Gawith Hoggarth's Brown Flake with the addition of liquorice.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Manufactured ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2066)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Gawith Hoggarth - Brown Flake Liquorice.

I enjoy this more than I thought I would.... a lot more!

The 25 gram pouch contains three long flakes; that's about 7 smokes in one of my bigger pipes. It smells only very slightly of liquorice, nothing to imply it's a strong aromatic. Although the flakes aren't too wet, they need a touch of tenacity if you require a well rubbed blend: they're quite tough!

Usually I loath liquorice in tobaccos, it makes the smoke thick, sticky, acrid and bitter, in my opinion; this is the exact opposite. I only get an extremely mild addition of liquorice, just enough to be able to identify it but nowhere near enough to turn the smoke into false pandemonium. Although the additive makes its presence known, it doesn't do anything to compromise the tobacco tastes: the Burly and Virginia amalgamate together in quite a fair fashion to create a pleasing nutty/grassiness. This accounts for a lot more of the taste.

The nicotine amount is the same as their Brown Flake- no surprise there!

Due to the light addition of added flavours this remains bite free, no matter what.

I never in my life thought I'd give a liquorice tobacco full marks, but like the old saying goes, "there's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip"!

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Lee Van Cleef Rep'

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: GQ Tobacco's

11 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2979)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Virginias are slightly dark fruit sweet floral and earthy, with some wood and minor floral grass notes. The burleys offer some nuttiness, earth, wood, and a little chocolate as a strong supporting player. They also have a light toasty quality about them. The dark fired Malawi adds a little wood, earth, floralness, and a hit of spice. The lightly applied liquorice topping tones down the tobaccos just a little, allowing most of their inherent properties to show through. I also catch a slight essence of Lakeland. The strength and taste levels are medium. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns cool, clean, and a little slow as flakes will do with a very consistent flavor all the way through. Leaves a minimum amount of moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. Has a pleasant, slightly lingering after taste. Not quite an all day smoke.


9 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Another one oz sample, so take this review for what it's worth. Beautiful brown flakes (duh!) but with an almost overpowering licorice scent in the bag. That concerned me, as I was afraid this would be overflavored. Mixture 79 is less heavy smelling before lighting!

Not to worry. This is an aromatic, not an oversauced, waxy tasting goopy American-style job. The flavoring was extremely mild and served mostly as a light sweetener, although the taste was clearly licorice. The room note was a bit more potent, but neither taste nor room note were nearly as heavy as the bag aroma. The predominate flavor was of a rich, sweet Virginia with, as in Brown Flake, a little too much heavy boisterousness from the burley. I enjoy the regular Brown Flake from time to time but it suffers from being a bit too coarse in flavor, unlike Best Brown #2. It's best after a meal. Ditto this one. The scenting just makes it a trifle smoother and sweeter without much toning down of Brown Flake's...err... vigor! What I enjoyed most about this was that it's a tobacco blend with a slight enhancer. G&H (and Steve Books) make the finest aromatics in the world IMHO. This one is no exception. The trick is to get just the right amount of flavoring so that it works in simpatico fashion with the tobacco rather than smothering it. This one works admirably. Try it if you found Brown Flake Unscented a little too rough. This smooths it out somewhat.

8 people found this review helpful.

Blackhorse Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blackhorse (96)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I picked up some of the Brown Flake Licorice from two different vendors, Mars and P&C. They were quite different, that from P&C having a very noticeable anise pouch aroma while the one from Mars was markedly less so. Been puffing on the bag from Mars of late - and even with that lesser scented one I still get that subtle anise hit. I would classify it to be done in the same manner as the GH sweet twists...very light, just to take the edge off and sweeten the smoke slightly but not get in the way of the brown base flavor experience. To me this is a nuanced smoke...not in any way akin to the heavily scented Lakeland blends commonly thought of when the name Gawith comes to mind. I snagged some Brown Pigtail Licorice once upon a time and this Flake has much the same character. For those wanting a heavy licorice flavor...move along citizen, nothing of interest here. But for someone capable of appreciating a more gourmet approach...this is one to try. Very highly recommended for Gawith fans.

