Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. Curly Cut Deluxe

As Curly Cut, but made on a different spinning machine which produces a thicker rope. This tobacco was introduced prior to A.C. Peterson reintroducing Cope's original Escudo. While the two tobaccos are similar in appearance there is no Perique used in this blend. This is a medium strength tobacco.


Brand Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.
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Manufactured By  
Blend Type Straight Virginia
Contents Virginia
Cut Curly Cut
Packaging Bulk, 40g and 100g pouches
Country United Kingdom
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 25, 2012 Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable
There is a nice, soft Virginia flavor to Curly Cut Deluxe...and it's beautiful to work with. Spun lightly, the disks fall apart as you handle them, producing a wonderful, soft bed of tobacco. The note is less grassy and slightly acidic, somewhat reminiscent of a good McClelland Virginia. It tastes perfectly natural, without any added casing, very much like its sister blend, Curly Cut, which lacks the "Deluxe" name. The two are so similar in cut and taste, they are difficult to tell apart, and I have to really wonder if they deserve separate titles. With that, I took the two one ounce samples I had purchased and threw them together in a single mason jar.

And now to the dark side...this is by far the worst biting blend I have ever sampled. It is so terrifying to smoke that I all but gave up--with trepidation loading up a bowl every now and then to see whether anything has changed. It never does. Through innumerable variety of pipe, packing, and puffing, they all fail to tame this tobacco. The bite will hit you immediately, and it will not relent, through the course of an entire bowl. And aging does nothing to settle this blend down. A year later I can barely take a puff without cursing the gods. This alone kills any redeeming feature that Curly Cut possesses. It's unsmokeable.

I still have a substantial supply remaining, and decided to undertake a few blending experiments. My first was a disaster. I added about 25% Perique, thinking it would cut the bite. And then I made a huge error. I decided my new blend required a topping, so I doused it in Grand Marnier, an orange flavored liquor. It sounded great, and I waited patiently for the tobacco to dry in anticipation of a tasting. Well, it turns out that the bite was even worse! I couldn't even puff the stuff, it was murder. This was obviously stupid, in retrospect, knowing that Grand Marnier is a sweet liquor, of which the sugar would only further contribute to the bite.

I'm now on my next big experiment here--I figured I could drown out the bite with a few low sugar components added to the mix. I put together equal parts Latakia, Curly Cut, and Smyrna, with less than five percent Burley and some GH Dark Flake, to boost the strength (I'm all out of Perique). I'll have to let this settle a bit before trying it out, but you can see what I've resorted to here, trying to get rid of this Curly Cut mess.

Of all the various GH blends I've sampled over the years, this is by far the worst. I'm not certain what they did to this leaf to have it bite so ferociously, but it's not worth the trouble. It's a rare miss from Gawith Hoggarth. Keep away from Curly Cut and Curly Cut Deluxe, unless you are some kind of masochistic smoker who enjoys a bit of punishment. There's got to be a few of you out there, yeah?


It's been a good two years. The bite is all but gone, and I'm left with a wonderful Virginia. To be honest, I'm not sure it was worth the wait, but if you're patient, you will be rewarded. I'm not certain whether the blend simply needed to settle or whether my chemistry has changed over the years but it's only fair to revise my review. At its present state this is a three to four star blend, but I have to take into account the path that led me here, so I'll give it a two. Now that I'm left with only an ounce to play around with I'm a bit saddened, though not intrigued enough to wait another two years for another batch to mature. If you like waiting, go for it, you won't be disappointed.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 29, 2014 Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
Curly Cut Deluxe.

The unlit aroma resembles Petersons Sherlock Holmes for me. The curly cut is very appealing to look at, being of a good mixture of sizes and it is of a great moistnes, making it perfect to light up.

The smoke has a superb and full Virginia flavour with a floral note and slight nuttiness to it. The smoke contains a good nicotine amount, making it a pleasure to inhale if chosen to be. No bite from this one for me, but for that we all vary! The burn is really steady and even, staying lit very well without many re-lights. When the smoking is finished the pipe remains gunk free, so this would make a superb all day smoke.

