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This tobacco is a blend containing 75% dark fired leaf 12.5% Malawi burley and 12.5% Virginia. You would therefore rightly expect a very strong smoke and one perhaps dominated by the pungent burnt smokey flavour so characteristic of leaf cured by open fire and smoke.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended ByGawith, Hoggarth
Manufactured ByGawith, Hoggarth
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringFloral Essences, Other / Misc
ProductionCurrently available
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Pleasant, Tolerable

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PipesterJim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipesterJim (47)
Strong Medium Full Pleasant

I recently spent a week aboard a boat on the Norfolk Broads in East Anglia, fishing for Pike. These waters are at their most beautiful during the colder months of the year when the boat traffic is lessened and the wildlife comes out to play.

I took several blends with me on the trip, including a bag of Coniston Cut Plug. This one trumped all the others to become my chosen evening smoke, and the crisp autumn weather made it seem far more enticing than when I first tried it a couple of years ago.

The combination of different VA constituents is spot on to provide a hearty, medium-strong smoke with good body and superb balance, though the dark-fired leaf is very much to the forefront. The top dressing is assertive but works very well with the base tobaccos, weaving around them and combining nicely without over powering the tobacco flavours.

My palette isn't refined enough to deduce the exact florals in evidence. It is definitely one of the more complex takes on lakeland 'essence' and the level of application, whilst probably too heavy to appeal to those looking for a lighter lakeland experience, is just fine by me. A distinct plus is that it manages to maintain throughout the smoke, rather than burning off during the early stages as can happen with some flavoured tobaccos.

Superb smoking qualities as one would expect from Gawith & Hogwarts. The fineness of the ash is akin to a good cigar.

I have just ordered samples of some of the lesser known GH&Co blends including Grasmere, Glengarry and Kendal Flake. I look forward to sampling these and will review them when I do, but for the timebeing CCP is a something of a grail blend as far as stronger lakelands go. For me, it is infinitely preferable to 1792 and Bracken Flake (sorry, Samuel).

Blackhorse, a couple of reviews down, has it right on when he calls it a 'goldilocks' blend. Anything less than four stars would be an injustice.

15 people found this review helpful.

Blackhorse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blackhorse (90)
Strong Medium Full Tolerable

Of all the blends that both sides of the Gawith clan puts out, this one gets my nod as the best in terms of what its like to work with and what it gives during the smoke. Not too shredded, not too firm...drys fast and easy to pack and ignite...fabulous flavors balancing richness, strength, sweetness and nuance development...sip it slowly and pay it no mind or worry over every little shred of goodness delivered to your tobacco pleasure center. To me this is all things, striking the perfect balance...not too smoky, not too strong, not too those planets that are neither too close nor too far from the Sun to be likely to support life...this one inhabits the "Goldilocks" zone. It's just right!

9 people found this review helpful.

Peter Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peter Piper (41)
Very Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

A strange mish-mash of reviews here and in a way I'm not surprised. These so-called "Lakeland" blends seem to cause more mixed reactions than any other. Long may it continue!

Soap? No, not at all. Ennerdale this ain't.

Floral? Just a touch, but more on the packet note - which is very yummy on the nose - rather than on the smoke itself, where it acts like a leavener.

And there's the rub (pardon the pun). To my mind the key thing about this blend is that is really rather strong, in smell, taste and mouthfeel. I am not generally a fan of aromatics because I prefer the taste of tobacco. In that sense, Coniston Cut Plug delivers in spades, with the flavourings, such as they are, seasoning and tempering the tobacco essence, rather than overwhelming it. And for me that is just the way it should be.

If you like a strong smoke with just a little something to take the edge away, this is just the job.

8 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Very Strong Medium Very Full Tolerable

The bold dark fired Virginia offer a bit of earth, smoky wood and spice, and plenty of fermented dark fruit as the main player. The dark Virginia provides earth, wood, dark fruit, and a little floral grass. In a support role, the Malawi burley is earthy, very nutty with a little molasses, and a touch of cocoa. The Lakeland topping is obvious without totally drowning out the strong tobaccos. I’m not sure what the other toppings are besides some tonquin, but they are much more subtle. The nic-hit is medium to full. Burns cool, clean and slow with a very consistent flavor all the way through to the finish. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and needs a fair number of relights. Has a pleasant, lingering smoky sweet after taste. Not an all day smoke.

6 people found this review helpful.

cobacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cobacco (52)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Perhaps this Coniston Cut Plug Unscented changes from time to time? My impression is that there's only a small difference between Scented Brown Flake and this stuff, mainly that the scented componet has been toned down. But this is a very nice tobacco with very polite smoking behavior; easy to light, no bite, long lasting and good to the bottom of the bowl. This is an honest medium+ strength tobacco, certainly nothing to be afraid of. There's a light floral scent, a sweet fennel taste and of course that wonderful G&H caramelized Virginia flavor. The taste is consistent for the entire bowl. Room note is pleasant and beard note is great for bedtime - Ivory Soap. Probably should be treated as an aromatic as far as pipes go, but the ghosting would be compatible with Latakia blends. I highly recommend Coniston to Virginia lovers who are looking for a little variety, but prefer to stay away from heavy handed aromatics. PS As I'm editing this I am enjoying the wonderful aftertaste, which I forgot to mention.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman COB

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From: smokingpipes

5 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Overwhelming Extremely Mild Extra Full Tolerable

I recently completed a bowl of Conniston Plug, and all I can say is; "whew, I'm glad that's over with!" I always thought of myself as a guy who can take the stoutest of blends, but I cried "Uncle" after partaking of this one.

