Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. Mellow Mahogany Flake

As the name suggest a mellow cool smoking tobacco blended from old belt air cured Virginia flake with a very discreet Mahogany flavour, but we have had reports of a creamy almond flavour. The flavour is discreet as a background flavour for those who don’t like an overly sweet tobacco, but is predominant enough to give a pleasing room note for the non smokers.


Brand Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended By Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Manufactured By Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend Type Straight Virginia
Contents Virginia
Flavoring Other / Misc
Cut Flake
Packaging 50 grams tin, bulk
Country United Kingdom
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

2.50 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 23, 2009 Mild Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant
GH have now started merchandising this in 50g packs here in the UK. This is predominently air-cured old belt virgnia in flake form. It rubs out easily, holds the charing light although, it's a little high on moisture content and benefits from a little advance drying.

This, I believe, is GH 'Mahogany' (tinned version), but milder and more mellow; the casing however, reminds me of 'Ennerdale' although it's less harsh and less pronounced. There is a wonderful natural sweetness through the smoke and it burns cool with no tongue bite.

As a general rule I do not like heavily cased tobaccos, so 'Ennerdale' is a 'bridge too far for me', but I do like this offering; the casing is a background - you know it's there, but it never steps forward to overpower the smoke - this tobacco would change my mind about cased tobaccos - generally. The room note is the same as 'Mahogany' if not better and it is very pleasant indeed.

There is a creamy nature to the smoke as it develops through the bowl that reminds me a little of MacBaren Navy Flake, but this is a far superior smoke.

Sorry people! I just completed this review only to realise that 'Mahogany' (my comparison reference) is not listed under GH on the website - I will request 'Mahogany' and do a review for cross-reference purposes.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 29, 2017 Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
The old belt Virginia provides a lot of tangy dark fruit, light tart and tangy citrus, earth and wood, with a little vegetative grass. The floralness is very obvious, but loses a little strength in the last half of the experience. I also get a hint of Lakeland. It also sports a light perfume essence. The very woody, earthy, sour and sweet mahogany topping tones down the tobaccos a bit. Won’t bite or get harsh, but does sport a rough edge here and there. The strength and taste levels are medium. The nic-hit is a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium. Burns cool, clean, and a little slow as flakes will with a mostly consistent sweet, sour, floral flavor that extends to the lingering after taste. The room note is a little stronger. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. Not quite an all day smoke.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 26, 2017 Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant
Gawith Hoggarth - Mellow Mahogany.

I opened this up, not knowing what I'd get; the pouch said broken flake so I wasn't sure. Once opened, the pouch revealed some slightly broken flakes; nothing like I'd describe as 'ready rubbed', to be fair it's closer to being what I'd class as a flake instead of a broken flake.

The pouch gave a slightly woody/floral smell and this comes over in the smoke; however, the smoke tastes a lot more woody than floral. As well as this flavour, I also get a kind of dark fruit sweetness from the smoke; this is nowhere near as prominent as the woody note but noticeable nonetheless.

I love the room note from this blend, it's one of the woodiest I've experienced! There's also an extra bonus; even though the note's quite full there's not a great deal of actual smoke in the room.

I'm pleasantly surprised by this; it's a very enjoyable smoke, it falls just short of full marks!

Pipe Used: Various
PurchasedFrom: Rob' Graham
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 25, 2015 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant
It's been over a decade since I've had but a few tins of Mahogany Flake, so comparisons are, by necessity, vague and of little value. Suffice to say that upon opening a fresh pouch Mellow Mahogany, it stirred recollections...if there was no name on the pouch, would I have thought "Mahogany"?

This comes as a broken flake. Which means a fistful of flake was folded over and stuffed in the pouch: some of it got broken. Along with the Mahogany aroma was the (in)famous Lakeland scent as well; which some adore and others abhor.

The tobacco and aromatic agents were fairly evenly matched throughout each bowl. And smooth! Excepting their ropes, I've always found the GH flakes and mixtures to have a velvety mouth feel; so it is here. I've now smoked a fair bit of this, and hope to smoke more; of the GH flakes, it may be my favourite. If you like their Best Brown No.2, you'll like this, it seems like the same tobacco but with the Mahogany flavouring.

Added bonus: a winning room note, according to others.

Pipe Used: Various briars and a Falcon
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 26, 2017 Medium Strong Full Tolerable
Years ago, when there were still old Victorian public toilets dotted around Belfast, I used to feel the need to use one. It was not a pleasant experience, and the abiding sense impression I retain is the stench of urinal cakes. I had a similar experience on trying Mahogany Flake - the floral essence is so vinegar-like and overwhelming that I felt nauseous, and later an allergic reaction set in. Obviously I'm not cut out for these Lakeland-style florals, so the fault is probably not that of the blend or blender, rather myself. In short, if you have a palate which appreciates floral vinegar Lakeland-style tobaccos then go for it. Otherwise, you can buy some urinal cakes to remind yourself of what you're missing.

Edit: A week or so later after having finished the pouch I'm upgrading this tobacco by a star. The truth is that at bottom the tobacco itself is quality; the overwhelming floral impression recedes somewhat with familiarity and resolves itself into not altogether unpleasant spice. An acquired taste then, but I suspect each smoker will have to try it for themselves to see if it is worth acquiring.
Pipe Used: Stonehaven
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 03, 2021 Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
Even though mentioned, to be fair, the flavoring in the description - it's pretty much nonexistent here. Of all the Lakeland tobaccos I've tried so far, this one smells the closest to natural Virginia - citrus, bread, fresh grass, caramel. From the Lakeland essences, only a bit of almond and geranium remains from the years of storage in the jar (2015 excise). A bit of walnut and tan leather from the burley is added to the main scent, but this is more of a load rather than a full-fledged component of the blend. The tobacco contains a large amount of sugar. The color of the tobacco is stained oak.

The tobacco is easy to fill, lights up without any problems. The dominant flavor of Virginia - sweet and baking, a little nut. The strength of the tobacco is medium, the smoking is very mild. The tobacco does not bite, burns extremely slowly and cool - the average pipe is able to please for about an hour! This tobacco is available to any pipe without fear of overheating it. Smoked dry, the ash is minimal.

The aroma of the smoke is also the usual sweetish Virginia with a floral note. The smoke is light, but the aroma in the room is persistent and stays for a long time.

Overall, there is not much more to say about this blend. It is completely unremarkable, but enjoyable, and quite suitable for everyday smoking.
Pipe Used: Peterson Irish Writers
Age When Smoked: 2015
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