But this didn't hit its peak for me until the flake had been in a jar for several months and -- as a result of that time -- had naturally fallen apart into small, easy-to-pack strands that were still properly moist but much easier to pack.

It also became much more rewarding in the bowl after all of that jar time. As others have noted, Brown Flake is not a complex blend, but it can be extremely satisfying. If you don't take to it right away -- but you're likely to be partial to its ingredients -- let it sit in a jar for a month or so and then see what you think.


3 people found this review helpful.

sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This is a blend for those moments in which you want to taste true tobacco and nothing else. Though it can seem a little flat in taste if you're used to scented blends or mixtures, at a more concentrate smoke it reveals all its subtleties. The taste is dominated by the Virginia sweetness, while the little addition of Burley helps a lot in rounding the typical Va harshness and contributes in keeping a certain coolness. To be a Lake District classic flake, it burns remarkably well and dry, without a lot of relights.

3 people found this review helpful.

Pounder 5000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pounder 5000 (178)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

Another wonderful Va flake by G&H. Stan pretty much sum it up perfectly as usual and all that I will add is that the only reason I don't smoke it more often is because I think Best Brown #2 is slightly better and very similiar. That said however, I would never turn down a bowlfull.

3 people found this review helpful.

Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (127)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I was first intrigued with this blend and foolishly bought quite a bit of it. I liked the lightly scented flavor with good tobacco taste. But after a year of trying to tame the bite, I have given up. I now smoke it almost bone dry, usually a cure for Va. bite, but to no avail, and if I smoke it moist, I feel like I am sucking steam. I very much like a wide variety of the G&H dark flakes and dark scented flakes. But almost all of their lighter brown tobaccos, except for Broken Scotch Cake, do not get along with my tongue. There are just too many excellent tobaccos on the market these days to fool around with it any longer. I advise a small sample if you try this one. That should be enough to discover if you are immune to its bite. Paddy.

3 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I was in pipe smoker's heaven when I first tried this blend many years back. Frankly, I am surprised that I never reviewed it. I went to my cellar to smoke a bowl before reviewing because my notes were from 2004 and my own palate can't remember back that far. Wow, what a smoke! The Virginia is certainly the main player and it is darkly rich and bold, yet sweet. The 12 percent or so Burley that is in this blend was heady and body building. And processed in that special way that produces the overall "Old World presentation that G&H is so famous for. Not the strongest horse in the barn as far as G&H blends go, but no Shetland Pony either. This bad boy delivers the goods!

2 people found this review helpful.

WillardFan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillardFan (86)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Lakeland floral scent! What the heck is that stuff? I guess you either like it, or you don't. I'm still trying to give it some more time for my taste buds to come to an favorable opinion about G&Hs products. A beautiful flake to be sure. Moisture content for me was smokable right out of my delivered package. I've noticed that the flavor improves towards the middle of the bowl. Over all, it's an excellent flake. Definitely worth a try, and it's available in bulk...

Pipe Used: Captain Black Yeoman

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

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2 people found this review helpful.

Jorge Soler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jorge Soler (129)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

OK, so this is a VaBur with a pinch of Kentucky leaf. The Virginia leaf is really good in its own right. It is sweet and mellow, and it evolves quite nicely as you progress with your smoke. The floral essence is still here despite the U/S denomination, so it must come from the leaf itself. Because of this, Brown Flake somehow reminds me of most of the ropes and twist tobaccos Gawith Hoggarth is so well known for. I personally don't mind it, but all of those Lakeland haters should probably avoid it. Back to the Virginia leaf, I find it quite satisfying. It has most of the Virginia characteristics I like in other tobaccos, such as, earthy undertones, its subdued sweetness and a hay/grassy dimension. As for the Burley leaf, I dare to say it's all been quite balanced as its presence does not kill the Virginia properties of the blend. For the most part, the smoking experience is that of a Virginia flake, the Burley leaf being the beef dimension, but it is the Kentucky leaf that seems to dominate despite being only 4% in this blend. It just gives the whole blend a rounder/fuller body to play with. I guess I like Best Brown 2 more in this range, but I might buy this one again some time in the future. All and all, it is 3 stars.

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TW Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TW (34)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Well it's a flake, and it's brown.

My 50g had no trace of any flavouring or floral aromas/toppings at all. A bit damp as supplied (though not dripping wet).

Rubbed out it's a finely cut shag in texture. Smokes easily, with little bite. To be honest I think it tastes as it looks - brown, uninspiring and ordinary. It seems to be lacking something - kind of like it's the backing track to a song, but with the lead vocals yet to be added.

Maybe that's not surprising, as it's basically the scented brown flake without the scent - kind of a base intended to carry added flavours well.

It's not unpleasant, but there are very many more interesting tobaccos about. Two and a half stars, maybe.

