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A slow burning blend of black cavendish, bright Virginia and burley. This is a cool, mild smoke.

Notes: From the G&H Catalogue: Finest doubly fermented black cavendish combined with Virginias and burleys. The subtle aroma is achieved by the addition of creamy vanilla flavours. A cool and easy burning smoke.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Manufactured ByGawith Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionCurrently available
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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

What do you get when you take Burley, Virginia and some mildly sweet black Cavendish, then make it with those familiar flavors from Gawith Hoggarth and you have one tasty, lightly sweet tobacco. I would call Black and Brown the non-aromatic smoker’s aromatic. The pouch scent is terrific. I cannot detect any soapy or floral flavor here, but there is no mistaking that this is a Gawith Hoggarth blend. Unlike most aromatics (not all), there is a visit from Lady N in B&B too. I would not call this a strong blend, although some pure aromatic smokers might disagree. B&B is a really nice change of pace that offers just enough sweetness to fill my craving without the need to smoke a chocolate, vanilla, maple or other type aromatic even though I enjoy those on occasion as well. B&B is another high quality tobacco that I have grown accustomed to from GH.

Age When Smoked: New

19 people found this review helpful.

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

I was impressed with SteelCowboy's review of Black and Brown as he pretty much covered my thoughts about this blend and then some. I also detected a rather "G&H like" nuance as I smoked the tobacco without really getting any true (in my opinion) Lakeland taste. It is not a mild blend and has more depth than a traditional Burley/Virginia blend due to the heady dose of rich, black Cavendish. I thought the overall presentation would be a really good smoke for aromatic lovers as there is just a little too much sweetness for me to smoke it regularly.


15 people found this review helpful.

manno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
manno (50)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

When I started smoking a pipe in the late '70s I was pretty much a Dunhill/Balkan Sobranie guy, primarily because that seemed to be what was most available outside of OTC blends. Good for me I didn't like aromatics; however, I seem to have thrown out the baby with the bathwater in assuming that all cavendish tasted like those OTC aromatics. To the point, only in the last 5 years or so have I come to appreciate natural cavendish as an extremely good and important tobacco. Even without "flavoring", through process the underlying leaf sweetens to varying degrees. Black & Brown is to my taste and experience the finest cavendish-forward blend out there. As SteelCowboy said it is the non-aromatic smoker's aromatic. Here, "aromatic" to me means that the cavendish process has amped up the fragrance inherent in the leaf. The blend is perfection, the burn qualities and cut are without complaint and the effect is a satisfying (surprisingly good nic hit) smoke that leaves you with an impression strong enough to come to mind each time you're undecided on what to smoke when the desire hits. This is not to say that the burley and virginia get lost. They are evident all the while, delicious, complimentary and integral to the blend. Nothing to really compare it to. In that vein, however, one last thing -- it's also a great tobacco to take a bit of and throw in a little blending latakia and/or oriental. Tastes then like an (even better?) iteration of a number of fine blends (namely MM 965, McClelland Coyote Classic). Good job by not only the blender but the 4 gentlemen whose reviews caused me to order this terrific stuff.

Pipe Used: large billiards

Age When Smoked: direct from e-tailer

Purchased From:;

Similar Blends: see review.

10 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2081)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Full Pleasant

Gawith Hoggarth - Black and Brown.

The actual mix is very appealing on the eye, a blend that appears to be 60 % Black Cavendish, the other 40% VaBur. On the negative side it is a bit moist. It smells sweet.

Despite the fact it's a little moist mine still lights up quite well, only requiring a little extra work, and no matter how much time it takes to get going the taste is more than a remuneration for the extra work! The flavour's sublime, the Burley and Virginia provide a fabulous base while the black Cavendish sweetens the profile; dramatically. The the actual smoke is of a sumptuous build and sets the precedent where thick smoke is concerned. The burn is very even throughout the whole pipe and gives a cool smoke. The room-note's nice.

