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There are other houses that offer similar products, but their trademark characteristic just doesn't appeal to me as much. It's perfect and balanced in every way, with a slight intensification of sweetness and hay aroma as it smokes down.
Not a blend that has overstated or exaggerated qualities. I hadn't ordered it with this purpose in mind, but this blend is quite suited to activity in the unbearable heat of the summers around here: sunny sandy beaches, boating, and that sort of thing.
In fact, I'm constantly staring at the stuff, digging my nose into it at work while I dry it. I think I'll go out back now and have some! Golden to light brown shag in the tin. Smells like hay and tobacco. Loads easy and lights easy enough. Smoke is very much a higher tones of va. I would say it's hay, citrus, tangy, slightly sweet, and not very deep or rich. It's a good flavor but a bit monochromatic and can bite. I might have to try this again another time in a different setting and pipe just to give it another shot.
For now, probably wouldn't purchase for my cellar. As you open the tin your nose is invase by a perfume of fresh green tea, honey and freshenes. As for every gawith, you should wait ten minutes before smoke it, just to let the tobacco dry up. After that simple operation, the tobacco gives you every sensation you'd expected.
It's fresh and teaish, it's very pleasant to smoke in the summer and autumn. I basically devour the tin in two weeks. There's no big nicotine kick and it remains moist for a long time. One of my favorites. Golden indeed, it is deeply yellow in hue almost turmeric-tinted!
The smell in the tin is fruity and reminds me of ripened muscat grape but subtle. GG is lightweighted in every department if compared to FVF or even BBF, none the less it is equally surprising for the quality of the leaves as usual with Gawith. Honest "everyplace" round smoot taste, cool and well burning smoke.
I could quite well live smoking only this. I took up pipe smoking after a 20 year break and admittedly still have a lot to discover. This is the fourth or fifth tin in some years, and while I perfectly remember the ribbons in the past, this one has got real broken flakes.
And it is also quite smokable without drying. Much better. Taste and strength have both increased in these last years, in my opinion, and the blend is now quite different and better for those who love straight virginia. An interesting smoke, giving its best at the middle of the bow. Quite sweet room notes, and a powerful quantity of nicotine.
It used to be a mild to medium strength, but now it is certainly a medium, or more. Overall, excellent for VA lovers, and 3 solid stars also for the fact it does not need drying anymore, and it can be smoked right out of the box. I don't know about that, more a chunky ribbon cut to my mind. That somewhat misleading description aside, the consistency and cut is first class and the overall brightness presents itself in a most attractive manner to my eye.
The moisture level is fairly high as one might expect from this top curator of fine tobacco. I actually like to snip it with scissors across the grain, unorthodox I know, but this then releases it into small chunks which soon dry to a nicely usable texture.
Pack it lightly, tamp it gently and fire it up. Oh my. Top quality Va personified. Sweet, yet tangy. Grassy and fresh. And yet somehow mature, with a little yeastiness, of the kind you might taste in sour-dough bread. It unravels with a marvellous forgiveness with even greedy puffing, which is frankly hard to resist, you just keep wanting that taste and savour.
It may be a bit tiresome if you don't have anything else to smoke, but it is a pleasant smoke every now and then -as every other virginias for me. It burns better than other Gawith's tobaccos I've tried, and it's tasty, but it might lack strenght, at least for me. I find this to be another fine tobacco from SG. It really would be a good all day smoke for many.
It lights and stays lit well, burns down to a nice ash at the bottom of the bowl. Very little prep for this basically stuff and puff with this fine blend from SG. Highly recommended. A great all-day virginia. High quality leafs. Cool, delightful, ambrosial aroma: grass, citrus, light honey.
Medium strenght. Easy to burn. Perfect in the summer. Obviously many will find this one mild in every way compared to similar products but I don't. Infact I like this one much better. For now it meets all my expectations from a VA. Highly recommended if you're not a "strong" pal who seeks "strength" in everything.
