Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. Black Bogie Unscented

Manufactured by spinning tobacco dark fired leaves into a rope. Black Bogie, cooked longer than Brown Bogie which makes it milder with a smoky aroma, is a true old fashioned stout smoke, perfect, with a good strength more suited for the experienced pipe smoker.
Notes: From GH Catalogue "Traditional full-bodied tobacco, hand-spun into rope form. Can be enjoyed either as a chewing tobacco or pared with a knife for the pipe. A full flavoured, cool smoke. Pressed and cooked dark fired Virginia twist. c15mm diameter


Brand Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.
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Blend Type Straight Virginia
Contents Virginia
Cut Rope
Packaging Bulk
Country United Kingdom


Very Strong
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Very Full
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 02, 2020 Strong None Detected Very Full Very Strong
The first thing that needs to be said about these sorts of ropes is that they are multi use and come with a moisture level appropriate for it to be chewed. It can even be ground up and used as snuff, but that's another story.

Purists will say that one should smoke this as it comes and not attempt to dry it, otherwise it will burn fast and you will lose nuance and flavour. (There is no nuance however this tobacco is smoked.) This overlooks that historically, users of this tobacco would not have been jarring it up in airtight containers. It would likely have been wrapped in a cloth or carried around in a simple pouch. It would have dried as a matter of course over the week or so since you bought it. Giving this some air time, unless you do something extreme, is decidedly unlikely to produce a smoke that burns too fast. I would suggest that smoking it 'as is', with constant relights, is more likely to adversely affect the flavour of the tobacco, not to mention the practical ease and comfort of the smoke, than any resonable attempt to allow the tobacco some air time.

Short version: Pipe smoking is not an exercise in ideological purity. It is, ideally, a relaxing hobby. Do yourself a favour and smoke this after some air time.

As to the smoke itself, altho these black ropes are described as 'stoved' Virginias, any resemblance to the stoved Virginias of say Rattrays or McClellands, or even Lanes, should be entirely dismissed. Firstly, it is not a 'straight Va' to begin with. The source leaf is a fired Va, and of a potency more normally found in Burleys. There are no citrus and dried fruit aromas or flavours to be found here. There is some sweetness, but the overall impression is dark, tarry and smoky. If you're the sort of person who likes Lapsang Souchong tea this could well ring your bell.

On an entirely speculative note I have long wondered about the chemical note in GH black ropes and twists. It is not found, at least to my nose, in the brown versions. Altho I can scarcely accept the notion, and a part of me wants to dismiss it as fantastical, I can't get out of my head the suspicion that GH actually use coal to cook these black tobaccos. If someone has a fact based explanation for these odd flavours and aromas I'd love to hear it. But it must be said, there is a coal like aroma to all of the black ropes and twists from GH that I have smoked.

Supposedly less strong than the Brown Bogie, be under no illusion: this is on the heavy side of nicotine.

In conclusion, this is a decent smoke and with the proper preparation is reasonably manageable in the bowl. It's bold without being complex. Not in the slightest bit nuanced or subtle. It would be a rare pipester for whom this would be an everyday tobacco, but works as an occasional change of pace, perhaps when one needed a nicotine jolt or some kind of reset in your tobacco journey.
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