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

Sweet Maple Twist (Also called Brown Twist Sweet Maple) - The main feature of this tobacco is the addition of maple sugars 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
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
Very Mild
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2979)
Strong Mild Full Tolerable

The potent Virginias have a bit of tangy dark fruit, a light tart and tangy citrus and vegetative, floral grass, some wood, and a few cigar notes. The sweet maple topping is rather mild, and doesn’t sublimate the tobaccos much at all. It also adds a slight smoothness to help curb potential rough edges, and doesn’t weaken at any time. The strength and taste level are full. The nic-hit is a couple of steps past the medium mark. No chance of bite, and it won’t get harsh. Sports a few rough notes. No mater how you prepare it, it will burn cool, clean, and slow with a very consistent, deeply rich, mildly sweet, rugged flavor. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. The pleasant after taste lingers as does the stronger room note. Not an all day smoke.


23 people found this review helpful.

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

Sweet Maple Twist is a terrific tobacco for lovers of strong tobacco. What could be better for lovers of Irish X than the addition of a little bit of maple. SMT should not be confused as a sugary aromatic although the name could imply that. The maple seems to lightly waft in and out, but never crowds over the tobacco flavor. It adds just a very slight sweetness to the earthy flavor of SMT. I get the best results by preparing it one of two ways. Sometimes I prefer to quickly chop it in a coffee grinder or I cut it into small pieces. It also smokes well cut into coins and stuffed. Any way it’s done, SMT needs a little time to dry before smoking. It burns clean and cool, and is never harsh. For my personal taste, I enjoy this slowly smoked in a group three size bowl or smaller. I have only smoked SMT new but I believe that this will cellar quite well. SMT is highly recommended for experienced pipe smokers.

21 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Medium to Strong Mild Full Pleasant

One of the best.... No, make that The Best Maple flavored tobacco I've ever smoked. Gifted to me by fellow reviewer SteelCowboy, I found the flavor to be the same as he did, wonderful! I did not get the same nicotine punch that he did, but it is a powerhouse aromatic (if you want to call this an aromatic), and I am sure it will please those who enjoy sweetened strong Virginia. As is the case with most of these G&H plugs and twists, it is a bugger to prepare but worth the effort.


12 people found this review helpful.

Knightsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Knightsmoker (213)
Very Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

OK, the base tobacco is the same as Brown Irish X so my review there might be helpful. This is a strong tobacco and the added element of maple adds a little sweetness and once in a while a little extra sweetness is nice in a blend like this. The maple, however, does not linger on the tongue for long which is a good thing IMO. As far as aros go this is one of my favorites but the wife hates the room note. I would still give BIX the edge but this is nice and I will probably pick up a few oz. to have on hand for when the mood for strong but a little more sweet strikes me.

Pipe Used: small bent billard

Age When Smoked: about 6 months

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

9 people found this review helpful.

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

This is freaking delicious. I love Brown Irish X and I have a sweet tooth so this, for me, takes BIX to a whole new level. The maple is lightly applied and adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the very earthy, mildly smoky Virginias. Not complex, but powerful and tasty. This is a smoke made to satisfy. The easiest 4 stars I've ever given and a new favorite.

Medium to strong in body. Taste is full. Flavoring is mild. Slice thin and dry well for a good burn.

Pipe Used: Chacom cutty, MM Little Devil Acorn, MM Dwarf

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

7 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Medium to Strong Very 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 whiff of maple if you are looking for it. 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 any maple really in the flavor. 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 have not tried mixing a rubbed out coin with anything else, but I suspect that would work well.

