By Bob Tate

Samuel Gawith Fire Dance Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin

I have smoked this blend from the tin and in bulk. The tin aroma and taste is a little bit stronger in the tin compared to the bulk. I would attribute this to the tins being vacuumed sealed soon after the tobacco is placed into it. The bulk is minimally different and is a very good smoke as well. The moisture in the tin is also higher than in the bulk and may require a bit of drying time before smoking.

The tin aroma is very pleasing with the blackberries being the predominate smell, followed by the brandy and the vanilla sitting way in the background. I love the smell of this tobacco!

For this review I have cut the flakes into small squares and fully rubbed it out and gravity filled the bowl. Upon the charring light, I am greeted by the sweet and slightly fruity smell of the tobacco. After the charring light, I fully light the pipe to settle into a relaxing smoke. The room note is very pleasant and it is one of the tobaccos that my wife actually enjoys being around when I smoke it. She is very picky about the room note of my tobaccos, so if she likes it, I’m sure almost anyone will!

The taste of the tobacco is very nice. As with the tin aroma, the blackberries are the predominate flavor and then the brandy. I don’t really detect any vanilla in the taste. I’m not sure if it is because it is used sparingly or if they blended it so well that the flavors intermingle very well with each other. The flavors sit on a very nice Virginia tobacco that offers its own sweetness and doesn’t get completely lost in the flavoring. As with most Virginia tobaccos, you have to respect it because if it is pushed too hard it will bite.

The finish is very nice with a slight sweetness and the tobacco burns into a nice light gray powdery ash. This is a high quality aromatic, not one of those all Cavendish blends that seem to have syrup poured on them. It leaves no goopy residue or mess behind in your pipe. However, it does leave behind a bit of a ghost. I would recommend trying it in a cob or clay first before smoking it in a briar.

According to most people I know who have smoked this blend, it seems to be a love it or hate it tobacco. But in my opinion, if you are a fan of aromatics or even someone who just likes the occasional change of pace aromatic, I recommend that you give Fire Dance Flake a try at least once. I love it and Highly Recommend it!

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Brand: Samuel Gawith
Blend: Fire Dance Flake
Description: Developed with one of the U.S.A.’s lady smokers, Fire Dance is Our Best Brown 6″ Flake subtly flavoured with a combination of Blackberry, Brandy and Vanilla. The smoke is a mild, cool experience with the Blackberry the predominant flavour, the Brandy in the background and rounded off with the Vanilla.
A mild and fruity smoke with the strength of Best Brown and a very pleasing room aroma.
Country: UK
Cut: Flake
Tobaccos: Virginia
Strength: Mild-Medium
Taste: Sweet, Slightly Fruity, Blackberry, Brandy
Room Note: Pleasant

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6 Responses to “Samuel Gawith Fire Dance Flake - Pipe Tobacco Reviews”

  1. Kevin said:

    Great review Bob, and nice pictures too. I enjoyed reading your descriptions and it was very informative with the notes about the slight differences between bulk and tinned versions, and that your wife likes the room note.

    I am looking forward to reading more of your reviews.

  2. jaxz said:

    Excellant review Bob! I’ve still got a tin of this resting in the cellar waiting for the right time to crack open. I may need to light this up sooner rather than later.

    I’m not a terribly huge fan of Aromatics, but SG is among my fav blenders and this tobacco sounds freak’n delicious.

  3. python said:

  4. cortezattic said:

    Wow. I don’t know how this review slipped under my radar, but thanks for linking to it from the forum threads. While I don’t smoke aro’s, I do occasionally get a taste for something fruity, and I usually just satisfy myself with some red and stoved red Va’s. But here’s something I think I might try because it seems the Va taste will come through the flavoring.

  5. buster said:

    I picked up a tin of this today. The store owner recommended it. I was shopping for M/B vanilla flake and they did not have it. After I got home and found the review said for, ” America’s Lady smokers” I was a little offended! LOL Kind of like when a Brit told my friend he seemed like a Shandy drinker. He did not know it was an insult until he got home. LOL Since I am a new pipe smoker I’m going to give it a go tonight and see what it is all about. Even if it may not be my cup of tea its fun to try new things and try the tobacco shops in my area.

  6. buster said:

    Thanks for the review by the way. After the initial powerful berry scent upon opening the tin. I was a little put off to tell you the truth. I went on line and saw some mixed reviews that made me wonder more about what I just spent 14 bones on. It was quite moist so I lightly rubbed some out and placed it on a plate to dry over night it turned out. After giving it a try today I thought it was a pretty decent smoke and the flavors were not as overpowering as I had thought they would be! Not my favorite but, not some thing I will shy away from.



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