A fine virginia flake. Mild but very nice to smoke. My 'everyday out-and-about' tobacco. My first experience with this tobacco was not a positive one. It burned like a furnace and left me with a smarting tongue and sore mouth with little reward in terms of flavour. No matter how I prepared the weed the results were the same. Not good. A year later and I decided to give it another try, but this time prior to opening my new tin I baked it in the oven for 5 hours at 90 degrees celsius.
Now we're talking. The harsh edges have been smoothed out and I am left with an absolutely delicious tobacco. Tasty and complex. The bowl begins with oodles of sweet, tangy Virginia goodness and becomes toastier and fuller as one progresses. Things really hit their stride at the halfway mark and by the time I reach the bottom nicotine levels have become sufficient to put a smile on my face. True, the flavour is not as forthright as Full Virginia Flake less 'bass' but it is certainly not lacking.
I have a well aged tin of FVF on the go at the moment and I find this blend equally satisfying, just slightly less upfront about things. It benefits from some drying time and requires and deserves to be smoked slowly and delicately to reveal what it has to offer. A definite winner for me in its baked form and I'm very glad I decided to give it another chance. Two thumbs up! I will tell you now the room note is ugly but taste is great. I like to puff and this will burn your pipe before it burns you so watch out.
This is what it is, broken Vrigina flake no more no less blond in nature. A little wet in the tin a little hot in the pipe even when dry so watch out,other than that it's great. Yes theres a hay smell but not in taste. Its one dimensional in taste but complex. I will add that the new tin I have smells like tea. Not the usual Gawith.
It's pleasantly mild, but I'm going low on the rating because it's just a wee bit boring. I puffed and puffed trying to get more flavor. There are some milder Virginias I do like, but they have delicate, subtle flavors rather than I almost said no flavor, but that's not true. It's nice, but one could do better. Not sure why I was so hard on this. Finally got some more, and it's very nice.
When I reviewed it before, I was smoking a lot of SG, and it was cheap and readily availiable, and this may have seemed the weakest of the ones I tried back then, but even if it still comes across fairly mild to me, I like it.
To me, this is the ultimate morning smoke. It's not quite a middleweight but it's no lightweight either - something closer to a welterweight. Beautiful tobacco. Like the guy below said "toasty" and with a natural sweetness that is sure to put a smile on your face.
Can anyone see the sense in trying to stimulate spending while raising taxes at the same time? Aptly named, the bright VAs in the tin are reminiscent of a gorgeous, morning sunrise. GG is a delightful, smooth, toasty and subtly sweet smoke.
On the lighter side, it is a great morning smoke or before retiring in the evening. Relights are infrequent as GG has excellent burning qualities. This could now be my favorite lighter VA blend. This is a must try smoke for all pipesters! I use in rotation with Marlin Flake and the two go together like strawberries and cream, albeit one at a time. The tobacco is on the moist side and can bite if not dried out.
I haven't aged this but I am sure it would age very well indeed. This is a good Virginia tobacco in bright golden broken flake cut, naturally sweet, mild with some floral note, easy to pack and smoke, bite is minimal for a Virginia tobacco, inexpensive and can improve with age. I keep 2 pounds in sealed jar for aging. Compare it to Mac Baren Virginia No. But what it may lack in strength, it more than makes up for in flavor. This is one of my favorite VA blends, a light smoke, especially in the nicotine department.
Upon inspection, the medium to light brown tobacco looks to have been stripped of stems. The sample I bought was moist, but not sopping or oily. Just enough to be flexible, supple. Preparing to fill, I dry it using the oven method 60 seconds in a pre-heated oven, degrees. Normal packing works well for me. The light semi sweet taste is so nice with a cup of sweetened Joe in the morning. The blend remains constant down to the last crumb and leaves a white fluffy ash.
