Sweet Coconut Twist is an old style rope tobacco from Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. flavored with the island scent of coconut.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Manufactured ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeAromatic
ProductionCurrently available
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2900)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

The dark Virginia is toasty, earthy, woody, a little tangy dark fruity, citrusy and floral, and at times when I wasn't sipping, some cigar notes crept into play. Not sure I believe there's black cavendish in here, but if it is there, it adds nothing of consequence. This is Brown Twist with a mild sweet coconut topping. The topping is pleasant and seems to gather a little strength after a while, but it never overtakes the tobacco. I get a sense of Lakeland here and there, but only in a minor way. The strength is near the center of medium to strong. The taste level is just past that center. The nic-hit is a slot below the medium threshold. Won't bite or get harsh, but does have a few rough edges. Has a mostly consistent flavor. Burns cool, clean and slow with some bitterness in the last quarter of the bowl with a little taste of tar, and some dottle unless you dry it out a bit. You may need to stir up the last quarter. Requires a fair number of relights. The after taste lingers a little. Not an all day smoke.


16 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant

I was gifted some G&H Coconut Rope that had already been sliced, diced and rubbed. So, my review is based on smoking a couple of bowls (days apart) with the cut up and rubbed version.

When I opened the pouch and whiffed the contents I admit that taking a pass on smoking it was considered. The Coconut/Almonds smell was off putting. I switched to a pipe reserved for true aromatics and loaded up the first bowl. The first few drags did produce a heavy Coconut taste but the presentation switched quickly into a pleasant and familiar G&H Lakeland style smoke. The added flavoring (natural, I might add), stuck with me throughout the bowl but added rather than detracted from the overall presentation. Not something I personally would appreciate very often, but a unique and fun natural aromatic smoke for sure.

12 people found this review helpful.

cobacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cobacco (52)
Strong Mild to Medium Full Very Pleasant

I havent had time to write reviews on all the twist flavors I have. But I wanted to recommend the Coconut as what I feel may be the best of the aromatic brown twists. This is the sweetest of the twists, and unlike the rum, whiskey, and cherry, the flavor is nicely detectable; this is not to say that the others aren't excellent to smoke. But with so many choices, I think I'd like to recommend a collection including the following: Maple, Coconut, Happy Bogie, and Black X as these realy stand out as interesting and flavorful smokes.

Bag note is floral and toasted coconut. I'm admittedly lazy and I prepare my twists by taking a 6mm slice and grinding it in an electric coffee grinder, then I sprinkle the tobacco onto a paper towell to dry for 20 minutes. If it's sunny, i put the tobacco in the sunlight instead. Using this method, I get a very smokable bowl with a much easier relight. Also, tongue bite is greatly reduced as I can focus on enjoying this wonderful tobacco, instead of struggling to keep it lit. Flavor is excellent, dark caramelized Virginia with a sweet toasted coconut to the bottom of the bowl.

I know that the brown twists are strong N level, but have never had any nausea from them. Let's just say that I have been drunk on nicotine a few times! And with every twist, I'm always a bit disappointed when the bowl is finished because I'd like it to last forever! But there comes a time when taking a break is the sensible thing to do. Smokingpipes.com has been a great resource for the Gawith Twists, and I usually get a quarter of an ounce more than I ordered; in other words, their ounces are heavy. All of the twists are excellent when I get them, but they get better with age too. Happy smoking. Hope this review is helpful.


Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: smokingpipes

8 people found this review helpful.

OSR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OSR (78)
Very Strong Very Mild Very Full Strong

I tried this rope in hopes that a Coconut flavor would be quite strongly imparted but alas, it's just another monochromatic black rope. Frankly, the strength of the rope dominated the little bit of Coconut flavoring that I smelled on the top of the tobacco.

If you like the ropes then this may do the trick for you. Otherwise, pass this one up unless it's a free sample.

8 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (617)
Very Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I just finished off a two bowl sample given to me from a forum friend and fellow TR reviewer of this and I loved it so much that I just ordered some more today. My experience with strong blends made by a company by the name of Gawith have not been to favorable. I despised 1792 and BRN4 also slightly repulses me.

So I approached this blend with some trepidation. I was expecting the heavy industrialized nasty diesel like taste that I associate with those other two blends and was pleased that I didn't get any of that. I also didn't get a heavy aromatic tanning lotion coconut taste. What I got was a very pleasant smoke with a lot of nicotine.

I think the coconut topping in combination with some Cavendish keeps this one an easy smoker. Anyway, I know I haven't smoked a lot of it, but FWIW this is my impression. If someone wanted to try one of these ropes this is the one I would recommend trying first.