Pipe Used: MM Marcus Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh from vendor

Purchased From: P&C and Mars

Similar Blends: Brown Flake Unscented, Best Brown #2, Brown Pigtail Licorice..

6 people found this review helpful.

Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (117)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Despite being labeled as Licorice, it's not like strong black licorice in flavor. If one has come across licorice root powder, this is along the lines of what this flake is being cased with. It's subtle woody sweet that very naturally enhances the tobacco but is used a bit too much in my opinion for what it is. Licorice root has a subtle bitter aftertaste even though that doesn't come through in the smoke but too much leaves a slightly chalky or bread flour texture to the smoke. It would be better if it was additionally enhanced with a bit of anise and perhaps molasses to emphasize a familiar licorice character without being too strong. In the spectrum of Brown Flake varieties this would be one notch above Unscented followed by Best Brown #2. This is worth a try for someone who found Best brown Unscented a bit flat but found Best Brown #2 and especially the scented version too aromatic. Also, reminiscent of older dutch cavendishes but with a bit more body being comprised of virginia and fair amount of burley; Fairly mild and simple for a smoke.

Similar Blends: Brown Flake Unscented, Best Brown #2.

6 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

This is a simple, but very nice smoke. Sweet nuttiness with a touch of wood and a very mild liquorice flavoring. There is a bare hint of chocolate as well. Not terribly strong, but strong enough to satisfy. The overall flavor is pleasant. I can smoke this all day and never tire of it. Good stuff.

Medium in body and taste. Flavoring is very mild. Burn is decent, requires some relights.

Pipe Used: MM Marcus, Country Gentleman, Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

6 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I have been smoking this flake on and off for several months now. In general, I’m a fan of GH brown flakes but I have to admit that a licorice flavored tobacco wasn’t at the top of my wish list. Like most GH flakes, it arrived a bit moister than I prefer and needed some dry time. The scent offers up a very mild black licorice smell. I have smoked this fully rubbed out, but I prefer the flakes just lightly rubbed out and not packed too tightly. In the pipe, it burns cool, and the flavoring doesn’t taste artificial. The licorice offers a nice undercurrent, but doesn’t dominate the smoke. In a strict sense, due to the added licorice flavoring, I can see why this is referred to as an aromatic, however, I wouldn’t call it anymore of an aromatic than a straight Virginia with a light citrus topping. It definitely isn’t in the same category as GH’s somewhat new Brown Flake Vanilla, or Cherry Cream Flake. Without knowing for sure, my guess is there is a greater proportion of Virginia in this flake than Burley and the Virginia is of the African variety from a flavor standpoint. BFL isn’t an everyday smoke for me, but a solid addition to the extensive GH lineup.

5 people found this review helpful.

PKT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PKT (30)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Very Pleasant

This flake has become one of my go to blends when I want a change from my regular Latakia blends. It is mildly scented and flavored. Good Virginias and burley. Smokes cool and slow without any bite or excess moisture. Plenty of tobacco flavor with a mild overlay of licorice and some Lakeland essence. Consistently good throughout the bowl.

Pipe Used: Various briars with narrower bowls

Age When Smoked: Fresh to one year

Purchased From: Smoking pipes and Tobacco Pipes

3 people found this review helpful.

Pip Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pip (80)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

I have been smoking brown flake liquorice for over seven months now. There’s something about it that keeps calling me back and drawing me to it. I really enjoy this flake. Part of what took me so long to write this review is that I can’t figure out how to accurately describe it. The tin note does not smell like traditional black licorice/anise. Maybe it’s unsweetened liquorice root? To me it’s a sweet pleasant tobacco scent with a slight tang if you will. It’s also slightly spicy. Cloves perhaps? A slight peppery note as well. The traditional Lakeland topping is very muted and different than other GH offerings. No floral notes at all. When I received the tobacco, I promptly rubbed out all of the flakes and jarred it up. The moisture content is a little high and requires a little bit drying time. The smoke is very tasteful and thought provoking as you try to figure out what the topping is. I still can’t put my finger on it. The flavor is pleasant, smooth and not overwhelming with no hint of bite. The aftertaste is very pleasant. The true winner in my book. Love it.

