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This is a twist made from the same ingredients as the Black and Brown Irish X. It has additional rum flavoring added during manufacture. Again, this is a very strong tobacco as it does not undergo the pressure cooking process.

Sweet Rum Twist - The main feature of this tobacco is the addition of maple sugars blended with rum to the 'filter' leaf. This is then spun into a rope form before being made into a roll which is cold-pressed overnight

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Manufactured ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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beaupipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beaupipe (102)
Extremely Strong Very Mild Extra Full Tolerable to Strong

I'm a big fan of the twists and ropes put out by both of the Gawiths. Rum Twist is a favorite among a slew of favorites. It combines the robust qualities of this style of tobacco product—loads of dark flavors, abundant nicotine, cigarish overtones—with a very light rum topping. This stuff never fails to satisfy.

It's worth pointing out that if you're looking for a rum-topped aromatic, this is probably not a stellar choice. It is first and foremost a big, brawny twist and calling it “Sweet” probably amuses the heck out of the blenders at G&H. The rum is almost incidental and the flavor rarely makes it past the half-bowl point for me. I've been known to sprinkle in a little rum-flavored bulk tobacco on occasion both to lighten the twist and up the aromatic content.

The only potential negative I can think of to Rum Twist is the challenges it presents in getting it ready to smoke. A sharp knife is essential, as is ample drying time. I like to dry my twists to point of crispy because I find that if they're not sufficiently dry, they provide steamy, bitter smokes.

Yummy stuff.

15 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3048)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

The rope is moist and pliable and easily cut into coins, bits and/or shreds if you prefer. The dark fired and dark air cured tobaccos are boldly earthy, with a deep tangy dark fruitiness, wood, some tart and tangy citrus, and minor grass, spice, cigar, floral and acidic notes. The rum topping has a sweetly deep character, and though it may sublimate the power of the tobaccos a little, there's plenty of their intrinsic strength for your taste buds. Everything works well together in this product. The strength and nic-hit are in the center of medium to strong, while the taste is full. It requires a little dry time, but no matter how you prepare it (unless you dry it to a crisp, which I do not recommend), it burns slow cool and clean with a very consistent, mildly complex and sweet with a bold flavor from start to finish. No harsh or dull spots, and no bite. It leaves some moisture in the bowl, and only leaves dottle for a wet smoker. If you leave it fairly moist, you will need to stir up the tobacco a time or two. Needs some relights. The after taste pleasantly lingers a little, and the room note is potent. Not an all day smoke.


9 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Very Strong Medium Very Full Tolerable

I was very interested in trying this tobacco. It seemed so historic in the way it was processed, etc. Well, sometimes progress is a good thing.

Trimming the rope and rubbing-out the tobacco was easy. Packing was easy. Lighting was not bad.

The flavor, however, was too strong and one-dimensional. No spice, no VA sweetness, a hint of rum-casing. It sort of reminded me of a so-so Maduro cigar. Or for those of you who have smoked the inexpensive dry-cure cigars (Toscano, Pedroni, etc.), similar to that. It has its place, but not in my pipe.

The smell was fairly strong too. Definately more like a cigar and not like a pipe.

Really big nicotine hit. Downright unpleasant. And I'm a guy who can chew tobacco.

So while I was happy to try this, it does not work for me. You should still try it for kicks. You might like it.

9 people found this review helpful.

PipesterJim Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipesterJim (47)
Very Strong Medium to Strong Full Tolerable to Strong

Firstly, a brief disquisition on the various types of twists and ropes. I know this has been done elsewhere by others, but it probably bears repeating as guidance for those who are just discovering these tobaccos.

In the parlance of GH&Co, rope tobaccos fall into three categories. Firstly there are the Irish Twists, which are available in both black and brown, with various aromatic options. These are somewhat less than 1 inch in diameter. Next we have the Bogies. Again, these come in a range of different options but are differentiated from the Irish Twists by their diameter, which is less - maybe between one half and three quarters of an inch. Thus, although the same tobaccos are used, I find there is a subtle yet noticeable difference in flavour between, say, GH&Co Brown Irish Twist and GH&Co Brown Bogie. This is because the difference in diameter means a difference in the ratio between 'wrapper' and 'filler', just like in the cigar world. Finally, there are the pigtails. These are the thinnest of all and are primarily meant for chewing. Apparently you can smoke them too, but I've never tried.

So, that covers the GH&Co side of things. As far as SG is concerned, SG Brown Rope is the same size as GH&Co Irish Twist, and their Black XX is more akin to a GH&Co Bogie. SG also make pigtails, and again, I've never tried them. Clear? Good.

So, with all that out of the way I should point out that the Sweet Rum Twist that I have in front of me is actually a Bogie.

Have you smoked Rum Flake? Have you smoked Brown Bogie? If you answered 'yes' to both those questions then you already know exactly what this tobacco tastes like.

Personally, Brown Irish Twist is my favourite brown variety of rope, whilst Black XX is my favourite black variety. Nevertheless, I find this blend makes a nice diversion, and the flavouring works well enough.

It's not going to replace the Brown Irish as my staple rope, but it's a good blend and one I shall almost certainly buy again. I think I probably even prefer it to the plain Brown Bogie. Recommended.

7 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Overwhelming Mild Extra Full Extra Strong

GH Brown Twist with a touch of Rum. Not to be confused with GH Rum Flake, which is a sweet, fragrant and tasty blend. The rum here is hardly noticeable because the tobacco is so strong and harsh. There is very little tobacco or aromatic flavor here.