Would be a good regular smoke.
Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef
PurchasedFrom: Smoke King
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 15, 2014 Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
As is the case with many blends from this company, there's a floral Lakeland essence, although lightly added. There's a grass/hay-like taste with some citrus, a hint of dark fruit, and a little earthy taste from the high quality Virginias. It's a decent smoke with very little complexity. The nic-hit is mild to medium. Won't bite or get harsh, but has a light rough edge. Burns at a reasonable pace with a consistent flavor. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and needs an average number of relights. Has a decent after taste. Not really an all day smoke.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 30, 2015 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Unnoticeable
I got 50g this one only two and a half days a go to continue my string of new ropes, pardon the pun, and I'm already down to the last quarter or so. That last, and first, sentence alone speaks volumes about this tobacco but indulge me as I avail myself of a review.

Upon opening the pouch I was greeted by a sweet earthy smell not too dissimilar to Brown Bogie, an encouraging start. The tobacco itself was light brown with flecks of gold and more of the consistency of broken curls than coins or curly cut. No matter, it packs and lights as well as any other. The initial taste is a sweet, nutty one and as the smoke progresses it becomes more savoury as it develops into something more earthy. There is also something queer about this stuff, I can't put my finger what it is but it is nice. It somehow reminds me of that iron medicine I used to take for anemia when I was a kid, queer but nice and completely like anything else I've tasted. As for nic-kick, this is not particular strong and not particularly light, it's all Goldilocks, just right.

To be honest, this tobacco is unlike any other I've smoked. That transition from the sweet to the earthy is strange and bizarre as that queer taste I keep picking up, and just as nice too. It reminds me of one of those films, Inception spring to mind, where you're thinking twenty minutes in "What the hell's going on here?" and you come close to turning the darned thing off, yet when you get to the end you sit in your chair giving the TV screen a wide-eyed "Wow!" It's definitely the queerest tobacco I've had and definitely amongst the best. Actually, while writing that last line, it strikes me that it is a little reminiscent of the most bodacious Strang, and considering this lacks the burley and perique that the most excellent latter holds, that's no mean feat. Thumbs up to the Kendal Massive!!!!

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Pipe Used: MM Cobbit Churchwarden Elf
PurchasedFrom: MySmokingShop
Age When Smoked: Fresh from the pouch
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 09, 2006 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Curly Cut Deluxe is a very nutty tobacco to my tastes. Cashews to be specific. My experience with the first few ounces has been very positive. It burns well, cool if you aren't aggressive and a sufficient taste. I found it to be durable, that is to say I smoke it when I'm doing activities that are sure to cause me to relight a lot, and it never seems to resent it.

Its nutty qualities are singular in nature - read that not complex but very consistent and enjoyable. I know just when to reach for this. I have rubbed it, just grabbed it and even folded the coins. Every method has proven to smoke well. I'm not giving it four stars since a number of tobaccos in my estimation, have achieved what this does, but nonetheless its good quality.

Cheers, VC
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 20, 2015 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
Beautiful disc cut Virginia that has one of the mellowest and smooth flavors of any strong Virginia that I have tasted. The "Lakeland taste" does come through quite heavily with this one and I liked it! I think this is how the old Murray's version of Dunhill Elizabethan would taste without the Perique.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 11, 2006 Medium None Detected Full Very Pleasant
I believe CCD is either all VAs or VAs with some Burley in there. It's a combination of leaves, some of which are dark fired, and processes. Imagine a rich VA steamed, pressed, twisted, and sliced. Nice!

The dark-fired leaf is similar to what you'd find in traditional ropes. Its flavor reminds me of baking cinnamon bread in a walk-in humidor lined with Spanish cedar. The dark portions taste a bit like Brown Rope #4 but are slighter darker than that ? but not nearly as dark as Black XX. Also, the nicotine is easy, unlike the ropes. I feel the nicotine overwhelms the flavor potential in the ropes.

