Real NameJ.M.
Last Visited2016-05

Literary scholar, antique book collector & pipe smoker.

Tried out my uncle's pipe I had used as a costume prop for years, on a whim, using Captain Black Gold Tobacco after randomly meeting a pipe smoker. Loved the experience, though was very bad at it (relights, swallowing ash, etc.). Online pipe community gave me all the information I needed and I quickly graduated to better Tobacco as I found aromatics to be a bore (used to be an avid cigar smoker so I didn't fear straight tobacco's, they are just harder to find in my area. On the plus side, pipe smoke smells better indoors than cigars, so the better half approves - even of latakias which she adores the smell of). Squadron leader opened my eyes to « English » (latakia) blends, a true revelation, and I went nuts on those (Margate, Penzance, etc.) for about two or three years. My approach is now more balanced, Tobacco rotation only enhancing the flavor's of my favorite blends (latakia's and oriental's loosing their flavors if abused, I now believe). Uncomplicated Burley's are now my everyday tobacco's, Virginia's and English an occasionnal treat. Aromatics can happen, albeit very rarely, and I prefer the «half-aro » Mcclelland-type hybrids in that regards. Many PG-laced aromatic OTC's tend to make me sneeze for some reason: it's not that I don't enjoy many of them, but they cannot become my regular tobaccos for that very reason.

Many Peterson pipes (about 20), systems and regulars, highgrades & rareties (system meerchaum's, numbered pipes of the year, limited editions, etc). A handful of Savinelli's. 1 Stanwell churchwarden. 1 Nording freehand. A handful of Blatter and Blatter pipes. A few Grabow's. 1 Vauen churchwarden. 1 Butz-Choquin origin churchwarden (with real albatros bone and horn mouthpiece). A Moretti. A few cobs and miscellanies.
I used to choose my pipes solely on looks, now I truly select them with specific performance intent. I prefered the look of a bent pipe, yet have found that many types of tobaccos can behave waaay better in straight pipes, thus my collection has changed in that sense. I tend to dislike smaller bowled pipes and now favor very « classic » pipes, elegance residing in the design simplicity. I also now have the intent of buying pipes made of only « noble » materials: no acrylic ferules anymore. If there's a ring, it'll be wood or metal). I don't like too wildly stained pipes, and, being a clencher, enjoy the now sometimes hard to find vulcanite stems. (Seriously, what's with the multi-colored hard-as-rock acrylic mouthpieces nowadays??? Those are pipes, not pokemons...)


Date Blend Reviews Avg Rating
2016-05-26 Blatter & Blatter - Burley 3 ★★★★ 3.0
2016-05-26 Esoterica Tobacciana - Margate 208 ★★★★ 3.3
2016-05-26 Fribourg & Treyer - Golden Mixture 34 ★★★★ 3.3
2016-05-26 John Middleton, Inc - Carter Hall 443 ★★★☆ 3.0
2016-05-26 Mac Baren - HH Acadian Perique 106 ★★★★ 3.2
2016-05-26 Samuel Gawith - Skiff Mixture 227 ★★★★ 3.4
2016-05-26 Samuel Gawith - Squadron Leader 542 ★★★★ 3.4
2016-05-26 Tabac Manil - La Brumeuse (Pure Semois) 77 ★★★★ 3.3


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Date Blend Reviews Helpful Rating Avg Rating
2016-05-26 Cornell & Diehl - Sam's Blend 20 4 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2015-12-27 Lane Limited - Captain Black Gold 208 1 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.1
2015-12-27 Lane Limited - Captain Black Gold 208 4 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.1