A similar blend of pure Virginia leaf as Bright CR Flake, but with the addition of some special Virginia casings to enhance the natural sweetness of the leaf, finished off with a light top flavour of honey dew and other sweet flavourings which all combine after pressing to provide a mild sweet gently aromatic smoke.

BrandGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blended ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Manufactured ByGawith, Hoggarth & Co.
Blend TypeAromatic
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor, Honey, Irish Mist, Other / Misc, Whisky
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puro66 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
puro66 (74)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

This is one of those category of tobaccos that people told me to stay away from when I first started smoking a pipe. "Ick, you won't like that stuff, soapy nasty, blech." Thank goodness I finally stopped letting "those" people influence me. I was smoking crap pipes and crap tobacco. I finally made my way into a tobacco shop and started buying better pipes, ultimately premium pipes, but I was still smoking crap tobacco and about to quit the pipe altogether! Then I started experimenting with all of those "ick" tobaccos and discovered paradise. What does all of that have to do with Glengarry Flake? Nothing, I just like reminiscing!

After many years I just retried GF last week. Yummy! The first bowl immediately rekindled memories. At first I thought I don't know, maybe not. But then it kicked in and I've smoked several bowls. Perfume, oils, special essence of the Valkyries, whatever it is it's good! However I can definitely understand how some could hate it. You definitely want dedicated bowls for this kind of tobacco. It is a rough cut cake but not unmanageable. Give it a try, there is amazingly no bite and loads of flavor!

UPDATE 10/22/07: This stuff just keeps getting better. IT should have five stars!

24 people found this review helpful.

DrumsAndBeer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrumsAndBeer (217)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

An excellent Lakeland flake that is on the mild side of the spectrum both in terms of the floral flavoring and overall strength. On charring light an ever so slight honeysuckle like essence is detectable but this quickly dissipates, giving way to a straight forward Virginia smoke that fits nicely into that pleasant all day pipe tobacco type category. This flake is of the highest quality, rubs out easily and smokes perfectly. A small amount of dry time is recommended, but it still smokes well without. There's very little complexity with this one, but the sweet grassy flavor of Glengarry is undeniably superb. Highly recommended

18 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

If anyone is put off or afraid of Lakeland flakes due to their "soapy" or "floral" character and doesn't want to be overwhelmed with dark taste or nicotine, this is what I would recommend. Both the flavor and the flavorings are subdued, with just a bit of the Lakeland essence coming through. This is a "tweenie" - somewhere between the dark unflavored G&H blends and their more heavily flavored ones. Ditto blends like Perique Flake and the various brown flakes. But where those leave their own mark of complexity and depth, this one falls a bit short in that department.

I find nothing to dislike here and indeed I give this a 3 star rating, which is "recommended". As mentioned, it is a good starter Lakeland, neither overly sweet nor complex. The taste is of the proverbial grassy, slightly sweet nature. Nothing too offputting. However, it simply doesn't distinguish itself the way other G&H flakes do. The flavor is a bit too subdued for my tastebuds. The aroma, however, is fantastic! If the smoker wanted a natural taste but a great room note, this is one place to go. Recommended as a good "all-dayer" but might leave you wanting when a more robust flavor is desired.

17 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2979)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The grassy/hay-like citrusy sweet Virginia also has light earth and wood, some bread and sugar. The Lakeland topping is floral, but not strong at all; mostly a background presence. The various toppings are sweet, and lightly sublimate the tobacco. They mostly hold on to the finish. The strength and nic-hit is a step past the center of mild to medium. The taste is a notch past that level. Won't bite, or get harsh, and has a few small rough notes. The flake is very easy to break apart to suit your preference. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a rather consistent, subtle flavor from top to bottom. Requires a few relights, and leaves little moisture in the bowl. Has a short lived, pleasant after taste, and room note. It can be an all day smoke. Two and a half stars.


15 people found this review helpful.

Wibblefishofdoom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wibblefishofdoom (139)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

When I first ordered this, early on in my pipesmoking career, I ordered it purely on the extremely flimsy pretext of having just watched the film Glengarry Glenross, proof enough that I'm still acting my shoe size and not my age.

My impressions, first time around, were a little disappointing, though my reasons for thinking so are shrouded in a haze of pipe smoke. This time round though, things are a little better. This one has grown on me slowly but surely.

Both the packet aroma and the room note, as with the flavour itself, are hard to pin down, maybe little hints of flowers sprinkled with early morning dew during a pleasant August break to the country, wiffs of oak and other such wonders of the English countryside. While not an easy pack or light, it is a lovely slow burner and a pipeful can last me over an hour on the one light. There is no tonguebite whatsoever, but I found it can be a little harsh on the throat. This so makes me want to camping in the wilds of Britain, just so I can sit round a log fire while my beans cook so I can smoke this and sing Jethro Tull songs. My only complaint is that I don't have enough.

My initial forays into GH pipe tobaccos has been a bit of a disappointment, especially after sampling their impeccable snuff. At last, I have found one that I can finally call home.

12 people found this review helpful.

SteveH Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteveH (37)
Strong Mild Full Strong

A dark brown broken flake, needing some rubbing out. Smell: leather, wood. Taste: rich, dark, dry, leather, dried fruit. Honey comes through subtly later. Excellent, but perhaps not for the faint-hearted.

Pipe Used: Blakemar

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Thorn's, Harpenden

10 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Glengarry Flake is a solid, middle of the road Lakeland style flake from GH. It isn't too soapy or too floral. As one of the other reviewer mentioned, it is a good starting place for the pipe smokers that want to begin smoking Lakeland style blends. The flakes only need a small amount of dry time and I prefer to smoke it fully rubbed out. GF smokes cleanly to the bottom of the bowl, but even with the lesser amount of Lakeland scents, it will still need to be smoked in a pipe that is dedicated to Lakelands. The flavor is slightly sweet and a bit “hay-like.” It shares some the same flavor profile as GH's Rich Dark Honeydew (a blend that is very hard to find here in the US) but I must admit that in a blind taste test I don't think I would identify the flavor as honeydew. I enjoy Glengarry fresh from the tobacco shop, but I am much fonder of Glengarry when it has been aged. The flakes darken and the flavor really deepens. Glengarry is a great blend for the cellar! Recommended.

10 people found this review helpful.

cajomu Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cajomu (79)
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

GH&Co. Glengarry Flake is a moderately flavored pure Virgina tobacco that comes in rather thick flakes. As delivered, the flakes are a little on the moist side for rubbing out so, either give them an hour or two of drying time or use the fold and stuff method. Either way, they light easily and burn cleanly with only an occasional relight being required.

How does it taste? In a word, delicious. For the first half of the smoke, the casing is at the fore. The flavor is sweet, fruity and slightly floral, with the Virginias adding some spiciness and dark notes. But this is not the old lady cologne or soapy taste that many dislike. Instead, the casing is rather subdued and intriguing.

About half way through the smoke, the casing mostly burns off, giving the choice Virginias a chance to shine. They are rich and plumy, spicy and earthy, with no grassy or hay taste. The burning tobacco produces a fair amount of creamy smoke which makes for a very pleasant room note. While one needs to smoke it with a slow cadence given it's strength, it won't bite if you puff hard although, as others have noted, to get the most out of it you should sip rather than gulp it. Towards the very end of the bowl, one detects a bit of a cigar note, but it's the taste of a good cigar.