A four star aromatic:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoke King

9 people found this review helpful.

mrchewson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mrchewson (4)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

One of my favourite tobaccos, I bought this on a whim due to the tobacconist I visited having a limited stock of pipe tobacco, and I have to say it's became my number one go to blend, hardly any heat or bite, and a really nice sweet taste, a good nicotine hit, and a great room note. It seems to work really nice in my 18th century skull clay pipe more than the briar, but maybe that's just me! A highly recommended tobacco which is now the staple blend in my ever growing collection.

Pipe Used: Antique (18c) scottish clay bowl Bent skull pipe

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Tobacconist in Bloxwich

6 people found this review helpful.

Dave da Dragon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dave da Dragon (24)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

My first review here so do forgive its brevity and any omissions and errors.

Unlike some of the other reviewers I do sense a very slight Lakelands/perfume flavoring. That's what prompted this review. Overall a very good smoke with some vitamin N but not a bomb in that sense. A very fullish flavor and I do know it's a premium tobacco with only a hint of a perfumed type flavoring.

I would actually recommend it for someone who wants to try some of the more perfumed tobaccos without wanting to be overwhelmed or frightened away.

Pipe Used: GBD

Age When Smoked: Fresh/unknown

Purchased From: Pipe & Leaf

5 people found this review helpful.

Christrom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Christrom (34)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

I obtained a small sample of this as I am a huge fan of Gawith Hoggarth tobaccos. For me, the puch note of this tobacco is possibly the best I've ever experienced - it is sweet and old fashioned, and brings back memories of my grandad's pipe.

As with most GH tobaccos this blend did need a little drying out under a lamp for 5 minutes and I did find it a very slow started to get lit. On the upside, slow lighting tobaccos usually stay lit for the duration, and this one burned cool and sweet. The tobacco is very mellow and for me felt like a more refined version of the middle earth treebeard tobacco, and even had slight tones of Carter Hall, all without the additives and glycerine I can usually detect with the former two.

The taste is mellow and a very easy relaxing smoke. Flavour is slightly vanilla without being sickly. A very pleasant smoke which is never overpowering.

Pipe Used: Mr Brog

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: smoke-king

5 people found this review helpful.

Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
Medium Medium Full Pleasant

Black & Brown;

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, Medium Strength, Full Body Natural Tobacco Flavor, No Bite

5 people found this review helpful.

Esskie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Esskie (6)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I really quite enjoyed Black & BrownSoft, it's got a certain creamy nuttiness, sweet not spicy or sharp. No tongue bite at all & retained it's flavour all the way down the bowl. A very tasty tobacco that I could smoke all day but feel I wouldn't want to become "used to it" so it remained enjoyable each time

Pipe Used: Peterson 312, Carey Magic Inch

Age When Smoked: Fresh to 3 months

Purchased From: The Pipe Shop, Edinburgh & GQ Tobaccos

Similar Blends: Consolidated - 305: Black & Brown.

4 people found this review helpful.

doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (242)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

While looking for a non-chemical ladden tobacco similar to Capt Black White I happened on this one. Initial pouch aroma reminded me of sweet cake batter and very pleasant. Short ribbon cut of medium to golden brown and black. GQ website says it has vanilla but I can't honestly say that; implied by the sweetness for sure, but not in your face vanilla. GH website says molasses. Deep pouch sniffing was more like taking a whiff of Mrs Butterworth's Maple Syrup . I loaded it fresh from the pouch and it was no problem lighting considering its freshness. Smoked clean, dry, and with minimal bite. The sweetness remained ever present throughout the smoke. Great side stream aroma and leaves a really nice room note. Unlike CBW, this one has a medium amount of nicotene presence and a full enough taste to let you know you're smoking tobacco and not candy. No Lakeland presence as per florals, but the GH processed Virginias were very evident (metallic like to me). All in all a very nice smoke in the aromatic category and a nice change of pace from what I usually smoke (see my favorites). Recommended, but will be reserved for when I crave something sweet.

Pipe Used: Stanwell Featherweight half bent Dublin

Age When Smoked: Fresh from pouch.

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Capt Black White.

3 people found this review helpful.