2 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (320)
Medium to Strong Medium Full Pleasant

I will never buy another G&H tobacco again. Don't tell me that a tobacco is UNSCENTED and then have me hit with that crappy Lakeland Floral soap taste with the first light. I should charge them for ghosting my pipe . They probably got the processing equipment dripping with LF soap juice. What a crime, they ruin what looks like a fine tobacco.


2 people found this review helpful.

RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is another fine flake from the house of Gawith, I think that this is their version of Samuel Gawiths Brown Flake. The main difference is that this one is a bit earthier in flavor and a tad bit stronger, plus it has a tinge of the famous "Lakelend" scent.I found it perfect in moisture and had no issues with tongue-bite at all. I found it just as cool as BBF. One note of warning: Dedicate a pipe to it, because it will impart the scenting to your pipes. Even though this is the "unscented" version, it still has a tinge of the scenting that I suppose comes from it being in the same factory, but I like it so it doesn't really matter to me. I will definitely continue smoking this blend, alternating between it and BBF. Enjoy...

2 people found this review helpful.

cajomu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cajomu (64)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was rather disappointed with GH&C Brown Flake Unscented. It just did not have enough flavor to be of much interest.

It comes in the form of long, rather ragged flakes. The aroma of the unlit flakes is that of high quality burley although, as noted below, the burly is definitely a bit player in the blend. The moisture content is perfect (no drying necessary). After rubbing out, it's easy to pack and light, with only an occasional relight being needed.

Upon lighting up, the spiciness of dark fired leaf is the first thing you taste, but this dissipates rather quickly and the tobacco settles down to be a rather insipid Virginia. It reminded me of a light version of Peter Stokkebye Luxury Navy Flake. The Virginias are mostly earthy and grassy, with little sweetness. I didn't detect the burley until the end of the smoke, when I got a bit of nuttiness and a little more depth of flavor. I didn't taste any Lakeland essence. On the plus side, it doesn't bite no matter how hard you puff. The nicotine hit was medium.

Brown Flake Unscented is clearly a quality tobacco and one that will probably appeal somewhat to Virginia smokers. However, for me, there is just not enough flavor to justify the price.

Pipe Used: African Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Recently purchased.

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Peter Stokkebye Luxury Navy Flake.

1 person found this review helpful.

Goose55 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Goose55 (15)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This luscious tobacco has become my most desired morning smoke. From the tin note, to the room note, it is perfect. Lots and lots of scrumptious, heady, deeply rich & earthy sweet flavor, with billows of smoke, and yet so very smooth & creamy. No bite, even if you chug away, as I do--because I ravish the flavor so very much. The 500 gram box presents the enormous, thick flakes that GH is famous for. Rubbing the flake out is very pleasant, as the tobacco has an almost meaty texture. This will be a mainstay tobacco for me for a long time. Get yourself some to try. You won't regret it. Best enjoyed in a large, wide chambered pipe. I've purchased many lots of this in 500g boxes and there's never been the slightest bit of Lakeland essence.

June 2018 Edit: I ran out of this divine blend for a short span and cracked a 1/2 pint Kerr jar of Samuel Gawith Best Brown Flake to fill the void, but the void did not get filled. Compared to this blend, SG BBF is flavorless.

Pipe Used: A large bent Upshall Tillshead Billiard

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

1 person found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1645)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Gawith Hoggarth - Brown Flake U/S.

One of my first reviews I've redone:

Medium brown flakes, mottled with yellow specks, and this pouch I'm basing this review on arrived with a good hydration level. The appearance of the flakes from this pouch though, despite the colour and moisture, is a little incongruous: the flakes are the slimmest in width I've come across! I don't get much in the way of an aroma from the blend, nothing implies a topping/flavour of any kind.

Every bowl I've had of Brown Flake U/S has lit and burned well, giving me quite a simple smoke. The Virginia leads with its bready/doughy flavour, but the Burley adds some depth and robustness. I struggle to detect much of the Lakeland/florals that a few other reviewers do; to my palate, apart from the tobacco characters, it's a natural taste. B.F.U/S. doesn't bite me at all, and the temperature from it sits just below medium.

The nicotine's medium, and the room-note's about a 6/10.

Easy: highly recommended.

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Various

Purchased From: Various

1 person found this review helpful.

Little Steven Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Little Steven (66)
Medium Very Mild Medium Unnoticeable

The usual high quality. A pretty much straight virginia. Many have compared it to Sam Gawith Full Virginia Flake or Best Brown. That's fair, but this has it's own identity.

If you like full on brown virginias this is absolutely for you.

I've gone off virginia so I'm cellaring what I've got for..... days, at least.

I know what I'm like!

Pipe Used: Stanwell billard.

Age When Smoked: Fresh.

Purchased From: Online somewhere.

Similar Blends: Sam Gawith Best Brown and Full Virginia Flake., And a host of other browns from yesteryear..

1 person found this review helpful.