I would recommend aging this tobacco. I purchased mine about a year ago and, while I liked it when I bought it, after sitting in a jar for a year undisturbed, it is much better.

My only criticism of GF is that the flavor is a little on the light side. Frankly, I wish it had more of the wonderful casing. But that's a minor criticism of what is a very solid tobacco.

I think GF would make an excellent introductory blend for those who want to explore the world of traditionally cased English flakes, or for someone who wants a sophisticated aromatic that still tastes like tobacco.

UPDATE: After another year of cellaring, this has become a "highly recommended" tobacco. Just wish it were more available.

Age When Smoked: 1 year old

7 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2065)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Glengarry Flake.

Note: one of my first reviews which I considered inane when I noticed it whist reading someone else's new review. So, I ordered a fresh pouch to re-post.

When I took it from my cellar I couldn't remember what sort of blend it was, Virginia, aromatic, VaPer, etc. But a quick whiff of the pouch soon rectified that query: Lakeland. The flakes are just below medium in colour, partially broken, and the moisture enabled fresh smoking.

It reminds me of what the fellers down the club my dad used to take me to as a boy smoked back then: old school. I'm unsure if the amount of Lakeland has adjusted, but like in the pouch's aroma, I get a fairly heady hit of Lakeland. It's not just perfume/flowers, the Lakeland gives a notable sweetness and piquancy, also. Next to the fuller topping the Virginia seems a bit middle of the road; I don't mean that negatively, the smoke's lovely, but the Virginia doesn't seem particularly special. The burn from it's slow, steady, and cool.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: I like.

Glengarry Flake? I like it very much. Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Atinok Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Three weeks

Purchased From: My Smoking Shop

7 people found this review helpful.

HobgoblinTA96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HobgoblinTA96 (51)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

Beautiful sticky flakes covered in honey with a lovely floral-honey taste that compliments the top grade tobaccos brilliantly. The taste of this delicious flake reminds me of fresh clover honey. The flakes come a shade moist; however, dry quickly. Easily rubbed out or chuffed out into chunky ribbons of pure smoking pleasure with a light and easy burn. This baccy is an excellent all-day blend, and one that I would highly recommend to any that wish to give the Lakeland Genre a go. Cheers

Pipe Used: Various Billiards in different sizes

Age When Smoked: One Year

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

4 people found this review helpful.

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

I see that Glengarry Flake has had some mixed reviews - more evidence (if any was needed) of how widely people's tastes vary. In my view, it has all the advantages of the Lakeland flakes and none of the drawbacks. There is a casing of some kind, but it's pleasant and, to my palate, not ‘soapy' or ‘floral.' I don't usually share this common objection to the Kendal tobaccos anyway, with one or two exceptions (notably Ennerdale Flake). I've smoked quite a lot of Glengarry Flake, and never found the casing obtrusive or unpleasant. The quality and smoking characteristics are very uniform over time, too. I don't understand the description of it as 'gently aromatic': this isn't an aromatic tobacco in the usual sense of the term.

I find that Glengarry Flake lights well, burns slowly says consistent all the way down the bowl, doesn't leave behind any unpleasant residues, and has a respectable room note. It's not murderously strong, either. A good, slow, cool all-day smoke for the flake lover. I would say that it's on a par with G & H's Brown Flake and Louisiana Flake, but subtly different.

'Breathsmoking' is the way to get the best out of this tobacco. The more gently and slowly you take it, the better it is. At its best, it's very, very good, IMO. I'm inclined to recommend Glengarry Flake highly. Some people clearly dislike it, but it's well worth a try, I think.

4 people found this review helpful.

Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (127)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

If you like the Lake District flavored flakes, you are probably going to like this one. It is first rate quality with excellent tobacco taste. It is not heavily scented as say, Bosun's, Conniston, or No. 7, but it does possess a trace of that unique aroma found in many of the G&H blends. For the most part it is straight tobacco, and it is plenty sweet. You won't find heliotrope, cloves or other exotic flavors. I make this out to be just good, straight tobacco with a lightly scented sweetener added. This could be an all day smoke for the lover of this type of Virginia flake. This tobacco, I think, could bite if pushed, but when enjoyed in small sips, it is a fine smoke. I smoke it slightly moist which makes for a slow burn. Well recommended. Paddy.

4 people found this review helpful.

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

Like the esteemed OSR, I found Glengarry Flake to be a little flat in both strength and flavor. And like G&H Rum Flake sometimes does, this offering left the back of my throat a little bit roughed up.

I received Glengarry Flake as a sample tossed in with a recent tobacco order, and mine was at a perfect moisture level. Experience has taught me that these Lakeland Flakes normally need considerable drying before being smoked.

I concur with OSR, this offering would be a good first foray into the Lakelands.

4 people found this review helpful.

DeathMetal.org Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DeathMetal.org (225)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Summary: taming the Virginia flake by making it into a light aromatic, this flake smokes easily.

Perhaps the English blenders want to show us what a good aromatic would be like with "Glengarry Flake," a Virginia flake of mixed brown and bright varieties which gets a treatment of honey, liquor, and Lakeland-style flavorings to spin its flavor toward an aromatic direction without overwhelming the malt and grain flavors of the Virginia mix. This one takes a long time to light but once it starts, will not go out, smoking down to ash dust over a couple hours of a light mixture of pleasant flavors.

3 people found this review helpful.

Stefanos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stefanos (222)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Another excellent Lakeland scented tobacco. Scenting here is mild – one of the mildest scented Lakelands. It is sweet and complex, I could say it reminds me of roses, pine cone, freshly mown grass, earth, honey. What they do at Gawith Hoggarth’s with tobacco scenting is amazing.

Glengarry Flake comes at perfect moisture, rubs out very easily, takes to light very easily and burns very slow. It produces an immensely satisfying smoke where the natural earthy tobacco taste - as with all Lakelands the tobacco taste is always there and it’s exquisite- of the Virginias combines perfectly with the mild and sweet scenting. Taste-wise it’s close to Ennerdale though much less scented and milder in strength.

Glengarry is not only one of the milder Lakelands as regards intensity of scenting, it is also one of the milder in strength, on the mild side of medium I’d say. Because of this it can easily be smoked all through the day and it's the ideal tobacco for an introduction to the Lakeland style.

Similar Blends: A lot like a milder version of Ennerdale..

3 people found this review helpful.

Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (244)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The topping is light here; here you will not find the overwhelming "Lakeland essences" of Ennerdale, or even of Kendal Flake. The "light honeydew" topping goes well with this type of Virginia, which is claimed to be a similar blend to Bright CR Flake (one of my favorites from GH), and is never overwhelming. Indeed, it is quite subtle to my tastes, though I have smoked many of the more strongly topped and floral offerings from GH and SG, so perhaps I am somewhat jaded. There are those who are so turned off by these "Lakeland essences" that they will claim to find them in a product such as Brown Flake Unscented, which might have picked up something of a whiff of those essences simply by being in the same room as the likes of Ennerdale and Kendal, but for those like me who enjoy the entire spectrum of GH tobaccos in their varying degrees of flavorings and scents, this tobacco is just right for those times when, though I may not want a very strongly scented Lakeland flake, I also do not want a purely unscented Virginia either.

