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Manufactured by spinning tobacco leaves into a rope which is then made into a roll form, pressed, and finally sliced to produce round tobacco circles. Unlike the whole ropes, which use all dark leaf, this rope is spun using Bright Virginia outer wrapper leaves. This gives the tobacco a milder nature as well as an attractive contrast in color.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Manufactured ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
ContentsVirginia
FlavoringNone
CutCurly Cut
PackagingBulk
CountryUK
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
2.8
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Ehrling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ehrling (108)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is an EXCELLENT, slightly sweet tobacco consisting of mostly bright Virginias and a little dark-fired that is sliced from rope. The cut is actually a very fine ribbon-cut (not quite a shag-cut) with some scattered small, dark birdseye discs intermingled. Curly Cut exhibits only a hint of Lakeland; this trait is very restrained and sedate.

I recommend Curly Cut because of its moderation—it has some sweetness, but it’s not overly sweet; it’s not overly strong or weak; it’s not overly scented or flavored; and it is quite satisfying without being a nicotine bomb. There is a hint of Lakeland here, but I believe that it's something acquired during processing and not through a topping. The blend, while not monochromatic, is not terribly complex--it's primarily straight-forward tobacco. For those who want to sample what G&H has to offer in an unscented variety, Curly Cut might be a good place to start.

Curly Cut is a little tough to rate strength-wise—for a “Rope” (or more accurately a tobacco cut from rope), Curly Cut is a relative light-weight. In comparison to most anything else I would place it at a point close to medium, more or less. (Less seasoned smokers may judge it to be a little bit stronger.) Due to the cut of the tobacco, this one can get warm--you have to do your part to keep it under control.

Pipe Used: Karl Erik Ekstravagants

Age When Smoked: BULK

Similar Blends: G&H Curly Cut Deluxe. but the "DELUXE" version is darker in character and stronger.

8 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I love most Gawith Hoggarth blends but didn’t have the best results with Curley Cut Deluxe so I put this one off for a while. It was a mistake. The small coins are mixed in with a lot of ribbons and the pouch scent is that very familiar Lakeland scent, albeit faint. The Virginia tobacco is the dominate player here and I was pleasantly surprised by the subtle sweetness and milder strength (compared to many GH blends) of this blend. After smoking it in a briar and a cob, I enjoyed the cob more as it seemed to bring out a bit sweeter flavor. Curly Cut is a forgiving blend and there isn’t any heat or bite even when puffed a bit aggressively. If there is any topping on this, it is added with the lightest of hand. I expect this to age really well and followed up my first few ounces with a pound with that in mind. CC isn’t quite a four star blend for me now, but with a little age, I think it will be a home run.

5 people found this review helpful.

PipesterJim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipesterJim (47)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I guess this must be GH&Co's answer to Sam Gawith's Full Virginia Flake - not that they are really that comparable, except that they both fall into the category of a being a medium/strong, straight VA blend. I see the difference between them like this - if FVF were a suave London gentleman relaxing into a leather armchair at his Piccadilly club, Curly Cut would be his rough East End cousin, kicking someone's teeth in because they haven't coughed up their protection money.

This one doesn't have the complexity of the SG offering. Sweetness is muted but it does have some depth thanks to the dark leaf. The bright VAs are to the forefront, and if you don't pay respect, they'll hurt you. This is the sharpness that other reviewers have noted and it can be a bit much. The way to tame it is to make sure that the tobacco is properly dry (it comes very moist), and of course, to smoke at a sensible pace. I am sure aging would help a lot too.

From the above it sounds like this blend ain't all that, but in fact it has quite a bit going for it. Once you have tamed the bite using the methods above it is actually pretty forgiving and easy to smoke. Unlike some straight VA blends it isn't really that fussy about pipe or preparation (moisture level excepted), it doesn't need a lot of relights and I don't find it lacking in flavour. Of course, being GH&Co, the quality of the leaf goes without question and N satisfaction comes easily.

In summary, the lack of complexity and rough edges mean that it isn't going to make the 4 star mark, but it is definitely a solid tobacco. It would very interesting to see how it responds to a couple of years in a jar - and since I can buy it at a new found tobacconist near my office, this is an experiment I am planning to conduct.

Edit: I'm currently smoking a bowl that had a tiny pinch (and I do mean tiny) of blending perique added before setting it out to dry. It's very nice - still rough and ready, but not the disaster it could have been. Splendid.

5 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
★★☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The bright Virginia offers a bit of grass and hay, along with some citrus. The darker Virginias are earthy with a little dark fruit. Both varietals have a light floralness, and I sense a touch of Lakeland. The nic-hit is mild to medium. Doesn’t bite or get harsh, but has a rough edge here and there. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a little inconsistency in the flavor, which is not very sweet. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and needs an average number of relights. Has an unfulfilling after taste. Not an all day smoke, but one that is repeatable.

