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


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!

I took a few of the flakes and fully rubbed them out into nice, fluffy ribbons. After rubbing the flakes out, the aroma is pretty much the same, but it is more intense. There is also a very noticeable Virginia tobacco aroma now that makes it smell even more amazing. The moisture level is perfect for smoking right away with no drying time needed. After I spent some time drooling over the aroma of the unburned tobacco, I loaded up my pipe and proceeded to the charring light.

On the charring light:
Flavor: There is a nice tobacco flavor with hints of chocolate and a very light Lakeland flavor. I do not taste any smoky flavor from the Latakia, but there is a deep, rich body to the smoke.
Aroma: I smell tobacco, chocolate, and hint of the Lakeland aroma. I do not smell any of the typical Latakia aromas in the smoke. It smells very pleasant.

I finished lighting the pipe and settled in for a nice relaxing smoke that I knew I was going to enjoy immensely.

At the start of the smoke, I taste the chocolate flavor and also a light Lakeland flavor. The Lakeland flavor is not very strong and it compliments the chocolate very nicely. I can also taste the tobacco under the chocolate and Lakeland flavors. It is a nice, sweet, tobacco flavor that is the backbone to this blend. There is a very, very light smokiness that sits very far in the background, but there is quite a bit of body to the smoke. There are nice volumes of smoke and the smoke seems to fill and coat my mouth with the flavors. There is also a bit of sweetness to this blend. The sweetness is not overpowering and is at just the right level.

Around the 3/4 point, I detected a very light BBQ flavor. It only lasted a second and was gone before I really knew what it was. I actually sat there for a minute wondering if I had imagined it. Other than that, the flavor profile is still the same.

At the mid-bowl point, the cocoa flavor has become more pronounced than the chocolate flavor. What I mean by this is that the flavor has changed from a sweeter type of chocolate flavor to the deep, rich, and darker cocoa flavor.

As the bowl progressed after the mid-bowl point, the flavors of the chocolate, cocoa, and Lakeland began to fade out more and more as it got closer to the end. As those flavors faded, the tobacco flavor was becoming more pronounced. This continued until the end of the bowl.

Bob’s Chocolate Flake is a great blend and I love it! It smokes slow, cool, and dry. I have a feeling that this blend could bite if it is smoked too aggressively. This blend is really nice and actually taste pretty much the way that it smells in the tin. If you do not normally like the Lakeland blends, I would still suggest giving this blend a try because the Lakeland essence is applied pretty lightly in my opinion. I never tasted any of the vanilla flavor that is in the description, but that is fine with me. It still tasted great from start to finish.

The room note is pleasant and doesn’t have the typical Latakia room note, so that is a plus if you are smoking around people who find the aroma of Latakia unpleasant. If you are looking for a good chocolate blend I strongly suggest giving this blend a try.
I Highly Recommend it!

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Brand: Gawith, Hoggarth, & Co.
Blend: Bob’s Chocolate Flake
Description: Virginias, Latakia, and Burley tobaccos with hints of Chocolate, Cocoa, and Vanilla.
Country: UK
Cut: Flake
Tobaccos: Virginia, Latakia, Burley
Strength: Medium
Taste: Tobacco, Sweetness, Chocolate, Cocoa, Lakeland Essence
Room Note: Pleasant

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