As always with this manufacturer, the quality of the Virginias used is excellent, and I do tend to believe the description when it claims the blend is similar to Bright CR: it tastes like Bright CR with a very mild topping. This would be a good tobacco for lovers of Virginia Flake who would like to begin to explore those "Lakeland essences," which seem to be almost of a love-it-or-hate-it nature, without going straight to loading up one's pipe with the likes of Ennerdale Flake.

The flake is attractive and somewhat mottled, though with the lighter shades predominating, and breaks apart easily. Since I have been smoking this flake, it seems to be one of those tobaccos that require some relights, and I am not sure why, but it may be simply because with this blend, I like to sip very slowly and lightly, as this seems to give me the best results taste-wise.

No hint of bite, just a clean, gentle smoke with only that subtle touch of flavorings, and a very pleasant room note. I have no problems with it in any way, though there may be nothing overwhelmingly enthralling or knock-your-socks-off special about it. It is just the usual quality Virginia smoke one would expect from GH, on the low (but not no!) end of the flavorings spectrum. Recommended!

Edit: 5-19-13

Glengarry Flake is actually a good blend for any GH fan to keep around. When you get tired of the really flowery, Lakelandy blends like Ennerdale or Kendal for the moment, this one provides a much purer Virginia smoke, with just a light touch of sweetness, sort of that "honeydew" thing, but again, very mild topping. It's like Bright CR Flake, if anyone has tried that, but a little milder on the nicotine, and with only a touch of flavoring. Certainly no aromatic. I've got a few bowls left, and could see getting some quantity at some point.

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

By far the worst of the GHC offerings.

Don't get me wrong, I love lakelands, but this stuff is undoubtedly the worst of its kind.

The flavouring is rather flat and does not manage to introduce any real depth to the experience. Instead it offers a range of unusual headaches (nothing to do with the nicotine content) and a struggle, as you try and avoid getting bitten. All this didn't manage to relax me and if a tobacco cannot do that well, it's a complete failure.

For the life of me I cannot understand why Glengarry is so popular.

3 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild Medium Very Mild Pleasant

I am either becoming more tolerant of the soap flavoring, or this blend isn?t as heavily loaded with it. Make no mistake, it is there, but I found that it tended to fade quickly from the initial onslaught.

Once the flavoring receded the underlying leaf began to assert itself a bit more. It never got very strong, and at times the soap flavoring wafted back in to remind you that this is a G&H flake. The honeydew flavoring never showed itself.

The last third of the bowl seems to be trying to gather some strength, it just never quite makes it.

Though the tobacco tried to make a comeback toward the end, I didn?t feel that the effort justified going through the first two thirds of the bowl. It doesn?t readily bite, and smokes dry and clean.

3 people found this review helpful.

OlJawBone Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OlJawBone (3)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

There is a crisp sweetness to this blend that is unlike any other Virginia flake that I have tried and I love it. This is one of my desert island blends for sure. I literally cant get enough of the taste and smell.

2 people found this review helpful.

musicman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
musicman (131)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

What a nice blend. This is kinda like a lakeland-lite. It is definitely a lakeland, but has nowhere near the potency of other lakelands (like my favorite ennerdale). If you are not a lakeland fan, don't immediately turn away from this one. You may be pleasantly surprised.

The tin note (or baggie note) is sublime. It is soft and light, but not in a weak way, in a reservedly delicate kind of way. I get honey, a floral lakeland smell, and a smell that vaguely reminds me of another favorite lakeland of mine, grouse-moor.

For such a delicate smell, the flakes are not delicate at all. These come in big, long, scrappy, scraggly flakes. Mostly dark with some light speckled in.

This one does not rub out easily, as the strands of individual tobaccos are surprisingly long. This also was a challenge to pack. Not impossible, but not easy.

These flakes are damp, even on my sample which has four years of age on it. Do yourself a favor and give it some drying time. Once it is packed, it was a little stubborn on the light, but once it is going, it functions just fine.

I really like the flavor here. On a lot of G&H lakelands, the topping is very prominent on the light, and fades away at about half bowl. For me, this tobacco does a nice job of balancing flavoring and tobacco all the way through. I really like it. All G&H tobaccos are of good quality, whether the flavors agree with you or not, they never produce a sub par product.

Give this one a shot. It is different than most lakelands, and a true pleasure.

Age When Smoked: 4 Years Old

2 people found this review helpful.

L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (230)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

GLENGARRY FLAKE: it is almost the same tobacco as his brother BRIGHT CR FLAKE. Both straight Virginia and it is employed the same high quality Virginia. A little bit more scented and flavored, Glengarry Flake is a typical Lakeland tobacco with a scented flavoring (Kendal flavoring). In this case it is not a strong flavoring, but it is easily recognizable. If you like a flavored straight Virginia and if you like a Lakeland tobacco try and enjoy this one and you will not be disappointed; this is certainly your tobacco. In my personal rating system (from 1 to 10) my score is 8/9 and three stars.


2 people found this review helpful.

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

What's the point...I found this blend very boring and bland. As always with G&H, the base tobacco is of a very high quality, but it's wasted here. When I'm in the mood for a Lakeland, I want to taste that lovely essence. When I'm in the mood for a straight Virginia, I want to taste the rich umami meatiness that Virginia tobacco provides. This blend gives you neither, it has enough essence to overpower the Virginia, but not enough to taste like a proper Lakeland! Not at all for me, the only use I can see, would be as a first Lakeland for those who are very apprehensive about them.

Pipe Used: CAO Meerschaum Bulldog

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Local B&M

2 people found this review helpful.

O'Confrère Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
O'Confrère (40)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

For a flake that I can only rate with three stars, I certainly have smoked a lot of this over the years. It’s been about six years since my last bowl and this batch is about seven or eight years old. It has darkened considerably during that time. Tasting it again now I realize that there is indeed a lot to like here, although since the passing of the Four Square flakes and the changes in Capstan I have never really been able to appreciate those in which the flavoring is overt. This is an exception.

I agree with the esteemed DK’s review here and recommend it to you. If you are interested in lighter, bright virginia fare, that has an honesty about it in spite of the added flavors, you should definitely give this one a go. It’s also a good option for smoking around others that are less inclined to accept the fumes of our savoring. Works best for me when I dry it considerably and rub it out thoroughly.

Although I tend toward darker, fuller blends, I find this fascinating. I always return to this one, albeit only occasionally, with a smile.

Pipe Used: several, all reserved for flavored virginias

Age When Smoked: 7-8 years

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I think this is the most genuine G and H flake I have sampled thus far and I am working through them methodically. It has none of the horrid almondy casing found in Ennerdale and is all the better for it. It is yet another cool, sweet, slow-burning, high quality Virginia. It may well have some flavouring/casing, but I am not clever enough to detect it.

