Samuel Gawith Balkan Plug

The Samuel Gawith Balkan Plug is the uncut Cake which their iconic Balkan Flake is cut from. This (not so text book description of a Balkan) is made from Virginia with a generous helping of Cypriot Latakia. The thick and dense plug has a wonderful and familiar aroma, think of Full Virginia Flake (or Plug) with the added delights of spicy latakia. To look at this plug has the golden Virginia's found in Full Virginia and a generous helping of Latakia.


Brand Samuel Gawith
Blended By Samuel Gawith
Manufactured By Samuel Gawith
Blend Type Virginia/Latakia
Contents Latakia, Virginia
Cut Plug
Packaging Bulk
Country United Kingdom
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.67 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 21, 2015 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
The plug may need a little dry time, though I didn't do much of that as I prefer to have some moisture in my tobacco. The Cyprian latakia is smoky, woodsy, mildly sweet, and rich, and is the dominant tobacco. In a supporting role, the Virginia is fairly earthy, lightly grassy, with a hint of spice. It seems a tad smoother and sweeter than the flake version. Has a mild to medium nic-hit. Won’t bite or get harsh. Doesn't have much complexity by design, but it burns clean and cool with a consistent flavor. Requires a number of relights as plug tobaccos will. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, and depending on how you dry (or if you dry) and pack it, may require a little stirring of the tobacco in the last quarter to burn it all up. Has a pleasant, lingering after taste and a strong room note. Not an all day smoke.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 22, 2014 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Sam Gawith - Balkan Plug.

I will start of by saying "if you want a simple to prepare tobacco avoid this"! The smell coming from the plug is a strong and standard Balkan one, smoky and leathery. The actual plug is of a good moistness but demonstrates its strength in build when it comes to the preparation. I have known a few good plug blends that can be prepared quite easily by vigorous use of the hands but for this one I have to use a good blade! After a touch of determination my pipe is filled and ready to go, despite my frustrations at the amount of prep' time the flavour is more than a compensation!

A very strong/smoky Balkan taste where the Latakia definitely takes the lead and the Virginia emphatically takes the back seat! The smoke is very cool in temperature with a medium nic' kick. The burn (if prepared correctly) is very steady and consistent , all along leaving a pure white ash. For me the only negative with Balkan Plug I can only blame myself for: like an idiot I sliced my finger with the blade during preparation, but I can't hold my own incompetence against Sam G'!

Three stars.
Pipe Used: Mr Brog
PurchasedFrom: G.Q Tobaccos
Age When Smoked: New
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