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Notes: Our best selling flake by a wide margin. Predominately Virginia leaf from Brazil, Zimbabwe and Malawi (86%) but with the addition of sun cured Malawi (10%) to add sweetness, strength and to cool the smoke and Malawi burley (4%) to "carry the flavour" in addition to its cooling and strength qualities. (burley is very good at absorbing casings and flavours) A background flavour of almond is enhanced with the addition of fruit flavours, vanilla, and the special 'English type' flavours which give this tobacco its distinctive, yet typical 'English' Aroma associated with the UK best selling brands such as Condor, St Bruno and Mellow Virginia.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Manufactured ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringAlmond, Floral Essences, Fruit / Citrus, Rum, Vanilla
Packaging50 grams tin, bulk
ProductionCurrently available
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Michael Kindt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Michael Kindt (18)
Strong Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Ennerdale Flake gift from God, reports Michael Kindt

Michael Kindt, a bald guy with a beer belly who lives in South Dakota recently reported (like, right now, in this very post) that Gawith Hoggarth's Ennerdale Flake pipe tobacco is a veritable gift from God.

"It's simply delicious," he said to his dog, Duke, who didn't even look up from his nap on the couch. "Your loss, Dukey," Kindt told the dog, shrugging his shoulders.

Kindt had thought he'd tried Ennerdale Flake before, years ago, but now he is quite sure he is mistaken about that.

"Seriously, I thought I had it before, one time, from a sharing friend, but this stuff is so unique, I'm certain I would've remembered it. This is a pipe tobacco earthquake and one doesn't readily forget earthquakes."

When Kindt first received his tin of Ennerdale Flake in the mail, he wasn't quite sure what to think of it.

"It was so perfumey, so unlike anything I had ever smelled before, I was left scratching my bald head."

Being a brave man (Kindt is a 25 year veteran of the food service industry, who escaped with only a minor drinking problem.), he loaded a bowl and puffed away. The results were mixed.

"It was an intriguing, but not exactly a pleasurable experience. I simply folded and stuffed the flake, and that turned out to be the problem. I found when fully, completely rubbed out, the unique scent of Ennerdale Flake enhances and enriches the underlying tobacco, which are Virginias and burleys. Instead of smoking flavored or scented tobacco, you find you are smoking seasoned tobacco. I mean seasoned from a culinary standpoint."

No one likes bland food, added Kindt. "I am finding that I don't like bland tobacco."

As he nears the end of the tin, Kindt finds himself quite enamored with Ennerdale Flake, which is named after Ennerdale Water in Cumbria, England. Here is a picture of it:

Although the flavoring of Ennerdale Flake is stated by the manufacturer to be almond, fruits, and vanilla, Kindt gets none of that.

"I can't really put my finger on it. It's rich, robust, dark, bittersweet with a stout nic hit. Certainly a cool weather/end of the day type of smoke. It should be savored and pondered, not smoked haphazardly."

When asked if he would purchase Ennerdale Flake again, Kindt nodded emphatically, nearly hurting his neck.

"I have my credit card poised at the ready."

47 people found this review helpful.

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

Enough has been said about this tobacco.

The main thing to remember is that this is MOSTLY Virginia, so it has that sweet characteristic of VA - but it's not a hot blend. Of course, if you don't like Lakeland style flakes (flavoured) then you'll hate this.

To me, this is the Virginia version of Kendal Flake, sans Roses.

Lovely tobacco, a great taste. Yes, you do get the sweet VA flavor through the flavouring. But, it IS highly flavoured.

One of my favorites. I burned two 50g tins and have decided to order in bulk to store in Mason jars. Very nice flake and if you like Lakeland flakes, this is one of the best.

Full, but not strong - I've classified this as a medium. A great flake to enjoy before a pipe full of the "fuller" stuff, like Rum Flake or Kendall.

UPDATE I have been complimented on the aroma of this tobacco several times - once by an old codger who I'd never have thought would make such a comment (Pipestud). So, I amended my room note to "STRONG".. and I still love this blend. It puts the "U" in flavour.

Give it a try IF you don't mind a flavoured flake. Smokes cool and dry if you'll let it dry and rub it out well. Outstanding!

33 people found this review helpful.

fredkao Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fredkao (11)
Medium Strong Full Pleasant

Ok, this tobacco is surely not for everyone. I'm new pipe smoker and I'm soap manufacturer.
Many review are good and other are bad regarding Ennerdale. It's a pure Lakeland so, It have a taste and it's a strong taste. I love it or you hate it.
Some people are saying: it's soapy taste but it is not. Soap is really a very different taste.
Ennerdale contain the Lakeland sauce based on Citrus, Vanilla, Almond and other. The Citrus is surely Bergamot and this is the "soap taste". Some people are saying, it's similar to Bergamot tea and sure it is.
I will suggest to try it. Smoke it slowly as much you can and you will enjoy something new, something very different than other tobacco. It don't bite, it's very smooth and medium nicotine hit.
I would like to have this one in stock for 30 years.
I forget: It will ghost your pipe as soon as you smoke it.
ps: I would like to have other GH like this one (the othe Lakeland are not strongest on flavor as this one), so Please, GH, produce a few other Ennerdale brother.
And the taste is similar as natural perfume (essential oils), no chemical at all. The flowery scent is Linalyl Acetate and Linalol 2 molecules of the Citrus family but also found in Lavender, Sage, ...

Pipe Used: Chacom

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

32 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

The Virginias are floral, earthy, dark fruit and citrus sweet with a little grass, and are the dominant tobaccos. The burleys are very nutty, earthy sweet in a continual support role. The almond enhancement mildly adds some complexity to the deep fruity tropical topping. The vanilla gently reminds you it’s there, while the rum gently underscores the other aspects of the tobacco. The Lakeland essence is very obvious without drowning out the other toppings, though all the flavor additions sublimate the tobaccos to some extent. There are stronger Lakeland blends than this, and it may be that the other sweet additions temper it just a little. I don’t know if this is what I’d pick for an entry level Lakeland smoker, but there are lighter ones to start with, though the sweet level may be the very thing to hook a Lakeland newbie. It will ghost a pipe and a meer, too. Has a slightly more than mild nic-hit. The strength and taste are just past medium. The flake easily breaks apart to suit your preferred packing method. The flavorings and tobaccos meld well to create a cool, clean, creamy consistent taste from start to finish. No harsh or weak spots. Burns at a normal pace for a flake. Leaves very little moisture in the bowl, and needs some relights. The lingering sweet after taste is very pleasant as is the room note. Not an all day smoke.

28 people found this review helpful.

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

I heartily agree with the majority of the reviewers above that Ennerdale Flake is a unique and delightful palate pleasing blend! I just recently tried a few bowls of this wonderful weed and believe the time and effort to rub out the long strips was worth the effort.

What makes Ennerdale Flake so unique is that the natural taste of the leaf is not interfered with by the topping, which reminded me of a coffee/almond taste. I also happen to like St. Bruno, and this flake was very similar, although not as strong. I suspect the Malawi burley (naturally sweeter than the American variety) also enabled this blend to smoke cool and nutty down to the last strand!

If you enjoy the elegant and unique, grab a tin or two of Ennerdale Flake. The description says it is by far this blender's top selling flake. I can understand why and believe you will enjoy it greatly!

26 people found this review helpful.

balkan_boy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
balkan_boy (49)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

If you expect this tobacco to be the classic English style aromatic (here I have in mind Lakeland), you are right, it is, but then again, it's not exactly like what we're used to imagine when we think of that type of blends. And that's both in a good way, and in a bad way.

It's not that ridiculously perfumed like Condor, ghosts your pipe only a little, and smoking straight unscented virginias after Ennerdale makes them tastier. And that's a good thing. The bad thing is that we all seek in a tobacco what we like in other tobaccos. And that's St. Bruno, Condor or Mellow Virginia, and it's not exactly that. There's some dark note (almond perhaps) that irritates your well accommodated taste. But there's beauty in that too. Another thing that is awesome about this fine flake is the way it burns. Most of above mentioned tobaccos tend to smoke like perfume until certain point, after which it becomes rubbish. Like scented incense, it smells wonderful at the beginning, then in a matter of seconds turns to stink. You smoke condor and it's like you smoke perfume, then suddenly, the perfume taste is gone, all there is left is some unidentified smoke where you hardly taste any tobacco at all. This one isn't like that. The perfumish thing fades away very quickly and in layers, and in it's place comes some good tobacca taste. One gets substituted by the other, smoothly in a symphony. Somewhere at the middle of the bowl you don't get any perfume and all there is is rich VA (maybe also Burley, but I can't taste it) which continues to develop complex and good smoke. And it's good all the way down until you're left with ash and try to relit when you realise it's all gone, nothing more to burn, and you are sorry it's over. That was my experience with this flake. Needs a lot of rubbing, doesn't dry easyly, you can carry it with you without worrying that it'll become stiff or crispy. Doesn't loose it's flavour, it's an awesome tobacca as a summary. I'm glad I ordered 16 oz of it without even having tried it. Didn't disappoint me.

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: G&H Grasmere Flake.

18 people found this review helpful.

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

Gawith Hoggarth - Ennerdale Flake.

Unlit the appearance is somewhat a 'stereotypical' flake look, it's moderately medium brown in colour, with a scarce amount of lighter flecks. The thickness is perfect, as is its moisture amount. The smell being given off is a touch floral and reminds me of S.t Bruno, which I find irrefutable as that is possibly my favourite over the counter blend.

Once my pipe is filled I find it is superbly simple to ignite and the burn is implausible in its consistency. Now the actual smoke, even after much deliberation I can still only come up with the answer "ultimately brilliant"! The viscosity is unfathomable, neither too much nor too little. Flavour, again a little like S.t Bruno only with a touch more complexity, you get a slight floral note but also a detection of vanilla and a citrus hint with a beautiful Virginia/Burley taste. Tongue bite ? ... even if I suck like a voracious pig it still does not occur! The room note is again like S.t Bruno (as it states), which for me is a pleasure as it is not an overly dense one. Even though there is some added flavour in there it does not leave much ghost, unless regularly smoked and not regularly cleaned! I think this would make an emphatically great addition to most peoples selection!

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Rattrays

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

11 people found this review helpful.

Chris66 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Chris66 (10)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

Good old fashioned, soapy lakeland, strong flavoured and GOOD. I can taste the flavouring, the soapyness, and yet the natural tobacco flavours still come through. I will be smoking this a lot ! It makes me feel old though, after just one pipe full, I instantly went on E-Bay to but a Harris tweed suit, good stout brogue shoes, and a walking stick. This tobacco is not for the newbies !

Pipe Used: Peterson.

Age When Smoked: Fresh.

Purchased From: Turmeaus.

Similar Blends: What ever those old boys in the country pubs, standing by the stuffed, trout in a box smoked..

10 people found this review helpful.

ThePortlyGenie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ThePortlyGenie (13)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

AGREED: The fragrance/tin aroma is really a bit OTT. I thought that maybe my wife had spilled one of her lavendar or lilac powders! But even then, the tin aroma was not QUITE like anything I've smelled before. If this is "Lakeland Essence' then SO BE IT!! I'm not sure it's useful/meaningful to try and compare it to the aroma of a "toilet cleaner" that >might< have been used to clean the lavatories in public places, as one reviewer asserted!!

What I suggest strongly is that Gawith Hoggarth are not dills when it comes to blending tobacco. I regard them highly for the wisdom and thought they so ably bring to the art!!

BUT - moving on to the actual smoking: The initial lighting phase results in smoke with definite traces of the 'essence' but this seems to taper off quickly. Roughly in inverse ratio is the rise of a somewhat tart, citrus-like "taste" in the nasal passages from retro-halation of the smoke. This is a constant feature for the whole of a bowl - I think this must be the flavouring referred to as "almond" and "fruit flavors" in the description of the blend. It changes to a more "burned" flavour in the last 1/3rd [or - was this caramelised 'vanilla' I was sensing?]. As noted by other reviewers, the virginia component is nicely present. We need no more burley in this one - that would probably 'encourage' a top-heaviness in the casings and further offend the nay-sayers of this blend. There is a subtle hint of Va sweetness detectable for the first 2/3rds of a bowl.

I have no problem with the flavourings or casings - I smoke this blend when I'm in the mood for them. BALANCE is what piping is all about - a good rotation that fits ones temprement and enriches one's being!!

And in wrapping up this review: My own bit of subjectivity to add to the rhetoric over Ennerdale Flake. I feel that EF shows that the wisdom of the "British" tobacco blender lies in his subtlety. The American blender, in a lot of cases, is brash and bold. Just my take as a 'colonial' Aussie from 'down under!'

Pipe Used: Gr3, no bigger than 3/4", deeper bowl is better

Purchased From: Online from

8 people found this review helpful.

CarlosGardel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CarlosGardel (15)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

There are so many EM's, so many vanilla ARO's, so many Balkans... But there is only one Ennerdale. True, there are similar blends, but they are all made by GH. Ennerdale is a cornerstone, something unique, something I would badly miss if I could no longer get it.

It is difficult to add something new about this blend. Let me just say that it keeps changing while you smoke, from beginning to end. It also changes subtly after you open the tin.

Does it show I love it? It is by far my favorite.

7 people found this review helpful.

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

A full on lakelands, but very sweet and not overly strong, just wonderful.

7 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

I agree with the previous reviewers caution regarding flavored tobaccos and new smokers. This is not your standard tobacco shop aromatic. This different!

The bag aroma of this one is over the top in its sweetness and "floral-ness". I immediately thought of strong licorice which immediately made me think of Mixture #79. I had a strong bias against this one. However, it surprised me. The flavoring is fairly strong but interesting. It doesn't cover up the tobacco underneath but offers an enhancement to it. It's a little stronger than I usually like and that makes this a wonderful "sometime" tobacco for me... a dessert blend, if you will. Yes, it's soapy, floral, Lakeland - whatever adjective you prefer. Yes, it's heavy in that regard. But don't let that scare you. Try a couple of bowls before you decide, as it really lifted some of my personal biases, which surprised me. Do dedicate a pipe to this if you find it's something you enjoy. This leaves THE most persistent ghost I've ever encountered that two bowls of C&D's Kelly's Coin could not exorcise. And this was a meerschaum pipe! The taste remained on the stem and on my teeth, gums and tongue for a long time. Yet, I found it pleasant.

Highly recommended for the adventurous. Certainly not for everyone but if I am any indication, it's for more people than they believe! This is a great blend - not as much to my taste as other G&H blends, but worthy of an occasional bowl.

