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Scottish Autumn Pipe Tobacco by Samuel Gawith has the natural ripeness of the long-pressed Virginias. Along with the slow-burn this makes Scottish Autumn a most suitable flake for smoking on its own, or blending with other tobaccos.

Taste: Mild

Strength: Medium

BrandSamuel Gawith
Blended ByStanislaw & Samuel Gawith
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
Packaging50g Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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Peter Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peter Piper (41)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is probably one of the easiest reviews I have ever written.

Virginia, mostly gold and light brown, pressed into coarse flake: check.

Nose is sweet and mildly honeyed: check.

Composition is perfect, easily rubbed out and lit: check.

And then just a beautiful wave of ripe, smooth, sweet Virginia flavour of the highest order. Simple and yet magnificent; simply magnificent?

Samuel Gawith have done it again, a must-try for all true Virginia lovers.

Highly recommended.

12 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (705)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Typical lemon to bronze colored flakes with a tin note of basic fine Virginia. Easy to fold or rub out, with no excessive drying time needed. I did transfer the contents to a ziplock after I noticed the tobacco drying rather quickly in the opened tin.

This is almost a BBF-meets-Dunhill Light Flake for me. The slight honey fruitiness of Light Flake and the robust tang and maturity of BBF, with its mellow darkness and rich flavor. Sam Gawith is the McClellands of the UK, with Virginias unparalleled by their competitors. They taste different but they are uniformly excellent. This one is no exception. It starts off sweet and mildly tangy with that slight honey and light fruit combo and then ascend to more robust territory, with that SG "zing" that BBF and FVF contain. This more leans more toward the mature and mellow of BBF rather than the boisterous earthy character of FVF. Not as complex as BBF but a bit more so than the Dunhill, the combination of the two brings the Dunhill closer to my wheelhouse. But not nearly as closely as BBF, which is one of my mainstays. This will be an occasional smoke but should be tried by all straight Virginia aficionados. It might just be the perfect one for someone.

9 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (1237)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

There's an ever present light honey topping throughout the smoke, but it doesn't detract from the fairly grassy, lightly earthy Virginias. It's citrusy fruity with a hint of darker fruit, and is rather tangy. There several light Virginias mixed with a darker one, which takes a back seat to the lighter leaves. The flake is easily manageable and needs very little dry time. Burns at a slow to moderate rate and requires several relights, but it smokes cool and clean with just a minute amount of moisture at the finish. No bite, no harsh spots, and has a pleasant after taste and room note.

4 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (584)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Upon opening it appears very similar to their "winter flake" in the construction and aroma . The flakes hold the right amount of moisture and wont require drying out any further . It rubs easily and packs well too . The initial light is easy and it burns slowly /steadily all the way through . The smoke is of a nice thickness with a good Virginia taste which is noticeable in the room note and very little bite to it . Also a good nicotine level ( for me ) as not too much or too little . In all , a REALLY nice smoke!

Pipe Used: Falcon

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

Similar Blends: Samuel Gawith Winter Flake ..

3 people found this review helpful.

krg1000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
krg1000 (164)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

This is the 4th of the Four Seasons line that I have tried. As with all the others in the series, this one is of a high quality leaf. This one comes at the right moisture level to smoke right out of the tin, no drying time needed here. YMMV of course. The thin flakes are easy to break up and stuff into the pipe. It lights easily and stays lit with hardly any effort. The nicotine level is about right in the middle of the road. You may detect a slight sweetness to this, but hardly anything that would come close to being cloying in any way. Sit back and reach for the bottle of Scotch and you will have yourself a fine smoking experience. Highly recommended whenever you can get your hands on a tin or two.

2 people found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (217)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

While I prefer McClelland Virginia's to SG, Autumn Flake was a really nice surpirise. I agree that AF is much closer to BBF than FVF to my tastes. Not as heavy in flavor as those two in body and strength but has a lighter citrusy taste. This flake is actually hard for me to characterize since my usual McClelland favorite blends aroma and style of processing is so different and I think that's why I really enjoyed this one. A slow burn is ideal, almost letting the bowl go out brought a medium strength and cool smoke which would indeed make for an enjoyable sunny Fall day strolling companion. AF is a solid 3 star blend and may even mature with age leading to a 4th star, I bought three tins so it will be interesting to check back in a year. Awesome artwork too!

1 person found this review helpful.

Mr. Motoyoshi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Motoyoshi (66)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

It's hard to write a review about one of your favorite tobaccos. You want to do it justice by converting the utmost pleasure it brings you with a smoke. Ultimately, I doubt my ability to convert my enthusiasm for this blend.

Popping the tin you get a standard non-uniform SG flake. Thin strips of rusty red and sunset orange. Moisture is comparatively lower than most flakes from the company and breaks up easily (despite being a roll and stuffer).

Hard for me to describe the smell but it has essences of sangria, blood oranges, hay, grass, honey and so much more. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a slight casing but it doesn't matter to me. I love this stuff.