4 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a solid, simple smoke that satisfies on many levels. The darker Virginias give a good bottom and mid to the flavor profile and the Bright Virginias add the top notes for a well rounded smoke. Nice bit of sweetness and just a hint of floral as well. Taste great. Body is about medium as is the taste. Burns great after a little drying time. Another blend that I get fonder of the more I smoke it. I really can't find a single thing that I dislike about it. Smokes about the same in briar or cob. Perfect for when you want something simpler.

Pipe Used: Tsuge tankard, MM Dagner poker

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1644)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Gawith Hoggarth - Curly Cut.

My first impressions of Curly Cut are "it has a good Virginia aroma with a subtle smokiness to it but this will need a small amount of airing". Most of the blend comprises chunky curly cuttings that need a rub which is fairly straight forward once it has been aired.

This one takes to lighting relatively easily, again though, this depends on airing it correctly (I left mine out for the morning). The flavour from this isn't as smoky as I expected it to be from the aroma, there is a really slight smokiness however the rest of the taste is a solid Virginia one. The smoke from Curly Cut is a medium temperature one but there is a small negative in the fact that as it burns down it leaves behind a pure white ash that can impinge on any attempt to re-light it if the puffing is neglected a bit and it becomes extinguished. I find it great in the nicotine department, it's not too much nor too little. Curly Cut doesn't give me any tongue bite, very forgiving in that area! I don't find the room note to have much character to it really, it's not great, not bad but conjures up the feeling of indifference.

There seems to be a fairly mixed reaction to this one, but after all tobacco tastes are subjective and I score it three stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson Harp 03

Age When Smoked: New with a few hours to air

Purchased From: G.Q Tobaccos

2 people found this review helpful.

BostonPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BostonPipe (83)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

So many Gawith blends, so little time. Actually, I am just taking my time, enjoying my forey into this company's various blends. Curley Cut, another winner as far as I am concerned. Others have reviewed this tobacco with comparisons to other blends. Well, I feel these disc's of delight stand rather well on their own.

Just a delight. I pack the disc's into an old favored Charatan and it is off to some quality "downtime". As with this type of tobacco, I rubbed out several for the final topping of the bowl to assist in the lighting and it did not need a re-light. The taste was smooth and consistent throughout the run of the bowl. A very satisfying, medium smoke.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

The dark VA's have a dark fruit sweetness about them that lead the way, they are slightly earthy and there is a fermented grain note that comes in and out and builds throughout the bowl becoming a little more forward after the halfway point. The bright VA's have notes of hay and citrus and come in and out at various points throughout the bowl. There is a floral note due to the variety of the VA's themselves, I do not detect the lakeland essence here. The nic hit is about mild to medium all things combined the overall feel of the tobacco is at the lower end of medium. It will not bite and does not get harsh or cigarette like at all. Offers plenty of smoke for a straight VA. Overall, recommended especially for late Spring and early Fall.

1 person found this review helpful.

Jorge Soler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jorge Soler (129)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant

I was very surprised when I saw the small little discs this tobacco has been cut into. It seems like this is some kind of rope tobacco which has been sliced for comfort and easy packing. The cut is somewhat coarse and will require some rubbing, but it burns quite cool in your bowl. I cannot detect any casing or any other tobaccos apart from the Virginia itself. I am finding this tobacco quite different from the usual GH range as I cannot detect any floral essence or soapy flavours. Because of its ribbon cut presentation, this tobacco seems to be more suited for bigger bowls to release all its flavour. The taste is kind of sweet, creamy and Virginia like, and it evolves quite nicely as you progress with your smoke. Also, it is very gentle on the palate and I cannot detect any tongue bite. Because of this, it might feel somewhat unidimensional or lacking taste, but any Virginia lover will probably appreciate it. I cannot see any mayor drawbacks or faults, so I will give it 4 stars.

Edit1: If you think this tobacco is boring or too unidimensional or monochromatic, just add a little bit of perique to it and the outcome might surprise you.

1 person found this review helpful.

Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (191)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

A nice Virginia, a good start to get used to stronger rope tobacco. It packs very well and burns to a white ash. There is an extremely mild floral note that comes and goes and it could bite if your tongue is not used to Virginias or if you puff too fast. That said, the taste is consistent and monochromatic as it should be with pure Virginias. I get a very tangy taste with brioche accents, a creamy smoke indeed.

1 person found this review helpful.

Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Curly Cut Regular Sliced;

Star Rating = 3.75;

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

Pouch Note = 10;

Room Note = 10;

Flavor = 10;

Bite = 8;

Burn = 10;

After Taste = 9;

Raw Score = 57;

Rated Percentage = 95%;

Comment = Smooth, Mild, Natural Tobacco Flavor, Burns a little Hot, Slight Bit of a Bite, White Ash Burn

1 person found this review helpful.

meerkat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
meerkat (64)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I don't know how this blend got such strong average reviews? It seemed to me to be medium at best. Although there were lots of very, very good flavours here they never seemed to assert themselves enough for me which I found slightly frustrating. Pipestud's review below is very much along the lines of my experiences.