6 people found this review helpful.

meerkat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
meerkat (64)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Well, it's slightly unusual and I can see why some don't like it but I can't help but enjoy the flavouring added to this tobacco. It's thick and heavy yet sweet and cool with floral notes, vanilla, a bit of fruit, nuts, some coconut and a licorace edge.

In terms of flavour and strength you could think of it as a cross between St. Bruno's and Erinmore Flakes but sweeter...and not like either of them...except it is.

I couldn't smoke this everyday but when you want a good dose of (a slightly bizarre) flavour and a decent amount of nicotine you could do alot worse than Ennerdale Flake.

It is inexpensive and readily available, weighed out loose, from many tobacconists in the UK, although I have never seen it sold in a tin. I bought my pouch from an unassuming little newsagents in Kendal. Where the lady behind the counter gave me the opportunity to smell each of the tobaccos they sell along with a precis of thier relative qualities and popularity. Altogether excellent service. I think the shop was called Robinsons or Roberts.


having recently given up smoking for lent I was taken by suprise by how much I craved this tobacco. It was the only one that really tempted me and my subsequent bowls of it are forcing me to up the rating to four stars.

...(another) UPDATE...

Ok, so my craving has been sated and I can taste this tobacco objectively again. I like the flavour but, to be fair, it's not for everyone. Still, three solid stars for my money.

...(another) UPDATE (again)...

I've been smoking it alot again recently and I love it. Good leaf, good cut, great price and the added flavour gets more and more appealing the more I taste it. This stuff really does it for me. Back up to four stars then.

6 people found this review helpful.

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

I had originally just passed this tobacco up since I'm not fond of vanilla and almond flavorings in tobacco. But, I was in the mood for a Lakeland floral blend and the reviews here persuaded me to try it. I was pleasantly suprised. The tin aroma was wonderful, profoundly floral and perfumed while not unpleasantly soapy. The vanilla and almond are in the back seat, more so rounding out the light sweatness of the blend. A good analogy of this blend is a cross between St. Bruno (or Condor for that matter) and Murray's Erinmore. I suspect that the wonderful perfumed agent is the citrus bergamot that flavors tea for Earl Grey. I was also suprised being a predominately virgina blend that is was cool enough without a sharp bite. I'm going to stock up and cellar this for my smoking rotation. A fantastic tobacco from Gawith & Hoggarth that has one me over.

6 people found this review helpful.

p4p4 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
p4p4 (59)
Medium to Strong Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

This is a romantic tobacco for romantic men. Floral-perfumed soapy essences enanche a very good tobacco base. Good burning qualities, full flovour and full taste. Medium to strong nic, but absolutly not overpowering. Not for everyone, because of the perfume (love or hate it) . I love it ! Long lasting in your mouth, absolutly unique. Ghost the pipe, so if you are not a fan of lakelands, use a cob or a cheap pipe to try. I love it too much ! I think every pipe smoker have to to try this flake, and even if dont like it, have to respect it, because of the old tradition of the little manifacture that has to be saved fron the globalized industrial market. Romantic tobacco....absolutly out of time ......

5 people found this review helpful.

Stefanos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stefanos (150)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Wow! This is fantastic stuff! Tin note is exquisite, perfumed, intense, floral. This is high quality aromatization... First light brought an old uncle to my mind. He was rich, a bon viveur, always well dressed with his cologne and things... He used to drive a Mercedes coupe with leather seats and he took me for a drive once in a while as a child. The aroma of this tobacco brought to my mind the aroma inside that car. The tobacco lights very easily and stays lit while burning evenly to a white ash. It has medium+ strength and you can taste the tobacco as well, especially during the last third of the bowl where both Virginias and nutty Burley are evident. This is stuff of very high quality in both the tobacco and the added aromas. Now, I really cannot understand how anyone would not like this tobacco but after all de gustibus...

Does it ghost the pipe? Most certainly, yes...

Similar Blends: Much headier aromatization than Kendal Cream and better burning qualities..

5 people found this review helpful.

pinko Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pinko (52)
Medium Very Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Ennerdale Flake is the king of English style aromatics. It's heavily flavored with almond and various perfumes, but somehow there's excellent tobacco flavor paired with the Lakeland essence.

It burns remarkably cool and is ready to smoke, bulk or tin, as soon as you open the package. It also burns slowly - a bowl of Ennerdale will give a sweet, perfumed smoke for a long, long time.

It deserves all the love and all the hate it gets - if you like this style of floral, nutty aromatic it's the best in the business. If you hate it, there is a lot to hate. I found it an acquired taste, it took maybe half a tin before I knew I was a Lakeland fiend. Once you're hooked, though, there is no substitute for Ennerdale.

Pipe Used: lakeland dedicated pipes

Age When Smoked: fresh - 6 months

5 people found this review helpful.

Calamiti Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Calamiti (66)
Medium Extra Strong Extra Full Strong

I'm generally a VAPer/Dark Fire Cured/Kentucky guy with a passion for extra strong and extra-full-bodied mixtures so I didn't think I would love this concoction. And I loved it from the first puff.

It reminds indeed of granny's perfumes. Exactly because the perfumes of old were made not of synthetic chemicals like nowadays but of the same set of high quality natural oils and essences as found in the topping of this blend. Ennerdale is a world away from those gooey, chemical-laden Danish, German or American aromatics. And it's good sweet natural Virginia that you taste in the 2nd half of the bowl.

Ennerfale is really full-bodied, its taste and aroma are full to the fullest, which I rarely find in most of other tobaccos. That's why I love Ennerdale as much as my strongest and most pungent Periques, Darkies and Kentuckies.

Pipe Used: Parker Zulu

Age When Smoked: New

5 people found this review helpful.

BadgerPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BadgerPiper (1)
Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Having been a fan of PipesandCigar’s Lakeland Brickle, I decided to pick up a new blend that had a healthy dose of Lakeland topping. I have a limited supply of Lakeland Brickle, and so far, I don’t see it being reproduced, so a replacement is needed. Hearing positive recommendations about Ennerdale, I decided to purchase a few ounces of it on a whim on IPSD 2015.

Since Lakeland blends have a notorious reputation on ghosting a pipe, I picked out a cob, rubbed the flake out, and wandered out to my writing hole to try out the blend while working on my novel. The blend itself was quite easy to light and get going, so it didn’t require much drying time at all. I was able to pack my pipe and take it out right away for a test run.

Upon lighting up, I could clearly taste the Lakeland topping. If you don’t like the perfume taste and scent of Lakeland blends, then you probably won’t like this at all. Me though, I quite enjoyed it. I settled into a steady rhythm of contently puffing away on my cob while enjoying the blend. The flavor remained strong through the entire bowl until the tobacco burned to a fine white ash. I was sad when the bowl ended, which is always a sign of a quality blend in my book.

Leaving my writing hole to go in the house for a few minutes, I returned back outside and took in a whiff of the evening air. Even from my stairs I could distinctly smell the room note of Ennerdale from a considerable distance from my writing hole. It reminded me of those perfumes in cartoons that would turn into a wispy hand and lead a character back to the source by the nose. Likewise, Ennerdale had me under its spell, and off to Ebay I marched to purchase a pipe I could singularly devote to it, as well as a few more ounces on my next online order from

So now I know the wondrous flake that is Ennerdale, and its become an entrenched blend in my weekly rotation. While I will continue seeking out similar Lakeland blends, Ennerdale undoubtedly will be a hard act to follow.

Pipe Used: Corn Cob/Jobey Billiard

Age When Smoked: A few months

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: G&H Glengarry Flake; Kendal Plug.

5 people found this review helpful.

thesmoggypipester Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thesmoggypipester (52)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Good afternoon gentlemen im here with my review of ennerdale flake. When i visited aireys of kendal thry had none of my beloved louisiana flake in stock and the lady behind the counter,being very kind, let me have a sniff of the other flakes that were instock. Ennerdale was by far the winner it has a strong fruity essence with a topping of marzipan the two flavours work perfectly together underlying sweetness from the virginia wafts through from time to time. It is a huge flake as well, az i always do i rubbed the full lot out. Trying it for the first time it was ok but needed a good amount of relights as it is a very moist flake. But leaving it jarred for a few months it takes a rather different turn, the marzipan flavours are slightly more pronounced but still fruity. I gave what was going to load up my alco bowl i further rubbing out so it was almost a ribbon and packed a touch loser. It did take three lights at the start but once lit propperly it burned away very nicely it os a tobacco which is perfect for sitting back and enjoying a good smoke. It is a rather complex smoke with the marzipan and almond flavours coming through along with a touch of fruityness andthe underlying tobacco flavours wafting in and out from time to time. Ennerdale keeps its flavour throughout the smoke but i feel it goes best in smaller bowled pipe, it is deffinitely a slow smoker its delicious taste makes you want to take your time and savour it. Now onto a little something that makes me raise an eyebrow. I have heard a lot of ennerdale being compared with condor st bruno etc. In my oppinion i can see how the three can be grouped together but in regards to flavour all three are completely different. Condor and st bruno to me have an alcoholic flavour to it and a generous amount at that. The ennerdale is a fruity flavour and not as stout as condor or st bruno. But beware because although not as stout as condor or st bruno ennerdale still packs enough strength to keep the flake smoking enthusiast happy. All in all a brilliant offering from gawith and hoggarth and fans of their tobacco will be kept more than happy with this offeri

Pipe Used: alco with bulldog bowl

Age When Smoked: few months

Purchased From: Aireys of kendal

5 people found this review helpful.

kg0mz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kg0mz (54)
Medium Medium Full Pleasant

In the tin, Ennerdale is a soft flake, easy to wad or rub out. It is dark but mottled, and it has a sweet Virginia aroma plus the Lakeland District peculiar trait. Just the right amount of moisture for me. This stuff remains cool and dry requiring little attention. The Ennerdale Virginia is gentle on my throat. It has a medium body with adequate nicotine. It cannot bite. I prefer to go right from the tin to the pipe. Rubbing and drying seem to remove the highlights.

Initially, the "soap" is undeniable (not offensive to me), neither is a peppery spice and sweet Virginia. Alternately creeping up the stem: a musty-leathery-woodsy note, a fruity sweetness, a bitter-sweet nuttiness, a tangy citrus, and peat. The "soap" dissipates. To me the remarkable characteristic is the sweet Virginia with fruit, nuts, and vanilla. As advertised.

I have not encountered a more pleasant tasting and soothing Lakeland. I would not smoke it all day, but I have not found a tobacco I would want to smoke all day. Highly recommended for the Lakeland-tolerant Virginia lover.

5 people found this review helpful.

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

The first time smoking this in the house I was pleasantly surprised by members of my family telling me how much they liked the scent. My youngst son said it reminded him of "Grandpas" pipe tobacco.

Considering I lost my "Pipe Smoking Buddy" a few years ago, this comment instantly ensured it's addition into my regular rotation.

Like all blends by this Great English Tobacco House, the flavorings, (or if your prefer, flavOURings), enhance the high quality tobacco that they use in their mixtures.

Easy to light and keep lit, the flavor ran consistent the length of the bowl. The taste is a complex mix of rich, sweet, floralry, fruity. Just a really pleasant experience.

It burns to a grey/white dry dottle.

A Nice Smoke.

5 people found this review helpful.

dbl-bbl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dbl-bbl (36)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Admittedly I've not tried the SG or GH & Co. blends with high doses of the Lakeland Florals ... however the blends I have tried without LF have been quite darn good. I consider Ennerdale Flake my first step into the "flower garden". The tin note reeks of quality Virginia's from around the globe, melded with some Burley, and a medium floral note reminiscent of geraniums. The initial char light can be rather difficult if the flake is not sufficiently dried nor rubbed out. When finally lit there is a release of that slight soapy/flowery taste characteristic of the LF blends (so I'm told) ... yet it doesn't seem to last very long. Quite to my surprise & enjoyment the ensuing smoke translates into a heavenly sweet & flavorful experience. As a child, my dear ole Momma would keep a bar of soap in my mouth with regularity for being a "potty mouth" .... I now understand she was really just training me up to handle LF-type blends later in life!

Pipe Used: Briars, Meerschaums, Cobs

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

4 people found this review helpful.

Choctaw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Choctaw (7)
Mild Very Strong Overwhelming Very Strong

The tobaccos used in this blend are unqustionably top-quality. Still, I must say that product, to my taste buds and olfactory senses, is truly vile. It is the most horrible smoking experience imaginable. I heard one reiviewer liken Ennerdale to the deodorizing pucks found in men's urinals. Spot-on! With this said, I readily acknowledge that many people like Ennerdale. I cannot imagine why, but I respect their opinions. I'll give the blend one star based on the high quality of leaf used.

Pipe Used: Drug store pipe

Age When Smoked: New-Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Urinal Deodorizer.

4 people found this review helpful.

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

Ennerdale Flake [Lakeland Flavor];

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, Mild, this has the famous Lakeland Floral Rose like Flavor, No Bite, Slight After Taste

4 people found this review helpful.

Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

I'll give it four stars, though these flavorings might not be for everyone. I was struck smoking this bowl while enjoying a glass of cold Twinings Earl Grey tea on the side, how much the flavorings are similar. They are even more similar when the tobacco is unlit. Earl Grey has Bergamot, and I really don't know if Ennerdale has Bergamot or only gives me this impression due to its own particular array of Lakeland scents. Scents or flavorings? This is a scented flake, but the scents are strong enough here to almost make this an aromatic, though there is not the sticky goopiness of an American aromatic here. I can still taste the quality African and South American Virginias under those flowery aromas, and am thankful for that. I really like puffing on this stuff, but then again, I like Lakelands. This flake is even more heavily scented than most Lakelands, but if you like that style, give it a try!

4 people found this review helpful.

GESJr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GESJr (8)
Medium to Strong Strong Extra Full Very Pleasant

Let me start by saying I enjoy Ennerdale Flake so greatly, I dedicated an entire pipe in my collection to it. Of course, that is also to say I basically had to buy a new pipe to smoke this long-term because it WILL ghost on you something fierce, but it's so worth it, at least to me. I will add Ennerdale is not for everyone, but it is a great way to open the doors to the admittedly niche but oh so tasty world of Lakeland flakes which are actually scented, similar to a perfume or potpourri, instead of topped with a casing - named for the Lakes District of England. My understanding is this 'scenting' is achieved by spraying the leaves with flavored oils prior to pressing them into flakes, and then adding similarly-flavored oils to the steam press prior to aging for the bouquet of flavors to marry. Amazing, unique stuff, and Ennerdale is the best of them all, in my opinion.

