WillBrown

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Was an ardent pipe smoker in the 1980's and early 1990's. I quit smoking altogether in 1998, but only temporarily (I used to be a slave to cigarettes; which I now detest). Some of my favorite blends back in the day were Balkan Sobranie, Players Navy Cut, Elephant & Castle Isle of Skye, Nightcap. In 2013 I picked the pipe up again, and haven't regretted it. Indeed, I enjoy smoking a pipe more than ever before.

Today, unlike the past, I refuse to be a slave to nicotine. I only smoke 3 or 4 times a week, usually on the weekends, outdoors, never indoors—I smoke in moderation. I tend to dislike blends that are high in nicotine, or even worse, that have too many additives.

My reviews are purely based on my own preferences. All my ratings should be viewed with a grain of salt—none are meant to disrespect. Since 2013, I've already noticed my smoking profile has changed. At the beginning, I was more an English/Latakia lover, but have since preferred VA/PERs or just straight VA's. I love pure tobaccos better than most other blends, and am not a fan of most aromatics. I do not intend on reviewing every blend I smoke, that would take up too much time, but, I do review blends that have piqued my interest in some way (whether good or bad).

I've had the good fortune to "pipe-up" in quite a few unique places across the globe—I almost always have at least one pipe with me. One goal, while traveling, is to visit as many pipe/tobacco shops as I can. An interested reader of my reviews, here at tobaccoreviews.com, can get a good idea of where I've been to over the years. I use my reviews here as a sort of travelogue; the various tobaccos I've smoked always provide me with memories of where I was when experiencing a particular blend. I find this form of reviewing very therapeutic. It's a good marker.

I own only about two-dozen pipes. Some of the brands include, Viprati, Butz Choquin, Nording, Jobey, Boswell, Mario Grandi, Roma, Kaywoodie, among a few others. My favorite style are bents, Canadians, Meerschaum's (Turkish), and Zulus. My latest pipe is my most prized, a replica Lee Van Cleef custom made Meerschaum (aka "Colonel Mortimer"). I also like traditional clay pipes.

Keep on pipin'

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Favorites

Date Blend Reviews Avg Rating
2013-12-05 4noggins - Chipman Hill 21 ★★★★ 3.4
2014-11-03 4noggins - Bald Headed Teacher 78 ★★★★ 3.4
2014-11-04 Cup O' Joes - #4 Yeti Flake 5 ★★★★ 4.0
2015-10-07 Elephant & Castle - Isle of Skye 3 ★★★★ 4.0
2013-12-05 Esoterica Tobacciana - Penzance 462 ★★★★ 3.5
2013-12-05 Hearth & Home - Black House (Marquee Series) 109 ★★★★ 3.6
2015-04-06 J. F. Germain & Son - Balkan Sobranie 85 ★★★★ 3.3
2013-12-05 John Patton - Storm Front 45 ★★★★ 3.6
2015-10-21 Mac Baren - Capstan Gold Navy Cut 62 ★★★★ 3.3
2013-12-01 McClelland - Drama Reserve (Grand Orientals) 62 ★★★★ 3.7
2021-02-12 Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Golden Sliced (Red Tin) 481 ★★★★ 3.3
2014-11-03 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Twist Flake (No. 402) 220 ★★★☆ 3.2
2015-01-29 Reiner - Blend 71: Long Golden Flake 149 ★★★★ 3.6
2013-12-13 Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake 601 ★★★★ 3.5

Reviews

137 reviews
417 helpful votes
4 star:
21 Strongly Recommended
3 star:
63 Recommended
2 star:
43 Somewhat Recommended
1 star:
10 Not Recommended

Preferences: Perique 3.4, Oriental/Turkish 3.3, Latakia 3.3, Virginia 3.3, Burley 3.2, Kentucky 3.2, Cavendish 3.1, Black Cavendish 3.1