7 people found this review helpful.

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

The Virginas have the usual G&H flavor of wood, earth and a slight nuttiness with a touch of sweetness and spice. I can't say that I can detect the Cavendish. The sweet coconut flavoring smells stronger than it smokes. I'd classify it as mild. It's a very pleasant flavor. I do get a little bitterness at times in the second half of the bowl. The coins need to be sliced as thin as you can get them in order to get a good burn. It also needs a bit of drying time. All in all a very nice smoke.

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

Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

4 people found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (303)
Extremely Strong Very Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Whoa nelly SCT is quite the whopper! Essentially Brown Twist #4 from Samuel Gawith but with some Coconut top dressing, SCT will deliver big taste, nicotine and a much nicer aroma than BT #4 but without harshness or the motor oil taste of XX Black Twist. A great tobacco for a ten minute smoke break since the nicotine enters the blood stream fast with a small amount of actual leaf smoked and the aroma is not that strong to make women run while holding their noses. A bargain for what you pay and consequently what you get! An inch of SCT has the same amount of nicotine as a pound of BCA or 1Q (I don't know if that's accurate but sure seems like it is to me)...

4 people found this review helpful.

Blue Bayou Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blue Bayou (60)
Strong Mild Full Tolerable

Very close to Irish Brown Twist, with a mild coconut casing.

4 people found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (322)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

If I was asked to recommend an aromatic with a nicotine punch, this would be it. I don't find this rope too strong nicotine wise, but you can feel the affects after a full bowl. Great coconut aroma in the bag, that transfers to the smoke without being sickly sweet or cloying. A bit moist fresh, but a 20 minute rest after slicing into coins and rubbing out works for me. If you are searching for an aromatic that can lighten your head, give this one a spin. Pun intended.

4 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Tolerable

This was my first venture into the Twist arena. After trying it moist and dry (both separated) I cannot detect a coconut taste at all. I do taste a cigar type aftertaste however. Also the room note has a hint of cigars also. Although I find this a once and a while change from the aromatics I generally lite up. I do not particularly enjoy it. I may update my posting later after I have a bot more experience with the rope preparation.

4 people found this review helpful.

DC MacBean Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DC MacBean (32)
Medium to Strong Extra Strong Overwhelming Tolerable

Simply, ghastly. What an unspeakable tragedy it is that Gawith Hoggarth & Co. took their glorious rope tobacco and applied this horrendous topping to it. I love GH&Co tobacco and Lakeland blends in general but Sweet Coconut Twist is retch-inducing.

3 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I have samples of Rum, Maple, and Coconut Twist. I claim they are very similar and maybe the same rope with a different mild topping for each. The smoking was very similar to me in terms of flavor and burning characteristics, and so my reviews of these three will repeat themselves.

The rope came a little moist, and I sliced it into thin coins on a cutting board in the kitchen. The pouch note is a sweet tobacco with a pleasant whiff of coconut. The rope is a pretty uniform dark brown with a few flecks of tan in the cross section.

I rubbed out coins and was careful not to pack them to tightly due to the moisture. I did not dry it any. It took some BTU's to get it burning, but it smoked well and did not require an unusual number of relights.

I did not get much coconut in the flavor after the initial light. The flavor in general was very good - an earthy, full tobacco flavor with a slightly tart flavor when puffed. There was a heavy slightly overripe citrus flavor as well. The flavors intensified a little as the bowl progressed, but otherwise stayed constant through the bowl.

There is some nicotine in this, but it is not overwhelming. I tried mixing a rubbed out coin with some Smokers Pride Rich Taste, and this is a very good combo for more routine smoking.

This is a high quality and tasty rope. I recommend it unless you have a nicotine aversion and stick to lighter fare.

3 people found this review helpful.

7formy1911 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
7formy1911 (37)
Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

My only previous experience with a rope tobacco is Samuel Gawith Brown #4 and while I enjoyed it I felt there was something lacking in the blend. It seemed just a little too bitter in the sense of a cigar. Not in a bad way but just too much of it for my taste (this is coming from a formerly exclusive cigar smoker so take that as you may). G&H Sweet Coconut Twist succeeds where Brown #4 failed for me. There is just a notch up on the sweetness level that plays perfectly with the dark notes of the rope and balances out with the bitterness of the wrapper. Much like a balanced beer that has a good interplay between the bitter hops and sweet malt.