5 people found this review helpful.

Karam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Karam (59)
Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

The presentation: two shiny bits of rope, pliable but firm and uniform, overall fascinating to look at.

The smell: It is sweet and spicy, very spicy, spicier than any perique I've ever smelled. There's also some savoury undertone which I can't place my finger on but I know I've smelled before. Maybe similar to an Asian spice, or, and it'll sound odd, maybe a tannery? I appreciate most people won't have ever smelled that, but it's really not as bad as the internet would have you think. My wife said it smells a bit like stale Christmas pudding.

I cut a few coins as thin as I could, unraveled them and let them dry for about an hour. The smell developed into a much sweeter smell of fruits, possibly figs or raisins, altogether not exactly instantly pleasant, but somehow mouthwatering.

The smoke Caught fine, and burnt fine after the char, didn't need but a single relight towards the end, and burned all the way down to a few crispy bits. The taste is the spicy, sweet and savoury that it smells of, followed by tobacco. It doesn't taste like any other Virginia I had. In fact it's unlike anything I've ever smoked period. The taste stays consistent to the end, the first half of the bowl gives more of the spice while the second half gives a lot of tobacco. Not bitter at all, although it give a cigarish impression here and there. I know the brown ropes are supposed to be nicotine monsters but I didn't have any adverse events

This is really filling, it's now more than two hours since I smoked that bowl and the taste is still coating my mouth. It's almost as if I am still smoking it, I get whiffs of that spice and the tobacco firing some taste receptors. I want to smoke it again but I know it won't be today, or tomorrow. Maybe in a few days, but I will definitely be smoking it again.

The summary. This is a GLORIOUS tobacco. It seems like a brute in terms of strength judging by its lasting effect, but it is quite civilised to smoke. No bite, the pipe didn't get past warm either. Its taste is unique and lasting, and it makes me want to come back for more. I'll definitely be buying more of it, and will try the black rope soon.

P.S. I've never chewed tobacco, but did try snus for some time. I find the taste of tobacco in my mouth revolting, but I did try a tiny piece of this rope. My mouth was on fire pretty fast, this thing packs some nicotine.

P.S. after smoking through half of the rope I bought I can say it has been a great experience every time. Everyone should try a bit of this if possible, if only because if/when it's ever gone it's gone, I can't see anyone attempting to recreate this, or any of the black ropes.

Similar Blends: Nothing, ropes are unique.

4 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Medium to Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

As with the Sweet Whiskey rope smoking this in a clay gives me the hiccups. In a briar the rum flavor is a bit muted, but it gives more spice. I much prefer this in a cob where the rum flavor is nice and clear. The natural tobacco flavor is bold and for lack of a better word, generic tasting. I don't mean that in a bad way, it's just a bold, good ol' tobacco flavor. The rum does add a mild sweetness along with it's flavor. It's a stout and very satisfying smoke.

Body is medium to full. Flavoring is mild. Taste is full.

Pipe Used: Dutch Gouda, Rossi Poker, MM Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From:

4 people found this review helpful.

H Gillman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
H Gillman (39)
Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Nice tight brown "rope" with a nice subtly sweet aroma. I use an Inuit Ulu to slice coins. They rub out beautiful and are dry enough to smoke immediately. The smoke is smooth considering it is a wee bit on the bold side. Sipping and nose exhaling brings the flavors together. There is a minute Burn/tingle on the nose if exhaled nasaly. This can give niccups if smoked too aggressively.

Cutting coins from a twisted rope is yet another means of enjoying's a nice change from the norm.

Worth a try.

Pipe Used: Several Pete's

Age When Smoked: New - jarred 3 months

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

4 people found this review helpful.

Satc001 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Satc001 (67)
Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I had long wanted to try G&H's famous ropes and was afforded a generous sample by a fellow smoker. I really enjoyed slicing coins off of the rope and rubbing out the coins completely. I attempted to smoke this without completely drying it out in the microwave without any enjoyment. When moist, it is very rough on the palate and refuses to burn. When completely dried out it is much more pleasant.

The smoke is cool and is medium bodied. The flavor alternates between that of a good cigar, spicy Virginia flavor, and the sweet rum casing. It is pleasant on the tongue and rather enjoyable with a cup of coffee. The nicotine strength doesn't bother me, but I find it to be best enjoyed in a small bowl. You will definitely get a nicotine fix from this tobacco.

The drawback to this blend is its burning qualities. The problem is that it doesn't burn at all. I can't get it to stay lit for longer than five minutes no matter what I try. As with every blend that I've had this trouble, I find it to be a great hindrance. Particularly since the flavor upon a relight is that of a cigar that has been smoked too close to its cap.

I plan on trying to use this rubbed out to add some strength to the milder VA's which I have become accustomed to. While I enjoy its flavor, I do not care to relight my pipe every five minutes. If you enjoy the stronger Gawith type blends, this is well worth a try. However, I find that this is one of those tobaccos that was fine to give a ride and see how it went, but I don't see myself purchasing in the future.

4 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2081)
Very Strong Mild Full Pleasant

Gawith Hoggarth - Rum Twist.

Although the twist leans more toward the thinner side, I still use my coffee grinder once I've sliced it into coins, it's quite firm! Possibly because it's not too thick, it isn't full of water, so let's talk smoking:

I really enjoy it, even though I tend to steer clear of blends strong with nicotine, the flavour redeems it. There's only a slight touch of the rum, enough to liven it up, but the rest is a rich tobacco taste. It burns exceptionally well, but I guess that's got a lot to do with preparation; like I said, I use a grinder. The temperature of the smoke's cool, and I get no bite.

