A new addition for Carey, we have introduced a Black Twist for variety, our master blenders have taken African dark fired leaf, which has been cooked and pressed then spun into a twist and cut into circles.
As I requested this, it should read EA CArey's SLICED Black Twist. I ordered this about a year ago along with their No 7 Flake and RR version of the same. SBT came in a 50g pouch with a label that said Made In UK. I assumed that it was either SG or G&H, the only two blenders I know that are capable of this type of tobacco. The content was a rubbed out version of what were coins cut from spun rope as per the web site description . It was jet black and somewhat oily. There was an almost industrial/motor oil type smell with an evanescent sweetness that was way in the background, peeking in and out. Loading and lighting were no problem. However, after the first two puffs I gagged - the first time in 37 years of piping! This stuff is not for me. Its taste was that of steak. Now as much as I enjoy steak, that same taste in the form of pipe tobacco smoke was very abhorrent to me. I could not take another puff. I still have the pouch and content, but do not think I would ever try it again even if it was the last bit of pipe tobacco that I had! Some may, and I am sure will, like it as there are many different tastes out there. However, I can not recommended this one at all.
This is mighty strong, in both taste and nicotine content. It's pure tobacco, completely untampered with as far as I can tell. It's cool, slow-burning, unexpectedly easy to keep alight, and with the same "burnt steak" flavour that people report finding in the Gawith black twists. A great advantage is that it comes ready sliced: you can have all the characteristics of an old-fashioned twist tobacco without all the fuss of preparation. The big downside is a room note that is truly awful - don't, for heaven's sake, smoke it in the house or the dog will die. I like it a lot as an outdoor "winter" smoke, but I wouldn't smoke it all the time. In hot weather I think such a heavy smoke would be unbearable. This isn't a subtle tobacco by any stretch of the imagination, but you'll enjoy it if you like a strong, slow, tasty smoke. Recommended, but certainly not for the beginner or the lover of subtle flavours. Start off with a small bowl.
This is an exceptional dark-fired tobacco. Both rich and strong, with an earthy aroma. Smokes long and smooth. If Sherlock Holmes hadn't been so cheap, this is what he would have smoked! I would give it 4 stars except that it doesn't have the unique richness of a red stoved Virginia so 3½ rounded down. Recommended for the experienced smoker who wants a strong tobacco.
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