Ennerdale Flake is not an 'Aromatic' in the traditional sense, and I actually classify it much closer to a Virginia blend than an Aromatic. The strong emphasis on the specific varietals in the description from GHC is not without merit for this exact reason: the scented oils imbue the leaves with light flavoring, but it's not overpowering - the natural essence of the exotic Virginia's used in this blend shine through as the prime notes on your palette, and the imbued scents accentuate and add depth to the overall bouquet.

The Ennerdale experience is much akin to drinking a high-quality flavored Gin, like Hendricks Gin: the Juniper berries are the clear center, but the added cucumber & rose which makes Hendricks unique are strong supporters making for a fantastic experience, especially for lovers of classic Gin. In the same way, the sun cured Virginia from Malawi is the prime spice note; while not a similar flavor as Perique, it gives a similar effect on the blend a primary flavor. The sun-cured Malawi is smoky, woody, and slightly vanilla sweet. It's supported by the wealth of strong, aged Virginia in the blend providing a warm, almost grassy or hay-like flavor with notes of sugar, sea salt, and vinegar. THEN comes the clear almond & rose notes with a bit of orchid & citrus on the finish.

What a mountain of flavor; it can be a lot to take in at first, but keep a cool smoke going, and you are sure to experience many of these notes in different combinations with each puff with a good amount of body to back it up. Unlike many pipe tobaccos which have consistent flavor profiles throughout a bowl, I notice Ennerdale is more like a cigar in how the taste ebbs & flows; it builds. Most importantly, the almond & rose flavoring, which stand out nice & pronounced at the beginning of the bowl, become muted the longer you smoke, giving way to those high-quality Virginia leaves. This is another characteristic of Lakeland flakes; the added scents are not intended to mask mediocre tobacco, but enhance good leaves. In this way, Ennerdale is a meal where the potatoes compliment the steak, and the after taste of all this is almost intoxicating - especially if you are pairing a bowl of this blend with a glass of Hendricks Gin on the rocks (and I recommend you do!).

I must also highlight the smoking characteristics as this blend requires a little patience in the beginning. Whether in the tin or bulk, some rubbing out will likely be required, and it can be difficult to get lit or smoke a bit hot right off the light. Patience is key as only a bit of extra work right at the first/false light and for a few minutes after will yield the smoker a sublimely cool smoke with minimal relights (I find rubbing the flake out first will also minimize relights, but this is my general experience with all flake-cut blends). As mentioned, the Lakeland scenting process does lend this blend to ghost, and a Meerschaum or Morta (Bog Oak) is recommended if you do not want the next few bowl to taste of almond & rose. Eventually, you may end-up going my route & dedicating a pipe to the blend - you will not be disappointed if you do.

A former co-worker of mine at the Briar Patch in Sacramento, CA often remarked of Ennerdale Flake as the "Monkey Roses" blend - even writing it on my bulk bags from time to time. "Monkey Roses" highlights the mix of earthy & floral notes in this blend's bouquet, and I always saw it as a testament to how evocative & illustrative this particular mixture can be. A rare Lakeland gem among so many grains of Virginia sand. Enjoy!

Pipe Used: Vuillard Barrister Diplomat

Age When Smoked: Fresh, bulk & tin

Purchased From: Briar Patch

3 people found this review helpful.

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

Was gifted an ample sample of this by a good friend who really loves this flake.

This one surprised me. Not only by it's flavor, but by how much I ended up liking it. I was expecting to choke on granny's perfume and the initial few puffs nearly filled those expectations. Then the Lakeland calmed down and a very nice nutty flavor began building. By mid bowl it was more nutty than floral and I found myself really enjoying it. The nuttiness has more than one source. Part topping, part Burley, and if my taste buds are accurate there is also a little from the Virginias. All subsequent bowls of this flake were more enjoyable as it seems to be one of those blends that grows on you. A very nice smoke. Not quite 4 stars for me, but it may get there if I keep smoking it. Right now 3.5

Body is medium to strong. Taste is medium to full. Flavoring is mild to medium although medium to mild may be more accurate as that's how it smokes. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: Ropp cutty, MM Dwarf, MM Dagner poker

Age When Smoked: unknown

Purchased From: gifted

3 people found this review helpful.

gunner525 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gunner525 (62)
Mild Extra Strong Overwhelming Tolerable

I saw some positive reviews on this blend, so I picked up a tin. Worst decision I've ever made!

First of all it's very wet in the tin, typical of most Gawaith blends. It requires quite a bit of drying time.

After it dried out it loaded alright. It did take a bit to get a good char and true light on it.

The burn was kind of hot and a bit uneven.

As for the flavor, well, if you ever wanted to know what those little soaps in the urinal taste like then give this blend a try. The only flavor I detected was an awful nasty soap flavor. If you swore a lot as a kid this will probably give you nightmarish flashbacks. What's worse is that nasty taste lingers on your tongue for a day or so afterwards. It totally ruined anything I ate or drank during that time.

Another word to the wise, this will ghost your bowl like no other. I've alcohol cleaned the pipe I had it in twice and there's still a bit of a lingering soapy nastiness to it. I'm hoping I can just blast it with some pungent strong VaPers and completely eradicate it. If you feel brave enough to try this blend I'd strongly recommend using a corn cob to do so. I wish I had. I would've just thrown that cob away and bought another one.

Clearly Lakeland blends are not for me. Consequently I would not recommend them to anyone else.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Caramella 920KS unfortunately

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Dial or Dawn dish soap.

3 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (326)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

From the description, this tobacco does not sound like my thing. I have to say I enjoyed it, and I would smoke it again. I am almost done with a 25 g sample. I rub it out as a ball between my palms and let it dry a little before smoking it.

This presents as a high quality Virginia with a little burley for body. There are citrus, vanilla and almond notes the description predicted. I did not get any of the floral others mention, but there is a quality to it and the combination of flavors that is hard to describe.

It is a medium/full flavor, and the toppings work quite well. They are tasty and well balanced and don't overpower the tobacco experience. This is a high quality aromatic that delivers. I recommend it.

Edit: 8/17 I seem to have acquired taste for this. I bought a half kilo and am working my way through it. That makes it a 3.5 on the rating scale for me.

3 people found this review helpful.

Susanna Hoffs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Susanna Hoffs (74)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

Ahhhh!.... This reminds me of the first whiffs I caught as a youngster as the old boys would walk by, and I was caught in their slipstreams of swirling blue smoke!!

I'm no tobacco snob nor to that matter do I feel the need to spend more than £50 on a pipe. This stuff, whilst admittedly having a soapy nature to it, the almondy, rummy, vanilla, and liquorice aromas produced by this billowing blend are captivating..

It's a nice run of the mill, 'what you smell is what you get blend'. If you're a tobacco snob, and are looking to inanely dissect every atom of the smoke, the flavour and the nuances of this blend, until the very laws of oral-factory physics have been re-defined........In your own head. Then you'll probably call this a boring plain smoke, with an overpowering aroma...

Just as well that I'm smoking it and enjoying it soley for myself and not you then isn't it!!


3 people found this review helpful.

ElMog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ElMog (30)
Strong Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

My first foray into the dreaded world of Lakelands. I tried to approach this one with an open mind. First, the tin note. Yes, its slightly gross once youve read about all the unpleasant associations it might have. The presentation: they call it a flake but its quite rubbed out already. More like a shredded flake. Slightly moist. I packed without paying too much attention and the thing behaved very well. It has VERY forgiving burn characteristics. The first time i tried Ennerdale, maybe my expectations were biased, but i didnt find it as perfumy and ''aromatic'' as most people would have it. I found it pleasant and rather subtle (coming from someone who usually favors Lat blends...). On subsequent smokes i had to admit that it is quite perfumy after all, but not in an offensive way. I dedicated a cob to it so no ghosting problem at all. The room note is strong but pleasant, with some notes id describe as dark cherry. A welcome change of pace for me, a lovely tobacco, making me wonder at all the VERY polarized reviews out there...

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum

Purchased From: 4noggins

2 people found this review helpful.

raybrown55 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
raybrown55 (27)
Medium Medium to Strong Full Pleasant

Well, due to the divided opinions of the reviewers on this site, I've been waiting for long before trying this blend, but finally my curiosity won and I did buy a tin. The tin smell really contains the infamous "soapy" flavour, but there is much more and the ensemble is to me very pleasant; the taste is a symphony of flavours, flowers, fruit and more dark notes, and I find it simply fantastic and unique. In the background the high quality leaf gives body to the blend and contributes well to the overall taste. Very outstanding and highly recommended; sadly I've almost finished my tin and here in Italy Ennerdale is sold at 25 euros for 50 g (!), so maybe I'll wait for my next trip to Switzerland...

Pipe Used: Santambrogio Hydra

Purchased From: Dubini Chiasso

Similar Blends: none that I know of....

2 people found this review helpful.

GabrielCRT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GabrielCRT (94)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I didn't expect much from Ennerdale but I was immediately blown away. This is a glorious flake from The Lake District. The Virginias used are very smooth and smoke cool. The Malawi burley is tasty with some spice and stands out more in the second half of the bowl. There is a massive almond note with some distinct but subtle floral/lavender tastes. These toppings really enhance the tobacco flavor rather than mask them. I've never had a tobacco burn as well as this flake. Everytime it burns to nothing but a fine white ash. I knew after my first smoke I'd be needing a lot more for the cellar!

2 people found this review helpful.

Dan from Brum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dan from Brum (2)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

I'll keep things brief.

As a new(ish) pipe smoker I was looking for a bacca that wouldn't blow my socks off but that I could enjoy at my leisure without a challenge. This tobacco delivers.

It smells wonderful from the tin/bag. Sweet and floral but not synthetic or soapy. Slightly oily to the touch but not damp like some other aros. Breaks up with a little bit of effort and packs nicely. Lights without too much encouragement and, if looked after properly, will burn to a fine white ash with very little 'gurgle'.

Taste. Naturally sweet Virginias predominately coming through, with coffee/nutty/hay undertones. Tongue bite absolutely minimal (I'm sure that if I was a more seasoned smoker this would be none existent). The flavoring is noticeable but does not adulterate the tobacco in any way and the quality shines through, this is neither cheap or nasty.

May require a few relights if you attempt to write a review whilst smoking. Burns easily with lots of thick white smoke. At risk of sounding cliché, cool with no hot bowl or acrid tang.

A nice introduction for the new/intermediate smoker, but with enough substance and quality to please the veteran. Recommended.

Pipe Used: Blakemar Briars squat panel bulldog

Age When Smoked: Three months

Purchased From: GQ tobaccos

2 people found this review helpful.

OsborneCox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OsborneCox (4)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

I'd been smoking and cellaring Bob's Chocolate and Sam's Chocolate flake for a while. I found myself craving the Lakeland floral flavor more and more, and decided to give Ennerdale a try, having read it had a heavy splash of the sauce.

When my first 4oz bag arrived I could smell it through the shipping box. A vague reek of tutti frutti and flowers. Opening the box filled my kitchen with the scent. It smelled like a combination of Fruit Stripe and Juicy Fruit gum plus a healthy dose of Love's Baby Soft.

It tastes like it smells for the first portion of the bowl - Fruit Stripe/Juicy Fruit and Love's Baby Soft. I never in my life thought I would willingly smoke something in a pipe that smells/tastes like Ennerdale, except for the Chocolate Flakes I smoke exclusively non-aromatics, but ohhhh man... I absolutely adore it. I'm very sensitive to artificial flavorings, and nothing in the topping tastes fake, I can tell it's all from essential oils. The topping pushes the boundaries of cloying and overdone but stops right there and gradually gives way to the sweetness of the Virginias and Burley. And my lady loves the way it smells. Ennerdale has earned kitchen privileges (with vent fan).

I don't smoke it all day, but I smoke it every day. I would almost dare to call it my favorite. I absolutely understand how Lakeland florals are a love/hate thing. I am firmly in the "love" camp.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, big freehand Dublin

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

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

I usually hate aromatics, but not this particular one (and not any of Gawith & Hoggarth's for what it matters). This is a classic Ennerdale/Lakeland flake that comprises burley and virginia tobaccos. These flakes are not as strong as Condor or St. Bruno, but they are rich and full of flavour. The floral essence so characteristic of most of the Lakelands is quite apparent, but not overtly sweet. The tin note is difficult to describe, but it sort of reminds me to Imperial Leather. I find this blend quite pleasing as a whole, so I shall give it 4 stars.

Purchased From: GQ Tobaccos

2 people found this review helpful.

Otis56 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Otis56 (31)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

With out a doubt true pipe smoking nirvana. A pipe tobacco blend fit for the gods. Every time I smoke a bowl of this fine mixture I feel at peace with life and the universe. The almond, vanilla, floral, rum and mixture of other scents. Just takes me to somewhere else. Somewhere where humans are kind and help one another, somewhere where life is a little slower and kinder. I want to go fishing. Or sit in a lavender field and listen to nature. If you don't like this mixture I understand. If you like this mixture as I do. I also understand. A very complex blend not for everyone. Peace.

Pipe Used: Peterson standard billiard

Age When Smoked: ?

Purchased From: 4noggins

Similar Blends: Really nothing like it..

2 people found this review helpful.

Perdurabo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perdurabo (23)
Mild to Medium Strong Medium Very Pleasant

First let me say that this tobacco is flavored with almond oil or extract. I bought some almond cookies at Christmas, couldn't figure out what the flavor and scent reminded me of. Until I opened my jar of Ennerdale flake. Almond Cookies! So the tin description is correct...almond!

Ennerdale comes In a broken flake wrapped in a plastic bag inside the tin. The tin note is Almond oil, with scents of lavender, tonquin bean, and bergamot. These flavors show themselves throughout the bowl. Very creamy and enjoyable. The Virginia tobaccos are extremely flavorful with hints of baked goods, with the mouth feel of burley. At times I can sense a Fruit Punch flavor near the bottom of the bowl. The flake never bites and the nicotine stays at a mild to medium, depending how fast you smoke.

I cannot recommend Ennerdale Flake enough.

Pipe Used: Cobs and Briar

Age When Smoked: 8months

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Almond cookies:).

2 people found this review helpful.

Jacinto Cupboard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jacinto Cupboard (180)
Mild Extra Strong Mild to Medium Extra Strong

I'm not even going to attempt to deconstruct the aroma additives to Ennerdale Flake. Suffice to say it is a very heady bouquet that will be familiar to regular snuff users. I didn't get the almond in the description at all however. Whether that's just me or almond aromas are significantly transformed by burning, I cannot say.

This tobacco takes a light beautifully and burns well.

I had a particularly enjoyable experience smoking this in the garden in the evening, where its heady character seemed to make sense. Otherwise I would struggle to think where and when to smoke this. It's pleasant enough, but is just so intrusive. It might be of use to someone trying to hide their tobacco habit, since it isn't what people are going to expect from tobacco smells.

