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Real NameLiam King
Joined2006-05
Last Visited2022-07
LocationBrighton, United Kingdom

I've been smoking a pipe since 2005. I am generally a neutralist in my ratings, due to the fact that half stars cannot be awarded. I tend to reserve my one star ratings for tobaccos that I find truly awful, and will give two stars to even quite bad tobaccos that I wouldn't choose to smoke again. Some tobaccos that get three stars I regard very highly, whilst others are just above average. During my past on tobacco reviews, I was fast and loose with my four star ratings, but these days I reserve them more for tobaccos I find truly outstanding.
I like English blends in the autumn & winter, preferring Virginias & Vapers in the spring (once it's warmed up) and summer. It doesn't always play out that way, though, if we have a mild winter, for example - with no real cold - I'll smoke Virginas in the winter, and vice-versa, if we have a summer with a dearth of sunshine, I may smoke Englishes (The British weather is very temperamental). Sometimes, I'll break my habit if the mood just strikes me.
Aromatics are the tobacco I smoke least of, although I do try them occasionally, as I don't want to miss a potentially magical blend.
I am a member of UKPTC (UK Pipe & Tobacco Club).

Badges

Neutralist Has rated between 50% to 80% of their reviews with 2 or 3 stars.
Veteran Has posted reviews in at least 5 different years.
Connoisseur Has reviewed at least 50 tobaccos from at least 10 brands.
Motivator Has upvoted at least 80% of the time.

Reviews

63 reviews
138 helpful votes
4 star:
9 Strongly Recommended
3 star:
36 Recommended
2 star:
17 Somewhat Recommended
1 star:
1 Not Recommended

Preferences: Black Cavendish 3.4, Perique 3.4, Oriental/Turkish 3.3, Latakia 3.3, Burley 3.2, Virginia 3.2, Kentucky 3.2, Cavendish 3.0

Date Blend Reviews Helpful Rating Avg Rating
2021-11-24 Torben Dansk - No.7 English Mixture 2 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2016-11-20 Mac Baren - Capstan Gold Navy Cut 61 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2016-11-18 Planta - Empire Perique 7 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2016-09-25 Frederick Tranter - Scholar's Mixture 4 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2016-08-22 Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Golden Sliced (Red Tin) 473 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2016-08-04 Tambolaka Natural Tobaccos - Tambolaka Pipe Tobacco 24 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2016-04-25 Samuel Gawith - Cob Plug 32 7 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2016-04-20 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Brown Irish Twist 11 4 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2016-04-07 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Bullseye Flake (No. 403) 297 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2016-04-05 Solani - 127: Green Label 31 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2016-03-18 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Navy Flake 261 9 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2016-03-18 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Nessmuk Navy Plug/Brown Plug with Rum 6 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.8
2016-02-07 Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Dark Strong Kentucky 158 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2016-02-07 Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Bull's Eye 40 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.7
2016-01-12 Ashton - Artisan's Blend 203 5 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2015-12-21 Mac Baren - HH Vintage Syrian 233 5 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-12-16 Peterson - 3P's Peterson Perfect Plug 175 6 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2015-12-15 McClelland - Blackwoods Flake (Personal Reserve) 232 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2015-12-01 Thomas Radford - Sunday's Fantasy 71 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2015-11-07 Mac Baren - Original Choice 128 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2015-10-19 Rattray - Westminster Abbey (Aromatic Collection) 14 6 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.4
2015-09-21 Samuel Gawith - Celtic Talisman 89 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2015-09-21 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Dark Bird's Eye 142 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-09-10 Samuel Gawith - 1792 Flake 439 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2015-09-09 Samuel Gawith - Black XX Twist (Rope) 156 4 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2015-06-30 Ogden - Ogden's Mixture 5 4 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.6
2015-06-20 Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake 596 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2015-05-09 GQ Tobaccos - No. 1 Clementines Nip (Custom Blends) 8 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.9
2015-05-09 Mac Baren - St. Bruno Flake 170 16 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-03-28 Mac Baren - HH Old Dark Fired 235 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.6
2015-03-28 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Black Bogie Aromatic 4 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2015-03-28 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Scotch Flake 35 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2015-03-10 McLintock - Syrian Latakia Blend 24 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2015-03-10 Peter Stokkebye - Irish Slices 9 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-03-09 GQ Tobaccos - Classic English (House Series) 12 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2015-02-27 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Glengarry Flake 62 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2015-02-16 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - No. 12 Mixture 23 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2015-02-16 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Flake 68 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2015-02-08 Peter Stokkebye - Bulwark Flake 2 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2015-01-13 Robert Lewis - Tree Mixture 57 6 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-01-13 Samuel Gawith - Squadron Leader 535 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2015-01-13 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Gold 19 4 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.7
2014-12-31 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Dark 53 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2014-11-26 Peterson - De Luxe Navy Rolls 198 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2014-11-23 Player's - Navy Cut Flake 26 4 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.3
2010-02-28 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Erinmore Balkan Mixture (Erinmore) 74 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2010-02-28 Peterson - Irish Cask 250 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2009-06-19 Peterson - Irish Flake 434 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2008-10-12 Peterson - Old Dublin 280 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2008-07-09 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Mick McQuaid Plug 52 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2008-07-06 Samuel Gawith - Brown Pigtail 11 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2008-07-06 Samuel Gawith - Black Pigtail 11 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2008-04-16 Mac Baren - Presbyterian Mixture 295 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2007-12-29 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Erinmore Mixture 197 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.3
2007-08-12 Peterson - University Flake 429 1 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2007-07-23 Peterson - My Mixture 965 607 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2007-07-23 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Clan Aromatic (Original) 176 1 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.0
2006-08-25 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Mick McQuaid Square Cut 25 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2006-08-16 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Erinmore Flake 386 2 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.9
2006-05-16 Mac Baren - Three Nuns 230 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2006-05-13 Gallaher Limited - Condor Ready Rubbed (Green) 142 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2006-05-13 Mac Baren - Navy Flake 330 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2006-05-13 Lane Limited - Captain Black Royal 238 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.6