I also taste some of the earthy, grassy notes from brighter VAs, the richness of slightly darker VAs -- sort of like what you'd find in Full VA Flake -- plus a little nutty flavor here and there, which may be Malawi Burley or other wacky Burley the Lakeland houses tend to use. I love the Curly Cut tobaccos because, to me, they combine the best parts of Full VA Flake, Brown Flake Unscented, and a hint of the flavor in the unscented ropes but without the huge nictotine hit associated with those foul beasts.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 05, 2014 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant
This is mostly a medium straight VA blend, with a bit of fire-cured added to make in interesting. This is a good blend for straight VA smokers to try if they want to get a hint about VA fire-cured without being overwhelmed by it. It packs easily, lights fairly easily, and smokes evenly. It comes apart easily as well, for those who insisted at rubbing out disks and flakes. This is not an exciting blend, but it isn't bland, either. A good, solid, straightforward blend.

Not a hint of Lakelands in my sample, and this is about as 'unsweet' a blend I've had. Since I know there are many tobaccos out there I would rate a 4, the question arises would I rebuy this particular tobacco, assuming my tastes don't change much more. In this case, the answer is probably not.
Pipe Used: cobs, briars, and meers
PurchasedFrom: smoking pipes
Age When Smoked: opened on arrival
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 24, 2005 Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable
My bulk bag arrived full of large, moist, almost sticky, wheels of brown tobacco. I let mine dry out for a day and it seemes about perfect now. The bag aroma is somewhat like raisins and freshly mown grass. It is fairly easy to rub this out into whatever consistency that you prefer. Overall, it looks like very high quality tobacco.

A charring light, tamp, and a couple relights is usually sufficient to get this going. Patience is rewarded as attempting to get it going by incinerating it with a torch ligher is a sure path to a scorched tongue.

This blend has to be smoked slowly with good Virginia smoking technique. It is quite bitey and vigorous puffing will leave your mouth positively sizzling. It burns somewhat hot so I would recommend using a tall narrow bowl with a good cake already in place, and smoke as slowly as possible.

Taste is exceptional. It is sweet and tangy, reminiscent of citrus, and leaves a wonderfull taste in your mouth. Mostly high and middle notes from the Virginias. I think this is a classic pure Virginia with all its associated nuances. A great example what a Virginia should taste like. If you haven't noticed from above, WARNING EXTREME TONGUE BITE HAZARD!! Even still this stuff has such an intensely good flavor that it its just wonderfull. Your mouth will probably be sizzling with super virginia zest the whole time you smoke this, but its all part of the fun. This is like flirting with disaster, yet somehow it is irresistable. The fantastically awesome flavors will make you brave this stuff again and again. I've never smoked a straight virginia with this much punch, and I've tried a dozen since getting this weed. I'm down to about a gram or two but I haven't found any straight virginia that comes close to the intensity of flavor provided by these wheels of danger.

My wife says it smells like burned marshmallows from a camp cookout. This isn't one of her favorites but she doesn't mind it. Personally I think it has the "classic old world tobacco smell" and I love the room note.

I have upgraded this to four stars after trying several other straight virginias. This stuff is simply top notch. Dangerous but awesome.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 21, 2005 Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant
A high quality tobacco and wonderful smoke. Starts out tangy-sweet and smooths out towards the end--to me, this is what a VA should do: grab your attention, stay sweet, but not be cloying throughout. Good fresh but also ages well. Looking over the other reviews shows me how much taste differs. I truly don't understand why this doesn't have a higher overall rating.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 03, 2004 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
The tin aroma is that familiar GH, almost-cinnamon scent. It shares some of the characteristics of my beloved GH Brown Flake (cinnamon, vanilla smoothness, steamed flavors) though in much smaller amounts. The critical difference is the fire-cured tobacco here that gives this a sharp edge.

For my taste, though, this tobacco is one-dimensional. If you loves ropes, this could be a nice choice for adding some non-rope flavors, but I don't like ropes. This is probably closest to Esoterica Stonehaven, which I give slightly better marks. This is in the general range of Three Nuns, Escudo and SG FVF, but all three of those have more flavor and diversity, so I won't be returning to GHCCD.
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