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Samuel Gawith Hansom Flake starts with select grades of Virginia that are naturally sweet. Then, a good measure of perique is added more for sweetness and depth than spice. A special Lakeland essence is added before pressing to enhance the natural tobacco flavors, and the pressure embeds the top note deep into the leaf. The result is a blend with a mellow sweetness, smooth flavor, and a singular aroma. For something different than other Samuel Gawith blends, Samuel Gawith Hansom Flake will deliver.

BrandSamuel Gawith
Blended BySamuel Gawith
Manufactured BySamuel Gawith
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
FlavoringFloral Essences, Other / Misc
Packaging1.75 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
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Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3046)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The Virginias provide a lot of tart and tangy citrus, grass and hay, light earth, bread, wood and ripe dark fruitiness with a rather floral quality, a couple pinches of spice, light fermentation, and a minor acidic note. They are the lead components, but not by much. The potent perique offers a burst of pepper, stewed raisins, figs, dates, and plums as strong competitors to the Virginias. The floral toppings don’t really remind me of what I consider the standard Lakeland essence to be, but they do mildly sublimate the tobaccos. There's also a very mild stream of chocolate (possibly from Tonka Bean?) throughout the experience. The strength is a step past the center of mild to medium, while the taste is a couple of slots past that mark, and falls short of the medium threshold. The nic-hit is a shade less obvious than the strength level. Won’t bite or get harsh, and has a very small rough edge. The tobacco is a little moist, but not as much as many other SG products, and I saw no need to dry it. Burns cool, clean and slow with a very consistent, mildly smoothly sweet, floral and spicy flavor that translates the pleasantly, lightly lingering after taste and room note. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires a fair amount of relights. It has just enough depth and body to preclude it from being an all day smoke, though it certainly is repeatable. Three and a half stars out of four.


23 people found this review helpful.

B&D Pipes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
B&D Pipes (9)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

P&C Exclusive Samuel Gawith Hansom Flake Review

While opening, the tin note is a very mild chocolate mixed with Play-Doh. The smell is almost non-existent. The tobacco itself is typical Gawith flakes that are lightly folded to fit in the tin. The folding causes the flakes to shred a bit. I decided to use a very large bowl to get any nuance these flakes might be hiding.

Due to the natural shredding of the folded flakes, I decided to lightly rub out the tobacco instead of my beloved fold and stuff method. I only allowed the tobacco to dry for about 5 minutes because my experience with Samuel Gawith blends have shown me that the more moist the tobacco is, the more flavor it will provide.

After lighting the tobacco with my hemp rope I immediately noticed two things. First, pure sweetness. Second, floral essences. As I smoked both of these subdued a little and a bit of spice (possibly even a touch of pepper) started to shine brighter. Upon retro-hale the spice and/or pepper would completely run me over.

As the bowl progressed the sweetness, floral essences, as well as the spice/pepper all melded together. The retro-hale never knocked me down with the spice and/or pepper for the rest of the bowl and became dominated by the floral essences. That mild chocolate and Play-Doh of the original tin note started to appear in the smoke ever so slightly and merged with the sweetness, the floral essences, and spice/pepper. This melding of flavors held through the entire bowl. Very smooth from then on out.

The Virginias themselves decided to come out of hiding about half way through the bowl. Grass and a touch of hay were noticeable until the end of the bowl. But always in the very back corner of the room. I smoked this blend for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. The tobacco burned to a fine grey ash. It required a fair amount of relights (but remember it is a huge bowl). It filled my Kirsten's valve with quite a bit of liquid. So much that I was forced to empty it about half way.

The tobacco is an easy 3.5 out of 5 stars. Possibly even 4 stars. A very smooth all day smoke. Very little Vitamin N to be found here. As long as you don't expect huge flavor going in . . . you will find a very pleasant experience.

~ Barry

Pipe Used: Modified Kirsten C Churchwarden

Age When Smoked: A tin opened the day prior

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

12 people found this review helpful.

Dr.sadik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.sadik (120)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

If i want to simplify this review i would say its louisiana flake by G&H with less topping and call it a day. However you are paying more for the tin which lacks an appropriate seal any way, so unless you have extra steps to correct that weakness be prepared to jar it up. Other than that its a decent vaper with a twist. The essence is not your typical lakeland, again it is more cocoa malt bread kind of flavor which do not impact the smoke that much. Try it if you can do not remorse if you couldnt. Al janabi

Pipe Used: Briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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Similar Blends: Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Louisiana Perique Flake, G. L. Pease - Stonehenge Flake.

10 people found this review helpful.

