UncleGar

Real NameGary Cook
Joined2004-10
Last Visited2021-03
LocationSW Michigan, USA

I began smoking pipes back in Nixon's interrupted second term of office. I remember this because I nearly immolated myself with hot embers spilled from a pipe while rejoicing and cheering at his resignation. Since that time, I went between pipe and cigars until the early 1990's when cigars became trendy and tripled in price and my beloved Jamaicans began to be made elsewhere. I relearned the gentle, if inconvenient art of pipes if only to save money. A tin of Amphora brown could be had for the price of one cigar and last me a hundred smokes.

Then the internet started and suddenly the availability of tobacco and that damned eBay enticed me to bury myself in endless varieties of pipeweed and pipes I never needed. You know the rest. Until I discovered this site, I had little guidance on the characteristics of tobaccos, so a lot got thrown away. Or should have been. I probably still have it.

I began writing reviews in 2004 for my own use as a backup to crashing computers. You can find them helpful or not (I hope you do) but I don't really care; I write what I think, even if it is critical of a Pease blend. This site is for opinions. Like anuses, everybody has one. Unlike anuses, I value your opinions, especially once you've written enough to display your biases. I can always tell time by a clock that is always 8 hours off.

Since that time, a seemingly helpful "helpfuness" field was started but has since been co-opted by like-thinking people to congratulate each other in their agreement on a tobacco and to manipulate their own and other's apparent popularity apparently independent of review quality. Remember high school? Yeah. That.

That said, I do think more about what I say and how others, including older-me might interpret them, and that's a good thing. I don't go back and edit them unless I find glaring errors or have new information, no matter how badly I wrote it.

Keep your pipes clean.

Gary

Badges

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Favorites

Date Blend Reviews Avg Rating
2014-05-16 Ashton - Celebrated Sovereign 32 ★★★☆ 3.3
2015-02-27 Chonowitsch - T 17 14 ★★★☆ 3.4
2014-08-26 Mac Baren - HH Vintage Syrian 231 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-02-08 Mac Baren - Solent Mixture 51 ★★★★ 3.1
2015-02-08 Mac Baren - Plumcake 282 ★★★☆ 2.9
2014-05-16 McClelland - Classic Samsun (Grand Orientals) 76 ★★★★ 3.6
2014-05-13 McClelland - Orient 996 (Collector Series) 20 ★★★★ 3.3
2014-05-13 McClelland - Frog Morton Across the Pond (Craftsbury Series) 154 ★★★☆ 2.8
2014-05-13 McClelland - Frog Morton's Cellar (Craftsbury Series) 200 ★★★★ 3.5
2015-07-31 McClelland - Yenidje Supreme (Grand Orientals) 61 ★★★★ 3.1

Reviews

110 reviews
249 helpful votes
4 star:
27 Strongly Recommended
3 star:
46 Recommended
2 star:
30 Somewhat Recommended
1 star:
7 Not Recommended

