Samuel Gawiths Perfection has a cult following, a slightly unusual take on the classic Oriental/Balkan style blend. What was originally blended for a local (to the factory) Cumbrian smoker, who couldn’t find the perfect blend for himself. What starts off as a Virginia base mixed with Latakia, is steamed to remove any risk of tongue bite and then given a light Vanilla casing, before being blended with Turkish Izmir.
From the pouch you are greeted with the unmistakeable aroma of Oriental tobaccos, with a slight Vanilla twinge in the background. What really matters is how Perfection smokes and the name really hits the nail on the head. The Izmir makes up the core of the taste, with it spicy and creamy flavours, while the Virginia and Latakia taking up a back seat. The Vanilla is very subtle and just adds a little extra sweetness to the smoke, without making it overly aromatic. Thanks to the steaming process, the Virginias remain cool and smooth while still keeping the grassy character
From Samuel Gawith website
“A relatively new blend developed by Samuel Gawith to satisfy the need of a local, well known pipe smoker who could not find a tobacco to suit his palate, even in London! At Samuel Gawith, we were able to meet the definitive requirements of this dedicated smoker by blending a variety of brown and bright Virginias with a touch of Latakia, steaming, flavouring with a hint of vanilla and adding a fine Turkish leaf. The verdict of the smoker : "PERFECTION"”
Blend - Virginia, Turkish & Latakia
Casings - Vanilla
Cut - Ribbon
Origin - Kendal, England
Packing - Tin
Strength - Mild/Medium
Added Flavours - Mild
Taste - Medium
Overall - 2.6/4
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