2 people found this review helpful.

CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (136)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Once lit (it needs a bit of drying), Ennerdale initially delivers a rich "hit"of limonene and other (contributing to "soapiness") citrus-related flavor compounds (could well be due to Bergamot), with the base tobaccos in the background. Working through the bowl, the burley and VAs come out, as well as a nutty and creamy vanilla flavor. An extremely unique flavor experience, best sipped to get full flavor. A nice pepperiness on the retrohale. Burns clean through the bowl. 4 stars.

Pipe Used: MM

Age When Smoked: Undated tin; bought 2 months ago

Purchased From: P&C

2 people found this review helpful.

Ehrling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ehrling (108)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is a medium-brown flake that displays some lighter streaks and a bit of Birdseye speckling. The tobacco flavor intensity is less than medium, occasionally approaching medium, but never quite arriving. I find this flake to be relatively soft and subdued--almost understated. The combination of essences do provide a little added sweetness and an expanded dimension to both the flavor and aroma, but they do not in any way override the natural tobacco flavor--the essences act merely as a garnish. (I can taste orange peel, but it's subtle.) This is an undoubtedly well-executed tobacco, but it simply doesn't quite suit my tastes--I am not overly fond of the fruit overtones and it lacks some of the body and strength that I like. However, I am certain that many will find it to be quite appealing.

2 people found this review helpful.

musicman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
musicman (88)
Medium Very Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Lakeland blends are to pipe tobaccos what Islay malts are to scotches. It is a very specific flavor, and you will either love it or hate it. I for one absolutely love it, and it does not get more Lakeland than Ennerdale flake. When I think Lakeland, I think Ennerdale.

Years of smoking aromatics will jade an experienced pipe smoker. The majority of the aromatic pilgrimage is full of pitfalls and downright disappointment. How many times have we opened that bag of ooey gooey toffee bar crunch tobacco to be greeted by the most heavenly smell the human senses can detect. How many times have we lit said tobacco up to find tongue bite and tasteless steam? Not Ennerdale, whoa boy not Ennerdale. For once the old tobacco proverb "it tastes like it smells" is an accurate description. This phenomenon is as rare as finding an albino sasquach but it is genuine here.

This tobacco comes in a super compressed chunk O' flake, which makes the flakes almost impossible to get appart in one piece, so the fold and stuff method is hard. It seem to be a little wet, as with most G & H blends, but it still smokes just fine. This blend may taste like Lakeland floral but it is still mainly Virginia's and if your not careful it can bite a little. The room note is very different than most. Some people might even not be able to identify it as pipe smoke. It also seems to linger a while longer. This will put a ghost in your pipe that the pope himself could never exorcise so be aware.

I love it, and you can buy it in bulk too. Just awesome stuff. Highly recommended.

2 people found this review helpful.

don1688 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
don1688 (27)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

I hate the "it tastes like soap" every time I read about a non Latakia English tobacco. I find them wonderfully floral and a great change for me. Grousemoor and Sam's flake are two of my favorites and both smell wonderful to me. I never tried Ennerdale because I was actually scared off by th vanilla and nut flavorings listed- just not my thing. Well I finally, after about 5 years Thinking about it bought a couple tins. One arrived unsealed, which always drives me crazy because I will usually let them cellar a while, so I tried it right away.

Well, it smells and tastes like "soap" before lit! But the flavor when it matters, lit is great. Tobacco is the main flavor, Virginias mostly to me, with some burley strength noted. The soap turns into a nice floral and, another often used adjective, perfume background. I don't notice the vanilla, but the floral scent is quite strong, and the Virginias are sweet and a smokey background from burley peeks in and out when I smoke it. Floral, soapy and perfume...yes. Real, quality tobacco...also yes.

This is NOT for everyone. I always believed flavored tobaccos are better for experienced pipers and I feel it's a disservice to tell new smokers to start there. But, if you were ever thinking of trying it, go for it. Just don't blame me if it disagrees with you and you hate it.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

A 50grms pouch of bulk Ennerdale came to me through a friend from Kingsize, seems the only specialized pipe tobacconist still in Sheffield (UK). I gave my friend a list of 15 english tobaccos (mostly flakes) to choose, sadly the most part of them were not availabe (and we are talking of Samuel Gawith, Gawith & Hoggart, and the likes... incredible!). He was back to me with: Ennerdale Flake, Coniston Cut Plug, Walnut, Yachtsman Mixture (plug unavailable) and Germain's Brown Flake.

Ennerdale is one of the best-sellers in UK. A fine scented flake in the Lakeland tradition.

At the opening of the non-sealed pouch I was greeted by a strong perfume: certainly almonds, bergamot oil, flowers and who-knows what else. That kind of perfumes of old. The long and partially rubbed flakes have the right humidity for immediate smoking, and something tells me that better they are not dryed further. Smoked in a couple of narrow bowls: a sandblasted Savinelli Punto Oro shape no. 105, and a smooth Parker Dublin shape. The strong pouch smell is only partially imparted to the smoke, and the good quality of the leaf (mostly Virginia) develops in a steadily medium smoke with mainly citrusy notes, and some soap. Yes, I share someone else opinion that Citronella comes to mind.

No way to be bitten, but you must keep slow drawing under control, otherwise you will hardly be able to keep your small pipe in your hands...

Ennerdale has delivered me long, cool and satisfatory pipe experiences.

2 people found this review helpful.

RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

Appearance and Aroma: Looks like most of the other bulk flakes frome Gawith and Co. Lots of sugar crystals evident on the 1-1/2" by 8" flakes. Smells like a typical scented flake would.

Packing and Lighting: I prefer to rub out and let about 10-15 mins. pass before lighting. In this way, lighting is 2-3 lights max.

Initial Flavor: Intense! I love the lakeland scent, but this is a little oo intense for me.

Mid-Bowl: The tobacco can be tasted despite the scent, but it is way in the back. This flake does get in the zone where the flavor and the temperature are easily in balance (i.e. no tongue-bite problems)

Bottom of Bowl: If smoked slowly, it builds to a nice strength and leaves the bowl with a fine dusting of grey ash. It does leave quite a bit of moisture in the shank though.

Overall: This is truly a high quality blend, but the scenting was too intense for this piper. I prefer Glengarry, BCF, or Rum Flake over this one. It does burn cooly and has plenty of flavor as well as nicotine for those who like to get blasted. I suppose it doesn't help that the scent kept reminding me of those old ladies who pour tons of cheap perfume on themselves, LOL! Well, I don't think I'll be purchasing anymore of this fine blend, but you ought to try it. Definitely a classic...

2 people found this review helpful.

Stan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan (165)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Pleasant

Another great G&H flake. Not quite as rich or as full as Brown Flake but much sweeter. I've read and been told by some British tobacconists that this is a flake preferred in England over all other flakes. I can see (and taste) why, but you need a sweet tooth here. Unlike many aromatics, this does taste like tobacco and is reasonably dry smoking thoughout.

If you like sweet, fruity flakes like St. Bruno (which has a thicker flavor but smokes more wet) or Condor long leaf (which has a similar flavor but is a lighter leaf), you should try this.

This is a rich tasting, scented flake. It's not hot, but I would recommend not breaking the flake much here, as that can give it an edge. It has a nice full, zesty (not like the sometimes hot golden virginia variety) almost spicy, fruit taste. It is a desert blend (but not exclusively), yet satisfying enought to smoke again during the day. The touch of burley keeps it cool and that matured virgina sweetness keeps it tasty.

No words can describe how good this tastes all the way to the bottom of the bowl. (The only thing this flavor vaguely reminds me of, is in the old days I smoked Edward's Rum Toddy -- a burley based blend with virginia added and essence blended with a fragrance call "Bowl of Fruit" (BFL). The European formula for the original BFL was lost to cost in the late 70's, and Edwards substituted it with "English Aroma", "Cherry-A", and something else ("Vanilla-B"?). Still good if special blended but not the original same.) The essence here in this flake is like the original I recall from BFL. Mouth watering!

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TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (492)
Medium Very Strong Mild to Medium Tolerable

I finally finished the jar that would never seem to end. It started out at four ounces and as I was nearing the end, a kind soul, thinking I really liked the stuff, sent me another four ounces. Well, I don't really like the stuff that much, but I find it nice in a little cob once in a while. In fact, I really enjoy this combination on a golf course.

It is a mindless monochromatic smoke. The taste is the topping, which is, perfumey. Yes, I know that that is not what is described but that is all I get. It gets weaker as you get down the bowl, but I never really get a clear taste of Virginia or burley with this blend. Like all GH blends it will not bite regardless of how much you push it.

The bottom line on whether you will like this blend is whether you like the topping. It is also one of those where what you smell is what you get. If you get a chance to sniff the bag and don't like what you smell, pass this one by.

Of importance to this blend, I will note that nothing ghosts like Ennerdale. This will ghost cobs, meers, bags, jars. Hell, if you put this in a bag with other samples and ship it, all of the samples will taste like Ennerdale. I know this as the 4 oz. shipped to me also contained other samples. I actually had to reorder all of those samples to confirm that they all did not actually taste like Ennerdale. It is the most pervasive topping I have ever experienced. It is blends like this that give everything that leaves that factory a floral twang, even when the blend has no topping.

In summary, I like this alright as mentioned above, but there are many other GH blends that I would reach for in the place of this one, so I will leave this at two stars because there is really no tobacco flavor to it at all.

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SmokingHawk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokingHawk (27)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I smoked this flake lightly rubbed out leaving some chunks of flake and let it aired out for some 20/30mins although it came not so wet 10mins should be enough. It smoked very well burned evenly to white ash leaving no residue in the pipe. Virginia's main player and very sweet all other casings played background role of except that Lakeland aroma tends to take over at times which was not so strong but gave nice pleasant feel. Whereas I smoked Bob's square cut in which Lakeland aroma is medium to strong but still pleasant. I liked this flakes so much that it's in my daily rotation and it earns easily four stars. Well done GH!

Pipe Used: Special Edition magic inch

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From:

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AnglicanSmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AnglicanSmoker (4)
Mild to Medium Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I love it. It's sweet, smooth, and you can still taste the tobacco. Strong flavor, medium strength, welcome room note.

I think a lot of folks are put off by what they think it will be rather than what it is. If that's you I suggest you order a tin or ask a friend for a sample and just try it. It's like your mama used to say with new food, "you'll never know until you try it."

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh to 5 years old

Purchased From:

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JamesDarwin63 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JamesDarwin63 (6)
Mild Extra Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

This seems to be one of the most divisive tobaccos out there, the aroma from opening the packet is not the normal aroma you would associate with tobacco! This is a highly aromatic tobacco and you can really taste the floral notes. If you don't like aromatics you really will not like this!! I personally find this tobacco very enjoyable however it is not a tobacco I could smoke all the time. I would also highly recommend not putting this in your favourite pipe! This tobacco is a real ghosted, I cannot stress this enough. If you are trying if for the first time I would definitely use a cob or clay.

Pipe Used: Cobbit Shire

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Samuel Gawith's Canon Plug

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BROBS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BROBS (46)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I wasn't sure if I would like the Lakeland Essence after reading so many descriptions making it out to be the bane of men and the epitome of "granny" tastes / smells. Turns out I love the stuff. This tobacco rubs out fairly easily, and once rubbed out I feel it's at the right point to smoke. Lights after a few tries.. typical flake behavior, and then you are greeted with a smooth, delicious flavor. The tobacco flavor is good, but the toppings/scents work perfectly with it to deliver a smoke that gets the job done but doesn't leave the room note of a cigar. The best way I can describe the room note is "classy" or "cologne-like". Even my wife somewhat approves so I think I've found a tobacco that I will keep cellared and buy again and again.

Pipe Used: Vauen, Calabresi

Age When Smoked: just arrived

Purchased From:

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MarkTheLad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MarkTheLad (29)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

If you dislike the Lakeland floral essences, then I would recommend that you steer clear of this flake. However, if you are the adventurous type, there is a tasty reward to be gained by partaking of this wonderful tobacco. Like all G&H blends, I find this one to be made with premium quality tobaccos. I find it to have a floral, yet fruity taste with a nice creamy, nutty mouth feel, probably from the burley. The flakes were a bit moist, so I rubbed out 1.5 flakes and spread them out on a paper plate to dry. The tin note is tobacco forward with fruits and just a touch of floral to it. The smoke was smooth and only required a few relights. I get no tongue bite from this tobacco regardless of how hard I push it. I usually smoke this flake a couple times a week for a nice change of pace and it hits the spot nicely.

Pipe Used: Stanwell Golden Danish - Canadian

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

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Blake_Gibson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blake_Gibson (4)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A lot of reviews here but feel I have something to add. Yes this blend has ample floral essence, yes it is strange if you've never tried it before. That being said, I now smoke this daily. A couple tips for enjoying.

DRY IT OUT. I lay mine out in a big clump to reduce surface area and shuffle the deck of flakes as it were a few times for a day. Then I place all the flakes in a large Tupperware to normalize for a few days. Then repeat until the flake is just a touch moister than I would want it to smoke.

RUB IT OUT. Burns great rubbed out. As a whole Flake I couldn't get it to light Worth a crap.

Smoke a few bowls (in a cob if you care about ghosting) before making your decision. The first half of the bowl is pretty intense. After that the floral dies down quite a bit and you get a wonderful interplay between the virginias and the essence. The smoke is super creamy with flavor for days. Really good in summer and damn good with some single malts or iced tea.

Pipe Used: Falcon, Peterson, Mearschaum

Age When Smoked: Approx 1 year in jar

Purchased From: Smokingpipes bulk

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Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (115)
Mild to Medium Very Strong Medium Pleasant

I find this the smoothest of all the scented Lakeland flakes. Like a perfumery in your pipe. A very fine, not nuanced, pure Virginia flavor morphed with a field of wildflowers. I don't detect the Burley at all. It says it's there so I believe the blender, but I can't taste/feel it.

Actually, it is wildflowers combined with Almond. Think Amaretto and some kind of Pinaud, but in a good way.

Aromatic smokers used to the artifical esters in American style aros ought to try this at least once, for despite all the flavorings, it never seems artificial. And, further contrasting American aros, this flake cannot be made to bite.

Only negative for me is it doesn't actually have the N level which I like, only mild to medium, which is my only reason for docking it a star. Oh, and it is not really complex, but none of the Lakeland flakes are particularly complex.

There's so much sweet, natural flavoring here that blending in a little Kendal Kentucky for strength works quite well, you can't taste the KK at all (a great tobacco in its own right).

Age When Smoked: new

Similar Blends: Kendal Flake, Grasmere, etc..