I quite like the room-note, although it's nothing great, and like I said: the nicotine's strong!

For stars for flavour!

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson #221

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: My Smoking Shop

3 people found this review helpful.

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

It seems a shame that two guys with good reputations reviewed this 7 - 8 years ago and didn't like it...everybody else does. It's all a matter of what you like to smoke, not that this one or that one is a 'bad''s just not what they like. Well, this is what I like. It's one of the blends that I've found that make smoking a pipe worthwhile...a grail kind of experience...a tobacco epiphany, if you will. Sure, English blends by good companies are worthwhile, Balkans can be a lovely experience, many Burley blends are close to the mark with some being dead on excellent...but these Gawith blends, the strong brown twisty ones...are to me precisely the very best stuff out there.

3 people found this review helpful.

cajomu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cajomu (80)
Strong Mild Medium Tolerable

I bought four ounces of GH&C Sweet Rum Twist about three and a half years ago, put it in a small mason jar, cellared and forgot about it. This week, I brought it cut and the rope into thin disk, most of which immediately fell apart. The unlit tobacco had a mildly sweet, dark-fired tobacco aroma.

Day 1: I loaded a large briar with a healthy amount and lit it, or rather, tried to light it. It was so moist that it took numerous charring lights before I could get it to burn. So, the first point is that this tobacco needs considerable drying time. The flavor once lit was fairly sweet and quite pleasant, with no bitterness, harshness or bite, but it was also not very strong tasting. I did not detect any rum, just sweetness. The sweetness lingered nearly to the end of the smoke, and the flavor remained fairly constant. So, the second point is that SRT is a one-dimension tobacco blend. The nicotine level was less than I expected, given the other reviews. Given its high moisture level, it needed a lot of relights.

Due to the blend's moisture level, I left the jar open for a day and then smoked it again in a similar sized briar.

Day 2: After drying, SRT was a totally different blend; in some ways better and in some ways worse. Unsurprisingly, it was much easier to light and keep lit. Flavor-wise, it lost all of its sweetness but had a more pronounced dark-fired tobacco flavor. It also had a considerably higher level of nicotine, I presume because it burned faster. I liked the flavor of the blend better when it was moister, so point three is don't dry it too much as the moisture level affects the flavor considerably.

I would rate SRT two and a half stars for taste but, given how much work is involved in getting it to burn, I'm giving it a final rating of two stars. It is a pleasant enough smoke, but there are many others that are better.

Pipe Used: Large briars

Age When Smoked: 3 years

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

HauntedMyst Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HauntedMyst (22)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

I didn't know if I'd like this. Enough that I ordered some years ago and forgot about it. Having just found it over Christmas, I wish I hadn't waited. It's delicious with an abundance of flavor. I don't get the cigar notes others seem to get which is good as I am not a big cigar fan. As for nicotine it would be past medium Warm, deep, rich tasting. It doesn't change a lot throughout the bowl and it doesn't need to. Not much rum taste which I can't tell is a result of age or if it is just a result of it imparting a richness to the tobacco.. Either way, this one works for me. 5 Stars. Little wonder this has been around for centuries.

Pipe Used: Astley Group 3 Billiard

Age When Smoked: A few years

Purchased From: P&C

2 people found this review helpful.

Papa Koala Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Papa Koala (12)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Note - This review may be more appropriate for the all Virginia Sweet Rum Twist but I'll leave it here until I can work it all out. I have never tried a twist before and was curious as to what it would 'bring to the table' and so I ordered a 25g piece to try out. Whilst waiting I researched the best way to prepare and smoke this tobacco and was ready to try it out as soon as it arrived. The day has come and I opened the package. Smelling the twist I was reminded of a meaty bbq aroma which somewhat startled me but I soldiered on and cut five slim coins and teased it out. What surprised me next was that it felt perfectly ready to smoke. I have read that this twist was wet but my sample seems perfect and as I do not tend to tightly pack a bowl I carried on, packed my pipe, and lit up. Well, surprise number three. A very, very pleasant aroma and taste erupted on first draw of rich earthy and sweet Virginia with a subtle background of clove, creamy vanilla (to my palate) and rum. The room aroma is fantastic and reminded me of the aroma one is treated with when entering a traditional tobacconist (leather, tobacco, sweetness all intermingling). There then came, about half way through, a subtle rose water like taste (this must be the 'lakeland' essence I read about). Overall it reminded me of when my grandfather would stay with us and when he came out of the bathroom in the morning his smell of shaving soap, 4711 cologne, tobacco and tweed He always wore tweed). This was not overpowering but it was there in the background and is wonderfully comforting. In summary, I really, really like this tobacco and it will be, moving forward, permanently stocked in my cellar. As for the vitamin N hit. Many say this is powerful stuff. My experience, now after several bowls, I find it perfect and not overwhelming. Highly recommended. Just don't let the initial aroma of the unsmoked twist, or its reputation, put you off for at least trying it out. You may just become a convert when you do.

