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Real NameMatthew Phillips
Joined2012-11
Last Visited2016-02
LocationCornwall, UK

Took to the pipe around 2010 and I love it. I have smoked lots of tobacco in that time but reviewed very little of it. As a neophyte pipe smoker I felt I couldn't really write about tobacco very well so should keep quiet. These days I'm not worried about sounding stupid and I'm planning to review every tobacco I smoke. I'm going to do this for my own enjoyment but if it helps others that's great.

If it's in my wish list I'm either smoking it right now and preparing to review it, or have a tin ready to pop and smoke soon.

I own about 20 briar pipes and a few cobs. My collection is a mix of estates I have restored, new pipes, factory pipes and one off hand crafted.

Tobacco: I have about 50 sealed tins stashed away from blenders like Dunhill to G. L. Pease. I buy more than I smoke, and these days, tend to only open tins that have a bit of age on them.

Badges

Neutralist Has rated between 50% to 80% of their reviews with 2 or 3 stars.
Venerator Has rated at least half of their reviews with 4 stars.
Absolutist Has rated at least 70% of their reviews with 1 or 4 stars.
Virtuoso Has received upvotes on 80% of their reviews.
Motivator Has upvoted at least 80% of the time.

Favorites

Date Blend Reviews Avg Rating
2013-11-25 Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Bull's Eye 40 ★★★★ 3.7
2016-07-20 Peterson - Irish Flake 429 ★★★★ 3.3
2013-02-13 Planta - Presbyterian Mixture 289 ★★★★ 3.2
2013-11-25 Samuel Gawith - Squadron Leader 527 ★★★★ 3.4
2013-11-25 Samuel Gawith - Balkan Flake 193 ★★★★ 3.2

Wishlist

Date Blend Reviews Avg Rating
2016-03-25 Ashton - Artisan's Blend 201 ★★★★ 3.5
2016-08-07 Benson & Hedges - Special (Mellow) Virginia 58 ★★★☆ 2.5
2016-04-21 G. L. Pease - Cairo (Original Mixtures) 130 ★★★★ 3.1
2016-05-25 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Dark Plug Rose Geranium 4 ★★★★ 3.3
2016-05-25 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Ennerdale Plug 2 ★★★★ 3.0
2016-04-04 Mac Baren - HH Vintage Syrian 231 ★★★★ 3.3
2016-04-22 Mac Baren - HH Acadian Perique 103 ★★★★ 3.2
2016-07-21 Samuel Gawith - 1792 Flake 435 ★★★★ 3.0
2016-04-18 Tabac Manil - Bouchons de Semois 3 ★★★★ 3.3

Reviews

20 reviews
42 helpful votes
4 star:
13 Strongly Recommended
3 star:
3 Recommended
2 star:
1 Somewhat Recommended
1 star:
3 Not Recommended

Preferences: Kentucky 3.8, Virginia 3.8, Latakia 3.8, Oriental/Turkish 3.7, Perique 3.6

Date Blend Reviews Helpful Rating Avg Rating
2016-08-18 G. L. Pease - Embarcadero (Fog City Selection) 95 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2016-07-20 Peterson - Irish Flake 429 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2016-07-12 Samuel Gawith - Black XX Twist (Rope) 153 5 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2016-05-30 Gallaher Limited - Condor Long Cut (Brown) 78 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2016-05-28 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Toffee Brown Pigtail 3 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.7
2016-05-22 Mac Baren - St. Bruno Flake 164 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2016-05-05 Samuel Gawith - Brown No. 4 139 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2016-04-17 Paul Olsen - Big Coin (My Own Blend) 4 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 4.0
2016-04-10 Paul Olsen - BS Hvid Balkan 5 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 4.0
2016-04-03 Peterson - The Royal Yacht 412 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.0
2016-03-30 Robert Lewis - 123 Mixture 45 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2016-03-23 Paul Olsen - Blue Queen (My Own Blend) 9 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.9
2016-03-18 Paul Olsen - Hipster (My Own Blend) 4 3 ★☆☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.0
2016-03-15 W.D. & H.O. Wills - Capstan Mild Navy Cut 25 1 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2013-03-30 Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Golden Sliced (Red Tin) 469 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2013-02-22 Peterson - My Mixture 965 601 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2013-02-17 Robert McConnell - Scottish Cake 114 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2013-02-16 J. F. Germain & Son - Germain's Special Latakia Flake 96 4 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2013-02-13 Planta - Presbyterian Mixture 289 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2012-12-13 Robert Lewis - Orcilla Mixture 30 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3