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Kendal Dark Flake Aromatic Pipe Tobacco (Loose)

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It all started in Kendal, England in 1792. Thomas Harrison was a successful snuff maker. Jane Harrison Thomas’s daughter, eloped in 1838 to a young man of Kendal, Samuel Gawith. When Mr. Harrison died in 1841, he left the business to his daughter and son-in-law, and over the years Samuel Gawith continued to prosper.

In 1865, Samuel Gawith died prematurely at the age of 48. His eldest son, also called Samuel, was only 22 and his father had wisely left the firm in the hands of three trustees, one of whom was this son. The elder trustee was Henry Hoggarth, a boyhood friend and neighbour in Lowther Street who had founded a Kendal firm of land agents and surveyors.

In 1878, Samuel and his younger brother, John Edward Gawith decided amicably to go their separate ways and so the two Gawith firms came into being. Samuel took over the snuff mill and business at Mealbank, and John stayed on in Lowther Street.

The firm in Lowther Street went through some troubled times but, in 1887, a new partnership was founded between Samuel’s youngest brother, William Henry, and Henry Hoggarth junior, to be known as Gawith Hoggarth Company.

Gawith Hoggarth Company continued to manufacture tobacco products and snuff at the Lowther Street works until 2009, when they moved to new business premises.

And now, in 2015, the two companies will be back together under one roof.

Dark A blend Flake aromatic by Gawith Hoggarth is an incredible strong Lakeland style pipe tobacco.  The secret aromatic toppings (seven of them) create a marvellous high note although dominated by dark fired Indonesian and dark fired Mozambique leaf, almost smoky and cigar-like.

The characteristics of the smoke denotes immediately the quality of the tobacco, no bites, no overheating, burns cool and dry leaving a powdery, white ash.

The intensely bittersweet smoke is thin and delicate yet does indeed pack a nicotine punch, but behaves beautiful if puffed gently.

If you like lakeland flakes, and strong full flavoured tobacco with a nice dose of vitamin "N" this just may become a new addition to your rotation, you'd be hard pressed to find something better than this

If the strength scares you from trying it, just try it in a smaller pipe cut with some Brown Flake or similar. Then proceed to work your way up to 100% Dark Flake and Bob's your uncle!

Please note: Pipe used is for illustration purposes only.

If this is your first order on this particular product you will need to email a scan of your passport at the photo page or provide proof of age as we legally need to ensure that we are not selling this product to under 18's. Your order will not be dispatched until this proof has been provided. Thanks you for your understanding.

Tasting Notes

The flake is a blend of  secret aromatic toppings (seven of them) to create a marvellous high note although dominated by dark fired Indonesian and dark fired Mozambique leaf, almost smoky and cigar-like.

Customers have said the tobacco taste like Liquorice or Maple & Tonquin Bean.

Strength: 4/5
Aromatic Taste: 4/5
Room Note: 3/5


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