Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. Black Irish XXX

(2.23)
The steamed Black Kendal twists look dark, rich and above all strong. While this is mainly true when compared to other pipe tobaccos, it is not when it comes to twists. Black twist is hand pressed and steamed which reduces nicotine and removes some of the spicy edge. Even though it is lighter than Brown Twist, it is still a strong tobacco in the grand scheme of things. Due to the fire cured leaf addition, it has a vast array of flavours including smoky, spicy, woody, earthy, leathery and all the while very smooth and cool to smoke.
Notes: Black Twist XXX [Also Known As Black Irish XXX] "All our twist tobacco varieties are manufactured by the same spinning process using dark fired wrapper leaves. The filler is again, predominantly dark fired leaf with the addition of a small percentage of dark air cured Indian leaf. They are therefore strong tobaccos. Black Twist (Black Irish), because the cooking process removes some of the stronger tar and nicotine elements, provides a milder smoke than the brown twist." - Gawith Hoggarth Pigtail - thin (10 mm or just over 3/8 inch), Bogie - medium (15 mm or almost 19/32 inch), Irish X/Twist - thick (20 mm or 25/32 inch), Irish XXX - extra thick (25 mm or almost 1 inch)

Details

Brand Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended By Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Manufactured By Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend Type Virginia/Burley
Contents Burley, Virginia
Flavoring
Cut Rope
Packaging Bulk
Country United Kingdom
Production Currently available

Profile

Strength
Very Strong
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
Flavoring
None Detected
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Extra Strong
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Taste
Medium to Full
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 28, 2019 Very Strong None Detected Overwhelming Extra Strong
This is a unique tobacco. I can appreciate the history of it and the fact that smokes very cool, it is very cool regardless of pipe. It is somewhat overwhelming with flavour which is a bit odd. I would say BBQ that is wet. You get smokiness, earthiness and bitterness from it. Nice on the retro hail. I first smoked this with some orange juice (squash variety added water) and the taste and everything else became too much and it was not enjoyable after 15mins. So I didn’t give up, to enjoy this tobacco you need to have a bitter or at very least none sweet drink. I have smoked it with black string coffee and I have smoked it with Leffe Brun which is a very stout beer from Belgium (I think)

Not a regular smoker but it can be enjoyed. It is nowhere near as strong as the brown version in terms of nicotine.
Pipe Used: Basket pipe, morta and cob
PurchasedFrom: The bear shop Cardiff
Age When Smoked: New
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Dec 01, 2020 Extremely Strong None Detected Overwhelming Extra Strong
The trick to this one (and all the twists) is to shag cut it. There is definitely some fermented tobacco going on here, but any subtlety is lost amongst the overwhelming tobacco taste. Not for the faint of heart or the empty stomached.
Pipe Used: Nording Shorty
PurchasedFrom: Just for Him
Age When Smoked: 10+ years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 16, 2018 Very Strong None Detected Medium to Full Very Strong
Very strong, somewhat harsh traditional rope tobacco. It's a thick oily black twist, and trimming pieces off with a penknife is fun. Takes a light OK but you'll need a few relights. After a few of these it tends to become rather harsh and ashy.

The flavour is meaty, like smokey bacon when it's good, overdone barbecue towards the end of the bowl. There's an engine oil note here, decidedly like used engine oil... No tongue bite, the harshness is at the back of the throat and may cause hiccups. It's got nicotine in spades, although less than happy bogie owing to the steaming.

A decade in a tin didn't smooth it out at all. What you get is what you get. Good for playing at being a pirate or olde worlde miner.

Smoke it in the depths of winter, chill air may take the edge off it. The rope will survive camping trips well in your pocket, I think that's the point of it. I prefer the slightly more refined plugs, and will have my burnt meat for dinner rather than as the post prandial smoke.

Update 2023

Loaded a clay up with this as a chaser to a few too many pints at the pub, it's been a heavy week. Golly it's strong... And needs a lot of relights... And golly it doesn't half last...

Potent stuff, leathery tarry and a bit burnt rubber... Somebody must love it... Will I ever be man enough?
Pipe Used: Peterson Zulu, clays, Falcons
PurchasedFrom: Various tobacconists
Age When Smoked: New, and a tin I stashed a decade ago
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