|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|NobbyR (79)||Medium||None Detected||Medium||Pleasant to Tolerable|
This is a private brand release of Samuel Gawith's Full Virginia Plug (the later not being sold in Germany), which again is the plug version of the Full Virginia Flake.
It's a solid block of mottled brown tobacco smelling sweetly of freshly cut grass or hay in the tin.
It takes a very sharp knife and some craftmanship to prepare this tobacco for smoking, but it's worth the efford. I usually cut a slice of 2-3 mm from the plug, which I then cross cut into cubes of the same edge length. After that filling and lighting your pipe is quite easy: just let the cubes trickle into your bowl and tamp gently. After the charring light I level out the ashes and get the tobacco burning evenly with usually a single true light.
Like any Virginia blend, this one needs to be smoked deliberately gently and coolly, too, in order to develop its full flavor, which is somehow more pronounced than in the flake. If it burns too hot, it'll loose its complex aroma and might even get sharp. The full bodied, tangy taste has a distinct natural sweetness that reminds me of dark chocolate. The tobacco burns down evenly and slowly leaving some powdery, dark grey ash.
The room note is unobtrusive, but has a slight sweetness as well.
Pipe Used: Rattray's 110th Anniversary
Age When Smoked: Fresh
Purchased From: Pfeifen Huber
Similar Blends: Samuel Gawith Full Virginia Plug/Full Virginia Flake..
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