Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. Glengarry Flake

A similar blend of pure Virginia leaf as Bright CR Flake, but with the addition of some special Virginia casings to enhance the natural sweetness of the leaf, finished off with a light top flavour of honey dew and other sweet flavourings which all combine after pressing to provide a mild sweet gently aromatic smoke.


Brand Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended By Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Manufactured By Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Virginia
Flavoring Alcohol / Liquor, Honey, Irish Mist, Other / Misc, Whisky
Cut Flake
Packaging Bulk
Country United Kingdom
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.07 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 29, 2023 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
As I was targeting this particular blend for potential review earlier this year, I recall reading somewhere during my initial due diligence that this aromatic tobacco was comprised solely of Gold Virginian leaves. Having now partaken in the experience repeatedly, I sincerely question the accuracy of that limiting statement. Namely, Glengarry Flake, perhaps the lightest of the renown Lakeland series products, does in fact demonstrate a range of standard flavor attributes including the distinct Red varietal nuances. As such, by the merits of developed savoriness and colorfully rendered character, this blend begs of esteemed consideration.

Similar to their Bright CRF Flake, Gawith, Hoggarth & Co have crafted a base recipe constituted by the inclusion of all-Virginian leaves. In particular, the ordered strains are from select flue cured stocks that have originated in both South America and Africa. Presented in a well-balanced fashion, these tobaccos are then mildly flavored with a honeydew extract, common Irish Mist spirits, along with other choice sweeteners, including those singular Lakeland-centric enhancements. Love them or hate them, you bet.

Once this medium natured concoction is nimbly imparted with these fanciful elixirs, it sees an aggressive pressing operation and is then set aside for proper aging which evolves with a comparatively modest Lakeland character. What surfaces are four-inch-long strands of neatly pressed tobaccos that wear an endured multi-hued palette of complementing pallor. Expertly mottled with a delightful complexion, weathered tones of dim yellow to muddy grayish umbers, are expanded by moving browns filling a sheet of visual excellence. Texturally these cultured tobaccos are a bit toothy and barbed on the front facing and do feel to be of a moister conditioning. Therefore, drying time is an absolute necessity. Yet in truth, this tobacco seemed to set up splendidly on short order.

With an invited sampling of the pouched fragrance, the bundle of prepared strands reveals an exceptionally soft and genteel aromatic sweetness. Supporting this top airiness, discoverable evidence of a brightened suite of tarty aged grasses emerges, of which these aromas varied in individual character, actually quite exquisite in their felt expressions. And yes, there is a well-placed fruity fragrancy that emits tinges of some of that sweeter rose floral perfume that is certain. Yet furthering the depth of Glengarry Flakes’ native allure is a defined, warmly progressed woodiness and a colorful occurrence of general spirited spices.

As with a typical Lakeland flake, I opt to separate and rub the condensed tobacco accordingly. What amasses is a handsome mound of pithy thin stick-like filaments. As a result, the packing of the pipe generally proves to be somewhat of an easier process. Also, I find there is better performance in the ensuing burn as well. And on one observational note of importance, Glengarry Flake tends to favor being smoked within a smaller briar if not a Meerschaum to be more exact.

So let us get to the flavor, shall we? If I were to generally classify this experience on the whole, I would offer that Glengarry Flake is not your stereotypical aromatic specimen. More so, I deem this as a lightly flavored rendition of calming progressed Virginian luster. The smoking reveals minor movements in nuance but at the same time does provide a fairly consistent and balanced flavorsomeness. There is no brashness nor concentrated nuisance about the Lakeland tempering as it is in fact exceptionally reserved, that is true. Witnessing the influence of the noted additives is indeed an occurrence but they come about as less of a factor in the overall character that is imparted.

Being well rounded in its taste profile, the supporting bottom tier of Glengarry Flake is flavored with the character of fermented rustic spice-wood and softer matured tones of plum. For lack of a better description, there is also an abiding node of charred herbaceous zest that further enlivens this base note which actively stimulates the palate as though it were of the Dark Burley persuasion.

Within the proper lead middle band, the tobacco’s character is flushed with a cultured citrus note that borrows from the sweet tangy flair of a common mandarin orange twisted with just a tinge of white grapefruit bitterness on the edges. Still, it is the presence of toasty and tastefully weathered field grass/cozy hay that dominates the mid-tier overall. What is more the additional embellishments of a big smokey undertone, and some darker seasonable tart complete the fullness of this brighter character.

Respecting the top tier accenting, what emerges for recognition is of a sugared floral nature. No great surprise, right? Essential projections of a fresher spruce ambience and a modest tracing of that classic rosy notation center in the remarking. Moreover, supplemental colorization is arranged with the commenting of baked honied sugars and fruity melon-like temperance. Occasionally, the registration pops with a clean shot of the Irish Mist. This spirited notation carries an herby, creamy sweet liqueur base essence with complements of subtle vanilla and aged/turned banana of all things. Do keep in mind that although I have described these collective highlights with full recognition, their expressed forcefulness is once again of a decidedly softened magnitude.