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

6 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Strong Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I have been curious about rope tobaccos for quite a while, I must say. I also have a strong preference for G & H offerings over SG. They are quite easier to manage and prepare for smoking. A fellow member on a pipe forum was kind enough to send me a generous sample of Sweet Maple when I showed interest for it. Well, I have to say I enjoy this kind of tobacco a lot. The taste of the VAs is very deep, earthy, tasty. The maple essence is more than a toppping but not quite a casing, as it is present on and off throughout the pipeful. As this tobacco came very moist, 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 moistness tends to arise again, making it a lot difficult to enjoy as it triggers 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 listened to my fellow member's advice and cube cut the rope for smoking and it works very well. I also tried part cube, part rubbed out and it works well as well. No surprises, no complexities, just good deep tasting VAs with the gorgeous, delicious maple aroma. Of the three I have tried so far (Rum and Black Irish) this is my favorite rope because the maple topping is just awesome. And, boy, the nicotine contribution is splendid.

Pipe Used: Stanwell; Cygne; Invicta

Age When Smoked: Fresh (?)

Similar Blends: G & H Rum Twist Rope.

6 people found this review helpful.

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

So I'm in love! Problem is, will my taste buds ever settle for less? I carefully sliced, unwound and dried a bit too much for a small bowl, so I ignored the warnings and smoked a medium sized bowl of this wonderful stuff. I was spoiled by the delicious, rich flavor, and I couldn't stop till I completely killed that bowl. But I walked away with glassy eyes and a smirk on my face (no EMTs this time).

The false light is very sweet and reminds me of the first few puffs of a sweet cigar. The relight was only slightly persnickety (thanks Zippo) and in a few minutes the Twist was in its prime. The maple flavor is definitely there and gentle sips across the top and sides of my tongue did have a mild maple taste. Maple Twist is an aromatic, but it's sort of a inbetweener and just an hour after smoking there was no ghosting of the pipe that I could detect.

I bought a bottle of Jim Beam Maple to try with Maple Twist, but I'm not sure if it's wise to pair the two... Guess I'll just have to try it. I definitely recommend using a small bent pipe with a pipe cleaner to keep the stem dry as you smoke the twist. I've got some balsa filters that I'd like to try next time. And I do want to stay with a smaller pipe next time because this stuff is so delicious that I don't want to stop! I would strongly urge anyone who is on the fence to go ahead and try this Jaguar of tobaccos.

PS. I know that there's some concerns about room note, but one interesting thing that I noticed is the lack of any strong odors in my beard after smoking Maple Twist. I like the idea of being able to enjoy a punchy tobacco like this without feeling like a human ashtray afterwards. Just cant say enough good things...

Pipe Used: MM Bent Great Dane Egg (Cob)

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

5 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (628)
Extremely Strong Extremely Mild Full Tolerable

After loving Sweet Coconut Twist so much so that I now consider it my favorite aromatic tobacco, I decided to order all the flavored twists. So far, that experiment has led to me trying to others. This one and the sweet rum twist. I liked the rum better than this one.

The problem I run into is spelled out clearly in the beginning sentences of Steelcowboys review, I don't really like Irish X or brown twist unflavored and as his review points out the topping on this is very light making it taste closer to the unflavored twists than the flavored versions. I agree with his review and my perception is similar. The maple essence is very light and slips in and out.

I find these twists to be too stout and overwhelming without the topping. Hell, even with the topping, a medium sized bowl is difficult to finish in terms of strength alone. While I love the Coconut, I typically smoke it in small bowls or a large bowl over a few smoking sessions.

I am putting this one at two stars only because I want to differentiate my takes on these flavored twists, but I wouldn't disagree that someone who truly loves the unflavored tastes of these twists may love this blend as a change up.

4 people found this review helpful.

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 maple flavor is pretty good, quite accurate, but not terribly intense. This actually reminds me of REAL maple syrup more than the artificially flavored pancake syrup you get at the grocery store, so I think they got the flavor right. That said....it is sweeter than the whiskey twist, but I would have liked a bit more sweetness. I'd give it higher marks if it had a stronger dose of sauce, but I like it quite a bit.

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.

4 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2066)
Very Strong Medium Full Very Pleasant

Gawith Hoggarth - Sweet Maple Twist.