I would suggest taking your smallest pipe, slicing up the rope into thin disks, rub the disks out gently, let dry for 20 minutes or so to the desired dryness and pack your pipe lightly. This seems to work quite well and avoids a nicotine overdose that would push you over the edge from comfortable to sea sick. It certainly does have a fair amount of nicotine but I think this blend is still approachable as long as you take some caution and respect the potency of the rope. I might suggest that new pipe smokers get a little experience under their belt before chasing after this one.

On light up there is a nice blast of sweetness with only the faintest breath of something resembling coconut. The rope smells only slightly of coconut and I think it would be folly to think of this as an aromatic. Scented would be the right phrase. I detected no bite as I slowly puffed along and encountered a nice full bodied smoke that was sweet, dark, African Virginias along with a tiny bit of bitterness that can be likened to my previous hops/malt analogy. It's a bit monochromatic throughout the bowl but it never becomes tiring.

If you're in the mood for a strong smoke that's a cut above the rest then I would most heartily suggest this one.

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2048)
Strong Mild Full Tolerable to Strong

Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Sweet Coconut Twist.

Because Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. are based in the Lake District, U.K., there's usually a plentiful supply of their blends available from the U.K. dealers I use. However, for some strange reason, S.C.T. couldn't be sourced, so this meant I'd have to run the risk of an import surcharge from the government on a Smokingpipes.com order! Any-who, I got hold of it!

If it's a twist/rope tobacco I always just stick some in my coffee grinder. Despite the girth of S.C.T. it only takes a fast blast to reduce it to a coarse looking mixture which has equal parts of light, medium, and dark brown. Like all flavoured twists it has a stronger aroma of the flavouring once it's been prepared.

The coconuts are much milder than in the unlit aroma. They're notable, but only in a mild supporting capacity to the stout Virginias. These are very flavoursome: rich, rugged, earthy. As well as the Virginias and coconut I notice a sweetness kicking in after a quarter bowl. One of my quibbles with it is it can be a little too warm.

Nicotine: just touching on strong. Room-note: not too good.

Sweet Coconut Twist? Quite nice but nothing spectacular. Somewhat recommended:

Two stars.

Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef: Friday Pipe

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

SmokingHawk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokingHawk (54)
Medium to Strong Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

OMG! Now I know what they mean when they say Earthy/Nutty full bodied taste I found in this particular rope tobacco! and I enjoyed every sip out of the bowl and Yes every pipe tobacco is meant to be sipped like a fine wine! Oh man that occasional whisp of cocoa flavor I couldn't control but to laugh like a child... Yes I like it that much! a truly full bodied Virginia smoke with a satisfying mid nic hit and after smoke pleasant taste in mouth. Well done again GH! a true pleasure!

Pipe Used: Special Edition magic inch

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (169)
Very Strong Very Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

This is basically brown twist with a coconut topping. The coconut topping burns off almost immediately. However, the underlying tobacco is awesome. Nice and string. It is hard to prepare and hard to light though.

2 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I have really grown to like GH tobaccos and knowing that the scents of GH are not really that of an aromatic (at least in my book)I find that I am attracted to the strength of the brand. Coconut Twist doesn't fall short in the strength department. When I first received my "rope" the scent was very strong, confirming that the word coconut and tobacco don't belong in the same sentance. However, upon lighting, the scent quietly moved to the background leaving only a small amount of coconut flavor that actually worked well with the tobacco. CT fell short for me because even though I rubbed it out well and made sure that the wrapper was well mixed with the filler, I still found it to grow bitter as the bottom third of the bowl approached. Having smoked a lot of GH tobacco's I took care in smoking it slowly, but CT still left my mouth without taste for the following two days. I opted to try CT with another pipe and the result was the same. This is a quality tobacco that mixes well with its unusual scent, but it simply isn't for me.

2 people found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

I frequently hear people saying that a lot of ropes taste like motor oil. I like to smoke ropes and I know what they mean but I liken it more to the flavor of a maduto cigar versus a Connecticut type wrapper. When I was sent this rope to sample and review, I was expecting this type of flavor, but my expectations quickly changed. This is a very pretty rope, nice and soft and looking like a very nice cigar. The coconut flavoring that is added makes it smell great in the bag, and I expected to find here a very strong aromatic. I sliced this into coins and set it out to dry for several hours but also took some right out of the container and rubbed it out as is and smoked it right off. I think after smoking several bowls of this both dry, medium dry and as is and it is better without drying. It is a medium brown color and slices quite easily. It rubs out to nice thick ribbon rough cut flakes of varying colors of brown. I was easy to pack into my pipe but did take several lights to get it going but once lit, it sustained a nice slow burn and did not require more than one relite to the bottom.

