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As Curly Cut, but made on a different spinning machine which produces a thicker rope. This tobacco was introduced prior to A.C. Peterson reintroducing Cope's original Escudo. While the two tobaccos are similar in appearance there is no Perique used in this blend. This is a medium strength tobacco.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
CutCurly Cut
ProductionCurrently available
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Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (139)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

I got 50g this one only two and a half days a go to continue my string of new ropes, pardon the pun, and I'm already down to the last quarter or so. That last, and first, sentence alone speaks volumes about this tobacco but indulge me as I avail myself of a review.

Upon opening the pouch I was greeted by a sweet earthy smell not too dissimilar to Brown Bogie, an encouraging start. The tobacco itself was light brown with flecks of gold and more of the consistency of broken curls than coins or curly cut. No matter, it packs and lights as well as any other. The initial taste is a sweet, nutty one and as the smoke progresses it becomes more savoury as it develops into something more earthy. There is also something queer about this stuff, I can't put my finger what it is but it is nice. It somehow reminds me of that iron medicine I used to take for anemia when I was a kid, queer but nice and completely like anything else I've tasted. As for nic-kick, this is not particular strong and not particularly light, it's all Goldilocks, just right.

To be honest, this tobacco is unlike any other I've smoked. That transition from the sweet to the earthy is strange and bizarre as that queer taste I keep picking up, and just as nice too. It reminds me of one of those films, Inception spring to mind, where you're thinking twenty minutes in "What the hell's going on here?" and you come close to turning the darned thing off, yet when you get to the end you sit in your chair giving the TV screen a wide-eyed "Wow!" It's definitely the queerest tobacco I've had and definitely amongst the best. Actually, while writing that last line, it strikes me that it is a little reminiscent of the most bodacious Strang, and considering this lacks the burley and perique that the most excellent latter holds, that's no mean feat. Thumbs up to the Kendal Massive!!!!

This is

Pipe Used: MM Cobbit Churchwarden Elf

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the pouch

Purchased From: MySmokingShop

Similar Blends: Strang.

5 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1643)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Curly Cut Deluxe.

The unlit aroma resembles Petersons Sherlock Holmes for me. The curly cut is very appealing to look at, being of a good mixture of sizes and it is of a great moistnes, making it perfect to light up.

The smoke has a superb and full Virginia flavour with a floral note and slight nuttiness to it. The smoke contains a good nicotine amount, making it a pleasure to inhale if chosen to be. No bite from this one for me, but for that we all vary! The burn is really steady and even, staying lit very well without many re-lights. When the smoking is finished the pipe remains gunk free, so this would make a superb all day smoke.

Would be a good regular smoke.

Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

5 people found this review helpful.

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

Beautiful disc cut Virginia that has one of the mellowest and smooth flavors of any strong Virginia that I have tasted. The "Lakeland taste" does come through quite heavily with this one and I liked it! I think this is how the old Murray's version of Dunhill Elizabethan would taste without the Perique.

4 people found this review helpful.

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

As is the case with many blends from this company, there's a floral Lakeland essence, although lightly added. There's a grass/hay-like taste with some citrus, a hint of dark fruit, and a little earthy taste from the high quality Virginias. It's a decent smoke with very little complexity. The nic-hit is mild to medium. Won't bite or get harsh, but has a light rough edge. Burns at a reasonable pace with a consistent flavor. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and needs an average number of relights. Has a decent after taste. Not really an all day smoke.

4 people found this review helpful.

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

This is mostly a medium straight VA blend, with a bit of fire-cured added to make in interesting. This is a good blend for straight VA smokers to try if they want to get a hint about VA fire-cured without being overwhelmed by it. It packs easily, lights fairly easily, and smokes evenly. It comes apart easily as well, for those who insisted at rubbing out disks and flakes. This is not an exciting blend, but it isn't bland, either. A good, solid, straightforward blend.

Not a hint of Lakelands in my sample, and this is about as 'unsweet' a blend I've had. Since I know there are many tobaccos out there I would rate a 4, the question arises would I rebuy this particular tobacco, assuming my tastes don't change much more. In this case, the answer is probably not.

