By Bob Tate

Samuel Gawith Full Virginia Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin

I have smoked this blend in both tinned and bulk. The tobacco in the tin contains a little more moisture and that is where the differences end. I can detect no difference in flavor, aroma, or any other qualities from either the tinned or bulk. The tin aroma is a straight forward Virginia tobacco aroma. It is accompanied by that tangy Virginia smell that I find really appealing with a very slight sweetness far in the background.

I have taken a couple of flakes (Fig 1) and folded them over and fully rubbed them out into a slightly chunky mixture (Fig 2). I gravity fed the bowl and finished it off with a very light amount of pressure to pack it down. Upon the charring light I am met with the natural sweet aroma of the tobacco. I finished lighting the tobacco and settled in for a nice smoke.

The first thing that I noticed is the nice natural sweetness of the Virginias, it is very nice. At no time did the tang from the tin aroma make itself known in the taste of the tobacco. There was just that nice Virginia sweetness. There is nothing complex about this blend, but it is a great smoke. It is a straight forward tobacco blend. It has a slight naturally sweet finish that lingers for a bit. If you push it too hard, it will bite. So be careful and take your time to slowly smoke this and savor every puff.

Now make no mistake; this blend might not be complex, but it is a great pure Virginia blend. In my opinion, it is one of the best Virginia blends made. It is in my top 5 favorite tobaccos and has been since I first smoked it about 3 years ago. If you like or love Virginia blends, (I love them), this is an absolute must try. I Highly Recommend it.

Fig 1

Fig 1

Fig 2

Fig 2


Brand: Samuel Gawith
Blend: Full Virginia Flake
Description: Samuel Gawith Full Virginia Flake is for lovers of pure pressed Virginias. Created in the heart of Lakeland, the hot-pressed blended Virginias take on a delicious and distinctive dark colour that creates a pipe smokers dream, a feeling of calm, serenity and anticipation of the next pipeful. A “must have” for all Virginia lovers. Medium strength.
Country: UK
Cut: Flake
Tobaccos: Virginia
Strength: Medium to Full
Taste: Slightly sweet, straight tobacco
Room Note: Pleasant

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Samuel Gawith Full Virginia Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin

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7 Responses to “Samuel Gawith Full Virginia Flake - Pipe Tobacco Reviews”

  1. Kevin said:

    Another good one from Sam G!

    Nice review Bob. I like how you check the differences between the tin and bulk versions. How many flakes rubbed out does it take to fill the bowl?

    I have noticed that different manufacturers have different size flakes. With some flake cut tobaccos I need two flakes to fill a bowl and with others one flake fills it and I still have some left over.

  2. python said:

    As far as how many flakes does it take to fill a bowl, it depends on the pipe and the size of the flake. I would say it takes between 1 and 2 flakes on average.

  3. usa2traveller said:

    Good review, Bob. I smoke FVF regularly, and like you, it is one of my top five favorite blends. Have you tried aging it? About a year ago I put some of the bulk flakes in a Mason Jar and sealed it. In my opinion, the process has really improved the flavor. The batch I’m smoking now has been in a jar for a little over a year — it is wonderful!

  4. python said:

    Yes, I have aged it. It gets even better. I have some with almost 3 years on it and still going. It does get hard though because the longer you let it age, the longer you want to leave it to age more. It’s very difficult to open when it ages for awhile because you want to keep letting it age, lol.

  5. rehfeldttw said:

    I must agree with you all that SG FVF is truly the best!

  6. sapo59 said:

    I’ve really want to try this for a break in english, and burley blends. After reading this review I think I mat pick up a tin.

  7. cortezattic said:

    Well, I don’t know how this review slipped under my radar, but I found a link to it while browsing a thread in the forums. What you report convinces me that FVF will definitely be on the list as soon as it once again becomes available.




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