There's some very good reviews of Sweet Maple Twist on here, so please forgive me if I repeat anything that's already been said!

The problem with plugs and twists is due to the amount of work they take to prepare for smoking they can often seem a bit of a let-down once burning, unless, like this, it's a wonderful smoke. I have to differ with a few fellow reviewers regarding the added flavour. It actually seems around medium to me; not sticky, or strong, but easy to ascertain it's from maple. The nicotine's heavy in this one, it's not a 'beginners blend'! The length of the smoke's dependant on how it's prepared; I chop medium coins and give them a little ruffle to have a lengthy session, but if you want a quick nic'-fix just slice and crumble into a fine shag; lot's of N, lot's of flavour, and only a little time spent smoking.

I enjoy this more than I thought I would.

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson Spigot XL02

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: My Smoking Shop

4 people found this review helpful.

canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (336)
Strong Very Mild Full Tolerable

I enjoy aromatics mainly for the endless possibilities of added flavors. Often I want the flavor to be very present, otherwise, why bother smoking an aromatic? I could not smell any maple out of the bag, instead it had that earthy barn/hay odor.

Some sweetness came through once lit, though any maple was too mild for my tongue to detect. I was surprised by the lack of soapyness (this was the first Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. I've tried without it). It was quite meaty and full of nicotine, and I could see why those fond of full tobacco taste wouldn't mind this as an aromatic.

I didn't mind smoking the rope, but if I buy a maple aromatic, I want some maple syrup in my smoke. To this I'll stick to McClelland's Town Topic.

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

4 people found this review helpful.

Haebar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Haebar (52)
Very Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I started smoking a big-bowled pipe of this and just had to put it down for a while because of the strength of this tobacco. This is definitely the "Copenhagen" of pipe tobaccos; meaning it is as strong as Copenhagen smokeless tobacco in terms of nicotine. I sliced it into coins with my cigar cutter and then rubbed out the coins to get a fairly consistent pile. Then I let it air out for a few hours to get it at the proper moisture level. The maple flavoring is very subtle for me; I can just now taste it on my lips after having put the pipe down for the last 10 minutes or so. In smoking, it is not goopy or wet like some other aromatics. This is my second go with this tobacco. The first time I tried it I didn't let it dry enough and it was difficult to keep lit. This and some Black Irish X was generously gifted to me by OnePyroTec from CigarBum.com some months back. It is an enjoyable smoke and a pleasant change of pace from most other types of tobaccos that I have tried up to this point.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum General

Age When Smoked: 2 years

Purchased From: a gift

4 people found this review helpful.

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

Sweet Maple 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 = 9;

Raw Score = 54;

Rated Percentage = 90%;

Comment = Smooth, Very Strong Strength, Nice Full Body Flavor, Lots of Nicotine, this blend will Knock you on your Butt.

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”.

4 people found this review helpful.

scottyspipesebay Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
scottyspipesebay (25)
Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Yes, this is quite excellent. Every bit as good as my favorite Brown Irish X, BUT for now I will stay with my Irish, as I have several ounces cellaring and like it just slightly better. Just used to it, I suppose. The only difference I can tell is that it DOES have a very light maple hint to it that ends quite quickly, but that's it.

See my review for Brown Irish X (Brown Irish Twist) and you will have my review for this, as I would treat it the exact same way, as well as using for blending.

Here's a quicky update: Try adding 1/3 good blending Cyprian Latakia to this. It mellows it down to a very soft smoke that is complex and in no way overly strong. A great light-sweet room note and super tasty palate. A light-sweet mahogany edge, and the Cyp Lat will add a light smokiness, too.

Smoke pinched amounts in a nice small slender bowl, and SIP IT. Em Em good, to the end. No tar or dottle, whatsoever. SIP!

4 people found this review helpful.

