Kendal Black Cherry: Sweet black Cavendish prepared by a special double fermentation process, enhanced by the addition of ripe black cherry flavour for a unique cherry aroma.

Notes: Due to EU regulations, this is renamed and sold in those countries as "KBC".

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeAromatic
CutCoarse Cut
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3046)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

It does have a nice, mildly rich black cherry topping, and does stick around for a while after you smoke it. There's little tobacco taste except for a little grass. The nic-hit is mild. Won't bite, but has a rough edge. Burns a little slow with a fairly consistent flavor, except for a minor bitterness at the finish and in the after taste. Leaves some moisture in the bowl, and needs some relights. I could see this ghosting a pipe. Not an all day smoke.


8 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2080)
Mild to Medium Medium Very Full Pleasant

Kendal - Black Cherry.

This seems to get a mixed reaction so this is my view, we must remember that our tastes are subjective!

The unlit tobacco emanates one of the best aromas I have smelled as of yet, being very Sweet and cherry-like, reminding me of a Christmas pudding and if you draw through your pipe unlit the taste is amazing. On the negative side it is very moist and could really use an extra airing period but with a little tenacity mine was lit! The taste of this one makes the hard labour in lighting it more than worth while, the smoke is (like the aroma) sumptuously sweet and full of the cherry taste and the nicotine level is fabulous for me as it is about like Sam Gawith Black Cherry. The cherry flavour doesn't dissipate any as the bowl burns on and it gives a splendid even burn. It does not taste false and chemical like but has a very honest/true/full cherry flavour:

highly recommended!

Pipe Used: Mr Brog

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Lands Tobacconist Stratford

Similar Blends: Sam Gawith Black Cherry.

7 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

This tobacco has come under some fire for it's very mild qualities but as I exclusively smoke aromatic tobacco and believe milder the better, there can be nothing but praise from me! I had none of the mentioned problems lighting or keeping it lit but I bought it in a small quantity from a tobacconist rather than in a pouch so perhaps this could have affected the moisture content. The smoke is relatively thick and smooth with a gloriously mild, sweet flavour- I have never enjoyed smoking a tobacco be it cigarette, cigar or pipe as much as this one. I would have to go as far as to say it is my favourite pipe tobacco. I'm quite particular in my tobacco tastes but this really clicked with me. By the bottom of the bowl it does become somewhat darker and stronger but in no way does this overshadow the sheer smoking pleasure of the first 90% or so of the bowl. Top it off with a room note even most non-smokers enjoy and in my personal opinion you have a first class aromatic tobacco. Even if it doesn't sound like your thing, give it a go- you may be pleasantly surprised.

5 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Extremely Mild Very Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

I found this to be extremely difficult to light on account of the excess moisture, and when I did get it lit, I could hardly taste or smell anything that reminded me of cherries. Where is that cherry blend that my grandfather smoked and turned me onto the pipe in the first place? Certainly not here.

5 people found this review helpful.

RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

I have realized that I no longer like "Cherry" flavor anymore, but for those of you who do, this blend may be your "Holy Grail"

Appearance: Black Cavendish, with an exquisite cherry topping.

Packing: Easy due to the almost shag cut.

Lighting: Even though moist, lights easily.

Initial Flavor: High quality Cherry.

Mid-bowl: Still Cherry, but the cavendish in this blend is of very high quality. I keep getting nice hints of the leaf and wish the topping were not as strong.

Bottom of bowl: Slight build up of strength and it is over.

Overall: This is a smooth high quality blend that rarely is prone to giving tongue-bite. The casing is more "natural" tasting than most of this type. My problem is that the casing is too heavy for me and I just don't care for this type of flavor anymore.

Rating: 4 out of 5 points for an aromatic.

4 people found this review helpful.

who broke my clay pipe? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
who broke my clay pipe? (70)
Medium Strong Very Full Very Pleasant

25g pouch.

Contents: Chunky broken black Cavendish flake, totally dried out pouch.

Aroma: Vanilla - Black cherry, talcum powder, floral soap, cosmetic product.

Being dried out its perfect moisture because I always dry my aromatics out so that I smoke them rather than vape them.

Light up, is of a cool dark tobacco; the aromatic property and deep dark woodyness reminds me instantly of my first ever pouch of Condor ready rubbed, and the deep dark stoved depth reminds me of Revor Plug..

This is a broken Cavendish flake that smokes smooth and nothing like the word Cavendish suggests. It smokes like a twist and folded dark flake and absolutely doesn't bite. Its sweet rich and full, also smokey. Its not gloopy or sticky. Its a kind of powdery smoke.

