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Gawith Hoggarth Twist & Plug


Gawith Hoggarth Tobaccos

Tobaccos here: Black Irish Twist Brown Irish Twist Dark Plug

Please note the following before you dig in: Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. LTD has been in existence for well over 100 years and is currently run by a third generation of Gawith. In the 19th Century and early 20th century their main products were nasal snuff and chewing tobacco, both for the northern coal mines, but as sales of these products declined the company built up its pipe tobacco business.

Currently, the name Gawith Hoggarth is well known to be the manufacturer and supplier of a wide range of quality pipe tobaccos, ranging from the traditional, all the way to tobaccos that integrate modern blending and manufacturing concepts.

 
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Name: Black Irish Twist
Form: Twist (Rope)
Strength: 9
Photo: Available
GH Comment: All our twist tobacco varieties are manufacured by the same spinning process using dark fired wrapper leaves. The filler is again, predominantly dark fired leaf with the addition of a small percentage of dark air cured Indian leaf. They are therefore strong tobaccos. Black Twist, because the cooking process removes some of the stronger tar and nicotine elements, provides a milder smoke than the brown twist.
My Comment: This is a gorgeous looking twist: Jet black in color and very shiny. It comes in a ver compact form, which makes it easy to slice as fine and as even as you wish; it is easy to rub out, pack and light. It burns SO slowly and evenly. The taste is a bit medicinal during the first few puffs, and then all the charming tonalities start to come through and go on like this till the very last shred of tobacco. The taste is an interesting combination of nuttiness, oiliness and sweetness. It is an excellent 100% natural VA smoke, with no harshness whatsoever. It's full-bodied without being to taxting on the tonge, throat, head or stomach. A true treat!

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Name: Brown Irish Twist
Form: Twist (Rope)
Strength: 9-10
Photo: Available
GH Comment: Same as Black Twist but "the brown form... comes straight from the spinning machine, (sliced brown u/s) [instead of undergoing] a further process of cooling under pressure to turn it into black tobacco.
My Comment: This was the last of the GH tobaccos I tried, and boy, was it a happy ending! It's a truly delicious, full-bodied, pure VA smoke. First of all, it looks GREAT, as you can see, though I had to cut it before smoking! It feels moist in the hand, but after 10 minutes in the open air, it was ready to go into the bowl. The biggest surprise was the strength; I thought it would knock me unconscious. It didn't. Instead, it was so smooth throughout, with no harshness. Having said that, it is not a tobacco you can smoke on an empty stomach or any time of the day. The taste is an intriguing mixture of salty, sweet, sour, and bitter; at certain times it tastes a bit like metal, which I like (maybe I smoke the nail that keeps it in place!)! It burns SO slowly and regularly. While it is supposed to be the same as "Sliced Brown", I find it to be only similar. If you like such tobaccos, this could be an absolute winner.

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Name: Dark Plug
Form: Plug (Bar)
Strength: 9
Photo: Available
GH Comment: As Dark flake u/s but, from the cake, the tobacco is cut into bars.
A very strong, but very cool smoke is the result of combining in equal proportions only Malawi Dark Fired Leaf and Indian dark air-cured leaf. No additional flavours. You can smell in this tobacco the Smokey flavour of the dark fired leaf derived from its curing process of being hung above smoky fires, and the sweeter, yet still strong 'cigar type' flavour of the dark-air-cured Indian leaf.
My Comment: This is definitely a sinister-looking tobacco! The blend is the same as Dark Flake; however, I find it to be a bit less sweet and a bit more spicy. Like Dark Flake, it could be a bit taxing on the stomach, at least when the latter is not really full! Gradually the natural sweetness of the leaf used comes through and is very gratifying, without overwhelming the spiciness of the blend. I find the taste to be quite intriguing. As with plugs in general, the advantage over flakes is that you can control how thin/thick the flakes are and hence, the way the tobacco burns and to some degree tastes.

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