Conniston Plug is dark in looks, but not nearly dark enough to suggest the strength that lies within the leaf. It was even tough to rub out. It packed easily enough and stayed lit well. Frankly though, I don't think you need to put a match to the leaf in order to taste its power. It hits you like a ton of bricks. I thought I was smoking the residuals of a smoky campfire. Strong and bitter stuff folks. Oh, the smoky flavor will stick to your palate like peanut butter too.

5 people found this review helpful.

Fofo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fofo (81)
Strong Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

My introduction to Lakeland style tobaccos was with the famous/infamous Condor, before that I didn't even know there was such a category called Lakeland. So, after having smoked a few pouches of Condor and having liked it very well, I decided to dig around and see what other Lakeland style tobaccos can be had in the U.S., that's when I found this blend.

Upon opening the bag (bought in bulk) I was greeted by that strong, pleasant floral smell some call soapy. In excitement I packed and lit my pipe, and was greeted by both satisfaction and disappointment.

The Lakeland flavor comes thru and is noticeable, but not as pronounced and "in your face" as I had hoped. That was the disappointment.

The satisfaction comes from everything else. See, even though the Lakeland essence is milder than I had hoped, it still comes thru and satisfies my craving for that taste. Further, the tobacco flavor comes thru and it is a very good flavor indeed. I can't really say that I find much complexity here, but the tobacco is good, tasty, most of what I taste is Va.

The body of the smoke comes from the Kentucky, which gives the blend the tobacco-y kick without being too strong. I would say this blend is full flavored and packs a decent nicotine punch, but it is not at all overwhelming. The cut plug (another fancy name for chunks of flakes, really) rub out easily. While lighting takes an extra second or two than, say, a shag cut, it is pretty easy and stays lit.

As far as moisture content, I have to say that, like many tobaccos out there, it comes with too much moisture, but this one perhaps a little more moist than most. Keep in mind it is better to have tobacco that is too moist than tobacco that is too dry and have to re-hydrate. With that said, I find it necessary to dry out the tobacco before smoking. A pipeful of rubbed out tobacco, spread out evenly, gets to a good smoking condition in about half an hour.

The one thing I can't help you with is the room note. I like the room note of pretty much all pipe tobacco and so does my wife. What I can tell you is that if you can only tolerate sweet aromatic roomnotes then this might be something you need to smoke outside.

This stuff is expensive, but worth it if you want a quality Lakeland. After having smoked 8 ounces I can say that, while I have not found a suitable replacement for Condor, I will buy Coniston again because it is a good Tobacco.

3 people found this review helpful.

Steerpike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steerpike (60)
Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable

Nice strong lakeland flake tobacco, its got some of the characteristics of the ropes, but isn't so harsh, or so strong. Perhaps the diferent process involved on pressing plugs tames it a little, I find it much more approachable.

In the bag it smells faintly smokey (dark fired leaf isn't the same as Latakia, its not so heavily smoked), earthy, tobaccoey, like a rope tobacco in fact. It's quite dark, and pressed quite densely. The cut is quite thick, thicker than the Samuel Gawith flakes, which makes it burn quite cool. I could'nt smell any topping scent in the pouch.

Offers a lot in the way of flavour development. It burns well, and the flavour at first is very faintly sweet. The aroma of the smoke at this stage is decidedly sweet, faintly nutty and a little like vanilla. Maybe this is Tonka bean? Its certainly not sickly smelling like a danish aromatic. I assume that the scenting in this soaks well into the leaf, because the taste is definitely of a scented tobacco. As the smoke progresses, the taste of the topping recedes, and the earthy, very faintly smokey taste of the tobacco comes through, and builds steadily in intensity. The aroma also becomes less sweet, and more like rich tobacco at this stage. It does leave a faintly soapy aftertaste, which some may not enjoy, I find it quite pleasant.

It does not bite unless provoked, and tends to burn fairly cool, with little harshness (unlike the ropes). Drying it out a little may be a good idea, as it does gurgle sometimes. It burns really slow, and will last well even in a small pipe. It is quite strong, so a smaller pipe is good unless you really like nicotine. Smoke it out of doors, on rainy days, it makes it all seem alright.


Got some more of this, as the weather in Preston is back to it's usual grim, Northern rainyness, and I'm surprised I didn't buy more sooner. Delicious stuff, and perfect on a cloudy, blustery day like today- it never overheats, never bites, you can turn your clay upside down to keep the rain out and it still smokes just fine. Very leathery, strong tasting tobacco- I notice the topping more now, right from the start slightly soapy, but in no way overwhelming the flavour of the tobacco- very nice. I started smiling as soon as I lit the first bowl!