The aroma and taste is undeniably black cherry with light vanilla; its floral also like a Lakeland. The aroma is like walking past a Lush shop or The Body shop in a high street selling cosmetic products. The taste has a certain soapy ness. Its like a black cherry smelly bar of soap. Soo aromatic, it changes the taste of my cup of tea.

So yeah, as an aromatic, it has the properties I wish my previous experiences with other aromatics would of had.. It is aromatic, burns cool, tastes sweet, tastes consistent down the bowl, no sicky or sticky tangy interferance.

Burns down slowly to a clean dry fluffy ash, but note my pouch was already dry. I don't believe having moisture would do anything to improve this and would possibly interfere with the quality of the experience I just had with it.

Its an aromatic that smokes like a proper tobacco and I am sure would be a proper crowd pleaser. I normally don't really smell what I smoke ,but this has filled my flat like an air freshener.

Its an aromatic bomb ,and so although capable of being an all day tobacco because of the tobacco within, I would reserve this as a once a day or once a while smoke because I don't believe I would appreciate prolonged sessions. The more I smoke of a single aromatic the more I cease to taste it.. Aromatics taste best the more I leave them alone.

This for me was a 4 star smoking experience. I don't know if I will buy it again when I finish the pouch though; i only bought it because the shop had a shit selection and I didn't want to walk away with nothing. I didn't know this was made by Gawith & Hoggarth either which is why I left it so long before smoking it. It smoked nothing like I was expecting - I thought it would just be another generic cheapo OTC but I was well wrong. It totally delivers.

Pipe Used: Faclon Bantam XL Spool bowl

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: Newsagent. Poole Quay

Similar Blends: Condor Ready Rubbed, Revor Plug, A bar of smelly soap..

3 people found this review helpful.

smokemonkey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokemonkey (3)
Mild to Medium Very Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Tried this and rather found it moorish, obviously wet boiled processed (not smoke cured) to get that deep smell and taste cherry flavour, really feels like your sucking on a cherry sweet while smoking.. need a nice long match to light. Can't say anything bad about this product at all.

If that guy can't detect cherries, then his taste buds must be on strike or something, as it reeks of cherries to me, it's also a nice meaty black tobac.

Pipe Used: Canadian

Age When Smoked: as bought

3 people found this review helpful.

craig61a Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
craig61a (22)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I needed a few more items in my cart to qualify for free shipping, and this didn't seem to be moving and the price was right.

I like the Black Cherry Twist, so I figured I'd give this a try.

The tins I got were two years old, and it was on the dry side when I opened it. Not dried out, but how topped tobacco seems to dry after sitting in a tin for several years. There was a vacuum when opening the tin.

People either seem to love or hate GH&Co tobaccos; doesn't seem to be a whole lot of middle ground.

The topping was not overbearing, and a pleasant cherry flavour. While it did sublimate the tobacco, there was still some nice tobacco flavour in the mix. Burned well and didn't need many relights. Mostly fine grey ash, and it smoked well, not needing too much attention.

I got hints of Vanilla now and then. The tobacco used in this blend is top notch, and what tobacco taste there is, is quite good. Once in a while I appreciate a good cherry blend, and you could do a whole lot worse than this.

Age When Smoked: 2 years old in tin

Purchased From: WCC

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This was my first tobacco when I took up pipe smoking and I recommend it to anyone taking it up as a first tobacco.

A word of advice though: it comes quite moist and is a little tricky to get going so I recommend letting it dry a little before smoking. It starts off rather mild tasting and builds as you progress through the bowl into a very pleasant, sweet flavour.

Despite moving onto Perique blends I still occasionally come back to the Black Cherry for a change or when at the pub (simply because it's not going to bite no matter how fast you smoke it and no matter how much you drink)

All in all a rather nice tobacco despite being a little on the weak side.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Very Mild Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This tobacco is temperamental to pack, so may take several lights to get going proper.

I usually buy this loose, but the pre=packed stuff is almost as good - the wetter the better since it then lasts well and you can use the drier bits from the top of the pouch first.

A very pleasant smoke, however it can leave quite a large amount of dottle - depending on speed of smoke, it's double fermented which gives a lovely rich taste.

All in all a very satisfying tobacco - one indeed that I started on, and very tolerable to those around you.

2 people found this review helpful.

Fusty the pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fusty the pipe (33)
Very Mild Very Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

All things are relative and all smokes subjective.

This tobacco is as dark as Newgate’s knocker - a cavendish, I believe, with a very synthetic, ott, cherry gloop added to it, but not enticing in the “Cherry Ripe” sense; this doesn’t say “smoke me”, this says “get a couple of pounds of sugar, half a dozen eggs and some flour; we’re baking tonight!”