My only criticism, is that that by the last third of my pouch, it had collapsed into rather horrid little crumbs, which smoked like musty hay. That does not happen with Ennerdale. Please note that when I sample a tobacco, that is all I smoke, until it has been consumed completely. I believe this is the only way to make a proper assessment, although if you get a bad one, it is a daunting task!

2 people found this review helpful.

Captain Pete Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Captain Pete (83)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

**Update-I kept smoking this stuff off and on trying to decide whether or not I liked it as much as I thought. Before I know it, I'd gone through an ounce of it. Guess that means I like it. Glengarry will never replace Erinmore Flake for me, though in the future it may have to, but I like it enough to buy it in bulk. Once I got past the feeling it gave me of being an English fancy pants smoke, I really enjoy it. It burns so well, and so cool. My palate finally translated the perfumy taste into a warm sweet aroma, reminiscent of flowers, but definitely not soapy or perfumy. I will upgrade this to three and a half stars, maybe four if I can completely shake the feeling that I should be dressed in a silk bathrobe when I smoke it. -----------------------------------------------------------------

Let me start off by stating that this is really better than two stars, but I would only "somewhat recommend" it due to its floral overtones. In other words, there's not a doubt in my mind that more than a few people would hate it.

I wanted to try the lakeland style, and since it's available in bulk, I was able to buy just a few flakes rather than a whole tin. I find Erinmore to be delectable, so I thought I would probably enjoy this stuff.

This tobacco lights fairly easily, and stays lit really well (at least in a large Peterson Irish Army straight shank). The floral taste only lasted about thirty seconds or so, then settled into a tobacco flavor with slightly sweet, slightly flowery overtones throughout the rest of the smoke. It is definitely very high quality.

Smoking it was a little strange. Not bad, not unpleasant, just strange. It seemed 'snooty'; almost like it was saying that I wasn't good enough to be smoking it. Whereas a full English blend makes me think of mustachioed gentlemen in a walnut panelled billiards room, Glengarry brought to mind English noblemen in powdered wigs and shoes with big gold buckles on them.

Then it hit me. One of my favorite television shows is the BBC comedy 'Keeping up Appearances'. This tobacco is what she would want her husband to smoke. I can see Hyacinth marching into the den to tell Richard that he really must start smoking Glengarry Flake, as "all the men of Windsor smoke the Lakeland variety of tobaccos". And Richard would whine, "..but why can't I smoke my Rattray's Accountant Mixture?" Tsking, Hyacinth would simply reply, "An accountant, Richard? You're too good for that."

I found Glengarry to be good, but it was very reserved and understated in overall character. If ever there was a tobacco with a stiff upper lip, this is it. That's not to say it isn't good; it is. I just had the distinct feeling that it was meant for someone of a more reserved, genteel, disposition than I.

2 people found this review helpful.

OSR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OSR (78)
Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

This isn't bad... in fact, this may be a good tobacco for one who is looking for an introduction to Lakeland type flakes (meaning flavored).

All in all, this was a bit "thin" to me. There is a good VA base here and while there is nothing negative to report, I will say that Ennerdale is a much better tobacco for me, it is similar to Glengarry flake but has more nicotine oomph and also has a more pleasant flavoring added.

Again - not bad but given the choice between this and Ennerdale it's a no brainer for me... Just not enough OOMPH here for me. A good primer for the Lakeland style flakes for the novice.

2 people found this review helpful.

RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

02-11-2005 Another Classic Flake.

Appearance and Aroma: This one comes only in bulk. The Flake are about 6" by 1 1/4" and look light brown to medium brown with some birdseye here and there. It smells slightly perfumy and sweet.

Packing and Lighting: While I typically rub out my flakes, this did better with the roll and stuff method. It was at he right moiture straight out of my tobacconist's glass jar and lit after 2-3 lights.

Initial Flavor: I like these Lake District blends and this one seems to have the least "soap" of the bunch. That is what you taste from the get go, but as someone else has noticed, each one has a distinct character.

Mid-Bowl: The "honeydew" flavor comes out at this point and the "soap" recedes. The tobacco used is also very tasty and cool for a Va.

Bottom of Bowl: a slight increase in strength. The toppings never get bitter or harsh. Your tongue is not assaulted and you are ready to reload another bowl of this fine blend.

Overall: For those of us that like these "soapy" blends, this is another fine entry to the genre. This one is my personal favorite, with Rum Flake and Bob's CF close behind. There is strength here from the leaf as well so eat well before smoking. the burning characteristics are also amazing in this particular flake. It would burn well and cool in just about any of my dedicated pipes.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5 points.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

My first sampling of Gawith, Hoggarth and Co. tobacco. I must admit, I was reluctant based upon the amount of "floral" and fruit flavoring described. But I was in the mood for something completely different in my last tobacco order, so I included a sample of Glengarry Flake.

Nice texture and appearance - I enjoyed rubbing out the strips into a bit of "rough" and much finer flakes.

The scent is distinctly like very flowery incense. I began to question whether or not I could stomach it. First light immediately melded and toned down the scent. It became a very pleasant aromatic odor within seconds.

Two relights later and I was on my way. Burning through the bowl I found the predominant flavor to be the sweet virginia, enhanced - not taken over - by the amazingly mild topping.

Even after enjoying the smoke, I found the scent in the container a bit cloying. But after subsequent bowls the attraction to the pleasant, sweet and amazingly subtle smoke remained. The taste is not terribly complex or layered, but remains consistently good with the tang and sweetness of the tobacco and topping playing off through out. Giving some time between relights certainly enhances the flavor and makes the scent more robust.

This probably won't be something I dream about on a daily basis. But it will likely retain a spot in my rotation as "something different" for quite a while.

Burning qualities are exceptional - it stays well lit and is easy to deal with. Glengarry flake burns cleanly to the end with the aroma growing increasingly subtle instead of overwhelmingly sickening.

This is an encouragement to further explore the Gawith tobacco line.

UPDATE After letting it settle and continuing through my sample, I've found I like this leaf even more. The flavor and aroma becomes VERY subtle and is slowly climbing its way up to the top of my favorite VA aromatic. I'm looking forward to more Gawith tobacco.

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

Glengarry Flake is clearly in the GH "soap flake" category. Unlike a previous reviewer, I find each of these floral-scented flakes has a distinct personality, but I can also understand that unless you can fully embrace the soap-flake concept, these are all fairly uniform and hard to stomach. (All the various tequilas taste the same to me- abominable.)

I prefer to smoke these scented flakes in a smallish meer dedicated to these offerings, as they are best appreciated IMO in small doses and will definitely "taint" what ever pipe they are smoked in.

Compared to other scented Gawith flakes, GF is fairly restrained, and for that reason is one of my favorites. Ennerdale Flake, for example, is much more aromatic. It also seems to have slightly less nicotine than some of the others, though still packs a punch.GF is a nicely complemented Bright CF Flake and a good "jumping-off" place for trying the scented Lakeland flakes.