3 people found this review helpful.

noquarter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
noquarter (23)
Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Very Pleasant

Sweet aroma like some baby powder balancing the heavy taste of the tobaccos. Nice volume of smoke and body I could almost chew on the smoke. Burns nicely best enjoyed in a smaller bowl. Smokes cool and would not bite even if pushed. Some may not like it or may gag at this tobacco but it's a must try tobacco for sure. May not be enjoyable if the smoker is nicotine sensitive or very used to the typical vanilla aro. Will leave a nice ghost that I find rather enjoyable specially with lat blends.

Pipe Used: Kaywoodie stinger

Similar Blends: 1792.

2 people found this review helpful.

Sentul Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sentul (12)
Strong Medium Full Pleasant

If you like English Lakeland Blends then this tobacco is a must, its superb.

It's one of the few of the many strong tobaccos I smoke that get's a thumbs up on aroma.

In my opinion it's not so "perfumey" as Condor but beware, it will case (ghost) your pipe as will all English Lakelands.If you want to enjoy "English Lakeland" tobaccos give them a pipe or two on their own.

They will definitely ruin and spoil your enjoyment of a different tobacco type if the same pipe is used.

The long cut broken flake is easy to rub out, lights like a dream and smokes down to the end of the bowl.

This is one of my favourite tobaccos now.

Edit:- I've just been looking again through the reviews below I read a quite a while ago now and why I actually bought this tobacco as in my case I was looking for a Lakeland with a likeness of Condor (albeit not the same) and it was Fofo and Pipester Jim.

Thank you both and I agree with you Jim, ...sorry Sam, ...I've just tried the 1792 Flake and it's terrible compared to this.

Pipe Used: G.Smith's Plainsman, (a half bent Rhodesian).

Purchased From: Rich at 4noggins USA

Similar Blends: Condor as a reference for other English Lakeland Flakes..

2 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Overwhelming

Quite frankly, it'll be awhile before I try another G&H tobacco. I either love them or loathe them. I think they make the best "strong" tobaccos in the world... and also the worst ones - to my taste, of course!

This one is a nice dark broken flake that smells of the Lakeland florals (as some call them - I call 'em soap!) which I detest but that I find tolerable and even beneficial in some blends. In this one, I found it overpowering during the first 1/3 of the bowl. I was surprised but pleased that I made it past this point because the middle 1/3 was very good. The soap taste dissipated and the dark-fired leaf flavor took over. Nice! Unfortunately, that didn't last very long, as during the last 1/3, I consistently got a heavily burnt toast flavor that was extremely bitter. This happened no matter how slowly I puffed. It was not pleasant, I assure you, even while it was preferable to the soap taste at the beginning.

If you enjoy the Lakeland style flavoring- and it appears there are many that do - this one will be right up your alley. It's a high quality blend that unfortunately just isn't my cup of tea.

2 people found this review helpful.

sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
Strong Mild Full Strong

A good tobacco, in the tradition of the Lake District soapy flakes. The burnt aroma is strong, reminding me of S.Gawith Black XX, but the nicotine content isn't so heavy as I was expecting; however, it's definitely an after-dinner! It packs and burns well, with a pleasant light bitterish taste, that becomes very bitter if rushed. Good one.

2 people found this review helpful.

Danno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Danno (102)
Strong Medium Full Pleasant

A somewhat maligned blend, CCP should have a place in the rotation of any Lakeland fancier, as well as occasional play in the pipes of those interested in a trip to unfamiliar territory. Not as rabidly scented as some sister offerings, CCP is pleasantly floral, something of a meeting between St. Bruno and Condor. The nicotine level is high but certainly not obscene. This is a tobacco to be smoked gently and with some attention, as it will turn bitter if provoked. I find it an amiable partner later in the day, along side 1792, et al.

2 people found this review helpful.

Albion1956 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Albion1956 (41)
Strong Strong Full Pleasant

AN English flake, in the English tradition, soapy as some would call it. This tobacco is either for those you like this type or not. A dark flake, partially broken and it comes moist, so some time is needed to air out for good smoke. Very flavorfull and aromatic in smell and room notes. This tobacco smokes all the way to the bottom of the bowl, with care! Strong on the nicotine, and with a white ash which shows it's purity. Not enough can be said for this tobacco. One of my favorites, which I smoke frequently.

2 people found this review helpful.

Jorge Soler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jorge Soler (129)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

Like Marmite, either you love it or you hate it. Well, I love it. In true honesty, I am impressed. Not as full as Dark Flake, but pretty much in that line, this baccy is. For burley/dark fired lovers, this tobacco is a must. The Lakeland casing is somewhat different from what I know, but it plays an important role giving this blend a very noticeable zesty and licoriceish flavour. The ratios seem to lean towards the burley side of the argument giving this blend a dark and full-bodied character. The nutty dimension this tobacco drives you into is something to die for and it somewhat reminds me of 1792 Flake. I am not sure it contains any Tonquin beans, but I think I can detect it. As a matter of fact, I'd be surprised if it didn't. This tobacco is performing quite well in many fronts and will get a solid 4 star rating.