The smoke is as overpowering as the pouch note, like going three rounds with a heavyweight boxer - your mouth gets pummelled with right and left hooks, before a devastating upper cut forces you to put the pipe down for a rest and a cup of tea.

This will ghost a pipe worse than Marley can haunt Scrooge - it does not dissipate, even after you give the pipe a good clean out so be warned.

In my humble opinion, there are better, more subtle, cherry aromatics out there - Samuel Gawiths Black Cherry for instance - that I won’t be buying this one again.

To each their own and to all a good pipe but not one for me.

1 person found this review helpful.

shikano53 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
shikano53 (4)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Tolerable

I was disappointed in this offering from GH. I was expecting a much heavier presence of something, cherry-ish. It just doesn't cut the mustard if you are really looking for a cherry bomb. Monochromatic, dull, very little real tobacco taste and certainly no where near the presence of cherries. 4noggins Lord Methley's has more of a cherry/berry presence than this. Two stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

DEN-C1956 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DEN-C1956 (35)
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

i bought a 25g pouch of this tobacco a couple of days ago.upon opening the pouch the aroma is quite nice and the look of the tobacco was nice and dark..but...it was so dry to the touch..so i first had to put some moisture back into it..and i had to rub it out as it was far to course..now having tried 'sweet peach' and 'cherry and vanilla' i thought this 'black cherry' was going to be a nice smoke....wrong!!!..for me its tasteless and bland..and not nice at all..i did give a it fair shot..but in the end i mixed it with the last of some 'sweet peach' that i had..and it still was not very good. so i wont be buying this kendal tobacco again, others may like it..but i didnt.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Not long into pipe smoking, tried this as my uncle used to smoke black cherry years ago...Bought from Morans in Belfast who have a plentiful supply. this is the first cherry tobacco i have tried that actually tastes how it smells, not easy to keep lit but gets better the more you smoke it,a good firm tamp helps! I smoke Falcons and i think that gives it the extra cool smoke with very little dottle and smokes right down. Everybody likes the aroma in the room, a very satisfying aromatic indeed!

1 person found this review helpful.

BostonPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BostonPipe (84)
Mild to Medium Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

This is the first of the Gawith blends that I have tried that I would have second thoughts about buying again, (and I have tried many, many, of their blends). With the other blends that I have tried, the flavoring(s), have always intermingled with the high quality base tobacco that has been used. I have smoked this blend at least a half-a-dozen and have come to the same conclusion everytime; namely, I am reminded of the aftertaste of cough medicaine on my taste buds. Yes, it does burn beautifully, the scent to the people around me is more than acceptable, yet, I do not feel this warrents this blend to become a main stay in my celler. Next time I have a cold is probably when I will select this blend again.

1 person found this review helpful.

The Printer Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Printer Piper (18)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

This tobacco is definitely one you will either love or hate. I actually enjoy heavy Aromatics, so for me this was great. But make no mistake, if you dislike perfumery type tobaccos like Exotic Passion, you won't enjoy it. As far as the Cherry goes, its not a sweet cherry, but its there as a somewhat tart black cherry. The aroma is very nice with a flowery scent. The good thing is for a heavy Aromatic, it didn't bite me like Exotic Passion does. The smoke was rather mild allowing me to enjoy the aroma. It does indeed give you an aftertaste, so when you are done smoking, your mouth still holds the flavor for a while. You need to enjoy heavier aromatics for this one - But if you do, I think you will really enjoy this one. It stays lite easily right out of the tin and only required re-lights when I set it aside for a few minutes. Enjoyable, fragrant and somewhat Maracino Cherry taste. Enjoy!

Pipe Used: Savineli 2019 Christmas 408

Age When Smoked: 2022

Purchased From: Local B&M

Similar Blends: I think its similar to Rattray's Exotic Passion in that it is very aromatic and flowery. Not Orange, but it gives the sense of a heavy perfume like Exotic Passion..

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JaWiBr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JaWiBr (557)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Tin note of vanilla, cherry, and mild Lakeland. The black tobacco looks mostly like ribbon and ready rub. Tobacco feels dry, soft/moldable but not sticky. Drying is not needed. Burns slow with a few extra relights. The strength is mild and nic is mild. Flavoring is medium, with notes of Lakeland, mild cherry, and a very slight vanilla. Cherry is the first to dissipate, followed close by the vanilla. the Lakeland hangs out till the later stages but is less potent than when started. Taste is mild to medium and mostly consistent, with notes of brown sugar, floral, sweet grass, bitter wood, hay, a mild tart dark fruit background note, and a moderately peppery retro. Flavoring is leading with Cavendish supporting until the halfway point, when they swap. Room note is pleasant, and aftertaste is good.

