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All our twist tobacco varieties are manufactured by the same spinning process using dark fired wrapper leaves. The filler is again, predominantly dark fired leaf with the addition of a small percentage of dark air cured Indian leaf. They are therefore strong tobaccos. Same as Black Twist but "the brown form"... comes straight from the spinning machine, instead of undergoing a further process of cooling under pressure to turn it into black tobacco.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Manufactured ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
ContentsVirginia
FlavoringNone
CutCurly Cut
PackagingBulk
CountryUK
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Very Strong
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Full
Room Note
Tolerable

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Very Pleasant

Dark, a little bit sweet and full of strength. This one will water your eyes and give you a tingly feeling all over. It looked quite foreboding, but rubbed out into an almost shag like cut helps the burn. Despite the moisture content (a little on the high tide side), it burned cool and easily stayed lit.

G&H makes a lot of fine Virginia dominant tobaccos but this one may be the best of a great bunch. Thoroughly enjoyablel and I will certainly order more.

14 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
★★★☆
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

I have been busy with a yearend cleaning out of my pipe room and coming across a lot of blends that needed a revisit. Brown Twist Sliced is one of those blends. This powerhouse tobacco won’t be for everyone and it isn’t an everyday smoke for me. With that said, BTS is a mixture of pure tobacco taste with some mild Lakeland style topping. It has a bit of a medicinal taste but it is offset by an underlying sweetness that outweighs the essence for me. I am not sure if it is a topping or the addition of the dark Indian leaf that gives BTS its unique flavor. I don’t find very much complexity with BTS, but just a full flavored strong blend. I think that most people with a tolerance for “Lady N” and a love for strong, smooth, cool burning tobaccos will be attracted to BTS. If you’re not, then you may want to pass on this one.

Age When Smoked: 2 years

11 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Full Strong

This rope turned to coin cut has a few cigar notes, but it doesn't overwhelm the rest of the flavors. The citrus and dark fruity sweetness of the Virginia is somewhat present, but is sublimated by the strength of the tobacco. Its earthiness is more obvious. Won't bite, but has a mild rough edge. It burns decently if you dry it a little, but expect some relights, and a little moisture in the bowl. Not very complex, but has a bare hint of spice at various points, and almost has a "roast" taste to it. It gives a strong nic-hit to your senses which is filling more than overpowering. The after taste lingers a bit as does the room note. I doubt you'd want this for a regular smoke unless you like your tobacco strong. You may want a nice hot tea or coffee to round out the experience.

11 people found this review helpful.

incognitopoet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
incognitopoet (36)
★★★★
Extremely Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

This reminds me of really good natural chewing tobacco. The flavor is a pure, unadulterated tobacco flavor. The primordial ancient essence of tobacco is right here. There are plenty of occasions when I want a sweet natural Virginia like SG Medium Virginia Flake, or smokey goodness of Squadron Leader, or the polished elegance of Cornell & Diehl Opening Night. Sometimes, though, I am looking for a direct encounter with the leaf, booming with nicotine and filling my mouth with tobacco flavor. I keep this stuff around for those times.

As I am writing this I am slowly working my way through a bowl in freezing winter cold on my balcony. It works well in this weather, especially when I have rum in my English tea. The well-seasoned bowl of my Peterson 303 rustic is just about perfect for this rope.

The nicotine level is stout, but don't let that scare you away. That just means that I can read a chapter of a book while slowly sipping the rich smoke. A small bowl can last quite a while when sipped, so I don't have to stop reading to load another pipe. By the time the bowl contains only a pinch of fine ash I am satisfied and relaxed.

Update: March 14, 2016 Sometimes my perception of a blend changes over time. This is not one of those times. Right now I am sitting on the beach smoking Brown Twist Sliced in a Peterson 303 smooth. The wind is very strong, but this stuff is staying lit without getting hot. In my previous review I had allowed the tobacco to dry. Since then I have been smoking it right out of the pouch. For some reason it never steams my tongue even when with a fresh bag. This is one of those blends that I could be happy with, even if it was the only tobacco I could get. My guess is that about 80% of pipe smokers would not enjoy this stuff, because it is so strong and so primitive. For me, though, it is close to perfection.

6 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1644)
★★★★
Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Gawith Hoggarth - Sliced Brown Twist.