Upon sitting back to enjoy a nice long slow smoke of this, I was very surprised that the coconut flavor did not really come through into the smoke. It really tasted much like a nice cigar with a rich, creamy, flavorful smoke, with a sweet overtone. Did not taste like an aromatic but more like a sweet VA but very rich and full. It is amedium to strong smoke but does not bite at all and there is none of the motor oil taste of other rope. A beginner could smoke this with no problems. I must state that if you accidently enhale some of the smoke, it is very strong and harsh. This one needs to be savored nice and slow. It has a great room note due to the coconut additive and it does leave a nice seet taste on the palette after finishing the bowl. It burns down to a nice dry dark gray ash leaving no gunk in the heal of the pipe at all. I have enjoyed the numerous smokes I have had of this and I higly recomment this blend. It would be a great introduction to ropes.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Tolerable

A nice thick, tightly wrapped, moist and oily brown rope with a light coconut flavor. The added flavor is nicely done and fits well with the Virginia's. This also makes a great chew.

After the topping fades the unmistakable and mouthwatering brown rope flavor picks up and delivers a smooth, satisfying smoke that can burn for what seems like hours, even in a small bowl.

Like all ropes, tongue bite and harshness are nonexistent, even if you puff like a fat man running a 100 yd. dash. Ropes are generally more expensive than other GH offerings, but considering the extra labor involved in spinning them and the quality and performance of the product, I will continue to cellar them despite the extra cost.

2 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (374)
Medium None Detected Medium Unnoticeable

About a week ago, a well known and respected member of our pipe club brought in some bags of tobacco giveaways and laid them out on the table. I saw this one and just had to try it. It was a good 8oz of rope that I somewhat greedily snatched from the table. After realizing my lack of manners, I insisted he take 10 dollars (all I had in my wallet) to at least ease my guilty conscience. Yes, even us pipe smokers are not perfect at times. A few members read my posts as I am not completely anonymous so you can take this as my confession of sorts. Now that the smoke has cleared on to my review and experience dealing with rope. I like the art and craftsmanship that goes into making these, wish I could actually watch it in progress. The dark brown rope is about the diameter of a dime and I got out a disposable cigar cutter and clipped off about an inch. This is a really dense, thick rope and I had to really use some force to cut this. I took the wrapper off to use as kindling and broke the dime size piece up with a knife on my tobacco cutting board. Yes, all rope smokers should have one. I loaded it into my cob and placed the wrapper on top to help with the firing process. After 10-20 matches and almost as much time in minutes, I finally got it going. I now understand what the previous owner said with it being too much trouble. I also did have to relight quite some after letting my pipe rest. I am sure there are pro’s that could do a better job than me but no big deal. With the name “sweet coconut” I expected more than the wisp detected by my jaded sense of smell nor could I taste it either. A slight essence but I swear I think that was my mental telepathy willing the coconut oils to come through. If I had not been told I would never have guessed there was coconut. Several reviewers have alluded that this is probably Brown Twist #4 from Samuel Gawith with a mild topping. I have not tried brown twist but they may be on to something. The tobacco itself sans the topping is actually quite good and I have enjoyed what I smoked. Besides, the rope looks cool stored in my pint jar, unfortunately cut into 4-inch ropes to fit. I am looking forward to having more down the road. So, other than the boss lady saying it looked like something the dog left behind in the yard I can honestly say I liked the experience and will be smoking more in the future. 2 stars for lack of coconut, 3 for craftsmanship and the excellent Virginia tobacco.

Pipe Used: Corn Cob

Purchased From: gift

Similar Blends: Probably any unflavored rope..

1 person found this review helpful.

Badbrude Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Badbrude (16)
Strong Very Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Coconut Twist is a very pleasant surprise. It's the last variety of the G&H twist family I've tried. I've tried all the brown and single black twist that are available in the states. I like them all but the browns more than the black. It turns out this is my favorite which I find somewhat amusing and ironic.

It is true that all of the flavored twists' initial aromatics fade away quickly but they do change the room note. Coconut twist's aromatics last longer and they are prevalent in the most pleasant way. The irony is I don't like Fruity flavored tobacco, most of which are drug store goop or most commercially available Burley-based aromatics. The first part of the bowl was fruity and earthy spicy. That goes very well with the coconut and the room note was the nicest of all the varieties.

It's also a tad less nicotine potent than the others; I can smoke more before I cry uncle.

Tobacco wise, as always, a deeply rich sweet, spicy and earthy experience. Never bites. Hats off to G&H for over two centuries of mastery and tradition.