Pipe Used: H Simmons 'Estate' Strawberry

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: GQ Tobacco

Similar Blends: A smoother and stronger version of Van Erkoms Jock.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

Wonderful....this is superb tobacco. I used a group 2 sized bowl, cut off a couple coins and rubbed them out a bit. The rich flavor of fermented tobacco hits you immediately and continues throughout the bowl. The rum is more of a molasses aftertaste than any alcohol flavor, it’s quite enjoyable and doesn’t distract from the rich Virginia and Burley tobacco flavors at all. This blend tastes old fashioned, as it is supposed to, I could see men smoking this 200 years ago. The nic strength is stout, but very manageable with a gentle cadence. Very highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Strong Mild to Medium Full Strong

This is the Brown Irish Twist with rum and maple sugar added to the filler leaf. The strength is similar to Brown Irish, so stronger than the black twists. The underlying flavors are quite similar as well, as is its ability to burn extremely cool and clean.

The rum flavor is quite sweet, but that's in the context of Gawith Hoggarth twists. It is not what I'd consider an aromatic in the sense that we use that term in America, at least. I think more of old stories of sailors saucing their leaf with rum and then twisting it. At no time does the rum flavoring overwhelm the taste of tobacco.

I love how clean Rum Twist burns. I often smoke it in the same pipe I'll use for the Happy Bogie and the Brown Irish, and it never ghosts.

Age When Smoked: 18 months

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Strong Mild Full Tolerable

In the G & H ropes, I have also tried Black Irish and Sweet Maple. All of the them are quite easy to manage and prepare for smoking. I have to say I enjoy this kind of tobacco a lot (besides the Black Irish which is too tasty in the Dark - Fired department). The taste of Rum Twist is very rich and deep, earthy, and a tiny sweet. The Rum essence is more of a toppping than a casing; it is present on and off throughout the pipeful. You must have the patience to wait until it's sufficiently dry to smoke it; if you slice a coin from a moist rope and just let it dry, it will be tricky for, once packed and lit, the moisten tends to arise again, making it a lot difficult to enjoy as it trigers a lot of relights. So you're better off waiting for the all the rope to have lost most of its moisture. It will smoke much better. I cube cut then rub out part of the cubes for smoking and it works very well for me. It takes a bit of effort to get it nicely going but it burns really well once ignited. Rum Twist offers no surprises, nor is it a complex tobacco. It's good, deep tasting VAs and dark-fired leaf with a nice Rum aroma. Not as good as Sweet Maple, but still an excellent topped rope. If you like Lady Nicotine, she will make you happy with this one.

Pipe Used: Stanwell

Similar Blends: G & H Sweet Maple Twist, but with a different topping..

2 people found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (318)
Very Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Strong but smooth, lightly sweet, slow burning. Of the various ropes and twists, this is my second favorite after its Sweet Rum Pigtail sibling. Best smoked in a smaller pipe, there is just a touch of rum in this version, just enough to sweeten the tobaccos. Like all ropes/twists, it takes a bit of time to cut up and rub out correctly. If left too chunky, it can be difficult to keep lit; if rubbed out too far it can be a bit rough.

Pipe Used: Briars, meers, clays, and a cob

Age When Smoked: fresh from the vendor when started

Purchased From: Mars

2 people found this review helpful.

Loboatomy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Loboatomy (41)
Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Well, alright.... Ordered an oz. of this to try out as it was finally available on smokingpipes. I've tried the happy bogie and the cherry twist and have liked them. I really like strong tobacco, always have. In my other reviews of the aforementioned twists, I have referred to them as drug tobaccos because that's exactly what they are. No BS. Nicotine delivery, good, classic tobacco flavor. Wonderful.

Had some trouble with this at first, initially I sliced it into appx 1/16th thick disks and teased them out and dried for just a few minutes prior to smoking. The twists themselves are somewhat bendy and resilient, and it doesn't seem as if they are all that moist when you are cutting them. What was happening was that even with some air drying, sometimes for an hour or more, I was getting a wet smoke, with a little bite that wanted to go out and required many relights. The rum flavor was nice, but seemed to get somewhat muddled into the steaminess of the smoke. I let the next few bowls worth dry out a little more each time, tried a few different packs, even sliced a little thicker and thinner, but still didn't get a great feel for how this was to be smoked...

Then the happy accident. I sliced up appx 2 bowls worth thin almost a shag cut, teased it out, then left it on my "tobacco drying paper plate" (ironically a childrens cake plate with a cartoon elephant printed on it) in the china closet. Wife and toddler got sick, my office was a zoo with the local flu going around, and I didn't even get a chance to throw the tobacco into a baggie later that evening, let alone smoke a bowl of it for at least 4 days. When I returned to it this evening it was (as expected- with subfreezing temps outside and the heat turned up high) dry and (almost) crispy. I winced, thinking that I had ruined it. I nonetheless packed it into a nice small bowled bent belge, ramming it down until I had an appropriate draw and stepped out onto the porch to smoke.

Believe it or not, dry and almost crispy seemed to be the right way to do this. Not a light smoke by any means, but without any of the residual moisture mucking things up the smoke was sweet and the real tobacco and excellent rum flavor really was able to sing. I got a little nicotine twinge in the throat about halfway through and slowed down, but it certainly was a pleasant dose and helped my prior meal of chinese food settle nicely. I was able to finish the bowl before getting just too damn chilled and knocking it out and going back inside.

All in all, a favorable experience. I think that next time I'll cut the disks thin and let dry but not tease them out, I'll try to replicate the Macbaren twist cut medallion cut as best as possible and will try to load them intact into a slightly wider bowl. I won't let them get AS dry, but I think that this is definately one of those ropes/ twists that needs some considerable drying prior to smoking.

YMMV, but I like these twists. Probably will order a few ounces of this as well as the happy bogie.

So many tobaccos, so little time!

Age When Smoked: fresh?

Purchased From: smoking

Similar Blends: G and H cherry twist.

