Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. No. 25 Mixture

No. 25 Mixture: this blend is another one for the smoker devoted to latakia. bright Virginias (53%) are blended predominantly with light burleys (17%), but the introduction of some dark sun-cured (10%) helps to both cool and sweeten the smoke. Finally, the addition of latakia (20%) gives the blend its main character.


Brand Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended By Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Manufactured By Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend Type English
Contents Burley, Latakia, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging bulk
Country United Kingdom
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.67 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 31, 2011 Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I've been smoking through some of the offerings of G&H and this is by far the best I've had. Balkan Mixture was nice but quite monotone and the faintest hint of Lakeland toppings (baby powder?) seemed out of place. Scotch Mixture was too light and just lacked any interesting qualities. Mixture No. 25 is a very happy medium that has just the perfect suggestion of latakia along with very interesting Virginias and burley for body and fullness.

At first light this seems like it might be latakia heavy but that quickly fades into semi-sweet, earthy Virginias and a slightly nutty but full burley. Throughout the smoke the latakia feels quite distant and seems to only contribute a creaminess to the smoke along with whispers of salinity. This blend smokes very cool and has the faintest hint of Lakeland essence that I perceive as sweetness and baby powder freshness. As the blend smokes down the bowl I perceive more of the dark Virginias becoming a stronger presence and adding a burnt caramel taste that is intriguing. This is most certainly very high quality leaf.

The cut seems like a thin ribbon cut and it's not quite a shag. It burns easily to the bottom with minimal relights and leaves nothing but a fine ash and very little moisture. A most agreeable aspect to the blend if you base your contentment on such factors.

I find this blend strange in the fact that I usually reach for something with some punch and heaviness to it (e.g. C&D Purple Cow) but, although on the medium end of the spectrum, it satisfies and soothes. It truly does seem like an Arcadia experience and I have quickly ordered a large quantity of this for my cellar. My only caveat is that it will seem like you don't have nearly enough once you start smoking this fine mixture.
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May 06, 2010 Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable
This is an exceptionally good tobacco if you like English mixtures: a well-executed blend of Virginia, Burley and Latakia tobaccos, with the Latakia a clear presence, but by no means an overwhelming one. People who enjoy a touch of Latakia but don't want it in large doses will probably prefer this to SG's Commonwealth Mixture and G & H's Balkan Mixture. The Virginia gives No. 25 Mixture a lot more ‘body' than Balkan mixture has, I find.

More than anything, No. 25 Mixture reminds me of a tobacco that went west years ago: W.O. Bigg's Exmoor Hunt Mixture. I wonder if anyone remembers it?* The smoke is cool and creamy, the flavour is full and uniform all the way down the bowl, and it won't bite you. It's not too moist, and lights and burns well. It's a mildish smoke in terms of nicotine content, though, so if you want something that will bring you to your knees this isn't for you. There's no dottle to speak of: only the proverbial fine grey ash; and no sludge.

I'm not sure whether to describe this tobacco as a very fine ribbon cut or a shag. Flake smokers will find that, because of the fine cut, it burns away rather quickly, but this is one of only two negatives I can find; and you can, after all, always come back for more. Tight packing is a good idea, though. The other negative is the inevitable Latakia room note, which is not to everybody's taste; SWMBO doesn't like it at all, and innocent bystanders will probably look at you in a funny way. Perhaps this is one to enjoy in solitude, or outdoors.

In a large bowl (as I write I'm smoking it in a Peterson 312) No. 25 Mixture will give you a longish, tasty and interesting interlude. If you aren't a habitual Latakia smoker, you'll be well advised to have a separate pipe for this kind of blend, because the Latakia flavour lingers long. Try it first in a corncob, maybe.

Nice with a strong black coffee, I find. Highly recommended; a true arcadia experience, and a viable all-day smoke if you want one. A tobacco to relax with, though; sit down and take your time.

* PS: Since writing this review I have come across Gawith and Hoggarth's Exmoor Mixture (reviewed elsewhere), which I'm almost certain is No. 25 Mixture sold under another name.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 29, 2016 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
Another gifted 1 oz sample, this is primarily tan in the bag with streaks of the black latakia. Aroma of latakia, but not heavy. Still it masks whatever other scents might be there. Nice ribbon cut but not stringy - easy to load.

