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A traditional mixture of bright Virginia, black cavendish and burley enhanced with a hint of sweet coconut.

Notes: Introduced to the UK in 2013.

BrandSamuel Gawith
Blended BySamuel Gawith
Manufactured BySamuel Gawith
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1933)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Sam Gawith - Palace Gate.

I have been so excited about this one! Will it live up to the usual Sam G' level of excellence? Let's see! When I take a sniff of the blend I get a fabulous "exotic" aroma, which to be fair is quite a gentle one.

The mix appears to be a good dissemination of the different types of tobacco, all very equal amounts to one and other. Moistness? Perfect, which is a little surprising as with many Sam G blends (although they taste great) sometimes need time to air ! Once my pipe is filled I put my trusty Peterson lighter to it and can form my opinion! My first question was "will it live up to the usual level of Sam G excellence?" The answer is a big fat YES!

It only requires quite a shortish touch of the flame to begin a very well sustained burn of which the evenness is unquestionable. On to tongue bite now, not one example of it for the whole bowl full. Moving on to the Vitamin N now: a brill' amount which is neither overly formidable or so delicate you will miss it. If we discuss the texture of the smoke I will have to give it ten out of ten again as it is a lovely middle weight one, not too creamy yet not too thin either. Full points go to the temperature also: a pleasing middle ground temperature, not blisteringly hot and not a really cool one. Finally it's time to talk taste !... Like the aroma it's a wonderful and gently exotic one! The tobacco flavours are nicely balanced with each other, pleasant as more often than not Black Cavendish can be too indomitable in the flavour but this is an equally shared game between them all. The added flavour is a great supplement to the blend, the exotic coconut comes through divinely but it lacks the harshness or strength you get with a lot of aro's. Delicate would be the only way to describe this strength of flavour ! My final statement on this blend consists of one word: "awesome"!

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

10 people found this review helpful.

Peter Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peter Piper (41)
Mild to Medium Strong Medium Pleasant

Please rest assured that when I see "coconut" as an avowed flavouring that this does not make me rush to buy a blend. But I was fortunate enough to have had a sample of this several months ago and enjoyed it so much that I was delighted to see it finally enjoy a release into the UK market. And somewhat relieved that my impressions of coconut on first tasting were not a figment of my imagination!

On opening the tin you are met first with a visual treat, a truly lovely selection of leaves of various hue, accurately enough described as coarse cut, but looking for all the world as if they were hand torn into pretty shreds just for your delectation.

And then the tin note, well, yes, coconut, there are no two ways about it. Of the moistened variety, like you might find in a Bounty bar for heaven's sake! Moist to the touch, but a tactile pleasure to take a couple of pinches and lightly fluff them out.

So with both intrigue and interest deepening, pack it in the bowl and light it up. It is still there, that coconut, and yet what a marvellous and surprising delight. Incredibly soft and easy smoking, the taste transmutes into something akin to butterscotch. The underlying tobacco of the usually high standard expected from this blender burns easily and gently, aggravated puffing brings no remorse.

So, bamboozled as I am by this strange concoction, I find myself enjoying it thoroughly. Not an everyday smoke to be sure, but sweet, mild and satisfying, a dessert smoke if you will.

I have a feeling that the pipe smoking fraternity may well be divided by this one, but stick me down firmly in the "yes" camp.


9 people found this review helpful.

FlatCapMatt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FlatCapMatt (53)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Wow this was a surprise! Got a 10g sample of this and it's one of my new favourites. Need to get a full tin next time I order. I'm not a big coconut fan, but this was delicious. Total praise for this blend.