Only clue it's the end of the bowl is when it's hard to relight. Speaking of which, I required a couple re-lights mainly due to a lack of attention to tamping requires a little more so than most. I've yet to get any bite from this blend, even when puffing like a loaded freight train. Still the same fine smoke as when first reviewed. KEY: Dry it just shy of crispy, I use the microwave for small batches 20 seconds on high spread on a paper towel.
VA's are like a Colibri butane lighter, persnickety to say the least. They favor certain pipes, require the right humidity, and can burn when worked too hard. Many VA's are in my cupboard, this one gets the most attention. These are nicely prepared flakes but as advertised, most in my tin had been separated which I don't prefer.
The golden VAs were also moister than I like from the tin and I had to adjust my packing technique on subsequent bowls. Even with drying numerous relights were needed. The taste was creamy and sweet and a cool, dry smoke without any bite resulted. I found this too mild for my normal tastes although the strength might be OK as the hot weather arrives.
If you want to freak out, read all the reviews here on this tobacco. You will see that they do not match in taste, color, cut or degree of humidity. I'm going to add to that confusion my own review. The tobacco comes very pressed and the type of cut that I got is a mix between ribbon and shag, not a broken flake. Perhaps the tin has suffered a lot, but a lot! Taste of slightly sweet and citric hay, straw, bread, grass It burns well without leaving moisture and the room note is pleasant.
As some other reviewer says, a good summer smoke. Of course, if you like virginias with more intensity of flavor, this may not be your cup of tea. Among the best tobaccos I ever smoked. It is hard to add some review, to write something it hasn't been written yet. If you are into plain virginias, this will be YOUR tobacco. A beautiful golden broken flake, thick pieces very easy to rub out if you want, and very appealing. I get from the tobacco in the tin hay notes, sweet citrus fruity notes, brown sugar, and some earthiness.
Once lit I get the typical flavors of a bright Virginia, but for sure a very natural tobacco. The flavors I can detect are hay, earthiness, slight fruitiness raisings and prune , citric lemony but not in excess. It produces a thick velvety smoke with constant consistent flavor, not very complex but with little variations.
For example reaching the half of the bowl I detect fresh warm bread flavor, and some light piquancy. The room note is typical of Virginias, tolerable, but I love the beard note. Excellent natural Virginia! I got the best experiences smoking it in corn Cobs.
I'm a big straight virginia smoker and one of the reasons for that is Golden Glow. A beautiful golden virginia blend, the packing is easy, it stays lit without too much hustle. It's a SG so it needs some proper drying time, I would give it an hour or so. If you do that however and dont smoke it fast it won't bite you.
The notes are more on the honey, white bread, sweet side, and less from the fruity notes of Full Virginia Flake like tobaccos. When paired with some mellow coffee or white wine, it is one of the greatest straight virginias out there in my opinion.
My video review on it:. While I very much liked Full Virginia Flake, I took into consideration the possibility that I may not find it in stock once I'm out, so I started to look for an alternative in such an event. I didn't have to look outside the SG range and came across Golden Glow.
As usual with a Gawith blend, it comes very moist in the tin. For the first smoke, it required about one hour of drying time before starting to pack. As the name suggests, the Virginias inside the tin are bright and golden, unlike the darker, brown colors prevalent in FVF. The cut is almost a mix between broken flake and ribbon.
The tin note has that unmistakable Virginia smell: grassy, hay-like, a bit stronger and a bit fresher than FVF. Mechanically, there are no problems with this one once it's at the proper moisture content. Packs nicely, may take a while to get it lit and under control. Once that's done, it smokes very well all the way to the bottom, with no bite, heat or moisture. However, there are a few notable differences.
Since the tobacco is flue cured, it's milder in strength, but not too diminished in the flavor. It's sweeter, fruitier on the citrus side and that grassy flavor is more of a freshly mowed grass than the decaying, fermenting grass that you get from FVF.
When you have a milder straight Virginia, the blender may be tempted to add a bit of casing or topping, but SG knows what it's doing and didn't think of tampering the true taste, which is commendable. In the big picture, this one is more fruitier than grassier and also sweeter. It's also very even; the taste is maintained from start to finish.