At the match the latakia begins the show. It quickly settles down but is still everpresent. The Virginias are light and crisp with a gentle sweetness and the burley is very nutlike and rich. The combo creates a kind of spicy wheat flavor that is really interesting. Nice complexity here as well, as it pranced lightly from standard English to spicy sweet to bold. But it was not heavy in body or overly heavy in flavor - in fact, it's the kind of blend that really entices me... the lighter body/fuller flavor tobaccos. This struck me as a cross between Rattrays Red Rapparee and Uhle's Bishops Move, both of which are in my rotation. This won't make it but it's an absolutely excellent blend. No florals, either, and enough nicotine to satisfy all but the serious addict. If you like your latakia on the lighter side but don't want it overcome with the other tobaccos, this is one to try. I'm not a huge fan of G&H latakia blends, but this one is a winner. Unlike RRR or the Uhle's, this is one I could smoke all day... if I had to, and only if I had to.
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Apr 27, 2016 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
Gawith Hoggarth - No.25 Mixture.

This is a brilliant blend; simple. However, as this is a review site I'll try to say a bit more!

The un-lit ribbons smell more like it contains the 'Sharp' kind of Latakia, as opposed to how it comes across in the smoke: in this, any of the smoky or indomitable Latakia characters are missing, and instead there's a more nonchalant type of flavour: it's wonderful!

The Virginia and Burley, although they're not such piquant ingredients, give great flavour to the smoke; I'd say, even though there's supposed to be twenty percent Lat' used, these account for a great deal of the smokes taste.

The nicotine's below medium: not miles below, but still, I'll mark it as Mild to Medium.

Strangely, despite the description which implies it's a Lat-Bomb, I find it has quite a mild taste for an English!

Highly recommended.
Pipe Used: Somali Meerschaum
PurchasedFrom: Robert Graham
Age When Smoked: New
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Mar 23, 2014 Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I bought a half pound of No. 25 Mixture after reading the reviews here, (thanks DrDyson!) on TR and my love of GH’s Balkan Mixture. At first look, it seems hard to believe that there is as much as 20% Latakia in No. 25 Mixture as there were just a few pieces of Latakia in my bag. But it really isn’t important because this blend is absolutely bursting with flavor. The Latakia fills the supporting role perfectly. Although the flavor profile isn’t similar, the condimental use of Latakia in No. 25 reminds me too of the blends of old. It also reminds me of the great way Steven Books’ uses it in his Irishman’s 5 O’Clock. The combination of the Burley’s and Virginia are allowed to stand out, offering a bit of sweetness and backbone in a way that makes this a full flavored mixture. Great Stuff!
Pipe Used: mostly straight Bulldogs, group 4
PurchasedFrom: Smoking Pipes
Age When Smoked: 2 years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 12, 2018 Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant
GH&C No. 25 Mixture is what I would call a classic English blend. The sweet and tangy Virginias are the star of the show. The Latakia plays important, albeit backup role, ever present but never upstaging the Virginias. The burleys are a supporting cast player, enriching the taste with notes of molasses and burnt toast. The sun-cured (Turkish, I presume) tobaccos appear from time to time to provide floral notes. While the blend apparently does not contain any top dressing, this could easily be considered an aromatic tobacco.

The Latakia provides most of the aroma of unlit tobacco. As delivered, the moisture content is a little on the high side. The cut is more rough than ribbon. No. 25 Mixture packs and lights easily but requires a relight from time to time. It burns to a dark ash and leaves the bowl dry.

While I enjoy Lat bombs, as someone who mostly smokes straight Virginias and VaPers I really appreciated the delicate hand that blender used to balance this smoke. This would be an excellent English for someone who was wanted to transition from aromatic blends to something more sophisticated and complex. It will not bite no matter how hard you puff, although a slow and steady smoking cadence is required to really enjoy all the flavors this blend has to offer. It also has enough flavor to stand up to any beverage, from a cup of strong black coffee to a pint of Guinness.