1 person found this review helpful.

MarkTheLad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MarkTheLad (29)
Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

This reminds me of Bosun Cut Plug, but there are some differences. First of all, the broken flakes seem to be a little thinner and it rubs out pretty easily, so be careful to not rub it out to much. There are some cloves in here as well as the typical G&H Lakeland floral toppings (which I like) and it's a little less sweet with plenty of good, natural tobacco flavor, very tasty!. I rubbed it out just a little and packed it loose. It burned good with only a few relights and did not require any drying time. G&H uses good quality tobacco in this, just like in all of their blends. Take note, this is a strong tobacco, so you'll want to sip it and have something on your stomach when you smoke it.

Pipe Used: Peterson Dracula XL02

Age When Smoked: 1 week

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Bosun Cut plug.

1 person found this review helpful.

Jaw Warmer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jaw Warmer (5)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Coniston Cut Plug

This is my first time having a pipe-full of Coniston Cut Plug and I must say that its a most enjoyable smoke.

It is slow burning, good flavour and a very enjoyable room note according to my wife.

I purchased this (and my other tobaccos) from: Miss Morans 6 Church Ln, Belfast BT1 4QN United Kingdom Tel: +44 28 9024 6826

They are a pleasure to do business with. They are very helpful and accommodating. Thank you to all at Miss Morans.

Very enjoyable.

Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Miss Morans - 6 Church Ln, Belfast BT1 4QN, United Kingdom - +44 28 9024 6826. Miss Morans Super 5*

Similar Blends: To my pallet its unique :-).

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Coniston Cut Plug offers a bit of best worlds. The flavor mainly comes from the Dark Fired as it makes up the majority of the blend. At the same time, there is enough Lakeland style added flavors to make those seeking some added flavor happy too. But with that said, the tobacco flavor dominates. CCP starts off medium to strong and by mid bowl it is strong to very strong. Many of the Gawith Hoggarth blends offer a visit from Lady N and CCP invites her to move in for a long stay! I enjoy this blend more than similar GH blends as it burns cool without any hint of a bite. CCP is a full flavored blend made from high quality tobaccos and recommended for the experienced pipe smoker. Proceed with caution.

Age When Smoked: New

1 person found this review helpful.

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

This tobacco is my introduction to Lakeland tobaccos. I'd heard that you either loved them or you hated them and most of what I read leaned toward the latter. Recently, my curiosity led me to order several of the Gawith & Hoggarth tobaccos from 4 Noggins in order to try them for myself. Several of them were out of stock and that prodded my curiosity and interest further. The appearance of the Coniston Cut Plug was of finely sliced plugs, as one would expect from the name. It was not just coins, but ribbons in abundance where the coins had fallen apart. The tobacco was moist out of the bag. Mine was the unscented variety so the aroma was not too floral and perfume-like, as many of the other Lakeland-type tobaccos are. I should have given the tobacco a little more drying time for my first bowl, but I smoked it right out of the bag. On later bowls I did allow for a little air-drying time and was rewarded with a drier smoke. The tobacco packed nicely, without having to further rub out the tobacco. It seemed almost to be drawn into the bowl. It lit easily when given adequate air-drying time (overnight for me). The initial flavor was a robust, smokey, bold character with a slightly soapy tinge. I had heard of this soapy aspect, but found it to be interestingly different and tasty. The flavor is deep and rich but not complex. The taste stays with you for a while after smoking and is not unpleasant, at least for me. There's not a whole lot of difference in the smoke as you move down the bowl; it is pretty much the same bold tobacco flavor the whole way down. The intensity and the strength (nicotine) of this tobacco is formidable. It is one of the strongest tobaccos that I've experienced. It burns fairly cool and dry. I smoked three bowls of it in an Orlik Captain Black billiard with an optimum cake.

Pipe Used: Orlik billiard

Age When Smoked: Fresh from purchase

Purchased From: 4 Noggins

1 person found this review helpful. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (120)
Very Strong Extra Strong Medium to Full Very Strong

This tobacco is nearly perfect: a strong but harmonious mixture, delivered in shreds that if folded and inserted gently into the pipe with frayed ends upward, lights relatively easily with a match. It burns well and delivers a glorious full dose of nicotine. It tends to leave a few partially-burned fragments at the bottom of the bowl but for the most part burns completely. Where this goes wrong is in the rosewater soap flavoring in which it is soaked. I purchased the unscented variety to avoid that, but ended up gagging at the dead rose stench that floated off the two ounces in my bag. For those who fear the pipe ghost, this leaves an entire undead army of elderly zombies bathing in horrific soapy rosewater. It melts down into the pipe and manifests itself at random in future bowls, usually toward the end of the burn. While the impact of this is excellent, and its flavor -- what can be detected under the foamy surge of dead flowers -- is both strong and nuanced, the rosewater deluge utterly kills this tobacco for me.

