James Foster & Kevin Godbee
Rumors have run rampant in forums and social media all week about the merger of Samuel Gawith and Gawith Hoggarth. Now they are confirmed. PipesMagazine.com exchanged email and spoke on the phone to Bob Gregory, the Managing Director of Samuel Gawith.

The official release states:

After months of deliberation and negotiation I am pleased to advise that the House of Samuel Gawith and Gawith Hoggarth will merge on March 18th.

The men and machinery of SG will move to the larger and more adequate factory of GH. The men will be the same as will the machinery. The brand will be made in exactly the same way as it has been since 1792 with no change to blend, water or branding.

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I’m always interested at the names that are given to some of the tobaccos that we pipe smokers buy. I guess like all marketing the name of this is supposed to give buyers a mental picture that will enhance their smoking experience and there is a little bit of the navy about this tobacco … well the British Navy rather than the US Navy … for there’s just a hint of rum about the taste.

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