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Manufactured by spinning dark fired leaves into a rope. Black Bogie, cooked longer than Brown Bogie makes it milder with a smoky aroma. It's a true old fashioned stout smoke with good strength perfect for the more experienced pipe smoker. Ready sliced for your convenience.

Notes: This is the version of Black Irish X that has been sliced into fine, dime-sized, coins.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Manufactured ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
CutCurly Cut
ProductionCurrently available
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2076)
Strong Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

Gawith Hoggarth - Sliced Black Twist.

This one has a very full and beguiling unlit aroma, It's a little moist, considering that it's a sliced twist so the pieces are more chunky I think that this can be forgiven! After a mornings short drying time it's time to get filled and started.

Once my Pipe is loaded I introduce the flame, to be fair, even though it was a touch damp it takes to the flame well and provides an even burn. On to the smoke next: firstly I notice the smoke has a high nicotine content , it fills me with exaltation as I like N but I instantly think "not for the light hearted"! The flavour is more than pleasant, it has a full taste of the tobacco but also a VERY slight smokiness in ther , as if a tiny amount of Latakia crept into the mix! The temperature is a good one, actually fairly cool compared to a lot out there. Tongue bite remains dormant for the whole bowl long, even if sucked like mad. The room note is a straight forward Virginia one, with the added bonus of not being too heavy.

This blend has impressed me with its "no-nonsense" flavours and for this reason I can only extol it with 4 stars!

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

11 people found this review helpful.

Jacinto Cupboard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jacinto Cupboard (209)
Medium Mild Full Strong

A very dark chocolate brown ribbon. It has a dried fruit and spice tin note, and a significant lakeland presence, to my nose sandalwood and geranium. Perhaps these notionally unscented tobaccos pick up aromas along the way at G&H but its something I've noticed in all of their pipe tobaccos. This tobacco also has an interesting earthy smell, a petrichor smell that is not unpleasant.

Now to the bad news. Once lit there is something very unpleasant happening, at least for me, with this stuff. With my first bowl I seriously thought I might have managed to get a piece of plastic or hair into the bowl. But each bowl since confirms that this unpleasant aroma is all Sliced Black Twist.

I really didn't like this tobacco, which surprised me since the G&H Irish Twist I found to be acceptable, if unremarkable. But this I cannot recommend.

Edit. I really have to say this. I have given this baccy a fair shot but I find it unsmokeable. It is a grotesque. Aros aside, this is the worst tobacco I have ever smoked.

Pipe Used: Lepeltier/MM Missouri Pride

6 people found this review helpful.

LiterarySmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LiterarySmoker (143)
Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

The UK has been a large part of my life as a half&half Brit American and there are many things I'm fond of from the old country, whether it be love it or hate it Marmite, good beer like my favourite: Theakston's Old Peculiar, or more infamous things like black pud or kippers in the morning. As I've smoked my way through blends, I've really come to respect good English Tobacco, admittedly falling in love with G&H's Dark Flake Unscented. So when I saw the drop a few months ago, I took the chance to order several blends I've never tried before and I've been happily smoking them ever since.

I ordered this having full knowledge of the strength this blend is supposed to have. There isn't much to say about a tin as I ordered my sample of Black Twist in bulk. This is a blend that comes as a cut coin. From what I can find this is the coin version of the Black Irish X that I never see in stock so I had to see what all the fuss was about. When I open my bag I see nice small coins of mostly black and dark brown tobacco. The smell is unique: deep, rich smokiness, almost a hickory sort of note, hay, beef, and slightly salty. In short it smells gorgeous. It came a bit too wet for my taste so some dedicated dry time will help you. When lighting it takes a light, but doesn't want to keep a light really well so the dryer you get it the longer it will stay lit. I also found that this does way better in a smaller bowl, in the larger bowls I've smoked it in it seems to really want to fight to stay lit. It will need more than the average amount of relights.

Now to taste. As I light up deep charbroiled steak notes take the forefront, that slightly seared taste you get on the outside of your steak when it's been on a grill. As you puff slower, notes of barbecue spice hit and some of the Virginia hay comes out. It is a little peppery on the retrohale and I don't know if that comes from the stoving but it's a nice quality. This is a nice show burning and cool smoking blend. It gives off thick plumes of white smoke.

The taste is a full. In a big bowl it dominates your pallet. The aftertaste is nice, and you will taste it for a long while. The strength is a strong. I ate a hearty lunch and I feel it in my throat, but I don't think it comes in close to HH Rustica. The strength is closer to HH Bold Kentucky. Don't smoke it on an empty stomach unless you are used to strong smokes. The room note is powerful and warrants sitting on the porch. A great powerful smoke, but one that is definitely not an all day blend.

