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Manufactured by spinning tobacco dark fired leaves into a rope.

Black Bogie, cooked longer than Brown Bogie which makes it milder with a smoky aroma, is a true old fashioned stout smoke, perfect, with a good strength more suited for the experienced pipe smoker.

Notes: From GH Catalogue "Traditional full-bodied tobacco, hand-spun into rope form. Can be enjoyed either as a chewing tobacco or pared with a knife for the pipe. A full flavoured, cool smoke. Pressed and cooked dark fired Virginia twist. c15mm diameter

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
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Very Strong, Extremely Strong
None Detected, Extremely Mild
Full, Very Full
Room Note
Unnoticeable, Tolerable
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Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (139)
Very Strong None Detected Full Unnoticeable

I am sure I had reviewed this before but seems to have disappeared into the ether. Oh well, time to review it again.

I purchased this a few years ago not long after I took up the vows of the Brotherhood of Briar, only to throw it out after a few smokes. It tasted of badly cooked steak and I almost could not help retching. However, after recently getting into ropes in a big way, I decided to try another 25g pouch of this, just to see if I could get accustomed to it.

The rope itself, a peculiar black colour, slices quite easily and packs relatively well. It is a little damp so some drying is in order, but not a great deal. The taste has rolled back from its previous greasy spoon steak to something a little mellower, it's still got something meaty to it, some may call it umami, but its quite enjoyable. It also begins to vary and take its foot off the pedal by occasionally developing something else that I can't put my finger on, it might be something hay like or grassy, and I hesitate to say sweet but there might be little tinges of it. Very pleasant. Strength is a factor, I find it strong even though I have got used to Grandfather N after a string of plugs and ropes so be careful with this.

In summary, it's a very good little tobacco, if not for the fainted hearted. It is certainly not one to be smoked all the time, not yet for me anyway, but I am working on it. My advice to anyone wanting to try this one, though, is to give it a few years, and spend the time getting into some of the stronger flakes (Irish Flake or Filmore) before moving onto plugs (such as 3Ps, JackKnife Plug and Dark Plug) and then the brown ropes (Brown/Happy Bogie and Curly Cut Deluxe). Then, and only then, are you likely to be in anyway ready to smoke this stuff, even then I would suggest a sample or, at most, 25g. As things stand, this is something I am happy to keep in stock and smoke a few times a week, dipping into it as and when I please. Part of me does wonder if they should have called this stuff the 'Key to Ascension', because I wonder if, when you can finally smoke this stuff day in day out, you will have arrived as a pipe smoker and will have the keys to ascend to heaven.

Pipe Used: MM Short Stop

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: MySmokingShop

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1963)
Extremely Strong Extremely Mild Very Full Tolerable

Gawith Hoggarth - Black Bogie (unscented).

It's quite an attractive looking rope, I think: slightly squared (like a box-pressed cigar), jet black and shiny. Due to the shine I was ready for sopping wet coins once sliced, yet they manage to smoke without lots of drying time being a requisite.

The current description of 'a true, old fashioned, stout smoke' couldn't be any more correct! I quite like it, but I can see how many folks could find it too much: it becomes a bit acrid if it's not puffed with patience, which may turn a lot of people off. Providing a gentle technique is used though, I get a pleasant enough fire-cured, smokiness from it, with a slight liquorice flavour. It burns good, and that doesn't necessitate that the rope be sliced and fully rubbed out; slice coins and give them just a gentle ruffle. Something that I'm not impressed by is the aftertaste: it tends to linger for a long time.

For nicotine, the one term that sits well is 'heavy-weight', boy, oh boy, it's strong! The room-note's not a high point: tolerable.

Objectively speaking this scores full marks, but subjectively it's too much for me. With that in mind, I think three is a fair result.


Pipe Used: Peterson System Deluxe #3s

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: My Smoking Shop

1 person found this review helpful.