Loose Balkan Flake

Loose Samuel Gawith Balkan Flake Pipe Tobacco

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Samuel Gawith loose Balkan Flake is blended from Virginia and Latakia leaf with no added flavours. The Cyprian Latakia is the star of the show with its rich smoky, leathery and woody notes enhancing the tangy citrus notes of the Virginia’s to add a clove honey note to the flavour and aroma. The 70:30 mix of Virginia: Latakia has a good amount of body and flavour yet is also mellow, refined and fairly delicate on the palate. This slow and cool burning flake is a must try for those who like their Latakia.


Blend description

  • Cut – Flake
  • Blend – Virginia, Latakia
  • Flavour – None
  • Strength – Mild to medium


Samuel Gawith loose Balkan Flake generally is quite moist and will benefit from drying a little before being smoked.

You can prepare this flake tobacco in a number of ways:

Folding and stuffing. Fold the flake in half long ways against the grain of the flake. Fold the flake in half again this time with the grain to form a square. Gently squeeze the tobacco before stuffing into the pipe bowl.

Rubbing out. Rub the flake gently between the hands to break up the flake to desired thickness before loading the pipe.

Rolling. Roll the flake with the grain generally lengthwise, squeeze gently and load into the pipe bowl.

Whichever method you use is a question of personal preference but the tobacco is best packed lightly to prevent any draw problems as flake tobacco tends to expand more so than ready rubbed tobaccos. To fully appreciate the flavour and taste we recommend it is best smoked at a slow pace.

We carefully weigh and pack all our loose tobacco in a branded non-resealable pouch to ensure that the tobacco arrives with you in perfect condition. Orders for 500g of Samuel Gawith loose Balkan Flake will be despatched in the manufacturers original packaging.

This blend is also available prepacked in a 50g tin.

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