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I'm just a little disappointed by this blend. I like liquorice a lot. The aroma from a fresh bag of BFL had me eagerly anticipating the smoke I would experience, once I dried out the tobacco enough to make it convenient to smoke. Sadly, getting rid of the excess moisture also got rid of most of the liquorice flavouring.

And two years later, I can add that the light touch of liquorice which at first disappointed, I now think a great idea. It means that I can enjoy the blend all day for days on end without fatiguing the palette.

Now, if only we can ensure a steady supply of GH blends...

Pipe Used: Falcon and various briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh and up to a year old

3 people found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (317)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Since the Brown Flake Unscented is one of my favorites, and I really enjoy the Scented/Aromatic & Vanilla versions, I had to give this a try (see my reviews for those for the underlying tobaccos). This isn't overly sweet and the Licorice, excuse me, Liquorice, is a much milder topping that I found the Vanilla. In fact, other than being a bit sweeter than the Unscented version, I can barely tell the flavoring is there.

Altogether, a lovely smoking experience that I somehow neglected to review before this.

Pipe Used: briars, cobs, and meers

2 people found this review helpful.

RonR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RonR (86)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable


Not a bad smoke. The licorice topping is very light, much more then say Blackpool or Dark Strong Kentucky. Takes quite a few lights to get going but once it is you will have a care free smoke. Can bite a bit when pushed. Puts out quite a bit of smoke if you are into that.

Decent flavor but not a blend that grabbed me in special any way.

Pipe Used: Cobs

1 person found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (338)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a blend I debated on trying for quite some time now, but every time I thought about ordering it, no one had it in stock. Finally, Smokingpipes.com alerted me via email it was back in stock.

I ordered 4 oz, just in case it was an overpowering, overcased aromatic of the American genre. I waited with anticipation for it to arrive with the other various G&H blends they shipped my way.

On arrival, the long wide flakes appeared to be uniform and even, mostly comprised of dark brown Va, with some light colored burley layered in. Just about every G&H flake I order, is a bit too moist to smoke on arrival. I would rub out a pipeful and wait 30 minutes or so to let the future bowl dry out a bit.

Pouch aroma is sweet and hay like. On a strong inhalation, only then is the faint aroma is licorice detectable. This isn't a strong anise aroma, but a diminished scent of licorice candy. Nothing sweet or cloying about this blend.

If this blend isn't dried a bit before packing, it is quite difficult to keep it lit.

To me this blend smokes fairly dry on the palate. I detect little to no licorice, just the basic Brown Flake. Can smoke astringent if puffed hard, so be careful. This blend does nothing for me, but 3 stars for quality tobacco.

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (336)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

At this point I feel I've tried enough GH&C aromatic flakes to conclude their flavor is in the bag/tin and not in the smoke. This concoction's punch was even tamer upon first whiff. Sure, it was definitely liquorice (black), but nowhere near as topped as other similar Aromatics (ie. Mixture 79), which is a bummer for this Aro fan.

Then something magical happened. The flavor actually developed in the smoke! I honestly can't think of an Aromatic that is more flavorful lit, than unlit. Mind you it wasn't a candy rollercoaster, but something really worked here, creating a robust deep profile to elevate these earthy pressed leaves. Perhaps the Lakeland sprinkles (yeah there are some present) help tie it all together.

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

JaWiBr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JaWiBr (144)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Package note Rasin, sweet ripe fruit, and lightly anise. Tobacco flakes are marbled light, medium and dark brown and fairly dense, cubes nicely and/or rubs out with a little effort. Tobacco is a little sticky, some drying out may be needed. Burns slow with relights. The strength is medium and nic is mild-medium. Flavoring is extremely mild. Taste is medium and consistent beginning to end, with notes of ripe fruit, sweet grass, toasted nuts, earth, floral, and a hint of spice. Virginias is driving with burley riding shotgun and the flavoring is napping in the back. Room note is pleasant, and aftertaste was great.

Pipe Used: Wally Frank Limited White Bar Sandblast 128

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: watchcitycigar.com

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