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

Gee...numero uno! I feel a great burden to provide an incisive, substantive and accurate appraisal of this noteworthy blend...bringing forward all of its subtle nuances. Well, if there WERE any! KIDDING! Really...another amazing and 'to die for' twist from Gawaith & Hogwarts...with a very slight sweetness and equally subtle maple thing - just enough to take the edge off the Brown Twist. Just close your eyes and imagine the Rum Twist or the Whiskey Twist...now QUICK...swap in a hint of Maple. You got it! Way to go. OH YEAH! And BTW: like the others, small bowl...or prepare to have the EMT guy hand your butt to you. OH and BTW #2: for me, all these twists do really well with DGT. Just sayin'.

4 people found this review helpful.

redbarchetta Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
redbarchetta (2)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Cut: Thick rope tobacco, about 4 inches. Jarred for four months. Used my Savinelli Porto Cervo Rusticated (author shape). Moisture: moist towelette Aroma/Tin Note: very pleasant, sugary sweet maple, earth, but not overly sweet Taste: Maple was somewhat understated with medium-thick smoke. Very mIld maple and hay flavor Likes: Smooth mouthfeel. The cut is interesting but i'm not sure it's worth the additional work vs ready-rubbed. I would expect the room note to be pleasant but I was sitting in my garage with the door open on a cold day, so it was difficult to judge. Dislikes: Used my extremely sharp, surgical steel cigar cutter but because the rope was oily, it gummed up the cutter somewhat. Should have allowed it to dry out more before packing as it would not stay lit, and required multiple relights. Flavor profile is modest in strength, fullness and depth. I've been focusing on English blends more, so aromatics now seem a little understated by comparison. Supposedly a very strong tobacco, but I felt it was no more than medium in strength with almost zero nic hit. The constant re-lighting was annoying. Interesting blend but it is unlikely I will purchase more Sweet Maple Twist in the future.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Porto Cervo

Age When Smoked: 4 months in jar

3 people found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (338)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I sent am email to TR to add this tobacco hoping to be the first to review it, but since it took me so long to finish the 2oz I like to smoke to review a blend, Blackhorse beat me to it! However, great job on your part!

Maple here is very subtle, but there. Not a cloying sweet like PG soaked aros, but a high quality maple extract. A perfectly spun rope, which is easy to slice and rub out. I do not find this over the top strong, but enough to know you are smoking a G&H rope. None of that strong motor oil quailities some ropes possess. If you are looking to venture into the world of ropes, don't forget to give this one a go!

3 people found this review helpful.

Boatdock Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Boatdock (28)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

If you're looking for a quality maple tobacco, look no further. It goes without saying that Gawath ropes are all of the highest quality and this one is no exception. As with all rope tobacco, you have to prepare it, but the end result is worth the trouble. Cool smoking real tobacco flavor with the taste of sweet maple throughout. This is amazing stuff.

2 people found this review helpful.

Voyaging Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Voyaging (80)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Strong

This comes in a rope. Mine wasn't the neatest. It came a little unraveled. Maybe too much handling took place. The smell is just of strong, air-cured tobacco, but this has a touch of obvious sweetness in the smell, but not off-putting.

The taste is just like the rum twist un-sliced, which is a dark, cigar-like taste with wood notes, some smokiness, a slight floral quality. There isn't must sweetness, other than a dark, grainy sweetness, and just a hint of added sweetness somewhere in there, but this is certainly not a sweet blend. No cane sugar-like sweetness, and no flue-cured Virginia sweetness.

I would recommend this to the person that likes cigar blends, cigars (in general), and the person that likes twists. This is up there on the nicotine scale, but won't kill you if you take it slowly. There will be lots of re-lights no matter what, and drying it out too much will strip some of the flavor from the tobacco. I preferred to slice and use small scissors to cut it into even smaller bits to get a good burn. It's an okay blend for me. Not something I would buy twice, but something I'm glad I tried. I prefer more nuance and intrigue in my smoke. Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: bent pot, lovat, bulldog

Age When Smoked: unsure

Purchased From: The Country Squire Tobacconist

Similar Blends: Gawith Hoggarth Rum Twist (unsliced).

