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For over two centuries, the blenders and spinners of Samuel Gawith, Kendal, have been producing the famous Kendal Twists. Coal miners, both underground and on the ground, have been chewing our Pigtails and Bogies, whilst pipe smokers have savored the rich flavours and slow burning characteristics of the thick brown No.4 and Black XX.
The process begins with the selection of our best quality, dark fired long filler leaf from various tobacco regions, together with selected flaw-free wrapper leaf, stripped of their main stem. The spinners prepare and then feed both filler and wrapper into the age-old spinning machine. This process cannot be mechanized or automated as it takes the experience and dexterity of two pairs of hands to produce an even 'rope of tobacco'. The rope is spun into a roll, which is naturally brown - this is Brown Twist.
Other rolls are subjected to a period of several hours in steam pressure whilst wrapped in rope & paper to prevent any flavor escaping and to seal in the sugars and oils naturally present in this leaf. This final product after cooling is a very black, pliable roll, giving a rich, mellow flavor.
Blac XX is a truly delicious twist. It's jet-black and sinister-looking; however, it smokes smoothly. When sliced thin, rubbed out well, and smoked in a small pipe, it smokes more evenly and its strength is less overwhelming. The taste is "oily", combined with a delicate touch of sweetness and spiciness; the aroma is natural and sweet, both smoked and unsmoked. It's a serious tobacco, especially suited for those who are used to full-bodied pressed Virginias. We recommend smoking it after a good meal, unless you know the limits of your stomach (and also head!). The level of nicotine makes it a tobacco for the brave.
Iwan Ries & Co.
- 19 S. Wabash Avenue
- Chicago, IL 60603
or (312) 372-1306