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

Date Blend Reviews Helpful Rating Avg Rating
2015-01-29 McClelland - Frog Morton's Cellar (Craftsbury Series) 200 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2014-12-13 Hearth & Home - Ten to Midnight (Signature Series) 56 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2014-08-16 Cornell & Diehl - Autumn Evening 281 3 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2014-07-28 John Middleton, Inc - Carter Hall 439 4 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2014-07-28 Drew Estate - Central Park Stroll 25 9 ★★★★ ★★★★ 2.9
2014-07-28 McClelland - 3 Oaks Syrian (Collector Series) 94 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.6
2014-07-22 Mac Baren - Roll Cake 74 11 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2014-06-21 Hearth & Home - Mazatec 4 3 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2014-06-20 D & R Tobacco - Ramback Balkan (Ramback) 14 5 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.6
2014-06-14 Cornell & Diehl - Old Hollywood 25 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2014-06-05 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Skandinavik Regular 41 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2014-05-21 G. L. Pease - Gaslight (Old London Series) 139 23 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2014-05-12 McClelland - Orient 996 (Collector Series) 20 13 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2014-05-07 Mac Baren - Plumcake 282 6 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.9
2013-06-12 Esoterica Tobacciana - And So To Bed 92 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2011-08-16 McClelland - Blue Mountain/Balkan Blue 100 7 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2011-08-04 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Top Black Cherry 60 5 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2011-05-07 Hearth & Home - Distinguished Penguin (Signature Series) 30 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2011-03-30 Villiger - Early Day (1888) 23 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2011-03-05 G. L. Pease - JackKnife Plug (New World Collection) 146 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2011-01-17 McClelland - Blackwoods Flake (Personal Reserve) 231 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2011-01-16 McClelland - No. 27 (Matured Virginias) 67 4 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2011-01-02 Rattray - Dark Fragrant 69 1 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2010-11-14 McClelland - Classic Samsun (Grand Orientals) 76 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2009-03-03 McClelland - Blending Oriental 14 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2009-02-24 McClelland - Yenice Agonya (Grand Orientals) 25 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-01-17 Esoterica Tobacciana - Penzance 460 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2009-01-04 Ashton - Celebrated Sovereign 32 3 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.3
2008-12-16 G. L. Pease - Renaissance (Original Mixtures) 50 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.7
2005-10-22 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Twist Flake 215 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2005-10-08 Benjamin Hartwell - Signature Blend 30 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2005-09-24 Tinder Box - Special 21 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2005-09-20 Cornell & Diehl - Longevity (Serenity Series) 14 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2005-09-09 Cornell & Diehl - Morley's Best 75 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2005-09-08 Lane Limited - LL-7 47 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2005-09-08 Mac Baren - Black Ambrosia 112 0 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.2
2005-09-04 Dan Tobacco - Sweet Vanilla Honeydew 109 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2005-08-16 Mac Baren - Mixture: Scottish Blend 378 4 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2005-08-14 Dunhill - London Mixture 273 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2005-08-10 G. L. Pease - Cumberland (Original Mixtures) 139 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2005-08-10 McClelland - Frog Morton Across the Pond (Craftsbury Series) 154 5 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.8
2005-07-31 Peterson - Nightcap 651 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2005-07-22 Samuel Gawith - Sam's Flake (Kendal Mayor's Collection) 86 1 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.9
2005-07-21 Tinder Box - Philosopher Blend 31 2 ★★★☆ ★★☆☆ 2.5
2005-07-19 G. L. Pease - Barbary Coast (Original Mixtures) 209 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.0
2005-07-15 Cornell & Diehl - Santa's Mistake (2004) 6 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.3
2005-07-01 Esoterica Tobacciana - Tilbury 102 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2005-06-28 House of Windsor - Argosy Black 33 0 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.3
2005-06-16 Tinder Box - Blend No. 2 8 2 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.1
2005-06-16 G. L. Pease - Caravan (Original Mixtures) 91 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2005-06-15 Hearth & Home - Armada (Signature Series) 20 4 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2005-05-31 House of Windsor - Revelation 80 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2005-05-31 Mac Baren - Vanilla Cream Loose Cut 304 7 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2005-05-28 Peterson - Early Morning Pipe 582 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2005-05-22 Samuel Gawith - Best Brown Flake 286 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2005-05-19 Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake 586 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2005-05-19 Nording - Fox Hound (Hunter Blend) 25 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2005-05-10 Rattray - Old Gowrie (British Collection) 285 4 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2005-05-08 Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Dark Strong Kentucky 157 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2005-05-04 Mac Baren - Burley London Blend 152 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2005-04-26 G. L. Pease - Cairo (Original Mixtures) 130 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2005-04-26 G. L. Pease - Montgomery (Fog City Selection) 79 4 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.2
2005-04-22 Samuel Gawith - Chocolate Flake (Kendal Mayor's Collection) 193 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.0
2005-04-20 James Fox - Campanile 43 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 2.9
2005-04-20 Robert Lewis - Orcilla Mixture 30 3 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2005-04-18 Mac Baren - Aromatic Choice 33 3 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.0
2005-04-18 G. L. Pease - Raven's Wing (Original Mixtures) 40 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.6
2005-04-01 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Skandinavik Full Aroma Cavendish 56 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2005-03-31 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Troost Slices 41 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2005-03-19 Mac Baren - Dark Twist Roll Cake 208 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2005-03-17 McClelland - Arcadia (221b Series) 118 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2005-03-13 McClelland - No. 900 Refined Tennessee Ribbon 10 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2005-03-11 Peterson - My Mixture 965 602 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2005-03-10 Consolidated - 14: Maple 5 0 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.4
2005-03-10 Nording - Pointer (Hunter Blend) 15 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2005-03-08 Robert McConnell - Original Oriental 99 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2005-03-05 Samuel Gawith - Squadron Leader 527 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2005-02-26 John Middleton, Inc - Hickory 16 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.4
2005-02-08 Windels - Half Grove Semois 14 4 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.6
2005-02-02 Wilke Pipe Tobacco - Old English 4 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2005-01-30 Wilke Pipe Tobacco - Wilke No. 24 6 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2005-01-30 Wilke Pipe Tobacco - Bohemian Mixture 17 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2005-01-30 Wilke Pipe Tobacco - Gotham Court 25 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2005-01-27 Wilke Pipe Tobacco - Wilke No. 196 8 0 ★★☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.1
2005-01-18 G. L. Pease - Bohemian Scandal (Heirloom Collection) 39 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2005-01-18 Esoterica Tobacciana - Stonehaven 212 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2005-01-13 Dream Castle Tobacco Company - Black and Burley 9 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2005-01-08 Consolidated - Gold Burley 12 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2005-01-03 G. L. Pease - Abingdon (Classic Collection) 137 3 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2004-12-27 John Middleton, Inc - Prince Albert 491 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2004-12-19 G. L. Pease - Mephisto (Original Mixtures) 46 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2004-12-11 Wilke Pipe Tobacco - Vermont Maple Cavendish 46 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2004-12-08 Mac Baren - Virginia No. 1 260 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2004-12-06 McClelland - Frog Morton on the Town (Craftsbury Series) 235 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2004-12-01 Rattray - Marlin Flake (British Collection) 266 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2004-12-01 Wilke Pipe Tobacco - Wilke No. 72 9 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2004-11-30 Wilke Pipe Tobacco - Wilke No. 10 35 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.7
2004-11-30 Quintessence - No.2 1 0 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.0
2004-11-25 Wilke Pipe Tobacco - Reserve Navy Cake 5 0 ★★☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.2
2004-11-22 Wilke Pipe Tobacco - Barclay Mixture 7 0 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2004-11-20 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Erinmore Flake 379 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2004-11-10 Wilke Pipe Tobacco - Dummerston 11 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2004-11-05 Dunhill - Mild Blend 12 2 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 2.8
2004-11-03 Peterson - The Royal Yacht 413 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2004-11-03 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Bob's Chocolate Flake 247 2 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2004-10-28 Mac Baren - Navy Flake 322 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2004-10-21 Fribourg & Treyer - Cut Virginia Plug 75 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2004-10-09 Mac Baren - Three Nuns 226 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2004-10-07 Borkum Riff - Ultra Light 51 1 ★★☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.7
2004-10-07 W.O. Larsen - Old Belt Ready Rubbed 15 2 ★★★★ ★★☆☆ 2.9