The first thing I think upon opening this is "wow, what a strong smell"! Granted it's not a false aromatic smell, only a VERY strong Virginia smell, an area where this ones score abates a little is that it is a touch damp so some airing time would avail this one well, but being impetuous (as ever), I decide to just employ a little extra hard work with the flame and to be impartial it lights relatively well.

Once lit I find the burn to be not at all intemperate in speed, pretty steady. The ash left by this one is pure white, possibly the whitest I have seen. Now, the smoke ... the temperature of it's a good one, it doesn't really bite me and it is of a thick construction. I don't get any underlying flavours of any kind, all I get is a very pure Virginia taste, which to be fair becomes a little tedious after a while, but that is more subjective! Room note, again it is pure Virginia but not particularly heavy as you would expect. To be succinct, if you like Virginia then why in hell haven't you tried this?!

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

5 people found this review helpful.

Dr. Scott Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. Scott (82)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong

Smoke it slowly, or the nicotine will overwhelm and you will miss out on the flavors, which can be subtle. The flavors are varied, rich, not really sweet, but not bitter or astringent. Very satisfying. And a little goes a long way.

This has joined the ranks of my absolute favorites, ideal for a nightcap with a good red wine. I will always have a large jar of this on the shelf.

Unfortunately, I must deduct a point for the room note and the wife factor. My lovely bride detests the smell of the smoke, and the smell on my breath, after this weed. I dearly love SBT, but only when my wife is not around.

Update, 25 March 2013: I'm raising this to 4 stars. After a couple of years in a jar, BTS has smoothed out. It is less harsh. It tastes a bit sweeter, if you take it slow enough. Time to put some more away into the cellar!

5 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (839)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming None Detected Overwhelming Overwhelming

Note: This review was based on a 4 bowl sample rather than the usual 1 oz minimum I usually adhere to. Consequently, my review might be pointless, and I'm not sure why I'm even writing it. :)

This tobacco tells me that it's not the effort required with ropes that make them unsmokable to me. The concept of a "rubbed out" rope was intriguing and a friend gave me 4 bowls worth to try. Unfortunately, it affected me as the black ropes have. The tobacco just tasted like dirt to me. No depth or complexity, simply a strong tobacco for the sake of strength.

A lot of folks seem to like this and perhaps it requires some time to get used to. For me, there are too many tobaccos that I find wonderful right off the bat to worry much about those that I have to work my way up to even being able to tolerate safely. Go for it - it's all yours! :)

5 people found this review helpful.

Stinkypipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stinkypipe (156)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

warning not for newbies!! This blend will kick your azz if you start puffing away like a madman. You will barf your breakfast, lunch and dinner! Yes it has a healthy dose on the nicotine bug. However if you respect this blend sip the pipe don't get in a hurry smoke in a smaller bowl first couple of times you will find a rather delightful cigar type smoke. There is a real mixture of flavors that float through you oral cavity. I get earth, leather, a little wood smoke, burnt raisins and even a hint of musk from time to time. It's a real treat but you do not smoke on an empty stomach and you respect the nicotine level a all times. Some folks tolerate this blend better than others. My friend smoked a half a bowl and promptly threw up and went to bed with a migraine. This is not to scare you but just to let you know to be careful on your first bowl. You start feeling light headed you stop smoking. You can actually just smoke a quarter bowl in the beginning to see your tolerant level. For those of us used to the nicotine hit you will love the thick mellow smoke the outstanding room note the low heat and cool burn and such a nice white ash at the bottom of the bowl. I don't smoke this often, no more then once or twice a week at the most. When I do you can bet I have let it breath for at least a couple of hours. Just a darn good smoke from the true genus tobacconist at G&W.

Pipe Used: Alberto Bonfiglioli freehand

Age When Smoked: Month

3 people found this review helpful.

Stan27 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stan27 (1)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Very Pleasant

After smoking this tobacco I turned my preference towards Virginia tobaccos again. Very strong, with earthy (turfy) sweet flavour, no problems with it, no tongue bite, etc. From tin it has high moisture content.

This tobacco for me is enligthment. First I liked light tobaccos, tried Burley and Virginia, and found that I liked Burley more because of "nutty solid flavour" and light Virginia tobaccos were like smoking hay for me. But this one is as "solid" and full as any Burley I tried.

Smoked Dark Birds Eye from G&H and didn't like it, so was skeptical towards Brown Twist, but it is my favorite now (second tin is empty, few more on the way).

Pipe Used: Peterson Rocky X220

2 people found this review helpful.