Given the moderate nicotine content and priced at about $50 a pound, No. 25 Mixture would make a great all day smoke. I think it will appeal to anyone who likes sweeter tobacco.


The more I smoke this tobacco, the more I like it. I tried an experiment the other day -- I rolled a cigarette with No. 25 Mixture. Aside from the fact that it was a little hard to light and keep lit (I'm sure this could be corrected by drying out the tobacco a bit), it was fantastic. Very reminiscent of the original Gauloises.
Pipe Used: Stanwell bent egg, Nording African meerschaum
PurchasedFrom: Pipes & Cigars
Age When Smoked: Recently purchased.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 04, 2017 Mild None Detected Mild Very Pleasant
This is an excellent blend, and well-deserving of the high marks it has garnered.

I won't belabor a complete review, as others have said enough, except to mention that I generally dislike Burley. Too many blenders use low-quality, harsh--garbage, to be blunt--Burley. The Burley used in this blend, however, is light and floral, and its contribution to the blend is not unlike that of a delicious Oriental.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 11, 2021 Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong
Summary: this light English blends uses the sweet Virginias to make the Latakia stand out for a spicy, herbal smoke.

For those who love "Early Morning Pipe" and "Presbyterian," another light English comes along which might serve as a decent substitute. Gawith Hoggarth does Virginias better than anyone else on Earth, and in this blend, the mixture of sweet bright Virginias and rich brown Virginias produces the bulk of the flavor, framing the Latakia and allowing it to zoom to the forefront. Consequently, you taste the Latakia swimming in a sea of sweetness, producing the sweet-and-sour tang for which English blends are famous. In my view, you taste more of the Latakia and get more depth of flavor this way. Essentially however this remains a Virginia blend, tamed to cool smoking by the other ingredients and perfect for smoking over the course of a day.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 03, 2022 Mild None Detected Mild Tolerable
This is an exquisite, mild and classic English mixture with a simple recipe that delivers a balanced smoke with subtle character. You could smoke this anytime and all day, if desired. (It has negligible nicotine.)

Interestingly, almost all of the reviews presented here of this mixture strike me as very, very accurate so the consistency of this blend over the years is remarkable - a tribute to the blender!) My review really doesn't add much but it is another perspective...

My leaf arrived a bit moist so I dry it about 30 minutes before smoking. The thin, almost shag ribbon cut consists of mostly bright leaf with some darker leaf and small pieces of black Latakia. In appearance and cut, it reminds me of Germain's King Charles Mixture. Due to the thin cut, you can pack this mixture firmly.

In the smoke, there is an extremely slight soapiness and sea salt - it's actually lovely, if not a bit exotic. The sweet bright leaf is slightly dominate with some nutty butter from the dark leaf. The Latakia is noticeably reserved but it does add a smokiness character to the mixture. There is minimal aftertaste.

In some ways this reminds me of a milder Dunhill Standard Mixture - Mild (minus the Orientals if that makes sense!) and that's not a bad thing.

Far from boring, this is a classic. And, this would be a great springboard to Latakia blends if you are a newbie or primarily smoke aromatics.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 09, 2019 Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
Well not every English made English, can be a great English. This one fell flat for me. The 20% Latakia was present and did give the mix the associated odor, but the smoked product lacked beef (those juicy Oriental flavors in richer versions were missing).

The cut was very light, dry, and bouncy (the 1oz bag of dark blonde leaves, puffed up into a 2oz pillow). The ribbon reminded me of their Kendal shag products, or some cheaply made Aromatic. In itself, this wasn't the issue. The resulting smoke was just flat and the taste left me wanting more.

Not all English blends have to turn your tongue to leather, but even milder ones should remind me of charcoal smoldering in a fireplace. Still, there was nothing inherently wrong with #25, so I won't begrudge fans of it, but your money will be better spent on Peterson's reissue of those classic Dunhill blends (965/Nightcap), or go for the gold with some Nat Sherman 536.

This could be considered an entry point for someone new to English blends, but if your goal is to try a juicy Italian Sausage, why order a hot dog first?
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