WmZiggy

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Real NameWilliam Ziegler
Joined2007-05
Last Visited2021-01
LocationHorace, ND

I began my pipe smoking career while in college (Kansas State University, 72). While in college I worked in a pipe shop in downtown Manhattan, Ks for a period of time. After graduation, I worked full time for Fred Diebel Tobacconist and Pipemaker. While at Diebel's I learned how to repair and make pipes; learned about tobacco blending from Master Blender Carl Ewha, originator of McClelland Tobacco in 1977. It was at this time I left Diebel's for graduate school where I earned a doctrate in psychology of religion. In 1980 I moved to Fargo, North Dakota where I taught at North Dakota State University. I have traveled the world, even spending time at the South Pole. I have visited pipe and tobacco shops throughout Great Britian, Europe, New Zealand, and the Pacific. Currently, I hold the federally recognized rank of Colonel with the Air National Guard spending most of my time in Honolulu (Hickam AFB) and Fargo, where I live.

I have many briars purchased in the late 60's and 70's including a number of pipes I've made myself (I learned pipemaking when I worked in a pipeshop while in graduate school, and a collection of estate pipes I inherited from my academic mentor. Dr. Jim taught me many of the finer things related to briar, meerschaum, and the tobaccos we smoke in them. We were great pipesmoking and spiritual friends throuhout and fellowing my college days and spent many and evening before a roaring fire sampling tobaccos.

My pipes run the gamut from English to Danish, with some meerschaums made by Paul Fisher, Andreas Bauer, and Pioneer. I have Dunhills, Barlings, Comoys, Nordings, Sorens, Prebem Holms, Savinelli Autographs, Charatans, GBE, Castellos, Caminettos, Stanwells, and W.O. Larsens, to name a few, and several "Bashes" (the classic Calabash pipe). I gave up pipesmoking in the late 80's smoking only cigars for the last ten years. I have a well stocked humidor - floor to ceiling cabinet I made out of mahagony - with enough cigars aging away to last the rest of my life. When my wife asks "Why?" I always say, "Never under estimate the smoking Nazis!"

In spite of my love of cigars I missed the gentle art of pipe smoking and the increased range of flavors available to the "puffer". I also wanted to start turning pipes again. So after a long rest, I fired up my pipes in 2007. In my humidor I store my pipe tobaccos on a dedicated shelf, some aging since 1981. I do not smoke as much as I did in my younger days, but I do enjoy a pipe full while reading Sherlock Holmes.

Badges

Venerator Has rated at least half of their reviews with 4 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.

Favorites

Date Blend Reviews Avg Rating
2010-09-26 Mac Baren - Burley London Blend 157 ★★★☆ 3.1
2011-01-08 Peterson - Early Morning Pipe 590 ★★★★ 3.1

Wishlist

Date Blend Reviews Avg Rating
2020-10-24 Mac Baren - Club Blend 73 ★★★☆ 3.0

Reviews

81 reviews
191 helpful votes
4 star:
57 Strongly Recommended
3 star:
20 Recommended
2 star:
2 Somewhat Recommended
1 star:
2 Not Recommended

Preferences: Perique 3.9, Oriental/Turkish 3.8, Kentucky 3.8, Virginia 3.8, Burley 3.7, Cavendish 3.6, Latakia 3.6, Black Cavendish 3.6