Ehrling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ehrling (108)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A stronger tobacco blend, but WELL-MANNERED and CIVIL for such a strong tobacco. The flavor is driven by the dark-fired tobaccos that are slightly sweet, rich and robust. Not overly complex, but interesting. Nicotine output pretty high. A suggestion of Lakeland, but not much.

Age When Smoked: BULK

2 people found this review helpful.

DeathMetal.org Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DeathMetal.org (121)
★★★★
Very Strong Mild Full Tolerable

Over time, this has become one of my go-to tobaccos for an all-day smoke. It seems designed to be carried in a pouch, partially rubbed out and stuffed into a pipe, and then to burn for a long time in a cool, smooth delivery of a sweet Virginia flavor with a hint of dark fired spice and the faintest of incense-like combinations of topping. It is very strong in the nicotine department, but if you let it burn naturally, it delivers a constant stream of thin smoke, so the effect is not disastrous but rather sustaining, especially if outside. When you first open the jar, since this is only sold in bulk, the scent of peat and crushed vegetation will reach your nose. Rub out a few of these tiny coins, then mash that mass together in your hands and hold it for a few moments as the extra moisture and ammonia drift away. Then gravity fill the pipe and push down very lightly, extra lightly even, before doing your char-tamp-light. At this point, you want to breath-smoke the bowl, drawing not at all, and letting the natural capillary pressure of your mouth closed around the stem pull the smoke into your mouth, breathing it out when you inhale through your nose about every two breaths, which is roughly seven seconds as is normal for someone concentrating on a task. An average-sized bowl lasts well over an hour, and a large bowl could go for almost two. If you have trouble getting it to light, wait a few moments; you may have seen how old school pipe smokers tend to pack a bowl, then hold the pipe in the hand while looking over whatever task is before them, then light when they know how to make it work. Once you get through the top layer of the bowl, the leaf will start to caramelize, and the flavor becomes sweeter but loses none of its depth. Expect a faint essence of leather, malt and hay. You can smoke this all day in 3-4 bowls and be perfectly content. If you want to give it some body, mix with some dark Burley and a sweet Virginia like you would find in a Va/Per, which really brings out the "voices" of each blend and melds them together into a lovely spectrum of flavors. For leaf quality and preparation, this may be one of the best values on the tobacco market today.

Similar Blends: Dunhill - Royal Yacht.

2 people found this review helpful.

A.E. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A.E. (22)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Very Strong

I'd read about the strength of this tobacco and decided to try it. I enjoy full tobacco flavors, though have grown to prefer elegant and complex blends rather than simple "cowboy" tobacco. Upon receiving the 4 ozs I ordered, I smelled the pouch and sampled a bowl. Sure enough, it smelled and tasted strongly of pure unadulterated natural tobacco. No elegance here. The first puffs rang my head, raced my heart, and constricted my pupils, but tasted of first rate tobacco and made for rich satisfying smoke. I decided to age it. My experience with similarly strong new cigars has been that the stronger blends tend to age and mellow nicely over a year or 3. The same should be true with pipe tobacco. The ammonia and nicotine withdraw and the flavors emerge, marrying with each other. This is especially true when the tobaccos are top shelf, as they seem to be in the Brown Twist Sliced.
Patience is a virtue, well practiced here if not seeking to court respiratory or cardiac arrest. After a year or two in the jar, I may add a little rum for an additional dimension. We'll see.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum Churchwarden

Age When Smoked: Not yet aged enough

Purchased From: Pipesandcigars.com

2 people found this review helpful.

Blackhorse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blackhorse (90)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

In terms of Gawith 'browns' this is one of my favorites...maybe one of my favorites of any blend or brand, etc. A great tobacco flavor and aroma. This one has it all...just needs a little drying prior to use as what I've been sent has typically been pretty moist. Others have gone into sufficient detail to describe this one well, I'll just add that you can let it sit a bit and come back to it...and you might need to to control the ration of Vit. N. A real heavy hitter, which is not bad thing.

2 people found this review helpful.

WillardFan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillardFan (86)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

I happen to like maduro cigars, though it's not really mentioned on this blend, I taste cigar leaf in this. This is very smooth, but strong tasting in a good way. Will need some drying time, as the batch I got is very moist. It'll burn, but not too well, when fresh out of the bag. I like this one alot. Gonna definitely get me some more of this one...