2 people found this review helpful.

BigNick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigNick (59)
Very Strong Extremely Mild Medium Very Strong

My first smoke blew me away. I was not expecting the Maduro like flavor. I was expecting a little more rum and sweet/acidic Va feel. was the strong I was looking for. I thought Latakia was what I was looking for, after a few smokes, I was entranced by its qualities. I would say it's not just strong but bold. The vitamin N kick is great, it's smooth yet in your face. I can barely detect the rum unfortunately, it is extremely subtle. It was real fun to cut it into little coins. However, drying is a necessity and a sharp knife is a must. I first did it right out of the bag with a semi-sharp knife. To say the least, I made a mess. All in all, it's really a neat baccy. I recommend to the adventurous type.

Pipe Used: MM Emperor

Age When Smoked: 1 week

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

kg0mz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kg0mz (54)
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Here is an attractive twist with a sweet tobacco aroma. Cool & dry burning. loosewatches nailed it..."dark sweet spicey smokey tobacco-flavory flavor." No frills. No exotic notes here. The rum adds maybe a quarter of a notch up the sweetness scale compared to an uncased brown twist, it tames or rounds out the flavor of the VA, but don't expect a syrupy aromatic. I taste the rum only at first light, but after that it is thoroughgoing tobacco with a sweet highlight all the way down. Most of the popular tinned straight VA flakes are like sandpaper on my throat. SRT delivers an unmitigated VA flavor without leaving me raspy. This one is an honest tobacco with an abundance of nicotine to match. I don't find it harsh, but I sit down and take my time. Respect it and it will reward you.

12/26/09 update: This is a favorite. Others like the aroma so I'm giving it more credit under Room Note, and I am saying Full in Taste after several ounces of Kentucky Kendal which is no more than Very Full. Highly Recommended.

2 people found this review helpful.

Lew Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lew (4)
Strong Medium Full Strong

This is one of my favourite late night tobaccos. As an ex-cigarette smoker I like tobaccos with a bit of a nicotine kick and this one really hits the spot.

Flavour-wise it's pretty much pure tobacco with a nice spicyness and a hint of sweetness from the rum topping which prevents it from becoming too harsh. Inhaling the smoke with the "French inhale" method reveals a very pleasant aroma (although as an outdoor smoker I have no idea what the room note would be like in an enclosed space).

To prepare this one for smoking I cut off a couple of thin discs with a cigar cutter and then rub out fully, breaking up any over-large strands. I usually let it stand for a few minutes prior to packing as the centre of the rope can be a little moist. I then pack it in a nice small prince basket pipe.

If you're not into nicotine-heavy tobaccos then I'd recommend steering clear of this one as I can imagine the hit would leave your head spinning heavily. For those who like a nice kick then I highly recommend this one.

2 people found this review helpful.

HeavyMetalPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HeavyMetalPiper (64)
Strong Mild Medium Tolerable to Strong

I believe this is the same as the other listing, Rum Twist Unsliced, which is linked in the Similar To section of the review.

I'm kind of torn on this one. I've given 3/4 considering how I've found it relative to other ropes, but all in all, it would be more of a 2 from me. In general this reminded me much of a cigar, and maybe with a bit of the rum flavoring. For a cigar, I can make a passage for air and light it and am good to go, so for the prep work necessary for ropes, I'd really want it to differ more from that.

You can view my video review of this blend here:

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Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Bent Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: 8 Months

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Rum Twist Unsliced Rope.

1 person found this review helpful.

jimyfafy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jimyfafy (10)
Extremely Strong Mild Extra Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Solid nic punch.Prep is very hit or miss as well. I love the aroma but the rum is just a whisper. A small bowl is indicated yet a large may last allday. Old woman read that this was an aromatic Maybe in a crowded public bathroom!(This suggested a compromise. Perhaps I could smoke in the one you never use? She reminded me that an old toilet resides in the garage. I may leave something unspeakable in that one just to piss her off.But I would pay dearly so .....) Good strong smoke.

Pipe Used: Comoys bulldog

Age When Smoked: fresh bag

Purchased From: smokingpipes

Similar Blends: Any GH twists.

1 person found this review helpful.

canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (337)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Aside from the obvious thought of "who left this 'surprise' in the bag", you effectively have a cigar to saw off discs from. Cutting the rope apart was one of my biggest gripes, as the leaves would tend to unroll into very large sheet which made packing a pain. You also need to wait awhile for the inside of the rope to dry out as the inside was damp. This stuff was a bugger to get lit even after drying it out.

I didn't detect any booze or rum currents, just a faint aroma I imagined to be powdered sugar dusted inside an old wood drawer. It was light, sweet, and mixed with an antique cabinet scent. Once lit however; the taste was just flat. Certainly there wasn't anything rum or tasty here, just a mouthful of that bitter 'cigar' taste and a lot of spittle that gurgled in the stem. It wasn't even overly nicotine heavy, so I have no clue who would appreciate this one.

I suppose the tactile feel of sawing up a rope could be a draw for some, but for me, I just wanted to forget the whole affair and quest for an actual tasty aromatic (stick with East India Trading Co.'s Royal Challenge for your rum fix).

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DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (323)
Medium to Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I was lucky to get ahold of a sample of this from a UK pipe friend, as G&H is unavailable here in Germany!

Neat little rope tobacco, rich brown in color and inconspicuous in scent. The rum is very faintly present, sports a sour-sweet rum aroma on top of the earthy tobaccos. The scent already hints towards it: This is a hearty, bold smoke!

