G. L. Pease Stonehenge Flake

From Gregory Pease: In 2001, I had the honor and pleasure of collaborating with G.H. & Co.'s John Gawith on a very special tobacco, and after nearly a year of development, Stonehenge Flake, a modern VA/Perique blend steeped in English tradition, was born. Fine Virginias are layered with Louisiana Perique, and just a touch of Burley for added body and a fuller flavor, then steamed, hot-pressed, and matured. The cakes are thinly sliced and tinned, ready for your smoking pleasure — today, and for many years to come.
Notes: Stonehenge Flake was produced in December 2001 in a very limited edition of approximately 1500 2oz tins. Previous notes: Stonehenge Flake is a wonderful traditional flake comprised of bright flue-cured and sun-cured leaf from Brazil, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, with just a touch of Malawi Burley added for a bit of body, and a slightly fuller flavor. Then, we added a hint of genuine St. James Parish Perique, for its special piquant contribution. Once blended, the leaf was steamed, hot-pressed into blocks, and aged, to allow the flavors to meld and marry. The mature blocks were sliced into thin flakes, and cut into 2" lengths. This blend was a special limited release and is no longer made. Stonehenge was re-released into production in Friday, 23rd June 2017. The re-released edition is manufactured by the precise formula and protocol John Gawith and Gregory Pease developed in 2001. In the end of 2022 this issue has been discontinued.


Brand G. L. Pease
Blended By Gregory Pease and John Gawith
Manufactured By Gawith Hoggarth & Co.
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Burley, Perique, Virginia
Flavoring Cocoa / Chocolate
Cut Flake
Packaging 2 ounce tin
Country United States
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

3.43 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 05, 2017 Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
A few of the other reviewers have already expressed my sentiments here. I also found this flake to be fairly similar to Gawith Hoggarth's Louisiana Flake. There's one minor difference and that's the addition of the Malawi burley leaf which adds a touch of richness that Louisiana doesn't possess.

From charring light to finish, the Lakeland floral note is noticeable but it is not as singular or as distinct in character as it is in tobaccos like Ennerdale, Kendal or Grasmere Flake, nor is it as strong. Instead, I would put Stonehenge Flake in the family of mildly scented Kendal tobacco products, more along the lines of Best Brown No. 2, Rum and Bob's Chocolate Flake.

As far as the overall flavor is concerned, the darker, slightly sweet tasting Virginias do most of the work while the burley adds depth and a bit of strength to the smoke. I find the perique to be purely condimental, adding a subtle influence but never finding its own voice in the mix whether by way of peppery spice or dark fruit tang.

Like Louisiana Flake, I find the effect of the cocoa flavoring to be a detractor. It smells fantastic in the tin, but it adds a dissonant, unappealing taste to the smoke that registers on my palate as mildly irritating, almost harsh. Reading other reviews I seem to be the only one finding fault with this, so it's very likely a body chemistry thing.

As usual this is high quality tobacco, meticulously prepared by one of my favorite blending houses, and I am happy to have tried it. But this particular flake just isn't my cup of tea.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 05, 2017 Strong Strong Full Tolerable
Lakeland overpowers this entire blend to me. Some people love Lakeland, while others do not. Just like some love aeromatics, and others do not. To each his own, but I do not enjoy them, and likewise, do not enjoy this blend. To my friend that posted "I do tire of newbie reviews..." - I notice that you spammed that review among all the tobacco sites. Either your work for the manufacturer, or you really should learn to be more creative. While I realize that this is a G&H collaborated blend, #1 - all descriptions of such blends note the Lakeland essence, #2 - No descriptions of this blend note similar essence, #3 - this is a collaboration, so I don't feel that it's too offbase to not expect it, and #4 - I personally feel that it has been left out to spur sales.
Pipe Used: Briar, Cob, Meer
PurchasedFrom: Smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 11, 2014 Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Dark colored very thin flakes with a tin aroma of a light Lakeland blend, and very earthy undertones. I struggled with folding, so ended up rubbing this out a bit. I actually tried different levels of rubbing out and settled on a light rub.

Unfortunately, no prep took away a seriously vexing problem I had with this blend. It sizzled my tongue from start to finish. It wasn't an all-out burning assault but it was most unpleasant. As a smoker of many aged Pease and aged G&H blends, I have no real idea what caused this disconnect. Clearly, this didn't require further aging! But it detracted from what could have been a pleasant experience, because the taste of this (what I could discern) was what I expected... a marriage of a light Lakeland essence with it's attendant burly sweetness a la G&H, with the robustness and full flavor of a Pease creation. Two of my favorite blenders - what could go wrong? A chemical imbalance with my palate, I guess. Talk about disappointment!

As I seem to be the only one with this issue, I can definitely recommend that G&H and Pease lovers give this a try if they find a tin reasonably priced. As someone who rates based on personal experience, however, this merits 2 stars. Great tasting but that tongue sizzle ruined it for me. My problem rather than the blend, so if this union interests you, by all means check it out.
Pipe Used: meerschaum and morta
Age When Smoked: 13 years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 15, 2021 Very Mild Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable
So after trying and being disappointed by Haddo's and Black Frigate in the same smoking session, having had my expectations dashed twice in a row, I pulled out my last American-bought tin.

I thought if the other two were misses, this one can't be anything but a bullseye. Gawith manufactured VaPer, I reckoned it's hard to not be good.

Yet again was sorely disappointed.

Smells very faintly of cocoa from the tin. Flakes are chunky and thick, typical Gawith, and likely due to the time it had sat before I opened it have a light dusting of plume (whatever it may be).

