By Bob Tate
This tin that I am smoking from is at least three years old. The date that I put on it when it arrived says August of 2006. There is quite a bit of sugar crystallization on the flakes, look at the pictures below and you can see it (Fig. 1 & 2).
The tin aroma is amazing! There is a sweet but strong tobacco smell that I find very pleasing and mouth watering. This tin has been open for quite awhile and the moisture content is pretty dry right now. I do remember how it was when I first opened the tin and the moisture was almost perfect for smoking then. It might have needed a little drying time, but not much.
I took a couple of flakes (Fig. 1) and lightly rubbed them out (Fig. 3) and gravity filled the pipe. I then proceeded with the charring light. Upon the charring light, I was greeted by a pleasant taste and aroma of a slightly sweet straight forward tobacco. The description says that this blend was treated with a “light flavouring”, but so far I am not detecting any at all. I settled back for the smoke to see what unfolds.
At the beginning of the smoke, there was a very nice taste and aroma of sweet tobacco. A few minutes into the smoke I started picking up on the light flavoring that is in the description. I do not know what the flavoring is, but it is very light and compliments the blend very well. It tastes very good and is invoking memories of when I first smoked this blend. I remember how much I really liked it then and I really like it now. I am wondering why I never bought more of this blend. But that sometimes happens to us eclectic pipers. We smoke so many different blends and our tastes change so frequently, that we sometimes forget how much we enjoy a blend until we smoke it again.
This is a very good blend and I love it! The taste is very consistent and it smoked cool and never even came close to biting me. The flavoring is very, very light. It seems to me that they used it more to compliment the tobacco than to actually add a flavor to it. Once again I must say that I have no idea what flavoring it is, it just enhanced the natural sweetness of the tobacco. This is another great blend by Samuel Gawith and every time that I smoke one of their blends, I am reminded why they are one of my favorite blenders and a lot of their blends are in my rotation and are in my favorites.
I Highly Recommend this blend!
Brand: Samuel Gawith
Blend: Sam’s Flake (The Kendal Mayor’s Collection)
Description from their website: The 2nd in our Mayors Collection. Sam’s Flake is a combination of Flue-cured Virginias and Turkish leaf which after blending is pressed in the hot oven, cut and then treated to a light flavouring which adds another flavour dimension to the tobacco. Good smoke and room-aroma with a medium strength.
Cure: Flue Cured
Tobaccos: Virginia, Turkish
Packaging: Tin & Bulk
Taste: Slightly Sweet, Tobacco
Room Note: Pleasant to Tolerable