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Do we reallly need another review of this excellent tobacco?I say yes, because previous reviews are misleading.
The flakes are delightfully moist and any attempt to dry them would be immoral.Dry or damp, aged or not, this tobacco always delivers a pure, mildly dark fruit sweet, very earthy Virginia taste with a touch of pepper/spice, wood, a little citrus and grass. Well, frankly, THIS: This is an old-school tobacco in the purest sense. If they were an attractive woman, I would ply them with alcohol and try to get them in to bed. This advice about all Sam Gawith offerings is so important, it's not even funny, but still kinda is. Though no sugar crystals seem to be on fresh flakes, it is obvious in so many ways that this has been aged quite a bit before being sent out. A word about smoking high quality Virginia flakes: keep at it, even if you have several so-so smokes in a row. Once you figure them out, you will reach the promised land. A depth of flavor hard to find, even for a class Virginia, FVF is a long-time staple. Upon opening the tin I have to marvel at the aroma.It does mellow with age (which is typical of straight Virginias), but not enough to lose the mild pepper/spice note. Burns slow, no matter the moisture content, with a very consistent cool, clean flavor, and a minor rough edge or two. One type of quality leaf, handled and prepared with care and love, by an old-school company using, by and large, old-school methods. Tin note: fermented Virginia glory, a wet field in the Fall with year-old, mostly-rotted away manure on it. A 50 gram tin of Sam Gawith tobacco contains around 25 grams of moisture, but, like a beautiful woman who lies to me just to build up my ego, I'm totally ok with it. Its very flavorful smell of fruits like raisins and plums.Put down whatever you're doing instead, and just smoke. And you'll savor the creamy richness that is the hallmark of a moist tobacco such as this.It is a proper example of how long a tobacco should burn, which is a long time for FVF!And for those upset about "quality control" when broken flakes are found in their tins (I fail to grasp the import) a 500g box is a thing of beauty to open.
The box is specifically designed to hold flakes, there must be a million flakes in a 500g box, and (in my box at least) every flake was perfect and intact, all neatly aligned, row upon row, of delicious fragrant flakes. Fermentation is very present to me with this tobacco. It smells like a typical grassy Virginia in the tin, but the stoving keeps the aroma subtle. This is a wonderful tobacco that is very straight forward.
Just open a tin, rub out the delicate flakes, pack your pipe, and relax. I like this stuff a lot, and I now recognize that it is a very important component of SMM, and that blends without a proper Virginia component do not appeal to me. Add Latakia for it's wonderful smokiness, & Orientals for some complexity and viola: Perfection in a tin!
Easier said than done perhaps, but we are closing in.
So flavorful was this tobacco that it's reception in England was overwhelming. Like Mother's comfort food, Samuel Gawith's FVF satisfies us because it is simple, and simply, good.
Demand skyrocketed from a little known or used product to a popular pastime. You don't have to put this brand in a cellar for 20 years to enjoy it, or search the far corners of the earth to find it, or pay dearly to buy it.
Won't bite or get harsh, though Superman puffing might get you a harsh note. For those of you complaining that the size and shape and thickness of the flakes are uneven: quit it. Some of the machinery Sam Gawith uses is actually protected by the UK government as historical artifacts. And unlike most of the fine blenders that were once in the British Isles, they haven't sold out to tobacco company eating monsters from Denmark. A pleasant, mutli-dimensional, rich, Virginia experience. It reminds me of my grandmothers hand made farm jelly. The flakes are a little large for the pipe I smoke them in, so I usually shred a full flake by hand and allow it to dry in the open air for about 15-20 minutes.