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

This is the second Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. flake I've reviewed. There are certainly elements common to at least a few of their scented flakes. I have a confession to make before I write my review in ernest: I'm beginnning to like these scented flakes from Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. The first few times I tried them, I enjoyed them most once the flavoring had burned off. Now, I'm actually enjoying that soapy, perfumy flavor. I've long been a straight Virginia or Va/Perique smoker, so this has been quite a change for me (and I'm considering seeking therapy to contend with the changes in my self-image that have accompanied this discovery ). Seriously, while I doubt they'll replace my all-time favorites, such as Escudo and Astley's 109, they have certainly won themselves a place in my tobacco rotation.

Just as with other Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. blends, the tin nose (or perhaps bag nose, in this case) scared me. The perfumy smell sets off warning bells in my head-- this is a scent I associate with cologne, not tobacco. But, in the interests of tobacco science, I steeled my nerves and packed my first bowl of it into an Ashton XX Pebbleshell (I've since smoked more of it, though in the same pipe because I'm a little concerned with flavor bleed-over).

Though the initial lighting took some effort, I found it burned extremely well thereafter. I let it dry slightly before smoking it, though right out of the packaging it certainly would have been smokable (the drying was incidental rather than intentional). Most of the Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. flakes look pretty similar and this one is no exception. The tobacco runs from light tan to dark brown.

Though I found the perfumy, soapy flavor to recede as I was smoking the bowl, it remained throughout in this case (with other flakes from GH&C, I found the flavoring receded more quickly). Of course, now that I've been converted to liking the perfuminess, this is something I'm quite delighted with.

In spite of the perfumy flavors, the underlying virginias certainly make themselves known. There's a heavy, full-bodied-ness here that I've found with all of the Gawith, Hoggarth & Co flakes that I've smoked so far. There's a sweetness of the Virginias that is independent of the flavorings. It seems to reign in the top-note well-- offering a roundedness between the heaviness of the virginias and the clear high-notes created by the topping.

In summation, this is certainly a tobacco that I'll return to from time to time. I doubt I'll tear through the couple of ounces I have, but it will certainly be a welcome change of pace for me a couple of times per week for the next few weeks.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I've smoked 2 oz. of Glengarry Flake in the past 2 weeks and it's becoming one of my favorite blends. The pouch aroma is wonderful; it smells like a high quality VA with just a touch of sweetening added. I love to just stick my nose in the jar and smell it.

I'm pretty much a straight VA smoker, but this blend is sweetened so perfectly that I don't mind. In fact, I'm starting to prefer it to many natural VAs. As with all GH flakes, the presentation is lovely: beautiful 6" flakes with varying shades of brown.

I prefer to fill by folding the intact flake and stuffing it into the pipe. I have found that a loose pack has worked best. It lights easy and stays lit. The flavor is sweet and slightly tangy and the flavor builds throughout the bowl. As a previous review stated, the slightly sweet casing is best perceived by smelling the tobacco, but is ever so slight when smoking. This is an excellent blend to start the day with, due to its light, sweet flavor. I have smoked Glengarry Flake in an assortment of briars and meerschaums and found it performs well in all.

For me, Glengarry Flake was a wonderful discovery. I plan to buy a lot for cellaring. I could be wrong, but I feel Bright CR Flake, Glengarry Flake, and Ennerdale Flake are composed of the same tobaccos. Bright CR Flake has no casing, Glengarry Flake has a little casing, and Ennerdale Flake has a generous and different casing. I have read that Ennerdale is the most popular, but I prefer Bright CR and Glengarry so far.

ADDENDUM: I am now buying Glengarry Flake by the pound (500g, actually); it has become my "go to" tobacco, edging out McClelland 2015. It is a nice summer tobacco that's easy on the tongue.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This tobacco really hits me the right way. I suppose it could become an all day smoke, because it has enough strength to stay interesting without being overbearing. Relights are quite pleasant, and the tobacco benefits from DGT. The aromatic nature of this smoke is ever so mild, coming out in the smell rather than the taste. I sense no soapiness at all. It is a bit moist, and needs drying out a tad, but other than that it's lovely. If you like Luxury Twist, you will likely enjoy this broken flake.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

After smoking such other Gawith Hoggarth blends as Conniston and Ennerdale, I can't call this "soapy." Moreover, the fragrance in the tin becomes very mild in the flavor. It is present, but actually compliments the already-excellent steamed tobacco taste. I smoke this when I want a cool, slightly sweet, great smelling tobacco, which is pretty often. And don't be put off by the word "honeydew." I defy anyone to actually identify any melon flavor if they didn't hear about it first. Yum.

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

가윗호가스이집안 정말대단하다. 현재어떤연초든간에 모든게 품절이다. 사람들이 즐겨찾는다는 경제논리에 딱맞는 진리를 보여주는 상징적인회사이다. 이연초를 즐기다보면 아주 잘익은 풀버지니아와 골든그로우가 생각이 난다. 좀더 수분이 많이 함유되어있어서인지 불을 붙였을 올라오는 단맛과 젖은 건초향 그리고 건포도타는 냄새가 동시에 올라온다 한마디로 달큰하다 절래 츰이 츠릅!! 꿀의 향내음을 충분히 블렌디해서인지 정말 달큰하다 하지만 초보분들은 불관리가 어려울것이다 이유는 수분이 많아서 불관리가 쉽지않다 그러다보면 맛을 느끼기 힘드니 무조건 잘부수어서 5분정도만 기다렸다 즐겨보자. 나는 왠만하면 만들어진 그대로를 즐기라고 한다 분명이유가 있을테니 말이다 하지만 살짝 수분을 날리고난뒤 즐기니 나원참!! 이렇게 즐거울수가... 아주고급진 담배맛인 버지니아의 기분좋은 건초향이 베이스를 이룹니다 연무를 밖으로 나가자마자 오는 자연의 달큰함이 엄습하구요 마지막은 말린과일의 거을린맛이 느껴져서 부드럽게 새콤하고 기분좋은 달큰함이 어우러집니다 순수버지니아어서인지 맛은 최상입니다 방에서 즐기는 나는 룸노트또한 담배안태우는 사람들도 냄새가 구수하다고 하니 그들도 좋긴 좋나보다 . 나는 다행이 500그람짜리 벌크로 사놔서 다행이지만 또 판매된다면 무조건 사재울것이다 참으로 기분좋은 연초이다

Pipe Used: savinelli

Age When Smoked: 52

Purchased From: US

Similar Blends: Astley's: No. 109, Samuel Gawith: Golden Glow, Samuel Gawith: Full Virginia Flake.

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Pikey Mick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pikey Mick (48)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Jubilant! I've just finished a bowl of one of the finest offerings by G&H that I have had to date! Perfect from the pouch, with a slight honey and maple aroma caressing a very good Virginia /Burley blend. Came in a broken flake that packed like a dream and smoked with one relight to a white ash at the end. I smoked this on an empty stomach with a black coffee for breakfast and enjoyed every puff! Gawith and Hoggarth seem to do V/Bur blends extremely well and it's rare that I get one that I dislike. The honey is never overpowering and is there if you take it very slowly and the room note is probably the best ever with a honey/vanilla breeze that wafts in the air. Nicotine level for me is a light to medium and put me in deep contemplation for a decent hour. I totally recommend this to all, although novice pipers may miss the subtle nuances in the flavour if the cadence isn't as gentle as a stream trickling over pebbles in a trout stream.