As this tobacco burns quite coolly and with an even progression, it leaves a lovely white ash within the chamber of the bowl with no indications of troublesome dottle. The immediate smoking vicinity is imprinted with a spent air that is especially wispy and thin in scale. The production of medium gaged clouds of gray smoke vapors leaves a pleasingly sweet aroma of cooked grass, lighter zingy woodiness, and residual of the sugared floral. Still, at times I do manage to just catch a mild impression of the whiskey tinge as well. In general, the blend is pleasant in caricature with a diminished endurance in its degree of permanency.

With mild nicotine effects, Glengarry Flake offers no incident of stinging bite unless one gets too ambitious by Bogarting the drawls. In actuality, I think you will miss out on some of the tobacco’s engaging savor less the practice of slow metered sipping. In doing so, you will fully experience an enjoyable flavor that cannot but underscore the merits of this easeful and reposed Lakeland production. 3.5 Pipes
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 22, 2007 Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant
This is one of those category of tobaccos that people told me to stay away from when I first started smoking a pipe. "Ick, you won't like that stuff, soapy nasty, blech." Thank goodness I finally stopped letting "those" people influence me. I was smoking crap pipes and crap tobacco. I finally made my way into a tobacco shop and started buying better pipes, ultimately premium pipes, but I was still smoking crap tobacco and about to quit the pipe altogether! Then I started experimenting with all of those "ick" tobaccos and discovered paradise. What does all of that have to do with Glengarry Flake? Nothing, I just like reminiscing!

After many years I just retried GF last week. Yummy! The first bowl immediately rekindled memories. At first I thought I don't know, maybe not. But then it kicked in and I've smoked several bowls. Perfume, oils, special essence of the Valkyries, whatever it is it's good! However I can definitely understand how some could hate it. You definitely want dedicated bowls for this kind of tobacco. It is a rough cut cake but not unmanageable. Give it a try, there is amazingly no bite and loads of flavor!

UPDATE 10/22/07: This stuff just keeps getting better. IT should have five stars!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 01, 2012 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
An excellent Lakeland flake that is on the mild side of the spectrum both in terms of the floral flavoring and overall strength. On charring light an ever so slight honeysuckle like essence is detectable but this quickly dissipates, giving way to a straight forward Virginia smoke that fits nicely into that pleasant all day pipe tobacco type category. This flake is of the highest quality, rubs out easily and smokes perfectly. A small amount of dry time is recommended, but it still smokes well without. There's very little complexity with this one, but the sweet grassy flavor of Glengarry is undeniably superb. Highly recommended
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 08, 2017 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
The grassy/hay-like citrusy sweet Virginia also has light earth and wood, some bread and sugar. The Lakeland topping is floral, but not strong at all; mostly a background presence. The various toppings are sweet, and lightly sublimate the tobacco. They mostly hold on to the finish. The strength and nic-hit is a step past the center of mild to medium. The taste is a notch past that level. Won't bite, or get harsh, and has a few small rough notes. The flake is very easy to break apart to suit your preference. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a rather consistent, subtle flavor from top to bottom. Requires a few relights, and leaves little moisture in the bowl. Has a short lived, pleasant after taste, and room note. It can be an all day smoke. Two and a half stars.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 27, 2011 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
If anyone is put off or afraid of Lakeland flakes due to their "soapy" or "floral" character and doesn't want to be overwhelmed with dark taste or nicotine, this is what I would recommend. Both the flavor and the flavorings are subdued, with just a bit of the Lakeland essence coming through. This is a "tweenie" - somewhere between the dark unflavored G&H blends and their more heavily flavored ones. Ditto blends like Perique Flake and the various brown flakes. But where those leave their own mark of complexity and depth, this one falls a bit short in that department.

I find nothing to dislike here and indeed I give this a 3 star rating, which is "recommended". As mentioned, it is a good starter Lakeland, neither overly sweet nor complex. The taste is of the proverbial grassy, slightly sweet nature. Nothing too offputting. However, it simply doesn't distinguish itself the way other G&H flakes do. The flavor is a bit too subdued for my tastebuds. The aroma, however, is fantastic! If the smoker wanted a natural taste but a great room note, this is one place to go. Recommended as a good "all-dayer" but might leave you wanting when a more robust flavor is desired.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 10, 2011 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant
When I first ordered this, early on in my pipesmoking career, I ordered it purely on the extremely flimsy pretext of having just watched the film Glengarry Glenross, proof enough that I'm still acting my shoe size and not my age.

My impressions, first time around, were a little disappointing, though my reasons for thinking so are shrouded in a haze of pipe smoke. This time round though, things are a little better. This one has grown on me slowly but surely.

Both the packet aroma and the room note, as with the flavour itself, are hard to pin down, maybe little hints of flowers sprinkled with early morning dew during a pleasant August break to the country, wiffs of oak and other such wonders of the English countryside. While not an easy pack or light, it is a lovely slow burner and a pipeful can last me over an hour on the one light. There is no tonguebite whatsoever, but I found it can be a little harsh on the throat. This so makes me want to camping in the wilds of Britain, just so I can sit round a log fire while my beans cook so I can smoke this and sing Jethro Tull songs. My only complaint is that I don't have enough.

