Samuel Gawith Best Brown Flake

(3.39)
A firm favourite for the pipe smoker looking for a medium strength, gentle and slow burning tobacco. Manufactured using hand-stripped flue cured Virginias with no flavours added, Best Brown will reward with a cool, sweet smoke with a delectable aroma and good sidestream. Mild to medium.

Details

Brand Samuel Gawith
Blended By Samuel Gawith
Manufactured By Samuel Gawith
Blend Type Straight Virginia
Contents Virginia
Flavoring
Cut Flake
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country United Kingdom
Production Currently available

Profile

Strength
Medium
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
Flavoring
None Detected
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Taste
Medium
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.39 / 4
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 18, 2014 Mild None Detected Very Mild Unnoticeable
I love Samuel Gawith tins with Squadren Leader and Skiff being personal favorites so I was excited about this one after reading the reviews. But after bowl after bowl, smoked just about every way possible I have come to the conclusion BBF is not for me. I rubbed it out, I dried it out. I smoked it from the tin. I've broke some up and stored it in a jar and gave it a few weeks. I rolled and stuffed it, with all these methods in different pipes. I found BBF VERY one diminsional and lacking in variation and taste. The sweetness is tasty when it hits you, but comes off too mild, and subtle for my taste. I found myself working to hard to get something out of this blend.

I will celler it and come back to it later to see if some time has helped it. I love Virginias, and though VA blends are traditionaly mild, this was not what I was expecting. This was more mild than medium though it is listed and promoted as a medium strength. After trying BBF I went back and re-read some of the reviews and noticed others have experienced It's more on the mild side as well.
PurchasedFrom: JR Cigars
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 22, 2011 Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Having read the reviews on this site, I ordered a 50 gr tin, which I have almost emptied by now. Opening the tin was a disappointment - albeit expected as I had previously tried the FVF from the same producer. The slices seem to have been thrust into the tin with a coal shovel. Moisture way too high (a few hours drying time is highly recommended). Next disappointment is the stronly varying thickness of the slices and the fact that they are 'burned' together quite a lot. This means you have too much preparation before you can fill the bowl of your pipe to avoid cluttering and endless relights. When you finally get there, the taste/strenght/smell is after all quite pleasant - but not outstanding compared to many other flakes, I know of. My favourites will still be Dunhill Flake, Solani 633, Solani Silver and a few others - all of which presents you with quality leaf and packing to justify their relatively high prices. As for BBF: Now I've tried it, but I honestly do not concur with the general 'hype' - for me it is a no go.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 30, 2016 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Summary: a wonderful take on Virginias, but the lack of Nicotine makes it fall short of "recommended" status.

This is a really nice Virginia. At first, the acidic bloom of this type of leaf is discernible, but then it vanishes, leaving only a union of a honey-sweet hay flavor and the more harvest vegetable taste of a seasoned Virginia. As far as flavor goes, I could puff this forever, but one of the reasons we seek out Samuel Gawith blends is the intense Nicotine experience that makes them so relaxing, and that is missing here. Relax; be a heretic; mix it with some strong American Burley like "Dark Burley" or "Five Brothers" and you will be at home. Great leaf, needs more power.

Thanks to Pipes Magazine forum member "dadgy" for this sample.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 20, 2018 Very Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable
I love the Gawiths, but this blend just isn't good.

My tin arrived as a thinly sliced broken flake and had a very light, grassy, almost herbal smell. I found the flavours very subtle; it seemed fairly bland. On top of this, it burned hot and had a tendency to bite. In the right pipes, some deeper, leathery flavours came through, but only for a short time. I didn't note the age of the tin when I opened it, but I must have had it close to a year before finishing it.

It's not a revolting tobacco, but there's not much to it. I would recommend it if you're a fan of very light straight virginias which are more grassy than sweet.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 11, 2013 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
I had found that the SG line of flakes were very inconsistently sized. The cut would be thin for one flake and then thick for the next flake. Also the flakes were a little difficult to rub out. Lastly, I had trouble keeping this stuff lit and producing an acceptable amount of smoke. These flakes had really nice flavor though. Eventually dropped the whole line of flakes due to these drawbacks.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 31, 2005 Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
A middle of the road Va flake that has zero offensive characteristics. Certainly passable, there are so many better variations on this theme that I have a hard time smoking anything less than outstanding when it comes to VA's. I could start listing the better ones here and also the worse, but to do so would take all night and the lists would be pretty close to even.

Absolutely average.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 05, 2002 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Seeing as I love SG's Full VA flake, I couldn't wait to try this one out. Oh dear...oh dear...oh deary me, such a disappointment. Why? The infamous soapy taste is overwhelming here, like smoking a bar of Camay soap. It nearly made me retch & I emptied out my pipe unfinished.

Seeing as the Full VA flake has none of this horrid character, what do they do to spoil this tobacco up in Cumbria?

Sorry people, I cannot recommend at all.
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