Pipe Used: cobs, briars, and meers

Age When Smoked: opened on arrival

Purchased From: smoking pipes

3 people found this review helpful.

Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (127)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong

The tobacco comes in dark brown spun disks, similar in appearance to Regular Curly but with the addition of modest amounts of very dark strands. This tobacco has less bite than Regular Curly, and it has some light sweetness and a bit of flavor. In my opinion, this is superior to Regular Curly but has very little to recommend it. Paddy.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

The first thing I noticed trying this blend is that unlike other virginias, this one had flavor and taste from the start, and it continues all the way down. No way this does not have some burley in it though as it had too much nuttiness in it but it was very rich and dark and musky and I enjoyed it with hot tea and a good book. It needs a smaller heavily cake bowl to keep it tame as well as a slow relaxed smoke. It could hurt you if in a rush. The first few bowls of this I kept thinking this blend reminded me of something I used to like and finally it dawned on me. It tastes a lot like Amphora Brown which I smoked for years before they quit importing it to the US. Therefore I can see me keeping some of this on hand. It took a few lights to get it lit and then it burned all the way down to a grey ash. It has a sweet virginia sugar flavor and I never found myself trying to smoke it too fast to get taste like a lot of other virginia type blends. Add perique to it and it is delicious! I tend to like this makers tobaccos anyway and I have to say I enjoy this blend. Not four star because it is not their best blend, Rum Flake would be that. It is my favorite right now.

2 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Dottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Dottle (162)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Well, if you are like me, there are some tobaccos you like from the get go and your opinion of them never wavers. Then there are others that you know you don?t like before finishing a bowl. There are still others that you initially like but later discover you don?t care for and tobaccos that don?t initially impress but grow on you. CC Deluxe fell into the latter category for me.

I was ready to give up on CCD after a couple of bowls but to give it a fair trial I finished my stash. It does have the classic Lakeland soapy/floral flavor but it was not overwhelming nor was it always present. I grew to enjoy this taste as a change from other, all too similar VA blends. The only negative I found is that the charring light and relight can be a bit acrid and harsh, typical of many VA blends but very pronounced in CCD. But once there is a good ?fire in the hole? and an even ash, this tobacco blooms into a nice, flavorful sweet smoke to the bottom of the bowl with nary a bite. As such, I call this a ?storm before the calm? tobacco.? I aired it out a bit as it was too moist for me. I won?t smoke it all the time but for a nice change of pace it will be a go to blend.

I rate this tobacco 7.9 out of 10

2 people found this review helpful.

incognitopoet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
incognitopoet (36)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

As with many tobaccos reviewed on this site there have been a lot of really good descriptions of this blend. I will, therefore, just add a few of my own subjective notes.

I love straight Virginias, and this is a good quality blend that offers a mild flavor profile with only a little heat. I have been smoking this blend in 8 Peterson System pipes. My mouth is already accustomed to Virginias, and in the Petersons there isn't any bite at all. This is another blend that I love to smoke while I work. It isn't sweet or cloying on the palate, and it doesn't have a sticky aftertaste. I tend to puff too fast while I am concentrating on work, and this stuff doesn't have so much nicotine that I get nauseous. Sometimes there is a little tinge of flavor at the bottom of the bowl, from the dark leaf. I don't get that from every bowl, but it is pleasant when I do. As I have read in other reviews of 'unscented' Lakeland tobaccos I do notice a hint of Lakeland essence. It is mild (and often unnoticeable ) but it is present. Overall it adds a wonderful dimension to the flavor.

Pipe Used: Peterson 302, 303, 307, 313, 314

Age When Smoked: fresh

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Curley Cut Delux Sliced;

Star Rating = 3.5;

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

Pouch Note = 9;

Room Note = 9;

Flavor = 8;

Bite = 9;

Burn = 9;

After Taste = 9;

Raw Score = 53;

Rated Percentage = 88%;

Comment = Smooth, Mild, has a Danish type Flavor like Amphora Regular.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

12-24-2004 An excellent "Breakfast" Blend

Appearance and Aroma: When I first saw this blend, I was put off by the "coins" similar to Escudo and MacBaren's (so-called)Latakia blend. The former made me sick, and the latter burned my tongue no matter how I smoked it. After considering the quality of GH's other blends, I decided to give this one a whirlanyway. It smelled earthy and slightly perfumed, not at all like the previous blends mentioned.