RonR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RonR (85)
Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable


Finished a full tin of this and on my 2nd so I guess I like it! It is on the stronger side of a VaPer in both flavor and spiciness. One of the driest SG blends fresh from the tin. Maybe 5 minutes of dry time for me. Smokes down nicely with no excessive moisture. Burns to a white ash. If a strong retrohale is up your alley, you will enjoy this blend. I will add that I am not a Lakeland fan and it is barely present in this blend. If anything it is in the first 1/4 of the bowl then disappears. I am glad I did not pass trying this blend because of it. Should age well. With coupons at P&C I have been stocking up around $8 a tin.

Pipe Used: Cobs

Age When Smoked: Tin date of August/2019

6 people found this review helpful.

tulipmedia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tulipmedia (1)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is my very first review on P&T. The first observation is the apparently new packaging design utilized by Samuel Gawith. The 50g tin has a hard cardboard rectangular "cover" inside with two fingerholes which protects the tobacco. The cardboard is attached to the tin cover by four round globs of mucilage--the type of glue commonly used when you receive a new credit card. I am unclear as to purpose, but it does not seem to have created any sort of deleterious effect on the tobacco. The tin note has an unmistakable chocolate/cocoa fragrance which does not manifest when smoked. The flakes are moist (as appears typical for Gawaith blends). I let dry for some 5 minutes. Initial char was actually somewhat harsh. The true Virginia/Perique blend appeared about a third of the way into the bowl and ultimately developed into a very smooth and enjoyable smoke. Customary sweet grass and hay noted for the Virginia and a bit of peppery Perique spice , especially on the retrohale. The Lakeland Essence was not noticeable in any way. A perfectly fine tobacco and to my liking, but not a "favorite", which remains reserved for McBaren's Navy Flake and the late lamented Essex of the Owl Pipe Shop of New Haven (the latter apparently impossible to re-create). A firm 3 stars.

Pipe Used: EBocci Marrone

Age When Smoked: New TIn

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

6 people found this review helpful.

Animus Furandi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Animus Furandi (6)
Mild to Medium Strong Overwhelming Very Strong

I tried very hard to like Hansom Flake. I rubbed it out, I folded and stuffed, I chopped it into little squares. I tried it in different pipes, but I stopped short of trying it in anything even approaching fancy for fear of fouling a nice pipe. I puffed fast, I puffed slow. I never tasted chocolate, cake, Lakeland Essence, fruit, or any pleasant combination of the above. Every so often I'd be treated to an occasional whisper of a very tasty but nondescript tobacco flavor, and then it would go right back to tasting like an ashtray. There's nothing complex about its taste, it's simply foul, and there's no way to describe it other than a mostly consistent essence of cigarette smoke. Reading other reviews, I'm tempted to think I got a bad batch, or perhaps the combination of flavors just melds into something I find personally offensive. It's hard to know what to think, but I've given this ample opportunity to impress and it hasn't, to say the least.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Cobs, Casillero Bent Egg

Age When Smoked: Brand New

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

5 people found this review helpful.

Sound Dude Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sound Dude (10)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I like Lakeland's, so a new blend from Sammy G is something to get excited about. I ordered 7 tins. When they arrived, 6 out of 7 tins had "burped" and lost their seal. Probably due to haphazard packing. I quickly transfered the 6 tins to a mason jar. The tobacco was fresh and a bit moist, but not SG sopping wet. These are large flakes (like you get with Gawith bulks) folded over to fit in the tin. The flakes fall apart easily. I just folded and stuffed without any dry time. The flakes light right up and don't require any relights, or at least not many. Nice fine smooth grassy/hay taste. There's perique here, but it's not very peppery. Overall an easy-going smooth smoke. So what's missing? You have to search for the Lakeland essence. It must have been applied with a very light hand. If you're looking for a light entry into Lakelands, this could do it. If Lakelands are your thing, you'll be left wanting. Overall a nice smooth pipe I enjoyed with a tall coffee early this rainy morning.

Pipe Used: Rossi briar

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: P&C

5 people found this review helpful.

Tomcat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tomcat (221)
Medium Medium Medium Unnoticeable

My first bowl of Hansom flake was off putting to say the least . I was not all impressed with my first taste of “Lakeland essence “ . I am a big fan of SG blends but this one was like smoking a flower . I put the remaing flakes in a jar . About a month later I am smoking this again to give it another chance . I dried it out some more to see if the topping would ease up some . It has helped some as the next couple of bowls were much better . The Virginias have some baked bread and hay and citrus which is nice . The Perique is quite evident with dark fruit and a little spice. It has a bit of a nic hit also . I won’t buy it again for sure . I would however buy St. James flake again because that is what I think a Vaper should taste like! …………Edited 8/25/2021 - This is not the usual lakeland you get from Gawith Hoggarth blends that I love . I am glad this is not where my lakeland tour ended . If you don’t like this get you some Ennerdale or Brown flake aromatic!!

