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BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Manufactured ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

I think I will concur with points made by both of my fellow reviewers of this G&H Blend... It did remind of cigarettes in both taste and odor and I did feel a somewhat harsh "Bang" in my mouth while puffing the first 1/3 of the bowl. I often make it to the bottom of the bowl before chucking a blend that my chemical makeup just won't tolerate, but this one had me crying uncle well before the bottom.

Burley was the dominant leaf I detected, not the Virginia. I never tasted Chocolate either but Vanilla (in its bitter, pre-processed state), might be an accurate descriptive.

For those pipe smokers among us who enjoy Prince Albert, this blend will probably be a marvelous step up in class. Personally, I thought it smoked a lot like the newest morfing of Half and Half which is another Burley and Bright blend that has been around for eons, but has changed in taste after being yo-yoed from one blending house to another.

7 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2465)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The lightly nutty and sweet, earthy, toasty burley has distracting cigarette notes. The Virginia is a support tobacco with some citrus, earth and floral grassiness. It does burn very nicely with a fairly consistent flavor, and you won't waste any at the bottom as it is a shag cut. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and needs few relights. Has a mild nic-hit. Won't bite, but has a slight harshness, and is a little ashy in taste in the last quarter of the experience and the after taste. Can be an all day smoke.


6 people found this review helpful. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (155)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I need you guys to forget that normally my preferences run toward high intensity tobaccos. "Kendal Burley and Bright" is simply a comfort smoke: Burley dominated by sweet Virginias, emerging with a taste not unlike caramel-coated, lightly roasted oats and nuts. A small amount of geranium oil or something like it intrudes on the flavor, but otherwise these bowls begin with the fresh farm field flavor of Virginias, then gradually the Burleys come into focus, giving it body. This taste does not change over the course of the bowl, but deepens as the sugars in the Virginias melt and the Burleys roast. If you can imagine a spectrum from fresh hay and new honey to roast nuts and molasses, that is roughly the progress of a bowl of this delicious leaf. It burns relatively cool, is mild and has not too much nicotine, but this means that "Burley and Bright" is a smoke that fits into any moment of the day as an easy, carefree and light pipe experience. While on the surface this blend seems less exciting than others, under the hood it is a flavorful and comforting all-day smoke that burns down to a light grey ash with little dottle.

4 people found this review helpful.

Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (117)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a very lightly aromatic golden shag blend that looks and smokes somewhat like cigarette tobacco. Dominated by virginia discretely cased with vanilla, with a much smaller proportion of burely cased with cocoa. So, we got a "chocolate" thing going on here. The casing is more of a subtle aroma enhancement than flavor one. It smokes dry, with some warmth from the dominance of virginia but not to heavy to the point of biting. I did not find the flavor all that smooth, even a slight bitterness but overall pleasant enough however not all that flavorfull. I think a heavier added sweetness would smooth and improve this blend. The slight burning herbal bitter quality may be from the casings, the cocoa in paticuliar since I seem to notice a similiar quality in their Best Brown #2 which I hypothesize has a light casing of such with perhaps the addition liqorice. All in all a so so blend that can withstand improvement.

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1903)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable

Gawith Hoggarth - Burley & Bright.

Oh dear, what a monstrosity: it's too finely cut; producing hot smoke, any toppings used taste like plasticine, the tobacco flavours don't exist, the nicotine's low, it bites like mad, and I can't say if it improves after half a bowl or so as I can't smoke it that long.

Rubbish: Not recommended.

One star.

Pipe Used: Peder Jeppesen

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Rob Graham

2 people found this review helpful.

DoctorThoss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorThoss (146)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I was very disappointed with this one. This was the first GH blend I've tried that didn't earn at least three stars. It was somewhat harsh and irritating with very little of either burley's traditional "nutty" flavor or sweetness from the Vas. The flavoring was little better -- basically the same type of vanilla/cocoa sauce that's found on countless American aromatics, only it clashed terribly with the base leaf. And, to add insult to injury, it bit me some. Definitely not recommended.

2 people found this review helpful.

SteveH Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteveH (37)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

Appearance - mid-brown, finely cut shag. It burns easily, but doesn't taste of much other than tobacco, and I agree with the other reviewers who compared it to cigarette tobacco. Disappointing, as it's the first Gawith Hoggarth tobacco that I haven't liked, but I definitely won't be buying this again.

Pipe Used: Northern Briars billiard

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Thorn's of Harpenden

1 person found this review helpful.

Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
Very Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Burley & Bright;

Star Rating = 3.75;

Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst;

Pouch Note = 10;

Room Note = 10;

Flavor = 9;

Bite = 9;

Burn = 10;

After Taste = 9;

Raw Score = 57;

Rated Percentage = 95%;

Comment = Very Smooth, Very Mild, nice Natural Tobacco Flavor, No Bite, White Ash Burn.

1 person found this review helpful.

7formy1911 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
7formy1911 (37)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

My G&H tour continues with a blend that I had initially passed over many times when looking at the different G&H bulk offerings. It seemed too simple and with a little vanilla and chocolate flavoring my aversion to aromatics steered me far away from this tobak. Nothing against aromatics but I'm not a fan.

I enjoy burleys in all their simplicity and utility. I also find that bright Virginias don't always agree with me and tend to bite me pretty hard. I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I ordered some Burley & Bright but I figured it was worth a shot just to try it.