Cut some coins, rubbed them out and let it dry for a few hours, as it comes quite moist. Packed my clay, and fired this weed up.

First puffs gave me a honey-sweet, slightly rum-ish aroma, before the tobaccos started to kick in. Rich in earth with some woodsy dimension to it. The sweetness takes a step back, as the tobacco aroma is unfolding and takes its comfty seat in the backrow, but is always present. A decent nuttiness builds up and joins the hearty melange, that also has some decent spice to it. After the first quarter, the rum aroma got a bit more noticeable and gained a slightly alcohol-ish touch it. Even tho I don't drink, nor like alcohol I found it quite pleasant and not distracting from the tobaccos.

Having smoked Brown Twist, Whiskey Twist and this, I'd go with: No.1 Brown Twist; No.2 Rum Twist; No.3 Whiskey Twist. I prefer unflavored ones, so Brown is the lead. Yet I find the Rum Twist a tad better than the Whiskey Twist, but they are both very good! Whilst Whiskey Twist is more malty in aroma, this one really has some rum-flavor to it, but a pleasant, unobtrusive and gently sweet one!

Pipe Used: Clay Pipes

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gahdzila Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gahdzila (61)
Very Strong Medium Full Tolerable

Presentation is rope - brown, between nickel and quarter diameter. Looks and feels dry, but oozes oils when prepped. To prep, one must slice thin coins with a sharp blade and then rub out the coins. Needs some drying time.

The rum flavor in my latest batch seems somewhat lightly applied. The rum flavor is quite accurate - it doesn't taste like "rum flavoring" at all, it really does taste like rum. The topping is a bit sweet, certainly sweeter than the whiskey twist. The underlying tobacco is the same in these twists.

This is brown rope...if you don't know what that means, here's what you need to know - prep is a bit of a pain, it takes a while to get it lit and it needs a higher than normal number of relights, and (most importantly) it is very very strong in nicotine. I'm not exaggerating - this is some of the strongest stuff out there.

Highly recommended.

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pinko Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pinko (52)
Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Not sure who set up this blend, but it's made of dark-fired Virginia like the rest of the GH twists. It's a brown twist, uncooked and powerful. The rum adds a little (imo necessary) sweetness to the mix.

As with all the GH twists, I slice into coins, break them up lightly, and gravity fill.

Of the twists, this is my favorite, I think the rum adds a needed bit of complexity to otherwise very pure, clean tobacco flavor. But don't buy this expecting Burley or Kentucky tobacco, it has neither.

Age When Smoked: fresh

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William H. Hardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
William H. Hardy (95)
Extremely Strong Mild Extra Full Very Strong

Oof! This is one that'll make you wanna sit down! I've said it before; I love Gawith, Hoggarth tobaccos and this is definitely one that I enjoyed. Way too strong to enjoy it everyday, Rum Twist is a tobacco that has huge flavor, definite body, and is a bit overbearing in nicotine.

A lot of reviewers have said that it is too cigar-like and I can see where they would get such an idea, but to me it's just a strong tobacco in the old style. It was a little moist when I received it, so I sliced out a few "coins" and let them sit out for about 15 minutes before puffing. I usually don't let tobacco dry out before smoking, but when it comes as wet as if it was from Samuel Gawith, I have no choice. When it's ready, it's an experience, though. The Rum topping is more of an afterthought than an actual topping and after a few puffs I can't even detect it anymore.

I had trouble deciding what rating to give this one. I really like it, but there's no way I could smoke it every day, much less back to back. I've been working on a 4 oz rope that I bought from almost a year ago and I still have almost an ounce left of it. Right now, I'll give it three stars, but I always reserve the right to change that after further experience. I do highly recommend buying some, even if it's just for the novelty of it and the experience of smoking a rope. I found Rum Twist to be fun and rewarding. Just not an everyday smoke.

Pipe Used: Petes and Custom-Bilts

Age When Smoked: From frest to almost a year

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Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
Strong Strong Very Full Strong

Rum Twist Unsliced;

Star Rating = 3.5;

Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst;

Pouch Note = 9;

Room Note = 9;

Flavor = 9;

Bite = 9;

Burn = 9;

After Taste = 9;

Raw Score = 54;

Rated Percentage = 90%;

Comment = Smooth, Strong Strength, Full Body Tobacco Flavor, has a slight After Taste, White Ash Burn.

If you are one who likes to “play” with your tobacco, by all means get this “Twist” form of tobacco, you can spend countless hours “Slicing, Dicing and Drying” this “Twist” tobacco before it is ready to smoke. I admit I am a lazy pipe smoker so I didn't find this necessary extra preparation exercise to be of any value to heighten my pipe smoking enjoyment. You had better have a sizable ignition source on hand because you are going to need a lot of BTU's to get this “Twist” tobacco to light. Once you achieve the first ignition you will need to have your best “Tamping Tool” at the ready to handle the endless re-packings and re-lights that this “Twist” form of tobacco requires. Perhaps you have detected that the “Twist” form of tobacco is not my “cup of tea”.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Yet another Fine twist from G/H, always in my rotation, FANTASTIC,& 4++++ from me.

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tabaco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tabaco (112)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

This stuff works much better as a chew, natural tobacco sweetness and some from the rum too.

Preparation was easy, cut some dimes with the cigar cutter, squeeze to open them up a bit, dry, pack, then light.

In the pipe it tastes like a $4 Nicaraguan maduro cigar. It burns cool and combusts all the way down.

Very one dimensional, mostly deeper tones.