1 person found this review helpful.

SecretAgentMan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SecretAgentMan (27)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This comes in two varieties -- scented and unscented. I bought the unscented version. It appeared as relatively thick slices, like tree bark, which were dark brown with slightly-lighter strands. It smelled like a powder box of Arpege my mother used to have.

I smoked this in a Missouri Meerschaum General. The smoke had a thick, pleasant quality, like drinking a tobacco milkshake. The perfume lingered throughout; the tobacco itself showed a lot less flavor, and only matched the perfume in the last third of the bowl.

I kept tasting the "Lakeland" scents hours after finishing the pipe. They were unpredictable, jarring and unpleasant, like someone suddenly drawing his nail across a blackboard. I can only imagine how long one would have to endure this after-effect with the scented version.

1 person found this review helpful.

butman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
butman (47)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

You gotta like the Lakeland soap taste to really get into this one. It's not off my list, but just occasional. Try it, but not on an empty stomach.

1 person found this review helpful.

scottyspipesebay Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
scottyspipesebay (25)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Coniston Cut Plug (Bulk): I'll start by saying this is a solid 3 stars for me. Upon opening the bag, the raw note is flowery soap and chocolate cake. It was moist out of the bag, but only took about 10 mins after I rubbed it out. It's a simple, easy drop in load; like dropping in cubes and you barely need to pack it. It fires up at 1st light; stays lite, but burns warm and more quickly than most quality blends. The room note is sweet, fruity and FLOWERY, but it can sting the back sinuses a bit if you're not careful. I like an occasional inhale, but trust me, this is not the blend for that, as a stand alone. N From what I'd read, I fully expected this smoke to have a strong nic kick, but it's not too heavy, and was NEVER overpowering. The palate is nice mild sweet woody goodness, and I now understand the Lakeland (soapy) flavor that so many speak of. For me, it is far in the back-end and was an enhancement to the blend; not a detractor at all. However, I do have to add that the soap ghost haunts the mouth long afterward. Grab an Altoid.

Some have described how smoky this is, but being the Latakia nut that I am, I'm used to the smokiest of blends, so this didn't seem to be overly so.

I fully enjoy sipping this with a few breaks here and there. I could only smoke about 2/3 of the bowl, as the flavor stops and turns to tar, but that's just the way some stronger blends are.

Ok, four years later I've been left with a cellared delight. Guys, aging is the key here. It mellows way back and any bite that was is gone. Even becomes mild in comparison. As I get older, the more I understand patients when it comes to loving and understanding what you are going for. My god, it is marvelous compared to what I first put into that big jar four years ago. Sweet and the soap is completely gone, replaced with a complexity I now truly enjoy. Even so, remember that this is an old English style tobacco meant to be sipped like a fine single malt Scotch. Not gulped down like cold beer on a hot day, or a sweetened cavendish ready to suck on and fill the room with clouds. That's not pipe smoking.

Pipe Used: Big older Jobey Canadian

Age When Smoked: Cellared 4 years

Purchased From: Pipes

Similar Blends: Nothing. Enrique within itself..

1 person found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (266)
Medium to Strong Strong Full Pleasant

Excellent tobaccos, but you'd really have to enjoy the rather complex flavorings more than I to be able to really enjoy this often.

edit -- I seem to like Lakelands ever more these days, and so am upping the rating.

1 person found this review helpful.

DoctorThoss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorThoss (146)
Strong Medium Medium to Full Strong

This is a "man's" smoke if ever there was one. Almost but not quite as powerful as Dark Flake or 1792, this is a nicotine powerhouse with a full, smoky flavor that is utterly unique. The Lakeland perfume here is reminiscent of Ennerdale (perhaps St. Bruno, as well) but it's applied with a lighter hand. Or, maybe it's not that less flavoring is used but rather that the base tobaccos are so powerful they drown out anything that's added to them! I really like how this stuff smokes, its lack of bite and its ability to cure my desire for a nicotine fix. I also like the flavoring that's used. What ruins Coniston Cut Plug for me is that there are almost no "light" or sweet tobaccos here. The underlying leaf is bitter and unpleasant, and the polar opposite of what is used in, say, Kendal or Ennerdale flakes. I've found that mixing this 50-50 with other G&H mixtures can yield some very smokeable products, but taken on its own I hsve to force myself to finish each bowl.

Somewhat recommended, as this is a high-quality product that just isn't to my taste.

1 person found this review helpful.

Dubinthedam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dubinthedam (133)
Strong Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

Another one on the strong list, and another 4 stars. One of the best strong ones from gawh.

1 person found this review helpful.

Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (187)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

Another nice trip to Kendal, indeed.

I received 50grms of bulk CCP from Kingsize of Sheffield (UK), alongwith Ennerdale (and others).

CCP belongs to the same cathegory( and brand) of Ennerdale, sharing quite the same cut, colour and flavouring. Just, CCP is one notch stronger and a couple milder in flavouring. This makes it something different and more user-friendly. And deserving a higher rating.