Date Blend Reviews Helpful Rating Avg Rating
2022-11-19 Tinder Box - Reserve 1928 28 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2022-11-18 Vauen - Auenland - The Shire (Hobbit) 24 0 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.6
2022-11-18 Low Country Pipe & Cigar - Waccamaw 35 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2021-11-21 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Match Flying Dutchman 15 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2021-09-22 Borkum Riff - Original 77 1 ★★☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.0
2021-09-05 Robert McConnell - Scottish Cake 119 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2021-09-04 Deadwood Tobacco House Blends - Sweet Jane 1 3 ★★☆☆ 2.0
2021-09-04 Samuel Gawith - Best Brown Flake 292 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2021-03-10 Ashton - Gold Rush 47 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2021-01-21 Rattray - Marlin Flake (British Collection) 273 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2021-01-21 Cornell & Diehl - Haunted Bookshop 269 0 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2020-08-22 Samuel Gawith - Firedance Flake 139 3 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2020-03-03 Savinelli - Brunello Flake 32 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.3
2020-03-03 Lane Limited - BLWB 69 3 ★★★☆ ★★☆☆ 2.4
2019-12-30 Dan Tobacco - Patriot Flake (American History Mixtures) 50 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2019-09-19 Cornell & Diehl - Carolina Red Flake (Small Batch) 48 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2019-06-17 Reiner - Professional 27 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2019-04-09 Mac Baren - Burley London Blend 157 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2019-04-09 Mac Baren - Gold Block 86 1 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.1
2019-04-09 Dan Tobacco - Tordenskjold Virginia Slices 54 4 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2019-01-18 Dan Tobacco - Hamborger Veermaster 117 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2018-12-30 Lane Limited - Burley 4 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2018-12-30 Tinder Box - Blend No. 2 8 2 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.1
2018-09-16 Peretti - 125 Burley Slices (Flake) 5 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2018-09-16 Peretti - Oriental No. 40 (English Blends) 21 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2018-08-18 Peretti - Tashkent (English Blends) 39 4 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.7
2018-08-18 Mac Baren - HH Pure Virginia 73 4 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2018-08-18 Mac Baren - Amphora Virginia 65 3 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2018-08-18 Mac Baren - HH Burley Flake 75 7 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.7
2018-05-25 Cornell & Diehl - Derringer 12 7 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2018-05-22 BriarWorks International - Pete's Beard's Blend 14 3 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.6
2018-05-21 G. L. Pease - Regents Flake (Old London Series) 36 5 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2018-05-18 Cornell & Diehl - Mad Fiddler Flake (The Old Ones) 23 8 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2018-05-10 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Medium English #502 9 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.4
2018-02-26 Mac Baren - St. Bruno Flake 171 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2017-07-02 Tinder Box - Philosopher Blend 31 3 ★★★☆ ★★☆☆ 2.5
2016-07-26 McClelland - Blue Mountain/Balkan Blue 101 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2015-10-08 Rattray - Black Mallory (British Collection) 149 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2015-10-07 Esoterica Tobacciana - Margate 207 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-10-07 Mac Baren - Capstan Original Navy Cut 205 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2015-10-07 Elephant & Castle - Isle of Skye 3 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 4.0
2015-09-28 John Middleton, Inc - Carter Hall 440 6 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2015-09-26 Mac Baren - HH Vintage Syrian 233 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-09-25 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Clan Aromatic (Original) 176 0 ★★☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.0
2015-08-24 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Molto Dolce (Sutliff Private Stock) 174 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2015-08-22 Robert McConnell - Scottish Flake 104 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.3
2015-08-10 Iwan Ries - Gourmet English 24 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.7
2015-08-08 Villiger - Cocktail Hour (1888) 15 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.3
2015-08-06 McClelland - Tudor Castle (Collector Series) 60 7 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.8
2015-08-06 Hearth & Home - WhiteKnight (Marquee Series) 84 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2015-08-01 D & R Tobacco - Ramback Regular (Ramback) 18 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2015-07-31 D & R Tobacco - Penhooker 6 5 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2015-07-31 Cornell & Diehl - Old Joe Krantz 202 3 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2015-07-27 Cornell & Diehl - Billy Budd (Melville At Sea) 139 6 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2015-07-07 Drew Estate - Gatsby Luxury Flake 30 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2015-07-07 Tsuge Premium Pipe Tobacco - Summer Daydream (The Four Seasons) 14 6 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2015-07-05 Peterson - My Mixture 965 609 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2015-07-02 Peterson - The Royal Yacht 428 3 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2015-06-25 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Chocolate Mousse B30 28 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2015-06-16 McClelland - Stave-Aged Virginia 35 Ribbon 27 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2015-06-10 Mac Baren - HH Old Dark Fired 239 1 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.6
2015-06-10 Torben Dansk - Blue Note 218 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2015-06-10 McClelland - 3 Oaks Original (Craftsbury Series) 24 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-05-26 G. L. Pease - Barbary Coast (Original Mixtures) 209 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2015-05-25 Wessex - Campaign Dark Flake (Brigade) 63 3 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2015-05-22 Solani - 660: Silver Flake 119 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.7
2015-05-12 Savinelli - Armonia 38 6 ★★☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.6
