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Samuel Gawith Bothy Flake Pipe Tobacco
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Samuel Gawith Bothy Flake

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Samuel Gawith Bothy Flake was made for the Kearvaig Pipe Club. It's a flake made of ripe, matured Virginias which are combined with a modicum of smoky Latakia and then pressed and sliced into easy to prepare flakes. The Virginias used have more depth than most flue-cured tobaccos, and retain a mellow sweetness that's perfectly compatible with the small amount of Cyprian Latakia. To tie the flavors all together, and to add a bit to the aroma, they infuse the tobacco with a splash of peaty Scotch whisky. The result is gently sweet, with nice depth and a pleasant, tangy finish.

Overall Rating4.74 out of 5 Based on 19 Ratings

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5 out of 5
Give me more.
This is a fantastic tobacco bend. The whiskey flavoring is not overpowering and the Virginias used are very flavorful. It is a mellow but very satisfying smoke. As soon as more becomes available I will jump on.
5 out of 5
Love this
This was love at first puff. Great english blend with a very nice light whiskey overtone. As soon as it becomes available again I will jump on it. Good all day long!
4 out of 5
Sweet, spicey, and apples?
Love this stuff! Out of the tin it needs quite a bit of drying (as is typical for SG blends) but patience pays off. This is going to sound strange, but the tin note reminds me of apple cider. I realize there is a scotch topping, so I don't know why this is the case, perhaps its the alcohol mixed with the Latakia? The smell finds its way into the flavor, for sure. I can't detect the Latakia much, its more to round out the flavor, but eventually about 1/3 of the way into the bowl there is a pleasant spiciness that comes into play and lasts to the end. A little bit sweet, certainly spicey, and a very unique flavor! Its in my rotation!
5 out of 5
Just plain good!
I got this blend a few months back and it's really taken me some time to decide how I feel about it. At first glance, I wasn't overly excited about it, but as time has gone on I keep reaching for it again and again! A little bit of sweetness, woodsy, but not too Latakia forward, and light! It could be an all day smoke! There is one thing worth pointing out- apples. I don't know why, but smelling it in the tin and the taste of it- there is a cider note to it that must be related to the whiskey. I have honestly never smoked anything like it, and its about time to order another tin!
5 out of 5
Heavenly Clouds
I can't describe it to it's fullest... It's heavy and smokey, yet at the same time, mild. Probably not a breakfast smoke, but close. It pairs nicely with a pale ale or a good scotch.
3 out of 5
Worth A Try
Like many SG blends, tobacco was pretty moist out of tin and needed some drying time. The flakes were easy to rub out and pack. I enjoyed the creamy sweet smoke to the blend. I could not really pick up the scotch/peet note in the blend. Overall I enjoyed Bothy Flake but don't see it being in regular rotation for me.
5 out of 5
I'm sure but you may not be.....
First, I enjoy lakeland edged mixes..... this isn't one but it is quite floral. For me it was so unusual it was a nice change of pace. It smokes very well folded and stuffed and stays lit in an adequate-smoking pipe. Only bought one tin and it went pretty fast will definitely order more.
5 out of 5
Great Texture
great texture, delicious smell, easy to rub out. one of the best tobaccos ive ever smoked. the quality of the leaf is evident from the first bowl to the last'
5 out of 5
Amazing blend that is has a topping of scotch whiskey. Adds a nice flavor profile to the tobacco. This blend is very tasty and like old man Parker is very flakey.
5 out of 5
Bothy is a singular experience
After reading nothing but unconditional raves about Bothy Flake in social media pipe smoking forums, and since I was in the mood for a whiskey-finished blend, I just had to place my order. It is a singular experience, starting from the bouquet that hits you right from the tin... earthy, peaty, flowery, and just a whisper of whiskey. Yes it takes some effort to get the right cut for your smoking preferences (mine was drying out, tearing into strips, then ribbons; cubing did not go well for me) but it's well worth it. Deeply flavorful throughout, and that whiskey is but a suggestion, coming out more at mid-bowl. Outstanding by any measure.
5 out of 5
A singular experience
All of the descriptions of Bothy Flake were so mouthwatering, I just had to give it a try. It is indeed a singular experience, starting with the indescribable aroma right from the tin; peaty, earthy, musky, with just a hint of whiskey. It takes a bit of effort to keep it lighted in the chamber. One needs to tinker a bit with drying the flake and then getting it to the right cut for the session. I tried cubing but much preferred tearing the slice into strips, then into ribbons. Lovely taste throughout the entire bowl, the whiskey note really comes out in the middle to the end. It is likely one of the most unique tobaccos you will ever smoke.
3 out of 5
Pleasant, but not satisfying.
Perhaps a little more Latakia would do it for me. A pleasant, mildly rum-topped VA flake, that seems to lack nicotine or bite. A good morning and hot weather smoke. But a little too one-dimentional.
5 out of 5
Smokes and taste great.Would differently purchase again.
5 out of 5
Never let down by the folks at SG
Wow! Excellent. Just a whisper of scotch. I mostly smoke English blends, Navy style, cake, flake coin. This is a pleasant change from the hint of rum in a lot of those tobaccos. Fold-n-stuff the bottom and fold and slightly fluff the rest. One char light, tamp, one more light and sit back for a relaxing smoke. Can't wait for cooler weather, a glass of Ardmore neat and this flake.
5 out of 5
Open and age!
Wonderful tobacco. I'm a big fan of SG Navy flake, do I thought I'd give this a try. When I first opened the tin there was a very strong aroma, almost like nail polish remover. However I read some reviews and aged it for a few months. Now the tin note is great. The tobacco flavor is that of bright Virginia in the forefront with a fair amount of Latakia to compliment it. It is my opinion that if you like grassy Virginia and appreciate that Latakia aftertaste, this is an excellent choice.
5 out of 5
Good stuff...
It took me a bowl or two to really come to terms with this tobacco. English type blends with a good deal of Latakia are my usual, so Bothy Flake was a very enjoyable change of pace. Wonderful taste, nice room note that is subtle and not overpowering, very good quality, and burns nicely down to a fine ash. I did find that it benefited from a wee bit of drying out before stuffing in a pipe, without a great deal of rubbing out. Probably not for beginners as it took some care in rubbing out and packing in a pipe. Good stuff. I've already received more. Not sure how it will age. Time alone will tell.
5 out of 5
Very different taste and aroma I enjoyed it very much.
5 out of 5
Sam gawith's boothy flake
A pretty spectacular tobacco. As with all the gawith's I've had the pleasure of smoking it benefits from an hour or so of drying time. The tin note is a bit misleading except in the direction of strength. The flake rubs out nicely. On first light there is a taste of strong tobacco with a subtle note of something I've never had in a pipe tobacco. After a few bowls I realized that the flavor is almost exactly like Guinness draught. Maybe that's a turnoff to some but I loved it! All the bowls burned well and left almost nothing behind. If you're into a stronger pipe with an imho Irish stout flavor this is for you.
5 out of 5
Exactly as described. Sweet,smoky and wonderful peaty scotch flavor.
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