A small Castello long-shanked Prince, was used for this review. Rolled a couples of pinches of this roughly rubbed flake, one false light and here we go !

The smallest quantity of flakes gifts the longest and coolest smoke! Never the bowl is hot, never the smoke stings. Sweet, earthy and flowery. Mildly soapy/citrusy/almondy. The presence of fire-cured leaves makes evidence to the nostrils. The strength is satisfactory and perfectly manageable all the day. So the complessive body is as well.

At the end, only dry fluffy ash.

Traditional english flakes have a special place in my heart indeed.

1 person found this review helpful.

BostonPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BostonPipe (83)
Strong Medium Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Another 'Claasic' from the Lakeland region of England. Mainly a dark flake, easy to rub out. A false light, a quick tamp, a re-light and on to the experience. A rather floral, ever so slightly sweet taste as one goes down the bowl. I view this type of blend as a change of pace, not an everyday smoke. Sort of a weekend, 'kick-back' type of blend. As with most of the blends from this region, the flavoring (or flavouring) really accentuates the high quality tobaccos, rather than over-power them.

1 person found this review helpful.

Bluenoser Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bluenoser (34)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

If you enjoy British flavoring like I do you gonna love this tobacco. It is of extremely high quality leaf with an endless rolling of flavor-filled smoke tempting taste and smell senses to continually beg for more. I cannot say enough good about this mixture. It is sweet but not offensively so. It has plenty of strength to carry its aroma relentlessly pleasing the smoker always. If you like Condor, St. Bruno, Ennerdale, and Bracken Flake you should find solice in this kin weed. Order in a small sample and give it a go. Absolutely bliss!!!

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Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (204)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Pleasant

Many thanks for Rich from 4noggins dot com, for sending me a good sample of this blend.

This is a typical Kendal dark pressed tobacco, scented with the typical flowery Kendal topping (after shave foam, ladies hair spray and all?), the smoke is strong in nicotine, which requires an extremely slow puffing to better enjoy this fine tobacco, the taste is flowery semi sweet with some bitterness and with sort of dark caramel undertone, there is a lot of delightful flavors to be discovered during the smoking experience, I found that a narrow bowl with a Very slow puffing (sipping) is the best way to enjoy this blend. Overall, this is an excellent blend in the finest English traditions; I like it and I will be buying more for sure.

Bad Good = Excellent * Exceptional

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OSR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OSR (78)
Medium to Strong Strong Full Very Pleasant

One of the best Lakeland flakes and also one of the most aromatic. I'm very happy that I tried this tobacco. Full flavored tobacco that smokes cool and dry. I can't put my finger on the flavorings used in this tobacco but suffice it to say, I love it. Extremely satisfying and rich with no bite. Coniston will leave a 'footprint' in a pipe so don't smoke this in your favorite unscented virginia flake pipe. I dedicate particular pipes to Lakeland tobaccos and recommend that you do the same. Wonderful tobacco!

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Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

I presume the scenting process is carried out at the final stage, just before packing. Nothing else could explain that the scent makes its presence felt in ascending order in plugs, flakes, cut plugs and ribbons. What is tantalizing or piquant in plug form has become insufferable in ribbon form (Erinmore is a clear example).

The tobacco quality is good, but the scenting intrusive. I have had the same scent in the same makers XX Dark, where it is only on the surface of the plug, and enjoyed it. In the cut plug form it approximates to Condor.

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Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (107)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

-An english lakeland style semi-aromatic broke flake

-Dominated by a base of dark fired leaf which translates to a higher nicotine content, full and satisfying in that regard

The aromatic factor is light but significantly there. One might say it has some of that "soapy" quality but to me it is verging on floral but not over the edge. I can detect a slight amount of added sweetness to the smoke and aroma very much like tonquin. This in effect is similar to Samuel Gawith's 1792 Flake but as a lessor density in strength and slightly different aromatic quality. The taste of the smoke has the light sweetness from the tonquin, which helps to round out the overall flavor, smokiness from the dark fired leaf and the other aromatic agents contribute a sort of mild bitterness. The smoke strength is tame and not bitting like a VA flake. The richness of the nicotine content in relation to it's mild strenth on the palette is deceptive, so puff slow with caution (not quite near 1792). Another lakeland variety which may be sought after by certain niche smokers.

- Recommended to "Lakelanders"

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Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (115)
Strong Strong Extra Full Tolerable to Strong

I've smoked about 10 ounces of this over the years since it's been available in the US, though lately I don't want to touch it.

CCP is more rounded and polite than 1792 (one reason could be the Burley) and doesn't pack quite as much of a nico wallop.

It has a smooth yet bitter underlying taste, flavored fairly gently (relative to other Lakeland Flakes) with something that smells/tastes like bannanas mixed with baby powder. The Horrible Aftertaste I get with the ropes is present here but much muted, so muted it doesn't bother me. CCP is monochromatic, smoky and slightly soapy, but that's not news.