Pipe Used: Basket Pipe

Age When Smoked: New

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4 people found this review helpful. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (231)
Medium to Strong Strong Full Strong

Summary: a heavily stoved Virginia with a barbecue flavor and less strength than its less roasted cousins.

Like many ropes, this one benefits from the breakdown of tobacco vegetative structures so that delicious nicotine can sail free; in this case, they cover it with olive oil and roast the twist to give it a nice smooth flavor. I did not detect any Lakeland Essence on this blend, but a strong scent and flavor of olive oil gives it its barbecue taste, under which emerges a surprisingly sweet and slightly spicy Virginia. Although it takes some effort to get this one going, if you pack it lightly but with the little coins touching, and then give it a good blaze, it will keep itself going for a long, slow smoke with the characteristic black twist richness and smoky aroma.

4 people found this review helpful.

DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (323)
Very Strong None Detected Very Full Strong

I was lucky that I got granted a generous sample of this for several bowls from a UK friend (thanks Paul!)

Anyways this is a wonderful, hearty and full-bodied blend that deserves some love! Finely cut, with small coin-cuts inbetween the appearance is ll black, with very few dark-brown spots. It smells of beef, wood and earth with some learthery and bit of a smoky note to it. Mine came pretty dry, almost crispy, perfectly conidioned to be smoked right away.

S.B.T.'s taste is delicious, hearty and strong (both in taste and nicotine!) Of course it's not the most complex, but a honest, bold and tasteful blend! Very earthy, leathery, meaty and maybe a hint of some dark chocolate to it. Decently woodsy-smoky, with just a hint of sweetness to give it some contrast to the full-bodied and savory aroma.

Despite its strenght in the Nicotine-departement, I find it to be very digestible as a lover of dark fired leafs and stronger blends. I don't like this phrase, but this certainly isn't "for the faint of heart"! A small bowl is enough to satisfy one and make for pleasurable smoke. Performs even better in a Corn Cob, as it enhances the sweetness by a tad.

Delicious blend, that certainly deserves the whole 4 stars to me! For lovers of dark fired Kentucky, or other hearty dark fired leafs this is a treasure.

Pipe Used: Clay Pipe / Corn Cobs

Similar Blends: A more potent version of , Samuel Gawith - Brown No.4, , in the same alley as blends like, Mac Baren - HH Bold Kentucky, and alike.

4 people found this review helpful.

Warwick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Warwick (37)
Extremely Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the most potent (nicotine-wise) blend I have yet encountered. Given due respect, though, it can be very satisfying for the experienced smoker.

The sliced form is friendly and requires little preparation - just a bit of drying and it is ready to load. It takes a few tries with the lighter to get it going well, but once lit it burns with a slow cadence.

The flavor is strong - intense dark earthiness and meatiness (think well-done/burnt rind of a roast) coexists alongside the dark-fired notes (think GH Dark Flake), and is tinged with with a primordial roughness in an unapologetic assault on the senses.

The result is a very intensely flavorful blend which can be immensely satisfying even when slowly sipped, which is almost required given its strength.

The "burnt" quality to the flavor dances on the edge of being deeply satisfying vs. being offensive. In my review of SG Black XX I found this quality to come across as burnt machine oil, and I could see where some might find this characterization (or similarly, a burnt plastic note) applies to Sliced Black Twist as well. However, for my personal chemistry, I find Sliced Black Twist stays on the enjoyable side as being deeply satisfying, and that makes all the difference.

Perhaps also due to personal chemistry I find this blend to be the strongest nicotine experience, and a quite small bowl churchwarden is my limit. For me, it easily exceeds GH Dark Flake, GH Dark Birdseye, SG 1792, GH Brown Bogie and Brown Ropes in strength.

Pipe Used: Genod churchwarden

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: SmokingPipes

Similar Blends: SG Black XX, GH Black Twist.

2 people found this review helpful.

Christrom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Christrom (34)
Strong Medium Very Full Strong

A strange tobacco. Very strange. I'm not sure about it, but I would urge anyone to try it. I think the aromatic version of this contains liquorice and I was definitely tasting something like that with this one. Liquorice is nice and all, but I wouldn't have it every day. Another review said it tasted of burning plastic and I can see where he is coming from, but again I think it is more of a liquorice. I found there to be a very complex flavour in this tobacco - smoke it quicker and the flavour profile changes and becomes more woodsy, smoke it slower and you get the lakeland liquorice flavour.