Moisture wise I like it straight off the rope, separated out and tossed around to air it out. You get the max aromatics that way. Yeah, it takes more lights. That's why they invented butane. 8>)

4 stars.

I aim to have this in my private stash forever.

Pipe Used: Various but all small bowl

Age When Smoked: Newly purchased

Purchased From: Mars Cigars

Similar Blends: Other G&H ropes..

1 person found this review helpful.

HauntedMyst Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HauntedMyst (22)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

If you've tried the unflavored ropes, you've tried this one. The bag note has a slight coconut odor to it. I loaded up G&H Coconut Twist in an Astley billiard. Apparently it’s made with a magical coconut flavored topping that you get exactly one whiff of coconut from but then just disappears after the charring light never to be heard from again.

Here is the thing, G&H ropes are fantastic if you like the genre. But when they say Cherry or Coconut, do not expect a Cherry or Coconut aromatic. I'm not sure what they put on the Cherry or Coconut but it certainly never lasts beyond the initial lighting that I have experienced. From then on, it's just great, rich tobacco. Maybe they wave a coconut over this at the factory or are just thinking about coconuts when they make it but it has no coconut flavor and no coconut aroma. Maybe have a Pina Colada or some Malibu Rum if you want some coconut while you smoke it. Actually, that might be good.

Pipe Used: Astley Group 6 Billiard

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Watch City Cigar

1 person found this review helpful.

canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (333)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Coconut would be a very cool flavor to replicate in a smoke, so will it? The initial aroma from the uncut rope was an unassuming, dull, and lightly sweet. Once cut, I left the room and came back to what I guess could be considered faint coconut with a pleasing "natural" bouquet.

Get a sharp knife, or expect the discs to have big leaf pieces that pack like shredded cardboard and suffer a quick burn rate. Dry the pile out for a few minutes, as it may take an extra match to get going, but once lit, the product burns evenly. Like other flavored ropes I have had, the casing gets lost in the smoke, yet there was always a hint of coconut lingering to lighten things up. Thankfully, things never got too cigar like, even by the end.

When I order something labeled as coconut, I would expect to spend a day in tasting the tropics, so similar Aromatic fans may will want to look elsewhere.

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

1 person found this review helpful.

gahdzila Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gahdzila (61)
Very Strong Mild to 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 coconut topping seems very lightly applied in this sample. Lighter than any of the other flavored ropes I've tried. That's a shame, because I love coconut, and the flavoring seems accurate and doesn't taste artificial. A bit sweet, like stealing a bite of the flaked coconut while mamma bakes pies.

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.

1 person found this review helpful.

Warwick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Warwick (37)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I go back to the mason jar of this every year or so but it remains a bit of a disappointment, even after 8 years. I've never found a way to keep it lit well, aside from excessively drying and mincing it, and even then its temperamental - much more so that plain Brown rope or Brown Bogie.

Coconut? Well, not really. If I try hard I can imagine its coconut, but primarily it is a solid nutty overtone that supersedes the usual leather and cigar notes of brown rope. In that sense it succeeds, but all-in-all its not worth the effort.

Pipe Used: Brigham

Age When Smoked: 8 yro

1 person found this review helpful.

quantumboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
quantumboy (130)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable

I am not an aromatic fan, but I am a huge fan of G&H ropes and twists. This one is not cloying, although the flavor is present throughout the smoke. If definitely subsides significantly, leaving the majority of the bowl with a solid, familiar G&H twist character. It's an interesting changeup once in a while, but it's not one I would smoke regularly.

1 person found this review helpful.

guitar2mw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
guitar2mw (92)
Very Strong Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

Ah, rope tobacco. You'd think that after an experience with Black XX that I'd learn my lesson. Fortunately, I'm hard-headed, and I ordered some of this stuff on a whim. I'm a coconut fan, an aromatic fan, and a nicotine fan. Check, check, and double check! The package provided me with a curl of very dark colored rope tobacco. The pouch note was that of very strong, oily tobacco with a hint of natural coconut. I'm pretty sure if you put baking coconut on a Maduro cigar it would have a similar aroma. I used a cigar cutter to slice thin coins and I packed them in one of my cheap briars (you know, in case it created an environmental hazard like the Black XX did). It took a while for this to catch a flame, but once it did, wow! I could taste the coconut at first, but after half a bowl it faded out completely. There is simply nothing on this planet strong enough to drown out the taste of the tobacco used in this rope. However, the tobacco tastes GOOD. It wasn't heavy (thanks to the Cavendish, I presume) like other ropes, and lacked that oily mouth feeling. It burned relatively cool, and the nicotine level was just the way that I like it: high as hell. I would recommend this to any smoker looking for something different with a high nic hit. I find myself reaching for this more and more. I guess it's time to reorder!

