Until now, my Gawith experience has been limited to Best Brown, Chocolate Flake, Rum Flake, Sam's Flake, Dark Birds-eye, Burley and Bright and Broken Scotch Cake. I don't think there's much, if any, Lakeland essence in these blends. At least, I can't smell or taste them. Sam's Flake is a little different from the others because of the Tonquin bean flavoring - but still not soapy/floral. I've been curious about Lakeland essence for a while, and understand there a lot of people that really like and apparently just as many who do not. So, I bought a tin of Grousemoor to give it a try. My son is also participating in this experiment. The tin note is soap, flowers and bubble gum, all at once (uh-oh). Upon lighting the tobacco, I taste bubble gum up front with floral in the background and tobacco, of course. As I got deeper in the bowl, the sweetness is still there, floral in the background, but the tobacco shines through it. I don't hate this tobacco, actually find it interesting in a good way. My son's analysis - It's weird, but not gross. Don't throw it away. So, there we are.
Post by terrapinflyer on Apr 5, 2021 21:51:10 GMT -5
I like a lot of Lakeland stuff, scented and un-. I never get soap. Various floral scents, absolutely. I have yet to discover a "soapy" or uniform "Lakeland essence." And I smoke GH or SG stuff almost daily. The combination and type and intensity of additives varies widely. Some of these tobaccos I really love and a few that have turned me off completely.
Maybe I'm not using the right kind of soap? Ha ha.
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I’m just glad you didn’t hate it as it was my suggestion for you to try it Pete Silver. Having said that, I am a man of my word and had a full list of my other tobaccos standing by to trade. If you decide to venture further into the SG world, do give St. James Flake, Squadron Leader and Full Virginia Flake a try.
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At one time I had no idea what a Lakelands was. There were a couple of SG's I liked but had not really tried many. Thought for a long time that Lakelands meant some kind of aromatic. But that's not right at all. Having now smoked a number of them, I find them to have slight floral scents not at all like aromatics. I enjoy some but not all.
If you guys like Grousemoor, you should try Cannon Plug. I would also suggest Revor Plug, but alas it is no more...grouse.
another one to add to my list then. For the first time in a long time, I'm get recommendations that I can actually try.
Cannon will smell up the room with perfume, but the smoke isn't near as bad as the smell. I had a bowl Monday and thoroughly enjoyed it, and I'm a straight VA guy. I have a friend that orders plugs of Cannon and Grousemoor from Synjeco every year.
You should all try and get your hands on some Gawith Hoggarth Bosn Cut Plug. Now that's a tobacco with some 'soapy'ness to it. Make sure you use a pipe you don't mind having ghosted....this stuff sticks around like anything with Deer Tongue in it!
From Gawith Hoggarth: "With only slightly over 50% (54%) flue-cured virginias from Brazil, Zimbabwe and Malawi and 31% dark fired leaf this is a fairly strong smoke. The addition of some sweeter sun cured leaf from Malawi and the rich cigar type notes from the dark air cured Indian grade help to sound off the blend. The special Virginia casings complement the top notes derived from the addition of sharper flavours including oil of cloves and rose geranium."