The nicotine was not over the top, but there. I'll be using the rest of this for my blends, on its own too flat for my palate.

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JohnnyMcPiperson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyMcPiperson (119)
Very Strong Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

I have really enjoyed this one so far, I picked some up in England and I've really enjoyed cutting it and experimenting with drying it for different amounts of time before smoking as well as DGT. This is a fun blend, a very pure tobacco taste with a bold nicotine hit and a dowse of rum. I feel like this is one that pirates may have smoked back in the day, I could see a salty dog biting off a piece to chew on deck and then chopping of a chunk and loading up his pipe after dinner! Very fun, not for the faint of heart!

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lvpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lvpipe (13)
Strong Mild Full Tolerable

It is probably not going to win friends with the room note and those who have likened it to a Parodi are not far off. I love this twist. Strong enough for sure with a hint of sweetness and no taste of rum to speak of. First smoke with strong coffee in the AM or late night with a hearty bourbon, rye or scotch is very enjoyable for me. Nicotine is there for sure but that doesn't seem to be over powering. N does not concern me one way or the other, it does not seem to be why I smoke a pipe which is all I smoke except for an occassional cigar. This is a favorite garage smoke while working on my motorcycles, not an indoor smoke for me. It ain't Rum and Maple but it may broaden your horizons or cause you to quit the pipe.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Strong Mild Mild Pleasant

This is an excellent tobacco which I cut in disks with the cigar- cutter, rubbing these disks into slices. If you smoke this tobacco slowly, you will enjoy not only the mildness of the exquisite blend, but also the gentle nicotine kick. The blend remains tasty and sweet until the end of your pipe. If you find the Sweet Rum Twist a little strong for your taste, it is possible to blend it with some of Burley or unsweetened Black Cavendish.

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Dr.sadik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.sadik (120)
Strong Mild Full Strong

as i once said ,,nuthing can be compared so far to the strength of the black xx rope,,its a dark virginia as well by the sweetness but there is a hint of foreign rum sweetness,,unfortunatly iam not a drinker so i cn really judge but there is a mellow sweet taste goes along with each puff,,bit hard to b lit in the begining but when a glowing top is there it dosent need any further fire,,burns clean and no mositure to b suffered ,,good tobacco for a change but not the one i cnt live wthout

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Big Nick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Nick (74)
Strong Mild Full Tolerable

Rich, heavy and flavorful...seems to be the common theme, and I can't dissagree with that. On the other hand it really just tasted like I was smoking a haevy bodied cigar out of my pipe. The Rum flavor is barely noticable but the sweetness is there. It's somewhat ritualistic laying out that rope and slicing out the little round flakes to your liking. Definatly something to be experianced. Although you could bite the end off of a Padron and light it up for the same type of flavor, Sweet Rum Twist is probably cheaper.

Believe it or not.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Very Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the first rope tobacco I have smoked. I was a little apprehensive about the strength. But all those cigars I have smoked helped. This is not a noobie smoke at all but it is very good. Everyone should try a rope at least a couple times. I don't get a huge rum flavor just a little nice sweetness. Smoked slowly and carefully SRT will reward you but it can kick back if not taken care of. I found it easy to prepare and did not have a problem keeping it on a smolder. The name makes you think heavy aromatic but it isn't so much, it's really just a nice strong. I also didn't get a huge nicotine but i know some do.

in short if you feel yourself getting bored of you baccy pick up a bit of this and give it a shot. If you're a cigar smoker try it because I bet you'll like it.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Very Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I just received this rope in the mail today and was anxious to try it out. It was a bit moist so, I put a sample in the microwave for a few seconds (an impatient method, I know).

This tobacco reminds me of Swisher Sweet cigarillos or Acid's "Blondie" without the sugary wrapper. The aroma is is sweet and pleasant with a bit of throwback to Old Spice cologne. The flavor, however, is smooth and dry like the cigars mentioned above and remains consistent throughout. My only qualm is that the flavor is somewhat one-dimensional and lacks notable complexity.

This is definitely a good smoke for anyone who enjoys dark tobaccos with a nicotine kick (don't be frightened by its strength) but not something I could imagine smoking more than once a day. Happy smoking!

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Medium Mild to Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

First off, I have to commend Inquisitor for his rope smoking perseverence. If you don't read the right review, you might get the idea that he hates ropes, but continues smoke them all. I think he got a sampler, which is not a bad idea. He found one he likes. And another name drop. . . Pipestud mentioned something important: Personal chemistry has a lot to do with the rope experience.

I find Sweet Rum Twist to be pretty tame. (That 'medium' was no mistake). It's agressive at light up, so you have to go slowly. I think that's why so many people say ropes are harsh. They can slap you in the kisser at the match. But, for me, it's got loads of dark sweet spicey smokey tobacco-flavory flavor, and the rum comes through with very slow puffing. I inhale this stuff with no problemmdkmlkfdsns. oops, ok it's certainly not mild. But it's very smooth. Maybe I just got a really good 4 ounces, I don't know.

This is an incredibly satisfying smoke. I wouldn't smoke it all the time, but four or five times a week, it really hits the spot. Ropes do command attention. If you are a careless smoker, forget it. This isn't something to stick in your pipe when you mow the lawn or plow the snow, or shovel the rain or whatever. {Actually, I usually smoke this while playing chess (against the computer. I even win sometimes!).}

As for wife rating, I gave my wife a lit bowlful of sweet rum twist and she gave it back to me after a few puffs, saying 'It's too strong'. That's it, just, too strong. She never complains about the room note, although just about everyone else does.