4 people found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (318)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

A bit unusually, this tin was on the dry side. The flakes were therefore not at their most bendable. Still, fairly easy to pack. The tobaccos were just on the mild-medium side as opposed to medium, while the added flavors also seemed mild-to-medium. The main flavor seemed to be Tonquin (but not overwhelmingly so), with dried dark fruit (from the Perique) and (unexpectedly) a hint of chocolate. Pleasant.

Pipe Used: cobs and briars

Age When Smoked: one month

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

3 people found this review helpful.

canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (337)
Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

When perusing P&C's website (before a negative experience with them ended negotiations), I was caught off guard that of all places they had some Samuel Gawith tobacco in stock, as they normally stock to less expensive blends. Finding out here it was an exclusive, later made sense. Fast forward some months and I just opened up the most unusual tin in recent history.

Inside was this curious cardboard insert, that one could use for a mask or finger puppets, but the real eye opener was the intense herbal smell. I honestly thought this was a "basil chicken rub" or similar cooking spice medley; it was something beyond anything I've dealt with in a tobacco before. Perhaps the result of a high Perique level? Regardless, this sturdy broken flake was filled with tough nerbly bits demanding a good rubbing before beginning to break apart. It was a tad moist, so consider some drying time.

Upon ignition, I was knocked back a bit by it's strength. That Perique ratcheted up the Virginia beyond simple nutty hay, into a lair of hairy chested blokes. A Lakeland beam then broke through the herbal cloud concoction, to shed some of their Lakeland essence (in other words: soap). To be clear on my flavor rating, it's likely there is a light/medium amount added, but the potency of the aroma (even if caused by natural elements) was just intense.

I really enjoyed the unique experience of this one, but ultimately was more than I was willing to chew, still preferring their Grousemoor when yearning for the taste of soap. The room fills up with a Peppery Floral scent to the 'delight' of others.

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3 people found this review helpful.

DanP Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DanP (1)
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Smooth, very tasty. Would not stay lit. Set pipe down for a few hours, came back and it burned all the way to the bottom. Would recommend to someone new to flake

2 people found this review helpful.

LiterarySmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LiterarySmoker (143)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I was feeling a craving for a few VaPers and burleys, and wanting to smoke down some jars so I have somewhere to put new tins I decided to review this. There are quite a few Samuel Gawith blends I'd like to try, but availability is hit or miss here in the states. I got this one off an exclusive deal from pipesandcigars and thought it was my lucky day. I have to say when I first opened the tin it was pretty unassuming and I remember being unsure of what I thought of it in general, so I did the time aged practice of jarring it and waiting till something changes.

When you first open you tin, which I really like the size of, you will see a rather thick cardboard insert, after you remove that the tobacco is packed pretty tightly in a long broken up flake. It wasn't too wet when I got it and it rubbed out easily enough. The tin note is bready, chocolaty, nutty, raisiny, and sweet. This does smell delicious with age, sort of like a fine box of chocolates. It is easy to light, and it keeps its light pretty well.

Now this has a lot of varying tastes. When you first light up the Virginia shines through and gives a wonderful bready smoke, there may be some sort of chocolate topping because it does come through not enough to cover the other tobaccos but it is there. There is another topping on this and it is floral, but it is much less than the chocolate that I'm detecting. The perique is tasty, and I can taste its dark fruit and spice.

The taste here is probably a medium, it doesn't coat your mouth but it is and average sort of mouth-feel. The strength here is nothing too crazy either, I give it a medium too. This is an easy going blend that could easily be an all day smoke. I can taste all the tobaccos and the toppings add a pleasant uplift. If this is my first taste, I can't wait to find more Samuel Gawith to try in the future.

Pipe Used: Peterson Aran 107

Age When Smoked: 1 year

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2 people found this review helpful.

Cherry picker 1779 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cherry picker 1779 (52)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Tin note is very pleasant. Chocolate like notes with some almost fruity notes melding into a fine Molasses like aroma.

Flavor and strength is close let to medium than light. Mostly fine Virginia notes can be picked up if you close your eyes and focus. Flowery notes indeed go well with the Virginia. A very light hand of perique may be here. A few things going on when you focus, but it’s non complex really, however it’s pleasant and very enjoyable.

Indeed different than most Gawith offerings. Much dryer, stays lit better, and little bite after it mellows in a jar for a month or so.

Taking everything into account, I like this blend. Something about it draws me to it. I think I will recommend this blend. But smoke slowly, and don’t over expect.

