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Real NameTony
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Only been smoking a pipe about a year and trying to transition from cigarettes (Marlboro or Gauloises Reds, of which I still smoke way too many). I'm not a very sophisticated smoker, really, so keep that in mind when you read my reviews. I enjoy Virginia flake and light English blends mostly ... but I'm trying to expand my horizons with anything from latakia heavy blends to goofy drugstore aromatics. I have about a dozen pipes now, most of which are straight billiards. My favourite pipe, however, is a beat to crap old Brigham rusticated bent billiard (usually without the rock maple filter) that I bought in a pawnshop and sort of cleaned up. I also love my new MM corncob. See? Not very sophisticated. You've been warned.

Update: I'm now up to about 18 or 20 pipes and it's become an obsession. Almost an addiction. The mortgage payment is due but ... I NEED THAT PIPE AND THAT GIANT ORDER OF TOBACCO!!! I'm also finding that ... I don't know if graduated is the right word ... I've moved from straight Virginias and VApers to English blends and Balkans, etc. I still smoke a lot of Virginia flake tobacco but I like the hearty taste of a good dose of Latakia more and more often now. Probably more often than not, to the point that I'm now disappointed with myself for ordering so much Dunhill Flake and Orlik Golden Sliced. But that's okay, I'll smoke it! And I'm still smoking cigarettes ... though I'm not craving a cigarette while smoking a pipe quite as often as used to be the case (that's a very strange sensation that only a committed cigarette smoker will understand, btw).

I'm also a member, though probably not in good standing, of the Downtown Toronto Pipe Club. I've been to two meetings which I enjoyed immensely, including the fantastic summer BBQ at the home of Michael Parks of Parks Pipes fame. Trouble is that I'm often working while these gents are smoking and socializing. Perhaps I'll quit my job.

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Favorites

Date Blend Reviews Avg Rating
2015-06-07 Cornell & Diehl - Engine 99 62 ★★★★ 3.4
2015-01-25 Cornell & Diehl - Pirate Kake (Sea Scoundrels) 211 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-02-05 G. L. Pease - Abingdon (Classic Collection) 140 ★★★★ 3.4
2015-02-05 McClelland - 3 Oaks Syrian (Collector Series) 94 ★★★★ 3.6
2015-02-06 McClelland - Frog Morton on the Town (Craftsbury Series) 236 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-05-08 McClelland - CPCC Samovar (Club Blends) 44 ★★★★ 3.6
2015-01-23 Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Golden Sliced (Red Tin) 475 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-01-25 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Bullseye Flake (No. 403) 297 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-01-23 Peterson - My Mixture 965 607 ★★★★ 3.2
2015-01-23 Peterson - Flake 223 ★★★★ 3.5
2015-01-22 Samuel Gawith - Squadron Leader 535 ★★★★ 3.4
2015-01-25 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Escudo Navy De Luxe 441 ★★★★ 3.5
2015-04-25 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Balkan Sasieni 278 ★★★★ 3.1
2015-01-23 Solani - 660: Silver Flake 119 ★★★★ 3.7

Wishlist

Date Blend Reviews Avg Rating
2015-05-16 Dan Tobacco - London Blend No. 1000 39 ★★★★ 3.2
2015-01-25 Dan Tobacco - Old Ironsides (American History Mixtures) 121 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-02-05 Esoterica Tobacciana - Penzance 461 ★★★★ 3.5
2015-04-28 Esoterica Tobacciana - Margate 205 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-02-06 G. L. Pease - Maltese Falcon (Heirloom Collection) 163 ★★★★ 3.2
2015-02-28 G. L. Pease - Chelsea Morning (Old London Series) 157 ★★★★ 3.4
2015-02-27 G. L. Pease - Kensington (Classic Collection) 57 ★★★★ 3.2
2015-01-25 G. L. Pease - Charing Cross (Classic Collection) 110 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-03-03 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Balkan Mixture 115 ★★★★ 3.1
2015-02-28 J. F. Germain & Son - Germain's Special Latakia Flake 96 ★★★★ 3.4
2015-01-25 J. F. Germain & Son - Balkan Sobranie 84 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-02-28 Mac Baren - HH Latakia Flake 90 ★★★★ 3.4
2015-02-28 Mac Baren - HH Vintage Syrian 233 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-04-28 Mac Baren - Presbyterian Mixture 295 ★★★★ 3.2
2015-04-23 McClelland - CPCC Scottish Woods (Club Blends) 21 ★★★★ 3.7
2015-02-27 McClelland - Bombay Court (Personal Reserve) 52 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-02-07 Planta - Danish Black Vanilla Flake 29 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-01-25 Rattray - Red Rapparee (British Collection) 200 ★★★★ 3.4
2015-01-25 Rattray - Black Mallory (British Collection) 148 ★★★☆ 3.1
2015-04-28 Robert Lewis - Orcilla Mixture 30 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-03-03 Samuel Gawith - Commonwealth Mixture 205 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-03-03 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Erinmore Balkan Mixture (Erinmore) 74 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-06-19 Seattle Pipe Club - Mississippi River 118 ★★★★ 3.2
2015-06-06 Stanwell - Melange 101 ★★★★ 3.1

Reviews

13 reviews
55 helpful votes
4 star:
8 Strongly Recommended
3 star:
3 Recommended
2 star:
2 Somewhat Recommended
1 star:
0 Not Recommended

Preferences: Latakia 3.9, Oriental/Turkish 3.9, Virginia 3.7

Date Blend Reviews Helpful Rating Avg Rating
2015-06-07 Cornell & Diehl - Engine 99 62 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2015-06-05 Cornell & Diehl - Star of the East 103 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2015-05-17 Mac Baren - Capstan Original Navy Cut 200 4 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2015-05-08 McClelland - CPCC Samovar (Club Blends) 44 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2015-02-28 Peterson - The Royal Yacht 425 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2015-02-26 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Bullseye Flake (No. 403) 297 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-02-26 Cornell & Diehl - Pirate Kake (Sea Scoundrels) 211 10 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-02-06 McClelland - Frog Morton on the Town (Craftsbury Series) 236 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-02-05 McClelland - 3 Oaks Syrian (Collector Series) 94 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2015-01-22 Peterson - My Mixture 965 607 6 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2015-01-21 Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake 597 7 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2015-01-21 Samuel Gawith - Squadron Leader 535 12 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2015-01-21 Backwoods - Black 'N Gold 8 4 ★★★☆ ★★☆☆ 2.3