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Sweet Coconut Twist;

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 = 8;

Raw Score = 53;

Rated Percentage = 88%;

Comment = Smooth, Strong Strength, Full Body Tobacco Flavor (but no coconut 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”.

1 person found this review helpful.

DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (145)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Tolerable

A previous reviewer has said that "coconut" and "tobacco" are words that don't belong in the same sentence. Couldn't agree more. I'm not sure what the flavour actually is (it doesn't taste like coconut to me), but I don't like it and I don't think tobacco should taste of it. Each to his own; some people like it, after all. Try it (in a small bowl) if you like a smoke with an arresting flavour. It's cool and slow, which are plus points; but so are many tobaccos that don't violate the taste-buds in the way that this one does. It's as rough as a badger's ear if you smoke it too quickly. If my aged grandma got down on her poor old bony knees and begged me to smoke it, I would. Not otherwise, though. SWMBO and Klio were very satirical about the room note. Klio rushed outside, rolled on the grass, and presently brought a dead mouse in. Says it all, really.

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Cantrell Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cantrell (14)
Extremely Strong Strong Full Strong

Absolutly Vile, no coconut taste whatsoever more like a novelty cigar purchased in china town. not even worth the effort of cutting and drying the rope. left an awefull taste in my mouth similar to some sort of hotel shampoo.

You have been warned!

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Well, I did get this as a free sample, though mine was brown and not black, as OSR mentioned. (hope I'm reviewing the right rope here!) Somehow, this rope really hit me right. I got a load of free samples to start a box pass from a kind soul in a forum.....most of what I tried were ropes, and this one did the trick. To me, it was just like a normal brown rope with, well, a coconut twist. Maybe it was aged, because it sure was smooth. The smoothest rope I've ever smoked. I've just located a place to get it online, marscigar, and I'll update this when I've smoked some more. If you like ropes, this is a strange, but good choice. 4 stars!

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Strong

This rope is not your typical GH offering in that it has just a hint of the usual GH taste, however, the presence of coconut is there. This is a very mild aromatic and I recommend it to those who wish to enter the world of ropes and twists. It's especially nice as a "relaxing in the hot sun" smoke.

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Wally Frank Collector Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wally Frank Collector (41)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Upon opening this bag I was greeted by a mild Toasted Coconut aroma and a medium Almond and a medium earthy background. I cut the rope up with my hunting knife into a coarse cut and left it sit out for 45 minutes on a paper towel. Unfortunately after loading and lighting I decided to remove and leave out for another hour and a half. The reason was it was hard to light and wouldn't stay lit past 2 sips no matter how much I puffed to get it lit. That is fine I I like to sip, but to get the flavor it takes a few sips. When "lit" this smokes profusely and leaves a tolerable room note. I think this could be a all day smoke if one could keep it lit. Burns super slow even when it feels dry. Despite claims otherwise this will slightly nip you if you puff hard and if puffed slightly it gives one a cigar taste, which is great if you like that in your pipe tobacco. The heavy smoke lingers long but is sort of ncie to look at. Surprisingly no moisture in the bowl when finished a hour and a half later. Burned down to a dark ash. During the few sips I could get in a row this left a lightly sweet aftertaste of coconut and almond. The last quarter of the bowl grew bitter and after done smoking I tasted a mixed aftertaste of slightly sweet coconut, a slight bitter taste and some cigar.

Upon "lighting" and I use that term loosely, I was greeted by a nice lightly sweet coconut and a mildly sweet almond. There was a mild earthy taste in the background and that is all I could taste except when puffing a bit to see what it would do. What it did was threw a lot of wonderful smoke, had a cigar taste come forth, slightly nipped and 30 seconds later went out.

I have a rather mixed reaction to this. I had some quick short lived enjoyment of the flavors I could find, love the smoke, I like smoky smokes, was nice to find no moisture in the bowl, enjoyed what others called a tolerable room note but the constantly relighting and hardly any long term tasting while sipping, and not finding anything in taste other than he coconut, almond and earthy flavors that seemed to play okay together left me feeling that this was a smoke that offered little enjoyment. The flavors that I tasted for short quick lights were pleasant., Would I buy it? No and I am grateful my friend gave me this to try. I give this a 2 out of 4 stars. I do think everyone should try it for it isn't bad but it is rather more annoying to smoke despite almost 2 and a half hours of drying on a paper towel under a ceiling fan. I know friends who would love this, but it just isn't the twist I need in my life for it isn't my cup of tea flavor-wise.