2 people found this review helpful.

Effluvinator Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Effluvinator (60)
Medium to Strong Medium Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

I recently finished a half pound of this. It is good, but I still prefer the unflavored brown ropes from GH and SG. This needed considerable drying time or it wouldn't stay lit. Good flavor but wanted to bite me a little. If I could no longer obtain S G Brown #4, GH brown twist or similar, I would likely keep on hand one of these flavored ropes.

Pipe Used: "Czech"; "The Pipe"

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Sm

Similar Blends: Smokingpipes.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

A note on twist style tobacco. What you need is a sharp Chinese vegetable cleaver or meat cleaver. (A good electric knife sharpener helps.) Slicing this stuff is not much more difficult than slicing a zucchini or napa cabbage only it has the density of a semi-hard cheese, like a 6 month manchego. I realize this may not be much help to those like my father, whose culinary repertoire extends no further than Cheese Whiz on toast, but my point is that if you use a decent knife, it's really not much trouble. I don't understand using a jackknife to cut up a plug or rope. You're more likely to slice your finger and mangle the tobacco.

I received this 4 oz sample today and sliced it all up into coins about 1/8" thick and jarred it for aging. It's a little too wet out of the bag but I wanted to try it right away. The coins break apart into ribbons with very little effort. I'm smoking it in a little devil cutty cob, just to try it out. No trouble getting it lit and it burns to a nice white ash, but it certainly needs several relights at this moisture level.

The bag aroma is quite fruity (my wife says she smells pears, but mostly figs), and a tiny bit vegetal, slightly spicy like cinnamon or cardamom, a little smoky/woody like a dark-fired Kentucky, and very mildly floral like a bit of lilacs and lavender. It doesn't exactly smell like maple syrup. Maybe more like maplewood? Anyway, the maple topping is mildly present at most. I mostly get a sweet ripe fruit Virginia aroma and I would swear there's some dark-fired in there.

In the smoke, I get a little bit of that cardamom spiciness. It's a little sweet tasting, but more on the dry side. Definitely cigar-like in the first part of the bowl, in a very good way. The vegetal aspect comes through too. I guess you'd call that earthiness. The bottom line is it tastes like tobacco. Very good strong tobacco. It certainly does not taste like maple, though I wasn't expecting it to, so I'm not disappointed in the least. This packs a strong nicotine punch. I'm sure it will age magnificently.

Pipe Used: little devil cutty cob

Age When Smoked: fresh

2 people found this review helpful.

HeavyMetalPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HeavyMetalPiper (65)
Overwhelming None Detected Extra Full Very Strong

This was my first experience with rope, and it's quite a but of prep work slicing and drying the tobacco. This tasted very much like a cigar to me, similar to a maduro. I enjoy maduro cigars, but if that's the experience I am seeking, I will have one of those. The pipe I was using was large, and I did begin to feel the strength of this blend. This was not a problem with a smaller bowl. When the tobacco is prepped to the point where it stays lit, it is more enjoyable. I did not detect the maple at all.

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Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Bent Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: 1 Month

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

2 people found this review helpful.

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

I got to try this rope recently. Having made both terrible and excellent experiences with G&H ropes I was puzzled about what would await me. I like maple flavorings a lot when it's mildly applied - and Sweet Maple Twist is one of those blends with an exceptionally mild flavoring that intertwines with the tobacco component.

Unburnt aroma is of stewed fruits, a whiff of cigar-ish spice and very mild notes of maple-syrup, which actually reminds me of forest (honeydew) honey. As usual with G&H ropes the twist is very well crafted and you can see from its coloring that this is a stout blend.