Taste is again not there as the other two American tobaccos I had that weekend. Neither is strength. It's more like smoking a light cigarette. I don't get anything I know from Virginia, Perique, cocoa, or Lakeland. I don't get much at all to be honest.

Will keep the tin to give it more time than I gave all but two of the other C&D/GLP blends I smoked, only because it's made by Gawith, but know for sure that with the exception of Bayou Morning Flake I am not buying any C&D/GLP again. Their style just doesn't agree with me.
PurchasedFrom: smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: 2.5 years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 25, 2017 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant
A somewhat disappointing blend I have to say. I never had the original but the new release is a semi aromatic (reminds me of Hyde Park, that Gawith Hoggarth makes for peterson). The cocoa is not all that mild. In fact it obscures a lot of the Virginia taste so what you have, really, is a very good and stronger version of Carter Hall. That said, its very tasty and the nic hit is almost medium. Its just that it isnt really as good as what Gawith does when they add casings. Let alone the G&H lakeland flakes and plugs. If you go this route why not smoke Rum Flake or Bosun Cut Plug. 2 and a half stars.
PurchasedFrom: 4noggins
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 09, 2002 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
Review revised November, 2002. I was the recipient of a generous 3-pipe sample of this very-limited-edition tobacco at a pipe show, and was entranced by the idea of a GLP/Gawith combo, with Perique. After an uncharacteristic one bowl and a boatload of preconceptions, I declared this tobacco to be heaven-sent.

A few months later, I read that some ASPers don't think this stuff is so great. Impossible! So, I smoked another bowl, then my last bowl. Darn it, they're right. Stonehenge tastes like a subdued, slightly flat, GH Brown Flake. Nothing bad about it, just less good in most respects than BF. The Perique doesn't seem to work well either. Now, I'm obviously no Greg Pease, but this tendency of two good things creating one diminished thing is the usual result when I try to blend two tobaccos that I like (aromatic with McClelland VA, or FVF with Bright CR Flake, or so many other haphazard experiments).

The attempt was noble, but I don't begrudge the impermanence of this tobacco on the regular market. Each mfr has many finer blends that I prefer.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 11, 2021 Medium Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Preparation & Burn: 6/10 A bit moist. The flakes are fairly pliable though. Burns fairly cool, not much bite. A few more re-lights than I prefer.

Taste: 12/20 This is a decent blend, although a bit strong in taste. Has a floral essence. Nothing amazing compared to all the G&H Lakelands.

Mildness: 7/10 My idea of a good smoke is a relaxing, low nicotine session. Therefore, the milder the better. Not much nicotine.

Total: 25/40
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 19, 2017 Mild Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Stonehenge Flake is a very interesting take on a VA/Per. I am all over the map with the addition of "essence" to my tobacco's, and any flavoring for that matter. Let's just call it highly discriminating. It took me awhile to weigh in on this one. The tin note is, well, Cocoa Puffs (US chocolate kids breakfast cereal). I do get some grass and hay notes but once my memory rung cocoa puff's that is all I can smell. I like it, but it is odd from a mason jar bull of loosely packed flakes of tobacco. This tobacco needs some drying time and I have experimented with damp to dry (not cripy), and dry seems to be the best for me. I also find that it is best with an air pocket pack but does well with the 3 pinch method if I use the breath method of smoking. It can get hot and tend to bite if you puff too fast. For a VA/Per blend this is a bit light on Perique for me or maybe the added essence masks the flavors for me, even the trademark sting on the retrohale is barely noticeable. The flavor profile is very interesting. There is always the hint of chocolate, but almost barely noticeable. I found coffee to be the best beverage with this and it helps me taste the bready and slightly grassy Virginia's. Toasty burley comes out in this (and I have a hard time tasting burley in general in a blend). There is a citrusy flavor, subtle, that goes from lemony to grapefruit and back again. I also get a leathery, earthy flavor that is hard to pin down but I like very much. Due to the temperamental nature of the blend and my desire for more perique, I give it 2.5 stars, but I could see this ranked higher by others. A very enjoyable smoke.
Pipe Used: Briar, meerschaum and cobs
PurchasedFrom: B&M
Age When Smoked: <1year
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 20, 2019 Mild to Medium Strong Medium Tolerable
I'm a big fan of Pease tobaccos, but this one isn't among them.

The cocoa and Lakeland " flavorings" dominate and really detract from the actual tobaccos; Burley, Perique and Virginia. A very definite floral aroma is present, and when combined with the noticeable cocoa aroma, produces an odd and confusing smoking experience.

I agree with some of the review points below by Ehrling and drbarryk. I'll stick with Pease Union Square and Fillmore, and with Haddo's Delight if I want a VA with some sort of enhancement from its Cavendish component.

Update April 2019. Much more acceptable after letting an open tin rest for 8 weeks. It's grown on me, so I upped the star rating. The Lakeland impression has diminished and the cocoa too. I can now enjoy it, but it's certainly not in my top end rotation.
Pipe Used: Becker Dublin
PurchasedFrom: 4 noggins
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 17, 2018 Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
A quite flavourful, dark mixture, tangy at times. I generally dislike artificially flavoured pipe tobaccos. This one is supposed to contain cocoa and chocolate, but I cannot find it. There is definitely abundant artificial flavour around, but I cannot identify it. I find, it covers up a lot of the natural tobacco flavours. Not my cup of tea. If you like Aromatics it might me for you.
PurchasedFrom: Synjecco's Pipe Smoker's Haven, Brissago/Switzerland
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