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Real NameTeppo Saarinen
Joined2019-04
Last Visited2022-01
LocationPiikkiö, Finland

Was a pipe smoker for some years in my late teens (because it was cool and hip), but that was replaced by cigarettes due to wild & hectic lifestyle. Fast forward some 30 years, got rid of ciggies in 2 weeks using an e-cig, but nothing can replace the aroma & scent of true tobacco smoke, so it's time to become a (light) pipe smoker again. And boy is it much more fun now, with the time & money to spare!

At the moment, I have four pipes: A Turkish whole meerschaum and an Ukrainian churchwarden for home use, an Italian Gasparini meerschaum-lined 'Rhodesian' briar pipe which is currently my favourite, and a stubby little Polish pearwood Mr. Brog for travel & work use (I'm marine engineer by trade). I also keep a corn cob as a spare on each ship I'm working on.

EDIT: Treated myself to a Chacom Gentleman 1926 for Christmas 2019, replacing the Mr. Brog which was getting a little worse for wear (in less than a year!) as the stubby little travel pipe. The Ukrainian churchwarden broke at the stem and haven't gotten around to fixing it, to be honest it's not a very good tobacco pipe, though nice to handle and cool looking.
So, it's the Gasparini/Chacom combination mostly (the whole meerschaum one stays at home) and occasionally the corncob if any kind of action is expected.

EDIT2: Sadly, the Gasparini burnt through after only a year of use (I guess I loved that pipe too much & over-used it) so I replaced it with the Falcon system with a meerschaum-lined bowl. Have another style of bowl, and a complete new meerschaum-lined bulldog on order right now. Oh, and I bought a really nice Danish calabash estate from Ebay, but haven't gotten round to fixing it properly (doesn't need that much fixing really).

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Favorites

Date Blend Reviews Avg Rating
2020-04-10 Brobergs Tobakshandel AB - Brobergs Burley 5 ★★★☆ 3.0
2020-03-26 Mac Baren - Amphora Rich Aroma 35 ★★★☆ 2.6
2020-03-22 Mac Baren - Amphora Full Aroma 202 ★★★☆ 2.8
2020-06-11 Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Everton 7 ★★★☆ 2.4
2020-08-15 Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Princeton 3 ★★★★ 3.3
2020-06-11 Paul Olsen - Kong Frederik Full (English Mixture) 15 ★★★★ 3.3
2020-04-12 Peterson - Old Dublin 275 ★★★★ 3.3
2020-04-12 Peterson - University Flake 420 ★★★☆ 3.0
2020-08-15 Peterson - Nightcap 651 ★★★★ 3.5
2020-03-22 Thomas Radford - Sunday's Fantasy 70 ★★★☆ 2.5

Reviews

57 reviews
104 helpful votes
4 star:
6 Strongly Recommended
3 star:
18 Recommended
2 star:
24 Somewhat Recommended
1 star:
9 Not Recommended

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Date Blend Reviews Helpful Rating Avg Rating
2021-07-25 Dunhill - Aperitif 142 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2021-07-25 Mostex - Stanislaw Prague's Mixture 2 1 ★★★☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.0
2021-04-27 Mac Baren - 7 Seas Gold Blend 60 1 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.7
2021-04-13 Mac Baren - Amphora Black Cavendish Special Reserve 52 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 2.9
2021-04-09 Mostex - Stanislaw Balkan Latakia (Air Line Collection) 14 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2020-12-12 Mostex - Stanislaw Svaty Kryštof 3 0 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.3
2020-12-12 Mostex - Stanislaw London Mixture (Air Line Collection) 14 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2020-11-20 Mac Baren - Amphora Kentucky Blend 28 1 ★★★☆ 3.2
2020-11-19 Red Bull - Red Bull Aromatic 5 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.2
2020-09-03 Peterson - Balkan Delight 59 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2020-09-03 Mac Baren - Three Nuns Green 14 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2020-08-19 Stanwell - Classic 23 1 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.2
2020-08-15 Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Princeton 3 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2020-08-14 Peterson - Nightcap 651 6 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2020-08-14 Peterson - Early Morning Pipe 582 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2020-06-12 Peterson - Connemara Black 19 1 ★☆☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.1
2020-06-11 Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Everton 7 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.4
2020-06-11 Paul Olsen - Kong Frederik Full (English Mixture) 15 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2020-06-11 Mac Baren - Dark Twist Roll Cake 208 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2020-06-09 Mac Baren - Capstan Original Navy Cut Ready Rubbed 29 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2020-06-07 Wattsons - Special Mixture (Green) 1 1 ★★☆☆ 2.0
2020-04-12 Peterson - University Flake 420 2 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2020-04-12 Peterson - Old Dublin 275 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2020-04-12 Peterson - Nutty Cut 71 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2020-04-10 Solani - 131: Red Label 34 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2020-04-10 Solani - 127: Green Label 31 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2020-04-10 Solani - 369: Blue Label 40 0 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.6
2020-04-10 Brobergs Tobakshandel AB - Brobergs Burley 5 1 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2020-04-10 Peterson - Connoisseur's Choice 167 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2020-04-04 Mac Baren - Harmony 60 4 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.4
2020-04-04 Mac Baren - Classic Amber 14 2 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.6
2020-04-04 Backwoods - Green 1 3 ★☆☆☆ 1.0
2020-04-03 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Half & Half 353 5 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.2
2020-04-02 Alsbo - Black 39 2 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.8
2020-04-02 Alsbo - Gold 31 2 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.9
2020-04-02 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Poniatowski Red Aroma (Poniatowski) 4 4 ★★☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.5
2020-04-02 Stanwell - Green & Indigo (Danish) 3 2 ★★☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.3
2020-03-27 Mac Baren - Rum & Maple 53 3 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2020-03-26 Mac Baren - Amphora Rich Aroma 35 3 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.6
2020-03-26 Holger Danske - Original Tobacco 9 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2020-03-26 Mac Baren - Amphora Prestige Regular Mixture 6 3 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.2
2020-03-26 Mac Baren - 7 Seas Regular Blend (7 Seas) 113 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2020-03-22 Mac Baren - Virginia No. 1 260 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2020-03-22 Mac Baren - Golden Blend 93 3 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2020-03-22 Mac Baren - Mixture: Scottish Blend 378 6 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2020-03-21 Peterson - Irish Dew 20 2 ★★★☆ ★★☆☆ 2.4
2020-03-21 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Indian Summer 21 4 ★☆☆☆ ★★☆☆ 1.9
2020-03-21 Poniatowski - Sungold 1 2 ★☆☆☆ 1.0
2020-03-21 Mac Baren - Original Choice 125 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2020-03-21 Thomas Radford - Sunday's Fantasy 70 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2020-03-21 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Greve Hamilton Blandning 26 3 ★☆☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.3
2020-03-21 Borkum Riff - Ruby 15 5 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.3
2020-03-21 Swedish Match - Caravelle 6 2 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.8
2020-03-21 Mac Baren - Amphora Full Aroma 202 3 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.8
2020-03-21 Borkum Riff - Mixture with Bourbon Whiskey (Bronze) 302 1 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.6
2020-03-21 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Clan Aromatic (Original) 174 1 ★★★☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.0
2020-03-21 Philip Morris - Kilta 4 3 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.0