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Virginias and a touch of Perique matured in old sherry barrels, this Springtime flake combines the natural, subtle sweetness of the former with the spice and sherry flavor of the latter; like all the Four Seasons mixtures, it's a labor of love, and the cooperation between Samuel Gawith and Dr. Josef Stanislav.

Notes: This is the same as Irish Spring Flake, though the packaging is different. Please submit reviews for this blend under Samuel Gawith's Irish Spring Flake.

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

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samcoffeeman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
samcoffeeman (33)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

I opened the tin to a small number of extra large flakes, each flake being nearly 2" x 4". The flakes are mostly light in color with some darker browns in the mix. The tin note is of honey and oats, like the smell of Honey Nut Cheerios without the nutty scent. I laid the flakes out to dry for a bit. As has been noted, the moisture content is not normal for SG flakes and they may require as little as an hour of drying time to be at correct moisture for smoking. Of course that depends on your individual moisture preference. The length is just a tad bit too long for a traditional half pint mason jar. I cut the flakes in half across the grain to fit them in the jar.

I packed a flake or two slightly loose, using a fold 'n stuff method, with a little rubbed out on top for kindling. The charring light brings a distinct sweetness to your palate. The true and first puffs continue with the honey-like sweetness and bring in black pepper in both taste and spicyness. The tobacco burns easier than most traditional SG flakes. Cadence is important, this can get hot and bite a little. Through the first third the two flavors continue to fight each other, sweet vs pepper until about midway. The pepper spicyness, but not flavor, settles down about halfway through and the flavors begin to meld together with the sweetness being a constant throughout. In the last third a new flavor I have trouble describing comes into play, and having reread the description above I think it may have been the Sherry which I completely forgot about! Overall the flavor was in the medium range. I found the nic level to be slightly under medium. I did post a mild flavoring, as most pipe tobacco is treated somewhat, and while this is not a heavily cased or topped blend, the honey sweetness is most likely from some type of treatment. It really is quite an interesting smoke with good potential.

Pipe Used: Grant's Tanshell(Dunhill sub brand)

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: smokingpipes

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Greekpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Greekpipesmoker (129)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

A limited edition blend means since you find it you should purchase it with no second thoughts!this is my first out of four blends from the series°the tin appearance prepares you for something fresh and unique like spring time!when you crack the tin a light sherry topping accompanied with citrus and spicy grass notes comes out.the flakes are mostly semi broken and rub out very easily.the moisture is ok.my advise is not to dry them out because the flavours seem to flatten.lights with some effort and several relights are needed.while smoking there is only pleasure.the main player is the virginias wich i think are the same with golden glow.fresh fruits,citruses,lots of grass and some earth notes are mixed very well each other.the perique is in the backround in a spicy way and very rare some sour notes come out.the topping was absent while smoking,though present in the room note wich is pleasant.the nicotine level is almost medium.burns cool, a bit fast with some moisture being created to total ash.no tongue bite appeared.this is a really decent blend that can be smoked all day.totally a must try!!

Age When Smoked: Rubbed and packed at once

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the_german Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the_german (256)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

From the tin descriptions, I had to have the whole series here. Opening the tin, the slices are larger than even Sam Gawith's own--this is by Stanislaw, and Gawith only distributes, which also explains why this 'baccy is not soaking wet. The leaf is medium brown with a few bright highlights; I can make out the Perique in the tin note, and there are a few dark bits in the slices, too.

This blend can be folded-twisted, or rubbed out; I find no significant differences either way. It lights well, burns hot if you don't curb yourself in a little, nice peppery flavour, and a hint of Whiskey in the taste, which is probably the effect of the barrel-aging process (Whiskey being traditionally aged in Sherry barrels). Some grassiness from the VA, but the main direction is VA-Per. Whether rubbed out or folded, this blend behaves very well, and I have practically no dottle at the end of the bowl.

A few nuances come out towards the end, if you pace yourself, and overall I find this to be a pleasing smoke, which, as it turns out, goes well alongside a glass of Sherry. Go figure. Recommended.

Pipe Used: db Mayflower, VAUEN Barontini

Age When Smoked: Fresh from new tin

Purchased From: House of Smoke, Lingen, Germany

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Nathan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nathan (15)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

The tin aroma reminded me of John Aylesbury "Sir John's Flake Virginia". Citrus and grass notes and perhaps a little of sherry. I did not notice any of the perique in the tin aroma. This did not need any drying. The moisture content of the flakes was perfect. I used a half rubbed out half fold and stuffed method. Initially the taste was of a good virginia without anything else of note. However, during the first quarter some black pepper and a light shitake mushroom taste came in to play. The perique had started to find its way through. From the end of the first quarter through the rest of the bowl the perique took more of a prominent flavor creating a chewy smoke with black pepper/shitake with the virginia still in play. The room note was very pleasant throughout. This tobacco was an absolute wonderful smoke and excellent vaper.

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: 3 to 4 years

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (286)
★★★☆
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

Nicely prepared 2"x4" flakes just about fill the tin and are flexible enough for my fold and pack technique. I think the sweetness must come from a honey like topping and am not sure if the spice is from an additive or the perique. Overall, a nice mild smoke as the weather warms up. With care, smokes cool and evenly without relights.

Pipe Used: various bowl sizes

Purchased From: pipes & cigars.com

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