Tastes nice, smells nice, didn't bite me or make me ill. Definitely buying again. 10 grams was nowhere near enough. Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Stanwell Bjarne Nielsen, Corncob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

Madox07 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Madox07 (31)
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

One of the better aromatics out there, this fine blend by SG has some lakeland properties, making it less of a conventional aromatic. First of all, just as the nose gives away, cocoa doesn't stand up from the get go. To me, the first half of the bowl tastes more like coco nut, but as the bowl progresses the cocoa subtly sneaks in. All this time there is some floral toping in the background that doesn't cover the coconut/cocoa couple, but rather ennobles the rich flavor. Overall the smoke is enjoyable, but one should expect a heavy casing .. the tobacco taste in the blend is quite faint, making this a ghosting concoction, exotic and flowery at the same time. Overall, for me this is more of a lakeland than an aromatic, something I enjoy on a hot summer day.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Venere

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Kamerling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kamerling (28)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I feel sorry for this one - it is a way better aromatic tobacco than most of Petersons, but it still stays in shadow, although it's from SG craftsman. Forgotten and unappreciated, but well prepared blend - little bit more spicy and aroma clearer version of Grousemoor. Palace Gate would be a right choice for pipe-begginers.

3 stars would be too much I think, but also 2 are justly not enough, so let's say it deserves 3/5.

2 people found this review helpful.

jacknappa Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jacknappa (2)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

In case of aromatic blends its fine. At the beginning the musky and soapy fiber is annoying and overwhelming. After few pipes I’ve got used to it. The surface is the body, causing the uniform character of a sweet blended tobacco. Heats cold if you try to, if not, hottens easily.

1 person found this review helpful.

Gordon Tavistock Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gordon Tavistock (21)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

All in all a very pleasant and fairly satisfying aromatic for those who look for something that isn't too heavily cased or too dominated by black cavendish.

It has the nice taste, room note and satisfying mellowness that a good aromatic should have, and it should be smoked in a pipe dedicated to aros, as it will ghost a pipe. The casing/topping itself is a very pleasant and subtle sweetness with cocoa and perhaps some coco. However the natural tobacco flavours are not subdued and the casing isn't always very apparent, but blends in with and compliments the tobacco flavours. I find that neither flavours ofthe tobacco nor the casing/topping goes harsh or disappears towards the end, as I often find to be the case with many aros. It requires a few relights but burns dry (mine arrived in a sample pouch, so I can't speak for the tinned tobacco)

Not completely bite free, but should behave if you behave too and don't puff more than reasonable pace.

I can recommend this for those of you who normally smoke non-aromatic tobacco but want to have an aro around for a sweet treat once in a while. I can also recommend it for those of you who maybe are new to pipe smoking, have been smoking only very heavily cased aromatics and are keen to take a step in the direction of blends with a purer tobacco taste. Don't get me wrong – there's nothing g wrong with preferring aromatics. But I myself have once made that move from smoking exclusively aromatics to now preferring other type of blends, and when I smoke this blend I always think that this blend would have been a very good first step my move, if I had tried it back then.

Pipe Used: Savinelli 104

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Cgars

1 person found this review helpful.

Lazarus77 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lazarus77 (88)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I was trying to be positive. I smoked it in briar, meerschaum and corn cob...tasteless, a lot of moisture, sour taste. Wanted to give 1 star, but I had more terrible aromatics in my pipe so poor 2 stars

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: ?

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

Sybariten Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sybariten (61)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I love this, a perfect balance. Not so topped that it takes over, just enough topping to add a little something. This, is one of the best aromatics that I have tried.

Taste: Supposedly this is topped with coconut. I get nothing similar to that on the tongue, the topping is there surely but rather I taste a faint caramel or brown sugar. At no point is it dominant, it is just there softening any sharp edges and adds to the richness of the blend. As the bowl progresses the fine virginia of SG takes the wheel even more, those grassy and slighly spicy notes really shine.

Mechanics: Ribbon cut, almost smokable moisture from the tin. Medium nicotine. And yes, it's a virginia and as such it will bite you if you push it, but you will have to push it hard.

Pipe Used: Briars

Similar Blends: Full virginia flake but with a hint of caramel..

1 person found this review helpful.

Flyingdutchman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flyingdutchman (12)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Bought a tin of this in Swiss a few days ago. Tin note is very smooth and mellow, the fragrance is of sweet cocoa, fruits and some alchool too, but I'm not sure. There were italian cigarettes named Colombo, their unlit aroma was very close to this. Tobacco is a loose cut, dark Yellow spotted with dark cavendish. Lit it up, and you'll get a relaxing, pleasant and satisfying smoke. Believe me, if you love high class aromatic tobaccoes, give this a try.

Pipe Used: Brebbia

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