My initial forays into GH pipe tobaccos has been a bit of a disappointment, especially after sampling their impeccable snuff. At last, I have found one that I can finally call home.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 15, 2017 Strong Mild Full Strong
A dark brown broken flake, needing some rubbing out. Smell: leather, wood. Taste: rich, dark, dry, leather, dried fruit. Honey comes through subtly later. Excellent, but perhaps not for the faint-hearted.
Pipe Used: Blakemar
PurchasedFrom: Thorn's, Harpenden
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 26, 2012 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant
Glengarry Flake is a solid, middle of the road Lakeland style flake from GH. It isn't too soapy or too floral. As one of the other reviewer mentioned, it is a good starting place for the pipe smokers that want to begin smoking Lakeland style blends. The flakes only need a small amount of dry time and I prefer to smoke it fully rubbed out. GF smokes cleanly to the bottom of the bowl, but even with the lesser amount of Lakeland scents, it will still need to be smoked in a pipe that is dedicated to Lakelands. The flavor is slightly sweet and a bit “hay-like.” It shares some the same flavor profile as GH's Rich Dark Honeydew (a blend that is very hard to find here in the US) but I must admit that in a blind taste test I don't think I would identify the flavor as honeydew. I enjoy Glengarry fresh from the tobacco shop, but I am much fonder of Glengarry when it has been aged. The flakes darken and the flavor really deepens. Glengarry is a great blend for the cellar! Recommended.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 26, 2017 Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant
Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Glengarry Flake.

Note: one of my first reviews which I considered inane when I noticed it whist reading someone else's new review. So, I ordered a fresh pouch to re-post.

When I took it from my cellar I couldn't remember what sort of blend it was, Virginia, aromatic, VaPer, etc. But a quick whiff of the pouch soon rectified that query: Lakeland. The flakes are just below medium in colour, partially broken, and the moisture enabled fresh smoking.

It reminds me of what the fellers down the club my dad used to take me to as a boy smoked back then: old school. I'm unsure if the amount of Lakeland has adjusted, but like in the pouch's aroma, I get a fairly heady hit of Lakeland. It's not just perfume/flowers, the Lakeland gives a notable sweetness and piquancy, also. Next to the fuller topping the Virginia seems a bit middle of the road; I don't mean that negatively, the smoke's lovely, but the Virginia doesn't seem particularly special. The burn from it's slow, steady, and cool.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: I like.

Glengarry Flake? I like it very much. Highly recommended:

Four stars.
Pipe Used: Atinok Meerschaum
PurchasedFrom: My Smoking Shop
Age When Smoked: Three weeks
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 11, 2019 Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
GH&Co. Glengarry Flake is a moderately flavored pure Virgina tobacco that comes in rather thick flakes. As delivered, the flakes are a little on the moist side for rubbing out so, either give them an hour or two of drying time or use the fold and stuff method. Either way, they light easily and burn cleanly with only an occasional relight being required.

How does it taste? In a word, delicious. For the first half of the smoke, the casing is at the fore. The flavor is sweet, fruity and slightly floral, with the Virginias adding some spiciness and dark notes. But this is not the old lady cologne or soapy taste that many dislike. Instead, the casing is rather subdued and intriguing.

About half way through the smoke, the casing mostly burns off, giving the choice Virginias a chance to shine. They are rich and plumy, spicy and earthy, with no grassy or hay taste. The burning tobacco produces a fair amount of creamy smoke which makes for a very pleasant room note. While one needs to smoke it with a slow cadence given it's strength, it won't bite if you puff hard although, as others have noted, to get the most out of it you should sip rather than gulp it. Towards the very end of the bowl, one detects a bit of a cigar note, but it's the taste of a good cigar.

I would recommend aging this tobacco. I purchased mine about a year ago and, while I liked it when I bought it, after sitting in a jar for a year undisturbed, it is much better.

My only criticism of GF is that the flavor is a little on the light side. Frankly, I wish it had more of the wonderful casing. But that's a minor criticism of what is a very solid tobacco.

I think GF would make an excellent introductory blend for those who want to explore the world of traditionally cased English flakes, or for someone who wants a sophisticated aromatic that still tastes like tobacco.

UPDATE: After another year of cellaring, this has become a "highly recommended" tobacco. Just wish it were more available.
Age When Smoked: 1 year old
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 09, 2005 Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
Like the esteemed OSR, I found Glengarry Flake to be a little flat in both strength and flavor. And like G&H Rum Flake sometimes does, this offering left the back of my throat a little bit roughed up.

I received Glengarry Flake as a sample tossed in with a recent tobacco order, and mine was at a perfect moisture level. Experience has taught me that these Lakeland Flakes normally need considerable drying before being smoked.

I concur with OSR, this offering would be a good first foray into the Lakelands.
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