Pipe Used: MM Emerald straight

Purchased From: GQ

Similar Blends: Macbaren Vanilla although the Macbaren is way more heavily cased..

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LiterarySmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LiterarySmoker (142)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

On my voyage of British discovery I purchased this when it came out a few months ago. There isn't much to say about packaging since I bought in bulk. When I open my bag there are some nice long brown flakes that smell of Virginia sweetness and hay, mixed with honey. They came pretty wet, so some dry time really helped me. They rub out well and pack well. They take a little extra time to light even when properly dried. I needed a few more than regular relights.

Once lit I taste the honey and Whiskey up front adding maltiness, herbalness, and sweetness. The Virginias are well married to the toppings here. I do taste some of the Virginias inherent grassiness, and hay, as well as some bakery-like flavors. On a really slow draw I taste some of the Lakeland floral notes. The toppings don't make this too sweet. Fast puffing will lead to a hot smoke.

For the taste I give this a medium. It's a nice soft smoke. The strength is a medium too. Not too strong, but strong enough to make me happy. The room note is pleasant and may earn a few compliments. This is a very smokable mixture when properly dried. It could be a repeatable smoke for some.

Pipe Used: Peterson Kinsale XL13

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

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hrhf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hrhf (38)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Glengarry Flake... how to describe this offering from my friends at Gawith Hoggarth? It’s a bit of an oddball in the world of pipe tobaccos, which in itself is a bit of an oddball these days.

Glengarry is marketed as an aromatic... but it’s certainly not an aromatic in the modern American definition of aromatic. No... this is more along the lines of an already-tasty, quality tobacco made even more tasty (at least, that’s the goal) via the addition of various (judiciously administered) flavorings. This was done with a light hand compared to others in the GH line of aromatics.

For comparison’s sake, take Gawith Hoggarth’s Coniston Cut Plug, a sister blend. Please. Please take it. It’s terribly overdone in the flavoring department. It’s so bad, so strongly perfumed, it should probably be quarantined a safe distance from all other tobaccos. I find it hard to comprehend the fact that both blends are products of the same company.

But here we are.

I can’t really pick out distinct flavors with this one. It’s just an appetizing smoke. I don’t see it as an all day—or even an every day—smoke for me. It’s still a little too... what’s the appropriate term here? It’s a touch too artificially flavored for my taste.

I’m perfectly fine with tobacco being sweetened a bit, but the flavoring used here distracts a bit from the natural awesomeness of the leaf. Just a bit... but enough to make it just an occasional treat for me.

I’ll still keep a little on hand... and could see myself restocking in the future. Unlike Coniston. That stuff... well, that’s another story for another review.

This one probably is more along the line of Brown Flake Aromatic, although I prefer the flavorings used in BFA (and DFA).

In the meantime, I’d give Glengarry two stars. It’s okay, but not exactly my cup of tea.

Update: 15 June, 2021 After careful consideration, I’m bumping this flake up to 3 stars. Since my initial review, I’d jarred my small stash of Glengarry Flake, socked it away, and forgotten about it.

But in the interim, I’ve been smoking Gawith Hoggarth flakes almost exclusively. I’m a GH man, at least at the present time.

And, while I’m still trying to come to terms with the more heavily “Lakeland-ed” flakes in the family, I’ve definitely gained a new appreciation for this one. The couple of months in the little fruit jar probably helped improve it too.

Strength-wise, I still lean towards things with a little more kick. And I also prefer a little more complexity/depth of flavor.

But this one is perfect for the times when I want to smoke, but don’t necessarily have the time to focus on what I’m smoking.

It’s definitely not in danger of being part of my regular rotation. And it’s not one of the flakes I fret over being out of stock. But I’ll likely order it again, and enjoy every bowl… even if I’m too busy gardening or reading or whatever to focus too much on it.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: New stock

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Brown Flake Aromatic.

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HeavyTrees Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HeavyTrees (70)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Received a generous sample of this one from a dear friend as I refused to try Lakelands for a long time.

The flakes, cut rather big, broad and pressed solidly are from a dark brown color with brown and golden filaments giving a nice structure. The cold smell reminds me of freshly baken brown loaf with a bit of Grandmothers soap way in the background.

I rubbed it out a bit more thoroughly as the flakes are pretty hard, stable and of perfect moisture. If folded it's probably better to use a large bowl or a pan. Packs well and takes flames better than expected then burns cool and very slow.

In the first half there's a dominating floral (can't really detect) but not too soapy taste underlined by the sweet Virginia notes. A bit too much of that for my taste. As the smoke continues the tobacco flavors begin to gain the upper hand and a natural almond sweet Virginia taste comes through more and more; also some citric notes by the VA. You can taste the great quality leafs even if there's still a floral sometimes slightly bitter touch to it. No acidity or tongue bite in this one.

Glengarry might not become my all day but it's a nice and high quality Virginia Flake topped with interesting floral notes. Quite an exciting smoke - can't deny that.

Pipe Used: Various briars wiFi

Age When Smoked: ?

Purchased From: Friend

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

This is decidedly the best light virginia flake ever made. Gawith Hoggarth do their thing again!

It's delicate, dangerous and delicious.

Save it for the summer months.

There's nothing more to be written.

Pipe Used: Stanwell billiard.

Age When Smoked: A few months.

Purchased From: Tobacco Online

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Calamiti Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Calamiti (84)
Very Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

This blend would have been an excellent choice for seven-years-old girls, would they choose to smoke a pipe. For me, not so much. When I go for Lakeland Aromatics I go for Flavour and Fullness, not for a flow of sweetish flavourless steam. I regret I didn't buy some more Ennerdale or Coniston instead of this. Never again.

The tobacco itself isn't bad as in "bad". It's a cute and lovely little blend. A toy tobacco. Because it's so disappearingly weak in all departments I can't really imagine whom I could recommend this to besides the aforementioned seven-years-old girls. And since I'm against them to pick up the habit of pipe smoking, the only verdict left is: Not Recommended.

I put two stars because it's a Gawith and Hoggarth, not a Borkum Riff. No blends from Gawith and Hoggarts really deserve to get one-star-marks. Still, I don't recommend this. Don't waste money on toys, buy GH's Rum Flake or Kendal Flake instead.

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pylet2000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pylet2000 (33)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Having enjoyed other popular G&H blends, I thought this was worth a try. It is.

Lakeland caveat: I have a feast / famine relationship with these blends. And I find them fussy, the amount of "perfume" seems to vary with moisture content. They take some work but there's something in these G&H products I like a lot when the mood strikes.

So Glengarry sounded like something I had to try: a Lakeland on the mildest side of the spectrum. That's an accurate description, there's just the faintest amount Lakeland aroma present, almost akin to smoking a straight Virginia in a Lakeland ghosted pipe. As far as the VA goes, it's pleasant, rich, and hits all the right notes. Although like some others have mentioned in this total combination of leaf and toppings it is a touch rough. Not horrendously so, but I did find myself reaching for the companion cup of tea / coffee more than normal.