Lighting the Sweet Maple Twist opens the gates to a warm, sweet and spicy-stout taste. The Virginias give me notes of stewed and dried fruits, smooth and mellow caramel-y sweetness, as well as a decent share of spicy earthiness. A note or two that reminds me of cigar leaf comes through every now and then. The maple flavoring is light handedly applied and underscores the tobaccos merits in an unobtrusive way. To me it more tastes of forest honey rather than maple. It has a very 'warm' feeling on the palate. Like a nice spoon of honey that you'd dip into your cup of tea. Slightly herbal in character. Only downside I encountered whas that it - albeit being dried out to being 'cripsy' - burned rather poorley, but as I only had 2 bowls of it this may be due to my packing technique.

I surely wouldn't classify this as an 'Aromatic', but rather a 'Semi-Aromatic' at best. In the same vein as blends like University Flake or 3P's (Perfect Plug). Bold tobacco base rounded with a mildly applied, underscoring aroma. Great tobacco, definetly 4-star worthy for my taste. I'll buy a couple ounzes of this when I have the chance, a nice change of pace for my Burley-heavy blends I usually prefer.

Pipe Used: Clay Pipe

2 people found this review helpful.

WillardFan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillardFan (90)
Strong Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

Strong is a good discription for this one. The maple is barely discernible , but it's there. To me, this is stronger than the Brown Irish rope. Burns well when dried a bit. Lots of creamy smoke. This is a good one to have around, when the Brown is back ordered ...

On another note, I've seen some folks say it a bugger to prepare. I found that a cigar cutter works great for prepping this. I cut a 1 1/2 in piece off. Let it sit over night, then I cut it into small pieces with the cutter. I break it up a bit more and it smokes quite well.

Pipe Used: Captain Black Yeoman

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

CR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CR (26)
Very Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought this in tandem with the Happy Brown rope. Both are unabashedly strong smokes that are full of taste and enjoyment, but the Happy has a better flavor and is a smoother smoke to me.

Having said that much, I must stress that the Sweet Maple Turd - Twist, I mean - is not an unremarkable smoke. I’ve just cut and rubbed some, and I’m excited to taste it again. The bouquet of the cut rope is incredible. It’s a pleasure smoke, and the maple taste lends the prominent savor of aged leaf something almost erotic. Sensational might be more like it.

Pipe Used: Briar, Cob

Age When Smoked: 2 Weeks

2 people found this review helpful.

cajomu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cajomu (79)
Medium Mild Medium Tolerable

GH&C Sweet Maple Twist requires a little more preparation than usual (slicing off and rubbing out coins) and benefits from a half hour or so of drying. After that, it lights easily and burns cleanly, leaving only a light gray ash in the pipe.

SMT doesn't have much aroma. Taste wise, dark, molasses flavors predominate over grassy and floral flavors, although the latter become more apparent in the last third of the smoke. It has also a bit of a cigar taste. I couldn't detect any maple or even much sweetness until the very end of the smoke. I didn't think the strength was much past medium.

I'm glad I tried SMT but don't plan on buying it again.

UPDATE: Well, I tried this tobacco again and, too my surprise, after a bit of aging and drying out (in the microwave for about 15 seconds) it is a totally different smoke -- and a much more delicious one. The depth of flavor is amazing. It reminds me of a fine maduro cigar but sweeter, with lots of chocolate and coffee flavor, some bread and hay undertones and just a hint of Lakeland essence. I don't taste the maple flavoring but assume that the topping contributes significantly to the tobacco's sweetness as, it become progressively less sweet as the flavoring burns off.

The first half of the pipe is better -- more complex flavor. Towards the end of the bowl, it looses some of its complexity and tastes much more like a nice, fire cured Virginia. I still rate the nicotine hit in the medium range.

I will definitely buy more of tobacco, if I can find it.

Pipe Used: African Meerschaum, Delft porcelain

Age When Smoked: Recently purchased.

