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PostSubject: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:41 pm

Bracken Flake was one of my favorite tobaccos in the mid-2000s, until SG decided to issue two other versions without a by-your-leave, calling them by the same name when they were not; one of them, I was informed by smokingpipes staff, was a throwback, a previous version.

I'd smoked 2 or 3 pounds of it until the stream ran dry; some years later Natch's abundant cellar yielded the version that I loved, and I've been smoking it, thinking when what I bought ran out, that was that.

But tonight an idea occurred to me: check recent TR entries to see which version recent reviewers had smoked; and come to find they are smoking the real deal.

So it's a tin, and then maybe, pounds; hope to jump while it's hot.

Bracken Flake is moderately sauced, but given British know-how, it's not obtrusive. Along with the sauce a sizable amount of dark-fired and dark-fired KY are always quite tastable. It is a potent tobacco, about the same as Irish Flake or the inimitable Bow-Legged Bear.

Bad thing: SG pounds are now $62.XX at Mars, up $10.00.

EDIT: revised the amount of topping


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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:50 pm

Mike, you know it's what you love and you know it can change again or vanish forever in a blink of the eye. You know you gotta get a pound or two. Still, it does "hurt" to pay that much! Twisted Evil

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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:57 pm

The last box of cigars I bought set me back $256.00; hell, for that price I should get four pounds!
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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:31 pm

I've wanted to pull the trigger on this for a long time. I like a number of the Lakeland scented blends and I like Dark Fired and Kentucky, etc., .etc., etc. So it's always seemed a natural. But when I've been 'in the mood' it hasn't been around. Til now. I just nailed a couple of tins. One for now and one to save. I appreciate the insider history of the various iterations of the blend (something I had no idea about) and the news that the right stuff was with us again. Many thanks.

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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:29 am

I should have written that Bracken Flake is moderately sauced.
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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:11 am

I just went through 5 pages of Google output and found no pounds for sale. Everyone is out of stock.
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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:54 pm

IT went fast. I missed out. Down to my last 4oz.
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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:16 pm

It always pays to check back with folks...especially by email or phone. I just an hour ago snagged a half pound of FVF at P&C. And it was in-n-out last week, or something. Have you tried looking for tins? At the prices vendors are charging for builk these days, tins are a pretty good option!


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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:52 pm

Just finished my first ever tin of Bracken Flake and I must say that I was very impressed. Great flavor, cool smoke, and best of all nice strength. Got used to the topping so much that by the time I was towards the bottom of the tin, I barely even noticed it anymore. Definitely doesn't overpower the tobacco but instead works complementary with the dark fired tobaccos in the blend. I just ordered 4 oz bulk from P&C last Fri but now I kinda wished I had pulled the trigger and gotten a pound. Bracken has definitely joined the ranks in my rotation along with FVF, Dark Bird's Eye, and Solani 656.

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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:54 pm

Many say Dark Flake has cigar overtones; can't taste them; but Bracken Flake surely does.
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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:11 pm

Bracken Flake is one of the few SG Blends I've never tried. (No this is not a mooch attempt).

While I can (and probably should) read the review site reviews, what can you BoB guys tell me about the flavor profile? If it's too scented in the Lakeland fashion, it's probably not for me.


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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:22 pm

Brewdude wrote:
Bracken Flake is one of the few SG Blends I've never tried. (No this is not a mooch attempt).


Well, since Brewdude is trying to mooch, I wanna try some, too. Razz

(I'm just more directly shameless!)

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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:20 pm

Brewdude wrote:
Bracken Flake is one of the few SG Blends I've never tried. (No this is not a mooch attempt).

While I can (and probably should) read the review site reviews, what can you BoB guys tell me about the flavor profile? If it's too scented in the Lakeland fashion, it's probably not for me.