The smell from the bag was absolutely heavenly. A nice earthy burley along with some sweet notes provided by the Virginia and toppings that seem to have been very discretely applied. The cut is a nice thin ribbon bordering on shag. Other reviewers have compared it to cigarette tobacco but I don't think it's quite that fine or even smells like cigarette tobacco. This could be a versatile RYO or pipe tobacco but I wouldn't waste something like this on RYO.

Packing is an easy affair just like any ribbon cut. Just be sure that you don't pack it too tightly otherwise you'll end up with a hard draw and a wet heel from smoking too hard to keep it lit. This blend burns quite well and there have been no issues keeping it lit due to the fine cut. The first light produces a nice volume of smoke that gives an initial burst of sweetness followed by the earthy and slightly nutty burleys. The bright virginias chime in just a bit and provide a nice sweetness. The vanilla and chocolate that have been noted in the description really only seem present (and only very slightly) in the room note and when you breathe the smoke through your nose. Definitely more of a suggestion or feeling of those components and in no way out of place or intrusive.

The nicotine is in the solidly medium range and while the smoke is full bodied and mild in taste you know you've had a smoke after a bowl of this. I think this makes the perfect morning smoke along with a cup of home roasted coffee. I'm still surprised that G&H has such an offering that is almost like a Lakeland take on Half & Half or Prince Albert. This blend has very high quality leaf in it and it has earned a place in my rotation next to the likes of Prince Albert, C&D Pegasus and C&D Junkyard Dawg. Well done G&H, you've make this burleyphile a happy man.

1 person found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (890)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Nice golden shag, and I have to agree somewhat with the cigarette comparison. It did have a bit of a cig flavor, but a good handmade cigarette. The nicotine content seemed high as well. This was not a mellow blend in my opinion, but a sharp flavor burst and the nic kicked in quickly (alliteration for ya!).

The flavor was a very light sweetness along with a fair amount of body and "zing". The burley and virginias merged seamlessly. If I were a morning smoker, this would be a good start to the day. It burned nicely, if a little quickly, due to the shag cut. I didn't taste vanilla or chocolate but admittedly my taste buds for things outside of tobacco are a bit lacking when I'm tasting a tobacco blend. As I mentioned, there was some sweetness that isn't in straight burley or virginia tobaccos, so there is definitely some added casing. But it wasn't enough to make this an aromatic. This is a more robust smoke but not strong with some sharp flavor that isn't overwhelming. A good, occasional blend for when I want a pick-me-up.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28795)
Strong Medium to Strong Very Full Pleasant

It really looks like cigarette tobacco, but its taste has, well almost, nothing to do with it. Chocolate?, vanilla, hmm, I didn't find them either. It really increases temperature, but I didn't get any tongue bite, even if I forced the bowl. It is slightly bitter, which I like in burley blends, and burley is the dominant factor here. I am not a specialist in Lakeland blends, but I wouldn't place Bright & Burley in this category. In general, it has an excellent leaf in quality terms, it's easy to pack, keeps easily alight, it has a generous nicotene level, and I could smoke it throughtout the day. 3 (and a half) stars from me.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (204)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is not an American Burley similar to Prince Albert nor the Danish honeyed burley from Mac Baren, this is another kind of burley/Va, less nutty with more body and some Lakeland taste, the vanilla and chocolate are here just as condimental components to give body and flavor but you can?t taste or feel them.

This is a delicious and good quality Burly/Va, especially for Lakeland tobacco fans.

1 person found this review helpful.

dualkarnain Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dualkarnain (75)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

It's funny the previous reviewer likened this to cigarette tobacco. Memories of Prince Albert, albeit less chemically preserved, immediately sprang to mind upon lighting.

There is a faint irish-spring freshness in the blend along with almond-joy sans chocolate tastinuss.

I like burley - I don't mind this mixture.

Images evoked include a skeleton of a chipmunk being animated by a puppeteer's strings to an audience of lobotomized criminals.

1 person found this review helpful.

MarkTheLad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MarkTheLad (30)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Burley and Bright reminded me of an OTC blend, except it seems to be made with better quality tobacco. The cut seems to be a fine ribbon and the burn rate (which is kind of fast), are what reminded me of an OTC blend. The flavor is a little sweet and with a hint of the Lakeland topping that is typical of G&H blends. I enjoyed it and I may use it in the future to mix with other tobacco's. Overall it's a pretty decent smoke.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Roma 614

Age When Smoked: 2 days

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Prince Albert, Carter Hall, Sir Walter Raleigh.

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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

Flavoring = none. I beg to differ. If you want to smoke a bowl of baby powder get some of this. The Lakeland "perfume" is so strong in this that it completely prohibits any tobacco flavor from coming through. I managed to smoke a bowl a couple of days ago. Tried again today and gave up at the half way point. I would try drying it to see if that helps, but it came bone dry so that option is out.

Mild to medium in body. Medium to strong in perfume. There is no taste other than perfume. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, MM Diplomat Apple

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From:

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28795)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

I love burley blends but was disapointed with this blend. The flavor was fairly bland but the smoking qualitys are good. If you love burley blends I say try the many C&D burley blends out there. There are too many great burley blends out there for this to be in my rotation. G&H has many other great blends out there and I would recommend trying some of their other offerings.

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