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LannarkGent Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LannarkGent (111)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

A Virginia Burley, plenty of flavor,which to my nose has vanillia,citrus, an fig like notes. A Lakeland style blend, it wins a big thumbs up from me.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Miele 677 KS

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doktorstamp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doktorstamp (11)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

It seems somehow superfluos to review this tobacco, volumes having been written by many others.

This is a staple of my rotation, and as some have remarked the room note is exceptionally pleasing, such that even non-pipe smokers will ask what is it.

I would say though that it can vary from supplier to supplier, with one delivery ghosting the others that were not tinned.

Pipe Used: Various Peterson #68's

Age When Smoked: Generally fresh

Purchased From: Various

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Bud_Harold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bud_Harold (22)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Because of all the negative talk about Lakeland blends and how perfumey they can be, I was hesitant to try this. And honestly, the tin note nearly drove me away. But I decided to give it a I loaded a bowl and after a lil drying time, I set flame to it. Glad I did! This stuff is quite tasty. The floral/soapy tin note does not translate to the flavor of the burnt tobacco. I was pleasantly surprised. Burns well...smokes great...tastes sublime. If you're scared off by Lakeland blends like I was initially, do yourself a favor and pick up a sample of Ennerdale Flake. You'll be happy you did.

Pipe Used: Lil Meer

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: pipes and

1 person found this review helpful.

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

To me, Ennerdale Flake is the quintessence of a soapy blend (the typical Kendal scent). Carefully selected and refined tobacco and a memorable flavouring that made it a perfect tobacco for the first smoke of the day. 4,5/5 in my personal rating system.

Purchased From: Synjeco, Brissago (Switzerland)

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pylet2000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pylet2000 (33)
Medium Very Strong Very Full Strong

UPDATE: It's been about a year since I opened this tin, almost gagged on my first attempted smoke, and hid the remaining tin out of sight. I noticed it the other day and gave the contents a quick sniff. I was reminded of the things in the aroma that were initially very enticing: citrus, almond, rum, maple, etc... And now being Sahara desert dry, a good amount of the perfume had faded (although not entirely).

I decided to give it a go. Found a cheap cob I could sacrifice if need be, crunched up some of the super dry flakes into the bowl and gave it a light. What a pleasant surprise!! I can smoke this now, and it's pretty tasty. I've had a few bowls in that cob and the results are recurring, so I can add Sahara desert dry Ennerdale to the list of tobaccos I enjoy. There's a good amount of similarity to Rum Flake in my opinion, with some extra flavors present, not as 1 or 2 dimensional.

Plenty of other reviewers have hit on the vitals: good base leaf flavor that isn't entirely hidden by the firmly present toppings. Once the soap / pine floor cleaner / perfume note wasn't dominating the song, I could finally sense all the other players and enjoy their contributions.

I've decided to go all the way to 3 stars on this, I'm liking it quite well in this super dried incarnation. When I first tried it, the tin had just been opened and the bowl worth of rubbed out leaf had been dried for about 30-45 minutes, nowhere near enough drying time. Interesting note, even when criminally dry, it doesn't burn fast or hot.

So if you hate this initially as I did, let it get very dry and try it again, you might be surprised.

Original Review: All I could do was laugh. It's rare that something disagrees with me so greatly that I lose my calm for a minute. For this raw emotional response, I'll give you credit where it's due Ennerdale.

I can't give this a proper thoughtful review though. The tin note was of pine floor cleaner, although if I could get past that for a second I could sense the bergamot, slight almond, and vanilla hints that had potential. I thought "ok, many blends that smell amazing are awful when smoked, and some that make you recoil in horror in the tin are actually amazing in the bowl." Let us never judge a 'baccy on its tin note alone, so I jump through the hoops of rubbing a little out and letting it dry to a reasonable moisture level.

It lit well and easy, and instantly unleashed a dominating smell that I think my great grandparents would have loved, while discussing the merits of this newfangled automobile contraption compared to horses. Having somewhat recently experienced Gawith 1792 flake which has the same 'time machine' effect, I powered through half the bowl waiting for something to change that made me want to like this blend. It never arrived for me. I thought about trying to detect the tobacco flavors, but it seemed futile trying to pick out subtlety. I envisioned a tasting panel, where an auditioner asks the test subjects "would you say this floor cleaner product tastes nutty, woody, or grassy?"

Ultimately, I raised the white flag with the thought "smoking through the rest of this bowl is robbing me of time from one of my favorites." Life is too short for leaf you don't agree with.

But, lots of people love this, and I won't fault them for it in any way. We're rather fortunate to live in a time where there are so many excellent choices in tobaccos. Ennerdale aggressively did not work for me, yet I tip my hat to those who like it and to the venerable company that makes it.

Similar Blends: Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Rum Flake.

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

When people complain that somehow this is for the petticoat crowd, I get really irritated. This is actually a pretty hearty blend, full of the 19th century preference for flavorings that were favored in snuff (there were many more snuff perfumes in fact). Its medium strength as GH&Co. tobaccos there is a good deal more virginia than you find in some of the lakeland blends. Less of the smokey fire cured taste. Its a slightly milder version of kendall flake in a sense, although the flavoring mix is different. It reminds some of the old Condor, or even St Bruno (I dont quite see that but its all subjective in the end). But its more distinctive and a bit stronger. I love all the Gawith Hoggarth blends. Ive not found one I don't like (well, except maybe the black twists). This is not as satisfying as Kendall or Coniston Cut Plug or dark Scented....but it is a great earlier in the day smoke. First rate stuff and its a shame in a way that some will dismiss it as just perfumed. This is the old school british pipe smoker stuff. And it gets full marks for that.

Purchased From: 4noggins

Similar Blends: Kendall Flake, or the old Condor....but better than the latter..

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L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (170)
Medium to Strong Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

This is a perfect Lakeland tobacco and if you want to taste and know what really is a Lakeland tobacco with its typical flavoring here it is! I mean that Ennerdale is the archetype prototype of the Lakeland (Kendal) tobacco and it is the archetype prototype of the characteristic Lakeland flavoring (I really don’t know the composition of this typical essence). A perfect flake with a good smell and an excellent burning. Even the nicotine content is perfect. In conclusion a really nice flavoring and a really good tobacco. For this reason in my personal system rating (from 1 to 10) my score is 9 and 3,5 stars. My review is about the tin version.

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tommyboy1749 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tommyboy1749 (26)
Medium Very Strong Very Full Very Pleasant

Gawith, Hogarth & Co.'s Ennerdale Flake has been described as the quintessential Lakeland tobacco. Is the flavoring strong? Yes. Is it objectionable? No and yes. In itself, it an interesting experience. For me, the melange of flavors is dominated by almond, accompanied by strong wafts of rose geranium and various fruit essences all mashed-up (the comparisons made in some other reviews to juicy fruit gum are more than apt). I can't detect the vanilla. On the other side, the added essences only slightly diminish over the course of the smoke; and while I like the panoply of evolving essences, I can't see imbibing this as a steady diet. It's simply too rich--and strange.

The leaf used is top shelf, as with all G&H tobaccos. The base leaf is woody and dark fruit tart, and the sun cured Malawi adds a sharp sweetness that plays around the edges, contending for space with the faint nuttiness and weight supplied by the Malawi Burley.

G&H states this is their "best selling flake by a wide margin," so it must have a considerable number of adherents. I do enjoy the overall experience, but any pleasure is due as much to novelty as to the particular attributes of the flake. In short, I am a fan, but not a fanatic.

1 person found this review helpful.

THROATHIT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

Vg tobacco like best brown flake and a load and I mean load of Lakeland topping thrown in. Makes scented flake look like the base camp and this stuff is the peak. love or hate a marmite thing going on. Rubs up and burns well and the smoke is thick and stays with you. vit N never ott but willing to satisfy. Champion of the Lakeland styles and one which I grow to love a bit more each time I have the urge to smoke it. Some will find this heaven and some will call it hell it is one of those tobaccos as the topping is mega but hey ho and each to there own.

Pipe Used: stefano exclusive briar

Age When Smoked: 12 months

Purchased From: lands

1 person found this review helpful.

ASmithee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ASmithee (20)
Medium to Strong Strong Full Pleasant

Finally got a chance to try this tobacco. I had read about it's ghosting powers so I tried it in a clay pipe to avoid ghosting my briars and didn't want to chance it ghosting my cobs even though I read that wasn't a huge risk.

I found the aroma to be floral and perfume-like. I also found it to be quite strong which could be a result of using a clay pipe. I also noticed the taste lingering in my mouth the next day. Overall, I would say this blend is not for me. However, I would recommend that you try it if you haven't as it does produce a very unique smoking experience.

I rate it a "full" taste which I understand may be confusing to some as a blend link Nightcap is considered "full-bodied". I rate it a "full" because the aroma is powerful and definitely there. You will not mistake it. The blend clearly stands out.

Pipe Used: Clay Pipe

Age When Smoked: 2 months

Purchased From: P&C

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Corvus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Corvus (36)
Mild to Medium Extra Strong Very Full Tolerable

I feel compelled to wade in to this scrum. Choosing a rating is difficult; I dislike giving a bad review to a reputable company, but at the same time reputation alone is why I believe other poor blends survive. First, the positives. Long broken flakes obviously of high quality. The smoking qualities are nice, cool with lots of smoke. What swings it for me though is the aromatic component is so overwhelming. I think the Lakeland sauce is an acquired taste and close to a love it or hate proposition. To that extent I have enjoyed its barest hints in Best Brown #2. However, it is applied so sloppily here, just drenched, that there is no other taste component. In other words there is simply no skill or restraint in its application and that is a cardinal sin, well beyond the actual taste. I can't imagine anyone enjoying this. As always I have to wonder, did I simply get the bit where the sauce was directly applied like a wick in a scented oil? PS it will ghost your pipe, which I regrettably forgot when I tried it again.

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Leeboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Leeboy (20)
Mild to Medium Very Strong Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is a strange one which I feel is in a different league to Condor and St Bruno which I love. The first time I tried it I felt sick and stopped to smoke something else. I later found out I couldn't taste my other tobacco afterwards. I thought what the hell and went back to the ennerdale. When sipped it was great and the virginia flavors were there. The topping calmed and I was getting fruit and almonds. Next time I dried it out a while and the flavors were good but now it bites me big time. I'm gutted because if the bite wasn't there I would love the stuff. I've tried a few more bowles and my mouth is ruined. If you like lakelands this could be for you. I think its worth a go to say you've tried it and who knows you might love it.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: smoke king uk

1 person found this review helpful.

rushm1n3r Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rushm1n3r (18)
Medium to Strong Strong Medium Strong

Want to feel like you're stuck in the back of a hot Oldsmobile on the way to church, slow-driven by Grandma wearing too much Avon? Then smoke this. Yuk.

The tin note...strong burst of play-doh, followed by lilacs, discount rack candles, bergamot, saddle soap, tobacco, with a light casing of headache. The smoke was better than the tin note, but I found the flavors puff was roasted pistachios, the next Febreeze; creamy figs turned into citronella candle, smooth burley into Hindu temple. It was like the time I tried to enjoy caviar...the problem was, I don't like caviar. From the reviews, I saw many enjoyed the mixture of floral with tobacco. Maybe I needed a giant mustache and an English estate to enjoy this blend. The room note was described as "pungent," and received a weak thumbs down from my GF.

I will finish this tin and update when done. Perhaps it will get better.

Pipe Used: MM Diplomat

Age When Smoked: Fresh tin.

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

JohnnyMcPiperson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyMcPiperson (108)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

A nice lakeland, smooth, sweet, and enjoyable! Somewhat soapy like most lake lands are. Fragrant, a good crowd pleaser I would imagine. Great to age, mine is heavily aged, I don't even know how much, it is covered in bloom. Quite a delightful smoke!

Pipe Used: Hardcastle Dublin

Age When Smoked: Several Years

Purchased From: Unknown

1 person found this review helpful.

OldeToby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OldeToby (1)
Mild to Medium Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

I found that when fresh out the jar/tin, it is rather unpleasant as I don't like the overly cased quality of this baccy.

However when I got round to smoking a bowl after finding some stashed away 2 years or so later. I found with surprise that that "soapy" taste had mellowed, to a more woody taste. Almost like I was smoking something more towards a traditional, unflavoured latakia blend.

So to sum up here, age it if you find it rather unpleasant with all that intense artificial flavouring. If aged well, it should turn out quite nice indeed. With less likelihood of tongue-bite and that feeling that a good blend has been ruined with so much casing.

Age it for a decade and see where it goes ;)

Pipe Used: Just a cheap £10 Mr. Brog no.41 (Pearwood bowl)

Age When Smoked: I aged this tobacco for roughly 2 years.

Purchased From: Hereford Tobacconist

1 person found this review helpful.

Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (137)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a very good scented flake in the Lakeland style. The VA's are sweet, I get a citrus note from them I think, as the casing has it as well so it is a little hard to tell where the tobacco stops and the casing starts and that is one of the things I really like about this blend. The tobacco flavor comes through. The small amount of burley also gives a nutty note that is always in the background but adds to the overall flavor of the smoke. The casing is very complementary of the tobacco. I get almond from the first puff, the citrus note is most likely bergamont, as it is a classic English citrus sent. I do get some tonquin bean flavoring way in the background too. As far as the Lakeland floral scent it is not over the top in this blend and has been applied very nicely on the sample I have smoked. To me it tastes clean, not soapy at all. It is definitely floral but not flowery, its like the entire plant has been used to bring the essence out in the various flowers that are combined to get the scent. Just a very well done scented flake that I would recommend to anyone looking to try a Lakeland flake.

1 person found this review helpful.

Granny Smith Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Granny Smith (25)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Reminds me somewhat of Condor which is my favourite go to tobacco, but this makes a nice change from time to time as the lakeland flavours are even more pronounced. I do like this blend and find it slow burning and absolutely delicious. The Flavours increase i as you near the bottom of the bowl and if smoked correctly this will burn down to a fine ash. Brilliant stuff

Pipe Used: Peterson system, Mr Brog, Falcon

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: GQ Tobaccos

Similar Blends: Condor, Rich Honeydew.

1 person found this review helpful.

Hybrid12 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hybrid12 (26)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Overwhelming

Got a bag of this today and opened it up to smell an old lady wearing cheap perfume. It should be a crime to ruin such good tobacco with such horrible toppings. I am starting to think the person responsible for making their flake tobaccos has no sense of smell or taste. I guess I am going to have to throw away a few dollars on a cob, cause the ghost this tobacco will leave is sure to last. First I have to get up the courage to work my way passed the perfume. Until then I will settle for the Bright CR Flake that came with this shipment. I am a huge fan of their shag tobaccos, but I am finding that all the toppings and additives in their flakes tobaccos are less than pleasant to my taste buds. Who knows when I do get up the courage to try this maybe this one will prove to be a winner, after all it is said to be their best seller, though I find that hard to believe.

