Doctor Willet

Real NameBrandon V.
Joined2017-11
Last Visited2020-08
LocationCape Cod, USA

Been smoking a pipe for about 2 years at the time of writing this, though I smoked cigars and tinkered with the occasional cob and OTC combo for a few years prior. In the time For the amount of time I've been smoking, I've smoked and collected a lot of tobaccos―nearly a hundred blends now. My only preferences are quality and variety. I mainly enjoy Virginia and Virginia-Perique flakes, but I also love Burleys, Lakelands, Englishes, Balkans, and from time to time, mild aromatics.

GREAT BLENDS: ★Escudo, ★Capstan Blue Flake, GH ★Rum Flake, ★Louisiana Perique Flake, ★Sweet Maple Twist, ★Ennerdale Flake, ★Cherry Cream Flake; D&S ★Trafalgar ★Blairgowrie; ★Erinmore Flake, Peterson ★3P's, ★Old Dublin, MacBaren ★Old Dark Fired, ★Acadian Perique, ★Pure Virginia, ★Scottish Mixture; ★Astleys No.44; ★Newminster 400 Flake; G.L. Pease ★Jackknife Plug, ★Union Square, ★Maltese Falcon; Cornell & Diehl ★Bijou, ★Sunday Picnic, ★King Cake, ★Riverboat Gambler, ★We Three Kings, ★Pirate Kake, ★Blockade Runner, ★Night Train, ★Briar Fox, ★Old Joe Krantz, ★Yorktown ★Dreams of Kadath, ★Innsmouth; Peter Stokkebye ★Luxury Bullseye Flake, ★Cube Cut. ★McClelland Beacon, Frog Morton.

DID NOT LIKE:
☞C&D Virginia Flake - Very poor VA flake; could've been a bad batch based on good reviews from others. Parts of the flakes looked green, which a microscope confirmed was not mold, but what I believe to be a sign of hasty curing. Additionally, it was dry as desert sand and devoid of any redeeming qualities.
☞Sir Walter Raleigh - Has too much of a "chemical" taste to it for me to enjoy often (unlike say, Carter Hall), and although it seems there's a nice nuttiness hiding in there, I just can't get past that chemical overtone. It's not terrible but I'm not going to smoke it just to be cool (chuckles).

Blends that were markedly different from batch-to-batch:
๛ G.L. Pease Temple Bar - The first tin I had of this was from spring 2016. It was absolutely awesome. A tightly-pressed Oriental-Virginia masterpiece, honestly rivaling even the savory McClelland #24. It was dark in color, smelled great, and was oh so delicious. However, sadly, the last two tins I've had of this were completely different from the first. So, I decided to steam it and press it some more, and I got a superior product altogether.
๛ G.L. Pease Piccadilly - This was the first English I'd ever tried, and became my favorite English for quite a while. The last tin I had wasn't nearly as good as the first couple. I'm thinking that this could be chocked-up to a batch of red Virginia that wasn't necessarily bad, just different than from some of the previous harvests.

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Reviews

13 reviews
60 helpful votes
4 star:
12 Strongly Recommended
3 star:
1 Recommended
2 star:
0 Somewhat Recommended
1 star:
0 Not Recommended

Preferences: Burley 4.0, Virginia 3.9, Oriental/Turkish 3.8, Perique 3.8

Date Blend Reviews Helpful Rating Avg Rating
2020-08-14 Drucquer & Sons - Levant Mixture 22 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2019-04-21 Cornell & Diehl - London Squire 18 2 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.7
2018-12-16 Gallaher Limited - Condor Plug 13 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2018-12-12 Mac Baren - Capstan Original Navy Cut 192 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2018-11-20 Cornell & Diehl - Christmas Blend 2016 (Corn Cob Pipe and A Button Nose) 31 6 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2018-10-14 Drucquer & Sons - Blairgowrie 24 7 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2018-09-01 Tabac Manil - Le Petit Robin (Pure Semois) 23 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.7
2018-02-14 Cornell & Diehl - Exhausted Rooster 98 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2018-02-06 G. L. Pease - Quiet Nights (Old London Series) 129 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2018-02-04 G. L. Pease - JackKnife Plug (New World Collection) 146 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2018-01-30 Peter Stokkebye - Norwegian Blend (No.80) 27 7 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2018-01-27 Cornell & Diehl - Dreams of Kadath (The Old Ones) 23 12 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2017-11-02 G. L. Pease - Piccadilly (Classic Collection) 73 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1