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 20 ★★★★ 3.4
2014-11-03 4noggins - Bald Headed Teacher 77 ★★★★ 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 460 ★★★★ 3.5
2013-12-05 Hearth & Home - Black House (Marquee Series) 106 ★★★★ 3.5
2015-04-06 J. F. Germain & Son - Balkan Sobranie 83 ★★★★ 3.3
2013-12-05 John Patton - Storm Front 44 ★★★★ 3.6
2015-10-21 Mac Baren - Capstan Gold Navy Cut 55 ★★★★ 3.4
2013-12-01 McClelland - Drama Reserve (Grand Orientals) 62 ★★★★ 3.7
2021-02-12 Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Golden Sliced (Red Tin) 469 ★★★★ 3.3
2014-11-03 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Twist Flake 215 ★★★☆ 3.2
2015-01-29 Reiner - Blend 71: Long Golden Flake 147 ★★★★ 3.6
2013-12-13 Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake 586 ★★★★ 3.5

Reviews

134 reviews
406 helpful votes
4 star:
20 Strongly Recommended
3 star:
62 Recommended
2 star:
43 Somewhat Recommended
1 star:
9 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
2021-11-21 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Match Flying Dutchman 15 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2021-09-22 Borkum Riff - Original 72 1 ★★☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.0
2021-09-05 Robert McConnell - Scottish Cake 114 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2021-09-04 Deadwood Tobacco House Blends - Sweet Jane 1 3 ★★☆☆ 2.0
2021-09-04 Samuel Gawith - Best Brown Flake 286 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2021-03-10 Ashton - Gold Rush 46 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2021-01-21 Rattray - Marlin Flake (British Collection) 265 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2021-01-21 Cornell & Diehl - Haunted Bookshop 257 0 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2020-08-22 Samuel Gawith - Firedance Flake 135 3 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2020-03-03 Savinelli - Brunello Flake 30 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.4
2020-03-03 Lane Limited - BLWB 67 3 ★★★☆ ★★☆☆ 2.4
2019-12-30 Dan Tobacco - Patriot Flake (American History Mixtures) 49 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2019-09-19 Cornell & Diehl - Carolina Red Flake (Small Batch) 44 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2019-06-17 Reiner - Professional 27 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2019-04-09 Mac Baren - Burley London Blend 152 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2019-04-09 Mac Baren - Gold Block 86 1 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.1
2019-04-09 Dan Tobacco - Tordenskjold Virginia Slices 53 4 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2019-01-18 Dan Tobacco - Hamborger Veermaster 112 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) 38 4 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.7
2018-08-18 Mac Baren - HH Pure Virginia 63 4 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2018-08-18 Mac Baren - Amphora Virginia 58 3 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2018-08-18 Mac Baren - HH Burley Flake 65 7 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.7
2018-05-25 Cornell & Diehl - Derringer 10 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) 35 3 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 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 8 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.5
2018-02-26 Mac Baren - St. Bruno Flake 164 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2017-07-02 Tinder Box - Philosopher Blend 31 3 ★★★☆ ★★☆☆ 2.5
2016-07-26 McClelland - Blue Mountain/Balkan Blue 100 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2015-10-08 Rattray - Black Mallory (British Collection) 145 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2015-10-07 Esoterica Tobacciana - Margate 201 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-10-07 Mac Baren - Capstan Original Navy Cut 192 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2015-10-07 Elephant & Castle - Isle of Skye 3 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 4.0
2015-09-28 John Middleton, Inc - Carter Hall 439 6 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2015-09-26 Mac Baren - HH Vintage Syrian 231 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-09-25 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Clan Aromatic (Original) 174 0 ★★☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.0
2015-08-24 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Molto Dolce (Sutliff Private Stock) 170 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2015-08-22 Robert McConnell - Scottish Flake 99 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
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) 59 7 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.8
2015-08-06 Hearth & Home - WhiteKnight (Marquee Series) 80 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 196 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 965 601 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2015-07-02 Peterson - The Royal Yacht 412 3 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2015-06-25 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Chocolate Mousse B30 26 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2015-06-16 McClelland - Stave-Aged Virginia 35 Ribbon 27 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2015-06-10 Mac Baren - HH Old Dark Fired 226 1 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.6