Pipe Used: a cob when i want to throw away a few bucks

Age When Smoked: an 80 year old lady

Purchased From: smoking pipes

Similar Blends: a perfume counter at discount store....

1 person found this review helpful.

Edgy6gun Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Edgy6gun (7)
Mild Extra Strong Overwhelming Overwhelming

WARNING! After smoking only one bowl, the flavoring is extremely strong in my pipe. I have tried cleaning with alcohol, reaming, even the "GL Pease activated charcoal oven" trick. Ennerdale flavoring is still very prevalent a month later. The flavoring is what I would describe as very strongly scented bath salts. It is overwhelming and gives me a sour stomach after only a few puffs. I truly would like to know why they would ruin such a beautiful Virginia flake with this overpowering flavoring. After reading the positive reviews here, I honestly wonder if I got a goofed batch or something. It is truly unsmokable, in my opinion and my friend's opinion, due to the ridiculous amounts of scented flavorings added. I've smoked Virginas, Burleys, heavy Latakia blends, even the occasional guilty pleasure of super sweet aromatics. I never thought I would find a pipe tobacco that I truly could not smoke but this is it. You have been warned.

1 person found this review helpful.

pop pops pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pop pops pipe (28)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

I understand the comparison to St. Bruno, take away the almond/vanilla flavor and add a prune/raisin one and you got St. Bruno! Now for the kicker, I do like this, like it a lot, would like to love it but can't. Why, one word, Tonqin! Why do they have to poison this beautiful tobacco with that God awful stuff? It adds a flavor of Pinaud Classic Vanilla, ick! If I were using it as an aftershave rub fine, but I would like to smoke it? ? Its not as heavy as 1792 but there's enough Tonquin to know it's there. If the Tonquin were absent I'd be in love with this tobacco! It's a shame because I like ever other aspect of it, cool, sweet, nice aroma, nice kick of vitamin N. Tonquin is a love it or hate it kind of flavor. It's not even an acquired taste, you either like it or you don't! As for being compared to Condor, never happen. Condor is a Honeydew flavor and is the light version of Rich Dark Honeydew by Gallaher. A tobacco I miss here in the states! (This Damn greedy country and their tariffs! ) Honeydew tastes like.....we'll honeydew! Tonquin is no honeydew my friends! Hey if you like Tonquin more power to you and I envy you. If you don't stay away!

Pipe Used: Boswell 96 bent billiard.

Age When Smoked: 2 months

Purchased From: Gifted

Similar Blends: One of a kind really..

1 person found this review helpful.

Reggietom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Reggietom (7)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Another great tobacco, it's flowery notes are very pleasant, I love it. I would recommend it to smokers old and new, even my non-smoking wife likes the smell of this but I'm still not allowed to smoke indoors.

Pipe Used: Peterson system317

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: McGahey Exeter

Similar Blends: Bosun cut plug.

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

Well, when you turn your attention to a famous classic, you so want to like it, thousands of other smokers can't be wrong, can they?

So, in the immortal words of the Rolling Stones: "I try and I try and I try and I try..." But I just could not get beyond the overpowering taste of soap. Not for me, I'm afraid.

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Buster Bluth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Buster Bluth (56)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

The fundamentals of this tobacco are good. A quality semi-broken flake in the tin that lights and burns so well to a white ash. I partially rub out the flakes and dry a little before packing. The room note is at the bottom of my list of requirements in a tobacco, but it gets positive comments.

The main flavors are almond extract and the floral and citrus notes common in this genre of tobacco. These flavors can be quite strong and literally overwhelm the taste buds and mask the underlying tobacco flavors easily. I have found that the lightest of puffs carefully metered allow all the flavors to come through balanced. Very light puffs! Otherwise, it becomes an overload of almond with little to no tobacco flavor that makes me feel like I am smoking an incense stick.

Somewhat recommended. For me, this is a quirky change of pace to revisit periodically.

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

There's a lot going on in this blend; certainly not for a novice. Despite all the florals/herbals/etc. in this blend, despite its being on the edge of just too much such flavorings for me, what comes across for me is the almond. Without that, I don't think I would like this half as much as I do.

If Lakelands interest you, give it a try. If they don't, stay far far away!

As for the flakes, pretty typical of GH. They shred easily enough I don't need to rub them out or dry them. YMMV

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tacoeatingzebra Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tacoeatingzebra (37)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

If tobacco families were fields of study in a college, my major would be English/Balkan with a minor in VaPers, but tonight and all this past week, I've been smoking Ennerdale (alongside McClelland's Yenidje Highlander, but I digress). In fact, I'm sitting here with a Wilmer Special straight apple containing the remnant ashes of a tightly packed bowl of this stuff. Before I tried Ennerdale, my only experience with G&H was Bob's Chocolate Flake. That faint Lakeland floral note in BCF drew me in and I wanted to experience at full throttle. EF definitely delivers in that regard and also delivers a nice faint note of sweet almond. The tobacco itself is first rate. Rich, deep and sweet VA, subtle nutty meat and potato notes lurk... The room note is beautiful... And sublime...I don't know if it will be a regular in my rotation, but I have no qualms calling myself a fan.

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ap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ap (57)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

This is simply a delicious smoke, truly a love it or hate it blend that i think every pipe smoker should try at least once! Great Virginia/Burley flake with a very pleasent mix of Fruit and Floral flavors that burns very cool. Amazing

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PeterD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PeterD (91)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild Pleasant

...a real favorite of mine...while similar to Condor Long Cut, St. Bruno, Players Navy Cut, and Walnut Flake, it also has its own character.There is a lakeland scent and flavor but it is not overly strong.

I prefer strong plug/flake tobaccos, but the many years of smoking typical British OTC flakes, Ennerdale suits me just fine. When available, I buy this in the 500 gr. (17.63 oz.)size and cellar some of it while adding the rest in my rotation.

Smoked in a group 4 size pipe and this is an all day smoke for me...especially in the early morning with hot tea/coffee. In the evening, with a wee dram of scotch.

A most worthy tobacco and it meets all of my criteria for what I consider a first rate smoke!

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Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (139)
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Another tobacco I bought based on reviews here, was both pleased and a little disconcerted by the aroma from the packet upon first opening. The wonderful cherry flavour wafted childhood memories of the double dips I used to buy from the sweet shop on pocket money day, I would not have been surprised to find a swizzel stick in the packet. I did also, however, remember the nice smell of GH's cherry cream flake, a tobacco that failed to deliver on its packet aroma amongst other things. Still, nothing gained, nothing ventured.

Surprisingly for a flake, both packing and lighting were easy, all the quicker to get into that flavour and check it out. Pleasantly surprised, suffice to say, would be putting it mildly. The cherry, not too sweet, but not too light, comes through nicely and fades through the smoke to be replaced by something akin to a light Glengarry flake, light, leafy and oaky flavours come through nicely. The room note isn't half bad either. Even the gurgling from the bowl towards the end of the smoke is strangely satisfying, like having the builders in - you know that all that hammering, sawing and drilling is no symphony, yet you know their doing their thing, that everything is good and proper and being done.

So, very reminiscent of the good old Glengarry, but not quite as heavy. Less a full Lord of the Rings style hike in the woods and more polishing off that gorgeous cherry pudding after a fantastic pub lunch (one of those fantastic free houses in the country with a thatched roof), a light walk in the nearby woods and then back home for a cup of tea and the Sunday papers.

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DoctorThoss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorThoss (146)
Medium Strong Medium Very Pleasant

This stuff is a revelation!

Easily one of the best tasting aromatics I've ever tried, even if the flavor/aroma is a completely foreign experience to we Americans who normally associate aromatics with food-flavored tobaccos (vanilla, peach, chocolate, whatever). The term "floral" is definitely appropriate here, as is "soapy." There is also some citrus in the background (grapefruit, mango) as well as almond .... The strength of the flavoring agents is intense, but as the bowl progresses I can definitely detect the top-notch VAs that form this flake's spine. I am in love with both the flavor and aroma, but I can definitely see how many smokers would despise it.

This stuff requires a little drying time, but once the moisture has been reduced to an optimal level (a little crunchy) it burns like a dream with few relights. It also has little capacity for tongue bite, which is a trait I can't praise enough. On the other hand, it will ghost a pipe like nobody's business ... either use a cob or dedicate a briar, as even one or two bowls might forever taint your pipe.

I normally prefer more "natural" tobaccos but can also appreciate a good aromatic every now and then. Even so, I am surprised by how much I'm loving these "Lakeland" blends. It just goes to show that "aromatic" or "scented" doesn't necessarily mean "low quality" .... I wish more American blenders would learn a thing or two from the Brits.

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Tom Servo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Servo (58)
Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin aroma is at first the roses and anise (soap & licorice), stronger than you'd expect from a scented Lakeland blend, slowly cereal Virginia sneaks up in the background. Citrusy fruit and vanilla help sweeten the whole thing. Anise (Licorice) aroma must cover up the almond and any nuttiness from the small amount of burley. I don‘t detect any in the tin aroma.

Nice moist flake - rubs out beautifully.

Rose / soap flavor follows through on light up, joined momentarily by a much lighter version of the licorice. I get the impression that all those old American Burley Blends, were trying to create something like this. But here I taste no chemical flavors, as strong as the flavoring is, It tastes like real anise and rose petals. Sweet dry oatmeal of the Virginia increases as the bowl burns down. Hints of molasses drift in and out turning the background from oatmeal to ginger snaps and graham flour. All behind the rose petal fragrance, with the anise growing in prominence later down the bowl. Damn cool smoke too.

Smoking Lakeland tobaccos makes me feel as if I'm experiencing something old. Like some timeworn tradition, (perhaps from a galaxy far, far away). Every pipe smoker should try Lakeland blends (Scented & Unscented). They are in a class by themselves. The way these flakes are blended and the traditional way they steamed and pressed, make them unique. A tradition maintained by a few tobacco blenders around the town of Kendall in the Lakelands (County of Lake) in England Love ‘em or leave ‘em they are a piece of pipe history. They aren't like the over flavored chemical laced American blends, the flavors (as strong or odd as they are) aren't there to cover up crappy tobacco and factory handling. Try the style even if it's not this blend.

Like everyone here says, with this flowery version, you are likely to either love it - or hate it. It's still an excellent example of the Scented Lakeland style. Although the floral-anise flavor may not be a flavor I would choose to smoke regularly, it was a surprisingly pleasant change-up in the batting order. And who doesn't like to be pleasantly surprised.

One downside is the lingering rose fragrance. My office still smelled like Grandma's perfume for days after smoking. Also continued to taste rose and anise the next day. In fact, after a few bowls, I realized that smoking this stuff indoors is not a good idea. Not only does the scent take hold and hang on, but breathing my own “second hand” smoke from this blend started to irritate my sinuses and throat. Finished the tin outdoors, no more worries. Have to knock it down a star for that. 2 ½ Stars

If you want to try the scented Lakeland style without all the flowers, try Bob's Chocolate Flake or Rum Flake, both also from Gawith Hoggarth & Co.

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Monopod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Monopod (24)
Medium Mild Full Very Pleasant

A little British saying springs to mind. " One man's meat is another man's poison." This tobacco fits the addage in my opinion. I first liked this blend, then hated it for weeks,the smell and taste made me feel ill. Then I tried it again, can't honestly say why, but I was then hooked. It seems to vary from shop to shop, probably due to speed of stock change, as I find this more tasty when very fresh. If it tasted, as some maintain, like St Bruno, Condor or Erinmore, then I would not touch it, let alone smoke it, as all the foregoing have at some time in my past made me physically sick. What a happy youth, spent in experimentation and hard lessons. The bouquet and taste remind me of Oil of Citronella, which I and many others have used to keep flies away from our horses. The more smokers it keeps away, the more there will be for us "Devotees." Do keep a dedicated pipe though, mine keeps "insects" and other unwanted "pests" out of my office. Happy Days.

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Captain Pete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Captain Pete (83)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have tried several of the offerings from Gawith, Hogarth & Co., and have enjoyed them all for the most part. Even the super strong, nicotine rich Bosun Cut Plug and Dark Flake. Ennerdale Flake, however, has somehow escaped my notice. How does a fruity topped, almond-vanilla scented tobacco escape one's notice, you may wonder. Just the description of it turned me off, and putting my face to a full cannister of the stuff kind of turned my stomach. The smell of the tobacco can be a bit overpowering in large quantities.

A short while back, I had tried McClelland's 5115, which I had heard was similar to Ennerdale in some of its flavors. I wasn't overly impressed with the 5115, finding it rather harsh and cigarettish in taste. However, those flavors that did escape past the harsh va. quality of the tobacco were very good. So I decided to try the Ennerdale flake. And, boy am I glad for it.

Surprising, almost disappointing actually, the Lakeland floral quality of the smoke disappated very quickly after lighting. What came forth through my pipe was a very pleasant, slightly tangy sweet tobacco taste, with notes of citrus and honey drifting around the outer edges of the natural va. sweetness. I didn't really detect an obtrusive almond scent or taste, but once in awhile an almond-like aroma would tickle my palate. After finishing a bowl of this tobacco, though, I did have a slight taste of almond in my mouth.

This flake, unlike the vast majority of G&H tobaccos, can be coaxed to bite just a little during the first half of the bowl. After settling in for the second half of the bowl, there isn't even a hint of tongue bite. Overall, I would have to say that this is one of the most pleasant tasting of G&H's offerings. I like it a little more than Glengarry Flake, as it has more nuances to the flavor, and isn't quite as sweet. Very good flake for a cool, rainy afternoon.

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Satc001 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Satc001 (66)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This was my first true Lakeland tobacco. The pouch aroma led me to believe that this would be more heavily flavored. However, upon lighting this tobacco, I found it tasted of very nice mid-range virginias enhanced mildly by the floral casing present. In other words, I really like the flavor. The casing seemed to be far more present in the aroma than the flavor, and I found myself thoroughly enjoying this tabac. This is a nice entrance into the G&H tobaccos as it isn't strong at all and quite enjoyable. I am giving it three stars from now, but it may become more as I sample more of these tobaccos.

Update: This tobacco is quite bitey and I find that it is light on flavor. I don't really care for it anymore, but I'm sure that it fits the bill for some smokers so I am downgrading it to two stars.