The fact that it can be an all-day smoke gets a big vote from me. Even though it's milder, it can still bring quite a tasty, savory experience to the table and that's more than I require from this blend. If I ever come to the situation in which I'm unable to find FVF, then I would certainly and gladly choose this one as a fitting replacement. Probably one of the finest straight virginias out there. No bite and just tasty and absolutely excellent. Grassy, natural and sweet. Not as much depth as best brown but good in a different no nonsense tobacco type way.
Bit on the milder side but no a worry for me. I love it. This is all bright leaf in the tin. It rubbed out easily and took a little while to dry out enough to load. I get very mild flavor here. Nothing to get overly excited about and not complex. What you get with the first few puffs is all you get. To be honest, I grew bored with it by mid bowl and found myself wishing I had loaded something else.
On the plus side it did not get harsh, bitter, or cigarette like although the room note was rather similar to that. I do wonder if it would make for a good roll your own but I did not try that. I can see no reason to repeat this one. Nothing bad about it just not as complex as I like and the nic is very very mild in this one. It is broken flake, but close to ribbon to be honest. A bright Virginia An all day smoke of the highest quality. Don't look for complexity here, for that is not its goal.
It is meant to be a quality simple Virginia for those who want that. I smoke it a lot, actually. Its a good morning smoke, clean with a natural sweetness and even a tad of spice. All of these tobaccos use bright or lemon virginia I believe. Are not stoved or pressed. Or very little anyway. All pipe tobacco gets some pressing. It came moist even in the g pack which is not vacuum sealed. So it needs drying. How much depends on your taste and you can only learn from experience… Many times even when I thought I got it right with drying, it was actually not enough and it often needed relighting and smoked a little wet.
Moreover when not dried properly it did not smoke evenly, so draw was not consistent. With one draw I got plumes of smoke and with another just a smallish volume. I found this to be a hindrance to my enjoying Golden Glow. So be forewarned, as with most Samuel Gawith tobaccos, it needs some preparation. Smell out of the pouch is grassy and citrucy with some hay-like earthy tones.
It has a green grassy taste with hay-like tones enveloped in a mild honeyed Virginia sweetness but sometimes it tastes a little raw though never sharp. It is a smooth smoke and tastes very natural! So natural that I think I can taste the chlorophyll. The intensity of the flavor is mild to medium and in some puffs you might be wondering where the flavor is but towards the end it does taste better with some earthy nuances complementing or even taking the place of grassiness.
Mild to medium in strength but it does have a nicotine level which is above its strength, at least medium I would say. Do not expect a cornucopia of flavors, this is a mild tobacco with a very natural but rather straightforward and uncomplicated taste. It can have its moments, maybe under sunny weather with a glass of iced tea, as others have suggested, when something light and unobtrusive is needed.
Dry it sufficiently and it becomes an intoxicating sweet Virginia. Surely I have to upgrade to four stars. Nose in tin is ample bread, yeast, sweetness and a hint of gingerbread. As always with Samuel Gawith, the tobacco in tin is soaking wet and needs a considerable drying time. The cut is a loose, fluffy Broken Flake, not necessary to rub out. After lighting this tobacco it seems light, mellow, soft and creamy. The further you smoke, the stronger this blend becomes and a spicy flavour shows up, never causing a Virginia-bite, though.
I can pick up aromas of straw, hay, earth, some traces of honey and toffee. No complexity. And there is some unnecessary casing that I cannot specify; might be something fruity among others. There is also a generous sweetness around. Nicotine level is medium. James flake. Now to GG; the tobacco has wonderful undertones, is relatively meaty for such a golden VA, and is wholly satisfying. I have had little trouble keeping it lit and I also don't mind the seemingly extra moistness of the flake.
I can leave it out a little while before I smoke it, so it doesn't bother me. A nice, uncomplicated.. This is an interesting blend. The tin scent is not sweet, raisin-y, or vinegar-y as the typical medium virginias I enjoy; it is more plum-y. The smoke can be a bit acrid and sharp but not every bowl, and not all the way through a bowl typically so it was not bothersome to me.