Update- tried this multiple times and disliked it more each time. 1 star rating.

Pipe Used: Edwards bent billiard

Age When Smoked: NEW

Purchased From: Gift from friend

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Corvus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Corvus (36)
Very Strong Strong Full Tolerable

The two word review of this rope: powerful coconut. This was my first exploration of rope tobacco, and I'll be delving further. First, the twist is a pretty cool presentation and allows a close inspection of whole leaf. There is not a lot of complexity to the blend. The raw power is my lasting impression of this smoke and I would caution lightweights to be wary; it's still a tolerable level but one I wouldn't want to exceed.

While coconut is an uncommon pairing with tobacco it is welcome. It is strongest on the light and fades over time, but the decay rate is constant unlike many other aromatics that volatilize and subsequently lose all topping in the first quarter of the bowl. While this is a cavendish, I think it's a purer expression of a steamed and pressurized leaf rather than heavily cased with all the nicotine cooked off. I would guess that it is a burley cavendish. The coconut starts intense, and I think it pairs well with a strong tobacco. I also get a note underneath that's like evaporated milk, unusual but nice. Once this settles down the tobacco dominates. It's pretty one note, but a good note like very well seasoned firewood. As I said above very strong, but not harsh. Definitely a cigar-like quality to it, perhaps because of the layered whole leaf. If you can cope with higher doses of Vitamin N give it a go.

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Ig88 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ig88 (9)
Medium to Strong Medium Full Tolerable to Strong

Wow. This was something of a surprise to me. I didn't expect this twist to be as good as it turned out to be. Strong enough to satisfy you and yet pleasant enough to keep coming back to. Excellent taste and just enough 'tropical' essence to make it unique. Goes great with a glass of good dark rum.

Wife note is strong on this one.

Purchased From: Mars Tobacco

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Ethan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ethan (34)
Very Strong Very Mild Medium Tolerable

I just received a couple ounces of this today. I have been wanting to try a rope tobacco and this seemed like a good choice. This is a high quality tobacco with a very light topping of coconut (I assume). It doesn't really taste like coconut but it is nice and sweet and pleasant tasting. There is somewhat of a cigar type of room note that goes along with it. It is also very VERY strong. I rubbed out a couple small coins I cut from it and lit em up. Halfway through the bowl I thought my head was going to fall off. Tread lightly my friends, until you get a feel for how much of this you can handle. With that being said it is of good quality and excellent bang for the buck, it will take me some time to work through a few ounces but that is perfectly ok with me, there is plenty of room in the cellar. I recommend this blend for when everything else just isn't strong enough and you would rather not go for a full english blend.

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: www.smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Getting hit in the head with a blunt object..

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serif365 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
serif365 (21)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Tolerable

I had some trouble keeping this leaf lit but once I got it going it burned well. I sliced off a few little coins, rubbed them out and stuffed them into a small cob pipe. There's plenty of flavor but I can't state that I detected anything I could say resembled coconut. The flavor was sweet and I kept thinking of some of the better cigars I've smoked. The nicotine left me with a pleasant buzz and I was glad I had chosen a SMALL PIPE to smoke this bowl. This is quality tobacco but I'm still trying to pen down the actual flavor.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

Dint like this one so much. smell like tanning oil :/

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

This is one of only two rope tobaccos I've tried, the other being GH&Co. maple twist. I didn't expect to like this one as much as I did, but was extremely surprised. I will try to update the review after I smoke a few more bowls, but so far this is going to be a regular staple in my rotation.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

Smells like Hawaiian tropic dark tanning oil. Topping interferes with the dark earthy taste of this twist.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable

I can't really add much to the previous review-it nails this tobacco perfectly. Just like Strongirish, I found that the strong bag aroma of coconuts does not translate to the actual smoke beyond the first few puffs, and that this tobacco is very cigar like. But if all the cigars I've tried tasted like this, I might smoke more of them. Really good stuff, and I will be glad to have some around. I will update when I have really gotten to know this rope, especially after it has started to age. I have it in a jar already. From the picture on the retailer's website, I expected it to be a blacker, thinner rope, but it is the size of S. Gawith Brown #4, and only a little darker.

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beaupipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beaupipe (102)
Strong Very Mild Very Full Tolerable to Strong

I've got a real thing for the amazing twists from the Gawith twins.