In the end, this isn't bad at all. A little sweeter than a normal straight VA flake, with the faintest complement of Lakeland. Really, I wish I could get some of the other G&H products with the flower aroma this far dialed back. The VA is 85% great, the slight harshness is what keeps me from calling this an excellent mildly scented VA flake. As I experienced it, I say it straddles good / great, 2.5 stars.

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butman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
butman (50)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This has some great burning characteristics, but the strenght and scent of it are a bit much. I still smoke it 3-4 times a week because it is unique. Can't do it every day, but I still like it. It's Virginia with a medium/strong scent. Still quite good.

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DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (317)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Pleasant room note and an easy smoker -- I didn't get any 'Lakeland' notes, just a light pleasantly (but not overwhelmly) sweet casing over some good Virginas, with the latter coming out in the last 1/3 of the bowl.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

An interesting tobacco with some merit . The flavoring is the classic "soap" flavor . I'd have to be a soap enthusiast to be able to tell the difference in this flavoring and similar G&H soap flavors . Still , once lit the tobacco loses a lot of the soapiness , fading mostly into the background , and the VA flavors come to the front . I don't smoke heavily cased aromatics , but when I'm in the mood for something sweet this fits the bill . Aromatic smokers might find this "lightly flavored" .

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Anthony Caridi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Anthony Caridi (24)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Grassy with citrus and florals. Very consistent throughout. A subdued version of ennerdale for me when I don't want the big Lakeland blast. Very nice. I love these G&H lakelands!

Pipe Used: The Big Pipe

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

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Sangagor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sangagor (74)
Mild Medium to Strong Full Unnoticeable

Nice dark flake with veins of lighter tobacco has pleasant aroma after sweet hay, grass and floral toping. My sample was at right moisture level. Burns on few relights till end. Toping smelled like rum, some flowrs and maybe honey. One of the best lakelands tobacco out there. Definitely not all day smoke. Too heavy even nic hit is almost nothing. Two stars only beacuse this tobacco is not for everyone.

Pipe Used: Savineli 315ks

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: etrafika.com

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Tomcat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tomcat (206)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Unnoticeable

Gawith Hoggarth Glengarry Flake - A bright Virginia flake that’s grassy with citrus and toasty bread and some dark fruit . The first couple of puffs remind me honeysuckle . What tastes like a light liqueur topping . Very creamy . A very light lakeland flowery topping that’s doesn’t bother me at all . Kind of pleasant actually. Still very similar to OGS . A summer type smoke . Very light on nicotine . Good smoke , I like it . Solid 3

Pipe Used: Cobs of course

Age When Smoked: Fresh bulk

Similar Blends: OGS . Hamborger Veermaster ..

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Just like the description says, Glengarry Flake provides a mild, sweet, gently aromatic smoke. For a pure virginia it does not bite. I rubbed out the 2oz I purchased and gave it a week to dry some. I don't pack tight as it's still a bit moist and smoke with care. I can't say I really can taste the virginia as the flavouring is the main player. But it's really pleasant. Smokes well all the way down (I always smoke all the tobacco) and doesn't really evolve. It's just a nice smoke. I am definitively buying again?

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Ambush1964 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ambush1964 (19)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

I bought this tobacco to try to ferret out the "Lakeland Essence". I did not really get any distinguishing aromas from the tin note, it was pleasant but nothing overpowering by any means. I rubbed out the flake and let it air dry for 15 minutes or so. It packed well, lit well, and burned well...all the way to the bottom with nothing but gray ash left. I was smoking this in a smallish WDC billiard with a "Hesson Guard" while refurbishing a pre-republic Peterson Shamrock 265 small canadian. The reason I mention this is because I tend to forget to puff...not second nature to me yet and the work distracts me a bit. I did have to relight a few times, but this tobacco was much more forgiving than some other tobaccos. I kept it burning quite well. It was a pleasant smoke with no tongue bite whatever. I detected a slight "essence" but could not pinpoint the flavor. No strong soapy or floral flavors or aroma. I guess I will have to try a stronger "Lakeland" tobacco. A very pleasant smoke, but nothing over the top.

Pipe Used: Vintage WDC "Hesson Guard" small saddle billiard

Age When Smoked: 6 months in a mason jar

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

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

As expected with G&H flakes, this stuff packs, lights, and smokes like a dream. I’ve only found it in bulk in the US, so it comes in full-length flakes, not cut down for tinning. It’s a pure Virginia blend that G&H calls “similar” to Bright CR Flake.

Glengarry starts with a small blast of Lakeland floral essence, and settles into a high quality VA smoke. Early, it is very light, but by 1/4 bowl the stronger flavor picks up. I had to smoke some in a meer before reviewing so I could be remind myself that the faint floral flavors weren’t just ghosts, but they are there.

The trouble with Glengarry is that it’s too much essence for someone who hates that flavor, and not enough for someone who loves it. There’s not enough topping to use it as training wheels for Lakeland style flavors. Folks who hate granny perfume should be smoking Bright CR Flake, they’ll like it better. Folks who like the Lakeland flavors or want to start out with them should be smoking Kendal, Coniston, Bosun, or just go for the jugular with Ennerdale. I happily smoked several ounces of Glengarry, but I’d almost always reach for something stronger in a Lakeland or a pure VA with no essence.

Age When Smoked: 6 months

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Glengarry makes for an excellent introductory Lakeland flake. There is a definite emphasis on the honey and sweet spices over the floral flavor, but some of that Lakeland perfume will come through.

The flakes are on the thick side, moist enough to fold but not wet, and they rub out easily. The flavor is wonderfully consistent throughout the bowl. The nicotine is medium, or mild to medium.

Glengarry will ghost a pipe a little - if you want the taste out, some time with alcohol and pipe cleaners is in your future. It's not as difficult as something like Ennerdale to get out, but probably is better left to cobs or dedicated Lakeland pipes until you know whether or not it works for you.

It's an acquired taste, I think. I used to wonder if I was strange for liking Lakeland tobacco, but having seen people smoke straight tire-fire Perique and uncut Latakia, maybe a little floral essence isn't that strange.