What was most bothersome to me was that it is a little on the bland side, and a little too hay-ish for my taste. In the nose it is much less bland, I sense a decent amount of nicotine and a bit of plum and very little sweetness. Once you get this baby smoking cool you can taste a hint of sweetness, but just a hint.
This tobacco is not too sweet by anyone's standards. Overall I prefer my medium virginias to be a bit sweeter and fruitier, and if I want a similar experience I would prefer smoke dorchester, which I personally prefer to this blend by a good margin. Nonetheless this is good tobacco, and I would certainly be very happy with it if I didn't have so very many other medium virginia blends that I personally prefer at my disposal.
The broke flake packs and lights right, with a regular burning pace. For me this blend is too bland and too flat in taste with a total lack of the nuances that the opening of the tin seems to promise to my nose. And for those on mild smokes or looking for milder smokes in summer time, I think there are better options out there. As Sir Walter Smiley said below, maybe it could be a good blending stuff, mixing with other blends tha give it the taste it lacks. For my personal taste GG is a 1 star blend, but as its packing, lighting, burning performances are ok and its room note is good, I give it 2 thinking on social smokers.
If FVF has a little brother, I think this may be him. Side by side there is definitely a family resemblance in aroma - that distinct fragrance that reminds me of bananas - just more subtle in this one. Upon opening mine was a tad on the moist side but not terribly so. A couple of twists in the grinder my usual treatment for flake and then set out on paper for a few minutes and it was just about right.
In a big Wellington the delicious soft smoke nicely accompanied two mugs of afternoon coffee. The flavor is not as strong and mighty as FVF, but is a fine and enjoyable Virginia in its own right with a refined silky sweetness. I keep my baccy in glass jars on a shelf in my study and this one has an added benefit: the color of the twisty flakes is bright gold and contrasts nicely with the other, darker blends - so it is a treat for they eyes as well!
During this past period it seems that I have started to become more and more interested on Virginia tobaccos. Of course, many of my friends and colleagues are not so thrilled about the idea, as they prefer aromatic tobaccos I do everything so that I am allowed to smoke in the office. I want to thank, very much, Paris from Patra, for this deep blond, sweet Virginia, that is sliced into thick broken flakes, does not overheat nor causes any tongue bite, but is quite wet when you first open the tin, and needs to go by a drying process.
The aroma of dried fruits and raisins is immediately evident once you crack the tin open and it remains there until the end of the bowl, not with the same intensity of course but definitely present. Mediocre nicotine content.
I was thrilled by the color of the tin. Update: November 28th, It is impossible for me to smoke it right away. It undoubtedly needs sufficient drying. Update: August 20th, A very important observation I made: it lights up very difficulty. I really like this. A gentle puff brings out the subtle flavors in the blend. I tried it out a while back, left it, and now I find myself reaching for it often.
The room note is just great, and sometimes I leave the pipe burning, go outside and then return just to get that "Wow! That smells great! Is that a bit sad? As if I care. Update- I notice that I have started to compare other flakes to this one. I suspect that I'm going to settle on this as my staple smoke.
I think that it must just suit my tastes. Golden Glow is a lighter clone of FVF. It is a pure, natural virginia of the highest quality. I prefer smoking it indoors where I can more enjoy its fine flavour. One could smoke golden glow over the weekdays while keeping FVF for Sundays. To my taste, however, it is a bit too gentle and will rather stick to the FVF even during the week.
Quality tobacco, as every Samuel Gawith product. A thoroughly enjoyable Virginia tobacco with very clean taste and nose. Tin note is fabulous but the tobacco needs some significant drying until its just pliable. I find it really does smoke coolest of you just role up some of the broken sheets and just stuff the role into your pipe. Break up the tobacco on top or add some finer pieces and light away.
