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Heat pressed flue cured Virginias have been mixed with bright Brazilian and black bourbon, which are then cut into ribbon strip lengths to produce this sweet and satisfying aromatic flake.

Notes: Over one and a half centuries ago, in 1865, the two brothers, Samuel and John Gawith shook hands and went their separate ways to pursue their own dreams in Kendal. Both Sam Gawith and Gawith Hoggarth have co-existed in a peaceful, friendly but competitive way ever since. To celebrate the reuniting of these two legendary companies, they have come together to release the Reunion Series, an exclusive range of tobaccos to celebrate this historic unification.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Manufactured ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeAromatic
ProductionCurrently available
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StevieB (1981)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Bourbon Flake (Reunion).

Just like the picture here the flakes are very uniform and medium brown. What the picture doesn't make clear is the moistness. A little damp, but not 'wet'. Also, the picture doesn't do justice to the length of them; a 25g pouch contains just three, long, flakes. There's a light aroma of bourbon, but nothing too heady. I usually rub my flakes and these crumble with ease.

The smoke lacks the quality which often deters me from this type of aromatic: bitterness! After the initial few minutes, any sour, sharp, alcoholic notes disappear and a fragrant, sweet, bourbon flavour takes the lead. The Virginias have quite a basic flavour; the usual arboraceous, somewhat rural, taste, but not much of a vibrant, fruitiness. The temperature's fairly low, no tongue bite, and quite a slow burn.

Nicotine: below medium. Room-note: pleasant.

Bourbon Flake? Although I wouldn't add it into my rotation I'll give it four stars due to the lack of alcoholic acerbity:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Mr Brog #34 Bulldog

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: GQ Tobaccos

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