Pipe Used: 2015 XXX Ashton Brindle Author

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

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Geotherm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Geotherm (1)
Mild Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Absolutely lovely. Natural cherry flavor with some Lakeland florals. This was my first cherry blend and I think it's a great place to start. Smokes very cool with absolutely no bite. Like a lot of the G&H blends, the tobacco is a bit wet out of the tin, so expect some re-lighting.

Pipe Used: Multiple, but most recently a Peterson Irish Harp

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the tin

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

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WorkingClassChap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WorkingClassChap (197)
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

Smoking as I write from a Missouri Meerschaum Legend. . From the tin, very rich dark cherry. Large shag cut. Might have to relight or use your smoking skills on this one but it’s worth it. I always seem to have to relight this several times. Pleasurable smoke with a cherry flavor you can taste. Not the smoothest cavendish but good cherry flavor compared to others . This and Blood Red Moon are my favorite cherry flavored mixed so far.



Let dry, this is moist. This is a challenge to keep lit. Wonderful dark cherry notes that is evident throughout the first half of the bowl. Sweet dark sugar notes. No tongue bite or mouth tingle. A decent cherry aromatic.

Pipe Used: Corn cob

Age When Smoked: From tin

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

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GohLester93 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GohLester93 (2)
Extremely Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Currently smoking one of the last few grams I have in my pouch.

My eyelids are heavy as I am typing this. I decided to load the last few grams I have in my pouch, just because.. and I realised the "trick" to smoking this tobacco blend.

I hated it. The first time I smoked it, it was the first time I smoked a pipe. It tasted nasty. It's so tart-ty. It gave the tip of my tongue and the roof of my mouth tongue bite. It's all my fault actually. I huffed and puffed on it as if I was the big black wolf after the three little piglets. My first experience smoking a pipe(reason being, it was wet AF. I didn't know it was. I loaded it from the pouch straight with no drying time. It didn't stay lit for long)

Now. The trick to smoking these types of blends is to smoke it mindfully. This blend is when you are ready to have some quiet time alone. No chattering away with friends, or watching the tv. Or reading a book. Or maybe you can do anything you like. As long as you are mindful of what you are doing.

Secondly, you give your pipe of choice a couple of gentle puffs(3 to 5) as you witness the smoke coming out of your pipe as you blow back into the pipe gently. Retrolhale(and exhale at the same time from your mouth) as you chew on the smoke after a few gentle puffs. And then set your pipe down. After a minute or so, tamp it gently. Then relight. That's the trick.

If you do as mentioned above and below, you will experience a light/gentle sweet taste instead of ash. The bowl will still be hot even with gentle puffing, that is why it is necessary to set the pipe down after a couple of puffs to allow the tobacco to cool down. This tobacco is very moist and doesn't stay lit. Don't fight it. Relight it a hundred times if you must. If you do as I mentioned, you will have a nice session.

Here's a bonus for reading till the end. Pack it lightly. The three layers method? Pack it lightly. Gently "caress" the tobacco into the pipe hole. With each layer, increase just a very tiny bit of strength than the previous layer.

I started smoking on 7th June 2019(07/06/2019) after I earned enough from my grabfood job. Lol. This is kind of like my record on the internet which I would laugh at myself later in years to come.

Pipe Used: MM Corn Cob

Age When Smoked: Nil

Purchased From: Local tobacconist

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30167)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Gawith Hoggarth Black Cherry offers a satisfying and aromatic smoking experience. I purchased it in a 25g pouch, and as soon as the pouch opened, a very strong aroma of cherry flavouring was evident. The fragrance was not what I would call a genuine cherry aroma, but a sugary sweet one, akin to confectionary.

The tobacco seemed to consist totally of rubbed cavendish, black in colour, and moist. It was stringy, and spongy to the touch. It almost felt goopy. On handling the cavendish, it felt as if I was touching a rich fruit cake in the tin.

For the first few bowls, Black Cherry was difficult to light and keep lit. This was due to the moisture content present. The burn created 'chars' instead of fine dottle, but this improved as I cellared the tobacco for a few days.

The taste is mild to medium, and - like the pouch and burn aroma - is not genuinely a cherry flavour. It is pleasant, sweet and almost syroupy, but it is not a truthful cherry taste. Towards the end of the bowl, the aroma and taste get a little darker.

I credit this tobacco with its lack of tongue bite. However enthusiastically I puff, it just does not bite. It is a cool burning tobacco. It leaves an intense cherry smell in the pipe after smoking, and has a pleasant room note that will prove enjoyable with innocent bystanders!

Somewhat recommended for those with a sweet tooth.

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