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

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

This would be, in my opinion, an excellent introduction to the world of twists. It offers plenty of nicotine but still has a soft, pleasant tobacco flavor. I personally find myself often wanting to smoke something with the quiet, unassuming pleasant flavor of say half and half, but much higher in nicotine. This is a perfect fit. Not to say that this tastes like half and half; it doesn't. But it satisfies in a similar way for me. Plain tobacco flavor with a slight added sweetness just to tick up the deliciousness. Best in a cob in my opinion. Thoroughly enjoyable and has the goods. Highly recommended

Pipe Used: Cobs, meerschaums, briar

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: PipesandCigars.com

2 people found this review helpful.

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

This is a copy and paste from my review of the Coconut Twist. 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.

2 people found this review helpful.

Karam Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Karam (59)
Strong Very Mild Full Strong

This is a great tobacco: oily thick pieces of dark brown rope, smelling faintly spicy and very earthy, keeping moisture forever as expected. The smell gives no maple to me.

I cut coins as fine as I can, rub out and let dry for several hours before lightly packing and smoking. It requires a lot of relights.

It is quite strong, the taste is quite oily and somewhat spicy, a bit herbal, very earthy but not like burley. It is not a bright Virginia at all. The constituent tobaccos are quite obscure to be honest, since Brown Irish X - which is supposed to be the same twist without any added flavouring - lists "dark fired" in G&H's description, and "Kentucky" in TR's description. I pick no Kentucky in this rope. I do pick up a lot of Kentucky in Samuel Gawith's Brown No. 4 but different manufacturer (well now the same but different brand). Brown Bogie is also supposed to be a straight Virginia. I'm going to go with straight dark air cured Imperial Virginia personally. It has faint hints of sweetness, but it is not at all a sweet tobacco, without being bitter. Some ideas of cigar are there, but again tastes very much unlike SG's Brown No.4 which clearly states the presence of cigar leaf.

The maple is there, but only as an aftertaste, or even afterthought. Don't come here expecting a maple tobacco, it is not. It works very well overall. I'd LOVE a bit more sweetness and maple flavour, maybe I'll cut some with MacBaren's Dark Twist Roll Cake (a tobacco I have already bastardised with G&H's Dark Bird's Eye).

Nicotine is strong, but it is so smooth it doesn't really hit you. I'd call it satiating.

The room note is not good, it is quite pungent and earthy.

1 person found this review helpful.

riobrew Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
riobrew (79)
Very Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Nice twist. Not overly sweet. Some sweet maple in the beginning that fades into a good dark fired blend. Has good a good amount of nicotine like most Gawith Hoggarth twists do.

Pipe Used: El Marjane Dublin Algerian briar

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: KBV

Similar Blends: Other Gawith Hoggarth twists.

1 person found this review helpful.

GabrielCRT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
GabrielCRT (115)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Like other twists and ropes this is challenging to prepare but worth it for the rich flavor. The bold Virginia leaf is earthy and alternates between bitter and sweet. More than a few instances throughout the bowl it tastes like a bold cigar. The topping is a Lakeland style maple note. It is similar to the floral maple sugar topping in Rum Flake rather than the straight maple syrup of Autumn Evening. I use a big ring gauge cigar cutter to slice thin coins. It takes a significant amount of drying time to avoid a thousand relights. A bit of a hassle to smoke but tasty.

1 person found this review helpful.

JaWiBr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JaWiBr (144)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

Package note of barbecue, tart fruit and mild maple. 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 slow with a more than a few relights. The strength is medium to strong and nic is medium Flavoring is very mild maple. Taste is medium to full and consistent, with notes of simi-sweet, earth, wood, dark fruit, mildly lemon, floral, cigar notes, and a spicy retro. Dark fired leaf is supported by dark air cured Indian leaf with maple flavoring lounging in the background. Room note is tolerable, and aftertaste is great.

Pipe Used: 2016 XX Ashton Pebble Grain Lovat

Age When Smoked: 3 years

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

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