Skiff is one of Samuel Gawiths most popular Oriental mixtures and its easy to see why. Built on a base of mixed, flue cured tobaccos, for a balanced and cool smoke. The addition of steamed Izmir (Turkish) and Latakia gives this blend the distinctly English “Oriental” flavour profile. Many praise this for being a classic “English Blend” and a kin to the highly sought after and missed Balkan Sobrane of yesteryear.
Form the pouch you are greeted with the distinct, slightly fusty aroma of Orientals, with some sweet and grassy notes from the base leaves. The tobacco starts off a little mellow and subdued, but like all good tobaccos should this blend progresses through the bowl and gets richer as you go. While this isn’t exactly a powerhouse of a tobacco, it still carries enough strength and flavour to keep even the most hardened veteran satisfied from match to ash.
"Another Samuel Gawith original, Skiff is for the pipe smoker who appreciates the fuller flavour of an oriental blend. Blending a variety of different styles of flue-cured tobaccos gives Skiff its characteristic yellow and brown features. Its real identity comes with the addition of Turkish and a beautiful black Cyprus Latakia giving the blend its full, round taste." - Samuel Gawith Website
Blend - Virginia, Turkish & Latakia
Casings - None
Cut - Ribbon
Origin - Kendal, England
Packing - Tin
Strength - Mild/Medium
Added Flavours - None
Taste - Medium
Overall - 3.4/4
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