What a lovely VA flake. Smooth and tangy with citrus high notes and deep fruit medium and low notes. Truly a versatile Virginia covering octaves of flavor. This profusion of tangy smooth sweetness builds throughout the bowl and ends in a delightful whirlpool of VA goodness.

Yeah, I may be praising it a bit too much :) Interesting thing is that I have a tin of Dunhill Light Flake from 10+ years ago and it tastes very similar to the Scottish Autumn Flake. Keeping that in mind, I can only imagine what this stuff will taste like 10 years in the tin despite being this fresh. I hope they decide to make this in 250g.

Pipe Used: cobs, mortas, briars and meers

Similar Blends: Like a mixture of [#1005] Samuel Gawith - Best Brown Flake, Dunhill - Light Flake, Ilsted - Own Mixture Golden Flake ...and then some magic.

1 person found this review helpful.

Cobman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cobman (12)
Medium None Detected Full Very Pleasant

Ater 40 years of pipe smoking, I have finally found Nirvana...the ultimate pipe tobacco. This is what I have been looking for all my life. This stuff is so good it could make me give up my search for a meaningful relationship. I am in love.....

I bought this on a lark because it was the last tin of good tobacco on the shelf at the local beer/liquor/tobacco shop (mostly the first 2...). Their tobacco stock is limited to mostly cheap drugstore blends, and lots of cigarettes, but he always keeps a few random tins of higher end tobacco around for the occasional connoisseur. I felt sorry for the tin, and took it home.

When I opened the tin, like a happy puppy dog licking my face, the aroma of top quality Virginia was all over me. It was an alluring aroma of hay, dark sweetness, a bit of citrus, and just good tobacco. I was thinking, "There is no way this stuff could taste as good as it smells." I looked it up online and it is touted as being 100% Virginia tobaccos, with no flavorings or anything else added. It was hard to believe all of these complex aromas were coming just from Virginia. It looked like nice course-shredded flake. The moisture was perfect...not dry, or wet. It felt nice and springy, and loaded easily. It also lit well, and from the very first puff, I was transported to Tobacco Heaven. First impressions: marvelous sweetness, not a condimental or sugary sweetness, but more like a natural sweetness, a little tangy citrus in the background ( no doubt from Yellow Virginia), a nice mellow musky, bready taste (probably from the Red Virginia), and a smooth, silky mouthfeel, like Corinthian leather. The tastes played off each other to create complex nuances that defy description. Incredibly satisfying. The taste never changed, all the way to the bottom of the bowl, and it burned to nothing but grey ash. No dottle at all, and only one relight, when I tried to squeeze the last bit of smoke from it. I was sad when it ended. I was wishing I had used a bigger pipe.

The really strange thing is that there was absolutely no catsupy aroma at all, as in all other Virginias I have smoked. I have smoked a lot of tobacco in my 5+ decades of living, but this is by far the very best I have ever experienced. This will have a permanent place in my tobacco rotation. I can't wait to try the 3 other blends in the Four Seasons Series.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Ozark

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: Local Beer Store.

Similar Blends: The closest I can think of is Samuel Gawith Best Brown Flake, but this is in a class by itself..

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Cumarinophil Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cumarinophil (104)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

If you are familiar with Best Brown Flake, this could be called “Best Bright Flake”. Orlik Golden Sliced in color, without additional casing, fuller and bolder. I cannot say how this differs from Golden Glow though. As with all Virginias monitoring the temperature while smoking is essential for it not to bite, because then it doesn’t. Unbelievable pleasures can be achieved so simple and pure, leaving you completely satisfied any time of the day.

These guys at Samuel Gawith definitely know their Virginias! Thank you Bob, again.

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TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (299)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I think Samuel Gawith makes the finest Virginias across the board and this one is no exception to that statement. I enjoyed this tin and have gone back and forth as to whether I should give it three stars or four stars as I have already bestowed Four stars on FVF and BBF.

So the thought process is, are they the same? No. There is certainly a different twang to this Virginia than the aforementioned duo. I find the Virginias to be a little tangier than the other two and perhaps, there is a slight topping as others have suggested. It does come off as sweet hay with maybe a touch of fermented cider.

The second consideration is whether the differences make this blend any worse than the other two. Definitely not. There is room for all three of these fantastic Virginias in a rotation.

With that, I am hanging four stars on yet another Sam Gawith Virginia.

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smoking-rob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smoking-rob (74)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

What a delectable flake this is, a blend of light and dark Virginia's with a very mild topping that definately includes chocolate. A mildishly sweet but full smoke with no bite is what I got, highly recommended.

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Warwick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Warwick (25)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A just-ok VA flake, slightly sweet. Requires only a bit of drying, and lights ok.

I find it lacking, though, compared to other VAs. The flavor is mediocre and somewhat thin. I just can't think of why I would buy this again over other better VA choices, hence two stars for it's rank relative to better VAs.

Pipe Used: Stanwell

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Mars Cigars

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