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Gawith, Hoggarth, & Co. Bob’s Chocolate Flake - Pipe Tobacco Review

    June 30th, 2011


By Bob Tate

Gawith, Hoggarth, & Co. Bob's Chocolate Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin

The tobacco that I smoked for this review is from a 500g bulk box. I have also smoked this blend in the tinned version and it tastes and smells exactly the same. The only difference is that the flakes are much longer in the bulk version than it is in the tinned version. I didn’t measure the flakes, but I would say that the flakes are about 6 inches long in bulk version and about 3 inches long in the tinned version.

The tin aroma smells of Latakia, chocolate, and cocoa with a hint of the Lakeland essence. The Latakia aroma is light and subdued. The chocolate and cocoa aromas are also light, but they do stand out. The Lakeland essence is about as strong as the chocolate and cocoa aromas. There is a difference in the chocolate and cocoa aromas. The chocolate reminds me of chocolate while the cocoa reminds me of a richer, darker type of chocolate aroma like the kind that you would get from cocoa powder that you use for baking. I don’t detect any vanilla in the tin aroma. The tin aroma is simply amazing and I love it!
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Sir Walter Raleigh Regular - Pipe Tobacco Review

    June 21st, 2011


By Bob Tate

Sir Walter Raleigh Pipe Tobacco PouchThe pouch aroma of this blend is a rich and tangy straight tobacco aroma. There are no other aromas present that I am detecting. It actually smells a lot like cigarette tobacco. The moisture content is a tad bit on the dry side and is perfect for smoking right away. This blend is pretty much cubed cut and packs fairly easily. I loaded up my pipe and proceeded to the charring light.

On the charring light:
Flavor: A pretty bland tobacco flavor with not much going on. It does not taste like any type of pipe tobacco that I have ever tasted.
Aroma: The aroma is OK. My wife says that it reminds her of the old time pipe tobacco aroma.

I finished lighting the pipe and settled in for the smoke.
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Pipes or Tobacco – What’s Your Passion?

    June 16th, 2011


By Bob Tate

tobacco-or-pipesPipes and Tobacco. Tobacco and Pipes. You can’t really have one without the other to enjoy all of the pleasures that pipe smoking has to offer. There are some exceptions when it comes to pipes though, as I know of people who don’t really smoke their pipes and just buy them for the art that they are and the collect-ability factor. There is nothing wrong with this, but I don’t consider these people as pipe smokers, I consider them pure collectors.

Pipes are wonderful and I enjoy them immensely. I love looking at them and, like most of you I presume, some of them just call out to me. Some of them are pure works of art that demand attention and respect for the carvers’ abilities. But for as much as I enjoy pipes, I can’t say that they are my passion.

Although I enjoy looking at them, buying them, and smoking them, I never get really passionate or obsessed with them. I don’t pour myself over the pipe inspecting the grain, the stem, the symmetry, and other things that the people who are really passionate about the actual pipes do. I more or less look at the pipe as a whole and the overall look and feel of the pipe. If I like it, I like it. If I don’t, I don’t.
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Erinmore Mixture - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    June 10th, 2011


By Bob Tate

Erinmore Mixture Pipe Tobacco Tin

This is a recent and current Orlik produced tin.

The tin aroma is sweet tobacco with a fruity type essence. It smells familiar, but I can not place it. It kind of reminds me of a tropical fruitiness. The moisture level is a bit on the moist side. I recommend some drying time before smoking. I loaded up the pipe and proceeded to the charring light.

On the charring light:
Flavor: Tobacco flavor with quite a bit of sweetness to it. There is also an indistinguishable, fruity like flavor that I can not place. I also picked up on a little bit of sharpness on my palate from the Virginia tobaccos.
Aroma: A sweet tobacco aroma with some hints of the fruity like flavoring.
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