Edit 3/10/2021

Time out of the tin has done this a lot of mellowing on the bite. I reach for this more often than I expected I ever would. I am getting very round and creamy smokes now. It’s really is a nice smoke and it’s different than what is usually packed into my pipes. I will definitely buy more.

2 people found this review helpful.

Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (221)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

When this was released, I quickly ordered 10 tins, as I enjoy both Va/Per.’s and Lakeland blends. What arrived was quite good, but not exactly what I was expecting. Hansom Flake is a tasty Virginia/Perique Flake with a very mild baking cocoa topping. I don’t get any of the floral Lakeland essence that was promised, at best it smells like it was briefly stored in the same room as something like Grousemoor. I do enjoy this and I’ll keep the rest of my tins, but I won’t be buying anymore, unless it ages in an unexpected way.

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

Obigohs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Obigohs (1)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Note, was opened and left in tin with a terrible seal. Dried to dust consistency when rubbed. Then jarred long after opening with a Bovida pack, restored moisture to a point where it was actually smokeable. Even after rehydration still very dry feeling. Jar note not that different from original tin note, except very chocolaty. Folded and stuffed, not that the flakes can be folded. Starts with Lakeland notes, but these do not last long. Virginia lend a grassiness. Spiciness from Perique readily apparent. Over course of bowl, chocolate flavor becomes more apparent and perique diminishes. Beginning is harsh and requires many relights, but flavor really melds half way through bowl. Would buy again just to remind myself how it behaved straight out of tin. Recall it being a lot moister, but flavor not too different. Not a bad tobacco, but strange physical properties. Borderline not a recommendation.

Pipe Used: Rattray’s White Goddess

Age When Smoked: 1 year

1 person found this review helpful.

JaWiBr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JaWiBr (558)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin was tightly sealed. upon opening, I was greeted with notes of mildly pungent, strong hay, and sour fruit. Tobacco was haphazardly stuffed into the tin making the marbled tan, brown and dark brown flake stick together in a giant clump. Tobacco is on the dry side for SG and rubbed out with a little effort. No drying needed. Burns slow with a few extra relights. The strength is mild to medium and nic is mild to medium. Flavoring is very mild, with notes floral/Lakeland that disappears almost instantly. Others have noted chocolate or Tonquin bean, but I never detected any. Taste is mild to medium and consistent, with notes of hay, earth, floral, moderately spicy, bitter woody, spiced Rasin bread, stewed plums, a tangy lemon background note, and a peppery retro. Virginias is leading with perique supporting. Flavoring made a half-assed attempt to show but left the party early. Room note is pleasant to tolerable, and aftertaste is great.

Pipe Used: Wally Frank Limited White Bar Sandblast 128

Age When Smoked: fresh

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DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (148)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

I wonder if this is supposed to be a flake version of Cabbie's mixture, as the name seems to suggest? It's a Va/Per, all right, but, to my taste, it's spoiled by the 'floral essences', which I thought very obtrusive. It comes rather moist in the tin, too; I found it difficult to keep alight, and it burned rather hot. It may improve with some age on it, of course. If you like heavily cased Lakeland flakes (Ennerdale; Grasmere) you'll like this; if you don't, you won't.

I like Cabbie's Mixture a lot; I wasn't wild about this. YMMV. But if you want a Va/Per now that Escudo is no longer available in the UK, you can't do much better than St James Flake IMO

Pipe Used: Dr Plumb billiard

Age When Smoked: Fresh fromthe shop

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BigGoy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigGoy (9)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

This one grew on me. Straight out of the tin got very little flavor. After 6 months in a jar it was a different tobacco. Burned extremely well. Very nice flakes with a few sugar crystals. Not overly wet. Floral notes with a little spice and a definite but occasional chocolate essence. Very nice and easy smoking tobacco. Not a flavor bomb but not boring either. A pleasant smoke.

Pipe Used: Savinelli 804

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

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Novaki Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Novaki (41)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This is probably one of the most "out there" blends in my current rotation. Super interesting and complex but also somehow kinda one note? But that singular flavor is very intriguing and deepens throughout the bowl. You've got this weird combination of standard Virginia + Floral/Herbal + Chocolate + Vanilla/Tonka bean + Perique pepperiness??? What a weird but strangely satisfying blend. I love the raw, old-world production style. This is my first SG blend (due to availability) and now I'm hooked. Comes fairly dry, but this seems to help it pack, smoke, and behave really well. This probably won't be in my constant rotation, but I enjoy the novelty this smoke provides. Highly recommended!

Pipe Used: MM Cobs, Peterson - Donegal Rocky (106)

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: P&C

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