|The second of the limited selection of ropes I got while on holiday in England. With a slightly larger diametre than the Black Pigtail, this one was rather moist in the package. Also, there is a somewhat perfume-ish note in the pouch. Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.'s rather frugal website clears up that their thin and medium ropes are actually intended as chewing tobaccos, so I'm doing something wrong here by smoking them.
Or am I?
The medium-sized rope I got of the Black Bogie may be wet when opening the package, but it dries out to a smokable consistency rather quickly. I use a pair of scissors (or a good kitchen knife, when I feel the need for speed) to cut it into tiny, thin discs, which I then rub out and stuff into my smallest bowls.
As could be guessed from this being a practically pure DFK, the 'baccy tastes and smells smoky. Not quite as sweet as the Black Pigtail, but sweet enough, and with just as much smokiness. There is a little more bitterness on the palate, too, but again, not in a bad way. Malty sweetness manifests itself about halfway through the bowl. The perfume note is blissfully absent from both taste and room note.
Some maintenance is needed, but once properly lit, this blend burns down straight to the bottom, leaving a medium grey ash and not dottle or moisture. The room note is not much of a winner with non-smokers, but amazingly good for a pure DFK.
The taste starts relatively gently, but make no mistake, this stuff is really strong. Absolutely nothing for the beginner, and a friend I invited to try this consequently lost his dinner. I accompany this with an aged Islay or Orkney Single Malt.