It's main problem (assuming you like the scent of baby powder, which I don't mind at all), is that the underlying tobaccos have too high a bitter/strength ratio. As an example, I find Kendal Kentucky to have less bitterness and more strength. Condor is about equal strength to CCP with much less bitterness. Have I mentioned the word "bitter" enough ?

If the ropes are too much but you still feel tempted, try this.

Similar Blends: Condor, Bosun Cut Plug.

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swb118 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
swb118 (2)
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

This is a one bowl review. I really like this tobacco! I've been on a Lakeland bender of late, trying Ennerdale flake, Grasmere Flake, and obtaining some Kendal Flake and Dark Flake Scented along with Coniston. Coniston is a broken flake, and my 2 oz bulk order arrived not as moist as most GH&Co tobacco's. I still let a bowlful dry 20 minutes before loading and smoking. The Lakeland scent is noticeable but not overwhelming. The flavor is of strong tobacco and is very tasty. I wish I'd paid attention to other reviews and not made this my first bowl of the day because the Nic kick is above average. The lakeland flavor did come thru in the smoke although not as strongly as Ennerdale or Grasmere. This is a very good, very tasty,and strong tobacco.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Oscar 904KS

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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Calamiti Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Calamiti (66)
Medium to Strong Medium Full Very Pleasant

Among a dozen or more blends I first sampled in 2017 this one was undoubtedly The Discovery Of The Year. What a gem is this! Why didn't I try Coniston long ago...

At the first puff it might look like a crossbreed between Ennerdale Flake and Dark Flake: it's both floral and smoky. Upon closer inspection I came to conclusion that Coniston is superior to both.

Comparing to Ennerdale, Coniston's floral tone is much more subdued while more sustainable. Where the Ennerdale's olfactory burst greatly subsides by the middle of the bowl, the faint flow of sweet floral juice in Coniston remains almost unchanged through the rest of the smoke. And it's completely different juice than in Ennerdale (more pleasant to my taste, I should say).

It's not a Dark Flake sprinkled with a floral essence, either. Coniston is made of the same Dark Fire Cured leaf as the Dark Flake and equals it in fullness and richness but is noticeably mellower in strength.

Coniston is a lucky combination of Lakeland Aromatics and Dark Superstrongs: it's aromatic with no overwhelming and strong with no overpowering.

From now, Coniston Cut Plug is a new entry to Mr. Calamiti's Personal Hall of Fame.

Highly Recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson 80s

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CherchezLaghost Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CherchezLaghost (52)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A stout, deliciously smooth and well built flake. This is one of my top 4 or 5 GH scented flakes, and its easy to see why. This is a quite traditional scented flake, composed of dark fired, burley, and virginia, with a cool flower-sweet scenting. You must like Lakeland style, or don't even bother. If you do, however, then this is a great choice. Its pretty middle of the road in terms of strength of scenting, the tobacco as per usual with GH is of the finest quality, deftly blended and aged. A superb flake that i smoke an oz or two a month.

Pipe Used: Cobs, meerschaums, briar

Age When Smoked: Newish

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1643)
Extremely Strong Medium Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Gawith Hoggarth - Coniston Cut Plug.

An early review that needed 'tweaking'. Well, deleting and redoing as it was rubbish ;)

A very dark, broken flake, of a good moisture, with a deceiving aroma: it smells far more perfumey than it tastes. A lot of the blend doesn't need any further rubbing, there's only a small quantity of pieces of flake that require a rub.

Lighting up a bowl of Coniston is a simple task, and then it gives one seriously hard-core smoke. As it says in the description there's a smoky flavour, one that may overpower a lot of pipers, it's EASILY the leading taste. Unlike the pouch-note I don't get any florals, perfume, or sharpness, it's the smokiness which dominates. The temperature of Coniston is quite cool, and the burn's brilliant.

Nicotine? Strong. Too strong for me. And the room-note? Not good.

The rating then: tricky. I think it's quite unpleasant but I recon the quality of it's good.

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Pete' #221 now, but various.

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Various

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Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (137)
Strong Mild Medium to Full Very Strong

If you enjoy strong no nonsense blends then this is a blend for you. The VA/Bur blend is very well done and the casings are at the top of the mild end. The dark fired elements lead the way with smokey and spicy notes. The VA's are a little sweet (but this is not really a sweet smoke). They have a little citrus and grassy notes in places. The burley is nutty, earthy, a note of cocoa and some alkalinity pop up from time to time. The blend is smokey with a slight sweet spice note as well. This combines with the lakeland floral sent which has been added very lightly. The other elements seem to enhance the tobacco flavor. For example at times the nuttiness has notes of almond and Brazil nuts, which seems to be more from the casing than the burley IMO. A good blend for those looking to try a lakeland blend without being blown away by the floral sent. The nic hit is strong enough to make me feel relaxed. I think I have a pretty high tolerance so take it slow. It will smoke a little wet at the bottom and it can burn hot if pushed. The room note will not win you any friends. Not an all day smoke.

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Rob73 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rob73 (77)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Less flavoured than his 'brother' Ennerdale, Coniston has - I think - the soapy note (the typical Kendal scent) used for the great GH Balkan Mixture. That is enough to make it a great tobacco, like all the production Gawith Hoggarth. 4,0/5 in my personal rating system.