Packing and lighting: I enjoyed staking the "coins" and rubbing out just a little on top. The blend had been sitting at my tobacconist for some time, so it was fairly dry. Lit 2-3 lights max.

Initial Flavor: Surprise! Mellow and earthy, yummmm. Reminded me of "Old Gowrie" but with a little more depth.

Mid-Bowl: The perfume is noticable at this point, but very much in the background. Similar oatishness to OG. This is a tasty tobac!

Bottom of Bowl: A slight increase of strength, the perfume recedes even more. You are left with a clean aftertaste. The ash is fine and light gray.

Overall: As I mentioned at the beginning, this is a good first pipe of the day blend. I prefer it to Old Gowrie or Picadilly. Tongue-bite is not a problem, nicotine is low too. The flavor of the tobac is complex for a mid-strength tobac and is in the mid to low end of the flavor spectrum. The room note was particularly liked by the ladies at my office, which was a surprise. While this one won't replace Marlin Flake or Blackwoods Flake, I will definitely keep some of this around for the mornings.

Ratiing: 4 out of 5 Points, enjoy...

1 person found this review helpful.

mainspring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mainspring (27)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Curly Cut Deluxe takes a little bit of persuasion to get lit and burns a tad wet for me. It has a nice,"dark", sweetness similar to the regular G&H Curly Cut. Personally, I do not like this near as much as I like the regular G&H Curly. The description says it's the same stuff as the Curly Cut only in a larger rope. The Deluxe is not as smooth a smoke nor does it taste quite the same. I will buy more of the Curly Cut but NO more of the Deluxe!

1 person found this review helpful.

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

A slightly lighter and brighter version of CC Regular. To my taste the light Lakeland flavoring fits in extremely well here complimenting the nutty, woody, hay- like Virginias. This is an enjoyable, relaxing smoke. I loved CC Regular, but I think I like this even better.

Medium in body and taste. Flavoring is very mild. Burns nearly perfectly.

Pipe Used: MM Marcus, Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From:

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Skando Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skando (187)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Reviewing this from a good sample (approx 20grms) received from a friend. I don’t know had loosened some discs of this, since it came as a somehow mix of ribbons and broken disks. I’ve smoked it basically in medium bowls, well loose.

It’s very mellow and smooth, nutty & bit honey-sh, medium in strenght, not prone to bite. Of course it can turn hot, like all Virginias, if rushed. Delivers a great room aroma. Feeling some lakeland scent in the far distance.

Well, the only comparison I would make is with the Capstan Medium of old, or maybe the Rich Dark Honeydew (Gallaher’s).

Very good quality tobacco, when craving for a medium Virginia.

Pipe Used: Radice, Castello, Dunhill

Age When Smoked: aged one year

Purchased From: received as a gift

Similar Blends: Capstan Medium of old.

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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Curly Cut Deluxe has the potential to be a tobacco that I could fall for, but just seems to barely miss. It burns cool, there is the usual GH quality. The mixture of ribbons and coins is inviting and after a bit of dry time it smokes really well. It has a bit of an edge to it, but in itself it isn’t a deal breaker. But since it has been compared to Copes Escudo without the Perique, I don’t really see the comparison. CCD lacks the refinement of Copes (or A&C for that matter) and the complexity too. The steaming along with whatever GH does in processing is apparent, as it shares some of the similarities to other GH Virginias. However, I don’t taste any floral or soap in CCD. Maybe some age will make the difference, but I am not sure if I want to make the space in the cellar and my wallet to find out.

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zulujerk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zulujerk (145)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

There is a nice, soft Virginia flavor to Curly Cut Deluxe...and it's beautiful to work with. Spun lightly, the disks fall apart as you handle them, producing a wonderful, soft bed of tobacco. The note is less grassy and slightly acidic, somewhat reminiscent of a good McClelland Virginia. It tastes perfectly natural, without any added casing, very much like its sister blend, Curly Cut, which lacks the "Deluxe" name. The two are so similar in cut and taste, they are difficult to tell apart, and I have to really wonder if they deserve separate titles. With that, I took the two one ounce samples I had purchased and threw them together in a single mason jar.