2015-05-12 Hearth & Home - Ten to Midnight (Signature Series) 59 3 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2015-05-04 Tabac Manil - La Brumeuse (Pure Semois) 77 5 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-04-29 Dan Tobacco - Da Vinci 91 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2015-04-28 Iwan Ries - IRC Virginia Flake 28 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2015-04-28 Mac Baren - Three Nuns 231 9 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2015-04-22 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Erinmore Flake 388 6 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2015-03-31 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Match Model 3 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2015-03-29 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Match Barking Dog 10 8 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.3
2015-03-27 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Match Country Doctor 9 4 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 2.7
2015-03-27 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Match Revelation 32 3 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2015-03-26 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Match Ready Rubbed 48 6 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2015-03-21 Peterson - Flake 224 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2015-03-18 Mac Baren - Presbyterian Mixture 296 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2015-02-13 McClelland - Frog Morton (Craftsbury Series) 371 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2015-02-13 Mac Baren - HH Acadian Perique 106 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2015-02-07 McClelland - Smyrna No.1 (Grand Orientals) 53 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-01-31 Peter Stokkebye - Turkish Export (No.84) 34 5 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2015-01-29 Reiner - Blend 71: Long Golden Flake 149 7 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2015-01-21 Planta - Pergamon 10 1 ★★☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.9
2015-01-20 Mac Baren - Amsterdamer (Amsterdamer Blends) 18 4 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.0
2015-01-20 Gallaher Limited - Condor Ready Rubbed (Green) 142 3 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2015-01-19 Peter Stokkebye - Balkan Supreme 130 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-01-19 Peterson - University Flake 429 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2014-11-05 McClelland - Blackwoods Flake (Personal Reserve) 232 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2014-11-05 Samuel Gawith - Squadron Leader 539 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2014-11-05 Mac Baren - 7 Seas Black Blend 39 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2014-11-05 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Escudo Navy De Luxe 443 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2014-11-04 Cup O' Joes - #4 Yeti Flake 5 13 ★★★★ ★★★★ 4.0
2014-11-04 McClelland - Katerini Classic (Grand Orientals) 21 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2014-11-04 Hearth & Home - Magnum Opus (Marquee Series) 66 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.7
2014-11-04 Solani - 656: Aged Burley Flake 260 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2014-11-04 Cornell & Diehl - Green River Vanilla 31 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2014-11-04 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Bullseye Flake (No. 403) 298 3 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2014-11-04 J. F. Germain & Son - Balkan Sobranie 85 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2014-11-04 Comoy's of London - Cask #1 Double English (Comoy's) 18 3 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2014-11-03 Peter Stokkebye - Dansk Black (No.47) 14 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2014-11-03 Mac Baren - Virginia No. 1 264 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2014-11-03 Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding 186 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2014-11-03 Fribourg & Treyer - Golden Mixture 33 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2014-11-03 Mac Baren - Capstan Gold Navy Cut 62 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2014-11-03 G. L. Pease - Chelsea Morning (Old London Series) 157 3 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2014-11-03 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Navy Flake 262 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2014-11-03 Kramer's Pipe and Tobacco Shop - Blend for Cary Grant 27 15 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2014-11-03 4noggins - Bald Headed Teacher 78 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2013-12-14 John Patton - Dark Horse 16 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2013-12-14 McClelland - Syrian Full Balkan 40 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2013-12-14 Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Golden Sliced (Red Tin) 481 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2013-12-14 Peterson - Early Morning Pipe 590 3 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2013-12-13 D & R Tobacco - Windsail Platinum Blend (Windsail) 9 3 ★★☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.0
2013-12-13 Boswell Pipes & Tobacco - Pennsylvania Dutch Treat 60 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2013-12-13 Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake 601 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2013-12-09 B&B Tobacconists, llc - Beck's Ol' Limey Bastard 52 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2013-12-09 Peter Stokkebye - Nougat (No.24) 68 2 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.5
2013-12-09 Japan Tobacco - Momoyama (Smoking Mixture) 34 2 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2013-12-05 Rattray - Highland Targe 63 4 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2013-12-05 Hearth & Home - Black House (Marquee Series) 109 8 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2013-12-05 Peterson - Nightcap 666 5 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2013-12-05 Lane Limited - BCA 163 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2013-12-05 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Twist Flake (No. 402) 220 10 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.2
2013-12-05 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Edward G. Robinson's Pipe Blend 68 8 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2013-12-05 Charles Fairmorn - Lancer's Slices 89 9 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.7
2013-12-02 Boswell Pipes & Tobacco - Paradise 20 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2013-12-02 Cornell & Diehl - Pirate Kake (Sea Scoundrels) 214 5 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2013-12-02 Mac Baren - 7 Seas Royal Blend 91 4 ★☆☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.5
2013-12-01 Esoterica Tobacciana - Penzance 462 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2013-12-01 4noggins - Chipman Hill 21 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2013-12-01 Mac Baren - St. Bruno Ready Rubbed 140 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2013-12-01 Lane Limited - 1-Q 389 3 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2013-12-01 McClelland - Drama Reserve (Grand Orientals) 62 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.7
2013-11-30 John Patton - Storm Front 45 6 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6