A few months back an estate pipe arrived and after a double dose of pipe sweetening, reaming, etc., I fired up a bowl of some neutral Burley. And what did it taste like? Coconut. Being a suggestible soul, I developed an immediate craving for coconut. And after about 30 seconds of research, I ordered 8 oz of this blend. (Suggestible and impulsive and optimistic all in one, it seems). I've long been a fan of Sam Gawith's ropes and I figured that Gawith & Hoggarth must be equally adept at producing them.

And so they are.

When a twist arrives at my door, I tend to have at it with a big chef's knife. Most of it I cut it into segments about 2 inches long and stuff into jars. For immediate smoking, I just chop some roughly and toss it into a smaller jar. I rub it out further before I load and I find that drying to the crispy stage seems to work best for me.

Coconut twist is not an aromatic in the usual sense: there's nothing remotely goopy or bitey about it. It is first and foremost a powerful brown rope bursting with classic African Virginia intensity and depth. On top of that robust, cigarish tobacco flavor is a very subtle coconut quality that tends to diminish as the ash builds.

I often read how the various ropes are 'not for beginners,' but I don't think I agree. I think that anyone coming to the pipe from a different form of tobacco--cigars, cigarettes, or chew--might be best starting with these nicotine-rich, inspiring tabacs. It's true, of course, that some find these tabacs to be utterly vile, gruesomely potent, so be forewarned. But I think they're a great historical introduction to the pleasures of the pipe.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the third rope tobacco I have tried and I like all of them however I love this stuff, it's fantastic. It is oily and firm in the bag and it prepares quite nice. I just cut a few pieces off and rub them together then fill. My only small complaint is that it can be a bugger to keep lit sometimes. Don't be put off by the coconut smell in the bag as I was. It took me quite some time to try it after I bought it and I was kicking my self for waiting so long. If you like Black XX or Sweet rum Twist you should enjoy this stuff; top notch!

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I have become interested in furthering my tobacco experience by trying some rope tobacs, and so approached my local tobacconist. He is a long-time pipe man, and a lover of stout tobacs, including those of the rope variety. After a search through his back stock, he came up with G&H Coconut Twist. I hesitated, as I am not much of an aromatic smoker. He knows that I enjoy Samuel Gawith?s Chocolate Flake, however, and he urged me to give this one a go. I?m very glad I did.

Appearance: It?s a rope. It?s dark brown and oily, with a few blond strands in evidence.

Pouch aroma: My Good Girl sums it up best. This stuff smells just like an Almond Joy candy bar.

Preparation: I sliced off some coins of the rope with a cigar cutter. They were damp to the touch and very oily. I?m of the fold-n-stuff school where flakes are concerned, so I stuffed a few of the coins into a reliable flake pipe and left it to dry overnight.

First third: This stuff is dense, and so difficult to get going, but not anymore so than a flake. The first match brings a blast of the sweet flavor of milk chocolate and coconut, true to the pouch aroma. It?s very nice, and not at all artificial or cloying. That sweetness settles right down, though, and by the fourth of fifth puff the major player is the smooth and cool Virginia tobacco. It?s a little tingly, but this stuff burns so slowly, there?s not much of a chance of over-heating the pipe or dealing with any bite.

Second third: A re-light doesn?t give the blast of sweetness that the first light brings. What I taste here is the delicious flavor of a well-behaved air-cured Virginia. I always suspect Virginias of having a little Burley added for body, but I don?t think there?s anything here but the Virginias advertised. The sweetness, which is only that and now cannot be called coconut flavoring stays muted and very far in the background, greatly complimenting the VA flavors.

Rope tobacs have the reputation of having a high nicotine content, but in several bowls of this fine weed I haven?t seen evidence of this. Oh, the vitamin N is present, but no more so than, say, Samuel Gawith?s Full Virginia Flake.

Final third: The density of ash requires me to dump some of it for a final re-light. Virginia enthusiasts know that the last half of the bowl is the real pay-off, and this tobac is no different. This isn?t a highly-complex tobac, but it develops well, and the final third of the bowl is rich and satisfying. The tobac needs to be broken up with the pipe tool in order to smoke to the bottom. There is no dottle, only ash.

Recommendations: Highly recommended for the Virginia lover. Smokers of Full Virginia Flake, Dark Star and the like will enjoy this. Those who enjoy Samuel Gawith?s Chocolate Flake will feel right at home. Aromatic smokers will enjoy themselves and be treated to a fine Virginia tobac experience. English and Balkan smokers will find an enjoyable smoke that will bring no complaints from others in the room, and very likely compliments.

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Moe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Moe (46)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

Ajaj, said it right. The coconut is just there and not too strong. Id smoke this more but I like smoking more than prepping the ropes. But its a good one.

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