And now to the dark side...this is by far the worst biting blend I have ever sampled. It is so terrifying to smoke that I all but gave up--with trepidation loading up a bowl every now and then to see whether anything has changed. It never does. Through innumerable variety of pipe, packing, and puffing, they all fail to tame this tobacco. The bite will hit you immediately, and it will not relent, through the course of an entire bowl. And aging does nothing to settle this blend down. A year later I can barely take a puff without cursing the gods. This alone kills any redeeming feature that Curly Cut possesses. It's unsmokeable.

I still have a substantial supply remaining, and decided to undertake a few blending experiments. My first was a disaster. I added about 25% Perique, thinking it would cut the bite. And then I made a huge error. I decided my new blend required a topping, so I doused it in Grand Marnier, an orange flavored liquor. It sounded great, and I waited patiently for the tobacco to dry in anticipation of a tasting. Well, it turns out that the bite was even worse! I couldn't even puff the stuff, it was murder. This was obviously stupid, in retrospect, knowing that Grand Marnier is a sweet liquor, of which the sugar would only further contribute to the bite.

I'm now on my next big experiment here--I figured I could drown out the bite with a few low sugar components added to the mix. I put together equal parts Latakia, Curly Cut, and Smyrna, with less than five percent Burley and some GH Dark Flake, to boost the strength (I'm all out of Perique). I'll have to let this settle a bit before trying it out, but you can see what I've resorted to here, trying to get rid of this Curly Cut mess.

Of all the various GH blends I've sampled over the years, this is by far the worst. I'm not certain what they did to this leaf to have it bite so ferociously, but it's not worth the trouble. It's a rare miss from Gawith Hoggarth. Keep away from Curly Cut and Curly Cut Deluxe, unless you are some kind of masochistic smoker who enjoys a bit of punishment. There's got to be a few of you out there, yeah?


It's been a good two years. The bite is all but gone, and I'm left with a wonderful Virginia. To be honest, I'm not sure it was worth the wait, but if you're patient, you will be rewarded. I'm not certain whether the blend simply needed to settle or whether my chemistry has changed over the years but it's only fair to revise my review. At its present state this is a three to four star blend, but I have to take into account the path that led me here, so I'll give it a two. Now that I'm left with only an ounce to play around with I'm a bit saddened, though not intrigued enough to wait another two years for another batch to mature. If you like waiting, go for it, you won't be disappointed.

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BingCrosby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BingCrosby (72)
Medium Very Mild Medium Tolerable

Nice 'old time' flavor, a little nutty, maybe just a touch of lakeland essence, just an all around smooth pleasant smoke. dont expect anything too strong or exciting just a nice mellow virginia with perhaps some burley (?).. seems to be lightly flavored

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Effluvinator Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Effluvinator (51)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I first tried this 2 yrs ago, finding it bitey and rather peppery-tasting. I sealed it in a jar for a year and found it much more mellow but not too exciting. Sealed again and left for another year my assessment has not changed. Comparing it to Escudo, I would say I most definitely prefer Escudo over the Curly Cut Deluxe. It is drier and better behaved with some age, but just not that tasty to me. I found it rather bland and one-dimensional--overall a bit boring.

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (286)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm not sure what makes this the 'deluxe' since I've yet to try the GH regular curly cut. I will, for comparison, with my next order. This blend is available only in bulk. Either by the manufacturing process or in transit, since I ordered it via the net, most of the nickel to quarter sized disks from the spun rope slices became unraveled into wide but long ribbons. Quite different from the tinned presentation from MacBaren in their Roll Cake. Since I prefer not to rub out my flakes or plugs, this resulted in difficult, uneven packing and burning. The tobaccos are straight VAs from golden to dark brown with no detectable casing that smoke cool and without bite. Quality tobacco, but it is just too tangy/spicey for my all day tastes and this was accentuated in small bowled pipes or during quick smokes @ work. Only the first several puffs from 2"+ high bowls didn't exhibit this tendency. Other ~ blends are more enjoyable.

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