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Irish Spring Pipe Tobacco by Samuel Gawith is Virginias blended with a touch of spicy Louisiana Perique. The distinctive flavour comes from the old sherry barrels the Perique matured in.

Taste: Natural sweetness and spice

Strength: Medium to full

BrandSamuel Gawith
Blended ByStanislaw & Samuel Gawith
Manufactured BySamuel Gawith
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutFlake
Packaging50g Tin
CountryUK
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
Extremely Mild
Taste
Mild, Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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Peter Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peter Piper (41)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A slightly coarse flake and faint aroma of peach greet you on opening. Quite moist, so best rubbed out and given just a bit of airing time.

The first impressions are of the underlying Virginia and for the first few puffs I found myself questioning whether there was any Perique in there at all. But after a minute or two, ah, here it comes, that dash of seasoning revealing itself with just a touch of spice. And then almost a hint of soft berries, intriguing and quite complex.

A gentle cadence is rewarded with a soft mouth feel and an unfolding of yet more flavour. Take this one nice and slow and it seems to keep giving a bit more as you work your way down the bowl, oh, there's a hint of apple now.

A very immersive experience this one, I found it a particularly calming and relaxing smoke. I think we have a winner on our hands.

Highly recommended.

8 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (430)
★★★★
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The final "four seasons" for me to try ! As I found with the other ones the actual flake is of a very nice build ! I find it could use a small amount of extra drying time to help the rubbing but with only little perseverance it "rubs" to a good consistency . The aroma pre-light is of mainly Virginia . Despite the moistness I find that it stays lit well , not requiring many re-lights . The smoke has an almost raisin/fruity quality to it that must in some way come from the sherry barrels used to mature it in .If drawn with to much force it will give a little bite but if smoked with ease it is an enjoyable smoke .

Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

3 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (659)
★★★☆
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

Longish narrow flakes, easily pliable for fold and stuff or easily rubbed out. I preferred this folded and stuffed. Refreshing tin aroma of Virginia with a little perique and a backdrop of what is apparently sherry. So far advertising claims are accurate.

Refreshing is a good word to use for the flavor of this. A bit of both sugar and spice, with a moderate emphasis on the former. Fits in with the spring. A lemon VA base but without the plodding over-citrus marination. The VA flavor is light but sweet and with a slight sour note. The perique is delicately applied but provides a bit of spice with the vaguest of peppery hints... just enough to stir up the proceedings. The sherry flavoring, and admittedly I've never tasted sherry so it eludes me, might be what's giving off the extra richness of flavor. However, it talking with a local sherry enthusiast, there are so many different styles that it's hard to know which was used here. Suffice it to say that this blend is a bit different in character than a lot of light Vapers, and I suspect the sherry is the reason. A different kind of sweetness than lemon Virginia and a different spice than perique. I can't really put my finger on it. But this is a fine, interesting and somewhat unique take on the VaPer is worth a shot if you're a fan of such blends.

2 people found this review helpful.

ddmholst Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ddmholst (23)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

This blend was not for me. Extremely flat and nothing going on. I found my self puffing way too fast and scorching my tounge attempting to get some taste out of this.

Just for the record I very much enjoy VaPers but this one isn't going to be purchased again.

Pipe Used: Nording

Age When Smoked: 11 months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (205)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I won't say I was let down by this one, but I wasn't as taken with it as I was with the English Summer Flake in the same series. It is a quality Virginia as one would expect from SG, but the perique is so light it is hardly noticeable.

If I want something of this Magnitude, I will simply buy some Orlik Golden Slice and save a few bucks. I would be just as happy with that one or with PS LNF. Mind you, it is not a bad smoke, just in the crowded world of vapers it doesn't leave a mark on me.

Better picks for Vapers are Escudo, Solani 633 or the esoterica duos of Dorchester and Dunbar or SG's own St. James Flake. So somewhat recommended to the Gawith diehards.

Similar Blends: OGS, LNF.

2 people found this review helpful.

krg1000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
krg1000 (154)
★★★★
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the second in this series for me to try and so far I am very impressed with the series. The flakes come neatly packaged in the familiar square tin. I did notice some inconsistencies with the thickness of the flakes, but that is a very minor gripe. The size of the flakes are larger than some I have found, but not unwieldy. The moisture content at the cracking open of the tin is on the high side. If you try and light it before it has some drying time it will take longer than normal in staying lit. But once lit, the Virginia and the Perique really come together to form a great smoking experience. The components are of the high quality expected from SG. The nicotine level for me was about middle of the road. It is hardly anything that will cut you off at the knees, but you know it is present. This blend smokes down to a nice ash at the bottom of the pipe. Very recommended whenever it is available in your neck of the woods.

2 people found this review helpful.

Sinister Topiary Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sinister Topiary (79)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable

I was looking for a good springtime smoke, so why not succumb to SG's latest marketing ploy and give this one a shot.

Yes, it's a flake that's nicely suited for the spring: a nice quality flake, light and clean with a subtle hint of sweet hay, and I can almost convince myself that there's a hint of sherry in it as they suggest. It's an easy flake to work with, and stays lit very nicely.

There is some nuance here, but it's so subdued that I found myself puffing harder to tap into it, which rather defeats the point: the flavor seems to weakly hover around a satisfactory virginia rather than make an assertive landing. Thus I largely agree with ddmholst & TallPuffO'Burley: the end result for me is that there's not much going on here, resulting in a smoke I find a bit weak and flat.

It's definitely a nice flake, but in a crowded field it doesn't stand out for me. You could do worse, but you could also do better. Though good by most standards, it's not one of SG's finest.

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all.day.smoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
all.day.smoker (7)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobacco is delicious! I had my problems with VaPer-mixtures, because i'm more into aros and englishes but this flake is awesome. My local dealer didn't recommend it. He said: "...to simple, to flat, nothing special." He was right. I mean it's not a VaPer-bomb. The tobacco is very mild and still has a lot of flavour. If i had to choose a VaPer-alldaysmoke, this would be it!

Pipe Used: Mastro de Paja half-bent size 3-4

Purchased From: H. Jestel in Paderborn

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