I’ve heard of aged tobacco, but 200 years old is really getting up there. Ok, the tobacco isn’t really that old, but Samuel Gawith’s Commonwealth Mixture is a Bicentenarian – meaning this pipe tobacco blend has been around for 200 years. I’m not surprised it’s lasted that long as it is one of the best pipe tobaccos I have ever tasted. SG Commonwealth Mixture was recommended to me by PipesMagazine.com member John Gioannetti, aka "mate". I think I will take all of his recommendations from now on.
I was already anticipating something good when seeing the tin saying, "Full Strength Mixture", and I wasn’t let down.
Upon opening the tin, you see and smell a dark, smoky mixture. The tobacco in my tin was rather moist, but I just filled up a bowl and lit it up.
Even though it seemed too moist, I had no trouble lighting and keeping lit.
There is definitely a hickory aroma pre-light, and in the room note.
Laura’s son Miguel was visiting and he said it smells like hickory and like it would go good with a steak. (Not a bad compliment from a non-smoker in the room.)
I thought the SG Commonwealth had a great full-bodied taste without being too strong to knock you over. The smoky hickory flavor stayed throughout as well as an underlying sweetness that reminded me of a dried fruit mixture I have – "a sweet, tart, and tangy medley of fruit flavors" (tart apples and tasty apricots) along with the hickory – in a word – "Delicious". The tin doesn’t tell you what’s in this, but the taste combinations make sense after you check the SG website to find out it "is a full-strength blend of 50% heavily steamed Virginia and 50% Cyprus Latakia. There you go. Samuel Gawith Commonwealth Full Strength Mixture delivered a taste combination of smokiness (the Latakia) and a sweet, tart and tangy medley (the steamed Virginia). Something else I like about Commonwealth is that it provides the same smoky sweetness in all forms – the tin aroma, pre-light taste, room note, and the flavor while you smoke it.
I highly recommend the Samuel Gawith’s Commonwealth. Don’t be alarmed by the "Full Strength Mixture" tagline. I thought I would need to save this for after a big meal, which I did, but now that it is the morning after, I am ready to light it up again before breakfast or even having coffee.
|A look inside the tin reveals the moisture.
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|Here’s an extreme close up of the SG Commonwealth Mixture. Click for larger image.
Brand: Samuel Gawith
Tin Description: None, but the website says – For the dedicated smoker who demands a fuller flavour to their tobacco. Commonwealth, another Samuel Gawith Bi-Centenarian, is a full-strength blend of 50% heavily steamed Virginia and 50% Cyprus Latakia.
Country of Origin: UK
Curing Group: Air Cured
Contents: Latakia, Virginia
Packaging: 50g Tin
Strength: Medium to Full
Taste: Medium to Full
Room Note: Tolerable
Recommendation: Highly Recommended