Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. Sliced Black Twist

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.


Brand Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended By Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Manufactured By Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend Type Straight Virginia
Contents Virginia
Cut Curly Cut
Packaging Bulk
Country United Kingdom
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.31 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 26, 2015 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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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 08, 2014 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
PurchasedFrom: Smoke King
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 20, 2015 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
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 20, 2021 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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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 03, 2020 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.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 05, 2017 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
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 04, 2015 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
PurchasedFrom: SmokingPipes
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 08, 2015 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.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 10, 2014 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
PurchasedFrom: Durham Pipes and Tobacco
Age When Smoked: Fresh from the shop
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 24, 2018 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
PurchasedFrom: Smokingpipes
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 10, 2017 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
PurchasedFrom: Smoking Pipes
Age When Smoked: One Year
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