Bosun is one of the old classics which helped put Gawith & Hoggarth on the map for. These Lakeland blends have been popular since the 19th century, when English purity laws banned most flavouring used around the world for tobacco. Luckily some spices, floral extracts and sugars was still permitted for use. Gawith Hoggarth and other tobacco manufactures made the most of this and used a wide range of flavourings.
With only slightly over 50% (54%) flue-cured virginias from Brazil, Zimbabwe and Malawi and 31% dark fired leaf this is a fairly strong smoke. The addition of some sweeter sun cured leaf from Malawi and the rich cigar type notes from the dark air cured Indian grade help to sound off the blend. The special Virginia casings complement the top notes derived from the addition of sharper flavours including oil of cloves and rose geranium.
Best smoked in thin slices folded into the bowl and not left too dry. Plug tobacco keep for longer in larger blocks, don’t pre cut your plug, only cut off what you need.
As with all Lakeland blends, Conniston ghosts Briar pipes and it is best to have a separate pipe dedicated for Lakelands. Ghosting fades with time from any pipe, but do expect your next few smokes to have a slight Lakeland note. Do not let this put you off trying Conniston or any other Lakeland blend, these pre-aromatic blends hark back to simpler time where the smoker was assured of natural tobacco taste with some subtle fragrant nuances.
Blend - Virginia & Burley
Casings - Alcohol & Floral
Cut - Plug
Origin - Kendal, England
Packaging - Loose
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