2015-06-10 Torben Dansk - Blue Note 216 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2015-06-10 McClelland - 3 Oaks Original (Craftsbury Series) 23 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) 62 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) 56 3 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2015-05-04 Tabac Manil - La Brumeuse (Pure Semois) 74 5 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-04-29 Dan Tobacco - Da Vinci 90 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2015-04-28 Iwan Ries - IRC Virginia Flake 28 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2015-04-28 Mac Baren - Three Nuns 225 9 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2015-04-22 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Erinmore Flake 378 6 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2015-03-31 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Match Model 3 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2015-03-29 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Match Barking Dog 8 8 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.3
2015-03-27 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Match Country Doctor 8 4 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 2.8
2015-03-27 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Match Revelation 30 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2015-03-26 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Match Ready Rubbed 44 6 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2015-03-21 Peterson - Flake 219 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2015-03-18 Planta - Presbyterian Mixture 289 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2015-02-13 McClelland - Frog Morton (Craftsbury Series) 370 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2015-02-13 Mac Baren - HH Acadian Perique 103 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 147 7 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2015-01-21 Planta - Pergamon 9 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 420 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2014-11-05 McClelland - Blackwoods Flake (Personal Reserve) 231 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2014-11-05 Samuel Gawith - Squadron Leader 527 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2014-11-05 Mac Baren - 7 Seas Black Blend 35 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2014-11-05 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Escudo Navy De Luxe 434 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) 65 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.7
2014-11-04 Solani - 656: Aged Burley Flake 256 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2014-11-04 Cornell & Diehl - Green River Vanilla 30 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2014-11-04 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Bullseye Flake (No. 403) 290 3 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2014-11-04 J. F. Germain & Son - Balkan Sobranie 83 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. 1 260 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2014-11-03 Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding 177 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2014-11-03 Fribourg & Treyer - Golden Mixture 33 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2014-11-03 Mac Baren - Capstan Gold Navy Cut 55 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2014-11-03 G. L. Pease - Chelsea Morning (Old London Series) 152 3 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2014-11-03 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Navy Flake 257 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2014-11-03 Kramer's Pipe and Tobacco Shop - Blend for Cary Grant 25 12 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2014-11-03 4noggins - Bald Headed Teacher 77 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) 469 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2013-12-14 Peterson - Early Morning Pipe 582 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 59 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2013-12-13 Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake 586 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2013-12-09 B&B Tobacconists, llc - Beck's Ol' Limey Bastard 51 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2013-12-09 Peter Stokkebye - Nougat (No.24) 67 2 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.5
2013-12-09 Japan Tobacco - Momoyama (Smoking Mixture) 34 2 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2013-12-05 Rattray - Highland Targe 60 4 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2013-12-05 Hearth & Home - Black House (Marquee Series) 106 8 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2013-12-05 Peterson - Nightcap 651 5 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2013-12-05 Lane Limited - BCA 159 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2013-12-05 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Twist Flake 215 9 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.2
2013-12-05 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Edward G. Robinson's Pipe Blend 67 8 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
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) 208 5 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2013-12-02 Mac Baren - 7 Seas Royal Blend 85 4 ★☆☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.5
2013-12-01 Esoterica Tobacciana - Penzance 460 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2013-12-01 4noggins - Chipman Hill 20 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2013-12-01 Mac Baren - St. Bruno Ready Rubbed 133 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2013-12-01 Lane Limited - 1-Q 374 3 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2013-12-01 McClelland - Drama Reserve (Grand Orientals) 62 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.7
2013-11-30 John Patton - Storm Front 44 6 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6