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Real NameRich Rachlin
Joined2005-01
Last Visited2020-02
LocationStony Point NY USA

Finally got my Masters in Early Music. Bought a Von Huene Alto, Tenor cornetto, Nicolo shawm, Prescott tenor. LOVE early music.

Enjoy trout fishing on flies & English-style pole. Love smoked fish.

Love real French briars. Smoke 'em regularly, even tho' many are close to a century old. I've bought some great ones both smoked and un- at the NY shows, eBay, & house sales. Have plenty of modern stuff too, Dunnys, Castellos, Petes (every bit as good IMHO), and a few Danish factory pipes. I enjoy them all with English/Balkans and Va/VaPers both.

Badges

Venerator Has rated at least half of their reviews with 4 stars.
Veteran Has posted reviews in at least 5 different years.
Connoisseur Has reviewed at least 50 tobaccos from at least 10 brands.
Virtuoso Has received upvotes on 80% of their reviews.
Motivator Has upvoted at least 80% of the time.

Favorites

Date Blend Reviews Avg Rating
2014-05-12 Compton's of Galashiels - York Full Mixture 22 ★★★★ 3.6
2014-05-12 McClelland - Blackwoods Flake (Personal Reserve) 231 ★★★★ 3.5
2014-05-12 McClelland - Dark Star (Personal Reserve) 229 ★★★★ 3.2

Reviews

60 reviews
229 helpful votes
4 star:
35 Strongly Recommended
3 star:
18 Recommended
2 star:
5 Somewhat Recommended
1 star:
2 Not Recommended

Preferences: Latakia 3.8, Oriental/Turkish 3.7, Virginia 3.7, Burley 3.5, Perique 3.4

Date Blend Reviews Helpful Rating Avg Rating
2019-08-14 HU Tobacco - Khoisaan (African Line) 6 5 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.8
2019-08-03 Brebbia - Latakia Flake Mixture No. 9 25 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2018-11-20 Cornell & Diehl - Star of the East Flake 78 2 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.3
2018-10-28 John Cotton - John Cotton's Smyrna 32 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2018-10-23 G. L. Pease - JackKnife Plug (New World Collection) 147 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2018-10-23 Samuel Gawith - Bothy Flake (Kearvaig Pipe Club) 42 1 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2018-09-14 F & K - Lancer Slices 11 5 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2017-10-05 Compton's of Galashiels - Macedonian Mixture 23 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.8
2015-12-01 McClelland - Blue Mountain/Balkan Blue 101 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2015-10-12 Dunhill - Light Flake 112 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2015-10-12 McClelland - St. James Woods (Personal Reserve) 127 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-10-12 McClelland - Black Shag (221b Series) 92 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.6
2015-10-09 Hermit Tobacco Works Co. - Captain Earle's - Mystic Blend 18 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2015-10-09 pipesandcigars.com - Blending Perique (Blend Your Own) 2 3 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.5
2015-10-09 McClelland - Frog Morton on the Town (Craftsbury Series) 235 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-10-03 Ashton - Consummate Gentleman 75 3 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.1
2015-10-03 Wellauer & Co - Wellauer's Latakia 18 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.9
2015-08-16 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Balkan Sasieni 277 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2015-06-15 Dunhill - My Mixture BB1938 Baby's Bottom 62 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2015-03-22 McClelland - Orient 996, vintage 2007 10 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2015-02-15 Samuel Gawith - Commonwealth Mixture 203 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-02-15 Peterson - Elizabethan Mixture 268 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2014-11-20 John Middleton, Inc - Carter Hall 440 4 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2014-11-20 Solani - 660: Silver Flake 119 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.7
2014-11-11 W.D. & H.O. Wills - Capstan Mild Navy Cut 25 1 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2014-11-11 W.D. & H.O. Wills - Capstan Mild Navy Cut 25 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2014-06-22 Cornell & Diehl - Rajah's Court 36 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2014-06-10 McClelland - Arcadia (221b Series) 118 4 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2014-06-08 Peterson - Irish Flake 433 13 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2014-05-27 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Escudo Navy De Luxe 439 11 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2014-05-27 Smokers' Haven - Exotique Mixture 46 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2014-05-27 Hearth & Home - Magnum Opus (Marquee Series) 65 6 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.7
2014-05-19 Samuel Gawith - Black XX Twist (Rope) 154 6 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2014-05-19 McClelland - Blending Oriental 14 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2014-05-12 Mac Baren - Capstan Original Navy Cut 198 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2014-05-12 Cornell & Diehl - Pirate Kake (Sea Scoundrels) 210 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2014-05-12 Tabac Manil - La Brumeuse (Pure Semois) 74 13 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2014-05-12 Compton's of Galashiels - Balkan 17 6 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.9
2014-05-12 McClelland - Blackwoods Flake (Personal Reserve) 231 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2014-05-11 McClelland - Dark Star (Personal Reserve) 229 8 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2014-03-11 Sillem's - Silver Cloud 3 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.7
2014-03-11 McClelland - Frog Morton (Craftsbury Series) 370 11 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2014-02-16 Solani - 633: Virginia Flake with Perique 158 7 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2014-02-06 Samuel Gawith - Skiff Mixture 217 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2014-01-23 The Malthouse - Founders Reserve 21 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.6
2014-01-12 McClelland - Orient 996 (Collector Series) 20 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2013-12-04 Jewel of St James - Perique 3 9 ★★★★ ★★★★ 4.0
2013-12-04 Hearth & Home - Mt. Marcy (Signature Series) 18 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2013-11-26 J. F. Germain & Son - Balkan Sobranie 83 14 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2013-04-14 McClelland - Virginia Woods (Craftsbury Series) 81 5 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2011-10-15 Compton's of Galashiels - York Full Mixture 22 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2008-08-02 Theodorus Niemeyer - Flying Dutchman 51 2 ★★☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.0
2007-09-16 Samuel Gawith - 1792 Flake 436 0 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2007-06-23 Hearth & Home - Obsidian (Signature Series) 18 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2005-10-12 Butera - Dark Stoved (Royal Vintage) 43 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 2.9
2005-05-03 Peterson - University Flake 427 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2005-02-19 Hermit Tobacco Works Co. - Captain Earle's - Nightwatch 28 11 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2005-02-19 Iwan Ries - China Black Fire Cured 21 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.4
2005-02-14 Robert Lewis - 123 Mixture 45 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2005-01-09 Hermit Tobacco Works Co. - Captain Earle's - Mystic Blend 18 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.2