But, as a lot of people say, if you're committed to the pipe, or you're just committed, you gotta smoke the rope at least once. You just might like it. It's yummerific!

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Extremely Strong Medium to Strong Full Strong

If you like a strong but somewhat sweet full tobacco with a nicotine kick like a Missouri mule, then this is for you. Like others here, I sliced some thin discs from the twist, rubbed them out and broke the longer strands a bit to facilitate packing. The center of my particular twist was very moist and could use with some drying. With the moisture, it took a bit to light but stayed lit fairly well. Now the RUSH! NICOTINE HEAD BUZZ! Good strong cigar aroma. Initially sweet flavor that is subdued by the strength of the tobak into the middle of the bowl. I am almost afraid to smoke it to the bottom, but I persist and an hour later am rewarded with a fine gray ash. This makes for a good long and strong head pleaser. The flavor is a strong but good cigar like tobacco flavor with a bit of sweetness from the rum that manages to remain present to the bottom of the bowl. The rum is actually tastefully done. I feel however that due to the strength of the tobacco that NO amount of rum would overpower this weed.

I recommend this tobacco to those that prefer stronger high nicotine weeds. Cigarette smokers will enjoy the nic kick. NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART


As an afterthought, I failed to mention that my particular sample is well over a year old, and had been stored in my cellar in a mason jar. My initial trial of this twist upon purchace was similiar to my more recent forray and age has had little effect.

6/18/2009 Revisit In cleaning my mason jars and checking my inventory, I happened upon this. Age has seemingly smoothed this twist a bit. The sweetness remains, but now I think that it is more credit to the tobacco than to the rum casing. It is still as strong as P. Bunyan's Ox, Blue. Good stuff, Strong stuff, Still not for the faint of heart. Very rewarding if smoked correctly. Good stuff but not one I would smoke every day.

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Steerpike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steerpike (156)
Extremely Strong Medium Full Very Strong

Having decided not to try ropes again for a very long time, my tobacconist kindly gave me a lump of this one to try out. Well, I couldn't refuse,so I tried it out in a small billiard, while out for a cold day, and was pleasantly surprised.

The flavour was like brown bogie, with a little rum sweetness that did not detract from the flavour, but complemented it pleasantly. In the cold air, it burned very cool, and without bite or harshness, and the strength was not overpowering. If smoked indoors, though, it presents all these imperfections I find in twists- and the smoke just hangs around and makes it TOO STRONG...

So, I've discovered that ropes are for outdoors, for wandering the hills and fields in the colder seasons of the year, they provide a faithful companion. But put them in a house, and they may well turn against you like a wild beast.

Get thee to cold, windswept hills, and ENJOY.

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Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (117)
Extremely Strong Medium Full Strong

Another nicotine bomb from the Kendal region. Next to 1792 flake this is the most potent tobacco I have smoked. The tobacco flavors themselves and casing are grand for me. It has a heavy cigar quality with the peppery and cinnamon quality of the dark fired leaf, rounded off with the sweet rum casing. I wish Gawith would have much milder blends with that flavoring. The overall flavor is all I could hope for in a blend but the potent nicotine level prevents it from being an everyday mainstay.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30194)
Very Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Strong

I like to smoke rope style tobaccos from time to time and have found most of them not only strong in nicotine but also very strong in flavor. This is indeed a strong tobacco as far as nicotine content goes but smokes lighter than most other ropes I've tried. I recommend smoking this blend while sitting down and on a full stomach. I enjoy cutting slices and rubbing them out. It transports one back in time. You can hear the sails luff and the mast stays creak as you cut off thin slices from this hearty rope. I recommend pre cutting a bunch of slices and letting them breath. This is a moist tobacco and has a tendency to smoke a little wet. It's worth it to let it dry a bit. I found it to be a pleasant, smooth and full bodied smoke with a hint of sweetness from the rum. In fact, this is one blend where I could really get a sense of the rum as a flavoring. I will smoke this again, most likely after a hearty meal.

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flint Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flint (30)
Very Strong Strong Very Full Very Strong

This is probably the strongest tobacco I've ever smoked. That being said it is also one of the coolest burning tobaccos I've ever had. It is cased with rum/maple which I really liked because it did not interfere with the pure tobacco flavor and actually enhanced the blend. It comes in a rope form which was pretty easy to handle and helped it hold it's flavor as it ages. It took some time to get lit but once going it burned down to a white powder. The room note is very cigar like which comes through in the taste. I had to smoke it in some of my smaller pipes it's just too much to handle in medium or large ones. I have to admit when I first tried this my 3 year old was asking mom "why is daddy cross eyed and drooling" You have to try this once in your life.

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JaWiBr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JaWiBr (565)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Package note of sweet, stewed fruit. The 3/4-inch-wide rope is brown and darker brown. Tobacco is wet, prep entails a razor or thin sharp knife and cutting thin coins for rubbing out, finally drying a bit. Burns somewhat slow with few relights. The strength is medium to strong and nic is medium. Flavoring is mild despite tin note, The sweet rum topping is a background constant giving some mild sweet notes. Taste is medium to full and consistent, with complex notes strong wood, very earthy, mildly tangy fruit, a little sweet grass, floral and moderately spicy cigar. The various Virginias are leading and burley supporting, with the flavoring watching from the back. Room note is tolerable, and aftertaste is great.

Pipe Used: 2016 XX Ashton Pebble Grain Lovat

Age When Smoked: 3 years

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