|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|StevieB (1541)||Mild to Medium||Medium to Strong||Mild to Medium||Pleasant|
Samuel Gawith - Christmas Mixture.
I don't believe this is still produced, but I cellared a few tins some years back for this time of year.
The blend's made of mostly light and dark Virginias but there's a tiny amount of black Cavendish. The alcohol governs the tin-note and this is one of the rare creations from Sam G which has a perfect amount of moisture.
Although the description on here states 2014 I think this was more of a generic Christmas blend as the tin's label just says Christmas Mixture.
The various Virginias form a middle weight, simple, Virginia flavour: hay, grass, etc. The tobaccos aren't what this blend's about, the toppings are the preeminent characters. The current description isn't correct, it contains cinnamon, sherry, cherry and vanilla. The cherries are easily the most imperceptible of the bunch, the cinnamon and sherry are leading the pack here. I get a creaminess from the vanilla, which lessens any harshness from the cinnamon and sherry. The burn, speed, and bite are all good: even, medium, and bite-free.
Nicotine: mild to medium. Room-note: pleasant.
Christmas Mixture? A decent blend worthy of three stars:
Pipe Used: Savinelli Roma Lucite
Age When Smoked: Two years
Purchased From: My Smoking Shop
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