Date Blend Reviews Helpful Rating Avg Rating
2021-01-27 Drucquer & Sons - Inns of Court 17 9 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2021-01-12 Mac Baren - Solent Mixture 55 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2020-12-27 Mac Baren - HH Pure Virginia 73 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2020-12-17 Hearth & Home - Vermont Meat Candy 28 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2020-03-13 pipesandcigars.com - Portrait (Norman Rockwell) 4 3 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2016-05-01 Mac Baren - HH Old Dark Fired 239 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2016-02-16 Mac Baren - Amphora Original Blend 118 5 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2016-01-20 Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Dark Strong Kentucky 158 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-12-25 Seattle Pipe Club - Deception Pass 39 4 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2015-12-22 Dunhill - Ready Rubbed (re-release) 49 4 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2015-11-29 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Bullseye Flake (No. 403) 298 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-11-15 Mac Baren - Plumcake 290 4 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2015-11-05 Mac Baren - Club Blend 73 1 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2015-05-15 Fribourg & Treyer - Cut Blended Plug 43 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-03-14 Peterson - De Luxe Navy Rolls 201 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2012-05-12 Solani - 660: Silver Flake 119 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.7
2011-11-01 Mac Baren - HH Mature Virginia 109 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2011-09-14 Wessex - Campaign Dark Flake (Brigade) 63 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2011-09-02 Mac Baren - Black Ambrosia 112 0 ★★★☆ ★★☆☆ 2.2
2011-08-25 SHPC - VR Blend 12 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.7
2011-08-23 Hearth & Home - Lakeland Brickle (Marquee Series) 13 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2011-08-13 Rattray - Dark Fragrant 69 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2011-07-31 Peterson - The Royal Yacht 428 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.0
2011-07-26 Cornell & Diehl - Epiphany 141 7 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2011-01-08 Peterson - Early Morning Pipe 590 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2010-12-31 Mac Baren - Virginia Flake 111 3 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2010-12-01 Mac Baren - Dark Twist Roll Cake 213 1 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2010-11-19 Mac Baren - Symphony 76 3 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.7
2010-11-08 Dan Tobacco - Patriot Flake (American History Mixtures) 50 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2010-11-08 Mac Baren - Virginia No. 1 264 2 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.8
2010-10-13 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Great Outdoors (Sutliff Private Stock) 53 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2010-10-04 Cornell & Diehl - Burley Flake #3 53 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2010-10-04 Mac Baren - Navy Flake 332 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2010-09-26 Mac Baren - Burley London Blend 157 4 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.1
2010-08-07 Cornell & Diehl - Burley Flake #4 27 9 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.2
2010-04-18 Esoterica Tobacciana - Dunbar 104 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2010-04-16 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Escudo Navy De Luxe 443 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2010-04-07 Fribourg & Treyer - Special Brown Flake 36 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2010-02-23 Dunhill - Three Year Matured Virginia 111 1 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.4
2010-01-22 McClelland - Yenidje Supreme (Grand Orientals) 62 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2010-01-22 McClelland - Katerini Classic (Grand Orientals) 21 10 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.2
2010-01-20 McClelland - Drama Reserve (Grand Orientals) 62 9 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.7
2009-12-14 McClelland - Smyrna No.1 (Grand Orientals) 53 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-12-05 G. L. Pease - Union Square (Fog City Selection) 146 5 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2009-10-29 John Middleton, Inc - Prince Albert 495 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2009-09-01 Hearth & Home - Marble Kake (Signature Series) 56 1 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.2
2009-07-26 Esoterica Tobacciana - Stonehaven 215 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2009-04-25 Hearth & Home - Anniversary Kake (Signature Series) 160 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-02-28 Hearth & Home - Classic Burley Kake (Signature Series) 98 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2009-02-28 Wilke Pipe Tobacco - Nut Brown Burley 38 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-02-19 Wessex - Burley Broadcut 13 4 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2008-11-21 Samuel Gawith - Chocolate Flake (Kendal Mayor's Collection) 199 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2008-11-05 McClelland - Navy Cavendish (Matured Virginias) 73 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2008-10-20 Lane Limited - Edgeworth Ready-Rubbed 75 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2008-10-05 G. L. Pease - Fillmore (Fog City Selection) 154 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2008-08-19 Samuel Gawith - St. James Flake (Kendal Mayor's Collection) 200 5 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2008-08-13 G. L. Pease - Charing Cross (Classic Collection) 110 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2008-06-30 Wilke Pipe Tobacco - Vermont Maple Cavendish 47 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2008-06-26 Wilke Pipe Tobacco - Dummerston 11 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2008-06-25 Wilke Pipe Tobacco - Rumcake 53 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2008-06-20 Wilke Pipe Tobacco - Wilke No. 515 16 10 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.3
2008-06-19 Wilke Pipe Tobacco - Wilke No. 191 57 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2008-03-24 Peterson - University Flake 429 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2008-03-02 Samuel Gawith - Perfection 138 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2008-01-15 Compton's of Galashiels - Mixture #10 10 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.8
2008-01-11 Iwan Ries - IRC Slices 10 1 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.2
2008-01-11 Compton's of Galashiels - Cuban Style Cigar Blend 10 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2008-01-07 E. Hoffman Company - Spilman Mixture 69 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 2.9
2007-12-15 Reiner - Blend 71: Long Golden Flake 149 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2007-12-04 Iwan Ries - Canadian Plug 9 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.1
2007-12-02 G. L. Pease - Embarcadero (Fog City Selection) 96 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2007-11-30 Iwan Ries - Dr. Bradley 31 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2007-11-20 Samuel Gawith - Best Brown Flake 292 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2007-11-20 Tavern Tobacco Co. - Laurel Flake 18 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.7
2007-11-10 Mac Baren - HH Vintage Syrian 233 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2007-10-26 G. L. Pease - Barbary Coast (Original Mixtures) 209 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.0
2007-10-25 Samuel Gawith - Squadron Leader 539 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2007-10-16 Mac Baren - Roll Cake 74 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2007-05-25 McClelland - Dominican Glory 36 2 ★★★☆ ★★☆☆ 2.3
2007-05-18 Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake 601 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2007-05-12 Samuel Gawith - 1792 Flake 443 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.0