It does seem to need a few more relights initially this way, but the coolness is worth it. If you let it dry till brittle and rub it out real fine, it burns without so many relights and stays reasonably cool. Smoked cool by sipping - and bearing with the occasional relight - the flavors and nose are absolutely captivating albeit a bit light. Bite is not a problem this way either. I prefer the last half of the bowl when my pipe has really found its groove and the flavor and nose have deepened a bit more.
By the time I finished the tin, I did notice a floral or soapy scent which I hadn't noticed before. Not too wild about that. An excellent, high quality tobacco that I enjoyed trying. I'll probably get this again sometime, but its not high up on my must have list at this time. I am pretty much a fan of all SG blends, this one included. Yet, I was disappointed when I finally got a tin of Golden Glow.
I found it a bit too bland compared to BBF and In fact, it improves when a bit of is added. What comes to mind is the words of General George Washington in his letter to the Continental Congress of "If you can't send money, send tobacco"; the man clearly understood the reward value that tobacco offers as an incentive - in the absence of hard cash! As always, it's an SG tobacco - so moisture is high and the smoke benefits from some advanced drying.
SGs don't stock-pile tobaccos at Canal Head, they blend and manufacture day-in, day-out, and usually to precise export order demands. Hence, the product will always be fresh and moist as a consequence. This came a little too moist in the tin, but a day of drying fixed it up. I like to pull good sized pieces off of the broken flakes, fold them over and just stuff them.
First few lights are tough, but once it's lit, it stays lit for most of the bowl. In the tin, it looks beautiful. First impression is that it smells a lot like raisins. Thankfully, that doesn't translate into the smoke. This is one I puff sloooooowly. Barely a wisp of smoke escapes my lips with each puff, but I find I get the most flavor that way. It is a delicate taste; grassy and citrusy at the same time. Not complex in any way. Consistent throughout the bowl. Coffee is too much for it.
Red wine - forget it. Bourbon killed it completely. Only thing I can drink with this is tea with honey or lemon. My wife says this one smells "OK". I heard and read much about this tobacco, finally I bought a tin of it. Never smoked this kind of cut, it is unusual for the continent, especially for Austria where I live.
Smells good, tin is full of pleasant flavour, rub it a bit, smell is as good as before, maybe a little too wet, but will see. My good old bulldog will do - nice stuffing, nice start, some relights but no problems so far. Smell like expected, bit grassy flavour but okay. As said by others a good morning pipe or maybe during the day without any hammer nicotine.
No big difference in taste although I took quite a bunch of GG. Like it looking forward to some more. Yum, Yum, Yum!! Another excellent tobacco from SG. The tin note is of white raisins. You want to eat this stuff, the tin note is that good. The taste is similar to Best Brown Flake The room note is pleasant for a non-aromatic. A truly delightful smoke. Virginia tobacco's by all who smoke needs to be puffed lightly, and slowly. I normally smoke all my tobacco's lightly and slowly and still have had no luck with Virginia's, until Sam Gawith's Golden Glow.
It is a mild and flavorful Virginia. So, after a year and half of smoking a pipe I now have a Virginia that is truly a marvelous tobacco to smoke. I am not sure why the other reviewers say it is too mild???? I guess I am just a wimp because I don't enjoy tongue bit or heavy nicotine blasts.
I am looking for something I enjoy that's flavorful and still mild in a "Virginia" and Golden Glow certainly fills the bill. The only other Virginia that I tried and enjoyed was Dan's Hamborer Veermaster which is a little sweeter and possibly a little stronger. Both however are enjoyable and still straight Virginia's. If you are having difficulty getting into Virginia's try Golden Glow it will be a pleasant enjoyable experience and smoke.
Highly recommended! To me this tobacco is a well mannered broken flake with no bite and no detected flavoring. It is tasty in its own right but I mixed it with GLP Filmore and discovered a very interesting smoke with a little added zest. This is high quality stuff from S.
