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

2.23 / 4
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 17, 2016 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Extra Strong
I am a big fan of strong tobacco. This was pretty lousy. I don't really understand the 'burnt steak' metaphor others have used. It just had a poor flavor and an evil smell, like burning rubber... I love a lot of the G&H offerings, but not this one. I bought a pretty large bag of it and I'll probably compost it. Avoid.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 20, 2016 Extremely Strong Extremely Mild Overwhelming Overwhelming
So i tried the rope from gawith and hogarth tonight. It is vomitus rubbish. I have never been so thoroughly repulsed by tobacco in my life.

Its rank flavor still lingers on my hands. Its only use could be as a cruel initiation, or some sick joke.

All true lovers of tobacco must avoid this soul shattering statment of hatred for mankind.

I have been used, and made the plaything of some malevolent force. That STILL laughs at my well meaning curiousity...as i cry myself to sleep.

Update: 4-23-16

I really don't understand how any traditional pipe smoker can give this a good review. I think this happens from over analyzation, and exposure. We smoke so many types and read so many opinions that the lines between good and bad become blurred. We forget that there is some real garbage out there and we dont have try to interpret it as good, simply because its expensive or has a lot of nic.

If you smoke cow manure long enough you'll start to form some opinions about better and worse varieties. But why subject yourself to it?

I love strong blends, and I love acquiring a new taste. But this stuff really is JUNK.

UPDATE: 5-9-22

This stuff is still just as bad as the first time I ever tried it. I gave myself a few years. Thinking maybe my palate had changed. But this stuff still has a terrible greasy smoked flavor. It really does taste like barbecue gone wrong. Like if someone took a piece of rubber tire tread, dipped it in bacon grease and attempted to cook it on the grill. That is the flavor not the smell. The strength of the nicotine hit doesn't really matter. This is terrible. Most seasoned pipe smokers I believe, will ultimately conclude that there is something wrong with this tobacco. Spoilage, chemical contamination, ext, ect.
Pipe Used: Cob
PurchasedFrom: P&c
Age When Smoked: New
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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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