The cut of this wasn't to my taste - it was a fine shag and prone to going out often, but once lit burned cool as anything and produced thick white smoke. In fact, some of the taste could be described as an old locomotive, with the distinctive coal smell in the air!

So, I dunno. Won't be a regular for me, but please do try just a sample of it. It is definitely an experience.

2 people found this review helpful.

DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (148)
Very Strong None Detected Full Strong

This is what I think of as an outdoor winter smoke: very strong, very tasty, very slow burning. It isn't as strong as its brown cousins (it lacks their cigar overtones, too), but it's still powerful stuff. The unlit appearance and fragrance are pleasing, too; the sense you get is of an old-fashioned, very traditional tobacco without gimmicks or frills. There’s no bite or excessive heat, and the quality remains constant all the way down the bowl. Because it comes ready-sliced there is none of the fuss and foreplay usually associated with twists and ropes; you can just load it and go. Surprisingly enough, given its 'oily' texture and appearance, it lights easily and stays lit (though it does benefit from a little drying). A very uncompromising, satisfying tobacco for a cold day in winter, though I wouldn’t want to smoke something so heavy in hot weather. Not for the beginner, either: the N content will floor you if you’re not used to it. Try it in a small bowl first, and don’t puff too hard. Bear in mind too that it leaves a powerful ghost. Recommended, subject to what I’ve just said, but be careful with it. This is the stuff that Grandpappy/Popeye the Sailor/Paul Bunyan used to smoke. It isn't an indoor smoke, by the way; its only downside is a perfectly awful room note. Cat and dogs will die if you smoke it in a closed room. You might even die yourself.

Pipe Used: Dr Plumb billiard; Falcon International

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the shop

Purchased From: Durham Pipes and Tobacco

2 people found this review helpful.

riobrew Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
riobrew (80)
Mild None Detected Full Very Strong

Black Twist Sliced is strong on taste and smell but no nicotine. It's nice but need something to enjoy it better. You get a lot of smoke and taste but it bland. Really just one dimensional. One star less.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

1 person found this review helpful.

HobgoblinTA96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HobgoblinTA96 (60)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

Strong, black, and heady. Not for the faint of heart or those of a delicate nature. This baccy will put hair on your chest. One of my favorites. The jackaro is an everyman's blend. If you are looking for one of those namby pamby parlour blends, look elsewhere. What we have here is a good ol' fashioned working man's baccy. Meaty with an off putting (to some) charred taste; I absolutely love it. This jackaro is also a real spinner with a lovely does of Vitamin N that will get your heart racing and your head doing die-does. Truly, a vintage English tobacco done in the traditional way as only Gawith and Hoggarth knows how.

Pipe Used: Various clay pipes

Age When Smoked: One Year

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: Traditional English Black Twist.

1 person found this review helpful.

Haebar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Haebar (52)
Very Strong None Detected Full Strong

Recently I got interested in ropes and twists and that led to an interest in Gawith & Hoggarth blends. So, in order to do some research on G&H blends, I ordered quantities of several of their blends, this being one of them. There's no turning back now, because I like all of the ones that I have tried so far. The appearance of this tobacco is a ribbony mass with the remnants of some sliced coins in the mix. It is black, of course, with some reddish tones when you turn it just right in the light. The aroma of the bag is very slightly floral, but not as much as some G&H blends. It is moist out of the bag, so I let it air-dry for about 30 minutes to an hour. It packs easily into the bowl and lights fairly easily, depending on how dry you allow it to get. I smoked it in a small-bowled BBB Sovereign Dublin and found it to be very tasty and a little sweet. There's not a lot of complexity in this smoke, but lots of good tobacco power and flavor. The strength (nicotine) of this tobacco is great, but I found it to be smooth and rich. It would be good to blend with some weaker tobaccos to give them a little kick. The smoke is relatively cool and dry. I really enjoy smoking this tobacco because of its pure, unadulterated tobacco flavor.

Pipe Used: BBB Sovereign Dublin

Age When Smoked: Fresh from purchase

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1 person found this review helpful.

Ubiquitous Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ubiquitous (7)
Strong Strong Full Strong

I ordered two ounces of this a few weeks ago because it sounded interesting. I put it into a small jar, and have smoked a few bowls here and there. This stuff is... Interesting. It is a dark tobacco, ranging from deep brown to black. It comes in long (4"-5") thin ribbons with some flake still intact. It was slightly more wet than I like when it first arrived, but 20-30 minutes of drying time was sufficient. The tin (jar) note is earthy, leathery, and spicy with licorice and an underlying musky vanilla note. At moments, it reminds me of cigar tobacco.