Ducksbreath Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ducksbreath (125)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is one of the cleanest burning American style aromatics out there. The Cavendish is flavored just enough to provide sweet "Cavendish Depth" but it is not at all overpowering. Plus it creates thick, chewy clouds of fragrant smoke and has a touch of strength.

Maybe it is a little too sweet, but this is coming from someone who smokes Bayou Night daily. A really great American style aromatic to blend with too, if you want an Amer-English. Or add some Gawith Hoggarth's Kendal Dark for strength and spice. Good for beginners as well as a for those who want a sweet tooth fix as a change of pace.

Pipe Used: ardor

Age When Smoked: new

3 people found this review helpful.

bent-1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bent-1 (39)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Bought this in bulk form, bag note is maple, dark chocolate, and a touch of Prince Albert if you will. Visually, it appears as if dark cavendish pieces (like BCA), & medium brown cigar leaf (1/4” torn pieces), though I don’t think it’s a cigar wrapper, just the appearance of it. Didn’t find any stems mixed in the bag. Moisture content when pinched will hold form for a second, thin spring back to origional shape, aka, ready to smoke. Not sticky or goopy to the touch.

From first light to the end, it’s consistent in taste & strength. Requires average number of relights, and minimal moisture left in the bowl. The flavor is almost exactly as the pouch note, maple, dark chocolate, with a muted sweet va & nutty burley addition. As a non aromatic puffer, I thoroughly enjoy it, weather in a meer, cob, or briar.

Note: This review is an addition to the many fine reviews posted here.

Pipe Used: Meer, Cob, Briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

Old Shrink Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old Shrink (21)
Mild Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Gawith Hoggarth: Black & Brown

Another high quality blend from G-H. Reminds me of a pipe tobacco my Grandfather smoked after he had serapticiously nicked a tad of Grandmothers Vanilla for an additive - but not as powerful! This is a slow-burning & cool smoke that possessss a sumptuous taste & lovely pervasive aroma. It has no bite for me. I smoked it recently during the symphony intermission outdoors & drew compliments from passers-by, both men & women. Some reviewers wisely opined it is an aromatic for the non-aromatic smoker ... I concur. It is a comforting smoke that has real strength... The Cavendish process lends the main characteristic, whilst the VA & Burley are great supporting actors. Moisture level is appropriate & it requires few re-lights. The Nic is medium. It is easily an all day tobacco. I highly recommend it! 4 Stars.

Pipe Used: Briars: Dunhills, Ashton’s, Comoys

Age When Smoked: Cellared to fresh

Purchased From: Edinburgh tobacconists;

Similar Blends: Similar but of higher quality than Cpt. Black..

1 person found this review helpful.

Briar Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Briar Piper (89)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Currently, this may be Gawith and Hoggarth's very best blend. I don't say this lightly, and it has some contenders in my book. This blend does something that no other pipe tobacco does: it starts out tasting only as tobacco, but the topping comes out 1/4 down the bowl, then grows stronger until the end! I have tested this in several pipes with the same result.

Not your typical black cavendish, this neither bites nor transforms into hot air. I at first figured this as G&H's attempt at a danish, but boy does this blow away any danish! How it can increase and not lose its topping or casing as it burns down the bowl is astounding. This is one tobacco that I would choose if limited to one blend.

I get a little rose or violet behind the vanilla in this one as well as a hint of licorice (not anise) which makes it so smooth. The room note is as good if not better than many aromatics! It is a rock solid tobacco flavor, very smooth and grows floral down the bowl.

Sometimes a blend bests out flakes, and this is one of those. I plan to have a very large amount of this blend stockpiled. Makes a great smoke several times a day. Never monochromatic or tiring. One of the least boring blends I have ever tried.

Pipe Used: Various

Similar Blends: Danish blends, mixture 79.

1 person found this review helpful.

BROBS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BROBS (67)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This is the caramel-creamy deliciousness I've been looking for. It has the tobacco flavor I have come to expect from G&H products, though maybe a bit less strong (not a bad thing). The pouch note is amazing and candy-like without cloying. The smoke is the same way, but with the tobacco of course, and the room note is the same. This is the most similar from pouch, to smoke, to room note out of any tobacco I have tried. A mild, creamy smoke that fits the bill as a crowd pleasing all-day aromatic smoke. It does come a little moist, though it will still smoke perfectly. I will certainly buy a lot of this stuff and keep it cellared.

