Re: Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. Coconut Twist
Big fan of G&H Coconut Twist. Just wish they would sell this in a ready-sliced form like Black Rope and Brown Rope. It'd be in my regular rotation if it weren't for all the slicing/drying time involved.
The coconut note is certainly present. But it's not cloying. I'm of the opinion that every pipe tobacco is cased to some extent, so the real question is: Which casings do you prefer? Even "clean" VAs (FVF, Tilbury, etc) have some kind of sugar note. Maybe that's all-natural, maybe enhanced.
Personally, I can't stand Vanilla or Cherry on anything. I love the subtle cocoa tones of a good Burley blend. And I enjoy many VA, VA/Cav, and English blends. So I'm not a "pure" tobacco purist.
To me, Coconut Twist is an unusual, and surprisingly subtle, enhancement to a medium-strength G&H rope. There are too few blends that satisfy both a taste for full-strength tobacco, and a nice aromatic top note.