Pipe Used: Captain Black Yeoman

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (115)
★★☆☆
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Strong

Everyone who likes full bodied tobaccos seems to like this but me. Main problem I have: this has to be smoked so slowly to coax out some of the good flavors and avoid the bad ones that I don't get much N, and it becomes a chore to finish a bowl. I have not tried aging it, but then none of the other GH tobaccos need aging (although of course they do benefit). In rope form, there's even more work to do. So I pass.

Similar Blends: Other dark fired rope (twist) tobaccos, including the American ones you can't find, which are sold as chewing tobacco (twists)..

1 person found this review helpful.

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

This blend didn't really do it for me. Ironically, the sweet coconut Twist is my favorite aromatic and a blend I love to smoke, but when the topping is gone as it is here, it falls flat to me and leaves me with that same taste I get from DFU of which I am not a big fan.

I would put DFU ahead of this one slightly, but the two taste very similar. ON the positive side. It is strong, it doesn't bite and it is made with great leaf. If you like this industrial petroleum type of taste, this may be for you.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Brown Twist Sliced;

Star Rating = 4.0;

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

Pouch Note = 10;

Room Note = 10;

Flavor = 9;

Bite = 10;

Burn = 10;

After Taste = 10;

Raw Score = 59;

Rated Percentage = 98%;

Comment = Very Smooth, Medium Strength, Nice Rich Natural Tobacco Flavor, No Bite, White Ash Burn.

1 person found this review helpful.

Effluvinator Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Effluvinator (51)
★★★★
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Extra Strong

I came upon this tobacco in a rather unusual way. An on-line retailer mistakenly put it in a bag marked as (believe it or not)Best Brown Flake, which I had never before tried. Upon looking at it I was taken aback as it did not seem to resemble the appearance or characteristics of Best Brown according to pictures on the retailers site. It arrived quite dry and so burned rapidly. I had to just sort of sip at it to avoid bite. Needless to say I was quickly aware of the overall strength of this, especially never before having tried any other ropes, twists, etc. Going back to the retailers website I looked at pictures until I figured out what they had actually sent to me. I was a little bit annoyed but by that time also intrigued with the stuff. When smoked slowly it has a slight sweetness with some cigar-like characteristics. It's actually quite good. It doesn't make me ill or cause untoward nicotine overdose affects, but it certainly makes just about anything else seem rather meek by comparison. I use a cob or other pipe with similar small capacity and smoke slowly. All-in-all a serendipitous discovery!

1 person found this review helpful.

Christrom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Christrom (34)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant

Awesome stuff. The cut is fine and tangled together, making it easy to pack in big clumps. Plenty of earthy cigar tones, and I don't think it is ridiculous in strength. Burns cool and steady and is incredibly satisfying.

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SCPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SCPipe (2)
★★★★
Very Strong None Detected Extra Full Tolerable

Probably my favorite non-aromatic to date. I love the flavor and power that this tobacco delivers. It is a little harder to light than some but, once lit, it burns amazingly well and cool. Just make sure you eat a good meal before lighting up because this one packs quite a punch!

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DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (129)
★★★☆
Very Strong None Detected Medium Strong

This is a very strong tobacco with a completely natural, uncased flavour; cool, slow burning and uniform all the way down the bowl. There's too much cigar-like flavour for my taste, but this is certainly a tobacco to go to if you want a strong nicotine kick and a smoke with nothing added. Too strong - too strong for me, at any rate - to be an all-day smoke, but a good one to visit now and again. G & H also do a sliced black twist that no one has reviewed yet; it's not quite as strong as the sliced brown. I'll do a review of it when I've smoked enough of it to form an opinion.

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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
★★☆☆
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Undoubtfully, this is high quality tobacco with almost no added flavoring (not your regular Lakeland) and a dominance of Kentucky leaf (or some very similar cousin). The problem for me is that the end result is a taste that comes very close to Panter cigars (at least to Panter Mignon, the only one that I've tried). Not a bad thing, since they are nice to smoke now and then, but for such taste I'd rather go for the tiny cigars which are easier to carry around and keep my pipe for flavors I can't achieve otherwise.

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bentontool Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bentontool (6)
★★★★
Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Wonderful aroma in bag. Complex flavor... strong, a little sweetness, delicious. A bit wet initially, but after a short period of drying, it lit and burned very well to a fine grey ash. Absolutely no bite whatsoever. One of my favorites. Just purchased a second pound for cellaring.

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