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

Having enjoyed some of the other scented flakes, and reading that this was among the most richly flavoured, I decided to try it. I was expecting to enjoy it (I rather like the perfumed, slightly soapy edge to some of these tobaccos, it's very distinctive). However, on opening the pouch and smelling it, I was struck by an uncomfortable feeling of dread... It smelled like cheap perfume, fairy liquid and toilet cleaner all rolled into one! There was little aroma of tobacco detectable, nor could I smell any almond or vanilla. It just smelled like artlessy mixed essential oils, mostly lavender.

I decided to smoke it anyway (I had to try it), and on lighting it, the main taste was of lavender, with a hint of incense. I hoped this would fade into the background, as with other scented flakes like Erinmore. But no, it just got stronger, and otherwise remained unchanged throughout a 2 hour smoke. My mouth felt like it was coated in lavender oil and soap, which I didn't much enjoy. There was no flavour of tobacco, or of almonds or vanilla, just soap. Worse still, after smoking it, the flavour hung around in my mouth for hours. I couldn't even taste pure hot pepper sauce!

In fairness, it must be good quality tobacco, for it lit with ease, burned cool, slow and without a hint of bite, and required few relights. It must appeal to those who like heavily perfumed tobaccos, to such an extent that they no longer care much for the tobacco. Personally, I enjoy Erinmore flake (Piquantly fruity), St Bruno (rich and full, the sweetness is complemented by the hint of bergamot oil) and Conniston Cut Plug (rich and deep, with just a hint of perfume) but to me, the flavouring in this is wildly excessive. Did their hands slip at the blenders? Is this a bad batch? I don't think I will risk my palate finding out. As for the wife rating:

'Often my husband asks me to take a sniff of his tobacco in the pouch/tin and tell him what I think it smells like. After a few long draws of this tobacco, I can confirm that it smells exactly like the cleaning fluids used to clean the public toilets in Addenbrokes' Hospital, Cambridge (I used to work there). I consider myself quite a laid-back non-smoking partner, and I usually enjoy the smell of pipe tobacco. But this stuff was FOUL! Wifes of all unsuspecting pipe smokers - beware!'

And she really likes the smell of Latakia!

-------------------------------UPDATE----------------------------- I've actually started to love this tobacco. I smoke it quite regularly. I think the scent takes a little getting used to, is all, then you're hooked. It smokes so well!

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Jaw Warmer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jaw Warmer (5)
Overwhelming Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Overwhelming

Just reading the varying comments on this tobacco. I have some coming so I look forward with delight to see what its really like.

The negative comments are quite interesting so I look forward to seeing if I find it soapy, who knows I might even blow bubbles :-)

Tobacco whether scented or not will give a differing taste and pleasure to each pipe smoker..................... So looking forward to the postman's knock on the door in the coming week.

Had to answer some questions before I could save my comment - PLEASE IGNORE.

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Matsutake Slayer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Matsutake Slayer (8)
Medium to Strong Very Strong Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Well, I finally met a tobacco that I could not smoke. It's composition seems to be equal parts mothballs, rotting camel-hair and shredded cadaver, seasoned with lavender soap and embalming fluid, pressed and aged in the body-cavity of a possum, left in the road for a winter.

I would give the tin away, but I don't dislike any other pipers enough to foist it upon them, alas.

Begone, foul weed!

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Domperignon67 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Domperignon67 (2)
Mild to Medium Extra Strong Overwhelming Very Strong

Sooooooo...... Ennerdale Flake then???? First experience and all I can taste is the smell of my old Mums musty brown tights in the washing pile mixed with talcum powder, carbolic, embalming fluid and a coachload of pensioners all sucking on Parma Violets and Barley sugars and farting Codliver oil... Oh, and a hint of Lavender. Not convinced this is a direction in life I need to be taking to be honest.... P.S. Thank Beelzebub I smoked it in a Meer!!!

Pipe Used: Tawny Meer

Age When Smoked: New

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jhand45 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jhand45 (13)
Medium Strong Medium to Full Strong

I'm not usually an aromatic smoker but thought it was worth giving this quintessential lakeland blend a try. The taste, while not unlike grandmas soap, was pleasant and were it just a matter of taste I'd be tempted to buy it again for those days where I felt like something a little different. Unfortunately, there is more to a smoke than the taste and it was in other factors that I felt let down. The blend was hard to keep lit and perhaps it was due to this that I also found it very bitey. Perhaps it just needs more drying time but I bought this from a bulk tin at a local B&M and wasnt excessively moist to start with. Pleased to have tried it, but wont be rushing to get it again.

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hawky454 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hawky454 (93)
Medium Strong Medium Pleasant

Wow, what a game changer this one is! I absolutely love this stuff. In fact, I pretty much love everything I've tried from GH&Co. and I've tried a lot. Many years ago, when I first started smoking a pipe, I was looking for an aromatic but one that actually tasted good so I did some research and decided to try Bob's Chocolate Flake. Well... at the time I was not ready for such a good blend and I wrote it off as being terrible. I was totally turned off by the weird essence that GH&Co are famous for but anyway, from that point on I steered clear of anything from this house and the more I heard about Lakeland tobaccos the more I was hesitant to try anything else from the genre. Fast forward about 6 years with a much more matured and developed palate, I decided to brave this genre again and see how it goes. I started with the most talked about Lakeland tobacco of all, Ennerdale Flake. Well, I was absolutely blown away! The essences added absolutely compliment the natural tobaccos and the florals just make this blend sing. This is absolutely brilliant blending and you will find nothing else like it. I have since fallen in love with Bob's Chocolate Flake along with at least a dozen other GH&Co blends. I'm not going to try to describe the flavors for ya, there are plenty of reviews that will tell you all about the grassy, stewed fruit and leathery notes, the toppings that sublimate the tobacco flavor and all that mumbo jumbo... those type of reviews do nothing for me and each description usually reads the same for each blend. What I will tell you is that you may love or hate this blend as it is obviously a polarizing tobacco but you will never know unless you try. I say start out with an ounce and go from there. This one is absolutely essential in my book.

Pipe Used: Neerup, Stanwell

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

This is the 163rd review of Ennerdale!

Fantastic flavour albeit a bit camp.

Too much bitey virginia for me - probably because of the pills that seem to affect my tase.

Pipe Used: Stanwell billard.

Age When Smoked: Fresh.

Purchased From: Gauntley's of Nottingham.

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Phil Theharp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Phil Theharp (16)
Medium Strong Mild to Medium Tolerable

I really wanted to enjoy this tobacco more than I did. Having done a lot of walking around Ennerdale Water itself - indeed I spent my honeymoon there many years ago - when I was looking for a new flake to try this seemed a promising choice. I bought it as a loose tobacco and it came out of the packet in long, stringy, broken strips. Rubbed out thoroughly and packed carefully there is no doubt it provides for a cool and creamy smoke. But I am not a particular fan of heavy flavoring and EF is shot through with it. Curiously it lacked the richness I was expecting. The first third of the bowl tasted like sherbet dip. While this does diminish as the smoke progresses, it never fully relinquishes its grip thereafter. I took note of some comments here and used just the one briar to finish the batch, as it does ghost the pipe as well as the palate. But after a clean and a few bowlfuls of a Latakia mixture the briar is restored. It has ruined St Bruno for me however. I had some in a different pipe after this and all I could taste was soap. I can't say it is entirely unpleasant but I will not be rushing to try any more soon.

Pipe Used: Unbranded briar

Age When Smoked: Shortly after purchase

Purchased From: Smokers World, Derby

Similar Blends: Nothing I have hitherto tried.

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natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (166)
Strong Strong Very Full Very Strong

This is Gawith Hogarth's take of 172 flake. In my opinion. Upon lighting it it has a flowery perfume taste that is quite nasty. As the bowl proceeds it does have a really nice flavor. However, that initial flowery taste ghosts the bowl bad. On the plus side, it has a decent nic hit.

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canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (135)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

I was originally a bit scared to try any Lakeland blend, "soap" did not seem a great flavor to explore, but have since really enjoyed everything I've smoked from this region. The soap thing may be misleading; while it does smell like an antique store or Grandma's perfume, I would say this flake more reminds me of Choward's Violet Candy (which ironically I despise).

Smoking Ennerdale Flake is an odd experience. I get this weird powdered sugar lavender taste when I inhale, almost as if the smoke was replaced by the dust poof you get with candy cigarettes. Suffice to say it is a very light smoke (exasberated by the fact that I find a flake cut more airy from added air flow). You will be hit with an array of taste, including some black licorice at work here. These flavors deviate from what I would consider a traditional tobacco taste, so you need to be an aromatic purist to take this trip.

If you enjoy any Lakeland blends, you likely want to push the flavor to the limit. So, go with Ennerdale Flake for old timey candy taste and also try Grousemoor if you want an adventure in rotten prunes (sounds horrible, but try it and be amazed).

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Samuel Gawith Grousemoor.

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huffnpuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
huffnpuff (53)
Medium Medium Overwhelming Tolerable

Bought half of a pound and smoked a couple bowls. I wish I didn't smoke it in a briar pipe:( This is my first Lakeland blend and I thought it had to much floral notes. I was hoping for more fruit toppings but I will not make that mistake again. I read lots of good reviews but it isn't my type. To bad because the flakes were beautiful and smoked easily.

Pipe Used: cob and stubby pipe

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

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Coltrain Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Coltrain (8)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

I am apprehensive about writing this review because this is a love/hate tobacco. And unfortunately, I hated it.

That said I still accept this as a good tobacco and reward it some praise on merit. It's got a strong virginia base that is actually quite nice and would be lovely if it weren't for the god damn casing that's on this tobacco. I don't get a soapy taste as many have said they get but I do get a strange flavor that I don't agree with, so much so that I can't finish a bowl of this stuff. The room note wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. I wouldn't brag about it but no one will call you out on it's odor.

Anyways, it's a tobacco I think you should definitely try at some point because you never know, it might be just what you're looking for. It's just not my style I'm afraid.

Pipe Used: Falcon

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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who broke my clay pipe? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
who broke my clay pipe? (61)
Mild to Medium Strong Medium Tolerable to Strong

Quality flake alright.Bought loose 25 grams as a sample,recommended to me in the shop.I really wanted Irish Flake by Peterson but they didn't have any..Basically this is a scented Virginia and base tobacco wise its kind of like a cross between best brown flake and players navy flake.I thought it was a bit mild for me really,i prefer their stronger meatier offerings like bobs chocolate,dark xx and 1792 flake(which I forgot to ask for but didn't see on the shelf to remind me..This is touted as being close to condor and aromatically I can see that point but;it is not condor,condor is a Kentucky and more robust and has higher nic and is the king of soapy weird..I am not sure I will buy again because basically for me condor wins.Have also just tried Grasmere flake which I consider the stronger nic wise of these two and that stands a better chance of repurchase.Maybe some drying time will add some points.The taste is fine and earthy in a real british flake way but lacks nic power..If anybody likes condor but finds it too strong this is a good milder alternative.Possibly closer to peterson university flake.

Update a few hours later.Just swapped from falcon pipe to a Tanganyika meerschaum bowled system pipe because I didn't want to ghost the briar.Seems to of gained strength of taste in this narrower draught pipe as well as nicotine hit.Maybe it works better in a tighter smoke tube.This is much better,the taste is more concentrated.Lighting up it tasted aromatically of some sort of strawberry lipstick,like when I am lucky enough (or unlucky)to get kissed by a drunk bird.The baccy has a Virginia bias but the burley is well felt and adds that sort of wheaty cerial taste(shredded wheat).Tastes creamy like the cream of the milk.The aromas although there are faintly in the background as sort of support like dried berries in a cereal.I feel in this pipe it deserves its three stars better than before.Burns cool,stays lit and no bite.Is slightly sweeter than its similar contempory Grasmere flake.,its a natural sweetness and unfortified. Smoked in this tighter draught it has taken on similar taste to a Kentucky like condor smoked in a larger draught pipe so its quite a chameleon. The narrower smoke tube makes it hit my tongue harder,tasting very like condor now actually.

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DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (203)
Medium Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Ennerdale Flake is a perfect example of too much of a good thing.

I admire Gawith & Hoggarth's scented flakes. I find several of them to be quite outstanding. Moreover, every piper who has an affinity for these offerings has at one point wondered the same thing – “What would be like to smoke a heavily scented G&H tobacco?" If you've ever asked yourself that question, look no further than Ennerdale.

Altogether it burns nicely and as usual the tobacco is beautifully presented. Ennerdale's flavor is driven by its rich, heady topping. It also has a serious half-life. I have smoked it in the middle of the day, only to find myself still tasting it the next day before lunch even after several cups of strong black coffee or brisk black tea.

Someone on this board once said that whether or not you enjoy a particular scented Kendal product comes right down to whether or not you admire the topping. I agree with this to a certain extent, but I also feel that one must factor in just how much of that topping is applied. That said, I would enjoy this more if the added flavoring was not as heavy.

As far as the flavor goes, I can't pick out the almond or citrus. Almond or citrus peel, sort of. Bubble gum and an Earl Grey like flavor, yes. Vanilla, not so much. If you’ve got a good imagination you might actually be able to taste the tobacco.

I am going to see what Father Time does for my 4oz stash. This works out perfectly, as I am not too keen on trying it again any time soon. In the meantime, I'll stick to Grasmere, Kendal Flake and Broken Flake No. 7.

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panduji68 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
panduji68 (28)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

WARNING: This tobacco will haunt your pipe like an angry poltergeist roaming about an old dungeon... Ghosting your pipe is an understatement. This tobacco will POSSESS your pipe for generations to come! I recommend trying it in a corn cob pipe first. If you enjoy it, you will likely need to offer up a solitary pipe to the Ghost of Ennerdale for smoking it. Otherwise the specter will inhabit the taste of every tobacco you smoke, for once Ennerdale enters your pipe, it can never leave...

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pantera Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pantera (8)
Medium Extra Strong Medium Tolerable

Good tobacco but too soapy for me. Once you smoke in a pipe ever you feel the ghost.You have to use a dedicated pipe.

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JustinCarcerated Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JustinCarcerated (99)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Prior to opening the tin it already exuded a distinct scent of fruity gum due to the poor condition of the tin upon delivery. Still, once opened, it was typical G&H in that its well constructed flake was packed well in plastic. Flakes from this G&H blendappear more like shredded flake than the bacon thin flakes seen with their La Flake. It more resembles Bobs Chocolate Flake in that regard.

The actual tin note has the disturbing quality of an offsetting odor of almond / floral notes (not the offending scent, those are tender and sweet) mixed with what to me smells exactly like Cutter Off, a mosquito repellant I am all too familiar with, as I reside in SE Louisiana. That smell is disturbing. Better 1/2 says its deodorant smell.