A typical English natural virginia blend. The tobacco has little fine sugarcristals on it. A very good natural tobacco taste. The tobacco is a little moist. This tobacco will improve with aging. The first time i lit it up, I thought it was flavored with tomatoes. A weird feeling, but it was really interesting. This tomato flavor faded in a couple of weeks, leaving just the natural, grassy VA smell and taste.
A simple tobacco, rather mild and very easy going. Nice room note, easy to pack, stays lit perfectly. Seemed a little bit boring to me, though. It may be a bit lighter but they areat least fraternal twins. It comes as broken flakes with parts fully rubbed. I found little , or no topping and for me, it's a natural virginia deserving of it's moniker. Light in nicotine this blend will find it's place in my regimen early in the morning and also throughout the day in hotter weather. Golden Glow is a good representative of the light Virginia genre.
I had high expectations when I ordered this mixture in hopes that it would not be flavored like Grousemoor. Now, I like Grousemoor and have a glowing review posted for it. However, it is such a distinct and powerful blend that anything remotely flavored like it will end up having the smoker me thinking - "Yeah, more re-packaged Grousemoor,,,,, Sighhhhhhh".
Well this VA flake does have just a hint of the Lakeland floral essence the first few puffs but does come into its own about mid-bowl. At that point, the classic creamy VA tang comes to the front with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and honey. Toppings perhaps? Perhaps not - and that is what I consider the mark of a well done VA.
Kendal Cream Flake would love to be this blend, but it isn't, being too wet, strong and hard to keep lit. The tobacco taste and aromas of classic creamy VAs dominate eventually and even remind me vaguely of Christmas Cheer once in a puff - the standard by which I hold all VA flakes.
Tin aroma? A light VA classic smell with the faint hallmark of the lakeland tobaccos which I have grown to love - newbies - don't run from the lakeland taste, keep at it and you'll be rewarded. This blend still says "broken flake" but my tin was completely ready-rubbed which I now prefer in this particular blend, it work better here than a flake or broken flake which my last tin of this was.
It smokes great!! All in all, this blend is just fine with the very very faint Grousemoor essence, apparently used to endorse this as a signature Lakeland mix. VA flakes are common. However, there are many of those on the market already and Sam Gawith chose to capitalize I think on their uniqueness rather than follow the crowd.
Given that very observation, I must forego the 2 star rating I was going to give and give it 4 stars, as I am a fan of some SG offerings - for what they are. A dependable flavorful smoke that doesn't bite and is daring enough to follow it's own flavor ideas. Perfect dryness right out of the tin and rubbed perfectly for smoking - no tedious prep time like some of my other favorite flake VAs,.
VA, SG, and mild aromatic fans who appreciate natural toppings that are neither goopy nor sweet, here's another one to try. Or those who like unflavored VAs,, the essence is so faint you may not detect it in your tin and can treat this as an unflavored VA. Either way it's a winner.
Give Golden Glow a try. Broken flakes were slightly dry in the hands. Smelled fresh with a hint of floral sweetness. When smoking it had a mild to moderate grassy sweetness with a hint of floral note. It burned very cool and was not harsh at all, even when puffing quickly it didn't burn or bite. The nicotine hit was moderate but not overbearing, but noticeable. The aftertaste was slightly sweet and almost citrusy. The room note was pleasantly mild and not very earthy.
It was delicious mild virginia that didn't taste earthy or chemically. It didn't burn hot and left the bowl dry at the bottom. Practicalities here not taste notes. Like many others, this comes far too moist in the tin, and only a very experienced and very slow smoker would even use it that way. IMO this needs plenty of drying out to give of its best; there needs to be some degree of 'crunch' noticeable when you press it between finger and thumb, or you will have a hotter smoke with unsmokeable wet dottle for the last half inch.
For all that, this is excellent stuff! A very high quality broken flake with some ribbon present, which for me needs no more rubbing out at all. Lights very easily and stays lit - a very user-friendly tobacco. For more detailed quotation welcome to contact us.
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