Pipe Used: Vauens

Age When Smoked: direct from bag

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

MrGoGoDanbo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MrGoGoDanbo (4)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

After reading reviews given here and on I am shocked at the experience I had with this blend as opposed to so many. I had about 2 ounces of it and gave it a good go, but the more I smoked it the more I lost interest and grew a distaste for it.

The pouch note was pleasant and had a vanilla like aroma. Very light. It did smoke slow and the production and quality of smoke out put was nice. However, whenever I smoked this particular tobacco if roughed up my tongue quite a bit. I tried packing it multiple ways, smoking slower, and it always left my tongue feeling like sandpaper. I have heard of particular casings causing negative reactions and I can only assume that this particular casing just didn't agree with me.

I didn't find this blend to burn hot, however I never went at it like a freight train. It did always leave a dry white ash and always burned evenly to the bottom.

The flavor was very mild from the beginning but as the smoke continued it morphed into a cigarette like quality which became overpowering. I've noticed in the reviews that some would suggest this to be a "tobacco" type flavor. However, even in smoking English, Burley/Virginias, and other aromatics, etc; I have never found that taste to be present unless I was smoking ash half way down the bowl of one of my larger pipes. Which at that point I would scrape some of that ash out to get back to the flavor of the blend. Or think of when your at the end of a smaller bowl and you start tasting ash. Even when I tried scraping out the ash it didn't seem to help. It is almost as if the blend itself is so light that the ash flavor overshadowed the notes of the actual blend.

The room note was pleasant. I usually smoke in my car on the way home and whenever I would get back into the car a little later it left that pleasing vanilla-esque type aroma.

For me though, somewhere between the delicious mild bag note and the left over room note, the enjoyable qualities of this blend were lost in translation when smoking. Maybe down the line I'd give it another go. Maybe let it sit for a month or two, but to be honest I found no qualities in this tobacco that would make me want to come back and put in the time to let it age. Especially when there are other blends that represent this style of blend better.

Pipe Used: GBD Coronet

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

thesmoggypipester Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thesmoggypipester (77)
Extremely Mild Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

Normally I at least get along with most from gawith, however, this one not so much. Opening the pouch I got a very buttery aroma and nothing else, no tobacco scent, no other flavours just butter. Packing is easy enough, lighting is easy enough, it produces plumes of thick smoke but literally nothing else. Even though the smoke comes out as thick a plume it has no mouth feel nor discernible flavour, perhaps this was one of the most boring smokes I've ever encountered. There was littlerally nothing to get me to come back to this one, I tried and better tried to find some glimmer of hope but nothing came. Not recommended.

Pipe Used: Falcon

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: The black Swan shoppe

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Little Steven Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Little Steven (76)
Very Mild Very Strong Medium to Full Unnoticeable

This tobacco is amazing! Opening the bag I thought I'd stepped into Liberaces boudoir. The first light filled my mouth with coconut. I wasn't expecting this and was quite taken aback. I actually thought I'd filled my pipe with Auntie Mollys potpouri.

The powerful perfume soon abated to a really pleasant albeit mild tobacco with a backdrop of swirling pinks and mauves and yellows and more pinks.

This is so unlike anything else I've had from G & H and it really lives up to their standard. It's really good. Mild, it left me a tad unsatisfied. But then I've been smoking for yonks.

And when I reincarnate as a baccy manufacturer I'll call this Pixie Potpouri.

Pipe Used: Stanwell billiard.

Age When Smoked: A few months.

Purchased From: Online somewhere.

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kito Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kito (5)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

a well blend, flavour tobacco. this tobacco burn moderate. take a slow puff and you can taste all the nice flavours. little creamy and nicely sweet. i have no regrets. does not burn your tongue. overall, it is another smooth and gd blend from gawith. i have list it in my anytime smoke.

Pipe Used: corn cob

Purchased From: Tabac101 sg.

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