Cheers,

RR

Not really scented in the "Lakeland" fashion, but the flavoring is unique, although in no way over the top. Some people say it is topped with licorice/anise, but I get more of a mint chocolate taste from it. Mainly though, you will taste the wonderful dark fired tobaccos and after a dozen bowls, you really don't pay attention to the topping anymore because the blend is just so damn good and the tobaccos are so high quality!
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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:27 pm

Just got in two tins of Bracken...with two more on the way. My first bowl was this morning to 'celebrate' my starting to prune out a large flowering plum tree in our front yard. Stellar! Freaking STELLAR!

BTW: As it is one of those georgous days here in the Paciic Northwest (we are in the middle of the 'false Spring' we get annually) there were walkers and joggers and baby stroller pushers and all going by pretty regularly...and MANY of them commented about the great smelling pipe I was smoking! Works for me!

Anyway...I let it dry for about four hours kind of fluffed up in the tin yesterday and then took a bit out to work with today. It was much dryer that it was in the tin upon first opening. Did the puffing in a small Savinelli Bulldog of high quality. This is more than a keeper...it's a hoarder. Thanks for the heads up and glad I was able to score some during the Spring infusion of SG stuff to the colonies. lol

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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Sat Feb 04, 2012 8:35 pm

scottbtdmb wrote:
Brewdude wrote:
Bracken Flake is one of the few SG Blends I've never tried. (No this is not a mooch attempt).

While I can (and probably should) read the review site reviews, what can you BoB guys tell me about the flavor profile? If it's too scented in the Lakeland fashion, it's probably not for me.


Cheers,

RR

Not really scented in the "Lakeland" fashion, but the flavoring is unique, although in no way over the top. Some people say it is topped with licorice/anise, but I get more of a mint chocolate taste from it. Mainly though, you will taste the wonderful dark fired tobaccos and after a dozen bowls, you really don't pay attention to the topping anymore because the blend is just so damn good and the tobaccos are so high quality!

Thanks Scott. Sounds interesting for sure.


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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:59 am

This is as excited as this Board's ever been about Bracken Flake; great!
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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:27 pm

Well, the next time some comes up for sale, I do hope someone will let us know. Wink I've been looking for a good "public smoke" that does the job but doesn't drive everyone away. Contrary to popular belief, I do socialize. Sometimes. Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:11 pm


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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:19 pm

You... you.... you...

...enabler. Razz

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Side question: How "cocoa" is this stuff? I don't like chocolate but don't mind a little cocoa flavor. If this is a "chocolate bomb" I may be SOL. Sad The other found flavors and additives I can probably deal with. Unless the old lady soapiness is also in there--gross. Geez, I'm picky.
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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:54 pm

I detect no cocoa or chocolate whatsoever.

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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:39 pm

Its dominant taste is cigar-like, at least to me. Deep, smoky and austere, I think.
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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:28 pm

alfredo_buscatti wrote:
Its dominant taste is cigar-like, at least to me. Deep, smoky and austere, I think.

Any Lakeland soapiness?


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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:24 pm

Brewdude wrote:
alfredo_buscatti wrote:
Its dominant taste is cigar-like, at least to me. Deep, smoky and austere, I think.

Any Lakeland soapiness?


Cheers,

RR

Definitely NO Lakeland soapiness. Just a mild topping that some say is anise/licorice, but I will contend that I taste mint chocolate.

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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:29 pm

No soap.
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PostSubject: Re: Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake   Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:41 pm

What scott calls chocolate mint, others call anise, and still others will absolutely call a Lakeland thing. Is it a flavor? Or is it a scent? Read Gawith (both sides of the family) reviews over on the review site and the descriptions are all over the place. We should never say...this tastes like X or Y or whatever...rather we should be saying what I sense is the following...so saying there is definetely no Lakeland soapiness will almost certainly be argued by someone else that actually detects it either in the pouch or the product.

The most classic description of the Lakeland thing I ever saw (and it was very recently) was that it was just like the parfum that little old ladies that lived in nursing homes used to disguise the sour smell of stale urine. Lovely.


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