Purchased From: Synjeco, Brissago (Switzerland)

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Little Steven Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Little Steven (66)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Unnoticeable

This is the finest all day smoke I've ever come across. Not the finest smoke, but the finest for any occasion. It's manly and bold, gentle and firm. Florid not floral.

I'd recommend it to anyone, any time!

Pipe Used: Stanwell billard.

Age When Smoked: Fresh.

Purchased From: Online somewhere.

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steppx Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
steppx (152)
Strong Medium Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

reading reviews here I am, again, reminded how subjective tobacco smoking experiences can be. I don't find CCP particularly strong. Now don't get me wrong, it IS strong, but its not insanely strong like Blond Bogie or Black Irish rope. And I don't find it nearly as strong as Dark Bird's Eye. I love DBE, but boy, it has to be smoked carefully or your head will swim. I don't find that to be the case with Coniston Cut Plug. Its in the same ballpark as Boson cut Plug. I prefer CCP because it's smoother and I think more complex. But i know why some love the Bosun. In a sense, the classic GH flakes...Kendall, Dark Scented, Rum Flake, Bosun Cut and Coniston Cut are somewhat similiar. There are differences to be sure, but they are in the same category. And i love all of them. This is among my favorites, though. I love Rum Flake and I love, actually, Louisiana Flake (which is less strong and perhaps more one dimensional, but i love it). This has a creamy quality, and is amazingly tasty. Perhaps the tastiest of the whole lot. Kendall Flake has more casing I think, and you smell that casing more than CCP, but in the actual smoke I think CCP is even fuller. The usual smoky fire cured taste is there, always, but the bright virginia softens it perfectly. Not an all day smoke, but can be an everyday addiction.

Purchased From: 4noggins

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Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
Medium Medium Full Tolerable

Coniston Cut Plug Unscented;

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, Medium Strength, Full Body Natural Tobacco Flavor, has a slight After Taste

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DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (129)
Strong Medium Full Pleasant

This is a hefty, dark cut-plug with a pronounced but not objectionable Lakeland topping (there is a scented variant that I haven't tried, and probably won't). The leaf is of the high quality and presentation that you would expect from GH. The topping is a little bit like Ennerdale Flake, but nowhere near as strong. In that respect, CCP is what Ennerdale Flake ought to be, IMO!

CCP isn't at all bad: slow burning, full flavoured and mostly quite cool, though I find that it gets a bit ashy and hot towards the bottom of the bowl. It comes quite moist, but it burns well and doesn't need constant relighting. The room note is pleasant enough, too, SWMBO & Co. tell me. It's the sort of tobacco that I always think of as a cold-weather smoke: just right for a winter evening by the fire with a black coffee; tasty and strong. Don't rush it, though or the nicotine will make the bottom fall out of your world and vice versa.

The negative thing that I'm inclined to say about CCP is that there's nothing especially striking or out of the ordinary about it. It's pleasant enough, but any number of other dark-fired offerings will do the same for you. I'm happy to recommend it somewhat, but I wouldn't queue in the street to buy some more. If I had to choose between this and Sinclair's Highland Sliced (I think the comparison is fair), I'd choose the Highland Sliced.

Update, April 2015: I've just bought and smoked some more of this after quite a break away from it. For some reason I'm finding this current batch more interesting than former ones, and I'm inclined to promote it from two stars to three. The trick with CCP is to take it slowly and relax with it. It's a tobacco to be enjoyed while not doing anything else. If you do that you'll get the best from it.

Pipe Used: Peterson 312

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the shop

Purchased From: Durham Pipes and Tobacco, Durham, UK

Similar Blends: Bosun cut plug (at least in some respects); 1792/Cob Flake..

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Ehrling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ehrling (108)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The aroma of smoky, dark-fired leaf controls the pouch and an herbal/floral quality is readily apparent. Though this is a "scented" tobacco, it seems to be less so than some of the other scented offerings. This sense of being less heavily scented may be due, in no small part, to the influence of the dark-fired tobaccos. Because of the concentration of the dark-fired leaf, Coniston Cut Plug (CCP) can give the impression of some power, but this power doesn't reach the strength found in the ropes and it's not quite as strong as Bosun Cut Plug.

I was not terribly drawn to this blend initially and as with many of the G&H tobaccos, it required several acquaintances before I became better accustomed to its personality. After a little time, I have become rather attached to it. I enjoy its mouth-filling, somewhat burnt, rich and nutty taste. And the slightly sweet herbal/floral component is a positive feature. (I think that it is actually better balanced than Bosun Cut Plug). There are times when I appreciate the more mild-mannered and civil behavior of CCP over its heavier brethren. I am inclined to recommend this one more for the seasoned smoker, but it could be a very good place to start for anyone wanting to sample the G&H "Scented" varieties.

Pipe Used: Mostly Meerschaums

Similar Blends: This might be a suitable replacement for the old Condor blend which is now impossible to find.

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