Pipe Used: basket pipe

Age When Smoked: fresh

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Pipesmoking101 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipesmoking101 (63)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobacco is one of a large number of flakes recently received by myself in an attempt to widen my palette to aromatics. It started off very promising. This was above all the bulk flakes I have received in terms of its presentation. Many of the other bulk flakes arrived a bit broken & falling into parts, but this was just a perfect series of straight, strong, massive bulk flakes. Very, very attractive presentation, perfect hues of the tobacco & impeccably formed structure. A pleasing to the eye combination of dark Virginia (most prominent) speckled with little bursts of bright tobaccos in there as well. The pouch note was also quite pleasant, the tobacco could be noted, but there was a definite sweetness there, above and beyond the Virginia, I can sense the honey notes mentioned, with perhaps a slightly souring (although pleasant) whisky backnote. I had to cut the flakes into approximately one-thirds, as this was about the max that my pipes could accommodate, to my delight, these flakes remained solid even when sliced (widthways - I didn't just tear a strip off the bottom). This needed to be rubbed fairly well, as with most bulk flakes, I found that leaving more than a few bits of broken flake in amongst the rubbed out strands made it very difficult to keep lit, but properly rubbed out & packed with care, it burns fairly easily (mine was not too damp & somewhat aged when I got it). Smoking it at first, I found it a little bitey & harsh, but when I adjusted my cadence, it calmed down. With a combination of breath smoking & occasional retrohaling, I got the most out of this tobacco. The tobacco was good, and the topping built up from moderate at the beginning of the bowl, to dominant in the middle, and fading out again towards the end. The tobacco is of good quality (something that is hard to find in aromatics generally), and the topping is a generally pleasant sweetness, with zingy little hits of sourness. The room note is pleasant to tolerable in my opinion. It all sound very positive, no? Well, actually, no. Although when smoked with the adequate preparation and care, this can be quite pleasant tasting and cool, one small error, and you'll either be relighting constantly, or have a bowl hotter than the sun. For the first ounce of this, I thought of this as a one star tobacco, possibly going up to 3 when I had learned the method. To me, however, pipe smoking should be about - primarily - relaxation and ease. Even when prepared properly, one has to concentrate a bit too much on this one for my liking. We all know that one has to learn to smoke a pipe, but my learning was done a long time - and many smokes - ago, and I don't appreciate being made to learn all over again to accommodate just this one blend. I am a fair man, though, and given that I have in my time on this site up to this point, only ever given a one-star rating on one occasion, I cannot give this a one-star score (it's miles better than 'Clan'). On that basis, I'll give it a 2-star rating, if you can figure out how to smoke it & it's a regular in your rotation, I can see why you probably love it. For me, the reward doesn't justify the effort. As other have mentioned as well, it also gave me a fairly rough throat on several occasions (this may be because I still haven't figured out the entirely best way to smoke it - but it doesn't inspire in me the desire to explore any further). Try it, by all means, but I won't be buying it again.

Pipe Used: Everyman, Old England Zulu, Aerosphere billiard

Age When Smoked: 1.25 years

Purchased From: mysmokingshop.com

Similar Blends: Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Flake.

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Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Glengarry Flake;

Star Rating = 3.25;

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

Pouch Note = 9;

Room Note = 9;

Flavor = 8;

Bite = 8;

Burn = 9;

After Taste = 9;

Raw Score = 52;

Rated Percentage = 87%;

Comment = Very Smooth, Very Mild, light Fruity honey dew sort of Flavor, slight After Taste.

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

To me, this flake is almost pure Virginia for me. The smell of the flake is very gentle, not too many aromas I could detect from the smell alone.

A very mild casing was done her I am guessing... some faint hints of honey for sure, and maybe just maybe some fruity jams. An all day smoke, but I prefer FVF after it has been dried for a few hours.

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meerkat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
meerkat (64)
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

A light virginia flake with a light, sweet honey topping. All round lightness is the order of the day here, which was quite a surprise from a G, H & co. flake. But there you go. I didn't taste anything floral but then I didn't get huge flavour of any kind.

A nice tobacco and a winner for those looking for a lighter tobacco without tons of weird topping or nicotine just a bit too light for my tastes.

Highly recommended to some, not recommended to others. So 3 stars, I guess.

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

I was a bit spoiled when trying this, as I had 50g of each of the GH flakes to work through and to my palate, this came last. To be fair though, it is still a heck of a lot better than most high street stuff and a good tobacco in its own right.

Big, rough flakes. Pale browns throughout and a grassy, sweet pouch note with the promise of some good Virginia ahead. (I am a bit of a Virginia fan.). I can't detect a casing in the unlit state, but it is a different story once it is going.

This one was another just about perfect tobacco in terms of livability. Just the right moisture level, easy to light, easy to keep going, burns to a nice clean ash and didn't get too hot. I find it a bit too mild for my taste, which probably explains why I got some tongue bite from going at it a bit too hard. The smoke is there in volume and I enjoyed the brightness of the sweet Virginia. What I didn't like though was the way the casing comes through so strongly in the smoke. I absolutely hate aromatic tobaccos for the same reason. I wouldn't call this an aromatic - it is more subtle than that - but I was just overwhelmed with the chemicals (whatever they are) used to case it. It ruined the smoke for me. Others may not mind the sweet casing, of course, but for me it spoiled an otherwise good smoke.

Just two stars from me.

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BostonPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BostonPipe (84)
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Another one of those Lakeland flakes where the flavorings are used to enhance the high quality tobaccos, and, usually not overwhelm them. This flake makes for a nice change of pace to this usual Kendal Dark smoker. The experience becomes smoother as one advances the length of the bowl. It also becomes a bit more difficult as one progresses to taste the tobacco coming through the flavoring. Maybe this is the result of the palate becoming coated by the flavoring agents, I'm not sure. Overall, a nice change of pace but not a smoke I would look forward to on a daily basis.

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Effluvinator Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Effluvinator (60)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild Pleasant

This is my first Lakeland style flake, chosen due to its lighter amount of topping. When I first received the 2 oz. bag I found the scent a bit overpowering, being used to straight flakes. My initial smoking of it left me feeling the flavoring overwhelmed any actual tobacco taste. I didn't dislike the flavoring itself but just wanted some VA taste to go with it. After several months much of this aroma and the accompanying taste were lessened but I still didn't get much tobacco taste out of it, either. I prefer either Bright CR if in the mood for an unadulterated light VA, or Rum Flake if I want a scented VA.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I'm not a big fan of G&H tobaccos. And this one hasn't changed my mind about them. Not a bad tobacco but not a good one either. It's a nice quality flake that burns good but they missed it with the flavoring. There is a little miss in the blending as well. Nice try G&H but try again!

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Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

If flakes are what you enjoy this one is worth a try. A very nice smoke for a change of pace. Not one of my top five flakes as yet. Three and one quarter stars out of four.

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

As with all G&H products that i've encountered the leaf in this blend is of very high quality. Alot has already been said about this blend so I won't elaborate in great detail, there are some interesting things to note about this blend however. An interesting thing i've noticed about this blend as well as with many of the other G&H blends that i've smoked is that the first 1/8th of the bowl smokes harsh and then starts to change rather dramatically for the better. This flake has alot of complexity and flavors change quite frequently through out the bowl ranging from sweet to grassy with floral tones that appear and disappear through out the bowl. This is a must try for flake style tobacco lovers. I would give this the highest rating however I enjoy the floral overtones on occasion and not as a staple of flavors I enjoy in my pipe tobaccos.

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Pounder 5000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pounder 5000 (178)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

I have to say- There is a reason one should not review a tobacco until they have smoked at least a couple of ounces of it. When I first tried this tobacco I was totally impressed. It was my first Gawith tobacco that I had tried. It was wonderful. The Virginias were sweet and rich and the flavoring seemed to put this tobacco over the top. I loved it. As I smoked my way down the sample however, I have to say the flavoring started to turn me off. The Virginia here is without peer. It can get nippy, but overall it is just what I like. The perfume they add to this gets old quick however, and it just isn't worth it. With the strong casing I have to definitely be in the mood for this and I find that that doesn't happen often enough to warrant buying more. If you like this particular casing however, I don't think you can go wrong.

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