I tried mixing with a small amount of blending perique which gave good results but the Curly Cut was easily overpowered.

This blend has none of the floral aromas which are usually associated with lakeland tobaccos but it does have a subtle richness (is that an oxymoron?) and an underlying natural sweetness which makes for an enjoyable overall experience.

I'll give it a recommended because it is of such high quality and if your palette is light enough you may never want to smoke anything else. As for me, I'll probably buy it once in a while when I'm in the mood but I imagine I'll always be slight disappointed.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I hesitate to give this blend a full three stars as I believe there are other similar blends on the market that offer a more flavorful taste presentation. This G&H spun cut blend is not tasteless, but nothing tasty jumps around my palate.

The quality of the leaf is apparent, and the bright Virginia burns with no problems. I never found Curly Cut to be a hot burning smoke, just a boring one.

1 person found this review helpful.

tritrek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tritrek (6)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

If somebody wishes to get the rope experience without the need of cutting and slicing this should be your choice. The bright virginias burn very well opposed to the dark leaves so common to SG ropes(twists). The taste evolves to the end and gives a nice, tasty smoke. I think it smokes better dryer in larger bowls.

1 person found this review helpful.

NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (286)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I finally tried this blend and found it an improvement over their 'deluxe' model. The rope discs are smaller and about the size of quarter. Most have a nice birdseye present but there is quite a variation in make-up from disc to disc. Some are predominantly darker, reddish brown while others are a lighter, golden color. Due to the tobaccos and manufacturing process, all have the birdseye contrast that I find visually appealing and I think adds to the taste. However, from bowl to bowl I thought this had no impact on the smoke. As with other bulk blends of this type, the discs also have a tendency to unravel in transit or due to handling. In that rubbed out form, I think it smokes slightly hot. The taste was toned down from their 'deluxe' and milder overall. An enjoyable, satisfying but not a great smoke.

1 person found this review helpful.

SteveH Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteveH (35)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Broken coins, needing rubbing out. Smooth, medium strength, fruity, spicy - I was sure at first that this was a VaPer, and was surprised, on visiting this page, to discover that it's a straight VA. Be that as it may, it's excellent stuff.

Pipe Used: Northern Briar bent apple

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Thorns, Harpenden, UK

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tcvarlh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tcvarlh (16)
★☆☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

Bored with this within 3 minutes a terrible smoke hot oversweet 'claggy' not for me Not a patch on my favourite, sadly now defunct curly cut from my youth I haven't given good ratings as I got without this muy rapido. Sorry GH not this one!

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DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (129)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Mild Unnoticeable

This is a completely natural, uncased tobacco with an agreeable though bland flavour. I have a sort of half-formed plan to add a little Latakia and/or Cavendish, just to see what happens (or Perique: see below). Certainly the flavour could do with being 'bulked up' a little; otherwise it's rather underwhelming. It does bite if you smoke it too quickly, but 'sipped' it's friendly to the tongue throughout the bowl. Load the bowl with the little discs unrubbed out, and rub out a little for lighting purposes at the top of the bowl.

Some people say that CC reminds them of the 'old' Three Nuns. For my part, I don't see it, except in terms of the cut. I think, though, that it might be interesting to add some Perique to it. Anyone who experimented with this suggestion might manage to create something close to 'old' Three Nuns, and this would be a very worthwhile outcome. (I see from an earlier review, though, that this has already been tried, with no great result. Maybe keep on experimenting with the proportions?) This tobacco on its own really is nothing special. It might be a good thing for the beginner to try, but, personally, I wouldn't want to make a habit of it. It's all right, but ... meh.

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Redd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Redd (117)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming Extra Strong Overwhelming Overwhelming

I would rather stuff cotton balls in my pipe and smoke that. Rotten curly cut weed

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Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (127)
★☆☆☆
Medium None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable to Strong

This comes in uniform dark brown disks, easily rolled out, and in the jar has a mild, straight tobacco odor. At the light and for the first third of the bowl it bites in the mouth and on the lips. Half way down the bowl, the bite recedes somewhat. The smoke smooths out a little. The flavor is bland from start to finish. I am not sure what the maker was trying to achieve. Certain undertones of flavor suggest that this may be the same tobacco G&H uses to produce their wonderful dark tobaccos such as Dark Flake and Dark Birdseye. For me, this tobacco bears no resemblance to Three Nuns, past or present, and contains no perique. I have been wrestling with 50g of this for three months, and it will take a long time to finish. All in all, a most unpleasant smoke. Paddy.

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