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The steamed Black Kendal twists look dark , rich and above all strong . While this is mainly true when compared to other Pipe Tobaccos , it is not when it comes to twists . Black twist is hand pressed and steamed which reduces Nicotine and removes some of the spicy edge . Even though it is lighter than Brown twist it is still a strong Tobacco in the grand scheme of things . Due to the fire cured leaf addition it has a vast array of flavours including smoky , spicy , woody , earthy , leathery and all the while very smooth and cool to smoke .

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended ByGawith Hoggarth
Manufactured ByGawith Hoggarth
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRope
PackagingBulk
CountryUK
ProductionCurrently available
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Extremely Strong
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Tolerable, Extra Strong
2.0
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1475)
★★☆☆
Very Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Gawith Hoggarth Black Irish XXX. This is a VERY STRONG tobacco. Right from opening it up I can tell immediately how powerful this is gonna be. The aroma is a real potent one, not your stereotypical Virginia one, yes it is definitely Virginia at the forefront but there is also a certain smokiness to it. As I often find with rope tobaccos, it's a touch damp so the best way to go (I think) is to cut the rope first and then allow it some time to air. Mine only requires a few hours to reach a better level of hydration and I fill my pipe asap to get started! First few puffs? As I had anticipated this is a whopper with strength! Mind you, as I find it too difficult to inhale the thick smoke without a coughing repercussion I don't find the N amount too disagreeable. As it says in the description on here, the smoke is cool in temperature. There is a slight smokiness to the Virginia taste but also there is a leathery/liquorice flavour that, to be fair, becomes a touch unpleasant after some time, actually giving my mouth a sticky feeling. As XXX burns down it leaves a pure white ash. Whilst I am mentioning the burn I would also like to point out just how steady the burn is. On a number of occasions I have left my pipe sitting for enough time that I feel the chances of it being extinguished are unequivocal but to my astonishment it is still burning. The room-note is a really full one, perhaps too full for some people! I feel that there are some excellent qualities to this blend, i.e an excellent burn, cool smoke and a smoky taste but sadly I can't score it higher due to the acrid stickiness left in my mouth. But conjecture says if you are a very 'hardened smoker' who loves nicotine then this will suit you!

Pipe Used: Rattray Six Friends

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: G.Q Tobaccos

5 people found this review helpful.

tomobedlam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tomobedlam (16)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Extra Strong

I am a big fan of strong tobacco. This was pretty lousy. I don't really understand the 'burnt steak' metaphor others have used. It just had a poor flavor and an evil smell, like burning rubber... I love a lot of the G&H offerings, but not this one. I bought a pretty large bag of it and I'll probably compost it. Avoid.

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3 people found this review helpful.

Pipeologist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeologist (21)
★★★☆
Extremely Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable

..This looks like something my dog left in the garden(yard).I use it to get to sleep at night ,as it has somnambulistic qualities.Hmmm! Anyway,it tastes clean,not much bite,but does this have some nicotine kick .Yeah man it does.And you know what ,I like it😀. Needs a load of relights and tamps, but it really is a good fun tobacco and I'm going to give it a good score,so there!.The chances of you getting any of this is remote,but, if you do ,leave out the J.D.For evenings only or I swear, you will get a ticket. Just having a bowl tonight and I'm sure this is the stuff that won the battle of Trafalgar. Another bowl.If any of you have had suicidal tendencies,and who hasn't,then this is for you.Instead of doing the worst, just have a few glasses of what you Americans call whisky and a pipeful of this stuff.It's probably about the same thing,but,at least,in the morning you'll still be alive to do the same thing the following night.Let me know how you get on.

Pipe Used: Jepperson

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Gq

2 people found this review helpful.

gladi8tor96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gladi8tor96 (123)
★★☆☆
Extremely Strong None Detected Extra Full Extra Strong

Beautiful rope again...looks like somebody could bite off a bit and chew it. A friend of mine actually did so and said it was like 'redman'. Anyhow....this rope is a bit 'smoother' than the black/brown irish X rope. It still is like BBQ meat and smokey, but is a bit less harsh on the mouth and throat than the brown rope.

It's a good tobacco, but not one I smoke often.

Pipe Used: Bent Billard, Dublin, Egg, Acorn

Age When Smoked: New from store - 1-3 years

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

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2 people found this review helpful.

najanaja73 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
najanaja73 (4)
★★★☆
Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Thick piece, strong earthy smell. Will need to be rubbed or sliced. Slightly over-moist. Slow burning with persistent ember, cool, smooth smoke. Medium-high strength tobacco. Deep-bodied slightly earthy taste. No distinct flavours, but holds other flavours well. Musty room note, not unpleasant or over-powering.

Overall: Good medium-high strength full-bodied slow-burner. Solid and fairly neutral tasting, perfect for mixing with light fast burning aromatics.

Pipe Used: Bent Egg

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: Black Swan

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2 people found this review helpful.

Deckard Cain Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deckard Cain (5)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Strong Extremely Mild Overwhelming Overwhelming

So i tried the rope from gawith and hogarth tonight. It is vomitus rubbish. I have never been so thoroughly repulsed by tobacco in my life.

Its rank flavor still lingers on my hands. Its only use could be as a cruel initiation, or some sick joke.

All true lovers of tobacco must avoid this soul shattering statment of hatred for mankind.

I have been used, and made the plaything of some malevolent force. That STILL laughs at my well meaning curiousity...as i cry myself to sleep.

Update: 4-23-16

I really don't understand how any traditional pipe smoker can give this a good review. I think this happens from over analyzation, and exposure. We smoke so many types and read so many opinions that the lines between good and bad become blurred. We forget that there is some real garbage out there and we dont have try to interpret it as good, simply because its expensive or has a lot of nic.

If you smoke cow manure long enough you'll start to form some opinions about better and worse varieties. But why subject yourself to it?

I love strong blends, and I love acquiring a new taste. But this stuff really is JUNK.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: P&c

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1 person found this review helpful.