| This seems to be the only place to put this review. Haven't been able to sort out the 'new brand' or 'new tobacco' forms, and this tobacco isn't listed elsewhere on the site.
The tobacco I'm referring to is produced by Gawith Hogarth under their Kendal label. It is simply called 'Whisky', and is ready rubbed. It is packed in a yellow pouch. The tobacco characteristics are described as 'a blend of sweet Virginia, aromatic burley and doubly fermented black Cavendish. A smooth smoke enhanced by the distinctive aroma of Whisky.'
I bought this tobacco yesterday in a confectioner/tobacconist shop just round the corner from the main gates of Canterbury Cathedral in England.
First impression, when pouch opened, is of a sweet, peachey aroma with distinct whisky edge. The tobacco looks to be mostly moist black Cavendish, with flecks of dark brown from the other tobaccos. Pipe is packed easily, but the mix doesn't light so easily, due to the moistness. However, once you get going you'll only have to relight very occasionally.
The burn is nice and slow and smooth, and the taste is pleasant. You will not, however, get a strong whisky flavour - in fact that's barely discernible. This is in contrast to Player's Whisky, where the whisky aroma is very distinct. However, this Gawith Hogarth effort seems a tad classier.
As usual, I guess I'll need to sample several pouches over time to fully understand this tobacco, but initial impressions are favourable enough, and include the fact that you get absolutely no burn or bite.
The room aroma is pleasant but not at all strong or distinctive. The whisky is there in both smoking and room experience, but is very understated.
After several pipefuls, I'm enjoying this tobacco more each time. Overall, it seems like quite a classy mix from an undoubtedly classy manufacturer. It's not a life-changing baccy, though, but certainly one to have in your armoury.