Samuel Gawith St. James Flake

Genuine perique is added to an already delicious and flavoursome blend of fine bright Virginias to give St. James the light peppery characteristic enjoyed by so many pipe smokers. Medium strength.


Brand Samuel Gawith
Series Kendal Mayor's Collection
Blended By Samuel Gawith
Manufactured By Samuel Gawith
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Perique, Virginia
Cut Flake
Packaging 50 grams tin, 250 grams box, bulk
Country United Kingdom
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.44 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 09, 2022 Medium Mild Full Tolerable to Strong
So here I sit with my first bowlful of SG, St James Flake. Maybe its not fair to write a review after only one bowl but I also think that first impressions are important.

First off the tobacco, which came sealed was not nearly as wet as some reviewers have noted. Possibly the tin is older, perhaps I just got lucky.

Tin note it pretty nice, grassy virginia, perique and then that floral, oily smell that many have commented on. The flakes are in a good condition and and the components easily recognizable.

Rubbed out easily, moisture content seemed pretty spot on and it loaded quite easily.

On lighting up the Virginia tastes fantastic, clearly top shelf stuff and the perique keeps the flavor interesting.

But then the topping/casing or whichever it is also comes into play. I am not sure if it rounds off the smoke and can’t help wondering how this blend would taste without what I think may be a lakeland additive.

I used the pipe in my collection with the thickest walls and a “gecko tip” (think Petersen P Lip but with two smoke holes) as I was concerned the tobacco might burn hot. This it did not, It smokes very cool but expects constant attention to keep it lit. It also buns slightly faster than I expected, possibly because I kept sipping it to save matches.

The perique is not overpowering, again the topping might be to blame. The virginias stick it out to the end but the flavor gradually dropped off as I worked through the bowl. About halfway through the topping started to fade away only to re-emerge for the last quarter. By then the tobacco had taken a back seat i am afraid but I could still taste the components. It might be that my mouth was getting too used to the tobacco that it tasted weaker.

All in all a satisfying tobacco that gave little trouble and left me quite content.

Pipe Used: Ebenharts (with filter)
PurchasedFrom: Puff and Groom
Age When Smoked: Unsure
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 13, 2021 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Tolerable
I went to a catholic school growing up, called St James, so i was hoping I didn't like this blend. The name doesn't deter me, its wonderful.

I bought this at B&M and the tin was compromised . Upon inspection, I had to rehydrate a bit.

Tin note is delightful, and the taste is both full bodied and medium at the same time.

The Virginia's give it great backbone while the perique almost drives. Its a more perique forward VaPer but doesnt over power the blend.

I would buy multiple 250g boxes if I could only find them.

Pipe Used: Cobs
PurchasedFrom: Perettis
Age When Smoked: 6 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 12, 2021 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
What can I say? It’s everything a Va/Per should be: spicy, yet also sweet, creamy, a fair amount of nicotine and overall a lovely experience to smoke. Occassionally, especially during relights, you get hit with a super sweet and creamy virginia taste. During retrohales you get the typical spicy hit, courtesy of the perique. 10/10 in my book.
Pipe Used: Mr Brog Bent Stecker no.22
PurchasedFrom: Cigarrummet
Age When Smoked: A few months
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