I’m always interested at the names that are given to some of the tobaccos that we pipe smokers buy. I guess like all marketing the name of this is supposed to give buyers a mental picture that will enhance their smoking experience and there is a little bit of the navy about this tobacco … well the British Navy rather than the US Navy … for there’s just a hint of rum about the taste.
Despite the name and despite the taste you don’t have to be a sailor to smoke this quite reasonable blend and you’ll find that it’s even quite acceptable in a room with those who may not smoke a pipe.
This is a tobacco that I found was quite easy to smoke straight from the tin without any delay for drying time. In fact you might even find that it gets a little dry in the tin so watch the moisture levels. If you’re not a big fan of Latakia then don’t let that name in the blend put you off because it’s fairly subtle and only enhances the blend rather than overwhelms it.
If you do like Latakia in your blends and then you won’t be disappointed either but just be aware that it is subtle and the Virginia tobacco is the main ingredient here. Some friends who have tried it have had problems keeping it lit but that isn’t something that I’ve experienced.
Overall I would say that this is a good smoke but certainly not spectacular so if you’re looking for something that will really hit the spot then maybe you need to look a little further. But if you’ve never tried a Latakia blend before then this one would be a good blend to start with.
Brand: Samuel Gawith
Tin Description: Choice Virginias blended with Latakia.
Country of Origin: UK
Curing Group: Air Cured
Contents: Virginia, Latakia
Packaging: 50g Tin
Flavoring: Mild to Medium
Room Note: Pleasant to Tolerable