Burn is spot on-G&H can never be faulted for inferior tobaccos- with a fantastic tasty bouquet of flavors....of which I cannot accurately identify. Some fruity gum, almond extract, good Virginia's, all molded in a light, refreshing blend. It's strong too, Vit N gets the heart rate up a notch. I believe the key is to sip lightly. Smoking aros out of a small Peterson's 300 series P-lip, small bowl, small draw, big taste!

Aromatics such as C Choice from Peterson's last three times as long for me as VaPers & VaBurs, English & Balkan blends, but I do enjoy them....when they are authentic. G&H is the real deal! I'm sold, will be cellaring, may buy in bulk and can it. If you like Lakeland sauces, this is for you, if your palate doesn't support these old school tastes, stay away....leaves more for us who do :)

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Dr.sadik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.sadik (100)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable

i have to say that this might be one of those love or hate tobaccos. now that being said, i am an aromatic smoker mainly however i appreciate good quality tobacco when i taste it and this blend is no exception. the leafs used are of high quality as expected from G&H, however the casing are a bit odd. lakeland, vanilla, citrus and almonds, all are there indeed but the combination just didnt do it for me. the casing is strong and it is sweet but neither it was straight vanilla cream nor it was fruity like danish or american market offerings persay. i tasted many G&H blends and i respect what they offer and i guess this blend will find its place among others favoritea. the moisture level was just right although it seemed sticky frim the pouch but it burned evenly to white thick ash. the smoke is cool and the strength was just about right to be an all day smoke. not really a social tobacco when it comes to room note i had to say. i advice that you try a small sample before indulging in big purchase just to be sure whether it will suit you or not.

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Elwin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Elwin (12)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Do you like Gladiator movies? Are you confident in your sexuality? Do you want lakeland flavor - unadulterated lakeland flavor? This is it. Look no further. Accept no substitutes.

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Puffingstuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Puffingstuff (100)
Very Mild Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Here's Juicy Fruit Tobacco with a half gallon of almond extract and two gallons of rose water soaked into the leaf. I really enjoy most G&H Flakes and I have been smoking a pipe for 30+ years, this made me sick at my stomach! I tried two pipes of this nasty garbage. The taste will linger in your mouth all day and make everything you taste, taste just like the aromatic toping. Have a beverage and you taste Roses. Have some fish and you taste roses! Ennerdale must be Lakeland lingo for "smells like a cheap whore". Gag! Cough! Light on nicotene, too mild, just gag taste and aroma. No thank you.

UPDATE UPDATE; I let the tobacco rest for about a year. The flakes dried some and the moisture level is now perfect. I now see what the big fuss about this wonderful flake is! Mellow,fruity,outstanding!!!! This is the importance of leting a new bag full of tobacco rest before enjoying it fully.

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BingCrosby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BingCrosby (72)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Very pleasant. if you are interested in lakeland tobacco this one is a must try. I smoke it in a clay to avoid ghosting my briar. despite the very strong essence added to the flake, it retains an impressive degree of natural tobacco flavor. not something i would smoke regularly, but a nice occasional alternative.

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ROBERT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I like this blend very much the taste does tone down half way and it will ghost your pipe so have a pipe for this blend only it is sweet and does have a fruit flavour to it

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krg1000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
krg1000 (180)
Medium Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my first try at the floral Lakeland tobaccos. This seems too overly strong on the floral end and just takes away from a very nice blend. I can tell that the tobacco components are first rate. It is moist, some would say overly moist, right out of the tin. But it did light up and burn very easily. I just could not get past the floral room note. Personally I do not really like this in my pipe smoking pleasure, but it seems to be a love it or hate it blend like so many in this part of the field. I would say at least give it a try, you may like it.

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Mesh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mesh (50)
Medium Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

Recommended highly if you like your tobaccos rich and full and with the funky taste of a pronounced Lakeland. Goes well with a black coffee and is overall an extremely satisfying smoke. The raw materials used are obviously top drawer, at least as far as the tobaccos are concerned (I'm no perfume expert). It benefits from a good airing, which will get rid of some of the 'soap' and bring the tobaccos more to the fore.

Word of warning: this tobacco ghosts heavily. The scent won't leave your pipe in a hurry.

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Tee-dub Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tee-dub (48)
Medium Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

As a non-Brit, I was put off by the almost overwhelming soapiness. If you wonder what others mean by 'Lakeland floral' or 'soapy' try some Ennerdale. From a fresh tin, this tobacco gives the impression of a mouthful of soapy flower petals.

The tin note? Handsoap.

It took some getting used to. And once I got used to it, I sort of liked it. And those weird, off-putting essences sort of grew on me.

Once it has dried a little the essences aren't as overpowering, and a pleasant tobacco taste reveals itself. Despite its being nominally an aromatic--others find the aroma pleasing--nevertheless it burns cool, it burns dry, and it tastes good. It is different, and it's a very pleasant change-up.

That soapiness permeates the entire experience, and after a few bowls I found it increasingly pleasant. A sort of flowery essence, cool and refreshing, fills the nose when smoking this. Give it a chance and it might grow on you.

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

First let me say that I am a fan of Lakeland style tobaccos, especially those from Gawith Hoggarth. I don't mind the soapy taste in many of the GH blends but Ennerdale was simply too much of a good thing. The flake arrives too moist to smoke out of the tin and the strong cased smell carry's over to the smoke. As others have pointed out, this will really ghost a pipe. It should be smoked in a cob or a pipe dedicated to this blend. GH does a great job with scented tobaccos IMHO because the tobacco flavor usually comes to the front leaving a nice background scent. However this is not the case with Ennerdale. I would recommend this for the hardcore Lakeland lovers only.

UPDATE: I have to bump this up as over the years, I have grown more fond of this flake, It ages nicely and while still not an everyday smoke for me, its a good one.

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Big Nick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Nick (74)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is truly a love it or hate it blend. The floral tin note is very strong. I can only guess that this strong floral scent is what many people describe as soapy. Anyway, I like it! The Virginia's are smooth and tasty, and the topping just seems to enhance the whole smoking experience.

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

This one is a real soap-bomb. If you don't like blends such as St Bruno and Condor because of their soapiness then you aren't going to like this.

Personally, I think I have found a firm favourite. The flavour is closer to Condor than St Bruno, but if anything it is even more assertive, which is to say that it is even soapier and has flowery qualities in addition to what I perceive as the sour, citrusy notes of Condor.

I do like the fact that this is basically 96% VA and I would love to try the base tobaccos without the off-the-wall casing applied. I am sure they would be pretty tasty. Nevertheless, the fact that it has such a high VA content does mean that it has to be smoked appropriately - smoke it too wet or too hastily and you will get bitten, and it is easy to forget this when other tobaccos of a similar flavour profile are amongst some of the most tolerant in terms of moisture content and smoking pace, largely due to a fire-cured constituent that is lacking here.

So, a sound and almost straight VA base with the kind of flavour profile that smokers of British OTC blends know and love. Nicotine is sufficient to satisfy, but not as strong as a lot of the other soapy flakes.

My only criticism is that it does seem to burn a little hot and a little fast sometimes, although this is very unusual for a GH&Co flake so I can't help thinking it is probably something to do with my preparation and smoking rather than a fault of the tobacco. Either way, it isn't enough of a problem for me to knock a star off.

The usual stuff about the fine, powdery grey ash applies.

Edit Aug 2012: I am revisting some of my reviews and regrading, reserving 4 stars only for a select few that have become mainstays in my extended rotation. Ennerdale is still excellent and when you feel the urge nothing else quite hits the spot. Whilst I always have some on hand, I find that with so many other tasty Lakelands on the menu this one doesn't get as much air time nowadays. It loses a star.

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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
Medium Medium to Strong Full Pleasant

This tobacco is as easy to review as it is hard to rate. A classic Lakeland with a twist, Ennerdale is composed by top quality Virginias with a touch of Orientals, the typical soapy/floral Lakeland casing and the twist: a strong hazelnut-like flavoring that some will find exhilarting and others vomitive. The great base tobaccos shine towards the bottom of the bowl, once the topping has faded and the taste buds get used to the casing.

Recommended with reserves, since no other tobacco could deserve a 1 star as much as a 4 star rating.

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The Full English Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Full English (31)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

A sensible, honest, middle-of-the-road flake, that is both inoffensive and unspectacular; it's plain to see why this is G&H's flagship flake - and one enjoyed by a broad spectrum of pipe-heads.

It's very much in a league of its own with a rather peculiar, yet intriguing flavour and aroma: Almond? Hmm... Ok, I'll just about give you that, although I'm more inclined to fall on the side of 'Other/Misc'! It reminds me very much of an aged potpourri, all spice, and cinnamon, mixed in with something like a touch of anise. It really wouldn't appear out of place tucked in a kitchen spice rack. In principle, the casing seems very heavy, but in reality it smokes rather light on flavour. Neither is the tobacco particularly strong. Indeed, it's such a cool smoker that you're hard pressed to believe that there's any Burley in there at all. It all comes across as... well... a little bit boring, if I'm honest - as if there's so much going on that it serves to cancel itself.

Ennerdale doesn't seem to behave in the pipe quite as well as the other G&H flakes, tending to err on the side of wet through the mid bowl, and the need to re- light. However, it's also far less flowery, which probably accounts for its popularity.

All in all, a decent enough sweet, slightly spicy smoke, but a largely forgettable flavour, despite all its boasts.

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

Another Marmite tobacco: either you love it or you hate it. To me, it's filthy stuff - absolutely dreadful. I would go so far as to say that it's one of the most unpleasant tobaccos I've ever tried. I can see why it's so popular, though. It rubs out and packs easily, burns well and slowly, gives a uniform result all the way down the bowl, and doesn't bite you unless you smoke so hard that anything will bite you. It's worth a try if you like a hefty casing - but be warned: ‘hefty' is the operative word.

Like some of the other reviewers here, I found the scents/flavours strange, crude and overpowering - to say the least of it. God knows what they put in it to make it taste and smell the way it does, but IMO tobacco shouldn't smell and taste like this. EF is, I think, a tarted-up version of G&H's excellent Brown Flake. It's a tobacco that seems to be trying too hard to be interestingly different. In terms of flavour, it has what I can only call a general, overpowering, sickly, chemical, artificial quality. To my mind, EF is way, way over the top of where a tobacco should be; it tastes and smells like a tart's boudoir.

"'English type' flavours which give this tobacco its distinctive, yet typical 'English' aroma"? I don't really understand this description. There's no Latakia here, and I can't see anything 'English' about this tobacco as I understand the term. Indeed, I've never come across anything quite like it.

I have a suspicion that EF will improve if you cellar it: the flavours may well mature into something a bit less riotous and raw. It leaves a very noisy and assertive ghost, by the way, so maybe try it in a corncob or meer first. The room note certainly isn't to everybody's taste, either; it'll probably kill the fleas that the dog brought in. Maybe it'll even kill the dog. Not recommended, I'm afraid. On the contrary, actually. I would counsel anyone who doesn't like tobacco to taste like a cheap aftershave to avoid it at all costs.

As a matter of interest, it is possible to buy an unscented version of Ennerdale Flake - at least it is my local tobacconist's (the excellent Durham Pipes and Tobacco in the UK). As far as I can tell, the unscented version js exactly the same as (may, indeed, be the same as) Gawith & Hoggarth's Brown Flake. It's a nice smoke, if you get the chance to try it.

Pipe Used: Peterson 312

Age When Smoked: New from the shop

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Contemplative Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Contemplative (22)
Medium to Strong Strong Full Very Pleasant

Now, I have something called Ennerdale Flake, but it comes in a pouch with a rather cheap stick-on label by some outfit called 'Market News'. I bought this stuff at the Newsagent's in the Market Square, Dover, Kent, U.K.

There's no mention of Gawith, Hoggarth and Co, but having seen other reviews I think this must surely be the same stuff, but repackaged.

Upon opening the pouch I was immediately impressed by the strong aroma of the contents, which is dark brown, long and stringy flake. You expect flake to smell quite strong, but this was quite a powerful, heady aroma. It has a base which is kinda St Bruno, but what hits you most are the higher scale notes of fruit, eucalyptus, vanilla, nuts....if it sounds unpleasant, it ain't, cos it is really very good and very authoritative. You just know immediately that this is a darned good, very pronounced, very long-established flake.

So it proves when you light up. The flavour is just terrific. It's a wonderful sensation evoking wood-panelled boardrooms and Victorian decision-making. Like the Victorians, you girdle the globe as you experience the different corners of your empire -sweet fullness of the fruity sun-kissed Med, coolness of the Canadian north, dark fullness of Africa, spicy nuttiness of the Far East, sunny freshness of eucalyptic Australia. The mix is extraordinary, but never discordant, and has a completely authoritative central, woody strength, which holds the whole together with consummate ease. It's a pleasure down to the last puff. The burn is strong and steady all the way, lotsa smoke. No gloop, no bite despite the strength.

I am mightily impressed, and highly recommend this flake.

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Slow Triathlete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Slow Triathlete (48)
Medium Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

I have had a few of the flavored tobaccos from G & H so I knew what I was getting into with this flake. Had to dry it out a bit. The blend lights and stays lit fairly well if allowed to dry out. If not, you have to relight quite often. The added flavors melded well with the usual Lakeland scent and flavor. The only complaint that I have about this blend is that it is too consistent. There were pretty much no surprises throughout this blend. What you start with is what you finish with. I guess that this is a good thing but I found it to be rather boring. I smoked this in a pretty tall bowled Zulu and it took about an hour and a half to smoke. I would probably smoke this again but would rather have their Dark Flake - scented.

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dualkarnain Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dualkarnain (75)
Medium Medium Full Very Pleasant

Excellent stuff. Good tobacco taste + interesting case + no experience of goopaphilia in the briar.

Images evoked include a DO NOT DISTURB hotel cardboard slat on a doorknob at 10am the morning after prom.

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Carlos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Carlos (21)
Medium Strong Full Pleasant

I like this one very much too. Smell is very nice - like exclusive perfumes. It burns very cold!!!

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (286)
Mild to Medium Strong Medium Pleasant

High quality, medium brown tobaccos in a perfectly prepared flake result in one of the easier smoking and more forgiving blends. Lights easily and burns slowly, evenly and without any bite. A floral pouch aroma is heavenly but the taste of the flavoring is rather strong and although creamy and smooth, initally reminded me of soap. Perhaps it's psychological, but I associate that taste in my mouth with punishment. Even though I only had purchased a 2oz. portion, towards the end, I was starting to tolerate the "English" taste. I'll try it again, but if not for the taste, this would be one of my regular smokes.

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