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Gawith Hoggarths Dark Flake is a popular tobacco among those who want a full smoking experience, in both body and flavour. Comprised of fired and dark air cured Virginia's before being hot pressed into cakes. The classic dark plug is topped with natural Liquorice extract for a little extra flavour to this powerful flake.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Manufactured ByGawith Hoggarth
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringLicorice
CutFlake
PackagingBulk
CountryUK
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium
Flavoring
Mild to Medium
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable to Strong
3.3
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2042)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The fired and fair air cured Virginias offer quite a bit of earth, floral vegetation, and some fermented dark fruit, along with a little wood and a hint of spice. The rich licorice topping does sublimate the tobaccos a little, and I also detect a very minor Lakeland note. The nic-hit is just a little past the mild level. Won’t bite, or get dull or harsh. It’s a little moist, but needs little dry time. Burns slow, cool and clean with a very smooth sweetly consistent flavor to the finish. Requires a few relights, and leaves just a little moisture in the bowl. Has a very pleasant after taste and room note, both of which linger a little. Can be an all day smoke for the experienced smoker.

5 people found this review helpful.

Blackhorse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blackhorse (88)
★★★★
Very Strong Mild to Medium Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Are you familiar with Dark Flake/Plug? How about the various Sweet Twists, Ropes, etc.? If so you have a major leg up. You know that the "sweet" character of the Sweet is very slightly so. It just takes the edge off an otherwise fairly severe tobacco flavor profile. Sometimes I have to put the Rum & Whiskey ropes next to each other and smell them side by side to know...hey, that one's the Rum...etc. I think most of the other scents are the same light touch. They are not Aromatic, they are lightly scented and slightly sweetened.

So, the Dark Flake Liquorice is the same thing. Very light, subtle scenting of "tobacco liquorice" as I'll term it. It is not like black liquorice store candy at all. I think it has less Anise in it, or something. But it smells succulent - like Esoterica Ramsgate, which IS aromatic. Quite potent.

Dark Liquorice is moist in the pouch and needs to be aired to burn well. Once done it smokes very cool and well, with the harshness of Dark Flake muted by the subtle sweetness and light flavoring. That's about it. It's really a very fine match for the Dark Flake's Dark Fired profile.

Oh, and BTW...it's kick butt strong. Small pipes or full stomachs only need apply. Also, it DGT's pretty well so setting it aside for a bit occasionally during a smoke is also just fine...better prudent than olive green in the ER.

I have a pipe I carved from a Tinsky kit for which I requested a narrow bore chamber, and it works wonderfully well.

Pipe Used: Small bowls

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: GQ Tobaccos, UK

Similar Blends: Other Gawith scented plugs, twists, ropes, flakes...but with liquorice scenting..

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1478)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Gawith Hoggarth-Dark Flake Liquorice. From the pouch I don't notice a very strong smell of liquorice, only a slight one. The title Dark Flake can't be argued with, it's virtually black! The flakes need some time to allow the moisture to decrease, they aren't un-smokeable but a touch on the damp side. The liquorice comes through delicately in the smoke at first, a sort of warming touch but not a smack in the face aromatic. It gives a decent burn all along, leaving a solid white ash behind. The nicotine is about a medium amount, present but not too much. I find the longer the pipe is smoked the more discernable the liquorice becomes, at the beginning it's quite vague but at about the halfway point there is no mistaking its presence. At first I find it a touch vacuous but I really enjoy it once the flavours all come together. It doesn't bite me at all and the smoke is fairly cool. I find this a good blend and I feel it's worthy of three stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson Kinsale XL 12

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: GQ Tobaccos

1 person found this review helpful.