Packing can be a problem with this tobacco, due to the long length of the ribbons. I've found that tearing the tobacco prior to packing yields better results.

The charring light shows some chocolate, followed by an overwhelming musty flavor. Further lighting provokes black pepper and licorice. The main flavor is a rich, ripe, and spicy tobacco. It does come across as musty, as I previously stated, but I kind of like it. I believe it stems from the way the tobacco is aged. It may also be the tonquin, though it is an ingredient that I have not experienced before.

As the bowl progresses, it begins to remind me of cigars again. By the midway point of the bowl, it is just a rich, spicy tobacco with a hint of licorice and cocoa. The room note reminds me of old leather bound books.

I need to relight numerous times per bowl every time I smoke it, though that may be caused by my problematic packing. It burns cool and there is no tongue bite. There is a substantial nicotine content, so be wary if you are only an occasional smoker.

Overall, I really enjoy this tobacco. It certainly is unique, and pairs well with a strong cup of coffee. It also works well to enhance blends that are lacking. I threw some into a burley blend that I wasn't crazy about and I am happy with the result. I am only giving it three stars because it is not for everyone, so I don't feel comfortable giving it a "Highly Recommended" rating.

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1 person found this review helpful.

Quiggifur Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Quiggifur (87)
Strong None Detected Full Pleasant to Tolerable

20230313: Taking a star because the rope form is strictly better, I think.

Second smoke: I dried a bowl's worth until it no longer clumped together when pinched, and loaded up my pipe. Much less steak fat char, but still strongly present. Could have dried it even more, but at least I'm not struggling to re-light every 30 seconds. This time I get more sweetness (still by no means heavy), a lot of leather, alongside a tiny bit of VA grassiness. A very, very strange experience. I wouldn't call this an inherently pleasant tobacco, instead difficult, and more an acquired taste. Later in the bowl, the strangeness does tone down, and it becomes more VA-like. Not a ton though, if I'm being honest. Still got to call it highly recommended because there's nothing else like it.

First smoke: Out of the 80 or so tobaccos I've worked through so far, this is entirely unique. It's smoky like charred steak fat, and it's kind of blowing my mind. Maybe a little sweetness way in the background, maybe a little anise/licorice somewhere back there if I'm not delusional, but mostly savory -- when it isn't reading exactly like slightly bitter steak fat char, which i wouldn't even call savory. Certainly not sweet in any case. I've stubbornly refused to dry any of my overly moist GH blends up until this point, and it's worked pretty well. This though is sopping wet, and I'd never smoke it again without some dry time. This has got to be 4 stars, but i can't imagine it occupying anywhere near a majority of my bowls. It's just so unlike what i normally love about tobacco, but there's nothing else like it. You need to try it at least once.

Similar Blends: Absolutely nothing.

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Jevverrett Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jevverrett (104)
Strong Extremely Mild Full Very Strong

Got this one bc I enjoyed the rope version.

It’s very black. Oily, shiny and feels damp to the fingers. It does have some coin like pieces, but it is mostly very long ribbon strands. Almost a shag, and it handles like one. It takes a few lights to get it going. It burns slow and cool, and has very similar characteristics to the rope version. It does however have some differences. Most noticeable is some sort of an essence, but I’m not sure what it is. Maybe clove? It makes a slight numbness on the tongue for me. It is slightly sweet and very smoky. It’s not great, and has a funny aftertaste to me.

Age When Smoked: Fresh bulk

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

Similar Blends: Black Irish twist..

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HauntedMyst Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HauntedMyst (22)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable

This looks like their black twist just all sliced up. It has that Gawithy, Hoggarthy, black ropey smell to it in the bag. It needs some drying time. 15 seconds in the microwave made it feel ok but still it smoked slightly wet. Next time I go for 20. At first light, it's actually rather bland and disappointing. Like the virgin bride said to the groom, "just give me time baby!".

By about 3/4 bowl she's found her stride. Like their ropes, the warm, woody, nutty, leathery, full, and deep goodness of it all kicks in and it just stays there wonderfully throughout the rest of the bowl without much variation. I find this one and the rest of the the GH&Co. ropes to be delicious and the preslicing does nothing to the taste as you would expect.

To me really the biggest difference is the black ramps up to its sweet spot where as the Brown is there from the first light as is slightly stronger. If you've found the Brown ropes to harsh, give this a try. As SpinalTap would say, those go to 11. This one only goes to 10. Nic is still strong, just not as strong as the brown. If you are nic sensitive, go slow. 4 out of 4 stars if you like the genre.

Pipe Used: Multiple

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Watch City

Similar Blends: Other GH&Co. Ropes.

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